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Arrrrgh!

WHERE does the time go? I’ve been slack. Very slack. In the updating arena.
…. but not slack in the gym arena! :) Another boxing class last night – BRUTAL, but I LOVE it. Love.

I had another weigh in tonight – it’s been 3 weeks since the last one. Only 2.1kgs lost this time, but all up it’s 7.2 in 5 weeks! I am happy with that. I can notice the loss which is extra motivating.

I’ve also been slack with the job-applying .. and considering how miserable I am at my current job, it defies logic. I have 3 to do before week’s end .. and I will make sure they actually do get done.

It’s been a fairly hectic time of late. I’ve had sick kitties, a wedding, wedding preparations (my sister’s), going to the movies (I am Number Four – it was BRILL!), fundraising for the upcoming ‘Relay for Life’ in which I am participating, FINALLY getting around to watching the 6th season of ‘The L Word’, spending a LOT of time with my beautiful nieces .. and more!

I’m watching ‘Nurse Jackie’ at the mo’ .. this is such a great show. It hasn’t really taken off in Australia – I think it’s in the description. It doesn’t “grab” .. well, it didn’t grab me, anyway. I had absolutely no interest in watching it when I heard about it. It was only that I accidentally caught an episode – I was hooked! Edie Falco pulls off that cute blonde pixie ‘do beautifully.

In other news, I’m PSYCHED for Xanadu later this month *squeeee* :)

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inch by inch

The gym and I are still going strong, I’m pleased to report. Loving every minute of it. Another tidbit I’m happy to share is that I’ve lost 5.1kg in the past two weeks! Go me! I’m being monitored by my GP – it was my first weigh-in since I joined the gym. I was wrapt. I mean, I would continue with the gym no matter what, but seeing a weight-loss result is motivating. My sister joined today which is fantastic. Because I’ve referred two people now, they’ve given me a couple of personal training sessions for free. Yay!

In other news, it was my birthday this weekend. Firstly, it was a three day weekend. Can’t beat that, right? Thursday night was Thai with friends, Friday, us girls had lunch at one of my favourite vegan eateries – and they enjoyed it! Not that it’s hard to do, but my family aren’t even vegetarian, so it was definitely out of their comfort zones. I got my tax done, got a pair of my work shoes for 40% off and felt very accomplished :) I had a fabulous day yesterday – lots of love. I’m truly, so very lucky.

My sister made me the BEST vegan lasagne one could hope for .. seriously, OMG. I bought all the ingredients and she whipped it up. SO. YUM. I can’t stop eating it! The only vegan disappointment for the day was the cake :( BOOOO! I bought it from the same place we ate on Friday – and I’ve had their delicious cakes before – but this one tasted like arse. UGH. I threw it out when I got home. So disappointing.

I suppose I should be getting to bed. I’m sleepy. I have a stand-in boss for the next couple of weeks, so work hasn’t been hideous. Still, there were no jobs worth applying to this weekend, so I’m hoping something perfect will come up during the week.

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punchy

I did my first boxing circuit tonight … after the personal training session! I am STUFFED :) It feels so good.

I picked up an annoying head cold – probably from my niece, my mother tells me – my head is stuffed up and my throat so sore. I’m fingers-crossed the codral cold and flu medication will be the cure. I’m a sook when I’m sick.

Dexter is almost finished .. I forsee my lovely comfy bed in my very near future.

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… first time in a long time i’ve felt in control and happy with myself. all due to going to the gym – which has in turn, made me aware of my eating and sleeping habits. i now realise how hopeless i felt before. tonight i felt proud of myself (another thing i’ve not felt in a long time) because i am doing something for ME. i am already feeling stronger and fitter and i see a light at the end of what has been a dark, dank tunnel.

if i get hit by a bus tomorrow, i’ll be really cross ;p

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the only one here now is me

“You got kicked. By a kick.”

-Ken Shamrock, mixed martial arts fighter

This was today’s “stupid quote” from my desk calendar – it had me giggling the entire day.

I’ve been trying to get to the posting stage here all week long. Every single night, the second I turn my computer off, I think of it. DOH! I’ve been so good this week, eating well, exercising and getting sleep. YAY ME! Today was a bust – out tonight with a galfriend – movie and dinner. There was no gym after work and dinner .. well, yes. A bust. But that’s ok because I was 4 for 4 up until .. I figure if I can get 5 good food and exercise days in per week, I’m winning. Tomorrow will be fine, so I’m feeling very pleased with myself!

We saw ‘The King’s Speech’ tonight – watch out, I’m about to get all gushy – LOVED LOVED LOVED IT!! Amazing story, beautifully written, so much heart! amazing actors, funny, captivating .. such an amazing movie. AMAZING!

It’s time for bed. It’s taken me over 2 hours to get through this post. I’ve been Face-stalking .. shameful, I know. Feeling a little melancholy and stalked the ex .. you know the one. The one that broke your heart. Yeh. I used to get very down on myself for *still* having love in my heart for him – until a friend said something to me – so simple – she said ‘aquarians love for life’. I think it’s true. And loving is nothing to be ashamed of.

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Boy. is it HOT! One of the very few scorching hot days we’ve had this Summer. It’s been one of the coolest Summer’s we’ve had in my memory. Crazy weather .. I’ve got the blanket I wrap around my feet on cold nights sitting atop the fan I use when it’s hot. I’m alternating regularly between the two.

I stayed at my mum’s place last night. Another of my “things I’m doing more of in 2011′. She suffers from severe depression and I have resentment issues with her. A normal mother-daughter relationship, no? :) Anyway, I love her and I want her to feel better and if spending more time with her does that, then I can manage it. I enjoy it for the most part. She has THE best shower in the world .. plus, her view of the stars out in the backyard is phenomenal. I used to laze on the swing out there with my pup .. staring up at the stars in the sky. I miss him. I took her to lunch and a movie today. We saw ‘Black Swan’. It was the “intense” everyone said it was .. I didn’t really enjoy it though. It was different, I’ll give it that. But the last five minutes were appalling. If there is one thing I can’t handle about american cinema it’s the schmaltz. Cheesiness. I just can’t do it. And the last five minutes of Black Swan are revoltingly cheesy. Natalie Portman was lovely .. as was Mila Kunis. Awesome actresses. In all, a fairly decent movie, just not that enjoyable.

A movie I saw in the last week or so that I TRULY enjoyed was ‘Dispicable Me’. I let mum take my nieces to see it at the movies because it didn’t look particularly good on the ads .. but I saw it on DVD at my sister’s place .. and I LOVED it! Amusing, great graphics, interesting story. Excellent flick!

So .. what else good happened this week?…. Oh! I applied for a job this week. I believe it closes in a week or so, so I won’t hear back for a while, but I’m all fingers crossed for an interview. It’s in Geelong, so it would mean a move – which is fantastic. I’m a nomad at heart and I tend to gypsy my way around Melbourne fairly regularly. It’s been two and a half years here, so it’s about that time.

I’m doing my gym assessment tomorrow night. I’ll be glad to get moving on that. I have to wrap my head around the concept of “beneficial use of time”. I have it somewhere in my head that if I don’t have a certain amount of couch time at night then i won’t feel like I’ve rested. This is clearly, a load of crap. Couch time is WASTED time. I need to keep reminding myself of that.

Right. So. Time for bed. I’m hoping the exercise thing will jolt my sleeping patterns back into whack. I used to have it down beautifully! I know I can do it again. Sleep is more important than I give it credit for most of the time.

With Mars in your sign, you’re feeling a great urge to replace talk with action and theory with practice. That’s not just an appropriate impulse… it’s an essential one.

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Gym-tastic!

fernwood

Fernwood, for the non-australians, is a chain of gyms specifically for women. In honour of my 2011 “determinations” (not resolutions), I joined the gym! Again!

I was a part of the fernwood family a couple of years back – when i was a healthier version of myself. I was what one might call a “gym-bunny”. I worked out at least 5 times a week (plus i swam as many times again) and I was a happy, healthy little vegemite.

I had a bit of a relationship-breakup-breakdown in 2005 and i took a nosedive into what i realise now, was a severe depression. I completely and utterly lost any interest in maintaining even a semblence of health. I over-ate and under-exercised. Actually, when I say “lost interest”, i guess it would be more accurate to say i didn’t have the capacity. I was in a dark place.

It’s only been about a year since the fog lifted. I know it’s an awfully long time to have let a relationship breakdown “rule” one’s life, and I truly am embarrassed it took me over for that long, but I can’t beat myself up for it. It was what it was. The main thing is now. Right now.

Right now, I’m ok. I’m not in shape and I’m over-weight, but I’m ok. I am able to recognise that I need to get back to health. I’ve actually been a member of a local gym for a year. It’s one associated with my work and it’s for men and women. I never thought I would be the type of person to mind going to a gym for both sexes, but it turns out i do! Mostly it’s because it’s full of muscle-headed guys who hog the weights machines for hours at a time. Whatever the case, I really enjoyed fernwood back in the day, so i’m going to go back to what i know.

My assessment is a week from Monday. I’ve lined up a “gym-buddy” and I’m ready to go!

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