Category: Healthy lifestyle

How I encourage clean eating with teens

Ok… let’s just say from the get-go that it’s not easy.  I have gotten to where I am because I chose to research like crazy for, well, years really.  And to be honest.. it’ll never stop.  But, I’m also sensible enough to remember what I was like as a teenager.  I could eat whatever I liked…  never got sick, or had what I now know to be food related health issues.  Even the things that are indicators of unwise eating for me now.. like intestinal discomfort (that’s a nice way of saying borderline constipation 🤣), headaches, gas, sluggishness.. that kinda thing…  wasn’t an issue for me (as far as I can try and remember it anyway).

And to be real….  I pretty much ate whatever I wanted until after having my first bubba at 24yrs old… and didn’t have to even think about making ‘healthy choices’ until after that… and if I’m real honest, it was totally about weight management. (aka.. caring what I looked like… aka vanity🤔) . I did, however, make good choices around pregnancy… no deli meats, weird seafood… that kinda thing.  I also began drinking water regularly when I was pregnant.. and that’s actually where I developed my love for drinking water.  It was just convenient that you kinda NEED to drink lots of water regularly when breast feeding.. and seeing I was pretty much pregnant or breastfeeding from mid 2000 until mid 2003… and then pregnant with James in mid 2004, breastfeeding until mid 2006, I formed good habits that continue today.  #thankfulI

(somehow, without even trying really, having developed a love of drinking water in my kiddos, but that solely comes down to it being the only thing I gave them when they were young.  There was no cordial or juice in our house.. they may have had juice as a treat.. but they never had soft drink.. and even now, don’t like it much.  Jordan is the only one who drink some occasionally. )

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So, I am able to see why they don’t automatically just take on what I have to say around their health and the correlation to their eating.  I didn’t give two hoots at their age either.. I had no reason to care about it.  My 17yr old son Jordan is mindful re eating… but that is solely around body image.  He wants to look a certain way, so he exercises and eats in a way that will best help him achieve that.  He does still have his ‘naughty’ eating though.. so he’s still very much a normal teen in that way.

My 18yr old daughter, TJ….  well, let’s just say she probably has a % of Nutella flowing through her blood stream.  How she doesn’t experience negative issues due to her Nutella consumption is simply beyond me.  I mean, as I said, I didn’t care what I ate as I teen.. but I also never consumed things like Nutella by the tubful.  🤣 .   Anyway…  we’ll just need to let that one run it’s course.. only she will deal with the negative (if any) issues that come from her Nutella addiction.  (Maybe there’s a Nutella addicts anonymous ??  who knows.😂) . And yes, trust me, I’ve tried to make my own, buy healthier versions etc etc.. no luck so far.)

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My 14yr old, James… while not really caring about his food intake from a healthy point of view.. he also doesn’t really have any hugely unhealthy things that he eats.  The issue with him, which has some correlation with his ADHD meds, is actually getting him to eat at times.  If he’s focused on something… or basically if there’s something more interesting to do…  he simply won’t eat.  And seeing that his medication can only be given to him if he within a healthy weight range.. it’s super important to keep him fed.

I really do see it as part of my responsibility as their mother to respect THEIR temples…  while they don’t have the maturity to do it themselves.  I was blessed with those kiddos, I and I need to look after them.. that pretty much covers it really.

And then there’s my DH, Terry…  He doesn’t really care about healthy eating….  that’s about all I have to say about that.  LOL

Then we get around to me….  in the interest of total honesty… Peanut M & Ms are my kryptonite..  #nuffsaid

OK.. so now that I’ve thoroughly thrown us all under the bus….  let’s look at how  I deal with this as a family.

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It’s is a pretty important to me (that’s putting it mildly) to put a very healthy meal on the table each evening.  I want out ‘meat and dairy footprint’ to be less than it has in the past, so usually, our meals would be considered Vegan, if not for the meat. LOL.  I use organic extra virgin coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil, to cook in…  a dairy free butter for spreading, or to cook in with veggies etc, cashew meal replicates the cheese flavour in pretty much all meals.  Some cheese may go on the top of spag bol etc, but other than that..no cheese.  When making any recipes that would have previously begun with a bechamel sauce, they now start with coconut cream, cashew meal & the vegan butter, Nuttelex.

Shameless Nuttelex plug…  Dairy free, Lactose free, Nut oil free, Gluten free, Soy free, Cholesterol free oil, Salt reduced, Contains Vit D, Natural flavour and colours.  The main ingredients are basically Olive Oil & Sunflower seed.

Having a family that loves curries is super easy too, as you can so easily substitute with coconut milk/cream.. and a dairy free yoghurt.  In those types of recipes, you can’t even tell it’s a dairy free option used.

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We also have ‘Meat free Mondays’… but it sometimes end up ‘meat free whatever night it happens’.  It’s super super easy to make yummy vegan meals if you do just a little bit of research.  The stigma around vegan meals is downright ridiculous.  Now, to be clear, I’m not promoting a 100% Vegan diet, at all… I love my chicken and steak too much for that…  but I do wholeheartedly believe that our meat and dairy consumption is ridiculously glutinous.   I believe this very strongly as a Christian also !  Scripture backs the premise that meat was originally not even ‘on the table’, and even once it was ‘permissible’ following the flood, it was a luxury… not a main staple.  The mass production of our meat industry is disgusting.. but hey, don’t get me started.

So, the biggest way I combat my teens lack of interest in eating healthy, is to put that healthy, appealing meal on the table each evening.   While I transitioned to dairy free milk nearly 3yrs ago, we are now a dairy free milk family as a whole.  It was a gradual thing though… with Jordan he was convinced by doing some research himself and finding out that milk products are like moths to a flame when it comes to acne… and what teen likes acne.. so over he came to the dairy free side.  My husband was convinced when he received a high cholesterol result in a blood test around his 50th b’day.  He could have just gone to a lighter milk option.. but hey, I shamelessly took the opportunity when it was presented to me.  ha ha.

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By this point, with it being 3 against 2, it was a foregone conclusion that we were going to go 100% dairy free milk as a family… but both James and Tyler-Jasmine were easily swayed by the possibility of acne improvement too.

We did play around with different options for a while, and finally everyone was happy with Rice Milk.  Sadly, there’s still one certain 14yr old who much prefers the white rice milk as opposed to the healthy option of brown rice milk… but hey.. take the wins where they come.

With that change in the family diet, breakfast was sorted, as all 3 kids, and my husband, like weetbix for breakky each morning.  No, I don’t think it’s the healthiest breakfast one could consume.. but hey, it’s far from the worst.

Snacks are typically tricky… I myself, don’t snack to be honest.  I’ll have a bliss ball if I’ve made them.. but as a general rule, I don’t snack.  I would like to improve in that area though, as besides fruit & good quality muesli bars….  the boys don’t take much else in the snack department.

Lunch can be an issue… and here’s where I’ve decided to ‘regress’ in some ways.  My kids were encouraged to be independent with lunch (& brekky) from a fairy young age….  and that’s what has happened for many years now.  Only thing is, I noticed that fairly basic things were being taken to school each day (that’s if anything was taken), and sometimes on weekends, I would notice that they didn’t eat lunch at all. It was then that I made the decision that I’d much prefer them ate well then argue with them about health and wellbeing…  which, as I’ve already said, they pretty much don’t give two hoots about.

So, yes, I do now make my son’s lunches each day… and I don’t mind doing it.  I would much rather they had good healthy food intake in these really important developing years, than have them eat food very low in nutrition, because I’m being a stick in the mud regarding independence.  They’ve got their adult lives to make bad food choices, and I won’t be able to do a thing about it… but while I can have a say in what goes into their bodies, then I’m going to to that.  Even my husband, who, for context, just walked in the door from woolies with dairy iced coffee and a bag of choc covered honeycombs.. Arrrggghhh…  he will go without lunch when busy, rather than make himself something… so I don’t have an issue with making him something.  I mean really… with those rubbish choices, I’ve gotta get as much nutrition in as I can.  😂

While I’m here..  a hot tip for you…  If you suggest to your family to use wholemeal bread/wraps instead of white…. or to add spinach to their wrap/sandwhich…  they won’t be too keen initially…  but you make them a toastie on healthy bread, with healthier ingredients.. and all you’ll hear is “Thanks Mum!”  As I’ve said before… sooooo much of it is about healthy substitutions.

That pretty much tells you how I subtly indoctrinate my family into the healthy eating lifestyle..  😂🤣🤣 #noshame #letshopeitsticks

Blessings Peeps…  Remember to Respect the temple, inside & out . xx

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4mths post Hysterectomy

Morning all and welcome back to the blog… long time no write.  I have no excuse other than poor time management on my part.  Argghh.. these intros really need to stop being about how long it’s been since I’ve blogged.

Ok.. so, It’s actually been close to 4 and a half months since I had my surgery … I have already uploaded a vlog about this, so if you’re a watch rather than read kinda person, than HERE is the link for that.  if not, then read on.

Now that we are this far along, and cycles have settled/resumed as normal, it’s interesting to be able to report what I now experience on a cycle basis.  Praise the Lord my crippling headaches are gone, but funnily enough, the headaches I do experience at a certain time of month are very recognisably the same headache, just a lot tamer.  I also experience the tender breast.. and to be honest, they’re pretty much the same.. bump into me at a certain time of month and I’ll not be happy about it.  ha ha.

Of course, it’s still taking a little getting used to that I don’t get a period, or have to worry about all that goes along with that.  Not wearing light colours when my period is due, or during it…..  having sheets of nurofen in my purse in case period pain hits suddenly, keeping those ‘period undies’ handy.  By these, I don’t mean the new fancy period undies where you don’t need to wear a pad or tampon during your period (they do seem kinda gross🤢), but I mean the old undies that you really should throw out, but you keep them to wear during your period, in case there’s an unexpected shark attack. 🤣. I mean seriously, no one wants to stain their pretty undies.. am I right !!!!

Even when travelling to Europe recently (blogs coming, have no fear), I don’t think I even took any white clothes, when really I coulda decked myself out in white the entire trip.  I guess old habbits are hard to break.

On the activity front, I’m back to 100% training as to what I was doing prior to surgery, but am soon to amp it up weight training wise, so that’ll be interesting to see.  I do still ‘feel kinda weird’ when I stretch my entire body out…. just some very light pulling sensations in my abdo area…  but I’m sure it’s all just normal, as the docs did tell me that it really is more like a full 12mths before the internal stuff is 100% healed.   I’ve been doing a lot of Yoga type stretches to assist.

Sadly (for my family mostly 😂) I do still experience moody times of month… but they don’t last for long anyway… as in I’m talking less than an hour… so I’m sure we’ll all survive.

All in all, as I now feel 100% fine, it was very much the best thing I could’ve done.  Even with how rough the whole thing was.  It really is worth every bit, when you can look back from this angle.

And finally, my top tips for Hysterectomy prep, surgery and recovery are…

  • Be the healthiest version of yourself in time for surgery. Make good food choices, move your body for at least half an hour per day.  Hydrate well…  1ltr of water for every 30kgs of body weight)
  • When the medical stuff tell you that it’s a major surgery… BELIEVE THEM… coz we didn’t and were left quite shocked in those first few days.
  • Know your body… eg.  I react very badly to drugs, so liver support capsules were great for me.  Also Vitamin B12, Olive leaf extract, vitamin C… all those good things to help your immune system.   The last thing you want is to get sick.
  • Get in the Word !!  When you are in a LOT of pain during recovery, having scriptures in your head… or even worship song lyrics.. is the BOMB !
  • Prepare your house/family.  Fill the freezer with meals.  Make lists for the fridge. Yes, teens can make meals, and yes, they should know the schedule, but hello, they’re teens, with their own set of hormonal stresses going on.. and you don’t need that when you feel like poop… so prepare the house to run it it’s smoothest !!
  • Go slow in recovery.  Keep your expectations low and that way you won’t be disappointed if you can’t achieve a certain thing by a certain time.  It will seem like recovery goes soooo slow at the time, but looking back, it went in the blink of an eye.
  • Accept help from others, and take visitors for short periods in that first week.  The social interaction will lift your mood, and make it all bearable.
  • and last but certainly not least, don’t forget that God WILL NOT bring you to something that you can’t handle, so TRUST IN HIM !!

Blessings Peeps

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Hysterectomy update + life stuff

Evening all,

I’m now 4 and a half weeks post surgery… woot woot !!!  It’s been a ride, let’s just say that.  I definitely think that neither DH or I actually listened when they said how major the surgery was, and how long and hard the recovery was.  If I had a dollar for each time one of has said “I really didn’t think it would be this bad.”  🤣 But, oh well, we’re passed the tough times now, and as of a few days ago, I feel 98% normal.   I’ve even made it back into activewear on several occasions.  ha ha

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The bath chair has finally been ditched…. never to return (yes, I did initially ditch to too early in my cockiness to heal quickly.. and had to swallow my pride and put it back in.)

I even just took the dog for his walk all by myself this arv….. and when I was out, I realised it was only the second time I was by myself since before my surgery. (the first time was earlier today when I ventured to the shops on my own .. woo hoo).. and I’m not gonna lie.. I really liked it.  ha ha.  With husband retiring only a month or so before my surgery, and couple that with uni break/school hols… it means I’ve not had the house to myself in months. #firstworldproblems

I’m still not able to carry anything much as I can feel an unpleasant pulling sensation at the incision sites, but I did manage to pull off carrying a bag of bread home on my solo trip to the shops earlier today.  I thought to myself… surely 2 loaves of bread is permissible.   It didn’t hurt…during, or after, so I call that a win !!!

I have even started some very gentle narrow squats in the last few days, and that seems to be ok also.  I figured that wide leg/sumo squats would pull at the pelvis area, so I think I’ll stick to narrow ones until I get proper clearance from my doctor, hopefully at the end of next week.  And before any of you freak out… I’m only doing like 30 in a day… so basically nothing.

I’ve been able to focus on my skincare and supplement routine while I’ve been on this enforced rest.  I have needed to purchase some new serum, since running out quite some time ago.   However, I knew I had many, many, MANY leftover Avon samples from my time as a rep….  which, yes… is at least 17yrs ago.. whoopsie.. I’m sure they’re still good.  🤣 . So, I used the ANEW serum, and OH MY WORD.. my skin felt AHHHHH-MAZING !!

It honestly felt so smooth and soft that I was constantly compelled to randomly get people I met up with to feel it… I was literally that blown away by how great it felt.  So, knowing that I was going to eventually run out of said samples, I started my research into what I’d like to purchase.  I knew I wanted it to be Australian owned, cruelty free, 100% vegan (seems totally gross when people DON’T want it to be 100% vegan 🤔), and of course, affordable.

The first product I purchased, while doing a wonderful job, was unclear as to it’s stance on cruelty free & 100% vegan… I must admit, when I purchased it, I did get confused with another product I’d read about.. and realised afterwards that they weren’t clear on this info…  So, I will continue to use this as i already have it, but will be purchasing the Rejuvenating HY C Serum from Bohemian Skin.  They are an Aussie company, and fit all of my requirements etc.  The beauty of serum is that, while it can be an expensive outlay originally, such a small amount is required each day, the bottle lasts a very long time.  and there’s AFTERPAY people, afterpay !!!

I’ve also included Collagen booster capsules into my supp routine, and am loving it so far.  I’m all for looking younger, right !! I’ve enjoyed finally feeling human enough to make an actual effort with my appearance and ‘dress up’ on a few occasions too.   I mean, what’s the use of looking youthful, if you have no style?  🤣

We only have 56 sleeps until my husband and I head off on our 25yr anniversary celebration to Europe !!  I cannot even express how excited I am about this.  As most of you will know, I went to Europe with my sister last September for the first time.. and it was amazing !! However, going with my love…  that’s off the charts exciting !! He has never been before, so I’m excited to see his reaction to things.

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I’ve recently changed over my camera to the Canon g7x mark ii, as it is widely known to be the best vlogging camera… and after having it only a few weeks, I’d have to thoroughly agree.   So fantastic in how it adjusts in different lighting situations etc, and so much more compact to lug around that my DSLR.  I’m also now a lot more excited to vlog while travelling in September.  I must admit, I wasn’t as keen to take the bigger camera as I did have it with me last time, but only took it out on 2 of the days we were over there.

If you haven’t already, please go check out my Youtube channel, as it’s starting to pick up momentum… and I think I’m defs getting more comfortable in front of the camera.  (I’m hoping that EVERY vlogger looks back on their first videos and cringes.. ha ha)

HERE is the link to the page.

Keep on eye out back on my Lovely Shiloh blog, as I will get my Europe 18 trip finished at some point…..  preferably BEFORE I go to Europe again.  lol.

On another note, my master 17 has been struggling with Glaucoma, and is scheduled for surgery on Aug 6th.  I’m trying not to focus on it too much right now, in order to get myself healed as well as I can before having to deal with this, but I was quite surprised to be told that this surgery is bigger than any other eye surgery he’s ever had.  I would have thought that having your natural lenses removed as a newborn baby would have been the biggest surgery he could have, but apparently not.. Poor kid.

We’ll deal with that when we get to it though… in the meantime, I’ll continue on this recovery journey,  keep up with my son’s copious amounts of drugs to keep his eye pressure down… and still thoroughly enjoy everything life throws at us…. coz God is GOOD, and if I learnt anything from life, it’s that He brings something good out of EVRYY situation.. even when it’s initially hard to see it !!

Okies peeps..  Blessings.

Respect the Temple, inside & out

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My hysterectomy

Evening all !!

I feel like I say everything several times over now that I have several different ‘social platforms’… but here goes anyway.

As I told you in my last post, I went in for a Hysterectomy last Friday the 7th June. This surgery has been on the cards for quite a long time, but of course I wanted to do literally EVERYTHING first to see if I could avoid this major surgery.

All of this is documented in blogs, but as a ‘quick’ overview, I had a Mirena inserted (at my GP… Worst day ever!!!!) in mid 2017 after many many years of horrific period pain, loss and other unpleasant related symptoms.

I don’t know about you, but I can handle whatever I need to in my child bearing years… because hey, you just do what you need to do in order to bring about your family…. But once you know God has competed your family.. or even if you yourself simply decide your family is complete, you have less & less tolerance for pain & discomfort associated with the reproductive system.

I actually put all of this off years longer than I needed to.. but hey, I honestly think God’s timing always shows us just how perfect his plan is. Had I done this 5yrs ago, I would’ve been anyhere near as fit & healthy, which most likely would have produced a far different recovery situation than the one I’m in right now.

Ok… I’m getting sidetracked … Back to the timeline…

The Mirena did do part of it’s job, which was to reduce loss… (this was actually a huge win, as I was struggling with aneomia, and often restricted from donating blood) but all other symptoms were the same. I also got some new ones…. Some horrific pain that landed me in the Emergency dept several times. I ended up having to have it removed (also at the GP.. also an AWFUL day.) PS… in the unlikely event that my doctor reads this… you’re awesome, and none of the awfulness is your fault. Ha ha

The next step was an Endometrial ablation, which happened in mid 2018. This particular surgery was my worst ever when it came to my drug allergies.

My first indication that I had drug allergies was when I had a really small procedure at the doctors on my foot 6 or 7 years ago, and when I was given strong pain killers afterwards, I ended up more nauseas that I had ever experienced before.

I then had even worse experiences when I had what was assumed to be chest pain (But ended up being bad indigestion). I was given morphine in the ambulance which put me in a far worse state than before they gave it to me.

I then had a bad bought of sinusitis where I ended up in the ED and was given Endone…. also up there in the ‘worst day ever’ stakes.

So…. back to the ablation surgery… it was DARN STINKIN AWFUL!! I did tell the anaesthetist about my drug reactions, but maybe I didn’t make enough of a point about it, seeing as it ended up being the worst experience ever.  (Yes, I’m a little dramatic about this particular subject.)

My nausea was sooooooo bad in recovery that I honestly… no joke… would’ve happily gone to meet The Lord there and then.

So, when the ablation surgery did only the same…. reduce loss, but introduce even MORE yucky symptoms… some of the worst headaches known to man.. a Hysterectomy became unavoidable.

Which brings us to last Friday… sitting in the waiting room… confident that I’d prepared my body as best I could for the journey I was about to embark on.

There were 2 ladies in the waiting room with us that were very clearly there for their c-sections. That was emotional for me (surprisingly) as it really brought it home that we were drawing a big fat line under any possibility of making bubbas. (Not that we want more, so yeah.. it was weird. )

I made a BIG point about my drug allergies with basically anyone we spoke to prior to surgery, including the pre-op appt a few days prior. It was written all over my chart…. but just to be on the safe side, I spoke to the anaesthetist in the anaesthetic bay and said (obviously my talking to everyone worked, as she knew all about it) that she reviewed what they gave me last time, and she had a different plan for this procedure.

Well, whatever she planned… it worked, as while the procedure did take the max time given of 3hrs, and I still spent a longer than average time in recovery… I didn’t experience any nausea until later that evening, and that was to do with drugs given on the ward.

I had a reasonably good post surgery day the following day, but did battle with some nausea due to the strong pain meds I needed.

I did manage to have a shower, wee on my own (got a gold star for that one).. and GET DISCHARGED!!. It was soooooo good to get home and get into my own bed !! (Yes, I’m playing that first day down a tad… it was really quite awful.. but moving on… )

The last week has had its ups and downs. While in some ways, it’s been much better than expected, it’s also been far worse than I expected.   I’ve been able to have a small (& slow) 15 min walk each evening, and I’m pleased with that, however, I am quite physically incapable of doing anything but walk (rather slowly) around the house.  I have been able to do a few small trips out, even to my son’s Paediatricians appt yest, but everything is at the pace of a 700yr old Tortoise.  This is NOT a speed I’m accustomed to… or like .. AT ALL !!!

I have managed to get down to only using stronger pain meds at night… and just paracetamol thru the day.

Doing close to nothing is driving me absolutely bonkers… but I am excited that I’m 1wk closer to OPERATION COMEBACK !!  I do most certainly need to develop more self control & patience though, in order to not go crazy during this healing process.

I’m excited to plan, and achieve some really great things with my fitness once I’m physically able to get back into it !!  In the meantime, I’ve decided to gain more knowledge in the areas of nutrition and healthy living.  I’d also love to go back over some of my Bible College subjects that I found particularly interesting at the time, but would love to go over with more at a slower speed.

And I’ll take you all along for the ride !

But for now, sleep, healing & recovery calls !!

Blessings peeps !!

Respect the temple !

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Surgery prep scriptures

Happy Saturday all !!!

For those of you who don’t follow me on instagram or Facebook, I am booked in to have a Hysterectomy this coming Friday 7th June.  This surgery has been on the cards for quite some time, and I’ve done everything I can to avoid having it, but alas, here we are, with all other avenues exhausted.

I’ve been doing all I can to prepare myself for this procedure…  continuing my healthy lifestyle, adding a few ‘specific to surgery prep’ supplements, staying in a good place mentally, as well as doing all practical things needed to have the best recovery time I possibly can.

I’ll actually be heading into the kitchen as soon as I’ve finished this blog entry to get some meals prepared and in the freezer for ease of use post surgery.   (I’m sure there’ll be some takeaway by the fam happen as well.. ha ha)

I’m also leaning heavily on scripture passages like Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; Do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you wand help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

It’s easy to let fear and anxiety take hold, especially when you know you react badly to the drugs used.. and you know just how darn awful you do feel immediately post surgery.  However, I feel more prepared this time around, both with prep in the natural (healthy lifestyle, additional supplements etc etc) and prep in the supernatural.  I’ve got a fantastic team of prayer buddies who will cover me over the surgery and recovery time, and I feel really blessed to have this.

Some more scriptures that are going to be very helpful over the time are :

Isaiah 40:29 He gives strength to the wear and increases the power of the weak.

Jeremiah 30:17a “But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds.” declares the Lord “

1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.

Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Deauteronomy 31:8 The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

Psalm 23:3-4 He renews my strength.  He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.  Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.  

As usual, I could go on & on with my scripture lists, as God’s work is literally FULL of encouragement to us in all life situations, but these ones above are particularly good to ‘keep in the scripture bank’ coming up to this surgery.

I have my pre-op appointment on Monday morning.. at the joyful time of 8am…  It has gotten pretty darn cold in Brisbane this past week, and getting out of bed is not fun anymore.  However, I’m very aware, that these temperatures are nothing compared to other parts of QLD.  -3.4ᵒ near Warwick, an incredible -11ᵒ recorded near Stanthorpe, usually close to freezing in Kingaroy…   so our lows of 6degrees aren’t too bad.

OK… I’ll do my best to blog again after my pre-op appointment, but if not… see you ‘wombless’ on the flipside 😂

Blessings peeps !!

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Thankfulness vs Pridefulness

Hi all,

I’ve been thinking on this topic a little of late, so thought I’d share some thoughts with you.

I first started really thinking on this due to the 30day squat challenge I’m currently doing.  I’m on day 29, so basically finished, but I said in my insta post today that I was ‘quite proud of myself’ for having reached this point and having done EVERY day’s set amount of squats.  As I said in the post, I really did wonder if I’d give the tick that I’d done the amount for that day, when maybe I hadn’t quite done the total.

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I thought this, not out of a fear of laziness on my part, but the fact that when, on day 1, and only 50 squats were required,  I’d look forward to those big numbers of over 100 for most days, & wonder if I’d achieve that every single day.

To be where I am now, one day from the end, and having achieved every day’s amount is quite amazing to me.  I’m blown away by what my body has achieved.

As I’ve said before, I do love accountability… it drives me, keeps me focused and on track…  so these types of challenges are really great for me…. and making them public just cements my desire to achieve it.  But not so that I can hear ‘well done’ from others… but so that they can maybe see themselves doing the same, achieving similar benefits etc.

So, this is what lead me to the train of though in regards to accomplishment.. and whether being proud of your achievements is showing a lack of humility.

We know that being humble is a BIG BIG BIG part of being a follower of Christ.  In order to become a Christian, we need to be humble enough to admit we’re a sinner, die to self, love our neighbour as ourselves.. and heaven forbid (🤣) , love our enemies.    It’s hard to do those things if you are prideful.

When we think, and being right in that thought, that being prideful is a sin… then what do we do in a situation where we feel proud of an accomplishment?  I think the key is to constantly remember that we only achieve the things we do, in and through the strength of our Saviour.  Several days of this squat challenge I remember verbally thanking Jesus for giving me the strength to actually do some 200+ squats, as there have been days when I simply could not have done it on my own strength.

I particularly think of a day late last week when I had a bad head cold.  I am still amazed, looking back, that I still did the amount for that day.  Thankfully though, the absolute worst day of the head cold did happen to be a rest day in the challenge (Praise Jesus !).

Another important distinction is that having DElIGHT in your achievements is not being prideful… knowing that your work will result in further good things is something to delight in.  Delighting in the fact that your body has achieved something you doubted , or didn’t know, it could do, is also recognising the amazing God created body that you are blesssed to have.  The fine line though would be if you are delighting in others NOTICING your achievements.

“So I saw that there is nothing better than that a man should rejoice in his work, for that is his lot,” (Ecc. 3:22).

To clarify, we need to pull that apart a little, as if we enjoy others raving about our achievements simply because we like others to think well of us, than that’s pride right there.. but if others can gain by witnessing our accomplishments, than that is furthering God’s work through us.

Another big thing .. and one that seems to be a very notable point with me, is the difference between Thankfulness and entitlement.  I’m not entitled to a strong, healthy body that allows me to achieve these things… I am THANKFUL to have a strong healthy body that can achieve these things.  Constantly finding the path that leads back to Jesus is your sure fire way to stay humble.

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD,” (Job 1:21).

Blessings peeps

Respect the temple

xox

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Ageing smarter !!

Evening all !!

Quite a bit recently, I’ve been thinking about age…. as in the actual number that is the count we’re up to in years on planet earth.   It’s 42 (& a half) for me right now.. and what I’m finding interesting.. and encouraging.. is that I continue to not have any concern about how ‘old’ I am.  While others I know actually get depressed about their birthday coming around each year… I continue to just love every birthday…. as it’s always brought many many blessings in the year leading up to it.  Also, there’s pretty much always things to look forward to in the year ahead.

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I think back on when I was my daughters age, (she’s just turned 18), I honestly thought of my parents and their friends as ‘middle aged’.  My grandparents were ‘old’, but my parents… being the age I am now…  were middle aged in my reckoning, and I thought that there was no way that when I got to their age, I’d still feel remotely ‘young’.

Well…  surprise surprise…  I honestly don’t feel much different than when I was 24 and having my first baby.  When talking to my Mum about this, she says that’s exactly how she felt at my age… and she did, in fact, ride a pushbike up & down half the Queensland coast at my age.. a round trip distance of about 1000kms.  She says that she didn’t really begin to feel any ‘age’ until her 50s…  so here’s my challenge….  to keep on track with my fitness journey with as fierce a conviction as I have had for 3+yrs now.   I want to ‘push out’ this ‘feeling of age’ as long as I possibly can.  But… there’s more to the story…

Sadly, it’s true, as a person ages, we’ll experience a decline in our maximum exercise capacity. Our capacity to recover quickly from long or intense bouts of physical activity will also decline.

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Our maximum heart rate declines, and our maximum oxygen uptake also declines by about 1% per year. Oxygen uptake is crucial, as all our muscle energy is made by combining oxygen with the fuel in our body (carbs, and fat). The faster you transport and use oxygen, the faster you can go, and the longer you can keep going for.  (interesting facts don’t you think !!)

Sound a little dreary ? Well, it can be.. but in fact, this info prominently speaks to those operating at their maximum fitness level, which, let’s face it… most of us are not.   I consider myself a very active person, who is very health and fitness conscious, but I also know that I am in no way operating at my maximum capacity.  And, to be honest, I don’t really desire to.

As a person operating at my kinda level… It’s very encouraging to know that with the right types and amount of training (including recovery and nutrition) we can actually gain back more fitness than time takes away from us!  Sounds good, right !!

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Another great thing about getting older is that we have wisdom on our side. We are far more likely to ‘respect the temple’, as well as taking better care of the recovery side of the athletic equation.  (this is mostly due to common sense, as we KNOW that we pay for it if we don’t.) We’re also more likely to approach training and exercise a little smarter and more sensibly than our younger selves.

A lot of this comes down to a drop off in our lack of interest in training, and staying fit as we get older..  whether that’s about laziness, lack of motivation, time or knowledge… it’s fairly common that we age quicker than is biologically necessary.  We see it all the time…  older men and women, appearing to defy age… but when they’re questioned about it…. it’s nearly ALWAYS the fact that they remain active in their everyday lives.   In other words, ‘Use it or lose it’ isn’t just a saying…  it’s a legit thing.

I personally think the lack of knowledge one is extremely prevalent.. and sadly it’s not just about people not seeking the knowledge… it’s a lack of care for it.  I am ‘up against a brick wall’ with a lot of those I know and care deeply about.

I can speak very personally about how I KNOW that my chosen diet of nutrient dense meals keeps me healthier in general.  I hardly ever get sick, as in general colds/flus etc.  Sadly, I do experience a LOT of unpleasant symptoms due to my cycle…  but hopefully that will be sorted out soon.  (Sidenote… I have seen a great improvement in some of the symptoms by including Maca powder in my smoothies.)  But when it comes to general health and wellbeing, I know that the food & drink I choose to fuel my body with, as well as the amount of physical activity I do each day, improves my life immeasurably.

But these things don’t seem to factor in with a lot of people.  I suspect they resent the idea of the effort required…. only thing is, if they simply started… they’d find they enjoy the benefits so much, and begin to enjoy the physical exertion so much, that the effort required becomes a great enjoyment in their lives.

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No judgement here tho, as I was ever so slightly like this in previous years.  I do firmly believe that each person needs their own conviction, of ‘light bulb’ moment. I don’t believe, other than in a dangerous health situation, that a person can be TOLD to care about their general health to a degree that would greatly improve their lives.

I believe that those of us who do strongly feel the conviction to respect our temples to the best of our ability need to lean on the knowledge that God will use us as an example to others, and work through that.  Which, less face it, is going to be far more effective than anything we can say or do in the natural.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Jeremiah 29:11

So, as we wrap up this weekend, and prepare ourselves for the week ahead, let’s go forward in the knowledge that God’s plans are abundantly, amazingly, above and beyond anything we could even imagine… that’s a pretty big deal… a huge reason to go forward in confidence, expectancy and excitement !!

Blessings peeps !!

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