ANIHAKA's SparkPeople Blog ANIHAKA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Being inspired Decided to put in some exercises and practice what I've read from other peoples blogs and words of wisdom. I will help my husband to help me too. He tires easily but helping me will help him. Today we had an outing to meet a lady we met in Holland 3 years ago. She had made a trip to the UK and we'd missed her at our usual rendezvous in Holland. Tomorrow is another day where we have to ring the doctor and ask for results of blood tests. My husband's blood pressure has arrived at a ... Mon, 2 Oct 2017 17:53:01 EST My present predicament My husband and I left the comfort of home (New Zealand) bound for Europe in early June 2017. <BR> We travelled to China first and had a beautiful flight though I was so lacking in trust in the airline, but hey it's as good as the rest we've used in our travels. We never fly1st class or business but were very happy with the airline especially as the authorities at the airport gave us a free visa to go to a hotel where we could shower and rest until the last leg of the journey from Guangzhou... Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:20:02 EST After almost 3 years I am back on here after 3 years and can't believe my page is still on here so much has happened in that time. My body grew larger through lack of discipline and I grew depressed over it and continued to eat uncontrollably. Then had a wake up call just before Christmas 2016 when both my husband & I got sick. It took that and hubbie's visit to a naturapath to bring us cascading down to earth. I decided against going too due to thinking I could handle myself. Got home and vomited and couldn'... Mon, 3 Apr 2017 18:05:07 EST Homeward bound I am so relieved at the prospect of staying still in our house in New Zealand. Our eldest son has mown our lawns and posted photos on Facebook. There's lots of work on the horizon part of which is gardening. It is spring in New Zealand we dodged winter I'm pleased to say. We have lots of resolutions like exercising, cutting down on calories and being generally organized. Two days ago I tracked my breakfast and lunch because my husband kept on passing comments on the amount I was eating. ... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:30:15 EST In Prague We left Southern Germany yesterday, took the train from Lauingen, a small town on the Donau river to Nuremburg. From there we transferred to a bus and drove to the beautiful Prague. It was 37 degrees. Got to our hotel which is ancient as in built in 1383. There were no ghosts that we detected. Today it is raining and for selfish reasons I hope it lets up as our intention is to do a river trip and meal this evening. Because this place is so old there are no lifts so we had to climb 4 fli... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 04:38:14 EST Count down to Germany We are on our final few days in Holland. It has been delightful but fraught at times too been at a summer school where we had to face up to a few demons. I thought I'd join the team Weight for God how appropriate is that given what the Summer School was about. It wasn't about weight but the power within us that we choose to ignore. There was another over weight person on the same course and I commented that if we focus on G O D instead of food or the insecurities in my case that make me r... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:09:33 EST More lessons to learn We´ve only one more day left here in Malaga. Am really looking forward to our next port of call Katwjk en Zee in Holland. Although I haven´t swum since we´ve been here I said to my husband I could do so in the North Sea if we have time. One of the down sides here is I did a lot of walking like I did before my injury and this time my archilles heel on the right foot played up something awful. A pity because it meant I had to sit at home for 2 days to rest both feet actually. But I´m sure ... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 14:49:52 EST Another days holiday We are enjoying freshly squeezed orange juice at a popular bar in Malaga. And we are on day 2 of our liquid fast back to solids tomorrow. My husband reckons he's noticed a difference in me. He makes veg soups for lunch and dinner and I do a fruit smoothie for breakfast and yes I've heard and read that fruit can be fattening because of the sugar content but as far as my husband goes It has worked for him. We have also decided not to eat bread something I love, starch wise we have pasta, ri... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 13:32:23 EST Another day in paradise Did my 2days on liquids and restarted solids today. We went out last night into the old town of Malaga looking out for a flamenco concert. One had almost finished and the other started at 12.00 midnight, needless to say we sloped off to our flat and bed at 11.30pm. Neither of us was in a state for a long late night, it must be down to age or something. And now we are in the holiday resort of Benalmadena where we holidayed about 3 years. I am amazed at the greeness of the lawns here. Cer... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 09:49:15 EST Roasting hot We'll we both thought life would get a lot easier once our beloved London home was sold but nothing could be more further from the truth. I am happy in New Zealand it's a lovely place but is very easy for us to get drawn into other people's issues. My husband has lost weight and does nothing but crow about the fact. His health has improved out of sight and so has mine except I'm still overcoming last years fall. Earlier on I had a massage and was told my spine was out of kilter due to ov... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:56:39 EST Early hours in New Zealand I haven't been able to get onto sparkpeople for a long time thanks to going to stay with family who either don't have the internet or who don't use it like I used to also because they have other restrictions like watching electricity usage etc etc. Anyway I have cut bread out of my diet as I discovered it was a food I should avoid cos me and gluten aren't a good mix. I haven't forgone sugar yesterday I ate half a bar of beautiful chocolate and macadamias wow it was nice - naughty but nice.... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 11:56:07 EST Catching up We're back in London now tying up loose ends. it's been hard and we're in a hotel. I remember when we had our house putting others up and when some of my visitors offered me board I felt a little bit guilty thinking wow they'd given me too much. Being in this budget hotel makes me realise how expensive London is when you don't live here permanantly. we've packed the extra bits we thought we might need to take with us on the plane so that's out of the way. We've still got the car and have... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 12:57:50 EST Back iTguan Wales with friends We left London last week and went North to South Shields in Tyne and Wear where our friend put us up for a week. I have to say it was great being there. Our friend took us along to 2 of his Spanish courses and we did a few walks. Nowadays I walk slowly because the foot isn't back to normal yet. I was told not to worry it usually happens when people break legs - they swell especially if they've been in use for long periods. Before we went North we spent the night and day with a friend in ... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 13:02:42 EST What another blog Completed clearing the house just reflected on some of the hard times such as how the place was fallling down around our ears when we first got it and how we struggled to get it together. I know now that keeping the place cluttered made it very difficult for me to concentrate on anything for long!! We a&#343;e at our neighbours again were prepared to go to a hotel but they offered us beds and we took it up. All day I struggled with getting rid of the stuff when really all we needed to do w... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 15:07:39 EST Our final day at our old addy - reflections I'm at the neighbours - a flat full of boys from Latvia plus our friends Rod and Rita, Rod is an Aussie and Rita from Latvia. They are amazing all of them, coming to the UK for jobs and taking on those the majority of English would turn their noses up at. I so admire them and after a few years of hard graft and learning to speak the English language like natives they will probably open businesses and own houses here and in their home country. I can so relate as my husband & I had humble ... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 01:28:19 EST Changes On Monday the 4th I was called by the estate agent and solicitor to say our house had been sold. I would've leapt for joy instead I looked at the place and thought of all the work that lay ahead especially as we were given 10 days to the completion date and we have to vacate to make way for the new owners. <BR> We had to empty the loft which was full of packed boxes and other flotsam my husband had put in there when he tidied the house before it was put on the market. We have about 15 lef... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 15:23:37 EST Home in the green and pleasant England Home away from home and I don't know how long we have left in this house it is on offer to another couple and family. Next place of stay I have to work that one out. Am a bit apprehensive about returning to NZ for good just yet as there's still a lot of life in me and my husband. The flight back was great - I cannot fault Emirates even in economy it's great. Next time I want to get out at Dubai as the lady I sat beside from Melbourne to the UK said she did just that and had a warm sea swi... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 10:06:11 EST En route to the UK 1st stop Melbourne Australia Today was fraught to say the least getting ready for the off. My grandsons especially the 2 year old was playing merry hell. I am pleased to be going home to join hubbie. The airline gave me wheelchair service but because my eldest son and wife were catching another plane my daughters eldest gladly pushed the wheelchair and operated the lift. He's a laugh looking closely at everything to figure out how things work. Met so!n and his family they are going to the UK (Wales) so we'll be meet... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 06:35:05 EST 3rd time lucky <img src="">Well this is the beginning of the rest of my life. I'm returning to the UK on Tuesday yay! Number 19 grandchild was born on 2nd Oct - a dear little boy with plenty of hair and my daughter is coping well. As a matter of fact she and the baby were the only ones in the household not to have come down with the flu. That was an experience we all could've done without, all 4 boistrous boys were lethargic like me and their Dad. ... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 16:25:59 EST On the mend Am on the mend in NZ supposed to have flown out on Aug 6th but advised not to by the doctor and felt relieved. I can't believe how great it is to do housework, to be able to get up and tidy up, to walk up and down steps and to be able to go shopping all mundane stuff which I longed to do when the going was what I call rough. The moon boot is still in use for shopping trips it's not safe yet to walk for too long without. My worst nightmare - having to suffer a New Zealand winter is almost o... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 23:04:08 EST Relative peace Am at my son's place and looking after the youngest grandson whose adoreable but is like a whirlwind, I'll tidy up when his father gets here soon. I passed the place where I had my fall a couple of nights ago when I flew from Auckland to Wellington and felt a little apprehension on seeing where my accident happened. Fortunately I ordered a wheelchair from the plane to the car so was fine but even if I'd walked I think that experience taught me a lesson & I'd have stuck to the carpeted area.... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 22:24:54 EST First day of freedom At 10.10 am today I will be free of the cast on my left leg. Have been practising walking on the left leg all feels well. Yay! the lessons I've learned whilst avoiding damaging my broken leg even more are so many I can't think of where to begin. I now know what it must feel like for an elderly bedridden person being handed their meals and needing to be helped into chairs and bed. And no I don't want that I want what I had before the accident a fit and healthy albeit big body. I also kno... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:03:38 EST Getting better I've a lot of people to thank for my well being out here in NZ. First of all my one and only daughter who is 7 months pregnant with 4 lively sons. She has helped me out no end taken me to hospital and been there when I was brought out of theatre. Having the freak accident - falling on a tiled area of Wellington airport has given me much food for thought. I thought there was a reason for it one of the reasons I thought was trust - I had to learn to trust people again, that there were peopl... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 00:19:37 EST Early hours Am back with our eldest son and family and it's great to have the same facilities as I have at home. Winter is setting in and although I saw some youngsters looking ultra casual as in still wearing shorts & going about in their barefeet I can certainly feel the cold now and that isn't just old age. In a months time I will be doing that ultra long journey am certainly not looking forward to that. At least the summer will have started over in the UK. It's been an eventful few months to say ... Sat, 11 May 2013 10:10:13 EST Doing my best under the circumstances This week I have swum twice - GREAT - what fantastic facilities there are in this part of Auckland New Zealand. The only problem is my lack of technology. I have to wait till I'm home in London and then will be well on my way again but for now I have to do the best I can it is so difficult with 4 boisterous little boys to help look after. The weather is hot in fact so hot it is quite often draining. I have limited time on this computer. Lesson learned - get a laptop or a tablet. And I t... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 18:44:08 EST In the Land of Milk and Honey It's been surreal flying from one end of the globe to the other and being back with my own extended family in New Zealand where we celebrated my Mother's life. I didn't have much time to think let alone look at the scenery on the way to the beautiful place that was my home when I was a kid. It was bitter sweet seeing my Mum and thinking of her life & of her raising us minus the techology we have today Lucky thing and her siblings were a fit, slim family whereas I have battled with flab sin... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 18:00:01 EST Everything happening at once We're home after a memorable trip to a fantastic place - Marrakech. There were times when I wished I was back here in London but that didn't last. The traffic is horrendous as rules don't appear to exist on the roads - pedestrian crossings what are they??? Traffic lights apply. I noticed if you walk out onto a pedestrian crossing and the lights change you have to stand there & let the traffic go around you a bit scary at first till you get used to it. One of the positives is people appea... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 01:50:46 EST Exercise Wearing this fitbit pedometer has been one good reason for going out walking I did ok on the first two days but then dropped below 10,000 steps but today in one morning I passed the 10,000 steps and was over the moon. The day before I wentt for a walk and was annoyed by the lack of steps when I thought I'd at least reached 10,000. Anyway today was aerobics down at the Leisure centre so I walked down and back and that seemed to be as far as my walk on Sunday. But it was the aerobics that sh... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 13:21:52 EST A big weight gain Jumped on the scales this morning and wasn't surprised to see the numbers gone up by 7lb. Already I've eaten cake which was delicious but that's it no more. I've kidded myself that it was alright eating garlic bread, ciapatta with loads of butter and marmite & thought if I did some exercise then I'd work the calories off but that wasn't to be. I knew bread was my weak point but continued to eat it. Well my next move is to get out the Slimming world mags and go through the recipes deciding... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 07:04:16 EST My effort for the day My house is full of slimming books & magazines brimming over with low cal & low fat recipes. I've been toying with the idea of using these to cook all our meals so from today I did the first for me and my husband. I couldn't believe he enjoyed it I think I added more calories to mine by adding low fat (lighter) hard cheese. We are still full from it. As I'm writing this I'm hoping it wasn't to feed 4 people as we got through the whole lot. No wonder we're satisfied. So rather than stru... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 10:35:59 EST Keep on At the end of 2012 I decided to give up on my exercise classes thinking I could do just as well within the confine of my house and doing yoga with other over 60's for 1 hr 1 day a week, together with the same number of minutes worth of Qi Gong on a Thursday. Both I love but the exercise classes were beginning to get boring. I forced myself out to some of the classes rather than give up and left feeling the same - bored and as though I hadn't made any difference to my health. However on rec... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 07:36:23 EST Set my mind on a regime This week I decided to detox as a result of going overboard at Christmas. I can't believe how easy it's been. Today is my last day. Did I miss bread? The answer is no and neither did I miss biscuits and cakes. All around me were delicious smells of cooking but I couldn't indulge. I have a little bit of psoriasis and that has completely tamed down probably due to not eating too many yeast bearing foods. I've had live yoghurt three times and found a beautiful lemon drink sweetened with a... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 13:04:36 EST New Year Resolutions I realise from past experience how all my new year resolutions fell flat by the end of January. So this year I'm not promising anything. I'd like to have have faith in myself above all else having observed myself closely over the past few weeks. Reason for this is I've noticed myself getting drawn to do the bidding of others, some of which is fine and but lots of which isn't so fine. To have integrity is something I followed to the t so when I said I was going to do something I carried it... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 01:50:59 EST Totally lost control Over the past few weeks I have totally lost the plot with regard to eating and exercising so have lots to do to make up for my self neglect. One big bit of news is I joined a Qi Gong class which is absolutely awesome and I realise all the ancient cultures including my own knew all the answers pity they weren't able to get everyone reading off the same page. But we all have our own journeys to make so such as Qi Gong has remained the domain of the few dedicated & chosen. Thanks to technol... Mon, 24 Dec 2012 09:23:45 EST Remarks I went off to exercises yesterday feeling good about keeping the promise to myself - not to slack off the classes. Anyway one of the other ladies remarked that I'd lost heaps of weight in the year she'd known me. It must be down to all the walking I've done or something as I haven't been very good with my eating. So while I doubted myself at first it actually made my day to hear that from someone. Today I returned to my yoga class and the teacher made the same remark. Either I'm building... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 15:17:07 EST Busy busy week My week beginning Monday 12th was extremely busy. On the Tuesday I visited Rainbowchoc down in Margate Kent. What an awesome day, I didn''t realise it was such a beautiful place and having grown up next to the sea I love the sound of seagulls and the sight of beaches. Got to Margate to be greeted by Rainbowchoc's husband as she was at the dentists and we walked to the Turner gallery from the railway station. She was waiting for us at the lights looking skinny, well done on all her effort... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 17:45:59 EST Up early again Just entered my weight loss such as it is but grateful 4 any loss at present. I'm not doing any gimmicks to lose weight just eating sensibly at most times unless greed gets the better of me. <BR> I watched a doco on poverty here in the UK the other night and food banks. One of the volunteers at the food bank has to eke out her food so she forgoes 2 meals and eats a dinner in the evening. Now I figured that might be a good plan for me a bit drastic but if the morning and midday meals could... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 01:51:23 EST Up Early Went to bed early a first time for ages. So I woke at 2.30 am and got up and about at 3.30 am hubbie is doing earlys this week. Got online and started deleting thousands of emails I hadn't got around to reading. Realised that I tend to stuff my life up with clutter which prevents me achieving in all ways so that's another plus about waking early for me anyway means I can see things clearer and act on my realisations be they ever so small or large. My room is an enormous mess again. Thi... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 01:43:52 EST Me so far It's not that my life is boring far from it but I can't seem to make it sound exciting on here maybe it's me and my fears rearing their heads again or whatever. Anyway life has been as busy as ever mainly domestic like rearranging my house. the never ending decluttering etc. My schedules are forever being interupted in order to prevent listening to moaning from others. If I write my plans down such as a food shopping list to cater to my regime it goes by the board and not all my fault. I ... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 17:19:56 EST This week I decided to catch up with stuff I've been neglecting this week so haven't made it to any exercise classes. My energy level has gone down and I just wish to be alone to do what I need to do. I was invited out by a friend yesterday we went to a marvellous matinee show called "Top Hat" full of beautiful costumes from 1940's era, great dancing and singing and one liners. And the place was awash with people I'd have called it the Blue rinse brigade in the past but I've joined them now. They h... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 04:10:17 EST My busy disruptive week Life has got busier one of the people who spent 6 months with us has gone today and there was his room to go through and thoroughly clean. ALso I decided to tip all my clothes out of my wardrobe and sort. Some are going to recycling, there's been upheaval what with little repair jobs around the place being sorted. TO top it off we were invited to do "modelling" of our friend's cloaks. WHen I say modelling I don't mean of Paris, London, Milan, New York standards. Actually my first questio... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 10:03:18 EST Thank God for intuition Two years ago I decided to do exercise in the form of 3 minutes walk, 2 minutes jog for 15 minutes until I got used to the pace and moved upwards. What happened is I injured myself and my left leg was so bad I had to take it easy until it improved. I was actually looking back on a diary and found my writings about this. My friend had the same happen and gave me some of her osteo exercises and I started recovering. However, one of the things I experienced was that left leg started feeli... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 09:01:38 EST Diets I've come to the conclusion that for me all food is relevant but in moderation. I heard a talk about cheese and which ones to avoid if on a calorie & fat reducing diet. A certain low fat hard cheese was recommended. People complained about the low fat hard cheese they'd tried and I figured if we ate 2oz of full-fat when eating cheese meals plus small portions of other foods there'd be no harm done. Not unless people are allergic to certain foods like being wheat, dairy, nut intolerant o... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 02:13:25 EST Various excusions It was great going into London the Wednesday before last to meet fellow sparker Rainbowchoc - Sandra. We did quite a bit of walking not as much as on our first meeting but we got to a nice little eatery opposite my other cheap and cheerful place. C& C number 1 was a bit of a let down on a previous visit with a friend from my ex-work. I have to say the food in cheap and cheerful number two was excellent value & coaxed by Sandra (as I can't stand cooking liver) I chose liver with onion gravy... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 03:03:40 EST Aches & Pains & Spiritual healing Last night I decided to go out of curiosity to a spiritual healing. I was really looking forward to this event as I practice Reiki and know the beautiful relaxing feelings that come about. There were lots of people sitting in circles and healers walked around giving to everyone in the room. <BR> No sooner had I sat down when I felt all sorts of aches and pains in my shoulder blades, ears, in particular. ( The ears were affected by drafts of cold air) I've never been this way before ever it... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 17:52:08 EST Cheating It is so true about tiredness equalling over eating. I took an over night train journey to Aberdeen in Scotland and did nothing but eat. Got in to the station and walked into the mall ordered breakfast bacon & scrambled egg bagel with a cup of English tea. The night before I ate 2 rolls with cheese and ham slices goodness knows I seem to have had 2 meals worth of calories. <BR> Explored Aberdeen's shopping area and went for tea at Marks & Spencers had a complimentary biscuit with the tea. ... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 12:21:52 EST undisciplined Well I just completed a challenge on here for the first time. Although I didn't reach my goal weight I lost more weight than if I hadn't done the challenge. I am marvelling at myself as at least I stuck to my guns.. I made attempts at other challenges but never did them properly. Now that the summer challenge is over I have begun to overeat and need a kick start (not a kick in the pants although that might help) to get back on track. But today was a wake up call for me. I went to rela... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 16:03:24 EST Stress I've been enjoying working in my garden which is a noticeable antidote to stress. Next thing is prettifying it up with some nice plants. I swear I felt as though I'd been doing aerobics for the perspiration which poured out of me, (how satisfying was that. ) The work doesn't stop at the garden I have stacks to do indoors as well & fortunately my niece is staying so helps out with her lovely cooking, I'm hoping she feels inspired to want to cut back on food intake like me and then we can b... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 02:07:53 EST Grounds for being pleased Lately I've been noticing the most obviously big parts of my body going down. Also had comments from other people at how they saw I was a shadow of my former self. I thought what rubbish the scale is what tells me the truth. But my clothes which were once clingy are now loose. I felt like getting my scales and throwing them out the window as I thought they were tellin g me lies. I hopped on them this morning and have actually lost another 2lb am so happy about that. That means I've lost... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 02:37:19 EST Busy busy Once again I've veered off the programme thanks to lack of will power and an influx of people in my house. Today is going to be better. Watching the Olympics saw that one of the events took place within our Borough apparently there's to be another bike race along the same route so will heave myself off there just to watch the best in the world at that event. No doubt the organisers had to put a limit on the live audience at most of the events and they did so by putting the price up so high... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 03:23:25 EST