SM-ARTGIRL's SparkPeople Blog SM-ARTGIRL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community It's house moving day (& I went running) Hi spark friends! <BR> Many of you have seen my little status updates from mid Jan. <BR> I am writing this today to remind myself and to maybe inspire fellow sparkers too. <BR> My family of three plus dog & cat are planning to mive interstate to my island home within a year. We currently rent a lovely house opposite our 7yo's school and we are very active school parents. <BR> In mid December, x2 days before our five week working holiday in my home state, we received a notice to vacate, the ow... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 21:06:33 EST What you think is Natural is probably a Habit & habits can change! I read a blog today: BLUE42DOWN, wrote about avoiding the absolutes in our thinking like: "ALWAYS" and "NEVER" to assist in gaining control over binge eating. <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4759013 </link> <BR> <BR> This blog made me realise that I do tend to use these unhelpful ways of thinking sometimes as it applies to my health and fitness. <BR> <BR> Such as: "I never get out of bed on Sunday before 10 am" Or "I never eat just one cho... Tue, 28 Feb 2012 19:14:44 EST The January jump-start challenge! It is summer where I live. <BR> My running & eating program is scattered to the winds of holiday relaxation currently! <BR> I have swum & played every day for nearly x3 weeks but my clothes feel tight and my body is craving the conditioning that comes from strength training. <BR> Joining this Jan Jump Start is my way to leap into my fitness goals for 2012! <BR> I have a challenging couple of months ahead, moving from our family home and starting a new life possibly in a new state. <BR> Bring ... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 20:17:51 EST A Bag of Strategies for Family Gatherings I always experience a good (ravenous) appetite at family & friends gatherings. I identify that this is anxiety rather than hunger. <BR> I need to be concious of that or else I will eat a lot of chocolates, cheese, nuts, everything in sight! <BR> The consequences to over-eating at Christmas & family gatherings are that I feel bloated, my stomach hurts and I sideline my feelings, but I still feel anxious. <BR> Plus nothing is enough and everything is enough! <BR> So this is how I could handle... Thu, 15 Dec 2011 06:53:54 EST Running a Race - first 10km ever! 2 days to race day gorgeous woman! <BR> I know you are full of nerves and feel you have not prepared enough and know you could have done better if you hadn't self sabotaged this month. <BR> You will go with the flow on Sunday. You will run that race, your first 10km, and learn this: <BR> <BR> Routines are the backbone of my successes in life. <BR> <BR> A busy month travelling interstate and regional has left my training schedule in tatters! Not to mention celebratory drinks. I let myself do... Thu, 24 Nov 2011 22:16:20 EST Achieving IS about consistency but I feel Blah! I notice a pattern whenever I reach a goal (like complete a race or buy some gorgeous new clothes as a reward): I slip with food and exercise for a while. <BR> <BR> This year I am training for my first 10km race and sadly I twisted my ankle in June (winter in Australia) and was just about ready to run again when I slipped on some snow in July (of course, the same ankle!). <BR> I have fully recovered now but it took a while! <BR> <BR> Simultaneously, I stopped utilising my YMCA membership ju... Tue, 18 Oct 2011 20:22:46 EST Every day of the week, 6 words of success: 7 sentences of 6 words of success: <BR> <BR> 1. Look at me- I can RUN! <BR> 2. Progress, not perfection, is my mantra! <BR> 3. Eat more variety, eat small portions. <BR> 4. I move into action more often! <BR> 5. I reward myself for reaching goals. <BR> 6. A strong woman is so sexy. <BR> 7. I choose to nourish my body. <BR> <BR> What six word sentence inspires you to succeed in your goals? <BR> <BR> PS: Just found this spark article... <link><BR>ion_arti... Tue, 11 Oct 2011 06:50:17 EST Motivate Me - how do you do it? cityzozo...I am grateful you asked this coz it helped me figure out my process & I plan to apply this to my ART here it is! I felt I could blog this... <BR> <BR> 1. A passion that keeps me interested, the fitness and body shape is a natural by product of my passion. <BR> For me, I discovered running at the end of 2009. Never ran much before then. <BR> <BR> 2. Create a goal around that passion. <BR> First I wanted to run a 5 km, now I want to run a 10 km. <BR> <BR> 3. Mini g... Sat, 24 Sep 2011 23:57:58 EST My future self, making good choices today, says: I am strong enough to hike the mountains, swim the oceans and dance for a week! <BR> I am beautiful, curvy, unique. <BR> I can wear anything I choose and look edgy & authentic. <BR> I glow from all the healthy natural foods I eat. <BR> I run, I run 10 k, I run a half. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>344</em> <em>331</em> <em>405</em> <em>341</em> <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 21 Sep 2011 03:44:54 EST and life still happens... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I hereby declare that I am a ninja warrior woman. <BR> I dodge, I duck, I weave. <BR> Most of all I move into action! <BR> Creating, moving, a human BE ing <BR> <BR> a bit side-tracked with a twisted ankle just after my 8 km, Mother's Day 8 May, race. <BR> New 10km race date is November 27th and I am feeling confident! <BR> Oooh yes! <BR> ...Am taking on the challenges declared from my last blog and I i... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 01:33:16 EST DIY Challenge Entry Card <em>54</em> <em>465</em> <em>54</em> <em>465</em> <em>54</em> <em>465</em> <em>54</em> <BR> DIY Challenge Entry Card <BR> <em>344</em> <em>23</em> <em>319</em> <em>34</em> <em>324</em> <em>312</em> <em>68</em> <em>344</em> <BR> <BR> <em>54</em> My Challenge Name: Calm Focus <BR> <em>54</em> My Starting Weight: 158.7 pounds or 72 kilo <BR> <em>54</em> Four Other things I will be measuring during this challenge & their current stats: <BR> 1. weight training consistency... Wed, 29 Jun 2011 00:47:33 EST May- I say I am awesome! I have been very quiet blog-wise but active within our sparkling community. <em>252</em> <BR> I have been slow, determined and consistent with my running training. <BR> I have had a few set-backs in training for my 10km race. <BR> I chose to run the 5km Run The Rock in April instead of the 10km - simply because I forgot my freakin' runners when packing for this fabulous weekend get away with my partner! I was determined to walk the event bare foot if need be but luckily the event organiser h... Thu, 19 May 2011 21:41:21 EST Marchin' on-running towards my first 10k & gratitude My reason to be a shiny, shiny star of human possibility: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One of my fitness goals this year is: run a 10k race - I am in week 7 of training. Yesterday I ran for 45 minutes along the river, so beautiful, lush, green. <BR> I caught myself asking myself if I could really run that long, so I gently encouraged myself with a "give it a go, just run 15 minutes, you can do it!" <BR> I ran 15, walked 1 minute & ran 15 ... Mon, 14 Mar 2011 20:10:04 EST March into March - without limits I cannot hope to be free "The fire inside me is there because I keep giving it oxygen. <BR> Every time the world tries to slap me down I keep fighting. <BR> Yes, it is hard but it is worth it. I am worth it." by ASHLEY1977T <BR> <BR> To tell the truth I have been fairly consistent in achieving my Feb goals: <BR> Track every lovin' mouthful that passes my lips - missed 1 day of the month. <BR> Training for 10k race by running x3 per week - missed x2 runs - am on week 6. <BR> Alcohol Free February - drank 7 drinks. <... Sat, 5 Mar 2011 00:56:10 EST 5 things I am good at, I celebrate me- pass it on... Five things I am good at <BR> 1. Concieving & Creating art projects <BR> 2. Standing up for the little guy <BR> 3. Cooking nutritious, delicious meals <BR> 4. Teaching <BR> 5. Feeling <BR> <BR> I am one persistent chick! <BR> I will: <BR> 1. Compete in a 10 km race this year AND <BR> 2. Lose the unhealthy fat <BR> no matter what life throws my way I will persist in these 2 goals! <BR> <BR> Celebrate me: <BR> YAY! <BR> I run. <em>312</em> <BR> I ran in x3 races since joining spark <em... Sat, 19 Feb 2011 08:06:38 EST how to love yourself in the real world- an example Today I pat myself on the back for practicing assertiveness and not giving up or backing down in the face of an Administrative blunder. My partner handles the bills usually, but...I discovered a bill from the Mega Global Corporation, Telstra. They have been charging us $30 a month for an account we requested to be cancelled in 2009. Unbelievable! <BR> It has taken me from 9 am when I realised until 11.30 am to sort this out. I have spoken w reps from around the world, have been cut off x 3 t... Sun, 13 Feb 2011 20:51:44 EST Fabulous, Healthy February So Sm-artgirl how is February treating you? <BR> Excellently, thank you! <BR> <BR> How you going with your break from drinking alcohol? <BR> It has been pretty easy, especially because my partner agreed to stop also. (A first for him!) I am grateful to be with someone who quietly supports my goals by his actions. <em>247</em> <BR> We did have one glass of white wine with the dinner I cooked for his mum on Wed, but that is ok, it was a heat-wave evening here, I thought about it & I enjoyed i... Sat, 12 Feb 2011 07:54:42 EST There is only Now I am inspired to post partially in response to Yoovie's blog "Today Is The Day" & partially for the Positivity Challenge Team. <BR> I have tendency to get stuck in my head or my emotions, not taking concious action. <BR> Choices I make moment by moment create who I am. <BR> <BR> This is what I've done since the begining of Feb: <BR> Stopped drinking alcohol (just for feb...). <BR> Created a new vision collage. <BR> Ditched my old gym & joined the local Ymca, did yoga there- all in one day! ... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 05:46:33 EST I am an emotional sleeper!!! Some of us eat when nervous, depressed or anxious. <BR> I sleep. <BR> Well kind of. <BR> I know this blog is NOT inspirational, I am risking telling how it is. <BR> This is third night I crashed out with my little guy and then woke up around 2am 'til 5. <BR> Then I can't get up 'til really really late. <BR> This is unhealthy, compulsive, makes my day start late and I feel emotionally drained. <BR> If I miss breakfast I don't feel nourished I just hang out not exercising or creating. <BR> I ... Sun, 12 Dec 2010 21:11:41 EST If my goal weight wrote a letter to me today She would say: <BR> <BR> "Dear SM-ARTGIRL, <BR> Hey beautiful, where have you been? <BR> You are powering along with these healthy lifestyle habits for months and then you abandon the plan somewhere & just stop running & weight training, totally. <BR> <BR> I know you are getting slow results with the scale, but look how much your strength and stamina increases, how drinking all that water makes you glow! <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> Running! You took up a sport and ran x3 races this year! Wha... Mon, 22 Nov 2010 23:58:46 EST Layers: clothes protect me from the harsh elements, fat? In the past few days I emptied out my jeans drawers. <BR> I actually fit into my pre-pregnancy jeans...still a little too tight to wear however, or has my body shape changed so much? <BR> I note to myself nothing stays the same, life IS change, flux, vitality, energy, movement. <BR> So I bought x2 pairs of new jeans that do fit and look pretty cool also. <BR> Plus I cut my hair shortish! <BR> I don't fit into my early twenties levi's and I am keeping them as an art-piece they are so patched... Thu, 6 May 2010 10:14:04 EST A 5k race & 2 days of fun - rewards work! Last weekend was my first 5k race, this weekend was a spare minute to write about it. <BR> First & foremost: a big hug and thanks to you, my spark friends, for cheering me on as I embody my athletic woman within! <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> The run was an hilarious adventure. <BR> We decided to warm up by cycling from where we were staying in Hesket, to The Mysterious Hanging Rock. <BR> Little did I realise this was 9 km away! <em>332</em> <BR> <BR> 35 mins of mad cycling (plus me walking u... Sun, 25 Apr 2010 03:03:18 EST Rewards: loving myself at last I got it! I really got it! In the past I worked so hard at everything but I never thought to hug myself and say " good job". My pattern was to go like crazy until a task was completed then "doona dive" 'til I could face the world "perfect" again! Life events in recent years have caused me to see this BUT I suddenly found the missing puzzle piece! <BR> Reward myself for big goals met and for consistent effort in the direction of my dreams & goals! I never did this before! I feel so happy, sud... Tue, 13 Apr 2010 21:13:18 EST SIS Goals review:how have I been doing so far? These are my goals for Team Fireflies when I began 4 weeks ago: <BR> Team Fireflies Challenge are lose 12 pounds in 12 weeks & 30 minutes movement every day! <BR> <BR> The amazing thing is I have lost 6 cm (4cm off my abdomen) in last 2 weeks , but I have gained a pound. <BR> <BR> I am reaching my 30 mins a day movement and surpassing it. <em>248</em> <BR> I will finish my 5 k training Saturday this week (!!) AND I run my first ever 5k run on Saturday too! <BR> SO YAY ME, consistency s... Mon, 12 Apr 2010 09:40:13 EST Easter and camping and running in the bush Waking up in a hut of open doors, stars, moonlight & night pours in, divine- the sound of burbling creek, of trees at night, small creatures, frogs... <BR> Feels more like Autumn up here in the Yarra Valley. <BR> I ran, I ran uphill for a long time. A dirt track, ferns and bracken, and tall trees. <BR> I ran without music and my ears were filled with morning birdsong: Kookaburra, lorikeet, finch, and lyre bird. <BR> And those bloody noisy rascally cockatoo, I cannot believe their raucous busi... Mon, 5 Apr 2010 06:28:46 EST FIREFLY's SIS 12 Week Challenge - week1 Personal goals: <BR> Lose 1 pound per week, 12 in total. (5pts) <BR> Train for, enter and complete a 10 km run event. (5pts) <BR> current: week 6 of 9 week couch 2 5k running program. <BR> OR <BR> 30 minutes of exercise per day = 84 days <BR> includes 5 k & 10 k training, plus swimming, plus curves (for weights), and yoga class x1 per week. <BR> <BR> So which one? The 10 k goal OR the 30 mins per day of exercise? <BR> <BR> Take a before picture - 5 points <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sp... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 10:56:37 EST What Motivates Me - the criss-cross effect again... 1. Feeling the rain, air, sun on my face as I run connects me to natures cycles. <BR> 2. Calming my mind in the discipline of stretching my body in yoga. <BR> 3. Weight training - this is the difference between having crippled, painful knees and being able to run, pain-free. <BR> 4. Buying fresh, organic, local fruit & veg once or twice a week at local markets - for the social atmosphere as well as making nutrition easy. <BR> 5. Preparing, cooking and eating consciously loves and acknowledge... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 09:33:09 EST seratonin 02- I DID A MINI-TRI- now i feel empty? >Entered & completed my first ever sporting event, a mini triathlon 7th March. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I entered the min-tri rather than the starter. <BR> May I preface that strapping cousin Jane & my mountain bikes onto her bike-rack was like an Olympic challenge at 6.40 am...with NO coffee in me. <BR> The 200 Metre swim that I was looking forward to as something I know I can do turned into a disgusting soft-sand run/stagger due to the pre... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 12:21:00 EST First Day of Autumn in OZ and a flood of memories. Already the air feels fresher. <BR> On my run on Monday night, I was cold for the first time in months. <BR> I remembered running as a teenager. <BR> The cold air hurting my nose, sometimes my teeth as I ran on frosty grass. I loved long runs in the countryside, I forgot. <BR> It is cold where I grew up, I remember swimming in a wetsuit on a snow covered beach! I was mad for oceans, sailing, surfing, but especially windsurfing. <BR> Where has that person gone? <BR> She is buried under layer... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 12:58:50 EST Why get fit, lose fat, eat right? #1 I just got motivated by a sparkies travel blog! <BR> I have a NEW GOAL! <BR> I mean, a new reason to get fit, lose the fat and gain the energy!! <BR> <BR> I want to visit the great outback of Australia, my home patch! <BR> More than that I aim to ride camels, camp with horses, canoe down the Katherine Gorge and hike somewhere beautiful. (there are a lot of stunning places for sure!) <BR> <BR> This is going to be AWESOME! <BR> This will be a reward for when I reach my goal weight OR run my... Wed, 24 Feb 2010 23:28:43 EST went to a party- home by 2am <BR> Drank mineral water all night. <BR> Didn't smoke any cigarettes. <BR> <BR> Didn't really find my groove. <BR> <BR> Didn't connect in a fun way with everyone like I usually might. <BR> Mainly conversation. <BR> I love dancing but felt awkward, everyone else seemed at ease. <BR> Didn't hide my awkwardness by stuffing my face with bread or dips. <BR> Waited til I got home and had peanut butter on toasted wholewheat bread and a cup of chamomile tea. <BR> Off to bed. goodnight sparkfriends Tue, 23 Feb 2010 10:00:18 EST The criss-cross effect- a serotonin induced blog I have really struggled to shift any fat and continuously gained since I became a mum. I had a rough couple of years adjusting to the demands of domesticity, a knee that was prone to injury was badly damaged when I fell, my dad died, I chose to give up my fulfilling, demanding career to be a stay at home vegetable (woops) mum. My social network shrank. Despite all my effort to keep active, my knee got me down. I got depressed. <BR> I forgot how important serotonin is to keep my life functio... Wed, 17 Feb 2010 08:41:05 EST Why am I an Emotional Eater? an exploration Just did the Spark people diet profiler to discover I am an "Emo Eater". <BR> Please note, I am not a vampire about to eat sad goth types, although I have styled myself as one in the past...but that is another story about having an artistic soul. <BR> <BR> 1- My mum always has soooo much food in her home, even now, since my Dad died and she downsized -the pantry overflows, there are cans of food on chairs, baskets of fruit, biscuits, sweets covering tables, freezer full-to-maximum capacity.... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 23:51:58 EST new decade, new spark, new body! Yo Sparkies, thanks for reading my blog <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Ya know what inspired me to blog in today? <BR> It was reading back on my blogs and reading the supportive responses from you all! <BR> I been offline for a month or so, with wilderness coasts to explore. <BR> <BR> Walking, swimming, moving my body. <BR> Resting as needed. Eating when hungry. <BR> Waking early and resting fully at night. <BR> Or walking along wild ocean beaches with the moon huge above. Bleached fallen trees a... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 06:30:35 EST Looking anyway & beyond blue I went shopping for new clothes. <em>204</em> <BR> I have gained even more fat. <em>15</em> <BR> I did not cry. <em>39</em> <BR> I looked in the mirror and I really hated my body. <em>39</em> <BR> I have been working out 6 days a week this month. <BR> I have been tracking my calories. <BR> I ate muesli & low fat yogurt every day. <BR> I switched to low fat milk. <BR> Is it possible to gain fat so easily? <BR> I wonder if my body just stacks fat on at the mere hint of weight loss? <BR> Or... Sun, 20 Dec 2009 22:06:04 EST The woman watching me today I promised myself a reward for doing 7 days of my goal to exercise 30 mins every day. <em>104</em> <BR> I often make promises to myself and then entirely forget to reward my self. <BR> <BR> So there I was passing by a hairdressers today on my way to squeeze in half hour Christmas shopping whilst 5 yr old was attending circus training. <BR> I haven't cut or styled hair in over 6 months and thought, no harm in asking if I could fit in, thinking, no chance...but yes, they could and yes I did! ... Wed, 9 Dec 2009 01:37:46 EST Healthy & fit is fun but here is my emo backlash I set and kept my first goals on Spark and I am ridiculously proud of myself sort of. <BR> Why? <BR> Well I proved to myself I could stick to a goal over time. <BR> It feels good to be looking after myself. <BR> It gets me out of bed. <BR> I am not setting the goal too high, it was surprisingly easy to do. <BR> <BR> This was the goal: exercise for 20- 30 minutes every day. <BR> What I did: <BR> Tues: Curves 30mins, Swim laps 30 minutes <BR> Wed: Curves 30 mins, <BR> Thurs Curves 30mins, pu... Sun, 6 Dec 2009 23:53:20 EST Making the resolve to just keep moving Hi, it's Sm-artgirl here, <BR> <BR> I am intrigued that my mind loves to imagine worlds, scenarios, possibilities. <BR> My mind can create an entire day, including workouts and conversations. <BR> I could be sitting in front of my computer reading or at my table drawing and be totally elsewhere in my mind for hours without be aware of time, responsibilities or goals. <BR> A day sometimes passes and I have achieved zilch in terms of my study, housework, physical goals, or friendships... <BR>... Mon, 30 Nov 2009 21:48:19 EST Doubt & Hope in equal measure I am Sm-artgirl and this is my first blog entry. <BR> Thanks for dropping by. <BR> I have been lurking on Spark for a couple of weeks. <BR> <BR> Read an article today about the stages and cycles of creating lasting behaviour change. <BR> Planning, dreaming, doing and maintaining. <BR> The more time you are in the last 2 stages, the more successful or permanent a change will be ... <BR> <BR> Anyhow I have been dreaming of blogging for a long time now. <BR> Why blog? <BR> To keep me accounta... Tue, 24 Nov 2009 13:42:06 EST