I have not been on sparks for some time but the very weird thing is I think of sparks friends all the time! I won't name everyone - you know who you are who of you have found a way into my heart and thoughts.
Most important thing to update you on is that I have put some weight back on again - I have been away from home with work more than I have been home and all that travelling etc.... well you know the rest ... hehe
And I have just returned yesterday from AMERICA spending almost 2 weeks there !! Wow - my first trip and I did not stop the whole time!! My sister went for work the first week and I tagged along. During that week we stayed at The Shorebreak Hotel, Huntington Beach (Orange County) Here is a photo from the hotel balcony..... during this stay I also had the time to make my way to Newport Beach - just lovely!!
Following that we took a flight to Las Vegas, staying at the MGM Grand on the Vegas Strip!! WOW !! There was a huge country and western rodeo event on whilst we were there so cowboys and cowgirls everywhere!
Here's me in Vegas (Yahoo!)
And at the Grand Canyon .......
Then back to LA we went, this time staying on Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood West at a hotel called The Moment ..... (The Guitar Centre was opposite our hotel)
I made such a good impression, I'm sure I'll get asked back into your country again hehe!!
Whilst there we did lots of tours and also the hop on hop off bus in LA. We covered much ground and walked for miles. We even almost got in to Paramount Studios to be in the audience of the Dr Phil show, but only missed out because Dr Phil had an urgent appointment to get to and he had to cancel the show at the last minute!! So my sister and I walked the hour from Paramount Studios back to Hollywood!
Such an enjoyable time and I can't wait to go back again.
We are currently looking forward to our Tasmania holiday in about 4 weeks time to celebrate mum and dad's 70th birthdays. 10 days exploring Tasmania by car!
Also now planning for a holiday to Phuket in September 2015.
Glad to be back and when I get more time I think I'll need to start logging calories again!!
Missed you all so very much :)
PS I did enter my first triathlon about a month ago - had been training to do the 400 metre swim leg and succeeded - we can all do anything we put our minds and hearts to through prayer!
My dad has decided to do the 7 day GM program that I just finished doing - this is a big step in the right direction - he is 69 years old and around 150-155kgs.
To encourage him with this wonderful decision to commence on the journey of improving his health, yesterday whilst dad was out most of the day cooking sausages at a fundraising event, mum and I got together and spent 5 hours doing the following:
- went shopping and purchased lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- cooked up a huge batch of vegetable soup for dad to eat over the 7 days.
- cooked up a huge batch of curry vegetables (extra fiery hot) for dad to consume on days 2 & 3.
- made a big batch of fruit salad for days 1 & 3.
- cleaned out their 2nd fridge and filled it with ready to eat fruits and sparkling mineral water ready for day one (today).
Dad was so happy and surprised when he came home and saw all that we had done to assist his weight loss and encourage him through the next 7 days.
My mum and I continue to go to gym - I've just got back from gym now actually. We are getting fitter already and mum has already lost 300grams. She loves to have a dance to the music in between using different pieces of equipment - it is a joy to watch my grey haired 69 year old mum at gym having so much fun! She doesn't have much weight to lose, but wants to build muscle!
My sister continues to sit on the fence. She did phone me last week and say that she really really really needs to lose weight and plans on doing the 7 day GM program herself, but just not that day, nor the next day for this reason, nor the day after that for that reason, nor the weekend for any number of reasons!
So far three quarters of my immediate family are on the path to better health and all because I was sparked by SPARKPEOPLE and made some huge lifestyle changes in my life since September last year and lost 10kgs in the process and they have watched my journey and it has inspired them.
KEEP SPARKING EVERYONE! YOU JUST NEVER KNOW WHO IS WATCHING AND GETTING INSPIRED!
Banana and milk smoothies + cinnamon + tsp of chia seeds + dash of vanilla essence! OK I slightly strayed from the standard banana and milk ingredients but worth it!
A taste sensation in my mouth! Not to mention the pop of the tiny chia seeds - great texture!
Today I noticed my skin is looking radiant and my eyes are sparkling - I look completely different in my face than I did four days ago. My skin tone is even again and the skin on my face looks 'relaxed' if there is such a thing! My teeth are also whiter! Any bloating I may have had before starting the diet has gone and my clothes are looser.
I ran into a friend in the shopping centre today that I had not seen for a long time and she was so complimentary and said I looked "AMAZING!" since she last saw me. I had also put a moisturizer pack through my hair last night so it was soft and glowing.
All the little cuts and grazes I had from gardening have also all healed in the past 3 days - my body is in super healing mode! If that's happening on the outside, imagine what is happening on the inside.
Oh and I am still sleeping like a baby!
All is great on the GM program.
Tomorrow I can have 2 x 10oz of protein and 6 tomatoes and as much wonder soup as I can eat. I have decided to eat chicken (boiled) this time as I am now craving it (sorry vegans friends! LOL) and I just went to the shops to buy some fresh chicken breasts. Definitely looking forward to a breakfast of cold chicken and tomatoes! One of my favorite snack combinations. I'll boil up the chicken soon so it is ready to eat tomorrow when I awake!
The GM diet is going well and feeling much lighter already - today is Day 3 and I started the day with sliced eggplant oven baked along with a baking paper parcel of diced tomato, onion and mushroom and finished it off with a passion fruit chaser! LOL
Lunch was a vegetable curry which had me blowing my nose it was so deliciously fiery hot! I served it on a bed of baby spinach leaves and drizzled it with the juice of half a lime. I've eaten so much of this and so full at the moment I can't fit another thing in.
I'm looking forward to eating more watermelon, oranges and passion-fruit once this food settles and makes room to put more in! I'm also looking forward to more poached pear and apple slices tonight before bed!
I'm excited that SEPTEMBERSPIRIT is also doing the GM diet - one day behind me and is doing great also and losing pounds already!!
Tomorrow is DAY 4 - banana and milk day so smoothies coming up for breakfast, lunch and dinner and in between those meals I'll be consuming as much wonder soup as I can eat.
Happy Easter everyone! This is another opportunity for us to acknowledge Jesus on the cross.