Monday, December 09, 2013
Goodness this past week has been busy..too busy for my liking, but all unavoidable stuff like having my nephew down for only one week instead of two. We crammed everything into his one week vacation including celebrating his engagement and meeting her parents. Wow my head is spinning.
On top of that, I have been running between my own home and duties and my sons, since all the kids are away and I'm keeping watch over their home, opening gates for the garden service etc.
And lastly, I've started a brand new business and it is taking up so much of my spare time...not really spare to begin with. My phone seems to go off every few minutes with someone wanting some information. I'm used to time being my own sort of, now its very much belongs to everyone else. Hope this works, or else I will unplug and find something new to do that is less time consuming.
I missed boot camp this whole week being up early and out with my nephew. Taking and showing his lady all the sights around our town. It was fun....but tiring being out all day and conducting business from my phone. My hearing or lack of it makes it tough to do. I much prefer seeing people because I do a fair amount of lip reading.
Oh well.....not use whining, that wont win any awards LOL
Now, I really have to get back to being 100% regarding my exercise and eating plan because we have a wedding coming up and I really want to be 10kgs lighter still.
It was such fun hearing my nephew praise me over my weight loss....wouldnt it be just great if i was even lighter for his wedding...nice for me that is.
Anyway, back to the grindstone.
Monday, December 02, 2013
Last Sunday I was at the mall and walking outside from the bank to the coffee shop. I was walking on the edge of the car park and saw a car heading for me...not fast, BUT the driver was looking down at his passenger seat.
I decided to just step to the left to make sure I was out of his way completely and stepped onto a small stone I didn't see and ended up wrenching my knee. Why does one always hurt what's already hurt??? It was so painful and all I could do was hobble to the coffee shop where I had to meet a client and try to pretend all was well.
When the client left, I crawled to my car and went home to take some anti-inflammatory tablets in the hopes to help my knee feel better. I was off boot camp the entire week and gradually my knee started feeling better.
This Sunday my knee felt worlds better and I decided to actually go to boot camp this morning...cardio morning....and just do what I could. BAD MOVE.
Now I'm back to being in agony again.
I should have just rested the knee completely.
This picture really says how I feel right now.
Sadly I am now on anti-inflammatory tablets PLUS pain killers. At least my eating is on track, good food choices are as smart a choice as going to boot camp was a totally dumb choice. I missed my exercise routine so badly, and now I've just compromised my exercise. *shaking my head at myself*
I set out to lose 20kgs from March 13 to March 14. I have already lost 20kgs and still have 4 months left, so I'm going to move my goal to try and lose another 10kgs between now and March 14 which will end my 1 year since I restarted.
This is the first year I have managed to keep my weight off that I lost. Seems Herbalife is all its said to be. It feeds the brain, nerves, cells..in fact everything. So this time I am able to be "mature" about not running for emotional cover when I receive compliments from my friends husbands. I'm so happy about that.
Otherwise, not much to report. Things are ticking over nicely and this year is almost done.
I started a new little business selling Herbalife products and so far so good. There are people who are keen on taking care of themselves using the easy method which is shaking and not having to decide all the time what to put into each shake. Its all done for you. Just grab a shake, drink it down and go....simple.
It's been the answer for me and the system that is working well for me.
So that's it. Just keep on keeping on and keep trying and never giving up.
Bottom line, if you keep going you have to reach your goal. It might take slower than some, but that doesn't matter. Each one works at their own pace as long as their pace is not one of constant compromise with unhealthy foods, sugars, pastries etc.
So looking forward to losing the next 10kgs by March 14.
Monday, November 25, 2013
I rarely have the privilege of being pampered from childhood upward, so when a client recently wanted to do something nice for me in return for sorting out some business for her, she suggested she gives me some hair pampering at her home.
A nice head massage along with a blow wave.
Well, this sounded ABSOLUTELY marvelous to me.
So today, I turned up precisely at 1 pm as requested and she began by washing my hair and then did the head massage....it was TO DIE FOR. My word, I had to work hard at not drooling like a fool. After the head massage, she put my hair in these HUGE rollers.
And that is when the pampering went wrong. She dried my hair in the rollers and then couldn't get them out. I have no idea what she did, but to get these rollers out, she had to hold my hair and literally tear the stupid things out. It was so sore. I am a wash and leave my hair to dry naturally woman. Having my hair ripped out from the roots holds no appeal.
It was so bad, at one point I actually felt nauseous.
To give her her due, she felt terrible and put some soothing music on her dstv but of course that did NOT help me feel soothed one bit.
She really felt bad and repeatedly told me my hair is like an Indian woman's hair, which of course meant nothing to me. I dont go feeling Indian woman's hair all day long???
Did she mean they endure their hair being ripped out each time they have a hairdo?
Finally she got the last of the rollers out and then proceeded to use a flat iron on my hair.
Now, please understand that it was 34C (93F) in George today and having a flat iron steaming around my face and burning my ears...again held no appeal. I sound difficult to please, but heck....this was not what I anticipated. After that heated experience, she used a spiral tong. In the meanwhile, it was after 5pm my hubby was home and I was still sitting stuck at this ladies house. I text him to explain my plight and asked him to feed the dogs and wait patiently for my return.
The pampering....if it could be called that in the end....ended at 6.15pm...RIDICULOUS.
By then I was grumpy, hungry and just wanted out of there, while still trying to be pleasant and polite because I do realize that she did not mean to hurt me.
So...was it worth it?
This is 6 hrs and 15 minutes worth of wretched hairdo.
Wish there was some calories burned from pain endurance
Sadly I did not make it to boot camp this morning because of the heat, but knowing that the weather report said it would cool down in the evening, I planned to go to Fit club at 6.30 pm which I didn't make due to the pampering.
Now, while I imagined and yearned for pampering, I think I have been cured FOR LIFE.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Today friends of ours invited my hubby and I to cycle with them. Well, that posed a bit of a nervous threat to us because though I have been cycling on my own, its been short trips and we are beginners you could say because we have not cycled in soooo many years. They on the other hand are seasoned cyclists who do serious stuff.
All morning hubby and I kept praying for the rains we having for weeks now, but to our rotten luck, it was perfect weather for cycling.....cool and crisp. The we tried to think up some reasonable excuse that wasn't a lie to get out of cycling with them but nothing came to mind. Finally at 3.45pm we had no choice but to done our sneakers, and get ready to meet our doom.
Well....firstly we cycled through town to the dam and that was +-3kms (1.8 miles) and not too bad but I was still struggling to come together with changing the gears with the hilly bits. About 2 blocks into the cycle, my friends husband stopped me and said "we need to raise your seat, it will be easier on your knee"...I didn't even know that one cycles with an extended leg, seat height. Well I know now, and it really did make a difference. I've been cycling all this time with a low seat and the difference is fantastic.
We finally arrived at the dam.
Its harder taking pictures on a cycle, because I have nowhere to put my camera so I have to rely on a few photo's taken off our mobiles.
This was the starting track.
We were headed to something called a single track mountain cycle trail.
At this point, it was all Greek to me. I soon discovered what that meant.
Literally riding in single file. This is harder than you can imagine because I was not at the back which meant each time I stopped......they all stopped LOL
At one point, my front wheel dropped into a mossy hole and I nearly toppled off, but luckily managed to get my foot out in time to prevent falling.
Every now and then we would cross wider roads, but we weren't cycling on them, just crossing them and back onto single track trails. At each crossing, there are mounds to force you to slow down, going over those felt like a mountain rather than a little mound. One day I guess it will feel its actual size to me....but for now, its a weird sensation popping over them, my stomach did a rise and fall in quick succession.
Stopping for a breather and a welcome drink of water.
Getting to the half way point....surprised I was still alive
Back onto some trails and almost at the turning point for the home trip.
We crossed this little plank "bridge" before heading out towards home, and although we had come quite a way, we still had the cycle out of the dam area before getting to the last part which is a road ride of 3km (1.8 miles)
Chantall and I laughing at this "old girls" first attempt to keep up with my 10 year junior and I'm proud to say I didn't too badly but then again they were being very generous to go at my pace rather than their own.
We managed the trip in 1.15 hrs. I'm actually very impressed with myself and my dh is over the moon with me. Of course when I got home, my eyes just wanted to just close and I wanted to sleep in front of the TV the way my dh was, but I was not allowed that privilege.
Because (a) my welcome fan club had to be fed.....
And (b) I had to make some food for myself. Unlike hubby I cannot pile into 10 slices of peanut butter bread, so I was forced to make myself a LARGE healthy chicken, feta salad, which meant cooking the chicken. Never mind, I will be happy tomorrow when the scale does not condemn me.
But for now, I truly am bushed. My eyes are drooping and all I want is a hot bath and to collapse in front of TV till I fall asleep. Tomorrow morning, the kids and us are going to breakfast together...I will look forward to that. They will probably all have an egg&bacon breakfast, but I'm planning on avocado toast with black pepper and a very welcome DOSE OF COFFEE.
Hope you have had a good weekend and that the weather is treating you kindly.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
That pretty much explains my day.
I started well with attending boot camp, but because my blood pressure was slightly up due to a threatening cold, I wasn't able to maximize my time there. Had to work at a pace that didn't really pick up my heart rate because of the said blood pressure. Still the strength training was tough and I enjoyed my time all the same. Once home, and bathed, I retook my bp and it dropped dramatically....so goodness knows what really happened?
Once cleaned up, a received a call from my son to ask me to drive with him to his girlfriends work since she had left her lunch at home and he felt sorry for the little woman. As we were leaving, my sister called miserable because she was stuck at home alone. That's when the fun started. She offered us a deal we could not resist....fetch her and take her to the coffee shop then shopping and she would buy us coffee...YAY.
So after dropping the gfriends lunch that's what we did. We had SUCH a lovely time, loads of laughter and catching up.
My son left after a few hours, not interested in tailing us woman around while doing shopping. He decided to pop in and visit his brother at his place of employment. That left us woman to our devices. My sisters youngest son is due home shortly AND he is bringing his soon to be fiance with to meet the family. I've loaned my spare beds to my sister since the kids will be staying in their newly acquired home. The day after we moved the beds and bedding over, my nephew called to ask if he and a buddy can come up and stay with me to meet his cousins future bride. OH MY WORD. Well, they are younger...by quite a few years, so they got told to bring sleeping bags since I have floor space only. They are happy with the idea and even thinking of bringing a small tent and sleeping outdoors. They may manage that and maybe not with all the flooding type rain we've been having lately. But still, that's 2 weeks away, maybe the weather changes by then.
Being trapped away from home without my purse, I was struggling to find healthy foods to eat. My sister settled for a sandwich, but I dont like white bread at the best of times, and everything else was expensive. I settled for several fruits. By the time we got back to her place I managed to eat something reasonably healthy....still she chucked a dollop of cheese sauce over my food....sigh.
I sat at her house desperate to get home, but no lift. No, that's not quite right. My mother arrived to pick me up since she wasn't far away visiting her friend. But then my mother got sitting pants. Oh my word, they cracked open a bottle of wine and the "party" started. I'm not much of a drinker, so I was loaded up with lemon water but still desperate to get home.
My dogs needed feeding, hubby was due home, I had not done ANY housework, I had not been home all day.
I finally got home as late as 6.45pm because a friend was on her way to her Christian meeting and was going to pass my house.....I was SO grateful.
When I finally managed to establish some order to my home, fed my pets, fed my husband and myself, I tracked my food and LO AND BEHOLD my choices served me well and I was within my calorie range. What a happy feeling.
I measured myself again tonight which is a month from my last measurement and found I had lost 5cm more on my top measurement, while the bottom measurement stayed the same. That surprised me because I can fit comfortably into jeans I squeezed into last month??? Not to worry, I wont let that get me down, its just one number....all the other numbers are looking really good.
So it's midweek and I'm going like a Boeing. Nothings going to stop me now. I am all out for victory and all out for a lower number by the end of this month.
Drinking shake rocks. It just takes the headache out of 2 meals, while completely fitting all my nutritional needs. I have enough energy for two people.
Here's hoping you are all having a good week thus far too.
I have created a fb page for myself in regards to my healthy journey. This is the link for any who wish to go and like it for me. Thanks in advance to those who do.
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