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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Excuses and a hair cut

Howdy peeps, long time not post. Sorry for the absence. I guess I am not immune to the bad blogger syndrome. I came down with the flu yet again, and it has lingered. Not full blown - can't function flu, -just the cough and just general heavy chest feeling for the last week and a half.

Just enough that I have not been able to exercise, because as soon as I start any strenuous walking or other exercises I get a cough that won't stop and a real heavy feeling in the chest. It sucks.

And because I can't exercise, the food choices have not been the best either. I hate to say it, but I have not been eating well. I have a great meal plan all set out for be on Michelle Bridge's 12week Body Transformation and I have not had the energy to cook any of the meals or organise any of the lunches, so lunch has been sushi and dinner has been whatever I can scrap together from the scraps I have been able to find in the fridge and pantry.

Yes I am hanging my head in shame from this lack of effort. If I had put the limited energy I have had into eating to the healthy plan I have at my disposal I may be feeling better than I do now. As it is I just fell depressed that I have eaten too much chocolate this last week.

On the bright side, I haven't  done too much damage on the scales. i checked this morning and it was at 116.9kg (257.2lb) so that is just a smidgen over the lowest I have been lately.

Okay, so enough of the pity party for one :o)

Here's what my hair looks like now:

Short back and sides, that is what I wanted and that is what I got.

I really like it, and I think it looks good. I think I wanted a change because I have been sick. Nothing like a change to get you back on track. And it has worked. I have been eating a little bit healthier since. Although there has still been too much chocolate in my diet lately.

It's alright, I will get there. I just have to say no to all the unhealthy stuff and eat more of the yummy healthy food, and that is what gets me the most. I am loving the food from the 12WBT and it just my own laziness that has prevented me from cooking all these great recipes.

Look I am back to the pity party for one. I think I had better go and get some sleep. Have a great week-end and I hope to be back to my usual self by next week.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Yesterdays Weigh In

Yep, the scale has been good to me yet again. That is down another kilo and a bit from last week.

I know I shouldn't complain, it means I am doing good, but it is a little disheartening when I think back over the week and remember the chocolate I ate and the workouts I missed. I must have been sticking within my calorie counts with out even trying. I know I have been eating a lot less this last week. I have stopped snacking for the most part. I have had a few yogurts as an afternoon snacks, but other than that nothing else this week. So maybe that is the secret. No snacking. Even if it is healthy, the snacking doesn't help.

As for the workouts, all I can think of is that I am messing with the bodies internal settings, work out solid for two weeks and then have a week off, it can't keep up and still loses weight while it catches up with what my body is actually doing. I bet if I was to stay away from the gym this week, it would not give me a loss! So that means I better get my behind to the gym this week :o)

In other just as non exciting news :o) - thew weather has turned cold here in sunny Brisbane. Less than two weeks into winter and I have already had to go out and but thermal under garments. I bought a pair of long johns and two crew tops. I tried them on and felt warm!!!!! It was so good, I bought them and have loved them. I definitely need to get more! especially the long johns, because at the moment I can only wear them once then they have to be washed :o) I just wish I could find my size in them in black as the white ones just can't go under my uniform :o)

I don't know if it is just me, but I really feel the cold these days and I get very grumpy when I can't get cold. As if the people around me don't have enough to put up with, they don't need my to be cold and grumpy as well :o)

Oh well, it is Monday night here and the end to a public holiday long week-end. Back to work tomorrow for another rough week. I hope everyone has a great week :o)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Blisters!!!! & new blogger :o)

I hate them, I hate them, I hate them.

There I said it :o)

I went for an 8.5km (5.28 miles) walk on Sunday morning. Half way through I knew I had the dreaded blisters, but there was nothing I could do about it as I was outside, walking along the Brisbane River. I reached the half way mark and just turned back and kept on walking.

It wasn't so bad on Sunday, I think they were still a bit numb from the damage I had done. But I put on band aids and strapped the ankles up as well and off to work I went.

Monday came and I had to take the strapping and band aids off. The blisters had not been dry enough when I first put the band aids on, so it just became a wet mushie, red looking open sore on both ankles - sorry for the graphics there - just be thankful I didn't take photos :o)

So I hobbled around home on Monday night, letting them dry out. Tuesday I bandaged them up again and they were feeling a little better, but as soon as my feet get hot, they really start to hurt.

The morale of the sad little tale, is that I have let these stup!d blisters stop me from going to the gym for the last three days. I have an aversion to pain, I fine when it is happening to me, but if I know it's going to hurt, I avoid it with everything I have.

Okay, my shame is out... I promise I will be back in the gym tomorrow. Even if I still have two big blister wholes in my heels.

No pain, no gain. That is the saying. But why does it have to hurt sooo much ;p

P.S. I just found and other new blog:

Dani at A New Era was banded about nine days ago and needs some of our wonderful support :o) I came across her blog when I followed a new follower of mine. Tracey at Time to Downsize - she's back after having a new band put in only about two weeks ago. Congrats girls!

Happy Hump day everyone - only two more days until the week end :o)

Saturday, June 4, 2011

BYOC Saturday!!!!! ♥♪ Bring Your Own Crazy ♥♪

It’s FRIDAY SATURDAY in Australia – which means it’s BYOC – Bring Your Own Crazy…around these parts. We answer a couple of questions to get to know each other better and to give our blog brains a break. Copy and paste to your own blog if you so desire…and ENJOY!!

1. If you could pick any name on Earth for yourself – would you change yours and what would it be?

On one hand, I do love my name, I always have. But if I was going to pick something else, it would be Toni.  When even I imagine myself being overly adventurous and doing super stuff – you know imagining that I am slim and healthy and can run marathons – I have always used the name Toni. I guess it was a way to distance myself from those events and turn them into little stories to amuse myself. I always thought about being a writer and these stories were my idea of fiction :o)

2. If you’re a worker-outer…what time do you partake in such activities?

There are SO many theories about when it’s best and not best to work out….like the morning is better since you have an empty stomach or the night is not good because you won’t be able to sleep…etc, etc. – so I’d like to hear your theories.

Whenever I can :o) I have to work around my work roster, so most of the time it is after work as there are only two out of five weeks that I can get to the gym before work – and one of those has to be very quick. I would love to be able to get it done first thing in the morning all the time, but that is not really possible when you have to be on a train to work at 5:20am and the gym only opens at 5am. Plus it takes me a good hour after a workout to even cool down enough to have a shower and get ready :o)

3. If you drive a car – what kind is it and if you could drive any car – what would it be?

I drive a small Toyota Echo – I love it, it is a great car, but if I could drive any car I wanted, it would be a jeep – you know the old kind that just look like they have seen it all and can do anything. I just love the look of them. But in reality, they are too big for where I go, and I don’t four wheel drive, so I really don’t see the point.

4. Can you be totally honest in answering this next question and tell me what you think of tattoos? More importantly – what do you think of the people who have tattoos – specifically women?

I love them. I do have four of my own, but having said that I love seeing them on other people as well.

Mind you, I do sometimes wonder what people were thinking when you see what they have. I saw one guy not so long ago with the the characters from the latest Alice in Wonderland movie – you know the one with Johnny Depp? On his legs, he had Johnny Depp’s character and the red queen and Alice. It was absolutely beautiful artwork, but did look a little odd :o) but then he would probably say the same thing to me if he saw my dragon and unicorn!!

5. Repeat question: Summarize your week in blog land and in real life.

Blog life has been slow – what with the blogger issues and my real life getting in the way, I have not had a lot of time to keep up with what is going on in everyone’s lives, I am working on getting the balance right.
Real life is so much more hectic. Fitting in cooking, planning, exercising and social life in with work is a big one. Struggled a little this week, but hopefully the plan I have for next week will get things back on track.

That includes finding more time to comment ladies and gents :o) Have a great week end!!

Friday, June 3, 2011

TGIF already !!!

Can you believe it's Friday night already?!? The week has flown, and it is shocking to see the difference it has had on my 12WBT.

For some reason I have found it difficult to stay as on track as I was last week.

I think it has something to do with the fact that I had such a great week and such a great weight loss that I was expecting to not do so great this week. So of course I fulfilled my own prophesy. I hate it when I do that to myself.

But having seen how this week has gone, it has inspired me to do even better next week.

One of the problems I found this week was all the cooking, I guess I was excited in the first week; that I didn't mind all the cooking, but by week two, I was starting to get over it, and can you blame me, before this I was lucky to cook once or twice a week, left overs were more of a staple then the original meal. One of the pluses of being banded. A regular meal for four, does me and my mum for about three to four meals.

Where as now I am only cooking small meals, so they only last the one meal. That is a lot more cooking than I have done in a long time. That is not to say I am not enjoying it, but it gets tiring and does take up a lot of time. Plus if you are extra tired and don't do the washing up after you finish and leave it for the next day. It just adds to the time it takes the next day - I only did that once, once was enough :p

On top of the cooking, there are the workouts. It is not until you are committed to exercising 6 days a week that you realise exactly how little you have been previously doing :o) I am constantly sore - muscle sore, not injury sore. I am taking it fairly easy, working out hard when I am working out, and trying to get in extra stretches through out the day. It does help, I just hate stairs at the moment :o)

So is there a point to all this rambling? Yep, I think I am trying to hide the fact that I will not have a weight loss of last weeks fantastic proportions. I was expecting that and due to that I have slacked off this week. I didn't prepare my lunched everyday and so there were two days were I had to buy lunch at work, not easy when you are sticking to such a healthy plan. I stuck to sushi so that I stayed within the calorie allowance. Then on Wednesday after work I didn't go the the gym. I felt so guilty about that I did a quick session on Thursday morning before work and then did my planned session after work. That actually wasn't too bad, I did just do twenty minutes on the treadmill in the morning, but it was a good twenty minutes.

My biggest problem is that I jumped on the scales this morning and I have gained about 300 grams since Sunday. Not a lot, and it will probably be gone by Sunday, but its these small things that I let get to me and I get a little down on myself.

I am over myself now :o) Sorry for the pity party.

i best get back to work. I need to get organised for next week - I am not letting this week be repeated, so I need to put the work in.

Have a great week end everyone, and I hope to be able to get a minute to play catch up. All this exercise doesn't leave a lot of blog time and that is the saddest thing of all.