Food – Momentum – Wealth

Before I conduct this little segment I think a little Lisa History is in order so all of my passionate readers out there can understand how I know of such things.
I also apologise for how long I go on. In all of my years of grand story telling I have never possessed the skill to condense my words to shorten/get to the point of my little rants.

I’ve been living out of home for a while now. I first moved out when I was 17 to live in Perth and ate maccas and sushi for 9 months. Then I lived by myself for three months and ate pizza once a week (usually on payday) and rice the other 6 days of the week until my next pay. Uni student I hear you ask? No, I had extremely poor money management skills, severe laziness & basically I had zero common sense when it came to cooking. Despite my mothers best efforts, I rarely opened the many cook books she had bought for me. Sorry mum if you’re reading.
After my experiment of living in the city failed, I shamefully returned home to Kalgoorlie in my parent’s house with my tail between my legs. Although thoroughly enjoying having three meals a day again I accepted my besties invitation to move in with her with no hesitation and lived with her for 8 months. Having the freedom to eat whatever I wanted again I ‘treated’ myself to maccas, KFC, subway & Hj’s almost every day, a lethargic persons ultimate dream.

After moving back to Perth in May 2010 I was back to my maccas/sushi combo, lovin/hatin life. I have continued to eat like this up until June 2011. I’m currently at my heaviest at 65kilos. I feel like it’s important to mention my weight because I’m actually ashamed of it and lying about it just proves that if I feel like I have to hide it then there is something wrong with it. So I’m making a conscious effort to eat better and this coming Saturday I’m buying a bike for exercise purposes (and also, how fun is it to cycle?!?!!?).

FACT! Eating foods high in trans-fats increase the risk of depression. To find out the hows and why’s of this statement, Google it, it’s everywhere and if we have learnt anything from our years of ‘surfin’ the net’ it’s that we all place our trust in Google. Apart from the usual things that cause depression such as; genes, pot & families falling apart, eating processed foods is right there in the top 5.
Unbelievable! Who knew?
Google knew.

Naturally the first thing to go was the copious amounts of junk food. I am happy to report that Sean and I haven’t eaten maccas since we moved in together (actually I cannot confirm Sean’s diet because something tells me he would be frightened to tell me if he had in fact eaten McDonalds behind my back). However, we have eaten pizza but that’s different because if you’re having a movie marathon on a rainy Saturday night pizza is almost a prerequisite.

Deciding to cut pasta out was like Sophie’s choice but after numerous Pro/Con lists we both decided we’re better off without it for a few weeks. Yes a few weeks, not forever. It’s too good to give up forever and an important aspect of dieting is to never deny your bodies wants for too long.

My friend, for the purpose of this exerceise we’ll call her *Kendall, was dieting before her sisters’ wedding and she would always turn down my invitation to buy her a magnum ego and it literally drove her crazy and some days made her a little unhappy. I think a positive attitude is a necessity when trying to lose weight because if you’re approaching it negatively and you don’t get the results you want straight away most of us tend to give it up, telling ourselves hysterically that it’s not working and “I’m just stupid for thinking I’d ever be thin!!”
*Please note that *Kendall never cried hysterically about how she looked, although she did cry when we watched Man on the Moon, I believe this was a direct result of what happens to a person when they deny themselves a magnum ego for three months straight.

So now that I’ve gotten into the habit of eating better food & I am taking positive strides towards exercising (I say strides but I mean baby steps) I feel that soon I will have the body of Natalie Portman with biking-strengthened-thighs that I will not be ashamed to exposed come summer time.

As Paris Gellar once said “I can scare the stupid out of people but the lazy runs deep”
Yes you psychopath laziness does run deep.
Let me paint a dull and lifeless picture of what my weekends once were: Get out of bed at lunch time Eat something gross Watch TV for 4 hours straight Shower eventually Go drink some vodka until I fall over -Sunday Throw up just after the sun had risen. Sulk in bed all day about how much I hated myself for drinking.
It took a lot to get me motivated, even after moving to Perth the second time I just sat around eating junk food and watching TV, feeling sorry for myself, until someone invited me out to get drunk. I always thought that ‘doing something’ meant spending the money I didn’t have but as it turns out just going outside for a few hours has put colour back in my cheeks and I’m ashamed to say …a bounce in my step. I am no Tiger but I’m not Eyore anymore either.
I should have known from a young age that I was destined to be moody and tedious since I loved Eyore the most and sometimes wished they would get rid of Tiger’s character similar to how they got rid of people on Home & Away.

Happiness is something that one must acquire on their own and they should never rely solely on other people to make them feel better. Friends are here to support, not to take on every burden that’s on your shoulders and carry it along with theirs like it’s nothing. I watched How I Met Your Mother the other night and Ted was talking about how EVERYONE has baggage and maybe it’s not such a bad thing to let people know what your issues are because repression is unhealthy. However, there comes a time in everyone’s life when they themselves must learn to battle their own demons and basically sort out their own shit. I am guilty of over sharing and handing out my burdens to my friends like they are candy. It’s a selfish flaw and one that I hope one day I’ll be entirely rid of.
Kendal said it best when she snapped at me after a long pity party for one “no one will like you until you like yourself!”
Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants also said it best: Love your sisters, love yourself.
To my point, which has been lost in amongst movie quotes and personal antic dotes. It’s pretty simple really and I hate that it’s taken me so long to figure this out. If you’re unhappy in your day to day life then do something else. The universe is not conspiring against you. If you hate your job, get a new one, if your friends make you feel like crap, hang out with better people, if you’re bored, go for a walk, if you think you’re fat, exercise, if you hate your hair, cut it off, if no one wants to date/hang out with you maybe it’s because you’re too busy moaning about how crap your life is instead of appreciating what you already have.
And if you’re reading this and thinking “this bitch has no idea what I’ve been through! Fuck her” well fuck you too, go write in your diary about how deeply misunderstood you are.

On to my final subject for the day, one that I have the ultimate love/hate relationship with and no I’m not talking about Lindsay Lohan (I truly believe she’ll make a comeback) Money. We love it, we resent it but mostly we wish we had more of it. As of this pay day I’m changing the way I do things but mostly cutting back on food shopping which seems to eat up a LOT of my pay and also finding cheaper but nice places to eat out, just because I’m saving up to go to America next year doesn’t mean I’m going to confine myself to my apartment until I have $10,000 stored safely away.
I’ll keep ya’ll updated.
I’ve got the common sense in the kitchen down, I’m motivated and now I’m on my way to having a decent savings account.
Yay me!!

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August 23, 2011. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

the myth of retail therapy

So the last couple of months I have been repressing the urge to buy lovely new clothes for myself, mostly because Sean and I have just moved out and along with rent, food, payments for my car to be fixed and paying off our new couch, it’s hard to justify spending money on myself.
I know a lot of my friends are in the same situation because they’re at uni or they just got back from a holiday or paying off a mortgage etc etc
Firstly, I would like to apologise for sounding like your mum. A lot of the advice in this piece is almost word for word from my teenages years and the advice from my own mum that I neglected to take.

A few helpful hints about throwing caution into the wind when embarking on a shopping venture

  • Make sure someone is with you
    It’s handy to have someone around to make sure those impulse buys actually look okay on, if you’re a little bit hesitate about how you look, that second opinion could be either, saving you $60 or confirming that yes you DO look like Miranda Kerr/Megan Gale!
  • Put aside money for rent and such asap.
    I know how easy to is to think ‘there will be enough money in my account to pay for rent after this’ but you never know! Your whole days effort will be met with guilt and remorse if you realise that you need to borrow money from someone or take money out from your savings account.
  • Mentally go through your wardrobe at home before you buy an accessory for a newly purchased item.
    I almost bought a grey jumper to go with my cute new red playsuit but I paused and remembered I had one at home really similar so I saved myself $40! Which I then used for fuel! Hooray! Simple yet effective advice!
  • If you’re going to spend a lot of money on one thing make sure it’s a unique addition to your wardrobe.
    I bought two new skirts for work because i’m fed up with black and grey, I justified the purchase because one skirt was red and the other was blue and I have no items similar to that at home. I also think it goes without saying that you should never buy something because it looks like something you have at home but in a different colour.
  • Take care of your garments.
    Okay this isn’t so much to do with shopping but just clothes in general.
    Read the tab on the inside people! I know a lot of us may think there is no difference between cold and hot wash or putting something in the dryer isn’t going to really effect it but you never know! I’ve taken to hanging all of my new clothes in the laundry instead of putting them in the dryer. They might not shrink straight away but I don’t want to get into the habit of taking the easy way out and shoving them in the dryer!
  • For the love of Coca-Cola try your things on before you buy them! 
    Yes I know, I know! ‘I’ve always been the same size’ right? Or ‘jumpers look better baggy’ or ‘anything blue looks great on me!’ These excuses are just in your head, you never know how something will look until it’s on your body, no matter how many times you’ve been to the same store or bought the same sizing etc etc…And telling yourself ‘i’ll just take it back if it doesn’t fit.’ don’t kid yourself…
  • You don’t have to buy a bunch of new outfits to update your look.
    Stop rolling your eyes! So money is pretty tight and you’re sick of your same old combo, don’t splash out the money you don’t have on a bunch of new tops, skirts/shorts, jeans and jackets! If you’re buying a new cardigan, why not get a bright blue one! Sometimes, the simplest addition of colour can transform a whole outfit. Need I remind everyone that block colours are all the rage at the moment?
  • Stay away from black.
    Aside from dresses and work clothes I recommend that you stick to coloured items only. In my opinion, there is no better feeling than the one that comes from dumping all of your new things on your bed and reliving your purchases. I  also think that coloured items give you the illusion that there is also more variety!
  • Do not stray from your initial purpose!
    You came to buy clothes impulsively and that’s what you’ll do! Yeah I know you’re in the city and feeling giddy about your venture before you. Then you walk past Target and remember that you needed a new iron or maybe you will just pop into Woolies to pick up some porridge. NO! STOP! You turn your ass around and get back into Sportsgirl. If you’re going to indulge, please ensure that when you get home you’re satisfied with your purchases and I have never felt satisfied with a new pair of jeans and a new extension cord and kettle…
  • Shop around for cheaper alternatives
    I have to walk through the city every morning and afternoon to get to and from work and do you know what I see at 7.30 and 5.05? I see Alannah Hill clothes. I won’t put a link up because:
    a) That would mean I would have to go on the site
    b) I don’t wish the envy you would feel upon anyone (except maybe Draco Malfoy <– little bit of HP humour for all you fans out there)
    But I do recommend shopping around for a while until you’ve found something that is quite alike what you’ve seen in a magazine, tv, window shopping.
  • Do not feel ashamed that you’re not buying ‘brand clothes’ all of the time.
    Seriously, Lauren Conrad is not going to be hanging out with you with weekend so it’s not like anybody will know that the tshirt you’re wearing is from Kmart.

 So there you have it folks, it might not be ground breaking stuff but maybe it’s reminded you of whats important when shopping.

I do believe that retail therapy is not a myth and it’s not just for girls! 
For weeks now i’ve been feeling a little down every time I look in my wardrobe for something to wear and look at the same old stuff. However this week i’ve become completely animated at the prospect of getting up in the morning and wearing something different! Even my older clothes seem a bit more exciting since i’m not wearing them every day!

Usually i’m racked with guilt about spending my money on something other than essential living items but because I don’t do this every pay day I think it has really paid off! The majority of girls I know take a great deal of pride in their wardrobe and have spent much time and money, finding the perfect basic peices, unique party dresses, timeless classics, comfortable hardwearing jackets, the faultless jeans, you know what I mean? Anyway, it’s a good feeling, knowing that beyond your wardrobe doors there is the comfort of awesome swag awaiting you and thats what i’m trying to achieve.

That being said, I don’t believe it’s healthy for people to place their happiness in things like clothes, shoes, accessories and the new Chelsea Handler book (so funny by the way) However there is nothing wrong with spending your own hard earned money on things that you know are going to make you feel good at the end of the day! Like I said before, as long as your rent/mortgage/car repayments/credit card is all up to date then go for it! You’ve worked hard for your money (unless you’re on the dole) so it’s okay to buy things for yourself. No one will judge you, (unless it’s the bank because you haven’t paid your car loan..yeah they will judge you…and take away your things)
 -Lisa xxx

August 19, 2011. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.