DAVIDPRESCOTT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DAVIDPRESCOTT DAVIDPRESCOTT'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/ WHAT a turnaround! Magnesium vitgal to weight loss and body maintenance and most of us are deficien http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897615 I will try to keep it succinct because if I start raving on about magnesium I will not be able to stop. I just have to say now that if you decide to supplement with magnesium you can NOT overdose on it. Good thing to know. <BR> <BR> Firtsly it is anticipated that around 70% of us are magnesium deficient. It is actually probably more like 90% but because are RDI's tend to be quite low and there is no real way to measure magnesium in our bodiesd its all guess work on their part. <BR> <BR> We... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 16:23:29 EST A tooth extraction kick starts me! 5:2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896050 I've been kind of ho hum about getting serious for weight loss and exercise. <BR> <BR> Firstly I am still trying to cope with the shock that eating properly for 1 day will no longer see me lose a kilo overnight. Those days are far behind me it seems <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> But slowly adjusting to life after 50 and starting to come to terms with a slower metabolism. I still remember when I was 16 I joined weight watchers and lost 4.5 kilos in my first week - THOSE WERE THE DAYS LOL. <BR> ... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 17:07:14 EST How to accept change? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880097 As it turned out this was more about just putting things down on "paper" than anything else. For those of you who manage to get through thanks for your persistence and any advice will be GRATEFULLY received. I am not generally a complainer and if you look back at y posts they tend to be pretty upbeat but I feel the need to start getting honest.... <BR> <BR> I guess I have had as much or more change than most in the last 6 or 7 years. <BR> <BR> Living in Dubai and moving back to Australia af... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 19:08:04 EST If I do that again SLAP ME! My poor gall bladder - how could I treat it so bad! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879549 Well its been hmmm 10 months or so since I briefly popped in. <BR> <BR> That was when I was doing my low carb diet and feeling quite smug about being able to eat bacon for breakfast and still lose plenty of weight. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, like any addict (food or otherwise) if some is good then more must be GREAT! <BR> <BR> I became wreckless with my small l small c low carb diet and heavily invested in the other side of the equation - High Fat! <BR> <BR> Thing is because I was virtually... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:07:02 EST It's all good in the hood http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663695 Hi all <BR> <BR> Just a quick hi to say I am doing really well weight wise and life wise. <BR> <BR> Between getting the cooking biz happening and a new full time job am very busy. <BR> <BR> Good thing is every low carb thing I cook can then be my breakfast/lunch/dinner so despite being flat chat am still eating well and losing about a kilo (2 lbs) a week and fitting in exercise where I can. <BR> <BR> The network card on my laptop died last Friday do at the moment my only internet access ... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 18:01:35 EST I just bought 5 kg's (12 pounds) of LINDT Chocolate! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657416 Yuo know when people see you and say "Hi, how are you doing" or "Hay whatsup" ... they don't really mean "SO tell me exactly how you are feeling, everything that has been happening and whether you are tired/achy/hungry/sad/depressed... <BR> <BR> We expect to hear "Great!" or "Good, how are you" or "Awesome!". <BR> <BR> Well because I don't want to be one of THSE people that you meet I'll say it here. <BR> <BR> "I'm tiiiiiired" - imagine the whiniest voice you can <em>334</em> <BR> <BR... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 23:18:05 EST Cheesecake married brownie! Whats next - the gays?!?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656368 I really wish I could be on here more as I love reading tales of inspiration from the wonderful sparkers but I seem to have trouble finding time in the day lately. <BR> <BR> Generally its because it's because of a new job. Working in a small bookshop where it's just myself, my housemate (who got me the job) and the boss. <BR> <BR> My housemate and the boss have had a major split so it's just me and him now and there are plenty of hours in the week to fill so am working a lot more. <BR> <BR... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:40:11 EST The Birds! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649555 Hi all - hope you're doing smashingly well! <BR> <BR> After quite a few weeks of losing well I hit a rodbloack... well a chocolate block actually! <BR> <BR> Several of them!!! I have gotten a taste for dark chocolate and have been indulging BUT no more - its been put on the banned list. <BR> <BR> I was going through some photos to put up on my food blog and stumbled across these ones which gave me a laugh. <BR> <BR> When I was living in Queensland I would feed the lorikeets daily at arou... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 00:53:07 EST Hang on, hang on so the cooking chocolate is for...cooking?!?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646608 I am not sure if it is purely an AA saying but it sure applies to avoiding those pig outs that we occasionally hit! <BR> <BR> Always make sure you are never too.. <BR> <BR> H ungry <BR> A ngry <BR> L onely <BR> T ired <BR> S ad <BR> <BR> I think the HALTS are a great checklist before you dive headfirst into the that bucket of ice cream or that bag of chips. <BR> <BR> When you KNOW you are fanging for (Aussie slang - something you want to get your fangs - teeth - into!) that cup cake or th... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 00:28:11 EST Why didn't anyone tell me about peanut butter and celery! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645055 OMG its a food revelation! <BR> <BR> There are two foods that I HATE raw but love cooked - carrots and celery. <BR> <BR> And then out of laziness and hunger I finally decided to try peanut butter and celery... <BR> <BR> SO GOOD TOGETHER! <BR> <BR> I was in foodie heaven over such a simple crunchy, gooey combo <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I usually plan my meals for the whole week, get my groceries home delivered and feel very smug about myself in general for being so organised. This happen... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 06:00:30 EST How to stop arguing yourself out of exercise. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644035 I know that I am one of those people who if I do not do my exercise in the morning it is too easy for "stuff" to get in the way during the day. <BR> <BR> That "stuff" can include paying bills, making a bed, cooking lunch, checking to see how old Barack Obama is, searching the web for almond meal alternatives, plucking hairs out of my nose, filing my nails, sorting my underwear drawer...ANYTHING apart from putting on some runners and walking out the door. <BR> <BR> So I at least know that I... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 23:24:40 EST ZOMBIES HATE FAST FOOD! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642230 I remember when I was younger I could go out all night, have an hours sleep, front up to work in a high pressure job and at about 3:00 p.m. think "Hmmm might need a coffee to get me through". <BR> <BR> Well the out partying all night is far behind me and these days if I don't get at least 6 hours I feel it for the whole day. <BR> <BR> Sluggish, tired, yawny (yes it's a word - I just used it in a sentence!) and generally blah. <BR> <BR> Everything takes a little more effort and my bad-food... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 13:53:30 EST Busy busy BUSY! And it's PANCAKE TUESDAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638823 Well my food passions are in high gear as I start to really focus on low carb recipes for my diet. <BR> <BR> I have started to create or adapt recipes and make them own and one day hope to to have my own food blog and who knows - a low carb home delivery empire lol. <BR> <BR> Here is a start to my recipes - feel free to copy or use as you see fit. Would LOVE some feedback - still some work to do to these with formatting but I think they look pretty good! <BR> <BR> Just click on "View Not... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 17:41:22 EST SERIOUSLY GOOD PIZZA!!!!! And its low carb! With a ?cauliflower? crust! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633803 I don't think I have ever blogged twice in a day but I just made this pizza and OMG it was amazing! You HAVE to try this! <em>483</em> <BR> <BR> Cauliflower is grated, mixed with mozzarella cheese and egg and then baked for 15 mnutes for the crust. <BR> <BR> Then just pile on the ingredients and bake for another 10. <BR> <BR> If I did not know I would have absolutely thought it was just "normal" pizza! <BR> <BR> CHICKEN AND MUSHROOM TOO-GOOD-TO-BE-TRUE PIZZA <BR> <BR> <img src="http... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:46:50 EST Do you grunt or sing in the morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633512 I have kind of always been a morning person - I just find that as I get older it just becomes so much more apparent. <BR> <BR> I co-habitate a house with two other people - both of whom are definitely NOT morning people. <BR> <BR> And when I think back I have only ever shared a living space with one other morning person and wondered if I really was just about the ONLY morning person in existence! <BR> <BR> So I went on a search to find out what percentage of people are morning people - and... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 14:08:33 EST What did I eat today - Sunday Feb 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631306 I'm lucky enough to have the time to be able to plan and cook but I try to get recipes that are fairly quick. <BR> <BR> I really enjoy this low carb diet and with food like this who wouldn't so I thought I would share! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I try to keep to under 50 grams effective carbs. I only found out a week or two ago that any FIBRE in food which gets counted in the carb count can be removed as this does not get converted by your body e.g. If a food has 20 carbs with 15 from fibre... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 02:08:53 EST Tired? Thirsty? Hungry? Angry? Sad? DO NOT APPROACH THE SUPERMARKET! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627438 One of the the things I heard from AA recently was that you should never be too tired, thirsty, hungry, angry or sad. All of these things can reduce your ability to battle the drink. <BR> <BR> I was in the supermarket yesterday and I was tired, hungry and thirsty. <BR> <BR> As I cruised straight past the chips and chocolate aisle I could hear these voices whispering "David, don't you love us anymore?", "David you want me".... <BR> <BR> Yes - chips speak to me - got a problem?!? <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 14:15:02 EST Had to share - these are just TOO funny for words http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626634 If you need a laugh for the day click on the link - notes from kids - hysterical. <BR> <BR> I almost cried laughing at the note to Santa. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <link>distractify.com/fun/fails/the-30-fun<BR>niest-notes-from-kids-struggling-to-ex<BR>press-their-emotions/ </link> <BR> <BR> Spark On! <em>9</em> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 16:45:30 EST Low carb? Awesome! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624890 I have been on low carb diet since Monday and am just loving it. <BR> <BR> Who could complain about sausage, bacon and eggs for breakfast ... and having a small potato rosti ... and losing 3 kilos this week! <BR> <BR> It starts with no carbs for 3 days to get your body learning to burn other things apart from carbs for energy and then goes into a low carb diet from there. <BR> <BR> I have to say I am REALLY enjoying it and even made a low carb cheesecake yesterday which had artificial swe... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 15:38:51 EST Bodytrim and Watermelon and the beautiful Scarlett :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618979 It's summer here in Australia and along with that comes ... WATERMELON!!! <BR> <BR> OMG I LOVE watermelon - my favorite fruit. Unfortunately with it's high GI and mid range calries it's not the best choice but seriously I can get through a qaurater of a large watermelon in a day EASILY. <BR> <BR> Especially cold frmo the fridge so you have to suck the liquid out of it and then crunch down on the flesh. <BR> <BR> Can you tell what I am enjoying today? <BR> <BR> And starting on a new diet ... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 21:12:35 EST Beware The Gobbledok! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609819 I have always been a savoury/salty person when it comes snacks or favorite foods. <BR> <BR> Give me a big bowl of hot home cut chunky fries with ketchup or mayo and lots of salt and I'm in Homer Heaven <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1384736931.jpg"> <BR> <BR> All that crunchy salty goodness errr bad-ness? <BR> <BR> The tingle of salt flakes as they dance in my tongue before the crunch as I bite through into the creamy flesh encased in that delicious fried outside. <BR>... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 03:57:43 EST But...but...I've stopped ordering in - why aren't I losing poundage!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606449 Because I have been a little broke over the last 12 months I have been doing a lot of cooking for myself at home. <BR> <BR> Whereas once it would be pizza or Thai or Chinese delivered by some guy in an embarrassing vehicle with a pizza slice or a wonton stuck on the roof I have ditched the menus and gone for taking the time to make delicious meals. <BR> <BR> If you read between the lines above when you got to the word "delicious" you would have also seen the words pasta, cheese sauce, meat.... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 18:49:11 EST A few random rendezvous's could mean Russia? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602486 So as part of my recovery from a long long life of alcohol abuse I am actively going out and reconnecting with people - both face to face to face and online. <BR> <BR> Its so great to start to get some self esteem back and not be constantly self evaluating and wondering whether they think I am too fat...which I would normally cure by drinking a box of wine! <BR> <BR> Aaaanyway. <BR> <BR> I had "drinks" on Saturday (well she had wine and I had soda and lime) with an old friend I used to wo... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 15:34:59 EST Why is it that wanting something NOW has meant waiting 30 years? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598203 Over my weight loss roller coaster I have lost count of how many times I have woken up one moring, opened up my eyes and thought "THIS is the day I truly will start getting rid of that 40/60/80 pounds!" <BR> <BR> The 40/60/80 basically equals 10/20/30 years and progressive losses and worse regains of weight. <BR> <BR> I remember reading those articles when I was well on my way to my goal weight. <BR> <BR> You know. <BR> <BR> The ones that said many people who lose weight quickly will rega... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 16:58:31 EST Never talk to someone who isn't there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596201 Heard that saying at an AA meeting last night and it rang so true. <BR> <BR> I can not count how many times a day I tell someone off and come up with these brilliant one liners that just cut them down to size or put them in their place. <BR> <BR> With the greatest of poise I look down my nose at them and with a wave of a hand and a roll of my eyes I open my mouth and words flow out as I describe their faults, explain how perfect I am and how wrong they are. <BR> <BR> Except. <BR> <BR> Th... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:56:26 EST An apology to my Sparkfriends shivering in the northern hemisphere :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594246 Sorry but this was my day today <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1856382989.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just beautiful here at the moment. <BR> <BR> Oh - and the 1 month is my 1 month anniversary of being sober :) Wed, 15 Jan 2014 00:53:47 EST How much paint could a painter paint if painter could paint paint? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591334 The lovely Wendy sent me a Sparkgoodie asking if I was alright and I checked and realised it had been 6 days since I logged in! <BR> <BR> Have been away painting a friends house, She knew I have been short on money and needed 5 doors in her home painted so offered to pay me to do it. <BR> <BR> They were originally that awful khaki green that so popular along with sunset orange in the 80's and she knew she would not be able to get around to it. <BR> <BR> Oil based paint originally so that n... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 15:16:48 EST It's all or nothing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585792 One of the more common downfalls in my weight loss battle has been expecting no less than perfection when it comes to food and exercise. <BR> <BR> And if I stray from the path, because of some seductive mouth watering treat then I spend the rest of the day being down on myself, which makes me feel bad, which makes me more likely to slip again because food gives me a little bit of a high, and then I feel bad for doing it again so I look for something else that I can eat to forget how bad I fe... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 14:47:05 EST My name is David and I am...a...Candy Crush Addict! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581986 OK OK I freely admit I am one of those people with an addictive personality. <BR> <BR> Gambling, drinking, eating - if I had been a little cooler and less nerdy I probably would have had a regular drug dealer as well. <BR> <BR> BUT I am in the process of managing all of these - quite successfully as it turns out. <BR> <BR> And then a work mate mentioned he was playing this thing called candy crush on his phone. A grown man admitting to playing some girly sounding game like "Candy Crush". ... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 14:36:31 EST I wonder if Santa would remember I was a bit naughty this far from next Christmas? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580856 I went to the doctor a few weeks ago about my alcohol abuse and quitting (sorry to those who are a little tired of hearing the I'm-an-alcoholic ramble lol) and he has always been at me about losing weight and quit smoking. <BR> <BR> This time around he gave me 10 Valium to help me through the next 5 days and told me to eat and smoke as much as I wanted while I was quitting alcohol. <BR> <BR> I mean come on - who could NOT like sobriety when thats on offer! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> But ... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 14:26:02 EST Is this your MOST important thing to do in 2014 as well? We DESERVE IT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578328 Because I finally admitted I had an alcohol problem in mid December 2013 and have now been sober for 18 days the new year looks SO positive I am almost jumping out of my skin. <BR> <BR> i can not remember the last New Years where I was looking FORWARD to the coming year instead of just being glad the current crappy one was over. <BR> <BR> So I have a few new years resolutions - what are some of yours? <BR> <BR> 1. Continue to realise that I have no control over alcohol and I will never aga... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 17:58:57 EST HELP!!!! Does someone have some time I can borrow??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575148 Only two weeks I was basically spending all day every day eating junk, drinking way too much and watching TV all day. <BR> <BR> Nothing seemed pressing or important. <BR> <BR> By 7:00 a.m. this morning I had walked the dogs done a load of washing had breakfast and changed the bed linen. I was awake by 5:00 a.m. and didn't stop till I left for work. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a full day of painting along with an evening out, cooking dinner for the next few days, walking the dogs.... <BR> <BR>... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 23:33:10 EST Getting ready for 1/1/3,500,000,00 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573113 A friend and I were having a discussing about the existing calendar system - as you do when you have nothing better to do over the holidays than watch rubbish TV and eat rubbish food. <BR> <BR> We both agreed that in todays society perhaps linking the year to after Christs death disadvantaged non Chirtsian in society. <BR> <BR> My suggestion was to link it ti when the first signs of life appeared on the planet 3.5 billion years ago. <BR> <BR> I think it may catch on - don't you think? Alt... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 14:22:11 EST Focused and committed. Finally. I am here. Fully here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572743 So lets get straight to the heart of it. <BR> <BR> I am an alcoholic. I still find that difficult to write or say but it's the truth and I have never admitted that to anyone I knew before. <BR> <BR> Over the last few years errr nah decades I have drowned myself in alcohol. In the early days I could handle it - youth is wasted on the young after all :) - and I could still turn up for a work the next day after drinking 2/3 to a full bottle of vodka. Every day. And work like a dog. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 04:19:59 EST I'll take sleep for 500! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5206923 For the past 5 or so years I have been like the grandmother in Golden Girls, having to get up 3 or 4 times a night to go to the bathroom. And I am not sure which makes me sound older - the bathroom trips or the reference to Golden Girls :) <BR> <BR> I have a bladder condition where my bladder does not fully empty so it takes much less fluid to "fill me up". Add in sleep apnea and you have a wonderful list of reasons for not being able to sleep well at all. <BR> <BR> As soon as my head hits... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 15:03:09 EST “Next stop – Multiple Addiction City – please alight from the carriage” http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5179396 Bloody hell if its not one thing its another. <BR> <BR> As I look around my immediate family – which now consists of my sister, her 4 children whom I love dearly and THEIR children I see a healthy, happy, slim, adjusted sane lot of people. <BR> <BR> No indications of heart disease or obesity or addictions of any kind – unless you count my nephew Timothy's addiction to all things sport on TV. God he'll watch two slugs climb a wall if there is a crowd there :) <BR> <BR> I am adopted and some... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 23:39:32 EST Oh my God - I'm a CRACK addict! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5178295 Well – if by crack I mean food then yes. I am a food addict. But it may as well be crack the way I am transfixed by it! <BR> <BR> Over periods of depression while I have been away from Spark I have really noticed the only time I was feeling better (as in wanting to stand up, basically!) was when I was eating. <BR> <BR> The more fat, sugar and carbs I stuffed in my gob, the bigger my internal smile-o-meter grew and the more pleasure hormones my brain would produce. <BR> <BR> Lets just sayin... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 00:03:54 EST WHEN “E R R” means “ERR..lose some weight would ya!!” http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5177280 Its been a long time since I posted and I would MUCH rather start with something with some humor rather than plunging straight into the depths of the depression I have been dealing with <BR> <BR> So lets do that shall we? <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I have set of bathroom scales I have owned for a couple of years which have always worked perfectly and I like. German technology, very precise and I trust what they say. <BR> <BR> They measure to the 100 grams so very precise and I could rely o... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 01:41:15 EST Its time for action http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4976727 I've spent the last few months doing some fairly heavy work on myself mentally and spiritually. Its been difficult and confronting but also really rewarding. <BR> <BR> My therapist awesome and doesn't let me rest on my laurels for long and knows that all I need is a gentle push in the right direction to now start getting my own momentum. <BR> <BR> Instead of just waiting as we often do for whatever that "thing" is that suddenly kicks in and we just find motivation I now know I have to creat... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 20:31:10 EST Lets try again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4903107 After a few months of yet again going down the wrong path I am starting again. <BR> <BR> Have been seeing a therapist and just started to really commit to the process and am very lucky to have found someone I can connect with and trust and I kinda feel more peaceful within myself. <BR> <BR> I am trying to learn that making it harder by setting huge goals is not the right approach and there is no reason why I should not try to make this easier not harder. Small steps and all that:) <BR> <B... Tue, 29 May 2012 16:45:31 EST A heart update and my new sexy bike! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4792762 So after my little stint in hospital and a little stent in my heart I am LITERALLY better than I was 12 months ago. <BR> <BR> Long story short I had a heart attack in October 2009 in Dubai, they put in a stent (which widens the artery in your heart) and gave me medication to take for 12 months to stop the heart tissue growing around the stent too quickly. <BR> <BR> Of course I decided i felt fine after 2 months, the purpose of the medication wasn't explained to me so I just basically stoppe... Sat, 17 Mar 2012 23:28:30 EST Smashing through 300 lbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4783101 After 5 days in hospital the doctor finally "gave in" and sent me home last night saying that every test since last Wednesday had come back perfectly fine. <BR> <BR> I have to have an angiogram Wednesday to make sure the "plumbing" is all good and apart from taking my meds (seems sensible right?) and taking it eaasy for a few weeks I should be back in form soon. <BR> <BR> Got back to "fat camp" today and had my first weigh in since I started (2 weeks) and have lost 8.1 kilos or just on 18 p... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 06:34:46 EST Hello from hospital! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4778465 You read it right - hospital! <BR> <BR> Was admitted Wednesday afternoon (48 hours ago) with arrhythmia and took about 5 hours for the drugs to get my heartbeat back into normal rhythm - I was peaking at 265 bpm when the paramedics got to me at the hotel. <BR> <BR> Even the 150 or so while I was lying in bed in the hospital was weird - feeling my pulse as it was racing and I just quietly watching tv from the bed - bizarre. <BR> <BR> And TOTALLY my fault. On Monday I halved my heart meds be... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 01:09:59 EST Honour your body. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4773847 Day 11 at Fat Camp I am a blubbering mess! <BR> <BR> But in a good way - my therpaist has clearly weaved her magic on opening me up emotionally and hardly a day goes when I am not either in tears and at least choked up and close. <BR> <BR> Why? <BR> <BR> Because I am SO happy with what is happening to me each and every day. EVERY day I find some new little thing I can do again and it just sometimes overwhelms me. <BR> <BR> When I think about how battered my poor old body has been over ti... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 13:33:38 EST Celebrate EVERY daily miracle. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4769261 Today was a rest day for us before we start again tomorrow with Boot Camp at 8:30 a.m. - more pain :) and I can smile about it! <BR> <BR> That being said I still beat the pavement at a fast walk for 45 minutes as the sun was rising over the ocean and then a wonderful swim in the warm water before lunch... and I even took a walk down the beach with my shirt OFF! Wonders will never cease, or maybe I am starting to learn that no one really cares how I look. <BR> <BR> Daily miracles happen all ... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 22:21:29 EST A minor meltdown and an amazing workout. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4766153 I woke up yesterday feeling angry and over it - Day 4 of Fat Camp and I was pissed at every one and probably also feeling the affects of a few days with out ciggies. <BR> <BR> Did our 45 minute high intensity walk at 7:00 a.m., had breakfast and then met at 8:30 for our challenge - I was NOT in the mood so when we were told 7 of us had to complete the following in 90 minutes - not EACH but as a group e.g. around 110 push ups each on average: <BR> <BR> 800 pushups <BR> 800 step ups <BR> 800 ... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 21:38:42 EST So....here I am at fat camp. Pizza snorting and understanding plateaus. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4761719 Beginning of day 3 and yesterday was 4 hours of cardio - walking, boxing, treadmill, deep water running (in a pool with a floatie around your waster and doing sprinting, running and a million other things I never thought you could do in a pool!). <BR> <BR> Have woken up and am not sore at all. A small blister here and there but overall kinda good. <BR> <BR> The food has been great and we're on a 12-1400 calorie a day range. <BR> <BR> The hardest thing? Forcing yourself to take 20 minutes t... Tue, 28 Feb 2012 14:17:38 EST Bloody YOUNG people! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4756047 You know - those late teens and twenties who have unlined skin and perfect bodies and whiter than white teeth that swagger down the street with their Ipods pumping out Pitbull (my favourite at the moment but probably not that young lol) and more likely pumping Miss PJ and Dum Diddy. <BR> <BR> How DARE they take their perfectly shaped butts and lithe lean bodies for granted - grrrr! <BR> <BR> Yes I am grieving in a pouty lipped way (grumpy 50 year old way not sexy Abecrombie & Fitch sexy ma... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 05:32:01 EST One day to go ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4752390 Staying with friends at the moment who live in a beautiful house on the outskirts of Sydney which is quiet foresty. For some reason the exact placement of their house means that I can not get a phone or internet signal and they do not have broadband at home so I am forced to go to the mall to get reception! <BR> <BR> Well thats my excuse for the seemingly useless items I have been buying lately - I mean we ALL need a nose hair trimmer right?! <BR> <BR> Since the beginning of Feb I have lost... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 23:56:05 EST Juice fast done! Well for now anyway http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4739092 After 8 days decided I would stop the juice fasting for awhile. Very happy that I have lost over 7 kilos and feel wonderful. <BR> <BR> This weekend one of my nephews is getting married and am spending the next 4 days with family and friends. My nephew Timothy is FINALLY marrying the girl he has been with on and off for 10 years. Talk about a commitment phobe! <BR> <BR> I have now seen the family for a year so breaking bread with them is an important part of family ritual and I want to be ab... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 20:28:35 EST