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The last 2 days of school

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Well, school ends on Tuesday. Where has the year gone?! My babies are all grown up; Most are moving to the senior school next year! I will have 2 in my class again, but the rest are off to bigger and better things emoticon

The last 2 days I am on baby sitting and crowd control. The kids will help me clean and organise the class, then some will go and help another teacher to clean and organise (she has to move rooms, I don't, and her kids are too young to help), and I will have her class for a movie. Movies and games will be a big part of the next 2 days. And then they leave, and I will probably be crying in my classroom for a while! Sad, but true. You get so, so attached to them!

I have big plans for the school break, as you all know. I will probably be posting some blogs that ask silly questions, so be prepared. Unless some kind soul who lives in/is familiar with my trip locations wants to offer to answer a sparkmail full of silly questions... Limited time offer, folks! Before I leave I have some Kiwi Summer activities planned! Climbing Rangitoto next week with my ex (we are seeing each other a lot. He is a better boyfriend now then he was when we were together, lol!), Action World with a friend this week, and Rainbows End and kayaking with my friend Luke who is visiting from Wellington at the end of the month! YAY!

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CARLA-216 12/18/2012 3:50PM

    Sounds like fun times ahead!

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LIVEDAILY 12/16/2012 1:06PM

    Your vacation sounds lovely! Remember...take lots of pictures! Enjoy all of your local excursions, and never be afraid to ask questions!

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JSTETSER 12/16/2012 7:05AM

    Wow! I had no idea tht kids change to a new grade in January. I have 5 more days of school until our 1 week of Winter Break. When the ids come back, it's the same crew.

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MARINEMAMA 12/16/2012 6:30AM

    Woohoo! Enjoy!

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My birthday dinner

Saturday, December 15, 2012

It was my birthday on Friday. 24 years young. I dressed up like this

and headed out. First stop was my work xmas party. I spent an hour there chatting with workmates. Then I headed home, jumped into mum's car and headed to the restaurant to meet my girl friends.

It was a fun night filled with laughter, food, and a little too much wine (OK, I was a little, tiny bit... drunk). My birthday is the day for eating whatever I want. For dinner I ordered the carbonara. It was sinfully delicious, creamy and cheesy, and I enjoyed every bite. I actually ended up leaving 3/4 of it because it was so huge! I was going to eat whatever I wanted, but that didn't mean stuffing myself when I was full. In the end I am guessing I ate 500-600cal worth of it, which is actually not too bad. Dessert was a brownie with ice cream. It was gooood.

With birthdays come reflection. And I have decided to take charge of my life a bit more. There are heaps of things I want to do but never get around to because no one wants to do them with me. For example, I really want to climb Rangitoto Island. If no one wants to come with me then I can go by myself! And I will. I also want to go kayaking, and go back to Action World. If no one wants to come with me I will just go by myself. I'm spending a week alone in the states, so I should probably practice anyway!

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LYNSEY723 12/19/2012 2:24PM

    Sounds like a great day! You look beautiful!!

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CARLA-216 12/18/2012 3:49PM

    Sounds like a great birthday. I admire that you're willing to do these things on your own. That's something I could stand to do myself.

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MARINEMAMA 12/16/2012 6:30AM

    You look fantastic!

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SAFEINMYFRAME 12/15/2012 11:30PM

    How did I not know we shared a birthday?? (Yes, yes, long time no see me). You look beautiful and I'm so glad you had a wonderful, well-deserved night.

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TULAA3 12/15/2012 7:38PM

    Such a lovely birthday! Great to think about goals and where you can be for the next birthday...and many more down the road!

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CALGIRL80 12/15/2012 5:34PM

  I love that you have set goals for yourself that encourage a active lifestyle. Sorry none of your friends want to join you. I want to go see the Grand Canyon and my husband is apathetic. However, as he has seen me workout and the changes for the better not only physically but emotionally, he is willing to go. In a couple of years we are going to bicycle from Los Angeles (where we live) to San Deigo, which is one of his dreams. Best of luck to you and happy belated birthday

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LIVEDAILY 12/15/2012 5:26PM

    Good reflection. When I was your age...I was with a fellow who didn't like to dance. He would take me dancing because I loved it, but I knew he hated it, so I made a compromise, and I stopped asking to go, and I stopped dancing. Compromising doesn't necessarily meaning giving something up. You've learned a valuable lesson that took me a lot longer to learn.
Have fun climbing that mountain, and take LOTS of pics!!

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Gladiator Challenge

Saturday, December 15, 2012

As part of my gyms xmas party they had a Gladiator Challenge. Of course I signed up! It was heaps of fun. It was set out like this

There was
- Mini boot camp (10 each push ups, sit ups, squats)
- Gladiator tunnel (trainers trying to stop yo getting through)
- Walk the plank
- Balance beam (WAY harder than I remember it)
- Shapes (trainer trying to block you with foam shapes. Had to do this with a ball between your knees)
- Box jump
- Guess who (match the trainer picture to their name)
- Tug of war
- Capture the flag
- Pull me (pulling someone on a little trolley)

I did it in 2m17s. I missed out winning the time trial by 2 seconds! That's it! Ah well, I had a ball doing it. Once everyone had gone through the trainers had a go, and us gym goers got to be gladiators! That was super fun!

That was all after a 90 minute boxing class where I did 12 full push ups! My arms hurt, lol.

After the gym I went home and had a birthday lunch with my folks and grandparents. We all chilled for a while and then my parents and I went out for dinner for my mum's birthday, which is today. I was sensible, I ordered a 'small plate' and a side salad, and stuck to water. I had 2 pieces of the bread from the bread plate, but they were small pieces. I think I did well!

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CARLA-216 12/18/2012 3:47PM

    Now that is a great addition to the party at the Y! Great job on your time!

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RUNNER12COM 12/15/2012 12:21PM

    That seems so fun!

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MPETERSON2311 12/15/2012 9:40AM

    2 Minutes!? wow

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LIVEDAILY 12/15/2012 6:38AM

    Your gym is HUGE! When you've been talking about "my gym", I just automatically pictured a gym like here in the states. Most times what people call "a gym" is really more like a large fitness center. My gym is Planet Fitness. They have about 50 treadmills, 25 ellipticals, 6 recumbant bikes, 6 regular bikes, a circuit training area, an abs training area, and a weights area with 2 sets of a variety of machines plus mulitple sets of free weights and the space to use them all, BUT there is NO free floor space like what I see in your pics. So different.

I think you did well last night also!

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JSTETSER 12/15/2012 6:34AM

    What a great party! I will mention it to the YMCA that I used to attend.
Right now I live in a very small town with no Y.
thanks for the great post!

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YMCA Member of the Year (pic)

Friday, December 14, 2012

Awarded for hard work, a good attitude, and an amazing weight loss journey.

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LYNSEY723 12/19/2012 2:14PM

    Amazing! Way to go! emoticon

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CARLA-216 12/18/2012 3:45PM

    Yay! I am so proud of you!

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KRISTEN_SAYS 12/15/2012 6:20PM

    So awesome! Congrats!

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BUSYGRANNY5 12/15/2012 7:10AM

    Congratulations! What an honor! Keep on keeping on!!!

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HARTINGL52 12/15/2012 7:03AM

    Congrats to you. This is wonderful. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    wonderful; congrats!

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JSTETSER 12/15/2012 6:36AM

    Congratulations! emoticon

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 12/14/2012 8:56PM

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HEAT7918 12/14/2012 8:22PM

    That's awesome!!

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YMCA Member of the Year

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Yep. That's me! My branch's member of the year!

I got the phone call today telling me that I had been nominated and the trainers had picked me as the winner! It made my day! So I need to write a little bit about my journey (I'll post it here for feedback) and then on Saturday at the Christmas party I will be presented with my framed certificate!

So...That's all, folks!

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LIVEDAILY 12/13/2012 6:06PM

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Congratulations!! All of your hard work has been noted and appreciated by others! I know you feel SO proud of your accomplishmnet! Keep up the great work!!

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CARLA-216 12/13/2012 3:41PM

    That is so awesome, Jess! Well deserved - Congratulations!
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LYNSEY723 12/13/2012 11:38AM

    emoticon That is so cool!!! That us such a great reward for all of your time there at the gym - and a nice reminder to keep going!

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ROSINVN 12/13/2012 2:58AM

Congratulations!!! It's great that they are appreciating you and the effort you have put in over this last year!!!! Once again congrats emoticon

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 12/13/2012 1:18AM

    Nice work!! Congrats :)

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WARMSTRONG2 12/12/2012 10:48PM

  Wow, congratulations!

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