Riding the Rollercoaster

Often we make plans and something gets in the way to muck up those plans. That is really called LIFE.

My year started out like most other years. A lazy day after NYE with friends. A reflection of what I had achieved the prior year and a setting of goals and things I want to achieve this year and in the next few years. 7 days later this was all put on hold and my children’s lives changed forever as their father passed away.

Now I’m not going into all of that at this stage. But I will say there is nothing like death for people to stop and look at their own lives, their achievements, their dreams and their possessions and the importance or unimportance of these things.

For me, I’m a glass half full kind of a person. I always try to take good out of a bad situation, and because of that I feel my life is less stressful than it could otherwise be. I try to live a positive life, and take the attitude that everything happens for a reason good or bad. And then I try and learn from the lesson life provides.

Things I have learned in recent weeks/months (and in some cases already knew but needed a reminder) are:

  1. Your health is the most important thing;
  2. Always be financially set up for emergencies;
  3. We can be surrounded by “things” but not necessarily want or need all of the “stuff”.

I am just going to touch briefly on these as they are extensive topics in themselves.

Your health. It’s a funny thing that we take for granted when we are in good health, and it’s not until there is something wrong that we are really prompted to make changes in our life. This may be giving up smoking for some people, losing weight and making better food choices, being a little more active. Now this is really finding what your “why” is. The bigger the why, the more likely we are to take action.

Financial security. There is nothing better then the financial security of being able to make choices and not have your choices made for you because of the money in your bank.

Stuff. We want it, we love it, we are surrounded by it, but how much of it do we really need? Sometimes letting go of some or a lot of this is such a feeling of freedom. As the saying goes we often spend money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like.

This year I am going to concentrate on getting my life where I want it to be. By this I mean get rid of the kilos I don’t want, or that are making me unhealthy and more at risk of health problems, and be more active. I am setting up my financial security so I can call the shots not my bank. And I am getting rid of the accumulation of stuff that serves me no joy.

I will work through these and post on my progress, my discoveries and road blocks. I don’t want any extreme diets, or budgets. But hopefully, I can inspire you to make the necessary changes in your own lives whatever they may be.


Follow up on 12wbt

Just a quick update on my 12 week challenge. My goal was to lose between 5-7 kilos. I was on fire for the first 8 weeks and then got a little slack the last 4 with a lot of red flag days. I really didn’t exercise too much, but was eating a lot better. Total weight lost was 3.9 kg and 15.5 cm. I am pretty happy with that particularly maintaining in these last few weeks with a lot of events popping up.

The family ate most meals like me and it really wasn’t what you would think of as diet food. I still have a further 2 kilos in mind to lose. As well as I want to get a bit more tone in my body and would like to learn to run. (only 5 or 10k) So watch this space for further updates.


Getting organised

Need a few pointers to help the household run a little smoother, or save a few dollars or save some time?? Over the coming weeks (and years I guess as I plan for this to be ongoing) I will add some tidbits. I hope that you may discover many things from a new family favourite recipe on a budget to finding that 10 minutes free time to sit and drink your tea while it is hot.

As mothers we are extremely good at putting everyone else’s needs before our own. It’s just what we do. I hope to help you free up a little time so you too can put your feet up and have a bit of “me” time.

So it’s time to piece together the jigsaw on time management, happiness, organisation and a great life.

So welcome and enjoy

M xx


Heathy start..

Right now I am trying to make some healthy changes for me.  I have just turned 44, and gained some unwanted kilos over my two years of happiness and contentment. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not what is considered overweight according to the BMI, however I am getting pretty close the borderline of healthy & overweight.

I have this spare tyre thing hanging around my waist, and a butt that seems to be looking more of a square shape then round as it sags on the bottom curve. Although I might add my manfriend (borrowed that line from Carrie off Sex & the City) loves my butt!!!  But anyway, the spare tyre thing kind of just hangs very ungracefully when I lean forward. After 4 pregnancies the skin is far from taunt.

My clothes are getting tight and I have decided it’s time for me to look after me and get back in to shape. (Yes round is a shape I hear you say.)

My goal isn’t that big of a goal compared to some I know, but my 5-6 kilos of weight will soon become 10, 20 or 30 if I don’t start to make a change now, and the job will only get tougher.
I have commenced this week Michelle Bridges 12 week body transformation. I did it around my 40th birthday and lost 5 kilos back then. They stayed off for two and a half years.  But the last 18 months I have gotten lazy with exercise and eating, but I must say I have still enjoyed every single day.

It’s time now to get things back into balance, get my fitness back, and make better choices.

I don’t see this as a diet. If I did I know I wouldn’t last. Someone says diet and I want to eat everything in sight. I see it as a lifestyle change. All things are good in moderation (including chocolate), so it’s about stopping and making better choices most of the time.

The other thing I need to do is get back into the habit of regular exercise. I can still lift weights easy enough, but my cardio stinks, and there are things jiggling a little to much on my body. (Tuck shop lady arms!!!!) Right now I can’t even manage jogging a kilometre without stopping several times. And I know if I don’t make changes now all of this will only get worse.

Today is Day 3 on the 12wbt. I have stuck to my eating plan all 3 days but only found time for exercise 2. I will continue to provide updates of both my struggles and my victories. My weight so far is down 500 grams from a week ago. I hope that my journey may help and encourage others.



Welcome to my blog. I’m a Mum of 4 right now. 2 girls and 2 boys, ages 20, 16, 14 and 12. I have an amazing partner of two and a bit years, and we would love to have a baby together. I work almost full time (5 hrs short of it), my kids play numerous sports, along with other extra curricula activities. We have a dog and 5 cows & 4 calves. My life is busy, but very happy.

I’m a glass half full kind of person. I always find the good in the bad. I believe that everything happens for a reason and the Laws of Attraction.

Right now I have no real plan of everything I plan to cover on my blog, other then sharing a snippet of a Busy Mum’s life to help others feel normal and also hopefully pass on tips. And remind you all not to forget to stop and smell the roses everyday!!!

Never get so busy making plans that you forget to Live!