GEORGIAK25's SparkPeople Blog GEORGIAK25's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Self destruct For the last couple of years I have suffered extremely low iron and no amount of food could get me up there to be at an acceptable level. Recently I have had an iron infusion and felt great again. <BR> <BR> My problem is that while I was feeling good I started to exercise and watch what I eat. <BR> <BR> A good thing you say. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately as soon as I start to lose weight I end up hitting the self destruct button and pick up my old ways. <BR> <BR> I am using accountability here... Sun, 10 Jun 2018 04:27:35 EST My outback adventure I had the good fortune to travel to the outback of Queensland over the last 2 weeks. <BR> We went further west and south west than we have before. It was fabulous. Alas the drought was horrid out there but just as we were returning some gentle rain did fall. Not enough but it is a start I guess. <BR> Sturt's Desert Pea <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Sunset at Big Red (massive sand dune) <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sp... Tue, 3 Oct 2017 17:48:56 EST Whale watching I had the pleasure of going whale watching yesterday off the coast of the glorious Gold Coast. Sunny warm day and calm seas. Lots of playful dolphins. <BR> The view from the marina <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dolphins frolicking <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 25 Jun 2017 15:39:59 EST History Alive 2015 History alive is a gathering of compassionate folk dressed in period/ era and living it for a whole weekend. They camp at a National Park and it is a wonderful weekend learning how ancestors lived and behaved. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Firing of the cannons at the start and finish of the day. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Confederates ... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 15:54:33 EST My holiday in Tasmania So for my friends who have not seen the photos I posted on Facebook here are some of the highlights of a wonderful holiday. <BR> <img src=""> wombats <BR> <img src=""> koala <BR> <img src=""> Russell Falls <BR> <img src=" Thu, 28 May 2015 08:21:17 EST Peel Island Lazerette Peel Island is a small heritage-listed island located in Moreton Bay. Peel Island operated as a lazaret from 1907-1959. The Peel Island Lazaret is important to Queensland history because of its social and political significance in terms of state health policy and to remember the conditions in which people lived and worked on the island. <BR> Patients, mostly men, would often go fishing or do some gardening to pass the days.Most patients had wirelesses, and in the later years of the lazaret fi... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 16:10:03 EST What can be achieved by some that have Autism. Gives many hope.. This is a post by Michael, Daniel’s father. Daniel is a 17 year old who has severe Autism. Daniel has, over the past year, taken and completed 6 Coursera courses. Their journey warmed our hearts and we asked Michael to share it with the Coursera community. We hope you enjoy Daniel’s story as much as we have. <BR> <BR> It is impossible to overstate the benefit and happiness that Coursera has brought to our son Daniel and our family. <BR> <BR> Five years ago (next month) our severely autist... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 04:58:49 EST Middleaged menopausal maniac Not that I am alone in this but just wish to share. <BR> <BR> These aren’t hot flashes. They are power surges. <BR> <BR> I have been experiencing hot flushes far too regularly of late and yesterday at work I was a boiling pot of heat. Looking for my makeshift cardboard fan and it was missing. What to do now? <BR> <BR> The girls I work with frantically searched for another as they know how hot I get. <BR> <BR> They move away from me and go "Here she goes again" "There she blows" All in g... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 17:08:53 EST Christmas Greetings What a busy year it has been. <BR> <BR> Never enough hours in each day. That in itself is a good thing. Being busy is the best way to be. <BR> <BR> Many changes this year and we won't go into them. But each one has been a learning curve. <BR> <BR> Most of all I want to thank each and everyone of you for your support during the lows and for sharing the highs with me. <BR> <BR> My Spark family is the BEST!!!! <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas to you all and for those who do not celebrate blessings... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 14:56:08 EST Try to Understand. My husband found this poem online and it truly describes what he goes through on a daily basis with his depression. Thought I would share. It is actually a war poem ..... <BR> <BR> Try To Understand... <BR> <BR> If he stays home alone, <BR> And doesn't like to hear the phone. <BR> If he won't answer the door, <BR> 'cause he doesn't want to see anyone any more. <BR> <BR> Try to understand... <BR> <BR> If nightime is something to dread, <BR> And his sleep is restless and fleeting in bed. <B... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 16:48:53 EST Our Holiday I am back just in case you didn't know. Barry and I had (well I had) a good holiday. <BR> As most of you know he suffers with severe depression brought on by a work related incident. He has not worked for almost 2 years and this holiday was also prescribed by his physicians. <BR> <BR> He tried ever so hard to have a good time but daily he wanted to come home. I have to give him credit for lasting 4 of the 6 weeks we were meant to be away. <BR> <BR> Only in the last week did he start to sort... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 00:29:58 EST Time... I have been at the new store for 2 weeks now. I am working with experienced and mostly mature people and some young ones too. I am enjoying being very very busy again. <BR> My biggest hurdle has been the commuting. I leave home so early and come home so late. Not enough hours in the day to do much. The only good thing is that i am reading lots and lots and it is a favourite pasttime of mine. <BR> My husband has to ask me if he know me when I come home as he hardly sees me anymore. LOL!!! <BR... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 16:20:15 EST May 6th 2012 Thank you everyone for the prayers - they worked. Of course i didn't doubt my or our faith. <BR> <BR> Never seen anyone like mum who recovers rather well from surgery. Yesterday when I came to take her home she almost ran down the halls into the lift and just about did an Olympic jump into the car. <BR> <BR> So relieved she is home now and so glad she feels great. <BR> <BR> Thank you so much. Sat, 5 May 2012 17:48:16 EST April 29th 2012 Mum goes into hospital tomorrow after 2 postponements. Please pray all goes well for her. <BR> <BR> Also a prayer for a young boy going in for an operation to insert a halo and repair damaged spine sections. He already has cerebal palsy and is much loved by his family. He is a darling boy so if you put out a few prayers for him to it would be appreciated. <BR> <BR> I have had a good month learning which foods set off my heartburn/reflux. Some thankfully are only around special times of the ... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 16:53:04 EST April 1st 2012 Someone switched the lights on. After what feel like a lifetime I have some answers about health issues. I found this wonderful naturopath that specialises in womens health. She knew straight away what all my health issues were from with 10 minutes. <BR> She has given me things to take and try and also when she explained things to me I knew and understood immediately. <BR> <BR> I must focus on my breathing as I shallow breathe. ( I am doing the brathing exercises) <BR> <BR> I must get out ... Sat, 31 Mar 2012 16:42:54 EST February 2nd 2012 Thank you everyone for your prayers. <BR> <BR> My mum has thyroid cancer but it is apparently one of the easiest cancers to treat. <BR> After a couple more tests we shall return to the specialist on Thursday (9th). <BR> Firstly need to know where it is concentrated and then which course drs will take. Will leave her with a raspier voice and possibly a drier throat than usual. <BR> <BR> She is in such positive spirits. I and we could all learn from such determination and acceptance that ... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 21:15:28 EST December 30th 2011 As the year and month come to a close I have sat back and looked at what has been achieved and not achieved this year. <BR> <BR> As most of you know I have had a very stressful year which has given me many setbacks. <BR> <BR> I set myself the yearly target of 10000 fitness minutes and it has finally been achieved today. Not many minutes really but until August had fallen way behind my schedule. Thankfully today I achieved it with one day to spare. It has given me my sense of achievement an... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 14:26:30 EST December 16th 2011 I have had a very difficult year this year and although I have not achieved much in the weight loss / getting fitter area I have had some marvellous support from my Spark friends along the way. <BR> <BR> I need your prayers for my mum. She needs a biopsy on Monday for a possible lymphoma and I would like lots of prayers so that it is benign. Thank you. <BR> <BR> I love my mum so much and just want her to be well. I appreciate you all and wish you all a Merry Christmas Thu, 15 Dec 2011 15:18:56 EST September 30th 2011 My goodness hasn't the month flown. <BR> <BR> Update on my feet. New orthotics coming with a softer material being used. <BR> Calf muscles very tight and had them stretched out by the physio. Need to walk more and stretch more. <BR> <BR> I am also low in iron causing my tiredness. So my drs orders were eat more meat, exercise more and stretch more. <BR> <BR> Good news but until the feet don't hurt I can't walk far as work comes first. <BR> <BR> Overall I am pleased with the results and am... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 16:10:06 EST Sept 13th 2011 For weeks now I have wanted to get myself back on track and always something or someone has been blocking my way. <BR> 1. Dh's Post traumatic stress disorder has takien it's toll on me. <BR> 2. My feet have been giving me grief for about 3 months and now after new orthotics and adjustments think it may be heel spurs. <BR> 3. Excuse after excuse after excuse. <BR> <BR> So today after some inspiration from another sparker am starting again. <BR> <BR> Don't judge me if I fall over again and ha... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 16:23:33 EST August 8th 2011 Well the sun shone on the city and the day was wonderful. A good brisbane reception for our Spark visitors from near and far. <BR> <BR> I had the pleasure of spending some time with some wonderful Sparks ladies ( a husband and son too) <BR> EMMABE1 (Ann) <BR> LOOSEIT57 (Anne) <BR> Maz_of _oz (Marilyn) <BR> <BR> Ann thank you for all the information you prepared for us. I will just put up a pic or two and let Ann tell the days events in her own words. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 04:59:31 EST August 7th 2011 Three months ago I gave up my early morning walks for 2 reasons. First it was cold, dark and not a good idea to be walking alone in the dark. Secondly my husband is fighting Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and needed me to be here in the mornings when he woke up. It was the right thing to do to help him. Now of course I am so unift and quite stiff. <BR> <BR> To help him improve his health I finally convinced him that walking was the best thing to help him get on the road to recovery. <BR> <B... Sat, 6 Aug 2011 17:01:26 EST Carnarvon Gorge 22nd June 2011 Good morning everyone and we are back home after a wonderful mini holiday. <BR> Carnarvon Gorge is 720 klm north west of Brisbane. The drive up was slow due to the continuing road works repairing the flood damaged roads. Thw weather was freezing and the gloves, scarves and beanies were in full use. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Carnarvon Gorge features towering sandstone cliffs, vibrantly coloured side gorges, diverse flora and fauna and Aboriginal rock art. To walk the park you cross the main c... Sun, 26 Jun 2011 17:51:35 EST June 5th 2011 Took a lovely drive into the country on Sunday. <BR> Beautiful sunrise (no I did not get up specifically for it) Just saw the sun finally creeping over the hills. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Slightly enhanced with photoshop. <BR> We visited a train museum - quite small. They have train rides once a month - not this time. <BR> Flowers, very old trains and lots of things to see and touch. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Sun, 5 Jun 2011 16:08:04 EST The magic of flowers I came home from work yesterday and decided to take photos of my birthday flowers before they died. They made me feel so good and I hope they brighten your day too. <BR> Gerberas <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img <BR> src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So enjoy as I do looking at the photos - th flowers only last so long. <BR> Sun, 1 May 2011 17:07:00 EST I knew this was coming but......... Ok I knew this day was coming but never in my wildest imaginations did I think it would affect me so badly. <BR> I have known for months that my youngest son was going to move in May but he decided today would be soon enough. In he came with his mates and they packed the things he was taking. In and out they went to the car and loaded up. I tried to laugh but could only manage a weak smile. I tired to be happy but it was a mask. <BR> <BR> My job as a mother has been made redundant. The apron... Tue, 26 Apr 2011 02:45:15 EST March 9th 2011 Ok after many starts and stops for quite some time now I have made some choices. <BR> <BR> Dealing with 2 family members going through depression and stress has added so much stress on to me. <BR> <BR> The result a gain of 5 kilos since September. Not good. The crunch came 2 nights ago having dinner while we away for a few days. The stress was so high in me that I had trouble breathing and swallowing while eating my dinner. I hit rock bottom in my ability to cope with any thing. I certai... Wed, 9 Mar 2011 01:03:43 EST Sunday 13th February 2011 Here are some photos from Springbrook. Purlingbrook Falls and Apple tree Park. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The last photo is my favourite ... Tue, 15 Feb 2011 05:03:09 EST Australia Day January 26 2011 I had the good (or bad depending how you look at it) fortune to go out for a drive today. We took a couple of turns and without really knowing where we were ended up driving through some of the flood affected roads. No towns just some farm land. <BR> <BR> I was heartbroken to see the damage to the roads and to see how high and furiously the waters had run through these places. Words could not describe the damage. <BR> <BR> But I must also add that as heartbreaking as it was it was also hear... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 00:58:04 EST January 9th 2011 Okay it has been a week or so since I made some committiments to myself and here are the results of week !. <BR> <BR> Exercised for 30 minutes for 4 days last week. <BR> <BR> Portion control has improved. <BR> <BR> Water no problem. 6-8 glasses a day. <BR> <BR> Now to work harder in the next week. Sat, 8 Jan 2011 15:29:08 EST Thursday 30th December 2010 I am so pleased. Today I have finally achieved the exercise target I set almost 1 year ago. <BR> <BR> 10000 exercise minutes. After a very slack part at the beginning of the year I have now achieved it. <BR> <BR> Yippee and hi hoorah.!!! <BR> <BR> If I can do it so can you. Wed, 29 Dec 2010 14:47:14 EST December 28th 2010 Like everyone else a new beginning from today. <BR> <BR> I have been under a great deal of stress with long working hours, irregular meal times,(lack of food preparation time). and having MIL stay with us while she recuperates. <BR> <BR> All this strain has seen me eating anything and everything. I know it is the silly season but I think I gave silly a new meaning with my feeding freanzy. <BR> <BR> So today back to planning, tomorrow back to the gym and hopefully this rain will go away so... Mon, 27 Dec 2010 15:51:09 EST November 29th 2010 the journey ends From the Devils Marbles we returned to Mt Isa and spent the night there. Got some great shots of the mine all lit up at night. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The next day took us on a journey through dinosaur country. That is areas of Australia that still have fossils being dug up. Some amazing rock formations. They looked like mirages on the horizon. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> It was funn... Sun, 28 Nov 2010 17:28:26 EST November 26th 2010 the journey continues pt 2 On the next leg we travelled to the Devils Marbles. What a magnificent place on the planet. Rich blue skies with a scattering of clouds and the most magnificent huge boulders one could imaging. We spoent hours walking around and admiring boulders teetering on top of one another. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Saw some goannas too. <BR> <img src="http://photos-... Fri, 26 Nov 2010 02:01:07 EST November 26th 2010 Now the holiday is over, the washing and ironing is up to date and all is back to some form of normality - it is time to get back on track. <BR> <BR> Not that I haven't tried while I was away. I did and that is why only 2 kilos crept on while we were gone. Reason - travelling in the car all day for very long distances. No time for real exercise. Walked whenever possible. <BR> <BR> Now back on track with eating. Water was no problem whilst away. <BR> <BR> Portion control will be my focus. T... Thu, 25 Nov 2010 17:55:36 EST November 23rd 2010 I must share an experience we had in Mt Isa. <BR> <BR> As a child growing up in the 60's we learnt about the School of the Air formed to help children who live on outback stations, get an education. Back in those days it was done via long distance radio. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last week we had the good fortune to sit through a science class held in the School of air. <BR> The teacher has 2 computers - one is a blackboard and ... Tue, 23 Nov 2010 04:50:58 EST November20th 2010 Finally a rest day from all the travelling we have been doing. <BR> When we left home on the 10th Nov we drove during the night and all we had was rain, rain, and more rain. After driving all night and most of the next day we arrived in Eungella National Park. We drove up a mountain and became one with the clouds. Clouds that poured so heavily with rain. After checking in to a loively cabin, we did have a very small gap in the rain to go to the park and look arround. But the rain came and we... Sat, 20 Nov 2010 05:18:54 EST Weekend Away Here are some photos from a lovely weekend away. Got to use my woinderful new toy. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Water lilly at mapleton <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Beautiful Fungi at the Kondalilla National Park <BR> <img src=""> <BR> here I am with my camera, tripod and groovy knee pads. Note how my DH did not warn me that my prized possessi... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 06:07:52 EST September 21st 2010 Finally I have released the stress. When people do one last thing that breaks the camel's back, well they have and in doing so have freed me from the stress. <BR> Maybe I will have relapses and maybe not. But I have learned many valuable lessons along the way. <BR> Thank God for my faith and my wonderful Sparks friends who have gotten me through. <BR> <BR> Hopefully now the laughter can return. <BR> <BR> Georgia Mon, 20 Sep 2010 15:48:42 EST August 11th 2010 I have had such a wonderful day today and wanted to share with you all. <BR> <BR> Now some of you will read this and think small things amuse small minds - so be it. <BR> <BR> A friend of mine is house sitting in the country close to where her son works. Today we decided to visit her. She took us to where he works. <BR> <BR> He works in a processing plant for carrots. <BR> <BR> Now I had no idea how much work is involved in bringing the humble carrot from the farm to the table. <BR> <BR... Wed, 11 Aug 2010 01:54:16 EST August 2nd 2010 After a very slow start this year I have finally reached the halfway mark for my exercise minutes I have set myself for the year. It has boosted my motivation to know I only have less than half the year to reach my goal. <BR> <BR> Feels good. Sun, 1 Aug 2010 15:56:46 EST To Err is human to Forgive Divine. I have just made the decision to forgive my son the unbearable stress he has given me over a period of time. He may not know this as he has forbidden me to speak to him but nevertheless for me to move on I have to forgive. <BR> <BR> The stress has created unbearable weight gain, way too many aches and pains and far too many sleepless nights. <BR> <BR> Now I must try and find a way to get my life and health back on track before I completely fall in to the dark void that is wanting to make me... Thu, 8 Jul 2010 16:14:14 EST Inconsiderate neighbours Our neighbours had a party last night. No problem there. <BR> The music was at good level - no party noise. <BR> That is until after midnight when the music went up loud and up until dawn all you could hear was the bass. Then the arguing and carrying ons began keeping us all awake. <BR> Now after they have woken the whole neighbourhood they have turned it off and gone to bed. <BR> Even after DH asked them to turn it down they didn't. <BR> <BR> Some people should not be allowed to drink alc... Sat, 26 Jun 2010 16:13:36 EST Okay here we go again... Got the all clear todayon a medicaltest so have decided yet again and again to try a new beginning from tomorrow. <BR> Cold mornings are not a good time to start but I am going to try again to get my exercise in. <BR> I have been making excuses and life has been throwing me some real problemsand dramas-not to mention all the menopusal symptoms - <BR> plus being an emotional eater have not been kind to me of late. <BR> <BR> I am finally getting a grip on my stressors and learning to cope wit... Mon, 17 May 2010 05:58:07 EST April 18th 2010 Stress plays a big factor in my weight loss journey and of late the weight has been going on instead of off. But I am getting control of my body and mind again(with help) and have felt absolutely great this last week. <BR> Now to try and keep up the momentum and keep on going. No weight loss yet but I am trying very hard. <BR> So keep kicking my butt dear friends and if I don't lose it by myself I know some weight will come off from all the kicking I get. <BR> Have a wonderful day and week. <... Sat, 17 Apr 2010 17:04:25 EST April 7th 2010 The stress ors are still here big time but I am now focussing on getting myself back on track with walking and food choices. Have just enjoyed a lovely walk and now it looks like rain. Believe it or not I hope it does rain as I am home to enjoy it today. <BR> <BR> Tue, 6 Apr 2010 18:19:38 EST March 25th 2010 Where does one start? <BR> So many stresses have been affecting me of late. <BR> I am learning techniques to lessen them - even though some are here forever. (some of you already know what these stresses are and also share some of them) <BR> Once I master these techniques I can get back on track completely and not partially with my weight loss and life changing journey. <BR> I would never have believed that so much stress could actually pile the weight on but it has. <BR> So here I am acknow... Wed, 24 Mar 2010 16:15:43 EST March 5th 2010 This has been a reasonable week of control in food intake and some exercise. So hard to be motivated with all this rain that has been coming down. <BR> Still I have been flapping my "Duck wing" and managed to get some exercise in. <BR> Counting my steps again and watching what goes into my mouth. (just before I eat it) <BR> All on all pleased with this weeks efforts. Thu, 4 Mar 2010 14:18:21 EST February 17th 2010 Some stresses in life just cannot be controlled or ever solved. Learning to deal with them is an ongoing uphill battle. Some days I just want to give up yet there is still some small part of me that keeps fighting. <BR> The weight is creeping on as I try to learn new ways of dealing with theses stresses and stressors. <BR> I am just having trouble at the moment as I am in my safety zone and the wall is getting higher to protect my sanity. <BR> Hopefully soon I can get back into my healthy rou... Tue, 16 Feb 2010 15:11:31 EST February 1st 2010 Finally holiday time has arrivede. In just a few hours we shall drive off to a new adventure. My biggest fear is overeating and not moving enough. My DH has told me we shall have regular breaks so I can walk 10 minutes up the road while he follows me. He has even decided to leave the majority of his "treats behind so as not to tempt me. He can eat anything and not put on weight. <BR> So I shall let you know as we go along how I go. As long as I can get internet access. <BR> Okay going now. <B... Sun, 31 Jan 2010 14:46:16 EST