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Monday, January 17, 2011

It's my birthday today and I feel great! I've had phone calls, text messages, emails from family and friends overseas and wishes from my Spark Friends. emoticon
I am just waiting for my girl friend and we're going out to have a coffee together in Elwood. This morning Sonia came over with a lovely Phalaenopsis Orchid that has about 7-8 buds and they should come out and flower for another 3 months!

Tonight we are going to enjoy theatre under the stars at the magnificent Royal Botanical Gardens. We are seeing a performance of "The Comedy of Errors" by the renowned Australian Shakespeare Company. Before that I've organized a picnic supper for DH, our DD and her hubby and my SIL. It should be fun, and of course I am not forgetting to take a sparkling Pinot Noir to start off the night. emoticonThere will be roast chicken and salads and for dessert apple raspberry crumble cake with tea and coffee. emoticon

To make sure I can afford to have some of the emoticonand emoticonI did yesterday's and today's Bootcamp videos. I didn't get around to do one yesterday, lol so just catching up.
It's LCW today so have to make sure I get more minutes for my Dragons! emoticon

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GOANNA2 1/22/2011 9:24AM

    Happy belated birthday Ania. I hope you had an enjoyable day. emoticon
I hope you had a nice time at the theatre. Lucky you getting thoses orchids.
Thanks for commenting on me freinds feed.

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PEGGYO 1/19/2011 8:02AM

    Happy Birthday so glad it was a great one.

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RDEEEEEEEEE 1/19/2011 7:22AM

    way to plan ahead so you can enjoy the treats guilt free : )

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GRATEFULADY 1/19/2011 12:48AM

    Happy Birthday Ania!!! Sounds like you have a wonderful day planned. Wishing you many more happy years!!

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JUDYBUGS 1/18/2011 7:41PM

    Sounds like a wonderful way to spend a birthday, Ania. emoticon

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MILLISMA 1/18/2011 6:24PM

    So glad you had such a great day. How wonderful to end it at the Botanical Gardens. It is such a beautiful place.

hugs.....Mary Anne

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PHEBESS 1/18/2011 5:10PM

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JOPAPGH 1/18/2011 8:16AM

    Sounds like a great day! Enjoy those orchid blooms.

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TOBEARUNNER 1/18/2011 7:56AM

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Happy birthday Ania, sounds like you'll have a GREAT day!
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LIZZYP609 1/18/2011 7:46AM

    Sounds like a perfect day!
Happy Birthday dear Spark Friend!
See ya in Lair...

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MINNA72 1/18/2011 4:14AM

    Happy Happy birthday, Ania! Hope you had a fabulous day! The picnic and theater sound super nice!

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SEYSARAH 1/18/2011 1:20AM

    Happy Birthday Ania!!!! You have planned a magnificent outing that I would enjoy and I'm sure your family will..have a sip of bubbly for me..and think of the Dragons..all collectively wishing you a wonderful celebration!

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EUPHRATES 1/18/2011 1:13AM

    Happy Birthday!

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SUSIEPH1 1/18/2011 12:12AM

    Have a wonderful evening Ania!.. I am so jealous.. would love to see that show !!.
Hopefully we will have good show to go too when we get down to Melbourne in july!!
Enjoy my friend !! emoticon

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GOANNA2 1/18/2011 12:08AM

    Happy Birthday Ania! emoticon
What a wonderful evening you have planned.
Enjoy every moment.

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AIDELADE27 1/17/2011 11:33PM

    Aw, happy birthday, Ania!
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Well, it's technically not your birthday right where I'm at just yet, lol, but I hope you have an amazing time with your family and enjoy your special day!

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Keeping track of my BLC15 Week #2 Weekend Challenge - Sunday

Sunday, January 16, 2011

It was a lovely warm morning and my SIL walked with me around the park for 50 min. I did stretches at the end. In the afternoon did my ST - 20 minute Resistance Band Workout. I really like doing it!
For dinner we went to an Italian restaurant in South Yarra to celebrate my son's and my birthday with DD and her husband and sister in law. Had a nice meal but no dessert and stayed in my calorie range again. emoticon
Tracked my nutrition, so another 4 points for today!

Challenge #2 - Day 1 of Bootcamp.

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EDDYMEESE 1/16/2011 9:49PM

    Good job!

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SUSIEPH1 1/16/2011 2:35PM

    Way to go Ania !!
hugs Susie

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SEYSARAH 1/16/2011 2:23PM

    Love your blogs..helps remind me to do what I need to do as well..and I too love the SP resistance band my top ten for video workouts or in my case via the computer.

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Keeping track of my BLC15 Week #2 Weekend Challenge - Saturday

Saturday, January 15, 2011

This morning I went for a walk with my SIL and got 55 min of cardio. This evening we went to dinner with friends to celebrate my birthday. I did well, calorie wise. Had a main course of swordfish and tossed salad with a glass of sparkling wine. Didn't have dessert, just a skinny cappucchino. I even stayed within calorie range for the day. emoticon
Tracked my nutrition so got 4 points for the day!

Challenge #2 - Day 7 of Bootcamp plus 30 min cardio.

It was a nice sunny day and no more rain! I hope the same thing is happening all over Queensland.

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SEYSARAH 1/16/2011 2:24PM

    Happy Birthday Ania..hope it was a very enjoyable day..hope you take the week celebrating in some way!

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AIDELADE27 1/15/2011 11:54PM

    Happy birthday, Ania! Sounds like you had a very productive way! Getting in your points there I see for the BLC challenge, lol.

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ETTEZEUS 1/15/2011 11:28PM

    Happy Birthday Ania!!
And way to go on not going over your calories!
I always splurge on my birthday.

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ILOVEROSES 1/15/2011 11:03PM

    Thank you everyone for your birthday wishes and because my proper b'day is on Tuesday I still have tonight's dinner to go to with the children and SIL and possibly do something on Tuesday night. Today is Aaron's 32nd birthday!

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ROCKYCPA 1/15/2011 9:13PM

    Happy Birthday and it sounds like you had a wonderful day.

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SUSIEPH1 1/15/2011 3:37PM

    Happy Birthday Ania!!
I hope you had a lovely dinner !!
and your year to come is full of fun, love, amd laughter.
Hugs Susie emoticon

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PEGGYO 1/15/2011 3:03PM

    Great job Ania and Happy Birthday

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Keeping track of my BLC15 Week #2 Weekend Challenge - Friday

Friday, January 14, 2011

This weekend's challenge is much simpler and easier than last weekend's.
For the second weekend challenge of BLC15, the Jade Dragons and the Onyx Outlaws are going to get back to basics with tracking. This might be a refresher for some or brand new for others, but hopefully the flexibility of this challenge will encourage you to START here with your fellow teammates.

Each team member will earn 1 point for each meal tracked per day, plus 1 point for snacks (or all other non-meal food and drinks) for a maximum of 4 points per day, or 16 for the full 4-day challenge. Anyone who tracks for all 16 “meals” earns an extra 4 bonus points for an overall maximum of 20. Points are awarded for tracking (which includes weighing and measuring) but not staying in your range. If you stay in your range that’s great, but for this challenge you will earn points just for tracking. If you don't use SP to track your food that's OK, track your meals/snacks as you normally do and still earn the same points for your team.

I am glad that the points are awarded just for tracking and not staying in range. I'll be going out to dinner tomorrow night with friends to celebrate my birthday and then going out again on Sunday night with the family to celebrate my son's and mine birthdays. We always celebrate them together, usually on the 17th because it's in the middle but this year it's on the 16th because it's a Sunday.

I got 4 points for today.

Challenge #2 - Day 6 video and at least 30 min cardio for Bootcamp Challenge.

It's been raining all morning but in the afternoon it stopped so I went by train to the city and after finishing my errands I met DH at 3pm for coffee. While waiting for him I got a 45 min walk around the city. We even got some sunshine this afternoon, first time in over 3 days and it's SUMMER here, lol. I think it stopped raining in Queensland too and now they have all that clean up to do. emoticonWhat a mess the floods left!

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AIDELADE27 1/14/2011 4:08PM

    Let's hear it for out teams, yay! I think our teams were smart to have something like this over the weekend because on Shabbos I try to track but kind of fail. Now I have something to work on over the weekend. I hope everything is well where you are at and everyone is safe. Have a good weekend!

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SUSIEPH1 1/14/2011 3:28PM

    Hi Ania , Great blog. Glad all is well with you ... sounds like a nice coffee break
Helen and I are looking forward to seeing you when we come to melbourne in July .

Love Susie

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Had a chance to have a walk today.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

As lots of my friends know we've had lots and lots of rain falling all over the country and especially Queensland. The devastating floods there are just unbelievable. The rains have been coming for the past couple of weeks and the waters have nowhere to go, just overflow their river banks. Even when the rains stop it will take a week or more before people can get back to their homes, that is, if their homes are still standing where they left them.

Melbourne is 2000 km/ 1500 miles south of the devastated area so we are lucky not to have the floods. For the past couple of days we've had rains but this morning it was dry so I got my walk around the park. It rained again this afternoon but not too much.

We are being told that the recovery costs might top $16 Billion! One thing that we can be sure is that fresh food is going to go up in price. Queensland is where we get fresh fruit and vegs from and fresh beef and lamb too. Petrol and ethanol is also going to be much more expensive.

The worst part is that there are still 70 people not accounted for and definitely 18 deaths already.

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MOTLEM 1/12/2011 8:45PM

    It is just so terrible and devastating in Queensland. We've had TV going non-stop and have rellies up there. Still waiting to hear from my niece and her twin daughters who are near Ipswich. Last I heard from her is that the power was cut off and that was yesterday morning. It's a very worrying time.

I live in Tasmania and we've had non-stop rain for a while with flash flood warnings, etc. along the east coast.

Fingers x'ed and prayers for everyone. One thing's for sure, all Australia will be there to help.

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AIDELADE27 1/12/2011 8:34PM

    I've actually been monitoring your weather for the past week (I put it on my Ipod touch) and it's truly unbelievable. I just pray that you guys are safe and that those 50 people are okay as well. As Phebess said, it's a wake up call to show who's really in control.

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LIZZYP609 1/12/2011 2:55PM

    I saw this news story and have been praying for those 50 and their families! Good for you for getting your walk. And thank you for making us that are half way around the world aware of what is going on outside of our own back yards.

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PHEBESS 1/12/2011 11:39AM

    Sometimes the weather reminds us how powerless we really are!

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GREEKGAL1 1/12/2011 8:36AM

  Glad you are away from the flooded area. Feel so bad for the people that aren't so lucky.
Great that you could finally get out and walk.

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MINNA72 1/12/2011 6:56AM

    Nature can be truly cruel at times. Hope you stay safe where you are.


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SUSIEPH1 1/12/2011 5:50AM

    Yes Ania it will have repercussions right though everything ..
I so feel for all those people that have lost loved one's, pets and their livelihood ..
It must just be so heartbreaking ..
Hugs Susie

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