Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Everyone!
Hope everyone is having a happy and safe break with family and friends. I’m currently on a island in the middle of Fiji and can’t sleep… so why not write my last post of the year?
Fiji is beautiful, a little worried that all my good healthy work may be undone but hopefully do some exercise over the next few days! See what the scales say when I’m home.
Everyone reflects at the end of the year and looks to the next. This year for me has been a big one with MK and I doing long distance for 7 months, going home after 3 years, meeting MKs family, my mum getting married, moving in together, visas(standard) and working hard. We have done a lot of trips this year and most have been local to NSW but I have loved every adventure! So grateful for all my friends new and old and of course my family!
I have done some writing to reflect on the past month and year. Caught up with friends and recapped the crazy year we had, it’s a great way to keep the mind mindful and calm.
I’m hoping over the next few days in Fiji on the sun lounger MK and I put our plan together for 2018 and reflect on our 2017. We have a end goal of living a alternative lifestyle and want to bring you guys on the journey. More to come on that in the start of the year. But ultimately we will be doing some videos to make it more interactive.
Great time of year to review your goals and plans for the future…I will be sharing mine in the next blog.
Until then I’ll be living on Fiji Time! Bula!!
Made it to the finally work week before Christmas!
A bit slack on the blogs due to the silly season taking over work and social life. It s summer here now and everyone is trying to make the most of it. I have managed to keep at my -3.5KG but for the next few weeks I think a more realistic goal is to keep it at that. We are going to Fiji on Saturday and have friends from home visiting this week so just keeping the weight I’ve lost off will be a challenge in its self. MK and I have talked about it and we have loved the new lifestyle of taking extra care of what we put into our mouths and the exercise…with that in Fiji we are going to try be active most days even if its Yoga or a snorkel.
We have done some cool things over the past few weekends. We took a swim and sunbath in the beautiful pool at North Sydney, attended a friends boat party on the harbour at sunset, got up to watch the sunrise, spa day at the Langham Hotel, Christmas BBQ’s with friends and family, watched the Christmas light show at St Marys Cathedral and tried out a few new bars having some festive drinks and catch ups. Just added a few photos below.
St Mary’s Cathedral.
St Mary’s Cathedral
Christmas lights in Martins Place
Memorial in Martins Place
Door Knock the new bar in the CBD
View from our boat party at sunset…Sydney looking beautiful!
The pool at our spa day in the Langham Hotel…worth a visit.
I did it…I managed to knock a KG off the scales. Total of 2.5KG. I could not feel better. I have more energy, more focus and don’t feel bloated after a meal.
This weekend we did go out with friends for Christmas drinks. I did resist beer and wine. I had a few proseccos and that was it. On the Sunday we also did a walk across the Harbour bridge and some lengths of the pool in North Sydney. This pool is worth a venture to the other side of the bridge. Tired from the night out it was pretty slow going in the pool. After drying off in the sun MK walked back over the bridge and I took the ferry. For me personal after a night out a month ago I would have been eating everything in sight trying to manage my hang over. It was a little step in showing myself I have changed my motivation by swimming away the cobwebs.
A blog coming this week on how I made my non eating calendar for $20. I also received a gift colander from my mum with Body Shop products behind each door. Can’t wait for the 1st December to hit!!!!
We listened to the weather forecast and cancelled our weekend of camping. We should never have listened to the weather as the rain held off and it was decent.
Our friends braved the forecast and it paid off hey had a great weekend down in Kiama. I was pretty bummed we stayed home and had no plans. I was trying to see the positive in the situation (it took me a while) but we did have a good weekend.
We just did simple tasks which we have been wanting to do. A BBQ was finally purchased for the balcony, we spent up vouchers received from friends and we visited two Christmas warehouses in Alexandria as it is nearly upon us.
The balcony is ready for summer. I wrote my last blog out on the balcony with my incense sticks burning and a cup of tea. It was a relaxing few hours. I think I’ll be spending more time out there. For Christmas this year we are having friends round for a BBQ instead for presents. I can’t wait to use it! I almost want to call the balcony my room. Also somewhere for me to watch my Netflix shows as a certain someone will not give Riverdale a chance. Quick side note we are addicted to Sinner on Netflix starring Jessica Biel.
Photo of my new office!
This weekend my sister and I are going to the spa at the Langham Hotel in the Rocks. We were lucky enough to receive a gift voucher. I shall let you know how we get on. Hopefully creating a homemade advent calendar and finding some Christmas bargains!!!!! Keep up with what I find on my Insta story.
Sorry for the late blog entry this week…work has gone up a notch it is our busy season and as that pays the bills it comes first.
Big news is I knocked off 1KG this week….so 1.5KG overall.
This week MK joined me on the mission to change our lifestyle which has made it easier. I did do more exercise this week making it to the pool twice and the gym once. I think the habit of not eating junk for our three main meals has become a habit now. Weetabix for breakie, salad for lunch, and a meat/fish with veggies on a night. The hardest part I have found is my emotional eating. If I am sad I want to give myself something to cheer myself up or if I do something well I want to instantly reward myself with a treat…The more I think about it this habit starts from when you are children with rewards from your parents or a lolly to cheer you up if you have had a fall. I have had a tough week overall and the temptation to reward myself with some kind of sugar to satisfy my sweet tooth has been very very very very hard. But i have finally found my willpower…only took 30 years!
We do have strawberries, light Greek yogurt with passion fruit to help the sugar/ snack craving. Next Saturday we are going out with friends and so begins the silly season with friends. I am interested to see how we do sticking to low calorie drinks like gin and diet tonic. We are both big beer / wine drinkers so it will be a different type of night out.
Also side note we tried going out for breakfast this morning and just ordering scrambled eggs with salmon….it was a mistake we just wanted to order everyone else breakfasts around us. I just think we will be popping in for takeaway coffee in the future. If you are in the Marrickville area for a amazing feed the Roastville is the place to go.
In other news Australia voted ….YES to marriage equality. So happy for the LGBTQ community. Now we just need the Australian parliament to make it official. Mad how they can flip visa rights over night yet takes a really long time to pass a law giving people a basic human right….
We drove into the city on Wednesday night to pick up some furniture we bought off Gumtree. The city was buzzing it was so good to drive up Oxford Street and King Street seeing the rainbow flag flying everywhere! The only sad thing to see is the St George Michael mural has been vandalized in the wake of the YES victory. I saw this on the artist Instagram. He explained the mural does not even have anything to do with the YES campaign and has been on display for over a year. It was a tribute to the property owner’s friend. It does sadden me that people would attack such a beautiful piece of art in our community. What I do love is that people have gone and amended the vandalism. It was a big week for Australia. Go check out @scottie.marsh on Instagram to see what everyone did to improve the vandalized St George Michael mural…
A photo of the mural from a while back below.
First week done! I did loose 1/2kg this week. I think I could have lost a lot more but the Melbourne Cup happened. Which meant one of my swimming days took a hit and I drank booze on a week day. It was my first MC day in the city and it was great… glad I joined in. Although I must give myself credit I did not eat the spread work put on I stuck to my salad…it was also like the best spread I have even seen at a work function! Also Wednesday stress took over and I ate a bag of crisps…these have been my bad moments.
I did how ever do my first weekend of eating healthy. On Sunday I resisted wine and crisps whilst I watched a movie with MK. I let him enjoy them I had a glass of water and celery sticks with the dip. I had coffee with a few girl friends and I had my lunch at home before I met them. Having lunch before hand made it a lot easier to have a coffee and resist buying a cake as well.
My realisation from the choices I made above was the world did not end and I didn’t pass out from starvation by resisting temptation.
It’s all in your head and you just have to fight it. Some other changes I made are one cup of tea a day any more I have green tea. Drinking water with every meal helps me make sure I am drinking water all day…I tend to forget when I am at home to keep up the water in take. At work I am checking the milk to make sure I use only the Fat Free Milk (it looks so weird but doesn’t taste to bad). I have a goal to exercise 3x a week so far I’ve done one so I have to get two more sessions in by Monday.
Overall I don’t feel like I did my best this week but I conquer a lot of demands so it gives me that push to nail next week and have a full week of clean eating!
Any more tips let me know!
No photos this week. Haven’t been out with the camera as it has been a crazy work week!
I had my second camping trip of summer this weekend. It was back down to Coledale.
The campsite is right on the beach and all the facilities where built this time. My friends organised a gang of us and we all headed down Friday night (two night minimum now it’s summer). It’s only over a hours drive away yet you feel a million miles from Sydney.
After a lovely BBQ on Friday night we woke to amazing weather. I spent the morning on the beach and then a few of us ventured to the Helensburgh Tunnels with my new camera.
The tunnels are perfect for anyone who likes to take photos. We ventured a lot further in then last time. It became to muddy so we turned back. I also took the boys to the temple near the tunnels which looks like it is straight out of Asia.
We did call into the Scarborough Hotel for a drink and a snack. If you want a decent table in the beer garden you need to book. It also stops serving food after 5PM.
Back at camp a few games were played before we walked up to Coledale RSL for some pub grub. It was all the usual suspects on the menu and a few extras…everyone will find somthing they like.
A few of the boys went night fishing and the rest of us brought our camping chairs to the beach. We called for breakfast on the Sunday to the Cafe below. I didn’t particularly like my breakfast but MK loved his …I might have been unlucky.
It is another gem to add to the list for a quick cheap weekend away. It is on the list with Kiama.