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Back on the rails again

November 11, 2015

I do feel so much better now. The walk I did last night was 55 minutes long, which took me to the post office, round the back of the footy oval and back home.

The only yuck bit was that my stomach was huge and bloated by the end of the walk, making me waddle a bit a lot- but I know the cause of that and it is all my own fault. I bought a packet of chips yesterday, on a whim, and they were BBQ flavour…guaranteed to have garlic and/or onion powder in them. Garlic and onion {in any form fresh, powdered etc} – having done a FODMAP elimination diet – are my killers for bloating causing major stomach distension. Like I am 7 months pregnant distended! It’s yucky feeling and makes me look awful.
And I should know better than to eat chips with flavour. I should know better than to eat chips at all!

Having worked as Chef’s for most of our lives – cooking with garlic and onion is second nature – but about 6 months ago I cut them out of home cooking, using instead the green ends of spring onions {“allowed” on FODMAP} and celery to get the beginnings of wet dishes such as pasta sauce or a roux. We have not noticed much of a difference.

Although it does amaze me how we have so easily CUT out onion and garlic – just-like-that! Without even giving it much thought. It was just done.

But have yet to cut out chocolate, chips, lollies and the like :) They cause me as much grief…yet I cling on to them!


I should be setting myself small goals for the rest of this year to begin to CUT them out of my life too…. As I know it will make me feel so much better again.

Right so I should and so I will!….. this month {11/11/15 – 11/1215} I will cut out eating lollies. No more –  as they make me feel rotten – the same as sausages, onions, garlic and bread.


Today I am off to visit a friend for a coffee, write up a menu plan and shopping list, tidy my study in anticipation of a Uni subject beginning in two weeks and a Zumba class.


Doing it for the good of it..even if I don’t want to!

November 10, 2015

I am feeling frustrated and frumpy.

The reason? A lack of exercise!

The reason? Life, family, kids.

All three have gotten in the way of me moving. And it leaves me cranky and no fun to be around.

I need to get out and move, and as always I need to make that “first” walk an easy one. Something that I can achieve without too much effort, thought or commitment – one that leaves me feeling so much better so I WaNt to head out again!!

So tonight is that walk. I am going to walk to the post box, through a few extra streets of the town and home again.

I know it will have me feeling so much better shortly.

Even though I know I do not want to go out and walk.

I will.

So its been a while….

November 2, 2015

2 months, maybe more…. and I am feeling the need to write again.

1/ Our NEW house…. we have moved. Finally! After a long 12 week settlement the day finally arrived. In fact we have been here for 2 weeks now. The move went well, and at no time did we feel like we were never moving again… I think the 12 weeks helped a lot for this, as we had plenty of time to be well organised and ready to go. Also, owning two homes at one {a country manor and a city residence ;) } really helped in making everything run smoothly. We had plenty of time to not only empty and clean one house, but had enough time to clean and fill another. I was over the cleaning bit at the the end though, I will admit!

2/ Our OLD house…. is still unsettled – $$$ wise. Lots of very stressful issues with the conveyancer in getting all the right paperwork to the right offices has made this part of house buying/moving very yukky. So to paraphrase a long winded and winding story – we are in breach of contract due to the fact we cannot supply the ‘goods’ that have been promised, are stuck in the middle and have no blame what-so-ever butt can’t do jack shit about it, and so we made the decision late last week to grant a ‘Licence to Occupy’… meaning the purchasers can move in before they have paid for the house.
It is not what we wanted to do, but didn’t really want to risk losing the buyers of our house if they pulled out of the sale due to the breach of contract…..seeing how we DO have two homes under bridging finance… and a hefty double mortgage!

So now all we can do, and it is all we have ever been able to do, is wait for the professionals to do their job…. and if they had done their job in the first place we would not be in this mess. Ahem. We hope all this business is concluded sometime late this week, and we will be back to one mortgage, one home and a life a little less stress filled!

I do often think that I will look back at this time and shake my head and smile at the craziness of it all….. I KNOW that will happen later on…but for now  – it sucks!

3/ Our NEW town…. from only living here for two weeks we are settling in quite well. There are some things that will take  a bit to get used to… night time noises are weird, it’s very dark with minimal street lighting, our mail is in the post box at the post office (1.3km away) and it is a lot quieter.
But there are some lovely things too – being able to walk the kids to school which is only 800mt away and takes 10 mins to walk, the quiet mornings, sitting out the back of our place with a cup of coffee while pondering life is pretty nice, the neighbours kids come and go and play and stay and the view’s when I am out walking. It’s all pretty nice really. It is going to take a bit more time to really feel part of the community, but we are working on that by being as active and out and about as much as possible, saying hello and joining groups – it’s hard meeting new people but it’ll happen.

Here are a few pics from around the place….


Fields and a sunrise


The long straight country roads – just have to remember to pay attention to cars…


Roo’s in a field – I think they live there.


So – there is too much time gone by to re-cap all that has been going on – so I will begin again. Kinda like a new start… fresh house/fresh start. Always is a good time to shake up a routine I think!

Having left my gym, and WW, before we moved I knew that being up here would be good to begin again some of my old ways of being active and healthy. I am going to list them here and will check in in 6months time to see if I have succeeded in my shake up..

1/ I want to walk more. This is something I never fail at – I love to walk, I love to listen to podcasts while walking, I love to look at the world around me while walking. I love longer walks and am aiming to try out some of the local walking tracks like the Mawson trail and some walks in Mt Crawford forest, but when I cannot be bothered doing anything strenuous I know I can do a quick walk to check the mail box {2.6km there and back} and always will feel much better about myself in general.

2/ Join a workout group – and I have…Bootcamp! started this morning at Woodside at 6am.. it goes for 7 weeks, 2x per week. Will discuss this more tomorrow….

3/ I want to ride my bike more –  and there is a fantastic bike track – the Amy Gillett Bikeway, only 7km away {in the next town}, that is purpose built using the old railway line and very very scenic!

4/ I want to do more home workouts…we have all the equipment needed, its minimal, but I am sure that it is all I would need. The girls would love it if I did this, and would join in… and for my 11yr old… it would be a big help for her confidence, her fitness skills and for keeping her active and moving.

5/ I want to menu plan each week again. Now that all my cookbooks and recipe books are unpacked I plan on getting the old system back up and running. Also, we want to go on a rather large, once-in-a-lifetime holiday at the end of next year… so budgeting in almost back in action {once the damn house settles that is..}.

6/ I want to be more organised in cooking good healthy food and in eating that good food. I want to take my own food with me more often too – as this is where I often ‘fall of the wagon’ and eat food that makes me feel rotten. More planning and being organised each week can only lead to this occurring.

I think that is all there is to assisting my future healthy me… I will check in again in 6 months to see how I am going!

But for now, I need to hop up out of this computer chair and begin my day….

Climbing out of the sickness hole.

August 27, 2015

Another month of the year slips by and we are looking the end of August. Time does indeed fly by when you get older, and I have to remember the good things that happened in the month, rather than lamenting the time is gone forever.

First things – our house. Well, nothing new has come on the market in Birdwood – so we jumped, both feet together – into our new adventure. We had another look at the house we like, this time though, we bought along a tribe of friends and family to help us/ show us that we would be making a good, and the right decision to go ahead and purchase that house. There were a lot of head nods, smiles and ‘go for its…’ – so we did. We put in an offer, and a few counter-offers – until both parties reached a number that felt okay.

We had a building inspection – and again, bought up a tribe of family members, this time all the parents who all gave ‘the nod’ of approval. Building inspection was passed, with only a few minor things needed to do – fix taps, replace taps, paint fading woodwork – all easy done and planned already.
And now we wait for the final, all okay, home loan approval. We have no worries about it, just need the final, big red stamp…. and that should happen today :)
And then the house will be ours.

We are both really happy, for it just feels right. Even walking around the house, it always has felt right. Walking through other homes has not had us feeling like this, and each time we got back into the car we would look at each other and say ‘it’s nice, but not like the one in Birdwood.So it does make sense to have bought this one.

Settlement day is now only 6 weeks away, and we have begun packing. The house looks odd, but I am so okay with the boxes and our stuff not around. I am ready to leave this house and begin our new adventure.



Well, I was doing really well, even lost a kg at WW….unheard of in my recent history… and then the flu got me. Achy back, prickly sensitive skin – which came on all of a sudden, so much that Miss 11 put me to bed and made me a cup of tea. Ahh so awful! That was early last week, and since then all I have done is lay on the couch, rest, lay on the bed for a sleep, got to bed at 9pm {totally weird for me as I am a night owl}, sit down after every activity and then rest a bit more. I have not felt so flat and lethargic for some time. Next year, flu vaccine for me.

Today I feel better. Much better, functioning adult better. I even went out and did a 40 min walk. A slow walk, but out in the world and in the slightly-warmer-than-last-week sunshine {spring is around the corner!}. I can only get better each day now, and for that I am thankful.

Today, I also go back to eating on plan. No snacking on chocolate, chips or crackers with cheese. Just normal eating. I need it, for the body sluggish-ness is getting me down. Also, my heartburn is back with full force. I had porridge with banana this morning…. and I suffered with the burning my whole walk. Gah. It is time to get that back under control too.


July 23, 2015

YIPPEEEEE – our house sold!… last time I wrote I spoke about a couple returning to look for a 2nd time and hoping they would put in an offer to buy….. well they did put in an offer – one we liked very much, so we accepted and now we are about a day away from putting a SOLD sticker up on the board out the front.

Their conditions were a cash sale {no other house to sell} and a 3.5month settlement {so they did not have to break their lease on the rental they are living in}. We decided that seeing we have no house to go to yet, and they offered us exactly what we were thinking would be a great amount for this house – that it was worth going for.

The time left until we settle is a long though {14weeks!!}, and as the days tick slowly by we are beginning to realise that this length of time may feel like an eternity, especially now the house is sold we just want to get up to our new town and begin living.

We still do not know where we will live up in the hills, there is one house, I think I spoke of it a while ago – well it has been on the market for a long time – almost 18months. It holds everything we want for in a house, good heating/cooling, lots of space, room for the kids to run, close to the schools, in the main town – BUT…. it has been on the market a LONG time – so we question why over and over? how come no one wants it? is it a dud? are the neighbours crappy {their house certainly looks like a junk yard..} does it flood? are the bill so excessive? WHY? WHY? WHY?
So yes, we like it – it has everything we want – but it does have a few things that are not overly desirable….. and so we hang off from buying it…. it’s not like it’s selling fast….

We hang on to see if anything else comes onto the market that is just as good, and comparable, and perhaps more than this one. At the moment we have time – 14 weeks of time – but as the weeks go by we will need to make some decisions…but for now we have to hold our nerve, so to speak. And try to time it all just right – so not to miss out on this house – as well as not missing out on the ‘possible’ next great house too.

It is winter here in Australia, and down in South Australia it is as cool as it is going to get – mid-winter… in the the little town we have decided to move to it is currently -2 ish overnight – so as the weeks go by it will begin to get warmer again and I am sure homes will come onto the market….. we just have to hold our nerve and not jump too quick!

But then we question -Why are we waiting…. this house has ALL the things we want in a property!!!!!

ARRRRRGGGGHHHH – it is just a difficult questioning/waiting time……

Some more things that have been happening…

July 9, 2015

Uni. I am back at it…. this time though, it is only a 5 day subject, with what I knew was going to become a content that was a toughie and will take all the brain space left over…. Its on Curriculum.
We will be discussing it, reading about it, debating over it. Living it, I guess.
I can see that most nights and all weekend are going to be spent with my arse sat right here in my desk chair…reading, writing, pondering and if I am truthful…. procrastinating.

Still, it will leave me with only 3 subjects to go when I am done. So that is a rather nice thought to get me through the next week or so until all assessments are handed up.


The house. It has been on the market a week so far, and we have had 3 couples through, with one couple interested enough to be coming back this Saturday for another look. We still are just taking it one day at at time, and are not getting worked up or even excited that they will put and offer in and buy the place….well maybe just a little hint, a little stir of what I could call anticipation of what could possibly happen,,,,, :)


Health. I am not doing anything dramatic, either way. Not being unhealthy and eating all the junk food in the world and not being super strict either.
I have decided to take my lunch each day to uni, snacks too… as it is the cheapest, easiest, nicer way to eat… and less boring  – the Cafe at the uni has had the contract for more than 5  years and has had the same style salads on offer the whole time. Bleuggh.

I also parked a little way off today and walked in. This too is an economical decision and a boredom decision…. making me move, saving me cash and I get to look at the pretty scenery in the suburb that the Uni is situated in.


School holidays. The kids have gone to their grannies overnight tonight! and we are off to have tea with lovely friends! So excited. I should really, really be sitting here reading and writing and pondering…but I think I will enjoy dinner just as much.

As a kind-of ‘farewell’ we had a bbq dinner and a games night last night with the kids. It was a delicious meal and a hilarious board game with ended with Miss L slipping off her chair, flinging the score board plus associated markers across the room, landing on floor with a thump and promptly farting loudly. Hysterical laughter ensued. It was a memorable night.
And one they will remember for a long time. Isn’t that what childhood is all about? Those memorable moments that you continue to recall well into adulthoood???
Then I am so glad to be able to offer those to my children.


some things that are going on….

July 2, 2015

My days are really filled to the brim at the moment.

Our house is finally ready to sell!
We spent weeks scrubbing, painting and finishing the inside and the outside. And in between all that we did lots of sorting, chucking and packing of our stuff. So much stuff! I am not sure how many boxes we packed up, 8-10? maybe, but as of right now I could only tell you what is in a few of them…. so that may well mean another big clear-out at the other end.
We ‘interviewed’ 3 agents, picked the one we thought we would go with from the start, signed on the line and cleaned and cleaned to have photo’s taken – and they look pretty amazing, I am really happy with how the house turned out.
The house plans were then drawn up, a script written {and corrected a few times}, and then it went ‘live’ on the internet last night at 6pm! Phew. WE CAN RELAX…. sort of, kind of…. ummm no.
And all that hard work was not in vain, for by lunch time today two people had rung about the property – so here is hoping that it sells quickly, easily and of course for a great price :)
We STILL do not have a house that we want to buy, actually we do like a certain house {that has a small parcel of land} – but are hoping to hold out until this house sells, and maybe? pay less for it having cash and no conditions.
So if this house sells quickly where does that leave us in regards to living somewhere???…. well… we have thought that a short term rental might work, or staying with my parents and have even thought of staying in a caravan park if need be. OR it could all work magically and we move out of this house and into the next same day…. who knows, who knows, who knows….
But, this is something we have discussed at great length – about taking it all one day at a time, about and crossing those bridges if and when we get to them and making decisions each day based on what we do know at the time.
I think it is the best way for us, is to stay to calm – as the possibilities are endless and could or could not happen at any given day from now on. It is just not a controllable situation.

So calm thoughts are with me.


Uni for me has been a bit quiet so far this year, only having done 1 subject so far. I have 2 left to do this year, one in July {next week} and one in December.
And next year in May and September I have a 5 week placements for 3rd year and 4th year.
The subject I am doing next week is a 5 day intensive – uni from 9:30am-3:30pm…. Thursday – Wednesday, which sadly fall right in the middle  of the 2 week winter school holidays :(
It’s a bit of a shame that I miss out on the this time with the girls, but sadly, I can’t change the uni dates. And I am at the point of needing to get on and finish this long drawn out degree.
I feel fine about the subject at the moment – ‘Contesting Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment’ – but instinctively know  that the subject is going to be a doozy! We are fourth years after all, it is meant to be challenging!
The girls are off to their Grannies for the first two days, and off to the other Grandparents for the last 3…. as J is also working. I know they will love being with grandparents,  and I know I will appreciate immensely the child free time to concentrate on the assessments, but I still feel guilty for sending them off for the whole time.
Again, it is not something I can control – so calm thoughts will need to prevail


Health has been a bit more of a priority. After eating so badly for the month of May, I finally got back on track and ate better and walked a lot more in the month of June. Last time I wrote I spoke about hitting 10,000 steps 3 days in a row, well I managed to get that to 10 days straight! Which was an awesome achievement. Sadly though, I then lent my fitbit to my 8yr old for the evening – where she mislaid ‘somewhere in the house’…. grrr… then when I found it 24hrs later it had gone flat and my charger had also been mislaid. 2 days later, both were back and it was charged and on my wrist – and my 10 day streak was over. It was fun while it lasted.
I still do try to get to 10,000 a day, with at least 30 mins walking in there…. some of the house cleaning days that had me scrubbing tiles on my hands and knees, vacuuming, mopping and washing walls and windows did not need any extra walking added in – for I was falling into bed so bloody tired!
I am tracking in the WW app – even if it ‘hurts’ – so while I am moving more – the food side is letting me down. I can never seem to get them both together and sustain it for a time. As always, I try each day to eat good, healthy food, drink lots of water and move a bit.
I have also put my gym membership on hold. EEEEEEP! Never thought I would ever say this!
I was finding that I was making so many excuses to not go – the long drive, no time, what good is it doing anyway?, takes too long – so I knew it was time to have a break. I miss going there – but it is still a long drive away…. and possibly will be even more so when we move.
It may be time to begin doing my own thing again. But also, like the house, I am taking it one day at a time and keeping up with the walking, which is better than sitting on the couch. I know the time will come when I NEED and long to do more than I am doing – it’s just not that time yet – and that is okay.


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