APED7969's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=APED7969 APED7969'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/ Long Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916863 Amazing how some weeks you can just feel like complete crap for no real reason and then you can snap out of it days later. I am suspicious that hormones must be playing a role. I've never been particularly hormonal but for two months now I've had two weeks where I've just felt like eating crap and have been struggling through the days. Same week each cycle. I'm on the pill so am wondering if I should switch pills or consider something else. I've been on this one since I was 18 so I hesitate t... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 09:19:04 EST Baking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899882 Weight: 84 <BR> Calories in: 2171 <BR> Calories out: 2646 <BR> Exercise: 50 min morning walk <BR> <BR> Busy day at work which was good. Plus the little dog in with pneumonia seems to be improving. <BR> <BR> I'm about to do a bunch of baking. Hopefully I won't eat too much of it and it will sell well at the bake sale! Thu, 26 Mar 2015 07:44:27 EST Leaking roof http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899300 Weight: 84.3 <BR> Calories in: 1614 <BR> Calories out: 3052 <BR> Exercise: Wk 3 BBG arms <BR> <BR> Well I tired to do the right thing last weekend and cleared off part of the roof. There's an area where the roof connects that had lots of leaves/debris in it so I finally borrowed a ladder and clear about half of it out. I was hoping this might delay more water damage since the roof has clearly been leaking a little into the wall. Unfortunately it did the opposite. We've had three days with do... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 09:23:59 EST Daily blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898664 Weight: 84.9 <BR> Calories in: 2251 <BR> Calories out: 2964 <BR> Exercise: wk 3 BBG legs & cardio + balance/circuit class <BR> <BR> I know I already blogged today but I have decided to do a daily blog. I will try very hard to include weigh in, calories in and out and exercise for the day. I need to be more accountable. <BR> <BR> I wish my nutrition had been better today but my workouts went well. I spoke to the physio and he said take it easy for 2 weeks and then make an appointment if it s... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 08:46:13 EST Injury and frustration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898386 Its been a rough couple of months. My husband lost his job and business has slowed for me which reduces my salary. Its also been really hot still. Over 100F many days even though it is supposed to be autumn here. <BR> <BR> This has manifested itself as over eating for me. Most of the food I'm eating is healthy but there's too much of it and some chocolate thrown in as well. I am trying to get it back under wraps but am struggling. It hasn't resulted in much of a gain but I feel a bit more b... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 19:58:14 EST Looking back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892134 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1660075414.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2081524226.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1978418055.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just felt I needed a little reminder of where I was when I was at my biggest. <BR> <BR> And a reminder of where I was at my smallest. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l582663625.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l559015498.jpg"... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 08:34:56 EST Reflection and March goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886031 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l171120476.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've decided to include one of my photos in all my blogs. I take enough of them that I may as well show them to a few people. <BR> <BR> I have not been taking my own advice and have been eating too much. Maybe I should try blogging more often when I'm upset. I'm not even sure what to say though. I am disappointed we moved all the way here so that my husband could get a good paying job to then have him be laid off.... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 07:32:55 EST Reflection and March goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886030 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l171120476.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've decided to include one of my photos in all my blogs. I take enough of them that I may as well show them to a few people. <BR> <BR> I have not been taking my own advice and have been eating too much. Maybe I should try blogging more often when I'm upset. I'm not even sure what to say though. I am disappointed we moved all the way here so that my husband could get a good paying job to then have him be laid off.... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 07:32:26 EST Don't eat your stress! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878502 Just needed to remind myself of that. My husband was a contract haul truck driver for an iron ore mine. The key word in that sentence is 'was'. Unfortunately there are cuts being made so he was one of them. We are now deciding what to do. Hopefully we can keep going up here until the hiring freeze ends and maybe he can get a better position. But the question is how long do you wait for something that might not happen? <BR> <BR> In saying that I won't be giving up my job for awhile. I owe it... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 03:40:45 EST Photo Contest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874204 Thank you for the likes on my photo :-) <BR> <BR> I sent in this photo, which I've been told by a reptile expert is actually a legless lizard not a snake, thinking it wouldn't be chosen since there are some amazing photographers around here. This meant I was SUPER excited when I saw the post a few days ago. While I think it's unlikely it'll get as many likes as the person with over 400 I'm still quite proud of myself. <BR> <BR> The link to like it on facebook is this: <link>www.facebook.... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 00:29:52 EST February http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866960 January has went quite well aside from the scale. I reached my goal of running three days a week and doing half hour circuits three days a week. I am taking progress photos tomorrow but friends have said I look smaller and my clothes are a little looser. I also feel stronger. <BR> <BR> The scale, however, is not cooperating. I haven't been eating to plan but I have been eating clean 80% of the time. Weekends are the hardest. I find that if I eat even a little extra, even on days I'm exercis... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 07:45:18 EST Gili Islands http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864331 Very excited that in mid June my husband and I will be heading to the Gili Islands for two weeks. I'm sure there will be lots of snorkelling, relaxing, and going to the beach but I'm also going to be doing some volunteering. Since cars aren't allowed on the island much of the transport is done by horse and carts. So I'll also be doing dentals and any vet care that's needed. There's also a cat clinic which I'll volunteer at. I am going to primarily do that during the first week on Gili Trawang... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:00:39 EST Photos from my Sunday morning hike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861970 For the last four weeks I've been hiking with my dog Lucky. We've been doing around 2 hours each week. Unfortunately my other dog Mack is getting too arthritic so he doesn't get to come, but Lucky loves it. <BR> <BR> Today we hiked up a large hill and along the top of a range, it's not a well known trail but was easy to follow. Lucky gets alarmingly close to the edge of the cliff but besides that it's a lot of fun. I haven't been bringing my camera the past few weeks but I decided to snap a... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 02:58:02 EST Sticking to it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850846 After being on Sparkpeople since 2011 I've noticed lots of my long term spark friends are hitting the restart button as often as I am. Sometimes I find it a little depressing that all of us are still struggling with a healthy lifestyle every day. But most of the time I'm really proud that all of us have stuck around and keep trying. Sometimes we are trying harder than others but we're all here still trying. <BR> <BR> Life has gotten in the way for me in the last year and a half but I'm stil... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 07:52:55 EST Happy New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843444 I started 2015 spending an entire day doing absolutely nothing. That was the plan after going out on NYE so I'm not concerned about such a lazy start to the year! I'm back on track with eating today and will be working out after work this afternoon. <BR> <BR> My first goal this year is to get back below 80kg. That's my primary goal at the moment so won't be making any others until that happens. <BR> <BR> Plans to achieve that goal: <BR> - 30 min circuit workouts 3 days a week <BR> - running... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 23:50:03 EST On a plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828910 I have been stuck at the same weight (83kg-83.5kg) for 2 and 1/2 weeks now. I ate at the low end of my range last week and saw no progress and this week I've been at the higher end of my range and still no progress. I have been working out 1-2 times a day (with 1-2 rest days a week) and still no progress on the scales. I do think I'm feeling more muscle and have been seeing a little more space in my clothes. That doesn't make the scale any less frustrating. <BR> <BR> After regaining 13kg fr... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 01:53:22 EST Sick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803026 Well I've been a little off track since the weekend. I went out Saturday night but did plan for that an didn't eat much during the day. I'm sure it didn't compensate for all the alcohol calories but I did a lot of dancing and walked my friend home so actually got in 10,000 steps between midnight and 2am. <BR> <BR> I also got in a massive fight with my husband after he entirely misinterpreted a situation. We're better now but things haven't been good for awhile. We're doing remote counsellin... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:05:46 EST Calorie Cycling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798548 I'm ecstatic! 2.5kg lost already this month. That's 5.5lbs. And that also means 4.5kg lost since mid-Sept. I'm not quite sure what clicked but it has. I have spent the last two weeks eating between 1000-1300calories. This is probably going to be too low to maintain but I haven't actually been hungry most days. <BR> <BR> Today, however, was different. I ran 9 miles this morning, the furthest I've done yet. And it was all on challenging trails with hills. I have been absolutely starving all d... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 08:18:22 EST Canyoning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796750 I love being fit enough that I can do this sort of thing without even worrying if I'm fit enough: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1092862897.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l732957250.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l973084470.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l353551315.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My friend Matt and I did a canyoning tour in Karijini National Park tod... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 10:13:38 EST On track :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795703 Pretty excited to see the scale go from 85.5 to 83.3 in just a couple of weeks! I am probably eating slightly less than I should but I'm still hoping to get to my dietbet weight by Monday (82.8) so I'll just keep at 1200-1400 a day until then. I have upped my exercise so I'm finding that I'm a bit more hungry during my runs than I'd like. It probably is slowing me down a little. I will say that I'm not actually that hungry most of the time. I assume this is due to the fact I'm eating mainly f... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 08:38:51 EST Hit and Miss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792036 For September my goals were: <BR> - track every day in September <BR> - stay in range at least 6/7 days a week <BR> - run 3 days a week <BR> - climb nameless once a week <BR> - strength train 3 times a week <BR> - fitness class 1-2 times a week <BR> - ride my horse 2-4 times a week <BR> <BR> I did okay with eating and tracking, probably give myself a 60% for tracking and a 75% for staying in range. I have been keeping up with my running and some strength training. Fitness class ... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 01:50:18 EST Dietbet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779526 I decided I need some added motivation so I've joined dietbet. The bet is to lose 4% in 4 weeks. I am hoping this will kickstart things downwards. For me this means losing 3.4kg. So hopefully I'll start being a bit more serious about this or forfeit my $30. <BR> <BR> As for my goals for the month: <BR> -track every day - 10/14 days <BR> - stay in range - 10/14 days <BR> And for the week: <BR> - run 3 days a week - 3/3 <BR> - climb nameless - 1/1 <BR> - strength train - 1/3 <BR> - ... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:03:26 EST Progress report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775653 This weekend was a bit of a challenge for my goals. I drove 3 hours on dirt roads to a rodeo and worked as the vet. Thankfully I didn't have to actually need to do anything. Unfortunately there were not many good food choices. Also there was no phone service for my personal phone so I didn't track on Saturday or Sunday. So for my goals this week: <BR> -track every day - 6/8 days <BR> - stay in range - 5/7 days <BR> - run 3 days a week - 3/3 <BR> - climb nameless - 0/1 <BR> - strength train -... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 07:49:02 EST So far so good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772404 I weighed in on the first at 86.4kg. I've already dropped 500g. I'm sure some of that is water weight but I've managed to stay on track. I've tracked every day and have stayed in my range including the low end today. I am quite hungry but hopefully that will improve. <BR> <BR> So far I've managed: <BR> 1st - 2mile run + ride + short weight session <BR> 2nd - fitness class <BR> 3rd - 4.4 mile run <BR> <BR> Plans for the rest of the week are: <BR> 4th - ride in AM, fitness class in PM <BR> ... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 07:06:02 EST September Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769796 I can't say I'm really seeing any results lately. My weight is bouncing around in the same range so I think I need to be more consistent and focused. So for September I'm going to set a few goals: <BR> <BR> - track every day in September <BR> - stay in range at least 6/7 days a week <BR> - run 3 days a week <BR> - climb nameless once a week <BR> - strength train 3 times a week <BR> - fitness class 1-2 times a week <BR> - ride my horse 2-4 times a week <BR> <BR> And to stay accountable I'm g... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 08:28:19 EST a little survey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754947 I can't go into details but I did kind of want to ask you guys a question. If you called a doctor/dentist/vet office for your records to be forwarded and it didn't get done the first time and you needed to call and remind them once would you consider that unprofessional? I mean unprofessional enough to make a complaint with a governing body? <BR> <BR> I won't rant about work as I try not to do that on the internet but I am curious to see a response. <BR> <BR> And while wine and pizza won'... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 09:03:06 EST Puppy Class! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754236 I'm currently teaching puppy class at work :-) Here's a couple of my pupils: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l21808099.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l75270752.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Managed another 3 mile run before puppy class. 3 min running w/30 second walking intervals. Can't wait to run the whole thing. Still think my leg is holding together but I need to get onto some hamstring exercises as I've been slacking off. Wed, 6 Aug 2014 09:35:32 EST Looking back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752732 I did measurements the other day and was curious to see how they compared when I was a similar weight in July of 2011. It was really interesting. I currently weigh between 86-87kg and in 2011 I weighed 84.3kg but my measurements now are the same or less, my arms are the same and my thighs and hips are smaller. The only measurement that is now higher is my waist. I guess that's pretty good proof that I've changed my body composition. <BR> <BR> I also had a look at what I was eating and how I... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 08:24:13 EST Injuries http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750188 Running is going well. I'm up to 1 min running/30 seconds walking for 15 intervals. My leg hasn't been hurting, but it doesn't feel quite right either. I'm finding it really hard to determine between paranoia that I'm doing too much and legitimately doing too much. Nothing hurts like it used to but it just twinges a bit in that hamstring and now I'm sitting on the couch that butt cheek feels a little more uncomfortable. A lot of it is probably because I'm also doing hamstring and gluteal exer... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:07:10 EST Sore back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745198 I did fitness class on Tuesday night and somehow tweaked my back. Just the right side. I kept going as it wasn't that bad and was hoping it would loosen up. It didn't. It did a bit yesterday but is still a bit sore. I'm still not sure if it was the deadlifts I did Monday night or the fact I was carrying around a fat 33kg (72lb) Labrador at work on Tuesday. Either way I managed a run yesterday but haven't been doing any weights since. I also opted not to ride my horse, yesterday because I hurt... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:42:03 EST Finally making progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744043 After over a year with a high hamstring injury that just didn't want to get better I feel like I'm finally making some progress to get back running distances. I am currently doing 1 minute running/30 sec walking for 15 reps with no pain. I've been able to do shorter distances in fitness classes for ages but the hamstring exercises and forcing myself to be patient in increasing my intervals is finally working. I'm trying not to get ahead of myself but am hoping to do a 15k trail race when we'r... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:48:09 EST No Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721995 I hate to make excuses but I am really struggling to create a schedule that gives me time to make healthy food and get as much exercise as I'd like. Maybe I can get some suggestions from others. I'm currently working 40-50 hour weeks and while that may improve some it isn't that promising. My usual day goes a little like this: <BR> 5-6am - alarm goes off at 5 and I get up somewhere closer to 6am since I can't say I'm that keen to actually get up <BR> Shower and off to ride horse by 645ish <BR... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:37:01 EST Photo from my hike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686986 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1827375630.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I can't get any of the other photos to upload without resizing but here's a picture of Lucky on our hike up Mt Nameless today Sun, 4 May 2014 08:28:39 EST March Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641900 No weight goals this month as the scale isn't cooperating at all. Instead I will set a goal of losing centimetres . <BR> - fitness class - Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday if class is on <BR> - Yoga Tuesday and/or pilates Thursday <BR> - 5 minute runs per physio instructions every other day <BR> - physio exercises every other day <BR> - 2-3 lifting exercises every other day, lifting heavy, possibly progressing to a more organised plan if I actually do it <BR> - meal planning ... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 07:46:26 EST Same old injury.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641135 Having not run regularly since September in the hope that it would improve my hamstring insertion tendon injury I went to the physio two weeks ago and started running. I did two days of about 20-25min run/walking. 1min run/1min walk. I went with a new friend. She probably went a little faster than I'd have liked but it felt fine the first day and only a little off the second day. That was Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Then I went to yoga Thursday night. I really should have left when she sai... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 08:34:32 EST Still not losing any weight... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621978 I'm really not that scale oriented but I do always wonder if I could be doing something different to make it go down. More importantly I would like clothes to be fitting looser and so far they don't seem to be. I only do monthly measurements so I'm not sure. <BR> <BR> So what I have been doing is staying in my calorie range of 1300-1650. I was slightly over one day of the weekend and I was under yesterday. This week hasn't been quite as healthy food but still staying in calorie range. The l... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 07:12:52 EST Biggest Loser http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616535 In Australia we're just starting a new season of the Biggest Loser where they are trying to transform Australia's fattest town. I have kept up with a couple seasons of the show in the US and here but primarily I don't tend to watch the show. I did watch a few episodes of the newest season and I found a couple thing reminded me why I don't normally watch it. <BR> <BR> I get so absolutely sick of hearing contestants say they can't lose the weight on their own or they can't complete a task. For... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 03:52:32 EST A bit of a rant and progress report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609967 A friend of mine on facebook posted this and I thought I'd share it: <BR> <BR> http://leigh-annthomas.com/doingbodygoal<BR>sdifferently/ <BR> <BR> I particularly like the last one. I think people on dieting sites in general can forget that their rules are not everyone's rules. What works for you won't work for others. I found it interesting reading today's SP highlight blog which said "If, like me, you have been eating mostly healthy whole foods and have done away with food cravings, be awa... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 08:41:29 EST Still recommitted :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603091 It has been a week since my last blog and I'm happy to report that I am actually still on track. I ate a bit higher on the weekend and didn't track on Saturday or Sunday but aside from many drinks on Sunday I don't think Saturday was a real blow-out. This town will drive me crazy if I don't get a social life so I'm happy to eat and drink some extra if it means going to a BBQ. <BR> <BR> I feel like I'm starting to get a little more excited about exercise. I bought a treadmill on Monday. A ca... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 08:26:12 EST Actually recommitted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595465 I sure hope I'm not speaking too soon but I finally feel recommitted to weight loss. Unfortunately that is only after a pretty significant gain in the last few months. They've been a very stressful few months so while I'm annoyed at myself for losing this much ground I can understand how it happened. Between injury and moving and job changes etc it has been a lot to deal with. I don't know if I'll ever be the sort of person who doesn't stress eat, I hope so, but I am not that mad at myself fo... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 05:25:59 EST Three month break & move http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553990 After 3 months and a weight gain of a few kilos and a big loss of fitness I'm finally ready to get going again. I've found that I still lean on food when I stressed. I already knew this though so wasn't particularly surprised to gain some weight. We didn't just move across the country, I also spent about 8 weeks traveling around to various locations for work. I need time and energy and the facilities to plan in order to eat well. I know this. So I've tried my best to limit the damage. <BR> ... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 09:01:26 EST Karijini National Park http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5494650 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l604628552.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1747624210.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l374317394.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l375728210.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I thought I'd share photos from my hike on Sunday. It was a decent drive. Thankfully much less of it was dirt road than I'd originally thought. However I hit the dirt part after da... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 09:26:26 EST Interesting travels http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5491042 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1318396198.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l538747211.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l738388161.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here's a few photos of the latest hikes I've been on. I wish I had an underwater camera for some of the snorkelling but unfortunately I don't have one. I have been living in Exmouth Western Australia working at the one and only vet clinic in town. It has been a good experience. Rein... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 11:07:24 EST Interesting travels http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5491041 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1318396198.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l538747211.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l738388161.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here's a few photos of the latest hikes I've been on. I wish I had an underwater camera for some of the snorkelling but unfortunately I don't have one. I have been living in Exmouth Western Australia working at the one and only vet clinic in town. It has been a good experience. Rein... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 11:07:24 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5471461 I'm still here! Just very busy with my move so only just barely here. The drive from Yeppoon to Perth went well. It was long, very long. We drove for 12 and 1/2 hours one day since we gained 90 minutes of daylight with the time change. This was all done after a tough mudder which I did with a nasty head cold and cough. <BR> <BR> As for Tough Mudder I didn't really think it was that tough. It may have been because we were waiting for team mates at each obstacle. The obstacles were marginally... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 07:40:16 EST Moving is stressful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441353 I've been struggling a bit for awhile, mainly with food, but it wasn't too big a deal as I kept exercising. Now in two weeks I'll be moving. At the start of a very long drive to Perth we're driving to the Sunshine Coast to do a tough mudder. I wish I could say I felt more prepared. <BR> <BR> My running has been minimal lately. Partially there's some laziness involved but it is mainly because it hurts. My hamstring never came 100% and running upsets it. I also bruised my heel and it has impr... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 17:34:56 EST Moving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421463 So we're moving. To the other side of the country. In about 5 weeks. I have 3 weeks temporary work lined up filling in for my friend at a vet clinic in Exmouth, Western Australia. My husband doesn't have work lined up but I think he'll have an easier time finding work once he's over there. I hope anyway! <BR> <BR> Financially we're probably about 50% prepared for a move. Cleaning house wise we're about 10% ready. Plus we're breaking lease so I really really really hope they get new tenants ... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 07:26:23 EST Success and Failure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406571 Throughout the last two and a bit years I have tried to be consistent. There has been times I've eaten better than others and there's been times I've exercised more than others but at no point did I let either habit, or any of the other healthy habits I've developed, slide completely. Maybe a little here and there but never completely. Even on vacations I still exercised and made an effort to control my food choices. <BR> <BR> I understand it is normal for motivation to wax and wane. I know... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 17:58:41 EST Recovery and Planning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5393723 I feel almost normal now, although still not quite. My hips, particularly my ITB, are still sore and my feet/shins are still sore. I can walk without looking crippled though. I skipped kickboxing on Monday night and yoga yesterday, good thing I skipped yoga as I had an afterhours call for a dog with a twisted stomach who had to be put down. I may have missed the call or taken longer to get it if I'd went to class. Anyway my trainer also cancelled class this morning so I've gotten some extra r... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 18:32:50 EST Oxfam Brisbane 100km http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390536 The Oxfam 100km walk was this Friday through Sunday. It consists of teams of 4 walking 100km. You have to leave each checkpoint as a team and you have to start with 4 people. Our team consisted of me and 3 50 year old guys. I trained with two of them, Gary and Vince, and the third guy, Digby, we found online as he needed a team to join. He told Gary who organised the team that he would be more than capable of doing 21-22 hours even though his fastest time previously was 24 hours. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 06:26:42 EST