WALKINGCHICK's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WALKINGCHICK WALKINGCHICK'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/ Meh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775249 I have just had a lovely weekend - all to myself, and I got to do things when i wanted to, and I have achieved a lot of things that I wanted and needed to do. I didn't get enough time to go and take the long walk that I planned, though I did get a walk in the sunshine that was just lovely. So why do I feel meh?! <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> I am so lucky - I have a cute little sports car, my cat, I get to ski and sail, I live in Edinburgh in Scotland, I am on the mend after a spell with cancer,... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 15:38:17 EST Journals and exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766083 This week has been really tough - it started with a virus that has really laid me low all week, and alongside that my stress levels increased with trying to manage my workload whilst still feeling unwell. <BR> <BR> My sleep pattern has been all over the place for the last couple of weeks, and of course, this adds to the overall feeling of being unwell. <BR> <BR> I identified a solution in a previous post - exercise, and making sure that I take regular walks outside and commune with the wo... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 14:23:21 EST Thoughts and reflection after a tough week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763692 I've just completed week 2 of the Official Sleep Challenge, and the 1st week of the Stress Busting Challenge. The 2 are definitely related in my case!! <BR> <BR> So, first to sleep and my progress - or the lack of progress.... This week has been awful - I have been very stressed out, I got a virus which stopped me from sleeping well for a few nights, and my appetite has been all over the place which makes me sleep badly too. <BR> I did stick to my plan of no computer or phone an hour befor... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:03:14 EST The next step http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759747 Having joined the Sleep Challenge, I decided to up the anti and have now joined the SparkPeople Stress Busting Challenge too - with luck this will take me to some interesting and new ways to manage my life and achieve my goals of losing weight, taking regular exercise and having a good work/ life balance.... <BR> <BR> My glass is half full! Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:08:04 EST Ah, the challenge of quality sleep... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759079 I have signed up to the Official Better Sleep Challenge and I have reached the end of week 1. <BR> <BR> As part of the challenge, you are required to keep a sleep journal that looks at your habits prior to going to bed, how your night went, and how your stress levels were throughout the week. (well they look at other things too, but these were the important topics for me). <BR> <BR> I don't sleep well at all, and get easily disturbed, so I am hopeful that I will get some help from this ch... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:34:28 EST I'd like to share.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756884 Some great websites: <BR> http://www.elephantjournal.com/2014/08/t<BR>he-buddha-walks-into-the-office-be-who<BR>-you-want-to-be/?utm_source=All&utm_ca<BR>mpaign=Daily+Moment+of+Awake+in+the+In<BR>box+of+Your+Mind&utm_medium=email - this is a great website full of great advice, thoughts and ideas <BR> <BR> http://www.inspirational-quotes.info/ - this one is pretty much what it says on the tin <BR> <BR> http://tinybuddha.com/blog/51-things-tha<BR>t-will-make-you-smile/ - again pretty clear ... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 12:40:48 EST Exercise, dilemmas and the way forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756393 Thanks to Sparkpeople I have a pile of videos as favourites that I find helpful - as long as I have a broadband connection (not often the case in Scotland.....!). <BR> <BR> I love that I can exercise when I want, and how I want, and I don't have show my wobbly bits to the world (the world would need therapy afterwards that's for sure!). I'd like to do more videos, but at least I have some to start with. <BR> <BR> I have a bit of a dilemma though, I feel so hungry if I try to reduce my cal... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 14:40:27 EST Sparkpeople Dropout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753761 I talk about sparkpeople all the time - it's a rare thing, and worthy of sharing with as many people as possible - it's a free online resource, where you can make friends from all over the world, with fantastic accessible workouts and great articles and advice. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> So why do I become a sparkpeople dropout?? <BR> <BR> My life is quite complicated - I have a difficult and time consuming job running a sporting body in Scotland, I have recently been unwell and I'm still ... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 16:35:32 EST Which way to go.....? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691996 Like many people, I have periods of time where I find it really hard to stick to just about any intention or plan that I have. I'm in one of these areas just now, and I'm trying to work out what put me here, and why - I really want to address the number of times that I find myself here, and learn from the experience. <BR> <BR> My problem would appear to be multi faceted; <BR> 1. I don't recognise the signs that I'm pretty sure pop up to warn me that I'm heading towards a dead end <BR> 2. W... Sat, 10 May 2014 13:43:07 EST A Special Poem to celebrate Burns Night! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605414 This poem is learned by children in Scotland to celebrate one of our very special authors - Robbie Burns. This version has been translated a little, so I'm hopeful that it will make it easier to read. <BR> <BR> Enjoy - and I'm off to enjoy my haggis (now that I have caught it!), neeps and tatties! <BR> <BR> Fair and full is your honest, jolly face, <BR> Great chieftain of the sausage race! <BR> Above them all you take your place, <BR> Stomach, tripe, or intestines: <BR> Well are you worthy... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 15:33:16 EST Making time to make time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600319 I have learned over the last few months that if I don't plan my week out properly, including meals and exercise, then I don't achieve any of my goals. <BR> <BR> This generally results in a feeling of annoyance, frustration and my self confidence plummets. <BR> <BR> The last month or so has been incredibly stressful and very hard, I've been ill most of the time, and work, well, work has been simply WAY too hard than it needs to be (but that's a topic for another post). And, (you know what'... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 16:10:57 EST Eating properly can be hard going.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587137 I know it is worth making the effort, and that I will feel WAY better, but seriously this eating heartily lark is hard going. <BR> I have probably taken on too much, as usual, and gone for far more than I can realistically achieve. <BR> Having done a little research, a way to alleviate some of the menopausal symptoms that I now experience after medical treatment is to eat 7 portions of vegetables every day and to avoid all caffeine, sugar and processed foods. You have no idea just how diffi... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 16:51:40 EST Web pages to read when you need a pick me up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583172 I am learning to read about things that help me manage myself, manage others and generally feel better about life. <BR> http://www.elephantjournal.com/2014/01/1<BR>0-things-every-woman-should-know-but-p<BR>robably-doesnt/?utm_source=All&utm_cam<BR>paign=Daily+Moment+of+Awake+in+the+Inb<BR>ox+of+Your+Mind&utm_medium=email <BR> <BR> http://www.elephantjournal.com/2014/01/i<BR>t-was-love-at-first-juice-recipes/?utm<BR>_source=All&utm_campaign=Daily+Moment+<BR>of+Awake+in+the+Inbox+of+Your+Mind... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 15:53:20 EST Take a break.... and look back at success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579755 I'm really not good at taking a break from life - I feel bad if I sit still for too long, always feeling that I should be doing something. However, this Christmas, I decided that I would take some time out to watch all the movies on TV that I like, to get some fresh air as often as possible, and to catch up on those tasks that just never get done - for example, looking at what has been and where things went well. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l891021754.jpg"> <BR> ... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 17:04:51 EST Day 27 of Enough!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517869 It has been nearly a month since I decided that I'd had enough and it was time to get out there and take exercise by the horns. I set a couple of daily targets, and whilst I loved doing the videos every day, if I'm honest, I was setting myself up for a fall. <BR> <BR> Though my job isn't so new any more, I've still only been in it for just over 14 weeks, and it is a significantly higher level of job than the one I had previously and there is considerable stress on quite a few days. <BR> I ... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 15:56:25 EST Day 6 of Enough!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5491642 I guess we all know how things can go, and despite my best efforts, I fell at the 'hurdles' of days 4 & 5 - simply down to feeling exhausted and having very long work days, which made it difficult (but not impossible) to find the time to do my workout videos. <BR> What have I learned from that situation? <BR> 1. Preparation is key - take a workout dvd with me, because many places in Scotland don't have broadband <BR> 2. Planning is highly important - plan when I'm going to train, and (here... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 03:37:14 EST Day 3 of Enough!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5488899 Delighted to report that I have achieved 2 workout videos every day so far, and have not found it as hard as I thought I would to make the time. <BR> Not only that, it is much easier now to take more exercise - I find myself looking for ways to increase the exercise in my day. Anyone else deliberately take the bus so you can walk? Or park the car as far away from the building you need to be in so you can walk there? Or time yourself going up the stairs? <BR> <BR> These habits were always t... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 03:46:19 EST Enough!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5487258 So I've been patient, and I've tried not to do too much, but frankly all this sitting around gives me a headache! <em>234</em> Not to mention making me look like this: <em>15</em> I can't handle stress well, I'm a pain to live with, and I focus on all the bad things in my life - seriously, things have to change! <BR> <BR> My plan for this week? I have stacks of meetings and boring stuff, but I WILL do 2 workout videos every day - no ifs, no buts, I will. That may mean getting up a bit... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 12:57:49 EST Feeling a little raw http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5471852 On 10th Sept 2012 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was a day that I suspect I will never forget. Treatment finished on 10th May, and whilst I'm suffering with a number of significant side effects, I'm here, I've got a new job, and i'm working hard to build a new life. <BR> <BR> I have to re-tell this story over and over, as it does several things <BR> 1. It reminds me that its ok to feel incredibly tired <BR> 2. It reminds me that I'm allowed to be emotional every now and then - hell... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 17:05:13 EST Weightloss by-product http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5454184 Around 4 weeks ago, I decided to try the 5:2 diet, for a variety of reasons. Fasting is meant to be good for you on a number of fronts, and since I've had cancer, I've become much more interested in my diet, and my exercise. I was struggling to get back to being active (regular readers will know that I broke my foot which has curtailed most of the activities that I like to do <em>46</em> ). I wasn't totally blimping out but I did look more <em>15</em> than I wanted to be..... <BR> <BR... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 16:18:29 EST Now I didn't expect that! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435379 I'm not sure whether to be shocked or sad - I have had some unexpected results from an online test that I took after watching a tv programme about changing your personality. http://www.rainybrainsunnybrain.com/bbc-ho<BR>rizon/ - well worth a look! <BR> <BR> I have always seen myself as an upbeat person, but I'm aware that I can be a sensitive wee flower, and I often struggle to sleep because I'm worrying about what other people may think. I still thought I was positive..... <BR> <BR> So, t... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 15:40:49 EST Nil desperandum http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5434457 So, here's where I am; first month of my new job over (and thankfully I'm still there!), my foot is still broken and sore, and my recent surgery has gone a bit wrong. I'm trying to follow the 5:2 diet, but with all my energies going on my new job and trying to educate the people around me on how I work, sticking to the plan is proving testing. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to keep the light at the end of the tunnel, so I'm working out some positives: <BR> 1. Things will settle down at work, and I'll... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 16:22:54 EST Having faith in yourself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5419956 I've met a few people recently who echo thoughts that I frequently have myself, generally around a lack of confidence, of being pulled in all directions, of listening but not being heard and being/ feeling undervalued. <BR> <BR> To those people, and to myself (I really need to say this to myself every minute of every day!) - if you don't have faith in yourself, then it is hard for others to have faith in you too. There will always be critics, there will always be people who lose weight and ... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 15:51:21 EST Successful blogging - wow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413409 To say that I am overwhelmed by the support given to me by the SparkPeople community is an understatement! My heartfelt thanks to everyone who took the time to read my little reminder and who made a comment, I really appreciate the support. <BR> <BR> It truly is amazing to think about all the people around the world reading a story about a 40 something chick in a wee city in a wee country. <BR> <BR> Thanks to all my new friends too - it is lovely to have new people around to read about. ... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 16:32:40 EST Be kind to yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5410819 This is as much a reminder to me as it is to anyone else, and it doesn't eat what you want, and avoid all exercise - if anything, that is being cruel to yourself! <BR> <BR> Being kind to yourself in my mind is about being mindful of your situation - in my case, I am on day 4 of a new job, I'm working with people who are much more familiar with the situation than I am - but seem to expect me to know everything about everything, and for the first time in a long time I don't have my own car an... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 17:07:54 EST Anything but ordinary..... Orkney! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407705 I thought that my Sparkfriends from all over the world as well as the UK might like to se some of the amazing views of Orkney and some of the history. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l60511073.jpg"> <BR> This is the Italian Chapel, built by Italian Prisoners of War in WW2. A fantastic little building. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l794224831.jpg"> <BR> The interior of the Italian Chapel - this was done with little or no resource,... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 17:16:53 EST Holidays - woo hoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400443 I have just discovered something - I love being on holiday! And, I plan to take more of them, even little ones that only last a day, it totally is the way forward! I haven't had a holiday for a year - not making that mistake again! <BR> <BR> The fact that I'm on the beautiful island of Orkney, which never fails to stun me with its clear air, clean seas, HUGE selection of wildlife, and amazing history and food, is helping enormously to get me into the holiday mood <em>334</em> <BR> <BR>... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 16:55:21 EST Peaks and troughs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398409 Well, as expected, I made it to the end of my last week in the job I have done for the last 16.5 years, more or less unscathed. Emotionally I am drained, it really has been tough to leave my community of sailors, and move into a new community of snowsport enthusiasts of various scary shapes and sizes (I have SO much to learn!). I will cope, I will be fine, I know that, but my confidence is not at an all time high..... <BR> <BR> I have struggled to see on point with food this week - I've eith... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 16:03:10 EST Fears and Fatigue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5393635 You will have guessed from the title of this blog that I am very tired, and as a result find myself doing a number of my bad habits: <BR> 1. I tend to stop making time for my daily pep talk <BR> 2. I forget to take any exercise (not that I can do much right now because of my broken foot) <BR> 3. I focus on just eating, rather than trying to work out what I need to eat to help me function <BR> 4. I lose sight of all my peace keeping strategies and get very stressed <BR> <BR> This last week ... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 16:28:54 EST Running to stand still http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5388245 Literally - winding up one job, finishing another, and arranging a holiday, not to mention the usual vagaries of life - it is all taking its toll. <BR> I'm short of exercise, food has been lacking in thought with a bad result, and I'm a tired and grumpy chick. <BR> <BR> There is light at the end of the tunnel - next week is my last week in my old job, so I get to be the kid in the corner with her end of term board games annoying everyone else <em>334</em> And, I have 3 leaving dos to at... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 17:08:04 EST How did that happen?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5382507 To my absolute amazement and utter delight, I lost 3 lbs over the last week. I checked the scales 3 times, just to make sure I was reading things correctly. <BR> The reason this was so special was because for the previous 3 weeks, I really struggled to lose weight - I didn't put on any weight, but I didn't lose weight either. I was eating low fat foods like a demon, and taking exercise like there was no tomorrow. But, for those who read my blog regularly, you will remember that I probably pu... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 14:19:36 EST There are days.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376908 And today is one of them. I'm tired, very tired and very grumpy - I'm caught between a rock and a hard place - if I watch what I eat and I take exercise, I feel good but I pay for that feeling later on in the day/ week, and I start to feel absolutely awful. If I don't eat well, and reduce the exercise, I feel better overall, although my head wants to take exercise to feel better. <BR> Today has had to be a chocolate day - yes the sun was shining, yes it was warm, but my head just had to have... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 14:59:29 EST Some Inspiration for the weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373824 “Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.” – Les Brown <BR> <BR> “Forget all the reasons it won’t work and believe the one reason that it will.” - Unknown <BR> <BR> “When you say “It’s hard”, it actually means “I’m not strong enough to fight for it”. Stop saying its hard. Think positive!” - Unknown <BR> <BR> “I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. Its because of them I’m doing it myself.” – Albert Einstein <BR> ... Fri, 31 May 2013 15:46:59 EST Priorities http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5371690 The last couple of weeks has seen me prioritise losing weight over my overall health. Arguably losing weight is a health issue, but in my case, I think I was so keen to get back to my life, and to being slim and energetic, I forgot that I only finished cancer treatment 2 and a bit weeks ago, and that my body, put simply, is messed up. <BR> <BR> I have really struggled with my stomach over the last 10 days, and sleep has been a nightmare (forgive the joke!) - all because I didn't focus prope... Wed, 29 May 2013 16:24:01 EST Eating - it's becoming a problem! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5365838 And not in a good way! Having had a virus last weekend, that required me to bed down in the bathroom next to the toilet for the weekend, I have had a really hard time sleeping and surprisingly, eating. <BR> I just can't eat - I don't have any interest in food, but I know that I need to eat to be able to perform and probably to resolve my sleep issues. I've been like this since Sunday..... I do want to lose weight, but not this way - I want to eat and exercise but most of all I want to feel... Thu, 23 May 2013 15:36:34 EST Illness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361181 Well, this is a bit of a blow... I was doing so well healthwise, and loving the programme of SP activity and my achievements at weight loss, but Friday evening and most of yesterday have set me back a few days. This is not a weight loss mechanism that I would recommend - it makes you feel AWFUL! I could not keep anything down, no matter how mild. <BR> This is the first time I have been ill since finishing cancer treatment last week, so our first reaction was to head into hospital, rather tha... Sun, 19 May 2013 14:36:29 EST Seriously Stressed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5357618 A brief recap - I have just finished cancer treatment (last Friday), I had a job interview last Friday too, and got the job. Its a step up from my current role, and I'm just the tiniest bit worried about it. On top of that I'm trying to keep my existing job going, and manage all the emotions from people around me when they hear the news that I am leaving (very flattering but very very wearing too). <BR> <BR> I couldn't get any exercise in yesterday, and the food I could get to was not of go... Wed, 15 May 2013 15:51:44 EST Controlling food = controlling everything else http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355435 I have noticed that not only am I starting to feel MUCH better, much more energetic and dynamic, and I've noticed an impact beyond just watching what I eat. <BR> In the past I would buy some 'bad' food (usually chocolate!) and would then buy something else to try to help me feel better about buying some bad food. You can see the cycle already..... <BR> <BR> However, I've noticed something different - I am very conscious of spending now, and I can't help feeling that it is related to the fa... Mon, 13 May 2013 17:24:38 EST Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352304 This blog is going to be short but very sweet: <BR> 1. The last day of my medical treatment took place today so now I'm free of hospitals for at least 6 weeks <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> 2. I lost 1lb this week - not as much as I hoped for, but you know what? It is still weight lopss and it is helping me feel better about life <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> 3. And finally, I had an interview for a new job this morning.....and I GOT IT! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I am so proud of myself - I hav... Fri, 10 May 2013 15:33:39 EST Positive thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5351142 Tomorrow sees the end of my cancer treatment, I have an interview for a new job, and I'm going to meet the new arrival in our family - little Emma who is a whole 2 weeks old. It is also my weekly weigh in day, but I've decided that my priority is to enjoy my day as much as possible. <BR> <BR> I'm really nervous about the interview, so I decided I would look at the motivational pages on SP and found some great things: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1523274524.jpg"> ... Thu, 9 May 2013 15:39:12 EST Addicted to SP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5349753 I have used a range of weight loss resources, some well known, some less well known and some I made up all on my own, but honestly, SparkPeople is the best one and works so well for me. <BR> I get that the recipes are a headache because they are given in American terms, but with bit of thinking and research you can work out the ingredients and the measurements, so it isn't really a problem, and you have learned something new too! <BR> I love the upbeat attitude of the site, the support that... Wed, 8 May 2013 11:29:19 EST It really is this straightforward! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5348929 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1764217617.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Take care this Tuesday <em>334</em> Tue, 7 May 2013 18:04:15 EST It's simple! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347571 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l451760975.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have a happy Monday everyone! Mon, 6 May 2013 15:18:05 EST I really need a Pizza!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346384 There is no particular reason, I'm not hungry, I am a bit tired, but otherwise there is no real reason for me to want a pizza. Not just any pizza but a Pizza Express Italian base American pizza with extra pepperoni. Washed down with a fully leaded Coke. It is a treat, and its has been some time since I had a pizza, but the calories/ fat/ salt are simply too much and would take me very far away from my healthy lifestyle that I'm clinging to (much like a life raft!). <BR> So, I went looking fo... Sun, 5 May 2013 15:37:15 EST Surprised http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344579 It has been a rough week - I've really struggled to stay on target, to keep on top of food and fitness. I've overdone things at work, and found it hard to stay focussed on my goals. But, amazingly, I still managed to lose 2lbs! A whole 2lbs! <BR> I'm totally pooped today (a combination of lots of work, medical treatment and more exercise than I've been used to for the last 8 months) but I feel pumped to see that it is possible for me to look and feel so much better. <BR> I've read a lot of ... Fri, 3 May 2013 16:10:28 EST A little disheartened http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342147 Today sees me feeling very tired, both mentally and physically, and when I reach this point, I find it REALLY hard to eat sensibly and to take exercise. I opted to have a day of rest today, because I feel so bad, however my willpower is at an all time low, and when offered cake....well let's just say only half of the cake is left...... <BR> <BR> I'm learning (very slowly, but still, at least I'm learning) that I need to pay WAY more attention to my body and how it feels, and take on life ac... Wed, 1 May 2013 15:08:50 EST Sunshine and outdoors http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5340699 Today was a glorious day here in Edinburgh - cold, but just gorgeous. I had to go through to Glasgow by train this morning for a meeting, but it was with real pleasure that I took the journey. There is something about a clear blue sky with blazing sunshine that just makes my head feel so much better! <BR> I am still really tired, sleep was difficult last night, my cat is unwell and I was nervous about the meeting, but somehow it all just melted away. <BR> I walked home from the hospital thi... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 11:59:07 EST Week 2 of Project Me - it is a bit tough... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339589 So, week 2 has rolled round, and today is proving to be a tough one. I had hoped that my enthusiasm and general 'woo hoo' ness would carry me through for longer than just one week. Sleep is still a constant battle, despite my improved diet and my exercise programme, which means I just feel knackered all the time. And, everyone knows that when you don't sleep you tend to put on weight rather than lose it, so this bothers me just a bit. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 14:19:04 EST Where did Day 5 come from?!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5336545 This has been quick week, with lots of learning, and more success than I expected. <BR> First the learning: <BR> Some of my habits are totally ingrained, and will take me quite some time to build new habits, but I accept that this will take time, and I'd rather put the groundwork in to make my new behaviour a habit. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1248553129.jpg"> <BR> Reading other people's blogs has been a great experience - the inspiration that is there, the sto... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 16:10:27 EST Day 3 blues....or not! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5334285 OOOPs...I have definitely overdone things this week - and now I'm paying for it... Sleep was not forth-coming last night, so this morningwas not a welcome thing! Throw in a long drive to a short and difficult meeting and you can see that the day did not get any better. It is 6pm as I write this post, and I'm dying to get into my pjs because I feel exhausted <em>2</em> <BR> However, there are a couple of positives to take from today: <BR> 1. I recognised that I needed a rest, and I came ho... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 15:07:29 EST