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Breaking habits

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

We all have habits; Some good and some not so good. I never used to eat breakfast so I got myself into the habit of eating it. Now, I am starving at 7am, like clockwork. So, that was a good habit. Going to the gym is now a habit. I didn't go to my boxing class tonight (I was going to go for a run but it started pouring pretty much as soon as I got home) and it felt weird, because it is now a habit for me to go to boxing on a Wednesday.

Now, I need to work on getting myself out of some bad habits. The first on the chopping block is the sweet things bad habit. I eat a lot of sweet things, and I love a good chocolate bar. But I know it has to change. So far I have made a rule of no chocolate before 3pm. I don't pack any to take to school, and I don't eat it during school hours. I am only allowed to raid the chocolate supply in my desk (mainly for bribing/thanking other staff members, occasionally for bribing the children...Kidding...Kinda) twice a week, and only after the children have gone home.

My next bad habit is the dessert habit. You know that saying 'You're never fully dressed without a smile'? Well, I'm never fully fed without dessert. I am trying to limit dessert to 3-4 times a week. It doesn't need to be every night, especially when I am plenty full from dinner. I love dessert, but there has to be a limit!

In slightly related news my scale FINALLY moved this morning. It went up and stayed there for 16 days. I know this doesn't sound like a lot to those of you who have been stuck for months, but it felt like forever to me.This morning I weighed 76.5kg, which gives me a loss this month of 700g. I only wanted to lose 900g this month, so I could still meet my goal... We'll see in a few days, I suppose!

  
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CARLA-216 7/25/2012 11:42AM

    PS: Great job on sticking with it and seeing the scale move again for you!

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CARLA-216 7/25/2012 11:42AM

    Good on you for making the effort to change the not-so-good habits.

I need help on my sweets habit. I do good a few days then BAM I'm eating sweets like my life depends on them. emoticon emoticon

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 7/25/2012 7:01AM

    Habits are hard to kick! Once I went though this phase where I needed a McDonalds ice cream EVERY day after work... boy that was a hard one to kick (especially since it was only 150 calories, and fit nicely into my daily totals). Sounds like you have identified what your "bad" habits are and have some good "rules" assigned to them. Good luck.

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50 things you never knew you needed to know about me

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
Jessica Fletcher from Murder She Wrote. I was going to be called Angela, until my mum realised she has a cousin called Angela and she didn't want to double up the names in the family.

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
A few weeks ago

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
Yes, it is very neat

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?
Ham

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
Yep, 23 of them. They go home at 3pm, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
Probably not. I make a terrible first impression.

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?
Never. Ever. Really.

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
Yes

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
HA! No. I can't even jump off a chair without bit of fear.

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
I don't really eat cereal. Cinnamon Toast Crunch is a special treat.

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
No, too lady

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?
Yes.

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?
Maple walnut or Movenpick chocolate.

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
Their voice. I can remember a voice and not a face

15. RED OR PINK?
Red

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
How my depression makes me see myself.

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
My darling Smruti, who died in March. I think about her every day.

18. WHAT IS THE PAUL MCKENNA TECHNIQUE THAT YOU NEED TO WORK ON THE MOST?
Who's Paul Mckenna?

19. ANY TATTOOS?
No

20. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
Bare feet

21. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
Subway 6 inch wheat with roasted chicken, bacon, mayo, sweet chili sauce, and salad.

22. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
Stephen Fry in America on the TV

23. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
What the hell kinda question is this? Magenta, because I am shocking and fun?

24. FAVORITE SMELLS?
Coconut, freshly baked muffins

25. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
The receptionist at work.

26. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE
I'm a beach girl.

27. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
Rugby, but only if the All Blacks are playing and only if it is a big match. I'm a part time rugby fan.

28. HAIR COLOR?
Boring brown with grey bits.

29. EYE COLOR?
Brown

30. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?
Yes

31. FAVORITE FOOD?
I love Japanese food, and any seafood

32. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
Happy endings

33. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?
Ted. Not as funny as I thought it would be

34. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?
I'm in a light blue dressing gown...

35. SUMMER OR WINTER?
Neither, I like Spring.

36. HUGS OR KISSES?
Hugs

37. FAVORITE DESSERT?
Ice cream sundae

38. STRENGTH TRAINING OR CARDIO?
ST

39. COMPUTER OR TELEVISION?
Computer

40. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
None :( I don't read much anymore, which makes me sad.

41. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
I have a laptop

42. FAVORITE SOUND?
My boyfriends car pulling up the driveway.

43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?
Beatles

44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
London, England. Literally the other side of the world.

45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
I can annoy someone in 3 seconds flat... Other than that... I'm really organised!

46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
Auckland, NZ

47. WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW?
Auckland, NZ

48. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR HOUSE?
Brown

49. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR CAR?
Red with a black ragtop roof.

50. DO YOU LIKE ANSWERING 50 QUESTIONS?
Killed some time

  
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HEAT7918 7/24/2012 6:23AM

    I don't know who Paul McKenna is either...

Your answers were very interesting - thanks for sharing!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 7/24/2012 6:21AM

    Fun answers!

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Non weight related goal

Monday, July 23, 2012

It is time I broke up with the scale for a while. So, with that in mind I needed to focus on a new goal. Something non weight related, something that I can more or less control. Enter


The 5K, not the marathon! I'm not that mental.

It is in 33 days. The only other one I could do is in 9 weeks, and my motivation won't last that long (although I might do it anyways, as my 3rd 5K run!) I haven't been running regularly, but when I have run it has been successful. I have been doing boxing and strength training, which is keeping me in good shape.

My training starts this week. I've even written a training plan! If this week goes well then I'll sign up for it. My goal will be a sub 40 minute time, beating my last time by 2 minutes.

Right, crazy lady, party of one!

  
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PAMATX 7/23/2012 9:23PM

    Fun fun! You've got this. Piece of emoticon!

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CARLA-216 7/23/2012 3:01PM

    That's a great goal! I know you'll train smart and do great on race day!

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HEAT7918 7/23/2012 6:10AM

    emoticon

I need to come up with some non-scale goals too... I'll work on it!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 7/23/2012 5:11AM

    Nice! You will do great! I bet it's a beautiful run too. Good luck with your training plan!

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COLETTEISGREAT 7/23/2012 4:36AM

    Great goal!!

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Tape measure victory

Saturday, July 21, 2012

One month ago to took my measurements for the first time. These were the results

20/6/12

Bust - 99cm (at the nipples/widest point)
Waist - 83cm (at the natural waist, slightly above my belly button)
Hip - 109cm (at the widest point/ my big butt)
Thigh - 62cm (mid thigh)

Today I took them again, 1 month later. Here are my new measurements

22/7/12

Bust - 98cm
Waist - 80cm
Hip - 106.5cm
Thigh - 58.5cm

So that means

Bust -1cm
Waist -3cm
Hip -2.5cm
Thigh - 3.5cm

Even accounting for a margin of error with the tape measure (no way to measure in exactly the same place) there are definite results. The thigh measurement proves what I have always though, that I lose from my arms and legs first.

So, screw you, scale. What do you know?

  
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CARLA-216 7/23/2012 2:59PM

    Wow, what great results for a month!
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MRS.PRINCIPAL 7/22/2012 6:34AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I was guessing that was your case when your scale didn't budge! Thank God for NSV's! Your measurement results are AWESOME! Way to go, keep pushing hard because you are kicking butt!!!

I haven't lost weight in over 8 months (hovering between the same 1-2 pounds) but have still continued to loose inches and shrink in clothing sizes. Got to LOVE ST!

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STARGAZER420 7/21/2012 8:21PM

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COLETTEISGREAT 7/21/2012 6:22PM

    Awesome!!!

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Learning how to dress my new body - Take One

Saturday, July 21, 2012

I took my mother shopping this afternoon. I was wandering around while she was in the changing room, looking for more things for her. We were at a.... ummm.... 'older lady store'; They mainly cater to the 40+ crowd, and specialise in plus sizes, although they do carry a few items in smaller sizes. Since I am none of the above I was not looking for anything for myself. But then I saw this top, and I thought it was quite nice. Then I checked, and they had one in the smallest size, a 10 (the sizes run a little big at this store). I tried it on and it fit perfectly. It is a similar style to the tops I have been wearing, just with a clingy fabric instead of the long flowing material.

What do you all think?

Bonus, mum paid as a thank you for helping her shop. She got 2 pairs of pants and 7 tops that all look great on her. Double bonus, it is a size freaking ten! I don't care that their sizes run big, I am wearing a size 10 for the first time since I was 10!

  
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CARLA-216 7/23/2012 2:58PM

    I think it looks awesome on you!

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COLETTEISGREAT 7/21/2012 7:02AM

    You go girl!!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 7/21/2012 5:45AM

    Really cute top! Looks great on you! Congrats on the 10!

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AMSPARKER 7/21/2012 2:49AM

    You look great! LOVE the cinched-in waist!

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SLIMMERKIWI 7/21/2012 2:36AM

    That looks FANTASTIC!! Was it a big-name store or a little privately owned on?

Kris

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