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Standing out in red, not hiding in 'forgiving' black!

Monday, November 24, 2014

I have found the dress!
My 30th birthday is in just over a months time and I've been stressing about what to wear.

You know when you have an idea of what you wanna wear or how you wanna look. Yeah, and you create an outfit in your head that no one has ever designed... this was my problem. So I trawled the internet looking for my idea of a sexy but cool and classic red dress (I decided I wanted to stand out in red not hide in a 'forgiving' black dress emoticon )
Darn it... I thought there was a slinky dress emoji... maybe I'm blind...

Anyhow the dress is from 'stop staring' and its called 'billion dollar baby' and it is my motivation and goal to look as good as possible (maybe loosing like 2-4 pounds before I wear it) on my birthday. It's the sort of dress that makes me nervous to wear because it's flashy and I imagine every bulge sticking out and showing up in every photo. tbh I'll probably wear control top tights anyhow, but STILL!!


now the only minor hiccup is how to pay for it.....eeek....
erm... it'll be fine! Besides I ought to treat myself considering I'm now off cigarettes for, I think two months? yeah two months sounds about right, well done me.

SO what'll I do to feel both physically and psychologically so that I feel in top shape for my lovely dress?

1. Get back to doing ten minute work outs every morning. best way to start the day!

2. Stick with my super clean eating patterns during the week, salads and loads of fruit! (especially apples)

3. Work on making good choices at the weekend , both food and booze wise, a few less pints of cider, a few more vodka cranberries (quit booze altogether? ha lawlz)

4. Get good sleep zzzz

5. Meditate, help the mind and body stay cool and calm and away from the negative.

6. Tis the season to be tempted... but it's not worth it. You already know that when you give in for one piece of chocolate you just keep eating! Don't do that to yourself, fill up of healthy yumz not fatty tumz

7. Keep doing either cardio (when ever you can fit it in during the evenings, no more just lying around missy) or swimming at least once a week, preferably twice.

OK that's all I can think of right now. I can't swim this week which is a bummer. My bf retouched the tattoo on my wrist (He's a tattoo artist) so I don't want it to heal weird after being in the water for hours at a time... this is an issue as I like swimming for a big chunk of calorie burn. But I'm gonna aim to compensate if not do even better by doing more coach nicole and popsugar etc work outs on youtube.

Also! I got a new phone and it has a pedometer on it which is loads of fun, I'm glad to hear that my daily walk in and out of work is over 10k steps! YAY!

What else? Oo I'm going home to Ireland this weekend! Which clearly is going to be a weekend of food and booze temptation. But I'm sure anyone reading this from the states is under similar apprehension with thanksgiving ahead! We'll be fine! We'll all just make smart choices and think like the slim, toned, super athletic people that we all are inside emoticon

Well! That's me for today! My flatmate has just jumped in the shower grrr... knew i shouldn't have stopped to blog just after working out...d'oh!

Have a great week lovely people! and HAPPY THANKSGIVING AMERICANS! emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TEMPEST272002 11/26/2014 11:29AM

    Had to go check out the dress - va va boom! Sexy & classy and I bet you'll look awesome in it. Congrats on 2 months no smoking! I quit Aug 1st & am so glad I did. The dress is a little pricey... but still probably way less than 2 months ciggies, so I say go buy it!

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CHRIMSONFYRE 11/26/2014 10:52AM

    What a great blog and very motivating. I have no doubt you will look great in your dress and welcome the 30s feeling the best you ever had!

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CRACKERS4554 11/24/2014 4:11PM

    Have a great day and enjoy your beautiful red dress!

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WIFE49 11/24/2014 3:40PM

    Congrats on picking red for your dress for your birthday.

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CALGIRL80 11/24/2014 3:36PM

  Keep up the good work. Continue to stay positive. have a great time with family. Maybe encourage everyone to do something active. When it is cold, we go bowling in my family.

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Scales moving in the right direction!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Phew! the scales ARE moving in the right direction!
That is a MASSIVE relief!

Basically I like to avoid weighing myself too frequently as I find it demotivating and can also lead to a lot of negative thinking.
So it was getting to be almost two months since I last weighed myself...

And to be honest my flatmate did a dinner party last night and I ate a LOT of cheese!
If you've never heard of a Raclette, then google it now, amazing contraption! But a process that starts out with melting a block of cheese on a hot surface emoticon
SO I felt today was probably the best time to weigh in!
But raclette night was also good in a way because it motivated me to go swimming for the second time this week and I'm gradually getting stronger again at swimming so I'm averaging at about a mile each time I go, which sounds annoyingly little when you compare it to walking/running!

So anyway I've lost four and a half pounds in just under two months and I am very happy with that! Honestly I was preparing myself to have gone up six pounds in that time! I reckon I'll weigh myself again before I go back to Ireland for Christmas, I don't want to have a specific target in mind I'm just hoping that I'll still be on track :)

In tapemeasure news:
I've lost 2.5 inches off my waist
Half an inch off my hips (HA! That ain't goin no where!)
SThighs have stayed solid at 23.5 inches, sure thats all muscle right? right? haha
Ok I'm particularly happy that 1 inch is gone from my upper arm emoticon emoticon I find that a really tough place to tone up so it means the world to me

Ya and other achievements, I'm coming up to I think seven or eight weeks now off cigarettes (it's so long now I'm losing track! haha).

I'm working hard to keep my mind positive and focus on the present and I remind myself each morning when I wake up that whatever I have ahead of me I have nothing to worry about in that present moment, and that makes me peaceful. Also it makes it slightly easier to get out of bed on cold and dark mornings!

I hope you are all doing well, sorry I haven't been on here more. I will work on being a more supportive member of the community.

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MCFITZ2 11/20/2014 6:22PM

    Great progress. You can succeed on this health journey. emoticon

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THELILEA 11/20/2014 4:06PM

    HOLY COW!!!
It seems like you've really made some positive changes to what you were doing (eating more calories!!) so that now you are really making a lot of healthy progress! CONGRATS TO YOU, on both the lbs shed AND the incredible non-smoking spree!!
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NUTSNUTSGETEM 11/20/2014 4:00PM

    Really impressive. Congrats! (And I did look up Raclette)

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MARGOH12 11/20/2014 3:27PM

    You're doing great thanks for this blog I really enjoyed reading it.

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CALGIRL80 11/20/2014 3:25PM

  emoticon Keep up the good work. Great job in using tools that work for you. The best exercise for weight loss is the one you will stick with.
Blessings on your journey

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Quitting smoking, meditation update

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

OK, So I haven't been keeping up with my sparking....

To be honest I found the first week or so a bit disheartening.

This was mainly because I realised that what I thought was my super healthy lifestyle was actually me only eating around 1000 calories a day, exercising and wondering why I felt so exhausted!

What I am now doing to improve this is really focusing on eating more, especially good healthy protein. Also maintaining a good exercise routine: walking in and out of work each day (which burns just over 300 calories), fitting in ten minute work outs and keeping up with my swimming (which I'm hoping will improve enormously without cigarettes holding me back!).

I can't promise that I will log my food everyday but I can promise that every meal I eat will be focused on my nutrition.

I will work on logging my exercise more often as I think this really helps with my sense of achievement and knowing that I am doing something right and positive for myself which leads on to the next big aim...

Self-esteem and happiness in myself. I firmly believe that this is something that you have to build for yourself. No matter what anyone says to you, good or bad, your frame of mind will influence how you take this in and I want to face the world with a strong and happy view.

Aside from returning to SP to do the whole health and fitness thing for myself, I've also taken up mindful meditation. I would especially FIRMLY recommend mindful meditation to anyone quitting smoking, I found is HUGELY useful especially in the evenings when cravings were the worst and I needed to be grounded and peaceful.
There are loads of guided mindful meditation videos on youtube, I especially like the ones about loving kindness as I think they have really helped me to interact with people in my life in a more caring and compassionate way. Which is great because I do find myself snapping at people or just thinking negatively about people in my life such as what they think of me and other petty things and my mind gets carried away... but I think meditation really helps a person start from a stronger happier place.

I realise I sound exactly like someone who has just discovered something and is acting like no one has ever heard of it and it's the greatest thing ever and they are now the world's expert! LOL yeah... but most of what I'm saying is just to keep reminding me to practice!

SO I am still here and aim to keep checking it! Tonight after some very busy weeks I'm having a night in, bit of exercise, weights, do my nails and a face cold night out for me :)

Loads of love sparkers!
You all are what keeps me coming back more than anything!

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CHRIMSONFYRE 11/9/2014 12:38PM

    Sounds like you have some great goals and are really working to improve yourself. I have never smoked a cigarette ever, but my husband has been smoke free for over two years now. So I know from watching him that it can be a difficult habit to give up and I wish you luck in this journey.
Keep up the great work and hope to see you on spark more often!

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THELILEA 11/5/2014 3:12PM

    WOW, what an incredibly important realization that your nutrition was way off !! It can be so easy for any of us to be making mistakes like that and KEEP DOING IT for a long time without realizing. I *HOPE* I'm tracking accurately and eating soundly!

It sounds like you are making great strides about quitting smoking! And, that is probably the MOST high priority thing you can do to improve your health for your whole life, so extra congrats on tackling it!
Keep it the great work!! :D emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OPHELIE 11/5/2014 2:08PM

    I hear you on snapping at people after quitting smoking... I stopped a little over 2 years ago when I found out I was pregnant. So mix the hormones with the lack of smokes, I was a very pleasant person!!! Looking back though, I feel like I have awarded myself freedom.
Good luck on your journey!

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Day one of Reboot and Quitting Smoking!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Phew! the day I was dreading is here!

For months now I'd set today as my day to quit smoking and have been getting more and more nervous about it.

Well... If I'm honest, I was nervous and excited.
Because once I had decided to quit smoking, a lot of other ideas and plans began to fall into place. This is my whole new start of health and fitness. I felt for ages that I was being reasonably healthy (except the smoking... obviously) but that I didn't have the same purpose about it and sense of achievement as I did when I had been using SP.

SO obviously this was the place to come back to!

Anyhow... day one quitting smoking.
I have decided to use nicotine patches to help me through (I know they're a bit controversial, especially among the Alan Carr followers..) and since I rarely smoked over ten a day, I've decided to start with the 15 mg patch. So this morning I put on my first patch, and though I did feel a bit anxious and afraid of how this might all affect my mood and my day as a whole I set about my day.

Luckily I was on a personal development training course today so that was very distracting and has kept my mind off it! It's the routine cigarette breaks that are a problem, like one as I walk home, one after dinner etc etc. But my plan is to distract myself from that moment with short exercises, especially coach Nicole's videos.

As for other health issues.
Calories and Protein! my old friends
I'd forgotten just how crap I am at keeping my protein up!
I figured for today I'd just eat what I normally eat....ooops
By the time I'd tracked my routine breakfast, lunch and snacks I was barely at 500 calories!
So for dinner (which most days I usually have soup and rice cakes, or a small bowl of pasta with steamed veg) I tried to bulk it up just with what I had in the house: wholemeal toast, mixed beans, achar (pickled veg) and some smoked tofu...but still my calories have barely cleared 1000...yeah, no wonder I haven't been feeling strong and healthy recently!

So my main focus is going to be to really focus on upping my protein, I need to get back into quinoa and all those lovely protein rich vegan grains. If I do that then the calories will follow!

OK I'm happy with that check in now, might take out my weights and do some strength training.

Hope you all have had a great start to the week!

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TEMPEST272002 10/13/2014 3:40PM

    Great job deciding to quit smoking. I quit August 1st and haven't had a single puff since. It feels great and I've freed up so much time. What helped me was using a vapourizor. Has the feel of holding something and inhaling and has adjustable amounts of nicotine. In the beginning, I used it every time I normally would have had a smoke but over the last few months I just gradually, naturally, used it less and less.

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FISHGUT3 10/13/2014 2:10PM

    good luck with quitting smoking.

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CWILSON88 10/13/2014 2:08PM

    Way to go! emoticon

Keep up the good work! You can do this!

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The return! Same measurements different weight? new goals!

Friday, October 10, 2014


Wow I have missed the SP community SO MUCH!!

I know SP works for me and I really think I'm going to need it over the next few months!

My goals are scary mountains for me right now:

1) emoticon Quitting smoking. OK so I've been an on again off again smoker for around...9 ish years? Obviously smoking is great and all right now buuut It's destroying my health (I really feel it when I try to exercise), my finances (it's almost 10 for a box!) and I stink like an ashtray...but mainly I hate how reliant I am on a chemical fix that makes me feel anxious and sometimes downright bitchy and angry when I can't have it. So it has to go!

2) emoticon I want to look my best and be my healthiest before I turn 30. That's pretty self explanatory really! I want to feel strong and fit and try new exercises as well as healthy recipes!

3) emoticon Confidence... My self esteem has taken quite a knock recently (due to a few things that would take another whole blog to explain...) and basically I've learned that confidence must come from within, that seems obvious I know... But I have found it hard to remember that only I am responsible for how I LET someone make me feel. Take for example, my bf, a very straight to the point (I was going to say straight-forward but he is anything but that!) he does not give compliments, ever. So when he says anything which I take as negative about my appearance, behaviour, praised other women (or spent a lot of time with them....did I mention I've got a problem with jealousy too? again, not for this blog post...) or that maybe I should take up more exercise I found my self esteem crashed so low it was in the basement. This was not his intention and definitely is not something I should let happen. SO in taking the positive step to get back on the SP train I am doing something great FOR ME!!! YAY!!!

OK so right off the bat I went and bought a new weighing scales (I broke my old one, no...not how you might think....would you believe, I had them on a tiled floor and I dropped a perfume bottle on them, the perfume bottle bounced and landed unharmed but the glass top of the scales completely shattered!!!)
Anyway... so I weigh myself and now I think the scale is broken because I'm less that I thought I was (it said 142 lbs) but my measurements are pretty much the same as when I was last on SP....buh? Did I buy a broken although flattering, scale?

***Edit***: Ah OK I've figured out where I went wrong with the scales...I hadn't attached the special feet to it that you're supposed to use on carpeted floors! Now I have the far more believable weight of 149 lbs.

In conclusion:

I look forward to a happy healthy 30 birthday and building a stronger happier me inside and out!

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THELILEA 10/10/2014 3:44PM

    Welcome back!!!! YAY! Happy to see you! I'm with you on trying to get back in the swing of it. I just turned 30, so i should make it my goal for 31 to be HOT HOT HOT! :)

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