Sunday, January 26, 2014

9 months since I last posted...hmmm

Well, I can honestly say, 2013 was one of the craziest years of my life!!! Sick bubba, busy family life, often sick or burnt out myself, and the wee business that I looked at starting up, making tutus and other crafty stuff, kind of got a lot busier than I ever expected it to!!!
My Dexter Bear is now 4!!! Can't believe he starts school in September!
2014 is all about changing my attitude towards my health, time management, but also being a better mummy and wife. I have been working on my "happy face" and trying to be more positive for my family's sake. It's a work in progress, but I'm trying.

Nutrition wise, we are having a lot less takeaways. Hubby really felt like Butter Chicken and Naans today, so we had them, but neither of us enjoyed it at all, nor did we clean our plates off. Serving sizes have come down, I have discovered that an actual serving size of a low sugar cereal for breakfast is actually NOT the end of the world, and does keep me full longer than expected. The emotional eating is coming back under control, and I am working on my willpower to say no to foods that I REALLY don't need.

Now to up the exercise. This is the hard part. As I have written about in the past, I get many many aches and pains, these have all gotten worse over the years since having Glandular Fever at 17, and then worse after having my son, and MUCH worse still after having my daughter 2 years ago. Being 30kg heavier than my "ideal" weight does not help in any way, but it also means that most days, even just getting out for a decent walk (we have some big hills either way from our place) is too much even. So I am starting back into exercise REALLY sloooowwlllyyyy. Very gentle, in the hopes that not overdoing it for once will help me increase my strength and fitness, then lose weight and be able to build it up without coming crashing down again, as I did last year, and ended up sick for over a month.
Wee Ambi has just turned 2!!! This is her at her 2nd Birthday Party
So yeah. I'm hoping resurrecting this blog will help keep me accountable, and also the Facebook page that this is connected to as well, with a few followers there, if they are still around.

Does anyone still read blogs? If you are out there and you are reading this, drop me a comment and say hi :)


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Some changes for the better

It's been a long time, I know.

To be honest, I have been hating on myself for a long time. Too ashamed to even post about the slightest thing. So called "bad" eating, no exercise, due to some incredible exhaustion and a knee injury, sick kids, late nights working on orders and all around stress. I also just haven't had time.
Just one of the things I have been busy on - hosting my first Showcase!
But I wanted to just stop in this morning to say this: I have recently had a bit of a shift in my thinking when it comes to nutrition. And it is helping more than I can say when it comes to my attitudes about what I eat. To be fair it has only been a couple of weeks, but  I am already down 1.5kg, still not eating perfectly (though that is the point), and still not exercising, so the only way is up. (or, down in this case)

I will be back to elaborate, but for now, I have a sick-ish 3.5 year old and a sick 15 month old that need my attention, and they always come first.

Nice to see you again :)
My lovey, huggy kiddies

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Wow... it's been a few months!

Oops. I've been so caught up with the busyness of life that I have completely forgotten to post on here since January!!! I'm sorry.

I've been so busy on a wee project I like to call AmbiDexi. You can see AmbiDexi on my Facebook Page or on my other blog AmbiDexi.

Or, just take a look below and get in touch if you would like to arrange anything. There is jewellery, fairy wings and other accessories to come, and I am also working on some grown ups' jewellery as well.

My little star, Amber. Loves to dress up, which is helpful!!
So that has been me for the last couple of months, it is going pretty well, starting to get quite a few orders now. Hoping to build it up slowly to be something that I can do around the kids. Currently that means I have about 2 hours a night from when they go to bed, until my bed time that I can work on them, but as time goes on I will get more and more time!!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

My baby girl is one now!!

Ok, so she turned 1 last Friday, her party was a week ago today. I'm just a little behind. Am determined to get back into blogging this year, but have so much on right now, it hasn't quite happened!!!

Anyway, Amber's Birthday Party (Teddy Bears Picnic) in pictures:

My new piggy bank toy!!
My first attempt at a Rainbow Cake, about to go into the oven
Lil miss cake face!!
One very tired baby at the end of her party. Managed to find a blue pebble on the ground and this is what happened...

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

A very belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Little Miss Ray of Happiness is one year old this Friday!!
Hello, hello, it's me. Yes, I know, it's been awhile.
Oh yeah, I met Batman
There has been so much going on in our house lately that blogging got put to the side for a bit. But I am back now and will hopefully be a bit more regular with my posting again.

Christmas was great here, the kids got overly spoiled as always, Christmas lunch was at our place. So much easier than traipsing around seeing everyone seperately.
Loving my first Christmas!!
Recently I took on a challenge (with myself) of going to a Market Day and selling my tutus. This involves having to make a whole lot beforehand, as there is not a lot of point going to a market with nothing to sell!! I also have some jewellery to sell as well. Market is on 2 February so I am a busy girl!! Good thing I like to be busy.
We went on a holiday to Coromandel over New Years. Nowhere even close to relaxing really. Was great to get away and do something other than the normal daily grind of housework housework, groceries, more housework, but with a busy 3 year old and an almost walking almost 1 year old, it was a busy few days!!!

I have set up a group on Facebook for ladies looking to lose weight and wanting a support network to help keep them going. We are almost up to 40 members already, I have set it to secret, so no one can see who is a member or what we are talking about. If you would like to join, pop a comment below this post and I will add you. It's a great bunch of ladies, and we are only a week into our journey, so feel free to join us!

That's enough of an update for now, hope you all had a great Festive Season!!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Tonight, I ran (though my boobs and butt ran further)

All I can say is thank goodness for good sports bras!!

It wasn't very far, and it definitely wasn't fast. But I ran, for the first time in almost 2 years. 

We got the kids in bed at 8pm (working on a 7.30 bedtime for them) and was feeling a bit fidgety, so told hubby I was going for a wee walk. I couldn't be too long as it would be dark soon and there are some shady types around us.

It was very short,  but it involved going up the 2 steep hills around our place, and running for about 5 minutes continuously, mostly downhill, and then flat, but hey, I'm still proud I did it! I've done the same short walk many times, but I never attempted running. Made me feel like I will be able to keep going and run further. 

Yay for feeling positive!!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

My big walk up The Mount today

It's been about 4 years or more since I last walked up Mount Maunganui, and a friend mentioned some time back that it had been 15 years since she last walked up. We decided that we needed to fix that, so set a date to head on up.

After a few false starts, what with very little walking being done lately, tummy bugs in both families and a neck injury on my part, we finally got to do our walk today!

It was with great dread that we drove to The Mount, both joking about dying, leaving our funeral instructions with someone etc. We were also very excited about the Copenhagen Cone's we were going to treat ourselves to when we got back to the bottom.

It went so much better than either of us expected, neither of us died and we even felt energetic enough to skip/jump occasionally on the way back down.

Here is our journey in pictures: