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A fresh start: 2013 Fall 5% challenge

Wednesday, October 02, 2013      10 comments

I need a fresh lifestyle start, to accompany and help smooth out the big change in my life: after almost 5 yeard in China where I had friends, a life, a nice flat, an enjoyable and steady job... I moved back to France, where I need to build all ... Read more

Fall 5% challenge commitment

Friday, September 21, 2012      3 comments

And... I'm back for my 5th 5% challenge! 5th one already, who would have thought?... For the 8 weeks of the Fall challenge I commit to: - eating and cooking healthy, mostly vegan food - exercising a minimum of 10 mns a day as an ongoing... Read more

Summer update

Thursday, August 16, 2012      6 comments

Hello Sparkies! A quick update before going away to the Pays Basque (a region in France's south-west) for a week... When I left China and headed back to France for the summer holidays (I teach in a university.... lllooonnnggg holidays ;-)... Read more

A few steps back is NOT quitting

Friday, June 08, 2012      19 comments

No, I did not quit. No, I did not give up. But did I slow down? Yes. Did I take a few steps back? Yes. Did I slide? Yes. Did the world end? No emoticonRead more

May (Mighty in mAny waYs)

Wednesday, May 02, 2012      7 comments

My "taking it one week at a time" seems to be working fine for me. Last week was "tracking" and "curbing the emotional eating", and I've got that under control now. This week is "starting the Mighty hundreds" = building up to 100 push ups, ... Read more

changing course

Tuesday, April 24, 2012      20 comments

The time has finally come: I am totally revamping my goals. It'd been building up for the last few weeks, I just wasn't too sure, it felt like I was in a slump and needed a way out... And then today, the final sign came to me, in the form o... Read more

Double relaxation

Wednesday, April 04, 2012      15 comments

Hi Sparkies ;-) as I've been a bit pushed for time lately, I finally decided to try out a piece of advice often given here on SP: exercise when you watch TV. And guess what? It works! I call it "double relaxation": I relax by watching w... Read more

Spring 5%: assignments and commitment

Wednesday, March 14, 2012      8 comments

Are you ready? Cos' it's "time to get extreme, baby" emoticon Read more

Setting goals for March

Saturday, March 03, 2012      14 comments

My goals for March: - go from 71 kgs to 67 kgs by the end of the month (ambitious!...) - complete weeks 1, 2 and 3 of ChaLene Extreme Phase 1 - eat A MINIMUM of 5 freggies a day - Minimum 5000 steps a day (as per my pedometer) - fin... Read more

bear images

Wednesday, February 22, 2012      14 comments

Hi Teddies and Sparkies :-) Now, I don't think we can use those for the Spring challenge, but I'm sharing, because I found them cute :-) Have a great day! Don't th... Read more

Your opinion, Sparkies?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012      16 comments

Hi Sparkies :-) Here's my question: in your opinion, is it REALLY better to have a PLAN? I don't have a plan. As in, I've made one (several times over, even!) and/but I don't follow it. That means most days I decide on the spur of the ... Read more

Time to get started (again)

Monday, February 13, 2012      15 comments

I'm BACK! I've been away 5 weeks, 5 weeks of sun and sea and fun, and awe at the temples of Angkor (Cambodia). I didn't manage to lose weight during my holidays, but I managed not to gain either, despite wildly erratic eating schedules and cho... Read more

Holidays, sweet holidays

Sunday, January 08, 2012      18 comments

That's it! I'm off to Thailand tomorrow emoticon I have packed my bag and cleaned the flat, made all the arrangemen... Read more

My word for 2012

Sunday, January 01, 2012      22 comments

I've found my word for 2012: STEADY. Steady, for what it means to me: - steady through my new found lifestyle and good habits - steady in temper and motivation - steady in my studies No more "getting thrown" by "life happening" :-)... Read more

A Christmas positive for a negative (personal stuff, again)

Sunday, December 25, 2011      27 comments

Thank you Spark Friends, you encourage me to exercise when I don't feel like it, to give away my chocolates when I want to eat them all by myself ;-) and to reflect upon this journey with honesty. I found this blog today, and it struck a chor... Read more


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