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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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Where has she been? did she re-fat?

Saturday, March 10, 2012

I really really disappeared there for a bit,

Not just on sparkpeople and facebk but also in the actual real world... it would be far more exciting to imagine that some wild experiment in the lab went terribly wrong causing me to vanish and thus I was forced to wrap myself in bandages to make myself visible... disappointly enough for my dramatic sensiblities... this was not the case.

I dropped off the radar in both the real and virtual worlds to burrow my way into a thesis writing cave. blah blah...wrote loads...rewrote...delete delete....rewrite....less sleep...less exercise BUT surprisingly... NO BINGE EATING! emoticon

I couldn't believe it BUT the SP lessons really stay in your brain!

I mean ya I was excercising a lot less so I wasn't actually losing weight but I managed to maintain...not just in my thesis cave...BUT over XMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

HOWEVER..... now I am unemployed, job searching (i.e. watching ellen/ANTM reruns/Dr.Phil and occasionally googling jobs...) . SO I am way more prone to crazy binges (giant toblerone, bread, cereal-by-the-box, chocolatechocolatechocolate). Though I do have significantly more time to exercise, and I am, like crazy, to the point of exhaustion, therefore still maintaining weight which therefore leads to me being able to rationalise binges......SO this method is not exactly genius....

I am back and ready to get my SP magic balance!!!

I must get used to blogging again...

Finally I would like to really, sincerely apologise to my SP friends that I abandoned during my absence. Supporting you guys on SP meant a lot to me and I am genuinely ashamed if I let any of you down by leaving. I hope you will forgive me, though from what I have seen since I've been back, not one of you has lost your spark FIRE!!!
loads of love


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YOUNGANGELAM 6/19/2012 8:02PM

  um... GREAT JOB ON THESIS writing!!! my best friend just went through that and it sucked away her whole life as well. GET BACK TO IT! Woo!!!

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THELILEA 3/28/2012 12:14PM

    Hi!!! Welcome back and congrats on not back sliding during your absence!! :)
Best of luck on your next steps, and in the meantime I hope to read lots of fun blogs! :)

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AMYNYNJ 3/10/2012 2:02PM

    Welcome back! I thought you were busy with school. Glad to hear yo are still on track. Good luck with your job search. Stay away from Dr.Oz he will melt your brain. emoticon

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VEROISME 3/10/2012 12:37PM

    Welcome Back!

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DAGNY6ALT 3/10/2012 11:23AM

    Congratulations on your thesis writing and making your way back here. I have no excuse for being away from SP for so long myself. :(

Best wishes on finding a new job soon and I'm glad to hear SP has such staying power for you! Keep up the awesomeness!!

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On feeling like you’ll never make it through, until you do.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

On feeling like you’ll never make it through, until you do.

When a circle of people from all over the globe place their troubles in the centre of the circle and are asked to take back whatever troubles they want, they will invariably take back their own.

emoticonNever be ashamed of what you are going through, even if you are certain that others might think it just isn’t a big deal at all. We all have our own pace and if we keep looking forward we’ll make it through.

My personal challenges are financial, academic and body confidence.


emoticonI have enough money to eat for weeks (I heart beans and rice )
emoticonand I won’t have to leave my home for at least two months.
emoticonThe more weight I loose the more of my old clothes that fit me (which is basically like having new clothes WOOP).
I work long hours so my lecky and heating bills are waaaaaay down HUZZAH!
emoticonThe bank know where I live BOOOOOOOO! But I’ve saved enough for this month’s loan repayment BOOYAH!
emoticonI appreciate the zen like state of being removed from consumerism.Ommm
(NOTE: this poverty is grad-student poverty and in no way comparable to actual poverty in which uncertainty rules your life ‘where will I get food’ ‘where can I sleep’. And I do not mean to belittle or trivialise people surviving that life.)

As I have been whining and moaning to several of you I’m trying to write my doctoral thesis.
Demotivation stations grrrrrr
I am my own worst enemy!!
emoticonSitting down and writing AT LENGTH about my research into the biochemical mechanisms of neurodegeneration is boring (surprise!) and soul destroying. By boss is meticulous and needs draft after draft….after draft…. (repeat to fade)…..
Which is hard as I KNOW I gotta finish quick smart!
AAAaaand then I spend time writing blogs……and procrastinating (yes you endlessly entertaining websites…you know who you are….)

BUT! I have a cunning plan…GOAL…and what’s the most motivating thing for me to work towards?? HALLOWEEN BABY! (Samhain to my druidic and wiccan connected brethren) fun fact: apparently Irish settlers brought Halloween to America …YOU’RE WELCOME! So ya massive Halloween festival in Cambridge in the UK aim to be finito and free to ghoul up and creep over there with a murder of my most undead friends.
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I WILL FINISH, I HAVE TO! I need this chapter of my life to be finished so I can move on to new adventures and pastures fresh.

Body Confidence: Plateau country. But not Fateau country! YAY! Still slimmer than I was…easy to forget that… I’ll weigh myself again in a few days…

OK Then back to work (wish I could write a page of science this easily)
You guys are helping me stay strong XXX

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AVAFOX 6/17/2013 6:21PM

  I really love your blog! And your research sounds so fascinating, I'm jealous! Good work, both on losing weight and being so inspiring. You may feel you need to lose more but you look lovely to me!

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AMYNYNJ 9/14/2011 7:37PM

    You go girl!!! Don't worry about student poverty, once you get through it, it get's better.

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SWAZY33 9/12/2011 7:30AM

    With your ARE already a winner!
Life does have a way of throwing a lot at us but a great attitude like yours WILL get you through :)

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GONABFIT 9/10/2011 9:39PM

    Great attitude to keep! Way to go. I definitely know how you feel. Med school was hard and I felt like I had nothing the entire time. Now I'm in residency and it's nice to have a little more money. But I also have bills.

Such is life. May as well enjoy!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 9/10/2011 11:56AM

    You have a fantastic attitude and it's positively contagious! Way to go on seeing all seeing all the blessings in your challenges.

I can't wait to read soon about how you've finished your thesis and you're ready to move to the next pasture and adventure!
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SHINJU39 9/10/2011 11:44AM

    Keep your focus your dissertation will be finished soon.

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As for self confidence I think that comes from within - I have been feeling great just lately - and as the other issues resolve I am sure yours will start to soar.

Have a great weekend


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19 lbs off 3 month Sparkaversary throwin inches away like confetti!

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

A wha?
emoticonthe above is a summary of my reaction to seeing 149.2 on my mortal enemy (the scale’s) face this morning on maaah threee month SPARKAVERSARY! WOOT WOOT

SO let’s play the numbers game…This brings my total weight loss to………

emoticon19lbs!! but mainly…I’m back in the 140s!!! I haven’t seen that number in a LOooooOOOoong time. Wayhey!

emoticon Waist: 5.5 gone
emoticonHips: 7 gone (was a bit wowed by that one gotta say…but I have plenty to spare around there!)
emoticonMuh thighs: 3.5 disappeared
emoticonUpper arm: 1.5 away!!


emoticonI can fit perfectly back in to the navy freepeople lacy hookneyetie dress WOOOO

emoticonMe jeans be loose (but thankfully still wearable with multiple belts cos I ain’t gotz no monies for the new ones )

emoticonI can now zip up the fancy half backless LBD (still a bit conscious on the tum tum so keeping that as a motivational dressy).

emoticonI can zip up the gothy ballerina LBD (again tum gazing so still motivational)

emoticonI can lovingly gaze at the upcycled coolerthancool Cambridge dress (still afraid to try it on…) but can actually imagine myself wearing it YAY!

emoticonI had to put an extra hole in two of my vintage men’s belts I wear around my waisty yup WOOOOO!

(OK for anyone who knows it, I am currently singing ‘Witness the fitness’ by Roots Manuva in my headbrain Yup yup well motivational!!! LOL… yumz ! and if you don’t know it WATCH IT it is Hi-Lar-I-OUS! Laaandan kid!

OK so with that in mind :P
emoticonI have walked/ran/stumbled 416.88 miles since I started trackin mahmilez
emoticonMoved mah booty in an exercisey fashion for 8,532 minutes
emoticonI have burned…weight for it (ha ha I am soooo funny…uch) 31,662 calories! (I find that one a wee teensy bit abstracty mind boggley…movin on…)
emoticonCan run faster – I can walk + run = wun an 11 minute mile for a hour (I don’t have a pedometer so this is SP maths).
emoticonI heart skipping – short interval skipping for around 40 minmins (inspired by coach Nicole’s skippin vid) while watchin the telly and havin sweat drip in my eyes, but I found a head scarf usable as a sweat band t’other day so WOOO! Lol.
emoticonOh I’ve totalley-cat gotten back to thuh strong lady weights lifting and ST, don’t really know how to gauge that coz I only have a 4kg but its getting plus facile and I do more reps and crunches don’t make me wanna die and end the agony! So Woo bonus!!

Ermm what else… the complimento metre?? I’m not so sure it’s noticeable yet, well I notice, but my mates/colleagues/family wouldn’t be the most…but there’s a hand full which I have been hoarding like Gollum:
emoticonMy auntie asked me was I a size 8 (that’s US 6 I fink…) I’m not (Obv!)but since she used to work high end boutiqary and was giving me her old vintage duds it was a major complement!
emoticonMy darling dear dearest Spanish friend Ishmael was bemoaning the fact that he thought my face was getting slimmer and that I must be working too hard. I heart him.
emoticonAnd my beautiful friend Zoe said I looked amazing on sat night (this may have been due to my enormous curlyed out hair distorting the proportions of my body to produce a mystifying and deceptional effect…but puck it! I’ll take it!

But whatever about what anyone else thinks I FEEL MORE CONFIDENT! To me that is the major achievement of the past 3 months (oh and errr I cook every night, thesis is being writtencorrectedReCorrected etcetc vegeruits so on so on 6000 glasses on water an hour). I feel better about myself now, I prefer how I look and I like how clothes are fitting me and I walk confidently with my head up now, AND if that sounds shallow to gach duine on the outside THEN CALL ME A PUDDLE!!

Thank you for listening you are all absolute rockstars XXXL (extra extra extra LOVE)

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AMYNYNJ 8/17/2011 3:54PM

    Wow! That is amazing! Good, no Great job!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 8/10/2011 12:11AM

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Your progress is amazing and it shows how much effort you are putting in to this! Keep it up!
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MINNESOTAMAG 8/9/2011 10:08PM

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You rock! Nice job!

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BLACKJACK67 8/9/2011 1:33PM

    Congrats! You have put in a huge amount of time, effort, sweat, pain and tears...all to get to that big smile you have on your face!


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TURTLERASKIN 8/9/2011 1:06PM

    Woo hoo! That is complete awesome sauce with a topping of you rock! I knew you could do it, but it's amazing how much you've accomplished in such a short time! That is so cool, particularly the inches lost and the clothes gained!

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SWAZY33 8/9/2011 11:41AM

    What an emoticon job you have done over these past months! and the proof is on the scale, in how your clothes fit and your overall great fitness!
Soooooooo proud of you!
I'm looking forward to fighting through my upcoming treatments and getting back to exercise also! I can't believe how much I miss it!
Thanks for the inspiration today! :)

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MGO09190 8/9/2011 8:42AM

    19 pounds in 3 months is AWESOME!!! You've done an ass-kicking good job :D

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SHINJU39 8/9/2011 8:18AM

    Well done - your enthusiasm and joy shine through.

I raise a glass of water to the next 3 months and fitting in that 'upcycled coolerthancool Cambridge dress'

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Have a great day


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