JUJUFRANCE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JUJUFRANCE JUJUFRANCE'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/ Bichette jumped http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5338966 Well, our little Bichette has left the garden nest. We really miss her. She was a refreshing distraction. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 03:02:33 EST My deergarten http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5338098 After the amazing storks and their massive nests in Spain, I arrived home to find that a young doe has taken up residence in our garden. You've heard of the German beergartens...well now about my French deergarten. <BR> <BR> She easily got into our garden by jumping over the fence on our hilly slope. She's loving the long grass that we've neglected due to our busy schedules....in our defense, it's been raining every available chance we've had to mow. I'm not sure how long she's been there... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 10:10:08 EST Salamanca storks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5336310 I'm dodging my way around storks in Salamanca. They're everywhere! Good news is that I haven't seen any babies hanging from their beaks. They are amazing birds....I love this nest on top of a steeple.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l535900107.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'll be home soon and able to jump right back in to my food plan. I'm looking forward to having control again. Fri, 26 Apr 2013 11:35:58 EST Ditching the scale challenge challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5333020 I left on a business trip 2 days after starting my ditchthescale challenge. <BR> <BR> I'm a speaker at a conference so I get a really nice room. First thing I see in the bathroom...a scale. <BR> <BR> Is everyone unknowingly on the other side of my fight? Tue, 23 Apr 2013 13:40:29 EST Ditching the Scale Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5327299 Spark's article containing 5 steps to break free from the scale could not be more timely for me! So, I've decided to give myself a challenge! I'm going to stay away from the scale for 30 days. Here is the link to the article if anyone reads my blog and cares to read the article...but for me it is here as a reminder, if I need it: http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motiva<BR>tion_articles.asp?id=1625 <BR> <BR> This is a perfect day for me to begin my scale-less challenge because: <BR> <B... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 08:10:52 EST Message from my scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5324893 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2025711109.jpg"> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 08:33:20 EST What comes in will come out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5319364 My dad used to tell us that whatever we put into ourselves is what will be coming out. He wasn't talking about food (although we used to repeat another saying "Fat eats fat"). He was referring to what we read, who we hang out with, what we watch and....what we hear and say about ourselves. <BR> <BR> I found myself the past few days verbally succoming to that little voice inside of me that tells me I'm fat. I've even repeated this to my workout buddies, my hubby, my daughter and my sister.... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 08:35:18 EST Ups and downs and ups and downs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5317923 Had a heart-to-heart with hubby about the pie incident. He's promised to be more supportive. I noticed in the last couple of days he is now asking me how many calories he's been eating. <BR> <BR> This change-of-life period has really gotten me out of sorts. It's not even the hot flashes - heck that isn't as bad as we all tease about. It's endurable. <BR> <BR> The problem is my Monday weigh-in. I went up 1.1 kilos while maintaining an average of 1,600 calories and over 315 minutes of ... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 05:14:24 EST Forced pie eating - really, forced! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5313309 Okay folks, here it is. A public confession of how disfunctional my homelife is... <BR> <BR> Last night I made the mistake of inviting my hubby to join me to do the grocery shopping for the week. I did this because he complains every week that I don't buy the things that he likes (sweets and cakes, actually). So, he came with me and immediately picked out a pear pie and placed it in our still empty cart. I told him then and there that this would be his pie. I was not going to partake. <... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 05:47:42 EST In the dumps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310987 Some days are really good, some days are tough. I guess that's just life. <BR> <BR> Today I feel pretty low. I've got an appointment with the doctor this afternoon to explore the reasons for my cholesterol spike. I've never experience ANY problem with high LDL level before in my life - I've always tested on the excellent side.. But a blood test during an insurance physical two weeks ago put my level up at 7.43 (normal is 3.9-5.7). I've done some reading and there was a study Dec 2009 sh... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 05:57:47 EST Longer sleeves http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5309720 Today as I walked out of the gym after a great workout, I realised that the sleeves on my coat seemed suddenly longer. Translation: my back and arms are starting to get smaller! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l173499996.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I just love when my clothes start getting looser. It is an incredible high for me. Wed, 3 Apr 2013 06:17:49 EST Routine is important for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5307131 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l739520449.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is Easter Monday and a holiday here in France. I went to the gym this morning and had a really good workout on the rower and bike. Then enjoyed a nice hamman and jacuzzi for my grasse matinee... <BR> <BR> I didn't eat breakfast yesterday morning since I was preparing Easter dinner for 10 people and just didn't have the time. But, because I didn't eat breakfast I got out of my routine and forgot to take my... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 08:14:30 EST Spring sprung http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5302822 Spring sprung at my house this week! When the sun shines it hurts my eyes to look at these bushes in front of my house. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1955128840.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "I have learned, as a rule of thumb, never to ask whether you can do something. Say, instead, that you are doing it. Then fasten your seat belt. The most remarkable things follow." <BR> – Julia Cameron <BR> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 06:58:27 EST Fat jeans loosening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5301535 After two weeks of Sparking, today is the first day that my fat jeans are a little bit loose. Feels good. Wed, 27 Mar 2013 03:35:05 EST Menopause is NOT the problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5300352 One of my great fears were realised after I had my hysterectomy 2+ years ago. I gained weight despite my committment not to. 2 months of inactivity, dubbed recovery, resulted in a gain of 2 kilos and I just kept packing it on since, blaming it all on the surgery. <BR> <BR> But, that was a lie. As is the excuse I used about the onset of menopause. The truth is that I gradually allowed my portions to grow, stopped making the "best" choices and got lazy about cooking 2 fresh vegetables a mea... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 06:36:05 EST Hard beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5298073 The worst part of getting back on track is the realisation that I need to get back on track. It's looking in the mirror and seeing myself the way I really am. It's stepping on the scale and admitting that I really do weigh what it says. It's admitting that my jeans really are too tight. <BR> <BR> It's arriving at the point where I commit to not lying to myself any more. <BR> <BR> Then there's the wait. It doesn't happen over night. We all know that weight doesn't disappear the second w... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 10:03:37 EST Unusual workout injury http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5295956 Yesterday when I was undressing to take a shower after my workout, I hit myself in the eye ball really hard with the string of my workout pants. It was very, very painful for quite some time and induced a lot of eye watering. It is still sore today. <BR> <BR> Be careful dressing and undressing for your workouts. You can never be to cautious. Fri, 22 Mar 2013 08:56:03 EST Health Warning: Do not wash your hair in the shower http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5294523 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1024288308.jpg"> <BR> <BR> DO NOT wash your hair in the shower!! <BR> It's so good to finally get a health warning that is useful!!! <BR> <BR> IT INVOLVES THE SHAMPOO WHEN IT RUNS DOWN YOUR BODY WHEN YOU SHOWER WITH IT. WARNING TO US ALL!!! <BR> <BR> Shampoo Warning! I don't know WHY I didn't figure this out sooner! It is so obvious. I use shampoo in the shower! When I wash my hair, the shampoo runs down my whole body, and printed very ... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 03:30:32 EST Mrs. I'm-so-much-better-than-you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5291955 Ever have one of those days when you're feeling really good about yourself and then Mrs. I'm-so-much-better-than-you shows up? <BR> <BR> Got to the gym when it opened this morning (this is not a terrific feat since my gym opens at 8h00) and who do I see? The maman of my daughter's rival, whose name is similar to her mother's: Little-miss-I'm-so-much-better-than-you. <BR> <BR> No matter what I say, her and her daughter will have outdone me and my daughter. Her daughter's ski diploma is m... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 06:13:42 EST Balloons and straightening things out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5290965 I've been dragging my feet to come back here. <BR> <BR> 4 years ago I lost 55 lbs by counting my calories and exercising. But, since a surgery 2 years ago, I've been taking it back on. Hot flashes have moved me into this unconfortable chapter in my life and even though I'd continued my daily workouts, I'm still looking at a needed loss of 8 kg. <BR> <BR> I've been only seeing the "what I'm going to have to do without" side of things and the "I can do this alone" lie. <BR> <BR> But after... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 11:09:14 EST