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36 days to Ben Nevis!

Friday, August 09, 2013

As i have only got 5 weeks to my big climb I have increased my hill walking. I have included some photos of the largest hill local to us which is Moel Famou in the North Wales Clewyd range. I have been spending as much time as I can walking in these hills srengthening my up hill walking. When I am not in the hills I have been at the gym walking on the treadmill at an incline of10. All this hard work is to raise as much money as possible for Breast Cancer Care if you could give towards this amazing charity you will make a difference. Please go to my just giving website to see what breast cancer care are about.
Www.justgiving/Amanda-Ankers

  
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SLIMLEAF 8/12/2013 5:36AM

    There's nothing like having a definite goal to work towards to motivate one's training. How exciting for you! Sounds like you're doing all the right things. I hope the weather is kind to you - it can be pretty wild up there!
Best wishes
Slimleaf

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AWESOMECHELZ 8/9/2013 7:34PM

    The website is temporarily down so I will try tomorrow again. Thanks so much for sharing. emoticon emoticon
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HELP NEEDED Ben Nevis Challenge for Breast Cancer Care

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Some of you might be aware that about a year ago I set myself a significant challenge. To climb the highest mountain in the British Isles and raise as much money as possible for a very important cause, Breast Cancer Care.
I have been working hard, invested in gym membership and a personal trainer and most importantly pulled on the support of my spark friends to prepare me for this massive feat ahead. Now I am six weeks away from this major challenge but I am asking for more from my spark community and friends. Breast cancer care is a hugely important organization supporting women and their families with support, information and hope during such difficult times and treatments. It is a non profit organization which functions only on the good will of people like you and me.
I know it is a big ask but I need you people from the spark community to get behind me once again, not only to wish me well and keep your amazing encouragement to get me up my mountain but contribute to the work of such a necessary organization as breast cancer care. Please if you could drop by my "just giving" web site and learn a bit more about the work that Breast Cancer Care are doing and dig deep to make a contribution you will really help to make a difference.
www.justgiving.com/Amanda-Ankers





Ben Nevis
Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles. Standing at 1,344 metres above sea level, it is located at the western end of the Grampian Mountains in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands, close to the town of Fort William. Wikipedia
Elevation: 1,344 m
First ascent: August 17, 1771
Prominence: 1,344 m
Mountain range: Grampian Mountains
First ascender: James Robertson

Thank you so much for reading this blog and in anticipation of your support

  
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AWESOMECHELZ 8/4/2013 7:18PM

    I would like to. Is it in September? If so, I can share some money but I live in the USA. Is that possible? Let me know the date so I can put it in my calendar.

I am doing this because you work SO hard and that is so special. May God bless you and keep you safe, my friend. I feel privileged to be your friend. emoticon

Love, Chelsea

P.S. To attract people, join some of the cancer teams here and UK teams so your blog gets around. And weekly, share your training so people keep you in mind. I don't want them to forget you.

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A change of focus

Thursday, June 13, 2013

It is ages since I wrote a blog but last night as I got into bed I realised that for some reason I stop myself succeeding. When I have a good weight loss week I will follow it by a weight gain. If i follow my diet plan well I wont exercise. If I exercise well I will end up eating things that I know I shouldn't. I have a wonderful and faithful spark buddy who said this week that she has an urgent need to get on and lose weight. The urgency is catching but with "ME" getting in the way and sabotaging my good efforts I needed to do something different. I have used most of the tools at spark people over time particularly the trackers and the community. But I haven't really bothered about the spark points other than to log my login points. So today I have shifted my focus onto the spark points. I have joined a sparkpoint challenge in one of my teams and I will work through the sparkpoint list each day. I hope that this will keep me active on all aspects of the site, will make me track my food , exercise and water intake daily and will keep me hooked in to the motivational videos and articles. Lets see if I manage to break my self destructive behaviour and move forward towards my goals again

  
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HICKORYRN 6/23/2013 6:37PM

    Great post!

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TEMIWUMI 6/23/2013 5:55PM

    Good Luck! emoticon

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JUNIAATROME 6/17/2013 3:21AM

    True! Collecting sparkpoints really helps! So that's what we are going to do from now on. Let's keep a log!

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AWESOMECHELZ 6/15/2013 11:04AM

    I thought about you yesterday, could see your picture in my mind but not your ID. I am SO glad you wrote this blog because it had been a while since I heard from you and now I know why.

By the way, I Do The SAME Thing!! Exactly the same thing. I am so glad your wrote it because we can support each other. Thanks for your honesty since it helped me. emoticon
Love, Chelsea emoticon

P.S. Maybe we can journal about the times we do it and why we do it to help us figure out how to stop it.

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KIMPY225 6/14/2013 11:02AM

    Good luck with the challenge - keep pushing forward! emoticon

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DISNEYNERD13 6/14/2013 6:47AM

    Great idea! I think I'll try to do the same. I love how you're not giving into your self destructive behavior. I could learn from that!

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week 2 I need to breathe

Saturday, March 16, 2013

It just seems non stop. life that is. My mum keeps reminding me that life has stages and the one I am in is a busy one but the next stage will be less so. I get that but how do you survive the busy stage. I don't intend to moan but i'll tell you a bit about me and perhaps one of you spark fab people might have advice that will help.
I'm 40 and married with 3 children. My eldest is just sitting his GCSE' s at the end of high school. My middle one is at primary school and my little Sam is 3 and a very active little fellow. I work as a manager in children's social services. I work full time but regularly work till 2am completing work admin. My husband who is teacher is not in work currently due to being unwell with stress and anxiety. My love in life is my faith and worship but this has its own challenges as i am our youth church coordinator responsible for managing the youth team and running children's church groups. My Vicar has approached me to undertake the lay readers course which takes 3 years to complete. I have refused this due to not physically having the time but i am doing a 12 session "growing church leaders course" some where in the middle i want to exercise and plan meals and take care of me for a bit. Something i'm not very good at. It would make sense to drop the church work but this is the part of my work that gives me a true satisfaction. A real tension.
So this week each evening i have had a commitment including gym personal training session, lent service, growing leaders course, attending 6th form meetings about joes A level studies. At some point I saw my children. said hello to my husband, slept but i didn't get to do my spark people tracking and posting for which i am sorry.
BUT I am healthy, i have a job which is precious in this time of recession, i have a beautiful family friends who love and support me, i have my spark friends who encourage me and........i lost 2 lb this week!

  
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DIETSAFARI 3/19/2013 5:23AM

    You are really BUSY! Can't DH help a bit with the work admin?
Your life sounds fabulous, but talk to Jesus about what His priorities for you are?
I have seen that if I get to the Lord and into the Word first, the rest of the stuff are easier and quicker.
I will pray for you, that you will just breeze through work stuff with total excellence.
And for your hubby and his employment/recuperation situation.
Bless you

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JUNIAATROME 3/18/2013 4:51PM

    Oh I do see where all the frustration comes from. I wished I was wiser and could give you a short cut recipe - but you know that does not work! So instead I just wish you wisdom to handle it all and wish for your DH strength. I so feel for teachers. It's becoming a very demanding job.

But I feel for you - our lives do look a lot similar and that's probably also why our bodies to too emoticon But we are getting where we should be. Blessings on your head!

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AWESOMECHELZ 3/16/2013 6:48PM

    I am older now and not as busy but at one time, I was like you. The problem was that no one ever told me that it was okay to say "no" to some things and that I needed some time for myself daily, even if it was only 15 minutes. Ultimately, I got sick. You have SO much!! I hope you are able to say "no" sometimes to things and not feel like you have to carry the whole world on your shoulders. And, for sure, ask you hubby for support. I hope you feel you can. I am sending you lots of love from the USA! emoticon Love, Chelsea

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A work in (slow) Progress - I lost 1lb this week (13 in total)

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Hi there.

I have signed up for a team goal which is to write a blog at least once each week. So here is my first blog in nearly 12 months!! The question is what to say that others would want to read? I'm not very good at witty or inspirational reflection so perhaps I should start with why I'm here and the goals I am working towards.

My battle with weight gain has been a long one and with spark people I have had some good success particularly after having my third baby. Whilst on maternity leave I was able to dedicate time and energy to the program and it worked. However when I returned to work full time in a stressful job as a children's social work manager all my good work very quickly unraveled and I was back in a worse position than before. After a few false re-starts I hit a life moment back in September. I TURNED 40!!!

Quite a number of people told me how they hated being 40. It was the worst year of their life. The thought of being 40 filled them with dread etc. etc. etc. Well I made a decision. I was going to be different. Being 40 for me was going to be a celebration that lasted a whole year and I was going to do some thing that meant something to me and to others in the year while I'm 40. That was when I decided to climb a mountain!! Ben Nevis we have a date!! This was my opportunity to raise money for Breast Cancer Care a charity which is important to me, do something positive for others and do something that would need me to focus for the whole year to achieve. I also wanted to be able to look back and say I did that! So on 14th September 2013 I will be ascending Ben Nevis -The highest mountain in Britain. I know many of you will have done this many times. I know people who have run up Ben Nevis but for little old me this is a major challenge.

For me to make it to the top I am going to need to loose a lot of weight and get a lot lot fitter.

So the first thing I did last September was join a gym. I got a personal trainer and I was off to a flying start. My fitness improved dramatically but the weight just wouldn't budge. That was when I came back to Sparkpeople in January but then I picked up a horrible virus which knocked me off my feet for over 4 weeks. So now I'm back, tracking food and exercise but more importantly I'm getting involved in the spark community which is the piece of my missing puzzle previously.

So these are my Goals:-
Weight loss- I am going to work hard to try and loose 2 lb a week until the end of March. That will have brought my weight down to 15 stone (Still a shocking weight) I then hope to maintain a steady weight loss to drop another stone By June and another stone by September. That means I will be climbing Ben Nevis at 12 stone (168lb)

Fitness - I am exercising for at least 5 sessions a week (two gym sessions, three runs and two rest days - although I might walk on my rest days if time permits) With my running -well slow jog really! - I am almost running 5k. although I can run the full 5k at a very slow pace I am trying to increase my pace which means I'm not getting round the full 5k without stopping at the moment. Once I have mastered the 5k I hope to build to eventually run 10k but that is way in the future yet.

Being 40 is GREAT!!


Ben Nevis
Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles. Standing at 1,344 metres above sea level, it is located at the western end of the Grampian Mountains in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands, close to the town of Fort William. Wikipedia
Elevation: 1,344 m
First ascent: August 17, 1771
Prominence: 1,344 m
Mountain range: Grampian Mountains
First ascender: James Robertson

  
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TEMIWUMI 4/21/2013 6:00PM

    God Bless you on your journey. It is do-able!

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ERINLINDSAY83 3/27/2013 6:00PM

    You've got this! Keep working hard and rock on! God Bless you on your Journey!

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AWESOMECHELZ 3/8/2013 8:57PM

    Being 40 IS great!! I will be 50 in April and I know a lot of people get depressed about birthdays but, like you, I have new goals for myself and I am going to make the next 50 years great! emoticon Welcome back; you are on the right track. emoticon Chelsea emoticon

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JUNIAATROME 3/7/2013 1:29AM

    So that's that mountain! Well done on the blog! And yes, you are going to be king of that mountain! emoticon

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TXTOAD9970 3/5/2013 5:32PM

    I like your goals - you have the eye of the tiger!
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