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PROGRESS!

Monday, July 01, 2013

So – at the beginning of week 2 I’m pretty pleased to find that I’ve lost 1 inch off my waist and another off my hips.
I’ve also lost 4 pounds according to my scales. HOORAH! All the effort was worth it – both mine and Spark’s.
Today I’m following the meal plan for lunch and dinner but had a scrambled egg with chopped pepper and Zucchini mixed in as again the breakfast is sweet and I don’t really eat anything sweet.
I’ve done the cardio and intervals on my stationary bike. Now I’m off for a good walk by the sea in the sunshine wearing - comfortably - the jeans that are my yardstick of progress emoticon (or indeed the opposite sometimes!) I’ll be doing an extra set of the Spark Solution workout later too. The great thing about saying that is that today I know I WILL do it. In fact I’m amazed at how much determination the combination of Spark Solution and Spark Coach is giving me. Certainly was sorely needed! emoticon

  
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TSEWARD 7/1/2013 8:33PM

    You are doing totally awesome, I am so happy to hear it! Thank you for your touching comment on my blog..helps me to be positive about the change. Right now it is just scary. emoticon Here's to walks in the sunshine in progress jeans!

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 7/1/2013 2:25PM

    Amazing work!!

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TRENTDREAMER 7/1/2013 8:52AM

    "So – at the beginning of week 2 I’m pretty pleased to find that I’ve lost 1 inch off my waist and another off my hips. "
* WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTT!!!????/
>That's awesome!


"Now I’m off for a good walk by the sea in the sunshine wearing - comfortably - the jeans that are my yardstick of progress "
* Hope you have/had a great walk.


"The great thing about saying that is that today I know I WILL do it. In fact I’m amazed at how much determination the combination of Spark Solution and Spark Coach is giving me. "
* Proud of and happy for you!!

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NEW-CAZ 7/1/2013 8:38AM

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Good work Sonia, I reckon little NSVs like losing inches is just as gratifying-if not more so- than seeing the scales move in the right direction.
Enjoy your walk by the sea, won't be long (fingers crossed) before I'll be able to likewise in the mornings emoticon

Keep positive........you're doing emoticon

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MEEMOM33 7/1/2013 8:05AM

    Great job! I think we're on the same track, except for the fact that you are blessed by being able to take your walks by the sea. As much as I've been on Sparkpeople, I've (sadly) never checked out Spark Solution and have never tried one of the diets. However, since reading your yummy description of your breakfast, I'm inclined to let someone else choose my menu. Thanks for the post, and GOOD LUCK!!!

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Spark Solution Challenge - end of week 1

Sunday, June 30, 2013

I rarely buy books that offer suggestions for a routine for a healthier lifestyle. I needed motivation to stop myself slithering backwards and I’m amazed how well I’m getting on with this one. The ‘prescription’ for meals is either to follow the menus in the book OR – my preferred option – to keep within calorie range. The new recipe suggestions are great and I’ve tried a couple and will continue to do so. But I’m a spur of the moment person and prefer to choose things at the last minute. Obviously dangerous in calorie terms but right now I have the words ‘within calorie range’ ringing in my head and that’s my guide.
Coach Nicole’s work out designed for the book is a killer for me – I’m definitely an older Sparker - which I can’t do anything about – and not especially fit, which I’m gradually changing. A friend here declared her intention of being able to stand and lace her shoes aged 80 and whilst I know we can’t all aspire to that, I’m lucky so far and at my age that is much more inspiring for me than a six pack. So I’m going to practise one move in the workout with best possible form as an ‘extra’ every day, regardless of whatever other exercise I do until I have ‘got’ the whole workout. I need to work on this because working out is just not my favourite thing to do. Today’s task on Spark Coach which came as a free trial with the book is to learn to ditch excuses for not working out. I need to think long and hard about that as I really like to have an end product that I can see – a cleaner sitting room – a prettier garden. It seems that I discount the other end product which is ME so strength tends to go by the board whilst I concentrate on moving more in a general way in order to achieve things.
Which ‘neatly’ brings me to N.E.A.T. NEAT (Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis) is my favourite thing of the book and the Challenge. If I get that habit under my belt and nothing else, this Challenge will have been worthwhile for me. In essence – it’s any extra activity on top of formal exercise that gets you to your feet and moving. I’m basically very idle in between bouts of intense activity and I’m grateful for the reminder that walking/cleaning/painting walls (in my case) or whatever, as well as formal exercise, are important. Exercises before I get out of bed and chair exercises in front of the TV are good too. I have a whole list! Not that I didn’t know this but . . . I just like sitting still. Well, now I’ve got a NEAT Sheet, printed in the book and now copied, to calculate the % of sitting still I do in my day. Scary!! But useful. There is a suggested amount of movement for Day 1 which builds up as you go along hence reducing ‘sitting still’ time. A lot of people wouldn’t find that extraordinary but I’ve been aware for a long time that every time I get a chance to slob out I seize it with both hands. Hoping to change that.

  
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TRENTDREAMER 7/1/2013 7:41AM

    "o I’m going to practise one move in the workout with best possible form as an ‘extra’ every day, regardless of whatever other exercise I do until I have ‘got’ the whole workout. I need to work on this because working out is just not my favourite thing to do. "
* Sounds like a good plan.


"If I get that habit under my belt and nothing else, this Challenge will have been worthwhile for me. In essence – it’s any extra activity on top of formal exercise that gets you to your feet and moving. "
* Wow, this book sounds cool. I may end up buying it after all. I enjoy working out and do so intensely, but still notice that I'm overall very sedentary.


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AMARILYNH 6/30/2013 9:24AM

    Sounds like we are a lot alike. I too bought the book, read the recipes (they sound really good) but haven't actually MADE any of them - YET. So far the membership in SparkCoach has been the best part of the book - but then I haven't actually READ the book LOL. I AM enjoying being on SCoach.

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NEW-CAZ 6/30/2013 3:13AM

    Hi Sonia
You know yourself so well and this sounds PERFECT for you.
Like I've always said, find something that suits you and your lifestyle and you're more likely to stick with it!
Good luck babe, here with the emoticon should they be required emoticon emoticon

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Wasting time

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Today's task on Spark Coach is to identify ways in which I waste time during the day and to fill at least some of that wasted time with activity. Should be an interesting exercise - I am either running about madly getting things done emoticon or lounging around emoticon Nothing much in between those two points.
I realised a long time ago that the lounging needs to stop and am happy to find myself focused on keeping myself moving during the day in a more consistent way than I do now emoticon

  
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1BEACHWALKER 6/22/2013 12:21AM

    You know since I got my fitbit flex a week ago, I set a goal of steps with it everyday. What I do is at every commercial when I am watching TV I will walk around the room and get more steps. Do you know I am getting about 2500 more steps a day just doing that?! Or on the computer, I set a time to get up and do the same! I know I sit too much, so that has changed! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MEDDYPEDDY 6/21/2013 5:49AM

    I waste time with teve and internet - after reading "The winter of our disconnect" by Susan Maushart I have realy highlighted my internet dependancy... and decided to spend some of that leisure time playing the piano. Mausharts son becam a really good saxophone player during their disconnectin, I don´t care where my playing takes me but I can as well be distracted by playing as by playing computergames...

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BLAZINGSWORD 6/10/2013 9:53PM

    Yes, I read that too. It makes a lot of sense. But to each his own.

Right now, I am just beginning to sleep more than 5 or 6 hours a night. Sleep deprivation has followed me for a long, long time. And that could have been part of my weight problem. But with hubby's cancer of the past 6 years and his passing back in March, my life is just beginning again.

With doing the South Beach Diet again, (hopefully for a long, long time), I'll be much healthier. So now I am sleeping about 9 to 10 hours and my weight is beginning to drop. They say if you don't get the sleep you need you will, like, sabotage your weight loss.

But I totally hear where you are coming from. Getting up and getting the day started is important as well. And using the time wisely to do more movement is very important.

Women, if they sit more than six hours a day have a greater risk, 37% more, of dying earlier. I certainly want to keep moving! emoticon

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PINKANGEL73 6/9/2013 5:27PM

    Well it certainly seems to have motivated you. Good for you emoticon



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TRENTDREAMER 6/8/2013 10:37AM

    :)

I may do that.

One change at a time.

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NEW-CAZ 6/8/2013 7:05AM

    Great attitude Sonia emoticon emoticon

No emoticon needed today emoticon

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Focus needed - Part 2

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Well –yesterday I said I was looking for focus. Today it arrived in the form of The Spark Solution, ordered so long ago that I had forgotten about it – Spark DVDs and books seem to take a long time to be delivered here even from Amazon UK. Totally opportune though! A documented exercise in motivation and discipline – precisely what I need right now to get me back on track. I ordered it before I put back the five pounds mentioned previously - specifically to follow the two week programme prescribed – to help me with lifestyle and exercise habits almost more than food consumption. I don’t eat badly overall – certainly in terms of quality of ingredients because I always cook from scratch with the best I can afford. Exercise is the thing that I certainly need help with. Am hoping Spark Solution will supply a do-able programme and emoticon to get me into a better mindset.
I also got the book because it was so enthusiastically recommended by MOSTMOM1 (Thanks Shelli XXX). She plainly found it helpful to get rid of some pounds put back and I need that too. It’s not normally the sort of thing I buy (though I should because of the discipline thing mentioned above) I ordered it originally to help me stay on track but now that I am starting to read it I have hopes it will put me back on the path to losing my re-gained pounds before it all gets worse. Beyond that, help staying on track would be excellent.
Please watch this space Sparkfolk!
Oh – and any emoticon emoticon emoticon welcome!

  
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MEDDYPEDDY 6/21/2013 5:46AM

    I do have the first book from Spark and have not plans to buy the second as I think it is probably about the same, but anytime you´d like to exchange challenges and work together I am one - we are on a couple of same teams I think...

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TRENTDREAMER 6/6/2013 3:45PM

    "I ordered it originally to help me stay on track but now that I am starting to read it I have hopes it will put me back on the path to losing my re-gained pounds before it all gets worse. Beyond that, help staying on track would be excellent. "
* Best of fortune to you. Hope that the solution helps you.

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MARTY728 6/6/2013 12:54PM

    Looks like you are ready to as they say, Kick some..... emoticon

I hope it is not mine!

I am there with you! emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 6/5/2013 3:26PM

    Hi Sonia
WOW! You mean business!!!!!!!! Good for you, emoticon emoticon

emoticon at the ready. Did you have a walk today? I've only just come in from gardening LOL

C ya 2moro girlfriend emoticon emoticon

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PINKANGEL73 6/5/2013 2:51PM

    Good for you! Let me know how you get on with it. xx

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Focus needed

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Almost a month since I blogged and a lot more than that since I weighed myself (April 30 – 191 pounds). I seem to have been beset by problems since then – family difficulties and domestic disasters (well – semi-disasters) that have needed dealing with. During that time I haven’t been much focused on Spark or Sparking. Apologies to my friends here whom I have neglected.
My elder son has just gone into de-tox for alcohol, obviously a trauma, and I promised myself that once that was settled I’d get back onto Spark and onto the scales. Some focus on myself, in fact. 190 pounds!! I was pretty delighted with that – having expected much worse.
Over the next few days I kept coming back to the fact that it was very little – considering what scant attention I’d been paying. SO . . . today I have bitten the bullet and bought a new battery for my scales. Sadly I find I was right – 196 pounds actually. So here I go again – aiming to lose 5 pounds that I had already lost. However – I know it could be worse – i.e. more pounds than this re-gained and so more pounds to re-lose. Hey Ho!! Gotta be done. emoticon

  
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MEDDYPEDDY 6/21/2013 5:41AM

    I have to beat you - when I finally stepped on the scale after a winter of denial I had gained about 12 kilos...27 pounds! No wonder I am in such pain! And completely unable to stop bingeing!

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MARTY728 6/6/2013 12:52PM

    You can do it! emoticon emoticon

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BLAZINGSWORD 6/5/2013 12:12PM

    I understand where you are coming from. As my pastor would say, "It's life on the planet!"

You do the best you can, and sometimes that's all one can do.

I too, have had a lot going on and really couldn't focus on much other than being a care giver for my hubby. But that is now done.

So do your best today. Yesterday is gone, and tomorrow is not even here. And above all don't stress about your eating.

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PINKANGEL73 6/5/2013 6:41AM

    Considering what you have been dealing with I think 5lbs gained is pretty good going. Obviously you have gained some good habits on Spark emoticon

I have come to accept that it is unrealistic to expect the weight loss path to always move forward straight ahead. There are always going to be twists and turns and times when we double back on ourselves because life gets in the way. The important thing is to keep going regardless.

I am sorry to hear about your son. It sounds as though he does at least accept that he has a problem and is getting help and that in itself is a massive step. It must be a big worry for you and I hope this is the start of a better future for him and the family.

You always have a kind word for others no matter what is happening to you. Huge emoticon to you. xxx



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CATLADY52 6/4/2013 2:09PM

    You'll get past the stress of these problems in time. I do hope that all goes well for your son. emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 6/4/2013 12:29PM

    You've had a lot of hassle of late Sonia and I know how much you worry about your son and in fact everyone ahead of yourself, you are so caring when it comes to family and friends.
You'll soon lose what you've gained, you had decent weather in your favour at last for some long walks and gardening and maybe it's warm enough for a swim in the sea!

Hope all turns out for the best for your son and grandson. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NHES220 6/4/2013 10:24AM

    Sorry to hear the news of your son, but I truly hope he is getting the help he needs. Those things are never easy. But we are still here when you get back to us. In the big scheme of things 5 lbs is not that much, you've lost it before and know how to do it again. Hope all is well with you, your sons and your grandsons.
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AUNTB63 6/4/2013 8:55AM

    Life gets in our way sometimes, but we always have SP to come back to. Getting back to the basics is truly the way to go. Don't look at the past, but start from where you are. YOU can do this and WE are here for you. Have a great day 1 ... getting healthier. emoticon

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TRENTDREAMER 6/4/2013 7:29AM

    "During that time I haven’t been much focused on Spark or Sparking. Apologies to my friends here whom I have neglected. "
* We've missed you. That being said, one of the blessings of a community is that when one isn't around others are.


"My elder son has just gone into de-tox for alcohol, obviously a trauma, and I promised myself that once that was settled I’d get back onto Spark and onto the scales"
* Sorry to hear. Glad that he's getting treatment.


" Sadly I find I was right – 196 pounds actually. So here I go again – aiming to lose 5 pounds that I had already lost."
* Best of fortune to you!


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