Birthday Celebrations

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This years birthday celebrations started a little early with a lovely lunch of Thai at Mum & Dad’s.

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Followed by birthday cake.

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Yum !!

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On my actual birthday I unfortunately had a bad migraine. But it was relieved somewhat with the arrival of these beautiful flowers – a lovely gift from my parents.

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From the one bunch I was able to get 3 vases – which meant I could spread them around.

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Then for lunch Athena & I met Mel and Kevin at Au Lac – my fav. Vegan Vietnamese restaurant.

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As always everything was delicious, and it was nice to catch up with Mel before Athena & I had to head off to an appointment.

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Later in the afternoon Mum & Dad came over with some gifts. My main present from them is a ticket to see Robbie Wlliams, but I scored a few extras. Plus gifts from my Granny & my Aunties.

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And they bought me another cake. The same as we had on the weekend since it’s my fav.

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Then to finish off my birthday – no cooking dinner – instead we got takeaway pizza. Yum !!

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First visit to Costco

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At the end of June I finally had a few good days and was able to organise a day with Leanne for my first visit to Costco. I was rather nervous, thinking that it might be busy and I therefore wouldn’t enjoy it.

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I couldn’t have been more wrong though as it was nice and quiet. We arrived right at 12pm on a Friday.. not sure if that made the difference or not.

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I also didn’t expect to buy very much, and while there was a LOT of junk food, there was actually a surprising amount of good food as well. So, I ended up with a carboot full and a bill for $600 :-).

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I was vlogging while there so didn’t get a lot of photos but if you want to hear about/see more of our visit please watch the video below.

I also filmed a haul to share what I bought. I had such a good day and can’t wait to go back again one day soon.

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Health & Wellness Update

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,

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

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CT scans (lungs & head) and pelvic ultrasound,

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and even an endoscopy & colonoscopy,

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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.

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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”.

 

Goals for 2014

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well·ness

1. the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort.
2. an approach to healthcare that emphasizes preventing illness and prolonging life, as opposed to emphasizing treating diseases.
Dictionary.com Unabridged

Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2013.

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Since I’ve been doing Wellness Wednesday videos over on youtube, it was only natural that I chose WELLNESS as my word for 2014. Suffering with arthritis and other odd ailments, I’d like to make this year the one I end feeling so much better and put all my pain behind me. I actually started my wellness journey in mid Oct, so I got a bit of headstart by losing 6kg and feeling a whole lot healthier. But I still need to try and determine what (if anything) triggers the arthritis pain and other odd stomach issues I’ve been having.

What wellness means to me:

– feeling physically good & able to do anything I want to

– being active every day and fit & strong enough to live the life I want

– being happy within myself

– feeding my body good, nutritious food that will not only help me on the path to wellness, but keep me there

– taking time for me, relaxing and partaking in my hobbies

Wellness

Goals for 2014

Personal

* Spend time of smashbooks/scrapbooking every week

* Keep up to date with my photobooks (and catch up on the missed ones)

* Work more on Youtube & my blog – try to get into a routine for uploading/posting

* Read for 30mins most days (from books/magazines)

* Learn not to take on/do so much that I feel overwhelmed

* Develop a pedicure ritual/routine (instead of painting nails)

* Go to the beach at least once a month

* More ME time

 

Health/Fitness/Food

* Continue eating a low processed sugar/ vegetarian/ plant based diet

* Make one new meal/dish and one new snack/treat each week

* Walk most days with the dogs

* Strength training 3 times & yoga 2 times a week

* Focus on wellness

* Take a yoga class

* Attend a health/wellness retreat/day spa (finances allowing)

* To slowly but surely lose about 12 kg

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Home

* Stick to our new budget

* Develop & maintain new daily routine

* Develop & maintain new cleaning routine

* Declutter & organise all rooms/areas of the home  and maintain

 

Family/Friends

* Meet up with a friend at least twice a month

* Family time every weekend

* 2 out of home “dates” with Kevin each month

* Special time with both girls (seperately) at least once a month

* Family holiday in Sept/Oct – where will depend on finances

 

 

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