RADIANT888's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RADIANT888 RADIANT888'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/ Highgrove House http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713514 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1882137867.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was lucky enough yesterday to take a tour of the Gardens at Highgrove House - which is where Prince Charles lives (or old Big Ears himself as I call him. Sorry Chaz - I'm still a republican in that respect). <BR> <BR> It really is an inspirational place to visit. Prince Charles started the gardens off 30+ years ago and his gardening team are geniuses. <BR> <BR> You aren't allowed to take photos - so I've h... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 15:14:03 EST I walked and I walked and I walked and I walked http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708136 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l403859921.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Phew. Up early this morning to go in to the City (of London) for a guided walk along the beach of the Thames at low tide. We had an expert archaeologist walk us along the beach looking for treasure. I found a piece of Delft tiling which would have dated from the 16th Century (v. exciting), an animal bone, some housebricks which had been eroded in to stones and lots of polished glass. <BR> <BR> I love glass when... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 14:01:51 EST Such a long, long time ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705398 ... since I blogged .... Wed, 28 May 2014 17:34:50 EST Changing Tack - The Fast Diet (5:2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368101 OK - so I was unemployed there for a while BUT on the upside I used the time to institute a new fitness regime. I started work the week before last week and everything went askew. Suddenly my routine is completely different and I can't do what I was doing before and don't have the time to cook all my meals from scratch - plus I'm in an office environment with all the temptations of cookies and chocolatey over indulgence (and boredom/comfort eating tbh). <BR> <BR> BUT two of the ladies I'm ... Sun, 26 May 2013 03:02:13 EST Another Week - Bob-Bob-Bobbing Along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345975 Things in my life are not especially eventful at the moment - which can be a blessing in many ways. It means I'm focussing on my health and getting in to good habits - I see it sometimes as putting in a new foundation. <BR> <BR> So after a couple of not-so-focussed weeks, I'm getting back in to my exercise routine any - which I am sooooooooo enjoying. The effect is really brilliant. At times now I get a springy feeling in my hips and shoulders which feels really powerful and youthful. An... Sun, 5 May 2013 08:02:22 EST Kind of a Funny Old Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5338084 I started this past week on good form: did my C25Ks, did my Pilates, did AM yoga which was wonderful. But then I went off the boil - which I'm pretty sure is down to PMT. <BR> <BR> I know it happens every month but it always catches me be surprise. It was on Friday that I noticed that I had been completely overtaken by a feeling of bleakness - and that is the only word for it. I didn't want to do anything, I was really wanting to overeat, I had no hope about anything. Just not a good min... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 10:01:41 EST Major Non-Scale Victory under my belt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330276 My weight peaked a couple of years ago at a whopping 259 lbs. <BR> <BR> One of the things that was really horrible about being that weight was that I couldn't find a belt in a normal store that fit me - they didn't even come around my waist let alone do up. So I ordered some XXL belts on eBay - but they were too small as well. So I had to get a custom made belt. <BR> <BR> Well, I noticed yesterday that I had reached the furthest notch on my belt but the belt was loose! The first time i... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 04:56:20 EST Coming Back to SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5329349 I joined SparkPeople last year in November and did well for a while, but I went off the boil and then Christmas came and oh boy, did I over do it! <BR> <BR> In January I had a major panic with gallstones - I didn't know I had them. One of my gallstones got loose and blocked my bile duct - which led to pancreatitis. I had felt bad all week, but I woke up one morning in absolute agony and finally admitted that I had to go to the hospital where I stayed for five days. In terms of my treatment... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 06:44:27 EST Easy Does It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5322580 I’ve noticed that lot’s of people on SP are talking about the Fast Diet – it looks really good and seems to have strong scientific support so maybe one day I’ll be joining in (but for now, not so much). In the UK the Fast Diet was first brought to public attention by a medico-journalist called Dr Michael Mosley on a programme called Horizon. <BR> <BR> He also made another documentary: The Truth About Exercise. This promoted science that said that you only need to do three minutes of high i... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 09:14:00 EST Oooh - thank you very much http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5316918 I've recently been starting to practice Pilates (in a small way) to help heal my body and get it back in to correct alignment. When I was on Weight Watchers I noticed on the blogs that a lot of people would start doing the C25K programme and then three weeks in: 'Ooh, I've damaged my Achilles Tendon', 'Oooh, I've really hurt my neck'. I don't think you actually can go from the couch to 5K without risking injury. Personally I think you need to get your body in to a healthy alignment before ... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 09:33:20 EST I'm on the Move http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5149559 So, it's my weigh in tomorrow morning. I think my results will be all over the place. <BR> <BR> Firstly, on Sunday I ate far too many calories - but I guess that will happy every now and again - I'm not too worried - I snapped right back on the programme on Monday. <BR> <BR> Secondly, I've started exercising again. I'm doing the C25K programme on my elliptical trainer - taking it very easy. Also, today I did a beginner's yoga DVD and the Mari Winsor sculpting circle beginner's workout - ... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 13:34:44 EST Another 3lbs? Really? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5143124 Guys, I'm finding this a little surreal. <BR> <BR> On WW my weight loss progress was like: I'd lose 3lbs and then I wouldn't lose again for another 6 weeks. <BR> <BR> I think it's also a different style of community here - the focus of attention is much wider (bit of a pun, but you know what I mean) and not just on points or losing weight. People here talk about their broader goals (oops, sorry, there I go again). <BR> <BR> I'm so pleased. I began trying to lose this weight in November... Thu, 22 Nov 2012 03:37:45 EST 3.5 lbs off in one week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5131166 This move from WW to Spark People is proving to be a really good one - and I've lost 3.5 lbs in just one week. I had been following the WW programme closely for the few weeks before the switch, so this isn't a 'water loss'. It's not the dieting beginner's luck - it's a real weight loss. <BR> <BR> The WW system allows unlimited 0 point fruits and vegetables and now having to count fruit and veg is paying off for me. <BR> <BR> I guess ditching meat and relying on plant based proteins instea... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 04:01:11 EST And I'm Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5128011 I've registered my first loss on Spark People: 2.5 lbs off. <BR> <BR> In the UK (as you may or may not know) we group the pounds in to stones - 14lbs in a stone. This loss has taken me down in to the next stone bracket. When I very first started on Weight Watchers, I was 18 stone 7lbs - and now I'm 15 stone 11 3/4 lbs - which is fabulous because I was 'in the 16s' for ages and now I'm not. <BR> <BR> I'm still tracking my food via WW (for the moment). What's really interesting is that yes... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 03:26:55 EST Mini-Miracle This Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5124482 For me a little miracle this morning. <BR> <BR> I balanced my bank account yesterday and discovered that a payment had gone out that I hadn't anticipated for (I'd completely forgotten it was due). I realised that if this payment cleared overnight it would take me over my overdraft limit - resulting in huge pain in the bottom charges (incidentally I think sending a letter these days & charging a fortune for it is just a waste of paper in these days of electronic communication & a way for the... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 07:58:48 EST Just beginning to explore http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5123403 I've just joined Spark People today having migrated from Weight Watchers. I've lost 2 1/2 stone so far, but still lots to go. One of the reasons I've joined Spark people is that I want to be able to track more nutritional information to make sure I'm getting all my minerals, especially calcium. Women have to be careful about bone density & I want to keep my nice and strong especially as I head towards 50. Also, I've just switched to being a vegetarian so I want to keep a closer eye on thi... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 09:57:15 EST