Harbourside Walk


Posted by Libby Withnall | Posted in Animals, Life | Posted on 20-04-2014


Finally after almost 3 months I was feeling well to go on a proper walk again. Since Kevin was away and I was having to run the girls into school, I took the opportunity to walk the dogs down by Wollongong Harbour.


As you can see it was a stunning Autumn morning. Nice and warm, without being too hot.


The walk was pretty slow and I stopped to take lots of of video and photos.



We just walked from the harbour around to North Beach. I haven’t been here in a few years and there have been quite a few changes. The old change rooms are now a cafe (which is wonderful as at one time there was talk of tearing the old building down)


and a lovely statue as a tribute to the surf lifesavers.


The dogs and I really enjoyed the walk, and it was plenty long enough for my first outing. Afterwards we had a quick stop overlooking South Beach.


In the afternoon Christy and I stopped on the way home from school to feed the local donkeys and the new Clydesdale horse.


So fun, though the donkeys wouldn’t come near us once the horse turned up.



This photo makes him look pretty short, but he really was a big fellow.


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What stunning photos! Glad you are feeling better now. Love the animals :)

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Health & Wellness Update


Posted by Libby Withnall | Posted in Health & Fitness, ME | Posted on 20-04-2014

Sorry for being MIA again. It’s been a really rough start to 2014. For over 13 weeks, starting right after our holiday to Nelsons Bay I have been REALLY unwell with extreame fatigue, aches & pains, really bad headaches, chest pain, stomach upsets and excessive hair loss. You name it, I’ve probably experienced it. So there have been almost weekly trips to the doctors,


lots of tests (blood tests, walking stress test, heart check) ,


CT scans (lungs & head) and pelvic ultrasound,


and even an endoscopy & colonoscopy,


At the end of all this I have discovered I am insulin resistant, have oesophagitis, a hiatal hernia and had low iron stores (which was the cause of most of my problems). So I’ve been put on a miriad of medication and iron supplements and after 2 months of taking the supplement my iron stores are finally back to normal and my energy is returning. Unfortunately there are still some bad days but I’m able to get out walking the dogs again and things are definitely improving.

So all the testing I had done really didn’t help much BUT it did rule out a LOT of potential problems so at least I know that other than the above issues, everything else is working pretty well :-).

Of course, just I was getting better I went for a routine skin check and the dermatologist took 6 (!!!) biopsies.



All were fine except for one on my shoulder which is a basal cell carcinoma. I’m not really that surprised as it’s right near the other one that I had removed. Luckily it’s just going to be removed in his surgery in a months time.

The biggest issue, other than being in pain and spending most days on the couch, is that I have gained back ALL the weight (plus some) that I’d lost at the end of last year and over Christmas. With not being able to spend time in the kitchen making my healthy food, resorting to more takeaway and packaged meals,  and then starting to feel sorry for myself and medicate with naughty snacks, on top of  no exercise, I guess it’s not surprising. But it is rather disappointing and depressing. Especially as I even survived Christmas and vacation eating low sugar!!! Oh well, if I did it once, I can do it again. And because I now know I am insulin resistant, I know why it’s been so hard for me to lose weight and hopefully the medication I’m on will help rectify that once I get back to my “normal, healthy, low sugar diet”.


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aww Libby :( Sorry to hear that it has not been the start to 2014 that you had hoped for.
Hope things start to look a little brighter for you now that you have some answers. xx

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