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Pampering without overeating - is this possible?

Monday, April 02, 2012      6 comments

I have given myself a treat - a few days away at a spa for time to relaz, and treat my body to some well earned massage treatments. What I didn't anticipate was the food I would encounter on this trip. I've just returned from dinner at their r... Read more

Happy to be back with the Shooting Stars!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012      7 comments

I have missed being accountable to a group when it comes to exercising. I hadn't realized how much it helps me to do a bit of exercise each day when I know it's leading towards a greater goal. Even if it is an imaginary destination, this group e... Read more

6 months with sparkpeople - reflection time!!

Saturday, March 03, 2012      3 comments

This is a special marker for me because I spent three months reaching my goal weight and have now spent three months in maintenance mode. I have still lost weight whilst maintaining, but much more slowly. These last three months have felt more l... Read more

Out with the old.

Sunday, February 19, 2012      3 comments

On Friday night I staged a bit of a fashion parade. I emptied all my clothes out onto the bed and began trying them on, one by one. I had asked my DH if he would mind being my second eyes because I knew that there would be some outfits I was emo... Read more

Denial vs acceptance

Wednesday, February 15, 2012      4 comments

Last Friday I went and bought a brand new pair of trousers. My current pair of 'work' trousers has been falling off me for about two months and I felt it was time to take the plunge and commit to my new figure by buying clothes for it. I've b... Read more

A healthier Valentines Day: some recipes and ideas

Saturday, February 11, 2012      4 comments

Yes, I'm cooking for Valentines Day - out of choice!!!! I thought it would be romantic to decorate our table properly, light plenty of candles and serve something a bit more nutritious than we would probably enjoy at the restaurant. I... Read more

What the exercise instructors teach me

Monday, February 06, 2012      5 comments

I've just experienced Jillian Michaels for the first time and I'm impressed!! Her training style of combining strength and cardio is not new to me. There is a similar class at my gym that I go to and really enjoy. What makes her special is... Read more

Carrot sticks - my new favourite life saving snack!

Friday, February 03, 2012      5 comments

Life saving may be a bit of over kill here, i know, but, when it comes to 4pm snack time, things have been getting a bit desperate for me, and these little orange batons have provided me with a snack that has the sweetness of a cookie or chocola... Read more

The first big maintenance stress test.....

Saturday, January 28, 2012      4 comments

They say that the Chinese year of the Dragon is a year full of good luck, but it must also be the year of lighting fires under your backside to get you running because January has been anything but relaxing! My ticker tells me that I am now... Read more

5% challenge: Habit #4

Thursday, January 19, 2012      5 comments

Faith. The last two days have been so intense for me. in fact today has been an extreme roller coaster - one of those days where it ends and I find myself thinking, what just happened? So I'm writing this in a bit of a frail state, and th... Read more

5% challenge: Habit #3

Tuesday, January 17, 2012      10 comments

Celebrations!! I've just read through quite a few blogs and done all the commenting needed to get those points for my time (this is a tough challenge this time round - I think we need another 'me time' one!!!) and found myself thinking how won... Read more

5% challenge: Habit #2

Monday, January 16, 2012      6 comments

I've been spending a lot of time thinking about my food choices just recently. I keep wondering if my grocery list has really transformed itself into that of a healthy person or if it's simply because I'm eating much smaller portions of everythi... Read more

Winter 5% challenge: Habit #1

Sunday, January 15, 2012      8 comments

There are a few habits that I've been trying to introduce over the last two weeks that have not been going as well as planned, but the habit I want to write about is one that I started, but then stopped doing over Christmas: Waking up early for ... Read more

My nutrition blind spot - milk chocolate boxes

Tuesday, January 10, 2012      4 comments

I'm doing this as part of my spark diet plan in stage three - writing about a trouble goal. This is not so much a goal as it is an area of my diet that has taken a terrible beating since Christmas and the surprisingly large amount of boxes of ch... Read more

Maintenance week three - have you lost weight?

Saturday, January 07, 2012      8 comments

With the return to work after the holidays it seems everyone has started noticing that I have lost weight - many people thinking I managed to shed all this weight over the holidays! I've even had a few people take me aside to check that everythi... Read more


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