Wednesday, August 31, 2011


  • Weekend away was good. Spent some quality time with Ma & Pa.

  • I didn't manage to sneak off Thursday afternoon for my run, but did go out for dinner with Mum's sis & her husband who are off on a 3 month adventure to Western Australia. Last night they were in SA having a beer with Mum's other sister.

  • Despite going to the pub for dinner Friday night & having a few glasses of red wine, I still managed to get up at 7am Saturday & completed an outdoor 5km run with no incident nor injury! Yip Yip! Also went on a 6 - 7km walk with Mum, Dad & Plumbing Boy just before lunch so was pretty exercised out Saturday.

  • Sunday got in another 5km walk with parentals while PB was dirt bike riding.

  • Monday 5km tready run & Pump. My quads were crying by the end of yesterday, but after a long soak in the hot tub last night, am feeling better enough today that I should make my planned run tonight. Not sure if I'll tackle another pump class - will see how I feel.

  • I've no other shattering life observations to share, so I'd better get back to work.

  • Ooh, still recovering from a shock loss by the Cat's on the weekend BOO. Lets hope we get up Friday night against the Colliwobbles!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Week 4, Day 3

Life has been busy, but operation Babewatch is still bubbling along in the background. The Up & Running course starts on September 8th by which time I'm supposed to be able to run 5kms outdoors @ 6 minutes per km.

Week 1: lots of enthusiasm, worked on nutrition (trying not to use that term diet). Made pumpkin soup, osso bucco soup & ate very cleanly; 2 AFD's (better than none right!); got in 2 x training sessions before waking with a very sore neck. By lunch time I could barely look left or right, up or down. Got in to my Chiro that night luckily; I recon it took a week to settle properly & for the muscular pain to dissipate. Had a weekend of cousin & niece visits which ensure (excused?) no more structured exercise from me. Lost 1kg.

Week 2: Did my first outdoor bridge training session & injured myself somewhere deep in between right glute & hamstring. Osteo got her elbow in there & adjusted my pelvis (again - this seems to throw everything out & was the cause of last years injury in a similar location). She told me to refrain from running for 3 - 4 days & take it easy. Did nothing until Sunday where I tried another outdoor session, this time of my own making: walk 1.5km to oval; then walk 1 lap, run 1 lap x 5 of oval; 1.5km walk home. Still a bit sore in the injured region, but range of motion was fine. Nutrition OK (steamed veggies for work lunch everyday with either an egg or a bit of chicken), 2 AFD's. Kept last weeks kg lost off.

Week 3: 5km treadmill runs on Tuesday & Friday. Still feeling a little worried that outdoor running will injure me again. Sunday I decided to drive to a bay side walking/cycling track & ran my 5km play list. Plumbing Boy measured it out on the map for me & recons I ran closer to 6kms + warm up. Cool down was walking around my car. I felt so pumped! It's much harder to regulate speed running outside! I found I was running too fast & had to slow down a bit to catch my breath, whereas on the treadmill I run at a constant speed & breathing is fine. I also did some stretches & core work on Saturday at home. Food similar to the week before, but overdid it on the weekend. 2 x AFD's & on Monday morning that kg I lost had returned.

Week 4 so far: We had a huge tender due in Tuesday, PB & I spent from 6.30am to 8pm Monday working on it (then me most of yesterday as well!). We were too brain dead to cook Monday night & opted for BBQ chicken & chips. Not a good idea. This morning I am up another kg!!! Anyhoo. Hopefully the damage will be reversed, although we have a fair bit on this week. 5km tready run last night. 2 x AFD's already. Thursday night we have dinner with my Aunt & Uncle who are heading west to baby sit my uncle's motel in Denham for 3 weeks while he & his wife are away overseas, so not sure how I will get a run in before 6pm dinner. Might have to see if I can leave work early..... Then on the weekend we are off to Moonambel again, this time with my parents. Will take my gear & get a run in on one of the weekend days & a slow walk with the olds the other day. Mum apparently has stopped "whooping" & is feeling much better.

I am feeling fitter: each run is easier. Most of it is in my mind anyway I think. So long as I remain injury free, it's more mind over matter. I've also found the pelvic adjustments have changed the action of my right leg & my ankle is often quite sore after a run; I am sure that this is due to using muscles that previously have been doing bugger all. I need to make a concerted effort to do a little strengthening on them. I have 2.5 weeks before the U&R course starts. I might not be quite up to speed, but I hope to be close.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Little Miss Versatile

My lovely mate & fellow blogger Ute was kind enough to give me this award. Thank you Uteski!!!!

I'm not sure I'm that versatile though, & the first thing I thought of was a naughty story my mate Ev told me... best not be repeated out loud here, but I'm giggling.

Anyhoo. The rules on acceptance of the award are:

1. Thank the blogger who gave the award to you & link back to them in your post.

2. Share 7 things about yourself.

3. Pass this award onto 15 recently discovered blogs - uhhh I'm lucky to read 15 blogs let alone NEW ones & some of them have already been awarded. I'll try for 5.....

k. here goes

1. I'm right handed & left footed. I can't kick the footy on my right foot to save my life!

2. I don't eat offal - liver, heart, kidneys, tongues, brains, feet & other gizzardy stuff. Ewwwww

3. I love cats. Especially black cats - aint no superstition here. I have a black cat; I have a painting of a black cat in an alley (painted by my mate Timmy) whom I named this blog after. I am wearing an Emily the Strange tee shirt with a black cat on it. I barrack for the Cat's in AFL footy. I don't think I'll be a crazy ole cat lady, although I do spend a lot of time talking to my cat.

4. I count stuff. Not sure if I'm a bit OCD. I count stairs, paces, cars, breaths, cutlery, all sorts of stuff. Takes my mind off things. I don't count sheep though.

5. I love water. I'd have a shower & a bath everyday if I could. Damn drought. I also scuba dive & prefer the tropical waters so I don't get cold! I also drink a lot of water. I'm not an (astrological) water sign though. I'm an air sign. Libra. Nor am I a water sign in the Chinese Zodiac, I'm a Metal Dog.

6. I don't really believe in astrology, but love to read about the characteristic's & traits I'm supposed to have & see if I can apply them to myself. I'm not overly religious either, but believe everyone is entitled to their own God. I guess I believe in a higher or greater being. I definitely believe in Karma. What goes around comes around. If you do bad things & treat people badly, the universe will pay you back sometime some how. If you do good & are kind & generous of spirit, then the universe will reciprocate. Yeah I'm a bit of a suck.

7. I'm really into vampire novels at the moment. I'm secretly hoping Sookie gets with Sam. He's such a nice boy.

Who to award????

Oldies, newbies & goodies:

#Tully! She's an amazing & on a journey of self discovery. She IS pretty!!!

#Brookie! & her mate Amanda. They've recently started a crafty cooking blog traversing the continents.

#Dog3oy - please don't go mate!!!! A poetic bloke who's life is a bit topsy turvy right now.

#Daughter of Ireland - a lovely lass from way over yonder with a sweet outlook & some entertaining Proverbs now & again.

#Chris H - go over & see the puppies!!!! & she's a good sort :0)

#Slyde - very entertaining bugger & extremely handsome to boot (wink wink)

oooh i made it past 5!

Even though Ute has already awarded them I'm also awarding (you can never have too many awards right!):

Memphis - & yes I just saw you've awarded me too............ thank you are just too is good peeps too ya know despite being a cranky C-Bomb at times. xo Steve is smart & funny & knows way more about politics than anyone I've ever met I recon!

& FML who's not feeling so well right now, but is a funny bugger & inspires me (sometimes) to move my arse.

I'm also giving a shout out to:
Cinders - I'm not sure you want the extra traffic & aren't blogging much these days;
Amanda - who's had to shut down her blog due to crazy stalker;
& Jules - what can I say: we all love Jules even if she is to bloody busy to blog!

& Last, but not least

Ute - right back at ya mate - Ute is a top chick: honest, funny & always honest. Thats why I love her. xoxo

Hope you'all have a marvellous weekend now ya here (say in Sookie's accent....go on!!!)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


I feel a little torn today. The sun is out, it's warm & I'm feeling happy; but I'm also feeling melancholy, if you can feel both those things at once.

I feel torn about whether or not I should feel happy though. Another blogger mate lost her grandmother this week. A high school friend lost her grandmother also this week. Another mate lost her beautiful cat. I feel so sad for these beautiful girls. I lost my own grandmother recently; And it's almost the 2nd anniversary of our friend who took his own life. So many things to feel sad about. I guess the hint of summer in the north wind today is enough to lift my spirit.

To any of you out there grieving the loss of someone or something or somebody I offer to you my condolences & some words I find comforting in grief.

You can shed tears that he/she is gone

Or you can smile because he/she has lived.
You can close your eyes

And pray that he/she will come back,

Or you can open your eyes

And see all that he/she has left.
Your heart can be empty

Because you can't see him/her,

Or you can be full of the love

That you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow

And live in yesterday,

Or you can be happy for tomorrow

Because of yesterday.
You can remember him/her

And only that he/she is gone,

Or you can cherish his/her memory

And let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind

Be empty and turn your back,

Or you can do what he/she would want

Smile, open your eyes, love, and go on!
~ Author Unknown ~

Do not stand at my grave and weep,

I am not there I do not sleep.

I am the thousand winds that blow.

I am the diamond glints on snow

I am the sunlight on ripened grain

I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you waken in the morning's hush,

I am the swift uplifting rush

Of gentle birds in circling flight

I am the soft star that shines at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry—

I am not there... I did not die...

May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind always be at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

and rains fall soft upon your fields.

And until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Thursday, August 11, 2011


Just found out me poor ole ma's got Whooping Cough. My sis called last night & gave me the news. Apparently she found out last week, but as nobody ever tells me jack I didn't know. I spoke to my aunt yesterday who thought Mum had something that was contagious for 4 months, so had planned on calling her today to find out what aunt was on about. Now I know. She's been on the antibiotics for more than 5 days so is no longer contagious; but will probably take months to recover.

Mum & Dad were both vaccinated last year (as was sis). Mum has a history of chest/respiratory problems so imagine this will take as long as possible to heal. I'm just glad she didn't get it while she was overseas. Dad was coming down with a cold when he left here after arriving home & Mum had one a week later. I'm glad they didn't give it or the whoop to me.

I'd hoped to go for a walk & maybe pump last night, but I was still a little tender for that. Did a bit of work on the foam roller last night as per the osteo's instructions working on left glute, right quad & both hamstrings. Getting better but still a little stiff & twingy today. Was hoping for a run on Friday night, but will have to wait & see............

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


I did my first outdoor workout in forever on Monday night! My PT mate used to make me run up & down the streets in her quest for fitness, but I never really enjoyed it. She liked to run on main roads (to be seen I suppose); I'd have much rather run on walking tracks or quiet streets away from the traffic!

I started on the 1st week of the Up & Running's bridging workouts which involved running, skipping, walking & marching. It was bloody cold outside & my nose kept dripping, but at least I managed to get it in between work & it getting too dark! I've ordered a sports watch with heart monitor online but it hasn't arrived yet, so had to use the alarm on my phone to time stuff which was a bit of a pain in the arse.

By the end of the session I actually had a bit of a pain in the intersection between said gluteus maximus & hamstrings in a similar location to my injury from last year. Got worse throughout yesterday, but luckily for me, my wonderful Osteo Jess had a spare appointment so I toddled off & let her push her elbow into places that HURT!

All is well, 2 - 3 days off running & straight back to her if there is any further pain. My pelvis was out which turned my leg out which buggers everything up apparently. She was happy I came straight in rather than leaving it until next week when it would have been harder to sort.

I'm supposed to week 1's workout 3 x times this week so hopefully can do the next session on Friday night & the last one on Sunday.

Been feeling a bit gloomy again this week....the cold wet weather just doesn't do it for me.

Oh. I made Brooke's lemon cake last night......... L has already eaten two pieces..........morning tea is looking good :0)

Friday, August 5, 2011


Was dressed & on my way to Gym Wednesday night when Plumbing Boy calls me to let me know he needs me to get up at 4.45am tomorrow morning to help him load the truck. WTF? Can't we do it tonight??? says I. I'm too wrecked says he. But can't I do it myself says I? Spose says he...

I turn around & come back home & had it loaded within an hour. Almost as good as a pump work out! Unfortunately I caved & had a glass of wine with dinner, but after 2 days without that wasn't so bad (for me!).

Woke up Thursday morning with a sore neck/shoulder which progressively got worse throughout the day - by 2pm I could barely turn my head left, right or up or down! Luckily my chiropractor was working & was available, so went for a crunch followed by a heat pack. He said it will take a couple of days to settle down. Have mobility today, but is still sore & have already had the heat pack on. Hopefully I will wake tomorrow right as rain. Funny expression eh???

I have my cuz Jax visiting tonight & my niece Jac visiting tomorrow (both sleeping over), so won't have a lot of exercise time, but hopefully will get something done.

Hope you all have a bloody good weekend where ever you are!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Plumbing Boy has taken up CAD drawing & has engaged a private tutor to assist. She came on Saturday morning, bright & early, so I whipped up a batch of muffins for them for morning tea. One of the plumbers dropped off some keys early that morning as well, & he grabbed a couple (he was taking his Ma shopping) - the same guy who wants this recipe for his next birthday cake! He came in yesterday morning "Mum wants the recipe! She frothed it." Translates to "loves them" - he shared.

Here is Saturday Morning's muffin making session & recipe for you.....

the original recipe is taken from this book

Here are some of the ingredients. I've tweaked the recipe a bit.

Mixed Berry Buttermilk Muffins

#2.5 Cups (375g) self raising flour
#3/4 cup (135g) caster sugar
#1 egg, lightly beaten
#1 tspn vanilla essence
#2/3 cup (160ml) vegetable oil (I've been using extra virgin olive oil)
#3/4 cup (180ml) butter milk (I've been using the yogurt above - full fat organic Greek style)
#200g frozen mixed berries (I've increased the quantity by 1/3 & use 200g blueberries & 100g raspberries

1. Preheat oven to moderately hot (I cook them at 200 deg C)
2. Line 12 hole (1/3) cup muffin pan with paper cases or grease holes (today I used the cupcake style cases because I ran out of much preferred square cafe style muffin wraps)
3. Sift flour & Sugar into a bowl; stir in the remaining ingredients
4. Divide mixture among muffin holes & bake for 20 minutes (without the modification I think they need 25 - 30; with modification test at 30 mins & cook for another 5 mins if skewer test fails). Stand for 5 minutes then cool on a wire rack muffins top side up to cook.

No mixer required just a bowl & a wooden spoon. Too easy!


Time to eat one!

Yum! Serve with cream or eat as is. Deliciously moist fruity muffins!

Day 2 Babewatch concluded well - went for a 5km run on the tready; it was a little too dark to try for outside by the time I finished work (to be honest, I'm a bit worried about how I'll cope without the tready!). No booze again & good clean eating. I stretched a lot after the run, but have sore inner arches this morning. Think I'll try a pump class tonight!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Day 1, Week 1

Survived day 1 of Operation Babewatch. Spent the entire day thinking about the glass(es) of wine I wasn't going to have with dinner & attempting to motivate myself to exercise.

Couldn't go to gym due to Plumbing Boys phone going flat & having to be in ear shot of the two way radio. Luckily I have access to my gym stuff at work & a nice big open concreted area so I started with some step ups, ran up & down the stairs a few times then cranked up the tunes & did some home style aerobics! Can I hear you say easy walk or grape fine! Double it up, add a twirl, turn it into an L & you have yourself a routine! I worked up a decent sweat.

Ate clean, didn't drink any booze at all!!! Drank about 4 litres of water.

Day 2 has gone smoothly & I'm about to go for a run. Laters!