Welcome 2013


Happy New Year everyone. I hope that 2012 was a good year for you all and that 2013 will be an even better year for everyone.

I’ve spent the last few days going over the past year in my head and thinking about what I would like to achieve over the next 12 months (and beyond that as well), in all aspects of my life – not just fitness and food related goals. There are so many things that I would love to do, but I know that I can’t achieve all the things I would like to do, so I’ve had to pare my list down a little, to make it achievable. I didn’t really accomplish what I set out to last year (isn’t that the story for so many of us), in fact, I rarely accomplish my new years resolutions. To see just how much I didn’t accomplish, you can take a look at last year’s resolutions here. I think you will note by the lack of blogging over the year, the fact that my weight is only a few kilos less than when I started 2012 off and the fact that I haven’t written about my fantastic day swimming with the sharks, that I didn’t accomplish much on that list. Again…. So do I think that I’m going to be more successful this year? Of course, I have to say yes, isn’t that what we always do? Do I really believe that? Partly yes, and partly no. I would like to believe that I’m going to be more successful at achieving my goals, but I know what I’m like and the reality is that a lot of my goals will slip by the wayside pretty darn tootin’ quickly. But I will attempt, once again, to make goals and stick to them. So what are they for this year?

  1. Blog more.
    I love blogging, I love the feeling of release it gives me and the ability to get things off my chest, usually without harming anyone except myself. Sometimes though, I find it so hard to write down what I’m feeling that I bottle it all up and then it gets too hard to come back to it. But this year, I would like to blog about anything and everything, whether it’s good news or bad. If I feel it’s something I can’t share, then maybe it’s time I put to good use the fact that I can make my posts private! Blogging is good for the soul!
  2. Eat healthy and exercise more.
    These two need to go hand in hand with each other, they’re like black and white, the sun and the moon – you can’t have one without the other. Of course, I want to eat healthy and exercise more so that I can lose weight. I have about 40kg still to lose (hmmm about what I started 2012 off with – see my earlier comment about resolutions going undone!). I’d like to think I can do that in the next 12 months, but rather than say that, I would like to further add to this goal by saying that a sub-goal of mine is to:

    • Have steady weight-loss
      This is as opposed to having a set amount of weight I would like to lose this year. Of course, I would love to lose all 40kg this year, but more importantly, I want to get off this yo-yo merry-go-round. I would like to lose weight consistently this year. Not down, then up, then down, down, down then up again. Just a gradual down. If it takes me 12 months, or 24 months to lose my weight, then so be it, so long as it’s on that downward spiral only.
    • Have a steady exercise routine
      Just as I am always up and down with my weight, I’m also up and down with my exercise routine. It’s either all or nothing for me, which quite frankly, the older I get the harder I find it to cope with one week increasing my fitness, only to then slack off and six weeks later try and get back into it, feeling like every second I’m about to have a heart attack. So steady, regular exercise is going to be my mantra for this year. I have decided to join in on a goal of doing 2013 kilometers in 2013 – this can be done by either walking, running, cycling, swimming, or climbing. It’s doable, IF I am consistent.
  3. Finish off my quilting and crochet projects.
    I have so many on the go at the moment, I really need to pull my finger out and get them finished. It’s just slackness that stops me. So no more excuses.
  4. Read more.
    I love reading, but last year I found that I didn’t do much of it at all. So this year, I want to take a few hours each week and dedicate it solely to just sitting back with my Kindle and relaxing with a good book. Whether it’s a crime novel that keeps me on the edge of my chair in suspense, or even just a trashy romance novel that makes me smile at the end of it, it doesn’t matter, so long as I’m taking that time out to just enjoy reading again.
  5. Be more organised around home.
    I wish I was one of these women who was just a natural homebody who kept an immaculate house and didn’t get narky with her partner if he left her to do all the work. I’m not. I do get narky when M leaves me to do most of the housework, to the point where sometimes, I will just leave the dishes sitting in the sink for a few days out of spite. If he’s not going to put them in the dishwasher (oh yes, we have a dishwasher, I don’t even have to clean them myself…. slack aren’t I!) then why should I? This year, my aim is to keep a cleaner, more organised home. (We’ll start that one tomorrow though hmmmmm).
  6. And last, but by no means least –

  7. Save more.
    We want to buy our own home. But that’s not going to happen if I don’t stick to my budget. So this year, my aim is to create my budget (done, can check that off the list already) and to stick to it, so we can save enough and finally buy a house. I don’t even care at this point if it’s only a small one bedroom place, so long as it’s ours, though really, two bedrooms would be so much better!

So those are my goals for this year. I have a few more, but to me these ones are the important ones. The ones I need to put out there, to you all, in the hopes that you will help keep me honest and on track with them. Let’s see how I go this year. I’m looking forward to my next resolution re-cap in twelve months, hopefully checking these off the list.

Happy New Year - 2013
Happy New Year – 2013

October – the month of many’s


So I’ve been seeing things all over the internet about things that are happening in October – First there’s Rocktober – which goal are you going to try and rock? Secondly there is Octsober – obviously, that’s keeping sober and not drinking all October. Thirdly, there is Blogtoberfest – a month long blogging festival. Fourthly (is fourthly a word?), there is Photo a Day for October. There was another one, but do you think I can remember it with my guppy brain? Last, but not least, October is the month before NaNoWriMo. So, which ones will I be participating in?

All of them!

Yes folks, you heard me correctly. October is going to be the month of stressing myself out.

So here are my goals:
Rocktober – My goal that I want to smash is to exercise 4 times a week – or 20 times. Do-able a lot of you out there might say, but for those who have kept track of my blog over time, you will all know that exercise is something that I struggle with. So 20 times is a big deal for me. I would also like to smash out a bit of a weight loss goal – 5kg. Time to really get back onto this weight loss gig that I’ve been struggling with – forever it seems.

Octsober – Well this one probably won’t be hard for me. I very rarely drink anyway, so not having alcohol for a month isn’t really going to faze me either way. So this one, I think is a slam dunk.

Blogtoberfest – This one I might just struggle with. I said in my last post that I wanted this blog to get away from only talking about weight loss and fitness. These are still issues very close to my heart, but it’s not all I’m about. I also love to be crafty. I love quilting, and I’ve recently come to love crocheting too. I would like to share more about the things I’m doing in that regard. I think that by joining in with Blogtoberfest I may actually get a chance to be a bit more crafty in my day to day life, rather than hiding myself behind the computer all the time as I seem to do. (Though, having just bought a new computer, tearing myself away from her, might prove a little hard…)

Photo a Day for October – I’ve been trying to do this one for the last couple of months, and every month I get a few days in, and I forget to start taking photos. So, I’m trying again. And I’ll be posting them all up here for you to see, so if you see that I miss a day, please remind me.

And last, but by no means least – Lead up to NaNoWriMo. I love NaNo, I’ve written about it a few times here. Last year, I started to do it, but just couldn’t get into it. There were so many other things going on in my life, like trying to find a job after having moved to a new city, that I just stressed myself out even thinking about NaNo. The first time I did NaNo, I just winged it. Didn’t go in with a clear thought of how I wanted to proceed, didn’t even go into it with a real storyline in mind. Just let my mind and fingers wander and let happen, what happened. It was a success. But this time, I have a plan of what I want to write. A story that has been hanging around in my head for quite some time now. I really want to do it justice. So I think this October, I will be sitting down and organising and planning exactly how this story will go – and hopefully have another NaNo success.

So that’s my plan for this month. What are your plans? Will you be joining in on any October festivities?

Before I leave you tonight, here’s my first photo of the day for October. (Phew, one day down, 30 more to go…)

Where you stood
There I am, standing in my dining room, because I couldn’t stray too far from the computer today. It just wasn’t happening. Dig the groovy slippers :)

Run Fat B!tch Run

If you read my blog (and according to the stats, some of you do, which I have to say is very lovely to see…) you may recall that I got quite excited last Thursday because some books I had ordered had arrived. Well I didn’t get a chance to read anything on Thursday night, but Friday night after the dishes were done (well, put in the dishwasher…) I went to bed while Mick stayed up watching something on TV and started reading Run Fat B!tch Run, by Ruth Field.

Oh. My. God. Brilliance, pure brilliance. I finished it this morning and I have to say that I’m really inspired (perhaps not to the point where I’ve gotten out there and actually put my shoes on and hit the ground, but more on that in a minute). If you’re interested in running, learning to run, wanting to get fit, or just want a read that’s actually quite funny then I cannot recommend this book enough. It’s written in such a straight forward way, doesn’t pull any punches and has quite a few “aha” moments and lots of full on belly laughter moments (for me anyway). A few things that in particular caught my interest:

The Grit Doctor says
Either do this thing or don’t, but don’t disempower yourself by making up excuses all the time. It is boring and makes you weak. Choose ‘yes’ or ‘no’ and cut out the rubbish in-between.

How much sense does that make, and how well does it ring with people who are doing the 12WBT? Excuses people, it’s for the weak!

The Grit Doctor says
Dieting is a dirty word. It is never about slavishly following a diet. It is about changing habits, shifting attitudes and taking responsibility for your body.

Again, this just rings so true and is exactly what the 12WBT program is all about. Not dieting, but changing how we think of food and learning how to eat healthy again.

And a couple of things I just laughed out loud reading when talking about dieting delusions:

5. I don’t like water
I’m not asking you to like water. I am telling you to drink it. There is a distinction between the two. I don’t think to myself, ‘Ooh yum, I’d love nothing more right now than another glass of tap water!’

6. I have a really slow metabolism
Bullshit. You are overweight because you eat too much of the wrong food.

I could go on with the quotes, my book is full of little pink post-it notes hanging off the sides, there is just so much of the book that rang true with me. I’ve tried doing the C25K program, a couple of times now, because I really want to learn to run. I don’t know why, because when I have done my little shuffle (I refuse to call it a run, it’s only a shuffle) I have hated it, but I suppose I want to be like one of those women I see constantly here in town, running around and just looking healthy. That’s what I want to be. I want to be happy and healthy and to be able to burn lots of calories – and cheaply. So that’s why I tried the C25K program. But you know what, I’ve never, ever gotten past the first week of it. I’m not saying that the program doesn’t work for some people, but for me, it’s not a winner.

So I’ve deleted the app from my phone and am going to be putting my energy into learning to run the Fat Bitch way. The only thing I’m going to be doing differently is that this book recommends you start running first and worry about diet when you have the running down pat. Well I’m already working on my diet, and considering I’m paying (a fair bit of) good money for 12WBT I’m not quite ready to just ignore that part and concentrate on running. I do believe that I’m well established enough in my healthy eating habits now that I can start to incorporate the learning to run part into my life as well.

So my alarm is set for 6.20am tomorrow morning – giving myself 10 minutes to get myself toileted and dressed and out the door, so that I can be back in by 7.30am and get ready for work. I’ve given Mick instructions not to let me go back to sleep but to pinch me until I get out of bed. No excuses anymore people! I’ve mapped out my route and because I’m only going to be walking it tomorrow I don’t know that I’ll get the whole thing done in an hour (I’m a slow walker, what can I say), but I may even give it a go with the whole track tomorrow when I get home from work and see just how long it takes me to walk it.

The weird thing is, I’m actually quite excited about this. I think I may have actually stumbled onto a program (if you can call it that) that is going to work for me. But don’t worry I’ll keep you updated on my progress!

And if you haven’t yet, check out the links, buy the book and read it (at the very least, visit her website). Awesome!

12WBT pre-season task #3 – Goals

Finally I have gotten around to doing my goals. I’ve been thinking of them for a few days now trying to decide if I should set myself some small goals, or go for broke and really let loose with my goals. then I thought well I’ll wait until this week’s weigh in has been done, so that I know what weight goals I’m going to aim for from here. So here we go, these are my goals for the next month, three months, six months, twelve months and beyond.

My overall goal is to lose 39.6kg by the end of 2012 – this gives me 48 weeks to reach my goal weight of 65kg.

  • Goals for the next month – End date: 29 February 2012

    • To lose 6.6kg and get to 98kg. This equals a loss of 1.65kg each week.
      I will get there by following the 12WBT meal plan, or creating healthy meals of 300 calories or less from the numerous cookbooks I have (Michelle Bridges crunchtime books, Losing the last 5 kilos and the new No Excuses cookbook, as well as my Biggest Loser cookbook and Weight Watchers cookbooks) and by exercising daily – for at least 60 minutes.
    • To have taken swimming lessons to learn the correct techniques for when I am swimming and better my time of 40 laps in 41 minutes.
      I will get there by finally booking swimming lessons at the pool and practicing my swimming twice a week, on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s, and pushing myself harder every time I go.
  • Goals for the 12WBT – 3 months – End date 2 May 2012

    • To lose 19.6kg (including the 6.6kg from the first 4 weeks) and get down to 85kg. This equals a loss of 1.4kg each week.
      I will get there by following the 12WBT meal plan and exercising daily for at least 60 minutes.
    • To have completed the C25K and be able to run for 30 minutes.
      I will get there by setting my alarm and actually getting up at 6.30am three times a week and doing my C25K in the morning when I have the most energy. I will not push the snooze button on the alarm.
    • To be able to swim, with the correct technique for 60 minutes and completing 2km in those 60 minutes.
      I will get there by practing my swimming and by continuing my swimming twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays and continuing to push myself harder each time.
  • Goals for 3 months beyond that (6 months) – End date 25 July 2012

    • To have lost a further 10kg, bringing me down to 75kg. This equals a loss of 0.8kg each week.
      I will get there by again, following the 12WBT meal plan and exercising daily for at least 60 minutes.
    • To have completed the 10k101 app, and be able to run 10km.
      I will get there by having completed my C25K program and starting the 10k101 program – again doing this app three mornings a week at 6.30am and working hard and pushing myself at it.
    • To be able to swim 3km in 60 minutes.
      I will get there by having perfected my swimming technique and pushing myself every time I go to the pool to better my time. Again, I will continue swimming twice a week – Tuesday’s and Thursday’s.
    • To be able to complete the Parnkalla Trail from start to finish.
      I will get there by having completed many bike rides and regularly over the last 6 months.
  • Goals for the next 5 months – End date 31 December 2012

    • To have lost the last 10kg, bringing me to my goal weight of 65kg. This equals a loss of 0.45kg each week.
      I will get there by continuing to follow a healthy 12WBT meal plan and exercising daily for at least 60 minutes.
    • To be still running 10km, 3 times a week.
      I will get there by maintaining my 6.30am runs, three times a week.
    • To be in full training mode, and able to complete the Port Lincoln triathalon circuit, ready to compete in it during Tunarama 2013.
      I will get there by following the route that was set out for this year, at least once a fortnight. Swimming three times a week, to ensure that I can do the swimming leg of the triathalon, continuing my running three times a week in the mornings and going for at least two 5-8km bike rides twice a week.
    • To be able to complete the whole Parnkalla trail from start to finish and return in one go.
      I will get there by going for regular bike rides and completing as much of the trail as I can each time I go out.
  • Goals for the next 24 months – End date 31 December 2013

    • To have maintained my weight for the last 12 months to within 2kg.
      I will get there by eating sensibly and exercising 6 times a week for at least 60 minutes.
    • To have kept up my swimming and running routine.
      I will get there by continuing on in the plan that got me to my goals – swimming twice a week and running three mornings a week.

So what are your goals if you’re doing the 12WBT? Or if you aren’t doing 12WBT, have you set yourself any goals for the coming year? If you’re at all curious (and I certainly am, because I haven’t read over these for about 18 months) these were my goals from when I did 12WBT in 2010.

Back on the 12WBT wagon

Yes!!! Yes yes yes yes. I have signed up for the 12wbt program again and I feel better for making that change and decision already. I’ve allowed myself to slip in both my good eating and my exercising and as a consequence I have gained 4kg since finishing up back in September. That’s an extra 4kg that I now have to work hard to lose again.

We have a wedding that we are going to in the middle of April (Easter Saturday to be precise) and my goal is to get down to 90kg by the wedding so that I can buy a pretty new dress (I really have a lovely dress obsession happening at the moment). And further than that, is to drop down to 70-65kg. But it will be a long process, and I expect I will still be working on that by the end of the year, but that’s cool, because as they say, slow and steady wins the race.

The important thing for me to do at the moment is to start writing down what I eat and get back to the gym and start exercising again. So expect to see my daily food and exercise intakes coming back on this site along with quilting projects.

While on the subject of quilting projects. I started the first of my mug rugs for the swap today. Hoping the idea I have pans out and that my partner enjoys her mug rugs. Shall post photos once the first one is finished.

Resolutions and To Do list

So today I finally sat down and wrote up my list of resolutions for this year. I had 10 resolutions and then I thought of one more, so I thought why not – it’s 2011, let’s have 11 resolutions and see if I can actually keep them up. Every year I vaguely think of things that I am resolved to do, but I never really write them down or even try to stick to them, but this year I thought why not. Then I thought of the things I would like to do – craft-wise, so I made a list of 11 crafty things to do/finish. So here we go – my Resolutions and To Do list for 2011.


  1. Tell Mick that I love him more often.
    It’s not that I never tell him, but I don’t tell him often enough. I think it many many times every day, just how much I love him and how I cannot imagine him not being in my life, but I never seem to tell him. I want to change that. I want him and everyone to know just how important he is to me.
  2. Learn to say no.
    I’m a yes person. Most of the time I like being a yes person. But occassionally, saying yes to people means that I’m putting off things that I would like/need to do for myself. But I don’t like to disappoint people, so I always end up saying yes, even though I know I’m not happy about it. So this year, I’m learning to say no and be fine and happy with that. It doesn’t mean I love my friends any less, it’s just that I want to put Mick, Snotface and myself first this year. 2011 is the year of ‘us’.
  3. Get back onto the 12wbt program.
    I fell off the wagon over the last couple of months. I was doing so well, and then it ended and I lost my own motivation, the wedding came and went, I had my pretty dress for it and I seemed to think it was okay to start eating crap again and not going to the gym. Well it’s not okay. I still have a lot of weight to lose (a lot), so I really need to go back and read over my pre-season tasks and remind myself of why I am doing this, what excuses I use and how I am going to curb my excuses. I have done it before, I know I can do it again. I would love to be at my goal weight by the end of this year, but no stress, so long as I am losing weight and not gaining, that’s the main thing.
  4. Go to the gym at least four times a week – all year.
    I’m paying for a membership I’m not using, such a waste. And truthfully, I do miss the gym. I miss that rush I get when I accomplish something new, the feeling of power I get when I do my weights. I really miss that feeling of fitness that I was getting, and which I have now lost. So, time to get my butt back into it.
  5. Spend less money on stupid things.
    I’m terrible at saving, I admit it. I also tend to spend money on stupid wasteful things. So this year, I’m going to watch what I spend, how I spend and stop myself from spending on stupid dumb things, like magazines I buy, maybe read, and then pile up before throwing them out.
  6. Not let my family walk all over me.
    2010 was a year of a lot of ups and downs for me with my family. In fact the last 34 years have been ups and downs with my family. And I always let it get to me, I go and see my family and I end up coming home in tears. I’m not going to allow them to do that to me this year. I have the right to be happy. I have the right not to be used. So from now on, if my family want to see me, then they can come and see me. I’m not going traipsing all over the countryside to see them, when they can’t even be bothered to come and visit me. If they don’t approve of the way I live my life? So what, maybe I don’t approve of their life. Not my business, not their business. It’s an even playing field this year people. Times are a’changing. (I do fear that this will be the hardest resolution for me to keep, because it’s so ingrained in me to try and please them, not matter how many times they hurt me. But I’m prepared to be strong and cut people from my life who are toxic this year – and this goes for friendships also, not just family. No more toxicity in my life!)
  7. Have fun and be more spontaneous.
    I’m not a very brave person. I don’t do things spontaneously. But this year I would really like to try to be a little more spontaneous and try new things. I would love to go hiking with Mick, and do more outdoorsy things, on the spur of the moment, not when they’ve been organised down to a minute detail. Gonna be a hard one also.
  8. Stress less over the stupid things. Chill out.
    Mick quite often jokes at how anal I can be. But it’s true. I can and quite often am very anal about things. I like to have everything organised down to a tea, and I stress if things aren’t going just so. I get cranky if Mick leaves the cloth lying in the kitchen sink, so it gets all smelly. This year – no stressing about stupid things like that. Instead I’ll just crack him over the head…….. Okay I’m joking I won’t. But it’s not really worth starting an argument over is it. So, less stressing and less being so anal about things (except the order of the CDs and DVDs – they must stay in order…)
  9. Keep the house more organised.
    Okay I know I just said I was going to stress less. But the house really needs to be de-cluttered and organised better so I know where things are. My kitchen is the only place in the house that is completely organised. I have coniptions if something is out of place in my kitchen, but with the rest of the house there is a whole ‘it’s too hard’ feeling happening. But this year is the year of de-cluttering and organisation. Starting with some new filing cabinets and the filing of paperwork, and gradually moving to the rest of the house. It might even mean the getting rid of some of my books *gasp* *horror*.
  10. Stop having road rage.
    Yes this will be a hard one for me. I struggle with stupidity on the roads. I think I’m a fairly safe driver, but small things really annoy the crap out of me, like people not using their indicators, and people just cutting in front of others, and when people just can’t be bothered to give a little wave when you let them in front of you…. So from now on it’s all Wooshka, peace and Enya on the iPod so I don’t get all hot and bothered when I’m driving around.
  11. Be a better friend.
    I feel as if I’ve been so caught up in all my own problems and dramas of the last few years that I’ve let friendships slip a little. So this year I’d like to work on being a better friend. Not sure what this one is going to entail yet, I’m still working on it.

Phew, long list for me. But all important things for me to be doing for 2011 and beyond. So onto my crafty to do list:

2011 to do list:

  1. Finish off my ‘Welcome’ lady cross stitch.
    I love the idea of cross stitch – but I don’t really have the patience for it. But this year I really would like to finish off the cross-stitch I started about 10 years ago and have done maybe 10% of. If that. Big project, not entirely sure it’s doable…
  2. Finish the scrappy quilt for our bed.
    2 years ago I started a scrappy quilt for our bed. I cut out 320 squares of patterened fabric, 320 squares of cotton wadding, 320 squares of wool wadding and about 100 squares of backing fabric. I have sewn up about 16 squares in total. So. Bloody. Slack. I thought it would be a great way to get into quilting, but it turns out it’s not really the sort of quilting that I like. But I’ve got these squares cut out now, so damnit I. Will. Finish. The. Quilt! And it will be finished in time for winter. Now, to get the rest of the backing squares cut out…
  3. Finsh rain or shine quilt.
    This won’t be hard, I love this pattern and it’s all cut up, just needs to be sewn up now. It’s a case of finding the time for it.
  4. Make a new quilt for baby G, who will be arriving in September (not our baby btw).
    This is still up in the air a little. Not sure if it’s a boy, girl or twins yet, but either way a quilt is in order.
  5. Make a caravaning quilt for Mum2 (Mick’s mum, as I call her).
    I’ve seen some gorgeous fabric (the Beach Mod Circa 60 fabric) which is going to be absolutely perfect for her as they go caravaning and camping every year for about 6 months, so a quilt for her birthday in May is in order methinks.
  6. Cut out a minimum of 365 hexies – one for each day of the year.
    I’m off to a good start cutting out 31 of them yesterday (there’s January’s lot lol). I want to get as many of them cut out as I can, but I won’t sew them together until I have enough for a quilt, so that I can put them in some sort of order, rather than just a random pattern.
  7. ‘Make it’, Stitch me Rabbit.
    I bought this pattern a few months ago now and it’s still sitting at home waiting to be cut into and made up. I just love the wrongness of this rabbit, so I can’t wait to have it sitting on my bed all finished.
  8. Finish the quilt I designed.
    Yes it’s true. This pattern that I designed back in October still hasn’t been completed. In fact I haven’t even completed the test one that I was making to see how it all went together. So rather than making the test one, I’m just going bite the bullet, get some fabric and hope for the best. But I just need to make it. (Maybe I should combine this to do list item, with item 5?).
  9. Read all the books on the Facebook Booklist Challenge.
    So I, with a friend, took the quiz to see how many books we had read. Turns out I’ve read about 29 of them. So I randomly said, ‘wouldn’t it be a great idea to make it a challenge to read them all in 2011?’ Famous last words. So I sucked myself into it, so that’s what I need to do. I have most of the books now in one form or another (mostly ebooks – time for an ebook reader maybe?) it’s just a case of reading them now. I’m not looking forward to War and Peace or Anna Karenina, but there you have it. I’m not including the 29 of them that I have already read, but if I have time then they will be added to the list also.
  10. 13 Scrapbooking pages – one per month, plus a full year page.
    I would really like to create a visual diary of sorts of the year, with one page dedicated to a month, and one page dedicated to highlights of the year. I’m pretty slack with scrapbooking, I have lots of gear, but never seem to do much with it, but it’s time to pull the gear out and start cutting up those photos.
  11. Finish Wintermeadow and plan the sequel.
    So I haven’t touched Wintermeadow (previously titled ‘The Adventures of Snotface, Boogerbum and Soggy Scab’) since NaNoWriMo ended in November. While I got to my 50,000 word count, I never actually wrote the ending of it. So this year is all about finishing Wintermeadow off, editing it and getting a couple of copies printed up. And because I had such a (stressful) ball doing NaNoWriMo last year, I really want to do it again, and do a sequel to Wintermeadow, because quite frankly, I fell in love with the characters and story and want to go back there.

Phew. I have to say, I’m tired just reading my resolutions and my To Do list. I’m also starting to wonder exactly where I’m going to find the time to do all of this stuff, in between working and going to the gym. Hmmm I think there will definitely need to be a bit more planning happening to get all of this off the ground.

So, what resolutions have you all made for 2011 if any? And what does your To Do list look like for the year? Any thoughts on how I can get all of this scheduled in and finished in only 360 days now? *eek*

My commitment

Task 5 of the 12WBT challenge is to publicly declare our commitment to the program. To publicly declare our intention to adhere to the goals we have set. Did I mention publicly? This is a big thing for me, because I have always kept dieting and exercise pretty close to my chest, and not made a big deal about it. I think it was my safety net, because then if (no, not if – when) I failed I wouldn’t have to face the sad looks, the pitying looks, the accusing looks and words of everyone. And this time has been no different. I feel comfortable writing my commitment in the forums, I feel comfortable writing it here, my blog is still a pretty anonymous outlet for me, but to put it up somewhere like Facebook, well that’s a whole different issue for me. But one of my commitments is to put it onto Facebook – which I’m still working up to I admit. So to everyone out there, I give to you – My Commitment:

I make a commitment to myself, Michelle Bridges, my wonderful partner, family, friends and everyone involved in 12WBT that:

  • I WILL lose 10kg over the 12WBT challenge
  • I WILL follow Michelle’s plans – she knows her stuff or else why would I be here?
  • I WILL get fitter and exercise at least 5 times a week (hey I’m realistic, I want to say 6, but I’m exercising maybe 1 or 2 times a week at the moment, so 5 is a big leap for me)
  • I WILL NOT get halfway through the challenge and lose focus and “get bored” and quit
  • I WILL stay happy, positive and motivated
  • I WILL talk to my friends and support group if I feel I am losing it
  • I WILL bite the bullet and put this up on Facebook, even though I have kept the 12WBT challenge quiet on there.

I make this commitment to everyone and will put my 120% in to get me to my goals. I (virtually) shake on this.

Task #3 – My Goals for the next 12 months

I’ve been a bit slack in keeping this blog updated, what with the forums, the twitter conversations and actually trying to fit exercise in around all that, I’m finding that I need an extra few hours in every single day. It’s not a good thing. Anyway, I put up my goals for the next 12 months – both for weight and fitness – and how I’m going to achieve those goals. The version I am posting here is slightly edited from the original I posted, but that is due to Task #4, which has since been released (and which I have not yet sat down to do). So without further ado, my goals for the next 12 months.

1 Month Goals

One month goal – End date 20 June 2010
Weight: To have lost 3.9kg and gotten myself down to an even 110kg.
Fitness: To be exercising a minimum of 4 times per week. 3 times in joint sessions with Nicole and at least one session alone. Each session to be a minimum of 30mins.

How I Will Get There
Weight: By cleaning out my pantry and throwing out the bad food. Following recipes in my Biggest Loser cookbook and keeping a food diary so that I can monitor the food I am eating.
Fitness: By organising my day and sticking to my schedule. Making sure that I go to bed at an early hour so that I have energy the next day so that I don’t use the no energy excuse.

3 Month Goals

Weight: To have lost 10kg more (a total weight loss of 13.9kg) and gotten to 100kg even.
Fitness: To be exercising a minimum of 5 6 (apparently they are the rules, according to Michelle Bridges 12WBT program) times per week. 3 times still in joint sessions with Nicole. Exercise sessions will be a minimum of 45mins, heading up to 1 hour sessions.

How I Will Get There
Weight: By following the 12WBT program and sticking to my healthy eating that I set up in the first month.
Fitness: By following the schedule that I set up in the first month, and modifying it to accommodate the extra time spent exercising. By this time I will have increased energy from the exercise I have been doing, so there will be no using the excuse of I have no energy or motivation.

Reward: At the end of the 3 months, when I HAVE lost 10kg I will book myself into a day spa for the first time ever.

6 Month Goals

Weight: To have lost a further 10kg, bringing me down to a weight of 90kg.
Fitness: To be exercising a minimum of 6 times per week for at least 1 hour per session. I will still continue to exercise with Nicole 3 times per week.

How I Will Get There
Weight: By following the guidelines I have learnt in the 12WBT and continuing on with my healthy eating and diary keeping.
Fitness: By following my now successful scheduling of my life, ensuring that I don’t skip sessions and fall into bad habits.

Reward: A weekend away with my wonderful partner who has supported me this whole time. (However, it being Christmas time, this might have to be put off until the new year).

12 Month Goals

Weight: To have lost a total of 44kg (this equates to 3.6kg per month over 12 months) and be at my goal weight of 70kg.
Fitness: To be continuing on in my exercise plan of 6 times per week for 1 hour sessions.

How I Will Get There

Weight: By following the previous 6 months of healthy eating, with all the good plans I have put in place. At this point, I will re-evaluate my goal weight, and determine if I should be losing an extra 5kg, going down to 65kg.
Fitness: By following the previous 6 months of exercising, and knowing I can do it, not backing out of it and slipping into bad practices.

Reward: Buying a gorgeously sexy black dress and going out for a special (healthy) dinner and proposing to my partner. Or maybe a holiday overseas, with the black dress packed 🙂

I want to extend my goal planning for a further 12 months:

24 Month Goals

Weight: To have maintained my goal weight, within 3kg for the last 12 months.
Fitness: Exercising 6 times a week for an hour each session.

How I Will Get There
Weight: By continuing to keep a food diary and monitor the food I eat.
Fitness: By following the exercise schedule I put in place 18months ago.

So, what do you think of my goals. And what are your goals going to be?