Had a wonderful holiday in Canberra and Tasmania. Almost feels like it didn't happen!
Thank goodness for photos as I have visual proof it did happen.
Had a wonderful time with family in Tasmania, went to the Centenary Celebration of the Hydro Electric Power Station and the village while in Tasmania. This is where I lived for the first 16 years of my life. My sister and I spent a total of 3 hours re visiting our childhood home and village. A very cathartic time for both of us. The power station is Heritage listed and continues to run and produce power. The houses in the village is another story all together . They are slowly deteriorating with the passage of time as they are empty. The power station runs automatically and there are caretakers watching over the village.
Went for my first helicopter ride over the town that I went to school in. To stop myself from going into a panic attack, I concentrated very hard on taking photos and videos of the ride using my smart phone! I had to sit in the front with the pilot as my son's fiancée and sister hadn't been in a helicopter before and sat either side of my son in the back!
The pilot couldn't take us over our home village as the wind was too gusty!
Wow! What a ride! I am terrified of heights and am so pleased I had a job to do to keep my mind off all the negative thoughts about being in the air in a helicopter!
We went onto Strahan the next day and spent 3 hours at the Henty River Sand dunes another childhood haunt we would go to for picnics if it was too windy at the beach. These sand dunes are huge and slowly moving inland at a steady pace. My sister and I spent 3 hours exploring the hills and ponds of the dunes . Once again took photos and videos.
I rolled down a dune and had the best time! My sister filmed it and it is quite funny! It was such fun to be a child again! I highly recommend it!
So back to reality, and have been back at work 2 weeks since holiday's and as usual very busy. Just getting back to Sparking again.
I am so proud, I maintained my weight while away. I stayed with the Cambridge diet and it helped me immensely. Had my shake with me on our jaunts, so if I started to feel hungry I would mix the powder with water that I always had with me and drink it and keep my hunger at bay.
Since returning I have been to a wedding and my son's engagement party and continued to be very disciplined with my food intake.
It was so nice to be able to wear clothes that I had bought several years ago as incentives to lose weight!
My son's wedding is in 18 months time so have time to get rid of the last 4 kilograms and then maintain.
Exciting times ahead!
Will try and catch up with everyone's blogs when able to. Hope you have all been well.
I have a tax return to do and an on-line conference to listen to before it is no longer available I paid $450.00 for it so this is a must do!
Day 2 into my holidays and the house is clean. Yesterday I spent the day getting rid of unwanted items in the shed as it was big rubbish pick up week. I had to get on with it as I knew the truck would come to our area first. We had a small fridge to get rid of as it was no longer working, so I managed to get that out onto the verge. This then meant that I was able to move the bigger fridge around and cleaned the floor where the fridges were. While I was at it I pulled the dishwasher out and cleaned the floor there as well.
I continued to empty out the shed of stuff that we were no longer using, this was to make way for the fridge in the house as we will use it as a drinks fridge as it gets so hot here in the summer.
When hubby came home we then revisited the subject of purchasing a new fridge/freezer. We had thought about it a few months ago but because of the size of the alcove is designed more for the older style fridges of 20 years ago it became a bit of a challenge to decide on size and style. Due to an island bench in the middle of the kitchen it limited the choices.
So last night we finally decided on a 4 door fridge with the freezer below, so no more bending down to get the fruit and veggies!
I then applied for the 5 years interest free loan which was granted this morning. I asked for a limit of $3400.00 and was given a limit of $9000.00!!!!!!!
Once I pay off the fridge, I will cut up the card! So as long as I pay the correct amount every month within the time frame, there is no interest played.
So today I finished off the floors and cleaned the bathrooms.
This reminds me to track this onto the fitness tracker! Certainly did a lot of walking.
Tomorrow I am looking forward to catching up with my darling daughter. I really miss her since she moved out earlier this year. We don't see a lot of each other as she works weekends. So while on holidays I am grabbing every opportunity to see her and spend time together.
My next big challenge is to get my tax return documents together, hopefully make a start tomorrow.
Hope you are all keeping healthy, and Sparking away!
I am still coming to terms with the fact that it is already September!
We had a wonderful family day on Sunday evening for father's day for hubby and both children and their partner's. It is hard to get everyone together now as my daughter works all day Sunday. I cooked up 2 different lamb dishes and 2 different chicken dishes.
Once everybody arrived we were greeted with a lovely surprise! Our son and his girlfriend announced their engagement. It is such a wonderful feeling to see one of your children so in love and happy. I have a wonderful relationship with my future daughter-in-law. So we all partook in a glass of champagne to toast the couple's future life together.
Ever heard the story that people say oh, I can't lose weight at the moment because I am under stress or I am stressed out.
I have proved to myself that if determined enough you can lose weight when under stress!
How do I do it!
Keep focused on the end goal!
To not allow stress to be an excuse to eat!
To drink water and drink water and keep drinking water!
It has taken me 8 weeks to finally get it! To realize that I don't need to eat to make myself feel better.
I can go off course and re-gain some weight! It is not the end of the world!
The next meal is the new beginning!
Yes, it has been a very stressful past few weeks. I started this diet in the same week that I took 2 weeks stress leave from work. Since then there have been issues with my extended family, my 85year old father has been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. He was a heavy smoker during the war years in Europe, gave up 50 years ago. He also worked in the Copper Smelter in Tasmania in the 1950'sand 60's. The Dr has told him that this has now come back to haunt him. He got a chest infection and it was not treated correctly in the first place as he was told it was a virus!
I will be travelling to Tasmania to spend time with him next month.
I understand that we all deal with stress in different ways , but sometimes we do not respect our body's enough to stop eating food and drink that is harmful.