New Diet

Yesterday I decided, that today, I am going to start a new diet. Mainly for my own well being, not to lose weight. Breastfeeding is taking care of that.

You have heard of this diet. Everyone knows about THIS diet. Moms put their kids on this diet. Dentists highly recommend this diet.

What’s the diet you ask? The No Sugar Diet. Cutting out soda, EASY. I rarely crave them. Cutting out candy and sweets? WHAT? I don’t know how I will survive.

However, I feel the time has come to separate myself from my addiction. If you know me, you will know, this diet thing is going to be pure torture as I have no self control. I might become mean and have severe withdrawal systems! No candy? Zero sugar? Do people really live life this way? Will keep you posted on my progress. I never actually been on a diet…

This weekend the fam and I are headed to the Free State to visit with Johan’s family. His grandmother fell and broke her hip last weekend and things aren’t looking too good. Makes me sad to think we are only going now. Makes me really wish I was closer to my grandmothers. December 2012 is quite some time away. A lot can happen and they both HAVE to meet Ava.

The Free State is an extremely cold area, but I am looking forward to visiting with family. We don’t visit with them enough.

I am so excited about next Friday night. I honestly cannot wait! My friend Charlene has organized a fantastic date night for a group of our friends. Dinner and drinks at the new Lynnwood Bridge centre and then on to the Atterbury Theater to watch Barry Hilton, a South African comic. Saw him last December and I laughed so hard I almost peed my pants. In my defense, I was 8 months pregnant. This will be our first date night since having Ava. I think we are a bit overdue.

As with any outing, I feel like I have nothing to wear!! To the shops I must go!! If, I can ever find the time…

Here is what I spent last night dreaming about wearing next Friday:

This is so me, if I had a real budget for clothes.

How fun is this outfit? I can totally see me in this, especially with my new hair cut.

You have to go here see this dress up close. 

This outfit is boarder line want/NEED.

I have a work event coming up on the 3rd of August. Check it out here. Would love to have a new outfit for that as well. Something like this:

So me.

Man, I wish I owned this.

I think those are my legs! Where is my credit for this picture???

Oh NET-A-PORTER you are my champagne dream, yet I only have beer pockets… I found all these dresses and I didn’t even make it past page 3!

Update: Just now, I went to the refrigerator for a water, inside was a shiny red can screaming, DRINK ME… So I did, then I grabbed a KitKat and ate all of it. Guess I’ll have to start the new diet tomorrow. 


ps: I changed the background, again, back to the 1st background I ever had. It makes me happy and feels like spring. Spring is in the air. Well, with a bit of wishful thinking.

Items to be Resolved in 2011

I don’t think I have ever been successful with any of my New Year’s Resolutions. It is not that I set goals too high to reach, it’s that I have no sense of self control. Why would I want to stop smoking or drink less? And who wants to go running in the cold? I don’t even think I’ve made it past the 12th before I’ve forgotten about the resolutions I wanted resolved. But 2011 is a new year and I am about to become a New Me. The New Me, mostly because of this little person growing inside of me, not because it’s a new year.

Unbeknownst to her, she helped me complete one long outstanding resolution last year, smoking. The moment I found out I was pregnant, I quit. Who knew it could be so easy? My body thanked you then Ava, now it’s just ready for you to come out. Me and daddy are too!!

Seeing as I about to become a New Me I think I am going to make a list of New Year’s resolutions and try to actually accomplish at least some of the them this year. The New Me wants to:

  • Read 24 books this year – I have never actually counted the amount of books I have read in a particular month or year. This year I will start. At least 2 books a month can’t be too hard. Even with a new baby. The rule will be that the book is only counted in the month it was completed. So for January, I have one down and one to go. Just finished The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. Amazing, even after watching the movie first. The search for the next book is on. Suggestions welcomed.
Front cover of the first edition
  •  Work out – This is so cliche I know. But honestly, the good Lord blessed me with a small frame and a fast metabolism so I never really had to work out to stay thin. Now that I am older, I understand working out isn’t just about being thin, it’s about being healthy. And I have a feeling it’s not going to back that way it was so easily. I am really looking forward to pushing Little Miss Ava around the neighborhood in hopes of getting my pre-baby body back. But, just in case that doesn’t work 100% I am going to invest in a Cherished Belly. I’ve read lots of reviews on products like this and the women say it really works. I’ll keep you posted.

  •  Make fresh pasta – I’ve read countless recipes on how to make fresh pasta but have never stepped up to the task. Now that Skip and I have been making pesto from our herb garden, I want to try and conquer making our own pasta as well. Some of the recipes are quite daunting, but I will start out simple. Just need to purchase a nice rolling machine and a drying rack…
Imperia Italian SP150 Double Cutter Pasta Machine
Kitchen Craft Italian Collection Pasta Drying Stand
  • Grow my garden – Growing up my parents always had a garden in our backyard with loads of flowers and vegetables. My grandmother as well. I want that for Ava. I want her to grow up outside helping me in the garden. I want her to walk out the back door on a summer’s day and pick a handful of strawberries like I did. Or learn how to make pesto from the ingredients right there in her own backyard. Thanks to my mother in law the flower beds are in order and looking beautiful. Thanks to my dad, my herb garden is steadily growing. All Skip and I need to do is enlarge it a bit and throw in a few more veggies and fruits and I will be happy.
Not me, but sure looks like me when I was small. 80’s outfit and all.
  •  Print pictures – The Skipper and I have been married for a year now. Well, unless you consider the little mishap with Home Affairs then it’s only been a month or two. But I won’t go into that. Anyway, in God’s eyes we have been married for over a year now and the only picture I have printed and framed is from my mother in law. An amazing woman, I must add. Oh, and the two I put on our refrigerator of our families. It’s mostly our fault because we took the cheap package and opted out of the book and the all the photos to save money on the wedding. So I spent most of last year talking about how I am going to make a book or even just get a few framed for the hall. Blah, blah, blah. Now, Ava is almost here and still no wedding photos printed. I can’t let this happen to her childhood. It can’t be stored away on some computer that can only be viewed when the power is on. Seeing that power is quite an issue here in SA, that’s not such a good idea. So my resolution is to make a little photo book for each month of her life. The rule is that all months must be complete before the end of February 2012. 
This one is definitely getting printed.
  •  Write/See our Grandparents more – One of Skippy’s grandmothers past away this year and it really made me sad that I didn’t get to know her better. It was quite hard due to the language barrier and the many miles between us. Plus she hasn’t been well for a long time, so visits were a bit tough. I say the many miles between us but a four hour drive isn’t actually that far when compared to the 18 hour plane flight that separates us from my grandmothers. My grandmother’s were such a big part of my life growing up and still are today. They are both amazing and inspiring women. It saddens me that I can’t see or speak to them more often. This year I want to change that. I want to go see Skip’s grandparents more often. Call and write mine more. Send them all photos. Not because it’s Easter, because we love them.

Now, let’s see if I can remember to resolve these resolutions.