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/ Sleep Journal Week Three - Tuesday in to Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972042 BEFORE BED: <BR> <BR> What time did you wake up today? 6.00 am (a little before but dozed) <BR> <BR> What time are you lying down to go to sleep? 11.00 ish <BR> <BR> What, if any, was your bedtime routine? ..... <BR> <BR> What were the last food(s) you consumed tonight? Flax bread & brie - 7.00 pm <BR> <BR> Did you exercise today? Yes - lots of walking & 30 mins elliptical first thing <BR> <BR> Did you consume any alcoholic beverages today? No <BR> <BR> Did you consume any caffeinat... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 13:55:48 EST Sleep Journal Week Three - Sunday in to Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971468 BEFORE BED: <BR> <BR> What time did you wake up today? 7 ish <BR> <BR> What time are you lying down to go to sleep? 11.00 ish <BR> <BR> What, if any, was your bedtime routine? TV <BR> <BR> What were the last food(s) you consumed tonight? Flax bread & brie - don't remember what time <BR> <BR> Did you exercise today? Yes - lots of walking <BR> <BR> Did you consume any alcoholic beverages today? No <BR> <BR> Did you consume any caffeinated drinks or foods today? 2 coffees, 3 teas in the... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 14:24:24 EST Sleep Journal Week Two - Thursday in to Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969553 BEFORE BED: <BR> <BR> What time did you wake up today? A little before 6.00 am <BR> <BR> What time are you lying down to go to sleep? 11.00 pm (actually in the end it was 10.00 pm - knackered) <BR> <BR> What, if any, was your bedtime routine? Very tired after lots of walking, did a bit of Alexander Technique, watched TV - went to bed early <BR> <BR> What were the last food(s) you consumed tonight? Ate around 7.00 ish - flax bread & cheese <BR> <BR> Did you exercise today? 11.5 miles of ... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 04:23:30 EST Sleep Journal Week Two - Wednesday in to Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968380 BEFORE BED: <BR> <BR> What time did you wake up today? 6.00 ish <BR> <BR> What time are you lying down to go to sleep? 11.00 pm (actually more like 11.15 pm) <BR> <BR> What, if any, was your bedtime routine? 2 hours yoga, bit of TV, some half hearted procrastinating before finally going to bed, bed <BR> <BR> What were the last food(s) you consumed tonight? Cup of cocoa about 10.00 pm <BR> <BR> Did you exercise today? 9.5 miles walking, 2 hours restorative yoga <BR> <BR> Did you consume... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 03:26:47 EST Sleep Journal Week Two - Tuesday in to Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967750 BEFORE BED: <BR> <BR> What time did you wake up today? 6.00 ish <BR> <BR> What time are you lying down to go to sleep? 11.00 pm <BR> <BR> What, if any, was your bedtime routine? Exercise, music, TV <BR> <BR> What were the last food(s) you consumed tonight? Lunch - no food this evening <BR> <BR> Did you exercise today? Lots: 5 miles walking, 30 mins elliptical, Core Secrets Off the Ball <BR> <BR> Did you consume any alcoholic beverages today? No <BR> <BR> Did you consume any caffeina... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 02:46:21 EST Sleep Journal Week Two - Monday in to Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967193 BEFORE BED: <BR> <BR> What time did you wake up today? 5.30 am <BR> <BR> What time are you lying down to go to sleep? 11.00 pm <BR> <BR> What, if any, was your bedtime routine? Reading / Music / TV <BR> <BR> What were the last food(s) you consumed tonight? Home made flax bread, brie <BR> <BR> Did you exercise today? 7.3 miles of walking <BR> <BR> Did you consume any alcoholic beverages today? No <BR> <BR> Did you consume any caffeinated drinks or foods today? 4 coffees, 2 teas in th... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 02:31:13 EST Template for Sleep Journal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967192 BEFORE BED: <BR> <BR> What time did you wake up today? <BR> <BR> What time are you lying down to go to sleep? <BR> <BR> What, if any, was your bedtime routine? <BR> <BR> What were the last food(s) you consumed tonight? (Include type, amount, and time you ate.) <BR> <BR> Did you exercise today? (Include the type, duration, and time of day if you exercised.) <BR> <BR> Did you consume any alcoholic beverages today? No <BR> <BR> Did you consume any caffeinated drinks or foods today? 2-3 co... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 02:30:44 EST Sleep Journal Week One - Sunday in to Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966689 BEFORE BED: <BR> <BR> What time did you wake up today? 6.30 am ish <BR> <BR> What time are you lying down to go to sleep? 11.00 pm ish <BR> <BR> What, if any, was your bedtime routine? A bit of Alexander Technique, music, TV <BR> <BR> What were the last food(s) you consumed tonight? Flax bread, brie - but I ate too late <BR> <BR> Did you exercise today? A bit of Alexander Technique - meant to do more but I didn't focus <BR> <BR> Did you consume any caffeinated drinks or foods today? 2-... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 01:45:47 EST Sleep Journal Week One - Thursday in to Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965219 BEFORE BED: <BR> <BR> What time did you wake up today? 6.00 am <BR> <BR> What time are you lying down to go to sleep? 11.00 pm <BR> <BR> What, if any, was your bedtime routine? Vocal toning, radio, TV, radio, bed <BR> <BR> What were the last food(s) you consumed tonight? 5.30 pm - flax bread & peanut butter, cocoa <BR> <BR> Did you exercise today? No - today was a scheduled rest day <BR> <BR> Did you consume any alcoholic beverages today? No <BR> <BR> Did you consume any caffeinated d... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 02:09:28 EST Sleep Journal Week One - Wednesday in to Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964677 BEFORE BED: <BR> <BR> What time did you wake up today? 7.00 am on the dot (one hour late) <BR> <BR> What time are you lying down to go to sleep? 11.00 pm (a bit later tonight) <BR> <BR> What, if any, was your bedtime routine? Exercise, snack, shower, vocal toning, TV <BR> <BR> What were the last food(s) you consumed tonight? Flax bread with brie, coleslaw on the side <BR> <BR> Did you exercise today? A long walk first thing. 30 minutes on the Elliptical Level 4. Core Secrets off the B... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 03:32:56 EST Sleep Journal Week One - Tuesday in to Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964438 BEFORE BED: <BR> <BR> What time did you wake up today? 5.30 am <BR> <BR> What time are you lying down to go to sleep? 10.30 pm <BR> <BR> What, if any, was your bedtime routine? Pilates this evening, updating my Tracker, shower and then bed <BR> <BR> What were the last food(s) you consumed tonight? I slice homemade flax bread with brie at 9.30 pm <BR> <BR> Did you exercise today? 30 minutes on the elliptical (instead of an outdoor run) and 1.5 hours Body Control Pilates <BR> <BR> Did yo... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 16:28:24 EST Sleep Journal Week One - Monday in to Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963819 BEFORE BED: <BR> <BR> What time did you wake up today? 5.45 am <BR> <BR> What time are you lying down to go to sleep? 10.30 pm <BR> <BR> What, if any, was your bedtime routine? Last night I watched TV until bed time, did my ablutions (old fashioned word ;-) and when I got in to bed I did a visualisation of being 'plugged in' to the Earth and being re-charged. Usually I put the radio on - but I didn't last night. <BR> <BR> What were the last food(s) you consumed tonight? Home made Flax ... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 14:47:11 EST 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