Saturday, December 27, 2014

Merry Christmas everyone ...

Well as you read this Christmas is done and dusted for another year.  Looking around it seems everyone had a lovely christmas and so did we.  We celebrated for two days with all our family and now its time for a little R & R.  As usual because of our busy work load at this time of year we did all our christmas and grocery shopping the day before.  We were stuffed christmas eve.  

We spent christmas day with Mr T's family, there must have been over 40 of us.  The weather was great - if  not a bit muggy - plenty of food and presents and to cap it off we had the Thompson family treasure hunt.  Lots of cryptic clues which kept us guessing for a good couple of hours. Sorry to say we did not win.  



 Kayla taking aim to get grandad ...

 start of the presents . . .

 Boxing Day Family get together and more presents . . .

 Krystal and Jaxon

 Lucas, Nick and Sophia

Dave, Kelly and Kayla.  Frozen was quite popular this year.

 Water fun

Our pretty Miss Sophia

So I realise that its been nearly two months since I posted.  A lot has happened in that time.  So many things, one after another.  Good and bad.  

I had meant to update before now, but I was never in the right mood to put it down.  

I'm on holiday now.  The mad rush is over and I can finally relax.  So in the next day or so I'll do another post. 

Until then keep safe and enjoy the holidays.   

Ciao xxx


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

One way or another . . .

I'm going to get there.  Been a very busy, busy time lately.  

After getting Nick settled in to his new place, Sophia got quite sick.  The Dr said it was a 24 hour bug, but after 4 days there was no improvement so I made the kids take her up to ER to get her checked out properly.  I was worried she'd end up too dehydrated even though I bought a load of lemonade iceblocks - it was the only thing she was able to keep down.  Breaks your heart when they get like this.  Feel so helpless.
 So they checked her out, put her on a drip, gave her some meds to help with the diarhorea and sent her home.

Slowly after that she came right .  She's now our happy smiling girl again.

 Then we had Kelly and the kids out to stay for the night while Dave went to Napier to watch the rugby.  Jaxon had all of us up during the night. lol.  Teething.  I got the 1.30am and 7.30 am shift.

All our grandbabies are growing up.  Kayla is turning into a little tomboy.  

 She goes out with her Dad hunting sometimes.  And don't worry she is well supervised.  Her Dad is a wonderful father.  She stays in the car.  

Then the following weekend we got a call from Krystal.  She's studying at AUT and she had a fall out with her flatmates and had to move her stuff out.  So Mr T and I did a trip up to Auckland to get her things and bring her home for a bit.  She's back up in Auckland now in a new place and a lot happier.  

 She is doing so well and turning into a beautiful young woman.  We are very proud.

About three weeks ago my son Matt, who moved down to Wellington at the beginning of the year, phoned and said he'd like to come back home and work for us.  He was up in August for his birthday and Mr T had mentioned that John who worked for us was thinking about moving to Australia.  He isn't but, our business has really taken off and we needed to find someone else - so he was the perfect choice.  He's been home since Sunday and he's already been a huge help.  I think he was a bit homesick, missed his family and his friends, but think he wanted to be here with his brother while Nick and Janelle were going through there separation.  All in all I don't think it is a bad thing. 

So it's been quite full on the past few weeks and I'm looking forward to things slowing down a bit and taking a few deep breaths.

I can't tell you how happy I am daylight savings happen this weekend and now that  the cold snap has hopefully past I'm looking forward to enjoying time outside in my garden at the end of the day.

The smoking or non-smoking should I say is going great.  Nearly 3 weeks now.  Mr T is putting on weight, 5 kgs so far, and  he looks really good.  It hasn't been easy though.  The cravings hit at the oddest of times, but I find brushing my teeth and chewing gum helps.

Once things finally settle down into more of a routine I want to get back to blogging properly.  It helps to keep me on track and most important - it's my diary too.  The good, the bad and the ugly, lol.

See you soon.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Achey breaky heart . . .

On Saturday my son told me that he and Janelle were separating.  I am so gutted.  They put off telling us for two weeks because of Lucas's birthday and the family coming home.  The decision was mutual apparently and everything is very amicable.  But mine and Mr T's heart is breaking.  We both know what the reality is like when couples separate.  No matter how amicable it is - there  still is pain.

I'm so worried about Lucas and Sophia.  How they handle it depends on how they are in front of them.  Kids pick up on the atmosphere that is going on around them. 

Mr T and I are moving him on Saturday.  

We also had Kayla and Jaxon on Saturday night so their mum and dad could have a break.  I finally managed to get photos of them when they were still.


Gorgeous bubbas.

Everything else is going fine.  The no smoking is hard, but pushing through.  Some days are easier than others.

Eating is going well - I'm slowly losing and Mr T is slowly gaining. I'm being very careful not to use food as a substitute for not smoking.

That's about it for the moment.

Ciao for now.



Friday, August 22, 2014

Been a busy few weeks ...

Lots of family activity.

First off, our wee premmie boy turn 5 and is now a school boy.  

My first visit.  My finger was nearly as long as his leg.

Lucas and Sophia

First day of school

Then last weekend we had all but one of the kids at home and the grandchildren. I was so dumb, I forgot to get photos.  I was just so busy enjoying them all.  

Then on the Sunday we went out to Lake Okataina to check out the wedding venue for Kelly's wedding next February.  Krystal took a photo of us which is not too bad.  Just wished I'd had more sleep the night before and my face wasn't so fat.  

So now I confess to the eating not being flash.  Two weekends of takeaways and lunches doesn't aid weight loss.  

 Now really is the time to start clean healthy eating because we've had a health scare.

I've been umming and ahhing this past week whether to blog about it or not, but I've decided to simply because it's somewhere I can keep a record of everything.

Here goes.

Probably one of the reasons my face looks so fat was because I was up most of the night bawling my eyes out.  Mr T blurted out the night before that he had leaukemia.  God, my world completely dissolved.  I knew he went for the results of his blood test on Friday and he told me everything was fine.  He waited till Saturday when it was just us and my son Matt and his girlfriend.  He didn't want anyone else to know but Matt so that he could give me some support.  It was a pretty sucky night.  Lots of talking and discussion trying to get my head around it.

Then when I got up in the morning he told me huney I got it wrong.  It's not leaukemia, it's emphysema.  Still not good but a better outlook.

This week I've done a lot of research, as you do, he's been back to see our doctor, he saw a locum last week as she's been on leave.  She explained it to him really well, and relieved his mind a lot.  It cannot be reversed, but he can stop it from progressing if he stops smoking.  That means me too.  I don't smoke during the day, but I do at the end of the day.  For me it's all about changing the routine I'm in when I get home from work.  For Mr T it is going to be harder as he smokes all day, he won't eat, but will smoke.  It's going to be real hard but in saying that, this week he has had 4 smokes a day.  Today is day 1 on champix.  We know it could make him sick but he's been through all the side effects and he's very determined.  And I am very determined. I've been making him eat breakfast this week and it seems to be helping.

The prognosis is good.  The emphysema is in the very early stages and if he stops smoking now his life expectancy is normal.  If not 2 - 5 years. End of story. 

Plus a change of lifestyle, eating healthy, keeping active will help with both of our wellbeing.  We've spent the last few years under so much pressure and stress we need to start reversing things.  

This weekend we will be busy.  I have to spend a day in the workshop, then we have Kayla and Jaxon for the night.  I'm going to keep myself busy by cleaning and hoping to have a day in the garden.  This week I got someone in to tidy up the front of the section, trim trees, weed, mow and edge and now I just want to get out and get some flowers in ready for spring/summer.  

I'm going to embrace this full on and hopefully I might be able to get Mr T interested in cooking too.  

The next week or two is going to be hard but I'm just going to have to keep him focussed on the positives.

Looking forward to a brighter future.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

All quiet on the homefront . . .

Blogland has gone quiet and I’m just as much to blame cause I’ve been pretty lousy myself when it comes to blogging. 

I’m trying to be careful what I write as normally after I say everything fine the crap jumps up and bites me in the arse.  So I’m careful not to jinx myself.

I fell off a ladder a couple of weeks ago and landed fair squat on my back although it was my butt that wore the brunt of it.  Funny no bruising  but I still find it hard to bend over, just as well there’s plenty of padding to cushion the fall.

Got home from work last night and Mr T told me he’d fallen off the ladder as well and he’s sprained his hand.  Flippin heck what a pair we are.    I don’t think we’ll risk going ice skating anytime soon.

I haven’t been on the scales for a while – I think I’m still doing okay.  I’m eating well and no crap so I should be okay for a weigh in tomorrow.

I’m busy at the work at the moment.  I’ve got a project happening.  Next year is the 20th anniversary of our scholarship programme.  I’ve been there since the beginning.  I am starting to feel old now.  But I just want to say I do love my job 95% of the time.  I do look after the scholarship portfolio and that’s nearly 900 students in that time and over $6million in grants.  So many of those students have done some amazing things and I’ve lobbied the Trustees to publish a book on where they are now and how far they have come.  I’m having a ball.  But it’s not always easy to track them down but Facebook and Linkedin are great and I’m able to track a lot them down through those avenues.  I prefer Linkedin as that tracks their career paths.  Can’t wait to get the book together. 

Righto, I’m going to sign off and next time maybe blog about something more interesting.

Ciao for now. xx

Friday, June 13, 2014

Cruising . . .

After a rollercoaster couple of years things are starting to finally sort themselves out.  It's a huge relief and I'm glad we can just take a couple of steps back to unwind for a bit.  



We took last weekend off and headed over to Newdicks Beach with the kids for a spot of fishing.  The day was just amazing, so hot and beautiful weather - a reminder of summer.

My little shadows.

We did a good deed as well and rescued a french tourist who got his van stuck in the sand.

 I kinda sabotaged myself a wee bit over the weekend.  Had a lot of takeaways. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Unfortunately a lot carbs for me.   

Well you got have fish n chips when you're at the beach don't you.

I really suffered for it though - I felt so blah for a couple of days.

But Sunday I started eating properly and managed to score a 100gm loss instead of a huge big gain.

I have also discovered these wraps at Pak n Save.  They are only 11.1 grams of carbs per serving but one wrap filled with lettuce cheese chicken salad keeps me going right through till dinner - it is so filling. 

Looking forward to another lovely weekend and catching up with Kayla and Jaxon.

Hope you all have a good weekend too.


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Still here, still losing . . .

Time seems to be getting away from me at the moment.   Gosh the end of next week we'll be half way through the year.  Gulp.

I've lost another 700gms since my last post.  Not as fast as when I first did a LCHF diet a couple of years ago but I'm still happy with what I'm doing.

At the moment I've just cut out wheat.  The bread, pasta.

I still have a wee bit of potato, not a lot - but at least 2 - 3 times a week.    I'm not really a sweet tooth person, so sugar doesn't worry me.  I have equal tabs for my coffee but that's about it.  

I do eat a lot of vegetables and a bit of dairy and most days at least a couple of eggs.  

And I've added more fat to my diet - and I love it.

I use olive oil, cream and thickened cream, sour cream, cream cheese and I have developed a taste for avocados.  Before I didn't like them at all.  Shame they're a bit expensive at the moment.

But butter I love.  Always have.  I have always hated the taste of margarine.  It tastes like plastic to me.  

I love a nice dollop of butter over my veges.  A slice of homemade garlic butter on my steak or meat.  


Once I use to worry about eating butter, but not now.

I'll even admit that I eat the fat off the meat.  Don't get me wrong.  I don't like fatty meat but I do like to eat the fat off a pork chop or a steak.  I can remember my mum telling me that it was the best part.  

Growing up as a kid we were a typical family of those days.  We had the kiwi 1/4 acre block, a great big vege garden out the back.  We use to buy our meat from the butcher - not a supermarket.  Our eggs came from the neighbour down the road who raised chooks.  

We use to spend a lot of our time outside, playing rounders in the backyard.  Running back and forward to the clothesline to score runs.  Building huts outside and spending the day in them.  Gosh we had a lot of fun.

Oops sorry about that, just went off on a tangent for a bit.  The way we were.

Anyway things all slowly falling into place and seem to be turning around.  Certainly the prognosis is looking a lot healthier which makes things a lot better to deal with.

I'll leave you with another photo of the grandies.  Janelle' a graphic designer and sometimes she "uses" the kids as models.  This ones for doidy cups.


And on that note I'll say Ciao for now.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Losing weight, losing inches and gaining sleep . . .

So how's that for a positive post title.  And it's all true.

I'm weighing daily, mainly so I can see how my body is reacting to what I'm eating.  One day it can go up but then the next down, up, then down a bit more.  Tuesday when I weighed I was only 400gms down from my first week, but the next day it was down a lot more.  I'm not getting hung up on the numbers because I know it's just a snapshot for that particular moment and the next day is different.  What is important to remember is that as it balances out the numbers are falling.  

Another strong indicator for me at the moment is I'm fitting into more of my clothes that have been a bit too snuggly.  When you sit down in front of a screen all day you don't want anything that is a bit tight around the waist.  It gets very uncomfortable as the day progresses.  But now I have four more outfits I can choose from.  It's a bit of fun going through my wardrobe and finding things that I can wear that I haven't for a while.  

Overall my health and well being are improved.  I seem to have more energy.  I'm sleeping really well. Before I use to wake up at least two to three times a night. Now when I wake up it's mainly because of the alarm or even I wake just before its due to go off and feel very rested.  I still wake up occasionally once during the night but that's due to either having a loo stop or I'm flippin hot.  I have no problem getting back to sleep though.

Life is still a bit of a rollercoaster but I am coping.  I just try not to get stressed, just take everything in.  Keep positive.  

I thought I might have caved in, but so far I've found everything has fallen into place.  First week I thought I was eating a lot (mainly protein) but I still had a good loss.  Now I'm finding I'm eating less and feeling fuller for a longer time.  In fact during the week my main meal is lunch, then I just have a light snack in the evening.   At the weekend I will have breakfast, then go through to dinner.

The amount of information and support online for the primal/paleo way of eating is fantastic - even here in New Zealand.  More and more products are becoming more readily available as more people become aware.  I've joined a group on Facebook called Ari Eats Community.  It's fantastic.  So many recipes, ideas, help - totally amazing.  You should check it out.

It was Miss Sophia's 2nd birthday last week.  We had a grandparents only birthday.  

Happy Birthday Sophia!!!!!!  We love you lots.


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Pretty happy with that . . .

Well first week wheat free and I'm down 1.3kg so I'm pretty happy with that.

It's been no effort at all.

I made  mini salmon quiches (one of  Lynda's recipes) for dinner last night and OMG it was delish.  I had plenty left for lunch today.

Only took me 5 mins to prepare - definitely will be making this again as well as experimenting with other ingredients.

At the moment I'm having a couple of hard boiled eggs mashed around 10am, lunch which is mostly leftover dinner from the night before and dinner around 6.30 -7pm. 

After having two short weeks in a row I'm not sure how I'm going to pull off a 5 day week lol.  It's been really great - having lots of sleep ins and catching up on a lot of things.

Things are turning around at last and for that I'm extremely grateful. 


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Ditching the Wheat . . .

 It's what works for me.  I'm cutting out bread, pasta and rice.  

I've lost and maintained a 4 kg loss since late last year which is good but with the colder weather now upon us I want to feel good in my jeans, no urge to undo the top button or have a muffin roll.

Pretty much I've been pretty good with my carb intake even though I have been having bread occasionally.  But the week leading up to Easter we did have a few buns.  Both at work and at home.  Come Sunday, I was feeling a little blah - scales were the same - but I felt so bloated.

So I made up my mind to commit to what works for me.  Just wanted to get the feeling back that I had a couple of years ago when I lost 13 kgs.
Today is Day 2 of no wheat.  I will let you know how I'm going after 14 days.

I hope everyone had a great Easter.  For us it was just a time to relax and weather being crappy the whole time there was no guilt about doing just that.  

We had Jamie and Krystal down from Whangarei and Auckland so that was great.  Had a chance to catch up and do a bit of pampering.  Hopefully it won't be too long before we get to do it again.  Auckland pretty much will be where we will all get together.

Righto another short week - 3 days work, 3 days off.  Then apart from Queens Birthday it will be the long cold days till October.  So better make the most of it.

Catch ya soon.

Happy . . .

Life is great, things are going way better than expected ( I hope I don't bloody jinx it)  we are good, we are happy, we are relaxed....