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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Of the kitchen that is!

I have 2 weeks off between jobs so I have volunteered to cook the dinners and do the shopping for those 2 weeks. I'm good like that. I am seeing this as a massive opportunity to teach my family that eating healthy is quick, easy and affordable!

Currently our meals are all the same: fried meat, oven fries and a veggie. Boring and not fantastic for us either. I have a list of meals I want to cook for my family that include grilled meats, fresh veggies, flavours, spices, herbs. Yummy. And healthy. Hopefully this will help everyone get some of the xmas weight off!

So I have been fairly vague about my last job. Just in case anyone was wondering, in a nutshell, I was a sales professional turned assistant manager at the largest jewellery retailer in New Zealand and Australia. It was an awesome job and I really loved it. I am going to miss it a lot, and miss my pretty staff discount. Although, I think I spent more than I earned while I worked there, so it will be nice to have an income this year!! They also have awesome conferences where they gave out prizes. At the last one I won a new smart phone. That was exciting!

So there ya go, that is what I have been doing with myself the past year, selling diamonds and getting a degree!

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CARLA-216 1/16/2012 12:15PM

    You're welcome to be in charge of my kitchen any time! (I'm not much of a cook!)

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ANAJAK 1/16/2012 12:41AM

    Awesome! I did wonder where you worked!

Diamonds and a degree ain't a bad way to pass a year either!

WOOHOO about being in charge of the kitchen - I can't relinquish control of that too often I would go insane!!

When do you get your classroom??

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Granny's 80th

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Tonight we celebrated a milestone; Granny had her 80th birthday. Granny is Russells grandmother, but the grandchildren-in-law are welcome and encouraged to call her granny. I didn't even know her real name until a year ago. True story. Didn't know Granda (Russells grandfathers) real name until 6 months ago.

The party was family style, with a huge buffet of cold meats, salads and veggies. I was a very good girl, eating well and sticking to healthy options (easy when the party planners are doing weight watchers). Then the dessert table came. With 5 different cakes, including pavlova. AND I WAS STILL A GOOD GIRL! Honestly. I had a sliver of pavlova, a sliver of chocolate cake and some cherries. No seconds at dinner or lunch. Gold star for me!!!

No exercise because Russell forgot to tell me about the party so I literally got home from work and into his car to go to the party. Ah well, I was due a rest day anyways. Gonna try and get up a little early tomorrow and go for a walk around the block before work!

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CARLA-216 1/16/2012 12:12PM

    emoticonAwesome job! emoticon

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ARNETTELEE 1/14/2012 4:12AM

  Good job!

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I'm getting to that stage...

Friday, January 13, 2012

You all know the stage. You are doing well, eating right, exercising and you think " this has to end soon". You start to doubt yourself and your ability to keep this up for much longer. Negative self talk sets in.

Yeah thats where I am.

BUT the thing is I really am doing so well!! And I am happy. And enjoying myself. BUT I have failed many, many, many times before, so why on earth would this time be different? Why should I be sure that I won't fail this time. You know what I mean? Anyone? Yes?

Anywho, low blood sugar or something, so that may not have made sense. Ah well.


Today was good. Again. Went to the gym for half an hour after work. Just did 10 min on each of the xtrainer, bike and recumbent bike. Ate really well too. Tuna and rice for lunch, snacked on dried apples, dried broad beans, pretzels, hummus and bagel bites. Sounds like a lot of food but they were all in snack sized packs, so about 100cal per snack, with the beans being more because I ate heaps. They are yummy!

Tomorrow is my second to last day at my job. I will go for a walk after work and then take Sunday as a rest day.

Monday I have an appointment with a personal trainer at the gym to get a strength programme and a tour of the machines. For free. LOVE my gym.

And thats the end of my disjointed little blog entry. Gah!

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SAFEINMYFRAME 1/13/2012 2:44PM

    Towards the end of the 30 Day Shred workout, which I regularly do, Jillian says something at the precise moment when I'm ready to strangle her and her workout: "Don't give up now... that is fear leaving the body." That and her "when it starts to feel uncomfortable, those are the ones that count the most" are what buoy me through.

If this process of change was easy and fun, no one would ever get out of shape! We'd all merrily workout and count calories and eat right. It's a challenge, and we can do it, one day at a time.

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CARLA-216 1/13/2012 11:43AM

    Congrats on your good day!

"BUT I have failed many, many, many times before, so why on earth would this time be different? Why should I be sure that I won't fail this time. You know what I mean? Anyone? Yes?"

YES, I know exactly what you mean because I've lived that many times. Trying hard now to not live it again.

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TWINSMOMMY607 1/13/2012 8:34AM

    You can do this, push through it, stick with it!

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Don't strictly need a blog today...

Thursday, January 12, 2012

but I like keeping the habit!

I went to the gym for 33 min. Yep. 20 on the xtrainer, 10 on the recumbent and 3 on the treadmill before I got bored and decided to leave. I'm not a treadmill person; I much prefer to run outside. I went around 8pm and the gym was nearly empty. Only 2 other people there and they were mainly in the weights room. The whole cardio room was mine as far as the eye could see!! When the guys did come and use the cardio machines they really stank, so I was pleased their cardio time was brief!

Today I discovered a new snack. Dried broad beans with a spicey coating. Amazing, low calorie, filling and a good amount of protein (which I need to feel full). And it is totally a serving of veggies. Score!

AND OMG SYSTEM OF A DOWN JUST ANNOUNCED AN AUCKLAND SHOW. The teenage angst in me really wants to go, but the sensible teacher knows that it will be too loud and too late and probably on a school night. Gah, I wanna goooooo!

And that is all

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TKADEEPBREATH 1/12/2012 7:43AM

    Where did you find the "spicy bean" snack? I don't think I've ever seen that anywhere before.

I'd be interested to know. Always looking for great snacks. Like you, I need not to get hungry . .. loose all will power at that point . .. . just the truth here.

Thanks, Jan

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ANAJAK 1/12/2012 7:21AM

    GO to the concert you teacher you - my sis is a BT too and I'm always telling her to go to stuff (even on a school night)!!

Great job on the gymming. I also prefer outside but am joining the uni gym tomorrow just because I have a broken toe and need the equipment!!!

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MRE1956 1/12/2012 6:42AM

    A lot of us Sparkies frequently blog for the points when there's not all that much going on to blog about (I've been guilty of that a bit), so don't feel bad about doing that!

That snack of yours sounds great - yumm!

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MORE chocolate

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

OK, so I'm blogged about my willpower with my xmas chocolate (essentially I have made a box last from about the 2nd. I'm now down to the flavours I don't like much and probably won't eat). I haven't told you about the graduation chocolate.

That is my gradution cake. I threw myself a huge shindig when I graduated and every good party needs cake. So I got myself a cake. That top bit? The flat part? Yeah, that is solid chocolate covered in icing. Yes. I know. That is a lot of chocolate. It has been broken up and is in containers. And we are eating it, but only a little at a time. Now, that is willpower!

Today I went to the gym. 20 minutes on the xtrainer and 25 minutes on the recumbent bike. While watching Gilmore Girls. Thats just how I roll! I have had a bit of chocolate today, but am still getting my star because I haven't gone overboard and otherwise I have eaten really well.

Tomorrow I have to work, but will try for a walk after work!

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CARLA-216 1/11/2012 10:00AM

    What an awesome cake! Good job eating only a little chocolate at a time. You're my hero!

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CUINPARADISE 1/11/2012 2:23AM

    OMG! Fabulous cake! It's making me drool!

Congratulations on your graduation and on your sustaining willpower!...I'd give you two stars for willpower!

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MNJONES2 1/11/2012 2:06AM

    I know what you mean - I love chocolate too. I usually have a cup of cocoa at night.... but I crave chocolate a lot. Hubby brought home a chocolate cream pie tonight - I had 1/8 sized piece and he had a bigger one..... waiting for tomorrow now....

I love that you are planning your exercise times though - that is what helps us too. Keep up the great work .

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