Monday, January 30, 2012

Beginning of a New Era

We have just moved house. Finally settling in and finding places for all the bits and pieces, slowly settling into a routine and making plans for the future. This house is bigger, on a good size piece of land, closer to the city, closer to The Husband's work, closer to the beach, closer to shops, closer to family. The neighbours are friendly and it has a good feel which is nice. We used to live in a cul-de-sac and you would think that it would be easy to get to know the neighbours but we never really did. Our new street is more open and so far the neighbours seem lovely.

This house is an old house and it's liveable. We will only renovate the bathroom because the shower is unusable due to lots of broken tiles. Everything else we can live with for now because our 5 year plan (loosely 5 years, it's a guide) is to knock this place down and rebuild our dream home. It feels awesome to be here now because it's one step closer to one of our goals.

In this house this year we will see the arrival of our third baby. Quite disbelieving at times that I will be a mother of three when several years ago I never thought I'd ever have children after being diagnosed with endometriosis. I truly feel blessed.

My first born starts kindergarten this year. It's sad yet exciting at the same time. I can't believe he will be 4 soon. Time goes so quick! We must be having fun! And I'm ignoring the fact that I am getting older! Despite that fact, I am really looking forward to how this year unfolds.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

It's Oh So Quiet...shhh...

If you were to ask me if I had a label throughout my life, a word or phrase most often used to describe me, it would be quiet. On all my school reports and employment references, the most common term was "Lynette is a quiet acheiver". You wouldn't think that could be so bad, right? Well, I guess it's not really, especially in school. The teachers thought I was "delightful" to teach and I got decent grades.

Coming into the workforce, it became a bit of a barrier. Employers saw it as a negative so I always had to prove myself that even though I'm not the loud mouth chatterbox in the office, I can do my job just as well, if not better, than others.

Out of the workforce and into parenting life, it still has an effect. I start to talk and people don't hear me or when I do get a chance to get a word in amongst my talkative friends, I get interrupted too often. Even online, I'm quiet. I post in forums or on Facebook and it often feels that my comments are not even seen. Feeling ignored is something I feel often.

And that's mostly my fault. There is nothing wrong with being quiet (is there?), I just need to step forward and add some assertiveness and confidence into the mix I think. Stand up for me, put myself out there and not worry about what other people think.

Monday, January 2, 2012

It's All In the Planning

I tended to be more organised with my meals and food choices when it's all planned out and written down last year especially when I was doing the Michelle Bridges 12WBT and my plan was all set out for me! So I'm starting this year with the same methods. Refollowing a previous round and readding a few extra calories here and there for me as I just want to gain pregnancy weight, not any extra! My husband is wanting to lose a few kilo's as well so as he eats what I serve up, he should be pleasantly surprised!

Some of the things on this weeks menu include Char-grilled beef with avocado and corn salsa; curried egg sandwiches; baked eggs with spinach, feta and wholegrain soldiers; apple and cinnamon cous cous; strawberry bruschetta. Yum Yum!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

And so the New Year begins

The first day of 2012. A New Year. As most people, I have a few goals/resolutions/things to do that I would like to see happen this year. On Day Zero Project they have a 7 Things in 2012. I came up with the following:

Learn how to swim freestyle
Start a business
Stop the clutter
Take a vacation to the south west
Find me again
Try another triathlon
Be more relaxed

My initial list is...

  • Spend one-one-one time with the kids and with my husband.
  • Complete a Project 365 (or 366 for this year considering it's a leap year!).
  • Return to my usual level of exercise after having this baby and
    • Earn 2 black tips towards my black belt in Aikido
    • Jog 5km non-stop by November
    • Swim 300m freestyle by November
    • Practice pilates once a week
    • Lose the baby weight plus an extra 5kg (ultimate goal weight 52kg).
They are a few specific things I would like to achieve this year but overall I want to live a life full of true meaning and commitment.

Happy New Year and may 2012 be your best year yet!


 

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