Wednesday, August 14, 2013

My My Here We Go Again

Well, after Samyson doing 3 shows back to back in the first half of the year, which was all good in theory until closer to the show times and everyone wanted extra rehearsals, plus he was working in the school theatre as a technician, he decided that the second half of the year he would not do any major shows.

Time to relax, hang out with his friends etc etc. Maybe take a couple of short classes in different subjects.

He has been wanting a change from childrens theatre and now that he is 16, this is the minimum age for most "grown up" shows so, when the audition call came for Mamma Mia, he figured he would audition, a good way to get experience in doing auditions and getting his name and face out there etc.

The ensemble cast called for males & females in their 20's who could sing and dance - of course.

So, he emailed them for an audition time, attended the dance workshop, turned up to the dance audition on Saturday, made it through to the last group. Saturday afternoon back for vocal audition - they gave him an instant call back!!!

Sunday he goes to call backs, I am watching the other auditions/candidates whatever they are called file in, compared to most of them, Samyson looks pretty young as they are all in their 20's and next to them he does look his age. Also - he doesn't exactly resemble the tanned greek god :-)

On Monday I get a text asking me to call him - he was still at school so I wondered what trouble he had caused.

He had just had a call from the director - he was in!!!

He is now an ensemble cast member of Auckland Music Theatres show Mamma Mia.

It is not until March but the rehearsals start in the next few weeks, according to the audition information, rehearsals are Monday to Thursday 7-10pm and Sunday 11am to 5pm. So much for a quite half of the year.

I am extremely proud of him but am a bit worried about the workload, he has NCEA this year, plus he is doing Green Door Theatre until the end of the year and also agreed to help out with the Funky Feet show in October. Oh and his Trinity musical Theatre exams.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Are you serious!?!?

If I told you 2 days ago we were having fish cakes for dinner tonight, then teminded you again this morning, then stood in the kitchen & made them - when they are dished up is NOT the time to inform me that you "don't feel like fish tonight". I hope you choke on your bloody sausages.

Oh and by the way, asking me how my day was then when I tell you not great, telling me about how yours was does not make me feel great - again - hope you choke on your bloody sausages.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Stupid scales

So I am almost at the end of week 4, almost a month of regular diet & exercise, for me that is a record.

I have no idea how much weight I have lost because I had to buy new scales, I knew the old ones were dodgy but they were so inconsistant that you could weigh numerous times and get a completely different reading each time. Briscoes were having a sale - I know, what a surprise - so I bought a new set of scales, unfortunately they weigh heavier than the old ones so on paper, in a month I have lost ... 200g.

Luckily I had to do my measurements and this week was the week to update, those results were very pleasing, 8.5cm from my waist (well where it should be was I not so pudgy) and 4cm of my bust, 1cm off each thigh and I haven't done my arms yet since I need Siobhan to help with that one.

The brother in law & his girlfriend arrived yesterday, umm - I don't think I like her. I am sure I will get used to her. Not sure if it was the huge belch after taking a glug of her coke or the cleaning between her teeth with a piece of cardboard whilst sitting in the lounge - classy NOT. I know most of us have some less than delightful habits but most of us tend to at least wait until we know someone before breaking them out.

Anyway they are only here for 4 (looong) nights.

I have heaps to do tomorrow, the usual shopping, Samyson has to be at the hairdresser at 11 then up to Orewa for 12.30 and then I have to go to a meeting for Alice In Wonderland at 2 so sadly I won't be home much.

Sunday I am doing Round The Bays which will kill most of the morning, Samyson has rehearsal so I think I will resurrect wine with Lisa to keep me out of the house. Middle of the day I will help Siobhan with her homework.

Really not in the mood to work today BUT, it must be done I suppose.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Week 3!!

It is the beginning of week 3. I have never stuck to a diet/exercise regime for this long in maybe 10 years. The getting up early to do the workouts is hard but I have made myself do it.

Foodwise, I had a few small spoonfuls of Siobhans ice cream on Sunday & I had a glass of wine on Saturday night. I am really enjoying the food on the programme, it is tasty, varied, easy & quick to prepare and most importantly no difficult specialty ingrediants - although this week does call for kangaroo mince which I haven't been able to find so it looks like I will have to substitute that one which is a shame.

I have just found out my brother in law & his girlfriend are coming to stay next weekend - for 5 nights!!!! They are "simple" eaters, meat & 3 veg, nothing "fancy" or "weird". I think I will just cook for them & cook mine seperately. They will hopefully sleep late enough that I can get up & do my workouts without them seeing or hearing, it is embarrassing enough when Gary or the kids witness it.

It is all about facing challenges  so I shall just suck it up!

Friday, February 22, 2013


During the last 2 weeks I have managed to avoid chocolate completely, today Gary & I went to the new cheap grocery place in Archers Rd & they had Cadbury chocolate mousse bars for $1.49!!!!

It was soooo hard not to get one. Luckily Gary kept me on track.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Friday at last

Yay, it's Friday. I was up earlyish to do this mornings workout, I actually did the Thursday one because I slept in yesterday and did not get home until 11.45 pm last night.

Siobhan & I went to the movies and ended up at St Lukes for dinner - yikes NOT in the original plan. I bypassed the chinese buffet, the KFC and the noodles & settled for okonimiyaki - what a disappointment! It used to be full of cabbage & carrot held together with egg & topped with a bit of teriyaki chicken, now it is a big pile of scrambled egg with a hint of veges. I didn't finish it.

The one thing I was worried about on the 12wbt is that I would be hungry all the time and that I would be craving wine, chocolate, and pretty much everything else but I haven't. The food is great, different & tasty, easy to swap recipes on different nights and the longer I am on it the more recipes I get to swap around. Apparantly there are also Michelle Bridges cookbooks, I haven't looked for them yet. Because we are in NZ we don't get the discounts available on her website as they do not deliver to us - didn't find THAT out until after I signed up. The Healthy Food Guide magazine has the calorie count on it's meals so I can always incorporate some of them.

Last night before the movie Siobhan & I were in the supermarket getting her some lollies, I stood looking at the chocolate thinking I would have a small treat, I realised, I didn't want to - THAT for me is amazing, I just didn't feel like anything and so chose to go without AND it felt like an easy decision.

Gary & Samyson went to Linkin Park last night so by the time our movie finished, we picked them up, stoppped at McDonalds (for them not me) it was 11.45 when we got home, made getting up this morning hard but I knew I would regret it if I didn't, I felt bad enough missing yesterdays - I can't believe this is only the second week!!! Long may it last :-)

Tomorrow is the SSS (I forget what that stands for), a killer workout I have to somehow fit in between all the usual running around I do. This week I have to have Samyson in Orewa by 9.30ish for the auditions of a new show/theatre group so I guess it will be another early start. Must go & have a look at what I actually have to do.

Ciao & have an awesome weekend.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

It's been a while!!

Well I have been the worlds worst blogger :-)

Forgive me blog world for it has been over 12 months since my last post.

Sooo, what am I up to?? Well - I am into week 2 of Michelle Bridges 12 week body transformation.

Well I am 5'2" and almost 90 kilos - how the hell did that happen?? Ok well actually I know how that happened - too much food & alcohol & bugger all exercise.

It all started with a fairly innocent request from a friend on Facebook for a heart rate monitor. Turned out her & her daughters were doing the course, a couple of questions about it from a few of us and a look at the website (link generously supplied - Thanks T), nek minnit there are 13 of us and a new Facebook group is born.

Basically it is an online programme whereby you pay $ 199 (weekly payment options available) to be provided with exercise and nutrition plans each week for 12 weeks, plus associated recipes. There are also weekly challenges and motivation videos from Michelle herself plus helpful hints & tips.

The workouts can be done at home, at the gym or outdoors and you can either follow a video or work to a list of exercises.

So far I have lost between 2.2 & 3.3 kg depending on which reading you take from my crap scales.

I have done the exercise everyday apart from yesterday as I have buggered my calf muscle and could barely walk on Monday. Got back into it today but taking it a bit easier on anything that will aggravate the calf so addd some upper body toning to this mornings workout.

Food is good, lots of variety and all so far pretty tasty, can modify to suit tastes & circumstances.

Having a group of us doing it is really good because we all support each other.

So for a while at least, this may be a weight loss/exercise blog just so I have a record of how I am doing.