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This week will be better

Sunday, August 21, 2011

It has to be. Grandad is getting better, and mum is back tomorrow which means she can take some of my responsibility which is going to free some time up for me!!

I am taking tomorrow off uni. Call it a mental health day. I need a day off to rest, catch up and collect myself. I plan on going for a run, eating well and finishing an assignment that is due on Wednesday.

Last night (Russells birthday) was awesome fun. I ate pizza and cupcakes. We also watched this video and decided to recreate it all over west Auckland


Apparently getting 2 sax players slightly intoxicated makes them do silly things. We did a McDonalds, a supermarket security guard, night fill staff at another supermarket, a service station and a bum who came up to the car and asked if we had 50 cents. It was very very funny and the hi-light of my night. For reals. And yes, we did film it.

Anyways, wish me luck for the week ahead!!

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CARLA-216 8/21/2011 8:31AM

    Sounds fun! But you filmed it and aren't sharing? [pouty face icon here]

Wishing you a better week this week!

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JANNEPERRY 8/21/2011 8:06AM

    Sounds like you had a blast last night! Hope that's a lead off to a good week. emoticon

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SUETEA 8/21/2011 5:39AM

    Sounds like you had a ball! Glad it went well for you - and good luck with your goals for this week.

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SUPER_ACE115 8/21/2011 5:29AM

    I hope next week is better for you. Glad to hear your grandpa is doing better. Mind if I ask, what's wrong with him?

I'm glad you had fun during Russell's birthday. Happy Birthday to him. emoticon

Good luck for next week. I hope you kick butt!! emoticon

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Saturday Today

Friday, August 19, 2011

My eating has been awful the past few days, and unfortuntly it will continue for today as well.

It is Russell's birthday party today, and he has requested pizza and cupcakes. Can't really say no, can I? I WILL be better next week, I WILL get to the gym, I WILL go for a run, I WILL eat better. Eating and exercise is just the one thing I can let fall to the wayside if needed. I can't flag work, or uni, or visiting grandad (where admittidly I sit and do my assignments anyways because he mainly sleeps), so exercise and planning my eating go. I start eating out and getting take aways and thinking "skrew it" and having dessert. And I know I shouldn't. The scale really knows I shouldn't. The mirror knows I shouldn't as well.

Next week WILL be better. It has to be.

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ANAJAK 8/19/2011 5:37PM

    You can do it! If I have a big eating day (eg pizza and cupcake bday party) I eat consciously but do eat on the day and then the next day get straight back to normal. For me that stops the "ugh screw it I'm gonna have dessert, and then a tim tam with my tea" and from there it is a slippery slope to pizza for breakfast and cake for dinner!!

What am I trying to say?

Eat cupcakes and pizza - its boyfs bday!!

SUNDAY not MONDAY get back on track.

Hope your assignments are going well and granddad resting nicely in hospital emoticon

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KWRIGHT26 8/19/2011 4:27PM

    I think your priorities are healthy even if they lead to your healthy habits taking second banana.

Once you're able to stop and consider it, what about changing the way you plan? Just a thought in case you think it might work better for you:

I'm trying out the Eat Clean diet, and as far as planning is concerned, the author recommends a cooler system. You buy the groceries you need to cook or assemble five to six clean mini meals per day, and then you pack. say, your morning and afternoon snacks and your lunch in a cooler or lunchbox that goes with you everywhere so no matter what befalls you throughout the day, you're always prepared with good, healthy food. It goes from home to school to work and back to school, wherever. You could even pack another meal to go if you're ending up staying at the hospital a lot, so you don't have to grab cafeteria food or take-away (we say take-out in the US... take-away makes much more sense when I think about it.)

I'm in college too, and it really helps to know I don't have to worry about grabbing lunch somewhere, and I spend a fraction of what I'd be paying picking up a sandwich or a snack box somewhere.

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A spanner in the works

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Grandad was admitted to hospital on Monday afternoon. The meds he was on for his heart can cause dehydration in the elderly, and this is what happened to him. He was servely dehydrated and his kidneys may never recover their normal function. He will be in hospital for a little while, so my workout time (eg. my ONLY free time) has been reallocated to sitting in hospital with my grandad. My aunt, nana and I are taking turns sitting with him, since he is so sick he is having trouble talking and processing information, so he needs an advocate at all times. My mum is in Aussie, so I am pretty much filling in where she would be.

When life decides to get in the way it REALLY gets in the way, huh?

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BEANPOD77 8/19/2011 6:35AM

    Hugs across the oceans to you and your Grandad! Best wishes for a speedy recovery to him..and take care of yourself too!!

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CARLA-216 8/18/2011 11:46AM

    Good thoughts for your dear grandad. You're a good egg to sit with him while mum is away.

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CATLADY52 8/18/2011 11:38AM

    Sorry to hear about your Grandad. Here's hoping he can regain some of the kidney function. Best wishes for your whole family. emoticon emoticon

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ANAJAK 8/18/2011 6:23AM

    Oh I somehow missed this!! I'm sorry your Granddad is in hospital. I'm also sorry your only "free" time is your workout time!!

You are a good daughter and and even better granddaughter.


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FIFIFRIZZLE 8/17/2011 5:29PM

    Your poor koro. He might get better quite quickly once his hydration is up, you'd be surprised. I hope you have some time to do some reading for your uni work, while you sit with him. And I'm wondering whether you can get some leave from your job, I work part time but if I need to take time to care for a family member I'm entitled to take that as part of my sick leave. So... Why not schedule your grandad care for work time, and give yourself a break? (hehehe)

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The week ahead

Sunday, August 14, 2011

OK, so as some of you know I have a busy week coming up. I am working 5 days and I have assignments AND I need to get some exercise in!

First things first, lets review last week. I worked out 3 times, which met my goal of 3-4 times per week. My eating was OK, except for last night. A few too many chippies and desserts. BUT I registered a loss of 700g this morning. Eat well, put on weight, eat badly, lose weight. OK, I know thats not how it works, but thats how it has seemed so far!

This week will HOPEFULLY go as follows:

M - Uni 8-2, work 3-9.30 (I KNOW!)
T - Spinning after work
W - Boxing after uni
T - Run before work
F - OFF (work :( )
S - Run inbetween assignments
S- OFF (work)

So, lets see how that goes. Wish me luck, I am going to need it!!

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CARLA-216 8/15/2011 11:27AM

    Good luck!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 8/14/2011 6:21AM

    Starting with a plan a great way to stay in control during a busy week! Good luck with it all, you can do it.

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Yesterday was a bad day - RANT

Friday, August 12, 2011

Well, the title says it all!

I have been rostered on for 4-5 shifts a week for the next 3 weeks. I CAN'T do that many hours! I am in my last semester of uni, for goodness sake. When I asked my boss if there was anything he could do about it he said no. He then told me that if I can't handle my hours I need to 'think about my priorities and my work/life balance". Ah, excuse me? I am on a part time contract and agreed to work 2-3 days per week. That can give me time for my priorities and my work/life balance. Working DOUBLE the shifts I signed on for? Not so much. I was floored, and livid. He basically told me to quit if I didn't like it! Seriously? Could he not have asked the other staff if they would pick up a few extra hours? He said IF I start having trouble keeping up with uni then he will reassess. Why wait until I am stressed and exhusted to make changes? I am saying now that I can't handle the hours, so I don't understand why he refuses to make changes! This manager has only been here 3 weeks and everyone already hates him. I think I am going to call HR on Sunday, because this is not right at all. The only saving grace about this company is that they are big, so I do have the option of contacting HR for advice and support. This has kept me up half the night! That and deciding which lectures to skip, since I can't work those hours and go to uni!

Then, I went to the doctor. I haven't told y'all this but I have been having trouble with my lips. Basically they were red, swollen, sore, itchy and...scaley. They have been for months but they are just getting worse. I saw my regular GP 2 weeks ago and he told me I lick my lips and gave me some zinc and castor oil cream to protect the lips. I DO NOT LICK MY LIPS. I use lip balm for that very reason, because when I was a kid I would lick my lips and they got chapped. My regular GP wouldn't listen and the cream just dried my lips out further and made things waaaaaaay worse. So I went to another doctor last night who told me that my GP should have listened to me! This doctor gave me steroid creams and within an HOUR my lips were feeling waaaaay better and looking better. I basically looked like Bobo the clown before because I had a big red outline around my lips from where it was sore and irritated. I am to use the strong cream for a week, the weaker cream for a week after that and then I should be fine! I am seriously thinking about changing doctors. It is so much nicer to have someone who listens to you and takes you seriously.

THEN! I got home from the doctor and my parents were drunk. They drink a lot, but last night they were definatly drunk. I had planned on knuckling down and finishing an assignment last night but I hate being around my parents when they are drunk so Russell took me out to dinner. I just couldn't cope with the responsibility of my drunk parents last night, because they generally end up fighting and then I have to take care of a now drunk and depressed (diagnosed) mother. I had enough on my plate.

Russell took me out for Thai. Nice, healthy choice, lots of veggies, no cream etc. Then dessert. At Denny's. Sometimes you just need chocolate and last night was one of those times. I own my choices.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 8/17/2011 5:22PM

    Wow you have such a lot to cope with but I would definitely ditch the extra work hours. You have a contract, you keep your part of the bargain, your boss doesn't get to decide your priorities outside of your contract. And honey, if you get behind at varsity it is just so hard to catch up. And why would you put yourself through that stress, you are so right! uni is the most important thing, $ lost now will be recouped and more when you have qualified.
Let us know how this panned out for you, and best of luck!

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1NANA4EVER 8/12/2011 6:36PM

    You are definitely dealing with a lot. I hope you find a way to solve your work hours. It must be tough dealing with parents who do not know their limits. Don't let life get you down, these trials and tribulations only make you stronger.

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CARLA-216 8/12/2011 3:06PM

    Uni has to be the priority. Your boss is a jackwagon for not getting that.

I had what sounds like the exact problem with my lips a little over 2 years ago. GP doc said to use something like Nivea lip balm. I almost rolled my eyes at the suggestion. Sorry, but I'd tried everything and nothing was helping, and many things were making it worse. I ended up going to a dermatologist about it and I was prescribed...you guessed it...steroid cream, and like you, I had almost immediate relief. I had problems again several weeks ago. I was in misery and the derm didn't have any open slots for weeks. Luckily my best friend is the lead nurse in my GP's office and she was able to get a prescription called in for me to get that same cream. Whew!

I'm glad Russell took you out to eat last night. I couldn't deal with babysitting drunk adults! LOL

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LINDAMARIEZ1 8/12/2011 2:40PM

    awwww I am sorry! Today is my baaaaaaad day!

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