DOVESEYES's SparkPeople Blog DOVESEYES's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Week 272...MB 56... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> It was a cool start to the day today but now the sun is shining :) <BR> <BR> I have finished my set of poultry, Rooster, Hen and Chicken and eggs. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 23:13:03 EST Week 271...MB 55... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> this week was looonnnggg :), found I had been doing my pilates but had dropped the exercises for my neck. So I got back into them three times a day along with panadol and am building up the muscles again. <BR> <BR> I don't like pain, however I do appreciate the feelings so I can empathise with others who are suffering too. <BR> <BR> I did lots of walking and some zumba and continued to do all the normal work etc I do in a week. It takes time but I am getting ... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:00:32 EST Annabelle eats yoghurt Captured as it happened :) Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:58:45 EST Week 270... MB 54... Morning Sparkies <BR> <BR> He is Risen !!! <BR> <BR> Happy Easter to all. <BR> <BR> This week was hard as I had bad back and neck pain. I continued to exercise though and just took some pain killers- which didn't :). <BR> <BR> Last week 71.7kg (157.74 lbs) <BR> This week 71.9 kg (158.18 lbs) <BR> Gain of 0.2 kg (0.44lbs) <BR> <BR> So glad to be in the 71's as last :) <BR> <BR> I'm adding back heavier weights as well. <BR> I've stopped knitting as sitting for a long time does nothing f... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 22:45:40 EST Week 269... MB 53... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> Wow 269 weeks of Sparkpeople, looking at what I eat, exercising, persevering even though the scale goes up and down. Learning "why" and digging deep into my character and past to work out what 'pushes me' to eat --deep stuff :) <BR> <BR> So many years wasted hating myself and how I looked...sad....not any more :) <BR> <BR> Last week 72.0 kg (158.40 lbs) <BR> this week 71.7 kg (157.74 lbs) <BR> Lost 0.3 kg (0.66 lbs) <BR> <BR> I've given away that "I will just... Sat, 8 Apr 2017 21:44:48 EST You think Kangaroos are cute, look at these Quokka's :) Hi <BR> <BR> thought you would like an "awww..." moment, these are so cute <BR> <BR><BR>kkas/ <BR> <BR> hugs <BR> Christine Wed, 5 Apr 2017 01:18:41 EST Week 268...MB 52... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> A beautiful sunny day here as we move into Autumn, the weather has heated up again into the 30's C. <BR> <BR> Hubby and I went out to Toodyay again to the re-opening of the Christmas 360 store. They had been overseas and have restocked the store with their latest purchases. The outside of the building had a new paint 'job' as well to brighten it up for the opening :) <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 1 Apr 2017 22:00:34 EST These are a few of my favourite things...:) Isn't it great to chat to a stranger or acknowledge a salesperson and see their face light up ? <BR> <BR> Someone knows I exist.... :) <BR> <BR> I love to give ... a smile, a word, a gift ... <BR> <BR> Hubby likes to give on occasions, I like to give when there is no reason I just thought of you, we are different and yet similar--we love to give <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> First the plant--- <BR> One day... Sat, 1 Apr 2017 00:24:19 EST Week 267... MB51... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> Straight to the scale today, it was a great week with lots of walking and Zumba. Eating to plan and feeling happy!! <BR> <BR> Last week 72.5 KG (159.50 lbs) <BR> This week 71.5 kg (157.30 lbs) <BR> <BR> Loss of 1 kg (2.2 lbs), it has been so long since I had a whole number loss. <BR> <BR> I feel great for it too, lots of energy and hype :) !! <BR> <BR> Rugby season is into its 5th week for Super Rugby soon the Nations will meet again. <BR> <BR> <img src="ht... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 23:57:43 EST Week 266... MB 50... Hi there you wonderful Sparkies, <BR> <BR> Photo first today :) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> that is Tom her favourite buddy he goes everywhere with her :), she saw him in a store and picked him up :) <BR> <BR> We had a nice week this week, Wednesday we went out, I said to Hubby " Something good is going to happen through us today and something good is going to happen to us" and off we went. <BR> <BR> We stopp... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 22:04:46 EST Week 265...MB 49... Morning to you out there in Sparkland :), <BR> <BR> A hot week this week with the air con "packing a sad" in 1970's speak :). Hubby came to the fore again and we have cool air woo hoo !! <BR> <BR> On the knitting front I'm powering through the book Bec got me at Christmas, Highland Bull, Rooster, Alpaca (with apron as per men of the houses advice) and Pig all done. There will be a lull in animal output as my pattern has arrived for the Bamboo wool DS gave me at Christmas :) So I have starte... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 20:11:29 EST Week 264...MB 48... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> Well thanks so much for voting for my video, it was a real surprise when Brooklyn_Born told me :). <BR> It just reminds me of how important it is to acknowledge ‘growth’, nine months ago she was a cute baby and just starting to smile and now she is a little girl who copies Mum :). <BR> <BR> This week has been hard and I’ve had to make some hard decisions; Monday I was sick and miserable and the week didn’t get any better really. My weight went up and up and I t... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 21:59:11 EST Annabelle Reloaded 10 months old and cute as a button Fri, 3 Mar 2017 21:16:27 EST Week 263 ...MB 47... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> It was a very hot week this week so it aided increasing water intake :), the temp soared up to 42 deg C. Not unusual for February. <BR> <BR> Hubby had his birthday yesterday :) he still makes me weak at the knees after 33 years so all good :) <BR> <BR> Food wise I have found I can add portions of bread to my intake, I had removed bread altogether in the past. A small amount is ok. <BR> <BR> To the scale <BR> Last week 72.5 kg (159.50 lbs) <BR> This week 71.... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 22:08:16 EST Week 262...MB 46... Hi Sparkies, <BR> <BR> The humid rainy weather has gone and the warm to hot days are back. I appreciate the drying power of the sun, there were some quite damp clothes to wear during the humidity even thought they were ironed. I know I won’t be moving to Queensland where the weather is like that most of the time. <BR> <BR> I have enjoyed this week. <BR> <BR> Weight wise I went up slightly, last week 72.3 kg (159.06 lbs) <BR> This week 72.5 kg (159.50 lbs) <BR> Gained 0.2 kg or (0.44 lbs... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 21:24:12 EST Week 261... MB 45... My blog timed out we go again... <BR> <BR> Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> I went up this week 0.9kg 1.98 lbs. <BR> Last week 71.4 kg (157.08 lbs) <BR> This week 72.3 kg (159.06 lbs) <BR> <BR> I'll be working on some changes this week and also looking at my thoughts. Hubby had some nice things to say about me this week which I refuted ... weird... so that will be the plan ... <BR> <BR> Here are some photos of Annabelle, I'll just copy this so I don't lose it <BR> <BR> Humans are us... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 22:20:49 EST A Great Day Annabelle speaks Mon, 6 Feb 2017 08:28:12 EST Week 260... MB 44 ... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> The days 'down under' this week have been humid and hot. We don't usually get rain between November and late February, this year there has been a lot of rain and cooler days --so nice--- it has even saved us filling the water tank ; usually about three loads over the hot months, this time only one before the visitors arrived at Christmas. <BR> <BR> I have finished my jacket and am pleased with the result I changed the Chanel round neck pattern to a v- neck jack... Sat, 4 Feb 2017 21:43:56 EST Week 259... MB 43... "Throw me a line !" <BR> <BR> I've been reading a lot of blogs this week, they all seem to mirror my own way through the weight loss time line. So many great ideas and thoughts, I love the questions that promote my own thoughts on " why ? how ? what ? motivates me !!" <BR> <BR> I was doing my zumba this week and one of the days thought to cut it short, "If you do that I'll do another set" I said to myself :) Then I remembered I used to say that a couple of years ago. LOL but it worked. <BR>... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 22:07:58 EST Week 258...MB 42 Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> Last week 72.1 kgs (158.62 Lbs) <BR> This week 72.2 kgs (158.84 lbs) <BR> Increase of 0.1 kgs (0.22 lbs) <BR> <BR> This week we have had warm temps and humidity. The week just rolled away - it is nice to be peaceful and not look for things to worry about, to appreciate the days like these :) <BR> <BR> We do our redecorating in winter and DS is in the process of moving his stuff into DD's old room so we can paint his room. <BR> We don't realize what we have til... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:26:53 EST Week 257...MB 41... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> I was so glad the temps stayed down before Christmas so DD SIL and Annabelle would not be blasted with heat after the cool climes of Tasmania. <BR> The heat has resumed its more normal routine temps for this time of year now and we are getting high 30's to 40's deg C. <BR> Apparently the temps are going to be cooler each year at this time as we move into a time when our coast is cooler and the east coast is warmer. <BR> <BR> Hubby loves his You Tube and has fou... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 22:11:55 EST Week 256...MB 40... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> After a few really hot days in the 40's deg C we have had a lull today of what feel like a cool day :) <BR> <BR> Last week I put down the wrong details, <BR> It should have read 73.3 kgs (161.26 lbs) <BR> An increase in the fortnight of 4.3 kgs (9.46 lbs) <BR> <BR> So this week :- <BR> 72.5 kgs (159.50lbs) <BR> A loss of 0.8 kgs (1.76 lbs) <BR> <BR> Bec and Cam and Annabelle went down to the in-laws (they live only few minutes from the airport) on Tuesday and w... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 21:09:33 EST Week 254 & 255 ...MB 38 & 39... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> Happy New Year :) !!! <BR> <BR> First I will get to the weight this fortnight :), <BR> Last weight recorded 18.12.16 ... 69.0 kg (151.80 lbs) <BR> This fortnight 01.01.17 ...72.5 kgs (159.50 lbs) <BR> <BR> So increase of 3.5 kgs in a fortnight (7.7 lbs) <BR> <BR> Considering what I have eaten in the fortnight I'm kind of surprised it's so low :) <BR> <BR> I have all the ability to come back from this and I will after the family has gone home. However I woul... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 21:46:47 EST Week 253...MB 37... Morning Sparkies :), <BR> <BR> The temps continue to rise, high 30's C here. The evap is coping well as it is a dry heat and not humid. <BR> <BR> Hubby was out at work a few days this week, so I set about cleaning the house for the guests next week. <BR> <BR> With my neck and back problems I have a tendency of overdoing it, especially when visitors are coming. So I took it easy and did only what I planned each day. Took Panadol and rested a while and kept walking to stop any tightness th... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 21:32:05 EST Week 252...MB 36... Happy dance :), <BR> <BR> It's been a lovely week this week. <BR> <BR> The temperatures are rising and the grass has all gone brown, though there is enough water in the dams around us that the ducks are still there and have not flown away. <BR> <BR> We went up North to get our meds and to visit MIL in the home. She has Alzheimers, she knew that she knew us but not how. <BR> <BR> "I know you don't I ?", "Is this your wife?" <BR> Hubby : " No she just followed me in !" <BR> " You are his ... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 21:49:05 EST Week 251... MB35... Yipee it's December :) !!! <BR> <BR> This week was warm, the air was still, no was a normal week till Thursday. <BR> Hubby had had lunch and was getting ready to go out to a job, he looked out the window and said " I think that is smoke!", it was on the neighbours property, about 3 acres away, just a wisp of smoke creeping along the ground. <BR> <BR> He went down to see and as he got closer the smoke started billowing, I was watching with the phone in hand and rang the Fire Brig... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 20:54:17 EST Week 250...MB 34... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> It's hot here :), Hubby is working the weekend, commissioning the panel he made. There are always a few hiccups that need to be corrected in the programming and all the bench testing in the world doesn't mean it will work first time when coupled to the machine :). <BR> <BR> Last week 69.5 kg (152.90 lbs) <BR> This week 70.0 kg (154.00 lbs) <BR> <BR> So an increase of 0.5 kg (1.1 lbs) <BR> <BR> Whilst that doesn't seem a lot it is 2kgs over my goal weight and ev... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 21:33:33 EST Week 249... MB 33... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> Not much to report this week :), it was a shopping fortnight, I also took the cat out for his walk on his lead, he is very good and seems to know when I am getting bored and comes inside himself without pressure :). It was nice in the sun though just a lovely warmth and a breeze. <BR> <BR> Annabelle as you have probably read got her first tooth and also said her first 'word' "da da", Bec got it on video so it was lovely to hear her :) I'm counting down -5 more ... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 22:07:15 EST Week 248...MB32 Hey there Sparkies, <BR> <BR> What a week, birthday on Tuesday, skyped with Bec and Annabelle, taken out for lunch, lots of pressies :) the Chiefs jersey you saw and a signed photo of my favourite players in the 2015 Rugby World Cup Winners Richie McCaw, Dan Carter and Ma'a Nonu wow :). Hubby bought me great pressies too. <BR> <BR> Now as you probably know I attach a lot of emotion to pressies given with love. Hubby gave me an egg timer shaped like a chicken :), we eat a lot of boiled eg... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 00:37:26 EST Week 247... MB31... Hi there, <BR> <BR> Summer is on its way to me :). Yesterday was 38 deg C Hot hot hot :), a little cooler today. It is a reminder to hydrate more often than usual. <BR> <BR> DD goes back to work today, (Doctor at a hospital) after her maternity leave, just a couple of rotations of 10 hours a week, she will go in today and tomorrow. Part of her is looking forward to it she loves the wards and helping the patients ( she was born for this :) ), but part will be wondering about Annabelle :) <... Sat, 5 Nov 2016 22:18:23 EST Week 246... MB 30... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> We had some rain yesterday (good to 'feed' the water tank), today is sunny and just the right temp for a Spring day. <BR> <BR> We had some wonderful news this week about work for Hubby, one of his customers had asked him to design and build panels that would run his steel forming mill in 2014. <BR> <BR> Now as to my Hubby, he is amazing :). Since we moved here a lot of his work has been in the past at firms that roll steel for the housing market. He has always... Sat, 29 Oct 2016 21:41:44 EST Week 245...Maintenance Blog 29... Dear Sparkies, <BR> <BR> Another chance to share my journey with you, I am always so excited to read about your ups and downs and to let you know someone is with you on yours :) <BR> It also gives me the incentive to say things I wouldn't voice to people around me because I know you will understand. <BR> <BR> I had the opportunity last night to watch Chasing Great a movie about All Black Captain Richie McCaw. It really had an impact on me I found it useful to describe how I feel these days... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:28:24 EST Week 244...Maintenance Blog 28... Hi there Sparkies, <BR> <BR> another good week, the new GP was really nice, got the tests out of the way, chatted...she wanted to know what I had done to lose weight. I told her all the things I did and how great it was, what had changed in my life. <BR> <BR> She seemed most impressed that I had done it myself at home with little input, I told her all about Sparkpeople and how I had a LOT of great input through the years from you all as well as encouragement from family :). <BR> <BR> I t... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 22:39:08 EST Week 243 ... Mb 27... Good Morning, <BR> <BR> This week was a quiet one ( as I'm getting older I appreciate these ones :) ), rainy days and mid week a 30 deg C day to remind me summer is on it's way, phew ... how do we get used to 45 deg C days !!! <BR> <BR> DD had a friend from Uni days and student Doctor days come to stay at her house, he was a great friend. My fondest memory of him is of DD getting so tired walking up and down to classes in the heat he carried her :), a lovely man. <BR> <BR> SIL looked af... Sat, 8 Oct 2016 21:05:29 EST Week 242...MB 26... Good morning Sparkies !!! <BR> <BR> After a really 'hairy' storm yesterday, with strong winds and hail. The windows shaking in their fittlings and then great bangs of thunder, today is fine, calm and sunny :) <BR> <BR> It was a very quiet week with lots of movement and Spring cleaning, also did lots of washing of towels etc for when DD and SIL come at Christmas whilst I have an over flowing water tank :). <BR> <BR> I had a great week weight wise, must have been all the cleaning, I felt lik... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 21:10:24 EST Week 241...MB 25 Hi Sparkies, <BR> <BR> It's finished, so comfy to wear, Hubby who is 'straight' with his comments says, "I appreciate the work and the style but don't like the colour" <BR> <BR> The only problem I have is the buttons are gold daisies and were my MIL's and wanted soooo... to use them but they are really heavy and pull the borders, so I'll have to hunt for some modern ones :(. <BR> <BR> Here are the pics, let me know what you think :) <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 25 Sep 2016 04:34:04 EST Week 240...MB 24... Hiya, <BR> <BR> I'm a bit late to day :), Hubby and I went out to another fair day :), this time it was a historic car show about 30 mins away, in a country area. As well as the cars there was an art centre and stalls and a bus took you to the arts and craft and a museum down the road. <BR> <BR> We wandered looking at the cars feeling nostalgic :), Hubby was asking if I remember one person or another having this or that car? Duh, me female :) what colour was it ??? LOL. <BR> <BR> He has ... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 03:44:44 EST Week 239...MB23... Wow, <BR> <BR> 23 weeks of maintenance, I am seeing a pattern of ebbs and flows on the scale. It is nice :), a little like paddling down a river and then just letting the water have it's way.. <BR> <BR> The scale was up a bit this week 0.6 kg, I had extra watermelon, apple pie and Cheesecake. More watermelon than usual but small pieces of the pie and cheesecake I'm trying out recipes for Christmas, found a coffee cheesecake recipe that we all would like. <BR> <BR> DD and SIL love cheesec... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 22:36:12 EST Week 238... MB 22... Hi Sparkies, <BR> <BR> Happy Fathers Day to all the Dad's. I was blessed with a great Dad who loved me and always supported me - am missing him today. I am the person I am because of his love and I continue to pass that on to everyone I know. <BR> <BR> A slight adventure this week, we went to get our meds and it was raining :) thought we were sliding because it was raining but the tyre had burst. We spun around on a roundabout and stopped by bouncing up onto the island in the middle. <BR>... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 22:01:06 EST Week 237...Maintenance Blog...21... Afternoon Spark world :), <BR> <BR> I'm blogging a little later than normal as we went to a Fair day today Hubby and I. We wandered the stalls and took in the atmosphere of family and fun, crafts and food for a couple of hours. <BR> <BR> It was so much fun for me, not so much for Hubby he is a 'loner' really so it meant so much he would take time to accompany me. :) <BR> <BR> It is a country area, so alpaca / sheep owners who were spinning and making items from their animals, mandarin/ l... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 02:27:49 EST Midweek cute photos... Hey there, <BR> <BR> Annabelle will be four months old on the 2nd of September here are some of her latest photos to end the month :) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hugs <BR> Christine Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:53:04 EST Week 236...MB20... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> Short and sweet today - just like me -- :) <BR> <BR> No change to weight. <BR> No news <BR> No probs <BR> <BR> A nice week --- happy to be alive !!! <BR> <BR> Have a great week <BR> <BR> Hugs <BR> Christine <BR> <BR> Sat, 20 Aug 2016 23:13:41 EST Week 235... MB 19... Hi there Sparkies, <BR> <BR> This week was rainy off and on again-- no complaints here, as I am doing some knitting and it is lovely to sit quietly and knit listening to the patter of drops on the roof and feeling cosy and warm. <BR> <BR> I've been searching for a Chanel style cardigan/jacket and found a pattern instead it cost $5 and I have been knitting it for a few weeks. I have carpal tunnel and haven't knitted larger items for ages. Since I started taking magnesium though it has eased... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 23:45:28 EST Week 234...MB 18... Good morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> It has been a wet week for me, not much going on DD has been getting ready for the 'in laws' to descend on her :), so we skyped on Thursday. Annabelle was looking at us <em>40</em> and babling away, so cute. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> She looks like she is in a fairy dress ! <BR> <BR> <BR> I went up 0.3 kg this week (0.66 lbs) to 68.5 kgs, I was really surprised ... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 21:47:37 EST Week 233, MB17... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> I woke to rain this morning, that wonderful sound on a 'tin' roof that seems so calming to me. <BR> <BR> I made minestrone soup this week and had half a cup at lunch and dinner, I used cauli, celery, broccoli, zucchini, tomato, spinach, kale, carrots, and sweet potato and beans. It was delish !! with plenty in the freezer for later :) <BR> <BR> Last week 69.2 kgs (152.24 lbs) <BR> This week 68.2 kgs (150.04 lbs) <BR> <BR> A loss of one kilo (2.2 lbs) <BR> <BR>... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 22:52:35 EST A bit of midweek fun :) Hello, <BR> <BR> When I was a child we would watch the All Blacks at all hours day or night and it was a real bonding session with us all, Mum, Dad, 2 brothers and I. We were not a demonstrative 'lot' either, but watching a game we would be noisy and jump around a lot. It was fun !!! <BR> <BR> My Hubby, daughter and son are not 'into' sport but since my Dad passed away in 2014 I've been watching again and was delighted to 'yell and jump around' my days through the Super Rugby of 2015 and... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 21:19:05 EST Week 232...MB 16... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> Another maintenance week with no change so that is great. <BR> <BR> I'll just have to add more photos- guess of who :) <BR> <BR> Uh oh just noticed no button to add a photos eek !!!! <BR> <BR> I'll come back if I find it. <BR> <BR> It's there on the edit blog button whew!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 23 Jul 2016 23:26:15 EST Week 231... MB15... Hey there Sparkies, <BR> <BR> Here is a photo taken of the view from the dining table, it was raining and foggy. It is another "look up" reminder to me. We bought this block because the views are just like a calendar shot from every vista. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In the foreground those are weeds, it has been so rainy ( no complaints as I love the rain, that sound has always enthralled me. The water ta... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 01:27:04 EST Week 230..MB14... Oh yeah check it out a whole number loss !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) <BR> <BR> I'm so happy today, I've had an amazing week and haven't felt so peaceful in years, thank God. <BR> <BR> I checked out my plan and realized my fats even though they are good fats were starting to exceed my protein intake so I backed it off a bit and there you go a WHOLE number loss. :0 !! <BR> <BR> Last week 70.3 kg (154.66 lbs) <BR> This week 69.2 kg (152.24 lbs) <BR> Loss of 1.1 (2.42 lbs) <BR> <BR> Ooops a... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 23:00:01 EST Week 229... MB 13... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> It's a bright sunny morning here, though during the week we had a huge downpour to fill the water tank :) so much water it shot out of the downpipes and the pipe into the tank popped up and 2-3 feet of water shot out!!! <BR> We went down to the tank and put the pipe back in and checked the pump which is beside the tank to see if it was still functional. With the full tank I can wash, wash, wash... all I want...yay!! <BR> <BR> I'm still not 100% and have only been... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 22:32:46 EST