MANDYDE's SparkPeople Blog MANDYDE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Dance like no-one is watching Got this story in my inbox today and it really resonated with me, so I wanted to blog it. <BR> <BR> DANCE LIKE NO ONE'S WATCHING <BR> Author Unknown <BR> <BR> We convince ourselves that life 
will be better after we get married, 
have a baby, then another. 
Then we are frustrated that the kids aren't old enough 
and we'll be more content when they are. <BR> <BR> After that we're frustrated that we 
have teenagers to deal with, 
we will certainly be happy 
when they are out of that stage. <... Fri, 28 Jan 2011 08:00:56 EST Being kind to myself I realise that I am my own worst critic and if I don't always attain the high standards I set for myself, then I will beat myself up and feel angry, guilty and then sad. <BR> <BR> This isn't helping me to attain my health, fitness and weight goals as I am knocking my own self-esteem. I need to learn to be kinder to myself and acknowledge the small steps I have taken each day and look for the positives that will keep me motivated. I have to realise that aiming for perfection is a fool's ... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 14:32:00 EST Fitness routine I am reflecting on the last few months over the summer when I haven't made many blog entries and realising that I usually turn to blogging when I am facing a challenge or feeling blue. I need to get into the habit of acknowledging the progress I am making and focussing on the areas of my life where I am grateful. <BR> <BR> I am grateful that I decided to find activities that I really love doing, rather than forcing myself to go the gym and pound the treadmill etc which I find rather borin... Sun, 7 Nov 2010 04:17:49 EST Positive choices Being a member of SP is really making a difference to my behaviour. I am starting to deal with negative emotions more when they appear and either acknowledge them and do something to change them such as journalling how I am feeling, talking to my husband or looking for posts from others to get inspiration. In the past I would have just headed straight for the food or wine to suppress these feelings rather than dealing with them. <BR> <BR> I have also realised that I was not making time to ... Sun, 13 Jun 2010 10:37:27 EST Awake and planning For some reason I can't sleep tonight (it's 1.30am here in the UK), so thought I would make a quick blog entry. I think my recent loss is playing on my mind as I never usually have a problem sleeping. <BR> <BR> I have been taking a look at my SP history and realising that I am not doing too well on the resistance exercises, so I need to find a way to make these part of my routine. I am going to start by doing body weight exercises and incorporating these into everyday activities - maybe ... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 20:20:04 EST Losing my Mum Around the same time that I joined SparkPeople I found out that my Mum had an inoperable tumour and she was given only 4-6 weeks live. <BR> <BR> She clung on for 9 weeks slowly fading each day but never once complained or felt sorry for herself. She lost her battle on Thursday May 13th and leaves a massive hole in the lives of everyone that knew her. <BR> <BR> I am struggling to come to terms with the fact that the one constant in my life has gone, the person that loved me no matter w... Tue, 25 May 2010 09:35:36 EST Sunday blues... Woke up with a stinking cold - sore throat, blocked nose the works! Not feeling great and I also feel disappointed in myself as I realised that I drank a bottle of wine yesterday - it all started with one glass in the sun, after my DH and I had cleared out the garage. Then through the course of the evening the rest of the bottle got consumed - not good! I realise that I have no resolve once I have had one glass of wine, so I am now going to say 'No' to the first one and restrict my drinki... Sun, 2 May 2010 06:03:54 EST