Friday, August 28, 2015

LET'S DO BETTER TODAY

Yesterday I got to 7,210 steps.  I was very pleased with that.

Today my goal is 7,500 steps.  The rate I'm going I should be up to 10,000 steps a day in a week or so. 
That will be excellent eh?  The FitBit has been so good to help motivate me to get off me bum!

Funny how when ya get something like a FitBit,  you start to see and hear adverts all the time for similar devices! Garmin Vivo/Nike Fuelband/Polar Loop/Jawbone Up/iFit Active/Misfit Shine.... I wonder how many more there are?
I take it they all do the same thing?
Either way, I'm thrilled with my FitBit.  *smiles*

Stew goes to Hamilton today, back tonight.
Next week he's there for 3 days.  I wonder how long it will be before they want him down in Hamilton full time?  Sheesh, I hope we sell before then.
Otherwise, he's gunna have to either live down there during the week 'somewhere', or commute up and down every day.

I don't have any plans for the day really.  I could do some dusting/polishing/washing bla bla bla.  *sigh*
Or I could do some sewing after my exercise?  We will see...

ONWARD...

Thursday, August 27, 2015

OUCHY

Well me boobs might be 'just fine'... but right now the left one is bloody sore!
Freaking mammogram machines are brutal.  Well... 2 weeks ago it wasn't so bad, but after yesterdays multiple exams and 'squishes'... I'm sore.

So, being a bit careful what I do today.  Sneezing hurts, moving my arm too much hurts.  But, I'm thankful I'm just sore and not facing anything else.

I must admit to eating a 'few' jellybeans yesterday.  I won't say it was 'stress eating', more YAAAA eating!  lol

Today... I'm going to get on the treadmill and exercycle and undo the damage.  And get me steps up to 7,000 today.   Yesterday I went to bed on about 6,000 steps.
I'm finding it hard to past 6,000 at the moment.

I'm starting to see a pattern.  I'm active from 8 am to about 12 midday.   Then NOT MUCH from then till about 4 pm when I get the washing in, prepare dinner etc.

Then I'm inactive again after dinner till bedtime.
I need to think of ways to get some exercise in those inactive times.  

Right.   I'm off to start the day, bring it on.

ONWARD...

10.08 am:   And I've just done 20 minutes on the treadmill and 15 minutes on the exercycle.  Not a bad start to the day.  I'm hoping to do the same tonight.

Right now I'm going to go out and find something for Father's Day for me man.

11.49 am:  Before I left for the mall I'd done 3,800 steps.
After shopping the length and breadth of Sylvia Park my total is now 6,436 steps.  

See! 

Shopping is good for you!  Yes it is.  *smiles*

Talking of shopping... I did get something for Father's Day... and another couple of things:


 ABOVE:  Finally!   Pinocchio!   He's a special edition to Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Disney.  We've been waiting for him since May.
He's utterly gorgeous.  


ABOVE:  A bit more boring, but I really needed some pot mitts.  I've been using tea towels to get stuff out of the oven for years.  I hope these last, but then... they were half price.  SCORE.

I had a lovely time shopping and walking today.

End of Day:  we had a lovely dinner out at Carl's Junior tonight, then spent the evening watching some good TV programmes.
nite nite

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

LOVELY FRIENDS

I got a knock on the front door yesterday afternoon... and look what had arrived...


ABOVE:  Some gorgeous flowers from my girlfriends down in Palmerston North!
They know I'm a bit stressed out right now so sent them to cheer me up.
How lovely is that?
Thanks girls ♥♥♥

Stew is home today, he's accompanying me to an appointment I have.  More on that later.

After the appointment I think we shall be doing a small grocery shop and having lunch out.  Might as well make the most of having him home after all.  *smiles*

Right.  ON with the day.

ONWARD...

10.43 am:
Stressful time is over!
My mammogram results came back with an 'area of concern' in my left breast.  I had to go back today for another mammogram, an ultrasound and physical examination.

After literally a dozen more mammogram photos.... and the ultrasound/physical examination I was cleared of having a 'problem'.

We are just so relieved, and thankful that Breastscreen Aotearoa are so thorough and careful.  

This has been the most stressful two days of my life lately I can tell you! You can't help imagining the very worst can you?

I'm just so thankful I don't have to give away all my fabric and sewing machines!  lol  (the things you think of, it's a bit weird!)

Karen Jones, if the worst ever happens, my Brother Dreamweaver and fabric is all yours!  *smiles*

Stew is going back to work as he's dreadfully busy, and I'm off to get some groceries on my own, then have lunch with Bex and the boys.

5.35 pm:  Groceries... done.  Lunch with Bex and boys... done.
Home, unloaded groceries,  then sat down to think.

Funny how having the possibility of losing your health can make you so thankful for the little things in life!

I'm not going to stress about the house selling, it will happen eventually.
I'm just so happy to  enjoy what I do have... my loving family and my health.  Even if I am unfit and overweight.  I'm working on it!

The huge weight on my shoulders is gone...the stomach churning fear is gone... I feel so, so lucky.

I'm making a lovely dinner of beef spare ribs in marinade with garlic bread.  Everyone will enjoy that.

End of Day:  well today started with DREAD, and ended with a much happier state of mind.
So grateful.
nite nite

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

BABYSITTING

Today I'm babysitting Dante for Bex for a while this morning.
She's got an appointment and doesn't want to take his nibs.... and I sure don't mind watching him.

I'm looking forward to it, just him and me... we don't get to spend one on one time together very often.

After Bex gets back I'm sure we will spend a bit of time yakking... as ya do.

I will be getting on the treadmill and exercycle again today too.  I only did about 6,000 yesterday, and I'm trying to up the total to at least 7,000 today.

Stew is off to Hamilton today, but he's coming back tonight.  

Right, that's all I've got for now... catch ya later.

ONWARD...

1.05 pm:

Babysitting Dante went well... he was happy to stay with his Grandma for a couple of hours. Bex got back just as Dante was starting to fret for his Mum though.  
Bex stayed for an hour or so, then took the boys home for their midday naps.

I'm spending the rest of the day quietly.  
Just killing time really till I have to cook dinner.
Here's a few photos of the boy(s) visit today:


 ABOVE:  This is his "I'm an imp" face.  Such a cutie.


 ABOVE:  Stalking Coco... and hogging Tallulah's toys.


 ABOVE:  trying to entice Tallulah to play with him.  She loves to run around the house with Dante, but she won't jump on him, which is good.


ABOVE:  Archer getting grumpy, just before Bex put him in his carseat to go home.  Archer does not like being in his carseat at all.

End of Day: well... another day where I did bugger all.... just the usual sort of day.  Only 5,600+ steps today.  Just didn't feel like getting on the treadmill or exercycle.  
Off to bed.  
nite nite

Monday, August 24, 2015

EXERCYCLE AND STEPS

I wanted to know if the FitBit would record my 'steps'/exercise while I was on the exercycle.

So, I did 5 minutes on the exercycle with the FitBit on my wrist.  It did not register a single step.

So then I put the FitBit down in my sneaker, and did another 5 minutes on the exercycle.  It did not register a single step AGAIN.

Obviously there was not enough motion to activate it.

So then I pinned the FitBit to the top of my knee, and did another 5 minutes on the exercycle.  YAAA... success!   It recorded my motion at steps.

So, now I want to see if it registers while I'm on the cross trainer!

My goal yesterday was 6,000 steps.  By the end of the day I had done 8,800+ steps!   I am really happy with that.
Today my goal is 7,000 steps.
I'm not going to be as busy as I was yesterday, so I will have to get on the treadmill and cross trainer to get those numbers up.

I don't mind though.  This FitBit thingee is certainly motivating me to get more active.  It's GREAT!

I know I'm still recovering from the flu, but every day I feel more energetic and well.  I will have kicked it in the butt by the end of the week... just got that lingering cough still.
So has Stew, but he's much better now too.

Well... I don't have any plans for today really.  I will get some exercise in,  then do some housework... there's 2-3 loads of washing to be done and that's about all.

If it's not too cold in the garage I might even make a start on another block for my latest quilt too.

ONWARD...

I've had some 'news'. Nothing to do with the house sale or anyone else.  My day has gone to utter crap.
I'm not up to talking about it yet as I don't have enough information yet.  
Just know it's rocked me for six.

Just sitting here feeling a bit ill and massively stressed out.

I will share when I can.

I don't think I will be doing much else today, even doing some exercise has gone out the window.


7.55 pm:  Well I really have done NOTHING today except the washing!
I've been wallowing. Playing on the computer, watching TV etc.

Now I feel like doing something!
I'm going to get me sneakers on and get on the treadmill and exercycle.... while putting washing through the drier to air.

There is bugger all on the TV right now, so now is the time.  And I need to get my steps up to at least 6,000 for the day!

ONWARD and all that.

End of Day:  I've done good... 15 minutes on the treadmill and 10 minutes on the exercycle.  Very happy I did that.
nite nite

Sunday, August 23, 2015

ANOTHER OPEN HOME

Todays' Open Home is at 2 pm, so we have plenty of time to get ready today.

Which is just as well because neither Stew or I have that much energy after the flu.
I can't believe how nasty the flu is!  Having never had it before, I sure appreciate how it can actually kill people!

Next winter I'm getting me a flu injection... and that is saying something, cos I hate injections!

I will make sure Stew has one too.

All going well I should get to 6,000 steps today.  I am going to keep going until I do in fact.  I am sure I can do it!

Does anyone know if you clock up 'steps' on an Exercycle?  Cos I'd really like to get on the Exercycle today too.  I like to mix up me exercise, it's good for ya.

Right, I better go and make a start on the housework... got to do quite a bit today... vacuming, wash floors, dusting... gawd.  I hate Open Homes.  *sigh*

ONWARD...

11.54 am:   all going well.
Russell, Ange and her some Caleb arrived on their way to Maraetai, so we had a quick visit with them and their puppy.


 ABOVE:  Russ and Ange have a chocolate lab named 'Mika'... she is very cute.  She is 4 months old.  Tallulah did NOT like her at all, but she didn't growl at her.


ABOVE:  That's Tallulah hiding under Russell.

ABOVE:  all three dogs... look at the face on Tallulah!  She was not happy at all!  At one point she tried snapping at the puppy which quickly got her reprimanded.

ABOVE:  Coco and Mika.  Coco liked the puppy, but I think Mika is a bit too boisterous and BIG for our girls.  *smiles*

I was thrilled when they left because... they took Brylee and Griffin with them!  SCORE!  I hope they have a nice outing with them at the beach.

Stew and I have almost finished getting the house ready for the Open Home now.

4.57 pm:  4 groups through today... all made positive comments.  Fingers crossed someone has fallen in love with our home.  If not... we have another Open Home next sunday.  *sigh*

Steve, Bex and the boys have arrived, I've got a roast of pork in the oven... looking forward to a nice dinner.

End of Day: a lovely evening, dinner was delicious and much appreciated by everyone.  It was the first sunday roast I'd done in a while I must say.
nite nite

Saturday, August 22, 2015

THINGS THAT MAKE ME HAPPY TODAY

In pictures:

 ABOVE:  Tallulah and Coco staying out of the kitchen.


ABOVE:  And ignoring me.... tarts!

 ABOVE:  My fireplace... WORKING.  It's so pretty.


 ABOVE: My funky jug surrounded by pretty lights. 


 ABOVE:  My reflection.  Gettting smaller. THAT makes me very happy.


ABOVE: That pretty Spring Heart in my bedroom.
I love making my home pretty.

We are having a sleep in this morning.  I am going to post this early and go back to bed.  
Later on... I reckon a nice walk in the park/gardens might be nice.
We need some fresh air and light exercise to blow the germs out of our systems.

This afternoon Stew will be mowing the lawns in readiness for Open Home tomorrow.

I shall be doing the washing and usual housework.

ONWARD...

1.25 pm:  We decided to do the 'right' thing and return that bloody heat controller to the plumbers.  I checked online to make sure they were open, and their website said they were open today, 7 am - 8 pm in fact.
So we drove over there and found.... LOCKED GATE, NO ONE THERE.  And we couldn't even put it in their letterbox cos it was behind the locked gate.

So, I rang the 0800 number and let them know that I had tried to return it, but now it would be in my letterbox waiting for THEM to pick it up.  I'm done with EURO PLUMBING, St Johns, Auckland.  I would NEVER EVER recommend them to anyone.

After that we went to pick up my fabric from The Ribbon Rose ... that took 4 months to arrive.  The owner gave me half a metre for free as a 'sorry' it took so long gesture, which was much appreciated.

We also did some clothes shopping, just a couple of tracksuit tops.  Stew is going as a Jogger to the dress up party too now.  

Did you know at Rebel Sports they do not have a single thing for WOMEN,  in their Woman's section,  above a size 16?  Seriously, Women don't get bigger than a size 16 it would appear!

That surprised and annoyed me I must say.

*sigh*.  We are home now and I've done about 4,600 steps so far today.  Shopping is good for ya step count! 

End of Day: Well.. I didn't get to 6,000 steps today, only 5,563.... but I'm getting there!  It might take me a couple of weeks to get to 10,000 steps a day, but I will get there.
nite nite

Friday, August 21, 2015

FIRE ... THEN BOTANY BOUND

Three days ago our gas fireplace in the lounge stopped working.  It keeps turning itself off.
Can you imagine how upset I was?  It was like... "What the hell will happen next?"

So, I rang the company that overhauled it a couple of years ago to come and fix it.

It took me two days to get to actually TALK to someone there... and she told me that the EARLIEST someone could come to look at it was mid to end of September!

I burst into tears when she said that.... I was just so over all the crap that's been happening with everything!

So, once I had calmed down,  I told her that our home was on the market,  and having a broken fireplace was just not an option.

She said leave it with her and she would see what she could do.

4 hours later she rang me and said there would be a service man at my house at 8 am this morning!  AND they were not charging me a call out fee either. 

Some days my faith in people's kindness is restored.  

So, I better make sure I'm up and dressed before the man arrives eh?  

Once he's been and fixed it (I hope he can!)... I am going over to Botany to pick up my new umbrella.  While over there I'm going to pop into Early Settler too... it's an awesome shop.  I drool every time I go in there.

I'm going to make sure I walk heaps while out, park as far away from the shops as I can... get back to doing everything I can to increase my steps!

Right, catch ya later.

ONWARD...

Yaaaa!   The fireplace guy arrived bright and early and YES, it was an easy fix!  He stayed for quite a while to make sure it was indeed fixed.  Nice guy.


 ABOVE:  The man fixing me fireplace.  The dogs had to be locked up while he was here cos they kept sniffing him.


 ABOVE:  My new brolly.  I was expecting it to be totally BLUE, but it's not.  It's black with blue accents.  That's OK I suppose.  I can't be bothered taking it back for an exchange.


ABOVE: I found this in RAPT too... so pretty and it was on SALE for half price.  It makes me think of Spring, which is coming soon I'm sure.

After getting those two things I walked across the road to The Hub and had a browse around Early Settler.  It was a nice little walk.

So far today I've done 4,788 steps.  I'm really happy with that!  I'm loving my FitBit, it is certainly motivating me to get off me bum.

My mood has lifted too... I found myself singing along to the radio in the car today... that ain't happened in ages.

Nearly lunchtime, I've got leftovers from the other night ... chicken rice risotto.  YUM.

5.46 pm:  I've spent part of the afternoon napping, and part reading blogs.
For every blog I open, only 2 out of 10 are 'active'.  That's sad.
I suppose it makes it fast for me to read all the updated ones though.

Stew is due home soon.  I've asked him to bring home chocolate.  And Jelly Beans.  I've missed jelly beans.  Time to have a few and nope, I ain't gunna feel guilty.  I'm just so happy I feel like something to eat.  

I've not coughed and thrown up today, first day in nearly two weeks that's happened.

Yaaa, I have done more than 5,000 steps today.  So pleased.  Tomorrow I'm going to aim for 6,000.

End of Day: Another good day, they are starting to add up!
Chocolate wasn't that nice.  Just feel ikkk now!
nite nite

Thursday, August 20, 2015

HAVING FUN WITH THE FITBIT

Today I plan on having some fun with the Fitbit.
I'm going to get on me treadmill and see how long it takes to clock up a thousand steps.

My goal for the next week or so is to get myself up to 5,000 steps a day.  It's only half the desirable number of 10,000 steps a day, but hell!  It's going to be about 4,000 more than I've been doing lately!

I'm not sure I will use the 'Food' tracker, it's in calories and I don't 'do' calories.  I track WW's Pro Points.  Well... I do when I'm tracking that is.
Of course, I ain't been tracking much lately either.  Funny that.

So that's me plans for today.  Slowly get back into some exercise, use the Fitbit for motivation and work towards a good loss for next week.  
I can actually feel the difference now, I've lost 11.1 kilos since I started again at WW.
It's been SLOW... but steady and that makes me happy.

ONWARD...

11.57 am: Dammit!
I walked for 10 minutes BRISKLY on the treadmill, then I went to Sylvia Park and walked up and down it's length too... got me hair washed and dried at JustCuts... met up with Bex and the boys for a little while there too.

Got home, synched the Fitbit.   According to it I've taken 436 steps TODAY.  Now that just ain't right!
I'm starting to get annoyed already.  Something ain't right.  Just feel like taking the bloody thing back now.

12.32 pm: Just deleted the walk I did on the treadmill in 'Activities'... and that must have sorted it cos now the damn thing says I've done 3,640 steps.
*sigh*

Now all I need to do is about another 2,000 to get to my mini goal.

5.20 pm:   I didn't say much about my visit to JustCuts today did I?
Well on my way to Sylvia Park this morning I was listening to a guy on the radio who said he got his hair washed and dried twice a week in a salon.  I was like, really?  Why would you do that?
Then I thought about it and decided to see how much it would cost, cos seriously, I really don't feel up to washing and drying my mop of hair at all right now!

So... it cost me $12 to have it washed and dried.  What a bargain!  And the hairdresser gave me the most lovely head massage too... for nothing!  I do believe I might be doing that EVERY WEEK from now on!   $12 for pure indulgence... WHY NOT?   I'm sure thousands of people spend more than that a week on coffee!  I don't drink coffee do I?  *smiles*

It's takeaway night.... yaaaa.  I don't have to cook.  Stew's choosing our meal tonight.  

End of Day:  a good day really.   I didn't get to 5,000 steps today, but it was close.
nite nite

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

NOT SURE

Thankfully, Stew is back here in Auckland for the rest of the week.
I can keep a closer eye on him.  

Me?  STILL coughing.  Probably will be for weeks to come knowing my luck.

Griffin and Brylee are both well.  Looks like Brylee dodged that bullet.  Amazing considering we all got it except her.

Not sure if I feel like going to Weight Watchers this morning.  All I feel like doing is staying in bed.
Going out and about yesterday tired me out.

The scales are showing a small (SMALL!!!) loss.  Nuts that is.  Utterly not fair.  I starved for a week, literally throwing up any food I did eat and Pffffft.  A piddly arse loss!

So, not that interested in going to WW.

I will think about it a bit later.  Right now, I'm staying in bed.  The kids can get themselves off to school, they don't need me for any reason.  Which is nice.

ONWARD...

I've decided to go to WW.  I'm taking me new boots.  Surely I've lost enough to wear them now? 

12.14 pm:  I'm so glad I went to WW's!  It was neat to see the ladies, and I even got cuddled!
THAT was really weird, but nice *smiles*

I LOST 1.3 kilos, so I could put these on:


 ABOVE:  I wore them all morning.  They are so lovely!  Slightly higher heel than I'm used to, but I'll get used to them.

After WW, I went down to the mall and bought one of these:
 ABOVE:  Several ladies at WW have them and reckon they are good, so I'm giving it a go.  Nothing like a tracker that tells you how much ya sit on ya bum I suppose.  
I'm hoping it will motivate me to get moving more.  
Not cheap .... so I better use it!   I will probably spend the rest of the day reading up on how to use it.

Stew and I have a party to attend at the end of the month, for friends who eloped to Las Vegas, so it's a 'We Got Married' party.
But... it's a DRESS UP Party.  *sigh*
I hate dress up parties.

The 'theme' is J & T, you have to dress up in something beginning with J or T.  
I found these at the mall:


 ABOVE:  An exercise outfit.  I'm going as a JOGGER.  !  I've already got bright pink sneakers, so I'm set.  Now to think of something for Stew?
Maybe he can be the 'Trainer'?

OH, best thing about that outfit?  Both items are 'only' XL... not 2XL or 3XL.  Rather chuffed about that.

Now, how about a photo of the girls?


ABOVE:   They are both nuts.  They love their crate!  If I close the door so they can't get in it during the day they cry!  
They are both looking great after their haircuts.

2pm: And the power has gone out here. So... my house alarm has activated and I can't turn it off.  Luckily its not going full tilt... only about half volume. It's still annoying though. The dogs are perplexed, running around looking for the noise. 

4.11 pm:  The power has finally come back on, and the infernal alarm has shut up at last!
I ended up sitting in my car to get away from the noise... and to charge my phone.

The Fitbit installation was mucked up, so I'm having to do it all again.  Still have no idea how to use it of course.  Everything you need to know is on the computer.... which one can't see if there's no power.  Grrrrr.

Finally though, might get it done now.

5.11 pm:  Yaaaa, I've finally got the Fitbit working and sync'd with my computer.  
Also just now, I changed the old heating controller with the new one ... ON MY OWN.  I asked the electrician to come back and do it and he told me he was sure I could do it myself! So I did.  

AND it's going!  I'm rather chuffed.  Now lets see how long it takes for the plumber to come and get his faulty controller!  I have no intention of driving it over there that's for sure.

I let the plumber know he could pick up his faulty heat controller.  His response?  You know my address, you drop it off.
WELL.  He must have forgotten, possession is 9/10ths of the law... and he will now have to WAIT until I am good and ready to return it.  ARESHOLE.

End of Day:  I've had a good day... still coughing but I've not thrown up anything today!
EXCELLENT.
nite nite