DOVESEYES's SparkPeople Blog DOVESEYES's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Week 296... MB 80 ... Hello Sparkies, <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm loving my quirky bird :), the Peacock pair turned up again yesterday and looked in the window again !! <BR> <BR> I worked my 'butt ' off again this week, just like in the beginning of my journey where I had to keep moving and was doing six hours a day of Zumba. I hadn't realized how 'slack ' I had got after being told I was in Maintenance by the GP. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 15 Oct 2017 03:05:53 EST Week 295... MB 79... Afternoon Sparkies, <BR> <BR> It has been a long week with lots of exercise and Spring cleaning going on. I slept very well every night :) <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was heading to the kitchen to start dinner when I heard a "honk" and looking out the window there was my beloved Peacock ( he is alive) and his Pea hen. They stood looking in the window and pecking on the ground - so wonderful to know they are ok after being away for at least a year or more. <BR> I was concerned dogs had got them a... Sun, 8 Oct 2017 02:12:30 EST Week 294 ... MB 78 ... Hello Sparkies, <BR> <BR> sorry I'm a bit late today, DH and DS needed the band width as its school hols here, so I've ducked in to report while Hubby starts the dinner dishes :) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <... Sun, 1 Oct 2017 05:33:02 EST Week 293...MB 77... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> A lovely Sunday morning here in Western Australia ... " the hills are alive with the sounds..." of Black Parrot calls :) <BR> <BR> No change to the scale this week ... great... !! <BR> <BR> DD Bec had some wonderful news, Baby 2 is healthy and growing well. It's a boy !!! <BR> So in March little Eric Lance H. will come into the world. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We had a won... Sat, 23 Sep 2017 23:47:17 EST Week 292...MB 76 ... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> It is a wonderful Spring day here the temps are rising, the sun is shining, the magpies, cockatoos, 28's, ravens, doves, Butcherbirds, blue wrens, ducks are all stopping by our place and 'rummaging' around on the lawn, taking lazy dips in our winter lake and generally 'brightening' up the place. <BR> <BR> On Wednesday we went to visit MIL in the aged care facility, she has dementia and has her ups and downs. That day she was happy and could remember her sons nam... Sat, 16 Sep 2017 23:24:54 EST Week 291...MB 75... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> Another great week for me, Bec said Annabelle was tapping on the laptop saying "Nana Nana", so she skyped me during the week :) ... melt... so nice to know she misses me. <BR> <BR> I did heaps of Zumba, and exercise, ate the two meals a day and was rewarded with a loss today. I also felt better each day so I'll be continuing this for a while to see how I go. <BR> <BR> It is a long way from the start of my journey where I ate a whole chicken breast and lots of ve... Sat, 9 Sep 2017 21:42:14 EST Joy !! Once upon a time I planned to be <BR> An artist of celebrity. <BR> A song I thought to write one day, <BR> And all the world would homage pay. <BR> I longed to write a noted book, <BR> But what I did was ---learn to cook. <BR> For life with simple tasks is filled, <BR> And I have done, not what I willed, <BR> Yet when I see boys' hungry eyes <BR> I'm glad I make good apple pies! <BR> <BR> <BR> Apples of Gold compiled by Jo Petty Sat, 2 Sep 2017 23:19:44 EST Week 290... MB 74... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> It's Father's Day here in Australia, we celebrate the good men in our lives, Fathers, sons, uncles, brothers, wonderful men who make a difference in our lives who aren't even related :) <BR> <BR> No news really today a lovely quiet week to enjoy :) <BR> <BR> The scale though closely watched and meals chosen for goodness and quality rose this week. I'm considering trying only two meals a day. Some people seem to have this work for them. <BR> <BR> I don't think... Sat, 2 Sep 2017 21:18:53 EST Week 289... MB 73... Afternoon Sparkies, <BR> <BR> I have been out to the local Fair day today, we live in a food growing area and once a year the farmers and producers all get together to celebrate what they have produced. <BR> <BR> There is food, the CWA, (Country Womens Association), music, art, pottery, garden ornaments made of rusty old steel and corrugated iron into sheep, emus, windmills etc. Today there was Honey, Olive oil, quilting, pickles and jams, jewellery, essential oils, the obligatory Ice Cr... Sun, 27 Aug 2017 03:59:15 EST Week 288... MB 72... Afternoon Sparkies, <BR> <BR> It was a nice week here with rain, sun, hail and winds across the week. As I sit at my desk today the afternoon sun is warming me --nice-- I've been watching the Rugby Championship games and enjoying them a lot :) !! <BR> <BR> Yes I have become that person who commentates and yells at the Ref and players :) Hubby and DS leave me to it but Hubby does say it's cute -biased of course :) <BR> <BR> No photos of the little one this week, Bec has been working and bus... Sun, 20 Aug 2017 03:05:46 EST Week 287... MB 71... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> Down a little this week to 72.6 kg (159.72 lbs), worked hard for this little loss :), next week I'm upping the exercise :) !!! <BR> <BR> By the way I've seen a bit of interest in the Susan Peirce Thompson Bright Line Eating book lately. I have a copy if there is anyone in Australia who is interested I'll gladly post it to you :) <BR> <BR> Hubby had a few days work but even better we got paid woo hoo bills to pay -- lots at this time of year :) <BR> <BR> DD w... Sat, 12 Aug 2017 22:30:31 EST Baby Blanket Made :) Hi, <BR> <BR> I have finished the blanket, here are some photos for those who asked :) <BR> <BR> Super chunky stripes, it's folded in half. It looked a bit plain so I added a ribbon and found a cute bag... :) happy face !!! <BR> <BR> Baby 2 will be warm and cosy :) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src... Sun, 6 Aug 2017 20:46:38 EST Week 286... MB 70... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> I was glad we cancelled our getaway as Hubby had work most days of the time we would have been away. What a great blessing !!! :) <BR> <BR> I've started a baby blanket for DD and the new baby, I'm going super chunky this time as it will be cold when he/she arrives :) <BR> <BR> My 'up a little down a little' continues sigh ... better than up a lot :) up 0.1 kg. <BR> <BR> I've put a stop to the increase --- now want a decrease to become the norm :) <BR> <BR> T... Sun, 6 Aug 2017 00:46:58 EST Week 285...MB 69... Morning, <BR> <BR> It was a cold foggy start to the day, now the Sun is shining and warming me up :) <BR> <BR> I'm still in the process of adjusting my plan, had a good week nutrition wise and found I was eating too little, so small increases of good fats and a little less protein have me pretty much the same numbers as last week, but oh feeling so much better, not tired or sleepy. <BR> <BR> A great week ahead I think :) <BR> <BR> We have been supporting our local restaurant lately after ... Sat, 29 Jul 2017 22:39:44 EST Week 284... MB 68... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> We have rain and sun today so lots of rainbows around :) <BR> <BR> I stuck to my plan and have lost a little this week, I'll adjust slowly to find my 'sweet' spot !! <BR> <BR> On the rest days I lost most not sure how that works :) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Other trip photos... Sat, 22 Jul 2017 22:40:27 EST Annabelle Multitasking Playing with Aria and watching the Wiggles Sat, 22 Jul 2017 22:17:02 EST Monday Morning Visitors... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> this morning we had three Kookaburras visit us. DS put in a light outside his workshop, it is one and a half feet round on top. <BR> <BR> Only two managed to fit on top so that gives you a scale to their size. Hope you can see them :) <BR> <BR> Christine <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 16 Jul 2017 21:23:21 EST Week 283...MB 67... Afternoon Sparkies, <BR> <BR> Thanks for stopping by to read my blog. <BR> <BR> I added more fruit this week and increased protein to get over the hump of my zig zagging. I went up but felt so much better - so some adjustments this week should see a change. <BR> <BR> After the GP advised I was at Maintenance level in 2016, she said I wouldn't need to do my Strength if I was doing Zumba. <BR> <BR> I added it back this week as well and my 'inner' self felt great, so that is back too :) ... Sun, 16 Jul 2017 01:41:52 EST Week 282... MB 66... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> A nice week for me, lots of rain, reminds me of Whakatane where I grew up in New Zealand. A grey and white scene with fog sitting on the hills and in the valleys, as the Sun comes out it fades away. Being in the clouds is wonderful and slowly you see the land and others around. <BR> <BR> The scales did not fade away although the number did take a small 'dive' to leave me 0.2 kg lighter this week 0.44 lbs down on last week. Yay :) <BR> <BR> It's been over a year... Sat, 8 Jul 2017 23:33:18 EST Annabelle speaks :) As per my last blog, Annabelle is looking for her cat Sansa Wed, 5 Jul 2017 10:17:41 EST Week 281... MB65... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> It is a cold and frosty morning here, lots of rain yesterday, our seasonal lake is filling up :). <BR> <BR> We agist cows for a neighbour and though he thought they were not pregnant, on Friday we had a calf. So yesterday he came to get the 'girls' and 'bobby' (name we call male calves), and take them home. <BR> <BR> New life is amazing isn't it? :) <BR> <BR> DD, SIL and Annabelle had a short stay in Hobart this week, with SIL attending his GP seminars. They ha... Sat, 1 Jul 2017 23:07:29 EST Week 280... MB 64... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> Short and sweet today... no news ... small loss... cold mornings ... sunny days... happy...smiling... small steps are better than big gains !!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have a great week, <BR> <BR> Thanks for stopping by <BR> <BR> Hugs <BR> Christine Sun, 25 Jun 2017 02:09:08 EST Midweek Blog... Rainy Days and Worries... Hey there, <BR> <BR> As in the heading today is rainy and has tendencies for me to dwell on what is happening in our lives. <BR> <BR> Then Matthew 6:26 came to life in front of me.... <BR> <BR> Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This pai... Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:33:12 EST Week 279...MB 63... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> The weather continues to cool here lots of layers required in the morning and at night though the days are sunny and warm. Great for warming up and getting clothes dry. <BR> <BR> A light increase this week, other wise a quiet week for me :) <BR> <BR> Bec says Annabelle likes her dress and brings it to her to put on ha ha. <BR> <BR> Wishing I was closer but God know best. I'm so happy to have the skype and to see her as she grows. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Sat, 17 Jun 2017 21:45:03 EST Week 278...MB 62 ... Afternoon Sparkies, <BR> <BR> I'm late today :), a quiet week here no calls no jobs though Praise God Hubby has a job today. So many people are suffering with little or no work it is tough. <BR> <BR> Weight this week went down <BR> <BR> Last week 73.1 kg (160.82 lbs) <BR> This week 72.4 kg (159.28 lbs) <BR> <BR> Loss of 0.7 kg (1.54 lbs) <BR> <BR> Here are some wonderful snaps of Annabelle on her birthday to brighten the page :) <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 11 Jun 2017 01:25:12 EST Walk in The Park with Mum and Dad Annabelle's Day Out Sat, 3 Jun 2017 23:04:29 EST Week 277...MB 61... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> It is a sunny day here though it is cool :) , love Autumn. <BR> <BR> Today is our Wedding Anniversary, June 4th 1983, in a rose garden in my hometown we got married. A day similar to today sunny but just cool enough so I was comfortable in the wedding dress :) <BR> <BR> Thirty four years later, we celebrate that day and the years in between. <BR> " Love will keep us together" would be our song. Phil's strength and my softness make a great team. <BR> <BR> We ... Sat, 3 Jun 2017 22:27:24 EST Week 276...MB 60 Hi Sparkies, <BR> <BR> First up --no change to weight this week --same as last week. <BR> <BR> I took DH to the Hospital in a nearby town for his procedure, we arrived at 6:30 am and it took 4 hours nearly 5 before we could leave. <BR> <BR> I walked the Hospital corridors and when it opened went to the Cafe for a coffee. Easily got my walking in :) <BR> <BR> Hubby was very sweet when he came out and repeated what he remembered a few times on the way home. He was most concerned with how... Sun, 28 May 2017 05:40:00 EST Week 275... MB 59... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> thanks so much for stopping by to watch "Annabelles First Steps", her milestones are so great :) she was one of the Featured videos with her determination to walk no matter the obstacles :) <BR> <BR> The Autumn is here in Australia, rain and cooler morning temps. No snow or frosts here. <BR> <BR> We had a power cut yesterday, we have a generator so were able to save the fridge and freezer and have a cup of tea :) <BR> <BR> I pulled the muscles across my shoul... Sat, 20 May 2017 21:27:24 EST Annabelles First Steps Today woo hoo :) Tue, 16 May 2017 00:56:27 EST Week 274... MB 58... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> Happy Mothers Day to you including all women who live, laugh and love everyone around them :) !!! <BR> <BR> What a week, I had appointments to go to and was out for hours a couple of days this week, did not keep up my intake of water, felt fluey :), headachy, croaky voice, and lacking energy. <BR> I kept up my exercise but ate over my usual limits. <BR> <BR> So the scale had no option :) but to say it like it was :) !! <BR> <BR> Last week a very creditable 70... Sat, 13 May 2017 22:39:55 EST Week 273... MB 57... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> I'm a day early on my blog this week, just had to tell you about Annabelles 1st birthday. We skyped on Tuesday morning, she was in a fluffy gorgeous tutu with a birthday hat on. The presents were in front of her. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 5 May 2017 22:04:03 EST Lupinology notes... Hi, <BR> <BR> So… my Auntie used to grow Lupins in her garden over the winter and then dig them in for green compost. <BR> <BR> I saw an article in the local paper saying the Lupin Co. was open in my area and looking to employ local people so I went to their site to buy some hoping to encourage the company. <BR> When I found they had high protein and low carb it made me want to try them too :) <BR> Here is the link, check it out !!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Lupinol... Wed, 3 May 2017 07:59:45 EST 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