Had intended to be blogging every day for a while to keep myself from the slippage I could feel coming on after a pretty good couple of months – but things go awry don’t they? My partner wanted to take some friends (whom I don’t even get on with particularly) down to my little cottage in the country and much as I didn’t wish for any of it we all do things we don’t want to for our partners don’t we? That’s the nature of being with someone. I actually wanted to scream – ‘Don’t you realise how much harder it’ll be to stick in my calorie range with all that food I’ll have to cook and serve – worse, sit at the table looking at it – and all that wine flowing that will be so hard to resist?’ So – I’ve been struggling this week but it could have been worse
There was no time to Spark much – apart from tracking – but I just thought: ‘OK - I’ll have to be big and brave and get on with it on my own without support from SPfriends.’ Actually my food and wine consumption have been better than they might have been. Lesson learned about determination – if I REALLY want it to work then it’s up to ME – and no one else – get on with it.
I managed to resist most of those bright signs beckoning me to the cheeseboard and wine bottle in the knowledge that I would then avoid the disappointment that would otherwise await me on the scales later. I exercised when I could make the time and walked a lot – tho not as much as I’d hoped. However – good enough - and although I am saying this in a tentative whisper – I really think I may have learned some more good Spark lessons – FINALLY!
Now I'm home and have a week ahead with no temptations so I can apply myself with renewed vigour. Here’s hoping . . .
. . . the friends that are staying with me in my little holiday cottage said - the minute they arrived - 'Good Heavens (well more or less that!)- 'you've lost a lot of weight'
YAY! That's what we all want to hear
Did well yesterday - 15 minutes chair exercise (thanks SusieXXX) due to my temporarily impaired state - two 20 minute walks (no time for a real hike) and altho we ate out - always a problem! - I had fresh crab and salad plus some steamed green veggies and 2 glasses of wine. When we got home I was totally knackered from driving down/shopping for them all/bed changing etc etc so I went to bed and left them to nibbles and wine.
So - well down near the bottom of my calorie range and feeling very saintly this morning
I’m hoping to blog most days this month – I need to renew my motivation and accountability and I guess this is the way.
Coincidentally a good friend of mine here is resolved to blog and post motivational pictures all this month – so I’ll be looking at those with interest.
Had a good eating day yesterday which is great but I moved very little. I can blame my cracked rib – and the fact that on top of that my sciatica returned yesterday. What I know about sciatica and me is that gentle exercise and stretches for my legs and hips generally alleviate the worst of the pain which is motivation in itself. So with no viable excuse for doing absolutely nothing, I spent some time yesterday looking into chair exercises and I tried some of them this morning combined with leg exercises to see how they suit my currently sore state. Went OK so I’ll continue with that for a while. And another coincidence: another SPfriend posted a blog about chair exercises and the fact that with those in mind there really isn’t any 'excuse for excuses' – so to speak. She had already made this point to me and I was glad to have it re-inforced at a moment when I was looking for motivation. There’s always something or someone somewhere on Spark that provides encouragement.
Other than that I’m hoping for a good food week – I have planned for one on paper but won’t be easy cos I’m away in my little cottage in the country and have visitors – I’m never good at coping with that in respect of food and wine but I’ll just have to try and remind myself to be disciplined at all points and also balance my heavier food days against my lighter ones. The trouble with loving good food and wine is that all my friends tend to have the same lifestyle but I’m hoping they’ll respect what I’m trying to do and not drag me from my path. Question is: - will I drag myself?!!
The upside, however, is that two of them are great walkers and there are really beautiful walks around my place so I can walk with them
Others can stay at home and drink the wine
So that's the plan - in theory anyway. Will I stick with it? Watch this space.
Four pounds gone this month. I’d have liked it to be more but my monthly weigh-ins are bearing fruit with less scale obsession and no getting discouraged when loss in one week is not much and I don’t bother to try. I’ve been trying the advice of a Sparkfriend by counting calories by the week. That is to say that I track every day but balance indulgent days against a lower intake on other days. Seems to work for me. Thanks STONECOT
So although I’ve had a difficult month cooking for a lot of visitors where I should have done well because I was in charge of the food (and wine!) I fell down a bit because I’m so easily tempted
I also had a very minor car accident which resulted in a cracked rib and impeded my workouts – any excuse I’m afraid! Need to perk up my resolve this coming month and just get on with it. Must give myself lots of these and you're all welcome join in!
On the upside, I am back wearing the jeans that I use as a yardstick of progress even when the numbers on the scale aren’t what I’d wish.
Happy – and fairly surprised to have a weight loss to show for my labours this month.
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. Know 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.
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.
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!’
I 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.