Thursday, July 26, 2007

An Age Appropriate Waist

I read a newspaper article a couple of weeks ago about Martha Stewart and whoever wrote it said that she had “an age appropriate waist”. It really annoyed me. When have you ever heard a successful or infamous man (whichever way you want to look at her) described as having an age appropriate paunch. A small rant.

Well this week that has gone saw an improvement in my exercise regime. Not quite back to warm weather levels but a hell of a lot better than it was.

I started C25K again, running a different week every second day and am nearly up to where I was when it all went pear shaped.

Drinking water is still a struggle.

The amount of food I was eating didn’t really diminish unfortunately and I put on another kilo. It is so annoying that it takes so long to get off but comes back on so easily.

I made Suzy's egg and bacon pies (or a version of them) in my Sunbeam pie maker which I have had for years and never used. I had the last one today for lunch and it was delicious. I have downloaded some more recipes from her recipe site to use in my slow cooker which might help my “fright night” on Wednesdays. If anyone has anymore slow cooker recipes please feel free to email them to me or the name of a good recipe book.

I heard from Gareth last Saturday morning. We had a chat for a while and then when I turned my computer on and hopped back into bed he was on MSN so got to chat a little bit more. He sent me his site for photographs of his trip so far. There were 175. He sure was impressed with the British Museum and the Tower. Lots and lots of photos of those two places, inside and out. I don’t think he can get over how old everything is. The club house at the golf course where he has been working was built in 1780. In all those photos there were only two of him. One slightly out of focus and the other one okay. Taken by a “random” jogger for him on a bridge with the Tower Bridge glistening in the background.

I’m over half way through Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Enjoying it although the middle bit has slowed down a bit.

Very quiet today at work or maybe I am just a bit apathetic at the moment. Just want to go home and be apathetic there in the warmth but the gym calls.

Tai chi on Saturday. Looking forward to going but not to getting out of bed early on a Saturday morning again.

The weather is beautiful sunny winter days (23 degs C today) and cool nights. Maybe some rain tomorrow night.

Sorry if I have been whingey.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Week 1 Term 3

Ive been a bit busy lately what with finally having to return to work. The good life could not last forever.

Well in two weeks I have put on 2 kgs (probably more now). I virtually stopped exercising – from seven days a week to zilch. Amazing isn’t it how quickly it all goes pearshaped.

Every time the holidays come around I am amazed at how disorganised I become.
I realise why – something to do with not having the time to be disorganised when I have to go to work. I tend to put things off when I have stacks of time. Weird!

Since I stopped running and stacked on some weight, I have gone back to the beginning of C25K and I am doing one week every time I run until I get back up to where I was before torpidity and a hectic social life occurred.

It is funny with this weight business. I know I can do it but I just cant maintain it. I love eating all the wrong things, I overcompensate for sad, cold etc. I feel a bit like the person who says "it's easy to quit smoking, I've done it dozens of times".

It has been so cold here lately. I know, I know, it is winter but for a number of years we have had very mild winters and now seemed to have returned to the winters of old. Yesterday was the coldest morning in 20 years. Today while not as cold, has a wind chill factor. It is getting hard to get out of bed and I will open the next electricity and gas bills with great trepidation.

I’ve been watching a TV show on Fox for a while called “Fixing Dinner” with a Canadian, Sandi Richard. She is a mother of 7 and has turned into a professional meal planner since she sorted out her meal problems. I get a lot of handy tips from this show and quite a few short cuts in meal prep. To such an extent that I have ordered some of her books. I think they must be coming by slow boat as delivery is quoted at approx 12 weeks but I cant wait till they arrive and I can see if I can implement them. She has a night she always calls “fright night” and mine is probably Wednesday at the moment so I am looking for meals I can prepare ahead that will be waiting when I get home usually after 8 pm.

Talking about fright night – Yoga starts again tonight. Yah! A girlfriend is coming too. I will wear lots of clothes to keep warm.

I had my hair cut during the school holidays. It was cut as I asked but it still didn’t look quite right. Well last night, I cut some more off on the premise that “there is only a week in between a good haircut and a bad haircut”. I think I am a hairdresser’s nightmare – I know they say come back if it is not right but I just cant be bothered hence the hair cutting frenzy in the bathroom last night. Oh well, it will grow back I’m sure.

Have rebooked for tai chi but it doesn’t start until Saturday week for some reason. This will be my return after the back op and ankle problems last year. I’m a bit nervous.

My pilates teacher has finally given in (she is having a baby in a couple of weeks time) and last Saturday we had a new teacher. Whoo boy – what a difference but a change is supposed to be good for you.

Things I will try to achieve from now on:
· I have to work out how I can survive the cold weather and not turn into the Michelin man. (Salads and water are not appetizing at the moment.)
· I will try to remember not to complain about the heat in summer and just enjoy the warmth.
· I will try to get some sun each day so that I don’t suffer from S.A.D.
· I will try not to eat as much (oh I said that before).

Monday, July 09, 2007

With some trepidation...

Am back today from 4 days at the Hunter and will with some trepidation weigh myself tomorrow morning. You may, or may not, hear about the results of this.

I had a wonderful time but I dont think that I can remember eating and drinking so much food and wine and although I took my runners with me they didnt see the light of day. I actually feel like I need a good detox.

Will recommence C25K tomorrow. I didnt complete Week 5 last week because of above so will do it again this week.

Have accessed googlereader and have added all my favourite people to it but I dont think I quite understand how it works (how unusual). May actually have to read the instructions tomorrow.

It is raining fairly heavily yet again and I am glad to be home and heading towards my own bed again with the beautiful little Lucy in constant attention. I think she thinks I will leave her again. Bonus is that it's "Brothers and Sisters" night. Woohoo, snug in bed watching a great show. It only goes to show it really doesnt take much to please me.

Have a great week everyone and take care.

Monday, July 02, 2007


Hopped on scales this morning and have lost a kilo. Have not been watching what I eat, have done very little exercise lately so I cant explain it why this has happened.

DS has gone and seems to be having a whale of a time in London although the security alerts are worrying (probably only to me and other mothers whose children are in UK - definitely not the children themselves).

DD is having a rocky time with romance. Know what I would like to tell her but have to be careful. It breaks my heart to see her so sad.

I am on 2 weeks holiday and am off to the theatre, a couple of lunches, coffee dates and of course our annual four days in the Hunter. The last day of work on Friday was spent with no electricity due to a transformer exploding across the creek so I will have to go down and finish up the reports but I dont mind doing that.

The weather is glorious winter weather again. The rain seems to have gone for the time being and it is crisp and sunny. Lucy and I will be walking to rid her of some puppy pounds.

The Wallabies won on Saturday night! Woohoo!

For my first day of holidays I have a very long list of things to do like Medicare etc and then I will be free to paint, read, do crosswords etc.

Have a good week. I am going to spend time catching up with everyones blogs and answering emails etc etc. It is so nice to have some time to do things.

Have a good week.