Friday, 29 June 2012

Fitness Friday

Linking in with bbeingcool for Fitness Friday for the last time to bang on about the race tomorrow !!!  (I have to say that I felt very special when she asked if I would comment on blogs for Fitness Friday in her absence - thank you B !!  I hope you have an amazing time in Sydney at blogopolis - so jealous and wish I was going but then I would miss out on my run tomorrow and that would be sad !!!!)

Well due to the stupid back injury that I picked up (excuse the pun - totally unintended) moving furniture at work on Thursday, my training this week has been soooooooooooo much less than I wanted it to be, not helped in the least by the cr*ppy weather we have been having here.  This is the Gold Coast people - it is supposed to be sunny and warm and all things wonderful - not cold, raining, windy and bloody miserable !

Anyway, my only run this week was 5.14kms on Sunday in 32:44 and two PT sessions for 30 mins a time.  A far cry from the 25-30kms plus the PT sessions I had planned !!!  But, what can you do - no point in going for a training run that aggravates an injury to the point where I can't take part in the race.

On Wednesday I was working up at Inala the whole day (was supposed to only be for 3-4 hrs in the morning but dragged on and on until nearly 4pm) - just before we left there, I got a phone call from one of the guys on the Logan Motorway to say that there had been an accident so we landed up going the back roads which probably took longer than if we had sat in the traffic !!!  It was just before 5.45 before I got home.  In my head I HAD to run - having only done that one run on Sunday I really felt like I had to get out there.  I called A as I was leaving Yatala to tell him I was on my way home and said I was going to run.  He was "I don't think so - it is pouring and blowing gales" - "Well I do think so - I HAVE TO, LOVE" - "OK, whatever you want" !  A few kms later I called my Dad - the font of all running  knowledge having done all the races he has in his life time - his comment "Don't be silly - you have done enough for the race on Saturday and really, whatever you do this week isn't going to make a difference anyway.  In this weather, I would say stay home and keep warm."  So, being the good daughter that I am, I listened to him and stayed at home and stayed warm (nothing to do with it suiting me to listen to him THAT time !!!)

After training tonight A took me down to the Convention Centre to pick up my number.  If the whole race is run as efficiently as the number collection was, it is going to be a slick race !!!!  This is my number so if anyone sees me and waves, I apologise in advance if I don't wave back - when I run, my head is down and I don't look up much at all !!

I am quite nervous already and just wish it was all over BUT I know that it will come and before I know it, it will be over and done with and I will wonder what I was nervous about !!!!  I have booked dinner at Charlie's tonight - a GREAT Italian restaurant just down the road from us so I can carbo load - I believe this is what I am supposed to do anyway !!!! 

I am thinking about what my next race is going to be - can't be running with no aim now can I ????  Maybe the Bridge to Brisbane although that is the weekend after we get back from 2 weeks holiday in NZ where I don't imagine I will be doing much in the way of training given the following temps over there today :
Christchurch 0
Dunedin -2
Invercargill 1
What I can imagine is that maybe we need to go and buy another pair of thermals each - one pair is not going to be enough for two weeks !!!!!

We (A, K and I) have entered The Stampede on 8th September at Woodford so that will be exciting.  We have entered the 5km race just so that we can see how we manage. 

If anyone is looking for some assistance with their blog or web page, I can recommend Liz from Mumstrosity.  She has been a huge help to me with my blog and my web site. When it comes to techno stuff - I am totally useless.  In fact, most times you could be talking English yet it sounds like a foreign language to me so I admire those people who know what they are doing especially when they deal with me because I make it really difficult for them by not having a clue what they are talking about !!!  Thank you so much for your help Liz - I really appreciate it !

Have the best Friday possible - take care and catch you next time !

TFTD : Sometimes we don't forgive people because they deserve it.  We forgive them because they need it, because we need it, and because we cannot move forward without it.

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Thankful Thursday

I love Thursday because I get to play Thankful Thursday with Kate from katesaysstuff and everyone else who has joined in.

Today I am thankful for :

- life because even though sometimes it is tough, the alternative is not that great

- my family because they add so much to my life - how dull it would be without them

- running because how unfit would I be without it

- my cheering squad because they are there when I need to pull out something more than I think I am capable of

Have the best Thursday ever !

TFTD : I learned the hard way that I cannot always count on others to respect my feelings, even if I respect theirs.  Being a good person doesn't guarantee that others will be good people too.  You only have control over yourself and how you choose to be as a person.  As for others, you can only choose to accept them or walk away.

Friday, 22 June 2012

Things I Know

Today I am linking in with Dorothy from Singular Insanity for Things I Know because I know that I like linking in with other bloggers.

Let me start by acknowledging that I am not good at not doing something that I have planned to do so when I hurt my back moving furniture at work yesterday, I was not happy.  It wasn't sore straight away but rather twingeing by the time I left work.  By the time I got home it was aching and really really sore after I had given a client a treatment.  An Epsom salts bath and a wheat pack did little to relieve the agony.  This morning I went to the osteo who has helped but it is still aching - not unusual after a treatment.  He has suggested cutting right back on my training until it has cleared up completely - not happy Jan !!!  I have this planned schedule for my training and this is stuffing it up completely.

I know I have to get my head in the right place - just because I won't be doing nearly 190kms of training does not mean I won't be able to run the race.  Just because I am missing the last 8 days of what I planned to run does not mean I won't be able to run the race.  Chances are if I do try to train over the next couple of days, I won't be able to run the race because I will have stuffed my back up completely.  I have  to get my head in the right space so that I don't do this.  I don't want to jeopardise my chances of running on Saturday so I need to get my head right.

I promise to stop going on about my running once next Saturday has come and gone !!!

As an aside, I saw that I have had 7,000 page views on my blog - who would have thought that there would be that many people interested in reading what I have to say - certainly not me !!!

Have the best weekend ever !

TFTD : Some days are diamond and some days are coal.  However, every day is a golden opportunity to learn, demonstrate gratefulness, and positively impact the world around you.

Team Friday

Today is Friday which means I get to link in with B from bbeingcool about what I have been up to this past week.
Saturday 15.03km run - yes I ran all bar one lamp post - 1h 45m 04s
Monday 6.05km run - 40m 24s
Tuesday 30 mins personal training
Wednesday 30 mins personal training
Thursday forced rest day as I hurt my back at work moving furniture

As you can see from my first activity this week, it was a big week for me - mentally to be able to do that sort of mileage was amazing.  I did battle the last two kms and I blogged about it here but I did it and I was very proud of myself as were my family and my support team (thanks guys !!!!)

I was disappointed when I left work yesterday as my back was twingeing quite badly.  By the time I got home I knew that if I ran last night I may not be able to run next Saturday so I treated the one client booked in and felt awful when I was finished with him.  A soak in Epsom salts and a wheat pack gave me some relief but this morning I am off to the osteo because I cannot stop my training now.  I need to be able to run from tonight.  I have a training schedule for the next 8 days and I can't afford to just let it all go.

Once next Saturday is over I am going to have to sit down and work out where I take my running from here. I need to have a goal to aim for - I really battle to run every week when I am not aiming for something but I don't know how far I want to go - a friend in encouraging me to do a half marathon but I don't know if I can do that mentally given how much I battled with the 15kms last weekend.

But, something will come up and it will all be good.  Have the best weekend and take care !

Have you been up to anything interesting this week ? 
Share it across at bbeingcool with Team Friday !

TFTD : Life is sometimes confusing.  It takes sadness to know happiness, noise to appreciate silence and absence to value presence.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Thankful Thursday

Today I am linking in with Kate from katesaysstuff for Thankful Thursday because it is one of the few days of the week that I make a concerted effort to post a blog - I like linkies and so I like Thursday and Friday when I can join in with a bunch of other fantastic bloggers and celebrate the small things in life !

This time next week I will have done my last training run before the 10km race - I will probably be nervous and anxious and wishing that it was 10am on Saturday morning because if I haven't finished my 10kms by then someone would have come and picked me up in a car !!!

Earlier this week I planned my last two weeks of training and I took it to my trainer and asked his opinion - he thought it was great with enough kms to keep me going and not enough to burn me out.  On Monday I had planned an 8km run - I got home and on some level I knew that 8km was too much - I had a headache, I had had a big day at work and I just felt that I wouldn't be able to manage that.  So I swopped it for the 6km run I had planned for Wednesday night.

I got to training on Tuesday night and the trainer said he couldn't make it on Thursday night as he would be away for work so suggested we train on Tues and Wed  this week.  So, the run I had planned for last night was swopped with the PT session tonight.

Today at work we decided to move the office around (another long story that I won't go into here) - the gist of it being that I probably over did the pushing and pulling and lifting and I left there this afternoon with my back absolutely aching and my right knee twinging more than I liked.  I also had a client booked in for a massage tonight (when really I felt like I needed to find someone to give me a massage !!!!).  I got home and as I got out the car I just knew that I couldn't run tonight - as much as I wanted to, I knew I couldn't.

So, I treated my client, went and got some groceries, came home and had a soak in Epsom salts.  As soon as this is posted I am off to bed with a wheat pack for my back.  I am now looking at an 8km run tomorrow and a 10km run on the weekend.  This is going to mean that I won't reach my 190kms of training runs before the race on 30th BUT it does mean that I am more likely to be able to run on the 30th given the rest that I gave my back tonight.  It was so hard for me to say "My back is sore so I won't run tonight" when all I wanted to do was come home, get changed and get out there to clock up some more kms.

I am thankful that I listened to my body and I am really hoping that my body is thankful too and heals quickly and allows me to run tomorrow night.

What are you thankful for today ?  Link up with Kate and share your thankfulness with others.

TFTD : Don't let the people who aren't worth it get to you.  Focus on those who love and accept you for who you are, and shower them with the love and kindness they deserve.

Saturday, 16 June 2012

15kms - Done and Dusted !!!!

Last weekend I planned to do a longer run - I didn't because of the crappy weather and I felt bad, I felt like I was always saying I was going to do this longer run but it just never happened.  I had done a 12km run the Wednesday before but, for me I wanted more.

I knew A and K were working today and so had planned to go to work as well - but only after I had run.  A left at about 7am and I got up and got dressed.  Thought about what to eat / drink before I left - this is a dilemma for me because I always run at night and have something to eat at about 3pm.  Anyway, I had a couple of sips of water to take my tablets and had a protein bar - worked like a charm which is great because now I know what I can have before the race on 30th June which starts at 6.30 am !!!!  Bloody hell - how am I going to manage to get up for that !! Sorry I digress - again !

The next dilemma was what to wear - I have long sleeve tops which are great but I thought they would be too hot by the time I was 5 or 6km into my run and the weather got warmer. I found two short sleeve tops that I had bought when we were doing a lot of bush walking and it worked so well - warm enough when I started but not too hot later in the run.  The only problem was my hands - they were bloody cold for most of the run and have got so fat I battled to get my rings on when I left home a little while ago.  It's been a long time since my rings have been so uncomfortable on my fingers !!!

I got to half way and stopped to stretch my gastrocs, hamstrings and quads - they were getting tight and tired.  I turned around and headed home -  I had run 7.5km away from home knowing that when I got there I had no option but to turn and go home - no short cuts - no way to get home except put one foot in front of the other and keep going.

Up until I stopped to stretch I was still averaging 6:32/km which I was extremely happy with.  At about 11km my legs were getting really tired - I considered giving up. I thought about phoning someone to come and fetch me.  I thought about what I was doing and why.  I thought about my village of cheerleaders and I put my big girl undies on, sucked it up and go on with it.  At 12kms my pace had dropped to 6:42 - still good and still acceptable for me.  At 13km I had tears running down my face - why was I doing this ?  Why didn't I just stop ?  Why didn't I call someone to come and fetch me ?  What was I trying to prove ?  What did it matter if I didn't finish these last 2 kms ?  Would it be the end of the world ?  No, it wouldn't be the end of the world but it would be one more goal that I set for myself that I didn't manage to achieve.  In any case, who could I phone - A was at work and I thought that K would have left for work already. I could call my BIL - how to explain I was 2 kms from home and just couldn't go on.  I could call my folks - no explanation required - just could you please come and pick me up and they would be there faster than I could say Jack Flash. 

And then I heard the voices (no I am not going off my head - they were virtual voices) - Aroha, Lyndal, Jane, B and Lee - cheering me on those last 2kms - telling me I could do it and to just keep putting one foot in front of the other - cheering me with every step that I took - cheering me to keep going - not for any reason other than to help me on my way.  1.25km from home K called to say she was leaving for work (I COULD have called her at 13kms to come and collect me - I am SO FRIGGIN' HAPPY I didn't !!!) - I waved as she drove past and I knew that I would make it all the way home - and I did !!! 

This morning I ran 15kms in under 7min/km (because 6 mins 59 secs is under 7mins isn't it ????) - and, right now, I would have to be one of the happiest ladies on the planet (even though I am about to start working for a couple of hours !!!) - my legs are tired and aching (not helped because I didn't stretch) but I can live with them like this - they tell me I am alive and I have achieved something I NEVER thought I would - never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would RUN (plod ?) 15kms.  Rhianna asked the question yesterday - when does jogging become running ? If anyone knows I would love to know the answer.

Tonight may be a different story when I have to walk up the steps at Metricon Stadium to get to my seat but I will deal with that when it happens !!

For those who think they can't run - you can - you so can do it because if I can do it - ANYONE can do it !!!

Have the best weekend ever - and thank you again for your support, encouragement and motivation - I can't tell you how much it means to me !!   This TFTD is for all of you who are on this journey with me - A HUGE BIG THANK YOU !!

TFTD : Never forget where you have been.  Never lose sight of where you are going.  And never take for granted the people who travel the journey with you.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Fitness Friday

Trying to get a head start on this post given I know that I won't be able to post at work tomorrow !!!  Linking in with B at bbeingcool (in anticipation that she will be hosting the meme this week as she always does !!!!)

I didn't quite achieve what I wanted to fitness wise this week - my effort consisted of :

Friday - 5.15km run 34:17
Tuesday - 5.16km run 33.:22
Wednesday - 30 mins personal training
Thursday - 5.13km run 34.:41

My goal for the long weekend was one long run of between 13-15km - I did nothing !  In fact, on Monday I didn't even get out of my pyjamas !!!!  And the reason for that was the weather - it was miserable - but not only miserable, it was cold and raining and windy and, while I did think about going out there, sanity prevailed and I stayed under the doona with the rest of the family !!!!

We did manage a big cook up on Saturday / Sunday.  Now I have a freezer full of slow cooked meals that I need only take out in the morning to defrost, put some rice on to cook before I go exercising in the evening and voila, we have a lovely home cooked meal for dinner.  I love being this organised so that I know that while I am exercising I am also eating well, and not damaging the good that I am doing with my exercising by eating badly.

Last night our trainer had us doing walking lunges while holding 10kg weights in each hand.  I cannot believe that I used to walk around carrying more than that in extra weight - how did I manage it day in and day out ?  Needless to say, my glutes can feel it today and my legs felt really heavy, tired and stiff on my run tonight.  I had planned on running 6.25km but just couldn't manage it - I still battle with not meeting the goals that I set for myself but part of me does realise that, while my head may think I can achieve a certain goal, sometimes my tired old body won't comply - and that is OK !!!

I am planning on a long run this weekend (the one that didn't happen last weekend) - will let you know how it did (or didn't) go next week !!!

Have the best Friday possible and an ever better weekend !

TFTD - Giving up doesn't always mean you're weak, sometimes it means you are strong enough and smart enough to let go and move on.

Thankful Thursday

I love these linkies because when I am struggling to think of a post, they normally prompt me to come up with something - not necessarily anything mind blowing, but something !

Linking in with Kate from katesaysstuff - this week I am thankful for :

- my Dad starting radiation so that he can fight the cancer

- my great organisational skills which saw us having a big cook up on the weekend so I haven't had to cook during the week - nor did we have to resort to buying take-aways or eating toast for dinner

- my motivation to get out there and run even when it is the last thing that I feel like doing

- a long weekend with cr*ppy weather that saw us have a pyjama day on Monday

- a trainer who pushes me to achieve more than I ever thought I could (Thanks Hudson for the stiff glutes that I have today as a result of walking lunges whilst carrying 10kg weights in each hand and to think that I used to walk around 24/7 carrying an extra 25kgs - scary stuff !)

- my Mom and Dad for making yomazzoti and dropping it off yesterday so I have another two nights that I don't have to cook

- my job, which is so hectic at the moment I don't know which way to turn

I love Thankful Thursday because, even when life gets tough and I feel like tossing it all in, it allows me to dig deep and find things that I can be thankful for and I realise that it isn't all bad - there is good out there as well !

TFTD : Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together - Marc and Angel

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Who Am I ?

Eden from Edenland posed this question today in her Fresh Horses Brigade today - and I have been thinking about it on and off during the day - still not sure I can answer the question but I am going to give it a try !

I am :

- grateful
- happy
- cranky
- busy
- lazy
- unorganised
- loving
- quiet
- thoughtful
- inspiring
- encouraging
- helpful
- shy
- annoyed
- daughter
- wife
- mom
- sister
- lucky
- accountant
- reflexologist
- massage therapist
- work colleague
- niece
- aunt

I am all of the above at some point in time or another - sometimes I am even more than one at a time.  I can swop from being one to the other very quickly if I am crossed !

Eden is right - it is a simple question that is hard to answer.  Thanks for making me think of who I am - and even now I am not sure I got it right !!!

(Random) Things I Know

Today I am linking in with Dorothy from Singular Insanity with Things I Know :

- our house is great in summer but bloody cold in winter
- it is colder inside our house than outside it
- I can get my hair washed, dried, straightened, get dressed and my make-up done quicker than I thought I could
- my child can be the sweetest child out, when it suits her
- the sweet chilli and basil pizza from Crust really is the best pizza going
- I am hoping to be more organised with meals this coming week (I wanted to do that today but didn't get to it because :
- today I spent most of the day in my pj's watching baseball on TV and crocheting a blanket
- I am one lucky lady who is surrounded by a great family
- sometimes I take them for granted

Have a fantastic Saturday and long weekend to all those who have a long weekend !

Friday, 8 June 2012

Fitness Friday

Gosh, how quickly does Friday come around - it seems like I am only posting one or two blogs a week lately but that is OK because it means that I am interacting more with my family which is what living is about.  Isn't it ?????

Anyway, linking in with B at bbeingcool who has been sick this past week and I hope is well on the way to be fine again soon !!!!
My exercise for this week was :
Friday - 5.12km run 32:56
Sunday - 8.32km run 54:48
Tuesday - 30 mins personal training
Wednesday - 12.16km run 1:26:56 (my first long run with only 2 x 10m walks in it !!!)
Thursday - 30 mins personal training

I should have run on Monday but I got home, had a client and when I was finished with her I just couldn't be bothered - I felt tired and so I decided to give my body a rest which I believe was the best thing I could have done.  I did the long run on Wednesday night which I may not have done if I had of run on Monday night.

Once again my eating has not been great - why, why, why can't I get my head in the right head space - where it used to be when I was doing so well with my food ??????  Is it because A's work is all over the show - sometimes home, sometimes not, sometimes working at night, sometimes during the day - I don't know from one day to the next whether he is going to be home or not because their plans change to frequently.  Who would think that a company the size they are could be so disorganised.  On the up side he has his finish date - 31 August - times in really well with us getting back from holiday on 24th August - 5 days left for him to clear up any loose ends.  Alternatively, he will have found something else to move to and can come back from holiday and start at a new company.  Whichever way it goes, it will be fine.

I think I am just using his work as an excuse for not being a*sed about meals and I need to get myself back on track - soon !  Cheese on toast or a tin of soup have become staples for me for dinner !!!  I will try this long weekend to get more organised with my meals but not making any promises !!!!

GC Suns play St Kilda tomorrow - definitely not a game I think we have any chance of winning unless St Kilda turn up with only half a team.  It really is becoming frustrating that the Suns can't get a win under the belt - just a couple for the year would be fantastic guys !!!!

Have the best Friday possible - I will try to get around to other Fitness Friday blogs as soon as I can !

TFTD : Take up one idea.  Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea.  Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone.   This is the way to success, that is the way great spiritual giants are produced - Swami Vivekananda Quotes  (Maybe this is what I need to do about my food / eating !!!)

Thankful Thursday

Today I am linking in with Kate from katesaysstuff for Thankful Thursday courtesy of Coloursofsunset who tagged me (thank you for the recognition).  Thank you also to Lyndal for wanting to tag me but A got in first !!!   I had a very quick read of Kate's blog this morning before the proverbial hit the fan at work and wondered what I could say about myself and why I felt I was awesome - and I couldn't really think of anything so wasn't going to take part in TT this week.  Then A tagged me and I thought that I had better put my thinking cap on and come up with something that I am awesome at and this is what I came up with :

I can achieve anything I want - when I put my mind to it.  For many years I believed I couldn't run - I was wrong, I can run.  And I love running - whether I will ever be able to, or want to, run a marathon, I don't know, but for now, I love that I can get home from work, get dressed in my running gear, and go out and pound the streets whether it is for 4km or (like last night) 12 km.

I care about others - and want the best for them.  I love to help people and will do what I can, whenever I can, if I know that it will benefit someone else.  I love being able to pay it forward.

While I am the least maternal woman I know, I (together with Al) have done a great job at raising our daughter, who is an amazing young lady who I am proud to call my daughter.  Yes, we have been through some difficult times, but we are all that much stronger for what we have been through.

( I have to add here that I have found the above three paragraphs some of the most difficult to write - writers block had nothing on what I have been through trying to find three reasons why I am awesome - clearly I didn't get much thinking done since A tagged me otherwise it wouldn't have taken me so long to think of these !!!  Clearly I find it really difficult to acknowledge myself - maybe I need to try to do it more often !!!!)

In paying it forward, I would like to tag the following amazing, inspiring, encouraging and motivating women except they have already been tagged Coloursofsunset, Lyndal and Kate.  Thank you to all of you for all that give to me - the support from you is amazing - I am so glad that we are friends.  Lucky for  me, because you have already been tagged, I get to choose three other amazing bloggers to tag :

Lisa - Mum of Adult Kids - is someone who writes about everyday things that I can relate to and I find myself reading and nodding my head and thinking "This lady has been there and knows."  Many of the blogs I read belong to Moms with little kids - Lisa's kids are older, like mine, and it is so good to know that I am not alone on this journey with my child.

Jane - Onwards & Downwards - is the lady who got me motivated to start exercising.  I read about her swimming kms in the morning and I became inspired to start exercising more regularly because she just got up and did it.  Her blog is always full of motivational posters and links to exercise programs - if ever I am wondering what I can do exercise wise, I know if I hop over to her blog I will find something to do.

Sonia - Life, Love and Hiccups - writes from her heart and no subject matter is taboo.  There are very few posts that I read that don't make me smile or laugh out loud !!  She tells it like it is - no punches pulled and she has great photos in nearly every single post.

Do yourself a favour and hop over to any of the blogs I have mentioned here - you won't be disappointed with what you read.  There are so many inspiring bloggers out there, it was hard to pick only 3 to pay it forward to, if only there was more time in the day to connect with them all.  While I have not stopped blogging altogether, I have tried to cut back due to a post I read a little while ago by Hands Free Mama so that when I am with family / friends, I am actually present with them and not busy on twitter / reading blogs / facebook.  It doesn't always happen but I am trying to spend more time living with the people around me rather than interacting with my internet friends - not because I don't love all of you - but because, for me, life is about the people around me.

Thank you to Kate for this amazing exercise - I have really enjoyed reading the posts that have been linked to Thankful Thursday.

Have the best Friday possible - take care !

TFTD : What seems to be a dead end may be an arrow pointing you in an unexpected direction - Bashar

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Fitness Friday (one day late)

This is a rainbow that I saw on my way to work during the week.  I have been seeing the most amazing rainbows lately but haven't always been able to take a photo of them which is rather sad.

Anyway, linking in with bbeingcool for Fitness Friday (albeit a day late !!!) - this is what I have managed to accomplish this week with regard to my exercising :

Friday - 4.12km run (26:28)
Sunday - 10.05km run (1:08:11)
Monday - 5.97km run (33.57)
Tuesday - matrix 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 push ups, sit ups, squats, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 push ups, sit ups, squats
Wednesday - 5.14km run (35:19)

Some runs were better than others.  I was really pleased with my 10km run on Sunday - need to try to up this to 16-18kms so that I know I can finish the 10km run on 30 June (figure if I can manage 16-18km run, a 10km run will feel so much easier on the day) - I may be wrong on this but I can only try.

On Saturday I bought a couple of long sleeve tops to run in - saw some at Lululemon for $89 but couldn't justify spending that amount of money on a shirt to run in.  Went to KMart - they didn't have any.  Went to Target and got one there for $17.  Then Mountain Detail had another one for $24.  My run on Sunday was in the top from Target and it worked so well I went and bought another one - they have really made a difference to how much warmer I am when I run now !!

While we were at Helensvale, Al made me try on some new jeans saying that the ones I was wearing were too big for me - I bought two pairs of size 10 jeans - I reckon their sizing is wrong because there is no way that I am a size 10 - but it was a nice feeling when I did they up and they fitted !!!

Of late my eating has not been good - nor has my drinking - unless Pepsi Max and Amarula count as good drinking - well they do in one sense but not from a health point of view !!!  Fruit and veg have been non-existent and junk food has crept into my eating plan which is a little sad given how well I was eating up until a few weeks ago. I really need to get more organised and plan my meals better than I have been.  I will try to do that this week.

Yesterday there was a multiple car accident on the motorway home so, as I only had 1/4 tank of petrol, I thought I had better fill up as I was going to take the back roads to get home from where I was working at Inala.  When I went to pay for the petrol, I also bought a packed of Pods, just in case I got stranded somewhere !!!!  Yeah right !!!!  About 15 mins later, the pods had all been eaten scoffed down and the evidence hidden in my bag !!!  I only had a couple of hot chips for dinner but I did manage to make headway with a bottle of Amarula.  The drive over Mt Tamborine in the rain and mist on narrow winding roads with a drop down the mountain on one side of me was enough to send me to the bottle !!!!  (I must add that I did do a 5km run before I hit the bottle !!)

Today has been a rather relaxing day - washing done, catch up with a friend, watching some movies (Dolphin Tale and Red Dog) and catching up on recorded TV shows.  K is baby sitting and A is stuck out at Warwick - hopefully it will be raining tomorrow and they will come home early as the work they have to do is all outside and they won't be able to do any of it !!!!

On that note, I am going to watch Iron Lady.  Have a great Sunday everyone and take care !

TFTD : Improvisation is the first step to improvement.
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