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

12wbt day sixty five – Devastation

I was going so well with the 12wbt program, but last week was definitely a slip up.
I knew that today’s weigh in wasn’t going to be great, I expected a little weight gain, but I gained a whole kilo. I really hadn’t thought I’d done quite THAT badly, but apparently I had. So there was major disappointment to myself this morning when I looked at the scales and saw that the number had jumped right up. But there is nothing I can do about the week that has passed, so I can only look to the week ahead now and make sure that I pull my head back in, and focus again.

To that end, I really need to start keeping a track of my daily calories and food plan, which I haven’t really kept up the last couple of weeks. Also have been very disorganised in general, so need to sit down and work up a proper menu plan once again and do a big food shop. That will have to be tonight I think. Though I don’t quite know how I can fit both the gym and food shopping in arghhhhh. Perhaps I might do the food shopping, then come home and do Zumba. Seriously people I need more time in my life.

I shall advise of the outcome tonight…. Till then, happy weigh in everyone, and I hope you all do a hell of a lot better than I did. Silly Tina :/

12WBT day eleven – Such a busy day

Well once again my lack of organisation has come back to bite me in the bum. I was so tired last night, needing to catch up on sleep and there was a serious lack of motivation on my part, so I didn’t get my lunch organised for today. I need to start realising that if I don’t get my lunch organised it’s going to make my lunchtime more stressful than it needs to be. I didn’t get my lunch ready at home, so I knew I’d have to go out and buy my lunch. So there went my lunchtime walk at the same time. I went to the cafeteria at work, and there was a serious lack of low calorie food, but I did manage to find some vegetarian vermicelli, which I think was an okay choice, considering the lack of choices.

So did I manage to fix things up at dinner time? No. Had to go to the shops straight after work, rush home, get dinner organised and then head straight out to the airport to get Mick’s daughter. So I got a cooked chicken from Woolies, a pre-made salad mix in a bag and a bag of wedges for Mick. But, and here comes the clunker, I caved and had some wedges. Oh. My. God. They were so good and tasty and yummy. I hadn’t realised until I put the first wedge into my mouth how much I had missed potatoes. So not the healthiest choice, but I’m going to use today as my treat meal day. So long as tomorrow I make better choices and get myself organised for the rest of the week.

On a more personal note, I found the most gorgeous pair of high black boots today, that I can actually wear, that do up and fit my fat lets. Black boots from City Chic, were $300 and I snapped them up for only $100. Am very proud of myself. So now for the daily intakes;

FoodCalories in
B2 slices Soy and Linseed bread with 1T Philly Garlic & Herb spread245
S1 Strawberry Forme satisfy yoghurt & SPC pears in lime jelly174
LVegetarian vermicelli300
S125g strawberries & 1 Weight Watchers Cherry Bakewell151
DRoast chicken, salad and wedges450

ExerciseCalories out

No exercise today0
Calories surplus/defecit-517

My epiphany

I woke up this morning, all bleary eyed from having another late night last night and went into the kitchen, with all the good intentions of making myself a good wholesome bowl of porridge for breakfast. I opened the cupboard, looked at the oats and thought – “Nope, this is just way too hard for me this morning”, so I went instead for the option of toast, with low fat cheese – a particular favourite. Okay, so the alternative wasn’t as bad as it could have been (think lashings of peanut butter on toast with masses of margarine as well), but it still wasn’t really the right choice. I didn’t take the time to accurately measure out my margarine spread (which I’m happy to say is a low fat, olive oil type spread thing – still tastes like margarine to me though lol), and didn’t take time to actually sit down and count out exactly how much calories I had consumed in the one sitting, or rather how much I was about to shove into my mouth at the start of the day. So I did that at lunch – and my breakfast came in at a whopping 410 calories (with my guestimated calorie count for the margarine spread). Compare this to my wholesome porridge with a banana for breakfast yesterday which came in at only 265 calories, and this little light bulb went off in my head:

  • I need to go to bed at a decent hour, and get some proper rest; and
  • I need to be more organised.

Without these two things, I am already setting myself up for failure. Because I know, that if I go to bed late tonight, then when I get up tomorrow morning, I’m going to go for the easy toast option again. I also know, that as much as I will be thinking I should, I won’t actually measure out my margarine, and because I ate the last of the cheese this morning, I will probably end up going down the peanut butter route. Even though I know I shouldn’t. Because I’m tired and it’s easy – it will happen. I know myself that well now.

I also really need to start getting my lunches prepared at night time. I did okay yesterday (which was the first day that I have followed a set eating plan). I had myself down for a tuna salad for lunch. Great, tuna in a can is easy to prepare. The salad, well, I thought to myself on Sunday night, “no time for this, I’ll do it in the morning”. Did I? Well no, it was a lot like breakfast this morning. No time, no energy and no real kick in the butt from myself to pull all the veggies out and start cutting. So it comes to lunch and I’m thinking, hmmm what am I going to eat with my tuna. I know, I’ll have some 2 minute noodles. Wrong choice! I’m glad I stopped and took the time to check the calories on one of those – Oh My God. I can’t believe I have been eating them. So I did the right thing, took myself off for a walk to town at lunch time to try and find someone who actually just sold salad. Straight past the Chinese Noodle place, straight past KFC, straight past McDonalds – and god did they all smell divine. I finally found a little Yiros shop, that just sold tubs of salad, so I took my salad box, marched straight back into the office, mixed my tuna in and felt well proud of myself. I had gotten exercise at lunch, and I had managed not to succumb to the pleasures (instant pleasures) of KFC or Maccas. But I really shouldn’t be that proud of myself. I should have not been so lazy on Sunday night and actually prepared my salad in advance – which I did last night.

So I suppose the moral of this post is – Tina, stop being lazy. Go to bed at a decent hour at night, get some proper rest, because those black bags under your eyes are trying to tell you something. And for godssakes try and be more organised. When you go home tonight and start cutting up your veggies for dinner, cut some extras, pop them in a bowl and bring them with you to work tomorrow. If it makes it easier for you in the morning, measure out your oats, milk and water, so that all you have to do in the morning is pop it into the microwave – I’m sure peeling a banana is something even you can do first thing without taxing yourself too much!

But for now, I think I need to go and add a couple more goals to my list of goals – More sleep, more organisation.