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A lot of leg

Monday, October 29, 2012

I wore this dress on Sunday

I was brave. Look at how much leg I was showing! But, I rocked it and I felt sexy and confident. Not bad for a $5 dress, huh? Unfortunately, a dress means ditching the sneakers and wearing sandals. And now I am injured again. I have done something to my ankle from walking around in the sandals, which require a slightly different gait so they don't go flying off my foot. This is why I don't wear dresses much; Sneakers are my friend. Physio tomorrow at 8am! Off to put another one of his kids through university!

I also got this on the weekend

Breathe deep, sparkmums, it isn't real. Yet. I went to talk to someone about getting this as a tattoo. They can do a stencil and transfer it on to your arm, like a temporary tattoo, so you can wear it for a couple of days and see how you feel about the location, size, etc. I really, really like it, and it is small enough to fit under my watch, so I can cover it for work. I am loving the purple colour, and am thinking that I won't get it done in black, as it may be a little harsh. Instead I think I'll get it done in a purple colour, which was more subtle.

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BARCLE 10/29/2012 5:41PM

    Awesome, awesome (was going to comment with just emoticons cos I know you love 'em so much emoticon BUT this is just too excellent to not comment!

You look awesome - so nice to wear something that makes you feel wonderful too. I love the colour - so summery as well. Bummer bout the physio again.

And the tattoo - yep, I'd say go for it! emoticon

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ANAJAK 10/29/2012 5:31PM

    emoticon That is a picture of a wolf whistle.

I might even go as far to say that dress is a little big for you lady!!! Legs looking hot though.

Love the purple for the tatt. I would prob go a wee bit smaller font size too emoticon

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LIVEDAILY 10/29/2012 12:16PM

For rockin that dress!!
For the temp tat!!

Sandals...what kind are they that hurt your ankle like that? Perhaps you need to get a new pair of sandals/dress flats??

Tats....well, they ARE permanent...I think it looks very nice. Perhaps maybe go just a wee bit smaller in font size...?? I like that whoever you went to did a temp one for you so you could "try it on".

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CARLA-216 10/29/2012 10:09AM

    Looking fab!

I hear ya on hurting yourself while wearing sandals. That is my life story LOL
I hope you heal soon!

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JSTETSER 10/29/2012 7:06AM

    You look GREAT! Yes, you're strong. Nice tat.

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NCSUE0514 10/29/2012 5:33AM

    You go, girl`

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Seattle and San Fran advice, please!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

I have booked my international flights, so they are set in stone. Now I need to book my internal flights, which means deciding how long to spend in each city. How long is long enough? So here are the details

9th January - land in San Fran at 10am
16th January - leave LA in contiki

And I need to get Seattle in there, too.

My plan is this
9th, 10th,11th, 12th, 13th - San Fran
Evening of the 13th - fly to Seattle
Seattle 14th, 15th
Fly to LA the evening of the 15th

So I would get 4.5 days in San Fran and 2 full days in Seattle. How does this sound to people who have been there? I have waaaay more must dos in san Fran than in Seattle, hence the difference. I am also hoping that I will be able to nap on the plane and will be able to do a few non-taxing things the day I land. If I am tired I can sleep anywhere, so here's hoping. BUT I also know that I might land and feel like death and want to sleep all day, which would mean half a day less to see and do things.

Opinions? Thoughts?

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SAMBIDEXTROUS 11/19/2012 3:21PM

    I used to live near SF and now live in Seattle. There is so much to do in both that I wouldn't know where I would want to spend more time.

My most favorite-est thing in Seattle is Woodland Park Zoo. But that can take up a big chunk of your day. And in January it can be pretty cold. Doesn't always stop us though....

Depending on what you like we have some pretty great museums and funky little are shows.

And, yeah, you can't forget the food...

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KIMCOLLINGS 11/19/2012 12:23PM

    I live in the Seattle area. Lots of ideas......if it's nice or you don't mind walking in a little rain, the waterfront has a trail that goes for miles, following Puget Sound, and we just got a huge ferris wheel too. Sounds a little odd, but it's fairly unique. It's huge, you get a wonderful view of the city and water and each car is heated/air conditioned, so very comfortable. There's a very nice aquarium on the waterfront too and the 1st Starbucks ever is up by the Pike Place Market. Gotta go to the market and see them throw the fish. Pioneer Square is close to downtown too and has a lot of very old buildings with very cool pubs and live music. You could even take a ferry ride for fun. Half hour each way. Bainbridge island is on the other side and it has a lot of quaint shops.

Sounds like you have a wonderful trip planned. San Francisco will be a blast too. So many fun things to see. Have a terrific time!!!

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LIVEDAILY 10/27/2012 8:47AM

    What time does your flight leave NZ? You fly direct toSan Fran? Couple of tips: really do try to sleep on the plane. Reset your watch before you go to sleep so that it will be the correct time when you land in SF. Once you get to San Fran, check in at hotel, and then have a regular day, since you're landing at 10 am. Try to go to bed at a regular time, and get up at a regular time. Drink lots of water! All of that will help with jet lag. As odd as it sounds, buy a sleep mask. You know, the "beauty masks" that Hollywood starlets used to wear in the movies?? What that will do is block out the light while you're trying to sleep. It can be very effective, and if you get one NOW, you have some time to get used to it. Another thing, Advil PM. I don't usually reccomend sleep aids, but it may just relax you enough to help you sleep. If you've never used it before, only take 1.

I'd adjust the dates a bit. I'd try to leave San Fran on the evening of the 12th so that you have the 13th, 14, and 15th in Seattle, and fly to LA the evening of the 15th.

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OLIVIANIGHT 10/27/2012 4:43AM

    I have never been to either so can't help, sorry. But I hope you enjoy your trip!

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CHARITY1973 10/27/2012 2:51AM

    I get so excited when I land in SFO that I can't sleep regardless of the jetlag. It's a wonderful city (no insult to Seattle). Just to save money try taking the train into the city. Cheaper than an airport shuttle and easy to navigate.

I'm jealous! I wish I was going. It's my favorite US city. And healthy food is easy to find and cheap.

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KACEYSW 10/27/2012 12:51AM

    Seattle is amazing. I would actually recommend 3 days for Seattle because there are so many sub-sections of the city that are culturally amazing. There are some great healthy restaurants that cater to a wide variety of cuisines and are especially diet friendly. Whatever you decide to do, enjoy yourself.

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REGILIEH 10/27/2012 12:22AM

    I would do 4 in SF and 2.5 in Seattle, but either way it will all be marvelous! It will be perfect! You will it all either way. emoticon

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One word answers

Friday, October 26, 2012

Not as easy as you might think!
Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you.
It's really hard to only use one word answers.

Where is your cell phone?


Your hair?

Your mother?

Your father?

Your favourite thing?

Your dream last night?

Favourite drink?

What room are you in?

Your hobby?

Your fear?

Where do you want to be in 6 years?

Where were you last night?

Something that you aren't?


Wish list item?

Last thing you did?

What are you wearing?

Your pets?


Your life?

Your mood?

Missing someone?


Your car?

Something you're not wearing?

Your favourite store?

Your favorite color?

When is the last time you cried?

Where do you go over and over?

Five people who email me regularly?

Favourite place to eat?

Favourite place I'd like to be right now?

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ANAJAK 10/29/2012 5:28PM


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COLETTEISGREAT 10/27/2012 8:03AM

    Isn't this fun? So... you have a convertible? Nice!!

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JSTETSER 10/27/2012 6:14AM

    My favorite place to be? home.

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LIVEDAILY 10/26/2012 11:51PM

    This is cool!

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NSV - Goal met!

Friday, October 26, 2012

At the beginning of August I decided to work towards leg pressing my own body weight on the sled style leg press. I maxed out the other machine... Unfortunately, I got injured and had to put that goal on the back burner. I have been slowly working my way back up to the goal, and today I met it

I weigh 72.8kg (this mornings weigh in) and today I leg pressed 75kg, 2 sets, 8 reps.

My next goal is 100kg.

Can I get a whoop whoop?!

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ANAJAK 10/29/2012 5:29PM

    You sure can! You can bench press yourself emoticon

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RUNNER12COM 10/26/2012 3:39PM

    Whoop Whoop! Look at you and your victory!

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ADARKARA 10/26/2012 3:11PM

    great job!!!!

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LIVEDAILY 10/26/2012 3:08PM

That is truly awesome!!!
Great job!!

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CARLA-216 10/26/2012 12:02PM

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REGILIEH 10/26/2012 8:08AM

    WHOOP!!! WHOOP!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DNRAE1 10/26/2012 7:27AM

    Yeah! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Fantastic!!!

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JSTETSER 10/26/2012 5:52AM

    emoticon Contragulations!

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MAGGIEVAN 10/26/2012 1:51AM

    Whoo Hoo and fantastic girl! I am so glad for you. You know the battle is won or lost int he mind and clearly your mind is set on winning. Congrats.

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My new experiment

Thursday, October 25, 2012

For the last few days I have been trying something new. I have been focusing on lowering my carbs. Now, relax, I'm not going low carb or anything. I have just been focusing on eating towards the lower end of my range (and occasionally just below) and trying to eat towards the middle of my range for my protein and fat.

I have found that I am fairly full, but other than that I haven't noticed any other changes. I do think it is a sensible experiment, so I will continue it for a little while. It has made me cut out a lot of junk food, because it is so high in carbs! There are plenty of carbs in my lower range to keep eating fruit, my morning cereal, lunchtime sandwich thin, and yogurt; the sensible carbs! I did try my first ever protein bar today. I picked up a couple to keep in my desk for nights where I have to stay behind later than expected. I liked it, it just tasted like a chocolate bar. Not the healthiest snck, I know, but better than other options. Good for an occasional emergency snack.

So, thats the news...

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COLETTEISGREAT 10/26/2012 8:26PM

    Cutting out junk food is great!

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LIVEDAILY 10/25/2012 11:52PM

    I'm a big fan of the Kashi Go Lean protein bars. They come in chocolate pretzel, chocolate peanut, and chocolate caramel. See a pattern...??

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LYNSEY723 10/25/2012 12:04PM

    Sounds great! emoticon

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REGILIEH 10/25/2012 9:19AM

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NELLJONES 10/25/2012 9:07AM

    Cutting out junk food is a good thing, no matter the reason.

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BUSYGRANNY5 10/25/2012 7:46AM

    Good for you for trying something new and healthy!!! Keep on keeping on....

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DNRAE1 10/25/2012 7:37AM

    Good experiment! Whatever healthy that works for you is best for you. It also gives you a chance to introduce and remove different foods. emoticon

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AMSPARKER 10/25/2012 5:31AM

    I do that too, occassionally...i find that i am much more fuller and able to keep to my ranges better...and i have also bought protein bars for something to eat while i am out and about to tide me over until i can make a proper meal at home...not the best, i agree, but sometimes an apple and nuts just don't cut it when you are going to be out for a while...what I do sometimes (because the protein bar i bought is so high in protein and calories) is cut it in half for 130 cals, 15gms of protein, and hve it with an apple...works out really well. reminds me, i'm low on protein bars!

take care!

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