Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Wednesday 29th November

Exercise: 5.5km Run - MMCT I made sure that I was in bed early last night so that I was bright eyed and bushy tailed this morning. Hopped out of bed about 10 minutes before the alarm went off as I was totally wide awake. I'd put everything out last night that I needed for the run, so had plenty of time to get ready. The leg was fine for the first 4km but it started to niggle a little bit after that...not much but just a little bit. I was wearing the ITB strap so not sure if this helped or hindered. Will run without it next time. Thought I'd better stop at 5.5km as the voice of sensibility loomed loud and clear!! Have decided that I need to do some strengthening of my legs so will be doing some sessions at the gym to help this along. I did something really stupid yesterday, other than the normal stupid things that I do....I walked into the edge of a desk at work. And of course it hit my leg right where the cupping had been done, which was still quite painful from I ended up on the floor in agony. People came to check out what the noise was as I'd hit the desk pretty hard - yes I felt like a real goof ball!! Please don't ask me about my kitchen....I don't want to go there right now (aaghhhh!) Alana's Quote: "I know you're always right Mummy but I was right too!"

Monday, November 27, 2006

Monday 27th November

Exercise: Netball Game I went and saw CV this afternoon for another Massage session. Had some more cupping done and it seems to be really doing the job (whatever "the job" is!!). My leg is definitely looser and feels great. I've been told to get myself a tennis ball and sit on it and roll around on my left glute....that should be fun!! Now all I have to do is get out there and test the leg with a good run. Am meeting Michelle on Wednesday morning....bit nervous that the knee is still going to hurt, but I won't know unless I give it a go!! We lost our Netball game tonight, but we did play the top team, and they were very good. We still may get into the grand final but we have to beat the team who won out of 3rd and 4th place next week. I'm happy to stay in the league that we're in now, so even if we don't win, I'm more than happy with the fact that we finished 2nd on the ladder. Alana's Quote: "I'm going to ask for a million dollars from the tooth fairy!"

Monday 27th November

Exercise: Spin Class Okay, so as you are probably aware, no posting means no exercise. Yep that's right, I've done nothing since Netball last Monday night. Can't really put my finger on the reason. I have had a few later nights, so when the alarm has gone off in the morning (and I still set it every evening) I didn't want to get out of bed, so I didn't! Now that's probably not the best attitude to have when I am trying to lose about 4kgs! And even though this thought goes through my head every morning, my body just won't co-operate. I suppose one good thing (if there is anything!) is that I have had a good week food wise (apart from my FREE day) and I've not eaten any crappy food. (I said FOOD, not alcohol!). Now is anyone looking to buy some books regarding web design? I've put a heap of them on Ebay as I'm clearing out all the ones that I don't need and will never use again. If you're interested click on the Ebay link to the right. Did anyone sit through 3 HOURS of Australian Idol last night? I fell asleep about 3/4 of the way through and woke up just before they announced the winner...thought that Jess should have won, but Damien does have a great voice. I'm now into watching So You Think You Can Dance. And it's on fairly early in the evening too so I don't have to sit up late to watch it.....Yes I'm a sad case! Dad's Quote: "See Alana, I'm always right" Alana: "No you're definitely not always right!"

Thursday, November 23, 2006


So it's still a work in progress, but you can see basically what it looks like.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Monday 20th November

Exercise: Netball Game I've complained alot over the last few months about how cold it is at the Netball stadium, so tonight I wasn't saying a word even though it was like a sauna in the Netball stadium. I harped on about how I would never complain about the heat, but I have to tell you, it was bloody hot in there! I had sweat pouring off me. At least to compensate for the heat, we won our game. We are now in the finals, which start next week. Unfortunately I pulled my right calf a little bit. Not too much that it hurts to walk, but just enough to feel it, although it's in a different spot to where it was last time, much higher up this time. Lots of ice, a bit of massage and some Nurofen Gel should help it, I hope! I hate having a disorganised kitchen, so you can imagine how frustrating it is for me at the moment. I have no cooking appliances, and no running water. This makes it very hard to organise food, which is why my choice of food hasn't been that great since the kitchen has been put in. Roll on Wednesday! Alana's Quote: "It's amazing meeting new people, isn't it!!"

Monday 20th November

Exercise: Spin Class Great spin class this morning. Am really enjoying doing these classes. They've also got some RPM classes happening, but they're in the evening and I'm not the most motivated person after 5pm!! As you can guess by no posts, I didn't do any real exercise on the weekend. I did, however, work out in the garden yesterday afternoon pulling weeds. I have neglected my back garden and now have the urge to clean it up and start planting things. I've taken a liking to roses for some reason and have a lovely apricot one waiting to be put in the ground. I also want to move some of my fuscias but until I clean up the garden beds, I can't plant anything. So I'm working on it. The Kitchen!! It's finally in...YAY! But we have to wait until Wednesday for the plumber to plumb in the taps and the dishwasher, and also for the electrician to wire up the oven, hob and rangehood. Then we have to choose the tiles we want for the walls and we've also decided to put tiles down on the floor. Then once all that's done we have to paint the walls and put some new blinds up on the windows....then we move to the bathrooms and start all over again!!

Friday, November 17, 2006

Friday 17th November

Exercise: 4 Min Walk Warm Up, 26 Min Run, 4 Min Walk Warm Down, Shoulders I couldn't resist trying my luck again to see if my knee hurt. This morning it started to niggle at about the 25 min mark, and that was with wearing the ITB band. Maybe I didn't have it strapped tight enough.....I really hope that was the only reason that the knee hurt. I WANT TO RUN!! My body was urging me along, telling me to go faster, faster. I had so much energy I could have run for much longer. It was just my knee telling me to stop. I'm hoping that if I give it a couple of days rest that it'll be good again on Monday. Will just have to wait and see. Instead of using the Rolling Pin, I went to Clark Rubber and bought a Noodle, which I'll have to cut down as it's very long. Hopefully it won't hurt as much but will still give the same massaging action. And my kitchen goes in tomorrow - we currently have nothing in the kitchen, it's empty, which means that I can't cook anything - bummer!! Takeaway here we come!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Thursday 16th November

Exercise: 28 Mins Treadmill (4 min walk warm up, 20 min run, 4 min walk cool down), Biceps, Situps My wonderful Hubby went into this shop yesterday and bought me one of these ITB Bands(the Pro-Tec one). I was hoping to get to the gym last night to try it out but we had to go over to the Kitchen guy and look at some door handles for the kitchen. On a side note, my kitchen looks fantastic. He's got it all assembled at the moment so that he can make sure it all fits together properly on Saturday. I'm just so excited now, especially as I've seen how good it looks. Roll on Saturday! Anyway, back to the knee. I got up this morning and headed down to the gym with ITB strap firmly in place. Got on the treadmill and did a fast walk just to warm up. Then upped the speed to 9kph. I didn't want to go too fast to start out so just did a really slow jog....the knee felt okay. Upped it a bit more after 5 mins of jogging....still okay. Got up to 10kph....still no pain. I continued running for 20 minutes - yes, 20 minutes, with absolutely no pain in my knee at all. Hallelujah!! Now my question is whether or not the ITB strap made the difference, or whether it was the cupping, together with the massage that made the difference. I suppose the only way to really find out is to run without the ITB strap and see what happens.... I'm still having that streak of good luck - 4th division in Tattslotto last night!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006


This is at 9am this morning.....FEELS LIKE -1.1......Summer is only 2 weeks away!!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Tuesday 14th November

While I was in my local library a few weeks ago I was asked to fill out a questionnaire about IT technology and how it affects me. It was just a tick box survey, so nothing too taxing for the brain. Never thought another thing about it. Yesterday I got a phone call from a lady at the main library (wherever that is) to say that my name had been picked out of the hat for taking part in the survery and I'd won an an ipod Shuffle! OMG!! That's 3 things I've won over the last 3 months or so. There was the Sony PSP, then the $500 on Keno and now the ipod Shuffle. That's my winning streak done now - they do say that it comes in 3's don't they (whoever "they" are). My bruises have come out more today. Looking larger than life..hope they don't stay for too long as it's a bit embarassing. Not that I'm going to pull my pants down in public or anything!! Some more good news today. My new kitchen is being fitted on Saturday. I'm so excited...I'll finally have a dishwasher again, and an oven that works. I'll post some pictures when it's all done. Gonna be fab! Have decided to try one of these Patt Straps. I'm pretty sure you can buy them in Australia. I've heard good things about them too. Hubby works just near a place that sells all that kind of stuff so I've asked him to pop in there and see if they've got them......yep, just checked it out on their webiste and they do sell them in the shop. Alana's Quote: "Get out of the way ar*ehole!" (I think she's been in the car with me too many times!)

Monday, November 13, 2006

Monday 13th November

Exercise: Netball Game Unfortunately I didn't make it to the gym for my spin class this morning. I would have liked to go as I'm really enjoying the classes, but I fell back to sleep after the alarm went off and I didn't wake up again until the next alarm went off, which is set for 6.45am. I went for my massage and cupping session with CV today. What a weird sensation it is too. Kind of like putting a vacuum cleaner to your skin! Here's a couple of photos of my leg, taken about 7 hours after having the cupping done. CV put 2 rows of cups down my leg, but the only ones that seem to have bruised were the bigger cups (she used two different sizes). My leg felt great when she took the cups off, so much looser than prior to having it done. You'll have to excuse all the creases in my leg. I had been wearing my trakky pants and they left lots of marks on my legs. Okay I've had enough of all the advertisements on TV with Labour and Liberal telling us what they are going to do if they get elected. What I would like to see is an advertisement listing all the things they said they were going to do before the last election and whether or not they actually fulfilled any of their promises!

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Saturday 11th November

Exercise: Treadmill 20 Mins (16 Min Run, 4 Min Power Walk), 15 Mins Cross Trainer, Back Wow, that's 4 days at the gym this week. I'm really getting my money's worth, that's for sure! I was a little bit hesitant about running this morning. Not sure why. Maybe I just didn't want the disappointment of my knee hurting. Anyway I did a bit of a walk to warm up, then started running very slowly. I was relieved to find that my knee wasn't hurting at all. I stopped after 5 minutes of running to stretch the glute, then started running again. Unfortunately after another 10 minutes I did start to get a bit of a niggle, so I stopped straight away. Funny thing is that as soon as I slowed to a walk the niggle went away. There was also no pain when I hopped on the cross trainer......very frustrating!! I put some Nurofen Gel on it when I got home and I've not had any pain since. I'm going to get the rolling pin out shortly and give it a go. It's taken this long for the leg to stop hurting from when I saw CV on Monday. Think the neighbours are having a party tonight. There's two big marquees in their back yard and Hubby mentioned that he'd seen a spit roast being delivered. Just hope they're not too noisy as our bedroom faces their back yard. I got the brochure for next year's Grape Grazing in the mail yesterday. Is anyone else going next year? Michelle and I went to the last one and we had a great time. Hopefully we can do it again next year. Let's keep our fingers crossed for lots of rain tomorrow....we so need it!!

Friday, November 10, 2006

Friday 10th November

Exercise: 30 mins Cross Trainer, Chest, Situps Ah yes, the gym called me again this morning. Isn't it strange how you have two identical pieces of equipment (the cross trainers that I've used this week) yet the one I was using this morning seemed to be so much harder than the one I used on Wednesday morning even though I was using exactly the same settings. I'm terrible for making uninformed decisions about whether I like a person before I've gotten to know them. There's this woman who works at the gym as a floor assistant (is that what they're called Beki?). Anyway I would have to say that she is the most unhelpful person that I've ever seen in a gym. She is hardly ever on the floor, prefers to stand out at Reception and chat to the Receptionists, leaving everyone in the gym to try and fend for themselves. Heaven help us if there was a problem at all. she'd be nowhere to be found....The only reason I saw her this morning was because she had to go to the loo and you have to walk through the gym to get to them. Okay, rant over!! And it's the weekend tomorrow and we all know what that means.....I can go running - YAY!!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Thursday 9th November

Exercise: 55 min Power Walk I woke up before the alarm this morning for a change and felt wide awake so it was fairly easy to get up even though it was freezing outside. Yes, it was cold this morning... Okay Blogger has decided that it doesn't want to show my images, so let me just say that it was 2.1 degrees at 6am. Compare that to the temp in the city, which was 11 degrees!! It was really weird feeling the different temperatures as I was walking along. There must have been little air pockets as one minute it was very cold, and the next minute it was relatively warm...weird I tell you!! Have to tell you a funny story. Last week when I met up with my girlfriend, I'd questioned the sensibility of wearing white jeans. Now I'm normally not a person who spills things, but the thought did cross my mind, especially as I knew we would be going somewhere for dinner. But me being me says "nah, can't happen to me!!". Got through the first round of drinks in the Sports Bar at the Casino. Even managed tot get through the next 3 rounds without spilling a drop!! Then we decided to eat. Chose the food court as there was a good selection of food to choose from. We all decided on Chinese (only a small plate mind you!!). We then went to sit down at a table. Just as I slid into the seat, I put my plate down on the table and the majority of it tipped into my lap!! It was not a good look! The biggest problem was that it was about 8pm, so all of the normal shops were shut. Thank goodness for late night shopping at the Casino!! One of the surf shops was still open. I did get a few stares from people walking by when they saw the colour of my jeans though!! That plate of chinese food cost me $95!!! Alana's Quote: "How old is Grandma?" Me: "You'll have to ask her that question"

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Wednesday 8th November

Exercise: 30 mins Cross Trainer, Triceps, Situps Back down the gym this morning. Whilst chugging along on the cross trainer, I was fantasising about running on the treadmills in front of me. And like Sue I was very jealous of the girls who were running on them. Not long now...Saturday I am going to go for a light run to see how the knee is shaping up. I've been following CV's stretching exercises, although my leg is still feeling very bruised from the session and I'm not going near my leg with the rolling pin until the soreness goes away. It'll just hurt too much, I'm sure. I've found another yummy Champagne....okay so we're not allowed to call it Champagne any more, so it's Sparkling Wine - it's still yummy though. BROWN BROTHERS ZIBIBBO SPARKLING WINE This sparkling wine is a light straw colour and has lifted aromas of fresh passionfruit and melon. Zibibbo is bursting with bubbles and summer fruit flavours with a clean, stylish finish. This Sparkling will make any occasion a celebration. I would say that it's almost as good as Bella, and makes a nice change if ever I decide that I need one!!

Monday, November 06, 2006

Monday 6th November

Exercise: Spin Class I'm Baaaccckkkk!!! In the time since I last posted I have done absolutely nothing, zilch, nada!!....well exercise wise anyway. I have however drunk copious amounts of alcohol, eaten way too much crap food, spent more money than I would have liked at the casino (mainly on alcohol though) and have generally been a real lazy cow!! But, I have had the best time. I met up with my girlfriend who's out from the UK on holiday and we had a real laugh. She's gone now, so it's time to knuckle back down, get back in to some kind of routine again and lose the excess weight that seems to have found a home around my belly!! Saw CV this afternoon about my knee. She confirmed that my glutes are very, very tight, and the band running down my leg is pulling on my knee. So after some real heavy duty massage, which had me coming out in a sweat, I have been given some good stretches to do and have been told to get the rolling pin out and give the side of the leg a good pummelling!! I'm going back next week and she mentioned that she's going to do some cupping. Haven't had cupping done before so that's going to be a new experience for me! Alana's Quote: "Now look Dad, let me get this straight!"