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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 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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Week 26 Update 2015

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Wow, the 26th post of the year means that we’re halfway through 2015! Along with my normal weekly update, I’ll also give you guys a quick reflection on how I think the year has been so far. With an aim to get lots more writing done this week, I hope I have lots more to share with you soon!

-Firstly, a reflection on how the year has gone so far. I started this year with my NLD deciding to become active, leaving me quite unwell and unable to exercise for three months. After taking the time to rest and recover, I now have dormant NLD, and am able to exercise on an almost-daily basis. I have also maintained my exercise regime and am on the path to being healthier: not just physically, but emotionally and mentally However, I also started this year quite disappointed and frustrated at where I am career-wise. So, I’ve been trying to active set up some hobbies and activities to give myself self-care and a feeling of value and importance outside of the workplace. After 6 months of being unsure about whether I’d continue studying, I’m about to start a qualification that not only is interesting to me, but also is perfectly suited to my professional skills and future aspirations. I’ve got a long way to go confidence-wise still, but I’m much better than where I was last year. Plus, I am still blissfully married to my epic husband, which will never ever change; if anything, it’s the one constant source of positivity in my life, knowing that it’s something that will always be going right. I’m hopeful to see what the rest of the year brings as it unfolds!

-I did mention that I might have some news for you this week. Well…unfortunately I have no news. It’s hard to explain, but the opportunity I was waiting to hear back about ended up not going ahead. There apparently is a plan for it to come up again in the near future (with some slight changes), and I’ve been advised that I should go for it when this does happen. So, even though I didn’t get good news so-to-speak, I’m hopeful. Either way, what’s meant to be is meant to be.

-This week on Curves Complete has been relatively normal – I did my normal workouts and averaged 10,000 steps a day. I did have the first weigh and measure for the 12 Week Challenge (4 weeks in), where it appears that while I have maintained weight, I’ve lost 1.2% body fat and a few centimetres here and there. My blood pressure has also improved dramatically since I started exercising again, which is awesome news!

-I spent some time this week figuring out the software for my insulin pump, so I can upload my pump’s readings, blood glucose results and averages to my computer and the server for my pump. My doctors and I agreed to set this up so I could easily send through my results to them for any necessary changes (something we’ll be working closely on for at least the next year until my diabetes is in perfect control). To ensure that records would be accurate and easy to interpret, I’ve made it an active goal to do more blood tests each day (as mentioned previously based on the advice of my doctors). This has been going really well, and I’ve pretty much managed to do around 7 BGLs a day (including one an hour after every meal, which I wasn’t even doing before!) It’s a massive achievement for me, and as long as I remember to keep checking my sugars (especially before bed when I’m most forgetful/sleepy), it will become a stable habit.

-Over the week, I also received confirmation and approval for taking extra leave over the Christmas school holidays. Since starting work full-time, I’ve never had the opportunity to take extra leave over the Christmas and New Year period. However, given that my husband is a schoolteacher, I really want to spend some time with him and the rest of my family (including young nieces and nephews) who will also be on holidays during this time. I am really excited to have a few weeks booked in, and am considering whether hubby and I may have a few days away somewhere around my birthday just to relax and make the most of the holidays.

-This week, I realised that I’ve fallen behind on keeping up hobbies and activities that make me happy and feeling productive. The main thing I’ve wanted to do (and have really sucked at trying to put into place) is sewing more of my own clothes. With a lack of finances and wanting to start saving for our own home, I’ve realised that I won’t have much funds to buy pretty new clothes. So, I want to have another go at re-starting this hobby. Not only will it be more financially savvy, but it would also be a crafty skill that will help build up my confidence (something which has started to plummet in a professional environment lately). I’ve spent the weekend planning out which fabrics to use for which patterns, and am aiming to use the upcoming weekend to set up my overlocker and sewing space. Starting off, I’m going to try to make a simple day dress using the 60s Butterick pattern I had in mind for the formal brocade dress I attempted a few months back (we ended up not having enough fabric to make this dress), as well as a simple bright purple cotton drill day dress from a 1953 Vogue pattern. This would also give me some fantastic content to write about on here! I really hope I can give myself a fair go of trying out more sewing: it makes me feel so accomplished and confident when I do!

-Last Friday, I did my very first Twitch TV stream (with hubby as my sidekick)! It was a bit unplanned and unexpected, but due to hubby receiving an El Gato from me as part of his birthday present, we decided to give it a try. I streamed me fumbling through the start of The Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker. It was a fantastic decision, as only two other people were playing this game on Twitch at the time! I ended up having up to 9 viewers at one stage; for an unadvertised first stream, this was incredible. We had a very enthusiastic and active chat room, and met some really awesome fellow gamers in the process. Hubby and I were also surprised that our Australian internet was able to let us stream, and we’re also so excited and motivated to keep streaming (especially once we get NBN). So, I’m hoping to stream once per week, and you’ll be able to find me under mrsgingerfox on Twitch, if you’re keen!

That’s all I have to share for this week! Thanks for reading 🙂

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Week 25 Update, 2015

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Hello there! Apologies for the delayed post – I was expecting to receive some news to share on here, however still haven’t heard anything. Alas, I will go ahead and post what I’ve been up to over the past week, and hope next week’s post has some exciting news to share 🙂

-I’m back into the swing of being in the Curves Complete program, working out 4 days a week. My body seems to have also readjusted to exercising, as I’m no longer having as many hypos post-exercise. I managed to lose another half a kilo last week, and am on track with my goals. It’s incredible how much more active and alert I am now I’m back to regularly exercising and walking! Last week, my steps were a bit low as I had a sick day for a bad migraine and was at Diabetes Clinic, but I’ve made up for this with my steps for the current week so far. I’ve also been following what my new endocrinologist has asked me to do and am doing more than double the blood glucose tests each day, which is helping me get the most out of exercising too. It’s great to feel a little bit more in control of my health again!

-I’ve been waiting to receive some news this week. For the whole situation, I’ve been calmer than I’ve even been in similar situations. I’m really trying to take on the approach of “whatever happens is meant to be”, and if this doesn’t turn out, it just means something better is in store. That being said, I’ve had a really positive feeling about this, and a couple of signs of good luck. If this news was of a positive kind, it would really feel like everything was falling into place for my husband and I. Hopefully I can share more about this next week!

-Over the weekend, I managed to play quite a bit of Elder Scrolls Online, and have recorded a couple of videos of my gaming experience. Unfortunately, the sound decided to not work (again), so I’m going to have to re-record the sound for the videos…which means there’ll be a delay in getting this content up on Youtube. Regardless, I have some older Pokemon videos to work on, as well as the Zelda series with hubby.

-After trying out Aveda’s Madder Root shampoo, I’ve noticed that it’s barely doing anything to enhance my natural red hair. So, I’m going to start investigating other products. A lot of natural redheads swear by henna or henna-infused shampoos to help keep the brightness of their natural red hair, but I’ve been hesitant to try it out. However, Lush has released a henna-infused shampoo bar, which I may look into trying out before looking at full-on henna. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know!

-I’m so sorry for my lack of writing on here! I’ve really been having a busy past few months, and really need to start making writing a priority again now that my health is better. I have a few posts in the work regarding exercising, as well as some wish-lists, and a feature of our Youtube channel. In writing this, I’m making a commitment to have them up on here soon, as promised!

That’s all I have to share for the past week! Thanks for reading 🙂

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Week 24 Update, 2015

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Hello folks! I was off work today due to my Diabetes Clinic (more detail about that below), so I’ve had a chance to write my blog post a little bit early this week after a weekend filled with bride and bridesmaid dress shopping for a close friend, and family birthday celebrations. Anyway, here’s what I’ve been up to over the past week:

-This week, I’ve managed to lose 900g on Curves Complete! I wasn’t expecting much weight loss due to the long weekend, but this is a pretty good result. At the current rate, I’ll be hitting the lowest weight I’ve had (just before our honeymoon last year) in the next month or two! I’m going to focus on really trying to stick to the Curves Meal Plan this week. Plus, this week I had to make a “healthy pledge” for the rest of the 12 Week Program. I’ve decided that mine will be to not have any soft drink at home – the only time I could have soft drink is if I’m out for a special occasion or such. Otherwise, I’m trying to wean myself off soft drink (and even soda water due to the sodium, as my blood pressure is above normal). So overall, I’m feeling like I’m back into the swing of becoming a healthier me 🙂

-I spent this morning at my Transitional (those between the teenage and adult) Type 1 Diabetes Clinic with hubby. It was hubby’s first time attending one of my clinics, and it was really beneficial for both of us to be there. As my Endocrinologist is on maternity leave, my doctor for the next year is the Professor of Medicine at the University of Western Sydney. Not only does he specialise in Type 1 Diabetes, but he is one of the world’s experts (he was running programs at Cambridge University before coming to Australia) in Type 1 Diabetes and Pregnancy, and Type 1 Diabetes and young adults. Don’t get ahead of yourself reading that – I’m not planning on getting pregnant right now. However, as a Type 1 Diabetic, if I was wanting to have kids any time within the next 5 years (which is pretty true), I need to have my health perfected 2 years prior to even become pregnant or have a successful chance of becoming pregnant and having a healthy child. If there was any doctor who could help me achieve this, it’s the one I saw today. He is the leading doctor in this field, and not only did he want to personally handle my diabetes management now, but he wants to over the next few years to ensure I am able to successfully have children. Not only did he balance out what challenges I’ll be facing, but he also was very encouraging and said that I was doing so very well in exercising and trying to get my levels in control. Today’s clinic session was very informative and helpful for hubby and I…even if we have a lot of work ahead of ourselves.

-Speaking of work, from this week, hubby and I will be stepping up our approach to a healthy lifestyle in line with Diabetes Clinic. From next week, we’ll be taking a stricter approach to our meals and exercise. In order to perfect my blood sugar levels, I am now required to check my levels at least 6-7 times a day. As such, we’ll be setting up a “reward system” to help me achieve this. I now need to give myself my insulin at least 5-10 minutes prior to eating meals, and will now also check my blood sugar levels an hour after eating. We will also be more accurately measuring out our meals, and recording their carbohydrate, sodium and fat content – this is to ensure that I am accurately counting the carbohydrate content of my meals for my insulin rates. I will also be changing my insulin pump rates from calculating based on exchanges to mg of carbohydrate, which is much more accurate. Yes, it’s a lot of changes…but it needs to be done to ensure the future of myself, as well as my family. However, it’s not happening straight away – we’ll be easing ourselves into it over the next week.

-Last week, I managed to get my pre-order of The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited. I haven’t had a chance to play much yet due to a busy weekend, but from what I’ve played so far (including some time playing the beta version a few months back), I’m very impressed. Once I get paid this week, I will be purchasing the Imperial upgrade, as my character will be an Imperial (I love how the Imperials have no set alliance). I will be making a few YouTube videos of me playing the game – I actually started this last week, however the sound didn’t seem to record very well, and I’m wanting to make a different character anyway once I get the Imperial upgrade. As soon as I get these videos up and running, you’ll hear about it on here.

-I’m still waiting to hear some news about an opportunity that could potentially change future plans for hubby and I. In all honesty, I have a really good feeling about things, but I don’t want to jinx myself. If this went well, it would make things so much better for the future. I’m really hopeful so I can share it all with you!

That’s about all I’ve been up to, until I write some extra blog posts on here other than the weekly updates (rest assured – I’m working on these, sorry!) Thanks for reading 🙂

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Week 23 Update, 2015

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Hello readers!

Firstly, apologies for the delayed post! I’ve had a few technical issues to deal with from earlier this week. We’ve just had a long weekend here in Australia, thanks to the Queen’s Birthday. I spent most of mine trying to relax and play some video games – mostly offline games, as we were without internet for a few days. This has not helped with me trying to catch up on extra blog post writing either! However, I have ensured to write the weekly update in the process of having a break over the long weekend. Here’s what I’ve been up to:

-This week, I started the 12 Week Curves Challenge, and have maintained my schedule of 4 workouts per week. I have maintained weight this week, however have lost 15 centimetres overall, which has been fantastic news! I even had to tighten one of the belts I wear to the next loophole – it’s great when you start to physically see some progress! I’m not sure how well I’ll go this week (as I didn’t eat very well over the weekend due to socialising), but I’m hoping I can continue to work hard.

-The Global Corporate Challenge is now in its second week. Our team is performing above-average compared to the rest of the organisation. That being said, I’m still having one rest day, and taking it relatively easy on the weekend – meaning that my step average is less than 10,000 slightly. I’m worried this is letting the team down, however it seems that others in the team are performing at the same level as me anyway. It’s amazing to see some teams doing an average of over 20,000 steps already…two weeks in! Overall, it’s been fantastic seeing how this event is helping us all stay active.

-Sometimes, life throws you in the deep end. You end up unsure about your plans for the future, whether you’re in the right place, or what you’re capable of. However, life then throws you a curve-ball. An opportunity that you’d be silly not to go after and could really help out, especially if an epiphany you’ve had about the future seems like it’s a few years away at least. I’m a strong believer in a combination of fate/God giving you a chance to go after something different, or giving you a chance to grow as an individual. And this week, I’ve had something happen which seems to make perfect sense for me to pursue. It’s the right time, the right place, everything. I don’t want to get my hopes up, but it seems like something too good to pass up on. If anything eventuates, it would give me such grounding in plans for the future, as well as a massive much-needed confidence boost. I’ll keep you posted if anything happens (and apologies that I’m yet again vague – it’s great to fill you all with intrigue and mystery!).

-Over the past week, hubby and I have been working on some more YouTube videos. I’ve re-started my Dragon Age game which I’m filming the progress of, and I’m also planning to do a “let’s play” of Baldur’s Gate 1 (with plans to stream Baldur’s Gate 2 onwards when we get the NBN and are able to try out Twitch). Hubby and I also had a go at playing a relatively-new Steam game called Unturned, which is Minecraft-meets-zombie-apocalypse (a video of our first play-through and thoughts has just been released on our YouTube channel). We’ve been receiving some fantastic feedback and recommendations from viewers, and I’ve been particularly touched due to discovering that some high-school students watch a few of my play-throughs as they view me as a great role-model as a female who likes video games. Based on this, I’m going to try and start making more gaming videos, and even open up some time to answer questions from the girl viewers, or anyone in general. I’m really happy that helping out and becoming a part of hubby’s YouTube channel has inspired others!

That’s all the updates I have for the past week – thanks for reading! 🙂

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Week 22 Update, 2015

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Hi everyone! As it’s now the 1st of June, we’re getting close to being halfway through the year, and halfway through my yearly updates. It really feels like this year especially has flown by so quickly, and it’s been hard to track my progress and keep up with plans for the year. Anyway, here’s what I’ve been up to over the past week…

-It appears that I’ve “jump-started” my Curves Complete program, as over the past week I’ve lost almost 1.5 kilos! I’m now back to the weight I was in January this year, before my NLD flare up, and I can start to see some physical changes (ie. my belt now has to be done up one hole tighter!) After all the health struggles I’ve had to deal with in the past few months that left me unable to exercise, I am so damn proud that I’m back on track. I’ve undone the lack of progress I’ve had from the past three months in my first three weeks back at the gym, which is a massive achievement for me! Today, I officially start the Curves Curvette 12 Week Program, which I’m really excited about. This means that on top of my own weekly coaching, I also get to have one weekly group coaching session, as well as participation in lots of competitions and events. It’s just the right type of motivation for me!
-Last Wednesday, I also started the Global Corporate Challenge at work, which I’m tracking through my Fitbit. The team I am involved with is a fantastic, active group which will definitely help me stay motivated in being active. We’ve actually been performing above the organisation’s average step count, except for over the weekend (which I feel is based on my not-so-stellar performance and leaving the weekends as my “rest days” for my leg). I’m hoping that my leg injury doesn’t cause me too many issues, and doesn’t impact the team’s results too much.

-This week has been especially tight with finances. However, it’s been a fantastic learning curve and opportunity for growth with hubby and I. Yes, it’s been very tough and we’ve had to cut some corners to get by this past pay, but we’re now confident that we’re starting to get ahead financially and start sticking to our budgets. I think it’s a sign of maturity and successful “adulting” when you can view struggle as an opportunity to learn – a change of perspective is very helpful. Even though money is important, I’m so thankful that hubby and I, as well as our families, have the focus on love and being happy as the main pursuit in life.

-It appears that my computer is rapidly starting to die, so I haven’t been able to play many video games or record new videos this week. That being said, I’m hoping to change this over the next week or two before my Pre-Order of the Elder Scrolls Online arrives next week.

-I’ve been participating in a few Fitbit challenges with friends over the past few weeks. It’s been very encouraging and such a motivator to try and increase my steps each day – especially when I get a notification that someone is catching up to me! I think it’s been a real eye-opener in seeing my everyday activity levels. While my current levels have been fantastic, it’s made me reflect on how little activity I used to do a few years ago when I was studying/first started working. I’m so glad I have made being more active and healthy such a huge part of my everyday life.

-Over the past week, I’ve discovered that there are a big handful of individuals around my workplace who also play Dungeons and Dragons on a regular basis. It’s always refreshing discovering that there are more people that enjoy your hobbies and nerdy passions in a professional workplace. I think it will also help me in opening up and being myself more, as I feel that I’ve recently become quite withdrawn (not intentionally, but because I’ve been doing a lot of projects that require me to be “in the zone” and not very social). Realising that there are others in the same workplace that actively participate in such nerdy and creative pursuits outside of work on a regular basis has been a real encouragement to me.

That’s about all I’ve been up to over the past week! Thanks for reading ☺

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Week 19 Update, 2015

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Hello and welcome back! Here’s what I’ve been up to over the past week:

-Last Monday I received the best news ever – I finally received the all clear from my doctor to return to normal exercise and the gym! Words cannot express how excited I was about this: after having to take off 3 months from exercising and suddenly go to complete bed rest and no exercise, I was so ready to get the all-clear to return to normal levels of activity. I needed my energy levels back, and I even craved going to the gym (something that my old self would have NEVER admit to saying). I do have to take it easy for 2 weeks, and will have one follow-up check to ensure my NLD does not disagree with the resumed physical activity. But regardless, I’m back! I returned to the gym last Wednesday, and I then went to the gym for the next 3 days straight. I don’t know what it was (perhaps having been forced to take 3 months off), but I now have this incredible drive and energy towards getting to the gym. Even after an exhausting day, I found myself with added motivation to get to the gym, walk in my lunch breaks and much more. In fact, I exceeded my 10, 000 step goal easily on these three days as well. Now I am able to exercise again, I’m not going to take it for granted. I’m aiming to keep weekends as a rest time for myself (to ensure I don’t push myself and over-do it for my NLD), and Tuesdays are my rest-day due to D&D. Otherwise, I’m resuming 4 days at the gym per week, and lunch break walks every working day! 🙂

-Last week I received final confirmation of my mentoring going ahead. Apparently, this was meant to commence last week, however due to a technical glitch I did not receive this information. Anyway, I have received the profile of the high-school student I will be mentoring (who seems like such a cool chick), and I will commence my volunteer mentoring with her this week. I am so excited about this opportunity, and being able to actively donate my time to help someone and make a difference. Due to privacy laws, I likely won’t be able to share much specific information about the progress of this, however I am mega excited to finally start doing some volunteer work!

-Also, as I mentioned in last week’s post, I decided to take the plunge and sign myself and hubby up to NerdBlock. To those unfamiliar with Nerdblock: this is a service that delivers a box to your house each month filled with goodies tailored to your specific interests. We enjoy purchasing a nerdy “treat” for ourselves every now and then, however as we need to epically start budgeting our finances better, we needed to find a way to conveniently give ourselves a small, set amount for this each month. Here’s where Nerdblock came in, and became the best option for us. Firstly, we will receive a t-shirt with our orders each month, which was a big selling point for us. If we receive a shirt we don’t like, we can pass it on to friends or gift it (or put it up for grabs on eBay, if this is allowed). However, the Nerdblock service means that we’ll get a surprise each month, and receive specialised merchandise. This will ensure that we won’t waste our money on spur-of-the-moment purchases, as we’ll be budgeting towards our Nerdblocks instead. Hubby and I will be doing “unboxing” videos once we receive our box each month, and we can’t wait to share this with you.

-On that note, I am aiming to write a post in the near-future discussing what I’ve been up to in helping hubby out with his YouTube channel, as well as our future plans for the channel. We’ve just reached 100 subscribers on YouTube, as well as almost hitting 1000 followers on Twitter, so we’ve got lots of planning to do! 🙂

-This week hubby and I were relieved in that we believed we had finally “caught up” on any financial commitments we had. We would be ready to start saving towards our “future epiphany”, rather than putting savings aside and then having to use them for unexpected financial emergencies. However, it appears we’ve been hit with a whammy, and we now have to gather some emergency finances towards major car repairs and expenses in the next 4 weeks. This has been a major disappointment for us, as we are exhausted and just want to have a lucky break and meet our goals, rather than working so damn hard and just keeping our heads above water financially. However, we’re trying to stay optimistic: we have each other, which is more valuable than money. We also have a rule that we will never, ever fight about money, which has been really beneficial in our focus of dealing with sorting out finances. That being said, we realise that in our country, so many are doing much worse than we are, therefore we need to be thankful that even though we are struggling, we are still keeping things together.

-Over the weekend I also had the pleasure of attending the very first annual Rockabilly Festival in my home-town. I am in the process of writing a review about this event (as I’m waiting on some photos from the event to be published), however hope to have this up in the next week or so. Overall, the event had a great atmosphere and attendance, but I felt it needed to be better organised and have more variety of food and stalls. More to come at a later date!

That’s all for this week! Later this week, you can expect the very first post in a series I’m starting called Mrs Ginger Fox Abroad, where I’ll be writing about my experiences overseas and travelling in general. My first post will be based on my most embarrassing times overseas (who doesn’t like a funny story?). I hope it’s entertaining! Anyway, thanks for reading 🙂

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Week 18 Update, 2015

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Update time! The past week has really flown by, and it feels like nothing major happened. However, we’ll see what I can come up with here:

-My NLD appears to be settling down. In saying that, I really hope I don’t jinx myself for my dermatologist appointment today (Monday), where I hope to get the ‘all clear’ to return to exercise, walking and the gym. My leg hasn’t been giving me much pain at all: only when it’s been irritated due to the bandages being too tight, or when I’ve done too much walking and need to rest. It’s now been three months since I had to stop going to the gym, and I am so ready to return. I’m over not having any energy, and I’d love to see the amazing blood sugar levels, confidence and energy that the gym and regular exercise gave me. I had to drop all physical activity in February in an instant, and that’s been really hard for me to do after finally making exercise and being active a daily part of my life. I do miss it, and I’m wishing with all my might that I’ll get approved to return to the gym for this week. Update: as of tonight, I have received my doctor’s approval to return to the gym! I’m very relieved, and will write more about this next week 🙂

-Over the weekend, hubby and I set ourselves up with some YouTube videos to walk us through making simple logos in Adobe InDesign. This was in line with my curiosity with trying out some Graphic Design. Well…it was interesting, but it wasn’t as enjoyable for me as learning things in Photoshop. I also feel that I perhaps lack the creative eye required for Design, therefore my skills would be better reserved for editing, or basics in Photoshop instead. So, it may be back to the drawing board on skills to look into developing…though I’ve had some really good ideas and feedback on family this week on things that I should have a look into.

-Also, I can confirm that I am still slightly addicted to exploring Pillars of Eternity. It’s so refreshing playing a game created by many who worked on the Baldurs Gate series, where it has so many of the great things modern technology and skillsmanship (as well as crowdfunding) has given, such as an epic soundtrack, detailed character appearances and party interactions. I am loving the detail of the story, as well as “good” and “evil” not clearly being defined in the game as well. I really want to write a review/opinion post on the game, so hopefully you’ll see one up here soon!

-In our weekly D&D group, we’ve started playing a Pokemon based series, which has been developed by my husband based on a combination of the Big Eyes, Small Mouth games and homebrew based on the actual mechanics of Pokemon (ie. lots of maths and probability). It looks like a very exciting game that we have ahead, however the first game (where we just created our characters and Pokemon) was basically us having to use a lot of math. I haven’t really done detailed maths since high school, so my poor brain was very tired, haha. But yes, we hope to officially start the game this week, and I look forward to reporting back here with details 🙂

-Speaking of my husband, I’ll be helping him out more with his YouTube channel. I am already doing a Zelda-based web series with him (which I will share on here soon), however due to the increase of followers we’ve received through YouTube and Twitter, he’s thinking about branching out into other areas. It’s a completely new and foreign type of media for me to be doing, but it’s really enjoyable being able to share our experience and love of video games and nerd culture. We’re also so extremely thankful that people actually take the time to watch the videos as well and share their feedback. So yeah, I’ll be reporting more on this in the near-future.

-On the same note as the videos, hubby and I have decided to sign ourselves up for Nerdblock this week. We like to allow ourselves to purchase something small each month as a treat, of sorts. After researching, and hearing feedback from friends, we’ve decided that getting a Nerdblock each would be a good replacement for this. Each month we will receive a box of goodies, and it will always come with a tee-shirt (I really need to branch out with my nerdy t-shirts, especially given how most of the wardrobe is work-friendly clothing). So, it’s something we can look forward to. I’m going to be signing up for the Arcade version (video game merchandise), while hubby is signing up for the Comic version. Whilst shipping is only a few dollars less than the Nerdblock itself, the whole thing pretty much would cost the same as us buying a nerdy shirt and one piece of nerdy memorabilia from a game store in Australia. We’re going to do an unboxing video on YouTube each month too (I haven’t found too many Austalians doing these so far), and it’s good to do something small to keep our hobbies and passions alive and our fan-girling/boying active.

Well, that’s about all I have for this week. Lots of nerd and video-game talk, sorry (but not sorry). I have been working on a few posts behind-the-scenes, and am hoping to have at least one up in the next week. Two of my upcoming posts are about my travel experiences, while another is about the importance of staying creative. Anyway, thanks for reading 🙂

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