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The Long Haul

Monday, July 12, 2010

Well – the kitchen is out and the resultant mess cleared up. I had forgotten what hard work it all is and how long it all takes – clear all the cupboards and find places to put everything. My one tiny spare room is stuffed with stuff. Set up some kind of kitchen area in the sitting room with the kettle, microwave and George Foreman. Fortunately I’m good at camping

This weekend I helped a neighbour take my cabinets and appliances out and I am left with a completely bare room. Hard labour, dusty hair and washing dishes in the bathroom all in one neat package. HOORAH! Today the electrician arrives for nearly a week’s work - fortunately he is charming, easy going and a sound electrician who knows my house well so that will almost be a pleasure.

The following week is the plumber and finally the fitters will move in. Then I can put everything back together and it will be back to the best possible normal. Seems like a long haul but making the best of the process whilst focusing on the end result is the key. Bit like Spark really

I have worked really hard over the last week which has resulted in a 4 pound loss. Clouds and silver linings come to mind.

I’m not sure how this fits with the Slowest Loser Team – but as I haven’t lost an ounce since the middle of June it could be counted as slow loss. I assume that these pounds have just been waiting for an excuse to scuttle off to where they belong and that all energy expended in the house has given them permission to go. The fact is, too, that the Slowest Loser principles have made me relax and stop chasing unrealistic weight losses each week – only to give up when I don’t live up to my own expectations. So – no pressure – the weightloss could be said to be the result of steady perseverence.

The point is – really – that I feel I have finally ‘got’ it at least for the moment. I say ‘for the moment’ because I have let myself down so many times with so many attempts at dieting that I can’t quite trust myself when my eating habits improve. However – I have to say that somehow all the attention I have been paying to the Nutrition Feedback Reports has led to my giving time to this process and eating in a more balanced way than I probably ever have. Consequently I feel much more balance in my system so am just not as ‘hungry' as I used to be.

On top of that the 10 Minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge has led to consistent Strength exercises – either online Spark Workouts or a section – often two – from Coach Nicole’s Fit Firm and Fired Up (which started my appreciation of short regular exercising) - on top of walking 30 minutes - and rising - most days. Moderate exercise for a body that has really had none for a long time. A good Spark friend has encouraged me to be more serious than I was about stretching after strength exercises and consequently my muscles and joints, which were screaming at me to treat them better, are beginning to feel really comfortable – yet another reason to stick with the process for the long haul.

All in all everything has come together well and my attitude has changed. Just don’t let me slip - all you good Spark friends of mine – I may yet need a kick in the ‘right place’ and if you notice - please feel free ;-)

Thank you SparkPeople and Sparkfriends – at the moment it all feels very good.

  
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MEDDYPEDDY 7/15/2010 3:53PM

    I am not one for kicking anybody but I can cheer you along and send my best congratualtions to your achievements! You seem to be doing great and it really makes me happy! Hope it continues and I´ll do my best to support you!

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NEW-CAZ 7/12/2010 9:19AM

    Hi Sonia
Hope you enjoy your time with the electrician- I know it's unrequited love hun but you can live in hope emoticon emoticon

Totally understand the upheaval of getting a new kitchen sorted- you have my sympathy but like you've said focus on the end result.
emoticon on losing the 4 pounds and for taking this journey a step at a time. I know you'll get to your goal and along the way you'll get fitter and feel amazing emoticon

And I WILL KICK YOUR BUTT WHEN NEEDED emoticon emoticon
With you all the way emoticon

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Taking advice

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

In my Inbox this morning along with Personal messages and of course Spark messages was an email from the Rosemary Conley website to which I subscribe. Normally I don’t find these emails more than passingly helpful but this morning’s message gave me a lightbulb moment. It was a video discussion between Dr Raj Persaud and Rosemary Conley regarding taking advice – specifically, of course, weightloss advice. The theme was that diet and exercise advice given in the right spirit also needs to be taken in the right spirit. No point – they said – in going back time and time again to your dietary advisor and ‘blaming’ that person for the fact that the weight isn’t coming off i.e. ‘I’m following your advice and it just isn’t working so it must be your fault – your advice isn’t helpful’.
Not for one second would I say that Spark advice, information, tools etc aren’t helpful but the point is that I, the dieter, must take responsibility for the way in which I take the advice. If it isn’t working for me, if I am not losing weight (and I’m not currently) I need to tweak the advice – no point in blaming the advisor, I’m the one with the problem and need to work on my own weightloss problems myself rather than whining on the Spark blogs or message boards and hoping for that magic wand we all dream of.
There is loads of excellent advice here, as we all know, and I just need to use it in my own way and for my own circumstances and, indeed, system – figure out what helps my OWN body the most and then just do it. If it stops working for me then I’m the one who needs to make changes.
So – new day – new resolution. I see SPfriends here working so hard at tweaking their regimes and, setbacks not withstanding, they are the ones who are getting to where they want to be because they persevere in the way that is good for THEM.
I will be among their number one of these days – SOON.

http://www.rosemaryconley.tv/Health/Psyc
hology/vx/2712_970447/Prof-Raj-on-Taki
ng-Advice.aspx

  
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MADDE3333 7/5/2010 7:44AM

    Sonia, lets do what's best for our health one moment at a time, and eventually it will happen. Great post!

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Madde

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LKWQUILTER 6/29/2010 6:54AM

    That hurts but is so true Sonia. I needed that this morning to help me stay on track. It is frustrating to be stuck--noone's fault but mine. Hope you find the right tweak for your body.

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NEW-CAZ 6/29/2010 3:19AM

    Loving your attitude Sonia you've really turned your thinking around hun and you're on your way to a healthier and fitter you! emoticon emoticon

Good video too! emoticon

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A day in the sun

Sunday, June 27, 2010

I spent today on the beach with some friends - an ex-ballerina who now teaches Pilates and a Feldenkrais practitioner. I have allowed myself to become massively unfit and I really want to change that as far as possible and become stronger and regain some stamina.

I have done Pilates with this teacher before - including a blissful week at a Holistic Centre in Crete - so she knows me well and I had a great session with her. I also spent some time with her husband, the 'Feldenkrais man', who met her when she was Prima Ballerina in the Scottish Ballet here in the UK. His role in the company was to keep the dancers' bodies in good condition and help them with the stresses and strains that ballet dancing causes. He now helps people with sports inujuries and the like and also non-athletes with muscle strains and joint problems. Since Christmas I have had considerable pain in my legs and my Doctor and a couple of specialists have had no diagnosis to offer. So I also had a Feldenkrais session and will need quite a few more if he is to be able to help me.

After that we went swimming in the sea - I had a rather unfortunate time in the swimming pool recently and I wanted the freedom of swimming without lanes full of people swimming far faster than I. I love swimming and used to be a strong swimmer but the idleness of recent years has taken it's toll and I want to be confident in the water again. It all went quite well so that has made me happy and provided the weather holds I will be repeating the whole experience.

We had planned a barbecue but in fact were so hot that we went back to their place and made a huge and luscious salad which seemed more appropriate. (Also an excuse to watch the England/Germany match)

All in all a great day which hopefully will be repeated and set me off on a healthier way of living.

Only fly in the ointment was seeing England knocked out of the World Cup
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EPIPHANYANGEL 6/27/2010 5:34PM

    Sounds like a great day.

The match result was a bit of a shocker.

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NEW-CAZ 6/27/2010 3:57PM

    I am so glad you had such a great time today Sonia- what a wonderful way to spend the hottest day in the UK so far this year!
Except seeing England slaughtered emoticon

Hope your evening is equally as nice and you round it off with a peaceful sleep- which might be difficult in this heat

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 6/27/2010 3:47PM

    Sounds like an amazing day!

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OOPS!! Double post!!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Never know how that happens :-(

  
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TRENTDREAMER 6/25/2010 6:17PM

    Like a co-worker of mine says, "Don't hate computers. They're only human".

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NEW-CAZ 6/24/2010 3:25PM

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MBSKIT 6/24/2010 2:52PM

    emoticon it's the Spark Ghost! Hitting that button when you aren't looking!

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My light grey line

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Since joining the 10 minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge I have felt really encouraged to exercise - and perversely more than 10 minutes per day. My Mother used to tell me that I was just contrary (well, my middle name is Mary and the nursery rhyme has followed me thro life) and plainly she was right! So - today, thanks to gentle advice from a good SP friend to do some exercise that I really enjoy, I decided to go swimming.

It is probably a year since I swam and it was not an entirely happy experience because I have got older and let my muscle tone go. I used to love swimming and indeed swam for my county (guess that would be 'state' in the US) at one point but I have let myself become extremely unfit. However I miss swimming so off I went to the local pool in the hope that something would have improved.

I was entirely horrified at how slow I have become even in the past year and got out of the pool in disgust after 20 mins. Instead of letting this get the better of me, my new challenge to myself is to improve this situation and get back some strength and speed. I have arranged to go to a good friend close to where I live for some individual toning and stretching and for Pilates, which she teaches and I enjoy. Slowly slowly I will get to where I want to be.

This is another example of the ‘light grey line’ I have been recommended to draw by yet another wise SP friend - a line that is not black or white but something in between - where I don't throw up my hands in horror and stop trying because I am not doing things perfectly but have patience and gently develop the better habits recommended here on Spark with some leeway for lapses. In this case the aim is to build up to more and better strength.
So I will be back in the pool very soon and following the good advice I am finding here from you great Sparkers.

  
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TRENTDREAMER 6/25/2010 6:16PM

    Awesome!

I'm thinking of starting to train for a triathlon, which would involve swimming. I'm still not in good enough shape where I would be caught dead in trunks, but who knows. Soon maybe.

Congrats on not giving up!

I wish there was a way I could make my Background color light grey on my SparkPage.

Have a great weekend!

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NEW-CAZ 6/24/2010 3:17PM

    But you DID 20 MINUTES SONIA emoticon emoticon emoticon and I'm sure you'll be pleased you made the commitment to your friend.

Small steps hun and you'll reap great rewards PROMISE!
Take it slow and enjoy the process and don't expect perfection- no one is perfect- just ENJOY!!!
Proud of you for making the move and you should be too.
And you said you were sinking into lethargy! No you're not!!!!
Hope the combination of swimming and Pilates continues to rock your boat.
Hope your Thursday is panning out well, the weather has been very hot here and has only just cooled enough for me to do some cardio.
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MBSKIT 6/24/2010 2:54PM

    emoticon good for you on getting back in the pool and not giving up but coming up with a plan to get to where you want to be!

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