Tuesday, 30 October 2007

Fight with son

I had a big fight with my son last night and my heart was breaking. It wasn't a fight as such but I told him a few truths and how disappointed I was with him and then sent him to bed early.

He was really distraught to the point that he wouldn't say goodnight to either me or his dad.

He is a really good kid and rarely gives us any trouble, we are very lucky, however just lately he has started to get a little lazy with his jobs, he only does the minimum he can get away with. We have let it go so far, showing him what we expect and giving many second chances but last night there were too many and he was told.

We left him in his bed crying. When we went up to bed, we always go in and kiss and tuck in our kids. He had left a note on his bedroom door saying he loved his dad lots. There was no note for me.

He did however come in this morning and apologise for shouting at me. We are all ok now and he knows I love him heaps.

Monday, 29 October 2007


How's this for commitment? I have a client that I am very proud of at the moment. She has been training hard twice a week with me and has started to actually enjoy her workouts outside of our sessions and is seeing all the health benefits - not just the weight loss and shape. She is feeling the extra energy, the alertness, the confidence. We did a fitness test last week and she really went for it.

I got a phonecall from her today letting me know she has broke her toe and asking me to modify her next session so she can still train. (Erm, yes, she dropped a weight on it. Thankfully not during one of my sessions.) Anyway she didn't call to cancel - she called to make sure she still got the best workout she could under the circumstances.

Clocks changing

So the clocks went forward this weekend. How many were caught out? We had a Christening to go to on Sunday morning so had to get 3 kids and ourselves up and out and to a church a 30 min drive away by 9.30am. Which was actually 8.30am. With 3 kids we are early risers so that was not the issue - it does however take a major effort to get 5 of us out of the door.

All was well. In fact the Christening boy didn't arrive until 10 minutes into the service, just as we were about to leave thinking we had the wrong church.

A few years ago we did get caught out with the clocks. It was March and my last baby had just been born, we headed to the Easter show. For some reason, initially very few people were around, every act was running a little late but that was ok. We had tickets to see the NRL game at Telstra so headed off over there. Again kick off was 10 mins late then 20 mins late, we started getting bored and slightly agitated, someone nearby then pointed out that the clocks had gone back. The whole day we were an hour early for everything. At least we weren't late. I hate being late.

Friday, 26 October 2007

Another early start

Another new client and another early start today, but at least the weather is warming up. I still have very vivid memories of wet feet and frozen toes from training groups in the long(ish) grass in the park during winter. Spring is definitely much kinder to me. If only I could stop yawning.

Monday, 22 October 2007

Dried prunes......

that's what my children look like after spending most of the weekend in our spa. Glad it is being used though.

They did vacate the spa for a little while for our first real visit to the beach this year. At first they hated it. Miss T is so prissy, she hated having sand on her hands and my son kept wanting to wash his feet. I just wish he would voluntarily do the same at home!

All's well in the end though, they finished searching and collecting crabs - not my favourite past-time I must admit.

All crabs were returned to the safety of the water when we left, much to the disgust of my children, who had fallen hopelessly in love with them. It didn't take long for Miss T to move on from the ladybird she was so in love with last week.

Saturday, 20 October 2007

How much pain?

I seem to have fallen into the same groove as other bloggers. "I have not been posting often lately but am still reading everyone else's blogs."

So what has been happening? We had our spa delivered, it is very nice. I don't think it will become one of those items purchased and never used.

My shoulder is getting stronger almost daily. I am really pleased with the progress. Slight problem with my lower back at the moment but it has improved heaps over the last couple of weeks.

I have really increased the intensity of my workouts and drawn up at schedule to stick to. Life had started to get in the way a little bit.

Yesterday was one of the most stressful days I have had for a while. It started when the school but was early so my son missed it and I then had to drive him to school. Not a major drama but just disrupted my plans.

The rest of the day went quite smoothly, back to pilates (avoided it recently due to sore shoulder) abs feeling it today.

Then when I arrived to collect my daughter from preschool she was sat inside with ice on her now huge lip. She had fallen off the swing. We had already planned a visit to the doctor for her so off we went.

She had to wee in a jar. Freak our number 1. It did not happen. No way was she going to be able to we let alone in a jar.

Next she needed to have her blood sugar tested. Can you imagine, it took me and the doctor to hold her down, she was screaming and crying and pleading with me. We got it done I gave her lots of praise and cuddles, looked at my other children and they were both crying. My youngest daughter was worse. She really loves her big sister and it freaked her to see her big sister in pain and being bullied by her mother and a doctor. Two of the most trustworthy people in her life.

An icecream each made it all better. As an aside, I was very proud of my son who threw over half of his away because it was too sweet and didn't taste nice.

Ok, so home to get ready for Little Athletics. Miss T lets out a real blood curdling scream, she was lying on the patio floor and not moving much. I picked her up and it quickly became obvious that she had fallen and landed on her forehead. I have never seen such a huge bump and blood speckled bruise. My son gasped so loudly I thought he was going to pass out. I carried her inside and applied ice. How many more things can inflict pain on my little girl today? She was in no state to go to athletics so we all had a family spa.

Thankfully the day ended without further incident.

Friday, 12 October 2007

Busy week

We've had a really busy week.

We have had the concrete put down ready for the spa to be delivered on Saturday. We also had an extra area concreted with a colour and a pattern. I didn't know that this was an alternative option to paving until very recently and I have to say I love it.

A friend dropped in from Nelson Bay. It was so good to see her, even if it was just for a short time. I had Tupperware party a few weeks ago (really do need to tidy up my cupboards) and as a result of a very successful party, I am inundated with Tupperware.

The pergola people have been to do their final check measure so hopefully in a couple of weeks our backyard will be all done.

My son has been at Motiv8 Sports this week, he loves it and this time he won a raffle prize at the presentation.

I worked Tuesday, went out for dinner Wednesday with the playgroup mums. I actually had a good time. We went to a Greek restaurant. It was so full though and it took about 2 hours to get our meals - luckily the company was good.

Shoulder is progressing well, but somehow I have hurt my lower back. Don't know how but my physio is looking after me. At the moment it is taped up. Not looking forward to taking it off though. A short term positive is I don't feel guilty not rushing around tidying and cleaning up. However I hate mess. Suggestions on positives please!!!

At this stage I am still working out. Slightly lower intensity and weights but still getting to the gym so I am relatively happy.

Today Miss T is having friends over to play. I am off now, before they come to stock up on fruit for morning tea.

Tonight is Little Athletics for Miss T (and us of course).

Saturday, 6 October 2007

Families and shoulder

No major plans for this weekend. Just stay at home catch up with family and a few household chores.

I had to cancel my trip to the gym this morning and change it for a trip to the chiropractor. Nothing major just a bit of pain in my lower back. I'm sure a quick visit will sort it out.

On the plus side, my shoulder is coming along really well. I have almost full range of motion and pain free. I have increased the weights and my shoulder is holding up. I am doing heaps of rotator cuff work on the cables and actually feeling the fatigue before the pain is a great feeling.

My physio is keeping me grounded though, he keeps telling me to expect that one of the exercises will cause a slight relapse and we will have to taper it back for a week or two. I don't mind that, not long ago it appeared that my only option to be pain free was surgery.

With crossed fingers and more hard but careful work, I know I am going to be ok.

I haven't even finished this post, you know looking forward to spending time with my family, when the second bowl of cereal ends up all over the floor. Sore back and another episode of floor cleaning to undertake. Oh joy. I might just go missing after my chiro appt later.

Wednesday, 3 October 2007

Map reading

Now, I might be a bit of a girl when it comes to reading maps, but I am not that bad. I can read it and figure out where I am going to go, I can even do it without turning the map upside down. However, as soon as I set off in the car I can only remember the next left or right turn, beyond that I have totally forgotten. So I either have to stop every couple of minutes to read the map again or before I travel I write a note of Left on x st and then 2nd right on y ave then straight through roundabout. My passenger seat footwell is full of little notes, none with titles on so I don't even know what they refer to.

As a mobile personal trainer, I thought it better to save time and get a GPS - and I love it!! After I figured out how to use it properly. The only really annoying thing is that it doesn't know that some of the streets near my house are "NO RIGHT TURNS" so it is forever telling me that I am going the wrong way. It also constantly tells me I am going to fast in the school zones. I am yelling at it saying that it is school holidays and I am not.

Already I have driven through areas I would not normally because I would tend to stick to the major roads that have a minimal number of left or right turns.

Another annoying point is that my 3 kids like to repeat everything that the GPS says, but they will get over that, I hope.