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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!

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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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Food planning . . .

Monday, December 21, 2009

. . . or not!

I have a new scheme to keep me on track while I'm busy running up to Christmas and doing a lot of worthwhile but to me boring domestic chores.

I started going off track out of boredom with household tasks and the new plan, which I read about in one of the million discarded diet books I have accumulutated, is to eat a healthy breakfast with plenty of protein - at the table and NOT on the run. Immediately after that I must commit to a definite period of time before the next snack. I MUST eat that snack exactly as planned at the correct time and nothing before that time. Then I commit to a lunch and a lunch-time etc etc. Sounds reasonable and I just thought I'd see if it works for me.

All of that - time spent on decisions and skeleton planning - was last night and I was quite looking forward to starting a new eating approach this morning. Except that I woke up feeling terrible and the last thing I am able to do is eat. I feel so bad that I have an appointment with the Dr tomorrow - not like me at all.

I remember my elder son saying to me when he had disappointing results in primary school - 'Oh no Mummy - even when I try . . . . . .' Just how I feel right now.

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TSEWARD 12/25/2009 2:51PM

    Oh my! I am thinking of you and I hope you are feeling better. Thank you for stopping by and for the goodie. I hope you have a great time with friends and family.....and that you haven't run out of towels for the guests yet. :) Looking forward to hearing from you when all the hubub is over.

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My airing cupboard

Sunday, December 20, 2009

About 18 months ago I declared war on my airing cupboard – well actually on myself if truth be told. All my bedlinen and towels etc were in fact on the shelves but higgledy piggledy in no order and the more I searched for things the worse it all got of course. It’s a big cupboard with space for a drying rack and very warm. Great as I live in a flat with no outside drying space – except it was not easy to get to the drying rack. So I set about it on the understanding (with myself) that I would keep it in tidy piles of everything – each pile with a place of its own. And I did for a while.
I went through the same process with the freezer – binned some food - de-frosted (and about time too!!) and made a promise to myself that I would de-frost regularly.
I am generally not a good housekeeper – my philosophy is – ‘Oh that’ll do – other things in my life are more important’. Today I have proved that is not so. I HAD to deal with the freezer which had almost more ice – and that snowy stuff that grows in freezers – as there is outside. Unusually we had six inches of snow two days ago and now it has frozen solid. In both cases it’s hard to get rid of.
I have quite a few people coming to stay over Christmas so I need room in the freezer first and foremost and I have had to dig into the airing cupboard to find a lot of decent matching bedlinen for all of the bedrooms. All of it has driven me mad – quite unnecessarily.
The conclusion (and the reason for this blog) is that I am hopelessly inconsistent. Of course the airing cupboard and freezer are so-o much easier to deal with than the 50lb I need to lose. Inconsistency means two steps forward and three back in a much bigger ways than mislaid sheets and towels on a few shelves. I am on my way to the second backward step if I am not careful.
When I’m happy and busy as I have been in the last few days visiting my sons and their families I stick to the food plan – the exercise is kind of taken care of by my energetic grandson and everything is hunky dory – or at least guilt-free.
One day back at home – ONE day only – bored to death by domesticity, and therefore diving into the Christmas goodies which I so enjoyed baking and I am going to be in trouble with the scales – and also the guests - if I don’t stop NOW.
All this for lack of self discipline. I know - get back on track pronto - and I WILL because I want to get to where I want to get to. I just wish right now that I had a magic wand for the Spark journey, the freezer and the airing cupboard.

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TSEWARD 12/20/2009 9:38PM

    Wow, you have a lot going on! Your home is going to be so warm and welcome to your guests. I appreciate your comment on my page...I will take your advice. As I read it I remembered this strategy helping in the past. Getting started with a careful healthy breakfast is so important to the days success! If I start out with a sugar shock or no protein, I am sure to be on the sugar roller coaster all day. I am visiting stopbeingsweet.com again, as this site helps a lot. I wish you could see my linen closet! wow. would make yours look fantastic. I agree, though, that consistency is so important, and that inconsistency in one area can affect another. Sounds like you are doing great adjusting to the transition to home and the daily hum-dwa chores that must be done. Have fun with your guests!

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HOWDOIHEARTTHEE 12/20/2009 12:23PM

    Hang in there....have a Merry Christmas.

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