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10 pounds down and other miscellany

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Only another 4lbs to go and I'll have lost a stone in weight. How cool is that? emoticon It feels strange and takes some getting used to. The physical process was quite easy in a way. I measured what I ate. I improved my nutrition. I generally eat three balanced meals and two snacks throughout the day and drink tons of water.

Mentally, it's been more challenging. I realise that when I chug along everything goes well. I am learning to chill out about the whole process and not try too hard. Eating healthily and enjoying some regular exercise is quite fun and satisfying. 'Dieting' and 'doing exercise' with a kind of punishment mentality is not the way. You just burn out quickly.

Non-scale victories are very worth focusing on. I have strong nails for the first time in my life and I'm growing them nice and long (if you've got short stubby fingers like me, this is a complete Godsend) I blogged about the improvement in my hair last time, and at last it dawns on me that our bodies and appearance really suffer without optimum nutrition

The thing I like best of all is the knowledge that I can choose good health. It's a kind of empowerment, not a chore, and it gives me confidence in other areas of my life too.

I do hope you all take the time to notice the non-scale changes that happen in your journey too. I would love to hear them



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BUNNYSIDEUP 10/11/2011 10:32AM

    Thanks both emoticon

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ASHLEYROXX 10/11/2011 9:44AM

    Good for you!!! I've also been blessed with short fingers, and I love it when my nails are healthy and growing because I am eating better!

Keep it up!!

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 10/11/2011 9:42AM

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Two months in - my hair is transformed!

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Since I began my Spark journey two months ago, I have been eating only nutritious, unprocessed foods and as organically as I can. Tracking foods with the tracker, I began adding ground flax seed to my porridge every morning and ditching the sugar. It's surprising how quickly you get used to sugar free breakfast. I also eat broccoli at least twice a week and an apple every day, plus increasing my vegetables and upping the protein. Water is my only drink. six to eight glasses a day. I have a small bottle beside me all day which I keep refilling. (It's taken two months but I don't have to visit the loo quite as often as I did at the beginning)

Exercise-wise, for the first time in my life, I began regularly breaking into a sweat and increasing my heart-rate nearly every day with Leslie Sansone (She is AWESOME)

My hair is greying and a few months ago was definitely thinning. I could see a little pink on the scalp and googled for answers. Many places on the internet informed me that thinning and coarse hair is a result of ageing. So I resigned myself to my fate.

Let me tell you that THEY WERE NOT TELLING THE TRUTH!
I'm not sure whether it is the flax seed, the protein, the exercise, the water or a combination of all , but when I look in the mirror I see thick, beautiful looking hair. The thinning has gone. They grey is much less coarse and soft to the touch. It needs washing less often too.

So any older ladies out there who think their thinning, coarse hair is an inevitable consequence of ageing, please don't give up yet. A tablespoon and a half of ground flax seed every day, lots of protein, broccoli, veg and fruit. Lose the nasty white flour and switch to brown rice. Drink your water and see if your hair isn't transformed in two months Sparking.

I would love to know if any of you have had a similar experience.

Thanks for listening x

  
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BUNNYSIDEUP 10/2/2011 1:09PM

    So glad you're going to try the Flax seed Rochelle. emoticon

Give it a good two or three months and let me know how you get on x

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ROCHELLE62 10/2/2011 11:39AM

    I will try the flax seed. I have wondered the same about my hair, even wondered if it was normal or if it could even be thyroid. Flax is an easy and healthy thing to try.


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MICHELLESMILES_ 10/2/2011 9:00AM

    Love this blog!!

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Negative beliefs have lbs attached to them

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

This journey is about health, weight and emotions. As I lose weight, so I find emotional baggage that I can begin to acknowledge and let go as I share my thoughts and feelings with my Heavenly Father.

I like finding out about the connections. It's fascinating to see that you had negative beliefs about yourself that you were never conscious of before. When you become conscious of these self-limiting beliefs, you can let them go. It's not always very pleasant to go through this. But it's definitely worth it when you can let go and move on.

It's like each negative emotion or wrong belief about oneself has a piece of weight attached to it. You can't let the piece of weight go for good until you let go of the negative belief or emotion

  


I went the extra mile!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Isn't it gratifying to observe how quickly we can improve our exercise endurance over the weeks?

I began just a few weeks ago with Leslie Sansone's, one, two and then three miles of in home walking, and the strength training that is incorporated like lunges, knee lifts and using her stretchie band.

Yesterday I nervously attempted her four mile super challenge for the first time. The first three miles were OK. Then came mile 4. Suddenly I found myself in a different world! It's hard to describe the feeling (although I suspect many of you have been there and know exactly what I mean) I felt as though I could walk for another twenty miles. My body felt amazing and my mood almost euphoric. I wonder why it was only at four miles that these things kicked in?

Later in the evening I could feel my muscles toning up and tummy tightening.

What comes next, I wonder in this awesome journey to health and fitness? How about your experiences?

  
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BUNNYSIDEUP 9/16/2011 5:53AM

    Thanks for you the comment and info emoticon I have been wondering which DVD to treat myself to next. I definitely want something that is challenging and incorporates strength, so your suggestion sounds ideal. Living in the UK, I have to be patient and keep looking out for her DVDs that will play in Region 2 or 'worldwide'. If I can get hold of this one, it might be my next 'lbs lost' reward.

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SLENDER_Z 9/16/2011 5:46AM

    Excellent! That's the first one I ever tried of hers -- it's really pretty great! I thought all the chatter and giggling would drive me nuts at first, but now I just tune it out. I love working out to that one.

Have you tried her 3-Mile Slim & Sleek Walk with Pilates? I just love the way that one makes me feel! I couldn't do some of the moves properly the first time but it's getting easier. I also really love the music with that one, and the fact that she's by herself and not chattering with the other walkers. It actually seems a bit more intense than the 4-Mile Super Challenge. You can also switch it to music only, once you get the moves down, but I haven't done that yet.

The thing I really like about the 4-Mile Super Challenge is if I'm sore or under the weather or whatever, I can tone things down a little but still do the full workout -- and when I'm well rested and nourished and watered, I can put more oomph into it and feel the difference.

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This journey is FUN

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STALEYK 9/16/2011 5:29AM

    There is always something new around the corner that you will learn about yourself. Interesting when you look for the changes and DON'T give UP! emoticon

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Must...have...a...rest...day

Friday, September 09, 2011

Today is my scheduled rest day from cardiovascular exercise. I'm tired and need a rest. I need a rest because I've done all my scheduled exercising this week, eaten extremely healthily, and within my calorie ranges( including the Harvester meal last night ) emoticon

But gosh it's hard to sit down and not do my three-mile walk!

How weird that it takes more self-discipline to do the right thing and take your rest day, than it takes to put the DVD on and walk away the pounds until you're all aglow emoticon

Well. I'm going to love my body that's been working hard for me all week and I'm going to give it the best rest day ever. Thanks body! Thanks SP.

  


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