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Don't worry - be happy

Monday, February 13, 2012

I haven't been practising that much lately!

I seem to have been away from Spark for an age and Im creeping back with some trepidation. Ive got a lot of stuff going on in my personal life and Im not really sure if I can sustain my return because I tend to retreat into myself when life isn't going well, but I miss Spark and my Spark friends a great deal so Im giving it a go.

I know that being here regularly inspires me to treat myself better certainly better than I have been recently. Ive gained back a few of the pounds I lost but they are already disappearing with an effort at less chaotic eating and leaving out the carbs my recourse when I need comfort. I must get back into some serious movement, strength and stretching too I didnt give up completely but its always the hardest thing for me Id love to find some way to enjoy exercising (Wow! Id be a better person in so-o many ways!) but Im still searching for the key to that which so many of you have found. However I know that at my age if I spend too much time motionless on my sofa Ill seize up altogether there have been signs of it and if I can find no other motivation then that is what I remind myself of when Im on the verge of cant be bothered.

What I really want is an answer to the question many Sparkers must ask themselves: Why do I find it all so (almost) impossibly hard? (Self-indulgence someone whispers - Oh that was me whispering actually!)

In the meantime Im taking on board something that two good friends here have said: Dont worry be happy. I am definitely trying for that - and for some positivity - right now.

  
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IAMANDARAMA 3/5/2012 4:52PM

    Well, I think I'm more guilty than you, Sonia, and so I shamefacedly come back, cap in hand, hoping for your support in exchange for mine. I've been absent for so long, I don't feel I deserve any of it emoticon

but having put on so much weight and having almost taken root in denial I sure need it. It's all about looking to the future though, right?

While I've been gone though, I see you've been on a fabulous holiday and the pics show how much progress you've made. You look fabulous! emoticon

Continue to look after yourself Sonia and know that I'd love to hear from you, if you can be bothered with me.



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SPARKLEIIGHGAL 2/25/2012 11:21AM

    Gr8 blog. So good to see you. Don't worry about dipping in and out of spark. I have decided not to worry either. I just can't devote the time to the computer. The general concensus from sparkers is "we will be here when you come back" and that's good enough for me!! I do feel guilty but I try not to.

Try some of the fitness tv programmes - they do workouts to music. They can be fun.Could you do Zumba? There was a Zumbathon in Alexander Palace last year I'm going to post as a blog. It looked terrific. I so wish there had been all of this when I was younger - I might have had more energy and stamina.

Also continue your walks and photos. That's what I hope to do.
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SUSIEPH1 2/13/2012 7:24PM

    Hi Sweets ...
Lovely to see you back!

Just baby steps love !
One day at a time and it will all fall back into place !


Hugs and Love Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CATLADY52 2/13/2012 6:17PM

    You will make it! Changing a lifestyle is not a walk in the park. It is something you really have to work at until it becomes second nature.

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FUZZYMOTO 2/13/2012 3:49PM

    Hey Life happens. Sure we miss you. But as friends we understand and will be here when you need us.

Do what you can, when you can and don't beat yourself up over it. Just keep jumping back on and you will learn how to make riding this pony work.

Be well. emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 2/13/2012 3:48PM

    Sonia it's lovely to see you back posting and I know you have stuff to deal with and you're not a public person who likes to "share" too much, I'm the same like I said. But by coming onto SP I realise I am not alone and have much in common with others struggling and it gets me through.
Hang in there til spring when you CAN get outdoors and enjoy your garden (great cardio and ST workout if you put your back into it) and your place by the sea will call you for walks in the sun and and some swimming.
This time of year can really put a person out of whack too........so baby steps, eat well, move and.............don't worry.....be happy.

Did I ever tell you that song (Don't Worry, Be Happy) was playing shortly after my dad died and it's uncanny that it's played on the radio whenever I am low? I swear he's telling me something from the beyond.

Life is simple, it's just not easy!!!!!

Luv ya, glad you've put your head above the parapet

Laters emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRENTDREAMER 2/13/2012 1:39PM

    "but I miss Spark and my Spark friends a great deal so I�m giving it a go. "
* Miss you as well.

"I�d love to find some way to enjoy exercising "
* Either imagine a metaphorical mountain you would enjoy making it to the top of or one you would enjoy climbing.

"I know that at my age if I spend too much time motionless on my sofa I�ll seize up altogether � there have been signs of it and if I can find no other motivation "
* that might get you started. Long term, you'll want to have something to strive for. Not avoid.

"In the meantime I�m taking on board something that two good friends here have said: �Don�t worry � be happy�. I am definitely trying for that - and for some positivity - right now. "
* Overcome.
* Win

It starts with.
* What do you want
* Is it worth fighting for.

Dream big and strive.

You can do it.

Good to see you again :)

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My New Year starts here

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

As it turned out I had a bit of a bad time over the Christmas and New Year holidays. My partner and I both had a dose of flu that neither of us could throw off. Ive come off best although I am tired all the time STILL just seems to go on and on!! For my partner it turned into pneumonia and he has been hospitalized for four days. I fetched him home yesterday and all is well. At least hes back in his own bed now and cheerier for that. Hopefully he will be up tomorrow although hell need some care and attention for a few days - if not longer.

So fraid Sparking has gone by the board. Im creeping back today and hoping to get back into it. Before Christmas I promised myself to join the January Jumpstart Challenge and I still may but Im not up to it just yet. Ive been doing little or no exercise due to all this so am sad because I needed a boost to my efforts here and it would have been ideal however theres no point in starting something that I know, for the moment, I probably wouldnt finish.

I have not eaten badly although hardly at all some days so the scale is not being unkind to me but I have a lot of catching-up to do in terms of cardio and toning.

So my Spark New Year starts here and - belatedly - I wish all you Sparkers a happy and successful 2012 and thank you for your goodies. I'll be popping by your pages very soon to thank you personally for your goodies and messages.

  
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MADDE3333 1/29/2012 5:50PM

    Sonia, hope your and your partner are better. Winter brings a series of colds, viruses and different ailments, and it is sometimes hard to avoid getting sick. I find sleep is one of the best remedies.

Madde

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TRENTDREAMER 1/16/2012 11:02AM

    Welcome back and happy new year!

Sorry I missed this last week. Really sorry to hear that you have been sick. I got waylayed with a stomach virus last week.

Hope that you continue to feel better and are able to get some of those walks in, assuming it's not too cold.

I got an Englishwoman to call me "awesome" (Happy Dance!)

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MEDDYPEDDY 1/11/2012 9:46AM

    I have joined - and left - the january jump start team... videos does not work for me, my internet is too slow and I started to feel stressed so fast that I decided to leave because it was not my cup of tea anyway, just the usual wish to belong... glad to have you well again!

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CATLADY52 1/10/2012 3:29PM

    Sad to read about you and yours being sick. Don't rush into anything just yet. We don't want to make things worse! Remember the fluids. emoticon emoticon

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SPARKLEIIGHGAL 1/10/2012 9:04AM

    So sorry to see your news. I do hope Gerry continues to improve and look after yourself. Just take things gradually. emoticon

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APPLEADAY2010 1/10/2012 8:30AM

    Harsh about what happened with the flu and your partner. I am glad he is home now. Sending best wishes. xx

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FUZZYMOTO 1/10/2012 6:13AM

    Nothing wrong with a little down time. It is actually the perfect time of year to to re-assess what your goals are and how you will achieve them. So maybe that is what you body was trying to tell you to do.

No worries on starting the Jump Start Challenge a little late it'll be here. But I have to admit I think Coach Nancy has a bit of a sadistic side, as she is kicking my tookus with these exercises.

Get well soon. We're all pulling for you and cheering for you.

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QUEEN_REINA 1/10/2012 3:43AM

    Glad to hear that hubby is home again. I hope you both have a healthier rest of the year!

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SUSIEPH1 1/10/2012 3:35AM

    Hi Sonia !!.
What a terrible time for you both...
Not a nice start to the year at all ..So glad you are both getting better now Take Care ... Love and Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 1/10/2012 3:11AM

    Sonia
Glad you're both on the mend now, take it slow hun you need to recover fully.
Lovely to see you posting again, missed you emoticon

Happy New Year! Make it a good one emoticon

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CEKER9 1/10/2012 2:43AM

    You are starting right on time... Now, the only time!!! Glad to hear you and your partner are on the mend! Happy New Year!

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Christmas time away

Saturday, December 24, 2011

I'm off to my little house in the country for a few days to have a cosy and village-y Christmas time where everybody smiles and says 'hallo' and 'Happy Christmas' as they pass. I like that friendly attitude and am really looking forward to a good time.

I leave you with a couple of photos of the Christmas lights in the main streets of London and wish you all a happy Christmas time with whatever you wish for yourselves, your families and friends. I know some of those wishes will not come true so I wish you the strength you need to see you through.





Have a good one everyone emoticon emoticon emoticon
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CATLADY52 12/24/2011 4:58PM

    Have a Merry Christmas yourself. emoticon

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EOWYN2424 12/24/2011 4:30AM

    Merry Christmas! emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 12/24/2011 3:46AM

    Thanks for the lovely photos Sonia ..
Have a wonderful time in the country.
Have a Safe Happy and Healthy Christmas, and A healthy Happy and Safe New Year .
Always in my thoughts my friend!!
Love and Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 12/24/2011 3:39AM

    You have a good time too Sonia. Love emoticon

Safe journey, hope the traffic is light for you. emoticon

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NOT the way to prepare for Christmas!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

I'm passing this on because it worked for me today.
A Doctor on TV said we all need to have inner peace at Christmas and to do that we should always finish things we start so we could get through the preparations in a calm and orderly fashion.
I looked around my house to find things I'd started & hadn't finished. So i finished off a bottle of Merlot, a bottle of Chardonnay, a bodle of Baileys, a butle of wum, tha mainder of the chez, an a box a chocletz. Yu haf no idr how fablus I feel rite now. Sned this to all who need inner pess. An telum u luvum . . . emoticon emoticon

  
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APPLEADAY2010 12/22/2011 12:07PM

    hahah this made me laugh. I think I might try this myself! xx emoticon

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TRENTDREAMER 12/21/2011 3:49PM

    "I looked around my house to find things I'd started & hadn't finished. So i finished off a bottle of Merlot, a bottle of Chardonnay, a bodle of Baileys, a butle of wum, tha mainder of the chez, an a box a chocletz. Yu haf no idr how fablus I feel rite now. Sned this to all who need inner pess. An telum u luvum . . ."
* an yah (hic) i now whut u meen.

ill (hic) tellim u luvem :S

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NO-O-O . . . and YES!!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Jumped on the scales this morning for the weekly weigh in. Nothing lost - and I'd been working hard at it all - but I was pretty indulgent in London at the weekend emoticon emoticon emoticon

No time to dig out the tape measure as I'm rushing out to Christmas errands but both I - and a few friends - have noticed that I look smaller so I took my pair of 'next size down' jeans that have been leering @ me from a hanger on my wardrobe door. HEY PRESTO!! They fit emoticon
Have been reading a lot about non-scale victories lately and now I have one of my own. HOORAH!!

  
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GLYNISADELE 12/21/2011 6:54AM

    Well done!!
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    That is fantastic! emoticon

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YDAVIS23 12/20/2011 5:31AM

    AWESOME WORK

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