40PUDDLEJUMPER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=40PUDDLEJUMPER 40PUDDLEJUMPER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ home again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800685 Even though I knew it was coming, I still didn't have any way of stopping myself from sliding back into my depression, so once again I ended upstaging in hospital, I got home last night. I don't really feel that being there has changed how I feel, or done anything to improve things. The last few times I have been admitted its just felt like a holding pen, I think the most positive thing it does is to give Nikki a rest from me, and it simply makes me stop. When I say stop, I mean stop maniaca... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 05:12:59 EST trip down to Harris http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786299 We went down to Harris today, I live on <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1564091674.jpg">the isle of Lewis and our island is joined to the isle of Harris linked by the tall mountains in between, back in the day when there was no roads it was thought they were two separate islands but now that the road goes through the mountain tourists are always saying but its just one island why does each end have a different name. Well now you know. While I was down on Harris I took a ... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 17:38:22 EST A ghost in your machine. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781113 Hey every one, I have been meaning to get time to sit down and talk to you all for quite some while, but being me it always takes me a long time to just pull up a chair and join the party. well here I am. <BR> <BR> So its been a while I think I last told you about my exciting news about my story being read on Canada's Vinyl Cafe, some time next spring. I am still on a high from that which is probably why I haven't really done much writing since just a few poems and that's been about it re... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:26:55 EST vinyl cafe are going to read my story on air!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702890 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I just wanted to share this with you the Vinyl Cafe (CBC radio) are going to use my story on air!!!! I don't exactly know when yet but wow I mean wow!!! <BR> <BR> and here it is for you all to have a look at... <BR> <BR> Winters can be very long here on the isle of Lewis, they are not always frosty and snow covered but they can be very wet and wild. Our first couple of winters here on the island sure have been. We soon learned that the high winds would carry off a... Sun, 25 May 2014 15:33:32 EST June Baby. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5548965 As part of my writing course this year we were asked to write an autobiographical piece but from a different point of view, i spent ages thinking about which part of my past i should write about, in the end i decide i would write about my sister Jeannie, some of you will know her better than others, i have shown this to my mum and she seemed to think that it was ok to send, and i wanted to share it with you. <BR> <BR> A June baby. <BR> <BR> <BR> I’d always meant to go get the ring on Th... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 09:57:07 EST Vertual walk across Bulgaria. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5443899 I belong to the where are you walking to team and I just thought that after all the awful weather we have been having up here in the North of Scotland this vertical walk might be a good one to follow so I have put up a link to the actual walk so that you can take a look at where I am walking to. I record all my distances on the fitbit, as you can see its quite a long walk but I usually manage to get there each month... <BR> <BR> Possible routes - <BR> 138 miles - Veliko Tarnovo to Sofia <BR... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 07:50:29 EST its been a while! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435910 I know that I have not had very much to say for myself for quite a while! I have been trying to deal with my anxiousness which has been much worse these past few weeks. I have managed to keep up with my exercise routine but that has been about it!! <BR> <BR> I made a really big decision last Monday; I am trying the juice fast diet; its been six days so far and I have lost 12lb so far. I have not eaten anything else - no bread no meat no sweets no chocolate no sneaky cakes or cookies o... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 06:45:11 EST a blue sky day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368508 A blue sky day <BR> <BR> a skylark day <BR> <BR> a peat cutters dream <BR> <BR> high banks <BR> <BR> no mud <BR> <BR> a flask of tea <BR> <BR> a light breaze and the sun <BR> <BR> what more? <BR> <BR> Not a thing <BR> <BR> - but you my love. <BR> <BR> Up bank we'll go <BR> <BR> leave a note <BR> <BR> pined to the door <BR> <BR> Closed due to <BR> <BR> a blue sky day <BR> <BR> a skylark day... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I know poetry is different things to different people, I hope ... Sun, 26 May 2013 15:23:53 EST been busy but need to get back to it!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368249 ok so I know I haven't spent too much time around here this past month, I have been on holiday and working on the house. But I have also not been following my diet plan. I have been constantly on the move but that really isn't enough. we have managed to do a lot to the house we now have moved a couple of the walls and made a large hole in the sitting room ceiling and then built a staircase and so can now get into the loft6 without a ladder, which is good, I really don't like climbing ladde... Sun, 26 May 2013 09:26:06 EST wave runners challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5337922 so here we go i now have the information so here i go what will i do with it.....GO GO GO!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Main Challenge (30 or 0 Points): Your personality traits can tell you a lot about what kind of fitness routine will work best for you. Take an 8 minute color quiz to find out what your color is http://www.the8colors.com/. Then Visit http://experiencelife.com/article/your-fit<BR>ness-personality/ to find your fitness perosonality. Share with your team or blog your results. <BR> <... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 04:27:06 EST a new week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330639 well here we are another new week, so what's everyone up to? its vet and windy here in the Western Isles so its been an indoorsy type of weekend, I'm currently doing a course on line with Cousera in ancient Greek which is really interesting I've finished my philosophy course and passed that one, and this one will be over in a couple of weeks, just before I go into hospital in May, I'm not looking forward to it although I know once I have had the radio therapy I will be able to get back to my ... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 13:27:30 EST WAVE RUNNERS MINI CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5328831 15.Give yourself a Spark Goodie that represents something that you are using as you work toward a healthier lifestyle (a jumprope? a pedometer? bananas?); tell us what you gave yourself.) <BR> <BR> I am sending myself a fitbit... oh they are such a good motivator!! <BR> <BR> <BR> 16. Random act of kindness challenge: give someone you don't know -- maybe a busy store clerk, or just someone you pass while walking through the shopping center -- a compliment, or send a note to someone that c... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 15:06:51 EST TWO THINGS THAT MADE ME SMILE TODAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5317343 Lots of things tend to make me smile - I guess I am just a rather smiley person... but the two things I think I will pin point today are one of my 80+ year olds I clean for every week is always so very pleased to see me, I don't think that she gets out very often and so when she offered to make us both a cup of tea one I was finished there is didn't say no I have to dash off, I stayed. <BR> <BR> The second thing was sneaking into my honeys work and surprising her, that made us both smile!! Tue, 9 Apr 2013 15:35:26 EST signs of spring and other photo's off my phone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5313716 I have been meaning to put all these photos into a blog for a little while but what with being ill I just have not managed to get around to it... so here they are long over due! <BR> <BR> My wave runners challenge for week for asked us to get out into the spring sunshine and go for a walk! and I took my phone and got some photos while I was out there!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1700309012.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 14:24:38 EST wave runners changing tides this weeks mini goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5312827 Here are the first 4 challenges...ONLY ONE PER DAY. <BR> <BR> 1. Set your goals for the month and share or not on our message board. <BR> 2. Identify possible roadblocks to achieving your goals <BR> 3. Devise a plan for overcoming those hurdles, and share or not on our message board. <BR> 4. Drink at least 8 cups (total of 64 ounces) of water today unless your doctor says otherwise. <BR> <BR> New entry April 3,2013: <BR> 5. Do at least 15 minutes of physical activity enter your activi... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 16:08:25 EST so whats new with all of you?????????????????????????????????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306451 Hi everyone I just thought I would try and catch up a little - its been a really trying week - not great at all. <BR> <BR> So here's what happened!! <BR> <BR> I woke up on Sunday morning (last Sunday) and one side of my face was so swollen, my glands in my neck were up along with the ones under my arms. We called the emergency Dr. he said it was propably mumps! <BR> <BR> By mid afternoon, my face was so swollen I couldn't see out of my left eye. We went to ER i'd got an abbess on my jaw ... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 16:12:24 EST Pledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5295188 Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I am. <BR> <BR> I pledge to... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 15:29:27 EST this weeks going to be a busy one!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5281430 So I have my diary out.... <BR> <BR> Monday we're working all day and the I have my father in laws birthday dinner to go to he's going to be 84!!!!! <BR> <BR> Tuesday i'm working and also this week I have to go to the hospital to get a portable heart monitor fitted as they now think my over active thyroid has affected my heart rhythm. <BR> <BR> Wednesday we are working again all day (a long day) <BR> <BR> Thursday again work - also we sort of want to go to see FLIGHT at the pictures but w... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 17:09:50 EST wave runners week three challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276145 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2020878341.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is my image board, I have never made one of these before, so please be kind! <BR> <BR> The images I have used are of the things I love to do and things I want to do... I would really like to walk the west highland way this summer, its a long distance walk here on mainland Scotland. I also love to dance and my garden is my big passion. <BR> <BR> I hope you like my first attempt Wed, 6 Mar 2013 15:30:27 EST 10mile hike up a misty mountain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271341 well I said I was going to walk and the new fit bit one Nikki got me has been a great motivator!!! I have walked over 50 miles this past week. <BR> <BR> I decided that I would go out for the day this sunday and the rain was NOT going to stop me (oh no) so I put on all my wet weather gear and my willies and off I went. This is the first walk I have done solo as Nikki really can't walk that far any more, she is waiting for replacement hips. I have to say it was a bit lonely really, as you wi... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 15:53:55 EST week two challenges for wave runners http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264961 Well this week we have to come up with a wee game to play - a fitness game anyone can take part in well I love walking and so this week I have come up with a slow walking race, all you have to do is walk the distance from Stornoway airport in town all the way out here to south lochs. Its 35miles... so how far do you walk in a day when will you arrive? I'll cook dinner for who ever gets here first. So far this week I have walked 8 miles on Sunday, 6 yesterday and another 6again today, I have ... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 16:24:38 EST wave weavers week one - here we go!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5253436 <BR> Week 1 (Ends 02.23): Be sure to take your initial weight and measurements on 02.17 so you can track your progress! <BR> <BR> <BR> Main Challenge (30 or 0 Points): Welcome to the new challenge! We will be welcoming in spring and summer during this challenge....plenty of time to get close to the gals on your team! Let's focus on building connections for this first week. Post a blog (or share with your team) a little something about yourself. You can include things such as your name, ag... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 09:58:20 EST got a letter today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5238754 Well i have been waiting for the letter to come for my next appointment for the hospital and it finally has! <BR> <BR> You see i have been having really big problems with my thyroid for the past three years, it all started with a visit to my GP when i started getting heart palpitations, i thought that she would just say its your weight and send me away again, but no she did blood tests and i have Graves disease, which means my thyroid levels are too high. They sent me to the consultant at my... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 12:53:59 EST Rest in Peace my Flora. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5235295 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1896329099.jpg"> <BR> <BR> rest in peace my poor flora. <BR> <BR> its not been a good week, and to be honest spark has really not been up most in my mind. <BR> <BR> god bless my flora x Sun, 3 Feb 2013 06:26:14 EST a long week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5213304 Its been a really long week, this week but at last its the weekend and for once I don't have a house to spring clean!!!! I started the long list of homes to be done way back before Christmas and still have many on my waiting list, but this weekend I have taken a Saturday off. So what have I been up to this week, well to tell you the truth, not a lot apart from working, I didn't manage as much exercise as I would have liked but I have tried to do my 10,000 steps a day and drink my eight glass... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 16:18:14 EST saturday again already? that was quick!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5191298 Well here I am again and its the weekend - but unlike a few weeks agoe, I've not just sat about all morning - oh no... <BR> <BR> So what have I been up to? Well after cleaning out the stove so I can light it later I got in all the wood and then fed the cats, (we have two) then I waved my honey off, she was off to town with her dad in the truck. <BR> <BR> Then I got busy doing my Wii fit, it doesn't get very light he early in the winter and its been really wet and very windy so I thought I... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 09:50:06 EST new years day walk - we got a little lost! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5184111 Hi all, well here it is, the new year, and off we went even though the weather forcast was not great! Our first sign that the weather might not be all that we had hoped for - it was a massive rainbow... <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1257952041.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l800894910.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1085386673.jpg"> <BR> it was so big it took three photos!!! <BR> But on we went anyway, we had our welly b... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 14:46:28 EST a new week - a new year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180977 I really am trying to keep up with all my goals, and I must say that I really am feeling much better for it. <BR> <BR> I know that I am very new to this and I've not been doing this for very long (I don't want it to just be a flash in the pan) so I want to wave goodbye to 2012 and say hello to 2013. Sun, 30 Dec 2012 14:29:25 EST saturday not just another day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5179476 Well I have made it all the way through Christmas week and I think on the whole I have managed to stay on track. I always find the weekends the hardest, and struggle to keep going all day at home without spending ages looking in the fridge or food cupboard! It does not help when the weather is so by wet here at the moment and also very windy, 85mph winds over night. <BR> <BR> <BR> So today I will try and keep myself busy, I plan to do some zumba on the Wii and my usual run... will I i mana... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 03:31:09 EST A soggy boggy walk! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5176682 Well today after i'd finished work i decided as it was such a fantastic day i'd go for a short fell walk. There was only a couple of hours day light left but it was so calm and clear i just had to go out somewhere!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1483957790.jpg"> <BR> this is the start of my walk starting in Orasaigh, the first stage of the walk is a little difficult, and very steep! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1579378202.jpg"> <BR>... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 12:46:56 EST an early start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5175632 I hope you are all having a great 25th, I was up early this morning so now the Turkey's cooked the veg already to go and I'm all set for the days visitors. I even managed to do my hour on the Wii this morning, I am still trying to do 10k in 30mins with the free run, I'm getting closer but I'm not there yet!!! <BR> <BR> As you can see I am not doing so well on my diet this week, I put 2lb on again this week, I was doing so well I know today's dinner is going to be streeful but I am not going... Tue, 25 Dec 2012 05:10:34 EST Friday at last! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5172986 Well i made it through another week and apart from not managing to do any zumba yesterday i really have stuck with it all week this week! So what is everyone doing this weekend? Has everyone finished work for the holidays? I'm only off Christmas day so i will be making the most of it!! <BR> <BR> Thanks for reading my blog - it helps! Fri, 21 Dec 2012 14:47:55 EST More than just a rainy wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5171178 Hi All, <BR> well i am still sticking to it, although its not that easy at this time of year, it seems everywhere i go my customers have chocolate for me! But so far so good! <em>100</em> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 14:26:40 EST a good day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5169189 Well i made it through another day, i didn't get all stressed when it was really icy out this morning and i stayed on track all day, i took the unwanted goodies to the food bank and didn't eat the cake or mince pies i was given by two of my elderly ladys i work for, i gave the cake to the food bank and my partner will eat all the mince pies or else i can give them out when we get guests over christmas! <BR> <BR> I have done 20 minuets zumba on the wii tonight and another 30 on the wii fit. S... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 14:14:23 EST end of the weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5168206 well i made it, i didn't nibble i stuck to it and i feel great! i really do! So here's to keeping it up <BR> <BR> My plan for Monday is to do more of my zumba and some yoga. I also want to go through one of the food cupboards and i bet i can fill a bag with things i've bought that i really shouldn't be eating and take them down to the food bank in Stornoway. <BR> <BR> I'll let you know how i go on! Sun, 16 Dec 2012 15:24:13 EST just trying to get going! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5167986 Hi all, <BR> <BR> well here i am i couldn't wait for the new year, so i thought why not just start now, so here i am. I have never done anything like this before and this whole site is taking some getting used to so any help any one can give me would be wonderful. so far i have lost 2lb, although my ticker says 2kg, i am not too sure how you alter that! <BR> <BR> i will try and post at least once a week, if i can. I am hoping that this will really help thid time. <BR> <BR> Thanks for read... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 10:12:52 EST