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Some pounds lost - HOORAH!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Well Im surprised amazed in fact to find that Ive lost 7 pounds since May 25th. I resolved on a new attempt to stop messing about here and take off the weight Ive recently regained and then to plod on until I get to where I need to be.
I also resolved to leave the scales in the cupboard and just weigh once a month that way they dont leer at me from the corner in the same way as when theyre on view - beckoning me to come and do yet another extra weigh-in or TEN!! All of that does me no good whatsoever sends me vaguely mad in fact! Im concentrating on building cardio minutes which is what I really need to do Im very idle in the exercise area although happy to do quite big renovation and repair projects. Im trying now on the advice of various Sparkfriends to concentrate on that. Actual physical work with an end result gives me pleasure so I persist with it until its done unlike jogging or brisk walking etc. which I abandon so easily. I am also doing a selection of Spark strength exercises for the sake of my muscles and joints and am starting Yoga and Pilates classes which make me happy.
Ive been eating soup a lot too. Falling back on a previous piece of advice from a Sparkfriend, I prepare a big batch of vegetable based soup and vary it with different additions. Equally Ive discovered the joys of chopped salad same process prep a large one in the morning and add interesting extras for variety throughout the day.

My big concern just now is a working trip to Barcelona this week. A group of hard drinking, gourmet-eating colleagues who never gain an ounce it seems unlike me! Is it fair? NO!!! Well no point worrying about that just need to exercise some moderation with the wine consumption and everything else will probably fall into place. Empty calories - zillions of them sometimes - and subsequent lack of control on the food front. Double whammy!!

A friend here pointed me to a great blog at the weekend containing the words: Forget motivation. Just do it Am grateful to Caz for sending me there and to Gaby for posting. It really speaks to me: 'stop thinking so much and DO more!!!' Im resolved to try!!

DISCIPLINE!!! not hot on that but lets hope I can manage it rather than waste the efforts of the past month in a Barcelona blow-out!

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    Gr8 weight loss pal. Well done. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEFIANTVEGAN 6/25/2012 11:05AM

    emoticon Great blog!

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BEAUTIFULBRIT50 6/25/2012 7:09AM

    emoticon emoticonkeep up the good work

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SUSIEPH1 6/25/2012 5:45AM

    Way to go Sonia !! all we need to do is find out what works for us .... as we are different ...
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NEW-CAZ 6/25/2012 5:13AM

    emoticon Sonia
I am so pleased you've found something that works for you and you've done an amazing job staying off the scales; clearly de-stressing over that has helped you heaps to relax into consentrating on your activity levels and healthier eating.

I am that proud of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Change of attitude needed

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Ive been spending a lot of time doing various things in my flat recently steam cleaning the oak floors and re-varnishing and also quite a bit of painting. Playing catch up, in fact, because Ive neglected the flat of late due to renovating my 2nd little house in Dorset plastering, painting, tiling and so on. I love all of that - it's quite creative and, as I always say, it gives me the satisfaction of an end product.
As I was working on the floors yesterday I was also reflecting on the fact that I dont resent a scrap of the energy I expend on these things whereas Im massively resistant to spending time and energy on cardio or strength exercises seems less inspiring because theres no end product. Except as I suddenly realized there IS an end product. Theres a healthier and hopefully a more toned body that I could look forward to if I just changed my viewpoint. Nothing new there, you may say - quite rightly, but it's certainly a thought for me to work on and an attitude for me to change.

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MEDDYPEDDY 6/24/2012 1:38AM

    OR ... you could find things that are as fun as the work with your house that means a lot of exercise....

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SUSIEPH1 6/15/2012 5:52AM

    Great thinking my friend !!.
Love that you like to renovate ... that is exercise in its self .. Keep well love xx Hugs Susie emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 6/14/2012 12:50PM

    WTG on your outlook Sonia, not only a leaner meaner machine but one that will allow you to do even more! More energy for your grand kids example, a more positive mental attitude too to deal with G emoticon emoticon and a keener brain to keep up with those students of you not to mention more stamina to walk everywhere with them
No negatives as far as I can see to taking care of you.
But like you I see the results more tangibly in clearing though and working on the house so I get where you're coming from.

The shed has been leased out for the next 3 months so keep this attitude of yours going emoticon

Laters,..just back from another day at the charity shop- DH was watching Leveson Enquiry and I just had to escape emoticon

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    You are doing brilliantly. You work so hard. I'm sure your cottage is beautiful.
I know what you mean. I need to have a different frame of mind too. emoticon emoticon emoticon I need to do these sorts of exercise more than just the housework/decluttering/shopping!! LOL!!

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Satisfaction Factor

Monday, June 11, 2012

Im terribly short of time today but just have to post something to say how amazed I am at my current efforts. For some time Ive been processing all the changes Ive been through and taking inspiration from other Sparkers principally to set up new habits for the future. I am finally Sparked to make something happen and feel things improving in ways I never dreamt less wine better portion control and more care put into how to tweak my basically healthy cooked-from-scratch meals so they scrape home to a lower-calorie finish. Even my exercise levels, which have always been my greatest problem, have risen in ten-minute bites and I am deriving a modicum of pleasure from the fact that my body just feels easier and better stretched. I still haven't solved my hula hoop problem but am working on it.
So all is going is well right now. I havent been on the scale yet as I resolved not to worry myself with all of that, but I feel healthier and more energetic which is, after all, what matters most.
What I want to say to Sparkers who are in a phase of struggling with it all (one that Ive just emerged from) is that once you find the oomph to restart, the satisfaction factor is pretty high - a real encouragement to continue on the journey with renewed vigour. Give it a go!

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    This is gr8 that you are feeling more satisfied. You deserve to be happy after all your hard work. I hope I can follow suit!! I desperately need to find some oommph!! LOL!! I felt so bloated and uncomfortable yesterday I couldnt have done ANY form of exercise or work!! That's why I decided the muffin-top NEEDS TO GO. Without any more question. Unfortunately it looks like the muffin-top challenge doesn't exist - no leader and no movement in the team and the same for the other team. Thus I am looking at the flat belly diet (tho I don't want to think of it as a diet more as a plan). I have ordered a pocket guide for it and I will combine with mediterranean & GI/GL plan. Maybe that will suit me better. Here goes. xx emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 6/11/2012 6:00PM

    Hi Sonia ! I so agree with Caz It is most likely because you are not stressing about weighting your self and concentrating on tweaking your food and the exercise ..
We really don't need to weigh all the time .. it can be so off putting, as our weight will fluctuate from day to day with heat, cold, time of the month many many reasons.... just not food ..
So do what you are doing my friend and enjoy this experience ...
Love and Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 6/11/2012 12:50PM

    Hi Sonia I'm glad you've found your MOJO at last hun and are prepared to inspire others that have been floundering.
I wish you all the luck in the world with your new found enthusiasm, perhaps it's coz you're not stressing over the scales and concentrating on eating well and being active.
It's working whatever you're doing, keep it up! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Jubilee Fun

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Well the Jubilee fun was very hard work and quite wet here in Brighton. There were lots of street parties in the residential roads and other events in the streets. I took any interested students around the town. Most of them were happy to see what they could they felt privileged to be here for such a historical event. Some of them did go up to London but found it very crowded of course and came back early because of the crowds and the rain but even then couldnt believe how crowded public transport was.
If it was hard work for me I cant imagine how the Queen and her family felt (particularly the Duke of Edinburgh who looked so cheery and was in hospital by the next day) but they dont let anything stop them so I didnt either. Am glad of a free day today though!!
There was so much food and drink around and I really had to struggle with myself not to help myself to too much. Im resolved not to weigh until the end of this month so I dont actually know if I did any damage probably a good thing right now. My resolve for today is a good workout and long walk in the hopes that I can undo any harm done without allowing it to escalate.

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SUSIEPH1 6/7/2012 2:03AM

    Hi Sonia !!.
I think you would have worked off any excesses running around with your students .
Glad you had a lovely day ..
I take my hat off the both the Queen and Prince Phillip they had a very busy and demanding day .. and they did really well ..
Long live the monarchy ..
Love and Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon

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CATLADY52 6/6/2012 6:36PM

    It will be a few years until the next one at the least. emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 6/6/2012 7:53AM

    Hi Sonia
I expect your demanding students had you run rugged enough to burn off any excesses emoticon

Her Majesty must have the constitution of an ox to keep going at her age, amazing woman. Such a shame about Phillip, lets hope he's soon mended.

Enjoy your walk hun, hope it stays fine enough! emoticon

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Eight Days In and a Hula Hoop question

Friday, June 01, 2012

So here we all are at the beginning of a new month. I wish you all a happy and successful June.

This is the month when I intend to make some measured and serious progress here. I've said that before many times in different ways and failed to get to where I want to be, but I never quite give up. After dithering around on the edges of Spark for a while after my most recent weight gain, I made a new start here on May 25th. I can be positive today altho it's only a week I'm happy to have been staying on track with calorie consumption and nutrition, done strength exercises and kept up my very basic walking programme which I MUST MUST MUST perk up - for the sake of variety and to save me from boredom. I need to walk faster and longer but also find some other cardio to do. Bought a hula hoop but its so light I cant keep it up for long. I used to love hooping but have no recollection of the weight of my hoops when I was a child. I've found that I can actually buy a weighted one so unless anyone knows of a way to weight the one I have, Ill be investing in another. Of course it may be just a question of forgotten technique and muscle tone. Any suggestions/advice gratefully received.

I made a resolution not to hop on the scales too much because they can freak me out not to say obsess me. Its weird not weighing in weekly though, because that can be a measure of progress but I know it isnt to be relied on. Ive taken body measurements but nothing has changed in the last week obviously. I know from experience that if I get on the scales weekly and see no change Ill be very tempted to give up so Im resolved to leave well alone until 4 weeks after the start of this new effort. Thus June 25th is weigh-in day. In the meantime I'm tracking fitness minutes but I do need some other motivation. I hope my clothes will get a bit looser soon thatll make me happy in so many ways. I do have a particular pair of jeans that are on the small side(for me!). I did get into them before Christmas but alas they cause a big muffin top now so they will be a measure of a non-scale victory.

A wise and supportive SP-friend left me a message : Don't focus on getting there (referring to my goal) soon if you are doing so. Make the small changes that can most easily become permanent. You know who you are and I thank you for the timely reminder.

Most of my good friends here know that I get excited about progress towards goal when its going well and that I then let it all drop (despite these friends' best efforts to keep me going) when progress is poor so I give myself no chance truly to establish new habits. That is my principal reason now for not weighing too often.

Plod on with determination seems to be the way forward. Wish it didnt sound rather boring to me but I know it certainly wont be boring at all when I eventually get there. The sense of achievement will be huge. Need to focus on that thought.

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TRENTDREAMER 6/5/2012 7:50AM

    "altho it's only a week I'm happy to have been staying on track with calorie consumption and nutrition, done strength exercises and kept up my very basic walking programme which I MUST MUST MUST perk up - for the sake of variety and to save me from boredom"
* Congrats on sticking with it.

"so unless anyone knows of a way to weight the one I have, I�ll be investing in another. Of course it may be just a question of forgotten technique and muscle tone. Any suggestions/advice gratefully received."
* Sorry, I know pretty much nada about hula hoops.

"I made a resolution not to hop on the scales too much because they can freak me out � not to say obsess me. It�s weird not weighing in weekly though, because that can be a measure of progress but I know it isn�t to be relied on. "
* Good move.

"Plod on with determination seems to be the way forward. Wish it didn�t sound rather boring to me � but I know it certainly won�t be boring at all when I eventually get there. "
* See, now I ask, "why wait?". I'm American and, ergo, extremely impatient. There's got to be some physical activity that you enjoy or would enjoy even if you wouldn't win a national or international championship at it today.

Something you can learn, practice and get in shape whilst trying/learning. Tennis, softball, hiking, Roller Derby, Pro-Wrestling (Ladies and Gentlemen..."The LAZ!!!!" (crowd applauses))?

I dunno. What is it that you've always wanted to do? Do you children, neices or nephews play sports? Help them practice?

Me, personally, I'm starting a crazy revolution that's really crazy (chack out my blog on the matter), but as part of that I'm thinking of going for kettlebell certification. May or may not last, but hey, I'll get in shape.

Just thinking out loud.


- Trent

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    You can do it. I know you can. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOSTMOM1 6/1/2012 8:15AM

    You can totally do this! Set as many non-scale goals as you can, so you have more to celebrate. Make some of them fun and not necessarily fitness related--is there something you'd like to learn? I think the more fun you're having on the journey, the more successful you'll be.
As far as the hoop goes, if you're trying to hoop with one of the kid ones you get at the toy store, you're probably going to be frustrated. They're next to impossible for adults to use. Heck, most teens I know can't even keep them up. If you want some suggestions for adult-sized hoops, holler and I can shoot you some info. Lots of folks make their own.

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SUSIEPH1 6/1/2012 5:46AM

    You can do this Sonia my friend ..
Baby steps and changing your exercise around frequently ..
Walking is great .. Try to walk fast for a while then slow down then fast again .. I find this really works well for me .
I very rarely get on the scales, I go by the fit of my clothes and how I feel ..
Putting to much pressure on yourself will only lead to failure .
Don't forget this is a lifestyle change not a diet ..
Love and Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 6/1/2012 4:36AM

    Morning Sonia
love your positive outlook!
If you want tips on hooping speak to JOYINKYshe has become an expert as has

Keep up the good work and good luck hun emoticon

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