Friday, January 27, 2012

Gone fishing ....

Getting ready to hit the road. Birthday month has begun.

Have the camera and will do my best to take lots of photos. Weather is a bit crap today - just hope the rain holds off till the tents up. But looking forward to a suuny weekend.

Scales the last couple of mornings have been 77 exactly. So close to 76. Looking forward to getting on them Tuesday morning. Got my food all sorted for the boat and you can't really go wrong with fresh snapper and salad.

Have a fabulous weekend.

Now let the fun begin.


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Nearly birthday month .....

It's my birthday next Saturday. The big one. 5-0. I'm perfectly fine with that, the number doesn't bother me. Funny enough the one that did bother me was my 25th. I'd just had my 1st baby and it hit me that I was a "quarter of century!!!!". I thought my life was nearly over. Lol. I got over it though, after a day or two. Turning 30 and 40 I thought I didn't look too bad. Now here I am at 50 and I can still say I've weathered the years okay.

I started doing birthday weeks a few years ago to make sure I do things for me that make me happy. As a wife and a mother we women tend to put ourselves at the bottom of the needs and wants list. So for a week I go to the top of the list.

Only this year it's not birthday week. To mark this auspicious number and for historical purposes it's going to be birthday month. And it's starting this Thursday because I'm taking an extra day off and we're going fishing over the long weekend. Those fish have just been swimming around getting bigger and bigger waiting for me to come catch them.

Then the following weekend, which is my birthday, we have a wedding to go on the Sunday in Hamilton so we'll stay a couple of nights there.

The weekend after that we will have something with the kids and friends. Some want a pool party. I don't care, I'm not doing the organising.

Plus there will be heaps of other celebrations to enjoy as well.

So what do I want for my birthday. Nothing really. I've got pretty much what I need and want to make me happy. Except perhaps it would be nice to see a new number -


Monday, January 23, 2012

My protein snacks

These are my little protein snacks. Each packet has less than a palmful but they do the trick.

This morning was weigh in and I was up 100 gms from last week. Tomorrow it will probably go down again, but no worries as I know I haven't done anything differently. I do weigh everyday and I do know my weight fluctuates over a period of a week, I glimpsed 76 over the week.

Crazy weather at the moment - one minute beautiful and hot next minute it's cold. Just keeping my fingers crossed for a lovely long sunny weekend as Mr T and I are off fishing for four days. Well, apart from Sunday as I have meeting to attend to in Auckland, then I'll just head back to the beach.

I have some clothes now that are just ridiculous for me to wear anymore. They're falling off and my 3/4 jeans I don't even have to undo. They just slip right over the hips. The bonus is that I'm fitting into clothes that I haven't been able to for a few years and after going through my drawers doing a bit of culling I've found 3 new pairs of 3/4 jeans that I haven't even worn and four skirts that fit me like a glove (instead of cutting me in two) for work.

Things just keep getting better and better and I'm starting to love my new shape.

Have a great week.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The changes . . .

My weigh in yesterday morning showed another 600 gm loss. I'm stoked with that. Things slowed down a bit over the christmas period which is understandable.

I told Mr T last night that I'd had another loss and he said I'd obviously found the right way to eat that suits my body.

So many things are different for me this time.

  • Past dieting has shown me that it's always been hard for me to stay on track and keep motivated. My blog is a testimony to that. I go really well for a while and then I stuff up, mope and startover. I've been low carbing for over 3 months now and my motivation has not stalled once. I am not even tempted by any other carby foods.

  • My portion sizes have decreased greatly. I no longer feel I have to eat everything on my plate. I simply STOP when I've had enough. (Huge reprogramming of brain). In fact I only need a breadplate full some days.

  • I'm eating and chewing my food a lot slower and get this - I even put my knife and fork down in between bites. I noticed this phenomenom about a month ago. I didn't realise I was doing it. I'm still amazed.

  • No hunger. No obsessing about food. Driving myself crazy till the next meal time.

  • Knowing and believing that I'm succeeding

I still have a way to go. I think about another 15 kg or so. Considering I've lost 8.8 kgs already that means I've lost a third of my weight. I'm not setting a goal weight. I think my body will let me know when I'm there.

Have an awesome day - catch ya later.


Sunday, January 8, 2012

Signing in for 2012 ....

Happy New Year blogger buddies.

The past couple of weeks have gone by too fast and it's back to work for me tomorrow.

The weather hasn't been very good to us this year - in fact it's been quite sucky. The only solice is that the bad weather is continuing for a little bit longer - it's the total pits when its nice and sunny on your first day back at work.

We were a little lucky though and managed to get away camping to Thornton for a couple of days after christmas. First time we've taken Josh and Krystal with us for about four years. We also had Kelly, Dave and Kayla with us. The weather was fine and the guys managed to get out fishing. Far too rough for me and I'm not a great fan of the Thornton sand bar.

The kids were great though Kayla was a bit grizzly, and it was just good to get away. It started to drizzle just as we pulled in the driveway and we managed to get the car and boat unpacked before the heavens opened and it rained solidly for the next six days.

We put Krystal on the bus home to Whangarei new years eve day loaded down with all her new goodies so she could spend new years with her friends. Hard to believe she's going to be 17 in a couple of weeks.

Josh went to his mum's on the sunday for a week and that left me and Mr T home alone unsupervised.
TOTAL BLISS. We ummed and ahhed for a couple of days about whether to go camping again and in the end decided no. Just too much hassle pitching the tent for a few days and not knowing if the weather was going to be kind to us to go fishing or not. Not to mention its no fun putting up and pulling down a tent in the rain!!! Considering how the weather turned out I think we made the right choice.

We had Lucas for the day and I've decided my new favourite word is "Nana".

I managed to get out in the garden and prune the trees and vines along the driveway, went to the workshop for a day and Mr T had a day out fishing with John, who works for us.

They managed to get a few snapper - yummo. Included was a decent size snapper and a terakihi.

John and his family out with friends for a big barbecue one night which was great. Mr T and I like entertaining.

And Kayla came and visited - in a much better mood.

On Friday night Mr T and I went out to Waikite Hot Pools for dinner and swim which was nice. Yesterday we shot over to Tauranga to visit my mum and have a look around the shops.

Today Josh came home and we've just been chilling out at home. I've finally taken down my christmas tree. Shock, horror. I know I'm late but I wanted the decorations still up when John brought his family out. He's got six kids. eldest is 14 and his youngest was born just before christmas. Phew.

So all in all despite the weather now that I've actually written it down we did do a bit. It was all fun too.

As for the weighty issue. I've had a peek-a-boo around the blogs and I see you're all doing really well. How awesome is that. Well I haven't let you down. I have not had a big loss but the past two weeks has seen me down another 400 grams. I survived. I'm only having two meals a day and a snack of peanuts or a piece of fruit if I feel like it.

It's great seeing so many of you low carbing and getting the results. I can only say for the first time since I started this blog I am now confident it is going to journal my journey to a slimmer healthier me instead of the yo-yo that I've been on.

My motivation is simply - I no longer feel hungry!!!!

It's so much easier to focus on the long term and remember the weight will come off. It was put on over time and time will take it off again. My eating habits have changed and I'm going to succeed.


Right better go get myself organised for tomorrow. Sigh.

Welcome to 2012.

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....