PEGIGGLE's SparkPeople Blog PEGIGGLE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Living in the present Here's a quote I like: <BR> <BR> If you're feeling sad, you're living in the past. <BR> If you're feeling anxious, you're living in the future. <BR> If you are at peace, you are living in the present. <BR> <BR> How true! In the exact nano-second of the present we are in, we are always safe. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 01:31:57 EST Flu I'm not worrying today about working out or eating right because I have come down with an awful flu. In fact the very thought of food is repulsive at the moment and moving my fingers over the keyboard is about as active as I'm going to get today. <BR> That's OK. <BR> The difference is that I'm still continuing my streak by checking in today. Woohoo! Wed, 22 Jan 2014 06:45:31 EST Positives I like the idea of pretending for a moment that gravity doesn't exist and that therefore the numbers on the scale are meaningless. Weight isn't the measure of getting healthy physically and mentally in that case - other indicators come to the fore. What are they for me? <BR> Well, I virtually never have cravings these days. I don't feel the need for brownies. I eat clean most of the time without effort, without it being a big deal. And yet, I can enjoy the occasional walnut croissant with... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 22:42:19 EST Just keep trying I'm resisting the urge to be embarrassed about starting over yet again. It's not how many times you fall down that counts - it's how many times you get back up. And I'm getting back up. <BR> I hav lots to celebrate, too! Ok, I haven't shifted the weight (yet) but the Dr says my blood and brain are just "gorgeous." (not a compliment one hears every day…) My blood sugar, cholesterol, etc are well within the healthy range and my blood pressure is spot on. That's a big change from a couple o... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 04:43:38 EST Just look at how much progress I've made! Just got back yesterday from an amazing holiday hiking in Lapland. I mean, it was the vacation of a lifetime, one I've been dreaming about for years. In fact, two years ago, I could not have imagined that I'd be able to hike 16 K in one day. And we are talking serious hiking here, not strolling through a meadow. I climbed 1000's of steps (no exaggeration), clambered up and down rocks and uneven ground, climbed steep hills that looked like mountains to me, and even crossed 4 scary, swaying... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 06:38:55 EST Daring to Dream Today's exercise is to imagine myself 10 years from now, 10 years into the future. That's surprisingly difficult to do! I'm not quite sure WHAT I want that future to look like. Oh, the basics are there. I know I want to be with my beloved husband, and that I want to be healthy happy and pain-free. <BR> That's a good start, I guess! Fri, 26 Jul 2013 01:40:09 EST Lessons - Day 4 of my trial run I'm getting to grips with The Spark Solution and finding it easy and DELICIOUS now. Don't know why I got myself into such a tizzy the first few days. Probably I was trying too hard to be perfect (a life-long trait of mine) and so if I couldn't follow the recipe exactly or do the exercise exactly, I was getting really stressed. Now I'm much more relaxed and learning to shape the program while still remaining true to it. In practical terms, that means veggieburgers instead of hamburgers, sm... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 08:16:03 EST Day 2 - Repeat Despite a bit of a blow-out at midnight, I am getting to grips with the Spark Solution and learning how to make this fabulous program work for me. For example, I'm hungrier in the morning than in the evening, so that's when I will eat more. I don't usually eat an evening snack (although perhaps I should experiment with that) so I'll eat my snacks mid-morning and mid-afternoon. <BR> <BR> Plateaus are only temporary! I can and will break through this. <BR> <BR> My next walking trip in tw... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 06:11:58 EST Day Two - The Spark Solution It's only just after breakfast on Day 2, and I can already feel the rumblings of failure in myself. "This is too hard," I tell myself. "I'm spending way too much time in the kitchen; I'm becoming obsessive about this and I don't have a life." "I don't like the food I'm having to eat - all this processed, pre-fab stuff - all this meat." <BR> <BR> If I'm not careful, I'm going to blow it. <BR> <BR> Time for a reality check. <BR> <BR> First and foremost, I am NOT a prisoner of the program! ... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 02:21:02 EST Day One The Spark Solution While I was on holiday, I bought a copy of The Spark Solution, and today is Day 1 - the first day I follow the plan. I've read the book, I've done the shopping, I've prepared my family. I know I can't keep doing what I was doing because - despite months of effort - I'm just not losing any weight. Don't get me wrong, I've had plenty of non-scale victories and I'm stronger than I've been in a very long time. I can walk for hours, I can carry my grandson, I can even iron, but that scale is j... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 09:40:58 EST If I don't log the food, does it still count? Slowly I've begun to realise that I have my own version of that old chestnut "Calories from broken cookies don't count." In my case, it's: "Food that I haven't logged doesn't count." You can bet that a day that I didn't log my food is a day that I did some comfort eating. At first I thought this was just me hiding my head in the sand - and that's part of it. But it's not the whole story. Not logging is not only about hiding my shame, but it's about turning away from my dream of being the... Thu, 16 May 2013 05:08:13 EST Saboteurs They're everywhere - the "just this once won't hurt" brigade. Just one cookie, just one giant croissant, just one... you get the picture. My daughter, who loves to bake, used to be a saboteur but now she's on my team. She bakes a lot less, and when she does, she kindly does NOT make my two impossible-to-resist foods: brownies and chocolate chip cookies. Then she takes most of what she makes to the office (to sabotage her co-workers diets?). <BR> <BR> If I'm honest, though, my biggest sab... Mon, 13 May 2013 01:38:24 EST Why, why, why? WHY do I want to change my lifestyle - lose the weght and get strong? That's not actually as easy a question as it sounds and I'm not sure I know the answer yet. <BR> <BR> I want to lose the weight so that I can live life to the full, now that I've had the surgery and have a new lease on life. Well and good - but what DOES living life to the full mean? I mean, what do I expect to be actually doing? <BR> <BR> I want to be strong and healthy so that I can be as pain-free as possible - bec... Tue, 7 May 2013 04:15:17 EST Changes, changes, changes The scale stubbornly refuses to move as much or as quickly as I would like - but that's OK. <BR> <BR> Other, more important changes have been happening. <BR> <BR> For the first time in years, I can't wait to get in the pool and really work out. The elliptical is great. And I can't wait to get back to Zumba when my back and hip permit. <BR> <BR> I'm not comfort eating quite so often and when I do, I feel satisfied with a lot less. <BR> Fruit and veg have tasted good to me for a long tim... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 06:34:52 EST I'm Sparking now! Things are going really well in the getting healthy department. For the first time in a long time I weigh less than 90K - OK, maybe it's only .10 less, but still, it's less. I am exercising effectively since having a chat with my physio and adding some new stretches that help my back. For a while, I won't be able to do Zumba, but I'm back in the pool. Hurrah! I'm getting MUCH better at planning meals (I really had not noticed just how many meals I was eating out) and TRACKING my food. <B... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 10:44:41 EST Spark Streak Today is day one of my first ever spark Streak challenge! The challenge is to exercise first thing EVERY morning AND eat a healthy breakfast. <BR> <BR> I did it! I'm completely chuffed. At dawn (about 5 a.m.) I walked with my husband for about 35 minutes. What a lovely time to be outside, when the air is fresh and the birds are singing. Then I came back home and did 20 minutes of physio. <BR> <BR> Later, after a leisurely breakfast and reading the paper, I attempted to go to an aqu... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 11:07:47 EST Building in Motivation I'm excited! I have new walking boots (from Hotter, of course) and I've made concrete plans to use them. In ten days' time, I'm going for a weekend break and while there, I plan to eat less and walk more. I've also planned longer walking holidays in June and in August. I'm committed. I've bought the tickets. So you see, now I have the motivation to get up and do my exercise every morning - I'm in training! I'm preparing to be able to do something I really love and haven't been able to ... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 10:41:13 EST Good to be back I'm finally able to look forward and I'm so grateful! Almost exactly a year after surgery ++, life is getting better than ever. Well, it's not so much that life has changed (of course) but that my attitude and abilities have. For the first time in decades, I'm NOT in a great deal of pain and my body more or less works the way it should. It's a miracle! I'm having to work very hard to regain my health, but that's OK. I'm good at working hard. Physiotherapy, speech therapy and occupation... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 04:57:32 EST Why I eat It's been a tumultuous week, difficult in many ways. I'm learning a lot more about myself but don't quite know what to do with the knowledge yet. I'm becoming aware in a new way that I eat for two main reasons: out of ANGER and out of LONELINESS. I suppose that this doesn't sound startling - lots of people eat for emotional reasons - but until now, I wouldn't have said I was an angry person. But I am. Silly as it sounds, I'm angry at life not turning out the way I thought it would. I'm ... Sat, 22 Oct 2011 08:13:01 EST Link between mind, body and spirit Yesterday I had an amazing lesson in how mind, body and spirit are linked together - and it was my dermatologist who taught me! I'd gone to the doctor to have an annoying mole removed but what she noticed and wanted to deal with first was how my psoriasis has flared. 'What happened,' she wanted to know. 'Something's going on; your skin wasn't like this.' Of course, she right. What had happened was a major illness in the family that's caused me a lot of worry and sleepless nights. She n... Tue, 18 Oct 2011 03:02:05 EST