STONECOT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=STONECOT STONECOT'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/ Expectations from BLC26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785281 I have been musing all weekend about what I'm expecting from round 26 of the BLC. I have been doing it, all on the Azure Destinations team, for a whole year now. <BR> <BR> I have learned over that time, what are and are not realistic expectations. So I'm not going to commit myself to losing 'x' amount of pounds, or inches, and certainly not expect it, but the main thing I am expecting, is to ENJOY myself and the progress towards 'getting there' wherever that might be. <BR> <BR> I expect to ... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 07:27:49 EST BLC 25, A Great Experience! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742561 So, round 25 of the BLC challenge is drawing to a close, and one of the parts of the final WEC (Week End Challenge) is to blog about our best BLC experience! <BR> <BR> Firstly, let me explain the BLC (Biggest Loser Challenge) to you. It is a private team of about 300 individuals, split into 18 teams, all of which, while promoting healthy lifestyle habits, have slightly different biases towards exercise, nutrition and eating, or support and encouragement. As in the TV program, team challenge... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 08:28:06 EST Fitness test BLC 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687985 I finally completed my fitness test! <BR> <BR> Press ups in one minute: (on knees, but hands as far forward as possible): 63 <BR> Crunches in one minute: 57 <BR> Measured mile: In my case mostly uphill: 17 minutes <BR> Pulse rate after 3 minutes stepping up and down 8" step: 100 <BR> <BR> I don't think they'll alter much over 12 weeks, but we shall see. Mon, 5 May 2014 11:46:06 EST SMART goals for BLC 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686981 1. Fast three days a week. (500 calories) <BR> <BR> 2. On 3 non fasting days, prepare and cook my food from scratch. <BR> <BR> 3. Continue with my exercise, even if that means going to karate or dancing alone. <BR> <BR> 4. Limit alcohol to one night a week <BR> <BR> 5. Practice my karate, tai chi and piano, 3 times a week. <BR> <BR> 6. Smile at myself in the mirror, and tell myself I'm beautiful every day. <BR> <BR> 7. Stand straight, shoulders back, head up, stand tall, and stride out... Sun, 4 May 2014 08:23:26 EST Intermittent Fasting, (the every other day diet) the facts, is it for you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590012 <BR> <BR> I posted about this subject on a team thread, and judging by the response, there’s a lot of misinformation around, about exactly what fasting is, and isn’t. <BR> <BR> I started fasting on 17th March 2013, after reading a book about the 5:2 fast diet, and how fasting can considerably cut one’s cancer risk, and I am already a breast cancer survivor, of a type of tumour that is aggressive and prone to reoccur. <BR> <BR> It cuts this risk by cutting down the rate that cells divide,... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 09:26:18 EST A walk in Scotland in Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577770 Yesterday, New Years Eve we decided to take our last walk of 2013, through Scolty Woods, and today we took the first walk of 2014, walking the five miles round Loch Kinord. Both walks were taken in greylight rather than daylight, but we got round in the dry, and the rain started as we left the car park and drove home! <BR> <BR> So now I'm going to keep quiet, and let the pictures speak for themselves. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1924196490.jpg"> <BR> <BR>... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 11:44:55 EST Hiking near Balmoral http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574696 It was drizzling when we stopped in the car park near Balmoral. Undeterred we pulled on our woolly hats, gloves and scarves and headed off up a well made path. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l882254139.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We walked past a very posh house, which had a rather flash sculpture in the garden. Personally I wouldn't fancy it on my back lawn, but each to his own! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1126670639.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 14:34:14 EST BLC 23, What Have I Learned? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561091 <BR> <BR> When I registered for BLC24, and asked to remain with Azure Destinations, I started to think about what the BLC meant and had done for me, and what I had learned since I first started on BLC22. <BR> <BR> I started the BLC with Azure, and have stayed an Azurite. After initial concerns whether I could cope with it, I settled in, and found a strong caring team that fitted me like a glove. I wouldn’t want to leave them. This round, being my second, having got my feet under the table,... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 07:58:43 EST October 15th 1987, London, England. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523890 October 15th 1987, was a very ordinary day, it was the day before my husbands important exams towards his BSc. It was a mild autumn Wednesday, and that night, London, and all of south-eastern England was pulverised by the most violent storm in to occur in over three hundred years. <BR> <BR> Now many of you will live in places where real hurricanes or typhoons are part of everyday life, but for us, sitting smugly in our little semi’s in London, it was cause for some amusement when the weather... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 12:39:05 EST Vive la Difference (An English Woman’s Tongue in Cheek Slant on the USA) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513529 <BR> Of course we all know about the language! <BR> <BR> My purse is your wallet, your purse is my bag. <BR> Your pants are my trousers, but my pants are your knickers. <BR> My chips are your French Fries, but your chips are my crisps. <BR> You say to-ma-to, we say to-mar-to, etc. <BR> <BR> Everything is definitely bigger in America. You have Cheeto’s, we have Cheesy Wotsits, but your Cheeto’s are twice the size of my Wotsits! <BR> <BR> And a self respecting English spider is about 2” acr... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 19:13:53 EST BLC23 My Goals. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492071 <BR> <BR> For the first two weeks of this round I’m away on holiday, so I’m splitting my goals into the first two weeks, and the remaining ten. <BR> <BR> Part one, holiday. <BR> <BR> I intend to: <BR> <BR> Enjoy myself. <BR> <BR> Eat and drink whatever I like, but stop when I’m full. <BR> <BR> Not show by word or deed that I’m trying to lose weight. <BR> <BR> Not spoil anyone else’s enjoyment of their food or drink. (my mother dieted continually, and watched what everybody else put i... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 16:33:00 EST The perils of weight loss and exercise. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477951 <BR> <BR> One of my avowed goals on my weight loss journey, is to tackle the ironing pile BEFORE I run out of clothes to wear. However, so far I have failed miserably in this endeavor. <BR> <BR> Thus it was, with the ironing basket hidden under a Mount Everest of clean clothing, I was forced to go to the gym yesterday, in a baggy old tee shirt, that had seen a lot of better days. <BR> <BR> I happily started with the other five elderly men, to work through out 39 steps program which helps ... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 15:54:53 EST my demon scales http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450546 The scales go up, and I’m upset. <BR> <BR> The scales stay the same, I’m disappointed! <BR> <BR> The scales go down, and I’m walking on air! <BR> <BR> Over the years, I have shifted those scales over the bedroom, bathroom and landing floors <BR> looking for that magic gravitational anomaly, where I might weigh a fraction less! I have stood on one leg, leaning towards the left, or right! Anything, to try to convince that number to be less. <BR> <BR> Seriously, why on Earth does it matter s... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 06:25:33 EST A Truly Inspirational Man http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441984 A Truly Inspirational Man. <BR> <BR> His name is Bob, and he goes to the same gym that I go to. He is probably into his 70’s and about a year ago, he started doing a set of exercises in the 55+ section of our gym. <BR> <BR> He is slim, and fit, and he makes them look quite easy, and within a few months he had several other men asking him if he could join in. <BR> <BR> When I started being a regular attender a couple of months ago, I watched them, thinking, ‘I’d like to do that’, but there ... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 08:35:56 EST NSV’S (non scale victories) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422829 There have been some major NSV’s lately. <BR> <BR> My flexibility is returning. <BR> <BR> I can bend over, and with my legs straight, put both hands on the floor. <BR> <BR> Six months ago, I attempted to do a shoulder stand, and couldn’t lift my bottom off the floor. Last evening I tried again, and to my amazement, popped neatly up into a high shoulder stand, where your weight is more on the vertebrae in the top of the neck, than on the shoulder blades. I was then able to lower my feet ov... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 09:33:24 EST Recipes That AREN’T recipes! (A small rant) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5417021 <BR> <BR> Last week, the featured Spark People recipe, was a pineapple cake. Now I love pineapple upside down cake, and thought this might be an alternative, so I took a look. <BR> <BR> Ingredients were:- <BR> <BR> 1 box of cake mix <BR> 1 can of pineapple!!!! <BR> <BR> Really??? <BR> <BR> Today, the featured recipe was for a berry cobbler, it looked tasty though I don’t often eat dessert, but I took a look anyway. <BR> <BR> Guess what the first ingredient in this ‘recipe’ was! <BR> <... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 18:19:50 EST Nonsuch Park, a walk with pictures. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406987 It was a hot and sunny day on Sunday in London, and I thought it was time for a walk. I thought I would go for a stroll in a local park, which is a mile or so away. <BR> <BR> Nonsuch Park is the remaining part of a deer hunting park surrounding Nonsuch Palace, which was built by the English monarch Henry XIII. The palace itself was demolished in the 17th century, it stood for barely 100 years, and a rather ugly manor house was built in its place, but the park is a little bit of Surrey countr... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 05:12:43 EST Fish and chips, The UK’s national dish. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386021 <BR> Much reviled <BR> and <BR> Much maligned. <BR> <BR> Too many shops trying to cook the cheapest food, in the cheapest oil, and with as many other ethnic dishes as possible. Visions of chunks of batter slopping around in half an inch of grease, and chips that are French Fries, and nothing that remotely resembles my holiday favorite. <BR> <BR> At it’s best, fish and chips more closely resembles an art form! In my 'yoof', I suspect the shops fried in dripping. My Mum certainly did. It wa... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 16:09:40 EST My S.M.A.R.T goals for the BLC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381054 <BR> I’ve had great trouble in finding and vocalising these. I started out thinking that four goals seemed a good round number, and after all, we all know what we want, don’t we? To lose weight and get fit, right? But these goals have to be measurable, which means being very specific, tape or scales for instance, and suddenly it’s not quite so easy anymore. <BR> <BR> I have this kinda amorphous blob in my head, made up of me being slimmer and fitter. Me looking nice in my karate gi, rather ... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 05:31:22 EST Too Much Energy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376564 Thank you to all the people that made nice comments on my ‘Aches and Pains’ blog. Apparently I’m awesome! Which is always good to know, though I think it makes me sound like the Duracell Bunny! <em>172</em> <BR> <BR> However, I didn’t suddenly, at age 62, burst out fully fledged as an exercise freak. That took time, and effort. <em>216</em> <BR> <BR> If we go back five years, at 5’2” and 220 lbs, I was morbidly obese, I had just had 18 months treatment, including a mastectomy, for ... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 10:13:00 EST All about me BLC22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5375732 A is for ABOVE and BEYOND...Does competition give you an extra push? <BR> No, but a challenge will. <BR> B is for BLC rounds... Newbie?(first BLC round) Oldie?(1-3 rounds) Goldie?(long time BLCer)? Former BLC team(s)? <BR> *I'm a newbie. <BR> C is for CHILDREN...you have? <BR> Three, all adult, two girls and one boy, plus two grandsons. <BR> D is for DOWNFALL...what's you're biggest temptation/excuse? <BR> Beer, and I don’t make excuses. <BR> E is for EARLY Bird or Night Owl? <BR> Night... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 15:53:45 EST Aches and Pains! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373505 Monday this week was a Bank Holiday in Britain, so most of my classes were cancelled, and I had an enforced days rest! I did however, spend the day gardening, which never does my hamstrings any good, and I’ve been suffering with them a bit since! <BR> <BR> So Tuesday dawned, with me complaining about them, but I went to Tai Chi, then a body conditioning class, (aerobics with weights) and finished off with a swim. The instructress for the body conditioning class had us doing lots of squats w... Fri, 31 May 2013 10:18:50 EST Imperfections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5357138 When I sit on the bus in the traffic, going to the gym on weekdays, I often muse about life, the universe and everything. Yesterday, looking at the other people on the bus, and the ones driving past in their cars, it struck me what an ugly lot, by and large, the human race is! <BR> <BR> Too thin, too fat, lumpy noses, flabby arms.... the list is endless. <BR> <BR> I find this deeply reassuring. <BR> <BR> Yet nearly all of these people, with their myriad imperfections, have found someone el... Wed, 15 May 2013 08:32:07 EST Flying Pigs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346958 I have always been a person who was better at starting projects than finishing them. Upstairs at this moment are a half-knitted jumper, a half made embroidered bag and a three quarters completed cross stitch cushion! <BR> <BR> Each time I would tell my Mum about some new idea, enthusiastic and ready to go, she would say to me, “Yes, and pigs might fly!” <BR> <BR> During the last thirty years I have tried every diet, every fad, lost weight, regained it all again, started swimming, lost inter... Mon, 6 May 2013 05:01:58 EST The Flowers That Bloom In the Spring Tra-la http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5337080 I surfaced at 7.30am on Friday morning, to hear the rain lashing against my bedroom windows. I shoved my old cat off my chest, where he was comfortably disposed, and rolled over. Leastways I tried to. I stifled a groan as my muscles remembered the last evenings karate session. <BR> <BR> Thirty minutes later, the cats were all fed and I was out of the door to travel across London for a walk with Chicchantal. <BR> <BR> This time we were trying a fresh walk, and meeting at Amersham. As usual,... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 08:16:08 EST Little Things (that mean a lot) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5334960 Life carries on, one day at a time, and quite often as the time passes, we think that everything is unchanging. <BR> <BR> Then something happens, or even doesn’t happen, and it suddenly proves that a change has occurred, and that when experts talk about those ‘baby steps’, it’s not only the ones we control (like changes in our food or exercise programmes), that they mean. Sometimes change, whether positive or negative, happens in tiny increments too. <BR> <BR> I remember being in my twentie... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 07:56:40 EST Walkies, sore feet, and a tide of yellow. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330283 Chicchantal and I haven’t had much luck with our walks lately. I’ve had back to back colds and coughs for what feels like months, finished off with what must be the most violent upset stomach I’ve had in my life! Norovirus was mentioned, but I’m not convinced. <BR> <BR> Chicchantal has been struck down twice by what my Mum would have called ‘the Twingeing Screws!’ First her back, then her foot, then her foot, and then her back again! So when on Friday, I got the Spark Message ‘Short walkie... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 05:47:49 EST Oh, My Poor Old Knees! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5312178 Over a year ago now, I went to the doctors about the continual problems I was having with my knees. Especially the left one, where I’d been limping for a couple of months. I’d rolled over in bed at Christmas time, and pulled something and it just was not healing. He sent me for X-rays of both knees and also my hips. I was quite dismissive of this, since I felt the problems were not in my joints, but with the connective tissue allied with them. <BR> <BR> The doctor diagnosed severe arthritis ... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 05:12:01 EST Theydon Bois, a ten mile stroll! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5305031 Chicchantal and I were determined to have a walk over Easter. So Good Friday saw me winging my way across London, on the Central Line out towards Epping again. This time we were going to a little village called Theydon Bois, (lovely name isn’t it). As usual, I was ten minutes early, and Chicchantal, having less distance to travel, was ten minutes late! I have found this to be almost a universal law, that the further I have to travel, the earlier I arrive. If it’s only round the corner, I’m in... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 07:21:03 EST Grey, wet and miserable! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5298156 <BR> <BR> <BR> That’s the weather report in London today! <BR> <BR> I was reading a blog about gym membership not being necessary to lose weight, how you could be a gym member and not lose a pound unless you did something with it, and this motivated me to get up and go for a walk, rather than fiddling around on the computer. <BR> <BR> For days I have been putting off going to my local town and getting myself a few books from the library, and it’s getting desperate now. If I don’t do som... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 11:38:24 EST Tea at the Ritz, and a big birthday surprise! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5290635 A few months back, my daughters and I were talking about bucket lists, and I mentioned that I’d always wanted to have tea at the Ritz in London. So for my birthday, that is what they decided to book for us. <BR> <BR> I was warned that they had arranged other things for the rest of the day, and that I wouldn’t get back till late, so dressed up in heels and a smart skirt, I fed the cats and shut them in, and we headed off to catch the tube up to Green Park. <BR> <BR> Our tea was booked for 11... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 06:19:54 EST Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284858 Halfway through dinner, at 9pm came the call everyone had been waiting for. <BR> <BR> ‘Ladies and gentlemen, (dramatic pause), we now have the Northern Lights. There was an immediate stampede of diners leaving their meals, and rushing off to the upper open deck, to view! Many of them were still in their shirtsleeves. Milling about, they blocked the gangways, and jammed the lifts! DD and I, having experienced the cold the previous evening, went downstairs and put our thermals on, and collect... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 07:21:56 EST Troll Mints, and Checkpoint Charlie. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5281039 On the way into Kirkenes, which is as far north and east as we go, we ran into broken ice. The harbour was full of it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1432264993.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It was definitely taters!! <BR> (translation... Taters = Taters in the mould = cold) <BR> <BR> Here we were offered a bathe in the Arctic Ocean, but unfortunately I didn’t think to pack a swimsuit, (damn!!!) so I declined the treat. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.c... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 10:57:55 EST Into the Arctic Ocean 71'N http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279107 The last couple of days we’ve been in mostly blizzard conditions, so our excursions have been somewhat limited, just sitting on a bus touring around the cities. Today it is cold but bright, and we have arrived at an island called Finmark. We board our bus and head off into the island, heading for a promontory on the other side, called Cape North. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1716643347.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is the most northerly point in Europe. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 16:08:31 EST Bodos, No, it's pronounced Urdur! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275699 <BR> This boat, because it’s a local boat, pops in and out of different little ports all through the day and night. Often it only stays for fifteen minutes, just long enough to let the passengers on and off. This is one of the ones we stopped at briefly this morning, the little houses come right down to the water and it was snowing quite hard. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2034573572.jpg"> <BR> <BR> By the time we got to the port where we were staying long enough ... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 10:11:39 EST So this is Norway is it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274180 Over the years I have come to expect, that almost never do my holidays happen totally as expected! True to form, the night before we were due to fly out, we had a message to tell us that the ship that was expected to meet us in Bergen, was actually in Trondheim, as they had had their biggest March storm in 50 years, and we were having an extra flight to meet it there. So we flew from Heathrow to Oslo at lunchtime, Oslo to Bergen at tea time, and finally bounced down the runway into Trondheim... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 11:04:43 EST The Hypnotic Gastric Band THIRD Update. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268021 History:- <BR> <BR> Started 1.2.13 at 179lbs <BR> weighed 8.2.13 176 <BR> weighed 22.2.13 173 <BR> today 1.3.13 170 <BR> <BR> So over the last 28 days, I have lost 9lbs. I think I can safely say it’s working! <BR> <BR> In that time, I have not tracked any foodstuffs. <BR> <BR> I have not changed my diet at all, other than to eat/drink things that are normally discouraged when trying to lose weight, and my exercise has not really increased, in fact because of a heavy... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 04:23:38 EST Cannon Hill Lane revisited http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5248581 <BR> <BR> I decided to take a stroll to my favourite local park, in bright sunshine and a bitterly cold breeze this morning. Before long I was wishing my gloves weren’t in my other coats pocket, and wouldn’t have said no to wearing one of Chicchantals woolly hats! <BR> <BR> It would cut your ears right off your head! <BR> <BR> So best foot forward, I strode out briskly trying to warm up. My part of outer London was built mostly in the 1930’s, and can be quite pretty in parts, in fact, ma... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 05:10:33 EST Isaac Newton...vindicated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5246661 I saw something on the way home from the supermarket this afternoon that absolutely cracked me up! <BR> <BR> Walking towards me were a herd of small boys, 9 or 10 in age, mucking about as boys of that age do. One golden haired little cherub was throwing a football into the air and nonchalantly catching it again. <BR> <BR> All went well till he happened to do it while walking through a bus shelter. <BR> <BR> The ball went straight up and hit the underside of the shelter roof. It then desce... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 16:27:08 EST The second update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5244704 This update should have been posted on Friday, but I was too busy, sorry. <BR> <BR> Quick recap:- <BR> <BR> Hypnotic Gastric Band book received, and read, on Monday 21st January. Spent the next 10 days learning the Havening technique and practicing the four golden rules. <BR> <BR> CD listened to on Thursday 31st January <BR> <BR> Listened again on Tuesday 5th February. <BR> <BR> Weighed in Friday 1st February 179lbs <BR> <BR> Second weigh in Friday 8th February 176lbs a loss of... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 05:49:42 EST Richmond Park http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5243900 Richmond Park. <BR> <BR> I was pretty pleased with myself this morning, as I stood at Richmond Station awaiting Chicchantal’s arrival for our walk. <BR> <BR> I should explain that I am terrified of getting lost. I put it down to a bad experience when I was seven. My Granddad, holding my little brother in his arms, jumped on a number 11 bus, in central London and left me behind! He only went one stop, and came back for me, but I was inconsolable. Add to that, never being allowed to go anywhe... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 11:47:23 EST The Hypnotic Gastric Band Update. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5238207 <BR> I eventually listened to the ‘fitting the gastric band’ track on Thursday evening before bed, so this is my fifth day with it. There were no immediate differences, but then I wasn’t expecting that, but over the weekend, I wasn’t too impressed. In fact I posted on the UK message board to say so, then on Monday, something happened that hadn’t happened before, but lets take the days in order. <BR> <BR> Friday Day 1. Didn’t have a lot planned. I’m still practicing the four golden rules an... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 05:57:10 EST The Second Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5236618 On Sunday, Chicchantal and I met at Paddington Station for our second walk of the weekend. After some initial confusion, since I had got it into my head that we were going to Maidstone, when we were going to Maidenhead, and Chicchantal was thinking of a completely different walk anyway, I had brought my walking pole since she’d said we’d be ridge-walking, and actually it was completely flat, we took the train to Maidenhead, then on to Cookham. <BR> <BR> I was already taking aspirins, since t... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 06:22:08 EST Just a quick update. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5229750 <BR> <BR> Things have settled down a lot over the last couple of days. I’m still following the four golden rules conscientiously. I’m eating well, though eating when I’m hungry is fine when I’m at home, but difficult when waiting for a bus! I refuse to eat those obnoxious, sugar filled breakfast bar type thingys, I’d rather have a kit-kat. Still I didn’t die from lack of food, I just had to wait till I got home! I have learned to eat till I start to feel full, comfortably satisfied, which i... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 06:43:25 EST DEFEATED!! Or why Stonecot should never be allowed out on her own! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5226522 <BR> On Friday I decided to tackle two jobs that have been outstanding for a while. One, to reroute some cables in my dining room, that requires taking apart two units to get to the back, and the other, to replace the pull light cord in my bathroom. <BR> <BR> I removed all the books from the dining room units, and carefully labelled all the various cables running in and out of the DVD player, Sky box and television, being quite creative with different coloured insulating tapes! I then disc... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 04:26:35 EST Something Weird is happening today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224211 Weird things are happening to me today! <BR> <BR> Last night, I did the Havening technique before bed, put on my iPod to listen to the pre-op instructions, laid down and shut my eyes, and woke up halfway through the second track! The one I’m not supposed to listen to till I feel I’m ready to have the gastric band fitted. I simply switched it off and went back to sleep. <BR> <BR> I slept so well that when I awoke, I really didn’t know what day of the week it was, it took me a while to come r... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 10:45:26 EST I'm Having a Hypnotic Gastric Band fitted! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5222524 I first started using Paul McKenna's weight loss program ‘I Can Make You Thin’ nearly two years ago. Over the next ten months, I lost nearly 40 pounds. Unfortunately complacency crept in and the pounds started creeping back. Although I restarted several times I was unable to reclaim the mindset needed to do the technique successfully. In retrospect, that was because I’d gone back to the old ‘dieting’ mindset of expecting fast results, forgetting that the self hypnosis way takes time to work. ... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 05:00:47 EST mac picture experiment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5206140 seeing if I can upload a picture via my mac! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l213234906.jpg"> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 06:54:26 EST Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5204669 I order for me to NOT give up, my lifestyle/diet needs to be:- <BR> <BR> Sustainable <BR> Under no illusions <BR> Constant <BR> Confident <BR> Edible <BR> Sensible <BR> So st... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 08:50:37 EST It Was Only 7.3 Miles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5203151 As I hopped into my sons car on Thursday evening, on our way to karate, I said cheerfully to him,"I'm going on a 10 mile hike with Chicchantal tomorrow" <BR> <BR> Now this was an euphemism. What I meant was:- I'm going on a 10 mile hike tomorrow, please don't cripple me again like last week!!! <BR> <BR> So then we spent 90 minutes twisting ourselves (our legs especially) into impossible positions, knackering our hamstrings, doing and holding long stances, kicking up and down the hall, etc. ... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 05:44:49 EST