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Friday, January 28, 2011

TGIF :o)

What else can I say. It has been a weird week. Australia Day was on Wednesday.
The day we celebrate the fact that the English brought a bunch of criminals to the shores of Australia and set up shop because they were running out of room in Britain. Yep, those are my roots :o)

In the days were if you stole a loaf a bread it could land you on a ship being ripped away from your family and sent to the other side of the world.

And as Wednesday was a public holiday, it sort of puts the rest of the week into rack and ruin. I did work on Wednesday, but only a 5hr shift in the afternoon, so I went to the gym in the morning and then relaxed a bit before heading off to work.

But as usual I found it really hard to get into work on Thursday and today. I still wanted to be in public holiday mode, but I couldn't.

But it is now the weekend and I do actually have plans!!

It's a friends hen party tomorrow night. We were going to go on a cruise for the party, but the resent floods still have the Brisbane River closed to all boats, so the new plans are to go to a nice club and dance the night away. Should still be a lot of fun.

So far I am do okay in the 50lbs in 111 days. I'm eating a lot better, and the ice cream & junk food consumption is dropping dramatically. Although I haven't quite beaten it altogether.

I have joined up and pledged the 50 pounds on Pound for Pound were for every pound of weight lost; a pound of food will be donated. Joia has set up a team called CaliLosers, so I can aim for my own person goal as well as help out for a good cause. It is all motivation you see, so please feel free to join up and pledge some pounds too; join our team and help us all loss some pounds. (It is for US residents, but I just picked a zip code from California and then picked out a food bank).

Monday, January 24, 2011

For Me ?!? Thanks :o)

The rules of accepting this award are: Thank the person who gave you the award, reveal seven things about yourself, and nominate 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered or love. Then leave a comment on their blog letting them know they've been nominated.
 I want to say a huge Thank You to V @ The Babbling Bandit; Bec @  My Lapband Journey and Jioa @ Tales from the Band.

I go to work for a day or two only to discover that in my absent these lovely ladies and awarded my the "Stylish blogger Award"

Seven things about me:
1. I'm a procrastinator - I am sure it's the main reason why I got so big in the first place.
2. I'm a slave to the DVD's I have way too many, and I refuse to get a Blue ray machine, because then I will just have to re-buy all the DVD's in the new format - I can't afford that.
3. I would love to get into scrap booking, but my mum just took it up as a hobby and I want her to have something that is all her own.
4. I have an addition to fitness magazines
5. I try to remember to make my bed every morning, but I have a very bad track record. It is worse on the weeks that I start early :p
6. I love photography and am currently researching into getting a good camera for it.
7. I never know what to say when people want to know things about me. I am sure that my small talk sensors were mixed up somewhere along the way ;o)

The wonderful 15 bloggers I am nominating :
1. Ronnie:
2. Kristin:
3. Barbara:
4. Carolyn:
5. Grace:
6. Ash:
7. Alycejo:
8. Wallflower:
9. Angie:
10. Nikki:
11. Rachel:
12. Sue:
14. Nicole:

Saturday, January 22, 2011

One more fill added

So on Thursday I had another fill. I have not lost a lot of weight since my last fill in August 2010. I have not lost anything since October 2010.
It has taken me a few days to process this little fact. I haven't recorded my weight on here since the first. I had been checking it, but not really registering it. At the doctors, when he said I was about the same as last time I was there, I was a little shocked. I knew I have not been doing the best, but really, I still have too far to go to be stalled now.

Since October I have just been going up and down on the scale.

Oh dear.

I am not down about, at least not at the moment. I have decided that as it hasn't gone up over what I weighted at my last fill; I'll survive. I just need to get everything in order.

Something else that has popped into my brain - I have been going up and down on the scale since I joined the gym. For some reason, when I exercise, I eat, and it throws everything out of whack. Image that, wanting to eat when you exercise :o) My problem is I want to eat stuff that has too many calories and not enough nutrients.

That's not the best combination when you are trying to lose weight.

So I am going to have to work on that, because I know the exercise is really helping me. I feel better and I do look better.

I would like to think that I have been losing weight and gaining muscle lately and that is probably a little of it, but more of it is bases on the bad eating habits.

Live and learn.

After the way this month has been going I have been giving the idea of restating my 50lb in 111 days over in February dome serious thought. There is nothing to say that these things need to start 01 January. As long as I only give myself 111 days, it can be any 111 consecutive days.

All I know is that I have to change, and soon, otherwise I will fall backwards and I do not want that to happen!!!!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


I do go on a bit ahead......just warning :o)

I played my cello this evening :o)
Missy :o)
I have been calling this baby "Missy" for a while, don't know why; it's just what comes out when I think of her and when I am playing her. So after 5 months I guess I have actually named her. When I got her in August to replace my broken "Lily" I really didn't know if I would end up naming this cello.

But back to tonight. I actually haven't played the cello in about 2 months!!! I took a break last November because I was feeling a little worn out and wanted to focus on the gym a little bit more.

The last few weeks I have been noticing that I have missed playing, but I was always talking myself out of it. I tend to do that, don't we all? But tonight I just took her out of the case and didn't give myself time to talk myself out of it. And I had a great time; and my fingers are very sore. They are so not used to working the strings :o) It will take some time for them to toughen up again!

My big question now is; WHY?!?

Why do I talk myself out of so many things? I love playing the cello, and yes I did need a break, but I have been wanting to play again for a while.

I do this for a lot of things. If I am feeling the tiniest bit tired, I so easily talk myself out of going to the gym. I talk myself out of the healthy foods.

Another example of this is the salads I have recently re-discovered. I love salads and yet I had talked myself out of them for a few months.

Why is that we can talk ourselves out of anything that is good for us?

I guess if I had the answer and solution to that; I wouldn't be as fat as I am and would not have needed to have a lapband installed :o)

On that note, my appointment with my surgeon is on Thursday and I can not wait. I really think I need a fill and am so looking forward to getting some more restriction. I just feel as though I can eat almost anything and I find I can also eat a lot quicker that before. Some of it is stuff that I have to work on just myself and some of it a fill will help with.
Alright, I have to get up early in the morning for work, so I think I will say goodnight and I hope everyone has a great Wednesday!!!

(I'll probably read this post tomorrow and wonder where I was started as a post just to let you know that I have finally gotten back to playing the cello)

Monday, January 17, 2011

New week

Seems weird, we really were not affected at all. Our home is dry and safe, other than my mum's 7 hour journey home and my not being able to get home at all on Tuesday, we have really not been too affected.

What has been affected is my eating habits.

Does anyone else know what it's like to self medicate with chocolate. Yes, you know what I mean. I have eaten so much I am just about sick of it. But not quite.

The stress and worry from the week of flooding, and dealing with so many people trying to get to their homes and families via long distance trains that are cut in at least half a dozen places. Being on skeleton crew at work as half the office is affected by the floods. Not only that, but at work we have also been dealing with floods since before Christmas. I came back from a weeks holiday in the new year and have been bombarded with a stressful work environment.

It all piled up and I used a lot of chocolate to try and deal with it.

My big problems are:
A - I am now going through major chocolate withdrawals at the moment. To the point that I have not been able to stop eating the crap
B - I have a personal challenge that I was wanting to achieve and this month has not be at all helpful.
C - I am placing the blame on the things around me and not on me!!!!

Yes I know I am responsible for the choices I make, and those choices have not been very good lately.

I am trying to make some better ones. The frequency of chocolate has been reduced. And I am working on cutting it out so that it is back to normal treat levels and not the daily menu. I have actually been to the gym.

So here I am rambling away, trying to distract everyone from the fact that I have not been a very good bandster of late.

The scales have gone up, I hate that fact. It is one one thing that is making me stop. I can't stand the fact that I have let stress dictate over my eating habits again.

I was thinking back and this is really the first time I have succumbed to emotional eating since my surgery.

I have to work on that.

So I do hope everyone else is doing better than me. Please forgive the sporadic comments this last week. I am only just starting to catch up on my sleep :o)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A town under water...........

I finally made it home!! only 24 hours late!

After spending the night in a hotel in the city as I was not able to get home via the trains, I jumped at the chance of getting a lift home from some friends. I didn't want to take the trains as they all have major delays and there is only a few of them anyway.
A pontoon with a boat still attached floats away
It really was a weird sensation to walk to work this morning through a city that is usually overflowing with people. It was really quite, and while there were cars and people about; but there were not many.

Even though Brisbane is flooded, they still have to release more water. The dam is currently at 190%. At 200% the water will just start to spill over the top of the dam and is in danger of destroying the dam, so yes I can see that they need to still release the water.
Wivenhoe Dam
Toowoomba was hit hard yesterday, a two meter high wall of water rushed through Toowoomba.
Family in Toowoomba
I have yet to find out what has happened to these people, I think two of them have been found alive and one is still missing.

12 are dead at the moment. And there are still at least 43 people missing.

My thoughts are with all the people that have been flooded and my heart goes out to those have lost someone and have people they know that are missing.

I was in shock most of yesterday, and I think I still was a little today. And I have to admit I do feel a little guilty that we are safe & dry when so many are helpless and homeless at the moment.

And yet I still need to go to work tomorrow so we can try to get as many people as possible to were they need to go.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

100 Followers :o)

Cheers to all my wonder followers :o)

Thanks the the lovely Dragonfly, I have reached  the magical number of 100 followers

Can I just say that when I started writing, I never thought in a million years I would have 100 followers. So I just wanted to a big thank you to you all and I hope I don't bore you too often :o)

Friday, January 7, 2011


After much thought and reflection I have to retract on the 111 in 2011 plan for this year.

As much as I love the thought of it, I know I will not accomplish them all, and it has only been weighing me down thinking of all those things I am going to fail at.

So I am modifying the theme.

I will reduce it to 11 project for 2011. But they will be projects and not just small things to do!!

So the revised list is as follows:
1. 50lbs in 111 days (this is a keeper that I need for my weight loss journey)
2. Organise and back up all photos and get some of the albums together
3. Do a photo journal of my trip to France and England
4. Exercise 3 times a week, every week
5. Donate blood six times
6. Practice the Cello at least 111 hours for the year

7. Speak to Tabatha once a week at least
8. Set up my reward bracelet and wear it
9. Post on my blog 3 times a week
10. Cook dinner at least twice a week and have a dinner party
11. Spend New Year's Eve at a party!!!!!
These are the ones I really didn't want to lose. And this way I am more likely to meet most of them, if not all for the year.

Yet a small part of me is thinking I have failed myself and I will never get anywhere if I don't strive. But then another part of me retaliates with this shorter list is still striving for a better life.

There are lots of parts to all of us, and the trick is to get all the parts working together to get through the journey :o) (Hows that for vague words of wisdom!!!)

Birthday Wishes!!!!

TGIF :o)

Today my beautiful baby turns three!!
When we first got her :o)  So Cute!!

Blondie today, still very cute :o)
This is Blondie, my beautiful puppy, now all grown up :o)

I am always wishing I could win the lotto, but when I stop and think about it..... I have.

Blondie is my lotto win.

It started when some friends of ours bought a new dog, a beautiful Maremma Sheepdog from a local pet store. he was very cute and playful and we fell in love with him. We all suddenly had this great idea that we should get one as well and we would be able to breed them!!

Well the pet store had already sold the other puppies, but they did thought that another store had some more of the same breed.

We went and checked them out. And we saw Blondie :o) It was just her and her gold sister in the cage and we thought she was so gorgeous. She is a cross between a Labrador and a white Shepard. We bought her, still thinking we would be breeding the couple for some adorable white puppies.

Needless to say, we never did breed her.

The other puppy didn't grow up to be so cute and playful, he grew up to be cute and aggressive!!

But Blondie, well she has grown into a beautiful and calm tempered dog, she rarely barks and is easy to walk. She is friendly with other dogs and loves kids. We can leave the garage door open and she will not step out of it into the front yard. And she gets on great with our older cat Charlie Brown.

Blondie and Charlie Brown sharing Blondie's bed
Yep, she is our lotto win :o)

Have a great week end, hope none of you have to work like me.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Re-discovery of Salad

I have started the 50lbs in 111 days personal challenge. I wasn't impressed to see that I had gained in between Christmas and New Year :( I know what happened; I had a fair bit of chocolate, and a fair bit of processed food. I am hoping it is mostly water weight and the pounds will be off again before I know it. They need to be if I plan on having any chance of even getting near to my 111 day goal :o)

I have posted a page with my 111 in 2011 list, it isn't 111% finished yet, but it is almost there. Coming up with a 111 things in one hit is quite hard!! I will probably finish it and then think of a few dozen other things that I would have preferred to have on it! But that is just typical of me.

Now for the tittle of this post:

Feta Cheese
Squeeze of Lemon
Sprinkle of Salt

Simple, easy and oh so delicious. I didn't want a salad of lettuce, so I just left it out :o)

It always amazes me that I repeatedly forget how much I love salads. And I can't believe how good the lemon was instead of salad dressing. I went to use the Paul Newman Classic dressing I had in the fridge, but it was out of date - don't know how long it had been there. So I just squeezed some lemon over and added a little salt and gave it a bit of a mix. So good - I had it with a small piece of fish.

I can tell I will be having this a few more times. I think it will even become a favorite for work lunches.

Speaking of which, I have to return to the work force tomorrow. Not looking forward too it. I got a phone call today, work wants me to come in two hours early tomorrow!! Yep, the first day back and I will be doing 10 hours instead of 8. Of course I said yes. They have been smashed for the entire time I have been away.

Due to the 'wonderful' floods here in Queensland, there has only been a handful of train services that have been able to depart. And those that have travelled have only been able to get part way! Nothing like hitting the ground running :o)

Train engines flooded in QLD

A street in Bundaberg

The only thing I want to make sure of, is that I keep up my gym routine when I get back to work!! And I know that is going to be a struggle as I will be in for a week of long hours, plus it will be my week end to work so I work tomorrow, have Wednesday off and then work right through to the following Friday (14th). I think I have mentioned before how much I dis-like my week-end shifts :o)

Alright, enough rambling from me, have a great week!!!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year

Yes I know it is sad that I am posting this so close after the start of the New Year.

I have no life :o)

I have been catching up on the blogs tonight and came across Amy's post on 111 things to do for 2011. I like the idea so much I have decided to make  one up myself. It isn't finished yet, but I have started it.

Amy also wants to lose 50lbs in 111 days, and I am going to join her in that challenge. It will be tough, but I am determined to have a good go at it.

I hope these don't sound like New Year Resolutions, as I don't see them as that, I see the list as a to do list for the year. But how ever it turns out, I want the fire to return as well.

Have a great New Year everyone!!!!!!!!