WAIKATOKAT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WAIKATOKAT WAIKATOKAT'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/ Planning for tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5171734 A little more difficult at this time of the year and especially with a half day/evening out socialising with little control over the menu. <BR> <BR> So my plan is to eat my normal breakfast which is a cup of reduced-fat milk heated in the microwave with coffee added after, and two pieces of raisin toast with a light spread of gold n canola lite. <BR> <BR> My lunch will be some left-over chicken breast with salad; mixed leaves, cucumber, and tomato. <BR> <BR> Functions start from about 2pm ... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 06:45:05 EST Motivational techniques that work for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5167035 It has taken along time for me to figure out what works for me. It's a real combination of stuff but the major one is having my wonderful man right beside me. It hasn't happened overnight but I've created a monster, he's all mine and I love him to bits. He was a couch potato when I first started my journey but he's now along for the ride. He was the one who signed us up for an adventure run. He's the one who has bought extra fitness equipment for us and he's the one who has adapted the menu p... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 05:30:32 EST All or nothing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5146663 I am guilty as charged. My physio calls it binge exercising and it causes injuries. I am very lucky I haven't been injured in this way but am pleased to announce that I am over that hurdle. I have been consistant with exercise for over two months and feel great. I hardly ever hear that little voice in my head telling me that it won't matter if I skip a session and I am better about taking rest days without feeling I have failed in some way. Now I need to shift my focus and apply the same to f... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 04:14:33 EST If weight didn't exist ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5140026 I would know I was getting healthier because my clothes would fit better and I would feel less breathless walking up stairs and have more energy. I would not have the urge to eat mindlessly and would feel confident in my body and its abilities. Mon, 19 Nov 2012 06:24:03 EST Talking to my future self http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5135955 I find visualisation tricky most of the time. I guess that shows how out of my control I feel my life is. I can't imagine what I'll be doing this time next year let alone in 10 years. The overall theme is being stress-free, happy, and healthy though and I'm not so fussed about what I'm doing so long as I feel I am useful and valued. My older self would probably tell my younger self that what I've done so far with fitness is great but to make the progress that I would like, I need to focus on... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 05:50:52 EST How to make the journey more fun and adventurous http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5125737 This is an assignment for SparkCoach and a tricky one for me. I am having no problems with my commitment to my fitness plan and am really enjoying it for the first time in my life. I hiked with my daughter to a really pretty waterfall, something I probably wouldn't have had the confidence to do 3 months ago. <BR> <BR> I struggle with making good food choices fun and adventurous. I've tried new recipes and try to get my kids on board with trying new stuff but it's a bit of an uphill battle in... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 05:51:06 EST Changes to my fitness plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5123066 I am changing things this week so my body doesn't get too used to my activity level. I completed my first virtual 5K in 46 minutes so my aim is to get this down to 30 minutes. I was jogging at 6.5kph so this week I will increase to 6.6kph for 30 mins 3 times a week. Every week I will increase my speed until I am doing 5km in the 30 mins. I will also do 2 strength training sessions and try to fit in another 3 cardio sessions of walking or fitness videos. Sat, 3 Nov 2012 23:50:07 EST Moderation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5105575 This is one of my biggest problems. My physiotherapist calls it binge fitness. I feel like if I have a rest day I have failed. I'm really working hard on this one as since I've upped the intensity of my exercise I have to take a break now and then. When I resolve my moderation issues I know I will be well on my way. <BR> <BR> Today's SparkCoach was really helpful in explaining why moderation is much better than perfectionism and while it all made perfect sense, I suspect it's something that ... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 00:15:47 EST Work Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5102136 They are difficult. I work part-time from 9-2 with one 10 minute break at about 11.30am. It's not really long enough to have a proper lunch but by 2.15pm when I get home I am starving and ready to eat whatever's the closest and easiest. I still haven't figured this out even though I've tried lots of snacks and combinations of snacks. Wed, 17 Oct 2012 06:42:40 EST Toxic Guilt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5098241 So I'm making my way slowly through the 'Mind over Body' series and I come across the Toxic Guilt article a few days ago. I can really relate to this article although I've never really thought about the guilt that I feel when I overeat or eat something that I didn't plan on eating. <BR> <BR> Yesterday my son asked if we could have pancakes, bacon, bananas and maple syrup for breakfast today. I did indeed have all the ingredients so I said yes. In the past I would have cooked something like ... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 02:57:31 EST Sabotage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5088518 I am really lucky to have lots of support and love. The only person sabotaging my healthy lifestyle is me and I haven't figured out why. I guess that's why I'm here. Fri, 5 Oct 2012 23:58:33 EST Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5083389 Why do I want lose weight? What will I do when I get to my goal weight that I can't do now? These are questions I still don't really know the answer to other than fitness and health. I'm hoping the weight loss and fitness combined will stop my back pain and I want to be able to go for a run without feeling self-conscious. Tue, 2 Oct 2012 07:51:27 EST 2 Steps Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5074053 *Go for a walk <BR> * Listen to some upbeat music <BR> *Reread my blogs and other people's too to remember why I started this journey <BR> *Research healthy recipes and try something new Tue, 25 Sep 2012 08:04:28 EST Common Excuses for not working out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5072459 Tired <BR> Sore from past workout <BR> No time <BR> <BR> A workout re-energises you <BR> Move some different muscles <BR> You have time for the computer, you have time for a workout Mon, 24 Sep 2012 07:23:27 EST Feeling better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5068659 Since starting my exercise programme I am feeling lighter and fitter. I have more of a spring to my step. I look slimmer and more toned and don't feel bloated. Fri, 21 Sep 2012 02:58:38 EST Quick and easy meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5060049 Canned fish with salad and tortilla wraps <BR> Ham and salad sandwich <BR> Soup with salad and a slice of bread <BR> Potato and canned fish or leftover protein <BR> Leftover meat with salad and microwave potato <BR> Sat, 15 Sep 2012 08:03:08 EST Statement of intent http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5052064 I want to lose weight and be more healthy. I know I will have achieved this when I can jog a 5K race and weigh under 62kg. I plan to do the 5K training plan and eat within my calorie range. I understand that I will have times where I don't follow my plans perfectly but pledge to keep going anyway. I have set a 3 month time limit for this. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 07:49:49 EST keeping on keeping on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5043347 I fell off the wagon but am getting back on track and trying to ignore the excuses that come into my mind Tue, 4 Sep 2012 01:59:30 EST Stress Busting Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5038023 Stop the world, I want to get off is exactly how I feel right now about my life. Job, relationship and health problems all at the same time is sucking the life right out of me so here I am on the stress busting challenge. I hope by the end, I am calmer and happier within my self. Thu, 30 Aug 2012 21:26:12 EST 2010 Bootcamp http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2681363 weight's been up and down and i had a terrible chest infection that stopped my great exercise streak so i thought i'd do the bootcamp to get back into physical activity. i'm on antibiotics so going to listen to my body and not go too hard at the beginning. looking forward to feeling well and fit again. starting weight: 63.9 kg. goal weight: 57 kg Sat, 2 Jan 2010 15:46:00 EST Over half way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2079055 and I'm feeling much stronger and fitter but have had a terrible headcold this week. So I have some cardio to catch up on and my eating hasn't been the healthiest. Also had computer woes so feeling down this week. Am ready to snap out of it and get back with the programme. A little concerned about keeping up with it when the email reminders stop at the end of the week but will face that hurdle when we get there. Love bootcamp! Wed, 20 May 2009 15:24:56 EST Sweatsuit to Swimsuit Bootcamp http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2026058 So I just joined this in the hope it will motivate me again. I have been doing a lot of emotional eating over the past month and need to get back on track. Sat, 2 May 2009 17:37:11 EST