JULBEL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JULBEL JULBEL'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/ Fitness as well as weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363675 This time around I'm making fitness as much of a priority as weight loss. I'm pretty good at walking but strength training has never really been my thing so I've joined a gym and have a health mentor who sets my programme and watches my progress. It's hard but in just a week I'm starting to feel better about it and maybe one day ill actually enjoy it but I'm not there yet. <BR> <BR> I've also decided to take swimming lessons, I ca swim but i don't get very far so I thought I could do with so... Tue, 21 May 2013 16:15:03 EST Lifestyle changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5356218 Well I haven't been on for a while. Life has a strange way of forcing changes and not always easy to understand. <BR> My best fitness buddy (my puppy) with whom I walk 6 miles every day has been killed in an RTA. She was only 20 months old and we will never know how it could have happened as she was out walking with my hubbie whilst i was away working. <BR> <BR> No more walks for me and it's far too raw right now to consider another dog so I've joined a Gym. I don't get the same pleasure fo... Tue, 14 May 2013 11:29:43 EST The start of another week and not at running target. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282283 Another week another challenge. I'm working in London for two days this week and lunch is provided. I know it will be sandwiches and crisps because it always is so how do I keep honest? <BR> Well frankly I think I'll have a sandwich and then cut back at Dinner and see how that goes. <BR> I'm not quite at my target for weight loss as I set a target to get to 148lbs by 25/03/13 and we are only two weeks away and I'm still at 154 lbs so this is now unrealistic however I'm losing at least 1lb a... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 09:53:03 EST Decorating today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279703 I have lots of walls to prep and paint today. I think I will be albe to count as least some of it as exercise as it is well above what I would do on a normal day and will involve lots of bending and stretching. <BR> Let's hope I'm not too stiff tomorrow as I've three more rooms to tackle then. I think I'll be glad to get back to work on Monday Sat, 9 Mar 2013 04:57:24 EST Dull Wet Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277021 Well the sun has gone at least for today and probably alos for the weekend but we still went for our rather damp walk this morning. I think I used as many calories trying to dry the dog when we got home as I did walking. We are into the 2nd week of our walking (Just over 3 miles around the Glof course twice a day) and both my husband and I commented last night that it was getting easier. Now we are going to try to speed it up and then we will try some intervals of running with the walking. <B... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 07:42:07 EST Am I finally growing up? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274081 I realised that I really do have all that I need. No honestly I do.Of course there are things that I want I'm human after all but nothing that I really need to make me happier. <BR> I want to be thinner, I want to be healthier, I want to be stronger, I want to go on holiday more but all of these things are within my grasp without needing anything more. None of these things will truly make me happier I'm happy with my lot and wonder why I'm spending precious time striving for more. More money,... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 09:58:52 EST Week two weigh in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272678 Just a pound lost this week but I'm not disheartened. I'm doing the right things and feel better already so the scales are not the only measure of success Mon, 4 Mar 2013 12:21:22 EST Well it's official I'm rubbish at bowling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268281 I know it my husband know it but now many of my friends know it as well I cannot bowl! <BR> My first game I only got 53 and did a bit better in my 2nd at 89 but I enjoyed it!Good fun with good friends and happily I can laugh at myself. At least it was movement and beat watching the TV all evening. Fri, 1 Mar 2013 09:40:44 EST Busy Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266943 Went to a seminar this morning about websites and have to say it's all very confusing to me, however to more important matters I managed to avoid taking a biscuit although I did have a boiled sweet I guessed it was the lesser of the sins. <BR> <BR> Did my normal morning walk with Coco just over three miles for me and about 23 for her. I wish I could run like a puppy. early afternoon walk today as we are off 10 pin bowling tonight with our local Lion's International buddies. I'm useless at bo... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 08:46:35 EST Temptation temptation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5265782 Last night I got guilty about how strict I was being with the healthy food and whether my husband was getting enough calories, so I gave him a sticky toffee pudding after his dinner. I only did one so I would not be tempted but then he ate half and said I've had enough I'm full (wish I could do that naturally - now i know why he doesn't have too much of a weight problem!) <BR> <BR> I was very tempted to eat it and must admit I did have a teaspoonful before disposing of the rest. <BR> So no... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 10:04:26 EST Week Two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264272 Wow I feel determined this time. I know i can do this and a good loss in week one does help but it is not something that I will rely on as I know I feel better just from more exercise and good food. <BR> I did have a chocolate last night but it was one and I didn't beat myself up about it I just wanted something sweet. <BR> A good walk this morning over three miles at a good pace so getting back on track. have to find and inflate my exercise ball today and get some spark exercise routines go... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 06:01:55 EST Saturday sin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5261137 Well it's Saturday and the wine bottle is open. I'm enjoying it and don't feel guilty. I need my one day of sin and I'll be good from Monday on. The weekend is for small pleasures <BR> Sat, 23 Feb 2013 14:20:46 EST Day 5 and motoring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5259730 Well we come to a weekend soon so today I have to be good. i know that tomorrow the wine bottle will come out and my husband and I will share a good meal and a bottle of wine but I won't beat myself up about it I'll just have to do a little more walking to make up for it. <BR> <BR> On another note I'm feeling more motivated to do this than I have for a long time. I've set myself a goal of 10# in 5 weeks but my overall target is 32# by June 22nd when we go on holiday with our daughter and her... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 09:13:49 EST New start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5257238 Well I've reached day three of my third attempt to restart. I can't believe I've fallen so far. I got to a healthy BMI at around 23 and now according to the hospital I'm at 34. That means obese! <BR> maybe this is the shock I need although I still don't believe it. I think my BMI is around 29 and they did weigh me in my full clothes and boots but even so 34 is shocking. <BR> <BR> Anyway I know what to do and how to do it so here goes and wish me luck. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 09:23:54 EST To the Vet with Coco http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4996040 My buddy has been to the Vet today and she is getting better but a long way to go yet. We can now have a 5 minute lead walk twice a day. I don't think she will thank me much for that. <BR> My next dilemma is that we are due to go away for our anniversary the week after next and she goes to a lovely lady who has up to five dogs lodging wiht her at one time. I can't let her go. Although she absolutely loves it it will be too physical for her so the choice is Kennels of cancel the break. I'm go... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 09:47:43 EST Still no weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4992939 Back on the scales today and still no weight loss but I do feel better for eating more healthy foods so it's not all bad. Maybe next week will be better. <BR> <BR> Still no real exercise until my puppy coco is better and we are off to the Vet on Wednesday - that's if she doesn't drive me mad before that as she really wants some exercise now , a bit like me! Mon, 30 Jul 2012 10:55:38 EST Good news http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4989058 Well my fitness buddy has nothing more than a soft tissue injury which is a great relief although she does need some looking after. Try telling an 11 month old Puppy that she cannot run around and play and no walks at all! She really doesn't understand and thinks she is being punished for something. <BR> I need to get her fit again as whilst she is ill I can't go for my walks and any other activity is fairly difficult as my own knee is only just healing. <BR> Thanks to all for thier good wis... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 10:18:26 EST A few days in and feeling low http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4987424 really feeling stuck at the moment Poor doggy is unwell and so I can't walk her but worse than that I can't leave her either so no real exercise for me. If I try to do some housework she tries to follow me around and she needs to rest so I'm spending most of my time with her. <BR> Not that I'm complaining - she is my fitness buddy and as such I need her to get better so we can enjoy our exercise together again. she is also my constant companion during the day (she becomes a bit of a Dad's g... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 08:03:09 EST Mid 2012 and no progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4984758 Here I am 53 semi retired and still 20lbs overweight. I'm trying again but finding it so difficult - it all came so easy three years ago when I achieved my goal but I've just let the weight creep back on and it's not good enough. I've had a knee op so exercise is not so easy at the moment but it doesn't mean I can't do anything I just have to find my limits. <BR> <BR> My good friend the Wii has been dusted off and is back n place by the TV even that told me off! It was quite a shock when it... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 11:40:39 EST Oh dear here we go again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3908941 Well it's 2011 and I'm ashamed of myself. I though I could go it alone but it's not the case I need sparkpeople to keep me honest. <BR> I've put on weight! there I've said it now - I know I was doing it but just couldn't be bothered to stop myself, I haven't exercised and I've indulged. well it has to stop now and I've promised myself thet I will get back to goal for Easter. That gives me about 12 weeks to get myself into gear. So it's back to quick start onthe diet and working through the ... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 06:32:46 EST 2010 and 51 years old! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2714455 Well that's chrismas New Year and my birthday all over within a 2 week period. <BR> <BR> December was a difficult month as I had the Flu and then had too much work to catch up on as well as prepare for Christmas - Family and friends coming to stay and lots of preparation to do for that,but we got through it and had a wonderful holiday with loved ones. <BR> <BR> I've been on Sparkpeople for 8 months now and it's time to reflect on how I'm doing. Just the other day I received an appointmen... Fri, 8 Jan 2010 11:19:54 EST 10th anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2322782 Well it came and went on Friday! 10 years married and we had a great day! We just mooched around during the day taking a trip out and having a very special dinner for two. <BR> I bought G a lego car (he's always wanted one) and he got me a necklace and earrings (i can never have too many) and the most beautiful flowers, red roses and stargazer lillies. Lillies are my favourite flowers and roses for I love you How romantic! <BR> <BR> I was also pleased that on the very day I hit my 30 pounds... Mon, 17 Aug 2009 13:07:16 EST Beautiful sunset http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2244869 I've just watched the most beautiful sunset - it was really moving just to sit and watch the sun go down. Such a simple pleasure but one we too often forget. <BR> <BR> I've had a busy work day and so intend to get an early night as my meeting tomorrow start very early and on Wednesday I'm back to the 0400 start for my flight to Belgium. <BR> <BR> We moved the stepdaughter and he boyfriend to the South Coast over the weekend. I'm sure I'd never be overweight be overweight if I worked in f... Mon, 20 Jul 2009 16:34:55 EST Half way! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2236202 Well today is weigh in day and with 3 pounds off this week I have dipped just under half way in my weight loss goal. <BR> <BR> Of course I'm particularly pleased about this as it also mean I am now in the magic 140's (who cares that it's 149!) and at 11 weeks of healthier living (sounds better than saying since I started my diet) I think I'm doing pretty well. If I sound a bit smug it's because I am, I've tried all sorts of diets before and never been this consistent in weight loss. I'm sur... Fri, 17 Jul 2009 09:08:09 EST Wet Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2234536 I'm wet and cold but i pushed myself to a 40 minute walk this evening, not as long as I have been doing but better than nothing. Now i need a hot bath and a relax. I think my favourite bath gel will have to come out tonight and I'll probably take my book in with me. I know it comes out all soggy but what an indulgance, if i wasn't up to my calories today I'd probably take a G&T in with me as well, maybe just the diet tonic tonight. <BR> <BR> I've been to meetings in Sheffield today 103 miles... Thu, 16 Jul 2009 15:50:31 EST What to do next? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2224733 I know I need to get more active, however I really can't spend more time than I am on exercise. I am walking about 3 hours a day and can continue this for the Summer months but what about autumn and winter? <BR> Joining a Gym is not really an answer as I am away from home so much and I know that buying equipment for home will be a loser for me as I will never use it so what to do! <BR> <BR> I suppose I should take up some sport - anyone any suggestions for an unfit 50 year old - something th... Mon, 13 Jul 2009 10:53:53 EST Wet Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2220060 Well what a change in the weather! I took the dog this morning and although it had stopped raining the grass was so wet we both got soaked. Anyway needed to do that early so I could get to the hairdressers for 0900 and get the shopping complete before lunch. <BR> <BR> This afternoon it's good old housework and then off to a party this evening - after the dogs walk of course. <BR> <BR> Sunday should be quieter but still plenty to do in the garden if the weather permits. If not I have some d... Sat, 11 Jul 2009 09:44:02 EST Oh what a perfect day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2217344 Don't panic I'm not about to burst into song but I am feeling good... <BR> <BR> Got up at 0600 this morning and it's friday so weigh in day! <BR> 3 pounds off on the scale - now this is an important 3 pounds because as all you Brits will know we still measure in stones and pounds and the difference between 155 pounds and 152 pounds means i have gone from 11 s 1 pound to 10 stone 12 pound. This is a major achievement and a mini goal met. <BR> We are also lucky that we can set our mini goals... Fri, 10 Jul 2009 06:22:02 EST Mid week updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2212229 Well my promise to go to the hotel Gym twice yesterday became only one visit but I made it a good one and then I got up at 0600 this morning to go again. I needed to do this as my flight tonight is at 2000 and I won't feel like any exercise when I eventually get home. <BR> <BR> Food wise it hasn't been the greatest week either but i did just have a salad last night and i think i will keep within my range today so hopefully not too much damage done this week so far. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I ca... Wed, 8 Jul 2009 10:25:15 EST Not a good weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2206279 Plenty of exercise this weekend with lovely weather and two dogs to walk (We have a pet lodger as our friends have gone on holiday and left the pooch with us) however I also went to a family christening yesterday and oh dear a buffet! <BR> I was so good - a slice of ham and some salad with just a spoonful of potato salad. My halo was well above my head and shining then someone said 'there's lots left' and when I went to the table vol-a-vents and deep fried nibbles just jumped onto my plate.... Mon, 6 Jul 2009 11:21:17 EST Help from my friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2197533 When I posted my blog yesterday it was only really to 'get it off my chest' that the scales don't seem to appreciate my efforts but how can I be downhearted when 3 Sparkers took the trouble to post on my blog and give me encouragement! <BR> <BR> My thanks to all of you I really do know that I am not alone doing this and that feels great. <BR> <BR> I took an extra long evening walk yesterday (my husband came with me so it was not quite the march I try to do) but we did cover 4 miles so all... Thu, 2 Jul 2009 09:43:18 EST Mid week blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2194753 Well I know friday is my weigh in day but as usual I fell onto the scales as I stepped out of the shower this morning. Must move them at some time! <BR> Of course the scales came on and so I just had to see what they said. Disappointment; the same as last Friday. So here I am with the mid week blues. <BR> I've done a 50 minute over 3 mile walk twice a day every day except Monday when I was working away. I've kept my calorie intake below 1350 every day and now I feel like it's all been a wast... Wed, 1 Jul 2009 09:54:23 EST Lazy day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2184917 Well I started my day walking the dog in a very misty field. In fact for our whole walk it was warm by misty, quite eerie! The only sound that could be heard was the birds and we did not see another living soul until the dog turned up a pheasant and we both nearly had a heart attack. <BR> <BR> I visited a Gym today It's great but very expensive and I'm not sure membership is right for me with all my time spent away I'm not sure I would get value for money. <BR> <BR> Later we have been clean... Sat, 27 Jun 2009 13:00:36 EST Friday at Last! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2181917 Back in the UK today and the storm has reached us so torrential rain and thunderstorms to enjoy. Glad I'm working. Pretty exciting flight back from France last night as we took off in a thunderstorm. <BR> <BR> Weigh in today and pleased to say 2 pound lost again this week. So 15 pound in 9 weeks now. I'm sure I'm due for a plateau but I'm doing all I can not to let that happen however I'm prepared for it if it does and I know I've got the determination to keep going. <BR> <BR> Should have... Fri, 26 Jun 2009 04:32:14 EST Another day another country! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2180049 Here I am in Paris for a meeting. A long day that started at 0400 and will not finish until around 2200 when I arrive back home and my first meeting tomorrow morning is 0730 so busy times! <BR> <BR> Managing my food today is really difficult as is my fitness regime. No breakfast as 0400 is too early to eat and then lunch provided by the company I'm meeting. Dinner tonight will likely be a sandwich at the airport if I'm lucky. Who says the world of international business travel is glamorous... Thu, 25 Jun 2009 11:33:16 EST Feeling better about life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2177161 I've spent the last year regretting taking a new job which sees me commute overseas to work each week. even though the job is very interesting the lifestyle isn't. I spend most of my time in airports, hotels and meetings. <BR> I've been tired and lazy when I do get home and eating out in hotels (and drinking almost every night because of the boredom) has added the pounds! My husband is wonderful about it but i do know he would like his 'old' wife back the one who likes to dress up and go out... Wed, 24 Jun 2009 11:51:25 EST