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I am still alive!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Hi all!

I'm still here, just. I've been so busy with work and life that the internet has taken a bit of a backseat! Still trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but it is hard. I work next to a Bakers Delight. Nuff said. And after spending 9 hours on my feet the last thing I want to do is go for a walk or a run in the evenings. I'm going to try and get up earlier to get my workout in before work, me thinks.

I've been trying to make the most of my days off. Like today, I had a friend over and instead of driving to lunch, we walked. Took us about 25 minutes each way but it was a beautiful day so we didn't mind, and we walked back along the beach with our feet in the water. Monday is my next day off and we are going for a hike which will be lots of fun. Oh, and for lunch I had a open chicken sandwich. Lots of salad and only one piece of bread. Delish.

I have worked out a way to stop myself eating all my baking...Coworkers! I love to bake and I generally just want one muffin or biscuit or whatever I make, but I end up eating all of them so they don't go to waste. Now I just take the leftovers in to work to my workmates. Baking out of the house and I'll never get fired! Score!

In other news, I got my birthday present from my boyfriend today! My birthday is Tuesday, but he wanted to give it to me today because if I didn't like it then I would have just ruined my Friday, not my birthday. Sweet, but not needed because it was something I picked out (working in a jewellery store has its perks! I pointed it out to a coworker and she sold it to him). I'm not allowed to wear it until my birthday though. It is a white gold heart pendant with a little emerald and a little diamond set in it. So cute, I love it. I love emeralds!

Ummmm....yeah thas pretty much my life. I will try and set aside some time for sparking soon! I miss you guys!

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MAGGIE805 12/10/2010 8:43PM

    I miss you too! Bakers Delight is evil. Lol. Life gets hectic like that sometimes and you sound like you're maintaining. Awesome. How's the running going. I have about a week and a half before my 5k. Little nervous. Stay cool and keep running. :)

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Facing up to it

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I changed my starting weight and reset my goals. It needed to be done. Gotta face reality. At least I am still trying, I suppose. Did really well all day today until a friend text me asking to hang out and we ended up at McDonalds. I had sweets. I didn't even really want them. Oh well, I did mainly good and I walked today, so its not a total bust.

Off to make my yummy lunch for tomorrow :) Smoked chicken and spinach in a mini whole wheat pita pocket with a little blob each of aioli and pesto. Yummy! And a banana and a tangelo off the tree in my backyard.

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LEXIE63 12/3/2010 10:03AM

    Never easy when you are out and about to avoid places like MacDonald's sadly.
Love the sound of your lunch though. :-)
Lex xxx
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PAMATX 11/30/2010 11:21AM

    Yum yum! I want your lunch! Good luck on your walk run, today! You can do it!

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CARLA-216 11/30/2010 10:28AM

    Your lunch and snackies sound sooo good! Lucky you to be able to pick bananas and tangeloes from a tree in your own back yard!

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ANITA012 11/30/2010 8:05AM

    Wow...I can't imagine being able to pick a fresh banana and tangelo off a tree in my backyard! That would be so nice. I love both of those. I live in the Pacific NW, so it's a little too cool here for that. But we are able to enjoy peaches...which is a real favorite! Yum Yum! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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NANFACEMIRE1 11/30/2010 4:45AM

    Your lunch sounds really good. You did the right thing.....after the McDonald's trip, you just moved forward and did better. emoticon

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Food shopping Success

Monday, November 29, 2010

There really isn't much point in this blog. It is mainly a "go me" because I had a successful food shop yesterday. Here is what made it successful:

*I made a list and stuck to it (For the most part. There was some mircowavable flavoured rice packs that were 2 for 1, so I got a couple because the ingredient list is respectable and the calories a good. The also travel well, making them the perfect work lunch)

*I made the list based on ingredients that would make a meal (I have beef mince, chicken stock and pasta, all I needed was greens and I could make a good soup, so I got greens)

*I got fruits and veggies that I would eat. No point pretending I like apples, they bore me. A pineapple though...Now we're taking! Lettuce is blah, I got baby spinach, broccoli and pak choy.

*I got lunchables so I don't have to buy my lunch at work. I will be having smoked chicken and spinach mini pita pockets at work this week! I can't wait to go to work and eat my lunch!

*I avoided the junk food aisles. I didn't even go down them! No point tempting myself

*I did get peanut butter. Peanut butter on toast with some fruit is a quick dinner when I can't be bothered cooking. I can limit my peanut butter servings, so it should be OK

*I went alone. No boyfriend asking for coke, chips etc. No holding someone up while I read ingredient lists and calculated calories.

So there ya go, my successful shopping trip. I'm about to get up and go on a nice long walk around my new area. I feel like just walking and zoning out for a while so who knows how long I'll be gone for!

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LEXIE63 12/3/2010 10:06AM

    Great shopping trip! :-)
I love it when shopping goes well like that. :-)
I love peanut butter and banana on a slice of wholemeal bread with a glass of fruit juice. Yum!
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 11/30/2010 10:29AM

    Great job on the shopping trip and planning ahead!

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-CHERYL 11/29/2010 7:06PM

    Peanut butter and jelly is a great meal! Especially if you use a fruit spread like Polaner and the reduced fat Jif, delicious and good protein!


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Tiri Tiri trail (pics)

Saturday, November 27, 2010

5km and 80 minutes later, we finished the Tiri Tiri trail, a 15 minute drive from our house. It took way less time than we though and it was a good workout!

Since ya'll love the pics I made sure to take some for ya!

The view driving down to the beach

NZ christmas tree starting to bloom

The tide was in (and we wished we had our togs!)

We got to the top of the first hill and enjoyed the view

(Look at how clear that water is. OMG we couldn't believe it! )

More views

Enjoyed the local wildlife

Saw Tiri Tiri Matangi Island (hence the trail name!)

Found some stairs down to the water and the boyfriend went for an explore!

(Again with the clear water!)

Rangitoto in the distance

Tired and hot walkers

And a few more pics of the beautiful views

Hope everyone enjoyed the pics!

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    I remember tiri tiri, went on a educational field trip, did alot of bird study, its a beautiful place, we walked right round and it was so refreshing to get onto the beach!
Ty for sharing these!
We are so lucky!
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LEXIE63 12/3/2010 10:07AM

    What a lovely place to go for a walk!
Lex xxx
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MAGGIE805 11/28/2010 5:59PM

    I love it and I'm not going to say how much I miss it(I really do) oooops. Looks like it's warming up. Maybe it might be time to swap. Lovely pics. :)

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CARLA-216 11/28/2010 8:12AM

    Ahh, such a beautiful area you live in. Thanks a million for snapping several pics for us!

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BUBBLEJ1 11/28/2010 4:19AM

    According to the weather it was 24C, but it was sunny and cloudless and felt much hotter!

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ANITA012 11/28/2010 3:06AM

    WOW! Those pictures are soooo cool! How lucky you are to be able to enjoy such a beautiful area. You also have a great eye for taking pictures! Keep up the great work and Thank you for taking the time to post all those beautiful pictures.
What were the temps on this day? It looks just like summer. We are dealing with really cool wet weather right now....It's only in the 30's right now. Burrrr...and hubby is building a fire and I'm getting ready to get into bed and get a good nights rest.
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PEGGY-BEE 11/27/2010 11:17PM

    Thank you for sharing! Absolutely beautiful. How lucky are you to get to exercise there!

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I'm dreaming of a sunny christmas

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Just like the ones I used to know!

It is finally hot and sunny here. Even though its overcast today it is still hot! To me, in lil' ol' NZ that means christmas (and my birthday!) is coming!

My birthday is in 2 weeks and I have decided to go to Rainbows End for it. Rainbows End is a theme park here, like disneyland but tiny and the mascots are called Rai and Bow. I know, I know, I'm 22 and want to go to a theme park. But I have my reasons! I like the rides, I like running around like an idiot and acting like a kid again and I have a friend who is muslim and since they don't serve alcohol she can come! And since my birthday is a Tuesday and the primary kids aren't on summer holidays yet it won't be too crowded. AND everyone I want to come can come because my boyfriend and best friend teach at colleges (on school holidays) and my friend from uni is obviously on holidays like me. So there. After, we will drop little girl (my muslim friend, I call her little girl coz she is tiny) off and the remaining 3 will go out to dinner with my parents, and I shall have a cocktail and dessert. So a semi kid, semi grown up birthday and I am really looking forward to it!

After that work will get mega busy for the next month. Retail at christmastime = madness

On a spark related note, I wanted to be at my goal weight in 2 weeks. Yeah, that ain't happening. All I can do its my best, maybe I can move a few Kg before then? I'm gonna start tracking and try to stay around 1300 for the next 2 weeks, as well as working out 3-4 days a week. Lets try for 5lb before my birthday!

On another spark related note, if my boyfriend ever decides to wake up we are going hiking. BEST AND MOST FUN WAY TO BURN CALORIES, EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!! Something stupid like 500 an hour (we should take around 2 hours) and the scenery is amazing AND you guys get pictures. So, really, I'm doing this for you (Carla), all for you. The trail is only a 15 minute drive away and according to the directions should be pretty easy to find. YAY for fun sparking!!!!!!!!!

The End

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CARLA-216 11/28/2010 8:19AM

    emoticon And I really do appreciate all the pics you take and share! I cannot imagine having scenery like that in my own back yard.

Theme parks are not just for kids! While I don't ride rides, I know many adults who just LOVE theme parks and make a day out of it many times a year. Sounds like a great way to spend a birthday if you ask me! (So I'm guessing your birthday is December 7?) 5 lb is very doable by then!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 11/27/2010 7:14PM

    Sounds like a fun plan for your birthday!

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    Kia Ora!
I still havent been to rainbows end!
Will go soon!
Happy Birthday and enjoy it!
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1DIANEZA 11/27/2010 4:38PM

  sounds great. enjoy and Happy birthday. emoticon emoticon

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