April 52-in-52 update

It’s been a bit of a crazy week for me this week – I had a lot on work-wise, and on Wednesday I spent the entire day at the zoo with Luca. By the time night rolled around I didn’t have time to spend in front of a screen. As a result I didn’t get to post my weigh in Wednesday post, and I’ve not had a chance to post it since.

I was going to write it now, but given the next one is due in 3 days, I figure I’ll combine them both together. To weigh-ins in one. Woo.

Instead I figured that tonight I’ll share an update on my 52 list and how the past 4 months have been. [...]  read more

Clean up Australia Day 2019


This year one of my 52 in 52 goals was to participate in Clean Up Australia Day 2019. It was one of those items that I decided on when looking at a recap on the news last year. I knew I would have a feel good moment from it, so onto the list it went!

My friends decided to join me, although unfortunately our first choice location wasn’t available after the terrible beach erosion from Cyclone Oma. We were the fourth team to work through this area this morning and we were still collecting this much rubbish and cigarette butts! [...]  read more

52 in 52: 2019 edition

Heyyyyyy – it’s 2019 everyone! A new year, which means a new 52 list! I’m yet to blog the results from last year, with some updates of some of the more notable ones but *spoiler alert* I did 100% of them! The first time in 10 years of doing the list!


Also, holy cow, this is the 11th year of doing my 52 in 52! I think I probably should have some sort of party to celebrate, right? I should have done that last year to celebrate the decade, but um, whoops.

Anyways, let’s get cracking onto the list, I’m excited to share it with you all. [...]  read more

December update for 52 in 52

I just went to look at when I last posted an update on my 52 list, and it was March! Whaaat? Then I realised that I had a post from August in my drafts, oops. Guess there’s no point posting that one. Needless to say I’m extremely overdue in posting an update.

There’s only one month left to go in the year so it’s a final sprint to finish the list, but I’m really excited at how things are looking right now. Let’s take a look!

What’s left to go:

There’s only 10 (!!!) items left on the list to complete this year. Of that, 4 of them are underway and nearly complete, and the others shouldn’t be too hard to complete. It’s just a matter of making the time!

  1. Write a blog letter to baby each month (this is my “Luca Letter” series) – I’ve got 2 letters to write, his 11 and 12 month letters.
  2. Make a photo book for Luca’s first year – this is also underway, hoping to get it finished this weekend.
  3. Take a family photo – we have photos of us all together, but I have something specific in mind. I want something nice, I don’t want a selfie.
  4. Accept help when offered as often as possible – this is something that doesn’t have a definite value for which I can measure whether it’s completed or not. I could say that it’s completed because I’ve been working on accepting help, and I have quite a few examples of that throughout the year. But I want to keep reminding myself of this right up until the year is over.
  5. See a doctor about my veins – booked in for a fortnight away. Recently my friend saw the veins in my ankle and was shocked at how bad they were. It will be interesting to see what the doc has to say.
  6. Frame/print a photo I’ve taken – still yet to do but quite a few that I want to print. The photo book also technically qualifies for this too.
  7. Learn how to do makeup – I’ve had a friend show me some techniques briefly, but I’d like to spend just a little bit of time trying out some techniques from online and just improve a bit more (if anyone out there is wonderful with makeup and wants to do a hard lesson with me I’d love it).
  8. 30 day declutter challenge – I went a bit easier on myself with this one in that it didn’t have to be 30 days in a row. It’s underway though, about 50% of the way through.
  9. Meditate for 5mins every day for a week – I’ve started this one so many times, and ultimately end up going to bed and forgetting to do it for a night. Going to make time for it this week.
  10. Have a date night with the husband 12 times (take turns to organise) – we’ve had 11 dedicated date nights for the year already, and the last one is coming up this week. To be clear, this is stuff that’s not just the usual “sit on the couch and watch tv”, it has to be where effort was made to make it feel like a date.

Highlights from what I’ve accomplished this year

There’s been so much that I’ve done this year, and I’ll post a full list at the end of the year, but I wanted to share some highlights.

  • Eat from a small plate every night for a week/pre-make a week’s worth of lunches: these ones were about portion control and controlling temptation. I ended up subscribing to Lite n Easy this year, which in my opinion has fulfilled both of these items. It’s been incredibly successful too, and as of the moment I’m 16kg down for the year, 26kg since I gave birth.
  • Go to a sporting event: I went to the Commonwealth Games this year – lifetime bucket list complete. It was amazing! I went to the swimming and cycling finals with my family (awesome), and the Closing Ceremony (not so awesome).
  • Run 5km: I did the 5km Sunshine Coast Marathon event with friends, and even this morning I did a 5km park run. Stay tuned for improvements on this task next year – I’ve signed up for my first ever half marathon!
  • Host a birthday party: We held a party for our son’s 1st birthday, which was amazing and went way too quickly. But it was so unbelievably fun and I can’t wait to plan his next one (but maybe don’t come too soon, I don’t want him growing up that fast!)
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    Time for a catch up and some good news!

    Oh, hi world! I can’t believe it’s been over a month since I last wrote, although if you’ve liked my Facebook page you would have still seen the odd quick post here and there. It’s been a bit of a crazy month with lots going on, which I can’t wait to update you all about.

    So let’s dive in!

    Luca turned 1!!

    I can’t believe I’m the parent of a 1 year old! Where the heck did that time go?! We just spent the last two weekends celebrating, which seems a bit of overkill but I assure you it was necessary. We kicked things off with a party in Brisbane with my husband’s family so his 80yo biz nonna (great grandmother) wouldn’t need to drive 1.5hrs to where we live. This weekend we had a second party at our house with my family and our friends.

    It was a lot of fun, but we’re definitely a bit tired now! The little man partied hard and was so good being passed around to everyone. He got to play peek-a-boo with his cousin (second, third, something like that) which was one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen. He also went swimming in his new inflatable pool, and played with his pirate ship at his own pirate party!

    He did have a couple of episodes of throwing up unfortunately. Once on his Biz Nonna (she then had to go home to change before bingo) and once all over his daddy at midnight. We suspect its from another cold that’s coming through, poor little guy. He’s been running a fever for a few days too, nothing some painkillers can’t fix, but I hope whatever it is goes away soon!

    We’re blown away by the number of people that were able to make it to the events, and we thank you all. We were also stunned by the amazing gifts he received. He’s one very, very lucky little guy. I’m hoping that keeps him entertained for a while yet!

    I need to catch up on my Luca letters to conclude his first twelve months; I’ve got three left to go. From now on it will just a yearly catch up of everything he’s done; it’s been hard capturing every month and finding time to consistently post updates. But it’s been incredible to look back on our first year.

    I’m 10kg down since August

    I’ve been doing Lite n Easy as a way of breaking my binge eating disorder, and it’s been working really well. I’ve managed to drop 10kg, making it a total of 22.3kg since my son was born last year. I’m over halfway now, 17kg left to go until I reach my goal weight.

    (The light blue is my actual weight and the dark blue was my trend line)

    It’s not been smooth sailing the whole way, and these past two weekends with Luca’s birthday I’ve definitely fallen off the wagon. But I’ll be back on again tomorrow and my journey will continue. I never expected it would be easy, but I’m learning something new every step of the way.

    I want to do a dedicated post to everything I’ve learned so far, but for now here’s a quick update. I’ve been paying particular attention to when I want to binge. The goal is that I learn my triggers and find a way to overcome them. So far, I’ve realised I want to binge when:

    • I’m tired
    • I’m emotional – period, relationship stress
    • I’ve let myself get hungry

    The next phase is to find a much healthier way of dealing with those times. I’m not always going to be able to get a good night’s sleep, so I need a different approach to deal with fatigue. Emotional-wise I need to factor in some sort of physical activity – it’s been amazing for getting stress out for me in the past. Hungry-wise is just ensuring that I am eating regularly, and have easy, healthy snacks on hand if I don’t have time for some reason.

    Full steam ahead!

    A 52-in-52 update

    With just over two months left in the year I’m super excited that I only have 14 items remaining. I am very much feeling like this can be achieved, and I’m extremely motivated to get the list finished.

    It’s already time to start thinking about next year’s list!

    I’m going to try and include some tasks that involve Luca, some fun parent-baby time. Places to go, things to do etc. So if you have some suggestions I’d love to hear them. On the cheap would be preferable. My brain is already ticking over with some fun activities to do at home.

    Also, the optimist in me hopes that he might start sleeping through and my hubby and I could potentially leave him with his family and steal away for a sneaky adults-only weekend. That would be lovely! One can dream right?

    So that’s about it for me, a quick (long) recap of the last month! Hopefully this next month I’ll find more time to write consistently – I’ve still got so much to say!

    I’d love to hear how everyone else is going, and any big wins anyone else has had?