LISEIGHT's SparkPeople Blog LISEIGHT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Sophisticated, yet approchable As a native French woman, this should be easy, but maybe that is why I moved out, I am as uncouth as they get! not rude, not impolite, no, I just don't necessarily know the boundaries of etiquette: I am a child at heart, and so can be quite impulsive, have no qualms in doing gymnastics move on any stretch of ground available (albeit pityfully easy ones!) .. I sing and dance in supermarket... that kind of stuff. No, I am not mad, I just enjoy life! <BR> <BR> Anyways, for this task, it is more... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 17:33:03 EST I've got one of the fiercest dragon: the Pecco Sustineo! It is a nasty Italian monster who resides in the very heart of Mount Etna! It has unequaled mental powers that crumbles even the most determined opponant's resolve, sending constant mental words: you will not manage, you will not maintain, hence it's name! <BR> <BR> That is my personal dragon: it rears its tail everytime I hit goal, and takes me away, making me gain again, proving it right. <BR> <BR> I am yet to find the way to fight it, I guess I need more mental strength, so meditating mi... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 11:09:59 EST Check out the Hufflepuff challenge in our common room And see you if could have been a student there! <BR> <BR> Are you Just, Loyal, Patient, True and unafraid of toil? Join our challenge if you want to, all houses welcomed! <BR> <BR><BR>messageboard_thread.asp?board=798x1301<BR>0x7724277 <BR> <BR> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 04:28:12 EST Obstacles... Ah, obstacles, <BR> <BR> how can I overcome them? I know of strategies, but will I ever really manage to actually put them into practice at my key weak times? <BR> <BR> 1- going away, and therefore having less routine, more boredom which makes me want to mindlessly eat, not having my gym and classes and not being in charge of the cooking.... strategies: shop for my own healthy snacks, limit my portions, engage in fun activities that make me forget about eating, take my MP3 and do my own ex... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 15:05:44 EST back on tracker, it seems After thinking I could try it without tracking, I have decided that actually, I might as well, as it has helped greatly inthe past.... as with most thing, I will probably have to learn to live without it when I get there, and that might mean progressive weaning.... <BR> <BR> So here I go again, hoping to be successful, slowly so, and for the long run... Maybe I shall never go away at the week end or on holidays, and then I might have a chance! <BR> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 10:22:45 EST Psycho-analysis with myself 2 Hi <BR> Hi <BR> <BR> <BR> ah the silence.... <BR> <BR> - you look better. <BR> - I do? <BR> - yes, you do. <BR> - things might be getting a little better. <BR> - it is often the case when one tries to findout solutions, it tends to trigger change. <BR> - good. <BR> - so what has changed <BR> - I have been able to exercise. <BR> - and you haven't been before. <BR> - not when I was in France, less when hubby was busy at work, so it is so nice to go back to my normal routine. My body feels s... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 10:48:12 EST Psycho-analysis with myself Hi <BR> Hi <BR> <BR> we both wait in silence. I know she knows the power of silence, but she is the professional, surely she should lead this with a question, ask me why I am here, for starters... <BR> <BR> still silence.... <BR> How are you? <BR> <BR> ah, here we go at last... <BR> 'not too great.' <BR> 'Otherwise you wouldn't be here.' <BR> 'that's right!' <BR> 'What can I do for you?' <BR> 'I am completely out of control...' <BR> 'Hmm hmm' (that's councellors equivalent of being silen... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 16:03:15 EST That is what happens when... I eat sugary food, even in a controlled manner, one day: the next: I want MORE! <BR> Other excuse: I have a runny nose, it makes me want to chew, and I can't enjoy food as much, therefore I want to eat more... nonsensical? oh Yes! <BR> Other excuse: seeing how I want to clean everything in my house, I must pre-TOTM!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Enough excuses, enough said: tomorrow is back on track! No more excuses! Sun, 10 Jun 2012 17:22:09 EST And here we go again... again! I have failed once again to be away from my usual routine and stick to good healthy eating! <BR> A weekend camping was bound to be tough, with lots of lazying about, looking after my two little ones in such different setting, \and no gym classes in sight! <BR> well, I am back with 3kg to lose, and hope that , as in the past, they will shift quickly simply by returning to good healthy living! <BR> <BR> Will I ever be able to be away from home and not gain?????? <BR> Wed, 6 Jun 2012 03:57:25 EST Here we go again, at Goal! How long will I stay here???? How will I tackle once again the: <BR> - adjusting new calorie range without thnking it is ok to add up to it with chocolate <BR> - staying motivated by seeing the scales stay where they are <BR> - remembering than from now on, I need to still shed some fat and tone up these wobbly bits that are hiding my six pack and toned butt (yes, there is tone underneath!) <BR> - keeping on track with my rewards... <BR> <BR> in short, this time round, will I crack the maintaining challenge and will I yo... Wed, 23 May 2012 05:13:26 EST Excuses Excuses! time and again, here is the main excuse that I fail to tackle, and it is the one that brings me down everytime! <BR> <BR> I have a 'naughty' day (one in which I over did it, over indulged...) <BR> <BR> The next day, the scales are up, but I think I still look good. <BR> <BR> I kid myself into thinking that I can therefore eat like this and still look slim. <BR> <BR> I eat more then, as I can (what do you mean, I am a fool! No look, really, I can! I can eat all this sugary fatty food calle... Tue, 15 May 2012 04:55:27 EST Out of control And really not sure why! <BR> <BR> For the last week, I have been wanting to eat all the time: not because of hunger, because I want to chew, and taste! <BR> Not only that, but I want fat: healthy fat, but fat all the same!, and crisps for texture: or anything, as long as I amchewing. <BR> <BR> this normally happens when I have a cold. I haven't got a cold, but we are entering hayfever season, so that might be prehemptive. <BR> <BR> This also happens when I am working on my novel. I have r... Mon, 14 May 2012 04:47:45 EST Yoyo, here we go again After a really silly week last week, I am back, so back, it is ridiculus! <BR> <BR> I love the Quidditch challenge for the Challenge of Harry Potter team, but it doen't always get me to work on what I really need: <BR> <BR> so I need to design my own, and hope that being accountablet o myself will be enough: <BR> <BR> so I am going to post daily how I have done with my personal targets: <BR> <BR> S= sleep = in bed by 22.45 <BR> P= planned my meals <BR> R= Range: have stayed within my tr... Wed, 9 May 2012 04:03:12 EST a hop, a skip and a jump. Here I am to post about what is helping me in my healthy living thing! <BR> <BR> My classes!!!! <BR> <BR> LES MILLS thank you for making classes that are fun, really make me work out, and challenges me in all the right way! (and I love that they sneak in a Christian themed song in every release... makes me feel good to hear that in exercise classes) <BR> <BR> Peak Fitness (my gym), thank you for having these classes (Combat, Pump, Balance), for great instructors that make the classes fun a... Fri, 4 May 2012 04:59:07 EST Boggart! Riddikulus!!!!!! I am here to practice my Riddikulus charms on one of my boggart: the fear of not succeeding at maintaining... <BR> I have been here before... it is never a huge huge regain, as I didn't have lots to lose in the first place, but my is it still demotivating, even if I know I can go abck down again, and that is half the reason for the regain in the first place, that knowledge that it can come off again, but every time, my body suffers a little more, my skin finds it harder to tighten up again...... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 10:31:12 EST Homenum Revelio! Well, it should only reveal myself, for I am the one who is also my strongest enemy! <BR> <BR> Yes my husband can drive me crazy and make me want to eat when he complains one more time about the house being in a mess (which it is, and it is because I am messy....) <BR> <BR> yes my children eat peanut butter often at lunch time, and as much as Spark tells me it is an healthy snack, what I know is that having some makes me want more, and 1TBSP is sooooooo high in calory and fat, that I can th... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 09:15:33 EST Impedimenta! I love my parents, I truely do. They are loving, warm, genuine people. <BR> However, my mum is, I think, responsible for how I behave towards chocolate. She is, herself, very partial to the stuff, and used to send me and my brother on shopping errands purely to bring back lots of chocolate, that we would divide between the five of us, and scoff in front of the TV. That didn't happen every day, but it happened often enough on holidays! <BR> So I now love chocolate, see it as a treat, and have... Fri, 13 Apr 2012 05:41:48 EST Learning journey This weight loss/ dieting/ healthy eating is becoming very interesting, as I seem to have to reflect deeply on who I am, what my motivations are, how I react to things, the things that I let affect me most... <BR> I am also realising that so little is set in stone, and that each new discovery might not be one at all, but just another path to explore. <BR> <BR> So here are my thoughts today: <BR> 1. my goals and expectations may have been all wrong! <BR> 2. I have suffered from a very common ... Wed, 4 Apr 2012 06:07:03 EST Let me introduce you to EEB Let me introduce you to EEB, <BR> <img src=""> <BR> She is my nemesis, my Emotional Eating Beast, the one that tries to get me to eat unhealthy things, or too much of stuff, when I am tired, or bored, or emotionally challenged. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I hope that visualising her and placing her in front of my cupboard will be enough to remind me what is happening and stop me, a... Sat, 24 Mar 2012 19:34:28 EST Overcoming obstacles As part of the Challenge of Harry Potter team, I have to be cunning like a Slytherin, and look at how I overcome obstacles. <BR> <BR> My biggest obstacles in maintaining. <BR> I have reached my goal weight, and then have lost more, and gained more, and yoyo-ed all the way since. I have found excuses: I am tired, I am stressed, I am weak to temptation because of the first two… <BR> <BR> So what am I doing to overcome this obstacle? I have read Spark articles that make me think about my moti... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 10:36:01 EST Something hidden I read other's bolg on this HP challenge, and was amazed by how much I share with these ladies! <BR> <BR> the first one was about hidding to eat. <BR> this is my reaction to it: <BR> - I hide food too, but at my husband's request, as otherwise he eats it all! <BR> - I also hide away to eat, but I am not sure whether it is from shame (when it is chocolate), or for not wanting to share ( I know, my goodness talk about opening a can of worms here!!!!) I think it comes from having 4 siblings, on... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 13:21:18 EST Getting back to good habits After a week pigging on Ferrero easter chocolate eggs, i seem to have gone back to good habits. <BR> There is still room for improvement, however! <BR> 1- I go to bed too late <BR> 2- my house is a complete mess, and I feel no motivation to get it in order: washing up constantly in the sink, children's bedrooms in a mess. laundry all sorted in bags, butnot folded in drawers/ wardrobes.... I was never built to be a pristine home-maker, but this is just getting out of control. How do you make h... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 05:43:23 EST Motivation 2 The said blog I read this morning made me wonder about my own motivation, and the shallowness of it, for intrinsicly, the reason I want to be the weight I want to be, is to have the body I want to have and look good, and to look competent, to look the par at the gym, to be the fittest of my friends.... so many silly picky competitive and ego driving non-sense, but still so true. <BR> <BR> I am fully aware that I am not painting a very good picture of myself here, but I do have that shallow s... Fri, 24 Feb 2012 04:36:38 EST Motivation I just read this blog entry today, as the title grabbed me. <BR> <BR> Motivation... <BR> <BR> I have had two very very bad day, with appalling food choices: purposely went in a posh supermarket to check out their easter eggs selection, bought some delicious ones from ferrero (yes, the nutella makers), had two on the way home (so far, ok, about 110 kcals) but once the floodgates got opened!!!!!! I scoffed the other 8 in one straight go in front of the computer! (550 in totals), then chased t... Fri, 24 Feb 2012 04:25:18 EST Charms homework: progress 7 How much do I love exercising! <BR> I feel so lucky that I can be a member at a gym that has very good classes and instructors, all that for a very reasonable price! <BR> What do I love about them? let's look chronologically: <BR> <BR> Tuesday evening: <BR> Tai Chi and Body Combat: In Tai Chi, i get a chance to balance energy flow inmy body, take some time out from the normal ways I live my life and let myself be mor ein touch with my own body. I do not understand much about the actual form... Sun, 12 Feb 2012 14:10:02 EST Charms homework: progress 6 Good day today!!! Exercise, healthy eating, time doing my project... Lovely! <BR> On the down side: house is in a MESS!!!! <BR> <BR> I thought that today, I would reflect more on what happened last time. Why I completely failed to maintain... and how I can prevent this this time... <BR> <BR> - my project took all my mind, and eating healthy was less important than being on the computer. <BR> - budget had to be tightened, and it became impossible to buy as many fruits that I enjoy as treats ... Sat, 11 Feb 2012 15:17:51 EST Charms homework: progress 5 Today is reminiscent of previous experience of sliding back... I am still comfortably close to my lower calory target,, but: <BR> - I have eaten filled pasta for lunch, which are no good for me. I just want to wolf them, and there is a few left in the fridge as temptors. They are so unnutritious that they are really not worth eating! MEMO to me: do not buy again, do not get hubby to buy them again either!!! <BR> - I have been house bound by my own addictive and lazy nature once again. And thi... Fri, 10 Feb 2012 15:22:07 EST Progress A bit of a strange experience today. My son, who is still unwell, asked for pancakes for lunch. I obliged, of course. I failed at not eating a few, well, about 7 small ones in fact! <BR> When I went to track, i thought I would have blown the day! But no. As they were eaten for lunch, and the they actually made me feel really full, it wasn't that bad at all, and could still have a nice dinner and dessert! <BR> But then, I had to ask myself: is this really treating my body with respect? Of cou... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 16:51:17 EST Steps for change If I want to succeed at my goals ( see previous Divination homework blog post), I need to break into new habits, new ways of thinking, of organising myself. <BR> Habits take repetition to become real, to become predictable, so that your body wants it on its given schedule ( it works easily for bad things, like chocolate treats that give you cravings, but also with good things, like exercising every week at the same time makes your body get ready for it and wanting it every week) <BR> - So I n... Wed, 8 Feb 2012 17:25:25 EST Mix bag today has been a real one of those, mix bag that is! <BR> My two children are sick, high with fever, sore throats and coughs. It started with eldest son, and tonsilitis, and now youngest daughter seems to have caught on, and she deals with sickness with more difficulty than he does, as she gets very chesty very quickly! <BR> It means that I have two very needy children with me all day! Tough on my patience indeed. <BR> <BR> Also, i have spent the whole day on the computer, or so it feels. I ... Wed, 8 Feb 2012 15:01:14 EST Progress Having a better day just by being motivated to not gain! <BR> <BR> I have realised that what really helped me with meal planning was to input at the beginning of the day what I intend to eat for lunch and dinner, like this, in the middle of the afternoon, if I have a pang, I can check my tracker and see what nutrients I am likely to need for that day outside of my meals. <BR> <BR> i have done this today, and it is really helping me to make wise decisions! <BR> Long may it continue! Tue, 7 Feb 2012 10:24:25 EST Rewards Having learnt from previous pitfall of rewards being food related, and keeping in with the respect my body mantra, this is how I reward myself. <BR> <BR> 1: looking better is the first reward, and is intrinsic to the whole. <BR> <BR> 2: my skin is weird and needs lots of exfoliating. I have a lovely scrubby shower every evening that I have been good to my body and fed it well. Then I lather on a deliciously smelling body butter, all that before going to bed, which helps me sleep better. WIN... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 04:19:16 EST Divination homework: short and long term goals Short term goals: <BR> 1: TONE: steps to get there: daily toning exercises (ties in nicely with transfiguration homework) <BR> - normal crunches - donkey kicks - bum lifts <BR> - twisting crunches - side raises (bent) <BR> - lower abs leg lifts - long side raises <BR> 2: INCREASE FLEXIBILITY: when I get used to do the above daily, incorporate daily yoga sunsalutation. When that is set up... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 17:07:11 EST Howarts Charms Homework Today has been tough. <BR> Out of madness, surely, not just beguiling gulibility at supermarkets merchandising techniques, i bought, about two weeks ago, a,fair amount of chocolate easter eggs. yes I know, Three months in advance!!! <BR> My excuse is that I was shopping in that aisle to send a parcel to my godson in france, and wanted to add to it naughty English sweets... bad idea anyways? Probably, as it is rather poor role modelling! <BR> Anyways, I was doing all so well, what with just be... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 15:14:22 EST Entering the Maintenance phase On Monday, I reached my goal of hitting the below 60kg mark at 59.7. <BR> Since, I have lowered a bit more to 59.3, which I am really happy about. My hubby also finally complimented me on my slimmer body, which is nice! <BR> <BR> Last time I got here, I struggled with the sudden changes made to my lower/ upper range in my tracking page. I changed them. Then I got an email congratulating me for reaching my goal, and advising me to track only once a week. Well, all hell broke loose from then ... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 09:23:02 EST 16 things that get in the way 1: other project taking my full attention, and stopping me from eating well ( being unable to stop being on the computer to make lunch, for example, and eat easy convenient bad-for-me foods: a whole slice of brie anyone? in one sitting, scoffed in from of the screen... see what I mean????) <BR> <BR> 2. Getting a cold that deadens taste buds, blocks sinuses, and therefore makes me want to chew chew chew, sweets preferably! Chewing gums just don't cut it for too long! (or maybe I should find ... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 05:02:37 EST My future self When I reach goal: <BR> I want to keep on eating well, even if that means tracking for the rest of my life. <BR> I want to have a healthy relationship with food, allowing control eating of chocolate and such stuff, especially at key chocolate times (Easter, Christmas...) <BR> I want to be more controlled when travelling, going on holidays: yes I want to try nice foods and all, and sample and enjoy isn't the same as gorgeing! <BR> I want to keep exercising, and still love it. <BR> <BR> I wan... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 17:28:34 EST I have joined the Harry Potter challenge team Why did i join? <BR> I really loved the books and the world that JK Rowling created. <BR> I am looking for a team to join that could really challenge and motivate me, and as I am rather competitive, earning points for my house sounded like a good way to engage and push myself in a different way. <BR> I am hoping that I will find support from the other students, and hopefully provide support too! <BR> <BR> One of the challenge this week is to input some blog entries, and as I have no blog as ... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 05:50:10 EST