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Day 26 - Just do it.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Hi all and great to be back on Spark after nearly a week away - and what feels like a month!

Christmas was a quiet one and studiously avoided too much eating or drinking by not accepting invites to most things (the old anti social behaviour creeping in). I thought this was the way to get past the holiday season without gaining weight however December 26th arrived and I felt deprived and a little low.

As a former Academy Award winner for the documentary I produced, directed and starred in - Procrastination - The Art of NOT just doing it - I managed to call on all of my well honed skills and found excuse after excuse after excuse not to exercise.

I ate kind of badly but not I-know-what-to-do-will-EAT-the-blues-away and gained only a kilo but when it came to exercise I was falling back into old habits - its scary how easy that is.

So this morning while I was watching tele in bed and thinking about goals for 2011, meaning I would be WAY to busy to do any exercise and that I would burst onto 1/1/2011 and restart my exercise routine it suddenly hit me - I KNOW THIS PERSON AND I DO NOT LIKE HIM.

I had managed to collapse back into the excuse hole and didn't even realise it. So I shook myself off and at 8:00 a.m. threw off the covers and went for my walk - I didn't even allow a thought to enter my head to stop me - I just did it. I didn't listen to the "we need to mentally prepare for this" garbage that was swimming around back there - I just did it.

And did more than usual and came back and felt great.

Note to self - no matter how well you plan your exercise schedule, how well it is mapped out with walks and jogs and strength exercise meticulously scheduled.... it means nothing if you DON'T ACTUALLY EXERCISE! Stop thinking and just do it.

Hope you all had a fantastic Chrissy!


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JEAN111766 12/30/2010 9:11PM

    Hello my Spark Friend! Another key to staying focused is to get online everyday and track your Sparks points... plug in your goals and be true to yourself... WE can do this and WE will!!!!

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NEVERMIND2010 12/30/2010 10:57AM

    Hey, good for you for getting back on the exercise wagon!

One thing I keep reminding myself that I've seen several times here on Spark helps: No one ever regretted exercising after they were done. It's a good thing to remember.

Happy New Year!

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REALLYHOPIN 12/30/2010 10:36AM

    HA! David is BACK and Bert is bent!

Welcome back my friend...

Keep on being good to YOU!

~ Barbara

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TENNISJIM 12/30/2010 8:07AM

    Well done. Is your documentary available on DVD via Netflix?

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DR1939 12/30/2010 7:52AM

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Day 19 – its Merry Christmas not Merry Eateverythinginsiteuntilyournephewisscared
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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas is a time when friends and family get together to catch up with each, renew old friendships, shoot the breeze and just enjoy being with each other. Many of those you have not seen all year or have missed visiting with them for a whole variety of reasons.

Treasure the time that you have to be with the people in your life that matter the most. Look around the room and count your blessings that you have such warm and loving family and friends – even that batty Aunty Emily who can always seem to find just the wrong thing to say after her 3rd glass of bubbly!

Its incredibly hard not to get sucked into the focus that food has at this time of year but its so important to remember that Christmas (or Hanukkah or whatever similar celebration you enjoy) is about the people around you, not that really amazing looking pie that reminds you to wipe the drool from your chin:).

Talk to people, find out what they have been doing, focus on their year, their accomplishments, their favorite toy or wild adventure they are planning. Yes - even Aunt Emily's crazy scheme to turn her rare beer can collection into a modern work of art and have it displayed at the Guggenheim. Rock on Aunty Emily – now SHE has got a goal!

Make it a priority to connect with the people that matter most to you.... and the food, the treats, the 2nd or 3rd helping will not seem so important.

Make sure you also fill up on good things before you leave home or your guests arrive – low GI, high fibre foods work best – so that when the REALLY good stuff (come on – you know its true – this is the stuff that tastes AWESOME and we all LOVE it!)comes your way and someone says “Try some” you will do exactly that. TRY some instead of secretly vacuuming up the whole tray .(Note to self – remember this one).

Personally I am looking forward to cheese – mmmm – its been almost 3 weeks without a skerrick of cheese. When the cheese tray arrives I am going to take each small bite and relish every atom of cheesy goodness of those 2 or 3 chunks. Yuummmm!

As one of my Sparkfriends says – be good to yourself – your head, your heart and your body.

Enjoy a wonderful, warm and loving time tomorrow. You deserve it.

Merry Christmas all:)

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NEVERMIND2010 12/23/2010 10:49PM

    Great blog, and very true. I will try to control myself today. (I'm making cookies for the first time in 2 1/2 years; it'll be difficult.)

Have a wonderful holiday!

ETA: And you have the best blog title of the week!

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WENDYJM4 12/23/2010 9:36PM

    That was well written and so true. Thanks for the reminder.
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NEWHORIZONSR4ME 12/23/2010 3:59PM

    Lovely and well-written blog. I appreciate the reminder and indeed the words are wise. With the crazy world we live in finding someone to truly listen is a rarity and a gift we can give to our loved ones.


PS: Hope you are working towards meeting your quit smoking goal!

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JHADZHIA 12/23/2010 2:58PM

    I allow myself one slice of cheese a night. Don't know how I managed going from a 900g package a week to just one weeny slice, but there you have it. Its possible to have some control...
Hope you can enjoy Christmas so far away from home.
Know your Spark buddy sends you warmest wishes!

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Day 18 - seeing the positive!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

To those of you who sent me your warm wishes from my last blogs - thanks - it meant a lot:)

Whilst things have not really improved they have not gotten worse - but there has been a huge positive out of it all.

Usually after a hard knock or a bad experience I will dust off the couch, turn on the TV, settle into my usual spot with the phone by my side and proceed to order in and watch the tube for at least 3 days. The house slowly fills with take away containers and eventually I will finally roll off the couch, look around and sigh, and proceed to spend hours cleaning up the pig sty while feeling like I have eaten a house.

Not this time.

The day after I was still down but kept within my calorie range and did a little bit of Wii - the place looked sparkling as it usually does at the moment.

This morning I got up, did my cardio and went for a swim, came back ate healthy breakfast and am back in the swing of things.

This is a huge for me and a major change to my usual habits of years and years of self abuse especially when I am still fighting a bit of a battle on the business front.

I am really proud of what I have managed to do and I credit all my spark friends for being there for me - thank you:)

My perspective on life is changing and it feels good.

Have a great Spark day all!


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JEAN111766 12/23/2010 2:26PM

    Yaaayyyy!!!!!!!! for you!!! This is fantastic!!! You are doing so well!!! Keep it going!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DR1939 12/23/2010 9:25AM

    Good for you!


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IMSMILEY88 12/23/2010 7:31AM

    That's quite an accomplishment! I hope you have a fantastic, healthy day!

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RACHGLAZE 12/23/2010 6:43AM

    Excellent -- feel good to break old bad habits, doesn't it?

Keep up the progress!


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NEVERMIND2010 12/23/2010 3:07AM

    I'm glad you're taking care of yourself.

Keep up the positive outlook and actions; it's a great way to segue into a new year!

I fell head-first into a tray of bisboussa last night, but I'm going to make a real effort to get to the gym today to try to counteract its effect. Still need to finish some Christmas shopping, too.

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Day 17 - its been a looooong night

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Short and sweet this time.

It is now around 3:00 a.m. and I am just finishing work - very bad day and desperately trying to keep things afloat business wise.

I started writing my blog to try and brain dump some of the emotion - it started with I was born on December 12th, 1961 - if that does not smell strongly of a blog so long they would have double the server size at Spark I don't know what does!

Say a prayer (or your non denominational equivalent) for me as its a tough few days ahead and I may not emerge from this smelling of roses.

Had a major eating blow out as well - we do like a good emotional eating binge. Funny thing is that I have binge proofed the house to a degree so my binge was 4 pieces of toast with lashings of butter and honey and 3 very small dark chocolate bars. This was straight after a decent sized steak, lots of veggies and a yoghurt for dessert.

Clearly my stomach has shrunk as 4 hours later I still feel like the Hindenberg is inside me.


A short and restless sleep and need to be back up in a few hours to keep fighting fires.

Apart from that (!) have a great Spark day:)

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DUBAIGIRL 12/23/2010 2:05AM

    mmmm toast! It's taken me 3 weeks to get over the bread cravings! I love toast with butter and even naughtier then honey - golden syrup! mmmmmmmmmm....

Hope you're feeling better now. As 'blowouts' go that was pretty mild so don't fret over it, today is a new day!

Happy Christmas.

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JEAN111766 12/22/2010 11:07PM

    Hoping things are getting better Spark Friend!!! You have what it takes to work through these struggles... keep believing this!!! emoticon

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TENNISJIM 12/22/2010 6:30AM

    Sorry for the work battles. Your day will get better. Best wishes for a belated birthday.

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SPARKINGINMASS 12/22/2010 12:02AM

    Sorry you are going thru a rough time right now. I hope things get better soon. Sending good thoughts and prayers your way.

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NEVERMIND2010 12/21/2010 9:53PM

    Good luck dealing with all of this.

Funny, toast is one of my favorite binge foods. I can't eat just one or two pieces. Thus, I never have toast any more. ;)

Hang in there, and try to enjoy the holiday.

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REALLYHOPIN 12/21/2010 8:02PM

    this too shall pass...

things just have a way of working out...

Be good to yourself hon...

~ Barbara

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JHADZHIA 12/21/2010 6:54PM

    So sorry you are in a rough spot :( All the best getting out with some sort of skin intact...
Thoughts are with you,

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Day 16 - I'm eating an elephant for the rest of the year

Monday, December 20, 2010

OK OK - before all the animal rights activists start barraging me with email let me explain.

I am sure many of you know the saying "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time". No matter how big the task or how far the goal it all starts and continues one step or bite at a time.

I will freely admit I am the first person to step in with this piece of wisdom and an earnest look on my face when friends or work mates appear overwhelmed - but - its a case of do what I say not what do I am afraid:)

Well that's starting to change and I have planned my next "Sparkchunk".

I put on about 20 kilos in the last 3 years - when I write it down it sounds insane but I know I weighed around 105 when I arrived in Dubai and the scales said 126 a couple of weeks ago - 129 has been my worst. I have not been below 120 in at least 12 months and I am now 2 kilos above it.

So - my Sparkchunk - I will weigh less than 120 kgs by 1/1/2011.

Its only 2 kilos and I have nearly 2 weeks to do this - although Christmas does factor in there.


I am getting insanely fixated on housecleaning at the moment and have a huge tiled living room and the tiles need to be polished - so I plan to scrub and polish 4 a day - this sounds easy but it takes a heap of elbow grease for each onebelieve me.

Massive windows that look out from the living room and dining are looking pretty dirty - so out with the ladder and that will be a couple of hours of cardio in that.

Wash the walls and get rid of all those annoying little scuff and dirt marks.

By the way - I am probably one of the SLOBBIEST people I know but since I started Spark things are changing - clearly!

All of this will mean that I not only get in some extra cardio but I also get stuff done around the house.

I will also increase my planned cardio from 30 to 45 minutes per day and of course monitor, monitor, monitor.

All of this will mean that when I wearily open that very possibly hungover eye on New Years day the scales will be smiling up at me and the new year will start on a positive note.

To make sure I don't conveniently forget my goal I have put a decent sized sign "01/01/2011 - 119 kilos" anywhere associated with food - inside the fridge, on the door of the pantry and on the drawer that has some take out menus in it. I am ready and motivated for the next 2 weeks.

What about you - how will you spend the last 2 weeks of 2010? Do you have a goal in mind to get you through the next days? Would love to hear about yours.

Have a great Sparkday:)


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SPARKINGINMASS 12/22/2010 12:05AM

    Wow thats a lot of cleaning! Wish my husband would get motivated to do that amount of cleaning lol I hope that you easily achieve all your goals emoticon

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MINNA72 12/21/2010 2:00AM

    Good plan! I desperately need to clean as well (MIL coming to stay over the holidays - gah), maybe if I saw it as a cardio workout it would actually get done... LOL

I have no doubt you can reach 119 in this time frame. Go for it!

Happy holidays!

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DUBAIGIRL 12/21/2010 1:57AM

    ha ha I think I should clean more often too! I did have a massive flat clean last weekend and gave a lot of clothes to charity too!

Thank you for your kind words on my latest blog (and you nevermind2010) - I'm sticking with it and have revised my hopes that I simply haven't put on by Sunday since it's Christmas the day before!

Have a great day!

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NEVERMIND2010 12/20/2010 9:33PM

    Good planning! A clean house always makes me feel more positive (which makes me wonder why I don't actually clean it more).

I need to lose 3 k by the end of the month to make my goal. I don't think it's going to happen, but if I can get 2 off, I will be happy. Let's do this!

Oh, btw, did you know they open the track for running/cycling over at Yas on Tuesdays? My whole family's going over to run this evening. Should be interesting. I guess they've done this because they're hosting a triathlon in February. If I could swim well and had a bike, I might do it! LOL

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RUNNER12COM 12/20/2010 9:26PM

    I love how you are going after this. I know you will be successful!


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SHIPMAN01 12/20/2010 5:24PM

    So um..D...I was thinking...I would like to donate my house to your goal. When you run out of things to clean at your place, you can come clean mine!!! :) All joking aside, you've inspired me. I think I'll be bleaching baseboards tomorrow..you know, bleach bucket and old toothbrush style :)
You're doing wonderfully and you are well on your way to reaching your goals. emoticon

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BRWNNTWN 12/20/2010 4:25PM

    yum - sounds like it would go great with a fresh green salad! Or a juicy orange! LOL Hang in there - it is hardest during the holidays - but they, too, shall pass! emoticon

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REALLYHOPIN 12/20/2010 2:52PM

    good for you... you've got Bert on the run!

I have my own system of goals set in place. I just keep adding two each week. Soon enough Bertha will be slipping away from me and it will feel natural, instead of forced. It feels right.

You're doing great!

Keep on being good to yourself...


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JEAN111766 12/20/2010 2:00PM

    Hello Spark Friend... mine is exercise daily... exercise daily... exercise daily ;)
Each day making the committment to stay focused and to stay on track. My blog from today will show you how hard yesterday was though!
So glad to see your blogs! You make me smile when I see how much we have in common on this journey!

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