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Friday, May 02, 2014

Well it wasn't that hard after all,
I did not nibble at the "aperitif" only ate 4 anchovy stuffed olives, one glass of wine and one dorto chip. yes just one.

for lunch I had 3 oz of grilled duck and a cup of pasta salad, green bean salad, one slice of whole wheat bread and creme brulée for dessert ( creme brulée was soooo good but probably more fatty and calorie loaded than anything else)
I did have chocolate with the coffee but overall went over my cal by 200 cal so I am fairly satisfied, especially since I jumped on the treadmill when I got home to do my 10000 steps.

Thank you all for your support and long live SP :)!

  
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BEAUTY_WITHIN 5/15/2014 6:47PM

    You rock!

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BOPPY_ 5/14/2014 2:12PM

    Nice self-control.

Please note that anchovie-stuffed olives contain a huge amount of salt. Salt causes water retention, which may lead to a weight spike.

BTW, I am a thin-crust anchovie pizza freak, and haven't had one in thirty or more years, not because of dietary reticence, although that does play a major role in my food selection, but because I live in a pizza wasteland. ;-) Which, may make this an ideal waist-land! ;-)

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ILOVEMALI 5/5/2014 1:32AM

    Well done!!!

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OPALMOON 5/4/2014 2:12AM

    You did really well food wise and even more so with your 10000 steps!

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1BEACHWALKER 5/4/2014 1:04AM

    Glad all went well! We all deserve a treat once in awhile! Good to have you sparking again! Thanks for stopping by the other day! I am doing good! Long live SP indeed!! emoticon

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XXJDXX 5/2/2014 3:47PM

    Wow, you go! I've been struggling with my diet choices lately, but overall I'm still good. I just have to "watch it". It's so tough to moderate when socializing, and when there's great food out. In any case, great work! You have a great attitude, and a great smile!

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INGMARIE 5/2/2014 8:48AM

    Good Girl. emoticon well done indeed.
I love crème brulee,and flan also and key lime pie.
oops getting hungry LOL

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SALGUOD2 5/2/2014 7:16AM

    Way to go!!!

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Danger ahead: lunch party Brace! Brace!

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Todat is May 1st and I am invited to a lunch gathering with friends. I know there will be heaps of foods and good wine, it will be hard to track and mostly hard not to nibble on about anything and everything.

So here are the preventive steps I am taking:

1- I went for a 16k bike ride just now because I noticed I always crave healthy foods after a workout.
2- I had a filling breakfast ( lox and rye bread, hummus and carrots) and post workout snack ( yogurt and a cup of fresh blueberries + herbal tea)

3 I just brushed my teeth so the first 30 minutes I will not want to eat with the taste of mint.

4- Well blogging makes me accountable so I am hoping I will think of you guys and how I'd rather report a success than failure.

Wish me luck!

  
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1BEACHWALKER 5/1/2014 8:29PM

    Hope it it worked according to plan!! Way to go on the bike ride! I took up riding again recently for the first time in 15 years!!! Keep going!! You can do it!!

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INGMARIE 5/1/2014 7:43AM

    Oh, I think you got this, your plan seems fool proof, enjoy the gathering of friends.
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LISALGB 5/1/2014 7:09AM

    It's all in the attitude and your is GREAT!! You've got this!!
Enjoy!

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ROX525 5/1/2014 5:35AM

    Best of Luck and willpower!

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Life happens to you when you are busy making plans (thanks John)

Thursday, March 06, 2014

so yesterday I told you about the bad aspects of my life I had to stop. I knew it was for the best and that at some point something better would come up. It did. In both areas of my life. It didn't come right away but it did.

1- Job

Well once I knew I was leaving I started looking at other positions and mostly ways to have more time to complete my dissertation.
One of them is to teach in a Public schools because they have regulated hours and more time. I need to pass a national exam so I decided to take them this year even though I can't study for it because I figured it would be good practice for the real test next year.
I took one to teach in rural areas and I was very surprised to find it easy. So now I am a bit hopeful that the other exam will be easy too and that I can maybe pass this year.
I also applied for a research grant at university and unexpectedly got it!!! I fund entirely my research so I can tell you I am thrilled.

2 new dude

I broke up with my ex in May and did not want a relationship because of my already busy schedule and also because every time I am dating someone I put on weight and don't ever have time to study. I felt that I needed to wait to loose some weight and finish my dissertation before dating again and wanted someone in my area to avoid wasting time on travelling.

Then I met Florian.
We met on a train platform in Lyon, France , he is from Switzerland ( so much from being in my area) realised we both taught a foreign language and were both History scholars ( I am 19th century England and he is 19th century Germany )
We exchanged e-mails which to me was just to exchange articles and bibliographies but he woed me and before I could run away I was hooked.
the first time I stayed at his place I realized that he was my male equivalent. He had his cupboards full of tea, whole wheat pasta and rice, fresh fruits and veggies in the fridge and a big water jug on the dining table. He eats local and organic for the most part and takes daily walks on top of riding his bike to the train station to go to work. He plays tennis and badmington and has a whole room full of books!
We spent a wonderful weekend running in the forest, taking walks and eating healthy meals ( he is big on mindful eating for the sake of being healthy beacause he doesn't need to loose weight)
The best part is, he adores me. like seriously. He supports me in every single project I do, be it at work, for the PhD or for weight loss. when I told him I wanted to exercise more and loose weight he told me I was beautiful and he loved my body shape but that if I felt the need to exercise to be healthy he would work out with me. And he does. every single time.

I could go on for hours on how blessed I feel to have met someone like him, I won't , don't worry :)
But bottom line is: I took steps that weren't easy to take, I did not know what was coming but I did in the end meet someone whith whom I can truly be myself and be loved. My lovelife and work no longer come in the way of being healthy, they are fully part of it

Enough for today, and probably this months !

  
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OPALMOON 5/4/2014 2:33AM

    I's so wonderful to hear you have found happiness in your new relationship and also have had success with your grant and moving along work-wise. it's great that yo and your beau have so much in common, both health wise and your interests. Such great news, I am so very happy for you!

Hugs, Nattacia

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CONFUSEDBIRD 4/6/2014 7:14PM

    Awww what a wonderful post! After I read the paragraph about not wanting to date cuz you end up dating and gaining weight. I was gonna write "find someone u can eat healthy and exercise with" Viola! you did!

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HAKAPES 3/24/2014 2:30AM

    Wow, so happy for you!

I often do exercise with my wife, and we support each other in all projects. Now as you tell your story, I just appreciate her even more. Life is just so much easier with a partner that supports our efforts.

What type of sports do you do together?

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1BEACHWALKER 3/22/2014 9:36PM

    Good to see you back! Glad all is working out much better for you! Keep sparking and moving right along!! emoticon

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ILOVEMALI 3/12/2014 11:42AM

    I am so happy to read this blog. Your life looks beautiful. I am glad that you've found someone who deserves a person as wonderful as you are. Work and studies -- difficult making these choices, too, so good for you! You are an amazing young woman who deserves the best out of life.

We will be in Paris for 5 days in May, visiting Joanna!

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MINIUM 3/8/2014 8:33AM

    How sweet! I'm so happy for you! emoticon

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LMB-ESQ 3/7/2014 6:23PM

    Wow, a research grant! Congrats! That's great news! What kind of research do you do?

Congrats on the new guy too.... sounds like a keeper to me!

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GINIEMIE 3/6/2014 8:14PM

    Magnifique, tu as bien fait. How wonderful for you. I won't look for a new love in my life because of all the complications I already have. I'm glad to know that love found you when you weren't looking and that it is a supportive partnership with an intelligent and cultured person.
Bonne Chance et bon travail on your dissertation and on the exam for teachers. I'm sure you will do well.

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TAICHIDANCER 3/6/2014 12:44PM

    Wow. This is all great news. I am so happy for you. emoticon

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CALGALFOX 3/6/2014 11:52AM

    Woo hoo for you! Finding a sole mate is an amazing thing. I can ask my husband if he wants to walk, kayak, whatever and his answer is always yes, and he can do the same with me. We cook fresh foods together most days and when the kids are around, we all gather around the butcher block and cook healthy foods as a family. It's worth having someone who can share your lifestyle and I'm so happy for you to have found it.

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Especially since there seem to be less and less of us bookworms around!

Congrats on getting funded too! Dr. Shirley coming up!

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Lifestyle makeover

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

2013 was not a very good year for me.

I was really overworked, I was dating someone I loved but whose lifestyle had a very negative effect on my life.

I spent less and less time on SP and working out, went back to eating unhealthy foods and, no surprises there, I gained weight and felt miserable.

I know feel much better and it is all because of the lifestyle changes I forced myself to make towards the mid to end of 2013.

I will treat the positive changes in another blog and here is what needed to change

1- It all started with the person I was with. I will stick to health-related topics, listing his faults are useless.

When we first met I thought I had found my Twin. I told him I loved reading and excising, I didn't watch TV and he said it was the exact same thing for him.

Fast forward 5 months and I had put on 10 pounds. We NEVER exercised. He would always find excuses not to and when I started meeting his friends and family the way they teased him made it clear it was a lifelong habit. the one time I tried to go for a run he pouted and asked if it was because I was bored with him; I held my ground and said it was not ( he had a habit of making me feel guilty for doing things for me). Only 8 mintues into my run he called me to say his mom had called and was expecting us for lunch in 20 minutes. So I went back home. And that was the only exercise I ever got.
His diet consisted of pizza, pasta, KFC and MacDonalds. On the day I left him I actually had to fight with him to be able to incorporate veggies in our lunch. He was putting a lot of pressure on me to move in with him and have kids, not only I was not ready but imaniging myself raising kids with a Homer Simpson type of guy was just too much.
I loved him but I left because it just wasn't the kind of life I wanted.

2- My Job

I work for a private school, the hours are not regulated and so I teach an insane amount of classes, go on teacher training, overseas trips with kids etc. And I am getting a PhD on top that which leaves me next to no time for myself. My boss is quite an awfull person, giving me instructions, then changing his mind and telling me I did not understand the first time around because "I am slow to understand things" , he also doesn't sign paperwork on time which often creates an insane amount of stress for me and threatens cancelling some grants we depend on. It was eating me up and made me unwell to the point that my doctor had to put me on sick leave for 10 days in octoberon top of the vacation.

In December my boss "forgot" to include the raise I was entitled to after the completion of Teacher training. He made some seriously ridiculous excuses for it and it was the last straw. I quit.
We agreed that I would be staying until the end of the school year but that's it.

Now that he knows I am leaving he no longer gives me crazy and mostly time consuming assignments, I feel more free to hold my ground when he lies or belittles me and I have started to take time for myself again.

The positive changes did not come immediately but I can see it now, I am moving to get a better job and I met someone absolutely wonderful who does indeed live a healthy lifestyle.
But that's for tomorrow :)

  
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OPALMOON 5/4/2014 2:21AM

    So happy to hear this news! it is really important to honour who you are in relationships, though I've experienced some where that has been a struggle too - and I can empathise with your work situation having been crazy (mine was because i was working in the community sector that is grossly underpaid and so much work to do with so many people needing help - I ended up burnt out and it took 6 people to do my job). So glad you have taken your life back! Woo hoo for you!

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HAKAPES 3/24/2014 2:05AM

    I'm so happy to see you back on SP!
What's your PhD about?

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CALGALFOX 3/6/2014 11:45AM

    Shirley, I'm so glad you've taken charge of your life and moved on to healthier pastures! Keep on being true to yourself and make sure you are happy first!

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GINIEMIE 3/5/2014 2:24PM

    Can't wait for tomorrow's blog. I'm glad you stood your ground and are working towards a healthier, happier you. One cannot be happy in relationships that are one sided, one person tries to do well and the other drags/holds them back.
BTW I don't like liars either and it seems as if they both lied to you.
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SALGUOD2 3/5/2014 1:50PM

    Welcome back!

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GORIANA 3/5/2014 11:14AM

    No Homers!

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LISALGB 3/5/2014 9:25AM

    Yay!! for you!! I am so happy that you have made these decisions to take care of you. I am anxious to hear how wonderful things will work out for you.
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MINIUM 3/5/2014 7:56AM

    Oooh! I can't wait for tomorrow! Great job on those drastic but necessary changes! You come first!

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Signed up for my first Race!

Thursday, February 06, 2014

I have been struggling to exercice lately and figured that maybe it was because lossing weight was not a a goal that motivated me enough ( being perfectly healthy and just slightly overweight ) My knee hurts and I know it's because I don't stretch and exercice regularly.

So I decided to train for something new

La Parisienne is a 6.7K race in Paris in September, it's women only and the proceeds go to breast cancer research.

I am in!

I have a training plan starting on Tuesday, I really want to succeed. I don't care about the time I'll do, I just want to compete and finish. Since I had my car accident in January 2012 I haven't been able to get back to my former activity level. I do sustain aftereffects but it's mostly neck tightness and reduced mobility so it won't get in the way of running.
Now is time to do it, slowly but surely.


Any sparkers living in Paris up for this race too?

  
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ROZZIECOFFEE83 3/4/2014 11:27AM

    You'll rock it! emoticon

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FANGFACEKITTY 2/7/2014 6:58AM

    I am near Paris, this could be interesting to do!

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AEROBISAURUS 2/6/2014 5:34PM

    Awesome! Enjoy your training. emoticon

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LMB-ESQ 2/6/2014 12:11PM

    6.7K is an interesting distance.... good luck! I'm thinking about doing a tri in August....

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JODROX 2/6/2014 9:49AM

    Races are great motivation to keep training! Bonne chance!

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GOLFGMA 2/6/2014 7:36AM

    Wishing you success in your training and in the run. emoticon emoticon

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