Friday, November 30, 2012

Making Christmas Cheer Project



Lovely Husband and I declared last Christmas the worst in our collective history so I'm determined that this one, Dear Boy's first, be much more festive. Being the children of broken (and many-time repaired) homes, we celebrate the season in several parts. Christmas part one this year will be a celebration with the southerners on the 15th, then we fly north to Mama's house on the 22nd and motor on up to the plateau on the 29th to do Christmas part three and to celebrate Dear Boy's first birthday with his Grandad and as many little kids as we can muster the day after New Years.


So until we fly away on the 22nd, I'm going to be adding a little Christmas to each and every day (I've added a special Christmas section to my 'Before I Go' page. We'll be decorating and making and seeing and admiring and listening and sharing and oohing and aahing. There are plenty of free local events, festivals, concerts and streets full of lights to keep us entertained as well as things we can do at home. Because this is also going to be a broke-ass Christmas, I'm making presents for all the nieces and nephews and assorted kidlet relatives. And instead of giving away my money to house & garden stores, I'll be making a little stash of decorations to supplement the ones we have already and to give away to some of the adults who are kind enough to drive us around and let us stay in their homes while we're away. There may also be some baking and the consumption of a metric crap tonne of Christmas deliciousness. In the meantime, I'm stitching up a storm and planning our first adventure tomorrow.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Not succumbing to the 'want, want, want' of Pinterest


I know I've joined Pinterest late in the game. But it's now got me suckered into using a lot of my meager time and brain space, pinning pictures and ideas left, right and centre. There's something about this site that gets me, in the same way that a lolly shop, a gift registry, a restaurant menu gets me: I'll take that and that and that and that... My eyes want, want, want; my arms become laden with stuff, and my wallet and bank balance groan. Common sense normally prevails. I put things back on shelves, I unclick the books from my bookdepository.co.uk shopping cart, I choose the sensible meal. But what's the harm of pinning so much stuff, really?

For me, there's plenty of harm, usually of the green-eyed and then rapidly depressed kind. When I see pictures of places I'd love to travel to, expensive gifts I'd like to give, elaborate parties I'd like to host, I am stuffed to the gills with inspiration. But reality has that way it does of intruding. I want to fill a suitcase full of present for Dear Boy and the family this year but we can't afford much of anything at the moment and are unlikely to in the near future. I like to do crafty things, but we don't have a sewing machine (nor can I use one). I like to cook but don't have a hell of a lot of time to make something fancy. When I can't have, hold, see or do, I have a tendency to fall into a funk (sometimes there's some very grown-up foot-stamping). So I'm trying to rein myself in, keep my 'wants' a little more realistic, or at least a little more instep with my needs, my time, my budget and my abilities (see if I'm actually achieving that here).

So tropical holidays on white, sandy beaches are far, far away. But we're having a beachy, family holiday this Christmas in a place plenty of people would love to visit. I have a craft box full of fabric scraps that are currently being turned into toys and gifts. I have store-cupboard ingredients that lay idle for most of the year that are being turned into treats. Middle Brother Mountain is visiting in mid-December so we're loading presents into his shiny, red Commodore for the trip back North.

Monday, November 19, 2012

12WBT 12 weeks later

Sunday marked the end of my 12 weeks on Michelle Bridges 12WBT program and the results are in.

Weight: During the official 12 week period I lost 10kg (but I throw in the extra 4 I lost in the 'pre-season' as well, which brings it up to 14kg in 16 weeks. Last week I received an email from Michelle saying I'd made it into the top 15%. It was a generic email, sure, but I felt fairly chuffed nonetheless.

Body shape: All up I carved 38cm off my body. Mostly, it seems, from my waist where I dropped 14cm.

Fitness: I missed the final two fitness tests and haven't exercised for so many weeks, so I'm really not sure where I stand on this front. I'm keen to work my way back to where I was though. I'd especially like to improve my sit and reach as my flexibility has always been the pits.

Goals: I made my week 4 goals (getting my wedding ring back on, doing a 1 minute plank and running for 10 minutes straight); I hit some of my week 8 goals (back in my pre-pregnancy jeans/pants and running for 20 minutes); I was incredibly pleased to make my most important week 12 goal, which was to buy a hot dress for Little Brother's wedding and look awesome in it. I'm going to keep working on my other 12 week goal which was to do a 5k fun-run again. Given I'm back at week 1 in terms of my fitness, I've put that back until the new year.

Where to now? Admittedly, the eating went off the rails over the last weekend - travel food, wedding food, post-wedding breakfast, more travelling food, the I-can't-be-arsed-cooking-because-we just-got-home food. But I'll reel that back in over the next few days and get back on a slightly modified track. I'm not sure I want to stick with a 1200 calorie diet over Christmas. I do want to keep it clean and healthy as much as possible but I'm not going to say no to Christmas deliciousness when we head north again in a few weeks.

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