Happy Australia Day

Well it is Australia Day and I have just attended a barbeque as any good Australian should.  It was a wonderful time with people I like and at a lovely home out in the burbs.  It was also the biggest challenge to my diet so far.  The spread was divine, with exotic salads and meats and plenty of food for everyone.

I ate before we left so that I wouldn’t be hungry and could ignore the food.  I managed quite well with the meats and salads and felt quite proud of myself.  Then out came the traditional desserts and my eyes boggled.  Pavlova, chocolate ripple cake, cheesecake… the desserts kept coming and my eyes grew wider.

Now I know my weakness, and my weakness is sweets.  I have indulged in many a chocolate creamy dessert and my favourite of all is the chocolate ripple cake.  It is a deceptively simple dish, chocolate ripple biscuits surrounded by whipped cream and depending how fancy the cook wants to go you can grate a bit of chocolate on the top.  It is all chocolaty and creamy goodness indeed.  And there it was sitting in front of me while I am trying to be virtuous and stick to my diet.

I am happy to report that I did not succumb to the temptation and found that having plenty of company to talk to and letting them all know the reasons for refusing the dessert so that they weren’t continually pressing me to try some helped tremendously.  I think being honest about being on a diet is an important step and it means that you have plenty of people around you to support you.

I haven’t done any exercise for a couple of days now but will get back into the swing of things tomorrow.  Alcohol doesn’t really mix with exercise.

One last note before I go.  It is Australia Day today and I do expect a certain amount of patriotism amongst Australians as we have a great country to be proud of, but I was puzzled by the sheer amount of cars I saw travelling on the freeway with Australian flags on the back window of the car.  Were they coming from an event or is just everyone that patriotic?  Guess I will never know.

Paula

Descending into the clouds

Once upon a time I was envious of those people who had to travel for work.  I would look at the business people who had memberships in Frequent Flyer programs and how they would be such seasoned travellers that they could fit a week’s worth of clothes into take on luggage.  Yes, I always wanted to work for a company where I travelled for work.

Today I had to go to a meeting in Sydney.  Now much as I enjoyed going to the Head Office and seeing all the people there, some of whom I had met before and others new to me, it ended up being quite a long day.  People who have to do this every day must surely be exhausted by the end of the week.  And don’t get me started on the air conditioning in planes!

Anyway, it was a nice trip but I am glad I don’t have to do it very often is all I am saying.

And an update from yesterday’s walk.  I got sunburnt!  Probably not a surprise to those who know me, so I don’t know why it was a surprise to me.  I knew before I went out that I should have worn sunscreen.  When will I learn the Slip Slop Slap lesson.  I have only been hearing it for 30 odd years.

 

A Walk around the River

Well, today in keeping with my promise to my friend Rose, I picked her up this morning and we went for a walk around the Maribyrnong River.  It did not look like this while we were walking but only a couple of weeks ago this was what it looked like.

The Maribyrnong River a couple of weeks ago

The signs of flood were everywhere.  The paths were covered in a thin patina of dirt and the roads and gardens were covered in dried mud with cracks all the way through it so that it looked like it hadn’t rained in months.

The walk around the river, which is extremely popular with locals, takes about 45-60 minutes depending on how fast you walk.  The view is tremendous and I don’t just mean the river, there are many joggers and riders and walkers about and it was quite a warm morning which meant that many male joggers were shirtless.  Just the thing for a Sunday morning.  🙂

After coming home I thought about how the floods, minimal as they were in Maribyrnong, had changed the way I looked at things around me.  Indeed, the Maribyrnong river is still high but not dangerously so.  I feel for my compatriots in Queensland and in the country Victorian towns that have been or indeed are still flooded.  I think of the work involved in the clean up and I shudder.  I still haven’t done my dishes today and they are cleaning up filthy mud from all their room, getting rid of mouldy carpet and scrubbing away debris left by rising water.

I can’t comprehend the amount of work involved in that sort of a cleanup.  Luckily Australia is made up of a lot of people who will just roll up their sleeves and get on with it, unlike people like me who read about it, write about it but don’t do anything about it.

As it is now nearly 4pm and I should probably go do those dishes I will leave here for now.  I will let you know tomorrow if those dishes got done.

 

By for now

Paula

The Diet is Working!!

Well I weighed myself this morning with a lot of trepidation as I did the cheat thing and weighed myself during the week.  It is apparently the cardinal rule of weight loss that you only weigh yourself once a week at the same time preferably with the same clothes on as that is the only true measure of your weight loss.  During the week you can have quite large fluctuations and also you weigh differently at different times of day.  Anyway I had a sneaky weigh of myself yesterday and was dismayed to see I had gained weight!

What a disappointment!  That serves me right for not waiting for the right time to do it.  I stepped on the scales this morning and what do you know?  I had lost 2.3 kg.  The first true week of weight loss is supposed to be a bit larger than the rest so I was hoping for a figure like that (much as I am hoping to have a figure eventually 🙂 )  The next week shouldn’t be quite as dramatic (we are not on the Biggest Loser show here) but I am aiming for about a kilo a week. 

I kept up the exercise this week with a bit of playing on the Wii each night but I went for a walk this morning and I tell you the Wii gets you nowhere near as puffed as walking up a really steep hill does.  I thought I was going to have a heart attack!  When I caught my breath at the top of the hill (my place is surrounded by really steep hills so I can’t escape them on any walk) I thought that this is probably what I should be doing every day instead of Wii.  Unfortunately it is not as fun as Wii so it might only happen once a week or so.  Perils of being a lazy girl I guess.

I had an anxiety dream this morning.  It wasn’t one I have had before, rather strange really.  I dreamt that I had been asked to play bass with a local band at some private back yard party (probably watching too much Oprah lately what with Taco parties and all that!).  For a start I haven’t ever played bass guitar.  Sure I dabbled with acoustic guitar at school and like every teenager who learns guitar I begged (and got) an electric guitar to play with.  I, being a typical lazy girl, never ever really excelled at guitar.  Sure I could hold a decent chord and played in the school band in a couple of musicals but was never really destined for greatness because I didn’t practice enough.  So back to the dream.  I haven’t picked up a guitar in several years, let alone ever played the bass, so why these people were asking me to play with them I don’t know, it was a dream and they don’t have to make sense.

I got delivered by a limo (delusions of grandeur much?) and there were address instructions written in texta on the guitar.  I knocked on the door and the person who answered took me through to the back yard where the band was setting up.  They greeted me like they knew me and commenced to start playing like they knew I could just join in.  That is where the anxiety starts as of course I had no idea what to play and where to come in.  Suddenly (I think the brain knows when you have had enough and helps out every now and then) sheet music appears in front of me with all the areas I have to play marked.  There is unfortunately a solo coming up (a bass solo? dreams are weird) and everybody is looking to me….. and of course that is where the dream ended with me waking up thinking that was one of the weirder ones.

I only have those sort of dreams when something is on my mind.  I went to sleep last night with all these plans for the editing of Ethel and I should have written them down as they must have played on my mind because I didn’t want to forget them.  I am going to write them down this very minute.  If you are still reading here thank you for your patience with my rambling.  I am hoping that as the days go by and I get more practice I will become a little more accomplished at this blog thing.  I will eventually put more interesting things here but for now you will have to put up with my general rantings about life and weight loss (or gain).  And I love to use parentheses so you will be seeing a lot of those too.

Cheers

Paula

Back from the MSFC

Just got back from the MSFC.  It was the first session for the year and everybody had to discuss what they got for Christmas.  There was a surprising amount of interesting stuff along with the dreary and plain boring, but mixed up enough to keep things moving along.  As happens with fans there was quite an amount of off topic conversation but many people had quite a few weeks of catch up to do.

In a fit of volunteerism I have signed up to edit Ethel the Aardvark which is the club magazine.  I have never edited anything before so it will be a new and interesting experience.  I will be blogging about that as well so stay tuned (not that anyone is actually reading this until I can figure out how the heck to post things to facebook and twitter).

I will be trying to post something everyday as I want my writing skills to improve.  This is part of the New Year’s Resolution set of promises I made to myself.

  1. Write more often
  2. Keep in touch better with family and friends
  3. lose weight
  4. drink less often
  5. exercise more

As you can see they are the usual suspects when it comes to resolutions, and indeed, they are the same ones I make every year so we will see how well I stick to it.  I am hoping this year is exciting and new and I know it couldn’t be worse than the last one.  Those that know me know that it wasn’t the best one for me but I have put on a happy face and made it so that only good things can happen to me this year.

I shall post more tomorrow.

Paula

How a lazy girl shall lose weight

Well people,  I have known for some time now that I needed to go on a diet.  In fact I have been trying for the better part of a year to overcome my need for chocolate and chips and my inherent laziness which means I like to sit on the couch and watch tv and movies. 

Anyway I saw a picture of myself from my father’s birthday party on New Year’s Eve.  It was rather hot so I was wearing a singlet top.  With so called ‘Tuck Shop Lady Arms’ flapping in the strong northerly breeze, it was not a good look.  I saw photos later and was horrified at how other people see me.  It was time for a change!

Bring in the Lite’n’Easy!!

For the lazy girl there is nothing better than Lite’n’Easy.  It comes to your door and they tell you what to eat each day and when to eat it!  All you need to do is buy Milk.  I have been on it for two weeks now and while I lost only a little bit of weight last week I am expecting a better result this week.  I am weighing myself tomorrow and I will report the results.

I also bought myself a Wii Fit game.  So far I have been good and used it for about half an hour a night.  I haven’t got bored yet so things are looking up.  It is so much easier for me than a gym membership as I know that if I buy one I won’t go.  For a large girl it is embarrassing going to the gym and seeing all those lithe young bodies who don’t really need to go as far as they do with the exercise.  They are there to make us look bad.

Anyway, I shall monitor my progress and see if the Wii Fit is all it is cracked up to be.  It certainly is amusing anyway.

Well, as my first post this hasn’t been too painful.  I will see how it goes further down the track

Signing off

Paula

I am the one on the far right

Hello world!

Well Hello World indeed.  This is the very first time I have ever blogged and it can be a scary business for a not so techno savvy person as I.  I have been writing a diary but the old school way doesn’t seem to be working so I think I will try this way instead.  I have a couple of different ideas for posts and I think I have something interesting to say even if people don’t read it!  Anyway, here we go.