Places to go; Things to see

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Slacking Off

I really have had a terrible week. The only one of my goals that I have achieved this week is my water intake. So there are no great surprises that I have only lost 0.2kg this week. I think the water and the that last chance workout that I did on Saturday morning really helped!
I have been snacking too much. But I am not dwelling on that. I will pull my socks up and get back on the road to being a good bandster   :-) I know I keep saying this to myself, it has to stick soon.

I had another get together with the local bandsters today after work. I think next year we will be looking for a new place to meet, the cafe we go to has just had a change in ownership and the new people are no where near as good as the last lot. they got rid of all the old staff and now just have backpackers who barely speak English. The problem is the group wants to find another place that will block off an area for us, but I think a cafe that will just have an area for ten to twenty people all together will do just as well.
Cafe sitting is another thing I plan to do in France
It's not like we need to hide away from the rest of the world. To any onlookers we are just a group of friends getting together for coffee and lunch. We don't even openly discuss the band all the time. It's more like 'how are you going?' and 'what you been up to?' get together.

The cafe we have been going to used to be very understanding about special meal requests or the continual request for left overs to be packed up in a doggy bag. But today they told us that they only accept orders that are as per the menu. They only changed their mind about it when three of the women gave them the menu back and told them they would go hungry! The manager came over then and sorted it out, the women got to order their meals different to what the menu had. But I think it really was the last straw for a few of them. The group has been going to this cafe for over three years, and all of a sudden its a huge hassle.

We will see how it goes. I hope we can move it else where. The meals are huge and I never remember to ask for a half serve or anything like that, so I usually waste heaps of food. I don't bother with the left overs as I have about an hours drive back home and I don't like to tempt food poisoning with food that isn't stored properly.

So another week is about to begin and I have lots of exciting research to do for my French trip. Hope everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving had a wonderful one. I know you all have so much that you are thankful for and your posts are great to read.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Paris Dreams

What a day.

I went to work happy that I had had a great time in Cairns on the companies dime and left with two tickets to Paris for October next year!!

One of my friends received a notice on a great sale that Air Asia was having and I was able to get flights to Paris for $900.00 return. That is really cheap. I checked and the cheapest you can usually get them from Brisbane is around $1800.00, so basically I got them for half price.

I have never been outside of Australia.

I don't even have a passport yet.

But I have return tickets to Paris via Kuala Lumpur.

For four weeks.

I think I can see a lot of France and England in that time.

Now I have two very important things to do.

1. Save lots of money so that I can have a great time over there.
2. Lose lots more weight so that I look extra good while in Paris. I will have to work on a goal for this trip of a lifetime.

I think I will include a French/English thing in my weekly goals, something that I want to do while over there. Here is one for last week:
Concorde Fountain
I want to get a photo of me in front on the Concorde Fountain. I think that would be pretty cool.

Okay, enough dreaming, it is still 11 months away, so I better not get too excited right now!!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

I wonder what would happen......

if the loss I had this week was standard for all the good work I have been doing with my food choices and exercise achievements?

If you check my ticket today you will see it is under the 120kg mark.

I am a little nervous, I had a really good loss this week and in the past that has usually followed up with a gain. It doesn't help that to celebrate, I broke my chocolate ban and had a chunky Kit-Kat today.

That is something that I need to get over, rewarding myself with food (especially chocolate).

So here are the weekly facts:
Yes I slacked off a little on the water and as you can see from my calorie intake I was a little over this week, but that was mostly due to the train trip.

But enough about that, today I had the best NSV ever :o)

There is a garden place we go to quite often (my mum way more often than I do as she is allot more into gardening than I am). The Plant Shack is a great local nursery with staff that know what they are talking about. Today, I was there and the owner was saying hi to us and commented on how great I was looking and how I had lost a lot of weight and at first he thought I was a new customer as I looked so different from the last time I was there a few months ago.

Firstly, how great is that the staff remember there customers like that.

Secondly, how great is it that a virtual stranger has given me such a great complement :o)

It certainly made my day.

Another random thought about something that happened the other day in Cairns the day after the long trip:

I had finished my breakfast of poached eggs on toast where I only ate half the eggs and half a slice of toast - minus the crust.

After going for a brisk walk in the humid air I was having a coffee and there was a skinny woman sitting near me having her breakfast and with out realising it I was watching how she ate. It really is similar to us banded gals when we have a good level of restriction. We put together a small forkful of food, cutting off the rind off the bacon and making sure we have a great balance of taste and then enjoy the mouthful before constructing the next forkful of food. Then stop eating when we have had enough. That is what she did and what I had done earlier in the day with my breakfast.

I had a quite moment were I realised I could do this. I am not all the way there yet, this was only one breakfast after all. But it is probably the first time I have really noticed the difference in how a naturally skinny person eats compared to how I used to eat. Just shovelling in food until the plate is empty is very different to how we do these days.

Now I am off to read and comment on more of your great blogs, I am so behind after the two days on the train.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Two days on a Train

I have just got back from a trip up to Cairns
1691 kilometers (1051 miles)/ 31 hours travelling

I was escorting a great bunch of Travel Agents from the UK on the train up to Cairns. Basically I was paid to travel in pretty good comfort and they even paid for me to have a few drinks, then put me up in a hotel for the night in Cairns and then fly home.

Even though I work for the company, and I am not trying to sell you anything I promise :o) but I have to rave about the food. It is very yummy, the only problem is the portions are no where near band friendly. This is what was on the menu (I have copied this from the website as I couldn't remember everything that was on the plate)

Dinner on Thursday night:
Starter - Minestrone Soup
Minestrone soup made with roasted tomatoes, fresh vegetables and gluten free spaghetti

Main - Steamed SnapperOcean caught snapper steamed and infused with diced tomato, fennel and white wine garnished with asparagus spears, served on saffron spinach risotto
Dessert - none - couldn't do it

Breakfast on Friday:
Apple juice
A selection of seasonal fresh fruit
Eggs: poached
Accompaniments: Chipolata, tomato and mushrooms

Lunch on Friday:
Main - Grilled Local Prawns
Succulent Queensland prawns grilled, served on rice noodles and chilled Asian greens, drizzled with a chilli, ginger and mango salsa

Dessert - Lime & Vanilla Bean Custard Pie
Lime and vanilla bean custard pie, served with raspberry ripple ice cream, white chocolate shavings and blue berry syrup

Supper on Friday:
Gourmet Land Lovers Platter
A selection of hand chosen cold meats including; ham off the bone, crisp shaved proscuitto, chicken roulade, smoked salami, aged Kenilworth cheddar, matured goats cheese, served with antipasto delicacies and fresh baked bread

It was all as yummy as it sounds.

I didn't get through more than half of any dish and didn't even except any of the warm bread that was offered to go with all of these.

The hardest thing was trying to disguise the fact that I was baring eating to a bunch of people I was supposed to be talking the train product up to :o) I found an interesting way of getting around it though ;P

There were nine in the group of agents and so I managed to sit with a different mix of them for most of the meals. I could pass it off as being full from the last meal a little bit easier. It also helped that by lunch on Friday they were all leaving some food on there plate. As for the bread I just said it didn't agree with me and so that was fine as there was one lady who also had this same problem with bread. See there are so many food problems out there that it can be fairly easy to make excuses for some of the stuff we can't eat.

After 31 hours on the train I was tired, isn't it funny how doing nothing much still makes you tired. But when I got to the hotel I actually went to the hotel gym and did a workout. I know; crazy isn't it. And to treat myself after that I went for a swim in the hotel pool. It was nine o'clock at night and I had this huge pool to myself. I did sleep very well after all that.

So after all this I am hoping I have done enough to have a loss on the scale tomorrow morning, but at the moment I have no idea and the time away has meant I have not had a chance to check on it the last few days. I guess I will just have to wait and see what tomorrow brings.

Hope you are all having a great week-end.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Another Dinner Party

Went to another dinner party last night from my friend's Margaret Fulton Challenge.

It was Prawn Night :)

Entree was an eggplant dip, the main was a mixture of serves of a prawn souffle, prawns wrapped in prosciutto and prawns in Chinese spices served with a fennel and citrus salad. And then for dessert there was an apple tea cake with some really good vanilla gelato (the only thing that wasn't home made).

It was all delicious.

The only thing I had a problem with was the tea cake. It was so yummy, but it didn't want to go down, so I PB'd it. That was a fun experience. My first PB in the company of friends (some of which do not know about the band)

Thankfully no one noticed, I just excused my self to the bathroom and as quietly as possible brought it back up. Thankfully it wasn't too bad as the piece I had was very small. Fun times with the band :)

Then I stepped on the scales this morning and although I am happy to report a loss, it is not as good as I would like to have seen. But it is a loss, so I am good with that.

I have even kept track of my weekly goals:-

Yes; the Cello has not left it's case this week. I think I need a break from it. I just don't seem to be able to fit it in with the gym. So I am thinking if I lay off it for just a little while I will be able to get the exercise under control and then be able to fit the two in together better.

Now all I have to do is get up the guts to tell this to my cello teacher.

Well that is all I have to report tonight. I hope everyone had a terrific first week in the challenge.

P.S. welcome to all my new followers, there are a few of you that I can't find links to, so I can't follow you too. Please leave a link to your blog as I love following my followers :o)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Paying it forward...

I found a new blogger (or at least she found me) and I am her first follower. I have never been anyone's first follower before :o)

'S' over at Band Interuped has been banded for about ten months but has just started blogging to help her get all the way on her journey.

Check her out.


Now for the bad news.... I did step on the scale this morning....and it was not pretty.

I have come to the conclusion that my scale was broken last week ;-D because I have gained everything I had lost last week. So that is the only thing that makes sence. Isn't it?

Who knows, all I know is that it is the beginning of the Holiday Challenge and I have a very big job ahead of me. I do not want to have another gain. They mess with my head too much. So the begining of the challenge also means the end of chocolate.  I am going to need more help with that one then the challenge :o)

See you all later.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Can someone please kick me!!!!!

What the hell is wrong with me!?!?!

The challenge starts tomorrow and I am scared to get on the scales tomorrow morning!!!

I have eaten chocolate every day this week. At first it was Halloween, I didn't eat a lot on the day and have not had a lot on any individual day, but HELLO, every day.

That along with not a lot of exercise (and the stuff I have one has only been light walking because of my calf) means the scale is going to KILL ME tomorrow morning.

I can blame it on injury, I can blame it on TOM, I can blame it on the fact that it was in the house after Halloween, I can blame it on Melbourne Cup Day.

None of these excuses makes up for the fact that I have made crap food chioces this week.

The scale read 120.1kg last Sunday and I think I'll be lucky to get away with a 1kg gain this week. I hat e that I did this, but I just didn't stop. I didn't even think about stopping.

What makes it worse is that I even wrote about how good I felt on Tuesday for only eating mall amounts and feeling satisfied with it. Obviously I wasn't paying attention to the fact that I was also eating chocolate.

All I can hope is that I am over exaggerating and tomorrow morning will not be too bad. I really did not want to start the challenge on a bad note.

But let me tell you here and now. That from the moment I start the challenge, I'm doing a veto on all things chocolate.

I know it isn't the best thing to do, ban a food entirely, but it is only for seven weeks, and I am not silly enough to ban all bad foods. I am just banning chocolate. I can't do this to myself any more.

Ban the Chocolate!!!!
Treats are one thing, but daily chocolate intake is not supposed to be part of the band plan, and I need to get with the program.
All encouragement would be gratefully appreciated.

(repeat until insane)

Best of luck to us all :)

Thursday, November 4, 2010


I have to say that I am really looking forward to the upcoming challenge.

I need it. It seems like I am off track again at the moment and I only have myself to blame. This past week I have had Halloween candy and chocolate as well as Melbourne Cup Day. And there is also the little fact that I have a bit of an injury that is making exercise a little uncomfortable.

I have pulled a muscle in my right calf. I first did it a few weeks ago and after a night of rest it would be fine. i stayed away from my step classes and mostly it was all good. I thought I was over it, but I wasn't.

On Tuesday's I have a PT session with work mates and this week we were running (see walking jog) up and down hills, dips, step ups and push ups and they were all fine. then we were doing some step work. We were at a local outdoor amphitheatre and at first we were going up and down the seated area, nice big steps that you really had to work at to get you up and down them.

Then the trouble started. It was time to do a run up and down the stairs of the amphitheatre and not even half way up I felt a sharp pain in my calf and I was out of the stair running business. I should have listened to leg earlier. When we were going up and down the hill I felt a niggle, but I ignored it; thinking it would go away.
Not My Calf - I wish it was :o)
I was still able to walk, it only hurt whenever I used stairs. I really do not understand it.

Lots of Deep Heat, lots of stretches and not a lot of exercise has been my mode of recovery. I hope it is the right course. It does feel better now, but I am a little scared that it will flare back up if I do anything that involves calf work.

I think I am going to have to see a therapist to ensure I fix this properly and so that it doesn't come back, because I do not want injuries to be plaguing me on my way to goal.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Race that Stops a Nation......

Yes it was Melbourne Cup Day yesterday and we all watched as Americain took the cup, leaving the favourite (So you think) to come third. That's the Melbourne Cup for you. The favourite rarely wins it.
Americain takes the Cup :o)
For us working people that do not live in Melbourne, it means we get to have a bit fun in the middle of our hectic working day :) Oh yes, and there is lots of food :(

Yes, it was not a good day food wise. But then it is just one day. There are lot of these one days throughout the year aren't there :o)

Here is one of the items of food from yesterday
It's a chocolate cake covered in purple icing with a unicorn outlined in mini marshmallows. You see; our team at work has called itself the purpe unicorns. Silly I know, but when we came up we were the only team in the office that was all female. Since then there has been one guy join our team, but we are determined not to change the name. We have told him that when the guys outnumber the gals we can change the name. But until then we have to put it to the vote an gals always vote together.

Our little bit of rebellion against the restraints of work.

The cake was delicious. Made by the same person who made the Yummy Cake from Hell. Besides this cake and the caramel slice I took, the rest of the food I ate wasn't too bad, there were just a few crackers with cheese and fruit and then a mini quiche for lunch with some more fruit and a mini pastry.

Overall, it wasn't the best food day, but I have to admit I did find it interesting that the little bits of everything that I ate was enough. This is probably the first time this has happened since I have been banded.

Able to eat just a small portion of the food that isn't so good for me and be satisfied with it. That is a day to remember.

Thanks for all your wonderful comments on my last post. And I really have to agree with Dee, when you get the right amount of water, everything else seems that much easier.