I've been really idle for most of this week - desultory workouts and failing to get much done at all. Yesterday - thanks in large part to a Spark friend sending me galore I pulled myself together and got more done in a day than I had all the rest of the week.
I then went out for a Celebration of Autumn Game meats at a local restaurant. I knew it wouldn't be good for my Spark tracker - well for ME in fact - but I'd promised, so off I went. Very delicious food but, of course, heavy on the meat - several set courses of Pigeon - Pheasant - Venison - Grouse. Very small portions thank goodness and accompanied by delicious vegetables so all was not lost. I skipped the dessert but each course had matched wine with it so that was a bit of a disaster.
Pretty well impossible to calculate calories but I was definitely over my allowance. Still - it was fun and I really enjoyed it so I'm not going to let it bother me. However - I WAS determined to make up for it. Today I have eaten really carefully and will be at the lower end of my calories. This morning I did a thorough workout and went for a long long walk on the South Downs above Brighton.
My partner, who doesn't do much walking, drove me to one of the ancient little Downs villages - all of them built along a spring line and still mostly quite quaint and not really in the 21st century yet.
I started off along a lane lined with renovated workmens' cottages . . .
I went up the hill at the end . . .
crossed the stile on the top . . .
and then scrambled down the other side of the hill to the manor house and its church.
It was very muddy and harder than I expected - far too 'scrambly' for me to take any pictures on the way down! Too busy hanging on to handy branches so I didn't slip too much! There is also a pub which used to belong to the Lord of the manor but has since been taken over by the villagers - handy because I could meet my partner in the pub for a glass of sparkling water to keep him company while he drank local beer.
I enjoyed every minute of it and I feel quite virtuous today. Just need to keep it going and refuse any invitations to big meals for a while!!
. . . because as always, when I drag myself back here, I instantly find help and support.
Took on board the recommendations for 'baby steps' and 'ten minutes' at a time and took myself for a walk on a remarkably beautiful November afternoon. I'm lucky to live in a beautiful green square right by the sea.
Ten minutes turned into so much more and I walked a long time in the sunshine until it went and I came back in a misty but wonderful sunset.
So I went to bed after a careful food day well satisfied with my first baby steps.
Thank you so much everyone. and all you wonderful Sparklers.
Sadly I have little Spark enthusiasm at the moment - for weight loss or worthwhile exercise. I can truthfully say that stuff has been getting in my way but I know that really I'm just making excuse upon excuse.
I have at least managed to maintain the loss from my time on the Spark Solution Challenge and I will be forever grateful to that book which I still consult regularly - unlike the many other diet advice books gathering dust on my shelves. Plainly all I need to do is up the Spark Solution process and I should lose the remaining 10lb to reach the top of my healthy BMI range. My aim is to do that by Christmas although I'm not going to put any pressure on myself in case I put myself off the whole thing.
So no big Spark re-start - I'm just hoping to plod on with effect - and also to chase round after neglected friends whom I've missed in the past months
I canít believe that my Spark re-start is already sabotaged by what appears to be some kind of bug which started yesterday.
Muscle and joint pains Ė at least I think itís both - making working out difficult Ė and Iím afraid that even now it doesnít take much to discourage me from work outs but I KNOW from the Spark Solution challenge that it makes all the difference. All I really want to do is sleep Ė and itís that sickly dozing that makes me feel a hundred times worse when I wake up. Still Ė itís nothing serious relative to my recent worries - only a bug that will pass. I just have to keep my eye on the ball for when it does. For now Iím doing very gentle sessions on the exercise bike and some stretches to keep the habit in place.
On the upside Iím not much interested in food. Soups and salads are more than enough Ė yup Ė soup for breakfast today because itís in the slow cooker and easy and comforting. Simple to top it up later with extra veggies too. Temptation doesnít even come into it right now.
I've been away a long time due to various issues - personal and health. The health issue was a 'lump' - again. The first time it was removed and all was well - and I didn't think I'd get away with it so easily a second time. However - after a lot of tests it is nothing to worry about at all. I am conscious that I am extremely lucky when I see what other women go through and it has really made me determined to keep a healthy lifestyle in the forefront of my mind. Spark is certainly the place to do that.
I've been keeping up the principles of the the Spark Solution and the Challenge I did in the Summer. This has meant that despite not tracking at all since July, I have managed to maintain the loss of 8 pounds during that Spark Solution Challenge period. I'm so happy to know that the habits developed have stood me in good stead and my new goal is to lose a further ten pounds by Christmas which will take me to the top end of my healthy BMI range.
I'm looking forward to getting back to it and to catching up with my much neglected Spark friends.