Friday, November 29, 2013

Stolen Meme

A Meme I stole from Steve:

1. What’s your favorite candle scent? 

2. What female celebrity do you wish was your sister? 
I already have a sister.  Not sure she’d be too happy about being traded in for a celeb.

3. What male celebrity do you wish was your brother? 
don't have a brother & haven’t given it much thought…………how about Hugh Jackman - he looks like such a nice bloke!!!

4. How old do you think you’ll be when you get married? 
Younger than when I did finally did do it..........

5. Do you know a hoarder? 
The bloke I married is pretty good at it.

6. Can you do a split? 
I could do a chocolate banana split right now.  Yum!!  “The Splits” no chance.  Not. That. Flexible.

7. How old were you when you learned how to ride a bike?
Maybe I was 5 or 6 – I remember where – at our neighbors house around their big tree in the paddock next to the house? The neighbors are long gone, the house has been replaced & cows now reside in that particular paddock.

8. How many oceans have you swam in?
I am terrible at geography. Oceans that are on the eastern, southern & western coasts of Australia. The oceans that house the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand & Bali. Too lazy to google.

9. How many countries have you been to?
See above.

10. Is anyone in your family in the military?

No living ones. Both grandfathers fought in WW2.

11. Have you named any of your body parts?


12. If you had a child today, what would you name him/her?
Something without ambiguous spelling.

13. What’s the worst grade you got on a test?
34% in year 12 chemistry exam.

14. What was your favorite TV show when you were a child?
Worzel Gummidge, Puff the Magic Dragon, Dukes of Hazard, The Brady Bunch, The Famous Five - with Julian Dick & Ann, George & Timmy the dog.

15. What did you dress up as on Halloween when you were eight?

16. Have you read any of the Harry Potter, Hunger Games or Twilight series?
All of them.

17. Would you rather have an American accent or a British accent?
Irish actually. Could listen to that lilt all day (& night).  Fell in love with a regular customer at a restaurant I worked in when I was 19.  He must have been 45???  We called him Irish (creative weren't we!!) & all us waitresses adored him.  Am a complete sucker for the accent still!!!

18. Did your mother go to college?
No, she did her leaving exams (year 11) & then went to Midwifery (nursing) School in Melbourne.

19. Are your grandparents still married?
They were all legally married when they died.

20. Have you ever taken karate lessons?
No. But I did go to 1 wiin chung class once. I wish I’d learnt Karate – wax on, wax off Daniel Son.

21. Do you know who Kermit the frog is?
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection, the lovers the dreamers & me.

22. What was the first amusement park you've been to?
Seaworld on the Gold Coast. I was 16.

23. What language, besides your native language, would you like to be fluent in?
Spanish; Italian; Irish (Gaelic).

24. Do you spell the color as grey or gray?

25. Is your father bald?
He’s giving it a crack!!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Colour Run Done!

I participated in the Colour Run on Sunday with 22,000 peeps including my cuz, sis, niece & niece's mate.  It wasn't really the sort of run I am used to, as there was lots of stopping & starting due to congestion & coming to a complete stop at some of the colour stations to GET COLOUR!  

People didn't follow the instructions very well of walkers to the left & runners to the right so it was lucky I wasn't taking it very seriously!!!

Suited the rest of my co-runners as they hadn't trained much & were all stoked to have "run" the whole way.  I didn't bother timing it as it was more about having fun & getting coloured!

Here we are nice & clean pre run - cuz on the left, sis in the middle.

Pretending to do Zumba during the warm up...........I was making up my own moves!!

Nicely coloured on completion after our own paint war!!!

Stage @ the after party!

Niece & mate after their own paint war!

I still have my happy tattoo!!!

Was a lot of fun & I highly recommend this event for people who are starting out running as a less serious event.  There is plenty of time to catch your breath at each colour station & possibly more walkers than runners!!

We're all keen to do it again next year & will definitely by a lot more creative with our attire!!!

Time to start training a little more seriously for the Warrnambool Surf T Surf 10km in January.  Hopefully will keep me honest over the silly season.  The festivities have begun already & I don't have a spare weekend between now & new years!!!  Wish me luck!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Colour Run

This week has been tough training wise.  I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve been worked harder, or if the eating, drinking & being merry last weekend had a bigger effect on me than I thought! 

I ran (7kms) Monday night out on the road in the sunshine which was sooooooo nice!!!  I’ve been hanging out for the warmer weather & am so over the cold wet & windy spring we’ve had.  Tuesday was PT, Wednesday Tready Hills (6.75kms), Thursday night PT & this morning ran 8kms before work out on the road.

I think Mike is working me harder than Craig did, because I swear both Tuesday & Thursday my arms & legs were quivering after the sessions.  Just like they did way back when I first started personal training with Craig.  Like I said, I’m not sure if last weekend’s bad nutrition contributed, but it seemed HARDER!  

I've been calling my new PT Mike “Magic Mike” in my head – not because of the film, but because he’s a basketballer (& way tall), & basketball reminds me of a tune by the Red Hot Chili Peppers called Magic Johnson, about that basketball player.  So Magic Mike he is (with a Magic Johnson theme song).  I missed my old trainer a little less this week as Magic Mike & I found some more common ground (calling the 8kg dead ball Wilson) & had a bit more of a laugh & a joke during our sessions (when I actually had enough breath to speak that is!).  He taught me a new high five move to conclude our sessions with Tuesday night which made me laugh.

So.  Last weekend’s nutrition wasn't super bad, just not what I am used to.  I could have tried harder & been stricter, but you know what?  I couldn't be bothered.  BUT my skin has been awful this week (as well as struggling with the training!) so I think I will be trying harder in the future.  I can see that my whole view on what I eat has dramatically changed this year & I no longer want to eat a lot of the stuff I wouldn't have thought twice about last year.  

We stayed with friends who have 3 kids (3, 5 & 7 y/o) who are adorable!!  As are their parents.  I guess the main offender on the weekend for me was bread.  White bread.  Garlic bread Friday night with dinner (pasta); toast for breakfast, sandwich for lunch, garlic bread with dinner Saturday night; Sunday toast for breakfast, BBQ with bread for lunch.  Additionally there were slices/cake for lunch which of course I had to try :0)

The food wasn't bad & most of it was homemade; it's just that I haven’t really eaten bread since last year!!  Maybe a slice of plumbing boy’s garlic bread here & there; but I couldn't tell you the last time I ate toast or had a sandwich; & if I did have them, it wouldn't be white bread.  

Our friends had bought fancy white bread for the grownups & plain white bread for the kids.  Mr 7 while eyeing off the fancy bread asked me which sort of bread was the healthiest.  I said hmmmmm probably multigrain.  His mum grinned & said that would be the one you call bird seed bread mate.  It will be interesting to see the next time we stay if multi grain is on the menu.

Plumbing boy seems to be able to eat bucket loads of bread without it affecting his waist line, but my body operates waaaaaaaaaaay better without it.  I was happy to come home to my own food & it’s taken me til today to budge the kg I put on over the weekend.  Anyhoo.  Enough about food.

This weekend in Melbourne is the Color Run, & my sis & niece (13) are coming up for it.  One of my cousin’s is doing it too.  Sis is walking & niece & cuz don’t seem to have done much training so will probably do a bit of each.  Niece is doing it with one of her mates so I don’t think us grownups are allowed near them!  I’m not quite sure what I’ll be doing at this stage or who with, but I do plan to be covered in COLOUR!!!!  I’ll be putting my phone in a ziplock bag to keep it safe, but hopefully will have some pictures to share next week.  

I guess the memory of the pain of the ½ Marathon has worn off as I just signed up for another one in Geelong in April………………..didn't want to wait a whole year to try for that sub 2hr time. Oh how the times have changed!!

Sleep again this week has been shite, but I guess I’m coming out of my funk due to said signing up for another half.

Hope you all have marvelous weekends doing whatever makes you happy!!!  Me, I'm going for a Colour Run :0)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013

4th Anniversary

4 years ago today Plumbing Boy & I got hitched - although we've actually been together 21 years + 1 month - so it kind of feels weird celebrating a 4th wedding anniversary.  I can't really believe that 4 years has gone by so quickly though.  I don't even want to think about where the past 21 years has gone................ We are going out for dinner tonight to celebrate anyway - we've yet to decide where as we keep changing our minds!  PB's keen on a Malaysian place, but he always orders heaps of deep fried stuff that I don't want!!!  We are still in negotiation!!!!

While I am looking forward to this & am happy to celebrate, it's been a tough week.  This gloomy weather is not helping & I've been feeling rather melancholy which sux.  I've tried every trick in the book to get me out of this state - running, gym, positive affirmations, happy tunes - but none of it is really working.  I've been in the midst of an insomnia patch  now for a couple months too; any noise wakes me when I finally do get to sleep (PB's loud snoring isn't helping!) so I've been really tired which doesn't help.  I've been trying herbal remedies (Valerian) which have been helping some.

My shoulder/biceps tendinitis is still dragging on & I'm well & truly over it.  However, the physio was super pleased that I've now got pain emanating from my rotator cuff down into my tricep!!  According to him this means my exercises are working which has caused these puppies to tighten up which is causing the pain.  He did some rather unpleasant prodding under my arm last night to alleviate this & it is feeling better this morning (thank GOD!!!).

He also sold me one of these which I suspect will be my new best friend...............

You can lay on it or stand up against a wall & push those hard little spikes into all manner of shoulder, arm etc etc sore spots.  I'm calling him spikey.  Spikey is good for any trigger point/self massage relief & I'll be able to torture my calves, glutes & feet among other body parts! 

I tried an 8km run on Saturday, my right knee was almost sore enough to ice afterwards so the ITB tightness is still there & that also is getting me down.  I'm doing physio exercises & using a foam roller for relief.  I guess I feel a bit broken.

I've started with the new PT - Mike.  His back ground is in basketball so should be OK for the type of conditioning I'm after.  I guess it will take time to build up the camaraderie & friendship I had with my old PT, but I've signed up for 10 sessions & will see how it goes.

We're heading to the country to visit friends & go to a country show on the weekend so hopefully that will get me out of my funk.  In the mean time, I'll leave you with my 2 x fave professional wedding photos.......................

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Thursday, November 7, 2013

A Fond Farewell

Feeling the love at gym last week was rather short lived after finding out Friday afternoon that my lovely personal trainer is moving on having taken an awesome job in a fancy pants gym on the other side of town.  One with its own private beach!!  I can't blame him; plus he's only 4kms from home now.  The transit to my side of town every day must have been a drainer.

I admit I was quite devastated & am still a little sad as I have well enjoyed our training sessions.  I don't think I've ever dreaded a single session - I knew they would always be hard work, but I was always happy to go & give it my best shot.  

I had the lofty goal of hiking the Black Cat Track this year & not be the weakest link - I certainly smashed that one out of the ball park with his help.  But more than that, I don't think I would ever have committed to doing the 1/2 marathon without his encouragement & belief in me that I could do it.  

I still have family & friends who say - "that's too far to run", "you'll hurt your knees" etc, in addition to "don't lose any more weight now, you're too skinny", "look at you, you're all skin & bones, you need to eat more".  I also have friends & family who compliment me on my hard work & remind me I'm doing a good job.  But it's always the doubters & the negative comments that fuck with your mind.

Anyhoo.  My point is I am so much stronger now - not just physically, but mentally too, than I was 9 months ago.  I feel like I am in control of my life, like I am in the drivers seat for a change instead of being in the passenger seat & going wherever life takes me, & I am so so thankful to him for that.  I know I pay him & it's his job to get me results, but I'm not sure he realizes the flow on effect that has had such a profound impact upon me.

I had my last session with him last night & his protege shadowed the session with the view of taking me on for a for a few sessions to see how we fit.  True to form it was particularly challenging, but with lots of laughs along the way about how unfit I am (joking) & my general (lack of) co-ordination skills (not so joking!).  I hope the new guy is OK - I am trying to be open to change, but he has awfully big shoes to fill (physically & metaphorically speaking).

So I wish you a fond farewell & all the best with your new job & life ahead without us bogan westies to keep you entertained.  You will be missed mate.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Friday, November 1, 2013

A Little Love

I was feeling the love last night at gym.  I rocked in as I usually do in a bit of a rush, sunglasses still on looking for my card in my gym bag, when I hear a flirty " hello darlin' " pop out of the mouth of one of the baby PT's.  

I actually thought he was talking to someone else, but no, it was directed at me!   Usually it totally shits me when people call me love or darling etc, especially from people younger than me.  But he gave me such a big smile that I laughed & continued to giggle on the tready til my PT was ready for me.  Crikey.  I'm old enough to be his Mum!

I had an observer last night for my PT session, a lady from the Australian Institute of something is half way through her training & doing a placement at my gym.  About 5 minutes into the session (after the first set of exercises) she says to me you're quite (insert word) aren't you, how often do you come to the gym.  I had to get her to repeat herself 3 times before I understood her - not because of her delightful NZ accent Chris H - but because she called me ATHLETIC!!!!  

I know I run & all, but I've never been called athletic.  Ever.  I was a skinny, runty, uncoordinated, weedy kid/teenager.  I was always last to be picked for sports at school.  In my 20's & early 30's you'd be likely to find me boozing in a pub somewhere rocking out to some alternate music & gradually putting on 20kgs.  Exercise just wasn't on my radar.  Exercise was not cool.

I guess I didn't start exercising til sometime in my mid 30's (clothes shopping was becoming challenging); but it has only been in my 40's (god that sounds ancient!!!) that I seem to have found my sporty self.  I guess some of us are late bloomers!!! LOL better late than never!!!

It's Melbourne Cup weekend in Melbourne & we've shut our office for the past couple of years on the Monday giving everyone a long weekend.  I am definitely looking forward to getting some much needed R&R this weekend & hopefully some sunshine later today & tomorrow!!!!!

Where ever you are, I hope you are feeling a little love!!!!!!!!!! 

AND that you back a winner for the cup - not that I have the faintest idea who is running this year & avoid the TAB as much as possible :-)