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Excuses, excuses!!

Sunday, July 01, 2012

So – 4 days in Barcelona working in 30 degrees C and over on occasions. I know some may envy me but I really hate being too hot and I felt bad all the time I was there – yeah – weedy I know but we Brits are not used to high temperatures and they CERTAINLY don’t agree with me. The upside was that, for me, it was too hot to eat much – or indeed drink the wine that I normally find so hard to resist. On top of that I was walking quite long distances between various schools where I needed to examine the young learners on my timetable - so reduced food intake and decent cardio – clouds and silver linings come to mind.

I’m very happy to be back in cooler English temperatures - and some RAIN I have to add – which is also a pleasure right now – though I guess my pleasure in that will have a limited life!

I resisted jumping on the scales when I got back last night because, even though I suspect they may tell a good tale, July 25th is my next self-appointed weigh-in date and I’m really enjoying thinking less about the scales – leaves me so much time for thinking about more important things. For example - my whole problem of cardio/strength etc. I count myself lucky that there is no reason why I shouldn’t move around as freely as I please and I still have enough flexibility to do a fair range of strength exercises – however, at my age, that won’t last if I don’t find a way to motivate myself to do more than lig around on the couch for far too much of the day if nothing more pressing is on my schedule. Just can’t make the effort to do it for pleasure or because I know it’s good for me.
I have been like a limp rag today – combination of the fact that these trips are always wearing and pressured, a late flight which was also delayed resulting in arriving home well after midnight - and the aftermath of the heat I experienced. So that’s today’s excuse for my time on the couch. Oh yes! I can always find an excuse!! Tomorrow there’ll probably be another – no more feasible than today’s I suspect.

  
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MADDE3333 7/6/2012 7:04AM

    Hang in there! I am great at over-thinking and talking myself out of what's good for me. Excuses for this and that and I wind up months down the road with nothing to show for it -- and recently a slide back.

However, I now believe there's no option but to keep picking myself up and doing what I can for as long as I can. Maybe this time I will reach my goal and not allow the negative excuses to keep me bogged down.

Madde

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SPARKLEIIGHGAL 7/5/2012 7:41PM

    Don't worry about it. As Caz says its a reason not an excuse!! I'm the best in the world at making excuses!!! emoticon. You will get back on track. I believe in you. emoticon I agree about heat - I can't bear it either.

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CATLADY52 7/2/2012 9:09PM

    Someone once said 'A poor excuse was better than none'. emoticon

It sounds as if you got quite the workout on your trip. emoticon

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MEDDYPEDDY 7/2/2012 1:14AM

    I agree with the heat - I don´t like the heat waves at all and I am happy with spring and autumn. Hot summer with a lot of insects or cold winter with a high electrical bill does not amuse me. June is cold and rainy - fine with me!

And I think I would like to live in England because I think that that climate is what I would love 3/4 of the year!

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SUSIEPH1 7/1/2012 6:08PM

    Glad you had a safe trip Sonia ...
It takes ages to adjust to warmer temps ..
Wen we came to Australia in 1966 we came in March..... Australia's winter .. Everyone was walking around in coats,scarfs and boots.
But we still had summer dresses on LOL!!
It was nearly three years before we adjusted to the weather ..
You are entitled to rest and recouperate my friend ... Much Love Susie emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 7/1/2012 2:57PM

    That's not an excuse Sonia, it's a reason! There is the world of difference hun.
Now once you've unpacked and got over your late flight there will be no excuses. ve have vays of getting you bak on track- think shed emoticon

Nice to have you home, today went well, had a good visit with John and Vic and an excellent Salmon steak lunchtime- stuffed though emoticon


Welcome home emoticon

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Some pounds lost - HOORAH!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Well I’m surprised – amazed in fact – to find that I’ve lost 7 pounds since May 25th. I resolved on a new attempt to stop messing about here and take off the weight I’ve 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 don’t leer at me from the corner in the same way as when they’re 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! I’m concentrating on building cardio minutes – which is what I really need to do – I’m very idle in the exercise area although happy to do quite big renovation and repair projects. I’m 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 it’s 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.
I’ve 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 I’ve 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!!!' I’m resolved to try!!

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

  
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SPARKLEIIGHGAL 7/1/2012 7:18AM

    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

I’ve 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 I’ve 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 don’t resent a scrap of the energy I expend on these things whereas I’m massively resistant to spending time and energy on cardio or strength exercises – seems less inspiring because there’s no end product. Except – as I suddenly realized – there IS an end product. There’s 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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TENACIOUSTRISH 7/17/2012 6:50AM

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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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SPARKLEIIGHGAL 6/14/2012 9:25AM

    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

I’m terribly short of time today but just have to post something to say how amazed I am at my current efforts. For some time I’ve been processing all the changes I’ve 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 haven’t 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 I’ve 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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SPARKLEIIGHGAL 6/14/2012 9:34AM

    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 couldn’t believe how crowded public transport was.
If it was hard work for me I can’t 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 don’t let anything stop them so I didn’t 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. I’m resolved not to weigh until the end of this month so I don’t 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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