Saturday, December 31, 2011

A prayer for a new year

Goodbye 2011

This is the last day of 2011! It's a year that has seen many highs and a few lows!

In 2011 I managed to get a Diploma in legal studies, finish working for an amazing company and start working for a new one in a totally different industry! I said farewell to friends I made and made new ones.

I got a fiancé!

My fiancé turned 30. My sister turned 18!

I learned that I am the most impatient person in the world. I want it all, and I want it yesterday!!! I remembered how much I love cooking.

I spent the year laughing more than crying, which in the grand scheme of things shows that it was a successful year!

So tonight I say goodbye to a year that has seen me have quite a few dreams come true! And I wait with excited anticipation for the year that is starting!

I can't wait to support my best friend in HER walk down the aisle! Or to watch my cousins tie their respective knots! I look forward to my twin brothers success in college.

There's so much to be thankful for from 2011 and even more to look forward to for 2012!

I hope you enjoy the last night of 2011 and ring in 2012 with people you love I know I will be

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas! I hope that Santa was as good to everyone else as he was to me! It's fantastic to be sitting in my Mam and Dad's house with my brother sister and Fiancé having Christmas breakfast and listening to my dad preparing the dinner! It really can't be beaten!

Today is my 'Get outta jail free' day! Even a deflating bride has to be allowed a guilt free ProPoint free day!!! So I plan on eating and drinking all I want with no thought of my waist line! I especially plan to have an extra big lump of my dads amazing cheese cake!!!! Might even have a second slice later in the day!!!

Enjoy Christmas with the people you love! Its the only way!

Now, even though I am going for guilt free day I'm going to get up now and go for a Christmas run on the beach! Sure why not!!!!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Thought of the day

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Re gonna try out something new post

Unfortunately I was not able to try out my something new due to being up to my tonsils in it in work and not getting home till late! Boo to late working!!!

Kettlebells is on my list of things to master for 2012!

Thought of the day

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.

~ Winston Churchill

Gonna try out something new...

So I've decided that I am going to try out a new exercise. Kettlebells...

"A kettlebell is a cast iron weight that looks like a bowling ball with a handle. Kettlebell training is both a cardio and a toning workout all in one. Along with a healthy diet you will loose weight and tone up your body. You will also increase flexibility, strengthen core muscles and also burn a massive amount of calories!
Kettlebell training is suitable for everyone from couch potato to elite triathlete. There is no impact on joints and kettlebells come in various weights to suit every individual."

I have high expectations. Namely I expect to just look at the ball type thing and be down 2 dress sizes!!

I have spoken with people that have partaken in this particular form of exercise and they say its hard going but good work. The lovely man I contacted for more information has promised me that I will be sore.

Myself and my friend will be heading to the class tonight. Here's hoping two of these classes this week will give me licence to eat a selection box all to myself!!!

Thought for the day...

It's not the size of the dog in the fight, its the size of the fight in the dog

~ Mark Twain

Week Eight, the Verdict

As you know, I am doing this at home for the next two weeks, so I'm a little bit cautious of the scales. It's not a digital one and I'm not great at breaking up the lines. They are too far away for my terrible eye sight to make out properly - even with my specs on!

Regardless, there's no mistaking a distinct drop on the scales. It looks to me like I have lost 1.5lb that I gained last week. I also think that there could be an extra 1lb in there, but I'm playing safe!!

Delighted with myself for loosing the weight I gained when I fell off the wagon!

Now to get over the Xmas eating season!!!!

Monday, December 19, 2011

This Weeks Mantra

Move more and eat less 

It's Weigh Day...

My Unofficial Weigh Day is here. It's Monday. I have had a pretty hectic weekend with cocktails, shots and beer. There was very little exercise done. I had scones. They were lovely. I also had coleslaw and cheese. It was lovely too. I had McDonalds. That! Well, that was delicious!!!!

Other than that, I was quite discplined and I didn't go over my points most days. Although in saying that, I didn't track quite as well as I should have. One might say I'm turning a blind eye?

Anyway. My aim this week is to have lost the 1.5lb that I put on. I am going by my scales, which is different to the class scales and I am only using it as a guideline. Hopefully when I go back to class on the 3 January the losses will match!

Still quite scarred after my epic fall from the food wagon! I'll be heading out for Christmas drinks tonight with my college buddies and plan on being very good. Mostly because I have work tomorrow and can't really hack a night on the raz when I have to get up the next day. Sign of my age?!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Thought for the day

It isn't sufficent just to want - you've got to ask yourself what you are going to do to get the thing you want

~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Thought of the day..

The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts!

~ Marcus Aurelius

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

This weeks Mantra

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment
~ Buddha

Thought of the day

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.

~ Dalai Lama

My Christmas Plan

So I had my last weigh in of the year last night, and failed miserably! My goal of loosing 7lb by 31 December is edging nearer and nearer and I spent all last week self-destructing all over the place! But I'm in a new week now, the goal is still there waiting to be achieved so here's how I plan to do it.

Cook! On Sunday I spent the day cooking dinners for the week and portioning them up and freezing them. That's what I plan to do Sunday. I don't want any excuse for not eating correctly.

Soups. Lots of soups for lunches and snacks. I will make loads of soup for the coming weeks and drink it like its water to keep the hunger at bay! I'll use my soups as a hunger buster for going out for dinners etc (which will be a lot during the festive period).

Exercise. Lots and lots of exercise. I am aiming to do 1 hour a day. It can be broken down into 2 half hour sessions, but 1 hour a day. That's 7 hours a week. Need to do it if I am going to achieve my 7lb goal by 31 December.

Weigh day: I'm keeping up my weigh day. It'll be next Monday and I know that I will have lost that 1.5lb I gained and then some by next Monday!!!

Patients... Lots of patients. It's something I have come to realise I do not posses. In my head, I woke up one day overweight and in need of Weight Watchers. So logically, now that I have decided that I don't want to be overweight, I should just go to sleep tonight and wake up my ideal weight in the morning. My lack of patients is whats making me feel that way.

My WW Leader gave us a tool to help us through the next three weeks till weigh in. She told us to light a candle that represents something to keep us on our weight loss path, or bring us back to it should be wander of it.  I need a candle for patience, moving more and eating less. Sure  the house will be a fire hazard by the time I get to January!!!!

Week seven The Verdict

I was MIA last week! I don't know what the heck got into me - actually I do but more on that later!

I had to work late last Monday so missed my class Monday night and then betwixt and between work and other things I never got round to going! Boy did I pay the price!

I am up 1.5lb! Feckin raging! But I've literaly no one to blame but myself...

Now to what got into me! This is over the course 10 days...

To be precise, there was;
Vodka jelly, wine, beer and spirits on Friday 2 December;
Large chicken fillet roll with egg mayo Saturday afternoon 3 December;
half a beef curry with fried rice and prawn crackers on Saturday evening;
Christmas dinner with all the trimmings at 1pm Thursday afternoon;
Goats cheese tart and bruschetta Thursday evening;
10 pints of beer Thursday night;
Buffalo wings and blue cheese sauce Thursday night;
Croissant with mozerella and Parma ham Friday morning;
Double cheese burger as fries Friday Afternoon; and
Three in one and spring rolls Friday night.

I quite literally ate my way through a number of different fast food cuisienes and apparently wanted to go back for more. It was the blow out of all blow outs! I woke up saturday morning and realised what I had done - handed back my silver seven for starters!

Totally disgusted and horrified with myself. When I see it on paper exactly what a pig I'd made of myself last week I'm mortified! I did some exercise Saturday and Sunday. In my defence, I had given myself a mild electric shock on Sunday 4 December and was feeling a bit off colour so went to the Doctor who recommended taking a break from exercise for the week. She forgot to mention not to eat my own weight in junk food!

Oh well. Sure look, the damage is done, and in fairness, looking at all that I ate it should have been a LOT more damage. So I've put it behind me and looking forward to being a big looser (of weight that is).

Note to self: Discipline is a learned art! Start learning quick!!!!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thought of the day

Choice, not circumstances, determines your success.

~ Author Unknown

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Exercise Junkie?

Is it a possibility that I am becoming an exercise junkie? I think so. Mainly because I got up at 5.45am this morning for a date with Davina, and as tired and all as I am, I will be heading out for a run when I get home from work. That to me spells out addiction to exercise.

(Please ignore the fact that it is the first time in 29 years that I have gotten up at 5.45am to work out. Please also ignore the distinct lack of a developed habit! In my mind I need only do it once for it to become a habit.)

Either way I just want to boast about the fact that while y'all we're snoozing your heads off I was bouncing around my sitting room, flinging weights about willie-nilley and huffing & puffing my way through squats, sit ups and leg pulses. I hope that you can sense, from the tone of my writing, the glow from my healthy halo! And while you might say to me that self praise is no praise at all, I would argue that if I don't tell people about my early morning workout(s) then how will they know to praise me?

Thought of the day

This is something I definitely need to remember....