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Why get fit, lose fat, eat right? #1

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

I just got motivated by a sparkies travel blog!
I have a NEW GOAL!
I mean, a new reason to get fit, lose the fat and gain the energy!!

I want to visit the great outback of Australia, my home patch!
More than that I aim to ride camels, camp with horses, canoe down the Katherine Gorge and hike somewhere beautiful. (there are a lot of stunning places for sure!)

This is going to be AWESOME!
This will be a reward for when I reach my goal weight OR run my first half marathon.
Whichever comes first.

"I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of drought and flooding rains,
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel sea,
Her beauty and her terror -
The wide brown land for me."

....gotta get the little one from school now,


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SM-ARTGIRL 3/2/2010 12:30PM

    Thanks everyone!
I am going to put up some pictures on my vision board!

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JUSTDUCKY1405 2/27/2010 2:10AM

    That's fantastic!!! I look forward to hearing all about it!!!

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*FITBUNNY* 2/27/2010 1:32AM

That's a fantastic reward...and one that will be well earned. The best of luck to you! I saw that you're doing the C25K program. I've done that a couple of times, but have since injured my foot and need to start it over. :P What week are you on?

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AMAZINGANN 2/26/2010 11:22AM

    Now THAT'S a goal I can identify with. Awesome! And tell us about your travels in the "wide brown land" when you do go!

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SEPPIESUSAN 2/25/2010 8:21AM

    I LOVED Australia...visited three times!! I wasn't at my goal weight though...I was there when it was hot, and it sure would have been nice to go there looking fit and trim. HAVE FUN!!!

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KARBIE18 2/25/2010 6:37AM

    Great motivation!! Get active and fit to get MORE active and fit! I live quite far from Australia, but have always wanted to explore there. It sounds absolutely amazing, and I have no doubt you'll reach your goals!

Don't forget to enjoy the journey in the meantime, though.


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KLS777 2/25/2010 12:12AM

    Don't forget about looking hot in those swimmers!

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KSHAGGY 2/24/2010 11:31PM

    Great goal, good luck getting to the outback!

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went to a party- home by 2am

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Drank mineral water all night.
Didn't smoke any cigarettes.

Didn't really find my groove.

Didn't connect in a fun way with everyone like I usually might.
Mainly conversation.
I love dancing but felt awkward, everyone else seemed at ease.
Didn't hide my awkwardness by stuffing my face with bread or dips.
Waited til I got home and had peanut butter on toasted wholewheat bread and a cup of chamomile tea.
Off to bed. goodnight sparkfriends

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JUSTDUCKY1405 2/25/2010 2:53PM

    Way to go! These steps of progress in the right direction are huge payoffs for continued momentum!

Keep up the hard work, fore I can relate to what you are saying and feeling, and know that what you are doing is not an easy task... that's for sure!

You are out for change... and change is what you will get!

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    woooohooo! now that's awesome!!!! You are a great can tell just by looking at your pictures!

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MOONSCRIBE 2/24/2010 8:23PM

    Now -- your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to magnify your groove despite the absence of vodka! While everyone else is slowly dehydrating, you'll channel your inner energizer bunny :) emoticon

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SM-ARTGIRL 2/24/2010 7:51PM

    Thank you everyone.
I must say I feel I have no relationship with cigarettes these days.
AND that is saying something - I have actually broken this addiction as long as I never take a cigarette into my mouth and light it I am fine!

I say to those who ask: I am an athlete in training for my first ever (mini) triathlon.

People who know me well laugh a lot and I don't mind because they are my friends and they also encourage me in whatever my goals are...they will be cheering me on!
And you all cheer me on too, I never thought I had will power before this!

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KARBIE18 2/23/2010 7:26PM

    Great job, foodwise, but sorry to hear you felt awkward. Way to go on not smoking! That's got to be tough at a party.

Keep it up!

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HICALGAL 2/23/2010 4:38PM

    wow, i can so relate and you handled the situation very well. hot tea always calms me down. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEUSMACHINA 2/23/2010 4:36PM

    I'm sorry to hear that you didn't find your groove! :(
But yay for no cigarettes! WOOHOO!! :D

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NEWNARAYAN 2/23/2010 11:16AM

    wow that's willpower if i have ever seen it. making these healthy choices are getting you CLOSER & CLOSER to your goals : )

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The criss-cross effect- a serotonin induced blog

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

I have really struggled to shift any fat and continuously gained since I became a mum. I had a rough couple of years adjusting to the demands of domesticity, a knee that was prone to injury was badly damaged when I fell, my dad died, I chose to give up my fulfilling, demanding career to be a stay at home vegetable (woops) mum. My social network shrank. Despite all my effort to keep active, my knee got me down. I got depressed.
I forgot how important serotonin is to keep my life functional!

It has taken me a few years to find a way to strengthen my knee so I can MOVE so I can release the happy chemicals in my brain!
I have struggled and failed and struggled some more.
But all last week and again this week I am noticing a definite pay off.

1- at weight training yesterday, x two people complimented my skin.
2- I am keeping my no alcohol 'til Easter commitment- day 3 .
3- I saw my Osteopath today, 1st time in 3 years, for a wellness check up instead of remedial therapy!
4- I just returned from my couch 25k program- I love that I can run, free of injury & pain!
5- oh and I weighed myself yesterday and am 2.5 kilos closer to where I could be!!

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HICALGAL 2/19/2010 10:27PM

    good for you! we need to stop focusing on the negative and focus on the positive. emoticon

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FRACTALMYTH 2/19/2010 10:56AM

    Fantastic - I so can't wait until I can get back into running, but at least I know I am working on my core in the meantime and that will help me in the "long run" lol

Congrats on signing up for the triathalon :D Woohoooooo!

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LOOSEIT57 2/17/2010 6:34PM

    That all sounds good so have a great pain free time and keep up the good work. You sound so positive. emoticon

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WILD4STARS 2/17/2010 12:17PM

    emoticonYou are well on your way. Keep up the good work!!

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JUSTDUCKY1405 2/17/2010 11:31AM

    Great blog! I can relate to quite a bit of what you are saying! Way to go on all your accomplishments!

Remember, it's getting back up when we fall that counts the most, and that will keep those serotonin levels at bay!

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Why am I an Emotional Eater? an exploration

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Just did the Spark people diet profiler to discover I am an "Emo Eater".
Please note, I am not a vampire about to eat sad goth types, although I have styled myself as one in the past...but that is another story about having an artistic soul.

1- My mum always has soooo much food in her home, even now, since my Dad died and she downsized -the pantry overflows, there are cans of food on chairs, baskets of fruit, biscuits, sweets covering tables, freezer full-to-maximum capacity. And she feeds you love, lots of hi calorie, hi fat love. emoticon
2- In fact , I now realise as a Teen I intuitively knew how to upset my parents (like all teens) by refusing to eat or being very fussy. My partner upsetts mum because she finds it impossible to feed him- he is vegetarian plus abstains from cheese and just says no thanks to endless plates of cookies, lollies, and cups of tea. emoticon
3- I was mildly anorexia in high school- as I recovered from that I thought it was about control issues, aka, growing up within a rigid, very religious, material success focused and up-standing family, that the only choice I could make was what to put in my mouth. emoticon
4- My dad was definitely an Emotional Eater, always on a new diet, mum bought, planned, prepared, cooked AND cleaned for her, him and 4 children! OMG!!!
5- Mum never allowed me into the kitchen, plus we did not even have chores and so I never learnt to do the above until I had my little boy, 5 years ago. I realy value that everyone in my family willingly contributes to the home (5 yr old included).

So what is going on now?
When I moved out I ate intuitively, vegetarian, unprocessed food. I was slim, fit, healthy and focussed on my life goals for most of my adult life. Writing this blog has revealed just HOW MUCH I have adopted Emo Eating since I became a mum. I was totally unaware that I have adopted my mums weirdness around domesticity (minus the tidiness). Today I unpacked my groceries- over half of what I purchased are so called healthy snacks, like roasted broadbeans, roasted chickpeas (instead of chips), like creamy organic yogurt (no icecream!). As well as the organic, unprocessed fruit n veg & wolegrain rice. emoticon

The positive last paragraph: I have really struggled to lose weight since I became a mum, now that I know about this emo eating stuff, I can apply some Spark suggestions, such as keeping a food journal with time and feelings included.
Yep, that is exactly my aim over the next 2 weeks.
Does anyone else relate to this or am I a little mad? would love to read stories and suggestions...

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SM-ARTGIRL 2/16/2010 7:02AM

    Here it is:

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NEWNARAYAN 2/15/2010 11:49PM

    Spark Diet Profiler? I need to find this!

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SM-ARTGIRL 2/12/2010 10:54PM

    Wow! Thanks for the encouragement everyone! Feel I am making progress and learning so much with your support!
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JUSTDUCKY1405 2/12/2010 10:44PM

    Love the awareness in this blog that you are revealing to yourself! That is awesome! You aren't mad! Not even close! Your openess, honesty, and willingness to share with others is truly inspiring! Keep up the hard work! This is the stuff that allows you to keep getting back up when you fall!


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MHABICHT 2/12/2010 10:08PM

I just managed to read your blog. We pick up behaviours from significant others because they model them to us. We perceive them as "normal" and don't think very often about them".

When you engage in emotional eating you need to ask yourself, but is it that distresses me (makes me sad, depressed, worried, embarsed)? What am I thinking? I sthis thought realistic? What aevdience do I have for it? What evdience do I have to the contrary. What would therefore be a more relaistic and helpful, not neccessarily more positive thought.

My mother used to work in dietetics. I grew up with relatively healthy eating habit. My mother only got overweight when became older and more sedentary, in particularly after a stroke at the age of 79.

So I am conscious to make sure that eat healthily. I even moved completely to being a vegetarian for 2 months with focus on eating enough Iron-containing food etc and citric acid for absorbption at the same time, because I loved cheese so much before.

I am sure that if you keep a diary and you change your exercise regime you will be on your way to success.
Manuela emoticon

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HAPPYCRICKET 2/11/2010 10:45AM

    Kids change everything don't they? I am impressed by how you are connecting the dots between your mother's behavior and your own. It's hard work, understanding the why behind the what that we do. I wish you lots of success! One of my big goals is to not pass on my eating "issues" to my children. It isn't easy, though, because sometimes I don't even recognize them as an "issue"--it's just what I've always done. I'm working on being more in-tune and mindful. Thanks for sharing your insights!

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LOOSEIT57 2/10/2010 12:14AM

    The diet plans are a guide you can swap things but stay in your range.

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new decade, new spark, new body!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Yo Sparkies, thanks for reading my blog emoticon

Ya know what inspired me to blog in today?
It was reading back on my blogs and reading the supportive responses from you all!
I been offline for a month or so, with wilderness coasts to explore.

Walking, swimming, moving my body.
Resting as needed. Eating when hungry.
Waking early and resting fully at night.
Or walking along wild ocean beaches with the moon huge above. Bleached fallen trees and a trillion stars light the way.

I am so grateful for the opportunity to experience the health of natural living.
It is what I grew up in and to what I must return for renewal.
oh yes...and no mirrors in sight.

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FRACTALMYTH 2/2/2010 2:16PM

    Ooooh jealous! How I would love to take off for a month of wandering along the beaches :D Glad you got the chance to rest and recharge :D

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LJCANNON 1/30/2010 11:49AM

    It sounds as though you had an awesome month. emoticonTraveling and experiencing LIFE!!
Glad you are back safe and sound.

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