Adventures in Weightloss pt 4

imageForgive me Weightloss God, for I have sinned. It’s been two weeks since my last confession (see above) I know but I need to get this off of my chest. I know in my last post I said I had been doing terribly  but I got back on the bandwagon and was doing okay.

My uncle passed away pretty suddenly two Friday’s ago from a heart attack then I literally went back to my old ways. You best believe I had a cheese and ham croissant, pigged out on mini savouries at the wake and followed it with beer and chips from KFC. Today I had a really good think about it on the way home though. I made myself a promise that I’ll always allow myself a beer or 5 so that’s been honoured. Here is what I’m doing right and what I need to change:

1. I need to eat breakfast. I get up early to walk to work and I usually get up and just go. My clothes are ready and I get dressed while I’m on the loo. I’m not usually a breakfast person but I am so bloody hungry by the time I start work. I also need to eat more. I skip breakfast, have lunch and maybe something for afternoon tea then dinner.

2. I have been walking to work everyday! Do I like waking up at 6am? Hell naw. But I’m in much better spirits when I get there. Plus the weather has got better recently so I can deal with it being cold. I’m  looking forward to getting back into the gym again in a few weeks!

3. I’m completely unprepared when it comes to food. This week JP took me out for dinner twice (I’m so fucking spoiled) but instead of eating well and having healthy snacks on hand and eating well during the day I’m just eating crap all the damn time. I’m all about treats (read: beer) but it’s this kind of silly behaviour that got me into this rut. Love makes you fat. You were warned. In saying that though, JP has been seeing his PT for about 2 months now and the results are coming through and his progress is super motivating for me. I just wish my arms and legs toned up as fast as his haha!

4. I forgive myself for my mistakes. I’m not going to lie but changing your habits and going from a 70:30 eating plan to a 90:10 is struggle street but I’ve been good before so I know I can do it again. It’s a lot of tweaking here and there and it’s listening to your body. The worst thing is giving up altogether. I will not admit my defeat!

5. I’m not eating enough during the day. Even when I log my calories and they’re over I know that if I made some simple food swaps it really would help my progress. Having My Fitness Pal really helps me see the good and the bad. I would like to switch it up and do 5-6 mini meals rather than two.

6. I do the cooking at our place which I love. I started weighing things properly when I cooked a couple of nights ago so I could see where the good was coming from and the not so good. Investing in scales made such a difference. It can be time consuming if you’re making something with a lot of ingredients but it definitely makes it easier.

With that being said. I’m going to set myself some goals. I’m planning on having a perfect week in the last week of September or first week of October. That’s the plan anyway. I know going straight into it would just make me a bit nuts (I’m fully aware of making my changes gradual) so I’m going to start preparing my meals and logging them better. I’m also, starting next week, going to take measurements and photos every week or two. I’m not ashamed of my body coz shit she’s been through a fair bit but it’s out of sheer love for myself that I’m doing this. Oh, and a little bit for the badass clothes I have waiting for me from four years ago (yes I’ve kept some things and no I don’t think it’s a bad idea)

Until next week….!

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Adventures in Weightloss pt 2

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Yas gurl I made some progress! I don’t hate doing exercise so  walking to work isn’t such a tax. Have I mentioned I hate smelly buses piled in with people? We had stock take on Wednesday so instead of walking I went to the gym instead. Back in the day I used to do two hours at the gym most days and I felt so much clearer mentally. Plus, my new job is right next to a gym so even when the weather is gloomy I can’t really excuse myself.

My eating has been pretty atrocious this week. I didn’t plan out our groceries properly so it meant I ate a lot of fatty take aways but in saying that I ate good when I could. I kept a log and it was basically takeaways, chips and the occasional home cooked meal. It is my goal this week to log every thing on My Fitness Pal. For real though, my eating has been like this:

Monday
2 pieces soy and linseed toast
Can of baked beans
2 poached eggs
1 vanilla energize up and go
2 pieces vogels with avo
Small piece of cake
Brownie
Meatballs

Footlong ham sub
Meatballs and pasta
Mango
Chocolate and lollies

Meat and veg turn over and a v
Savoury bagel and chips
Chicken and rice
2 choc almond bars
3/4 bag of marshmallows

1 almond choc bar
Stir fry
Risotto

ETC ETC. As you can see, I got bored of logging it all. But I need to relax on the treats for real.

Meetaversary

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Look how skinny we are! I think I lost my jacket that night…
A year ago today, JP and I met. I told myself I wasn’t going to go out that night coz I was low on cash but I really wanted to see my old work mates. Fast forward a bit and I see this gorgeous guy with beautiful straight teeth, a lush beard and a full sleeve of tattoos. Later on that night he approached me out of nowhere on the smokers deck. I thought I’d seen someone I wanted to avoid like the plague and he said ‘Are you watching the cricket’ and I was like ‘uhhhh NOPE…..just thought I saw someone I knew’ and then it was awkward for a bit. We kept chatting and got along really well. I ended up taking him home thinking it wouldn’t amount to anything but we ended up hanging out once a week. It definitely wasn’t easy. There were a lot of get together then break ups until I was bored of it and said Id like to be friends. That didn’t last for long. I still had feelings for the guy and we get along pretty well so it turned quickly went back to the way it was before. It hasn’t been easy but boy was it worth it. He’s a very private kinda guy but I’d like preach his choir a bit.

As I mentioned earlier, 2014 was not an easy year for me. JP stuck through everything thick and thin and was always there to offer perspective and affection if I needed it. He always gave me a nudge in the right direction and has always been patient with me. Even though we have had rough patches the fact that we both wanted to persist is truly the best. Here’s to our nearly first year (properly got together sometime in April) together!

Date day

On Thursday JP surprised me by taking Friday off work. Our date nights are usually a couple of drinks after work and dinner. Maybe a movie. Then bed. And some NSFW action.

Since I live so central we usually end up just going somewhere in town but since we were in Newtown we ended up going to The Ramen Shop which I had heard several good things about.
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We had pork belly buns and fried chicken miso ramen which sounded amazing (I like miso and I LOVE fried chicken!) unfortunately, the hype my taste buds built up didn’t live up to it and we were both disappointed in our experience. I thought it was very fairly priced but at $44 all up it wasn’t cheap. Maybe we just ordered the wrong thing…. I don’t know…but it was beautifully presented and the service was good.

It was okay, we were fed and excited to go on a wee adventure! I have been DYING to go to the zoo for ages. The last time I went I was….16-17. I took advantage of the Wellington advent calendar just before Christmas and snagged a 2 for 1 pass which made the date cheaper. Excuse my horrible iPhone photos. I’m yet to replace my fancy camera.

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Tigers are one of my fave. This dude ended up hiding not long after.

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Definitely my fave photo of the day! The lionesses were hiding (it was pretty hot) so I was happy to see this guy having a snooze.

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This handsome guy came out a little while later. It was super dark in the cave so I had to give it a filter.

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Why hello to you too, sun bear

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The meerkats were so super cute!

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Literally 0 cares for all of y’all

All in all the trip was pretty good. It was school holidays so I sort of worried about lots of kids being around. A lot of the animals weren’t out presumably because of the dry heat which was a bummer (I was super excited about the serval and carcaral) It was a lot quicker getting around than I remember but all up it was a pretty good way to spend an afternoon!

Magical moments with Richard the cat

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ook at the love in those eyes

The other day I started using a quiz app called ‘Quizup’ My icon was chosen for me and is very fitting – a ginger cat. A couple of days later I was doing the regular blog trawl and I found a video of Tavi Gevinson giving a talk in Sydney. In her talk she mentions magical moments and how she has written down a list of magical moment she has encountered. She’s a smart cookie so I looked up her online zine Rookie. Later that I night I was getting in the washing and I turned around and this beautiful very young ginger cat was walking across the grass. He was startled and started to run but I called him and he came back. I sat with this cat for an hour and he followed me around my dads house. He is a very sweet and smoochy cat who just wanted a lot of pats and to smooch my face. He’s definitely under a year old (he still has his baby teeth and isn’t neutered) with the most fantastic ginger tabby markings which I love coz we have always had at least one tabby cat. After Richard left I was feeling pretty lonely. I have this big house to my house which is great but I live by the fact that a house is not a home without a cat. I went back to reading Rookie and was reading the article about Christmas music that isn’t really Christmas music. I started listening to a couple of Joni Mitchell’s songs that Tavi recommended and bought the album Blue on iTunes. I was sitting outside having a cigarette and was watching the songs load. The last one of the album is ‘The Last Time I Saw Richard’. Richard the cat came around again on Tuesday night. I was cooking and looked out the window to see him on the deck and walking away. I called him back and we hung out till my friend Brett scared him away. I really hope that is not the last time I will see Richard.

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 have never known a cat who washes itself so much. Richard is a clean, clean cat.

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o focussed!

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The Anna Adventures

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One day after a long hang with my dad I was on my way home, checked my bank balance and a lady asked if her and this dude could take a photo of me. Three snaps on three different cameras later and I didn’t think anything would happen. Now I am now on a poster!  What?! My friend texted me because it is across the road from his work and one of the residents at my work took a snap and sent it to me. Exciting~