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Happy - happy - happy :-))

Monday, February 22, 2010

I am so-o happy to be back in my own home this week and in charge of my own habits - even if things go awry I know who to blame! So today I've walked a lot, exercised to Coach Nicole's DVD which is my current favourite and doubly so that I am happy with the opportunity to do one or two 10 minute sections at moments to suit me. I am now with the Quickfire Challenge Team whose challenges also offer the possibility of short bursts of exercise throughout each day. I have the attention span of a gnat where exercise is concerned and all this suits me well. I can plan my food days as I choose. So, assuming that I stick to a reasonable food plan, things could go well this week

  
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TSEWARD 2/24/2010 6:35PM

    So nice to be back in your own home, with your own fridge/schedule/comfy bed/peace and quiet. I am so glad to hear it!

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NEW-CAZ 2/23/2010 7:04AM

    emoticonHi hun
Just bumping your blog to renew my subscription to it.
I closed my SP a/c in error and this is the only way I can think of to make sure I keep abreast of your news.
Look forward to your next blog
Luv ya
Caz
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CRAUDI 2/22/2010 3:42PM

    Yay! :)

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Doing so-o much better

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Another week spent trying to keep things straight. As this week was planned - as opposed to a last minute dash to a disastrous time last week - I t armed myself with a refillable water bottle and food for myself for the week - daytime food that is. For some reason my partner objects to my following a food plan for my Spark activities - I know that doesn't stop me but se does know how to make life difficult and I prefer to avoid these difficulties. Anyway - with some tact I am eating my own stuff during the day and cooking what my partner requests in the evenings and just limiting my portions. Seems to be working - and I feel I'm doing well. On top of that I'm running round after my very energetic grandson which is good for me in every way I can think of. I have also been doing a ten minute work out once or twice a day . I feel satisfied that things are as good as they can be. emoticon

  
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TSEWARD 2/19/2010 10:53PM

    Thank you for your get well wishes!

It is tough to stick to your routine when with loved ones who have different goals. I think you are doing great! It sounds like 3/4 of your meals are your choice/healthy eating. It is very loving of you to let your DIL be in charge of the last 1/4. It's possible she is just trying to be a good hostess and wow you with her cooking, but then there are food pushers too. I feel your pain. You are doing awesome and handling it with such tact! Remarkable balance. I struggle to achieve this. When to act in harmony with my goals, and when to compromise and be reasonable for the sake of good relationships with others.

Sending you hugs and warm fuzzies,



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TAKEMETOTHEBALL 2/18/2010 5:29PM

    Glad to hear you're making the best of it. Hope DIL finally realises what a gem you are!!
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Jackie x

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GRAMMYTINK 2/18/2010 6:20AM

    You can only do so much in some situations, but it sounds like you have it under control and am doing good. Keep it up..

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ERINVOICE 2/18/2010 6:16AM

  I always found it very strange how people around me aren't supportive at all. Keep up the good motivation!

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Changing negative to positive

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Woke up today knowing that my negative mood of the past days has to change. I was lucky to fall over a blog from another Sparker having a really bad time (there must be hundreds of us with difficulties of one sort of another) and determined to be positive and constructive for herself and her family. These were my early morning thoughts that have now been firmed up from reading her blog. There's ALWAYS help on here - how amazing everyone is. So - back to water (rather than alcohol) - back on to the nutrition tracker - back to whatever exercise I can do - and back to makeing a double effort to look after everyone - and myself - in the best and most loving way possible.

  
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TSEWARD 2/17/2010 5:56PM

    Good for you! Seems like no matter what is dragging us down, we never 'feel like' taking positive steps. those first few are very difficult. And you have taken them! thank you for your comment/encouragement! It is my turn to be sick...haven't been on SP because everything makes me feel crappy. Or it could be because I feel crappy that I don't feel like doing anything? Just wanted to check in and let you know I am thinking of you, and always look forward to your comments.

Dr. postponed my surgery because of this cold/flu/fever. Hoping to feel better soon. Sending you lots of warm fuzzies,
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TRENTDREAMER 2/14/2010 5:01PM

    Best of fortune to you on the food tracking, the water and visiting your son.

Cheers!

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JOYCEMARIE9 2/14/2010 7:24AM

    Every day is a new day and we can make of it what we want, put the past in the past and think what you can do to make this a better day. It does not have to be any thing grand just a few small things can make a big difference. Good luck you can do this and have a little fun along the way.

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TAKEMETOTHEBALL 2/14/2010 4:11AM

    You can do it Sonia - we both can!
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Jackie x

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The Spark book

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 haven´t 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 I’m 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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Jackie x

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