DUBLINROSE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DUBLINROSE DUBLINROSE'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/ Day 2: 21 Day Sugar Challenge - Find a friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233284 Everything is easier when you have a friend to share the journey, including giving up sugar. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately I don't have anyone willing to travel this road with me. That's fair enough, I'm lucky I have a lot of support from my family and friends who cheer me on as they tuck into their chocolate, cakes, biscuits....... <BR> <BR> 3 days in and its the weekend, my peak time to eat treats and I'm doing great. I had allowed myself a glass of wine last night and that had enough of a sug... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 09:29:03 EST Day 2: 21 Day Sugar Challenge - Pinpoint your problems http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232692 Day 2 is all about finding out when and where your sugar cravings occur. Few of us will be craving sugar ALL day, most of us find our cravings only tend to become a problem at certain times of the day or when we are feeling a certain way. My task today is write up anytime I feel I need sugar: what time of day it is, what I'm feeling, where I am etc <BR> <BR> Today I did great and only craved sugar late last night. I just wanted something sweet. I wrote in my journal and discovered that I... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 07:27:48 EST Day 1: 21 Day Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231473 For the next three weeks I am going to try and tame my sugar cravings by doing the SP Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge. <BR> <BR> Day 1 is all about finding out just how much a part of your life sugar is. I don't feel like I have a problem with sugar but the quiz will tell me more.... <BR> <BR> .....And it turns out I have a problem with sugar, surprise surprise. <BR> <BR> For me its situational ie I can manage okay in my own surroundings but in other situations I struggle. This definitel... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 04:40:16 EST First day of spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895749 Today is the first proper day of spring and is very welcome after a cold, dark winter. Its also a bit scary as its a sign of a summer to come <em>67</em> and a gentle reminder of how difficult the sunshine can be when you are big. <BR> <BR> Everyone around you is looking like this <em>344</em> and you feel like this <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> I remember last summer so clearly, the anxiety at a hot day knowing I was going to have to find something to wear that wouldn't show my wobbl... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 08:37:24 EST Thank you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885335 Just a very quick <em>304</em> to everyone who gave me words of support on my depression post. Today I am feeling a lot more like my old self and your comments really did help <em>345</em> Its so much appreciated. Mon, 2 Mar 2015 08:03:55 EST Weight Watchers Update - 28 Feb 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884200 Weekly weigh in time. It was an up and down week so I was nervous but it went well: <BR> <BR> Weight loss this week: - 1lb <BR> Total loss to date: -9lbs <BR> Current Weight: 12stone 8lbs (176lbs) <BR> <BR> Total percentage weight loss to date: - 4.86% <BR> BMI: 32.5 (obese) <BR> <BR> I'm really happy with my 1lb. I'm very close to my 5% so my goal for this week is to reach that next Saturday. <BR> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 10:58:07 EST Hello Darkness My Old Friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883013 As posted in a blog way way back I suffer from depression. I've had it on and off since 2008, my lowest point was 2009, I spent most of that year in bed crying. <em>27</em> <BR> Finally I got help and thankfully everything is more or less okay. I have my bad days but they are just random one day events and sometimes last just a matter of hours and I am so grateful to see them go. <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> This week I've been hit with a major depressive episode, it started late Monday n... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:27:07 EST Oh dear, neglected blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879797 I can't believe I haven't updated this thing since back in November <em>2</em> Time is a funny old thing, it just runs away with you. Its now mid Feb and I'm just getting back to updating things. <BR> <BR> So what's been happening? Not much, had a lovely Christmas, ate LOTS, <em>15</em> but joined Weight Watchers in January and I'm doing okay, 8lbs down so very happy with that. <BR> <BR> I've been invited to a wedding <em>337</em> in early April where I will be seeing lots of p... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 09:06:53 EST Parkrun - the result http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818139 Finally got my email today to tell me that I ran/walked my first 5k in 45 mins 53 secs. <BR> <BR> Not a great time but a start and something official to work on. I know its going to be a while before I can do the route in less than 30 mins but that is my goal. At the moment though I am going to work on getting round in less than 45 mins. <BR> <BR> I had a great morning anyway, it got me up and out and doing exercise when I would normally still be chilling in my nightwear so that alone i... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 07:17:48 EST My first Parkrun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817067 Super excited this morning. I am finally going on my first ever Parkrun. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Parkrun is a free, timed, 5k event that takes place in local parks all across the globe. I like the fact that its timed so you can track your progress as you get fitter and faster and the fact that its FREE ( my favourite word <em>30</em> ) I registered over a year ago but this is the first time I'm participating, today for the first time a Parkrun is taking place in my local area so I ... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 03:44:57 EST To enter or not to enter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806332 So earlier this year I ran my second half marathon. It was horrendous <em>39</em> I got through it but boy was it hard and after I remembered all the reasons why I said NEVER AGAIN after the first one. <BR> <BR> So today I'm looking though my email and I see one from the Rock And Roll Marathon team. What's this I say, oh its a reminder to enter for next year, well that can be trashed. And then I notice the price, its half what I paid this year, a bargin at just 25 euros. I've run 5ks... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:37:49 EST BLC 25 GOALS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685490 My goals for this round of BLC are pretty much the same as always - lose weight!!!! <BR> <BR> Beyond that I want to have a better diet, I don't see the point in being slim if my body is still unhealthy. As a runner I need to fuel my body so my second goal is to pay more attention to the nutrient breakdown of the tracker and make sure I stay in range for carbs, fat, protein etc. <BR> <BR> Third goal is to maintain my current exercise routine of running, walking and strength training and bui... Fri, 2 May 2014 06:37:35 EST Day 9: Here's what I want http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679946 Day 9 and I'm still working out what other people can do to help and support me on this amazing journey. Sometimes I don't even know what I want from other people myself so I have to try and work out how to communicate to my nearest and dearest what support they can give me. There is a very handy quiz in the book which helps focus on that and my results are below. Now I have to tell my loved ones so that they understand what they can do. <BR> <BR> 1) If you see me eating something that's... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 04:52:50 EST Day 8: Help me please http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679159 Day 8 is all about identifying what other people can do - and not do - to help on the weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> I am very lucky to have a lot of support, my family and most of my friends are great. I need people to ask me how I am doing, I need to be complimented on my success and if I am having a bad day and I don't want to exercise I need someone to bully me out the door. <BR> <BR> What I don't need are people who try and pressure me into eating. I've noticed this a lot with some ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 04:40:41 EST Day 7: I Can Do It!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678387 Like most dieters I have a terrible habit of talking myself down and telling myself that I can't be one of those people who manages to lose weight and keep it off. <BR> <BR> Its understandable in a way, after all how many of us are yo-yo dieters, losing and gaining the same 10lbs over and over again <em>39</em> It takes its toll on your confidence so its no wonder a little voice tells us we can't do it. <BR> <BR> Well not this time <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> This time I know I can do ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:34:08 EST Day 6: Protect your Program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677564 Day 6 is about making sure that you have your program protected so well that nothing will damage it. <BR> <BR> One of the hardest things for dieters is being in a situation where you have little control over food ie in a restaurant or at a party and those situations where someone insists you eat something you really shouldn't. <BR> <BR> Well I had both of those this weekend at my mother in laws for easter dinner, she knows I am trying to lose weight so she made a very healthy dinner but th... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 04:02:42 EST Day 5: Magic Notebook http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675122 I just love it when a challenge asks me to do something I already do <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Today is about keeping a notebook to write about how the weight loss journey is going, I've been doing this for about 2 years now. What started as a running journal has become my place to get all things weight loss and fitness out of my system. It really helps to just clear the head, clarify the thoughts and get things out of my system. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:40:00 EST DAY 4: Boundries, not diets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674090 Day 4 is about not being too rigid with your eating plan. Its okay to have boundries that you can work within, it gives you more chance of sticking to your goals once you get rid of the "all or nothing" approach. <BR> <BR> My eating and exercise plan is to be sensible and not go on any fad diets, to exercise by running 3 times a week, walking 3 times a week and doing strength training 6 days a week. 1 rest day a week on a Wednesday that I will take no matter what as my muscles need the res... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:35:21 EST 100 days do over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673273 I had to take a break from the 100 days plan, I blame the post!! I had ordered the book online and thought it would get here before the kindle sample I had ran out but it only arrived yesterday. <BR> <BR> Good timing in a way, the 100 days team have just started another round of this so I am on track with them, its a lot easier doing this as part of a group effort. <BR> <BR> Day 4 tomorrow so business as usual then. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:42:10 EST Day 3: Do It Anyway http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664108 <em>437</em> "Committed means DO IT ANYWAY!!!" <em>437</em> <BR> <BR> Today I am a bit under the weather <em>527</em> and that normally means staying on the sofa but not today. I did my strength training even though I didn't really want to, I took it slow and steady, gave myself regular breaks but stuck it through to the end because I am committed to losing weight. <BR> <BR> It was a great feeling to accomplish it, I felt strong, I felt in control, proud of myself and motivated.... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 08:57:17 EST Day 2: Interested or Committed? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663327 <BR> <em>8</em> Committed means NO MATTER WHAT!!!! <em>8</em> <BR> <BR> I will be 100% fully committed to the 100 Days, not just interested <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>437</em> I will stick to my plan by: <BR> <BR> 1. doing the daily lessons in the 100 Days book <BR> 2. logging my food intake daily and staying within my calorie range <BR> 3. getting support when I need it <BR> 4. sticking to my exercise plan, alternate days of running and walking, daily strength training and 1 rest d... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 09:41:43 EST DAY 1: I used to be that way...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662458 <em>8</em> I used to be that way, but now I am different <em>8</em> <BR> <BR> <em>257</em> Things that have hurt my weight loss <BR> <BR> 1. Low moods - I would comfort myself with food <BR> 2. Bad planning - when I find myself hungry I would eat junk <BR> 3. Temptation - bad foods are in the house so I feel I have to eat them <BR> 4. Celebration - I used food as a reward or to reinforce positive feelings <BR> 5. All or nothing - If I had a bad day and ate something I shouldn't, ... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 09:24:31 EST 100 Days of Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661688 I have heard so much about this book over the past few months so I am finally going to give it a go myself. My 100 days starts tomorrow when I finally get my hands on the book. Feeling motivated about it but nervous too. Temptation and loss of motivation is a huge issue for me, I start strong but end up falling off the wagon. But we'll give it a whirl and see how it goes. Tue, 1 Apr 2014 11:27:55 EST A letter to the Fat runner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639256 One of my Facebook friends posted this open letter to an overweight runner. As someone who knows how hard it is to go out and run when you don't have the body of a runner and when you feel every eye in the place is focused on you this made me smile. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l216918234.jpg"> Tue, 4 Mar 2014 07:50:32 EST S.M.A.R.T Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597040 Part of this weekend's BLC challenge is to work out what my smart goals are for the next 12 weeks. SMART stands for specific, measurable, achieveable, realistic and time limited. <BR> <BR> My mail smart goal is to lose 14 pounds by the end of this round of BLC but as well as that I want to be on a road to a fitter and healthier me. I also want to improve on my 1k lap time!!! I'm going to do this by sticking to the eating and exercise plan I have and getting help and support from the team ... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 13:19:24 EST First blog of the year - just in time for a new BLC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594557 Gosh its amazing how hard it can be to get back into blogging when you have taken a bit of a break for it...I've been trying to organise my thoughts and think of something worthy of a post but its been tumbleweed central <BR> <BR> Today though marks the start of the new round of BLC. I don't know how many of you guys out there have tried a BLC before but if you're looking for a bit of accountability, support and a healthy bit of competition <em>20</em> then its worth looking at trying o... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 10:13:19 EST Pawse 13th November http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542483 Another late one this week <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> This week has been okay, my head is just focused on getting through my half marathon a week from today so everything else mentally at least has been pushed to one side. Big events are all consuming. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling pretty good, my leg is at me, an injury I picked up during the summer is starting to flare up again but I am not so bad I can't exercise. I'm just being aware of my limitations and the point at which I'm pushing too hard ... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 08:18:09 EST The kindness of strangers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535498 This year one of my New Year goals was to enter and complete a half marathon which I did in August. It was an amazing experience but it was tough, mentally more so than physically. <em>366</em> <BR> <BR> Its funny, I was prepared for the sore legs, the tiredness, the blisters but I never expected the emotional rollercoaster that I went on over those three hours, the butterflies at the start line, <em>24</em> the joy of running in a large group <em>30</em> , the feeling of complet... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 06:47:25 EST Pawse 06th November: Looking ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533656 I am typing this with shaky hands, I've been stuck with the flu and really feeling it <em>527</em> <BR> <BR> The week was great until I stared feeling sick on Sunday but I think its wise not to push yourself beyond your abilities and just focus on getting better so I have been doing just that. I feel a little bit more human today so hopefully the tide has turned. Fingers crossed. <BR> <BR> This week our challenge is about looking ahead to the second part of the BLC and working out a ... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 08:14:40 EST PAWSE 30TH OCT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527167 Well its been an absolutely manic week - again! - and as a result I missed out on a lot of exercise I had planned to do. <BR> <BR> Then I had one of those lightbulb moments <BR> <BR> Life IS manic, its always going to throw things up at me that upstage my plans, what's important is how I react and deal with them. I might not be able to stick to my original plans but I can find ways to work with what I have. <BR> <BR> And that is the big lesson I am taking forward with me this week. NO ... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 08:08:57 EST Week 4 Pawse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522994 Its been a pretty good week. I had a good weight loss so happy with that <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I also discovered that working out at home doesn't have to be an easy option. One of the members of my BLC group told me about Lesley Sansones walking workouts that I could do from the comfort of my home, boy they get a good sweat going. Never again will I have the excuse of not being able to get outside for not exercising. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> This week I plan to keep doing what I ... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 08:59:26 EST PAWSE 16th Oct http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516759 Very late getting in the Pawse this week <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> It wasn't a very good week all in all. Last weekend I had a depressive episode, the first in a long time which knocked me for six. I really don't feel like taking care of myself when I am in that place, I seek out a lot of comfort food, exercise is the last thing I want to do so I didn't really do very much over the weekend. Yes, I am very annoyed but I am not going to beat myself up about it either, its over and I am loo... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 08:59:04 EST PAWSE 09th Oct http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510420 Its been a good week, I've been doing my exercise and making sure I track all my food intake. <BR> <BR> On the downside, now I am back studying, I don't have as much time as I used to so its a struggle to get everything in. But I am managing okay, I think its important that I don't get myself so stressed out that it has an impact on my weight loss. <BR> <BR> I'm working on pre planning all my meals, some of which I am making in advance and freezing so I don't have to look around for some... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 05:41:01 EST First week BLC results are in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506906 The amazing Tenacious Jungle Tigers have had a great week coming 2nd in the Biggest Loser Challenge for last week <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> Its great to see how our combined effort is doing and I can't speak for anyone else but its given me a real push to try and be on top this week <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Congratulations to the Sassy Shamrock Sheriffs who came out on top, well done to all involved <em>279</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 7 Oct 2013 11:21:34 EST P.A.W.S.E Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503233 Week 1 of BLC down, 11 more to go and I'm still here, I haven't given up yet !!! <BR> <BR> Its been an interesting week, I've done a lot of exercise and really tracked my food intake but I only lost one pound. Now I know any loss is great and to be celebrated but I've always had a habit of seeing a small loss as a bit of a waste of effort, indeed almost like a fail. <BR> <BR> My big challenge going forward not just this week but beyond is not to fall off the wagon on account of that sma... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 08:04:16 EST Back to college http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5499948 Today marks a new phase in my life, I am going back to college again to finish my degree. I originally did business in college which was a great help in getting the job I had but it wasn't my passion. When I was made redundant in 2009 I thought about going back to edcuation but what to do? In the end I decided to follow my heart and go back to study maths, not the most exciting subject in the world but one I get a real buzz from. <BR> <BR> In that time I have stopped and started so many ti... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 06:57:39 EST BLC Week One Weekend Challenge : Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498263 This weekend is the start of our first ever BLC Weekend Challenge, we earn points by <BR> <BR> 1. tracking all our food <BR> 2. logging all our exercise <BR> 3. posting on our team board <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm going to use a blog to work out my points tally. <BR> <BR> 1. tracked all my food yesterday so 5 pts <BR> 2. did a total of 75 exercise minutes yesterday which gives me 5 pts <BR> 3. posted on the message board 5 pts <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Saturday <BR> 1. tracked all ... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 05:27:56 EST P.A.W.S.E 25th Sep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5495902 Its the official start of BLC23, 12 weeks of hard work and dedication to a newer, fitter and slimmer me. This BLC will take us right up to Christmas and I always arrive at Christmas wishing I had worked harder on losing weight so this round couldn't have come at a better time <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I've PLANNED all my meals for the week ahead and written down in my diary what exercise I am going to do and when. I've always tried to plan my day around exercise rather than exercise around... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 12:59:06 EST BLC23 - Smart Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5494887 I've had to put a bit of thought into this. We all know the goal is to lose weight but I hadn't really put much more thought into it than that. <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> SPECIFIC - I am going to lose 21lbs, that works out at just under 2lbs a week. Its doable, I've been on weight loss plans before where I have managed to do it so I know I can do it again. I also want to make yoga, which I have just started doing, as normal a part of my day as brushing my teeth. I want to have worked my wa... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 12:58:41 EST Some things I've learnt since running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5493448 I started running last year doing a Couch to 5k plan and it changed my life...yes I know everyone says that but running has given me some real focus in my life, when I go running I feel free, I know I am doing something positive for myself and when I run, I don't feel depressed so my mental health is so much better. <BR> <BR> I have writing a few things that I have learnt over the year since the first day I went out and wanted to share. <BR> <BR> 1. Smoking and drinking do not mix with runn... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 06:12:09 EST BLC23 is Go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490793 We've been assigned our teams for this round of BLC and I am a Tenacious Jungle Tiger, okay I'm more of a dog person but I am getting in touch with my inner feline for the next twelve weeks <em>241</em> <BR> <BR> Looking ahead there will be a lot of work involved but I like a challenge and luckily hard work doesn't scare me - not much anyway <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I've been getting to know my fellow Tigers, all a lovely bunch of ladies so I am looking forward to what is in store, it ... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 05:04:04 EST A little bit about me - BLC ABC's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5489837 A is for ABOVE and BEYOND...Nothing like a bit of healthy competition to keep me on my toes <BR> <BR> B is for BLC rounds... Newbie <BR> <BR> C is for CHILDREN...2 kids, Gemma who is 16 and Jack who is almost 4 <BR> <BR> D is for DOWNFALL...sitting in front of the tv at night, I always find myself wanting to eat chocolate <BR> <BR> E is for EARLY Bird or Night Owl? Early bird <BR> <BR> F is for FURRY FRIENDS...2 dogs, Sandee a terrier cross, not really sure what she is and Robbie a dobe... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 03:19:16 EST Finally feeling better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486866 I haven't been around much the last week or so, been busy with flu. I never get sick touch wood but I picked up a bug from somewhere and by last Tuesday I could barely get out of bed. So I took it as easy as I could, didn't do much exercise and ate a lot of soup. <BR> <BR> Feeling a bit more myself today so I went out for a run and boy was it tough going but it was nice to get back into it. <BR> <BR> Being ill has meant I have let me responsibilities on Spark slide a little but I hope to... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 05:54:57 EST Blc Goal Setting: Weekend Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5478332 Part of our weekend challenge is to make a record of our goals for the BLC and write them down somewhere. What better place to do so than my blog! <BR> <BR> So I had a think about it and my goals are as follows: <BR> <BR> 1. To stay involved with BLC and not become a floater <BR> <BR> 2. To be consistant with my exercise and run 3 times a week <BR> <BR> 3. To lose 14lbs ( or a stone as we call it over here <em>30</em> ) <BR> <BR> 4. To adapt all of the above to my lifestyle so tha... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 05:53:48 EST First BLC week review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5476367 The first week of BLC is over and we're now starting into Week 2. I didn't lose any weight at all this week which is okay cause I was expecting it. Hopefully next week will be better. <BR> <BR> Its been a good week, I've spent my time getting used to the way BLC's work and focusing on remembering what I need to do and to post. I've never done a BLC before so its a big learning curve but I am seeing changes, its forcing me to be more active than I normally would. <BR> <BR> Its very early ... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 03:41:55 EST First post injury 5k - I survived!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5473129 Happy days. My first 5k run since picking up an injury was on Saturday and I managed to complete it without any incident. I was feeling a bit nervous about not being able to manage and had a few fears of making the injury worse but all the exercises paid off and it went fine. <BR> <BR> And on another positive note I have made the BLC23, yay!!!! Never done it before, a bit nervous but also very excited that it will help me moving forward. Mon, 2 Sep 2013 02:50:48 EST Please no, not an injury http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5453565 First run after the half marathon last night and I'm worried I might have picked up an injury. I've had the normal aches and pains which were gone by the weekend. Went out last night feeling good, started running, about 16 mins in my leg was feeling so heavy with a slight ache down one side which progressively got worse. I had to stop and once I did it was fine so I hope its nothing too serious. I'll try again tomorrow and hopefully it will be okay. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 05:40:35 EST I just completed a half marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5446003 Well I did it, I completed my first ever half marathon. What an experience. <BR> <BR> The longest I have ever run before is 10k so 21k was a huge mental, as well as physical, challenge. I was nervous all weekend but felt very calm yesterday morning as I set off. <BR> <BR> I was doing okay up to about the 9 mile mark at which point I was really suffering, in a lot of pain, had a blister on my foot that was starting to really hurt and was at my lowest point mentally where I felt that I j... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 04:58:04 EST Rock and Roll Half Marathon, one week to go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436914 And the nerves are starting to kick in. <BR> <BR> I'm doing the Rock and Roll half marathon on 5th Aug, my first ever half marathon and I am terrifed!!! <BR> <BR> I get nervous doing races anyway but the fact its such a huge distance - to me at least - has my stomach in knots with a week to go. What will I be like the night before??!! <BR> <BR> I'm not running it all, doing a combo of running and walking. Walkers are allowed and according to the nice guys in the organisers office I should... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 05:46:02 EST The Heat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428933 Oh my god I am officially all heated out. As much as I love the sun and enjoy being able to sit out in my garden I cannot take much more of it!!! <BR> <BR> Here in Ireland we have had a heat wave the last two weeks, nothing but sun and heat and its great, everyone is happy, the kids are out enjoying the weather and all that but we are not made for this at all. Its the first nice summer we've had in 7 years so you can imagine what its done to us, its gone to our heads and we can't cope. <B... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 04:11:42 EST