FIFIFRIZZLE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FIFIFRIZZLE FIFIFRIZZLE'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/ Housewifely day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743771 Really satisfied with my day so far, went to Zumba, bought some gloves (just developed Reynaud's and it's tough in winter) and some new pillows. Then home for the electrician to install a heated towel rail in the middle flat, while I ate a three egg white 1 yolk omelette, and prepped my veggies for the week. <BR> Now in the fridge, celery, shredded cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, cauliflower soup, broccoli & celery soup, and caramelised onions. Chicken sliced and ready in single serves to co... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:16:47 EST Steamed to sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742724 This weekend I have been tidying the house since DH has been out of town. <BR> The kitchen and bedroom are a marvel, living room and lobby, not so much. <BR> I'll be picking him up at the airport this morning an we will go for a swim. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I spent two hours in the steam room, came out boiled and steamy warm, shopped for vegetables, home for an early dinner and turned in at about 8. Had near enough to nine hours sleep! Usually I am lucky to get five. <BR> <BR> Still raining so... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:58:11 EST Biggest loser challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741625 Yesterday was weigh in day for my new six week challenge. I've been weighing regularly again after neglecting the scales for a few months, and boy does it show. I remember now, the scale is my friend. We need to keep in regular touch. <BR> <em>193</em> <BR> It's good to be tackling a challenge, I am on another round of the Cura and I like having people concentrating on dropping unwanted weight around me. You know what I mean, when you are in weight loss mode, sometimes you are well focus... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:36:14 EST So cold I really needed something to warm me up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739795 The heating at work is broken and I have been freezing cold all day as the rain and sleet came down. Finally winter after the mildest of weather so far. <BR> <BR> Brrr! I made sure to have a hot cup of tea befor leaving work tonight, then dashed up the steps to turn on the heaters. <BR> It's days like these that I really want to carb load, but, I am on the Cura and 450 calories is my lot. So, another hot cuppa tea ( I add chai spices to black tea, it makes it more warming in winter) and a te... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 03:39:57 EST Gone quiet: Racewellwon, Kathrynlp, Motlem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737935 I'm missing my SparkBuddies Racewellwon, Kathrynlp and Motlem, who were posting away one day, and offline the next. They were so inspiring and such fun, I really enjoyed them. <BR> Two of the three have health issues that I know of, but the third, just disappeared. <BR> <em>382</em> Karen, Mel, Kathryn. I can't help but worry and hope you are OK out there in the real world. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> Three SparkBuddies is a lot to lose in one year, especially if you are not a one for hundr... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:47:21 EST Late filing of 2014 Annual Report to Fifi HQ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737468 I missed my Sparkaversary, and I didn't write my annual report. So here is the Annual report to Fifi HQ as at June 2014. <BR> <BR> As at my 3 year Sparkaversary,  I can report to Fifi HQ that: <BR> I  have maintained a weight reduction of 16 kgs since my last report.  <BR> Barring a recent blip due to health issues, I regularly exercise six days a week. I am active all day long.  <BR> <em>311</em> <BR> My sleep, while not entirely satisfactory, is much improved. Daytime naps, rare, just ... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 18:14:30 EST In the winter... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737105 It's been ages since I blogged but I am still sparking away. Have picked up my exercise, still not so hardcore with the Zumba (counting pennies) but doing my water exercise. <BR> Had a walk along beautiful Oriental Bay this morning after a cafe brunch with friends. Not exactly exercise, just a stroll. Good for the soul, if not the bod. <BR> <BR> Am tidying the house and getting organised again, next weekend DH will be away so I will have a blitz on the interior, knowing that DH will not be t... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 04:48:57 EST Coleslaw recipe by request for OJ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731684 Coleslaw <BR> Grate:An apple, a carrot or two, sharp tasting cheese, onion. <BR> Chop: cabbage very finely, and celery into small pieces. Season with salt and pepper. <BR> Add currants and fennel seeds. Mix in lemon juice. <BR> Cover and put in the fridge for a day or two, it will get juicy. <BR> I make a dressing from yoghurt and mayonnaise mixed together, with mustard for a bite to counter the luscious sweet tartness of the apple & onion. <BR> This really is best after a couple or three... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 02:28:41 EST Early to bed means early to wake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731318 It's a dilemma when I get back from my pool sessions. We go in the evening straight from work, in the water at sixish, out at eight, then a quick drive home. <BR> We have to eat, usually it is something easy and light, and as quick as possible soup and salad. If it's more than that, it take too long to cook, then I am energized and want to stay up late, then late to bed and late to get to sleep and late to get up for work.... <BR> Last night it was homemade vegetable soup and coleslaw, both... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 12:42:43 EST Bonus blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731043 Mad to do two blogs in one day, I know. But just feel like recording my pool time today, another 90 minute session. This time a lot of running in a different, slightly less warm, pool. ST with foam weights, a good long stretching session. And a warm shower after, thank heavens. <BR> <BR> I feel just slightly over exercised but my body is so grateful for the workout. And stretched and relaxed, such a good feeling. <BR> And so to bed. Night night from <BR> Fifi <BR> <em>102</em> Thu, 3 Jul 2014 05:44:38 EST In the pool http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730659 I did 90 minutes, I feel worked out! Got out and the showers were cold. Went home, cooked dinner and then early to bed. <BR> <BR> It was sleeting outside. <BR> Yay for the gleeful feeling of having been in the water even though it is so inclement outside. <BR> More swim today. My wrists are a bit sore so I might focus more on water walking thus time, give my legs a good workout. And make sure I do a long range of stretches. Happy happy happy Fifi. <BR> Spark on, Sparkadees! <BR> <em>237<... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 14:53:39 EST Zumba reunion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729850 It was great to see my Zumba buddies again, they were happy to see me. Lots of new routines to learn and that is absolutely fine. I didn't work that hard due do the new routines but certainly got a sweat up. So glad to be back. <BR> Got a ne whaircut and met DH on town for a coffee afterwards. Shopping, cleaning, tidying. <BR> That kind of day. <BR> Warm swim tonight after work. <BR> Have a great day Sparkadees. <BR> <em>213</em> Tue, 1 Jul 2014 12:45:33 EST White Rabbits: Back to Zumba http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729184 Today is bleak and here will be hail this morning. <BR> <em>27</em> <BR> Never mind the weather, I am going to Zumba this morning. My clothes are laid out ready to go. And I have set my intention. Tomorrow and Thursday I am swimming and Saturday and Monday Zumba, and I am back in my routine for July. Friday and Sunday can be walking days. <BR> I'm taking the beginning of a new month to set the show on the road. I am rested up the wazoo, & I know my body will be happy to get to play. <BR>... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:51:21 EST A domestic weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728464 The weather this weekend was quite temperate and sunny, a mild mid winter. The weather often packs up in July, so we took advantage of the clement weekend. <BR> DH and I went for breakfast and a walk on Saturday. We don't have children Sparkies, and as we drove past the zoo I thought that when my young grandniece comes to visit I would take her to the zoo. Why don't we take a walk in the zoo, said DH. So that's what we did! <BR> Sparkies it was fun to be exploring the zoo, the last time I we... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 16:49:27 EST Organizing to be on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724963 Yesterday I did a heap of paperwork, ticked a few things off my to do list and will tackle more today. It is good to get going on the home front. <BR> While I was away the tradies worked on the bathroom downstairs, laid vinyl and installed a new basin to replace the one broken by tenants. This was partly an insurance job and has been somewhat vexing, however it is finally done. The fencers finished off the last of the fences on Friday and all that remans is for us to paint them. <BR> We clea... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:40:33 EST Back on the dreadmill again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724594 Well dear sparkies, tomorrow I start work after my little break. Which was preceded by a bout of pertussis, which laid me low. I am quite recovered from that. The pertussis was preceded by a doctor enforced exercise break, and the result is that I have been out of my regular exercise programme for a few months now. So I have a <em>250</em> chance to reframe and rejuvenate my programme. <BR> <BR> I'm well aware of the benefits of routine. I love healthy eating routines, exercise routines.... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 05:21:22 EST Finding my place after a holiday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722491 I'm happy to be home from Nelson, though I had a wonderful time and it was great to have a break. Spent today in the garden, it is windy but not too cold. Soon we are going out to dinner with old friends. Still in the holiday mood, and thought you might like to see some snaps. <BR> <BR> We had a very long walk on the beach at Pohara. After which... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2046781828.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ...my grandniece fed the seagulls at Ligar Bay, just a... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 00:31:15 EST I'm not being a very diligent Sparker ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717213 ...these days. I have broken my log in streak several times. Time was when I would be annoyed if I was out of Internet range whilst on holiday because I would break my log in streak. Now I figure, too bad if I don,t log in every single day without fail. <BR> Similarly, I would log in and keep sparking til I got 25 bonus points. I might not quite reach that today but I won,t keep sparking til I do, I'll stop when I feel like I am done. <BR> I have left my FitBit behind a few days here and ther... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:53:01 EST Convalescing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714680 ...is essentially tedious. But I figure if I get it right I will keep moving forward with no setbacks. <BR> Which will be a good thing. <BR> Didn't exercise but was reasonably active today, did some meal prep for lunches and the freezer; grocery shopping and still had some energy left to pay a few bills when I got home. <BR> <BR> Work tomorrow and that will be enough. <BR> <BR> I'm on holiday next week, so should be bouncing right back! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 04:10:00 EST Warm swim http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713796 It has been a really long time since I have been swimming in the warm pool. I promised myself 30 minutes today but in the event spent 75, 20 doing resistance exercises and slow stretches which I love to do in the water. If only the water in the showers hadn't been cold, it would all have been perfect. <BR> Anyway I feel the benefit of the exercise and it didn't provoke paroxysms of coughing, which is what I want to avoid. <BR> <BR> What a chore it is building back up to exercise and fitness,... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 23:47:31 EST Walk at the beach today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713197 Under a lowering sky. It's been quite temperate so far thIs month, the first of winter. Here the weather tends to pack up after the shortest day on June 20 and we anticipate a grim month or so. But at present it is balmy and my poor confused anemones, tulips and hyacinths are forging ahead. And I saw our first snowdrop. <BR> Sparkies I haven't exercised for a long time, under doctor's orders, and it was good to walk along the beach and get some fresh air in my lungs. I think I will start off... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 02:36:47 EST whoop whoop... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710883 ... but not in a good way. <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Thank you all for your concern about me, after a bizzare day at work yesterday I took today off and maybe will take tomorrow too as I do feel somewhat under the weather. Hopefully the antibiotics will kick in soon and I will be good to go next week. <BR> <BR> Resting, keeping up the fluids, pottering feebly about is all I can manage at the moment. <BR> <BR> Not exactly sparking but still hanging in there <BR> <em>527</em> <BR> ... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 22:52:59 EST One day a rooster, the next a feather duster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709492 <BR> All is not well Chez Fifi. My doctor said I had whooping cough and put me on antibiotics. On the other hand, my wound has healed really well and I am left only with residual nerve pain, which should go away in 6 weeks to 18 months. And once the pertussis allows, I can exercise again. <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> Workmen continue to abound at my place, the fences are underway and with luck the weather will continue fair to let the fencer do his thing. We have also had a visit from the drain... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 06:32:41 EST A very sad Fifi http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704890 My dear cat Arbuckle died yesterday. What a lovely old bloke he was, and a wonderful companion. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l767796544.jpg"> <BR> <BR> All the family miss him, and so do our friends. He was everyone's favourite cat, huge, fluffy,agreeable, personality plus. He loved children, with whom he would patiently play, and he feared nothing. <BR> <BR> Feeling heartbroken. <BR> <em>46</em> <BR> Wed, 28 May 2014 04:10:23 EST After some time away... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702273 I am checking back in. We have had a chaotic time of it lately and I have been way off the reservation, so far off that I have not visited my scales in about a month. Somewhat dreading the reintroduction so think I will put it off as I straighten up and get back on programme. <BR> Of course I have been Sparking and have been checking in to see how SparkBuddies doing but not saying much as I have been very pressed for time and energy. <BR> I had two suspicious lumps out about two weeks ago, bi... Sat, 24 May 2014 17:25:59 EST Family fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697122 My BiL who lives in Geneva is staying for a few days. It was his birthday so we had family members around to celebrate. They stayed til nearly 1am so it was a big night for me. <BR> On top of a big day of cleaning house. It is not quite straightened out as we have too much stuff from the office to rehouse somewhere. <BR> I have developed a horrid cold which has now turned into a cough so I did quite well to make it through the night. <BR> My DH was such a great host, and it was lovely to se... Sat, 17 May 2014 15:49:16 EST Benched http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694823 I have had a couple of lumps removed, and was told no exercise for ten days. This is unexpected. I knew I wouldn't be able to swim, but... <BR> Bummer! Surely I will be able to walk a bit though? Will check with the nurse. <BR> <em>28</em> Wed, 14 May 2014 10:41:35 EST A week later... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692715 Since my laser treatment and the swelling has gone away completely, I am amazed at the result. No bruising, which I had expected, in fact the nurse said I was definitely going to have some, but nup! The difference is so amazing, I will definitely get a second treatment. But that is all I will need. <BR> I've taken a week off exercising, didn't want to be looking too unsightly out there, but now I am good to go. How wonderful my amazing system is working so well to get rid of the little probl... Sun, 11 May 2014 16:13:38 EST A frock dream http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690517 I had an unusual dream last night. I was clothes shopping, trying on many sumptuous and colorful frocks. Fifi does not think of herself as a girly girl, and has never dreamed about clothes before. <BR> Well, except for the no clothes dream, and everyone has one of those. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> I think this has something to do with the big changes in my appearance. A few months ago I blogged about beginning the process of coming to terms with the dramatically changed Fifi in the mirror. I'... Thu, 8 May 2014 11:40:41 EST Renovations and panelbeating update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688178 I've been putting the house to rights. My bedroom and bathroom are wonderfully serene, we got our pictures up on the walls and our bedroom furniture is in the room, and the clutter has not crept back, which is a good start. I have to take responsibility for this and develop habits that do not include strewing clothes all over the bedroom chair. <BR> So far, I've been pretty good but I need to continue to be mindful. <BR> The renovations continue as I have spent the whole of yesterday dealing... Mon, 5 May 2014 15:51:58 EST Ensuite pix http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684545 As promised... I took these first thing this morning. <BR> <BR> View to the East. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l996805173.jpg"> <BR> Wardrobes <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1365615908.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Into the bathroom <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1993173382.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l841124412.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Shower over bath <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Thu, 1 May 2014 04:06:06 EST Bye bye builder! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684122 Our painstaking and meticulous builder has packed up his toolboxes and gone, leaving behind a completed ensuite and an almost empty bedroom. <BR> DH came home from work and painted the final coat on the walls and hired a rug doctor. He then cleaned the carpet. I'll take some pictures tonight when I get home, and post a few. <BR> We'll be moving in this weekend, DH doesn't want to wait two weeks, he wants the house back to normal. Me too, and if DH doesn't mind dismantling the bed twice in a f... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 14:40:58 EST Work week begins as April draws to a close. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683179 My work week begins today and the bathroom is still not quite finished. Only a final coat of paint on the door and the door furniture back in, a couple of tiny touch ups elsewhere and we are done. The builder should be out this week surely and we will finish painting the bedroom and clean the carpet. <BR> I have ordered a new bed so we won't move into the bedroom until that arrives. My BiL is coming to stay for a few days mid May and he can enjoy our old bed. It is a king size slat bed and DH... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 13:00:33 EST Opening Pandora's box http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682407 My friend Racewellwon just mentioned this and it kind of IS what I was referring to when I let my baleful determined reptilian self out for a trip to carbville yesterday. <BR> I do this from time to time, allowing different parts of myself to express themselves. The result isn't always pretty but it is always informative. Instructional, and in the past, sometimes chastening. <BR> <BR> And I have the feeling that as I create a safe place for this to occur, these aspects of myself will be abl... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 12:43:00 EST Carb blow out. Off the reservation... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682094 ... In a kind of mood. Not really given to introspection, but yesterday I got up, cleaned the kitchen, ran round tidying up the house and made lunch for DH & his research assistant, then went to the gym. <BR> Sparkadoos, it was a lunch I couldn't eat, I prepped it, served it then left, & that was kind of OK but turns out not so OK because today, I had a blowback. I went to my favorite market, Moore Wilson's which has the best produce and bakery, and deliberately bought some food that is not o... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 06:05:23 EST What to wear? More mulling on clothes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5680356 I am giving clothes a lot of thought at the moment, I really do need a new wardrobe, I am five sizes down and almost nothing fits. Even my Zumba gear, I have to hitch it up. <BR> <BR> <BR> So over the next two years I need to inject a little extra cash & a lot more time and thought into my wardrobe. <BR> I have a wardrobe of classics and a palette that works for me but I have let it go a little lately as I have been releasing weight, not wanting to spend too much in the knowledge that it ... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 15:30:58 EST Bonus bathroom blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679855 It's hard to photograph a bathroom. And the room isn't finished yet. But here are a few pix: <BR> The vanity unit (2 drawers) & mirror cabinet are now chokka block with my toiletries. I feel quite the girly girl performing my morning ablutions. And yes, that is a pinny I am wearing, I am going through a retro phase. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1141166894.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The shower is over the bath. Even though the bathroom has no door as yet, I had my first show... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 23:16:25 EST Renovating Fifi http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679273 Well Sparkadees, I bought the frock. <BR> I had such a great day yesterday. I wore my other black frock to work with tights, I hardly ever get my legs out, and with shoes that were uncomfortably tight before and now fit me really well. I looked great, actually. And I ummed and aahed at lunch time, then walked downtown and tried on the smaller size bell sleeved frock I had seen yesterday. It is a great fit. So I bought it. <BR> While waiting for a changing room, I bumped into acquaintances t... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:50:30 EST Had to rattle my dags... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678431 ...This morning to get to work in time. <BR> I've become used to a leisurely start to my day, reporting to Zumba at 9.15, so 8.30 was a shock to the system. But I'm not on holiday any more, Toto! <BR> <BR> Saw a frock at lunchtime I am tempted to get, but I need to try out the next size down. I'm just in between sizes at the moment. Lost a couple of kilos last week on the Cura and more to go, not sure if it will take me down a whole size. <BR> <BR> And do I need another black dress? I alre... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:17:34 EST One more coat of paint to go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677117 And the living room is done. DH wallpapered over the plastering that we had done to fix a wall in the living room, just one more coat of paint then we can move the furniture that is in the middle of the room back to its corner. The bedroom is painted and plumber coming to finish installing the sink waste this morning. <BR> Tomorrow the builder is scheduled to return and he should have nearly finished the bathroom, he started on March 1 & estimated two weeks. <BR> <BR> We still have work to d... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:32:33 EST Easter Monday and plans for the rest of the month. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676438 Today I start with Zumba. When I get home I will be painting the bedroom and the repaired section of our living room wall. The weather is forecast to be sunny today, so I will hang out the washing and proceed with more work in the garden. I am tidying up the area around the house, taking cuttings of some plants and trimming stuff back for winter, which is pressing closer. <BR> Tomorrow I hope the plumber will finish in the bathroom then I will be able to move into the bathroom, and deep clean... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:26:57 EST I had a bath http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673638 The builder won,t be back for a week, and he hasn,t quite finished. Today the plumber and electrician will be in. The plumber needed to buy a material we didn't have so he couldn't plumb in the sink. But he finished the bath and shower. So yesterday I had a bath in the new bath. No door, no lights, no worries! <BR> Sparkies, I bitterly resisted saying goodbye to our old cast iron bath which I dearly loved. But this new bath is so comfortable and deep, it was heaven! I think I will be in it ... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:07:10 EST My Zumba holiday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671710 Sparkadees, it is grey and overcast here, but at least it stopped raining for a day. My first day of my holiday. <BR> My cold didn't happen, I think I nipped it in the bud. My garden is enjoying all the rain but I need to get it ready for winter! And the rain has stopped the fencers from coming. Looks like I will have lost three planting seasons before my fence gardens are finally planted. <BR> On the bright side, I have plenty of time to get into the garden, and I think I will just have to p... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 05:21:02 EST Dinner with my darling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669876 I looked at my calendar and decided that if I want to reach my goal for my target date, this is the perfect time to do another round of the Cura. My holiday means if I feel a little tired, I can rest, so I have started a three week session. Which means two Feast Days. <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> So last night DH took me out for dinner in his new classic car, a 1972 Rover 2000 TC. He has just got it warranted and good to drive. What a blast driving a manual with a choke and quarter light windo... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:24:00 EST Other renovations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667089 In addition to my own renovations there is progress on the bathroom, with the first coat of paint going on today. The weather has changed and it is very windy and wet, not optimal paint drying weather , but it is what it is. <BR> I cleaned down the bedroom walls today, they were coated in thick dust. They are a little the worse for wear so I think we will paint them before we move back into the bedroom. And of course clean the carpets. So I have a big round of cleaning to do next week, which... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 06:32:05 EST Panel beating and rewards, & some vanity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665576 Hey there Sparkadoodles, I think I have blogged before about renovations. <BR> I'm taking advantage of the change in my appearance from the weight I have got rid of to do some skin renovation work, too. <BR> I've got another session of facial treatment today to cope with little thread veins. I am getting close to the point where I could go without makeup which is such a change for me. Not that I will go without makeup because I use a mineral powder as a sunscreen. We need that here in NZ wh... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 10:16:22 EST Got my ST in... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664384 ...At lunchtime yesterday, it was fine. I made sure to warm up first then did all my weights and still had time for 15 minutes cardio and some stretches. Have to look out for getting sucked in to more cardio because I HAVE TO stretch! Don't know about you but I'm a bit of a skimper when it comes to stretches and I need to stretch or I will sieze up. <BR> <BR> There was a class going on that I am a bit interested in, I watched during my stretches and thought, I can do that! It has some Pilate... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 14:16:33 EST OK this is my month for ST http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663416 OK, this is it. I have been intending/planning/going to get onto strength training as a focus this year but somehow, the action was lacking. But in the last couple of weeks I have been picking up my exercise again, including taking a new aquaaerobics class, and on Sunday I went to the gym. <BR> I was stiff afterwards, I'd forgotten what that felt like. Not a good thing, to forget, means I haven't been pushing myself. <BR> I won't be pushing myself too much today, except to get to the exercise... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 11:27:20 EST A blast from the past http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660885 I redecorated my spark page the other day, & added a 100lbs lost badge. I refeatured an image of 100 lbs, which helped me to visualise the task ahead of me 14 months ago when I started dropping that weight.  <BR> Yesterday, someone expressed concerns about rebound from the Cura Romana. I felt crestfallen. <em>39</em> <BR> Why was I so vulnerable? I have just released 100 lbs! <BR> For nearly a year I have maintained a weight loss of 30 kg. I have found a method that works for me, & includ... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:03:40 EST One of those days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660106 Sparkers, I slept like a top last night, eight hours which is so unusual for me. <BR> Maybe it was the gym session yesterday. I went to the market and then to the gym, something I used to do every Sunday a while ago. It was not a session to set anyone on fire, but I did a mile on the dreadmill, a couple on the rower, some weights, and then I channeled Doglady and added 20 minutes on the cycle. Haven't been on a cycle for so long, used to have an Exercycle at home but got knee problems. No p... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 15:00:30 EST