Monday, May 30, 2011


I am currently deep in Caffeine withdrawal. I was not intending to give it up this weekend, but I was in detox without realising it yesterday and then did not see the point of ending the detox and starting all over again on Wednesday.

My last caffeinated beverage was Saturday morning so I am bout 48 hours in. The headaches are bordering on migraine level and I have been Reiki-ing my little heart out to take the edge off so I can survive at work. So far so good. From memory the headaches only lasted 3 or 4 days so I should be fine by Thursday. I can do this....


Sunday, May 29, 2011

Cancer Council Biggest Morning Tea

I had my Biggest Morning Tea for the Cancer Council today. It was a really fun morning. And instead of rambling about it I will say it with photos...

Saturday, May 28, 2011

More Thinking About Eating

The more I think about eating without Additives as much as possible the more I feel this is the right thing for me to try. So the first thing I need to do is look at what I eat now to see what can stay and what needs to go.

The obvious things are the junk food and take away, the Diet Coke, the caffeine etc. No brainers there.

So what else is there to eat?

Well, turns out my usually breakfast is fine. Oats with rice milk. The rice milk I use is organic and contains no nasties at all. I sometimes add honey. I do not currently have organic honey which is usually additive-free. But I will finish the containers I have (1 at home 1 at work) before buying more.

So what sorts of things do I eat?

Tofu – organic tofu contains small amounts of Mineral salts 509 and 511 which are Calcium Chloride and Magnesium Chloride. These are not considered to be dangerous and unlikely to cause reactions. (Fed Up With Food Additives website). Not sure about that. I love tofu and use it in place of meat quite a bit. Needs some thought.

Eggs – completely natural

Soy “bacon style rashers” – these contain some chemicals but nothing listed as a number. Perhaps small quantities only. Need to think on it.

Pasta – nothing wrong with pasta

Pasta Sauce – imagine my surprise to find my favourite brand of pasta sauce – Dolmio – is additive-free. Yay!

Stir-fries – nothing wrong with the veggies I use – need to examine the different sauces.

Bread. Oh how I love my bread. Full of preservatives though. Need to find an alternative (or learn to use my bread maker)

Cheese - hard to say what is in it. There are no additives listed however it contains “cultures”. Need to find out what exactly this is.

Dijonaise – my fave salad dressing and sandwich spread. It has about 9 of those nasty numbered additives. Buggar. That one is out (although to be honest I only have it about once a month). But still….

Legumes – I mostly cook these from dry, so they are completely fine. If I get canned I get organic and they do not contain additives.

Well… This is okay. It is a learning experience really. My biggest issues to start with are going to be the caffeine and Diet Coke, and the junk foods. So these are what I am going to work on first.

I have also started a journal I call “Food Feelings”. This is not my feelings about food, rather how each food/meal makes me feel. Got some very interesting reactions already. Amazing what your body tells you if you actually shut up and listen to it…

I would love to hear other peoples views on all this.


Friday, May 27, 2011

Thinking About Eating Some More

I just had a really interesting conversation on Skype with a friend that got me thinking (shock, horror, she can think!) LOL

We were talking about skin problems and how a lot of problems with the skin can be related directly back to the foods we consume. Without boring you with the details I have seen cases of people in my life where changing their food intake has completely stopped dis-eases of the skin including psoriasis and eczema.

Now, I do not have these issues. Not to any great extent (a little bit of stress related eczema on my feet) and I am not actually thinking about that.

It got me thinking about when I was a kid. My sister had severe (and I mean severe) eczema and behavioural problems. Turned out she was allergic to all artificial colours, flavours and preservatives.  As such, we ate a largely unprocessed, organic diet free from artificial additives. We grew our own veggies, meat back then was not filled with hormones and preservatives, and we did not eat processed food. At least, not at home.

Fast forward 30 years and we have truly become the most over-medicated society there is. Doctors are always pushing drugs on us for anything (I am lucky to have an amazing doctor who is aware of my preference for natural alternatives wherever possible). And 98% of foods now found in the supermarket are highly processed.

I don't want to eat like that any more.

I know eating unprocessed is near on impossible. You can't easily get un-homogenised and pastuerised milks. Even our "natural" sugar and honey is processed.  What I want to do is go back to eating how we did as kids. Removing the artifical flavourings, colourings, and preservatives from my diet. I know me well enough to know that I can not do that 100% of the time.

But perhaps I can do it 80% of the time. Imagine how much better my body will feel of I can get rid 80% of the crap I put into it.

It will be a difficult transformation. But one I really feel I want to try to achieve. Bit by bit.

I am starting with caffeine. I hate the stuff and I am addicted. And I will slowly make other changes. As I eat the foods that are in my house (I will not throw things away) I will try to replace them with foods that do not contain these additives.

This is something I feel quite strongly about.  This is no longer about losing weight or looking a certain way. This is about making my body the healthiest it can be so that it lasts a very long time.


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Breaking News

For the first time in 9 months my Achilles is feeling strong. I am having no pain, and it feels as though it is ready to take on the world!

Of course, I am going to take it slow, and this weekend I am going to have a go on the bike on the trainer. But based on how it is feeling I am sure it will do really well.

I will keep you updated.


Monday, May 23, 2011

Thinking About Eating

An any of you who have read this for long enough know, I struggle with my weight. Constantly. It seems to be never ending.

Several years ago I lost quite a lot of weight by calorie counting. But it took over my life and I literally fell apart. I have since gained back quite a lot of that weight.

Despite the fact that I know calorie counting and food restrictions work, it is too easy to lose sight of the rest of your life as you become rolled up in and obsessed with food, breaking it down into calories and nutrients and micro-nutrients. It can be all-consuming.

I have tried many times to get back on the calorie counting bandwagon with little success in the last couple of years. Unfortunately it messes my head up.

I have been reading an amazing blog lately called Sassying It Up. Sassy is all about intuitive eating. I have read about this before. I have the books, but I could never really get my head around it. Until this blog. She makes it a bit more simple (for confuzzled people like me).

I am over wanting to lose weight. I just don't care about the appearance factor anymore. I am who I am. But I do want to be healthy. And while I am reasonably healthy now (although not being able to exercise for the last 6 months has severely dented that) I need to be healthier. I am fast approaching 40 and as I want to live to see 80, I need to look after this body that I have.

So I have decided to experiment. I think it will take me a while to get it right, but so far I have been going okay. On the weekend I had a massive chocolate craving. So I bought some Haighs Peppermint Dark Chocolate Frogs. Normally a chocolate craving would see me devour a block of Cadbury.  But one dark, good quality frog, slowly sucked, satisfied my craving. And didn't kill me and far as fat and sugar consumption go.

When I am hungry, rather than reaching for the junk I am trying listen to my body and not my head. My head is the part telling me to grab the junk food. Usually my body is saying carbs, or protein, or veggies. If I listen to my body and make decisions that way, I will be getting what I need, not what I think I want.

This morning I wanted McDonalds Hash Browns and Bacon & Egg McMuffin (hold the bacon). Before driving into the drive through I tried to really listen to my body. It wanted carbs and fibre. I gave it oats. But, I also bought english muffins, cheese and eggs, and made my own Egg & Cheese Muffins for lunch. All cravings satisfied, I can now get through my afternoon without thinking about the foods I "think" I am missing out on.

I have no idea how this will go but I am willing to give it a try.


More Musings

Yesterday afternoon was my Psychic Circle, which was a group of people who got together to learn and practice different techniques for unlocking their psychic abilities. It was a really fun afternoon in a group with 8 amazing people. Ross came with me and we both really enjoyed it.

From there we went to a bookshop where Ross bought me 2 amazing books.

This one has so many beautiful images and descriptions of Fae from all over the world. It is just beautiful.

This one is a Doreen Virtue book (who I just discovered is married to Steven Farmer, and I have several of his books too). Not sure why I bought it, it was just sitting there asking to be bought. LOL

I am still Fly-Lady-ing (is that a word???? LOL) Day 18 was yesterday and it was to read the Fly-Lady 11 Commandments, which I have copied for you here:

FlyLady's Eleven Commandments
1 Keep your sink clean and shiny.
2 Get dressed every morning, even if you don’t feel like it. Don’t forget your lace-up shoes.
3 Do your morning and before bedtime routine everyday.
4 Don’t allow yourself to be sidetracked by the computer.
5 Pick up after yourself. If you get it out, put it away.
6 Don’t try to do two projects at once. ONE JOB AT A TIME.
7 Don’t pull out more than you can put back in one hour.
8 Do something for yourself everyday, maybe every morning and night.
9 Work as fast as you can to get the job done. This will give you more time to play later.
10 Smile even when you don’t feel like it. It is contagious. Make your mind up to be happy and you will be.
11 Don’t forget to laugh everyday. Pamper yourself, you deserve it.

11 Nice little things to live by, I think. :) Day 19, today, is to read a testimonial, which I have duly done. Of course, I am still working through all of my daily tasks, and my home is pretty much always only 10 minutes from being presentable for guests. :)


Sunday, May 22, 2011

My weekend

I have been working on the dishcloths I wrote about the other day. I have now made 5 of them (although I only have 4, my Mum snaggled one of them). I have been using the first one and have washed it. I love it. :) This is the first one I made.

My only concern is that I have used acrylic wool which is all I have, and I am not sure how that will hold up over time. The original patter suggested using pure cotton wool. I will see how these go. If they do not last I will get a better quality wool to make more from. But for now, these are great. :) Here are the other 3 I have made.

Yesterday I went to a little craft fair with my Mum. We thought it was going to be quilts on display, but it was a craft sale. Lots of table of little crafts for sale. I bought a couple of little things like this magnet.

I also got a decision dice. The idea is when you have a hard decision to make you roll the dice and it will give the answer.

I will willing go along with any decision this dice rolls. LOL

This afternoon I am off to a Psychic Development class. Not really sure what it will involve, but I am looking forward to it.


Friday, May 20, 2011

Sorry for the Absence

Life has been busy.

I had my first inspection on the house earlier this week so had to spend the weekend getting things ready for that. We had only been there a month so it is not like it was dirty, but we were only half unpacked (slack I know) plus we moved into a pretty grubby house - on the outside anyway - and I wanted to get that sorted.  Thankfully it is all done now so we now have a sparkling house. :)

Last night I sat down with my knitting needles and made a knitted washable dishcloth. I have been looking for reusable dishcloths I could make rather than buy that would do the job of a chux or scourer. I have a real issue with just how much waste each household creates and have been working on ways to reduce my own waste. There are a few things going on and as I get to try them I will report here. This is my first step to a reduced waste household.

A few days ago I read about knitted ones so decided to give it a try. I finished one last night. It took around 2 hours I guess (maybe a bit less I was up and down doing washing all night). It looks great (will upload a pic on the weekend). But of course, I had to put it to the test. I had left some dishes for this purpose. Firstly I cleaned the benches with it. OMG - so EASY! The on to the dishes.

Well, I am just going to say that I am a convert. As long as it washes up okay (and I am sure it will) then I have found my new dishcloths. I am already halfway through the next one. I figure if I have about 7 or 8 on hand, I can use them for a few days and just put them through the wash with the towels or tea towels. It is not like they take a up a lot of space.

I am also going to do 2 slightly bigger ones in a distinctively different colour that I can use in the bathroom and toilet only.

No more paper towel or disposable cloths for me.

I am still doing the FlyLady although I have not progressed past Day 10. I am shining my sink every night, I have Ross trained to make the bed every morning (I presented it to him that if the bed is made in the morning it will be warmer to get into at night and it worked), I am keeping my "hotspots" under control, and I am doing a 15 minute blitz in one area most days.

Days 11 & 12 are about your "control journal" and de-cluttering your emails. My inbox is always de-cluttered - I hate emails not filed away somewhere. LOL And while I am keeping list of morning and afternoon routines as well as some other stuff, I am not going to put "inspirational quotes" into it. I love quotes, and have them and use them, but I see no need to add it into a folder that is helping me keep my house organised. That is just me though. :)

So if I move to Day 13 it says to pick one of the weeks "Missions" and do it. This week they are focusing on the bathroom and spare rooms. Interestingly I spent about an hour in my craft room (one of the spare rooms) last night getting things sorted. I now have a clear desk in there. I am very happy with that.

Day 14 says to read an essay on the website. Done that.

Day 15 wants us to start making the bed everyday as part of our routine.Well I am already doing that (via Ross who gets up after I leave for work).  Day 16 is to read an email from FlyLady. I do that daily.

So as of now I am on to Day 17. Day 17 says to set a specific bed time and stick to it. This is actually a good idea. My bedtime varies a bit but generally it is around 10.30. I am happy to stick with that. So since I have just skipped through a whole week I will stop there. I am doing well with what I am doing so far. My house is remaining tidy (and it only used to take about 36 hours to look like a bomb had gone off). Ross is enjoying the cleanliness and is therefore helping out. I am enjoying it.

Lots of other stuff happening - have done a Louise Hay "Heal your Life" workshop, went and saw a medium, am about to do my Reiki 2, got accepted into college, had a facial (my first ever), and a few more things. I promise I will keep things more up to date here in future. LMK if you want me to expand on anything.

Till next time!


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Fly Lady - Day 7

I did day 7 yesterday since I missed Wednesday entirely. Yesterdays addition to the plan was to get your clothes out for the next day. I do this about half the time anyway. The intention is that it makes the next morning easier. I agree.

So last night (after another episode of Hoarders - yay!) I went to bed with a Hot Spot cleaned, a shiny sink, and my clothes laid out for today. It felt good.

On other news, I made the absolute best Lentil & Chickpea Dahl last night. I am not normally a fan of Indian food, I was more making it for Ross, but it was heavenly! I can not wait to have it again! LOL I will put the recipe up in the next few days.

This weekend I am going to a Lousie hay "Heal Your Life" workshop. I am right into all of her books right now so I am really looking forward to it.

Saturday night we are going to the Roller Derby. I am not even 100% sure what it is, but it sounds like fun so we are off to see it.

Nothing else much happening other than still going through the storage shed. And "Fly-ing" of course... LOL


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

New Favourite TV Show

I have a new favourite TV show. It is called "Hoarders" and is on Tuesday nights on gem.

I love it.

I spend most of the show sitting there with my mouth hanging open, completely aghast at what I am seeing.

Last nights episode had a lady who had lost custody of her children because the authorities believed her house was unsafe and unsanitary. Gotta say, I agree with them! Her house was disgusting. To get into rooms you had to climb over crap. There were mice and rats everywhere. And the associated droppings that come with a house full of rats. It was feral. And the smell must have been something out of this world...

They go in for 3 days and clear out. But the owner has to give approval for things to be thrown away. She would not let them throw away anything. At the end they had cleared her house completely, but they had put everything into boxes and into storage.

She had...

Wait for it...

1400 boxes of crap!!!!!!!!!!!!  This does NOT include what was left in her house

Made me feel not so bad about the 25 or so I still have sitting in the storage shed... LOL

This show inspires me to be clean. I did not FlyLady yesterday at all.  But after this show I went and gave the kitchen a quick once over (didn't do the dishes though, will do them tonight).

I made Ross watch it with me this week as well. Left him a big gobsmacked too. I believe it has inspired him to throw away more stuff as well. I am pleased... LOL


Monday, May 2, 2011

A Friends Achievement

Yesterday I was lucky enough to be able to go and watch my good friend - the Shrinking Sheep - cross the finish line for her very first Half Marathon! What an amazing atmosphere, people lining the finish line, cheering as they saw their friends come over the last hill and head towards us. SS was absolutely amazing and I was so proud to see her coming over that hill and running up the final stretch. I was completely inspired and am more eager than ever to get over this long-lingering injury so I can get back into my activities.

Other than that I have really just been unpacking and sorting and tidying. Got the first load out of the storage shed. It is actually not as bad over there as I thought. A lot of it is camping gear and Ross's computer stuff. I am sure we will have it emptied out in no time.

Today is Day 6 on Fly Lady (I skipped over Day 5 as it was about writing down your feelings about your house???). So today was to identify your hot spots and tackle one of them for 2 minutes. A Hot Spot is a place in your house where mess and clutter accumulates. I have identified several and did my requisite 2 minutes. You can actually do quite a lot in 2 minutes if you are focussed on one small area. This now becomes part of my daily routine - 2 minutes in a Hot Spot.

The other part of Fly Lady is the daily emails. Each week a specific area of your home is targeted, and each day you are given a 15 minute part of that area to tackle. As I am still doing the "Intro" I have not really been doing that, but I decided to look at it today. I am home sick (gastro) but started feeling better so thought why not. This weeks area is the Front Porch/Entrance/Dining Room. And this is todays "mission".

"Today you are to sweep your front porch area around your front door.
Shake out your welcome mats and wipe down your front door. This
makes a huge difference in how your home looks. We have a tendency
to neglect this area and yet it is the first thing that people see
when they come to your home."

This did not take 15 minutes. My front door was actually filthy, it was on my list to clean it. I don't think the previous tenant ever cleaned it. But now it is lovely. The front porch is small, but it got swept. I was actually quite pleased when it was done.

Now I am making a lentil and barley soup which is smelling delicious. I am sure I will be well enough to go back to work tomorrow.