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Last Post 2017

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!!

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Biggest Loser Update

I have still only lost 2.5KG no weight went off me this week. I know exactly why as well. Last week I did 0 exercise and it showed in my 0KG weight loss this week. I had a sinus infection so my cold was in full swing. Looking back I felt rubbish all week and I choose to be at work as it was a big week. I did 0 swimming and walking as I was just trying to get through the work day. I have thought reflecting on last week I should have done something anything even if it was just stretching. Back to it this week and even harder then ever on the exercise as I let it drop last week.  Starting tonight walking 12 KM home!

How do people keep there motivation going?

I have been pretty good at keeping it going and keeping my focus on the end goal but last week it slipped. I would love a way to get around those moments when its tough cos you are busy or your not as healthy as usual… any suggestions are welcome!

The festive season has not been to bad so far. We have had the BBQ so we have been in control of the food.  We have had meat with salad and roasted pumpkin/ butternut squash. We did have dips but I provided carrot sticks and celery sticks for them…no crisps. No beer is hard and no wine. I had one small glass of wine this weekend and that was my one moment of weakness feeling sorry for myself cos I had a cold…. (it annoys me now when I think back grrr).

I was talking to a girlfriend about the way we see ourselves. She was telling me the bits she didn’t like about herself and how she feels the pressure to work-out but has one of the craziest work schedules and struggles to find time. We do put a lot of pressure on ourselves as women but I do like that we talk about it openly with friends and get that support from other females. It did make me think do men have the same thoughts? I wonder if they ever talk about it or feel like they can’t? Might try get it out of MK…but that will be like trying to get blood from a stone.

I have not been good with keeping up on my mindfulness book and journal which I will also get back into tonight. My routine basically went out of wack for a week and I do feel out of control which I don’t like. Hopefully I will be back on track next week and have a better result.

I do have motivation …example below is I wanted to use my new camera at sunrise in Bronte and I did it. I left my house at 4:45AM and captured the most amazing shots….so just need to find that all the time!

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Biggest Loser Update!

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!!!!

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No Plans.

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.

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Walking away…

This weekend was full of sun! Still need to get out of the mind set “need to make the most of it” as it will be sunny most weekends now.

I knocked another walk off my list. I did the Manly North heads walk. I got the ferry across and started the walk from the wharf. It went along the coast then cut up through Manly to the North Heads Park.

There are signs everywhere and if you do go wrong google will guide you. Once in the park we followed the signs to the City Look Out Point and then to the Fairfax Look Out Point. There is a cafe and water station in there. The views were lovely. The camera got used quite a lot. It’s all on a foot path so easy on the feet. There is a short walk called Memorial Walk which has what looks like a brand new tribute for veterans.

In all we did just under 10K, good work out. It was nice to see more of Manly as well. Just have to prepare yourself for the packed ferry back to Sydney and the mad rush at Circular!

We got the 9:28am ferry from Circular and we were back at the wharf eating lunch around 12:30.

Also went to the Open Air Cinema in Newtown Saturday night. It was in support of the community centre there and to open the Newtown Festival. Sunday was the festival and from the photos on twitter a lot of people showed up for the day. Hopefully lots of money raised!

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Biggest Loser Update.

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!

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Mindfulness…

I have been reading my little book on living the mindfulness life.

I have enforced a few changes into our home life to try and make it a little more calm.

A big one for me is social media and our phones we are always on them. Now when we get home we make a effort to have tea at the table and when we sit down to watch a show on the TV no phones. I personally love it cos when I do speak to MK then I get a focused response and not a grunt. 

 

Also made a effort to pick a show and watch it together and I had to work on not watching mindless shows that don’t have any content. This mainly involves not watching reality TV. Even at work I have stopped listening to podcast while I work as I am focusing on being present at the task on hand. It does work I feel a lot more focused at work and I feel at home I’m more productive and really enjoy the TV show we choose to watch. The conversations with MK are no longer ones while looking at their mobile.

It is incredibly hard to break the habit of a life time and this is what its about. Your first thought in a morning is more then likely a negative thought… so trying to change that to a positive thought sounds easy but its not. I am enjoying the book and what I am learning.

I believe this is the right way for me to live. I am training myself to change the way I think to have a more positive and calmer approach to life. I am also finding a routine which does not cause me stress. Yes I do still get stressed but I will learn to manage it in a better / productive and not destructive way.