LEVELPATHS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LEVELPATHS LEVELPATHS'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/ good weekend - 5 pounds on... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5323553 Had a great weekend at MILs. 5 pounds on... Didn't eat masses - but no fruit in sight, and only one small portion of vegs at one meal all weekend!... <BR> <BR> Back to normal today, and busy decorating all week. <BR> <BR> Have a good one y'all. <BR> <BR> :-) Mon, 15 Apr 2013 06:37:18 EST No binge, no sugar, no unpronouncables, and sugar free gravy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5313292 OK – so, I’ve now decided to give up sugar and unpronouncables 100%, but not until next month. And I’ve also decided that, as of now, I will no longer buy anything with sugar or unpronouncables in. <BR> <BR> Hubby’s out today – normally binge time for me. So last night… and during the night… in my mind, I’m planning to go for a walk and buy what? A box of chocs? A couple of snickers bars? Crème eggs? Choc biscuits? Jaffa cakes? Couldn’t make up my mind. (and all the time I'm think... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 04:13:37 EST Have started the Danna Demetre books! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5312833 I got a bit carried away and bought 3 Danna Demetre books, plus a workbook!.... I have to say, having had a quick look at them, they look really interesting and helpful books. I started reading "Scale Down" and that is excellent. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I am looking forward to reading back what I've been writing in my journal all week. Hopefully that'll help me see things clearer. :-) <BR> <BR> Have a good weekend all! :-) Fri, 5 Apr 2013 16:16:09 EST A review of the situation!..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310952 I’ve been thinking the last few days about the meaning of the word goal, and also about aims and habits… <BR> <BR> I would so love to be able to say I had a walk every day, and set up a streak for it which would last forever! But it is not going to happen. And it doesn’t have to. I just need to make it a regular thing. This will take a little effort at the moment in terms of tracking it so that I do it whenever possible/as much as I feel I need to. I hope that after I’ve put this effor... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 03:41:46 EST I have chosen my own calorie range... 1500-1800 calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306973 Well I have adjusted my calorie range down, so my goal is now between 1500-1800 cals/day - a nice round figure, that I calculate will have me losing weight (or maintaining at goal weight) if I don't exercise. <BR> <BR> That means that I don't have to feel defeated when I miss exercising. I walk most days anyway so I'd rather just be able to forget about tracking it all. <BR> <BR> I was gonna put off counting the calories til I'd eaten the fattening items in my kitchen... but instead I'm ... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 03:37:33 EST New goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306424 I have decided to: <BR> <BR> stop weighing myself <BR> <BR> stop focusing on losing weight <BR> <BR> start preparing more enjoyable meals for myself <BR> <BR> start eating within the calorie range that I would need to stay within if I were already at goal weight and wanted to maintain (1510-1860) <BR> <BR> :-) <BR> Sun, 31 Mar 2013 15:30:31 EST My thinking is getting better! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306003 Things that saboutage my weight loss: <BR> <BR> My thinking <BR> Putting off eating right til another day <BR> Eating fattening things till that other day "while I still can" and to "use up whatever's in the kitchen" <BR> <BR> Although having said that - my thinking is getting better, cos originally I was going to write "putting the diet off til another day" and "things that saboutage my diet" <BR> <BR> <em>451</em> <em>453</em> <em>451</em> <em>453</em> <em>451</em> <em>4... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 07:16:40 EST Easter Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5305187 Having a good day today. The sun is shining, although it's still quite cold out. Will go for a walk at the beach this afternoon. <BR> <BR> Feeling good after I started using M'Cheyne's bible reading plan this morning. <BR> <link>www.edginet.org/mcheyne/year_classic<BR>_a4.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> And am continuing with my new (hopefully profoundly revealing) habit of journalling. <BR> <BR> Have asked God to help me get this weight off without delay. With Him, all things are possible! <B... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 10:11:53 EST Another quick update! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5304330 I have decided to have another go at losing weight - when my current food supply is gone - starting on Wednesday 10th April - eating between 1430 and 1780 calories - burning 1220 cals/wk - with a weekly goal of a 1 pound loss, and an overall goal of reaching 153 pounds (10 st 13) by 25th June next year. <BR> <BR> This all because I've ordered a book by Danna Demetre about habits, and I think it is going to bring calories into it. So I used the Spark goal setter thingy to work out how long i... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 12:28:33 EST Quick update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5304147 Would really like to be 14 stone something again… 14 st 13.75 (209.75) would be fine! <BR> <BR> 203 would be half way between my start weight and goal weight – that would be good too (and 202.75 would be even better – that’s less than 14.5 stone) <BR> <BR> Haven’t been well this week, and my new habits of walking daily and not snacking have all gone to pot! <BR> <BR> So I am starting again, with a brand new habit… journalling. <BR> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 09:55:10 EST Lost another pound with my weekly habit change plan! Woohoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287615 OK so I decided to blog today just in case I don’t get time before I go away. I weighed in today as I’m going on hols. Lost another pound this week. <BR> <BR> My 1st weekly change of habit was 3 meals a day with no snacks. So far 9 days out of 10 were snack free (the one snack was a cookie!). <BR> <BR> My 2nd weekly change of habit was an early morning walk *every* day. Walked 4 days out of 4 so far. <BR> <BR> This weeks habit change will be delayed until after my hols, and I will ... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 10:58:31 EST 25WEEKS is now called LEVELPATHS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5286738 I decided to change my sparkname as 25weeks is no longer relevant. I am no longer expecting to follow food plans for numbers of weeks. I am changing habits - one per week - and I am changing them in such a way that, one by one, they will become permanent habits. <BR> <BR> My new name comes from the New International Version of the Bible (Proverbs chapter 4 verse 26) which says “Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm.” <BR> <BR> A Habit Change of Your Choice Each ... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 16:06:47 EST 1 pound off in first week of weekly habit changes. Woohoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5283432 I weighed in today at 216 pounds (15 stone 6 pounds). So that’s a pound off in my 1st week of weekly habit changes. Woohoo! :-) <BR> <BR> Today I start habit number 2, an early morning walk *every* day. <BR> <BR> Oh by the way – I suppose I ought also to confess that I only had 6 snack free days in my first week… I had a cookie on Saturday! So 6 out of 7 days snack free. :-) <BR> <BR> This week I’m having a break from the decorating – just getting the house clean and tidy, and if I ... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 03:34:39 EST An expensive day, but "what colour" is the question... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279685 Happy weekend all! What are you up to? <BR> <BR> I hope to be buying wallpaper and paint so I can start decorating the lounge/diner, plus floor covering and a blind to finish the kitchen off, and... we're going to attempt to buy a new tv.... perhaps we'll be able to watch a film on it tonight! :-) <BR> <BR> We'll buy some test paint pots too today - not quite sure what to do with the lounge walls.... Has to match with wine... and the carpet will be a fawn colour or similar. Do we do ... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 03:11:14 EST Going dairy free soon! :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5278322 Three days of no snacking done. Woohoo! Next week my habit change is walking *every* day. The next change after that is a biggie – going dairy free. I need to prepare for that… <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a good day – today I hope to do lots of cleaning and tidying (woohoo – no decorating today!) and getting ready for the weekend/next week. <BR> <BR> Have a good day/weekend all. :-) <BR> <BR> A Habit Change of Your Choice Each Week <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndivi... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 03:14:32 EST No more holiday snacking (bingeing) for me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276903 Happy Thursday to you all. <BR> <BR> I am on day 3 of my first weekly habit change. Haven’t snacked at all, and feeling good about it. I really want to make this a permanent ingrained habit, as in, even when I’m away or on holiday. I’m away the week after next and I know cake will be served in the afternoons. But it’s only for 3 days. And I need to get over this thing where I think I can eat everything in sight just because I’m away or on holiday. So I am determined not to eat that c... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 04:55:01 EST Have already decided on next week's habit change! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275408 After all my musings about menopause recently, I started (again!) to check out some articles about nutrition, and decided to focus on eating to prevent osteoporosis. I started by looking on Spark and found the following: <BR> <BR> “You can help prevent osteoporosis by getting enough vitamin D through sunlight or a daily multivitamin, eating a diet rich in calcium, and performing regular exercise. Women should start taking these actions well before menopause begins. This is because women beg... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 06:42:56 EST Phew! Only 2 pounds on in the last 3 weeks. What a relief! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273739 Well I weighed in at 217 (15 stone 7) today, which I was quite pleased with. My last weigh in was 15 st 5. That was 3 weeks ago and I thought I might have put on more in that time, so I was quite relieved when the scales were so kind to me this morning! <BR> <BR> I’ve only had a quick peek at my emails this morning but I see some people have joined my new team! Woohoo! We’re gonna have fun! :-) <BR> <BR> A Habit Change of Your Choice Each Week <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/g... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 02:46:28 EST Choosing your own habit to change each week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273072 I just started a new team! :-) <BR> <BR> There didn't seem to be one for people who want to change a new habit of their own choice each week in order to build a healthier lifestyle and lose weight (or maintain a weight loss)... so I've started one! :-) <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=59622 </link> Mon, 4 Mar 2013 17:05:49 EST mood, menopause and mourning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272094 So now I’m thinking is all this mood stuff to do with mourning? Mum died last April. I bawled my eyes out for a few months, then calmed down, and then recently I seem more sensitive about it. Was I just blanking it for the time in between? Am I just starting to miss her properly, because as she had dementia, when she died I was like, well I can’t say I’m missing her cos I’ve been without the old her for years anyway. It was almost like I couldn’t remember what the old her was like becaus... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 04:27:14 EST Malaria no more... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270947 Oh so it looks like only us Brits can access the Mary and Martha film that I saw last night. Well basically it was about an American lady who took her young son to Africa and lost him to malaria while they were there, and an English lady who’s son went there to teach and died from malaria cos he gave his meds to the school kids. Some say the film is about two mums losing their sons to malaria. <BR> <BR> Well the American mum goes back to Africa, which is where she meets the English mum, an... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 10:36:08 EST Good film Mary and Martha http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270628 Had a good day yesterday, more decorating... <BR> <BR> We watched a good film last night - tissues at the ready.... <BR> <BR> It's available to watch until 9:59PM (GMT) Fri 8 Mar 2013 on this link <BR> <BR> <link>www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01r1c<BR>nt/Mary_and_Martha/ </link> Sun, 3 Mar 2013 03:38:41 EST menopause and mood swings and things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269466 Lately I've been wondering.... <BR> <BR> about the mystery of menopause - peri menoupause - post menopause <BR> <BR> and the positive/negative effect diet can have on the symptoms caused by these things <BR> <BR> and on our pre/in the middle/post menopause health in general <BR> <BR> and is any of this partly to blame for the gloomies I've been having on and off lately... <BR> <BR> Sat, 2 Mar 2013 09:03:25 EST Sorry - more thoughts on God and food!... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268006 I forgot to say this in my blog this morning… <BR> <BR> As was pointed out to me yesterday, if I got things in the right perspective, and appreciated all that God has done for me, then to make the comparatively small sacrifice of treating myself right, so that I can better do what both He and I want with my life, would be no trouble whatsoever. Perspective, and being able to see the truth of a situation, is a precious thing. <BR> <BR> Of course looking at treating myself right as a sacrifi... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 03:53:29 EST Happy St David’s Day everyone! Woohoo to Wales for producing Anthony Hopkins! :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268002 Oh – the electric keeps going on & off today so I hope I can get this posted. Have got two friends blogs that I want to read and the computer won’t let me. Never mind – will enjoy later! :-) <BR> <BR> Today I’m pondering what God thinks when I overeat. I think He sees injustice. I know people say “eat it up - there are people starving!” when you leave food on your plate sometimes, but I never did really get how my eating something would help someone who was starving… <BR> <BR> But I th... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 03:36:40 EST A quick lunchtime blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266892 I am sure God must want me to treat my body with respect. It is a precious gift - if I was as grateful to have it as I should be, I would look after it better. <BR> <BR> Athletes in training for the Olympics are a good example of how to live your life in order to get the most out of it. What do they do? Focus on what is necessary to get them to their goal, don't get sidetracked by anything that hinders you from achieving your goal. <BR> <BR> The question that has to be asked first though ... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 08:00:12 EST Seeking God for guidance in all areas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266756 Also, *my* plan is to spend more time doing the decorating, keeping the garden tidy, housework (including laundry & food prep) and household admin. I think if I achieved more in these areas I would feel better. So while I have the time, I intend to focus on these things more, the plan being that I don't do anything else other than these things during weekdays 9 til 12 and 1 til 5. <BR> <BR> Still seeking God for guidance in all areas though. :-) <BR> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 04:18:11 EST Seeking God for His plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266224 I am so aware that I skip from plan to plan, so I am asking God to guide me into new ways that I can continue permanently. <BR> <BR> In the meantime I am eating whatever I want, at three meals a day, with nothing in between <BR> <BR> And my exercise is walking, but I haven't set any speed, frequency, time or distance goals. Wed, 27 Feb 2013 16:20:56 EST 50 questions quiz http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266191 1. WHO WERE YOU NAMED AFTER? <BR> Mum's aunt and dad's mum (I think...) <BR> <BR> 2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU WROTE A LETTER TO A FRIEND OR RELATIVE? <BR> Before Christmas <BR> <BR> 3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR LEGS? <BR> Yes - they get me around! <BR> <BR> 4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SANDWICH FILLING? <BR> Chicken tikka <BR> <BR> 5. HOW MANY PETS DO YOU HAVE? <BR> None - used to have a budgie, gerbils, goldfish and a collie cross spaniel <BR> <BR> 6. WHEN ARE YOU NEXT PLANNING TO EAT OUT? <BR>... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 15:45:24 EST Israeli snack shop http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5265501 A friend's blog just reminded me of this snack shop we saw while we were in Israel. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l592614856.jpg"> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 04:14:25 EST Beck - you'll consistently follow your plan even on special occasions! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5260647 I have discovered the Quick Track box on the start page! I was looking for a ww team where I could log my daily points, but none of them seem to do this, so I added it as a custom goal on QuickTrack and, as I will be there every day, I will also start tracking the number of freggies I have each day, and my fitness minutes. I used to do all this on the fitness and nutrition trackers, but Quick Track is much quicker (!) and simpler! :-) <BR> <BR> Well I’m off on my travels shortly. I have ... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 02:52:30 EST Beck says we need support, and I've got support from all my Spark friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5259498 I re-introduced myself on the Beck Diet Solution Spark team yesterday. What a great bunch! :-) Then I realised that last time I went through the book I didn’t have the support I do now. One of the main things the book (or the lady who wrote the book!) says to do is get support. I remember going to a WeightWatchers class, then to Slimming World, trying to make connections, but it just didn’t happen for me, and I didn’t know anyone who was interested… so I’m wondering what awesome things m... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 03:14:36 EST Beck - the lasting solution! :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5258257 Well this week the microwave died. Had it centuries. But the new one we got didn’t cook very well, so we took it back and got a different one. Happy to report that the new one cooked my porridge to perfection this morning. However, we had just unpacked it last night, when we sat down to watch tv, and the tv died a death! :-) That will do for now thank you!... At least the microwave works – my breakfast is more important than the tv! :-) <BR> <BR> Yesterday I started reading the intro... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 03:17:30 EST The next 25 weeks, Beck Diet Solution, Overeaters Anonymous http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5256980 So I drew a little calendar for myself yesterday – one of those scribble on the back of a napkin type things - put my holidays and trips away on it, and highlighted the blocks of time in between – 3 weeks, 3 weeks, 3 weeks, 10 weeks, and 6 weeks. That takes me up to my September holidays. Total = 25 weeks. <BR> :-) <BR> <BR> Good – I don’t have to change my name! :-) <BR> <BR> I have to say – the original 25 weeks was meant to be “go for it” before the holiday season starts again. I w... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 03:43:28 EST My 25 weeks are almost up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5255703 Today I'm thinking I need a long term plan. It is so easy to say well it is simple - just eat right exercise right - but it is also so easy to say - tomorrow I will do that! So I think I need to work out what periods I can give to putting max effort into this, and what I will do in those periods - what spark team will I be active on, what book shall I read, what programme shall I follow, while I'm also doing ww and walking. So today I will be thinking about this. Cos my 25 weeks are almos... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 04:05:08 EST Then what?.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5255085 Hmmm - been busy painting the kitchen again today! "What - still?" I can hear you ask! I'm doing it a wall at a time so I've still got room to cook. The tile paint is really yuk and goes on like glue. And of course it needs two coats even though it calls itself one coat paint!.... Seems to be taking an eternity. Can't wait to get finished so I can cook real steamed veg in my steamer instead of non steam making food in the oven... which is nice, but I do love love love my steamer. <BR> ... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 15:59:16 EST Lovely walk today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5253779 Had a lovely walk today. Not much time but managed to fit 25 minutes in - better than nothing and makes me feel so good. :-) <BR> <BR> Sun, 17 Feb 2013 16:20:24 EST Taking a partial spark break til Monday 25th March! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250274 So - today I decided that I would try and do things a little differently. It started with me thinking I would take a partial Spark break from 25th Feb for 4 weeks, but then I decided to start now! So as of now I am on a partial spark break until Monday 25th March. <BR> <BR> I have also decided to stop using the Spark nutrition tracker and fitness tracker and stop counting calories. Instead I will just count ww points, tracking what I eat in a notebook, and try to keep to 33 points or less... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 10:47:52 EST Going for a walk to get some energy! Happy Valentines to you. :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5249908 Happy Valentines Day! :-) <BR> <BR> I am so looking forward to pizza made with my own ham, mushroom, pineapple & peppers topping for valentines tonight – and an Irish Cream Cheesecake for dessert (bought a pack of 2 individual portions!) <BR> <BR> We have our BLC21 weekend challenge email! Woohoo! The theme for week 5 is “High” and the challenge this weekend includes learning about health and fitness, taking a pack lunch, doing something new each day for exercise, 60 minutes exercise a d... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 04:38:28 EST Hoping and planning for a good week 5 of BLC21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5248550 I felt great after my walk yesterday. I did 1 hour 44 minutes and felt relaxed and refreshed afterwards. I got the maximum points by earning 10 bonus points – a 90 minute walk would have been 9 points, 1 hour 40 was 19 points :-) and I felt I had redeemed myself after not doing as well as I might have done in the weekend challenge. I am so glad I went, as I felt before I went that it might do me in for the day, but quite the opposite happened! :-) <BR> <BR> Yesterday my calories were 15... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 03:47:38 EST Do Lent generously challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5247291 Anyone having pancakes tonight? I think after the weekend I had I’d better not. And before anyone asks – no, I’m not giving anything up for lent… feels like I already gave up all I can, and the few things I could give up I’m not prepared to!... :-) <BR> <BR> Yesterday I finally got brave enough to start painting the kitchen tiles! I did one side of the kitchen so I can still use the other side for cooking. It looks like it might kinda be ok after a second coat. If I need to give it a t... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 06:13:59 EST party - gloomy - party - gloomy = a pattern http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5245924 1stateofdenial left a comment on one of my recent blogs suggesting that I might be feeling gloomy because of the party food I ate. Actually, I had already wondered if that might be the case, but forgotten about mentioning it. Check this out. Party food Saturday evening, gloomy Monday, party food Wednesday evening, gloomy Friday. Hmm – is that a pattern?... <BR> <BR> So it’s now Monday and the weekend hasn’t been great… I’ve got some points on the weekend challenge, but haven’t done as w... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 05:39:35 EST Woohoo! First first first! :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5244918 Not doing very well at all this weekend. Went for a walk along the beach yesterday for an hour. Calories yesterday were 2381…. <BR> <BR> Today I’m slumming it….. Just feel like I need a day of nothingness. :-) <BR> <BR> Oh oh oh – just saw the 2013 Dream Team (that’s me and my fellow team mate Jane) came First! First! First! In last weekends in house butterflies challenge! Woohoo! What a lovely surprise for a slumming it Sunday! We were 5th and 6th out of all the butterflies as ind... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 10:13:28 EST Found a great new Spark team with mini challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5243563 So I made my reality board yesterday (don’t want it to be just a dream!) – here it is… <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.oprah.com/odbimage/db_210<BR>843966_1 </link> <BR> <BR> Also my magnetic fridge planner came – I’ve really simplified my plan – so hopefully I should make progresss each week on everything I need to make progress on… I’ll let you know how it went next weekend. The plan is <BR> <BR> Monday – decorating, walk in the evening <BR> Tuesday – clean upstairs and downstairs, church ... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 05:21:26 EST I make plans and carry them out... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5242353 Yesterday – I got a little more decorating done! Woohoo! :-) <BR> <BR> Calories were 1532, ww points 33. <BR> <BR> So the theme for BLC21 week 4 is shoot for the stars, and we are supposed to re-affirm the goals we set at the beginning of BLC21. Good plan! Mine were: <BR> <BR> To improve my eating habits <BR> To walk more and/or more often <BR> To lose weight to hopefully less than 203 pounds (14.5 stone) by the end of the challenge (10th April) <BR> <BR> We got our weekend challenge ... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 04:08:45 EST Hmmm - chinese - not easy to resist! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5241075 Did my shopping list yesterday and put a weeks meals on my nutrition tracker. And did an hours housework – woohoo! - only one of the bedrooms, but I did it thoroughly (well almost – didn’t clean the windows….) <BR> <BR> Also did my Callanetics dvd for the BLC21 TNT, as I realised it could be done on either Wednesday or Thursday, so now I’ve got a completely free day today to do more decorating! Plus a little more housework this afternoon if I can. :-) <BR> <BR> The Callanetics went wel... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 04:30:46 EST Another 2 pounds off. Total of 9.5 pounds in 3 weeks! Woohoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5239666 Weigh in day today on BLC21 and this week I lost another 2 pounds! Woohoo! <BR> A total of 9.5 pounds in three weeks. :-) <BR> Week 4 starts today and I’m going to do my best to make it a good one. I hope to lose another 2 pounds as I only have one social eating event this week. <BR> <BR> Yesterday - I did *a little* decorating and it took forever! At least I was no longer feeling glum, but I didn’t get any walking in for the LCW (which also meant I fell off the 20+ minutes 5 days a we... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 03:47:07 EST What are your fave NSVs and NSRs? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5238171 Had a baaaaad day yesterday! :-( <BR> <BR> Had the glums. Ate far too much. Didn’t exercise or clean or decorate. <BR> <BR> Had about 22.5 more ww points than I planned to (about 897 extra calories) <BR> <BR> In the end I cheered myself up by working out that when I’m at goal I can have pizza with extra cheese and cherry pie & custard as a treat if I’m not eating out that week! <BR> <BR> Glad I didn’t binge as much as I might have done. Thought I was back on track by the time I ha... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 03:58:17 EST My Jerusalem mug! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5236550 So I was 6th biggest loser out of the 30 butterflies in my team in week 2. And it looks like I’m 16th out of 650 something for overall weight loss in the first 2 weeks of the challenge. It is so nice to get my name on a list. <BR> <BR> But so hard when you’re doing the right thing and not losing any weight. I hope when I get to that bit that I can stick with it, and continue to persevere and do the right thing just as I have been doing. Hopefully being on the BLC21 will help me when th... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 03:27:35 EST How the buffet went! :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5235237 Had a lovely 1.5 hour walk along the beach yesterday. It was a cool, beautiful sunny day. :-) <BR> <BR> Been weighing myself every day since I started BLC21. Is it my imagination or does the weight shift on the day after I’ve done extra cardio?... <BR> <BR> Calories & ww points were lower than normal for breakfast and lunch yesterday, but I don’t know exactly what they were for my buffet celebration meal. I could have done better at the buffet, but I ate reasonably sensibly. I certainl... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 03:06:50 EST