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/ 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 Finding a way to exercise on a working trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828447 It’s a week since I got back from my trip to Malta and between being very busy and the time it has taken to sort out my photos I’ve only just got to a blog. <BR> I arrived with the intention of finding a way to fit in some exercise – not always easy when time is short of course, but as it turned out I was presented with the perfect opportunity. Our hotel, on the charming island of Gozo – sister to the island of Malta itself, overlooked a beautiful bay <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 04:52:18 EST PHEW! I did it :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825564 <em>104</em> Five pounds gone! <em>104</em> <BR> My goal for November was to lose four pounds to get me to the very top of my healthy BMI. This was really not easy due to two trips away for work. All was made difficult by communal meals in restaurants but I stuck to breakfast and lunch on my own - just fruit or salads and some cheese or beans. In the evenings I was careful, helped by excellent fresh fish and interesting veggie mixes, and left the table as soon as the main course was ove... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 05:47:19 EST Poppies - People - Shuffling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815324 Yesterday I went to the the Tower of London for the last day of the full display of an installation to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War. The installation consists 888,246 Ceramic poppies one to mark each British life lost during the fighting of that war. The installation was designed by a set designer for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the poppies created by a ceramicist in the North of England. The moat is filled with scarlet ceramic poppies and is one of the most strikin... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 06:48:57 EST Duty done - with little or no damage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813983 A rather mixed time working away over the last few days, but there were lots of positives. <BR> One positive was that my colleagues and I were so busy that we hardly had any time to eat together so I was in charge of my own regime. A dear Sparkfriend advised taking lots of fruit, which I did, and I also bought ready made salads because they were easy to come by and quick to eat. <BR> A second positive was that we were staying in an old and very beautiful Manor House outside Cheltenham, where... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 06:13:23 EST Si-igh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811070 I thought I had successfully cleared the decks this month for a big push towards being at the top of my healthy BMI by the 24th. Space for good food choices and plenty of exercise lay before me. However, I have been asked to stand in, at the last minute, for a colleague who is sick and spend a few days in Cheltenham - a pretty town in the Cotswolds. These ad hoc examining trips are always busy and exercise is hard to fit in - communal meals are also very difficult - obviously. If I'd had my w... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 04:40:47 EST Glorious Autumn Afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809081 Yesterday was possibly the last day of an extremely beautiful and warm Autumn – unusually good weather for the UK in fact. So I took advantage of it and a friend and I went off to a local estate, famous for its collection of trees and mentioned in the Domesday Book. It has been landscaped over the centuries by some famous names, including Capability Brown and all added to the original plantings carrying on the theme of beautiful Autumn colour. It is designed around a series of lakes at its ce... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 04:32:04 EST My own end product http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807937 ‘But exercise is another story. I simply fell in love with it.’ <BR> <BR> I read this in a blog yesterday – forgive me but I can’t remember whose blog it was – I was just surfing the site. It stayed with me all day yesterday because I am the opposite case and really wish I weren’t. <BR> I can’t say how much I wish I didn’t dislike it so much. I’m really not lazy - I can work my socks off in the garden or on a project in the house because I can see the end product. Walking is sometimes a ple... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:37:10 EST Such a lovely start to the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806248 Greatest of walks this morning. There are a lot of grumpy people around at the moment because most of us in the UK hate the change of the clocks going back – an extra hour in bed for one night but then we go through the whole business of it getting dark even earlier than it does in the winter anyway. <BR> However, everyone now has smiles on their faces – sunny, warm and air like silk. The rising sun shone through my kitchen window and I couldn’t resist the call of the sea. <BR> <BR> <img sr... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:20:26 EST Plodding on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805414 So today is weigh-in day. I only get on the scales every four weeks – saves me getting obsessive and I try not to think about the numbers in between times. I couldn’t however fail to notice that my clothes are looser – always a pleasure. So – on to the scale and four pounds are gone. <em>104</em> <BR> I’m on track at the moment for the end of November when I aim to be at the very top end of my heathy BMI – I haven’t been there for years. I just have to stick to everything I’m doing now – ... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 03:38:29 EST A treat to come http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790844 I am SO glad to have finished the preparations for letting my little house in the country. It was harder work than I ever imagined – clearing everything personal out of it and making sure everything was as clean and gleaming as it could be. The trouble with all that – for me at any rate – is that the more I looked at the house and gardens through other peoples’ eyes the more I seemed to see stuff that needed doing. The tenants moved in yesterday and I am kind of on tenterhooks waiting for som... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 03:58:24 EST Ooops! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790128 Inevitable, I guess - despite my brave words yesterday I was hovering round the top end of my calorie limit yesterday - pretty certainly went over slightly in fact - as good friends here knew I probably would. NOT what I intended but the planned birthday celebrations had to be honoured and it's hard to calculate exactly what my calorie consumption was, as I ate - and drank <em>39</em> - in a restaurant with no calorie count info. <BR> I'm not going to get stressed about it - just one even... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 04:21:45 EST Trying for regularity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788793 I’m surprised how long it is since I weighed myself but I’ve been very busy and in any case wanted to stop weighing assiduously every week because I’m not willing to keep worrying about the results – was sending me mad. I have, however, been tracking food intake and calorie output (apart from the hiccup mentioned in my last blog) despite a very busy few weeks. I don’t really find it difficult and it does mean I keep an eye not only on calories but on good nutrition. It also told me that at o... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 04:33:48 EST Thanks to a dear Sparkfriend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772367 Preamble to this is: - <BR> I’ve been horribly busy getting my little house in the country ready for letting – needs must and all that. Blush to say that – busy as I’ve been - I managed to forget it was my youngest grandson’s 5th birthday yesterday. I remembered just in time to get a present and visit for birthday tea 50 odd miles away. By the time I got back to the cottage it was early evening and I was exhausted so ate supper and got into bed very early. <BR> Result was: <BR> Decided I'd ... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 05:20:38 EST Another unusual storm - for us here in the UK http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747959 The photo below, sent to me by a friend just now, is of one of our local train stations after a very fierce early morning storm - two hours of massive thunder and lightening with torrential rain and huge hail stones that settled like snow. The street cleaners were out early clearing all sorts of debris from the roads. The firemen, too, were pumping out sewers and basements. <BR> So this morning there are few buses and NO trains at all due to flooding. Loads of fun. I assume that in other coun... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:19:41 EST