PAKENHAJ's SparkPeople Blog PAKENHAJ's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community September 3rd Tomorrow i'm starting a new regime of the 30 day shred, i'm going to groom, and moisturise, drink plenty of water, and look after myself! <BR> <BR> Fingers crossed! Sun, 2 Sep 2012 06:16:55 EST Guests They are a tiresome bothersome lot. But we love them. <BR> <BR> My father always told me never to stay in someone's house longer than a piece of fish would stay fresh. so 2-3 days. I always countered with refrigeration techniques which would keep a fish fresh for up to a week, and he replied that I should employ techniques of my own- helping with the food shopping, taking my hosts out to dinner, tidying up after myself and brining a gift. <BR> <BR> We have a guest at the moment, and toda... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 01:51:32 EST Atlantis.... So, I'm going to a waterpark today. <BR> <BR> Good thing is that although there will be plenty of bikini clad bodies, it is appropriate for me to cover up as we are in the Middle East and there are lots of staring eyes but it's also hot...very hot. So i don't want to get burned. <BR> <BR> It does make me think of being able to run around in a skimpy bikini though. <BR> <BR> Sun, 12 Aug 2012 03:02:18 EST Struggling So I'm starting and stopping and starting and stopping on the 30 day shred. Something always seems to get in the way, be it housework, work work, or illnesses that creep up in the hour before i'm due to work out. <BR> <BR> How do you stay motivated when your body and brain are telling you to rest? Thu, 9 Aug 2012 02:27:00 EST Maintenance So, what does this word mean to you? <BR> <BR> Making sure the walls are painted? Keeping the oven cleaned regularly, bleaching your whites every six months? <BR> <BR> I've applied it to myself. I'm going to Maintain myself. <BR> <BR> I'm going to make small changes, like having carrot sticks, soup, and vegetable chilli in the fridge for post-work cravings. <BR> <BR> I'm going to always have a bottle of water to hand to keep me hydrated. And i'm seeing a physio once a week to make sure... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 01:39:06 EST Day 4 Great news, my calves don't hurt as much! <BR> <BR> And walking to the bathroom on my tip toes at work has helped to stretch them out during the day. <BR> <BR> The daily battle of what to order for lunch is about to begin, and making up a shopping list for the week when your hungry isn't such a hot idea. <BR> <BR> Going to have an apple and stretch at my desk, then see what is awaiting my attention today. Tue, 31 Jul 2012 01:55:05 EST The 30 Day Shred So i've just started, today is going to be day 3. <BR> <BR> My calves are killing me. <BR> <BR> My shoulders are starting to feel the burn. <BR> <BR> But it's ok. It's twenty minutes of exercise, ten minutes of warm up and warm down, tand then half an hour either in the shower downing water, or sitting on the bathroom mat drying of and remembering how to breathe. <BR> <BR> So all in all, it's one hour a day to make a change. <BR> Am i Obese? No. <BR> <BR> Am I facing health prob... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 01:38:14 EST Injured... So I pulled my back last week after Squash and Yoga and my workout, routine, and everything else has come to a grinding halt. <BR> <BR> It's difficult to exercise when you are injured, and extrememly difficult to motivate yourself to exercise when you have such a fabulous excuse not to. <BR> <BR> But that is the key isn't it? It's an excuse. <BR> <BR> So on that note, I'm going for a walk on the beach. As that is a great excuse to enjoy myself, get fresh air, and exercise all at once! ... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 01:45:00 EST Reclamation of my Waist So I just started making dresses. <BR> <BR> I'm a big fan of DIY and am a photographer, I love creating things, making things, bringing your imagination to life. <BR> <BR> So Project Runway got me inspired and I started making a dress and finished it, a beautiful green and print maxi dress. <BR> <BR> I'm onto my next one, which will be a silk maxi dress, and am already planning my next one in imitation and reverence of Marchesa. However, after taking my measurements, I realised I have no... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 01:45:50 EST