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Uni life for an adult = friday night in front of the computer….

August 22, 2014

Reading, Reading, Reading.

I need to have a literature review written by 11pm Monday.


and back to reading.

Day off

August 7, 2014

I have a day off today – well – sort of. My work at the moment is busy – and with one worker away on a European holiday means the two of us left are working harder. So I am having the majority of the day off and then heading in to do 2-3 hours work to help out a bit. I did this yesterday too – so that will mean a 6 day working week for me. On top of all the other things I have going on – I am stuffed.

Also we have painted our lounge room, and need to buy some new bit of furniture to go into it. So we are off to IKEA later today to see if there is anything that grabs my attention and will suit the rest of my house. It’s not normally where I would shop for furniture – but a good spot to go for interim pieces until we earn more money/shift home/ make a final decision on style :)


I am still working on this elimination diet – it is tough some days with so much going on – as you need to be organised, have food cooked, have food available to cook etc. I am getting some terrible cravings, although that could of been hormones….. but it could also be the ‘giving up’ of some foods. I have had a few bites here and there and can tell when I have… the gassy burps and heartburn are back within hours. I need to work more on stopping the bites, licks and tastes {BLT’S}.

I am actually doing better than I thought I would -

  • Drinking lots of herbal teas.
  • Sticking to one cup of coffee a day – I was going to eliminate it totally, but I find it a nice “treat” after lunch and figure it is better than chocolate or some other thing that my body reacts worse to. {I am just drinking instant as it is easy to make with my lactose free milk and cheaper too – also soy is off limits for this elimination – and it is hard to find a close coffee shop with lactose free milk}
  • Not eating wheat – I made my own gluten free/wheat free bread mix the other day and made 4 rolls and a big round foccacia style flat bread. Which I cut into 8 triangles, so that is nice for lunches toasted with roasted veg and meat etc.
  • Making my snacks fit in with the food list.



July 31, 2014

I have banished myself to the study while our girls enjoy a meal of delicious smelling pizza!
I am going well on the FODMAP elimination diet {except for a little sneaky biscuit today which has resulted in heartburn!} I need to move away from the temptation.

I am four days in and my tummy is feeling flatter and when I bend over to tie up shoes etc it does not feel like there is a ball in the way. Not sure what that was – Fat? Bloating? or my fear…a growth? Hopefully as the days progress the ‘ball’ in my tummy will get smaller. Which is a great motivator to stay away from the pizza.

I have had almost no heartburn or reflux since I began, and getting heartburn from eating that bicky today I am certainly sure I am doing the right thing.



Day one on FODMAPS…

July 28, 2014

You know I could link all the info here….but I have little time… so I will just do a quick copy paste…. from the Monash University Website.

The Monash University Low FODMAP diet

The research team at Monash University have developed a diet to control gastrointestinal symptoms associated with IBS/FGID. The team has focused on a group of carbohydrates they have named FODMAPs (stands for Fermentable Oligo-saccharides, Disaccharides, Mono-saccharides and Polyols).

FODMAPs can be poorly absorbed in the small intestine. Mal-absorbed carbohydrates are fermented by gut bacteria to produce gas. Current research strongly suggests that this group of carbohydrates contributes to IBS/FGID symptoms. FODMAPs are found in a wide range of foods.


Anyways, I have known I was going to start today for around 2-3 weeks and have been working and planning it all. I will have to come back and write up more – but for now I knew it was coming and was ready, and it was not all that hard. Tomorrow may be harder.

Day 1:

B: Lactose free milk and yogurt, banana smoothie

S: Strawberries – Rooibos tea.

L: Brown rice, tuna with salsa , raw green beans and red capsicum. Dressing: 1 t olive oil, 1 t lemon juice, pepper.

S: Avocado (1/4) spread on rice cakes, with 15g cheese. Rooibos tea x2

D: Steak, steamed potato, ratatouille (zucchini, capsicum, eggplant, tinned tomatoes)

S: Tea, 4 Rice crackers, 2 banana bread macaroons., green tea.


Notes on today’s eating:

I  no heartburn until 4pm!!!! Until I had the cheese…so that is out now :(

Oh and the tuna – it had onions – oops didn’t read that label.


Ps: I am following the 6 week FODMAP elimination plan, as well as eliminating more foods that give me grief with heartburn and reflux – such as Cheese (def. now), coffee, chocolate, margarine, butter – and probably more as I go along. :/

What’s been happening huh?

July 27, 2014

I have just downloaded a heap of photo’s off my phone and felt the urge to place a few on here… to show my adventures and all….


I had a change of hair colour.

I continue to suffer with extreme bloating and distension… as shown here, and have seen a dietitian and will be starting the FODMAP elimination diet on Monday. I am excited, nervous, apprehensive, curious and willing.


My eldest daughter, who has always been a mega fan of Ariel, turned 10! We bought her an Ariel wig.


Many walks still occur, this one was on a rare sunny winters day.


I completed a few new sewing projects for Uni… I like this bag…funky and functional.


That same sunny winters day – just gorgeous!


I took the kids ice skating during the holidays – great fun, freezing cold and the most uncomfortable hired skates ever. I only lasted 1 hour! I HAD to get them off my feel. The kids had a ball though.



Celebrated my 14th Wedding Anniversary. It was a quiet day, but with flowers delivered! Wow. There was a time when I never thought I would see this celebration – but I am so thankful we persevered through the tough times and I would not be without him. Love you J-boy.
















What an awkwardly arranged set of pics. How do they do it – get them all neatly lined up and with writing underneath???
Anyway – its bed time for me. So excited to crawl into a warm bed!

And another month –

July 26, 2014

Time is flying. Months disappear in a blink.

I feel like I am clinging on for dear life – and am wanting to yell Stop!

But I am also trapped somewhat. Trapped into a weekly rhythm that I agreed to – but now find it’s drowning me.

I work – 20-28 hours per week, I study 2-3 Uni subjects at a time, I live with a shift-worker, I have a family to care for, a home to look after, friends to see, family to catch up with, exercise to do, health to maintain.

And I am skimming them all. Just.  And I hate it.

This is me verbalising a  mini-meltdown over a complete lack of time to attend to anything fully.

And another way of avoiding a rather large and horrible assignment. That is worth 60% and is due on Friday.

I am mostly done…. well 3/4 done.

And I am still so unsure if I am doing the right thing – or if I am on the right track. It is not something I have ever done before and while I researched and questioned everyone… I still find myself doubting myself {But then that is what I do}.

I need to move away from the internet and open files, and word docs and at least look interested……

A month almost gone….

June 28, 2014

I may as well just post all my small beginning posts over this month of June…. I never get time to finish them….

June 14th: Yesterday was a ‘new’ beginning. After the crazy that was the month of May and all my committments were done, I figured I would just pick up where I left off before the crazy and get right back into exercise and healthy eating.

but nope.

Instead I was hit with a large case of the ‘over its’ and spent the week enjoying sitting on my couch, doing loads of washing then folding  those loads of washing, going to bed early and just enjoying being around home again.

June 19th: Getting back into the swing of things, but then…. Uni assessment time strikes…. I swear I go round and round in every increasing? decreasing? circles. There is no time again to do the exercise thing, as I am up to my neck in work 3 times a week, uni lectures x3 a week, 2 assessment due with one an essay {Bleugh}, as well as the normal house, kids, shift working husband routine.

June 24th: Typing this time with the intention of pushing the publish button.

My essay was submitted, and I am still working on the next assignment due  – which is part of an Intensive course I am doing in the Uni “break”. I am a sucker for these things – and always swear I WILL NOT be doing the next one, and lo and behold I sign up… mainly due to the fact that one whole subject that I can tick of my list is done and finished and over in less than 2 weeks. Sounds so much better than 12-13 long weeks of lectures etc.

So I continue to sign up, then I regret it all once I am in the middle of the crazy fortnight to get 12-13 weeks of work done in less than 2!

Ha. I feel just a little crazy and over the demands of it.

Exercise??? NONE and hating it. Can’t seem to move my body out of bed on these cold winter mornings, Can’t find the motivation to head out in the dark after an 8hr day at work. It is something I really, really need to work on, as I hate not moving, and my body is becoming increasingly softer and rounder. I need to begin small and work up, and not expect so much each time I have time to exercise. I notice from my tracking book that my infrequent, as in once a week, workouts recently have been around the 1 hour length in time, so I need to work on getting out more often {daily} for shorter times… so that they do seem achievable, for 1 hour every few days is not achievable either and that is why I am not doing anything at all.

Food??? I am tracking, although some most days I do not get to the end of the day with writing it out. I generally am eating a healthy diet, but last week, oh man…. it was when I was eating KFC {and hating and regretting it as it was so so so very gross – and not just in a fatty way, but in a undercooked, old oil, soggy chip kinda way as well} that I knew it had to stop, I need to more organised for those super busy days.

June 28th:

Still typing this damn thing. I need to press publish and move on with my life.

I am still tracking and working at eating all the right foods for my strange digestive system. I actually lost .5 kg this week {or over 6 weeks}, but I am not excited yet, it can be gained with only a half day of eating the ‘wrong’ foods.

I have booked in to see a Dietitian, as I am pretty much over not knowing what does and what does not affect my gut. Yesterday it was a biscuit, the day before stir fry with noodles. I just can’t work it out.

Am I gluten intolerant? Wheat? Dairy? Fructose? What? Everything maybe – probably nothing.

Anyway -I will not Dr Google or self prescribe until I see her and try and work out a plan.

I am off out to dinner tonight with friends – and a game of pool in a pool hall, so excited for this. But the weather here is freezing and I need to go get dressed in my many layers to stay warm!!!

pressing publish……..
Are you proud of me???


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