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Friday, February 24, 2006

This was the week that never was

If you don’t take action….There is no place for victory to go. By Mark Jarvis

Now that comment could relate to the week I've just had. No action took place in my body at all - I am not sure what happened but apart from Monday I did not exercise at all. I thought about it lots of time but always found other things that just had to be done right there and then.

I decided over the last weekend to do something different instead of walking so rocked up to the local indoor pool first thing Monday morning. Well, the place was full of like minded oldies doing their laps and exercises in the shallow end. Needless to say I wasn't too fussed about exposing my body and all its rolly polly bits to people who all looked the same as me.

Into the water I go and after playing around (read get used to cool water) for a bit decided to try a lap. I'll tell you what, its a heck of along way from one end to the other when you haven't swum for several years:) Half an hour later I'd had enough and went home, not puffing and panting but close to it.

Had planned to go to a class at the gym later that afternoon but didn't get there in time and it was full so thought I'd have a saunter on the treadmill seeing as how I'd not walked in the morning. Toodled along for a while and thought I'd up the speed a bit and next thing I know the feet are moving really quickly and I'm jogging. Not sure who was more surprised - me or the machine - had a few more bursts of energy over the half hour and got off feeling quite pleased with myself. I weighed that day and was relatively happy with the result so what happened next has sabotaged things for a while.

That unfortunately was it for the week - with the lack of exercise and the really crap food I ate theres no wonder I feel quite BLAH (and bloated) today. Lunchtime today I sort of came to my senses when I realised I was half way through a 200gm bag of Smith's Chips left over from Christmas that had been lurking in the cupboard. I don't know why I opened them but I did and was enjoying them when I stoppped and realised how stupid I was. Tossed the packet in the bin as fast as I could.

Victory for me will be when I reach my goal weight and having an off week isn't going to help.

Hopefully there wan't be another one for a while.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

The future depends on what we do in the present. - Mahatma Gandhi

Reading this quote I can see the dilemma presented to the contestants in ABL this evening. The Blue team decided to stick together with a very self righteous attitude and not be 'tempted' yet the Red team took the risk with what to me was a truly Australian - you'll never never know if you never never go - attitude. Is it better to be safe or to take a risk?

I could follow all the eating plans I have and 'be safe' and secure in the thought I used the allowable calories to the best of their advantage or I could risk having a piece of chocolate cake, feel a bit guilty but enjoy it and know I was going to have to work like crazy to use all those calories up.

I am still not sure what I would do but at the moment I am not getting depressed if I slip off the wagon and as the song goes I "pick myself up, dust myself off and start all over again"

I have decided to get out some unfinished craft items and get to work on them again. If I can manage a bit of extra exercise that will offset the sitting about, also if I am busy hand sewing I can't have food around so thats another good thing.

This will be my way of bringing this particular quote to life.

The future depends on what we do in the present. - Mahatma Gandhi

Friday, February 10, 2006

The effect of weather on weight loss

In some parts of the world people put away their 'off season' clothing. They wear winter clothes in winter and summer clothes in summer and others as needed....... but not here in Melbourne. I may have said it before but you really do have to enjoy Melbourne to put up with it's weather.

Was it only the other day we were saying how hot it was?
Today like yesterday its raining, real rain, there were some storms but its been on and off rain, not heavy but not having to water the garden rain, . Yea, hooray we say, thats great but its also cool, for me its Cold, track suit and windcheater cold. We all know trackie dacks and windcheaters are loose, comfortable and reassuring. With them on I am not being reminded that a lot of my clothes are too tight for comfort. I need to be reminded and seeing that good clothing in the wardrobe is one impetus for me to lose some more of these extra kilos and get out with my brolly and do the walk in the rain. Funny tho' there weren't many others going round the golf course at the same time!!

Its been a busy week, business is back to normal and I have spent more time with Team Melbourne, only 33 days now to the Opening Ceremony. My games time volunteer role starts well in advance of that so I need to get my house in order soon, doing as much planning (and cooking and freezing) as I can for that time. I will need to eat properly and keep the body healthy and not resort to Take Aways on the way home. Still wondering about exercise during March so will have to try for short walks as often as possible and pick my gym sessions at short notice but thats a bridge to be crossed when it turns up.

Like this quote:

"So many dreams at first seem impossible. And then they seem improbable. And then when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable". Christopher Reeve

Saturday, February 4, 2006

Shopping observations

Well the seasons are a changing as it looks as though the stores are bringing in their cooler weight clothing. I love the Winter into Spring change 'cose it has thoughts of lovely lazy summer days........the only problem being when I try to struggle out of winter clothing in the small confines of a changing room with those awful mirrors that show up - well we all know what they show up........but this one Summer into Autumn is the one I don't like to see happening because it reminds me that the long summer days are not going to last forever. And of course theres something ridiculous about trying on thick clothing when its warm outside.

This time last year I would not have been a happy chappy trying on what to me were very large sizes and because I am short trying to fathom out how to turn up hems without spoiling the look of the garment but hopefully this year after having lost some excess baggage I won't be so dispirited.

Life has got in the way recently and I only managed a quick walk on a couple of days and a trip to the gym this morning for a pump class. The gym is back to its proper timetable so we begin again with renewed enthusiasm, they have a new class starting called Body Jam which I might have a go at. Just need to find out what its all about first.

Last year I thought I'd have a go at something new so chose cycling classes that were included in my gym membership but after my first 'ride' and encounter with the instructor decided I preferred to kill myself in more pleasant ways and not have a sore bum doing it either!:)

You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be. - David Viscott

Thursday, February 2, 2006

Forward planning

At the beginning of the year I managed to sort out and dispose of a lot of the tatty Christmas Decorations and now have the ones I use on regular basis and obviously like and enjoy hanging on the tree and around the house stored in big plastic boxes on wheels. Similar items in each box so that will certainly make it easier at the end of November when the season starts.

I am going to be out of action for 3 months of this year and like it always does Christmas will come around quite quickly so I am now beginning to think about gifts for all our grandchildren. We are a diverse lot and there are sporty kids, nerdy kids, book loving kids and crafty kids so as usual I am going to be doing a lot of looking and comparing. Most times I try to get similar types of things tailored to their way of life which is quite different for each family, and as some of those families have been growing each year, I have to keep an eye out for bargains and % off sales of things that they particularly like.

Wish I could work out an exercise and meal plan as meticulouly as I go about the pressie hunt each year.