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AAAAAAgh!! I think . . .

Monday, August 02, 2010

One of my resolutions/streaks here was to get off my couch. Well I haven't had time to look at it lately - never mind sit on it.

Work on my new kitchen took up a lot of time and energy and although there is still work I need to do - tiling - plastering - papering - it's not a huge amount which is a good thing because the kitchen saga is beginning to bore even me :-s

So what I thought was: two days more and it would all be done and dusted. The couch was beckoning! Now my younger son has rung to ask if I could help with his sitting room while his wife and kids are in Scotland visiting her family - starting on Wednesday . . . HOORAH!!!

Got to be done - they have bought their first house and have been living with bare plaster walls for long enough. He has his own (new) I.T. business with no time to spare for decorating - so - more plastering/papering/painting for me! Am, of course, happy to help them out - and give him a papering lesson too - got to be good for me & better than lying around reading as I do too often.

So - off I go again . . .

PS Whatever else it's certainly good for the weight loss of course - another 1.5 pounds gone this week :-))

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MEDDYPEDDY 8/7/2010 2:46AM

    Sounds fantastic - congrats!

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NEW-CAZ 8/2/2010 4:32PM

    Sonia hun your poor hands LOL.
Just think of all the fitness minutes you'll rack up and all the bending and reaching will be fantastic exercise......albeit draining emoticon

Try to get some "me time" though.......cos you're worth it emoticon

Hope you sleep well I'll catch you 2moro...
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TWOTIMESS 8/2/2010 3:02PM

    Great workout! Start your own small decorating company and get paid to get fit, LOL!

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CMFARRELL36 8/2/2010 2:07PM

    Hey - all that bending and stretching for papering and painting emoticon
So Exercise and also less time to think about eating - way to go!

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Escaping to the Common

Sunday, July 25, 2010

It was raining when I got up this morning – ‘Pity’ I thought. I’ve been so busy in my little house that I haven’t had time to enjoy the glorious countryside here and with about an hour’s work left to do I had planned to walk afterwards. I decided to hit the shops in the nearest town for a break but in the end I didn’t – not a great shopper really.

At lunchtime the rain cleared and the sun came out with amazing strength. There was also a breeze – which cleared away the mugginess quite quickly and off I went. Perfect weather and a perfect place for walking. I’m so lucky to have this house although it’s a big job to get it renovated. I wanted a project and I love making things come together so all in all it makes me happy. The house is on the edge of the village common – a proper common with a rota for grazing rights – and overlooked by the ruins of Corfe Castle – you can sense the history.

It’s a great place to escape to – from work in the house, from myself sometimes because the tranquillity really calms me and takes me to a quieter place in myself.

So – I walked a lot – said hallo to everyone I met – it’s that sort of village where people are automatically friendly - came home – did strength exercises and stretches. I marvel, these days, at the fact that I find long walks and exercising normal. I’ve always eaten reasonably healthily – probably more than I should (tho I have the Spark tracker now to keep me disciplined!) However, I just wasn’t moving enough to balance calories-in and calories-out. It’s taken months on Spark and loads of encouragement from the articles and exercises available and from Spark friends to get to a point where it’s no effort to go out without my car and walk a lot or do strength exercises and it’s great. Not only great for me but for my sons who were in despair about having such an unfit Mother with no energy or enthusiasm for much except lounging on the couch with a good book. They worried about my health and my longevity but now they see they no longer need to because I am making progress – albeit slowly. Also my grandsons – well, the elder one aged 5 – has noticed. Apparently he actually said to his mother: ‘How about that? Granny can run now!’ Out of the mouths of babes and all that . . .

So I realised today on the common yet again how immeasurably grateful I am for Spark and all its goodies – both sorts!

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TSEWARD 8/1/2010 9:15PM

    Wow that picture is beautiful ...makes me want to be there too. Nature is a great medicine for all that Ails us. A good walk outside is so much more enjoyable than walking treadmill inside. I enjoyed your grandsons comment. What a little dear! Sending you hugs emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 7/26/2010 4:53AM

    Morning Sonia totally understand you wanting to escape the chaos in your place right now and a walk certainly clears out the cobwebs LOL.

I think it's great that you now enjoy moving and it's no longer a chore.

I love the pic and think you are one lucky lady to live in so picturesque an area and that the inhabitants are so friendly.

Have a good Monday emoticon

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MADDE3333 7/25/2010 6:05PM

    That's a beautiful photo...thanks for sharing! emoticon

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IAMANDARAMA 7/25/2010 5:49PM

    What a wonderful place to be (in every respect - lol!) Now you can breathe again, you are in a wonderful place to do it. Simply fabulous.

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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

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.


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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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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

Luv and hugs emoticon

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 6/27/2010 3:47PM

    Sounds like an amazing day!

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