When Only the Stretchy Clothes Fit


See that pic over there? That was me at 10 weeks pregnant. I was 4 kilos off my goal weight.

I’ve got some work to do.

5 months out and I still got to get rid of the pregnancy weight.

After the silly season, emotions, and hormones have subsided and there is a sense of order back in my life, I feel that now is the time that I have to stop living in this deluded world of “oh, breasfeeding will just meltĀ those kilos off you.”

bull. shit.

I have some serious goals to achieve in regards to health and I am bloody well going to do it through these two ancient, and odd and time consuming techniques.

1) exercise

2) eat well

crazy, right?

I am going to be a good role model for my boy. I want him to know he has a strong, capable, healthy mumma.



What I’ve been up to Lately..

Well hi there šŸ™‚

It’s been a wee while since my last post, and I have been pretty busy as of late – things to do, people to see – all that jazz.

where to start….

looking real professional before the interview…


I have it! After a bit of time trawling for jobs, I finally got an interview and I begin work this week. I will be working approximately 15 hours a week, in residential homes for people with intellectual disabilities. I have met most of the residents already, and they are lovely. I really look forward to starting to form relationships with my co-workers and getting used to the way things are done in the company. I also love fact that I get to continue my music work and they have been really accommodating of my otherĀ commitments.

bbq food just about ready to nom.


Last week, my Dad (Pappy) came to visit. I should have taken more photos, really, but I was so flat out I didn’t have time. He was here for 2 nights and we sure got a lot of quality time out of it. We went for a bike ride, played tennis, had a bbq, went out for dinner, ate bakery food, went for a drive, walked on the beach….no wonder I wasĀ exhausted the next few days after! We had such a fun time, and I’m glad he is able to come back up forĀ ChristmasĀ in a few weeks.


I have had a break from Pilates for the last 2 weeks, and in that time my hip has been playing up (I have some issues with my RHS hip, we think it’s a hangover from the congenital hip displaysia I had when I was born – that I didn’t know I had until last year). I am really looking forward to getting back to class tomorrow, that’s for sure. I have just started the 30 Day Shred programme. Today, will be my 3rd day of level 1. So far, my arms are killing me, especially the inside of my right elbow from all the weights work. I only have 3kg weights here at home, so I think I will have to alternate with something a bit lighter, such as some cans until I get a bit stronger. I thought if I posted that I was doing the programme that I would actually continue with the programme. I have taken some gross “before photos” which I will post when I feel comfortable, so in the meantime here is the least gross one…

modest before photo, post 1st day of 30 DS, 18th November.

Cleo and her ‘auntie’ Ness – my mother in law’s dog. Spending a lot of time with these bitches lately


Apart from myself being in a bit of a crappy mood as of late (probablyĀ causedĀ by not being able to eat chocolate and lose weight), things have been pretty good! We seem to go through these ebbs and flows of things being excellent, and then a bit average round these parts. Being a step parent can still be difficult , and having a teenager in the house can be trying at times, but we focus on the positives, and I am pretty darn content with the routine of our lives. Home really is here in Wellington for us. I know we live a bit far out of town, but I love it, and I feel so lucky to have our little – albeit temporary – house on the coast. We also have some exciting news. We are on a waiting list for a puppy! We have been wanting another dog for a while now, and although people tell me just to have a baby, I say now…babies take a bit of time toĀ materializeĀ sometimes, and in the meantime lets have a baby dog!

Dad – to – be of the puppies we are waiting on.


I have had a few things going on in the last few weeks socially – the latest being attending a hens party for my friend Ruth on Saturday. It was a lovely day, with high tea and games. I’m really looking forward to the wedding, and am awaiting a dress I have ordered to wear. I love getting dressed up for special occasions, and have got my shoes sorted already….behold!

These are the shoes that I wore for my wedding ceremony, and I have been dying to have another excuse to wear them. I may have to do a bit of wearing in, though…

Well, so lots and lots of stuff has been going on. It’s been great keeping myself busy – things were getting pretty mundane being stuck in a routine, and now I am sent into a tailspin with all the things that are happening.


Hope you are all well and you have a lovely week!

xx Em.

What a difference a weekend makes

Hi all
Well, I have been feeling a bit down in the dumps lately to tell you the truth. Life has been getting me down a bit, and I have found old insecurities shaking me up.
Living down at the butt end of the world can be hard, especially with being a social creature such as myself. I miss my friends, and they are scattered all over the world.
Nic doesn’t really like to go out much, and I don’t really have any friends here, but on the odd occasion that something social is happening and I am invited to partake, I am reminded that life isn’t always doom and gloom.
Invercargill is a small place, and that’s not always good. It can be a bit boring, but when you find yourself at the weekend being able to do the things you want to do with friends, then it really don’t matter where you live.
I went to a bar on Friday and ended up catching up with an old school friend and meeting a really lovely couple that we chatted to for hours. honestly, my throat was so sore from talking so much! I felt elated when I got home.
On Saturday the boys and I went for a 2 hour walk in the bush with Cleo. I loved it. I don’t think they did, but at least they were not whinging when we were walking! We came home and played risk for the rest of the day. Relaxing, and fun until I spat the dummy (there is only so many bad rolls a lady can take).
Today, I had the great surprise of an old friend coming over for coffee. She has got to be one of the busiest, creative people that I know, and after chatting with her for a while I feel SO inspired to do something creative. I don’t know what it will be, but I am going to investigate some ideas. I figure I am good at DIY, as long as I stay motivated to complete a task. I also think a makeover in on the cards. perhaps some new ink (I have had some ideas for a while now), although the last time I was tattooed I swore that would be the last time I would endure that kind of pain. It was on my ribs, though, and NEVER again will I get tattooed on my ribs. OW.

So, overall a good weekend. I have had a couple of possible job opportunities in the last few days, so I shall see if I can get something sorted and start taking control of my life.

Looking forward to the week and what opportunities it may bring for me.

Love from the deep south,

xx Em.

Oh my Gawd


I said it last time. SORRY!!!

I have been so superemly busy that blogging really has had to be put on a standstill.

For the next few weeks I was planning on having some time off from this page, but I think what I can do is this.

I can talk about 3 things. Wedding, Exercise, and Production.

Is that a good comprimise?

Here is a start. I have been working really hard on putting together a production for the school I work at. It has been very stressful, but a lot of fun. It has been amazing but I have been out of my depth for a bit, but after a small breakdown I got it together and things are looking a lot sharper than a week ago.

Exercise has been pretty much taken up my spare time. I have just signed up to a bootcamp, and I am trying so hard to get fit and healthy. I have hit a bit of a plateax right now, but I am hoping that things will come right.

The wedding RSVPS are JUST about done. Our wedding is much smaller than we thought it was going to be, but I am now embracing that – even though I did just about cry last night when one of my besties eĀ mailed meĀ to stay she couldn’t come. I am so excited to see those that can come though and can’t wait to party on with them.

Nic and I have been okay, but admittedly a bit stressed. Things have been pretty hard, with the loss of Nic’s dad still affecting our lives, a grumpy teenage boy inhabiting the body of the ususally ok teenage boy in our house, and the lack of luck on the job front. Things can get pretty hard, so we are looking forward to having a night away tomorrow in Dunedin. Nothing like a bit of drinking and dancing to get things chugging along again.

Okay, so with that I am going to sit back and watch me some Jersey Shore.


Hope you all have a puppy to hug!



New Ways to Relax (Double Entendre!)

Either I am maturing, or changing or something….I have made a bit of a difference in my life.

I have really been wanting to lose some weight and shape up a bit for the wedding. I want to look back at my photos and see that I made some efforts in regards to my appearance. So, nice hair colour was applied, and I started looking after my skin a bit more (I have seriously sensitive skin and loads of allergies). I thought to myself it’s time to get rid of some of that tubbage.

So, a while ago I started a really conscious effort to lose some weight. I was feeling unhealthy, and was weighing pretty heavy for my height and age.

I began to use Noom, a programme on my phone (I blogged about it a while ago), and this has been great initially for helping me track general calories and find out exactly how many calories I am burning from exercise and how far I go. Also, at the start of last year, I made a pact with myself that I would begin regular exercise – which I realise I really thrive on!

So, with adding one more programme (my fitness pal) to my regime, and going for more regular runs and doing extra workouts in the day, I have lost 7kgs. I am 3 kg off the weight I wanted to be by January next year, and I am feeling SO good about myself. I have a way to go, and about 8kgs to go until I am at my ideal weight, but I feel good about this all, and am finding motivation in lots of places.

I have found that exercise is my new way to relax. I feel great after going for a jog, and I find I can treat myself with yummy food when I do work out. For an example of what I did exercise wise this weekend:

Saturday: 40 minute walk and 20 minute bike to the shops

Sunday: 4km run, 30 minutes mountainbiking, 1 hr Kinetic workout.

I feel good, tired, and not guilty about eating mini savouries for lunch with my Grandma!!

Here is hoping the next 7kg is just as pleasant to remove šŸ™‚

Loads of Love! Forgive me for lack of visuals.


A But of a Ketchup

Say the above and you instantly have a NZ accent. Congratulations šŸ™‚

I’m off sick today, so the couch, my PJ’s and I are gettingĀ acquainted.

Things have been really quite splendid lately. We have had a few good times here lately, and I am feeling very loved, very blessed, and very happy. Isn’t that a great feeling! Life is good right at this moment and things are only going to get better.

Things that make me happy right now

Booking accommodation for after our wedding – waiting for important things in the mail – dress fittings and drinking tea with my Grandmother – researching hairstyles – making secret anniversary plans – lovely e mails from friends – talking to my sisters and the building excitement of seeing them soon – finding shoes at discount prices (thank you sale!) – trying out and buying epic toning shoes – getting stuck in to running and whatever other exercise I can get my hands on – making plans for epic travel adventure (canada? UK? Ireland? Iceland!!) – cuddling the horse (dog)…and SO many other things.

Enjoy a beautiful video and song!


xx Em.

Nom Nom Noom

I am very lucky to have a new toy.

Ā It has pretty much become an indispensable tool, and although it is sad to say it, has made day to day organisation much better! I got a smart phone. Itā€™s awesome.

I was well overdue for an upgrade from my rather sad looking Nokia, and there was a great deal at Telecom, so over I went. I decided to go for an android, as lots of apps are free and it can be synced with multiple computers (even though I have not got that far, just yet).


One of the apps that I am LOVING is Noom. Noom is a smart little app that helps me manage my calorie intake and keep a track of my exercise. Itā€™s free, has a GPS function that tells me how far I go during workouts, and the calorie counter is not nearly as strict and precise as other programmes I have used. Measures of food are in handful quantities, and ā€˜ballparkā€™ calories are given to items.

Everything is divided up in to green, yellow, and red categories: green being healthy, red unhealthy, and yellow a bit of an in-betweener. It really, really does help you eat healthier. You are encouraged to eat more green items than red, and over the last 2 or so weeks I have been using it, it tells me how many calories I need to eat to achieve weight loss, and how many calories I need to burn at the same time. Itā€™s been really perfect for me, as over the last year or so I have been very active, but perhaps not quite doing enough exercise, or consistently making the best food choices. Now I know what foods to choose over others, with the knowledge that I could have a spare few calories to enjoy something from the red section and not feel too bad about it.

I am not getting paid to write this review, I just wanted to share how good I am finding it, and if you are like me (trying to lose a few KG before the nuptials), I really recommend you upload it on to your phone. There are some little ā€˜quirksā€™ to the programme that I am still getting used to, but I find each day I am understanding what I need to do in order to reach the goal I have set. Try it out and see how you go! You will surprise yourself how addictive and user friendly it is.


Here is to health!


Video of the Week, Volume 1

Time for a new feature.

here is my FIRST Ā original video of the week.

This was taken after Cleo and I had gone for a walk (you will hear my GPS telling me how far we walked and what speed at one point) at Sandy Point. I let her off the lead for a bit of a run, and here is what she did. It’s such an achievement as usually she doesn’t want to go NEAR water, and whenever we are walking on stones, she starts chowing down on them.





over the last 2 weeks I have had somewhat of a revelation. I forgot that I had stopped jogging on the treadmill at work.

There has been a convenient reason for this…Cleo.

We started walking Cleo after work every day since we got her, and suddenly a 20 minute slog on the school treadmill gave way to a rather comfortable 15, 20, then 25 minute walk with Cleo and Nic at the park or the beach. Although I have still been exercising, Ā I somehow forgot to push myself.

I have been talking about, and doing little bits and pieces in order for me to feel comfortable in my wedding dress, and I know that a short relaxed walk is just not going to cut it with 6 months to go till the big day.

I’ve given myself a bit of a pep talk, kicked myself in the butt, and started jogging again. I have so far in the last 2 weeks gone jogging 5 times. My first run was terrible. I got asthma and was a big wheezing mess for about an hour afterwards (yeah my run was about 13 minutes long, so that’s not right…)

If only….

Long story short though, there has been improvement. 13 minutes has turned in to 26 minutes, 2 km has turned in to 3.5km. I know that I have a really long way to go (pun intended), but I know that if I keep going the way I am, putting a little pressure on myself when I am out, logging it through my running app on my phone, and aiming to do a little more every time I go out, I will make it to my goal of 5 kms in no time.

I would ultimately like to be about to run 10 kms by the end of the year, but I don’t want to be intimidated by that number. A long term goals of mine is to run a 10km race, and hopefully one day I will get there.

Some things I am going to do this week to improve my stats are:

– buy new running shoes. I am currently wearing really heavy tramping shoes as my running shoes ‘broke’ a few weeks ago

– get familiar with my phone and get a music playlist together

– make time out as much as possible to focus on my goals

So here is to free exercise. I was going to join a gym a few weeks ago, $270 for a 3 month membership. Saving for our wedding is using up all our money, so the more I can do for free, the better it is šŸ™‚

Here is to reaching your goals, and giving yourself realistic outcomes.



Starting a New Routine.

Well term two has begun, and it’s a great time to start a new routine.

Last term at work we did ‘the biggest loser’. Well, actually everyone else piked out on it, and I kept going. In 10 weeks I had lost 4.3kg. I was really happy with that, and it was slow enough that it was not a total shock to the system, and I was able to ‘cheat’ quite often.

I thought this term I would start a new work out regimen and see if I can equal my losses. Basically, I want to lose another 8-10kgs by the wedding (January), so that give me lots of time to do it sensibly.

This is my plan and thoughts as to date:

The puppy needs 20 minutes exercise a day, so I am going to take on the majority of that. Whether it be a relaxing walk or a jog in the park (like we did today), it will be done everyday, rain or sunshine.

I am going to continue to bike to work when I can. The ultimate goal with this is to bike 3 days a week, to and from work. I have done this many weeks already, but sometimes I get a bit lazy with it and get a ride home (especially on Fridays)

I have started playing Netball on Saturdays, so that is a good 40 minute runaround – although my skill level is pretty low, so I am not really getting a great workout yet from this. I guess it will come.

I also really want toĀ utilizeĀ the gym at work. It seems crazy for me not to take advantage of having a free gym – especially when the weather is bad. I need to get over my fear of being at work by myself, and just stay until I feel like I have done enough. At the moment this is usually a 20 minute run, and using some machines. I really need to make a plan for myself.

I thought also if I post my progress on here once a week it would be a good way to see what I am doing in my day, and how I can use it as a baseline for the following week.

So, this is what I did this week:

Monday – 15 minute walk with Cleo
Tuesday – Bike to and from work (about 14kms all up), Short walk with Cleo
Wednesday – Bike to work
Thursday – Gym at work (20 mins run, sit ups and weight machine for arms)
Friday – Day off
Saturday – 30 minutes netball, short jog to football field after
Sunday – 30 minute jog/walk in the park. Exercise stations used (got up to 13 of 20 stations with Illie and Cleo)

So I guess although I do quite a lot, I am quite relaxed with my food and I do find I eat quite a bit. I guess I just need to refine, and perfect what it is I am doing.

Here Ā is to reaching goals! I would love to hear anyone’s tips and tricks that you might want to share! I am all for trying new things.

This coming week my goals are:

– Zumba tomorrow night

– biking to school

– doing the fitness track again (want to see how far I can go on my own)

– designing a workout plan for the gym

– lots of walks with my puppy

Here is to a great week!