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Busting that plateau!

Monday, July 21, 2008

I've been stuck at the same weight for three weeks now.
It's so frustrating!!!

OK, so the first week was my own fault...I was bit lax with the calorie range but the last couple of weeks have been fine and still no movement on the pounds.
And there's no change on the measurement side either!

I've been reading the Spark articles on 'Busting the plateau' and there are some really good ideas to boost weightloss in them so I'm going to put a few into action.

Hopefully next week will see an improvement on my ticker..... that poor little fishy hasn't had a swim in ages! emoticon

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ROSEWHISPERS 7/21/2008 6:30PM

    Hang in there, you can do it!

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    Me, too!
I need something to shake things up, too. Thanks for the reminder about checking the Spark articles.

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KATER328 7/21/2008 11:57AM

    I'm right there with you, Martha-Ann! We can break our plateaus together. :)

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CAROLYN0107 7/21/2008 9:50AM

    Hi, I was at a plateau for about three weeks and finally see some progress this week. I think if you're eating healthily and exercise that you'll see progress. Yes, SparkPeople did have some ideas for breaking that plateau that were good. emoticon

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This day

Thursday, July 03, 2008

It seems to be raining a lot... but then it usually does through Wimbledon fortnight!
I like to watch the tennis but all we're getting at the moment is quick bursts of matches then re-plays as rain stops play.
It's very frustrating.

Yesterday was all re-plays so I decided to clean out a cupboard in the small bedroom we use as an office-cum-computer room.

Lawks! but that cupboard was full.....mostly genealogy stuff but right at the back I found a cardboard box I had covered in a flowery wrapping paper.
I must have done it way back in the seventies when the kids were little as I remember they covered boxes too, one rainy afternoon when they wanted something to do.

Thats what it says on the side in quite nice calligraphy...we were having calligraphy lessons in school at the time!

Well, yesterday evening was spent going through this box.
I had to wait 'til then as the bedroom resembled a jumble sale so had to be tidied first.
Course I could have just pushed everything back in the cupboard but I resisited the temptation.

So many memories...bits of paper with things written on them.
Nothings really but meaning so much.
Little notes on funny things the children had said, jokes, friend talk and poems and prose I'd written myself or collected 'cos I liked them.
I really enjoyed looking through them.

As I was about to finish I noticed something stuck inside the lid and pulled it out.
It seems very appropriate to our lovely team so I'm going to write it here for you.

It's a Sanskrit Proverb by Kalidasa who was a classical Sanskrit poet from around the 5th century.
It's remarkable how much it is relevant to today.

Sanskrit Proverb
By Kalidasa.

Look to this day,
For it is life,
The very life of life.
In it's brief course lie all
The realities and verities of existence.

The bliss of growth,
The splendour of action,
The glory of power...

For yesterday is but a dream,
And tomorrow is only a vision.
But today, well lived,
Makes every yesterday a dream of happiness,
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.

Look well, therefore, to this day.

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    What a wonderful reminder to savor every day.
Thanks for sharing...

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MOM2ACAT 7/3/2008 1:37PM

    How nice to find that hidden treasure!

Our rain has stopped here, shouldn't be having any more rain now til Tuesday or Wednesday.

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Small goal met

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

After last week where I didn't lose anything I am really pleased to have lost 2lbs this week and it's taken me down another step on my 10lb small goals.
Thats sixtyone pounds of blubber gone...(where does it go?) and I can treat myself again.

Last time I had a lobster which was so delicious I might have another one on the other hand I've seen some nice sandals which I don't really need but......decisions decisions.

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CAROLYN0107 6/24/2008 1:26PM

    Congratulations on this week's weight loss!

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Hoping for the best

Saturday, June 14, 2008

What a difference a week makes!
It's been quite a difficult week with my arthritis flare-up. I haven't been able to walk much but I have stayed within my calorie range so I am hoping the lack of exercise hasn't been too bad.
Both my knee and ankle were so swollen and painful that I was back on the painkillers. I wouldn't mind but I didn't do anything to cause it, I was fine when I went to bed and I woke up with it.
Still I suppose I shouldn't grumble, it's been fine while all the other stuff was going on.
It feels so much easier today that I haven't taken any tablets but I'm still taking it slowly, I don't want to rush it so it comes back again and I am enjoying watching the tennis from the Queens Club.

The weather has been so hot of late, one report said we were hotter than Spain and Greece but this week-end we are back to our usual June of sunshine and showers and it's so much cooler.

Tomorrow we are going to visit my mother-in-law as she will be ninety one. I hope I am as agile and clear minded when (if) I get to that age. She is remarkable.
It will be nice to meet up with everyone we haven't seen for a while and I will watch what I eat, though it will be hard as DH's sister is catering and she is a good cook.

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    Ah, this week has been incredibly horrible for arthritis. Weather has been cooler, but it's a long way from winter.
My precious 91 year old father lives with me. Family are so dear.
Hope you are having a healthy week.

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MAINLADY 6/17/2008 2:13PM

    Hey Martha-Ann...hope you're feeling much better by now and that the arthritis flare is gone. I hope you had a great weekend, too. It's always nice to visit family and don't we all hope we'll make it to 91 and still be aware of what's going on around us. It's extremely hot here in Florida, too, and I cannot breathe when I try to exercise outside. I belong to Curves and that might be something you could do as it's indoor and only 30 minutes. I also have a treadmill (dreadmill I call it) but don't use it as much as I should. I find it terribly boring so that's my excuse for staying off it. I have Fibromyalgia and when I have a flare up I just cannot exercise; however, as soon as the flare is gone I start right up again so I won't lose all that I've gained - cardio and strength wise. This is Tuesday so am hoping for a much better week for you.


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HAPEWIFE 6/17/2008 2:05PM

    I must say I never realized just how much arthritis can hurt...that is until it hit me. I remember my mother had a terrible time with arthritis in most of her back. Mom would carry on (or so I thought then). Now I get it and I feel so sad that I didn't understand at the time...I lost my Mom in 2002...and I know she was in pain.

I have arthritis in both knees and ankles. I need a knee replacement but I have been getting shots in my knees and they keep me going. Sometimes it is very difficult to get going.

So I have found out it is not JUST ARTHRITIS, It IS PAINFUL! When the flare happens it is really uncomfortable!
I hope this finds you feeling much better!

Blessing my friend

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CAROLYN0107 6/15/2008 10:57PM

    I hope that by today, Monday, you're feeling much better. I hope that you had a great visit with your mother-in-law yesterday. I missed your frequent posts this weekend.

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MOM2ACAT 6/14/2008 11:46PM

    Don't feel bad about complaining, arthritis can be miserable!
I have it in my knees and hips, and though I'm sure mine is mild compared to a lot of peoples, (I don't have the swelling so much with mine), I wake up with the stiffness in the morning quite often. The weather seems to affect mine a lot, any time there is a major change, or if it's very cold, or very hot and humid.

Mine has been a lot better since I've been exercising more, but I stick to low impact stuff.

I hope you are feeling better soon, and enjoy your visit tomorrow!

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Feeling fit!!

Monday, June 02, 2008

Today is the first time in a long while that I can honestly say I feel 100% well, and to cap it all I lost 3lbs this week too. emoticon

I've had a really good week with everything really, even my psoriasis is the best it's been for ages.
I danced around the scales when I saw what I'd done. emoticon
Sorry, can you tell how pleased I am?

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CALYPSO28 6/12/2008 7:53PM

    Awesome!! Keep up the good work.

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KATER328 6/4/2008 10:49AM

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Way to go, and congrats!!

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MAINLADY 6/2/2008 7:10AM

    Way to go , Martha! Being able to do the happy dance is a wonderful thing. If we can beat cancer there is nothing that we can't accomplish. Cheering you on for next week's weigh in.


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