Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Weigh in day again

I've lost another 1.5kg which for some absurd reason I am not that excited about. Maybe it's lack of sleep. I *know* I shouldn't even try for more than the recommended 0.5 - 1kg loss each week but I guess I'm a little impatient :P

I gave the credit card a beating this morning and bought a new pair of walking shoes, that puts paid to the "my sneakers are disintegrating" excuse. I'll have to justify the expense by carrying through with my walking plan now, won't I? I hearby promise that I will do 30 minutes on the treadmill tonight come hell or high water.

I've asked for a copy of Deadwood season 2 to be put aside for me when it comes out on Thursday. I'm going to make that my reward to myself for exercising at least 3 times this week and then only let myself watch an episode each night if I've done my planned exercise for that day.

P.S. Not only have I done my bit on the treadmill but the whole family went for a walk after dinner so two lots of exercise in one day, WOOT!

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Arrrgh, the garage has flooded!

Take one steep driveway, add a blocked drain and a thundery downpour. What do you get? A river running through your garage, that's what. Bugger, bugger, bugger. Looks like we'll have to unpack half the camping equipment and put it out to dry and no doubt there's other stuff a bit worse for wear as well. Plus half the carpet in hubby's study is soaked - not quite sure what to do about that one. Ah well, such is life....

Didn't manage to get any walking done this weekend but we did go to the pool this afternoon and for the first time in many moons I swam actual 50m laps - 10 of them. It was a bit of a shock to the system! I took nearly 45 minutes to do it on account of having to stop and catch my breath fairly often. Once upon a time I was able to swim a leisurely 20 laps in just under 30 minutes, I wonder how long it will take me to get back to that point.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Laughter is good for the soul...

...and last night was full of it. Hubby and I went to see Billy Connolly at the Horden Pavilion, we laughed till tears ran down our cheeks - for just over three and a half hours! The man has incredible energy, I thought he was never going to stop, every time he sounded as though he was going to wrap it up off he'd go on another tangent. The finale was a guide to the Opera complete with examples - just hysterical :D I hope the cameras that were there were filming for a DVD as well as for the big screen on the night - I want more! The show finished at 11:45pm, we went for coffee afterwards but we still had a quite a long wait to get out of the carpark, unfortunately we'd parked on the top level. It was well after 1:00am by the time we got home, my mum was asleep on the lounge, she's off to Shakespeare at the Beach tonight, hope she can stay awake ;-)

The last few days I was so busy that by late afternoon I found that I'd eaten less than half my points for the day and as I've been planning relatively low point meals I was still way behind even after generous serves of dinner. Not good - I don't want my body doing the "My god, you're trying to starve me to death!" thing and having the whole metabolism slowdown issue to deal with. The upside is I have plenty of points saved for the weekend :) there'd be even more if it wasn't for that can't save more than 4 a day rule :P Today I've made sure brekky and lunch were a little more substantial.

S'pose I'd better go clean the house up now, I've got visitors coming in a few hours for a book party. I'm going to cook the goat's cheese and red onion tarts from the WW 2006 "everyday cookbook" and make mini fruit kebabs - YUM!

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

There's this thing called execise...

Week 2 and time to get moving. Now this hasn't been one of my favourite concepts in the past but that is going to change.

Tonight I took the kids to mum's place and we went for a 2k walk together before dinner. It was enough of a work-out for me even though we were restricted to Tom's pace, except for the last little bit when the (very unfit) 4 year old legs had given notice to quit and I had to spend the rest of the time cajoling, coercing and dragging Tom the rest of the way home - more exhausting than the actual walking :p

I have myself a plan (not a way, but a plan, which is, in fact, better than a way) for how to get enough moving happening not just for myself but for Tom, Dave and hubby as well (stick insect Caitlin can come along too I guess). My Mum has offered to walk with me in the mornings whenever possible, once or twice a week seems likely. We will walk together as a family at least twice a week, probably on weekends. We will go swimming once a week as a family and hubby and I can take turns looking after the kids while the other swims some laps.

I've been looking through the photo albums to try and track down a few "before" photos, here's what I've dug up:

What the hell possessed me to embark on an obstacle course?!
July 2005 ~133kg

"Aaaargh, don't make me laugh, I'll fall off!"

A quiet moment in Hyde Park
Sept 2005 ~ 133kg

"Mmmmm...strawberries" - fans of Joss Whedon's TV show Firefly will get the reference :)
Dec 2005 ~133kg

How to put your own needs first

Congratulations are in order - to me :-) Tonight I did not take on the job of P&C President! It was a close call though, everyone sat staring at the floor while the outgoing president and the school principal explained at length that if there was no P&C president there could be no P&C and therefore no canteen, uniform pool, concert band etc, etc.

Not that long ago I would have blithely said "Sure, I can do that!", but not tonight! After sitting through the discussion at my WW meeting this morning on the importance of putting your own needs first at least some of the time I was well fortified - at one point I even said that I had promised myself to look after myself this year and that being president would be waaay too much to take on. I know I need to devote as much physical and emotional energy as possible to my health gain journey (I like that phrase better than weight loss) and I am not going to let anything get in the way!

Luckily someone else caved in under the pressure :P I'm still Uniform Pool treasurer though, and I did take on P&C Second Vice-President but all that should do is add a couple more meetings to my schedule each term.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Week 1 weigh-in.

Well, I lost 2.1kg in the last week. I'm pretty happy with that, now I just have to do the same again, and again, and again...LOL better not think about that too much. My dad came along to Weight Watchers with me this morning and joined up too, then we ended up spending a couple of hours wandering around the shops together and having lunch. In an act of optimism I bought myself a pair of pants the same as a pair I already own but a size smaller, they were on special and they are one of my favourites and it always pays to plan ahead, doesn't it?

I have the P&C AGM to go to at the school tonight, hope hubby gets home from Melbourne in time to look after the kids. Note to self - get Uniform Pool financial report done before dinner thus avoiding last minute panic :P

Monday, February 20, 2006

My new toy

All the cool people are doing it so I thought I'd give it a shot. So here I am...blogging...and I can't really think of anything particularly clever to say....

Right, forget the being clever, lets just go with taking about what I've been doing with myself lately.

I've joined Weight Watchers, again :P Tomorrow is my first weekly weigh-in and I'm expecting to have good news to share. When you have 60+ kilos to lose the first few come off pretty easily.

Here's me as I am now. Well, me and a lot of cat :) Jack is the ginger and Samantha is the grey, they're brother and sister. I need to find a photo that actually shows more of me to use as my "before" shot - easier said than done as I tend to avoid such shots!

Well, I've managed to fritter away most of my kid free time today mucking around on the PC and now I have to think about going to pick them up from school - reality strikes again.