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Week 150...

Saturday, December 20, 2014


This week I incorporated more exercise and food into my plan as per last weeks BMR calculation. With the limitations of my back and neck problems, I lowered my Zumba time and added longer walking sessions.

This felt great as the pains subsided quicker, such a relief. If you live with pain, you seem to carry on through it and then suffer so much you have to stop exercising for a time.

So I got on the scale today with some expectation of a loss, NO, it wasn't to be!!

Last week 76.3kgs
Gain of 0.1 kg
This week 76.4 kgs

I did increase muscle which is good, my verdict is to continue and see how I go.
I don't like eating too low and hope my body will rise to the increased eating of good solid nourishing food to drop some of the weight.

I'd be lying if I said I haven't eaten the odd candy cane, only two LOL a Christmas record!!!

I really want this...even stocked up on more salad and eggs to keep the good food coming.

There is more to life than this eating plan.

We don't have Thanksgiving so I find myself being very thankful at Christmas.

Have a wonderful Christmas, will catch up next Sunday.


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IDICEM 12/21/2014 10:25AM

  Sounds like a good plan. Merry Christmas!

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KING_SLAYER 12/20/2014 11:38PM

    Hey, you did better than I did!! Be thankful and enjoy your Christmas and New Years!! These things only come once a year, so you might as well make the most of them!!!

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MCJULIEO 12/20/2014 10:18PM

    One doesn't need an official Thanksgiving to be thankful..... being thankful at Christmas is a natural response after all.....

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BABY_GIRL69 12/20/2014 10:09PM


Merry Christmas & God bless,


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DALID414 12/20/2014 9:59PM

    Happy weekend

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Week 149...Weigh in and outlook...

Saturday, December 13, 2014


Let's get it out of the way, this week I ate way too little and the amazing machine which is my body kept me going by saving as much as it could.

Last week 75.7 kg
This week 76.3 kg
Up 0.6 kg

I have revisited the calculations of BMR, calories burned per day and calories needed to have a loss and am 'fired up' for the new stage.

There are still 17 days left in the year to finish on an amazing low emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Merry Christmas to all and a wonderful and enjoyable New Year to follow.

Kind regards

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 12/15/2014 9:18AM

    yes, emoticon

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1SURFWALKER 12/15/2014 1:34AM

    So sorry to hear about your Dad condolences. I read your earlier blogs...your Dad sounded special. Loved the poem you wrote!
With all the emotions over the past month or so, you're doing great! The body is so hard to figure out sometimes. I know mine is! After 3 weeks of no sweets..didn't lose a single pound! Back to yet again, trying to figure this all out and get this darn fat GONE!!!!!!! Keep going....we'll get there!

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IDICEM 12/14/2014 10:17AM

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KING_SLAYER 12/13/2014 9:26PM

    The good news is that it sounds like you know why you had that gain. I can eat too little and gain, eat too much and gain, eat just what I should eat and gain. I think I should just give up eating!

Here's to having a better, more productive week ahead!

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DALID414 12/13/2014 9:25PM

    Good luck with the new stage emoticon

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    Oh My Gosh! I'm going to be all FIRED UP with you !!!! emoticon

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GENRE009 12/13/2014 7:56PM


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Week 148... back to blogging...

Sunday, December 07, 2014


I have been back a week now from New Zealand.

I came back weighing in at 77.2 kgs, I did not weigh in or keep notes on my eating.
I was doing great till my friends arrived and we had to eat out all the time, cafe and restaurant food for three days was not a great plan for me.

On my return I went back to eating as I had when I first arrived in NZ and have lost 1.5 kgs this week.
More water and two medium-- one small meals a day and snacks of high protein seem to work for me.

I wanted to get home for DD leaving for Tasmania and was pleasantly surprised how everything worked out. We saw her and Cam off at the airport at 7 am on Tuesday.

She is like a whirlwind with a project and even though they both had the flu she has her car back and already got a rental to move their gear into on Wednesday.

Mr Right did have to go to hospital with chest pains and has been found to have Atrial Fibrillation. He will be on tablets now, he was embarrassed to end up in the Hospital he will intern at next year.
But as I told him it is good to know how the patients see the hospital to be an even better Doctor.

So this week
Started at 77.2 kg
Finished at 75.7 kg
Loss of 1.5 kg

Hope it continues to work for me. I am pleased that I have maintained my 36 kg loss now for a long time.

My family in NZ was blown away by my size change and it was kind of embarrassing to hear the feed back, in my mind I still feel fat and big and am always surprised I can fit smaller clothes than before.
I got three of the ladies on the right track with my 'testimony' before I left, exercising and changing their eating.

I really enjoy Christmas and the Season, even when we have had a horrible year Christmas picks up our 'Spirits' and helps us look forward to a new year.

Hope you all are well and happy
Catch ya next week


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HICKOK-HALEY 12/11/2014 8:01PM

    You are back on track. Congrats on the weight loss. Have fun with your Son!

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KAREN91 12/11/2014 7:48AM

    Christine, emoticon on the weight loss! Sorry I haven't been in contact much. I've been busy and stressed. Karen

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IMEMINE1 12/9/2014 10:54AM

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IDICEM 12/7/2014 2:15PM

  Congrats on this week's loss and on your long-term loss. Great work. Love that you were able to show your family the benefits of exercise and eating right. Hoping your holiday season is happy and uplifting!

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KIWIANN 12/7/2014 8:32AM

    Congrats on your loss this week and all the compliments you received! It is also a huge compliment that your 3 friends were willing to listen to and take your advice on making their lifestyle more healthy! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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KING_SLAYER 12/7/2014 3:11AM

    What an exceptional loss, all things considered! I'm glad the week went well for you, you deserve to have things be smooth for a while :)

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NHES220 12/7/2014 1:08AM

    Way to go! Embrace the compliments! It is the new you.

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DALID414 12/7/2014 12:41AM

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FORZACHANDMATT 12/7/2014 12:33AM

    That's great

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ZRIE014 12/7/2014 12:04AM

  keep it up

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I'm back from New Zealand.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Hi Everyone,

I flew out to New Zealand on the 12th of November, as my Dad was in hospital very ill. I arrived in his hometown on the 13th at 9:30 am and went to visit him in hospital. I spent the day with him and he was so happy to see me.
I was told on Tuesday he would not last and I know he waited for me to get there.
He passed away on Friday the 14th after being very ill for three weeks. He was buried on Monday the 17th and I gave the eulogy, I often think it a shame people can't be at their own funeral to see how many people they have actually impacted in their lives.
After Mum passed away in 2009, I stayed with Dad a while to help out and he told me so many things I had never heard before.
I passed these on to the others there and told of how he had impacted my life and what sort of a Dad he was to me.

Things were strained with my brothers but we worked together to make the funeral about Dad.

I wrote a sort of poem while I was away, I'd like to share with you

The Heads 2014

The waves crashed into the shore
Tumbling over rocks
Causing the buoys to rock back and forth, guiding the safest route across the Bar
The Gulls and seabirds playing high in the breeze and coming to land and preen on the grass
Squawking and chasing, returning to the pecking order lost at sea
The boats and tourist launches looked small and tossed like corks on the swells
Even in the midst of the action of the waves and the strength of the swell, the water lapped onto the beach peacefully, flowing in and out , soaking into the sands
Timber littered the shoreline, a testament to the high tides
Men fished and women sat in the sun
The breeze cooled the sunny morning
Cars came and went stopping to take in the sights
I sat amongst the ‘goings on’ taking it in and also lost in thoughts of a time gone by
Childhood images, feelings, emotions and also quietly joining in the proceedings
Seemingly reflecting the actions of the tides
Then drove back to my reality, dreams, thoughts, emotions put aside for now.

I won't be around for a little while till I have a rest from the travelling, we'll catch up soon.

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HICKOK-HALEY 12/1/2014 12:15AM

    Hugs, I know how you feel. I believe our loved ones spirit is with us after they die. I'm sure your Dad knows what a lovely funeral you had for him. Take a day at a time. Each day will get better. emoticon

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IDICEM 11/30/2014 9:31PM

  My deepest condolences for your loss. And thank you for sharing your beautiful poem. Hope you get some rest. emoticon

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KIWIANN 11/30/2014 8:27AM

    I am so sorry for your loss! That poem is beautiful, thanks for sharing! Sending lots of love your way! emoticon

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KING_SLAYER 11/30/2014 1:59AM

    So sorry for your loss my friend, I wish there were something I could for you. Take your time resting up and return to us when you're ready.

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STAY39 11/30/2014 12:49AM

    So sorry for your loss. Beautiful poem. emoticon

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DALID414 11/29/2014 11:19PM

    I'm so emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WESAPHILLIPS 11/29/2014 9:55PM

  Sorry to hear about your father.....

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Week 144..Highs and Lows...

Saturday, November 08, 2014


This week has been a real whirlwind of activity.

My Dad is very ill in hospital in New Zealand so I have been calling him, he was critical for a while with kidney and liver problems.
He could hardly talk and the fluid build up made every movement painful. I got DD (now a Doctor) to call and speak to his doctor and she said she was glad Bec called that day as she was very worried about him 2 days before.

Hubby had made arrangements for us to travel to a nearby town for my birthday and we set off on Wednesday and returned on Friday. Once we were out of our hometown the stress and concern seemed to melt away.

This is the view from our room, it was a cloudy few days but the temps were nice.

We went to the movies, had lunch one day in an heritage home, went shopping and visited the river fore shore where on another visit we saw dolphins, that day there was a pelican and an heron 'fishing' on the banks.

The hotel was called The Atrium as you can see quite lovely internal balconies and pools.

This is the inside roof.

Ruby House

The river where dolphins had been seen.

It was so lovely.

Saturday I went with DD to Ikea, having not been there before it was like Disneyland to me what an amazing 'village' with very careful thought put in to the dining and shopping needs of people and the transport of purchases to the vehicles. Loved it all.

We discussed my Dad and DD advised me to go see him whilst he was in hospital, it seemed a good suggestion with the not so great family history with my siblings so I changed some dollars and came home and bought a ticket to New Zealand for 2 days with one day either side for flying in and out.

I just have to hug him...

My weight went up with a lot of eating although I ate healthy choices they were all over my usual plate sizes so I'm up 1.6 kgs. On the up side NZ is cold compared with here so I hope I don't feel it so much :)

Have a wonderful week Sparkies and hug a parent or child!!

hugs to you

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IMEMINE1 11/11/2014 7:45PM

    Hope all goes well. Beautiful pictures. emoticon

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SIMONEKP 11/11/2014 10:20AM

    Looks like a great place to stay, hope your dad improves

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BOSS61 11/10/2014 7:32PM

    Wishing your Dad a speedy recovery (cool pics too!)

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GRANDEFILLE 11/10/2014 9:29AM

    love the pics! seemed to be a nice place to be. As for hugging dad, you are very right! Do not lose time. Just do it! Have a nice trip!

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1SURFWALKER 11/10/2014 12:25AM

    Glad you had a great time at that beautiful place! Sorry to hear about your Dad being so ill! Hoping for him to get well soon. Hang in there.

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HICKOK-HALEY 11/9/2014 4:38PM

    That was sweet of your Hubby. I loved your Hotel. Very nice. I would have been in my glory watching Dolphins etc. So glad you got a way, and was able to relax. I am also glad you were able to visit with your Dad. I went through that a few years ago, so I know how you feel. emoticon

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IDICEM 11/9/2014 10:41AM

  Glad you had a relaxing break and that you are going to visit your dad! Don't worry about the small weight gain. You can take care of that.

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DALID414 11/9/2014 1:07AM

    Lovely photos.
Siblings ***sigh***

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KING_SLAYER 11/8/2014 8:56PM

    I'm glad that you got to get away for a couple of days and were able to take your mind off of other things. I'm also glad to hear that you are going to be able to go see your dad, I'm sure he knows how much you love him!

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DOVESEYES 11/8/2014 8:39PM

    If you squint at the first river photo you can just make out the pelican on theother side and in the next one the heron.

We used a mobile and not a great result.

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