Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Wild Again!

What wild weather we've been having - bushfires, heat waves, flooding and mega-surf:

Yacht washed up on the breakwall
(actually, it smashed against the side,
then a crane lifted it up - but it looks freaky!)

Wild and woolly surf conditions for my run this morning!

Makes for fun running anyway!

But enough of that, Weathergirl! What of it being Wednesday and all???

Possibly in the realms of over-sharing and Too Much Information, I have been suffering with a lack of toilet-going in the lead-up to this morning's weigh-in. Alas, Metamucil and water have not been sufficient to unblock me, so no "bog and log" (as a Facebook friend so eloquently put it!) this morning.

I hopped on the scales and was pretty happy to see 70.4kg. Went and got my iPhone, which apparently weighs half a kilo and saw this:

70.9kg - 156.3lbs
Try as I may, the bugger would not go back to the original reading! So (sniff) I'm going with 70.9kg this week and have bowel emptying, clean eating, no drinking and the 60s and a total 10kg weight loss in my sights for next week!!!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

What a difference a year (or 12 weeks) makes!

It's getting to the pointy end of the 12 Week Body Transformation now. We have started Week 11 - just two more weeks to go, and I have to say, I'm getting a tiny bit excited about taking my "after" photo and comparing it with "before" (which I hated taking and bravely shared with you). I reckon I will look a bit different.

But after checking out Finding Carol, and how much just her face had changed in 12 months and 3 Rounds of 12WBT, I was curious. You are too, aren't you?

January 2012
January 2013

That photo yesterday, even though I was a beetroot, was the first photo in quite a while that I actually liked the way I looked. 

And now, comparing it this time last year (even though they are not from the same angle), I'm really happy with my progress! I have more work to do and this "lifestyle" has to be a permanent thing, even when I reach my goal weight (and I will!), but when you see evidence like this, it makes it worth it and you realise just how far you've come.

Stay tuned kiddies, more over-sharing to come!!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Like a blister in the sun...

"When I go walking, I strut my stuff and I'm so strung out
I'm high as a kite, I just might, stop to check you out"

Don't panic, I'm not strung out and I'm not doing drugs! But I enjoyed listening to this song again (ahhh the joys of my youth) whilst re-watching Gross Pointe Blank the other night (huge John Cusack fan!).

And you know how I had a callous that I ped-egged:

And you know how last week in the rain, that baby-soft (well, not really) area got a blister?

And you know how I ran for 10km yesterday? Well, the last couple of kilometres, apart from being hot, sweaty, humid and just freaking hard work were also a bit painful, because baby came back:

How lucky are you lot
  that I own an iPhone
and get to record
every tiny detail
of my life to share with you???
I posted a thread about blisters on the 12WBT website and got good feedback, which I will share with my extensive readership here:

  • if it's small (no) and not in a inconvenient spot (no) leave it alone. If it's big and giving you grief, insert a sterilised needle and let the liquid ooze out of it (it spurted out of mine! Gross!).
  • don't pull the skin off - it will get infected
  • cover with Compeed (or similar) blister bandaid thingy
  • to prevent further blisters, make sure your shoes fit properly
  • get good running socks (thought I had, but I'm going to look into 1000 miles socks)
  • cover offending area with said bandaid thingys or athletes tape
You can rest assured I will share with you the gory details of how I get on!

"Let me go on, like a blister in the sun
Let me go, big hands I know you're the one"

(I have no idea what those lyrics mean, but I know I dance like a demon to them!) 

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Ice Escape

Some of my personal Facebook friends call me Weather Girl, because I kinda like posting stuff about the weather - hot, cold, rain etc.

You thought it was hot the other week? So did I, until last Friday when we hit a new, all-time record for the highest temperature ever in our little seaside town:

That would be 114.8F!!!!!

Man, that was one hot day! No sign of a sea breeze on that one...

I was at work for most of that day, but at home we had a struggling air-con unit and the pool. Thank goodness!

It isn't always that hot (thank the stars), but it has been a long, hot summer. I promised Wombat Girl that I would take her up to our latest summer attraction: Ice Skating!!! They had turned the local entertainment centre into an ice-skating rink and as the end of January approached, so did the days available for going skating. We finally made it on the second-last session of the last day :-)

I have to say, Video Boy was not that keen, what with his powers of uncoordination, but he sportingly came along for the trip:

Neither of the kids had ever been ice-skating before (or roller-skating or roller-blading for that matter), but at least they have been skiing, with all that slippery snow. I have been ice-skating about twice in my life and at least 20 years ago. I've also roller-skated and roller-bladed and skied (the first two a really long time ago, when I bounced better).

So we all started out hanging onto that railing for dear life!!! (NB: no photos of my dear self because I was the one with the camera)

Wombat Girl and I got brave and let go for a bit - and can I say, there were a LOT of people in that rink, and dodging little kids and big kids (who should know better) who were out of control made for interesting times!


Video Boy was getting a bit better, but found it very tiring!

In an hour, Wombat Girl fell over 7 times (the last one winded her and hurt her tail bone - the higher you fly, the further you fall!), and Video Boy was proud to say he did not fall over once (and just quietly, neither did I). 

All in all, it was a fun afternoon (much more fun that I anticipated!) and nice way to cool down on a hot summer's day :-)

10K Milestone!

So, long run on Sunday this week, as my running buddy Tracey had a Kick class on Friday, but didn't want to back up on Saturday. That was OK, because I had to work yesterday, but not today!

We had a big storm last night and I was hoping it wasn't bucketing down. It wasn't - it was just warm (23C) and HUMID. Yuck.

You can see the lights of the fishing boats at 6am!

We did 8.5km last week, so were keen to give it a nudge and go the 9, but the route we took pushed us over the 10km mark.

I felt fine until about the 6km mark, when things got a little harder. I paused then to slug some water (I was sweating like a PIGGY) and a little gel. I didn't think I would be able to run up my Heartbreak Hill the second time, but I did and kept going....until about the 9km mark when my body just gave up. I had a little walk break and then shuffled along. I'm not totally convinced I could call the last kilometre actually "running" but it was marginally faster than walking, so I'll take it!

The conditions were a bit tough - no cooling rain or breeze, so I just got slower and slower:

Don't count that last km - I'd stopped then!

No matter how slow I went, I didn't stop and we did it! Tracey ran the whole way - what a legend!

We stretched and drank gallons of water! Legs are tired now...but I can finally call myself a 10km runner!

Time to print out the shopping list and go shopping and get organised for the week ahead :-)

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Weigh-in Wednesday Woot!

I was quietly optimistic about this morning's battle with the scales. I've worked hard and ate clean this week (99% of the time). So I was totally chuffed to see this:

I reckon my legs are looking skinnier!
71.2kg - 157lbs

That's a loss of 1.2kg this week! Can I get a WOOT?? So proud of me! And those 60s are within sight!

Been running - tempo run was my fastest yet:

And because it was very humid, did my toning in my underdaks. I have abs under there somewhere - and one day soon, they may make an appearance!!!

I think I've convinced at least 2 other people to join the 12WBT madness next Round! I'm so excited that they are inspired by me!!!!

And this morning I got up and ran my little hills. I got a belated-Christmas Garmin watch from hubby, so had fun trying that out too (I can upload data to Runkeeper, so I can keep all my history together).

We were child-free this evening, so I caved and got takeway. BUT, I didn't eat the rice and just had a small bowl of szechuan chicken and just 2 glasses of low-alcohol wine. Times have changed, people!!! 

Up again tomorrow to work on the legs and to improve those abs so that one day, when those layers are peeled away, they'll be up to the task of being looked at!

Radio Ga Ga!

I had a very exciting day today! It wasn't planned to be very exciting; I was going to go to the "knife man" to get my (very blunt) knives sharpened and then go the dry cleaners and (surprise!) pick up the dry-cleaning. Maybe sort/fold some socks and undies. Go to work at 1pm. Not exactly riveting stuff and certainly nothing worth blogging about!

I had got up, ran for 4.2km (using my brand new, belated Christmas pressie of a Garmin GPS watch). Came home, checked Facebook, hooked up my Garmin to the Garmin Connect website and was considering blogging, went to the loo (nature calls) when my mobile rang. I let it go to message bank - there are some things you don't interrupt! It was a local radio station, ABC Illawarra, who are apparently even more disorganised than me, wanting to interview someone about homeschooling for their morning program!

So I sat there, in my sweaty running clothes, trying to get my thoughts in order, obtaining support from Facebook friends and relos and trying not get too nervous about the prospect of live radio and the potentially controversial topic of homeschooling! You know the media loves a beat-up...

Just as the due time approached, my phone rang - it was a call from the Home Education Association helpline! Whoever you were, I'm sorry I ditched your call to the answering machine!

They finally called. Just as at the same time someone else called my mobile wanting tutoring for their child (I think my message bank beeps went to air)! Man! It was just going off in our house!

They asked about my reasons for homeschooling. Because they announced my full name and location on the air, I was a little reticent about providing all the gory details of how we got here - my son deserves a little privacy - but I remained positive about the benefits of homeschooling (individualised learning and catering for learning styles!). You will not be surprised that they asked about "socialisation" which I think I handled well, explaining there were lots of social opportunities, a variety of experiences and exposure to a variety of differing opinions and views, living in the "real" community and that the school experience of same-age peers is not necessarily the best thing for our kids. They also quizzed me on preparation for university and if I would homeschool "through highschool" and also asked about unschooling!

I explained there was a variety of ways to homeschool and that one end of the spectrum, there was unschooling. And yes, the Board of Studies was happy with it, provided the children aren't "neglected".

I'm sure there was lots more - it went for quite a while (maybe 15 minutes), but then, I can talk about homeschooling to anyone who'll listen for so much longer than that!

Overall, it was reasonably well balanced and not "anti" homeschooling - I've been asked many of the questions by curious friends and acquaintances many times over. Answering questions on the HEA helpline has been helpful as well. I think I presented homeschooling, its benefits and our community well :-)

The interview after mine was Mark Lizotte (aka Diesel - which probably means nothing to overseas readers), so I was kinda glad I didn't have to follow that!

BTW - in the text they sent organising the interview, they said "we here there are growing numbers of parents choosing to homeschool". I chose not to correct her spelling...but I did comment (probably a couple of times) that I hope to raise literate children (and now I'm hoping like hell there are no spelling or grammatical errors in the post - if there are, please humour me and ignore them!).

And, no. I never did get my knives sharpened and my dry-cleaning remains uncollected since early December!!

Go me!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Girl Gets Around!

This was the temperature at lunchtime on Friday:

46C - 115F
Can anyone say climate change??? Friday broke all sorts of records for temperature - it certainly was the hottest day in our little seaside village EVER. It was like an oven out there and our home air-con really struggled...

You think I'm exercising in that? Think again! I couldn't even think about exercising, so I was very happy when a big ol' southerly change blew through that afternoon, instantly dropping the temperatures about 20 degrees.

I awoke at 5:30am (OK, so I pressed the snooze button and re-awoke at 5:40am) to grey skies, 21C and drizzle - perfect!!!!

And caught a tiny glimpse of sun to light up my way:

Met up with fellow 12WBT-er Tracey, who left me in the dust two weeks ago as I struggled with 7km. Today was ear-marked for 8km. How did I go??

That my friends is 8.57km of all running, no walking, no stopping! It felt really good! I kept up with Tracey all the way (including up Heartbreak Hill) and we even picked up the pace for the last few hundred metres! That run is how you want to feel when you run! Woo hoo! We rock!

My fiddling with my callous and the damp conditions have given me my first running blister though:

But that's OK - I ran in the rain and got a blister - I'm hardcore!!

Ready to eat clean for the next few days, work hard at my toning (which I've been slacking off a bit) and push my tempo run and hills. Let's see what number turns up on Wednesday, shall we???

Friday, January 18, 2013

One day we'll fly away...

Such a beautiful day. I awoke my sleeping daughter to come to work with me. But I have such a nice office, I knew she'd love it! (let's not mention the sleeping teen son, shall we?).

Such lovely families who came to do the activity. Relaxed, cheerful, happy, involved (including the fathers - none of whom snuck off for a 11am beer like in previous activities). They'd make great homeschooling families (just sayin').

We had an interesting chat about gliders and bats and other forest flyers and then it was time to decorate the kites with said animals:

We then took those kites down to the beach, where a slight breeze was blowing, the sun was shining (but not too hotly) and the ocean glistened. And they paid me for it!!

And see that blue ocean? After we'd finished up our activity and left happy families with lovely holiday memories, my girl and I, we jumped in that blue-green ocean and washed any remaining worries away with the cleanest, clearest water you have ever seen. 

It was summer bliss!

52 Ancestors - Unusual Name

In this week's post, we have been asked to look behind an "unusual name" and I've chosen my great-aunt's husband, Fred...