Wednesday, February 29, 2012


group of friends buying together - cohabitatiion mortgages

Inspired by Craig Harpers Recent Post Friendship Criteria I was inspired to have a think about my "friends" and how they fit into my life.

Over the last year to 18 months I have noticed a drop in friends/accquaintances and how we have all moved on from each other and are no longer needed in our current life. Our time together has finished but not forgotten.

Though that still leaves me with lots of acquaintances from the different aspects of my life:

The Soccer Club Group - These are other parents from our childrens teams, those that play soccer with my husband and there wifes, those that we only see in soccer season. - These also include a lot of my husbands friends,including a lot of his childhood friends who we somehow don't seem to see over the summer sunny months (must have enough of each other over winter HA)

The Squash Club Group - These are new to my circle, although a couple are crossed over from the soccer club people

The Childs Friends Group - These are more the parents of there friends who I see randomly when drop offs and pick ups with the kids but would stop and talk to if I saw them up town.

The My Parents Friends Group - These are friends of my parents that I see around town - also in this category are my auntys friends.

The Work Place Group -  Self explanatory - do not socialise with them outside of work related events.

The Dancing Group - There are two sets with this group - those that I only see at Dance class and Dance Parties. Then there are those that I choose to socialise with at Dance Parties and other dance related events, we have an interest in common that draws us to each other and enjoy each others companies - always a great time when hanging out with these people!

The above groups are friends but would not be the first people I would think of if I needed a shoulder to cry on or need to have a good whinge about life with!

That would be:

Angela - I regard her as my BFF - we have been friends for nearly 20 years and share most things with each other, I enjoy her company and we share a love of scrapbooking, amongst other things. She has been there with both my parents passing but does not know the family and its dynamics as well as the next two. But there is something to the friendship that makes it just that bit more special.

Stacey and Megan - These two I have know for the longest, (probably getting closer to 25 years) in fact Megan use to date my brother many many years ago and Stacey and her ex husband where my brothers best friends way back when! - These two know me and my family and all that goes in between.  They have been there for me when both my parents passed away and for that I am truly grateful to have them in my life. - While we are not constantly in each others lives and only cath up every three months - I know that I can call them at any time and they would stop what they are doing and be by my side as soon as I needed them to be!

At times I feel sad that I do not have more closer friends but the three true friends I do have I cherish dearly and they help make my life rich along with the others sprinkled through.

Monday, February 27, 2012

February Photo Challenge

Day 25 Green
The Green light giving me the go ahead

Day 26 Night
The sunset

Day 27 Something you ate
This is my yummy tuna salad with cheese today!
Its basically what I have 4 out of 5 days per week for lunch
(Lettuce, Tomato, Cucumber, beetroot, tuna, cheese, honey mustard dressing!)

Sunday, February 26, 2012

My Weekend...................

I had another PIGGY Weekend!!!!!!!!!!
Why do I do this to myself?????
I weighed in as normal and showed a loss of .500 grams
Yay Me
Total lost 9kgs for 2012!
I had decided to head out to a Farmers Market before my sons cricket game to pick up some fruit and veges. But I slept in so we were rushing around and did not have breaksfast before leaving - 1st mistake!
I then let my 9 nearly 10 year old son dictate what we would have for breakfast!
You guessed it - McDonalds
I thought thats ok i will make today my high point day no worries.
I have a BLT Bagel - yum
Finish 1 1/2 pancakes of his and drink half his chocolate thickshake - cause I didn't want to waste
the 14.00 we had spent on getting the breakfast!
After cricket he reminded me I had promised him an ice cream after the game
2nd mistake - Thinking since its my high point day - I can have one as well,
We then headed home got ready to go and stay at my BFF's for the weekend.
Head to the supermarket to pick up a few supplied for said son to  snack on while
staying at the BFF's.
BFF and I decided American Hotdogs and chips for dinner would be good.
3rd Mistake!
4th Mistake - me purchasing some pineapple lumps for us to nibble on while scrapbooking!
Once at her place I was good until dinner and ate 2 American Hotdogs and chips!
Sunday did not prove to be any better
I didnt have a proper breakfast!
I went grocery shopping and decided to treat myself to some crackers
Spent the afternoon eating cheese and crackers!
And eating way to much fruit!
The week is going to be spent yet again trying to reverse the damage I do in the weekend!
When will this girl learn!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

February Photo Challenge Update

Day 21 Fave Photo Of You
This is a photo from my scrapbook album I am creating - I love the different expressions captured in these photos of me when I was just a toddler

Day 22 Where you work
This is a photo of my "cubicle' at work complete with a fraying chair cover!

Day 23 Your Shoes
These are my sneakers - they have a lot of work to do and have done a lot of work
Time to retire them I think

Day 24 Inside your Bathroom Cabinet
We don't have a wall cabinet - this is under our bathroom sink
Towels and my makeup bag
Bit boring sorry

Friday, February 24, 2012

My Dreams and Hopes...............

Never, and I mean never, allow anyone else’s ideas of who you can or can’t become sully your dream or pollute your imagination. This is your territory, and a KEEP OUT sign is a great thing to erect at all entrances to your imagination.

I found the above wonderful words at a new blog I have recently discovered:

Heal your Life and Dr Wayne Dyer

This particular post of his really hit home for me and believing in my dreams and not letting others decide for me what they believe to be the best for me.

I know whats best for me!

I know what I am capable of becoming!

Now to sort start believing again that I can become/do whatever I know I am capable of!

Go check the blog out as there are other great writers blogs to be discovered!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

February Photo Challenge

Day 18 - Drink
Here is my new favourite drink - Good old plain water chilled!

Day 19- Something you hate to do:
I can't think what that is right now, but will add a photo if I do

Day 20 - Handwriting
This is a photo of some diary pages in my heritage album of my grandmothers.
She wrote in a little diary every day and these are 12 pages of her last diary

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Weekly Weigh In.................

Last Week 111.6

This Week : 109.8

Lost: 1.8 - WOO HOO!!!!

Total lost Now  8.5kg!
Thoughts on the Week:

While not a good start to the week with another bad eating day and having to try and reverse the bad that I did - I think it ended well.

I didn't walk as many times as I would have liked but with being ill and the terrible weather here at the moment - I made the best of the situation.

Onto another week, which will be a good week!

Breakdown of my eating for the last week
Saturday 11.02.12 (111.6 at 7.15am)
Plus 1 - 22 Points
Breakfast - 3.5 Smoothie
Snack - Apple .5 points
Lunch -Ham/Chicken Wrap 6 points
Dinner - roast beef, potato, salad and cheese
Total Today: 22 points
Excercise: None

Sunday 12.02.12 ( 111.3 at 7.15sm)
Plus 10 - 31 Points
Breakfast - 2 eggs 3 points
Lunch - PIGGY
Dinner - PIGGY
Total today: A bit more than I should have had!
Excercise:30 minute walk

Monday 13.02.12 (to scared to check)
Minus 4 - 17 Points
Breakfast - NIL - Off work as threw up night before
Lunch -4 pieces of sushi - 2 points
Snack - 2 tomatoes
Dinner - 2 wraps 5 points, salad, cheese 2 points, beef 2 points
Total today: 11 points
Excercise: 30 minute game of squash

Tuesday 14.02.12( at 111.1 at 6.15am)
Minus 2 - 19 Points
Breakfast - Egg 1.5 points
Snack - 1 apple 1 point
Lunch - Tuna Salad with Cheese 3 points
Snack - 1 orange 1 point
Dinner - Roast Chicken Subway 6.5 points & 1 cookies 4 points YUM!
Total today: 17 points
Excercise: Dance Class

Wednesday 15.02.12 ( 110.6 at 6.20am)
Normal Allocation - 21 Points
Breakfast: 1 Egg 1.5 points
Snack - 1 Apple 1 point
Lunch -Sushi 6 points
Snack - 1 orange 1 point
Dinner -2 Chicken Sausages 6 points, cheese 2 pts, baked potato with sour cream 3.5
Total Today: 21 points

Thursday 16.2.12 (110.7 at 6.20am)
Minus 1 - 20 Points
Breakfast - 1 egg 1.5 pts
Snack - 1 orange 1 points
Lunch -Tuna salad with cheese 3 points
Snack - 2 small pieces of chocolate 1.5 pts
Dinner - 2 wraps 5 points, 60 gms cheese 6 points @ 9pm
Total Today:18 points
Excercise: 3 x 15 minute games of Squash

Friday 17.02.12 ( 110.1 at 6.10am)
Minus 4 - 17 points
Breakfast - 1 egg 1.5 points
Snack - 1 orange 1 point
Lunch - Tuna salad with Cheese 3 points
Dinner - Pasta, schnitzel, mixed veges 11.5
Total Today - 17 points
Excercise: Walk to and From Work

Friday, February 17, 2012

February Photo Challenge Update

Day 16 - Something New
Here is a cute little journal I picked up at the second hand shop for $5.00.
It has a lovely soft pink cover and feels leathery and it is also embossed.
I loved as soon as I saw it!

Day 17 - Time
Time to start work!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

February Photo Challenge Update

Day 13 - Blue
these are just some of the blue football shirts of Liams

Day 14 - Heart
Some heart themed paper I was creating with

Day 15 - Phone
My Cellphone

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Loving this Image................

A Quirky Girls Thoughts
I am loving the above picture on so many levels

Jaque is so talented with her images on her blog - she is inspiring me to learn more about putting images together - now to enlist the help of my 14 year old daughter to teach me!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

February Photo Challenge Update

Day 11 - Makes you happy.
This is a photo of my craft corner in our office - where I love to go to create

Dy 12 - My Closet
Here it is jammed packed with all the goodies given to me by my wonderful friend!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Weigh In.............

Last Week 111.5

This Week 111.6

Opps Gain .100gms
Total lost Now 6.7kg!
Review of the week:
Again I felt a bit on the back foot this week - but then realised it was all TTOTM related so am please it is only a .100 gram gain.
I also mixed it up a bit with my breakfasts and included a few more smoothies to help increase my dairy intake. Will see how that goes - not overly sure if it is a good move weight loss wise. But I know I need the dairy

Saturday 04.02.12 (111.5 at 7.30am)Plus 1 - 22 Points
Breakfast - 3.5 point Smoothie
Snack - Apple 1. point
Lunch - Chicken Wrap - 7 points
Dinner - Chicken, Potato, Veges, cheese sauce 10.5
Total Today: 22 Points
Excercise: None

Sunday 05.02.12 (111.5 at 7.30am)
Minus 2 - 19 Points
Breakfast - 3.5 Point Smoothie
Lunch - Ham Salad with Cheese 4 points
Dinner - American Hotdog 7 points, cheese 2 points, wedges 2.5 points
Total today: 19 points

Monday 06.02.12 (111.5 at 7.30am)
Minus 4 - 17 Points
Breakfast - 1 egg 1.5 points
Snack - 8 crackers - 2points
Lunch - Ham Salad with Cheese - 4 points
Dinner - Homemade Pizza (Each Wrap2.5 , Ham 2 points, Pineapple 1 point, cheese )9.5 Points
Total today: 17 Points
Excercise: None

Tuesday 07.02.12(111.7 at 6am)
Plus 10 - 31 Points
Breakfast - 3.5 Point Smoothie
Snack - 1 Apple & 1 peach 2 pts
Lunch - Tuna Salad 1 point & 2 Buns 4 points
Snack - 1 orange .5 point and 3 pieces of chocolate 3.5points
Dinner - Roast Chicken Subway 6.5 points & 2 cookies 9 points YUM!
Total today: 30 Points
Excercise: Walk to and From Train & Dance Class.

Wednesday 08.02.12 ( 111.5 at 6.20am)
Normal Allocation - 21 Points
Breakfast: 3.5 point smoothie
Snack - 1 Apple and 1 orange 2 points
Lunch -SUSHI!!!! 5 points
Dinner - 2 homemade hawaiian pizza -10.5 points
Total Today: 21 Points

Thursday 09.2.12 ( 111.9 at 6.10am)
Minus 1 - 20 Points
Breakfast - 3.5 point smoothie
Snack -1 Apple 1 point
Lunch -Ham salad with Cheese 4 points
Snack - 1 orange 1 point
Dinner - Cheese and a bun 8 points,
Total Today:17.5 points
Excercise: Walk to and From Train adn 1/2 hour of squash

Friday 10.02.12 ( 111.1 at 6.10am) TTOTM
Minus 4 - 17 points
Breakfast - 1 egg 1.5 points
Snack - 1 Apple 1 point
Lunch - Tuna Salad with Cheese 4 points
Dinner - Homemade Lasagna - YUM YUM YUM
Total Today - 20 points

Friday, February 10, 2012

February Photo Challenge Update

Day 7 - Button
This is the buttons I push during the day to chase my debtors

Day 8 - Sun
This is the sun at 5pm while waiting to catch the train home

Day 9 - Front Door
Our front door!

Day 10 - Self Portrait
This is was me at 8am this morning ready to begin my working day

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Never Give Up

I borrowed the above from And then she saved!

It serves me well with all different aspects of my life.  The words with this, as shown on the post,are great as well:

Everyday take small steps and do the next right thing; before you know it your life will be changed.
When things get difficult and when we want to give up that's when it's most important that we keep going. It's in those times that we have to keep fighting for our dreams and goals.
It's in the persevering that the success happens

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Goals and Rewards...............

Lately I have been thinking about my weight loss goals and what I am wanting to achieve.

The ultimate is to get to around 65-70kgs!

But thats a long way off.

My immediate goal is to get back to the lowest weight that I have been which was 102kg. 
This was in October 2009, I was so close to going under 100 I could taste it - problem being I could also taste all the other treats in life and they won!

Hence I went back to nearly the heaviest I have ever been (less 4kgs!)

So WHEN I get to 102kg what will my reward be?

I have decided it will be the following:





I can't wait for that day to arrive, and it will arrive and it will be soon!

Monday, February 6, 2012

February Photo Challenge

Here are the next set of Photos for the challenge
Day 4- A Stranger
This is the dance teacher and organiser from the
Ladies Play Workshop I did and I didn't talk to them so strangers to me still!

Day 5 - 10am
This is what I was doing at 10am today - wrapping my friends birthday present
Looks like a big lollie!

Day 6 - Dinner
Homemade Hawaiian Pizza - YUM!

Nana Turns 90!

On the 14th January 2012 my Nana turned 90!

She still lives at home alone and just got her drivers license renewed for another two years!

Amazing Right!

Her son came over from Canada to see her and along with him and my aunty we celebrated her birthday with family and friends.

My aunt and uncle got a photographer in to help celebrate the occasion

Here are some photos from the day.

The Family

Just the Kids

Nana and the kids

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Radical Self Love....................

Radical Self Love
From Gala Darlings Post on Radical Self Love (love the Pinkness of it all)
I could not believe my eyes the other day when something special popped up to the right in my Great Reads Section - Gala was posting about Radical Self Love and a special!

I rushed on over and screamed YES YES YES - she was having a sale - half price for the Radical Self Love Boot Camp - I have been wanting to do this for so long but was being tight with my money - $100.00 USD is a lot here in NZ but she was offering it for half price - YES USD$50.00.

I wiped out the credit card and yell SOLD!!!

Yay I am now the proud owner of this course and am about to devour all that is within the sacred pages of Radical Self Love.

She is also posting all month long other tit bits of Radical Self Love! so go check it out!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Weekly Weigh In..............

Last Week 112.1

This Week 111.5

WOO HOO Lost .600

Total lost Now 6.8kg!
Thoughts on the Week:

Lets just say I am glad there is a loss this morning - The whole week felt like I was back peddling the whole time and it was an effort.
It started off with a binge and then not the best choices but I managed to pull it back in for a good loss.
So this week - I will be back on track as I want to get under 110kg if possible!

Saturday 28.1.12 (112.1 at 7.30am)
Plus 10 - 31 Points
Breakfast - 1 egg 1.5 points
Lunch - 2 bread rolls, ham and coleslaw 7 points
Total Today: Round it out at 31 Points
Excercise: NONE

Sunday 29.01.12 (at 8am) Too scared to look!
Minus 2 - 19 Points
Breakfast - PIGGY
Lunch - Piggy
Dinner - Piggy!
Total today: Round it out to 19 Points!

Monday 30.01.12 ( 113.3 at 7.30am)
Plus 1 - 22 Points
Breakfast - 1 egg 1.5 points
Lunch - 1 Lamb Kebab
Dinner - Buns and chicken
Total today: 22ish points
Excercise: 50 minutes of Squash

Tuesday 31.1.12( 113.1 at 6.15am)
Plus 1 - 22 Points
Breakfast - 1 egg 1.5 points
Snack - 1 small apple .5 point
Lunch - Ham salad with Cheese 4 points
Snack - 1 orange .5 point
Dinner - Roast Chicken Subway 6.5 points 1 cookie 4 points YUM!
Total today: 17 points
Excercise: Dance Class.

Wednesday 01.02.12 (112.5 at 6.15am)
Normal Allocation - 21 Points
Breakfast: Yoghurt 1 point, Milk 1.5 points, banana 1 point = 3.5 points
Snack - 1 egg 1.5 points
Lunch -SUSHI!!!! 5 points
Dinner - Assorted Salad, bread roll, chicken drumstick, sausage (dinner at Andreas)
Total Today: 21 Points

Thursday 03.2.12 ( 112.9at 6am)
Minus 1 - 20 Points
Breakfast - Smoothie 3.5 points
Snack - 1 Small Orange .5 point
Lunch - Salad-0, Feta-1 pt, Tuna 1 pt, dressing .5 - Total 2.5 points
Dinner - Chicken Wrap 7 points and chips 6.5 points
Total Today: 20 points
Excercise: 50 Minute Squash Game-Cancelled on me! so NONE

Friday 03.02.12 ( 112.4 at 7.30am)
Minus 4 - 17 points
Breakfast - 1 egg 1.5 points
Snack - Piece of cheese 2 points
Lunch - Roast Chicken Subway 6.5 points
Dinner - Meatballs , veges, Potato 7 points
Total Today - 17 points

Ladies Body Movement & Styling Workshop.......

Beautiful sexy woman dancing on shite background  Stock Photo - 4191882

I am off to a Ladies Play workshop today!!!!!!!!
It is being held at the Lorne Street Studio in Auckland City.  I haven't been to this studio yet so am looking forward to it as this is where a LOT of the good dancers come from.

The teacher/instructor is a lady who has done lots of different dance styles and is very elegant yet sexy with her moves!

The course description:

Why is warm up so important and how to do it properly?
How to improve and work on your body isolation / body waves and general body movement
Striking a good pose: "how to" and "when to"?
Basic rules of arm styling
Leg styling
Coming out of dips
Coming out of turns
Hair play
What's a sexy face and how to use it

Can't wait as it will be so much fun - learning more about how to have the wow factor when dancing. Sometimes it is hard to know what to do and when to do it when dancing.
I am going with my dancing friend Andrea, so at least I won't feel like a complete prat all by myself!
Will update about the course tomorrow.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Photo a Day Challenge

Since I am starting a bit late - here are the first three to bring me up to date:
Day One - My View Today
Hubby and Liam riding off to school in the morning

Day Two = Words
This is a photo of my birth information from when I was born at Papakura Maternity Home.

Day Three - Hands
Courtneys hands and nails - all nice and colourful

So thats me up to date
Look out for more tomorrow!

Febuary Photo a Day...............

Photo  Day as Inspired at Fat Mum Slim

The lovely Amanda at Fragments of A Drama Queen  alerted me to this fun "challenge" at Fat Mum Slim which I think I will pertake in.

I am starting a bit late but will catch up and the first three will be from todays happenings.

Come join us

Thursday, February 2, 2012

10 Things to do this Weekend................

The lovely Jacque at A quirky Girls Thoughts has a great post on things to do in the weekend.

Loving the pictures she has used and the wonderful ideas

Go check her out and see what you are inspired to do this weekend

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

What weighs the Same as..........................

ME Right Now

The Yinghuo Orbiter


This Giant Catfish

John Travolta in 2011