27 April 2015

General life update

Hello all, sorry I haven't been doing any real blog posts lately. I was sick, and then it was school holidays, and then when the kids went back to school Grant was still around because of his shifts. I had three days where Grant was working too, and I went shopping on one of them, crammed too much into the second, and then didn't sleep that night (pretty much at all) so was a zombie on the third.

As an introvert who needs a LOT of alone time I really treasure the few days I get where I'm all by myself, and sometimes they can seem few and far between. It's on those days that I can actually think and work on blog posts without interruption. I can't seem to think and concentrate when there are other people around.

Anyway, I do have some blog posts in the pipeline that I'm working on, so I promise I will come up with some quality content soon.

In the meantime I thought I'd just post a general life update. Just a bit of chit chat so you know what's going on with me.



We are STILL waiting for Grant's transfer to south Taranaki. We really feel in limbo and we're all impatient to just get on with it. We have found the perfect house for our family, and we are afraid we will lose it if we don't buy it soon, but of course we can't do that while Grant's job is up here in Auckland.

In the meantime, our landlord raised rent for the fourth time since we have lived in this house (just over 2 years)! He is now asking $200 a month more than we signed up for!! We couldn't even afford the rent we were on, let alone a higher one. We actually looked for another rental house with a lower rent and applied for it, and we were offered it, and I had started packing, but when it came down to actually making the move and changing our address everywhere we just couldn't do it. Not with a transfer (hopefully) imminent. We realised that with all of the costs involved with moving it would be 4-5 months in the new house before we would actually be saving any money on our rent, and hopefully by then we'll be in Taranaki.

So we sold a couple of things to help pay the extra rent in the meantime and we are sitting tight for now.

All along I had decided I did not want to start packing until we were about to move (to Taranaki) because in the past I've started packing as soon as we had decided to move, as a way to spread the work out and feel like I was making some progress, but it can definitely make those feelings of limbo worse. But then when the almost-move happened I had started boxing up things we can do without for a while (books, photo albums, ornaments) so I've ended up in that position anyway. Ugh. It's SO annoying when you want something and it's boxed up. For example, Daniel and I were talking about my grandparents and how he hadn't met any, and I told him he had actually met my grandfather when he was a toddler, and I wanted to show him a photo of them together, but I couldn't.

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They say the secret to waiting patiently is doing something else in the meantime. So I've been working on producing more videos on my YouTube channel, as mentioned a time or two. I've been excited about some of my ideas, and it's fun taking on a new challenge and learning new skills. It's really helped to have something to be excited about in the meantime while we wait to move.

Healthwise I am doing better all the time, although it is slow progress. I am doing the AIP (auto-immune protocol) diet - just Google it, there are heaps of websites about it. The aim is to put my auto-immune disease (I have Hashimotos Thyroiditis) into remission, as well as figure out if there are other food intolerences that were holding me back.

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I've been doing it for about 7 weeks now and have definitely seen an improvement in my symptoms. The diet is extremely boring and it's been very hard psychologically to keep going. On the weekend I got so fed up that I decided to try cheese in the slim hope that I could reintroduce it, but sadly within half an hour of eating an inch of cheese I had horrible symptoms, so have to accept that cheese will no longer bring me joy in my life, probably ever again. Waaaaah!!! I was shocked at how much it affected me - my brain went so foggy I felt like I was drugged, I was exhausted and irritable, and have had a return of AI symptoms in the days / nights following. Just from one bite.

The one thing I cannot figure out is why I can't lose weight. I am eating meat, chicken, fish, vegetables, and a little fruit - that's it. No nuts, seeds, dairy, grains, potatoes, corn, nothing, not even nightshade- or seed-based spices. The only carbs I eat are sweet potatoes, and I have fruit once a day. Plus I exercise every day. And yet my weight will not budge one ounce. Oh wait, I lie, I've lost one pound this whole year. Ugh, it's so frustrating.

For most people who are overweight it's up to them if they want to make the effort or not. It's so demoralising to have made the choice and effort to eat right and work out, and to have zero reward for that in terms of weight loss. It's something that is just out of my control completely, and I'm really fed up about it. Not that I have hundreds of pounds to lose, but I'm not where I want to be (in a healthy weight range), I'm tired of carrying extra weight around (what a waste of energy) and I just want to see some results for my efforts.

Hey, sorry to turn that into a rant! Must have needed to get that off my (ample) chest.

So that's where things are right now. If you've made it this far in this post, then thank you for sticking it out! If you have any questions or any ideas for blog posts that you would like to see, feel free to send them along, I'd love to hear from you.


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13 comments:

  1. I'm very impressed and encouraged with your commitment to your diet/exercise/health. I am not "overweight" but I weigh the same as I did the day I delivered my second son (except there's no baby in there right now lol...just a girl who likes to eat and not exercise...I know, I know!). I pray they find something that gives you an answer as to why you aren't seeing results. In the meantime, you're doing really great! Don't get too discouraged!

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    1. Thank you so much, I appreciate the encouragement. It can be hard to make changes, I know!

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  2. Have you ever calculated the correct number of calories you should be consuming on a daily basis? With exercise/without exercise? Couple of websites I use, IIFYM.com (if it fits your macros.com) and MyFitnessPal.com. Both of these websites combined have helped me lose 23lbs in the past year. Slow and steady weight loss. Also, consider that if you weren't eating right and exercising, you would most likely be gaining weight so technically you are healthier for all your changes.

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    1. Another thing to do instead of weighing yourself is to take measurements. Sometimes that is a more accurate way to track changes when the scale is not budging. You may be shifting weight from fat to muscle. Since you are used to using a scale counting calories using a website should be fairly easy for you to catch onto.

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    2. All good suggestions, thank you! I have spoken with my doctor today, and she has tweaked my thyroid medication prescription so hopefully will start seeing some changes. I'm pretty sure I haven't lost fat and gained muscle as my clothes fit exactly the same. But at least I'm not gaining, as you said!

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  3. GGRRR re the rent - I'm reading this sort of thing all over the place atm.
    Hope the transfer comes soon AND you are feeling better

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    1. It's like the Auckland rental world has gone bad! Thank you for your kind words, I'm hanging in there emotionally and working on finding joy every day.

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  4. Oh, that can be so frustrating! I watched your accent tag video before reading this and though how slim you look. So I do think it may be a case of gaining muscle, which does not reflect a loss on the scale.

    I do hope your transfer comes through soon!

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    1. Aw, thank you, what a kind thing to say. I doubt I am gaining muscle and losing fat because my clothes fit exactly the same, but I've just seen my doc and she's tweaked my thyroid meds so hopefully will see some changes.

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  5. I didn't loose any weight until I tried the 5:2 diet. I don't eat wheat and avoid sugar. As I am becoming older though I realised my servings were too generous. 5:2 helps to retrain your appetite. It's amazing. Best wishes to you.

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    1. That's interesting! Glad you found something that works for you, it's so rewarding to find that key.

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  6. I will remember you, your brother, and the job transfer in my prayers. On another note, I love walking but the winters in Michigan USA are quite cold so I always lose progress and gain some pounds over the winter until I can get back into a regular routine. This winter I noticed that my local PBS (Public Broadcast Station) has some exercise shows. I began doing Classical Stretch 5 days a week. I haven't lost much - only 7 pounds - but I'm so happy to not be starting over from scratch again this Spring. Classical Stretch is a combination of scientific stretching, PNF, tai chi, ballet, physiotherapy and chiropractic movements. It was difficult at first, and is still difficult some days, but I've benefited on so many levels from a mere 25 minute workout: a better waistline; so many less aches and pains; less tension. I plan to continue year round, while also walking and bike riding when the weather is good. I don't know if you can get this show on television in your country, so I'm including a link where there are some mini videos to give you an idea on Miranda Esmonde-White's exercises: http://www.essentrics.com/mirandaeducationalvideo.html
    Also, if you'd like, you can go to her facebook wall, also titled Classical Stretch, to find out more. If you "like" her page you'll be able to access some other short videos. Plus Miranda answers any questions posed on her wall. She does have videos available and if you're interested in them she will advise which will be best for beginning.
    I know how hard it can be get lose weight...don't lose heart! No matter what, you're doing your body good with your changes. :)

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    1. Thank you so much - your prayers worked and we got the transfer!
      Thanks also for the link and advice, I will check those out. Thanks for the encouragement. x

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