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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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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