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Can someone pass me the slob-be-gone pills?

Saturday, July 23, 2011

As painful as it is to admit it I am an undisciplined slob - no sugar coating - it's true.

I work from home so its too easy to just roll out of bed, throw on shorts and a t-shirt and plonk in front of the PC. I do a little trading, surf the web, do a little more trading, wander down the street for a coffee, watch TV.... its all just too easy and lazy.

My desk faces out to a lovely quiet little street with a tropically forested hill running down to it. And all day I see people waking and jogging past, breathing the air and glowing with health.

I have tried glaring intently at these health nuts, focussing on sucking some of the exercise out of them to add to my exercise minutes but after a week of a furrowed brow and a concentration headache it appears I am NOT imbued with Exercise Sucking Superpower...hmmpph! X-Men my ass.

I am prone to some mild depression which can settle in and displays itself in a lack of movement, eating junk and having a very messy house - perhaps some of you know what I mean. Add a couple of glasses of wine and suddenly the pizza guy is at the doorstep.

When I get up out of bed and take a mere few minutes to push myself into some shoes and out the door I KNOW the rest of the day will be brighter and better and yet that can seem like too much effort some days.

Yesterday was a BAD food and exercise day. I haven't been exercising THAT much but have been quite good with food. After day full of grilled cheese on toast, thai curry and pizza I fell into bad feeling like feeling like a grunt. I am not sure if you can FEEL like a sound but - well - I did.

This morning - after being completely intimidated by a rat size spider that has moved in (well he FEELS rat sized!) and alternating between being Bear Grylls and Mr Scaredy I got out the door and went for a walk - gosh its just so beautiful in this part of the world.

I got back and feel so much better. I know even a little bit of exercise can make the difference and yet some days I don't push myself to do it and (especially) if its a weekend day the couch and TV are where I end up.

If I have planned to go out and do something and I convince myself out of it that is usually a start to a bad day - yesterday I was supposed to do orientation training for volunteering at the local dog shelter but didn't get out the door in time and slid into slob.

Have now decided to pop up some post its in strategic places to motivate myself - what do YOU do to let go of the lazies?


P.S. The spider has disappeared since I got back - *shiver* I HATE spiders :)

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CRAUDI 7/24/2011 10:39AM

    Hi! I know the feeling for sure. What I've been trying to do is if after a really sluggish day I'm feeling like I need a change, either I'll get up and just DO when the feeling hits (before it runs away) or else, if it's too late already, I'll lay out clothes or pack up my gym bag and TELL SOMEONE ELSE that I'm going to be doing "such-in-such-fitness-thing" tomorrow morning/afternoon. For example, I was itching to swim the other day, but it was already nearly bedtime...so I packed my bag and told my boyfriend that I would be home late the next day since I was going swimming. The when I brought my bag into work the next day, I told my coworkers right away that I was going swimming after work. That way, it wasn't a secret and others could inadvertently keep me accountable by asking me about it the next day possibly. Also, what you could do in your beautiful environment, is take the long way to get your coffee from the coffee shop...or tell yourself that you can only stop for coffee after 30 minutes of a walk along the beautiful beach or through that tropical forest! Discover new places since you're in this exotic place!

Otherwise, chase that nasty spider around the house and you'll get your workout in for the day for sure! :)

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LOOSEIT57 7/23/2011 8:58PM

    emoticon Before you do anything else get those shoes on and go for a run or walk as you say the day is better for it.

I suffer from depression so I know where you are coming from and I do over do the wine then I feel dreadful.

It is a hard pattern to break but you are strong and can do this for you.

We are here for you so come visit us in the challenges and join in as they do help.

Have a wonderful day as you deserve it


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FLOWER1967 7/23/2011 7:58PM

    I know exactly what you mean David.... Ive suffered depression in the past and its not a very nice companion. Now Im gonna go a little scientific on your butt...(lol).. its been proven that exercise combats the effects of depression. It releases certain chemicals into your body that fight the lack of 'happy' chemicals in the brain. (Serotonin) So exercise is a NEED.
Just have to cut off that horrible thing that sits on your shoulders....the thing inside (brain) will NEVER tell you to do good things for yourself. Just ignore it....sing out loud if you have too !! (LAA LAA LAAAAAAAAAA) Get your shorty shorts on and GOOOO !!!!
Considering you recently saw the GORGEOUS weather we are having here back home (NOT) you should be out in that sunshine !!!!
emoticon emoticon emoticon dum de dum de duuuumm......

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WENDYJM4 7/23/2011 7:48PM

    Hi David, emoticon for a friend. I do know what you mean, some days are better than others. It has taken a life time to get to where we were so it will take some time to completely change but honestly I think it is so easy to go back to where we spent most of our life and misbehave on occasion. We just need to pick ourselves up again and start again.
I also hate spiders.
take care of yourself
Wendy emoticon

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Security Packaging - switching up your work out routine

Thursday, July 21, 2011

If you are like me you tend to stick to the same routine or route when you are working out or walking out - I don't usually put much thought into variation until I realise I am getting very bored with what I am doing - usually after I have slacked off for about 3 days straight - hey I am a slow learner!

But without meaning to, I have found a new work out routine - removing packing from items.

It may sound simple but come on - you KNOW what I mean.

I purchased a new set of headphones yesterday - nothing fancy just enough to listen to music and not blow my neighbours windows in from the blasting sound.

I pulled said headphones out of the shopping bag and realised they were security sealed... my blood pressure started to rise just from the thought of finding some way to open them without injuring myself or blunting every pair of scissors I have.

I started with a kitchen knife and after 20 seconds of trying to leverage it in place I manageed cut a small slit in the plastic.

Not wanting to damage the knife on the nuclear war resistant packaging I poked my finger in and pulled to mke the cut wider - nope - no give.

Some more knife action and soon the hole was wide enough for me to be was pulling in opposite directions with both hands, grunting with the strain and yelling obscenities at the headphones which were securely nestled inside the package.

After more grunting and ripping I finally managed to cut my finger on the side of the razor sharp plastic and dropped the packaging in disgust.

Returning with finger appropiately band-aided (those little tiny slivers they they build into the packaging for a bandaid are useless if you are bleeding and have big fingers - but that's ANOTHER packaging whinge) I figured there must be a logical way to do this - forgetting every other security packaging experience I have ever had I looked for some intelligent way to remove the packaging?

Nope - it apears you are expected shred the packaging... after you have built up the required muscle mass through intense gym attendence, to undo the &*#%$ing thing!

I gave up and used the scissors to hack away at the packaging, finally freeing the headphones and listening to my heart's BPM rapidly rising with the stress.

The scissors have now been assigned to useless blunt scissor world - and my head is filled with music... grrrr!

And DON'T get me started on DVD nd CD packaging!

Some shots from my walk this morning - I live in a paradise

And the spot where I have my morning coffee - I know I know - how do I STAND it!

Spark on


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DUBAIGIRL 7/25/2011 1:55AM

    oo that picture makes me want to swim in the sea there, it looks gorgeous!

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CRAUDI 7/22/2011 7:56AM

    DEFINITELY know what you mean! I hate hate hate having to open some packages. Usually I have to take short breaks in between to convince myself again that it's actually worth the effort! ha!

P.S. You DO live in paradise. At least you admit it and don't try to down play it...haha. :)

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TRISH579 7/22/2011 6:33AM

    Too funny!!! Thanks for getting my day off to a great start.

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WENDYJM4 7/22/2011 5:51AM

    You made me laugh with your description of undoing the packaging. I agree it would be a good workout. Yes I am jealous of the beautiful views you have. Enjoy them, I will think of you when you get a cyclone up that way LOL.
take care

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SKYRUNHER 7/22/2011 5:45AM

    This blog made me laugh.. it's funny because it's true!! I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one that has this issue! OH! and paint me green.. you do live in paradise!

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Take a load off - we mean it!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Found this note on the floor when I got out off bed this morning....

"Dear David

After many years of staying silent we felt it necessary to start letting you know that this could not continue - the abuse and mistreatment you have enacted upon us has finally bought us to this point and we are threatening strike action if it does not cease.

We could say we are going to 'walk off the job' but that would be a bad attempt at humour.

If you wouldn't minding taking the time to look down (suck in your tummy for a better view) you will notice that your legs (yes - those things that hang off your torso) do not end at your knees.

That's it - look closer - that's right! Going on from your knees are us - your lower legs, ankles and feet.

For a moment consider what we have been doing while you have been munching away up there, slowly expanding your bulk:

1. Assumng an average of 6000 steps a day (come on - you know you need to do more!) over 47 or so years we have taken just over ONE HUNDRED MILLION STEPS!

2. Those rare times when you are upright, each step you take puts about 130 pounds per square inch of pressure on each of your feet - a normal car tire would BURST at that PSI pressure and yet we keep going - for 100,000,000 steps so far and counting.

3. You have crammed us into ill fitting shoes (lets not talk about those clunky high heeled shoes from the 70's - or as Dad called them - clodhoppers!) and suffocated us for just under 100,000 hours - thats about 10 years. YOU try being stuck in a tight, sweaty, sometimes smelly place for 10 years!

4. You like your calves - they look mucled and not at all like some of those scrawny guys legs do. You know why? Because we have both lifted 60 kilos up and down nearly 1.5 million times in your life - no WONDER we look like we're on steroids!

So we have started taking action - you may not have realised but the protest march is already in progress.

That ache just behind your ankles and calves when you stand up in the morning accompanied by pain in your heels - thats us - and we are just STARTING the protest rally!

Keep expanding up there and we'll kick into high gear - soon every step will be us yelling about our unfair working conditions.

We're tired, over worked and starting to age - and we're gettin' grumpy. And we've started to complain about it - as you know.

Hey don't get us wrong - we LIVE to walk - we WANT to walk - we just want a workplace with a little less pressure.


Down there."

Sound familiar?

Just in the last year or so I have started to notice pain behind my ankles and in my heels - as I age and am less mobile it seems to be getting worse.

SO - today was my first walk for ages and my feet seem to have enjoyed it:

(I didn't actually draw the faces on my shoes - just a bit of photoshopping to show how happy there were to have been for a walk:)

This will become a daily ritual. I live in a place with beautiful scenic walks and now is the time to get going.

It's time to listen to my body -and get some happy feet!

Spark on emoticon


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SKYRUNHER 7/22/2011 5:50AM

    I love your sense of humour! I laughed at this blog but you're right.. I'm surprised my feet haven't gone on strike yet.

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PLANKWALKER 7/21/2011 10:47AM

    So funny, great post! Great to see you back and posting - I hope to post a blog soon, myself. Cheers.

-- Phil G.

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JEAN111766 7/20/2011 3:59PM

    this was hilarious!!! thank you so much for the visual and for giving me another ounce of motivation to keep on going on this journey!!!


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NEDYFAY 7/19/2011 4:39AM

    Awesome blog. Are you a journalist or other kind of writer?


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FLOWER1967 7/17/2011 6:57PM

    Lookit those happy lil suckers. Didnt know feet could whinge so much !!! LOL. But they do have a point. Good on you for giving in to their demands... Im sure they'll treat you better
emoticon emoticon...happy happy happy

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WENDYJM4 7/17/2011 8:53AM

    Hi David, enjoyed the blog. Now I know why my feet and ankles hurt, now I know they have been protesting for years. sorry feet. Love the photos of the shoes.
good to have some humour in the day.

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TENNISJIM 7/17/2011 6:50AM

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DUBAIGIRL 7/17/2011 12:48AM

    Awesome! I'd be tempted to actually draw happy faces on my shoes if it wouldn't make me look INSANE when I went out in them, haha!

Love the style of the blog David. So glad you're back emoticon

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TRISH579 7/16/2011 9:42PM

    The toughest step when going for a walk is the first step out the door! Keep up the good work.

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LOOSEIT57 7/16/2011 8:21PM

    Love your shoes emoticon

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CRAUDI 7/16/2011 8:21PM

    Keep those feet happy!! :)

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ANYVAR54 7/16/2011 7:55PM

    I really enjoyed this, and have had problems with my feet, but had my knees replaced, and maybe if I hadn't gotten so heavy they would not have protested. Keep walking.
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Small treats are OK right?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

I have taken to buying those small portion large packets of crisps and chocolates - you know the bite size ones - so I can "ration" myself - too funny - ration - right:)


I finally feel settled.

I think I underestimated how difficult it would be to restart my weight loss journey whilst I was bouncing around the countryside visiting friends and relatives after coming back from overseas.

My intention was to eat healthy as soon as I landed but dinners and drinks.... and more dinners and lunches and drinks just got in the way.

Have driven about 2500 km's up the Australian Coast from Sydney and today signed a lease and moved into a beautiful 2 BR villa in Port Douglas, The weather is perfect, the tropical birds are making sounds I can not really type (awakroooLA! - or something like that) and best of all - I have a load of washing happening in MY washing machine in MY home (well for the next 3 months anyways) and feeling very settled.

So - no more excuses - tomorrow is when I get back on the track towards health. I have given up the cigarrettes and next is weight loss - in such an ideal location I feel so motivated to search myself and really find what has been stopping me - there is a bit of a "hippy" element in the hinterland surrounding Port Douglas and I do like me some alternative therapies so we'll see what emerges.

Its a new phase... and I am excited to see what happens.



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NEDYFAY 7/14/2011 1:39AM

    I buy smaller portions of snacks too! Except Norway doesn't do small packets of crisps, so I stick to chocolate.

It's amazing how our friends and loves ones can sabotage our efforts, isn't it? You just have to make good choices and have plenty of water, I think.

Welcome back to the weight loss train! Keep posting, I love the way you write.


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DUBAIGIRL 7/14/2011 12:57AM

    ooo the bird sounds just make me want to visit Australia even more! One day.

Glad you're back. It's hard to eat well when visiting friends...or anyone for that matter! Slightly sad that we never got a chance to meet when we lived in the same country but looking forward to the blogs about your new home emoticon

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CRAUDI 7/13/2011 10:22AM

    Ahh...isn't it a great feeling to feel settled?? :) I'm glad you're there. And it sounds lovely! Honestly, any place that has "Port" in it's name has got to be gorgeous. Therefore, I'm once again jealous of your surroundings. :) I've been craving the beach! Enjoy the "awakroooLA" birds! Haha!

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ALLEENAME 7/13/2011 8:29AM

    Definitely "Hippie" in Kuranda...I am green with envy but happy your settled. Port Douglas is beautiful and make sure you do the Daintree! Watch out for crocs and stingers at the beach in summer.
As for the little treats, I do it all the time. Just make sure you count them in your daily total and all will be fine. emoticon

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JEAN111766 7/13/2011 8:25AM

    very very cool! I am so happy for you!!! You sound 1000x better than a few months back ;)
I missed your spark visits!!! I am so glad you are back ;)


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NOMUFFINTOP3 7/13/2011 7:17AM


Good for you! Use the tools on SparkPeople! emoticon

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TENNISJIM 7/13/2011 7:07AM

    Wishing you the best in Port Douglas. Don't give up on your healthy lifestyle.

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WENDYJM4 7/13/2011 7:05AM

    Hi David, Port Douglas is such a lovely place or though I have not been there for many years. Enjoy your time there. Congrats on not smoking. well done.
I am glad you are feeling settled.

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SHAY72 7/13/2011 5:05AM

    I wish you nothing but the best of luck on ur goal to be a healthy you.
ps. love the macdonalds box too cute and so true

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This time I AM back - promise!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Can NOT belive its been nearly 4 months since I blogged... wow - time really DOES go fast.

Have been back in Australia now for about 2 months and decided to escape the Sydney freeze for warmer climates.

Am travelling up the coast and have stopped in the first place where I can wear t shirt and shorts and feel warm - Airlie beach. A lovely little town but somewhat over run with backpackers I think. Here is the view as I write my first blog in months:

Somewhat paradisical right?:)

Have joined weight watchers - OH and the big news - have been off the ciggies now for 6 weeks - woo hoo! Don't think I have gained that much weight - did it through hypnotherapy - a guy in Sydney - was crazily easy after 35 years - I was obviously ready to do it.

Once I find a place to settle in the next week or so I can get back to focussing on my weight and be more regular with my blogs - not sure that bran will fix that one!


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JEAN111766 7/12/2011 1:24PM

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Soooo happy for you that you are done with the cigs!!! This is so awesome!!!

Welcome back!!!

Stay here this time ;) !!

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RAD062010 7/10/2011 8:43PM

    Fabulous about the end of your smoking!


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RUNNER12COM 7/10/2011 7:48PM

    Hello, mister! Finally! So glad to see you back!

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CRAUDI 7/10/2011 9:33AM

    Just catching up on your blogs a bit... Glad you're back, and so JEALOUS of your current blogging spot. Yeah, it's hot where I'm at in Indiana, but we have no palm trees or even some sort of water nearby! Don't get me wrong, I'm loving the summer, but in my new apartment without A/C, some days are rough!

Looking forward to more blogs soon! :D

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RAVENSTORM27 7/10/2011 8:44AM

    Welcome back and I can only imagine what a hectic time it has been for between the move and getting yourself settled. Enjoy your travels. And take great confidence from quitting smoking; experts have determined that in many ways tobacco is THE most addictive substance in the world and the hardest to quit, so if you've managed that you can pretty much do anything now. emoticon


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TENNISJIM 7/10/2011 7:37AM

    That's an awesome view. Wow back in Australia. I loved Sydney when I went for a vacation in 2007. Congratulations on quitting the cigarettes.

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DUBAIGIRL 7/10/2011 2:09AM

    Yay you're back! Hurrah! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WENDYJM4 7/10/2011 2:09AM

    glad you are back, missed you

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NEDYFAY 7/10/2011 2:01AM

    David! [hangs onto like a koala] I haven't missed you. At all. Oh no, sirree. But please don't leave again?

I have a hard time there is such a thing as a Sydney "freeze". What kind of temperatures are we talking?

Good job on quitting the cigarettes!


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