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New car

Saturday, July 07, 2012

The boyfriends car has been on its last legs for a while now. We have employed an ignore it and it will go away stance. We really didn't have the money for a new car, so that was our only option for a while. Unfortunately that stopped working. So, before his car stopped working, too, we decided to look for a new car. We had to use most of our house deposit to buy it, but he now has a car that won't die in the next few months.

Meet Mannie.

Mannie is a silver Nissan Pulsar, which means it is reliable. It also won't need the belts changed (expensive) because it is chain driven and those last more or less forever. Mannie is also a manual transmission car. This means it will be more fuel efficient and easier and cheaper to fix.

It also means that my boyfriend and I are having to relearn how to drive a manual. The boyfriend has driven manual a few times in his early 20's, and until yesterday I hadn't driven a manual since I was 15. I DID learn to drive in a manual, but as a teenager I thought I had enough problems already, so I purchased an automatic so that I wouldn't have to deal with gear changes as well as boyfriends and pimples. However, since I did originally learn to drive in a manual it was a bit like riding a bike. I only stalled once, which I thought was awesome.

So we are both going to be spending the next week practicing our driving. It isn't my car (well, I co-own it) but since I drive the boyfriends car every few weeks for one reason or another, I need to be able to drive this new car.

Wish me luck!

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CARLA-216 7/10/2012 4:22PM

    I hope you get lots of kilometers/miles on your new car!

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MITECU 7/8/2012 9:28AM

    Enjoy the new car. emoticon

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BUSYGRANNY5 7/8/2012 9:00AM

    Congratulations on your new car.... I like that you name your car.... that's a habit I picked up years ago....

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WOWEETOO 7/7/2012 11:42PM

    i learned to drive in a stick shift and for a little while i had a real lead foot (LOL) and i never had an automatic until i'd bee driving for35 years and that was so wonderful..it had air conditioning and electronic windows and turbo charged and leather interior..i thought i had died and gone to heaven for sure..i drive a car that is 16 years old now with roll up windows and still a/c and it only has 72,000 original miles on it..it will most probably be my last for sure as i know i could never avoid another one lol the lady mary

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 7/7/2012 7:59PM

    Congrats on the car! I have only driven stick once and hated it as a new driver.... I can ride a motorcycle and do pretty good with the toe clutch.

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TODAYIAM 7/7/2012 7:17PM

    Awe that's so awesome!! I loved my Nissan sentra and it too was a manual.. The best car ever!!

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So, I hurt

Friday, July 06, 2012

In a good way. It is a 'oh, yeah, I lifted heavy yesterday' kinda hurt. I ended up increasing my weights through most of my program, and I'm glad I did!

Chest press - 9kg dumbbells to 10kg dumbbells
Head to toe - 3kg to 4kg
Smith machine pulls ups - 8th notch to 7th notch (The lower down the machine you are, the less leverage your body gives and the more work you have to do)
Butt blaster - 10kg to 12.5kg
Curls - 5kg to 6kg

While I was moving around the gym doing my program I had a trainers voice in my ear "women always underestimate how heavy they can lift". One of the trainers, Laura, said this to me when we were talking about weight lifting one day, and it has really stuck with me. I don't want to underestimate myself!

Yeah, ouch.

My gym is a YMCA, and every month they have challenges. One month it was how quickly could you complete a mini triathlon, another it was how many sit ups could you do in a minute. I have never done any of the challenges, but I have always checked them out. This months challenge is a deadlift challenge, and my trainer wants me to do it. He said that since I have only just started deadlifts I should work on increasing the weight as much as I safely can throughout the month, and on the 31st of July he wants me to do the challenge! So, I have a goal for July, and something to work towards with my weight lifting. I am pretty excited!

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CARLA-216 7/10/2012 4:20PM

    Great job increasing your weight!

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JSTETSER 7/7/2012 6:31AM

    BubbleJ1, you are amazing! I live in a rural area, and don't have a YMCA. I really miss having people around me to challenge me. Your next challenge is something worth working towards. You can do it!

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BUBBLEJ1 7/6/2012 7:25PM

    Just wanting to put it here, too. I drink 2-3L of water per day (I drink to thirst, but keep a track of how many times I fill my bottle up), so I don't know why I need to be told to drink more water (with 5 exclamation marks...)

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JILLITA55 7/6/2012 7:17PM

    I have a YMCA close to my house. Never even thought of it. Thanks for the nug

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 7/6/2012 7:01PM

    Way to bump your weights up! I need to get on that, it's been a while since I've tried to increase (and I am lifting only 8 pounders right now.... not the cool stuff you are up to!). Good luck on your deadlift challenge!

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LYNSEY723 7/6/2012 6:52PM

    Nice job!! Way to increase those weights!! I'm sure you will do great on your challenge - just think of how much it will do for your body just preparing for it!! emoticon emoticon

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Hello, mid 70's!

Thursday, July 05, 2012

I look at numbers in the following way: 0,1,2,3 are low, 4,5,6 are mid and 7,8,9 are high. With that clarification, I am pleased to announce that today I weighed in at 76.9, and I am now in the mid 70's! *Cue wild cheering, party poppers and parade music*

In all seriousness, I am so happy to have met this milestone. I know I seem to be celebrating every other week, but I really will celebrate anything that shows progress eg. 20 pounds lost, 10kg lost, 10% body weight lost. The kiwis will get this: "Girl, you're always looking for a party!" from the cervical screening ad.

Now, onwards and downwards to the low 70's! My goal is getting closer and closer!

Quick recap

Starting weight: 87.3kg (192lb)
Current weight: 76.9kg (169lb)
Total weight lost: 10.4kg (23lb)
Percentage of body weight lost: 11.9%

All in 6 months and one week.

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CARLA-216 7/10/2012 4:14PM


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OPALMOON 7/6/2012 11:48AM

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PATSYB7 7/5/2012 7:52PM

    Congratulations! Keep up the good work!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 7/5/2012 6:13PM

    You are ROCKING it!!! Way to go BUBBLE! Really, you have a cervical screening ad that has a line about a party??? Too funny, I don't normally associate the two! emoticon

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NINJAKNITTER 7/5/2012 5:34PM

  Fantastic job! I love that you celebrate every other week! Things like that seem to really help people stay on track to achieve their goals. :-) Keep it up!

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What I did today

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

I started my day on the right foot with a piece of toast and one of these

In the glass was
- 1/2C frozen spinach
- 1C mixed frozen berries
- 1C apple juice
- 1 heaped tablespoon Greek Yogurt

Yummy, yummy! AND 1 serving of veggies and 2 servings of fruit before 8am. BAM!

Next I drove my Mama to the airport. She is off to Hawaii for 10 days. She is meeting my dad, who is there on business. It is their 30 year wedding anniversary on Wednesday. I am mega jealous! I think I would be very good at being in Hawaii, but mum disagreed and left me to feed the cats.

This delightful event followed

The blonde lady is smiling, and is therefore clearly not doing it right. If spinning correctly your face should look like this

Sweaty, dazed, confused. And like your butt REALLY hurt from sitting on that seat again. This is how I looked, anyways. I snuck out of the gym without being spotted by any students, which was a bonus. I did see a parent, but we have only met once, briefly, so I don't think she recognised me. Having a gym close to where you work is convenient, and ducking and hiding from people you know gives extra calorie burn!

The rest of the day has been filled with meeting some teacher friends for coffee and eating a healthy lunch. Who has 2 thumbs and had 2 cups of veggies with lunch? This girl

(also the appropriate way to look just after a spinning class, FYI)

And that is what I get up to on a Thursday in the holidays. I'm going to attempt to outline my planning for next term this afternoon, as well as throw together some more resources. What an exciting life I lead!

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CARLA-216 7/10/2012 4:11PM

    Boo to you not getting to go to Hawaii!

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OPALMOON 7/5/2012 3:17AM

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WOWEETOO 7/5/2012 12:15AM

    not thrilled about spinach but yogurt people that is the thing that provides the protein so those carbs from the other stuff doesn't spike the sugar levels in the body..makes those carbs last longer and provide more energy

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LTMURPHY7 7/4/2012 10:54PM

  Leave out yogurt & spinach & I might try it


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JUDYAMK 7/4/2012 10:47PM

    I will try this drink the spinach does not sound good even though I like raw s & cooked spinach. To me it does not sound good to drink it, however I am going to try this.

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Who wants purple cauliflower?

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

I love my fruit and veggie shop. Really. No one should be actually excited to go to a fruit and veggie shop, but I am! They have so much fun and unusual stuff, and everyday there is something different for me to try. This week, purple cauliflower! I thought it would add a nice pop of colour to my stir fry, and I was right.

See? Pretty dinners always taste better! I also tried kale this week, and I really like it.

Previous fun foods include: Purple potatoes (a little sweeter than normal potatoes, fairly floury), peacherines, and blood red oranges. Next week I'm going to try the purple carrots!

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DMF2012 7/4/2012 4:35AM

    I love cauliflower, but have never had purple - does it taste the same as white?

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OPTIMIST1948 7/3/2012 8:04PM

    Not a big fan of cauliflower...unless it is deep fried or covered in cheese sauce! Needless to say, these are "Every 2 years or so" treats! However your pretty stirfry may change my mind!
But the excessive use of exclamation points... those I'll keep!

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    I've wondered about the flavor of these colors in vegetables. Decades ago when purplish broccoli was on the stands (green with a purple haze), I bought some for the prettiness factor. It was a fraud! Once cooked, no more purple haze. And the flavor was more bitter than plain ol' broccoli's. Like you, I get a thrill from seeing vegetables, special colors or not, but pretty they are indeed.

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WOWEETOO 7/3/2012 8:03AM

    the green cauliflower is yummy also
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SLIMMERKIWI 7/3/2012 6:10AM

    Purple carrots were the very original colour for them - they only became the common orange ones because of some mutation.

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JSTETSER 7/3/2012 5:59AM

    Kale is great in salads if you marinade it first in vinegar, lemon juice and olive oil. Yum!

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HEAT7918 7/3/2012 5:00AM

    Purple is my favorite color! I'm not a big cauliflower person - it's just kinda bland for me... I probably need to learn how to spice it up and being purple might help. :)

I don't know if I've ever tried kale so I'll add that to the list. And purple carrots sound fun!

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LAUROCHKA 7/3/2012 4:32AM

    Yeah! I LOVE cauliflower. Recently a friend told me I consumed more cauliflower than anyone else she knew! I have to go find me some purple stuff now :)
Looks yummy - enjoy!

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