Sunday, April 29, 2012

365 Week 16

Day 106:


Today the theme wasn't really something I could be in the photo for so while we were out taking the photo we found this almost 200 year old bell tower in Salisbury. It was awesome!

Day 107:

107/365 - Call my baby lollypop.....

Today's theme was "Lollypop". I got this at the dollar store and I didn't realise until I got it unwrapped that I saw it was broken in half and it fell apart after about 5 shots. Luckily I got 1 I liked.

Day 108:

108/365 - Mawwiage

Today's theme was "Marriage". I don't have anything from our wedding other than my rings so that's what I used.

Day 109:


No theme today

Day 110:

110/365 - Desk Love

Today's theme was "Desk Love". So this is my desk.

Day 111:

111/365 - Clocks

Today's theme was "Clocks". These are all the time zones I keep up with for all my friends and family around the world.

Day 112:

112/365 - Powdery goodness

Today's theme was "Donuts". Pretty self explanatory this one!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Quick update

I know I said I would be posting food diaries but I have been so busy with Picnik shutting down I haven't had time to do anything else.

I will say that I have been OP for the past 3 days. And the scale is going down.

Thank goodness!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Food Diary 17/04

Yep! That's right. I will be posting these again. I need to be accountable and these will help with that. I am going back to 26-29 points a day so I can lose what I have gained over the past few weeks.

Daily points allowance - 26-29 points


1/4 cup steel cut oats - 4 points
1 banana - 0 points
8g flaked coconut - 1 point
1 tbs brown sugar - 1 point
1/2 cup soy milk - 1 point
coffee with splenda and skim milk - 1 point

Total = 8 points



2 slices Trader Joe's 7 grain bread - 2 points
1 slice sharp cheddar - 2 points
1 wedge Happy Farms cheese - 1 point
sweet relish - 0 points

Total = 5 points



120 g chicken breast fillet - 3 points
2 teaspoons canola oil - 2 points
harvest grain salad - 3 points
vegies - 0 points

Total = 8 points



1 boiled egg - 2 points


7 almonds - 1 point
5 Caramel creams - 5 points
1 orange - 0 points
1 apple - 0 points

Total = 9 points

Dairy – close to 2 serves
Oils – 2
Liquid – 5
Fruit – 5-6 serves
Vegies - 4+ serves

TOTAL = 29 points used
46 weekly remaining
# activity points earned


I am proud of myself for getting back on track today. I am starving though. I hate that I allowed this to happen. It's like restarting all over again.

Fell Hard

I haven't blogged about much here lately. Especially weight loss and weight watchers. Well there is a big reason.

I kind of fell off the wagon. BIG TIME. I have been eating crap and not counting points at all. And the scales here at home are reflecting a gain of about 5 pounds in the past 3 weeks. I don't know for sure because I haven't been to a meeting in 3 weeks.

I am so disgusted and ashamed with myself. I lost 65lb. I worked so hard over the past year and now I am throwing all that work away.

It started with Billy being home on vacation. I eat when he is home. I don't know why. Happiness? I have never been an emotional eater. When I am upset or angry I don't eat. Stress makes me nauseous so I can't eat when I feel that way. But when I am happy I am always so hungry. So I have been eating and eating like a crazy person.

I swore I would get back on track this week, then I got tonsillitis and felt like crud all week so preparing healthy food was too much. So again, eating crap.

Today I am back on track though. Only eating good food and tracking everything. It's hard. It's like the beginning again. I am so hungry.

I can fix this though. I just have to get my mind back into it. I am not going to destroy all my hard work.

365 Week 15

Day 99:


No theme for today.

Day 100:

100/365 - My favourite colour

Today's theme was "My Favourite Colour". If you know anything about me, you would know my favourite colour is pink!

Day 101:

101/365 - 10 minutes from....

Today's theme was "10 Minutes from Work/Home". So I risked life and limb on our scary roads to get a shot 10 minutes walk from our house. I was so happy the horsies were near the fence!

Day 102:

102/365 - Phoon clones!

Today's theme was "Phoon Me". It's a specific pose. I have no idea, I just play along! I decided on a clone shot too.

Day 103:

104/365 - Love to Leap Thursday

Today's theme was "Love to Leap Thursday". Jump shot's are so damn hard on my back! I was sore for days after this!

Day 104:

105/365 - Friday the 13th

Today's theme was "Creepy, Strange & Unusual" for Friday the 13th.

Day 105:

106/365 - I have the sickness

No theme as I was very ill.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

What is 365 days?

I have been asked a couple of times what this 365 thing is I do and why do I do it.

Well let me tell you how it all began for me and why I decided to do it.

Many years ago I made an online friend by the name of Donna (Hi Donna :D ). Well one day my lovely friend started posting self portraits on her blog and kept referring to this 365 Days project and Flickr. So as a curious person I decided to check it out.

What I found out was there was a huge community of people on Flickr in many different groups participating in this project. Some people did self portraits, others took photos of all different kinds of things. But the basic idea was to take a photo every day for 1 year. There are many people I know how are into their 7th year of the project. There are also many different groups that like to put a "spin" on the portraits by posting themes chosen by members.

Now as first I was terrified of partaking such a huge thing like this. For a few reasons.

  1. I absolutely LOATHED my photo being taken. I was overweight at the time and had very low self esteem.
  2. I didn't really know how to use my camera. I was blown away by the quality and talent of the people I saw on Flickr and just knew I couldn't come close to them.
  3. I really didn't think I could be creative.
But after a while I finally decided to bite the bullet and try it. The main reason I wanted to do it was so I could gain confidence in front of the camera.

Here is my very first 365 portrait taken on April 7th 2008 with my laptop's webcam:


Thankfully I was having a good hair day that day! I went on to take 96 photos in that first attempt before stopping. I used either my webcam, my Fuji Finepix or my cell phone camera. During that time I did get a small Canon point & shoot so I had a good camera with me at all times. Here are all of the photos from my first attempt. Some of them may seem quite random, but that's because of the themes for the groups I was in.

I stopped for a few days then restarted on July 26th 2008, hoping to finish that time. I didn't. I made it to 63 photos before stopping. BUT I kind of had a good excuse. We moved from Australia to the USA and we were a little busy! Lol. Here are those shots:

My third attempt began in October 2008 and I managed 71 photos that time. I actually made it till the end of the year and then decided to restart from Jan 1st. Here is the 3rd attempts photos:

My 4th attempt was by longest ever. 252 photos. I missed a few days here and there but I got to the middle of September before giving up entirely for that round.

In January 2010 I decided to try again. This time I only lasted 10 days. Not a great start.

I had a couple of false starts throughout the next year or so but nothing ever stuck. It wasn't until I started losing weight last year that I realised it would be so much more fun doing it when I wasn't so worried about how I looked. So I decided to restart this year after having lost around 60lb. So I restarted on Jan 1st this year and am thoroughly enjoying it. I haven't missed 1 day and have even gotten a couple of photos in Flickr Explore which is so very awesome! 

If anyone has any questions about the project or anything please comment below. Most of them are taken either with my tripod and remote or by balancing the camera on something. I want a Gorillapod so badly! And contrary to what some people think, I don't spend all day taking photos of myself. I usually spend 5-10 minutes on my shots. That includes editing and uploading. 

If anyone wants to look at my Flickr account it's here:

Saturday, April 7, 2012

365 Week 14

Day 92:

92/365 - Non flip flops

Today's theme was "Flip Flops" or Thongs for my Aussie brethren. Seeming I hate wearing them and therefore don't own any this was the closest I had.

Day 93:

93/365 - Distortion

Today's theme was "Distortion". It was funny because I had just bought these $1 goggles to use when I cut onions and I wanted to use a water effect for the photo and I thought they worked well together.

Day 94:

94/365 - Copy Pikespice Day

Today was "Copycat" day. We had to choose a photo from a fellow member of our group and copy it. This is mine.

Day 95:

95/365 - 3 of a kind

Today's theme was "3 of a kind". This is Ashley's size 11.5 foot, Billy's size 8.5 foot and my 7.5 foot.

Day 96: 
96/365 - Tree Shapes

Today's theme was "Tree Shapes".

Day 97:

97/365 - Transportation

Today's theme was "Transportation".

Day 98:

98/365 - Police of the world

Today's theme was "Police of the World".

Almost to 100 days and I am yet to miss a day!! Woooo

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

365 Week 13

Day 85:


I had no energy to do any theme today. So this was all I did.

Day 86:

86/365 - Monday morning benching

Today's theme was "Monday Morning" and "Happy Bench Monday" so I combined the 2.

Day 87:

87/365 - Top Down Tuesday

Today's theme was "Top Down Thursday". Basically a photo taken from above. It does sound a little bit rude though!

Day 88:

88/365 - Nerds in loud shirts

Today's theme was "Nerds in loud shirts".

Day 89:

89/365 - Enjoying the end of the day

I didn't play any theme for today either.

Day 90:

90/365 - Just me

Another themeless day.

Day 91:

91/365 - Random!

Today's theme was so random it's best to just show you the group that was chosen: Did your dad travel alot?

So another week down and I haven't missed a day! YAY!!! I can honestly see myself finishing this for the first time!

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