The Good, The Bad and WTF?

This week has been one of highs and lows, with a few WTF? moments thrown in for good measure. Would you like to know more? Okay then…

The Good

  • I finally achieved lifetime membership at Weight Watchers yesterday. I have lost 12.6 kgs since July 2012 – I started out at 68.1 kgs and weighed in for the final time at 55.5kgs.  I am very proud of how far I’ve come and excited that I was able to re-discover my long-lost willpower. Now the challenge of maintaining my weight-loss begins – but I’m totally up for that!

Me - August 2012 - two weeks into my weight loss journey

Before

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After

  • Gilbert and Matilda both received awards from school for confidence this week. Gilbert even stayed long enough at assembly to receive it! I’m very proud of how both my munchkins have fared this year. I’m still waiting for the inevitable rebound (it’s not a matter of if, but when) but I’m hoping that when it happens it will pass as quickly as it comes.

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  • We received the initial tender for our new home which is definitely very promising and very close to what we wanted. There were a few things we needed to follow up on but we’re meeting with Beechwood again next week and hopefully we’ll be able to finally get going with the actual building bit!

The Bad

  • Our lease is coming to an end and we received notification this week that our rent is going to be increased and that the owners wanted us to sign another 12 month lease. It irked us as we are already paying an obscene amount in rent and we can’t commit to another 12 month lease due to the new house build.  I hate being stuck in a corner with limited options (could we even find a place that would give us a 6 month lease?) but it looks like we’ll have to negotiate a 6 month lease and put up with paying more to secure the convenience of staying in the one spot.

And the wtf?

  • We’re trying to save every penny at the moment while we are paying rent as well as the mortgage on our land, so I have started to park further away from work for free, rather than paying $5 a day for convenience. What I can’t understand is the complete ineptitude of commuters who simply cannot park their cars properly. How hard is it to check how far you are from the curb or from the driveway in front of you before locking up and walking away? I have lost count of the number of times I’ve seen potential parks if only the driver had bothered to move their car a little further along to make room for another. So very painful…

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  • While we’re on the subject of work, I’m still coming to terms with being a manager of other people. I am the most non-assertive person that I know so I will be as interested as anyone else to see how in heavens I can manage other people in the workplace. Seriously, some days, I can’t even manage my own children…

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So that’s the good, the bad and the WTF? of my week – how has your week been?

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52 Responses

  1. I think I too have had one of those weeks.
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  2. Hello, that parking malarkey can drive me mad too. But hey, the walking will be great for the weight maintainence.

    You’ve done so well, here’s to self control and enjoying healthy grub and a healthy life. You are so tiny! I think I’m a legend if I stick around 71 kilos, just over my height/weight thing but fab for me.
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    • Kirsty says:

      I am a mere 1.55m tall (apparently the same height as Kylie Minogue) so I’m not meant to carry too much extra weight. Mind you, I’m not about to whip out any hot pants anytime soon!

  3. We live in the inner city so I SO hear you on the parking! Seems people in small cars think it’s okay to take up 2 spots when infact they could take less than 1….
    Good work on the weight, that’s fantastic…
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  4. Aah life and its ups and downs. You look fabulous. Congratulations on finding your will power. Send some my way won’t you!

  5. Congrats on your weight watchers success- you look fabulous! All the best with sorting out the home situation- it sounds very tricky- as landlords, finding new tenants is a pain, and we try our best to retain descent tenants- could you get creative with how you deal with this- (e.g. offer more rent, but for a 6 month term?)…. bc/ moving is also very expensive, and a great hassle- Good luck!!!!
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    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks for the tips – it looks as if we will be offered a 6 month lease so hopefully it will all work out for us. Fingers crossed, anyway!

  6. A mixed week indeed. You are so tiny! I don’t think I have ever been 55 kg! You are right, it is so annoying when people don’t park well. Just a few inches to the right, and there would have been two spaces! x
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  7. Emma says:

    congrats on the weight watching! great job 🙂
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  8. Robomum says:

    All things aside…
    55kgs?! Wowsers!
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    • Kirsty says:

      I’m a short-arse! 55kg is bang in the middle of my healthy weight range. Although I can’t remember the last time I was anywhere near this weight, no doubt it was before kids!

  9. Me says:

    WELL DONE on your weight loss – so proud of you Kirsty !!!! You look amazing ! Great awards for your children too !!
    Sucks about the rent – hate that people aren’t reasonable about things like that – I often wonder if they have heard of the word empathy before ?????
    Parking like that drives me nuts as well – it is a pet hate of mine when we go to the footy – I’m sure they would fit about 1000 more cars in IF. PEOPLE. JUST. PARKED. PROPERLY.
    Have the best weekend !
    Me
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  10. OMG the parking thing drives me up the wall. The street I work on is a cul-de-sac and the entire street gets filled with cars and sometimes I have to park so far away because fuckwits don’t know how to friggin park properly and not leave half a bloody car space between them and the car in front. We could fit so many more cars on the street if people would just bloody park properly! It’s not hard!

    Nice work on the weightloss, that’s an awesome achievement! ANd good luck with the house and rent situation, I don’t envy you having to work all that out, I’ll be honest!

    • Kirsty says:

      It’s not hard at all Kylie – every morning I’m in a bad mood even before I get to work due to the prevalence of crappy parking. I just wish people would try!

  11. Wow, you started your WW journey at just above my ideal weight (which I haven’t been in a loooooooooooong time). I am jealous as all hell, what a great achievement and you look great!
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  12. Mrs Holsby says:

    How good do you look???

    I have to admit that the parking thing really gives me the schlits…..it’s inconsiderate, and really quite stupid.
    I think letting their tyres down a few days in a row should get the message across, no?
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  13. Congratulations on your weight loss success, that is worth celebrating! Even with a little more rent to pay if you can secure a 6 month lease, you won’t have to pay another lot of removalist fees and reconnection fees on your services so will be better off hopefully, good luck 🙂
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    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Nikki. It looks as if we will be able to stay which is a relief. I only want to move one more time into the new house – can’t bear to think about another move before that!

  14. Aroha says:

    Well, what a week! I have to say though, the goods are *SO GOOD* they almost make up for the bad. that is really crap of the landlords. but what a pain to have to move for 6 months then move again? caught between a rock and a hard spot (is that the saying?). Good luck with managing people, I’m completely passive aggressive and have not done a fantastic job of it in the past.
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    • Kirsty says:

      The managing part is stressing me out right now – I’m not a natural at it and really, deep down, I dislike having to deal with people in that way. I can only hope I get a bit better at it as time goes on…hopefully!

  15. Shari says:

    Congratulations Kirsty on your WW achievements – you look awesome! Hearin’ you on the parking WTF (insert animated eye roll here at people who park poorly!!)
    x
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    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Shari – I’ve lost count of the number of eye rolls I’ve had over the last few weeks due to general crappiness of parking…I’m over it already!

  16. Congratulations on your WW LL membership!! You look amazing 🙂 (Not that you actually didn’t before you know.) Hope everything works out with your lease and your new house…. exciting but stressful too I’m sure.
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  17. SarahMac says:

    Oh I hope the lease thing works out. We had a 12 month lease while building our place and just ended up having to break it when we needed to move. they found replacement tenants almost immediately so that was a relief! From Sarah aka Slapdash Mama xxx
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  18. Kim says:

    Oh the rent thing sucks. I rent but have a lovely landlady and a small community within the apts who tend to look after each other. I pay high rent but I’m hoping it will stay as is for a while. I’m sure u will be able to negotiate 6mths – use the good tenant reliable rent payment line. Good luck!

    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Kim – it’s looking promising, hoping it does work out in the end for us. You are so lucky to have a great landlady and caring neighbours – not everyone is so lucky these days!

  19. Oh yes, it has been one of them weeks here too!

    The universe has a lot to answer for at the moment!

    Fingers crossed the real estate allows you to sign a 6mth lease AND people learn to park properly!!

    MC xxx
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  20. Awesome on the weight loss! You’ve done really well!!
    We have really high rents in Darwin too, so I can fully appreciate the extra stress that puts on you. It’s just so hard to live sometimes
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    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Jess. We are lucky we can stretch a little more to meet the increase but I do feel for others who are struggling in this tight rental market – it can’t be easy.

  21. Grace says:

    You look fantastic, Kirsty! I’m sure you’ll do great at maintaining it.
    Yeah, I don’t get bad parkers either. How hard is it to spend an extra 2 minutes to straighten up???
    Seriously…
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  22. Ness says:

    Congratualtions on acheiving your WW goals. You look great! I’m a big WW failure having lost around 12 kg a couple of years ago and putting it all back on *sobs*

    I’m afraid I have to admit I’m a bit crap at parking too. I must try harder to be better at it.

    Hope you sort out your lease. It must be so annoying renting, but will be worth it in the end when you have your dream home.
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  23. Kellie says:

    Well done on the weight loss thats fab. I got my WW lifetime membership about 7yrs ago but put all the weight back on over the last 5 years – but have now almost lost it all again – just 4kgs to go.

    Hope u sort out the lease issue
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    • Kirsty says:

      Well done Kellie! I tried for a few years to lose the weight myself but I needed to go back in the end – I’m determined this will be the last time, though!

  24. Rhianna says:

    Sounds like a super week, well apart from that rent thing. Super great on the lifetime membership and reaching your goals. Super great on the whole manager thing as well, I am sure you will be wonderful at it.
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    • Kirsty says:

      I think the good did outweigh the bad but I’m still scratching my head at the parking thing and I’m literally like the blind leading the blind at work!

  25. Rita says:

    Congrats on your weight loss Kirsty! You look fabulous! As for parking, I hate it when a car stops and is actually parked in the middle of two parking spots…
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    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Rita! And yes, that does send me bonkers every single morning – honestly, how hard is it to get out of your car and move it up if you can???

  26. Wow what a week you had Kirst – firstly A MASSIVE congrats on being a life member of WW, such a great achievement, you look great and I hope one day I can have the will power that you do. The house/rent issues must be stressful – and as for commuters, they’re just lazy drivers who only think of themselves, POO. Finally but not least I’m very happy for you and your children, confidence awards, I really hope my daughter can have lots of this as she grows xxx
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    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Em. The kids are doing so well at school lately – Matilda got another award this week, for resilience and Gilbert is really getting into sport. Who knew that would last more than a minute???

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