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  • Allowing myself to be a beginner

    5/24/2015 11:39:01 PM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    I'm six weeks into my seven week challenge ... and yesterday I was struck by the idea of allowing myself to a beginner. At this point, that might be strange because obviously I am at the beginning or at least was; but it came after listening and reading several people say things like that we should ... Read more

  • Reached my step goal 8 days early :-)

    5/23/2015 7:36:14 AM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    At the start of my personal 7 week challenge I came up with a step challenge of reaching 350,000 steps before winter ... today I reached that (and a little over and there's still a few hours left) with eight days to go. Feeling really excited and glad to have got there, and although I've been mentio... Read more

  • Barley grass and wheat grass powder - Day one

    5/23/2015 12:58:15 AM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    So far, one word describes my experience ... yuck! an online friend suggested trying this to help with energy levels ... something he has used himself for years. Well, this morning I went and bought a container. First the person at the shop tried to sell me something else saying this wasn'... Read more

  • A few of the smaller motivational reasons

    5/22/2015 9:00:29 AM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    Just for the moment I'm putting aside all the major reasons I need and want to lose weight and get healthier and thinking of some of the smaller things that would be nice or that I'm looking forward to being able to do: * to wear fun novelty socks that fit properly - I have some gorgeous socks that... Read more

  • Yesterday's walk

    5/21/2015 10:43:26 PM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    Yesterday as I walked I noticed that I was needing to tug my pants every few steps ... I did write a kind of silly poem about it but ended up removing it after deciding it was too silly 2 what it does mean though is that I'm actually starting to shrink a little bit which is so exciting. It can be s... Read more

  • Am I lovable? (a question I'm working through for myself)

    5/20/2015 10:57:09 PM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    Firstly, in asking that question ... I'm not really asking anyone else to answer it as such. This is more something I need to learn to answer myself. Hopefully, the answer will be increasingly in the affirmative. At some level I know the answer is yes; at others this is also something that I really ... Read more

  • River walk

    5/20/2015 8:32:21 AM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    Today I went for a walk along the river which ended up being just over a 2k walk ... as I was walking there were a few sections that were up and downhill. As I approached one section I grew nervous, I started thinking that it looked very steep, I wondered if I'd have to stop to catch my breath and h... Read more

  • Finding my food triggers

    5/19/2015 12:44:28 AM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    I'm noticing that there really are some foods that seem to trigger a binge like response in me when I have them. The first time I noticed it was a particular type of biscuit (cookie) ... I'm not sure what was in it that was different but whatever it was acted as a major trigger. Then over Easter I f... Read more

  • Costochondritis

    5/18/2015 11:01:07 PM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    Sharp pains on the right side of my chest A doctors visit and costochronditis is back on the plus side, it is definitely better than a lot of the things that could have been causing the chest pain including gall bladder problems, liver problems and pulmonary embolisms on the less plus side ... Read more

  • Shaky calves

    5/17/2015 11:32:33 PM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    I just finished taking a walk outside and it was a much nicer walk out than the one I blogged about last week. For part of it I seemed to be following a butterfly 88 which was fun to watch! 30 When I returned I stopped to talk with someone and I noticed that my calves started shaking as I was talk... Read more

  • I'm not eating my words, or changing my mind, no I'm not!!!

    5/17/2015 9:50:51 PM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    So right after blogging not once, but twice, about living life now rather than pressing the pause button I was confronted with a big challenge. An offer of what would be an amazing trip which would provide sensational adventures. I really had to think about this. I definitely want to go; I know it w... Read more

  • Living my life now ... wow what a night!

    5/15/2015 1:50:55 AM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    As a followup to yesterdays blog ... The concert was absolutely brilliant. Part stage show, part musical theatre and the rest concert. Very talented, very funny performance that had me sitting grinning with joy for much of the night and tapping my foot in time with the music. I'm so glad t... Read more

  • Walking highs and lows today

    5/15/2015 12:50:09 AM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    There was a break in the rain so I thought I'd go for a walk outside earlier. Near the beginning of my walk there was a LOT of noise going on in the trees. Looking up I soon found why 30 There was a flock of Rainbow Lorikeets doing a combination of resting and eating up in the gums. I couldn't... Read more

  • Living my life now ... not later

    5/13/2015 11:35:22 PM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    I'm feeling really excited right now 104 Tonight I am going to a concert! Not just any concert either - it's one that involves two singers who are long time favourites. It is also the first concert I've been to for a very, very long time. The last time I was at one was about 12 year... Read more

  • Ooops!

    5/13/2015 11:13:49 PM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    I thought I'd get up from the computer for a bit and take a quick walk inbetween other things for a break. Got to some stairs and they were quite high individual steps and my knee totally rebelled and struggled to get up them! After that it was sore walking but I still did a short walk and it wasn't... Read more

  • Not really losing weight ... part 2 - reply to comments :-)

    5/13/2015 10:40:57 PM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    Thanks to all of you who posted on my blog yesterday. Really appreciated and a lot of helpful comments and suggestions. Several of you asked questions or mentioned particular things and I wanted to respond; so though adding a second blog on the topic might be the best way to do it. I'm wei... Read more

  • Not really losing weight ...

    5/13/2015 3:24:13 AM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    I'm not sure what is going on; but currently I don't seem to be really losing weight. I've gained and lost the same 3lbs or so several times for the last five weeks although I've been eating less, eating healthier, exercising a lot more and drinking water and doing all the things that should re... Read more

  • HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY

    5/10/2015 3:56:23 PM, by LIKINMENOW

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  • Made it through Mother's Day ...

    5/10/2015 9:15:03 AM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    It was a good day ... nice lunch out with my father and sister ate well enough for a lunch out ... and did get exercise in stayed motivated for most of the day it's just now as it gets late that I'm starting to fall apart a little I'm not a mother ... and that hurts a lot at times and my m... Read more

  • Don't Always Believe What You Think

    5/9/2015 8:28:23 PM, by LIKINMENOW

    Recently I have been ill. Not being on Spark for some time got me to thinking, "I don't need to be on Spark anymore. I am doing okay with it." I sincerely thought I was doing okay. Well, what I thought is NOT true. My husband told me, "Have you listened to how you are talking about ... Read more

  • Music and ... dusting

    5/9/2015 4:11:36 AM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    Another good day today as far as exercise 104 did the walking away the pounds mile walk again and my hips were actually happier about it after not liking it on my second run through (er walk through?). Stretching more is helping which is great 244 also did some walking and rode my recumbent bike. ... Read more

  • I don't wanna ... but I will!

    5/8/2015 2:45:10 AM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    Sitting here having a cup of tea and catching up on SP. the weather is getting cooler and outside is getting darker although still afternoon my time. I'm aching all over especially my neck just now, and the "old me" is very loudly saying I DONT WANNA ... I don't wanna get up and get ready to do so... Read more

  • Doing something totally different

    5/7/2015 1:44:17 AM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    Late to blog about this, however I still wanted to write something about my weekend. Last weekend I did something that was totally different for me ... I went to an art gallery! Not my usual place to visit; and not something I've actually done on my own before. I was in the city and had th... Read more

  • Turning things around :-)

    5/5/2015 12:26:12 AM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    Yesterday, things really improved after I blogged. The writing itself was really helpful (as were the responses, thanks!!!) ... and by the time I'd finished writing I no longer felt the same level of anger and frustration that had been there previously. I then tried a one mile walking away the pound... Read more

  • Being real ... part two - Doctors visit

    5/4/2015 1:16:42 AM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    I wrote my previous blog ... and then after doing that realised one of the things that is frustrating me right now That was my doctors visit last week! I thought I was handling it well, but obviously I'm not handling it as well as I thought My doctor mentioned three times that I should ha... Read more

  • Being real ...

    5/4/2015 12:43:13 AM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    Emotions can be tough to deal with and when you are trying to move away from emotional eating it can be difficult learning new ways to handle them I'm hoping that one of those ways for me will be through journalling and blogging; but that means being real and being real ... means being real .... Read more

  • Busy day

    5/2/2015 7:14:19 AM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    Had a busy day today but also an amazing one in a number of ways which was great. Experienced new things, undertook fresh challenges ... also got in a lot of steps and walking. Difficult part with that is that when I finally sat down and then got up again my left leg twisted near or on the Achilles ... Read more

  • Beast Mode challenge

    4/30/2015 8:06:45 PM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    One of the teams I'm in - Beast Mode - is currently starting a May challenge. This ties in really well with my own personal seven week challenge which ends on June 1st. Great additional encouragement, motivation and chance to define some additional goals 104 This is the Beast Mode ... Read more

  • Facing fears

    4/30/2015 1:21:44 AM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    Today I need to face a fear. Earlier today I read something that talked about how you can fight fears, take flight from fears or face them. Sometimes I think facing and fighting can get confusing as far as what is involved in each. Maybe it's that with fighting we can try to convince ourselves we ... Read more

  • I was once told ...

    4/28/2015 1:02:44 AM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    I was once told that you should never tell anyone that you are lonely ... that to do so contributes to the problem and will have people running ten thousand miles away that people don't like lonely people ... partly because it stirs their own feelings of loneliness and partly because they fe... Read more

  • Staying the course ...

    4/26/2015 8:22:07 PM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    I weighed in this morning and my weight was up 0.2kgs from last week ... not sure what is going on there as far as if it is water weight; hormonal or just me being me (since this tends to happen) ... but I know that last week was a good week. I ate healthier than previously and made good choices; I ... Read more