LEIAWINS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LEIAWINS LEIAWINS'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/ Weekend trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531596 I was up in Perth for the weekend... beforehand I wasn't so sure how that would work out eatingwise, you know, not being in control of cooking and stuff. I left ALL my boys behind and drove up with my in laws for my sis in laws GP graduation. I felt a bit like a teenager: sitting on the back seat watching movies on a portable DVD player, getting pocket money from my mum in law cause I ran out of cash, camping on the floor at my sis in laws place... <BR> <BR> Well, it worked out really good. ... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 07:31:29 EST Boy, I have been busy, but rockin this ship!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527302 I am doing so well. I don't know nor do I care (much) if or if not I have continued to loose weight. I feel so much better, fuller and satisfied. Of course there are things that don't go right 100%, like eating a bit too much or nibbling a bit throughout the day, yet, I don't have those stinking cravings anymore. I walk past the soda bottles in the supermarket and don't even start thinking: "One, once in a while, is ok". Okay, I have to admit that the thought tries to form yet it isn't like a... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 10:18:59 EST I'm going YAYYYYY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5521285 That about sums it up. It still feels utterly wrong to eat butter, full fat cream or cheese and use chicken with the skin on, but boy, I feel good, liberated and not craving. My portions size has decreased and not that I planned it that way, the fat I consume now just makes me full and keeps me full longer. <BR> Last night I made pizza (and hands down I think it was the best pizza I have EVER made) yet after eating 1/8th of it and a salad I was full and did not want any more... I felt so utt... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 12:15:18 EST Doing things together ROCKS!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519191 I feel like I'm on a little "high" at present... my eating goes really well. I'm not even craving sweets, or processed foods, which comes really as a surprise. Also no coke... which is a super huge surprise. My skin is finally getting better. Ever sins starting on this journey in January I always still struggled with pimples and plotches... and finally it seems to get so much better. Aaaaaaand today I went to the gym for 2h and did two classes, "pump" (which I really enjoy) and "step" (which... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 09:11:11 EST Weekends... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517705 .. are always a hard challenge... often for me by Thursday all my good efforts start to crumble and by Saturday the walls are down. And yes, that silly nibbling monster is still around, yet it hasn't taken over!!!!! I have kept to eating healthy foods. I nibbled on dates and nuts, grapes and 2 apples. So, I am proud that I haven't even been tempted by my kid's gummy bears and the chocolates my hubby got given the other day. Yes, I haven't even been tempted, and that is a fantastic feeling and... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 11:45:16 EST Little bit on the nibbly side of life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515955 Alarm flag go up. The nibbling has started again today, on healthy things like a couple nuts and dates but nibbling nonetheless... and knowing myself it can easily lead into unhealthy nibbling. I have to and want to be on my toes in order not to slip back once again. Yet day 4 has been good. Dinner was a more "processed" meal though, I made Tortellini... I LOVE tortellini, and I reckon now and then eating something not quite as healthy is quite alright with me. <BR> Today I rather felt like ... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 10:25:12 EST I get grumpy when I'm hungry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515044 ...weird but true. <BR> <BR> And today I was a bit hungry throughout the day. I didn't fall back in the nibbling-or-constantly-snacking trap, thankfully. I did have a random nut or two, but overall I resisted the urge to munch and kept myself busy in the garden. So looking forward seeing what i will be able to harvest this year... even though I've just only planted the seeds: lots of beans, peas and lettuce, tomatoes, carrots and parsnips, also some zucchini, eggplants and watermelon. Rocke... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 10:17:19 EST Not only surviving but thriving!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5514163 That's how I feel. <BR> <BR> Obviously I haven't cut out all sugars in my diet. Honey is ok, so is maple syrup. I am eating fruit. I'm also eating some dried fruit, dates in particular... totally fallen in love with the little suckers and all the possibilities they offer... I'm talking sweetening cakes with dates, date paste on bread or even hazelnut-choc-date paste, absolutely delicious... but I digress... But I try to keep these natural sugars a little as possible. I'm not ready nor will... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 11:05:16 EST Seems wrong somehow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5512985 Ok, so I'm on this real food journey now... only at the very start, but so far doing really great.... having managed two days, is better then none, right??? Anyways, one part of this real food journey is healthy fats. No more low fat, thank you very much. Everything inside me wants to tell me "THIS IS SO WRONG!!!", yet generally low fat foods are way more processed and other things are added... stabilizers... thickeners... things I can't even pronounce. <BR> So here I am, teaching myself to ... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 08:52:40 EST I really don't care much for the well-being of chickens http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5512150 OK, and before you kill me for this statement let me explain myself. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1978278151.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For me, people have much higher value than a chuck, as cute as it is. I try my best to be humane to animals, and I love animals (I mean, we just got a dog) but when the love for animals endangers the life of humans I reckon the priority is wrong... I much rather have a sponsor child in India then protest for animal rights. There you go... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 09:00:30 EST New Start... how often have I said this in the past??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511418 Yepp, I'm back. I will try to blog daily again. I managed a major face plant a couple months back and struggle to get back up on my feet... binging like a maniac and gaining weight, loosing motivation. But I'm back. With determination... and donkey stubbornness I will plough on and NOT give up. <BR> I plan to apply major changes to my diet, go back to basics, cut out processed foods, cut low on carbs, and cut white sugar completely and limit alternative, natural sweeteners like date paste, h... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 10:14:16 EST Over eaten again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442243 wasn't binging as such but made a cake and without even switching on my brain I "tested" too much of it.... then we were out for dinner and yeah, it was Japanese style food so I ate too many little sushi things and even though I tried (at first) to take photos, I lost count.... ate too much dessert as well and now my guts hurt :o((( AND I'm soooo tired that I won't be able to post the photos I did take... I send them to my friend though... so still kind of accountable... and I did my morning ... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 11:51:23 EST Half-heartedly??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440840 Sometimes I'm wondering if I'm doing this rather half heartedly... I do cheat on myself again, you know, eat without taking photos of it, which defeats the purpose... if it was just forgetting to take a photo, no worries, but it's actually trying to cheat.... okay, I will put more effort in it to make it more accurate, cause I don't want to defeat the purpose, but rather want to learn to have integrity. Anyways, here goes <BR> <BR> Brekkie: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/n... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 09:57:30 EST Thai food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5439673 Okay, so I knew we were going out for dinner and tried to be careful during the day. I set two goals for the dinner: 1. no soda (which I stuck to, yay!!!) 2. no dessert... which I didn't stick to... I had some ice cream, yet I ate only 1 scoop of the three on my plate. Overall I did eat too much I reckon, had seconds whcih I didn't take a photo of, yet I only had a tiny bit of the rice I dished on my plate... ou well... <BR> <BR> Breakfast <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 11:10:28 EST Bumpy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5437146 Ok, I think I was doing a little better, yet keeping the munchies at bay is the greatest challenge ever... sigh. <BR> <BR> Yet I started off much better than ususal... we DID get up to do our exercise (I will be so sore again tomorrow... outsch) and I did NOT eat apple tea cake and cream at our Monday evening book club, yet I had 2 slices of cheesecake, without the crust though... and another coke, which I didn't even enjoy drinking, yet I still drank it.... and now at the end of the day, I... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 10:07:03 EST Silly choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436083 Sweet stuff so easily creeps back in and tries to take over. So I wanna do the moderation thing, yet it's so challenging for me. Like today, I had way too much sugar once again. And parts of me wants to just give up and in already, as if this wasn't working. But dang, I won't!!!!! I will keep on fighting!!!! <BR> Tomorrow the next school term finally starts so routines will go back to normal. And even though I still feel not 100% I'm actually kind of looking forward to my appointment with "j... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 10:26:51 EST Struggles today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435208 Yepp, the munchies again. <BR> <BR> not too bad... AND I photo-tracked them, so it didn't get totally out of control, which is the most important thing to me right now... I don't want to turn into that loose canon again. And tomorrow is a new day with a fresh start. <BR> <BR> Ok, here I go, brekkie <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l178856284.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1506279069.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lunch <BR> <BR> <img sr... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 12:13:48 EST Was hungry today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5434058 Even though I had this big bowl of oatmeal for breakfast <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l914581049.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I felt rather hungry rather soon again... I had a couple of lollies cause I actually started feeling funny. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l967221559.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lunch was absolutely yummy and one of my favourite: Hawaiian Toast.... yet still hungry afterwards. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.c... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 09:31:25 EST Slowly getting better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5432948 Hopefully I'll see the end of this cold very soon... <BR> <BR> Brekkie: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l83079136.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I felt full, so I left some in my bowl... that felt good, I can say no and listen to my body!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l69083489.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l753133121.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Snack: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l41... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 10:25:23 EST I'm surprised, it really works for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5431506 That about sums it up. I feel very much in control of what I eat thanks to that taking pictures thing. It really is strange... I feel liberated not having to count calories and I think I'm staying well within my suggested range... well, I don't know, cause I'm not counting, right??? <BR> <BR> Today was a hard day though. I only slept like 3h last night, just could not sleep and felt like crap this morning. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1709646100.jpg"> <BR... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 08:07:51 EST ROCKIN' AND ROLLIN' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430373 Yeah, seems like I'm in the swing of things pretty quickly again, thankfully. Right now I can't even understand why, even only 2 days ago, I wanted to constantly stuff my face with all kinds of unhealthy stuff... weird. <BR> <BR> I've drunk my water, I felt satisfied, after dinner almost a little stuffed and I even did a form of exercise today, I mowed the lawn for an hour, with a push lawn mower that is. <BR> <BR> Brekkie: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1323433638... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 09:35:26 EST About falling and getting up again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429106 Well, the last couple weeks were... well, dreadful... crawling in the mud, binging with no reason, loving and hating binging at the same time. I literally stuffed myself stupid and gained 4kg in like 3 weeks or so. <BR> <BR> But now my mind snapped back to normal and I'm back on track... at least today I was back on track... I suppose today was day 1 being back on track, yet I will not count days again. It isn't helpful for me. I also made the decision to not track the traditional way. It ma... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 09:00:07 EST Baby steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5415370 in the right direction... I think. <BR> Okay, I've made this mistake today, I bought a chocolate bar. It was calling my name all afternoon, but I tricked it, I think. When it called for me during the afternoon I told it: "I'll have you after dinner"> After dinner I was way too busy so I told it: "After the boys are in bed"... well the boys are in bed an I told it: "Tomorrow"... it feels good... at least a little, I know it'll be there calling my name first thing in the morning, yet today I d... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 10:10:39 EST Mixed day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414290 Okay, so I knew that we'd be invited over for dinner at our neighbours place. It always is difficult if you're not in charge of the cooking, especially if the cook is someone who doesn't need to be careful with her weight... she made an absolutely beeeeaaaauuuuutiful Romanian dish, a mix between lasagna, shepherd's pie and polenta all covered in cheeeeeeese.... and baked in the oven in individual pans. It was soooo delicious that I ate all of my portion but savoured every bite of it. We also ... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 11:48:30 EST Getting a bit better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412966 so... how was yesterday... well, I stuck to my meals and didn't do grazing nor did I binge, I was over my calorie range though, due to eating 4 apples I think, but better fruit than nasty foods, right??? My stomach still feels very tender and odd... it doesn't like binge weeks, nor do I, but somehow brain and stomach don't seem to communicate correctly. <BR> <BR> I haven't yet started with exercise again... and no idea how will get back in the swing of things with exercise. It's term break ... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 06:29:32 EST Ok, I am back... finally http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411992 I fell of again...a fter one day, but now I mean buisness!!! Hubby is back so no more excuses. <BR> <BR> Plan of action for today: STICK TO MEAL TIMES!!!! No more grazing. Difficult one, cause tummy got so used to being fed all day lang all the time and now continues to demand it. <BR> I decided to have sweets after dinner every day. I might reduce it once I'm more stable again and established in my routines. <BR> And track my intake... not worrying so much about how many caolries I consu... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 00:38:29 EST Blah http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409266 Hello, my name is Becca, I'm 33 and I'm a sugarholic. It has been excatly ZERO days since my last sugar binge. <BR> Feel devestated.... can't hop back on the train. I was doing quite okay the fisr part of the day. Even though I didn't have any motivation I made myself do an exercise video. And then a parcel from Germany arrived. From mum. With German sweets. I put them away. I tried to distract myself. I did the school run. Nothing helped. Only one thought ruled my brain: "I wanna eat them. ... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 05:41:45 EST Dragged back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408532 So here I am again. I've fallen. Big time. No motivation whatsoever, but what are friends for. Here I am again, getting myself up and out of the mud and back on track. Not because I am strong or disciplined, or good or anything, but just because of my two sisters in arms and friends Elli and Meg. YOU are the reason I am back here, my reason WILL change again, I'm not doing it for you, but right now I can' do it for me, so I have to do it for you... does that make any sense??? Well, Meg challe... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 12:00:43 EST Crap!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401184 That sums it up!!!! How will I ever get out of this again... sigh. Motivation, below zero! Tue, 25 Jun 2013 10:06:13 EST Body isn't build for sugar overload http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399646 I feel so... sick, I suppose. My entire guts hurt and doing my exercise this morning was more than hard. I hope I will remember this awful feeling. <BR> <BR> it is only 11am right now, but as offspring is taken care of in preprimary/grandparents today I think Imight curl up in bed a bit, having a little pity party... not really, but just trying to get better. <BR> <BR> And Meg, this week BOTH of us WILL do better, okay???? WE WILL NOT BINGE AGAIN!!!!!!!!! Sun, 23 Jun 2013 23:05:12 EST Crash landed... face down in the mud http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398975 Binged. <BR> <BR> Didn't enjoy it. At all. Why did I do it??? No idea. <BR> <BR> New start tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Have to think of a new plan. Got a couple ideas. <BR> <BR> Need to think about it. <BR> <BR> Will sleep now. <BR> <BR> Over and out Sun, 23 Jun 2013 09:48:39 EST So la la... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398002 well.. I didn't end up binging yesterday... I ate too much, but it did not turn into a binge.... I managed to stay away from sweets as such yet had some honey and watered down juice. <BR> <BR> still not fully recovered though today. It's night time yet once again, the day hasn't been as "munchy" as yesterday, yet the munchies are still here. And now it's night time again... and it's pulling me, calling me. Can't go anywhere... stuck at home... I could go to bed, yet 6:30pm s a little early t... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 06:31:39 EST feeling absolutely dreadful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5397136 today no better than yesterday... I feel like a drug addict... all I can think about is food... not even food in general but chocolate... lollies.... and a coke... boy, right now I could kill for a coke. All I want to do is eat. Eat the food I'm thinking about. I wanna eat chocolate and not only one piece or two, no the entire package which I know is somewhere in the pantry. So far, I munched on healthy things, apples, bananas, nuts... but I WANT a sugar high... I WANT to binge... which is s... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 08:59:53 EST Damn Pitfall http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396014 Why is it that after a day of rather larger temptations that I stumble and fall??? Munchies, BIG time... overeating on healthy things mostly, yet overeating nonetheless... it's almost like when you have a major exam, you study and study, have your exam and once it's over you get sick... it's somehow so discouraging to always fall into the same stupid trap. one would think that I might have learned something, yet somehow I seem to be rather thickheaded. I haven't had sweets in almost 4 weeks,... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 07:47:40 EST Cooked up a storm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395000 that's what I did today. Had the in laws over and hubbie's aunt and uncle from out of town so needed to produce something really nice... and I did I think. We had parsnip soup for a starter, German dumplings, veal-rolls, gravy and red cabbage for mains and my mum in law's trifle for dessert (which I didn't eat). I ate more that my calorie range, yet I am very pleased how I ate. I did not stuff myself and my portion control was really good I think.... <BR> <BR> and now I'll watch a movie and ... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 09:52:14 EST So tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5393299 This morning we did our Jillian Michaels 30 shredded workout. We started a little earlier than usual so we were finished earlier than usual and I thought: "Now, why don't I go for a run as well???" And I did, and it felt great. <BR> <BR> Had a couple people over this evening and ended up playing Cluedo. I haven't played Cluedo for years, BUT I love it. I was always really good with it. I reckon that's why I love it. Yet as I said I hadn't played it in years so I felt a bit.... you know... wa... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 10:53:53 EST Productive day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5391650 got kids ready to go to pre primary/grandparents - check <BR> got myself ready - check <BR> did one part of my shopping - check <BR> exchanged offspring's shoes at shop - check <BR> found some fabric for our duvet - check <BR> cleaned the entire house... at least that it looks clean - check <BR> changed sheets on all our beds - check <BR> washed 3 loads of landry - check <BR> hung laundry okay, only one load, no space for the other two - check <BR> dried 2 loads of laundry in the drier - chec... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 08:06:47 EST Mission: "Garden" almost finished http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390606 Laboured away for 3h in the garden today, which felt great. Not only the physically work but also the sense of achievement, it looks slightly barren, yet in a tidy kind of way. <BR> <BR> We had creamy vodka prawns pasta for dinner... it was ou so simple but OH SO GOOD!!! Just saying... <BR> <BR> I still can't get my maths straight. You see, for more than 3 weeks I haven't eaten any sweets or desserts or the like. When I made that decision I thought: "Surely, that will reduce my daily calor... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 08:49:02 EST Waging war on the garden... finally http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389692 for months and months I have been... well, I guess the nicest would be to say "too busy" to get the veggie garden under control.... well, it was plain laziness though in all honesty. <BR> <BR> But today I had enough and I declared war on the weeds and all the unauthorized growth all over and it most certainly looks like the scene of after a great battle with many casualties still scattered everywhere... BUT it was a beginning. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l5... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 06:53:35 EST Back on the wagon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5388806 So much better today.... I was in control, NOT food which felt so much better... <BR> <BR> and now I snuggle up on the couch and watch a movie... <BR> <BR> seeya later... so grateful for cozy, comfy, lazy nights Fri, 14 Jun 2013 08:43:00 EST Gee, how often do I have to write this word??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387778 Confession, yet AGAIN!!! It is so strange, but more often than not one messed up day clears the road to another one and another one and so on... yes, it was all mucked up again, and the munchies made themselves comfortable. <BR> It all started with going to donate blood. I had never done so before for the sole reason that they didn't want my blood at various times when I tried. At times it was for low iron levels (enough for me but not enough to donate) and other time I had been in tropical c... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 08:48:25 EST Munchies visited http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386673 Don't you just hate them dreaded visitors??? They just barge in and make themselves at home without invitation. It was a "feeling hungry" day all day, and then all of a sudden something snapped in my brain and I was munching away, luckily only on watermelon, applesauce and cheese... well, that's life, I will move on and won't do it again tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I don't know how often I have said this in the past, but yet once again it's time to fight with my pile of laundry, sigh.... so I'm grat... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 08:39:14 EST So satisfying http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5385734 Don't you reckon?? To finally tackle a task you tried to avoid for ages and after it's finished you realize it was neither as bad nor as difficult as you imagined??? And it feels strangely satisfying to finally have dealt with it, sigh!!! Boy, how I hate dealing with paper and bureaucracy and the like... SO not me!!!! <BR> <BR> I also managed to get some things done around the house... okay, I still avoided the weeding which grows totally out of control... why can't I just think of how sati... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 11:12:42 EST Good day again, despite a little procrastinating problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5384335 I did go for a 40 min run today.... 6km in 40 min... I know, many are faster than this, yet I'm very happy with myself... okay, not so happy that my left hip as well as knee are in pain now... still don't really love running as such, yet love the fact that in case of a mass murderer chasing after me I might have a chance to escape. And listening to an audiobook most certainly helps. <BR> <BR> After my run I fell a bit in a hole though... after lunch I started playing a silly game on my phone... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 10:12:30 EST Good day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383202 Had a bit of a slow day today, going to church, reading, relaxing, cutting my boys hair (and breaking our hair clipper, oops, needed a new one anyways) and finishing the day watching the "jungle book" while we were all snuggled up on the couch. Do I need to be concerned though?? The boys liked Shir Khan the best... hmmm... and offspring #2 was a tiger all the way back to bed afterwards. <BR> <BR> I managed to cut my calories down a bit, so that's good. <BR> <BR> I plan to do a run tomorrow... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 09:15:05 EST Misconceptions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5382311 When I first cut out sugar about two weeks ago I thought that surely I would lower my calorie intake.... I mean, usually I would have a dessert after every dinner, that's 200 - 300extra calories. Strangely it doesn't work like that with me. At the end of each day I'm still at the upper end of my calorie range. It's just like a maths problem and doesn't make sense at all at times... ou well. My goal though for this coming week is to cut down on my calorie intake a bit, just 100 or 200cal, I ca... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 10:33:40 EST Really cool Hot Dogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381155 I love PINTERST!!! I'd say I'm kind of addicted. But you can really find wonderful things on pinterest like Hot Dogs.... not any old boring Hot Dog but literally Hot Dog Dogs (check it out here: http://diycozyhome.com/hot-dog-inside-a-do<BR>g-recipe/) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1780278800.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1350827684.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1848272397.jpg"> <BR>... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 08:09:28 EST Babbling along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5379844 Yesterday I made chicken and dumpling soup... just plain perfect for a cold winter's day. Not an easy meal though... at least not with me. I don't fancy cream of "something" soups so I never cook with them. And chicken stock... well, I do use stock powder at times, but for chicken and dumplings only the real thing will do. Yet, often my chicken stocks are just a bit... uhm, boring. <BR> But the stock I produced yesterday was just plain fantastic. And I reckon I found a secret ingredient... a... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 01:55:57 EST My Garden.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5378851 ... needs a LOT of work!! I have negleted it for the last 2.. or even 3 months. I'm so not ina garden mood lately, yet I have to tackle it before it turns into a rainforest. Yet despite the fact that it's desperately in need of work, I love it and am so grateful for it!! I love being able to just wonder out ther and get myself some carrots. Unfortunately home grown carrots don't come in the same uniform shape as shope bought ones... at least in my garden... in fact with every pulled out carro... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 09:02:45 EST So grateful for my bed... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377813 ... and that is where I will be going now. It has been a good day concerning food, even though I procrastinated a little throughout the day and didn't get much done... hmmmm... still tired... so hey ho, hey ho, and off to bed I go... night night world Tue, 4 Jun 2013 10:35:28 EST