Monthly Highlights: August 2015

August was a little hectic when it came to work, but on a social level, my calendar was probably the most quiet it has been all year. It was nice to have the time to take a breath, and just relax… somewhat.

The common thread this month was sport, along with rest and relaxation:

Swans vs Crows


We finally managed to get to a Swans game at the SCG! Sadly Goodsey wasn’t playing, but it was absolutely incredible to be part of the standing ovation held in the third quarter at the seventh minute in his honour. I was happy to get the win over the Crows – one of my good friends is a Crows supporter and we’d been having a bit of a banter in the lead up to the game.

Wallabies vs All Blacks


I bought these tickets on a bit of a whim – I’ve wanted to get to a Wallabies game for a while, and I certainly picked the right game to attend. It was the Wallabies first win over the All Blacks since like 2011, and they won in front of nearly 74,000 people, to keep the hope for the Bledisloe Cup alive. Sadly they were slaughtered over in NZ a week later, but it was great to see them win 27-19 here in Sydney!

City to Surf

City to Surf

I have been talking about running the City to Surf for years, and I finally took part… as a spectator, not a participant! My boss ran, so I went down to cheer her on and say hello at the finish line, after smashing an amazing breakfast at Avila Crepes. I’m still in a bit of shock that I managed to find her in the sea of people! A couple of Mr Posy’s colleagues also ran, along with his boss, and we stopped by his workplace’s corporate tent to say hello. It was beautiful day, so we continued our walk on to Bronte to soak up the sunshine (and get away from the crowd).

Roosters vs Eels

Roosters vs Eels

I knew that this game wouldn’t be an easy win, and when the supporters in front of us said “This should be an easy game – we’ll beat Parra easily!” right before kick-off, I wanted to shake them. Way to jinx it.

At halftime, we were I think down 4-18, and I knew the boys would have to dig deep in the second half to beat the Eels. Thankfully, they came out firing, and we finished with a 28-18 win.

Roosters vs Broncos

Roosters vs Broncos

This game was an important one, because it affected our chances for the minor premiership – we needed this win. Along with wanting the two points, I wanted the win because my brother supports the Broncos, so bragging rights were up for grabs. It was a long, tough, low-scoring game, and by the end of it my nerves were totally shot. We won 12-10, but I was so panicked that we were going to lose it in the last 60 seconds, and the win was at great cost with a couple of significant injuries to key players.

Catching up with colleagues


I am still really enjoying the project that I am working on, and I really like the people that I am working with in the project team, but I am still missing some of my mates over at my usual workplace. We have been making sure that we schedule semi-regular coffee and lunch dates (and the occasional impromptu after-work drink), and I can’t explain just how much I look forward to these. I always feel that little bit lighter and happier and have more of a spring in my step after our catch-ups.

When we moved down from PosyTown, I wasn’t sure I’d ever have the kind of work relationships here like I did back there, but I have slowly built myself a little work family, and it feels great.

Vitamin D and Vitamin Sea

Vitamin D and Vitamin Sea

We have been making the most of the sunshine on weekends, and getting in long walks to various beaches and bays to charge up for the week ahead. Warmer days are coming, and I can’t wait until I can get back in the water!

Celebrating us

13 years

August marked our 13 year anniversary – while I will normally use any occasion as a reason to celebrate, time got away from us this year, and I think one of us had a work function on so we didn’t bother going out to dinner. We have our wedding anniversary coming up in a couple of months, so we will celebrate then! Now if only we were back in Bora Bora drinking cocktails at sunset…

Counting down to Hamilton

As the weather is starting to warm up, I am fixating more and more on our upcoming trip to Hamilton Island – it can’t come soon enough! I am really looking forward to having time off work, to laze about in the sunshine.

Monthly Highlights: June-July 2015

June and July disappeared in the blink of an eye – and I think it’s safe to say that the days and weeks are going to fly by from now until the end of the year.



Back in May I applied for the job that I’ve been acting in for a little while now, and I received word at the beginning of June that I had been shortlisted for interview, scheduled for towards the middle of the month. I spent almost two weeks riding a rollercoaster of anxiety, excitement, stress, and fear in anticipation. One minute I’d be thinking ‘I can’t do this, I just want it to be over, I feel sick’, and the next it was ‘I can do this, I’m going to nail my interview, I will totally smash it, I’ve got this, I can do it, I know I can’.


I was completely exhausted by the time the interview was over, and really needed to recharge after the busy weeks leading up to my interview. I was so glad that I had scheduled in a half day flex for the following day (a Friday afternoon), so that I could just go home and start my weekend early. By coincidence, it was the same weekend that S3 of Orange is the New Black hit Netflix, so I spent a lot of time horizontal on the couch, with the occasional break thrown in for some sunshine and fresh air.

Mr Posy started his new job, and I am so pleased that he landed such a great gig, in what sounds like a fantastic organisation with terrific people. I love hearing about his day, and even though we are adjusting to a new routine, he is so happy in his new role, and I am so incredibly proud of him and all his accomplishments.



I got the phone call that I had been hoping for – I won my job! Yay! I signed my letter of offer and sent it off; the ink had barely had a chance to dry before I found myself on secondment. I am working in a special project team in a different building, and will be here until the end of the year at this stage. My team members are fantastic and the work is interesting and keeping me busy (and great for my CV!), but I am missing my mates back at my usual workplace a little (and I think they miss me too a little!). With that said, I am only a ten minute walk away (sadly our walkie talkies do not work…)!



One of my little cousins plays representative hockey for her region, so when she was here in Sydney for a hockey carnival, I went out to watch her play. It was nice to spend a few hours sitting in the warm sun shooting the breeze with my aunt and Mr Posy, while cheering on my cousin. Her team did really well, though I was a little shocked that some of the girls in the opposing teams were under 12 – when did tweens get so tall?!


Flour and Stone

Mr Posy and I made the trek up north to visit family (armed with pannacotta lamingtons and other goodies from my favourite bakery – I am not one to arrive empty-handed) – my grandparents were up visiting my little cousins for the school holidays, so we took advantage of them only being a two hour drive away instead of eight! It was so great to spend the day with them all, but I always leave feeling so sad because a) we’re saying good bye, and b) we lived so far away for so many years and I will never get that time back.



One of my workmates had a birthday, so we celebrated with a few drinks at Wild Rover on a Friday after work in her honour. While we had planned to just have a few sensible drinks, we somehow managed to find ourselves at a pub around the corner many drinks later (thankfully I had the wisdom to swap to water). … which always seems to be the way when our little group gets together!

I took a flex day towards the end of the month, and spent it with a lovely friend and her two eldest children. We spent the morning watching ‘Inside Out’, and then spent the afternoon having a chat. I had a really great day – I adore her kids, and they really lifted my spirits.


We kicked off the month with a birthday lunch in Balmain for a friend, and had a great couple of hours at the Cat & Fiddle. It reminded me that we really don’t get over that way enough.


A lovely ex-colleague was over visiting from the West Coast, so we got our little secret squirrel group together for dinner and drinks. We started our pre-dinner drinks at Grain for a change, before heading to our favourite Japanese restaurant in the Rocks. Many hours later, three of the five ended up at Cruise Bar (with two having the good sense to go home!), and later some random pub in Circular Quay after midnight. I haven’t been out so late in quite some time, and really felt it the next day (yes, apparently I am 80 years old). Our West Coast correspondent really is the bad influence of the group…

As part of my workmate’s birthday shenanigans back in June, I somehow managed to agree to go to see Magic Mike XXL in Gold Class. I’d guess it had something to do with the champagne…  Anyhow, a couple of days before our night out, I finally watched the first movie, and while I’d expected that it would be quite terrible, I was surprised that it actually wasn’t too bad. The sequel was a whole other story. I went in with low expectations, but wow.



We missed the Roosters vs Storm and Roosters vs Titans home games given I was sick – but I was pleased that we got the wins!

Ice skating

We did manage to make it to both Winter Garden Sydney (gorgeous location) and Bondi Winter Magic (fabulous!) for ice skating sessions at twilight and had the best time.


We missed the Roosters vs Warriors home game (we won!), again thanks to one of my many bugs…


After a number of missed home games due to sickness, we finally made it back for the Roosters vs Bulldogs game, and we won! Only just. But we won… It was also Pearcey’s 200th game, so I was glad to be there for the win.

Health & Wellbeing


My cold from May continued well into June, and morphed into a nasty sinus infection. I initially tried to fight it off, before realising that it was only getting worse, not better, and after a trip to my GP, I came away with prescriptions for two different antibiotics and corticosteroid, as well as a recommendation to pick up a sinus wash kit. Now I can’t say that I’ve ever fancied salt water going up my nasal passages, but ohmygod, the stuff was absolutely life changing. By the time the end of the month rolled around, I was feeling a lot better having finally kicked my sinus infection and the last of my LRTI, after almost three months of feeling pretty bloody awful.

We had another burst of absolutely miserable weather in the middle of the month, and before I knew it, I found myself booking us in for a little getaway to Lord Howe Island for early next year. What can I say – I was also on a lot of meds at the time… I am really looking forward to it, and I plan to take a lot of photographs. My Nan and Pop honeymooned there over fifty years ago, and I can’t wait to show them photos from our trip (I don’t think it will have changed a great deal)!


Thankfully I managed to stay well throughout July… but unfortunately Mr Posy came down with the dreaded lurgy! He has not had much of a good run either when it comes to illness lately, but so far we have managed to avoid the ghastly Influenza this year.

Bora Bora

Winter has not been good for me this year – while I didn’t book any holidays this month, we did manage to narrow down our destination choice for our trip after Lord Howe Island next year. We are thinking either back to the Society Islands (but this time to Moorea), or over to the Cook Islands (Aitutaki). Meanwhile, we haven’t even been on our getaway to Hamilton Island yet! Whoops… With that said, planning will keep me busy for a while.I can’t wait to be back out on a kayak in the sunshine.

Monthly Highlights: May 2015

May was the busiest month of 2015 yet for my little household, and so far it is sitting firmly in the #1 spot for my favourite month this year.

My May highlights managed to fit nicely into five neat categories: Work, Family, Friends, Events, and Health & Wellbeing.


I had the pleasure of attending a networking / professional development breakfast at the beginning of the month, thanks to my boss who nominated me to go along to the event. There would have been over 600 people in attendance from various organisations, and we were seated at tables with the CEO/other senior staff member and other employees from our respective organisations. The keynote speaker and panel discussion left me feeling very motivated and inspired about my own career, and it both reignited and reconfirmed my passion for the path in which I see my career taking.

The breakfast couldn’t have come at a better time, because the position that I have been acting in for the past six months was advertised, and I had to pull my job application together! Fingers crossed…


Mr Posy has been working remotely for his organisation back in PosyTown since we moved to Harbour City, which means that he got the PosyTown public holiday, so I took a Flex Day so that we could enjoy the day together. The weather was pretty miserable, so we skipped our original plan of a long, leisurely breakfast somewhere on the water and instead went to Bar Indigo in Double Bay, before heading to the MCA to catch the Light Show exhibition. I’m still a little bit confused by the free wifi and exhibition social media hashtag at the exhibition entrance/exit given you weren’t allowed to so much as use your device let alone take photos (what and how are they expecting people to share?) but I did enjoy the installations/sculptures. The exhibition finishes up at the MCA on 5 July, so if you haven’t been yet, you’re running out of time!



I know it is clichéd, but the years really are flying by – as evidenced by my little PosyDog turning 7! It’s hard to believe my teeny tiny puppy is now middle-aged. She is definitely no longer a sprightly young pup – I know she still has many years ahead of her (God, I hope so, anyway), but it does make my heart hurt, being able to visibly see her ageing.

Airport pickup

One of the biggest highlights for the month was our family visiting from Melbourne! Mr Posy’s cousin had his wedding here in Sydney, so Mr Posy’s parents, brother, SIL, and Niece and Nephew Posy came to visit our lovely city for a long weekend – and thankfully Sydney turned on the charm! Niece and Nephew Posy came in our car on the drive home from the airport (with the rest of Mr Posy’s family behind us in a hire car), and I asked them what they wanted to do while they were visiting. Nephew Posy wanted to see the dinosaur robots (what?), while Niece Posy wanted to watch The Smurfs at our place. This made my heart feel like it would burst for two reasons – this was the movie that we took Niece Posy to watch at the cinema before we left PosyTown, and it was also the movie that she watched on DVD when she was visiting us for our wedding 18 months ago. So sweet.

It was so great having the family here – despite them bringing a nasty bug which they kindly shared with us – we had a really fun four days. I was in absolute agony the day after Mr Posy’s cousin’s wedding, as Niece Posy had me on the dancefloor (in my heels!) all night! It was a not the Big Fat Greek Wedding that I was expecting, but instead a Very Small Greek Wedding, and finished with Nephew Posy falling asleep in my arms on the dancefloor while strumming his air guitar to Bon Jovi’s Living on a Prayer. This was after all the Greek dancing, obviously! We had a lovely night, and it was so nice to celebrate with the immediate and extended family.

I did shed a little tear after we waved them off at their airport gate – it is really tough saying goodbye, and I think even harder when you are the one left standing in the airport.


Crazy schedules took some coordinating for drinks with the work girls – but we managed to organise not one catch-up, but two. The first was of the more sensible variety – just a mid-week couple of wines after work at this cool little bar in Surry Hills (The Wild Rover), which finished up around 7.30pm.

The Rocks

The second catch up was a little less sensible, with the missing member of our posse (the bad influence ha) visiting from Perth. It started with after work drinks at a bar in Circular Quay, followed by dinner and more drinks at a Japanese restaurant in The Rocks, and ended with a night cap (I bowed out and went with water) at The Orient. I think I got on a train about 10pm. On a Tuesday night. Not a big night for most, but it was a late night for me, especially having to go to work the next day.

I had been in a bit of an off mood before our not-so-sensible drinks – I was feeling emotional, irritable and overwhelmed – but I felt so much better on Wednesday. A little tired and dusty, sure, but in a much better headspace. Spending time chatting with the girls and laughing until I nearly fell off my chair was exactly what I didn’t even know I needed.


The Script

The month started with us painting the town green – we went to The Script concert. I actually had tickets when they were touring back in 2013, but unfortunately we weren’t able to make the concert, and I very nearly missed that they were touring in 2015, so I’m lucky I managed to snag tickets for decent seats before they were gone! I know this is a big call – but this concert was, without a doubt, right up there for me as one of my favourites of all time. I’m talking nearly-bumped-Taylor Swift’s-2013-concert-which-I-LOVED-out-of-top-spot good. Even Mr Posy agreed that it was right up there as one of the top concerts that he has been to. The atmosphere was amazing, the band’s interaction with the audience was mind-blowing (they went into the audience, multiple times!) – the concert was incredible. I loved it. I couldn’t stop talking about how great the concert was for days afterwards!

Roosters and Sydney FC

We missed the Roosters vs Tigers game at Allianz last year, as Mr Posy had to go up to PosyTown for work, so I was very excited about this face-off: my team vs Mr Posy’s team (though somebody looks like a very confused supporter in this photo, wearing his Roosters lanyard as we’re ticketed members, haha). We gave them a hiding – we thrashed the Tigers 36-4. I tried not to gloat too much…

We were back at Allianz the next night to watch Sydney FC take on Adelaide United in the semi-final – what a win! It was so great to cheer on Sydney FC, and the atmosphere was incredible with nearly 27,000 people in attendance. If it hadn’t been for Mr Posy’s cousin’s wedding, we would have been on a flight down to Melbourne to watch them take on Melbourne Victory in the grand final. We should really be thankful that we weren’t able to fly down though, given Sydney FC copped a 3-0 thrashing… It’s bad enough losing a game and having to walk/drive home, never mind flying to another city only to watch your team lose!

Vivid Sydney 2015

Vivid Sydney has long been one of my favourite events on the calendar – when we lived in PosyTown I used to time our visits to Sydney with this incredible light festival. Back in February we booked in dinner at Café Sydney for the first official night of Vivid, with the intention that we would eat out on the balcony overlooking Circular Quay, before walking around to check out all the light installations. Unfortunately, the weather had other ideas, and it absolutely bucketed down – and we had to cancel our dinner reservation. Mr Posy was also a bit under the weather (I couldn’t help myself) after catching his family’s bug when they were visiting, so we didn’t get down to Vivid until the second weekend. By this time, Mr Posy had passed on his family’s bug, and I should have really been home in bed, but possibly ill with a fever and not making very wise choices, I decided that we were going to check out Vivid. On a Saturday night.

It was absolutely packed, I was miserable and felt so unwell the whole time, and really didn’t enjoy myself as much as I usually do. Instead of stopping to check out each of the installations, we whizzed past everything as quickly as we could (as quickly as you can when you can barely move because there are so many people out and about), just so we could get through it and get home. A giant shame really, because there were some really great installations around this year.

Game-changers Matthew Weiner

The night after we had tickets to Game-changers: Matthew Weiner at Town Hall – a talk with Matthew Weiner (series creator and executive producer of Mad Men, executive producer and writer on The Sopranos) and Kate Mulvany. I was still feeling fairly unwell, but knew that Mr Posy really wanted to go along to the talk, so armed myself with tissues and throat lozenges and dosed up on Demazin. I wish I had jotted down notes when I got home or the next day at work, because there were so many great ideas that were touched on and so many points that really struck a chord with me, and I would have liked to be able to look back over them. I will have to check with Mr Posy to see if he wrote any notes, and if he didn’t, what he remembers from the talk…

Health & Wellbeing

After feeling ill for almost a month courtesy of the lower respiratory tract infection that I picked up from my cousins over Easter, I was finally starting to feel better, when Mr Posy shared his grotty bug with me that his family brought up from Melbourne on their visit. I tried to fight it off with fresh juices and lots of Demazin to no avail, and have only now just managed to kick it, and it’s the middle of June…

Thanks to being sick for so long, I missed quite a bit of gym, and I lost a lot of strength that I had worked so hard on building up in the weights room. I am working back up to where I was before Easter, and hopefully I can continue to build on my weights from there!

Rainy, grey weather is not very good for me. And when it rains for days and feels like it will never end, it makes me do crazy things. Like book island holidays… We booked a little getaway to Hamilton Island for later in the year – and I am counting down to what I hope will be four days of sunshine and warmth! With that said, I am so keen for some rest and relaxation, and I’ve already managed to over-schedule our time there, so enforced relaxation because of rain wouldn’t entirely be the worst thing… But I am crossing my fingers for fabulous weather.

I (kind of) Quit Sugar, and I liked it – Part III

Click to read Part I and Part II.

Week 6

The Week 6 menu looks amazing, AND we get to reintroduce a little fruit back into our diet, hurrah! Frustratingly, I am unable to cook a lot of the recipes with the very basic cooking instruments that I have available with all my kitchen gear on its way to Sydney, so this week is also going to be a write-off for me in terms of sticking to the meal plan. While I am still avoiding sugar, I am not eating nearly as many vegetables as I was earlier in the program, I’m not getting as much variety in my diet as I was just a couple of weeks ago, and I have been skipping meals because it’s just easier. Consequently, combined with the extreme stress that I am currently experiencing thanks to this bloody move, I am feeling sluggish, rather emotional and completely exhausted.

My dad lives and works quite remotely out in the bush (about a five hour drive from PosyTown, and a fairly hectic drive at that), but he drove in to town to see me one last time before we fly down to Sydney – he called to take me out for a milkshake. Not a coffee, a milkshake. I had to laugh, it would seem I will always be five years old to my dad. I enjoyed every sip of my shake, though I did feel pretty sick after finishing it! I’m not sure if it was just a coincidence, but about half hour later, I came down with a cracking headache…

It is an emotional week for me, but it was always going to be, sugar or no sugar – it is the week we move to Sydney! It is also the week that my beloved Sydney Roosters WIN THE GRAND FINAL – and Mr Posy and I are actually there to see it!

Week 7

Our first week living in Sydney! We are surrounded by boxes, but surprisingly unpacking is a lot easier than packing, even with less storage space than in PosyTown. We don’t completely stick to the prescribed meal plan, but we are still on the IQS-wagon. I am feeling completely amazing, but this is can probably be largely attributed to the high that I am experiencing now that WE LIVE IN SYDNEY.

PosyDog is loving all the extra walks as we explore our new area, and I am loving the extra energy that I have. My clothes are looser, my eyes brighter and skin clearer, and I am feeling generally amazing.

Week 8

It would seem that finishing up at work, moving, and wedding planning finally catches up with me – I have come down with a chest infection… Just in time to start my new job – perfect! I have no appetite, so  stick to a fairly bland diet of grilled fish and steamed vegetables instead of this week’s meal plan. I have a disgusting cough (let’s not mention the stuff I’m bringing up…), my chest and back hurt, I’m completely exhausted, and I am getting very little sleep thanks to the aforementioned cough. A GP puts me on a course of antibiotics and gives me something that is supposed to help the cough, but all it does is make me feel hungover the next morning.

Mr Posy and I attend a friend’s birthday dinner on the Saturday night of Week 8 (which I cough and wheeze my way through) – I throw caution to the wind and indulge in a little dessert AND a little birthday cake. Life is for living!

I realise that my cravings for sugar have for the most part disappeared, and that I no longer crave chocolate and icecream, but instead fruits like raspberries, kiwi fruit and plums. I have far more variety in my diet than I have ever had – and I am no longer getting a large portion of my daily calories from sweets. I have created good new habits – I’m consuming more vegetables (with a focus on veggies that are in-season), and I’m back on the breakfast wagon (which I had taken to skipping), and kicked bad old habits – dessert every single night (often ‘just because’), chocolate/various other sweets every day, and mindless snacking. I feel like this is what IQS is all about – or at least what it was all about for me – regaining balance in your life.

Life after IQS

So, nearly two years on since I did the IQS8WP – do I eat sugar? Of course I do. Life is for living! I like chocolate. And ice cream. And cake. And Black Forest Trifle from Rockpool Bar & Grill. But I can’t eat sweets in the same quantity that I once could – neither my tastebuds nor my stomach can take it. I actually prefer dark chocolate over milk chocolate these days! I no longer use chocolate as my emotional crutch, nor do I feel the need to eat sweets just because.

The picture I’ve painted of my diet pre-IQS8WP possibly sounds a lot worse than it was, but I did feel very unbalanced, and I am a lot happier with my nutrition now. I enjoy meal planning each week, I love the variety that I have in my diet, and I am a lot better at ‘listening’ to my body these days. I have more balance in my life – not just with what I eat, but overall – and I feel a lot better for it.

I (kind of) Quit Sugar, and I liked it – Part II

Click to read Part I.

Week 2

Spend much of the week tired, teary, cranky and anxious – but we’re just over four weeks out from an interstate move and there is still a lot to be done, so this is probably ‘normal’. The scales show a loss, which I suspect is a combination of stress and cutting out sugar. The headaches seem to have disappeared, but I’m completely exhausted.

Had a Friday lunch with work colleagues at a Thai-Indian-Nonya restaurant. Knew that my dish would include sugar, but threw caution to the wind and just ate it. Honestly, I will not be the person that sits at a restaurant and asks the waiter to ask the chef to omit sugar from my dish. I am really into giving this giving-up-sugar-thing a go, but I’m not going to let it rule my life.

Mr Posy calls me late Saturday afternoon telling me that his SIL wants us to go out for ice cream down by the wharf after we’ve had our dinner. I have a minor breakdown, before deciding I’ll just have water and fake a stomachache. We get down to the wharf and I discover that the ice cream place has a ‘natural yoghurt’ ice cream, which I decide is a good alternative. There’s no denying it has sugar added, but it is definitely a better choice than the triple chocolate, and, I feel, a good compromise. I am very conscious of how my attitude to and decisions I make about food might impact Niece Posy, and I decide that I am not going to be the person sipping water while the rest of the family is enjoying ice cream on such a beautiful evening. I am just going to have to make the best choice that I can in these situations – we only have a few weeks left with family before we move, and I intend to enjoy this time.

I feel incredibly anxious on the Sunday, but thankfully I have a coffee-date with a friend, and I feel a lot better after talking through some of my moving-anxiety with her. I stop by our local on the way home to do the grocery shop for the week – $80, seriously, eighty bucks, for the two of us for the week, again including all breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks. This includes meat/fish for five out of seven dinners… Amazing!

Week 3 

Despite sleeping terribly Sunday night (I think thanks to the second coffee), I wake feeling fairly refreshed Monday morning. Waking early is definitely getting easier. Despite the late timeslot, I have a really good touch football game – I feel lighter, faster, stronger and more focused.

I realise that I am going to be without our fridge in about a week once the removalists have been in, and start to panic. What am I going to do without a fridge for two weeks?! This program relies pretty heavily on both the fridge and freezer – I am going to have to work something out.

I am feeling a lot better within myself, and while I’d definitely like to indulge in some chocolate or ice cream, I’m no longer having mad cravings for sugar. I’ve noticed I’m snacking a lot less now too – I eat when I’m actually hungry, not just because it’s a habit or because I’m bored… I don’t see a loss on the scale this week, but no gain either – my weight has remained stable, hurrah!

I argued with myself repeatedly all weekend – I wanted some ice cream or some chocolate, and I had one part of my brain saying “No! Don’t do it! Keep going with IQS!”, and the other part of my brain saying “Shut up! You’re an adult! If you want to have a scoop of ice cream, you totally can!”. Make a compromise with myself – I will keep going with the IQS program, but if I still want a treat when I’m in Sydney at the end of Week 4, it’s mine…

Week 4

I get through Monday – Wednesday on the IQS program (and when I jump on the scales on the Wednesday, I’ve again remained stable!), but come off the rails a little Thursday – Sunday while we are in Sydney. Breakfasts are easy – eggs on toast, some days with a side of spinach, bacon and avocado. We generally skip lunch, instead opting for an extra coffee (bad!), but dinners are tricky, mostly because I refuse to ask if sugar has been added to a dish, so I just make the best choice that I can with the information that is in front of me. Where I really come unstuck though, is at Yogurt World. The first visit on the Thursday, I can rationalise that it is the treat that I said I would have at the end of Week 4 in Sydney. It’s just a bit of frozen yogurt, a little fruit, a little chocolate (that I actually find too sweet). The second visit on the Friday I rationalise as a celebration – we were accepted on a place that we applied to rent, hurrah! The third and final visit on the Saturday is just because, and still I don’t feel guilty, and I probably should…

Week 5

It is supposed to be detox week (no meat, no wheat, no caffeine (WHAT?!) and no alcohol on top of the no sugar) – I thought we were already bloody detoxing? – but I have a little problem… The removalists came first thing on the Monday morning, packed up my house, and drove away with all my belongings – so that makes things a little difficult. We only have very basic kitchen utensils, plus a cooktop and oven, and I’ve borrowed a bar fridge from my brother – no freezer, no food processor or blender, no sharp knives etc etc etc. I decide that I will move detox week to Week 7 or 8 once we are in Sydney and in our new place (!!), and that I will just rely on regular IQS recipes this week. With under two weeks to go in PosyTown before we move to a city in a whole different state more than 4,000 kilometres away, it’s probably not a good week for me to be ‘detoxing’ anyway. Me without coffee? Not pretty. Not happening. Not this week or next, anyway…

Still to come: Weeks 6-8 and life after the IQS8WP in Part III.

I (kind of) Quit Sugar, and I liked it – Part I

I was going through my drafts, and realised that with all the craziness of moving to Sydney and then getting married that I never published this post! So here it is – from back in 2013…

Back in August (2013), a good friend mentioned to me that she was interested in giving the whole ‘I Quit Sugar’ thing a go. I had seen the IQS social media frenzy and read a little about it, and was intrigued, but reasoned that I didn’t believe in cutting out entire food groups for the sake of it. I know, I know – would we call sugar a food group? Well, if you’d looked at my diet pre-IQS, then you could be mistaken for thinking so… And don’t you cut out fruit as part of IQS? That’s ludicrous! I realised that I just didn’t want to give up all things chocolate, and once I understood that cutting out fruit was only temporary I decided to jump on the (band)wagon to go along for the ride with my mate. Here is my experience of the IQS 8-week program.

One last hurrah

The incredibly mature thing to do when you’re about to embark on eight weeks of no sugar is to of course eat as much of it as possible while you still can. I know we’re only cutting out fruit temporarily, but I eat it like it’s my last supper. Along with caramel in my coffee (I don’t even normally add sugar to my daily latte!), copious amounts of chocolate ice-cream, and a bag of red frogs. Know that the initial detox is going to hurt. A LOT.

The initial preparation

Lying  on couch feeling sorry for self – suffering from terrible indigestion, a smashing headache, and fatigue from said sugar binge. Realise that I’m being ridiculous and it’s time to make the change. Remove self from couch and head off to forage for vegetables at local supermarket. Buying regular milk (i.e. not skim/low-fat) is so foreign, that I stand in the dairy aisle staring at all the cartons of milk for so long an employee asks if I need help finding something.

Weekly shop for two people (for breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks) comes in at about $200 in total. Given we normally shop for dinner each evening after work (and usually buy lunch during the day), this is an incredible saving, and if nothing else comes from this plan, we’ll be saving on the cost of groceries, AND we’ll have less waste each week.

The weekly cook-up involves roasting beetroot, sweet potato and pumpkin, and steaming broccoli and cauliflower. My whole house smells like farts.

Week 1, Day 1

Feeling rather virtuous after my glass of lemon water at 6.00 am, followed by my 7.00 am breakfast of porridge (made using real oats, not instant), with toasted pepitas and coconut flakes. Manage to get out the door and on my way to work earlier than I have in months, and having eaten breakfast. Feel that it would be counter-productive to consume my morning coffee, but I love my daily ritual and I purchase my latte  from my local cafe (on full fat milk!) anyway. Not ready to give up this indulgence, especially not in the first week that I give up all things sugar.

Slammed with a throbbing headache about 2.00 pm. Would normally have had chocolate/fruit/low-fat fruit yoghurt by this time, but this is just a headache, and not a detox symptom. Right? Feels a little early in the program to be having withdrawal headaches, surely. Email my friend who is doing the program, and we conclude that it’s just a headache.

Dinner is delicious – Sausage, Walnut & Beetroot Hash. With yoghurt. Yes, sausages and yoghurt – I had no idea it could taste so good.

Replace my ritual of dessert on the couch while watching TV with a cup of peppermint tea. Miss you, chocolate ice cream.

Week 1, Day 2

For the first time in months, I actually feel like eating breakfast shortly after waking. Headache from yesterday returns with a vengeance (again around 2.00 pm) – try to fight it off with carrot sticks.

Sister-in-law texts “Dinner at our place! My cousin is making Spanish hot dogs!” – I just want to go home and eat the salmon that is on the meal plan for tonight, but we have less than six weeks left in PosyTown, and we’re trying to spend as much time with both our families as possible. I nearly fall asleep at their dinner table, I’m just. so. tired.

Week 1, Day 3

Another day, another headache – this time it hits me shortly after waking. Am on the verge of tears all day, but that is pretty unsurprising given how stressed and overwhelmed I am with planning our interstate move and wedding (less than six weeks and eleven weeks out). Want to devour an entire bag of Caramello Koalas to numb the anxiety. Eat a carrot. May turn into a carrot by the time this program is over.

Get home from work and want to eat bags and bags of red frogs, bars of chocolate and bowls of ice cream. Go for a run instead.

Week 1, Day 4

Hit snooze twice before dragging myself out of bed. Went to bed late, didn’t sleep well, and am completely exhausted as a result. Vow to make an effort to go to bed earlier. Headache hits about 1.30 pm. Dawns on me that perhaps I need to up my intake? I’ve been skipping my mid-morning snack as I’m still full from breakfast, but perhaps this is a hunger headache and not a withdrawal headache at all? Will test theory tomorrow.

Week 1, Day 5

So much for going to bed earlier. Absolutely exhausted after a late night (though I did sleep soundly for a change). Really struggle to open my eyes and take an exceptionally long time to drink hot water with lemon. Manage to make it to work on time, but all I can think about is how tired I am, and how much I want to go back to bed.

No headache today, hurrah! I don’t know if it’s the quitting sugar/generally eating much better, or if it’s other life changes that are all falling into place, but am feeling much happier, more settled, and just generally content.

Week 1, Day 6

Saturdays are usually big snacking days for me, so was a little nervous with how I would cope. I spend most of the day on the couch watching chick flicks, and thankfully feeling uncharacteristically not-hungry.

Week 1, Day 7

Father’s Day – up early to go out for breakfast with Dad, as he’s in town for the weekend. Breakfast out is pretty easy – poached eggs with bacon and spinach + a latte.

Get our weekly shop out of the way – about $120 for both of us, again including all breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks. Can’t remember the last time we spent so little on groceries.

Go for a really long walk in the late afternoon, and end up in tears. As you do. It’s really hard to separate moving/wedding/family stress from detox symptoms. Really want to comfort eat chocolate ice cream right now.

I still have seven more weeks of this?!

Stay tuned for Weeks 2-8 and life after the IQS8WP in Part II and III. 

Monthly Highlights: April 2015


April kicked off with a roadtrip down to the Sapphire Coast to visit my Nan and Pop for Easter on the Thursday, but not before a morning at the beach – what I knew would turn out to be our last of the season. It was a beautiful morning, and if it wasn’t for having to hit the road, I could have stayed for hours and hours. I’m glad I got the chance to say farewell to the warmer weather – it helps me accept that it’s really over.

On the way down we spent a night in Our Nation’s Capital to catch up with Mum, and took her to Jamie’s Italian for dinner. It’s definitely more spacious compared to the Sydney franchise, but the food was a bit of a let-down. I’d give it another go, though; perhaps they were just having an off-night.

Sapphire Coast

We got to Nan and Pop’s about lunch time on Good Friday, and my Aunt B and little cousins arrived not long after! I had such a great weekend with my family – baking with my cousin in Nan’s kitchen (like I used to do with my cousin’s mum – my aunt), a ping pong tournament up in the rumpus room with my cousins and Mr Posy, amazing meals accompanied by colourful conversation, a Sunday drive and Easter lunch on the water.

Park Run

Oh, and not to mention the 5km Park Run that my 11 year old cousin talked me into, which thankfully, I survived. My focus in the gym over the past year has been in the weights room and developing my strength, not on my running and increasing cardio fitness, so it wasn’t an easy run, let me tell you. It did make me realise that I want to get back into it though, and while my pace was a little slower than it used to be, my time wasn’t nearly as bad as I was expecting.

It was hard to say farewell on the Monday, but I was keen to get home to Sydney and back to the furkids. We took the coast road back home, and stopped in at the Famous Berry Donut Van for a bit of fun. We never really got into the whole roadtrip thing back in PosyTown, but have discovered just how much fun they are since moving to Harbour City.


I took the Tuesday off work for roadtrip recovery after a very loooong drive home, and I am so glad I thought ahead to book in the flex day. We started the morning with breakfast and coffee at Balmoral in the sunshine, before parking ourselves on the couch back at home to watch movies all afternoon while a storm rolled in. I went back to work feeling refreshed after six days off!

With the onset of the cooler weather I felt inspired to give the house a big ‘Autumn Clean’ and scoured our little terrace from top to bottom, inside and out, while Taylor Swift boomed down the hallway.

Greek Easter

Our house was sparkling and shining just in time for Greek Easter – and for our much-anticipated lunch in Potts Point. If we were in PosyTown, there would be egg-cracking and Koulourakia (Easter biscuits) and a family BBQ, so Easter lunch at a Greek restaurant here in Harbour City is important to us. Last year we went to Alpha, so this year we thought we would give The Apollo a go. Do you know what the highlight was for me? Not the lamb or the loukoumades (which were both amazing!), but the roast potatoes and the taramasalata. Hands down, the best I have ever had. We will definitely be back, and we have added it to the list of restaurants we want to take Mr Posy’s family.

One of Mr Posy’s best mates was in town for work (they’ve been friends for two decades and he was a groomsmen in our bridal party), so we scheduled in a dinner at Neighbourhood Bondi. I can’t believe I haven’t been there sooner – it looks like this tiny little hole in the wall, until you get inside and realise that the restaurant/bar goes back for days. We had a great catch up – and I am dying to go back for a beef ragu and cheese jaffle…

We squeezed in another day trip down to visit Mum to take her out for lunch for her birthday (we went to Elk & Pea, which was fabulous) and as a bit of a farewell, as she’s about head back to PosyTown (actually – she gets on a plane this afternoon!).

April ended with a week off work – at home in bed, sick – after coming down with a lower respiratory tract infection. After a round of antibiotics, followed by a change of antibiotics (and a swab for whooping cough – came back negative, thankfully), I am feeling a lot better, but I am still driving my colleagues crazy with my cough.


I had to miss the ANZAC Day Dawn Service – I was back at work the day before, but not 100%, and as badly as I wanted to go, I knew it wasn’t a good idea for me to be out in the cold down at the service when it was threatening to rain. I did go to the Roosters vs Dragons ANZAC Cup clash in the afternoon however – it’s my favourite game of the year, with the special pre-match Remembrance Ceremony, the Last Post and the minute silence. The sun was out, it was hot, and the sky was blue when we left home, but we had to leave not long after kick-off when a huge dark storm cloud came rolling in over the stadium and unleashed a torrential downpour followed by HAIL. I managed to stay warm and dry, and we made it back home to catch the second half from my couch. My boys lost. It hurt.

On a more positive note, I was extended in the position I’m currently acting in for a little longer!

Now that April is over, I am excited for May – our family will be here from Melbourne in a fortnight for Mr Posy’s cousin’s wedding! I am so excited to see Niece and Nephew Posy, and to show our family around Harbour City some more.

Monthly Highlights: January-March 2015

This year, instead of meticulously recording every new cafe I visited, movie I saw, book I read, or occasion I celebrated and then posting a mammoth update once a quarter, I thought I would commit to putting together a list of my highlights for each month. A good idea, I thought, in theory, but given I was in denial until the end of February about 2015 actually commencing, here I am wrapping my planned monthly updates into a quarterly post.


High Tea at Park Hyatt Sydney

We caught the first sunrise of 2015 down at Bondi, which was a fantastic way to kick off the month and the new year (not to mention my Birthday Month). I didn’t get in nearly as many beach days as I did last year, but the weather cooperated for the few days I had off work at the beginning of the month, for which I am grateful. After saying for an entire year that I would book it in, I finally had High Tea at the Park Hyatt, and I think it’s my favourite in Sydney so far. Not only was the food and view to die for, the service was fantastic, and I have been raving about it to anybody who will listen ever since.

Open Air Cinema Sydney

After missing out on the St George Open Air Cinema last year, I made sure I bought tickets as soon as they went on sale this year. The rain held off (yay) and we saw ‘Men, Women & Children’, which was an interesting take on the way technology and the internet has impacted relationships, our self-image and the way we communicate. I loved the whole outdoor cinema and hospitality set up, and the backdrop of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge was absolutely amazing, if not a little distracting… I do wish they operated on reserved seating like regular cinemas, though – the having to get there early enough to nab a good seat was too much stress (that I placed on myself…) for after work!

Back in 2007, we saw Wicked on Broadway when we were in NYC and I absolutely loved it – so when I found out that the musical would be in Sydney in late 2014, I was very excited. Our schedule is always pretty full, so we only just managed to see Wicked before it finished up. Unfortunately I was feeling a little under the weather, so didn’t enjoy it as much this time around at the time, but I’m glad we went.

Bronte sunrise

It probably goes without saying that one of the highlights of the month was my birthday weekend. We caught the sunrise at Bronte, had crepes for breakfast at Avila in Bondi (a must-visit!), and later checked in at the Four Seasons for the night. Mr Posy took me to Rockpool Bar & Grill for dinner, which was a fabulous way to end the day.


Turning 30 - Four Seasons Sydney

My birthday celebrations continued into February with another High Tea at the Park Hyatt – I loved it so much when I visited at the beginning of January, and my birthday was the perfect excuse to book in another tea. February also marked the first night out for work drinks for the year with the girls; the champagne and laughter was fairly flowing as a late afternoon turned into a much later night than anticipated.

Speaking of work, as we didn’t have any trips away or public holidays, I took a flex day so that I could enjoy a relaxing long weekend. Of course I managed to pick the one occasion where work was so hectic for Mr Posy, that he ended up working the entire weekend. My timing is always so perfect… We did manage to get in an early breakfast at The Grounds on the Friday morning though (where I snagged a posy of peonies for myself for Valentines!), and I spent the weekend lounging around reading, so it definitely was not a wasted weekend by any means.

While February had some beautiful sunny days, they mostly seemed to fall on weekdays when I was stuck in the office, so we only managed to squeeze in two beach days, but they were such beautiful days that they almost made up for all the miserable weather.

Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors - Sydney

We were also blessed with beautiful weather when we went along to this year’s Greek Festival down at Darling Harbour (Mr Posy was very happy with his haul of loukoumades), and to the Lunar Markets in Pyrmont Bay Park and the Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors at Dawes Point as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations.

We did take advantage of a rainy weekend at the end of the month and finally went to the Art Gallery to check out the Pop into Popism exhibit – just in time before it finished up! I am starting to sense a running theme here when it comes to events – we always seem to leave it to the very last minute… There’s just always so much to see and do, and it can be a bit of a mission scheduling everything in.


Bronte in Autumn

March started with a cracking morning at Bronte – it was so glorious that for a brief moment I actually thought that we might be blessed with another long summer (miss you, 2014), and that I might finally make up for all the missed beach days, but it was not to be. The memory of that morning will hopefully see me through the cooler months, until I can get back in the surf.

Melbourne to Sydney

I had a lovely catch up here in Sydney with friends back from PosyTown – it was so nice to have a good laugh and a big chat over wine and dinner. The next morning Mr Posy and I caught an early morning flight to Melbourne to visit Niece and Nephew Posy (and their parents) for a long weekend, which was over much too quickly.

Taste of Sydney

We didn’t have much time to be sad once we got back to Harbour City, however, with Taste of Sydney booked in for the following weekend. Last year we copped a drenching at Taste, and after a rainy week, I was expecting a repeat performance… Fortunately, the rain held off when we went on the Saturday evening and we had an amazing time. We rushed through the savoury dishes so that we could get to the sweet – the white chocolate and caramel popsicle with dark chocolate crumbs from 4Fourteen was my favourite dish of the day.

March also marked footy season kicking off for another year, which means weekends cheering on my beloved Roosters! It’s going to take me a while to get used to the absence of Mini on the field, but there is some great young talent coming through; the club certainly does a good job of developing our juniors (RTS being snapped up by the Warriors from 2016 is evidence of that! … and as sad as I am, I wish him all the best.).

Ed Sheeran Sydney

Just as I knew would be the case, I was very pleased that past-me bought tickets to Ed Sheeran when they went on sale. It was just Ed, a couple of guitars and some kind of loop pedal – no fireworks, no back up dancers or singers, no fancy costumes or background tracks – but his concert was incredible! It was all him and all live. I will definitely be buying tickets when he next tours Australia.

We voted in our first state election – it was a bit of an anticlimax (voting always is), and there was no sausage sizzle at our polling booth (!), but it just further cemented that WE REALLY, TRULY LIVE HERE! Living here is still a bit of a novelty, and I still often say to Mr Posy “Wow! We really live here!”…

PosyKitty turns 4

Other highlights of the month include PosyKitty turning 4 (and she was so happy about it), and feeling like I’m in a really good place with work. I’m still acting in a different role, and I am loving it – I’ve got some really great projects on the go, and I’m working with a fantastic group of people. Hopefully I can stay on a little while longer..

The Guilt Trip


About this time last week we were on our way home to Harbour City after a lovely long weekend visiting Mr Posy’s family down in the City by the Bay. Niece Posy read us the riot act back in January – she was very unhappy that we hadn’t been down to see her for a while, and demanded to know when we would next be visiting. Given our last visit was in August (time got away from me), her guilt trip was very effective, and that night I was looking up flights.

I started a countdown calendar of work days to our trip (because I am five), and I was tickled pink to hear that Niece and Nephew Posy were counting down the days on their own calendar (“THEIO AND THEIA POSY IN TOWN!”). Getting up at 4.30am to get to the airport for our early morning flight was hideous, but worth it once we got off that plane at the other end and I could give the kids a big hug.


Niece and Nephew Posy are getting so grown –  I relished every minute of colouring-in, playing superheroes, making tutus, reading storybooks, singing at the top of our lungs, searching for fairies, and taking selfies. And bowling! We took the kids bowling for the first time and they loved it.

Saying “see you next time” still felt like a knife going through my heart, but there were no tears on leaving this time round (theirs/mine). We’re hoping they might be able to get up here in May for a long weekend, and Mr Posy and I are making a list of all the places we want to take them and all the things we want to do.

It’s funny how life works out sometimes, isn’t it? If somebody had told me when I first started this blog (after sidelining my previous blog), that the thing I’d miss most when Mr Posy and I moved to Sydney was having his family right across the road, I would have said they were out of their mind. Yet here we are – more than four years and one interstate move later, and I miss them dreadfully, and I wish they lived across the road. I don’t miss Mr Posy’s Ma’s cooking, but I do miss having his family so close. I miss our family BBQs, and I miss seeing the kids grow.

We’re at a bit of a stalemate though – they will never move to Sydney, and Melbourne will never be on the cards for us. We will just have to settle for video chat and frequent flyer points.

(Belatedly) Looking back on 2014


Oh dear, I’ve done it again – I’ve left my ‘year in review’ post until February. I seem to really struggle to get going in January; it’s my birthday month so it still feels like it’s part of the festive season, people at work are all still off on holidays so I find it difficult to take the month seriously, and the past couple of years I’ve been finding it really hard to let go of the old and embrace the new. Now here I am, feeling like I am finally starting the New Year, in the middle of February.

I knew that 2014 had a lot to live up to as 2013 was always going to be a hard year to top – 2013 was the year that Mr Posy and I finally moved to Sydney, the year I started a new job after six years with the same employer, and it was the year that Mr Posy and I finally got married. It was a big year for us, and one that I didn’t want to end. I may have been a little slow in letting go of 2013 and getting into the swing of 2014, but once I finally accepted that a new year was upon me, I really embraced it. While 2013 was a year of change, 2014 was a year of adventure – our first year living in and really exploring Sydney, our first year of marriage, and our first overseas trip in five years.

I’m glad that I kept track of all our adventures through my quarterly blog posts – I’m still amazed at just how much we crammed into 2014. I visited 81 different restaurants/cafes/bars, some of which I returned to again and again, spent 33 mornings at the beach, went to 17 different festivals/events, had 13 visits from family, took 5 road trips, went to 4 concerts, took 2 trips to Melbourne, had 1 adventure getting stuck on public transport underground, and took 1 holiday to Bora Bora. I won’t even go into the sporting events we went to, the movies I saw, the books I read, the special events we celebrated, or my adventures at work.


More than a year on, and we still haven’t really adjusted to living here – we’re up at the crack of dawn every day and we squeeze the most out of our days, as though we’re only here on a holiday and may have to return to reality at any minute, forgetting that we’re here in Sydney for the long haul. By the time Sunday evening rolls around each week I am completely exhausted, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Mr Posy and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary in Bora Bora – parasailing, swimming with turtles, stingrays and sharks, driving an underwater scooter, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding, snorkelling, jumping off our overwater bungalow, swimming, drinking, eating. It was an amazing holiday (another post for another day). We’ve been back to reality for nearly four months and I still miss that beautiful island nearly every single day, and can’t wait until we can go back.

We had a quiet and very relaxed end to a busy year. We farewelled 2014 at home with champagne and trashy movies, before taking a stroll down the street to get a good view of the fireworks. The next morning we were up early to catch the first sunrise of 2015 and to get in for a leisurely breakfast at one of my favourite cafes before the rest of the city woke. It is going to be another really great year.

New Year

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