MATEYMATE1's SparkPeople Blog MATEYMATE1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 400 day streak log in I was very down on myself my weight had ballooned to 88+kg and my diabetes was out of control again. 5 needles a day once more. I decided that I would just log into sparkpeople everyday I did not want to interact just log in. <BR> <BR> Yes, not long after I was diagnosed with depression. I started making my daily sparkpeople log in a priority and before long the weight started to drop. Just 200g a week but off not on. <BR> <BR> My insulin injections was reduced and I then started lo... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 01:14:06 EST 100 day streak of logging in Over 3mths ago Sparkguy posted his first weekly blog. I read it and thought there is so much going on just now medically with my super fit hubby (95% blockage to the heart) and myself I could not get involved with Sparkpeople properly. <BR> <BR> WRONG <BR> <BR> I thought about Chris (sparkguy) blog and decided to commit to logging in everyday not for just a week or even a month but make an effort and make my challenge 100 days straight. <BR> <BR> Today I completed my challenge and am so h... Wed, 6 May 2015 00:30:33 EST Karumba has a gym Hi sparkpeople, <BR> <BR> Karumba now has a gym the only one in a 600km radius. I joined because my friend who has used a gym said she would go with me. She took one look at the equipment and freaked out. It was all computerised modern stuff. <BR> <BR> OK here is the first laugh. I got on this thingy with two big rollers that you tuck your feet under one and straighten your legs lifting the roller. It would not budge I tried again still would not budge. was a man there I asked him if ... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 22:06:51 EST Vanuatu holiday Hi all, <BR> Thank you all for the wishes to have a wonderful holiday. We did, it was fabulous but a real eye opener. Third world country with the very rich and the rest of the population. <BR> The schools have no desks, no chairs, no blackboard just butcher paper on the wall. <BR> The people are so friendly that it is hard not to smile all the time. Food & goods was either very expensive or dirt cheap nothing in between. One of the main reason for going was to see an active volcano and w... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 00:29:40 EST The joys of living in the bush Hello I have been living in the bush for over 10yrs now. Most of the time it is heaven unless <BR> you want a new bra or undies even shoes and good old internet or a trip to the smoke which is 600kms to Mt. Isa or 900 to Cairns that is one way. <BR> I have had for sometime now medical issues which I will not bore you with. In the last couple of weeks I have had to go to Cairns hospital twice in two wks. Easy I heard you say. Well the first time the doc was not there to see me and no one e... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 23:48:26 EST Silly silly me Hi it has taken me quite a while to sit and write this because I was totally ashamed of myself. <BR> <BR> You see I joined Sparkpeople 3yrs ago. I had lost a few kilo's before joining and was not going to register 90kg so I was around 86kg when I joined. <BR> Everything went great and reached goal and below of 73kg in a couple of years. A few stumbling trips on the way but hey that's life. <BR> <BR> Mid 2012 I was having a lot of trouble with my back (on going for 12yrs now even had spina... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 22:52:17 EST I am paid to walk, you can to. Last year a fellow member of Sparkies Downunder posted a blog about a pedometer I read it and my Hubby bought me the pedometer for my birthday. <BR> Well I have worn it everyday since and have been paid with gift cards of my choice ever since. <BR> <BR> Here is how it works <BR> You purchase your pedometer from for $39 then you activate it and create an account for yourself. For every 10,000 steps you walk you will receive a secret 12 digit code. You upload this code to your accou... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 23:58:36 EST Tat ta lizard I have always known them as tat ta lizards because they run a few steps stop and lift there <BR> front leg and wave at you (no kidding its true). Well this one lives in my yard and has taken over the place. I have never known a wild creature to accept humans so quickly you might say he has us trained. <BR> Here he is sitting on the table on the front verandah the table is about the size of a school desk and the second pic is on a 40cm ped. fan which gives you an idea of his size. <BR> <BR>... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 02:14:18 EST 3yrs Sparkversary and reached goal weight I would not have beleived when I joined Sparkpeople that I would actually reach my goal weight. I am still plump but hay I feel great I have not had so much energy for a long time. I even feel better and more active now at 60 than I did when I was 40 can you beleive that. <BR> <BR> Just before joining like most of us I weighed more at just under 90kg I am now 72.6kg and goal was 76.0kg. Health wise I was a walking disaster. Now from 5 insulin injections a day to 2. Back is so much bette... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 00:22:28 EST Answer to Help I lost my emails Thank you so much to all the people who gave me advise. The very first remedy was right on do you know how red, red is. Just look at my face and see heaps of RED. <BR> <BR> When I was deleting some of my emails I must have accidently pressed Junk and so all my sparkpeople emails had gone straight into my junk file. Now who is a silly duffer then. <BR> <BR> Once again thanks sparkpeople friends who helped me out. You can guess I will not do that again. <BR> <BR> Hugs Syl Mon, 3 Oct 2011 00:42:08 EST Help........ I have lost all my sparkpeople emails When I go to my emails I have no emails from sparkpeople and no sparkmail either. <BR> Can anyone help me to get it back again. <BR> Hugs Syl Sun, 2 Oct 2011 02:23:27 EST 5 wks away from Sparkpeople 2 in hospital Hi all, <BR> What a time I have had in the last 5 wks. I ruptured 3 discs in the lower back and ended up in hospital for 2wks flat on my back. I honestly beleive that if I had not have been so fit (thanks to sparkpeople) that I would have taken longer to get back on my feet again. Spinal surgery is on the cards again but meanwhile I am starting to walk again. My pushbike can stay idle for a little longer though. <BR> When I got home I had to move house to a disability friendly place as my... Sun, 21 Aug 2011 01:17:54 EST What a Brilliant reward for reaching a mini goal Trying to think of a reward for reaching a mini goal that does not involve food is not as easy as it sounds. Well how about this one:- <BR> <BR> My daughter sent a parcel for me this week. When I opened it there was 7 little and medium size presents wrapped up. <BR> The note with the packages read. <BR> If you loose 200g this week and keep it off by your next weigh in then you have earned package no. 1 (eg if your starting weight is say 70.0kg and you weigh on a Sunday then if you loose 20... Fri, 24 Jun 2011 00:11:53 EST Snakes and Daughter Hi everyone, <BR> My daughter has unfortunately parted from her husband of 19yrs. As you all know she breeds snakes. She has moved to a location some 2.5hrs from Townsville where she was living. Today was the big move. After the furniture van had loaded she loaded her precious cargo 17 adult snakes & 13 baby snakes all in there own pillow cases plus in crates on the back seat of her car. <BR> <BR> She rang me to say she was leaving now. My advise was "What ever you do, do not have an ac... Thu, 24 Mar 2011 23:51:24 EST Barramundi fishing HI all, <BR> I went Barra fishing with hubby today. Needless to say I am not allowed to go fishing ever again ha ha. <BR> This little girl was 100.2cm and weighed 14kg. <BR> She took me 10min to land and I was beat afterwards. <BR> It was so good I was only using an 8kg fishing rod with 10kg fishing line and landed a 14kg fish. Try and wipe the smile off my face. <img src=""> <BR> Will sleep well tonight. <BR> hugs Syl Fri, 11 Feb 2011 00:39:21 EST Severe cyclone Yasi I just wanted to say to all my fellow queenslanders stay safe and ride out Yasi as best you can. <BR> I think I am going to miss this one but we have been warned we will loose power for 4 or 5 days (our power comes from Townsville 1,000km from Karumba) and of course we will be cut off again. <BR> It is ironic we had been cut off for 4 weeks then monday the road opened to 4wd vehicles only now it looks like another 4 wks or so. <BR> <BR> Take care my sparkpeople and dont take any chances th... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 23:41:17 EST 2 year Sparkversary Thank you so much to all the people who sent messages and gifts for my seconds Sparkversary. I had not even realised it had been 2 years joining till the messages came. <BR> <BR> Well what can I say I am not at goal weight yet BUT I will get there. <BR> <BR> When I joined I had lost 4 or 5kg I did not keep track and since I have lost 7kg so over 10kg in 2 yrs but keeping it off is a struggle. <BR> <BR> I have gone from 5 insulin injections a day to 2 or 3 a day big plus there. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 11 Nov 2010 23:59:12 EST Not so good this week Hi all, <BR> Well after the amazing 2.2kg loss last week I came down to earth with a big thud. I only lost .2kg this week. Well I suppose I did loose. A little dissapointed about the results as I have been extra active all week <BR> Sun 17th walk 15min.... Wii 90min.... Bike 30min <BR> Mon 18th walk 45min.... Wii 0............ bike 15min <BR> Tues19th walk45min .....Wii 30min.... bike 15min <BR> Wed 20th walk 15min.....Wii 0........... bike 30min <BR> Thurs21st walk 45min....Wii ... Sun, 24 Oct 2010 01:40:48 EST With a lot of help from my Sparkfriends Last week I cried out for help. The response was great. <BR> To all those friends who spoke up and helped me I felt I could not let anyone of you down so I settled in for the long run. I was so determined I would not be left with egg on my face (pardon the pun) for those who know I breed chooks. <BR> Well today I feel like jumping through hoops. <BR> I lost a whopping 2.2kg the biggest loss for more than a year and not only that I am below 80kg once again. <BR> Exercised really good. <BR> ... Sun, 17 Oct 2010 00:47:09 EST I have new chicks Because of my remoteness it is hard for me to purchase new laying chickens now mine have gone off the lay. <BR> My friend has chooks and a rooster (which I do not want a rooster) & offered to give me fertile eggs when one of my girls got clucky. <BR> <BR> Well a while ago Snow got clucky so we put 9 eggs under her. Ever the dutiful mom she sat on them for 3 solid weeks. Out of the 9 only 1 did not hatch, 1 still born and 1 died in the first 24hrs. <img src=" Fri, 15 Oct 2010 00:11:09 EST Today is a new start I have been given the chance to start again, I am taking it with both hands. <BR> Whilst on my holidays I put on around 5kg. I worked so hard earlier this year to brake through the 80kg mark and was so proud when I did. Now I am 81.4kg and need to get serious again. <BR> I have given myself until christmas to be at goal weight of 76.0kg. <BR> <BR> A chart has been grafted up and placed on the fridge door along a fatty picture and when I was 77.0kg so I have my visuals done. <BR> Next was t... Sun, 10 Oct 2010 00:51:03 EST Wii & Tasmania Our trip to Tasmania was too short but we had a wonderful time. Cadbury factory tour did not help the waist line however, it was only once in a lifetime. <BR> For our 40th anniversary my darling hubby gave me a ruby anniversary ring with 3 rubies and 2 diamonds. But wait there's more. My 60th birthday daughter (Tracy) & hubby combined funds and got me a complete Wii with the Wii fit also. I have wanted one for so long and I am using it everyday. Trying to get rid of the cadbury damage. ... Thu, 16 Sep 2010 00:54:38 EST 40 years gone already Well my other half and I celebrate 40yrs of married bliss on the 5th Sept. I started orgainising a holiday 12 months ago and we are off to Tasmania this weekend. We have lived or visited every state inc N.T & Canberra except Tasmania so this will complete our travels. <BR> <BR> There will be plenty of exercise around Port Arthur and the Cadbury factory not to mention the markets and Battery point. We will be staying with our daughter who I have not seen for nearly 12mths for a few days be... Thu, 26 Aug 2010 00:10:56 EST Fishing Hi went out fishing the other day have not been in the boat for 6months and look what I got. Good tucker. They are called Grunter this one was almost 60cm. <BR> Hugs Syl <img src=""> Sat, 21 Aug 2010 23:20:28 EST Back to basic's My last blog was about being cocky and not writing everything down. Well it has still caught up with me. <BR> So Monday I started writing everything down and calc. not only carbs but calories as well. What a shock it was when I added it up. Calories 1134 for the day and carbs 100.2 well you might say that is in your range. However, from experience I need my cals to be closer to 800-900 and carbs no more than 50 per day. <BR> <BR> So back to the drawing board again weighing measuring an... Wed, 30 Jun 2010 03:09:26 EST To cocky for my own good I have been with sparkpeople for some 19months now and have been doing quite well. <BR> <BR> Threw sparkpeople I found exercise was a friend not a swear word as I used to call it. <BR> I was loosing steady bit by bit each week then whamo I got cocky and thought if I walk a bit further I can have a biscuit or slice of cake or even two. <BR> Well let me tell you it does not work. OK I got away with it for a couple of months then like the add on tv putting on weight I am not worried until y... Sun, 6 Jun 2010 01:27:29 EST Beat my Hubby My hubby is 6ft (180cm) tall and weights in at 87.0 kg he is also very fit. On monday I suggested we rode our bikes into and out of town some 5km round trip. I do this ride everyday on my own. Well he agreed and we set off Monday morning. <BR> I took the lead and after a couple of mins I looked back to see where he was. He was about 100ft behind. After 10 min I was about 500mtrs in front. I slowed down for him to catch up and he did not infact he stopped. I called out you ok which he s... Thu, 27 May 2010 00:30:40 EST Doctor impressed with I have just returned from my 6 monthly epidural in Townsville. All went really well. The doctor was so impressed with my weight loss and my fitness level he could not believe I was the same person who 12mths ago walked in on a walking stick. In a great deal of pain. <BR> <BR> He wanted to know all about Sparkpeople and said he will be passing it on to his back patients to encourage them to do the same. <BR> <BR> He said that the rate I was going I would be looking at perhaps only one epi... Mon, 17 May 2010 01:19:35 EST Off to the smoke As most of you know I go to Townsville every six months for back treatment at the hospital well that time has come around again. Just as well because my pantry is bare. I have not shopped for six months either. <BR> I need some retail therapy fast. <BR> It takes 2 days to get there. Will not be posting for a week or 10 days depends how the treatment goes. <BR> Good news on blood tests I am all within normal range. <BR> Remember to keep smiling it makes people wonder what you have been up... Thu, 6 May 2010 23:41:58 EST Fasting Blood tests My Dr wanted to do some fasting blood tests to see how the diabetis was travelling. I fasted all night the clinic does not open until 9am & we have an influx of tourists now. When I arrived at 9.01am there was 9 people in front of me. I was so cranky I had taken my insulin injections but had not eaten. Silly girl. After 20 min I started to go hypo (needing sugar) and I asked the girl there how many was in front of me now. 7 was the answer. I said forget it I am going home to have some ... Thu, 22 Apr 2010 02:11:44 EST Cut off in April Who would have thought we would be cut off in April. For the third time this year the roads have cut us off again. The water is 1.48mtrs over the bridge at Glenore and the bridge is about 10mtrs above the river. <BR> <BR> Good job I do not want to get out until next month. Oh well the Barramundi are still biting well and we got 2 about 70cm long yesterday. Fish is good for you. <BR> love Sylvia Wed, 7 Apr 2010 01:07:22 EST I kicked the stoneage good bye Well I finally did it. Kicked the sooooooooooooo slowwwwwwwwww dial up good bye and connected to broadband. Yes we can get it adsl2 only. I cannot believe the speed now during the wet season my dial up connection was between 9kbs and 15kbs and I now have 256kbs it is like all my dreams have come true. I can load a page without having to go and sweep the floor whilst it was loading. I am so happy today. The beauty is with the isp I have no time limit or no mb limit for wait for it $29.... Thu, 18 Mar 2010 01:33:05 EST On ya bike <em>332</em> <em>332</em> <em>332</em> <em>332</em> <em>332</em> <BR> <BR> Hi all, <BR> Saw the dr yesterday I have not had my final xray yet (we are cut off again about 1wk now and looks like another 3 or 4wks) I will get it sometime but my arm is now almost healed I have 80% movement with it. I got back into my walkies last month and am building it up again 6,000 steps per day this month but the great news is yesterday I did my first bike ride since falling off and braking my arm. ... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 23:49:43 EST Barra fishing My hubby went Barramundi fishing today. Arm still not good enough to hold a fishing rod. Anyhow this is the results. <BR> love Syl <img src=""> <BR> Pictures of 4 barra should be with this blog Sun, 7 Feb 2010 00:36:34 EST Cyclone Olga hits 11inches of rain Cyclone Olga passes Karumba at 5am today its centre was 60kms away. Lots of tree damage our yard looks like a battlefield thankfully no property damage. Both hubby and I are ok. So far it has dropped 11 inches of rain in the last 24 hrs. It is now 2.30pm the wind is very strong and it is still raining and a freezing 24.4deg ha ha. <BR> <BR> The town held an emergency meeting yesterday and I was asked if I wanted to be evacuated to the next town (because of my broken arm) I said no I will... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 23:38:57 EST I need some patience please I need to find some patience. It is now 5 wks tomorrow since braking my arm and it is not knitting yet. My xray's show it has not started to mend. I know I have various things against me post menopausal, diabetic and age but I am so bored. <BR> <BR> I can now use my right hand as long as it is still from the elbow to shoulder. It is not in a cast because the brake is 1 inch below the shoulder joint. Thank goodness it not in a cast with 38 deg and 80 - 90% humidity everyday. <BR> <BR... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 00:23:51 EST My broken arm update I would to thank everyone who stopped by my blog and gave me lots of simpthy commens and well wishes. <BR> It has been just over a week since I broke it. I am still taking pills for the pain but I am sure it is a little better now. Very colourful black,blue,green & yellow. <BR> <BR> Have a great christmas all <BR> love Syl Thu, 24 Dec 2009 00:59:20 EST Fell of bike & broke my arm yes that's right I broke my right arm 1" below the shoulder joint. Was taken to hospital 70kms down the road by ambulance & they kept me in for 3 days. Now all exercise stops for a week when I can start walking but no power walking. <BR> <BR> It is my right arm & you guessed right I am right handed. Luckly we are going to a friends for christmas dinner. <BR> <BR> I can still smile but it is most painful, there are people worse off than me. <BR> love Sylvia Fri, 18 Dec 2009 23:53:07 EST Push Bike I have a pushbike. As a lot of you know I am remote and you cannot buy much here. Well my darling hubby went to the dump and got a ladies mountain bike frame (no wheels seat or peddles) he then cleaned it up and striped the running gear of his bike and made one for me. I just love it. My test run was 5kms into town and home again. A little bruised in the not to mention parts but I was so happy. He said if he wants to ride he will just use mine. <BR> <BR> What a man. <BR> <BR> <BR> As... Sun, 22 Nov 2009 01:11:56 EST My first sparkversary & my progress Today is my first anniversary of being a sparkmember. What a journey it has been. <BR> I started with health issues. I am an insulin dependent diabetic taking 5 injections a day. <BR> I have a back condition which limits my mobility <BR> Then I joined sparkpeople. 12 mths on I have lost 12.2kg (26.8lbs) 62cm in total from my body. <BR> Before and after pictures (sorry if you dont like snakes I do) <img src=""> <BR> <img src="http://photos... Mon, 9 Nov 2009 23:33:32 EST Played with daughters snakes I have not posted a recent picture of me so I thought I would show you the fun I have when we stay with our daughter and son in law. This one's name is Sir Hiss <BR> he is a black headed python. The have 18 snakes now and everyone is different with its personality. Sir Hiss is my favourite. <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 2 Nov 2009 00:12:55 EST Off to hospital again It has been six months since my last treatment on my back and I am off to Townsville again on Sunday. It will take us 2 days to drive there one day for the treatment and 2 days to drive home again. This will be my last trip before the wet season cuts us off again . <BR> <BR> <BR> We will be staying with our daughter and son in law so that part is pleasant. Doing christmas shopping plus stocking my pantry for the next 6 months. <BR> <BR> Keep loosing and I will be back on line soon. ... Fri, 23 Oct 2009 02:13:51 EST 36C/97F to hot for walking learnt my lesson good I like to do three walks a day as I have posted before. I am up to 8 to 10kms a day and feeling really good about myself. Yesterday I did my last walk at 5pm and it was 36deg I did not feel hot. Took plenty of water with me. I got within 10min of my home and my legs felt like wobbly jelly and I was light headed. <BR> <BR> I kept going turned into my street 5min to go and I knew I was going to pass out. I did it on a friends front lawn he is a single guy and came running. When I came ar... Sun, 18 Oct 2009 01:34:21 EST Forrest Gump you've got company I do 3 walks a day, First with my hubby (bless him) for 12min <BR> Second with my mp3 & I walk into town 25min <BR> Third with my mp3 around the area 30min <BR> <BR> Because of the increase of temp I am walking before 8am it is 32 deg & at 5pm it is then around 33deg so it is getting hot. <BR> <BR> This morning on my second walk I was having so much fun marching along to my mp3 that I forgot to turn off so I just kept walking I circumnavigated the town still met hubby was just a bit late g... Tue, 6 Oct 2009 01:44:17 EST 8 person made 270,000 step challenge with me Well last month I had 8 persons join me on my step challenge. I am very pleased to say all 8 including myself (with my foot injury) made target plus. <BR> Well done Girls you all deserve a pat on the back. <BR> October challenge is 285,000 steps for the month. <BR> We are working towards our big one ...........1 million steps in 3 months commencing 1st January 2010 <BR> love <BR> Sylvia <em>186</em> <em>182</em> <em>186</em> <em>182</em> <em>186</em> Thu, 1 Oct 2009 01:30:22 EST come back in 2 years Hi yes that was what the 5 min consulation with the surgeon said. We drove 12hrs round trip to be told it is not a big enough lump to have surgery come back after 2 years when you cannot open your hand then we will operate. <BR> On the lighter side I enjoyed my shopping trip. Off to Townsville end of next month for an epidural to give me some pain releif. That is a two day drive one way. The big plus is I get to stay with our daughter & son in law. We only see them generally every 6 mo... Sat, 26 Sep 2009 00:13:38 EST 12hr drive for 5min dr consulation Hi all, <BR> Off to the smoke this time it is my hubby who has to see the surgeon, it will take us about 6hrs to drive to Mt. Isa see the doc for 5 min and then 6hrs drive home. <BR> We leave tomorrow and will return home on Friday. I do not miss the opportunity to stock my food pantry for the wet season. <BR> Stay loose and I will be back on probably Sat or Sunday. <BR> love Syl <BR> ps I do hope we dont collect any roo's this time. <em>253</em> Tue, 22 Sep 2009 01:16:03 EST 10 second jog I am back into my walking and I did my 4 times weekly walk into town. Town is 2.5kms away my hubby comes with the car 25min later to pick me up. <BR> <BR> Today I was walking to Neil Diamond Hot August Night on my mp3 and something happened that has not happened in 35yrs. I started jogging, only 10 sec but I did it. In fact I did it 5 times I was stoked. Probably should not have done it as I have only just got my foot unstraped from Plantar Fascitis but anyhow wanted to share my joy wi... Mon, 14 Sep 2009 01:56:46 EST Walking sitting down Hi all, <BR> Still with foot straped up and still not allowed to walk till Tuesday. How I will make my challenge of 270,000 steps for September I don't know. <BR> Have you ever tried walking sitting on a chair. I put on my favourite tune on the sterio sat on a kitchen chair and walked with my feet and swinging hands in time. Oh, boy it is hard. I only managed one song. Still better than nothing. Glad my hubby did not walk inside whilst I was doing it or he would have had a big laugh. <B... Sat, 5 Sep 2009 01:45:43 EST 270,000 steps anyone game to join me? Hi sparkies, <BR> Although I still have an injured foot I am setting this months goal. Anyone can join me in recording your steps for all to see. This month is 270,000 steps that's an average of 9,000 steps a day for the whole month of September. <BR> I know it is getting warm now but it does not have to be all at once. I do 3 walks a day. So come on and have some fun with me. <BR> love Sylvia <BR> <BR> Can you walk that far? Wed, 2 Sep 2009 02:14:52 EST