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/ Hospital trips http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431845 My partner went to have stents inserted yesterday and didn't take at all well to the procedure. I was called to the hospital to 'see' him, which was alarming in itself as he hadn't wanted me to be there. He passed out twice after the procedure was done with and the nurses flurried around doing extra tests, of course. They sent me home but eventually I was asked to collect him - would have liked him to stay there but they insisted he was OK. I was awake all night worrying about him but this mo... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 03:42:48 EST A quickie today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431518 Trying to stick to my resolution to blog every day so I can reconnect with Sparkies. <BR> Hospital appointments today so not much time but wishing everyone a good day, <BR> <em>247</em> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 04:43:45 EST Walking the dog - or not http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431214 As I said yesterday – I am really hoping to be back on Spark regularly – I miss so much about daily contact here – and so does my body. <BR> This is Bollie. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/69c19596-2024-4c8c-8d55-b6306dfa97db.jpg"> <BR> I used to walk the this Staffie, Bollie – short for Bollinger - from the local pub, fairly regularly – partly because I love her a lot and partly because it was good for extra movement in the day – for her and for me. I’m the world’s w... Tue, 14 Nov 2017 04:17:25 EST Long break - just saying hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6430942 My Sparking activities have been completely interrupted for - as my last status tells me - 88 days. Doesn't sound long put like that but feels like a lifetime. I'm not good at going thro bad times - don't want to put them on others by sharing - and I never know how to put on a happy face that I don't feel. So I figured the best thing was to lie low. My partner has been ill since June and I've been running round a lot nursing him <em>198</em> This week sees him a lot better but there are va... Mon, 13 Nov 2017 08:55:33 EST Getting back at it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6383483 I've been massively occupied with my partner who has been ill for weeks with what turns out to be a string of coincidences seemingly connected to his heart - complicated and debilitating but fortunately not fatal as it turns out. He is not an easy patient and with the amount of time I gave to what seemed to be a serious situation, some things had to give and Spark was one of them. <BR> Yesterday he had his virtually last appointment and I went for a lovely walk in the morning sun in my favou... Wed, 5 Jul 2017 03:57:59 EST GETTING THERE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6359134 In an effort to step up to the promise which I made to myself, I was much more consistent with movement this week <em>295</em> <em>554</em> <em>406</em> <em>319</em> and, apart from one ‘car crash’ day which – unusually - I couldn’t bear to track, I did really well with food – plenty of soups and salads and almost no wine. Two pounds down this week so now only two more to go to get rid of the five I’d regained over the winter. Always feel so much better in myself when I stick to ... Mon, 8 May 2017 04:22:57 EST One pound down and walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6356474 We have had the May weekend in the UK - just May Day added on to the weekend but a load of treats and celebration events to be had. All very tempting and not at all easy to stay on track. I HAVE tried but I thought I had failed - however, today I find myself one pound down - <em>104</em> <BR> I've walked a lot around the various events and avoided some of the invitations offered by pleading extra Spring cleaning - I have a new steam cleaner to try out so I got away with it but to friendly... Tue, 2 May 2017 05:02:15 EST Time to re-jig my Spark life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352686 I'm joining my good Sparkfriend 1ZIPPYC in re-vamping my goals and pulling myself up where I've slipped. <BR> My plan is : - <BR> - Be more consistent with water intake - I don't do badly but perfect would be better. <BR> - Master a new fitness feat - want to try to do a well formed Plank and turn it into an 8 week streak - but I'll have to see how that goes. <BR> - Stop flopping onto my couch when nothing else pressing is on the cards. I'm a terrible couch potato SO I'm going to make a point... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 05:53:15 EST Motivation at last http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6337166 I've been very unmotivated lately. No valid excuses at all - I just hate the dull skies we have mostly had here and the wet and windy weather that seem to go with them. I am pretty well on track with food but have not been exercising nearly as much as I should and certainly with no enthusiasm. There must be a secret calorie count for enthusiasm - I always know when I've done whatever my activities may be with enthusiasm and when I'm just half-hearted. Anyway - yesterday the sun was shining - ... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 06:43:37 EST Glimpse of Spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318182 Really lovely day yesterday - bright sun and unseasonably warm - really raised my mood and motivated a lovely long walk. Also reminded me of better days ahead - even though, sadly, all has changed again and today is not one of them! However, I brought a few mementoes back with me to keep me going till the sun returns. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/859542a8-46c6-489c-9f9b-c408eacdace5.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2d5a0fd4-eb1f-4c8e-9759-3e324fc0... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 05:00:25 EST Definite slapped wrist! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287321 Wonderful post-Christmas visit from my DS, DIL and grandchildren. Loads of 'mad' fun plus lots of walking as they just hit a few days of great weather. They - and the good weather - left this morning. The problem - of course - was food!!! All my hard acquired good habits just flew out of the window and in return three pounds flew back. SO - two days of less than careful meals and this morning a REALLY unnecessary breakfast of mince pies and coffee (plus cream in both cases) with them all. St... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 06:49:06 EST Well well :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281937 I've been massively occupied with my younger son's family this year. They've been so unlucky with sickness - and nothing small - so I've been 'called in' for long periods as I'm the only grandparent with free time and they wanted consistency for the grandchildren. They live 70 miles away so I haven't been home much. I need repeat prescriptions for various medications which I've been ordering online and my partner has been posting to me. Eventually my Doctor insisted on my having an appointmen... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 03:31:46 EST All's well that ends well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243469 Scary moment yesterday. Was called to my younger son's. GS1 -11 years old - had been playing with a friend the evening before and a dog belonging to the friend's grandparents jumped up in what really was a game and somehow ripped GS's ear. Lots of blood, distressed children and grandparents. My son rushed his son to the hospital where he spent the night and had a repair job done first thing yesterday under general anaesthetic. My son had stayed overnight in the hospital and DIL obviously want... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 03:56:56 EST Hallo again - finally! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242971 I am SO glad to be back on Spark now all my technology problems are sorted. My little transformer laptop that I could use with or without its keyboard dock is now back in action after a long stay in 'PC hospital' and I have acquired a backup device in the form of a normal but well functioning conventional laptop so I should be free of time on the technological darkside. Impossible to describe how much I have missed this community and the friends I have here. Also impossible to say that I hav... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:57:40 EST SparkPeople TV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6155279 I'm ashamed to say that I have only just become aware of SparkPeople TV. Silly Me! Dunno how I missed it <em>24</em> But now I've found it all my work out problems seem to be solved at least for the moment <em>104</em> I'm very happy to choose one or two items each day - particularly the yoga videos - and they're very easily tracked. <BR> <BR> SO - thank you Spark - you've put a big smile on my face. <em>224</em> <em>334</em> Tue, 3 May 2016 04:13:43 EST Two more pounds - finally! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6137575 Pleased to have dropped two pounds after several weeks of nothing. Interesting that now I'm getting past a sad and difficult few weeks, I can feel that my system has 'woken up' in some way which may explain the loss. Whatever it is, it's definitely a good thing. <BR> The other contributing factor may be that I've recently started subscribing to a weekly organic vegetable box and am now eating meat only rarely although I still eat a lot of fish fresh from the sea. I have always cooked from fr... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 04:00:54 EST Back at it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6135277 Tough week last week meant that I left Week 4 of the Bootcamp until this week. So I'll be finishing what I started but I hope to then get going on something less formal again. Formality doesn't suit me really and I'll probably be better off choosing things that appeal to me as and when I see them. There's loads of stuff on Spark and my attention is drawn to it daily by my Start Page - thank you Spark <em>30</em> Yoga is good too - I enjoy it and can choose my own poses each day. I feel I ... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 05:00:05 EST Bootcamp - end of Week 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6128421 I've been having a few issues in my 'other' life lately and have limped through 3 weeks of the 4 week bootcamp - rather half-heartedly it has to be said. If I were a better person I would have risen above the issues and done a better job. But I'm not - and I didn't. I haven't lost any pounds at all but my clothes are comfier and I'm hoping that I've developed new and better habits - at the moment that's how it seems. Next week is filled with two funerals and grandchildren so I'm not even tryi... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 04:28:31 EST Bootcamp - Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6118781 I got through Week 1 of the bootcamp videos and did the required 30 minutes cardio daily - some days more. In fact I actually enjoyed it most of the time. A sense of achievement more than anything. Loss? ZILCH <em>46</em> Not even an ounce or half and inch.Disappointing and truly I can't see why - I've moved a lot more than usual and I have stuck close to my lowest calorie allowance every day - even on my birthday treat days. I've also cut down on wine consumption. <BR> I know everyone ... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 07:41:13 EST Birthday Treats and Sins . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6115715 I never seem to manage to stick to just one birthday treat - always some one saying - 'Oh come on - another night out won't hurt!' Except that I don't resist wine and good food as I should. So - three days of celebrations instead of one and now I need to re-coup. Silly after all my efforts!! <BR> On the other hand I've been doing really well with the Bootcamp - so hopefully there isn't too much damage done. Certainly not brave enough to get on the scales and check yet! <BR> Need a 'crossed fi... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 04:01:12 EST 28 Day Bootcamp http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6113171 Motivated by a new Sparkfriend - who has waded straight into this Bootcamp - I've started the 28 Day Bootcamp for the second time as a means of upping my exercise regime - sorely needed. I feel constantly guilty - if that's the word - about my general inactivity and unwillingness to move much during my days. I force myself to do exercise - and then spend too much time lolling on the sofa. Need to stop that and I'm hoping that following the Bootcamp videos for a month may change my habits a b... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 06:56:48 EST I wish!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6108173 Only eat things that have been broken into pieces; that way, all the calories fall out. <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Tue, 1 Mar 2016 02:53:51 EST A Skating Party http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6107245 This is the beginning of my campaign for an increase in exercise levels with the intention of firming up my ageing muscles. Coincidentally I started by helping out at a childrens' skating party and even spent about 30 minutes on roller skates. I haven't done any skating - either ice or roller - for longer than I can possibly remember but the kids thought a 'roller skating granny' was hilarious so I carried on a while and it was quite exhilarating - until I actually fell over! More hilarity!! ... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 03:33:52 EST Healthy BMI :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6105120 I'm very happy to have reached the very top of my healthy BMI today <em>104</em> For the SECOND time I have to add. I've learned a lot of lessons along the way - most importantly portion control - AND - wonder of wonders! - have cut down considerably on wine consumption <em>43</em> which is really at the root of the weight difficulties for me because - as is not unusual - it makes me throw caution to the winds and eat more than is good for me. I have many alcohol free days now whi... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 04:30:30 EST SURPRISE WEIGH-IN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6100301 Long-ish pre-amble to all this. Because I've been so busy lately, I had lost the habit of my usual Friday weigh-in. I weighed several days late (Tues last) and had lost 1 pound. I had been rushing about like a mad person with relatively little food intake - mostly sandwiches for speed. I know bread is fatal to my weight loss but I just didn't feel I had time for anything other than food 'on the run' so my 1 pound down was a bonus as far as I was concerned. Today after more careful eating and... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 03:55:02 EST CHAOTIC PICTURES FROM A CHAOTIC BRUNCH PARTY!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6097919 Just a few photos from my son's BIG birthday get together - one of many! In fact I think he's still partying! I've never succeeded in giving organised or elegant parties but we all had a lovely time and it made my son very happy which is what matters. <BR> Part of the chaotic table - inevitably that's me with the glass in my hand! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b20967cc-cf91-4f0d-824b-31c3f04f95be.JPG"> <BR> <BR> And the family doggies came too - for leftovers!! <BR> ... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 07:09:56 EST CHAOTIC PICTURES FROM A CHAOTIC BRUNCH PARTY!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6097918 Just a few photos from my son's BIG birthday get together - one of many! In fact I think he'ss still partying! I've never succeeded in giving organised or elegant parties but we all had a lovely time and it made my son very happy which is what matters. <BR> Part of the chaotic table - inevitably that's me with the glass in my hand! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b20967cc-cf91-4f0d-824b-31c3f04f95be.JPG"> <BR> <BR> And doggies came too - for leftovers!! <BR> <img src="... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 07:09:55 EST Some progress - and a sunny picture. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6078492 Since I got serious again here on Spark - approximately two weeks ago - I have dropped 4 pounds - always a boost. I'm gettting back into the exercise groove although, frankly, it's hard but I've already complained quite enough about how hard I find it. Suffice it to say - I'm doing it and I feel better for it. <BR> Was up bright and early this morning to be greeted by the sunrise which I posted on my feed, got my Yoga over and done plus a quick workout and went out as quickly as possible dra... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 07:35:13 EST More on Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6072374 Several Sparkies have managed to change my attitude to exercise slightly. 'Find something you like' - although in my case 'Find what you can bear' has been good advice. <BR> So - today I'm starting '30 days of Yoga with Adriene' (YouTube) - very casual and slightly dreamy today. Come what may I'll finish it and see how it all feels at the other end. I'm whispering here but am quite looking forward to finding out how much it will change my long-entrenched attitude. <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> a... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 05:59:02 EST Never Quit Pledge pass it on~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6069886 Please respond that you want your name added to the bottom of the list. <BR> <BR> Never Quit Pledge <BR> <BR> 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... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 04:12:15 EST Moving on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6069038 So here I am doing my best on the exercise front thanks to helpful comments from all you wonderful Sparkies. SO encouraging and so much good advice. I always feel I should be doing a lot more than I do in a much more formal way but now I have calmed down I am taking on board the words of various of you telling me just to make sure there is plenty of movement in my day and to take care of my muscular strength. I wish I were a person who naturally wants to move around a lot and I certainly have... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 04:38:18 EST Exercise - GR-O-A-N . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6065452 . . . or how I wish exercise gave me pleasure. This is my greatest problem in the endless search for a a healthier lifestyle. Healthy eating is not nearly as hard for me. On January 1st I jumped back into the habit of paying attention to what I eat and drink and without doubt - once I am focused - I really can do that without too much difficulty. But exercising is just not the same thing. I am very lucky in having a Sparkfriend who is regularly sending me exercise goodies with a motivating 'n... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 05:03:51 EST Starting Over - properly this time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6063746 I've been trying to get back to Sparking since New Year and a lot of things have got in my way - not least lack of internet where I've been staying. I'm now back at home and have changed my ticker to reflect the 10 pounds I've put on and am tracking food and exercise from today. Having been away from Spark most of last year it's a bit like being a newbie but getting back those Spark habits feels like a pleasure in the making. <em>521</em> Fri, 8 Jan 2016 05:53:09 EST Beautiful Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6062059 I can't believe that here in the depths of the countryside in the UK on January 6 I have been working in the garden in a tee shirt, looking at my miniature roses in full bloom and listening to a bumble bee, Unheard of - and, I guess, kind of scary in the face of global warming.If nothing else it all keeps me moving and means that diving into the fridge is not even slightly interesting. Bonus all round! <BR> <em>67</em> and <em>247</em> to all Wed, 6 Jan 2016 10:57:59 EST Working Hard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6060709 So I'm away in my tiny place in the country. I have tenants coming in next week and a few bits and pieces to tidy up before they arrive. The weather is terrible so today is going to be gardening and fence painting where it has been repaired in between heavy showers. <em>27</em> <em>54</em> <BR> It will certainly keep me out of the fridge. Thank calories and carry on is my mantra for the day! <BR> <em>386</em> <em>247</em> to all Tue, 5 Jan 2016 02:15:44 EST Getting Serious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6059631 Today is my day for getting serious. Christmas and New Year are over and celebrations for my partner's birthday two days ago are done and dusted. So I'm free of distractions and NOW has got to be the moment. <BR> <BR> My intentions have been focused this morning by two items in Spark Secrets of Success. <BR> Getting back on Track. <BR> <BR> 'So you've gained over Christmas' thanks to NEW_CAZ <BR> www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=4351<BR>8_so_youve_gained_over_christmas <BR> <BR> And 'C... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 05:58:25 EST Creeping Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6058710 I've had a really bad year with family troubles of one sort of another - no time for myself - so many things have gone by the board, including Spark. I am surprised and delighted that various good friends here have stuck with me so I'm much encouraged to return and get back on track. Not easy but the results will be worth it if I keep going. I have learned that much. <BR> I haven't got a start weight yet but I'm declaring my intentions here and now and hope to get back with positive reports. ... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 09:05:00 EST Movement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881553 I’ve had a bad Spark month – 4 pounds regained which made me cross with myself after all the hard work I put in to reach the top of my healthy BMI. I’ve re-lost three of those pounds thanks partly to several very energetic days with my grandchildren – running around a lot and no opportunity to do more than basic eating. I would like to think I’ve learned a lesson there. I’ve always known that I should push more movement into my life on a regular basis but if there is nothing pressing to do I... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 04:04:25 EST Small Changes Challenge - final days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866942 So - the challenge is done and actually I've really enjoyed the learning curve - and the reminders. <BR> Day 26 – Exercise – Be A Multi-Tasking Master. Sneak in some fitness during everyday tasks: turn up the intensity on house cleaning. It’s always possible to stay active and burn calories. Some excellent recommendations in the accompanying article that I have taken to heart – it’s my favourite way to keep moving – household chores – and DIY in my case - seem so much more worthwhile than wor... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 07:16:30 EST Further update - Small Changes Challenge Days 20-25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864467 Second phase of catching up on the days of the challenge that I’ve missed blogging about. SUCH a very worthwhile exercise – both the activities and the blogging. <BR> Day 20 – ‘Go for 100.’ Activities to burn up 100 extra calories as the day goes by - every little helps. A good reminder for me – I’m definitely too good at doing an ST or cardio workout and then flopping on the nearest sofa. I need to change that and this is a way to start. Today I chose 23 minutes cycling from the list in the... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:42:19 EST Belated Update - Small Changes Challenge – Days 14-19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863504 I’m sad that I haven’t blogged about this excellent challenge for a while but I’ve been very busy, I HAVE, however, been following it through. <BR> I’m dividing the 12 days that I haven’t blogged about into two sections to save an ultra-long blog but in the name of accountability I feel I need to do it. <BR> <BR> Day 14 - Fresh produce. Try to get more servings of fruits and vegetables into meals and snacks. Just not a problem at all. I love veggies of all sorts and can make a meal from the... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 06:41:01 EST Small Changes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853357 I'm progressing with this better than I expected. <BR> Day 9 - "Exercise in the morning... before your brain figures out what you're doing!" Today’s challenge was to prep for an early-morning workout next day. Lay out the workout clothes and have a workout plan ready. Done and dusted as this is exactly what I do – if the workout isn’t pre-planned I tend not to do one so I decide on it the night before and just get on with it. <BR> Day 10 - The challenge was to have two healthy, portion-contr... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 09:33:59 EST Small Changes Challenge - Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849999 So yesterday’s challenge was 'Think Your Drink' - to drink only water or non-sweetened beverages. I’m constantly aware of how bad I am at that – I really struggle to get my water quota in and I drink 2 or 3 cups of coffee a day with honey. I also drink a small amount of fruit juice most days and far more wine than I should on some days although I do have several alcohol free days every week. I was dreading this day – partly because I had a long-standing dinner invitation which always involves... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 05:08:11 EST Small Changes Challenge - Days 6 and 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848395 Tuesday’s task was to make some ‘me’ time. Well – as I am retired that is only difficult if I have a lot on. When I’m really busy, stopping never seems to be an option until I’ve got through everything that is needed. I probably need to make some changes there but the for the rest of my life taking time out is not difficult so altho I’ve taken the ideas on board I haven’t actually practised because yesterday was a ‘day off’ anyway. WILL, however, try and remember next time I’m pressed. <BR> T... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 09:03:23 EST Small Changes Challenge - Experiments with Tofu - and NEAT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846532 Thanks to those who responded to my request for Tofu ideas - sounded so much easier than I had thought and when I went to a local shop where I knew they stocked it, I found so many different types and flavours that I could be eating it once or twice a week for a year! Today for lunch I griddled some Japanese Tofu 'fillets', cut them into chunks and threw them into a stir fry. Delicious! I found a recipe here on Spark for marinading it in Ginger and Orange which I'm going to try tomorrow. <BR... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 10:45:56 EST Small Changes Challenge Day 4 – new food choice – Tofu or Tempeh? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845689 SO - Day 4 is ‘Trying a New Food’. Was a bit worried about this as there is little in the UK I haven’t tried and generally enjoyed. I have travelled quite widely and one of the pleasures is always local foods. I spent quite a few months in Hong Kong and ate some really unusual foodstuffs there. <BR> Thinking of Hong Kong reminded me about soy products and suchlike and I realised that although I am veering more and more towards a vegetarian diet – vegetables/beans/lentils etc - I’ve never actu... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 14:03:21 EST Small Changes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844446 On Thursday I started the challenge and the instruction for Day 1 was to tell someone I was doing it. I mentioned it to a few people but am officially declaringmy intention here today. Yesterday was my partner's birthday so I thought it woud be difficult to comply with the 'Just Ten Minutes' exercise directive. However, he declared his wish to go to a local restaurant for lunch so that was a 15 minute walk - and back again. Job done! Today, according to the challenge chart, is 'Eat breakfast... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 03:53:19 EST A beautiful welcome to the last day of 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841743 There was such an unusual and ethereal sunrise over the sea to accompany me on my morning walk today. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l945472568.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Certainly put a smile on my face! <BR> <BR> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 07:52:43 EST A lesson - I hope . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839144 Contrary to my intentions, I had another difficult day yesterday – well plain BAD day actually. I need to consider what it is about Christmas that instantly makes me revert to bad habits – picking at a bit of this and a bit of that and in the end no structure and no way to count the calories that I consume. Yesterday was a REALLY picky day – goodness knows how it stacked up but it certainly has to stop. I had completely stopped doing that and had put discipline into my eating habits on a regu... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 06:30:12 EST Bad girl - Good Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838618 So - despite my good intentions - I over-ate and over-drank yesterday but by golly I had such a good time. Round the table with good friends and lots of laughs. I refuse to feel bad about my over indulgence but I am determined to put it right. I'm sure - indeed I hope - that there are many Sparklers who had a great time and are feeling the same but we know what to do and how to do it, thanks to Sparkguy and the team, so here we go. <BR> <em>408</em> <em>460</em> <em>381</em> Fri, 26 Dec 2014 03:29:28 EST