DAVEYSHADOW's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DAVEYSHADOW DAVEYSHADOW'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/ Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868392 Well I am on a second consecutive week <em>244</em> I have signed up to the 5k jog / walk programme and have completed the first two sessions. The second on the seafront at 8am in a snow flurry. Felt good, I did the first session on a treadmill so I controlled the speed and both sessions were almost exactly the same distance! So now to find time for session 3. May have to wait as timing is not great. I think each "week" will take "10 days", but I will get there. <BR> <BR> I have tracked ... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 05:41:02 EST Things are Improving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864212 Well things are starting to improve. All the formalities are dealt with for FIL and although she is not being very amenable MIL has her visits from the carer's, phone calls from family, friends and Age UK and has a fridge of food. <BR> <BR> So this week have been able to start concentrating on me. On day 3 of tracking food and got in an extra walk on Monday morning along with pump class in the evening. Nothing yesterday or today as I have other things on but a double class booked for tomorr... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:11:46 EST Update :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853429 Well things got worse over Christmas, culminating in FIL dying on Monday 5th Jan. Headaches still with him as too many people have died in Devon recently so we can't register the death until the 16th and I have to go 25 miles to do it as all offices I can reach easily from work or home have no appts until next week! Funeral on 22nd. <BR> <BR> <BR> MIL has now been diagnosed as having Alzheimers - carers going in 3 times a day to her. <BR> <BR> On my first day back at work after FIL died so... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 11:01:19 EST The Last Few Months in Bullet Points http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834234 1) A company I was involved in but unknown to me - the owners removed / stole all the company assets and turns out they had been possibly been cultivating drugs on company property <BR> 2) FIL bowel cancer spread (85) loads of hospital visits diagnosed in Sept - he is having trouble fully taking in what is wrong with him and that it is terminal and apart from a little radiotherapy untreatable due to age / underlying heart problems <BR> 3) FIL keeps having falls and I keep getting asked to dro... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:34:39 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663217 Well it has been a while since my last blog and things are finally getting sorted out. <BR> <BR> I am dropping two clients - the ones causing all the stress. My job where I did 5 hours a day 2 days a week is changing to one whole daya week. I have a new job three days a week and the two aftrenoons a week job is now just one longer afternoon. Leaving me one morning a week for myself plus the weekends <em>244</em> . <BR> <BR> I will need to stary on top of the exercise routines but I think... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 07:14:17 EST Struggling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627123 Yes Sunday was great weather here in the UK at last and I spent the entire day in front of my computer screen panicking about my work, just took an online anxiety test and scored as being dangerously high! Need to sort this out so I am going to drop most of my self employed work to concentrate on getting things sorted and finding a full time job. Don't mind if it is even min wage just some stability without the stress would be good! <BR> <BR> Apart from that I am so stressed I am not eating... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 08:17:32 EST Weekly Round Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605266 Weight down 0.7 lb's small start but at least it#s down <BR> <BR> Exercise = loads and variety = walking, cycling,gym and 3 completely different exercise classes. <BR> <BR> Weather here set to be very wet and windy tomorrow so I got in some outdoor exercise today. Because of all the recent rain it was a bit muddy in places so me and the bike came back filthy but all clean now. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is a meal out to finish the celebrations of the last week and half (ED 18 and FIL 85) at least ... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 12:48:06 EST Birthday Bomb http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595519 Today is my ED's 18th Birthday. Request was for chocolate birthday cake and to go out for a meal as a family tonight. Normally I go to two exercise classes on a Thursday evening. <BR> <BR> <BR> So the bomb is :- <BR> <BR> 1) eating far too much (although restaurant does do smaller portion options thank goodness) <BR> 2) Missing exercise <BR> <BR> Plan to restrict impact:- <BR> <BR> 1) Small slice of cake and keep busy to avoid anyone noticing <BR> 2) Small portion option at restaurant <... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 06:51:28 EST Level 18 Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579007 At last! This Blog will see me through to a new level. It has been a long time coming - especially as I had a long Spark Break. <BR> <BR> I am getting back in to the groove on a 60 day log in streak and getting myself back to routines from today after the festive season. Most of the "BAD" food has gone now and I am starting to track again. Exercise routine starts tonight off to Body Balance with DH and hoping to get to the gym at the weekend. <BR> <BR> Weather here is better today, we did ... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 07:26:36 EST Getting There http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546036 1/2 lb of this week again. Hopefully a bit extra exercise this week will help <em>213</em> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 10:46:24 EST Really Stressed with work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543948 Well I had agreed to take on some extra for 3 weeks while one client goes to Australia. Another job had someone quit on them and I have agreed to do a couple of cover shifts and now the tax office want to do an inspection so I have to get loads of papers together. <BR> <BR> <BR> All this on top of my normal work load! Anyone got any spare hours they can lend me? <BR> <BR> Sorry if I don't post here much for a week or so! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 04:46:28 EST Starting to Ache http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533120 I did the Body Pump Class at my gym last night, I have been doing it regularly for about 6 weeks now, but last night was extra hard. Not because I increased my weights, they increased themselves! <BR> <BR> The gym took delivery of a new set of weights yesterday and we were the first class to use them. We soon worked out that the old weights had lost more than we thought over time and now the ache sets in - a good ache though - I earned it, <BR> <BR> Tonight was RPM (Spinning) night, hard w... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 16:34:44 EST Starting Back - apologies for Absence! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531536 Well here I am back again and over 200 lbs again! <BR> <BR> Life has been pretty hard and depressing over the last 2 years and I have let things slide again. I have joined weight watchers and am back to exercising hard. <BR> <BR> I apologise to all my Spark Friends and Teams for my absence and I hope to do better but I will be starting slowly as I now have about 5 jobs to juggle along with family life and my life! <BR> <BR> I will post more as the days go by! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Mon, 4 Nov 2013 05:45:28 EST Feeling Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5025132 Well the new small part time job is getting better and I have actually been paid by the owner of the phoenix compnay from my old company for some hours in July so still working 1 or 2 days a week for him. Just need another a day to make up the rest. Got lots of function work at the sports club something every weekend through September which is good! <BR> <BR> Also been accepted as a volumteer for the Tour of Britaian again this year. Hopefully doing a KOM on Dartmoor. Wiggins and Cavendish a... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 15:33:28 EST Olympics 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5012112 I am having real trouble uploading my Olympic photo's so you will just have to beleive me that it has been great. <BR> <BR> Hockey, Athletics and The Orbit on the Olympic Park, Football at Cardiff's Milleniun Stadium and the Women's football final at Wembley - and my US friends will be glad to hear we bought a Stars and Stripes in Convent garden the night befor and cheered for the US as GB were not in the final - good choice as it turned out <em>246</em> . <BR> <BR> Like many Brits I have... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 13:04:33 EST Updates and Plans (Olympics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4987755 Well I have started a 10 hours (2 x 5 hr days) job which is ok, it is very quiet - a web design and support company so all computer geeks! I have also started at the Phoenix company the owner set up from the old company as a self employed book keeper on about 1 day a week and am waiting to hear about a 2 day a week job whicgh is really good, so things are looking up. <BR> <BR> Next week and the week after we are off to the Olympics really excited now (well me and DH are more excited than the... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 11:38:31 EST Job Interview! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4966593 Well I am not officaily job less yet, but I saw an agency yesterday am, they phoned last night and I have an interview this morning. <BR> <BR> It would be going from 22 - 25 hrs per week to 32 hrs and from travelling a mile to work to travelling about 12 miles into and across the City. <BR> <BR> I have not had to "commute" for over 16 years - total panic has set in! Thu, 12 Jul 2012 03:37:49 EST Feeling Pretty Low Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4963357 Well I went and saw the job agency yesterday. They are putting me forward for a job, but DH thinks it is too far to travel each day. It is not the distance so much as that the route is known as a notorious bottle neck with holidaymakers in the Summer and for being treacherous if there is any snow in Winter. <BR> <BR> I then went and signed on as unemployed. This was horrible and degrading, I thought it was so sad that in a department that is there to help poeple they needed to have several s... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 06:34:09 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4958821 Well the Company I was working for is now in Administration. I still go in a little to clear things up and help staff fill out forms so they can get paid from the NI fund. <BR> <BR> Not sure yet what I will do in the future. I am putting out a few feelers about going self employed but also applying for jobs. I have signed on to a few agencies and have an interview with 1 on Monday for a full time job. The job is possibly a bit to far distance wise but I will consider it as it sound interest... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 04:34:11 EST Quick Blog - Why I am not around much at the moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4945897 Well things are pretty bad at work. I work for a small company and am one of two directors, but the comapny is actually run by the two owners so I have no real say in the company descion making and ofetn find things out a couple of months down the line! <BR> <BR> Anyway tomorrow no one will be paid (me included) as we are going in to administration. My boss has already set up a new company to take over the business of the old company but myself and the admin/receptionist are not being taken... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 09:16:35 EST Wet bike ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4929143 Well this afternoon I got a little stir crazy from all the rain lately. It looked like it had stopped so I said to DH I was going for my quick ride to the end of the seafront and back (9 miles total ride). Well as soon as I got to the turn around the heavens opened. I was cycling back in to heavy wind and rain, it felt like cycling through treacle especially the bits where the wind has blown all the sand off the beach across the footpath. I got half way home and the roads were all dry again. ... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 15:37:38 EST I am sore today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4918523 Yes DH and myself went to the circuits class last night again. It is good fun although if people don't do things correctly or put in enough effort the whole class get forfeits, usually based press ups, but i think it is working on my body. <BR> <BR> I have not weighed myself for a couple of weeks. I had a dispponting week for eating a couple of weeks ago and decided to leave it until the start of the summer challenge and just work out and track my food and see where I am at the start of the ... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 04:45:24 EST 999 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4908326 Yes according to my Spark Poinst I have been active for 999 days on the Spark <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I have had a really bad week for eating, but again a really good week for exercise . I have new routines in the gym with some new strength exercises which is shaking things up a bit. The circuits class last night was great - worked really hard and I am out on the bike a lot more. <BR> <BR> Just really stressed at work, the work is stressing me (the recession is not a good time to be in cha... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 04:28:34 EST Sunshine = Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4894018 I don't work on Tuesdays (well I went in for 2.5 hrs in the afternoon) so with the sun out yesetrday morning I set out on my day of exercise:- <BR> <BR> <BR> 1) C25K week 2, run 2.75 miles in 35 mins <BR> 2) In to the gym for weights, 11 mins on the wave machine, 5 mins on the rower <BR> 3) In to the outdoor pool, 10 lengths in wonderful sunshine then a sauna <BR> 4) Late afternoon ED chose something for tea I did not have in so went to the local shop on my bike (just 1/2 mile each way) <B... Wed, 23 May 2012 04:44:09 EST Olympic Torch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4890617 Yesterday afternoon I took YD in to Exeter to see the Olympic Torch Relay. It was great, loads of people a big screen in the shopping centre for those of us not lucky enough to have tickets to the Cathederal Green for the main concert - very weird as we were about 100yards from the concert so big cheers reached us about 1/2 second before the screen sound caught up. Managed to see the top half of the torch from about 10 yards, the streets were 6 deep in people near the end of the relay but at ... Mon, 21 May 2012 04:12:19 EST Update on the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4888241 I tried a week 2 C25K run this week. Went ok ish. Foot a little sore after, but last night we went to circuits and it was a new cicuit based on insanity workouts! Wow it was hard, but really fun. The floor ended up slippy because we all sweat so much! But this morning the foot is not as sore as it was the dsay after the run? and we did do some runs in the workout last night. <BR> <BR> Eating has been better this week and showed in a small loss <em>244</em> so I plan to keep it up next wee... Sat, 19 May 2012 07:45:16 EST Oh Wow I ran! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4875081 Yes after almost 6 months plagued with PF and 3 weeks after the steriod injection I decided to try running again. I went on the treadmill in the gym and did 20 mintes doing week 1 day 1 of C25K programme and I did it. Only 2.13 km in the 20 mins but that was a great start. I slowly increased the speed of the jog phase on each rep from 8kph to 9kph. <BR> <BR> The first run I think I set too slow and my ankles felt really stiff, but by the last interval when I was up to 9kph running felt great... Thu, 10 May 2012 07:52:35 EST May Sunshine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4862582 Well after the wetest April on record in England May has started bright. <BR> <BR> Yesterday after my gym session I had a swim in the outdoor pool and had it all to myself. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l675178263.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This morning I had been offered some casual work at the club and had to start 45 mins later than my normal work, so I took the oppurtunity to go in early and was the first person in the pool for today. It was a great start and I feel great now... Wed, 2 May 2012 08:16:26 EST Circuits Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4855817 After yetsredays blog, I received some great comments and support and people wanting to know how thwe circuits went. <BR> <BR> <BR> Well firstly I survived! I was the only female in the class apart from the instructor. Luckily I have known her for years so she knew me and I what I could do. We stated with a short run (jog) outside and then to the circuits. Lots of press up's and crunches, one bit because my foot is till recovering I got to go on the rower instead of doing some jumping - it ... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 06:44:38 EST 3 days later http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4854311 Well it is now just over three days since the steroid injection for my PF. I was pleased they did it that night. When the Doc did the ultrasound and confirmed the PF and said they recommended starting with the steriods I thought that with the NHS I would have to go on another waiting list and as it was 4 months from seeing my GP to getting to this stage I was concerned, but he went over to the side and got the steroids and got straight on to it. If this only works for a short while I will hav... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 05:10:30 EST What's Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4845095 Well, a couple of weeks since my last blog and we have had Easter weekend and a 4 night break in Cornwall. Net of the two weeks is till a little bit up just over 1/2 a lb but I feel strong enough to get moving forward again. <BR> <BR> Cornwall was lovely break, dry whilst we were there but a sneaky cold wind. We got out and about and explored down the coast from Perranporth a bit one day and went to the Aquarium in Newqauy. Also walked down to Perranporth town and back and went to ED's favo... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 09:16:44 EST Quick Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4825727 Just a quick blog as we go away tomorrow for 4 nights on the Cornwall coast. Looking forward to the break, but Spark access may be quite restricted! <BR> <BR> Had a mixed couple of weeks. Both have seen weight loss although only small this week. Will try and eat well whilst away and should have plenty of exercise. There is an indoor pool on site which I hope to make great use of and the beach is only about 200 yards away and is 3 miles long! <BR> <BR> YD wants to take her body board but I t... Sun, 8 Apr 2012 14:48:18 EST Good week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4802626 Feeling a lot more positive this week, the scales saw a loss of 1lb and I feel stronger and the clothes do feel looser - probably down to more exercise and increasing the weights on ST this week. <BR> <BR> The sun is out today, but I only managed a small bike ride down to other things getting priority but me and DH are going for a stroll along the sea front later so that will be nice. <BR> <BR> Off to the opposite coast of Devon tomorrow for ED football so with travel and the game that wil... Sat, 24 Mar 2012 12:42:42 EST The 5% Challenge Starts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4792185 Well the challenge has started with me weighing in at a weight I did not want to see again, but I am feeling much more positive at the moment so I am really going for the 5% and more! <BR> <BR> The inserts have arrived, too early to tell if they are working but I will keep you updated and now more than 12 weeks since I saw my Doctor I have still not heard from the hospital about seeing a consultant for the PF. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is Mother's Day in the UK (for all my American friends) we ar... Sat, 17 Mar 2012 14:32:04 EST Well it's been a long time again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4778540 I don't seem to be in a good place this year yet for my journey. Exercise is still good apart from no running due to the Plantar Fascitis but eating is way out of control I start each day with good intentions but often end up snacking on the kids and DH bad stuff. <BR> <BR> I have been enjoying getting out on my bike and for my bithday last weekend I got a lightweight bright pink jacket so I can be seen better when on the road. <BR> <BR> I am still waiting on an appointment for the PF and t... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 05:53:54 EST Things are getting better? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4708744 Well yes in many ways. had a good week, back to tracking my food did both my spinning and yoga style classes. I missed 1 gym session due to minor emergency (storm in a teacup) with FIL, but have made up for it today. <BR> <BR> The sun was out and the forecast was for it stay dry so time to take the new bike on a real ride. Went 35km up the cycle trail to Exeter and back. Mainly off road, but on one of the few road sections I did get gritted, so I guess the forecast is for a cold night <em>2... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 13:49:46 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4660123 Well my FIL had his surgery on Tuesday. He was lucky as 30 ops got cancelled due to emergency admissions over the New Year bank holiday weekend. <BR> <BR> It went well and he was lucky and does not have a stoma bag so he should recover well. It will take a few weeks for him to back to anywhere near normal, 6 weeks of no driving etc. He is likely to stay in hospital until Sunday at least. <BR> <BR> Hardest part has been my MIL i have spent the last 2.5 days looking after her. This morning sh... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 17:17:06 EST New Year New Start! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4648387 So 2011 saw me go backwards a little on this journey rather than forwards, so now I will push forward again! <BR> <BR> At the moment I am still a little limited in the gym whilst my skin on my back stregthens around my scar but it is coming back. I hope to get back to spinning soon but my body balance class may take another couple of weeks due to the the stretching involved. I am also waiting on a referral to a specialist for the plantar fascitis that has been troubling me for the last coupl... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 12:56:51 EST Update and Apology http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4630944 Well I need to apolgise to my fellow clovers, I am still side lined for exercise although I did sneak in a walk on Sat against DH wishes. <BR> <BR> The wound on my shoulder is not healing properly and I am still unable to shower until tomorrow when the nurse will look at it again. DH is still having to be my hairdresser LOL! <BR> <BR> I have not been participating here as much as I should as I have been really down about this and the having to try and sort out my PIL - they are not making ... Mon, 19 Dec 2011 05:08:16 EST Long Time Since My Last Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4607508 Well I can't believe how long it is since my last blog. Eating has been terrible, running has been non existent due to Plantar fascitis but I have kept up the gym, spinning and body balance classes until the start of this week. <BR> <BR> On Tuesday I finally got to have my skin cancer cut out. The Doctor had to cut out quite a bit of skin and I will end up with a 6cm scar. I have 10 stitches in my right shoulder so sleeping is a bit difficult and I am not allowed to do any sport for a minimu... Thu, 1 Dec 2011 10:35:22 EST Ramblings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4534866 It's been a couple of weeks since my last blog. I have mt appt to have the BCC cut out (29th Nov!) was hoping to have it done sooner, but that is the NHS for you at least it will be done. <BR> <BR> After much research I have found a good sunscreen at SPF 30 that allows my skin to breathe when exercising outdoors, Banana Boat Sport mist. It feels great on unlike the cream I was using that felt like it was suffocating my skin. I had been really worried about this as I will have to use screen e... Fri, 14 Oct 2011 05:41:06 EST How can 3 letters hurt? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4507937 About 3 years ago I went to Dr's concerned about an itchy mole on my back. He said it was nothing to worry about, but he could freeze it off there and then if I wanted. Well my back was always one of my better features, good skin tone etc so I said yes. <BR> <BR> <BR> Well slowly it grew back. So i asked him to take another look. He said it was something latin and not to worry just leave it. <BR> <BR> On holiday last month when I showered one evening it started bleeding and my husband sai... Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:35:49 EST Fall 5% Challenge Begins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4501609 Well the challenge has started, although being a Brit I can't quite get used to this "Fall" thing, it is Autumn here LOL! Falling is something I do when I trip up! Hope I don't do that as I am likely to damage a muscle somewhere knowing me. <BR> <BR> <BR> Starting out quite stressed with aged parents being ill, but will try and stay positive. DH very worried about his Dad so he needs support as well. This challenge is also the challenge with loads of birthday celebrations to negotiate. DH ... Sat, 24 Sep 2011 12:30:09 EST Quick TOB Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4486861 I cycled up to the start of the stage in Exeter and then cycled back to Exmouth for the finish( 11 miles each way.) <BR> <BR> Atmosphere was great, weather was wonderful, marshalling one of the crossing points was great to feel part of it. Great goody bag. DH's primary school the equal smallest in the area won the cycle challenge beating a school 3 times their size, who normally win all sporting events locally! <em>244</em> . <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l3178339.jpg"... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 16:30:47 EST Excited - less than 48 hours to go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4482500 But why? <BR> <BR> The Tour of Britain 2011 (Pro Cycle Race, ITV4 for UK members)finishes on the seafront in Exmouth on Thursday afternoon and I have been accepted as a volunteer marshall on the day and will hopefully get close to some of the Pro Riders <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> DH will be down there as well as he is with some children from his primary school who are taking part in a schools event which is part of the entertainment on the day for the crowds. DD's may be allowed out of school.... Tue, 13 Sep 2011 11:14:04 EST Two Years Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4474873 Yes I have been on Spark People for two years today! <BR> <BR> This last year I have gone backwards not forwards with the weight, although thanks to the Spark and all my friends here I have not let things go too far. On Monday I am resetting my goals and going to start again and this year reach my goals. I got pretty close in 2010 before life hit me with a big bump and I then went on holiday. <BR> <BR> The big change in the last year is my new addiction to running 5k races, 6 this year an... Fri, 9 Sep 2011 04:17:57 EST Holiday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4457787 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l334698804.jpg"> Me and ED on the patio on our last night in Rhodes! <BR> <BR> <BR> Had a wonderful holiday, loads of swimming both in the pool at the apartments and in the sea (very warm and salty). Also lots of walking and I managed two training runs (early morning!). Eating was not too bad, Greek food is lovely but it was too hot in the day to eat much. Might have let myself down a bit with the drinking though! That is a glass of Port i... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 05:55:51 EST Blog before holiday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4422156 Weight wise I have had an ok week, losing 1lb. Exercise has been difficult to fit in. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow we go to Rhodes for two weeks on a holiday that has been booked for over a year. I am really looking forward to it, but this last week has been really hard. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1) Work is stressfull at the moment and I have to clear my desk before my holiday, doing some things in advance so I will have to stay late tonight. <BR> <BR> 2) DH ruptured his calf muscle playing football on Sunday... Fri, 12 Aug 2011 03:01:08 EST Taking a Back Seat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4413789 I have been having trouble lately with trying to stay on top of everything in my life, family, work, sparking etc and I came to a deciscion over the weekend. <BR> <BR> I am going to cut back on my spark time for a little while. I will fulfill my commitments to my Clovers (except for when I am on holiday) and will check in with friends when I can but I will not keep up with everything especially my community team goals. <BR> <BR> I need to focus on the tracking and doing the exercise for th... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 08:44:31 EST Odd Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4410185 Well with everyone at home it has been another odd week. had round two of the three round 5k runs this week. Went 41 seconds faster than last month. Found it really hard going but completed it! <BR> <BR> On the afternoon of the race we went to the local team's groundd for the official team photo shoot for the start of the season (the DD's are sponsoring the kit of one of the players. I had my photo taken with my favourite player. DH managed to embarass me taking it. He had not switched the c... Sat, 6 Aug 2011 06:41:32 EST