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Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Oh how grateful I am for 'that' book. It has really re-inforced my determination and - as I have said previously in a blog - reminded me what I am doing and why. I'm reading it in the same way I read when I was studying at university so long ago - page markers - notes in the margins and even some accompanying notes on the netbook (not that the technology existed then but it saves a twig or two in paper copies). The other great thing is that when I'm offline and away in my little cottage as I am about to be, I have it, and the various accompanying trackers to print off that will to keep me going until I get back. So - the Spark book, Coach Nicole's accompanying DVD and I - are off for a country break. 'See' you all in a few days, mygood Spark friends. emoticon

  
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TSEWARD 2/3/2010 6:18PM

    Thank you for your wonderful comment and high praise! Your encouragement is just what I need right now. Enjoy your R&R, so important!
Looking forward to your return!


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TAKEMETOTHEBALL 2/3/2010 4:23PM

    Hmmm .... still waiting for Amazon to deliver mine! emoticon

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LINDACHRISTIE 2/3/2010 8:12AM

    The book is very inspirational. I finnished reading the other night. Gave me the K.U.T.B I needed to start again.

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MSBUTTERFLY1976 2/3/2010 4:11AM

    Enjoy. I am considering ordering the book as well.

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SALLYRYCROFT1 2/3/2010 4:11AM

    Thank you an excellent reminder of how good the book is. Today I will read some more

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MEDDYPEDDY 2/3/2010 1:47AM

    Thanks for the inspiration - I got my Spark Book last thursday but due to the turmoil that my life is in I havent opened it so far... maybe now is the time!

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The here and now

Monday, February 01, 2010

I have no patience and hate waiting to get better when ill - and I have been pretty unwell for several weeks. Nothing I could do except rest up and wait . . . . and finally I can see that the moment is coming where - when someone asks 'How are you?' I can say 'Fine thank you' and mean it. That'll make me happy and I remind myself how lucky I am that there is an end in sight unlike so many. No more impatient huffing and puffing - 'Mother's beastly personality' one of my sons calls it ;-))

So I hope to be back to exercising soon in an attempt to drop pounds with some kind of regularity spurred on by the fact that I have somehow managed to lose four of the five pounds I put back on while lying around waiting(!!) thanks to the focus the Spark nutrition tracker gives me now I am properly back online . . . So I am going to concentrate on the here and now of this journey - a paraphrase of a blog I just read and Im taking this excellent advice.

  
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MADDE3333 2/2/2010 6:13AM

    It sounds like you are on the mend. I am glad to hear you were able to do something for your health by losing some weight w Spark. It's not always an easy thing to do when we are feeling ill, been there many times myself. But on this side of the century, I am beginning to understand how critical it is to be at a healthy weight and to incorporate exercise into my daily habit (like brushing my teeth). I was diagnosed w arthritis last week so you know I am making some changes to be able to cope with arthritis.

Take care, my friend, I am praying for you and sending you positive thoughts....

Madde

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TSEWARD 2/1/2010 5:47PM

    Thank you for your comment on my lemon meringue sugar blog! I really appreciate the encouragement, and the reminder of Diabetes. My grandpa had it...he was an alcoholic. If I wasn't sugaring, I'd be drinking. I have been doing better last couple of days...aided by circumstance. I spend Sunday afternoons with a friend who I love to eat junk with. Well, she is on a diet right now, one designed for diabetics (although she isn't). So she packed her own lunch and when we stopped at the gas station...I got gum and crystal light. Not a candy bar in sight. I must admit, I felt so much better when I got home than I do the days we eat junk. gives me hope! I agree to do it slowly. I am so glad you are feeling better! It makes me feel better to know it...and congrats on losing 4 of the 5 pounds already! Hot Dog! Thinking of you and sending you lots of warm fuzzies.
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TAKEMETOTHEBALL 2/1/2010 4:50PM

    Well done on that weight loss - I've only lost one of the six pounds I put on - so far - but I'll get there!
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Not a particularly good day

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Nothing compared to some people but am horrified to find that whilst I knew I had put on a bit of weight whilst ill I stuck to my promise to weigh myself this morning and I have put back five whole pounds. Sad but will just have to get them off again. Not easy at the moment because I'm not able to do any vigorous exercise - in fact the other disappointment is that the pain in my lung that I thought was gone is back today with a vengeance. So - Doctor's appointment tomorrow - hoorah!

  
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TSEWARD 1/27/2010 6:29PM

    Thank you for your comment on my blog! I am glad to have helped you peek at an article that motivated you. And I am very sorry to hear you are still having pain. It is frustrating....your brain wants to go go go and your body says, wait just a minute! I need more rest! I am glad you are seeing the doctor and hope your appointment went well. I too have gained back weight. I just haven't put it on my spark page weight tracker. I would rather lose it again and pretend I never gained it back? Thank you for your thoughts...we found out today that the test results came back 'normal'. A really big relief. But still more worries about the future. (when I have time I will email you about them) At the moment, trying to think positive!

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TAKEMETOTHEBALL 1/26/2010 4:00PM

    I put on 6lbs over the Christmas/New Year break so know just how you feel. Couldn't run at lunchtime due to stomach cramps but won't beat myself up over it.
Take care
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PGAFF57 1/26/2010 2:52PM

    Remember that taking care of yourself and getting well is the most important thing right now. Sometimes we need to change our focus. Once you are feeling better then you can begin focusing on your weight loss. We all know the weight loss plan can be a long road and the bumps we hit in the road are just short detours to the final place we want to be. Your body is asking for something and you should listen to it. That doesn't mean you can eat whatever you want but it does mean you may not be able to exercise as much as you would need to. It's ok. We have all been there and are here to support you on those detours. Hope you feel well soon.

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LILDEGAS2803 1/26/2010 2:42PM

    Hope you feel better & don't get discouraged! My weight fluctuates all the time! It is so annoying! After one week of the boot camp challange I lost 5 lbs then the next week was up 8lbs then I back down 6lbs! Go figure! But take care of yourself with the doctor first! emoticon

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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. Shes 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!!

  


Disappointment

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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