POPSY190's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=POPSY190 POPSY190'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/ The Saving Grace : BiggestLoserChallenge 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741148 <BR> My third round of being with the Biggest Loser Challenge is coming to an end. This was round 25 so, very appropriately, had Silver as the theme. This blog is part of the final Weekend Challenge to reflect on my experience of the round. It can be summed up in a few words: Support, Participation and Fun in the face of stress and medical issues! <BR> <BR> I started the round in bad shape as far as weight went after a long bout of over-indulgence on holiday! <BR> <BR> Things went from ba... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:02:35 EST Stress Management for Women! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712496 Stress Management for Women! This is absolutely wonderful!!!! <BR> <BR> A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience with a raised glass of water. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, 'half empty or half full?'... She fooled them all .... "How heavy is this glass of water?" she inquired with a smile. Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. To 20 oz. <BR> <BR> She replied , "The absolute weight doesn't matter.... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 03:26:18 EST Reading Bingo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687681 Just recently our local library blog carried an account of reading challenges the writer had undertaken. <link>cclblog.wordpress.com/tag/reading-bi<BR>ngo/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1029206708.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> One of them in particular caught my eye: reading bingo. I don’t know how I’ve missed this idea! But I like it and see it as a very good way of expanding my reading horizons. I tend to stick to an author I like, or a subject I need to... Mon, 5 May 2014 04:02:27 EST The Fitness Test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686872 I did this test for BL25 on Saturday.It wasn't too difficult to organise. I mapped a walk around my district so that I established a one mile route and got round it in 18 minutes which I didn't think was too bad. I wrote down exactly where I went so that when I redo the test I'll be comparing like with like. The same applies to the step-ups. I have a step but even on its highest setting I don't think it was quite 12" so I will repeat the test on the same bit of equipment so that my results wi... Sun, 4 May 2014 02:47:20 EST Personal writing task:SILVER ROUND GOALS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685954 SILVER ROUND GOALS <BR> Twelve weeks in which to Achieve! 84 days in which to make a Difference! Three months to Control! <BR> How will I take advantage of this opportunity? And it is an opportunity, freely given and taken up. It is not something foisted on an unwilling participant. Team leaders do everything they can to enliven the task of making me a healthy individual! They provide an exciting team to join, put me with congenial mates, expend time and creative energy on putting new and im... Fri, 2 May 2014 18:03:06 EST My Summer Kamp http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679147 My summer kamp would be somewhere temperate – not too hot, not too cold, and definitely not humid! I am definitely too old for roughing it so my ideal kamping would be Glamping! Something like this <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1548481179.jpg"> <BR> A comfortable bed, a bit of space and somewhere to sit and relax are my main wishes. Plus, of course, a similar one for bath/shower. <em>334</em> <BR> I don’t even mind if it rains as I find listening to rain while I... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 03:48:05 EST Life Scripts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678148 My husband is an insulin dependent diabetic and in his local newsletter which arrived today there was an article that applies to life in general as well as to diabetes management. The information given is not new but bears repetition. <BR> <BR> And I think this is the concept that underlies the creation of the two wonderful main challenge teams to which I belong: TheCHALLENGERS OF HOGWARTS (I'm a Hufflepuff!) and the POWERFUL PRISM PANTHERS of the BL25, which both in their separate and inimi... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:50:54 EST CulinaryChem: Spice GINGER http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673179 <BR> <BR> My chosen spice is ---GINGER--- in all its forms, fresh root, powdered, crystallised, preserved – I love it! Most people will be familiar with it in biscuits (cookies) and gingerbread cake but I like it in savoury dishes as well. I like ginger marmalade, ginger tea, ginger ale, ginger wine, ginger in pumpkin soup, ginger in rice based dishes, ginger sprinkled on vegetables. Put ginger in it and I will eat it. I don’t usually have a sweet tooth but present me with some dark chocol... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:05:48 EST Humour gets us through! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673045 This was produced by CTV, the company whose building collapsed with tragic outcome on 22 Feb, 2011. With the help of other media businesses they were able to re-establish themselves and get back on air. <BR> Those who have ever heard David Attenborough's distinctive style of commentary with recognise the tone here! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player<BR>_embedded&v=6XGxGXDPbDM </link> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:47:22 EST History, royals and the Earth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672440 Yesterday I spent in the central city. I went to see the royals. This was Prince William’s third visit since the quakes and the first time in Christchurch for the Duchess. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall also came last year to look at the damage and start the renewal of the Victoria Memorial. I went to see them that time, even though the city was in a terrible state. This time was even worse: in the short distance from the bus station to the viewing area I took a number of ph... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:44:56 EST Christchurch Rebuild http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670076 <link>www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/01/<BR>10/travel/2014-places-to-go.html?_r=0 </link> <BR> We are number 2 on this list and I can see why. There is definitely a sense of something happening in this city. But for many people it’s still a long road ahead before homes are repaired or rebuilt and any kind of normality returns to their lives. <BR> Our government is talking about our “rock star economy” and taking credit for our reasonably sound economic status in the world. It’s election... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:09:45 EST Commonplace Bk organisation: writing class c. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663073 I'm keeping the organisation simple and have only 4 headings: Book Precis, Words, Exemplars and Quotations. I've made coloured labels and pasted them at various pages throughout. I'm using coloured paperclips to mark the last page used in each section. <BR> I've kept a copy of my labels so that they can be used again, or other headings added as the contents dictate. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1571025562.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 23:31:48 EST Writing class b and c http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659015 Option 2 b and c. emoticon <BR> <BR> a - Already posted in a blog. <BR> <BR> b - Response to article: I read the lifehack article, and have as a result signed up to get the newsletter from that site. I chose Journalling from that article for further follow-up because it convinced me that that was the way to introduce myself to a different writing style from that I'm used to penning. I have photographed my response and posted it to the team photographs: it shows that I was encouraged to fin... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 00:41:09 EST Writing class: my links http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655871 I've chosen journalling to follow-up: I've ended up with more than 3 links because 3 of them are on more or less the same topic: <BR> There are apps to help if you want to use iphone/ipad, android device or pc. Here are 3 links which review what is available, paid and free. <BR> For Apple: <link>www.appadvice.com/appguides/show/jou<BR>rnaling-apps-for-the-ipad </link> <BR> For Android: <link>www.easyjournaling.com/2011/07/5-gre<BR>at-android-journalsdiaries-to-get-you-<BR>started/ </link... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 03:31:37 EST Arts and Charms Week One: previous attempts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638782 I had a bit of a poke around and came up with a few things I'd almost forgotten: I look back at why I don't do so much these days and think it must be because I'm less stressed than when I worked. I think I did these things as a break from the constant pressures. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1493067294.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A piece of ceramic painting, a knitted lace scarf, so old it is discolouring, a cross stitch picture, all that remains of my bobbin lace-making days (boo... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 16:35:55 EST Arts and Charms Week One: Creative spaces http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637843 <em>268</em> My task this week is to describe my studio/creative space. <BR> I don’t have a studio as such, more a bunch of cubby holes where I store materials for when I decide to do that particular activity. Once, I used to do bobbin lace but gave all the boards and bobbins to a local club after the earthquakes as the clean-up then required serious decluttering. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1519790109.jpg"> Even in the midst of disaster Christchurch people found opp... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 16:36:00 EST Tension during Sorting .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636359 ..... so I walked round the block a couple of times for exercise, like this: <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1093083441.jpg"> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 19:38:29 EST Hinny's Anthology http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633955 We’re gathering for the Spring Term at Hogwarts and I’m about to move into my dorm. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1442217632.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hinny, my owl, has gone before me to scope the work to be done. As a reward I have begun her own anthology for daytime reading! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l511380044.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Owl Village <BR> There is a place between an owl <BR> and a tall crowd of equal lines, <BR> a wood of wishb... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 01:57:32 EST Earthquake and Coldplay: I'm proud of my country http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631225 <em>708</em> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbCOtG8uPn0 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>708</em> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vna4FId4pe8 </link> <BR> I knew someone trapped in this pancaked building. All during these rescue attempts there were big aftershocks every few minutes. Sat, 22 Feb 2014 22:59:37 EST Smart Goals revision http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629754 The smart goals themselves don't need a great deal of alteration at this half-way point in the challenge. I've tweaked them slightly but on the whole they remain the same. I need to work more consciously on rewards and the form they take. <BR> My Smart goals: . <BR> 1.To reach MoM status (68kg) by the beginning of BL25 <BR> 2.Reduce waist to 28" and weight to 68kg or under. <BR> *3.Lose 1" from waist per month;lose 500gms per week. CHANGE : an inch a month is unrealistic, aim instead for 1... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 02:16:01 EST Walking yoga and Walking meditation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624398 In my Prof Aurora Sinistra's Night Sky Astronomy class this week I've been looking at option 3 yoga and meditation. Of course, I had heard of these things before and have done some yoga - once in a class long ago, and more recently with a DVD. However, in this class I've become interested in walking yoga and walking meditation. Walking is my exercise of choice and I do some daily, sometimes on the flat and sometimes uphill. However, all exercise takes time and good intentions of following th... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 23:49:04 EST Sleep assignment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604903 <em>102</em> I generally have no problem sleeping now although I have had major problems in the past. But I was interested to see in this assignment if there were tried and true techniques for those night when I just don't seem to be able to fall asleep. <BR> I do most of the things suggested for sound sleep: I have a regular bedtime routine, I don't drink caffeinated drinks near bedtime (but I WAS surprised to learn the effects of such drinks can last 10-12 hours!), I sleep in a cool room... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 01:11:27 EST Goals (summary of worksheet) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596185 My Smart goals: . <BR> 1.To reach MoM status (68kg) by the beginning of BL25 <BR> 2.Reduce waist to 28" and weight to 68kg or under. <BR> 3.Lose 1" from waist per month;lose 500gms per week. <BR> 4. Timeline:Short-term, weekly. Medium term 12 weeks; Overall before BL25 starts. <BR> 5. Why? General physical and mental health; appearance; mobility; independence; personal pride. <BR> <BR> Behaviour goals: <BR> 1. Participate fully in every team challenge over the next 12 weeks. Post points. <BR... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:33:44 EST Think about joining BL24 and get the year off to a fun start! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573959 I'm very excited to be starting the New Year with two challenges that have proven so helpful to me in the past that I can hardly wait for the new rounds to begin. I take part in both the 5% Challenge, as a Casual Traveller <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l469016910.jpg">, and the Biggest Loser Challenge as a Powerful Prism Panther! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l619685191.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This Panther team still has some vacancies so if you are reasonably... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 17:25:09 EST Bullies and blog comments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569516 Recently a blog on bullies and being sensitive to others attracted some unpleasant comment from an anonymous SPer (they have no profile page, and therefore cannot be addressed directly on the matter. This is an affront to natural justice - a poison pen artist should not be able to do this on SP. No doubt they would argue freedom of speech but this is a responsibility as well as a right, and that responsibility is to take account of the effect of words and actions on the recipient. <BR> A frie... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 21:17:09 EST The Cats' Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567509 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1544691995.jpg"> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 19:50:03 EST Two challenges at once; was I mad to do them? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566093 I thought very hard before committing myself to undertaking two big challenges (one for 8 weeks, the other for 12) at once. I was already an Extra Leader on a 5% team and there I was thinking of taking on the BL challenge as well! Would it be too much for me? Could I keep up with the record keeping and reporting? Well, both these challenges have come to an end for this round and I have not only rejoined them but have been invited to take on another leadership role on my BL team. That is not t... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 23:02:28 EST Born blind; loves to read. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555440 <link>www.yourlifechoices.com.au/news/ron-<BR>mccallum?utm_source=edm&utm_medium=ema<BR>il&utm_campaign=enews </link> Mon, 2 Dec 2013 21:38:50 EST 5% assignment: why lose weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504661 Because I want to maintain mobility and independence. <BR> Because I want to, and know I can do it. <BR> Because I want to enjoy wearing my smaller clothes. <BR> Because it will help my health, particularly my heart health. Trouble in this area runs in the family. <BR> Because I want to have resilience in the face of what life throws at you. <BR> Because I want to give my joints a chance of lasting me out. <BR> Because I want to age disgracefully, but with dignity! <em>18</em> Fri, 4 Oct 2013 19:18:49 EST Two Challenges and a quick fat-burning tip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5499877 <BR> I joined the Biggest Loser challenge for the first time a week ago. Because I'm a regular on the 5% Challenge I had hesitated to do this before for two reasons: I feared becoming over-committed, especially to recording (i.e. too much time sitting in front of a computer), and I thought that there might be a sameness that would lead to boredom. But I couldn't have been more wrong. The recording aspect has led me to plan how I will manage: I now keep an informal notebook where I record any... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 02:56:48 EST This day in history - women's suffrage NZ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5489843 On our $10 note we commemorate Kate Sheppard, a Christchurch woman, who campaigned for the vote for NZ women. As a result of her efforts this country became the first in the world to give women the vote: <BR> 1 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l664430149.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l248140632.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Christchurch might be earthquake city, but it is also suffrage city! Thu, 19 Sep 2013 03:52:18 EST Weight loss language http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485816 A friend posted this on Facebook and I just loved it. I'm sorry I've lost the original format but I'm sure the general idea is clear. <BR> <BR> <BR> The table sheds light on just how difficult it can be for a foreigner to understand what the British really mean when they're speaking – especially for those take every word at face value. <BR> <BR> Phrases that prove the trickiest to decipher include 'you must come for dinner', which foreigners tend to take as a direct invitation, but is act... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 23:52:37 EST Re-scaling problems http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485088 The perils of technology! <BR> I have been using a set of fancy scales, which will do everything except, as I've come to realise, weigh accurately. <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> Because I was starting to think there was something amiss, this week, instead of leaping weekly on the scales for my challenge weigh-in, I've weighed daily and have managed to get a variation in weight of 8 kg. This, despite placing the offending measuring machine on a hard floor in exactly the same place, wearing exa... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 03:41:36 EST Taming the urge to spin the wheel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483281 I've recently begun to streamline my SP participation after realising I was spending too much time sitting at a computer Sparking rather than getting out and moving. One of my ways of confining computer Sparking has been to not start my pc until I've done my daily walk (although I do allow myself to use my ipad while drinking my morning cuppa!) <em>271</em> <BR> But I felt I could do more to maximise the beneficial effects of computer time on Spark and I looked at how I was getting Spark P... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 01:27:33 EST Spring Cleaning Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5480103 We're at the beginning of Spring here and I should be thinking about spring cleaning the house. But instead I've been thinking of refocussing my Spark efforts. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1710483604.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The dust, grime and detritus around the house are easy to spot; less easy is the disorganisation and clutter that seems to have crept into my efforts to be lighter and healthier. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l19... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 00:59:37 EST If only this were true . . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5471394 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l167686108.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've been in the frame of mind where I could almost have persuaded myself of this. So it's been emotional eating for a while, even though I knew it wasn't a good idea! So some serious re-thinking is needed here. From tomorrow I will again monitor my portions, not give way to between meals eating, and resist the BLTs (bites, licks and tastes). Boredom is not the problem. For some reason that I can't fathom being bus... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 03:22:39 EST Something to aim towards? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5456787 These last few weeks I've fallen by the wayside as far as fitness and healthy eating are concerned; having shingles hasn't helped but if I'm honest I've lost motivation somewhat. However, I've always said that I want to retain independence and mobility in my advanced years. These people have certainly done that and their fitness and attitude is something to aspire to - but not necessarily hi-hop for me! <BR> <BR> <link>www.hipop-eration.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> There are videos of their a... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 03:07:49 EST Shakespeare on Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5449516 <BR> This coming week the challenge is to get enough sleep for health. There are many scientific articles about the value of a good night's rest, the result of many tests and monitoring of subjects. But over 300 years ago The Bard knew it already: <BR> <BR> <BR> Shakespeare on Sleep <BR> <BR> <BR> Thou hast no figures nor no fantasies <BR> Which busy care draws in the brains of men; <BR> Therefore thou sleep’st so sound. <BR> Julius Caesar (2.1.248-251) <BR> <BR> To die: to sleep; <BR>... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 03:20:51 EST A simple pledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440547 My Pledge: <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I am. ... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 02:46:43 EST Excuses - Assignment 6 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425999 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1199710508.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Essentially I have to get my head around this truth. I go along well for some time and then I just lose momentum. I don't even bother to make excuses for not eating properly or exercising regularly. Lack of time, the state of the weather, illness - none of these apply to me most of the time. <BR> <BR> To overcome this lassitude and to carry me through the 8 weeks of the challenge, and hopefully beyond I will <B... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 03:04:34 EST If wishes were horses, beggars would ride . . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5424814 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1980866823.jpg"> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 00:24:14 EST 5% Summer Challenge 4 - Triggers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423662 List ALL your trigger foods. <BR> I do find it hard to stop eating <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l609919303.jpg"> <BR> once I start. But this is not a major problem as I find it easy to resist buying them, or if given them I don't feel impelled to open them. We were given a box of fudge by a recent guest - it is sitting on top of my fridge, waiting to be given away to a friend who loves such things. <BR> The thing I crave, and find it really difficult to resist buying, o... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 00:13:02 EST 5% Summer Challenge Assignments 1-3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422553 I need to check my settings as the email notifications for these assignments haven't appeared. So here are 1, 2, and 3 all at one go! <BR> <BR> Have you got your gym clothes, runners, water bottle, etc. ready to go? <BR> Yes, and my home equipment at the ready, too. But before the 27th I must try to set up the Wii again as it's winter here and the wii is good for the grey, cold, rainy days. <BR> <BR> What is your exercise plan? <BR> As much regular hill walking as I can fit in. I'm going t... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 01:43:37 EST Family history reunion - no time to overeat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421366 In May we travelled to Victoria, Australia <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1108156720.jpg"> <BR> for just under three weeks. <BR> The highlight of the visit was a gathering of one branch of my family. Three years ago I had no idea I had relatives in this part of the world; now I found myself helping to organise a reunion of the descendants of 3 brothers who went to Australia in the mid-19th Century and of their sister, who remained in the UK. I was the only represen... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 03:39:35 EST In the meantime - a recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5405947 I keep meaning to write a "proper" blog about recent travels and family reunion. I will do it soon but other things keep getting in the way. However, I saw this on a friend's post on FB and thought it looked interesting: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l427598160.jpg"> Sun, 30 Jun 2013 00:23:55 EST I need to remember this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402719 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1043570995.jpg"> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 17:57:27 EST I KNOW HOW IT FEELS ..... :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5350552 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1015295924.jpg"> Thu, 9 May 2013 02:57:56 EST Catching up pre-Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346937 I've been so busy working on family reunion activities I have let my SP activities lapse more than a bit, including the 5% pre- challenge ones. So now it's catch-up time. The best thing is that the timing is great because I've strayed far from my healthy habits and goals but only recently so getting back before things get totally out of control is going to be A Good Thing for me! Today was a case in point. I've let the vegetable and fruit supplies get low, we had a doctor's appointment which... Mon, 6 May 2013 03:46:58 EST ANZAC 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5334369 Today is when New Zealanders and Australians remember servicemen who served abroad in many theatres of war. The 25th April represents the Gallipoli campaign during World War 1 when for the first time these troops fought as representatives of their own nation, rather than as contingents of the British Army. Losses in Turkey and on the Western Front were appalling on both sides of the conflict. <BR> <BR> ANZACs remember also the words of Kemel Ataturk in a memorial plaque in Canberra: <BR> Cen... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 16:30:34 EST 8 Weeks of Fun - and it's Healthy! The 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332487 I'm feeling quite sad; the 5% Challenge is over and I have to wait until May for the next one. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> But there is a silver lining. My team, The Casual Travellers, keeps up its chat and interim challenges in the interval. So I'm not totally bereft of my friends and their help and support. To say nothing of their sense of humour. <em>18</em> <BR> <BR> The name belies the team's character : there's nothing casual about the help and genuine interest the members dis... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 03:45:32 EST