WHOOLA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WHOOLA WHOOLA'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/ Huh, how did that happen? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492443 Have any of you had a week where you'd planned your meals, kept to it, added in a bit of exercise, checked the scales midweek, (yes, a loss of 600g), then got on the scales today and ???? huh, put ON 2kg? It's happened to me today! However, I'm not going to focus on the downside, I kept to the plan, just a blip. Maybe the scales tomorrow will tell a different story. I'm not going to go for a delve into the biscuit barrel - because it's empty, nor eat the ice cream - because there is none;... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 03:13:06 EST Planning ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486798 I had a bit of a lazy day yesterday, for me that means I didn't have anything planned I had to go to. However, I did use some of the time to plan my evening meals for the coming week, shopped for them and cooked one last night. It is the evening that is my downfall, I'm either rushing home and going out again fairly quickly, or can't be bothered to prepare/cook properly. I made spaghetti bolognese last night and I have decided I don't think I like minced beef any more than before, I think ... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 01:35:55 EST Chill out weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485072 I pulled my lower back last weekend and having seen the physiotherapist she told me not to do any taekwondo for now or any jogging. Sort of suits me as I can be rather lazy at times. It is lots better today but I'm not feeling the motivation to do much. I think it's going to be a steady weekend with work for a few hours today then babysitting tonight, tomorrow I might be bored ....... maybe I could explore some gentle pilates DVDs. Sat, 14 Sep 2013 02:07:26 EST Back at it again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5468495 Have kept the same over the last few weeks but haven't really been trying too hard. Surrounded at work with people on the FAST diet and 'nearly anorexic diet' and so really not been in the right place to think too hard about losing weight myself as every mouthful is envied, ie eating by proxy. <BR> <BR> Now I have another goal, I should be able to focus more, always get a bit lost if there's nothing to aim at in the diary. Next March I'm off abroad, hopefully, and so need to get off these ... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 03:25:06 EST The wagon is rolling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5358118 I am on holiday in less than a week and having put a little back on recently, I finally have taken myself in hand and got on with planning, eating healthier and tracking. <BR> <BR> Good news is I have lost a round a kilogram when I've weighed this morning. It doesn't sound much but it really makes a difference to tip just under that barrier again. I'm off to do a special taekwondo 2 hour seminar tonight headed up by an American celebrity, so maybe I can knock off a little more too. <BR> ... Thu, 16 May 2013 01:39:33 EST Whoops! Where was that wagon again? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5354642 As befalls some of us who don't keep an eye on things, I slacked off a little and gained more than I wanted to! I could fool myself into saying, "I don't know how that happened"? But of course I do, I have indulged in more calories than I'm expending, easy peasy!! In short, I haven't been getting to the gym, have 'eased' back into track suit bottoms at home and have allowed myself that extra snack because 'I'll work it off later'. <BR> <BR> In reality, I've found, that when I was exercisi... Mon, 13 May 2013 01:42:10 EST Morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5289318 I'd sort of prefer not to be shouting morning at you, because it's still nearly the middle of the night here in the UK (3am). I am awake and can't settle to sleep. Not that I've got anything in particular on my mind, just that I'd been trying out Rosemary in the oil burner in the evening and I've realised by 3am one of it's properties is to stimulate the mind and body when you are tired. Not a good choice in this case as I don't think I've slept all night so far! Must remember to do this ... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 23:26:45 EST After lunch snooze - nah http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287548 I work 5 days in an office (and one day on my feet all day at a different job) and find when I am in the office after a healthy lunch I am still wanting a snooze around 2pm. I had read it is because your blood sugar is low, your sleep pattern and your choice of lunchtime foods and to combat this you should get your circulation going again. <BR> <BR> Today, then, as it's pouring with rain outside, I've just done TWO runs downstairs and up the stairs outside my office, around 30 steps. I h... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 10:03:18 EST Old Mother Hubbard's cupboards.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282232 I didnt' have chance to go to the shops last week as I was involved with my daughter and the birth of her new baby plus I was so very tired from missing a night's sleep and an accumulation of adrenaline, I just couldn't do anything constructive. Then at the weekend I was asked to help my daughter out and so wasn't at home, nor yesterday as I was working before and after the shops were open. <BR> <BR> So today, my lunchbox is meagre, because there's practically nothing left in the fridge bu... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 09:15:42 EST Early March already http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5278290 Time and an extra kilogram have caught up with me and I am beginning firstly to run out of excuses not to tackle the gain and secondly beginning to realise summer and holidays are only just around the corner. <BR> <BR> I have been on standby to be my daughter's birth partner for the last several weeks and she has now had a son on Monday 4th, so that excuse is now out of the way. <BR> <BR> The nights are getting much lighter and I am not working quite so much every weekend, so that excuse is... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 01:43:43 EST Back to it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5199734 Christmas has been and gone but not the extra pounds! My husband was home for 3 weeks and we had in additional food, not specifically for Christmas, but just because of a man about the house :) But added calories have an added legacy so even though I had got to my Christmas target, I'm now around 2kg above it. So, I need to get back into routine and eat/track/exercise as I was before. After all I only have until May to get my bikini body in shape :) Wed, 9 Jan 2013 23:47:24 EST Temptation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5171821 I have got my gold crown on today because we've been given two tins of sweeties in the office and I haven't had one yet. I did take two and they are sitting proudly on display under the pc monitor. In case I want them. But because they are there I don't. <BR> <BR> We had a tin of biscuits given to us and they've lasted a few days too; I didn't have one yesterday either. <BR> <BR> Last night we went out to eat (Balti at my favourite restaurant) but I really did only want about a third o... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 08:29:55 EST Sweet 69 here I come! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5166999 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1896553355.jpg">Shame on you if you thought I meant anything else! <BR> <BR> This morning I am 69.9 kg. No more, no less! yesterday morning I was 70.5 but I had a day of being poorly and haven't eaten much, with only sips of water, so tomorrow I might be back to 70.5 or might even be below into the 60s, but I should be able to eat a little today, so may not be. Yay! <BR> <BR> PS - I am crossing my fingers and thinking of you all (me i... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 02:27:22 EST How many times do you lick the spoon? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155460 I have a routine well woman blood test this morning at 9am, which means fasted, no food or drink for at least 8 hours prior to that. No problem! <BR> <BR> But, I have been awake since 4.30, usually I'd have a cup of tea and mooch around, have breakfast, get off to work at 7.30. Today when I could/should have slept in a little, I couldn't. Which means little in itself, except it gives me more time to think about the breakfast I won't be having. <BR> <BR> I have prepared my lunch, I hav... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 01:05:18 EST Christmas is coming! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5153147 "And the Geese are getting fat"...... <BR> <BR> It's too easy to slip into complacency before Christmas, so that you can have those extra few nibbles. There are always the lighter nights to look forward to/the improve in temperatures/New year resolutions/anything else you can think of as a reason to relax. <BR> <BR> It is good to relax, but statistically, it seems, many people can put up an average of half a stone around Christmas. It seems a shame to sabotage the weeks/months/years of ef... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 00:22:38 EST Lunchtime http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5126994 I just had to stop by and say I really enjoy lunchtime at work. I have almost every day salad with sometimes boiled egg or goats cheese (mmmnnn) or falafel. Then Morrisons' greek 0% yogurt, which I adore. I could actually eat the 500ml container if I tried hard enough, so I portion it up into 100ml and enjoy it a dozen times more! <BR> <BR> Until tomorrow...... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 08:21:19 EST Spare tyres http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5122146 My current weight goes up and down around a kilo at the moment during the week, but essentially stays roughly the same. I have eased up a little on the exercise now I've achieved my fitness goal for 21.10.12, but still enjoy yoga balance, kettlebells and 3 taekwondo training sessions a week - I would still like to add in body pump and body combat but the times either don't fit in with my other commitments or I get home and don't get out again! <BR> <BR> I wanted to mention how my weight h... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 04:01:38 EST Celebrating each goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5107866 I have worked steadily over the last 9 months towards two main goals, which culminated on yesterday's date 21.10.12. <BR> <BR> The first goal was to achieve my 2nd Dan in taekwondo blackbelt, having worked towards that with not only regular classes but additional training sessions and with a personal trainer for stamina and targeted muscle groups. At this moment, I don't know if I have passed as we have letters that are sent out to us. We did over 2 1/2 hours on the floor covering patter... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 01:15:48 EST Penultimate personal trainer session http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5095221 Off I go very soon to my next to last session with my personal trainer. I'm going to miss it really. But at this moment I am dreading the box jumps and explosive squats he gives me to do. I don't really mind all the other things such as kettlebells and dead lifts, not even the calf raises until my legs won't work; but I dislike those things I find hard - of course! <BR> <BR> Afterwards however, I think 'I have survived' and almost look forward to the next session. <BR> <BR> My TKD gradin... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 12:10:44 EST WANTED - winter food..... now! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5084682 Has anyone else noticed that with the change in the weather, there is an increased desire to eat more filling/hot/comforting foods? <BR> <BR> I found in my freezer a frozen beef stew made some months ago and it was lovely to eat that when the weather was awful at the weekend. I have also found I want to eat more carbohydrates which include bread and cereals. Perhaps it is nature's way of stocking our bodies up for the winter ahead, but potentially it could play havoc with the waistline. ... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 05:26:54 EST Exercise programme - back to it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5079147 Had got used whilst on holiday to go for a walk first thing, for about an hour, dog walking actually. I really enjoyed it and will miss it terribly. However, I do have a reasonably nice area to walk around at home, just not quite enough time before work to do it. Having said that, it is not a work day today so I've been for a walk, a good hour around the lanes as it was breaking light. Lovely. <BR> <BR> Will be off later to the gym for a tone up session, then I have a set two hour traini... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 02:50:13 EST Back from holiday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5079096 I am surprised to say the least. I thought I was going to have added around 2kg but even better than that, I have lost 1.5kg.....yay me! <BR> <BR> I must get back to the exercise programme though as well, that has been less active this week and the waist and tummy aren't looking quite so trim as before. <BR> <BR> Back to it then... got a bit to do today! Sat, 29 Sep 2012 00:58:45 EST On holiday and ?adding pounds? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5067412 I have been on holiday for nearly a week and wondering if I'm putting on a pound or two, even though I am walking around an hour a day and carrying on with about 20-30 min set exercises per day. The clothes I brought are a size smaller and I'm dreading not being able to get them on in a few days' time! <BR> <BR> I have kept within my calorie range, but am at the higher end of this at the moment, whereas usually I'm at the lower end. I've been eating bread and potatoes and I can see my tu... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 07:51:16 EST It's not good to eat too little either http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5034640 My daily nutrition totals this week has been up and down, a bit above the line and a bit below. Which resulted in today a big deficit in my calories and a big desire for CAKE. You got that right! I wanted CAKE! Victoria sponge with a creamy filling or home made fruit fruit cones with clotted cream and jam. Oh boy! <BR> <BR> I came home and quickly shoved in the oven thai chicken and jacket potato, but that takes time....... before it's cooked. Bad me, when off-focus recently bought a p... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 12:40:49 EST Personal trainer session 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5028727 I have a fitness event coming up in October and as such, I wanted to boost my efforts by doing some sessions with a personal trainer, specifically targeted at what I wanted to achieve. <BR> <BR> We met up last Thursday for a planning session and we did our first one last night, another 5 to go. I shall probably miss it when it ends. I admit I nearly cancelled as I was a bit anxious I wouldn't keep up, but the great thing about a personal trainer is that they tailor the session to your fi... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 01:09:06 EST More new experiences http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5009906 Earlier this week I ventured to buy a gym vest and running leggings and I've worn them this evening and survived!!! Last week when I went to a couple of the gym classes people were lycra covered, not that I felt the pressure to conform (not too much anyway) but I admit it would be cooler than my tracksuit bottoms and T shirt. Thus I rolled up tonight in new gear courtesy of a supermarket brand and I didn't actually look that bad. I went to do kettlebell express and a session in the gym and... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 15:14:16 EST New foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5002062 I am trying to cook at least one new recipe each week and to try at least one food I don't usually eat. <BR> <BR> I have just cooked the most fabulous sweet potato and wilted spinach curry ever! I have eaten sweet potato before but I think it was just mashed up with swede or something. I also added in a new vegetable to me that is apparently cooked like potato - can't recall it's name - begins with a G. The curry was really tasty, helped largely I think by the red chilli in it! Mmmn. ... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 14:31:03 EST Blogging and first week progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4997370 Perhaps because I don't blog every day and I'm still new to the site, I find it a bit difficult to work out which button to press to get to add a blog, but here I am again!! <BR> <BR> I wanted to share with you some of the things I've done this week. <BR> <BR> 1. I created a visualisation board, which I'm thinking of sharing with you. It states my goals and actions towards it. I have it printed and pinned on my fridge door and I'm using it as my screen desktop. <BR> 2. I rejoined the ... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 01:49:14 EST Fitness checks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4990295 I rejoined the gym on Thursday this week and today I have done my first session there. I cycled there and back (20 mins in total) and did cardio and strength. I've just done the fitness checks as well on the weight checks page and I'm not doing too bad at all, thank goodness! I really enjoy feeling fit and well, it makes my blood sing, it's almost like it fizzes and wants to be doing something, more, more, more! <BR> <BR> I have planned my fitness goals for the next 12 weeks and I inten... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 10:07:53 EST Beyond summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4988708 In January my healthy eating began after my husband left to work abroad for several months. My weight loss slowed down after I'd lost about a stone and I have been rather frustrated over that for weeks/months! So I quit that method..... oh the panic of changing to something else..... and decided to try something else. <BR> <BR> Here I am then! After getting my head around the way the site works I am rather pleased at what is available here. I particularly like the daily video clips and... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 01:40:52 EST