AKASHA66's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=AKASHA66 AKASHA66'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/ Another charm added to the charm bracelet of loss--finally! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3739287 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l422845303.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Last year's pumpkin, this year I'm not carving, just using gourds and soup pumpkins. <BR> <BR> SO, finally! another charm added to the bracelet of loss today. That's another kilo gone, a really hard won kilo, although I'm certain I have added muscle weight as well as lost fat since becoming a gym rat. <BR> <BR> Today's charm, a solid silver cat, an expensive one, the next one or two will need to be more modest. ... Mon, 25 Oct 2010 14:19:51 EST My wedding rings are spinning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3730050 <BR> <BR> I've had to switch my wedding rings from my left hand to my right hand because they were spinning so much I was afraid they would fall off. Who figures we have fat in our fingers? I guess we do! <BR> <BR> I think I'll just switch them from finger to finger on either hand until I get to a point when I'm satisfied that my fingers aren't going to get any smaller then I'll resize them. <BR> <BR> So far, this is my favorite non-scale victory. Visible, tangible proof that somethi... Thu, 21 Oct 2010 05:00:51 EST Went over my Fitness Minutes objective for the Year today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3691342 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l768533135.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Closeup of "Cambouis" who likes to sleep in the middle of my mat when I want to do crunches. <BR> <BR> I had set a 15 000 fitness minutes for the year objective back in January, thinking that would be more than reasonable. I'm happy to report I went over it today and now the race is on to see how many Fitness Minutes I can rack up before the end of the year. <BR> <BR> I do a lot of walking for cardio, so t... Mon, 4 Oct 2010 12:02:41 EST Most Expensive Challenge Ever--Fall 5%-Happy Thanksgiving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3675885 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l182190917.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Happy Thanksgiving is what I hope I'll be thinking... <BR> <BR> The Fall 5% Challenge pushed me into joining a gym after a disappointing Summer Challenge that involved a long plateau. <BR> <BR> I spent 429 euros, that's 577$ at today's rate, gulp, the Monday after the challenge started on a year's gym membership. And that's the local low cost gym too, nothing fancy, basic machines, a 30 minute circuit and weight... Tue, 28 Sep 2010 03:46:46 EST Skin Care--FINALLY have a good system! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3648786 I'm 44. I've been pretty good about skin care since I was 30 and always use sunscreen and eat lots of fruit and veggies and drink water, which I still think are the most important things. <BR> <BR> I finally found a way to do a little more without upsetting my sensitive skin and causing red bumps and without costing a fortune. In France, it is common to go to the beauty shop to have special treatments every month but that is way out of my price range. Last week I read one of the skin care... Sat, 18 Sep 2010 04:56:04 EST Decision taken--going to join the gym! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3641078 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l83283457.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This extremely nifty bug is the detail on a statue in the Egyptian Museum in Turin, Italy. The best Egyptian collection I have ever seen. This bug was on a statue maybe 15 feet tall, on the chest. Just beautiful. <BR> <BR> And on to the gym.... <BR> <BR> So, because I can never really seem to do anything simply, I spent the week touring gyms, comparing, asking people their opinion, etc. And finally decided the... Wed, 15 Sep 2010 14:24:25 EST Look where a little self indulgence leads.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3565228 <BR> I've been stuck on a plateau lately in spite of plenty of exercise, maybe because of plenty of exercise... have decided to change goal dates for pounds lost, to October for the next nine pounds and change the rhythm a bit and see if it helps. Maybe I have been too aggressive? <BR> <BR> But, as I have not lost anything in a long time and have not been able to add to my charm bracelet of loss in quite awhile, I still thought I deserved something for having hung in there despite the plat... Mon, 23 Aug 2010 10:03:56 EST I hit 50 000 Sparkpoints this morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3552361 <em>208</em> <em>30</em> <em>208</em> <em>30</em> <em>208</em> <em>30</em> <em>208</em> <em>30</em> <em>208</em> <BR> <BR> It sure took me a long time to get to 50 000 Spark points, years, but with periods of inactivity on Spark that I now regret. I could have done it faster. <BR> <BR> You get a really pretty little gold trophy with rainbow colored stars shooting out the sides of it for 50 000 points though! <BR> <BR> Over the course of these 50 000 points, I have learned a lot... Thu, 19 Aug 2010 02:08:06 EST Enjoy the Ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3539104 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l59845959.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Semur-en-Auxois, one of my favorite places anywhere. <BR> <BR> Another blog I read today and I can't get this song out of my head. It is very appropriate though. We shouldn't be chasing shadows and we all need to learn to enjoy the ride. <BR> <BR> Enjoy the Ride--Morcheeba <BR> <BR> Shut the gates and sunset <BR> After that you can't get out <BR> You can see the bigger picture <BR> Find out what it's all about ... Sun, 15 Aug 2010 12:31:12 EST Why on earth was I keeping too big workout clothes?!?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3518747 <BR> <BR> Inspired by reading someone else's blog about decluttering, I decided it was high time to attack the bottom shelf of my closet--the place my workout clothes live. <BR> <BR> I have never had a problem happily flinging suddenly too big clothes into a corner of my closet. That's what I do with them, fling them, wait for a mountain to build up of clothes that used to fit but are now too big, get great visual joy out of the growing pile, then donate whatever is donateable. <BR> <B... Mon, 9 Aug 2010 15:30:04 EST This is the real me--photo. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3493715 My profile picture now shows me instead of the peacock feathers photo that I was hiding behind. <BR> <BR> Not sure why I was so resistant to putting up a picture of myself, but I have been working hard and I don't think I have to feel too ashamed. <BR> <BR> Check out my arms and shoulders. I'm particularly happy about those. Still a work in progress but lots of push ups and lots of dumbbell exercises later, no so bad! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l90541971... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 06:16:23 EST Into the 180's this am!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3469479 <em>30</em> <em>252</em> <em>244</em> <em>345</em> <em>218</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Well this has been a long time coming. I am sure I have been retaining water with the heat and some hormone issues but this was getting to be a real downer. JUST squeaked by into the 180's but I'll take it. I'm a fingernail away from being able to claim a new charm on the bracelet of loss but am deciding if I can claim that too, as I seriously need the motivation. Like .1 pound away. I do believ... Mon, 26 Jul 2010 03:22:09 EST New charm on the bracelet of loss, plus July goals. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3407207 One more kilo down, one more charm on the bracelet of loss--9 charms total now. The most recent also a birthday present, a silver four leaf clover made of hearts with a teeny tiny diamond in the center--perfect, I LOVE IT! andit is extra special when it is a gift. <BR> <BR> Ideally, for this next challenge, I'm looking at 9 pounds down which would be 4! more charms on the bracelet of loss! I'm a slow loser and frequent plateauer though so curbing my disappointment with less is necessary. ... Wed, 7 Jul 2010 10:35:27 EST Arms and Stomach and Legs--Oh My! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3385665 It's like Lions and Tigers and Bears-- Oh My! Or at least that's how I remember the order. <BR> <BR> It is the direct fault of the challenge I have been doing for just about two months now. One week, the challenge was 300!! reps of strength training for maximum points, which at first glance, I thought was impossible. But I also wanted the maximum points for my team, so I set out to do it. I split them into three different zones, arms and stomach and legs, one each day, then repeat. And ... Wed, 30 Jun 2010 11:12:16 EST FINALLY after long plateau, a bit of downward movement and a new charm for the bracelet of loss. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3369941 It has been a long haul with no action, but finally some loss. I don't know if it was a plateau or a lack of vigilance on my part. Increasing the strength training could have also played a part. I'm up to 18 pounds gone now and added a new charm to my bracelet for another kilo gone. This is slow going and patience is really hard. <BR> <BR> Today's charm, in memory of a friend who died recently, are two small comedy and tragedy masks in silver, linked together. Dave was an important high s... Fri, 25 Jun 2010 10:59:24 EST Lost a friend to colon cancer today--only 45 years old. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3335512 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l270111217.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've lost my first friend ever, older family members have died, but until now, never a friend my age. Dave was 45, died of colon cancer he had had for 5 years. He outlived the time they gave him, but it was a terrible disease. <BR> <BR> Death always brings people together, and this is no exception, the emails flying around from people all over the world, the Facebook posts--who knew FB could be good for anythi... Tue, 15 Jun 2010 04:28:10 EST Creating Eating Routines http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3293363 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l444306370.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Detail from stained glass in local cathedral. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking about making MORE routines. I usually have one of a couple of breakfasts and very frequently exactly the same, saves time, shopping, even $. <BR> <BR> Example: on breakfasts, my raspberry-cocoa-yogurt smoothie, oat bran-wheat bran galette, my high fiber chocolate chocolate chip muffins, regular yogurt, fromage blanc, assorted fruit... Wed, 2 Jun 2010 15:06:11 EST Attempt at Organization--June Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3287106 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l3708879.jpg">+ <BR> <BR> Statue in local park, roses are also all in bloom there right now. <BR> <BR> Attempt at getting down June goals, not being naturally organized, this is new for me. <BR> <BR> -eat 25 + grams fiber a day <BR> -alternate strength training exercises: arms day, waist-stomach day, legs day every three days. Keep this up for month of June and take stock of situation. I don't give enough importance to ST. <BR> -s... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 02:42:03 EST The cool, cloudwrapped heaven of a new pair of tennis shoes. - R.Bradbury http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3238510 New Balance shoes today, new ones. After running all over town looking for a decent pair at a decent price I wound up at the running shop near the train station. Personal service, 115 euros, not cheap, but shoes fitted to my feet by a professional. It turns out I don't do anything weird with my feet and I'm not lop-sided. I'm neutral. Like Switzerland. Nice to know. <BR> <BR> Ray Bradbury, in a beautiful little book called Dandelion Wine that people don't necessarily know but are reall... Mon, 17 May 2010 11:46:17 EST At least I haven't opened the Mint Milanos! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3139309 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l6531755.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is the Pont du Gard, an old Roman aqueduct not far from where I live. <BR> <BR> Yes I live in a place with a lot of nifty things, but I was hoping to go back to the States for a visit and now it looks like a volcano will be standing in my way. I've had this trip planned for 8 months, tickets bought eight months ago, visits set up with family all over the place. I haven't seen my grandparents, who aren't getti... Tue, 20 Apr 2010 03:39:33 EST 10 a day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3108448 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l675217602.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One of the local spice merchants at an open air market. With Flat Stanley thrown in too. <BR> <BR> The French reccomendation for fruit and veggies per day is 5-10 servings. This isn't easy or cheap to do and takes planning. The challenge at the moment on the 5% team is "fruit and veggies" so I'm going to experiment with getting as high as possible on the count and help the team at the same time. It is the perfe... Mon, 12 Apr 2010 05:22:12 EST Seem to be losing every 2 weeks, but not every week at the moment. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3091977 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l239930170.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Carcassonne, about an hour and a half away, you've probably seen it in movies. Pretty nifty place! <BR> <BR> Something I have seen before in myself the last time I was a faithful Sparkperson. I don't always lose weight in a given week, but more on a two week schedule. I usually don't even bother to weigh myself every week, to avoid being bummed out, although I am at the moment for a challenge. I see it happeni... Wed, 7 Apr 2010 15:26:23 EST The difficult jeans, despite being dried accidentally in the dryer, fit. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3055321 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l657090162.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Another view of where I live. <BR> <BR> Good surprise this weekend. I accidentally threw the difficult jeans in the dryer with the load of clothes and they were dried on hot. I have never once dried these jeans in the dryer out of fear-- no way were they going to go back on again unless they air-dried and even then, it was always tense. <BR> <BR> When I saw what I had done my blood pressure went up. I didn't ... Mon, 29 Mar 2010 08:25:18 EST Off a plateau, new turtle charm for bracelet of loss to celebrate! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3028109 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l524323452.jpg"> <BR> <BR> FINALLY -2.3 pounds this am, more than a kilo, after 3 weeks of pretty much nothing! I track religiously, so I know I was never going very far off track with food, and never with exercise. Very frustrating to work so hard and see nothing for it. <BR> <BR> I know what the difference is though. I have always been good in fiber, good in fat, at the high end of carbs and low end of protein. I'm not a vegetarian, b... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 07:24:29 EST Getting into the 5% challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2971580 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l814866026.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm not sure there are any daisies in that bouquet, but I'm happy to be on the Daisy Team for the 5% Spring Challenge. If I can meet the goals, I'll be another 10 pounds down by the end of the challenge. I go back to the States right before the end, so for me it may end on April 26th, as I probably won't have access to a computer where I'm going for the final few days. <BR> <BR> I LOVE having the crunch challeng... Mon, 8 Mar 2010 03:57:46 EST This is me--- and one more charm to add to the charm bracelet of rewards! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2941498 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/3/8/l38270033.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Taken in a suburb of Montpellier in my favorite top. <BR> <BR> One more charm today-- one more kilo gone, yippee! I have resolved myself to this losing a bit more than a pound a week, for about a kilo every two weeks -that's 2.2 pounds about every two weeks. Not super fast but plenty acceptable if I can keep it up. That makes a bit more than two months and a bit more than ten pounds gone. <BR> <BR> Today's charm for... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 07:51:07 EST Tracking food for the entire week in advance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2912050 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/2/5/l254747346.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is the town in France where I live. <BR> <BR> Just as an experiment, I have decided to plan, and track all of my food for the week in advance. I often do it with exercise and manage to stay honest, and I have already done it with a few days in advance a week, but never the entire week. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to save a lot of time and some $ too by using leftovers more efficiently. <BR> <BR> I have built a bit ... Mon, 22 Feb 2010 08:55:01 EST Plantar Fasciitis http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2900325 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/4/9/l492569915.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is Kew Gardens in London. Despite an unreasonable amount of walking in London, 66 km in 3 days, no plantar fasciitis problems then. <BR> <BR> I'm still at the end of the second major go of plantar fasciitis in my life. The first time I was in my 20's and I think it was probably brought on by wearing bad, silly, etc shoes, as we will in our twenties. It was a bad memory that forever changed how I thought of sh... Fri, 19 Feb 2010 03:02:06 EST Slow and steady will have to win the race for me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2882696 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/8/6/b864243462.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This photo is one of my favorite places in the world-- the Fontenay Abbey near Montbard, France. <BR> <BR> I always tell other people that 'slow and steady wins the race' it is my first and no doubt, best, piece of advice. Time to take it to heart for myself. <BR> <BR> I have lost 1.8 pounds in the past two weeks. I think it is better to weigh, for me, every two weeks rather than weekly. Weekly might just be dis... Mon, 15 Feb 2010 03:21:33 EST Charm Bracelet Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2823577 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/7/7/b775055849.jpg"> <BR> <BR> With the new beginning to weight loss, I figured I needed a new way to reward myself, as I was not being very serious about it last time. One good thing I did last time was to put a pebble for every pound lost in a clear vase and gazed on my success. <BR> <BR> This time, a variation on that idea, much more expensive, but even more visual. <BR> <BR> I bought myself a silver Thomas Cabo bracelet with some xmas $ whe... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 03:08:00 EST Lost just about 2.4 pounds in about 3 weeks-- trying not to think of this as a bummer... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2792533 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/5/9/b593705159.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This time around, I resolved not to be a slave to the scales, to follow the program I have outlined for myself, gentler, more relaxed than in the past and to try to be serene about the whole exercise and weight loss process. <BR> <BR> So I did, for about three weeks, stayed in my calorie range, did my exercise, doing two days over calories, and a few days on the low end of the range to make up for it, doing plenty o... Mon, 25 Jan 2010 05:17:47 EST Cooking from scratch at home, one of the keys for me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2760325 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/9/7/b973023359.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just a picture of nearby Arles, about a 20 minute ride away. <BR> <BR> This am I made high fiber chocolate chocolate chip muffins, 5 gr fibber each, about 130 calories. Very good, like a nice cupcake. I was horrified at the prices for things at the grocery store, and we don't even have a lot of this kind of option in France, so have decided to get back to more do it yourself stuff. <BR> <BR> Also made pretzel roll... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 06:06:10 EST I need to stop thinking drastic exercise is the only good exercise and tone it down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2727176 After hurting myself, neck pain and severe plantar fascitiis in August last year I'm back to SP. Yes, I gained kilos in the interim as I was in such pain I could barely walk let alone exercise. It has slowly gotten better and I'm back to try to lose what I gained and continue on. <BR> <BR> It is strangely hard to tone down the exercise. I loved the cardio, loved the hard workouts, but I know I can't do it now and maybe shouldn't do it again ever. There is nothing like not being phsyicall... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 06:48:22 EST Goal for January--just get back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2689845 No fancy goals or resolutions for me. All I'd like to do is get back on track with SP. After the injuries, I think I've learned my lesson not to overdo in the sports department. Regular and gentle will have to do for me instead of intense. Walking, Wii Fit and the elliptical will be sports of choice with some strength training thrown in. The calories are easier to manage and so far, no bg problems with that. <BR> Daily check ins with SP, a minimum of 50 SPoints, just to keep touch and re... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 04:45:32 EST New beds today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2661464 Hi all, I'm back after some injuries and hopefully things are mostly back in order. I'm still going to the osteopath for me back and neck. Just replaced the beds today. After 12 years, and back trouble, decided that a new box spring and mattress could only be a good thing. Theya re longer than the last beds, should be nice, room for cats! I'm crossing my fingers that we chose correctly, so many different mattresses out there. These are springs, all individually wrapped with an extra mem... Mon, 28 Dec 2009 11:52:30 EST I screwed up yesterday, and I don't do that so often! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2108498 I was just starving yesterday, rarely happens, but there you have it. I didn't eat cookies, but I went through a fair amount of homemade oatmeal bread with, admittedly, low sugar jam, in addition to everything else. I haven't put it all in the tracker yet, but I'll be over by hundreds and hundreds of calories. <BR> <BR> So now is the time for me to take the advice I give everyone else--just get back on track and don't worry about it. I messed up, but it isn't the end of everything. It... Sun, 31 May 2009 02:39:19 EST The husband has to get his act together -- a new challenge ahead! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2079090 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/1/9/b193440816.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just a photo that makes me smile. <BR> <BR> The husband went to the cardiologist today for a checkup and it is time to get him in better shape. He could lose a few kilos and this is an even better reason to get out the AHA cookbook and try new recipes. I need to get him to eat a decent breakfast, something he isn't good at, and I need to get him moving a bit more. He works a lot in a high stress job, so all of thi... Wed, 20 May 2009 15:36:14 EST Making Bread http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2060800 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/8/3/b833233076.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This should be a picture of St Guilhem le Désert about 20 miles away from where I live--beautiful. <BR> <BR> I've decided to start doing again something that I had given up through lack of time--making our own bread. Lack of time isn't a really good excuse given the fact that I have a very good bread machine and it takes 3 hours to do, or even if I only use the bread machine to rise the dough, probably even less tim... Thu, 14 May 2009 03:21:13 EST Our newest addition to the cat family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2052070 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/2/8/b286831153.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm a bad blogger, but figure that, since this is one of the major parts of Spark that I'm neglecting, I ought to give it a fair chance. Maybe once a week would be a good time to aim for. <BR> <BR> Sparkwise, I'm doing great, exercise wise too, really great. I've become a junky for exercise. I just got back from an almost 90 minute walk and I think I'm going to do 30 minutes of elliptical while I'm still warmed up... Mon, 11 May 2009 10:32:54 EST BACK from vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1472139 I was off in Chicago on vacation--a long way from southern France. Back now, back to work, back to counting calories burned and consumed, new emphasis on not weighing as often, and going for slow weight loss with more calories a day to eat to not be so much 'on a diet'. If it comes off slowly, no problem. <BR> <BR> My father had a quadruple bypass two days before I got home, only slightly elevated cholesterol and Bp, nothing dramatic, but good thing he caught the heart attack, which he di... Mon, 22 Sep 2008 09:31:16 EST 6 month Spark anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1400586 6 months from the beginning of starting SP, 34 pounds gone as of this am. That's not too shabby. That's about two sizes in clothes also. <BR> <BR> I'm still plugging away and have resigned myself to about 5 pounds a month loss now is what it seems I'm averaging. <BR> <BR> I'm still on 1400-1700 in calories and I do 3500 calories burned of exercise a week, up a lot from the beginning when I could barely get off 15 minutes on the elliptical. My BMI is down around 30 from I think it was... Thu, 14 Aug 2008 09:22:48 EST My latest photo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1375936 This is the newest photo I have of myself, taken about a week ago at a restaurant outside. Not too shabby. The strength training is doing wonders for my arms and shoulders for sure, it is worth all the work. <BR> <BR> I'm on to a new strength training and exercise program having outgrown my old one and needing new challenges. <BR> <BR> I'm doing 3 days of circuit training that combines strength training and some cardio at the front and back on the elliptical. I'm trying to save time and ... Sat, 2 Aug 2008 12:09:46 EST Into the 180's!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1275027 Into the 180's for the first time in a LOOOONG time this am! I'm thrilled! It is slow going, but obvously, this is all about patience and the long term. I can honestly say, there have been very very few days when I have been over on calories, a few under, there hasn't been any week when I didn't meet my fitness goals, and many when I have exceeded them and it STILL doesn't come off fast. I guess it is goihng to be like this for the duration. <BR> <BR> On the bright side, my skin should ... Tue, 17 Jun 2008 04:44:40 EST Big compliments! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1229775 Got compliments from two people I hadn't seen in awhile--that's the trick, people who see you too often don't notice the losses. About 25 pounds goen since the beginning, people should be able to see a difference . It is nice to get compliments, I must resolve to compliment other pople more seeing how much of a boost it gave me. <BR> <BR> To celebrate, I went to Mango, a snazzy Spanish store I usually find intimidating and probably wouldn't have been able to fit into anything a couple of m... Mon, 26 May 2008 11:01:23 EST 52.68 km in 2.5 days-33 miles, 87804 steps!! in London! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1202235 Walked A LOT in London, 52.68 kms, over 2.5 days, I wore a pedometer out of curiosity. <BR> <BR> Great weather too in the high 70's and sunny. Walked through Kew gardens, Hyde Park, the West end, the southwest side, Harrod's, museums, etc etc. <BR> <BR> Ate big, good, not English breakfasts, picnic lunches, very virtuous, and out for dinner, and ate anything I wanted including a big filet, as good as Chicago. <BR> <BR> Bad foods included fish and chips, Krispy Kreme and other desserty stu... Mon, 12 May 2008 07:11:45 EST Dr happy, despite non existant weight loss recently, WII FIT arrived! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1166381 There it is, the WiiFit sitting on the living room table with the stuff that comes with it. Not the Wiimote, that is there for size comparison. I'll get to try it this weekend. It is strangely heay and solid feeling, more than I expected, and very low to the ground. <BR> <BR> Went to Dr for physical trhis am, he was happy with the direction in which things are going, told me to consider thyroid testing if weight loss stagnated for too long. Bood BP, pulse, everything else and significant k... Fri, 25 Apr 2008 07:01:00 EST Plateau for 3 weeks, this am minus 1.7 YEAH!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1143307 I kid you not, I was on what I suppose was a plateau for the past three weeks. No visible movement on the scales, I now know the meaning of the word frustration, really deep, serious frustration. I feel like I've lost time, but that is silly, and if nothing else, I hope this experience will teach me that any movement on the scales is positive. <BR> <BR> I also hope this stupid plateau is over..... <BR> <BR> Having said that, I suspect I may know the cause, as I was pretty much doing what ... Tue, 15 Apr 2008 03:25:41 EST Under 200 and I didn't even realize it! WooHoo!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1116311 Under 200 this week, earlier this week, and I didn't even know it! That's what the metric system will do to you! This was my first big goal, I'm really satisfied with it. Got to keep going of course, but well on the way! <BR> <BR> This week all the Eurosparkers found out that all of our exercise had been counted for pounds and not kilos, so I was getting the calories for exercise of someone who weighed in the 90 pound range--ha! So I have been exercising A LOT more than I thought I was, ... Thu, 3 Apr 2008 05:24:44 EST Another 2 pounds gone -16.5 total I'm THRILLED!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1108086 I decided to weigh on Monday, after the weekend, rather than Tuesdays, just to make the weekend more accountable. So, this morning, I'm down 2 pounds to pass up the -15 goal and go to -16.5 since mid February when I started!! I'm so happy! <BR> <BR> I tried an experiment just to see. I ate 4 days at the low end of the calorie range, one at the high end, and 2 at mid, in a kind of bell curve and I was very virtuous about exercise. The low end is pretty low and I would n't want to have to ... Mon, 31 Mar 2008 03:41:50 EST Too small jeans fit and another 1.3 pounds gone this past week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1094957 Hi all, it was weigh in day and I lost another 1.3 pounds, slow going but I'll take it. I tried on a pair of jeans I was keeping on the bottom of the pile in the closet and they fit! <BR> <BR> I've decided to go through all the clothes in the closets progressively and when something is really too big, dump it into a sack in another closet to go to the Goodwill. I'll be left, I hope, with a very small wardrobe, eventually, that will do for work. I have always rather liked looking at the ... Tue, 25 Mar 2008 07:13:03 EST