Training with ‘virtual’ buddies south of the border

Sunday, April 15, 2012 Permalink

We leave Melbourne tomorrow and I cannot believe how quickly the time has flown.

Since my last post much has happened…

1. I caught up with some buddies from my old weight-loss program (12WBT for those in the know) for drinkies and dinner here in Melbourne. I’d met Lindsay and Nikki before, but it was the first time I’d met Jacqui. A fabulous night was had by all and much champagne was imbibed. (Well, the champagne bit may have just been me!)

Coach Rell and some of the gang. I am the large thing in red!

2. After getting an offer I couldn’t refuse (no strong-arming involved, I swear!), I was able to attend a group training session here in Melbourne on Saturday morning with the much-adored ‘Coach Rell’. Again, I’d ‘met’ Narelle via Twitter as well as a number of other current and former 12WBTers, so meeting in the flesh (in a manner of speaking) was v.exciting. A big hello to Rell (Nikki and Jacqui again) and the old Twitter gang: Em, Jo and Bec, as well our other fellow victims participants. (Joking – in fact, the session was entirely within my comfort zone – boxing and some (tabata) interval type sets. And, I think(!) the only time I complained was during the warm-up run!)

3. Thanks to fellow-trainee Jo I made it back into the city and to my hotel in time for a quick shower before heading off to watch my niece in her beauty pageant – the whole reason the extended family is in Melbourne. She did wonderfully well (if I do say so myself) and scored a heap of prizes, including ‘Queen’ of her age group (the total spoils included 5 trophies and tiaras, plus some sashes and a big stuffed animal. My even-less-tolerant-than-I brother is stoked at having to lug that back to Brisbane on the plane!)

The Divine Miss Em having her makeup applied

4. Finally we’ve come to our last full day here in Melbourne. I gather some more shopping is on the agenda (my niece being seduced by the clothes on offer and forgoing her planned zoo visit!). I suspect I’ll join the ‘fam’ for breakfast but may venture out on my own in a last ditch effort to procure some boots and laptop case. (I’ve realised I need to be targeted in my shopping missions!)

And as Sunday dawns, I’m just back from another gym session – and pleased with my three (out of four) days of exercise while here. I’m just hoping that the exercise and literal street-walking does something to combat my recent less-than-healthy eating habits. “At least you’ll have something to confess to your therapist,” my mother told me (being a Pollyanna kind of woman!).

Last but not least… this little blog has been nominated in a Sydney Writers’ Centre Best Blog competition. The comp has a range of sections including a People’s Choice award. Diet Schmiet along with a mere 1000+ other Aussie blogs is in the running (so how could I not win, quite frankly?!!). Actually… I suspect my chances of winning are as likely as my weight reaching double digits anytime soon; but I’d appreciate your vote if you have the time (and inclination). You just need to click on the little button on the right hand column. 

Apologies to my usual readers, for my slightly-off-topic posts during my foray south of the border. Things will be back to normal in a day or two!

 

14 Comments
  • Nikki @ Styling You
    April 15, 2012

    Voted for you!

    • Debbish
      April 15, 2012

      Thanks Nikki… so very much appreciated!

  • Neen
    April 15, 2012

    I’ve loved hearing about your Melbourne trip. And I think your blog has a good chance of winning! It’s awesome. I have voted for you from every email address I have 🙂 Plus my husbands!

    • Debbish
      April 15, 2012

      Oh…. I don’t know what to say… thank you! I don’t agree (re chances of winning) but I love that you have made the effort!
      Reply
      I tend to write from the heart (so more about ‘me’ than what I think my ‘audience’ wants to hear… but ultimately recognise how much fulfilment I get knowing people read / appreciate my words!).

      xx

  • loulou
    April 15, 2012

    Hi Deb

    you go girl – you are such a great go getter! You would have look fantastic in the red lovely.

    Your niece looks every bit as beautiful as you had spoken about too – good genes from her aunty 🙂

    x Loulou

    • Debbish
      April 15, 2012

      Ah… yes, it’s all in the genes!!! (If only!) She looked just gorgeous. My mum kept saying, “She looks really pretty, doesn’t she?” as if to check it wasn’t just her own personal prejudice!

      PS. Love the red and have two faithful red t-shirts, but didn’t quite realise how (ummm….) prominent I’d look until I saw the picture!

      Deb

  • KCLAnderson (Karen)
    April 15, 2012

    I voted for you all the way from Connecticut USA! 🙂

    And, I have to say that the only reason you stand out in that photo is not because you’re “large” or a “thing” (please…) but because you’re the only one wearing red in a sea of blue and black. Look at the wonderful women to your right and to your left and ask yourself if you’d call any of them a “large thing.”

    Congrats to your niece!

    • Debbish
      April 16, 2012

      Thanks for the vote Karen! And as I was writing the post (and caption) I did second guess myself as I wrote (re using the word ‘thing’ rather than the word ‘large’ though!!!)

      Deb

  • Marion
    April 16, 2012

    Congratulations on your blog nomination! Yay you!
    🙂 Marion

    • Debbish
      April 16, 2012

      Thanks so much Marion!

  • Satu
    April 17, 2012

    I voted for your blog too. Nobody said Finn’s can’t vote 🙂

    You had a very active vacation. I usually let myself go all lazy when I travel which luckily doesn’t happen very often. I hope you found what you needed when you went shopping. I hate shopping for clothes, but love shopping for books. I can go to a well stocked bookstore and spend there hours.

    I see a distinct family resemblance between you and you niece. 🙂

    • Debbish
      April 17, 2012

      Thanks for the vote Satu! I’m probably a bit the same when it comes to shopping – there are certain things I enjoy buying!

      I’m pleased with my holiday exercise, but my food choices could have been A LOT better!

      Deb

  • Yellow Haired Girl
    April 17, 2012

    Congratulations on the nomination! And it sounds like a fabulous trip!

    • Debbish
      April 17, 2012

      Thanks… and it was!

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