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/ 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 One good thing - one not so much http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747946 The good thng is that I havent weighed since the end of June due to various domestic upheavals but I was resolved to do so this morning. Was delighted to find two pounds gone. I salute Spark for helping me to establish the good habits that seem to be entrenched even when I have my eye off the ball. <BR> Sadly I won't reach my goal of being at the very top of my healthy BMI by the end of this month. Twelve pounds to go for that but I'll get there. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:50:43 EST Summer Solstice plus 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723958 I've been pretty much out of action for most of this month so far. I thought I had a bad a migraine - the likes of which I had never experienced - and it may have been the case but I've also had a very unpleasant viral infection which either caused the extreme head pain or was running parallel. I certainly had very swollen glands, all sorts of aches and pains and extreme lack of energy. I certainly wasn't interested in food but also it was too painful to do much exercise until last week. Henc... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 09:21:03 EST Migraines - can anyone advise? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708711 I’ve been laid up for four days with a massive migraine – well I think that’s what it was. I’ve always had mini migraines that just involved the visual disturbance but didn’t interrupt my life in any other way. I know a lot of people are regularly confined to bed for several days unable to move their heads. I’ve counted myself lucky but now I know what it’s like. My wish for today is to make it to the kitchen without dizziness and nausea. <BR> The reason for this blog is to ask if any Sparker... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 08:29:12 EST Such a lovely weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698422 The weather here in my corner of England has been beautiful this weekend. <BR> I spent one afternoon in the garden of a sculptor friend of mine who has his house open at weekends this month in the ‘Open Houses’ event when the many local artist open their houses and display their wares. <BR> His garden is very interesting with leafy nooks and crannies <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1190282284.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Pretty places to sit <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Mon, 19 May 2014 12:05:04 EST Well well . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694666 . . . what a surprise! I’ve been discussing yoga with a Spark friend over the last few weeks – can’t remember quite how long but during that time I’ve also been researching on the internet and on Spark. Via the yoga research I’ve learned a lot – Yoga isn’t new to me but I’d pretty well given up on exercise – strength that is - and I’d forgotten how well it used to suit me. There is also a lot of related meditation music on the net which has also reminded me that I was a calmer person when I d... Wed, 14 May 2014 07:26:48 EST Another pound down - HOORAH! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693090 So my determination was high after last week's loss although I know - along with everyone else here - that things don't always go to plan. <BR> However, this morning I'm delighted to find another pound gone. <BR> SO - I'm ploughing happily on -eating carefully and walking (or time on the stationary bike if the weather's bad) everyday. I'm planning to beef up the walking - longer and faster. I also do some strength most days. <BR> The double bonus is that I feel energised and motivated - and ... Mon, 12 May 2014 06:25:34 EST YES!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687709 SO – I’ve been back on Spark for five weeks – the intentions were good – a lot of Spark habits were still entrenched – careful eating, movement on a regular basis – plenty of conscious NEAT which I learned so much about following the Spark Solution system. But STILL no weight loss. Aaaaagh! <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I’ve been having a hard time lately – well for several months one way and another – and gained 10 pounds back. Not due to comfort eating – more not paying enough attention, in t... Mon, 5 May 2014 05:47:31 EST 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