URBANLOTUS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=URBANLOTUS URBANLOTUS'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/ Grandchildren as Exercise Incentives http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226200 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3eab6cdf-a4a5-460a-b76d-0a36e833a9b1.jpg"> <BR> Did you know that having grandchildren can cause exercise? Anyone who has had anything to do with toddlers will probably agree. Being with my daughter and her two girls, age 3 years and 16 months, has made me aware of all the incidental exercise we adults are performing. In this house, Granny, Poppy, Mum and Dad are all constantly fetching, carrying, dancing, lifting, sitting on the floor, reachi... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 23:04:40 EST Never give up - again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765324 How is it that I am so inconsistent? I had a great month in July, then August has been completely derailed. I am so easily taken off course with my health and weight loss, walking and activity levels. <BR> <BR> Starting tomorrow, (it's bed time now and there will be no snacking tonight) I am going to do better. Again. <BR> <BR> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 07:14:03 EST Another Try http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744733 I'm back on track for the umpteenth time, but you only lose when you completely give up, right? <BR> This month is looking good for weight loss. I just hope I can keep it up and make a good difference over the coming months. I plan to. I plan to. I have good foods in the kitchen and no trigger foods around. I am wearing my Fitbit and know when I have a slow day (like today, but work and after hours meetings kept me chained). <BR> Tomorrow is a day I know I will have good physical activity ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:56:24 EST Workout buddy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554391 I received a challenge to ask someone to join me on my next workout. I think it will more likely be the other way around - I will ask to join someone in THEIR workout, since that is my biggest weak point! Sun, 1 Dec 2013 17:54:01 EST Goal Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553096 Is it OK to post goals when you aren't sure you will reach them? I think it must be. If you don't have a target, how do yo know when you hit it or miss it? <BR> <BR> I reviewed my goals today re my weight loss journey. I need to somehow kick start it all over again. I have a VERY modest goal to lose a kilo a month for the next twelve months. That will get me part way to my goal weight. Now I just have to figure out how to get the body to cooperate with me in reaching this goal. <BR> <BR> Ho... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 23:15:22 EST I like today's inspirational message http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5509192 I liked it so much I thought I would share it with all of you: <BR> <BR> "Be not afraid of going slowly: be afraid only of standing still". <BR> ~Chinese Proverb <BR> <BR> Now that resonated with me as I feel as though I have been standing still for a very long time. I have not gained weight in the past few years, that is true, but I have not lost ANY of the 20+ kilos I need to lose. <BR> <BR> Some soul searching is goin... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 18:29:49 EST Today's accomplishments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451404 Just this minute I have been thinking about what I have accomplished today, as opposed to what I HAVEN'T accomplished. It feels good to think about it from that point of view. Have you ever kept a running list of things you have done for the day? It does feel good to see how long the list is at the end of the day. <BR> <BR> Even the way you write about your accomplishments can be positive or negative. For example, instead of writing 'I didn't get mad at anybody today' I could write 'I staye... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 01:58:34 EST Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5372331 Today I'm going to make sure I carry my water bottle with me everywhere. I want to increase my water intake and see if it keeps me feeling full longer. I'm sure my joints and muscles feel better when they are hydrated. Water is good for me in so many ways. <BR> <BR> Here's to water, today! Thu, 30 May 2013 09:19:47 EST Happy Mother's Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353889 To all Mums, a special wish that you have a truly memorable day, for all the right reasons. <BR> <BR> May your children honour and bless you today. <BR> <BR> <em>214</em> Sun, 12 May 2013 10:10:28 EST Lest we forget http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5334536 Today is Anzac Day in Australia, a day of honour for service men and women who served in our wars and are serving today. We have two boys in the armed forces and especially think of them today, as well as family members who served and who are serving. <BR> <BR> It puts a lot in perspective to take time to think about the sacrifice and courage expended by servicepeople on our behalf. <BR> <BR> Lest we forget. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l911304249.jpg"> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 19:50:01 EST Planning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5321584 Do you have any planning tips? Here's what I do. I have a habit of getting tomorrow's breakfast and lunch ready the night before, especially for work days. Then I add the items to my food tracker. It helps so much to have things just ready to go in the morning, since I always take a lot longer to get ready than I should. Any help the night before makes a big difference to me in getting out that door on time, with nutritionally balanced food in hand. <BR> <BR> I also choose out the clothes I... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 08:29:32 EST Cautiously smiling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5319216 Since I 'confessed' about my lapse in motivation, I seem to be getting back on track. This week has been a pretty good one, really. I've stuck to my calorie allowance, walked more and been a bit more hopeful that I can stick with my healthier lifestyle each day. I guess everyone has lapses now and then, right? You just get back to what you know is a better way after that lapse, right? <BR> <BR> Right! <em>334</em> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 05:34:40 EST Doing OK http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5316923 I did OK today with eating and a little better with walking. We had a day out, finding quotes for motorhome alterations and getting things sorted out. I drove the jolly beast for the first time today. It was nerve-wracking but I think I shall get used to it. I have to. We want to go traveling and I need to drive as hubby and I need to take turns for his health's sake. <BR> <BR> Hope your day was a good one. <BR> <BR> Tue, 9 Apr 2013 09:36:51 EST Did better today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5315603 Thank you to everyone who encouraged me yesterday when I had fallen in a heap. I did better today. I'll keep working n getting that pure motivation back to live in a healthy way, everyday. <em>304</em> Mon, 8 Apr 2013 09:51:49 EST Time to get back on track again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5314310 I thought after Easter I was back on track. I managed two or three days last week alrigth, but the rest of the week was not good. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I have been trying to change to a healthy lifestyle since January, with s-l-o-w results (but they are results, nonetheless). I just felt like breaking out, and it seems the scales start showing an increase immediately. <BR> <BR> Very discouraging. <BR> <BR> OK now I have had my vent, it's time to get back to a healthy lifesty... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 06:45:05 EST My future self http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5291448 I tried to think about what life could be like 10 years from now, if I stick to my goals for a healthier lifestyle. I must have a poor imagination because it was hard to imagine life as very different, except that I do remember what it was like to be my ideal weight and have more energy, more agility, more freedom of movement and enjoyment of those things. Without remembering the past, I could not imagine a future life. Hmm. <BR> <BR> Can you imagine a future for yourself, 10 years from now... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 17:47:18 EST Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282162 Friends are such a blessing. I spent today with several friends who also love paper crafting and we had such a good time, catching up, laughing, hearing each other's challenges, and just sharing together as we made some beautiful handmade greeting cards. I don't get to spend much time with friends due to my workload, so today was a much needed time of fun and a break for me from everyday cares. <BR> <BR> I'm grateful for my friends, and that of course includes my lovely Spark Friends! <em... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 08:19:17 EST Anticipation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5280732 I am only at the start of another weight loss journey. Already I feel a little less burdened, a little more optimistic, a little more hopeful. It's like working for a long time but being encouraged by the thought of a planned and very special holiday. The anticipation is what motivates me - the thought of feeling lighter, being healthier, having more energy, sitting in chairs more comfortably - all these things are working as anticipatory motivators. <BR> <BR> What are some of the things YOU... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 00:39:27 EST It may be working :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279701 I'm reporting in since I made a couple of slight changes to my daily routine. The scales say I lost a kilo this week. I always check my scales for a few days running to make sure it really is a loss, since my weight loss is so slow (3kgs in 3 months). Maybe drinking the right amount of water and adding a bit of protein to my breakfast is working? I'll keep it up and see how this month goes. <BR> <BR> Sat, 9 Mar 2013 04:48:18 EST How much water do you drink? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269344 Before I renewed my determination to improve my diet and lifestyle, I would drink about 6 to 7 glasses of water a day. Recently I upped that to double the amount. I didn't know I was capable of drinking that much water, but really it isn't hard! <BR> <BR> I think it has cut down on the pain I feel in my joints and muscles. I think of it as a similar effect to watering a thirsty plant. When plants are thirsty, they wilt. I think that when I am thirsty, I wilt too! <BR> <BR> So how much water... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 06:22:15 EST Sweet treats problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5262441 I have a problem with sweet treats. I've been working on it for as long as I can remember. I joined the Official Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge team and managed OK on that. I then cut out all sweets for awhile except one Saltwater Taffy at the end of the day. Last night I went ahead and overate sweet foods. <BR> <BR> Back to the drawing board....hope you are doing well today. I am determined to. <BR> <BR> Sun, 24 Feb 2013 18:54:45 EST Mistakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5259464 Have you ever made a mistake you didn't realise was one when you first set out? I think I may have made one with my diet plan. But I am not absolutely sure how it needs to be fixed. I seem to be staying the same weight over periods of weeks, even though diet has improved and exercise has been increased. <BR> <BR> A few clues are starting to come to the surface but I wonder if I know all I need to know to fix this? I think maybe I am not eating enough protein sometimes, so this week I am tryi... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 01:09:42 EST Not eating enough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5257093 I seem to go days where I am active but not hungry. I pack my food to take with me to work, and don't eat much of it. Do any of you have this problem? What do you do to make sure you eat enough, when you don't feel hungry? Wed, 20 Feb 2013 07:12:02 EST Not losing weight... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5255685 ...but staying the same weight at least. I know I have mobility issues right now (sciatica is back with a vengeance) and i had some meals that were not spot on this week (sister's visit) but I sure did hope for a loss for today's weigh in anyway. Oh well. I could be heavier and not eating very healthfully. I could be not thinking about making good choices. But I am thinking about those things and will get back on track. <BR> <BR> How are YOU doing today? Don't let the little hiccups of life ... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 03:11:45 EST Storms over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5244795 I just realised I last posted when a huge storm system was monstering us. It dumped lots of rain and the wind was strong but we personally had no damage here. We did lose power and phones for a day but got put back on the grid quickly, unlike many others who have waited more than two weeks so far. Lots of places flooded and it is going to take months for them to recover :( Wishing everyone flood-affected all up and down the east coast enough support and help to get back to your normal lives. ... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 08:31:07 EST Temptation during the Storm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225149 <em>27</em> It has been a steadily stressful day today. There is a massive storm system slowly making its way over our region and there has been lots of flash flooding, howling winds, tornadoes, and it seems there is more to come. 90,000 homes are without power. Storm surges are hitting as we have an unusually high tide as well. <BR> <BR> Now all this is bad for so many people, and nothing else is being reported about on my TV as the danger is not yet past. However, I am safe, dry, warm,... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 03:11:24 EST A Little Everyday Victory :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5221066 When I walked in to work today, I found a prize waiting for me. I had won a small chocolate bar in an office competition. Lovely to see, but what did I want to do with it? Having taken on a challenge to cut sugar from my diet, I knew eating my prize was not going to help me with my goals. <BR> <BR> When I saw that a colleague's son had come to work with her for awhile since school was still out, I immediately offered it to him. <BR> <BR> Well, I think I won a young boy's heart :) I was rew... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 03:56:06 EST Sugar Cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5217930 Now I know this observation is not new, but it amazes me each time I prove it. It is sad that I have to KEEP proving it to myself, but how good that it still works even after many attempts. Ready for my revelation? Here it is: <BR> <BR> Eating less sugary snacks = less craving for said snacks, over time. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to give up sugary snacks. It's like breaking an addiction alright. I 'hung out' for the first week, wanting my sugary things. every day This week? I tried a couple of ... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 00:26:24 EST Seated chair cardio exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5212382 I just did as much as I was able of Coach Nicole's seated cardio exercise (11 minutes). I lasted the distance but had to slow things down quite a bit, and man am I uncoordinated! That's what what happens without spending regular time exercising, huh. Well, that's OK, cos I know if I keep it up, I will get better at coordination and strength. <BR> <BR> Had my second physio treatment for sciatica too. Wow one leg is so much more streamlined than the other now! The one that was worked on has ... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 00:51:52 EST Checking Calories! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5210992 Wow. No wonder I haven't been doing as well as I wanted. <BR> <BR> I had never taken the time to find common take away food items (even a white coffee differs depending on where you buy it) and now I have found my most often purchased coffees. It was a bit if a shock to find they had more calories than I expected. <BR> <BR> Well, never mind. At least I now know. <BR> <BR> Onward and upward! <em>106</em> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 04:54:57 EST Measuring and weighing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5209616 It has been so long since I last took my measurements. It was June 2011 when I last did that. <BR> <BR> An article I read on SparkPeople and a video I watched here tonight sent the same message, that the scales do not tell the whole story about progress. They are right. My weight has slightly increased but my measurements are about the same. <BR> <BR> I plan to measure every month for awhile as I am concentrating on a healthier lifestyle to see if I can discover any patterns or signs of ... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 08:46:36 EST Doing alright http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5207808 So far so good. It's day 4 without refined sugar and sticking to my healthy meal plan :) One day at a time! Tue, 15 Jan 2013 05:26:27 EST No sugar today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5203156 Thus was my first day without sugar in a long time. I hope I can keep it up. Sat, 12 Jan 2013 06:09:47 EST Sciatica http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5201577 I got some treatment for sciatica today and the physio said to avoid sugar. It apparently adds to the 'glue' that causes the pain and locked legs? Who knew? I knew sugar was not good but no one had told me its link to muscular problems before? I need to reduce/cut out sugar from my diet and see if it helps. Fri, 11 Jan 2013 05:11:45 EST Papercrafting.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4847377 ,,,keeps my hands busy and stops me snacking :) Mon, 23 Apr 2012 00:00:26 EST Happy Easter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4825237 The Jelly Bean Prayer <em>140</em> <BR> <BR> Red is for the blood He gave <BR> Green is for the grass He made <BR> Yellow is for the sun so bright <BR> Orange is for the edge of night <BR> Black is for the sins that were made <BR> White is for the grace He gave <BR> Purple is for the hour of sorrow <BR> Pink is for the new tomorrow <BR> <BR> Blessed Easter, everyone <BR> <em>126</em> Sun, 8 Apr 2012 01:46:02 EST Church Social http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4745642 We had a Mexican food social after church today and I loved it. I could choose exactly what to put on my plate and there was so much lovely lettuce, chopped tomatoes and other healthy food choices I had a great time without blowing my meal plan for the day :) It helps to know what the ingredients all add up to, calorie wise, and then you can budget for the meal properly. <BR> <BR> Besides that, what a great time we all had! <BR> <BR> I hope you had a great Sunday too. Sun, 19 Feb 2012 06:45:06 EST Puppy Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4742809 Just came home from work and was greeted at the door by my two little dogs. They are always so affectionate and excited to see a person come home! It's a great encouragement when you might not have had such a good day....one of those little things that makes such a difference. <BR> <BR> I hope you had some sweetness in your day too :) <BR> Fri, 17 Feb 2012 03:19:35 EST Did a little better today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4741221 I think I am still eating too much and not watching what I eat enough so I have started tracking again. It looks like I did better today but need to be a little more careful. Going over my limit even a bit each day will send the weight loss chart the WRONG way, right? (Duh! ) <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I hope you met your goals today. Thu, 16 Feb 2012 05:49:46 EST Staying the same http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4737903 Weight loss has stopped for now. I seem to only lose a little bit then stop. Patience, patience... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 05:22:31 EST Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4723051 I couldn't believe it - the scales say I lost some weight. I am very happy about that as it did not take a whole lot of effort this week. I just was mindful of what I cooked for main meals and chose sensible lunches etc... <BR> <BR> On to the next week! <BR> <BR> Sun, 5 Feb 2012 08:28:12 EST Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4721462 I decided this month to do something about losing some kilos. I've decided this over and over with little result, but I decided this month has to be a month where it actually happens. <BR> <BR> I'll let you know the results at the end of the month. Sat, 4 Feb 2012 06:05:17 EST Busy life catches up with me sometimes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4361712 I stayed home today and just did domestic chores. I was so tired I had difficulty staying awake! I keep thinking of my mother when she was my age, also needing to slow down and have a little nap sometimes :) Guess I am no different. <BR> <BR> There's still so much to do and I like to be busy, most days. So I will just put up with it all catching up on me occasionally. <BR> <BR> Onward and upward! <BR> <BR> Thu, 14 Jul 2011 06:55:22 EST Just maintaining http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4359687 My attempts to stay on track with my eating plan this week have been somewhat patchy. I still seem to be maintaining which is better than gaining. <BR> <BR> The week ahead is going to be better. Yes it is. Wed, 13 Jul 2011 08:54:30 EST One week down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4344277 I weighed in today after doing better at sticking to my eating plans this week and am able to report a small loss. I am happy with that. <BR> <BR> Now I have to do it again for another week :) <BR> <BR> Just taking one day at a time.... <BR> Wed, 6 Jul 2011 09:04:41 EST Today I'm doing OK http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4338244 I think I will make it through today without too much trouble food-wise. I know what I am going to eat this evening and it will 'fit' into my plan. Yay! <BR> <BR> I really hope to see a difference in the scales and in my measurements when i weigh in again. Wednesday is the day I can find out. Even a little tiny bit of change in the right direction would be encouraging, so here's hoping. <BR> <BR> I just want to say 'thank you' to everyone who has been commenting on my blog posts this week.... Sun, 3 Jul 2011 02:56:29 EST Still a bit over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4336690 This was another day of meeting people for coffee and chats (business). I managed to avoid having coffee at one place, but not the next where i tried to make wise choices by having a meal of pumpkin soup and bread instead. The bread was more calories than I realised. I should have eaten less of it. <BR> <BR> Dinner was alright though some of the snacks I chose today were not. <BR> <BR> I managed not to go over by much but that's two days in a row of going over my limits. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow... Sat, 2 Jul 2011 07:04:07 EST Not too bad today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4334484 I went over by 44 calories today. But I walked some, so hopefully that will help even things out. <BR> <BR> It was a social day and I could have eaten a lot more, so I am counting today a success. <BR> <BR> Three days in a row! Ten percent of my 30 day goal! Yeah! Fri, 1 Jul 2011 06:27:48 EST Another consecutive day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4332154 Yesterday I wrote about needing to stack together consecutive days of consistently eating within my limits. It worked again today. I'm starting again. This time I want to see how long I can make this last, just doing one day at a time. <BR> <BR> How did you do today? Thu, 30 Jun 2011 07:09:47 EST I stuck to it today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4330020 I stuck to my eating plan today. I need to do that over and over again. I don't know why it is so hard to do but it is. <BR> <BR> How did you do today? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 29 Jun 2011 08:34:15 EST