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Monday, December 31, 2007

THE HONEYMOON IS OVER BABY................

No, I didn’t secretly get married, but it is time to get back on track. We are going on a diving safari on the Undersea Explorer out of Port Douglas departing January 19th 2008. My cousin works on this boat, is actually one of the captains, although on our trip she is rostered on as a diving instructor, which will give us more time together as she will have less responsibilities & we can help out with some of her tasks (can help with dive gear, but can sail a ship!) Including today I have 19 days of possible exercise, although probably 18 as I usually don’t do anything the last night before annual leave as am doing last minute work things plus I have a wax booked in & running after getting your bits waxed is not recommended.

THE PLAN:

Exercise:
60 minutes of Cardio per day. No excuses. Mostly will be my 20 minute run (plus warm up & cool down) & cycle. If I get around to doing any other classes, that will be an added bonus. My gym closes at 6pm tonight so will have to get my butt into gear to get my hour in before then as I am working today. Tomorrow they are not open at all so I am thinking a walk! The forecast is for 37, so if I get up early enough it shouldn’t be too hot. I can return some DVD’s while working on my tan :- )

I am considering setting up my yoga mat & doing sit ups in the morning, & maybe some squats too. Will see how I go.

Tracking:
Track all exercise & food. I seem to have lost my old point book, maybe I gave it back to Mum. But I still have my slide, & old records from previous weight watchers tracking phases I can copy from. Plus I have a friend who is doing the program, so can check things with her as she has all the new books. Apparently my 60 minutes of cardio earns me 6 points! (Please correct me if I am wrong).

Food:
  • Start each day with a Carrot, Apple & Ginger Juice (today I added a kiwi, ½ a lemon & a handful of parsley). I got out my old juice book yesterday & have been checking out what different fruit & veggies “do”;
  • Drink my herbal Detox Tea each day;
  • Drink 4 litres of water per day;
  • Keep off processed foods;
  • No Carbs at night.

I probably follow this routine 50 – 70% of the time anyway, just need to be more consistent.

Other:

  • Moisturize my body each day with tinted moisturiser;
  • Meditation CD 3 – 4 times a week (haven’t done it since we got back from our last holiday in October!);
  • Sit up straight;
  • Breathe Deeply & try not to stress: what will be will be!

I reckon that should just about do me!

None of the above is part of any new years resolution: I don’t usually make them as I am hopeless at keeping them. I am going to make one this year though, I am stealing one from my aunt.

New Years Resolution 2007: I am not allow to purchase any new novels until I’ve read everything already on loan to me by others! My Aunt took 2 years & finally completed this resolution this month.

Do you make new years resolutions? If not, why? If so, what's this years (only if you want to tell!)?

PS I am getting a new camera before we go away - I was going to purchase the same one I broke (Cannon Powershot), but the other half has seen a waterproof camera to 10 metres he wants instead, so hope to find it soon (he saw it in a camera shop in Cairns in October). Any recommendations welcome!


Thursday, December 27, 2007

CHRISTMAS NO 1

*******warning……………….long post ahead**********

Since I am still not really sure about the etiquette of referring to people with out their permission……………

The Cast
M & D (Mum & Dad)
Z (my partner)
F & N (my only sibling & her parner)
Tessa (my sister’s daughter/my niece)
T & C (Dad’s brother & his wife)
M & S (Dad’s sister & her husband)
A & A (Mum’s neighbour & daughter)

The trip to Warrnambool was really good! We got away on time, the traffic wasn’t too bad & other than a lot of rain (for which we are grateful for) the drive was uneventful. Mum had dinner ready for us on arrival & my niece Tessa had waited up to see us (she was having a sleep over at Grandma's too as F had her work Christmas party on). We ate, then I read Tess a story before bed. We all had an early night & woke up refreshed ready for a big day of feasting!

Our first Christmas gathering was lunch at Mum & Dads, with them, myself & Z, F & N, Tessa, & T & C. The menu included roast lamb, roast beef; roasted potato’s, pumpkin, carrot & parsnip; steamed cauliflower with cheese & mustard sauce; & steamed beans straight from Mum’s veggie patch!

We all managed to fit around the table (Tessa & I were on the camping table added onto the dining table – a little unstable, but did the job). Mum had the table laid with Grandma’s lace table cloth, a big bowl of cherries, red linen napkins, bonbons & candles. Everything went to plan & we eating by 1pm. No grumpiness, no short tempers, no sniping. Calmness, joyfulness & sharing the load made for a wonderful lead up to the feast.

Dad, C & myself did the washing up after lunch, letting mum have a rest, then we moved on to desert. Christmas pudding with brandy sauce; Pavlova with whipped cream, fresh strawberries & frozen mixed berries; & a nectarine trifle! While there was a lot of food on the menu, I don’t think I over ate, but I was comfortably full.

After lunch we had planned on a walk, however it was 16 degrees, blowing a gale & pretty much rained all day, so we settled in for some cards & scrabble instead! M & S arrived a little late (they had planned on arriving at 4pm, but after returning from moving some sheep, both had fallen asleep in front of the fire while drying out & didn’t wake until after 4pm!)

A & A also came over around 6pm (we’d borrowed their oven to cook the Beef in, & was nice for Tessa to have another kid to play with for a while!). Dinner was created out of left over cold meat, Mum made her warm pumpkin salad & C made her “famously divine” couscous salad. And of course all the left over deserts were polished off too!

We sat around yarning & catching up M & S’s 4 kids (my cousins), their partners & kids. 2 of my cousins have married, 1 has 4 children (under 5!!!), the other 1 & one on the way, so that was exciting news. Another is to be married in January & also just announced that they too are expecting! The 4th cousin has a long term partner & they have decided not to have children, enjoying their life traveling, skiing & snowboarding!

Fell into bed around 11pm having spent the day with people I hold dear to me: I felt truly thankful not only for my family, but for my life & how fortunate I am to be in the financial/emotional/physical place I am in right now (big sighs of contentment).

Sunday we’d arranged to have breakfast in Port Fairy at Rebecca’s (no – I resisted buying some more YoYo’s!) for Tessa’s 8th Birthday. F had bought her a Nintendo DS, & I got her the game Horsez. She was a very happy young lady! After Breaky we went for a walk (Tess had her bike) around Port Fairy, down to the beach along the foreshore & back along the river. It was still quite cool & windy & we avoided the few showers huddling under the local flora. After all that eating, it felt good to be moving.

Back to T & C’s home for coffee & birthday cake! T & C had blown up balloons & put up a Happy Birthday Banner in honor of the birthday girl – not sure that it was completely appreciated as she’d figured out how to create a horse & a foal & was busy trying to find the shop to buy carrots to feed said animals at the time :-).

It is hard for some people who have a birthday so close to Christmas. I have a few friends whose parents just didn’t seem to get the importance of making the birthday special & keeping it separate from Christmas & as a result are still quite bitter about it. We are doing our best to make sure Tessa’s day remains special, & I think F has planned to have her party/friend gathering on the 23rd of November each year now to keep it consistent & spread out the presents somewhat!

Dropped M & D home then headed back to Melbourne. Again a good quick trip, the only problem being my sunglasses being left behind in Melbourne & the day being quite glarey! Gave me an excuse to shut my eyes & have a cat nap! Usually I feel guilty sleeping & figure I should keep Z company & be a “look out” for traffic at intersections for him.

After all the rain (our rain water tank is full) I rewarded myself with lovely hot bubble bath & started a new book F loaned me, about a family of 5 sisters living in Tasmania (to start with). I’m hooked already & am looking forward to getting back into the gym & cycling while I read!

Monday, December 24, 2007

SLACK!

Forgive me blogger for I have sinned. It has been 11 days since I last posted.

  • I actually trained Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday last week. Each session involved my usual run, followed by a cycle (yes, I’ve finished reading Matthew Reilly – need to choose a new book)

  • Saturday was crazy, started out at 5.30am & finished somewhere around the 4am mark. The uncertainty may have something to do with excessive champagne! It was a good friends fully catered 40th birthday party at a boat house on the Yarra in the city (opposite Birrarung Marr). Awesome party – singing, dancing & lots of talking!

  • After which, I split with the man & met up with one of my Besties (K) who is out from Hong Kong on her annual Christmas visit (man stayed with his best mate & partied). She had been to a wedding & was in Northcote with a couple of other friends dancing in their loungre room & had run out of beer (oh noes!). So I cabbed it there via an all night bottlo in the city. More dancing, then couch sleeping!

  • Sunday we had a big breaky at Grecco on Southbank then headed back home. He slept, I dozed in-between dispatching jobs to our duty plumber. I woke him at 5pm as the duty plumber was after a delivery & “encouraged” him to drive while I navigated. Bit of a waste of a day, but sometimes it just has to be done.

  • Monday I was so shattered after work, all I managed was a lay on the couch to watch “the Santa Clause II”. I love kids movies. I love Christmas kids movies more.

  • Tuesday involved finishing off my Christmas Shopping. Still have one to go.

  • Wednesday night out for dinner for K’s birthday to Ginger in Fitzroy. Was a cocktail bar with finger food = chips, pizza etc. (can you see all the work I did the week before unraveling?). The man drove & we collect our other Bestie T on the way. Kept the drinking to a minimum as some of us had to work the next day, those who didn’t partied on into the night. Home at 11.30pm (I normally go to bed at 9.30pm!)

  • Last night – tidied, dusted, tidied, vacuumed, tidied, mopped, tidied, washed……………..getting the picture? Our house was a bomb site before I started. We are going to Warrnambool tonight for my Dad’s side of the families Christmas gathering & my Niece’s 8th Birthday. YAY! I also packed. We come back Sunday night as we are working on Monday. My parents are coming to Melbourne Monday sometime to stay with me, hence the mad cleaning frenzy!!!

  • Camera still broken, cheaper to buy a new one. Sigh. So no party pic’s until I borrow some from those who took some!

  • If I don’t make it back here before Christmas, to everyone who’s read &/or commented on this blog I wish you the very best for a Safe & Happy Christmas, & hope the new year brings you all your heart desires! HO HO HO!

  • PS please excuse all the spelling mistakes & grammatical errors…………..no time for spell checking!

  • PSS wrote this friday arvo before we left & ran out of time to post it!!!


Monday, December 10, 2007

ANYONE FOR A YO-YO?

My Dads beautiful brother & wife from Port Fairy, stayed with us last night, before heading off to Sydney this morning. They are such lovely, gentle, kind, intelligent, worldly people & I love it when they choose to spend time with us. I always learn so much from them. They have both done masters in their chosen fields & both worked for universities. In fact some of my year 12 class mates went on to be taught by my uncle & of course he was known as Uncle Tom to that particular class for the next 4 years : -). I sometimes still feel quite stupid next to them, but they never make you feel small about not knowing or understanding anything & will spend time sharing their knowledge & observations. They are always willing to lend you an ear &/or offer advice!

They arrived in time for afternoon tea, we had a bit of a natter, showed them some recent photo’s, looked for shows for them in Sydney on the internet, booked car parking at the airport & showed my aunt how to work Facebook to see her nieces photos (who is traveling). Finally we went out for dinner to our favorite Indian restaurant in West Footscray: Samosa Chat, goat Rogan Josh, chicken Do Piazza, Baigan Bhartha (eggplant curry), steamed rice & Naan later, we were all happily sated.

We were given 2 treats from Rebecca’s in Port Fairy, which is a beautiful cafĂ© with lots of gourmet food (although much is laden with Lard). I am sure I will love the Kasoundi spread & am fairly sure it will be low in calories, but what am I to do with the 700 gram bucket of mini yo-yo’s? Yes, they taste lovely, but I may as well glue them to my thighs because if I eat them, that is where they will reside! I suppose I will have to share them with my staff: but they are so damn nice, probably cost a bomb & was a gift, that I feel a bit guilty sharing them with people who may not appreciate them! Yes, I am a bit of a food snob.

The other ½’s Mum is also a shocker at giving lard laden food: mainly chocolate! Her boyfriend likes to play those games in shopping centre’s & pubs where you drive a claw & try to grab onto a toy amongst a million chocolate bars. He wins loads of chocolate: she is trying to keep her weight down & fully knows that so am I, yet still offloads them on to me!

Is it really the age old sabotage? Or perhaps more laziness, thoughtlessness, or thoughtfulness gone wrong? Am I just an ungrateful cow? I don’t know. I am sure I have at some stage or another, given a food present that was not so welcome. So if anyone is in Sunshine in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne over the next week, pop for a cuppa & a Yo-Yo!

Work Interruption: Speechless: I just spoke to a gentleman who’d put a sledgehammer through his wall & hit a water or waste pipe, I am still not sure. I explained that unless I had a cancellation, I didn’t have plumber available for business hours today. I could do something for him after hours, but it would be on penalty rates, or if he can wait till tomorrow, we can do some thing for him 1st thing in the morning. His response to this was F#ck you. I said pardon, He said it again; & again I said Pardon. Then he then said suck my c#ck! To which I all I could manage was "get a life" & hung up!!! (sorry if this is TMI - had to share with someone!)

Do you think this was Christmas agro or was he just a freak (probably thinks it is my faulty he stuffed his plumbing!)? It’s been a while since I had such an interesting negative response. To be honest, I’ve got the giggles now. I’ve heard 3 year olds dummy spit with more creativity & effect. The general public. What can I say. There’s always one that spoils if for the rest!



This is me frocked up at home before our work Christmas Party on Friday night, my camera died not long after. Me thinks it needs major surgery :-(

Friday, December 7, 2007

ELOQUENCE

Yesterday I pleasure of stepping out of my office & doing a couple of deliveries; a tool to a plumber, some paper work to a client & then did the banking as well. It was a beautiful morning; warm & summery. I was able to listen uninterrupted to a friends radio show on 3RRR an iconic Melbourne Public Radio Station. In my office the radio volume goes up & down according to telephone, 2 way radio & other interruptions, so tends to be background noise/music. I gave up actually trying to listen to anything at work years ago.

Richard’s show is called Smart Arts & basically covers anything & everything to do with the arts. It was blissful not only enjoying the lack of interruptions, but also Richards’ dulcet tones & interview skills. I suppose being a radio presenter promotes vocal undulation & eloquence & while listening to words like juxtaposition, melancholy & evoke, it reminded me how poorly lacking my language skills are!

How many times a day would I say join, sad & made, instead of the beautiful words Richard spoke. Don’t even get me started on how many times a day I say awesome, freak or freaky. I also cuss quite a bit so I won’t include the F word occurrences. When my office assistant started 5 years ago, I almost had to instigate a swear jar for myself! Being the only girl prior to that in my work place, I had not really noticed how much I’d picked up on the swearing around me. I am not offended by swearing, but it does have a time & place & I don’t like offending others with my language.

In year 10 at High School, we had an English teacher like no other before. His name was Mr Etherington; but we all had to call him Mr E. When he entered our class room, we all had to stand up behind our chairs & chorus “Good Morning Sir, Mr E Sir”: he would then bid us good morning & motion for us to sit. Mr E was also on a mission to improve our language & each week he gave us a “Vocabulary List” of words to look up, learn to spell & use in sentences, which we were tested on the following week. These lists contained all sorts of obscure words, most of which I’ve forgotten now. Perhaps I need to pay some respect to Mr E & expend supplementary occasions comprehending & using innovative expressions from my dictionary (or use the synonym function in word while word-processing!)

Thanks again Richard for some insight into the Arts; I was particularly moved by the interview with the creators of Brindabella.

Wow – it was hot in Melbourne last night. I am sure tempers will be ragged today for those who struggled to sleep! My other half got up at 4am to do paperwork because he was too hot to sleep! This of course set Rosy off, who decided it must be breakfast time if Papa was up, & proceeded to talk to me until I relented & fed her! So I am a little tired myself. The change has come through now & I may need a cardigan before too long.

The offending furball


Last night I found some frozen Calamanzi juice cubes in my freezer & made myself a lovely long Vodka & Calamanzi juice & pretended I was on the beach on Boracay Island in the Philippines watching the sunset. Calamanzi juice is native Filipino lime juice: simply refreshing & Divine!.

I skipped Gym Wednesday night. Sometimes when your man is drowning in paper work, you have to make sacrifices. He looked so forlorn at the mound on his desk that I took pity & stayed back with him. I can’t actually do any of this work for him (I’ve done all I can to lighten his load); but I was able to locate other paper work or information he required to help. Plus I word processed quotes as he completed them.

I made up for it last night though & did a 30 min cycle after my run. I don’t know how it escaped me, but I’d bought the new Matthew Reilly book (7 Deadly Wonders) for half price at Big W a few weeks ago & had not started it! I cannot cycle in the gym without a good book; music just doesn’t work for me. I love to read & I love Matthew Reilly; his books are so action packed (my Dad stopped reading them because he reckons they are unbelievably action packed). I don’t mind, like Mr Reilly said in an interview I read somewhere, if you can imagine it, it can happen. I think I will make a new rule this week: if I want to read Matthew I have to go to the gym & cycle!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

BLOGGING

Before I started this blog, I truly did not appreciate the effort people put in to post every day (or so!). I’d check my favorite blogs daily (sometimes more), hoping for an update: as much to entertain as to inspire. I have to admit, I love people who can take the piss out of themselves, & who can find humor in most situations! Not all of us born comedians though.

It is really hard to write something each day, that’s not just banging on about too much trivial stuff. I mean we all do trivial stuff: it fills up the spaces between the fun & serious stuff I suppose. But I’d like to thank all those bloggers who make the effort to post regularly! You’ve made lunch at my desk very enjoyable (no need to mention the food & drink sprayed onto my keyboard or desk as I burst out laughing at something someone has written). You Rock!!!

Hopefully now I am getting the hang of blogger, I can post more regularly myself! Haven't really got anything exciting to add though: work is plodding along nicely & I completed my 5 tune workout last night. One of the girls at the gym tried to talk me into a cycle class afterwards (not that she was going to do it herself, but was having fun trying to wind me up!) Hmmmm I can feel myself about to go off on a tangent about interacting with fellow gym goers here…………………..might save that for another day!

This is me at my desk this morning - I really need to practice taking my own pic! I got my hair cut on the weekend & have some very red highlights, although not so noticeable in the photo.

Monday, December 3, 2007

SPECTACULAR!

We went to the Spicks n Spectacular on Saturday night. For those of you who are not familiar, Spicks n Specks is a musical quiz show on the ABC, Wednesday's 8.30pm (although the current season is over). My Mum actually put me on to the show a few years back, which is pretty funny. While she loves music, I don't think she'd be able to answer many of the questions! However it is a comedy show too, based around music. Our our friends who came with us on Saturday night while having never watched the show, needed no explanation. Those of us who do watch the show I am sure may have laughed harder & longer at some of the antics & lines, as we had a bit of history.


The show was fantastic. Al, Myff & Adam sang; Myff played piano while Alan danced (I almost wet my pants laughing here). Adam Hills was in fine form. And audience members were chosen as contestants. My favourite contestant was chosen using the line "who is here with there parents" & Adam then chose the parent. I've actually forgotten her name, but she was fantastic. She rode the bike (that drives the turntable in one of the games) despite having never ridden a bike before; & was quite cheeky with Adam, telling him he'd be surprised what bigger ladies get up to in bed after which we found out her husband was at home with a back injury. Alan Brough could not speak for several minutes (I thought he was going to wet his pants). I suppose you really had to be there, but the whole night was an absolute hoot!


Almost spectacular has been my 5 song/20 minute challenge although it kinda went to shit towards the end of the week. Amongst everything else at work, I am responsible for Debtor Invoicing & am always very busy at the end of the month. The other half committed to playing golf Friday night with some of our staff, so I sacrificed my Thursday work out to stay in the office. Friday I had a shocking headache (probably from all the invoicing) so piked. Saturday I still had a fair bit on & ran out of time (& I didn't really want to mess up my new hair). Sunday however I made up for Saturday, & did back to back 20 minute runs!!! Yes, 40 minutes straight running at 9.5 on the tready!! The last 10 was extremely challenging & my knee started to hurt a bit. Slowed my speed to 9 for a couple of minutes then put it back up. Let's see if I can do 6/7 days this week!


I know I can't do anything friday night as it is our work Christmas Party: I finish work at 5pm & I need to be frocked & at the venue before everyone gets there at 6.30pm to decorate! Even if I have a bit of a sore head Saturday, my gym is open til 4pm. Surely I can manage that! Tonight I might even do pump after my run (can't completely forget about those push ups!)


Thanks to Brooke, Beckie & Kenz who have all left recent comments!!!


Brooke - hope Blackie's recovery is going well!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Running

When most people stand up straight, their knees & feet point forward. Not me. For my knees to point forward, my left foot has to turn out 15 degrees & my right foot around about 45. This little anomaly was the bane of my life when I was a child. Grandma always said they should have put me in leg braces when I was born. I spent my primary school years wearing black chunky school shoes with wedges hammered to the underside to help correct my gait.


My primary school was very small. In fact when I was in grade 6, the school had its maximum number of students ever. 42. My grade 6 had 7 kids in it (my sisters grade had 3, until the other 2 were kept down, then she was the only person in her grade!). We did not have a school uniform, most of the kids wore runners & I of course was the only one in "proper" school shoes. Not only was I teased about those, I was also teased about the way I ran. My right foot, instead of flicking up to my butt & back down again, did a lovely circle out to the right. I was called a spazz, spazzo, retard etc. I certainly did my best to avoid all running sports!
By the time I reached High School my gait had improved somewhat, but I do remember being asked by one of the girls why I ran funny! Apart from a bit of tennis & a year of hockey, I consciously avoided running.


I finally wore holes through my last pair of orthotics in 1995. My podiatrist advised me that unless I took up running (& only if it hurt) I no longer needed to wear them. I have spent years trying to concentrate while walking, on placing my right foot straight & not on the angle like a duck & I guess this this in conjunction with years of the orthotics have rendered my anomoly less obvious!


Most of my exercise until 18 months ago, involved walking & yoga. Since then I've done some group fitness classes involving running (depends on the size of the aerobics room as to the velocity!). My friend K who I was training with last year, decided to take up running. This of course meant so did I. At first I really hated it. I Huffed & Puffed & moaned about how hard it was. It did get easier, like most things: as my fitness improved, I could run faster & for longer without feeling like my chest was going to explode.
Sometimes K would make(?) me run on the road - that I really, really disliked (& still do). Apart from the surface impact, running on the footpath, next to a road that is a main arterial ( 3 or 4 lanes each way) was not appealing at all. I much rather the softer impact of the treadmill & the limited number of spectators!!! **K has taken up competitive sprint running after retiring me (or should I say me retiring me) as her training partner!


Since starting this blog & getting back into training, I have only walked, mainly due to lack of fitness. Last week though, I got the urge to give running a crack. Drum Roll Please................I've run for 20 minutes straight Sunday, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday this week! I have been slowly increasing the speed each day. I used to run on level 10: I started on Sunday at 8.5, last night ran 10 mins at 9, 5 mins at 9.5 then 5 mins at 10. :-) Whooo Hooo


I am trying change my mind set in relation to exercising, as I have been finding it too easy to talk myself out of it, using work & any number excuses not to go out & do something. 20 minutes out of a whole day is not much to ask for & I'd be pretty lame if I talked myself out of 20 minutes! In reality it's more like 40 or 50, by the time I change, 5 minutes there, back, warm up & cool down - but if I focus on that 20 minutes of intense cardio per day, soon enough it will become a habit.


I must say though, I really am enjoying those 20 minutes, or put another way, those 5 songs! Rage Against the Machine "Killing in the name of" x 2, Jet "are you gonna be my girl" & Metallica "holier that thou". The Rage song involves a lot of the F word, but the other words challenge me not to give up & stop! It takes a lot of effort not to sing out loud & by the end of the run I am grinning from ear to ear! If only everyone else could hear what I was listening too!


20 minutes. 5 tunes. How can I deny myself that?



I did try it last night, then demanded the other half tell me to not dream it & just do it.



So I did it!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Who Was I Kidding?

Needless to say I've not even attempted a push up, let alone one before breakfast this week!

We had our first general staff meeting in a long time on Wednesday, which I chaired for the first time, & also cooked bacon & egg toasties for. Now I work with these people every day, but it is quite different when you have to stand up in front of all of them at once & speak! There are between 10 & 12 of us at any given time, but that still makes me nervous. Most of the topics were administrative & I was really worried I would sound just like a nagging wife!!!! I consulted my Diploma Admin text book (knew it would come in handy :-) last week to remind me about writing & keeping to the agenda & generally how to manage & lead the meeting well.


I actually got up before the alarm went off at 4.45am yesterday morning, as I still had a few final bits & pieces to sort out. I thought the meeting went OK, but felt I was a little shaky in places & probably didn't make enough eye contact. But, last night the Boss Man (AKA the other half) told me I did a really good job! Well, that knocked my socks off! He's not a man of compliments & usually only comments when I get something wrong. He said I sounded strong & positive, not shaky or nagging, so I am really really happy! I was so tired by the end of the day though, I chose a nice hot bath over exercise. I was quite stiff from being tense leading up to the day, so not such a bad option.


I did make it to the gym Tuesday night & am about to finish up here & hit it again - perhaps I'd better try a few push ups! Loving the Metallica J sorted for my Pod while on the tready!!!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Weekend

I had a visitor this weekend. My cousin J from Sydney is working in Melbourne Monday & Tuesday & arranged to come down Saturday arvo to hang out. We visited a couple of friends in the afternoon/evening, & eventually made it to Fitzroy around 11pm, wandering past a couple of places I used to live & had a beer in the pub I used to work in. We had intended to see a band, but I am a little out of the loop these days, not knowing most of the bands in the gig guide, so we ended up at a bar in Brunswick Street & spent several hours catching up on each others lives & rabbiting on a fair bit due to the number of drinks we'd consumed by then. We had a really fun night appart from having to move from the beer garden to inside after a strange man sat on our our jug of beer, then tried to "swoosh his scent" towards us with his hands (well, that's what he said he was doing!!!!) & wouldn't leave us alone!!! hehehe


Sunday was spent sorting out some stuff on my computer - I am technologically challenged, where as J is a technology whizz; watching movies; cooking & generally chilling out.


Other than walking around Saturday night, my exercise as been non existant this week! I made it to Pump Monday, cycled Tuesday, Wednesday I worked til 9pm on a tender (long story with 3 closing dates on the documentation that we didn't get until after the 1st closing date! - not happy Jan); Thursday we had dinner out for a friends birthday at the Steak House Docklands (not enough time between dinner & work to exercise). I had the most devine Angus Beef steak, possibly the best ever! Friday night caught up on domestic chores (weekly supermarket shop, house work & humungous basket of ironing) so no gym then either. Saturday morning I had work commitments, took Rosy to the Vet for her annual shots & checkup, then it was time to pick up J from the Airport!

Rosy sitting on my desk



I jumped on the scales yesterday morning, although I am sure dehydration was the factor in the number (67!), will check later in the week & see what the real figure is! Although despite the lack of exercise I have made "better" food choices & drunk a lot of water.


Tonight I am on phone duty (the other half has gone fishing for a mate's 40th birthday & we run a 24/7 business) so I think I will pike on going to Pump as it is too hard to answer the phone in a group fitness class (unless you know the instructor well & she knows what is going on!). I could walk on the tready, but I think I will stay in & do some core stuff, push ups & a Yoga DVD at home in front of the aircon instead. Last year I was able to do 3 sets of 10 push ups on my toes - I am lucky to do one at the moment. Hmmm might start doing push ups in the mornings............

Friday, November 16, 2007

Flat................

Is what my bike "Chrystal"'s rear tyre was, 40 minutes into our ride on Thursday night!!! We road along the freeway bike track to Keilor Park, down in to the crater, along the creek then up the mother of all hills back up to the freeway.


For those Melbournites who know the Teddy Whitten Bridge, next time you go over it, look down. We pretty much rode straight up a gravel track from the base of the bridge where the creek is! Well, truth be told, I walked the majority of the way up! I don't like hills nor gravel at the best of times! I was huffing & puffing by the time I reached the top; but was chuckling thinking of Diet Girls recent posts on hill walking & bike riding : -)


I still got an hour of exercise in; the Man rode back to the Ute, loaded his bike on & drove around to the rendezvous point to pick me up! I had walked pushing my bike to said point.


Isn't the weather just gorgeous in Melbourne at the moment!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Lindt Chocolate......................

Today the supermarket had a display of Lindt Chocolate blocks at the 8 items or less checkout. I love Chocolate, especially Lindt Chocolate. I am pleased to report that I resisted, made it back to the office (after going to the bank via the supermarket) & ate a Banana instead! Yay me!!!
I failed abysmally with exercise over the weekend, but did OK with food choices, considering the social outings. Made it to Pump last night, the instructor launched the new release. Some tracks were quite challenging & some were easier than expected; I will have to adjust my weight on Wednesday I think : -)
Tonight we are off for a bike ride in the lovely sunshine. I love daylight savings!

Friday, November 9, 2007

Weekly Round Up


OK, still struggling with the profile photo, but will continue to work on that over the weekend. At least you can see what I look like now (see below).

Exercise:
Saturday: 20 min walk gym tready followed by Attack
Monday: 30 min walk gym tready followed by Pump
Tuesday: 14km bike ride, federation trail (with the man)
Thursday: 12km bike ride, Maribyrnong river track (didn't notice what it was called!) from Sunshine towards Ascot Vale (with the man)


I need to get some more weights in next week - I had planned on doing Pump then Balance on Wednesday night, but got held up at work.

Food:

I aimed to keep away from food type carbs at night, which I did successfully.
Ate lots of salad, veggies & fruit & drank at least 2 litres of water everyday.
Still need to watch my portion sizes & plan to work on that next week.
I am still enjoying a rather large glass of red wine most nights with dinner, although it is a carb (liquid!)!!!


Emotions & Motivation:

Have been working my way through a series of meditation CD's over the past month. I kept falling asleep listening to the first two discs, which wasn't a bad thing I suppose, but I wanted to do them "properly" before moving on to the 3rd disc. I started on the 3rd this week & am finding it really good. It is all about witnessing your thoughts without judging them; then letting them go. I am still falling asleep before the end, but I think this will be a really good exercise for me as I tend to dwell on things & sometimes find it hard to let them go.
Motivation has been quite good, especially with the man wanting to cycle with me - we have committed to Tuesday & Thursday nights. He refuses to set foot in a gym, so daylight savings has arrived just in time! It is really nice to do some exercise together.
Generally Speaking:
We have a fairly busy weekend ahead. I am out for dinner with some girlfriends tonight to celebrate a birthday involving drinks & dinner - will try to choose something healthy to eat as I am sure I will have a few drinks!
Saturday arvo we are heading to friends to whom we are god parents of some of their children, to hang out/play with the kids (12, 10 & 4), before heading out for dinner with their parents! Indian I believe - need to keep away from coconut milk curries, rice, bread & fried stuff!!!!
Sunday we are heading to friends for lunch & the man has some plumbing work to do for them. She is (supposed to be following) weight watchers, so hopefully lunch wont be too lardy! I will try & take her for a walk while the boys work!
Jumped on the scales this morning, looking closer to 68 now than 69, not sure the weekend will help, so wont get too excited yet.
Thanks to Brooke for the lovely comment & being my very first reader!! Mwah!

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!


TRYING TO ADD A PHOTO TO MY PROFILE!

At the moment I am trying to add a photo to my profile. The instructions tell me to post a photo to my blog first, so here I am.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Well, I guess I should start at the beginning.

I started reading blogs around 5 years ago for weight loss inspiration. Not having my own blog, I did feel a bit voyeuristic reading about other peoples lives, while they knew nothing of mine. I started to reach out & interact with some of the people who's blogs I was reading, & before long had made a few friends (Brooke, Beckie, Phil)

Encouraged by Brooke, I decided it was time to start my own blog. About 6 months ago. Got side tracked & a bit scared I suppose of putting myself out there, & of course have been trying to compose the perfect first post in my head...................... which of course is impossible! So here it is, my first post.



This blog will be a little about fitness, a little about weight loss & little about life's meanderings.
Please forgive lack of blogging etiquette, spelling mistakes, crap font or any other mistakes I make as I am only learning!!!!!



Weight loss/Fitness History:

I was a skinny kid, the stick figure type, right up until the age of 20. I started putting on weight around then when I bought my first car (no longer walked everywhere or walked to catch public transport), met my partner at 22 (lots of eating out, partying & lots of lardy home cooked meals!), left my hospitality job at 23 for a desk job & didn't own a set of scales (& avoided them). I gradually put on 2 kgs every year, for the next 10. As it happened slowly, I failed at first to notice, then chose to ignore, until I saw a photo of myself at at wedding.



OH MY GOD, SKINNY ME WAS FAT!!! How did this happen! I wasn't morbidly obese, but had gone from 56kg to 76kg, & this was quite a shock for me. I grew up in the country & had not created an exercise habit at all. The only exercise we had as a family was incidental, in the course of our lives & compulsory school sport, excepting the year I played a summer of tennis & in year 12 Mum thought I needed some stress relief & joined up with a local hockey team. Was completely hopeless at both, although my tennis has improved & I quite enjoy it when I can find someone to play with!!!



How to combat the 20KG? Mum & Dad had been attending weight watchers for a while to loose 5 - 10 kgs themselves, so armed with Mums literature, I started eating nutritionally & exercising. This was when I discovered weight loss blogs. I joined my local gym & ate a lot of rice & veg! I would cook up big batches of steamed rice, wok up some veg & then freeze in portions. Before this we would not eat til 8pm & while we always ate a lot of fruit & veg, we just ate way too much & a fair bit of fried stuff (chips are definitely my downfall!).
I would get out a rice n veg in the morning, eat it when I walked in the door at night around 5.30pm, then head off to the gym, cooking for the man on my return. Over a year, this bought my weight down to 65kgs, where I remained reasonably happily for the next 5 years. At the gym I had only used the treadmills & cross trainers - to scared to do weights amongst the grunty blokes & feeling too uncoordinated to do group fitness classes other than body balance (which I love).
One day I made a new friend in body balance & over the next 2 years we trained hard together; she completed her Cert IV & V in fitness & has since gone on to do her post grade nutrition course, runs her own PT business, teaches aqua aerobics, as well as her regular day job. This friend taught me all about using the weights & together we did pretty much every group fitness class on offer!!!
I became her support person when she competed at the INBA last year! I only lost 3kgs in 2 years we trained together, but dropped down from a 12 -14 dress size, to a size 10!!!! I was toned & very fit!!!!! NB the scales do not tell the full picture!!! I was however training at least 2 hours a night & more on weekends, after the competitions were over, I needed a break & unfortunately have not done a lot of exercise in the past 12 months. My weight has crept back up to 69kgs & I have wobbly bits again! OH NOES!
While I am still good friends with this gorgeous girl, her life revolves around her exercise & her partner also spends a lot of time in the gym. I could no longer commit to that level of training as I had been ignoring my own partner & needed to spend more time with him & on the business we run together.
So here I am, inspired & ready to get back into it!
Blog Name

This blog is named after my cat! My partner found her on an industrial site, where they had caught her & were going to wring her neck! She was a stray, short haired, scrawny & malnourished black cat! I took her into the vet to get checked out & to get all her shots; they asked me what her name was & I immediately thought of a painting a friend of mine had given me of a black cat in an alleyway & said AlleyCat!!!! She has since had numerous nicknames, the one that has stuck is Rosy, so that is who I am referring to when talk about Rosy. My nickname is also Cat, so figured the name suits.

OK, here goes..................