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Back on the wagon!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Right, I will have a good week, even if it kills me! I can do anything for a week, right? A week is a good goal, short and sweet, and hopefully if I do one week I will do another and another.

Tomorrow I am going water walking (I had to cancel last week) with a friend. I am really looking forward to it, but not looking forward to getting into a swimsuit. And I have to shave my legs. So I'm looking forward to the activity but not the prep.

The plans, Stan:


Sunday - Water walking for 1 hour
Monday - W4 D1 + 30 day shred, level one (30DS only if feeling good after my run)
Tuesday - Off
Wednesday - W4 D2
Thursday - 30 day shred, level one
Friday - Rest
Saturday - W4 D3


Track every second day and stay within ranges
Drink 2 pump bottles of water a day
Eat 3 pieces of fruit a day
Eat 1 serving of veggies a day

You'll notice that I am moving on to week 4. I will modify if needed, but I think moving on will be good for my mind. I have yet to complete week 3 after 2 attempts and I think it is mind related rather then body. I will move on to week 4 and if I'm still doing well in a couple of weeks I'll sign up for the 5k. I'm motivated to get my rewards for the next couple of weeks (new running clothes and a massage!) so I really, really want to finish them.

Wish me luck guys, this week will be good!

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LEXIE63 9/18/2010 5:43PM

    emoticon You know you can! :-)
Cheering you on!
Lex xxx
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NAMERICANZ 9/18/2010 4:23PM

    Good luck!

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CARLA-216 9/18/2010 8:29AM

    Good luck this week! Keep your mind to what you want to accomplish and don't let anything stop you this week. You can do it!

Also, thanks for the comment that week 3 for you may be mind related. You sparked a light bulb moment for me --- maybe me not progressing beyond a certain mileage for my runs may in fact be mental instead of physical.

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NOTMILK 9/18/2010 8:03AM

    I started Week 4 last night and made it through! WHEW! I was so PROUD when I hit the end of the 2nd 5 minute run!

Howeverm I need to start mapping my week a bit more clearly like you are - that will make me more accountable to myself. I have a tendancy to decide "on the fly" whether I am going to work out tonight or not - BAD PLAN!

Thanks for the reminder that planning is KEY! emoticon

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BUBBLEJ1 9/18/2010 7:49AM

    I'm going to a pool. Still too cold here for open water emoticon I have read that it is a good workout and not as easy as it looks! I will report back tomorrow!

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MBSHAZZER 9/18/2010 7:46AM

    Water walking is fantastic exercise!! Are you walking in a pool or in open water?

I agree with you on the running - it's mostly mental. Good luck with your progress - if your mind can conceive it, your body can achieve it!

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Introducing my baby

Friday, September 17, 2010

Meet Burgles.

He is 18 months old.

And as you can see from the photos, he is soooooooo cute.

He was a stray that was hanging around our house. He would come into our house in the middle of the night and steal our cats food (he burgled us, so his name is Burgles. Don't ask, the boyfriend named him!) A couple of days ago he turned up during the day and came right up to us and started smooching.

Oh, he stole our hearts right there and then. We decided that if he came back the next day we would think about keeping him. He came back! We took him to the vet to be checked out, checked for a microchip and to be, ahem, de-boyed. Because he is over a year old and still hadn't been fixed, in addition to being thin, the vet said he more then likely didn't have a home. Because he is friendly he probably did have a home at some point but the owners probably abandoned him.

The vet said that he usually doesn't recommend adopting tom cats that are this old because they are usually very vicious, but this cat is soooo friendly and smoochy that he didn't think I would have a problem and would calm down further after being de-boyed. The vet surgeon and the receptionist fell in love with him. I went to pick him up and they were gushing about how lovely he was and how lucky he was to be rehomed.

So far my other cats are keeping their distance, and my baby, Pixie, is not happy at all, mainly because Burgles has decided that he likes sleeping on my bed, and that is her domain. Hopefully they will all be one big happy cat family soon!

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TRACYZABELLE 9/20/2010 4:20AM

    Congrats on the new furchild!! MY female is giving our new baby hell as well-- my male must think it is his baby as he is teaching him and bathes him.

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LEXIE63 9/18/2010 5:46PM

    I had an exactly the same cat. This one could be his brother! Burgles, meet Boysie! :-)
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 9/18/2010 8:37AM

    Aww, you haz a basement kitty! He's very handsome, but aren't all black cats?
I have a black cat, but unfortunately he is not a very nice cat, but we keep him anyway. It's our duty...he adopted us when he was a wee kitten.

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MBSHAZZER 9/18/2010 7:48AM

    So cute!!! Enjoy him! My tenants just moved out and left a black kitty behind. It was indoor / outdoor before and now it's totally outdoor. It breaks my heart - the house is still vacant, and everytime I go over there to do work, the cat is jumping in my lap and rubbing up against my legs. I wish I could take it home but it WILL NOT get in the carrier - I have the scratches to prove it!

Good on you for rescuing this little cutie! He's a lucky guy!

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BARCLE 9/18/2010 4:15AM

    Soooo cute!!! I love black cats emoticon

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BEANPOD77 9/17/2010 11:06PM

    He's a handsome fellow...Love the name..I am sure you will have one big happy family before too many days..Give him a scratch under the chin for me!! G'night!

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ANGELBELIEVER 9/17/2010 9:09PM

    How sweet. Glad he chose you. we have a little girl around here I'm trying to find a home for. There are 3 of us that are feeding here at the moment. She loves people and rolls upside down to have her belly rubbed. She too belonged somewhere at some time but stays around the neighborhood. She sometimes sleeps in our neighbor's outside laundry room as they leave the door open for her. She's gray and white and I suspect a Persian as she has long fur and a bushy tail. Green eyes.

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MILLISMA 9/17/2010 8:47PM

    What a handsome guy! Thanks for posting the pictures. I'm sure things will probably work out...it just takes a little time.

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    Burgles is beautiful. My first cat wandered into our home and into our lives nearly 40 years ago. We have a dog now, but I'll never forget my first cat.

Much happiness to the entire family...

Grace and peace,

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Friday, September 17, 2010

OK, I still haven't exercised. I SHOULD do the shred. Outside was not an option yesterday as the whole of New Zealand has a storm warning. Today is windy but I should be able to get my run in. I will be going on to Week 4 next week, even though I haven't done a whole week 3 yet. I think I need to push myself a little or I won't move on. If it is too hard I'll do week 3 again.

On that note, I don't think I'll sign up for the 5k just yet. I'm supposed to be on week 5 next week, so I don't know if I'll be ready for it. I'm bummed but its my own fault for not sticking to my running plan. If I feel like I'll make it then I'll sign up later.

Last night I was snacky but not hungry. I wanted chocolate soooooooo badly. But I didn't have it. I grilled a few prawns from my freezer seasoned with a little salt and pepper and ground chillies and snacked on them instead. The calories were far less, and I didn't have to leave the house in the storm to get junk food. Good me, pat on the back.

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CARLA-216 9/18/2010 8:38AM

    Great job avoiding chocolate and having prawns instead. You got a good protein boost that way as well!

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WOTABOUTTHIS 9/17/2010 11:28PM

    Yep, you DO deserve a pat on the back! Every single time you choose a healthy alternative makes you stronger. Can't blame you for staying inside - the weather is atrocious. I often find if I go early (around daylight) the rotten weather doesn't settle in till later. Didn't work this morning though, I got soaked. Good luck with the 5 km.

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BUGSMOM211 9/17/2010 6:28PM


I love your snack! Creative..I probably would have went for emoticon emoticon

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BEANPOD77 9/17/2010 6:14PM

    Good for you...Hmmm spicy prawns ( shrimp as we call them on this side of the planet ;-)...Love 'em...
Don't be too hard on yourself with your running plan..At least you are moving..It takes a long time to train your body and breathing..Doing it all in a straight 9 weeks is pretty agressive..
Hope you dont blow away..

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100 Things (from Carilouie)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Bored etc

1. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed? Open so the cats can come and go as they please. They sleep on our bed most nights

2. Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotel? YES!

3. Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out? I only have 1 sheet, the bottom fitted sheet, and the duvets.

4. Have you ever stolen a street sign before? No

5. Do you like to use post-it notes? Yes, to leave operationbeautiful.com messages

6. Do you cut out coupons but then never use them? We don't really get coupons

7. Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of a bees? Ummmm...bees. Better chance of survival

8. Do you have freckles? A couple here and there

9. Do you always smile for pictures? Yes.

10. What is your biggest pet peeve? There are waaaaaaaaaay too many to list. Today it is people being rude when its my turn to talk. And not indicating while driving.

11. Do you ever count your steps when you walk? Once, but it was a school thing

12. Have you ever peed in the woods? In the bush, yes

13. What about pooped in the woods? Erm....not that I remember

14. Do you ever dance even if there’s no music playing? Yep. I dance to the songs stuck in my head

15. Do you chew your pens and pencils? Ewwwww no. I gag if anything but food is in my mouth

16. How many people have you slept with this week? Truthfully, none. Bit of a dry spell in the bubble household

17. What size is your bed? Queen

18. What is your Song of the week? Dance the way I feel

19. Is it okay for guys to wear pink? They can wear what they want...

20. Do you still watch cartoons? Grown up cartoons. The Simpsons and Family Guy

21. What’s your least favorite movie? If I don't think I will enjoy the movie I just won't see it. Tropic Thunder was stupid though, I walked out of the cinema

22. Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some? Under the X

23. What do you drink with dinner? Water, occationally apple juice

24. What do you dip a chicken nugget in? BBQ sauce

25. What is your favorite food? Ummm maltesers

26. What movies could you watch over and over and still love? Love Actually

27. Last person you kissed/kissed you? My boyfriend.

29. Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine? I'm comfortable with being nude, so I wouldn't mind being a stripper, but current no one wants to see this ass! But if I needed the money I would do it

30. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper? I write little love notes to my boyfriend, does that count?

31. Can you change the oil on a car? Isn't that what boyfriends are for?

32. Ever gotten a speeding ticket? NOPE!

33. Ran out of gas? Once. Now I know exactly how far I can push the car on petrol light!

34. Favorite kind of sandwich? Subway chicken fillet

35 Best thing to eat for breakfast? Pancakes or a smoothie

36. What is your usual bedtime? Usual has no place in my world. Anywhere between 9pm and 2am, depends where I have to be the next day

37. Are you lazy? I'm so busy that when I get down time I am very lazy

38. When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween? We don't really do halloween here, so, nothing

39. What is your astrological sign? Saggie

40. How many languages can you speak? English fluently, a bit of Maori and Italian.

41. Do you have any magazine subscriptions? Nope

42..Which are better legos or lincoln logs? What are lincoln logs? I guess that answers that question

43. Are you stubborn? Hehehehehehehehhe, yes, very

44. Who is better...Leno or Letterman? Neither

45. Ever watch soap operas? Shortland Street and Home and Away. Soooo addicting

46. Afraid of heights? Yes

47. Sing in the car? Oh yes!

48. Dance in the shower? Yes

49. Dance in the car? Yes, mainly when I have passengers, makes me laugh

50. Ever used a gun? Water gun?

51. Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer? School ball, 6th form

52. Do you think musicals are cheesy? Yes

53. Is Christmas stressful? Its what you make it. I don't find it stressful, I love it. Its my favourite time of year

54. Ever eat a pierogi? A who now?

55. Favorite type of fruit pie? Don't really do fruit pies, don't like my fruit cooked. A nice pepper steak pie wouldn't go amiss though

56. Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid? Fashion designer for barbie, chef, teacher

57. Do you believe in ghosts? Yep, I've seen a couple

58. Ever have a Deja-vu feeling? Yep, a couple of times

59. Take a vitamin daily? Nope, I forget about them

60. Wear slippers? No, just socks

61. Wear a bath robe? Yep

62. What do you wear to bed? a blanket

63. First concert? Elemeno P. Their first concert, 200 people in Upper Hutt.

64. Wal-Mart, Target or Kmart? Don't have Walmart, Target is a furniture shop (I think), so Kmart it is

65. Nike or Adidas? I have nikes

66.Cheetos Or Fritos? Neither

67. Peanuts or Sunflower seeds? Peanuts

68. Ever hear of the group Tres Bien? No.

69. Ever take dance lessons? ballet when I was 6

70. Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing? Nope, he is a good music teacher

71. Can you curl your tongue? Yes

72. Ever won a spelling bee? Nope. Gotta be in it to win it

73. Have you ever cried because you were so happy? Yep

74. Own records? Nope

75. Own a record player? No

76. Regularly burn incense? Nope

77. Ever been in love? Yes, a couple of times

78. Who would you like to see in concert? The Spice Girls

79. What was the last concert you saw? Fall Out Boy with All American Rejects

80.Hot tea or cold tea? Both

81.Tea or coffee? Soy Mocha please!

82. Sugar or snickerdoodles? Sugar I guess, dunno what a snickerdoodle really is.

83.Can you swim well? yes

84.Can you hold your breath without holding your nose? Yes.

85. Are you patient? no

86. DJ or band, at a wedding? Neither, ipod into sound system, cheaper

87. Ever won a contest? I won a car care kit spot prize...

88. Ever have plastic surgery? No

89. Which are better black or green olives? Neither

90. Can you knit or crochet? Knit

91. Best room for a fireplace? Lounge

92. Do you want to get married? Yes

93. If married, how long have you been married? n/a

94. Who was your HS crush? Josh Hartnet

95. Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way? No, but I will sulk a little

96. Do you have kids? Nope

97. Do you want kids? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Sorry. No thanks

98. Whats your favorite color? Red or turquiose

99. Do you miss anyone right now? Plenty of people

100. Did you watch, Next Great American Band on FOX?Nope

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BUBBLEJ1 9/17/2010 12:21AM

    Not a problem. Feel free to copy, paste and fill in if you like

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MAGGIE805 9/17/2010 12:15AM

    I love it! As I was reading I was answering all these questions in my head and was just too cute. lol. Thanks for posting this one. It made me :).

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Where did my spark go?

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

OK, I have no idea what is wrong with me. I'm not motivated AT ALL! I need to get my run in or I won't be able to complete week 3, again. I just don't want to move. The weather outside is frightful and my bed is so delightful...

I want to be fitter. I want to be skinny and wear a bikini. I do, I want it, but somehow I keep messing things up by eating the wrong things (this past week has been terrible!) or leaving my workout too late and then I run out of time to do it.

If you stole my spark, please give it back. I'm sure it wants me back, just like I want it back!

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MENHALLS 9/17/2010 2:01PM

    Tell yourself you'll just go for a walk. That works for me. I always end up in a run within 5 minutes.

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TDWANDD2MYK9 9/16/2010 11:41PM

    This could be because winter is on its way and lack of sun. my mother and I are convinced we should be hibernating by this time of year! but as someone once said, you have to have the bad days to appreciate the good! Have a gr8 day.

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ALICALI 9/16/2010 4:23PM

    In the wise words of Cher from Moonstruck..."SNAP OUT OF IT!" Ok, so you had a bad week, get right back up, get back on track, don't dwell so much on the mistakes. Imagine if you spent as much time visualizing success as you have spent on feeling bad and regretful. You can do this, we all can do this. Slow and steady wins the race girlfriend, you are strong, just keep chipping away! emoticon

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BILL60 9/16/2010 7:00AM

    Only you can find your spark. Only you can stay motivated. Only you can stand tall, look good, as if you ought to be in Hollywood. That said, get off you "duff" and hit the exercise trail hard. That said, eat smartly and healthy. It's there for the taking. Don't talk yourself out of it.


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SLIMMERKIWI 9/16/2010 12:48AM

    Maybe it was because you were trying to fit too much into the day. I saw that you are quitting your job tonight - perhaps you will find the energy and your Spark again:-)

Remember this, too ....... SKINNY is NOT pretty OR healthy!


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JAZZMINE 9/15/2010 8:45PM

    We all have these moments, just be sure not to let them last too long. A day or two to rest, then back on the program!


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