SPIRALDANCER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SPIRALDANCER SPIRALDANCER'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/ Mixed Bag http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402058 So I am back in Wales after a week at home in England with my Mum. Was lovely to see her but really wish we didn't live so far apart. I really miss her but know I have to live my own life, can't stay home forever. She's coming up to visit soon though, looking forward to that as it will be my graduation too. <BR> Had a nice surprise when I went home, went shopping with Mum for some new jeans (a task that is normally horrific) and was very pleased to find I have gone down a size :) The scal... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 06:35:18 EST On the Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390530 Had a really good day yesterday. Spent the morning riding around Cosmeston lakes with my friend's horse Spot. He's a 17.2 percheron x appalossa and is a gentle giant. I was really lucky as the weather has been very changable here in Wales, we managed nearly the whole ride in the dry but the heavens opened just as we were on the road home, never mind we still had a good time and got to enjoy the beautiful views and have a good canter or two. <BR> Was good to spend time with friends too, my ... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 06:13:03 EST Having a rough day :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5388666 Not feeling good today. My medication is giving me side effects and feel dizzy all the time, the doctor says this will pass but it's really not helping my mood. I have no motivation right now and feel so deflated. This is just so frustrating. <BR> <BR> Supposed to be going running today but the weather is horrid and I so don't feel like it...really should go but maybe I'll do an indoor work out instead. Just want to feel better :( Fri, 14 Jun 2013 05:21:29 EST Running, Week 1 Completed :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386579 I am really pretty pleased right now as i have just completed the first week of my rookie running program on sparkpeople. Its something I've wanted to do for a long time but due to a re-currant knee problem kept getting held back. Looks like my knee is holding up ok so far and made it through the first week, now for week 2 and continued enthusiasm, hope it goes well. <BR> <BR> Loving the fact that exercise is giving me a buzz rather than making me exhausted. Feel good about this achieve... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 06:42:29 EST Back Again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383073 Well, I seem to be here on and off, about time I got serious about loosing weight and staying committed to it. Motivation is something I really struggle with but I am determined to succeed this time despite my depression and low drive. I have recently decided that exercise is my friend in terms of lifting mood and have taken on the challenge of the rookie running programme on here. it's early days but really hope to keep this running thing going. <BR> <BR> Other recent changes include a c... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 05:22:27 EST New Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4855830 So I find myself here again having gained weight through the last year and a bit :( But today is the first day of the rest of my life so a new start begins here. <BR> I am newly single having chosen to go it alone as this was the best choice for me to re establish me. I've lost the confident happy person I used to be and I want her back, so armed with a new found sense of motivation and a shiny new gym membership the world is my oyster. <BR> New and improved me starts here :D Sat, 28 Apr 2012 07:03:47 EST Frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4386575 It appears that I am doing something wrong. I've upped my exercise regime, I'm sticking to my nutrition goals but still the weight isn't coming off. Don't know what I'm doing wrong but it's really starting to get me down. Feel like I'm putting in all this effort and getting nowhere. Anybody got any ideas? <BR> Also does anyone have any information on nutrition in the role of beating depression? Having a tough time recently and just thinking food could well boost my mood but unsure how to... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 03:29:38 EST What a relief! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4319358 Well I've finally completed all my written assignments for university this year. What a relief to have that out of the way. All I have left to do is one nursing placement and the second year will be complete. One more year to go :) <BR> Now I can concentrate on the other things that are important to me like making time to get back in the swimming pool and re-establishing my jewellery line whilst maintaining this healthy lifestyle, which admittedly has slipped a bit this week. <BR> Feeling ... Fri, 24 Jun 2011 06:54:08 EST In times of trouble I am turning to my friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4300529 Today has been a very bad day! <BR> <BR> Due to ongoing problems with my knee and waiting list times for operations I may well loose my place at university as the uni feels I am unfit. <BR> <BR> I have worked very hard for this degree and am not about to give up without a fight, any advice or encouragement you lovely spark friends can give would be really appreciated as this has come as an unexpected and crushing blow. Wed, 15 Jun 2011 13:35:07 EST Uphill struggles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4297854 Well at least that is out of the way! I had to give a ten minute presentation to my university class today which was not at all fun, so relieved it's all over but next on my list is a large research critique assignment which is proving to be tough. Uni is really hard at the moment, there is just so much work all at once and I start placement soon too. <BR> Be glad to get this year over and try and refresh myself before the third year starts! Phew. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Tue, 14 Jun 2011 10:45:51 EST I can do this http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4291580 I just wanted to say a big thank you to all the spark friends I have met on here, you are a constant source of encouragement. <BR> <BR> I woke up today feeling very under the weather with a cold and chest infection, then proceeded to weigh in to bad news and I failed an audition yesterday. You could say it's not been the best week. <BR> <BR> However, I did pass my latest essay for my uni course and have received so much support on here today that I am starting to feel better at least menta... Sat, 11 Jun 2011 10:00:58 EST Oops! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4253125 Hmm, this week isn't going so well, it seems stress has returned due to a collosal amount of work I have to do for university, taking over my life. Critiquing research in the field of mental health in children and adolescents is difficult and I have little time and too much to read. <BR> <BR> To make matters worse a large slice of tiramisu bypassed my mouth earlier and now I feel guilty. Why is it that stress always seems to lead to me eating all the wrong things? <BR> <BR> Hopefully tomo... Tue, 24 May 2011 11:57:06 EST It seems I'm back and staying here this time!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4248258 I've been a spark member for a long time and so far haven't made it past stage two. However, this time. I really feel ready to embrace a new lifestyle and make a change. The weight is finally starting to come off and I'm feeling more positive. <BR> I may be limited in what exercise I can do but it doesn't mean I'm going to stop trying, my knee will improve and as it does so will my ability to exercise. <BR> This time it's for real, I'm here to stay. Sun, 22 May 2011 05:45:18 EST What am I doing wrong? Help please. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3279037 I am not a happy bunny. I've been doing this whole diet/healthy lifestyle thing for over a month now and I haven't actually lost any weight at all!!! What I don't get is why or the fact that I've lost inches of my waist and hips but no actual weight. To me this just makes no sense at all. Anyone out there got any suggestion?? <BR> I could really use some help at this point because I feel like giving up, I'm working really hard to change myself, eating right, exercising more now than ever b... Sat, 29 May 2010 07:29:23 EST Damn it!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2147038 How very annoying. Yesterday afternoon I had a phone conversation which upset me quite a lot. Why is it that when i am upset I end up eating take away pizza and drinking half a bottle of wine? Hello to myself...How many calories??? <BR> Not impressed. Must work harder on willpower and not let stress ruin my progress. <BR> <BR> Sat, 13 Jun 2009 07:21:23 EST I'm rather confused. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2144929 How is it, I wonder that according to the scales I have lost no weight yet I managed to get into a pair of jeans this morning that I haven't been able to wear for nearly two years??? <BR> I supposed it could be that I have upped my exercise andf therefore my body is toning up, which is a good thing but I want to see results in terms of weight too. <BR> Confused. Fri, 12 Jun 2009 09:52:10 EST I will keep it up this time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2135672 Well, here I am starting this programe again, the difference is this time I mean it. I'm going back to University in september and am determined to start my course lighter than I am now. I just wish I had more energy, I feel so tired this week and I overslept this morning which has messed up my plan to go swimming this morning, will just have to do the later session instead. <BR> Oh well, get to see my Thelma pony on thursday so it's not all bad. <em>188</em> Tue, 9 Jun 2009 06:51:15 EST Haha http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=533670 I'm back!!!!! <BR> <BR> Had a rough road recently so the diet kind of went out the window but I'm back. Have to really keep on top of what I'm eating as I have been diagnsed with IBS recently <BR> <BR> Also started an exercise regime at the gym recently so fingers crossed I should see some results soon. Fri, 27 Apr 2007 08:36:40 EST Start Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=490448 I'm back!! Majorly fell of the weight loss wagon recently due to having some negative events happen in quick succession. I lost a close friend, my mate's puppy and I'm single again all in the last three months. However, things are starting to get back to normal so I've decided t start again with the weight loss plan. Fingers crossed it goes well this time. Fri, 30 Mar 2007 08:16:14 EST Walking in the rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=388798 Yay, made it up to Woodside earlier to take curly coated Katie for a walk in the lovely {read wet and stormy} weather. Katie is a collie dog and she's s sweet and loves a fuss. I'm pleased I managed to get out in the fresh air and do some exercise. Hopefully going again tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Sun, 21 Jan 2007 12:42:43 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=387329 So things have been going a bit better the past few days. Managing to eat more healthily and have even been doing some exercise. <BR> <BR> Made a vegetable goulash last night which even my boyfriend enjoyed! Just had lunch and have been good at sticking to the meal plan for today. Mind you I'm still hungry. <BR> <BR> Just hope the rest of the day goes well as my boyfriend has gone away for the next couple of weeks on a training course with his job. Not too good at being on my own. <BR> ... Sat, 20 Jan 2007 10:37:54 EST Oh Bother! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=382927 Why oh why do cream cakes have to be so tempting?? I gave in to temptation already but I have been for a long walk to try and lessen the effects. <BR> <BR> Really have to go food shopping then I won't be so tempted by the bakery on my street. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow will be a better day. Wed, 17 Jan 2007 17:43:10 EST Day One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=380005 So here I am. The beginning of a new year and hopefully a new me. This is the year I am going to succeed! I am determined to loose weight healthily and to be well again. <BR> <BR> Hmm, nearly lunch time and not much food in the house, need to go shopping tomorrow, have my grocery list ready. <BR> <BR> Might go for a walk this afternoon and find out when public swimming is open. <BR> <BR> Right must press on things to do. Tue, 16 Jan 2007 08:18:10 EST