EMMABE1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=EMMABE1 EMMABE1'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/ Its getting to be a habit!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672332 Those of you who read my last blog know that I have had a bit of a hard time recently – with a bowel blockage and shingles – and then last Friday night I blacked out and fell – I didn’t make much impact in the concrete – but it knocked me about !! <BR> The Ambos carted me off to hospital with suspected concussion and broken cheek bone and knee – however after a CT on my head – yes they found a brain!! <BR> No damage was found and I was given the rare honour in the OZ public hospital syste... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:47:37 EST A difficult time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666166 In mid February I was shopping one day when I felt light headed – this has happened before but usually rights itself when I sit down and have a drink. This time it didn’t – I passed out instead!! <BR> I briefly came to in the ambulance and again in emergency but it was 2 hrs before I really was conscious. Even then it took the rest of the day for my pulse to come back to normal. It was thought to be a stroke but this has been ruled out, <BR> <BR> Then I started a stomach ache. To cut a ... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 03:18:18 EST An Australian’s thoughts of Super Bowl!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613459 Today – a lot of Americans will be watching Super Bowl – either actually in the stadium watching live or watching on TV!! <em>281</em> <BR> <BR> Tickets for the game sold at $500 - $2,500 – and luxury boxes for $400,000 – in addition parking fees of $150 were in place!! <BR> <BR> <em>528</em> That is a whole lot of money. <BR> <BR> I have to wonder firstly what anyone in the “cheap” (?) seats – if $500 can be called cheap - gets to see given that the stadium is huge!! <em>420<... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 22:14:00 EST Happy Australia Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605450 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l950413367.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A very Happy Australia Day to all my American friends - <BR> <BR> Watch for the Empire State Building - in New York - to turn Green and Gold in honour of all the Aussies living in US <BR> <BR> <link>www.smh.com.au/national/empire-state<BR>-building-going-green-and-gold-for-aus<BR>tralia-day--with-help-from-hugh-jackma<BR>n-20140125-31f58.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 16:22:42 EST Team leaders attitude and responsibility – does it matter?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590473 <BR> I am wondering about attitude, with relation to Sparkpeople in this case, but its possibly actually a reflection on society in general. <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> In the nearly 5 years that I have been a leader of Chair Exercise Team I have found that attitudes of members wishing to lead vary greatly. <BR> <BR> I agree that I run a tight ship- that I can be domineering and that I work long hours and thus that some might feel they cannot cope with that. They don’t have to offer or ag... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 17:25:45 EST How do we let ourselves go this badly?? (pictures) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568252 How do we let ourselves go this badly?? <BR> I saw a blog last week by WILDKAT781 – How did I get here? <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564576 </link> <BR> And she started me thinking!! <BR> <BR> Then this week I had an appointment with my Doctor whom I have known for 35years – and knowing he still doesn’t believe I have lost weight I wore a dress I haven’t worn for a bit!! I had to go to Curves first and the effect the dress had on them... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 20:47:53 EST Idea for a Christmas Platter for a party http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567343 How often do we get invited to Christmas functions - maybe at a club or a group or maybe with friends and we need to take something - but honestly are wanting to keep off all the rich, high calorie foods that inevitably get taken to these gatherings?? <BR> This happened to me yesterday - so I took a fruit and cheese platter <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l215577306.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Cheeses: <BR> Triple Brie, Apricot Nut Cream Cheese, Cracked Pepper Cream Cheese, Ched... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 14:28:27 EST WooHoo!! Chair Exercise is in the Fitness Tracker!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565844 I heard today from Coach Jen that two new entries have been added to the Sparkpeople fitness tracker <BR> "chair exercise, low impact" <BR> and <BR> "chair exercise, moderate to vigorous intensity". <BR> <BR> To find them - go to your fitness tracker - type in "Chair Exercise " to the seach box and click "search" <BR> <BR> Low impact - is if you work gently or slowly or do slow exercise <BR> <BR> moderate to vigorous intensity - is things like Chair dance, turbo chair etc - and keep up wit... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 16:38:25 EST Can Type 2 Diabetes be cured?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552489 In 1998 I was looking after our property, my DH was in hospital for a short time and I felt tired and was drinking a lot. <BR> I put it down to the extra weight I was carrying – I was at least 170kg (375lb) and the extra work, as well as it being summer and hot <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1243129130.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Eventually I went to my Doctor and was diagnosed Type2 diabetic with an A1C through the roof!! I was put on Metformin and told to record my blood sug... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 23:28:44 EST My poor dam!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551147 A few of you may remember that we have (or had) a beautiful dam on our property filled with waterlilies and birdlife. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l363176275.jpg"> <BR> The main reason for the dam, the reason we built it, was to hold water for our gardens and act as a back-up supply should the house tanks ever run dry (they never have) <BR> <BR> This year has been very dry and we have watered the gardens a lot and used the dam water to top the pool up – we ha... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 00:24:26 EST Agggh!! Snake!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5548655 I was swimming laps this morning <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1212913067.jpg"> <BR> When I looked up and there was this face looking at me – big black beady eyes!! <BR> <BR> Snake!! <BR> <BR> About 2’ long and wriggling!! He was sitting quite happily in the sun on the coping only about 2” from the water and lifted his head to watch me!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1700831508.jpg"> <BR> <BR> First thought – yell!! <BR> <img s... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 20:45:42 EST The “Improved” (?) Nutrition Tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5547949 On Friday I went to enter my foods in my Nutrition Tracker and discovered it had changed – I wondered if this was due to an update to my computer at the beginning – but no! its been “improved”. <BR> <BR> When I said something about that we hadn’t been warned on the Leaders message board – I was told – <BR> “Sorry that I didn't post this sooner. You can copy and paste this message in your teams to better inform them if you are seeing questions. <BR> <BR> This morning we launched a slightly... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 19:16:27 EST British Monarchy to take over the crippled USA. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538673 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1595446681.jpg"> <BR> A MESSAGE FROM THE QUEEN <BR> To the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II <BR> <BR> In light of closing down of the Government in the USA and thus the inability to govern yourselves, We hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately. (You should look up 'revocation' in the Oxford English Dictionary.) <BR> Her Sovereign Majesty Queen E... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 21:59:05 EST Australian Melbourne Cup Carnival Fashion Etiquette – more fashion!! (and pictures) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534397 Today is Oaks Day at Flemington, Melbourne Australia – more fashion, good and bad, and more horse racing!! <BR> The Melbourne Cup and Oaks Day are part of the Melbourne Cup Carnival – the Derby last Saturday and Emirates Stakes Day next Saturday are also part of the Carnival. The Melbourne Cup is by far the most famous and followed race though!! However all race days call for “fashion” !! There is strict etiquette among the fashionistas. <BR> <BR> Dressing for the races isn’t the same as ... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 23:17:08 EST Fashion - good and bad at Melbourne Cup (pictures) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532548 Today - the" race that stops a nation " literally - was run - the 2013 Melbourne Cup !! <BR> It is a holiday in Melbourne Australia but everywhere else thoughout the country people watch it on TV, and many thousand dollars are bet on the winner - and many have Melbourne Cup parties - and the day is an excuse to "dress up" - both good and bad can be seen!! Its a good example of how we do things "down under"!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1860801932.jpg"> <BR... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 03:06:16 EST Adding Chair Exercise to the Fitness Tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526069 A number of you will have seen my message asking if Chair Exercise can be added to the Fitness Tracker - I thought I would update you with the situation to date!! <BR> <BR> I thought I would try to explain the problems to you – so at least you understand that I AM doing something – you might need a knowledge of Human Biology and science for this though!! <BR> <BR> I have written to <BR> University of South Carolina <BR> Inst lifestyle medicine <BR> Australian Institute of Sport <BR> Anne B... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 23:45:23 EST I thought we were supposed to “Spread the Spark”? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522594 Yesterday I tried to download the Fitness and nutrition tracker app for mobile phones – and kept being asked for $3.95. Not a huge price – BUT – to pay that $3.95 it is necessary to pay Google Play and they only accept a credit card or their gift cards, no PayPal Facilities. <BR> <BR> 1 – There is NO notice on the Sparkpeople page you get the app, about the app that was advertised as free, now being charged for - however when I messaged, Coach Jen answered that it is now $3.95 to get as the... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 20:14:16 EST There are many twists and turns in the road!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517921 This last week I received a big set back – a lot of you will know that I have been working extremely hard to prevent having knee surgery – <BR> I have lost weight – a fair amount – <em>9</em> <BR> I have reversed my type 2 diabetes – A1C is stable between 4.8 and 5.2 <BR> I have come off blood pressure tabs <BR> And I have been increasing my steps – last week averaging 7200 a day – <em>311</em> <BR> I go to Curves 3 times a week and I try to eat veg and fruit and drink water and beh... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 17:21:28 EST We could all use a little support every now and then http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5512779 Asked by a Spark friend to copy and paste ..... <BR> <BR> We could all use these words of encouragement now and then. <BR> <BR> Everyone will go through some hard times at some point. Life isn't easy. <BR> <BR> Just something to think about... did you know the people that are the strongest are usually the most sensitive? <BR> <BR> Did you know the people who exhibit the most kindness are the first to get mistreated? <BR> <BR> Did you know the ones who take care of others all the time are... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 00:22:05 EST International Fleet Review and Light and Sound Spectacular - Sydney Harbour http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5505654 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1912411530.jpg"> <BR> Last night I sat enthralled watching a TV program, it even gave me Goosebumps - The Fireworks Light and Sound Spectacular - on Sydney Harbour - which was a culmination to the International Fleet Review in Sydney Harbour over the last few days. It was the history of the Australian Navy in Sound, fireworks and pictures projected onto the sails of the Sydney Opera House <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.co... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 01:16:53 EST International Fleet Review and Light and Sound Spectacular - Sydney Harbour http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5505653 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1912411530.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Last night I sat enthralled watching a TV program, it even gave me Goosebumps - The Fireworks Light and Sound Spectacular - on Sydney Harbour - which was a culmination to the International Fleet Review in Sydney Harbour over the last few days. It was the history of the Australian Navy in Sound, fireworks and pictures projected onto the sails of the Sydney Opera House <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.co... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 01:16:52 EST Is it all worth the effort?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492151 <BR> <BR> At some time I was always going to ask myself this question, I guess!! <BR> Well yesterday and today that time has come!! I seem to be being hit at from all angles!! <BR> Firstly – I got as did all team leaders – an email from Sparkpeople saying – and I quote..... <BR> “As a member of our Community Team or a SparkTeam leader, you are part of an exclusive pre-release group for the Spark. We’d like to thank you for being such a loyal member by offering ....................!!” <BR>... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 18:36:04 EST Definately NOT the original - Fifty Shades of Grey............... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490519 I am sure by now most people will have heard of Fifty Shades of Grey - the original - well this is NOT the original!! <BR> <BR> FIFTY SHADES - Pam Ayres <BR> <BR> <BR> FIFTY SHADES OF GREY - (a husbands point of view) <BR> The missus bought a Paperback, <BR> down Shepton Mallet way, <BR> I had a look inside her bag; <BR> ... T'was "fifty shades of grey". <BR> Well I just left her to it, <BR> And at ten I went to bed. <BR> An hour later she appeared; <BR> The sight filled me with dread... ... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 19:44:13 EST Promise Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459014 “Promise Yourself <BR> <BR> To be so strong that nothing <BR> can disturb your peace of mind. <BR> To talk health, happiness, and prosperity <BR> to every person you meet. <BR> <BR> To make all your friends feel <BR> that there is something in them <BR> To look at the sunny side of everything <BR> and make your optimism come true. <BR> <BR> To think only the best, to work only for the best, <BR> and to expect only the best. <BR> To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others <BR> a... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 16:14:41 EST "Don't Worry, Be Happy" week!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5449369 <em>30</em> <em>41</em> <em>100</em> <em>224</em> <em>334</em> <em>213</em> <BR> There seems a lot of negativity in the world today!! We watch the news on TV and it always seems to be bad things happening, very little good. People always seem rushed, no time for a smile or a “hello”. And here in Sparkpeople there seems a lot of illness and misfortune – Ok – I know these things happen and I know that the support that Sparkpeople can give those people is very valuable – I ... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 22:50:44 EST The creamiest yummiest potato mash ever!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5447990 I was watching a TV program "Masterchef" a couple of weeks ago - and they had a tip to make mashed potato without cream and using minimum butter but retaining the creamy texture and flavour!! Instead I used only skim milk and 1 tablespoon butter with the potatoes for a 4 person quantity!! <BR> I tried it this morning - and honestly you would think there was loads of cream and butter in it!! <BR> It sounds really strange - but believe me - it works!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 19:09:31 EST My Sparkpeople Makeover - with pictures!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5426923 I have had a few questions recently from my team members asking me what gives me the right to tell you what to do?? A fair question for those of you who don’t know me I feel – so today I thought I might tell you a little of my story. <BR> About 4 ½ yrs ago I joined Sparkpeople. I had been overweight all my life <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1469617567.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and tried many ways to lose weight before that – some worked for a short time some never worked... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 23:35:54 EST An Interesting Conundrum http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423608 co•nun•drum <BR> /k&#601;&#712;n&#601;ndr&#601;m/ <BR> Noun <BR> 1. A confusing and difficult problem or question. <BR> 2. A question asked for amusement, typically one with a pun in its answer; a riddle <BR> <BR> I’ll leave it to you to decide which meaning applies here!! <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> This morning I wore my new Polar HRM to Curves – and set it for a workout – It was also connected it up to the Curves system so that my heart rate was monitored by the system . The result... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 23:16:45 EST Are you doing everything right and NOT losing weight?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5366892 I recently had a Sparkmail from a team member saying that she was doing everything right but wasn’t losing weight and she felt so alone because we hear about the people who do lose weight but what about the others?? Often I think they just lose interest and leave the site. <BR> <BR> I honestly believe that weight loss is an extremely complex subject and that the simplification of it by Sparkpeople to Calories in vs calories out nowhere near tells the full story!! <BR> Yes it can be the ans... Fri, 24 May 2013 16:36:09 EST How much worse can things get?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345821 I read an article this morning in the Sunday news - and I wonder with this sort of thing how the obesity epidemic can ever be reduced!! I honestly think this is disgusting - and am really happy its 2230km (1387miles) away from here I live!! <BR> <BR> Meet the Commando burger at Chuck Wagon, Adelaide <BR> <link>www.couriermail.com.au/news/meet-the<BR>-commando-burger-at-chuck-wagon-adelai<BR>de/story-e6freon6-1226635258334 </link> <BR> <BR> Dieticians warn it has 2.6 times an adult's... Sun, 5 May 2013 00:32:28 EST Come and Join the Chair Exercise Trek Capers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5296699 Well my backpack is all packed <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1098618288.jpg"> and I’m wearing my new trekking boots in <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l444306895.jpg"> so I don’t get blisters – I have my bug spray <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l63673825.jpg"> at the ready in case we see <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1433665185.jpg">or even <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1031247283.jpg">... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 22:34:13 EST Queensland – perfect 1 day under water the next!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268940 I know the world is getting strange weather – but here in Queensland we are very soggy. <BR> OK so it’s near the end of our wet season <BR> But where I live we have had 765mm (30.1”) in the last 3 months while the average normally is 489mm (19.25”) Everything is running – drains, rivers – even the ground water is bubbling up!! <BR> As I look out of my window – that total is being added to – its raining again!! We will be underwater well and truly soon!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 19:15:21 EST 4 yr Sparkversary!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266283 I was reminded yesterday that today is my 4yr Sparkversary !! Actually I had thought about it a bit ago – but couldn’t decide on what to write - then I got involved with other things – and I still have no idea what to write!! <BR> So – like most oldies – that is it!! Just another day!! <BR> Have a great day!! <BR> <em>247</em> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 17:36:21 EST Only in Queensland (Australia)!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264216 Catch of the day: Lungfish rescued from hotel carpark (or the story of one lucky fish) <BR> <BR> We are having very heavy rain (again) in this area and Gympie has flooded for the 4th time in 12mths - all sorts of things get caught in the flood - even rare fish!! <BR> <BR> This story appeared in this mornings newspaper with the picture!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1320981926.jpg"> <BR> <link>www.frasercoastchronicle.com.au/news<BR>/catch-day-lungfish-rescued... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 03:25:30 EST Seen In New Zealand!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5236476 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1790349072.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Police were quoted as saying: "We are making enquiries but it seems the owners have not been seen in the neighbourhood for quite some time." <BR> <BR> You Think?? Mon, 4 Feb 2013 00:45:02 EST Amazing Stupidity!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5226506 This happened just south of us - the video is worth seeing <link>www.frasercoastchronicle.com.au/news<BR>/alexandra-headland-winter-wonderland-<BR>draws-crowd/1733371/ </link> <BR> How can someone do something so dangerous??????????? Mon, 28 Jan 2013 02:53:03 EST Floods in Queensland - Australia - ...................again!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225788 For those of you interested in the situation here these photos show the extent of the problem - and the latest news is that the rivers in Bundaberg, Maryborough and Brisbane area will peek tomorrow - so the worse is yet to come <BR> Estimates are that it will be worse than 2011 - and I am sure you remember that that was devastating!! <BR> <link>www.couriermail.com.au/news/gallery-<BR>e6frer96-1226562128396?page=1 </link> <BR> Its a gallery of pictures - there are about 100 pictures and ... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 15:35:46 EST WooHoo!! The heat has broken.............but http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5220279 WooHoo - the long dry excessively hot weather that we have had recently in our area has broken - but ..........................with a tropical low working down the coast bring falls varying from 23" further north to 6" here with winds of up to 55mph!! <BR> Talk about feast or famine!! <BR> Spare a thought for the people in the south of Australia who still have very hot temperatures and winds and already have very bad fires in the national parks and destroying large areas of farm land!! Wed, 23 Jan 2013 14:23:35 EST Salt - the hidden amounts - are you getting caught?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214853 I was in a rush yesterday and needed something for lunch – so I dropped into a supermarket and grabbed some deli sliced turkey breast – just plain cooked sliced turkey breast - to go in a salad sandwich. I should point out this was loose turkey breast - so wasn't in a packet thus had no nutritional info - I found out the manufacturer and checked their web site to get the details!! <BR> Great you might think – I used 1 slice bread, lettuce, tomato, grated carrot and 80g (2.8oz) turkey breast ... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 22:08:05 EST New Weightloss Adventure - Curves Complete http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5203913 I have been going to Curves for exercise for several years now and have found it fun and of great value ion increasing my strength, flexibility, mobility and stamina. <BR> <BR> A week or so ago I decided to try Curves Complete - which is an optional program they run in conjunction with Curves - which gives you a food plan, exercise plan and motivation with weekly one on one meetings with a trained councillor. <BR> <BR> Its structured so that on the first meeting you are weighed and measured... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 17:08:57 EST Goal Setting for 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5179147 Thinking towards a new push ready for the New Year - and for those of you who are really serious about losing weight and changing your life to a healthier life – I guess you are thinking towards Goal Setting. <BR> So often I see messages and comments that people won’t make goals because they never meet them or they are afraid of being let down, or they set goals that are worded - I'll try, - instead of Firm definate motivational goals <BR> Setting strong meaningful goals is at the heart of th... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 19:44:06 EST "Interesting" Christmas Day!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5175975 Firstly - <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1167006637.jpg"> to all of you still celebrating Christmas. Here it is Boxing Day already!! <BR> We had a calm quiet Christmas between the pool and watching Carols by Candlelight while having lunch - some Turkey breast and salad. It was hot and steamy here - though not as hot as some areas of Australia I think!! <BR> All day we had been watching smoke from a bushfire that wasn't near - the other side of the main road and going aw... Tue, 25 Dec 2012 16:56:33 EST Whale watching – pics!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5163543 I have been asked a few times about our local whale watching – I have some pictures for you. <BR> Every year the humpback whales come to rest and play in the calm relatively shallow, warm blue waters of Hervey Bay - they bring their calves as well and can be seen easily on whale watching tours. They are in the Bay from June to November each year and each year there are more – or they seem to be more as they lose their fear of man. <BR> They are very inquisitive and often come right up to t... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 18:37:49 EST Ok – so now I KNOW I am weird – but I have the figures, and pictures to prove I am getting healthier http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5146533 I am writing this blog in the hopes it will help others in my position – maybe give them hope – where I came close to losing mine– weird I may be but I am certain I am not the only one experiencing this effect. <BR> <BR> Those of you who have been following my progress (and I thank you for your encouragement) will know that I have lost a lot of weight to date – but that the weight loss has stopped recently despite the fact I still have 25 – 30 kg (55lb – 66lb) to go– though I am still getti... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 22:53:16 EST My first, and only, Christmas Lunch Celebration - Beware - FOOOOOOOD pictures!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5138570 Last Friday we had our Curves Christmas Lunch – it is the only one of the many celebration lunches that I attend as they cost heaps and the food is rarely healthy!! – <BR> It was held at the Senior College – where they have a dining room and catering kitchen to train students for the hospitality industry. The meals are very good but cheap as there can be problems (as there were!!) <BR> <BR> Unfortunately they had chosen a bad day for it – as the usual Catering Students were graduating that ... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 17:24:25 EST Interesting plant – any ideas on what it might be?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5137909 We have this plant at home that I got many years ago at the Ginger Factory – and its supposed to be an ornamental ginger – however I don’t think it is. <BR> <BR> Its very happy where it is growing – in sun and part shade in sub tropical conditions – it grows to about 6ft high and has these drooping stems of flowers – though they tend to get very tatty when the wind blows!! <BR> It has a lovely sweet perfume and flowers in the start of summer - the flowers are a lovely yellow orange – almost ... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 22:12:48 EST Total Solar Eclipse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5134410 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l961842999.jpg"> <BR> Here comes the sun!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l978194230.jpg"> <BR> And this is what it looked like from the beach at Cairns <BR> <BR> That was weird – but sent shivers down my spine. <BR> <BR> We have just had a total solar eclipse – it actually was just North of us (about 700miles) – but we got about 91% eclipse – and believe me – we knew. <BR> <BR> I was watching on TV – and further N... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 19:27:05 EST My Nearly 4yr Sparkversary (pictures) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5131098 I decided that I would share the pictures of my Christmas party finery this year rather than waiting until the 4 yr anniversary in February - I am not doing more - I hate photos and even more dressing up for photos!! <BR> 4 years – aggh!! A long time – but so many changes – and more to come. <BR> Incidentally December is also the 11th year anniversary of the start of my weight loss (this time) <BR> Ok – for those of you who don’t know me – I started my journey 11 years ago at 170kg (approx... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 00:50:48 EST Are you always looking for a “magic pill”?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5108982 In the last 3 ½ years that I have been a Sparkpeople member I have seen many members moving about between teams – joining the team that is “in” at the moment – and I have wondered about this. <BR> <BR> I have learned many things during my (as yet unfinished) weight loss journey (140lb lost and counting)– but I have learnt one thing very strongly. That to succeed it is necessary to have a strong COMMITMENT to oneself. <BR> <BR> I believe that it is immaterial what team you belong to – w... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 20:26:46 EST FitBit For Mobility Limited People. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5103206 I saw today that Coach Nicole has written a blog on her FitBit Ultra – <link>www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=4_r<BR>easons_why_i_love_my_fitbit </link> <BR> she finds it great – but what about the many of us who don’t run – who are mobility challenged?? <BR> <BR> Ok – so the reasons she mentions apply – but I know many of you are thinking – I hardly walk why should I buy what is essentially a jazzed up pedometer. <BR> Well – for the motivation to get up and move – to add those few ext... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 00:04:53 EST