Tuesday, August 30, 2011

89 Day Challenge - Day 37

Well another no gyming it day as I realised last night that tonight will be another late night with dance practise so the extra sleep this morning is needed!

I am also not going to use the train at all this week as I am not wanting to increase the chance of injuring myself walking to work as I have done in the past and close to champs as well!

Overall I am ok - still quite tired but ok!

Its the first day of spring in two more big sleeps and that means warmer weather, longer daylight and more time to do the things I love!

Winter is long and tiring for me and my family with all our soccer commitments but we try and enjoy the spring/summer days as much as we can with relaxing and enjoying our home!

I think I just might complete a list of things to do this summer and see how many I can complete!

Monday, August 29, 2011

89 day Challenge - Days 33-36

WOW - What a busy weekend I have had, I ended up having Friday off work as TTOTM was playing havoc with my back so I spent the day resting, oh and dropping hubbys car for its warrant of fitness which it failed!
It needs two new tyres (160.00 each) and something with the rear light and a crack in the windscreen fixed.

So after 572.00 later it is all good to go!

Saturday was quiet for most of it until the afternoon when we had a dress rehersal for Ceroc as the champs are next saturday (Freaking out!)
It went well and we all "sexed it up" for the audience!

Sunday was spent with my son at a soccer tournament where the boys did not play to there best abilities whilst on the pitch - Liam did ok but was in goal for 4 1/2 of the 5 games and of the 1/2 game he did play he scored two goals - so that was good!

Last night I went to bed at 8.30 as I was tired and had great plans to get up at 5.30am to go to the gym!

BUT - I spent the night tossing and turning, not sleeping and still with back pain so I allowed myself to sleep some more and will hopefully go tomorrow morning!

This whole 89 day challenge I set myself is not going the best at the moment but I will try and pull myself together to get it sorted!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

How to give your home a welcome makeover.........

Declutter & then discard the mess: “first, go through each room and identify what will help you live the life you want” suggests Louis D’Allura from Revamp Professional Orangisers. Remove any long-standing clutter, then donate or throw it away.

Not sure where to start? “start with fridge magnets, bookshelf clutter and flat surfaces: advises D’Allura

Move Furniture, feel brand new: D’Allura recommends creatind dedicated features in each room, such as a visual focal point or a space for easy conversations. “Can your current furniture be moved to make rooms more spacious or cosy?” D’Allura asks “I recently switched our living and dinning rooms around and that one small change has been amazing”

Quiz the Experts on renovation: Really serious about it? If you have the budget, passion and times, renovating is another possibility. There are many options available including Harvey Norman Design and Renovations service.

Source - Old Weight Watchers Magazine

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Safe Tips Every Woman Should Know........

OUT WITH FRIENDS: keep everyone’s numbers stored in your phone, never leave your drink unattended and organise how you’re getting home before you head out.

EXCERCISING AT NIGHT: Plan your route and tell someone where you’re going. Dress in bright colours, don’t wear jewellery or carry money and avoid unpopulated areas.

OVERSEAS ALONE: Get the business card of where you’re staying, note the names of taxi drivers and carry an over the shoulder bag with a zipper to protect your belongings.

STILL NERVOUS?: Take a self-defence class to help feel more assertive in any situation

Source: An old Weight Watchers Magazine

Thursday, August 25, 2011

89 Day Challenge - Days 31 & 32

Well between work and dance practise I am tired!

I have decied to take the week off the gym and just relax and get some sleep in, TTOTM doesn't help either and especially since its a doozy!

Will return to the gym next week!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

89 Day Challenge - Day 30

I will confess................

NO GYM TODAY!!!!!!!!!

Argh I so didn't feel like it today either and I know why - that darn womans thing!

The lead up to it this time is causing me back pain/cramps and I am not handling it very well!

I will take it easy at dance class tonight and will have another nice sleep in tomorrow - but I promise to you and me that I will get back there on Thursday and Friday for sure!

Monday, August 22, 2011

89 Day Challenge - Day 27-29

What  a busy weekend I had - with the last of the saturday soccer commitments now finished we will slowly get our weekends back.

I spend Saturday sorting thru some paperwork and loading a few more trade me auctions of craft supplies that I no longer require.

Sunday was spent relaxing and catching up on recorded programmes and phone calls with my BFF.

No gym this morning as I has a very sore tummy last night and was woken up what seemed like every hour.

Oh the joys of being a woman!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

So True...................

The way to happiness: keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply, expect little, give much. Scatter sunshine. Forget self, think of others, try this for a week and you will be surprised.

By Norman Vincent Peale, Author.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Words of Wisdom

I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life. I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life." I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Friday, August 19, 2011

89 Day Challenge - Day 26

That darn alarm of mine!

I think it is time to go and get a new one - it didn't go off this morning so on the good side - I go to have a nice sleep in!

At least tonight I have extra dance training which will help, and making excellent food choices - I should be all good to go!

This weekend is nice and quiet so I might try and fit in a walk somewhere, as well as trying to catch up with my Nana and see what shes been up to

Enjoy your day and have a fabulous weekend

Thursday, August 18, 2011

89 Day Challenge - Day 25

I am just back from the gyma nd a great work out - I really pushed myself this morning and I can feel it!

It is another cold morning in Auckland so I am rugging up warm.

Food choices today:
Egg and banana for Breakfast
Tuna salad for lunch
Fruit for snacks

I am still working thru my issues and trying to get them out and down on paper so I can see them and acknowledge them and then work on eleminating them from my life

Have a great day

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

89 Day Challenge Day 24

Today is my rest day - which is great as Tuesday nights are my late night.  Also with  the freezing cold weather we are experiencing in Auckland at the moment, I am glad to be able to stay in the warmth a little bit longer.

Yesterday was another food shocker - why do I do it!

This is something I need to really look within to see why I can't find the success again of previous attempts.

I do want to loose weight
I do want to be under 100 kg (Lowest 102kg a year ago)
I love the control of eating well and getting the results on the scales


Why do I continue to eat junk food!
Why am I not giving it my all at the gym making sure that I am feeling like a work out has just happened
Why do I think I am not worth it!

Lately with our dance trainings, different  people have been recording the routine and then we all get to view it to check out timings and make sure that we are all hitting the beats at the same time.

I hate looking at it because what I see in my mind of my body is nothing like what I view on the recording of me and it depresses me!

I guess I view myself on what I can see when I look down and that is a "frontal view",  but that is definitely not what I see when I see a recorded version of myself and this then makes me  think is that how people see me????

Am I really that big, that round?!

I have so much sorting out in my mind to do and somethimes that feels so overwhelming that I just give yup and have the chocolate!

But I will continue to look within to sort the outside and come to a happy resting place

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

89 Day Challenge - Days 20-23

Whew - I have been so busy these last couple of days I forgot to post!

The weekend (Days 20/21) were busy with children and soccer commitments - so no gym but lots of walking,

Yesterday (day 22) saw me up nice and early - 5.30am - and off to the gym for a great work out!
Food choices yesterday - so so

Today (Day 23) was another early start but a gentle work out - so friggin cold!
Food Choices today - will be much better!

I can't keep busting my ass going to the gym in the mornings if I am going to waste the workout with bad food choices!

I know - I know - the penny drops!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Whats the Buzz.........

Here are some more great posts that I have enjoyed around the World Wide Web lately:

How to Feel Glamorous

Embrace Life's Changes

49 Ways to live a Kick-Ass Life

10 Ways to feel better today

How to discover the Goddess in YOU

A scientific approach to asking the universe for want you want from Jessica

A Quirky Girl .com listed 30 things to do before the end of summer but I think its a great list to use for us in the Southern Hemisphere about to head into summer!

I hope you enjoy these as much as I have - I am off to a soccer Tournament today with my 9 year old son!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Words of Wisdom

I have mentioned the wonderful Craig Harper before and I am going to do so again today!

I received his daily emails into my work inbox each day and they are so inspiring and thought provoking.

Here is an excerpt from one that touched me:

Every day, you and I have the opportunity to do better. To think better, to choose better, to behave better, to react better and to produce better results in our world. To let go of the self-pity, the anger and the fear and to step up and grab our dreams by the throat. To take a chance. To be courageous. To stop looking for approval and permission and to see who and what we might become beyond our fear and our shitty beliefs.

If you haven’t been told lately, I’ll tell you. – Your good enough!

You can find the rest of the entry here

Friday, August 12, 2011

89 Day Challenge - Day 19 & Five on Friday

I slept in this morning!!

Argh - I must have knocked the alarm some how and it didn't go off!

I must move it to a safer place!

So no work out this morning for me BUT  we are starting Friday night dance training so that will incorporate a bit of excercise.

Had my morning Chaste - not the nicest tasting thing out there but it is only 2mls so I think I can handle it!

Busy Busy weekend ahead with kids soccer - so will be out and about - making positive choices.

And before I forget - here is my Five on Friday:

1. My amazing friend who gave me all her clothes that are too big for her now.
2. Being able to see my favourite ceroc dancer at our class - so much fun
3. My son for winning his Year 6 Cross Country - so proud
4. Talking with the naturpath and getting things underway to sort out the hormones
5. Hubby not commenting on the credit card bill (haha)

Have a great weekend

Thursday, August 11, 2011

89 Day Challenge - Day 18

Up bright and early this morning but with no energy - I dragged my sorry arse to the gym and only gave a small effort with my workout.

I was quite tired this morning as the darn rain overnight kept waking me up!

So its into bed early for me tonight.

I went out and purchased 40 coathangers to help with  hanging up of my new acquired clothes and I still need more!  I think about 20 more hanges should do the trick.

Yah jeans day tomorrow - oh which of the 8 do I pick!

Food choices are going a lot better.

I also popped into a Natural Health Shop to talk about St Johns Wort but after discussions with the Natropath,she has given me the liquid form of Chaste to take.

She mentioned that she wonders if I am experiencing a hormone imbalance rather than depression, after we had discussed my symptoms, as sometimes woman in their early 40's can go thru the peri-menopause stage of life and the hormones are going awol!

I also got  some Estro-Sense which will help as well with "sore Boobs" before TTOTM and a few other things. (not cheap - $54.90NZD for 60 capsules - lucky I only need 1 a day)
I am also going to go in and have a consultation with her as well to go more in depth.

Will keep you up to date on how it all goes.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

89 Day Challenge Day 17

 A nice sleep in for me this morning!

I didn't make it to bed until 11pm last night due to my dance class running late and then we had our team training after the classes!

We also had a "substitute" teacher last night who is amazing to watch and he brought along his regular dance parter who I absolutely love watching dance, so last night was a great night for me!

My feet are tender this morning so I have on some comfortable shoes on today.

Another new set of clothes today - but with touches of green today!

Loving all these new clothes - I am hoping to go and get some more coathangers tonight along with a visit to the local library for a book I have been waiting to arrive:

Lost and Found:Unexpected revelations about food and money - by Geneen Roth.

Anyone read this???

Food choices - haven't been the best and it is something I need to work on!
Emotions - I am feeling a little overwhelmed lately and after chit-chatting with someone last night I am wondering about trying to take some St Johns Wart to help me feel a bit better.

Has anyone tried this before - good??? Bad???

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

89 Day Challenge - Day 16

Another early start to the day this morning  - I have the alarm set for 5.35am now and am getting into the gym at 5.45.

Good workout!

I got ready at home this morning, so it was a nice change not to have to lug a bag around and work out what I am going to wear the night before.

My programme is as follows:

Warm up on cross trainer - 5 mins

Treadmill - 7 mins
Bike - 7 mins
Cross trainer - 7 mins
Bike - 7 mins

Tricep workout
Bicep workout
Leg work
Stepper for 2 mins - argh!

Swiss Ball squats
Krone Bridge

Followed by stretches

This all takes me about 45 mins.

Monday, August 8, 2011

89 Day Challenge - Days 11-15


Sorry about that - the days got away on me after the suckky day at work!

I have still been going to the gym during the week days and trying to fit in extra activities in the weekend.

Food choices have been good and the scales on Saturday morning are moving the right way so that is good.

I had the most amazing day yesterday.

A very good friend of mine has had weight loss surgery (not lap banding but a sleeve?) she has lost 13 kilos since the surgery and lost before as well.

She has had to do a complete wardrobe change and I was the most lucky recipient of her wardrobe!

I can not believe it still - she gave me:
7 pairs of jeans (all different styles)
8 black pants
Approx 12-15 camisoles
Over 50 tops and overtops!
2 pairs of boots
2 cardiagans
2 jackets

I am so grateful for her generosity and for thinking of me like this.

I now have the problem of which top to choose to wear each day!

And to say thank you I am going to get her a voucher for some pampering at a Beautician as well as assorted gift cards from the "normal" girls clothing shops.

I feel so powerful and confident today in my new clothes it is an amazing feeling!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

89 Day Challenge - Day 10

Up with the sparrows again this morning and off to the gym

I had a great workout and then drove into work as Sushi for lunch day!

It was yummy as usual!

Great food choices made today

Suckky day at work!!!!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

89 Day Challenge - Day 9

Feeling so much better today

Got organised last night with my gym bag and my backpack!

I se the alarm for 5.40am and jumped out of the bed and headed off to the gym!

Great workout this morning and I also caught the train and walked to work!

Positive Positive Positive!

Dancing tonight - woo hoo!

Food Choices today:
Breakfast - Boiled Egg
Lunch - Tuna Salad
Snacks - Apple and Orange
Dinner - WW Frozen Meal

89 Day Challenge - Day 8

Monday Morning saw me feeling like CRAP!!!!

I was just feeling abit overwhelmed for some strange reason - altho now I wonder if it from the processed food I ate in the weekend.

Eat Crap feel like Crap

So no gym on Monday!

89 Day Challenge - Day 6 & 7

These two days were the weekend so no gymming it for me as hubby was still on his course.

I did get to watch my two beautiful children play soccer and we enjoyed a nice relazing weekend.

Food wise - not overly the best choices but live and learn!