Friday, 18 April 2014


Before I get stuck in to my usual rambling, I'd like to thank everyone for their kind words following my last post.  It's always a tough decision whether or not to share something so personal, and aside from my occasional jokey whinge-fests, I've tried to keep this blog positive.  But sometimes you just need to vent, and I'm a sharing person.  So thanks for reading, and thanks for being nice :)

This week has been a lot like last week, but with less crying and more palavering.  I haven't been able to focus on anything much, bouncing around from one thing to the next and not getting a whole lot done.  I'm glad I got that extension on my assignment, since it was originally due yesterday and I've barely started it.  I have done approximately zero exercise since last Saturday's parkrun, unless you include walking into town or to the supermarket (and I don't).  My house is disgusting me with its level of filthiness, but as yet I have not had the inclination to do anything about it.  When things get this icky, figuring out where to start is half the challenge.  And don't even get me started on the poor diet choices, oh my gawd!!!

My mother-in-law is arriving early next week for Deane's 35th birthday, and staying several nights.

Tough Mudder is next weekend.

Our friends are getting married in two weeks and I have a very tight-fitting, expensive designer dress I need to squeeze in to that was purchased specially for the happy (and long-awaited) occasion.

Shit's about to get real, y'all.

The time for mourning is over.  It is time now to focus on the journey ahead.  And for starters, that means finishing my assignment.  Easter weekend is going to be a little busier than planned, but I'm okay with that.  I want to do well and finish my degree with good marks - it's not in me to do any less.

I need to get this house clean and tidy before I check out of sanity  - we have scum buildup in the bathroom sinks like you wouldn't believe, gross boy toilets I don't even want to look at, and the floors have that outdoorsy feel to them (y'know, just a little bit gritty underfoot).  That, and my assignment, is today's goal.  Along with maybe finishing off the last week of that 30 day challenge I started four weeks ago.  Five 12-minute HIIT sessions in one day is totally doable, right?

I want to be fit and healthy - not just now so I can enjoy doing crazy things like Tough Mudder, but for my whole life.  We only have a limited time on this earth and I want that time to be as comfortable and enjoyable as possible (except for maybe during the really tough parts of a marathon, or wading through mud and climbing walls in order to achieve a personal goal - things worth doing aren't supposed to be easy).  Tomorrow morning at 8am I'm meeting up with a bunch of people for a 10km run and a one-hour boot camp training session to prepare for next weekend.  I can't wait.  This lack of exercise is making me a little craycray, to the point where I actually started researching home treadmills before I realised it was pointless.  I'd still miss out on my beloved sunrises, and a little rain has never stopped me before.  I would've gone out yesterday morning, but for this:

Tamaki Drive - photo by Mark Jennings, pilfered from the 3 News website

It's a little difficult to go running along your usual route when waves are crashing over the sea wall and flooding the street.  Quay Street and Tamaki Drive were closed for safety reasons anyway...

Being  fit and healthy is not just about exercise though, it's also about eating right.  I've hoovered up all the junk food in the house (gluten free hot cross buns, chocolate, etcetera) - yesterday marked the end of junk-food-appreciation week.  I have a big bag of spinach, fresh strawberries, frozen blueberries and a bunch of bananas all ready to go for smoothies and salads, and I have vegan meals (and omni meals for the boys) planned for the week.  So I'm finishing this post, making myself a green smoothie, then sitting down to work on my assignment.  When I get antsy I'll attack the housework.  With any luck I'll be able to knock out a HIIT session or two in between and in an ideal world, I'll collapse in to bed this evening exhausted, but with a clean house, a finished assignment, and a completed 30 day challenge.

Let's do this.

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