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May 2017

Achievements in Paradise

I have been receiving Community Access support from IFYS since 2014.  As of 2015, I also transferred my accommodation Support to them.  At this time, I weighed 182 kgs.  My staff have supported me to access a care plan from my general practitioner, and have worked with me, my family and my dietitian to improve my health and wellbeing by introducing healthy choices and ensuring I stick to them.  I generally began to lose a kilo a week and at a recent weigh in I realised I have lost 50kgs.     Liz.



Time with Family - Is the Sweetest Time of All

I couldn't wait for the countdown to Christmas in 2016.  After saying goodbye to my housemates and wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, I headed by shuttle bus to Brisbane Airport to meet my sister to catch a plane to Sydney.  It is always exciting flying.  I touched down in Sydney and headed straight to the train at Circular Quay to catch a ferry to Manly.  I met up with my aunty who is always very happy to see us.

After settling in, we chatted, laughed and ate great food at the Wharf Restaurant.  My favourite memory of my holiday was swimming in my aunty's partner's pool; I find swimming refreshing.  Aunty Sue took a nice picture of Monique and me bobbing around in the pool.  Christmas day was hot so we spent most of our time in the backyard.

I went to a stage show when I visited; Aladdin was showing at the local theatre.  Five days later, my sister and I left Sydney and reversed our travel jouney by catching the ferry first on our long trip home.  I stayed at my sister's place for a night before arriving back to my house in time for New Year's Eve.  I enjoyed sharing my holiday experience with Damian and Paul when I got home.    Sean F.


Wax on ~ Wax off

Here I am doing practising karate in Kawana.  I go every Thursday.  I have progressed to my Yellow Belt.    Megan


Just Add Water

We have been very busy at our house.  We started a veggie garden in the backyard.  This way we can grow some of our own food.  I love to eat organic veggies, as they are healthy for me.  I cannot wait for them to grow.  I water them every few days and let the sun do its job.  The veggies are already growing and we should be able to harvest some in 6-8 weeks.    Ryan.



One of My Favourite Things

This is my blooming herb garden.  I collected these seeds from a newspaper giveaway.  "I love gnomes"

This is my apple tree that I have planted in the garden - I can't wait for it to grow. This is where I put the seeds; it takes a few weeks for them to sprout. I am very clever after cutting my apples; I carefully pick out all the seeds and then allow them to dry before I plant them. Here are some more apple trees I grew; I gave  them to people who are important to me. Megan


Grow Your Own

Did you know that I find strawberries the easiest plant to grow? I have two gardens, both at the level what works just right for me. My long skinny garden bed is where I plant my berries.    Paul.


8 Random Gardening Facts

D@mo Blended

Over the past six months, Cardie and I have embarked on a personal goal of mine - to learn the guitar.  My lessons were at the Community Centre in Coolum.  During our lessons, quite early on, we found out there would be a local festival organised by IFYS and held at Tickle Park.  I was approched by one of the festival planners and asked if I would like to participate. I said YES.  Therefore, Cardie and I started to collect my performance pieces together and began practising for the event.

For the next three months we practised, practised and practised. We even had time to collabrate on my first song called "Lets Jam" which I penned myself.

Fast forward to the event - The morning of festival day, we had one last practice then it was SHOW TIME !

To say I was feeling the butterflies in my stomach was an understatement.  When I took to the stage and started to sing and play guitar, it was reassuring seeing familiar faces in the crowd. I felt calm and I know that everyone who was watching me was so proud of me in what I had acheived in so little time.     Damian.




Almost a Fender Bender

The day started with a little bit of drama - on our way down the Sunshine Motorway, everyone in front of started breaking suddenly.  We went from 100 kilometres an hour down to zer,o in what seemed like seconds, narrowly avoiding a fender bender.  Up ahead in the distance we could see the front end of a ute, badly damaged, on the side of the road.  We waited for about 10 minutes in a traffic jam, before turning around and heading back  to Coolum.

This did not bother me though because we were keen to go for an extended bike ride. We started in Mudjimba and rode around the Apex Scout campsite. After taking a few pictures we rode to the 7-Eleven and grabbed a drink.

On the way back we rode through a carpark and I skidded on some loose gravel.  Luckily I performed a great army roll, reducing the amount of skin to come off my limbs.

The rest of the ride was slow and steady and I couldn't wait to get home.    Blake.


Beautiful One Day - Perfect the Next

Late October weather is glorious in Central Queensland. My housemates and I had a day at the beach where we enjoyed another beautiful day in our backyard, Yeppoon Beach. We checked out the water park and  the new gym equipment. We took the new gym equipment for a test drive and did a few reps. I don't think you can get a better gym view. Adam



Damo's Fun Fact Corner

     Q: Do you want to hear a construction joke?

     A:  Come back later as I am working on it.

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