AKELAZ's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=AKELAZ AKELAZ'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/ Hallo everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660648 I'm embarrassed about my long absence and very much hoping that friends I had here before will not have forgotten me. I tried to be consistent but in all honesty it's not in my nature, on top of which a lot of stuff got in my way (will fill in on that later) and I just wimped out. However, I've missed Spark and all the great info on here and some wonderful friends - always so supportive. I hope to do better by everyone this time - including myself. Here's hoping . . . <BR> I haven't weighed y... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 09:17:35 EST Tough to get back to it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599958 I've had a genuinely bad time with my technology. My broadband connection was hacked and there were a large number of 'questionable' downloads which had to be checked. However, none of them were down to me and the culprit was eventually identified. All a bit scary but now all is well and I have my laptop back. <BR> In the process of all that I kind of lost the habit of spending time communicating via the net and am finding it quite hard to resume. I have to say that I quite like the extra ti... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 11:00:24 EST Oh dear . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557317 . . . I spoke of ‘slippage’ the last time I blogged and I’m sad to find that it hasn’t stopped. I know that, for me, when I start to slip I’m hard put to it to stop the rot. I HAVE to though – the last thing I want is to undo what I’ve achieved so far. <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> from me to myself – you’re welcome to join me in that! <BR> <BR> Perhaps if I speak about it, that’ll put me back on the straight and narrow. <BR> <BR> SO –my thoughts for this morning are . . . <BR> <BR> DON’T... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 05:34:38 EST A busy few days - and some slippage! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551233 I had my delicious little grand sons for the weekend – which, due to something turning up that their parents needed to attend to, stretched to Monday. The bigger one is 8 years old and we are good friends so he took it in his stride but the younger one,recently 4 years old, found it really hard to be without his Mummy and Daddy for that long despite my best efforts to keep him happy. It wasn’t helped by a localised power cut as we returned from a meal in their favourite Pizza restaurant to fi... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 06:41:00 EST A walk by the sea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546171 This is the first day I’ve felt up to anything more than a token walk but finally I’m feeling more myself - except that it was massively windy and pouring with rain - real stair rod stuff! So I sulked around at home and cleared away a lot of things ‘out of harm’s way’ meaning that my grandchildren are coming to stay this weekend. My reward was that the sun came out and I was enticed. It's co-oo-old but a really beautiful bright day for a walk so I thought I’d take you with me. <BR> <BR> Out... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 13:35:12 EST Making up . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543946 . . . for last week. <BR> Last week was not the best. I succumbed to a bug kindly donated by my grandsons. <em>185</em> <em>185</em> <BR> Today I count myself lucky to be left with a heavy cold. Not pleasant but far, far better than the run up which was fluey, achey and extremely unpleasant. Consequently I did the minimum last week – domestically and Sparkwise. However – this is a new week and I intend to start it well – catch up on a few chores and then off for a walk by the sea. <e... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 04:34:13 EST Quick update on my walk in the rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538480 OK - so after promising myself - and anyone else here who would listen, that I was going for a walk in the rain on the 'JUST DO IT' PRINCIPLE - I went out walking - and very wet it was too <BR> <em>27</em> <em>27</em> <em>27</em> <BR> However at least I went, passing damp seagulls, damp dogwalkers and even damper dogs. I avoided the sea because it was practically invisible in the mist and rain and the wind was blowing straight off it into my face, but I'm lucky to be in an area of... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 17:56:24 EST Oh GOOD - it's raining! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537952 Hang on and I’ll explain . . . <BR> <BR> As it’s raining I’m sunk on the sofa in the process of preparing a blog with pics about my visit to the Day of the Dead celebrations in Brighton (UK) at the weekend but have had to interrupt myself thanks to a blog from JACKSGRAN. <BR> <BR> First of all I loved: <BR> *Regardless of feelings or circumstances or motivation – JUST DO IT!* <BR> <BR> Second of all I had to take notice of: <BR> *I don't mind walking in the rian. (spelling left as it stand... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 07:13:09 EST Another walk on the Downs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537364 Quite remarkable day again so off I went to the Downs again this afternoon for a walk in the sunshine. SO many people had the same idea of course and it was packed up there with people and paragliders enjoying the late afternoon sun. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1992237318.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I count myself very lucky to have somewhere so beautiful to take my Sparkercise. <BR> <BR> Sun, 10 Nov 2013 13:54:15 EST Fun - and re-couping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535803 I've been really idle for most of this week - desultory workouts and failing to get much done at all. Yesterday - thanks in large part to a Spark friend sending me <em>216</em> galore I pulled myself together and got more done in a day than I had all the rest of the week. <em>198</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I then went out for a Celebration of Autumn Game meats at a local restaurant. I knew it wouldn't be good for my Spark tracker - well for ME in fact - but I'd promised, so off I... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 12:38:23 EST Dunno why I left it so long . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532586 . . . because as always, when I drag myself back here, I instantly find help and support. <BR> <BR> Took on board the recommendations for 'baby steps' and 'ten minutes' at a time and took myself for a walk on a remarkably beautiful November afternoon. I'm lucky to live in a beautiful green square right by the sea. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l192627803.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ten minutes turned into so much more and I walked a long time in the sunshine until it w... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 06:17:41 EST Plodding on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531680 Sadly I have little Spark enthusiasm at the moment - for weight loss or worthwhile exercise. I can truthfully say that stuff has been getting in my way but I know that really I'm just making excuse upon excuse. <BR> I have at least managed to maintain the loss from my time on the Spark Solution Challenge and I will be forever grateful to that book which I still consult regularly - unlike the many other diet advice books gathering dust on my shelves. Plainly all I need to do is up the Spark S... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 08:52:38 EST Annoying hiccup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503125 I can’t believe that my Spark re-start is already sabotaged by what appears to be some kind of bug which started yesterday. <em>234</em> <BR> Muscle and joint pains – at least I think it’s both - making working out difficult – and I’m afraid that even now it doesn’t take much to discourage me from work outs but I KNOW from the Spark Solution challenge that it makes all the difference. All I really want to do is sleep – and it’s that sickly dozing that makes me feel a hundred times worse ... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 03:30:02 EST Creeping Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5501015 I've been away a long time due to various issues - personal and health. The health issue was a 'lump' - again. The first time it was removed and all was well - and I didn't think I'd get away with it so easily a second time. However - after a lot of tests it is nothing to worry about at all. I am conscious that I am extremely lucky when I see what other women go through and it has really made me determined to keep a healthy lifestyle in the forefront of my mind. Spark is certainly the place ... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 05:35:24 EST End of Spark Solution Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413962 I'm so glad I did this challenge <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I've lost another 4 pounds - so 8 in all over the two weeks. <BR> But BETTER - MUCH better - than that is that I've established some new habits that I've been trying to 'get' for a long time. Principally making better friends with cardio and strength but also knocking my wine consumption down by a great deal. HOORAH - far fewer empty calories and far less food consumed because I'd taken my eye off the ball. <BR> All in all a good ex... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 07:07:08 EST PROGRESS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407070 So – at the beginning of week 2 I’m pretty pleased to find that I’ve lost 1 inch off my waist and another off my hips. <BR> I’ve also lost 4 pounds according to my scales. HOORAH! All the effort was worth it – both mine and Spark’s. <BR> Today I’m following the meal plan for lunch and dinner but had a scrambled egg with chopped pepper and Zucchini mixed in as again the breakfast is sweet and I don’t really eat anything sweet. <BR> I’ve done the cardio and intervals on my stationary bike. Now ... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 08:00:28 EST Spark Solution Challenge - end of week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5405989 I rarely buy books that offer suggestions for a routine for a healthier lifestyle. I needed motivation to stop myself slithering backwards and I’m amazed how well I’m getting on with this one. The ‘prescription’ for meals is either to follow the menus in the book OR – my preferred option – to keep within calorie range. The new recipe suggestions are great and I’ve tried a couple and will continue to do so. But I’m a spur of the moment person and prefer to choose things at the last minute. Obv... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 01:41:13 EST Wasting time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5382082 Today's task on Spark Coach is to identify ways in which I waste time during the day and to fill at least some of that wasted time with activity. Should be an interesting exercise - I am either running about madly getting things done <em>198</em> or lounging around <em>102</em> Nothing much in between those two points. <BR> I realised a long time ago that the lounging needs to stop and am happy to find myself focused on keeping myself moving during the day in a more consistent way th... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 03:59:24 EST Focus needed - Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5379079 Well –yesterday I said I was looking for focus. Today it arrived in the form of The Spark Solution, ordered so long ago that I had forgotten about it – Spark DVDs and books seem to take a long time to be delivered here even from Amazon UK. Totally opportune though! A documented exercise in motivation and discipline – precisely what I need right now to get me back on track. I ordered it before I put back the five pounds mentioned previously - specifically to follow the two week programme presc... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 11:42:34 EST Focus needed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377585 Almost a month since I blogged and a lot more than that since I weighed myself (April 30 – 191 pounds). I seem to have been beset by problems since then – family difficulties and domestic disasters (well – semi-disasters) that have needed dealing with. During that time I haven’t been much focused on Spark or Sparking. Apologies to my friends here whom I have neglected. <BR> My elder son has just gone into de-tox for alcohol, obviously a trauma, and I promised myself that once that was settled... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 07:13:35 EST London - such a good time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5349485 I’ve just spent few days working in central London. I used to live on the edge of London and visited often. These working trips are always hard work but there is also time to walk around my old haunts – visit a few restaurants (oh-oh!) that I know. Generally to enjoy being there in fact. I wouldn’t live in London again but I love the buzz and always come away feeling energized. <BR> <BR> This particular restaurant is decorated to resemble an opera venue - it even has theatre boxes which yo... Wed, 8 May 2013 07:58:25 EST Spoke too soon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342776 Yesterday’s status: <BR> <BR> *AKELAZ is very happy to be free of builders and their dust and to be back Sparking and re-connecting with friends* <BR> <BR> WELL – the second part is true but my treat of the day yesterday was . . . <BR> <BR> . . . washing thick black dust off about 3 dozen coat hangers which were locked INSIDE my wardrobe in a box on the floor. <em>2</em> <BR> Thing of it is – guess all my clothes need cleaning/washing too. Oh Goodie!! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Tho... Thu, 2 May 2013 04:13:39 EST PHEW!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5340282 Over the past months, with my elder son’s help – I have cleared our loft and my ‘office’ at home – sent more junk and papers than I thought were possible for recycling – cleared a zillion items of clothing out of the bedroom (OH is a terrible hoarder of sweaters and shoes) either to charities or to the textile bin at our local tip. Tedious but great for calorie burning. <BR> Thank goodness we did it all because a month or so ago it became obvious that the plaster had perished on one of the b... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 04:13:12 EST Progress - hoorah! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5286547 As I’ve mentioned I only weigh once a month and this month I haven’t been entirely well – nothing serious, just some kind of low grade bug. No energy and far far too much sleeping. However I have nonetheless managed to drop 6 pounds which is something good achieved despite my long list of ‘should-have dones’. Hope to keep up the adherence to better habits which I am still clinging on to by my finger tips. None of it is easy for me – or anyone I guess – but I’d really like not waste the effor... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 12:45:54 EST Memories of an unusual friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5258284 I’ve been away for a few days for the funeral of my best and dearest friend – someone I brought my children up with and with whom I shared the ups and downs of life. Sad –sad-sad - but these things are the pattern of life and I was glad to be there with other friends and share our memories. She was also my maddest and most unconventional friend and managed to make us all smile by issuing an instruction for all close female friends and family to wear red underwear to the service. ‘No flashing,... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 04:44:47 EST Monthly weigh-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5245911 Today is the first weigh-in since I got back on track 4 weeks ago and I'm delighted to find that I've lost 7 pounds this month. <em>104</em> <BR> I prefer not to stand on the scales every week - tends to make me think about my weight constantly which doesn’t suit me at all. It hasn't really been difficult to drop these pounds and I must remember that when I start to falter - more positive perhaps would be IF I start to falter. <BR> I've been following instructions by Paul McKenna from ... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 04:52:33 EST Relaxed and going forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5238280 So here I still am – not following any extreme plan or putting myself through any pressure – I pretty well know by now what to do and what suits me. Guess that if I consider the knowledge I’ve accumulated here re food consumption and exercise I’ve not been wasting either time or effort over the past few years - nor encouragement received - thank you Spark and Sparkers! It would just be great for this finally to be the moment when I put it all into practice and become fitter and healthier - n... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 07:18:22 EST Keeping on . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5216464 . . . and very happy to find myself doing so. Dunno where my oomph went but it’s certainly been in hiding for a long while. I started entering food and movement into my trackers after New Year without actually worrying about cals in and out, just to get back into the habit. I’ve been walking - thanks to Coach Nicole’s blog detailing walking plans to follow and collected other recent articles, trawled Secrets to Success and other Sparklers’ blogs. As always the motivation is here now I have c... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 03:45:52 EST 2013 - belatedly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5206492 I’m finding it hard to get going here again and I had promised myself January would be the month when I started to re-group and lose some of my regained pounds. I know I’m too easily diverted and de-focused and the work involved in having fun over the Christmas/New Year period , plus the family rows that came from nowhere (which have really brought me down) and working away from home for the first week of January followed by a kidney infection that was a lot worse than it needed to be becaus... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 11:02:17 EST Spark-spiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5104529 There was quite a lot on Spark yesterday about the support, encouragement and understanding that all of us give each other. Where – as someone asked – would we all be without each other? Indeed! I - for one - would be long gone. As it is, I simply can’t bring myself to let down all of those who have kept me going – all of them with far too generous souls to hold departure against me but still I just can’t do that. For me that kind of friendship is the essence of Spark. <BR> <BR> It’s a ... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 05:46:21 EST For the Grannies amongst us . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5076647 My younger grandson has just reached three years old almost without my noticing - time flies when you're having fun! <BR> He went to his Pre-school for the first time this week having been prepared by his parents plus a home visit from his teacher AND a preparatory visit to the nursery where he spent an hour without his Mother. <BR> Despite all he was apparently OK but quiet whilst he was there for his first 'proper' morning and had a rather puzzled look. <BR> When my daughter-in-law arrived ... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 05:48:31 EST An unexpectedly bad day - WHY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5043457 I’m having a bad day today - foodwise - which I can’t really understand. I’ve been doing OK with food and exercise and was thinking yesterday that it’s getting easier to be judicious about what I put in my mouth. (See my last blog about having willpower - HUH!!) <BR> <BR> I am committed to continuing this effort until I reach my goal and I guess we all hit bumps. Last night I woke up feeling ravenous – but also too sleepy to resist the call for food. I was in the kitchen before I knew it and... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 06:41:04 EST FINALLY . . . I find I DO have (some) willpower http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5039951 Had intended to be blogging every day for a while to keep myself from the slippage I could feel coming on after a pretty good couple of months – but things go awry don’t they? My partner wanted to take some friends (whom I don’t even get on with particularly) down to my little cottage in the country and much as I didn’t wish for any of it we all do things we don’t want to for our partners don’t we? That’s the nature of being with someone. I actually wanted to scream – ‘Don’t you realise how ... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 11:56:35 EST And on the upside. . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5035546 . . . the friends that are staying with me in my little holiday cottage said - the minute they arrived - 'Good Heavens (well more or less that!)- 'you've lost a lot of weight' <BR> YAY! That's what we all want to hear <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Did well yesterday - 15 minutes chair exercise (thanks SusieXXX) due to my temporarily impaired state - two 20 minute walks (no time for a real hike) and altho we ate out - always a problem! - I had fresh crab and salad plus some steamed green veggies ... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 05:10:40 EST Motivation and planning - and ditching excuses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5034120 I’m hoping to blog most days this month – I need to renew my motivation and accountability and I guess this is the way. <BR> <BR> Coincidentally a good friend of mine here is resolved to blog and post motivational pictures all this month – so I’ll be looking at those with interest. <BR> <BR> Had a good eating day yesterday which is great but I moved very little. I can blame my cracked rib – and the fact that on top of that my sciatica returned yesterday. What I know about sciatica and me is... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 03:02:32 EST Definitely better than nothing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5031313 Four pounds gone this month. I’d have liked it to be more but my monthly weigh-ins are bearing fruit with less scale obsession and no getting discouraged when loss in one week is not much and I don’t bother to try. I’ve been trying the advice of a Sparkfriend by counting calories by the week. That is to say that I track every day but balance indulgent days against a lower intake on other days. Seems to work for me. Thanks STONECOT <em>213</em> <BR> So although I’ve had a difficult month coo... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 07:40:13 EST Progress made http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4985759 Happy – and fairly surprised to have a weight loss to show for my labours this month. <em>100</em> <BR> I haven’t focused as well as I might have on what I ate – people kept inviting me out to eat and it wasn’t always easy to turn them down. One trip to a conference at Surrey university was particularly hard – a tasting menu – i.e. 7 courses – admittedly small – with matching wines. Not easy to deal with. <em>181</em> <em>258</em> <em>267</em> <em>53</em> Know I should have exercised m... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 05:11:52 EST How can 10 minutes of exercise be a problem? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4973995 Having re-ignited my membership of the 10 Minute Exercise Team this week on the advice of a friend here, I had a real fight with myself yesterday about my 10 minutes. Only 10 minutes!! Why so hard to start? I'm concentrating on strength exercises for these 10 minute slots because I always have somewhere to walk to briskly and don't find that hard to do. Anyway I eventually forced myself into action and did a very short superset - extremely grudgingly it's true but I had made the promise to m... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 06:48:27 EST Others can do it and finally I realise that I can too :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4965051 I've been doing quite well lately - with food and even with exercise - to some extent at least. <BR> I’ve read various blogs lately about not giving up – about starting over –about really going for success. What an inspiring lot Sparkers are! Yes we CAN do it – all of us. It’s a question of each person persevering until they find their own individual way – however unconventional - and with help and support from Spark People and from so many Sparkers who are prepared to put themselves and the... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 07:59:13 EST Excuses, excuses!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4950482 So – 4 days in Barcelona working in 30 degrees C and over on occasions. I know some may envy me but I really hate being too hot and I felt bad all the time I was there – yeah – weedy I know but we Brits are not used to high temperatures and they CERTAINLY don’t agree with me. The upside was that, for me, it was too hot to eat much – or indeed drink the wine that I normally find so hard to resist. On top of that I was walking quite long distances between various schools where I needed to exam... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 14:49:33 EST Some pounds lost - HOORAH! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4941024 Well I’m surprised – amazed in fact – to find that I’ve lost 7 pounds since May 25th. I resolved on a new attempt to stop messing about here and take off the weight I’ve recently regained and then to plod on until I get to where I need to be. <BR> I also resolved to leave the scales in the cupboard and just weigh once a month – that way they don’t leer at me from the corner in the same way as when they’re on view - beckoning me to come and do yet another extra weigh-in – or TEN!! All of tha... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 04:10:05 EST Change of attitude needed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4925896 I’ve been spending a lot of time doing various things in my flat recently – steam cleaning the oak floors and re-varnishing and also quite a bit of painting. Playing catch up, in fact, because I’ve neglected the flat of late due to renovating my 2nd little house in Dorset – plastering, painting, tiling and so on. I love all of that - it's quite creative and, as I always say, it gives me the satisfaction of an end product. <BR> As I was working on the floors yesterday I was also reflecting... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 08:15:21 EST Satisfaction Factor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4921389 I’m terribly short of time today but just have to post something to say how amazed I am at my current efforts. For some time I’ve been processing all the changes I’ve been through and taking inspiration from other Sparkers principally to set up new habits for the future. I am finally Sparked to make something happen and feel things improving in ways I never dreamt – less wine – better portion control and more care put into how to tweak my basically healthy cooked-from-scratch meals so they s... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 10:19:01 EST Jubilee Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4914259 <BR> <BR> Well – the Jubilee fun was very hard work and quite wet here in Brighton. There were lots of street parties in the residential roads and other events in the streets. I took any interested students around the town. Most of them were happy to see what they could – they felt privileged to be here for such a historical event. Some of them did go up to London but found it very crowded of course and came back early because of the crowds and the rain but even then couldn’t believe how... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 07:05:54 EST Eight Days In – and a Hula Hoop question http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4906818 So – here we all are at the beginning of a new month. I wish you all a happy and successful June. <BR> <BR> This is the month when I intend to make some measured and serious progress here. I've said that before many times in different ways and failed to get to where I want to be, but I never quite give up. After dithering around on the edges of Spark for a while after my most recent weight gain, I made a new start here on May 25th. I can be positive today – altho it's only a week I'm happy ... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 03:24:53 EST Good days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4900774 So – the first weekend of my renewed efforts. A good few days of food and exercise and I spent a happy weekend on the beach setting up BBQs with my students (I find it really easy to enjoy barbecued fish or meat and salads without overdoing it) and not a drop of wine passed my lips. Had to legislate for it with homemade crushed fruit drinks mixed with sparkling water but all went well. Must be a first! <BR> <BR> Another good thing is that - very typically - I had somehow failed to calculat... Mon, 28 May 2012 07:25:30 EST Creeping back - rather shamefaced http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4897074 I’ve been absent for a lot longer than I intended although I have been logging in and tracking as much as I could – not that that saved me from regaining some of my hard lost pounds and I knew that I either had to start again or give up altogether. What I know, however, is that if I don’t stay with Spark then I’m going to be in real trouble and that my intention to get healthier in my later years is lost – road to hell is paved with good intentions, they say, so I need to make my good intent... Fri, 25 May 2012 05:08:04 EST Great Birthday - no damage done!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4776810 Excellent birthday fun yesterday. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks to all here for their good wishes. <BR> <BR> I had loads of cards and really great and unexpected presents, which gave me huge pleasure. Several cookery books among other lovely things – how well my friends know me! Am resolved not to overuse them – won’t help me on the weightloss front! - but once a week – with tweaks – shouldn’t hurt. <BR> <BR> Lunch and supper out – in different company. Lunch in a pub with partner a... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 06:38:48 EST 'Must be meant' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4773113 I’ve been so very bad lately <em>15</em> <BR> No excuses - 8 pounds up - <em>4</em> <em>33</em> will do that! <BR> I know better – I just don’t DO better. I intended to be 30 pounds down by this, my birthday week. HUH!!!! I was doing well – more or less on track – and, as always, I blew it! Need to have a serious talk to myself about self-sabotage. <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> Yesterday I was about to quit and spend some time re-focusing for a while. Had plans for getting in touch with a n... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 06:41:52 EST Don't worry - be happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4736331 I haven't been practising that much lately! <BR> <BR> I seem to have been away from Spark for an age and I’m creeping back with some trepidation. I’ve got a lot of stuff going on in my personal life and I’m not really sure if I can sustain my return because I tend to retreat into myself when life isn't going well, but I miss Spark and my Spark friends a great deal so I’m giving it a go. <BR> <BR> I know that being here regularly inspires me to treat myself better – certainly better than I ... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 08:38:46 EST