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FINALLY . . . I find I DO have (some) willpower

Saturday, September 01, 2012

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 dont they? My partner wanted to take some friends (whom I dont even get on with particularly) down to my little cottage in the country and much as I didnt wish for any of it we all do things we dont want to for our partners dont we? Thats the nature of being with someone. I actually wanted to scream Dont you realise how much harder itll be to stick in my calorie range with all that food Ill 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 Ive 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 - Ill 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 its 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 Id 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. Heres hoping . . .

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MOSTMOM1 9/3/2012 8:21AM

    Oh, good for you!

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    emoticon. So glad you managed to cope with it all. And you are doing so well. xx

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PINKANGEL73 9/2/2012 10:27AM

    Huge pat on the back from me! These are the real big lessons we have to learn - dealing with everyday life without totally giving in to the many temptations. How to have treats and enjoy ourselves without going completely off the rails. Otherwise we are back to the yo-yo diets of the past - lose some, gain more back in my case.

I'd say that you have just taken a massive leap into a brighter future

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TSEWARD 9/2/2012 9:28AM

    You did so wonderful! I too have felt the pressure of cooking and being 'on' for company. It would be so much easier to stick to our food plans if we had no intrusions like company and vast quantities of food! But you kept your goals firmly in mind and acted accordingly. Thank you so much for your encouraging comments! You have really helped me to look at things in a more positive way. It is so easy to get in a negativity rut. Sending you lots of love and warm fuzzies! emoticon emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 9/1/2012 6:48PM

    Way to go my Friend !! .
I think the Spark is finally lit within you !!
Enjoy being home again and back to normal!
Love you ..Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CATLADY52 9/1/2012 6:41PM

    I would say you probably will do it without thinking. emoticon

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And on the upside. . .

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

. . . 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 emoticon

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. emoticon
So - well down near the bottom of my calorie range and feeling very saintly this morning emoticon emoticon

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OTEN36 8/31/2012 5:24PM

    Getting noticed is always the best.
And your dinner sounds so good.
Great Job!!!

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CATLADY52 8/29/2012 5:18PM

    Keep doing what you're doing! emoticon

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    Yeah!! emoticon emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 8/29/2012 6:56AM

    Hi Sonia !! Glad you enjoyed your day!!.
Well done on the exercise ..
Just a few minutes each day soon adds up, and in no time at all, you will be feeling great!!
Love you my friend Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PINKANGEL73 8/29/2012 6:20AM

    Fabulous! Lovely reward for your hard work - very pleased for you. emoticon

Well done too for the healthy eating and just two glasses of wine with friends emoticon

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STONECOT 8/29/2012 5:18AM

    That's all good isn't it. It's lovely when other people start noticing, I can never see any change for myself. And what a lovely dinner, I'm quite envious.

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1954MARG 8/29/2012 5:17AM

  Have a lovely time with your friends, and well done with the weight loss. It is really good when you meet someone that you haven't seen for a while and they notice the difference.

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NEW-CAZ 8/29/2012 5:15AM

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Motivation and planning - and ditching excuses

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Im 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 Ill 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 Ill 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 isnt 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. Theres always something or someone somewhere on Spark that provides encouragement. emoticon

Other than that Im hoping for a good food week I have planned for one on paper but wont be easy cos Im away in my little cottage in the country and have visitors Im never good at coping with that in respect of food and wine but Ill 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 Im hoping theyll respect what Im trying to do and not drag me from my path. Question is: - will I drag myself?!! emoticon emoticon
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 emoticon emoticon emoticon
Others can stay at home and drink the wine emoticon emoticon
So that's the plan - in theory anyway. Will I stick with it? Watch this space. emoticon

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CATLADY52 8/28/2012 5:07PM

    Sounds as if it might work. emoticon

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    emoticon I believe in you. So sorry you are suffering sciatica. I've had that in the past. Nasty. The chair exercises sound good. xx

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SUSIEPH1 8/28/2012 6:47AM

    Have a wondeful time my friend .. I have sent you a link and some ideas for exercise ..
Much Love Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 8/28/2012 5:03AM

    Sonia I'm so glad you've found some exercises that won't (hopefully) aggrevaite your injury and even help with the sciatica- a painful condition I know (John suffers terribly with it).
Sounds like you'll balance your love of food and grape juice with walking it off- *imitates Punch puppet's voice*that's the way to do it emoticon

I'd bet you'll stick to this- you've been losing consistantly for a while...why put all that hard work to waste emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STONECOT 8/28/2012 3:21AM

    Socialising is my downfall too. Try to look at it long term again not short term. You're already tracking your calories on a weekly basis, lengthen it to a fortnight or even a month! Yes, I know that's subversive! I feel that the relaxation and good endorphins you will get from being and walking with your friends, far outweighs the calorie count. Do the basics and track all you can honestly, but remember you need to add 3500 calories to your usual 2000, to put on 1lb. So don't panic, or let yourself feel bad, relax and enjoy the break. You don't do this every week after all. emoticon

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Definitely better than nothing

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Four pounds gone this month. Id 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 dont bother to try. Ive 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 emoticon
So although Ive 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 Im so easily tempted emoticon emoticon
I also had a very minor car accident which resulted in a cracked rib and impeded my workouts any excuse Im afraid! Need to perk up my resolve this coming month and just get on with it. Must give myself lots of these emoticon 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 arent what Id wish. emoticon

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PINKANGEL73 8/27/2012 8:45AM

    I am also trying to follow Stonecot's advice to cut back on the weigh-ins and view my calorie intake by the week instead of the day. Less opportunity for disappointment followed by excuses and "why bother" has got to help keep us on track. She is a very sensible lady emoticon

Careful with your exercise - try to do activities that don't strain your ribs too much. Take care.

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SUSIEPH1 8/26/2012 4:58PM

    Ohh Sonia , I hope your poor ribs are better soon.
Did you think of binding them with a stretch bandage ?.
It really helps to keep them firm and safe!!
Glad you are losing weight and choosing to eat well .
Tracking is so important ..
Much love my friend !!
Susie emoticon emoticon

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CATLADY52 8/26/2012 4:06PM

    If you are wearing yardstick jeans, you are doing well. But take care off the ribs. If you want to go a little lighter I think we would understand. Better to be safe for a while. emoticon Just get better. emoticon

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    Oh. Poor you. I do hope that it doesn't take too long to heal. Go careful.
Congratulations on the weight loss. I was pleased that I didn't put on while in NI as I ate out quite a few times and had deserts!! Cheesecake!! Yummy. So it shows I can still have some treats without putting on - obviously not regularly tho!!

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STONECOT 8/26/2012 10:41AM

    Just goes to show that inches do not always equal pounds! Glad it's working for you, and I hope to join your four pounds now if I can get back on track.

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NEW-CAZ 8/26/2012 7:58AM

    emoticon on the four pounds Sonia, doing well my friend and that is indeed good advice. If I indulge I balance it out over the week or next few days rather than panic and have a knee jerk reaction!

As for getting back it to, well hun, hate to tell you, but ribs take a LONG time to heal so don't chance anything that might impead your recovery.

Once again thanks for the listening ear earlier I, at least, now have a smile on my face emoticon emoticon

Laters emoticon

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TRYINGHARD54 8/26/2012 7:50AM

    give your body time to heal and don't rush it.. why are we so hard on ourselves ? We do have our downfalls from time to time, if we didnt we'd be PERFECT ! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Progress made

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Happy and fairly surprised to have a weight loss to show for my labours this month. emoticon
I havent focused as well as I might have on what I ate people kept inviting me out to eat and it wasnt 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 Im 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 its 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 youre so funny - show us how to do that!
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonI dont 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 caf guests!

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    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 ..
Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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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

Have a sparktacular day emoticon

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