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I am the 45 year old mother of Josie (17), Jacob (14) and Fergus (11) and the wife of Mark. We live in Newhaven on beautiful Phillip Island with various animals including our dog Charlie. I am a recently trained teacher (third year in the classroom) who is busy juggling family, career and my journey to lose weight and be healthy. I have so many balls in the air . . . hopefully, one day I might catch one . . .

Saturday, August 29, 2009

New Hair

As requested by Chris H, here is a photo of my new hair. You can't really tell in the photo that the colour is a lot warmer and redder than it has been for many years. For the last five years or so, I have had my hair coloured to be the colour that I think it was before I started going grey. I said to my hairdresser that maybe I could just leave it and let it go grey, because maybe I'd like it, but she wouldn't hear of it. She is a pretty bossy hairdresser actually, in a good way, because I don't have a clue about my hair and probably would just have it the same all the time if it were up to me. Now it's very short at the back, with lots of curls around my face and sort of a fringey thing. My son took a number of photos and this is the one my daughter liked best--saying that my fake smile in the other shots looked "scary" . . . Pity that my glasses are falling down my nose in this snap! Hmmm maybe the real problem is the subject matter!

Just for comparison, here's me dressed up in July 2008 for my mother's 70th . . .

NB My hair looks lighter in this pic because it was faded and wayyyyy over due for a touch-up! I'm pretty sure that my natural hair colour was nothing like this!

Anyway . . . stay tuned for the new glasses . . . can't wait! Since I became a truly old woman and had to wear multifocals which cost a fortune I have only had one pair of glasses and I'm truly sick to death of them. I had my eyes tested last week and although the perscription hadn't changed much, I ordered another pair anyway, so finally I'll be able to have two pairs to choose from. And the arms of them are really, really green (my favourite colour) so I got brave and chose a fashion pair instead of the" go with anything pair". They should me ready in 8-9 more working days!

While I'm uploading photos, I thought I'd put in some of my family, here I am with my two eldest children and a family friend, Clare, at Clare's twenty-first. I've known Clare since she was 3 . . . gees, makes me feel old for sure!

And another nice photo of Josie and Jacob taken that night . . .
And just so Fergus doesn't feel left out in case he ever reads this blog, here he is on his 11th birthday 30 June at the Star Wars exhibition at Scienceworks

And my husband Mark being accosted by a Storm Trooper

Ahh well, must try to get a current picture of us all together!!

Catch you later, L x


  1. Hi! I'm not sure if you'll get the reply I sent you on my blog, so I'll send you the same one here - thanks for your encouragement, and I LOVE the new haircut.

  2. OH MY GOD!!!! You are bloody gorgeous! I love the hairdo! And your smile! You really are lovely! Thanks for all the photos... it's nice to see them.

  3. Thanks Chris, OMG I'm blushing!

  4. I love the snazzy new 'do!! Such a lovely lady...thanks for commenting on my blog. Sorry I've been MIA lately...just settling in to the new place. But I'm almost all caught up on blogs now!! :)

  5. Hi there, just stopped by your blog (found it on another site) and wanted to congratulate you on your weight loss. You look like you feel fantastic which is really the best barometer!

    I was wondering if I could ask you a personal question? And I really hope you have comment moderation turned on. :-) As you are losing your weight are you finding that you have saggy skin? I weigh about 97 kg right now and have for about 5 yrs now. I've also had multiple surgeries (kidney transplant, c-section, etc) and to be honest I am worried how weight loss will affect my abomdinal skin. If this is too personal, I totally understand and please forgive me.

    Once again, congratulations on your new you!

    Umm Aaminah

  6. Thanks Umm Aaminah for your lovely comments.

    I am happy to share all aspects of my weightloss in the hope of helping others so am not offended or concerned by your question.

    The answer is no--I don't have a saggy skin problem at all at the moment. I have been losing weight very slowly, only 200 or 300gms a week for the past few months and I drink heaps of water and do some strength training at Curves and I think all these things have helped. I have always had flabby fat arms and never felt comfortable wearing sleeveless clothes but inspite of having lost over 8cm from each arm, there is very little flab and no "bat wings" at all. As I'm still 17 odd kg from being within my healthy weight range, my stomach area is still quite fat and flabby--but still miles better than before I started losing weight. I figure if I do end up with a bit of baggy skin there, it won't be anywhere near as bad as the fat that was there before! I never measured my neck before I started but I've obviously lost a fair few cm there too as I had a necklace that I could barely do up which now sits nicely a few cms down from my throat and there is no sag around my neck either.

    There was a lady who replied to a query about loose skin on the weight watchers boards here in Australia. Basically she lost more than 60kg--half of her starting weight--over 2 years. She said that she did have some loose skin but over the course of a further two years, it all sort of disappeared.

    So basically, if you feel you want to lose some weight, I wouldn't let the fear of saggy skin stop you!! Good luck!

  7. PS Hi again, Umm Amminah, I tried to publish a comment on your blog but couldn't get it to work. It was interesting reading about your life and culture. Thanks again for visiting me, Lesley