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April 30, 2015

Tomorrow’s Goals:

10,000 or even better 10,100 steps.    Did it!  12594

Plan, pack and eat only that food.        While I ate food that was okay, it was not what I planned – as my assignment kept me at uni far longer than I anticipated – over lunch – so I bought an egg,lettuce,mayo sandwich {Best choice out of deep fried} and kept working.

Track that food. –  I began well – and then was too joyous that the Assignment was finally done to finish tracking the day.

Exercise – plan it and do it. Did it – I planned to walk to my Weight watchers meeting, it was just i calculated the distance wrong  – I thought it was only 6km away, turns out it was 9km away and I was going to be really late. So I called up and got a lift after doing just over the 6km.

Water 2Lt – how ever it comes – hot water, green tea, water bottle. Went short on this due to Assignment….

Hand up pesky assignment. – DONE!

Weigh in at WW – reaffirm why I am there. – Did it! Although I had a small gain .100g… but is nothing to worry over, just hormones making everything feel tight and heavy.

Eat no crappy food – chocolate, biscuits, chips, lollies etc etc etc etc etc etc. Did it! – while I did not eat as planned I still did not have any of those foods – What I did have though was a vodka and lemonade yes, and then maybe a buttery nipple cocktail that my J made for me as a celebration for completion of one assignment and a High Distinction on another.

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So onto today – Same as yesterday – just with no Uni :) woohoo!

10,000 or even better 10,100 steps.

Plan, pack and eat only that food. – {B: bacon/egg/mushroom. L: Chicken Soup & spinach scone. D: Tuna Rissoni. S: yogurt, banana, grapes.}

Track that food.

Exercise – plan it and do it. {Walk in the lovely day outside}

Water 2Lt – how ever it comes – hot water, green tea, water bottle.

Eat no crappy food – chocolate, biscuits, chips, lollies etc etc etc etc etc etc.

Other goals:

* Begin organising Scrapbooking for camp!

* Pack and tidy house

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Right no more laziness….get on with it!

Daily Goals

April 28, 2015

Daily goals met:

10,000 steps!

Eat what I have planned and tracked it all!

Not eaten chocolate / biscuits!

Exercised! {not great but done}

Drunk 2lt water!

Tomorrow’s Goals:

10,000 or even better 10,100 steps.

Plan, pack and eat only that food.

Track that food.

Exercise – plan it and do it.

Water 2Lt – how ever it comes – hot water, green tea, water bottle.

Hand up pesky assignment.

Weigh in at WW – reaffirm why I am there.

Eat no crappy food – chocolate, biscuits, chips, lollies etc etc etc etc etc etc.

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Here’s to a good day tomorrow.

Average workouts

April 28, 2015

Blogging twice in a month? I know!

My workout this morning {15 Elliptical, 20 min of hills on the treadmill} was so very average, and while it left me feel good that I had done it  – I never got the OMG-I-need-to-come-here-everyday feels. Normally, workouts for me have me thinking thoughts such as the world is amazing, and I am amazing and I am going to go on to running a marathon!

So yeah, normally I can count on them to lift me up and out of a hole. But today. Nothing.

It may have had something to do with my youngest daughter having a go at me for not caring that she only earnt .50c of pocket money over the school holidays – as she only did one of her jobs. Or my car refusing to lock. Or my gym bag being left at home and no ear phones. Or the toilet paper running out in the stall I chose. Or the large amount of hormones running through my body giving off pregnancy symptoms {I’m NOT, just a stupid hormone cycle}. Or or or…

I really don’t know why, but it was an okay workout and that was it. meh.
But I did it. I got to the gym after a week or so break after another Uni assignment crowding my days. And that is a good thing.
Anyway, I plan on going tomorrow in the AM, and then off to Uni to finish said Assignment and hand that bastard up. I am sick of looking at it.

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Easter and Eating….still

April 9, 2015

Easter:  the fun has been had and now it is time to get back to normal life… except I seem to be still hung up on eating carbs and chocolate… I really need to shake the cravings, and soon!

We had a fantastic Easter family  holiday (mum and dad, sister and her family, brother and his family and my own family) on the local Island ‘Kangaroo Island‘ – such an amazing place to be, and the views and the landscapes and the scenery and the and the… are all so gorgeous and breathtaking! I took too many photo’s as I wanted to capture it all.
My BIL and sister lived on the island for a few years, and take holidays there regularly – so they were our tour guides – taking us to places many tourists miss out on, as well as taking us to the popular haunts.

The coastline of this place is rugged and buffeted by strong winds, with big waves crashing…. and I LOVE it!

But it also has calm days where the ocean is clear and aqua blue. Just stunning.

I will post a few pics of our holiday later on.

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So on Wednesday my WW leader  oops now coach…. challenged us to extend our exercise points that little bit more this week – upping it by 7 or 1 a day. Having come home from a holiday where I have eaten foods that make my tummy rumble like a volcano including the hot lava up my esophagus, I resolved to move more this week.
And so far I have done just that, a 40 minute gym workout yesterday and a 1 hour walk today. Tomorrow will be the gym again, and Saturday a walk. I am aiming for 10,000 steps a day too.

Eating: yes well, sitting here reflecting on the week…. well it is no wonder I feel a bit bluegh. I have memories of chips and crackers, and butter and chocolate, and white bread sandwiches. Really? I ate all that? and probably other stuff too………
Hmmmm. It really is time to pull my head in and stop lying to myself that I am okay to eat this stuff.
Cos SELF you are not.

There is no point doing all this exercise if I am just going to fill my gob with crap.

Time to move on and eat the food that makes me feel as good as exercising does.

A post that was written AND posted the same day – AMAZING!

March 30, 2015

I love blogging, but I just can’t seem to find a few minutes each day to post something. I need to change this – I need to replace one habit with another and Candy Crush…… Your fired!
Let me add that I am not a total addict of the game… I only have gotten up to level 35.. and generally only play it when I am sitting in the car bored waiting for someone, or have a few minutes to sit and relax. But it has to go.

So whats been going on? Well I just posted a recap of February and now it is the end of March… I am playing catch-my-tail a fair bit of late. I mean to change this.

I am also at the end of a Uni intensive – that was once a week for 7 weeks…so not all that intensive at all – just a summer school class really. It was good one with lots of teaching idea’s and practical activities to store away for the future! I don’t have anything now until July – which is a ‘real’ intensive that runs for 5 days straight.

I am also in the middle of the rehearsal season of the Gang Show I am, and my whole family, is involved in. We had the weekend camp last weekend and it was very successful but very tiring! I am in charge of catering and there were 185 HUNGRY scouts and guides to feed. But feed them we did, and very well to I guess as there has not been any feedback/complaints. Oh yes there was – but it was only to ask if there was any more lettuce to go on their salad rolls…………. Yes – they are healthy little humans!

I am also feeling fit and healthy – walking when I can, going to the gym when I can, managing to hit 10,000 steps on my pedometer a few times a week. My eating has been pretty good, tracking my food, eating plenty of veggies when I can. I am still attending Weight Watchers meetings and am still above the weight I began at, but it is coming down slowly. I go for the support, the motivation, the accountability – not solely for weight loss as it is not a quick process for me. I find if I keep this in mind I do well each week, rather than hating myself for my lack of ability to lose a kilo a week like others seem to do. As well, I keep in mind that that  the meetings are a bit like FB – you only see a snap shot of members lives, you only hear from those who are losing and it is hard to keep track if it is a regular weight loss – SO my journey is mine and that is okay.
SEE acceptance – I would rather be fit and active and happy – than sad that I am not losing weight. It is a choice I have made and feel good for it.

I have also just had my husband home for 3 weeks after surgery on his knee, from when he hurt it here.  His first day back at work is today and I have the house to myself {quiet Yipppeeeeeee}. I am the sole driver at the moment, which is getting a little trying – but we are half way through the exclusion of driving so it wont take long.

Today I have tidied up, vacuumed, done washing, shopped, done the dishes, and after I post this I am off to do school pick up, pick up some homework to do for becoming the new Year 6/7 netball coach…{Don’t ask} and then to the local Police Station {or J’s workplace} to have my identity verified for child safety and Volunteering at the school – then tea time and run Miss L to her guide meeting where I should go for a walk while waiting the 1.5hrs for her to finish. I am sitting on 8000 steps already today so I will see how I feel. Busy day, afternoon and evening.

Hope your day was productive!

February.

March 30, 2015

**I had better post this recap of Feb before April hits me in the face!!**

What. Wait. March of 2015 here… already. Yowsers.

I will say my silence again had equaled busy.
Here is what the last month has been like for me…

Uni has started for the year, I am “officially” a fourth year student of this degree, although I have been ticking off subjects like a ‘choose your own adventure’ book… a 4th year subject as a 1st year, a 1st year subject in my 3rd year. It has been one mixed up ride, but one that I am slowly, slowly drawing to the end of, and now have 6 subjects left until I graduate. WOW!
This year I only have 4 subjects to do, and next year will do my last 2, which are placements in High Schools. I could have finished the whole degree this year, but my ongoing commitment to Comedy Capers Gang Show has some serious placement dates clashing… and doing both would make me explode mentally and emotionally… and that is not what I am about anymore. So 4 this year, 2 next and I am done. And I am happy with that.
Also, I am still unsure as to where this degree will take me, as I am not 100% certain that a traditional classroom is for me – so this will give me time to explore some other avenues of teaching that will work for me and my family.

I have taken photo’s on my phone all month with the thought that they will be in a blog post – so I will use them to guide the rest of this post {and others as we were busy} to show how my month of February ran by…

Early on in the month we, as in Miss almost-eleven and I, went on a short trip to Melbourne for 3 days. Partly due to cheap air-fares on offer and mostly to visit great friends of ours. Her BFF moved over there 18 months ago and they have kept in contact through letter writing {ohh the old values still alive and kicking! – love it}. And my friend moved there 8 years {!!} ago, so it was a weekend of driving the Melbourne free-ways, which I did with flying colours and a trusty GPS! {thanks Matt!} and spending time with lovely friends. We went with another girlfriend of mine, and her 8 yr old daughter, so it was a great mother-daughter weekend.

As soon as we hopped off the plane, it is such a short trip – 1 hour 10mins, we picked up our hired car and drove straight to this gorgeous mansion. IMG_3843It is one of the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere and also famous for this movie… of which we are Huge Fans! It does have a bit of a cult following… but is not for everyone :) But we LOVE it!

We spent a lovely and very hot Melbourne day wandering the grounds and the rooms and exclaiming excitedly when we came across rooms or gardens that we recognised from the movie. Ahh, such a lovely day. We then crossed the city {in peak hour!!} and headed to my traveling partner’s sisters house, where we relaxed in some well needed air-conditioning and watched ‘The Pirate Movie’…. just to cement the memories… ya know….

The next day we were up early to traverse again across Melbourne city to drop Miss L to her friends house. We stopped for a cuppa and chat with said friends Mum and left Miss L there for a sleepover – which felt very odd!
Then it was onto this gorgeous girls house….. IMG_3879Where we had planned to have a long chats, plenty of wine, dinner and more wine and then a sleepover.

Lots of laughter, D&M’s, wine and a fantastically delicious and healthy meal later and things began to get a bit silly…. but it was a wonderful evening! Thank you and love you lots Melly…

IMG_3872  Our last day in Melbourne, I left early to pick up Miss L – who had had a great an evening with her friend going to Etihad stadium to watch Melbourne City Football Club play. They were sad to part company, but L was pleased to be back with me. We again criss-crossed the city {113km this day!!} and met up with our traveling partner and friends in a lovely little town in the Dandenongs – Sassafras. A quaint little town with Cafe’s and cute stores. IMG_3908

We wandered up and down the street until closing time and then headed back to our commendation for the night, had a stunning meal cooked for us and promptly collapsed into bed at 10pm! Our flight was at 8:45am the next morning, not too early, but still there was a long drive to the airport across the city {again!} to navigate, and two nervy mothers  ;) so we were up early.
We arrrived back in Rad’s at 9:30am and I took L to school – and I went home and did some housework. Such a weird cross of worlds – we were in Melbourne peak hour and then we were home doing housework… all before lunch… ahh the wonders of airline travel.

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Our little kittens are growing up and becoming big cats. They are very cute and often annoying… especially when they decide that their kitty litter is not an acceptable place to poo/wee. We have been very active in making sure it is always scooped and cleaned out often – as there are two of them – but sometimes I guess they still decide that it is not up to their fussy cat standards. One thing they do do if they cannot find each other with call out with a different cry and wait until the other one responds – it is kinda adorable to hear.

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I have been making it to the gym – semi-regularly…I would love to be able to go 5 days a week, but at this time it is just not possible. So I am happy to make it to twice, and ecstatic to go three times a week. I am thinking of doing a small challenge for the month of March and trying to get there 3-4 times a week – but I have to sit down with my diary first.

At the gym we have this new beast of a machine… the stair climber…

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it is so high up that your head is about 10-15cm off the roof. I had a go the other day when I was the only one at the gym (it’s a 24/7 gym) – I could look like a dick with no-one watching :D I have to admit that it is a bloody good workout!!! I did 5 mins and my heart rate was sitting up at 170bpm and was not slowing down. I should do 5 mins each time I go there…. that will show my legs/heart who is boss -hahaha!

The other thing I have been doing consistently is WALKING – my first love and favourite activity. Also because my two girls do a lot of activities out of school, so when J is on shift and it is just me to drive them around I take the time to walk, either with one of them or on my own.

 This walk was down near Glenelg – along the Patawalonga – Miss A was canoeing with Cubs and I was walking in some lovely weather, and listening to the water lapping. I was listening to my favourite podcast, but my 5 yr old headphones decided that time was up for them #kickthebucket.IMG_3991

linking: Thoughtful Thursdays

January 30, 2015

I have not participated in one of these before…. but I like it and hope to keep it up.

I read this on the blog ‘All the Weigh’ written by Kenlie, who I have been reading for sometime now.

Thoughtful Thursdays on All the Weigh

Go to http://alltheweigh.com/2015/01/thoughtful-thursdays-where-i-live/ if your keen to do the same and remember to link it to her blog via the comments.

Where I Live

1. Where do you currently live? I live in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.

2. Have you lived in your current state throughout your entire life? No – I have moved around quite a bit, due to a parent in the Navy, and traveling around Australia when we were in our early 20’s.

3. If you answered no to Question 2, then where else have you lived? I have lived in New South Wales, Canberra, Victoria, Northern Territory and Queensland – so all the Aussie States/Territories except Western Australia.

4. What is the coolest thing about your city/town? Adelaide is considered small when comparing to the cities in the Eastern states – but I like it. There is always a 2-3 point of separation, you will always, always know someone similar. I like the casualness of the place, that you don’t have to be a high flyer to be able to afford to live, that you can be a one income family and survive, that you can wear what you want regardless of fashion, that it is only a 40 min drive from the city out in all directions until you are at the “end” of the city outer limits. The beach is 20 mins from my house – the hills 20mins the other way.
I just love the weather too – Hot and dry in summer… cold, but not freezing in winter.

5. Are there any holidays that your state goes all out to celebrate? If so, tell us about it. Australia Day is huge here, well for all of Australia in general, it is on January 26th – so right in the hot part of summer, people BBQ at home and at parks, listen to the Triple J Hottest 100 {Radio station top 100  songs of the year countdown}, relax and sit in/by a pool. Public Holidays {PH} are a big deal here too – we have 13 of them over the year – and they are a welcome break from the usual routine. They are PH for the Queens Birthday, Easter, Anzac Day, Labour Day, Australia Day, Christmas Day and others. We love em! And not just for the time off work, but also for the pay – if you work it is generally paid at double time and a half on a PH! Woo hoo.

6. Describe your neighborhood (climate, scenery, etc.) I live about 9km from the Central Business District, in a new suburb that was once a paddock on the outskirts of the city – It has only been built on in the last 10 years, the suburbs and home surrounding our estate are 30+ years old. We are high on a hill, there is a creek that runs past our house {way below us}, aptly named Dry Creek, for South Australia is the driest state in the driest continent. Our average rainfall is 553 mm, with June being the wettest at 80mm. So not much rain falls here. There is a great walkway that runs along this creek line, we walk and ride it often.
We have four definate seasons here – HOT in summer, Autumn is cooler and we have great displays of colourful leaves, Winter is cold but not freezing, Spring is fresh and lovely – with the anticipation of summer.

7. What do you wish you could change most about the place you live? I wish I had a bigger back garden, with more room for the kids to run and play in – I also wish that it was not on such main roads, so we could know the kids are safe to ride their bikes to school.

8. Describe your home. What’s your favorite thing about it?  I live in a 10 year old house, it is built in the current style that Aussies love – single story, big open plan living/kitchen  – back yard that is made for entertaining. I love that this house is new, and had all the mod cons  – I hate the small yard that comes with new house blocks.

9. Where do you shop for groceries? We shop at Foodland a locally owned supermarket chain…. Woolworth and Coles Myer are the other two main players or Duopoly, they are big and money hungry, and have bought up most of the outlining businesses – service stations, liquor shops, farms etc. I hate that. I try to buy local foods where I can, I try also to buy Fruit and veg at the local growers markets.

10.. What is your favorite regular activity in your city/town? We go to the beach quite often, as it is only ‘down the road’. Our beaches are sandy and lovely, the water is cool but not freezing and the waves are small – it is perfect for a walk or a quick splash. I love being there! One day I will live near a beach.

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