Weekly Love

  
Reuniting with Mickey – a couple of years ago we spent many times working out, eating junk food and talking for hours about life. We both got boyfriends and oh snap we drifted. Having her back for lols is the bomb. Her positivity and wise words are what every gal needs. 

  
I was very lucky to have this gal around for 2 weeks as my boss. She’s smart, fun, and so fucking cool I can’t even handle it. I will miss you Emma and I’m so glad you’re only 10 minutes away!

  
F I N A L L Y getting a Sunday off. I miss the markets and chill days in the city. It’s much warmer outside today which welcomed with open arms. Keep getting warmer pls Wellington. My pasty legs miss the sun!

  
Dogs – do I really need a reason?

Little things: red heads – always the most beautiful #biased; rekindling old friendships; Spirit Junkie app (Gabby has been slaying it even more so lately); home made burritos by JPs mum; having energy!; Raglan Roast downstairs and with their consistently amazing coffees; Dog beach forever; lazy weekends on the couch; 

Weekly Love

  Last week was quite easily the best week I’ve had in ages. I’ve moved stores so I’m now 5 mins away from home and it is so good. On the sunnier days I’ve even managed to get out for a walk before work which increases my mood 10 fold. I mean, how can you be mad when that’s your view?!

  

My best friend and I are making it a ritual to go to the do beach on Saturdays with her wee pup. Not being able to have animals sucks so getting out and patting all the dogs makes me so super happy!! Look how stoked Loki is? He’s the best little dog ever. I wasn’t a fan of them until I met Loki. He has such a sweet temperament and is so smart!

  

Going out and getting drunk is not something I do very regularly but after this pearler of a week I had to. It was one of JPs very good friends birthday on Friday so we hung out in town for a while. Props to my boo Kasey for the photo. 

  
As always, JP who looks after me and makes me laugh so bloody much. I’m one lucky gal. 

  
On my walk the other day I saw like 10 black dogs which made my mind go ‘oh shit’ (bad omens) then when I got to the end of my walk the last dog I was was white (good omen) and then I saw three ducks sleeping in a row…..! The universe does some weird and wonderful things sometimes. 

Little things: doing ~girly~ things; making fun plans; trying weird new things (stag semen beer?!); strong as f coffee first thing in the morning; helping people – I like it; having a massive clothing clean out; waking up slow; About Time; jump suits; weetbix smoothies!!!; morning meditation; meet ups with my pals; espadrilles and Masterchef (I love Al Brown ‘can I say bloody good on television?’)

Whoops.

  
This is me in…..2003-2005. I found it on photobucket earlier on haha. How fitting….

Each week I go to write about gratitude but I don’t really feel like posting. I find it hard to have content that I’m happy with because how I write is how I’ve been influenced during the day. If my day is shit you’ll hear all about it. If my day is good then you will see love hearts appear all over the page. It’s hard to have a blogging ‘voice’ sometimes and it’s only after 5 days of no work that I feel like writing. I write my best when I’ve had a clear head for a few days because everything just rolls off of my brain like so and I don’t feel sel concious. 

Anyway – I realised I didn’t finish Junk Free June. I can’t remember how far along I got but I remember it wasn’t far at all. Yo-yo dieting is in my genes and Dominos is a five minute walk from my apartment so….. Just a little note to the disclaimer – I didn’t ask a soul for money for it and I am 100% behind people eating better which is something I’m working on. 

Weekly Love

  
JP – genuine top bloke or maybe I’m just biased. Today he helped me scrub the black mould off my walls, bought me fish and chips and entertained me for a few hours. We’ve both been out with the flu most of the week so it was nice to see each other in person rather than FaceTime. Also shout out to his mum who checked up on me and bought me all sorts of things to help me get better. She is quite literally an angel. 

  
My mum – she emailed me pretty much every day to ask if I was okay and showed me the cats on FaceTime when I demanded to see them. We’ve had Zeus since I was 13 and Billy since I was 15 so having grown up with them I really miss them (well, Zeus mainly) Having animals around when you’re not you’re best is the best. 

  

Getting better – I’ve had a lot of issues with my upper respiratory this year (I’ve been sick 3-4 times yikes!) so being on the mend and not having to walk around like Damian (I shit you not that was me on Thursday) was nice. I’m also grateful that I have now got a Doctor in town. I’ve been trying to make my life easier and this is one of the things that is a great help.

  
Little things: Too Cute! which used to be on Animal Planet but can still be streamed on YouTube. As its name suggests it is indeed, Too Cute!; hot showers and electric blankets; mid morning naps; modern medicine; painting my nails and shaving my legs (TMI maybe but Winter = less self maintenance….well for me maybe); Big Cat Derek; rad street art; having a less mouldy room; getting out of the house; one more week of commuting!!; getting in touch with old friends; going through photobucket from 2005-2009ish and finding some GEMS!; peppermint tea 4 eva; Will and Steve winning MKR (even if Aimee did spoil it for me months ago) and the Jimmy Fallon show.

Junk free June week one

  
I decided to embark on this junk free June adventure to curb some terrible eating habits I’ve developed! I love my body but I’ve gained a lot of weight (10-15kgs) and maintaining a healthy body and lifestyle is very important to me. It’s not all about being skinny and what not but if I get good I’m less moody and better to be around. 

Day one: “GIVE ME A FUCKING ICE CREAM!!!’ Screamed my brain around midday. I had a scroll for breakfast which obviously wasn’t enough. Give me all of the sugar. Omg. A milkshake from Wendy’s!!!!!! Oh wait, NOPE. It’s aite I got this…..aside from my walk back from the loo where I made one of the girls at the cafe give me the tongs to steal some marshmallows. I took 4, ate three and realised by number 4 that oooops I was eating junk food. Learnt the hard way that broccoli smells horribly odorous when recooked but the roast I ate for both lunch and dinner was A+! 

  
Day two: OMG so tired. Can’t do this. Yas please soy flat white and banana. By the time our Tuesday meeting rolled around I was so miserable that I got a good ol dollop of cream on my iced soy flat which was after all just ice, soy milk and coffee (PMS x not having a proper sleep = incredibly irritable sassy Anna) Lunch however was a lot more tame. I made a paleo shepards pie (recipe courtesy of the Shrinking Violet) the night before so I was stoked to have that for lunch with a banana and mandarin. I’m so bad at eating fruit so I was keen to change that! Dinner was the same which was dope coz the weather sucks and I didn’t want to cook. Nearly had an apple but my fitness pal said ‘NOPE!’ coz my sugar intake was very high. Gotta stick to this for the greater good/my $140 Levi’s haha! Adjusting to eating less when I’m used to eating too much is hard but I used to eat more when I worked out loads. 

Day three – maybe now is a good time to mention that I mentioned I’m quitting smoking (I’ve been a pretty solid smoker for the last 7 years – yikes!) I’ve been pretty good. In the past two days I’ve had 3.5 cigarettes which is good considering I can smoke a half packet every day. It also makes me want sugar and because it is a bit of a sleep aid for me I’m sitting awake and I want one so bad. Food today was pretty good. As usual, date night makes things pretty bad. JP made us lasagna and while it was in a large pan with three small layers – we ate it all! Mind you if it was in a deep dish it would’ve been somewhat equal….or would it #whatwouldgarfielddo? After that conundrum JP ate a whole container of M&Ms and they smelt so damn good! I removed myself from the couch to get back in touch with my self control. JP bought me cigarettes which I could’ve said no to but didn’t.

Day four – a lot easier than previous days. Obviously seeing chocolate around and new Cadbury flavours out was very tempting but a temptation I managed to wrangle by buying myself some bacon, eggs and mushrooms for a paleo brunch for tomorrow. I had sushi for lunch, rice and chicken for dinner and some smoked cheese and crackers for snacks. The more I get into this the more I’m like ‘what is healthy?’ I put it down to the fact that if its not chemical laden or junk food then it’s good. Trust me, the half eaten packet of chippies in the kitchen have been haunting me but the aim of Junk Free June for me is to go back to better eating than what I was and making eating better a priority. 

Day five: woke up and made myself some poached eggs, mushrooms, bacon and avo for brunch around 10 and I wasn’t hungry again till about 4:30. Avocados are out of season and I refuse to pay $2.50 for one at the supermarket when they are $1 cheaper at the vege markets. Decided to give the kumara rosti recipe on the Junk Free June page to change things up a bit and a couple of those with guacamole was so damn good! I also made a banana smoothie which filled me up. Finished the day solid with some cheese on crackers. 

Day 6 

Breakfast on Saturday was the same as Friday but with some kumara rosti. I could seriously eat like that all the time. JPs mum invited me to the markets so I caught the bus out and we went and got our weekly veges which was nice. She knows how to make a mean sandwich so I couldn’t pass up a healthy sandwich on some vogels. This kept me full up until dinner when JP declared he didn’t want to go to a restaurant so we flagged our initial idea and drove around town three (!!!) times when I caved into his KFC craving. He was hungover and I needed to pee so badly so we went there instead. I’m incredibly embarrassed because I ended up getting a large double down combo. It was followed by a cheesecake from Hells (and a big side of regret) 

Day 7

I woke up determined not to go back to the previous day’s mess and had an egg, mushroom and avo on some fancy baguette. White bread isn’t something I eat often and to be fair I hardly eat bread let alone buy it. I had avo, cheese, ham and aioli baguette at work which was really nice and kept me going till dinner time. I bought some nice Hellers sausages and had them with my kumara rosti, peas and a cup of grated cheese…..it wasn’t meant to be that much I swear! I’ll stop smoking again tomorrow. 

How I feel – so much better! I’m less hungry at the end of the day which is nice. Feels good to be eating proper meals again. Keen to keep going with it. The more prepared I am the happier I am to continue!

Weekly Love

I’m bad at being specific but I got some good things going on! This is a nice reminder how damn lucky I am! 

  
Quiet date nights – Last night JP drove us all around town and we got food and just chilled. It was cold and we went around the suburbs then came home and crashed. It’s a really nice change to going out to dinner. Sometimes you gotta change shit up! 

  
Eating better – man I feel so much better about my dietary choices. A few wee slips in the road won’t break my stride. Keen to keep going on this wee adventure. I used to take such good care of myself but of course getting in a relationship can definitely take its toll! 

  
Harry Potter – sometimes I can be a bit so-so when it comes to reading. Reading is one of the few things that I can sit down and DO otherwise I have epic ants in my pants. Harry Potter is so well written and JK Rowling is the bomb.com.

Seeing other people use gratitude – lately I’ve been using the phrase ‘worser things have happened’ to put things in perspective around work but when you see another person listing their three things for the day brightens up mine. Positivity is key! 

My boyfriends parents – I gotta say, sometimes it’s hella shitty having your parents split up so it’s always fun to stop by at JPs parents place and shoot the shit with them. It’s cool seeing the traits that he has inherited.

The weather – I love winter so much. I quite literally want to wrap myself in my bed all day, drink coffee, read and listen to the rain on the roof. My faves! 

Also, today is a sad day in history. My fave flat mate of four years moved out. It’s going to be so fucking weird not having him here but he fell in love (something I wasn’t sure he was going to do haha) so he’s following his heart to AUCKLAND of all places. 

Weekly Love

 
This week has been pretty amazing. I had training out in Upper Hutt which my boss and I thought would go all day and ended really early so I got the rest of the day off, I turned 25 yesterday and had a super relaxing day doing nothing much (it was cold and I didn’t want to move), went out for a feast with JP, caught up with the family this afternoon and also got the entire day off! All in all, a damn relaxing weekend. I’d like to say I’m excited to go back to work but if the train and bus network broke down I wouldn’t be upset. 

  
I told my doctor I would quit smoking before my 25th birthday which was my original goal but decided a week before my birthday that I’d give up the day after. I had a cigarette this morning before going to the markets and it’s cold turkey from here on in. A lot of my pay goes on debt so I’m looking forward to having an extra $60 in my account. I thought also while I’m quitting that Id give junk free June a go. I eat fairly ok during the week but i eat more than I need which has lead to me gaining weight. I’m okish with it and I still love my body I just really want to get back into my old healthy habits. 

Little things: seeing my bestie throughout the week; doing the depression test and realising how far I have come #itgetsbetter; becoming more organised; planning holidays; new cosmetics; waking up naturally before my alarm; getting all my chores done before the end of the weekend; having some time to be alone; making the most of Mercury being in retrograde by reliving my youth; Winter weather and clothing!!!; Apicare hard workers hand cream; thinking about meals for the week ahead; having the apartment to myself and short weeks!!