ME_THE_REMAKE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ME%5FTHE%5FREMAKE ME_THE_REMAKE'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/ I've reached a cross road. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5325355 Ok, so this is a knee-jerk reaction because I am having a particularly bad eating spell, and I am sure people will try to change my mind, but I am thinking of leaving SP. I have been a member since November 2010 - that's almost 2.5 years! - and I am significantly heavier now than when I joined. Something is not going right! <BR> <BR> Don't get me wrong, I love SP for its facilities and sense of community, but I just feel like there is always something stopping me from putting my full attenti... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 14:53:11 EST April update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5318727 My goodness! One third of this month has passed already! I just don't know where time goes to, I really don't! <BR> <BR> So far this month has not been successful. This week's weigh in showed that I have gained back the 2lbs that I lost last month - grrr! My main concern this month has to be the clearing out of the old house, but here are some things I hope to do in order to try and lose at least some weight this month: <BR> <BR> - 1 caffeinated drink per day <BR> - 1.5 litres water/squash ... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 17:45:42 EST New beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306609 So, today (31st March) was a multi-faceted occasion over here in the UK - it was Easter Sunday, the first day of British Summer Time and also the last day of March. <BR> <BR> All of these things have led me to feel like this is a really good time for a fresh start. I'll be working on the progress I have already made, but with a new goal. As shown in my new ticker, I am aiming to lose 14lbs (1 stone) and I want to do this by the 28th May. <BR> <BR> That will be my last weigh in before our m... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 19:31:10 EST March-ing towards happiness! - Day 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5300954 I haven't been online very much of late, so I wanted to write an update of how things are going. <BR> <BR> This month I have managed to lose 2lbs - not much, but 2lbs more than I have managed for the many preceding months! <BR> <BR> I haven't really been following a strict plan or anything, just trying to be more mindful of what I am eating and also trying not to sit still for too long at a time! Working on having a tidy house has helped a lot in that respect. There is still LOTS to do tho... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 15:21:09 EST March -ing towards happiness! - Day 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5288674 Well, this has been a busy working week and with TOTM as well, I haven't eaten as well as I could have. Still better than I used to though, so I'm putting it behind me. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was my normal day off work and I spent it at home tidying. I was really proud of myself for making so much progress. It was probably less than most people would do, but it was a lot for me. Today though, I am suffering for it. I am very congested and have a really sore head with it. I am also quite stiff ... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 11:02:04 EST March -ing towards happiness! - Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5281257 So I had intended doing the following this week: <BR> <BR> Tues: 10 mins wall presses / shin touches (as opposed to touching my toes) <BR> Wed: 10 mins squats / wall presses <BR> Thurs: 15 mins wall presses / shin touches / squats <BR> Fri: 10 mins wall presses / 10 mins walking in place <BR> Sat: 30 mins walking if weather nice OR 15 mins walking in place <BR> Sun: 30 mins walking if weather nice OR day off. <BR> <BR> I managed to do Tuesday's 10 minutes, with the help of my good fri... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 14:14:20 EST March-ing towards happiness - Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274466 So, the bathroom scales showed the same weight again this week. I know, I should be glad I didn't gain, but that is not going to help me make progress! <BR> <BR> I am thinking I need to exercise. My eating is what it is right now. Exercise is the key to me losing lbs. Alot of SP users seem to be blessed with the ability to exercise regularly. Not me. Any cardio other than steady walking soon makes me feel light headed and tired. Go for a steady walk then, I hear you say... and I will, someti... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 14:16:01 EST March -ing towards happiness! - Day 2. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269990 Well, today I found myself enjoying doing nothing. I often enjoy doing nothing (by "nothing" please read watching tv/ surfing the net), but this month I don't really have the time for it! A lot of the problem is my other half. He is under a lot of pressure at work and when he gets the chance to relax, it kills me to bring up other matters such as the house move. I want him to have time to relax. I don't want him making himself ill by over-doing it. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, since I don't driv... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 16:31:32 EST March -ing towards happiness! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268905 So, we are at the start of March already! I think in the last few weeks I have made some good progress with my eating habits. There is still plenty of room for improvement, but the finer details will come together once the house situation is sorted out. <BR> <BR> By that I mean, although we actually moved house in November, we still have a long way to go with clearing out the old house. It has become somewhat of a dark cloud hanging over us! We are hoping to get it finished this month, but t... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 18:44:57 EST The night before weigh-in! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5263505 I really don't know what to expect with my weigh-in tomorrow morning! Hubby keeps telling me I have become boring where eating is concerned, so that must mean I have improved to some degree, but I don't know if it has been enough to show on the scales. I'm quite nervous!! <BR> <BR> I guess I just have to brace myself and remember that I am on a learning curve - whatever happens tomorrow, I can still improve and achieve better results. <BR> <BR> That said, I may still go to sleep with my fin... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 14:10:35 EST Post-holiday catch up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5244261 Hubby and I walked lots whilst we were away, but not as much as usual. I think we both soon realised that we were less fit than last year. We adapted to deal with that and definitely felt relaxed, but it was certainly food for thought! <BR> <BR> Since we've been back home, I've been trying really hard to eat less between meals. I'm really missing my cooked breakfasts though. I need to find something equally as appetising and filling but quicker to prepare and handy to eat at my desk. I think... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 17:52:29 EST Shocked! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5205285 So, today I saw a tv ad about the ideal waist measurements for men and women. I was shocked to see that the women's one was 32 inches - that means I'm 12 inches away from a healthy waist size! <BR> <BR> 12 INCHES!?!?!?! How did I let that happen? No wonder I have so many health issues. I feel queasy since this realisation. I need this to change, pronto! <BR> <BR> I am going on holiday on Thursday but for me it is not just a holiday. It is a chance to get some regular exercise and to eat we... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 16:15:28 EST A quick review of 2012 and looking forward to 2013! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180984 So, this is what I wrote on 31st December 2011: <BR> <BR> “This time next year, I would like to:  <BR> <BR> - weigh less  <BR> - walk a single flight of stairs without panting at the top  <BR> - have lots of stories to tell about things I have done during the year  <BR> - feel healthy  <BR> - be happy in my work life, having taken the necessary action to achieve that  <BR> - have a greater understanding of myself and how I fit into the bigger picture  <BR> <BR> In order to achieve the abov... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 14:37:16 EST Reality check http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5161182 So, moving house is not going as smoothly as I had hoped and I thought I'd been quite realistic! Christmas is going to be a low key event this year as a result. The most important thing for me is who I spend it with anyway, not how pretty the house is or how big the gifts are. <BR> <BR> Although I am not monitoring my progress right now, I am trying to be more active & hopefully that will get me off to a good start in the new year. I'm not worrying though. 2012 has not gone how I'd hoped, b... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 14:48:35 EST Life's challenges..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5119377 they are exactly that - challenges to be faced and achieved! <BR> <BR> Today being Halloween, there were more temptations than usual and I let myself succumb to them. I'm not beating myself up though - it was a special occasion and I am going to regain control tomorrow. Being a Brit, the next holiday is Christmas - plenty of time to get a good streak going. <BR> <BR> As per my sparkpage, my first goal is to lose 5lbs. So far I have lost 2lbs. 3lbs more and I can book myself a hair cut! So ... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 17:28:33 EST Name changed... now what? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5115741 In the interest of being honest to myself, I have decided to take a long hard look at what could be preventing me from losing weight, so here are my thoughts.... <BR> <BR> Procrastination! <BR> <BR> If there is something I need to do and something I'd rather do, you can bet I'll do the latter! More often than not, the latter is sit and do nothing, or should I say, nothing active. I'm normally quite happy surfing the net, watching tv, or sleeping! Any wonder my fat stores are ever-expanding?... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 15:33:08 EST Mid-month update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5098868 October is flying by, as most months do! Nevertheless, I'm really happy with my progress regarding my eating. I'm managing quite well to cut down on my snacking and increase my fruit & veg intake. I'm also cutting down on how much tea I drink and trying to drink more water (albeit in cordial). <BR> <BR> I've struggled with the exercise, as usual, but when I get the chance, I am taking a walk outside. With winter upon us in the UK, I am going to have to get into something indoors, because I k... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 16:57:34 EST October?!?!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5084079 Wow so we are in the last quarter of 2012 already, how did that happen?? <BR> <BR> Just to briefly look back at my September goals: <BR> <BR> - lose 4lbs - FAILED - LOST 0 POUNDS, BUT AT LEAST I DIDN'T GAIN :) <BR> - get into a regular fitness regime - FAILED <BR> - be more organised with food and always have healthy options available - FAILED <BR> - get stuck into the house de-cluttering project - FAILED <BR> - post a blog at least once a week - FAILED <BR> <BR> OOPS!! I didn't achieve an... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 16:51:08 EST Let's try not to panic! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5074712 All of a sudden, there are only 6 more weeks before I wanted to fit into my size 18 dress for my Dad's 65th birthday!! <BR> <BR> Needless to say, I've made very little progress towards this goal - I've been yo-yoing between the same 3 lbs for the last few months & have not really managed to change my exercise or dietary habits as yet. It's just not good enough! <BR> <BR> I need to do this for my Dad - I'm sure most of my relatives are concerned about my weight but too polite to mention it -... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 17:04:24 EST Summer reflections & September goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5041080 Wow where did the summer go?! Ok so British Summer Time technically ends in late October, but let's face it, the weather is going to start changing imminently! <BR> <BR> This summer has not been anything like I expected it to be. The main event being the decision to move house. Like most things, we didn't act swiftly enough and then panicked that we didn't have enough time to get everything moved out, so now we have extended our lease until the end of December. We WILL be moved before then t... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 11:22:03 EST I walked 10K!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5039839 Well, despite doing very little training between us, my dear husband and I did a sponsored 10K walk yesterday evening! The aim was purely to complete it and still be alive, which we just about achieved! There were points were I thought I was going to be ill or faint, but hubby got me through them and by the end I was just relieved and exhilerated! I am so proud of us for doing this for a good cause despite how busy our lives are at the moment :) <BR> <BR> This morning I got up feeling much b... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 10:26:04 EST Very frustrated! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4981737 I just read over my last blog post and screamed internally!! Not one part of it has come to fruition so far! What am I doing? Why can't I follow my own great plans to achieve my own much yearned for goals?! <BR> <BR> It is so frustrating, especially as I don't know why it has not happened. Time just went by without me taking any action. This has been the case for years now, but I thought I was in a place where I could make things change! <BR> <BR> I MUST MAKE THINGS HAPPEN! <BR> <BR> I WAN... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 13:24:57 EST There's always something... or is there? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4959538 What I mean is, I always seem to have an excuse for not doing "X" just yet.... whether it's clearing out the house, starting an exercise regime, eating better, keeping in touch with my parents better.... whatever it is, I always have a "reason" not to do it! <BR> <BR> So my latest has been, I'm going to put my weight loss on hold whilst we move house. <BR> <BR> WHY?? <BR> <BR> Thanks to a good friend of mine (you know who you are!), I've realised that in actual fact, I need to make sure I... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 17:22:26 EST "Time out!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4950518 Well, I am just back from a great weekend away to Edinburgh, Scotland. The weather was variable, as is usual in the UK, but that didn't deter us from what we were doing! I think we saw the main sights and got a general feel for the city. We also enjoyed the chance to be away from things and just relax. <BR> <BR> Back to reality now and we have given our landlord our "notice to quit", so the move is now official!! Time to get cracking on the clear out! Due to this, I am taking a break from w... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 15:26:58 EST Another year survived! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4939195 Tomorrow (Sunday 24th June), I turn 34 years old! The last 12 months have been more trying than I could ever have predicted, but here I am, still in one piece and feeling stronger than ever! <BR> <BR> I don't want to look back any more though, I want to look forward to the next 12 months. They have the potential to be the best 12 months of my life so far - I've had good points in my life, but generally not a great 12-month period. <BR> <BR> Here is what I want to achieve in the next 12 mon... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 16:51:40 EST Who am I? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4936646 The whole thing of moving house is really making me quite reflective! I have a lot of de-cluttering to do and I have to have a clear idea in my mind of what possessions I want to keep and what I want the house to say about me. I am finding this quite tiring, just as much as the actual exercise of de-cluttering! So, this blog is to allow me to share some thoughts on who I think I am... <BR> <BR> - a loving. caring, thoughtful wife <BR> - a woman of some intelligence, with potential to become ... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 18:13:19 EST News! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4930273 Wow what a weekend! - in short, I'm moving house!! The next three months are going to entail a lot of de-cluttering and emotional decisions, so I am not even going to entertain trying to eat differently! Hopefully I'll burn a few extra calories though :) <BR> <BR> I never saw this coming at all, so it has kinda blown my diet plans out of the water, but I'll do my best to keep posting blogs here. Once I get moved, everything will be so much better in terms of healthy living, so I am really op... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 15:38:52 EST It is important to remember WHY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4925075 Apologies to any avid followers, there may be an element of repetition in this blog - I just feel that this exercise is a great way to motivate myself and focus my mind. So here is my current "Why" list! <BR> <BR> 1. To climb stairs without being out of breath or hurting my knees. <BR> 2. To decrease if not eliminate my need for medication (blood pressure/asthma) <BR> 3. To enjoy clothes shopping (physically & the ease of finding clothes that fit) <BR> 4. To increase my self esteem / confide... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 15:37:19 EST Re-rewind.... starting out again on the road to success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4920356 Well, tomorrow I am starting over (again!) but this time I am going to do things a little differently - I am going to succeed! <BR> <BR> I have reset my SP goals & trackers and I am going to focus on my fast break goals for the next 2 weeks. They are: <BR> <BR> -Eat 2 fruits or veggies each day <BR> -Stretch for 5 minutes each day <BR> -Write in a journal 3 times per week <BR> <BR> I will keep a handwritten record of whether I have achieved these which I can then transfer to SP when I am o... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 16:20:48 EST I'm no Queen... I just want to feel like a princess! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4913027 So this is the long weekend for the Queen of England's Diamond Jubilee celebrations - some of the scenes on tv are quite amazing and make me very proud to be British! <BR> <BR> What I am not so proud of however, is how I look in my recent holiday photos! <BR> <BR> Here is one of the 100+ shots we took around Lake Garda in northern Italy.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l680952403.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here is a shot of me trying to cope with the Italian heat....... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 10:54:31 EST Day 8/9/10/11 & some musings..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4887691 Day 8/9/10 & 11 have been mostly about working, working and eating, & the arrival of my gift from Mother Nature. The combination of these elements has led to a very tired, slightly grumpy lady! I have done my best to keep up my water intake, but I also increased my tea consumption which has probably been counter-productive, but not as much as the chocolate biscuits & other "bad" foods I have munched on and the fact I have had hardly any fruit & veg all week! The only exercise I have really go... Fri, 18 May 2012 18:34:33 EST Day 7/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4881300 Goals: <BR> <BR> - Exercise: 30 mins cardio & 10 mins dumbells <BR> - Diet: 3 square meals & regular snacks of fruit and yoghurts <BR> - Water: 1.5 - 2litres (including NAS cordial / fruit teas) <BR> - SP: blog about every day, preferably on the day <BR> <BR> Day 7: <BR> <BR> -No exercise <BR> -Ate a few less good snacks today and not much fruit, but it was weigh in day so I let myself off (not the best way to look at it, I know!) <BR> -Drank my water goal YAY! <BR> -Writing my blog n... Mon, 14 May 2012 17:09:02 EST Day 6/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4879615 Goals: <BR> <BR> - Exercise: 30 mins cardio & 10 mins dumbells <BR> - Diet: 3 square meals & regular snacks of fruit and yoghurts <BR> - Water: 1.5 - 2litres (including NAS cordial / fruit teas) <BR> - SP: blog about every day, preferably on the day <BR> <BR> Day 6: <BR> <BR> -No exercise today, justified in my head as because of the miserable weather, but this is just not good enough! <BR> -Only had lunch & dinner today after a long lie-in this morning, but could have done better wit... Sun, 13 May 2012 16:18:19 EST Day 4/14 & 5/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4878425 Goals: <BR> <BR> - Exercise: 30 mins cardio & 10 mins dumbells <BR> - Diet: 3 square meals & regular snacks of fruit and yoghurts <BR> - Water: 1.5 - 2litres (including NAS cordial / fruit teas) <BR> - SP: blog about every day, preferably on the day <BR> <BR> Day 4: <BR> <BR> -I did 5 mins of stretching exercises first thing this morning & I think it made me feel better through the day. I will definitely be building on this. YAY! <BR> -Food not too bad today, but still need more F&V! ... Sat, 12 May 2012 15:26:01 EST Day 3/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4875783 Goals: <BR> <BR> - Exercise: 30 mins cardio & 10 mins dumbells <BR> - Diet: 3 square meals & regular snacks of fruit and yoghurts <BR> - Water: 1.5 - 2litres (including NAS cordial / fruit teas) <BR> - SP: blog about every day, preferably on the day <BR> <BR> Day 3: <BR> <BR> - Still no specific exercise, but I did walk up and down the office floor a fair few times through necessity. Really need to be doing more though! <BR> - Ate slightly better today, but quantities still off track!... Thu, 10 May 2012 15:57:07 EST day 1/14 & 2/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4874346 Goals: <BR> <BR> - Exercise: 30 mins cardio & 10 mins dumbells <BR> - Diet: 3 square meals & regular snacks of fruit and yoghurts <BR> - Water: 1.5 - 2litres (including NAS cordial / fruit teas) <BR> - SP: blog about every day, preferably on the day <BR> <BR> Day 1: <BR> <BR> - 0 exercise - raining at lunchtime so I couldn't take a walk & didn't get a chance to do anything after work <BR> - I was really lazy with meals & didn't fancy my fruit, so didn't have the most nutritional of meal... Wed, 9 May 2012 17:22:02 EST 14 days pre-Italy trip countdown! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4870875 I was sat eating take away pizza for my dinner this evening (a bank holiday treat) & my thoughts drifted to our imminent trip to Italy. My thoughts passed from excitement at the prospect of genuine Italian cuisine through to sheer panic - I have 14 days to make a difference before we go away and then I have to sit in a Venetian gondola one day and travel in a cable car up Mount Baldo at Lake Garda the next day - I do not want to have these huuuuge hips and so many lbs on my frame for these ne... Mon, 7 May 2012 16:07:15 EST Slaying dragons! (and other reflections / plans) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4852007 *Deal with the dragons that are holding you back: <BR> <BR> The main dragons in my life when trying to eat healthily are currently are lack of organisation and being too easily led when it comes to taking the easy (take away) option! By lack of organisation, I mean not buying enough groceries to last a week's meals, but also the house is so disorganised that the kitchen is really not functioning as a kitchen, more of a dumping ground between the back door and the rest of the house! Obviously... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 16:34:02 EST Lessons YOU have taught me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4848552 So, April has not really gone to plan, namely because my Dad took ill after Easter & we had to return to England the weekend after we had just been and then last Tuesday I came down with a stomach bug & I am only just getting back to normal now. This led me into a bit of a downward spiral over the weekend and I was on the verge of closing my Sparkpeople account and forgetting the whole thing BUT I thought I would just try watching a couple of vlogs and see if I could take anything from them..... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 17:03:21 EST The month ahead - April 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4813861 End of tax year is always a little more stressful than the rest of the year due to both hubby & I working in a payroll company, but aside from that, April has the potential to be quite a positive month. Some highlights are: <BR> <BR> - dinner on Monday with a friend who I haven't seen in months (major girlie chat alert!) <BR> - trip to my parents' for Easter <BR> - visit to the Dr to check the month on iron supplements has worked & discuss coming off the beta blockers (did you know, low bloo... Sat, 31 Mar 2012 17:00:48 EST More a rough outline than a plan.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4800300 So, the winter schedule for flights came out today! My darling husband had been checking daily for the last fortnight to make sure he got them as soon as they were released, so he was straight onto it before work this morning. We now have flights booked for visiting my folks in November (Dad's 65th!) and at Christmas. We also have flights booked for going to Spain in January! <BR> <BR> The latter is really what I want to talk about. We go to Spain in exactly 43 weeks' time! So that means I ... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 19:49:16 EST Bit of a catch up... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4770364 9th - 25th Feb I was away in Benidorm with my beloved. The weather was a little cooler than previous years for the first week or so but it eventually warmed up to 20deg C+ so that was nice. We didn't really like the hotel - for a 4* it was certainly no better than our usual 2*. We got by though and enjoyed ourselves anyway. It was great having our usual cafe to go to - it's run by a Scottish couple who we would consider as friends now. <BR> <BR> We arrived home around 10pm on Sat 25th. The n... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 17:05:53 EST February Aims http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4723463 Yesterday's blog still stands but I am going to try and bring some positivity back to this process. Below is my list of aims for February: <BR> <BR> - (as per new ticker) lose 8lbs <BR> - eat fruit or veg with every meal <BR> - drink 1.5 litres of water per day <BR> - exercise 90 minutes per week <BR> - take 1 hour per week for relaxation and reflection <BR> <BR> February is the month of love and I am going to use it to love myself from the inside out. Only then will I be able to build on t... Sun, 5 Feb 2012 12:52:43 EST Rant o'clock! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4721858 Apologies in advance, this is a bit of a ranting blog! <BR> <BR> I have some big issues in my life: <BR> <BR> 1. My ever-increasing weight <BR> 2. My ridiculous workload. <BR> 3. My irritable husband. <BR> <BR> The consequence of these problems is that I am close to breakdown point! <BR> <BR> Getting ready for our annual holiday is an extra stress that neither of us can handle right now. We go on Thursday, so 4 more days of stress to get through... <BR> <BR> I think there could be some s... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 11:57:17 EST End of month #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4714614 Well, I was away visiting my parents at the weekend so I didn't get a chance to do my usual end of week blog. I figured an end of month blog would serve as a good a purpose. :) <BR> <BR> To cut to the chase, January has not been the great month I had hoped it would be! I have gained 2 lbs. I have not started exercising yet. I am not being disciplined with my eating. Life has thrown things at me along the way and I am utterly fed up verging on depressed! <BR> <BR> In 9 days time I am going o... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 15:26:25 EST End of week #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4697161 Well this has been quite a week. I've had really good days and really bad days. I've had work stresses, exciting travel plans, unexpected blood tests, bad sleeps and welcomed home cooking! <BR> <BR> What I haven't had is totally healthy eating or regular exercise! I also didn't have any change on the scales (again!). I guess I should be grateful I didn't gain. <BR> <BR> So, my continuous learning curve has, well, continued! I've been reading as many blogs as I could and also a few SP artic... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 15:55:41 EST A (hopefully) motivational visual! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4694655 I love seeing people's before and after pics, so I thought I would benefit from creating my own! I have a burning desire to look like this and I am going to do my utmost to achieve it. Obviously the model is proportionate, whereas I have a high waist, but aside from that I think it is totally achievable! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l733837870.jpg"> Sat, 21 Jan 2012 06:17:57 EST End of week #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4682499 Not a lot to say really. My first "normal" week in work since my op - i.e. 4 days in the office. I managed to not use the lift at all which I was really pleased with. That's as good as it got to be honest. Weigh in on Tuesday was no change, but I expected that. I'm hoping for better next Tuesday, but haven't really earned it! <BR> <BR> The week to come will be challenging in many ways. I really hope I can get into this 10mins of exercise a day thing - I am tracking and I would love to get a ... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 16:59:41 EST End of week #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4666417 Goodness I don't know where this week has gone! I think the first couple of days were spent dreading going back to work, Wed & Thurs was spent working & feeling exhausted and Fri, Sat & Sun I've just been relaxing and not keen to do anything! <BR> <BR> So this coming week is going to be challenging as it is my first "normal" work week, i.e. Mon-Thurs. I'm thinking though, making excuses is just letting myself down, so I won't do that. I will just start with small changes: <BR> <BR> - drink ... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 15:13:19 EST Just some musings.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4660271 In 5 weeks' time I will be on my annual holiday in Benidorm - hopefully several pounds lighter! I heard something on the tv this evening which related to a completely different topic and I found it quite inspiring so I wanted to share it!: <BR> <BR> "You can only have hope if you also have endeavour" - Burma's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, 5th Jan 2012 <BR> <BR> In other words, there is no point hoping for something unless you also work hard to achieve it! How obvious but so, so true!... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 18:36:48 EST