Paris here I come

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Just ate veggies for dinner and liked it!

Last night Brent decided it was time to use up some veggies sitting in the fridge. I normally use up everything before the next lot of veggies are delivered on Thursday of every week (by Farmers Direct). I still love the service...This week I failed to use up all my veggies and had about 8 zucchini, 8 carrots, a head of broccoli and an eggplant to use in one day.  The next delivery arrives today.

So last night Brent starts chopping, and then I join in chopping, and I end up doubling the amount he was going to cook. We didn't manage to use all the veggies up but have made a good sized dent in the veggie oversupply, and we ate the whole lot up.  It was so simple but so tasty - just stir fried veggies with garlic and oyster sauce.  But they were really yummy.  And so that's all I ate last night - not even rice or any meat. No-one complained.

Almost 0 points!

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Time to stop eating my emotions

Hi there.  It's been ages since I last came here.  And I'm back again with my tail between my legs! I feel  like I've been saying that a lot lately.

So it's time to stop eating my emotions.  Not sure if it's hormonal, or just feeling flat...whatever the reason, I don't need to eat to feel better cos in the end I feel worse!

I've weighed in to face the music and I'm up to 110.4kg, so that's enough! Back to tracking and back to taking control of what goes into my mouth!

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Okay Okay...stop being so dramatic!

I'm alive, but have been eating my emotions for the last couple of weeks.  I haven't got time to tell you everything right now cos I've got to get to work. But I'll come back and add more after school...

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Ate it - tracked it! Feel better!

I know that the temptation with a blow-out day is to make every day after it a blow-out day - then if I don't get my head back in the game, I end up with a blow-out week.

This morning I tracked yesterday's food...which was all good, really good, until I went to visit my friend.  Every Tuesday when my kids are at piano lessons I visit my friend and my god-daughter, and we have pre-dinner treats.  It's a bit late for afternoon tea, so it's a pre-dinner cakes and rubbish.  I don't want to be anti-social so I eat whatever is there!

So, I tracked it this morning, and feel better! AND, I still have plenty of weeklies left...

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

New name for Tready needed...

I've got to keep my Paris goal in sight, so I'm thinking of renaming my treadmill to get me motivated to exercise.  Its name at the moment is Tready, but I was thinking of renaming it 'Paris', or maybe 'Francois', but that's kinda boring.  Has anyone got any other ideas? 

I DID WI this morning after all, and despite my worst fears, I lost 100gms! Yay, who would rejoice with a 100gm loss? ME, cos I thought it was going to be a gain. 

But maybe I'll do another WI tomorrow, and instead of pigging out on WI day, I'll stick with the program today, and WI tomorrow (again). 

My aim for today - not to use my weeklies!

Better eat breakfast now - I have heaps of eggs in the fridge, so I think I'll have a couple of eggs on toast! 
See you all later, have a great day :D 

Monday, 6 August 2012

Harvest time in the garden

I really don't have a green thumb - at all. But have managed to grow a few veggies over autumn and winter. So here's the proof. Can't bring myself to eat them :(

Just can't have it in the house!

What a weekend I've had.  It's been lots of fun but very social, which means lots of food! It shouldn't necessarily have to mean 'lots of food' but for some reason in my world social = lots of food. A bit of an eye opener really...well, not really, but it's something I need to change in my perception.  I can be social without eating too much.

We had a dear friend's baby shower at our house, and the afternoon tea was astounding, and there was a lot left over which we did manage to give away, but not enough was given away! So then there was Thai takeaway after the baby shower, and white bread sandwiches yesterday, and leftover Thai takeaway for dinner, followed by leftover cakes from Saturday... sigh.  I feel like I sigh a lot lately.  So it's a fruit and veggie day again today, another miracle needed!

Weigh in tomorrow will reveal all. Might have to visit Tready which I should be doing anyway... he feels lonely.

I'm cooking little cherry tomatoes for breakfast, and then will have a grapefruit and a cuppa.

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Olympic Fever

I get a bit obsessive at times, and of course, I'm really into the olympic games at the moment.  The disadvantage of living in the Southern Hemisphere is that it's on at night and carries on into the wee hours of the morning.  I stay up a lot longer than I should, and try to keep awake to watch for any sign of Australia or NZ winning a medal.

The problem with staying up till 2 or 3am is obviously sleep deprivation, which makes Heather a bit dippy and grumpy all rolled into one. The other problem is that I tend to snack while watching the TV...I ate a mini magnum one night after Brent went to bed. I also tend to fall asleep on the couch in the afternoons to make up for lost sleep. Maybe if I got onto the treadmill while watching all these amazing athletes competing?

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Weigh In day relief!

Yep, I'm relieved.  I weighed in today and lost 300gms!  Woohoo! I'm relieved cos it could have easily been a gain after the huge meat weekend amongst other hi-cal food. That's a 900gm difference from Monday morning (yesterday) to this morning which is better than the gain I was expecting.

My fruit, veggie and prawn day yesterday must have counteracted the overeating from the weekend, so that's sooooo gooood! Gonna be good today!

Monday, 30 July 2012

A carnivorous weekend!

It was a huge meat eating weekend for me this weekend! It started with an unexpected dinner out on Friday night at Hurricanes (meat-eaters heaven), and then we had yum cha (at home), and then a BBQ yesterday after church. Unfortunately, I didn't make good choices all weekend and ate like a dinosaur, well a t-rex more than a brontosaurus.

So with a weigh-in tomorrow, it's not looking good at all.  I've got one day up my sleeve to try and even things out a bit. But I'm telling myself it's just a glitch for the month, and a new month and new week starts tomorrow.  I'll go low carb and high veggie for a day and see what happens tomorrow!

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Slow cooker goodness!

Yesterday morning I received my weekly delivery of milk and meat from Farmers Direct. I'm really enjoying this, and then on Thursday my fruit and veggies arrive. I don't get too much, but what I've ordered seems to be almost right, so that's good.

To use up some stuff in the fridge, I thought I'd make a slow cooker hotpot for dinner.  So in went some large chunks of chicken thigh fillet, chunky diced carrots, onions, potatoes, parsnips, swedes, and a couple of cloves of garlic. Then about 4 litres of chicken stock.  Sound a bit like soup? It should cos it was actually a veggie soup pack from Woolies. I had basically made chicken soup but it was very very chunky and not soup-like at all.  

After it had cooked for 8 hours, it smelled great but looked strange, like overly chunky chicken and veggie soup. So I threw in half a packet of risoni and my amazement, it worked and all of a sudden we had an edible meal! And healthy too! No added oil and easy to make. Still looks a bit odd, but tasted good :)

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Weigh in today!

It was my home weigh in today! And I'm really glad to say I lost 1.2kg...but I certainly didn't deserve it as I didn't track and I ate rubbish every day.  But, it just goes to show how bad I was in NZ, and it's no surprise that I'd gained 3.4kg over a couple of weeks while I on holiday there!

So it's new week and my tracker is ready and waiting for me to fill it up with healthy food items, and the occasional treat ;P

This week's goal:

  • daily tracking
  • daily exercise (not being specific here  :))
Only 2.2kg to go before I get back to my pre-NZ weight, and then onwards and downwards.

Saturday, 21 July 2012

I think I can do better!

So much for a healthy week back from holidays! I started tracking but ran out of points by day 2 so sort of gave up.  :(

I still have 3 days to go before I weigh in so it's never too late. And the scales show that I am losing despite being so bad this week...this means I was super-duper bad in NZ!

On a different note, I got my first delivery this week from Farmers Direct which deliver milk, bread and meat to me one morning a week, and fruit and veggies on another. It's very exciting to have it delivered to me, and it means I don't need to go shopping as often, and healthy food is always going to be there. The good thing is that I can pick and choose what I order online. Yay! I probably need to assess the quantities I've ordered after a month or so. I suspect I may have ordered too much fruit and veg, or maybe I just to eat more of them!

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

The Holiday's Over and the Scales Don't Lie!

Yep, that's right folks.  The holiday is officially over and I weighed in this morning to find a lovely 3.4kg since i last weighed-in 3 weeks ago! So let me get an "aaaarrrgghhhh" out of my system, and let's get back on track! It never fails to amaze me how quickly I can gain especially whilst in NZ, but then there has been an extraordinary amount of eating!

Paris is still calling, and hubby is talking about it more, so I've got to keep up my end of the bargain and get to 85kg...which is now 25kg away!

Monday, 16 July 2012

Back in Sydney and back to Paris

I jumped onto the scales after a two week holiday from school and work, and also a two week holiday from tracking and sensible eating. The scales told me what I already knew - a huge gain of about 3kg! That's what happens when you eat out almost every day. And when you try to consume all the winter favourites that might not be consumed for several years.

So back to reality tomorrow!

Monday, 9 July 2012

Oh well, I'm on holiday!

Yep, I'm on holiday, and don't I know it! :-/

I'm eating everything I haven't eaten for ages such as, NZ yams, lolly cake, Bluff oysters, kumara and going out to eat way more than normal. Oh well, I'll get back to the program in a few days and have a reality check when I return to Sydney. Then it's onwards to Paris.

I took it easy on the slopes as I really didn't want to come home walking with crutches. So I skied one day and went as support person on another day. I had a lovely view of the mountain whilst sipping on milled wine and demolishing my Jeffrey Deaver novel and blueberry muffin.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Ski Fun

I wasn't sure if I was going to ski or not, but the weather was lovely and I didn't want to miss out! But I'm not particularly ski-fit and I am just going to do a few runs and then have a coffee and then have a read of my new book in the sun and then maybe think about doing another run. Here's my first coffee break.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Off to find some snow in New Zealand

We're here in NZ now and are on our way to Central Otago to go skiing. I'm definitely eating more points than I should be but maybe I'll take a little holiday from tracking and just try to be as sensible as I can. So far, not so good :( But, it's the overall journey that counts, and after all, Paris is calling and I can't let Paris down.

Saturday, 30 June 2012

Did I make my goal this month?

Well, what do you reckon?

No miracles this month, or in the last 24 hours at least.
It's the last day of June, and I was aiming for 106kg, but weighed 106.3kg this morning.  So I was really close but not quite there, but it was actually great having something to aim for...

I'm setting myself a new challenge to go under 106kg by Monday when we are going to NZ - 400gm is 3 days is definitely do-able :)

Friday, 29 June 2012

It's Gonna Take a Miracle... get to 106kg by Saturday....considering today is Friday and this morning I weighed 106.5kg.

106kg is my goal weight for the end of June. Originally my GWEJ was 108kg but I reached that pretty quickly so decided to push myself a bit harder.

It might take a serious amount of walking, no salt, no carbs, mainly fruit and veggies, and some protein, just for one day!  I guess it's possible but will probably take a miracle!

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

OK! No peanut butter till the end of the month!

I love peanut butter, but peanut butter loves my hips.  So I'm severing the friendship till the end of June which is only a few days away...3 days to be exact...maybe I should say no peanut butter till the end of July!

I haven't been going crazy but 4 points for a tablespoon is a lot of pointage...considering how much walking one needs to do to shift 4 points, a tablespoon of peanut butter is barely worth it!  Mind you, I've been eating the peanut butter my SIL made when she was here, so no salt or sugar added which might make it a little bit healthier. I'm just kidding myself I think!

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

9kg in 10 Weeks!

It was my 10th weigh in today and I was hoping to go under 107kg. Well, with a bit of help from Tready, we made it! I weighed in this morning and lost 1.2kg, so I'm doing the happy dance! I'm on target to reach my end of June goal of 106kg by Saturday. Tough but possible.

So I weigh 106.5kg which is a total of 9kg lost since I started, woohoooo!

Monday, 25 June 2012

Will I reach my goal this month?

I reset my goal for the month a few weeks ago.  I want to get to 106kg by the end of June...It'll be a stretch but I could get there if I go shopping for more fruit and veggies today!

Weigh-in tomorrow, and then there will be 5 more days till the end of June. So I'd better get my walking shoes on and pay Tready another visit!

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Tready and I got reacquainted today!

It's been an awful long time, but finally I went and caught up with Tready tonight.  It was a quick visit, but 25 minutes is better than 0 minutes isn't it?

I also had a wee hit of tennis this afternoon. I managed to return a few shots despite running around in jandals (as we say in NZ), or thongs (in Aussie), or flip flops... whatever you call them, they're hopeless to play tennis in ;-P

The New Found Evils of Too Much Water!

Yesterday at Ben's soccer game, I was talking to another soccer Mum, and she was telling me that new studies on water are showing that 8 glasses of water a day is too much for our bodies. They, I don't know who 'they' are, but THEY, are saying we should drink two glasses of water a day as there is enough liquid in the rest of what we consume in a day. The reason is that too much water leads to our organs working too hard...Brent (doctor hubby), was also saying a similar thing, but I don't know his sources either.

I never drink 8 glasses of water, especially in winter, and I know I need to drink more than what I drink...but whaddya reckon? Is water that bad for us?

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Aiming for Paris - by July 2013!

Hubby and I have been talking about Paris next year! At first I was merely using it as my weight-loss goal, and was hoping he'd come on board.  But it looks like it will really happen and the flights could cost nothing! As long as there are frequent flyer seats available! Not sure about the kids though, they might have to stay with their grandparents in NZ :(

If I lose an average of 3kg per month, that would take me 10 months to lose the 30kg needed to reach my Paris goal of 85kg. I can do it, and maybe lose a few more extra kilos!

Watch out Paris I'm a-comin'!

Friday, 22 June 2012

Slow & Steady Wins The Race

When I was in the weight loss zone last time (in 2008-2009), I was losing quite quickly especially at the beginning. I lost 10kg in the first 7 weeks, boom! Whereas, this time the rate has been a bit slower, but still great. I need to keep reminding myself that it's Ok to be losing more slowly this time, to be patient, and to not compare with the previous journey!  I suspect that ProPoints is a better fitting program for me, and more sustainable in the long term.

When my dad died in 2009, I lost my motivation to keep losing and stopped trying with the same enthusiasm.  I had gone hard for a year, lost 35kg, and had run out of steam. Before long I found that I was gaining about 8-10kg a year.

But this time is different. I've learned a few lessons from my last journey and it's a good thing to live life to the full, lose weight, and enjoy the journey more. So slow and steady does win the race for me! Well, not too slow because Paris is calling! :)

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Ling Fish Cakes - 1 point each and yummy!

I made some yummy fish cakes in the style my mother would make.  She would pulverise the fish with the back of the Chinese chop/cleaver, but I did everything in the food processor - heaps faster and easier.

Tonight for dinner, I ate 4 fish cakes, and each one was only 1 4 fish cakes for 4 points! Yummy and very satisfying!

Here's the recipe:

  • 750gm ling fillets
  • 1 small onion
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 bunch fresh coriander or garlic chives

  1. Roughly cut the onion into 8 pieces, and then place into the food processor. Pulse until small pieces.
  2. Cut ling fillets into chunks and process with the onion until fish is chopped finely but not completely smooth.
  3. Add to mixture, 6 eggs and coriander/garlic chives, and process together until mixed through. Coriander should be roughly chopped.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Heat frying pan to moderate heat and use spray oil to cook fish cakes (about pikelet sized)
Serve with rice and Asian greens. Drizzle fish cakes with soya sauce if desired.

I fish cake = 1 point

Oops, I did it again!

Well, after a great day yesterday (on the scales), I had a whoopsie moment.  I was doing quite well until evening, and I ate some freshly made peanut butter and roasted sunflower seeds my SIL made. 8 points just like that! And then we had a visitor who came for dinner and out came the Brie and the pate. I just ate too much and when I tracked it, it came to 61 points!  Arggghhhhh!

Oh well, at least we have weeklies for moments such as these!

Better make more soup :)

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Week 9 Weigh-In! 1.4kg gone overnight!

I weighed in at home today and I did the happy dance!

Last night before I went to bed I weighed 109.1kg. This morning, after getting up a few times to go to the loo during the night, I jumped on the scales and they read 107.7kg! Wowser, 1.4kg gone overnight!

Since my weigh-in last week, that's a loss of 1kg, and a total of 7.8kg lost since I restarted. Another kilo closer to Paris! Wooohoooo!

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Fried Eggs

I had 2 of them - fried today!

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Yay! Clothes are fitting me again!

I decided that I wasn't going to buy any new clothes until I lost 10kg. But I'm happy to say that my old clothes are fitting me again and feeling more comfortable than at the start of this journey! I might just find a whole lot of old clothes that I can wear again and not have to buy new ones....haha. Not likely!  Can't wait to buy something new in a few kilos time.

Friday, 15 June 2012

Passport Photo - arrggghhhh!

Passport photos are always so dodgey.

I've been holding off from getting my passport photo taken because my face gets very round and puffy when I put on weight. So I have left it till the last moment to get my passport photo taken...and now I'm down to the wire to get it processed in time before my flight to NZ. Such vanity!

I went yesterday to get my photo done properly, and the photographer in the shop told me I had to part my fringe because it was too long and partially covering my eyes! Argghhhh! I hate my fringe parted! I have forehead phobia! So my face my be less round, but I feel blurrrgh and dorky with my forehead showing.

At least it's only 5 years till I can get my photo retaken.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Why You Aren't Seeing Results

I thought this was brilliant when I saw it...and I've never thought about the centre aisle at all!

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

A birthday weekend!

I had a big weekend full of food! We had our step-nephew staying with us and we took him to Yum Cha which I love, and then there was my daughter Sarah's birthday yesterday.  Not good the day before I weigh in! So this morning I weighed in and I fortunately stayed the same!

Not the best way of getting to Paris, but not too bad considering what we ate over the weekend.

Paris is calling...

Friday, 8 June 2012

A photo of what I'm aiming for!

Me when I was 78kg at Westminster Abbey, London.
I've just been looking through my old photos of our Asia-Europe-America trip in 1994-95 and reminiscing. DS11 Ben had a look too and said how cool the photos were of all the places we went, and he said, "boy mum you were skinny"! Actually I was about 78kg at the time and had lost about 25-30g before the that's my get back to Europe and be about the same weight. I know I'll enjoy it more if I'm fitter as well.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Some Short Term Goals

I think I need to make a checklist of some short term goals to keep me on the straight and narrow for the next few months.

This Week:
  • Walk on Tready 3 times for 10-20 minutes
  • Stay within points
  • Drink 6 glasses of water
By end of June
  • GWEJ - originally 108kg, now amended to 106kg
  • Walk 3 times a week for 30-60 minutes
  • Do some ski-training every day for 5-15 minutes
  • Go skiing in NZ for one day
By end of July
  • GWEJ - originally 106kg, now amended to 103kg
  • Walk 3 times a week for 45-75 minutes
  • Start training for the City to Surf, walk 7km once a fortnight.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Week 7 Weigh-In

I weighed in this morning at home and woohoo, another 800gm lighter than last week!

I'm happy! If yesterday had been weigh-in day I would have lost 1kg, but it'll just balance out and might make it a bit easier to lose some extra grams next week. ;P  I'm enjoying this journey, and loving ProPoints. How good are those weeklies!?

I now weigh 108.7kg and have lost a total of 6.8kg. Paris is another step closer!

Monday, 4 June 2012

Loving Winter Weight-loss

My favourite season for weight-loss is winter...I know that this might be the opposite for many people, as winter tends to be season for weight gain.

But I love winter veggies more than salads - especially roast veggies. 

Winter is also great for making soups, going for walks (as Sydney is too hot for me in summer), putting on the slow cooker, and getting onto Tready - my long lost friend.

And then there's skiing in NZ which is coming up in 4 weeks...yikes better get fit!

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Healthy Pizzas?

It's my daughter Sarah's birthday coming up soon, and we weren't going to do a party this year, but I thought we could have a pizza party if she wanted. I went to Coles and bought the last 2 pizza cookers they had on the shelf - only $29 each!

I've been to a few parties where they've had the pizza cookers going en masse, and the school I work at also bought some. So not my original idea at all.

So, we had pizza last night for dinner.  I tried to buy low point ingredients.  Lite pizza bases, light tasty cheese, and lots of veggies and a variety of meats and smoked salmon.

A normal piece of pizza is worth 4-6 points and about 35+ points for a whole pizza! But I worked out if I went moderately on the cheese a whole pizza could come to 12-16 points. The main naughty factor is the cheese as the veggies are all free!  My favourite combo last night was smoked salmon, red onion, capers, pesto and feta!

Friday, 1 June 2012

Do you eat when you're bored?

I went to work at Brent's surgery today as I'm filling in for someone who's on holiday. I didn't really have enough time for a proper breakfast, and just ate a banana and a Weight Watchers ginger kiss bar.

Normally I'd be ravenous by 11am, but I was really busy and didn't notice time going by. I didn't feel hungry at all, and went for lunch in Chatswood with our niece Hannah. We felt like Vietnamese spring rolls, and by the time we found a Vietnamese eating place it was probably 1.30pm. It was very healthy and yummy (but not as good as Cabramatta) ;P

If I had been at home, I would have been nibbling all day! I reckon I must eat out of boredom. And probably when I'm tired, stressed, when watching TV and just for something to do.  :O

Thursday, 31 May 2012

'E' is for egg!

I'm an egg lover.  I would be lost without them, and there's not a day or two that goes by without an egg or two!

So for breakfast today I had a scrambled egg on multigrain bread for 6 pro-points. I have them in omelettes, fried, poached, in a frittata, in a quiche, stirred through in fried rice, and boiled. Have I left any other way of cooking them out?

I'd like to have chickens roaming around in my backyard except for the clucking, the poo, and the cat! :O

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

My Winter Goal

I'm going to New Zealand on the 3rd of July, and it's a skiing holiday.  There's only about 5 weeks left and I need to get fitter...I'm thinking of going apres-skiing this year and not doing the skiing bit, hehe. But that is a rather lousy option, I should be making the most of the next 5 weeks and getting ski-ready!

On the way to Perisher, Australia July 2011
Last year when we went skiing, I weighed around 105kg, and was going to the gym (which I still pay for and never go to).  I'd love to be able to get to 105kg and get to the gym, but everything in me says, "arggghhh"! That would be a loss of 4.5kg and then the embarrassment of having to face the gym staff after such a long absence.

I'd have to seriously get over myself...truth is, I don't like gyms.  So I'll keep working on the 4.5kg before we get to NZ, and get Tready going while the TV is on...and maybe I'll feel OK about the gym sometime soon!

Brent and I having a hot chocolate break, Perisher 2011

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

The best weigh-in! Going under 110kg!


It's not the best weigh-in because of the actual amount in grams/kilos.  But because of the goals I reached today.

Today's weigh-in showed an 800gm loss which means I went under 110kg! Also, I now weigh 109.5kg which means I reached my 5% goal! And I reached my May goal to get to 110kg. So three goals in one weigh-in!!! And 6kg gone so far in this journey!

I'm doing the happy dance!

Monday, 28 May 2012

A variation on pumpkin soup

Yesterday I made pumpkin soup but with a slight variation.

I made it with fresh ginger and coconut light carnation milk instead of coconut cream.

I had mixed reactions from the family.  My niece Hannah and I really liked it, and hubby and daughter liked it, but prefer the original recipe, and son whom doesn't like soup didn't say anything. :P

It had a chilli in it as well, but I deseeded it and there wasn't much heat in it at all.

I'm a big ginger fan, so it was right up my alley!

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Photo update - 5kg gone

I finally took a photo (just of my top half), more to come later!  Look at those bags under my eyes!

This is me, 5kg less than when I started...a sneak peek on the scales this morning showed that I am under 110kg for the first time in ages, so I just need to hold on over the weekend till Tuesday, then it'll be official!

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Photo to come

Now that I reached my first milestone - 5kg done and dusted - I think I'll take the first photo in my photo journey. Not a huge difference, but I think my face is not as round, and my clothes are fitting better...

I'll take one very soon!

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Almost a habit...

I could almost say I'm developing a habit!  And it's a good one...

I've been walking the last two mornings with hubby...just around the block which is fairly big, and it was only for 25 minutes, but it's a beginning! If we can get out of bed a bit earlier we can go a bit longer - harder to do when it's cold though :)

So it's almost a many days are you supposed to do something before it's considered a habit?

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Week 5 Weigh-In Results! Woohoo!

Woohoooo! I had my fifth weigh-in today, and the scales tell me I've lost 900gms, which means I get my
5kg star!

I'm very happy with that, and not suprised that I didn't make it under 110kg this week. It gives me something to work towards for next week.  Also, next week I could easily get my 10% goal which is at 109.7kg. So week 6 should be a goodie on this journey!

My total loss is 5.2kg and I'm also on track for my May goal to get to 110kg.

Oh, I nearly forgot...I went for a walk with Brent at 6.30am, and when I got back I was 200gms lighter, haha!

Monday, 21 May 2012

So close to going under 110kg!

Well, I won't really know until tomorrow, but I only have 500gm to lose to go under 110kg.  I'm so close.  To be realistic I don't know if I'll lose that much in one day.  But it IS POSSIBLE if I keep to a low salt diet and stay within my points, or try to do a 29 point day.  All will be revealed tomorrow!

     So close…

Sunday, 20 May 2012

It's easier to be anti-social, but not as much fun!

Haha, I thought I was going to have a party-free, social-free week! Just stay at home and be dinners out etc...I don't know why I even think this because my week is never social-free. I should never depend on a 'normal' week at home eating soup (jokes), and should just learn to accommodate the social occasions in my life as the norm.

As a matter of fact, I've only cooked once all week as we've had something on every night of the week:
  • Tuesday we got back from piano lessons at 7.30pm, so I bought Chinese takeaway (as healthy as possible).
  • Wednesday ended up being a date night and we ate at one of my favourite fusion restaurants in Balmain.
  • Thursday was sports training night and we got home at 7.45pm, so I bought chicken and salads.
  • Friday night we celebrated a friend's birthday and went to an Indian restaurant.
  • Saturday (last night) I cooked a healthy chicken and vegetable curry as we had some friends over, and they bought dessert over...I had a tiny bit.

I've got two days to go before weigh-in on Tuesday.  I might as well drop this notion that a 'normal' week exists, and learn to work around our busy family schedule and busy social life.  I've got to make better choices...and perhaps get better organised with our meals by putting on the slow cooker before piano lessons and sports training.  It could be done cooking by the time we finish if I get it on straight away after work. Yummy, healthy, and cheaper too!

Saturday, 19 May 2012

A Sporting Saturday

I was up early today to get Ben off to his soccer game by 8.30am. It was a bit of a drive to get there, but it was a lovely day and lovely drive. My hubby and I had to push our kids to play a team sport because we thought it would be good for them.

Sarah just started playing netball this year which she is enjoying, but we had to keep encouraging her to give it a soooo good for them both in many aspects.  It's not about the winning - although it's nice to win occasionally. They're getting some exercise a few times a week, learn to work with others in their team, and learn about sportsmanship.

Friday, 18 May 2012

What a relief!

I have new batteries for my scales and now I can weigh myself again! Hooray!

So I'm back to my normal routine, and I weighed myself this morning and saw a new number.  I've gone from the 111s to the 110s (as in kilos), so I'm inching closer to going under 110kg. It might not happen by the next weigh-in but I will hopefully get my 5kg star at least.

I'd better make some more soup, it's such a great back-up and so filling. So will it be pumpkin again or a new one?

Thursday, 17 May 2012

I have a confession

Yes, I do have a confession.  It's a Weight Watchers no-no.

I am a daily weigher...and my scales have run out of batteries!
I feel so lost and incomplete! When do the shops open so I can get some more batteries?

I know it's a no-no but I find it helps me stay on track better during the week.  I can clearly see the effect of too much salt in my weight the next day.

Is it so wrong for me to be a daily weigher?

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

First few milestones approaching

I see from today's sneak peek, I am 500gm away from scoring my first 5kg star, AND I am only 1kg away from going under 110kg, AND I am 1.4kg away from my 10% goal!  So there's lots to look forward to in the next week. I really want to get under 110kg by next Tuesday when I weigh in. Yay! It's not my first time going under 110kg, but it'll be just as exciting as the first time!

More soup...more vegies...more exercise...what exercise?
Going skiing in NZ in about 6 weeks time, so I've gotta step up the fitness big time!

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Week 4 Weigh-in...wooohooo!

I'm happy today! It was looking really bad on the scales yesterday after Mother's Day, and I had a vegie and healthy day yesterday - no social events!

Yesterday's menu was:
  • Mushroom and tomato omelette
  • Banana smoothie
  • Broccoli, leek and potato soup
  • Apple
  • Cabbage and bacon
  • Broccoli, leek and potato soup
  • Lamb with garlic and herbs
  • Wasabi peas
  • Halva
And I wasn't hungry because the soup really filled me up and was 1 PP per ladle.

So I lost 1.1kg which brings my total loss to 4.3kg.
My current weight is 111.2kg, only 1.3kg to go under 110kg.
Bring it on!

Monday, 14 May 2012

Happy Mothers' Day!

Happy Mothers' Day to all the mums out there!

Did you have a nice day?  We had a lovely day. I didn't have breakfast in bed (because we had a late night on Saturday, and I said "you don't need to give me breakfast in bed, you can sleep in"). After church we went to see 'The Avengers' and got sushi seconds before the movie started. Yum! Great movie if you like super hero movies which we do.  

I got some lovely pressies but they included 2 boxes of chocolates! Yikes again.  Now, I'm not a chocoholic, but if they're there then I will eat them! I shared them around everyone, but still ate five choccies! My broccoli soup was yummo and certainly helped with healthy options, but not enough! So I'm feeling frustrated with myself this morning! At least a new week starts tomorrow, but I'm going to try and reverse the damage as much as possible today!

Sunday, 13 May 2012

The secret is in the...


I haven't made any soup for over a week, so I think it's time for another pot of something healthy. It works because it keeps me filled up on vegies instead of other stuff  which is always higher in Pro-points!

I went to Harris Farm yesterday and bought  heaps of broccoli and leeks for nothing other than broccoli, leek and potato soup!  I love it, and it has less points than pumpkin soup which was the last pot.  I might put some bacon in it for flavour...we'll see how I feel!

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Today I will make good choices!

Today I will be resolute and make great choices!

Yesterday I bought fish and chips for dinner because it was 'one of those days'...too busy, nothing to cook, driving kids from A to B at night, Brent had to leave work early because of a back spasm...oh, what other excuse can I find?

I actually walked into the fish n chip shop thinking that I'd order some grilled fish. But  my eyes darted to the kids pack which was cheaper but less healthy.  The kids pack was quite I bought it, ate it, tracked it, and then kicked myself!

So today! Good choices, healthy choices, exercise choices.

I'm starting the day with a banana smoothie.

NO to rubbish after netball and soccer!
NO to convenience

YES to fresh and healthy!
YES to movement!

Friday, 11 May 2012

Yikes! I've been invited to a Sri Lankan feast!

It's friend's birthday dinner tomorrow night, and I've just lost the weight I'd gained while away for the weekend (plus a bit more), so I'm not looking forward to the challenge of navigating my way through this dinner.  The birthday boy is Sri Lankan, and there's always a feast of food, and I don't have too many weeklies left!

I've been asked to take a salad so I'll make it Heather friendly and huge so I can be happy eating that rather than everything else. A Caesar salad is what the occasion calls for I think...although not Sri Lankan at all :P

It might have to be a soup making day today so I can have a low point day in lieu of a possibly high point day tomorrow.