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The Important Half


I’ve lost one and a half kilos!  That half is very important.

A good day yesterday. The fast day was so much easier than last week and I really got through the day without thinking about it much at all. Lots of green tea, sugar free gum and  oodles of water. Dinner was a small piece of salmon with vegetables.

I’m giving up on the gym this week. I have so much to do in this week that I’m hoping the extra steps will help, but with the extra assemblies, class parties, last minute catch ups and final goodbyes I have bugger all time at the moment. Next week we’ll be back in Oz on holidays and there will be daily walks on the beach. I promise.

Steps: Are you ready? 2,000. I’m not even going to bother trying to make an excuse.

Water: Excellent. At least 10 big cups.

Fat Face Moment: I didn’t have one. Apart from the not walking, but the food side was brilliant.

Skinny Face Moment: I gave up half of my salmon to G and the kids, and I didn’t partake in the the potato.

Time Spent Online: I allotted  myself an hour late in the day, but when the kids began watching Madagascar last night I found myself scrolling through my iPad. I was reading though!

How are you guys? It’s been a week now.


Let’s Have A Drink About It


The weekend started with a bang. An impromptu dinner had me feasting on a delicious Indonesian meal. I probably wasn’t toooooo bad, until the dessert came, then I was really bad. But it was the wine, so much wine.

Friday was a familiar tale.  In search of comfort that was found in the form of a steak sandwich, I could have chosen a salad and next time I will. The sandwich made me feel heavy and I didn’t enjoy it nor did I finish it.  Dinner was nibbles at a friend’s party, the food was fab and I don’t think I overdid it – but this time it was champagne. It was a great party. I became somewhat confused, believing I was fifteen years younger and without children. I hit the pool table and confused myself with some-one who can actually play. There was giggles at the bar and the most hysterical conversation that was sooo naughty I was immediately told “don’t you dare put that on your blog.” That was just before someone said “lets have a tequila slammer”.  This morning I remembered why old ladies with four children shouldn’t  drink slammers.

Alcohol. Alcohol makes you hungry, and for me it really affects what I eat the day after. This weekend was unusual so I’m not going to beat myself up about it, but I’ve realized if I’m going to drink I need to have food ready the next day. Good food – not stodge.

Steps: I haven’t had the fitbit on this weekend and I haven’t been to the gym. I’ll be back there tomorrow.

Water: I’ve drank a lot of water both today and yesterday but I find it harder on the weekends to remind myself.

Fat Face Moment: Dessert at the restaurant on Thursday night. I didn’t need it, and I ate it all. Just. Say.No.

Skinny Face Moment: I’ve had many but they all feel irrelevant after the blowout with the boozy weekend. However, I didn’t load up on rice on Thursday night. I didn’t hoover the sweets at the party on Friday. It could have been worse right?

Time spent Online: Not too bad! I’ve read some of my book. And when I found myself sitting on the Ipad with a child a few metres away on the couch I changed the situation. I sat and read three chapters of his book to him while we snuggled on the couch together.

How are you going? Is it harder for you on the weekends?

One Of Those Days


It was one of those days. The fourth little traveller and I waited in the medical clinic for two hours. I had a ticket in my hand waiting with a number, we were waiting to be called. We had twenty one people before us – and then people just started randomly walking in to see the doctor. They didn’t bother getting  a ticket, they just pushed through. There was nothing we could do. When we finally got in to see the doctor she said we had to come back on Sunday. I took a deep breath and left.

I forgot to take my fitbit to the gym.

I tried a dress on to go out and stood in the mirror and sighed. I got changed three times and still wasn’t happy.

It was one of those days.

Steps: I’ll take a random guess that it was about 9K. It was a busy morning and I went to the gym for an hour and was out last night, so I may have even made it to 10K

Water: 10 big glasses

Fat Face Moment: I had a bite of a donut. It was free, it was hot off the conveyor belt, and it was offered to me so many times that I couldn’t say no. It was just a bite though, so maybe that’s just as much a skinny face moment?

Skinny Face Moment: I drove last night, solely so I wouldn’t drink. I was offered so much yummy food. When we got home I had a cup of green tea instead of joining G for a glass of wine.

Time Online: The phone now travels in the glove box when I’m in the car. This way I don’t check it at the traffic lights – now I just spent 5 minutes parked in my driveway when I arrive home!

How are you going?

In Search Of A Frill


I was on the move yesterday. The second little traveller will be bringing a school project to life this morning and going to school dressed as Elizabeth 1. We have the dress, crown and jewels but she needed the frill collar. I was in search of ruffle. I hit the souq and wandered from fabric shop to fabric shop, melting in the heat as I went along. I love the souq and heading off on an adventure on my own made me feel good. Mental note: get out an explore it makes you feel like you’ve accomplished something, it also adds steps to the pedometer.

Steps: I didn’t get to the gym, it was a half day at school and every second of my day seemed child focussed. All was not lost though, I walked 8K steps thanks to my trip to the souk.

Water: Not one drop in the morning. I need to remember to take water with me when I’m out.  I tried to make up for it later in the day.

Fat Face Moment: We went to Subway for lunch, we all chose the healthy options but when we got to the register they asked if we wanted chips or a cookie (it was part of the deal). Such a cruel question “chips or a cookie?” I really enjoyed that cookie. Next time I need to remember to tell them we won’t be partaking in the chips and cookie deal.

Skinny Face Moment: Soup for dinner and I only had one tinsy tiny piece of bread. It was another alcohol free day.

Time Online: So much better. I stayed away from my laptop for most of the day and spent the evening sewing the ruffle for her majesty.

How’d you go?  I’m trying another fast day today and I’m really looking forward to it. Weird.


The Fast Diet


I downloaded “The Fast Diet”. The idea of 5:2 (eating for five days and fasting for two) really appealed to me. And after so many friends suggested it after I wrote my initial fat face post,  I really wanted to try it. Today was day one of the fast. Five hundred calories.

I began with an egg for breakfast. Lunch was an apple and an orange. I had an afternoon snack of edamame beans and for dinner I had two tablespoons of risotto. I’m not joking, two tablespoons.

I thought about food all day. It’s been a long time since I’ve been on a diet/watched what I’ve eaten, so today was a bit of an eye-opener. After being so careful all day  I wandered downstairs to grab my phone and unconsciously slipped my hand into a jar of chocolate coated coffee beans that are currently sitting on our side table.  I ate three of them before I realized what I was doing. As I was walking up back up the stairs it struck me. Hello, my name’s Kirsty and I’m an unconscious eater.

Steps: 7,500 – G was out tonight for work so I just went for a walk around the compound and up and down the stairs.

Water: I think I had at least 3 litres of water today. I drank oodles in the morning which I think helped with the fasting.

Fat Face Moment: The unconscious eating. I really eat without thinking. I ruined a whole day’s work with those bloody coffee beans. They were really good though 😉

Skinny Face Moment: I was completely over myself by the end of today. I drove to school twice this afternoon and the traffic at the moment is beyond frustrating. By the time I got home I wanted to curl up in a fetal position and rock myself to sleep. The fourth child and I had serious negotiations over him, his mouth, and the amount of peas that were distributed in the risotto. I looked longingly at the wine and then decided it was time for a skinny face moment. I walked outside and joined a neighbour for a quick shuffle around the compound. I need to remind myself to go for a walk when it gets to easy to do nothing.

How about you? Fat face skinny face moments?

What’s For Dinner?

I write a menu plan every Sunday morning. Like most families we have the old faves which feature prominently, and out of the twenty or so rotating meals I think we have maybe two that all four children will eat without complaint. Three out of four eat curries, three out of four eat spicy asian soups, and three out of four eat lamb and beef.  And, you guessed it, three out of four eat salmon. Yesterday in the car I asked for menu suggestions for this week. “Chicken Schnitzel” said one voice. Every week. Every week people. I am so over chicken schnitzels. “Lasagne” said another as I died of boredom in the front seat. “Spaghetti and meatballs” said the smallest person.

All of those dishes leave me cold. I think I overdosed on kids meals a few years ago. Anything tomato and mince based has me screaming for the door. And chicken schnitzel just looks like one gigantic chicken nugget to me.

Today I pulled out the recipe books. It was time to look for something new and healthy. Tonight it was Sang Choy Bow, I used this recipe but we had chicken instead of pork.


It was a goody and guess what – three out of four children liked it. Just. Can’t. Please. Everyone. The lack of utensils was a major drawcard to the meal.

Steps: 9,400K  and 14 flights of stairs

Water: So much water! I drank 4 bottles while I was at the gym and 8 big glasses throughout the day.

Fat Face Moment: I had 4 tuna patties for lunch and I probably could have done with three. I knew I was full but I chose not to stop because they were so yummy. I don’t need to finish everything on my plate – I am not five.

Skinny Face Moment: Changing the menu plan. The Sang Choy Bow felt healthy and the kids who liked it LOVED it. G came home at 4.30 and I went to the gym instead of sitting around with a G & T. I had an alcohol free day. I didn’t eat any chocolate. All of these things make me the smuggest fat face in town.

Time Spent Online: I was better, but still not good. I need to remember to put the distractions away. I can be typing away and slightest “ding” of a cell/mobile phone or an alarm from an Ipad will have me stop everything to check. I am a slave to my devices. It’s dumb.

How are you guys going? Any good fat face skinny face decisions you want to share?

I Don’t Even Like Icecream


This is my before shot. If you’d also like to feel like a complete tosser please pull out your camera, stand in front of the mirror and join me. C’mon – you can do it! I’d love to be brave enough to do it in my bathers but really, do we all need to see that? So here’s the out loud declaration:

I’m going to put these clothes on again in August and these jeans are not going to be skin tight. See how they crease up around my knees and stretch to their full capacity over my thighs and calves? They’re not going to look like that by the end of August.

So here’s yesterday’s log.

Steps:  7,500. I went to the gym and walked on the treadmill and on the stepper for about 50 minutes. I should have done more to reach the 10K but G and the kids were out by the pool and it was Saturday and I wanted to join them. The best bit about my gym time was I missed the part where they ate the pizza.

Water:  8 big glasses and 3 small bottles by the pool – really need to get that jug.

Skinny Face Moment (s): I didn’t partake in the pizza at the pool and when G went to get the ice-creams on the way home (a little tradition of ours) he didn’t get me one. The truth is, I don’t even really like ice-cream, I’ve just been eating them because everyone else was.

Fat Face Moment: There was champagne, friends dropped by and instead of sharing the one bottle they brought along I insisted we open another one. I am always the instigator of just one more. Why is that? Why can’t I let the party end? I also had one of those Lindt chocolates G brought back from London – that’s okay though isn’t it? To have just one?

Time Spent Online: Shit. I have a serious problem. Admittedly I wasted a lot of time yesterday trying to work out how to get rid of the stupid wrap around text on this blog. But there was way too much time on my laptop in the morning. I did actually turn it off though so there was no temptation to lift the lid for a sneaky look. I read a book on my Ipad by the pool but it doesn’t have 3G so there was no “online-ness”. Yes, I just made up a word.

How are you going with it all? What are you Fat Face Skinny Face moments? Are you going to take a Before shot? C’mon – let’s do it!!!