Sunday, December 29, 2013
Dear SP friends..
We spent some time in Brisbane visiting our daughter.
Was a lovely time. My heart stayed there.
(My daughter & I having some fun on the beach. )
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!
After some serious thought, I've decided to exit from SP for 2014. I will be sad not to see the stories and keep up to date with my lovely 'virtual' friends. However, this year is make or break for me...final 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.
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.
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... ) a little too zealously, and pulled a muscle in my thigh. 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 challenge....my daughter challenged me to do this together with her, and we went for it. The first day's exercises shocked me because I could hardly get myself up off the floor. 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, not those that challenged me. Time to change! The challenge was taken up.
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! The kick boxing video was the funniest point...if you were but a fly on the wall!!
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, 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.
Day 1's exercises were repeated on day 12 or 13, and I was so surprised to find that it went easier. Woohoo! 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. Well...day 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, and constantly have to be aware of how I move. 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.
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 to visit my precious daughter and her hubby for 2 weeks. 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!
Have fun all. SP is fun....let's make it enjoyable by constantly visualizing the end-goal.
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 world...gives 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. www.autism.org.uk/About-autism/Autis
n/What-is-Asperger-syndrome.aspx 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.
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 of...lol) 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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