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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.

Bounce up and down…..

January 26, 2015

Mostly my days plans don’t go as I would have them go. I think this is due to us {me and the husband} being quite happy to change plans at a moments notice – such as calling in to my parents house for a cuppa on the way home from an event, rather than going home and making the kids go to bed on time. I think this is also due to it just my lot in life.

Yesterday, we headed to one of the newest crazes in town – “BOUNCE is a spring-loaded urban playground with a wide range of things to do with kids; where hard surfaces are replaced with circus-grade sponge, giant air bags and springs”.

We booked our session and paid our money on line and headed there yesterday for 5pm. While waiting for our time slot, we viewed the trampoline playground from above on the mezzanine floor and I commented to J that the amount of women over the age of 35 for startling few. As in 1, possibly 2. There were a few more Dads/Men around – but only 5-10…. it is a very young activity to partake in it seems.

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Well, I had paid for the four of us to Bounce, and bounce I would – even if in the very, very minority of the session.

First we lined up on the ‘bounce along a long trampoline and jump into an air and foam filled pillow’ – the girls went first, then J and then me. Boy was I nervous…mainly about getting out of that foam and air pillow – and I wasn’t far wrong. It took more strength and ab muscles than I thought to maneuver my body from an upside down-legs in the air position to an upright, climbing out of the cushion position. But I did it.

Here I am “flying” through the air….

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gee I actually thought I went really high…..

We all had another go or two of this activity, and as I was standing off to one side clearing a piece of dust out of my eye, when I noticed that J had ‘bounced’ off the tramp into the air cushion and had not surfaced. I then noticed the attendance helping him up and watched as he limped up the walkway and back to the seating area and the attendants were calling for ice.

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We had been there 10 minutes.

And he sat out the rest of the session, with a very pained expression on his face. Partly due to missing out and mostly due to actual pain. Sigh.

The girls and I carried on our Bounce session, thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and remained uninjured, and I was one of the eldest there! Although now I may have some understanding as to why not many mums/older ladies Bounce….. your Pelvic Floor Muscles need to be strong, very strong……..for one hour of jumping up and down certainly puts them through their paces!!!  I had thought about this situation will admit here to being properly prepared for any potential mishaps…… I didn’t want to be the old, overweight and wet crotch’d woman on the trampolines!!!

Here are some of the other trampolines we bounced on and highlights of the day out…..

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And back to having plans not go as planned for me…. Now I have a husband with torn ligament {a trip to emergency at the local hospital confirmed} who is on complete rest for a few days. So out nice dinner out ended with salad and chips from the local chip shop, an emptied-wardrobe-into-the-lounge-while-we-paint {that is only half done}, back to school for the kids tomorrow and a family gathering in a park to attend today. Sigh.

Health:

And back to that salad and chips last night – I ate way, way, way too much! Our local chip shop has the most delicious chips, and I just could not stop munching them. And then when we went to pick up J, we all had a Macca’s Ice-cream cone – I ended up feeling really sick.

So this morning, while I lay there at 5:15am with a growling, groaning digestive system trying to clear the crappy food out…. I hatched a plan to get up and go to the gym, this public holiday Monday. And by 5:55am I was on the treadmill walking my way to a better day…. 6.5km and 8000 steps later and I felt so so so much better! I really needed to move – move my body, move my mind to a better place for the day and move my thoughts away from the hatred I was feeling for myself and my eating last night. AND it worked.

I need to move now too – with a husband laid up in bed, all those small jobs are now mine and I have a lot to do!

Have a great day. Happy Australia Day!

Slow day without children.

January 23, 2015

I have a day off! I am without kids today as they slept at their grandparents last night. I have planned all week what I am gonna accomplish….. so much, such long to-do lists…

So far I driven to the shops to buy cat food, cleaned up the kitty litter, cleaned up the dog poo, fed the dog, fed the cats, given them both fresh water, stroked the kittens heads and given the dog a chew bone.

And if you replace the words with ‘kids’ – I have done nothing different than if the children were home….

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But – I guess I would have done double, for I would have done all of that for the animals….and for the kids.

Okay, it’s a slow day – not a day ‘off’.

600 dreth

January 20, 2015

Well Hello Hello – it has been a several weeks since I have found time to sit and write a few words here on my blog, but when I have had time, my fingers have sat still on the keys, and I have not known what to write.

This post is also my 600th posting. Beginning back in July 2010, it has been a    4.5 year journal-ling journey. I guess I thought it deserved a big fan fare, something momentous to be said, a long and exciting look back through the years. But I never actually gained the inspiration to do any of that. And so the 600dreth post sat waiting.

And I want to post about stuff, so I will need to be content with just posting the usual and move on, as I think the celebration of 600 was my stumbling block. Interestingly when I googled 600 picture – in anticipation of providing a picture suitable for the occasion – the ol google images displayed things from a car, to a plane, to an omelette, to an obese person, a keyboard, motorbike and a toad. Weird. But true.

Now that my perceived stumbling block is hurdled…. onto a mini catchup….

The usual activities have taken over my days – Christmas, river holidays, New years, children on school holidays {who are currently playing school as I type…they must be missing it}, a family business moving to/renovating a new location, exercise, eating {too much} and enjoying the summer days.

It has not been as hot as other years here. I am not complaining at all. The heat really got to me last year, so I am happy for it to remain at a lower temperature.

We did have a major bushfire two weeks back, and only about 12km’s away from our home. We were probably not in any danger, but it is scary when suburbs you know like the back of your hand are being evacuated. Many friends left their homes in the early hours of one morning, and a few even lost sheds, animals and homes. It has been a sad and difficult time for all involved. There has been a huge amount of community support, which is always so heartening, and the girls and I attended a Ute muster the other day, which was a fundraiser for the cause.

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Not the best photo – but it shows the band on the back of a semi trailer…. in true ute muster style.

 

We are now the proud owners {are you really owners of cats…?? they own you I am sure} of these two little kitties…

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Curled up on the top landing of their cat scratching pole – Day 2… and now only one of them can sleep up here.

 

They are super cute! Benjamin {ginger} and Coco {tabby}. They are Miss A and Miss L’s respectively, so I guess that makes us grandparents. Having two cats is a first for us and I was a little worried, but they do keep each other entertained. It’s the double the amount of poo and kitty litter that troubles me.

We have decided that a move to another home in another suburb is on the ‘to do’ list for us. Many reasons are making us want to pack our lives into small boxes and move it all less than 15km away…. and I know I will totally regret it all…. but those reasons will not go away – better schools, better area’s for the kids to ride, walk, and play, and more space around our house. Who knows how long it will all take, but we have begun the sort out and I am currently photographing all our old memorabilia to store as digital files rather than boxes of crap… here are some of my old drivers license’s that I have kept…

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why???….but now they are still able to be looked at, and not cluttering up my cupboards. I have only just begun but am making lots of progress and am very chuffed with myself to have thrown so much away. De-clutter my life!!

J celebrated his 39th birthday the other day –

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we went to the beach, had chicken and chips and went for a long walk. Glorious way to make almost an end of an era. Mine is coming up shortly….

Health:

Hmmm… I am right in the middle of PMS-ing at the moment so if this all comes across as self-depreciating then that is why…

I joined Weight Watchers again late last year – the week or two before chrissy…. always a bad time, but then again there is never a good time. Uni was over, I was free, I was feeling gross, I needed weekly accountability.
I weighed in at almost my heaviest weight {from 8 years ago…} SIGH… and holy guacamole batman!!! Never a nice thing to see written out on a little book. I vowed to not get 3 months into my WW journey and be heavier than I began. I would DO this! Well, I am almost 2 months in and am heavier than I began. Fuck.

I don’t loose weight easily. The .500 – 1kg weekly loses for me never happen – not sure why – just not my body make-up. I am okay with this, it is something I have watched over time and have learnt to live with it. I know I have said all this before…..What I find frustrating is that I work hard at eating right, at moving more, at drinking water, at watching my portions – but what is the hardest is that one meal “off plan” or higher in calories {read chicken and chips/pizza/Chinese food} will put me up 1kg or 1.5kg – which then take me 3-4 weeks or even 2 months to lose…cos I have eaten one of those meals again and the cycle begins… grrr.

It’s frustrating and it annoys me. I also find at TTOM I am very bloated and feel large for around 10-12 of the cycle…. almost half, so I spend half my month feeling huge, looking huge and weighing more and the other two-ish weeks working hard at removing it. I really feel like I am stuck in a never ending cycle that is very hard to break.

I am in that place right now… feeling very round…. I have a weigh in tonight, but will go to the meeting and sit and listen but not weigh. I feel that a number will be the catalyst of who knows what. And I don’t want to find out. I need the meeting though, I need the discussion and the renewing of strength that the they give me. I am determined to fight this, and come out at the end of 2015 feeling and looking so much better, and I have orchestrated my life {less uni and work} so that I might be able to concentrate on this more.

Another thing I have this year is a Fitbit. I got it for Christmas, and have worn it everyday since. It is a great little motivator, and most days I am walking 10,000 steps. Whether completely accurate or not, I still know I am moving more. Since Dec 27, when I finally had a chance to charge it and put it on – I have stepped 199,492 steps = 8673 each day {23 days}. Which is def more than I was doing last year.

I am still attending my gym and love it there so much –  the {empty} change room looked like this tonight, so pretty and peaceful in there!

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I know I can do more each day, so want this average to increase. I am also trying to begin to get up earlier…. as when school goes back next week, I dont want it to be a HUGE shock to my system. Exercise in the AM can then be re-added. Therefore moving more.

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My head feels clearer now. I really needed to offload those swirling angry frustrating thoughts….

And I really need to move off this computer, 1) my fitbit says I have only stepped 1900 today {it’s 2pm!} and 2) I promised myself that I would clean up my study today…. and have not even started!

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