Thursday, February 28, 2013

♡ Week Two Results

Hey everybody!

I am one day late for my check in, I hope you will forgive me *puppy dog eyes*

I had another good result! I am expecting it to slow down soon, but I sure am happy!

I lost 1.6 kilos!!

So, now my total for 2 weeks is 5.9 kilos!!!

I can actually feel a difference in my clothes already (even though I have a way to go still).

I found these leather-look leggings from Co. by Cotton On and I want them.

They actually have zips at the back of the legs at the bottom that I am not 100% a fan of but the price is right, and I signed up to their newsletter and snagged 30% off!

Co. by Cotton on PU Leggings only $29.95!

The leggings are only $29.95 anyway and with the discount they'd be like $20.95! Crazy cheap! 

The Co collection tends to sell out really quick, so I want to buy them ASAP. I don't know what size to get. I know I don't want the size I am now, but then I am not sure what size I will be. Oh the dilemmas! I'm thinking either 10 or 12... I am leaning towards 10 seeing as they look stretchy.

I really want to get them now as I missed out on something from the Co. Collection awhile ago and I've never really gotten over it! hahahaha.


Thursday, February 21, 2013

♡ Week One Results

Hello Sweethearts!

Yesterday marked my first week on my healthy eating adventure… and I lost 4.3 kilos. Yeh… 4.3 kilos! 

I still have a way to go but I am very happy with 4.3 kilos in the first week. Granted, it is just water weight… but I’m still happy with the fact that I am no longer carry around that extra 4.3 kilos. Water weight or not! 

My nephews came for a sleep over during the week and one of them shared something very special with my Mum and I…


Grrrr. I haven’t been sick with a cold/flu for well over a year! It certainly hasn't been fun trying to eat well but also trying to get better. I am so glad I stuck with my plan though… Or I’d still be 4.3 kilos heavier right now! Take that, fat! 

I believe I have spoken about my plan before. It is somewhat controversial, which is why I choose not to say too much… but whatevs. Reality is, it’s all healthy food, no diet shakes or pills, and I don’t see why some people take issue with it. It is very portion controlled, which to be honest is where some of my problems lie. This girl can eat a whole packet of Tim Tams in one sitting. 

The thing with this diet and any diet… Is that you have to stick with the changes you make. My issues in the past and the reason I have regained weight is that I go right back to my old habits. 

I am an emotional eater and that’s really what needs to stop. This plan gives you exactly what your body needs to function and allow your body to feed off its’ fat reserves… and baby, I've got PLENTY of fat reserves! 

This ‘diet’ is like being on cruise control and there are no grey areas. There is no ‘ho hum what should I eat today?’- It’s ‘here are your choices, now pick one!’ I like that. It means, hopefully, that this time round, I can concentrate more on the emotional side of it all. Why do I keep eating when I am full? What void am I filling?

I have a few books currently on loan (majorly overdue)… Some of the gems include ‘How to Feed the Hungry Heart. The Experience of Compulsive Eating’ and ‘Why Can't I Stop Eating: Recognizing, Understanding, and Overcoming Food Addiction’… Not gonna lie, the titles makes me giggle, but they are all SO me. Have I read them yet? Nope. 

Due to feeling so poorly, I decided to attempt to make a soup last night. My first ever soup in my whole entire life! I can’t believe I haven’t done it earlier! So easy, so yum and so filling. 

All I did was cut up celery and add some spring onions and my already sliced chicken breast (I should have cut it more, but was lazy!)… Covered with water, added salt and pepper and waited. So easy! 

I have the cutest little pot that I usually use in the oven with my steak and mushies, but it was even cuter on the stove! (see attached pic, please excuse the marks on the stove, it boiled over!!! I was like nooooooo)

Please excuse all the marks on the stove. It boiled over and I was like 'Nooooooooooo, precious broth'

Seriously though, how cute is this pot! 

I am attempting to make another one tonight. I purchased some leek (never used the stuff before) and bok choy! I also have mushies and cauliflower… I don’t know if those go in soup though. Hahahaha. At least not a brothy type like mine. 


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Clean Eating (&Happy LOVE Day)

Happy LOVE day everyone!

I hope you are all getting spoilt by your loved ones, and if not then I hope you are spoiling yourselves!

I won’t be seeing The BF tonight because my nephews are sleeping over and I haven’t seen them in ages… And it’ll be their first time visiting Bender since I got him back. So, I want to be there to see how that goes.

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So, now that I have the formalities over, I just wanted to say I am back on the healthy eating bandwagon! Just a quick history I lost like 20 kilos a little while back and but it all back on and then some. Yeah. And then some.

I started yesterday, which just so happened to be Ash Wednesday- aka the first day of Lent. How convenient? I can pretend this is all in the name of being a good Catholic girl. Ha.

About 3 hours into the plan to eat healthy I was struck with a headache! I couldn't believe the detox symptom came on so fast but obviously I was rather toxic.

I’m not going lie, I have a truckload of weight to lose! I am in for a long ride on the healthy eating train.

Obviously my main incentive is to be healthy and happy but also I would like to be able to fit into the clothes in my wardrobe! I swore I would never buy myself fat clothes again… turns out I kinda had to.  I bought the bare minimum I could get away with and only cheap as cheap can be. Just basic stuff really.

Aside from my headache I already feel pretty good. It’s amazing how a proper diet can affect you so soon. I feel lighter and less bloated already- I lost 1.5 kilos overnight of pure water. I know it’s not fat but at least I am not carrying it around anymore! And I've only just begun!

Last week I realised I was really starting to feel dreadful. My feet are always swollen by the end of the day, I can't walk far without being puffed out, my thighs rub together like a bitch and the back of my legs throb as I walk waddle… I occasionally get dizzy spells and see spots- not a good sign. A guy at my work suggested I might have diabetes. He himself is a diabetic but I said I didn't think so and played down the issues I was complaining about- all while secretly having  a panic attack.

A few days later I realised I was always so thirsty but it seemed unquenchable. I decided to google it and… bang… the first thing that came up… diabetes!

I told my co-worker and he said "well, not to be disrespectful but you have gained an awful lot of weight recently"... It hurts to have that said to you but it's the truth.

I am really scared of getting diabetes! And so I should be- I am actually in serious jeopardy of being diabetic and all through self-infliction!!! I am super scared of needles and the thought of pricking myself daily or even injecting myself daily makes me quiver. The thought of it sent me straight into the arms of my healthy eating plan.

I don’t like to call it a diet and I realise it is quite a strict plan but I just want the weight gone. People have tried to sway me into going on weight watchers or what-have-you, but they just aren't for me. I have done them before and it just didn't work well for me. I need the strictness and I love how fast the weight comes off with my plan.

I don’t think it’s the speed of the weight coming off that is the issue for me to maintain a slimmer body. It’s that I don’t really understand ‘normal’… I revert back to my old habits when really I need to stick to my new ones (sounds easy but it so isn't . In reality I practically have avoid sugar like the plague forever. It is my drug. My addiction. One little taste of the sweet white stuff sends me into a tail spin!


So, anyway… I will try not to bombard you with weight loss stuff but it kinda becomes all I think of. Haha.

Anyway, hope you’re all having a lovely day!


Monday, February 11, 2013

Le Questionnaire

I found this Questionnaire on someone's blog (can't remember who, sorry) and it looked like fun!

1. What's a nickname only your family calls you?

Well, Missy is my main nickname.

From my Dad; I also get called “Ris" which is the middle of my real name, which also turned into "Rissole". Then Ris/Rissole started getting used for other people within my family as well… like when they are bratty or naughty. Like as a nice way of calling someone an ass or an a**hole… so that’s disconcerting. Haha. I like to say I am the Original Rissole, though. 

From my Mum; I get called "Little Doll" or Lil Doll (which I have tattooed on my wrist- I also have Missy on my hip).

One of my sister's exes used to have matching names for me and her... She was Organ Arse and I was Thunder Bum. I wonder why? hahahaha. 

2. What's a weird habit of yours?

Ummmm, I probably have lots and lots. I guess one is that a hoard a lot of stuff around with me everywhere I go and yet never use it. Like I carry a bag full of paperwork with me, but I constantly avoid doing anything about it (bills, letters etc- most remain unopened).

I also carry around a million and one lipstick/lip balm/gloss product… Guess who rarely ‘touches up’ during the day? Moi.

(p.s- I think this is a mental issue… *nervous laughs*)

3. Do you have any weird phobias? 

Erm, I used to HATE sharing… Well I still do. I won’t share anything that you actually use on yourself or that touches your lips (lip gloss/straws/etc).

I won’t share drinks or food. I mean, okay, you can have a chip, but don’t touch anything that I want to eat… I might not even say anything about it at the time, but I probably wont eat it now, so thanks a lot. An actual bite of something that I would also be biting into? Hells no. It doesn't matter how much I love you. It just ain't happening. I’d buy you one for yourself before letting that happen.

It was a big issue at school, when everyone was sharing beauty products, and sharing drinks/lunch or whatever and I’d just be like ‘no’. I don’t like that it is labelled as not sharing… but hmm I guess that’s what it is. 

4. What's a song you secretly LOVE to blast & belt out when you're alone?

haha. Lots of songs. Too many to note. Any ballad from Mariah, Whitney... heck even Celine! (lols). I will also belt out some Adele. I fancy myself as a bit of a singer. I am a pro at SingStar and real-life Karaoke! 

5. What's one of your biggest pet peeves? 

Just rude people to sum it up. I think everyone gets peeved at rude people.

People who aren't conscientious...  you know? Who only think of themselves. I am very aware of most people around me and will do my best not to put them out or cause myself to be in their way or anything like that. 

I also dislike people who swallow loudly. I hate hearing the gulping noise. You can do it quietly, I don't understand why some people are SO loud about it.

My boss does this and it makes me want to cry. I hate it. I understand that sometimes you can accidentally make a noise (Even I do it too sometimes) but he makes really loud GULPING noises with each and every sip. Drives. Me. Crazy!  

6.  What's one of your nervous habits? 

Gosh I don’t know. Probably being overly nice… My hands used to shake if I had to use them in front of someone  but I think that’s a little better now.

7.  What side of the bed do you sleep on? 

I sleep on the right side of the bed at the moment… but it’s always the side furthest away from the entrance to the room. So, in my last house it was the left.

8.  What was your first stuffed animal & its name? 

It’s a teddy bear I got in hospital when I was born. His name is Teddy.

God I love that bear. 

He has leather pads on his paws and he is just the bomb. He has a nail polish mark on his leg from when I was playing hospital and he was the injured party… dammit. I actually don’t know who gave him to me… but I adore him. 

9.  What's the drink you ALWAYS order at starbucks? 

Skim milk Caramel Frappuccino, no whip and with Java chips, please!

10.  What's the beauty rule you preach.. but never ACTUALLY practice? 

Never go to sleep without washing your face. I even include the use of face wipes as a no-no… it just isn’t the same as washing in the bathroom. But heck, I've been guilty of falling asleep without washing my face properly. I have some seriously beautiful skincare but there is a routine to it (involving a hot cloth steam and then a scrub) and when I am dog tired, I just cannot be bothered. 

11.  Which way do you face in the shower?

I face towards the shower. Funny, I've never even thought of it before. If I have to do something I turn and face away but mainly I face the shower head. I do a lot of twisting and turning in the shower, I can tell you that. 

12.  Do you have any 'weird' body 'skills'? 

not really. I can make a noise like Donald Duck… It’s the trick I do for kids… It gets the laughs… Not so much now that Donald isn't so famous, but back in the day it was all about Mickey and friends and my Donald impression was all the rage.

13.  What's your favorite 'comfort food'/food that's 'bad' but you love to eat it anyways?

I have too many comfort foods… Anything sweet and/or cheesy is me.

14.  What's a phrase or exclamation you always say? 

“I’ll tell you that for free” talking about something lame and saying it is "all the rage"- (see Q12)… Either of them usually gets the laughs… especially the first time, but I will use them time and time again.
“JJ” is another one… followed by ‘just joking or joshing” (I actually say them both with the "or" haha).
I also have a habit of mispronouncing words... or like Mike Myers says in "View from the Top" "Putting the wrong emPHAsis on the wrong sylLABle"... That also gets the laughs when people realise what I am actually saying.

15.  Time to sleep- what are you ACTUALLY wearing? 

Undies… maybe. Sometimes I go the full PJ, other times completely in the buff. I just go with however I’m feeling.

If you do this Questionnaire too, please let me know. I'd love to read it!


Friday, February 8, 2013

What's in my bag! Tale of a bag lady/mobile hoarder

Well hello there!

I hope you are all fine and dandy.

As promised my 'What's in my Bag?' post! Hooray! I just know you have all been dying to see what's in my Bag! haha

That's a lot of stuff to carry day in-  day out

This is the contents of my bag tipped out on my work desk. No holds barred!!

Oh I just realised one thing is missing! My Phone. Of course my phone is usually in my bag!!

Now, let it be known I have significantly lightened my load since I took these 'what's in my bag' pics and I'm pretty much none the wiser. I carry around so much stuff in fear I might need it. I rarely do. I'm just silly.

Doing this post opened my eyes! So many lip glosses... and guess who rarely even bothers applying it???

The details;

❤ Hiding in the pile at the back there are some naughty cigarettes (which I am totes on a mission to QUIT- I don't smoke much so it shouldn't be too hard, I just actually have to commit to doing it),
❤ 2 makeup powders still in their boxes from NYC,
❤ Pink container with cute black bow. Thank you DAISO!
❤ My Debit card- not in my wallet- worst habit ever! Not only can I never find it, but I can barely read the numbers on that baby they've rubbed off so much- luckily I know them off by heart anyway!
❤ Pink glasses case- which hold my prescription sunglasses (I never wear them anyway and I never take my actual glasses off, so I am no longer carrying this around),
❤ Quite a few lip glosses/balms,
❤ My precious sweeteners (hermestas),
❤ My crystal nail file- with pink bling that my Mum got me for Christmas for a startling $2.00!!

❤ More lip glosses and lipsticks,
❤ Makeup brush,
❤ My lighter in its' brown case,
❤ That white circle thing with the red dot is a measuring tape- I have NO idea why it is in my bag!,
❤ A black pen,
❤ That hot pink container in the bottom left is some nail polish remover wipes... they are the BOMB,
❤ Rimmel stay matte powder (in 01 transparent),
❤ A mystery item in a box- in the center of the pic- more on that below,
❤ My "e-cigarette" to help me quit smoking- let's face it, I got it cos it was pink!, it mimics smoking with flavoured steam... Yum
❤ Some coinage that was literally just floating around my bag,
❤ And those two bling things at the bottom sorta-right area are earplug decorations for my phone- I never use them as I use my earphones too much and they just a hassle, oh and my actual earphones intertwined throughout all the stuff too.

Last little section; 

❤ More lip prods,
❤ My Juicy Couture wallet,
❤ My keys; Oh and that pink bird not only cute but it's also a whistle- safety first, Ladies! Though I always have trouble getting to my keys in the depths of my bag so I doubt I'd be able to get to it in an emergency situation anyway, but if I ever feel uneasy I usually find my keys and carry them in my hand with one pointed out between my fingers as a weapon of sorts, LOL,
❤ Flash drive memory do-whackers (pink naturally),
❤ Scrunched up receipt,
❤ A business card for a travel agent (I already have itchy feet!),
❤ That plastic black thing in the bottom left is a handy dandy phone stand- I have never used it, but I might some day.

Ooh, the fun stuff! My make up!
Row 1; Rimmel Stay Matte powder, NARS powder foundation in Barcelona, TOO FACED bronzer in Chocolate Soleil
Row 2: MAC lipstick, YSL glossy stain in #18, YSL glossy stain in #17, YSL sheer candy in #8, L'Oreal pink rose balm, Sally Hanson moisturising lip balm, unknown brand but it has cute packaging in a nice peachy shade, MAC viva glam nicki lipglass, L'Oreal golden vanilla balm, L'Oreal nudy pink balm, Clinique Cubby Stick in mighty mimosa
And my Laura Mercier Blending brush

The mystery item in the box:
Anyone know what this says?? I only got it because I adore the packaging. Look, the little character has a cat on her head! Love it!... I assumed it was a lip balm, but I think it might actually be a solid perfume of sorts... It smells very strongly of perfume- too much so for a balm, yet when I put some on my wrist it wears away very quickly!! It's a mystery!!!!

 My awesome personalised lighter holder. This was given to me by my nephew's dad (the one who passed away). It went missing for about 6 years... then my sister found it in an old jacket pocket in her wardrobe right after he died. I am really happy to have it back. I really love it. And it's even more special now. My sister was apprehensive to give it back to me- which I understand but um it has my name on it and I have been complaining about losing it for years. years. And she had it all along. Shifty minx! She had one too which surprise surprise she lost even before she 'lost' mine!

My medicine box (Daiso $2.80)! Mostly just Nurofen (I get headaches that turn into migraines) and those BIG tablets are to be added to water for re-hydration. The pink ones are actually for period pain, I got them because they are pink and therefore pretty and I figured pills are pills (pain pills anyway) but hey, I'm no Doctor!!


Gastrolyte rehydration tablets!!! 

I have used these in their sachet form for headaches, but these tablets are handy as. I took these to NYC and they made the flight home almost pleasurable! I forgot I had them on the way there (too excited) but on the way back I felt very dehydrated and felt a headache coming on. This was a lifesaver and I highly recommend them for air travel!

In other highly related news, I purchased a new bag!!!

It's actually probably the most I have ever spent on a bag! I am pretty darn thrifty and when I saw this bag on eBay I was all over it like a rash.... But I got outbid at the last second- I bid right at the end- and I nearly cried!!! I had pretty much told myself the bag was mine. I was so very disappointed.

I noticed the buyer had only 5 feedbacks, so I messaged the seller saying 'hey... if you have any trouble with the buyer I'd be happy to buy it as a 2nd chance offer'... Well a week or so later, the seller messaged me as the buyer fell through and she offered it to me.


I wanted it DESPERATELY. But there was one issue... she assumed I meant not through eBay, but I didn't. I meant a second chance offer through eBay-- but I didn't want to rock the boat and miss out on the bag again so I did my first unlawful eBay purchase and with a bank transfer no less! It was damn scary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had been in email conversation with her for almost a week (while the buyer wasn't paying) and felt that she seemed pretty genuine.

It took forever to come! (okay 3 days... but from Syd to Melb, come on! I wanted it next day!)

I only just got it yesterday and truth be told it's a little more roughed up than I expected- some of the hardware shows wear... but all in all, I am pretty happy with it. The leather is super soft and I love me some Juicy Couture!!!

It would have been $348 (US) to buy new and the seller said it was "as new" and I got it for half price (or thereabouts) so I thought it seemed like a good deal... but like I said, she's a bit roughed up *sigh. I am super rough with my bags though, so  I probably would have wrecked it right away anyway, plus it's SOLD OUT! The leather is super soft and it smells delicious  I'm using it today for the first time. Even though it's actually quite small, it holds everything I need. So, yay!