Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Another day

As M posted yesterday – when the scales are showing me nice numbers, the choices I make tend to change from when they are showing me a number that I don’t want to see. Last week that is exactly what happened – the numbers were looking good and so the extra bits and pieces found their way into my mouth and now the numbers are looking shocking again !!!! Why do I continue to do this to myself ???? I know if I eat cr*p, I feel like cr*p and yet I continue to put my poor body through this. Is it just that there are some lessons that I will never learn or is it because my clothes still fit me that I think I can get away with it ? Only to be rudely awakened by the scale showing me that I can’t get away with it ?

Anyway, that has happened and I need to move on. This hasn’t helped me achieve my goal of losing weight for the few functions coming up but I guess it doesn’t have to stop me from getting back up and trying (yet again !) to get these few kilos off.

My training for C2S has been sadly none existent – the weather on the Coast hasn’t been wonderful lately (having said that the rain has been great for the gardens and filling the dam for which I am grateful – although being on water restrictions when our dam is 94% full is rather annoying – but, to help fellow Queenslanders, I will accept them so that I don’t have to pay the fine for using a hose !) But, even when the weather was good, I was busy moving pavers and my legs have certainly been paying for all those squats that I did – Al said he thought that I could count that towards my training but I am not so sure !!!!!

As I said before, my eating has left a lot to be desired lately – the whole roller-coaster of the job situation certainly hasn’t helped either. I know I shouldn’t blame outside forces for the choices I made, but that is the way it is. I need to get back in control – I am not there yet but the good thing is that I am working my way towards being in control. My choices are improving each day – I wish I could flick the ‘Control’ switch back on – I tried to but it is just flickering rather than burning brightly !!!!

Have a great day everyone and take care of yourselves !

TFTD : Friends are the little prize in the cereal box of life

TIAGF : New opportunities

Thursday, June 22, 2006

I've booked, I've entered and I've resigned

I’ve booked my flights to Sydney for the weekend 11th – 13th August. I have been toying with the idea of going to Sydney for the bloggers dinner and so had been looking on the net at prices (Virgin Blue $79 one way which I didn't think was too bad). Anyway, was looking at times of flights last night and they had tickets for $59 – how could I not go at that price ??????

I’ve entered into the City 2 Surf (although now am wondering what I have let myself in for) After lots of discussion with Al, we agreed that it would be heaps cheaper for me to go to Sydney by myself (I was originally going to Sydney so that I could go to the bloggers dinner) and then mentioned to Al that quite a few of you were doing the C2S and he asked me why I didn’t do it. I thought that the fact that I haven’t done any exercise for absolutely ages was probably a really good reason why I wasn’t doing it but then he said that he would train me if I wanted to do it !!!! So, before I could change my mind I went on-line and entered. I have to say now I am starting to have second thoughts but I guess I could always just go down for the dinner, catch up with my friends and then watch everyone else running / walking and support them !!!!!! Seriously though, I will certainly give it a go – see what sort of training regime Al comes up with and just take it from there. If the worst comes to the worst, I have wasted a couple of hours of working at Coles (by way of the entrance fee).

I’ve resigned from my day job. Unfortunately, they are making me work my full 4 weeks notice. I would have liked to have had a couple of days off between jobs but alas, that is not to be and I start my new job on Wednesday 19th July !!! This is a little unfortunate as it means that I won’t even get to celebrate my birthday while on holiday. But, I am really looking forward to my new job – something new to learn, the hours are good and I think that the tax breaks that I might be able to get will certainly help with the pennies at the end of each month.

On that note – have a great day everyone and take care !

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Quick update

I stepped on the scales a little hesitantly yesterday morning – 67.2kg – a gain of 0.4kg for the week. I don't suppose I can really complain as I haven't had the best week food wise - once again, my exercise (or should I say lack of exercise) has let me down but I am hoping that will change in the next couple of weeks.

I am busy at work at the moment and have lots happening at home plus a few unexpected projects which have come up that seem to have taken up a lot of my time – but it is all good.

Have a great week everyone and take care !

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Go the Maroons !!!!!

What a great game of league last night. We saw the first half before going to work and then watched the second half when we got home at 1.15am. I wondered (aloud) if we should fast forward to the end to see if it was worthwhile staying up to watch but we decided to do the 'sit on the edge of your seat' thing until the end of the second half ! It was great that we won - and so convincingly. This sets it up for a great third game in Melbourne - GO THE MAROONS !!!!

Last night before the game I went to the hairdresser - haven’t been for about 6 weeks as I have decided to grow my hair (again !!) so have had it cut into a short bob and that way it can all grow down together. Got home, watched the game and off to work. That wasn’t bad except that this morning Al woke up with his left eye as red and irritated as anything. I had a look and could see something (which has turned out to be an ulcer) on his iris. The long and the short of it is that after 4 hours of waiting, driving around and filling out forms, he is now at home and we have to go back to the dr tomorrow morning for them to take the patch off and see if the ointment has worked.

As we left Coles, we stopped to get something to drink and we both picked up a chocolate to eat - was it comfort food, was it because I was frustrated at how long it had all taken, was it out of habit, was it because I was hungry, was it all of these reasons ? I think it was probably a bit of all of these reasons and really none of them warranted a Boost bar that I hadn’t factored into my day. Can I do something about this - of course I can. Will I do something about - maybe I will. Right now I am off to have my sandwich (which Al made this morning) and then the second half of the run around will begin as I had to get K from school, home and into work by 4pm. Hopefully once I have had my lunch I will feel a little better and can get my eating back on track. I have a dreadful headache which I can take something for once I have eaten - then will have a short lie down before going for K.

I hope you all have a great day - take care and be good !!!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Another week

My weight this week saw a nice drop of 1kg - am really not sure where that came from as my food this week hasn't been the best. A little too much here and there will catch up with me soon, I am sure. But, it is another week and it is pointless worrying about what I stuffed up - I need to look forward at what I can achieve.

Otherwise - nothing much to report - congratulations to Kellee and Katie on the birth of their little bundles of joy - I wish for you happy and healthy babies. The photos you have already posted show what gorgeous babies they are.

Have a great week everyone and take care !

TFTD : There are always two choices - two paths to take. One is easy - and, it's only reward is that it's easy.

TIAGF : The sunshine

Saturday, June 10, 2006

A great time

Have had a great weekend so far - depsite the Melbourne weather we had today !!!! Michelle arrived and we had a great evening last night - dinner went well with none of my experiments back-firing on me ! It was great catching up with her and Al and K were pleased to have met one of my cyber-space friends. I think that Al now realises that most of us in this forum are really just normal everyday people and that we don't walk around with two heads on our shoulders !!! I think he still sometimes wonders what it is all about but is happy if it keeps me happy.

Last night it started to rain and I think we had some steady rain during the night (I had a really good sleep which was fantastic as I have been sleeping really badly lately). This morning we woke up to quite heavy rain. Having made arrangements to meet Michelle for a walk this morning I got up wondering what we would do. Then I remembered the conversation I had with M during the week where she told me about the walks she had done in the rain and I really didn't feel like I could, legitimately, say that I couldn't walk because it was raining. Got to Michelle and it was spitting a bit - dropped my bag off in her room and we were on our way. 2 1/2 hours (and approx 16kms later) we were back at the hotel again - with not a drop of rain falling while we were out - thank you Gold Coast for holding the rain off for us !

Got changed and went to Harbourtown where we had some lunch before Michelle went to wander around a little and Al came to fetch me.

Had some left overs from last night for dinner tonight - am now off to have a nice soak in the bath with my book (which I am battling to put down) - hopefully my feet will feel a little better once I am out the bath. I landed up wearing two pairs of socks to work tonight because the soles of my feet are feeling a little tender after the marathon walk (well marathon for me anyway whose longest walk was the 35mins at work the other day).

Congratualtions to Kellee and Tom on the birth of Toby yesterday morning - looking forward to seeing some pictures.

Have a great long weekend to everyone in Australia and have a great weekend to everyone else ! Be good and take care.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Quick post

Things are still going well in my world. Haven’t managed to do the exercise that I wanted to but my food intake has been good. Actually, it has been better than good – it has been really fantastic. The scales are still moving in the right direction which is really all that I ask of them (and myself !)

Tonight Michelle is coming over for dinner – it is going to be so good to catch up with her again. I really love meeting up with the people that I have met through here and just wish that I could meet up with more of you sooner rather than later. Anyway, tomorrow we will be going walking while Al takes K to softball training and goes to pick up the new winter doona covers which we wanted to buy last week but found they didn’t have any in stock. Then it is work tomorrow night – bugger !

Sunday and Monday will see us hopefully getting the rest if the pavers being taken up and all the drainage pits dug and pipes laid so that we are well and truly close to being finished. I will try to get the rest of the table and benches sanded and oiled. We are waiting on the last quote for the concreting and will make a decision once we have that as to how we are going to proceed with this whole project. Why is it that nothing ever turns out to be cheaper than you expected ?????

Congratulations to Ashwee and John who have just announced she is pregnant – I hope that you have a trouble free pregnancy – take care and look after yourself.

I hope that you all have a great weekend – for those having a long weekend – enjoy it. Be good and drive safely if you are going to be on the roads.

TFTD : Happiness is the by-product of an effort to make someone else happy.

TIGF : Catching up with Michelle tonight

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

A great evening

We went to the Human Nature concert last night and had such a fantastic evening – it really was well worth every cent spent and definitely worth the hours packing shelves to pay for the ticket. I know that they aren’t everyone’s cup of tea but they certainly were most entertaining and probably one of the better shows that we have seen either here or in South Africa. We had dinner at a lovely little Malaysian place before going to the show - wasn't able to even hazard a guess at the points so have just started afresh again today.

My foot is fine now although I still haven’t been able to get out walking due to errands needing to be done at lunch time – what I have managed to do is walk the long way around to get the errands done so at least I have been able to do a little extra on what I would normally have done.

My food hasn’t been all that flash – breakfasts and lunches have been good but dinners have been a little hit and miss and I have some extra (un-needed ?) snacks on Monday afternoon. My scales are still being nice to me and I was happy to see that they have continued the downward trend each day this week – I am back on track today and even managed to walk through the new shopping centre which must have about a gazillion coffee shops / bakeries / eating places in it and not buy anything !!!! My trusty Coke Zero has once again come to the rescue.

Well tonight is wash, decide and go night – wash all the clothes in the wash basket, decide on what I am going to give Michelle for dinner on Friday night – something that won’t take long but also that doesn’t taste like it didn’t take long and then go to work !!!!!

Have a great hump day everyone and take care !

TFTD : Goodness is easier to recognize than to define.

TIAGF : Getting out and walking at lunch time

Monday, June 05, 2006


I have a Human Nature Motown Concert ticket for sale for the show at the Gold Coast Convention Centre tomorrow Tuesday, 6th June 06. It is in row C.

If anyone is interested, please e-mail me so that we can make arrangements.


A good loss

While I was very happy with my loss this week, I was a little disappointed that the numbers I saw during the week weren't as good this morning. Maybe the extra nibbling that I did while sitting at home yesterday didn't help !!!!! But, I am ready to give this week another full go.

My foot has improved since Friday - as I said, I probably over did it is a little on Saturday but was very good about resting it yesterday. Apart from a short trip into the local shopping centre for a couple of things, I had it up the rest of the day. Unfotunately with my foot being up and sitting in front of the TV with my book, I did tend to nibble on a few extras that I probably wouldn't have had had I been out and about and busy with other things. Never mind, it isn't the end of the world and I am back on track this morning.

I have my food for the day in the drawer next to me, I have my water glass full (and nearly finished already) - unfortunately I won't be doing any walking today but hopefully towards the end of the week I will be in a better position to go walking - even if it isn't very far or very fast to start with - at least it will mean I have made a start.

Have a great week everyone and take care !

TFTD : Wherever you are, it is your friends who make your world.

TIAGF : Walking without crutches

Saturday, June 03, 2006

A good day

Even though I couldn't exercise today, I think I did earn some bonus points !!!! My foot was feeling quite a bit better this morning (or so I thought) and so I went to Pacific Fair and only used 1 crutch - big mistake !!!! My foot is now really sore again - I have sat with it up most of the afternoon and evening so hopefully it will feel a bit better tomorrow but I promise to take it easy and not try to do anything in the garden.

My food today has been good - a low fat Muffin Break muffin for breakfast, some sushi for lunch and the honey and mustard pork which Philippa posted earlier this week (I was going to make it last night but couldn't get to the shops to buy what we needed) - it was delicious although I did make it with ordinary potatoes instead of sweet potatoes as Al isn't too keen on them. For snacks during the day I had a nut bar and a WW fruit bar so all in all a good day even though I didn't get to go for a cycle this morning.

Nothing palnned for tomorrow except chores around the house like washing and cleaning - definitely nothing to look forward to !!! I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday - take care and be good !

TIAGF : An ice pack to put on my foot.

Friday, June 02, 2006

BIG bugger !!

The best laid plans of mice and men ....... isn’t that how the saying goes ? I had such great intentions of walking at lunch time today – I even packed my bag before I went to work last night only to have the tendons in my right foot (over the course of the shift) give up the ghost !! The pain started about 1 ½ hours into the shift and by the end of the 4 hours I was hobbling around in absolute agony. We got home and Al strapped it up (I was happy to just get into bed with a sock on it !). I didn’t have a very good nights sleep as even the doona on my foot made it sore if it was at the wrong angle. When I woke up this morning I gingerly tried to move my foot in the hope that it would be better but no such luck.

To cut a long story short, the dr doesn’t know what it is – maybe tendons (but I didn’t do anything to pull them) – it’s not broken, it’s not gout and it isn’t bruised. So I have to spend a couple of days on crutches and see how I go. Luckily we actually own a pair of crutches as the three of us have a tendency to 'do' our ankles / feet / legs and it got costly hiring them each time !!!

This is all very inconvenient – as it is my right foot I cannot drive. Plus, more importantly, I can’t go walking !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just when I had got myself all geared up for walking at lunch times – BIG BUGGER !!!!! I am really annoyed about this and was going to eat a lovely muffin and a chocolate (yeah right like that would help now that I can’t exercise !) but sensibility (is there such a word ?) prevailed and I got a Coke Zero out the fridge and have had that instead.

My plans for the weekend have changed slightly now that I am incapacitated – hopefully it won’t be for too long but if I know Al he won’t want me moving pavers etc on Sunday, I will have to take it easy unless there is a remarkable improvement in the next 24 hours.

On the food front, things are still good – haven’t managed to not have any sugar points (bar the WW dessert the other night – 2 ½ pnts) so have quite a few up my sleeve for any treats over the weekend. (Note to self – take WW calculator with me when I go out so that I can calculate the points value of what I want to eat - if it is in a packet !) I haven’t had any water to drink today – the toilets are too far away to be drinking too much – will try to up that again next week. The good thing is that I made a start on drinking water again – always a difficult thing for me to do.

Take care everyone, have a great weekend and be good !

P.S. - do you think I could earn any bonus points for having to walk using crutches - it's bloody hard work !!!! All I can say is thank goodness I have lost the weight that I have lost so that I don't have to carry the extra weight around on my hands.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Another great day

As the title says – another great day under the belt – or should that be off the hips and tummy ??? While I didn’t manage to get any additional exercise done, I did get to pack shelves for 4 hours last night which would have been more exercise than I would have got if I had stayed at home and sat in front of the TV.

It was rather chilly (no, actually it was bloody cold !!!) when we left work this morning and I was very pleased to snuggle up under the doona when I got home. This morning has seen the sun out again but there is not one ounce of warmth attached to any of the rays that I have stood under !!

Food was great yesterday and no sugar points were not consumed, so that was even better. I have filled up my water jug and have made a start on getting some of that down already. I wish I actually liked water and could drink it ‘just because’ instead of feeling like I have to drink it even though I loath the taste of it. I have tried it with sliced lemons or a dash of lemon juice but that doesn’t do anything for me – will just have to keep on plodding through it as best I can.

Unfortunately there will be no exercise at lunch time today as I have some errands to run but I will be back pounding the concrete alongside the Broadwater. Seeing as I am so very technically illiterate and unable to get photos off my phone, I will try to remember to bring my camera to work so that I can take some photos to show you what a lovely view I get when walking.

Have a great day everyone, take care and be good !

TFTD : The world can only be grasped by action, not contemplation.

TIAGF : 3 fantastic days in a row