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2 Year Smoking Quit (Saturday 6th Feb 2010)!

Monday, February 08, 2010      14 comments

All I can say is "Who'd a thunk it?"!! I feel so much better - I no longer smell like an ashtray, I can walk up 3 flights of stairs to work without collapsing in a heap, I don't feel worried about my health or guilty all the time, there are... Read more

My SECOND SparkPeople anniversary (11nov09) - THANK YOU S.P.!

Monday, November 16, 2009      5 comments

Two years ago, I joined SparkPeople. I weighed 166lbs. I had recently separated from my husband and I was in debt up to my eyeballs. Not good. Today, I weigh 155lbs, I've lost 11lbs - it's not exactly earth-shattering, but my time with Spar... Read more

Update on my Halloween Challenge

Friday, October 16, 2009      4 comments

On the 30-Somethings Team, we've started a "Lose 10lbs by Haloween" Challenge, so I've signed up. Here are my stats:- Starting Weight Monday, August 31: 159 Goal weight Monday, September 7: 157 Actual Weight Monday, September ... Read more

Motivation!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009      4 comments

It's just so weird. Usually I need to drag myself off the couch to go for a walk, but for the past week or two I've been really motivated. I'm going to Portugal on vacation next week, so I'm really hoping I can keep up the momentum while I'm awa... Read more

Looks like it was just an increase in my salt levels & water retention

Tuesday, September 08, 2009      1 comments

Well, this morning the scales read 158.4, so the weekend's debauchery wasn't as bad as I thought. I nearly got a heart attack yesterday when I saw 161.9 on the scales.... I went for a nice long walk after dinner last night - I just got home... Read more

Piled on 4.3lbs in 3 days!!! YIKES!

Monday, September 07, 2009      4 comments

Last Friday I was 157.6lbs. Today I'm 161.9lbs. HELP! I fell off the wagon spectacularly! Friday - lots of food and loads of beer (friend's birthday) Saturday - tons of food and loads of beer (wedding) Sunday - roast lunch, greasy... Read more

Halloween Challenge

Wednesday, September 02, 2009      2 comments

On the 30-Somethings Team, we've started a "Lose 10lbs by Haloween" Challenge, so I've signed up. Here are my stats:- Starting Weight Monday, August 31: 159 Goal weight Monday, September 7: 157 Actual Weight Monday, September ... Read more

18 months smoke-free!

Thursday, August 06, 2009      10 comments

The freedom is unbelievable - I feel 100% healthier & fitter, a little richer, more optimistic, and so proud of myself. --- 1y 6m 11 hrs 54 mins smoke-free 8,210 ... Read more

Big birthdays....

Tuesday, April 28, 2009      4 comments

I hit a milestone birthday last Thursday (the, ahem, big four-oh) and, for my prezzie, my BF whisked me off to Rome for the weekend. I nearly died of shock when he handed me the tickets. I doubly nearly died of shock when I saw the date. All ... Read more

Maria the (ahem) jogger??

Wednesday, March 04, 2009      4 comments

My nutty (super-fit) Irish buddy, Ellen, lives in Colorado. A few of us will be turning 40 this year and she wants to come back and mark the occasion in a special way. Her notion of "special" is to enter herself and four others innocents as a... Read more

BERLIN TRIP!

Saturday, February 28, 2009      6 comments

I'm FINALLY getting around to telling you about my Berlin trip (two weeks later!). Arrived at 10am, it was snowing and f-f-f-freezing. Got to the hotel, checked in and d... Read more

I DID IT!!!! TA-DAAAAH! ONE YEAR QUIT!!!

Friday, February 06, 2009      8 comments

Well, I did it and I'm heading to Berlin in Germany next Tuesday for 5 nights to celebrate! WOO HOOOOOOOO!!!! ... Read more

OLD AGE!

Sunday, January 11, 2009      5 comments

I'm falling apart! AAAGH! Last Wednesday, my right foot started hurting. Next morning I couldn't put any weight on it and the side of my foot was bruised. I have no idea what happened, maybe it was from my sudden return to walking. I've bee... Read more

Back on track after the Christmas debauchery!

Wednesday, January 07, 2009      6 comments

I'm slowly getting back on the wagon, it was pretty difficult after all the excesses of Christmas, but I just HAD to do it. I went for a lovely lunchtime walk yesterday and a brisk walk in the frost after dinner last night. It really woke me up... Read more

Eleven months quit!!!

Tuesday, January 06, 2009      5 comments

Woo hoo!!! Another month down and only one to go before I'm a whole year quit!! I've tipped off my life insurance company already, can't wait for my premium to be HALV... Read more


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