SOLOMUA's SparkPeople Blog SOLOMUA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community August 2015 I can't believe its been a year now, and I'm still alive and kicking! I gained 10kgs since then, and kicked it back, so I'm back to where I began. <BR> <BR> I've been on Spark everyday tracking, but only halfheartedly. I was avoiding the Blog because I didn't want to disappoint myself, but here I am back again. I never gave up... <BR> <BR> So I'm back, I do have new goals, and best is that they're still about getting the same results but doing it differently. <BR> <BR> So all my friends ou... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 15:08:29 EST 2 months on... Hey, I haven't fallen off the radar, more like fallen back into it! The last two weeks I've been getting back into my bike riding. I'm happy with myself and the progress I've made so far! <BR> <BR> Sorry friends, I was a bit MIA, talk about familyr and work overload, but I'm here and I'm not going anywhere! <BR> <BR> I hope you are all well out there, especially my supporters love you guys!! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>252</em> <em>521</em> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 05:34:09 EST thursdays... So, the last two days have been awesome, eating is a little bit out of sync, but everyday has been awesome with my exercising and bike riding, also strength training has finally kicked in. My husband brought a $600 bench with weights and a barbell to add on to our free weights and we have a small gym now, so, no excuse. Every morning I'm doing something regardless of what time it is, I guess the earliest is the best :) <BR> <BR> Thanks Sandra and JuneBug and to all my other supporters out th... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:07:24 EST up and early Well yesterday was a good day, this morning even better, I'm up and I'm off for a quick walk, might even fit in a bike ride as well. <BR> <BR> I did 1 mile walk and 16 minute bike ride yesterday - today might do 20 minutes on the bike and go the usual route weather pending, otherwise just going to turn on my Spark videos. <BR> <BR> How you all doing out there? <BR> <BR> Tue, 5 Aug 2014 13:54:34 EST August... I'm back and the wagon is back too! I'm not going to preach, I'm going to get back into it. Things are compounding on me, and I feel its because of the negativity that has built up around the running of my husbands business, but I'm not going to cry over it, I will if the bills aren't paid and suppliers don't get their money...! <BR> <BR> I'm tired of feeling this way, I'm not going to get myself into depression, I probably wouldn't know what is if it hit me in the face...oh hit me i... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:44:39 EST ...arrrgghhh... Well getting back on the wagon is blooming difficult, but I have to do it, been back on and off on the bike, but very keen, put on all the weight I lost two months ago, I only have myself to blame...nothing is going to change, I'm going to keep to my routine that has helped me that far, I know it works. I am disappointed, but that's the nature of this life, the best thing is to not give up and just keep going. <BR> <BR> Consistency, water, eating good, strength exercise - that's the aim this... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 17:26:02 EST ...the hiatus... I don't know if you can call it that...anyway, I was away for a week, and what a challenge, after not biking for nearly a week, I had to travel, and it forced me to first I thought I should do better because I'd lost a little and been on the bike, however, it was not to be...I was forced to walk, and I was really happy, it made me glad and happy, but made my legs and thighs unhappily stiff, and I managed a good massage before I returned home, but it was too short. <BR> <BR> I'm sti... Mon, 26 May 2014 05:39:42 EST ...not going up or going down... Where do I start? I haven't lost and I haven't gained, but people are telling me that I have lost weight...I really hate it when people start to say things like that to me because it makes me feel "overly" proud of myself and I go and overindulge! <BR> <BR> I think its because what I am eating, I am either eating just enough so that I don't lose or gain, and that's a really bad thing. Still struggling to get the tracking done, still keeping with the water and trying my best to do the things... Sat, 3 May 2014 20:45:22 EST carrying on The last two mornings have been consistent. I have noted that it is food that is making this complicated and that keeping an eye on this is crucial for weight loss. I'm happy it isn't the other way around though. <BR> <BR> Tracking is difficult, even when I do write it down and try to get on the tracking online, I'm not sure how I am going to tackle this. I need to though. <BR> <BR> Water is good, that's no longer an issue. Food is number one priority. Exercise is how it should be, but I ... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:30:23 EST struggling It's been a hard last couple of weeks with eating and other issues that have come up, but i'm usually on my bike nearly everyday of the week. Food wise has been hard, I think I need to go back to basics and remember the rules. <BR> <BR> A good weekend, some personal set backs last week, but have sorted that out, much happier now, so am moving on with things. <BR> <BR> Tracking food and exercise is essential, but its been difficult with the internet provider here. Otherwise, I'm doing my bes... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 06:01:25 EST April Well, I achieved one of my goals last month, which was lose 5kgs, and I've done it! I'm moving on now for the next 5kgs, am very happy with my progress right now...but I'm really aiming to get down to the 130's, so I'm really really looking forward to that. <BR> <BR> I've been riding my bike now for the last two to three months and I'm enjoying it, tonight I'm going to my first pump class in over three years after my operation on my back, it will be a challenge, but I'm up for it. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 17:19:38 EST feeling alright...ok...!! Have been at my circuit now for a couple of weeks - looking online now for a bench press for my husband and I to use. Have put in an order for the weights, and bar bells, but we want the complete set, so am looking for the one he wanted so I can send the model number off to our supplier. <BR> <BR> Its raining, its raining, I was getting ready to head out but the rain its relentless! <BR> <BR> Just awaiting it to subside before I head out. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <em>332</em> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 04:47:11 EST morning circuit So, this morning, despite a late start, I managed to do the circuit this morning. its about 5 miles to ride from my place around and back again. I'm really proud and happy for myself, I've accomplished something that I thought could only do once in a while, but I've proven I can do it whenever I want. Its the first time also that I've done this ride in the morning. <BR> <BR> Although it was going to be a hot day, unfortunately half way around it started to rain, but not too much, not its pou... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:26:41 EST I've done it...500 exercise minutes...!! I haven't done this in the last couple of months, and finally this afternoon I've achieved it! Yahoo! And I've still got more time to do more minutes! Looking forward to it! I'm feeling kind of awesome right now!! <BR> <BR> Thanks my Spark friends, you know who you are out there!! <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 01:57:14 EST 132 minutes So, I need another 132 minutes to complete my 500 spark minutes this month, I'm going to go hard out this week. I need to get up in the mornings and go for my bike ride, but I've also gotta get around to doing some strength training. My husband is thinking of going to do the local circuit which is an exercise program that my cousin runs every week...even when she's not here, her partner runs it for her. There's another one as well that runs on Monday's and Thursday's - its a pump class. I'm n... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 05:17:22 EST weekends... It is the weekend, today I was supposed to deal with the mountain load of paperwork that hasn't been looked at for the last month or so, think I'd better deal to it, otherwise I'm going to be in the poop! <BR> <BR> Went for a nice 20 minute ride which would have taken me longer, but I'm stoked I did it. The wind was blowing against me, and I felt that pull, that's for sure...but managed to get up that heart pumping and was sweating hard...I wanted to go and do my usual route, but lucky I did... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 01:49:09 EST ...rain, rain... Well, its pouring with rain out there, I honestly don't know what to say about it, glad I went for my bike ride this morning, definitely enjoyed it to the max, but I'm finding it a bit short, I don't want to risk going too far in case I won't make it back to my original starting point! I live inland, so to get down the the town center I have to go down hills, which I'm not yet quite comfortable with, but I'm up for a challenge, the way I go about it is that I take the bush track which has a l... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 17:41:28 EST oh what joy...! So...finally have moved on from my plateau - weighed in this morning at 146.5kg, stoked...I'm into my next 5kgs, so only 4kgs to go...I still have my cravings, what is a girl supposed to! I'm extremely happy - thank you all my Spark friends who have been encouraging and motivating me, I couldn't have done this without your on going support and comments!! <BR> <BR> Onwards and Upwards! <BR> <BR> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 23:59:18 EST ...rain, thunderstorms and lightning... Well, this morning started off with lots of the above! Seriously, I said to my husband don't go out there right now, its not safe. I heard later on today that someone was injured or got struck by lightening, and then I thought to myself, OMG, its common sense to just stay inside...ok, you might be late for work, but hello, better to arrive alive than dead right? <BR> <BR> The lightning killed our cordless phones, so now we have to rush to the phone in the kitchen when it rings! I guess I hav... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 01:52:28 EST ...still here... It's been very busy the last couple of weeks and doesn't help that I've been finding it hard to log on to Spark and track my food and exercise, that really annoys me. It also messes up my streaks too. <BR> <BR> Love my biking! On Sunday, I wore one of my dresses to church, i try to avoid this particular dress because my arms get too tight, but surprisingly the sleeves wore not tight at all, so that's when I knew I was on the right track - and I'm so happy with myself. <BR> <BR> I'm still si... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 14:36:35 EST keeping up! So it's Friday, and been on the bike consistently this week, but also been having a few too many calories with my friends in the evenings at our local watering hole! But am very happy with my progress and taking things easy, not rushing, not stressing, just doing what I can, keeping up with my water, and also eating well. I'm just content right now. <BR> <BR> Thanks my friends for the positive comments, I think at the end of the day, that's all one can ask for, so thank you all! <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 22:34:59 EST 3kgs down So, I went to the doctors yesterday for my appointment. Since I saw her last month, I'd lost 3kgs, from 152 kg to 149.5 - surprised much? Yes - very happy at this stage. In fact, I'd achieved much the last couple of days on my bicycle. <BR> <BR> I rode 9km for 45 minutes the other day, and I felt so good. The next day, which was yesterday, I rode about 7 - 8km, so I'm very pleased with myself. I'm trying to incorporate strength training in, so today, after my bike ride, I'm going to do that.... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 18:00:34 EST ...another week... So, its Sunday, did 10 minutes on bike after half an hour of rigorous housework...and on a Sunday afternoon too...! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to strength training and moving up my regime to another level. Also looking forward to losing a couple of more kilo's! <BR> <BR> Love it! <BR> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 01:13:52 EST moving along Thursday... Talk about busy busy - been flat tack all day - managed to fit in my weekly massage to help with my back and shoulders, so I'm happy with that. Had a big lunch today, bbq chicken, salads and taro, but not too much, peaches and cream muffin and water. <BR> <BR> Waiting now to go on my bike (stationary) to do my 10 minutes, and maybe some strength exercises. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 23:50:34 EST Tuesday...doing fine... So...still hard at work, this morning, no, power back on, but gas was empty so had to get new bottle, blues dude, what happened, I got the new gas, but don't know how to connect, have to wait for husband to come home and connect, don't want to be responsible for blowing up the kitchen do I? <BR> <BR> Sometimes you just have to take things into your own hands, life in general is good, but can't help with the stress of the business, it really is not helpful at all, on all ... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:44:24 EST Week Two Still updating my accounts for last month, fallen behind, but have to keep moving and doing things to get back on track business and personal wise. <BR> <BR> Thanks everyone who has come by and left a message! It's always nice to hear from my good friends out there in Spark Space! <BR> <BR> So here I am again, its week two and I'm trying to rev things up, not too much, but jut by trying to maintain what I have been doing last week and trying to improve on the areas that I fell by. So contin... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 16:54:11 EST pat on the back So, this week has been a busy one for me, but I managed to complete my goal of 30 minutes this week. Lots of water going on, and so happy. Have got myself organized and ready for the next week. Got lots of freggies, mandarins are my favorite. Been eating bigger meals in the day time. A couple of times this week I've fell sideways, but I got up again. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to the new week and continuing with what I'm doing, excited much. I'm hoping to go out on my bike early tomorrow morn... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 13:52:22 EST plodding along This morning the power was supposed to go off, so I had to forgo my usual routine and do things that I would usually do later on in the day. But all good, there is the afternoon after all! <BR> <BR> So far so good, and its so true Rainbowchoc - it's not going to happen overnight, but it will happen...and I'm so worth it! <BR> <BR> I've met some people here that have bigger challenges than I do, yet they are making progress, so if they can do it, I can do it too. 90 days I know I can do this... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 15:31:14 EST First Week So, today is the big day of the 90 days, and i've been up for an hour, and i've only managed to get my work out gear on, and out of the bedroom, now i've been sitting here for nearly half and hour procrastinating...but I'm going to do it now, so 10, maybe 15 minutes on the bike this morning, let's see how I go. <BR> <BR> My aim is to try and do at least 30 minutes of exercise a week, if I can, with daily 10 minutes of exercise in the morning, but I know this can be increased by doing other e... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 13:13:05 EST saturday...busy busy... So its Saturday, this morning began with a housework workout, yep, for 30 minutes, and then had my cereal, before we headed out to brunch, had cucumbers, a tuna sandwich and lots of water!! Dinner - we were invited out - so had taro, some raw fish and pork, and seafood salad, just delicious and enough! <BR> <BR> Time to sleep now!! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Sun, 2 Feb 2014 05:07:38 EST its Friday! This morning was slow, but good, got my cereal in for breakfast, got my two cucumbers in for the freggies, going to have an apple before I head out for lunch, had some water this morning as well. <BR> <BR> Gotta try and slot in at 30 minutes of exercise today, that's my goal, wish me luck and stamina. <BR> <BR> Hot day on the Rock today, I think its going to hit the high 30's. <BR> <BR> TGIF people <em>212</em> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 18:06:42 EST almonds Well, so far its been a good day, just have to do my 10 minutes of exercise and I'm good to go...water is all done, and eating been pretty good. I have had my two servings of fruit and before the end of the day, I'll have at least two or three make five servings for the day... <BR> <BR> So I picked up two small packets of almonds the other day, and my husband has practically eaten both, but for the six I ate as my snack this afternoon...I think he gets mad when he see's some snacks... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 23:12:45 EST planning, planning, planning... So, planning is essential in anything you do, and so it is with what I'm going through, checking through the cupboard and making sure I got all the things I want in there...last night we had beef stir fry with hoisin sauce and had it with breadfruit, very nice. I managed to sneak in 4 servings of vegges yesterday, so very happy about that as well as with the water. <BR> <BR> Just finished my 10 minute walk...the mind is willing to do more, but the body is not conforming, lol! I guess I want ... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 01:00:48 EST just 10 minutes a day Well, last night, I did it, got on my stationary bike and did 10 hard minutes on it, boy was I sweating. After my 10 mins I was still feeling like I needed to do something else, but I didn't. I figured, better take it slow otherwise I will injure myself and that wouldn't be helpful at all. <BR> <BR> So, its drink 8 cups of water per day, and 10 minutes or more exercise a day. Food is still something I'm trying to work around, but planning is the key to that. <BR> <BR> Breakfast was cereal, ... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 19:12:40 EST ...cereal... Cereal for lunch? Yep, that's right, got too busy to have breakfast so had my bowl of cereal and now going to have my water. When my husband comes home from work, we'll have a lite meal, he'll have lunch and I'll just have some eggs and a salad....and plenty of water! <BR> <BR> Blessed day everyone! <BR> <BR> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 18:38:09 EST Doing it, doing it... So, this morning, I bowed out of the Panther's team, so I will be updating my page soon with a new color and other things. I didn't want to, but honestly, I couldn't really commit to it, which is why I've had to go back to basics and focus on me. I've started on the HLC Challenge, which is good, nothing demanding, but still, I am finding hard to find time to complete the most basic challenges. <BR> <BR> Like some of you have said, one day at a time, and surely that's the way to go, getting b... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 16:59:13 EST Drink 8 cups of Water a day That's my challenge this week and getting back to basics, that's for sure. I figured that I should stick to what works best for me, and so that's where I'm going. I'm so looking forward to the HLC challenge, as have missed that for some time now. <BR> <BR> I have to motivate myself to slot in that 10 mins of exercise a day, or at least something to that extent, I know I have all the tools with me, but I need motivation today!! <BR> <BR> Thank you my Spark friends who have come by to show su... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 12:42:09 EST Days Out the Window...for now anyway!! Well, I'm back, gosh after nearly two and a bit months! I'm still here, and doing my best, loving my Panthers BL team, and managing alright, except for the other bits, the most important parts of all, the exercise and the tracking, I know I'll get back to it, I need to, its not a have to, its a need. <BR> <BR> Spark still giving me a headache with the tracking, some days its awesome, some days its horrid. <BR> <BR> The festive season wasn't that bad, but now we're in the new year, some thin... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 00:07:33 EST 87 DAY!! So, its like November now...what have I been doing? Well, let me download to you that LIFE hit me again, well it was bound to and it often does, but hey, it's par of the journey, I'm not down, I was out for a little bit and now I'm back. <BR> <BR> Compounded by Spark which I'm still having major problems with tracking my food, and exercise. It won't let me access my favorite foods, and the exercises they take so long to download them, again, my favorite exercises. <BR> <BR> Counting down to... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 17:57:12 EST 66 Day!! I'm back, I've been extremely busy, and yes, life happens all the time! So, the last time I blogged, I'd taken my 1 month photo. I looked damn well good that's for sure, and I am still keeping it that way. In between then and now, I've traveled in and out of the country, I've hit my 41st birthday, I launched my own publishing business (well its a Press) with the publication of my father's book. Now I'm in the midst of getting the business accounts up to date since I've been so busy, it's near... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 04:59:27 EST 66 Day!! I'm back, I've been extremely busy, and yes, life happens all the time! So, the last time I blogged, I'd taken my 1 month photo. I looked damn well good that's for sure, and I am still keeping it that way. In between then and now, I've traveled in and out of the country, I've hit my 41st birthday, I launched my own publishing business (well its a Press) with the publication of my father's book. Now I'm in the midst of getting the business accounts up to date since I've been so busy, it's near... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 04:59:27 EST 42 Day So, I woke up early and got to my workout, and then went out for the day to do my chores, in between I managed to grab something to eat! It was so humid today, i was sweating hard! I didn't wear my fitbit though, just started on it this afternoon. I did a workout this afternoon, went for a bike ride, and guess what, I can now get on and off my bike at any point, and still be able to get back on it - I wasn't able to do that a year ago! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 1 Oct 2013 05:21:54 EST 41 Day The blogs have been missing because our internet hasn't been very good of late. I haven't been able to log any of my food for the last couple of days, let alone workouts because of this, its very frustrating, I have been able to write on my group challenge chat and others, as well as visit Spark friends pages, so I'm happy about that, but not happy about not being able to track. <BR> <BR> So I lost my first FitBit while I was overseas and now I've got a new one, the first FitBit was the Zip ... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 15:41:33 EST 38 Day Well, I'm back with a vengeance on "fat" lol! That's right, no more taking a back seat and complacency! I'm in attack mode...and hope I don't break a nail while I'm at it...! Been up two mornings in a row and started on the bike, was supposed to do a Leslie last afternoon, but got busy, so gave it miss, going to get back into it this afternoon with some strength training, found this awesome hardcore (it will take me a couple of go's) standing abs workout on Exercise TV by Jennifer Galardi...s... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 18:13:14 EST 37 Day OMG...yes, I have been MIA, that's how busy we are! Anyway, if you have had a glance at my ticker on my page, you'd see a big difference between what was last there and what is there now. This is due to my new scales that I have recently purchased and just received off the boat. Apparently, my old scales were giving me false readings and I'm totally gutted about it. My new scales are very accurate because it cost me an arm and a leg and can be used to weigh luggage as well. <BR> <BR> I'm hap... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 15:05:21 EST 33 Day TGIF!! Been a long day for me, started at 5am, and still feeling the effects...meeting with our agent over breakfast, had a banana smoothie in the morning, then had breakfast, omelet and salad, two hot chocolates with oat milk! Had a quick snack peanut brownie, really picked me up, and then later on in the afternoon we had late lunch, taro, chicken and coleslaw! <BR> <BR> Didn't have the energy to workout, and I know when I can and when I can't, my back started to ache, I think it was becaus... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 04:13:02 EST 32 Day So, I managed 13 minutes on the bike, frustrated because the screen keeps fading, but otherwise, burned 112 calories, woo hoo! Also did 1 minute on the Sweatbuster, and did some strength training for about 15 minutes! I actually sweated quite a bit. <BR> <BR> We ate out tonight, I stuck with my taro, raw fish, chicken and sweet potatoes, delicious! I also had a small serving of fruit salad and ice cream. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow my dad comes back after his 3 day travels overseas and we'll see the... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 04:40:48 EST 31 Day It's getting on, and I'm feeling great, but tired. The last couple of days have been trying and challenging, so many things to think about and do, some I've done and some I've yet to do. But hanging in there! <BR> <BR> Didn't achieve anything today, bummed out that I didn't do anything constructive, just had lots of meetings this morning, and keeping tabs with my dad overseas. Sometimes I have to ask myself...who's the parent here? <BR> <BR> So, looking forward to a better day tomorrow, I w... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 04:35:56 EST 30 Day OMG - a month - really?? So fast, I'm looking back now and wondering, have I done enough? Am I where I want to be after this month? Hell yeah, I'm happy to be right where I am now, it means I'm making my way towards my goal...and not long to go now! This morning I vowed to get up and get going, I didn't, so I'm going to do it this evening. I'm looking forward to it because my body could do with a little bit more training...I know it needs A LOT more, but for now, its just a little bit more. <... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 21:26:52 EST 29 Day I didn't sleep well last night, nightmares, family issues, lots of things going on in my mind, and I'm not one to sleep well anyway. So I'm tired, but I know I have my workouts to try and get out of the way this morning. What to do? I'll have some green tea and honey and see how I go - I'm looking forward to my workouts that's for sure - especially this morning, I have already set out my workout plan for the morning. I can either o the walk with Leslie this morning OR the bike for 20 minutes,... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 14:03:52 EST