Wednesday, February 26, 2014

An interview with Taleisha, aged 8



Taleisha @ 8
Nickname - T, fish, turtle
Three words that describe you? Swimmer, gymnast, friendly
If you had one wish it would be - to have a happy family
When you grow up, what would you like to be? A vet
If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go? England, Sydney, snow
The thing you do best - swimming
Best thing you learn about at school - art
Coolest person in the whole world - mum
Best friend-  Adele and Charlotte
Best memory - our holiday in Thailand
Favourite food - chocolate
Least favourite food - vegetables
Favourite thing you like to do - play
Favourite sport to play - swimming
Favourite TV show - Sofia the First
Favourite thing to wear - colourful dresses
Favourite colour - purple and white
Current favourite song - Katy Perry - Roar
Book that you are loving right now - billie b brown and the tooth fairy story
Favourite birthday present - Molly my budgie and my nerf gun
What you did on your birthday - I went to school, went to sizzlers for dinner and had a pool party.

Happy 8th Birthday to my amazing girl.
Love Mum

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

New Year, New Plan, New Me!!!

I've never been one for making new year resolutions and I'm not really about to start now.  I am thinking however it is time to make some changes in my life. 

I want to work out where I want to go with my training and gym, I've been doing the same program for quite some time now and as I have been financially committed to it, it has meant I go pretty much every session I can, even when I am having those CBF days.  If I am to move away from this and look at some self based programs I am scared that on those CBF days, my lack of motivation will win out.  I am keen to work on my muscle base and am quite fascinated by the body building sides of things, well minus that hideous bright orange tan anyways.  I've also been toying with the idea of running a full marathon.  I'm not cocky enough to believe I can fly by the seed of my pants and run a full marathon on no training like I have done with the half marathon.  I know I will need to get some kilometres and conditioning under my belt before hand.

I want to be stricter with my budget, save a little bit more and simply spend wiser.  If I can finally get rid of a bit of plastic or two I will be extremely ecstatic as well.  My budget is definitely going to be quite tight next year.  Especially given that in addition to the sports my girls already currently participate in, my eldest will be adding music lessons to her schedule if she is lucky enough to get a place from her limited availability (fingers crossed with that one).  

The other thing I really want to focus on is less screen time and we are currently doing that a lot more recently, with the television only usually coming on later in the evening or afternoon on the weekend.  I want to make a concerted effort to myself to limit the time that I am spent in front of a computer and to make a promise to myself that the computer will not be turned on whilst I am spending time with the girls, unless we are researching something online together.  I'd love to make sure that we continue to participate in fun runs (or fun walks as my Miss 5 calls them) and try new activities together.  I am looking forward to taking the girls out on the water and trying standup paddle boarding. 

It all seems very straight forward and easy, lets hope so. 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Time to crack the whip

My will power has pretty much up and left me when it comes to all things food.  I have definitely been making the wrong choices and lots of them over the last few weeks and it is really starting to show.  It is seriously time to crack the whip and bring in the reigns again.  I here by give anyone who sees me permission to slap me if they see me eating or drinking something that I really shouldn't be.  I need to stop the kilos creeping up and get them back onto that downward slide again.  Today's jump on the scales was definitely a wake up call, talk about OMG shit what have I done.  Too fark I've got some serious work to do. 

A good week of good choices and lots of water will pretty much see me back at a weight that won't see me running for the hills.  So that is my goal for the remainder of this week.  No more chocolate or sweets for that matter, for the rest of the week.  I well and truly had my quota today.  I am going to track everything that passes my lips on my fitness pal, so I am accountable and can monitor what I am eating.  If things don't seem to be budging I may even go back and work out my points and do an at home version of weight watchers again, to keep my food and drink intake under control.

I also plan on doing a bit of exercise every day.  So far I have things scheduled on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.  For the remaining days I plan to go for a run.  I need to get some kilometres under my belt as it has been ages since I have gone for a run and I have fun runs coming up which are going to kill me if I don't start doing something.  I also won't have a hope in hell in getting my goal of running a half in under 2 hours or even been able to attempt a full marathon if I continue to procrastinate about it.  Starting tomorrow, rain, hail or shine, I will be setting the alarm, pulling on the running gear and going for a run.  I even cleaned off the treadmill, which for quite some time now had been doubling as a second wardrobe, shamefull I know.  Tomorrow however I will be venturing out in the great out doors.

On that note time to go to bed to ensure I actually get out of bed tomorrow morning and go for this run.  No more excuses, time for action.  No more coasting through, time to amp it up and reap the rewards.  Bring it!!!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter 2013

The build up to Easter is always so much fun, I love that my girls still believe in the magic of the day but also understand the true meaning behind what Easter is.  Taleisha asked me over and over if she can eat breakfast for Easter again this year like last year.  I told her that the Easter Bunny wasn't bringing chocolate this year but carrots.  Lucky for her that the only carrots the Easter bunny bought were Lindt chocolate carrots.
 We had to wait a little while for my sleepy head Mackenzie to wake up so the Easter hunt could begin, but when she did finally rise, she was so excited running around her room finding all her eggs that she just couldn't put any of them down.  Oh and one accidentally steps on their bunny rabbits ears, we must then devour it.  Nice work Mackenzie.
After we managed to rise from our chocolate haze and got ourselves all dressed, we headed down to Rockingham to enjoy the day by the beach.  It was a gorgeous day to spend by the water, especially for my water loving children.  If they weren't digging holes in the sand or splashing in the water, they were both upside down practicing their handstands and cartwheels.  I was mighty impressed that I finally managed to snap a shot of Taleisha fully upright.  Go me :)


 No trip to the beach would not be complete without fish and chips and I swear, the best potato wedges in the city. 

Once all the fun at the beach was finished we made our way across to the Rockingham Easter Carnival, were the girls enjoyed an overly priced game or two and won their prizes.  Managed to escape show bag less by promising that we will visit the Kelmscott show this year.  Better pencil that in my diary as Taleisha has an amazing memory and I'm sure she will bring it back up.  The girls enjoyed watching the dances and when one visits the show they must get fairy floss, especially when the shop is a giant blow up castle. 
We definitely had an amazing Easter this year, good times spent with family, lots of chocolate and lots of sunshine.  Perfect.  Couldn't ask for anything more.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

My little swimming super star

Taleisha, my dear miss 7 competed in her Swimming Club Championship day today and she definitely made me the proudest mummy on the planet.  She was sensational.  
 My morning pep talk for her consisted of swim your best and have fun, and she did just that.  We're constantly talking about it doesn't matter were you place, first or last, as long as you tried your best and you had fun, then that's all that counts.  She swims in the under 9 category and there were 7 girls all up in this category with her being the youngest, so she's in a tough category.  Never the less she swam out of her skin today and she was so proud of herself.  As was I, I think I may have mentioned that once or twice already.
First swim of the day 25m Butterfly, she finished in a time of 44.87seconds, not a PB but she wasn't far off, just a mere 8 / 100th of a second. 
 Proudly showing off her 3rd place ribbon :)
 50m Backstroke, finished in a time of 1.05.93, a PB by half a second.
 50m Breaststroke, finished in a time of 1.26.93, a PB by a whopping 10 seconds.
 50m freestyle, finished in a time of 1.04.49, a PB by 6 seconds.
 And the best little side kick anyone can have, their little sister.  Definitely Number 1 there Miss Mackenzie, as well as been such a good sport and spending all morning at the pool on the side lines.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

A glorious day

Sometimes the best days arise out of nothing and today was one of those days.  There was no et plans, just went with the flow and things just seemed to work.

I met my girls at Mcdonalds for Breakfast with their Nanna and Aunty, as the girls had spent the night there so their mummy could let her hair down and go out and have a drink or two.  After breakfast the girls and I went to my sister's gymnastics training before heading home so Taleisha could scoff a quick lunch and head off to her own gymnastics training.

Whilst Taleisha was working her backside off at gymnastics, Mackenzie and I made our way to the Little Scribblers Festival in Thornlie.  Mind you our entrance was delayed whilst Mackenzie had a long overdue snooze in the car and we had to wait for Nanna and Aunty Kim and the bubs to find us. 
Mackenzie had a good time, she enjoyed feeding the farm animals, even if herself and her aunty were a little over cautious of the llama every time it went anywhere near them.  I do believe this little black lamb got spoilt and received her entire cup of feed.
She also got to paint on the big mural which she thought was pretty cool.  She got to meet the eco fairies and made a tiara garland.  She got spoilt with a new rainbow spiral head band from Nanna and a fair few freebies ranging from bananas and plums to scented textas and playdoh.   I would have to say that I will be filing the tiara garland idea away as a future party activity, as it was so simple but had hundreds of kids entertained.  It consists of wire twisted into a size suitable for the person and strips of fabric which you then just wrap and tie onto it, truly to simple. 

 For lunch we ducked into the Barbagello Stadium and caught ourselves the end game of an absolute butt kicking of a baseball game, final score was 11 to 1 whilst we ate our burgers and chips from the kiosk.  We've decided to add going to a Perth Heat game onto our one day list.  We then washed that healthy treat down with some soft serve ice cream from the Mr Whippy van.  Cutest thing ever was watching the twins when they were given their own cones for the first time and watching them paint themselves in their icecream and doing what must be instinct to all children and eat the icecream from the cone first.

It was homeward bound after that, where we were reunited with Taleisha.  It was then time for a tiny bit of scrap booking, she's been doing a page or two every weekend and her album is almost finished and I must say it is looking really good, lots of memories for her to look back onto.  She's also inspiring me to pull and dust off my scrap booking stuff. 

Lego assembly was next on the list, as she has been hanging out to put her new sets together since she received them in the mail for her birthday.  She was so proud of herself too as she put both sets together by herself.  
Finished the night off with pizzas as I was too lazy to cook dinner.  Actually make that tired.  Lack of sleep has definitely caught up with me this afternoon.  Pizzas and movies though, perfect way to finish off such a good day. 

Saturday, March 9, 2013

My goals for 2013

Whilst I was having my aimless no goal sook the other day I stumbled across this body building website that listed 4 goals for 2013 and it really struck accord with me.  Especially given goal number 2 was something that I had been mulling around in my head with.

The four goals were:
1. 20 chin ups or pull ups
2. 100 push ups
3. 10 pistols (which from reading the article look like a single leg squat but I could be wrong)
4. 2 minute static back extension

Practically some of these goals are a little way off for me, that is not to say that I won't be aiming for them but I will use these as more long term goals and will set some mini goals first and eventually build up and blitz these numbers.  Chin ups at the moment I can usually get two out before my body resembles a lifeless hanging sack.  I think my first goal when it comes to this would be aiming for 5 pull ups.  For my push ups at my last fitness test I managed 33 push ups on my toes before resorting to my knees.  So for my next term my goal is 50 push ups on my toes.  My back muscles are pretty mediocre so I really want to work on those at the moment as I find they let me down first when doing a lot of exercises, especially the ab ones.  I figure once I get the back muscles up to scratch some of the other exercises that I find I struggle on should be a piece of piss.

Whilst I'm focusing on my back this is where I want to aim most my work.  The above photo is of me now and I want to seriously work on toning and shaping my upper back.  Something a little more  like the photo below would be awesome.  My upper body strength is probably a little bit too much on the light weight side of things.  So my aim or goal or however you want to word it is to work on increasing my overall muscle mass and strength in this area. 
I would also like to drop my weight down to about 65 kilograms and maintain that weight.  At this point that would require about a 3 kilogram loss, which is not to big an ask.  Measurement wise my real focus is on my chest, I want to be able to decrease those measurements as much as humanly possible, at least 5 centimetres would be lovely.  I will not complain if the centimetres fall off anywhere else either, the more the merrier.  I'm going to aim to drink more water and reduce the amount of soft drink, including all that sugar free stuff that I drink.  I'm pretty happy with my eating as a whole, although I know that I can cut back on the sugary sweets.  I will endeavour to reduce the consumption of all things naughty but nice to three days a week with the ultimate aim to one day a week.

Some other things I would like to aim for if I get the opportunity to do them through out the year is to run a half marathon in under 2 hours.  Run and complete a full marathon, time completely irrelevant, if I even manage to finish the full marathon I would be over the moon.  Ideally to compete in as many fun runs and obstacle courses as my budget and schedule allows me too.

I am strong in my body and I'm going to be even stronger in my mind.  I'm going to work bloody hard and I know that I can do this and more.  I am going to be fitter, faster and stronger this year than ever before.  I am going to be the best version of me.  2013 the year of the Kat :)