ROCKYRD1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ROCKYRD1 ROCKYRD1'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/ Absent but returning - Doing it hard with the DVT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458583 I have been doing it hard with this DVT. No exercise and feeling a tad sorry for myself. <BR> Anyway I bit the bullet and tried cycling to work on Friday - Did it really hard about 4km s into the ride I felt like I was nearing the end of a 100k ride - No energy - arms were too heavy to hold the handle bars - couldn't get any energy into the pedals - Fought my way through and got the 20 k to work but I think I had an anxiety attack. I have cycled in the Himalaya's and I think my 20k flat ride ... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 02:28:27 EST 1st Goal - Done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429641 Goal 1 = 13 kilos - that puts me at below 100 kilos - around 01/07 - Done 23/07 - a bit late - but had some issues along the way. <BR> <BR> Today - 14 kilo's down. With this DVT it is even more important that I lose weight. <BR> <BR> So no exercise but still managing to inch the weight off - very slowly but it is moving. Once again my body is being kind to me on the weight loss front. <BR> <BR> I also had to laugh as the day I was diagnosed with DVT sparks gave me a 100 spin on the whee... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 17:17:35 EST DVT - Leg pain explained http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425924 I have been having reoccuring leg issues - Always same leg. <BR> <BR> Finally I have an answer - I have Deep Vein Thrombosis behind my knee and for a couple of inches above and below are others - or same - not really sure. <BR> <BR> So I am now being treated with Heparin and Warfarin. At least know I have an answer which makes some sense. <BR> <BR> Not sure how this will affect weight loss - Cant exercise until the clotting ratio of my blood is correct - Still in the learning phase. So if... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 00:10:19 EST Down another lb - 700grams to my first goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418018 So close.... <BR> <BR> Anyway I have to focus, my BFF is getting married on the 29th September and I want to look good for that. I want to fit the skirt that I am wearing in my photo on my page and I might just buy a new top, and shoes. Actually I want to more than fit it. I want to rock it - I want it to swim on me. That skirt always made me feel like a princess. <BR> <BR> The skirt is tantalisingly close so I think if I go hard I might be able to drop 10 kilos in the 11 weeks. Anyway I... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 15:28:08 EST Absent - but returning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414525 Life just seemed to get in the way. <BR> <BR> Family and friend trials and tribulations. <BR> <BR> Anyway - I have been maintaining the lifestyle - Just <BR> <BR> But as for entering into Sparks - Just not. <BR> <BR> I definitely notice the difference - It is the difference between just maintaining and actually loosing weight. Takes the edge off , calories slip , extra bit here extra handful there. <BR> <BR> Exercise sessions get flagged, excuses creep in. <BR> <BR> So, I have learnt th... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 15:40:24 EST Down a 1 lb http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5397571 I got what you deserved - possibly with a little luck <BR> My week has been so-so diet wise. <BR> <BR> Pot luck dinner was divine. <BR> I ended up making a crepe layer cake with Hazelnut praline and coffee creme. Not the lo-cal version ( not that I think one exists), 3 and a half hours in the kitchen. Not a good calorie day. <BR> <BR> Some celebration over the resignation of "the goddess of wisdom" a completely incompetent staff member who should never have been employed for the role as... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 16:40:10 EST Week so far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5394282 Back exercising - Fantastic <BR> Got flat tyre on my bike - cycling to work - Not Fantastic <BR> Got rescued by my man - Fantastic <BR> My man got tyre and tube sorted so I could bike home after work - Fantastic <BR> Daughter had teacher pupil interviews - Daughter is blooming at Intermediate - Fantastic <BR> Bain of my existence at work has resigned and left - Fantastic. <BR> Some communication with son - Could be better. <BR> On the whole - life is GREAT. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 04:14:14 EST What a difference a week makes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389351 Woohoo - 6 hill crossings, 2lbs down, no pain, pot luck dinner tonight, meeting with my friends, talk some rubbish and the All Blacks are playing France Tonight. What an awesome day. <BR> <BR> Fantastic start - those scales have the ability to make or break a day - they shouldnt - but they do. Just seeing those numbers drop is such a high - God forbid if the increase - spiralling depression. Though I must say I am managing to conquer that depression. If I know in my heart I have been in tra... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 18:57:25 EST Better weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5382731 I have been for two bike rides and I feel so much better. <BR> Had to take a pain killer each time but it is worth it. <BR> Had a nice interaction with my son - I am still only a taxi and a bank but it is contact. <BR> Daughter has Canoe Polo soon so will head of and watch that and go for a nice lunch somewhere between games. <BR> <BR> Then might make some Sushi later - If my leg is up to me standing on it for any length. <BR> <BR> Definite mood lift. <BR> <BR> Sat, 8 Jun 2013 19:18:18 EST Down 2 pound - Body has been kind to me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381751 Bad week - ZERO exercise, down 2 Lbs - go figure. <BR> Do we see instant results or will I pay for my lack of exercise in a week or two? <BR> Anyway went to doctor - Supposedly have stressed foot due to all leg injuries and also somewhat flat footed - so off to see a Podiatrist in Monday. <BR> Personally I am leaning towards some vascular issue - I noticed a vein which is looking decidedly prominent in my leg - I have never had a varicose veins or even prominent veins. We will see who ends u... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 18:23:37 EST Sick of being sorry for myself - Off to Doctor hopefully a correct diagnosis! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5379304 Thanks for all the kind wishes and wake up calls. <BR> 8:30 appointment with the Doc. Not really expecting too much. <BR> <BR> Doctor once hospitalised me to have DVT when I had a torn calf. <BR> Doctor once told me I had sunstroke - I had Typhoid <BR> Doctor once told me I wasn't pregnant when I had an ectopic pregnancy which almost ruptured my tube. <BR> Doctor once rushed me into isolation with possible SARS when i went there wanting a lung XRAY as I has pnuemonia <BR> Doctor once treat... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 15:28:04 EST Feeling sorry for myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376946 My foot is so sore - My leg and foot have been sore for almost a month now. However now it is in my foot which takes all the pressure. I had chilblains last year and this feels much the same except in the foot itself and not the toes. <BR> <BR> I am having to take painkillers twice a day and can do no exercise - I set out for my cycle up the hill and turned back after a minute. <BR> <BR> My foot and leg gets puffy and tight so I have a fluid build up. <BR> <BR> Might indeed need to visit a... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 15:34:42 EST My first lemons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5371064 My lemon tree has provided my first Lemons and I noticed my orange tree also has a couple of lovely looking fruit. <BR> <BR> I lead a sad life getting excited about the fruit on my trees - but I must confess I find great joy in going to my garden and picking produce. <BR> Wed, 29 May 2013 04:06:18 EST Psyllium husk - great if struggling with fiber http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5369946 Just remembered this - can sprinkle in a smoothie or add to a soup . <BR> <BR> Psyllium husk - great if struggling with fiber <BR> <BR> Nutrition Facts <BR> Serving Size 1 tbsp (18.0 g) <BR> Amount Per Serving <BR> Calories 45 <BR> <BR> Dietary Fiber 13.5g 54% Tue, 28 May 2013 03:26:15 EST Someone NOTICED!! Woo Hoo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5369910 I had a work colleague say - It 's just registered that you have lost a lot of weight. I saw you walking and you look a lot slimmer. We had a chat and she said what an inspiration. <BR> <BR> Man that feels good. <BR> <BR> 22 pounds / 10 kilos before someone noticed. <BR> <BR> I wonder when people noticed your weight loss? Tue, 28 May 2013 01:05:51 EST week 2 - 5% challenge - down 3 pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5366912 What a good result - the challenge is a great focussing tool. <BR> Anyway off to climb my hills a few times and then come home and put some more stones in my bucket. ( Done - 6 crossings - tired now) <BR> Then I am going to put together a chicken coup for the guineas pigs to live in. ( done) <BR> Then off to brothers to do some bathroom repairs <BR> And an evening playing cards - Wont be a great food evening but will try to save calories during the day. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great we... Fri, 24 May 2013 17:04:34 EST This body needs to last for a lot longer yet. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5365252 I have watched my father have serious cardiac events, strokes, infections.... over the last 18 months. He was 5' 8 inches tall and 136 kilos. <BR> To some degree what has happened to him is a product of how he has treated his body. <BR> He was an insulin dependent diabetic - due to his obesity and diet. <BR> His circulatory issues - due to his obesity, lack of exercise and diet. <BR> His cardiac issues contributed to by his lifestyle. <BR> He now weighs 81 kilos, however he can hardly walk a... Thu, 23 May 2013 04:09:56 EST My heart goes out to the People of Oklahoma http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5362998 Having just seen on the news the destruction caused in Oklahoma. My thoughts and prayers are with you Tue, 21 May 2013 03:09:21 EST My bucket http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361791 I have a bucket at my front door - it has stones in it. <BR> When I go in and out of my house I see my bucket and I pick it up. <BR> It is getting heavier each week - harder to pick up. <BR> <BR> It has 18 pounds of stones in it. <BR> <BR> If I ever get really tempted to wander from the Spark Path - then I will have to carry that bucket all day every day. <BR> <BR> I look forward to the day my bucket runneth over and I have to get TWO buckets. <BR> <BR> On that day I will blog about it a... Mon, 20 May 2013 03:14:54 EST Exercise in Mental Fortitude ( Did it!!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5359545 Two weeks ago i hurt my leg - nothing bad - just thought it was shin splints. <BR> I then bruised in on a cross trainer and twisted my ankle walking . <BR> Anyway it has been burning and a little swollen ever since - quite irritating really. <BR> I will give it one more week and then I will go to the doctor. <BR> <BR> Anyway I need to exercise - I have been taking it easy and only logged 450 minutes this week - almost all cycling - Nice low impact stuff. <BR> <BR> Anyway I need to mix it u... Fri, 17 May 2013 17:11:28 EST What am I missing by my new life style http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5356990 I miss the taste of chocolate, potato chips, takeaways .... - that is until I get that fatty after taste in my mouth, wake up in the middle of the night and cant sleep and that bloated horrible gassy gut in the morning. <BR> <BR> I miss not having to cook different meals - until I look at my beautiful meal with all the colours and then look at the dull mess - everyone else wants to eat. <BR> <BR> I miss sleeping in - until I get into the fresh morning air and feel invigorated. <BR> <BR> I... Wed, 15 May 2013 04:07:45 EST One Day at a time. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355879 As i have mentioned before I cycled a lot in my 20's. <BR> I cycled some major heights <BR> Kathmandu in Nepal <BR> Darjeeling in India. <BR> Pakistan The Karakoram Highway (KKH) which is the highest paved international road in the world. It connects China and Pakistan across the Karakoram mountain range, through the Khunjerab Pass, at an elevation of 4,693 metres (15,397 ft), <BR> But also the the Swat valley, Shandur Top (el. 12,200 feet (3,700 m)) called the 'Roof of the World' and Lowa... Tue, 14 May 2013 03:56:01 EST Pot Luck Dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353302 Once a month my friends and I have a potluck dinner - where all the foods have to be from a country starting with ... Last night was B. <BR> <BR> Only rule is - You can NEVER have made it before. Takes you completely out of your comfort zone. <BR> <BR> I made a Bahrain Chicken Machbous. Which meant over an hour in the kitchen cooking up a storm. <BR> <BR> There were lots of wonderful exotic foods from Bangladesh, Burma, Belize, Bali ( very loose with our rules) Bolivia and Bahrain. <BR> ... Sat, 11 May 2013 17:55:42 EST 2 Pounds - Makes 6.5% loss in 6 weeks - I am HAPPY. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5349374 I was starting to get really concerned - I have been honest about my food and calories - I have been exercising and quite a lot as well - and weight was not moving. I can understand that if I was close to goal - but I am 100 pounds away. I could understand if I had been at it for months and months - But I have only been good now for about 6 weeks. And my weight hadnt moved for the last two - but anyway movement 2lbs YEAH. <BR> <BR> So 6 weeks and 16 pounds so that is about 6.5% weight loss... Wed, 8 May 2013 04:21:46 EST Lots of Support http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5348202 Hard day at work, no exercise ready to blob in front of couch. <BR> DH says okay you are going to workout - I tried ignoring him, but he wasnt having a bar of it. So he went out to the gym with me and had me doing some weight and some cross trainer - 40 minutes as I am still a touch sore from the weekend and riding yesterday - However it was still 40 minutes I would not have done without his support. Between all the support I get at Sparks and from DH - I feel very blessed. Much more positive... Tue, 7 May 2013 05:36:02 EST Really Really Sad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346939 My son caused some huge issues for me - He is the boy in the elephant photo. Upon our return from Thailand I could no longer tolerate his disrespectfulness towards the Man of the House. - Gordon has been like a father to him for 15 of his 16 years. <BR> <BR> Anyway it came to a head the day after his 16th birthday when he once again was so rude. I demanded an apology - which did not come. I told him to apologize or get out of my house. He chose to get out - and has been living with his gi... Mon, 6 May 2013 03:54:01 EST OH So Sore. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345528 I decided to do some hill walking yesterday - I made three crossings of a hill about 7 kilometres in total - Man am I sore today!!. <BR> <BR> I forced myself to do another two crossings today - I knew it wasnt going to be good as I was lying in bed aching in my thighs and my back. <BR> <BR> Anyway I did it - interestingly enough it was walking downhill which hurt more. <BR> <BR> As I was walking in pain - mild muscle pain - nothing serious - I said to myself - Harden Up - but a bit stronge... Sat, 4 May 2013 18:20:41 EST What wont I miss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344881 As I near my goal ( a long way off) what wont I miss about being fat. <BR> I wont miss going to my wardrobe and NOT fitting 99% of my clothes - those that fit are black and lifeless. <BR> I wont miss blowing the thighs out of every pair of pants I do fit - notice how thin people dont do this - cause they dont get the thigh rub. <BR> I wont miss being put in the front seat when the car is full so that there is more room in the back for everyone else. <BR> I wont miss being the heaviest pers... Fri, 3 May 2013 23:23:04 EST Every cloud has a Silver Lining - you just have to find it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343930 The company I work for moved from Napier - my home town to a sister city Hastings about 20 kilometres away. At the time we were all up in arms at the thought of having to travel further to work. <BR> <BR> Now I am really grateful that they did move - WHY? <BR> <BR> Because now I cycle to work - I aim for three times a week. In reality I make it twice a week - three if I'am lucky - Mainly due to being a Mum Taxi for daughters dance lessons. <BR> <BR> On Cycle days I have to wake up at 6:30... Fri, 3 May 2013 03:23:10 EST Shooting Star http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342774 I am a shooting star - how cool - I have joined my 1st 5% challenge and I am part of a team - so I cant let the others down. <BR> <BR> I have signed up to assist with the team - Very funny considering I have no idea - But oh well boots and all. <BR> <BR> It should be interesting and I am sure very motivating. <BR> <BR> Lets get started!! Thu, 2 May 2013 04:05:10 EST WOW - I fit my fat jeans !! - who would of thought I would celebrate that http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332481 Wow I never thought I would be so happy to fit my fat jeans - Unfortunately I surpassed my heaviest weight by about 6 kilos making my fat jeans tooo tight. Now I can fit them again. I had refused to by any larger so I had just been wearing stretchy pants. Anyway here I am celebrating once again being able to fit my fat pants. Imagine how I am going to feel when I celebrate fitting my next to largest Fat Jeans (NZ 16).... I have them in all sizes down to a NZ 10. At lease I wont have to buy ... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 03:21:12 EST Proud of myself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330185 Really proud of myself - its raining and not the nicest weather . <BR> <BR> Not sure if my bike ride would go ahead so I did 30 minutes of elliptical trainer. <BR> <BR> Got a call from one of the riding group - he cancelled. Brother wanted to cancel but I talked him and partner into going for a ride - Convinced myself I would have gone alone - Not 100% sure. Anyway did the ride - All Good. 70 minutes 24 kilometres 3 inclines. <BR> <BR> So that is why I am proud - would have been REALLY eas... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 23:56:18 EST The pivotal moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5329282 I have added a photo to my spark page today - Up until now I have had an older thinner photo. However I have not looked like that since my daughter was 3 - she is 11 now. <BR> <BR> In reality I am the woman trying to clamour onto the elephant and struggling terribly - while the Thai man is doing his best to haul my fat arse up. My son and family are killing themselves laughing because it must have looked so hilarious. I was laughing out of embarrassment that I couldn't do it. I almost missed... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 01:43:14 EST Cant sleep - so thought I would be constructive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5327261 Week 3 - Getting to a danger point. Need to decide to stick with it. At the moment it feels pretty easy - Warning Warning. Ok what is different. <BR> <BR> I am taking it slower - small changes not all at once. <BR> <BR> The food I am eating is yummy, colourful, tasty and healthy. <BR> <BR> I am not trying to exercise myself stupid. In fact I haven't exercised all week. <BR> <BR> I have a group of friends to exercise with on the weekends rather than always exercising alone - getting around... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 07:36:50 EST Up 1lb - Thats what happens when you get lazy with the spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4736866 I got lazy - i stopped tracking my food , I nibbled more, I exercised less, I didnt track my fitness either. Had a fight with my man, got over that. Had a party - had some wine. <BR> <BR> I feel off the wagon. I might just call that a rest week and move on <BR> <BR> Well I recognise that and have got back up. <BR> <BR> Onwards and downwards <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 13 Feb 2012 13:36:29 EST I remember when...unfortunately my body doesn't http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4729928 I used to be in exceptional shape - I had just finished cycling half way around the world - I cycled the home stretch into London and was a machine. Unfortunately the 2 years I spent 30,ooo kilometres I cycled was a lifetime ago and doesn't last forever. Just because I was in good shape once means nothing now. <BR> <BR> The cycling was a journey with a start and a finish. It was not a life style change which I could maintain. <BR> <BR> Later I lost weight again - not near the extent of c... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 01:01:21 EST Week 4 - Down 1lb - 11 in total http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4725238 Okay the honeymoon has taken a bit of a hit. <BR> <BR> The firewood hunting has not been a great thing - whilst a huge amount of exercise and strength training. I have obviously eaten more and not been doing the cardio that I would have done. My back is sore which means I have not gotten up for my walk today. <BR> <BR> So whilst only a lb down I am feeling a little demoralised. The scales don't lie so yes I have not been tracking my food or preparing properly. Yes I have been grabbing a ha... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 12:49:18 EST Fire wood hunting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4721341 I have spent the day walking up and down a hill dragging branches around, throwing wood around, gathering firewood for winter. I feel like a squirrel. <BR> <BR> If I did this everyday I would be as thin as a rake. I think I need an outside job. <BR> Firewood hunting is great. I get a work out gathering it, putting it on the trailer, unloading at my house, then bringing in in winter. <BR> <BR> Air conditioning is making us all fat - that is my theory. Just thought of it now. How many of th... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 00:51:24 EST Dad in hospital - coming up to 4 months http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4719769 My father had a heart attack 4 months ago. He complained of indigestion and vomiting and pains in his arms. I took him to the doctor - they sent us away with paracetamol. I took him home and he got worse and worse , he started thumping his chest and was cold and clammy. Rang the ambulance, 15 minutes after they arrived they had him in the ambulance where he went into cardiac arrest twice. They drilled a hole in his leg to the bone as they couldn't find any veins. I followed them out to the h... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 04:43:30 EST I didn't Melt !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4716551 I woke this morning at 5:30 for my morning walk. If I dont walk first thing then the day gets in my way and presents all kinds of reasons not to. Too tired, too hot, too cold, too busy too.... <BR> <BR> This morning I opened the door and it was raining OMG. Normally I would have turned around and crawled straight back into bed. <BR> <BR> Today, I just walked as per normal, except you'll never guess - I got wet and it didn't kill me. It was a little slippery but very refreshing - I didn't... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 13:20:38 EST A great day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4714343 My son has come home after being away for 3 weeks. This evening the WHOLE family went out to the park for a run and some exercise. <BR> <BR> This morning my son got up early and went walking with me. He has joined sparkteens. He is wanting to make some good choices and is my daughter. <BR> <BR> It is good to think that my positive changes are flowing on to the people I love the most. I Tue, 31 Jan 2012 12:41:10 EST Pretty painless so far. - 10% of my overall goal reached http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4712334 Week 3 - Down 3 lbs - 10 lbs in Total. <BR> Funny I normally work in kilos but lbs sounds so much more (-: <BR> Wow - looking at it that way - Pretty painless so far. <BR> Ok I know I am in the honeymoon period. I know I will be inclined to get bored, slack and life will try to get in the way. I know that weight comes off easier at the beginning and then gets stubborn. However I am happy. <BR> <BR> What have I noticed with that 10% - <BR> It is easier to do up my sports bra. <BR> It is ea... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 13:16:13 EST Frozen strawberries - Yummy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4710643 I have embraced my garden this year - I have a whole area dedicated to strawberries. After discovering that they are very reasonable on the calorie front , I got even more excited. Natures Lollies - I call them. Anyway I am now even more excited - I have started freezing my surplus - which up until now I have been handing out to friends and family. They are fantastic in my morning smoothie and means that I will be able to extend having them into winter. <BR> <BR> I also do this with ears of ... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 16:57:25 EST My Halo slipped http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4709045 Went to a concert at Church Rd last night - Ice house and Hall and Oates. Ice House Fantastic - Hall and Oates - not my cup of tea. <BR> <BR> Anyway I took plenty of bottled water - to substitute for the bottle + of wine I would normally drink. I took Feta and cucumber dip - with carrot sticks - to replace the pesto and hummus dips and crackers I would normally take. Ciabatta bun - 1 instead of the 2-3 previous, A chicken drum and chicken wing instead of the 2+ rolls of sushi I would ha... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 17:50:17 EST Goals - It's all about time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4703422 My first goal is to be under 100 kilos by the end of February 2012 - 5 kilos to goal. - Reward aromatherapy massage. <BR> <BR> My second goal is to be 90 kilos - End of April 2012 - 15 kilos to goal. Reward Haircut and facial <BR> <BR> My third goal is to be under 80 kilos - 25 kilos to goal - End of June 2012 - Reward - Do a half marathon and buy a pair of shoes . <BR> <BR> My fourth goal is to be under 75 kilos - 21st August - My 47th Birthday - Something glittery and sparkly. <BR>... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 13:32:47 EST WEEK 2 - Down 4lbs - 7 lbs in total Yippee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4699062 What a good week - 4lbs I will definitely take that. <BR> <BR> I have been very good with my exercise pounding the pavement - went for a 2 hour walk on the weekend. Food has been all the recipes i used to cook - just modified. Lemon chicken, Tom Ka, Chicken Wraps, Subway, even went to HOT Chick - I was so proud of myself - I asked them to put the gravy separate so that I would have to have any - All just little stuff. <BR> <BR> My mind set is very different this time. I am not dieting - I ... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 13:32:48 EST The whole family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4696226 What have I started - Since I have made this new resolution - not to put anything in my mouth without knowing how many calorie - thus being able to make an informed decision as to whether it is worth eating - My family have started. <BR> <BR> My 10 year old is asking - not in an obsessed way - but at least in an interested way. God forbid I pass her my issues with food. <BR> <BR> I just want her to not have to wait until my age to start thinking about - is it worth the calories - or wors... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 02:45:35 EST Week 1 - Down 3Lbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4685899 Yippee, 3lbs, I'll take that. Its not the Biggest Loser but it hasn't been too much like hard work - Yes I have had to walk a lot of kilometres - 50-60 in the week. But food wise never felt hunger. <BR> <BR> Yes I have controlled my eating, no real naughtiness. Did have a shortbread and some Bacon and egg pie when visiting, however made the evening meal lighter that day. <BR> <BR> No alcohol really helps, tend to have an eating binge with my glass on wine so have cut that out all together.... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 01:21:49 EST Damn its hot - but I have been so good. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4675030 Went for a walk this morning - must be close to 30 degrees Celcius. <BR> I have been good for my 4th day in a row - Not one thing of naughtiness has passed my lips. All on track. Exercised each day. Have embraced this site. Haven't lied to myself once. But i must say life is at its easiest. I have been off work for summer holidays - start again on Monday. Need to be very organised if I am going to stay upright and on the rails. Also Number one child - Son 15 is away. Love him dearly but har... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 22:46:41 EST The beginning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4671612 Here goes, my first blog. <BR> <BR> I am 46 years old and in terrible shape. <BR> <BR> For the last 11 weeks I have watched my father ( a insulin dependent diabetic) have a major heart attack, he went into cardiac arrest twice. He survived that , but has a stroke as a result of the meds. He has had pleurisy, The hospital bug, chest infections, bladder infections .... and so it goes. He is 136kilos and in dire shape. He now struggles to toilet himself, to walk and on bad days , to breathe.... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 14:52:33 EST