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I climbed Ben Nevis!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Highlands were BEAUTIFUL - but cold so Im kind of still in chock here being back in Spain that has its hotest summer in 50 years.

Every day in Scotland we had rain and 10C and on top of Ben Nevis it was 2C and hard wind = freezing cold.

Here are some pics from the trip:
Loch Lomond


Loch Ness

Glenfinnan monument

Glenfinnan viaduct

Ben Nevis distillery

Ruin in Fort William

From the top of Ben nevis

Steam train across the loch where we stayed, taken from bedroom

More loch

Highland cattle

Sunset from the livingroom

Talisker distillery on Isle of Skye

Lighthouse on Isle of Skye

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INGMARIE 9/17/2011 7:45PM

    well,,, I have not seen you here for a while, this explains why,
Lovely pictures.Hope you had a good time.Ben nevis picture is great.
I am leaving for Sweden on the 23rd to visit family ,
hope i have warmer weather than you did. emoticon

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1BEACHWALKER 9/17/2011 3:32AM

    I love the story of the Loch Ness Monster! Too cool you got to visit there! You are so lucky!! What a pretty place! Thanks so much for sharing this with us! Love when SPF's show us places they go and walks they take! emoticonon climbing the Mountain! emoticon emoticon

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MEDDYPEDDY 9/16/2011 12:34AM

    You remind me of my education in Norway to become a mountain guide... it was raining all the time and freezing cold... but what beautiul pictures!

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HAPPYNOW26 9/15/2011 12:05PM

    I'm jealous! Looks wonderful. Welcome back, missed you!
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KAYOTIC 9/15/2011 10:16AM

    Thanks! What a wonderful trip.....

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OK - I am done here!

Friday, May 06, 2011

I really did not have that much weight to lose to start with and I have not lost all I wanted, but I think my main focus has to be exercising regularly and staying fit.
I would like very much to tone the body so I could show off my muscles a bit more, and that is what I will try to do in stead of focusing on the weight loss. emoticon
Must say I am ok with my body and myself at the moment but if the weight drops some kg,s more I would not complain. emoticon

Think I had an epiphany today at the store;
We had been walking for a couple of hours and went in to get some stuff on the way home. I was not tired at all and when I picked up the 6pack of 1liter milk cartons = 6 kg (12 something pounds) I felt like I could have carried another pack as well. Carried it for maybe 1/2 hour and did not get tired or had to switch arms. WOW! On the way home I even used it as a weight and did some shoulder lifts to see how long I could on doing it. ALL THE WAY!
I am not telling this to brag, just wanted to write down the fantastic progress I have made while here on SP. Some months ago I would not have been able to carry this with the same hand for many minutes.
So even if the scale still does not totally agree with me - I have changed.

Of course I am not leaving SP! I just change directions or focus.
Now I will put up other goals like running faster and longer, and concentrate on the fitness and health, all with the help of SP.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

1BEACHWALKER 5/16/2011 5:56PM

    emoticon emoticon Keep going!
emoticonIt has helped me in so many ways since I joined a couple months before you did!

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DSJB9999 5/8/2011 2:21AM

    emoticon on your achievements!


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MEDDYPEDDY 5/8/2011 12:54AM

    You had me worried therre for a while... glad your not leaving spark people and it is inspiring to read about your achievments and insights - congratulations emoticon

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HUSKERSALAD 5/7/2011 12:28PM

    Congratulations on your progress.

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INGMARIE 5/7/2011 11:58AM

    aww chucks ,,,, emoticon sure you could have,
but you would have missed all the fun here emoticon

Great progress woohoo emoticon

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RAINBOWCHOC 5/6/2011 4:31PM

    well done and good luck with your next challenge

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KATHYM316 5/6/2011 3:58PM

    What a great story..and I am very happy for you..I think that is where we all want to be some day..stronger, healthier, and happier.
Live your dreams, and don't stop. Just look back and see where you were and where you have gone..
Good Luck

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    Woohoo, so good to read this! Congratulations for your achievements! emoticon

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More fish for me!

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

I promised myself that I should make more fish in stead of the chicken that is all over our weekly menu. emoticon
And I have. The electricity is very expensive here in Spain so we use the gas barbecue on the terrass as oven.
I have baked both salmon and white fish with vegetables in it this week and wow! I do like fish more than I thought I did!
This will make healthy eating more interesting - and easy. emoticon

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GZELLEFRO 3/3/2011 8:19PM

    There are a lot of ways that you can fix fish and make it interesting too. I love to cook salmon on the grill with lemons/lemon juice and spices like garlic, onion, basil. And it has the good omega 3s that we need; better than chicken. emoticon

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MEDDYPEDDY 3/3/2011 12:18AM

    I also tend to forget about fish and I agree with you that it is mostly delicious!

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INGMARIE 3/2/2011 5:19PM

    I love fish Salmon is one of my favourites .Yum and sooo good for us too. emoticon

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TCMOSBY 3/2/2011 4:40PM

    I love fish! My fave is tilapia and flounder. Oh! And how much I would love to visit Spain! Beautiful!

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Troll gone and musician back!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

I gave in and cut my hair even though I have not reach my goal, and I feel great!
emoticon Troll gone! Bye, bye Bjrn Borg!

After leaving the salon yesterday we bumped into some friends who asked us home with them. I was quite tired and wanted take the beach promenade back to where we had parked the car and go home for a nice, quiet evening.
But as I did not want to say no to our friends we went with them - and had an fantastic night together in front of their huge fireplace with a lot of music. Live and recorded.
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Me and hubby have always made music and singed a lot together during the years.
I played the cello and flute in an orchestra (no. not at the same time emoticon) and he has even recorded some of his own stuff. Somehow this part of our lives sneaked out without us noticing very much. Last night though I was reminded of how much I enjoy music and how it enriches life.

Think I will make it one of my goals to play the instruments we got more often. We have borrowed an electric guitar and I would love to be able to play a cool solo. emoticon
That should have me concentrating on other things than weight and food...
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    Thank you for this blog! I must take more time to enjoy music jazz in my case!)! It feels sooo good!

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INGMARIE 2/27/2011 11:00AM

    Great, music and a haircut a little luxury there huh?Walking on the beach sounds great. Visitning with friends is priceless too
glad you enjoyed it.
The only music here is on the radio or my CD's bought a few the other day "Carmen" and a few Pavarotti CD's all to my husbands dismay. emoticon
He does not like Pavarotti or that kind of music. So i play when he is not here. emoticon

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MEDDYPEDDY 2/27/2011 1:26AM

    Wonderful! I am also thinking about how I can get more music in my life, unfortunately I am not goot at playing any instruments but I have sung enough in choirs to be able to sing alto.

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The ticker - now it is getting embarrassing!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Think I will cut out the ticker from my page!!!
Or not?

It is not the first time I have this discussion with myself and now I am taking it public.

When I first made my page I had a bit of a trouble making my mind up about putting the ticker there. Then I thought "Why not? It can be an encouragement seeing it move". emoticon

I tend to look at other persons tickers and they tick (some have even met there goals!) while mine seems to be stuck. emoticon
As you all know, me and the scale are not the best of friends and I avoid it as much as I possibly can, and as long as I do not want to weigh myself - why do I have the ticker on the page?

On the other hand it is a way to measure your journey. But I am afraid of looking out the train window; What if I have not even left the station? emoticon
Hmm, I will leave it be for the moment. If it is gone one day you know why!

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MEDDYPEDDY 2/24/2011 2:06AM

    My ticker is embarrassing mostly because nothing happens... but I dont care that much about it, the scale IRL bothers me a lot more because I am realising that the scale creates a lot of anxiety with me or is it the fact that the scale denies me denial...

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SOLUCKY12 2/22/2011 7:27PM

    Lots of interesting ideas here. I don't let my ticker bother me and have moved it up and down, but I tend to be really honest with it. It sat at 161.5 for a long time over Christmas. It is just one of the many tools on Spark People. It motivates me, so I keep it. If others aren't being honest about their ticker, it really only matters to them as another form of denial. Some people actually lose inches and treasure those results. I just use my clothes as another gauge. Whatever works for you is just fine. There are plenty of sparkers whose tickers don't move much, but enjoy the community messages and other features. They aren't hurting anyone, so who cares?

I love your beautiful background picture, but didn't even look at your ticker. emoticon

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KAKIPOPUP 2/22/2011 5:19PM

    I don't know how much you are trying to lose - I am aiming for a fairly large loss and I changed my ticker to show only 10 pounds at a time (this way, each pound moves the indicator a significant amount) -

Do whatever works for you -

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JUSTBIRDY 2/22/2011 10:02AM

    I'd keep the ticker. I know that sometimes I am at a plateua, and it is easy to quit monitoring, but if I continue to monitor, then at least things don't get bad as quickly.

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INGMARIE 2/22/2011 8:00AM

    My ticker has and still is doing a see-saw thing too, up a bit one day next few weigh ins it is down so i only moved it when there was a real change.
It will happen to you too. keep up the work, You might also be building muscle wich weighs more. emoticon

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SUZYMARC 2/22/2011 6:20AM

    You know I have the ticker on my page and really don't fret about it even though for the past 4 months at least it keeps either inching back up a few pounds then slides down a few pounds. I understand the frustration but I do my best to look beyond the scale tracker. Maybe we should request they put an inches lost tracker option up too?

If it bothers you too much take it off your page and put it back on in a few months since it will continue to track as you enter your changes it just won't be visible.

If you want post something positive changes you see on a daily basis on your page and not be concerned about the weight tracker and see if that helps motivate you more.

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DSJB9999 2/22/2011 5:31AM

    I think Project-Me's ideas are good! I haven't altered my weight online to allow for my weight on over Christmas so my ticker says I'm at target but its rubbish.

If you do look at other people's ticker they may not be honest - like mine isn't!

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Have removed my ticker now as its dishonest and I'm not!!!

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EXENEC 2/22/2011 5:29AM

  If it causes more anxiety than motivation, I'd get rid of it, at least for now. I've just come off a 6 week plateau myself. I have been a slave to the tyranny of the scale, and it's really such a limited measure of health.

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GINA4EVER 2/22/2011 5:08AM

    Maybe you should remove it for a month and see how you do. I know I like to be motivated but not "policed". I tend to dig my heels in and do the opposite if I feel like someone (or something) is trying to tell me what to do. Maybe that's how you feel about your ticker.

If after a month you don't have any changes, then it's not the ticker, and you can put it back.

Don't torture yourself by looking at everyone else's ticker either! lol The only one that matters is yours.

Good luck! emoticon

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