1. 2
    Jan
    2013 was a really tough year for me with three rounds of surgery, countless rounds of antibiotics,… http://wp.me/sfj6L-2685View Post

    2013 was a really tough year for me with three rounds of surgery, countless rounds of antibiotics,… http://wp.me/sfj6L-2685

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    2
    Jan
    2013 was a really tough year for me with three rounds of surgery, countless rounds of antibiotics, months of bed rest and a very near eviction ass our landlord sold the house we lived in and we only managed to secure a new home three days before we were to be evicted. Needless to say weight loss, or even weight management, didn’t feel like a first priority to me. For this year, however, it does!
All I have left to focus on now is to build muscle strength and reduce the body fat so that I can get in the best possible shape for a knee replacement. Which I am hopeful could be done in 2015 if I play my cards right this year.
I am going to go out hard and set my goal at shedding the final 10 stone off my body frame this year. Probably not quite doable, but a damn good intention if I may say so myself. And by putting it out here I am holding myself accountable. Only unforeseen health niggles could get in my way, but my goal will nonetheless be set on losing just over 5kg per month as of yesterday. 
Damn, it feels good to be back! =)

    2013 was a really tough year for me with three rounds of surgery, countless rounds of antibiotics, months of bed rest and a very near eviction ass our landlord sold the house we lived in and we only managed to secure a new home three days before we were to be evicted. Needless to say weight loss, or even weight management, didn’t feel like a first priority to me. For this year, however, it does!

    All I have left to focus on now is to build muscle strength and reduce the body fat so that I can get in the best possible shape for a knee replacement. Which I am hopeful could be done in 2015 if I play my cards right this year.

    I am going to go out hard and set my goal at shedding the final 10 stone off my body frame this year. Probably not quite doable, but a damn good intention if I may say so myself. And by putting it out here I am holding myself accountable. Only unforeseen health niggles could get in my way, but my goal will nonetheless be set on losing just over 5kg per month as of yesterday. 

    Damn, it feels good to be back! =)

  3. 31
    Dec
    My 2013 Review, Part 1Popping in to wish you all a very Happy New Year! Tonight I will be saying goodbye to the old year…View Post

    My 2013 Review, Part 1

    Popping in to wish you all a very Happy New Year! Tonight I will be saying goodbye to the old year…

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  4. 13
    Sep

    Have I ever been on a diet? (Day 6)

    Well, what can I say? I have a Black Belt in dieting! If you can think of a diet, chances are I have been on it. Because that’s how broken and insecure I was. And how completely brain-washed by this whole scam that has more than 25% of us spending…

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  5. 12
    Sep

    Why I want to do this (Day 5)

    Yes, this is first and foremost all for me. The single biggest thing I have done for myself, actually! Sure, I have gone to uni, had a career, moved houses and even countries, but all of that was for us. My family. Although it may not always have felt…

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  6. 11
    Sep

    Oh, happy days!!

    Today is a very good day! One of my absolutely bestest and oldest friends are coming over to visit for a week. And I am going to the gym!

    My friend and I have known each other for over 30 years! That is more than half of our lives. And we still love each…

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  7. 11
    Sep

    My greatest fears about my weight/health (Day 4)

    My single greatest fear regarding my weight is the thought of leaving my children and grandchildren without a their mum and Meemaa for reasons that were entirely in my control. We don’t always have a choice where life and death are concerned, but we can…

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  8. 11
    Sep
    My inspiration! (Day 3)(St Lucia Beach by http://cruise-dude.com)
This is my inspiration! We have family in St Lucia, but…View Post

    My inspiration! (Day 3)

    (St Lucia Beach by http://cruise-dude.com)

    This is my inspiration! We have family in St Lucia, but…

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    8
    Sep

    16lbs! I’m finally moving forward again!

    In the beginning of August I finally got my groove back. Throughout the summer it was beginning to make itself known, but after all those months of feeling brushed off, and sentenced to a life of no more, I might be forgiven for not being easily swayed. In line with my motto, it really was baby steps. My passion for writing was coming back and I started blogging again. My passion for food was reignited and I invested in a brand new high speed blender (fabulous purchase - will blog more about that soon!) to be able to make better smoothies, juices and soups. And before I knew it, my body was asking for exercise again.

    It really is weird how much it does for the general well-being to have support from family and friends, and to have doctors and other health professionals who can see the person behind the diagnosis and are willing to help. My food is my medicine, we have already established that, but medicine alone cannot cure you. The process of healing is complex and it takes a holistic approach to really make a change for the better.

    For the past four weeks I have finally felt like a woman on a mission again! All parties involved in my health have come together and offered me a Golden Ticket, and I am not going to let it slip through my fingers. The Rheumatologist has levelled up my treatment and put me forward for biologics therapy designed to wipe all trace of inflammation out of my body. The pain clinic has put me on fentanyl (100 times stronger than morphine!) patches to wipe out all pain from my body and make it possible for me to step up my exercise programme. My GP has referred me to a special exercise scheme which means I get to see a personal trainer twice a week. And he has also referred me to other specialists to literally go through every nook and cranny of my body looking for potential sources of infection and inflammation. Which is why I am having surgery in both my big toes in a few weeks’ time. My dentist has gone through my teeth for the same reason and referred me to the dental hospital where one tooth was deemed a potential culprit thus extracted. After that I was referred to their Sjögren’s Clinic as the consultant thought I might have added another autoimmune condition to my list.

    The long and short of it is this: I now have a rare window of opportunity. I have just under five months to show all these people I mean business. I need to lose quite a lot of weight and I need to get myself to a fitness level where I could undergo surgery and bounce back up within three days. The Orthopaedic Consultant said I could have surgery if four conditions were met:

    1. There must be no trace of inflammation in my body.
    2. I must be more or less free from pain.
    3. I must have muscles in my leg that can safely hold, and latch on to, a new joint.
    4. I need to be strong and fit enough to be back on my feet and exercising again within three days of surgery.

    The first two points are completely out of my control, but I do have the rains on the other two. Only two things can help me build muscle and increase my general fitness level - diet and exercise. And now, I have even been given a personal trainer to help me with the latter! There is absolutely no way I am going to fail this because of what I have or have not done. No way! In fact, I can’t wait to go back to them in January and be able to say: Look at me! How’s this for serious?! =)

    Today, I stepped back on the scale again and to my great surprise I have shed a sensational 7.4 kg (16.3lbs) in the past month! I know this is a lot and that some of it most likely is water weight. But still! I needed a good result and I got four: The weight has dropped, the measures have gone down, I have had to throw two more pairs of trousers out of the wardrobe, and I have been able to more than double my exercise in the past week. And yes, I can definitely say I am back on the bandwagon again!

    Only this time I am not a passenger - I’m the Captain of this vehicle!

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    28
    Aug
    sqoad-and-ponies:

I think this is done! Woo!
Until I eventually decide to colour it in, that is *shudders*.
EDIT: Oh, yeah, and my fic, as before, is here. It may look different, but it is the same one as before, just a few changes.

    sqoad-and-ponies:

    I think this is done! Woo!

    Until I eventually decide to colour it in, that is *shudders*.

    EDIT: Oh, yeah, and my fic, as before, is here. It may look different, but it is the same one as before, just a few changes.

  11. 20
    Aug

    4/2/1 Detox Diet Day 1, Fasting

    I can’t believe how easy it felt to go through the fasting day, knowing that it was only going to be one day. I woke up relatively early, had some orange and ginger infused waterand my pills, and then I quite happily went back to sleep for another half…

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    19
    Aug

    The 4/2/1 Detox Diet explained

    This is a diet that I have designed having spent just over a year (I started in May 2012) alternating between Karyn Calabrese’s four-week detox and four weeks of “normal eating”. (For me “normal” was still mainly raw, vegan or vegetarian food.) Basically,…

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  13. 18
    Aug

    On weigh-ins and the 4/2/1 Detox Diet

    It’s Sunday evening and I am almost ready to go to bed (at 6pm!) just so I get to wake up and start my fast day soon! That has to be a good sign that we are on to something big here… =)

    I’ve been thinking about what to do about weigh-ins. I started with…

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    18
    Aug

    Detox and the 4:2:1 diet

    If you are a returning reader, you probably know that I tried a 4-week raw, vegan detox in May last year and that it completely changed the way I look at, and feel about, food. First of all, it made me turn my back on all factory produced meat and dairy;…

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  15. 17
    Aug

    Giddyup, giddyup and here we go…

    My journey towards a better life started in January 2012. Since then I have had what can only be described as onehelluva ride, and my life has changed in so many ways. There have been ups and downs and more challenges than I was prepared to face. But I am…

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