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Celebrate EVERY daily miracle.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Today was a rest day for us before we start again tomorrow with Boot Camp at 8:30 a.m. - more pain :) and I can smile about it!

That being said I still beat the pavement at a fast walk for 45 minutes as the sun was rising over the ocean and then a wonderful swim in the warm water before lunch... and I even took a walk down the beach with my shirt OFF! Wonders will never cease, or maybe I am starting to learn that no one really cares how I look.

Daily miracles happen all the time - we have to see them and celebrate them.

I have NEVER in my life taken a walk on a beach with my shirt off - thats a miracle.

I have NEVER in my life done 4 hours of cardio a day and finished up tired but feeling amazed at how much the body can spring back when the mind is there to join it. Thats a miracle.

I can't touch my toes yet but I am only an inch or two away instead of a foot - thats a daily miracle.

Celebrate every small but remarkable step. As we eat right and exercise so many little things become more possible. See them and celebrate them.

Spark on emoticon

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SKINNYPOWELL1 3/5/2012 11:02AM

    Glad you are experiencing daily miracles and that you appreciate them and to notice them. Sounds like this place is doing wonders for ya. Congrats on going shirtless, I know for women we are so fearful and mindful of how we look in a bathing suit.

Also, great job on the cardio, I bet you feel so amazing. Keep up the good work, can't wait to hear your next report.

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CANADAUAE 3/4/2012 2:10PM

    Aww sounds great! So how much are you down now? Share with us :D I need motivation! I need to at lest do this 2 more weeks :( Its hard but not that hard...it's the cravings...and wantign a warm sugary drink that gets me :D

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JEAN111766 3/4/2012 12:32PM

    This is awesome and I could not agree with you more!!!
You are doing amazing!!!!!
Keep sending the updates I love reading them!!!!

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TENNISJIM 3/4/2012 7:54AM

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TRISH579 3/4/2012 7:15AM

    Wow! Wow! Wow!

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DUBAIGIRL 3/4/2012 2:59AM

    you're doing amazing!!

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IMREITE 3/4/2012 1:06AM

    i spent some time today talking to my hubby about the good things and small miracles that we take for granted. it was a great conversation.

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EXCUSES-BE-GONE 3/4/2012 12:39AM

    Congrats on all your progress! Thanks for this blog booster. Very positive, I love that!

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BETTERME54 3/3/2012 10:25PM

    emoticonI Agree with you 100%. Thanks. I to believe that we should CELEBRATE EVERY SMALL REMARKABLE STEP. emoticon

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A minor meltdown and an amazing workout.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

I woke up yesterday feeling angry and over it - Day 4 of Fat Camp and I was pissed at every one and probably also feeling the affects of a few days with out ciggies.

Did our 45 minute high intensity walk at 7:00 a.m., had breakfast and then met at 8:30 for our challenge - I was NOT in the mood so when we were told 7 of us had to complete the following in 90 minutes - not EACH but as a group e.g. around 110 push ups each on average:

800 pushups
800 step ups
800 sit ups
30 circuits of the park - walk or run

plus a few other things

SO when I heard that I just about lost it and decided to start on situps first and get some out of the way. The harder I worked the more upset I was getting so when I starting to do my walk around the park circuits I had tears and sweat streaming down my face and the harder I pushed the harder I was crying.

I guess 4 hours a day of exercising as taking its toll and emotionally I was hitting the wall - my "inner" just wanted to be at home on the couch and doing ANYTHING but this!

I stopped and had the rest of the day off apart from some stretching and tai chi and woke up this morning much better but still a LITTLE tense and was hoping it would disappear, which it did by the end of our morning walk.

After that we had boxing at the beach and then had to stand in a tidal pool up to our waists and box and balance with partners and THEN had to do 20 lunges, walk through the tidal pool to the other side, do 19 star jumps, walk back through the waist high water, 18 lunges, walk back ...you get the idea!

Morning tea and then a modified game of basket ball. About 3/4 of the way through I had to stop to puke...I didn't quite have to but got close BUT was really proud of myself for pushing through to the end.

Almost 1/4 of the way through and just starting to really enjoy it!

Spark on emoticon

P.S. I am trying to get around and read my awesome Sparkfriends blogs but time is kind of tight until our free day on Sunday:)

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JEAN111766 3/2/2012 11:18PM

    Oh my goodness!!! I laughed so hard as I read this... I can just see you going through this!!!
Hang in there my friend... you are amazing for making this committment!!!

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TRISH579 3/2/2012 9:01AM

    Stick to it, you're doing great! emoticon

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TENNISJIM 3/2/2012 6:29AM

    You can do it, David!

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CANADAUAE 3/2/2012 6:19AM

    YOU ARE AWESOME...sounds amazing...what a great opportunity...again just think you are soooo lucky to be there and NOT on the couch! Awesome job! Sounds wonderful!

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WENDYJM4 3/2/2012 5:49AM

    wow, I can see why you said before that it like the Biggest Loser. You are doing great David, at least you are surviving it. Well done.

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WENDENANNIE 3/1/2012 10:39PM

    You hang in there David...you are doing great!!!

emoticon Wendy

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So....here I am at fat camp. Pizza snorting and understanding plateaus.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Beginning of day 3 and yesterday was 4 hours of cardio - walking, boxing, treadmill, deep water running (in a pool with a floatie around your waster and doing sprinting, running and a million other things I never thought you could do in a pool!).

Have woken up and am not sore at all. A small blister here and there but overall kinda good.

The food has been great and we're on a 12-1400 calorie a day range.

The hardest thing? Forcing yourself to take 20 minutes to eat a meal. In our group of 10 someone has been nomintaed as timekeeper and the first meals were tough BUT you do end up feeling comfortably satisfied at the end of what for me would be a snack in the old days.

Jeez I could snort down a pizza in 12 minutes - I know that becauyse often I would look at the clock when I finished a home delivered pizza and think OMG the guy only delivered a few minutes ago!!!!

We had a seminar yesterday arvo and one of the iinteresting ones was why we plateau when we are losing weight.

Our bodies were originally built to reduce our metabolism when food was scarcce. As you reduce your calorie intake your body slows your metabolsim occassionally just to maakse sure that a famine is not coming. Eventually it kick starts again when it realises things are OK, and thats why we plateau. "Starving" ourselves to get off a plateu just ends up working against us it seems:)

Hope all my spark friends are doing well.

And this morning? 45 minutes beach walk, an hour of fitness loop and then a spin class with a few small breaks in between. Sounds hard right now but I know it will gte eaasier.

Spark on! emoticon

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CANADAUAE 3/2/2012 6:17AM

    wow this is awesome...you are so lucky! Wishing you great success!

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    Can't wait to read all your fat camp blogs and see the results.

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EM1388 2/28/2012 9:45PM

    Sounds really informative! Thank you for sharing about the plateau! Keep up the great work!

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TAMIPCHICAGO 2/28/2012 5:38PM

    Very interesting metabolism comment. I have heard those types of comments before, but for some reason it is a clearer picture the way it is presented there. Thanks! Sounds like your "fat camp" is a great place.

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WENDYJM4 2/28/2012 5:04PM

    emoticon David, sounds full on. So proud of how far you have come in a short while. emoticon

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SKINNYPOWELL1 2/28/2012 4:17PM

    I love hearing what you up to at your retreat, keep the details coming. emoticon

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ANAIS57 2/28/2012 3:08PM

    emoticon and amazing. I was complaining about the amount of exercise i have done so far... and it ain't nothin' compared to your day.

thanx for the plateau reminder. i am waiting for my body to figure it out it's gonna be ok and there won't be starving going on here.

hang in there, you're doing emoticon ~catherine

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Bloody YOUNG people!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

You know - those late teens and twenties who have unlined skin and perfect bodies and whiter than white teeth that swagger down the street with their Ipods pumping out Pitbull (my favourite at the moment but probably not that young lol) and more likely pumping Miss PJ and Dum Diddy.

How DARE they take their perfectly shaped butts and lithe lean bodies for granted - grrrr!

Yes I am grieving in a pouty lipped way (grumpy 50 year old way not sexy Abecrombie & Fitch sexy male model way :D) about not being 21 and gorgeous - I am sure we all go through it.


I arrived at the place I did the 21 day water fast at 12 or so years ago yesterday. As I walked in both me and my inner (that guy who has been protecting me so much he protected me into being 140 kilos - long story) both went "Ohhh - this is feeling like Great Aunt Matilda's Lounge Room"

A place like this and water fasting means you spend a lot of time away from people - they have GREAT organic vegetarian meals and meal times are where you meet people....but I wasn't eating food so it meant 21 days of solace in great aunts house.

After spending 2 weeks with family and friends I realised that I had been ACHINGLY missing human contact after 9 months of being alone and the thought of just sitting for 21 days waiting for the cleanse to do its thing felt too static, too inactive, almost like I was just handing over the reins to my body and turning into a vegetable. And the rooms are bland white walled no artwork bland - why would I pay for THAT?

Within hours of checking in I started to research alternatives and found what is almost a Biggest Loser thing. 4 weeks (or longer) of great food, lots of exercise and a group personal trainer.


Let me say I KNOW I am very lucky to be able to just go and do this - so many people struggle to just live and feed and educate their kids and battle their weight so I KNOW I am fortunate to be able to finally (after 35 years) make some major changes... I feel very lucky...


After I lose 60 kilos I will be investing in plastic surgery to make me look creepily 21 so I can swagger down the street with my Ipod and cleverly concealed walker lol.

Well maybe not - but I plan to feel SEXY at the end of this!

Spark on! emoticon

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SKINNYPOWELL1 2/27/2012 8:29AM

    Enjoy your time, so nice that you have such a wonderful opportunity, make the most of it. Keep on SPARKING, can't wait to hear how all this turns out. emoticon

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ANAIS57 2/25/2012 8:23AM

    i hear you. i turn 55 tomorrow and i have never had the body i have dreamed of. i watch my children eat such unhealthy things and yet they are svelte and muscular. seems so unfair doesn't it? when puberty hit me.. so did the weight and it has been a battle ever since. now as my body shifts and weight leaves, the body is sagging... just so sad.

NuYu looks so wonderful. I try to create retreats like that in my home, but sometimes it is not quite the same when you have to clean house and collect the garbage on garbage day emoticon Enjoy your time.... you so deserve it!

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AMYB1985 2/25/2012 7:26AM

    Holy...wow! Um, that place looks great, but I'm thinking that isn't ever going to be in my budget. emoticon emoticon I'm glad you can do something like this, though. Hell, you earned the money and so you get to spend it however you want! I chose my four kids and a lower-enlisted military life; you chose a much more lucrative career and living vicariously through friends and family instead of having rug-rats of your own. Nothing wrong with either course of action.

I am frustrated by those dang young people too! emoticon I'm only 26, but I have never had the youthful body you describe. But by the time I'm 30 I plan to have an inkling of what it's like.

You're going to be sexy as hell, my friend!

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TENNISJIM 2/25/2012 7:08AM

    you will look very sexy!

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WENDYJM4 2/25/2012 5:43AM

    looks great David, just checked it out. Probably healthier at our age not to go so long on just water. When do you start this? Good luck, you have come a long way since I became your friend on Sparks

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One day to go !

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Staying with friends at the moment who live in a beautiful house on the outskirts of Sydney which is quiet foresty. For some reason the exact placement of their house means that I can not get a phone or internet signal and they do not have broadband at home so I am forced to go to the mall to get reception!

Well thats my excuse for the seemingly useless items I have been buying lately - I mean we ALL need a nose hair trimmer right?!

Since the beginning of Feb I have lost 10 kilos (22 lbs) - 7 kilos from the juice fast I started Feb 1st and then 3 kilos since then.

I am not even TRYING, its just coming off. From the therapy I have been doing there seems to be a bit of switch that has been flicked in my brain and I now find the "decision" between junk and healthy is less of a decision and more of a want for healthy food. This helped immensely as I came off the juice fast and was sensible and considerate of my poor old junk stuffed body for a change :)

I have slipped up once or twice but beating myself up is no longer a national past time and I simply get over it and keep going.

Therapy has been the key for me to finally find a way out of the ongoing bad decisions and unhealthy eating - its early days but I am already so grateful for what I have achieved after only 5 or 6 sessions - definitely worth it.

Only 6 weeks ago I was considering lap band surgery as a last resort...how things have changed in such a short time.

And YES - one more day to go!!!

I am off to the health farm tomorrow to start my water fast and am about to purchase a sodastream (those at-home carbonated drink makers) so I can add some fizz to my plain water for a change every now and then!

Will drop in more often when I am not living in the black hole of calcutta (well - internet wise that is!).

Spark on emoticon

P.S. Sitting here with my skinny latte and watching another customer who has arrived in a wheelchair -perhaps MS or Parkinsons?

The effort and skill he puts in to simply drink his coffee and the resulting pleasure he is clearly getting from this simple daily event makes me step back and think HOW LUCKY so many of us are...

We too often take just the simple act of drinking a cup of coffee for granted, don't you think?

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REALLYHOPIN 2/23/2012 9:44AM

    I'm heading to the coffee pot now...

So good to hear from you...

~ Be good to yourself

~ Barbara

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TRISH579 2/23/2012 9:08AM

    Great to hear from you. You have, indeed had the switch "flipped". Have a good time at the health farm, and thanks for reminding us all that sometimes we get wrapped up in our own heads that we don't see just how good we have it.

Here on the East Coast of the US, it's likely to get to be 70 degrees today. Unbelievable for February. I'll go for a long walk at a nature preserve with DH, give the spring attention to my roses and make sure all the daffodils are uncovered by leaves so we can enjoy them in their full glory.


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ANAIS57 2/23/2012 8:49AM

    congrats... i so understand the switch in the brain. processed foods now almost seem like poison. have a good stay at the "farm". i look forward to hearing about your experiences.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 2/23/2012 7:18AM

    Sooo happy things are going great for you. I knew you could do it. 22 pounds is fantastic, sometimes all we need is a little positive experience to set us on our way and it sounds like you are walking the straight and narrow. Great job my friend. SPARK on, can't wait to see what the next few months have in store for you. Looking forward to your continued success. emoticon emoticon

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TENNISJIM 2/23/2012 6:29AM

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WENDYJM4 2/23/2012 5:05AM

    well David, so proud of you. Fantastic progress.

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AMYB1985 2/23/2012 3:39AM

    Excellent! You're making awesome progress, especially with MENTAL roadblocks, and that is as critical if not more so than just physical habits.

And thanks for the note about the gentleman enjoying his coffee. As I sit here drinking my second cup it encourages me to stop and really take pleasure in my morning coffee instead of just slurping it down to get on with the next thing in my day.

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DUBAIGIRL 2/23/2012 12:05AM

    Thanks David for reminding us of what's important :)

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