Sunday, April 1, 2012

Currently - The March '12 Edition

Where have I been lately, you ask? I'm here. I've started 2012 with a huge shift in the way I live my life. I am super active, exercise every day, visit the gym at least 5 times a week and prepare healthy, fresh meals for the family. I am seeking help for my anxiety. I am seeing old friends, making new ones and ditching the toxic ones. I was so sick of the way I was living my life, so I changed it. You can find out more by reading below;

Current Book
Michelle Bridges 'Crunch Time' cookbook.

Current Playlist

  • Duck Sauce - Big Bad Wolf. This song is quite annoying but it pumps me up at the gym. 
  • Florence and The Machine - Shake It Out (Benny Benassi remix) I love Flo's original but this is tres awesome for the gym. I usually play this on the drive to the gym.
  • Above and Beyond - Sun & Moon. Another gym song. I love the uplifting trance, don't I! One thing about working out at the gym, it has re-ignited my love for dance music. 
  • Ben Lee - Kids (Originally by MGMT). This song isn't new but it's an amazing cover. 
  • Lily Allen - Womanizer (Originally by Britney Spears). Again, not new but a truly awesome cover. I love Lily, I've seen her perform twice and she is sublime live.
  • The Temper Trap - Rabbit Hole. They are back with a new single and I love it. 
  • The Black Keys - Gold On The Ceiling. HUGE BK fan here. This is one of my favourites on the newish album. Cannot wait to see them live in 3 weeks at Coachella.
  • Boy & Bear - Walking On A Dream (Originally by Empire of the Sun). B&B are growing on me. They sound very similar to Mumford & Sons. This cover revives a great song and gives it a mellow twist.
  • Bluejuice - Video Games. Lexi at PMM has superb music taste because she loves this as much as I do. I love Bluejuice, great Australian band and while I'm still not decided on Lana Del Rey, this cover is fantastic!
  • Bluejuice - Act Your Age. While you're checking out Bluejuice, listen this super fun song of theirs.

Current Colour
Green for Edward's eyes. Yellow for sunshine. White for foggy autumn mornings.

Current Food
Rocket/spinach salads. Curries and stir-frys. Wraps. Protein Shakes. Fresh juice.

Current Favourite Show
Mad Men is BACK, finally! The 2 hour opening episode last week was fantastic. The Biggest Loser and Curb Your Enthusiasm are also being watched. Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey are starting again soon too.

Current Movie
  • Moneyball with Brad Pitt & Jonah Hill was surprisingly great. Brad Pitt looked hotter than ever, and I loved the story for all its highs and lows, maybe because of my love for baseball. 
  • The Descendants was really different. George Clooney played a clueless father being cheated on by his wife. Tragedy strikes the family and the story was quite intense and emotional. Some of the scenes were pretty raw. Filmed in Hawaii, the landscape of this film is out of this world.
  • I saw Twilight Breaking Dawn Pt 1 with my sister at the movies but I watched it again with its release onto DVD 2 weeks ago. I liked the books a few years ago but feel I have outgrown the whole story. I guess I feel obligated to see out the movies. The soundtracks for these movies are always stellar.

Current Wish List
  • Overcome immediate stress and anxiety
  • Dumplings at Din Tai Fung
  • Good weather for Easter

Current Triumphs
  • Am now exercising every day of the week with only 1 rest day.
  • Have lost a mammoth 9.6 kilos in 7 weeks and 31 cms from my body. 
  • Actively seeing a new therapist who I feel comfortable and confident with.
  • Feeling fitter and healthier than I have in years. 

Current Abigail
Abi is 3 one day, 13 the next. She seems to be growing up right in front of my eyes. Her days are spent at swimming lessons, pre-school, the park, the cubby house in the yard and playing with her brother. She is now swimming unassisted and diving/jumping into the pool. She loves her weekly swim class. Her swim teacher also teaches my kickboxing class and Abi likes knowing we have a 'teacher' in common. Things have calmed down at pre-school and she has made some new friends. Her favourite things at the moment include Shrek, talking about the Easter Show, painting, drawing outside, riding her scooter, playing educational games on my Mac, and helping her brother learn to walk.

Enjoying a milkshake at the gym after swimming lessons.

Helping to feed her brother dinner.

Current Edward
Ted turned 1 a few weeks ago and we celebrated with a small party of family and friends. He seemed to enjoy every minute of it. He is *almost* walking. He cruises around furniture but doesn't have the confidence to let go which is fine. He loves bathtime, going for walks in the double pram, cars, trucks, watching planes and music. I'm still breastfeeding him although I think I will wean him soon. He loves to eat and drink and play with his food. His hair is long but I'm not sure if I want to cut it yet. He is a little prince, we adore him more and more every day.

Trying his first corn on the cob and loving it!

His first taste of egg. Wasn't 100% keen on it yet.

Current Celeb Crush
Brad. Just getting better with age.

Current #1 Blessing
I am blessed that my husband can work from home as often as he wants. This means, with a little organising and scheduling, that I can go leave the kids with him while I workout. We go on family walks every few days and overall, he is less stressed than when he commuted to the office. Our family is in a really good place right now.

My boys...

Current Excitement
  • The countdown is on. Less than 3 weeks till Coachella Festival. I still can't believe I'm going. 
  • Easter is next week. I will definitely be treating myself with some chocolate goodness. All things in moderation is best. 

Current App
Nike GPS run tracker. I use this on my daily walks around my suburb. I have used many exercise apps but I find this app has the most accurate GSP signal. It shows you where you walked the slowest, how hard you walked and overall calories burned too.


  1. sounds like you're on track for a fabulously fit 2012 sam, well done on kicking your goals so far :)

    1. Thanks Courts!

      Last year, my star sign said that 2012 was literally the year that I change who I've been for the last 10 years. And magically, it has unfolded and I AM someone different... A long way to go yet, but I'm on my way!


  2. SAM!

    I'm seriously so happy for you!

    Something hits me like a sonic boom in this post ... your happiness!

    I wish we lived closer. We are SO alike!


    1. If I have learnt anything hun, I know that something great is ALWAYS just around the corner.

      Please know, I take inspiration from you and your blog and know that I'm not alone. Some days are diamonds, other's aren't...

      Next time I'm south, we'll meet.

      Next time you're north, we'll meet. I promise.


  3. You have done SO well with your changes - every day I am seriously impressed with your FB feed on what exercise you have done. GOOD ON YOU!

    1. Bev, I often think of you on my walks, and think about how it helped you, clear your mind, and how it clears mine too.

      I have a long way to go, but I've come a long way too. People, complete strangers in the gym, have approached me and told me that I look different, to keep it up, to never look back etc. It's pretty amazing actually.

      I feel blessed right now.


  4. Wow, what a great start to the year! It sounds like you have been so motivated and disciplined. Right, I'm off to follow you on FB to track what sounds like a veri inspirational and motivating feed!

    1. Thanks lovely. My FB posts usually involve an update of how I did a 90 min spin class and freak out when my heart rate jumps really high!! Haha, then I remind myself, it's ok, I'm alot fitter now.

      My husband has joined me on this journey and to date he has lost 7kgs in 7 weeks. He is the lightest he has been in years. He is running again. He is wearing a size small at most shops. I hardly recognise him. Inspiration is everywhere. It's so nice to be the one who might help inspire people. I feel humbled lately, very humbled.


  5. What a fantastic update, thoroughly enjoyed feeling the positivity radiating from your words here. Sounds like some incredible changes that have been implemented and well done to you for the weight loss. Your little ones are so gorgeous and I know how you feel about not wanting to cut your little man's hair... I have just done a rather botched home job of my little guy's hair, he is 20 months and his hair seems to grow longer every week!
    It's a nice feeling when the water's are calm and smooth, enjoy it for all it's worth Sam and good on your for creating that environment for your family xo

    1. Thanks gorgeous. Sometimes it feels so hard, when you are down in the dumps and overwhelmed like I was... But all I had to do was start... Baby steps, short walks... Now I have friends at the gym, the instructors know me, I try new things... I'm shedding the old me, and blossoming into a new one.

      I thought about cutting Ted's hair but he wriggles around so much. I like it long but he did look rather adorbs with short spikey hair. Check out my blog in a few weeks, maybe I will finally cut it. The biggest fear I have at the moment, is that he will walk when I am away in 3 weeks. And I'll miss that milestone. But my therapist has warned me, so many things are out of my control. I can't dwell on it, just move on from it.

      The water is calm at the moment. For so long I was drowning. And bored. And vacant. But I'm here now. Hello 2012, I am PRESENT!!!


  6. Loved reading this! So awesome you are reaching your goals Sam, so inspiring! Go you! xx

    1. Thanks lovely. 2012 has started off with a cracker!


  7. I love your Month edition posts very very much.

    Brad would be 100x times sexier if he dropped that praying mantis of a girlfriend Ange.

    1. Thanks Ellie!

      I really enjoy writing them.

      Brad is a god. Ange doesn't know how LUCKY she is!!

  8. Wow - what an inspirational post! After reading your intro about going to the gym so often and eating healthily etc. I was waiting for the catch line... but there isn't one and you should be SO proud of yourself for making all these changes. It sounds like you and your family are in such a great place at the moment xx

    1. Thanks lovely.

      It's taken alot of change for everyone, and we are still adjusting, but life is short and I was so sick of living the way I was.

      Hope you and the girls are well.




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