Friday, November 4, 2011

Seeing some results...

I stopped to take this picture on my way into town this morning before my walk. Low fog drifting along the ground, lit by the sun...
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It's been a great week so far - I have walked 4 mornings for half an hour, I have had two days of solitude at home (Gus and Bri went to Adelaide), I have been busy at work and yesterday's fitness workout was quite enjoyable. We only did a bit of aerobic stuff before getting down on the mats for some strength work. Leg lifts, butt lifts and crunches. This sort of routine, I like! Afterwards, we had a personal trainer speak to us about strength training and nutrition to fuel the body. It was good to hear that what Sheryl had been telling us was backed up by this guy too! We all came away from it very empowered and rearing to go again.
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I weighed in and had a 1.0 kg loss which is just fantastic. It is slow, but that is a 2.0 kg loss since 17th October. I am on track and have not felt the need to break out and be bad with my eating habits. Sheryl has set a goal for the group to lose 5% of our body weight, therefore I should lose 3.82 kgs. I think I can achieve more in the 7 weeks - 5kg would be incredible!
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Today, my muscles are aching once more but I powered through my walk, even doing 2 short bursts of jogging to elevate my heart rate. This is all important for healthy weight loss.... but I think I need a sports bra! He he he!
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A few samples of what I have been eating and the portions. Monday night when we got home - a pork chop seasoned with Tuscan seasoning, small serve mashed potato and peas and carrots and corn.
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Yummy dinner last night - Angus and Bri bought home some King George Whiting fillets which I had pan fried, sprinkled with Lemon Pepper seasoning, lettuce, cucumber, tomato, olives, baked potato and sweet potato and also tomato, onion and zucchini bake topped with wholemeal bread cubes and the tiniest bit of cheese. Delicious!
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I freeze our wholemeal loaf of bread in 2 slice portions - this will last us 4 mornings for breakfast and no wastage. I buy 1/2 loaves of white bread for Brianna.
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Around the garden - this Blue Moon rose has been neglected so badly - hasn't even been pruned the past 2 years and this is what is produces!
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More McLeod's Daughters...
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Yellow carpet rose...
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Hot pink carpet rose...
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Coral, single petal carpet rose...
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Petunia...
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Our front porch area - could still use a bit of spruce up...
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We had a power spike on Wednesday evening and when I got home from my meeting, the computer and printer were off. I turned them back on but the printer was as dead as a maggot! Yesterday I bought a new one - $99 for a Canon Pixma MX410 - printer, copier, scanner and FAX and its a good one for printing photos too! There was a promotion going to enter a draw for $20,000 cash plus you got 10% discount on the purchase so it only cost me $89.00! Yay!
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Anyhoo, last night I proceeded to install the new printer - I first disconnected the old one from the power and pc points. Phew, I had to get in under the desk (bum up!) and sort out the tangle of cables...
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As you can see, there is not a lot of leeway once the pc is connected to everything. It only comes out so far...
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S0 much for wireless technology! I finally had it hooked up so I proceeded to 'Read The Manual' (yes, gentlemen, women sometimes to RTM!). The printer can be 'wireless' so I went through all the steps, page by page, until I got to the part of 'detecting the machine'. Do you think I could get the modem to detect the printer? No way, no how! The modem wouldn't accept the WEP Key number that I was keying in... (hey, I sound like I know what I am doing!). Anyway, I gave up and attached the USB cable to the printer and computer (more bum up!) and away it went!
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I shall call him Darth Vader... very similar black plastic exterior and who knows what lurks inside!
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We are in for a cracker of a day - blue skies and warm temperature - spring is definitely in the air today!
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Cheers - Joolz

3 comments:

  1. That's great Joolz, they say if you loose the weight slowly it stays off..go girl! Love your roses.

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  2. Slowly does it, you have inspired me to cut my/our food portions back, now I just have to get my walking up to 6 days a week. Beautiful roses, amazing what they do with hardly any effort.

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  3. Gorgeous photo of the fog. Way to go with your food choices and exercise!

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