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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Happy – and fairly surprised to have a weight loss to show for my labours this month. emoticon
I haven’t focused as well as I might have on what I ate – people kept inviting me out to eat and it wasn’t always easy to turn them down. One trip to a conference at Surrey university was particularly hard – a tasting menu – i.e. 7 courses – admittedly small – with matching wines. Not easy to deal with. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonKnow I should have exercised more discipline over choices and how much wine I drank but lifelong habits are still hard for me to break. Should really stay at home where I’m ’safe’ but that would not be a life at all. ‘Practise restraint‘ will become my mantra.

I have, however, done OK with the 10 minutes daily strength exercises – a bit half hearted on a couple of days but done nonetheless. emoticon
I will be upping the ante from today. I plan a 15 minute session on the exercise bike as a warm up and turning the 10 minutes formal strength into 15 this month. I also plan to take ‘extras’ from the calendar ’30 Days to an Active Lifestyle’ so that I am generally having much more active days. I find it hard to do exercise for it’s own sake and prefer to clean or garden but I can see myself doing strength moves in the kitchen when I cook or in front of the TV in the breaks.
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Last weekend I spent quite a lot of time playing with my grandchildren and as I needed to make time for my ten minute workout they did it all with me while we were on the beach – ‘Oh Granny – you’re so funny - show us how to do that!’
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonI don’t normally find working out fun at all but that was great. They live an hour or so away and are now on their summer holidays from school so I think I need to fetch them over to me more often – a break for their parents and some workout fun for me. A double whammy in fact. emoticon

  
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TSEWARD 8/11/2012 8:48AM

    What fantastic and reasonable goals you have set for yourself, and you are having great success! You inspire me.
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MEDDYPEDDY 8/9/2012 1:49AM

    Your blog gives me really good vibes and I guess that means that you are on a good path! You remindme of being sure to bring my hula hoop t camp today and fit in some practice between café guests!

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SPARKLEIIGHGAL 7/27/2012 9:05AM

    Great news blog. You are doing brilliantly. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EZRIN101 7/25/2012 10:49PM

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TRENTDREAMER 7/25/2012 10:31PM

    Congrats on the loss

"I have, however, done OK with the 10 minutes daily strength exercises � a bit half hearted on a couple of days but done nonetheless."
* See that's the cool thing about the crazy revolution that's crazy and revolution-ey. 10 minutes is 10 minutes.

"I also plan to take �extras� from the calendar �30 Days to an Active Lifestyle� so that I am generally having much more active days. I find it hard to do exercise for it�s own sake and prefer to clean or garden but I can see myself doing strength moves in the kitchen when I cook or in front of the TV in the breaks. "
* That's the spirit!!

"I don�t normally find working out fun at all but that was great. "
* One of my breakthrough moments in my journey was when I found myself playing "soccer" with my firends' young children. Just kicking the ball lightly to each other and catching it. Running to get it when necessary. That was when I truly understood how much progress had been made. No sore knees, no out-of-breath feeling. Just fun!

Continued success to you!

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CATLADY52 7/25/2012 9:49PM

    That sounds like it would work. emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 7/25/2012 6:55PM

    Hi Darls !!
You need to enjoy your life .. eating out is fun! we just need to make the right choices .. as for your glass of wine that can do more good than harm ..
My doctors all told me to drink a glass of red wine each day .. it has so many good antioxigents in it and is so good for your heart and digestion .

Glad you are having fun on the beach with your grandies ... I keep forgetting it is summer over there .. You are doing really well, congratulations on your weight loss .

Don't forget it is better to lose weight slowly it not only is much easier, it is also better for your body and skin
It is still cold here and I will be glad when it warms up .
Much love my friend !! thank you for all your support od Colin and I ..
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STONECOT 7/25/2012 8:04AM

    I agree, and life without eating out is miserable. Maybe think of your weekly calorie allowance instead of daily, that way you can feel less bad about being over one day if you can balance it out the rest of the week. I always overdo it at weekends, but drop to the lower part of my allowance the rest of the week.

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NEW-CAZ 7/25/2012 5:22AM

    Sonia you're doing better than you think;

you lost 5 pound despite some temptations
you kept your promise to yourself to keep with the 10 min plan
you were brave enough to workout "in public"
you're already looking to up the ante and have a more positive attitude by taking ideas from the calendar.

Not bad girlfriend emoticon emoticon

And remember cleaning and working in the garden is hard graft and you see something as a reward at the end of your toil. If that's what sails your boat, that's fine.......we're not all marathon runners! emoticon

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How can 10 minutes of exercise be a problem?

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Having re-ignited my membership of the 10 Minute Exercise Team this week on the advice of a friend here, I had a real fight with myself yesterday about my 10 minutes. Only 10 minutes!! Why so hard to start? I'm concentrating on strength exercises for these 10 minute slots because I always have somewhere to walk to briskly and don't find that hard to do. Anyway I eventually forced myself into action and did a very short superset - extremely grudgingly it's true but I had made the promise to myself and couldn't let it slide on Day 1.

A truly helpful friend had said to me that often exercise is something you have to force yourself to do until it becomes a habit. I certainly hope that happens to me and it's the reason that I took up my membership of the team again.

The good news is that this morning it was easier to get started and altho I don't imagine for one moment that the battle is won I feel marginally more hopeful today. I need to do it not only for the metabolic advantages but because I am lucky at my age that I have not seized up and I would like to stay that way.

So - this blog is written in gratitude to the 10 Minute Exercise Team and to the various friends here who continue to offer encouragement and who make me believe that I can get there.



  
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PATIPAJ 7/21/2012 12:43AM

    Thank you for sharing that. It is extremely helpful and hopeful.
I don't think we are supposed to win the battle and be "home free". I think we need to understand that we are to become Battle Maidens and beat the ____ out of this big ugly monster! I think we just need to understand we are supposed to learn how to fight. So fight it for 10 minutes tomorrow, and then rest up for the next battle. It is coming for sure!


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SPARKLEIIGHGAL 7/19/2012 7:41AM

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SUSIEPH1 7/18/2012 1:25AM

    They say it takes 21 days to form a habit ...
I exercise every morning without fail, if I didn't I would feel very well at all .. Exercise actually gets the Endorphens in your system working ..
Its the happy and contented gene ..
So my friend its up to you ..
Much Love and thanks for all your wonderful support and caring thoughts .. .
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CATLADY52 7/17/2012 10:33PM

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TRENTDREAMER 7/17/2012 7:49PM

    Best of fortune to you!

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CANNIE50 7/17/2012 2:02PM

    Often, the bigger battle is not with the weights or the bike or the trail or the DVD or whatever exercise vehicle we have chosen to take. The biggest battle is between resistance and willingness. In my experience, though, it takes just the tiniest bit of willingness but once I sense it, I have to grab hold of it tight, at the moment I discover it, and then momentum often takes over. A body in motion tends to stay in motion which makes that first movement the crucial one. My struggle with resistance often lies in the area of nutrition. We all have our struggles which, as you know, makes SP all the more valuable. Sharing our struggles, and our encouragement, makes us feel less alone in the battle we do with ourselves and our shortcomings. I really identified with the comment you left on my page - wanting to be mobile for grandchildren. I have 3 g-babies, ages 4 yrs, 1 yr, and 3 weeks. In addition, the youngest of my four children is 8! He and I often exercise together and that is an important part of my relationship with him - showing him how important it is to take care of the bodies we are entrusted with. You can do this and you will never regret doing the work of becoming stronger. You've got this, doll.

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NEW-CAZ 7/17/2012 12:41PM

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TENACIOUSTRISH 7/17/2012 6:50AM

    I definitely will be doing 10 minutes of cardio/strength training...everyday this week!

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Others can do it and finally I realise that I can too :-)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

I've been doing quite well lately - with food and even with exercise - to some extent at least.
I’ve read various blogs lately about not giving up – about starting over –about really going for success. What an inspiring lot Sparkers are! Yes we CAN do it – all of us. It’s a question of each person persevering until they find their own individual way – however unconventional - and with help and support from Spark People and from so many Sparkers who are prepared to put themselves and their demons – and solutions – out there, I don’t feel alone despite my struggles with exercise in particular but also with food choices and I do see hope. I’m tempted to say that I hope my hopefulness comes good – but that’s not very positive is it? However – just saying I CAN DO IT is not entirely helpful either. I need a cover plan – and another plan to cover my cover plan – and possibly a third plan when in extremis. Belt, braces and the whole nine yards – and then some.
So - I am planning my food by the week to save random choices taking me off track and re- joining the Official 10-Minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge, on the specific recommendation of a Spark friend, and also taking comfort another friend cheering me on when I felt low (see what I mean about the inspiration on here?!) in the hopes that it will encourage me to fulfill my commitment to the team and at least do SOMETHING on the days when I really 'can't be bothered'.

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SPARKLEIIGHGAL 7/19/2012 7:38AM

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CANNIE50 7/14/2012 1:47PM

    I love the 10 min exercise daily challenge idea. I embrace exercise (food is more of a struggle for me) and I often tell people to start out by doing less than you are capable of, and even less than you want to, to trigger your brain into wanting more rather than overdoing and thus becoming even more reluctant towards exercise. Exercise, in my experience is one of those "you HAVE to do it, until you WANT to do it" kind of activities, like drinking more water, going to bed early, and other good habits. It begins as something we have to push ourselves to do and then a magical thing happens and we become people who need and want these healthy habits. I am recommitting to not eating for a couple hours before bedtime, a habit I used early on and one I had let go of. Last night I wanted to eat cookie dough (gross, I know, but a temptation for me nonetheless) and instead, I waited a minute. In that one sweet moment, I was able to decide that I did not want to do that because I would feel gross afterwards, so instead I tracked and went to bed! A tiny little victory that felt so good I will think of it tonight when I am tempted by something else. emoticon

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TRENTDREAMER 7/14/2012 11:21AM

    "I've been doing quite well lately - with food and even with exercise - to some extent at least. "
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"What an inspiring lot Sparkers are! Yes we CAN do it � all of us. It�s a question of each person persevering until they find their own individual way � however unconventional "
* My ears started turning red when I read the word unconventional. I wonder why.

"I don�t feel alone despite my struggles with exercise in particular but also with food choices and I do see hope"
* You're totally not alone. There is hope.

"I need a cover plan � and another plan to cover my cover plan � and possibly a third plan when in extremis. Belt, braces and the whole nine yards � and then some. "
* I'm going to blog about the third part of my Crazy revolution that's Crazy and Revolution-ey, this week (Lord willing and me remembering).

"So - I am planning my food by the week to save random choices taking me off track and re- joining the Official 10-Minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge, "
* Best of fortune to you on that. I couldn't imagine daily exercise. four is my limit (unless I feel like doing one or two more).


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SUSIEPH1 7/12/2012 1:18AM

    Go You !! You can do this my lovely friend ...
Thank you so very much for your loving and supportive comments on my blogs .. This means a lot to Colin and I ...
Have a wonderful day my love Much Love Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ROJAKHAN 7/11/2012 10:48AM

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NEW-CAZ 7/11/2012 8:09AM

    Hi Sonia
sounds like you have a good plan of action in place now; joining the 10min team is an inspiration- right up your street- and like I said once you're moving you're almost certain to want to go another 5 or 10 mins.
I know you've had some low times of late but you're still push on through- you have gumption my friend.
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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


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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

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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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