CAMAEL100's SparkPeople Blog CAMAEL100's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Every day this week............ I have said I will 'start again' tomorrow! <BR> <BR> We all know what that means!! <BR> <BR> TOMORROW NEVER COMES!!! <BR> <BR> Time to get my act together TODAY! Wed, 8 May 2013 09:27:54 EST Paddy, Not Patty! It has started already!!!! <BR> <BR> Each and every year millions of Irish, Irish-ish and amateur alcoholics are needlessly distracted from their Holy Tradition of drinking themselves into a stupor in the name of Saint Patrick. <BR> <BR> The source of this terrible distraction? <BR> <BR> An onslaught of half-hearted, dyed-green references to St. Patrick’s Day as St. Patty’s Day. <BR> <BR> It gnaws at them. It riles them up. It makes them want to fight… <BR> <BR> IT'S PADDY, NOT PATTY. EV... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 08:57:17 EST Perfectionism “Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life....... I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won't have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren't even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they're doing it.” ~Anne Lamott Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:36:35 EST The Diet Mentality I am a little confused about all I am reading about the ditching of the diet mentality and how restricting calories can lead to binging. Now I know from experience that feeling deprived can lead to binging after a week of dieting. <BR> <BR> But, what I want to know is this – If I am overweight from eating up to 3,000 calories and more every day, how do I get healthy without reducing this by at least half?? I don’t think I can. So is that a diet or not a diet?? <BR> <BR> What is a diet? A d... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 05:13:37 EST What to Expect if You Marry an Irish Woman! The first man married a woman from Italy. He told her that she was to do the dishes and house cleaning. It took a couple of days, but on the third day, he came home to see a clean house and dishes washed and put away. <BR> <BR> The second man married a woman from Poland. He gave his wife orders that she was to do all the cleaning, dishes and the cooking. The first day he didn't see any results, but the next day he saw it was better. By the third day, he saw his house was clean, the dishes we... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 14:00:52 EST Goal weight – who do I need to convince. A goal weight is hard to define. At 145lbs, 2lbs from now, I will be in the healthy BMI range. So I should be happy there – right? <BR> <BR> But I have been down to 143lbs but didn’t stay there? Why? Because I was not happy with my body! I knew that I still carried a lot of fat, especially around my middle area. So looking back I now realise that I was in a way disappointed that having reached my goal weight I still was not happy! That unhappiness and confusion led to not having any clear pl... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 15:50:05 EST Reflections on where I am and where I want to be! I am just jotting down some ideas on how I expect my life to change for the better when I get to my goals: <BR> <BR> I will be running a 5k in less than 30 mins. <BR> <BR> I will be aiming for a 10k <BR> <BR> I will be running in local 5k runs without caring who sees me. <BR> <BR> I will have the energy to do anything I want to do <BR> <BR> I will buy clothes, not because I like them and decide to buy them in a smaller size (as I don’t feel like this is my ‘right’ size!) but because the... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 10:53:56 EST I nearly didn’t do it! I had lots of excuses – and very good ones as well – not the usual, I just don’t feel like it, it is too cold or it is raining! <BR> <BR> I have to exercise around my kids schedule. So when they have activities I can do my 5k training. <BR> <BR> Saturday’s they are supposed to have swimming and dance class. I usually do my grocery shopping during swimming and do my run while they are at dance class. However, dance class was cancelled today, leaving a gap in my plan! And Sat morn was going t... Sat, 12 May 2012 09:24:52 EST What happened?? Friday was fantastic - I was really doing well. I was already down two pounds for the week though my weigh in was not until Monday. I only had to maintain for the weekend, and I had planned lots of exercise for the weekend which would surely make maintaining easy! <BR> <BR> I had got up, baked healthy brown grain rolls for my kids for their lunch. I had cooked them cookies as Friday is a day they are allowed a treat for school. To avoid problems with the cookies, I halved the recipe and only... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 05:21:46 EST Motivational Quote "Simple kindness to one's self and all that lives is the most powerful transformational force of all." <BR> <BR> — Dr. David Hawkins: is a psychiatrist, physician, researcher, and pioneer in the fields of consciousness research and spirituality <BR> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 08:16:03 EST What is different this time? I suppose I am not the only one when I say that the one fear we have when we have lost lots of weight is putting it all back on. <BR> <BR> So as I am getting nearer my goal I am putting some thought into how I can prevent this from happening this time. I am serious when I say that I want this to be the very last time I ever have to lose a significant amount of weight. A few pounds is fine but that is it. <BR> <BR> Well as I stepped on the scale this morning the answer came to me! I should b... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 05:54:21 EST You can't achieve anything without this! I read this phrase this morning and it is so true and applies to anything we want to achieve, including weight loss and a healthy lifestyle! <BR> <BR> You can't achieve anything unless you start!!! <BR> <BR> Never underestimate starting, for no matter how small a beginning, nothing happens without it! <BR> <BR> For anyone struggling to make a start, just think - this time next year, you will be happy you started today! Lets go people!! Mon, 16 Apr 2012 07:56:15 EST Faster results than I could ever have expected. Just over a month ago when I started on my Spark journey for real, I was out of breath if I ran 50 metres and could not go any further. <BR> <BR> Not sure then where I got the notion to decide I was going to start training for a 5k!! <BR> <BR> Just two weeks ago, on the 4th of April, I joined the 5k rookie challenge. In the space of those two short weeks I cannot believe how long I can now jog. <BR> <BR> By normal standards, it is still not very far but I am doing 2.6 miles in 30 mins ha... Fri, 13 Apr 2012 15:12:59 EST Positive start to the week Well, I thankfully continued to stay on track for the whole weekend and for that I am very happy with myself. <BR> <BR> I seem to be having a very good Monday - 25 points on the bonus wheel for the second day running! <BR> <BR> Down to 150lbs this morning after having an increase last week. (Note to anyone who maybe up today - do not give up) <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to being in the 140's for the first time in over ten years!! (since before I got married) <BR> <BR> I am also tantal... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 07:15:37 EST Lessons to be learnt from a bad weekend I am having a pretty good weekend so far this week. I have stuck to my calorie range and have still some to have a treat – I am going to a friend’s house so I can have something small. <BR> <BR> I have done my three mile walk in forty five minutes despite feeling a bit sore as I have done a lot of exercise this week. <BR> <BR> I broke ligaments in my ankle and a bone in my leg two years ago and my ankle can still get sore if I do too much (any suggestions on how to improve this would be app... Sat, 24 Mar 2012 15:22:57 EST How to fit in more exercise Just sitting here thinking to myself how I can manage to fit in more exercise in my busy life. I know that for me dieting alone will not keep me on this weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> I also want to increase my exercise so I can be fitter and healthier. As spring is here the motivation should be greater to get out and about more often. <BR> <BR> Here are a few tips that I find help me to get exercise, some which I came up with myself and some which I have come across along the way. <BR> <B... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 08:03:25 EST Give yourself the Edge I subscribe to a few inspiration emails to keep me upbeat daily - part of my self improvement agenda! <BR> <BR> One is from Simon Sinek - notes to inspire. His offering this morning was: <BR> <BR> "It's better to go slowly in the right direction than go speeding off in the wrong direction" <BR> <BR> To me this totally explains my weight loss/gain efforts. I either forget about it and put on a stone a month (only a very slight exaggeration) or I can put some effort in and, even if I only l... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 14:51:56 EST Treating these pounds with the respect they deserve I think part of my problem is that I feel like I haven’t much to lose. Only 22lbs. Doesn’t sound much! But it is a stone and a half!! I need to take this more seriously. <BR> <BR> Having already lost two and a half stone I keep thinking in the back of my mind that I have done it already so I can do it again. <BR> <BR> The question is when? <BR> <BR> Well there is no time like the present – as Nike says – ‘just do it’. <BR> <BR> If I think I can do it at some vague unspecified time in t... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 06:34:22 EST I Need Motivation to Exercise I am very inconsistent with my exercise habits. But now I am at the stage that I know I have to make it part of my life both for health reasons and to look better. I need to tone up – enough of Spanx!! <BR> <BR> It is not that I haven’t been thinking about it for a long time. I have just made an inventory of exactly what I have at my disposal to get going: <BR> <BR> Stepper <BR> Balance board <BR> Fitness Ball <BR> Wii fit <BR> 10 minute bootcamp DVD <BR> Pilates for weight loss DVD <BR>... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 08:21:54 EST