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Queensland - Australia - Floods

Thursday, December 30, 2010

As the situation is so very bad and I am only about 60miles from some of the worst of it - I thought I would post an update to the situation.
We are quite safe, though we were cut off from town for a couple of days!!

More than 200,000 people have been affected by relentless flooding in northeast Australia, with the flood zone now stretching over an area bigger than France and Germany combined, officials said Friday 31st Dec 2010.

Germany is about 137,000 sq miles.
France is about 212,000 sq miles.
Total – 349,000 sq miles.

Or for the Aussies - the area of NSW and Victoria combined - is now flooded!!

Heavy rains and flooding in northeast Australia is common during the southern hemisphere summer, but the scope of the damage from the recent downpours is extremely unusual, Queensland state Premier Anna Bligh said

"This is without a doubt a tragedy on an unprecedented scale," Anna Bligh told Australian Broadcasting Corp. "We now have 22 towns or cities that are either substantially flooded or isolated because the roads have been cut off to them. That represents some 200,000 people spanning an area that's bigger than the size of France and Germany combined."



As we go towards 2011 - please spare a thought for the thousands who are celebrating New Year with nothing left - who have been evacuated and have nothing left to return to!!
And also spare a thought for all the wildlife that is fighting for survival in this, Queenslands toughest hour!!.
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HAPPYBASKET 1/2/2011 12:01AM

    I don't mean to be really unfeeling. It really is devistating I know & as you said, All of the poor critters. Do you have Animal Rescue teams in that area? Our zoo's & other groups would be out there in a boat after Joey, for sure. They probably are not easy for a person to save but for the groups who usually have vets with them, they would either dart him first or else drop a big net from a helicopter so the the teams in the boat could then do what is necessary. I'm sure that there are many other little critters involved also. How about snakes? Are they coming up into the houses? Now that is when I would head for the rafters.LOL

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 1/1/2011 7:21AM

    I am so sorry to hear Queensland has been devastated! I am glad that you are safe and OK. I hope the flooding goes down quickly.

My prayers are with you and the area.

Jane on Guam

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MUSIC66 12/31/2010 9:50PM

    the bridge at kingsthorpe flooded two streets in toowoomba flooded flagstone creek flooded a member of our choir got caught in that flood she manged to get out of her rav4 and call for help she hung on to a branch her neibhour help her out she was so lucky she was saved but herc rav4 is a right off.

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FRACTALMYTH 12/31/2010 7:42PM

    Glad to know you are ok - and THRILLED that caloric cycling is working for you!!!

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SKYGIRL21 12/31/2010 11:57AM

    Glad to hear that you haven't washed away. It is pretty scary to watch, wait, and wonder what is going to happen next. Too bad they couldn't have a massive pipeline to reroute all that water from Queensland to Victoria. Solve two problems at once. I will be watching from the other side of the globe and keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers this New Year.

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1BEACHWALKER 12/31/2010 4:39AM

    This is awful! What is going on with this crazy weather everywhere!? Al Gore would say Global Warming! So glad you are ok-thanks for the update. We are always concerned for our friends in other countries as well! I hate it happening to the people, but those poor defenseless animals-so sad! Hope help comes to them quicker than we have seen it here in the US sometimes! Take care....Connie emoticon

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MILLYMOUSE1 12/31/2010 4:04AM

    You are so right about the insurance companies and their own rules. It also depends if the water comes under the door or in through the window. What a load of .... you know what

Sandra

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MILLYMOUSE1 12/31/2010 3:47AM

    Hi Ann just been watching the ABC I didn't catch the town they were saying will be under water by or on Tue when the water will reach 9 meters = about 30 feet I hear some of the insurance companies are not letting some claim... I hope they aren't saying that this is an act of God...
Please keep us informend .......... thank you

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SUSIEPH1 12/31/2010 2:08AM

    Hi Ann great blog!
Such wonderful information..
Poor wallaby! I hope someone rescues him
Thank you for posting such a interesting and imformative blog.
I am so glad all the teams will see this, and all the world will know how absolutely devastating this will be for our Nation ..
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MILLYMOUSE1 12/31/2010 1:37AM

    Hi Ann, I'm very happy you are safe and dry.
Thank you for this blog and photo's along with all that information for the rest of our teams around the world to see. We get to see the snow in the UK, US I wonder who gets to see this devastation that is happening in our country.
My heart goes out to all those flood victims, this is one New Year they will never forget

Stay dry and safe my friend
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DIASTER 12/31/2010 12:17AM

  Your flooding has been on the news here. You have to feel the pain of those poor people that have lost everything. Am thinking of the photographs and mementos that can never be replaced. Our prayers are with you all.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/30/2010 9:36PM

    We have had many areas of severe flooding here in the states too - my prayers are going up for all those who have lost their homes, including the animals.

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FOXXYROXXYD 12/30/2010 9:20PM

    Glad that you are OK. You are all in my thoughts.


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TEDYBEAR2838 12/30/2010 9:10PM

    WOW, thank you for sharing with us. I will pray for the people, the towns the animals. God Be WIth You All!~

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MS.ELENI 12/30/2010 9:09PM

    Thanks for sharing.So glad you are safe

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GOANNA2 12/30/2010 8:44PM

    Hi Ann,
Glad to hear you are ok. It is terrible seeing all this devastion and we should be thinking of all life at this moment.

Mother Nature is a force to be reckoned with and hope to call you tonight. With that, I wish you a Happy New Year.
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LJCANNON 12/30/2010 8:43PM

    I am thankful that YOU are safe. Your country will be in my Prayers as we go into this new year.
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/30/2010 8:36PM

    You & your countrymen are in my prayers.... Love to you all, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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LOSINGITALL4ME 12/30/2010 8:31PM

    Oh, my! I didn't realize how bad it was. Thanks for sharing and I will keep all those people in my prayers. Stay safe and keep up updated.

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401YVONNE 12/30/2010 8:27PM

    I pray that you and your loved ones remain safe. Please continue to keep us informed. God Bless you!

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22TULIP 12/30/2010 8:19PM

    WOW! I didn't realize it was so bad in Australia... so much flooding and winter storms in other areas of the world as well.



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MRSBENNETT2 12/30/2010 8:12PM

    Glad to hear you're ok! Mother Nature has been harsh this year hasn't she?

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Bad Weather on both sides of the world

Monday, December 27, 2010

I find it interesting that the weather is so very bad on both sides of this planet we liver on – called earth!!

In USA and Europe you have had bad snow storms that have caused problems and disrupted Christmas for many.

Here in Queensland we have a huge flood problem – but in other parts of Australia they are fighting high temperatures and bush fires!!

Where I am we have been relatively lucky – we are very wet and yesterday I lost power and internet for a time and then it was on and off and on and off!!
We are cut off from town completely now – we had 3” rain two nights ago and last night 4” and it hasn’t stopped this morning with another 4” forecast. And that was on top of a week of showers that had already left the ground sodden!! We are beyond sodden now.!!

We are lucky – we have so far, stayed dry in the house, even though it is a low set house and I had supplies for 2 weeks in the cupboards – so we don’t have to get to town!!

Looking across our front the view was like this most of yesterday


A couple of times it was particularly bad and the water came closer to the house

This was taken from inside the living room window!! It soon drains away though!!

The worst of it is that everything is damp – and growing – this is our chest of drawers in the bedroom



But having said that we are lucky!! At the time of writing this 30 towns in Queensland were being evacuated – because of floods and there is more to come!! Thr rivers have to run down – so the flow will continue. For the people further north there is a lot more rain to come but for us – the rain band is pulling off by tonight and leaving us showers for maybe the next 2 weeks!!
It should be tated that this amount of rain is very unusual.

In our cases it has been caused by a cyclone that crossed the coast on Christmas Day further north – and then decided to soak the rest of the state for good luck!!

But that is the way of life – whether it is Climate Change, Global Warming or just a seasonal adjustment – we can’t control the weather – even though we might chose!!

A happy, Healthy New Year to you all and I hope that you achieve your goals in 2011.

  
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MUSIC66 12/29/2010 6:05PM

    we have had a lot of rain here we have had 500mm this month so far.The bridge at kingsthorpe flooded and or driveway was like a waterfall. even ruthven street in toowoomba flooded.

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FRACTALMYTH 12/29/2010 5:59PM

    Ah well, at least we don't have to worry about bushfires :P

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 12/29/2010 10:31AM

    hope you dry up quick!! as for the snow..send it ALL my way i love it!! the more the better!!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/28/2010 9:42PM

    Stay warm & dry!

Wishing you a very Healthy New Year!

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TEDYBEAR2838 12/28/2010 5:58PM

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So glad you are ok. Why is the furniture damp .. the chest of drawers?

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/28/2010 5:34PM

    Keeping you & yours in my prayers. Stay dry my friend. Thanks for sharing the pix. Glad that you're safe. Love, Dawn emoticon

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PAULAPOOH4 12/28/2010 5:11PM

    Sure glad to hear you are OK!!!!

You are right, the weather is crazy all over the globe. I live in Central California and we have been having winds, rain and snow followed by floods. we are expecting more tomorrow and the snow level is predicted to be down to 3000 feet. Here in Central California we sure need the water, we just couldn't handle it all at once.

Hope you can continue to stay dry!!!!

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HAPPYBASKET 12/28/2010 10:21AM

    Ann, You sure don't want it any closer! I am trying to remember what we did when we lived in France & in the winter the outside walls were not insulated at all so if we heated the inside, we had running water - down the walls. Had to roll the rugs & every towell up against the walls to keep the floors from flooding.& the furniture molded like you are experiencing now. This with a 3 yr. old & a brnad new baby. The oil furnace would only run a few minutes & then blow out, blowing soot all over so we looked like we came from Afica & when it happened at night, we woke up to kerosene flooding the floor. When the heater went off, our only heat was a little kerosene heater. When those people go on strike, all of the utlities joined the strike so all of the cooking was done on the little heater also. What a nightmare that was. No wonder I used up all of my depression in those 3 yrs that we were living there. Would I ever go back? NO.

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 12/28/2010 5:45AM

    Global warming! My foot! What you call cyclone down under we call typhoons in the western Pacific and they call hurricanes in the states. Bad storms, high winds and lots of rain.

Stay safe!

Jane on Guam

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MILLYMOUSE1 12/28/2010 5:06AM

    We in downtown Hobart is still waiting on summer arriving. We had a sprinkle of snow on our mountain Tue, cold winds and rain here and there. The whole world weather has gone crazy grrrr
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SUPREMESASS 12/28/2010 3:01AM

  The complete opposite to what we've got over here in Western Australia. 40 degrees yesterday! A day spent going from the pool to the aircon to the pool to the aircon... Thankfully it's cooling down to lower 30's for the rest of the week - 40 is a bit high for my liking! Stay safe!

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GOANNA2 12/27/2010 10:57PM

    Oh Ann, this rain is unusual but we are being told that
we may get this weather on and off till June.
Susie, it is sad the water is not going into the Murray.

I am just leaving to go for a walk now even though it
is spitting and the wind is actually howling, but I need
to get some fresh air.

Let's hope this eases up soon and the people in the flooded
areas can get back to 'normal'.I watched something on SBS
and it is 20 Celsius and sunny in Siberia and chamomile and
otherflowers are blooming.

The planet is changingand weather patterns are not what
they used to be... Let's hope taht people are able to survive
natural disasters. Nature is a force to be reckoned with.
Peace and blessings.

I am coming up to Caloundra tomorrowand will give you a
call.
Anna
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MS.ELENI 12/27/2010 10:34PM

    Stay safe and dry.

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SUSIEPH1 12/27/2010 10:29PM

    Ohh dear ! What a lot of rain!
I expect it will eventually come down this way!
we have all the weirs out in the Murray ..it is running so fast all the way out to the sea in South Australia,
Such a waste ! Hope the rain eases off soon Ann, and you get a chance to dty off.
Take Care
Hugs Susie

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LIZZIECA55 12/27/2010 10:18PM

    Wow!! I live in Southern California and we actually had a really beautiful day today. We have also had an unusually rainy December. We are way over our numbers for the year. Our next storm is expected tomorrow night. I guess I will go out and get food, just in case. We didn't really have a summer this year; it's been a really unusual year (weatherwise). Hang in there; hopefully it will end soon.

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A few Images of Christmas in Australia

Thursday, December 23, 2010

So – its Christmas Eve in Oz – and this year, because of Christmas Day falling on a Saturday it means a 4 day holiday, then 3 days work then another 3 day holiday for New Year!! Many people had planned to take the extra 3 days in between the 2 holidays and go away – to relatives or to the beach, since it is summer here..

Beach photo
And beach BBQs and picnics with seafood are popular!!

Unfortunately –here in Queensland, a lot of people are planning to stay home instead since we are having a severe weather event with floods and the roads are treacherous

Flood photoi.

However there are certain traditions here
A lot of houses are decorated with Xmas themed lights


And the Cities have Xmas lights displays and Xmas Trees


Some of the bigger shopping centres in the bigger cities have had 24hr trading with the busiest time being between 2.00am and 3.00am – and the centres crammed with shoppers!!


The biggest seafood markets – the Sydney Fish Market has been trading for 36hrs solid as Aussies love their seafood, and they have been very busy –
They sold 1000 oysters a minute, or 120.000 dozen oysters
200 tonnes of snapper
170 tonnes of prawns
And that doesn’t count the other fish and seafood sold!!

Picture of Sydney fish market at midnight


All buying seafood for Christmas Day

And then on Christmas Eve – the main Carols by Candlelight servive that is televised all over Australia is held – in Melbourne,


So – with the sound of thousands singing carols and waving their candles high – I wish you all a Happy and Joyous Christmas and a successful 2011.

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401YVONNE 12/30/2010 8:29PM

    Thanks for sharing. God willing, one day I will visit my cousin in Australia.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 12/27/2010 11:52AM

    Thank you for sharing this is just lovely!! I hope the flooding abates soon!!

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MS.ELENI 12/26/2010 3:18PM

    looks good to me.Much like our Florida Christmas's emoticon

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EMMAANDBRODY 12/26/2010 1:47PM

    Thanks for sharing. Australia is one of the places I want to visit.
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STEPHIEKNITS 12/26/2010 11:35AM

    Thanks for showing how you celebrate! Hope your Merry Christmas was great and have a safe and healthy New Year!

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JAZZIELORI 12/26/2010 9:54AM

    Thanks for sharing what your country does for christmas..what a difference huh? We are expecting a blizzard today..we'll see what happens
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JOANNS4 12/26/2010 8:25AM

    What beautiful pictures. I'm sorry about the flooding. Thank you for sharing.

Jo Ann

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1BEACHWALKER 12/24/2010 10:06PM

    Thanks for sharing-would love to visit Australia one day! Wish we had more open markets like that and stay open longer! Have a good one! emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 12/24/2010 7:14PM

    Wow that looks and sounds so BEAUTIFUL!

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DEBIGENE 12/24/2010 6:50PM

    WoW your pics are beautiful thanks for sharing Christmas in Australia, I loved it.

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HAPPYBASKET 12/24/2010 9:55AM

    Good morning over here. How wonderful of you to share pictures of the Australian Christmas. It really helps me feel closer to you as we get prepared for a great day. Laundry & cleaning here today. My punishment for shopping yesterday. LOL & worse yet - to no avail. I liked the expression of Kathrine Hepburn ,in Golden Pond when she referred to her DH as an old Poop. No Spirit or fun. But I refuse to not be Happy during the Christmas Season. The Birth of Jesus is something to be celebrated.
I too liked the Santa Hat on the Beach. Like our Cacti around town all wearing Santa hats. Great sense of humor & I love it. Thank You again.

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GIVINGINOW 12/24/2010 9:54AM

    Beautiful pictures! I hope you have a very merry Christmas and a Happy and successful new year :)

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BRIAEL 12/24/2010 4:59AM

    Merry Christmas to you, Ann. Hope you have a wonderful day. :)

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JOANOFSPARK 12/24/2010 1:35AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Wishing you a safe and merry Christmas.....and a very happy New Year....loved the pics ..funny how some things are so similar and yet others so different, but that is true here as well.....loved the picture of the guy on the beach with the Santa hat......that is too funny...great pics as always...:)

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2MUCHRUTHIE 12/23/2010 11:04PM

    I loved the pictures. Thank you so much. Sorry about your flooding---it has been flooding in parts of WA state also but not where we live; but it has rained for days--lightly. emoticon emoticon

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MT-MOONCHASER 12/23/2010 10:12PM

    I think I could stand it!!

With the weather we've been having here, I'm kinda wishing we weren't having a white Christmas.

Have a wonderful Christmas and may the New Year bring you many blessings.

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SUSIEPH1 12/23/2010 9:37PM

    Love your blog my friend !!
great idea!
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SKYLERSNANNA 12/23/2010 9:02PM

    Oooh seeing that makes me homesick so bad emoticon but Im having a white christmas in Canada this year emoticon

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ADORNED2 12/23/2010 8:23PM

    Awesome photos - Thanks for sharing - I had to chuckle at the one of the guy on the beach - no shirt and a Santa hat - too cute! emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/23/2010 8:21PM

    AWESOME! Thank you so very much for sharing these pictures with us. Merry Christmas to you my precious friend. Love, Dawn emoticon

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26M8J7 12/23/2010 7:58PM

    These are beautiful photos, thank you for sharing them. Sorry to hear about the flood and I hope everyone is ok. Thanks again for sharing.
Barbara

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MADKAPKID 12/23/2010 7:49PM

    Oh,Thank you so much for sharing your photos. It is so nice to see how others celebrate the holidays. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Holiday Hugz.... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/23/2010 7:42PM

    lovely! thank you for sharing.

funny how the traditional Christmas dinner is different from country to country. even family to family.

enjoy your Christmas fare!

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LALASLAND 12/23/2010 7:30PM

    Thank you for sharing this! I enjoyed it! Merry Christmas! emoticon

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SHELLEY147 12/23/2010 7:23PM

    Thanks for sharing these photos...it's really nice to see how others celebrate the holidays! ~hugs~ Merry Christmas!

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BETHV10 12/23/2010 7:22PM

    Thanks for the pictures. It looks beautiful there.

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    Nice pictures...I wish I was there. emoticon

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CJWORDPLAY 12/23/2010 7:18PM

    Oh, Thank you. It's wonderful getting so see pictures of your celebration. Sorry the weather has been so extreme for you.
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MRSBENNETT2 12/23/2010 7:18PM

    Merry Christmas Emma! One thing I found charming/amusing about Christmas in AU is the folks who've decorated their houses with lights....hanging out with the neighbors drinking beer while all the people drive through the neighborhood to look at the lights. That's something you just didn't see where I'm from because it was always cold and damp! And Santa wears a red Hawaiian print leisure shirt...that's good too. emoticon
Hope you don't get hit with any bad weather.

Shelli

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Christmas Day Menu

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

I noticed that very few members have joined Christmas Calorie Control Challenges - I have to assume tis is because they either have no intention of keeping within their calorie range or they really aren't thinking that far ahead!!

Either way they will blow all the hard work they have gone to before - losing weight.!! Is it honestly worth while throwing all the hard work away for a day of self indulgance??

The key is planning in advance - a heavier calorie main meal to allow you to have a Christmasmeal with lower calorie meals and snacks for the rest of the day!! You should NOT skip any meals or snacks!!

I have my Christmas Day planned - and the whole day has come in at 1570 cal - at the top of my range but still within it!!
You may not like my idea ofmenu planning - but I am eating it - not you - so here is my menu for Christmas Day!!

B'fast -
Milk, 2%, 0.3 cup
Oats Raw (30g = 1/4 cup), 45 gram
Banana, fresh, 0.5 small (6" to 6-7/8" long)
Optimum Gold Protein Supp - 30.4g, 1 serving
Total - 373 cal

Lunch (our main meal)
S/C Roast Turkey leg with cranberry and apple stuffing, 1 serving (slow cooker)
recipe - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=1367120

Cauli-tata , 1 serving
Broccoli, cooked, 0.25 stalk, large (11"-12" long)

Mousse - Lemon - Easy-yo - 6 serves per pkt - 1 serve = 167g, 1 serving Mango - 1 cheek medium, 1 serving
Total - 578 cal

Evening
Cheese - Bega so extra light tasty, 25 gram(s)
Cabbage Apple Casserole, 1 serving
Hard Boiled Egg,
1 large Tomatoes, red, ripe, raw, year round average, 1 small whole (2-2/5" dia)
Sweet Potato - orange - boiled, 50 gram
Total - 244 cal

Snack 1
Snack bar - Aussie Bodies - Mini FX Lo Carb bar, 1 serving
Bread Tasty Brown - Gold Max - serving 2 slices, 0.5 serving
Vegimite, 0.5 tsp
Total - 194 cal

Snack 2
Snack bar - Be Natural Trail Bars - Berry, 1 serving
Rockmelon 160grams,
1 cup Milk (through day in tea), 0.25 cup
Total - 181 cal

The balance of the days meals is - 24.2% protein, 27.9% fat and 47.9 carbs
I agree its high on fats for the day - but not daturated fat!! As its only the one day - I am letting it be!! Normally I try to get the protein higher than the fat %!!
I hope this has given some of you some ideas - and from my point of view I am certainly not starving that day!!

Have a Happy, Healthy Well planned Christmas Day - make it a Day you can enjoy without a guilty concience and without stepping on that hunk of steel and glass that will tell you you have put weight on!! With careful planning - you will still enjoy the day - but you might evern lose weight too - or if not at least hold your weight!!

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 12/23/2010 6:02PM

    You have some great ideas!

Have a blessed Christmas!

Jane on Guam

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MS.ELENI 12/23/2010 10:19AM

    Planning is the key and you are the best at doing that.Have a wonderful holiday.

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GOANNA2 12/21/2010 5:59PM

    Hello Ann,
You are amazing and thanks for giving us all an idea
of what we should be doing, and not pigging out. It is just
another day really as far as eating goes or it should be.

The Gold Coast Bulletin had a front page stating that most
will overeat and will need to walk 29 km to get off the
excess calories.... I am going to copy your ideas and figure
out what I will eat as I don't want to over-eat and go backwards.

Thanks for the wonderful motivation. You rock.

Have a fabulous Chrismas. I am probably going to Caloundra after
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/21/2010 3:05PM

    WTG! emoticon

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HAPPYBASKET 12/21/2010 2:03PM

    Ann, Bless your heart for the wonderful blogs that you put out there for us.
I am going to cheat a little. Another couple & us are going to a cafeteria for Christmas day dinner. My DH eat there quite often & so I know that I will be able to stay on course. My frieds D(not)H will make remarks about what I am eating & this being a holiday etc but he is easy to ignore because he is all mouth. I will have you in my heart all day for the work that you put into this blog, so that all of us can learn & benefit from your words of wisdom. Really true & thats why we all Love you emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 12/21/2010 2:01PM

    i think you ROCK. I got on the scale this am and am down 2 pounds. what a shock..but i truly havent had alot of time to eat. I've been careful, and i am giving myself a couple days to have what i want..for me if i deprive i will blow it later, i know my MO and this should prevent it. My goal was to maintain over the holidays so i have a 2 pound buffer now to reach my goal.
I make cinnamon buns for Christmas morning, and have one. then we have a prime rib roast for dinner, with corn and mashed potatos. There are Christmas cookies and rum cake for dessert. we eat around 2 pm so no need for supper that day...then on the 26th we go to my moms and she has a leftover turkey casserole. she makes alot of chip dip, which i dont care for, so i munch on the fresh veggies she has out.
on new years eve we have "junk food night" all the leftover holiday food is out along with egg rolls, mozzarella sticks, "happy puppies"(mini corn dogs..my kids named them happy puppies) mini bagel pizzas and a cheese and summer sausage and crackers tray.
Everything is cleared out on the first, replaced with fresh veggies and cut up fruit...so i have really 2-3 days only of not eating my norm, and frankly it doesnt taste as good as it used to and i get full faster so i dont do much, if any, damage.

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FRACTALMYTH 12/21/2010 11:18AM

    We will pretty much be having our normal meals - just with turkey instead of the usual lamb or beef... and for our Christmas picnic lunch I am planning lots of salad :D I am also planning in advance for it to be a high cal day so I can include a few homemade biscuits in my snacks. Now I just have to organise the weather lol

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TEDYBEAR2838 12/21/2010 8:25AM

    Ann, emoticon

I admire you for what you are doing. I do not intend to pig out on Christmas. I hope my daughter is having a turkey, but I think she's leaning towards Ham. Perhaps I'll make a small turkey to take also?
Or cook one and take some of the meat over on a nice tray? I really like ham and can have it, but it's usually very salty. Either way, I could have the ham and go easy on other things. She generally has plain mashed potatoes so a tiny bit of gravy and fresh veggies are in order. I'll make a nice pumpkin pudding, sugar free, that I love and will take that over also.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/21/2010 7:55AM

    I have my plan all set. I'm eating low on the range this week to make up for the fact that I am making stuffed shells for Christmas day. Hopefully I'll have a good average for the week. Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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IRONGRANNIE 12/21/2010 5:44AM

    BJ and I have planned a menu around fresh fruit, salads and seafood but it will be refined closer to each day. It's at my place so I will try very hard to keep everything in hand.

Bj has a 22k run on Boxing Day so she probably wants a few extra carbs!

Have a very Happy Christmas!

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SUSIEPH1 12/21/2010 5:29AM

    Sounds wonderful Ann,
I too have no intention of blowing my Calorie Count ..
We are having Salmon,Chicken, lots of lovely vegetables done eldente' Salads low cal Jelly and low fat yoghurt, some snacks but all low cal and within my range. Enjoy Hugs Susie

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MILLYMOUSE1 12/21/2010 5:19AM

    Love what you are going to be eating Ann I will be having my usual breakfast 2 Vita Brits with Soy low fat milk, as I am on my own I dont need to prepare all the Christmas feasts, I am going to a friends for lunch and we are having prawns for tea most likely a few slices of ham and salad.

Wishing you a very Healthy Merry Christams and if we don't lose any weight or we might just stay the same it will be good

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"Set point" - thoughts and feelings

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I have written this blog – to try to sort out my own thoughts and feelings rather than for support or comment – though if I am wrong in my assumptions please feel free to tell me!! I have to sort this out in my mind, and I have decide just how far I am willing to go – no-one can do that for me!! If there is anyone else in this position – with metabolic issues and having hit a very high set point – please can you let me know what you did, how you coped!!

In the last blog I was saying that it was thought from the measurements that I have been having that I had got to “set point”!!
This decision was made by the dietician in light of my previous diet history and my test readings in the last 12mths. At 108kg (237.6lb) Its far earlier than we had all hoped – but then I never do anything by the book!! LOL!!
I find it interesting that I am still changing and to all other people look like I am losing weight at a very fast rate, and I am, in fact losing clothes sizes still yet – over the past twelve months my weight has only dropped 5.5kg (12 lb) my body fat % has dropped 1.5% and my lean mass has risen 1.5% - considering the amount of solid exercise I have done, the fact that I have tracked all food and not once deviated from my calorie level, given that my total fat % started at 53.7% so there is a lot to lose – this is a drop in the ocean!! Yet – my body shape and clothes size has changed out of all proportion!!

Mar 2010 to Dec 2010 – considering there have been so few changes in the numbers – there has been an enormous change in me, not only in looks either – but in so many, many other ways !!

When the dietician said “set point” – my first thought was – what is he talking about?? I had heard of the “set point theory” in passing but had taken very little notice of it as I thought it would be something for the future, when I got to my target weight!!

So – having read a bit – my thoughts are – what are the main differences between “set point” and the dreaded “plateau” that always occurs in weight loss!!

To my way of thinking - and these are my own ideas and interpretation of a lot of articles that I have read – and are open to correction !!

A plateau – is one of those pesky things that our body throws into our weight loss efforts to try to annoy us – and to try to put us off!! It is a time when the scales refuse to move despite the fact we are doing everything we should be and we can see no changes in ourselves. In fact it is a time when the body is adjusting to previous weight loss and there are changes occurring but they are subtle!! However the big difference is that eventually, given that you continue on program and mix things up a bit you will drop off that plateau and the body will be happy to continue at lower weights.

However – “set point “ is the body’s comfortable weight – the weight at which one can start maintenance. It is set by the body as a result of hormonal factors and heredity factors and can easily be raised when one goes on a number of diets and loses a bit then puts on more weight, then repeats this process. Unfortunately it seems to be that to permanently lower the “set point” is extremely difficult!! It is the weight that the body will always fight hard to return to if you go below this weight. However this does not mean that you cannot go below your “set point”, just that you need to be aware that the body will try all sorts of things to trick you into letting it return to that “set point” weight.
We always say we should listen to our body and let it guide us, and up to now, on this amazing journey, this has been my most important tool as to how far I can go in food, and exercise and what I can do to help myself – but now this is not going to work, as I’m not going to know if its trying to trick me or not!!

So I am left with the decision – if I decide to try to go lower than “set point” would I be able to lower it permanently or will I spend the rest of my life fighting my weight!! And if I have to fight weight gain for the rest of my life is it worth putting myself through that??
Bearing in mind that my metabolic rate is already 25% lower than the average for my weight, age and height, and this is causing me a lot of weight loss problems already, and as I lose weight it is falling just to make things even harder – I have had to decide whether it is worth continuing!!
Yes its nice looking good – but at what cost? I workout now to the point of exhaustion – and I will need to increase the length and intensity of these workouts. Mentally I m exhausted too – I plan my own diet – the easiest way so that I know what to buy and if I can afford things this week etc – if I get a pre printed diet sheet – a lot of foods arte not what we eat – nor are they in season or easily and cheaply available!! This planning takes time – the nutrition tracker helps but I am having to not only balance calories but the other macro nutrients and keep to a 50/24/26% ratio too!! So time and thought each day!!
As well as that there are odd extra things to do – like cooking, housework, washing and shopping, and the 2 teams I co-lead and the work I do on SP takes time too (I love doing it – but it takes time!!) etc, etc – and the exercise takes a full morning out of my day on the 3 days I go into town to either Curves or the pool!!
Do I want to live like this for the rest of my life??
We say “get a life” but weight loss has become my life – it takes over totally!!
So this decision has been a very hard one in fact!!

I really, really wanted to get below 100kg (220lb) and had hoped this would happen before “set point” kicked in!! It hasn’t !! So I am going to try really hard to get below 100kg. I am willing to give myself 1 more year – in that time I shall know if I can get lower or not!!
After a year I will rethink my strategy!! Given a choice I will probably try to stay at that weight- assuming it has dropped at all - to try to lower the “set point “ permanently – but I need to investigate more on this before I decide fully!!
I am planning, reading and sorting out a new program to try to get that 8kg off – or at least start it moving a bit!! Time will tell – what ever does happen its obviously not gong to happen fast!!

  
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FRACTALMYTH 12/16/2010 8:10PM

    LOL... along with the rest of your friends, I am going to ignore your request not to problem solve :P

I know how hard it could be but maybe you could just step away from the scales for a while - weigh once a month or maybe more... jsut concentrate on your healthy eating, on getting tone and consolidating your loss so far. You are already shaking things up and keeping your body guessing by adding new things - Curves and aqua - why let a label stress you? It is just a word. You're looking better, you're feeling better. Perhaps you could give yourself permission to relax for a while - not give up by any means - just not try to push it in order to force the scale to respond. Maybe for a few months you could just enjoy the new you and the new lifestyle, and then reassess your goals with a better perspective.

Have you looked into trying caloric cycling? I am constantly surprised that the scales drop a lot faster when I keep my body guessing in this way - I actually record my biggest losses on the days when I have planned in high calories and allowed myself to eat a little more - making good choices of course. Just one more idea to throw into the mix.

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 12/16/2010 5:14PM

    I used own a book called "The Set Point Theory" but can't remember anything I read. Recently I have read that the best way to get that stupid piece of plastic and steel to nudge down is to do "intervals" when you do your cardio. An interval is a point in time, during your workout when you pick up the pace, but only for a minutes, and then you go back to your regular speed.

My opinion is that you look fantabulous and have come such a long way! You're already a winner!

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MT-MOONCHASER 12/16/2010 3:44PM

    I know that you said that you weren't asking for comments or advice, but I am going to ignore that this time.

You write that you are exhausted --- take a break!! Take a week or two off and enjoy the holidays.

Then go back and re-read your blog from 13Dec. After that I think you ought to just keep doing what you are doing for a while to see what your body will do. You could change up your exercise a bit, but that is what seems to be making your body change its shape for the better. I wouldn't add more exercise, you should settle on a level that you can sustain for the long haul even if that means cutting back some. You could do short bursts of more intense work, say one week out of 4 or 6 to change things up.

Remember, you've been at this journey to health a long time, don't get in a big hurry, burn out, and lose the progress you've made. Look back to where you were a year ago (5.5kg more than today) and see how far you've come. You know all these things, but some success brings a hunger for more success.

The point I am trying to make is to don't give up and think your weight loss is all over just from the opinion of one nutritionist. They aren't infallible. If you think that you still have a ways to go to feel really healthy, get on that road. If you are satisfied with where you are now, so be it. However, the fact that you are blogging about this indicates that you are unhappy with what the nutritionist told you. Go prove him wrong and give him more inspiration!!

My apologies for ignoring your wishes.

Have a wonderful Christmas!

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p.s. Then again, it may just be a plateau while your body is recalculating what its setpoint is!!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/16/2010 12:08PM

    I know very little about 'set point' but I think it is similar to a plateau.

I actually had a booklet about it and it said that it was a place your body would try to hang onto because it hadn't been lower in a very long time. I don't remember how it said to break the set-point, but I think it was pretty much what you read on SparkPeople - "shake up your program."

I know you will figure out what you want to do.

My 2-cents worth is that you are now making muscles with all your strength training and you would then lose inches without seeing a weight difference on the scale. But really, if you are making muscle and maintaining your weight - you would be losing inches just because muscle weighs more - so if you look at it "sideways" you are still losing weight - you're just not seeing it as lost weight.

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TEDYBEAR2838 12/16/2010 7:53AM

    You have been an inspiration to ALL of us here on SP and to those around you. Your body has taken on a more streamline figure. You got to feel emoticon about that?

Just remember, the 'set point' your trainer "THINKS" you are at, may not be a set point, it may in fact be a Plateau. Each body is individual. I don't think you need to change much in your eating and exercise, you just have to show your body you are set and you are going to continue and it will eventually lose more.

I'm with DAWNWATERWOMAN on this one.

Here for you my friend!

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LIBBYFITZ 12/16/2010 7:37AM

    emoticonAs usual you will come up with a plan. Have you got to the stage where you know how many calories are in a certain meal? It is hard but as a lifestyle change it is a long term thing.

I can definitley see by your 2 photos that your body shape is changing, despite what the scales say. emoticon

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GOANNA2 12/16/2010 7:27AM

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Ann, you are truly an inspiration and you have achieved so much.
I hear what you are saying and good on you for making a decision
to try for another year.

It is hard. I lost 3 kilo and in three weeks gained back all but 400 grams...

It is a tough road and whatever works for you is how to approach this.
By the way, I love your new photo. You look stunning and your waist is
amazing. So my dear, keep doing what you are doing and good luck. Just focus on the next 8kg a little at a time.
Lots of love
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/16/2010 3:35AM

    I was talking to my personal trainer about this subject & your situation in particular. You know that I have had similar issues. He says that it may take longer than you would like, but keep on working out and eating right. Eventually you WILL break through this "set point" & it will eventually lower itself. I have faith that we will BOTH break through and keep going.. we may never be slim & trim but we sure as heck are going to be FIT! Love you, Dawn emoticon

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SRABANTI 12/16/2010 3:15AM

    Your transformation from March to December is just phenomenal and I believe you have already started knowing what works for you. Wayy to go in the coming new year. Keep us posted with those visual motivations always.

Love~
Srabanti

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SUSIEPH1 12/16/2010 12:33AM

    Hi Ann, first of all congratulations for getting where you are! you are such a inspiration to us all!
Perhaps you just need to continue on as you are and see what happens over the next few months..
You have really been pushing barriers.
I have also reached a stalemate again!
But have decided to stay on the same Nutrition and Exercise. I just get to tired trying to do more, and that is so counterproductive.
I know I am inclined and determined to get to my goal weight ..but sometimes it is more prudent to let your body tell you how it feels.. I would be most interested to see the results of your investigations my friend... Love and Hugs Susie



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BRIAEL 12/16/2010 12:18AM

    Have you done some research on metabolic rates and how to tweak them based on food groups and types of exercise? While I love that you have a professional dietician .. one expert is not enough. :)

Guess what I'm saying is .... don't take one man's opinion as gospel. Second opinions exist for a reason.

End of the day, you have to decide what works for you. :)

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IRONGRANNIE 12/15/2010 11:30PM

    A great blog Ann. When I started reading it I was sure you would decide that 108 was a weight you could live with but of course at the end I find out you are not taking the easy option but hanging in for another year!

One thing I notice is that it may feel like you are exercising to exhaustion but at the beginning of this journey didn't that mean just trying to walk? You have done wonders.Whatever you decide is your "set point" it you are a winner!

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