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Friday, June 30, 2006

Life is sweet

I have felt so fit over the past 2 days and I know its all to do with me consciously being active and aware of what of I have eaten and drunk.

I was out of bed early again yesterday and also today so managed to get out for my walk by 8am on both days. Chilly but not as uncomfortable as some mornings, I didn't need gloves so thats how mild it has been. Funny tho' an hour later on both mornings it felt much colder. Go figure!

It was a great feeling to be doing something as all the people fly by in their cars on the way to work. Oh I how remember those days, having a routine and being annoyed if something happened to upset that routine...................

- hang on tho -...................

I still feel that way if things happen and I can't get to the Leisure Centre for my pump classes :))

I really enjoyed the Pump class yesterday evening as its the one taken by that creative instructor I like so much. I even managed to put my weights up a bit, have been stuck on the same ones for a while and took up her challenge to raise them by a smidgeon. Put 1kg on each end of the bar and my triceps seemed to have felt the effects more than anywhere else today but if I want to lose those droopy bits under the arms thats the way to do it.

Supposed to be raining in the morning so will try to get to Circuit and do some aerobic type work and get the blood pumping that way. We can but try.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Walking clears the mind

I'm back to my old tricks of thinking whilst walking. With the clear mornings back again and not the grey misty ones of the past week or two its been a pleasure to be out of the house and on the move.

Have been trying to work out how many pump classes or trips to the gym I can make before we go away in 3 weeks time. So many variables in that time, shopping, cleaning each room thoroughly as the house will be empty for a while and no matter where we go or how long we are away (days or weeks ) I hate coming home to an untidy place.

This time it means the fridge will be cleared out and cleaned, as much frozen stuff used up and beds changed the day before we go, dishes will be done and put away the day we go and I will get one of the girls to do any laundry in the basket. Oh and there'll be the hairdressers to fit as well as my normal day to day commitments. And of course getting clothes washed and ready for packing - choosing what to take is a chore I don't enjoy.

Again no matter where we go or for how long I usually end up overpacking and taking more than needed but I seem to have mastered the art of being within the 20kg limit and not having to pay for excess weight - after years of travelling I know I'm the one who will have to lug it so it never seems to bother me as much as it bothers Husband. I don't know why he complains so much:)

Today it didn't feel cold when I got up so I was out of the house early (just after 8am) and really enjoyed my half hour tour of the neighbourhood. Most of the leaves are off the deciduous trees now so theres a mysterious look about the gardens and its fun to see the birds sitting on bare branches surveying the land below.

There seemed to be oodles of Magpies around the local area today all foraging away in the ground and hardly giving me a glance at all as I walked past at a brisk pace. Its surprising how good I feel if I see any birds around the place - the other day I saw loads of Cockies and Galahs as well as Rosellas and I came home feeling very content.
Was out in the garden after dark the other evening and saw a funny sight - that of a couple of possums roaming around next doors very naked Oak tree. Normally the only way I know they are there is by the movement of the leaves and branches, oh and the grunting and hissing as they bicker at each other all night long but there they were out and about with no protection whatsoever. I was under the impression they sort of hibernated during the winter but ours obviously don't, well at least they aren't this winter.
Some people say they are a nuiscance but they don't bother me 'cept when they fancy the nice new shoots on my rose bushes. I pruned them all the other day so once the weather starts to warm up they will start shooting again and the possums will think its Smorgasboard time and say 'How nice it is of me to add a plate for them as well' Various bulbs are starting to come up as well and as we are past the Winter Solstice now I swear its getting a bit lighter earlier in the morning already.

Being outside is a great stress reliever for me and thats why I get annoyed with myself if I don't make the effort to get a walk in as often as possible. I like nothing better when its windy to sit outside and watch the trees blowing about. Clouds facinate me as well but now Husband covered the deck its difficult to see all the sky without going right down into the garden.

I have taken a walk each day this week and managed a pump class Monday evening so if I fit in a couple more pump classes as well as more walks I will end the week feeling I back on track and really going in the right direction.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Where does the time go

Well all I can say is I have been doing things and haven't had time to come here.

One very cold grey week came and went and I don't even remember how it was filled but filled it was - I did get to the gym and even tho' my fingers and feet froze I made a point of walking on several days. I weighed myself that week at the gym and was pleased to see I am nearly at 60kg. I do have scales at home - 3 sets in fact - but they all give a different reading and entirely different to the one at the gym. I always think of the gym ones as official because they are tested every now and again and have the verification form on the wall.

The gym takes the outlook that you shouldn't be concerned with your weight and that how your clothes feel should be the deciding factor on how fit (fat) you are so the scales were tucked away behind the closed door of the assessment room along with the stress bike and blood pressure machine so when I felt the need to have a 'proper' reading I had to ask one of the attendants to open the door for me and sometimes had to listen to the speil about clothes and healthy food intake being more important than weight. However the scales have recently been placed out in a corner of the gym and it is so much easier just to take off my runners and step on when I want to without the earbash.

For some reason I haven't been weighing myself anywhere as much as I used to, my clothes are now fitting better and I feel lighter so maybe I have been less stressed about it. I still want to try and lose a bit more in the next few weeks before we go away as exercise is going to be difficult. I know I'll be able to get a walk in most days especially when we are staying with family or friends but gym or weight work will be awkward so the more I lose now the better. Looking at the web site for the cruise ship shows they have a gym so if I am able I'll try to get some time in there - most likely will need it to work off all the food they have tho' I did see there are low fat options available.

Last week was slow because school hols si a problem for one of our children and means we agree to have the 2 grandchildren from the other side of town for the best part of a week and the mother takes the other one off. No time for the gym (no creche there either but then they are too old if there was) and walking is a problem as Husband baulks sometimes at looking after the 2 of them so I just had to watch my food intake and not go stupid. That statement is easier said than done - we went to see Cars and I love to eat chips and lollies at the cinema so I had popcorn and mandarin oranges but its not the same. Felt a bit sad and left out but enjoyed it all the same. Same with the ice cream for dessert, I thought we'll have it with tinned fruit (in juice not syrup!!) and I'll have low fat yogurt so the effect won't be so great.

I had agreed to have a g/daughter on Thursday and as that was the day the other 2 weere going home we did something similar to the day at the zoo in the summer, we all went to the Aquarium for the day. After parking at the Casino ( $2 all day parking this month) we walked over the little bridge right to the door and had a fabulous day. Saved more cash on the admission prices with some 2 for one vouchers and treated them to an ice cream at a very inflated price. I took some snacks for them and let them have Maccas before heading home about 5pm.

So now its on to new week, walked midmorning today and came home feeling refreshed and hoping to extend the distance a bit. Feel better in myself, we had one of beautuful Burmese cats go walkabout for a couple of days and that knocked the stuffing out of me. He just vanished and wa s away for 2 nights and then at 8.30 this morning walked in the door. Was very hungry but didn't look as tho he'd got wet - poured during those nights and my heart was so sad all the time not knowing what was going on. I walked the streets Friday afternoon and right up to 9pm then again yesterday and went to bed feeling emotionally driained but still hoping he was ok. As soon as he walked in the door I behaved just like he was a child - 'Where do you think you've been, don't you realise how worried we'd been!! He has been very affectionate and has slept most of the day snuggled with his Brown mate. We'll never know where he went to, possibly he was locked in someones garage or shed but all the neighbours looked for us but he's safe and thats ll that matters.

On that note I'll say Goodnight

Monday, June 12, 2006

Baby its cold outside

Bit crabby this evening because today – Queens Birthday Monday - I have spent the day playing games on the floor in front of the fire with a seven-year-old grandaughter left in our charge for the weekend. Its been wet and wintry and I gathered this was the best place to be even tho it meant I was subject to the torture of ‘do I play to win or do I turn a blind eye and let her win now and again’.

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to round up any of the other grandkids to come over as they were all out and about so it was all up to me. Persuading her that with some games whoever starts is sometimes dictated by a roll of the dice and she won’t always be the one who wins was a very tiring time.

Oh, the carrying on during Noughts and Crosses if I stopped her line of attack and the misery attacks if she lost a simple game of Dominoes. I can understand her wanting to go off on a tangent if she didn’t have either of the numbers needed but had one she could use to extend in another direction, that to me is lateral thinking and for a youngster is thinking outside the square even if it isn’t the proper grownup rules but, crikey, dominoes is such a straightforward game its not worth getting upset about. She certainly didn’t like it if she landed on a Snake and had to go tumbling down but then to tell the truth neither did I.

Silly as it may sound I was getting so fed up with all the carry on I yelled and whooped when I landed on ladder and rose to the top of the board.

I don’t remember her Mother carrying on if someone else won but then she wasn’t an only child and I think this is where the problem lay. I really think she is given in to all the time and allowed her own way no matter what and playing solo computer games has given her the attitude that no one else should dare to win. Her scores are her scores and she isn’t competing with anyone else. Yes, I accept it takes a while for kids to mature enough to accept taking turns and defeat but next time I have any of the others around I’ll try to get her over and make sure they get the games out so she does learn to share.................or take the consequences of annoying her cousins who don't put up with that sort of behaviour - and will tell her so:)

Oh I am an awful Grandma aren’t I?

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Queens Birthday Weekend

Well it’s been a while since I have been able to sit down and think about life, it seems to be that there are times when there aren’t enough hours in the day to achieve everything I planned to do and boy, that’s how it’s been recently.

So much to do at the moment, in just six weeks we will be flying off over the pond to see them there rellies and friends up at the other end of the world in England and Canada. As well as just visiting and catching up we’ll be at a wedding, a reunion and a 100th birthday, yes its all happening over there and after all that we are going on a cruise up to Alaska and then will relax on the warm beaches of Hawaii. Will be away for nearly 2 months this time so I have lots to do before we go mainly in the garden but there are other things to organise as well.

Have been trailing the shopping centres (lol - pretended I was walking the malls for the sport as it was so cold and miserable outside) looking for a few new bits and pieces to take with me. Last week Katie’s had a marvelous sale with 50% off all stock in the store, they had ¾ sleeved slash neck T’s for $9 and when I tried them on for once they looked really good so I went a little wild and picked up a few. Sometimes it can be cool in England and they will look good casual with cotton trousers in the daytime or dressed up with some beads and smart pants in the evening.

The main thing was everything I tried on looked more neat and tidy than it has for a long time so the weight loss is showing in that way, unfortunately they were what seemed like small fittings and as I still have a lot up top - not that much but enough to make a difference - had to get xlarge but they looked good and that’s all that matters.

Been very cold here and foggy as well, enough to have the heating going all day but every now and again we have a fabulous sunny and dry day which makes up for all that. It means I can get the washing dry outside and do a bit of gardening on those days and then withdraw indoors late in the afternoon to the warmth of the fire and an early dinner.

I will say however I’ve been very good with my exercise and have managed to get a walk in 5 days out of seven which has been really good for me as you’ll recall recently I was finding it hard to get out of the door. The frosty mornings are a shock to the system especially if I forget my gloves so am now wising up and preparing the night before so I don't annoy Husband rustling aroound the bedroom trying to find the hat and gloves, my ears and fingers do like to be warm but I can get along with not too much clothing. Don’t mean I walk in shorts and t-shirt but a t-shirt and very light windcheater along with track pants will be enough to see me through as well as my gloves and a light hat but then once the extremities are warm they quickly go into the pockets.

I’ve had a bit of a dickey knee so haven’t been to the gym for about a week, it first started hurting whilst I was doing some squats at pump and then was uncomfortable during the lunge track so I have given the classes a miss. Will try again next week maybe rubbing Tiger Balm in before I go but if theres anymore pain will get it checked out as the last thing I need right now is a gammy knee with all the walking we have planned to do overseas.