BUBBLEJ1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BUBBLEJ1 BUBBLEJ1'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/ Foolproof weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730798 Get the flu! <BR> <BR> Yep, for the low, low price of getting influenza you can lose weight without any effort at all. <BR> <BR> So, Friday I was feeling like rubbish. Saturday I wasn't well, but powered on. Sunday I was so sick I couldn't even get out of bed. Fever, chills, sweats, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, nausea... If if was a flu symptom, I had it. My husband dragged me to the after hours doctor on Sunday evening because he was so worried about me. All the doctor could do for... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 18:57:38 EST My excuse for missing too many workouts in 2 weeks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722526 We bought a house! <BR> <BR> It all happened so quick and the past fortnight has been a blur of mortgage brokers, lawyers, vendors, builders (for the pre purchase report)... all of whom we met after work and by the time we were finished with them we were starving and the gym was nearly closed. I managed to get to the gym a couple of times, and we tried to make our weekends with my step son as active as possible, but the workout have been lacking. <BR> <BR> Back on track this week (I try to ... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 03:07:21 EST My injury http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711799 So after my class last week I was really gung ho and wanting to get back into my routine. Until the next morning when I woke up and I couldn't move my right arm. It got worse through the day and I think I pulled my pec and or bicep in my right arm. That put me out for a week! I couldn't move my arm at all without pain for nearly a week. I went back to the class on Tuesday (it was feeling better) but did things at my own pace so I wouldn't re injure myself. The pace is pretty quick and I think... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 04:07:38 EST A new class http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704042 I've known for weeks that I need to add something to my workout routine, but nothing has appealed. I decided that I just had to try something, anything, to get me going. There is a class on Tuesday nights called 'Active'. The vague description didn't put me off so I went along to try it out. <BR> <BR> First, I had to get a step. Ick. I clearly wouldn't be using it for decline push ups but I decided to stop being a weights snob and do as I was told as get one. Then I had to get hand weights ... Tue, 27 May 2014 04:46:50 EST more wedding photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698918 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l404341841.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l815907902.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l663033285.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l632243270.jpg"> Tue, 20 May 2014 05:00:49 EST Mrs Bubble is in the house http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697306 OK, so see my last blog for wedding photos. The only 2 I could get to upload (they are massive). <BR> <BR> I have been so busy lately with, ya know, getting married. The day after the wedding we went on our honeymoon (a week in Fiji) and since then it has been crazy. But, I'm back and I'm recommitting to blogging and exercising. <BR> <BR> My weight is more or less the same as before the wedding. I lost a bit of weight the week of the wedding (stress) and put that exact amount back on in F... Sat, 17 May 2014 22:22:26 EST I got married http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697295 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l74049121.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l417607632.jpg"> Sat, 17 May 2014 21:56:45 EST I've been busy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633717 Hi all. Remember me? <BR> <BR> Well, I've been absent for a while. I've been really busy and while in maintenance I haven't really needed spark. I'm off work sick today so I finally have time to update my blog. <BR> <BR> Fitness <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1751983378.jpg"> <BR> I'm still lifting heavy (above is me squatting 70kg which is more than my body weight). That is not the lowest point of the squat, for all the form junkies! Luke kept taking the photo as ... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 19:57:01 EST My 2 year weight loss journey anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577386 So, I had an essay written and Spark ate it. <BR> <BR> Here I am, 2 years after deciding to lose weight. I lost 22 kg, and have gained back 2. Not bad, but I'm looking forward to getting those 2kg off in the next couple of months. <BR> <BR> My eating has been awful this month. I've had countless morning teas, my birthday, and Christmas <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1278443176.jpg"> <BR> I also took a second job in retail. I have worked most of December! Retail at... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 03:52:19 EST Nom nom! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558677 Another ode to fruit and veggies! <BR> <BR> 3 punnets of strawberries (I'm addicted. They'll be gone by Tuesday morning) <BR> 2 punnets of blueberries <BR> Bunch of bananas <BR> Punnet of green grapes <BR> 4 zucchini (I already have some other veggies in the fridge and freezer) <BR> <BR> My yummy breakfasts and snacks for the next few days. My current fave is 100g of greek yogurt with 1t of jam mixed into it with 1/3C of blueberries and 1/2 of sliced strawberries . Delish! Fri, 6 Dec 2013 21:52:16 EST I still have fat days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557154 I honestly thought that once I had lost 20kg the fat days would be over. I'd never hate my body again. But, I'm a woman and we tend to be very hard on ourselves. I'm especially hard on myself, always striving for something that would take photoshop to achieve. <BR> <BR> I shouldn't feel fat. This is a photo of me 6 weeks ago <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1995401606.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm a size 10 (US 6) with a normal BMI. Top end of normal but I lift heavy and have... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 22:25:55 EST Why I love Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554667 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1814536463.jpg"> <BR> Bananas, strawberries, blueberries, zucchini! There were cherries but I scoffed them. <BR> <BR> I can't be the only one who gets a thrill out of buying colourful, fresh, and cheap summer fruit and veg, can I? <BR> <BR> Or the only one who eats nothing BUT fresh fruit and veg until it runs out? <BR> <BR> OK, maybe it's just me. Maybe I'm obsessed! All I know is my dessert tonight is sliced strawberries, blueberries, ... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 23:27:52 EST On Sunday I... (pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550341 Went here <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1547903259.jpg"> <BR> Drank this <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1584636185.jpg"> <BR> (and ate a cheese platter - delish!) <BR> Ate this... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l295710678.jpg"> <BR> (awkward pose) <BR> ...while sitting here <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1491478558.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Then we drove and we saw this <BR> <img src="http://photos... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 23:36:34 EST YAY normality (and some great news!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539758 My quest for normality is going well. I've been to the gym 3 times this week (2 boxing classes and a weights session) and I'm feeling good. A little sore, but good! Tomorrow is another weights day, and then I have Friday off!I've also been eating pretty well, with lots of fruit and veggies. There was a morning tea at work on Monday, but I only had a small plate, and I didn't get seconds. Moderation! <BR> <BR> I got some great news the day before grandpa died, and I was so preoccupied that I ... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 03:49:34 EST Back to normality this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536926 The funeral went well. I said my eulogy and helped carry my grandpa out of the chapel. Now I'm looking forward to getting back to normality. <BR> <BR> I have spent the afternoon baking. I made zucchini and spinach Crustless quiches for my lunches this week (I'll have them with salads) and a zucchini chocolate cake for a sweet treat. No points for guessing which vegetable is in season and CHEAP at the moment. I like using zucchini in my cooking and baking so I'm not complaining. It adds bulk ... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 22:54:44 EST I went to the gym today. That's a start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534370 On Sunday I called work and told them that I wouldn't be in for the week. They were great, got a reliever, and told me not to worry. I'm so grateful for the week off because being bereaved is exhausting. I am so tired despite sleeping a solid 8-9 hours every night. <BR> <BR> I am fully involved in the funeral. As the only grandchild in the area, and probably the one that was closest to grandpa, I felt it was right to do as much as I could. I made the programs, and I'm making a slide show of... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 22:45:40 EST Goodbye Grandpa http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530398 Grandpa passed away peacefully around midday. He was surrounded by family. He went downhill so quickly. My dad, sadly, didn't make it back from Australia in time. <BR> <BR> Frank Harding R-------- <BR> 24/3/27 - 3/11/13 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1657021718.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Grandpa was always so proud of me. I went to uni, got qualified and got a good job. He lived long enough to hear that I was offered a position in Wellington, which made him prouder. I share ... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 21:17:41 EST Back to blogging my eats and a family photo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527045 I took the long weekend off from blogging my eats. I focused all my attention on making sure my stepson had a great weekend with us. We see him so infrequently that I decided he was more important than blogging. Family first, and all that. It was so worth it <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1031155636.jpg"> <BR> He is such a sweetie! He stole my heart! <BR> <BR> Also I have a job interview at a school in Wellington on Friday. It is via skype so I don't need to travel.... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 04:00:49 EST I've got my hands full this weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523493 Riley has taken a shine to me. I've got my hands full! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1206517419.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1675329173.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l345892436.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l765206848.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Poor dad isn't getting a look in! He is very attached, wanting me to give cuddles when he is upset and to lay down with him when h... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 21:51:22 EST Blogging my eats and the sprog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522325 Luke's son is up in Auckland for the long weekend. This is his first visit to Auckland and Luke's first time having him for more then 2 days. I am quite anti children (yes I know I'm a teacher, it is so much different than having them in your personal life) but Riley is a good kid, and very cute. We have had cuddles so I think he is warming up to me. It helps that my afternoon snack of a cookie was shared with him. It should be an interesting weekend! <BR> <BR> Weight - don't know. Got up a... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 13:18:17 EST Blogging my eats 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5520939 Weight - 66.7  <BR> Exercise - 60min boxing class <BR> Eats -  <BR> Breakfast <BR> - 2 eggs  <BR> - 10g feta <BR> - Banana <BR> - Soy caramel latte <BR> <BR> Lunch <BR> - Salad of chicken, spinach, feta, strawberries, caramelized onion dressing (I'm obsessed with this combo!) <BR> <BR> Snack <BR> - Banana <BR> - Birthday cake <BR> <BR> Afternoon snack <BR> - 2 Mini Babybel cheese - light <BR> <BR> Dinner (lazy night since we got in at 9pm) <BR> - Thin crust pizza (less than 400 cal for ha... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 04:41:40 EST Blogging my eats http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519993 Ok terrible day to start blogging my eats <BR> <BR> Weight this morning - 66.7 - down .9kg <BR> Exercise - none. I pulled my upper calf slightly on Sunday. It is feeling much better when weight bearing so I'm back to the gym tomorrow <BR> <BR> Breakfast <BR> - 100g Greek yogurt <BR> - 35g muesli <BR> - 1t cinnamon <BR> - 1t sugar <BR> - small soy caramel latte <BR> <BR> Lunch <BR> - Crustless zucchini quiche <BR> - Spinach, strawberry, feta, avocado salad with sliced almonds and caramel... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 05:07:51 EST No dessert challenge - Day 5 and 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5509408 On day 4 I had a piece of cake and a scoop of ice cream at a dinner party. I was going to allow myself dessert on that night, and that is the only dessert I've eaten all week. <BR> <BR> Day 5 and 6 have been uneventful. No desserts or sweets or chocolate. <BR> <BR> The teaspoon of sugar that I put on my cereal has become too sweet, so I'm going to cut it back to half a teaspoon from now on. <BR> <BR> I've been managing my sweet tooth with fruit and the occasional coffee with sweetener. ... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 23:15:10 EST No dessert challenge - Day 3 and 4 - plus a gym compliment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5507423 Day 4 and I'm feeling amazing! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was day 3. My sugar cravings at night are nearly gone, and last night they were satisfied by a couple of oranges. I did have 2 drinks with sugar in them, but they aren't exempt from this challenge. I am going to try and avoid them as well, though. <BR> <BR> Today I haven't even had any drinks with sugar in them. Tonight I have a dinner at a friends place, and while I plan on declining dessert I may have some. I will decline if I don't feel... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 22:02:07 EST No dessert challenge - Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5505794 Day 2 of my challenge and all is going well. <BR> <BR> I went to my parents place for dinner and they had gotten dessert for me. Barvarian, which is a fave of mine. Luckily my parents are super supportive and understood when I declined dessert. I made my fiancé eat his portion far away from me then tell me it tasted horrible. He does a lot for me. <BR> <BR> Since sugar is in everything I'm not cutting it out entirely. For example I am still putting 3/4 of a teaspoon of sugar on my breakfas... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 08:59:19 EST 7 day no dessert challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504911 I've picked up a few bad snacking habits and it is starting to show n the scale, and in my moods. To try and stop my sugary habits I have decided to cut desserts for a week. Now, I don't usually cut anything - I am all about balance - but this is a bad problem and I think that for me the best way to kick the habit is to get used to not eating sweet things. So for 7 days no <BR> - chocolate <BR> - dessert <BR> - cake <BR> - cookies <BR> - juice <BR> Etc. <BR> <BR> Today was day one and it we... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 02:49:40 EST 7 day no dessesry challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504910 I've picked up a few bad snacking habits and it is starting to show n the scale, and in my moods. To try and stop my sugary habits I have decided to cut desserts for a week. Now, I don't usually cut anything - I am all about balance - but this is a bad problem and I think that for me the best way to kick the habit is to get used to not eating sweet things. So for 7 days no <BR> - chocolate <BR> - dessert <BR> - cake <BR> - cookies <BR> - juice <BR> Etc. <BR> <BR> Today was day one and it we... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 02:49:03 EST We're moving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5481148 No one in real life knows (except for a best friend each) so I'll spill my guts here - We're moving! In January. Yep. <BR> <BR> So the back story is this - Luke moved to Auckland to be with me 4 months ago. The distance was just too much for either of us, and I couldn't move until the end of the year because of my job. Now the distance is too much for Luke, since his son still lives in Wellington. I miss him terribly when he is gone, and he doesn't get to see his son nearly enough. The logic... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 23:18:45 EST Engagement photos (lots of pics!!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477934 Just popping in to share some of our engagement photos. We love them! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l875611195.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1473852575.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l286373079.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1279440040.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l41272418.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 15:29:01 EST Make these pancakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451368 Greek yogurt pancakes. I was skeptical, but they turned out great! <BR> <BR> http://www.everydaybelle.com/2011/06/gre<BR>ek-yogurt-pancakes/ <BR> <BR> I used unsweetened yogurt and added 1T of sugar and 1t of vanilla essence. Drizzled with maple syrup, they were a yummy and filling breakfast. <BR> <BR> Without toppings the nutritional breakdown looks like this <BR> Nutrition Facts <BR> <BR> 4 Servings <BR> <BR> Amount Per Serving <BR> Calories 143.1 <BR> Total Fat 5.2 g <BR> ... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 00:33:34 EST My new toy at the gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5427841 My gym got a new toy, called a rip:60. It is a suspension trainer, and it uses your body weight to do exercises. The amount of body weight used can be changed depending on how close to the machine you are. It is so much fun, and SO hard. You have to use your core to stabilize yourself, and my core is not what it should be. Here are some pictures to give you an idea about what on earth I'm talking about! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l444617551.jpg"> <BR> <img ... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 00:11:09 EST Meet Rigby http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423717 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l153433309.jpg"> <BR> <BR> No, he's not mine! I wish. He is the sweetest dog in the whole world! He is, however, my temporary walking/running buddy. <BR> <BR> Ya see, his owner works nextdoor to my mum, and she is super busy so I've offered to take Rigby for a walk most days during the school holidays. Rigby's owner jumped at my offer and I am welcome to come and get him anytime, for as long as I want. The only catch is that Rigby isn't lea... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 01:58:30 EST Out and about on the weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421273 So the man and I decided that we needed some time out. No friends, family, or wedding talk - Just us. We headed out for brunch, then to the museum. We sat in the sun and took some photos before heading inside to become more knowledgeable and the like <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1487942814.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1578681370.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Next stop was the suburb where we are getting married. We walked along the beach ... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 00:09:31 EST Back to it tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418477 So I admitted that I was sick and, apart from 1 boxing class, I haven't been to the gym in a week. I'm rested and much better so I'm heading back tomorrow and plan to get right back into things. Because I'm me. I don't do things by halves. <BR> <BR> My plan for the next 7 days <BR> <BR> S - Spinning + a walk with the man <BR> S - Weights <BR> M - Boxing <BR> T - Weights class <BR> W - Boxing <BR> T - Rest <BR> F - Weights <BR> I'm on school holidays so I'll be trying to do a few walks/runs... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 01:56:34 EST I'm sick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5415089 Last Wednesday, after being off work for a week with an injury, I came down with a cold. I was diagnosed with an upper respiratory got some antibiotics and went on my merry way. I've been miserable ever since, coughing up a storm and not sleeping at night. Last night I couldn't even talk because every time I talked I had a coughing fit. This morning I called in sick to work and made myself another appointment. I went in and told the doctor that I wasn't feeling better and, if anything, I felt... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 04:11:44 EST I'm an XXS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5405021 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l199541851.jpg"> <BR> <BR> At one store. Still count! Fri, 28 Jun 2013 22:30:55 EST A few days off work + wedding help http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5403945 So I've been off work since 1pm on Tuesday. For those who don't know, I dropped a whiteboard on my foot and, since it probably weighs nearly 20lb, it hurt. My boss told me to stay off work until it was better and for once I'm actually doing as I'm told, but for a funny reason... <BR> <BR> I can't wear shoes. I can't have any pressure at all on the top of my right foot, so wearing shoes is painful. I can't go to work in my slippers (I asked) so I am stuck at home until the bruising and swelli... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 20:55:18 EST I'm skipping the gym tonight (pic) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400793 Because I dropped a whiteboard on my foot. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l703902915.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yeah... smart, aye? It hurt like a witch with a b, but I didn't swear in front of the children! <BR> <BR> Nothing broken, but I've been ordered to rest and elevate for 24 hours. Normally I would ignore the instructions and carry on as normal, but it f***in hurts so, just this once, I'll do as I'm told. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 23:46:17 EST I lost 22kg AND found my perfect wedding dress (pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5397963 Right, first things first - Today I officially hit 22kg lost. I am DONE. I really don't want to lose any more weight (I said that 2 kilos ago...) so I really need to make sure I'm eating enough to maintain. After a year of eating at a deficit it has been hard to adjust to eating enough to maintain. And I need to eat A LOT to maintain. 2000 calories would be my minimum, more if I'm exercising a lot. I eat more than my 6 foot tall fiance. I can lift more than him too, but that's another story f... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 03:08:17 EST The thing I now have to do besides exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392864 For my entire weight loss journey I have been on my own. For 10 months last year I was in a relationship where I was ignored, at best. Then I was single for 2 months. Then in a long distance relationship for 5 months. My time was my own. I had nothing to come home to, so going to the gym 5 times a week was no problem. I wanted to be there, I loved going and I looked forward to it every day. <BR> <BR> A month ago my then boyfriend (now fiance) moved to be with me and we moved in together. And... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 02:59:49 EST I accidently lost more weight, and the wedding plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389256 About a month ago I moved out of home. I know for most young people this is a time where junk food is consumed because there is no one to tell them they can't anymore. For this 24-going-on-47-year-old it was an opportunity to do exactly the opposite! I wanted a decent serving of veggies with every meal, less fast food, not to have my food drowned in oil and butter before it got to the table. Now we are not used to fast food, and when we ate it for the first time on Thursday night neither of u... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 16:24:11 EST Catching up (AKA sorry I've been slack, have some words and pictures) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383410 OK, it's been a while since I last blogged, so here is a run down of what I've been doing instead! <BR> <BR> This guy moved to Auckland <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1887483019.jpg"> <BR> He has been the main reason why I haven't been sparking. He moved up without a job (we figured he would get one quickly if he was in the area for interviews). Well he is still jobless, but applying all the time, and his interviews went well. This means that he is by himself all da... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 13:23:18 EST I'm engaged! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381032 I haven't been around a lot (crazy busy, I owe y'all a proper blog) but I'm popping in to say that I got engaged! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1031976115.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I knew it was coming (we have talked about it a lot), but didn't think it would be tonight. Just a quiet walk along the beach and he did it. <BR> <BR> So, that's Mrs Bubble to you! Fri, 7 Jun 2013 04:26:09 EST Made my day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5359496 I am on facebook and I just got this message <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1458189471.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm an inspiration?! How cool is that? Fri, 17 May 2013 16:02:56 EST No formal exericse this weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5358817 So my run has been rained out 2 nights in a row. If I had really wanted to go then I would have, but I didn't. Nevermind! <BR> <BR> I have no formal exercise planned this weekend. VERY strange for me! I figure I'll be getting enough exercise this weekend doing the following things- <BR> Saturday - Running a sausage sizzle for 6 hours, which means standing and running around for the whole time. Totally cardio <BR> Sunday - Moving house! I figure lifting boxes and furniture will count as my s... Fri, 17 May 2013 03:23:49 EST Things that are good in my life (pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5356428 I had a bad and frustrating day yesterday. I am up early (5.30am) today so I can head into work early and get some work done. But, instead of blogging about everything that went wrong yesterday, I'm going to blog about the good things in my life <BR> <BR> 1. I have this guy <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l41936482.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 2. I'm at a good weight. I can't remember the last time a guy was able to pick me up, but Luke does it all the time and says I'm not heavy... Tue, 14 May 2013 14:47:38 EST 4 days until moving day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355862 4 days until my boyfriend moves up <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1812546575.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I can't wait!! <BR> <BR> P.S - I will write a blog soon that is a real blog. I have been so super busy at work that I haven't had time to do anything, including teach! I'm working on a HUGE project instead. I miss my kids and can't wait to be back with them on Thursday. Tue, 14 May 2013 02:25:50 EST May goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343941 Weight - I am thinking I might want to drop a little more weight. I stress a little, like a kilo or two. I know some may try to talk me out of it, so I'm gonna stop you right here. I will do it slowly and sensibly. My last kilo took 6 weeks, mainly because I wasn't trying to lose, I was just not eating enough to maintain. I need to eat a LOT to maintain. So, basically I'll cut out a snack and I should lose a little more very slowly. If I don't lose anything then I'm not going to stress. <B... Fri, 3 May 2013 04:12:40 EST My trainer is trying to kill me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343938 So, stupid idea: I ran to the gym. Before getting a new program. I must be crazy. It was a nice 3km run (18m16s) with a light shower in the middle to cool me down. I ran a different route, over a new foot bridge that goes over the motorway. It was a fun alternative route. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l287028439.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l734265025.jpg"> <BR> All in all it went well, and considering the first 800m was uphill AND I ... Fri, 3 May 2013 03:44:25 EST April goal recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342306 Weight – Keep maintaining within the 66kg range <BR> <em>248</em> I am within the 66kg range 99% of the time <BR> <BR> Nutrition – Just because I can eat more chocolate doesn’t really mean that I should… <BR> <em>228</em> Still eating too much chocolate... Really need to limit it to 1-2 pieces a day <BR> <BR> Cardio – Run a 6k without stopping <BR> <em>248</em> Ran the whole darn thing in 36m49s <BR> <BR> Strength – <BR> Squat my body weight (1.5kg to go) <BR> <em>248</em> N... Wed, 1 May 2013 18:04:19 EST