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 :)

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Goal setting

For the past 6 months I have been participating in a program called Gladiator School at my local gym.  We are just finishing up the first term for the year and leading into term 2 with the focus been on our individual goals.  The problem for me is I don't know what my fitness or health goals are anymore.

In the past 12 months I have achieved so much, so much more than I ever believed possible.  I lost 20 kilograms.  I ran a half marathon, the whole way non stop.  I've competed in a multitude of fun runs and obstacles courses.  Exercise is now a part of my everyday life.  My diet is not perfect but neither am I, I like to think that I enjoy everything in moderation. 

Where to from here?  What do I want to do?  I'm maintaining my weight within 2 kilograms of my goal weight, although those do tend to be upward of my goal and I'd happily drop those and another kilo or two but it is not really a goal that I'm driving towards, more an end product of cleaning up my diet and cutting back on those cakes and chocolate treats I keep sneaking in (Ammy if you're reading this, ignore that last sentence, there was no cakes, honest :) )  I'd love to be able to work towards a flat stomach with an awesome six pack but thanks to my gorgeous girls and my caesarean section first time round, I'm left with some flappy skin that only a surgeon and a knife can fix.  I call it my cliff hanger.

I can't put my finger on what my drive is, what I want to work towards.  I could increase my weights or look at running a full marathon but nothing I think of, puts that fire in my belly like what I was working towards last year.  I need that something that will reignite my motivation and focus that I had last year.  That's not to say that I have turned into a slack arse, I still train hard, I'm just not training towards anything, so feel a little directionless.  I need some divine intervention.  I need some direction. 

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Budgetting for Japan

Japan is still a pipe dream, one that I would love to see realised in February next year.  I've taken three weeks annual leave at the start of February.  Perfectly coinciding with Winter in the Northern hemisphere and the Sapporo Winter Festival.  I'm a bit of visual person and I love lists.  I've started to compile a list of how much I think I will need to budget for the trip.  I'm planning on looking at budget, more back packing style accommodation where possible to save dollars.  As much as I love a hotel with a pool, given it is winter and snowing, I'm pretty certain we won't be needing the use of a pool, thus saving some dollars. 

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This is my list so far and as yet I haven't priced everything, still researching.  Will endeavour to add to it as I go along.

Japan budget
Airfares Perth to Tokyo ~ $2800
Tokyo accommodation (5 nights) ~
Osaka accommodation (2 nights) ~
Kyoto accommodation (1 nights) ~
Sapporo accommodation (4 nights) ~
Transport between cities ~
Disneyland entry ~ $350
Universal studios entry ~ $170
Ski pass ~
Spending money ~ $1500 - $2000

Total ~

Other things I'm looking at and need to price are the bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto, or even the Japan rail pass, which would hopefully cover all our travel whilst in Japan.  Still need to confirm nights in each city, which will be a work in progress whilst I read up and decide on what we're going to see and do.  As much as I would love to visit everything, I need to make sure that it is enjoyable for the girls and myself, as I'd hate to be dragging them around behind me everywhere bored out of their brains.

Would love any hints and tips on cheap but good accommodation in those cities, as well as anything you would recommend that we see or do whilst in Japan, keeping in mind it is myself and my two girls who will be 5 and 7 years old at time of travel.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Photo a day - March

It is March, the first day of Autumn, bye bye Summer.  Hot horrid weather, please be gone. 
This month I pledge to participate in Fat Mum Slim Photo a day challenge.  
 Wish me luck :)

This is my submission for the 1st March.

L is for....
Legs :)

Feel free to follow me on Instagram, otherwise I will adhocly post to my blog.  Just can't promise it will be every day.