Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Years Eve.........................

From Hope Strength Courage Tumblr
Well this morning I hopped onto the scales to see what I am weighing at the end of 2011!
It wasn't pretty!
I am up 2.8 kilos from my last weigh in which was about 2 weeks ago!
Thats ok - I have eaten well today and I have also completed one hours worth of squash!
Yay me!
I am going back to the Wendie Plan version of Weight Watchers Points
I have done this before and I lost good amounts with it.
I am going to weigh myself again tomorrow morning so I have
the starting number for 2012!
PLEASE let it be lower!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Five on Friday.................

From Pinterest.

1. I am grateful for my loving family and all that they mean to me.
2. I am grateful for refocusing on what is needed to regain financial control.
3. I am grateful for having the strength to take back control of my weight loss journey.
4. I am grateful for being blessed with creativeness as it makes me feel truly happy.
5. I am grateful for all that I possess in my life at this moment in time.

Thursday, December 29, 2011


From Hope-Courage-Strength Tumblr
Working again today!
Hopefully I can be creative tonight!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Family Outing...................

Southern Cross and Pointers - From Google Images
On Christmas Eve, hubby and I took the kids to the Auckland Stardome.

To see the show at 8pm about what can be seen in the sky on a summer night!

It was ok - informative - but not quite what we were expecting, but I think we might need to try them again when they have more of a story one being shown.

One of the kids enjoyed it, the other not so much.  Hubby and me - Take it or Leave it!

We weren't able to look thru the big telescope as the night sky was cloudy but they did give us all a rain check voucher (good for six months) so that we can go back and view the sky - so that was good.

So that is the first of my family outings for my 44 Things List!

Sunday, December 25, 2011



Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Preparation......................DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From Tumblr
Well as of 3pm today -all my christmas preparations and wrapping is done!
It feels great!
I spent the morning making chocolate covered pretzels
(not the ones pictures above but close!)
I must remember to start photographing what I do more!
All presents are wrapped and ready under the tree or
hiding waiting for tomrrow night!
All thats left is dinner tonight with the outlaws!


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Ramblings and Thoughts..................

From Hope Courage Strength Website

 - Christmas is nearly here- four more sleeps to go.............
 - My Dancing classes have finished for the year - boo hoo!
 - I am finishing up the photo blocks tonight - yah!
 - I will then create a voucher for my daughter for a day at the beauty therapist getting her brows and lashes done along with a manicure and pedicure!
 - Need to get a few more treats for hubbys hamper
 - On Friday the kids and I will create the outlaws gift of chocolate covered pretzel sticks.
 - Then the outlaws arrive at 6ish to do the gift exchange with the kids.
 - We are also heading to the Observatory in Auckland on Saturday to see a show - I remembered yesterday that I still had some vouchers to go and they expire on Christmas Eve!

In regards to my Weight Loss Journey  - things have taken a slight detour, I overate both nights in the past weekend and was not happy with myself.
I need to get back on track and will do so after Christmas day! - I know I should do it now but to be honest I can't be bothered! - Tired and slightly stressed are not good combinations for me!
I will however be going to squash on Thursday night so that will help a bit!

I am 90% sure I am attending the Kapiti-Hutt Ceroc champs on 16tha nd 17th March - so I need to sort my shite out asap so that I can loose some more weight for that.
My Battle of the Sexes Dance Partner - Andrea - wants us to do our Routine and I think the outfit we organised for last September is a bit tight now, so that is my goal to make sure that is fitting well and hopefully a bit looser than it was in September.
So I will use the next couple to days to work out the time line and amount I want to loose along with a plan of attack!

Wishing you all that read my little blog - a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Lovely Package Exchange...............

From Oh Hello Friend Package Exchange

 I entered into the lovely package exchange on Oh hello Friends website whose website I find so inspiring.
Anyway the lovely Danni organised a package exchange and those outside of America got match up as best as she could.

I got the lovely Britt Kee  who can be found at who is located in Korea!

In my haste to get her parcel to her I forgot to photograph it - but luckily she has done a post about it - you can check it out here.

 Pictures taken from Britt Kee's blog

It included some pens as I know she is an artist
Some keys - as mentioned in her quick bio for the exchange
Some cat ornaments as she loves cats
Little shapes to add to letters and packages
Some more tags for parcels
Some large plastic buttons
Dottie Tape
Plain Tags
Some papers with New Zealand scenes
And some Pineapple lumps  - a Kiwi Favourite.

My parcel has just arrived as pictured below:

It is amazing - I love all of it - which includes

Korean Handmade Paper - Awesome
One of her watercolour prints - Awesome!
Wasbi tape - Love the colours
Lace Tape  - LOVE LOVE LOVE This - have seen it on blogs but not up personal
Pink Package Tape - so cool
Messge in a bottle - LOVE this as well -so cute!
Timy pegs - Love them!
Pink Feathers - Cool
Pink Twine - Super Cool
Pink Think tinsel - Cute!
Little Prescription Pill Messages - Amazing and so cute!

Love it all!!! - A big thanks to Britt Kee for my wonderful parcel.
Also a big thank you to Danni for organising this exchange - will definetly do it again!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Part Time Hours Today............

My morning was very eventful today!

I left home at 6.40am to walk to catch the train - no worries there - altho my body was "what the hell ya doing to me today!.

Got to the train - all good - altho the conductor mentioned that we had to get off at Otahuhu and wait for the shuttle train as they have started the maintenance on the trains already.

Ok I thought - should be good.

Off we go and at the third stop - we are waiting and waiting (about 10 minutes) then the next minute we are told that there has been a fatality at the Middlemore Hospital stop and we are to hop off the train and head to the bus stop as they will supply buses to take us to Otahuhu station

So off we all go .........................

Half an hour of waiting and we are finally told - nope head back to the train!

Off we go again - once on the train we are told that we are getting off at Puhinui station (three stops away)

Once at Puhinui station we walk up a temporary overramp towards the waiting buses.

Drive the equvilant of two more stops (passed the middlemore hopsital and there is lots of police and a stopped train!)

Hop off and walk to the Otahuhu Station and proceed to wait another 15 minutes for a two car train!

Finally got to my stop in Penrose (another two stations away) and began the 20 minute walk to work.

Arrived at 9.40am!

So three hours from door to door!

Oh and then tonight I am leaving at 4pm with a coworker who is going to drive me home since the train service sucks at the moment!

Yay - I get to enjoy a nice part time day on full time wages!! (will make the time up over the next couple of days - altho work is sweet about it all!)

So please Mr Universe can I have a non eventful remainder of the week!


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Holidays are nearly here..

Via Courage Hope Strength Website

I weighed in this morning......................
It is down but not by much but ya get that when TTOTM is near.
Busy weekend ahead
2 16th Birhtdays to go to (one boy and one girl)
Sons Cricket Game to attend
Hair Appointment
Xmas Exchange with BFF and her kids
Food Shopping
Santa Visiting
House Cleaning
Crafting - I hope
Oh the life I lead...........

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Rain Rain Go Away!

Well the weather here in Auckland sucks at the moment!

The rain and wind are horrible - made for interesting car trip into work this morning!

Lucky its not overly cold with it!

So today I am rugged up nice and cozy at work and then off to play me some squash tonight!

The scales are also moving in the right direction!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh and after being inspired by Chris at Diet Coke Rocks - who has recently purchased two presents already for next christmas - so have I!

Woo hoo - feels great to be ahead for a change!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Staying Positive...........

From the Courage Hope Strength Website.

Another Rainy day today so no walking to work for me
I did play a game of squash last night
I had a yummy salad for dinner
I also had a large slice of Christmas cake
I know I shouldn't have
I will Stay Positive that I am still on a healthy path for a Healthier Lifestyle.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Worth It........

From Heidi

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Christmas Shopping

Via - Gala Darling

I managed to get the last of my sons Santa presents yesterday - cricket pads and gloves for under 50.00 - very happy with that.

So that means - he is all finished - YAH!

Now to finish of my daughters "santa" presents and that is both of them done!

What do I have left to do?........................

Make 11 photo blocks for all of my Great Grandmothers grandchildren and a couple of adults!

Just need to get the wood cut up, painted and glue the photos on and all good to go!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Words of Wisdom.....

An excerpt from Craig Harpers recent post about Instant Gratification, the below part reminded me of me....... - the me I want to forget

Then there’s the woman who has wanted to lose weight for years. And years. She constantly sabotages her weight-loss endeavours with her need for some instant taste-bud pleasure. Hour after hour. Day after day. Despite the fact that she hates how she looks and feels, her need for instant caloric gratification keeps her trapped on the slippery slope of over-eating, self-loathing and depression. Eating gives her instant (albeit fleeting) pleasure but not eating doesn’t give her instant weight-loss, so eating it will be.

I am trying to be the new me - the one who will do the hard yards to get to her weight loss goal, the one who changes her eating habits of a lifetime to ones that will stay with her into her new life of healthy eating and wellbeing.

The road is tough and I am sure I will stumble but as long as I get back up again I will win!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Happy Birthday to ME!.............

Yup todays the day I turn 43!

I am up nice and early as I need to get my special needs brother in law up and ready to go out with his other brother, as hubby has a soccer tournament today.

I am then making a salad, crumbing the schnitzel for tonights dinner.

I am then out for lunch at St Margarets Gardens in Karaka for lunch with two of my very dear friends who have birthdays in December as well (tradition for us).

Then off to my last squash lesson, followed by picking up my grandmother, up who is coming over to have dinner with us tonight!  I will also have a weigh in at squash which I am not sure how I will go this week as I was out last night and had a few salty things and I know that can play havoc with the weight.

Then I hope to have a nice quiet evening.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Another Week down.........

And nearly another year down - eek!

I have a busy weekend ahead but wanted to stop and post my Five on Friday (which I haven't done for a while)

Today I am grateful for:

1. Staying on track with my eating this week

2. Committing to and following thru with walking to work today - despite the weather report.

3. Feeling in control of my finances.

4. Nearly completing my christmas shopping - woohoo!

5. Having a wonderful family who love me just the way I am!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

December Already............

WOW the year has gone by fast and we are now in December!

I am about 85% completed on my Christmas presents, just the remainder of the kids "santa" ones to be done and to create 10 photo blocks and 2 snowglobes.

But I also wanted to tell you about what is happening over at Gala Darlings Blog..............................

Source - Gala Darling

Lots of giveaways for the month of December, so go check her out!