Monthly Archives: May 2018

Enjoying nature..

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Out for a walk at the Tasmanian Arboretum

Today, I took advantage of some child free time and went on an excursion to the Tasmanian Arboretum. I’ve been a couple of times with family and I love it.

I was only there for about an hour but it was nice to get away from everything. All the stress of life at the moment and just walk, photograph, and more walking. I’d forgotten how much I love to do photography around the place. It was nice and relaxing. Being in nature, doing something I enjoy, made me realize that I need to take a step back, relax, allow my body to heal and take some time to smell the roses. Do what I enjoy everyday and not let trivial things get me down.

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My favorite image from my photography expedition today. Taken at the Tasmanian Arboretum.

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10 years..

Ten years paper confetti sign.

Last Friday I celebrated 10 years working at my workplace.

10 years! I can’t believe that!

I started there when I was 20 years old. I had a boyfriend who broke up with me not long after I started. When I started the whole shop was different. Different layout. Things in different aisles. Different people. I met my partner at work. We worked the same shifts doing the same thing. We’ve been together for nearly 5 years. We have a 2 year old together.

I have seen managers change around so much but one thing has remained the same…

I am a shelf stacker through and through.

I’ve done checkout. I don’t enjoy that at all. Not my thing.
Some people like it. Me, nah.
I like to physically see what I’m doing and am results driven. I know what I’m good at and what I’m not good at. I know what I can and can’t do.

Honestly, I have my job to thank for who I am today. For the life that I have. For my partner. For my daughter.

So, 10 years have come and gone. Wow, even saying it out loud is weird.

Thank you.

Bit of a loss this week..

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Photo that my mum took of me at Turner’s Beach, the day before she left for Bali.

Well, this is kind of the news that I wanted to see first thing this morning.

As you know, I have made it my mission to lose weight and get generally healthier and fitter following my miscarriage and D&C. So, I have decided to take advantage of the fact that I have signed up for the Healthy Mummy challenge (You can sign up here). I’ve taken advantage of the challenge app and find that the weekly weigh in’s make it more of a challenge to beat my last weeks progress.

This week I have had a loss of 13.1cm off of my body with a weight loss of 200g which to me is awesome as I didn’t really have a great week food wise (celebrated 10 years at work and so we had pizza and junk food and that’s my weakness). I’m proud of the start that I’ve had so we shall see how these current weeks go.

Just wanted to share my achievements this week 😀

*I have started a weight loss page where I post my measurements and weight for that week. You can find it here *

Trying a new product I found online..

I received a package today.

It was from EkoWorx. I had seen the ads pop up on Facebook from time to time and I had wondered if it would really work.

It wasn’t until someone else I knew tried it out and posted about it that I thought I would buy it. After all, what’s one more cleaning product right?

Well, I have tried it out and I can honestly say, I won’t be buying any other cleaning product for around the home anymore. I have already cleaned the oven door, some cupboard doors, bit of the range-hood and I even cleaned some green crayon off of our white walls that has been there for at least a week. Man, do I feel impressed. I don’t feel like I have to wear a gas mask when I use it and it’s a pretty straightforward product in terms of usage. I don’t feel like I’m about to wreck my clothes using it either. Which is great.

I will be tackling the bathroom next with it (possibly tomorrow, depends) and we shall see how that goes. I wasn’t very impressed as on Monday I decided to clean the soap scum off the shower doors (with a product specifically made for bathrooms, and yes, I did have a brain freeze as most have a bleach kind of product in it and yes, it did stink my house out), and not thinking straight, didn’t change out of my work pants (I was wearing them already and didn’t think to change) and so low and behold, the product I used bleached my pants and so I had to throw them out and buy new ones (I hate buying clothes).
Ekoworx doesn’t have me feeling like I’m going to wreck my clothes but I suppose, better to be safe then sorry, tomorrow, or whenever I get round to it, I will change into my trackies and tackle the bathroom next.

Here are some of my pictures from today’s goings on….

The two on the left are from before Ekoworx and the two on the right are after I had a go at using it. Must say, I’m sold. Thank you 😀

Getting my fitness ideas on..

I was thinking today about how sore my back is.

If you want to happen, read my previous post Trying to get back to it.. and I explain why it’s sore there.

But when I was thinking about it, I was thinking about my venture about trying to be a healthier version of myself. One of the things I have done is I have registered for the Healthy Mummy challenge. I like the Healthy Mummy smoothies as before I fell pregnant earlier this year (again, read back my previous posts starting at Sometimes life throws a curve ball.. ), I lost about 4 kilos and was so proud of myself. I stopped when I was pregnant as I was always hungry and just didn’t find the shake satisfying enough at that time.

However, since then I have decided that I want to lose the weight and I want to do it the right way. I have set myself a goal that I want to compete in the Women’s 5km Walk/Run in September. However, I feel like I need to set myself some mini goals between now and then. I’ve decided that on top of losing weight my first mini goals are to strengthen my core and my back as both are not the best. It has been said to me before about my core not being in great shape (I went to a physio years ago and she said that I needed to fix it) and that that would fix my back issues. So, that’s my goal.

Goals are as follows between now and September 16:
-Lose approx 16kgs (putting that down to 1kg per week)
-Strengthen core muscles/deal with muscle separation from first pregnancy
-Hopefully, by strengthening my core muscles, I should fix my back issues

If you have an helpful hints and tips, please feel free to comment…

*To shop for Healthy Mummy shakes, click here*

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Me at Cataract Gorge, Launceston in 2012. I was the smallest I’d been in years due to having braces (That’s why my mouth is funny) and I didn’t like how I looked then. What I wish I could tell myself now!

Trying to get back to it..

I went back to work last night.

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Here is a selfie of me before I started last night.

I had been off for about 3 weeks following the news of my little angel passing at 7 weeks into my pregnancy.

It was hard.

There was a lot that I couldn’t do and some things I did do that I know now that I shouldn’t have done.

For those who don’t know, I stack shelves at my local supermarket and while the actual stacking wasn’t the issue (as my manager had said to me he would let me do the lighter stuff), the checkout was the killer. I served two people with trolleys full of stuff and it made my night nearly unbearable.

I nearly went home because my back hurt that badly. I had to stop, go out the back, have a drink and count to 20. I brought some ibuprofen on break and took 2 tablets but they didn’t kick in at all so I was in pain all night. At least I know for the next time I work to talk to the manager and let her know that that is something I can’t do.

Another thing that I did have an issue with was I was down the aisle with the pregnancy tests and baby stuff in which did make me feel a tad bit more emotional then normal. It reminded me of all the joy and subsequent sadness that I had been trying to suppress the last few weeks.

It was a very hard night and I felt, at times, like I shouldn’t have gone back as I didn’t feel ready, but I think it was the right thing to do. Try and get back to normal life. Trying….

I’ve signed up again..

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Well, I have decided to enter this year into the Cancer Council’s ‘Women’s 5km Walk/Run 2018’/ I did this last year and was really proud to have achieved something that was on my bucket list and so I thought, why not do it again? And this time I have entered into the ‘Healthy Mummy’ team so it gives me that extra bit of motivation to get myself into shape.

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This is me (L) and my mum last year at the Cancer Council’s Women’s 5km event.

Another reason I am doing this is because I like to think that by participating in this event, it can raise awareness and funds for the Cancer Council. My family have been touched by cancer in many ways and I would love it if one day, there can be a cure for all the cancers in the world. May be a bit of wishful thinking there but wouldn’t it be great if we could rid the world of cancer. I sure wish we could.

If you would like to donate, here is the link to my page..
http://tas.cancercouncilfundraising.org.au/lillianphillis?SID=(!SolicitationID)&LangPref=en-CA&EID=50634

This event will be held September 16th, 2018. If you would like to enter the official site is here