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Since I've been gone...

Sunday, January 02, 2011

I'm back people, and fatter than ever. Ick. Been working hard, eating and sleeping. Lather, rinse, repeat. I have been swimming the past 2 days in a row, and we are going hiking tomorrow. Yay for new years and new starts.

My absent 3 weeks in photos, mainly my birthday and new years.

So, in summary:
I've been working a lot
I've been eating a lot
I'm very ready to get into a routine
I got a haircut, and straightners for xmas
I turned 22 and feel old
I got a purdy ring as an xmas pressie for myself with my fun staff discount
I lost my watch at the beach tonight and I am very grateful for my fun staff discount that will allow me to replace it for a fraction of the cost
I have missed you all!

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MAGGIENCALI 1/2/2011 8:22PM

    Yay! Welcome back! Missed you and love the pics. :)

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AMLYST 1/2/2011 7:57PM

    Sometimes a nice break is all that is needed to get back on track! I've been off and off for the last couple of months. It's great to see you back! Lets do this together!

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BUBBLEJ1 1/2/2011 3:46PM

    I may be young still, but I feel very old. I can't see my life past 30, its kinda a brick wall for me, so maybe thats why I feel old? That and I'm not a normal 20 something....I can't remember the last time I got drunk or anything like that.

Carla (hey girl!!!!) the pearly necklace was a gift from my BFF, the one my BF gave me is in the other photos but it is pretty tiny!

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DISP715 1/2/2011 9:57AM

    Thanks for clarifying the stick thing! Sounds delish!!! Oh, to be young again! Sweetheart, your whole life is ahead of you. Make the most of it and learn from an "old lady", don't sweat the small stuff. I spent 30 years obsessing over weight, hide myself from life, spent countless thousands of dollars on fads. Believe me when I tell you that you are beautiful and that we are NOT defined by our weight, but, by the substance of our being. So, live life and love yourself. Everything else will fall into place. I promise!! HUGS!

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CARLA-216 1/2/2011 8:48AM

    So good to see you and that sunshiney smile!

Sounds like a great time you're having. Love all the pics... The necklace, is that your b'day gift from the boyfriend? So pretty! Boo to losing your watch but hurray for fun employee discounts, eh?


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LEXIE63 1/2/2011 8:31AM

    Well, if you are going to take some time off Sparking, you might as well make the most of it. I bet that potato on a stick was beyond scrumptious! LOL
Old? at 22? Sheesh! *grin*
Here's to new resolve for the new year!
Lex xxx
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PUFFPASTRY 1/2/2011 6:45AM

    I was going to ask what was on the stick too! LOL! You are not fatter than ever, sweetie -- you are adorable as always! And YOUNG! Ohhhh, to be 22 again... sigh.

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KENP22 1/2/2011 5:23AM

  welcome back. can i ask what is on the stick he is eating?

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BUBBLEJ1 1/2/2011 4:34AM

    Its sliced potato spirals, deep fried and coated in garlic butter flavouring. Hence the fatter than ever. Was DAMN tasty though!

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DISP715 1/2/2011 4:26AM

    Well, welcome back! What the heck is on that stick??

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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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MAGGIENCALI 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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MAGGIENCALI 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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