Sunday, January 31, 2010
and here is what I have done so far...
I still have a ways to go but it is getting there!!
Mia was playing with her toys today and she started playing with her spinning turtle. I thought I would post a few photos so you can see the toy that inspired the name of my blog...
We had a quiet day here because of all the rain we had. I said I was going to post all about the cross stitch I am doing but I can't be bothered taking photos of it right now - I will do it tomorrow.
Was disappointed with the tennis women's final last night. I really wanted Henin to win!! Lets hope Federer wins tonight!!
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Breakfast - 1C oatmeal and 1 banana
Morning Tea - 1 apple
Lunch - 1/2C rice, 4oz chicken or fish, 2C steamed veggies
Afternoon Tea - 1 orange
Dinner - 4oz fish, 1C zuchinni, 1C other steamed veggies, 1C salad
It doesn't seem too bad - there was actually quite a lot of food for lunch - I couldn't finish it all! You can substitute other veggies and fruit if you want. This is what I had today but tomorrow I will have some different veggies. Fingers crossed that this kick starts things!!
Today was a pretty quiet day overall. I am so proud because for the first time since my back surgery on 14th December I did a 1 hour walk on my treadmill. I have been slowly building up the time and finally I have made it to 1 hour. It felt GREAT!!
We took Mia to the park this afternoon so she could have a swing on the swing. She just LOVES it!! Check out the pics!!
I am looking forward to watching the Australian Open Women's Singles Final tonight. Go Henin!! I am working on a cross stitch at the moment so I will do that at the same time! I will post tomorrow about the cross stitch and show you my progress!
Friday, January 29, 2010
Brandon is now 4 years old and looking back over the last 4 years I don't even want to think about all the money he has cost us with the things he has destroyed. Some examples are...chewing through the surround sound speaker cables, chewing and ripping a hole in our nice couch (which still to this day hasn't been fixed because it is so bad the whole thing will need to be re-upholstered. Luckily the back cushion hides it!), chewing the electrical cable and insulation pipe to our air conditioner, too many socks, bras, undies and tea towels to count, ripping to shreds numerous dog beds, chewing the wood off the bottom of our dressers and the list goes on and on. And the other day Brandon decided it would be fun to steal a wooden spoon and eat it. Needless to say for the next days he was pooing and vomitting wood chips (mostly at 1am, 3am and so on). We actually have 2 beagles - the other one is named Alex and he is very well behaved. He doesn't steal things or destroy things. We got lucky with one of them I suppose!
Here is a pic of our 2 boys in a more "tender" moment. They can be good boys sometimes...
Thursday, January 28, 2010
It was another stinkin' hot day here today - as usual!! It was +38 yesterday - not sure what it got up to today though.
I got my confirmation of my enrolment in my next University course called Understanding Imprisonment. Should be interesting! It is all about the history of Australian prisons, deaths in custoday and how prisons are run. I can't wait!!
Day 5 of my water challenge is almost complete...only 2 days to go...
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Now, my favourite player by a mile is Roger Federer. What an amazing player!! I just love watching him play - his movement is so fluid and he always stays so composed!! Off the court he seems like a really nice guy and is always so humble. If I wasn't married...and he wasn't married...well...you know...
Federer is currently playing against Russian Davydenko and is down a break so I hope he gets the job done and gets into the semi-finals. Time to get my Federer fix...
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Well we decided to celebrate Australia Day a bit more by doing some finger painting. It was Mia's first time painting and I think she was kind of like "what the heck have you put on my fingers??" but by the end she seemed to be enjoying it. Here is the final result...
Today is Australia Day where we celebrate all things Australian. It was exactly 1 year ago today that a pregnant version of me was walking across the stage at the Ipswich Civic Centre at my Australian Citizenship ceremony. I remember clearly my name being called, going up onto the stage, shaking the Lord Mayor's hand and then walking down the line of politicians who were handing out all kinds of goodies such as Aussie hats, flags, plants etc. It was a pretty special day!
Today however certainly hasn't been as exciting as that. It has been pretty quiet in fact. I worked on my essay that is due tomorrow and Mia had a wonderful swim outside in the backyard shell pool which she LOVED!! Check out the pic...
It is also day 3 of my water challenge and as usual I have spent most of the day going to the bathroom. I can't wait to weigh myself at the end of the this week and see if the challenge worked. I thought for sure that I would feel really bloated but I don't at all. I actually feel quite good!! Starting on Saturday I will be doing Dr Goglia's Quick Start program for 3 weeks. The program is meant to kick start your weight loss and as such you can only be on it for 3 weeks. The foods on the menu seem really good - nothing that I wouldn't eat. It is mainly drinking your appropriate amount of water and eliminating carbs from your evening meal. I am getting excited!!!
Monday, January 25, 2010
I am now reading a book by Dr Philip Goglia called Turn Up The Heat: Unlock the Fat-Burning Power of Your Metabolism. In his book (which is GREAT) he talks about the amount of water you are supposed to drink per day to lose weight. He says most people are not drinking even CLOSE to enough (and that was totally the case with me!). According to him, you are to drink 1 ounce of water for every pound you weigh. I have to drink SO much water it is crazy!! But he said if you change nothing else in your diet, exercise etc for 1 week and just drink the required amount of water then he said you will lose at least 5lbs in 1 week. So I have set myself the week-long challenge. I am too embarrassed to post my starting weight so I will just tell you after a week how much I have lost. Wish me luck!!
I also found out from Dr Goglia's book that I wasn't eating enough which is strange because I thought that I eat a lot but I am not eating the right things for my metabolism. That is what his book is about - what metabolic type you are and what you should be eating to increase it's efficiency. It is a really fascinating read - very scientific based. It has you work out all kinds of totals regarding what you eat, your metabolic rate, your active metabolic rate etc and these numbers generate which part of his program is right for you. The best thing is is that you don't have to give up the foods you love! As long as you are eating the right proportion of things for your metabolic type then that is the key. And you also get 1 free day per week to eat whatever you want....BRING ON THE PEPPERONI PIZZA!!!!
My goal is to lose 15kg (33lbs for the Canadians/Americans out there) by the end of June. Wish me luck!!!
Well I will keep this one short today. I am sure you might be wondering the reason for the title behind my blog...Spinning Turtle. Well I am sorry to disappoint you but it is pretty boring!! I was sitting here setting up my page and was wondering what on earth to title the blog. Mia was playing on the floor with her toys and she started playing with this Fisher Price toy...and it happened to be a turtle. Now this turtle isn't just a normal turtle...it has round balls in it that spin when you press down on the turtle's head. Hence the name I chose...Spinning Turtle.