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Fun - and re-couping

Friday, November 08, 2013

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 emoticon galore I pulled myself together and got more done in a day than I had all the rest of the week. emoticon emoticon

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 emoticon 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. emoticon
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! emoticon 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. emoticon Just need to keep it going and refuse any invitations to big meals for a while!!

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ZOSBOS 11/9/2013 3:29AM

    I really enjoyed your blog. I am originally from that neck of the woods so it was lovely to see the photos - thanks for sharing.

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1BEACHWALKER 11/9/2013 1:58AM

    Good for you making up for that meal the next day and what a gorgeous walk! I can imagine the history of the manor house! Love those kind of places! Anytime you want to share your walks with us, is ok by me! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JACKSGRAN 11/8/2013 6:26PM

    I know this part of the UK well, it's beautiful. I'm in Hampshire, near the Surrey border. Thanks for sharing your walk.


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GRANDMABABA 11/8/2013 1:37PM

    Beautiful! Great success to you!

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NEW-CAZ 11/8/2013 1:15PM

    emoticon emoticon proud of yers emoticon

makes up for ECA emoticon

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Dunno why I left it so long . . .

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

. . . 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. emoticon and all you wonderful Sparklers.

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1BEACHWALKER 11/5/2013 10:41PM

    Good to see you back! One day, one goal, one step at a time!!!!

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NEW-CAZ 11/5/2013 8:30AM

    emoticon Love the sunset! The sky here is so much more spectacular than over Harlington too emoticon

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JOANNS4 11/5/2013 7:36AM

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RIDLEYRIDER 11/5/2013 6:45AM

  Welcome back! emoticon

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    Be the turtle! Never the road runner. emoticon

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Plodding on

Monday, November 04, 2013

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

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CATLADY52 11/4/2013 3:56PM

    I can echo AUNTB63 and New-Caz's comments about having already done part of the plan. Now take small steps for the rest. Try the 10 minutes a day trick. I'm doing that part now. I find that getting in ten minutes is a lot easier to do. In fact I'm going to do it right now! emoticon Be back soon.

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NEW-CAZ 11/4/2013 10:33AM

    Have to agree with AUNTB63 Sonia,! You've done the hardest part and having been away a while it makes sense to make baby steps- it's surprising how little it can take to have an enormous effect.

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LOUBUG1012 11/4/2013 10:28AM

    Well said AUNTB63!

I agree, small changes do add up and help.

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AUNTB63 11/4/2013 9:40AM

    You don't need to re-start....just start from where you are. Commit to just 10 minutes a day of exercise. You could get that in just by marching in place while washing dishes or getting up at every commercial that comes on the TV while watching that Monday night program. Eat an extra fruit each day for a week.....you can build up that momentum just by making small consistent changes. emoticon emoticon FORWARD.

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Annoying hiccup

Thursday, October 03, 2013

I canít believe that my Spark re-start is already sabotaged by what appears to be some kind of bug which started yesterday. emoticon
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. emoticon

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CATLADY52 10/22/2013 6:14PM

    Sorry you're not feeling well. emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 10/22/2013 11:57AM

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1BEACHWALKER 10/16/2013 1:14AM

    Hope you are feeling better by now! Keep blogging and stay strong with your goals! Really good to have you back! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CATLADY52 10/3/2013 7:23PM

    First thing you have to do is get better. emoticon

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TRENTDREAMER 10/3/2013 8:39AM

    Glad to see you back!!

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NEW-CAZ 10/3/2013 6:43AM

    Maybe the stress of recent weeks have left you vunerable to bugs!

Take care hun and rest!!!! And I mean REST! I know you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Creeping Back

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

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.
emoticon to everyone

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1BEACHWALKER 10/2/2013 3:03PM

    Thank you for stopping by my page and checking over my blogs-meant a lot to me! So glad your health issues proved negative and you maintained your weight despite going through all that worry, etc. Have missed you and happy you are back with us and ready to keep going with your goals again! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CATLADY52 10/1/2013 5:46PM

    Such good news should be shouted to the roof tops. I am so happy for you. I know that you will make it to your goal. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MNNICE 10/1/2013 5:26PM

    Glad to hear your good news. Our health is so important! Congratulations on maintaining and setting your goals to continue on the road to healthy habits!

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NEW-CAZ 10/1/2013 1:13PM

    Nice to see you back Sonia, after such a nasty scare.
Good luck with getting back on track on SP, everyone will be glad to have you back and posting emoticon emoticon emoticon

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