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Making a Come Back

So it seems that I will be making a comeback to the world of personal blogging.  I have been loitering in the world of social media, wanting to get back in there but didn’t know where to start. Now I have a starting point – I am joining in with a some awesome peeps who are all a part of a Facebook group that started off as Operation Move – a super supportive group of people encouraging each other to get out there and get moving. I haven’t been so active in the group, or in real life and my mind and body are showing the effects.

Within this group, there are a few of us who would be happy to shed a few kilos, find a healthier way to live or generally want to be accountable about their food consumption and exercise levels. Together we are all taking part in My Blackmores, an online health and wellness group and will all hopefully find a new healthier way of living, perhaps even shedding a few kilos along the way. My main goal for joining in is all of the reasons I have listed above, to get healthier, to eat better, find more energy and be more accountable about what I eat and do.

For far too long, I have been lacking in energy and motivation, have been fighting the ill-effects of whatever it is that has been ailing me. Recovery isn’t happening on its own so now it is time to actually make some real changes. So, tomorrow morning I will be starting off on a 2 week detox. I think I may have dived into the deep end but I figure that a low cal, clean eating plan for a couple of weeks will set me up for a future of better health. Wish me luck!

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Posted by on June 16, 2013 in all about me

 

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Spring is Here

Spring is finally here with the promise of warmer weather and sunshine.  Sure it may be overcast and drizzly right now but simply knowing that it a season filled with the promise of beautiful days and blue skies is enough to lift my mood.

Vibrant and alive

I am using the start of the season to turn over a new leaf.  I want to find the best possible me that is hiding within.  To do this I am going to attempt to make a few changes.  I know that already I am over scheduled so I am going to practice saying NO.  I don’t need to do everything, or be everything for everyone all of the time.  I am going to (try) and prioritise and make some time for me.  Time that doesn’t involve the pressure to do journal readings for uni or running around for other people.  I will do the things that are important to me and recognise that my world won’t cease just because I can’t do everything.  I want to make time to enjoy the wonderful things that I do, and the great life that I am to busy to enjoy.

I WILL enjoy the sunshine whenever I can, I will relax, breathe and enjoy.

By doing this I will have time to be a better partner, parent and friend and most importantly be a better me.

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2011 in all about me, just a day

 

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What a Sh*tty Day

Yesterday was a sh*tty day for a number of reasons but the main reason being that it was the day before today, the day in which I would be poked and prodded and cameras inserted into places that cameras should not go.  I spent the better part of yesterday afternoon doing the mad dash to the bathroom as a part of the pre-procedure cleanse.  To say it wasn’t much fun would be an understatement.  The mad bathroom dashes continued well into the night so my sleep was a more than a little disrupted.  Add to that the clear liquid diet that had to be followed yesterday (no solids, only liquids that I could see through and that translates to nothing nice!) and fasting from before I woke this morning and I wasn’t much of a happy chappy!

I didn’t have to check in to the hospital until just after noon today so I spent the morning listening to my tummy rumble with the occasional mad dash to the bathroom.  I spent most of my time editing photos and procrastinating.  I did attempt to get stuff done but instead crawled back in to bed for a nap.

Eventually it was time to head in to the hospital and to continue waiting, and waiting and waiting some more.  Luckily I packed a book with me, a nice easy no brainer.  The down side of that was finishing the book and having to sit around and wait some more.  I tried to sleep out of boredom but the chairs were uncomfortable and being in a hospital gown meant I really shouldn’t put my legs up on a chair for fear of traumatising the locals!

It was time to drag out the phone and see what was happening with the rest of the world.  A Cajun Down Under and Sarah of  The Super White inspired me with their delicious concoction – a Krispy Kreme Burger.  Now I can’t eat the donuts, but I was so freaking hungry that I would forgo the stomach cramps just to scoff a burger then and there.  I sat and drooled a the amazing photos that Sarah had taken and wished that I was anywhere other than sitting in a hospital waiting room!

One by one, the waiting room emptied until I was the lone person sitting there.  My phone was keeping me sane, even if it did take forever to load tweets and blog feeds.  So long in fact that it kept dropping out whenever I tried to comment on blogs so I gave up on commenting and stuck to reading.

Finally, it was my turn.  I wandered in to the theatre and had a lay down.  The staff were all lovely as they poked and prodded prior to the lights going out.  I did see the cameras, they weren’t large but they were long.  I didn’t ask which one would go where but could probably guess based on the length of the appendage it was a part of!  Luckily it was lights out just as I began thinking the not happy thoughts of the cameras and where they would end up.

Next thing I know I am in recovery, wide awake and ready to sit up and more importantly, ready to drink.  I downed a litre of water in record time and still wanted more.  The good news is that the doctor didn’t need to stick around to tell me any bad news.  Final results won’t be in for a while but I am not really expecting anything exciting!

Phone calls were made home and before I knew it man-child was there to pick me up and take me home where I could eat and drink to my hearts content.  I may have just overindulged in chocolate and trying to forget that I accidentally found another block of chocolate ‘hidden’ in the kitchen!

Now, the kids are in bed, man-child is out and I am thinking that after such a strenuous day of sitting around waiting all day long, I might just go to bed too.  No point sitting around where all the things I need to do are in front of me, the tidying, laundry or even the study – they can all wait!  Besides, it is much harder to eat a block of chocolate when there are 2 flights of stairs between me in bed and its hiding place.

Thanks to having a general anaesthetic, I am not allowed to drive for 24 hours so that means no work for me again tomorrow.  The down side is that I will have to catch the train to get to my physio appointment (that happens to be right near work) in the morning.  Clearly I didn’t think that through when I booked a 9.30 appointment, but at least I will be out and about and maybe even find time to do something nice!

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2011 in all about me, over-share

 

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The good the bad and the ugly – Slowing Down

It has been a very slow week around these parts.  A combination of the end of semester and major reports due, working crazy hours, a sic princess and a lingering bug for me that isn’t enough to keep me home and resting properly but enough to stop me from doing everyting.

The GOOD

  • I walked 3 school/work mornings this week.
  • I did all 2 of 3 days of the 200 situps challenge.
  • Kokoda training hurt.  We spend an hour or so walking up and down the stairs in a local apartment building carrying our packs.  I was super glad that last time I walked the steps I was carrying a pacc, it made this weeks training feel simple.
  • I rode a fixed wheel bike (on rollers) for a ‘friendly’ race.  Lets just say I am glad that we were on rollers and not on the velodrome, the visions of face planting in front of a crowd wasn’t something I was looking forward too.
  • Uni finished for the semester on Friday!

The BAD

  • Work was totally crazy, and challenging trying to juggle sick kids a crazy workload and everything else.
  • Netball was fun but my choice of socks was less than clever.  I managed to put holes in both socks and ended up with blisters under my big toes.
  • Uni finished this week so I spent so much time doing last minute research and writing that I didn’t get time to walk each day.

The UGLY

  • Blah, blah, food choices, digestive issues and crampy gurgly disgustingness, blah, blah, blah.
  • I am still working on slowing down but not getting there yet.  Let’s call it a work in progress!
  • My poor socks.  These were some of my favourite socks but it looks like they will be favourites no longer.

    I need new socks... and a pedicure!

  • Feet desperately in need of a pedicure!
MY AIMS FOR NEXT WEEK
  • To slowly get back into training.
  • To eat good food more frequently.
  • Continue to reduce my workload both at work and at home – fingers crossed.
 
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Posted by on May 29, 2011 in all about me, Uncategorized

 

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The good the bad and the ugly – Groundhog Week

This edition is the Groundhog Week edition because it feels just like last week, the week before that and probably the week before that too, they all seem to be rolling into one another.

The GOOD

  • I walked all 5 school/work mornings this week.
  • I did all 3 days of the 200 situps challenge (plus the ones from last Friday that I was determined to do but managed to forget about all weekend).
  • Kokoda training was actually pretty light this week and no mountain climbing today – hooray!
  • I have been eating better, probably as a result of there being NO MORE CHOCOLATE IN THE HOUSE (well except for the bittersweet chocolate buds I mix with cranberries to munch on during training)

The BAD

  • Work was totally crazy, exhausting and rewarding but I AM working tomorrow and it will probably involve exercise, weather permitting I will spend a few hours riding a bike around a velodrome, hopefully not falling off and embarrassing myself.
  • Netball was netball, fun but that’s about it.
  • Man-child was away for the bulk of the week so the juggle of work, kids and activities was nuts so I had to be organised enough to have meals planned in advance.  Most of my quick fix meals include pasta so I skipped a few meals.  Since there was no chocolate to munch on I didn’t eat and didn’t miss it, in fact I didn’t even notice.  Makes me think the parasite is still lingering as my appetite is purely routine based and not that of hunger.
  • I seem to be constantly in need of stretching but can’t find stretches that work so my legs feel tired and heavy all the time.

The UGLY

  • Blah, blah, food choices, digestive issues and crampy gurgly disgustingness, blah, blah, blah.
  • I posted the other day about doing too much, barely coping and need to quieten things down before I get sick.  As it is I have the sniffles and am sinusy and headachy.  Thanks to a gentle reminder from the wonderful Ali, I have planned to slow down.
  • Did I mention that I am working tomorrow, on Sunday, riding a bike!  Wrong I say, all wrong!
MY AIMS FOR NEXT WEEK
  • To keep on training.
  • To eat good food more frequently.
  • Reduce my workload both at work and at home – fingers crossed.
  • Finish (OK, start and finish) 2 assignments that are due on Friday so that I can enjoy a semester break!
I’m not sure if Farmers Wifey is still doing the Blogger Butt thing, but if she is I will link up so you can see who else is taking the challenge.
 
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Posted by on May 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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I should…

I should be folding laundry, I should be unpacking the fruit and vege delivery, I should have played cards with the kids after the mad rush of the afternoon, I should be doing some study (I really really should be doing some study) I should be cleaning up after the day, I should be finishing off the work I didn’t get a chance to do today.  There are so many things that I should be doing but I really don’t have the energy.  I have been working too much, training too hard, juggling the ‘single parenting again for a few busy days routine’ and not taking time out to rest.

I am starting to feel the effects of it all.  I have woken every day with a sore throat and achey sinus and had a lingering dehydration headache that just won’t go away.  I need to rest but I just can’t.  I have given myself a few minutes to read blogs, justified by the fact that I am waiting for the kids to fall asleep and using the excuse that I can’t do any <insert random ‘must-do’ talk here> if I am going to be constantly badgered by kids who are in bed but not sleeping yet so could potentially come down stairs of want something and disrupting my attempts at productivity.  That is my reasoning behind reading blogs and blogging right now, but why do I need an excuse?  Why do I have to justify sitting down and enjoying something that I love?

Why is it that I need to find an excuse to take care of me?  I have just been over at Sleepless Nights where Veronica was lamenting the fact that she too feels guilty having time to herself.  She feels guilty being alone in the house and not Getting Stuff Done.  I too feel the same guilt.  I wanted to post a comment reinforcing Veronica’s need to take care of herself, to enjoy the few moments of peace and quiet that she is lucky enough to get knowing that when she is with her family again she will have more energy to enjoy them.  I wanted to tell her that she deserves a break too, that she is worth it, but it was all to hypocritical.  She knows that, just like I know, yet the guilt remains.

My biggest guilt is about work.  I work a lot and I love what I do but it is time (and head space) consuming.  Trying to juggle getting the kids to school and other activities with work, training, uni and domesticity all seems to be too much.  Sure I could cut down on my working (out of the house) hours but then I wouldn’t have the time to do the job properly and that would cause more stress for me than actually working the crazy hours.  I know that I am a better person when I am working and passionate about my work.  I know that I don’t like the person I become when I am staying at home (sure being a hermit is great for me but not so good for the rest of the family) but why do I feel so guilty?

Back in the days before kids, life was simple.  Work all week, pick up after yourself during the week and clean the house from top to bottom Saturday morning so that I could enjoy the rest of the weekend without the thoughts of ‘I should’ creeping into my head.  It was easy to share the cooking and domestic roles or better still do a big shop and cook-up of a Sunday and not have to worry about cooking for most of the week ahead.  It was so simple, organised and easy.  Now my weekends are a juggle.  If I am not working or training there are kids activities to attend as well as domestic duties that need to happen.  Often the question that I ask every, not-at-work-or-training Saturday is, ‘Do I join the kids at their activities and watch them skate or stay home and attempt to be domestic, to try to get ahead?  Normally the domestic option wins, only because the thought of having to get home from skating and start then is all too much.

I know that my world will go on if the house isn’t clean but I still can’t make myself relax.  I have improved, I can actually go to bed of a night time knowing that there are dishes still on the sink, but probably spend more time fretting about squeezing something else into the already busy morning schedule that I sometimes wonder if it was worth it.  Things can just get swept into a pile to be dealt with another time.  The floors don’t have to be clean all the time, clean-ish is good enough but even finding time for -ish is challenging.  I now spend my ‘me time’ walking around the river of a morning.  It is the only ‘me time’ I get and really, can hardly be considered ‘me time’ if it is a part of training and I use the time to work out what needs to be done and make lists on my phone to prioritise?

Anyway, instead of pottering away here, I need to Go Do Stuff.  The house is now quiet and the kids are asleep, my excuse and justification for lingering here is gone.  It is time to tackle every thing that is on my list of ‘I should’ before exhaustion takes over and I fall into a heap.

Any suggestions for an excuse that I can use to convince myself to  not feel guilty about the things ‘I should’ be doing?

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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The Good the Bad and the Ugly – Winter Weather

It is clear that the wintery weather is here and Melbourne is cold, wet and windy, not the sort of weather that is conducive to outdoor exercise.  I blame the weather and the associated lurgies that try to breed in its company for my slightly decreased exercise routine.

The GOOD

  • I walked 4 mornings this week (it seems routine to only walk 4 of 5 mornings with one day a week being declared too cold, too wet or too dark to get out of bed for!)
  • I have restarted the 200 situps challenge (Friday’s situps WILL be done at some stage over the weekend, the reps are getting longer and it hurts!)
  • Kokoda training wasn’t as hard this week.  Wednesday saw us doing stair climbs outdoors and then a walk through the local hilly streets.  Of course when we were the furthest distance from warmth was when the rain really hit in.
  • Kokoda training part 2 was today when we bused out to Mt Macedon for another climb up and down the mountain.  We had a light session on the mountain today but the cold sapped our energy.  The terrain may be very similar to that in Papua New Guinea but the weather sure is anything but similar.
  • I day again, hooray to have a hot tub that is working again.  I spent an hour or so soaking away the aches this afternoon.  I probably would have stayed longer but timed my exit from the tub to be between rain showers.

The BAD

  • Work is work and still crazy but it seems to be manageable.  I said last week that I should however do some study, well that continues to be the case.  Only a few weeks left of semester and 2 major pieces to be researched and written.
  • Netball was netball and neither here nor there, I ran only enough to stay warm in a cold stadium.
  • I came a cropper on the mountain, nothing specteacular but I did roll my ankle so I will have to keep and eye on it as I train next week.

The UGLY

  • Blah, blah, food choices, digestive issues and crampy gurgly disgustingness, blah, blah, blah.
  • I forgot to order our fruit and vege delivery so we had to make do with the dregs in the fridge.
  • There is very little chocolate left in the house, it is a good thing, it means that I will be able to eat better simply because I am too lazy to walk around to the shop for supplies.
  • I found these and am in love.  Man-child has bought a not so secret stash of them and I am trying really hard to ignore them.
MY AIMS FOR NEXT WEEK (the same as last week)
  • To keep on training.
  • To eat good food more frequently.
  • Reduce my chocolate intake.
Head over to Farmers Wifey to see what other participants in the Battle of the Bloggers Butts have been up to.
 
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Posted by on May 14, 2011 in all about me

 

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