ALIAGOGO's SparkPeople Blog ALIAGOGO's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community a second day at the gym <img src=""> <BR> and a new apartment. huzzah! things are looking up. A tiny one bedroom in the near-west side of the city; a free* gym/pool membership; and a motivated and entertaining new workout partner! who could ask for more?** <BR> <BR> * once you're paying for school anyway... <BR> ** ok, non-caloric pancakes, but we all need dreams... <BR> <BR> small success: getting kicked off the treadmill for wearing jeans (gym policy, they ... Wed, 17 Mar 2010 23:51:52 EST how can a girl sit still when spring is so near?! Now is the best time to run the swiffer through my brain and get into some devilishly-handsome spring time motivation. Gym date tomorrow with another linguistics student. Linguists at the gym. what a sight. It's nice to be back in sparkland. more to come. for real! Tue, 16 Mar 2010 01:04:40 EST back at the beginning 242 pounds. Almost where I started. Such is what happens when I put all health considerations aside to nurture a growing sense of unease and discontent. But, things are never perfect, so it really makes little sense that I gave up the one stable thing in my life, (the thing that would have resulted in a sense of accomplishment and self-worth), to let the uncertain possible futures intrude. Excuse me for being cryptic. What I'm trying to say is that things in my relationship with my husba... Tue, 21 Apr 2009 23:23:49 EST no spark, no progress this is just a quickie. a thanks to everyone who came to check in on me. I didn't get the job that I was so excited about, but spent the money I needed for the internet on driving back and forth to Brisbane in the process. so, internet got shut off. then they charge ya fees for having it turned off, so it couldn't go back on right away, could it? dang. but, I'm here. I haven't given up, although the combination of being internetless, challengeless, jobless, sparkless, googleless, etc..... Tue, 25 Nov 2008 07:22:42 EST [131] serendipitous job qualification Since I'm job hunting, I'm attempting to exhaust all my resources before I sit back and wait for the phone calls. I applied for a postie job (motorcycle mail delivery) in our local post office, but I thought I'd put the resume on the Australia Post website as well, to expand my reach. If the job I applied for is available, we're looking at relocating south by about 5 hours. which hubby and I have talked about a lot anyway, because it'd be closer to his daughter by a few hours and there are ... Sat, 11 Oct 2008 09:00:25 EST [129] showin' some skin haven't posted in a couple days, been kinda scatterbrained... put out four resumes, hope to hear back from at least one of them. one would be a temporary position, so I'm not holding my breath there. another (the postie job) I would really like to have, so I'll call to harass them next week. I was super busy on wed, and stopped by hubby's work while running errands, and his co-worker was very exuberant about how good I look! crazy. she mentioned my skin looked better. so when I got home ... Thu, 9 Oct 2008 10:46:18 EST [126] Eighteen weeks : weigh in Alrighty right right. The scale was being friendly this morning, and said that I've lost 2, count 'em 2, kilos since last week. (98 to 96) I was 216.0 lbs. last Monday, and today I'm 211.6 lbs. yippee! 4.4 lbs gone away! where to? don't care. they're gone. Can't wait to get that little bit nearer to 190-something... which is what it's said on my driver's license for years, no matter how much weight I put on. haha. perpetually 190 lbs. I feel like a real contributor to the BLC3 team I'm o... Mon, 6 Oct 2008 09:54:29 EST [125] mellow Sunday nothing exciting today, but it was a good day. I'm updating my resume right now and creating cover letters, so I thought I'd procrastinate a bit (but I'm almost done, really) and post a blog entry... sounds illogical, just like me. I didn't have an appetite today for some reason. I'm not really sure why. I think I missed my window of opportunity. I was busy from 11am to 6pm (poetry gathering first, then choir practice - concert is a week away!, then to a friends house to watch the MotoG... Sun, 5 Oct 2008 09:55:35 EST [124] thankful for not having the plague goofed my numbers. yesterday should have been 123. I guess I still use the numbers to remind me that I've got some history with this weight loss thing that I don't want to lose. All those days that I was working toward this goal, how can I goof up today? LOL well, not to worry, I didn't goof today. I thought I did really well. Not enough veg, but good with the cals, and a nice languorous walk on the beach with hubby and the doggies. <BR> <BR> Poor hubby had hernia surgery a while back,... Sat, 4 Oct 2008 09:52:07 EST [122] new rewards? lots to talk about, nothing to say, really, so I'll just post a small success and call it a night... oh, I guess I would like to remind myself to work a heart rate monitor and a swimp3 into my reward structure... looks like I'll definitely be edging out that expensive ps3. <BR> <BR> small success: not going for the raisins and almonds after dinner for an extra, over the cal range, snack <BR> <BR> * I think I did some resentment snacking last night because hubby gets to drink his beers whene... Fri, 3 Oct 2008 09:56:00 EST [121] next step? yay, new trophy! am I a giant nerd for loving Sparkpoints? oh well. I just wish the trophies were a bit more extravagant, going from one trophy to the other just wasn't as exciting as it should have been. I upgrade to a bigger trophy with a shadow. oooh... :) <BR> <BR> I'm not sure where I'm going at the moment with my weight loss. I'm not sick sick, but I know if I exercise (apart from the casual daily walk), I'll make myself sicker... as history repeats itself. It's like sick limbo. (... Thu, 2 Oct 2008 11:01:11 EST [119] 17 weeks : weigh in just a quick YAY for getting down another notch on the scale this week, after sitting on the same five pounds for a long time. 98 kg down from 99 kg. 216 lbs. yay. I'm racing that red goal line on the report, and so far I'm still a smidgen under it, thanks to this week's weigh in... <BR> <BR> I've been behaving myself for the past few days, so that will surely have something to do with it. I even made homemade chicken soup today. (A real first for this girl!) It ended up more like stew... Mon, 29 Sep 2008 10:33:47 EST [118] nutrient friendly alright. I think I'm winning this round with the cold. the sore throat is maintaining... it doesn't seem to be hassling my lungs. this is good. I did vitamins yesterday and the day before, and I didn't do vitamins the second time I got sick, and I don't take vitamins usually, so I'm hoping that I caught it before it went all stupid on me, and beat it into submission with little concentrated nutrient pills. still hurts if I try to sing, but I don't think it'll get to be a full blown cold. ... Sun, 28 Sep 2008 10:35:33 EST [117] the never-ending cold oh dear, oh dear. the sore throat. it's back again. what the heck is this about? it's starting to get completely ridiculous. I went to and put in my symptoms, but it seems to be geared for hypochondriacs... I had twenty different options to choose from. I picked laryngitis, because it seems to start with my voice and go down to my lungs from there, but mono or a regular cold seem just a likely. dang website. ANOTHER choir practice to be missed on Monday, and our concert is l... Sat, 27 Sep 2008 11:53:43 EST [115] early morning, late night quickly. I got up at 5:30 this morning... what?? yup. me. and I was in the pool by 6:30. I got a solid 90 min in. it felt great. I don't think I push myself as hard without the team, though. got a job application from the post office, gonna take my resume over there Mon. they deliver mail on motorcycles here. perfect, huh? we'll see if they even need anyone. and that's it. oh, no it's not. I had a fudgesicle failure tonight. I would be keen to blame TOM or not eating all day, but ... Thu, 25 Sep 2008 09:04:06 EST [114] immigration and snags no, not snags, like runs in pantyhose. snags as in sausages!! a truly Aussie term that one. It was dinner tonight. I was in that void where I didn't have enough calories, and the end of the night was approaching. do I have a snag, even though I know they're just full of fat? or do I make myself something healthy? Hmmm. tough one. snags were made. hubby had done some up. so I was in my cals, but my fat was right over the top. dang. <BR> <BR> In fitness, I had a great swim tonight. ... Wed, 24 Sep 2008 09:49:31 EST [113] a tuesday and such it is. Tuesday again. There is something ever so diminishing about the Tuesdays, isn't there? *looks directly at TUESDAYS for guidance and a knowing head nod* Just a blah day. After being so excited yesterday, the normal-ness of Tuesday makes it seem more plain than plain. But that is their lot in life, to be the day after Monday and before mid-week. Nothing to report today. Just doing the do. I started reading 'Lady Chatterley's Lover' this evening. How have I not read this ... Tue, 23 Sep 2008 09:49:19 EST [112] 16 weeks : weigh in New week beginning, new challenges underway, new perspective being arranged as we speak. I'm on the best BLC3 team ever created I think, and us lady Jalapenos (Jalapenas?) are going to wipe the floor with theses other fruity teams! (nothing like a little trash talk to get me into a goal setting mood...) <BR> <BR> Our first weeks' challenges are firstly, to find our motivation, wherever it is, and blog about it, and secondly to eat five serves of veggies every day. Good challenges. I like.... Mon, 22 Sep 2008 09:56:56 EST [111] new swim time 22:04:36 <BR> <BR> Big swimming action at the pool for me today. I'm really glad to be back at it. We swam in the outdoor pool this morning, which was fabulous. The indoor pool is always warmer and more chlorinated. It feels stuffy. The outdoor pool is salt-chlorinated, had just been deep-cleaned, and was the tiniest bit chilly. It was perfect. I was so glad to swim that I didn't want to stop. After the masters set was finished, I decided to stick around and time my 1k again. I thin... Sun, 21 Sep 2008 09:35:38 EST [110] the thing about eggplant... Today I got my ocean swim in. First time in at least a month. The water temperature was absolutely perfect. Any warmer and it would have been too hot, but I didn't feel overheated while working up a sweat. The waves were huge and there was nothing but swell today. The wind was kicking the ocean up something fierce. I got tumbled in the foam a couple of times. It was low tide, (the only time I could swim today while there was still light) so to swim out past the breakers, I would have t... Sat, 20 Sep 2008 08:03:10 EST [108] snowbunny dreams yeah, I put tortilla chips on the list, didn't I? Did I have to eat the whole freaking bag in one hit? no. did I? yes. that was pretty silly of me. I knew I wasn't supposed to be doing it while I was doing it, but did that stop me? no. and the custard for desert... granted I didn't buy that one, someone brought it over, but was it in the house? yes. was it sweet and creamy? yes. do I actually like custard normally? not really. <BR> <BR> oh, and I have to laugh because a friend of min... Thu, 18 Sep 2008 09:49:26 EST [107] on planning meals I sat down today to get a headstart on my new goals. I need to plan my menu for the week. If I don't, hubby makes beer, meat pies and french fries his dinner, and I'm just not eating so I don't blow it. NOT the lifestyle change way, is it? That's more like the lazy girl's starvation diet. :o <BR> <BR> I had been putting meals together in my head in a cursory way while I would write out the grocery list, but nothing like taking a blank sheet of paper, writing the days of the week down, an... Wed, 17 Sep 2008 09:02:07 EST [106] Spring cleaning yup. Spring is really here. A nice warm day today. A good time to shake off the funk I've been building up steadily since I got sick more than a month ago... (not the good kind of funk, either, like old Stevie Wonder or Fishbone, but the nasty kind of moody funk that is more like something growing in a locker room) <BR> <BR> I'm revamping my goals and heading back into Sparking like I should have been... I was avoiding SP again, because I was sliding off the wagon ever so slowly, and when... Tue, 16 Sep 2008 09:56:45 EST [99] bottles of pop on the wall just kidding. I don't drink pop much. I'm not a fizzy girl. (which is why it's easy to cut out the beer... dirty martinis, though, that's another thing altogether.) <BR> <BR> quick blog... hmm, don't know why I preface my short blogs with quick blog and not the long ones with long blog. I usually just ramble to the desired length anyway and they're not as quick as intended... but I digress, as per usual. I'm really glad I didn't start back at the exercise right away. I feel even bette... Tue, 9 Sep 2008 09:30:58 EST [98] 14 weeks : weigh in Eeeeeeeh. Feeling a little like the fonz tonight. Just chilling. Scale is sitting and behaving itself like a well-trained labradoodle on 220 lbs, just waiting for me to kick back into high gear and burn these cobwebs off my rusting body... So I'm happy about not gaining. I haven't been Sparking, because it's kind of been a hubby-centric week this week, and until I can cough up (no pun intended with my sick butt) the dough for a router, only one of us can be online at a time. So since he... Mon, 8 Sep 2008 10:04:13 EST [93] mirror mirror at the mall... Happy hump day. Well, it's not really wednesday anymore, it's almost three am thursday morning... hello insomnia! my old friend, but whatever, same difference. Still feeling a bit poo-biscuit-like, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I think tomorrow I'll feel the same as I did when I started exercising again and blew it for my recovery. So I'll just have to sit on my hands so I don't run out and make myself sick again. It's so easy to imagine that I'm all better... <BR> ... Wed, 3 Sep 2008 13:19:25 EST looking back.... When I first joined SP back in Jan, I was only using it for the food tracker, and I had a separate blog on blogger where I was attempting to catalogue my progress. I wasn't successful then because I wasn't involved with the community. No one visited my blog, I didn't talk to anyone else. All my photos were private. I was hiding out from potential peeping toms, who I was sure were just waiting in cyber space to jump out at laugh at me for being fat. Not much of a surprise that I wasn't abl... Mon, 1 Sep 2008 22:05:41 EST [90] blegh It's been a bit of a blegh week, I'm afraid. I had a problem with the computer on Thurs... Windows Vista decided that Firefox was inappropriately using system memory, so it would shut the program down all the time before it could boot. To protect me, apparently. Vista does this sort of thing sometimes. It decides what's best for me and I want to bash it's little Vista face in. It wouldn't even let me run Internet Explorer, which is freaking published by Microsoft. Basically, I couldn't ... Sun, 31 Aug 2008 09:26:47 EST [86] hobo puppies So I'm blogging for the sake of blogging tonight. Nothing to report. My throat still hurts, but I didn't let it stop me from swimming. I did a massive grocery shop to catch up on the fresh fruit and veg that we were lacking last week due to funds, and that's it! <BR> <BR> We're going to take the puppies to the Sunday markets this weekend to see if people are interested. They're six weeks old so I guess they're allowed to go, although the stuff I read on the internet says they should be e... Wed, 27 Aug 2008 09:55:06 EST [85] average tuesday Tuesday come and gone. No big deal. I drank lots of water today, and was just under my calorie range by a few. But I didn't get off my behind today. Naughty. I was on the computer writing stuff for the newsletter (which really means I was surfing the net and hopping back and forth to my project intermittently), and then I turned the video games on... whoosh! there went the afternoon! So lazy as* girl today. My stupid throat is sore again this evening. I really hope the cold isn't com... Tue, 26 Aug 2008 09:15:53 EST [84] 12 weeks : weigh in It's Eleven thirty and I'm only just now eating dinner. Rar. Monday nights get busy. I leave the house at 5pm to get to the pool by 5:30, so I can have an extra half hour, then I go straight from there to choir practice, which starts at 7:30 and goes til 10. I munch granola bars on the way in between, and am starving by the time I get home, around 10:30. tonight though, I had to stop off at the old bosses house and see her, so I didn't get back until quarter after eleven, then feed the t... Mon, 25 Aug 2008 09:53:28 EST [83] a good Sunday more birthday parties? what's up with this? Today we went out to a friend's kid's birthday party, which was cool, because we rolled up just as the parents were running away with the last of the kids, and the adults had their party. Two glasses of wine, no big deal, I was really good with everything else. There was candy just everywhere!! but I just told myself I don't like that kind of candy (gummy worms and suckers), when the truth is I would normally just munch on whatever (and at a mov... Sun, 24 Aug 2008 09:47:14 EST [82] buddy power Super quick. Didn't get the ocean swim in. I forgot about a surprise birthday party we had to go to. It was really a barbecue and I thought I did well to have two helpings of salad, some potato salad, and a shish-kabob, rather than steak on a buttered bun and sausages. I also didn't have any beers (a couple of sips of punch) which is just as well because hubby and his co-worker were smashed, so they would've been no good to drive. I'll see if I can't get an ocean swim in on Tues or somet... Sat, 23 Aug 2008 09:58:08 EST [81] test swim time Hmm, I really like that number eighty one for some reason. maybe because it's nine squared and I like the number nine. ANYway. This is a quick one, doing the late night thing again.... I DID see my burning scale the past two days whenever I opened the laptop, but I still needed to use this computer thing, so I think I'll add myself ON the scale to the image, then make myself get up and weigh before I sit down to do whatever I've got to do online. I can't NOT use the laptop, so I'll try to ... Fri, 22 Aug 2008 09:49:27 EST [80] puppy ouch & the aliagogo open water challenge So I watched the women's open water 10k olympic swim yesterday. Those amazing chicks (Larisa Ilchenko, gold medalist shown there) swam 10ks in about 2 hours (Ilchenko, 19 years old, Russian, swam it in 1:59:27)!! That's some serious endurance! I'm really glad this event came to the olympics. You women are fantastic! <BR> <BR> A bit closer to home in the open water challenge department, I've got three weeks to get ready for the 1km swim on the Gold Coast. (here's the website: <link>cree... Thu, 21 Aug 2008 09:50:40 EST [79] remembering to visualize Last weekend at our local writer's club meeting one of our members shared her experience with a memory course she had taken in Brisbane. She thought we could use the techniques she had learned to remember key words from a poem we were rehearsing to perform, or dialogue for a play, that sort of thing. The concept was to link a key word that you already knew with a highly visual word that you wanted to remember by way of a mutual image. Put the two together in the most bizarre, risqué, explo... Wed, 20 Aug 2008 09:42:25 EST [78] Eleven weeks : belated weigh in Hmmm. I was supposed to post my weigh in yesterday, but I had a couple off-Spark days in a row. Today is the first day I'm finally feeling better from this bug. Too long!! What happened to three days back on your feet? Oh well. I'd like to be back in the ocean come Saturday. Said that last week, didn't I? But I mean it this week! <BR> <BR> It also looks like the part time job I was working has kind of run out of work for me for the time being. At least in my area. (The woes of a smal... Tue, 19 Aug 2008 09:28:49 EST [75] Why I am fat. ** LIBW - Long Introspective Blog Warning!! ** <BR> This is the sparkmail our team leader from 20 somethings with 100+ pounds to lose team sent us: <BR> "Studies have been done about why fat people are fat. Some believe it is genetics. Some believe it is choice. Some believe it is emotional. Whatever you believe, it's important to know why you are the way you are before you can change. <BR> <BR> So why are you fat? Have you always been fat? When did you start getting fat? How do you feel wh... Sat, 16 Aug 2008 10:08:41 EST [74] the virtues of taste I need to take more puppy photos now that they can see and hear and are much more mobile. Stupid camera batteries were dead today though... the only trouble with digital cameras. <BR> <BR> So I'm not going to write the introspective 'why I am fat' blog tonight. I'll do it tomorrow (typical procrastinator), because I just don't want to spend the necessary time and emotion... <BR> <BR> Instead I'll talk about being sick some more. Are you tired of this theme yet? I am. I've gotten to t... Fri, 15 Aug 2008 09:42:26 EST [73] Going out swinging. What, say you? Can there be MORE puppy pictures? I'm afraid there can. I have heaps. <BR> <BR> I did much better today than yesterday. Still feel like smegma (pleeease don't ask me to explain that word), but I started off better than yesterday. I had improvement in my mind. I went straight into the fruit this morning to ward off the carb overload syndrome. four mandarins, an apple and a banana got me through to lunch of what? CHICKEN SOUP! yay! Ok, it was in a can, but it was still g... Thu, 14 Aug 2008 10:18:23 EST [72] need a plan b It's just too many puppies! They've become mobile in the last day or so (still wiggly), so they're going to start mischief soon... They can see momma dog and they are starting to chase her. 'Come back with my milk!' they whine. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I just didn't Spark. naughty girl. No reason not to track my food at least and post a blog, but I just said 'forget it'. I guess I was a bit scared of the calories I'd see! This bug is settling into something just delightful. So if it's goi... Wed, 13 Aug 2008 08:43:15 EST [70] Ten weeks : weigh in ^--- Kitty. ocean + rolling on the beach = sand face <BR> <BR> So what's the adage? Feed a cold, starve a fever? Or is it feed a fever, starve a cold? I can never remember so usually for me its: feed a ______ (whatever I have now), starve a ______ (whatever I don't have now). Basically I caught cold from either my niece, one of the many women at choir or swimming who is sick, or I just overdid it last week (too much exercise, not enough food). Either way I'm freaking sick and it's ann... Mon, 11 Aug 2008 09:13:08 EST [69] I'm dieting, he's losing weight. Gratuitous puppy photo. So cute. I was completely powerless to keep from posting it, you understand. They can't quite walk properly yet, so they're extra funny on wiggly little paws. <BR> <BR> Hubby weighed himself this morning, because he noticed that his old pants were fitting him again. In the past nine weeks, he hasn't done an extra ounce of exercise (apart from walking with me on the beach), and he has lost 6 kilos! (13lbs.) Argh. Male metabolism. Well, his at least. He's always bee... Sun, 10 Aug 2008 09:16:17 EST [68] saturday swim I'm loving our new Saturday afternoon ritual. Hubby gets off work in the early afternoon, and we take the dogs to the beach so I can swim. He throws the stick (and ALWAYS brings the camera!) for Kitty, and I go out to sea. This week's swim was so much better than last week's. Firstly, I had a swim cap. Which helped immensely! I had a super warm one on order, when I realized that since it was nothing but a silicone cap with a lycra lining, I could make my own. So I got a silicone cap, a... Sat, 9 Aug 2008 09:18:31 EST [67] rewards I have all these rewards for myself for when I reach certain weights. I thought they would be so far away that I would be able to afford them when the time came, but there's no way I'll be able to buy all of them in just one year if I lose weight according to my current schedule. silly girl. I was also in town today, and I stopped in the surf shop. I saw a kayak there that costs as much as the Playstation 3 that I currently have as my 75lb. reward. I thought 'I could exchange them!' yay! ... Fri, 8 Aug 2008 09:52:36 EST [66] patience first things first. the puppies opened their eyes today! They are even cuter now, if it's possible, with little blind squinting faces, than they were yesterday. I'll take some photos tomorrow, because I must flog puppy photos on anyone nearby. It's my duty as owner of a litter of nine unwanted surprise puppies. (and if you are reading this, and want a puppy, I'll mail it to you! Just kidding, it would take two weeks to America. That'd be WAY too much dog food to send in a box) <BR> <B... Thu, 7 Aug 2008 09:46:36 EST [65] for blog's sake Here is a new phenomenon for me in this SP thing. I've been blogging every day since I started (65 days) with one weekend missing, and today, while I'm swimming cool down laps, I notice myself formulating a blog post in my head. I was just not in the pool then, I was right here, doing what I'm doing now. I was pre-blogging. How weird. I wonder how many 'professional'* bloggers have this particular quirkiness. I also wonder whether they feel, as I felt today, that pre-blogging actually d... Wed, 6 Aug 2008 09:50:48 EST [64] ounces to success water water water. I haven't been successful with attempting to add more water into my routine until just this past week. It was just another thing to track. Two things snapped me into it (and the continued devotion of a few sparkers who are water zealots). One was worrying whether my weigh-ins were adversely affected by the water that I wasn't drinking, and the other was the dog days of summer challenge. how funny. The best way to get more points in that challenge is to drink half your... Tue, 5 Aug 2008 08:56:52 EST [63] Nine weeks : weigh in Nine weeks, doesn't seem like a long time, but it sure feels like it's enough to change a LOT. I thought the scale would disagree with me this morning, (batman weigh-ins were pretty high most of the time), but I *think* I lost a pound this week. I'm going to say the scale was between 105 and 104kg, but I wont move my ticker to err on the safe side and surprise myself next week with a little extra. The law of averages, didn't you say, Denita? 4 pounds a week two weeks in a row, 1 pound thi... Mon, 4 Aug 2008 09:50:15 EST [62] tea please quickly quickly. I always leave the nightly Spark too late. Just a small success to post for tonight... I had a moment where I was standing at the fridge pondering the inevitable fudgesicle dilemma, when I took some of my own advice. (what a strange and novel idea!) I stopped opening the freezer door and asked myself, 'what exactly are you doing?' Not in a mean way, just in an 'are you paying attention to what you're doing?' way. And I realized I wasn't. Tastebuds and the Mongrel wanted... Sun, 3 Aug 2008 09:15:16 EST