Monday, May 28, 2012

Photos of interest

I thought that this would be a simple post - just sharing my reward system etc. But the photos ended up being sideways - so I had to Google a fix - turns out I need to use Picasa - so I did that.  Anywhooo,,, photos!

This is my weighing station - just outside of the bathroom sits my scales, my shoes and my shoe calendar.  I'm going to write up my weekly weight on Mondays when I remember.  I'm also using stickers on the days I workout. Please ignore the case of beer there - they are probably out of date but here people use a barter system for favours - my husband must have done something great to earn a whole carton of beer!

This is my cat Squish.  He's the baby and has abandonment issues, so has to know what you are doing at all times. I'm taking a photo of you, der...look how worried he is...

Cute jar that at one time had awful toffees that were thrown out.  It sits in my office on top of my stationary draws. The white box with the grey pattern contains the glass pebbles. The storage containers behind them are just plain old boxes that I trimmed up and wrapped in some fun jelly bean wrapping paper.  I do that a lot.

Cutest top ever! While I was sick I decided to cheer myself up by buying some clothing that was cute and that before I had lost weight wouldn't have fitted into!  It's a size 18 but it comes from a 'normal sized' clothing company, not a 'plus sized' one. I also need to take it in at the sides.  Oh, you can just see our other cat, Chihiro sitting beside the top - that white fluffy thing.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Week 21

Ignore the fact that the picture says week 20.

What's Motivating Me This Week?
Stickers and glass pebbles - photos to come.

What's Puzzling Me This Week?
Still stuck on the fringe - I even dreamt about it last night - but in my dream my hair was too thin for bangs but I tried cutting them anyway and it was a disaster.

What's Bugging Me This Week?

Remember a while ago I bought a pair of jazz pants? I put them into the cupboard and didn't wear them because they were a little tight and I thought I would spare the world that look. I wore them today for my workout,,, and now they are too big. I kept having to pull them up. I do like the look of them so I might have to look into a pattern to make my own, in the meantime I'll take these one in a bit because they were pretty expensive only to have worn once.

What's Encouraging Me This Week? 
All these new to me fitness videos on YouTube.

What's the Plan?

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Perfect Strangers prediction

According to the ultimate prediction game - 'Perfect Strangers: Nothing's Going to Stop Me Now', I have a 82% chance of getting fit!!!

Although note in the 'The Dream Board' someone else has a 100% change of getting fat!

And then I received my highly suitable ranking - Rank: #4 - Pumping Iron Jennifer...

Oh yes,,, this blog is the best ever!

Links and motivation

Great YouTube channels include:
Popsugartvfit - 10 minute workouts
Redrita12 - longer vids some taken from Exercise TV. Lots of these look hard - I like the look of the Dorm Room Workout.
FigureRobics - Not necessarily a single channel but an example of where you can get it from. Cute Japanese doing workouts.
Sparkpeople - the first youtube fitness vids I found
Blackcutegirl's - Lesmills Bodyjam videos

I'm really trying to motivate myself into exercising. I really have taken a step backwards and feeling demotivated, mainly because when I do exercise I am disappointed that I'm not a fit as I think I should be. I know that in other people that would be a great motivator - like competing against yourself to get fit again.  I'm just not competitive. So for now I'm looking for extrinsic rewards.

I used to use stickers as a reward - but I no longer print my exercise sheets out - I should but I don't. Maybe I will buy some new stickers and start that again.

I kind of like this idea - sorry I don't know where it really came from other than pinterest.  But my money is my money and I can spend my money when I like within reason... plus I never have any change to put into a jar.

This one I've seen around heaps. Would work well, but I'm metric and kilos are larger than pounds so it would feel like I'm not getting anywhere.

Maybe I could combine those two together - every time I exercise I put a glass pebble into a glass container? That way I can see my progress.

I did this workout this morning: I didn't find it hard, I was just really clumsy. This is going to my video for the week.

Going to go and find a pretty jar or something...

Friday, May 25, 2012


We raised just over $170 today - not bad for a week's notice.

So now I need to get back into fitness - seriously.

This is a new to me tumblr that I love!

I found blackcutegirl's YouTube channel. It has some awesome fitness videos on it! I've been watching them to see what ones I could do.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Polka dotty pants

Oh yes, these so could be in wardrobe.  Tessuti has some great dotty fabric that would work for these pants, but I have no idea where they came from.  It was a random pinterest post with out a link back to the store - grr..

It's $34 a metre - a little expensive for me because I have to buy more fabric than most, but it comes in a few colours.

So unfit

I can't believe how unfit I feel. 

I went to Zumba last week twice, as well as on Tuesday.  But today I had off, I've corked my calf and I have been baking up a storm for tomorrows biggest morning tea that we are hosting at work. It raises money for cancer.

I jumped on the scales and I've lost a bit more weight - no where near the 80kg yet but slowly going down.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Black Milk Leggings

I dooo love Black Milk's leggings.

They would never fit me, and the ones I really want can't be custom made for you :(

Just a quick look on eBay for lycra I found these fabric.  There are heaps more available out there though - try Spandex World.

 I haven't found anything to match the galaxy leggings yet.

This fabric is just because I love the pattern and think it would be great as a pair of leggings, dress or top.

Oscar de la Renta colección crucero 2013

Oh baby - I saw this and went - I WANT!

I have a few patterns that would do this, and I actually already have a black and white print on a larger scale that would so work!!!  I think it's a cotton/Lycra sateen from Spotlight - lovely stuff.

P.S. The fabric I was talking about in the previous posts have actually been posted to me and are on their way to my greedy hands.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Week 20 - Almost forgot!

I was just thinking that I should get ready for bed, when I thought back over what I had accomplished.

Dyed hair - check
Vacuumed up drill shavings around wardrobe I had to fix yesterday - check
Printed out assessment sheets for this week - check
Put videos for lessons onto USB stick - check
Loaded apps onto ipads for school - mostly check
Exercised - check
Uploaded photos and work out plan - ch... hold on!

What's Motivating Me This Week?
Getting physical again after being sick for almost 3 weeks

What's Puzzling Me This Week?
Should I get my fringe/bangs cut again? It looks cute but it's annoying sometimes when it gets longer especially when I'm exercising

What's Bugging Me This Week?
Investing in some more 'beginner' workout DVDs. 

What's Encouraging Me This Week? 
I will be able to do a proper push up! I just have to work up to it.

What's the Plan?
I did the mile walk today using the 1kg dumbbells - no problems - maybe I should try the 2kg for the last arm routine to see if I could do it The other strength exercises using 2kg feel great too.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Today is the first day in weeks that I feel human. I can't seem to hold down a whole big meal at the moment since I wasn't able to eat much while I was sick and I think my stomach shrunk, also my throat is sensitive from so much coughing, but my coughing has subsided to mornings and evenings, I have my voice back, I'm not feeling sore, I'm thinking relativity clearly.

Time for a little motivation now to do some exercise again.

Come one Pammy! Get up and do something physical!!!

My exercise ball and 'dumbbells' arrived yesterday. Dumbbells are in quotes because they actually sent me toning balls - Doh! I sent them an email letting them know their mistake but honestly I can't be bothered to return them.  We'll see how we go.  I also have to figure out how to blow up the ball - that way I can use it as my office seat and look out for some fitness videos for it.

Photos tomorrow I promise.

Lilac Dot Dress

I don't have a problem with pastels, it's just that I am a really messy and clutsy person so I have long realised that light coloured pastels are a magnet for any number of stain inducing accidents. But sometimes I see a pastel number and think,,, 'I want'. For instance this outfit from Scathingly Brilliant - who I must admit I have a little crush on. Fuck, I want her hair.

This is a Dorothy Perkins dress, it's 32 pounds which doesn't seem too expensive to me - but alas if only it could be guaranteed to fit - and once again I don't like the back - bras people!!! Also the neck line would make my bust look gi-bloody-normous.

Fabrics that I think would work for this dress:

Cotton Fabric- PURPLE DOTS 1.5 yards

Purple Yellow Large Polka Dot CANDY PARTY by Kokka Lemon

Michael Miller Fabric Ta Dot Grape

Rile Blake Promenade Purple Dots by Cyndi Walker

So now that you know about my crush on Kate from Scathingly Brilliant, I'll also link to Miss Tallulah Porkchop. I've always like the name Tallulah, and one of my cutesy nicknames from my husband is Porkchop - it's like I was destined to find this woman's blog. Her shoes, her tights, her whole outfits.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Butterfly top

As you can see from this polyvore that I made a year ago, I want a butterfly top. I still haven't gotten one.

 There seems to be some nice butterfly prints out at the moment, maybe now is the time!

Edit: I just found this dress from Modcloth... drool worthy?  $107? I don't like the back treatment (come on what about a bra?), which is good because it's the only thing that lifts this dress from being any number of basic dress patterns that I have.

think pink pants

For 190 pounds I could buy these magenta pants.

Or for I could have gotten these from Kate Spade for about $300.

Or I could buy 2m of this polyester gorgette for $20 from that seller previously, or even cheaper here. Or find a linen blend or similar.

Citron yellow skirt

I've kind of been lusting after a yellow skirt for years, I'm not much of a yellow person being more interested in blue toned colours, but a citron yellow I can do. I actually have a pair of heels and a bag in citron.

I saw this on Green Apple's BLOG and thought that that outfit was so doable for me, in fact most of what she does I lust for.

So a citron pencil skirt is on the drawing boards.

Bought this from the same seller as the last post, 2m x 1.3m of linen - it's a little expensive though at $45, but still better than the skirt from J Crew; $110.

Black and White print pants

I didn't want to start this BLOG off all crazy or anything, but forgive me, I just can't get these out of my head. 

I saw these pants on Mix and Match Fashion and all the pieces fell together.

I while ago I saw this polyester chiffon fabric on Ebay and saved it until inspiration struck me. Although I don't think I'll make lined pants from it, it might make a nice lined maxi skirt, we'll see when it gets here.

It cost $20 for 2.5m x 1.5m, it will need lining, thread and a zipper.  Approx $30 in total versus $69.

I love colour. I'm not afraid of it.

Colours I like:
bright and jewel colours
black and white prints (emphasis on black)
black and grey solids

Motifs I like:
brush strokes

Thing I don't like in general:
too low neck lines
white solids

What do I want? What do I need?

I quickly jotted down the amount of time I spent in the various activities that I do and made a pastel pie chart that's nice enough to eat.

As you can see, I sleep a lot.

Actually I sleep on average 8 hours a night, but I do spend a fair chunk of my evenings and my weekend wearing my PJs. Yes, I'm lazy like that.  In fact, I'm wearing them now but that is more because I am home with a cold. So my first thought is that what I really need are clothes that I can sleep comfortably in, but also look like casual clothing.  Genius!

I spend about a third of my time in work clothes.  I'm a teacher so I tend to dress somewhat business casual, semi-professional, semi-corporate - whatever the term is.  I need to be able to do my job comfortably but still look good when visitors come a-visiting. I've heard that you dress for the job that you want.  I want to be an artistic Home Economics teacher that takes English classes and a few art classes on the side. That's almost what I am now. I have a reputation for wearing fun, interesting, fashion forward clothes - sometimes, if I'm lucky, I get squeals of delight.

I'm surprisingly social. We go 'out' to dinner once a week with friends. We often go over to places houses to eat as well. Every now and then I go to an event like the races.

From the top

This BLOG is my private wardrobe fantasy land.  Here I plan possible projects for me to sew and make.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Still sick

Nothing new to post.

Got over one illness and caught another.