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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.
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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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End of Spark Solution Challenge

Monday, July 08, 2013

I'm so glad I did this challenge emoticon

I've lost another 4 pounds - so 8 in all over the two weeks.
But BETTER - MUCH better - than that is that I've established some new habits that I've been trying to 'get' for a long time. Principally making better friends with cardio and strength but also knocking my wine consumption down by a great deal. HOORAH - far fewer empty calories and far less food consumed because I'd taken my eye off the ball.
All in all a good exercise for me. My focus on health and fitness is much changed. Again, I need to say - thank you Spark for setting me on a better path. emoticon

  
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1BEACHWALKER 7/20/2013 5:03PM

    emoticon Good for you!!!

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I didn't see that I had commented on this before! emoticon

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1BEACHWALKER 7/11/2013 4:23PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon That is wonderful it helped you do that!! Good for you!!

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CATLADY52 7/8/2013 6:42PM

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BLUEANGELLK 7/8/2013 5:45PM

    Congratulations!!

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TRENTDREAMER 7/8/2013 1:44PM

    "All in all a good exercise for me. My focus on health and fitness is much changed. Again, I need to say - thank you Spark for setting me on a better path."
* Congrats on your progress! Continued success to you :)

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NEW-CAZ 7/8/2013 7:47AM

    Hi Sonia
yer see..............I knew you could do it if you found something to stick with and get enthusiastic about emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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4KWALK 7/8/2013 7:17AM

    This Spark Solution is a great jumpstart to the rest of our healthy journey.

Congratulations on your success.

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PROGRESS!

Monday, July 01, 2013

So Ė at the beginning of week 2 Iím pretty pleased to find that Iíve lost 1 inch off my waist and another off my hips.
Iíve also lost 4 pounds according to my scales. HOORAH! All the effort was worth it Ė both mine and Sparkís.
Today Iím 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 donít really eat anything sweet.
Iíve done the cardio and intervals on my stationary bike. Now Iím 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!) Iíll 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 Iím 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 Ė at the beginning of week 2 Iím pretty pleased to find that Iíve lost 1 inch off my waist and another off my hips. "
* WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTT!!!????/
>That's awesome!


"Now Iím 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 Iím 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 Iím amazed how well Iím getting on with this one. The Ďprescriptioní for meals is either to follow the menus in the book OR Ė my preferred option Ė to keep within calorie range. The new recipe suggestions are great and Iíve tried a couple and will continue to do so. But Iím 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 Ďwithin calorie rangeí ringing in my head and thatís my guide.
Coach Nicoleís work out designed for the book is a killer for me Ė Iím definitely an older Sparker - which I canít do anything about Ė and not especially fit, which Iím gradually changing. A friend here declared her intention of being able to stand and lace her shoes aged 80 and whilst I know we canít all aspire to that, Iím lucky so far and at my age that is much more inspiring for me than a six pack. So Iím going to practise one move in the workout with best possible form as an Ďextraí every day, regardless of whatever other exercise I do until I have Ďgotí the whole workout. I need to work on this because working out is just not my favourite thing to do. Todayís 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 Ė a cleaner sitting room Ė 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 Ďneatlyí 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 Ė itís any extra activity on top of formal exercise that gets you to your feet and moving. Iím basically very idle in between bouts of intense activity and Iím 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 didnít know this but . . . I just like sitting still. Well, now Iíve 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 Ďsitting stillí time. A lot of people wouldnít find that extraordinary but Iíve 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 Iím going to practise one move in the workout with best possible form as an Ďextraí every day, regardless of whatever other exercise I do until I have Ďgotí 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 Ė itís 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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