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Cheers for 2014, and cheerio

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Dear SP friends..

We spent some time in Brisbane visiting our daughter.

Was a lovely time. My heart stayed there. emoticon

(My daughter & I having some fun on the beach. emoticon emoticon )

Back in the Mid-East I've already forgotten we were away. We've just celebrated Christmas, and in my end-of-year time off, I've also tried to organize cupboards, shelves, sort stuff, clean, wash curtains etc. In short, I'm exhausted before the year begins, but at least it begins on a clean, tidy, note! emoticon

After some serious thought, I've decided to exit from SP for 2014. emoticon I will be sad not to see the stories and keep up to date with my lovely 'virtual' friends. emoticon However, this year is make or break for year of studying for my Library degree, and I am going to be snowed under! Just snowed under, esp with cataloguing and classification. Two TOUGH subjects! My family will be getting take-out a lot, I think! Well, if I organize my time, maybe not. So, one of the things I'm sacrificing, is SP. I just won't have the time to spend on it, to really make it work for me, or be a support for friends.

SO, I wish you all a wonderful New Year, blessed with health, good weight loss/weight control, injury free exercise that is FUN, and above all, peace that passes all understanding. emoticon emoticon

I'm in a routine of walking every day, and exercising 3x per week, and I SHALL NOT STOP! I will eat sensibly, and hopefully return to SP at the end of the year having lost weight, or at least, having maintained. I will then pick up from where I left off, and hopefully you'll forgive me for being away. :)

Do take care.
Best wishes to all. Cheerio. emoticon

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 12/29/2013 8:04AM

    I got a lump in my throat reading this! I'm so sorry you are leaving but I understand completely. Yes, those two subjects in particular would be demanding ( I work as a library technician)

Are you closing out your Spark account?

Good luck, my dear friend and know you will be missed...a lot!

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Skinny jeans on hold...but hey, the plateau is broken!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Hi SP friends...

The skinny jeans challenge is on hold. emoticon In fact, I'll have to start all over again. emoticon That pulled thigh muscle has dictated my activity levels...not to mention what exam stress does to me either. emoticon However, I'll be back in full soon. I'm determined. emoticon

I was so excited last week to see that I have broken through the plateau I have been on for the last 4 months. emoticon Really great feeling. Hopefully I can discipline myself and watch my portions, to keep it down (and falling)! emoticon

In a week I write my last exam for the year. In two weeks we leave for Aus. SO excited. Can hardly concentrate on anything else except the upcoming trip. emoticon

Spark on, friends, spark on! emoticon

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GPHOENIX 11/12/2013 11:55PM

    Wow! what an awesome feeling that must be to see your hard work and discipline pay off after 4 months. Great job. Have a great time on your upcoming trip.

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MCFITZ2 11/12/2013 11:42PM

    Hope you ace your finals and well done on breaking the plateau . emoticon

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Skinny jeans...even if they're mommy jeans

Monday, October 28, 2013

I'm sure no-one will want to know all about my journey through the skinny jeans challenge, but I promised myself I'd make a blog entry at halfway point. Well I'm at half way point, but will have to put myself back 4 days, at least. About ten days ago I did one exercise (not with coach Nicole, one of my own... emoticon ) a little too zealously, and pulled a muscle in my thigh. emoticon It's given me some trouble, so I took the last few days off to let my body do some repair....started again with a 20 min cardio walk today, and 10 mins of body weight exercises.
However, back to the skinny jeans daughter challenged me to do this together with her, and we went for it. emoticon The first day's exercises shocked me because I could hardly get myself up off the floor. emoticon Is that because I'm 55 or just plain unfit? LOL...I have seen women of 60 to 80 get up off the floor easier than I!! So, for me, it's being unfit! It showed me I need to work harder...I had been doing exercises that I had felt comfortable with, emoticon not those that challenged me. Time to change! The challenge was taken up. emoticon
Admittedly, there is one day in the week that I do no exercises or cardio, and in between I skipped a day here and there, so it took me about 20 days to get to day 14, but the point is...I was doing it and it felt good! emoticon The kick boxing video was the funniest point...if you were but a fly on the wall!! emoticon
I hope my SP friends didn't think I was a-boasting and a-bragging by posting my progress on my daily friend feed as my status, emoticon but strangely, I found that it helped to motivate me, because maybe someone was keeping track of me! I'm sure no one was, but it helped me to push on to the next day. emoticon

Day 1's exercises were repeated on day 12 or 13, and I was so surprised to find that it went easier. Woohoo! emoticon So now I'm at Day 15. I have lost centimeters here and there, but not exactly weight. I struggle with emotional eating (my biggest weakness).

I will blog again at Day 30 to let you know how the remaining 15 days went. 30 will be 20 days from now, since I am going to repeat the last 4 days, just to get a bit stronger again. I seem to injure easily, emoticon and constantly have to be aware of how I move. emoticon emoticon I'm also writing exams in between, so those days will be an extra challenge since I'm totally spent when I walk out of the exam room. emoticon

In the end, If I can finish this challenge it will be a victory for me...we're going to be getting on the plane to go 'down under' to OZ emoticon to visit my precious daughter and her hubby for 2 weeks. emoticon Maybe, just maybe I'll be able to get out of the mommy jeans, and into some SKINNY mommy jeans, if there is such a thing! emoticon

Have fun all. SP is fun....let's make it enjoyable by constantly visualizing the end-goal. emoticon emoticon

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LOVINGAFRICA 10/28/2013 2:32PM

    I have been enjoying your feed updates! You are getting fitter before my eyes.
Wil you perhaps add stretches to your workout. They do make a huge difference!

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 10/28/2013 10:37AM


You made giggle out loud which is not a good thing because I'm sneaking this in at work (in a college library) and almost had to shhh myself! emoticon

I can only imagine me trying to do kickboxing! The image alone is enough to burn calories! Kudos for you for trying it.

What courses are you taking exams in? I love doing courses but have decided to give myself some time off. I never seem to finish them, to be honest. What I mean, is, I have started a business diploma and an office administration diploma and have all but one course done of the first year of study and some of the second year. Ha! I can do them for free.

Skinny jeans, well, hmmm, I don't think I could do them justice. My legs are probably my smallest part though but my stomach would make it a bit unattractive emoticon

Good job you are doing! Where does your daughter live in Australia? I think you told me before but I'm a bit slow. emoticon My only sibling lives in Brisbane and I've been to Melbourne........quite a ways to go from Newfoundland. Luckily I stay in touch with my brother and he was home with his partner this past May.

Do we get a picture of you rocking your jeans? I bet you will get into them no problem and you will look great as always!


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Desires...deadly vs desperate

Saturday, August 17, 2013

I desire the day when I no longer desperately need to begin, but when I can say that my deadly (foodie) desires are under control and my health lifestyle is in maintenance! Desires?...perhaps it's the desire to be home, that drives the desire to eat the deadly things that I do. My desire right now, AGAIN, is to lose 10 kgs. Here I go down this 'Desire Road' of desperation - let's see what happens this time! emoticon emoticon

Ugh...I'm waffling, but I just feel like waffling for a change! emoticon

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LOVINGAFRICA 8/18/2013 11:48AM

    I can understand, living in a strange land, and turning to food.
So perhaps if you try to make exercise the 'NEW FOOD'....
(That is what I am attempting, with varying levels of success.)
Hang in there!
Marikana herdenkings en dokkies maak 'home' ook 'n bietjie weird op die oomblik...

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 8/18/2013 10:50AM

    Maybe there is no beginning and end to this whole journey. I had a moment of "freaking" out yesterday when I realized that all of this has to be a lifetime goal and isn't just a quick fix.

After three years of Sparking I'm only now concentrating on my weight!

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Away blues... or not? and other info. :)

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Hi dear SP friends,

Had a fantastic time away in Cape Town. Spent the first 10 days strength training, counting calories, walking every morning...(yes, the weather was kind to us)....and I LOST 1.5 kg!

Then we went off to visit family up-country, and the eating began. It's just rude to say no to seconds, and it's breakfast, tea & cake, lunch, coffee and rusks, supper & desert....eeeeeekkk! I soon discovered that I was MISSING my workouts since we were in a place too dangerous to walk, and staying in a room too small (and freezing cold, -5 mornings) to exercise! But that was a short time, until we moved on to a guest farm in our beloved Karoo, where we could walk freely again (even in the freezing cold mornings of minus 1!)

Now for those of you who are used to freezing weather, minus 1 is no big deal, but for us who are acclimatized to 40 plus, it's a HUGE deal! Lol.

We flew back home with the usual mixed feelings....coming to earn our bread and butter, leaving all that is loved behind. SO hard. However, once we landed and saw all things familiar here, we were glad to be 'home'.

Qatar experienced 3 weeks of constant dust storms while we were gone, so we walked into a home that was covered, and I mean covered, in a fine layer of sand. Jet lagged bodies are not the best to drag around at 9 am in the mornings after flying all night, to spring clean, but we got stuck in - we had no choice. We could hardly breathe for the dust we were kicking up. EVERYTHING had to be either washed, brushed off or vacuumed. Clouds of dust everywhere, and 5 hrs later, we were able to bath and sleep for a bit.

I was totally staggered to find that the scale said I was 3 kgs heavier. Then I realized that I was retaining water from the flight and two days of travelling before that.

The next day my flu started...caught it in South Africa. So...for a week I had to lay low. Ugh! Coughing, spluttering, etc etc...NO exercise, but also no appetite. I tried to eat healthily though.

Why all this info re our trip? In the end I really only picked up 1 kg! How good is that? Some would feel that it's bad, but hey....I usually pick up 3 to 4 on a trip like we had. So, although its blue emotion for weight gain, it's also 'yippeee' emotion for small victories.

This morning I was able to begin walking again...did 20 mins, and also Coach Nicole's office workout. Whew...gotta get back into it again. Exhausted!

Today I also start my studies again...still waiting for one result, but so far I did ok last semester. Forward planning says 18 months to the finishing line....oh boy, that will be a day! (Studying keeps me going in this part of the me something to focus on. For so many months of the year we just cannot put our noses out the door between 9am and 7pm. Have to keep busy indoors. SAD can take over so easily.)

And just to give you some background to the other stressors hubby and I are facing, ....last year this time our talented 28 yr old son was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome.
Finally, someone could tell us why he was so different! It was all new to us...the more we learned the more shocked we were. The more we thought back, the more guilty we felt. But we soon used our awareness to become 'activists' for autism, and to understand why we never knew.

Our son had to move back in with us, since he was not coping in looking after himself. He was given a six month family visit visa to stay with us. When that expired, he had to return to South Africa, that is why we did the trip. While we were away, our application was approved to have him stay with us permanently. It may sound like a cliché, but it's not...the fact that we got this approval is nothing short of a miracle. God was on our side. emoticon

For the last 7 months our son has been with us. When you've been living alone as empty-nesters for 6 years, and suddenly find yourself caring for an 'adult' child again, it is a huge adjustment. He is high-functioning, but needs constant guidance and reminders, and is understandably also confused and frustrated at the change in his life. This is probably all for another blog entry, but I can say one thing...without the relationship we have with Jesus, we would have gone mad. We would not have survived the pain or the stress. He has facilitated, sustained, provided and protected us through amazing developments and moments of extreme heartache and stress over the last few months.

That said, I end off another 'rare' blog entry (just don't get the time, really), as my hubby and I endeavor to START AGAIN to get fit (well, sort and healthy, and into a good weight range, so that we can continue walking the path that our Father has placed before us, in earning our bread and butter, and helping our son build his photography (freelancing) business.

One of his pics from our trip:

Be blessed friends, until later.

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 8/18/2013 10:47AM

    Gosh, so sorry to have missed this! I think many of us get caught up in what we think is normal behaviour and when somebody has a mental illness (and doesn't fit in) we think they are below average intelligence and dare I use that horrid word, "retarded".

I have lived with mental illness since childhood and if it wasn't for my parents, close family and loving husband, I wouldn't be here today. I thought there was something wrong with me that I couldn't be like other children, teenagers, young adults, etc. I hated taking the medication as it seemed to me like nobody else did.

Thankfully, I'm happier now than ever before. I've come to accept myself and dare I say love that I'm a little bit different. I take my medication but I also have made lifestyle changes that I know work for me. I always thought I was stupid and having an over-achiever brother didn't help. We had a long talk about that when he was home (he lives in Australa) and he said he always envied my ability not to bend to peer pressure. He reminded me that I never had to study for my high school marks while he worked like a dog and we both ended up with the same average. I also didn't work much at getting my university degree. (I'm not bragging I'm just trying to tell you what he reminded me of)

I'm happy working part-time and spending my days with my dogs and husband. I have no aspirations of being successful the way society thinks of success, but I'm very happy and content.

I hope your son finds happiness! Yes, he will require some guidance along the way but let him be the person he was meant to be.

Sorry to go off on a ramble here! emoticon

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LOVINGAFRICA 6/30/2013 10:18AM

    My sister has Asperger, she says that she is an Aspy!
She is also a Civil Engineer and a councillor who specializes in conflict in the corporate world. Needless to say, I cannot be prouder of her. The Lord is using her mightily in her area of weakness. He is using her strengths and teaching her insights that are amazing.
(That pic of the Block House is amazing)
I think the Lord gave us His Aspy kids to teach us a different take on things.
Bless you, and say 'Hi' to your son from me.

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