HABITATVITALITY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HABITATVITALITY HABITATVITALITY'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/ I'm back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6302839 Hello fellow Sparkers! <BR> <BR> I'm back after a long absence. Managed to maintain my weight at the moment at about 88kgs. Got up to around 93kgs at one stage. The last time I was on here regularly I got down to around 82kgs. <BR> <BR> We are all on the one journey to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. I've come back for renewed motivation and to catch up with old friends. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I'm embarking on a bit of a detox program - nothing major, just going to elim... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:06:23 EST We are right where we need to be! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6081194 No matter where we all are right now, I believe we are all where we are meant to be. <BR> <BR> Nothing happens by chance. <BR> <BR> God has planted me in this spot and despite the many challenges I am committed to doing His work! <BR> <BR> I may feel like a failure one day but come a new day His mercies are made new and I'm victorious again. <BR> <BR> I've learned never to make important decisions on those 'off' days because they will be regrettable and often I then have to learn the h... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 05:08:17 EST Detox abandoned! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6080276 It was too hard to do my GM program as well as deal with the pressures of work so have abandoned it. There'll come another time. Maybe next time I'm on holidays. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 03:16:35 EST Day 2 of 7 day detox! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6079829 Today is vegetable day with one potato allowed at breakfast. Baking up some vegies before work! <BR> <BR> I am down 1.1kgs overnight. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fb4d84ba-0a5f-4356-aafe-4d2ab26aacaf.JPG"> <BR> Tue, 26 Jan 2016 15:47:52 EST Day 1 of 7 day detox! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6079104 Off to a great start - today is fruit day! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f512477c-d76a-41a0-b323-e1e6b20b05a5.JPG"> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 20:17:51 EST I need an attitude adjustment! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6078177 Question: "What does the Bible say about attitude?" <BR> <BR> Answer: Writing from a prison cell in Rome, the apostle Paul wrote about the attitude a Christian should have: “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ” (Philippians 1:27). He’s telling us that no matter what unexpected disruptions, frustrations, or difficulties come our way, we are to respond with a Christ-like attitude. Paul later writes, “Your attitude should be the same as that of Jesu... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 20:34:06 EST GM Weightloss Diet Program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076772 On Tuesday 26th January I will be embarking on the 7 day General Motors Weight-loss Program which I have done numerous times over the past 3 years with much success. Here is the link if anyone wishes to join me. I'm looking forward to another resetting of cravings which this program does for me and sets me back on the right path again :) At the same time I usually lose between 3kgs - 5kgs. <BR> <BR> 5 days out of the 7 is all you can eat which I like as I don't like restriction. Link ... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 03:41:41 EST 11,000 Points! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6064940 Wow, 11,000 points - what a milestone! <BR> <BR> I'll have a berry shake to celebrate! Yoghurt, banana, blue berries, goji berries, coconut sugar, honey! (worked out if you freeze the goji berries they whiz up easy). <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/07666e7b-bf2c-48c6-a2d9-a65009d7fdb8.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Happy Sunday everybody! Sat, 9 Jan 2016 13:51:33 EST Today I pledge.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6058032 Thank you to whoever wrote this in the first place and all who have shared it so I could find it! <BR> <BR> Never Quit Pledge <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming ot... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 13:30:52 EST Sparks is my online sanctuary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056377 As I'm logging into Sparks today, I get a warm and fuzzy sensation - I just love this place. It is for me personally such a pick-me-up place to come to and I've always felt motivated and inspired here for as long as I've been coming back which is a while now. <BR> <BR> This isn't just a weight-loss website for me, it is so much more. It is a memory of where I've been and the thought of where I'm going to. Some of my most trying days were whilst I was just beginning out as a member on th... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 21:04:36 EST Home made almond milk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054786 Weighed in today at a whopping 92.7kgs! That's the heaviest I've been ever. My BMI is now in the 'obese' range. <BR> <BR> This morning's breakfast was a smoothie of home made almond milk (soak almonds for a night or two, add water and wiz up in a nutribullet or equivalent, then strain if you need to), 1 raw egg, blueberries (I use the frozen variety), plain yoghurt and a bit of honey. Yummy! <BR> <BR> Here is the home made almond milk .... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.spa... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 15:54:43 EST Opportunity knocks once.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053173 Wow, just read my last blog - well actually only cast my eyes over it as I was in a place that I needed to change. <BR> <BR> And I did, shortly after posting, an opportunity presented itself so I grabbed it with two hands and moved - I am now in Bundaberg - a country town not far from the beautiful Fraser Coast of Queensland. <BR> <BR> I've been here since October and loving it! Been on a few camping trips with the dogs already, camping so far on the miles and miles of white beaches. I'... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 00:59:27 EST You can't choose your neighbours..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5991855 I really needed to blog tonight to let off a bit of steam. You see I'm bordered by 5 neighbours and 1 neighbour has about 12 screaming kids right on my doorstep, another neighbour has teenagers that play loud music and light bombfires in the yard (this is illegal - I need to close all my windows to stop my house and clothes smelling like smoke), the 3rd neighbour just bought a drumkit!!! and has dogs that bark constantly - the council has been on my doorstep interviewing me over them but th... Sun, 6 Sep 2015 05:05:02 EST Gluten be gone! Tips and tricks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942134 Gluten is a protein composite found in wheat and related grains, including barley and rye. A product that caused havoc with my health physically, mentally and emotionally. <BR> <BR> In October 2014 I weighed in here at 82kgs - yesterday I weighed in at almost 92kgs without having changed my lifestyle. <BR> <BR> A few months back I was feeling so ill I spent the day researching the internet looking for my symptoms and then after finding the symptoms for gluten intolerance they matched ... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 05:20:37 EST Vitality is a choice! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941441 I love this website!! <BR> <BR> Straight after reading a few inspirational posts earlier I grabbed the dogs and jumped straight in the car to take them for a run and to get some sunlight on my face! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a7647e7d-a73d-4651-97b1-6437db3e1840.JPG"> <BR> <BR> The people who posted their inspirational blogs that I read weren't sitting at home on their hands waiting for something to happen, they were out there MAKING it happen and so am I !!... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 22:44:47 EST A gluten free fresh start! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941017 Hello friends! It's been a while since I've been on Sparks - I'm back for a fresh dose of motivation and vitality! <BR> <BR> Since I was around Sparks last I have discovered I am gluten intolerant - OMGosh what does that mean...!! Well it means for me that I need to avoid gluten foods now and have done since late March. My health started to go downhill and I was grinding to a halt when I did research on the internet regarding my symptoms and went gluten free - within 3 days I was a mil... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 05:00:52 EST I came, I saw, I conquered ....... The USA !!!!! ok, well a very small part of it then... hehe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832553 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I have not been on sparks for some time but the very weird thing is I think of sparks friends all the time! I won't name everyone - you know who you are who of you have found a way into my heart and thoughts. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1626868247.jpg">.... <BR> <BR> Most important thing to update you on is that I have put some weight back on again - I have been away from home with work more than I have been home and all that travelling... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 20:50:05 EST We are called ... I am Yours ..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727995 I do hope you will share this song with me <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBcqria2wmg </link> <BR> <BR> Who am I? <BR> <BR> <BR> I am His..... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 22:04:38 EST My Sparkin' Family! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681950 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l794487231.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My dad has decided to do the 7 day GM program that I just finished doing - this is a big step in the right direction - he is 69 years old and around 150-155kgs. <BR> <BR> To encourage him with this wonderful decision to commence on the journey of improving his health, yesterday whilst dad was out most of the day cooking sausages at a fundraising event, mum and I got together and spent 5 hours doing the following... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 22:02:08 EST Day 4 out of 7 - GM Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675438 What more can I say but YUM YUM YUM! <BR> <BR> Banana and milk smoothies + cinnamon + tsp of chia seeds + dash of vanilla essence! OK I slightly strayed from the standard banana and milk ingredients but worth it! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1730114195.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A taste sensation in my mouth! Not to mention the pop of the tiny chia seeds - great texture! <BR> <BR> Today I noticed my skin is looking radiant and my eyes are sparkling - I look comp... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:28:20 EST Day 3 out of 7 - GM Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674759 The GM diet is going well and feeling much lighter already - today is Day 3 and I started the day with sliced eggplant oven baked along with a baking paper parcel of diced tomato, onion and mushroom and finished it off with a passion fruit chaser! LOL <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l410592593.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l416016848.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1649714454.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lunch was a vegetab... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:45:43 EST Day 2 - GM Diet - VEGETABLES GALORE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673804 Well here we are on Day 2 of the GM diet which means all the vegetables I can eat as well as one potato with breakfast! <BR> <BR> I have decided to keep the potato until lunch because I will be making a vegetable curry using the ingredients - eggplants, beans, onion, potato, capsicum, kaffir lime leaves, ginger, garlic and chili. I stir fry this in a non stick pan and add some red curry paste which is vegetarian, apart from a little bit of shrimp paste for flavour but I can live with that... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:56:24 EST GM Diet - here I come, ready or not!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672438 Have I actually been away from sparks for over 2 months??!! Wow - that time went by very quickly!! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I am embarking on the 7 day GM diet. This is the same diet I embarked on the very first day I joined Sparks in September 2013 and I blogged about it at the time, including photographs of food etc. This diet re-sets my cravings back onto healthy foods and I usually lose an average of 3kgs in that one week and you feel AMAZING and EUPHORIC as well! Yes, I've done this 7 ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:40:04 EST HARE & TURTLE Weightloss Challenge - 199 POUNDS lost - Sign up now to join February teams! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604587 THE WEIGHTLOSS CHALLENGE CONTINUES FOR ANOTHER MONTH DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND! - 199 POUNDS LOST SO FAR AND COUNTING! <BR> <BR> Have you all heard the Fable of the Tortise and the Hare? (you will find the story at end of this blog if you need a reminder). <BR> <BR> Well now is your CHANCE to sign up for the FEBRUARY weightloss challenge. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l530344395.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This challenge has been so successful for participants in Januar... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 17:00:49 EST PUDDLES OF RAIN, NOT SWEAT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602935 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l249260504.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Australia has been experiencing another heat wave and finally (where I live in Queensland) the rain has hit and hit hard! WOOPPEE! <BR> <BR> My state is 65% declared drought at the moment. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l455076303.jpg"> <BR> <BR> RAIN, RAIN, GLORIOUS RAIN! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l476703182.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 02:02:13 EST 4 month progress photos! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600429 This week I celebrate 4 months on Sparks! Is that all it's been because it feels like so much longer! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l757656000.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1063514802.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm still super happy with my overall progress HOWEVER this is the first month where my statistics have gone backwards. All up I am 2kgs heavier than last month and I gained back 1cm overall on my body since last month. I ... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 18:28:57 EST Something light! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588423 My last blog was a bit heavy so here is something light! <BR> <BR> My little girl is only allowed on the couch in designated areas where I have rugs for her to sit on because the couch is chocolate colour and she is cream/golden colour! This rug was on top of the couch as she loves to curl up on top like a cat and sleep - looks like she's slipped down a bit and got BUSTED! But I can't bear to move her she is too cute! So now the rug permanently stays there and this is her new favourite sp... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 18:39:01 EST Addictions - the cold hard truth! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583401 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1820649870.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l37169250.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Below are two letters posted up on the 'Breaking free from Addictions' thread located in the 'Hopeful Hearts breaking free from Hurts' Team. <BR> <BR> I wanted to share them here because they are so powerful and I hope that they help you to look at yourself and be honest with yourself, as I have done. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spar... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 19:24:39 EST The heatwave continues! 45 degree C / 113 degree F! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582063 We are in the midst of another heatwave. Yesterday on the news it was 45 degrees celsius where I live. Which is 113 degrees fahrenheit. I had the air conditioner running full throttle and it only just took the edge off! I am grateful I was able to be home so I could have the dogs inside with me. This is the temperature recorded at my parents house which is about 15 minutes from where I live (the bottom right hand corner displays the max temp). It is often cooler for them as they live ... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 16:15:28 EST The Tortise and the Hare - 30 day challenge - LAST CHANCE TO JOIN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578522 KICK START THE YEAR WITH WEIGHTLOSS! <BR> <BR> Have you all heard the Fable of the Tortise and the Hare? (you will find the story at end of this blog if you need a reminder). <BR> <BR> Well it is your LAST CHANCE to sign up for this January 2014 weightloss challenge. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l530344395.jpg"> <BR> <BR> YOU decide if you want to be a Hare and lose weight fast and furious (TEAM AMY) or a Tortise and lose weight slow and steady (TEAM JILL... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 20:37:51 EST A second chance! This is it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573498 I was back on sparks today after being absent for a number of days over Christmas due to family commitments. My sparksfriends know my history and they know my journey and most of them by now know my weaknesses and strengths. <BR> <BR> For one reason or another, I put in a really good effort at losing all self-control over Christmas and indulging in all sorts of foods and drinks and I’ve been completely successful but also completely devastated at my behaviour. So much so that I will have g... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 02:41:35 EST 3 month progress photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567417 Hi all, <BR> <BR> Here are my 3 month progress photos - another 2.4kgs lost during the last month bringing my total to 9.9kgs in total = 21.8 lbs. I'm thrilled that the effort is paying off and I can visually see it. I would encourage anyone who is trying to lose weight to take photos of yourself, even if you don't post them here, have them for yourself to see the difference. If I had to select one single motivator that has been the greatest for me, believe it or not, it is these photos!... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 16:19:42 EST Christ-centered Team is Here to Support Hurting People! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566633 Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> Many people that come to SP are here because they have emotional issues associated with their weight (and I am one of those people). There is a relatively new sparks team called HOPEFUL HEARTS BREAKING FREE FROM HURTS. This team has been formed based on a vision and is a dedicated support group where people can open up about their emotional issues in a safe and loving environment. This team consists of lots of people experiencing similar emotional issues, and in th... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 15:40:53 EST My Christmas wish to all SP friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561499 Dear Friends, <BR> <BR> I want to dedicate this blog to wishing you all the very best Christmas that you have ever known! May this Christmas be extra special in your hearts and may you enjoy peace and prosperity and an abundance of love this Christmas and all throughout the year to come. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l637823430.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I want to thank you sincerely for all of the encouragement, support, suggestions, laughter and love you have offere... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 17:42:33 EST Battlefield of the mind - Just Do It ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559346 Today was a mind battle - I just spent 30 minutes psyching myself to do a 24 minute treadmill workout! It would have been absolutely too easy for me just to give in and not get on that treadmill today with any number of excuses that I know have up my sleeve and on the ready in order to convince myself that tomorrow is another day BUT this time was different - I was determined that I was not going to let my mind get it's own way. So I went into a mind battle warfare! It was crazy but I am s... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 20:59:40 EST Progress photos - little black dress and skinny jeans on (tick!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557761 These photos recently inspired my sister to commence her own weightloss program and I hope they inspire at least one other person out there to do the same. Or if you are already on a weightloss program than I hope to encourage you to continue to work it. <BR> <BR> Please note the room in the photo is one of the bedrooms in my house which is currently 'under renovation' and has all the work in progress stuff in it (I've finished painting it, hence all the paint on the floor where I've ripp... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 16:50:12 EST Guess what I did today.....?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5556400 I am so excited - even more excited than usual if that is possible! <BR> <BR> I have now lost exactly 9kgs of weight since 17th Sept and I am absolutely thrilled - I was tracking at 1kg a week but slowed a little the last few weeks as my health wasn't up to scratch so it really slowed down. NOW MY MOJO IS BACK SO WATCH OUT! <BR> <BR> My aim is to hit the big 10kg weightloss next week. <BR> <BR> I did one 24 minute session on the treadmill today so far and I've upped my speed to 5 on th... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 23:59:53 EST The restlessness found its purpose! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555380 During my journey on SP since mid September I have seen a change in my diet - although I ate quite healthily prior there are a lot of processed items now that I just will not eat anymore. My pantry was also stocked with ready to eat snacks for work (packet soups, tinned tuna etc) but as I'm currently not working I have an abundance of these. <BR> <BR> I have been restless without cause today and it came to me - I knew what God wanted me to do. I prepared a food donation for people less for... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 20:11:33 EST I just jogged ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554487 And off for some MORE exercise I go! The dogs loved it..... and they wanted to say 'thanks Chantenay' for the inspiration you gave me to do something nice for them today! And it was nice for me also! <BR> <BR> After running the dogs around the off leash dog park for about 1/2 hour to get them tuckered out, I then leashed them and went on a walk / jog / walk / jog scenario around and around this large parkland with them. By now they were happy to trot along at whatever pace I decided with... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 19:58:00 EST 5K Virtual Race completed (tick!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553740 Just finished this week's 5K virtual race on my treadmill. <BR> <BR> I was determined to beat my time from last week so I cranked it up and pushed myself and slashed my time by 10 minutes and 8 seconds! Did the 5K in 56 mins 45 sec. this time. In last week's race so far I'm coming 2nd last for those that have logged their times. I think I'm now officially addicted to the weekly 5K virtual race! <BR> <BR> The truth of it is even though we think we can't push any harder, we really real... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 21:58:01 EST My life is so great! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551748 Here is the other poem I wrote when I was born again 14 years ago - I felt to post it up today. <BR> <BR> I’ve accepted You as Lord <BR> And you’ve brought healing to my life <BR> You provide me with strength and wisdom <BR> To make peace from any strife <BR> <BR> You protect me and you care for me <BR> With unconditional love <BR> You discipline any wandering <BR> From your throne up above <BR> <BR> I am in awe at your greatness <BR> Every way I turn <BR> The answers are there waiting <BR... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 19:36:15 EST Update on progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550887 I wanted to blog to let you know that all is really well in this camp! <BR> <BR> I’m back into a great nutrition and fitness swing and yesterday I achieved my first 5 km virtual race. After just checking the leaderboard I’m coming …. well…kind of towards the end…. well matter of fact I’m coming last actually …. LOL. I did the 5K on my treadmill which I think is easier than being out there pounding the pavement. I must check if my treadmill is set for 'miles' or 'kms' as I noticed someone ... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 16:45:12 EST SP friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544465 Hi friends, <BR> <BR> A little note to let you know I'll be mostly off line for a while to concentrate on my Bible Studies. My weightloss program is stronger than ever and so is my new sobriety which I'm just loving! <BR> <BR> I'll be sure to pop in for my next month anniversary to inspire you with my weightloss photos so stay tuned! <BR> <BR> Be good everyone and keep pressing on with your individual programs! It does take commitment and hard work, weightloss is not easy, but it is wort... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 15:36:30 EST 2 month SP Anniversary - Never Give Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542755 I've now been with SP for 2 months and the stats are looking great! Since I started this journey with SP I have never given up and I don't intend to start quitting any time soon. I'm in this health journey for the rest of my life - a healthy lifestyle is my life! <BR> <BR> I have really noticed my body starting to change shape. I've now lost 8.22% of my original body weight! <BR> <BR> In Summary in the last 2 months I have now lost in total: <BR> <BR> 7.5kgs or 16.5 lbs in WEIGHT <BR> 2... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 14:45:20 EST The construction of a green smoothie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539406 One of my early challenges to myself to improve my health was to make and drink two fresh green smoothies each day for a month. I succeeded with this challenge and now green smoothies have become my new norm and if I don't have them I miss them! <BR> <BR> I am growing my own produce and choosing varieties with my green smoothies in mind! LOL Namely I have about 2 dozen spinach plants on the grow as well as cucumbers, beans, snow peas, lettuce, bok choy, capsicum, eggplant, herbs and ga... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 16:55:18 EST Reminiscing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538867 Wow, I've had an interesting week that has seen me dig up some old computer files that I have not looked at for what feels like 10 years or more. <BR> <BR> I got into my poems and I found a poem I wrote when I was 31 years old (only because the poem says my age thank goodness! LOL). <BR> <BR> I was born again when I was 28 years old and there are two significant framed posters hanging in my house - they measure 60cms x 50cms so they are sizable. I actually bought these posters from t... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 05:31:11 EST My tribute on Remembrance Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537770 Here is my tribute on this significant day - a poem I wrote that was published in an Australian poetry book. Remembrance Day (and ANZAC Day) are the only two days of the year that brings me to instant tears at 11am when the last post is played and a minute silence follows. Although I have not lost anyone to war, it hits my heart so hard that it physically takes my breath away and I am unable to control the emotion that bubbles up and spills over. <BR> <BR> An ANZAC is a soldier in the ... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 22:50:52 EST Back on track - balance restored http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536673 I feel like these past few weeks have been a bit lumpy and bumpy in places but it is now smoothing over again and I feel the balance is restoring. I am back on track. <BR> <BR> Is is only 6am but today has been perfect so far. Off to the markets for supplies of free range eggs, fresh produce and seedlings for succession planting. And now I am home and breakfast / today's snacks are in the oven - my favourite - baked vegetables, particularly beetroot! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 15:51:19 EST First mini-goal reached! Stop waiting, start living! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536028 I did it! I got there! I'm in the 83's !! Here, I've got the T-Shirt to prove it and it fits me sooooo good !! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1893755275.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I weighed in at exactly 83.7kgs which means I have now lost a whopping 7.5kgs in total so far! <BR> <BR> This morning I emailed my latest weightloss figures to my family, as I have been doing from the start and today was the first time I received a response from my sister stating th... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 18:07:58 EST I'm ready to kick some butt! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534087 Today I have woken up on the other side of yesterday! I feel energised, revitalised and ready to kick butt. Thank you SP friends for coming to my pity party and offering such wise and wonderful advice and support! <BR> <BR> Upon reflection, I'm nearing the 2 month mark and from experience this is often a time when my rose-coloured-honeymoon glasses come off and reality kicks in. As IAM146POUNDS put it 'In truth, I suspect that this is the reality of a weightloss journey that lasts two ... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 16:00:42 EST