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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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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 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.

Hugsies,

- Trent

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SPARKLEIIGHGAL 6/1/2012 5:04PM

    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.
SPARK ON!!

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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
MOSTMOM1

Keep up the good work and good luck hun emoticon

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Good days

Monday, May 28, 2012

So the first weekend of my renewed efforts. A good few days of food and exercise and I spent a happy weekend on the beach setting up BBQs with my students (I find it really easy to enjoy barbecued fish or meat and salads without overdoing it) and not a drop of wine passed my lips. Had to legislate for it with homemade crushed fruit drinks mixed with sparkling water but all went well. Must be a first!

Another good thing is that - very typically - I had somehow failed to calculate correctly the number of pounds I had to lose when I reset my tickers at the end of last week and find that its not 50-ish pounds to lose as I mentioned in my blog but actually 35 pounds. (Yup Caz you were right as always! Not as bad as I thought!) So I could be at goal sooner than I expected provided I keep on track. emoticon emoticon

emoticon from me to myself!

  
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SPARKLEIIGHGAL 6/1/2012 5:00PM

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TRENTDREAMER 5/28/2012 9:23PM

    "Had to legislate for it with homemade crushed fruit drinks mixed with sparkling water but all went well. Must be a first! "
* :)

"I reset my tickers at the end of last week and find that it's not "50-ish pounds" to lose as I mentioned in my blog but actually 35 pounds. "
* Double :)

"So I could be at goal sooner than I expected provided I keep on track."
* Don't focus on getting there soon if you are doing so. Make the small changes that can most easily become permanent.

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NEW-CAZ 5/28/2012 9:39AM

    As McCloud would say.........there you go! emoticon
Sounds like I can lock the door of the shed back up and remove the "put-me-up" bed away.

Keep positive hun emoticon because you WANT to do it emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 5/28/2012 8:01AM

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Creeping back - rather shamefaced

Friday, May 25, 2012

Ive been absent for a lot longer than I intended although I have been logging in and tracking as much as I could not that that saved me from regaining some of my hard lost pounds and I knew that I either had to start again or give up altogether. What I know, however, is that if I dont stay with Spark then Im going to be in real trouble and that my intention to get healthier in my later years is lost road to hell is paved with good intentions, they say, so I need to make my good intentions become a reality.

Ive been messing around on the edges of Spark for nearly two months now taking consolation and inspiration from so many who fall dust themselves off and start again and from various Spark blogs. I knew that eventually something would re-Spark me and yesterday it did.


I read a blog by Michelene Cleary in which she said: -

Getting out of a rut can be hard work. You get tired of fighting to change yourself or the ''thing'' in your life that needs changing, and you just want to lay down in the rut and give up. Accepting "what is" becomes easier than struggling to get to "what could be." The vision or dream becomes lost in the midst of everyday life.

This is totally what happened to me I lost focus because I was very busy with the last stage of renovations to my extra little house in the country and blew it all. However thanks to Micheline and other friends who have been both tolerant and encouraging I am embarking on yet another attempt to lose my excess 50-ish pounds resetting my ticker and ploughing on. For the moment Im concentrating on exercise minutes because Im so bad at being consistent with exercise and in any case the scales are sending me demented so Im focusing on healthy calories both in and out - and letting my clothes tell me how Im getting on.

The weather here is wonderful so Ive walked by the sea this morning and am embarking on some strength exercises shortly. The only things about the walk by the sea is that there is an open air exercise class (should I join?) and lots of marquees being set up for our annual Brighton (UK) food festival.(should I go?) Endless delicious food and Pimms on top of an open bus!! Oh dear a test in itself!!






  
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TRENTDREAMER 5/27/2012 11:47AM

    "Creeping back - rather shamefaced"

* There is no shame in being at the bottom of the mountain. Start climbing and climb to the top. 1 step, 1 minute of exercise, 1 serving of (heathy food group) at a time.

This isn't religion. It's life.

Live it

Love it.

Live

Love


Just sayin'

(I did read the whole blog. It's just that I've seen more people die on the vine health-wise by guilt and shame than from the all-you-can-eat-buffet.)

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SPARKLEIIGHGAL 5/25/2012 6:55AM

    emoticon back. Great to see you back in the swing of things again. Yes you should give the outdoor exercise class a go as long as you put sunscreen on. And as Caz says one sample of the food won't cause a big problem. Well done on making the decision to get back on track. I need to do likewise!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 5/25/2012 6:29AM

    Welcome back Sonia,
you're back on track and more determined than ever to take care of you. I think you're right to concentrate your efforts on one thing and we have the perfect weather to get out and about and be active-so you have that on your side....no longer the rain that bought you down emoticon. That sea is tempting you in for a swim.
And as for those food joints....give them a wide berth or allow for something from one of them on your tracker. That way you can feel virtuous emoticon

It's lovely to see you posting again.........and my shed has been emptied...just in case emoticon emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 5/25/2012 6:03AM

    Welcome back Sonia ...
We all fall by the wayside at some time or other so don't worry about it ..
Just get back into the swing of things and reap the rewards .Love and Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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