ZENRYAKU's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ZENRYAKU ZENRYAKU'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/ PAWSE for Tenacious Jungle Tigers (2 Apr 2014) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666749 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l94430816.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I forgot to post my PAWSE - again. I became a little shy of drafting it online since I have lost long posts a couple of times now. So I compose them in my email client, which saves automatically. But having reflected on the week, I think I've done it! <BR> <BR> <em>52</em> Plan/Prepare <BR> <BR> Menu plan completed for the week, but I am not doing the shopping list until later. Because I/we will be on our bike... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 18:00:03 EST PAWSE for Tenacious Jungle Tigers (26 Mar 2014) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656885 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l67629793.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I used the word 'accomplished' to describe how I felt this week. It sorta summed up that I was able to make a plan and follow it through even though there were some hiccups on the way. <BR> <BR> <em>52</em> Plan/Prepare <BR> <BR> "We shall have to economize ..." --- Wallace and Gromit. Due to some unexpected expenses we will need to rein in the budget a bit for the next few months. This has made menu planning ... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:52:46 EST drop everything http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654315 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1836819726.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It is moments like these, that I get off track and often quit, which means, the exercise goes first, quickly followed by healthy eating if it is not resolved by the time the menu planning and shopping day comes around. <BR> <BR> I don't mean to "drop everything", even though that is what others expect of me to do, and I guess I have a history of rising to the occasion, proven reliable in an emergency, and quick t... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 02:37:45 EST PAWSE for Tenacious Jungle Tigers (19 Mar 2014) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651383 I am definitely having a PAWSE tonight. I have not been well this last week, but I started to come good yesterday, and today I was at work after an early start to cycle to my exercise class. Also, I had my first sessional teaching class for the semester this afternoon, and although I love it, I am quite weary from the day. Suffice to say, my cycle home was a little quiet. <BR> <BR> <em>52</em> Plan/Prepare <BR> <BR> Meal planning is mostly done because I can use meals out of the freezer ... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 08:56:30 EST PAWSE for Tenacious Jungle Tigers (12 Mar 2014) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649624 I have felt really sleepy since Monday, and slept during the day on Tuesday. I suspect it was partly having received another perspective on an issue that I have yet to resolve, and partly it may be a bug that is going around. <BR> <BR> <em>52</em> Plan/Prepare <BR> <BR> Meal planning is done, but with the consistent warning in the Fitness Tracker, I may have to up the portion sizes or add more snacks. <BR> <BR> Breakfasts and lunches on early mornings that I work, Wednesday and Friday h... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 06:06:28 EST Spring is Coming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645105 "Spring is Coming" was the weekend challenge for BLC24 weekend just gone. <BR> <BR> Spring is coming somewhere else, Autumn is coming here. But I am looking forward to Autumn, as it is a long hot Summer, and I have plans for rejuvenating my garden throughout the cooler dormant weather. <BR> <BR> Challenge points for my weekend include: <BR> <BR> <em>223</em> S - Social (1 point for every page up to 5 points per day) - 20 <BR> As an introvert, this was a little daunting for me. But it al... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 07:55:17 EST success times two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643335 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1339781797.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Two successes this week: <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> Today I completed the first week of my new exercise schedule, including two new group running sessions and two group mobility and strength fitness sessions. I'm pretty pleased with myself, as these sessions are much higher intensity than I have been doing by myself. <BR> <BR> The first Monday morning running session meant that I needed to be up at 4.45am to be o... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 05:00:01 EST PAWSE for Tenacious Jungle Tigers (5 Mar 2014) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640239 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l438706511.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Only one day at work this week - today! It was a full one, including an early morning to get to my first outdoor exercise class that complements Monday's running session with strength and mobility exercises. <BR> <BR> <em>52</em> Plan/Prepare <BR> <BR> Meal planning is partly done and I'll finish it tomorrow together with the shopping list. Might even go shopping tomorrow Thursday instead of Friday. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 09:29:07 EST in review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637390 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2038245380.jpg"> <BR> <BR> February still feels like it was a tough month, but on reflection there have been many more highs than lows. <BR> <BR> <em>208</em> Earned for the first time my "2,000 Monthly Fitness Minutes" trophy. <BR> <BR> <em>504</em> Celebrated my two year anniversary with SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> <em>185</em> Created an exercise schedule to increase the duration, intensity, and frequency of my fitness minutes. ... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 04:39:00 EST PAWSE for Tenacious Jungle Tigers (26 Feb 2014) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633998 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l781968959.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am having a day off in lieu today, so no bike ride to and from work, but I do have Run Club this afternoon - yippee! <BR> <BR> <em>52</em> Plan/Prepare <BR> <BR> Meal planning is done and I'll finalise the shopping list ready to go shopping on Friday. <BR> <BR> I reviewed my exercise schedule yesterday see <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu<BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=56<BR>33253 </link>... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 04:18:35 EST too much or too little http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633253 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1135891247.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm aiming for my first "SparkPeople 2000 Fitness Minutes in a Month" trophy this month, even though February is a short month. <BR> <BR> Since joining the BLC24, my exercise has increased to approximately 500 minutes per week including my regular exercise schedule and the new Tenacious Jungle Tigers team and BLC24 challenges. <BR> <BR> Prior to the challenge I had maintained or plateaued, so was looking for a w... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 09:19:20 EST BLC24 Ain't No Mountain High Enough Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632228 I got off to a slow start on the challenge due to work commitments, but picked up over Sunday and Monday with full points. <BR> <BR> <em>362</em> Strength training at least 10 minutes a day - 10 points <BR> <em>311</em> Walk outside or inside for at least 15min - 15 points <BR> <em>292</em> Review your SMART Goal & tweak if needed - 5 points <BR> <em>194</em> 6 - 8 glasses of water per day - 20 points <BR> <em>17</em> Breaking a cycle, or habit that is getting in your way - 20... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 07:31:54 EST SMART review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631319 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l153872605.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today, I reviewed the SMART goals prepared for BLC24 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598625 </link> and I need to re-visit them more often. I had forgotten to reward myself! <BR> <BR> <em>207</em> Goals are Specific and Measurable - Still on track to lose 5kg (~11lb) having lost 4.3lb in five weeks. Primarily measuring by weight, but also with a tape, and my ability... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 03:54:18 EST PAWSE for Tenacious Jungle Tigers (19 Feb 2014) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631315 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l463208142.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have just worked four days in three Sunday through Tuesday, continuing with my usual roster of Wednesday through Friday. I have said no to the overtime, that is, I want to take the days of in lieu over the next two weeks. So for the next fortnight, it is agreed that I will only work one day/week. <BR> <BR> <em>52</em> Plan/Prepare <BR> <BR> Meal planning with the kikki.K Meal Planner Pad is going well, and ... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 02:59:28 EST just keep going http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624318 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l831940157.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Fortunately, doing a long run with the Run Club on Saturday morning is something of a habit now and I look forward to it very much. So I ran! <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> <em>204</em> But I have had to give myself a bit of a talking to this morning. <BR> <BR> I found out late yesterday that I didn't get the casual job that I had applied for. I was short-listed, but the reason given that I was listed second was ... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 22:12:48 EST two year anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622505 11 February saw in my two year anniversary with SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> Over the last year I have lost a further 6kg, and a heap of muscle sculpturing centimetres: bust -4.5cm, upper arm -1cm, waist -5.5cm, abdomen -2.0cm, hips -5.5cm, and thigh -3.75cm. <BR> <BR> Two new things happened during the year. <BR> <BR> <em>481</em> Although I always had breakfast, it was usually cereal and fruit with little variation. With the release of The Spark Solution, I started to vary my breakfast and ... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 18:15:15 EST BLC-Wide Weekend Challenge (Week 4) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619119 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1514236061.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This BLC-Wide Weekend Challenge I am going for GOLD in the Olympic Rings Challenge. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> BLUE RING - Water: Drink 8 glasses of water <BR> <BR> <em>401</em> YELLOW RING - Mellow: Complete 5 minutes of stretching or yoga poses <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> BLACK RING - Sleep: Get 7 hours of sleep <BR> <BR> <em>292</em> GREEN RING - Nutrition: Eat IN RANGE <BR> <BR> <em>2... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 01:36:56 EST PAWSE for Tenacious Jungle Tigers (5 Feb 2014) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615704 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l985768246.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>52</em> Plan/Prepare <BR> <BR> I used my kikki.K Meal Planner Pad this week <link>http://www.kikki-k.com/meal-planner-<BR>pad-lets-eat </link> . I have a lot more room now to pencil in each meal. I haven't used the area for snacks, as this is usually a piece of fruit or a previously weighed and measured snack box of nuts - this week brazil nuts. <BR> <BR> What I have recorded in the Meal Planner snack are... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 09:19:13 EST Results for BLC-Wide Weekend Challenge (Week 3) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613789 My results for the 'Past...Present...Future...Success' Weekend Challenge are: <BR> <BR> Past Present Future Success Daily Total <BR> Friday 50 50 20 10 130 <BR> Saturday 50 50 15 0 115 <BR> Sunday 50 50 20 10 130 <BR> Monday 5... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 09:28:06 EST BLC-Wide Weekend Challenge (Week 3) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612716 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1104880944.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The theme for this weekend's challenge is 'Past...Present...Future...Success'. <BR> <BR> <em>52</em> Avoid PAST mistakes ~ Plan Ahead <BR> Earn 50 points for tracking 2 meals and/or snack in advance, and stick to them! <BR> <BR> Easy peasy, as I have a menu plan right through to next Sunday, and have done the shopping for meals up until the weekend. <BR> <BR> <em>550</em> Make PRESENT Choices ~ CI (Ca... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 04:07:29 EST Turbulent Twists Thursday (30 Jan 2014) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609936 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1062302386.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 'Exercise is cheaper than therapy', especially when you are working out at home guided by BeFit90 on YouTube and SparkPeople exercise videos. <BR> <BR> Today is BeFit90 Day 4, so I did my Tenacious Jungle Tiger's Turbulent Twists before the 'Sports Stretch & Flexibiility Workout' section, see: <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7VMK<BR>VQoS-s&list=PLCBA340FF84881228 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>344</em> L... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 08:12:51 EST PAWSE for Tenacious Jungle Tigers (29 Jan 2014) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608998 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2025548165.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Issues at work have consumed me almost 24/7. I say almost, because I am determined that they will not derail me from participating in the BLC with the Tenacious Jungle Tigers. <BR> <BR> <em>52</em> Plan/Prepare <BR> <BR> I have swapped more time-consuming or complicated breakfasts for quick and easy breakfasts on my partner's cycling training mornings. It is so much easier to get out the freezer the night befo... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 09:25:15 EST long weekends with BLC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606884 I like the BLC because every weekend is a long one. It starts on Friday and finishes on Monday. <BR> <BR> This weekend's R E S O L V E results: <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> R is for Record every BLT (bite, lick and taste) (25 pts daily) <BR> <BR> R - 100 points <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> E is for Energize with 20 minutes of intentional fitness (25 pts per 20 minutes, Max. 75 pts = 60 minutes) <BR> <BR> E - 225 points <BR> <BR> Friday 75 points <BR> Saturday 50 points <BR> Sunday 50 points ... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 08:06:23 EST BLC-Wide Weekend Challenge (Week 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605762 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1714514323.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This BLC-Wide Weekend Challenge is to RESOLVE to make a change, that is, a firm determination to do something. <BR> <BR> I am determined, although I have been called stubborn. Some people have referred to me as a terrier, that is, I won't let go. <em>246</em> Which is one of the reasons I joined the Tenacious Jungle Tigers. In any future discussions about the 'terrier principle', I will tell them I'm now a Ten... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 23:49:53 EST Turbulent Twists Thursday (23 Jan 2014) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604765 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l535782987.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thursday was emotionally turbulent, and while I feel that I have arose above it, I was absolutely mentally exhausted. It was a really weird feeling. I know I wasn't physically tired, because despite the heat I was sleeping and hadn't done more than the usual exercise - but I felt my body was just going through the motions of staying upright, walking, sitting down to have tea etc. It was like moving through treacle.... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 21:16:49 EST sticking up for myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603129 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l253880792.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today, or perhaps the day, marked the time for the last three weeks, that I stuck up for myself. <BR> <BR> I have an issue or issues at work, and although it has been really really difficult, at times I feel that I have not managed it well, but I have been resolute. <BR> <BR> I'm a grown up. I realise that life is not fair. I know that 'things' cannot always be resolved how I want. <BR> <BR> But what is empower... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 08:56:58 EST PAWSE for Tenacious Jungle Tigers (22 Jan 2014) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602009 It is our 31st wedding anniversary today, so my PAWSE will be brief. Based on the success of the first week, I will be doing more of the same. If it ain't broke, don't fix it! <BR> <BR> <em>52</em> Plan/Prepare <BR> <BR> Will be preparing a weekly menu plan for shopping on Friday evening or Saturday morning. <BR> <BR> This week, I will be swapping from the Simple Savings <link>www.simplesavings.com.au/ </link> calendar to the meal planner that I got from kikki.K. <BR> <BR> Exercise m... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 08:03:50 EST BLC-Wide Weekend Challenge (Week 1) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600407 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l389490770.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I did it - 500 points earned for the team. ROAR! <em>241</em> And the best thing is, I feel that I can keep practising these new habits or behaviours, having just spent only the last four days doing them. <BR> <BR> <em>203</em> 2 - SMART goals written down and posted (100 points) <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598625 </link> Writing down and feeling that I can ... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 18:00:39 EST get SMART with BLC24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598625 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l445555023.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My goal for 2014 is that every day I will do something that will inch me closer to a better tomorrow. <BR> <BR> This is a personalised version of "Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.", a quote attributed to Doug Firebaugh. <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> Rising to the BLC-Wide Weekend Challenge from Friday to Monday (tomorrow), I decided to: <BR> <BR> 2 - 2 be your best in 2014: Turn m... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 06:30:33 EST Turbulent Twists Thursday (16 Jan 2014) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595662 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l204023130.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Phew! Tenacious Jungle Tigers' Turbulent Twists completed. <em>320</em> <BR> <BR> Having rediscovered the deck of cards that I got as a memento from the Burswood Casino (as it was known then), I opened them for the first time. They had been sealed, having been checked and a hole punched through the deck - something to do with used cards being retired from play. <BR> <BR> Anyway, turning over three cards at a t... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 09:13:00 EST PAWSE for Tenacious Jungle Tigers (15 Jan 2014) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594437 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l746270657.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>52</em> Plan/Prepare <BR> <BR> I usually prepare a weekly menu plan on Friday afternoon, for shopping in the evening or Saturday morning. Starting today with BLC24 in the Tenacious Jungle Tigers team, I will prepare the weekly menu plan through to the following Friday. This means, when I go shopping on Friday, it is already done - bonus. I can't/don't want to change shopping day as I need to fit in with my ... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 08:30:44 EST Jungle ABC's of ME (BLC24) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590721 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1756030481.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ROAR!! BLC24 is imminent, and I have been accepted into the Tenacious Jungle Tigers team. Woo hoo! Twelve weeks of focus, food and fitness is just what I need to go the other half. <BR> <BR> <em>105</em> A is for ABOVE and BEYOND <BR> <BR> Competition and challenges, with a dash of accountability gives me an extra push. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> B is for BLC rounds. <BR> <BR> First BLC round, and I'm excite... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 22:34:33 EST evaluating goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584004 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l654114501.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I can do it. Just have to make my mind up - to do it. <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> Do what? I'm not sure what my ideal weight, healthy weight, or even happy weight is anymore. <BR> <BR> I think I'll just keep going according to my original goals, which means I'm half way. <em>207</em> <BR> <BR> <em>504</em> My two year Spark anniversary is on 11 February, four weeks into the 12 week Biggest Loser Challenge (BL... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 08:48:37 EST summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583918 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l843671740.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The last time I wrote it was the beginning of Spring, see <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5472890 </link> <BR> <BR> September through November, was hard. But there were some good outcomes, even if I could not anticipate or see them then. <BR> <BR> I completed three units at uni while having a viral infection, followed by a chest infection. Not being able to breathe an... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 07:16:02 EST spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5472890 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1804363279.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The first day of September is officially the beginning of spring in Australia. However, it appears to have come early this year, as most of my spring flowering bulbs have been out for several weeks, and the Gingko Biloba tree pushed its first leaves a couple of weeks ago. <BR> <BR> Also, most of the rose bushes have all their leaves and developing rose buds. So it looks like I'm going to have rose flowers early t... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 20:00:11 EST 18 months http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451604 As of yesterday, it is my SparkPeople 18 month anniversary, and here I am, 18 months down the track. I have lost 10kg which includes: <BR> <BR> bust -9.5 cm <BR> waist -4 cm <BR> hips -11.5 cm <BR> <BR> Overall, this means I have gone down two clothes sizes. <BR> <BR> I'm actually not bothered so much about the number on the scale. I would just like my waist measurement to fit with the "Measure Up" guidelines, see: <link>www.measureup.gov.au/internet/abhi/p<BR>ublishing.nsf/Content/Weigh... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 10:12:59 EST weight and shape http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5426763 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1353115172.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Down 900g (The Spark Solution breakfasts ?), alcohol units 12 (over the week - but still too much), calorie range days 4, gratitude 3 (partner lighting the fire before he goes out, cloudless sky and still cool morning bicycle rides to work, doing whole Pilates class mindfully and with good form). <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> My weigh in this morning showed that I had lost 900g, to reach the total of 10 kg lost to da... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 19:58:43 EST let them go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420439 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l914351673.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Up 300g (expected this - chartering new ground, not been this weight for many many years), alcohol units 10, calorie range days 6, gratitude 3 (seeing the morning winter sun on Autumn coloured leaves, offered and accepted assistance to prune the rose bushes, smell of herbs in the garden when I trampled on them). <BR> <BR> Ah-ha moment this week is sort of described in the quote that I found; "Keep people in your ... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 06:42:44 EST not so smarties http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412140 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1167988141.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Things have been a little topsy turvy the last few weeks. I've been very unwell and my last pet cat of 20 years was euthanased. 'Last' as in I have had pets all my life until now, and I have agreed to be pet less or pet free, however you want to say it. Interestingly, I wasn't asked for how long ... But I have some travelling ahead of me within the next 18 months, as I want to conduct my research project either in... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 08:11:43 EST me me me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402213 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l231363417.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The last few days have been tough. Involving lots of tears at times both explained and unexplained. <BR> <BR> Looking back, the last six months have been difficult. But I had not realised how difficult they were becoming until the last few days. I guess it was a case of managing, coping, and then not managing or coping. <BR> <BR> Shelby, our cat of nearly 20 years was euthanased on Monday. In a couple of days tim... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 09:27:10 EST daily challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398839 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1972895367.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today's challenge has and still is to be with my old puss and make her as comfortable as I can before taking her to the vet to be enthanased in the morning. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Old puss is not going to get well, and similar to the quote "Today's progress is determined by yesterday's choices", I chose yesterday to not put her in hospital over the weekend, but I did expect the vet to ring yesterday afternoon ... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 06:05:25 EST happy and sad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398099 Down 800g (I think I worried it off), alcohol units 6 (celebrating feeling better and toasting to difficult decisions), calorie range days 7, gratitude 3 (watching a pelican fishing and eating on my way to work, being able to stock the fridge and pantry with food for the coming week, doing the best I can for old puss). <BR> <BR> I broke my streak today <em>39</em> It was to be the eighth day. I only got to drink three glasses of water at the time of writing and no fitness minutes. <BR> ... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 09:05:29 EST first things first http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5397218 Breakfast, the first meal of the day. <BR> <BR> I am somewhat habitual, or you could say predictable or boring in that once I find something to my liking, I continue with it. For months I have been eating All-bran, banana and skim milk. Until, I got my copy of 'The Spark Solution'. <BR> <BR> Although I am going to join 'The Spark Solution' Summer Challenge <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=join_the_spark_solution_summer_chal<BR>lenge_and_win_prizes_while_you_lose_weight </l... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 10:16:48 EST happiness and gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396138 At the beginning of the year, kikki.K launched the Happiness Project. I have not participated much except to download the monthly computer desktop. So far, I have enjoyed all of them. <BR> <BR> The June desktop reads "I have decided to be happy because it is good for my health", which is a quote from Voltaire. <BR> <BR> I have read that there is a link between happiness and gratitude. Certainly when I practise gratitude, I do feel happier. But the reverse is often not true, when I'm unhappy... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 09:46:39 EST I heat up, I can't cool down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5394902 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2005073542.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Not quite like the Steve Miller Band in Abracadabra: <BR> <BR> "I heat up, I can't cool down <BR> You got me spinnin' <BR> 'Round and 'round 'Round and 'round and 'round it goes <BR> Where it stops nobody knows" <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWThDiAW8ng </link> <BR> <BR> I have been reflecting on warming up, stretching and cooling down as part of my exercise sessions. <BR> <BR> <em>332</em> C... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 08:33:20 EST mindful enjoyment of food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392980 Day 4 of my streak saw me struggling to get into the calorie range again. The meals in The Spark Solution sure are filling (I forget to snack!). I walked to and from the shops so got in two 15 minute walks. Eight hours sleep last night mostly uninterrupted, and one and half glasses of water to drink before bedtime. Self care included quietly getting ready to go to work tomorrow after two weeks away - ensure I had ingredients ready to pack lunches for the next three days. <BR> <BR> <em>17</e... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 06:20:20 EST at the top http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5391714 Today I was challenged to eat at the top of my calorie range. I got within 13 calories of the upper end. But I had to eat a piece of Fry's Chocolate Turkish Delight to get there <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Day 3 of my streak went well. Food within calorie range thanks to Day 14 of The Spark Solution and one chocolate, 10 fitness minutes (albeit slow and steady), one more glass of water to drink before bedtime, nine and half hours sleep (only woke three times), and staying warm to control my co... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 09:03:33 EST salad days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390691 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1251770025.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "These are my salad days, slowly being eaten away." --- "Gold", Spandau Ballet <BR> <BR> Eat a healthy salad is the challenge today. <BR> <BR> My usual salads are probably not 100 calories. More? No! <BR> <BR> I don't use dressing or cheese. <BR> <BR> The recommended salad is: <BR> <BR> <em>368</em> 1-2 cups low-calorie lettuce and vegetables, such as Romaine or leafy greens, onion, radishes, carrot, celery... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 10:25:54 EST day one and a pep talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389864 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1381543843.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Up 300g (probably due to the sugar hit from a packet of The Natural Food Company Snakes), alcohol units 0 (alcohol and antibiotics are not a good combination), calorie range days 5 (ate Snakes over two nights), gratitude 4 (Dad bringing me frangipani and sage plants, second lot of forte antibiotics kicking in, side of lamb from brother's number one son, freezer full of pre-cooked meals ). <BR> <BR> <em>102</em>... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 10:43:55 EST 50 pushups and feeling good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5388643 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l319299925.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday's challenge was to do 50 pushups. Not all at once I might add, but throughout the day. <BR> <BR> There was no way I was going to be face down for any sort of pushup, so wrote that challenge off - until today. <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> I found you can do wall pushups, so I have done twenty in two sets of ten. See <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercis<BR>es.asp?exercise=108 </link> <BR> <BR> T... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 03:38:21 EST