LITTLEIM's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LITTLEIM LITTLEIM'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/ HEART-FELT THANKS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830894 The response to my blog called 'Restart Revelations' has been huge and I wanted to thank everyone who responded. I did reply to a few personally and accepted lots of very kind friend requests but it got to a point where it was difficult to reply because of numbers. So, I have opted for an easier way and am writing a blog response. I hope some of the same people see this. <BR> <BR> So, without further ado: Thank you so much. It made me feel so supported and that my journey is one that many pe... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:42:00 EST Writer's Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820993 What happens when you write a blog that gets a 'Popular blog post' award? Firstly, you get lots of lovely comments from other Sparkers. Secondly, you (or I really) feel a bit embarrassed and self conscious - as if you went looking for people to say nice things when in fact you just wrote how you felt. And thirdly, you feel a bit pressured. As if EVERY blog from now on until eternity has to get 'Popular' status or you are somehow failing. <BR> <BR> Lastly (phew, I hear you say), you get over ... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:55:53 EST Restart Revelations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810082 I haven't been on SparkPeople for a while. I let things slide and have gone back to my heaviest weight for a long time. However, I'm back and ready to shift the weight once more and this time I have had a good think about why I gave up before. <BR> <BR> One of my main problems had become motivation. I felt like I worked really hard but the weight didn't shift. However, I wasn't really being honest with myself about how hard I was really trying. I often went over my calories and pretended to ... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 14:51:35 EST Autumn Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791096 Inspired by a fellow sparker, I have decided to set myself some goals for Autumn: <BR> <BR> 1. to stay in calorie range for 6 days a week <BR> <BR> This is to encourage myself to avoid being too bad at weekends and undoing all my good work during the working week. If I let myself have 1 day a week I think I'll find it easier to be good on the other 6. Will try it anyway and see. <BR> <BR> 2. to drink water at work every day <BR> <BR> I know I never drink enough water so I'm going to carr... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 11:49:52 EST Little break throughs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785538 Day Two and I am really pleased that I have managed to stay well within my calorie range! This is very good as I have not been really doing well at this for a while. Lying to myself has become a skill instead - no more! I am also very proud that although I really wanted a wee bit of cake at work today and was thinking of all the reasons why this should be allowed, when instead I stopped and thought about why it was a bad idea. This is a great break through! I thought about the knock-on affect... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:27:32 EST A change in thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784144 Haven't blogged in ages. I was feeling very disheartened with the whole weight-loss thing. However, I am feeling like I will never lose weight if I just give up. So I have just revamped my page with an image that is not of me at all, but meant to inspire me. I'd love to lose the flab around my middle and I KNOW that I CAN. <BR> <BR> I have adjusted my calorie and nutrition goals a little to see if this helps and am determined to stay in calorie range all week. Even on Sunday when we take my ... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 15:40:08 EST Public Enemy No. 1: Spare tyre http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758942 Back from my holiday and back up to one of my heaviest weights BUT very determined to get it off again. I think you know you have to do something when even your underwear is getting tight! I also have a roll of fat around my middle that I dislike very much and which HAS TO GO! <BR> <BR> I order to achieve this I am going to: <BR> 1. Stick to my recommended calorie range <BR> 2. Keep going to my Zumba class <BR> 3. Walk whenever possible <BR> 4. Use the stairs NOT the lift (unless carrying st... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 12:15:01 EST My Salad Life #25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745526 My last 'official' salad day, 25 salads later. We leave for the airport and our holiday in 2 hours - very excited! <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> My last salad was a version of a Greek salad (different to the one I had earlier in my salad challenge in that it also had avocado and black olives in it and chopped feta instead of grilled halloumi) that I shared with my husband for lunch. We had it with crusty bread (great for mopping up the juices), some tzatziki and roast vegetables from last ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:44:28 EST My Salad Life #24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744879 I had a tropical fruit salad for breakfast this morning: chunks of mango, pineapple and raw coconut with a little lime juice for added zing. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1812367887.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In spite of this refreshing salad I am feeling tired and a bit washed out this afternoon. Think I may head over to the park to lie in the sun for a bit. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:44:55 EST My Salad Life #23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744173 I had lunch out with my Mum today so chose to have a slice of focaccia pizza with a '3 salad' bowl in a very nice vegetarian restaurant in town. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1587406361.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My 3 salads were a potato salad with French style vinaigrette, a grated broccoli and cauliflower salad and a very yummy apple and raisin coleslaw. I'd like to try making something like that myself some time. <BR> <BR> I've decided to call a halt to my Salad-a-... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:35:22 EST My Salad Life #22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743369 I had an early salad lunch today because I was meeting my friend Karen at the blood donor centre during her lunch break. I call my salad 'Green Couscous salad' and it is 1 portion of couscous (60g dry weight) cooked and then with lemon juice, fresh coriander, avocado, raw courgette and some green pepper added with seasoning. I ate it with a spoonful of tzatziki as well as I was worried it might be a bit plain and dry otherwise. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l18... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:51:25 EST My Salad Life #20, 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743157 It's a catch up today as I was at my parents at the weekend and I can't upload the photos I take of the salads I eat unless I have my laptop with me. I wanted a technology-free weekend so I left it at home. <BR> <BR> My Mum is very supportive so she made a lovely salad for us on the Saturday: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l184224347.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It used fig, salad leaves, cherry tomatoes and a delicious blue cheese call Basajo from Italy. Her vinaigrette w... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:27:12 EST My Salad Life #19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741447 We're about to go and visit my parents for the weekend as it was my Dad's 70th on Wednesday. I'm really looking forward to seeing them - especially as he's not been very well lately. As such, I did a lot of last minute rushing about today as well as packing. <BR> <BR> Lunch was my daily salad and today I made one up using left-overs that worked really well. I laid a base with little gem lettuce and some tiny bits of an avocado that had mostly gone nasty - I just added what I could salvage! ... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:09:15 EST My Salad Life #18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740814 I have had a really lovely day today and spent it in the company of my best friend, Hanna. I have known Hanna since we were in High School and we've been best friends since 1993. That's over 20 years friendship! <BR> <BR> We love to explore second hand, charity and vintage shops. Hanna has always had a great eye for fashion and we both love a bargain. We've started to meet up every so often and explore a new part of the city we live in (Edinburgh) and have coffee or lunch out and hunt for v... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:51:59 EST My Salad Life #17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740044 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l743240385.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today's salad was 'Ribboned courgette with hot smoked salmon and pearl barley'. I have never had ribboned courgette before and was a bit doubtful but actually it was very tasty. You just cut very thin slices of raw courgette with a vegetable peeler and arrange them in the bottom of your bowl. The pearl barley added an interesting texture and all in all I enjoyed this recipe. It was one of the new ones from my 'Sala... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:40:08 EST My Salad Life #16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739075 I have begun today with a fruit salad for breakfast: Galia melon, pomegranate seeds and strawberries. A refreshing bowl of fruit and only 90 calories according to my nutrition tracker. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1164748077.jpg"> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 04:29:14 EST My Salad Life #15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738457 I made up a salad for my lunch today based on what I had in the fridge and some recipes I'd seen on-line. It call it 'Halloumi, Orange and Pomegranate salad' and it is very good. I cooked the halloumi with some cumin seeds before adding it to the other ingredients but purposely didn't use any oil or fat to cook it as the cheese is high in fat anyway. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l315760981.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I used SparkPeople's recipe tracker to work out the ca... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:13:23 EST My Salad Life #14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738004 It was one of my best friend's birthdays today and we all went for Afternoon Tea at the very fancy and lovely Scotsman Hotel. Since I knew we'd be doing this I skipped lunch and therefore am having my salad for dinner. It is a combination I have invented myself and I'm calling it 'Humus and Tarator Salad'. It also has little gem lettuce, avocado, carrot and radishes in it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1934133769.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 'Tarator' is a dish sauce they... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 15:32:38 EST My Salad Life #13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737098 Good Morning Everyone! My salad was a breakfast fruit salad today as I will be going to a friend's house later today for an afternoon of learning how to make my own ricotta cheese with friends. This will also involve a buffet lunch that we all contribute too so I will try to have mainly salad if possible, but this way I know I have had my salad for today already. <BR> <BR> The fruit salad this morning was honeydew melon, orange, fat free Greek yogurt with honey and some of my stewed rhubarb.... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 04:22:43 EST My Salad Life #12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736605 12 days already? It seems hardly possible. I have been enjoying the salads so much! I'm actually thinking of continuing this project for far longer than I originally planned. We go on holiday for about 2 weeks soon - from 24th July to 7th August. I planned to ditch the salad a day thing at that point. However, I'm beginning to think I might try to keep going for as long as I can. I won't be doing SP while I'm away but maybe I can keep the salads going? <BR> <BR> To this end, I bought a book ... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:46:31 EST My Salad Life #11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735845 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2027591429.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A refreshing Summer salad today with prawn, avocado and orange - yum yum. 352 calories in a serving. 42 of those are carbs, 14 are fat and 5 protein. Pretty good for you I'd say and definitely another one to make again. <BR> <BR> It's another gorgeously sunny day in Edinburgh. I spent an hour lying in the sunshine yesterday and plan to do the same again today. Being a teacher means I can take advantage of the glo... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 07:41:57 EST My Salad Life #10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735076 I decided to have my salad for breakfast this morning as at this time of year we have a positive glut of delicious Summery fruits. Today's salad was therefore a very simple 'Melon and Lime Fruit salad' made from half a Galia and half a honeydew melon, chopped and with the juice of a whole lime and a dessert spoon of brown sugar. I shared it with my husband before giving him a lift to work. It was yummy. <em>4</em> <em>491</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 06:08:08 EST My Salad Life #9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734449 For lunch today I made 'Hot smoked salmon, brown rice and flageolet bean salad': <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2076174722.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It was so tasty I went back for more. There around just over 300 calories per serving and it is a filling and really flavoursome salad. Definitely one I would make again. Tue, 8 Jul 2014 10:05:04 EST My Salad Life #8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734270 This morning is something of a catch up. Firstly, this is really Day 9 but I didn't have time to blog at all yesterday, so I will record my daily salad for today later. Secondly, I didn't manage to post photos from the last couple of salad's I had at my parents that my Mum made for me. So, I will sort out the latter first: <BR> <BR> This was the 'Jewelled Quinoa' my mother made on Saturday night: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l394684881.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And this was... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 04:32:44 EST My Salad Life #7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732976 Happy Sunday everyone. I spent most of the morning basking in the sunshine in my parents' garden, reading and chatting. We've only just come indoors as the weather looks like turning to rain. Such is our climate at the Northern end of an island in the sea. Not so far North as the Highlands, obviously, but North enough. <BR> <BR> My Mum and I just shared a salad that she created for me as part of my salad plan. Today's was green lentil and kidney bean with salad leaves, tomato and avocado and... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 09:07:27 EST My Salad Life #6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732595 Today's salad has been brought to you by my Mother. It was a very tasty 'Jewelled Quinoa' salad that we had for dinner with salmon and blanched broccoli. Picture to follow but can't seem to get my camera to talk to my Mum's laptop yet. <BR> <BR> It went beautifully with the fish and was also high in protein. Mothers are super kind. Mine has always been supportive of everything I have done, including all the diets and food-fads I've tried over the years. <BR> <BR> For example - there was th... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 15:41:36 EST My Salad Life #5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731760 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1249322281.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today I tried to invent a salad of my own. I call it 'Puy, Orange and Dolcelatte salad'. Its quite good, but I can't help feeling that it looks a lot better in the photo. I feel like each ingredient is tasty but together it's not quite working - not sure why. <BR> <BR> I think part of this may be because I wanted to use up some left-overs. Now, this can sometimes result in an amazing new combo. However, sometimes... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 07:33:31 EST My Salad Life #4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731146 I have just eaten a delicious salad - Greek Country Salad with grilled slices of halloumi. The only problem is I did not realise how high in calories halloumi cheese is! My 125g of grilled cheese has over 400 calories - eek! <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Oh well, never mind - the salad itself was very tasty and very low in calories. Next time I will have half the quantity of halloumi. Hopefully no major harm done and at least this way I have reached my protein goal for once. As a vegetaria... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 08:49:15 EST My Salad Life #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730323 Today's salad is 'New potato salad with gazpacho dressing'. I'm making enough for us to have some with dinner tonight as well, but plan to eat some for my lunch just now. <BR> <BR> I was worried a potato salad might be high in calories but this one seems to be packed with flavour and hopefully is low on calories. I'm going to put the recipe through the calculator after lunch so fingers crossed. <BR> <BR> I weighed myself this morning and there has already been a small change - from 68.5 to ... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 07:27:03 EST My Salad Life #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729550 A friend of ours is staying with us so last night we had dinner out. I dread to think of the calories, but never mind - fun was had. This morning I am uncertain of what we're going to do today. She leaves this afternoon but I don't know what we'll be doing for lunch. As a result, I decided to have my second salad of the challenge for breakfast. <BR> <BR> I made us a fresh fruit salad of chopped peach and strawberry, topped with 0% fat Greek yogurt with honey. It was delicious and perfect aft... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 04:32:34 EST My Salad Life #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728884 I've been doing Sparkpeople on and off for almost 2 years now. In that time I have lost weight successfully (reaching at my lowest 63kg) and sometimes gained again (reaching at present 68.5kg). I have found that sometimes my attention waivers, I get bored and lazy and a little disheartened. At these moments I have discovered that a short break from SP and a bit of thinking on my part often gets me back on track. I have to rekindle my interest and come up with new ways to make my healthy lifes... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 08:39:36 EST It all got a bit explodey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716554 I like to try new recipes on SparkPeople. Tonight I'm trying a pasta bake with squash and goats cheese. Mmmm, yum. <BR> <BR> Only problem is - my blender had a bit of a problem mixing the squash and cheese and exploded a bit. On me. And the kitchen. <BR> <BR> Luckily, I was only trying to blend half! And I managed to rescue some of that batch. Had to get my husband to help me clean up though. <BR> <BR> Here's hoping it still tastes good! And it will have less calories as some of them lande... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:19:30 EST Clap along if you know what happiness is to you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709895 I tried a zumba class today and I loved it! This is so exciting for me as I have spent most of my life not enjoying exercise or sport and I feel like I've finally found the exercise for me. It's so much easier to do something that you actually like. <BR> <BR> I'm going to go to this every Tuesday and my husband and I are going to swing dancing on Wednesdays. Plus I'm still working on gradually upping my cross-trainer (elliptical trainer in US I believe). I have reached 11 mins so far. Surel... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 16:43:21 EST Little steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695675 Weight not dropping much so far but I am making a much bigger effort to stay in calories and I have been sticking to gradually upping my elliptical trainer so today I reached 9 mins! Very proud of me because I was so afraid to get back on it for ages. Thu, 15 May 2014 12:11:41 EST Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689812 I haven't blogged for ages and I haven't been doing very well with my calories this week at all. I am keeping dairy to a minimum (difficult sometimes to avoid entirely as a vegetarian when eating out) and I plan to keep this up as I do find it helps me lose weight and I think its good for my asthma. I have also been trying to do more exercise by doing things like dancing around my living room, walking across the park and into town and getting back on my elliptical trainer. Admittedly, I can't... Wed, 7 May 2014 12:59:07 EST Positive restart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677185 Ended up having a big unplanned break from SparkPeople because so snowed under at work and so exhausted when I came home that something had to give. However, I did keep up my no chocolate until Easter Sunday (yesterday) and, having had a bit of a chocolate feast on Easter Sunday itself, I have decided to do two things: <BR> <BR> 1. Re-start SP - hello! <BR> <BR> 2. Give up Dairy like cheese, milk, yogurt, etc for about a month again. I did fairly well at that today but forgot a couple times... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:08:39 EST Re-start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664981 Starting over. Again. But trying to be positive about it. It was about time I got back onto SP properly and actually faced up to the weight I am now. <BR> <BR> So - a new journey is beginning. Wish me luck. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1951232648.jpg"> Sat, 5 Apr 2014 11:26:54 EST Say Thank You for the Good Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654627 Haven't blogged in ages. Haven't felt like it much. However, I learned an important lesson today - we need to remember to say thank you for all the good things in our life and not just worry about what we don't have or feel is wrong. I started today by thanking God for all the good things in my life and you know what? There were lots of them. And it made me feel great. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l491627853.jpg"> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 13:47:00 EST One cake doth not a lent promise break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646257 My very kind colleague arrived today during the last period of the day with a cup of coffee and a cake for me. It was a plain sponge without any frosting or chocolate or anything. Dear reader, I ate that cake and I don't regret it. I don't feel like I've completely messed up my lent promise to avoid sugary things - only broken it once and not too badly. I will continue to avoid these things until Easter and not give up. <BR> <BR> I think sometimes you have to give yourself a break. You can't... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:13:44 EST New decisions, new goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643730 First week of lent down and I'm doing well. Unfortunately, my weight has gone up again but I know what has caused it and I'm ready to try and deal with it. I have also decided not to weigh myself again until the end of lent. I don't want slow progress to put me off because that can cause comfort eating. I usually eat more bad stuff when stressed or unhappy. Having given up sugary treats for lent I don't want to spoil my chances. <BR> <BR> I also want to do more exercise. Thomas suggest I try... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 16:17:17 EST Giving up the sweet treats http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640468 I had a little SP holiday for my birthday weekend, but am now back on and raring to go. I have decided to give up chocolate, sweets, cake, biscuits, etc. for lent. Today was the first day and I already passed up a box of chocolates so I am doing well! <BR> <BR> I've decided I can have things like jam on my toast and dried fruit so long as I don't go mad and use them as a sweet treat replacement. However, I'm not allowing myself any processed, sugary treats of any kind - not even a travel swe... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 13:22:29 EST Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631321 The '30 days of Fit Food' challenge is not working for me. The weekly menu suggestions feature a lot of meat and this puts me off from the start. Every time I get my email prompt I click on it and read something I already know and collect my points without actually doing anything to really help myself. I've been going over my calorie limit quite a lot recently and the weight is sneaking back. <BR> <BR> I've decided to stop this challenge, although I am not blaming it for my eating too much, ... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 04:37:44 EST Re-learning good lessons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628461 I've not been very good for the last week, but I am trying hard to do much better now. As part of that I'm glad to say that I'm within my calorie range today and spot on with my carbs, protein and fat. I'm going to keep trying hard and also try to avoid giving into my usual habit of over-indulging in sweet things when I feel stressed at work - it doesn't help really. Good friends and talking over what worries me makes a much bigger difference! <BR> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 15:23:15 EST Pigging out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623234 I have to confess: today has turned into a pigging out kind of day. I have eaten my way through a whole bar of Lindt dark chilli chocolate - that's 100g! I'm on holiday, I'm looking after my parent's house and so I feel like I should be indulged and I'm also lonely because I'm the only one here. Bad combination! <BR> <BR> Right. Here's the plan: today is a holiday from SP. Tomorrow I make an effort to eat right and stick to my limits. I can do this. <BR> <BR> Everyone has the odd off-day. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 15:28:22 EST February break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622220 I am on holiday for a couple of days as of this afternoon as it is half term. I will mostly be spending my holiday marking prelim papers and mounting some of my pupils' units but I also plan to enjoy some rest and relaxation. I'm house-sitting for my parents for a few days and have the house to myself until my husband joins me on Friday evening. Bliss! <BR> <BR> Re: challenges, I joined a 30 day fit food challenge a few days ago and am trying to follow what I can of the menus etc. given that... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 11:48:17 EST End of January Challenges - start of new? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619372 As of this weekend I am allowing myself dairy again and have therefore bought some delicious cheeses for tonight. It's been a bit of an indulgent weekend - more dining out than usual. I've lost the Christmas weight but not lost anything else and I feel myself slipping into some bad habits again. Therefore I plan to start a new challenge and I'm going to have a look at what's on SP just after I write this. <BR> <BR> For me, I feel I need to keep SP fresh, I need to focus on different goals a... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 11:49:26 EST End of Week 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612757 This week I must confess that although I have managed to be fairly dairy-free I haven't been perfect. Firstly, I've had to drink milk in coffee a few times when out with friends and also when I ran out of alternative this morning. However, I'm going to stock up later. <BR> <BR> Secondly, I ate one spoonful of yogurt to check it hadn't gone off. I was going to put it out for my husband to have with a curry I made as I like things spicier than he does and I did it without thinking. Doh! <BR> ... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 06:38:57 EST Week 4, Challenge Diary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609203 Today has been absolutely exhausting. It was our drawing prelim for our S4 pupils and as a result I spent most of yesterday organising my materials and the room and then spent today exiled from my classroom and having to teach in strange places. Kids were actually pretty great and we got their work cross-marked before we left for the day. Another for the S5 on Monday and then the written prelim for all of them on the 7th - phew! <BR> <BR> This is part of the reason I didn't blog at the start... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:57:40 EST Saturday, Week 3 of challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605218 I have had to break my dairy avoidance today because I went out for lunch with my mother and every single choice for vegetarians on the menu involved cheese. As I had already planned to break it tonight when we have guests for Burns' night it seemed daft to insist on going somewhere else. It made me realise how difficult it is as a vegetarian to get food in restaurants that is dairy free. Thank goodness I am only conducting a one month challenge and am neither vegan nor lactose intolerant! <B... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 11:48:00 EST Second half of week 3, challenge diary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603526 Sticking to my no dairy is going very well but my husband has asked if I can break it for one night on Saturday as it is Burns' Night and there is usually butter and a bit of milk in the mashed potato and he wants to make chocolate mousse. We're having guests so I've decided to have small amounts of these things and add on another day to my challenge so it will now end on the 8th of February. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is a weigh-day and hopefully I will remember this in the usual morning rush to g... 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