Tuesday, April 28, 2015

More worries


Kids are back at school today. I scheduled a very busy day for myself but made sure I left time to go to the gym first thing.

Straight after breakfast my dad called from hospital. He'd told me a week or so ago that he'd been sick for a while, well he'd got worse until he was unable to digest anything and was hospitalised last night and they've done a lot of tests that he doesn't have the results of yet. He was hopeful that it was nothing serious and that he would be able to go home soon with medication, but I think that is just wishful thinking. Very worrying. He's had a lot of health issues for years now. He waved away the offer of a visit (it's a long way) so I'll wait and see what the test results say.

The car has been making some odd noises (last night when Tim was backing out of the driveway I actually went outside to see if a UFO was landing. Or maybe a enormous flock of pigeons) and with dad sick six hours drive away it suddenly became extremely important that we have a reliable car. So I booked that in for Friday.

All this took a while and I no longer had time to get to the gym and shower etc before my first appointment, so instead I drove to the city early and took a 20 minute walk in the park nearby. Actually 10 minutes outside then 10 back in the shopping centre - it was freezing out there! Then I rushed around and got all my stuff done and home before the kids finished school. I had lunch at my favourite Chinese restaurant, a chicken and vegetable stir fry. Very hard to track calories because I have no idea how much what I had weighed, or what was in the delicate sauce. But going by hunger levels, I didn't eat too much; I felt comfortable afterwards and not overstuffed at all. No rice or noodles.

One of the things I did was go to the Apple store for my appointment with one of the geniuses. He couldn't work out why my phone wasn't connecting to my computer as it worked fine with his, but when I got home it worked for the first time in weeks! So his poking around had some effect, my guess is some dust fell out when he took it apart even though he said it was clean. I'm just happy I can download photos again.

Here is a recent one of me:

This one is funny, we got to my brother-in-law's house on Saturday and look at what they are wearing! The hoodies are not even the same brand, but they look identical. That is Nick on the left
and my husband Tim on the right.
I've got to make sure I get to bed earlier tonight. The quality of my sleep is much better, most nights, but I wake at dawn for some reason and my bedtime has drifted a bit later than it should. I suddenly hit a wall of exhaustion at night and then struggle to make the effort to get to bed. Hopefully if I get to bed a little earlier I can make it to 8 hours of sleep. Wouldn't that be lovely!
Yesterday I was over 8,500 steps at dinner so I thought I could make it to 10,000 even though I am pretty sedentary in the evening. But I hit that wall of tiredness and decided just to go to bed without checking the fitbit for an update. I was heading up the hallway when I got the buzz alert from my wrist - 10,000 steps! Go me.
Right now I am 9,500 steps so I will definitely get to 10 before bed. I'll do some pacing in the commercial breaks.
This afternoon I started getting strong cravings for unhealthy carby food. Keeping in mind my meltdown on Friday night, it seems I might struggle a bit with the second day in a row of low carb. I added a little bit of carbohydrate to my afternoon snack. It really helped and I got through the rest of the day fine. I'm still experimenting with what works best for me.
Report card:
Diet: Good. Not entirely sure about the Chinese food - could have had more salt and sugar than I think although it tasted pretty clean - otherwise great. 
Exercise: Good. Got the steps in even though I couldn't get to the gym.
Water: Good.
Sleep: Good.
Mental health: Worried about my dad.  


  1. Hope all goes well with your dad - it is worrying.

    I like your photo ... thanks for sharing.

    Take Care

    All the best Jan

    1. Thanks Jan, at least he is back home now.

  2. Oh sorry for your dad having health issues, hope that every thing will just be fine.

    It's the first picture of you that I see, you are not t all like I had imagine you, it just is funny how sometime we see other people isn't it? Maybe I thought you look like your avatar.

    Walking 10 minutes sometimes it's a waste and sometimes it's amazing, this time it was amazing, you even when in a shopping mall to get some steps done... so happy for you. Consistency is something to aim for, even if it's not a full gym sweating experience it's counting toward getting your mental in shape!

    keep experimenting Natalie, that is the only way of finding your path.

    1. What do you mean Richard, I don't look like my avatar??! Well, maybe when I was 20. A bit. At least I've had long blonde hair most of my life, if not delicate elven features.

      I am working towards consistency with my exercise, it doesn't have to be the gym but it has to be something.

    2. Well Natalie, your picture is not the only thing that surprise me lately... you said you have an Australian accent but when I read your blog you don't LOL

  3. It's interesting, for a while I pictured you looking like your avatar, in a cartoonish kind of way. Pretty much exactly how the avatar looks lol, glowing eyes, elf ears, armor and all.

    When I started going through your earlier posts I seen that you posted a picture (with a note that said jalapeño), so I knew four a couple weeks. You look great!

    Hope everything turns out fine for your pops. Congrats on the steps.