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feeling a bit low today.. but thats okay.

Thursday, June 21, 2012      3 comments

Last night was a funny night... my 4th night with poor sleep, and you can guess I was grumpy, I started crying (alone) and getting worried about being an elderly woman one day without hips that I can rely on. I suppose it was just the pain a... Read more

Injury... help I need ideas! :D

Thursday, June 21, 2012      2 comments

Last night, My third night in a row with trouble sleeping, I got up and played on Spark a bit, and signed up for the 5km fun run.... Later in bed.. thinking over my run the day before (around the block) and how injured I was from simply that, I ... Read more

What I have learnt in my first month on Spark - Big entry :D

Wednesday, June 20, 2012      3 comments

how it all started: 515515515515515 earlier this year, i signed up to be someones guinea pig in their phd study, for 'motivation for exercise" i thought-- i hate exercise, wouldn't it be _awesome_ if i could love it?? - this person, whoever it is, will have their work cut out for them with me!! david, the very fit and very hot phd student, talked to me about mini goals, times i used to love exercise/sport etc.. and somehow got me thinking about things i love... so i promised i would play frisbee that week. and i did.. and i got running around the hills and it was fun... but obviously, one 30 minute run around, isn't gonna get me healthy (yes i only did it once) and somehow i just started naturally researching things.. trying things.. came across spark people.. i remembered i had looked at it about... seven?? years ago, and had not really signed up or anything - but i thought ohh! .. then i thought..... oooooh! then i started seeing other peoples pages and i was hooked (i don't think we had our own pages way back then).. i think.. seeing curvy girls.. doing something proactive for their health. really impacted on me. (especially the done girls group). the info on spark also got me thinking along the same lines as david did... mini goals, gradual progress.. persistence i suppose??? just taking one thing and applying it each day.. that's really what i started doing. what i find kinda funny is if you look at my earlier blog pieces, i was quite open about loving my body as it was and yet.......... i wouldn't put photos online. that seems a bit askew. defensive almost... david asked me what de-motivated me, it was a very important conversation; the words "losing weight" are awful. the words "gaining health" are great :d but one other thing we really isolated was injury as the main reason i didn't exercise (as it would impact on my joints) this lead to several purchases and new techniques, i bought a exercise bike (and set up a gym) bought yoga/pilates set with stretch band, bought zumba exhilarate.. none of that really gelled with me... but more recently jillian - body revolution.. and she just blows everything out of the water. she fires me up like no one or no other thing has ever done before... (with the exception of dancing all night to concord dawn). i can't even explain it.. but some how... she has got me loving being drenched in sweat.. bright pink, and having aching muscles.... cos i think my thinking has changed: i think.. sweat = fat melting pink = stronger heart aching = building muscles, that will look lean and burn fat. i think that's actually probably the main ingredient to this whole "i hate exercise" to "i love exercise" change.... is the internal thinking - nothing else. one thing i really had to get my hands on was my depression, i talked to my doctor and counselor and they both agreed i should have been on anti depressants already... i'm very cautious with them. but i knew things were getting bad.. i had not left the house in months for example. cut all my friendships.... was struggling in my business class.. even to simply attend. so yeah i got that sorted.. and i actually feel normal again, but what i did not realise it has a huge effect on my energy and being able to move about!! a month ago i did 6 solid hours of vigorous house work.. - not at all possible before medication! i think i'm talking too much i'll shorten it down: what worked: getting my medication right (i also take 1/4 iron tablet, multi vitamin and a fish oil). buying workout clothes that i love to wear. to keep trying lots of things.. i did so much.. i made an inspirational video, a vision board, a gym, a shelf, kept a health journal, talked to people about it... i collected dvds, - my challenge was to find something that i could do self motivated, at home. also i had never counted calories before and the tracker here on spark has been very information!! . altho i don't use the meal plan, i found out i was typically eating 1200 calories a day..... i found this very upsetting/ alarming... last night i calculated my basal metabolic rate (what you need to survive if you were in bed all day) this is 1500 calories for me... so ... um.. yes i was having trouble losing weight.. my poor body has been in starvation. sadly, i can see that being overweight since 19, and people criticizing me ever since and accusing me of over eating (as the uneducated so often do) i think i developed a subconscious anorexia. - i am slowly learning to eat more. i eventually noticed that not making an effort to cook a proper lunch (like a dinner) was my downfall, i've started this.. and what do you know.. it stops the snacking on sugary things! i still get hit with carb cravings .. don't know why. but i'll figure it out. - if you have any information please leave a comment :d i think.... since it's my first month anniversary... i might just share a present with you... i'll see if i can convert it to a .jpg.. - notice the heading..... it's like a mantra to make it a priority in your life.. (working on your subconscious) it's actually been working.
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Biggest Loser - Kitty

Monday, June 18, 2012      1 comments

Last night Boyfriend and I watched a recording I had of Biggest Loser, it was the final four episode where they dropped the weight bit by bit per week they lost it, I said t... Read more

Loving Exercise!

Sunday, June 17, 2012      2 comments

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh haha!! I was doing NO exercise.. worse than that.. I wasn't even doing house work and I would get my partner to fetch me things around the house - in the evening. Not anymore! I am loving exercise! Read more

Working out at home!!

Thursday, June 14, 2012      0 comments

Last week I bought a .. latex stretchy fitness band thing.. I dunno the name of it, but! It came with a DVD, and it was a 40 minute one. Yesterday I attempted the Bob Harper dvd on strength training and after 10 minutes started coughing so mu... Read more

feeling good :)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012      0 comments

Hahah... I got the Bob Harper DVD from Amazon... and oh my god. He is as hard as I imagined!! haha. I thought ok.. I will give one of these 60 min dvd's a go, 10 minutes into it I was coughing up and not far from puking, he's awesome... Read more

snow!!! [pic] - 6 june

Tuesday, June 05, 2012      2 comments

Yay it's snowing!!! It doesn't snow here very much... last year was the first time I ever made a snow man, infact.. we made 4, a snow couch and an igloo hahah.. we had ... Read more

1 June

Thursday, May 31, 2012      2 comments

I'm a very happy girl today... which is unfamiliar to me - it must be the new anti depressants. I'm enjoying the sunshine and I'm pleased a friend rang me and we had a laugh.. and I'm feeling hopeful about spark... How funny cos just yesterday I... Read more

31 May - why I'm overweight.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012      1 comments

I'm in a funny sort of mood... I feel both positive and negative feelings towards working out/ weight loss / spark etc. I think for the purpose of this blog.. I want to explore why I might feel any...resistance towards being healthy - try t... Read more

Putting the fun into fitness - and other motivation!

Thursday, May 17, 2012      2 comments

yay this is my creative page!! I love lots of graphics and songs and things when it comes to motivation! I suppose the easiest way is to talk about my goal.. and some mi... Read more

About Kitty

Thursday, May 17, 2012      1 comments

A bit about me: My real name is Carissa, and I'm happy to be friends on face book if you like, just private message me. I use it every day... although I'm starting to use Spark every day too. hehe. I grew up in a rural area of New Ze... Read more

Eating Organic - and why we ought to!

Thursday, May 17, 2012      0 comments

17th May - Thu, 2012. Mmm veges. Well, first of all I switched over to Organic food this week.. The carrot was soooo sweet!! (which I bought in a local market from ... Read more

Coping with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (+Weight Loss)

Thursday, May 17, 2012      0 comments

Videos on what PCOS is: http://www.youtube.com/watch
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ated (visual on what it is) http://www.youtube.com/watch
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ated (management) I read something last night that s... Read more

Hello from Happy Kitty NZ

Thursday, May 10, 2012      1 comments

Hi Everyone! I don't know if happy kitty would be the exact right name to describe me.. in truth I suffer depression at times... low energy.. I've been anemic all my life. so maybe not.. BUT! I have recently been working with a PHD student f... Read more


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