[a weight loss story]
*kathrynoh at nemesis dot com dot au*
I didn't get the pizza. I didn't even feel like pizza later on. It's good to not have pizza and even better to not have it because you don't want it. I made some savoury mince with lots of vegies instead. I did have a Mint Slice Cornetto later though...oops!
I am so tired today. I don't think I'm 100% well yet cos I just want to sleep. I'm thinking of actually skipping my run today and resting up. It kills me but last winter I kept pushing myself when I felt sick and ended up with in a constant state of half-sickness - not well enough to function properly and not sick enough to take to my bed. Must learn to rest!
Oh and I'm feeling much better about money - my mum rang this morning and told me she owe me $$$ that I'd forgotten about. I love that. Plus I've got a bit of work to do tomorrow then again next week. And cheques due to me for writing. All up, good stuff.
Hurray for money you didn't know you had! I was excited when I found two bucks in my suit pocket today!
Yum, that Mint Slice Cornetto sounds devine!!
I found a whole buck in me car when I was cleaning it the other day, gave it to Stew.... I want it back now! I only got $10 between me and the poor house at the moment... darn.
Yay for mum's. Last thing you need is a repeat of last year with all your colds and stuff - take care.
YAY for not having the pizza. You are right - better to get properly better before you start to exercise otherwise you do land up not well but not really sick either.
lol at chris! good choice on the no pizza thing i reckon! working for yourself is soooooooo much harder isn't it?
No pizza....good girl
Good for you! Want it, have it, don't want it, don't have it.
Oh yeah, skip the pizza and have a mint cornetto instead. Yum!! Minty flavours are my fave.
Today I got a huge shock! I got a letter in the mail saying I owed basically $1000. Crumbs. I rang them and it turns out it's more like $350 but still too much for me. I can pay it but I had money earmarked for shiny new running shoes that don't give me callouses *sob*.
I think I'm going to have to call my temp agencies. I hate temping. I hate it so much. You get treated like shit and the money is poor but if I want IT work, it will take forever - rounds of interviews and waiting then stretched out pay periods (last time I got a contract, I had to wait 6 weeks for the first pay) while temping you get paid the next week.
Why can't I find a part time job that doesn't involve reception or doing accounts?
On the happy side, today I did a Body Balance class. During some of the yoga stretching, I did things I never thought I could do! My flexibility is improving. Go me!
Now I'm tossing up whether to cook dinner or have pizza. I've got plenty of calories left and Andrew's coming over for dinner so pizza (with a huge salad on the side) is highly likely. Especially if he pays :)
Getting big bills suck... go for the pizza, yum yum.
I hope you had the pizza after that terrible fright!!!
oh - don't u h8 when that happens? I saved up for a phone the other day and bought one on ebay and it turned out to be the wrong one - so now i am down 300 bucks with a phone i dont want! it sucks when u have money for something and it doesn't work out! at least you got them down 600 bucks plus though i guess
I feel for ya. I hate bills and shoes that don't feel good. I'm new to this blogging, so I don't know you too well right now, but I hope your luck changes.
Go the pizza, especially after virtuous body balancing! and my condolences re the dosh and the prospect of temping, arrgh temping sucks arse :|
No don't do the pizza! They're all salty and greasy and leave you feeling sick inside AND you can never stop at one piece (well I can't anyway) AND then you feel guilty afterwards AND then you'll moan next week when you've put on another kilo.
Pizza sounds good :-) You don't have it all the time! I hope the money thing works out and good luck with the temp agencies. They can be shocking but just keep at 'em.
That's a 1.2 kg gain from last week and I know who to blame - yes, you Mr Cheddar and your mate, Mr Edam. Damn you cheeses and your deliciousness. It could also be because I'm getting my period. Who knows? You'd think after all these years, I'd have my cycle worked out but that would ruin the surprise.
I felt very downhearted about the gain and FAT... hugely fat... then I went to get my morning coffee and ran into a friend I've not seen in years. He didn't recognise me then raved about how great I look. Puts things into perspective - an nice, compliment laden perspective at that.
I've got to get my shit together. I want to be down to 70 kgs before the Run for the Kids. I was thinking today - when you run, your foot hits the ground at 3x your weight (or something like that) so if I lose 5 kgs, that's like 15 kgs less pressure on my legs. Also I'll be faster and not have to haul that 5 kgs over the 15.2 kms. I'm going to do it. No more cheeses for me, no more booze, no more treats. For the next 2 months, it's boot camp around here.
Oops, I just realised I told Andrew we'd have pizza on Tuesday for Prison Break Night. Hopefully he's forgotten. And yes, Tuesdays are now officially Prison Break Night in our house. We are even having PB betting - a dollar in the pot and you have to pick the next character to die. But Jadey (and others) don't worry - I'll be posting NO spoilers. I hate spoilers - they are evil.
Okay, so Tina posted on my other blog to say that she thinks the cowboy from the post below is Swedish actor Andreas Wilson. I did some googling and found an article on him plus Wentworth Miller and a chick who is Ron Howard's daughter but the images were omitted so it's a definite possibility but I figure I need to look much, much more to be sure ;)
Finally, cos lordy I'm ranting today, if anyone is tempted into chocobana balls by my prompting, just shoot me an email and I'll be happy to join you. And yes, boot camp doesn't exclude chocobana balls - I'll suck up the extra cardio to work them off.
You poor thing! I felt bloody fat and awful today too, so I went out and bought myself a new dress.... that helped! ha ha ha So, off you go and do some retail thereapy!
I have to get down to 70kg by the R4Kids also- man this post Christmas thing is hard! I too am having trouble avoiding the charms of Mr Cheese.
Good to get a lovely compliment. You know that gain is only a temporary thing.
5 KILOS! That aint nothing SISTA! You need to look at how much you've lost already...you can so do this!
let's blame the period! but your friend is right - u look great and sometimes we lose perspective about how far we came
Yep, blame the cheese! After doing the detox, I realised how much "dairy" fills me out.
I think it's good when you can keep it all in perspective. You want to get down to 70kg and that's a marvellous goal. I'll let you know what I weigh when it is in two digits!
I think I've got a cold so I've done very little today.
One thing I did was work on my Wall of Hotness (very important for writing inspiration) and now I have a burning question. Can anyone tell me who the guy in the cowboy hat is in this picture?
Hope the cold goes away- I like Vodka shots to get rid of a sore throat. No idea who the cowboy is, but if you get a name, phone number, address etc I am interested!
Kathryn I hope you're feeling better soon.
Aww, get better soon you hear!
Last night one of my friends had birthday drinks. After last week's too much booze debacle, I decided not to drink. Unfortunately, my appetites are like an octopus - you get one limb under control and another is causing havoc. Oh and it didn't help that they had the most magically delicious cheeses. And they sat them right beside me. I can't resist that kind of temptation. I'm only human.
I love cheese. I love it too much.
Other than that, it was a good night. I caught up with some old friends. Oh, and I ate too much cake too. I'm not usually a cake person but this was some mighty fine cake - how can you resist cake that is a train? With psycedelic blue icing? Well I guess some people can... but they let me have the mint slice biscuit wheel - yum. The cake itself was so good, light and chocolatey.
I spent most of yesterday afternoon reading Prison Break recaps on the Television with Pity site because I'm sad like that. It's very motivating though because, when I finally got to the gym, every time I felt like slacking off I'd think, what if I got falsely accused of a crime I didn't commit (or maybe one I do commit, what with the way my housemate acts) and got sent to jail. I don't want to be the fat guy who breaks the rope on the escape.
have you seen "entourage"? that is my current tv obsession. i rented a dvd of the first 4 episodes (i hate how video stores split a single season up like that!), and then the next day i had to go and buy season 1 and 2. got season 3 through illicit sources... the boy and i watched 18 episodes in one day a couple of weeks ago. hug it out!! i love ari gold!!! my other favourite tv show at the moment is "the IT crowd". i think it is on abc... a friend gave us a copy of the first 6 episodes. sooooo funny! i love "heroes" too... have seen all of that through illicit sources as well... haven't seen much of prison break. i never thought it would appeal to me, but maybe i'll give it a go, esp as i am out of new episodes of the other shows i like. i heart tv!
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By 7:27 pm, at
i know! how easy would dieting be if you locked yourself in your house with nothing but good stuff already measured out and cut up?
By 7:38 pm, at
I have had that train cake so many times it's not funny! LOL! Thank you Australia's Woman's Weekly! I ate over 11,000 kjs of ice cream since thursday, so yeah, the octopus arm thing going on as well!
LOL cheese and cake! Sounds like you guys had a good time. Love the octopus analogy ;-)
Okay, I'll let the chocobana ball cat out of the bag. My dealer is Alphabet City located on High Street, Northcote. It's my all time fave cafe ever. It's like my second home (except that I seem to spend more time there than real home so I guess more like a first home). If you are in Melbs, definitely drop in and, while you're there, check out the World's Greatest Dress Shop (tm) next door. At the moment, they have a big sale on pretty sundresses. What's not to love about my neighbourhood? Well, apart from the hoons who drive up my street at 2.00 am blaring doof music. I don't love them.
I had a fun Australia Day. Didn't do much - some friends came over and we sat outside in the sun listening to the JJJ Hottest One Hundred and bitching about the yoof of today and their crap music.
I haven't been able to stop eating lately. Bad me. Mostly yesterday it was good food - lots of watermelon and grapes - but still too much of it. That's got to stop right now. I'm going for a long run today then watching the food intake very carefully.
Oh god. That's pretty much walking distance from my place. What have you started Kathryn?! LOL.
Is the cafe really called Alphabet City? Sounds a bit too close to the real Alphabet City in that you get addicted to the product traded (just switch smack for chocobana balls, hehe). I'll have to sample one of these tasty treats next time I'm in Melbs.
By 4:48 pm, at
Bwahaha...I hear you with the music! What kids think "rock, punk etc" is these days also makes me laugh no end :-) But then I only discovered what the hell "emo" was last month and I felt old LOL.
By 7:57 pm, at
I can relate to the "music" the kids like nowdays, it's crap, crap and triple crap.... all doom and gloom, rap and CRAP. Lucky for me they wear earphones most of the time so I don't have to hear it. Mike is crazy for TOOL, ??? Hmm, thought that was a spanner? lol
By 7:58 pm, at
Laughing at Chris H's comment (I love Tool, then again they have been around for donkey's years as I was listening to their Opiate album when I was a student 13 years ago). Tangent!!
By 8:31 pm, at
Just to answer the questions - chocobana balls are like rum balls but with banana flavouring instead of rum. Oh and they have a malteser inside. Yum.
I realised yesterday that I'm having trouble with my goal this week of doing something nice for myself every day - not because I CAN'T indulge myself but because that's all I do. All my time is ME time. I rock. Or maybe I'm just hella self-indulgent.
Like yesterday - I spent the morning editing my novel, popped down to my fave cafe for a coffee. Then I walked into the city, did a Body Balance class, went to Borders for a browse then came home and cooked dinner ready to watch my shows. How do I fit more me time into my already full me schedule?
The other thing is I'm not really a bubble bath and lotion kind of girl. Every time I run a bath, I get in then try to figure out what to do next. Bored.
Today though I have to go have an x-ray - they are still trying to figure out the headache thing. I haven't had one lately but I have avoided upper body exercises, especially chin-ups and the like.
I read in the bath - magazines only though, don't want to drop a precious book in the water.
By 11:17 am, at
Yep, I have to admit I get plenty of me time too! It makes up for all that time when spent running around after our kids...
By 11:28 am, at
Mmmmm ... my favourite pastime ... browsing in Borders.
By 12:03 pm, at
Oh man... those chocobana balls sound divine. I won't ask where they come from, otherwise I'll be tempted to go there too!
SUcky abotu the headaches. I wonder if you and I are sitting in the same boat. I am still struggling about once a week with one though. If I get stressed out or teary Im a gonner too.
By 2:42 pm, at
Well I'm not going to suggest doing something bad to yourself instead LOL. When we visit Melbourne, you will have to take me to try those balls!
By 8:01 pm, at
Yay for self indulgence, there should be more of it (although maybe not in YOUR life - LOL!)
By 10:53 am, at
Haven't you seen Sharon Stone in Sliver! bwooharhar
By 12:48 pm, at
Yesterday I procrastinated about going for my run all day. I just didn't want to go and had no idea why. I actually thought about sitting down and journalling my feelings to work out what was going on but told myself to get my stupid butt into my workout gear and get out the door!
Once I hit the streets, I felt fine. I ran down to Princes Park and did a few laps. I love this time of year - so many people around and I reckon a fair few of them have got running on their new year resolutions list cos I actually managed to pass a whole bunch - woohoo! That never happens, especially when I'm doing a long, slow run.
Total kms: 14.6. That took me a loooong time but I figure the speed will come.
On top of that, I ate very little yesterday. Not on purpose. I just kinda forgot about eating most of the day. Weird shit especially for me.
One of my bad habits is my daily chocobana ball with my morning coffee. They aren't awfully calorific but I have one nearly EVERY day. It's become such a joke at the local cafe, the staff automatically assume my order is a large skinny latte and a chocobana ball. I've been feeling almost obligated to order that now. Yeah, I'm a freak.
So yesterday, I realised if I didn't get one then, I could come back later. The shop isn't going to run out (I've made damn sure of that with their ordering system *WEG*).
Sane thinking - it takes me a while but I get there in the end.
* Weekly goal - I didn't do anything nice for myself yesterday. Well okay, I went for a run and I plucked my eyebrows and that counts. Tonight Andrew's coming over for dinner and we're watching the new Prison Break and Heroes. Yippee! Yes, cooking for your son becomes a treat after they move out of home. Who'd have thought? (And it's not just cos he's bringing me over telly shows).
Haven't managed to get my head into Heroes - don't think it's working for me. But Prison Break, that's another story...
By 10:59 am, at
I haven't watched either of those shows. My television has been taken over by the small one and all we get to watch at the moment is Wiggles, Hi-5 and Toy Story!! Although sometimes when he's gone to bed I watch Lost. I got Season 1 and 2 for my birthday and haven't gotten to watch many of them yet.
By 11:27 am, at
what's a choccobanana ball? Sounds nice.
By 11:39 am, at
Wow 14km - well done. I agree their does appear to be a lot of new runners out on the road in my area too. Like kada I'd like to know what a chocobana ball is.
By 12:17 pm, at
Your running is amazing Kathryn. I sooo want to run again. You deserve that ball each day if that is the only treat you are having. Mind you at the moment I am sampling what I think will be my new love Cadbury brunch bar minis...chocolate and hazelnut. Divine. Now I just have to stop at 1..
By 1:08 pm, at
Wish I could run! May make that a belated new years resolution! What's a choco? ball??? maybe I'm glad we don't get them here.. lol
By 2:53 pm, at
Well done on passing all the slow coaches. I think I was lapped 3 times around AP once by these guys who looked like they belonged in the Army. Thanks for the reminder about PB starting back tonight.
By 6:50 pm, at
*Drool* those balls sound to die for but Kathryn, not every day you hear LOL.
By 8:02 pm, at
Well done on getting out there even though you didn't want to - isn't it amazing how often we don't want to but when we get out there it isn't as bad as we thought it was going to be ???
By 10:28 pm, at
duuude! that guy on prison break. every time the ad comes on, i feel like i am committing adultery just looking at him.
By 8:54 am, at
What cafe serves these choconana balls Kath?! I think I have to get myself there, stat!!
Tut, tut! SUCH an addictive personality! Chocobanana balls...latte...prisonbreak... I WISH my addictions were that benign!
By 10:56 am, at
Ha, I so knew my scales were wrong last week... because otherwise I've lost 2 kgs in a week, and think not. More like 2 kgs in 2 weeks. So there, scales. I'm right and you're wrong!
I had an awful weekend - drank way, way too much on Friday night and so spend the rest of the weekend bedridden and feeling lousy about myself. Sometimes my lack of alcohol tolerance screws me over. I'm used to being able to drink a lot. Is it just me or do other people feel like they are the worst person in the world after they drink and just want to stay in bed forever?
I was total crap at my weekly goal for eating mindfully, since I kept eating while watching Prison Break - which isn't eating mindfully one tiny bit. At least I didn't resort to comfort eating which I sorely needed at times. Now I'm caught up so no need to binge watch any more.
My goal for this week is to do something to make me feel good about myself every day.
Great loss, whoever's right.
By 11:20 am, at
Nope, it's not just you. Which is why I've finally realised that when it comes to alcohol, it's just not worth the after-effects. :/
By 11:31 am, at
I think I'll join you in that goal!
By 11:31 am, at
I think I'll join you in that goal!
By 11:31 am, at
buggah! Sorry about the double post. It told me it didn't go through the first time.
By 11:32 am, at
Well done on the loss. I'm a bit like kek, pretty much off the alcohol cos I didn't like what it did to me. Eating while watching TV is still a problem on occassion though - I just try and grab something healthy if I can.
By 12:34 pm, at
Hooray for a great loss, whoever is right.
By 12:35 pm, at
I only need to drink 2 glasses of shiraz to feel that way. My goal for the month of February is NO alcohol. Its the shortest month of the year so I reckon it won't be so bad.
man, I had a pretty bad alcohol-induced-feeling-sorry-for-myself weekend too. Friday night = 8 bottles of wine between 3 people.
Congrats on the great loss. And I love the goal, might try to join you.
By 7:37 pm, at
Congrats on the loss!
I can't prop up the entire shiraz market on me own!!!
It's shit isn't it?? I used to pride myself on being able to drink half the boys under the table. I think that the fact was that we were just used to the poison that is alcohol. Now we very rarely do it and the poison affects us way more. I mean, if you hadn't been drinking and woke up vomiting and feeling like you do after a night on the turps, you'd head straight for the A & E department thinking you were dying.
Awesome loss! I don't know about you but I've found my alcohol tolerance has decreased dramatically since I've lost weight. Although it could be that my tastes have changed from spirits (which I could drink all night and still not feel slightly tipsy) to white wine (which after 2 glasses I feel the effects).
By 9:53 pm, at
I have found the older I get the less alcohol I can tolerate. I always feel crappy and guilty the next day. It's a shame really because I do enjoy a glass of wine or two or three lol!
By 10:54 pm, at
My alcohol tolerance has turned to shit since losing weight. I guess theres less bum boom and blubber to store the extra champagne in...
i'm so hearing you with the whole feeling like the worst person in the world when hungover. seriously, i get the worse case of the guilts and my poor hubby spends the whole day telling me that having a few drinks and having a good time is in no way in the world some sort of sin punishable by death!
By 11:48 pm, at
Great loss this week! Sucked in scales! I like your goal this week, sounds like a lovely way to treat yourself.
By 12:11 pm, at
Nah, it's not just you and awesome loss! You don't drink too much these days anyway so once in a while I think is good for you. It makes you remember WHY you don't do it so much anymore :-)
By 4:10 pm, at
That's my brain. Isn't it hot? I am so impressed at having pics of my brain. I love xrays and all that kind of stuff that lets you look at your innards. When I had my gall bladder out I wanted to keep it but they wouldn't let me. They said they needed to send it pathology for tests but later I saw the sausage sizzle out the front of the Alfred and I had my suspicions.
So last night I watched the rest of the first season of Prison Break. I've got the mad Prison Break watching skillz - I think it's taken about 3 days to watch the whole season!
Tomorrow I'm getting season 2 up to the current ep off Andrew - I resisted the temptation of going over last night at 1 am.
I've got a few questions though that puzzle me about the show. Now I realise it's TV and not real life (like anyone could use household bleach to remove colour without getting it blotchy and you so couldn't concrete over a hole in the floor without it being noticeable) but what's the deal with the death penalty?
Since we don't have the death penalty here, I have no comprehension of how it works (well I know how it works - you kill someone - I just don't get the legal process working up to that point).
What makes someone get the death penalty? Is it the seriousness of the crime or prior convictions or just the whim of the judge? Why would Lincoln Burrows get the death penalty and not someone like Teabag? Is it because he killed the VP's bro? If so, doesn't that contradict the US Constitution or whatever it is that says all men are created equal - surely meaning that killing the VP's bro is the same as killing the average Joe on the streets?
Do they still actually use the electric chair? It seems awfully barbaric and I thought they used lethal injections (or does that depend on the state?)
If I was the producer of Prison Break, I'd have played Mercy Seat by Nick Cave during the electric chair scene (but then if I was getting the chair, I'd ask for them to play that).
I think that's enough questions. If anyone from the US can answer this for me, I'll be most grateful.
On the subject of telly, new ep of Supernatural tomorrow. Man I love those Winchester boys. And their dad. John Winchester is most definitely a DILF (I dunno if that's a real term or if I just made it up but if you can have MILFs you can certainly have DILFs). It's not wonder my weight loss has come to a halt - all I do is watch telly and perve on hot guys. Oh yeah and yah, Heroes is back from hiatus next week. I love that Peter Petrelli too. And Clare Bennett and Hiro Nakamura.
I actually did tear myself away from the tv to go for a run this morning. The weather is so deceptive. It didn't feel hot but was might humid. When I got home, my socks were so sweaty I coulda wrung them out.
Wow, what an attractive brain you have, Kathryn.
By 6:26 pm, at
We don't have the death penalty here either so I can't comment...
By 6:45 pm, at
Look, I'm happy for you to talk about exploding brains, poos, any sort of bodily functions. It's true, I'm no prude and I'm not squeamish. But wringing wet sweat socks - just the thought of it makes me gag!
By 7:41 pm, at
Great brain photo! I am terrified of Supernatural though I watch it and then sleep with the light on. It does make me run faster when it is dark!
By 8:17 pm, at
LOL @ sausage sizzle comment. Glad to hear the brain is ok.
Sexy brain photo. Maybe you could become a brain model.
I'm not from the US nor have I watched Prison Break yet, but here is some info I know about the death penalty over there:
LOL at the sausage sizzle comment!!!!
How bizarre! I love looking at xrays :-) You crazy girl too with your Prison Break LOL. We had Wentworth Miller out here (Foxtel) late December and he spent Christmas in Melbourne but you're after the other one aren't you and the death penalty...*shudder*. I can't believe people would want to watch the Saddam hanging, no matter how much of a bad ass mother fucker that man was. I think the man doing it is just as bad as the person they're doing it to sadly. What a friggin' job!!
By 10:16 am, at
They don't do that Sausage sizzle outside the Alfred anymore (thank god)..
By 11:09 am, at
I don't watch Prison Break myself, but my son/daughter are really in to it. They reckon that one of the blokes who serves at the fruit/nut stall in the deli part of the Vic Market is the dead spit of one of the PB guys - maybe you should check him out!
By 12:41 pm, at
I live here, and I still don't know much about it, except when there's a botched job, or an upcoming one and then the fruitcakes from both sides of the equation come out to play on the news.
By 5:41 am, at
well, poo that link didn't work. Sorry!
By 5:43 am, at
I'm wit' you on Mr Winchester - hubba hubba! (Also loves his part in Grey's Anatomy *waaaa* I still tear up thinking about it).
By 12:37 am, at
Great that you have such a healthy brain!
By 7:37 am, at
The second season of prison break hasn't started yet! No giving anything away now!
By 2:37 pm, at
There is no evidence of any abnormalities in my brain!!! Woohoo! My head's not going to explode. My doctor now thinks it could be some kind of nerve damage in my neck. That's much better than an exploding brain.
I was going to upload a pic of my brain from the disk they gave me but then I realised it had personal info on it.
Thanks for all the well wishes. You guys rock!
Yay for non-exploding brains. (I still think that it is a cool illness story).
By 5:22 pm, at
Yay for your brain being intact! Now to sort out that pesky nerve ...
By 5:25 pm, at
that is excellent news.
By 5:26 pm, at
What a huge relief!
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By 5:54 pm, at
Kathryn - that is such great news - you must be so relieved - go out and celebrate !!
By 6:10 pm, at
Glad its nothing too serious! You had us all very worried!!!
Geeze, what craziness to go through, but the result is excellent. Time to celebrate with a few brain cell-killing ales!
I dunno, I was kinda looking forward to an exploding brain. In a non-lethal kinda way, of course.
By 6:39 pm, at
Phew, what a relief!!! You had me worried!
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By 8:46 pm, at
Excellent that your brain isn't going to explode. That would be rather unfortunate! Hope it gets sorted out soon.
Phe-ew! Head explosions are SO messy!
By 9:36 pm, at
Glad to hear your brain isn't about to explode! Hope your neck sorts itself out soon..
By 9:40 pm, at
Phew! Glad to know that you won't be walking around the streets with a whole in your skull from your brain exploding!
By 11:05 pm, at
Hi Kathryn, just been catching up on your last months worth of entries....was getting worried about your headaches, glad to hear all is ok. Take care of yourself, you only get one body without many spare parts in it :)
WOW! 16 comments & now mine makes 17. YOU'RE LOVED!!!!! When you mentioned the headaches to begin with I did actually think that it sounded like a nerve thing but I didn't say anything & sound like I was trying to downplay something that was as life-threatening as an exploding brain. Will you be seeing a physio? So pleased for you.
Glad you're ok Kath - you had me worried for a while!! Take it easy :)
sooooooo glad to hear it kathryn! :)
By 10:21 am, at
That's great news babe and what a relief! I hope it's relatively simple to look after the nerve damage in your neck too. Maybe a case of not straining that part of the body for a while.
By 11:02 am, at
Yay, that is great news. Brain stuff is scary so I am glad you don't have to go through it.
I just had my scan. I feel a million times beter now I've had a drink of water and some food. I'm going to the doctor at 4.00 so will find out more then. They didn't give me the x-rays to bring home so I can't hold them up at the window and look for spots!
Will be thinking of you at 4.
By 12:55 pm, at
ok - hope it's all good, will check in later.
By 12:56 pm, at
Hope you get some good news Kathryn, will check in later to see how you are. Fingers crossed :)
That reminds me of a funny story. When I used to work at the hospital, they would put the patients in the room and put their xrays up ready for when the doctor comes in. I was taking a file in and there was a man sitting there, white as a ghost and I asked him if he was okay, he said "look at that huge growth on my xray" and I said "it's okay, that's your heart"! hehe. Needless to say, he was quite relieved.
By 1:47 pm, at
The suckiest part about medical tests is the no-eating rule.
By 2:17 pm, at
Got all my fingers, toes all limbs crossed fo you
By 2:41 pm, at
Positive vibes to you kathryn xx
By 4:05 pm, at
I can't eat or drink anything until I have my scan at 11.30. Right now, I'd kill for a drink of water. I can feel myself dehydrate. It's just awful, but at least it's better than yesterday in that we have electricity.
In case you don't know, the power went out n Melbourne yesterday. We thought it was just our house then found it is was most of the city. It feels so much hotter without electricity, even though we don't have air con. All we could do was lay around with wet face washers on our heads, complaining about the heat.
Eventually we got some energy and filled the bath with water so we could soak our feet. Then we set up the laptop and watched Prison Break but, with 16 minutes of the episode to go, the low battery warning came on. Oh noes!!!! Then, within seconds, the power came back on. Even God and the power company can't deny the boyish charms of Michael Scofield.
To echo the comments of everyone else, good luck! I hope it's not serious.
By 12:30 pm, at
Just wanted to say I hope everything goes okay - will keep everything crossed.
By 12:39 am, at
I just wanted to add to the post below - I'm sure it's not that bad. The doctor would have sent me straight to hospital if there was any serious concerns. And, since this has been going on for about a week, if anything dire was going to happen, it would have by now.
Hopefully I'll have the scan tomorrow and the doctor will put me on meds and I'll be right as rain after that. Just thinking I'm going to have to take it a bit easier doing those chin ups and things at the gym from now on.
By 3:07 pm, at
Good luck! I will be thinking of you and sending positive vibes for a good result +++++++
By 4:35 pm, at
You'll have to let us all know what the prognosis is the moment you know. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you...and my toes too
Is it bad that one of my first thoughts was "What a great illness story!!"? Sympathies, best wishes etc of course.
By 5:53 pm, at
I've got no idea what the heck it is you have (can't even spell it), but it sounds scary enough and I hope everything will be ok! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!
By 6:13 pm, at
OH YOU POOR THING!!!!!!!!!!! Rest up tonight and get that test done and hopefully all is OK.
By 7:08 pm, at
OH YOU POOR THING!!!!!!!!!!! Rest up tonight and get that test done and hopefully all is OK.
By 7:08 pm, at
OH YOU POOR THING!!!!!!!!!!! Rest up tonight and get that test done and hopefully all is OK.
By 7:09 pm, at
Blogger not letting m epost but trying again. Take it easy tonight and rest up. Will be thinking of you and wishing for clear test results
By 7:15 pm, at
Blogger not letting me post but trying again. Take it easy tonight and rest up. Will be thinking of you and wishing for clear test results
By 7:39 pm, at
Just make sure you come straight on here and let us know what the doc says.
By 8:26 pm, at
What's with Michelle? She really really wants you to rest up!!!! hahaha.
By 9:05 pm, at
ohhh crap... i hope all goes well with the doc. thinking of you dude!
By 10:10 pm, at
Hi there, I'm a long-time lurker... I just wanted to say best wishes!!! Get well soon!!!
Geez - good luck with the whole brain cloud thing... Sounds like a pretty drastic thing to stoop to just so you can watch Prison Break all day!
By 12:07 am, at
Scans can be quite scary if you're claustrophobic, I didn't know I was until I had to have an MRI for migraines. Couldn't go through with it, luckily I found the triggers for them before having to reschedule the MRI in an open scanner.
By 4:30 am, at
Aw, crap. I hope everything's okay, Kathryn. Thinking of you, and hope your brain gets better soon!
You're too tough for it to be serious anyway! :-) Let us know how you go.
By 9:21 am, at
My God woman, you don't do things by halves do you!! I am so glad you didn't leave it any longer to get those headaches checked out.
By 10:30 am, at
I just got back from the doctor about my headaches - she thinks it could be an aneurysm.
She said it's only mild and to rest up (luckily I went for a run before she said that). I have to have a CRT (whatever that is) tomorrow and then she's coming into the surgery tomorrow especially to see me. That is not reassuring.
Since I only know two things about anerysms - 1. my friend's dad had one and they had to drill into his brain and now he has brain damage and 2. it's a Nirvana song - I googled it. I don't like the words INSTANT DEATH being in anyway associated with my brain*.
She also said if it gets bad overnight to go straight into hospital. Now I'm going to sit up all night waiting for my head to explode.
It's a weird thing - you think the terms health and fitness are complementary but I'm starting to think they are mutally exclusive. Between broken ribs and gaping wounds and now this - fitness just isn't so healthy.
* Disclaimer - I don't really think this will happen.
Oh Kathryn!! I said an immediate prayer for you as soon as I read about the aneursym! I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers, keep us informed when you can, but don't stress out if you can't!
By 1:40 pm, at
Shiiiiiiiiiiiiiitttttt! Fingers crossed everything goes okay.
By 2:20 pm, at
By 5:18 pm, at
I have every finger crossed for you. I hope it all turns out okay! Take care
By 5:33 pm, at
Yikes, hang in there and try not to freak out. I wish you the very best of luck!
By 9:20 am, at
Yowsers, look what i've missed.
By 12:41 am, at
Yes, if you are real observant, you'd notice I've lost exactly zero this week. I dunno how that happened since every time I went on the scales in the last week I've been in the 76s. I figure it's water retention. Damn you, water. Damn you sausages too.
I didn't do much exercise today because I had another headache. I've been reading up about exercise headaches. All the stuff said they are harmless, then I read one thing that said see the doctor immediately if you have any of these symptoms and one of symptoms was that the headaches are only on side of your head. I hate that side. At least tell me why that's bad! Now I'm expecting my head to explode between now and going to the doctor tomorrow.
The plan for tomorrow is to get up and go for an early run before the hot starts, since it's meant to be high 30s. I'm going to pop a Nurofen before my run and fix that headache before it starts. My doctor's appointment is at 10.30 so hopefully I'll keep my head intact until then.
I did well with my goal for last week - expect for that mini twirl last night. Other than that, all my treats were premediated. My goal for this week is to eat mindfully - a few times lately I've been eating and realised I could have stopped much earlier and been satisfied, but once that food has gone down your piehole, the damage is done (well unless you vomit it back up - ick!).
Oh yeah, another reason I could of been up in my weight this week is lack of sleep. I didn't get to bed until 3.00 am last night because I've started watching Prison Break. Andrew told me to watch this ages ago (like before it came on telly here even) but I ignored him. Now I'm getting into it and have so much catching up to do (although I'd rather wait and binge watch than have to wait a week between episodes). Anyway, I couldn't go to bed without finding out if the boyish charm and clever planning of Micheal Schofield was going to be enough to get him and his brother Lincoln out of jail. It's just too nerve racking. I managed to tear myself away eventually. So far I'm seven eps into season 1 (so no spoiler comments or I'll kill you!).
Good luck at the docs tomorrow. Bit of a good perve in Prisonbreak don't u think?
By 9:45 pm, at
OK, So it's eat mindfully this week. I'll have to start tomorrow because today was a disaster, so was yesterday with that chocolate cake.
Hey Kathryn, I finally worked out how to create an account so I can post a comment on your blog ! Been reading for a while, but unable to post. Do you know what the most amazing thing about prisonbreak is - the amount of time it must have taken to do that damn tattoo for each shoot. My kids both adore this show.
By 11:08 pm, at
Good luck at the Dr's. Hope they can help you with your headaches.
By 7:57 am, at
I never knew that lack of sleep could contribute to weight gain? If only I could put all my weight gain down to that...... Gives me a bit more incentive to get to bed at more normal times and stop living on 4 or 5 hours sleep a night.
Season 2 starts here next week.
By 12:26 pm, at
Sometimes it just doesn't make sense but yeah, it could be a number of things so don't get mental about it you hear! :-)
By 2:17 pm, at
I did a 15 km run (with lots of walk breaks) yesterday. Three laps of Albert Park plus an extra bit added in to make it 15 kms kinda exactly. I so need new running shoes - I was fine for the first 10 km then my feet got swelly and ouch. I actually took them off for the last half km and walked back to the car on the grass.
This morning I headed over to the gym and did about 45 mins of cardio then a yoga class. It was a great class and really want I needed after the run yesterday. I'm all stretched out now!
All good except I had sausages for dinner tonight. I know sausages are bad, but I'd forgotten how bad (and how delish). Ooops. Maybe I shouldn't have had three of them. I added up my calories and nearly died then realised I'd entered my bread roll from lunch twice - still over calories today for the first time this week and that makes me sad. I'm just hoping I over-estimated the sausages since they were from the market and seem a lot less fatty than supermarket ones. Anyhow, 6 out of 7 days isn't bad at all :)
Boxing, running, Yoga... You're a workout machine! I'm sure those sausages have no chance to stick to your butt or anywhere else with all the exercise you've been doing. Keep up the great work!
By 12:10 am, at
i am in awe of your sportiness :)
By 1:22 am, at
15kms!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My God you are amazing. :D
WOW you had a huge exercise day and I love that you ended it with yoga *bliss* :-)
By 5:47 am, at
Sausages really are little bundles of fat, aren't they!
By 8:56 am, at
Hey I just did 3 laps of Albert Park Lake this morning! I wish it would erase the extra kilojoules I have eaten in the past week (includng sausages!) but it won't even go close.
By 10:01 am, at
I can't wait till i'm able to run 15km!!! Thats so impressive :) You really shouldn't be worrying about the saussages... its not like you eat them every day ;)
At boxing class yesterday, I got the worst headache - a sharp pain (similar to an icecream headache) up my neck and side of my face. The same thing happened earlier in the week when I did an upper body workout. It's a bit of a worry and I'll be off to see either the doctor or the myotherapist this week.
Boxing rocked. There were only five of us in the class so we got a huge workout. One of the girls was a total PITA though. At one stage I had to pair up with her and she told me I wasn't holding the focus pads properly - she goes 'just because you're tired, doesn't mean you can't do it right' in the most arrogant tone. She was far better than anyone else in the class but I reckon she needs to be good - with that attitude, she's had to learn to punch back!
At the moment I'm in love with mashed pumpkin. I eat pumpkin a lot but not usually mashed. It's seriously good stuff. I also got some Pataks capsicum and coriander dip. Mix that over a bowl of mashed pumpkin and it's instant yum! I'm also in love with salad and have been making a huge container for the fridge. Prolly not as healthy as making it fresh but heaps more convenient.
criiiiikey! what a biaaatch! don't you wish you could have kicked her into a bloody pulp. hehe.
By 10:14 am, at
Definitely get the pain checked out - the one in your head, not the one in your boxing class. She just needs a good slap!
By 10:49 am, at
I would have kicked that girl in the 'you-know-what' if she said that to me. What a cow. Hope your visit to the doc sorts everything out.
By 2:33 pm, at
What a dickhead, just gotta laugh at stupid bitches like that and make sure you get that pain checked out. Sounds a little odd?? Mmmm pumpkin...yum yum!
By 5:47 pm, at
Hope your head is OK. Sounds nasty!
By 8:10 pm, at
There always has to be one pain in the arse, doesn't there??
By 10:21 am, at
She sounds like a right cow!
By 10:26 am, at
Mashed pumpkin is delicious!
In the spirit of international de-lurking week, I'm officially de-lurking and leaving you a comment finally! ;)
By 3:40 pm, at
About three months ago, I suspended my Fitness First membership. I could only suspend it for three months and they hold me it would go through until the 11st Jan. So the other day I went in to sort it out and, apparently the payment goes through on the 11th but it actually become unsuspended on the 7th. I have no idea how that works but I figure since I have to pay for a fortnight's membership before I re-suspend it, I'm going to get my money's worth.
I went in last night and did some cardio and weights. Tonight I want to do a Body Balance class and tomorrow Boxing. Because it's so hot, I'm torn between wanting to go over to the St Kilda gym because it has a pool and not wanting to spend time in my unair-conditioned car.
I went into Borders the other day and read a few books on half marathon training then sat down and created an excel spreadsheet with all my training for the next 5 months, encompassing the Run for the Kids and a couple of other fun runs I have planned.
My plan at the moment is to do two medium length runs during the week and a long run on the weekend. When the R4TKs training runs start up, I'll drop one of the midweek runs for two of those, bumping it up to 4 runs a week. The plan is pretty flexbile since I often do my long runs with my friend Simon so need to schedule around him.
I also want to increase the distance but include walk breaks - I figure I'll burn heaps more calories doing say 15 kms of 2 km running, 1 km walking than just doing a 10 km.
My plan also includes 3 cross training sessions a week - I want to do boxing at least once a week because I need some cardio that works the upper body, then just a mix of cardio machines or walking. Also yoga once or twice a week and a couple of weight training sessions.
Right now, I'm hoping it cools down enough so that I can go for a run tonight. If not, I'll run on the treadie at the gym before my Body Balance class.
I've been reading this blog - health advice from my fave radio station, RRR. Definitely worth a look.
Good luck for the HM training. I already have my plan all set out for the coming months and am looking forward to it.
By 2:13 pm, at
Thanks for your support :) Keep up the good work. Gill
Are you bloody crazy? It's way too hot to be doing so much exercise! You ARE the exercise Queen baby!
By 10:02 pm, at
I'm exhausted just reading this. Go you!
By 12:25 am, at
that sounds exxxxxxxxxcellent. how you enjoyed the body balance, milk that two weeks for all it's worth, hehe :)
By 12:52 am, at
I've decided I want to give Yoga a go too. I reckon the core strengthening and flexibility will really help the running. It's just a matter of finding a Yoga class when I get to Perth.
By 11:20 am, at
Grrr, credit cards are a bit of a gripe of mine lately. Too many "incorrect" deductions for my liking but I hope you ar enjoying going back to FF!?
By 5:44 pm, at
I've been reading an interesting post on Voluntary Simplicity. I really like these concepts and it's something I try to do in my life but have never really thought about in these terms before.
As far as dieting goes, this quote really struck me:
How often do we decide to lose weight or start a healthy lifestyle because we think we should?
Lately I've been reading a lot of posts on New Year's resolutions - some full of workable goals infused with energy and positivity, some made with a spirit of 'it's new year so I guess I should do this'. No prizes for guess who'll achieve their goals.
I spent so many years making plans and resolutions to lose weight because I thought I should and, each time, I'd crumple as soon as I saw the first chocolate bar.
When I read that quote now, I realise I got more inner help and comfort from eating than the imagined payoff. It wasn't because I lacked self discipline, I needed to overeat. I needed the comfort, I needed the distraction, I needed the joy and, at the time, the only place I could find it was in food.
My weight loss plans always involved sacrifice - I'll go without this and not eat that. When I found something I wanted more, I could do it. I wanted to experience life as a healthy person. In order to do that, I shed the things I didn't need - not just the weight and not just the food, but the reliance on these comforts to see me through life.
I'm far from done but I see now that I need to focus my energy on the things I want - and, it's true, the things I give up will no longer have a hold on me.
Somebody wise once said that before you can successfully transform yourself, you need to reach a point where staying the same is WAY more uncomfortable than anything you might have to go through in order to change.
Wow, this is good, and so is kek's comment. Changing your viewpoint can make so much difference.
By 9:23 am, at
Great post Kat...especially since it tends to indicate that my resolutions may actually stick. lol
Wow, great post! and so true. Thanks
By 12:03 pm, at
You are so right! I need to adopt that attitude to. It is so easy to think of the things we are giving up... Thanks for this :)
Thanks for this post, you've given me a lot to think about!
By 8:31 pm, at
I forgot to add that I have no intention of giving up chocolate. I just choose to have a little of it occasionally, rather than eat a family block every day.
A good post and you are so right regarding New Years resolutions, why do people feel compelled to do this. If you want to make life changing goals then make them when you are ready!
Gandhi, thank you for sharing! I really dig the idea of Voluntary Simplicity and YES the idea is not to take away and make it a negative experience. My success comes from wanting to be healthier too :-)
By 12:03 pm, at
A gain this week. Not good at all but I figure I put most of that on camping. We eat good food but we ate a lot of it... plus booze. And, apart from the fun run, I did no exercise at all. I'd planned a long beach walk and bush run but the weather was too shitty.
I did well with my goal to drink more water. Water is definitely being drunk. Next week's goal is to cut out sugary treats. I'm getting back into the bad habit of buying a little chocolate when I go to the servo or a few lollies at the milk bar. Mostly it's habit and I don't enjoy them.
Ails mentioned on her blog that it's 12 weeks to the Run for the Kids. She's inspired me to get my act together. I've decided I want to be at goal for the run. Much easier to lose the weight than to haul it over 15.2 kms.
I had a funny incident when I went away that I forgot to mention in my post below. Rather than have my friend detour out of his way to pick me up, we decided my sister would drive me to meet him somewhere on the way. He thought the Citylink toll office would work.
So, after my job interview, we went straight to the Citylink carpark to wait for him and I decided to get changed. After all, I'd look a real dick turning up to the camp site in an interview outfit. I popped up the hatch of the car and started changing. Luckily I'd worn a wrap dress with a cami underneath - very easy for quick changes. I pulled on my shorts and untied the dress then noticed a Citylink worker staring at me!
I stuck my head in the car and, before I could say anything, my sister says - yes, he's checking you out. Arrrgghhh. Before you get any ideas that this is a good thing, I have to tell you the guy was freaky with an abnormally square head (and staring like a psycho). I pulled on a top then took off the cami without compromising my modesty and the whole time trying to ignore him.
Then I realised I needed an ATM to get some cash for my sister so I wandered off to look for one. The freaky guy came over and told me I couldn't leave my car in the car park. I tried to explain I only wanted an ATM and he said okay, I could stay then walked off. My sister said he kept turning back to check me out. Creepy, esp since we realised he could prolly find out my address and other details from my car rego.
Luckily my friend rang just after that happened so I told him I'd meet him at the servo down the road instead - that way I'd have an ATM, coffee and no freaky dudes!
Hi Kathryn. Congrats on your run that is a real achievement. The camping sounds like it was fun too. Good luck with the challenge this week.lb
Ooooh I hate freaky guys like that, at least your sis was here with you. How did the interview go then? I was 77.2 this morning so which is a loss of 0.9 since yesterday. I think my scales are stuffed!
By 7:33 am, at
Oh man, it is always the creepy guy, I swear.
You saucy wench!
Oh god, too funny! Who's the freak ;-)
By 8:20 pm, at
Camping? Who knew it could be fun. I didn't get eaten by bears or hyenas and didn't even have a tree fall on my tent (although it was a bit of a worry).
We got to Lorne on Thursday night and found a camping ground - I didn't realise until we got there that we didn't actually know where we were staying! We went to one camping ground that was just like a verge on the side of a bumpy gravel road - ick! The second camping ground was nice but you couldn't drive in to it so that meant hauling all our gear down a long bush track. The third place was a fair way out of town and a bit overcrowded but we found a good spot and set up. The next morning, all the the other campers left (dunno what we did to them) so there was a whole empty campsite and just us huddled in the corner.
After we set up camp, we cooked dinner and had a few wines then crashed into bed.
Friday we went to find ice so headed to the nearest town - Deans Marsh - and found a fantastic cafe. Got coffees for us and ice for the esky then stopped at a pick your own berry farm on the way back. The berry farm rocked. They had all these berries I'd never even heard of - silvanberries and miriamberries and other amazing berries. We got a punnet full to have with pancakes for Sunday brunch then headed into Lorne to register for the race.
As part of our race pack, we got tee shirts with "Survived" written across the front (like the Survivor logo). A lot of people were wearing them around town which is wrong cos they hadn't yet ran the race so were pre-empting the Survived bit.
We got into race mode by relaxing on the beach - not a good idea since we then panicked about sand and sunburn and other things that make running less fun. We had a nice picnic lunch of rolls and bananas then met a friend for coffee. A couple of guys at another table were drinking ice cold Coronas and I so wanted to snatch them out of their hands. I don't drink that much but when I can't, I seem to really want it - and 35 degree day, what's nicer than an icy beer. I kept saying - after the race, I'll have one.
We spent the arvo having a second lunch and hanging out on the beach. Before the race we had a shower - our campsite had toilets but no showers - and found out the coin operated hot water didn't work. I got all antsy waiting in the shower queue, thinking I'd miss the run (how can anyone spend more than 5 minutes in a cold shower and water restrictions, people!) but got washed and desanded.
As I changed into my running gear, I learnt a valuable lesson. After a beach shower with a not too dry towel, a bit of sunburn and a racer back bra - bad move. I couldn't my bra on! I squirmed and struggled and squished bits into places. I almost got desperate enough to ask the girl changing beside me to pull it down for me, but finally got it on.
We walked up to the start line and did some warming up then got ready. The run started and I took off nicely until about halfway up the first hill. OMG... steep! I walked then ran then walked. Since we started near the pack (and were in the seniors start... they really need to rethinking that cos you don't call people 30+ yo seniors!) I had lots of walkers around me. I wanted to get passed them but didn't want to ... well I couldn't, to be honest. Then we got to a steep downhill bit and lots of people started running but I figured loose gravel and a steep decline = a broken Kathryn. Another huge hill then we got to the drink station and a fairly flat bush track.
After my water, I revved up and flew along the bush track, passing everyone. Funnily enough, on the dirt track I had no fear of falling even with branches and holes and other hazards (oh, and a nice drop to the creek on one side).
I thought the 2nd drink station was at the 4k mark so after a while was thinking - must be there soon, must be there soon, omg this is the longest 4 ks ever, I'm going to die. In my brain, I kept thinking I had to stop running but my legs didn't listen and they kept going and going. I had this stupid idea that since I was dehydrating, I should run faster to get water.
Finally got out of the bush and got water (found out later the water station was around 5-6 kms not 4) and got onto the sealed road. Another hill but not nearly as steep as the first ones. Everyone had dropped back to walk but I took off. One guy yelled 'go for it' as I ran passed him - not sure if he was being sarcastic or encouraging.
Lots of hills and bends for a while - reminding me of the City to Surf. I walked then I ran then walked some more. The next drink station was at the pier - I'd been told that was 1 km from the finish but thought the stations were 2 km apart so was very confused about how far I had to go.
I was about ready to crawl home when I saw a woman who'd really bugged me in the shower queue and I knew I had to beat her so I took off. The finish line looked so far away though.
I passed a guy sitting on a fold up chair with a slab beside him. He called out to tell me I was doing well so I told him he wasn't doing bad himself. Kept going and got to my friends cheering on the sidelines so took off for the line.
I managed to run the 8ks in around 52 minutes, not that different for my time in the Spring into Shape runs. I figured I'd done well considering the hills and the heat and the dehydration.
We got back to camp and had dinner and beers! Woohoo!
Saturday my friends did the Pier to Pub swim. Fools. Swimming 1 km in the ocean isn't my idea of fun. Apparently the conditions were awful too. We sat on the beach cheering and watching bags. The weather had turned nasty so we had a quick beer then back to camp for naps.
Last night we went back to the nice cafe for dinner and sat on the verandah listening to some great chill out music, drinking and talking and relaxing.
This morning was too wet for a pancake brunch so we had cereal then went to the cafe for coffees (and a very yummy carrot muffin... omg it was heaven) and drove back home. We cooked the pancakes here and had them with the berries and made many bad berry puns.
It's so good to be home. You really don't appreciate flush toilets and warm showers until you have to live without them.
ps. we camped next to a little pond and I didn't fall in once even though everyone thought I would! Go me!
How can they build campsites with no showers? That's just not right!
By 7:24 pm, at
Hallelujah! I knew you'd have fun :-) Mmm, the berry farm would have been awesome!
By 8:03 pm, at
Great work- none of the bad things: falling down, bears, falling trees, dips in the pond and all of the good things: great run, great time, good berries and beer. Sounds like a great weekend.
By 8:05 pm, at
Congrats Kathryn - that's a great time for those conditions you described.
By 1:06 am, at
Glad you survived, and that you have the shirt to prove it!
By 12:34 pm, at
Now I hate to disillusion you, Kathryn, but there really ARE no bears or hyenas in this country...unless they escaped from a circus or zoo maybe...
You are truly an inspiration. Running in the bush now? Holy moly! And OMG the whole camping thing. It's not my bag - with the dirt and the bugs and the copping a squat behind a tree!
By 11:36 pm, at
I'm about to go off camping for the weekend - heeeeeeelp! Last time I left the city I got lost in the bush for hours, not to mention freezing almost to death! I don't cope well with nature.
Tomorrow I'm doing the Lorne Mountain to Surf run. It's meant to be 35 degrees so I reckon that surf will look mighty fine at the end of it! I plan to jump straight in.
I've been totally organised and under control then got asked to go in for an interview this arvo so everything is thrown out of wack, but think I've got the main things. I don't have a torch but don't plan on going ANYWHERE alone.
I'll be back Sunday... hopefully. Wish me luck!
Camping? Have you gone MAD? The only way I'd go camping these days is if the tent contained a king-sized bed, aircon and ensuite-everything. And to think I used to be a top-notch Girl Guide!
Good luck for the run...and the camping!
By 2:15 pm, at
Good luck for the run kathryn, sounds like it is going to be a doozy. I am so glad that the weather on Saturday will be a little bit cooler for the Portsea Classic.
By 2:29 pm, at
Umm - Good Luck??? LMAO
By 6:24 pm, at
I have never been camping, and will never ever do so - i am scared of being outdoors because i am such a sook I hope you have a brilliant time though
I'm with kek on the camping. My idea of camping is staying in a semi dodgy motel!
By 10:38 pm, at
Good luck Kathryn - have a great run.
By 10:44 pm, at
Hope you have a fabulous time!
By 2:22 am, at
Don't go out of sight of the tent!
By 5:08 am, at
Hope your i/v went well, and that we don't hear about "Melbourne woman, KathrynOh, has been lost in the woods for 7 days now" on the news. ROFL
By 8:25 am, at
Good luck! More for the camping than the running.... ewwww (I just don't DO tents)!
By 9:43 am, at
Good luck with the run and even more good luck for the camping !!!!
By 12:26 pm, at
Ooh good luck! And drink LOTS of water!!! Can't wait to hear all your adventures when you get back.
Oh hey, good luck! Have fun!
Man, if I lived in Melbourne...I'd be asking to go with you! It'll be fun and you might actually be surprised by how much of a camper you turn out to be :-)
By 9:45 am, at
Gosh that came around fast, I remember when you first posted about this!
By 12:09 pm, at
I used to devour diet magazines (not literally, although sometimes I'd devour a packet of Tim Tams while reading them), especially the success stories. The greater the weight loss, the more I loved it, but I never read them from the point of view of a success I could emulate. I'll be totally honest here. I'd love to see how fat people could get so I'd feel better about myself - I might be fat, but I'm not THAT fat. Like someone else's weight, negated my own.
Since I've lost weight, those stories bore me. I don't need the reassurance that I'm not the fattest person in the world for starters but also the diet magazines are so formulaic. They're written to a template with only the names and quotes changed *yawn*. If I want to read about weight loss, I'm spoilt by the real stories I read everyday - people like Shauna and Sue and Mary (just for starters) who don't into a shiny, happily ever after format but have good days and bad days and who battle through. You don't get that in a magazine.
Then there are the stories that make me really mad - the supermodel diet secrets! One word people - genetics. What the hell does a model know about ordinary weight loss? Nothing. Here's how a model is made - you take a skinny teenager (preferably prepubescent), put them in a fake world full of drugs, make them throw up everything they eat, take photos of them and airbrush out any faults then tell the world they have to look like that. They have no secrets that I'm buying.
And, while I'm in rant mode, I never want to see another photo of that freak Victoria Beckham again. Did she die sometime around 10 years ago and they just keep dragging her corpse out? Is it like Weekend At Posh's? Cos that's what she looks like. She has the exact same expression on her face in every photo and I swear she stole it off some demon on Buffy. It likes like some tough old leathery mask and she always has her head down because she's so skinny and depleted she hadn't the strength to support it. She wasn't even a good Spice Girl. She's like fifth on the list of Spice Girls in order of goodness. Every time I see a picture of her, I want to throw up and not in a she-looks-so-good-I-want-to-emulate-her way but in a turning me off my food way. Don't publish her diet tips, for everyone's sake. In fact, never publish another photo of her ever again.
Finally, I don't know if anyone else thinks this is wrong but in Slimming Magazine, they have Ando (is that the guy's name) from the Biggest Loser giving diet advice. I mean the dude might have lost a lot of weight but he did it by going on a tv show and following orders. I hardly think that makes him a weight loss expert!
PMSL- Every word is the truth- who cares about Posh with her 12 year old boy body- does anyone find that sexy who is not some weird pervert?
By 2:51 pm, at
Adro's in Slimming Magazine? I agree with you, while he lost a ton of weight, he did it in a controlled environment. He had temptations locked away from him.
By 3:42 pm, at
I find Diet mags really boring too now but I *love* the recipes. Man, how many different ways can you say "eat well and exercise"!! I am sick of reading about all the quick cures and programs around also. So yeah, I stopped reading them.
By 3:44 pm, at
LOL how funny, I didn't see Sarah's "Skeletor" comment 'til after I posted mine! :-)
By 3:44 pm, at
I hear you loud and clear!
By 4:27 pm, at
true, true, true & true. And another reason I come to your blog - real person, real weightloss, real challenges.
By 5:55 pm, at
Oh Amen! How is it that a contestant from a reality show knows more about fitness than any of us who sit in the trenches and do it by ourselves? Bah!
True and funny!!!!!!!!!
By 6:55 pm, at
happy new year spunky pants!
By 7:02 pm, at
LMAO Kathryn - I love this post and have to agree with everything you have to say, especially Vicotoria Beckham - she seriously needs to eat some food!
By 10:07 pm, at
Victoria Beckham and diet tips???? You mean she actually eats food?
Oh I forgot to add Adro has become a qualified Personal Trainer and has his own website where he doles out info on dieting and exercise and it even has a forum. I'm afraid I didn't make a note of the website I didn't find it all that interesting.
The main thing I don't like about weight loss stories in magazines is the "I was fat and worthless and miserable, but now I'm thin and happy and solving the world's problems" formula. Not all big people are unhappy - I certainly wasn't. And losing weight doesn't solve everything.
By 4:38 am, at
Hahaha I cracked up about your Weekend at Posh's comment - it's exactly what I think. My favourite Posh story is that she had her arse ENLARGED for the advert for her and becks new perfume. Classic.
By 10:43 pm, at
HA.. I had that same conversation at our WW meeting with a gorup a=of ladies about Adro.. and I was shot down in flames for suggesting that we wasn't worthy!!!
By 6:24 am, at
Happy 2007 people. Where has this century gone? It seems like only yesterday everyone was panicing about the Y2K bug!
I had the quietest NYE ever. My friend Dave came over and we watched Rambo! I now I have many things I want including a helicopter and a rocket launcher. I've not beeing feeling 100% the last few days so it was good to just vege out. I didn't even have a booze (but I did have a Mint Slice Cornetto!)
So anyway, my goals for 2007:
Health and Fitness:
My weight is up to 76.6 kg (yikes) and I really want to go get to 65 kgs. That's 11.6 kgs to lose. I can do that. And I will do that. This is the year of getting to goal and maintaining it.
I want to do the Run For the Kids and the Great Ocean Road Half Marathon. I'm sure they'll be many other fun runs along the way. I'm looking to set some new PBs this year.
I want to master real push-ups (was doing good with these until I hurt my ribs last year) and chin ups.
I'm also planning to do a regular boxing class, yoga at least once a week and lots of cardio and weight training.
This year I will finish my novel and I will send it out to publishers. I am also going to start my second novel.
I don't have any real big ticket resolutions this year and I think that's because so many things are up in the air. I have no idea about work or about where I'll be living. It's hard to make plans at the moment but that's fine. I'm happy with things the way they are and I'm sure the future will take care of itself.
One thing I want to do is have a small weekly goal so that I can start weeding out the bad habits. I call this the Weekly Goal Lifestyle Changing Challenge-A-Rama. First on the list is to drink more water because I've been crap at this lately.
Happy New Year! Good luck with the resolutions- Great Ocean Road Half Marathon sounds hard - might have a go myself.
By 11:23 am, at
Happy New Year Kathryn! Good luck with all your goals for 2007.
By 11:39 am, at
I like the idea of mastering push ups. Real ones, not girly ones. I reckon it would be cool to do 10 push ups on my knuckles. Hmmmm, might set that as a resolution for myself...
By 11:45 am, at
HAppy New Year. Great goals and very realistic.
By 12:00 pm, at
Hi Kathryn - I ahve read pretty much all your blog - not in a stalker type fashion, but in an OMG I admire this person and what she has acheived SO MUCH, kind of fashion.
By 1:17 pm, at
I think I'll start by replacing wine with water - sort of a reverse-Jesus-trick!
By 2:30 pm, at
LOL I love Sue's comment - ditto for me. Now I'm hopeless at goal setting so could you please post each one you come up with & I'll try and do that too.
Hey Kathryn, my first visit and a 'cool' read. I loved your post regarding Christmas presents, finally my family is starting to realise that Christmas is not just a gift handover thingy... this year when I gave them a certificate telling them I had planted a tree in their name, they were not shocked and some were even pleased!
Happy New Year Kathryn...here's to a great 2007. You really have achieved a lot in 2006. lb
Happy New Year. Here's to another successful one. Can't wait to read your novel! What is it about?
By 1:40 am, at
that's a good bunch o' goals! when a challenge has a RAMA in it, you know it's gonna be good :)
By 2:27 am, at
Happy New Year and good luck with all those resolutions
HAPPY NEW YEAR babe and cheers to 2007! This is going to be another great year for you and I know this because you have such a great attitude and amazing fire in you to *live* your life to the fullest. Definitely achievable goals and you'll blitz them :-)
By 8:15 am, at
You're not wrong about how quickly time is flying. I never believed it when adults told me how quickly time went as you got older. Now i'm one of those adults, telling little kids to enjoy their time to the max!
By 11:06 am, at
Happy New Year! Good luck with the chin ups.
By 11:44 pm, at
Happy New year!! I think your goals are all realistic and fair and you will do well! I can't wait to hear about all of them :)
boobs: 100 cm
waist: 81 cm
hips: 109 cm
thighs: 50 cm
Weekly Goal Lifestyle Changing Challenge-A-Rama
Week 1 - Drink more water
Week 2 - Cut out sugary treats