SUNPANTHER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SUNPANTHER SUNPANTHER'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/ P.A.W.S.E http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864215 Plan/Prepare for the coming week. Enough fruit/vegies for a daily smoothie - TICK Brown rice cooked in bulk and frozen - TICK Beans soaking for batch of muffins - TICK spinach, potatoes and radishes all planted in garden - TICK Shopping list - TICK <BR> <BR> ACT - tracking - TICK <BR> <BR> Write - last week's hurdle was time management. As is this week's hurdle. But Crusoe starts school tomorrow and I've received my university timetable, so soon our routine will be far from flexible. Start... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:15:44 EST Plan of Attack for this Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860785 I'm writing down this weekend's plan, so that I am prepared and S.M.A.R.T.! <BR> <BR> EXERCISE: I am trying to burn 750-1000 cals per day this weekend. Today a 5k walk, and a Jillian Michaels workout after I finish this post. Tomorrow (Saturday) Will be the same plus a 1 hour swim. Sunday I plan to do a 10km walk. <BR> <BR> Scenarios for obstacles: ...weather...but unless it's over 110 I can't see anything stopping me! If it does get that hot (and it's not forecast) I'll fork out some $ and... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 07:09:49 EST P.A.W.S.E. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859918 Plan/prepare for the week...Have mainly been considering school lunches and snacks for Crusoe as school starts back next Thursday - and I start the following week. Am making some simple, freezable sandwiches ONLY for the days when I am stuck for time and haven't made something fresh - my emergency stash so I won't be caught out having to buy food. Next is planning for my breakfasts...enough muesli made up and put into freezer, enough fruit, and Crusoe's oats. Pasta sauce made in frozen into b... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 23:19:39 EST P.A.W.S.E http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854719 P - Plan/Prepare <BR> The fridge is getting low, but I don't get paid til next week. Time to get creative with the pantry, and stretch those veggies out to last. Meal plan is a must this week, or I shall be in trouble achieving my weekly goals. And plan out the next fortnight, too, so I won't be caught out again. <BR> <BR> A - Act with consistency and determination - check! <BR> <BR> W - write: hurdles reflection. Well I definitely know that TV is one big eating trigger. But I do like relax... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 00:10:44 EST SMART Goals for BLC 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850002 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1442191136.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I tend to forget that. <BR> <BR> <BR> Long TERM GOALS FOR BLC 27 <BR> <BR> 1. Get through BLC 27 with consistency, determination and discipline. <BR> 2. Be able to run 5km in 30 mins <BR> 3. To lose 23lbs <BR> <BR> Medium Term Goals <BR> <BR> 1. To get a 2000 fitness min Spark Trophy, in FEBRUARY and MARCH <BR> 2. Read Savor by Thich Nhat Hanh by end of February (a book on mindful eating) <BR> <BR> Sho... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 05:29:25 EST Practice P.A.W.S.E http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848989 P.A.W.S.E blog posts are the weekly (Wednesday) personal report and plan, that members of the Tenacious Jungle Tigers, in the BLC 27 challenge. This is my 'practice PAWSE' before the challenge starts next week proper. <BR> <BR> (It's actually Thursday here, but the teams only opened up today so I am 'catching up' so that I can run the challenge on my time wherever possible. <BR> <BR> The posts need to include some of the following suggestions: <BR> <BR> Plan/Prepare for the coming week! <... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 21:25:42 EST Write and Run Challenge Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847997 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1583760282.jpg"> <BR> (via pinterest: Illustrator, Lisk Feng, from the book When Marnie Was There. <link>liskfeng.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> When I look at this picture (which I love) I think of all the elements - the gulls, the rain, the child, the wind...AND the child's wonder. Would I be in wonder? Or would I be running out of the rain, frustrated at the gulls and the wind and p***ed off about getting wet....completely annoyed at all the... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 20:25:31 EST Write and Run Challenge Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845128 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2087404418.jpg"> <BR> (picture via pinterest, from the rock and roll marathon website) <BR> <BR> I realised I had to make my own writing prompts, for writing in this blog. If it were a journal, it would be different. My journal is very private, and creative and the goal is different. Here I am still being personal, but it's about what's going on for me and my health - which, because I am prone to depression and anxiety, includes my mental w... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 21:07:44 EST Write and Run Challenge Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844155 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l745900609.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Well I woke up this morning thinking that I would just get out there and walk today - but what a mental battle just to get out the door! Water - check, runners - check, podcast - check. But then my mind just kept forwarding to reasons not to go. <BR> <BR> Fortunately I went. It was hot and dry and windy, but I did 6.5km walk and feel so much better. I listened to a fantastic interview by Rich Roll of Dr Michael Ge... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 19:02:33 EST Write And Run 31 Challenge - Day Commit. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843549 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l720049986.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm a big fan of No Meat Athlete, Matt Frazier, and when my brother asked me if I would be interested in joining up this I thought Why Not? Considering I am trying to exercise every day, AND get back into the habit of posting here, in preparation for BLC 27, I thought I would be doing it anyway so why not gather as much support as I can? <BR> <BR> Say YES, said my brother. And so I did (because he's my biggest su... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 05:06:43 EST Non-weight-related Victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742460 For the end of the BLC 25 challenge I need to post about an NSV (non-scale victory) that I've had over the challenge. <BR> <BR> I may not have lost much weight, but I did work hard for and got into a tertiary Product Design program at University. One of Australia's best design programs. It can lead onto Industrial Design, if I choose. Even more cool was that I was offered a place outright - meaning that the offer didn't depend on any other course outcome. <BR> <BR> A unique project caught ... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 01:17:15 EST 8 week plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741939 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1310663974.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have an 8 week break between BLC challenges, and I was racking my brains all day trying to think of a structured, new way of boosting my motivation and getting back on track. <BR> <BR> I remembered that earlier in the year I had tried out some different workouts on youtube for some variation. I found Jillian Michael's burn fat, boost metabolism workout and while I didn't exactly enjoy it, it certainly worked fo... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 08:12:27 EST REFLECTION on BLC 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741822 Well, well, well... <BR> I could say I was sick for two months, or I was SO busy, or this new schedule threw me right off my game... <BR> <BR> All of it is true, but the bottom line is, regardless of all my wanting to be amazing this challenge, I almost completely stopped trying. I say almost because it was on my mind constantly, and I am well known for getting back on the horse...but this challenge I allowed too much 'soothing' my stresses with the opposite to what I needed. I soothed them ... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 23:54:40 EST Getting back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692411 Well what a wonderful weekend I had away with my son. We packed our backpacks and headed down to the ocean for two nights. Stayed in a cabin that faced the river, but we could hear the surf from the ocean beach, just 100 metres away over the dunes. The river turned golden at sunset last night, and the black swans swimming around made gorgeous silhouettes in the background as Crusoe ran around searching for river sandcrabs. Was the most restful time away with him EVER. Loads of long walks, bre... Sun, 11 May 2014 06:38:03 EST Friday Day 2/84 - start fitness test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685452 Oh boy, do I have a lot of work to do! <BR> <BR> Here's my results: <BR> <BR> Spark Fitness Test Results: <BR> Push ups – 14 <BR> Crunches – 4 <BR> One mile walking test 34mins <BR> Step test 138 (pulse) <BR> <BR> For those who have no idea what I am talking about, here's a link to Sparks Fitness test guidelines. You can do this test at the beginning of a challenge, or resolution, then redo it in 6 - 8 weeks to see how you are progressing. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fi... Fri, 2 May 2014 04:36:29 EST Wednesday Day 1 of 84 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683717 No surprise that my ability to manage time is the first thing that I see that I am going to struggle with. This is a learned skill, that I don't think I've ever really learned! Is getting up at 5am early enough? Seems not, according to how rushed I am towards the end! I may need to prepare a little more, at night. But that eats into my sleep hours! <BR> <BR> Is not eating between lunch and dinner okay? Seems not, according to how grumpy hungry I was tonight when I got home. Does that lead to... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 06:48:51 EST Setting up my Blog Posts for BLC 25 - Goals and Action Steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681256 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2019836805.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I need somewhere to go where I can make adjustments to my plans and preparations according to LIFE, so that my goals and values stay number one regardless of impulses and feelings. <BR> I need somewhere where I can bring together all the goals I have written down in various places all over spark...my start page, my team challenges, my spark page, here. I need to make sure they are all smart, heading in the same di... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 22:52:36 EST Wednesday PAWSE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651312 Hmmm....I wonder if there's a correlation between not doing my PAWSE for nearly a month, and my tracking getting sloppy, and my exercise getting lazy...and my weight loss slowing down? <BR> <BR> A no-brainer. <BR> <BR> Well here I am. <BR> <BR> PLAN/PREPARE - I am still low on funds but have a lot in the fridge and freezer to use up. I will go through it every morning and plan meals for the day. Fruit is the main thing on my list for this week. Apple season has started! <BR> <BR> ACT - Th... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 07:07:24 EST UPDATED SMART GOALS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631126 Two days ago, a friend found me in my regular cafe haunt, and said this: "Who's this person? Who is this new Jenny Chapman?" And, she wasn't talking about my weight (loss)! <BR> <BR> She was talking about this person who is beginning to shine through - a more confident person, who walks taller, who is showing (off) her artwork to friends, who is more grounded and settled. <BR> <BR> I've lost ten pounds so far on this challenge, but gained in many more ways. Partly through stepping far away ... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 20:15:47 EST (Belated) PAWS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631066 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l957147575.jpg"> <BR> <BR> PLAN/PREPARE - I think our new weekly routine is settling in. Preparedness for this week is 3 days of lunches made the night before. A lentil or brown rice salad. Shopping for this week is severely restricted, financially, but making sure we have sufficient fresh vegetables (and enough toilet paper) is my priority. 'Raiding' my neighbour's over-abundant vegie gardens is a must! (this week Crusoe watched the process... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 18:51:18 EST PAWSE Feb 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615580 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l463729358.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Well, I had a rest from planned workouts, but I did tour galleries in Melbourne for 3 hours! Yes, I have aching feet... <BR> <BR> PLAN/PREPARE <BR> This week I started my graphic design course, and for 3 days I need to take my lunch. When home I have a big brekky, a very small lunch, and a good sized dinner. But I know from past experience that I get very hungry when at lectures, so I need to change thin... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 06:07:29 EST PAWSE Jan 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609543 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1843851917.jpg"> <BR> <BR> PLAN/PREPARE - This week I have stocked my fridge with celery and carrots - both for snacks and smoothies. I also have made sure I have lots of different forms of protein in there (nuts, tofu, tempeh, eggs, mushrooms) as I sometimes forget my protein needs. Also iron boosts like pumpkin seeds. I have found a gorgeous raw blackberry cheesecake recipe (with no cheese!) that I am going to make and freeze in small por... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 19:42:54 EST PAWSE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601877 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1095068080.jpg"> <BR> <BR> PLAN/PREPARE - I have been making a grocery list as I come across recipes I want to try, and as I remember things I’ve run out of. This week I am trying to fill my fridge with fruit and veg that I can use as salads and as smoothies, for both Crusoe and I. <BR> <BR> ACT - I can honestly say that tracking has been enormously helpful. This week I have been very diligent and it shows on the scales. This coming week I... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 02:00:22 EST SMART goals for BLC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599661 My SMART goals, or… my goals made smarter. <BR> <BR> I wrote a big document for the year’s goals, but here I will just talk about the next 12 weeks. <BR> <BR> lose 30lbs. <BR> run 10km <BR> <BR> My action steps, or behaviours, that will help me reach these goals: <BR> <BR> Do all the challenges given to me. <BR> Track everything. <BR> Continue the Half Marathon training program I am on (I want to run some big trail runs with my brother later in the year) <BR> Be mindful of the amount of s... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 05:36:45 EST WEDNESDAY PAWSE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594374 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l59894241.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Preparing for the coming week: <BR> <BR> Writing a meal plan for the week is liberating. Liberating for my wallet, my time, but mostly my mind. Instead of constantly thinking about food (loving or hating it, or how I can get it - yes, eating disorder) I now have some SPACE in my head! Pantry is cleaned out, shopping is mostly done (a big visit to the organic grocers to come this weekend). <BR> <BR> My exercise p... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 07:19:14 EST JUNGLE'S ABCs of ME http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588543 A is for ABOVE and BEYOND...Does competition give you an extra push? <BR> YES <BR> <BR> B is for BLC rounds... Newbie?(first BLC round) Oldie?(1-3 rounds) Goldie?(long time BLCer)? Former BLC team(s)? <BR> Newbie <BR> <BR> C is for CHILDREN...you have? <BR> One 9yr old son, Crusoe <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1711222676.jpg"> <BR> <BR> D is for DOWNFALL...what's you're biggest temptation/excuse? <BR> tiredness/busy-ness, and being a single mum...getting a w... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 20:56:02 EST Goals Goals Goals Goals Goals.....! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580220 My goals...the bigs ones, then the smaller ones which will help me get to the bigger ones... <BR> <BR> <BR> For 2014: <BR> 1. Reach my goal weight (130lbs) <BR> 2. Run a 10k, a 22k, a 44k, and a 31k trail run <BR> 3. Have the health to match (!) <BR> 4. Stop smoking. <BR> <BR> For January: <BR> <BR> 1. 100 miles. <BR> 2. Stop smoking. <BR> 3. Improve my portion sizes and grazing habits. <BR> 4. Lose 8lbs <BR> <BR> For January 1-7 <BR> <BR> 1. 25 miles (most of it on this weekend) <BR> ... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 00:41:41 EST Making goals and overcoming my underlying flaw in the plans... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563110 <BR> You know how, when goal-planning, we are asked to be super specific, so that the focus is never ambiguous? We are also asked to make them DO-ABLE - as in not creating a goal that is so way out of reach that it's practically a sabotage to our own program. Okay. I finally got this, understand it, respect it. <BR> <BR> I also understand the need to write down/make smaller, even more specific goals, that are like stepping stones to our bigger goal - steps that we can't go forward without. ... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 19:44:30 EST OCTOBER GOALS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503209 Very simple. <BR> <BR> Now that term break is almost over and the weather is warming up, it's time to gather the scattered ruins of my routine and put them back together again! <BR> <BR> 1. Get enough sleep. <BR> 2. 3 meals a day, with one fruit/nut snack - watch my protein and salt intake, and get enough water. <BR> 3. Move my body. Back to the gym, and back to swimming lessons. Spring is here and my garden needs lots of physical attention. <BR> <BR> Most of all, prioritise these three ... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 07:40:31 EST AUGUST GOALS - Springing into Springtime! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436889 My goals for August co-incide with the end of winter. You know that feeling that you just 'know' that spring is around the corner? You have a sense of awakening, a 'spring' in your step, and tasks seem easier. <BR> <BR> These are my DOING goals. They are my small goals designed to move me closer to my bigger goal. <BR> <BR> 1. lose 8 kg <BR> <BR> 2. Clean up nightime eating ( i got slack) - back to 3 meals and one snack <BR> <BR> 3. gym 3 times per week (build up to) <BR> <BR> 4. swimmin... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 04:12:41 EST JULY GOALS - Returning to Routine and forward thinking for the next 'hump'. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5424689 It's over halfway through this month, and I hadn't made OR posted my July goals. Obvious that this month has been a struggle! <BR> <BR> It started out of routine, house-minding for a friend. It is continuing with school holidays, with Crusoe's third round (for the month) of illness, and a round for me thrown in there too. I haven't had the wellness to get back to the gym or swimming lessons, but I have managed to go for a few walks. <BR> <BR> So how do I get back to routine, and that sense... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 22:24:03 EST Fun in the Sun. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409979 I took a friend's daughter to a local community farm/environmental park. It was lovely to get outside in the warm winter sun. Her hair was stunning in the afternoon light. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l983847734.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wed, 3 Jul 2013 20:25:18 EST Remembering why we are here. Life. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395973 Sometimes we get so obsessed with weighing, measuring, running/waddling, fitting into smaller clothes...that other parts of our lives lose their glow. Sometimes, that glow distracts us from our goals also. How do we find a balance? I don't know the answer to that, except to say that staying present in whatever moment we find ourselves in will keep our goals with us without the obsessive thinking. <BR> <BR> This evening my son's school had it's midwinter festival. The children had worked on t... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 06:50:08 EST Starting the BLC Lemon Summer Challenge... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386577 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1994239878.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There's a gap between challenges. Usually I find myself wasting time and energy taking off weight I'd put on, in that gap (just over 2 weeks) <BR> <BR> But this time I made myself a small and doable goal of 3kgs - which would put me under 100kgs for the start of BLC SUMMER. <BR> <BR> AND I DID IT! First weigh-in of the challenge today, put me at 99.8kg - what a great mental head-start! <BR> <BR> Also I have re... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 06:40:31 EST June goals - Consolidating. Protein. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5366452 Hi all. <BR> <BR> Well no surprise to anyone but me that my grazing was a much bigger issue than I realised! Toned it down to ONE fruit and nut snack per day, plus three wholesome meals... and voila! Along with my more consistent exercise the weight is once again dropping off. Mind you, it took nearly 3 weeks to sort it out and just DO IT! <BR> <BR> And you know what? Having the mentality of 'No worries, I'll have a good hearty meal soon.' is incredible, compared with the very stressful c... Fri, 24 May 2013 08:00:34 EST May goals: If not now, then when? - Facing change. The Grazing Factor. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5341518 <BR> <BR> "We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are" <BR> (Max DePree) <BR> <BR> <BR> Last month my goals were designed to make me more mindful of portion sizes. It really helped! While I sometimes forgot to use my 'special' plates, I was SO much more mindful of how much of anything, I put into my body. Thanks to those of you who commented so positively on that post. I hope you all have had a great April. <BR> <BR> This month, May, I'm still working on the portion si... Wed, 1 May 2013 05:13:12 EST My April Goals - portion sizes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5301594 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l394029265.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> ENOUGH. My mantra for April is a gentle, loving, 'enough'. <BR> <BR> I am concentrating on my portion sizes. <BR> <BR> I often look around me when at my friends' homes. I am incomprehending the 'small' amounts they eat. The 'enough' sizes. Then I realise it is me, not them. It sparks a little anxiety. My deprivation anxiety. But it's something I want to and need to overcome. The mentality of huge amounts o... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 06:31:10 EST March goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266784 March already! (I say that every year) <BR> <BR> Goals <BR> -start the BL Lemon Spring melt of challenge and break down the goals I have for that, into doable chunks. <BR> -lose 2lbs per week <BR> -Track my food <BR> - write a daily journal for 1/2 an hour AND a daily meal plan <BR> -stick to my daily food plan as much as possible <BR> - Eat breakfast at home 6 days per week (at breakfast time ;-)) <BR> <BR> -make my bed EVERY morning (because, DEPRESSION sucks and this hel... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 05:38:12 EST Have you checked your head space lately? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5261463 Have you checked your head space? Is it full of excuses? <BR> <BR> Mine has been, but I am working on it so I can step into the spring challenge with determination. <BR> <BR> My truest (but the one I stubbornly resist the most) personal truth, is "No-one else can do this for you. It's YOUR journey" <BR> <BR> The second one is...'Courage girl. You'll survive the emotional discomfort. Just let go of the fight, breath deeply, and do the next right thing.' <BR> <BR> I have I have many reaso... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 21:16:18 EST Day 210 Belated goals and plans for 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5215202 Better late than never... <BR> <BR> This is long and semi detailed - so don't feel you have to read it. This is for me, more than anything. <BR> <BR> Actually I was putting off doing this as I had been in a down spiral for the last 6 weeks and while hanging in there, I wasn't putting in my all - to any part of life. That's not how I want my 2013 to be. <BR> <BR> So... <BR> <BR> Things I KNOW are happening this year: <BR> My son is going into Class 2 at school. <BR> I am finishing up stu... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 07:59:51 EST Day 245 - Week 1 of 10-week Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5167685 In attempting to ground myself for this challenge - that is, settling into routine, focusing on my goals, working out strategies for coping with the holidays - I realised just how OUT of focus I had been. I had my son's birthday to deal with, and Christmas, and and and...by yesterday morning I was a teary, tight-shouldered, brain-scattered crabby mess. <BR> <BR> Today I knew I needed to write this post. It's like an initiating ritual - the one thing that grounds me, gives me understanding of... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 22:50:44 EST Day 260 Embracing my inner VEGAN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5152216 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l739677633.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> My choice to be vegan is based on many ethical and personal health reasons. But the actual 'choice' - the action involved in the 'choosing', is all about how I believe in myself enough to follow my dreams. Being TODAY who I dream to be. <BR> <BR> Today I finally embraced the vegan in me. This vegan has been dancing around inside of me for well over a decade. I never fully cut out some things from my diet, li... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 02:15:14 EST Day 274 Challenging disordered eating - Growing my own resilience. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5137891 <BR> <BR> My mother, when young, was an anorexic sufferer, and while recovered from the eating behaviour that almost killed her, never really addressed the psychological stuff around food/body etc. <BR> <BR> Acknowledging this isn't playing the blame-game; it's setting the stage for my entrance into life and how I learned to cope with its ups and downs. <BR> <BR> Food. It was my survival, but it became a tool not for fuel but for comfort, for defence, for managing the world around me. I u... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 21:47:04 EST Day 276 End challenge reflections... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5135609 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l124098014.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi all, <BR> <BR> Well I have, no doubt, learned a great deal about the value of routine. I knew it in theory but as I really concentrated on honouring a daily routine I became more and more dependent on it for my sanity, and for consistency. And sleep. Maybe I am more OCD than I thought, lol! <BR> <BR> But I broke the back of this huge issue (daily structure) that I had allowed as a procrastinating tool, a... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 20:23:12 EST Day 301 Fall Vegie recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5107893 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1993708934.jpg"> <BR> (photo's not mine and I couldn't find the owner of it) <BR> <BR> I couldn't decide which 'fall veg' recipe to give you, but finally settled on this one, as I found a scrumptious version of it right here on spark! <BR> It's for a Pumpkin Baked Ziti with Sage Crumble. <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=433410 </link> <BR> <BR> It's VEGAN but had many many great reviews from vegans and ... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 02:27:46 EST Day 309 - I don't have to fight, I only have to refuse to give in. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5097973 "Give up on yourself. Begin taking action now, while being neurotic or imperfect, or a procrastinator or unhealthy or lazy or any other label by which you inaccurately describe yourself. Go ahead and be the best imperfect person you can be and get started on those things you want to accomplish before you die." <BR> - Shoma Morita, M.D. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l84962460.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm a serial quitter. Somewhere in my deep, dark past I must have deci... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 21:07:28 EST Day 320 - Rethinking Strength http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5086028 When I was young(er) and still when I was not so young I was told I had 'Footballer's Legs'. I didn't have long lean legs - they were short and muscular. So I avoided strength work. <BR> <BR> Somehow I realised I believed this 'truth' as a bad thing, and believed that the rest of my body would bulk up too, if I worked my muscles. I'm naturally strong and powerful and I didn't want to look like the Incredible Hulk. So I avoided strength work. <BR> <BR> Not actively avoided - just consistent... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 01:35:49 EST Day 323 Tweaking your timetable is not compromising OR failing OR giving up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5081298 Okay. <BR> In September I achieved some goals and didn't others. Last week I wrote out a timetable for my fitness minutes, to make up 350 minutes a week. It didn't work. I was exhausted by the 3rd day and was beginning to hate the couch to 10k, and not want to go swimming. For a few days I kicked myself for failing, then got my head back into gear. Learning something isn't failing. It's learning something. I learnt I had to easy back not on my minutes but on the intensity of what I was doing... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 22:22:48 EST Day 323 Tweaking your timetable is not compromising OR failing OR giving up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5081297 Okay. <BR> In September I achieved some goals and didn't others. Last week I wrote out a timetable for my fitness minutes, to make up 350 minutes a week. It didn't work. I was exhausted by the 3rd day and was beginning to hate the couch to 10k, and not want to go swimming. For a few days I kicked myself for failing, then got my head back into gear. Learning something isn't failing. It's learning something. I learnt I had to easy back not on my minutes but on the intensity of what I was doing... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 22:22:48 EST Day 323 - Hello October goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5081185 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l328526684.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l836445945.jpg"> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 21:06:41 EST