Catch up and refocus

I seem to only pay attention to this blog on Sunday’s. A bit slack I know.

It’s been a pretty unsettled week for me. Stephen went away to Melbourne on Wednesday morning and I had my Dad for dinner in the evening. We had the most yummy Thai salad, which I will share soon.

He brought bad news, that his Mum had been taken to hospital after her cancer had taken a turn for the worst. He was heading out to see her on Friday and to share her 90th birthday. It turned into a late night so I slept in Thursday morning because I didn’t have to rush home from work to spend time with Stephen. However, shortly after I got to work Dad rang with the bad news that Mim (his Mum) had passed away. She was an amazing woman. One of the first female pilots in the US. A high-school science teacher, who inspired thousands of kids. She was always full of energy. She was still flying planes and going to the gym 4 times a week this time last year. Her sense of humour has spread right through all our family and it’s so obvious we are related when we get together. The last 6 months would have been very tough for her as she always wanted to be doing things and meeting with people and her body wasn’t able. I am happy that her suffering is over and that she can now find a new body to have adventures in. I feel compassion for the people who where closest to her; my Dad, uncle and aunt and her amazing sister, Catherine who’s hearts are very much broken right now.

Much to my disappointment (and I’m sure Mim’s) I dropped the ball a bit for the rest of the week. Partaking in morning tea on Thursday morning, and a big meal out with my dad Thursday night. Followed by a few not to great meals out while I’m here in Melbourne. I am however proud to say I made all my trianing sessions. Squeezing in Thursday night in the last 30 mins before the gym closed. All my sadness made me strong and I did 3 sets of unassisted NG chins. Friday’s training was a bit of a comedown. My mind wasn’t on it and I was weak as a kitten. Flattened from the sad news, preparing for an important meeting and packing to travel. Saturday I ran stairs at our accommodation. 

Last night I had an idea I was going to hunt out chilli mud crab for dinner. It ended up being a bit of a Szechuan feast. This morning I woke and decided it was time to refocus and remember my goals. Look out world here I come.

About Michelle

Michelle is passionate about showing people how easy it is to prepare food that is healthy and packed full of flavour. She has just completed her first recipe book, Healthy Helpings: fast food for fit physiques. She began sharing her love of food in 2007, when she produced two series of the online cooking show ‘Healthy Helpings TV’, making fast food healthy and healthy food fast. In 2008 she competed in bodybuilding as a novice figure shaping competitor and she remains passionate about physique sports. She was a 2009 Australian Masterchef semi-finalist, and contributes articles to Oxygen Magazine Australia. Michelle lives with her husband on the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia, where she loves to search out new ingredients and food ideas from local farmers markets, health food shops and ethnic grocers, and take her two dogs on long rambles through the vineyards. Find out more about Michelle's book