Friday, October 21, 2011


Following on from Shar's lead I am going to tell you about some of my favourites

Favourite Workout - Outdoor running

Favourite Food - Roast chicken and lollies

Favourite Clothing - European Fashion, closely followed by lululemon gym gear, + gym shoes!

Favourite Day - like Shar - Saturdays and Sunday because we are all together

Favourite Month - this was a hard one for me - I need to pick December too because it is also the month of my wedding anniversary! I also love January, JUly, August and October because that is where our birthdays fall!

Favourite Place - Tasmania - its where I was born, its where my parents are buried and I am proud to say its a beautiful state!

Favourite Colour - Pink!!!

PS............ My current knee situation is not allowing me to add ay more miles to my dailymile widget on the side - am finding this VERY frustrating! To Perth on MOnday for the tell all scan!

Monday, October 17, 2011

How lucky I am

I am currently watching Four Corners on ABC.

It is on babies born at 23 weeks!

I feel very blessed to have had one full term baby and one born at 36 weeks, but reasonably healthy!

My weekend!

I posted earlier today about how I had an awesome weekend and that I would be back to tell you more about it later..... well here I am!

Why was it good........

1. I had my husband home - he had been away for the past two weekends overseas with work
2. I only did two workouts - two walks at the beach with my three boys (not that I don't like training, but it was nice taking a step back)
3. Our pool water is now a nice enough temperature so we were in and out of the pool approx 3 times each day
4. I cooked with my eldest son - he quite enjoys time in the kitchen with me
5. I spent time on the couch working on my cross stitch - this is what I am stitching and she is 80% finished

6. We watched a couple of movies - including one from the 1950's 'The old man and his boat'
7. We didn't drive to karratha (a 100km round trip) - a trip we make nearly every weekend and during the week as well
8. We helped our very excited nearly Master 7 deliver his party invites
9. And i am sure there are many other things that don't spring to mind right now.

You may see that there is a pattern amongst all of these items and they revolved around FAMILY! I think far too often we forget to appreciate those simple things in life. I appreciated all the simple things in life on my weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it!

On another note...... tonight my knee is VERY unhappy! As you might see at the side this morning it felt good so I took a run, and tonight I am paying the price! It's REALLY sore. I visited my physio today who taped my knee and it doesnt look dissimilar to this (just heavier taping)....

My knee feels very supported in this state, and feels like it is functioning as a 'knee' should - this thought scares me slightly (wish it was the insides providing this support and not sports tape on the outside). On a lighter note though I need to be grateful that i still have a leg and that I can still function as an able bodied person - Im sue there would be some one somewhere MUCH worse off than me!

Have a great night! xx



I still have a sore knee but I woke up feeling good so I took the chance and hit the pavement for a run! It was a good thing to do something I love! Not that my training lately has not been fun - I am LOVING it all and the VARIETY!

As an update on the knee I am having a CT arthrogam on friday - this should provide us with some answers to what is going on in there! Today I am visiting my trusted physio to be guided on how I can tape my knee to provide some support while we wait to see what is happening.

I will be back later with a weekend update - Had such a good weekend, its worth sharing!


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Dodgy knees

The brakes have been applied!!!!

I went to a physio appointment yesterday afternoon, expecting a quick solution, but also half expecting what I did hear!

I have ANOTHER suspected medial meniscus tear! This is my third one and all the symptoms are the same as the last two! DAMN IT!!!!

I am off to a doctors appointment in an hour to get a referral to a surgeon, but i am HOPING like mad that the symptoms might just vanish!

I am feeling a little disappointed - but what do you do - its there, so i just need to fix it!!!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

11.09.40 - 11.10.09

Its hard to believe that it has been two years since we said goodbye to my beautiful Dad!

Love you Dad xxx

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Relaxation time

its time for me to go and have some 'chill' time on the pool chair (as pictured above) in my pool - good book, some water and my big hat! Nothing like a relaxing hour after running around all morning.


Really glad top be back on track! Yummy oats and protein powder for breakfast!

The boys woke early so we went for a walk with the dogs to start the day, have done some weeding in the garden, made beds, put washing away and cleaned our table ........ its only 9.05am - what a great start to the day!

Enjoy your sunday everyone!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Time with friends

Today I invited friends over for a swim! They arrived late afternoon with a bottle of champagne - normally I would not have had a drink because I was prepping for a competition and before that I had little babies to get up to in the night and the combo didn't work!

Well I had none of those factors to worry about so I enjoyed a glass with my friends. The afternoon swim dragged on and they ended up staying for dinner - we made home made pizza's on wraps and I ate those too and thoroughly enjoyed them, I even indulged in some cake for dessert!

Why am I blogging about this you may ask - it all sounds pretty normal?

This was initially tricky for me - the wine, the pizza and dessert (when I had already had some cake at the coffee shop with my boys earlier today) - I would normally have watched everyone else have this and eat my pre prepared meal! Today I did what most people would do when friends come over - I enjoyed myself. In fact I realise now I was very anti social in comp prep because I found it all too hard, but I recognise now that I missed those social occasions like I had today! No, I would not want to indulge or eat like this every day but today I did enjoy myself and I am not giving myself a huge punishing talk about 'bad choices'

Yes I will have a run on the treadmill tomorrow because I will feel better of I do, but its not a guilt workout like it might have been in the past!

I see that what I did tonight is normal' life' behaviour and that what I am enjoying about this journey I am now on!

Thursday, October 6, 2011


....... in more ways than one! I used to have a big HATE relationship with the scales, however with a new trainer has come some new approaches and i now LOVE the scales. Yes my love affair may be supported by all the nice drops I have had over the past 10 days, but I also associate it with a whole new 'training' and 'fitness' mindset!!! I am going to keep doing as prescribed, because I am winning with the results! The results are more than just in the number - I have more energy, feel healthier and am FITTER!

I had a winning run on the treadmill this morning - it was a pyramid run and there was the option to walk between some of the speeds. Today I was able to run the whole way with no walk breaks! I suspect this means when this is prescribed next as a workout that the speeds might be a little quicker!!!!!

Another new benefit is that I am training LESS than I was before eating MORE than I did before and LOSING more than I did before = winning formula. I am enjoying doing some other things during my day other than prepare lots of food and train. Today I spent time floating on the lilo in our pool, having lunch with friends and shopping with my children (the shopping bit was not so great because they were both way too tired - silly idea)

I am off to bed to start to read one of my two new books!

Night xx

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Sports Shoes

I have just admitted and come out of the closet about my love of sports shoes over at Last Chance Training!!!!!!!

I currently rotate through approx 8, yes i said 8 pairs of shoes. Each pair has a 'specific' purpose, and I wear some shoes for some workout and a different pair for another session. I generally always wear Nike Free when I am on a cross trainer - I like the movement I have through my feet and toes when I am on that machine. In comparison I wear w=either Brooks Trance or Asics Kayano for a wights workout!

If I am running it is generally the Brooks Trance!

I also wear orthotics and these are put in all my different shoes. My knees tell me in no uncertain terms if I have trained without my orthotics!

there is currently a ban on me bringing any more sports shoes into this house!!!!


Tuesday, October 4, 2011


...... this was the name of the class I did at the gym today. 20 mins of boxing, 20 mins on the bike (4 tracks) and then a run to finish.

I did this class two weeks ago - I had to have a couple of catch my breath moments during the boxing, I got cramp and barely sweated in the cycle component and only managed to run 25% of the running leg.

Today....... i didn't pause once in the boxing, I added lots more dial and that = lots more sweat and hard work in the cycle leg and I ran the WHOLE way. I was so chuffed! What an awesome fitness improvement! That was even following 2 exercises supersetted for 3 sets and then a different two exercises supersetted for 3 sets in the gym!

It is hard to put exactly into words right now - but i am in LOVE! In LOVE with how this is all coming together after only 1 WEEK!!!!

Monday, October 3, 2011


LIFE must have started for me today..........

I pushed really hard in RPM this morning and had an awesome class! The music was great the atmosphere was great and i rode HARD!!!! I then followed it up with a short circuit in the gym! I am LOVING gym time again!

It was a great feeling collecting my two beautiful boys from the creche at 11.30 knowing i was going to have the rest of the day with them. Our supermarket shop was relaxing and then we had an easy drive home from town!

Calmness is caching you know!


Saturday, October 1, 2011

Nature right on our door step

Approx. a week ago my nearly Mr 7 came running inside to tell me he had found 2 birds eggs on top of our clothes line. I went back out with and explained that we needed to not touch them(he hadn't touched but you never know what they might be thinking) and then said we will watch the eggs each day and see what happens.

He has watched these eggs for 5 days straight and then forgot yesterday when he got home from school. Tp his delight when he went outside this afternoon to have a look he found no other than two baby birds in the nest! he was VERY excited! We then had to have a new 'chat' about leaving the birds just where they were and we can 'watch' and see what happens!

This is nature right before our very eyes! I just hope we don't have to explain the whole life cycle if something happens (mind you he has had a few experiences with a whole life cycle with the death of my two parents in the last two years - I can't say he fully understands but he has the basics)

Tomorrow we are going to do have a trip to the skate park, take rubbish to the tip and go to the Community Street Party in Karratha (i think Thirsty Merc are playing)

Hi all,

Well here I am - a new looking blog and new update!

It has been a LONG time since i was here, but now that I have my mojo back I decided it was time to start blogging again!

I have had an 'interesting 4 months since I was on here last......

I had a lovely family holiday in New Zealand

I have had two trips to the Gold Coast

My little man turned 2 - he is my last baby and is growing up way too fast!

I competed in the ANB Newcastle classic and placed 4th

I lost and have since refound my fitness mojo!

I am loving training again (I thought I was loving training before but realised that that was not the case in this past week)

I am loving a variety of foods and a different menu EVERY day of the week

I am loving family time and cherish the time I have with my sons and husband!

I am in a good place right now. I am loving feeling healthy and I even looked in the mirror when I was doing RPM this morning and thought 'I LOOK GOOD FOR 37 AND A MUM OF TWO' -

It is the weekend, the sun is shining, I am home with my two boys, and it is the start of the school holidays. Unlike lots of mums I love the extra time I get to have my with beautiful boy in the holidays.

I promise now it will not be so long between posts!!!!