For the last few weeks in addition to dancing I have been walking two days a week and trying to get back to running (ha!) another two days.
I have also been watching what I eat (granted sometimes I just watch as the things I shouldn't be eating make their way into my mouth - but I am trying!).
Since my last update I have lost 4.5kg (that's about 9 pounds for my non metric readers).
There are a few things driving my motivation at the moment:
I'm sure my dance teacher would be happy for me to wear leggings and a baggy t-shirt for my dance classes but I've made the choice to wear a leotard. This means knowing the next Wednesday night is looming goes a long way toward helping me get my backside out of bed and onto the treadmill in the mornings.
Our local performing arts society production is comming up at the begining of August. I am dancing as well as acting in this show. The acting piece I'm involved in is very physical and requires very high energy (read running around like a loon with the ocasional sword fight thrown in for good measure). This is my favourtie kind of acting and I'm aiming not to huff and puff my way through it.
There is a little shin-dig in the works for later on in the year where I will be seeing a few people that I haven't seen for the longest time. I don't have any unrealistic goals - I just want to be more comfortable in my own skin so I can enjoy myself.
These little updates have been a great way to keep myself accountable so I think I will continue them.
So I spent last week in the land of small children that do not sleep. It's alright though because they're pretty cute and I do enjoy being an Aunty.
I spent the first part of the week with my Mum, my sister and her two little munchkins.
My little sisters kids are hilarious. From Georgie's little "Aww nice!" when she got something she liked for dinner to Charlie's ability to cover himself in food at every meal time it was three days of (slightly sleep deprived) fun.
We stayed in this little beach community that is mostly full of retirees. It's difficult to explain how lovely it was. In the late afternoon all the oldies would take their chairs down to the beach and sit in groups drinking beer/wine and passing the nibblies around.
Everybody said hello or bailed you up for a chat about the weather and I found this on the beach while walking one afternoon.
"The Love Seat - for kissing and cuddling only"
When I was getting ready to leave on Thursday morning Charlie unpacked my suitcase for me and packed himself instead.
I spent the next few days with one of my older sisters, her husband and their four children. My nephew was in my bed before 6am both mornings closely followed by his sisters. I would like to say it was because of their love for me but I think it had more to do with the games on my iPhone.
I spent the week reading, knitting, getting my hair cut (my hairdresser who already lives 4 hours away is now moving 5 hours away in the opposite direction *sob*), shopping, drinking coffee, eating good food, playing hide and seek and silly sausages, having long conversations (far too late into the night), walking on the beach, chasing small children around with my camera and driving about 15 hours.
So obviously I was completely exhausted from my weeks holiday and needed a week to catch up on sleep - is that an acceptable excuse for not blogging for 2 weeks?
You can also read my sisters recap of our little holiday here.
We are headed to the beach and even though it is Autumn and the weather is just turning, it's one of my favourite times of year to go to the beach.
Unfortunately I will be leaving Nathaniel at home for this one. He had a week away visiting his brother at the begining of this year so this ones all for me. Due to a change in job it's become a bit difficult for us to get holidays at the same time.
While I do plan on taking my laptop I'm not sure how much blogging will get done.
This has a side effect. Basically I've totally overcommitted myself outside of work.
In addition to what I was already doing our local performing arts group is gearing up for our next production and I may have volunteered to sing a duet with my husband and direct/act in a segment. I am currently helping with auditions.
My sister is directing the show and I've been calling her a crazy person for weeks. Apparently it's catching.