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Going to Australia, y'all

Saturday, January 08, 2011

I made a decision. I'm going on holiday. I work too damn hard and I deserve a break. So what does one do after making this decision?

Think of somewhere cheap to go.

And I have the answer!!

My 3rd best friend (yes I rank my best friends, and yes, they know) lives in Aussie, about an hour north of Brisbane. With my nephew who is 2 and the custest thing to walk the earth. I emailed her and she replied saying she has a place for me to sleep and she would be thrilled to have me visit. So I'm off for a week! A whole week of sitting on the beach and relaxing and doing absolutly nothing. And I'm just a short drive away from the Gold Coast, so I can stay with some family if my friend gets sick of me.

The flights are gonna cost $350 (I have $250 saved and I'm getting $100 of overtime next week) so then I just need some spending money (Russell is getting $200 next week which he said I could have and I should be able to put away a bit more) and I'm golden.

So, yay for holidays!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In addition, today I ate a smoothie for breakfast (yes, ate, it was very thick, more like sorbet), sushi for lunch and I snacked on cherries. And a bowl of ice cream. Maybe two. Did I mention its hot here? Russell is cooking dinner, devilled sausages with potatoes and fresh silverbeet from the neighbours vegie garden (they have heaps and extended an open invite to anything in there). I also worked all day and had lunch with my parents who visited me at work.

Thats all, folks!

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LEXIE63 1/11/2011 7:52PM

    I'm glad you are able to do this. Enjoy yourself!
Lex xxx
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OPALMOON 1/8/2011 7:02PM

    Great! Have a wonderful time in our country!

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CARLA-216 1/8/2011 10:23AM

    When will you be going? I hope you have the best of times! You deserve a nice holiday!

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MENHALLS 1/8/2011 9:21AM

    Vacations are wonderful things. Hope yours is everything you wish for.

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JUNEAU2010 1/8/2011 7:35AM

    Have a great week! That sounds fabulous!

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BEANPOD77 1/8/2011 7:16AM

    Yay! Good for you..You deserve it. With all those school pressures, then finding a place to live and all the work hours you have put in a vacation is just what you need.
You are almost exactly the full continent away, but stand tall and wave to my aunt and uncle who live in Mandurah Western Australia :-)...I visited a few years ago and fell in love with the country and the people..Some day I hope to get back there! Have a terrific time! emoticon

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How I ate double my calories

Friday, January 07, 2011

And I haven't even had chocolate today!

So hummus is good in small portions, but is pretty calorie packed otherwise. Especially when you eat most of the tub. It was mighty delish! Pita breads are also good....One at a time. Not all 3.

Damn delish food, its not fair!

OK, I have got the healthy food part down...Next stop, portion control!!

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BODIESOFWORK 1/12/2011 9:29AM

    that's how ya learn, man!
to make your own, throw a can of chickpeas, 1/2-1 cup tahini (depending on hwo you like the texture), 2 cloves of garlic, a drizzle of olive oil, and the juice of 1 small lemon in a blender or food processor. it's friggin delish.
add in roasted red peppers or rehydrated sundried tomatoes for more umph.
sub sliced cucumbers or carrots for the extra pita, or to make your pita go a little farther, take one piece and peel it in half, cut into triangles, and throw in the oven with a little olive oil and herb shake until crisp. twice as many pieces to dip with.
I love hummus, and this time last year, it broke my heart, too.
god speed!

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LEXIE63 1/7/2011 8:42PM

    LOLOL. I hadn't realised how calorie-packed hummus was either at first. Now I buy low-cal breadsticks to eat it with, so I can still enjoy myself, eat half a small tub and call it lunch, accompanied by some fruit juice. :-) I would use veg sticks to get the calories down but I don't do crunchy and raw sadly.
Lex xxx
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AMLYST 1/7/2011 2:12PM

    I wish I liked hummus. You can make your with chickpeas and adding any ingredients you wish. Put it all in a food processor, or blender would probably work too.

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JARMOOZLE 1/7/2011 6:03AM

    Healthy food is sooooo tasty, I agree - it takes practice to be able to control portions! I'm sure you will get there :) Baby steps! emoticon

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BUBBLEJ1 1/7/2011 1:53AM

    We have a very limited range of foods where I live. There are 3 brands of hummus in my supermarket! Thanks though, I will be looking for a lower calorie one!

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KERMI07 1/7/2011 1:50AM

    If you really love hummus but the calories are too high try Jeff Novick's hummus. He makes it much lower calorie by adding less fat. The pita bread - yea, you just gotta tough that out.
One step at a time :)

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...and then she ate hummus

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Hi all. So the inspection went well. It was mainly a store/manager inspection, so I just had to behave myself. The acting regional manager loved me, so thats good.

Essential supermarket shopping after work. As much as I didn't wanna move. Healthy choices were made. I got some garlic pita breads and dukkah hummus for my snacks and emoticon for my dessert. YAY for yummy healthy food.

As for exercise...No. No freakin way. I am so tired. I'm working so hard because I am the only one bringing in money at the moment. As in 10 hours a day, 5-6 days a week. And I don't even get any benefits from my hard work. My wages barely cover rent, food and petrol, let alone bills. I don't get to spend any of the money I earn on myself. I wish my good for nothing boyfriend had applied for jobs in November when there were jobs to be had. Ah. Enough complaining, its not gonna change anything.

And on that note...night!

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MRE1956 1/6/2011 7:11AM

    Hmmm....with your stressful life, you may want to rethink having that "good for nothing boyfriend" around......just sayin'......

Isn't hummus great stuff, though? Yummmmm.....


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CARLA-216 1/6/2011 6:53AM

    You made great choices at the supermarket after a long day at work! Eating healthy will take you far along the journey.

I'm glad the inspection went well. If the regional manager didn't love you, I'd think something was crazy wrong with that person!


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BEANPOD77 1/6/2011 6:37AM

    Hang in there kiddo! Glad the inspection went well. How could they not love you ? ;-p
Those are some serious hours of work!..Don't beat yourself up about exercise..All those hours count too! You made great choices at the grocery store. That's a key part too, so if that's the one area you CAN control at this time, that's a real positive..One step at a time my friend...Here for you!! emoticon

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Working hard

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Hi guys. Checkin in after a long day at work, and I have another long day tomorrow. We have an inspection tomorrow so I have to go in early and then be the perfect employee for the day. Its a pretty relaxed store, so tomorrow will be a bit of a change.

Eating is going pretty well. Breakfast sucked due to lack of planning on my part, but that didn't make me spiral and have a bad day. I had sushi for lunch, soup for dinner and a gazillion fresh cherries for dessert.

I am being a better planner aheader tonight. I have fat free banana muffins baking in the oven so I can grab one for my breakfast tomorrow. That and a smoothie sounds like a nice breakfast. Leftover soup and a nashi pear for lunch and another muffin for my morning tea.

Exercise is non exsistant. Yesterday I think I had a bit of sunstroke and I ended up spending most of the day on the couch and then I napped for 4 hours. Today I worked and once I got home I was just too tired to move. I will try for a walk tomorrow after dinner. I am getting my eating under control, and as we know it is one step at a time, so I'm not gonna push myself too much in the first week or 2. I do have a 10K in a few weeks though, so I should really start training....

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CARLA-216 1/5/2011 10:55AM

    Hope you're feeling better today from the heat. Good luck on the inspection. I'm sure your store will do fine!

Working hard, huh? For me, for a few days more, it's hardly working instead of working hard. Then the clients begin bringing in their books and paperwork so that we can do their tax returns and other fun things that have to be done after the end of the year. Oh joy!

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BEANPOD77 1/5/2011 5:51AM

    Hmmmmm. banana muffins..yummy..
Hope you feel better soon and good luck on the inspection..You will rock it!!

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So it was hot as hell today...

Monday, January 03, 2011

...and I didn't go on my hike. What I did do was eat a giant strawberry ice cream (made with real strawberries) and swim in my in laws pool. And drove around in my convertable. And despite applying sunscreen no less than 3 times I still got hella burnt. Gonna hurt tomorrow!! I also ate my weight in fresh cherries and had a BBQ dinner with my parents, including sausages, chicken satay kebabs, prawns and calamari. I had a good day. We might hike tomorrow, depending on the weather.

Hope everyone else had a good day!

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CARLA-216 1/3/2011 11:04AM

    I've been known to 'just say no' to outdoor activities when it's too hot....well unless there was a pool involved!

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AMLYST 1/3/2011 9:40AM

    Hey Lady!

I would DEFINITELY take advantage of swimming in a pool. That is a great workout . . . and easy on the joints!

Can't wait to hear more from you!

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MITECU 1/3/2011 5:50AM

    Swimming is a good alternative to hiking on a hot day!

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