Friday, May 30, 2008

A Meme .....

I've never done one of these before but I saw this on someone else's blog and thought why not.

I've had a tough week. Had some things come up. Steps have been good except for last night when I only managed just over 6,500.

Will try and post again later in the meantime .....

1. What is in the back seat of your car right now? A couple of eastlight files and last night’s mail.

2. When was the last time you threw up? I honestly can’t remember – been quite a while tho.

3. What’s your favorite curse word? Shit or bollocks

4. Name three people who made you smile today. Colin, Alison and son Nick.

5. What were you doing at 8am this morning? De-icing my car with the hose.

6. What were you doing 30 minutes ago? At my desk working.

7. What will you be doing 3 hours from now? Probably at my desk working.

8. Have you ever been to a strip club? Nope.

9. What’s the last thing you said aloud? I don’t think so. (Asked if I would like a certain painting on my wall)

10. What is the best ice cream flavor? I’m not an ice cream person.

11. What is the last thing you had to drink? Coffee.

12. What are you wearing right now? Black skirt, top, nylons, shoes with a Camel woolen cardigan.

13. What was the last thing you ate? Kavilli cracker & tomato

14. Have you bought any new clothing items this week? Not yet. Wait till tomorrow when we go away.

15. When was the last time you ran? A bloody long time ago.

16. What’s the last sporting event you watched? Must have been the cricket. Am looking forward to the Olympics.

17. Who’s the last person you e-mailed? One of my scholarship students.

18. Ever go camping? Yes, we love it. Have a camping holiday every year.

19. Do you have a tan? No. When I was a lot younger I use to sunbathe but not since I had my kids. I do go brown over summer tho.

20. Do you drink your soda from a straw? Only if we’re out.

21. Are you someone’s best friend? Yes! My darling and he’s mine too.

22. What are you doing tomorrow? Going to Napier for the weekend for a wee break and to catch up with friends.

23. Where is your mom right now? At work I hope.

24. Look to your left. What do you see? The monitor for the security cameras.

25. What color is your watch? Gold.

26. What comes to mind when you think of Australia? Blog buddies. Looking forward to a trip very soon to meet some.

27. Would you consider plastic surgery? No.

28. What is your birthstone? Amethyst.

29. Do you go in at a fast food place or just hit the drive-thru? Drive-thru.

30. How many kids do you want? If I was 10 – 15 years younger I would love another two with Col. We’ll make do with the 6 kids we have. I’ll wait for my grandies.

31. Do you have a dog? No.

32. Last person you talked to on the phone. An old client looking for an accountant.

33. Have you met anyone famous? No one worth mentioning and depends on what you mean by famous.

34. Any plans today? Finish my filing, catch up on emails, blogs etc. and clean my desk.

35. Ever go to college? I went to polytech.

36. Where are you right now? At my desk.

37. Biggest annoyance in your life right now? There are several at the moment.

38. Last song listened to? The Final Countdown.

39. Are you allergic to anything? Not that I know of.

40. Favorite pair of shoes you wear all the time? My boots.

41. Are you jealous of anyone? No. What a waste of energy. It’s a petty and shallow trait.

42. Who is your favorite actor/actress? No one in paticular.

43. What time is it? 11.45 am, Friday 30th May.

44. Do any of your friends have children? Yes.

45. Do you eat healthy? Yes I do.

46. What do you usually do during the day? Work, then I go home and do some more work.

47. How old will you be on your next birthday? 47

48. Have you ever been to Europe? No. Would like to drive through Italy, especially Tuscanny.

49. Name one thing you’d still like to do. Finish work and work for myself.

50. Favorite colour? Different colours for different things.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

If I had another brain ......

You wouldn’t credit it. I left my phone at home today. It’s still lying on my bed. Duh, I wonder about me sometimes.

I took a photo of yesterday’s steps - it was 10,960 something. I can’t remember.

I’m having a very flat day today. TOM arrived today, it’s cold and I want to go home and relax.

Long weekend coming up and I’m looking forward to it. We’re heading to Napier on our own for a nice break and catch up with friends. Will be just the ticket to pick us both up.

Promise to be a bit more cheery tomorrow.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Buzzing ....

Had a good weekend. I think I’ve got my mojo back. I’m feeling quite switched on. Actually I’m feeling quite chuffed with myself. The past three days has seen me on the treadmill quite a bit. A huge contrast to my normal weekends I can tell you. The pedometer is definitely a contributing factor making me more accountable to move more each day. (Just hope I don’t drown this one in the loo). Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights saw me after work on the tready. Normally I would just come home have a glass of wine and blob.

Sunday I did 5 k’s. It took me 1.03 hrs – which is okay because there’s room for improvement and improve is all I can do. I have been a couch potato that’s for sure. But anyway I was just really buzzing afterwards. I remembered when you’ve had a good workout you really don’t feel like eating crap.

I did discover however that my pedometer doesn’t like my jeans. On Saturday I worked out on the floor at the workshop. Doing heaps of cleaning and getting the joinery ready to go out today. You work up a real sweat I can tell you. You know how disappointed I was to discover that all day until I got home I had only done 1800 steps – in 7 hours!!!! That is so wrong. So while Col was watching his fishing programmes I got on the tready and made that number look a helluva lot better. Still not 10,000 tho. Maybe my jeans are folding over or they’re too tight round my waist. I don’t know. Has anybody else had this problem?

Saturday’s steps - 6,142
Sunday’s steps - 11,828

Feeling dozy today. I left my cellphone at work on Friday. I was trying to be staunch and tell myself that I could get by without it. But I rely on it for so many things. One of these things is it’s my alarm clock. Imagine my panic last night when I was wondering how the hell I was going to wake up in time this morning. I would have used Col’s phone only his was as dead as the dodo bird and he’d left his charger at work. I’d thrown the alarm clock from hell out when I had decluttered some of our bedroom. I put myself in a right tizz I can tell you. I went to bed at 8.30 and I was awake at midnight. Then I started panicking again and I tossed and turned till about 3 when I remembered Jamie starts at 6 on Mondays so I got up and wrote him a note to bang on my door when he left. He did knock and I managed to get everyone else up on time. But I have to tell ya I seriously considered throwing a sickie today.

Rest assured my phone is in my jacket pocket.

Hope I can just make it till the end of the day.


Friday, May 23, 2008

Step check in ...

Final steps for today ...

10,156 steps

Drunk 1.5 litres water

Eating 2 pts under

All in all a good day. Pushed myself to get my 10,000 steps. Wouldn't have normally.

My hunger pangs are not as strong and easier to handle. Very tired now. Off to bed and looking forward to a lie in tomorrow.

Will be interesting to see what my steps tally is tomorrow. I will be more active during the day.

Signing off..

A simple plan ....

To eat less and move more. Pretty basic really I know but for me it is time to go back to basics. I have my new pedometer and I’m looking forward to giving it a good thrashing.

I’ve spent the past week going back over my blog and re reading other blogs to help me get things back on track.

My three areas I am concentrating on are:

Eat less
Move More
Drink Water

Hopefully I can maintain this for more than a couple of weeks.

It’s nearly 2pm and I’ve clocked up 3518 steps today. See how sedentary my life is. I’m looking forward to getting home and clocking up steps on the tready tonight.

I am so glad this week is over. I am so tired and look it. It’s getting so much harder to get out of bed this week and I’m looking forward to a wee lie in tomorrow. My sleeping has been so much better lately so that is a huge bonus, but in saying that last night I had a real shocker.

But I’m going to cut out the doom and gloom crap and end with some positives. A little loss of 200 gms (I suspect TOM is lurking), it’s Friday and the weekend is upon us and my house will be clean when I get home. That really lifts me.

So here’s to a great weekend for all of us.


Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Finding motivation ...

Really struggling with motivation at the moment. I always start the day off perfect but slowly start to flag as the day goes on.

I’ve been doing everything to find the motivation. I’ve been re reading my blog and a few others looking for that “lightbulb” that’s going to make everything flow again. The inspiration is out there. Definitely. It’s like blogland has frozen over. I think we need to defrost ourselves.

I think I’m heading for a gain this week even tho I’ve been good with my points and only tracked OP one day. And that was only by 1.5. I wonder if TOM’s going to show it’s flippin head again so soon. It felt like it the other day.

I’m still working out on the treadmill but I haven’t increased the distance. Still on around 3& 4 kms. What I am doing is increasing my speed and the incline so I ‘m pushing myself and hopefully building up my stamina.

Eating is fine. Although with not drinking in the evening I feel a lot hungrier at night and even tho I’m low point snacking this is not normal for me. I never get hungry at night. My worse times are between 3 and 5.

I’m still going to fake it till I make it but I’m just going to have to find that determination to say no and to watch my portions.

I’m going to up the “ante” with myself too. Tomorrow I’m going to buy another pedometer and challenge myself to 10,000 steps a day. This will make me accountable for the days that I’m not on the treadmill. I will also earn bonus points which I will not use.

So does anyone else want to go for 10,000 steps a day????

Go on - beat the winter blues.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Friday's post ...

Sorry, thought I'd posted this on Friday.

Yesterday’s weigh in was a loss of 100gms. Not a lot. Wished it had of been a lot more considering I have been really good lately. Just as well I’m not in my hormonal state right now otherwise I’d probably be going what’s the point and giving up. But I don’t want to give up. I’m probably going to have this battle with myself for the rest of my life so I might as well just get use to it. It’s not how many times we fall down – it’s how many times we pick ourselves up. Right.

Next week I will just dig in a little deeper.

Now I never told you what my mother’s day pressie was. Don’t go telling me I’m a spoilt tart – because I know. My pressie was a housekeeper!!!!!!!! Woo bloody hoo, I shite you not. Got home from work last Friday and I thought I’d gone to the wrong house. Ha, ha. It was amazing. It was so clean and smelt so nice. She was good. She’d wiped the skirting boards, door frames, light switches and totally wiped everything down in the laundry. I had a dream of a weekend. I never had to worry about spending my Sunday cleaning.

Kelly had jacked it up and Col saw how much easier it was for us decided to make it permanent. It's also a helluva lot easier to keep clean. I've been more "on tuit" and making sure people pick up after themselves and instead of thinking what the hey.

This is going to be huge for me in so many ways. In the past weightloss is successful for me if everything in my life is in a good place. This covers all areas: relationship, family, work, general wellbeing. Having a clean house is definitely related to my wellbeing as I feel great when I have a clean house. When I don't get to do everything I need to, I feel terrible and it's like a huge burden on top of me. Instead of getting motivated to clean I tend to shut down and not do anything. So then I feel bad. Lazy, useless and end up making myself feel like crap. But now, I feel a lot more bouncy. I have a nice clean house. I have more time to do other things at the weekends and in the evenings.

This morning I quickly went around and straightened a few things before the housekeeper got there. I know I'm not suppose to do this, but I'll learn eventually. Besides there's always dusting and vacumming and other rooms to be done.

So I'm looking forward to a clean house and a nice semi relaxing weekend. Hope you all have a great weekend too.


Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Bits and pieces ...

Thanks for the lovely comments about the wedding photo’s. We’ve got some really lovely memories of our day. I have to admit that I was dreading seeing them hoping I didn’t look like a big blimp. But I am pretty happy with them.

Boy, It’s really hard to get the ole engine started with these chilly mornings. And the worst thing is – it’s only just begun, sob.

I forgot to post my weigh in last Thursday. I had a small loss of 200 gms but with TOM I thought it was fine. It’s a loss afterall.

I’ve been keeping track of my food on my weightwatchers tracker and it’s helping to keep me on top of everything. I find I eat more at work, maybe cause I’m sitting down all day and for some reason I just think about food most of the time. So what I’ve been doing is topping the fridge up at work with lots of low point snacks so when the urge to eat comes along I have far better choices to choose from than the snackbox. I know this is working as I have only been over points one day in the last couple of weeks but with my bonus points – that was well covered.

So yes I am back on track and back on the treadmill. I am determined to do the Taupo ½ marathon. I’m doing 3k walks this week, not much I know, but I am also upping the speed to push myself a bit further. I am so gloriously unfit you would not believe. But I do know that it will get better.

In other things - I had a great weekend. Col and I stayed the night in town last Saturday. It’s nice having a bit of time out every now and then just by ourselves. We managed to find a restaurant in town that had crayfish and it was absolutely devine. Then it was back for a nice soak in the spa.

Mother’s Day was nice and relaxed. We grabbed the groceries on the way home to save a bit of time which left buggar all for me to do. I spent the day just pottering around in the garden and putting in the last of my spring bulbs. Col cooked a roast lamb for dinner and the kids all came around for dinner. Somehow I even gained an extra teenager. Yikes!!!! How did that happen. So we had a lovely family evening.

So that’s about it from my me. Sounds a bit boring really. But at the moment boring is good.



Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Colin & Lee-Anne ~ 29th March 2008

Finally the day had arrived. I felt quite calm and relaxed which was the total opposite of the previous two days. To say I was stressed to the max is an understatement. I was really wound up and panicky. Poor Krystal was doing her best to cheer me up and keep me calm. After the wedding rehearsal on Friday night we went back to the hotel and ended up having a family dinner. I realized then that was it. If we’d missed something, then too bad. So I finally relaxed.

So Saturday morning we all woke up and started our day off downstairs with breakfast. Then we moved most of our things up to the Bridal Suite. The guys went for their haircuts first and then we girls followed at 11. By the time we got back to the Hotel it was around 1ish at which time Brucena turned up to do our makeup. Janelle and Nick turned up around 2 and we sent Nick down to the guys rooms to get dressed with instructions for both him and Matt to be back at 3. Everything went like clockwork and we were all dressed and ready just after 3 when the boys came up. Janelle went with Col and the boys to the Rose Garden.

The wedding was at 3.30 so we just relaxed and chatted away quite happily – no nerves – then 5 minutes before we were ready to leave Krystal broke the strap on her shoe. There was no way we could fix it. As they were ankle straps she decided to take them off and try to walk in them. Well, yes she could – but not very well. At that stage I wasn’t worried if she walked down the aisle in barefeet. But she was determined.

Finally we left our room and went down to reception where the limousine was ready and waiting for us. After checking to make sure that the food was in the boot off we went. The Rose Garden was only a few blocks away so it didn’t take us long to get there. When we pulled up I admit the butterflies started fluttering a wee bit.

So there we were all ready to make our entrance. The girls started off and I was about to follow when Jamie comes running down the aisle and right past us. “Dad’s forgotten the rings” . You have got to be kidding. But no he wasn’t as he ran to our car and took off doing the clappers. I couldn’t believe it. But the limo driver came to our rescue. Bless him. Without skipping a beat he said – this calls for a glass of bubbly. So while our guests were waiting we were behind the trees having some bubbly.

Jamie arrived back, we finished our glass and made our entrance. I can remember being a little tearful walking down the aisle. But it was really great to see everyone and especially the rest of my family waiting for us at the end.

Things happened a little bit differently than what happened at the rehearsal the night before but at the end of it all we were married. If it seemed a wee bit different – that’s okay, because that’s exactly what we are – different - and all Colin and I wanted was that our kids to enjoy our wedding day as much as us and they did.

We had a decanter and vases with different shades of sand. One for my family and one for Col’s. All of us were to pour our sand in to symbolise us coming together as one family. I was going to sort out the sand at the hotel, but Col said he would do it so I left it in his hands. Unbeknownst to it didn’t get done till he was at the Rose Garden. I also wasn’t aware of the fact the bucket with the sand in broke and the sand ended up on the ground. There was a mad panic, apparently my witches broom came in handy, and they had just finished sorting it out when the limo pulled up. It explains why one vase was a bit multi coloured. It was at this time Josh said to Col, Dad where’s the rings. It was his job. The Marriage Celebrant couldn’t believe it. Hence Jamie’s mad dash back to the Hotel.

After mingling and having a few photo’s taken the whole family climbed in the limousine. It was a bit tight with nine of us. Out came the bourbon’s and the wine and we had a leisurely drive down to the Government Gardens for some more photo’s. It turned out to be a popular day for weddings as there were three others having photo’s taken as well. So we drove around the other side by the Blue Baths and had ours taken there. We must have spent about an hour and a half down there. The hotel packed us a super hamper full of goodies and refreshments. We just had a big family picnic in between photos.

The kids were all just being themselves and Kelly decided to climb up one of the trees. Next thing they’re all up there. Fantastic photos. Our own family tree, lol.

Finally we made our way back, a bit earlier than expected as the limo driver had to be somewhere so we made a quick drive thru The Mill and we got some bourbons for the kids for later.

We arrived back at the Hotel and made our grand entrance. The bridal table was seated for 10. We wanted all our family up there so Nick had Janelle next to him and Kelly had her boyfriend Troy next to her. We managed to get through the rest of formalities. None of us had prepared any speeches but we all managed it. With the cutting of the cake all formalities had been done and now we were able to enjoy the evening.

The rest of the night just disappeared so fast. We all enjoyed ourselves. Everybody we spoke to did too. I never got to all the tables which I was a bit gutted about. With dancing and talking – time just flew.

As things started to wind down we headed up to our room. Lyn and Bill and Pete and Linda came up and we had another drink.

We ended up with another visit from the kids who decided they wanted to stay the night, so at the last minute we ended up with another room. Col wasn’t too happy about a few things I can tell you.

We finally climbed into bed at some hour. Mr and Mrs T at last. We had a wonderful day. And we had a wonderful honeymoon.

We have wonderful memories of our special day. Here are some.

Before I leave I just want to say that I adore being Mrs T. I love saying my husband instead of my partner. And most importantly I am deeply in love with my husband and everyday I get to live and laugh with this man. And everyday he gives back to me the same. I am having an affair with my husband and I don't intend on giving him up.

Happy . . .

Life is great, things are going way better than expected ( I hope I don't bloody jinx it)  we are good, we are happy, we are relaxed....