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The ‘Get Healthy’ Sparkle

Well yes, here I go again. You have to give me serious sparkling points for trying for I do keep trying. I do so well for a while and then…oh dear, it is a birthday, a leaving party, a night out or the famous, ‘one won’t hurt’. Once I get back into the goodies it is so difficult to leave them alone again.

Ignite your healthy sparkle. Via Pinterest

Ignite your healthy sparkle.
Via Pinterest

I know how much energy I have when I eat a healthier more balanced diet and exercise more, I know how good I feel with all this extra energy and I also know how sluggish I feel when I’ve been a bad girl and chosen the less healthy options, had just that little too much chocolate, had to eat that last biscuit and that one very small sliver of cake…except that it is that one very small sliver of cake every night.

Now, I am not too worried about losing lots of weight. A health scare earlier this year brought home to me how much it means to have health and I would rather have curves and be healthy. I would like however to be healthier within my body. I am becoming more and more conscious of the foods I eat and how my body is trying to digest these foods. I am becoming more and more conscious of the health benefits of exercise. I’m certainly not a gym bunny but I do love walking and I do love to dance and I do love to yoga and these are all good exercise.

You may be wondering why I am being crazy enough to start this healthy eating off, again, at this time of year. The Frankfurt German Christmas Market opens this week in the city, there is going to be goodies galore on the run up to Christmas, nights out, dances, and temptation everywhere and that is just why I am starting now. I want to test my will power. I want to get healthier, I want to stretch my body more and I want to do what I can to safeguard myself as much as I can for the future. Most of all, I want to get back into my Jeans and I want to look good in my beautiful 1950’s Vintage Dresses.

Are you with me? Come on, ignite your healthy sparkle 🙂

Thank you for reading my blog.

Love your body and sparkle. Via Pinterest

Love your body and sparkle.
Via Pinterest


Time to get healthy…again!

Well as you know I was on a mission before I made my wonderful trip to Rome, to lose some weight, feel fitter and not be feeling like I didn’t have any energy. For that few weeks period it had worked and yes I had lost a couple of pounds before I left and with the extra walking I had done before the trip, I did feel a lot more like walking around Rome.

In our hotel bathroom was a lovely, shiny, silver, electronic weighing scales. Oh dear!! Hadn’t I said that I was no longer going to be hopping on and off the scales to see if I had gained or lost an ounce? But this wasn’t real because I was on holiday and it was sitting there taunting me to ‘feel the fear and jump on anyway’.
I did. I wasn’t impressed. The weight I thought I had lost back home was back…Oh dear!!!!!

Well I was in Rome and I was going to eat pizza and pasta and drink wine and eat gelato. I walked for hours everyday sightseeing (see blog post My Roman Holiday) and although it was far too hot to eat during the day I seemed to make up for this lack of food in the evenings. Every morning I called to Pepy’s Bar and had one of their Fitness Breakfasts which consisted of fresh fruit salad, yoghurt, cereal and a cappuccino. It set me up for the day. I can’t resist tomato and mozzarella which I did eat my fair share of during the four days. During my time in Rome I appeared to eat every six hours during the day. Evening meals were heavenly and I ate much later than I do at home…when in Rome and all that!! I weighed myself before I left, I was the same weight as when I arrived. I think that was a good result.

I have been back two weeks and I have restarted my healthy eating plan, I have much more willpower than before.
I am eating fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, pasta, potatoes, rice, couscous, cheese, bread, fish and poultry and in two weeks I am already feeling a lot more energetic within myself. I have lost some weight but the main gain for me is the internal buzz I appear to have which I can only assume is down to the lack of sugars and processed fatty foods. My mind is alive with ideas, inspirations and thoughts and now my task is to keep up the healthy eating, harness the energy, organise my time and put these ideas into action.

I’ll keep you posted!! Thank you for sharing the journey with me.

Love yourself enough to keep your mind and body healthy.

Love yourself enough to keep your mind and body healthy.

My Roman Holiday…

I hadn’t planned on a trip to Rome this year although Rome has long being on my list of places I would love to visit. It was a fairly impromptu trip but it was a truly wonderful trip and I can understand how Rome is one of the most loved cities in the world.

There are so many sights to see, adventures to have, Italian culture to soak up and all wrapped in beautiful Summer sunshine and very friendly people only too willing to help, guide not to mention cook amazing meals for you.

After arriving on Monday lunchtime and eating our first true Italian pizza we headed for the ‘Hop on Hop off’ bus so that we could get a feel for where the major sights were. I was amazed at how busy this city is and that almost at every turn of a corner another beautiful monument or church was in front of you. To see some of the buildings that I have only ever seen on TV or in books was breath-taking for me. Within minutes I was awestruck at the beauty and the marvels this city had to offer. We got off and walked a fair amount around the streets, we are always determined to find our own way. Monday evening was spent strolling around the streets of Rome, getting acquainted with the city, the vibe and the heat!

Tuesday was just a totally amazing day. We started with The Forum, The Palatines and then the Colosseum and it was like walking in history. I became totally immersed in stories of Emperor’s, Temples, ancient folklore and tales of yore. It was so real because of history books, films on the TV and the readings from the Bible.
Seeing the Colosseum, knowing the age of these buildings, the new archaeological finds and reading the information within the museum was, for me, beyond description. It is so hard to believe that you are actually standing right in a spot of so much history…

Colosseum, Rome

Colosseum, Rome

Colosseum, Rome

Colosseum, Rome

That evening we made a trip to the Spanish Steps – what a wonderful place to sit, chill out, read, chat and generally watch the world go by…

Trinita dei Monti, Spanish Steps, Rome

Trinita dei Monti, Spanish Steps, Rome

View from Spanish Steps, Rome

View from Spanish Steps, Rome

Wednesday we spent the day at The Vatican. It was the most beautiful day in more way than just the weather. I again was awestruck to see the window where the Pope addresses the people in St Peter’s Square and for me to stand in St Peter’s Square was a dream come true. Visiting St Peter’s Basilica was like a pilgrimage for me and I spent hours listening to the audio guide and strolling around the Basilica and visiting the various chapels.

The Pope's Alter, St Peter's Basilica, Rome

The Pope’s Alter, St Peter’s Basilica, Rome

Peace Chapel, St Peter's Basilica, Rome

Peace Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica, Rome

Vatican Guard

Vatican Guard

Wednesday evening was a visit to the Trevi Fountain which was extremely busy. You walk down and small winding side street and then suddenly you are there at what is for me, the largest and most famous fountain in the world…Frank Sinatra singing the song from the film is still running through my mind and oh yes, I threw my coins in…

Trevi Fountain, Rome

Trevi Fountain, Rome

Trevi Fountain, Rome

Trevi Fountain, Rome

Thursday was spent visiting Piazza Venezia and the beautiful imposing Monument to Vittorio Emanuele 11. What a stunning building housing various museum’s, gardens, the town hall and wonderful views across the Piazza, Capitoline Hill and over to the Roman Forum and the Colosseum. We also visited the beautiful Santa Maria Maggiore Church.

View over Piazza Venezia, Rome

View over Piazza Venezia, Rome

View from rooftop of Victor Emmanuel 11 Monument, Rome

View from rooftop of Victor Emmanuel 11 Monument, Rome

These photo’s are just a snapshot of the beautiful city of Rome, I will load some more onto the aurorasdreams facebook page in due course.

Our 4 night break to Rome was over so quickly, there are so many more places to see, to visit and to return to and return I will…I did throw my coins into the Trevi Fountain after all…make it my wish to come true.

How early do I have to be up?

I should be asleep now, I know that. I have to be up and in the taxi in four hours to head for the airport for my trip to Rome. This of course is the trip that I commenced my healthy eating and get more active plan for. I’ll be honest, I have no idea how the last week has gone at all. I have kept my word about not jumping on the scales. In a way I am glad about that, in another…I want to know!!!!

Work was busy this week, I didn’t spend a lot of time sitting down at my desk. I seemed to walk a lot around the office. I’m unsure how active I actually was. The week has been a blur of activity but I don’t think it was the healthy eating move more activity I wanted.

However, my Rome trip is here and I am now very excited to be visiting this most beautiful city. Already I am thinking that as it will be hot there, I won’t want to eat too much. That light meals will be order of the day. I won’t drink too much in the evenings. Definitely no Gelato or Tiramisu. Who am I trying to kid? You?! I think not. I know that I will be into that Italian pasta, trying the vino and making short work of the Gelato. I also know I will be walking for the majority of the four days there. The test will be on how much fitter I feel, how much longer I can walk for without having to rest and how much of that Italian food I can resist.

I promise to tell all when I return….

Pending suitable wi-fi I shall be tweeting on @aurorasparkles whilst I am there.


Step away from the cherry cake…

Well, yes, I have been just a little bit lazy. I admit it. I’ve eaten some foods I had removed from my eating healthy diet, I admit that too. Do I feel bad for feeling like this and eating those foods? Perhaps just a little but not enough to beat myself up over. However I am a little mad with myself because even though my lapses have only been over a four day period, already my body has started to feel sluggish again,

During the warm weather it is I find, much easier to stick to healthier foods and I’ve had no problem doing that. I did give in to the temptation of a doughnut last Friday although I chose the plainest. I’ve eaten small amounts of ice cream over the weekend but horror of horrors, I ate cherry cake twice! Why? I don’t know! I’m not really a cake eater. I can take it or leave it. I’ve taken it twice in two days…

In my defence…I don’t have one. I wanted it, I ate it and now I’m writing about it. We all have lapses. My willpower went on vacation over the weekend but it has returned, renewed, relaxed and ready to roll again. I am still determined to get healthier, more active and to get back into my lovely clothes.

I want my free spirit to soar, my inspiration to shine and my willpower to take over when I next see cherry cake!!!


Someday. How often do we say that word? ‘We’ll go there someday’. ‘I’ll look for a new job, someday’. ‘I meant to call you, someday’. Does someday ever get here?

It is so easy to put things off. We really do intend to do them. We put our heart and soul behind an idea, a plan, a goal and we really do intend to put our hopes, dreams and plans into action, someday. Someday never arrives. Before we know it, we are looking back wondering where time has gone and why we didn’t grasp someday and make it matter.

Day 11 and I’m feeling good that I started moving more, getting more active, eating healthier and I feel much less sluggish than I did. I have walked more, tonight I did some work in the garden and with the warm weather I find it easier to eat healthier. I’m not out of the craving stage yet by no means but I’m getting there.

You never know where life may take you so grab someday while you can and make things happen.


The good and the bad.

There are things I feel good about today, there are things I don’t feel quite so upbeat about. Why oh why oh why is it so difficult to stay on the right track.

After a long time waiting we finally get some real Summer sunshine. Yesterday himself & I travelled to the riverside, sat on our chairs and chilled out. We had a lazy day, no real walking unless you consider my stroll to the fish and chip shop as walking. Yes, I did have fish and chips but we did share one portion so I felt fairly guiltless. I also ate an ice cream…hey, it was a hot summer day and where was that banana when you need it?!

This morning I decided to get on the scales to see if my first week of healthier eating and being more active had achieved any results. I am very happy to report a loss of 2 lbs. I am well aware that it is probably that much due to the change in eating habits and I don’t expect that kind of loss weekly…although it would be nice.

Today has been mostly a salad day because it has been even hotter than yesterday. There were strawberries and ice cream, I did have half the portion size of anyone else because as you know, I think denying myself small treats will just make me crave them and I’ll end up sitting with a pot of ice cream…or should I say an empty pot!

So although on day seven I can celebrate an achievement I’m also feeling that I ate far too much today and even if I was on my feet most of the day…and went for a small walk…I’m still feeling that I have undone what I have done in the past seven days…perhaps I should blame that half bottle of Sangria… I had a salad, sangria and crusty bread day…it was as Spanish as I could get on an English Summer Day.

Some days I just need to feed my Spanish soul. My Irish heart is always fairly well topped up.

Day eight beckons…what will week two achieve?