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Boxing and cookies

Monday, September 10, 2012

I made cookies yesterday.

Not to eat, although I did have my fair share, but because I love baking. I love the whole process of taking raw ingredients and transforming them into something delicious. I love making people happy, and nothing makes people happy like cookies and cupcakes. I don't bake much because I end up eating waaaay too much of the product. Usually I take the end result into work, but by the time the boyfriend, mum and I had finished the 'quality control' there weren't enough left to take to work. I took in 2, 1 for my friend who was relieving in the class next door and 1 for my boss.

When I decided to bake I decided to do as Dragonchilde does, and be inefficient. I got everything out of the cupboard 1 at a time. I did everything by hand. Just me, a bowl, and a wooden spoon. Creaming the butter and sugar felt like a workout, that is for sure!

So I'm mad at the scale for not moving, but I should probably blame myself (or the *cough* 8 *cough* cookies I have had over the past 2 days).

I went back to boxing today. I'm back, baby! WOW it felt great to be back, punching things and joking around with the regulars and the instructor. I punched HARD. So hard that 3 guys, including the instructor, said WOW. One of the girls asked if I had had a bad day (I have, but that isn't why I was punching hard). I have really missed boxing. It is my thing, my favourite form of cardio. I'm glad that I'm not letting what a grumpy old man thinks stop me from doing what I love.

Speaking of boxing, I have been online shopping! I'm getting these 2 tops

This one is going to be black with purple sparkly writing. Coz nothing says hardcore like purple sparkles.

And I want this one next

I didn't order it because the were low on sizes :( Seems to be back in stock now, so I'm going to get it later.

None are workout tops, so I can't wear them to the gym :( Still cool, though!

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LIVEDAILY 9/10/2012 8:50PM

Those tops are awesome! I also like to bake, but haven't in a while. Maybe around the holodays. I did make jam in July...hot, sweaty work!! I ended up with almost 30 pinys of jam though!

Question about the cookies...what are the blue bits??

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CARLA-216 9/10/2012 2:58PM

    I LOVE to bake and am pretty good at it. I also LOVE to eat what I bake. I don't bake much anymore due to my lack of self control around delicious homemade baked goodies.

Yay for getting back to boxing!

Nice shirts too!

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CATLADY52 9/10/2012 1:22PM

    Great tops. I don't do baking anymore. My son does it now. (He has a killer choc chip & macadamia nut cookie.) emoticon But he doesn't do fried pies like the Amish do, so I indulge once in awhile. emoticon

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DRAGONCHILDE 9/10/2012 11:56AM

    YAY for being inefficient! ;) I was inefficient today, too. Parked way away from the grocery store, and ran in. :) People probably thought I was nuts.

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LYNSEY723 9/10/2012 11:40AM

    I am just now getting caught up on all blogs posted this weekend - so this is a comment for all 3 of yours!

You are doing awesome - way to go with increasing all of your weights!! That is awesome! I am too afraid to do that all at once! How did your hair look the next day? ;)

I agree with sizes... they are never the same! All I know is that I have 2 pairs of jeans that I would LOVE to fit into again. Size doesn't really matter, but getting them over my thighs and butt, then being able to zip them DOES matter! :) Way to go!

Last but not least - I'm so happy you are going back to boxing class and enjoying it - despite big, mean, grumpy old man!!! Keep up the AWESOME work!!!

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RUNNER12COM 9/10/2012 9:06AM

    I would devour every single one of those. Yum!

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OLIVIANIGHT 9/10/2012 7:16AM

    I LOVE baking, it's my biggest stress-reliever. And those cookies look sooooooo tasty.
Also YAY for getting back to boxing! Nuts to the old man, he can't stop you.

Comment edited on: 9/10/2012 7:16:46 AM

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    I love the "don't be fooled by the pink" shirt!

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PATSYB7 9/10/2012 6:17AM

    I love to bake, too! But I also love to eat the end results! I haven't dared to bake since I started working with the nutritionist. I did pick up a sugar free cake mix for my mil--it's her birthday next week. I'm going to frost it with something sugar free. She's an out-of-control diabetic. :O( And I'm watching my blood sugar, too.

Those tops are great! They are the perfect reward for your boxing prowess! emoticon

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 9/10/2012 5:52AM

    Those tops will be Awesome for you! Great sayings! Glad you are back to what you love!

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NJJ-EXERCISE30 9/10/2012 4:05AM

    I used to love to bake, but I can not do it any more. I eat it. I just can't eat just one. It is ok. If I want a baked good, I will go buy it but it has been baked very good. emoticon

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I want to fit a size... (new top pics)

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Sizes mean nothing. Not a damn thing. Last weekend I went shopping and got 3 tops. All size small. AND they were a little big. Go me, right? Well... Not really. I went shopping this weekend, too (shopping therapy, I was feeling down). And this is what I purchased...

Size small

Size small

Size medium (I'm going to wear a belt with this one)

Size large

These tops are all from the same store, all the same brand! No sizing consistency at all. So, I could say that I want to be a size small, or a size 10, and there is really no way to ensure that happens! At least with a weight goal (or a goal range) you know when you have met it. 70kg is the same no matter what.

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CARLA-216 9/10/2012 3:00PM

    I like your new tops, especially that first and last one!

That's crazy about the sizes. I've found the same thing here...sizes seem to be just made up random letters or numbers sewn in on a whim. emoticon

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    I find this as well. I was at a store recently, and the sales lady asked me what size I wear... I have no idea how to answer that because I have all sorts of sizes of clothes, and some fit and some don't, and it's nothing to do with the number/size.

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JUSTDOINGIT101 9/9/2012 11:29AM

    No kidding. I guess we all have to settle for "size comfortable."


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LIVEDAILY 9/9/2012 10:28AM

    It's the same here in the states. Different manufacturers all have different sizes. When I buy pants, I always compare the actual waist sizes between 2 pairs of pants and hold them up and stretch them a bit to find the one that's got a bit more room! Just because they all say size 30 doesn't mean that they are! The last top you're modeling looks adorable!

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TWINSMOMMY607 9/9/2012 10:25AM

    I feel your pain! The same thing happens to me when I go shopping here in the U.S. I wish stores would get their acts straight!

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JSTETSER 9/9/2012 8:02AM

    Go with the small. I always feel smaller in a small. Silly but true!
Thanks for posting!

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Why I may not be able to wash my hair tomorrow...

Saturday, September 08, 2012

I upped all my weights. Every singe one. My arms are going to be sore tomorrow!

Check out this progress (in just over 2 weeks)

Bench press - Start - Bar Now 7.5kg (and whatever the bar weighs)

Military press - Start - 12.5kg Now 20kg

Barbell curls - Start - 12.5kg Now 17.5kg

Assisted chin ups - Start 35 Now 30 (This one is supposed to go down, since it it the counter weight)

Assisted dips - Start 40 Now 30 (This one is also supposed to decrease)

Leg Press - Start 20kg Now 50kg

Yep, feeling pretty good right about now :D

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CARLA-216 9/10/2012 3:01PM


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    If your arms are super-duper sore, you could go to a hair salon and just pay for them to wash your hair :-)

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TWINSMOMMY607 9/9/2012 10:26AM

    That's awesome!

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HALINHALF 9/8/2012 9:34PM

    Great job! Especially the Dips, last spring I had to take 100 pounds off of myself/the machine to be able to do those.

Most standard bars weigh 45 pounds. Cambured (the curved ones) are 25lbs. Just FYI :-)


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LIVEDAILY 9/8/2012 9:12PM

That's totally awesome!!

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DRAGONCHILDE 9/8/2012 9:03PM

    Rock it! My arms are sore from yesterday.

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A personal challenge - met!

Friday, September 07, 2012

Every month my gym has a challenge. Something like how many deadlifts can you do in a minute. Things like that. I have always looked, but I have never done one. I always told myself - I'm not fit enough, I will come last, they will think I'm silly. Well, no more!

Today I did my first YMCA challenge! As many squats as possible in 1 minute. I went to the (hot) trainer and told him I wanted to do it. He told me the rules (90 degree angle of knees, only full ones counted etc) and said go. I did 31! My goal was 25, so I am pretty happy with myself. You can enter as many times as you like, so I might try to break my record in a couple of weeks!

Also, in other news, I have lost 13kg and 15% of my body weight.

Funny how meeting the fitness challenge warrants its own post, but weight news is a by the way. The way I view success is changing...

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 9/8/2012 7:25AM

    Way to go on entering the contest! I am sure you will beat that record by the end of the month.

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PAMATX 9/7/2012 11:10PM

    31 squats in a minute? Truly spectacular! As is 15%!

Rock on!

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LYNSEY723 9/7/2012 12:37PM

    Awesome job!!! That's really great!! emoticon emoticon

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TWINSMOMMY607 9/7/2012 7:26AM

    Wow, that's awesome!!

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PATSYB7 9/7/2012 5:34AM

    Awesome! Keep going! emoticon

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OLIVIANIGHT 9/7/2012 5:34AM

    Wow that's a lot of squats! I don't understand kg but losing is good so WOO HOO!

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FATHINSN 9/7/2012 2:41AM

    Hmm, that's an interesting way to weight yourself and get happier result, hehe.
Anyway, congrats for your kg losses, WooHoo!

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Great day

Thursday, September 06, 2012

emoticon I got an awesome nights sleep last night. I was in bed just after 8pm (yes, just put me in curlers and call me a Nana) and I vaguely remember the start of the 8.30pm TV show. Apart from a brief wake up around 3am, I slept until 6.30am! Well rested, indeed.

emoticon I ate well today. Lunch was leftover pasta and I snacked on fruit.

emoticon School went well and I have the cleanest class in the school since I bribed the children with a prize for the best tidy-up people (they knew it would be a freddo frog (chocolate)). Sometimes bribery is needed, and I am OK with that.

emoticon Stopped on the way home and invested in 2 new sports bras. I managed to find one that is really high impact, so it is great for running. YAY for safe and happy boobies!

emoticon Instead of the gym, I decided to go for a run. It was a nice day and I didn't want to be cooped up inside. The run went really well. Considering I haven't run in weeks and weeks I managed to do my usual route in my usual time with no walking breaks. It felt great to go get out and get moving. I do like running, I just have to be in the mood for it.

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JSTETSER 9/6/2012 7:05PM

    Way to go! A bribe is just a payment that a student earns. I'd give rewards too!

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LYNSEY723 9/6/2012 10:32AM

    Sounds like an awesome day! Way to go! emoticon

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OLIVIANIGHT 9/6/2012 6:00AM

    It's great when you have days that just work : )

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 9/6/2012 5:50AM

    Sounds like a great day!

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PATSYB7 9/6/2012 5:37AM

    Yay for a great day! I hope today goes just as well for you. Enjoy! emoticon

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