Saturday, January 30, 2010

Melbourne Bits and Bobs

Other thoughts of Melbourne before I forget:

1. I want to give a shout out to The Langham Melbourne. To be honest we only chose that hotel because it had a good rate for peak season ($275 per night including buffet breakfast) but I was pleasantly surprised.

* The location is fantastic (Southbank, I've been to Melbourne a few times but never realised there is a hotel behind all the restuarants)

* Whilst the "classic" look of the room is not my cup of tea design-wise, it is comfortable and less dated then I expected based on photos on their website

* The toiletaries box, so old school - a nice touch:

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* There is an awesome spa pool with a view of the Melbourne skyline:



But the best thing about the hotel is the impeccable service. Everyone was attentive and helpful, and nothing is too big a problem. The reception desk remembered us when we asked them for a highchair (we're not a number). And when asked the guest relations manager about the location of the closest supermarket so we can get some yohgurt for The Little Guy, she offered to buy it for us!

In my opinion, their #1 ranking on tripadvisor is well deserved.

2. We had a stroll around the city on Monday and went into the National Gallery of Victoria, and I had a really good time.

* There is an interesting installation called Ocean without a shore by Bill Viola.

* I love Leonard French’s stained glass ceiling in the great hall:

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* My only purchases in Melbourne were from the NGV gift shop. They're cute art supplies for The Little Guy.

Easy carry art studio
. It's a portable all-in-one white board, drawing board and chalkboard. What a great idea!

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Early start splash mat, to protect our carpet when he creates his masterpiece.


They're both available at eckersley's.

I always enjoy my visit to Melbourne. Maybe it's time to plan our next trip ...

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Music On My Mind - Jamie Cullum - Blame it on my youth

I started using my ipod nano again for my bus trips to and from work, and since I heard this song it has been playing on my mind.



I like jazz standards and this is a very nice cover by Jamie Cullum, off his 2003 album TwentySomething.

As an aside, Cullum married Sophie Dahl earlier this month! Would have never put the two of them together.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Melbourne Diary - Food

I was keen to revisit two eateries in Melbourne.

1. Brunetti

There are a few branches in Melbourne although I've only been to the one in the city outside the Westin.

Mr Curious and I headed to the cafe soon after we handed on Saturday afternoon. I was only interested in one thing - the Italian Hot Chocolate. And it was as good as I remembered.

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Side-view

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The chocolate was so smooth and velvety, it felt like I was drinking a block of chocolate. I only added a small dollop of cream which softens the chocolate a tiny bit without diluting the rich flavour.

I wanted to have it again but the weather was too warm on the other days.

Go and try it if you're ever in Melbourne - you won't be disappointed!

Brunetti City Square
214 Flinders Lane
Melbourne
(03) 9663 8085

2. Ezard at Adelphi

I am a big fan of Ezard since my first visit back in 2000. I have been back every time I was in Melbourne (except the last time in 2008 when the tennis ran overtime). I was really looking forward to Ezard's fusion Asian-Mod Oz concoctions.

Here are photos of some of the 8 course degustation menu we had:

kingfish sashimi with toasted sesame custard, chardonnay vinegar and shallot vinaigrette

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crispy zucchini flower, herbed goats cheese and mascarpone, panzanella salad and balsamic syrup

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five spiced bangalow sweet pork belly with celeriac and apple remoulade and mustard sauce

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seven score wagyu beef with creamed truffle potatoes, asparagus, foie gras, king brown mushrooms, sticky shallot sauce and mache salad

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chocolate marquise, hazelnut biscuit, blood orange sorbet

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The degustation menu is $135 for 8 courses which is pretty reasonable. The wagyu beef has a $20 surcharge.

The meal was very enjoyable, although it didn't have the wow factor from previous visits. Maybe my palate has changed but I found that some of the sauces overwhelmed the ingredients.

The other main course was roast duck with green chilli and shallot sauce, stir fried garlic shoot, bok choy and coconut rice. In retrospect I wished I ordered that because the coconut rice was a highlight from my previous visit.

The service was attentive, but some of the waitstaff sounded too rehearsed when they introduced the dishes, like they were reading from a script (which they probably were).

I still recommend Ezard to anyone and will visit again, maybe I'll try the a la carte menu next time.

Ezard at Adelphi
187 Flinders Lane
Melbourne
(03) 9639 6822


Melbourne Diary - Tennis

Courtside action

There are lots to blog about our visit to Melbourne. The first post is about the main purpose of our visit - the Australian Open.

Mr Curious and I attended the Sunday day session at Rod Laver Arena. There were two matches: Andy Murray vs John Isner, and Rafael Nadal vs Ivo Karlovic. The seats are courtesy of Mr Curious' employer. They are fantastic, Row E, on the side just behind the umpire. This is a video I recorded from the seat.



The Murray-Isner match was OK. I have never seen Murray played before, and I was surprised that his serve was fairly slow by current standards (around 160km/h for a first serve). But when he was down break point he hit a 210km/h ace. I realised then that the slow serve, and fairly passive groundstrokes were part of his tactics.

Isner didn't play too badly but he didn't have any weapon (besides the serve) to hurt Murray. Murray won in straight sets.

As our seats were just behind the umpire's chair we had a pretty good view of the players when they returned to their seats. Here's a photo of Murray.

Murray returning to his seat

The next match was a lot more interesting. Rafa gave 100% to every shot he made. Karlovic served and volleyed a bit which mixed up the play nicely (Stefan Edberg is my all time favourite player so I like some action at the net). Again Karlovic wasn't powerful or consistent enough to trouble Rafa so the result was never in doubt.

Here's Rafa serving.

Nadal serving

As an aside, I don't know why Nike designed those shorts for Rafa. They look like pyjama pants!

Last night's match between Murray and Nadal was at the highest level. I enjoyed seeing Murray playing an attacking game. It was a shame that Nadal had to retire because of injury. I hope he gets better soon.

Between the matches we wandered around the grounds and I managed to catch Federer practicing. I saw him twice when we came to the AO in 2008 and he was a joy to watch.

Federer at the practice court

The only downside to the day - for some strange reason I was sleepy the whole day and had a few catnaps during the matches. It was so frustrating but I couldn't fight my body!

All and all Mr Curious and I had lots of fun. I'm looking forward to the rest of the tournament, even if it is only on TV.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Time for Tennis


Rod Laver Arena
Originally uploaded by jimwhimpey
There is going to be another brief hiatus to the blog. We're going to Melbourne today. The trip is mainly for the Australia Open (we have centre court tickets for Sunday's day session) but there will be lots of eating and shopping too. And I'll be catching up with some friends tomorrow.

I asked my brother to upload the iphone apps for blogger, so there is a remote chance for me to send a quick post. Otherwise I'll be back in Sydney on Australia Day.

Have a great weekend everyone!

P.S. One of my favourite tennis player is Steffi Graf and she has a blog too. You can check it out here.

Friday, January 22, 2010

A girl can't say no to 50% off

A casual browsing of the Vogue Forum yesterday afternoon and these words got my attention:

50% off ALL ALANNAH HILL STOCK!!

After thinking about it for a few minutes, I called Mr Curious to make sure that he was OK with looking after The Little Guy (my brother-in-law was at our place so I could leave before Mr Curious gets home), and off I went to Chatswood Chase.

Without further ado, check out my haul:

Save Me! Cardi in sherbet

Save Me! Cardi

I think this is a very versatile cardigan, it can be dressed up with a black pencil skirt for work or with skinny leg jeans for a casual dinner.

Her Flirty Frill Frock in blue

Her Flirty Frill Frock

The print of this dress is not something I would usually pick but it works really well here. The cut is very flattering too. I tried on the dress in a dark pink as well but it didn't look as good on me.

Here's a closer look of the print.

Her Flirty Frill Frock

I wore it to work today with a grey Marc by Marc Jacobs handbag and peeptoe heels and I was very happy with the look.

The Naked Truth Cardi in Cherry

The Naked Truth Cardi

I wasn't sure about this cardi before I tried it on. I thought my "spare tyre" will be prominent but it turned out to be a great fit.

The floral embellishment is probably as fancy as I can handle.

The Naked Truth Cardi

Style Me Pretty Tights

Style Me Pretty Tights

Something pretty for winter with a cute skirt. For $10 it can't go wrong!

Luckily AH doesn't have 50% off sale often, otherwise I'll be broke!


Short Break: Give the b**** her chocolate

I come across this at my regular coffee joint:

Ipoh hor fun

Each page features a vintage illustration (think Stepford Wives) with cracker quotes. Here are some gems.

Feisty Foodie 1

Feisty Foodie 2

It sits like a desk calendar and I often flip the pages whilst waiting for my coffee. It always put a smile on my face.

I am very tempted to get a copy myself. You can get it here.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Food Diary - 12 to 17 Jan

It’s hard when you lose momentum with blogging. I have memory of a goldfish so I can’t remember half of what I had in the last few days. Below is what I can savage from my brain.

12 Jan lunch - Ipoh Hor Fun at Malaysian House, Hunter Connection. Ipoh Hor Fun is a soup noodle with chicken and prawn.

Ipoh hor fun

I found a recipe whilst searching for the above picture. I may give it a go … I wonder if I can just use chicken pieces rather than a whole chicken?

13 Jan dinner – lamb kebabs marinated with mint, rosemary and honey.

14 Jan dinnerPork chops with baked apples. I used Granny Smith instead of red apple as suggested in the recipe but it is equally tasty.

I really like the comments section of the Taste website, I followed their advice to bake the apples for longer and it is much better. A hint to anyone interested in trying this dish – eat the pork and the apple in the same mouthful, their flavours really complement each other.

15 Jan lunch – Seafood paella from Ministry of Food on Bligh Street. Paella is one of those dishes that I will never make myself, it’s just too much work!

16 Jan lunch – lunch at Ripples Chowder Bay to celebrate The Little Guy’s first birthday, I will blog about it separately.

16 Jan dinner – Lamb chops, coated with wasabi flavoured olive oil and lightly seasoned with salt and pepper, cooked medium rare. Simple but so good.

17 Jan dinner Fast chicken tagine.

Quick chicken tagine

Are you detecting a trend on where my recipes come from?

This is my second attempt. I forgot to buy green olives the first time and the dish wasn’t as good without them. Also, I used slivered almonds rather than flaked almonds and it was an improvement, gave the dish a nice crunch. I mucked up the cooking of the couscous though by putting in a bit too much liquid.

There were a fair bit of leftovers so this is likely to be dinner tonight as well.

The definite lowlight in the last few days was that I finished the box of Guylian shells. It was a failed attempt in portion control. In retrospect I should have known better! Also I didn't eat as much vegetables as I'd like.

Overall, my food intake was not as good as it should be. I am going to do some research on GI because I am running out of energy on days when I’m at work (like today).

I am late for my weigh in and measure as well. I may have to postpone that to Wednesday when I am not working. I don't think there will be much change.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Food Diary - 11 Jan

Breakfast: 2 pieces of multigrain toast with butter and plum jam, skim cap
Morning Tea: A handful of dried fruit and nuts
Lunch: Lunch with friends at Verandah Bar. I had "Lamb Kebabs with a Garden Salad on Grilled Pita Bread topped with Tzatziki", which was very nice except that the kebabs were cold. A skim cap at 2pm.
Early evening snack: A piece of Guylian seashell
Dinner: Bacon and Cheese Chicken. Mr Curious cooked so there were potatoes only for vegies! It was yummy but yes, not the healthiest dish.
Evening snack: I couldn't resist the siren call of ice cream with Ice Magic.

Not a stellar day. It will be interesting to see what my weight is at the next weigh-in (how The Biggest Loser!). Maybe this is the control weigh-in where I can see what happens when I do not make major diet changes.

As an aside, I went on the treadmill briefly Friday afternoon and my fitness level is zero at this point. Must try to work in exercise in my schedule somehow.

Our Launceston trip

We had a wonderful time on our holiday. Below are some highlights and observations.

1. The Little Guy was (mostly) great on the plane. I took him for a walk down the aisle on the flight back. His wonderful smile charmed all the passengers into playing with him. He had a great time playing with a young woman’s bracelets with hot pink rose beads.

The one time when he was unhappy was the descent on our way to Launceston. I forgot to take his sultanas out of his bag in the overhead locker and he cried the whole time until the plane landed. I will not forget again!

2. We stayed at the Country Club of Tasmania. I was expecting a posh establishment with immaculate greens and ladies sipping tea. Instead it is the premier gambling establishment in Launceston! I’m not a gambler so I didn’t try my luck on the pokies, the grounds are very nice though (there is an 18-hole golf course and a beautiful lake).

Lake at Country Club of Tasmania

3. The locals can make or break any holiday. On this front Launceston really delivers. Staff at the Club and all the people we came across were warm, friendly and extremely helpful. Another visit may be on the cards.

4. This trip was for a conference ran by Mr Curious’ employer and we only had an afternoon for sightseeing. We went to Cataract Gorge which was lovely. We didn’t go on the cable ride (a bit dangerous for the little guy as there was no belt, although there was no restriction to take babies on it), instead we had a pleasant walk on the trails. I was enjoying the views so much I didn’t even take a photo! The gorge is only 10 minutes’ drive from the CBD – it is wonderful to have a beautiful spot so close to the city.

Cataract Gorge suspension bridge

By njellis on www.panoramio.com

I found it interesting to see many people climbing off the fence and heading down to the rapids, swimming or relaxing on the rocks. Somehow I can’t see that happening in Sydney - there will be “No Climbing” signs everywhere. I really liked the sense of freedom and adventure I experienced there.

5. I didn’t maintain a food diary on the trip. My food consumption was OK given it was a holiday. I probably had too much carbs and dessert though. On Sunday we had a picnic lunch at the lake near the golf course. It is nice to have a picnic when someone else prepares the food and we don’t need to clean up afterwards!

It was a lovely trip and I felt recharged. Now it’s back to our regular scheduled program … until we head down to Melbourne for the Australian Open on the 23rd. Looking forward to it!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Food Diary - 6 Jan

Breakfast: A bowl of Uncle Toby Plus Antioxidant Lift with skim milk

Lunch:
A club sandwich and a mango smoothie with skim milk at Bitton

Afternoon snack:
Late afternoon - soup with carrot, corn and pork

Dinner:
1 sausage sizzle with onion and tomato sauce, salad with spinach, sun dried tomatoes, bocconcini cheese with a dash of olive oil as dressing.

Evening snack:
I did avoid ice cream! Had a piece of Guylian seashell chocolate as planned

Back on plan in terms of avoiding bad food, but I still need to work on portion size.

Well we'll be away for the next few days. It's so easy to over-eat on holidays. Must be strong!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Food Diary - 5 Jan

Breakfast: A bowl of Uncle Toby Plus Antioxidant Lift with skim milk at home, then 2 pieces of raisin toast with butter, and a skim cap at work
Lunch: Little Vienna Mojo Beef sandwich with brown bread (beef rissoles, tomato, lettuce, jalapeƱo, mayo), Coke Zero
Afternoon snack: Handfuls of fruit and nuts, skim cap
Dinner: Maple Mustard Pork Cutlets


This is one of my favourite dishes because it is so easy to make and so tasty. The baby spinach and bean mash works surprisingly well.

Evening snack: That's when things fell apart ...

Mr Curious gave me an enormous box of Guylian Sea Shells on Christmas.


I was planning to give myself a small sweet treat each evening by having one piece of seashell per night.

Well that didn't work. The box was sitting there, calling for me, tempting me. And I succumbed. I ended up eating about 8! And that just made me want to eat more things, and I had gingle ale and some Jatz! There were no fruit left at home, only bad food :-(

So yesterday was a bad day. I bought some strawberries and mango today so I have something to snack on. I bought a big tub of ice cream and I'm not going to have any! *resolve*

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Food Diary - 4 Jan

Breakfast: 2 pieces of multigrain toast with butter and strawberry jam, and a skim cap (I was at work yesterday, definitely needed a coffee to be awake!)
Lunch: Was trying to be good and brought in tuna salad from home - tuna in olive oil, mixed lettuce, grape tomatoes, red onion and capsicum. Also had a piece of toast and a Coke Zero. The salad was yummy but I was hungry by 2:30pm and bought a small smoked salmon wrap.
Afternoon snack: A skinny hot chocolate and another skim cap, was dozing off at the desk
Dinner: My MIL came over to look after The Little Guy and she made some macaroni cheese. Naughty food but I didn't have to cook which is a plus. Had a side salad of mixed lettuce and sun dried tomatoes
Evening snack: A ginger ale

An OK day. The hunger pangs were very distracting in the afternoon. I don't think I over ate though.

2 soft drinks a day is not a good thing, I will bring Berocca to work next week so I can have a healthy fizzy drink when needed.

Astute readers would have noticed that I didn't start a exercise diary, that's because I didn't do any (besides walking a fair bit). Still haven't worked out how to fit it today my schedule yet. I'll get there soon!

Monday, January 4, 2010

The Last Breastfeed


This is not the first mothering post I envisaged but reality intervenes sometimes!

A milestone occurred last night. I gave The Little Guy ("TLG") his last breastfeed.

I have been breastfeeding TLG from birth. I can hardly remember the first breastfeed I gave him, when he about about an hour old. What I do remember is the agony of engorgement (when the milk came in and the breasts went rock hard for a few days) and the constant pain of cracked nipples in the first weeks. It was like scratching a wound every 3 - 4 hours so it was raw all the time! At that point I couldn't imagine how I could enjoy breastfeeding.

Fortunately, soon TLG learnt to suckle better and I have good milk supply. He is a very efficient drinker and a feeding session is usually over in 10 - 15 minutes, and I only need to give him one breast most of the time. I know many mothers who have difficulties with breastfeeding, from low milk supply to mastitis. I am very thankful that my run was so smooth, and I loved the convenience of it. Of course it was still tough waking up multiple times during the night to feed him, I was walking around like a zombie most of the time.

I didn't think about breastfeeding as a special bonding moment ... until after we started feeding him solids and he took less milk per feed. It occurred to me that he was no longer completely dependent on me for his nutrition, and that made me a bit sad. Maybe "sad" is not the right word, it's a feeling of letting something go ...

I started cutting back on his feeds in November - from 4 to 2 that month, and I cut the morning feed on Christmas Eve. He was fine after each cut. He was eating very well by then so I know nutritionally he was well covered.

I thought the feed before bed will be the hardest to cut because it is part of a bedtime routine (bath - milk - storytime - bed) and he may be upset if he doesn't get "mummy's boobie juice".

We started giving TLG cow's milk to drink during the day in the last week and he was drinking well. So on Saturday night I asked Mr Curious to give him warm milk at bedtime. And he was OK! According to Mr Curious he was only sipping at first, but after a while he realised that it was the only milk he was going to get so he drank the whole thing.

That could've been it, but I wasn't quite ready to stop yet. The decision to give him cow's milk on Saturday night was a bit impromptu, and I wanted to do it one last time, to enjoy the intimacy of it and to give it a proper farewell. Plus my boob was pretty full!

So I gave TLG one last breastfeed last night. I closed my eye for a while to enjoy the sensation, and told him that it was a pleasure to provide for him in the last 11-odd months. And then he came off the boob and it was over. I gave him a big hug, then resumed the bedtime routine.

Looking back, I'm very proud of my achievements. I am so glad that I was able to give TLG such a special gift.

So farewell to my maternity bras, Bonds maternity singlets and Henley tees. You've served me well. And it is kind of nice to have "the ladies" to myself again ... well to Mr Curious too I guess ;-).

P.S. The logo at the top of this post is an international breastfeeding symbol promoted by Mothering.com. You can read more about the design here.

P.P.S. I am firmly in support of mothers' choice in feeding their baby, whether it is breastfeeding or bottlefeeding. Unfortunately many people are very judgemental one way or another. Let's hope those attitudes change soon!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Food Diary - 3 Jan

Need to write this earlier because I forgot about what I ate fairly quickly.

Breakfast: 2 pieces of white hi-fibre toast with butter and strawberry jam
Lunch: Noodles with fish & tofu balls in fish broth. The Little Guy loved slurping the noodles!
Afternoon snack: Cherries, then later a choc chip muesli bar, was really hungry because we didn't have dinner until after 8pm
Dinner: Plan was to make chicken wrapped in bacon but the chicken has gone off, so Mr Curious made an omelette with grape tomatoes, capsicum, onion, bacon and cheese. Not quite as good as the one from Ripples but still very nice. Dessert was another slice of the Bacio.
Evening snack: None, wanted to have some rockmelon again but Mr Curious talked me out of it. Didn't suffer any ill effects.
Beverages: Mostly water but had one ginger ale.

Another good day - I'm happy to keep my diet at this level for a while and see if it makes any difference. I don't believe in fad/non-sustainable diets, and I don't believe in starving myself. Although when cutting down food intake I think there is a short period of hunger before the body adjusts to having less food for fuel, and I'm OK with that.

And a short note on my weight. I couldn't resist the temptation of stepping on the scales again and in the last 2 days my weight was around the 73.5kg mark. Not quite sure why that was the case, probably just less water in my sister, but that may need to be my new baseline rather than 75kg.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Food Diary - 2 Jan

Breakfast: See previous post
Lunch: Leftover from lunch yesterday – 1 sausage sizzle
Afternoon snack: Cherries, sharing with The Little Guy
Dinner: Too lazy to cook (spent the afternoon cooking for The Little Guy plus made Mr Curious a burger for lunch) so Mr Curious made jaffles with ham, cheese and tomato, followed by a small slice of Bacio Dolce Panettone - leftover from Christmas.



Evening snack: A bit hungry so had 3 slices of rockmelon

Pretty happy with that, I could have easily eaten a big chunk of the panettone or some other "bad food" when I was hungry around 9pm, however I resist the temptation even if it meant going to bed hungry.

Breakfast - Ripples at Chowder Bay

We took advantage of the nice morning weather and headed for an outdoor breakfast. Our destination was Ripples at Chowder Bay, Mosman.

We arrive around 9:30am and the outdoor section was almost full; we grabbed one of the last tables available.



The waitress promptly bought us glasses of water (a tick for service, although it should be a given at any restaurant) and we placed our drinks order. A skinny cappuccino for me and an orange juice for Mr Curious.

The cappuccino (Karmee coffee, $3.80) was strong but smooth. The orange juice was disappointing though, it came in a 330ml glass with lots of ice, it wasn’t freshly squeezed and the price was $5.50.

A few reviews at eatability said that the service is a bit slow, and it proved to be the case this morning. I don’t think it is the fault of the wait staff, it just took the kitchen a long time to prepare the dishes. We waited about ½ hour for our food order.

I resisted the temptation of a hot breakfast and ordered a Ripples toasted muesli with poached pear and yoghurt ($10).



The muesli was a good mixture of grain, fruit (apricot, figs etc) and nuts. The pear was nicely poached and not too sweet. I would have preferred an extra dollop of yoghurt but that’s a personal preference as I like the muesli moist. The waitress gave me a small jug of milk to pour into the muesli but I needed another one to finish the muesli.

Mr Curious ordered a ham, smoked mozzarella & roasted cherry tomato omelette ($15).



Mr Curious gave me a bite and it was one of the better omelettes I’ve had. The outside was almost crispy and the inside was moist and runny. I don’t usually like cheese in my omelette but the mozzarella was not overpowering and complemented the rest of the omelette.

The view over Chowder Bay is lovely – perfect for a day like today.



Overall it was an enjoyable breakfast. We are trying to find a location to celebrate The Little Guy’s first birthday and this is a good candidate, as there is a large playground at Clifton Gardens nearby where we can go after lunch. The long wait for food is a concern – I wonder if we can pre-order and request for the food to come as soon as we arrive?

Ripples at Chowder Bay
Deck C, Building 7, Chowder Bay Road, Mosman
9960 3000
website

Friday, January 1, 2010

The "Before" Stats


I have now weighed and measured myself. Let’s say I’m still in shock!

Before I post the figures, here’s a little history about my weight. From sometime in high school to my late-twenties my weight had been around the 72kg mark. At 170cm I was a bit overweight. During that period my exercise levels ranged from avid bushwalker, Body Pump class regular to couch potato, but the weight didn’t vary much. Most of my friends at that point are fairly slim so it dragged down by confidence a touch, but thankfully it was never a major issue for me.

The first material change in my weight was in February 2006. My wedding was 8 months away and like any bride-to-be, I wanted to look good on the day. So I was determined to lose some weight. I didn’t have a grand plan, from recollection I was to continue exercising, cut down on snacks and control portion sizes.

Then the strangest thing happen, my weight started to fall before I really tried. It went down to 65kg and I was stoked. I was a size 10 for the first time since I became an adult.

I managed to keep most of the weight off too, only fluctuating within a narrow band.

All that changed when I became pregnant in mid-2008. Weight gain is normal during pregnancy of course but I gained over 25kg which was definitely not normal!

The weight slowly dropped off in the course of the last year (breastfeeding helped, also I went to a personal trainer once a week), I was down to 72kg by late October.

Things went south on our November Fiji trip. With heavy food and zero exercise my weight loss stopped. And last month … the less said about it the better :LOL:

So here it goes: My current weight is 75kg (average over 4 weigh-ins). According to the scales 31.3% of my weight is fat. Yikes!

And my measurements are equally depressing (in cm).

Bust – 95
Just below bust - 81
Waist – 87 (aghhh!)
Hips - 103
Left bicep - 29
Left thigh - 60

Well, knowing this certainly stopped me from indulging on sweets today. I can’t let it get any worse, that’s for sure!

My plan is the same as last time. Cut down on fatty food and snacks, eat reasonable portions, and resume exercising. I’m thinking about seeing a nutritionist to get some advice on the food part of the equation, and with the exercise I have to find a way to fit it into my schedule.

I’ll maintain a food and exercise diary on this blog to keep myself accountable.

My goal is to get back down to 65kg by the end of June. 10 kg in 6 months is definitely doable.

Wish me luck!

Happy New Year and Welcome

 
New Year's Eve 2009 - 003, originally uploaded by dr.r.lam on flickr.
Welcome to my new blog.

First of all, some info about me. I’m:

• in my mid-thirties
• partner of Mr Curious for 6+ years and wife for 3+ years
• mum of The Little Guy, who is turning 1 in 2 weeks
• working part time at The Company
• a Pieces
• a daydreamer
• a food lover
• curious about life and the world (thus the blog title)

I blogged a few times before but the blogs were topic-specific and I ran out of things to say after a while. So this blog is going to be freeform – from happenings and observations of my life as a woman/wife/mum/citizen of the world, my new purchases, reviews, to completely random thoughts that come into my mind way too often.

I’m also going to use this blog to hold myself accountable to my new year live healthy plan. Yes, 50%+ of the population vow to lose weight/exercise/go on a diet in the new year but promptly forget about it. I don’t want to be part of that statistics.

So later today I’m going to weigh and measure myself and post the figures up here! And I will do so every 2 weeks. Hopefully the numbers will come down in due course. I may take some “before” photos as well but for your benefit I will keep those to myself :lol:

Wishing you all a great 2010.

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