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The pictures are in

Monday, May 28, 2012

Due to not being able to see the race photographer (my contacts were annoying me, so I took them out about halfway) I ended up with shots that were...well...terrible.

Luckily for me, Michelle, who teaches in my class one day a week, was spectating at the race and took some pictures of me post race.


Oh, hi!

YAY! Go me!

Proof that I am sweaty, red runner. At least the boyfriend looks nice.

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PUFFPASTRY 5/31/2012 3:16AM

    Aw, congrats! Your arms are really toned - the boxing is worth it, huh! :D

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CARLA-216 5/29/2012 12:11PM

    Nice photos! You look fab!

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SUNSETBREEZE05 5/28/2012 10:13AM

    I am so glad someone was taking pictures! You and your BF both look great..:).

Good Luck reaching Your Goals!

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MENHALLS 5/28/2012 7:33AM

    Great pictures! Thanks for sharing. (And for the record, you look awesome!)

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ANAJAK 5/28/2012 6:57AM

    Awesome stuff lady!! Proud of ya :)

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 5/28/2012 6:53AM

    Great photos! Way to go.

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The workout that wasn't...

Saturday, May 26, 2012

I may be making excuses, but I think my workout plans were doomed from the start. Maybe the universe is telling me to rest.

I'm tired, physically and emotionally. My boyfriend told me last night that he is going to university next year, so I am left trying to work out how to buy, and pay off, a house on 1 full time and 1 part time income. I earn too much for him to be entitled to any government assistance, and I am not putting off buying a house for 4+ years. No point paying someone elses mortgage! It is all a bit stressful, and I'm not good with having my life plans change. I want to buy a house, and travel, but I am looking at not being able to travel until I am in my 30's! As someone who loves travel and wants to see the world, this is upsetting and scary.

Also, my boyfriend has already been to uni. He mucked around and wasted his time and ended up flunking out. I don't think he has the work ethic to handle uni, and I am worried that he will just waste more time and money, but this time it will be our money. He was lucky enough to have his parents fund his 2 wasted years, and I doubt they will be interested in helping out this time (not that they should, but it would have been nice if he look his first opportunity seriously). So I am facing more debt, more time wasted waiting for someone to finish uni... I have just done all this! I am ready to start my life, not waste another 4 years waiting for Russell to finish a degree and a postgraduate diploma for him to do the EXACT SAME JOB that he is doing now.

Anyways, I am frustrated, and worried and tired, and I have no idea how to handle this information. I am seriously considering just calling it quits. Honestly. I could sell my engagement ring and wedding ring, pay off some debt, save up some money and go traveling next year. I would be alone, but at least I would be happy. Because right now I am miserable.

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CARLA-216 5/30/2012 10:48AM

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PATSYB7 5/27/2012 11:55AM

    The previous comments make some excellent points. Good luck with your decision. You sound like an intelligent young woman. Do what's best for you and all will be well.

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OPALMOON 5/27/2012 8:12AM

    This sounds very much like a one-way street to me. I think if your boyfriend wants to go to uni it should be with his own money, not yours, especially since he has already had 2 wasted years - and at someone else's expense. You are the only one who can do anything about your own happiness - and since you are miserable, it is time to put that to rights. You have your own dreams and and goals - so I say go for them. There are some things I managed to do that I wanted to, and others that are as yet out of reach since fibromyalgia has restricted my life hugely such that I am mostly house bound. As they say, seize the day and make the most of each and every one, as you don't know what might happen in the future. I'm wishing you well!!

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    This sounds horrible! I'm a little confused on something though: did he decide on his own that he would spend your mutual money on his university without consulting you?!!! This is how it sounds from your post, and this doesn't sound responsible. Or make for a healthy relationship.

No one can tell you what to do; you need to decide for yourself (I know, I know, it sucks!).

Either way, I'll wish you the best, and continue to be here for you to vent to!
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AHTRAP 5/27/2012 1:30AM

    Rough spot to be in, sorry that you're having to go through that. Doesn't help at all that you're under the weather either, eh? Thinking of ya, Jess.

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DRAGONCHILDE 5/27/2012 1:06AM

    That really sucks, hun. It sounds like he has a lot of growing up to do... and you're not his mommy, nor should you be.

If you want my advice (and feel free to ignore this or tell me to stuff it) I would say it's time for you to take care of you. No one should be holding you back. Speaking as someone who took on a "project" relationship, and gave up a great deal... the more you delay your plans, the more likely they are to be abandoned.

I never got to travel. I gave up a summer in England to be with my then boyfriend, who had about as much ambition as a porch hound dog.

Don't get me wrong, I love my kids, and I love my husband, but I gave up a lot to maintain a relationship that would have waited for me, anyway. My husband would have waited while I got my issues out.

I think that you should let him do his university plans, but don't put yours on hold. Maybe it's time to give HIM some time to finish growing up. Because believe me, once you start delaying, eventually, you find yourself poor, 32, and with no chance of pulling off those plans until your kids graduate college.

Learn from my mistakes. You may not need to end the engagement, but you do need to take a few steps back, and see just how much you're willing to sacrifice or not.

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My strength training victories!

Friday, May 25, 2012

The one thing I love about strength training is that it is so easy to see progress. When you move up (or in my gyms case, down) the weights you know that you are getting stronger and making progress. The progress is also faster than something like running. I find I can up my weights once every 2 weeks! I don't do it all at once, because that would be too much, but I will go heavier on 1-2 moves at a time.

Last night I upped my weights for a couple of things, and I was reflecting on how far I have come since I first started lifting weights. I'm most proud of:

Chest Press: Start - 2x3kg Now - 2x9kg
Skull crushers: Start - 5kg bar Now - 12.5kg - When I started I could barely do 5 with a 5kg bar. Last night I did 2 sets of 10.

I love my strength training days, and I love how strong I am getting!

And some funny ones

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K-GETTING-FIT 5/26/2012 10:44AM

    YAY! Love my strength training too. Absolute favorite. That first pic is killer!!!

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HEAT7918 5/25/2012 9:42PM

    Love it - great job!! emoticon

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MENHALLS 5/25/2012 8:32PM

    You go girl!! Love the pictures too, especially the last one.

I'm now inspired to go do my ST.

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 5/25/2012 6:31PM

    These are great victories! Way to go. Great pictures too!

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New clothes

Thursday, May 24, 2012

I have just finished purging my wardrobe of my 'too big' clothes. I won't be needing them again, so there was no point having them clog up my wardrobe. The Salvation Army will be getting a big drop off this week. However, now I have next to nothing to wear! I realise that I am lucky to have what I do, and that I should just leave it at that, but 3 pairs of pants and 4 tops wasn't going to cut it.

As usual, because I was looking for something, I found nothing. Gah. You know how it goes, when you aren't looking to buy something you find heaps of cute clothes, when you are looking you find nothing. That, and I don't know how to dress myself now that I don't have a belly to hide. I managed to find 2 tops that I liked (and were on sale, score), as well as a much needed winter woolen cardigan. I ended up getting 2 smaller belts, so I can keep wearing some of my current tops. They are loose, but with a belt they will last another few months/kilos.

I had a rest day today. I am really sore from working out 4 days in a row. Tomorrow I'll be at the gym doing my weights program.

My weight is going up and down like a yo-yo, thanks to some Chinese food the other night. Sodium, fun stuff.

And, finally, I had a haircut tonight. I love the head massage part! Just a trim and some layers/thinning to try and tame the curls.

And thats all!

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SAMBINA77 5/24/2012 8:57AM

    congrats on HAVING to replace your wardrobe!! Good for you!

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    It's great needing new clothes! Except then you need new clothes because the ones you have are too big, so you have nothing to wear!

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A busy gym means...

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Upping my weights. Busy means more people using the weights and less selection available. Ah well, go heavy or go home, I suppose.

Another busy day today. We watched some youtube videos for topic, but since 2 classes piggy backed on my lesson, it wasn't hugely effective. Too many kids, too much talking, and the only teachers were me, a reliever and the librarian. Yeah. Oh well, we had a good discussion once we were back in class, and our animal classification display looks cool.

And now I need to go to the supermarket to get some more food for my lunches. The only downside to the healthy eating lark is that real food goes off quicker, which means 2 trips to the supermarket per week. I forgot to go on my way home, so I'll need to venture out in the cold. I'd go before work, but I already leave the house around 7.30am, and I really don't want to get up any earlier.

That's all, folks!

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BOB240 5/22/2012 4:27AM

    I recommend powercleans in the gym... The exercise is OK but the chief advantage is that everyone gets out of your way!!

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