Friday, May 6, 2011

Weigh Loss Challenge

In my Weight Watchers meetings we have often done a 12 Week Challenge. We set a goal of what we want to loose each week and by the end of the 12 weeks and then we work the program to try and achieve it. I have generally in the past, but a lot of people loose interest or give up. So this week our leader has started a new type of challenge. She has shortened it to 5 weeks, and instead of setting a weight goal, she sets tasks each week that will help us loose weight without looking at the numbers.
So our rules for this week is to track and record and count points for every single thing we eat for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (which sounds like we should, but for some it's easy to loose track). Our week starts Wednesday when the meetings are. In those 5 days we are not allowed to go one point over our daily allocated. In the new pro points system we get daily points, set specific for each individual, and we also get set 49 extra weekly points. Which is very handy for nights eating out or for drinks.
But our leader hopes that by following this we will continue for the other two days. Plus by following these, we will be guaranteed weight loss.
The third rule for this week is to do at least 30 mins of exercise on Wednesday, Friday and Monday.
So far I have followed these. It's actually kind of exciting having a set structure that we have to follow. It gives me more of a reason to do it properly.
And aside from each week getting a new set of tips and tricks to follow, at the end if we have followed it all, the winner (or winners) will be taken to dinner by the leader. It is based on the honesty system, but they will ask to see the tracking of food if you say you've done it and haven't lost the weight. They obviously can't monitor the exercise part, but I have done it, so I hope the others are truthful too.
Cross fingers for success in this. I'm only ten kilos away from goal weight now and 3.5 from a 30 kilo total loss.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Road Rage

So I was driving to work Yesterday and some guy cuts me off without indicating, to get around a car he was behind, almost hits me so I beep at him. Then he breaks so I have to slow right down. I just think he is being one of those jerks on the road. Had a momentary though to get the licence plate number, but i didn't. We get to a light where I'm turning so i get to go in the other lane, but it's red.
Next thing I know he's pulled my car door open and spat at me. And I hurt my wrist pushing him out the way and closing the door. He was standong on the other side of the door, and he looked like he wanted to smash the window down or something, but he looked around and there were cars around so I guess he thought too many witnesses. I wish there was a cop car around or something. Because I didn't get his licence plate number or anything.
It was a very scary experience though it all happened so quick. I'm generally a tough person and I want to brush it off, but its shaken me more than I'd realised. I don't want to admit weakness, but I'm kind of terrified to get back in the car to drive to work. I keep thinking that it could have been much worse, so thankfully it wasn't.
Bottom line: there are a lot of crazy/feral people out there. And remember to lock your car doors.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Through the Eyes of a Child

I spent the Easter weekend away with a friend, her husband and his friend, along with some of his friends family. It was a lovely getaway in Berri, we relaxed, drove to nearby towns, took the kids out for a day of fun, had a BBQ, and a genuinely good time. 
There were also three children away with us. A twelve year old girl, a nine year old boy and a fifteen month old cutie. We took the older two out for a day as well as teaching them a card game (which may have been our mistake cos for the whole three days any spare minute they would hassle us to play cards). 
On the day trip I was reminded what it was like through the eyes of a child. I see myself as still young, but obviously an adult at 28, and yes some friends are getting married and having babies, but it wasn't till 12 year old S asked me questions about my life (She asked me what I did for work, whether I had a husband, whether I wanted to have one. It was sweet) that I realized to her I was a grown up and I was fascinating to her. And spending time with her was special for them. 
I remember looking up at young adults and loving that they would chat with me, I'd ask questions and they seemed like they knew everything. What dies this mean, why is that like that? It was fun being on the other end of that, but still able to remember what it was like to be a child. 

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Not enough time in a day

Sometimes I wish there was more time to a day. I always want to do more than I can. Each day I'm supposed to work 8 hours, get about 8 hours sleep (I wish), try to go to the gym for an hour, or do some form of exercise, write some of my novel, knit the baby blanket I'm making for a friend, read the book I'm enjoying, make diner in the morning before my late shift at work and fit in social activities with friends and family. Also you need to have some down time where you mindlessly stare at the television and enjoy your favorite shows.
I'm only human so I can't do this all in one day, but I wish there was a way.

Monday, March 28, 2011

TV Addiction

So I watch a lot of tv. More than most of my friends. And if they want to watch a show or have questions about a show, I'm their first thought.
I just had some funny text messages from my friend. The first was her asking me who is the mother on How I Met Your Mother. I told her we don't know yet, it's that annoying secret the show keeps hinting at us but never tells. She said she tried to google it but can't find it. I said they haven't actually cast her yet. But this is what we do know...
She has a yellow umbrella and goes to the college he lectures at, is Rachel Bilson's characters roommate and he meets her at a wedding where he will be best man. Oh and she has a yellow bus figurine and is not blonde.
The messages went on with more questions about the show till my friend realized she hadn't watched it consistently enough and wants to borrow my DVDs to catch up. I'm happy to oblige because I'm a huge advocate of spreading my obsessions around.
It kept me entertained for the last hour of my shift. And it's always fun to be the go to girl for questions like that. I have one too. Love sharing and questioning with my friend K.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Weirdness in the neighbourhood

Every night at the same time a dog goes speeding down my street and then a second later a buggy/scooter thing (the type the elderly use to get around) follows. it's very bizarre, but I guess the dog and owner have fun with it.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Blog Ressurection

I am resurrecting my blog. It's been a while, and it's about time.
Lots has happened, and also things are the same. Same job, same friends, same activities. I have done a couple more writing classes and focusing on writing/finishing this book this year. Fingers crossed.
I have been continuing with weight watchers and am now down 25 kilos. It's a bit thing to achieve. Still have a little more to go. I have become a mentor too. I've been given a 24 year old girl who is the same weight I was when I started. She's upset and had enough, and my leader hopes I can encourage her to do the right things and follow me. She's lovely and I hope I can help.
Looking at myself for a minute, I've been a bit complacent in my weight loss. Hovering at the same weight for the last few weeks, up and down and not going any further. I woke up this morning and said to myself... Self, you need to stop slacking off and get back into the strict routines you had before. Cos it's still easy to do, you just have to do it.
So today is a new day.
And I'll try to keep up with the blog... It will keep a certain someone happy who gas started a blog and I made her mention me, so I'll mention here too.... If only I remembered the name of her blog.