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How did I do?

Monday, October 13, 2014      5 comments

Many thanks to those of you who commented on my last blog, offering me support and encouragement. Next time I think I should post my blog earlier so that I can read your replies and take them with me as added incentive to stick to my resolve ins... Read more

Preparing for Temptation

Saturday, October 11, 2014      7 comments

I'm going to be spending 12-15 hours today preparing and serving food at a checkpoint for a long-distance challenge run today. I had entered the race and really wanted to do it but injury problems have prevented me so I offered to help out inste... Read more

Effort and discouragement

Saturday, September 27, 2014      5 comments

I was excited at the prospect of the 5% Fall Challenge - here was an opportunity to get out of a bit of a rut and finally lose some of my excess fat. So, I planned my menus, decided on my exercise regime, measured and tracked, drank my wate... Read more

Facing a week without Sparking

Friday, August 08, 2014      4 comments

I'm going on holiday to Scotland tomorrow and won't have internet access for the week. Last time this happened I felt really bad about failing to Spark - I mean REALLY bad! This made me realise that I'd become obsessive about Sparking such that ... Read more

I hope you don't mind, but...

Thursday, June 26, 2014      8 comments

... I've taken a major step back in terms of Spark stuff. I don't know if you had noticed, but I have been largely absent from SparkLand since just before Easter. It's not something I'm particularly happy about - I miss my Spark Friend... Read more

Happy Birthday to Me!

Friday, April 04, 2014      8 comments

Three years ago yesterday Conan dropped the bombshell that he was leaving. Needless to say, I didn't celebrate my birthday the next day, or the next year, or the year after that. This year I thought I was going to be spending the evening on... Read more

I'm heading Down Under

Friday, September 13, 2013      12 comments

I'm going to visit my uncle in Tasmania (you know - the island off the south of Australia?) tomorrow (Saturday 14th September) for three weeks. I'm a bit nervous about going all that way (one train ride and three different planes) on my own and ... Read more

Two steps forward, one (big) step back

Tuesday, July 23, 2013      12 comments

I was delighted to run for 40 minutes on Saturday - the most I'd done since breaking my ankle at the end of January. As I was still feeling good on Sunday I walked briskly up a local hill and back, taking 1hr 25 minutes. This is far less than I ... Read more

Strategies for success

Saturday, July 20, 2013      4 comments

In preparation for the Summer 5% Challenge, today's assignment was to list some of the reasons our weightloss and exercise plans have failed in the past and what we will do differently this time. Here are mine: 1. Enforced inactivity d... Read more

The Spring into Summer 5% Challenge is over

Sunday, July 07, 2013      8 comments

Well, I did it - I got through all eight weeks of the 5% Challenge and tracked my nutrition and exercise, amassed Live the Goodlife points for the team and tried to keep in touch with other team-mates and encourage them. Did I lose 5% of my... Read more

June goals

Saturday, June 01, 2013      10 comments

Until now, my main goal has always been to lose weight. Whilst I still really want to do that, I have found that basing 'success' entirely on what the scale says is very demoralising and ultimately, unhelpful. So, my goals for June are: 1... Read more


Saturday, May 25, 2013      13 comments

Today's weigh-in was very disappointing - not only have I not lost weight, but I've actually gained some. This seems very unfair because I've worked hard at staying within my calorie range ALL WEEK! - a big achievement for me. However, I'... Read more

Trying a different tack

Monday, May 20, 2013      10 comments

Despite my efforts, I don't seem to have been making any progress, so I've decided to try something a bit different. Today I stuck a chart on the fridge door listing the goals for this week: Get to work by 9am (extra point for getting ... Read more

On the mend

Sunday, March 10, 2013      14 comments

It's been six weeks now since I broke my leg. I'd been hoping I might get the plaster cast removed when I attended the fracture clinic on Friday, but unfortunately, the bone isn't healing very well so I had a new cast put on instead and was told... Read more

I don't have to blog today!

Saturday, March 09, 2013      12 comments

Now that we're on to a new week in the Winter 5% Challenge, I no longer have to blog every day to earn LTGL points for my Awesome A Team. That's a relief! So what am I doing here in Blog Land then? Well, the main reason is to say a ve... Read more

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