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 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 An accident http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406979 I was going to write this blog about running, I was hoping that I would have reached the 3k mark and would be able to celebrate it here. Not to be sadly sob <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> 7 minutes into my run my ankle went from under me and I hit the ground hard. Ouch. Thankfully there was no one around to see it - imagine the shame <em>29</em> - and I was able to get up and walk home easily enough but I have two knees that are cut to ribbons and swollen for my troubles. <BR> <BR> Its onl... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 04:45:04 EST Sabotage!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387607 Losing weight is not easy and we need all the support we can get. Luckily I have a great group of people around me who are behind me 100%. Or so I thought until two things happened this week. <BR> <BR> 1. My husband "celebrated" coming home from work early yesterday by buying me icecream <BR> <BR> 2. I went out with some friends for lunch on Sunday, choose the healthy salad option which was delicious I might add and very filling and had to listen to jokes about rabbit food. <BR> <BR> I ... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 03:20:05 EST My 1st 10k http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377622 I did my first ever 10k yesterday, the Flora Women's Mini Marathon. I wish I could say I ran it all, I walked most of it, but I don't think I have ever walked 10k in my life so I am very proud. It was tough, it was a very hot day in Dublin yesterday and boy did I feel it. It was like walking in the Sahara at times but I got through it and got my medal in the end. Very proud of myself, the atmosphere was great and I met some amazing people and there was a lot of money raised for charity. Ca... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 07:54:37 EST Busy week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373232 Its been one of those weeks where its been hard to find the time to exercise. My husband has been doing a few late nights in the office and I've had some meetings so Thursday was the first day I was able to get out and run. Better late than never. I was dreading my weigh in but I lost 3lbs!!! Very happy and its put me in good form for the weekend. <BR> Fri, 31 May 2013 04:51:53 EST All Weight Loss is a Good Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5366395 I love reading the blogs on SP, lots of inspiration and wise words and that feeling that you are not doing this alone. <BR> <BR> I really love reading posts about weigh ins, the good and the bad but one thing I have noticed is a trend to put a weight loss into one of two groups : Good Vs Bad <BR> <BR> A "good" weight loss seems to be something like "yay lost 7lbs today, go me" <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> A "bad" weight loss seems to be like "only lost a pound, worked so hard this week, w... Fri, 24 May 2013 06:56:57 EST The sun is shining!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5360833 Finally after months of cold and rain we have some sun in Dublin <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Its always so much easier to be active and happy when the sun is out, everyone seems to be in a good mood and you just want to be outdoors. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is having a good day. Sun, 19 May 2013 08:07:29 EST Weekly Weigh In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5358860 Down just a few grams this week, its so small I am basically the same as last week. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I can't be too upset as I lost 6lbs last week which is huge for me so I was expecting things to steady a bit but when you weigh in and don't see all your hard work reflected in the number on the scales its hard not to feel a bit downhearted. Its nice to see a loss, its like a reward for everything you've done. <BR> <BR> Still, on the bright side it was still a loss, granted a very ... Fri, 17 May 2013 05:32:30 EST Yeah its been a good week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5351669 <em>36</em> <BR> <BR> After the stuggles of the last few weeks I feel like I am back on track. I'm back running, no excuses this time and although it hard I feel its paying off. I'm also back doing Weight Watchers which of all the plans I ever tried was the only one that ever worked for me. I like the feeling of control it gives me and its teaching me a lot about food. I've even lost a few pounds this week <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Most of all I feel good and right now that is a vict... Fri, 10 May 2013 05:00:31 EST Struggling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339029 Ugh its a tough week this week. As I posted in an earlier blog I suffer from depression. Thankfully most of the time its managable with only two or three really bad bouts during any one year. Last week was one of those bouts. <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> I did no exercise, ate junk everyday, spent most of my time just being kind to myself and doing the things that make me feel good like knitting and reading. There really isn't anything else you can do but just try and get through it without ... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 06:38:34 EST A Family Wedding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332842 Some good news this week. <em>336</em> My brother in law and his girlfriend are finally getting married. Very excited as she is a lovely girl and a great addition to the family. The last wedding in our family was my own 5 years ago and as her family are really great fun and he is the last single person out of everyone on our side it should be a good one. <BR> <BR> But it presents a problem, that eternal problem for those of us with weight issues. <em>39</em> Am I going to look li... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 11:06:52 EST Boston and Texas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5327197 Just looking at the news at all the tragic events in the USA this week, our hearts and thoughts are with you all xx Thu, 18 Apr 2013 05:59:17 EST It's April http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308383 Wow where is the year going. Its not so long ago we were talking about New Years Resolutions and now we are waving goodbye to Easter and looking ahead to summer. Its my favourite time of year, the days are usually good and sunny, the days are longer and its the easiest time of year to get out and exercise: not too cold but not too hot. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is having a good year so far and seeing results and empowered to keep going. Tue, 2 Apr 2013 03:44:27 EST Ahhh!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5295798 My treadmill is out of action <em>39</em> Its fixable but not for a few days. I would go out and run but there is a storm which means it probably not the best idea. <BR> <BR> So I'm going to try something new and do a bit of yoga. I've only ever tried yoga on my Wii Fit which is not the real thing but there are lots of free yoga videos on YouTube and I feel like I need something that will help me relax so yoga it is. <BR> <BR> A lot of the girls I work with are yoga fans and are all ... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 05:53:21 EST St Patricks Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287336 Its St Patricks Day on Sunday, our national holiday and a day to celebrate all things Irish. <BR> <BR> Being Irish myself and living in Dublin the capital city ( and unoffical coolest city in the world <em>20</em> ) I think we take it for granted sometimes. <BR> <BR> The whole world knows our financial woes at the moment and life isn't easy right now - when is it ever? - but we have a lot going for us. <BR> <BR> Some of my reasons to be thankful for being born under a shamrock <BR> ... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 06:34:53 EST Week 3 of my No Sugar Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275324 I love my sugar. Every night I usually reward myself with a sweet treat, nothing big, maybe two cookies or a mini bar of chocolate or a bit of cream in my coffee. <BR> <BR> Two weeks ago purely by chance I ended up two early nights in a row so missed out on my nightly treat and decided what the heck - I might as well see if I could last the week. Then if I had I would reward myself at the weekend. <BR> <BR> Well I did it and I had a lovely bowl of icecream on the saturday night which ta... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 03:52:17 EST Ran a race! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264238 On Saturday I did my first race of the year and my first one since September, a 5k in my local park organised by a tv show here, our version of The Biggest Loser. <BR> <BR> It was a very cold morning, snowing actually but the atmosphere was great. I was running with my brother and his wife was on the sidelines cheering us on. <BR> <BR> In typical fashion, my brother who only started running two weeks before the race, sped off leaving me eating his dust but I wasn't there to win or finish f... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 04:51:16 EST