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Thursday, April 30th, 2009
8:56 am
Okay Ladies...
...who's in?
Wednesday, March 11th, 2009
11:30 am
So, anybody up for May Detox '09?

Current Mood: contemplative
Wednesday, June 11th, 2008
4:31 pm
I know the comm's officially changed over to June Unplugged at this point (and kudos to the participants - not sure I could manage that), but I was wondering how everyone's been going since the month ticked over?

I've certainly stayed off the redbull at home (down from a can a day to none) without too much effort, though I'm happily back on it when clubbing.

Alcohol on the other hand.. the first three mornings of June featured mild hangovers.. and I'm a little pished at the moment. No longer drinking before noon though. I still don't see anything magical about different times of day, but it's as good a rule as any to avoid excess. Losing a few inches off my waistline has been a good incentive :)

I never really did stick to the shoe thing, though I did avoid going dancing in my tallest heels during May. I should get some gel inserts for them before Angelspit..
Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008
10:46 am
June Unplugged

After speaking to notsomighty, I'm going to hijack this community for a month for my own cause.

I'm going ahead with June Unplugged, and a number of people have expressed interest in being involved as well.

I think this is pretty much a personal thing - if you want to be involved, great, if not, that's also very fine.  There's not a lot of rules around when you have to participate etc., and I encourage everyone to make their own guidelines or parameters around what is 'unplugged'.

I'll be starting off this Thursday 5th June.  At 5pm I'm turning off my mobile phone and I won't be using the computer, television, Wii etc. for the evening.  I'm choosing this night because Nova and I will have the night to ourselves (a very rare occasion), and I'd really like to be free from distractions for a change.  :)

I'll probably be having a Tupperware party next week, maybe Thursday depending on the demonstrator's availability.  I will be making the Tupperware party an Unplugged event - no TV in the background (but there will be music), and no mobiles!  (Non-Unplugged participants will be encourage them to put their phones on silent and avoid sending message or taking calls in the living room.)

Another thing I'd like to do is organise dinner at Annalakshmi, followed by a walk along the river to the Causeway and back.  That should fill in most of the evening, and it's a good, wholesome activity (can't guarantee that the conversations will be wholesome though, I suspect 

murgmay be there!).  Again, mobiles will be strongly discouraged as it's an Unplugged event.

What night suits everyone for this?  Monday or Tuesday would be best for me, either next week or the week after.  Who wants to come?

Cross posted to maydetox and my own journal


Saturday, May 31st, 2008
12:46 am
...And I'm Out.
Well, that was an interesting thirty-one days. But now I have a lot of drinking to do.

Vaya con Dios, compadres.

Current Mood: satisfied
Friday, May 30th, 2008
4:00 pm
32 hours to go..
Well, there's a fair chance I'll be at sIn at midnight tomorrow night, but regardless of that..

Who's still up for a celebratory lunch at Little Creatures on Sunday?
2:44 pm
33 hours and 15 minutes remaining
Dear God, I could really use a glass of wine right now.  Screw that, I'd kill for a bottle of good red.  Everyone should keep out of my way this afternoon.  On top of a difficult week I've finally finished my major uni assignment, and I really want to have a drink.

To make matters worse I'm meeting a friend at the Oak and Ivy after work.  Fun place, but not really the best environment to be in when you're not drinking but really really want to.  Any suggestions on what I can do to make it easier (short of not turning up... I'm not going to do that!)?.  It's not really a lime & soda kind of day today.

*tries not to give up now... there's only a day and a half left to go*
Thursday, May 29th, 2008
11:27 pm
In the Pipe, Five By Five.
23 hours and 32 minutes to go.

Laid in my supplies for the weekend. A bottle of Bulleit, a bottle of Jose Cuervo, and a pack of Dunhill Blues.

I'm rather looking forward to this.

Current Mood: Anticipatory
1:28 pm
Almost finished...
Only 2 1/2 days to go until May (and May Detox) are over.

Hooray! And congratulations to everyone who has made it this far.

What are you all planning to do for what is becoming known around my household as Retox Sunday?

Nova and I are going to Rifo's for breakfast, lots of coffee (Nova's been abstaining from caffeinated beverages), toast (mmm, gluten), eggs, mushrooms, hash browns (more gluten!) and juice. I was thinking of taking a bottle of champagne, but perhaps that's overkill. I'm sure I can hold out on the alcohol until Jade's vodka infusion party on Sunday evening. :)
Saturday, May 24th, 2008
12:36 pm
How many days left? Well I guess I kind of stuck to my goal of a little additional exercise to my week. Just not in the conventional format as planned. Last Wed while running the Dance Company rehearsals the teenagers where doing a fitness test. aving no shame I gave it a go (FYI I am a big curvaceous grrl) and surprise surprise no I can not do the splits, but I sure can out do half the kids in, 'The Plank', and hold it for a good long while. Yay point for me!
Friday, May 23rd, 2008
10:13 am
May Detox - Day 23 (and an idea for June)
Only 9 days to go, including today. I can't think of a month that has dragged by so slowly!
It's funny, the weeks seem to zoom past so quickly, but somehow 23 days of May feels like much longer.

I had an interesting thought this morning. This is something that's been niggling in the back of my mind for a number of months now, since Ariel Stallings started her 52 nights unplugged project. I've been reading her blog since stumbling across the Off Beat Bride website and book, but that's a side point which most of you will find irrelevant.

The point of 52 Nights Unplugged is to turn off "everything with a screen" one night per week for a year. That's your computer, mobile phone, TV, game console etc. Instead, there is the opportunity to use that time doing something else that you like doing, or don't have enough time for.

If I'm being honest, I'd say my addiction to being connected is much stronger than my need to drink, or eat gluten or any of those things that we're giving up this month. I don't think I could go for more than 2 consecutive days without being online/plugged in. I check my emails/sms/livejournal/facebook all day using my computer and/or my phone, and then often in the evening. Since buying Mario Kart and Wii Fit, I've used the Wii at least 3 or 4 nights a week. I've even started watching a TV show again (Kitchen Nightmares).

So... I'm considering having a challenge along the lines of MayDetox, called JuneUnplugged.

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Is anyone with me?

(cross posted on maydetox and my own journal)

PS - apologies to Stefan for hijacking this community!
9:21 am
Bowling Results
Game 1

In Order of Winning:


2nd: Dave-116
3rd: Liam-114
4th: Ivan-92
5th: Adele-87
6th: Emir-75
7th: Jaimee-74
8th: Stefan-71
9th: Candy-69

Game 2

Winner: Drew-133

2nd: Dave-116
3rd: Johnny-113
4th: Stefan-109
5th: Ivan-103
6th: Candy-94
7th: Nathan-84
8th: Liam-77
9th: Jaimee-69 
10: Adele -62
11th: Emir-41

Well done all.. it was a great night...we should do it again soon :)

Current Mood: bouncy
Thursday, May 22nd, 2008
11:59 pm
Today is my last day of detox. I started early so I could finish early because I'm going on holidays tomorrow and I want to enjoy myself.

My goals and the results:
1. No alcohol
- No worries.
2. 30 mins exercise each day Mon - Fri
- I did this for the first week but the other weeks it was maybe 3 times a week. Seeing the sun for 30 mins at lunch time every day in that first week was great. I don't make enough time in my day for that.
3. No junk foods (including pizza, chips, soft drink or ice cream)
- Was doing well but then I caved and ate pizza last Sunday. I find it hard when I'm on call and haven't slept for 4 hours to do much more than order a pizza. Other than that I ended up cooking a lot more than I have been lately.
4. No caffeine
- This was the hardest one but I did it. Now I'm wondering if I can give up the coke for good.

Overall this had no effect on my weight or waist line. I did feel a whole lot better tho. With the caffeine out of my system I woke up feeling less groggy, the lunch time walks were relaxing and I really enjoyed cooking some new and interesting things.

Good luck with the last week.

Current Mood: indifferent
10:06 pm
Not long now, I am happy with my effort but it is getting time to get some beer in.

Nah na naah naaaaah nah nah na na naaaaahhhh.
8:46 am
Whos Bowling?
I know so far:

Who else?

8pm onwards at Rosmount Bowling...

(is there enough space for everyone? *looks at Nathan?*)
Wednesday, May 21st, 2008
2:25 pm
May Detox - Day 21

Argh.  Well, I'm still here.  Not happy about it though.  The only reason I'm sticking with this is that I am a stubborn bastard and I refuse to give up on something I put my word to.  So there.

I don't want to get drunk.  I'd just like a glass of the Gralyn's Racy Red with my dinner guests tonight.  And maybe a small amount of my Lancaster Sticky Shiraz afterwards.  Or perhaps ice-cream with Koffee liqueur from The Grove for dessert.  And then I'd like to be able to have a drink or two on Friday night.  And again on Tuesday next week when I'm having dinner with Pete and Suz.  It's not that I *need* the alcohol to socialise, but I enjoy the taste and effect of one or two drinks occasionally.

And I would almost kill to be able to eat gluten again.  A really nice italian style pizza (none of this chain store crap), fresh bread toasted and spread with honey, a bagel with smoked salmon and cream cheese, a bowl of soup with a warm seeded roll.  You get the idea.

The good news is that I've lost another kilogram since I last weighed myself a couple of weeks ago.  Not much, but it makes 2kg since starting the detox, which is much better than putting on 2kg in the same amount of time.

I haven't been doing the exercise thing as often as I would have liked to.  I've had difficulty fitting this into my lifestyle for the past few weeks, but I've got new determination from today, so this will change.  I'm planning to use the gym at work for at least 30 minutes after work each day.  Uni has finished for the semester (just one last assignment to finish off) so that gives me some extra time.

So, that's how I'm going.  I've been sick with a cold for the past few days, which has probably exacerbated my grumpiness, so don't take me too seriously.

7:07 am
Woke up as hungry as a lion unusual must be all the incidental exercise i am getting these days.
Tuesday, May 20th, 2008
6:48 pm
Day 21.

Stefan, I need you to put some more holes in my belt.

Current Mood: grim satisfaction
6:33 pm
That's it...
I thought I was going along so well, but I 'ain't. Damn it, I had a rough old day and right about now I could really use a pint of the good stuff, with a whiskey chaser - bourbon of course.

I must concur with my brother, this sucks. Damn it. Goddamn damn motherfarkingshitsoufflee...I ain't going to crack but man this is tough.
Monday, May 19th, 2008
6:29 pm
19 days.
Doing well, realised that I don't need the beer at the end of a stressful day - I have had a lot of stressful days this month and I have got through them with flying colours.

Looking forward to the 1st...although in all honesty I will probably enjoy a drink on "Sydney time", so it will still be the 31st by a few hours when I crack a beer or 20. This is due to the fact that I usually fall asleep by 10pm on a Saturday night thesedays.

Although I should just fly to Sydney for that weekend ;) Eh sithmagician?
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