Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Weighty Wednesday

Weighty Wednesday

 

Height:~ 168 cms
Start Weight:~ 126.9 kgs
Goal Weight:~ 64 kgs

Current Weight:~ 101.9 kgs
Loss This Week:~ 0.2 kgs

Weight Lost:~ 25 kgs
% Weight Lost:~ 19.7%
Weight to Goal:~ 37.9 kgs

Little loss this week which is to be expected after last week's drop but I am ecstatic about reaching the 25kg lost mark. WOOHOO!!!!

 

Friday, December 18, 2009

Beautiful Home For Sale


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Mid - High $500's
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11am - 12pm
Or by Appointment
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Fuel Rant

Do NOT Miss the fuel cycle.

 

I don't know about you but over the years I have always filled up on the cheapest day. If the car was ¾ full or not when the drop in the fuel cycle arrived my car was getting filled to the brim. Over the last couple of months the cycle has changed.

 

Previously the Sydney cycle ran with a drop in prices on Tuesdays and so Tuesday you would find me filling up. Then quite quickly it went through to Wednesday and then Thursday.

 

I have no problem with the change in cycle days but I do wish I'd remembered what day of the week it was yesterday before it was too late. Because by 10pm my fuel light was on and the prices had jumped 20c per litre from that morning. Ridiculous really when you think about it. Oil companies do not have such huge waves in their pricing. But they control the world so they get to do as the please.

 

I waited to fill up this morning and that damn 20c price rise cost me an extra $11.20 in fuel.

 

Bugger!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Competition!!

It’s not my Competition but I wish it was because it is AWESOME!
I am always trying to male my blog look better with headers and that kind of thing but I am totally lacking of skill when it comes to this area. So that’s when people like Tara come along.

As you can see here her skills are maddeningly great! These are my top 3 picks from her website (Click the button below to see more) Can you see a little Twilight coming through in 2/3?










You (And I) can win a custom design of our very own! I am super super psyched to get a new header and button. Just click HERE for all the details.










Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Weighty Wednesday

Height:~ 168 cms
Start Weight:~ 126.9 kgs
Goal Weight:~ 64 kgs

Current Weight:~ 102.1 kgs
Loss This Week:~ 1.4 kgs

Weight Lost:~ 24.8 kgs
% Weight Lost:~ 19.5%
Weight to Goal:~ 38.1 kgs

WOOHOO I was so excited I was so close to 25kg gone when I stepped on the scales this morning that I totally missed what a huge weight loss I have had this week. Very impressed.

Keeping me awake now is Breaking Dawn. Unbelievable. The Twilight Series reminds me of, but is so much better than the Virginia Andrews - Flowers in the Attic series.


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Wedding Plans




Wedding Plans

This wedding planning thing is working out to be harder than I first expected. While my weight loss seems to be under control, nothing else is. I have managed to convince myself at some point that I have AGES to worry about things, which I do. BUT I have also chosen the most popular month of the year in Sydney to get married. So this means while I have ages to plan, bookings should be made in advance.

In the future at some stage I would LOVE to be a wedding planner. I have always loved the idea of it and delved as deeply as I thought courteously possible into the weddings of friends and relatives. It’s just paying for it is a little scary!

I know that I could do this cheaply. Jason would be more than happy to have a BBQ in the backyard and then surprise everyone by saying hey this is a wedding! Great for someone who wants low key. But I am being selfish this time.

I have missed out on the fanfare that normally goes on in my life for my WHOLE life. I have never had a big celebration in my life. No deb ball, no formal, no sweet 16th, no 18th, no 21st etc. This is the one thing I want to celebrate in style and I feel I deserve that big day.

I remember clearly looking in bridal shop windows with my Mum since I was a tiny child admiring the beading and lace work and the huge ball gown style wedding dresses in the window. We would discuss what we liked and what we didn’t and what we would do for my wedding when the time came. Some things have changed over the years but the dream is still there.

There are certain things I have always dreamed of and on those I refuse to compromise. I was at a wedding recently and there was a woman who spent most of the wedding and the reception crying her eyes out. I was there as her friends gathered to find out what was wrong and she said. “I wish my wedding was like this one, we had to cut corners and I regret all of it, I hate looking back at it knowing my one chance is gone.”

I don’t want to be that woman.

Jason is going to be of no help in this department because he doesn’t get it at all. As I said BBQ in the backyard. My Mum gets it though because she said if she were to do her wedding again she would do it differently, but unfortunately my parents are not in a position to help me, and nor should they really, have to I’ll be 30 by the time we marry. My bridesmaids have been so damn supportive! (I love you girls!) Even my M-I-L and I are getting on heaps better. She took me to a friend of hers wedding last weekend it was gorgeous.

So what’s been organised / decided already?

Not much! Haha.

Ceremony – I have spoken to the good people at National Parks about my dream ceremony location. Jason took me here once when we first met. I think not long after we started dating and I decided this was where we would get married. I have never waivered on that fact and while it hasn’t been booked yet (National Parks want me to wait until next year to book) We are sure the ceremony will be taking place at West Head which is the Northern Most Tip of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. It is a stunning cliff top lookout set amongst gorgeous bushland and looks out over Pittwater and Broken Bay, over Lion Island and Palm Beach.

I’ll try to attach a photo later which shows one aspect but I have recently bought myself a park pass and I may visit soon with Jason to take some proper photos of the area myself as nothing online does this place justice. It was recently used by Home and Away for the wedding of Belle and Aden so if you saw that you have a good idea of what we’re doing.

(Update header photo is of West Head)



Reception – Only this week I have a date pencilled in at a stunning venue on circular quay. It honestly can’t get much better than Quay Restaurant. I am pleasantly surprised that the pricing is less than the function centres I have looked at and I have heard first hand experience from a friend who went to a wedding there and said it was the best venue she has ever been in. I have chosen it mainly for the view. Quay has a 260° view of the Harbour Bridge sweeping across to uninterrupted view of the Opera House. I love this city and I am looking forward to showing it off, especially as all of my family will be coming from interstate.

I am going in to see it all set up for a wedding next weekend which I am looking forward to. I hope I can drag Jase along with me and he falls in love with it as much as I have.

Date – Jason and I will be married on March 5th 2011. It’s a Saturday. I have chosen March as it is a stunning month in Sydney. The smallest chance of rain which is important for an outdoor wedding and the first weekend in March is a public holiday in Victoria which is where most of my family and interstate friends will be travelling from so it makes it easier for them to attend.

Photographer and Videographer – I’m torn on this one but it is the next thing I would like to have booked in as I think the rest can start to work it’s way out around these key things. These are the important ones to have booked.

Guest List – Will be smaller than I would like. I would love everyone I know to be there to celebrate with us, but, if I want more than a BBQ, it’s just not doable. I am worried about tackling the children issue. It isn’t possible to have the children of our guests at the reception. I think it’s going to be a tricky one. I would love to hear from you if you also had an adults only reception or if you are a parent and have had this experience before and when you have what was exceptionally well handled and what wasn’t? Pointers would be great here! I’m hoping most people will be excited about a night without their kids, and those coming from interstate, excited about an adults only weekend which is a rare treat for any parent.



Attendants – Jason has 4 Groomsmen and myself 4 Bridesmaids. He hasn’t decided who’s doing what on the day but the team consists of his high school best friend David, Conrad, Nick and Rob. Supporting me has been / will be Matron of Honour - Lauren (Loz), Simone (Simmo, also happens to be Rob’s wife), Carissa (Will be Nick’s wife as they get married in October) and Angie. These people all hold such special places in our lives and I am so excited to be spending our day with them.

I promise to update with more when I have it.

Weighty Wednesday


Weighty Wednesday



Height:~ 168 cms
Start Weight:~
126.9 kgs
Goal Weight:~
64 kgs

Current Weight:~ 103.5 kgs


Loss This Week:~ 0.4 kgs



Total Weight Lost:~
23.4 kgs
% Weight Lost:~
18.4%
Weight to Goal:~ 39.5 kgs



As any long term reader would know I am a daily weigher. But I have regarded Wednesday as my official weigh in day for a little while now thanks to the fact that I can use the wanky term "Weighty Wednesday" and have something specific to blog about on Wednesdays. LOL Sad huh! Yup it’s come to that.



But I haven’t been a good blogger at all so Welcome to my Weighty Wednesday.



Yesterday I weighed significantly less – That’s a bastard huh? But that’s what you get when you spend all night reading Eclipse and eat dinner at around midnight. Oops.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Catch Up!

Good Morning! Good Afternoon! Good Evening and Good Night!

That might actually be as long as it takes you to read this post. It's a long one so grab yourself a cuppa and get ready to catch up.

Ok I have mine are you ready?

Well I've had yet another whirlwind trip to Melbourne this weekend. I get down there about once a month normally to see my surgeon although with Christmas I will be down again in a couple of weeks but driving this time. Then my surgeon is pretty happy with how things are looking so no more visits until February unless I feel I need one.
My pocket is going to be pretty happy about that.
My head however is used to the flights back and forth I actually enjoy them but even more I enjoy the time spent with my family when I am at home. I know to some that's going to sound absolutely crazy but others of you may just understand.
My family, my fiancé and my friends are my everything. This includes my dogs Storm and Knackers and my brothers dog Trigger who would grab hold of the toughest mans heart.
I am so close to my family that despite moving out many, many years ago for me to move home or for them to live with me wouldn't put me out one bit. In fact I would prefer to live that way. My parents are the kindest most giving people I know and I am so close to them. They have a healthy respect for me as an adult and yet the protective guidance and support of a parent that I need. I can't imagine life without them.
Going home and spending time with them is very special and very important to me. Leaving is always hard because I feel so torn. I wish I could be in two places at once, In Sydney with my fiancé and the love of my life Jason and in Melbourne with my family. Though I still prefer Sydney so I pray they move up here very shortly.






Since I was home last the house has finally been out on the market. It's an amazing feat! http://www.domain.com.au/Public/PropertyDetails.aspx?adid=2008130834


My parents have spoken of moving north since I can remember. I certainly remember talking about it and looking at properties in Queensland when I was at Primary School. There was always something getting in the way of our move though.


Then when I moved to Sydney my Mum decided she could not live more than an hour away from me as when my life progressed there would be Grandkids to take care of and let's face it we are so close that being apart makes us both miserable anyway.

However again something has always kept them away. For the last 12 or more months Mum has worked quite diligently to ensure that the house was ready to go on the market. She's done so much and the house looks great. Now we are praying for a quick sale.

They don't actually have a clue where they are going to move. I am still pushing for Sydney. Dad seems to be on that train now while Mum seems to have fallen off it.

It's a long way, VERY expensive and one of Mum's friends has been in her ear about how she won't know anyone here and all that. I think that scares her because for the last 12 months Dad has rarely been home as he made a return to interstate trucking. At the moment he is home but nothing says that won't change.


That coupled with the fact that they were thinking about living on the Central Coast which is about an hour from me has her worried about being alone I think.


Saturday they help 2 open homes so I helped get everything neat and tidy and decided to make myself scarce. I did a bit of window shopping and ran a couple of errands for them. Then that evening was spent at dinner with some of their church friends at an all you can eat place.

When we got home that evening we found that Trigger had a major gash in her side. It was off to the 24 hour vet hospital for that one and the next day up to Lort Smith for antibiotics and further treatment. Poor Trigger has been so out of it with the antibiotics it makes me so sad to see this normally bubbly puppy acting like a zombie creature. It's better for her though as it helps her to heal if she is still. She's under strict surveillance to ensure no further damage is done.

Monday Mum and I ducked down the street for some necessities. And boy oh boy was I pleased. Dimmies have some of my favourite bras on sale! I only wear Intimo (Thanks Jodie) and Berlei bras. And my Berlei bras generally cost me $55, I bought them for $11.99 each. The only trouble was finding the correct sizing but who can argue with the cost?

Then we stumbled into Target and I bought myself 2 maxi dresses. These are the first dresses I have bought in a damn long time. I never wear them as due to my body shape they look horrid on me. They tend to look like large tents as I have a very defined Pear shape.

The two I bought look good on me and as a bonus despite the $65 price tag on one it somehow scanned at $11!!! So I'm wearing it to work today. Bargain! Geez God has blessed me. I need as much money in my pocket as possible but I have to buy some clothes as they are all falling off me at the moment.


Anyone got a whole pile of good Size 16 & 18 clothes they no longer wear they want to pass down?

I'm thinking I might sell my old size 20's and 22's etc on eBay. Well those that are worth selling. Most have worn out or seams have gone etc. But if someone else is in the same predicament as me and is moving into these sizes perhaps I should post them here first. I would prefer to give what I have to a friend than sell to a stranger.

From shopping we went to see my surgeon who is impressed with my progress. I think I'll be in heels soon. Little by little of course. Today I am wearing ballet flat style shoes.


Being out of my Brooks sneakers for the first time in forever is so freeing! But may have reignited my small shoe obsession beyond what I could have thought possible. Some red stunners have been pointed out to "Santa" for Christmas with my size etc documented. I even tried them on and they fit even with my brace. The brace stops my ankle rolling but not the flexing motion required for some stunning heels. I can't post a pic as the store doesn't have a website for me to steal one from.


There's another 2 or 3 pairs of heels I simply MUST have. The one below but in lace and with a small platform type heel is HOT and available at Betts shoe stores and another pair I saw a girl wearing at the Arias the other week which were an amazing glitter! I have seen similar but not close enough to take my breath away like these did. I think Loz knows where to find them. (I hope she does)


Mmmm heels.



Photo Courtesy of www.betts.com.au


My other small obsession lately has been The Twilight saga. I mentioned it briefly in my last post but honestly unless you are as addicted as me (or more so) You are going to think I am nuts. I know this because I thought Twilight addicts were nuts.


Ok so they probably are and I definitely am but I completely get it NOW!


I was never in my wildest dreams interested in Twilight. I'm not a vampire kind of girl. But it's a powerful story. One that draws you right into it's romance. It's the kind of story where you wish you were the character in the story.


There's an awesome love triangle. Forbidden love and plenty of drama and action. The men are ever protective, strong and powerful yet loving and attentive. I have always had a thing for strong men. Strong, protective men. Mmmm. While Edward doesn't have the body I would dream for (Emmett and Jacob are more my style with those arms – oh those arms) The character himself grabs me and fills my dreams. This also may have something to do with the fact that I can't put the damn book down so I'm not sleeping until after 2am but I digress.


Over the weekend I finished Twilight and I enjoyed the book more than I did the movie. There was so much more included. I also finished New Moon over the weekend and I have to say in that one I enjoyed the movie more than the book. Although they still missed chunks of the book in the movie.


I understand why though – if they were to put the whole book in you wouldn't leave the theatre for the day.


I am 9 chapters into Eclipse already (I only started New Moon Friday night. :-s) Time passes so quickly when you are reading a good book. It seemed like my wait to board and my flight were over so fast!


I can't believe I have to wait until June next year for the movie. I can already see myself reading through the series again and watching the movies again. I never read or watch anything twice – It's an illness!


I know there will be no more Twilight books written after Breaking Dawn but has anyone read The Host? It's by the same author and I wonder if it will bring with it the same enchantment that Twilight does. I doubt it could.


The other weird thing is that this is the first fiction I have read since high school. I have been into so much true crime and self improvement that I thought fiction was a horrible waste of time. How wrong can you be?


Non fictions don't give the same thrill.


If you have thought it all silly like me be brave and give it a go. It's actually quite good.

I can't lend you my books though because I'm too busy reading them. LOL


On a final note – There's 17 days to Christmas (21 till my birthday and I'm getting old) What's Santa bringing you this year?




I think I need to dress well this Friday and have my photo taken with Santa at Bondi Junction – they have a gorgeous Santa set down there and it's always a great indicator of my weight loss over the year LOL.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

4th Goal!

Hi all!

I have reached my 4th weight loss goal!

I weighed in this Wednesday at 104.4kg which is 22.5kg gone! I have based all of my goals around being under the next marker so under 120 = 119.9kg or under 105kg = 104.9kg

My next goal is 99.9kg. It brings me into the double digits. It's a very exciting goal and I am already on my way forward with it.

I finally went and had my 1st weight loss goal reward last weekend. I went with a girlfriend to go and see New Moon last saturday. Let me tell you - I've become an addict! For ages and ages I have thought all you "twilight freaks" were a tad weird. Like everyone who raved about Lord of The Rings and Harry Potter etc. I was so over hearing all about it.

I dragged her here to watch the first one on the big screen we have as she needed cheering up. (Self sacrificing me of course haha) And it was absolutely awesome (save some "special" effects) and I couldn't wait to get to the movies and see New Moon.

Having not read the books it was all completely new to me. But the ending oh the ending !

Now I have to read the books. I have no time to read the books but I am getting there slowly. There is so much more information in there than there was in the movies but I am loving the read. I love that I can see the scenes from the movie as I read the story. It's such an easy to read book too.

My parents would be mortified. Ah wells. I can't believe I have been sucked in. But I do adore it now.

On to my next goal - I need to have my full body massage. I have seen Avenue Q (thank God cause there is an ending to these things) I'm not sure about the Series 2 Underbelly reward. I might do something else. Maybe, Oh who knows.

Up Next - a new laptop bag. It's been on my list since forever (Was on my original list too)

Monday, November 2, 2009

YAY

What an awesome time I am having with things at the moment. It just seems like God is really holding me in his hand and really helping me at the moment which is awesome.


Dad has been in hospital for the past week after going in with chest pains for the billionth time. They found a blockage in his heart and I got notified at 11pm (after the last plane out of Sydney ((oh I sound like jimmy barnes)) I hate that my parents are in Victoria while I am up here. It's too damn far away and they haven't been well. So I had a bit of a teary and a melt down cause I wasn't there and I was worried. And then I started praying.

We got some news later in the week that was awesome! They told us that things were so much better than they were at first and were going looking for some other problems Dad has.
Those problems were finally diagnosed last night as being Gall Stones! And it looks like he'll go see his doctor and be discharged tonight. Geez I hope they fix them and that's the end of all this scary nonsense.

Praise God! From a cardiac issue to Gall Stones. Looks like he'll be improving his diet like it or not.

On Thursday my manager that I worked with before moving to head office finally quit and left the company. You have no idea the kind of exhileration and relief that ran through me when I got the news. She was a burr in my side and a pain in the arse. And we have prayed for her removal from my life for 12 months. I don't have room for poisonous people but sometimes, like at work, We aren't entirely in control of the people we have to have in our lives.

On Friday I checked my post office box to find Faith (See below) Faith is a beautiful Handpainted bear I won from Kathy Joy


Kathy is such a talented artist and beautiful woman. She has been a supportive and encouraging friend and she has a wealth of knowledge on many things including being a qualified nutritionist (Correct me if I got that wrong Kathy) She has been overweight in the past, suffered as a result and turned her life around successfully all while looking after her husband who has a degenrative brain condition which requires her to be his full time carer AND having serious issues herself which mean that even if she wanted to she can't even live in just the one place which means she can be constantly on the move.


She is someone who truly will not let circumstance and excuses get in the way of her accomplishments. And I really appreicate her friendship. Thanks Kathy!

Saturday saw us up the central coast enjoying lunch with Jason's cousins and their children plus Jason's cousins wife's parents (Who are lovely!) Jason is God Father to their oldest son Jaden and we don't get to catch up often at all. I love them to pieces. Honestly Jaden and younger brother Luke are amazingly well behaved kids with great personalities. It's not hard to see they get that from their folks too who are both gorgeous people.

Then back to Sydney to Ribs and Rump at North Ryde for my Besties birthday (Hi Lozza you lurker you). I always love ribs and rump and it's one of my favourite places to go for a meal. Best Ribs and Steak you will ever eat! I swear. We always go to Manly though which is the original Ribs and Rump so this was a bit different.

We enjoyed a great night with our friends and I hope Loz had a good night too. She seemed to be enjoying it all except for the ribs and rump special bloody mary. If you go there don't do it. It's terrible and looks like poo water (seriously)

Sunday morning Jason and I were up early. I hate getting up early on the weekends so there always has to be good reason and this Sunday there was. A friend owns the very popular catamaran Aussie Magic. Well known as it used to be hired to Matilda Cruises and Captiain Cook Cruises for charters. He took it out on the weekend with an invite to his friends and we were lucky enough to get on board.



It was a glorious day - About 25°C and the harbour was the perfect place to be. Both Jason and I LOVE being out on boats and found the whole thing so relaxing and enjoyable.
We are thinking of asking to charter the boat ourselves for our engagement party which should be organised for February sometime. Keep your fingers crossed for us. It's a small upgrade from the backyard bbq we were looking at :p
I hope you all had a fantastic weekend like I did. And that your blessings are many.



Friday, October 30, 2009

I've finally done it


I'm booked in for a small "procedure" to have this nasty little son of a bitch removed from my arm. It's something I have wanted to do for over 12 months and I have wussed out everytime. I am not posting the removal photos here until AFTER I get it out because I already made the mistake of googling that once before and I do not need more to freak me out. I am already crapping my pants enough.
It's come time now that the damn thing has expired. And it's causing havok! I'm not sure if it's responsible for the weight status at the moment but it's sure as hell responsible for the fact that Aunt Flo has come and gone a bagillion times in the last 6 or so weeks.
I'm NOT looking forward to the return of monthly visits. I generally end up sick for days beforehand, & during, vomitting and SEVERE cramps that have put me in hospital before. However I'm not interested in putting contrceptive rubbish in my body anymore either. This may change after my first "real" un implanon supported visit but for now this is my stance.
I started putting weight on when I had the implanon inserted. And it's been a hard slog to get it off. PLUS I'm not going through the removal nastiness and freakouts again.
Let's see if I make it to my appointment on Tuesday night. Are there any bets?

Fat-astic Friday

Well how are you all?

I have been quiet of late. It's all due to me doing more facebooking, working and various other activities than blogging. I have made it a goal of mine to return to weekly blogging at a minimum and there is someone who promised to keep me accountable. (Hi Nicky!)

I've started a new challenge over at We Are Slimming which I have mentioned a thousand times before but will mention again because I know you aren't all readers / members of We Are Slimming yet and if you are looking to lose weight then you should be!

On our last challenge I tried to minimilise my goals and ended up not acheiving a single one of them (after blitzing the challenge prior) so I have gone back to a mighty long list of goals.
♥ Lose 5kg (Be 103kg or under)
♥ Report in every week on WAS
♥ Blog at least once a week
♥ Reduce Snacking
♥ Track all food
♥ Swim Weekly minimum
♥ Improve on laps per half hour (currently 24)
♥ Start Power plate training
♥ Drink water daily
♥ Remove Implanon
♥ Move more everyday
♥ Beat Ali

The goals were set Wednesday last week and this is the first blog post so I am really going to have to move my butt if I am going to make this challenge work for me. Actually reposting this was a good idea cause I was religiously tracking my food (for the first time in my life) when I set this goal and then my computer died and my tracking (which was in my phone) was erased when I synced my phone the next time. So I cracked it and stopped tracking (oops)

Maybe I should print these goals for myself so I can read them everyday. This is one of the things that I found was a huge help to me when doing Body - For - Life. I would read over every goal morning and night. And "touch base" with myself and my progress every day.

Oh I also had a mad cool chart that I used to use that got coloured in when I did something right. That chart was so motivating! I always wanted my colours up there.

So I started the challenge on Wednesday 21st at 108kg. And I weighed in this week at 108.1kg

Starting waist measurement is 111cm. Which is impressive when you think about it, because when I got engaged I had a waist measurement of 131cm! So I'm hovering at just under 20kg gone but 20cm gone from my belly!

I'm getting really peeved with the whole thing though as I've stalled, and stayed put for SO LONG! It's so frustrating that I know something has to change but I'm really, just a bit lost.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Jadey in Pictures



PRESENTING MY FIRST EVER COLLAGE!
1) The remainder of a Zucchini, Tomato, Pumpkin & Herb Riggatoni. - pumpkin pushed aside (vomit) 2) Lamb & Spinach Curry (whats with the good airline food?) 3) WTF? A book on Twitter, tweets etc. 4) Special K chocolatey flakes contains 1.2 serves - WTF are you going to do with .2 of a serve? 5) Monty stickered up for the ATC 6) Yeah They're Real - Jadey modelling her Avenue Q T Shirt 7) Lemon Pepper Tuna - finally one I can eat 8) Abseiling window washer outside my Bondi Office 9) Winnie the Pooh Doona Cover - reliving those teenage years.

8 STEPS TO ACHIEVING YOUR BEST HEALTH EVER!

8 STEPS TO ACHIEVING YOUR BEST HEALTH EVER!




Have you ever noticed those people who look super lean from head to toe, but have a weird little belly? Chances are it could be to do with their digestive health.


Being healthy is misunderstood these days. Health is all about taking responsibility for ALL areas of your life. Here are the tips I use with my clients, to help them achieve a whole new level of good health.


If it is white, don't eat it! The four white devils are white flour, white sugar, white salt and pasteurisation and homogenisation milk products. If dairy is a necessity and you can't get hold of raw dairy, choose certified organic as your second choice. For those who are lactose sensitive, full fat cream is very low in lactose.


If you can't pronounce a word on a label, do not eat it. Your liver won't like it!


The longer the shelf life, the more harmful it is likely to be to your body!


Choose products and meats in this order:
Certified organic produce and free range meats
Organic produce and organic meat
Locally farmed produce and locally farmed free range meat
Commercial produce and commercial hormone free meat
Commercial meat



Always season foods and water with 100 per cent unprocessed sea salt. The best is Celtic, followed by sea salt from New Zealand, because there is less heavy metal toxicity there.


The minimum amount of water you should drink each day can be calculated by multiplying your body weight (kg) by 0.033. This gives you the amount of water (L) that you should consume per day. Remember, nothing substitutes for water, not tea, not juice, not beer – nothing! Always choose top selling brands such as Evian, Fiji, Trinity and Volvic because they sell the fastest and, therefore, have the least exposure to plastic bottles. The most health-giving waters have a hardness factor of 170 mg/L or greater and a Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) of 300 or greater. Adding a pinch of sea salt to water is recommended to replace electrolytes. Additionally, it will harden otherwise good but soft waters and will significantly increase the TDS.


Follow the 80/20 rule. If you live healthily 80 per cent of the time, you can absorb the other 20 per cent.


Get to bed by 10pm and sleep until 6am minimum. The body (physical) repairs itself from 10pm to 2pm, while the mind (mental) repairs itself from 2pm to 6am.


After years of living an unhealthy lifestyle it will take a bit of time to repair the damage so you need to be patient and realise that this is a long-term endeavour, rather than something that will change overnight. Depending on how toxic your body is you might experience a number of reactions from eating proper food, which could include weight gain, weight loss, enhanced mood, increased energy and vitality.


When your foundation is established, there are other areas as well that can be looked into such as your digestive health, hormones, adrenal glands, amino acids, to name a few. In conjunction with the guidelines above you can start with the Gut Healing Program. If we eat all of these great foods and take all of these high-end supplements but have a gut dysfunction (low SIgA, parasites, fungus, bacteria, dysbiosis, etc), then what we eat will not have its benefits. The gut healing program consists of the following and should be done for a minimum of four weeks:
Remove caffeine, alcohol, refined sugars and processed foods and bad fats (all irritate and create inflammation in the gut).



Remove foods that you know you are sensitive to. It's worth getting a food intolerance test to find out.


Restore probiotics daily such using lactobacillus acidophilus/bifidus.


Repair with healthy fats such as fish oils and nut oils.


Eat whole foods, unprocessed, lightly cooked and organic wherever possible.


Remove antibiotics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, aspirin and tylenol.


Be aware that many other medications affect the GI tract(i.e., osteoporsis mediations, antidepressants, acid reduction medications).


Repair with herbs such as garlic, aloe vera, oil of oregano, and turmeric, nutrients such as L-glutamine, quercitin, fish oils, as well as specifically formulated low antigen medical foods to help promote healing.




You now have the healthy, natural tools that will help rekindle your health and save you a truckload of money on those vitamins and pills, and right now we all know how important it is to save money!




Article by Blake Worrall-Thompson. Blake's fitness industry experience and knowledge is outstanding having worked in an elite personal training studio in London along with owning and running his own bootcamp and holding management roles within Fitness First. He is the director and owner of Raw Solutions, which is an international mentoring and coaching program for those in the health and fitness industry looking to get the edge over others in the industry. Along with being the director and owner of Ministry of Wellbeing the corporate health and fitness program aimed at improving each company's productivity and health. Blake is also the author of the best selling book 'Switched on Health & Wellbeing Professionals' and is a regular contributor to a number of publications including Fitness First and the Network magazine.





I thought this was a really interesting article. It has some great sound advice. Am I willing to take it all on board right now? Nope. But I thought it was good enough to share with others and I can take parts of it on board and perhaps move forward like that. As they say Progress not Perfection.



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Saturday, October 3, 2009

SORRY!!!

I have been a bad blogger. And we all know what that means.....

I haven't been losing weight.

Ack.

Ok so what can I say. I think I know exactly whats going on with the whole weightloss thing but I'm not entirely sure. You see I have the Implanon (contraceptive implant) in my arm and it expires on the 10th of October. In the last few weeks all of a sudden I have had my period a few times. I don't norrmally ever get it so this has been uncomfortable, annoying, nauseating, painful and I think weighty!

I'm not 100% sure that's the reason though. We'll see.

I'm still working in head office but there might be some changes to my role on the way. I'm not 100% sure about it all yet but can let you know more as I do.

Tupperware has been great - ATM I am fundraising for National Breast Cancer Foundation which is keeping me busy and sales have been great. Can I encourage you to hold a party this month (You get the gifts I'll make the donation) or at least put in an order with me for your Tupper needs in October so that we can raise as much money for NBCF as possible.

Jason and I are both doing well. I have a little ticker that tells me we are 1 Year 5 Months and 2 Days away from the wedding. And I am completely unorganised! I have only made decisions on a couple of things. BUT I am narrowing the reception venue. Unfortunately I also haven't saved a cent yet so that means I don't have the deposit. But at least making a decision would be a start.

What I do know so far:~

Ceremony Location
Celebrant
Florist
Bridal Party

I have discovered that wedding planning would be so much more fun IF I was spending someone else's money LOL

Jase and I haven't managed to get out to Avenue Q yet. I think we are booking tickets for later this week but it's all in his very capable hands.

We looked into heading to the movies today for a Gold Class session but there's nothing on we really want to see. (So still haven't used that reward) And at some stage I need to go have my massage too. I am sooo freaking stiff and I've been saying I need a massage for over a year, I have even had a voucher to go and get one since December last year and not used it. It's my own fault. I need to make the time for these things.

I am trying to catch up on blogs etc - It's not the easiest thing to do and I fear I am going to need to cull my subscriptions. I don't know how though. Do I cull to the ones that comment here? What do I do?

I can't believe how busy life is about to become here. It's the long weekend this weekend and we don't have many plans. I barrack for the Storm and the Eels. So whoever wins tomorrow I win. But if Storm wins Jason may be unbearable to live with so I am more going for the Eels.

Next weekend I am heading to Melbourne. Except I screwed up my flights so I'll be there Sunday (was supposed to be friday night) then out monday.

The following weekend I have a wedding to go to and a girlfriend up from Melbourne. The one after that another wedding.

It's very very full on!

The weather had been FABULOUS until today when all of a sudden it was Winter. And I have frozen my butt off.

I'm rambling now so I'll leave it here. I hope you are all great.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

GOAL 3

Check out my Weight Loss Goals and Rewards List here
Did you notice anything in my last post??

Yup! I reached the next goal this morning! I'm going to have to push back my pedi a bit as I still can't have my foot or ankle touched by anyone. So FH and I are going to go see Avenue Q!!! I am so excited about that.

STATS
Height:~ 168 cms
Start Weight:~ 126.9 kgs
Goal Weight:~ 64 kgs
Current Weight:~ 109.6 kgs
Weight Lost:~ 17.3 kgs
% Weight Lost:~ 13.6%
Weight to Goal:~ 45.6 kgs

WAS CHALLENGE


Well today kickstarted the WAS Challenge for me. I am so happy to be a part of a forum of such awesome people. You should really get along to We Are Slimming if you have a weightloss goal or maybe you are maintaining.


It's a 6 week basic challenge so I did my waist measurement and weighed in this morning. I set some goals for myself to achieve in the next few weeks and I'm happy cruising along.


It's not too late to get started if you'd like to join in and it's completely free!
My Goals for The Challenge
* To lose 5 kg
* Eat not more than 3 small meals a day
* Swim once a week
* Blog at least weekly
Starting Stats
Weigh In Date:~ Wed 2nd September
Height:~ 168 cms
Current Weight:~ 109.6 kgs
Current Waist Measurement:~ 115 cms

Saturday, August 29, 2009

A Rant about Nails

There are no decent salons in the Sydney area. Or at least none near me. It's starting to really peeve me. take a look at these

Honestly they are terrible! Wide. Arches and C Curves, Flat and lifting. So bad in fact my pointer and middle finger had the acrylic totally replaced last week and the acrylic on my ring finger decided to pop off this evening. Thank the LORD I still had my nail underneath and I can paint a decent french nail.
I got so peeved I started talk to Jason about buying/setting up a salon. Someone else can run the damn thing but I want decent services! And I figure if they are provided to others it has to make money. (Hey Monnie wanna run a salon for me? LMAO)
Ah it's never going to happen but it's always nice to dream. Hey it might happen one day. I can't work for the man for the rest of my life and I'd like to own my own business. ATM the 2 wants are an amazing salon or a McDonalds. Yesssss!!! I know, I know! I am defiintely brilliant.
Don't think for one second that Tupperware will take a back seat! No way. I have too much fun with it to ever give it up.
Now I need to find a freaking decent nail tech. Arghh!

Friday, August 28, 2009

3 posts in 3 days??? Surely not!

Yup I'm here. I don't think I have much to say but if this works out as normal we'll figure that part out when I hit send :P

Thanks so much for commenting on my last post and my photos. It's always nerve wracking putting up fat photos. I usually post and wait for the kooks to come out. Thankfully that hasn't happened yet though so I'll continue to post my progress pics as I go.

The trick is being in the mood to strip off and have the photos done. You also need to have shaved your legs the same day and need a co operative partner. MIL has to have gone out or be in bed. It can't be too cold or you'll want to die and you need to be able to find the same clothes as last time, Or at least similar. It all comes together rarely!

I think I'm loving the white background though. Makes my pasty white english skin look tanned haha.

I think I am starting to realise how truly draining my normal job is! I normally crash physically and emotionally whenever I am home. Unfortunately that also means this place is generally a write off 24/7 and I do my best to have a small path from my door to my bed clear so I don't do myself any more damage falling over crap getting to my bed.

Tonight I got home and was like OK cool. This place is a mess lets fix it. I had my washing on and pulled everything apart and got to work. I plugged my iPhone into the speakers cranked the volume started singing and Jadey is a happy girl! It was easy and near on effortless. My feet and ankles would have been happier had I been in bed withmy feet up but I'll pat them and massage them and sing to them and pray they don't punish me later.

This is not me! Not me at all! My new job is basically analysis and data entry. It's a job where I sit at a computer with my headphones linked to my iPhone playing music and not my telephone talking to people. It is draining because you concentrate and it's repetitive and mind numbing but apparently that means I have the energy for a life out side of work.

Now I need to book more tupperware parties while this phenomenon has taken over me!

Has anyone else been in this same kind of situation?

Thursday, August 27, 2009

So What Does -15 kgs Look Like?









I'm pretty proud of myself. The shorts that were stretching at the seems fit really well. If anything starting to get big. My back boobies are disappearing and everything is in general shrinking! WOOHOO!!!
Now cause I don't have my water marking program on here lets hope my photos don't end up anywhere dodgy.


















Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Hi ALL!

I know I have been a very bad blogger haven't I! My sincerest (is that a word) apologies.

Not that much has been going on in my life so I haven't felt the urge to be writing about boringness, knowing that no one would want to read about boringness. But on the other hand I would love to increase my readership. Any of you popular bloggers got some tips and tricks on how I do that? I'll admit to loving the attention :P


Now are you ready for a catch up? Grab a cuppa and go to the loo cause this could be a long one.

So as you all know I made a return to work and quickly went out and bought myself the car of my dreams. You girls are all too damn funny with your name suggestions!

Cara - I can't call it Jadey that's my name and all too confusing! I did like Diamond though.
Sharon - Montgomery seriously?? Future Hubby read that and was like yup it's settled Montgomery it is. Nooooo.
Sharon, Beck and Wanna - BAZZA????? Honestly girls who's on drugs here and how did you all come up with such a bogan name for my purdy Pajero. hahahahaha I'm thinking Pumpy - Future Hubby (FH from here on in) is in total denial about the whole thing and refuses to accept it but I think it's funky! He thinks it me

Chris - Maybe I gotta offer up a prize to get a cool name like Roxy :p


I think I am going to make FH happy for now and name him Montgomery.

Monty and I have become very close friends. I absolutely adore him. I am very happy to say that he doesn't use more fuel than my old car and he is so much easier to drive. So much easier to park! It's smaller and a can see the corners AND it has the reversing sensors. Oh dreamboat.

My return to work on the other hand seems to have been fairly short lived. I was back in the club but not having all that much luck. I wasn't really doing my own job so I felt like I wasn't doing all that I could to be effective in my position. In fact I felt really useless.

I got sent off to a summit where we were supplied with some extra training and responsibility which was awesome. I learnt so much in my time there! Plus I got to spend the night in a hotel at Bondi Beach and woke up to a short walk down to the beach to spend the morning sitting on the boardwalk there soaking up the sunshine and people watching. It was amazing! Great way to start the day. My poor colleagues were being dragged through bootcamp on the beach but I am sure they are all the better for it (even if it was after a night of hard drinking and no sleep)

We learnt about something called Insights. Which is kind of like personality typing I suppose. You learn about what drives you (and those around you) and why people are like they are. I came up a strong Yellow with Strong Green and Red behind me also.

Yellow is bubbly and loving. They are people that love attention. They want to be included in everything and HATE to be left out. It's like a personal insult. (even when it's not) It is quite energetic. Yellow needs to be loved. Hence the need for more readers or commenter's or both. And the Look at me! Personality I sometimes display.

Green is very caring and compassionate. This is the side that has me worried about people in the middle of the night. I'm sure this is the side of me that makes me cry when people I don't even know die (not celebrities just anyone!) This is the part of me that wants to do whatever I can to help. That takes time out for people even when it's to my own detriment.

And Red is the total opposite! I'm generally red when I'm mad or determined. Red is the fire in me. It's me when I have a short fuse. It's the determination, driven, get in my way and get run over girl. It can be nasty. It doesn't come out much in the bad way thank goodness because Yellow and Green dominate.

Isn't it interesting. If I had my book here or could even seem to successfully google the information I am looking for it I could give you so much better and more thorough explanations of what I just said. I want to do the official test and find out exactly where I fit but it costs. one day one day.

After the summit I raised some concerns about me actually implementing what I had learnt with my regional manager. He completely understood which is great. He's a nice bloke and we get along well. Surprisingly though when I returned to work on Monday I was able to do my job without a hassle.

There was a couple of things that are still a sticking point so on Tuesday morning my Regional manager Hr and myself met to chat and I have moved workplace for a little while to head office. It's tripled my fuel bill and the tolls suck but it's going to give me an opportunity to a) be useful b) stay off my feet and c) become an absolute admin whizz. So it'll be very useful when I do return to my normal duties.

OK off of boring day to day work and onto TUPPERWARE!

I am having so much fun with Tupperware and to be honest it is so rewarding even in these early early days. I have earnt so much stuff for free and I am feeling really good about my decision to become a Tupperware lady. I am not doing as many parties as I would like to yet (Book me now before I get too busy) But I am sure it's coming. My Fan Page on Facebook seems to be pretty popular but I'd love it if you could join (My Tupperware Lady) and if you are already there invite your friends. The wider the audience the better!


We released the Spring / Summer catalogue a couple of weeks ago and as of today it became public! I love it! There are so many awesome products. Some great new stuff. A return of some of the older stuff and new colours in other ranges. It's gorgeous and fun. And really reminds you of the warmer weather. If you want a copy feel free to send an email to me at tupperwarejadey@hotmail.com and give me your postal address and I'll get one in the mail to you.

It's such a great business opportunity with so many rewards as well as cash. But also it's fun! I get to sit with people and have a chat and enjoy a scone or cake or both (oops) and a cuppa with them. And I don't even have to sell! It does that by itself. Not many haven't heard of Tupperware and everyone needs it.

If you are in Sydney and want to come play in a Sales Meeting with me one night and see behind the scenes make sure you let me know won't you. Cause I would love to bring you along as my guest :) No pressure to join or anything.

Oh MAN I sound like I'm part of AMWAY! Nooooo not me. Sorry this is definitely NOT Amway.
Now despite all the cookies and scones and cake I am still managing to lose weight. Although I have remained at the same weight for the last 6 days! HOW FRUSTRATING, I think staying the exact same weight every morning is even more frustrating than going up a bit going down a bit etc. Actually no! I'll take staying the same instead of going up. It gives me hope that it's fluid or something.

So where am I at?


Well I started at 126.9 kgs (shock fucking horror how the hell did I get there?)
And as of this morning (and for the last 6 days running) I have weighed in at 111.8 kgs

That's a loss of 15.1 kgs or Biggest Loser style 11.9% of my total Body Weight

How cool is that? I really can't complain. For those that forget or those of you just joining the program. I have a goal of 64kgs in time for my wedding which will be March 2011 if I get my act together and plan it between now and then. So I have 47.8 kgs to go to goal.

The other day I found a very rare Cadbury Cream Egg supplier and I took a bite and threw half of it in the bin! Like What The????

You see I have also set myself mini goals along the way and I have achieved 2 of these now and I am eager to achieve the 3rd. Now it would also be good if I had actually treated myself to the 2 goals I have achieved but I am sure it's coming (One is movies gold class for which I have the tickets already and one is a full body massage which I also have a voucher for) The Next goal to achieve is for a deluxe pedi. But I am thinking of switching that with something else since I can hardly touch my foot thanks to the surgery and so therefor there would be nothing deluxe about a foot massage at this stage and no pedi is deluxe without one. The next goal marks me getting under 110kgs so 109.9 kgs. I can smell it!

I think I really need to be getting on the bike and swimming a bit more though. Well that's the fakest thing ever cause I'm not getting on the bike or swimming at all. So I actually need to do it! It will help rehab my ankle and help me burn some extra calories.

We Are Slimming is having another challenge starting Monday! It's a 6 week Keep it Simple Challenge so feel free to join in with us. People are setting goals for the challenge already I gotta admit I am still working on mine. WAS is an awesome and supportive forum. The girls are all so close and really care about how you are going and that kind of thing.

Ah well - it's past time for this lil chook to get some zzz's I hope you are all doing well. I promise to catch up on some bloggy reading in the next few days if you promise to feed my yellow and comment a bit more (haha)

I'll try and comment on your blogs too!