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Four years ago today...
Tuesday, August 11, 2015      14 comments

... I joined SparkPeople! During the intervening time my weight has gone up and down several times and I'm still not at my Goal Weight BUT I've learnt a great deal, made numerous changes towards better health and even begun to consider... Read more
I did it!
Sunday, June 07, 2015      15 comments

26.2 miles including about 3,000 feet of ascent on a mixture of tracks, a little bit of road, grass, rocks and squelchy mud. Beautiful scenery of lakes and mountains. The weather was good for running - a little light rain from time to time,... Read more
BobCatGirl's Team Challenge
Saturday, June 06, 2015      4 comments

Jan-Marie has challenged all her team members to blog at least once a week during June (as well as doing 1000 jumping jacks!), so here I am. I'm doing single-leg squats instead of jumping jacks because that fits much better with my physioth... Read more
How did I do?
Monday, October 13, 2014      5 comments

Many thanks to those of you who commented on my last blog, offering me support and encouragement. Next time I think I should post my blog earlier so that I can read your replies and take them with me as added incentive to stick to my resolve ins... Read more
Preparing for Temptation
Saturday, October 11, 2014      7 comments

I'm going to be spending 12-15 hours today preparing and serving food at a checkpoint for a long-distance challenge run today. I had entered the race and really wanted to do it but injury problems have prevented me so I offered to help out inste... Read more
Effort and discouragement
Saturday, September 27, 2014      5 comments

I was excited at the prospect of the 5% Fall Challenge - here was an opportunity to get out of a bit of a rut and finally lose some of my excess fat. So, I planned my menus, decided on my exercise regime, measured and tracked, drank my wate... Read more
Facing a week without Sparking
Friday, August 08, 2014      4 comments

I'm going on holiday to Scotland tomorrow and won't have internet access for the week. Last time this happened I felt really bad about failing to Spark - I mean REALLY bad! This made me realise that I'd become obsessive about Sparking such that ... Read more
I hope you don't mind, but...
Thursday, June 26, 2014      8 comments

... I've taken a major step back in terms of Spark stuff. I don't know if you had noticed, but I have been largely absent from SparkLand since just before Easter. It's not something I'm particularly happy about - I miss my Spark Friend... Read more
Happy Birthday to Me!
Friday, April 04, 2014      8 comments

Three years ago yesterday Conan dropped the bombshell that he was leaving. Needless to say, I didn't celebrate my birthday the next day, or the next year, or the year after that. This year I thought I was going to be spending the evening on... Read more
I'm heading Down Under
Friday, September 13, 2013      12 comments

I'm going to visit my uncle in Tasmania (you know - the island off the south of Australia?) tomorrow (Saturday 14th September) for three weeks. I'm a bit nervous about going all that way (one train ride and three different planes) on my own and ... Read more
Two steps forward, one (big) step back
Tuesday, July 23, 2013      12 comments

I was delighted to run for 40 minutes on Saturday - the most I'd done since breaking my ankle at the end of January. As I was still feeling good on Sunday I walked briskly up a local hill and back, taking 1hr 25 minutes. This is far less than I ... Read more
Strategies for success
Saturday, July 20, 2013      4 comments

In preparation for the Summer 5% Challenge, today's assignment was to list some of the reasons our weightloss and exercise plans have failed in the past and what we will do differently this time. Here are mine: 1. Enforced inactivity d... Read more
The Spring into Summer 5% Challenge is over
Sunday, July 07, 2013      8 comments

Well, I did it - I got through all eight weeks of the 5% Challenge and tracked my nutrition and exercise, amassed Live the Goodlife points for the team and tried to keep in touch with other team-mates and encourage them. Did I lose 5% of my... Read more
June goals
Saturday, June 01, 2013      10 comments

Until now, my main goal has always been to lose weight. Whilst I still really want to do that, I have found that basing 'success' entirely on what the scale says is very demoralising and ultimately, unhelpful. So, my goals for June are: 1... Read more
Saturday, May 25, 2013      13 comments

Today's weigh-in was very disappointing - not only have I not lost weight, but I've actually gained some. This seems very unfair because I've worked hard at staying within my calorie range ALL WEEK! - a big achievement for me. However, I'... Read more

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