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Tiny steps forward

Monday, January 25, 2010

I've been pretty unwell for most of this month. Despite having the vaccination, I caught Swine Flu from one of my foreign students at the end of December which in itself didn't seem too bad. I started the Bootcamp on Jan 3rd and very quickly developed a pain in my left side/back. Assumed a pulled muscle but when it didn't in any way clear up I visited the Doc and he diagnosed a lower left lung infection following the flu. A friend kindly took me into her home because I was in considerable pain, really bad cough, high-ish temperature etc. I've been back in my own home for a few days and among other things want to get back on the Spark track. I have had no opportunity as my friend is an extreme technophobe with no internet access.

I've been in too much pain to exercise - and am anyway quite weak still, on top of which I obviously ate what my friend provided without protest - she's a great cook but her food is always rich and calory loaded. No criticism of her intended - she's been wonderful to me. She’s also stick thin!!!!! How unfair these things are.

So - here I am catching up with friends - on the nutrition tracker again - but not 'fit' for the fitness tracker. I really can't face getting on the scales but will definitely force myself on to them tomorrow morning and weigh in properly. I know my heart will sink because my clothes are tighter but I have to face that.

I am happy to be back - to have contact with Spark friends and access to all the great information here. To some extent I will be starting again with good pre-knowledge thanks to several months already on the site. I'll be starting new streaks and building up progress in a new way, in particular with exercise which is my greatest hurdle. Overall, at the moment, it feels good and I am sparked up by the arrival - finally - of my Spark book. For all my complaining it couldn't actually have arrived at a better time - just at the moment when I needed fresh motivation and a big re-cap of what I am doing and why. Onwards and upwards. Hoorah!!



Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Neither of these things is the end of the world although it kind of feels like it at the moment.

As I live in the UK my Spark Book is not going to be with me before February 17th. I was looking forward to it - to actually having it in my hand and to using it as the basis for a good beginning to 2010. I was grateful to be reminded by a good SPF that there is a separate website and it certainly seems quite good - but it's not quite the same. So that's disappointment No.1

No. 2 is that I had really pledged (to myself) to do the Boot Camp each day and despite disliking exercise I had made a good start. I don't like giving up on things (doesn't count dieting - well I don't actually LIKE giving up on them - somehow it just happens) so I am extremely disappointed to find that I have pulled a muscle in my back - dunno if from the Boot Camp, from a fairly violent cough or from helping a friend to decorate. Any old way - I'm just not able to do the Boot Camp video today - not the end of the world as I said but certainly disappointing.

Remind myself that I am a grown-up now and shouldn't let small things get me down more than in passing. OK then . . . stop moaning and get on with other things - AND get back to the Bootcamp ASAP.

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MADDE3333 1/9/2010 5:56PM

    It's important to pay attention to what your body is saying. So, maybe you can't do the boot camp...but if you feel well enough...perhaps walking will keep the momentum.

What's really strange is that I ordered the Spark book through my bookclub, and they show it was shipped online, however, I received a letter in the mail that says the bookclub doesn't know when they will get the book. Now that's weird.

Anyway...hope you feel better soon. emoticon

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TSEWARD 1/7/2010 8:11AM

    You have been doing GREAT! A pulled muscle is painful. I hope you feel better soon. Give yourself lots of credit for sticking with your boot camp goal. You have a valid reason for not doing the boot camp video at the moment. Give yourself time to heal, and bask in the warm glow of all you have accomplished! I so wish you had the Spark book! Hang in there! It will be here before you know it.

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HAASESH 1/6/2010 8:48AM

  I understand

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BOOT CAMP - wow that was hard work!!

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Well - I did Day 1 but will do again later - frightening how out of condition I am. Can jump but not hop (bad balance) - need to practise - a LOT. As for puffing and panting - well - less said the better!

Weighing in at 198 pounds - waist 30cm: Hips 40cm: Thigh 20cm.

I will persevere and see how it all improves.

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MADDE3333 1/5/2010 6:51AM

    Go Sonia! I am so impressed you joined the Boot Camp! I thought about it, but it's a little more than I can handle right now. Little by little we will get there in 2010....

I know it's cliche but "it's about the journey" and the more we take joy in moving and eating right the better our lives will be.

Great going!

Madde emoticon

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TSEWARD 1/4/2010 12:53PM

    Great work! No, I am not doing the boot camp thing. I was supposed to be moving a friend today, so I figured that would be about all my ankle could handle. Definitely would not be hopping, anyway. Good for you for taking on the challenge! I am so sorry to hear you are still waiting for your spark book. Since you have ordered it, you should be able to visit the My Spark Book something or other webpage (sorry, I have been there but forget what it is called). It has a summary of the chapters and Sparkers comments on what they read...might tide you over until yours comes. If you lived close, I would let you borrow mine! It is worth the wait, you will love it!

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SHCUTTER 1/4/2010 7:40AM

    Hi Sonia! Nice job on the Boot Camp workouts! I joined the team to check it out but haven't done the workouts. I've been seeing a personal trainer at the gym and doing lots of cardio, though I liked some of the workout routines in Boot Camp. I may turn to some of the SP articles when I need a change up. I've been doing well with exercise.

My biggest challenge with SP is that it's so busy that it takes time to keep up with everything. Trying!

I joined a weight loss contest at my gym that starts next week. I'll be joined up with a partner who I don't know - will be interesting!

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ANNROBERTS54 1/3/2010 9:38AM

    It is so cold out side that a walk is pretty much out of the question so I may try the bootcamp work out also. I bet I have trouble getting thru it all the way. I can walk 10 miles no problem but don't do much else. So any real "exercises" are an issue.

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QUTEEONDUTY 1/3/2010 8:18AM

    Me too, I did it and boy I have no balance. Keep up the good work.

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Bad time

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

My flu turned out to be Swine Flu - I have been feeling really bad and indeed still do. I gave up thinking about what I ate and although I haven't eaten large quantities of food none of it has really been much good for me principally because I haven't been able to go out to get anything fresh and have just taken what was in the store cupboard and freezer - MUST clear all the bad stuff out of there and replace it with the best I can as I have been intending for a long time.

I also haven't had any energy for exercise and have spent a lot of time in bed either sleeping or watching rubbish TV. No good for me at all - I know that if I don't move around a lot I just pile weight on - sick or not.

Can't face the scales so I have no idea where I am.

No New Year celebrations possible so at least there'll be no problems with party food - that's something to smile about.

When I feel better - which I do hope will be soon - I'll get back on the scales and on track.

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TSEWARD 1/2/2010 6:52PM

    Oh, my! I am so sorry to hear that you are still feeling so badly, and that your flu was swine flu! You have a great idea clearing out all the bad stuff and replacing it with the best you can. It is better you focus on feeling better than worry about your exercise or calorie intake. (my opinion, not sure if the experts agree). As long as you are drinking and eating the most nutritious stuff you have available, you are doing the best for your body and mind. I think you are doing awesome! I am thinking of you and hoping your spark book comes soon. you will love it..and find it very helpful when you are getting back on track. Thank you for keeping in touch!

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It's an ill wind . . .

Saturday, December 26, 2009

I was laid up with flu over this holiday and whilst it was no fun, I am no great lover of Christmas - (yeah - I know - 'terrible' - 'spoilsport' - etc) - and it kept me away from the jollity and from the FOOD - hoorah!!!! No temptation to eat or drink anything much - so through no virtue on my part I kept to the food plan. Wish I could claim that I was 'good' but actually all I was was flu-ridden.

Trouble is I'll probably make up for it at New Year, which I love. I'll just have to summon some genuine fortitude and stick to my resolutions!

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TSEWARD 12/29/2009 7:02PM

    Thinking of you and so glad you are feeling better! I am sad you were sick, but glad you made it through the holiday with a great platform of healthy eating. Your great habits will help you during your next holiday.
Hope you are having a great start to your week!

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MADDE3333 12/28/2009 8:19AM

    Sorry to hear you were sick! I am glad you are feeling better.

I think we need to enjoy the holidays and realize we are human. Taking one or two bites, and tossing it away is going to be my motto from now until after New Year's.


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