Friday, March 30, 2012

Lifetime baby!!!

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Ooohhh YEAH!! I hit Lifetime! The gain was kind of a false gain. WW likes you to stay within 2lb of your goal weight above or below. I was 3lbs under the day before weigh-in so I ate a really heavy dinner loaded with sodium before weighing in and wore my heaviest jeans and kept my cardigan on.

My leader & I!
My leader & I
My leader called me up and said such lovely things about me and I had to fight to hold back tears!! But I pulled through and said my thanks and gave them all my best tips. I asked one of the ladies to take my photo with my leader. Sadly it's not a great photo and I think I look awful! But it captured a great moment.

I was kind of in a state of shock all day. It feels so weird. I still have trouble realising I am thin. It's bizarre.

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My Reward charms. 10% Keychain, 25lb, 50lb, 16 meetings, Goal & Lifetime

Now I no longer have to pay as long as I stay within 2lb of my goal weight. I actually want to lose more weight. I may have to change my goal weight if I lose too much. I will just have to wait and see how that goes.

I really want to focus on the fitness side of things now. I have lost the weight but now I want to tone up and get fit.

Monday, March 26, 2012

365 Week 12

Day 78:

78/365 - Dropped Stuff

Today's theme was "Dropped Stuff" so I went with a Hansel & Gretel theme.

Day 79:

79/365 - I got nothing.

No theme today, wasn't feeling good.

Day 80:

80/365 - Make her proud

Today's theme was kind of bizarre. "My grandmother thinks I have a future in photography" basically a photo that would make your grandmother proud. Look I don't choose these themes, well I do about once a month. Anyway my lovely late Nanna loved her Australian Rules Football and her favourite team was Collingwood and their colours are Black & White so I donned my black and white for her. If you want to see a photo of her in her gear, click the photo and look in the comments. <3 you Nanna.

Day 81:

81/365 - Spring!

Today's theme was Spring. We had such a busy day this is all I could manage.

Day 82: My birthday!

82/365 - Framed on my birthday!

I was so looking forward to today! It was my birthday and my pick for the theme and I chose "Frame within a Frame" or infinity photography. I had wanted to do this for the longest time and I finally did. AND the photo made it to #233 in Flickr Explore! AWESOME!


Day 83:

83/365 - Yellow!

Today's theme was Yellow. I don't own anything yellow so I had to think on my feet and used some dandelions from the garden!

Day 84:

84/365 - Reading nook

Today's theme was "Where do you read". This was such good timing because I got a Kindle Touch for my birthday! YAY!


Friday, March 23, 2012

My birthday!

So yesterday was my birthday and what a fantastic day it was!

The day before we went and picked up my presents. My mum sent me over some money which I put with some Best Buy reward coupons we had and got myself this:

Birthday gift

A Kindle Touch! YAY!!! Then Billy took me to get my present for him, a new pair of shoes!

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They are so soft and comfortable. I love them!

Then that night Billy very graciously coloured my hair for me. He really is the best husband EVER!

Then on my birthday I went and got a very much needed haircut:

New hair!!

She took about 2 inches off the length and layered around the face and trimmed my side fringe/bangs. She kept going on about how much she loved the colour. I love it too!

Before we had to get ready for dinner I quickly did my 365 shot for today, which was actually my choice for theme. I chose Frame within a Frame, basically infinite photos in photos. This is my final result:

82/365 - Framed on my birthday!

When we got home from dinner I discovered it had gotten to #233 on Explore on Flickr, which is such an awesome birthday present!

Then we got dressed up and headed to Olive Garden for dinner. I wore a dress I haven't been able to wear since I came to visit Billy back in 2005. It's an Australian Misses size 12, so a US Juniors 8 roughly.

Dressed up!

I felt to pretty and girly! Here is one of the 2 of us.


At dinner I ordered a yummy sounding drink. Moscato Aperol Spritz: Sparkling Moscato wine and Aperol Italian liqueur, mixed with flavors of orange peel essence and ginger ale.

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It was YUMMY! Then Billy & I got the Soup, Salad & Bread sticks special and Ashley got the Italian Sampler. Here is Ashley's dinner:

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We got dessert to go. I got a mini Tiramisu and Limoncello mouse with vanilla cookie crust (which is still in the fridge!).

After dinner we came home for a bit then headed out to meet friends for Starbucks and THE HUNGER GAMES!! We had tickets for the midnight screening and it was FANTASTIC!!

We didn't get home till after 3am and didn't get to bed until about 4 but it was such a fantastic day and night. One of the best birthdays in a long time.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Sorry!

I know I know! I have been lax in posting food diaries. Well to be honest I haven't really been tracking 100% this week. Not going crazy or anything. Just not totally focussed on it this week. My head is in a weird place at the moment. I think I am in shock that I actually got to goal. It's so weird! haha

Sure I have lost the weight before, many times, but never on purpose and never with Weight Watchers. Usually it's a huge upheaval or stress or illness. Never because I actually REALLY followed a plan and worked it. So it's kind of weird and new.

I have 2 more weeks of maintenance then I hopefully will get Lifetime. Then I am going to look into working for Weight Watchers. I have no idea what it entails but my leader has been bugging me about it for months! Ultimately I would like to work at my actual meeting, cause I would be familiar with everyone and it's close to home. But I have no idea what the options even are there.

Anyway, I have to get to Lifetime first before I even think about that!

Oh just to add, I have been trying to update a bunch of stuff on here also. Adding new pages, updating old ones etc. Also posting about stuff people have asked about re: Ashley's diagnoses and stuff like that. If there is anything else you guys would like to me to blog about please let me know.

365 Week 11

Day 71:

71/365 - Sunday morning

Today's theme was "Easy Like a Sunday Morning". Pretty self explanatory.

Day 72:

72/365 - Moustache Monday

Today's theme was "Moustache Monday". This photo actually made Explore on Flickr which I am so stoked about!! I haven't made Explore since 2009!! Wooohoooooo! (Explore is the top 500 photos of that day) and considering millions of photos are uploaded daily, it's pretty awesome!

Day 73:

73/365 - The photographer photographed

Today's theme "The Photographer Photographed". I used a mirror for this one.

Day 74:

74/365 - White white white

Today's theme was "White White White".

Day 75:

75/365 - Childhood Memories

Today's theme was "Childhood Memories". This is a photo of me when I was about 8. I am holding my nephew Paul. Yes that's right, I became an Aunt at age 8. Paul is now 27 years old and has a child of his own, so now at 35 I am a Great Aunt. I remember him being born and thinking it was so cool to be Aunty Nikki.

Day 76:

76/365

Today's theme was "Fully Dressed People in a Bathtub". We don't have a usable bathtub so I used the shower.

Day 77:

77/365 - Green for St Patty's Day

Today's theme of course was "Green" for St Patrick's Day!

I am so proud I have made it this far and not missed 1 day. I really hope I can complete 1 full year this time!!

Friday, March 16, 2012

In the garden

It was a nice, warm day today, so after Billy went to sleep this afternoon I went out with my camera to see if I could get some photos.

Most people hate these guys, but I think they are so pretty.

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While I was hunkered down in the grass taking photos I realised I had a stalker.

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She really is just too pretty.

I also realised we weren't alone.

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YIKES!


I noticed it was starting to get a bit gloomy and windy and sure enough, a front was heading our way.

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Thankfully nothing really came out of it other than a bit of rain. The storms around here always freak me out a little.

So there was my little photo adventure today. Not that exciting, but the warmer weather will hopefully mean more opportunities for photos. Billy has a week off at the beginning of April and he wants to take me to some places I haven't seen YAY!! So expect lots of photos in a couple of weeks.






Thursday, March 15, 2012

Food Diary 15/03/12

Daily points allowance - 32 points - Maintenance


Breakfast:

1 x Starbucks Grande Skinny caramel latte - 3 points (free for my birthday!!)
1 x Trader Joe's Fiberful granola bar - 3 points

Total - 6 points


Lunch:

1 x roll - 4 points
50g avocado - 2 points
1 slice sharp cheddar - 2 points
53g smoked shaved turkey - 1 point
salad - 0 points

Total = 9 points

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Dinner:

88g wild salmon - 3 points
2 tsp canola oil - 2 points
1/4 cup cooked brown rice - 1 point
veggies - 0 points

Total = 6 points

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Snacks:

1 x apple - 0 points
1 x orange - 0 points
42g Trader Joe's Reduced Guilt potato chips - 5 points
  
Nutrition:

Dairy – Almost 2
Oils – 2
Liquid – 6
Fruit – 3
Vegies - 5


TOTAL = 26 out of 32 points used
# weekly remaining
# activity points earned

Thoughts:

I have 6 points left but it's early so I may end up using them. Or I might not.




Ashley's a Marine!

Recently Ashley has started having a real interest in the Military. Recruiters have been at his school talking to students and although he isn't eligible to join, they still talk to him and give him stuff to bring home eg: pamphlets, pens, key chains etc. They are really great.

So a couple of weeks ago a good friend of mine let me know that her husband, who recently retired from the Marines, had a t shirt for Ashley that he wore in Afghanistan while on active duty. We picked it up yesterday and Ashley was so excited to get it. I took a couple of videos of him when I gave it to him and him wearing it.




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He is just too adorable!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

After photos

So I suppose, since I hit goal last month, I need to put up some more recent photos!

Here is one from the end of January. It's actually one for my 365 Days project so it's a little silly, but I am wearing a size 6 dress so YAY!!

31/365 - Summertime

Here is one taken the day after I hit goal, Feb 15th. I actually wore this outfit today but with strappy pink sandals.

Ready for Spring!


Another silly one, taken on 29th Feb for my 365 but I am wearing size 6 skinny jeans! Wooot wooot! And the top is a Juniors medium!!

60/365 - Leaping for Leap Year

Once I hit Lifetime I would like to try to lose maybe another 10lb or so, see how I feel/look. 

Ashley's diagnoses

A few friends of mine had asked me if I would write about when I found out about Ashley having Fragile X and how I handled the news etc. So I will attempt to write as much as I can remember etc.

I had never heard of Fragile X Syndrome before Ashley was diagnosed. Most people I speak to haven't heard of it either, even some doctors. This is the description from the National Fragile X Foundation:


Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is a genetic condition that causes intellectual disability, behavioral and learning challenges and various physical characteristics. Though FXS occurs in both genders, males are more frequently affected than females, and generally with greater severity.



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When Ashley was born, there were no indications he was "different". All of his tests and scores came back fine. He was a wonderful baby. He hardly ever cried and from day 1 he slept for 8 hours at a time, I hardly ever had sleepless nights with him. Which helped as I did it on my own.

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Ashley 1st birthday

I started having a slight inclination that something might not be right when he was about 18 months old and his speech really hadn't developed past the usual baby babble, ma ma, bubba etc but everyone, doctors included assured me he was just a little behind and not to worry.

It wasn't until I was working down in Southern Western Australia as a live in Nanny that the country nurse down there said she suspected Ashley had Fragile X Syndrome. I looked at her like she was speaking some other language and making it up. She recommended I get him tested, as it is a genetically inherited disorder so a simple blood test is all it would take.

So I took him to a paediatrician in Perth who actually said he thought it was Fragile X from just looking at Ashley. You see, most children with Fragile X have certain physical characteristics:

Physical features may include large ears, long face, soft skin and large testicles (called “macroorchidism”) in post-pubertal males. Connective tissue problems may include ear infections, flat feet, high arched palate, double-jointed fingers and hyper-flexible joints.

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Ashley had larger than normal ears and some of the other characteristics. He ordered the blood tests and they came back positive. At first I was in a state of shock. The doctor also told me it was about 90% possible I was the carrier of the gene and I have a 50% chance of passing on to my children. This just devastated me. Not only was I to blame for Ashley's disorder, I have a chance of passing it onto my future children.

We were allocated a case worker at the Disability Services and they assigned us therapists, speech, motor skills etc. Ashley's very short concentration made it very hard for him to sit through the sessions when he was young. Although as he got older he did start improving more and more.

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He has always been a very placid, easy going kid. He never once threw a tantrum or showed any of the violent tendencies that some children with the disorder have. But communication has always been difficult.

Then he started at a new school that was specifically for Special Needs children and he start really improving. His communication was improving but he still had trouble.

When I met Billy and he came to live with us I was really worried Ashley wouldn't take to him, as he was very wary of people he didn't know. But right away he adored Billy. And Billy loved him.

Ashley & Billy

Ashley is too tall!

He copies him all the time:


Another thing I was really worried about was moving here, to the US from Australia, taking him out of his familiar school and being somewhere foreign and new. Ashley does not like change. But thankfully his new school and teacher are fantastic, I love his teach Miss Darcy. She is wonderful. Also Billy's family have been so wonderful with him.

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Ashley & Billy's mum
In the past few years he has improved in leaps and bounds. Most people can understand him when he talks now, he isn't as shy as he used to be and he is very capable in a lot of ways. 

My beautiful boy

I have had people tell me they are sorry I have a special needs child. But I'm not. I adore him just as he is. Sure I wish he had the opportunities that everyone has, but it doesn't take away from how absolutely beautiful he is. He is a pure soul. He has not an ounce of malice in him. He doesn't understand manipulation. I am scared sometimes people will take advantage of his innocence. 

He is the best thing I ever did.


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