Saturday, January 13, 2007

Holiday Time

This will be my last post for two weeks as we are off on a camping holiday with the kids. I am planning to enjoy myself, but also to stay close to on track while we are away. We are camping at the beach so there's the option of long walks on the beach, swimming, bodysurfing, snorkelling and beach cricket to keep me active, and I'm in charge of the food so I can pack heaps of healthy stuff.

Cant wait to go, just not looking forward to the packing, and camp setup. Once that's done the rest will be great.

Take care, I'll be back in February :-))

Thursday, January 11, 2007


Have seen this around a bit lately, thought I'd give it a go

A is for age: 39
B is for Beer: Not a beer drinker rather have a Cruiser
C is for Career: Office Manager/Mother/Wife
D is for my Dog's Name: Milo
E is for Essential Item I Use Everyday: Moisturiser
F is for Favourite T.V. Show: Greys Anatomy and Charmed
G is for Favorite Game: Yahtzee
H is for Hometown: Sydney, although I have adopted Canberra now after 14 years.
I is for Instruments I Play: Piano - very rusty
J is for Favourite Juice: Apple and Pear
K is for Whose Butt I'd Like To Kick: My middle sister
L is for the Last Place I Ate Out: The Hyatt Hotel, Canberra
M is for Marriage: 12 years this March
N is for Name: Jocelyn, Joc, Jossie, Boss!
O is for Overnight Hospital Stays: 1986 - appendicitis, 1995, 1998, 2001 - birthing children
P is for People I was With Today: My youngest daughter.
Q is for Quote: "Just do it”
R is for Biggest Regret: Not following my own advice often enough
S is for Sport: Walking, gym, karate (hopefully soon again) swimming
T is for Time I Woke Up Today: 7.15am (kids slept over at a friends ;)
U is for Current Underwear: Pink satin
V is for Vegetable You Love: tomatoes, olives
W is for Worst Habit: being lazy about exercising
X is for X-rays I Have Had: Teeth, elbow, ankle, shoulder, pelvis, back, knee, hand
Y is for Yummy Food You Ate Today: Feta cheese
Z is for Zodiac: Scorpio


Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Progress Report Week 10


I was hopeful when I stepped on the scales this morning, but ... you know what its like, you think you will have a loss but you are terrified that something bad happened over night and instead you gained 2kgs, anyway I stepped on the scales and shut my eyes just in case, when I finally peeked there it was...

I lost 1.2kg this week yipee!!!

So that blew away my horrid little Christmas/NYE gain and put me firmly in a good place to achieve my January goals. YAY ME!

Previous Weight - 83.2kg
Lost 1.2kg
Current Weight - 82kg

Today I am happy. I started tracking again last week, which I think has made the biggest difference to the previous weeks.

I did have a few treats, in particular I went to High Tea at the Hyatt Hotel in Canberra - lush, I am looking for another excuse to do this as it was so beautiful, I will post about it when I get around to downloading the photos from my camera.

We have also had fresh apricots from my FIL's tree. They go bad really quickly in the heat so I stewed them and we have been eating them for dessert each night, I pour a tiny amount of cream on them about the size of a ten cent piece, swish them around so the cream touches each piece then I slowly eat them, I only have about two apricots all up, but I make sure they take about fifteen minutes to eat so that I can savour them - so good.

And there's been more cooking with the my little one. This time it was choc chip cookies, and man were they good. I'll post more on this later too cos I took photos (my kids think its hilarious that I take photos of most of the food we cook) and they came out all round and chocolaty, and chippy, and just like the pictures in the book. I was so proud. Usually my cookies taste great, but they never look like the ones in the book lol.

All things told, week 10 has been a pretty good week here, and I'm looking forward to Week 11


Friday, January 5, 2007

Chocolatey Goodness

I know that this is probably a little out of place on a blog used primarily to journal about my weight loss, but how could I resist! My youngest daughter received a cook book from Santa, she loves cooking and is often in the kitchen helping me at tea time even though she is only 5. So today was her first chance to choose a recipe from her new book and do some cooking. Of course she choose something primarily made of chocolate and saturated fat, but it looks pretty good, and the smell while it was cooking - heaven.... sorry just had to wipe the drool off the keyboard. Thankfully the kids will make short work of this one so I wont be tempted for too long ;-)

OK one good motherly deed for the day done two to go lol

Thursday, January 4, 2007

More Creating

Not as happy with these pages as with the first two, but I like them all the same. I only realised after I had put it all together that I am missing a photo of my dads sister, so will have to find a creative way of adding that later :-)

Wow thats four pages for 2007 so far. The next two could be harder because I have to change the layout to something completely different, which requires a bit more thinking. These photos are all of my dads family, his parents and brothers, I am really enjoying looking back at our family history while I am working on this project, theres so much that hasnt been recorded and some of it is so fascinating, I really need to spend time with my dad getting all of it down on paper so that I can pass it on to my kids and grandkids

2007 - Create

I don't do New Years resolutions, so I haven't really thought of a great pile of specific things I'm going to change this year. I already made the commitment to getting fit and healthy and losing weight at the end of last year, and thankfully my motivation seems to have returned home after yesterdays post, almost like it knew I was talking about it (its ears must have been burning or something). So I have been thinking about what I would like to achieve this year.

I grew up in a household where we didn't set goals, and all through my schooling etc, it was never something we talked about or witnessed in an obvious way. I am sure there were girls at my school who set their goals and achieved them, but my personal friends were a lot like me, most of us wanted to grow up, get married to some spunk, and have kids. And so that's basically what I did. I never had big career aspirations, I was never really passionate about anything other than having kids.

I have since developed some passions, and in retrospect have found there were other things that really lit me up inside, I was just never encouraged to think that I could do anything with those things. I have always been passionate about horses, I used to ride the neighbours horses, then when there was no riding, I would feed them, brush them, clean up after them, talk to them, or just sit on the fence and watch them, but my parents never had the money for us to have horses of our own, so once my neighbours moved I was left horseless until I was old enough to pay for my own horse riding.

I was also passionate about photography, I used to carry my dad's old SLR around with me everywhere! I am not in so many photos because I was usually behind the camera. My brother followed on from me with the love of photography, and while I was at home bringing up babies he managed to start earning a little extra money from photography. He cant support himself on his photography, but he loves it none the less, and does it in his spare time. I am currently lusting after a Canon 400D digital SLR, which I am hoping will appear for my birthday this year, then I want to go wild taking photos, and learning all I can to become a better photographer.

One of my earlier jobs BC (before children) involved teaching others to use Desktop Publishing and other graphics software. You know what - I loved that too. I also was introduced to Scrap booking 6 years ago - total love! Then my life got so busy with three small kids that I let that fall by the wayside too.

As well as all that I have in the past, sewn, knitted, embroidered, stitched, done woodwork, pottery, beading... lots of crafty things. And you know what, I loved all of them, I loved that feeling of creating, of taking something and changing it to fit my vision. It wasn't always a good vision lol, but it was my vision, and I felt a sense of real satisfaction to look at what I had created.

The last few years have been barren creatively for me, so much so that I have lost much confidence in my ability to be creative. Linda posted about giving your new year a theme, and I really like that idea, so I am borrowing it for myself. So I have decided this year will be a year of creativity for me.

And to kick it off, I have finished my first scrapping layout for 2007. It is part of an album my sisters and I are making for my parents 40th Wedding Anniversary, and will document the story of their lives as we know it. Please excuse the dodgy photos, I am still grappling with my scanner when it comes to scanning 12 by 12 inch layouts, something I plan to master by the end of 2007 the year of creativity :-)

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Progress Report Week 8 & 9

If only good intentions were the answer sigh...

I completely neglected to remember to substitute water for alcohol over the Christmas period, in fact for about five days in a row I drank copious amounts of alcohol, cringe, but I was happy while it was happening lol.

Then there was the matter of tracking, well I didnt do that either.

As for what I ate, it wasnt too bad all things told. I only overate at two meals, and that was a splurge on dips, cheese and crackers both times. The other eating wasnt too bad.

I DID walk every day from the 24th to today for at least half an hour, so my exercise didnt suffer too badly.

So in summary the eating wasnt too bad, the exercise wasnt too bad, the tracking was non existant, and the alcohol... lets just say that January is going to be a dry month ;-)

Last weigh in - 82.6kg
Xmas Gain - 600g
Current weight - 83.2kg

So for December I have managed to gain 300g :-(

So bring on January, the festivities are over, and its time to get back to the program again, if only I could remember where I put that pesky motivation... I know its around here somewhere... umm maybe its under the bed...

Oh you're still here? sorry I'll say ta ta for now and go find where I left my motivation, and I'll be back soon :-)