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The end of another year…goodbye 2014…

 

What a year it’s been! The first half of the year I had my number two daughter and Sweet pea living with us.

The second half of the year I’ve had daughter number one and Squishy living with us.

I love my children and I especially love my Grandchildren, but I miss my art! I am so consumed with babies, and all that they entail that I have not done any art, not much of note, I have so much to do, to finish my “Art Instructors” course and I have just learnt Zentangle so that needs doing, and my penpalling fell off for a little while but happily that is back on track.

In January– We went away camping with long time friends, daughter number one and two grand babies. That was over the “Australia Day” weekend, fun times.

In February, My Husband took me away for a romantic weekend to Brisbane in Queensland, we got a mystery flight so we only found out where we were going a few days before hand, we have been there but we didn’t care it was us flying (I LOVE flying) away to be together. Had a great weekend.

In March– Heralded the Start of “Footy Season” and again I donned my hat as “football tragic mum”

In April– We had an engagement party for one of my nephews and the following weekend we had a roadt trip to Queensland to do some repairs on a friends house. Camping trip loved it.

In May– Nothing special but lots of football matches.

In June– Daughter number two and Sweetpea flew the nest.

In July– I discovered the Lord, we went out for dinner for a friends birthday. Had a date day at the Art Gallery and then lunch

In August– Number one daughter moved home with Squishy, Football Grand-final, we lost by one point!!

In September– My Nephew’s engagement party, great night out.

In October– My Niece had her engagement party, my birthday, Moved Mother-in-law into a nursing home and we went camping.

In November– Still camping for the first whole week.  Zentangle art class, Sweetpea turned one and said farewell to a long time friend. She Who Rambles Salad Challenge

In December– Christmas party at the Nursing home, Squishy turned one, huge birthday party, Christmas and quality time at our holiday place.

November, I started “The Daniel Plan” and to date I have lost 6 kilograms and 12 inches, I am happy about that!

 

Reading all that it’s been a busy year! Speaking of reading

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My first piece of Bible art Psalm 139;13 I need to add some colour to it, but I’m scared to ruin it. I since quit that group because it was making me nervous about ruining my beautiful new bible.

IMG_0304This is my “awaiting” to be read pile… sheesh it makes me tired just looking at it, The book about Luther belongs to Pastor Frank, he loans me his personal books, I find that very humbling that he trusts me with his books.

IMG_0306A 90 day devotional study that I want to do, I haven’t booked it in yet, I’m really busy in January. Maybe I’ll pencil it in for April, May and June.

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Two more Studies that I just got in the mail, both have 12 lessons.

IMG_0302This is my Bible study folder, which I do my daily studies in with “The Good Morning Girls” group, I am in a Facebook group called “The Heart of Esther” and have just been made Assistant for the group, so already my “deeper” is working! I have different sections in this folder.. the books that concern Men go in one bit, the Books that concern women go in another and the general books which is most of them go into a separate section. This year Good Morning Girls is introducing a different hing we are going to start colour coordinating the scriptures. Monday 5th January “Good Morning Girls” starts back with the Book of Exodus.

 

                  

 

So I have a feeling my morning study session is going to get a bit longer.. if I do this I haven’t actually decided yet.

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This neat little pile lives by my bed. Each morning and each night, I read the daily devotional in each book and write in my journal. Basically my journal I write in any time, but I always start off with good intentions each morning and do a wrap up of each day before I go to bed, then I know my mind is clear and I am all set for my prayer.

Tonight I am ending the year as I started it, with Sweetpea while her Mum goes out for the night. We did that last year too.. except last year I didn’t feel as tired as I do this year!

Happy New Year to all my friends out there who take time to read my blog, thank- you for reading and I hope you all come back next year for more and I wish you all a very happy 2015!!

 

 

 

 

Weight loss Wednesday.. update..

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Update on my Diet and health and fitness program “The Daniel Plan” find out more here: www.thedanielplan.com 

This week I felt much happier with what the scales were saying, I am official down to 69 kilos (152 pounds) so I am down 6 kilos (13 pounds) and over all I have lost 12 inches from various parts of my body, so I am happy with that result, in six weeks.

Today I made a batch of “Quinoa breakfast bars” and a batch of “Nut free bran muffins” they have dates in them I want to call them Date muffins. Following the recipe I have worked out enough to last me for 11 days  (two pieces each morning for breakfast) when I am not doing my “Green Smoothies” I was so surprised at how easily they turned out following the recipe in “Paleo Cooking from Elana’s pantry” see her website at: http://elanaspantry.com/

This morning I had a green juice, it contained pear, apple, orange, celery and kale. The first time I’ve used kale it didn’t taste too bad. In January I am starting a 30 days Green Smoothie challenge and I knew Kale was one of the ingredients I needed so I got a head start. I am freezing the muffins and quinoa bars, and then you just zap them into the microwave for 30 seconds and add a drizzle of Maple Syrup.. yum!

Weight-loss Wednesday..

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So this week, let’s work on “Focus” because I lost some of mine last week.


One of the most powerful tools to keep you on track with The Daniel Plan is your journal.  Tracking your results keeps you focused and in tune with your progress.   One of the primary reasons why people don’t succeed at losing weight and getting healthy is because they neglect to track their food intake and daily habits.

Research shows that keeping a food journal DOUBLES weight loss in just 10 weeks and helps you maintain your ongoing achievements. Describing your journey in a written format will help you stay focused on your goals and gives you a record of your progress to help you stay motivated and use that momentum to keep moving forward.

Perks To Keeping a Journal

  • Carefully thought out goals that are written down are powerful.
  • Keeping yourself accountable is directly tied to success.
  • Writing down everything that goes into your body makes you conscious, aware, and more likely to do the right things (avoiding food amnesia)!
  • Keeping a journal lets you see your progress. Often progress in one area will spill over and create positive impact in another area. Before you know it, you will be a new person.

It All Starts With Setting Goals
Before you start journaling, make sure you set goals for yourself. These goals should be:

  • Specific: goals are clear and distinct.
  • Measurable: emphasizes the need for tangible benchmarks.
  • Attainable: goals need to be realistic.      
  • Relevant: goals that matter.
  • Time-bound: stresses the importance of attaining the goal within a certain time frame.

Setting these goals will help your brain help you make it happen!

Track Your Daily Habits

Eating right is only part of The Daniel Plan. Getting more physical activity, doing mental exercises, changing negative thinking patterns, reducing stress, knowing your numbers, getting good sleep, taking your supplements—these are all important aspects too. If you want to get the most out of The Daniel Plan, you need to track your daily habits and keep track of how your are doing in the 5 Essentials: Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus, and Friends. From the Daniel Plan website..


 

Last Friday {and please let me add, this is NOT a cop-out this is the truth and I am confessing, you are my witnesses} was my Grandson’s First Birthday. I knew the family were coming over for dinner, as they had two weeks earlier for my Granddaughter’s birthday dinner, but that time I cooked her favorite which is Roast Lamb and all the vegetables, we do not roast with added fats so i knew I was safe and “Daniel compliant” When I asked Daughter number one what to cook for my Grandson’s dinner she suggested “take away” and here the trouble begins. First she said “Fish and Chips” and whenever we have that I have a piece of grilled fish (no batter!) and just a few of the chips… remember I explained to you about the “90/10 rule” (Eat healthy 90% of the time and have fun 10%) So I was good to go with that and felt I was under control. BUT then what did my Darling Daughter do?? (She went out for lunch and had “fish n chips” and didn’t want them for dinner as well) she changed her mind. Now we were having.. wait for it… ,my biggest weakness… P-I-Z-Z-A!! oh and to rub it in a bit more.. Garlic bread and CHIPS!

I can hear you saying… “You didn’t have to eat it!” and you are very right I DIDN’T have to..but I did.. I guess “FOCUS” is still something I need to work on. Confession time- “Bless me Father for I have sinned.. I ate three pieces of Pizza and  a few chipsBUT I did not eat the chocolate cake afterwards!

So I went to bed feeling gluggy (is that a feeling??) I felt stuffed.. wasn’t really a fun feeling. AND I did notice I slept badly too.. my mouth was all fuzzy and I was restless.. I am assuming and I could be wrong, but I am thinking it was all those glutens.

I was wide awake at 5.30 am on the Saturday morning and restless, so I went down stairs and out to the garden, and I spent time conversing with the Lord and had a discussion about snails and what was their purpose on earth besides eating my marigolds and zucchini plants. I got some very good serious work done in the garden, removed an old rose-bush and dug over a huge patch of weeded garden bed, so I felt good because I felt like I had “worked off last nights pizza” so I happily went inside an hour and forty-five minutes later, drenched to the skin and muddy to have my shower.

Saturday was busy as, we went to my M-I-L’s and moved some stuff around, then home again, and my cousin picked me up for our Art class, we timed it badly and were early so we stopped for lunch… Uh Oh… I sinned again… Usually at McDonald’s I would have a salad with grilled chicken and I was happy that I stayed “Daniel Compliant” but for some reason, my stupid mouth ordered a medium Cheese burger meal with coke AND a Kit Kat McFlurry… really? WTF was I thinking?!? and as soon as I got my order and smelt it I really did not want it.

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We went off to our Zentangle class and it’s in an old convent and silently eerie as I am used to being home with babies all day the silence was most welcomed until my stomach started “Singing” (remember I have not up till that point had any dairy, glutens or takeaways for the previous three weeks!) My tummy was not happy.. and it did not get much better…

Then when I got home Saturday afternoon I put it all down to “The babies birthday weekend” (and I’ll get back on plan Monday everything will be fine!) Number One daughter and Squishy were going out for dinner, so I started decorating for the party the next day, and my Bloke suggested “Let’s go out to dinner, Star Son was away at a friends and Squish and his Mum are out, why should we stay home?” so we took off to the local Chinese restaurant. Chinese is a safe option, lots of veggies, no creamy sauces and lots of freshly cooked chicken, prawns and beef. So that’s what we had. a little bit of everything. I skipped he dessert that came with the “Banquet for two” it was banana fritters and ice-cream.

But back at home, my stomach’s singing got louder and then it started kicking me and finally at about 1.30 am the vomiting started.

I’ll spare you all the gruesome details other than to say, I don’t think I can honestly look at Chinese food again for a while if ever.. IT wasn’t the Chinese food’s fault it was the Gastro that has been working its way through my family.. but the Chinese food was last in and first out and it’s a horrible reminder.

The babies party started at 2.30 pm on Sunday afternoon, I dragged myself out of bed at 1.45 pm, had a shower, got dressed and slide down stairs but oh boy was I ever sick. I put a notice on FB for people to be warned and not to come, a lot cancelled, not enough clearly though!!

I was most worried all week about the “party food” because my daughter was arranging everything it was just my job to prepare it all, and I knew because it’s my “former life” that I LOVED all those foods I was making and would want to eat them, so Sunday was my day I was most scared of failing. Well as it turned out I ATE NOTHING… seriously I could not even keep water down!

By 6;30 pm I was back in bed fast asleep.

So here it is today Wednesday, and I risked a peek at the scales, and was prepared to be disappointed, after eating Pizza, Maccas and Chinese in a 24 hour period. But the scales tell me 70 kilograms!! (154 pounds) which means my witnesses, I am officially down 5 kilograms (11 pounds) in four weeks!! Today is the 10th of December and I started on 10th November. I am very pleased with myself, and I have just 3 more kilograms (6.61 pounds) to go to my goal weight.

I have not done a measure this week, I will check in with that next week. Did I tell you about the fancy wedding I am going to in January? well tomorrow the dress shopping begins! and according to the measurements I have been reading, If I am reading correctly I have dropped a dress size! But I will wait until I get to the shops and confirm that!!

In the Meantime here are some of the GOOD things I ate last week!

Weightloss Wednesday!

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I have decided to do certain posts for certain days, due to some challenges I joined, but I had nothing for Wednesdays, so it’s now officially “Weight-loss Wednesday” Wednesday known locally as “hump day” because it’s the middle of the week… from here on in you’re aiming for the weekend. It’s also a good time to re asses how my eating is going so I know whether or not to have a 10 % day or not. ( a 10% day is when you eat 90% good and have a naughty snack or whatever)

This week marks three weeks of Detox for “The Daniel Plan” and to be perfectly honest I do not miss that which I have cut out. I have the odd days when I wish I had a piece of bread (it’s gone due to Glutens) I am REALLY surprised that I do not miss coffee (that’s been gone for 23 days) because I used to drink a lot, and I am sure come winter when we are at football games on Sunday mornings with Star Son and I am passing up that creamy cappuccino I might miss it more. But right now I am not, and the sugar was easier to lose than I expected, I really thought I would struggle with that but apparently I am not.

Finally I am at that stage where I have more energy, which I did not think would arrive. Days 2,3,4 were horrendous with headaches and being so tired, I felt like I had run a marathon just getting Star Son off to school, That first week I was told to be prepared to rest more due to detox and it’s effects, and boy I am so glad I took that advice, my family have been supportive and worked around me that first week to let me have my “Nanna naps” and go to bed early.

Week two came the mood swings, one minute I was fine then I was a blubbering mess and then I was a screaming demon, yelling at the stupidest of things, at that time, I took myself off to my journal and prayed for guidance was I finally “losing the plot? or was this all part of it?” the message I got was “go to the group!” and so off to the Daniel Plan Support group I joined on facebook and I poured it all out to them and thankfully everyone there is SUPPORTIVE! I have found that since I started this walk with the Lord, I am wrapped in support when I ask for help or guidance they are quick to reach out and tell me “go here, go there, try this or that.” This group is amazing and most are ahead of me so they have lived this life, and were very speedy to re-assure me “it’s all part of the detox, rest more, drink more water” and the most important advice was “Take some vitamins!” I got Vitamin B complex and a Multi vitamin with Minerals and I have not looked back! I explained to my family about detox and apologized for my outbursts and weird behavior and asked them to be patient with me as I went through this stage. Like I said they are very supportive and understand it’s not really me it’s the detox yelling.

Now I am into week three. I have been gardening half an hour each day, and so there are muscles appearing. In week two I asked the Group, “When should I see the scales move? or should I focus on the tape measure results?” and they were quick to tell me “It’s not ALL about weight, it’s about God and his love and being fit for him, and about eating more healthily, including more fresh and less packaged foods” so I shut up and kept on going.. But let me show you my results because even though it’s NOT all about the weight, I can not help but be aware of it and be proud of it. I don’t personally know anyone who has gone cold turkey and given up everything at once, so I am fumbling my way through it all.

Saturday 8th November 2012

Weight– 75 kilos (165.3 pounds)

Chest- 43 inches (109cms)

Waist– 39 in (99cms)

Tummy– 42 in (107cms)

Hips- 42 in (107 cms)

Thigh- 20.5 in (52 cms)

Arm- 13 in (33 cms)

 

I started my Detox on Monday 10th November.

 

Monday 24th November- 2012

Weight– 72 kilos (158.7 pounds)

Chest- 42 inches (107 cms)

Waist– 38 in (97 cms)

Tummy– 42 in (107cms)

Hips- 41 in (104 cms)

Thigh- 19.5 in (48.5 cms)

Arm- 12 in (30.5 cms)   So that made me Minus 2 Kilos (6.6 pounds) and minus five inches over all.

At this stage I was over the moon!! It’s working!!

 

Monday 02nd December 2014

Weight– 71 kilos (156.5 pounds)

Chest- 42 inches (107 cms)

Waist– 36 in (91.5 cms)

Tummy– 40.5 in (102.5 cms)

Hips- 41 in (104 cms)

Thigh- 19 in (48.5 cms)

Arm- 12 in (30.5 cms) So in that week I lost one kilo and 4.5 inches all over.

So overall goal.. I am down 4 kilos  (8.8 pounds) and 9.5 inches.

I am very proud of my efforts and I believe so is God, for doing this in his name, in his Glory.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.Philippians 4:13 (WEB)

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Daniel Plan day 18 and Salad Challenge…Day 29

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Breakfast– Mango and some mixed nuts

Lunch– Salad with chicken satay meatballs

Snack– kabana, nuts and cranberries

Dinner– Salad with chicken wings

This week while I am away from home, I came better prepared to suceed. Today has been an easy day to follow my Daniel Plan and I wasn’t even tempted to not be compliant.

I am still spending the first half an hour up on waking “With the Lord” and I could not now imagine NOT doing that, its become such a part of my routine, its as normal as breathing.

I am feeling Dainel Strong and walking a good walk.

NaBloPoMo 2014- Day 27- Today I did…. a LOT!

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Art!!

I know, I know right, it’s not a big deal to you all, but to me it’s HUGE!

You see, I look after my Grandson full-time while his Mum works and I love him to bits, but my Art Studio is down stairs and so when I am with my Squishy I rarely go down there. In fact, today was the first time I’ve even walked into that room for over two weeks.

So my daughter was home most of the day she only worked 5.00 pm- 10.00 pm today, she didn’t leave home till almost 3;00 pm. We had made plans to go and do some running around this morning, picking up some things ad going to the bank, we got a salad for lunch and come home and then I had all this free time, I’d already done the laundry this morning and it was on the line drying, so I wandered down stairs.

At first I stood there and looked around because let’s face it, it’s been a while since I worked down there, and it’s become a bit of a dumping ground as we move children and grandchildren in and out of the family home. I’ve got myself a nice little path but I really need to de-clutter a LOT of stuff. Plus there’s so much to do ART Wise, where to start was the questions, it all gets a bit overwhelming. My Sister-in-law came for a cup of tea and said “Do you remember HOW to paint?” I reassured her I don’t think I’ll ever forget that…. and then if I do there’s You Tube.

My gaze fell upon a painting as yet unfinished when I started her I had such a clear vision and then I got her head and the outline of her wings (she was going to be a red-headed angel) done and then for whatever reason I stopped. So I chose to work on her today. Since I have done some classes on drawing faces since I started her, I could see her face shape was wrong, so I started off by adjusting that with some neutral colour paint, then I decided that I could do her eyes better too, so I painted over those also, and while I’m going, her mouth needed work.. I love her nose though that can stay! I have no idea what I am doing as yet with her body or if she will retain her wings, but I’ll see how we go she’ll tell me what she wants as I go along, they usually do..

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What Else dd I do today?

Breakfast– Quinoa bake and Maple Syrup.

Snack- 1/2 banana (I shared with the Squishy boy!) and some dried cranberries (he loved those!) and some cashews.

Lunch– Greek Salad

Snack– Fruit and 10 nuts

Dinner– Home made chicken balls with salad and Satay dipping sauce, (All made from scratch and ALL Daniel Compliant)

Water is up to date, yay, another target reached.

Did I do anything else??

Oh yes! When I was shopping with my daughter and Squishy, I brought myself some more veggies for the newest garden bed, today I got Cucumbers and Zucchini! So now we have…

  • Tomatoes
  • basil
  • rosemary
  • corn
  • broccoli,
  • capsicum
  • Strawberry
  • Cucumber
  • Zucchini

I’d say we’re doing good, I am thinking the final garden bed I might do a selection of herbs.  The family is not interested in the Capsicum or Zucchini, so they are for me.. the Children don’t want the tomatoes so I might as well just have all of it.. at least it’s Daniel Compliant!

 

So How was your day? Did you do anything exciting?

NaBloPoMo 2014- Day 26… Daniel Plan 16 and Salad Challenge day 26

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Today I have nothing to say… how unusual.. maybe I’m tired. But I figured this way I could get my NaBloPoMo posting and the Foodies posting done at the same time and go to bed and read my book. I should be writing overdue mail but I’m tired.

Wednesday-

Breakfast– Quinoa Bake with Maple Syrup (we were in a hurry going to a funeral)

Lunch– KFC- small potato and gravy, small popcorn chicken.

Dinner– Salad with tomato and caper flavored tuna

 Thursday-

Breakfast– Mixed berry smoothie

Snack– Cucumber

Lunch– Caesar Salad

Dinner– Chicken with vegetables.

Both days I’ve hit my water target however step count is down but I don’t care because I’ve been doing some vigorous digging in the garden and weeding, so lots of bending and movement.