Friday, December 31, 2010

DAY 320

DAY 320

Days Gluten Free x 0

Weight 7.30 am - 97 kg. Gain of 1 kg. Serves me right

Dietary Ketosis *?*

Energy Level:- on 1-10 scale = 6

General Wellbeing:- on 1-10 scale = 7

Mood:- OK

Breakfast:- Berry Protein Smoothie

Snack:-
Lunch:- salad with 2 HB eggs, 4 small cake balls

Snack 2:- nuts

Dinner:- ham salad with kumera and carrot mash

Snack:- 4 chocolates

Drinking:- Water x 0
Strawberry and Mango Tea, etc x 5
Daily Goal:- 1.5 lt. or 5 - 6 large cups *yes*

Anti-candida pills:- am N pm N


Exercise:- 30 minutes walk *no*
5 minutes cross-trainer *no*
Swim in sea *no*

Walks this week x 0
Total walked this week = almost 1 km

Continues Today

My Challenge this week is to walk 10 km,

10 km to go.

My challenge for the rest of the year is to walk 0 km,

0 to go

I might need to do something drastic to undo some damage. Maybe a semi fast day or protein only day. I'm craving bread and sweets.

REPORTING BACK..........

Cake balls and chocolate are doing nothing for me. Just saying.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Day 319

DAY 319

Days Gluten Free x 0

Weight 7.30 am - 96 kg. I expected better but the ham was salty.

Dietary Ketosis *?*

Energy Level:- on 1-10 scale = 4

General Wellbeing:- on 1-10 scale = 7

Mood:- OK

Breakfast:- Berry Protein Smoothie

Snack:- nuts
Lunch:- egg salad, slice cheese and 2 small cake balls

Snack 2:- nuts and many cake balls

Dinner:- fish and chips

Snack:- nuts and many cake balls

Drinking:- Water x 0
Strawberry and Mango Tea, etc x 5
Daily Goal:- 1.5 lt. or 5 - 6 large cups *yes*

Anti-candida pills:- am N pm N


Exercise:- 30 minutes walk *no*
5 minutes cross-trainer *no*
Swim in sea *no*

Walks this week x 0
Total walked this week = 0 km

Continues Today

My Challenge this week is to walk 10 km,

10 km to go.

My challenge for the rest of the year is to walk 0 km,

0 to go

I began taking anti-histamine tablets last night. It seems to take a couple of days to adjust.I keep falling asleep and these are supposed to be non-drowsy.

I need to go for a walk but not right now.

I've been constipated but managed to go. Yesterday it constipated the toilet and John had to play plumber and pull the pump apart. Hope the same doesn't happen again today. He's a trooper. I'm taking extra Benefiber to hopefully make sure it doesn't happen again.

REPORTING BACK..........

We ended up with fish and chips, sharing i serving. The piece of fish was large but still too small to share. There were plenty of chips. This is probably only my third takeaway for the whole year and it was delicious but I don't want to repeat it. Starch and fats are off my radar. I also felt very picky/munchy so not a satisfying idea.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

DAY 318

DAY 318

Days Gluten Free x 0

Weight 7.30 am - 96 kg.

Dietary Ketosis *?*

Energy Level:- on 1-10 scale = 7

General Wellbeing:- on 1-10 scale = 7

Mood:- OK

Breakfast:- Berry Protein Smoothie

Snack:-
Lunch:- courgette omelet

Snack 2:- cappuccino

Dinner:- ham salad

Snack:- nuts

Drinking:- Water x 0
Strawberry and Mango Tea, etc x 5
Daily Goal:- 1.5 lt. or 5 - 6 large cups *yes*

Anti-candida pills:- am N pm N


Exercise:- 30 minutes walk *no*
5 minutes cross-trainer *no*
Swim in sea

Walks this week x 1
Total walked this week = 1 km

Continues Today

My Challenge this week is to walk 10 km,

10 km to go.

My challenge for the rest of the year is to walk 0 km,

0 to go

Incredibly lazy.

Went to Mum's after lunch and I had a swim before showering and washing m hair. I am able to wear my new swimsuit which I bought 2 years ago. It was a little tight then and I never used it last season. I was pleased with how I looked in spite of big droopy belly and fat arms.

The young ones had a great time last night and all the racket stopped about mid-night.

I've had a good day.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

DAY 317

DAY 317

Days Gluten Free x 0

Weight 7.30 am - 96 kg.

Dietary Ketosis *?*

Energy Level:- on 1-10 scale = 7

General Wellbeing:- on 1-10 scale = 7

Mood:- OK

Breakfast:- Berry Protein Smoothie

Snack:- strawberries
Lunch:- courgette omelet. slice bread and butter

Snack 2:- jelly, strawberries and yoghurt

Dinner:- ham salad 2 slices bread butter, cake balls

Snack:- nuts

Drinking:- Water x 0
Strawberry and Mango Tea, etc x 4
Daily Goal:- 1.5 lt. or 5 - 6 large cups *no*

Anti-candida pills:- am N pm N


Exercise:- 30 minutes walk *no*
5 minutes cross-trainer *no*

Walks this week x 1
Total walked this week = 1 km

Continues Today

My Challenge this week is to walk 10 km,

10 km to go.

My challenge for the rest of the year is to walk 0 km,

0 to go

I had no internet for a few days as had exceeded my plan. Hope it doesn't cost too much.

So far so good. I've eaten more sweet stuff than usual but no serious damage. I weigh the same as last Monday.

We are now in the bus and 5 young men and women in the house with one still to arrive. I need to bank some money. The rest we will live on for as long as possible. I should be able to reduce all credit cards by about $500 over the next month. Not much when our total debt is close to $7500. It's scary trying to live on nothing. We cleared all debt 10 months ago and it's gradually crept up just trying to live. There is my 1500 booboo and another 1500 legal fees. The rest is groceries, fuel and a couple of weekends in Rotorua, gifts and small indiscretions. I really don't know how to manage on a such a limited discretionary income without robbing Peter to pay Paul.

Eating modestly today and praying for the strength to say no when the Keeper of the Box of Chocolates offers me one tonight.

Weather kind of yucky so catching up with Blog reading.

REPORTING BACK.........

Slippery slope thing happening.

Friday, December 24, 2010

DAY 313

DAY 313

Days Gluten Free x 0

Weight 7.30 am - 95.5 kg.

Dietary Ketosis *?*

Energy Level:- on 1-10 scale = 7

General Wellbeing:- on 1-10 scale = 7

Mood:- ok

Breakfast:- Berry Protein Smoothie

Snack:- nuts and ginger
Lunch:- Smoked fish bake. WW jelly and whipped cream

Snack 2:-

Dinner:- smoked fish, cottage cheese and egg bake

Snack:- nuts,

Drinking:- Water x 0
Strawberry and Mango Tea, etc x 2
Daily Goal:- 1.5 lt. or 5 - 6 large cups *no*

Anti-candida pills:- am N pm N


Exercise:- 30 minutes walk *no*
5 minutes cross-trainer *no*

Walks this week x 1
Total walked this week = 1 km

Continues Today

My Challenge this week is to walk 10 km,

9 km to go.

My challenge for the rest of the year is to walk 50 km,

47 to go

Priority today is to finish getting gifts ready to take to Mum's tomorrow
.
To Do ... Fix pot plants, bake shortbread biscuits and chocolate cake for truffles.

REPORTING BACK......

Thursday, December 23, 2010

DAY 312

DAY 312

Days Gluten Free x 9

Weight 7.30 am - 95.5 kg. bounced backwards o.5 kg. May be too many starches yesterday. 2 x bread and 1 x rice

Dietary Ketosis *?*

Energy Level:- on 1-10 scale = 7

General Wellbeing:- on 1-10 scale = 7

Mood:- Feeling better but so much I want to do in next few days.

Breakfast:- Berry Protein Smoothie

Snack:-
Lunch:- prawn stir-fry, whole grain rice,

Snack 2:- shortbread tasting

Dinner:- smoked fish, cottage cheese and egg bake

Snack:- nuts, preserved ginger

Drinking:- Water x 1
Strawberry and Mango Tea, etc x 5
Daily Goal:- 1.5 lt. or 5 - 6 large cups *yes*

Anti-candida pills:- am N pm N


Exercise:- 30 minutes walk *no*
5 minutes cross-trainer *no*

Walks this week x 1
Total walked this week = 1 km

Continues Today

My Challenge this week is to walk 10 km,

9 km to go.

My challenge for the rest of the year is to walk 50 km,

47 to go

Priority today is to get the baking done and finish garden, (pot plants)
.
To Do ... Fix pot plants, bake shortbread biscuits and chocolate cake for truffles.

REPORTING BACK......

I did some baking and of course it involved tasting .... not good. Used up a can of smoked fish and I really a not keen on it but have enough for tomorrow lunch and dinner. I hope John eats a lot.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

DAY 311

DAY 311

Days Gluten Free x 8

Weight 7.30 am - 95 kg. Yay Me!

Dietary Ketosis *?*

Energy Level:- on 1-10 scale = 7

General Wellbeing:- on 1-10 scale = 7

Mood:- Feeling better but so much I want to do in next few days.

Breakfast:- Berry Protein Smoothie

Snack:-
Lunch:- mashed HB egg with salad dressing on gluten free toast x 2, strawberries

Snack 2:- nuts

Dinner:- prawn stir-fry, whole grain rice

Snack:- nuts

Drinking:- Water x 1
Strawberry and Mango Tea, etc x 6
Daily Goal:- 1.5 lt. or 5 - 6 large cups *yes*

Anti-candida pills:- am N pm N


Exercise:- 30 minutes walk *no*
5 minutes cross-trainer *no*

Walks this week x 1
Total walked this week = 1 km

Continues Today

My Challenge this week is to walk 10 km,

9 km to go.

My challenge for the rest of the year is to walk 50 km,

47 to go

Priority today is to get the baking done and finish garden, (pot plants)
.
To Do ... Fix pot plants, bake shortbread, biscuits and chocolate cake for truffles.

Yay me! I've already lost this week's kg.

Note to self. Don't slack off.


REPORTING BACK.........

Crossed nothing off my To Do list so it remains there for tomorrow.



Tuesday, December 21, 2010

DAY 310

DAY 310

Days Gluten Free x 7

Weight 7.30 am - 95.5 kg.

Dietary Ketosis *?*

Energy Level:- on 1-10 scale = 7

General Wellbeing:- on 1-10 scale = 7

Mood:- Feeling better but so much I want to do in next few days.

Breakfast:- Berry Protein Smoothie

Snack:-
Lunch:- Yoghurt, WW jelly and strawberries

Snack 2:- Nuts

Dinner:- chicken, carrot and kumera mash, spinach, strawberry

Snack:- nuts

Drinking:- Water x 1
Strawberry and Mango Tea, etc x 5
Daily Goal:- 1.5 lt. or 5 - 6 large cups *yes*

Anti-candida pills:- am N pm N


Exercise:- 30 minutes walk *no*
5 minutes cross-trainer *no*
Gardening *yes* 1.5 hours

Walks this week x 1
Total walked this week = 1 km

Continues Today

My Challenge this week is to walk 10 km,

9 km to go.

My challenge for the rest of the year is to walk 50 km,

47 to go

Priority to day is to get the boys cards in mail and finish garden. Tall ask but I've run out of time to faff around any more. Also I do feel a bit better now I've stopped taking the herbal anti-candida tablets.

REPORTING BACK.........

Done!


Monday, December 20, 2010

DAY 309

DAY 309

Days Gluten Free x 6

Weight 7.30 am - 96 kg.

Dietary Ketosis *?*

Energy Level:- on 1-10 scale = 6

General Wellbeing:- on 1-10 scale = 7

Mood:- Fed up with this tiredness/fatigue

Breakfast:- Berry Protein Smoothie

Snack:-
Lunch:- 2 HB eggs, celery, cucumber,

Snack 2:- cappuccino with 1 tsp sugar

Dinner:- chicken, celery, cucumber

Snack:- jelly with yoghurt

Drinking:- Water x 1
Strawberry and Mango Tea, etc x 3
Daily Goal:- 1.5 lt. or 5 - 6 large cups *no*

Anti-candida pills:- am N pm N


Exercise:- 30 minutes walk *yes*
5 minutes cross-trainer *no*


Walks this week x 1
Total walked this week = 1 km

Continues Today

My Challenge this week is to walk 10 km,

9 km to go.

My challenge for the rest of the year is to walk 50 km,

47 to go

I have lost 11 pound since Nov. 8th, 22 pounds since January this year. I'm aiming to get through this Christmas, New year period with a loss. It will quite possibly be the first time ever since I was an active teenager that I have come through this period without gaining weight. This year I know will be different.

REPORTING BACK.......

I think that's all the shopping for now. To post, cards with gift cards to boys. To bake and make, shortbread and truffles. Gardening.

Today was so steamy yet could have been worse. We also bought Mum her Christmas lamb from a local farmer who has set up Gate sales. Jane doesn't need us to do anything for Christmas unless I choose to prepare some dishes of nuts etc that Mum likes to have around.

I felt a lot better today because I have stopped taking the anti candida herbal tablets. There's enough to do without feeling so yuck all the time.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

DAY 308

DAY 308

Days Gluten Free x 5

Weight 7.30 am - 96 kg.

Dietary Ketosis *?*

Energy Level:- on 1-10 scale = 5

General Wellbeing:- on 1-10 scale = 6

Mood:- Fed up with this tiredness/fatigue

Breakfast:- Berry Protein Smoothie

Snack:-
Lunch:- 3 HB eggs, celery with peanut butter, 3 thick rounds of peppery cucumber

Snack 2:- 0

Dinner:- pumpkin soup with yoghurt darnish

Snack:- jelly with yoghurt

Drinking:- Water x 0
Strawberry and Mango Tea, etc x 4
Daily Goal:- 1.5 lt. or 5 - 6 large cups *no*

Anti-candida pills:- am N pm Y/N


Exercise:- 30 minutes walk *no*
5 minutes cross-trainer *no*


Walks this week x 2


Total walked this week = 2 km

Continues Today

My Challenge this week is to walk 10 km,

8 km to go.

My challenge for the rest of the year is to walk 50 km,

48 to go

I was up about 6.30 am so had a bath and got ready for church. By the time I was dressed and breakfasted I felt so tired I stayed home. I'm glad I did as the rain has been coming down hard again. I'll try to do 5-10 minutes on the cross-trainer again today.

I'm really struggling with mood, crankiness, irritability, as well as energy. Fell asleep a while ago. It's not lack of sleep right now. This is the umpteenth warm wet day and I feel tuck! I think the candida is having a wonderfu time. I'm really working on my diet but I've skipped the anti-candida pills today. I'm longing for some carbs so I've made some jelly. I opened the Burgen gluten free bread yesterday and had 2 slices with cream cheese and marmite. I might have another couple of slices with pumpkin soup for dinner.

I missed writing up yesterday but food was OK. I'm struggling to drink enough.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Day 306

DAY 306

Days Gluten Free x 2

Weight 7.30 am - 96 kg. It's real. It's definitely real. I can begin to hope for 95.5 on Monday maybe.

Dietary Ketosis *?*

Energy Level:- on 1-10 scale = 6

General Wellbeing:- on 1-10 scale = 7

Mood:- I'm OK Feel better knowing I can take my time today as no need to go to Mum's.

Breakfast:- Berry Protein Smoothie

Snack:-
Lunch:-

Snack 2:- 0

Dinner:-

Snack:- nuts

Drinking:- Water x 0
Strawberry and Mango Tea, etc x 1
Daily Goal:- 1.5 lt. or 5 - 6 large cups *no*

Anti-candida pills:- am Y pm Y/N


Exercise:- 30 minutes walk *no*
5 minutes cross-trainer *no*


Walks this week x 2


Total walked this week = 2 km

Continues Today

My Challenge this week is to walk 10 km,

8 km to go.

My challenge for the rest of the year is to walk 50 km,

48 to go

I'm just going to chill out. Too damp outside to do much and although I have Christmas shopping will not go to town today.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

DAY 305

DAY 305

Days Gluten Free x 1

Weight 7.30 am - 96 kg. It's real

Dietary Ketosis *?*

Energy Level:- on 1-10 scale = 5

General Wellbeing:- on 1-10 scale = 6

Mood:- I'm OK Feel better knowing I can take my time today while John goes to Mum's and I stay home.

Breakfast:- Berry Protein Smoothie

Snack:-roast beef

Lunch:- cheese, lettuce,

Snack 2:- pear

Dinner:- pork steak and veggie stir-fry, 3 or 4 strawberries

Snack:- nuts

Drinking:- Water x 0
Strawberry and Mango Tea, etc x 4
Daily Goal:- 1.5 lt. or 5 - 6 large cups *no*

Anti-candida pills:- am Y pm Y


Exercise:- 30 minutes walk *no*
5 minutes cross-trainer *yes*


Walks this week x 2


Total walked this week = 2 km

Continues Today

My Challenge this week is to walk 10 km,

8 km to go.

My challenge for the rest of the year is to walk 50 km,

48 to go

I'm looking forward to a liesurely bath and just mucking around at home.

REPORTING BACK ,,,,,,,,,

I'm adding the miles I do on the cross-trainer to my walking total. It seems only fair when the cross-trainer takes at lest as much out of me even if it is a much shorter time.

Generally a good restful day except for the itchy skin. I' trying tea tree lotion, shampoo and conditioner. I don't think it helps much but will not give up yet. I've also started taking pro-biotics. There's not much more I can do without expert help or going dairy free. I might try adding flaxseed oil to my smoothie but not decided yet. I'm seriously thinking about the paleo (stone age), diet but not till we are settled again after the New Year as even with all the changes I've made, especially no sugar and very low carbs it will still take more concentration and determination than I'm capable of when we are renting our house.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

DAY 304

DAY 304

Days Gluten Free x 0

Weight 7.30 am - 96 kg. How did that happen. I feel kind of swollen but perhaps it's imagination. I should try shopping more often.

Dietary Ketosis *?*

Energy Level:- on 1-10 scale = 6

General Wellbeing:- on 1-10 scale = 7

Mood:- pretty good

Breakfast:- Berry Protein Smoothie

Snack:-
Lunch:- roast beef and lettuce

Snack 2:- celery sticks with cream cheese and one with a little peanut butter

Dinner:- grilled beef and veggie stir-fry

Snack:- 0

Drinking:- Water x 1
Strawberry and Mango Tea, etc x 3
Daily Goal:- 1.5 lt. or 5 - 6 large cups *no*

Anti-candida pills:- am Y pm N


Exercise:- 30 minutes walk *no*
5 minutes cross-trainer *no*


Walks this week x 1


Total walked this week = 1 km

Continues Today

My Challenge this week is to walk 10 km,

9 km to go.

My challenge for the rest of the year is to walk 50 km,

49 to go

I was surprised to see the weight drop on the scales. Usually there is a rise in fluid retention after a big day and clearly my food choices were reasonable. This is the lowest weight I've seen all year and means I have officially lost 10 kg.

I need to call Mum and see if she is expecting us.

REPORTING BACK.......

Suddenly was very nauseous about 8.30 pm and crashed onto bed. Was hours before felt better. No idea what caused it. Felt better about midnight.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

DAY 303

DAY 303

Days Gluten Free x 0

Weight 7.30 am - 97 kg it looked more like 96.5 but I'll leave it as is today

Dietary Ketosis *?*

Energy Level:- on 1-10 scale = 6

General Wellbeing:- on 1-10 scale = 7

Mood:- pretty good

Breakfast:- Berry Protein Smoothie

Snack:- Cappuccino and blueberry pie
Lunch:- Iced coffee, (icecream and cream), asparagus and camembert frittata. Strawberries and whipped cream.

Snack 2:-

Dinner:- none

Snack:- very late snack of nuts and small serve frozen smoothie

Drinking:- Water x 2
Strawberry and Mango Tea, etc x 2
Daily Goal:- 1.5 lt. or 5 - 6 large cups *no*

Anti-candida pills:- am Y pm Y


Exercise:- 30 minutes walk *yes* hours of shopping
5 minutes cross-trainer *no*


Walks this week x 1


Total walked this week = 1 km

Continues Today

My Challenge this week is to walk 10 km,

9 km to go.

My challenge for the rest of the year is to walk 50 km,

49 to go

I guess I didn't make the best food choices but it was a rare day out and we made the most out of it. I walked more than 1 km but was on my feet many hours.

Monday, December 13, 2010

DAY 302

DAY 302

Days Gluten x 10

Weight 7.30 am - 97 kg same, *sigh!* At least it's o.5 kg/ 1 lb less than last Monday.

Dietary Ketosis *?*

Energy Level:- on 1-10 scale = 6

General Wellbeing:- on 1-10 scale = 6

Mood:- Just another day to try and do my best.

Breakfast:- Berry Protein Smoothie

Snack:-
Lunch:- Frittata

Snack 2:- celery and cream cheese

Dinner:- cold Roast Beef, spinach, baked onion, carrot and celery cooked together and mashed with butter.

Snack:- Frozen Smoothie

Drinking:- Water x 0
Strawberry and Mango Tea, etc x 5
Daily Goal:- 1.5 lt. or 5 - 6 large cups *yes*

Anti-candida pills:- am Y pm Y


Exercise:- 30 minutes walk *no*
5 minutes cross-trainer *no*


Walks this week x 0


Total walked this week = 0 km

Continues Today

My Challenge this week is to walk 20 km,

20 km to go.

My challenge for the rest of the year is to walk 250 km,

249 to go


I went to bed but couldn't sleep for ages. Finally got up about 8 am so probably had enough sleep.

I'm not thrilled with my weigh loss as I'd hoped to be closer to 96 kg today. I'll just keep plodding on.

REPORTING BACK ........

Not much got done today and no walk.

DAY 301

DAY 301

Days Gluten x 29

Weight 7.30 am - 97 kg same, *sigh!*

Dietary Ketosis *?*

Energy Level:- on 1-10 scale = 4

General Wellbeing:- on 1-10 scale = 6

Mood:- Don't know what happened but so tired I didn't feel safe to drive so no Church

Breakfast:- Berry Protein Smoothie

Snack:- Frittata
Lunch:- Frittata

Snack 2:- nuts

Dinner:- roast beef and lettuce

Snack:- nuts and small piece of cheese

Drinking:- Water x 1
Strawberry and Mango Tea, etc x 4 or 5
Daily Goal:- 1.5 lt. or 5 - 6 large cups *yes*

Anti-candida pills:- am Y pm Y


Exercise:- 30 minutes walk *no*
5 minutes cross-trainer *no*


Walks this week x 0


Total walked this week = 0 km

Continues Today

My Challenge this week is to walk 20 km,

20 km to go.

My challenge for the rest of the year is to walk 250 km,

249 to go


I fell asleep before lunch. I can't believe I was so tired. Last night's sleep can't have been very good. No energy but made icecream with my smoothie mixture. It's hard, more like an iceblock. Will have to study recipes to see how to soften it without adding extra calories, if that's possible. Cooked a roast of beef but that was it. No veggies. John made himself a Roast Beef sandwich while I ate my serving wrapped in lettuce.

Spent large part of afternoon soaking in bath and watching Church on-line. My skin is as itchy as ever. I'm despairing of getting rid of the problem in my scalp and on my bottom and to some extent all over, especially my back. It will probably be June before I get an appointment to see the Specialist at the hospital and I can no longer afford to go private. All I cna do is keep going and hope that somehow it will all come right and I can live normally again.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

DAY 300

DAY 300

Days Gluten x 28

Weight 7.30 am - 97 kg same, *sigh!*

Dietary Ketosis *?*

Energy Level:- on 1-10 scale = 6.5

General Wellbeing:- on 1-10 scale = 7

Mood:- More alert than usual, but tired as went to bed after midnight

Breakfast:- Berry Protein Smoothie

Snack:-
Lunch:- celery and cream cheese. raw carrot

Snack 2:- nuts

Dinner:- frittata

Snack:- ?

Drinking:- Water x 1
Strawberry and Mango Tea, etc x 4 or 5
Daily Goal:- 1.5 lt. or 5 - 6 large cups *yes*

Anti-candida pills:- am Y pm N


Exercise:- 30 minutes walk *no*
5 minutes cross-trainer *yes*


Walks this week x 0


Total walked this week = 0 km

Continues Today

My Challenge this week is to walk 20 km,

20 km to go.

My challenge for the rest of the year is to walk 250 km,

249 to go


I was silly and stayed up reading a travel Blog last night. Had a very long soak in bath this morning. My scalp is not as itchy as usual so maybe it's getting better. Another couple of weeks and I will know.

The itchiness is driving me crazy and rules my life to some extent. I'm spending money I can ill afford on treatments that may or may not work. I spend hours soaking in the bath as sometimes it's the only relief I get. And then I spend hours, well it feels like hours, using lotions or creams that may or may not work. Sometimes I cannot resist the urge to scratch and I often break skin so not good. Sometimes the itchiness, tingling and general irritation wake me up. I know there are many nights I don't sleep well even with taking antihistamine in the evening and sometimes paracetemol as well.

The impact may seem minor but everyday I have to judge how much time and or money I can spend dealing with this problem that doesn't want to go away. I'm sure there is a stress factor in there but this is life. I can't eliminate every little thing that makes me uncomfortable.

I am 4 weeks pretty much gluten free. I've had very little in the way of grain products in that time. I did break the sugar free pattern but am back into it again. Maybe I'll start counting sugar free days again. I'd love to drink coffee regularly but I want to give myself about 6 months before I drink it daily again.

I ran out of Somac, prescription for stomach acid, reflux. So far I've managed with occasional Quikeze but not good long term. I don't think my stomach is fully healed and reflux does so much damage to the oesophagus and throat that it's foolish to tough it out too soon.

I am committed to continuing breaking the yeast cycle fo as long as it takes. So roll on the next 4 weeks with Christmas in the middle.

I thought I would lose weight easily but not so. I am going to be quite strict about what goes in my mouth over the next two days. I want a good weigh n on Monday.

In 300 days, or just a few more, I've only lost 20 pounds or 9 kg. I know it's better than nothing but I'm feeling a little frustrating as I first hit 96 kg in June and here I am, 6 months later, still hovering around the same weight.

Exercise should improve things. Maybe will do another weedy patch this afternoon.

Friday, December 10, 2010

DAY 299

DAY 299

Days Gluten x 27

Weight 7.30 am - 97 kg

Dietary Ketosis *?*

Energy Level:- on 1-10 scale = 6.5

General Wellbeing:- on 1-10 scale = 7

Mood:- More alert than usual

Breakfast:- Berry Protein Smoothie

Snack:-
Lunch:- tuna salad

Snack 2:- cheese with 5whole rice crackers

Dinner:- 2 sausages with stir-fry greens and carrots. Recipe here.
Snack:-

Drinking:- Water x 0
Strawberry and Mango Tea, etc x 5
Daily Goal:- 1.5 lt. or 5 - 6 large cups *yes*

Anti-candida pills:- am Y pm Y


Exercise:- 30 minutes walk *no*
5 minutes cross-trainer *yes*


Walks this week x 0


Total walked this week = 0 km

Continues Today

My Challenge this week is to walk 20 km,

20 km to go.

My challenge for the rest of the year is to walk 250 km,

249 to go

Another quiet day at home. I think I'll get some gardening done but first I need to have a soak in a bath to sooth my skin.

REPORTING BACK........

Decided to garden first so spent about an hour weeding. Yes my garden is a disgrace. Soaked in bath before bed.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

DAY 298

DAY 297

Days Gluten x 26

Weight 7.30 am - 97 kg

Dietary Ketosis *?*

Energy Level:- on 1-10 scale = 5

General Wellbeing:- on 1-10 scale = 6

Mood:- Tired. Not enough sleep

Breakfast:- Berry Protein Smoothie

Snack:-
Lunch:- 2 Hb eggs, lettuce, celery and cram cheese.

Snack 2:- Nuts,

Dinner:- Beef mince, whole grain rice. Pear

Snack:- 5 crackers, small piece of cheese.

Drinking:- Water x 1
Strawberry and Mango Tea, etc x 4
Daily Goal:- 1.5 lt. or 5 - 6 large cups *maybe*

Anti-candida pills:- am Y pm Y


Exercise:- 30 minutes walk *no*
5 minutes cross-trainer *no*


Walks this week x 0


Total walked this week = 0 km

Continues Today

My Challenge this week is to walk 20 km,

20 km to go.

My challenge for the rest of the year is to walk 250 km,

249 to go

I stayed home while John went into town and library and visited Mum.

I hope I get a better sleep tonight. I'll have a soak in the bath before I go to bed,

Must watch what I eat a bit more carefully.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

DAY 297

DAY 297

Days Gluten x 25

Weight 7.30 am - 96.5 kg

Dietary Ketosis *?*

Energy Level:- on 1-10 scale = 5

General Wellbeing:- on 1-10 scale = 7

Mood:- Tired. Will I ever feel bouncy again Sigh!

Breakfast:- Berry Protein Smoothie

Snack:-
Lunch:- Capuccino and roast veggie salad at Cafe.

Snack 2:- Nuts, celery with cream cheese.

Dinner:- Beef mince, whole grain rice. Pear

Snack:- icecream, pouring cream, chocolate.
Later:- nuts, 5 crackers, small piece of cheese.

Drinking:- Water x 1
Strawberry and Mango Tea, etc x 4
Daily Goal:- 1.5 lt. or 5 - 6 large cups *maybe*

Anti-candida pills:- am Y pm Y


Exercise:- 30 minutes walk *no*
5 minutes cross-trainer *no*


Walks this week x 0


Total walked this week = 0 km

Continues Today

My Challenge this week is to walk 20 km,

20 km to go.

My challenge for the rest of the year is to walk 250 km,

249 to go

Nearly 10 am and just gong to have my smoothie. I've had a long soak n the bath with peroxide in the water. Don't know if it makes a difference. Shampooed and covered itchy skin areas with anti-perspirant.

Will do some shopping and go to Mum's for lunch but what to have? Probably tuna and lettuce salad. We finished the ham on Monday and I made stock with the bone. Stock is now in freezer for whenever I feel like soup. Will need to take care as it will no doubt be salty.

I keep forgetting to take the herbal etc pills that go with the evening meal.

REPORTING BACK.........

Spent afternoon with Mum after doing shopping. Watched Master Chef Australia with her before coming home.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

DAY 296

DAY 296

Days Gluten x 24


Weight 7.30 am - 97 kg

Dietary Ketosis *?*

Energy Level:- on 1-10 scale = 5

General Wellbeing:- on 1-10 scale = 7

Mood:- Tired. Feel as though I've been poured out on the floor like a jug of water and lying there, a puddle without form.

Breakfast:- Berry Protein Smoothie

Snack:-

Lunch:- silverbeet and 2 poached eggs. Strawberries

Snack 2:- celery and cream cheese, 6 almonds

Dinner:- lamb steak with cucumber and beetroot and carrot salad. Mint sauce, what I didn't spill off my plate, 3 strawberries, 4 squares of chocolate.

Snack:- almonds, 2 squares of chocolate

Drinking:- Water x 1
Strawberry and Mango Tea, etc x 5

Daily Goal:- 1.5 lt. or 5 - 6 large cups *yes*

Exercise:- 30 minutes walk *no*
5 minutes cross-trainer *no*


Walks this week x 0


Total walked this week = 0 km

Continues Today

My Challenge this week is to walk 20 km,

20 km to go.


My challenge for the rest of the year is to walk 250 km,

249 to go

I began taking some herbal tablets and Fivelac yesterday. Maybe I should get a probiotic next shopping day. This is a one month trial to see if it helps. If it does I should see some improvement at the end of 4 weeks. If there's no improvement I'm not wasting anymore money on this stuff. I think I should also add in a multi-vitamin and extra vitamin C. I already take plenty of vitamin B complex stress formula.

Still getting more coastal cloud that sunshine and maybe a shower of rain today.

What is helping on a practical level is taking antihistamine and covering the whole of the affected area with anti-perspirant as far as I'm able. ButI can see a new area of rash spreading down onto my forehead from above my hairline. Not happy. Not good. I'm toughing it out as best I can, looking for answers and doing the best I can with what I have and what I know.

What else can I do. My doctor doesn't seem to have any answers.

REPORTING BACK .......

Nothing more achieved. I'm falling asleep and it's barely 10 pm.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Day 295

DAY 295

Days Gluten x 23


Weight 7.30 am - 97,5 kg .......... disappointed. Same as last Monday

Dietary Ketosis *?*

Energy Level:- on 1-10 scale = 7

General Wellbeing:- on 1-10 scale = 7

Mood:- Tired, caught myself dozing before lunch

Breakfast:- Berry Protein Smoothie

Snack:-

Lunch:- 2 HB eggs, celery and cream cheese

Snack 2:- 1 HB egg, celery and cream cheese

Dinner:- ham, raw carrot and raw beetroot salad with balsamic dressing, cooked silverbeet

Snack:- strawberries, cold new potato, 6 squares of dark chocolate

Drinking:- Water x 0
Strawberry and Mango Tea, etc x 5

Daily Goal:- 1.5 lt. or 5 - 6 large cups *yes*

Exercise:- 30 minutes walk *no*
5 minutes cross-trainer *no*


Walks this week x 0


Total walked this week = 0 km

Continues Today

My Challenge this week is to walk 20 km,

20 km to go.


My challenge for the rest of the year is to walk 250 km,

249 to go

Not sure why I'm struggling to stay awake so early in the day but I'm giving in to it as we have nothing in particular to do today.

REPORTING BACK .......

After an adequate dinner I felt hungry and nibbled on this and that when I should have gone straight to the almonds. So I had more sugar and some starch. Bother me!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

DAY294

DAY 294

Days Gluten x 22

Weight 7.30 am - 97 kg .......... down 0.5 kg that's good

Dietary Ketosis *?*

Energy Level:- on 1-10 scale = 7

General Wellbeing:- on 1-10 scale = 7

Mood:- Tired but improving

Breakfast:- Berry Protein Smoothie

Snack:-
Lunch:- ham with lettuce

Snack 2:- 2 HB eggs

Dinner:- Ham, broccoli, carrot, celery, steamed with drizzle of butter. Strawberries and cream

Snack:- nuts

Drinking:- Water x 1
Strawberry and Mango Tea, etc x 5
Daily Goal:- 1.5 lt. or 5 - 6 large cups *yes*

Exercise:- 30 minutes walk *no*
5 minutes cross-trainer *no*


Walks this week x 0


Total walked this week = 0 km

Continues Today

My Challenge this week is to walk 20 km,

20 km to go.

My challenge for the rest of the year is to walk 250 km,

249 to go
A little bit too slow this morning so not ready in time for church. Hoping they have 6.30 pm meeting today and I will go from Mum's before coming home. Jay working so will be going to Mum's for lunch.

I had a soak in the bath this morning with hydrogen peroxide. Not sure that the concentration would be enough to do good but it is supposed to kill off fungal infection. I'm also gargling and soaking my partial plate in peroxide, not concentrate of course. I'll try anything for a period to see if it makes a difference.... Well almost anything, reason and finances must prevail.

Another thing I did yesterday was extend the area I use my antiperspirant/deoderant on. Some years ago I extended my use from underarms to skin folds and that has made a huge difference as I get rashes at the drop of a hat where skin meets skin especially as the weather warms up. After my bath yesterday I rubbed antiperspirant all over my bottom and the whole area that's itchy. It gave me more relief than I've had for a while. Maybe I should have showered and refreshed it before I went to bed but I don't really have enough energy to shower twice daily yet. I kept hearing the voice of the Doctor I worked for back in 1962 saying to me, 'You're allergic to your own sweat!' Maybe I am. He was a wise man and considered a great diagnostician.

I know there are many concerns among some health advocates that anti-perspirants can be hazardous. Tough! I have to live in the now and to date I've found nothing more effective. I've traded a potential risk for improving my quality of life today.

As my energy improves I'm going to do a series of posts about dealing with Candida Problems my way, how it has affected my life and family and what steps I take to minimise it's affect on my life. Living well with Candida problems is a challenge, not least the lack of concern from the general medical profession.

As a Christian, one of the most difficult things to deal with has been the profusion of knowledge, help and advice from the Alternative Healing people. Some of it is good some of it is downright dangerous and some of it totally unnecessary or too expensive. There are a lot of people becoming fat cats on the alternative health band wagon and not all of them are genuine. Sadly, for me, many of the Holistic Health people are also involved in what I would term occult practice. I know they don't see it this way and I have no intention of challenging them or their beliefs but they are not for me.

I've had to sift through, what to me is either garbage or based on dark spiritualism and find the truth. I'm not a great researcher. It's not something I enjoy because it takes a certain discipline and enthusiasm I don't have. But when you need to know something, you have to look so look I have. Maybe one day I'll have the courage to write about what I deem to be dangerous ideas and practices. I've also had to believe in myself. Many of my Christian friends would be horrified by the places I have gone for information.

Let's put it this way. I have been blessed with a sense of discernment of good and evil. I will know almost immediately which spiritual realm someone is working in. Sometimes I'm wrong but most times I pick it up fairly quickly. I have learned to glean the important, not be afraid of negative forces and jump with fright at spooks. That doesn't mean I'm going to walk with them, it means I no longer throw the baby out with the bathwater.

I can do this because i am confident of my Father's protection. Jesus came to give me life in all it's abundance. I don't always have that. Part of an abundant life should be good health and well being. This is not always so for everyone but that doesn't mean we should accept less. We pray, asking God that things be on earth as they are in heaven. I don't think anyone in heaven struggles with fatigue and unwellness. Go could Zap me well in an instant but He's left me with this learning curve which all too often feels as though it's more than I can bear.

My part is do the best I can and learn the best way to live and remain as healthy as possible in spite of my limitations. I'm doing this the best way I know and trusting God to help me through, to protect me from dangerous side tracks and lead me forward.

I have longed over the ears for some good information from Christian and scientific people. Most of it remains anecdotal. I will write out my story and it will be anecdotal but maybe it will help someone else and maybe someone with a scientific bent will add it to their knowledge and find it useful in their research.

I can but do the best I can with what I have.


Saturday, December 4, 2010

DAY 293

DAY 293

Days Gluten and Added Sugar Free x 21

Weight 7.30 am - 97.5 kg same

Dietary Ketosis *?*

Energy Level:- on 1-10 scale =

General Wellbeing:- on 1-10 scale =

Mood:- Tired but improving

Breakfast:- Berry Protein Smoothie

Snack:-


Lunch:- small can lite tuna with lettuce, celery and cucumber.

Snack 2:- 6 almonds, 2 brazils

Dinner:- turkey, roast kumera, pumpkin, salad Amdrosia made with strawberry yoghurt, marshmallows and pieces of fresh fruit, grapes and boysenberries, 2pink icecream wafers, (no icecream). Some sugar there but I kept to a moderate serving.

Snack:- slice off our ham and 2 strawberries



Drinking:- Water x 3
Strawberry and Mango Tea, etc x 5
Daily Goal:- 1.5 lt. or 5 - 6 large cups *yes*

Exercise:- 30 minutes walk *no*
5 minutes cross-trainer *no*


Walks this week x 0


Total walked this week = 0 km

Continues Today

My Challenge this week is to walk 20 km,

20 km to go.

My challenge for the rest of the year is to walk 250 km,

249 to go

I was not too thrilled with my dinner choices last night but the thing is to do the best you can in the circumstances. I could have flagged the roast veggies but I did have small pieces, I barely had a spoonful of gravy, I avoided the ham since we have so much at home. The turkey was bought as a ready to roll roast. I'm not sure i like it. It was tender but I thought lacked flavour and texture. The dessert was just plan extra because I was still hungry in spite of filling my plate with a huge delicious salad. Perhaps I should have gone back for more salad but I made my choices and that's it. I don't eat out often now so no guilty feelings.

Except I'm still not getting my walks I had a good day and went up and down Mum's stairs enough times. Well strictly speaking not enough to compensate for a good walk but better than nothing at all. I'd had a poor night of sleep,possibly less than 4 hours, so was glad to fall asleep on Mum's couch in the afternoon.

Friday, December 3, 2010

DAY 292

DAY 292

Days Gluten and Added Sugar Free x 20

Weight 7.30 am - 97.5 kg same

Dietary Ketosis *?*

Energy Level:- on 1-10 scale = 6.5

General Wellbeing:- on 1-10 scale = 7

Mood:- Tired but improving

Breakfast:- Berry Protein Smoothie

Snack:- strawberries and cream


Lunch:- ham

Snack 2:- cabbage and beetroot salad, cheese, 4 rice crackers

Dinner:- ham, potato, broccoli mix, cabbage salad. Strawberries and cream

Snack:- 6 almonds, 2 brazils



Drinking:- Water x 0
Strawberry and Mango Tea, etc x 5
Daily Goal:- 1.5 lt. or 5 - 6 large cups *yes*

Exercise:- 30 minutes walk *no*
5 minutes cross-trainer *no*


Walks this week x 0


Total walked this week = 0 km

Continues Today

My Challenge this week is to walk 20 km,

20 km to go.

My challenge for the rest of the year is to walk 250 km,

249 to go
Today my weight is up 1 kg but I expected that. I did not overeat and I kept the sugar and starch down. Being busy all day tends to mean a slight increase in fluid and I'm sure some of the food would contribute although the ham did not taste at all salty. Also my normal drinking pattern was a little off. Tomorrow will tell the truth.

John is going to Mum's. He wants to mow her lawn and he needs to go to the bank and change something about the birthday gift Jane gave him. Something about the cable connections for his free-view TV box not matching our TV.
I stay home with a fridge full of left overs, Most of them are safe for me.

REPORTING BACK .........

It has been a very lazy day. I can feel myself puffing up with fluid retention. Probably the ham. John can;t get his new satellite to work so no TV. There's been a large cake of chocolate on the bench all day. I would love to open it but I really must stay disciplined. There has been enough irregular food the last couple of days without making it worse.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

DAY 291

DAY 291

Days Gluten and Added Sugar Free x 19

Weight 7.30 am - 96.5 kg same

Dietary Ketosis *?*

Energy Level:- on 1-10 scale = 6

General Wellbeing:- on 1-10 scale = 6.5

Mood:- Tired but improving

Breakfast:- Berry Protein Smoothie

Snack:-


Lunch:- 2 HB eggs with celery and lettuce

Snack 2:- 6 almonds, 2 brazils

Dinner:- ham, new potatoes, mix of veggies, (cauli, broccoli, beans, asparagus, and cabbage and beet salad, balsamic dressing,
Strawberries and cream. There will be a little sugar in the whipped cream unless I do mine separate which I did not.

Snack:- slice of ham


Drinking:- Water x 1
Strawberry and Mango Tea, etc x 4
1 bottle of Bunderburg diet lemon lime and bitters.
Daily Goal:- 1.5 lt. or 5 - 6 large cups *no*

Exercise:- 30 minutes walk *no*
5 minutes cross-trainer *no*


Walks this week x 0


Total walked this week = 0 km

Continues Today

My Challenge this week is to walk 20 km,

20 km to go.

My challenge for the rest of the year is to walk 250 km,

249 to go

Soaked in bath with baking soda and washed hair with nizerole. All creamed up with antifungal although it doesn't seem to be doing anything much. I'll give it another week or so following instructions then that's it. I don't want to go back to Dr. but maybe I will.

Now off to do shopping and follow my meal plan to celebrate John's 75th.

REPORTING BACK........

I managed to do it all and served dinner on time. Our daughter arrived home from work while I was cooking the beans so timing all good. I weathered it well except for an early to mid afternoon crash when I felt slightly dizzy, nauseous and sweaty. I had things to do so sat while I did them and that helped. Finally it passed. I think it was
possibly a bit of a drop in blood sugar. My lunch consisted of HB eggs and although I had plenty of lettuce and celery I ate nothing else .

I continued at a very quiet pace with John helping with all the more active things like setting the table. I also had a hot drink and ate some nuts. I'm glad I kept the preparation simple. My plan worked.

We were home and sitting back with our final drink of the day about 11 pm.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

DAY 290

DAY 290

Days Gluten and Added Sugar Free x 18

Weight 7.30 am - 97.0 kg same

Dietary Ketosis *?*

Energy Level:- on 1-10 scale = 5

General Wellbeing:- on 1-10 scale = 6.5

Mood:- Tired but improving

Breakfast:- Berry Protein Smoothie

Snack:-


Lunch:- 2 HB eggs with celery and lettuce, yoghurt and balsamic dressing

Snack 2:- 6 almonds and 1 HB egg

Dinner:- stir-fry onion, celery, broccoli, carrot, rice with pork steaks

Snack:- rhubarb in WW jelly/jello, 6 almonds and 2 brazils.


Drinking:- Water x 1
Strawberry and Mango Tea, etc x 5

Daily Goal:- 1.5 lt. or 5 - 6 large cups *yes*

Exercise:- 30 minutes walk *no*
5 minutes cross-trainer *no*


Walks this week x 0


Total walked this week = 0 km

Continues Today

My Challenge this week is to walk 20 km,

20 km to go.

My challenge for the rest of the year is to walk 250 km,

249 to go

I don't need to go to Mum's to day so another lazy day trying to get motivated for my To Do list. Have tomorrow's dinner to think about as doing it at Mum's to celebrate John's 75th birthday.

REPORTING BACK.....

Very lazy day. The most important thing I did was plan our menu for dinner at Mum;s, call my niece to invite her and her husband. There are others I could have invited but I think 5 people is enough for me right now.

Stayed on track except for getting exercise. Somehow I have to lift my game but it'snot easy when there's no energy.