Tuesday: Doneski!

Rose early with the intent that today was ‘Ride to Work’ day. Realised about 20 mins before leaving home that I have no lights for my bike – and it was still pitch black. After assessing the situation (ie googling the local sunrise time and the fact that people in Darwin rarely ride with helmets, let alone lights), we decided it was safe enough to ride in on the bike track, rather than the road (I don’t bounce well).

So off we set. The temperature was bearable, there was enough light to see the path (and oncoming cyclists without lights!), and it was lovely. Got to work in a reasonable time, and did a slow 5K run for PT. Tried my first informal spin class at lunchtime, and have decided that there is no way I will EVER enjoy that crap. All the water I imbibed after my ride and run – gone. It wasn’t even hard, and I was struggling. I will do better next time, now that I know what it involves, and yes, I WILL do it again. But I won’t like it. Oh, and then we did 8 minute abs after that, just so we could feel REALLY incompetent and unfit! *sigh*

My day was spent largely avoiding work again. I’m now pretty much down to counting how many hours I can get away with it, and I spent some of those hours looking into triathalons. I’ve decided I’d like to do a ‘try-tri’ – there’s no way I could swim 750m, and I refuse to pay the association money for a one off thing, so I’ll make my own shit up. I’m good like that. The goal shall be to swim-bike-run, just to see how it feels. It’s supposed to be less strain on the body than single activities, and less injuries are sustained by triatheletes. Apparently. According to the bible Wikipedia anyway – which is good enough for me! No idea of when said event shall occur or over what distances, I shall have to give it some more thought.

After my peaceful work day and early knock off, the lush of my life and I set out on our return trip. Given that it was pleasant enough this morning, there was no reason to think that it wouldn’t be similar on our return. Mhmm. And THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is where we went wrong. Not only did we have to take the long way (due to the side gate being closed due to the early departure time), it’s uphill. Not hugely, but that slow, slight, never fucking ending uphill that makes you want to rip the arms and legs off teddy bears. And to make matters worse, there was a strong headwind. Worse  still, it was a hot headwind. It was GROSS. The lovely ride we had this morning, was uphill for large straights – didn’t even notice the downhill on the way in, that’s how slight it was. Sure as shit wasn’t that slight on the way home!

Anyway, we beat the storm home. It started to spit as we pulled into the house, and that’s actually all it did. For all it’s piss and blustery bullshit, there wasn’t a decent drop of rain in it.

Darwin is SUCH a funny place. I love it here.

 

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Day 1 of the 21 Day yoga challenge!

Personally, I don’t have a lot of faith in myself. I meant to do it this morning when I woke up, but decided a coffee and snuggle was more important. hehe

So, I did it tonight. After one bowl of soup, and before another. Actually, I made myself do it before I had a second bowl (which was even better than the first – true story!), and I still ate too much. Might have to go to the Japanese size bowls for a smaller portion size! Guess what I’m taking to work for lunch tomorrow? More soup! Breakfast tomorrow will be eggs- my fav little protein packs- and dinner will be STEAK with lots and lots of vegetables. Funny how meat and three veg used to be a staple when I was a kid: now it’s so damn dear it’s a treat. Shame really.

Oh, we’re going fishing on the weekend too, hopefully to catch something to supplement the diet. I do like fish, but fresh fish; I’ve had nothing but bad experiences with store brought fish (from a supermarket though, not a fish monger), so I tend to just miss out. The lush of my life said he’ll make me a salmon steak from the shop though, which will be interesting. I have only ever had preprepared salmon (either tinned or vacuum packed), never home cooked – hope I like it! I have a little smoker at home too, so if we do manage to catch a fish to keep, we may get to smoke some… haven’t had it in such a long time… mmmmm… Fish… mmmmmm

 

Today:

I did no exercise. I thought about it, but I didn’t do it.

Tomorrow, however, is our long planned bike ride to work – it’s around 14K each way, and then an hour work out in the gym – power hour! – then cycle home. We’re just doing it to see how the times go, seeming as how I start work next week again, and I’m determined to ride at least ONE day per week. Hopefully more, but I’m not willing to commit as yet. Found my bike helmet today so I can look like a complete twat, and we’ll pick up some lights and a basket on the way home when the shops are open. Best we don’t spike any tyres, as it’s a decent walk home again… hehe

 

2011 in review:

Yup, it’s that time of the year, and unlike most years, I’ve decided to take a look backwards this year, and just see what’s happened.

Jan: Moved to Darwin, took up new position.
Feb: Climbed on the healthy bandwagon.
Mar: life
Apr: life
May: away for work for most of it
Jun: City to Surf
Jul: Half Marathon, work
Aug: Our trip to Japan. Fantastic.
Sep: Work again. Life
Oct: when was this?
Nov: last week.
Dec: Mad!

Hmm. perhaps that was a big fat fail. Lets try that again…

Big things: Moving to Darwin – got to drive across the top end and see more of the country (never. again.). Love Darwin, except the sandflies and locals. It’s not like Townsville. Spent a lot of time out field for work. Learnt that eating starch makes me fat – lost a fair bit of weight. Took up running for ‘fun’, did a half marathon and the City to Surf. Times are still nothing to write home about, but for me to look at a 5K as ‘a waddle’ and 10K as ‘a run’, when last year I moaned about running a measly 2K, and NEVER twice in a day!!, that to me is my biggest personal achievement this year. Eating healthy has become both the backbone and bane of my life, particularly when you try to eliminate starch – and it’s something I will struggle with have to manage for the rest of my life. I am so grateful for the support and love I get from my family, for without that, none of my achievements this year would’ve happened, nor would they have meant so much. Our Japanese holiday, fantastic, need to do it again. So many places, so little money.

What’s on the agenda for 2012?

I want to concentrate on my eating habits, and get them sorted out. I need to be more aware of what works for me, and come to terms with the fact I am NEVER going to be the ‘everything in moderation’ person, or the ‘just one every now and then won’t hurt’ person. That is possibly going to be the biggest challenge, but once I can get into that mindset, I can move on. Keep up with the fitness – which might be harder than necessary if I am in the field for 4 months, but I’ll have to manage somehow… I didn’t come this far to throw it all away, and goddammit, I’m going to fucking demand food without starch in it – I don’t care if they think I’m a whingey whiney little bitch, fuck them. They can cook for vegetarians, they can cook for ME. And if they want a doctors note, then I’ll fucking get them one. Wow. I knew it pissed me off last time, but I hadn’t grasped quite how much. My bad. Moving on…

I want to appreciate my family as much as possible, while I can show them in person. Chances are I may not be home this time next year, and when I do get back, the girl child will have left to take up her university life back in Queensland. She needs to know I will miss her, and that I believe in her – and I forget she’s not psychic. And he does needs to know too. I don’t want him to think I’m taking him for granted, and that I love him being here, and I love me being here. I want to be with him at 92. And then get a divorce at 100 and get in the guiness book of records!

I need to be more proactive at work – stress less, be seen to be doing stuff. My last promotion course is on in Feb, and I need to be able to do it. Plus there’s another guy on the course that I’ve worked with before, and I need to beat his ass. I need to enjoy my work – and I do – which means I need to leave it at work, and be able to switch off. I’m getting better at it, and I need to be able to help him do it too. I will possibly go away for work at the end of next year, and I’ll make the most of it. If I don’t go, then I don’t go. The money would be nice, and the experience nicer, but I’m not going to swing off a cliff over it. If I don’t go, I will enjoy being at home with my family for Christmas, and helping the girl child with her interstate move (and try not to cry too much!)…

I’d like to say that I’m going to be a kinder, more considerate person in 2012, but I don’t think I’ve got a snowflakes chance in hell. We’ll see.

 

Well, I got up and ran.

And yes, I feel much better for having done it.

I needed to – I haven’t run for 2 whole days, and it feels like a year! Running in the morning is a great way to start the day for me, mentally.  If I do nothing else all day, at least I know I got off my ass and ran 5K this morning. I plan to do other things today too, so I now just have to make sure I do them.

 

*sigh*

My mother asked me why I was losing weight today.

There was nothing I could say that didn’t sound shallow. But it’s not. I’m doing it for ME.

If I could have one wish for next year – it would be that it will be as good as this year was, for every part of my life, not just the losing weight one.

Today is my first day of hols!

And I’ve been soooo looking forward to it… that I’ll probably have to go into work this morning to do what should’ve been done before I left yesterday (earlier than usual, and still 2 hours after everyone else!), and to double check on things seeming as there’s a pending cyclone in the area. I don’t mind, it’s what we do – that’s why we get paid the big bucks. hehe

And EXERCISE! Today, I will exercise. I would like to fit in: a run, some cardio, some pilates, the 8 min ab challenge that I’m challenged to do for 3 weeks, squash (or tennis, depending on weather and inclination at the time), as well as christmas shopping, christmas biscuit/cookie ingredient shopping, cyclone prep, cyclone shopping, booking flights for my mother, checking out a car yard, and the aforementioned going into work (just for a BIT).

Yay for holidays!!

2012? Bring it!

This year has been pretty awesome – work’s been good, home’s been great. We’ve been on holidays overseas, kept our heads above water, and haven’t killed anyone (of note…:)

Next year I’m hoping will continue in a similar vein, although things are a bit unpredictable with work commitments unlikely to be finalised until the last minute at the earliest, two weeks after at worst. Nevertheless, I’m going to try and jot down some things I’d like to do during the year… although those that know me well also know that I suck at making goals. Oh well here goes…

  1. I’d like to make soap. I love home made soaps, but baulk at paying $6 a piece for something that is a ‘want’, rather than a ‘need’. If I make it myself I don’t need to feel guilty, and with a bit of luck I’ll be able to share the love. I’ll try a kit first, but it’s cheaper to do it all from scratch – but I need to know it’ll work! The intent is to make soap and shampoo and conditioner and washing liquid, mainly because I can control what’s in it, but also because it’s (supposedly) cheaper and better than commercially produced stuff.
  2. I want to keep running. This will be difficult if work starts to cramp my style.
  3. If work cramps my style, I need to have another focus other than running. I choose pilates. One of the gals from work has said she’s going to start again next year, so I’ll go with her. I like to hurt in company, apparently.
  4. I’d like to do some sewing. I haven’t done any for many years, and I feel the need to be able to make some cheap lightweight pants for the summer months. Everything in the shops up here is either southern based (ie. They do WINTER), or hippie style, which I do like, but srsly… there’s a limit. And a time. And a place.
  5. Financial responsibility and decluttering is to commence forthwith. Refer t’other blog HERE.
  6. He wants to kyack. Hell, I can’t even spell it. But I’ll buy him one… 🙂

If you could take any class for free, what would you choose?

Easy – exercise, would have to be Tai Chi. I would love to have a proper teacher rather than some half assed mung bean sucking mantra chanting hippy who misses the point of what it’s about and is just running through the motions (wow. Bad previous experience much??). People seem to forget it’s a martial art, and don’t concentrate on the whole state, just the mental. Pfft to them.

Non exercise, a language. I’ve even been tossing up French, just to get my brain into gear – but it’s no fun by yourself. Seeming as there’s two of us we really should be into our Japanese… but we’re both inherently lazy 🙂

Cooking? French. Pastries – or desserts? They look so intricate and delicate and I can’t eat either… so I should at least be able to appreciate what they look like – right?

I had a dream…

… that I was in a race that went uphill, and I beat people who were faster than me on the flat, and I was stoked, but for some reason I didn’t get to the finish line, I stopped once I got past them – and it didn’t matter anyway because I didn’t have a watch on so I didn’t know the time.

Which I did find in RL by the way… it was on the table outside. Lucky it didn’t rain!