Posted in Book Review

James Rollins

I have fallen in love with this author.  His writing is a mix of Indiana Jones and military ops. A perfect blend of history, world threat, action, the odd love story and so much more.  I just enjoy reading his cleverly woven tales.

There are common threads that unite the series of books, that include:  Sigma Force and its members, the Guild and it’s members, archeological finds and Christianity explored, threats to world survival and control. However each book remains a potent stand alone tale.

I am so glad I stumbled upon this author.  I am onto the 5th one of his books and not yet disappointed.  A must have in 2nd hand book shop raids.  Below is my latest read:

Posted in Daily life


I saw Bob in a secondhand shop and fell in love.  I over heard people discussing his weight and issues with his short shorts. I fell in love with his eyes.  They look so judged and that is how I often feel, be it all in my mind or reality.

He is lovely to hug too and like his brethren he won’t give away my secrets. I may knit him a jersey that fits a lot better on him.  His name was gifted from the shop and suits him.

All the cats have poked at him on his spot on our couch. But just sits. Great company in his silent way.

Posted in Daily life

Free birthday gifts

I got a lovely influx of free offers for my birthday. Offers that included the latter above from McDonald’s cafe to 10 cents off petrol (Caltex) and a lovely crystal pen from Farmers.

They were free in the sense that I did not have to buy anything to redeem them.  I did have to go to the shops and there was the temptation of additional purchases but I just enjoyed the birthday greetings and lovely simple but practical offerings.

I didn’t have to go out of my way for any of them because they are already some of my favourite places. It brings an emotional warmth that can be absent in so much of our interactions today.   Where we greet things online or in the mail never truly encountering another human face to face.

I did discover I had my age wrong.  I am 48 lol not 47.  Those who know me can understand how I made this mistake.  While it could be denial it is more likely that I suck at math in any form!!

There is one birthday email that will cost me 20.00 but a 30 minute neck and shoulders massage is pure temptation with my current shoulder pain.  We shall see.

Have a great day!

Posted in Health recovery journey

Diving in

I had my first swim in the newly refurbished Makino pool and my 25 kilo weight loss body. 

I was confident in my Zoggs and so enjoyed the weightless feeling in the pool. I practised some yoga moves I have been struggling with.

This photo is post swim.  I don’t think I look too bad.

I can see the areas I need to work on but fat never leaves where you want it to.  But the gym workouts are helping me tone.  This photo was after I came home pre shower.

I love that some of my old confidence is slowly coming back in all areas  of my life.  I just gave to keep plodding along.

Posted in Gym Journey

Be a planker not a plonker!

So I crushed the July challenge of the crucifix hold. Basically I held 2, 2 kilo dumbbells at shoulder height for the longest time. I wanted 3 minutes but I won at 2.41.53.

August is all about the plank.

Once again I will be engaged in a battle with my mind as much as my body.  I found a month challenge to plank each day increasing the time until achieving 10 minutes.

I am on track. At 2.20 on a day that was 2 mins:

I posted earlier than I intended to encourage others to have a go. Most training sessions are multiple planks so an endurance one is different.  I do better with external as well as internal competition.

The record plank is like 8 hours … yes HOURS and the mental, let alone physical, strength in that is just mind blowing!!

I am going to “attempt” each week and really want to nail a strong improvement each time.  I have to confess I can enjoy a whole workout of plank variations.  It’s just so whole body engaging.

I know I have longer times in me.  I just have to focus and work for it!

Posted in Daily life

Move your boulders

I recently subscribed to and enjoy his articles about creating new habits. He explains how you can grow healthier or better habits.  But equally how the same processes can endorse the initiation or continuation of bad habits.  It makes me think that If I already have the process why not make better choices for the same amount of work that the bad choices take?  I am guessing the reason why I do not, is that bad choices are usually more delicious, have the naughty appeal and can be way more fun!!

James’ recent post was about the Domino Effect and how we do initiate one small change which starts another of similar ilk, which starts another and so on as the new habits gather together. A process that is like a domino row falling. Who didn’t enjoy setting up a row, delicately placing the blocks and then pinging the first one and watching them tumble in succession?

The tumbling process can be quite detailed with all sorts of tricks to enhance the visual display.  On a side note there was recently a Cadbury chocolate advert that had blocks of chocolate lined up on a street, that fell domino style. Everything looks better with chocolate!  But I digress.

James provided the outline of three rules to successfully engaging the Domino Effect.  Simply put they are motivation, momentum and progression.  Find what you are motivated to begin, finish that and quickly move to the next change that appeals and always remember that progress is more important than results.  If you stall, break the current change into smaller achievable actions. 

I liken these rules to the challenge of the immovable boulder.  You are motivated to get it out of your path, you know you need momentum to continue your initial motivation. To achieve progress you smash pieces off and roll them out of the way. Eventually you clear your path.  We build that boulder with the detritus of our bad habits building on each other and growing.

As a boulder example from my own life:  it began with not going to work, losing that regular routine increased my time alone and on the couch, while there I ate for comfort, then I gained weight, I felt ugly so stopped exercising which compounded the weight issue… You can see the Boulder gaining weight and blocking my progress.  The final win is achieved in the slow but steady dismantling of those boulder building habits.

Thinking about this process brought to my mind the interconnectedness theory of R. Buckminster Fuller. Naming himself Guinea Pig B he believed that individual small changes could eventually change the world.  You had to be able to see the whole to effect that change. Going back to my boulder, according to Fuller I would need to understand all the facets contributing to its growth in order to reverse the process.   

If I only knew part when I began, I might miss a key element that might jeopardize my achieving my goal.  For example, I might work out, get a job and get off the couch but if my eating remains crap then I may only ever be partially successful.  I then run the risk of giving in and returning to the old habits.  Then I drag my boulder around behind me making every thing harder or it could block my ability to see advancement ending my progress.

To conclude, I highly recommend because he writes very insightful articles that trigger exploration of the habit, behaviours and triggers that are a part of who we are. Who knows reading his articles might result in you rolling your own boulder out of your way or initiate a perfect domino streak of new healthier habits that become building blocks naturally resistant to being mowed down.  

Let me know what you think of my musings!

Posted in Weight loss journey

Meeting on the mountain

I have been hearing about Mountain bread bit it is quite elusive in the town I live in. Last night there was a post about turning mountain bread as a nacho substitution. So I went hunting.  I got the corn flavour.

I cut 3 pieces into wedges, lightly salted and put them into the oven for 5 minutes at 150 degrees. Yum. Yum. Yum.  Next time I will have some mince, cheese and salsa.

There have been recipes for mountain bread pizza, noodles and pretty much as a substitute to a lot of high point foods for a low point tasty substitute.

Trying new low point foods renews my objective of living a more diverse and healthy life.  In the past I have struggled to concentrate on more than one thing successfully. It takes motivation and determination to eat to specific points and to work out intensely. I am managing it, carefully. 

Anyone got any healthy tips?  I am seriously considering making fresh salsa lol but that might pass lol

Posted in Poetry


Your roots are deep within the ground

That is where your strength is found

You gather enrichment from the soil

And from the bugs around you as they toil


You grace the sky with leaves spread wide

There is no need for your majesty to hide 

You shade all those within your reach

You live your life, with no need to preach


Blessed are those beneath your shadowed span

Gifting comfort to those you can

Stay strong, be lithe, stand tall

Never do I wish to see you fall

Posted in Daily life

A site for blurry eyes.

Hubby took a sleeping pill last night and didn’t feel safe to drive at 5am. So I drove him to work.  I went a bit slower than usual on the open road (100 km) because my eyes were grumpy at being awake and I was driving his bigger car.

We made it into Palmerston North (20 min from where I live) and as I approached a round about I thought my lack of sleep and blurry eyes were contributing to my seeing things!  On top of the round ab0ut was a parked car.

Normally this might not be too big a shock but it was a white car that my lights picked up on the side.  This round about is a round of raised concrete and then a central low shrub planted circle.  The car was completely off the road!

I thought my eyes were blurry but this driver must have attempted to go straight through and got themselves stuck in the vegetation. It was a weird experience riding around the round about and the parked car.

I had left my phone at home or I would have snapped a photo!  Feel free to share your crazy sites or sights when out driving!!