Monthly Archives: July 2015

Week 30 Update, 2015

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Hello there! Sorry about the delayed post again this week 🙁 Hope you’ve had a fantastic week – time to share my not-as-fantastic past week:

-Curves Complete went relatively well this week, given that I had the diabetes complications from last week to sort out. In the Curves 12 Week Challenge, this week’s challenge was to improve our workout target. After decreasing mine at the start of the week (due to working out on Monday, where I was absolutely drained from my diabetes complications in the morning), I worked so damn hard for the rest of the week. I ended up completely smashing my workout target by Friday, which was a welcome sight for me. Also, after all the health issues last week, I’ve managed to maintain my weight this week – another positive. Along with Curves and the Global Corporate Challenge I’m doing through work, I’ve also been doing Fitbit challenges. This week’s challenge was boys vs girls, and was extremely competitive (we won, however). If I take a step back and think of all the active things I’m involved with at the moment, it makes me feel proud for all the healthy changes I’ve made.

-This week, I received my Hell Bunny coat, which I’ve been hunting down for a very long time (and had on lay-by for even longer). I *finally* have a coat that’s warm enough for winter, yet easily able to be worn across a variety of events, including work. Firstly, I’m extremely impressed with the detail of the coat: it is fully lined, made from tweed with black velvet trim, and has pockets. I also had a wonderful experience with local seller Kitty Deluxe, who organised the coat as a special request order for me, as well as the lay-by. For anyone wishing to track down Hell Bunny items, as well as very affordable plus-sized pinup and retro clothing, I highly recommend Kitty Deluxe! She was an absolute pleasure to deal with, and treats her customers so well. So, I do apologise in advance if you see me wearing my new coat religiously over the rest of winter!

-We managed to have a house inspection over the weekend, after only receiving less than two days’ notice from the real estate. Technically, this isn’t even legal; however both hubby and I agreed that we didn’t want to get on the bad side of real estate or the landlord, so we complied. After hurriedly cleaning the house around a ridiculously busy week with long work hours, we had our inspection. Surprisingly, we discovered that after being told that the landlord was only in the country for a short period of time (hence the late notice for an inspection), she was actually here for two months. This was quite frustrating for us, but in the end we took the approach of “oh well, we needed to clean the house anyway”. That being said, a lot of requests were made at the inspection for us to do upkeep for the house, which I felt was slightly unfair given the late notice (e.g. they wanted the garden to be clipped back more, which hadn’t been done as our lawn mowers weren’t visiting our place until next week.) After the inspection, it made us realise how we really are at the hands of the real estate and landlord for our living situation. As a result, we really want to start making saving for our own place a reality as soon as possible: no more excuses. It will likely take a few years, but it’s exhausting having so much out of our hands where we live.

-After the above, I spent a great deal of the weekend realising how many things are currently out of my/our control: the house, work, health and such. It’s making me quite frustrated overall, as I’ve always been a person that likes to be in control of what happens, and to be over-prepared. However, I think this year has clearly been a sign for me to learn to “go with the flow” more and be more flexible with how life plays out. I dislike change, am a perfectionist, and like knowing what’s happening, so it’s been a very steep learning curve so far. However, I think it’s long overdue, and something I need to embrace so I can become more mature and understanding about life.

-In line with realising how much is out of my control, I realised I was a bit of a douche bag last week. When stressed out to the max, I got frustrated over things that were out of my control, took them personally and as a result, got grumpy and sulky. It was really immature and unprofessional of me to lose my cool, especially when it meant that I treated others poorly. I feel really embarrassed about it now, but am now hoping to do a 180 this week and be more thoughtful about how my stress affects others.

-Last week, I took a step forward regarding a future opportunity. I now will spend this week waiting to hear the results. I feel hopeful that something good is in the future soon.

-This week, I’ve started to feel a bit nervous about studying again. As someone who has gotten used to constantly being busy and barely having any spare time, I’m worried about how dedicated I can be to study, and also working it around my job. That being said, I’m sure that attending classes on campus will assist with this. It’s also tough going into a field I haven’t really studied before: whilst it feels like the right degree to be going after, I feel that I won’t be able to completely know this until I’ve gotten into the first few weeks of a routine of study. Fingers crossed it all works out, and that I enjoy, build confidence and find my strengths in this course.

-In light of hubby and I streaming on TwitchTV and gaining some regular viewers, we’re looking into having our gaming computer built earlier than we anticipated. It requires some budgeting and saving from our end, however it’s now needed (laptops are not the best to game and stream on, and the only laptop strong enough to do both no longer has a working webcam which we need for the stream). It will be awesome to have a strong gaming computer once again!

Thanks for reading, and apologies for such repetitive posts recently. 🙂

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Week 29 Update, 2015

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Hello there! Apologies for another late update post for the past week – unfortunately I had a few medical issues over the weekend and on Monday, so I had to have a little break from writing. Anyway, here’s what I’ve been up to:

-On Saturday, and again yesterday (Monday), I had some diabetes complications. For unknown reasons, I had extremely high blood sugar levels (over 25 mmol), and they were refusing to lower themselves no matter what I tried to do. Hubby almost took me to the hospital, however as I had no ketones (therefore not as much risk of ketoacidosis), we decided to wait it out. Both times, my blood sugars stabilised between 3-5 hours after having the initial blood sugar reading of 30. The second time, however, I was able to get through to my diabetes doctors, who suggested that I may have had a “bad” insulin pump site, where the insulin was not absorbing properly into my system. This could have been due to a build-up of insulin in the same area, or a whole lot of factors. After I did a complete change of my insulin pump site, my levels have since stabilised. Overall, the whole experience was quite scary – not being able to pinpoint a reason as to why my levels were so high, combined with not being able to reduce the levels is something I haven’t really experienced before. To top it off, I ended up having a hypo last night after the whole ordeal, so I am completely exhausted! It’s been tough – I’ve gone through the past few weeks of having lots of hypos, and to now have these unexpected high blood sugar levels…my Type 1 Diabetes is definitely not my friend at the moment.

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-On top of diabetes health scares, I also had another health scare last week. I had my first anxiety/panic attack in a very long time (in fact, I don’t remember the last time I had one – it’s been that long). It was completely unexpected for me – nothing obvious had triggered it, and I felt completely helpless when it happened. It was pretty embarrassing (we had friends visiting at the time), and it ended up giving me quite a bad migraine/illness the following day. I really thought that I had gotten reasonably better with handling my stress and anxiety levels, but this came out of the blue for me. It’s left me pretty frustrated, overall.

-Curves Complete has been a roller-coaster this week while I’ve been tackling the above health issues. However, I’m proud that I was able to keep up my workout routine around it all. I appear to have lost the weight that I put on last week, and reached my step goals the majority of the time. I’m really hoping that my health won’t impact my process this coming week.

-Last weekend, hubby and I participated in the 24 hour Twitch TV stream with our lovely friends at Gorilla Wolf. The stream was held to farewell Ash, who is returning to Canada for now (she will be returning to the US – the stream was to help fundraise to make this happen). I’ve said it so many times before – these guys are fantastic and have such potential. It’s hard to explain, but for hubby and I, these guys are like extreme pen-pals to us: we get to hang out with them each week, swap stories and support each other. Gorilla Wolf have just started up a Patreon campaign to help their dreams of running Gorilla Wolf (via Twitch, podcasts, YouTube and a website) a reality, and hubby and I have signed up. These guys take the time and effort to really communicate with their fans, involve the community that they have created in the work they produce and maintain such a positive attitude. They really deserve a lucky break, and I highly recommend checking out their Patreon and donating  – even $1 a month will bring these guys closer to making their dreams a reality.

-Hubby and I did our regular Friday night and Saturday morning streams on Twitch TV last week (we hosted Gorilla Wolf for their 24-hour stream, therefore had no Sunday stream). It’s been really exciting seeing that we now have regular visitors and participants in our stream – it makes us feel so encouraged to keep our stream running. Streaming on Twitch TV also gives us the chance to play through video games – having the time “booked in” for it means we get to regularly keep up a hobby we were struggling to do otherwise.

-Something very exciting happened last week: I have a sewing project! I have to keep what I’m making a secret (I can reveal in a few weeks what it is for), but I have the chance to make a very cool dress. I spent the weekend finding a very easy pattern to use for a stretchy dress (the fabric I’ll be using is a bit “special”), and I’m hoping to get things started next week. Once I can reveal what I’ve been making, I’m hoping to write up a post of the process.

That’s about all I’ve been up to! Thanks for reading 🙂

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Week 28 Update, 2015

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Hello from a very gusty and drizzly south coast of New South Wales, Australia! Sorry for the late post – I’ve been quite unwell over the past 24 hours. The weather over the past few days has been particularly miserable – walking against the wind back from the gym is not fun! However, I’m now in the comfort of my heated lounge room in my ugg boots, and ready to bring you this week’s update! Here we go:

-Curves Complete this week was a bit of a letdown for me, thanks to female problems, and diabetes problems. I managed to have 4 hypos last week, which tends to always mean that I end up putting on weight the following week. Overall, I’m feeling pretty frustrated because of how many things I have to take into account medically whilst trying to make myself a healthier person, and how little results I seem to be seeing.

-I’m so excited this week! Some amazing opportunities have come up, and I’m going to put my hat in the ring for them. I also received a massive confidence boost last week, when I was approached about another opportunity which I hadn’t even considered before, and was also recommended for the opportunity as well (apologies for being vague – I can’t disclose anything for privacy reasons, and also in case nothing eventuates anyway). There’s basically a one in three chance that something will happen that will help all aspects of my life right now. Hubby and I will finally be able to start saving for a house and have the strain from lacking finances lifted, and I would have a better balance with all parts of my life. I feel so hopeful and determined that something big is about to happen which will change my life for the better!

-Last week, my husband convinced me to finally give Minecraft a go. This was because we discovered my brother and his wife really enjoy playing it, and hubby decided to set us up a family server to play on. In comparison to the one time I tried out Minecraft (single player), playing on a private server was a really fun experience, and it’s quite addictive. It’s good having a game that brings the family together, and we’ve got one more game to add to our collection for a family LAN party in the future!

-Hubby and I had our first week of streaming on Twitch TV at regular times (Friday night, Saturday morning and Sunday morning), which was a great success! However, 6 hours of streaming was pretty exhausting for us in the end and we lost a lot of energy towards the end. We have a few people who are coming to visit the stream regularly, which has been especially encouraging for us. In fact, this really helped us when we got our first ever troll on the stream chat. Our regular stream guests stood up for us, and helped us ban the troll. I was worried that I would get anxious and freak out about being trolled, but it was relatively easy to manage if you don’t react and “feed” them. It’s disappointing when you see someone trying to ruin everyone else’s fun by being immature, but it happens when you put yourself out there on the internet. Streaming is so much fun, and it’s allowing hubby and I to play video games regularly (something that I was not being able to do as I wasn’t allowing myself free time to do so).

-Thanks to a very social weekend, and starting up our Twitch TV regular streaming, I haven’t started up my sewing yet. I’ve got my fingers crossed that I’ll manage to be courageous over the weekend and have something to tell you next week!

That’s all I’ve been up to over the past week. Thanks for reading 🙂

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Week 27 Update, 2015

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Hi there! Sorry for the late post this week! I’ve got another update to share with you 🙂 Read on to find out what I’ve been up to this week…

-I have some fantastic news to share with you: I’m going to be an aunty again! My sister is having her first baby, which is due in January next year (we’re hoping for the baby to be born between our birthdays, also in January, haha). This is really exciting news, and I can’t wait to share my nerdy passions with another niece or nephew – plus, there’s a really high chance that this baby will be a natural redhead! 🙂

-Curves Complete this week went rather well. I’ve lost a few centimetres in my last weigh-in, and almost 1.5% body fat. Thanks to also doing a Workweek Hustle Fitbit Challenge (which I won, yay!) I ended up doing 5 days of over 10,000 steps in a row! Last week, I had lost another 500 grams, but thanks to water retention this week due to female problems, I’ve now put on weight, blergh. I’m hoping that I manage to get through this week’s Fitbit challenge and the gym in one piece, as I’m really not feeling that crash hot this week.

-I had a pretty unproductive weekend due to being unwell (yay female problems…). Thanks to hormones, I’ve felt like I’ve had the wind knocked of me and have been in so much pain due to cramps…yay. My body was obviously trying to tell me that it needed a rest, so I spent most of the weekend (other than seeing a movie and catching up with family) in bed with a water bottle and watching Netflix. I felt so drained and was in a lot of pain. As a result, I feel pretty disappointed that I didn’t get to do everything I wanted to over the weekend, but it seems that my body was telling me that I needed to take it easy.

-Once again, I haven’t picked up my sewing as I “chickened out”. This happens a lot to my crafty projects: I’ll get started, realise how easy and fun it is, but then run out of time to keep it up. When I then want to get back into the hobby, I freak out and get anxious about my abilities. I should take a page from Shia Lebouf’s book and “JUST DO IT”, in all honesty. So, I’m setting myself a goal to at least have one pattern cut out and a test run in calico of a bodice over next weekend. Small steps is key to me getting back into this hobby. I know how much I enjoy it, and will really get back into sewing once I finally get the guts to start it up again. Fingers crossed I can get things started this weekend! (Note: My resin work is also on my radar, however due to the bloody freezing winter we have, our workshop is ridiculously cold. So, I might leave resin crafting until it’s a bit warmer).

-I realised something this week: I’ve really fallen behind in reading for leisure. I can barely remember the last time I read for fun – maybe because I spend most of my time reading a variety of content/mediums on my computer, and I’m too drained when I hop into bed (when I’d normally be reading). I’m hoping that in line with my sewing, I’ll also start reintroducing reading time as a wind-down to help me relax in the evenings. I’ve got a lot of books to catch up on (and my poor Goodreads account has suffered long enough!)

-Last week, hubby and I spent some time setting up our Twitch channels. I managed to also hold another successful stream on Twitch, which we also then uploaded to Youtube. Our plan is to try and stream on Friday nights, and then either Saturday or Sunday morning. This is a little project we’re working on, and I hope to bring you more news soon! 🙂

-I’ve been pretty disappointed at the lack of writing I’ve been able to do here recently. I’ve got several half-finished posts in the pipe-line, yet have been suffering from a stint of “writer’s block” and can’t seem to complete them in a timely fashion. With the Youtube channel and Twitch as well, I’m finding some of my normal writing time being taken over. As a result, I’ve been thinking about where I want this blog to be going, the type of content I want to be writing about, and about having a general big brainstorm about where this website could be going. I hope to bring much more content to your screens soon!

That’s all for this week. Thanks for reading 🙂

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