PEARL10's SparkPeople Blog PEARL10's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Things that help I am reluctant to go on HRT (hormone replacement therapy) due to the links to breast cancer. So I am exausting natural remedies for now. If I can't get this to help them I'll take the risk. But I want to say I have tried the natural first. First thing the natropath said was to reduce sugar. I really think it makes a difference. I have been careful to reduce my sugar but this w/e I was a little naughty. I Went and stayed with friends 40 min inland at the lakes. Beautiful and relaxing. Few ... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 02:28:17 EST Menopause <img src=""> <BR> For the 1 st time ever I have hated summer. Been a very hot summer down under and it's predicted to be a while yet. Feb is usually our hottest month (like the norths august) & with hot flushes every hour. ..cruel just cruel! I saw a natropath a few weeks ago. She said get away from sugar. fat. Sounded good to me. The hot flushes have reduced in intensity but still most hours. With the eati... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 05:02:46 EST Reasons we don't loose weight I have been doing some reading & It is recommended that you don't over exercise as we release cortisol, a stress hormone & insulin. When we release insulin, the body stores fat. <BR> <BR> I read similar a while ago but it was mostly about cortisol. It's recommended to do gentle exercise such as walking & swimming. Long distance at a gentle pace is better than hard out running etc. <BR> <BR> Normally every summer I am out on my bike cycling over to the beach & back. It's only 15km, but it's ... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 05:10:53 EST MENopause or something I'm 48yr in 2 days. I have been having changes in my periods & hot flushes now & again for about a year now. Nothing hideous....ya! <BR> <BR> So ya that it's not hideous, but the weight thing is really peeving me. Working really hard to increase prot & decrease carbs. Usually that combined with extra exercise that happens in summer, the weight falls off. Not this time. Almost like some sort of a spiders web that you get tangled in. Desperate to get the sticky web off your face...... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 23:02:28 EST Dates for goal You no when you change the date for a goal, like comes up with a calender. Click on the date & hay presto. For some reason that is not working atm. <BR> <BR> I want to change the date for my weight, as i have reached my goal weight & need to set a new date. I must be doing something wrong, or going to the wrong place as I can't seem to figure out how to do it! <BR> <BR> Ideas plz Sat, 23 Mar 2013 05:03:09 EST 11weeks & 8kg I wish that was 11weeks & 11kg or more! <BR> <BR> But alas, I am not 20 anymore <em>20</em> It's ok, it's coming off slowly & I am stinking to this life style. That alone is fantastic. <BR> <BR> Winter is on it's way, so I need to be thinking about warm foods & how I can still maintain good choices. It's cold today, suddenly after some scorching hot days & feeling very over the sticky humidity. I was thinking it would be good just to have one days relief from the heat...I guess we got it... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 19:38:09 EST Holy crap! Man...I'm so over this! <BR> <BR> Weighed in today, just to see if there was any change from yesterdays massive 1 kg up (2Lbs). It was WORSE!!! Said I was 87.7...I was that a month ago!!!! <BR> <BR> I did have a handful of chippies yesterday when we were out at the lake. Forgot to log it in my food, but still even 2 handfuls wouldn't be too much...I think!I don't really eat chippies that much, so never looked it up. Chippies are high in maybe I just made it worse for myself. <BR> ... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 20:02:53 EST A gain...but how? Ok 8weeks now & I weighed in today. NOT GOOD! Put on almost 1kg...WHAT??? <BR> <BR> Now there are a few things I need to consider.. <BR> <BR> Sun & Mon I was up at the hospital intermittently with a mum to be. Chocolates in the office, chocolate biscuits in the staff kitchen...Had a few, but not many. Tues, I was there all day. It was a long day & I got lots of drinks & snacks. I ate WAY TOO MUCH. Honestly, 3million calories!!Wed, straight back into behaving myself. Good exercise & eating v... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 02:14:39 EST 7 weeks Only down 400g (little under a pound) this week. I didn't think I had lost much, I couldn't feel much change in my clothes etc. I guess to loose slowly is a good thing as it is meant to reduce the chance of yoyo dieting & starvation mode. I just have to remember I am eating well 99% of the time & exercising 99% as well. I do have days of rest from exercise too. <BR> <BR> Interestingly, last week I was down 1kg but my measurements hadn't reflected the same. This week I have 4cm off my waist!!... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 16:44:15 EST 6 WEEKS 6 weeks into this journey & I'm down 5kg (10Lbs) woowt!woot! <BR> <BR> It's nice being able to fit smaller clothes again & feel better within myself. Good being able to exercise & feel every step ache & my feet hurt. Wow, that was bad. <BR> <BR> The power of suggestion is amazing. A friend told me how someone she knew went to Mexico & had a gastric sleeve for $5k (NZD) (4,200 USD). This seemed a viable option, given my history of yoyo dieting & now being in the obese range with a BMI of 3... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 20:20:53 EST FREAKN HORMONES Well, I'm not impressed with the 500g or 1 Lb I lost this week. Man, I have worked so hard. It must be period is any day, so I will blame progesterone for now. I'll weigh in again maybe monday. I don't feel very encouraged. Even my measurements are not much...1cm or less in some places. <BR> <BR> So what is the alternative??? Pig out & become obese again??? <BR> <BR> Nah, just have to keep on this journey. I'm not 20 anymore, it's going to take longer to loose at 46! <BR> I w... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 16:15:24 EST STOKED 4weeks I have been doing really well. I have had one day where I ate FARRRRRRRR too much, but one day didn't turn into a week or two & that is amazing in it'self. <BR> <BR> Stoked to be down to 88kg from 91.5 a month ago. Noticing the difference now in other places. My watch slips up my wrist a bit easier now & I can see in my face as well. I luvvvvvve that! <BR> <BR> So on I go to week 5...woot!woot! Fri, 1 Feb 2013 16:02:33 EST Summer loving <img src="">Kids & myself have been swimming heaps this summer. Usually I won't get in unless it's REALLY hot. However I have got in several times when it's only in the early 80s. <BR> <BR> Today the girls jumped off the wharfat Ohewa harbour, 15/20min drive away. It was low tide, but still deep enough. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Then we went over to the other side of the Ohope sp... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 01:25:46 EST THREE WEEKS! Three weeks ago I was so over weight that to just walk around the block hurt my feet so much that I was limping. I have had a problem with my right foot, but being so over weight has really made it worse. <BR> <BR> Beginning of Jan, I was 91.4kg=201.5Lbs..EKKKKK <BR> <BR> I was feeling really upset around Nov as I found out that my midwifery partner partner didn't want to work with me anymore. I found out through gossip. I rang her (After 2 glasses of wine!) & she confirmed the gossip. I fe... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 18:36:51 EST New beginnings I did this ride almost 3 weeks ago. Weigh day tomorrow,hope the scales & the measuring tape will be nice tome...I have been working hard! Fri, 25 Jan 2013 06:00:35 EST LIKE STARTING OVERRRR & OVER AGAIN... Ok, shift work is finished, time to concentrate on ME!!!! It's all about me, me, me! <BR> <BR> I think I got into a bad space when I did 5 shifts in a row & then after a few days, I did a night duty. Nights suck big time. But that was 2 weeks ago now & I have been eating WAYYYYY too much junk. Time to stop the chocolate intake & start moving again. Time to find some other way to reward myself or sooth myself. <BR> <BR> I can't believe I was doing soooo well. Exercising almost everyday, eat... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 17:16:34 EST Protein power Pigged out yesterday. Seem to be quite poorly controlled when I'm really tired. I guess that's reasonable & forgivable. I was so tired, but if I had a nana nap, then that night I wouldn't be able to sleep. I did have a power nap, but that was it. <BR> <BR> I helped a friend who had 2 women in labour. I was only at the hospital 90min or so, I was back in bed by 2am. As I was reading (trying to get sleepy) the ph rings..One of mine..."My water broke". Oh man! She wasn't in labour, so I went to... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 22:35:47 EST Flu shot I don't normally get the flu shot, however this winter there has been a bit of an epidemic. Then Miss 13 got sick ??flu. I had the immunization to prevent me from getting it. I don't have time or the want to have the flu. Not that anyone wants to get it, but I just refused! <BR> <BR> Today, I have been feeling really weak. I biked 10min to the usual track I love in the bush. I plodded one foot in front of the next. Thinking I was just low on carbs, due to the protein I had yest with minimal... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 02:44:43 EST The slippery slap Our boarder turned 17 yesterday to so I made her a nice meal & a cake. Then her dad arrived with another cake & some other yummies....oh no...things are getting slippery very quickly! <BR> <BR> I did my second night duty (10.30pm-7am) & ate too much then too. <BR> <BR> I was beginning to feel the dread start....spinning dangerously, precariously close to that slippery slope of failure & inevitably weight gain. I thought i'd lost my mojo. I thought I was loosing control. <BR> <BR> When I ... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 03:41:21 EST $230 NZD runners <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Stuff usually costs an arm & a leg more here in NZ. Guess we are on the other side of the world to where Asics are produced & someone has to pay for the air fare! <BR> <BR> I am loving my new custom fitted shoes. Hopefully all the pain in my foot will go now. I have had good shoes in the past, but usually just bought the cheapest available. <... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 23:31:20 EST My awesome run Went for a mean as (Kiwi for awsome!) run today. I have a new pair of runners which I had custom fitted. Stoked as! Now I can run again. Thu, 23 Aug 2012 22:14:41 EST My awesome run Went for a mean as (Kiwi for awsome!) run today. I have a new pair of runners which I had custom fitted. Stoked as! Now I can run again. Thu, 23 Aug 2012 22:14:41 EST To zumba or not to zumba I went to Zumba a few weeks ago. I enjoyed it, but felt like an idiot as I was so uncoordinated. Sure I was new, but I just felt like an idiot. <BR> <BR> I have lost my mojo & been eating & very little exercise. <BR> <BR> So, do I go a few 100 times to get the hang & stop the feeling of being an idot, or find something else? Mon, 4 Jun 2012 05:45:17 EST Level 15 Been plodding away for a while now & finally tonight, reached level 15...whew, what a mish! Sat, 26 May 2012 06:59:22 EST I'm on a roll again.. Been trying for a long while to get back on track. On &off the wagon many times. The last 2weeks I've been doing really well. Exercising & watching what I eat 6/7days. On the 7th day I rest, b/c the bible says I should. So I rest from dieting & eat hi cal food...LOL...well, the bible says so, so I do!!!! <BR> <BR> Sometimes after a 'rest day', It's quite a paradyme shift to eat well again. It can take a few days to get 'back into it'. However, It's not been an issue these last 2 weeks or so.... Sat, 19 May 2012 21:17:34 EST MYTHS It's a myth that eating late will make you gain weight. Your body doesn't know what time it is when you eat, and it metabolizes all calories the same way, regardless of the time of day they are eaten. There is no real concern with eating late or close to bedtime, unless you find it disrupts your sleep or makes you feel a sick when you lie down to go to bed. <BR> <BR> I hear this myth all the time Mon, 7 May 2012 07:14:58 EST brrrrrrrrrr Winter is on it's way. heat pump on for the 1st time tonight. Usually winter is my most difficult time, but I am working on a positive mantra that I'm confident will work. <BR> <BR> I watched 'The secret' on DVD, which I personally thought was rubbish ,but also realized it was similar teaching to Joel Osteen who I have been listening to for weeks. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I have been saying this for a few weeks now. It's getting on the inside now! Sun, 29 Apr 2012 04:35:00 EST Sheds light on why we like carbs... It's true! Nicotine increases serotonin, the neurotransmitter that leads to relaxed and calm feelings. When the levels of serotonin decrease, we end up feeling irritable, cranky and stressed. To complicate matters, carbohydrates increase our serotonin levels, which explains the cravings for starchy or sweet foods. Sat, 28 Apr 2012 03:20:52 EST motivation Read a really good message about motivation on spark today. Seems like it's normal to struggle, have ups & downs, when our physical wants the opposite of what we want emotional/psychologically. <BR> <BR> Was helpful to see it's normal. I'm not a freakn leper after all! It's normal....I like normal <em>211</em> Thu, 26 Apr 2012 19:28:29 EST I want to break free... <BR> I want to break free <BR> I want to break free <BR> I want to break free from your lies <BR> You're so self satisfied, I don't need you <BR> I've got to break free <BR> God knows, God knows I want to break free <BR> <BR> I am SOOOOOOOOO over battling with my weight. I want to break free. Battling with me is one thing, I am my own worst enemy. Battling with temptation is another thing. <BR> <BR> I've fallen in love <BR> I've fallen in love for the first time <BR> And this time I know ... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 02:03:25 EST PARADISE BY THE DASHBOARD LIGHTS>LOL STOP RIGHT THERE.....I gotta know right now before we go any further, do you love me, will you love me forever, do you need me, will you never leave me, will you make me happy for the rest of my life, will you take me away, will you make me your wife??? <BR> WHAT'S IT GUNNA BE CHOCOLATE....YES OR NOOOOOOOO <BR> <BR> Let me sleep on it, baby baby, let me sleep on it. Let me sleep on it & ill give you an answer in the morning.... <BR> <BR> Chocolate, will you love me, will you love me forever... Sun, 8 Apr 2012 22:55:28 EST PIKS OF A WALK I DID TODAY <img src=""> A BEAUTIFUL AUTUMN DAY FOR A WALK ALONG A 250METER LONG RIDGE THAT IS CALLED TOI'S PA. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> BELOW IS WHAKATANE TOWNSHIP. I BIKED TO HERE & THEN CLIMBED UP A WELL USED TRACK TO THE PA. A 'PA' IS A FORTIFIED MAORI VILLAGE. THERE ARE NOT MANY SIGNS OF IT NOW, BUT A SIGN AT THE END SHOWS HOW IT MAY HAVE LOOKED. THE MAORI ARE THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 03:47:53 EST 5days & going strong I have a warning under my exercise log saying I have exercised too much for the amount of calories I have had. I have tried to make sure I've had the higher amount of calories allocated (17-1800) even 2000 yesterday. So if I have a warning that my exercise is too much for my calories, how do I correct this? previous times, I've just ignored it. <BR> <BR> 5 days today & feeling good. Yesterday arvo I had a nana nap on the couch. When I woke I felt like eating rubbish, but I was able to talk m... Thu, 5 Apr 2012 17:57:13 EST Like starting ooovvvvver...over & over Lord I'm soooo over THIS. So over gaining, loosing & trying not to gain again! <BR> <BR> But here I am, once again...much heavier than I was when I 1st came to spark some years ago. This summer has been sucky much. The rain & cold, which is very unusual for New Zealand in summer,kept me out of the usual bush tracks that I usually run. It was very disheartening to know this was the cream de la cream, the highlight of my year, the one time it's warm & dry & I can get out & enjoy the great out... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 05:32:52 EST Bay of plenty, New Zealand Lovely (late) spring morning, 63F/17c. I went to see some Orca wales that were in the harbour, but just missed them. My friends said it was an amazing sight, must be more organised next time! This is the area I usually walk/run. These hills around the bay compose the race 'Toi's chellange'. 17km (10.5m) round trip from town to the beach in the clip & back again. Fri, 28 Oct 2011 21:58:17 EST KEEPING THE BALL ROLLING I'm stoked to be fitting much of my summer clothing after the usual winter fat accumulates. I got on a roll 6 weeks or so ago & have fallen off & got back on again a few times since then. <BR> <BR> It suddenly got very warm & I needed to franticly rummage around for summer clothing. Usually it's a bit more gradual, but this spring has been cooler & wetter than usual. So much for global warming I keep saying. <BR> <BR> As I'm starting summer a bit lighter than previous winters, I hope I c... Tue, 25 Oct 2011 01:41:51 EST FlOODING & RENA I am not surprised that it is flooded over the stop bank (leve ) again. It has rained so much in the last 48 hrs it's unreal. stop bank is doing it's job once again & we live in a 2 story house. I hate the rain. I hate it when it rains & rains. I eat more & exercise much less. Thank God we are entering summer soon...ummm, well, it's supposed to be soon! It's not cold, it's just wet, wet, wet. <BR> <BR> But, much worse is happening off the east coast of New Zealand. A container ship (Rena) ha... Wed, 12 Oct 2011 01:08:04 EST 2 weeks in a row! WOOT!WOOT! I've done 2 weeks in a row of good exercise & no binge eating!! WOOT!WOOT! So stoked. <BR> <BR> Ahhhh the joys of spring. Longer hours in the day, warmer,'s all good from now till about March. Grrrr, each year I try to avoid my bear cave, but off I toodle with my super king size bar of chocolate (Cadbury fruit & nut!) & another under my arm, maybe i'll wake up, I'll need that extra then! <BR> <BR> So for now, I have to think that the time I am 'GOOD', is longer tha... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 07:13:03 EST GRIEF Went to our pastors wifes funeral today. It was so sad to watch her 4 sons cry & her husband strugle to keep it together. <BR> <BR> Gods promises are YES YES & AMEN....Chrissy was told this when she developed breast cancer in January. She was in remission till 2weeks ago when she went to Australia & felt unwell (It was prob the Australians!!). Upon coming home to New Zealand, she found out the cancer had returned & with a vengance. It was now in her liver. <BR> <BR> I don't undrstand why th... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 03:19:08 EST SPRING!!! Went for a beautiful walk up & along the ridge over to the next bay, about 5km. Incredible views & lovely & warm. Tue, 23 Aug 2011 17:01:58 EST Starting over & over again! As many of you may know i'm not much of a winter gal. I hybernate in my cave with a block of chocolate & am in total denial that it's cold & wet out there. No matter what, each year I head for the cave & come out in the spring a few kilos heavier....My 'winter coat' I call it. <BR> <BR> Sigh....what do Ineed to learn? Why is it winter sucks so much? I must admit I have not had many occassions where I have gobbled everything in sight, including the plate & the bench, not quite! Still, I have... Sat, 13 Aug 2011 07:43:11 EST Seasonal affective disorder I used to suffer from this really bad. Come mid January (mid summer down under) I used to feel panicked that winter was approaching (not till April/May usually) & even get heart palpitations. One December I was feeling a little this way & summer had barely started! I had prayed about it, had counselling & nothing seemed to be changing, if anything it was getting worse. <BR> <BR> I was talking to a very wise women who suggested making a list of pros & cons of moving to a warmer climate, whic... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 03:48:02 EST Summer streaking Over the summer I have been very good, very,very good, & I have been bad, very,very bad! Before Christmas I was on a good streak, exercising HEAPS & being very wise with my food. I was loosing, VERY SLOWLY which was frustrating, but I kept on going. <BR> <BR> Christmas rolled around & I was almost 5kg less than I was in early Nov.....YES! I struggled to get back on track with various social events, my birthday, New years etc. On & off I tried & seemed to be gaining rather than loosing. I got... Tue, 8 Mar 2011 15:55:25 EST Keeping on keeping on Been pigging out since just before Christmas, thu Christmas till yesterday, the 27th. STOPS NOW! I am VERY aware of the 500kg it feels like i've gained in this week, so it HAS to stop now. No more excuses, although I could easily think many up & they would be quite plausible. <BR> <BR> It's my birthday in 2days, then it's new years. why bother behaving & trying to be good when there are 2 events requiring many calories coming right up? Why not then, wait till after new years to start behavin... Tue, 28 Dec 2010 01:15:06 EST Dicsouraged : ( 4weeks & 3 days since I have been back on track, mostly I have been really good. I lost almost 3kg in my 1st 2 wks & since then, nothing. This week I have done some really hard exercise. I have climbed some hills, been for a 2hr bike ride, ran 1hr (which almost killed me!), 6days of exercise, good cardio & nothing. Grrrrr <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This was a 3kg bag of sugar, I was hoping to have a new photo today of a 5kg bag. <BR> <BR> I... Fri, 26 Nov 2010 17:42:00 EST VICARIOUS WALK ANYONE? I went for a walk today in the brilliant (early) summer sun. It was very warm & I just LOVED the way the light was so radiant. This is one of the best things about summer! <BR> <BR> Last summer, I was a whole lot thinner (10kg) & was running 10km in about 1hr. I think, 'wow' now, but then it was easy. I'd love to get back to that, so I start now, one foot in front of the next. <BR> <BR> I had a knee injury 2 yrs ago & with the hill climbing I have been doing the past few days, my knee is so... Thu, 28 Oct 2010 22:47:58 EST THE BEGINNING..AGAIN! Groan, groan, here I am at the beginning again. I am as heavy as when I first joined spark about 2yrs ago, sucks, but there it is..on the table, out in the open. No hiding behind closed doors then feeling all depressed coz I don't fit anything. <BR> <BR> So, how did I get here? <BR> <BR> Immmmm, change, winter,laziness, gluttony, lack of self control. Immmm sounds like those 7 deadly sins or something. <BR> <BR> I do believe it's been a combination of change of environment & also much l... Tue, 26 Oct 2010 06:10:18 EST WINTER DOWN UNDER..WHAT A DRAG! Well, it's been 7 months since my last confession..gosh, that reminds me of my catholic days!!! 7months since my last blog. A lot has happened in that time. I have moved more coastal to a little seaside town called Whakatane. Very different after living in the city of Rotorua for 22years. We lived by the beach (Ohope) for 10weeks, it was lovely, but a little lonely not knowing anyone in the village. <BR> <BR> Now we have bought a house in Whakatane township. We all have settled in nicely. Th... Mon, 14 Jun 2010 00:00:06 EST MEAN AS! Went for a mean (Kiwi for fantastic!) run yesterday morning . Pouring rain, but a warm 19c/66f. I was stinking hot in a jacket, but it was very refreshing to feel the rain on my face. I had a hat on, but took it off as I was too hot. I'm a hot chick anyway..he he <BR> <BR> Felt like I was dragging the chain a bit..carbo lag?? Not enough carbs for this level of activity. Took it @ a slower pace & ran 8km in just over an hour. Miss Bakker, the little baker in our family, baked the night before... Wed, 2 Dec 2009 00:02:49 EST 6 days of cardio with gr8 results I made a decision to loose a bit more weight after maintaining @ 75kg for 2 months. I have decided to go down to 72kg, which isn't a lot, but to aim bigger feels too much to handle. I want to take it slow & gently. For me, dieting tends to make me yo yo in my weight too much. I can exercise & I do exercise, so I have decided to approach it from this angle. If I can aim to burn more than what I eat, then I figure i'm on a winning streak. <BR> <BR> Monday, busy day. Made sure I made time for a... Sun, 29 Nov 2009 22:35:54 EST