Tuesday, December 31, 2013


Christmas is behind me and I did not go overboard nor did I eat as sensibly as I have done some years. I am settling down into developing my sustainable lifestyle. 

I wrote the following into my journal on the Livin La Vida website.

Only two days left of 2013. I can't wait for it to be over. Crazy thinking I know.

In fact it's been an amazing year. We spent our 50th Wedding Anniversary in Hawaii. Wonderful time. We've been away from our house here at Matarangi for more than 4 months what with going to Hawaii, trips to Christchurch and house sitting.

I've experimented with Fat Fasting and Nutritional Ketosis. I've done two 5 km walks. 

But here I am ending the year on a difficult note. I want to be positive. I want to know that I can still work at improving my health. I really want to do it.

So why am I failing at the moment?

I guess it's complicated. Only God can help me find my way.

Yesterday I tried and failed. Is failure on option? 

It's not a word I'm happy with.

I need a positive spin. Something like this.

Failure is part of the route to success.

Only I can make that true.

Today I am probably fasting ... so far ony drinking keto coffee. I know that's a bit too drastic but I need to break out of some bad habits which have been accumulating over the past few months. The last two days have seen some imrovement but I keep slipping back into behaviours I want to change.

I've also done 30 + minutes on the cross-trainer. I put on our Route 66 CD. That brightened my day nicely.

The day began with a beautiful blue sky but now, middle of the day, looks as though we will get more rain. There was so much rain yesterday that there was flooding in several towns and some roads were closed temporarily at high tide. There were also a few slips, or landslides on the roas through the hills either side of us. Nothing that completely blocked us in for more than a short period.

I'll make an effort to come back tomorrow to say how today goes.

I have completed two days of fasting. What a way to start the New Year! It has been an ideal if radical way to get rid of some bad habits. Tomorrow will be more normal food.

We are seeing the New Year in with TV while neighbours let off their fireworks. Every now and then we jump as a loud canon noise goes off.
Photos were all taken on Christmas Day when John Jane and I went for a walk to shake down our lunch.


  1. Happy New Year, hope today has ended well for you, and I am sure 2014 will be good to you, if you put in the work :)

  2. You had such highs and lows and lots of stress, all in one year. I don't find it too surprising that you didn't make huge "numbers" progress. Is there other progress that you DO feel good about??

    "I guess it's complicated. Only God can help me find my way."
    So so true. Always complicated, I think, since there is always more to the story than we usually write about. I'm so utterly grateful that we have God to run to, lean on and put our hope in! Really, I would have chucked it all LONG ago if not for His grace.

    I've been sick ALL of December... still am. So my nice spurt of progress has ground to a halt. But like you, I'm not giving up. God will help us find our way. :-)

  3. I send you my very best wishes for 2014. I am struggling with my health at the moment and 2013 has not been a good year for me, so here's to a gentler, kinder, healthier 2014.

  4. Well, hi, MargieAnne! I lost your feed for a while. It seems that you changed your URL? Or maybe I just had it wrong. Either way, I've refollowed you and your posts are back on my list.

    I changed my URL back to debwillbefree.blogspot.com so you may not be getting my feeds, either.

    May 2014 find us both holding tight to the hand of Jesus. (He always knows the way to go.)


  5. Hmmm. The full URL is: http://debwillbefree.blogspot.com

    I tried it from another browser and it took me to my blog. I hope you can get it working.