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Week 38 Update, 2015

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Hi there! Time to give you an update on what I’ve been up to over the past week:

-Since I went to Diabetes Clinic earlier this month, my doctors have been working with me to try and stabilise my blood sugar levels. It’s been a bit of a guessing game at times (or feels like it is, at least), as I ended up coming out of last week having had eight hypos. There were two days where I had multiple hypos, so I was completely exhausted from so many low blood sugar levels. As a result, I ended up not losing any weight at the gym (in fact, I put on a couple of hundred grams). I really hope we can stop all of the hypos, so that I can have the best scenario in order for me to exercise and see better results – as well as be healthier overall.

-On the note of exercising: some people have suggested certain products or tablets to me to try and “lose weight quicker”. I’ll put it out here: firstly, I’m not exercising with the mindset of losing weight. As I’ve always said, I’m exercising to improve my health and medical conditions – any weight loss is a bonus. Secondly, I’m doing this the proper way, by exercising and trying to eat right: to me, any other way seems like a short-cut with short-term results, and will end up stuffing up my progress for the long term. Plus, I don’t want to be doing anything that could impact badly on my medical conditions – such as the interesting effects of many weight loss pills and products. I just wanted to put this out there, as I’ve had a few people trying to sell me on these “short term fixes”. While it’s taking me a while to see progress, and it’s probably much tougher than just taking some pills, it’s much more rewarding and effective for the long-term for me.

-Last week, I received the results for my first postgraduate business assignment. I was really nervous due to never studying business before, and felt that the result of this subject would help me determine whether I was good enough to keep going with this course. Well, turns out I had nothing to worry about: I was a couple of marks off a High Distinction. This really boosted my confidence, and I’m now working on a group assignment with a fantastic, dynamic group of people. With this subject, I feel I have a lot to prove – this could determine whether I am able to access study leave in the future, and also influence my future career path. But overall, I’m in a really good mindset about my studies: it feels like I’m finally taking the right academic path to enhance my future.

-I’ve spent the weekend trying out the new Lipsense products I’ve received. I definitely think I’m onto a winner, and am majorly impressed with the durability of these products. You’ll see on my Instagram (on the right-hand side of the page) that I’ve been posting up pictures of the product, from when I first put it on to the end of the day. For the test I did on Saturday, I ate, drank, kissed hubby a lot, had a shower, scrubbed my face and cleaned my teeth – after all of this, the product was still on my lips (with a little bit of wear, but understandable given everything I got up to!) I am tossing up the idea of whether I could become a distributor of Lipsense, but it would depend on the demand (how many friends would be willing to purchase through me), as well as whether I’d have the time. It works on a similar basis to companies such as Nutrimetics (which I also was a consultant for years ago), however it is the “in” thing to be a part of at the minute. I don’t want to get into something where the market is already flooded…but if enough friends want to give it a go, I may reconsider and try and sign up as a distributor for my hometown region. Once I get the neutral colour I’ve wanted to try out, I’ll write up a thorough review on here.

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

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Week 37 Update, 2015

 

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Welcome to another week of updates! I feel that yet again time has gotten away from me over the past week. I really wish I had more time to work on my blog and writing projects (to bring lots more different posts here than my usual goal-setting updates). That being said, I’m not getting any less busy, so I need to refocus and try to get myself back into the “funk” of writing a unique, encouraging blog. Here’s hoping I’ll get inspired over the next few weeks.

Anyway, here’s what I’ve been up to over the past week:

-I’ve been gradually getting back into my usual level of exercise with the Curves Complete program; however, I’m still sticking to 3 workouts a week due to some rib pain still being present. Last week I managed to reach the gym and walking goals I set myself. I have had some slight weight gain due to hormones at this particular time of the month, but I’m really hoping I can try and reach a specific weight goal over the next few weeks.

This coming week though, I have an even bigger goal to reach: my 200th workout at Curves. This is pretty incredible for me – this time last year I was reaching 100 workouts. Considering I’ve had pretty much 6 months off due to illness and injury since joining Curves in 2014, I am pretty excited about finally reaching my 200th workout milestone. While I really can’t see much of the progress in my appearance (I’ve lost some centimetres and kilograms, but nothing which I could parade as being a dramatic change), I can clearly see the progress in my health. My diabetes is in the best control I’ve ever seen it as an adult, and I really feel more active. The fact that I’m making an active effort with exercising regularly – even if I’m not losing record amounts of weight, is what makes me feel really proud of what I’ve achieved. I’ve made exercise a habit in my life, and that is such a massive milestone.

-Thanks to the extreme generosity and help of my amazing brother and his wife, my husband and I have finally been able to set up our gaming desktop computer. This is something that occurred based on some gifts we received for Christmas last year, and my husband and I are so thankful. We’re finally able to play so many games which weren’t working on our old/weak-powered laptops, and have a reliable computer to do video editing and streaming. I’m so excited to have a decent desktop computer again, and spent a large amount of time over the weekend playing Skyrim, World of Warcraft and installing the Elder Scrolls Online. Overall, I’m continually reminded of how blessed I am to have such a supportive, kind-hearted family who is happy to help out each other.

-This week, I finally took the plunge and have purchased a product I’ve been wanting to try for a while: Lipsense lipsticks by Senegence. These lipsticks seem to be doing the rounds on all of the Pinup/Retro fashion buy and swap groups I’m a part of on social media. I was a bit curious, as I really want to be wearing lipstick regularly (daily, if possible). I am someone who is a bit of a klutz when it comes to lipstick: I will eat, drink water, talk and, as a result, get lipstick everywhere. The amount of times I have to retouch lipstick (if I try to wear it) has made me really self-conscious about trying to wear it regularly…yet, it’s something I really want to do. Here’s where Lipsense comes in. So many ladies are raving about its staying power, as well as durability through the whole day with eating, drinking, kissing…and no retouches. As a result, I’m going to give it a go and see whether it lives up to the hype it’s caused. I have purchased myself a few shades, and will hopefully work on writing a review on here once I’ve had a bit of an experiment. I will let you know though; I hope they end up being as good as I’ve heard, because this could literally change my life of being too scared of wearing lipstick! 🙂

-I submitted my first postgraduate assignment last week, and am eagerly awaiting the results this week. I’m slightly nervous: I felt that I did a relatively good job on the assignment, but I don’t want to be overconfident either (studying business for the first time ever). In all honesty, I’m worried that I could get terrible results, and I’ll then have to decide whether I hang in there and work extremely hard, or if I give up. It’s tough: being unsure as to whether I actually know what I’m talking about in this new degree, or if I’m a big fake. Here’s hoping the results prove me otherwise, as we have a group assignment next and I don’t want to let the group down. I’m pretty excited about the group assignment, as I have a really great group to work with, along with a fantastic topic.

-To end this week’s post, I will finish on a hopeful note. This week, hubby and I are awaiting some news from his end that will change our future for the better. It will bring us confidence in pursuing our future, and will bring many of our plans for the near-future closer than we think, as well as a hell of a lot of security and hope. I will not reveal any more on here until my hubby finds out more…but we are eagerly awaiting some news and hope with all our might that things will work out how we hope they will.

And that’s all I’ve got this week! Thanks for reading, as always 🙂

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Week 36 Update, 2015

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Hello there! Sorry this week’s post is delayed – I have studying to blame. I’ve managed to just finish writing my first assignment for this session, and finally have some spare time to write up my weekly update. It’s going to be a busy week, so I’m glad I have some time – even if minimal, to catch up with you 🙂 Here’s what I’ve been up to:

-I spent all of Monday at my Diabetes Clinic check-up, with my awesome endocrinologist (the Dean of Medicine for the university in the region, as well as being from Cambridge University), as well as the supportive Diabetes Educator Nurse. I was extremely nervous, as due to being unwell, my diabetes had been all over the place, and as a result I felt my progress towards making my condition more manageable for future plans had come undone. However, my endocrinologist, even after hearing my bad news, was full of positivity and encouragement about how I’ve been going, and is confident I’m still going in the right direction. In fact, my Hba1C is down from 7.9% to 7.5% in the course of three months, which was absolutely shocking to me (I thought, given how many levels I’ve had above 25 mm0l over the past few weeks due to infections/steroids/antibiotics, I’d be doomed!) Considering I was sick for almost a month (of the three months examined), this is amazing results.

The team are also investigating whether they can give me a Continuous Blood Glucose Monitoring Device (CGM for short) to use for a week or so to ensure we can closely monitor my levels 24/7 for a week. This is another device which has to be inserted under my skin and kept clipped onto me like the pump – something I’ve always been scared about doing due to being worried about having too many things connected to me. But, I may finally be confident enough to give it a go if it means I can get my blood glucose levels sorted, especially whilst I’m continuing to lose weight (something which makes diabetes insulin levels dramatically change and need to be adjusted all the time). Overall, the diabetes clinic is really happy with my progress considering how ill I’ve been over the past few weeks. Hubby and I have some work to do to tighten up our carbohydrate counting at meals, but otherwise I’ve been doing a fantastic job checking my blood sugar levels through the day, as well as trying to be more active.

-In light of my recent clinic visit, as well as all of my health issues recently, I’m constantly thinking of how lucky I am to have such a supportive husband who is eager to understand my health issues and to help me. He has gone out of his way to understand how my health needs to be taken care of, as well as researching and working on some projects to help prepare our kitchen/meals better so we are more accurately counting the carbs and sugar levels in our meals.

-As of last week, I’ve returned to the Curves Complete program, going to the gym 3 days a week (returning to 4 days once I no longer have pain in my ribs, which will hopefully be next week). I’ve also started my lunch-time walks again, as the doctors can clearly see the positive difference in my blood sugar levels when I am doing these walks at work. I have also started using the “Calm” app for guided meditation, and have just completed the “7 Days of Calm and Mindfulness” program, which was a great introduction to meditation. Until my ribs are fully recovered, I’m using this app until I can get back to my full yoga routine, however I feel like I will continue to use this app to help me relax before bed, even after I resume yoga.

-Last week, I also completed the 100 day Global Corporate Challenge, which I was participating in through work. Monitoring my daily step intake over 100 days was really motivating for me, even if I spent the last few weeks of the program unwell, meaning I had very little progress. According to the GCC app, I managed to lose 2.8 kilos for the duration of the program, improved my blood pressure and heart health and with my step count intake, travelled from Japan to Peru (virtually). It was quite encouraging seeing the progress of other teams (unfortunately, our team captain only entered ¼ of their steps for the whole program). Overall, it was great to be a participant in the program, and I hope to participate again next year – hopefully when I’m in a better state of health!

-Over the weekend, hubby and I finished watching all seasons of The Great British Sewing Bee. It has definitely left me inspired to get some sewing projects finished, and dedicate more time to developing my sewing skills. Not only will I be able to start developing a unique wardrobe, but I’ll also build my skills and confidence. On my radar, I have a circle skirt from last year which needs to be finished, a dress to hem, and then a new circle skirt pattern to try out on some of my materials. I also am going to try and make some vintage-inspired pyjamas soon. Here’s hoping I can stay on track, and also that I have some epic time management skills to fit this hobby in around study and work.

-My current session of study finishes in November, with the next session not commencing until February next year. As such, I was contemplating if I’d complete a subject via distance in a Summer Session instance, but have decided that I want to take a break over Christmas to spend time with family and relax instead: with all the health issues I’ve had this year, and no holidays, it’s important that I give myself a proper break. I’ll hopefully catch up on some craft projects and cleaning up the house in those months where I have no studies to worry about.

That’s about all I’ve got to report on for this week. Thanks for reading 🙂

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Week 35 Update, 2015

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Hello again! Apologies for the slight delay in posting – I’ve had a few writing tasks for my postgraduate study which required my attention first thing this week. Here’s what I’ve been up to over the past week in particular:

-After returning back to Curves last week, I only managed to complete two workouts due to the pain in my ribs. Unfortunately, muscle damage around the ribs will take some time to recover as I’m constantly using them (to breathe and talk, especially). I am aiming to hopefully complete 3 workouts this week, gradually getting back to my usual routine of 4 workouts and 5 lunch-break walks each week. However, it is really frustrating for me to yet again be set back from exercising and seeing progress in weight/centimetres lost due to illness. However, I have managed to maintain my weight loss from the past few weeks, and have lost almost 10cm this month. I really hope I can recover soon so I can start seeing real progress again.

-Since discovering The Great British Sewing Bee last week, I’ve been eagerly preparing myself to get back into sewing. I’ve managed to have a read through two of my most recent sewing books: Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing and Gertie Sews Vintage Casual. I’ve also been searching through my patterns and am setting up mini-projects based on the fabrics I have in my collection. I also managed to source a retro Simplicity pattern I’ve had my eyes on for a long time – one that is an easy poodle-shaped skirt, which I’m hoping to use as a base for making skirts to wear my petticoats with. The next step will be to properly set up my overlocker again, and prepare my sewing area. I’m looking forward to setting up some projects over the next few weeks!

-Studying, and my first postgraduate subject on campus, has been going pretty well for me. In last week’s class, I discovered I was the only student present who had completed all the required online discussion posts. This was a bit of a relief for me, as I was worried I’d fall behind! Over the weekend, I lost some time I had set aside for study due to having to rest my ribs, however I’m almost up-to-speed for classes this week. Coming from a Humanities undergraduate background, I was slightly nervous about writing up my first assignment (due next week), however after hearing that the lecturer is quite lenient in the report structure, as well as flexible in the references we use, I’m pretty confident about finishing off my assignment over the weekend. I’m also surprised at how well I’ve been coping with the evening classes: last week, I came home feeling energised based on the information I learned, and still awake enough to have a cup of tea and do some reading for leisure. This subject is set at a pace that is really good for me starting out in a business degree, and I feel that the content I’m learning is easier to understand and apply based on my working life experiences. Here’s hoping I can stay on top of my assignments and study!

-Hubby and I have been working on planning a mini-holiday just before Christmas. For the first time in my working life, I will have extra time off before and after Christmas, which I am ecstatic about. With my sister due to have her baby around Christmas/New Year, we didn’t want to be venturing too far away. However, we’ve decided to spend a couple of days in an area of New South Wales that we love (and is pretty close to us): the Southern Highlands. Our aim is to have a relaxing few days with time to read, eat delicious food, browse through antiques boutiques, op shops, second hand book stores and more, and recover from a very rough, stressful year. We’re aiming to book in at a place we stayed at a few years ago (on one of our very first holidays together). I’m really looking forward to this holiday, as it will be our first time away this year (we were kind of blessed last year with our mini-honeymoon, then our overseas honeymoon…as a result, we’ve been a bit stingy in not having any holidays this year).

-This week, I’ve been tackling some feelings of being uninspired or unchallenged in my daily environment/work. For me, I feel so energised and encouraged when I’m learning – I feel that I will always be a “lifelong learner”, and if something doesn’t help me to understand the world better, or challenge me in a positive way, it can really dampen my spirits. I’m currently undertaking a lot of mundane tasks, which is really making me feel like I’m stuck in a rut. I’m hoping I can instead refocus on giving positive energy towards my hobbies and study life until things pick up soon…hopefully.

And that’s a wrap for this week! Thanks for reading 🙂

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