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/ 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 Not a happy camper! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533306 Today is the first day of week 8 and if feels like a hell day. It is one of those days I'm sure I'll look back on and laugh. <BR> <BR> Whilst the wheels are still turning in the background and somewhere and somehow there are positive things going on, the rest of me is a breathing walking disaster. And it is still only morning. <BR> <BR> Today I am so frustrated I can't tell you and it is not even TTOTM! And I'm frustrated that I'm frustrated. The dictionary states "adjective: frust... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 21:02:36 EST My mum's now drinking green smoothies! LOL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532335 Often we fail to notice or comprehend the magnitude of how we may sometimes positively influence someone else. I believe this happens when we do not intentionally set out to influence, but when we just go about our days and our ways and the positive differences in us shine out to others from the inside out and people become inquisitive. They like what is radiating from you and they want some of it. <BR> <BR> When others start to draw to you because you have made such positive change in ... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 20:51:52 EST Reflections of a journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530976 Since joining SP in mid September I knew that I knew that I was going to make a big change in my life. My earlier blogs reflect someone who (through prayer) had a 'lightbulb' moment, a 'revelation' resulting in a breaking out from denial - this crucial step was needed for me to move forward and it was a long time coming. <BR> <BR> I was out of control, my weight was piling on at a rapid rate and I needed to take a good, hard and honest look at myself. <BR> <BR> I saw the 'truth' that I ... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 13:41:38 EST Success Is Inevitable http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530245 I really feel I’ve found a great combination of items to work on / focus on for November (MOW-VEMBER) as all of it makes me feel energised. I am in my element this month. <BR> <BR> I have spent 2.5 hours in the garden over the past few days and OMGosh! What a difference even that has made – I have so much green waste from pruning I’ve decided to start a stockpile in the back corner of the yard (which is hidden from most views). <BR> <BR> So far I have filled up every single large conta... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 17:56:41 EST The harvest has commenced! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529478 That didn't take long for those that have been following my plotting, preparing and planting out in the veggie patch - below are photos of my first official harvest of zucchini's and beans (and some parsley to put into my green smoothies). Following closely behind are lots more zucchini's, beans, cucumber, lettuce, squash, bok choy, spinach, snow peas and various herbs. Everything else should be ready for consumption and on the plate starting over the next 7-14 days. Talk about a rewarding... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 18:03:34 EST I am resetting my resetted reset button http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528544 Ok, so I embarked on the GM diet (my reset button) and ceased it on day 4 of 7 for several reasons as previously blogged about. I have now SET my new commencement date as this Sunday - my fresh produce market day. I also have this window of opportunity before I have any more major dates with friends over food... which was my undoing last time. <BR> <BR> Since ceasing the GM diet, which incidentally I was 100% into and committed to both physically and mentally (I was in the zone), I ha... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 17:40:37 EST My weight photo journey - 9 year span http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527981 I started working on something this morning which is work in progress - it was going to be a small collage of photos to track my weight journey but it became much more than that. Photos depicted from the age of 33 to 42 which is now. <BR> <BR> Apart from having a small amount of weight data as well as photographs that didn't always have the correct date on them, I managed to piece this together so far. There are a few years worth of photos missing (2011, 2012) as they are saved on a diffe... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 04:00:34 EST Don't let the mud stick! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527053 I have decided to cease the GM program today (day 4 out of 7) and start it again at a later date. I have already lost 1kg in the process so I’ll take that thanks! That brings my weightloss to 6.5kgs since mid September. YAY TEAM! <BR> <BR> I was out for a luncheon today. The seafood restaurant chosen by my friend is well renowned for exceptional food and the seating is on a deck over seawater (just beautiful). This friend is from that wonderful gentleman style ‘old school’ and he absolu... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 04:47:02 EST I did it! I made it! I'm in the 84's! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525800 I did it !! I'm now in the 84's !! Kgs that is !! I broke that scale from reading 85 something kgs over the past 3 weeks and this is the first time I have seen the number 84 in a long time! I am 84.9kgs..... Wow..... I'm so excited and inspired by this. <BR> <BR> It is the morning of day 3 of the GM diet program and I have broken through that psychological barrier I believe I was holding onto about that number 85 on the scale. Now I can enjoy the remaining 4 days of the GM diet af... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 17:39:44 EST Re-inventing myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524785 I love that the people in this world who most inspire me are people who continuously re-invent themselves - could be something as simple as a new hairstyle, a new outfit, a new hobby or a new job, but they continually re-assess their lives and continually make changes accordingly. They decide what they want, they find it, they pursue it and then they get it and they are CONSISTENT in this approach to life. I love that. They make it look so easy, but with practice comes skill and with exper... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 17:21:16 EST Activating my RESET button! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524076 I have decided to embark on the 7 day GM diet program again - I want that detox feeling and to RESET my cravings in the right direction, as well as hopefully a few more pounds may come off. I've been playing around in the 85kg range for almost 3 weeks now and weighing in this morning I'm still 0.2kgs above my lowest weight within that time. So this might help move things along a little and get me out of the 85kg zone once and for all. I don't want to be bogged in this sandpit forever! ... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 18:18:20 EST Prosperous day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523641 Well that worked well ! Had a wonderful and prosperous day today at out garage sale and met many of my neighbours - all 60 or so of them - the mailbox flyers worked well! HAHA! Even got invited to drinks next Sat. night - being neighbours I can walk there and back - still considering my options at this point however (tee hee).... <BR> <BR> One impressionable young man lives only a few doors down and was the most interesting character - he walked up to our garage sale shirtless and sta... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 04:44:24 EST Protecting my patch! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522518 This morning I was up early and eager to mailbox drop the neighbourhood with a flyer about our garage sale tomorrow - 60 flyers went out in total, plus we have an add in two local newspapers. We have some more organising to do this afternoon and then it should be ready to go. There is SO MUCH STUFF! We have filled my double garage - that's 6m x 6m of tables covered in items for sale and there is stuff on the ground and stuff hanging from the the garage walls and there'll be stuff out the... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 18:48:10 EST