Saturday, September 19, 2015



We have a nice morning, the sun is shining, there is no wind and the rain seems to have gone leaving everything looking fresh in the morning light. Last night thunderstorms rattled around with accompanying heavy rain. It seems to have cleared the atmosphere. The storm has passed and all around us is washed clean.

That's how I feel inside. The delay in coming back was due to a family situation that just plain had me worried sick. There is good reason to be worried but ..... somehow by yesterday afternoon and during the night the sting has been taken out of the problem. Thank-you to friends and I'm praising God. The situation might go through to the worst scenario but I am no longer afraid of that.

I just continued as I have been doing for months. Nothing mindful, no logging or tracking.

In fact I just cannot see myself ever tracking my food again. I can log my meals and daily activity but that's going to be IT. 

The more I think about what I should do the more convinced I am that exercise is key to being more healthy than I am. 

Plus one of these days I will just drop having that sweet cappuccino to start my day. There's another thing I would maybe like to get back into the habit of and that's my breakfast smoothie of yoghurt, milk protein and berries. I just need to work out how the coconut oitl will fit into my plan. I continue to have about a dessertspoon of coconut oil each day and I'm pretty sure it's good for me. The smoothie is dependent on finding the protein powder I prefer. I've tried a few other brands but they just don't work for me and the one I like is not always easy to source.

I've had my sweet coffee for the day and am about to make a plain black one. I'll heat a coconut flour muffin to go with it and see how the day goes. Probably something with egg for lunch and definitely chicken something for tea, maybe stir-fry thighs with thyme and lemon.

Hopefully I will come back tomorrow and boast that I got on the cross-trainer.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


Weight loss and health are never far from my mind. A few of my on-line friends are heading back to the beginning using the knowledge they have gained about themselves, and health in general, over the past years. I am no different. It's now two years since my lowest most recent weight and best fitness level.  A lot has happened in our personal lives and I spent most of 2014 in a funk.

My response was to zone out by sewing, hand stitching, no stress patchwork and quilting. That meant I became a highly successful couch potato.

My weight has crept up by 8 kg or 18 pounds. Considering how stressed out I was and still am, and how poorly I sleep on too many nights this is quite remarkable. It suggests that mostly I am eating right. But there has to come a time when I am ready to focus on my health, weight loss and fitness levels again. It's been quite a long time since I actively did anything.

Basically I am low carb but I have sugar in my first cup of coffee every morning. I need to pull out my Mojo and just do it. That is, stop adding sugar and start keeping track. It might seem somewhat pathetic but on reflection I see that I am more likely to stick with a good plan if I blog and track in my posts. Somewhere in my little brain there is accountability when I keep a record in here.

There have been two hindrances:    1. the scales needed a new battery. John fixed that yesterday.
2. My laptop is dying. We have two other laptops. One is considered John's and that is what I am using today while John uses the old Windows XP model. I think I can work with this until I can afford to take my laptop into a techie person and either get it fixed or buy a new one and reload it with my data.

This morning I am not sure how I am going to do it. So I'm working it through as I type.

My first step was to get on the scales. 89.3 kg/197 lbs.

Initial goal is to weigh 79.3 kg/175 lbs.

Ultimate goal is to be somewhere around 65 kg/145 lbs.

That's quite a lot of weight to lose and will mean a major turn around. I have a choice

I can continue as I am doing and become less fit, more wobbly on my legs and age faster or I can bite this bullet and just 'Do It' regardless of how I feel. I am 76 years old and healthier than I deserve to be. I've got a lot of living in me yet. My mother was 10 years older when she made a major shift in her life. She sold the farm, had a new house built at the beach and laid out her last garden. I don't seem to have Mum's stamina or energy but she is my model. It is normal for the women in my family to live into their 90s. Mum was 96 when she died. This is a great incentive to me. I can spend the next twenty years growing weak and feeble or I can be pro-active and mitigate the natural ageing process.

I remember a little tract that went something like this Faith = Action = Feelings.

I believe in myself. I know I can do this... all I need to do is 'Do It'

That is the action bit and I can trust my feelings to catch up one day.

Today has begun as usual with a sweet coffee loaded with coconut oil and whipped cream followed by more cups of plain black coffee.

I will probably make something with a couple of eggs and silverbeet/swiss chard for brunch and we are have sausages for tea/dinner. I have a dessert in the evening of chia seed, plain greek yoghurt and more whipped cream and a few almonds. I have no idea how many calories I'm eating.

I will spend most of the day sewing. Some hand stitching but mostly machine sewing. I have a heap of cushion covers to put together and quilt. I want to finish them and feel free to embark on the next project.

The weather is not mild enough for me to do anything outside so it's time to begin on the Cross-trainer again. Talking to self ----- Just 'Do-It' Anne.

A note about me doing stuff outside. In February 2012 I developed Bells Palsy. I did not get the treatment I should have because the condition wasn't properly recognised and I had to go through a stressful period of eliminating a Stroke which took months!!!! Ridiculous as that sounds. Partly because of my age there has been no recovery of the facial nerve and I am left with a lopsided and twisted face. The left side of my face is paralysed from my eyebrows to my mouth and even my tongue. I've had some surgery to help close my left eye but it still does not completely close nor blink. This means that I have to be very careful when outside, especially in the wind or cold. This has quite a negative impact on my life. I am now trying for the second time to get plastic surgery to pull my face straight and hopefully it will also improve the closing of my eye, my speech and my smile.

Right-e-oh. Time to get on with my day.

I will come back and report tomorrow morning.  "smiles"