STEPHLOKI's SparkPeople Blog STEPHLOKI's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Frustrations - but I won't give up Now that TOM seems to be back regular again I am struggling again. During the last TOM I gained 3kg that did not come off. <BR> But I think part might be due to another problem. I was having a really bad cold and it turned bacterial. So I was put on antibiotics. I think those caused constipation, since I was not emptying out properly. So I took first fiber capsules, then an Indian fiber power. Both usually work well on me. Nothing much happened. Then I took Epsom salt, and it also worked only... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 01:01:38 EST Monday Morning blues After a weekend that was restful but once again felt too short I am trying to motivate myself for work. I am currently putting so much into my work I feel drained. This working every Saturday for 5hours cuts the weekend so short I feel like I am missing out on life. Got some thinking to do Sun, 25 Oct 2015 23:42:57 EST Wonderful Holiday in South Africa I know this blog is way overdue, since I came back 1 month ago. <BR> <BR> But I have been so busy since that on weekends or in the evenings I could simply not bring myself to open the computer.... <BR> <BR> My 3 days in Capetown had been planned through before I went, since I wanted to make the most of it. I was also extremely lucky with the weather. August is the end of winter in SA and it is still often cloudy, raining, cold & Table Mountain had been closed the week before several times d... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 04:50:28 EST Update I guess I haven't blogged in a while... <BR> <BR> I did get under 80kg for about 10 days. And I did buy myself that Immersion Blender. I use it almost daily. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The last de-tox was the hardest and I couldn't keep it up. I guess a bit of de-tox fatigue.... So I went back to a more normal diet. the 4 month program is over anyway. <BR> <BR> Now I first regained 2kg, which I then maintained,... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 03:15:48 EST Slight Progress & toe is healing I am back on an easier diet, but am supposed to do another Liver Cleanse over the weekend. <BR> <BR> One day my weight was actually below 80kg, but then it went slightly up again. Well by next week I should be squarely under.... and deserve my treat.... LOL <BR> <BR> My Nutritionist is actually happy with my progress considering the health problems I have been having. So why am I not happier... Well I had hoped to be below 80kg a while ago and I am not quite there yet. <BR> I need to sit m... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 08:58:24 EST Some set-backs and some much needed rest during the blood cleanse I started 2 weeks ago I got some pimples (which is normal and a sign that the body is getting rid of toxins), but the one on my big toe got bigger. <BR> I did dressings myself, but it was like there was another boil growing underneath it. So we tried some home remedies with my Nutritionist to bring it to ripen. We applied garlic & turmeric, one time I fell asleep with it and it stayed on the whole night. The next day I had some big blisters around it. So I stopped the... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 03:31:16 EST Progress - week 10 part 2 Another week of Liver Detox is behind me. <BR> <BR> This time it was supposed to be 2 days of apple juice. I did very well on Saturday, only a tiny morsel of cake during our monthly team meeting. Had to try if the cake I made is any good.... By evening I didn't even feel very hungry. <BR> <BR> On Sunday I rested a lot, and only went out for some grocery shopping. Lunch time I could not blend my apples, since we had no electricity. I did well until mid afternoon when I got really hungry. I t... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 01:56:04 EST Long Weekend in Taita Hills Game Sanctuary Another great weekend trip with BF. <BR> <BR> We left my office at 4pm, but it still took us 1.5hrs to get across town and a total of 5 hrs to reach Makindu. We spend the night at the Sikh Temple and enjoyed the peace, quiet & the good vegetarian food there. <BR> <BR> The next morning we drove through the rain the 200+km into the Taita Hills Game Sanctuary. <BR> Along the way we could see that the work on the Standard Gouge Railway is making good progress. Yep the Lunatic Express is being r... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 05:54:47 EST Progress - week 10 After another rest week and a great weekend trip the scale has finally started moving again. Even though I felt like I stuffed myself on veggies in the Lodge, and even allowed myself some coffee (with milk & sugar) and some small dessert at lunch time, I must have done something right!!!! <BR> <BR> This week I am back to liver cleanse. the weekend will be apple juice prepared in the blender only. <BR> <BR> But have been doing well without too many hunger pangs, so should be able to survive ... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 05:05:21 EST Progress - 8th week Well TOM finally came and I have shed most of the water retention. <BR> <BR> And even though I am taking it easier this week and have even eaten desert this weekend and had 2 cappuccinos (not the same day though....LOL) I am loosing weight. <BR> As of this morning I am at 82.7kg! That is 10.5kg = 23 pounds down since I started this fruit & vegetable journey! <BR> <BR> Here is the latest pictures: <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 25 May 2015 03:37:01 EST Starting week 8 of the Detox - Finally the scale has moved again On Monday I found myself in problem with the Olive Oil intake which was part of the Blood Cleanse. It was too much for my damaged pancreas & fatty liver. So I ended up with water retention, bloating & running tummy. <BR> <BR> I went immediately on a full fruit day and am currently cooking my veggies without additional fat. I am still not 100% but the water retention is almost gone. The stomach will cool down. <BR> <BR> This week she has given me a "rest week", meaning no specific detox goi... Thu, 21 May 2015 02:34:41 EST Week 7 - blood cleanse week 2 The Nutritionist was very supportive, she also thinks the slight weight gain is due to the hormones. Was expecting TOM this week. Not come so far, but am cranky today. <BR> <BR> Now in week 2 of the blood cleanse I continue as before, only Breakfast has changed. Hmm still getting used to eating the Coriander, Olive Oil, Almond paste and the poached apple. <BR> <BR> But will get there. Fri, 15 May 2015 05:11:33 EST Frustration - feeling low I am still on the same weight as 10 days ago. Have followed the diet advise 95% over the last week. Am proud of that, but frustrated why the scale is not budging..... <BR> <BR> I really would like to understand what is going on. Last weekend I also had some running tummy with cramps. Am wondering if that is a side effect from the blood cleanse. Have tried to call the Nutritionist, but right now she is not picking. <BR> <BR> I really to want to loose the remaining 10kg, but seems stuck righ... Mon, 11 May 2015 02:41:04 EST Week 6 - Blood Cleanse I am really glad that for now I am done with Liver Cleanse. <BR> <BR> Now Blood cleanse is different and a bit easier, apart from the Neem Tea, which is disgusting.... <BR> I start my day with lemon juice in hot water, 1 hr later I have vegetable juice made from Corriander (fresh) and a bit of lime / lemon (for taste only). I can also eat some little fruit. <BR> at 10 am I take Nettle tea - I average 2 cups of that, and a fruit. <BR> At lunch time I take 1/4 plate starch (any) and 1/2 plate... Fri, 8 May 2015 02:39:53 EST Week 5 of vegetarian diet My Nutritionist is still worried about the pancreatitis I had some years back. So she wants me to continue with a lighter liver flush. Right now I do fruit days every other day and the normal days I take veggies & starch at lunch time, dinner only veggies. Epsom salt 3 x a week. <BR> I am still supposed to do another weekend of juice only. <BR> <BR> I was a quite disappointed, but I think that had to do with me being so hungry when I went to see her. I did starch even for dinner that day and... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 03:30:27 EST Week 2 to of liver cleanse done Ok, almost done, only need to get through today. Fruits only. But I got through the worst day of apple juice & lemon juice only. <BR> <BR> As of yesterday I was on 84.8kg! That is 7kg down! also have lost inches almost everywhere. <BR> <BR> Yesterday's photos: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I wore the same clothes, to get the proper picture, they do fit more loosely and the love handles are not as big.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 02:45:06 EST Another fun weekend with D & the kids Did we have fun last weekend or what? <BR> <BR> On Saturday I got to Gilgil later than I wanted to due to some traffic jam caused by accidents. But main thing is I was not affected by those accidents. <BR> <BR> So we rescheduled out program and it turned out just right. We just relaxed in D's garden chatting on Saturday, got up early on Sunday and went to the Egerton Castle. We were actually the only visitors there. So we had the Castle to ourselves. Saturday they had a wedding in the gar... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 05:46:18 EST Progress in the 3rd week of Detox I couldn't resist the temptation and stepped on the scale this morning and was surprised! <BR> After the scale hardly moved last week it has started again! I am now officially 4kg less than I was 3 weeks ago! <BR> <BR> We will celebrate with a weekend full of fruits and fun with my friend D and the children. <BR> <BR> They want to visit the mysterious Egerton Castle <BR><BR>/17/love-thrives-again-at-lord-egerton<BR>-castle/ <BR> <BR> It will be fun ... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 05:12:20 EST Starting Week 3 of the Detox Had a few hick-ups the last few days. <BR> Over the weekend I couldn't stick to my plan since I was visiting and for example how do you refuse to eat a chicken which has been slaughtered for you <BR> Yesterday I woke up with a swollen face. No Idea what caused it, maybe TOM, which would be due now, but is so far absent <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I went for the review. I have lost 1 pound after all and have lost 1/2 of an inch on ... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 08:38:33 EST Week 2 of the vegetarian detox The Nutritionist changed things around a bit. I am now taking my banana instead of at breakfast at 11am. <BR> I am still eating a full bowl of fruits for breakfast. Now am feeling much better. Getting also better at thinking up new ways of cooking my veggies... <BR> Currently the Nutritionist does not want me to eat lentils or beans and we have cut out milk, since I seem to have developed a lactose intolerance, so I am getting my protein from boiling a small amount of the different kinds of ... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 01:48:46 EST Vegetarian Diet - trying to get my weight loss started again As most of you know I have really been struggling with my weight loss in the last 2 years and have actually been on my heaviest ever. <BR> After successfully loosing 10kg before that it was really frustrating. The combination of RA, Hormone Imbalance, Peri Menopause and having to slow down in terms of exercise has wrecked havoc on my system. <BR> <BR> So I decided to go to a Indian Nutritionist, who apparently has been very successful in helping people loose weight. <BR> I went there last w... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 03:12:09 EST Update on Rheumatoid Arthritis Flare-up The good news is something seems to be working. <BR> <BR> Now my days are ok and pain only increases in the evenings. The same applies to the feeling feverish and the extreme exhaustion. <BR> <BR> Have been able to exercise quite a bit. <BR> Saturday I tricked myself by limiting my walk & cutting it into 2. I realized should I take my usual routes I would be tempted to extend and do too much. So I decided let me go to the Gold Club 3.75km from home and have breakfast there. This way I did a... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 01:41:20 EST Rheumathoid Arthritis rears it's head again For the last 10 years I had RA pretty well controlled, with only minor flare ups. <BR> I had to make minor adjustments to my life and one big one: <BR> <BR> 1. First I changed from running continuously to the run-walk Galloway method and still did a couple of half marathons. I did however realize that doing another full marathon would hurt my joints too much <BR> <BR> 2. I use solely fresh vegetables in my diet, if frozen then froze by myself, to eliminate all artificial preservatives from ... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:09:11 EST Frustration and Joy at the same weekend over the same things.... My good friends daughter is getting married. We had one of the traditional functions last weekend, where the grooms female relatives come to visit the bride & her female relatives. So I thought I's wear one of my dresses. <BR> <BR> Well I had been wondering, that I am wearing trousers that i wore with 10kg less than now... now I know where the weight is: my arms, my tummy & generally my upper body... <BR> <BR> I tried 2 dresses, gave up and put on a trouser & an Indian blouse. Driving to th... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 02:47:24 EST Something that motivated me this week I saw one of my beloved Aunty Acid posts on FB: <BR> <BR> "Never use scales Ladies.... because scales don't measure sexy" <BR> <BR> Wishing all of us a feeling sexy kind a weekend..... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 05:26:41 EST Golf - great fun & great frustration Yesterday was one of those days. I felt like the greatest Idiot on the golf course. I took many air shots and topped many of the balls. Did I mention "head up"????? Need some weight around my head to keep it down.... <BR> <BR> I was even asked my Caddy whether I am too stupid for this game. I just felt like I forgot everything I ever learned. <BR> But luckily I did count my points. I am not handicapped yet (golfer's will understand this), but I counted assuming I am playing of a handicap of ... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 02:12:39 EST Senior Golfing Society Annual Dinner Yesterday it was time again for the Senior Golfing Society annual dinner. That is the one event in the year where they all come with their wives, all dolled up to have a dinner and some serious fun at the prestigious Muthaiga Country Club. <BR> <BR> As usual it was lots of fun. This was now the 4th time that BF took me along. <BR> <BR> By now I know a lot of them quite well, since I have come along to a lot of their golf weekends. After the dinner (great food), there is always dancing. <BR... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 02:35:13 EST Westgate Terror Attack - 1 year later The anniversary has come & gone. I think it was good I was not in Kenya last weekend, since I think I would have watched too many things on TV about it. <BR> <BR> Overall I am very happy that I have recovered well from the trauma. When I watch the things they are showing on FB & TV I am sad about the attack, the many severely injured & traumatized people but it doesn't hurt me any more. I feel now panic. <BR> <BR> It is a sad day in the history of Kenya, but it also pulled people together. ... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 03:02:16 EST Wow.... am still in a daze After overworking myself for 6 months on the new job and feeling at times like I am on the wrong boat here yet accomplishing a LOT suddenly it has become so much easier. <BR> <BR> Well Monday I lost my temper with the procurement guy and went home feeling like I am the biggest twit ever who just does not know how to do things. I send my immediate boss an email telling him I am resigning, since I honestly felt I am the wrong person. <BR> <BR> Well the next day I did not go to work obviously,... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:35:30 EST Weddings Galore We started on Tuesday with a dinner fir all the visitors from overseas. But things quickly got more elaborate & interesting. Lots of ceremonies, lots of fun, lots of food..... <BR> <BR> Official Engagement (the 2 families actually sign a certificate in the temple). The bride was nervously watching.... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> then afterwards she was given many presents to welcome her to the family. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sp... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:56:46 EST I'll throw that scale away!!!! Ok now after all these months of hard work the scale is still not budging. <BR> <BR> But when I look at the pictures I took when I tried one of my new Kurtis on I think I am finally toning up again. What do you think? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Side view: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yeah I know that Stomach is still sticking out, but only 1/2m not, not 2m like before.... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:49:17 EST Getting Ready for another Indian Wedding Next week I have 2 weddings to attend. One will last a week and one the usual 1 day. Both religious ceremonies are on Saturday. <BR> <BR> Now how is someone expected to find time to work inbetween?...LOL <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Ok First the simple 1 day wedding: A friend from my time at German School is finally tying the knot with his long time life-in Girlfriend with whom he has 3 kids. So I will go for the church wedding and then excuse myself. His Relatives will have to fig... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:35:41 EST Changing Jobs Wow this is a different expereience all together..... <BR> <BR> When I finally got the job offer after the long wait, I kind of deflated. It was all I wanted, but instead fo being Happy I was just tired. Must have really been under tension. <BR> At my old job, everything was going crazy as well, so i was more sure than ever that the move is the best thing for me. <BR> Well the happiness did set in after a while. <BR> Now I am winding up at the old job. Only today & Monday left, then I am do... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 04:10:02 EST Another beautiful Trip in Kenya - Nanyuki & Meru National Park - with photos I was privileged to go on another wonderful trip with BF. <BR> <BR> We started out with a nice lunch in the Trout Tree Restaurant near Nanyuki. A restaurant build into a tree like a tree house on a trout farm. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> From there we went to Nanyuki, we stayed at the Sports Club, one of the quirky old Clubs started by the Colonialists. <BR> <img src=""> <BR>... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 12:47:57 EST Not loosing weight OK, so far I have lost 1kg, and am frustrated since I put in so much effort. <BR> <BR> Even during parties & functions I have been good. But did go slightly over my goal at times. Well several things I have realized: <BR> 1. It is much harder to loose at this point - I guess Perimenopause is not planning to leave me any time soon.... Yikes 3 years is already enough...... <BR> 2. I really need to find the money to go for a gynae check-up with hormone tests (insurance does not pay for it and ... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 02:42:35 EST Starting again - mixed feelings Yep I have to start the weight loss again!!! Not funny, am right now at my heaviest ever according to my new scale (the old one was showing less). I do not look as big as I did when I was 86kg, 6 years ago. That time, when I had turned 40 I was still doing long distance running, doing an average of 60km a week. I had not changed the way I ate, but suddenly the weight just started piling on. I think it probably has to do with hormonal changes & your body needing less as you age. <BR> It took ... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 01:45:42 EST Sights of India Even though this 2.5 week trip was mainly for family visits & Poli sorting out issues, we still did get to see quite a few sights. Just enough not to feel cheated and enough to make me want to come back. <BR> <BR> We went ot the Golden Tempel in Amritsa <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Some people take a dip in the pool or take water home, since some claim... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 01:24:12 EST A Sikh wedding in India After the fun & interesting Sikh wedding in Mombasa I got a chance to expereince one in India. BF & I had already booked our flights before the Westgate Mall attack happened, so the holiday came just at the right time when we needed a break from all. <BR> <BR> We traveled to India, to the village in Punjab where Poli's family comes from and stayed most of the time with his cousin and her family. It was so much fun. Poli's brother also came & stayed with his In-laws, since there was a wedding... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 08:05:35 EST A big Thank you to the Spark Family for caring I am touched, so many people responded to my last blog, people from teams I am in, but we had never talked, people we have been friends with in SP, but have never met, the SP Team themselves. <BR> <BR> Thank you for caring! It means a lot. <BR> We are trying to piece our life's together, every day there are things that shake you up again, but also things that touch you. <BR> Stories that come out and touch you. Like the one terrorist, who allowed little children to leave, from the supermarke... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 13:48:52 EST Terror Attack on a Shopping Mall in Nairobi Yesterday I was going to meet BF just for a quick cup of coffee in a mall in our area. He had some banking to do. When i got there he was just finishing banking at one bank, so I went to buy airtime for my mobile (not sure what made me buy that, but it helped later). AT that time the lights went off, so I bought the airtime from the vendor at the light of the computer screen and we laughed about it, since this happens frequently. <BR> Then I got out BF was finished with that bank, but still h... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 01:41:53 EST Pictures Finally I am able to upload pictures <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Here the area in the Hotel Garden which was fixed up as a Temple. for the religious ceremony. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> BF wondering what I am up to <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The groom has reached. His face is covered with a bead veil. Now the bridal party welc... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 03:43:49 EST A Sikh Wedding in a Mombasa Hotel The Hotel were the wedding was hosts Asian Weddings quite frequently and really do their best to make it not only beautiful & serene but also private. <BR> <BR> Hmm for some reason I can't upload pictures. <BR> <BR> But let me just say it was beautiful! The make-shift temple was set up on the coral cliff facing the palm trees & the ocean, for privacy they had screened it off with palm leaves. <BR> <BR> People dress up so beautifully for these occasions and there were some adorable little g... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 02:51:53 EST A new sofa set coming up soon After living for over 10 years with my second hand sofa set I didn;t really like, I am now finally having a new one made. <BR> I love the style of the Lamu Beds, so my sofa set will be done in that style. I am having 1 pieces made, that will fit together in an L-shape. <BR> The material for the cushions & mattress covers are bought, the cushions are cluttering my spare bed room & I have already sewn 3 cushions covers. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went to see Martin the carpenter who is making it ... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 08:00:09 EST putting yourself down yep I am one of those, who tend to think badly of themselves. Like when I stand in front of a mirror I often think of myself as the fat & ugly cow.... <BR> Well this morning I was waering my running tights and getting ready for a run and I saw my stomach is getting smaller, hanging less over the waisband... Yeah!!!! <BR> Here is one story how I surprised myself: <BR> When I went to Nursing School I never thought I would manage and pass the final exams, I thought I am not good enough to get t... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 13:57:32 EST Exam Fear I have never enjoyed doing exams, they just freak me out..... <BR> Now I have this major online exam coming up, PMP in less than 2 weeks. I am slowly getting butterflies in my stomach and feel like I need to go to the loo all the time. Yeah, it is exam fear alright..... Happens every time. <BR> Only this time I am "preparing" for an exam without havign time to. Pressure at work is so high, I am totally mentally exhausted in the evenings. Weekends there are all the things I didn;t do during t... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 01:09:00 EST Mindful eating When I analyse where I slip up it boils down to 2 simple issues: <BR> 1. When I eat mindlessly and give in to cravings <BR> 2. When I am out with friends and drink alcohol. <BR> <BR> There is a simple lesson to learn from both: <BR> Stay away from the alcohol, since it has lots of empty calories, unless you are sure you can get away with only 1 glass of wine, and pay attention to what you eat. <BR> Make sure you have healthy snacks in the office and carry your daily food items from home. <... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 01:36:19 EST Amazing Day in Nairobi National Park Just want to share my amazing day in the Nairobi National Park. This is a wildlife game reserve within the boundaries of a Mega City. <BR> We do game counts every 2 months from the Friends of Nairobi National Park (FoNNaP) and they are a lot of fun. <BR> <BR> Basically you are allocated a piece of the park and count animals you see at the same time as everybody else. I love it if I am allocated a piece on the other side, since you will drive through the whole park and get a chance to see a l... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 02:00:03 EST It's official - another pound down Yep, I have lost another pound. I weighed 2 days in s row with the same result. <BR> <BR> So let's keep focused Thu, 30 May 2013 06:51:49 EST Need for snacks I think this expereince can help others. <BR> The year I turned 40 I gained a lot of weight while still running 5-60km per week and I had not changed my eating habits. My blood pressure also went up and for the first time in my life (my blood pressure has always been on the lower side) I had several readings above 140/80mmHg. I think it was changing hormone levels, which made my body need less food. <BR> I reduced my food to 1600kcal per day but still on 3 meals a day and increased my exerc... Sat, 25 May 2013 05:08:41 EST Need to get focused again Ok, now after 2 months of letting myself go I need to get back in the rut of regular exercise. Have made a start this morning by going to the gym early before work for the first time in 2 months. This works better for me, since the evenings tend to be hectic and unexpected long site meetings etc. throw my plans often over board. I had switched to evenings when I was trying to study in the mornings for the course I was taking. But I am not studying in the mornings. Need to figure out when to s... Tue, 21 May 2013 03:03:59 EST