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Deaf head.

I’m counting down to turning 40.  I have had grand visions of treating myself to a break away from these bast… the family, and chaos, just a bit of me time to let my mind settle.  However these things take planning, around six months is the usual time frame for me to get a day off, and usually the very next day after I get home there is little doubt that I will be required to accompany a child to hospital, and spend three days camped in an uncomfortable chair next to a cranky kid.  Man I’ve racked up the care flight chopper miles lately.

But I digress.

Turning 40 people! Can’t wrap my head around it.  At the age of 41 my

mum became a grandmother. I can’t be that old can I?  My eldest turned 18 this year, I must be.  I was thinking about my mum and wondered was she thinking the same thing then, as I am now? I can’t possibly have an adult child.  These are the things you come to realise only when you are older, our parents would’ve thought the same thoughts had the same fears hopes dramas, yet at the time we just figured they had old people thoughts.  Because we (as teenagers) thought they were like 100 years old, and not in their late 30′s.

My 12 year old daughter thinks I’m ancient and uncool. Also my music sucks

. When did she turn on me? Oh well, the rest of the kids under 10 in the house are rocking on to whatever I play, or make them watch.  They will love all forms of sci-fi or I have failed at parenting.  I already have them quoting Hyperdrive.

Anyways…. you might be wondering what on earth the title was about? Deaf head.  That is me.  Yup I’ve gone deaf.  Before I turn 40 I have had to get hearing aides, yep that deaf. (Damage caused by antibiotics, but that’s another story for another time)  They are the most expensive earrings I’ll ever own and they don’t even have diamonds on them!

So all these little things keep getting in my way of planning my 40th birthday, expensive things.  Must find a way to remedy this.  When my mum turned 50 I took her away for the weekend to a posh hotel, as I realised

that her 40th went unnoticed. This coming year we roll around to her 60th, and now she really doesn’t seem old to me.

 

 

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The Chocolate Diet – two weeks in.

If you didn’t already know about it I’m on a diet, the Chocolate Diet to be exact.  You can read about how it started here.  I’ve been on a get fit plan since the start of the year, but injury got in the way and I stalled.  Sitting up there in the top of the overweight range for my height, and somewhat startled because I really didn’t think I was that bad.  I’ve managed (albeit very slowly) to lose ten kilos over the past year according to my little Wii Fit chart, and I still cannot fathom where I was holding all that weight. I really couldn’t. I really didn’t think I was that heavy, but don’t we all?   So I started the Chocolate Diet at 75.3 kilos two weeks ago.

My Wii me is not thrilled
The Chocolate Diet has fitted in nicely with the school holidays for me as the minions are eating us out of house and home, my lunch soon gets stolen unless I can clutch it tightly in my fist.  At the start I was feeling very tired, but got into the vitamin B and sorted that out, I haven’t been hungry on this diet either.  I have tried a couple of other versions of diet shakes and have found that I am ravenous by 2pm, and neither brand tasted as good as this one.  So I’ve managed to stay the course and the weight started to drop off nicely, that little hurdle in the middle is there because I went away and ate crap over the easter weekend and forgot to pack my shakes.  I totally forgot, really ;)

The weight started to drop off

Here is how it works:   The Chocolate Diet is a thoroughly researched, scientifically proven program that combines a scrumptious eating plan with our delicious Chocolate Diet Shakes to help you get your diet on track and your life back in control. Designed for quick results and tailored to your lifestyle you can use The Chocolate Diet Program for a short time if you just need to drop a few kilos, or you can use it for an extended time if you have a more significant weight loss goal. This Program Guide will explain exactly what to eat, when to eat and how much. All you need to do is follow the guide to achieve your desired results. You won’t go hungry. In fact, you’ll eat more often!

On The Chocolate Diet Program we recommend you eat six meals, rather than the usual three:

  • One meal will be more substantial, which we call your Main Meal Option, usually your dinner meal but you can swap with your lunch meal
  • Two meals will be Snack Meals Options
  • Two of your meals will be your Chocolate Diet Shakes
  • One meal will be your Chocolate Treat, preferably after dinner

In addition to the foods listed here you should aim to drink around two litres of water (6 – 8 glasses) each day. You can also have 2 – 3 cups of coffee or tea each day however avoid milky coffees like lattes or cappuccinos as they contain extra carbs.

Look for it in Priceline

Flexibility – The Key to Success  The best thing is the daily program can be shuffled around to meet your lifestyle. For example, you may want to move your Dinner to Lunch and have a Chocolate Diet Shake at dinner. Or perhaps you may want to swap a Lighter Meal Option with a Shake of Main Meal. However your day pans out, you simply need to fit in your Main Meal, 2 Snack meals Options, 2 shakes, and your Chocolate Treat each day. In fact, you can substitute any of the Snack Meals Options or Main Meal Options with the equivalent meals listed on this website. We’ve designed The Chocolate Diet to fit into your lifestyle and family needs – not the other way round!

Now two weeks in I find myself a little further down the Wii chart, with a loss of 2.4 kilos! Yeah I’m pretty happy with that, and I’m continuing to go down. I’ve managed to add in some light exercise (can’t bounce just yet) trying to tone things up here and there.

AWESOME~!!!!

The consultant from the Chocolate Diet was very encouraging during her weekly calls to me, and I even chatted to the creator of Dr Lily on facebook about the diet (you can do that too on Monday nights).  Thanks again for asking me to be your test blogger Chocolate Diet, six more weeks to go!

UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE:  Last week I saw a fab pair of jeans on sale, there was only size 12 left.  So I bought them and I decided that they would be my weight loss goal pants.  Yesterday I decided to try them on, AND THEY FITTED!!!  Size 12! I haven’t been that size since 1999 :)

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Oh yeah did I mention I’m on holidays?

It may have slipped my mind to share this, lordy knows how that happened because I am so damn excited about it!  As you read this I’ll be in the air flying to China.  SANS CHILDREN AND SPOUSE!  Alone.

After almost a decade of no time to myself, here I am sitting on a plane not having to care about anyones welfare except my own.  I don’t have to wipe anyone else’s shitty bum until the end of the month.  Hot damn.  I’ll probably spend the first day in a daze wondering what the hell I can do with myself, how will I know what I can do for myself after not being able to for so long?  I have only one suitcase and a small carry on, neither of those bags contain anything resembling a baby product – this feels strange – I feel under prepared.  But I’m sure I’ll get used to it ;)

I’ll be in a Facebook and Twitter free zone, thanks to Chinas internet firewall.  This can only be a good thing for me.

I’ve tried my best to learn some Mandarin (falling asleep with the language lesson playing) and so far I have thank you and where is the toilet down.  That’ll be enough right?  Who cares, I don’t have to worry about anyone but me!  I can be late, eat whatever is put in front of me and spend an hour longer looking for the hotel than I meant to.

If I return, I shall have lots and lots of pictures to bore you all with.  Wish me luck!

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Damn our cover is blown!

So with my last post I apparently blew the whistle on stay at home parents.

I received emails from parents agreeing with me saying: Hey we don’t want to admit its boring out loud!  All our working friends will say WE TOLD YOU SO!  Why do you think we go back to work?

I knew it.

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This parenting business is boring.

I was asked today why I blog?   Why do I keep doing it?  The answer is: because I’d be climbing the walls with boredom if I didn’t.  Parenting is boring.  You know you’re thinking it.  I think we all know that life can get pretty mundane at home with this gig, and yeah yeah I know I should be grateful for every waking hour I get to spend with my little bas… cherubs.  Don’t get me wrong, I am.  But geez even the tantrums get boring.  While I am always so damn busy, I can barely fit a shower in, it surprises even me that I am bored.

Today I made easter hats for all but two of my children, even that was boring, and boring hats that all looked the same was the result.  While doing this I filled the slow cooker with a delicious meal, that will be predictably thrown about the room later and not eaten.  Meh. Boring.  School run, boring.  IEP meetings, boring. Shopping for school shoes, boring.  Packing lunches, boring.  Taking them all the park, boring… I could go on but I think you get my drift.  I’m SO bored.

Why is this?  This shouldn’t be.  I really should be to busy for this, boredom shouldn’t be even a blip on my radar.  But it is.  Is it because I’ve been out there in the world and know that there are far more interesting things I could be doing right now?  I think I need a bit of a rocket to get me out of this funk.  I need something else to occupy my mind?

I can’t knit, and I suck at world of warcraft – besides who has time for a hobby?  I wanted to do some kind of training to expand my interests, but it seems that the responsible service of alcohol course is all that’s on around here.  So I think I need a job.  Now who wants to employ me?  Here are my terms: I must be able to work from home, or between 10am & 2pm monday to friday, or after dark when the spouse is around. Must find my ability to talk under water an asset. Social media addictions acceptable, and free wi-fi.   Totally doable right?

Seriously though, I do think I need a job.  Before my brain rots away.

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