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!
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) 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) 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) 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.
I look forward to a happy healthy 30 birthday and building a stronger happier me inside and out!
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!
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
OH MY GOSSSHH!
the 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………
19lbs!! but mainly…I’m back in the 140s!!! I haven’t seen that number in a LOooooOOOoong time. Wayhey!
Waist: 5.5 gone
Hips: 7 gone (was a bit wowed by that one gotta say…but I have plenty to spare around there!)
Muh thighs: 3.5 disappeared
Upper arm: 1.5 away!!
I can fit perfectly back in to the navy freepeople lacy hookneyetie dress WOOOO
Me jeans be loose (but thankfully still wearable with multiple belts cos I ain’t gotz no monies for the new ones )
I can now zip up the fancy half backless LBD (still a bit conscious on the tum tum so keeping that as a motivational dressy).
I can zip up the gothy ballerina LBD (again tum gazing so still motivational)
I can lovingly gaze at the upcycled coolerthancool Cambridge dress (still afraid to try it on…) but can actually imagine myself wearing it YAY!
I 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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDWgtB_MD24 it is Hi-Lar-I-OUS! Laaandan kid!
OK so with that in mind :P
I have walked/ran/stumbled 416.88 miles since I started trackin mahmilez
Moved mah booty in an exercisey fashion for 8,532 minutes
I 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…)
Can 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).
I 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.
Oh 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:
My 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!
My 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.
And 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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