SALDAL1's SparkPeople Blog SALDAL1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community First VLOG Day 1 Commitment Video Log. To capture where I'm starting from. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:48:08 EST My Fiji Kickstart Last weekend I went to Fiji to celebrate Kaipara's birthday and to kickstart my healthy lifestyle commitment. I knew I would be wishing I was fitter and smaller - and so I went to face the music. <BR> <BR> This year has been so inconsistent for me, and it boils down to me not taking the time to centre myself DAILY. <BR> <BR> YES, I have been incredibly busy at work. <BR> YES, I have been busy with PACIFICA. <BR> YES, I have been involved with my family and friends. <BR> <BR> But a few m... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:26:35 EST 8 Days Tracked This has been an AWESOME week! I have tracked all my food and exercise and today the gym guy reviewed my nutrition. <BR> <BR> He gave me a couple if pointers ... nothing inspirational but it seems to have had a big effect :) <BR> <BR> I got home from work at 5:30pm and made my dinner (steak and salad) ... I was starving. 7:30pm I go buy some groceries ... 8pm I go to the gym and do my 45 minute cardio workout. Yuss!!!! <BR> <BR> Small change plans for the week: <BR> - I'm really looking ... Mon, 27 May 2013 05:50:44 EST Reflecting ones way to Fullness. Ok ... so I have now completed two days of tracking and decided I needed to adjust my slow weight loss goal as my calorie allowance was too large (1590 - 1920 calories per day). Seeing as I'm investing so much time and money into exercise, its important that I nail my portion control. <BR> <BR> Tracking has been a brilliant partner to my gym workouts. And going to bed physically tired, feeling slightly hungry and very excited for tomorrow is a rewarding way to end each day. <BR> <BR> You k... Tue, 21 May 2013 04:59:57 EST I finally joined a GYM ... I've been busy the past few weeks, learning new things. But I accept that I really DO still need to track my food as I just get so easily side tracked with over eating when I don't! <BR> <BR> But the coolest thing is that I have become a member of my local aquatic centre which includes gym membership. Belonging to the gym entitles me to whats called a 'Face 2 Face' programme, where an Instructor provides me with an exercise programme. (We start on nutrition at our next session). <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 19 May 2013 17:15:38 EST Tongan Family Holiday Rocked I just got back from a family holiday to Tonga. It was an incredibly special time for my mother (who is Tongan) as it was the first time that her daughters children went to Tonga. We just LOVED it ... Omg the snorkelling was awesome and I had a brand new underwater camera to go mad with :) <BR> <BR> Did I overeat? YES! <BR> Did I berate myself? NO! <BR> Did I keep active? YES! <BR> Am I back on track? YES! <BR> <BR> Today I joined my local aquatic centre and gymnasium ... I just love it th... Mon, 6 May 2013 04:36:31 EST Ego boost ... I just have to blog about my little ego boost that occurred tonight. <BR> <BR> I really wanted to go to the pool tonight but I had nobody to go with. So I ate my yummy chicken salad then did my strengths workout. I had bought a new pair of swimming shorts today ... Size L as the XL were just too big now. I tried them on with my togs and they looked great YUSS!!! <BR> <BR> So I threw on my jeans and hoody and went to the pool alone. I worked harder than normal with no distractions, doing la... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 05:18:00 EST Ace week! Another week without bread and I feel really good! The thing is I haven't noticed any difference with how I actually feel when I eat bread, as I never noticed feeling yucky when I ate a serve of bread ... I feel good because I'm eating so much more veges and protein! <BR> <BR> I didn't crack into the 80s ... 90.1 ... Lol! Grrrrr but ah we'll something to look forward to next week. Initially when I stood on the scales I had a moment of feeling deflated and throwing in the towel ... Then it p... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 22:21:08 EST Bread free week ... A week without bread has left me feeling really awesome! <BR> <BR> - Tummy bloating is significantly reduced. <BR> - breakfasts are much more interesting (ie, grapes, carrot, boiled egg or protein shake with banana or this morning: mixed salad with baby beets and beef pattie mmmmm mm!) <BR> - protein intake is up and carbs targets being met thru fruit and veg! <BR> <BR> Loved being at the pool at 7am today ... Third time there this week ... Loving it! Much much happier today than a week ago... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 04:58:40 EST Recalibrating Default Settings I was talking with my work coach today about how I zone out when I'm home alone after working 12 hour days and being totally focused, upbeat and sociable ... I acknowledged that I tend to be really lethargic when I'm alone. I was excited to tell her that I had found a kayaking club to join and get more exercise while learning how to master something that I thoroughly enjoy. I was hoping that that would help me be less lethargic. <BR> <BR> Coach responded with ... With all that you do, you ne... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 05:38:45 EST Progress Update Well here we are ... four days into this quarter and I am doing everything as planned. <BR> - Tracking everyday CHECK <BR> - Cardio everyday CHECK <BR> - Strengths training re-established CHECK <BR> <BR> Yesterday I left work (on time, instead of working late) and went to our local pools for 2 hours with a workmate ... we did water walking, then I had to remove the belt to make it a bit more challenging. We did that for an hour then went to the spa for 20 minutes and then to the hydrapool fo... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 14:45:26 EST Nature Walks ROCK! I've always loved nature walks, but I've only done one since moving to Auckland (7 years ago!) because I walk to and from work every workday. After having such a lazy weekend, I completed my quarterly health review yesterday and I decided to go and check out the nearby Te Atatu Peninsula Walkway this morning ... needless to say I clocked up a 100 minute walk which I thoroughly enjoyed and savoured. I love being by the sea. <BR> <BR> To be honest, my body has been aching from being so lethar... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 18:22:26 EST I love AHA moments I've been struggling lately, and I've been overeating and not doing my strengths training. But I HAVE been walking to and from work everyday and so I haven't put on too much weight. But the plateau was annoying and today I get to the end of a major project that I've been consumed with over the past 2 months. <BR> <BR> I was walking home yesterday and it dawned on ... that smoking used to be my big health issue that I needed to overcome. For so long, I really didnt think I could do it ... but... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 14:46:08 EST Annual Review Its been one year since I started my commitment to improving my health and wellbeing. <BR> <BR> One year ago I was full of pain and self loathing ... and Spark People gave me HOPE for a better year ... I knew I just had to genuinely commit. Because of what I managed to achieve in remaining steadfast, 2012 was one of the best years of my life <em>244</em> . <BR> <BR> - I stopped smoking on the 16th June 2012 (YUSS!!!!) <BR> - I lost 15kgs (and put some on at xmas but its going again :)) ... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 16:00:54 EST Naked for a Day I know this sounds kinky ... but today I am spending the day naked! (And I'm not in bed). Thats right ... a luxury of living alone and not having to go out anywhere, is that you can do as you please! <BR> <BR> A friend of mine suggested I try this, as it is very liberating. I thought what the heck - I need motivation to 'get real' with my body from wherever I can get it. And if gets too much, I can just get dressed. <BR> <BR> Its now 1:40pm, and so far I'm ok with being naked. I have found ... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 19:41:45 EST Binge Blog I am forcing myself to write this because blogging is meant to help ... <BR> <BR> For the last two nights I have overeaten ... and it is annoying because I am so good all day. I think what is happening is that I get home and I'm all alone and I've been vigilant all day, working hard and keeping my food and exercise up ... On goes the TV and BOOM ... in goes the food! <BR> <BR> Its so annoying because its so destructive! <BR> <BR> As I type, I realise that I have to take breaks throughout ... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 18:47:16 EST The Power of Habit I am reading an excellent book called 'The Power of Habit' by Charles Duhigg. As I prepare for more transformation goals in 2013, I am thrilled to have found this book ( I LOVE the Kindle App sooooo much!). <BR> <BR> Getting armed and motivated ... 2012 was one of the BEST years of my life ... It can only be topped by 2013! <BR> <BR> Lets go Teamstars ... Nothing beats shared successes <em>334</em> <em>220</em> <em>243</em> Mon, 7 Jan 2013 03:14:58 EST Breakthrough Weekend It's been an awesome weekend. I've had the privilege of having two full days to myself, to do whatever I want. <BR> <BR> - My unit is now fully spring cleaned <BR> - I've tracked all my food (ouch blowout yesterday, yeeeehhhh underspend today) <BR> - Done a hardcore strengths training <BR> - Read a (short) book and bought another book (love e books!) <BR> - Made a new friend online <BR> - Watched a couple of movies <BR> - Tanned my legs <BR> - Went grocery shopping <BR> - Made Chef Meg's r... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 01:56:24 EST Hungry in bed It's just THE BEST feeling! <BR> <BR> Physically tired, sleepy and hungry (not ravenous). This is what success feels like ... <BR> <BR> Bring on the scales! <BR> <BR> BOOM! Wed, 21 Nov 2012 03:58:38 EST Strengths Training I have been doing HEAPS of travelling this year ... and was away again last Friday to Sunday ... so my exercise got interrupted. <BR> <BR> Its been about a month since I did any strengths training - funny how you can love something so much then as time slips by you grow more resistant to feeling the pain ... that same pain that you had once enjoyed because it was really only fleeting and it was taking you closer to your goals ... <BR> <BR> I have to say - it was a somewhat rusty session, a... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 02:43:28 EST Back from AWOL Oh my ... I have been away too long, but there you go. <BR> <BR> Its GREAT to be back in the saddle ... I have been feeling very slobby for the last week and when I was walking to work this morning, I decided enough was enough ... its AWFUL losing that feeling of being on the upward arc - of knowing that every step I was taking was taking me closer to my goals and not further from them. I wanted that sense of wellbeing and optimism back and I reclaimed it fully today. <BR> <BR> As soon as ... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 19:12:09 EST Time for a Quicky Just a quick entry today ... I lost another 700 grams this week ... I am so pleased because I have been over indulging in my eating but maintaining my activities. <BR> <BR> I'm trying a new core strengths training once a week - its very challenging, so its great trying out new activities to work different muscles. <BR> <BR> I am so happy that I love to do my strengths training now - this weightloss journey is now officially my ADVENTURE! And I am loving it! <BR> <BR> Bring on the weekend ... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 16:56:59 EST Kerfluffing around ... Talk about kerfluffing around ... anyone would think I LOVE being 92 point something kgs the way I keep staying here ... note to self - keep withIN the recommended calorie range for the next 7 days and witness the benefit. <BR> <BR> Its interesting though - managing lots of celebratory events in the past 2 weeks has been challenging. I know such challenges will always arise and so I am learning to balance the art of maintaining positive thinking while keeping it 'real' about what I'm consumi... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 16:57:38 EST One step back, two steps forward ... Oh My! I have been away at a family 50th and I have not tracked since Friday last week. And to be honest ... my eating was not so good. <BR> <BR> Today - my first day back tracking and it is like I have truly come home ... I am so happy to be able to get back on track so that I no longer have to feel bloated and sluggish! I am also happy that I haven't let this 'blow out' distract me from returning quickly. <BR> <BR> I had a GREAT weekend with my family though ... and I have no regrets - pl... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 19:12:16 EST My Birthday Weekend Tomorrow is my birthday and the weekend got off to a fantastic start with a beautiful bouquet of flowers delivered to my work at the end of the day ... the staff were all excited as flowers NEVER get delivered to anyone! They waited in anticipation to see if I had a new admirer and were even more delighted to learn that they were from my wonderful son. <BR> <BR> In the evening, I pottered around my place, rearranging furniture and getting my bedroom finally organised and pretty :) All this t... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 16:06:37 EST Spark People. What a trip! Tomorrow is weigh day ... And I am looking forward to it. Not because I'm expecting a great loss ... But because I'm shrinking out of my clothes <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> I'm REALLY getting into the swing of cooking for one, of buying the right amounts of food for one and of enjoying the entire journey. I know I've said this before, but it remains relevant and true. I am soooo privileged. I am so very glad that I can live my life like I do. I am so lucky and I don't take any of it for granted... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 05:08:08 EST Treatment Blues Today I had my second Dual Fraxel treatment on my face ... my face is so inflamed - it is HOT! <BR> <BR> BUT I should be all healed within the next 8 days, and hopefully my melasma is diminished lots more. I also popped into my Dentist yesterday and picked up some teeth whitening product - it was $300 cheaper than I thought it would be! OOOHHH YEAAAAHHH! So I'm getting the pearly whites sorted as well! <BR> <BR> But oh my when I got home from the Clinic at midday ... I felt sooo hungry thi... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 03:19:52 EST Excitement Contagion I feel strong emotions of excitement within me. It is like a volcano of happiness smouldering away preparing to burst out of me ... maybe its time for me to start running :) <BR> <BR> I took some pics last night ... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ... to capture my size. Pics not so clear but gives an idea. <BR> <BR> On Friday I was at a buffet (UGH!!!) for a farewell lunch. Of course I went overboard ... but not as bad as I once w... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 18:11:16 EST Uncovering WHY I want to live a healthy lifestyle. Why do I want to lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle? <BR> <BR> - Because I want to feel confident in myself knowing that I'm doing the best with what I have. <BR> <BR> In achieving this, I can then: <BR> - look cute again ... And wear anything and look fabulous <em>318</em> <BR> - enjoy a long and healthy life with my family (unless something out of my control occurs). <BR> - make some serious advances in my career as a health leader <em>216</em> <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> ... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 15:11:08 EST Weigh 2 Go! We just completed our very first workplace weightloss programme and I lost 6.5kgs between 4 July and 6 Sept. It was the most weight that anybody lost ... and I am thrilled to confirm that I'm doing it MY way! <BR> <BR> - I'm not being pressured to do things I know I can't sustain <BR> - I fall down fairly regularly and each time I get back up pretty quickly <BR> - I enjoy all the food I eat and its mainly VERY healthy <BR> - I enjoy my exercise routines and look forward to them becoming mor... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 02:43:16 EST Next step ... TV In order to meet my healthy lifestyle goals, this year has been one of change. <BR> <BR> I had so many changes to make there was only one way I could approach my lofty goals, and that was one step at a time ... I began with tracking my nutrition and fitness and slowly getting into a rhythm of daily tracking. Once I had managed to get into a groove of regular tracking, I tackled smoking ... THAT change propelled me to take my tracking even more seriously and since June 16th, I have significa... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 04:29:45 EST 10 kg loss! Its weigh day and I just have to make an entry re: my 10kg weightloss. <BR> <BR> I am halfway to my goal and I cannot recall the last time I lost 10kgs. Furthermore, my motivation levels continue to soar! <BR> <BR> This is very exciting indeed. <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 16:04:22 EST New Weights! I've been thinking for a while now that my 2kg weights are a bit light for me ... and being such a sooky bubba I thought I could just do more reps and develop a leaner look. <BR> <BR> Well my Spark Coach advised me otherwise ... and so today I bit the bullet and bought 10kgs of adjustable weights. I am so happy that I did this! I can't wait to get home and have a wee practice <em>362</em> <BR> <BR> I am also doing different strengths workouts now, and man! Its HARD doing new exercises, I... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 23:59:17 EST Day 3 of Diligence Wow Wow Wow!!! I have been soooo good with my eating ... its amazing what a focussed weekend can do. I really needed to do something because my eating was way out of order, and I had stopped logging in for each day once I started blowing out. Lucky for me, I was keeping active, so I was still dropping weight, but talk about Miss Self Saboteur! <BR> <BR> But NO MORE! <BR> <BR> At work today, I ate only what I had taken (roast pumpkin and feta salad, baby cos lettuce, chop chop chicken, an a... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 03:11:16 EST Another Great Day Today has been sparktacular! <BR> <BR> Exercise done <BR> calorie range maintained <BR> happiness levels high <BR> <BR> my spark retreat weekend has been a luxury and a joy. <BR> <BR> I am content <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>345</em> <em>248</em> <em>334</em> <em>252</em> Sun, 26 Aug 2012 04:32:57 EST Spark Retreat Since moving into my own place, I have been experiencing a feeling that I remember having when I was newly married and only 20 years old. It is the feeling of utter happiness with my living environment. <BR> <BR> 26 years later, the difference is that I have raised a successful, loving and happy son. I am single, financially independent, love my job and have loving relationships with my family and friends. I am becoming increasingly 'at ease' with myself and as such I am embracing who I am ... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 22:10:11 EST Back in the Matrix FINALLY! My internet got connected today ... that was tough having such little access, amazing how reliant I have become on getting in my Spark fix! I LIKE it! <BR> <BR> I crack myself up in the supermarket ... I walk up to it (its like 300 metres away), and select a few veg and fruit (to see me through for 3 days). Eventually I come to that aisle ... where I slowly check out the chocolate, and the freezers which house the dark chocolate mini magnums and everytime, I decide NO, just get some... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 06:07:31 EST Settling in Well I'm all cosily installed into my new home. Its been hectic times lately, and I am really looking forward to just settling into a nice groove - I'm almost there! My eating has been a bit off since the weekend - my internet isn't connected yet and I haven't had a chance to track at work, so its been a bit hard. But I have been eating good food - just portion distortion! <BR> <BR> I'm really enjoying my new walking route to work - it takes me about 30 minutes each way. Such a great way to ... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 20:23:49 EST On the move AGAIN! Well here I go again ... I'm turning into a real snail, moving my living quarters around so much! But since I am all alone in a 4 bedroom home, and I have a friend who desperately needs a home for her family - I found a really cool 2 bedroom unit to move into this weekend, so she can move into my place. <BR> <BR> I am so excited to be moving - and am methodically packing things up, giving things away that I no longer need, and selling the more expensive things (ie brand new lawnmower). I pic... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 16:59:56 EST Travelling week = Interrupted routines = Habit reviews It has been a very busy week. I have spent two days out of town on a course and tomorrow I head out of town again to attend a weekend with my voluntary group (which is normally very fattening). <BR> <BR> This morning I went to a new building blessing and there was a breakfast afterwards. I looked at the food and it was all fattening (bacon and egg croissants, savoury pies) ... it smelled yummy but I was not tempted. As everyone plated up, I quietly departed to home where I had a healthy brea... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 16:11:40 EST Activity inspirations Its a cold and windy Sunday in West Auckland, New Zealand ... I spent the morning sleeping in and snuggled in my bed reading through different Spark articles and resources, and it dawned upon me that I could actually be a runner if I wanted to ... this had never occurred to me before - that I might actually WANT to be runner. <BR> <BR> I took a test to see how 'run' ready I was, and apparently I am very run ready! So I have decided that effective from Monday week, I am going to start impleme... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 23:56:35 EST Alone at last! Well here I am, living alone again. I am content <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Now I have nobody else to buy food for, nobody else to bring home tempting foods, nobody else to distract me from my goals. I can be entirely selfish and focused. <BR> <BR> Furthermore my workmates and I are participating in a workplace challenge to lose weight and make healthier lifestyle choices. I've been really blowing my calorie budget over the last week, as i had guests on holiday here and it was a week of last... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 02:57:15 EST ... And it's flu time! But I'm fighting it all the way! Well I've been having a really good week ... And I'm really pleased with where I'm at with my life right now. Heck I was walking to work a couple of weeks ago at 7am on a frosty winter morning in New Zealand and it felt like my heart would burst because I was so happy! <BR> <BR> Why am I so happy? Because I LOVE my job, I love my home, I'm soon to be living alone as my brother is moving out soon (and I love living alone), I'm recommitted to my health, I'm fi... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 03:45:42 EST On Task ... This morning I woke up with a sore back and a full belly, because I have been over-eating for the past 2 weeks. I'M STILL SMOKEFREE THOUGH! <BR> <BR> So last night, I wrote my first journal entry for the Leadership Programme - its 7 pages long ... along with the sore tummy and back, I also awoke with a clear plan for the next 14 weeks. Between Spark People's people, tools and blogs; very supportive workmates who have similar goals; and my coach for the leadership programme who knows my prima... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 21:58:07 EST Leadership Programme Inspiration Today I had my first coaching session with a mentor for a public health leadership programme that I'm on for the next 16 weeks. <BR> <BR> It was inspiring ... we worked though intensive feedback on my performance from 12 of my colleagues and then moved onto setting my primary goal. <BR> <BR> This is it: 'To be a healthy and confident role model.' <BR> <BR> I have a few secondary goals, one of which is that I lose 15kgs over the next 16 weeks. OMG! Thats INTENSE! But I know I can do it, an... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 02:50:10 EST I'm Back! It is so good to be back - Day 1 was a reality check for me in many ways ... <BR> <BR> - I didn't realise just how much I had slipped back into bad habits. Today I was in a meeting all day where catering was provided and there was HEAPS of food. There was a big plate of brownies and other sweets, which I just ignored and selected fruit. I know that if I hadn't recommitted to SPARK that I would have had 4 of those brownies! <BR> <BR> - After the meeting I felt drained, and I came home and f... Mon, 14 May 2012 02:45:24 EST Back on track ... <img src=""> <BR> Hey hey hey! I've been going through some big changes since early March when my son moved to Sydney and I moved house .... The losses were hard but I'm all resettled now and am committed to getting back on track. I've really missed sparking but I was pretty down and distracted with what was going on. <BR> <BR> I'm pleased to say that I didn't blow out completely but I DID take my eye off the ball and started eating too... Sun, 13 May 2012 00:28:49 EST Just 8 more days with Ma! Let me tell you, my greatest saboteur is my mother, and she has been staying with me for 6 days and leaves in 8 days ... now I KNOW that I decide what I eat and I decide to exercise, but breaking the habits of a lifetime doesn't come easily! <BR> <BR> HOWEVER ... I DID manage to lose 1kg last week in spite of the Conference (where I blew out only on Sunday). This week, I've been lethargic because I've been unwell with an infected eye, but today I got back into exercise and kept within my ca... Tue, 28 Feb 2012 03:55:16 EST A challenging week awaits ... This week I attend our group's National Conference and whenever I have gone to these - its an eat fest of generous Pacific proportions. <BR> <BR> But I am determined to curb my enthusiasm for overeating and am really looking forward to the challenge of maintaining my SPARK responses to lots of temptations! <BR> <BR> In general I am so happy with how my journey is progressing ... this is the first time I've kept on top of my eating and exercise for weeks ... and the beauty is that I never fe... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 03:54:32 EST SPARK POINTS Today I discovered the world of spark points! Until today, I hadn't looked at how to accumulate my spark points and how to purposefully track these! I have to say - this site continues to blow me away - I'm even considering budget goals so that I can save some money for either a house or a gap year next year ... what a great way to celebrate my new health with extended travel! <BR> <BR> And as for selecting motivating images to help me with my vision ... well who can go pass Halle ... <BR> ... Fri, 17 Feb 2012 20:43:21 EST