2012….So Far!

So, what have I been up to lately?

2012 has been pretty positive so far, which is great. Although this week’s been really manic at work, it’s at least made the days fly past. I’m not trying to wish my life away, but being busy is always so much nicer than sitting at work feeling bored. I’m waking up every morning feeling really good about the day and you’d be surprised at just what a difference a positive attitude makes to your day. I’ll almost go as far as to say that when you’re thinking positively, the universe gives you back double! But that’s a debate for another time! 😉

As I mentioned in my earlier post, Goodbye 2011….Hello 2012, I mainly want to concentrate on CHANGE this year. I know that’s a pretty broad term, but it’s the simplest explanation for what I want to achieve this year. I want to change my attitude towards food and gymming; I want to change my lazy ways and get out more; I want to learn more; and I just generally want to change my attitude to everyday life. There are a few more things, but you guys get the gist of it I’m sure….

On another note, my first Weight Watchers weigh-in after Christmas was not as bad as I thought it would be. I only gained 1.5 pounds, which I’m hoping will be easy enough to shift in a week or two. However, my main weight loss aim for January/February is to hit the 10kg mark. Let me explain….Weight loss has been really slow for me over the past year. I’m super close to losing 10kg (in fact 2kg’s away!), and I feel that if I can just achieve that, the rest will get easier. That’s what I’m shooting for at the moment….the 10kg mark that eluded me in 2011!

I’ve even started the year with a bang, as I (finally) went to the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, which is something I’ve been threatening to do for years now. I took my new camera and played around with some settings. It turns out I need a bloody degree to operate the thing, but I’m excited to learn.

Fitness wise, I’ve been hitting the gym really hard (as promised) and even attended my first Pilates class at 8:30am (!) last Saturday. Let the record show though, that the main reason I actually got up for Pilates was due to the 7am “Wakey, Wakey” phone call I received from a friend. The kick up the butt really helped though! Apparently it’s called        “Tough Love”! Heheheeee I really enjoyed the Pilates though and will be attending again this Saturday…..

I’m also back to logging all my Weight Watchers ProPoints, and planning all my weekly meals. I cannot emphasise enough how much this helps. Just a little bit of organisation makes such a big difference to keeping your eating habits in check. I really recommend this for anyone trying to lose some weight. It’s one of the best tools in my arsenal!

Well, that’s all for now folks! As you can see, 2012 has been very kind to me so far. I just hope all this positivity lasts…..

I’ll leave you with a few Winter Wonderland pics I took and also some gratuitous Christmas 2011 photos too…..Enjoy! 🙂

Puddy giving me the evils!

Puddy guarding our Xmas Tree!

Our Silver Xmas Tree!

Winter Wonderland!

Bears at Winter Wonderland!

Winter Wonderland Roller Coaster!

More Rides at Winter Wonderland!

Balloons! 🙂

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9 Things for November….

After my meeting last night, I really feel invigorated and excited to be starting something new. I know there are a few changes I need to make, but I also don’t want to go completely overboard and propose too much and not do anything properly. So, I’ve had a bit of a think and I’ve come up with a couple of things I want to do & stick to in November. They are……..(drum roll!)

1. Attend WW Meetings every Monday

This will be one of my main priorities this month. I think it’s really important that I stick to this because I need to build up a routine and really get myself involved with this new approach and follow it through. I also like the pressure/accountability of getting weighed every Monday…..hopefully it’ll make me behave over the weekends! 🙂

2. Plan Ahead!

By this, I mean that I need to plan out a weekly menu every week. On a Sunday, I need to sit down and plan a full menu & grocery list for the following week. Not only will this probably save us some money on the grocery bill, but without planning, this eating plan of mine just won’t work. If I don’t make plan 99% of my meals, I’ll just end up grabbing things on the go or making things that are easy and convenient and most probably not healthy. I seriously need to be more organised!

3. Hit that gym HARD!

It’s no use me eating super healthy but then doing no exercise. I have really fallen off the wagon in this regards, and haven’t been to the gym in ages. The (simple) secret to weight loss is: healthy eating + exercise = Skinnier Lynne. So, I’m hitting it this month and I’m hitting it hard!

4. Start doing Pilates

This is something I’ve wanted to try for a long time. I went to a class once and that was ages ago, but it just worked out too expensive, so I never went back. Turns out, my gym membership includes Pilates classes on a Saturday morning, so why not? It’ll be a great way to start my Saturday and besides….if I feel tired later, I can just have a snooze on the couch with my fat kitty! 😉

5. Switch off the Telly!

This is a serious problem for me. I could quite honestly lie in front of the TV all day and just keep surfing from one channel to the next. The problem is that I just end up doing nothing. A day wasted! I’m not just talking about weekends, I do this during the week when I get home from work too. I could be so much more productive with my evenings if I just get off that damn couch!

6. Eat at the Dinner Table

I love doing this, but Greg & I just don’t do it often enough. We can actually have a civilised meal and have a great conversation instead of gulping down our food while staring at a TV screen. Definitely doing this more!

7. Less Wine!

Greg actually refers to me as “The Wine Fiend”. I kid you not. The sad fact of the matter is that it’s true. I would much rather give up chocolates and treats than my glass of red vino in the evening! There’s nothing wrong with the odd glass of wine here or there, but when you realise the amount of calories in a glass it starts to take on a bit of a different meaning. This might be one of the toughest to stick to, but I’m going to try. (Insert mental image of me crying over an unopened bottle of wine here please)

8. Paint more!

For those of you that don’t know….I paint. But not hardly as often as I’d like to. Most weekends, I have the best intentions, but that damn TV gets in the way (please see point #5). I’m quite a creative person and painting really allows me to get some of that out on canvas. Painting is also super relaxing, so it’s something I really want to do more of.

9. A little something nice!

I know it’s a bit premature, but I want to buy myself something nice to wear on my birthday this year. It’s only 4 weeks away and I know I might not have lost loads of weight by then, but I just want to walk into a bar or restaurant wearing something that makes me feel great. This is why I’ll really be hitting the gym hard this month and stick to my food plan. I think it’ll be a really nice boost for me to wear something cool on my birthday.

Aiming to change this attitude!

Well, that’s it Ladies & Gents….9 goals for November! I know it might sound like a lot, but they are all pretty much related to one another and none are too far-fetched. I genuinely think these are all achievable/do-able things. So, one month from today, I will report back with an update of how things went.

Excited! 🙂

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