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Monday, December 27, 2010

A Round Tuit (29)

I hope everyone had a great Christmas!!
Ours was a  lovely quiet weekend - which started out with the first cyclone of the season passing 20km south of us!  Just a small one, no damage for us, just lots of rain! The rest of the day was lovely and the sun even got out for us in the afternoon!

We're still in holiday mode, so not doing much, but I wanted to get this link up...So...

Welcome to this week's 'Round Tuit'
MOTIVATION and INSPIRATION are the key factors behind my Monday posts and opportunity to link up and encourage, motivate and inspire each other....with your very own ROUND TUIT

Tuits are very hard to come by, especially the round ones. For years people have been saying, "I'll do it as soon as I get a round tuit". Well now you can have one of your very own, and all those jobs that have needed doing will finally get done!

Thanks to those who linked up last week. Here's my favourites!

First of all, this beautiful skirted lampshade from Glovers Lane:

Made from her daughter's too-small tutu skirt!!  What a great repurpose!  It looks fantastic, and so easy to do!
She has some wonderful diy projects on her blog - do go check them out:


Next, these particularly cute monkeys from Skooks' Playground:

Definitely a round tuit project - left over from a Christmas intention last year (don't we all have lots of those!)  and also made using scraps and old clothes! Just wonderful!
This is a new blog to me - which I signed up to follow immediately as it has some great ideas and projects!  Go and have a look!

Finally, this no sew shirt refashion from one of my favourites - Polka Dots and Pizza

Remember when you used to tie your shirts and t-shirts at the front to show off your midriff??  Way back when??   Well I remember it well - and this is a spin off of that with lots of snips and ties to make this plain t-shirt into a designer garment!  I love it!
I've said it before , but I'll say it again - please go and check out her wonderful blog at:

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So please feel free to link up your posts - maybe it's a project you've completed that you're proud of - something you have wanted to get done for a while and need some extra motivation to get going on it - or you'd just like some of that fabulous encouragement, praise and motivation that bloggers are so good at spreading around.


Whatever the reason - grab your very own "Round Tuit" button, and link up.
Then head on over to some of the other links and praise, encourage and motivate.
I'll feature my favourite posts next week.
(by linking up here you're giving me permission to use photos from your linked post on my blog)





 

I hope everyone has a lovely week! I'm looking forward to seeing all your great projects this week!

Jill

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Day 45 of 45!!

I DID IT!! 45 days in the lead up to Christmas of getting fit and healthy!  It all started with a kids birthday party, and an afternoon of kids party food indulgence, leaving me feeling yeuk and unhealthy for 2 days afterwards, and with a weird visual migraine episode! 
Now I know I'm not going to stop indulging now and again!  So I wanted to be fitter and healthier so that the occasional indulgence didn't have such a dramatic effect!

I've built up my strength and endurance, watched what I've been eating (not in terms of a diet, but tried to be healthy - eat my fruit and vegetables and have fewer sweet snacks). 

The 2 fitness goals I set myself - to be able to run for 30mins at 12km/hr on the treadmill, and to be able to do 50 push ups in one go..... DONE!! (I just tried the push ups now, and although the last 2 were a real struggle - I did it!)

So now, 2 days before Christmas I'm feeling great! Usually by now the Christmas indulgence would have well and truly started.  This year, it has, but on a much smaller and more sensible scale!

I feel like I'm standing in good stead for the end of the year, and am in a good place to set some high goals for 2011.

But enough about new year - it's all about CHRISTMAS!

I'm excited - unfortunately my poor little girl is still sick, but having more brighter patches during the days, so hopefully by the big day she'll be fighting fit and full of the joys!

As requested by a friend, here's a picture of our higglety-piggelty Christmas tree. (sorry it's blurry, but I wanted to take one with the lights on - which meant no flash and a not-so-steady hand!)


I wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read my 45 day challenge posts.  Knowing people are reading this has been a great motivator for me to keep it up each day!

I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. I hope you all have a fantastic festive time and that Santa finds you all with lots of pressies!!

I'm taking a few days break from my blog to indulge!!!! (between bouts on the treadmill of course!!) and will be back next week.
(I made a few pressies for my girls that I wrapped before I could photo them - so next week I'll have some things to share!) 

Until then

Merry Christmas. Ho Ho Ho

Jill

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Day 44 of 45

Yesterday was another home day - just trying to make sure my daughter is well for Christmas (still feverish!)!
I spent a lot of the day trying to save our pool - since I discovered the chlorinator and pump weren't working!  Fortunately I got to it in time before it all went green, and found it's only the timer and clock that are broken, so as long as I remember to manually switch it on and off for the next week or so until the part arrives to fix it - we'll still have a pool to cool off in over Christmas!!

Just to help our health - one of the pineapples in our garden just ripened.. So we ate it! Yummy!!

It's quite a lot smaller than the one's we've grown before - but this one only took 1 year to grow - they usually take 2 - so I'm not complaining!  And we even found a few tiny seeds inside it!!  I've never seen pineapple seeds before - we've always just chopped the leafy top off and planted that to grow a new one!  So we're going to plant the seeds and see what happens!!

Last night I did the Spartacus workout again, I can still only do 2 sets of the exercises. The third is beyond me just now - but it's something to work towards!  At least this is the first day after Spartacus workout that my leg muscles haven't ached!! So I must be improving!!
Oh just one more day to go of my 45 days!!!  Guess that means that tomorrow I have to try and see if I've reached my goal of being able to do 50 push-ups in one go.....

Jill

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Day 43 of 45

Yesterday my youngest daughter woke up with fevers and a sore throat!  Poor thing, was all pale and tired.  So we had a day home just resting and watching movies.  Probably just as well as it was HOT HOT HOT and extremely humid!  So a day in the air-con was actually quite nice!

I managed to get some sneaky sewing in too, since we were housebound!
A few months ago, I made my girls bags for taking out to the reef, where we often go on day trips to snorkel and swim.
Here's one:
 They had a mesh waterproof part at the front so they could put in their snorkel and masks, and their stinger suits when wet, but not get the contents of the bag wet too.  There's also a waterproof pocket inside for drawing stuff, just in case the whole bag gets wet (which has happened!!)

However, after a few months of use, I've wanted to try making a better bag.  Also considering I've now made a 'dive bag' to carry all the snorkels, masks, flippers and wet stuff separately.

So today I made this:
 The girls had mentioned a few times that when their bags were full, the straps were uncomfy on their shoulders.  So this time I made a single, wide, padded strap, and a messenger style bag.
The material on the outside is an old floating pool lounger that had a puncture and no longer floated! So the outside is waterproof!  The inside is just some old blue lining fabric I had, and some fleece in the middle for padding.
 I used velcro and a drawstring inner, as zips up here in the tropics get rusty and stick after a while - and for a bag to be used out on boats, that would happen even quicker with all the salt air!  Hopefully this will wear better!

And it's big enough to put in the new drawing packs I just made them, together with a drink, snack and change of clothes! Perfect!

The verdict from my older daughter was that she prefers her first reef bag, but my younger daughter is going to test this one out for me next week when we go out on the boat again!

I'm really pleased with it! It's exactly what I imagined!  Always satisfying when things turn out right!

As for the last few days of my fitness plan..

Last night I had a cycle on the exercise bike.  I didn't have a lot of energy - drained by the hot and humid day; but still managed to go 14km!  I'm proud of myself - thinking that's pretty good for an 'off' day!!

Jill

Monday, December 20, 2010

A Christmas Round Tuit(28) and Day 42 of 45

Hello and welcome to this week's 'Round Tuit'
MOTIVATION and INSPIRATION and the key factors behind my Monday posts and opportunity to link up and encourage, motivate and inspire each other....with your very own ROUND TUIT

Tuits are very hard to come by, especially the round ones. For years people have been saying, "I'll do it as soon as I get a round tuit". Well now you can have one of your very own, and all those jobs that have needed doing will finally get done!

Thanks to those who linked up last week. Here's my favourites!

First of all, some fabric gift bows from See Kate Sew:

What a lovely environmentally friendly idea!  I'm definitely going to make some of these for birthday presents next year!
She has some great ideas and nice straightforward tutorials on her blog! Go and have a look:
http://seekatesew.blogspot.com/




I love this idea - making some plain buttons into something special!
Another fabulous blog with some wonderful ideas and projects!
Do go and check it out:


Finally, these brilliant snowflake soaps, from Suzy's artzy crafty sitcom:
They are such a wonderful idea and she's done a nice easy tutorial to follow!
Do go and check out her amazing blog - crammed full of wonderful and unique ideas!
http://www.suzyssitcom.com/

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As for me this past week. I gave up on Christmas crafting with my girls.  These holidays they want to play, see friends, go in the pool, read, watch movies, and do maths!!!  Yes, you did read that right, do maths!!  At age 5 and 7 they still think it's fun!! Gotta love it!
So only a few days till Christmas now - the presents are all wrapped and under the tree, just got to organise the food this week, and catch up with a few more friends.
I'm continuing to be inspired by everyone else crafting away.  I do actually think that if it was cold and snowy and we were stuck inside the house, we would be crafting more.  Sunshine and swimming pools don't really encourage sitting inside crafting I'm afraid!  
I'll just have to settle for pictures of other people crafting in cosy houses with snow swirling outside!
My 45 day plan to get fit and healthy finishes up in a few days, and I'm happy with where I'm at.  I plan on having some killer goals and projects for 2011! 

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So please feel free to link up your posts - maybe it's a project you've completed that you're proud of - something you have wanted to get done for a while and need some extra motivation to get going on it - or you'd just like some of that fabulous encouragement, praise and motivation that bloggers are so good at spreading around.


Whatever the reason - grab your very own "Round Tuit" button, and link up.
Then head on over to some of the other links and praise, encourage and motivate.
I'll feature my favourite posts next week.
(by linking up here you're giving me permission to use photos from your linked post on my blog)




 

I hope everyone has a lovely week! I'm looking forward to seeing all your great projects this week!

Jill

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Day 41 of 45

Well my legs STILL ache after my properly timed Spartacus workout on Friday!!  Yesterday we went out to visit friends, and we were good and walked to and from their house instead of driving.  It's only 30mins walk, although hot and humid.  But until recently we always drove somewhere like that because the kids were too little to cope with walking - especially if we stayed late.  But they're both old enough now to cope, so it's nice to not have to drive!

Today I'll rest my muscles!  We're off to see Voyage of the Dawn Treader in 3D at the cinema.  It'll actually be the first time we've been to the cinema together as a family! So we're all looking forward to that!

Jill

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Day 40 of 45

Well almost at the end of my 45 day fitness challenge and I'm feeling great!  Just a week to go till Christmas, and I've already chieved what I intended to - a healthy routine and feeling fit before Christmas.
Still a few more days to go to concentrate on exercise and healthy eating, then I can allow myself an indulgent Christmas weekend!

Jill


Friday, December 17, 2010

Day 39 of 45

Last night I tried some uphill running on the treadmill and was happy that I could at least do some, but have now set some new goals to build that up!  It felt good to be pushing myself again and to refocus again!  Today I decided to do the Spartacus workout again, but couldn't find where I'd written the instructions down.  Looking them up again online, I found an instructional video for the workout, which was great as I could see a couple of the exercises I wasn't doing completely right - and I'd completely misread the timing and was resting for 2 mins between each exercise instead of just at the end of all 10!!
So I did the proper workout this afternoon - and boy did it hurt!  It was fun to do it during the day too with my girls watching and trying to join in some of the exercises while giggling uncontrolably at the side of the room!!

I also managed to fit in a bit of sewing today.  I'd been wanting to try making book and pencil holders for my girls to take out on our reef day trips. Something that would hold the paper and pencils in place so they don't blow or roll around on the boat.  This is what I came up with:



They both love them, and had fun choosing which pencils to put in!  The exercise books are ones that I have masses of - as each year the shops sell them off for 1cent each!!

Feel like I've had a good successful day!

Jill


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Day 38 of 45

My muscles seem to have finally stopped aching after the Wipeout!!  So today I think I'll have a treadmill run.  I was thinking about my veggie snacks, and have decided today to make up some hummus dip, and cut up some carrots to dip in it.  I discovered once by accident that it tastes just as good without the added olive oil (I forgot to put it in).  So it's a nice healthy, protein rich snack!  And bonus - my girls love it too!!

I posted more of my handmade items on Made it: this morning I put on my pincushion sewing kits:


Go here if you want to have a look! since my photo uploader isn't working on my blog this morning!! Aaarrgghh!!

Jill

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Day 37 of 45

Yesterday I discovered a new workout!  Our local swimming pool has a 'Wipeout' set up for the school holidays.  Now if you've ever seen the TV show Wipeout - this may give you a hint as to what it's like!!
Here's a photo:

It's basically a bit inflatable obstacle course over the water.  My 7 yr old could get across the whole thing every time - my 5yr old most times, and I managed it....once!!!! Oh but it was so much fun!  And today my arm and shoulder muscles ACHE!! from trying to hold on so much!

Another photo (which I shan't show you) which a friend took of me on the Wipeout - was a nice reminder of those extra kilos around my thighs that I'd like to lose!

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I also managed yesterday to get a bit of sewing in!  We go out on reef trips as a family quite often, and I've been trying to figure out how to carry things out there on the boat in the best and most efficient way.
So I made up a 'dive bag' of our very own, to carry the girls' snorkels, masks and fins; plus stinger suits (to protect against jellyfish in summer), sarongs to sit on the sand quay on, and suncream!



I made it from a pool seat that we never use - which is a rectangle of netting that fits onto a pool noodle!  I had to add a little extra fabric at the sides to make it wide enough to fit everything in.  Then I added a nice long, wide, padded strap so it's comfy to carry. Perfect! and definitely cheaper than buying one!

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Just over a week to go of my personal fitness and health challenge.  My exercise is really getting there, so I'm going to have another look at what I'm eating - see if I can think of some more healthy veggie snacks that I can find as tempting as a piece of chocolate or a biscuit!!???

Jill


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Day 36 of 45 and new 'Made it' items

Last night I had a really good workout on the exercise bike. At the beginning I turned the dial up instead of down and my legs hurt so much trying to keep up with what I usually do!  It took me a few minutes to realise I had it set harder than usual!  My legs ache today, but it's a nice ache, and has made me realise I'm probably cruising a bit now and need to start pushing again!
 New goals are needed, so I'm going to try some uphill running on the treadmill to see where I'm at with that, then work out a target to work towards with that. 
It's so important to keep resetting your goals so you don't just reach one then stop!  I need to get better at that so that I can keep up with my fitness!

On another note, I've decided to post a few of the novelty gifts I make on my made it shop.
I've given them as teacher's gifts this year, and have had them up for sale on our monthly market stall.  Since our markets are now done for Christmas, I thought I'd put some online.  They really are a unique novelty gift - just perfect for that somebody who already has everything and you never know what to buy them!




To see more - and other colours and fabrics (I've still a few more to add) click here.

Jill

Monday, December 13, 2010

A Round Tuit (27) and Day 35 of 45

Hello and welcome to this week's 'Round Tuit'
MOTIVATION and INSPIRATION and the key factors behind my Monday posts and opportunity to link up and encourage, motivate and inspire each other....with your very own ROUND TUIT

Tuits are very hard to come by, especially the round ones. For years people have been saying, "I'll do it as soon as I get a round tuit". Well now you can have one of your very own, and all those jobs that have needed doing will finally get done!

Thanks to those who linked up last week. Here's my favourites!

First of all, a minimalist Christmas Tree from Can't stop making things:

I've made an outdoor setting Xmas tree from a Palm tree seed branch before - spray painted gold.  But I love this one that it has a use after Christmas to grow your tomatoes on!
Do have a look at her lovely blog, which has so many more great ideas:



Made from those magnetic spice containers! What a great idea - and so cute!
Go and check out her lovely blog at:


Finally, this beautiful buttercup bag from Living my Sweet Life:
Made from a free pattern, as a Christmas gift!  Just gorgeous!  
You have to check out her lovely blog, and all the wonderful Christmas gifts she has been making at:


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Well as for me - so much for posting a project each day! I only managed one for the whole week!  Still, I should only try to do so much at once!  I'm back into the swing of exercising and being healthy. My 45 day challenge to myself is going sooo well!  Let's focus on that instead!
I'm having fun with my girls these holidays, and perhaps this week we'll get to Christmas Craft some more!  The Tree goes up today, so I think this is when the real Christmassy feeling will set in!
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So please feel free to link up your posts - maybe it's a project you've completed that you're proud of - something you have wanted to get done for a while and need some extra motivation to get going on it - or you'd just like some of that fabulous encouragement, praise and motivation that bloggers are so good at spreading around.


Whatever the reason - grab your very own "Round Tuit" button, and link up.
Then head on over to some of the other links and praise, encourage and motivate.
I'll feature my favourite posts next week.
(by linking up here you're giving me permission to use photos from your linked post on my blog)



 

I hope everyone has a lovely week! I'm looking forward to seeing all your great projects this week!

Jill

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Day 34 of 45

Today we're off to the reef for the day!  Out on the boat, snorkelling, playing in the water and on the beach.  Eating a wonderful buffet lunch with prawns, salads, fresh fruit...

Wonderful!  and also a 'healthy' day out!!  Life is good!

Jill

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Day 33 of 45

Today I have my monthly market stall at the local shopping centre.
Santa is making his first appearance at the centre today, and they're offering free Santa photos to the first 400 children to come!  So hopefully that means the centre will be busy, and there'll be lots of people doing their Christmas shopping while they're out!
Fingers crossed for lots of sales!

Not much exercise today, but at least I can take a healthy packed lunch, and enjoy the day catching up with my friend who I share the market stall with!

Jill

Friday, December 10, 2010

Day 32 of 45

So I did my Spartacus workout last night.  Today my muscles don't ache! So I know it's getting easier!  I'll have to start increasing the weights in the exercises!
I also took my girls out along the esplanade this morning on their scooters.  I had a bit of a jog with them, but mostly a nice walk in the sun, by the sea! What a nice way to exercise!

Houseworky exercise today!  Just had our daily fruit picnic!  We've done it since the girls were little! Usually we put the picnic blanket out somewhere in the shade in the garden and have a plate of chopped up fruit to share!  A bit of a fun way to make sure we eat our fruit for the day! 

Jill

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Day 31 of 45

Yesterday I had a great run on the treadmill in the afternoon.  One of the goals I had set myself to achieve by the end of my 45 days, was to run for 30mins at 12km/h on the treadmill.
I actually achieved this goal yesterday! 2 weeks ahead of schedule!  I'm pretty happy with that.  My little personal challenge to return to a fit and healthy state has succeeded a lot faster than I'd hoped!

Watching my girls in their last swimming lesson of the year inspired me too.  They are so fit and love running around and exercising. It's never a chore for them.  I've decided to take a leaf out of their book and try being a kid again.  I'm sure this will make me fitter and should be great fun too!  

Stil have to do all the adult stuff though - like the hour of mowing I just finished!  Phew!! Tough in this humidity, but satisfying to see the neat grass now!

Another Spartacus workout tonight!  Should be getting closer to my other goal of 50 push ups....

Jill

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Day 30 of 45

Two thirds of the way through my 45 day challenge, and I'm over my 'bad' day!
I've started today by getting something done - making Christmas napkins with my Christmas fabric.  I was inspired to do this by a post on sewing and growing
I bought this Christmas fabric a few years ago on special for $1 per metre, and have had it sitting in my Christmas box ever since.  Finally this year I'm using it!  My girls used some of it for their Christmas Advent Calendar bags.  And now I've used up most of the rest of it for these napkins:


There! Now that's much more environmentally friendly than the paper Christmas napkins I usually buy! Classier too!

Ok - starting the day as I mean to go on!  Getting things done!  I'll exercise early afternoon when the aircon will have to cool us down for a couple of hours!

Oh and I finally jumped on the scales this morning to see if there was any difference!  And erm, well no not really.  I'm at the lower end of my usual range, but I'm sure I'm building muscle!  Besides, losing weight isn't my goal - getting fit and healthy is, and if I happen to lose a few kilos along the way then great!!

Jill

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Day 29 of 45

1 day out of 45 to have a bad day isn't bad going, is it?

Ok, let me get my excuses out:

I was woken in the early hours of the morning having been bitten LOTS of times on my thighs by some kind of spider(S).  Very red and sore all day!

It's that lovely time of the month that we girls love so much, and today I really felt it! Sugar cravings, feeling sick, headaches and generally bleaugh!

So I did eat maybe a few extra sweet things, and coke.

But hey, I still had a gentle 30mins on the exercise bike this evening!

Tomorrow I'll be back on track!

Jill

Monday, December 6, 2010

A Round Tuit (26) and Day 28 of 45

Hello and welcome to this week's 'Round Tuit'
MOTIVATION and INSPIRATION and the key factors behind my Monday posts and opportunity to link up and encourage, motivate and inspire each other....with your very own ROUND TUIT

Tuits are very hard to come by, especially the round ones. For years people have been saying, "I'll do it as soon as I get a round tuit". Well now you can have one of your very own, and all those jobs that have needed doing will finally get done!

Thanks to those who linked up last week. Here's my favourites!

First of all, these gorgeous beaded Christmas Angels from Mummy Crafts::
These, together with some lovely beaded Christmas star ornaments have inspired me to get Christmasly creative with my girls and their beading stuff this week! 
Do go and check out her blog - it's full of inspiration for creative projects!
http://mummycrafts.blogspot.com/


Next, some simple but beautiful and environmentally friendly cloth napkins from sewing and growing:

What a fantastic simple project to make something we should all use instead of paper ones!  I must admit I have paper Christmas ones - but think I'll use up the last of my Christmas fabric to make a set of cloth ones that we can use every year! 
For more thrifty and green crafting ideas, check out her lovely blog at:
http://sew-and-grow.blogspot.com/

This was another project seen in a store, then made at home for a fraction of the price, and looking even better than the original!  Brilliant!
For more brilliant ideas, check out her blog at:



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For me this week - Christmas crafts, and a couple of other projects I've got to get done sooner rather than later.  I want to post something  each day!  There, I've said it now so I have to do it!

My 45 day plan is still going really well!  Just realised today that I've been doing HEAPS of exercise, eating really well, and haven't jumped on the scales for a while to see if there's any difference there! Might have to do that today sometime!!
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So please feel free to link up your posts - maybe it's a project you've completed that you're proud of - something you have wanted to get done for a while and need some extra motivation to get going on it - or you'd just like some of that fabulous encouragement, praise and motivation that bloggers are so good at spreading around.


Whatever the reason - grab your very own "Round Tuit" button, and link up.
Then head on over to some of the other links and praise, encourage and motivate.
I'll feature my favourite posts next week.
(by linking up here you're giving me permission to use photos from your linked post on my blog)



 

I hope everyone has a lovely week! I'm looking forward to seeing all your great projects this week!

Jill

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Day 27 of 45

I just completed the Spartacus workout for the second time.  It seemed a little easier than last week, but I can feel my muscles and expect they'll ache tomorrow!
After gardening in the fresh air and sunshine this morning, and good healthy food today - including the first celery grown in our garden! I'm feeling great!
Both of my daughters asked for salads for lunch today!  So nice that's what they want to eat! Well, that and the chocolate from the advent calendar - and a little ice-cream for dessert - with passionfruit on top (also from the garden!)

My daughter is healthy and well once more, and raring to go!
It's going to be a great week!

Jill

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Day 26 of 45

Up bright and early at 6.30am for a run.  Very hot and humid, but a good run, and then afterwards I did 37 push ups!!  Good to be increasing them and getting closer to my goal of 50!

A restful weekend ahead - my daughter is still recovering from her sickness!  Sunny and warm - good weather for resting!!

Jill

Friday, December 3, 2010

Day 25 of 45

Yesterday I realised that I've gotten past the need for my 45 day drive to get fit and healthy.  I will still continue to post and watch what I'm doing and eating for the remainder of this arbitrary time, but I know I'm now firmly in the habit/routine of exercising and watching what I eat.

It is supposed to take 21 days to form a habit, so I guess that's worked.  And the fact that I have been in this habit previously , must have made it easier to return to it, rather than achieve it for the first time.

I had this realisation when I was running on the treadmill yesterday.  I set my girls off playing on the computer, with a timer so they could swap goes after half-time and have a fair go each!  Then when I was running, I imagined myself achieving a goal I have set myself for next year.  It was a fantastic feeling, and I felt so positive, fit and just fantastic by the end of a good hour's workout!

This goal I've set myself is to place third in the open female category in the annual Pyramid race here in Cairns.  This race is a tough one, up and down a local 'pyramid' shaped mountain. I did it for the first time two years ago, and came last! 
Then last year I did it again and came...well not last (just) and 30mins faster than my time the previous year but still at the back of the pack.

Slowly I began to realise that there are relatively few ladies run this race, and this year I actually placed 10th!  
Now if I could improve my time by around 30mins again over the next year, I'd be in with a chance of placing 3rd in the ladies section of this race!  To me that sounds incredible!  To go from last to 3rd in just a couple of years!!

Now I've always set my goals high,  I still watch the Olympics with that feeling that "one day I'll win Olympic Gold, in something!"  Ok, so  maybe I'll have to take up lawn bowls, or something else that you can improve with age in, but the point is, I still have that hope!

So, achieving this goal will mean some hard, serious training, not merely training to keep fit!  Spartacus has provided me with a killer workout that seems to work all the right muscles for running uphill! and I'm really into the swing of my running - defninitely enjoying that! So I'm going for it!

I'm glad I set myself these 45 days to kickstart my progress,  the next 20 days will take me up to Christmas, and ensure I don't over indulge at this most tempting time of year!
Daily posts on here help keep me accountable too!

Life is good, I'm feeling great!

Jill

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Day 24 of 45

So finally my muscles have stopped aching, after Monday night's Spartacus workout!  I'll get to exercise again today. (I recently learnt that you shouldn't exercise when your muscles ache as the aching is them rebuilding and if you exercise they don't get a chance to rebuild properly!)

Also today my daughter has woken up bright and well.  Still a bit of a lingering cough, but it's so good to see her bright and happy!

So today we can do stuff!  We've been puzzling this morning and practicing writing.  I'll exercise this afternoon with the aircon on, and the girls can be restful with a movie or books.  I want to make sure they don't overdo things, as we have to go out to Bunnings tonight for a family fun night, and my youngest is dancing in the rock and roll display!  Should be a good evening!

Jill

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Day 23 of 45, and advent calendars

Just past halfway now and feeling good!  Mind you yesterday I didn't exercise at all since ALL of my muscles were aching so much after the new Spartacus workout I found - oh my goodness that's a good workout!!  I'm still aching today, but have a day of housework ahead which should stretch my muscles out enough to be able to have a cycle tonight!

Now today being December 1st, we started our advent calendars! So yes, the girls finished their new one yesterday!

My eldest daughter is still sick, poor thing. I took her to the doctors yesterday and he told us it's a virus so all we can do is rest and wait it out!  Anyway, she managed to make some ornaments for the pockets, but I did her sewing part!

My youngest was game to have a go with the machines though!
I wanted something very simple that they could do themselves, so I thought using scraps of Christmas fabric I've collected over the years...(sorry about the blurry photo)

 we'd make 24 small bags, number them, and then make ornaments to go in them, which can then be hung on a small tree we have:


 So I cut out 24 rectangles, then showed my 5 year old daugther how to use the overlocker to finish the edges off to stop them fraying.  Here she is having a go!  She did so well..
 After a couple of practices, I was able to stand back and let her do it all by herself!

 She managed about half of them before needing a break! So I finished the rest off! 24 is a lot to do of anything!
Next step was to turn the top edges over to make a 'tunnel' for the drawstring to run through. 
Folding a pinning was a simple enough job for a five-year old..
(this rectangle had to be cut and sewn together at the bottow so the pattern on the fabric was the right way up on both sides)

 Then there was just joining the two sides together..
 And adding the cord for the drawstring..
Using a big nappy pin to push them through. A nice job for small fingers!
Knots tied at both ends (tricky bit done by Mummy)
 Then using glitter glue the girls both added numbers to the bags..
 Then came the real fun part - cutting and sticking and creating ornaments to go in each bag!  The girls did this all by themselves, making secret ornaments for each other so that they both get surprises!  They love making things for each other, and they had a really fun afternoon!  I've only seen a few of the ornaments, so it'll all be a surprise for me too over the next 24 days!

Here's the finished advent tree waiting last night in the girl's room..
 The box of bags to rummage through and find each day's goodie bag..
 And this morning, bag one was opened by my youngest, and out came a sparkly pipecleaner, with 'Merry Christmas' stuck to it!  The first ornament on the tree! You can just see it here in the middle of the tree.
 My eldest got to open the chocolate calendar that I made a few years ago, from small cardboard boxes a friend had leftover from her wedding favours!
We have to put each chocolate in the night before, otherwise they would all melt in the heat!  And each box has a picture inside too.

So there you have it!  Two homemade advent calendars - that I can fill each year with whatever!
The girls love taking turns with the chocolate one, but I think they like just as much to open one they have made more or less by themselves!!

Jill

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