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1 hour ago, elizevdmerwe said:

I think the weight rack will have to stand just outside the front door, in the section that is still locked up and thus inside the security gates. I'll just have to see what it looks like when Brandt is finished and then make the best with what I have.

I think that is a good solution. Seems to me, trying to do school on a smaller table  would be a daily pain.

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On 8/30/2018 at 7:54 PM, annyshay said:

YAY!

:) It was very much needed.
 

On 8/30/2018 at 8:07 PM, Elastigirl said:

I think that is a good solution. Seems to me, trying to do school on a smaller table  would be a daily pain.

Ja, smaller table won't work for us. As it is, the wooden table is sometimes covered with open books and the boys have to use the XBox table or plastic table on the stoep for their notebooks. Or science experiments, or using the microscope, etc. or just plain building with blocks or...

 

Brandt built the basic stand for the weights last night. The open pipe is to put a bar in. He is going to add another pipe for the 2nd bar somewhere. On the front and back diagonal pipes there will be two thinner pipes perpendicular to the diagonals, for the weight plates. On top of the feet, he'll put a flat "tray" like shelf for small weight plates or dumbbell irons, the tighteners and holders, etc. He also wants to put two smaller pipes like hooks on the sides of the diagonals where I can hang my knee cushion, the stretch band, etc. So not too big, but it will have to come outside. I'll still need to paint it with rust protective paint, and probably get rubber protective coverings for the side. Or use an old cut up bicycle tire, so we don't cut our toes if we accidentally bump it against the stand.

 

 

Two small miracles:

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    1. B admitted that I was right about how much it would cost to fix the Uno. He has to use the money he has been saving to fix Skedonk (the actual one day to be rally car in the garage), and we will have to borrow money from the home loan. Which means that Skedonk's fixing schedule is again pushed back, probably to next year, where he was trying to get her done by end of this year. And the last bit of my pent up animosity vanished with that admittance from B. But he will continue to race, and he will race with the Uno, maybe not dirt rallies, only race courses, when Skedonk is fixed up. We're discussing options w.r.t. savings, money, what we need, and what we could maybe withdraw so that he can get the mechanic to help him fix Skedonk so she can be quicker back on her tires and start to race. Otherwise this scenario of the Uno breaking spectacularly, needing almost a whole new engine, will just repeat itself.
    2. He also admitted that his plans for a garage and workshop in our back yard isn't possible without expert help. He's been pushing me to draw up basic plans for the 3x car port, 1x caravan stand and workshop for the back, and I've been telling him I can't. He said I wasn't trying hard enough. The plans isn't hard, but to work out everything you'll need: strength (size, depth, height) of retaining walls, iron bars, cement for extra driveways, how deep to dig foundations, drainage pipes, electricity, water, etc. is just not my thing. We need specialised help to plan and to build this. Which he doesn't want to get. It's a lot more work and in depth than he's been willing to admit. If you get something wrong and the earth at the back slides down, it will come straight to the house.

      I offered him another solution, building his workshop next to the garage (already has concrete foundation), keeping the roof and walls 1m away from the fence (as required by municipal law), and building two car ports in front of the garage (remove tree and part of garden bed). The caravan can still be moved to the back of the property and later turned into guest accommodation on it's own cement pad and under a roof. The Mazda's carport can stay where it is, and we can put down concrete for a proper driveway up to it. Security can be iron pipes behind the cars, locked with outside grade security locks, to concreted poles in the ground (like a security boom). He can build the car ports and workshop himself, we just need to get an authorised architect to draw up plans for us to hand in to the municipality for permission/addition to our current property plans.

      Then the garage can be turned into a school/build/play room for the boys/us all, and we'll have more space in the house.

     

     

Anyway, it took a lot from Brandt to admit all of this. He was also keen when I asked whether we could keep next Sunday (9th) morning open to take the boys to the beach. Told him my idea and he was happy with it, and I openly admitted that even I can't sit on the beach doing 'nothing' for a whole day, so we're planning for only the morning. Now to pray for nice hot, sunshine weather :D.

 

Things feel a lot better this morning.

 

Wednesday and Thursday saw no training, food was on par, stuff got done around the house, as well as finances. All our taxes for this and next year are on time and handed in. I even got to bed on time! I did one circuit of strength training this morning and am hoping to go for a jog/walk this afternoon. Brandt took the Mazda to work. Time for school, then see whether I've forgotten anything else that still needs to be done.

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On 8/31/2018 at 1:04 PM, annyshay said:

Glad to hear about continued progress in talking things out.

Yes... if we can open our mouths to talk, things will work out. Standing staring at each other doesn't seem to work as well as actually talking. We'll work more on the telepathy-link :couple_inlove: But seriously, thank you for your support and care. *hugs* 

On 8/31/2018 at 6:57 PM, Elastigirl said:

Cool weight set up. That is great that you guys were able to talk through things. Thanking God for helping you .

As God does things, almost all the bible study verses for this week was supporting and what I needed to hear, to get up and do the right thing.

 

Something else (entirely) that I've noticed, which I'd like to read up more about: seems my hair is curling more than previously. I had a lot of soft curls yesterday, and were wondering whether hormones (or what else) could have such an effect? I normally only have some kinks around my face. :confused:

 

This is Porcupine, as dubbed by Brandt:

 

I still need to paint it, but not today (too humid). Brandt added the holders and the rack, and that's a heap of old bicycle tubes that I'll cut and stick over the rack's edges. I'll also look for rubber caps to put over the rods and feet. We'll work with only one barbell stored and the other one out with weights, or standing up against the door/wall.

 

I got my weeks totally mixed up and thought this was end of week 4. Found out that there is actually one more week to go.

Week 3 Summary:

Bible study:  Yes 4x

Exercise: Strength 2x (Mon. and Fri.). Walked 2x (Tue. and Fri.) The boys and I did a pole2pole exercise Friday. We walked down the street, and then alternated jogging/walking pole2pole, back up the hill. We did that twice. Even I didn't want to try a third time due to heat and humidity. Not summer levels yet, but still takes some getting used to. 1.5km took 30min.+- My joints (knees, elbows and wrists) were very sore afterwards, and also on and off during Saturday and this morning (Sun.) Also fingers/knuckle joints are sore. Can hormones have an impact on joints?

Finances:  All tax stuff done and up to date. Started with August, but taking a break over the weekend for all our deductions to go off, then I can start with the rest of the month's budgeting.

Sleep:  Went to bed early or on time (21h00-21h30), this whole week! 6x

Food: Is going well, even with Rocco. I absolutely craved chocolate Thursday afternoon coming from Rocco's sport practice, so I bought us each a small, small chocolate. Also bought Tin Roof (vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce and pecan nut pieces) ice cream Saturday, but have had only one small bowl on Saturday. I don't feel guilty. If I really crave something, I'll have it. I feel a bit more in control with this. Also have to check how much Greek yoghurt I eat.

Other: No dry fire practice. All washing and some school prep (labels for wall map) up to date.

 

Nothing else really.

 

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4 hours ago, elizevdmerwe said:

Something else (entirely) that I've noticed, which I'd like to read up more about: seems my hair is curling more than previously. I had a lot of soft curls yesterday, and were wondering whether hormones (or what else) could have such an effect? I normally only have some kinks around my face. :confused:

 

 

4 hours ago, elizevdmerwe said:

but not today (too humid)

I suspect that's the likely culprit.

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11 hours ago, elizevdmerwe said:

Something else (entirely) that I've noticed, which I'd like to read up more about: seems my hair is curling more than previously. I had a lot of soft curls yesterday, and were wondering whether hormones (or what else) could have such an effect? I normally only have some kinks around my face. :confused:

So when I was mid thirties, my hair started getting wavier in places, by my mid forties all my hair was wavy, then it started getting curly, then I hit 50 and it all straightened again.:smile-new:

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11 hours ago, elizevdmerwe said:

Also fingers/knuckle joints are sore. Can hormones have an impact on joints?

Interesting thought. I guess if your hormones are out of balance, it could cause inflammation and then sore joints.  

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17 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

 

I suspect that's the likely culprit.

 

10 hours ago, Elastigirl said:

So when I was mid thirties, my hair started getting wavier in places, by my mid forties all my hair was wavy, then it started getting curly, then I hit 50 and it all straightened again.:smile-new:

I think w.r.t. this weekend it was only the humidity, as Tank thought, but I've looked up hormones vs. hair, and there have been so many instances where women had changes, where the hair follicles were changed or the actual hair shaft became flatter, therefore hair curls more, that they say it is a definite possibility at huge hormonal change stages. My hair went from dead straight to wavy around my face after Rocco's birth. Saturday it was so wavy, I had wavy curls on top of my head standing in all kinds of directions. I loved it! But looked a bit unkempt, because I didn't know how to tame it :D There are of course big hormonal imbalances (those big changes) and smaller ones caused by stress, wrong foods, inflammation, caused by other hormone imbalances.

 

10 hours ago, Elastigirl said:

Interesting thought. I guess if your hormones are out of balance, it could cause inflammation and then sore joints.  

I haven't looked it up again yet, but I remember reading something that said it was a possibility. Could also be something I ate; that it caused inflammation. But my wrists and knees are pretty sore again this morning. Luckily not my fingers or elbows. Oh, found another article, but still want to verify and clarify. Dr. Tim Noakes was very anti soya and gluten (in big quantities) for women and children, especially boys, because of the influence it has on hormones.

 

I've been having more yoghurt, more avo's, more coconut, but less gluten, less sugar, almost no soy, no vegetable oils.  And I sat in the sun a lot more, so vit.D is on the increase. Don't think my cardio counts as too long. I'm used to walking for an hour. Coffee intake was about the same. Oh, @jonfirestar look at point 8, w.r.t. coffee/caffeine.

 

I copied the tips from the article here:

Tips on How to Lower Inflammation and Balance Hormones
  1. Get tested if you’re between the ages of 35-45 to know your baseline hormones. This will help you see where your imbalance lies in order for you to help your body restore what’s dipping or missing.
  2. Add an adaptogenic herb like Relora or Ashwagandha to help the body adapt to stress. Adaptogens improve the entire body’s resistance to stress and create balance and harmony in the body, thereby reducing inflammation and balancing hormones
  3. Eat your vegetables! Vegetables contain hundreds to thousands of phytonutrients (plant hormones) that have a hormone-balancing effect in the body. Vegetables also contain fiber that binds itself to old estrogens, thereby clearing them out of the system, leading to lower inflammation and better hormonal balance.
  4. Remove inflammatory foods from your diet, such as processed dairy, gluten, alcohol, sugar, processed snacks, omega-6 oils, and soy. These can incite inflammation and create hormonal imbalance. Food insensitivities and inflammatory food can lead to leaky gut, inflammation, and systemic imbalance, which in turn can put hormones in flux.
  5. Eat healthy fats like: coconut oil, avocados, olive oil, and grapeseed oil. Steer clear of vegetable oils, peanut oil, canola oil, soybean oil, cottonseed oil, sunflower oil, margarine, shortening or “spreads” (these are all high in omega 6 fats)
  6. Watch for endocrine disruptors or hormone disruptors like plastics, air fresheners, dishwashing soap, laundry detergent, cleansers and cleaners, cosmetics, deodorants, toothpaste, and lotions.
  7. Don’t do long cardio sessions. Opt for short interval training. Long cardio sessions can actually lower your thyroid function and increase cortisol and inflammation. Interval training increases your HGH (Human Growth Hormone) and slows aging.
  8. Avoid all-day caffeine! Excessive caffeine raises your cortisol and slows down your thyroid.
  9. Take your vitamin D. Low vitamin D levels are linked to slow stomach emptying and bile production, inciting inflammation and triggering hormone disruption.
  10. Relax more. Help yourself lower the inflammation from within by just breathing more, sleeping more and allowing yourself to take a break. Our lives are dictated by work, family, drugs, and technology. In order to heal, we have to take a break from it all to catch our breath and put out the fire.
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9 hours ago, elizevdmerwe said:

But looked a bit unkempt, because I didn't know how to tame it

This was me when my hair started getting curly. Then about the time I figured it out, it went  back to straighter.:smile-new:

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3 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

Changes in weather can affect joints, something about shifting air pressure. I sometimes feel weather changes in my right thumb.

Then I really don't know what the weather is doing, because by lunch time I hurt. Now that it is starting to cool off a bit (18h21), my fingers are stiff but not sore any more. Well none of my joints are aching anymore, but this morning and by lunch time I felt rather sorry for myself. Brandt also phoned home to say that his gout was flaming up again and he could hardly walk on his one foot.

19 minutes ago, Elastigirl said:

This was me when my hair started getting curly. Then about the time I figured it out, it went  back to straighter.:smile-new:

I like curly. I'm contemplating perming my hair with a soft curl, but not sure whether I really want to do it. I probably won't, because I prefer wash and wear.

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Spring heat has hit us with nice, warm weather along with frontal winds today. Brandt and I seemed to both be suffering with aches and pains today. I don't know what is going on with us. I had the last of the chicken veg soup for lunch, then left at 14h30 for Rocco's dance lesson. We left at 16h00, straight to Brandt's office to collect him, as he had to hand in his bicycle to be serviced. He stopped at Andries (mechanic) first, but after they chatted for about 30min. I had to chase him on to get home (I know rude, and normally I won't do that, but...), because

  1. Adam was alone at home and we've already been out for 2hrs;
  2. I was getting dizzy, and
  3. Rocco had fallen asleep in the back of the car.

When we got home and I got out of the car, I suddenly felt so woozy on my legs that I thought I was going to pass out. But I didn't. I really don't know what is going on. Whether it's weather pressure or hormones or blood sugar or what, it isn't nice. At least my joints aren't sore any more.

 

No exercise today (overslept and sore), no bible study as I overslept. Washing almost done, only one more load to dry, then fold and pack away.

 

LOL I had to laugh this morning. Read about Gideon and the signs he asked from God, to the boys this morning. Read the story where they were going to fight against the Moabites (? Moabiete in Afr.), and how God asked Gideon to send fighters home, and then choose only 300 by looking at how they drank water. But it was the number 300 that caught the boys' attention, because they both said "Sparta!" and I said "No, Israelites!" So they won't forget that story anytime soon. Next up is Simson (Samson?) and Rocco already asked whether I thought their friend Caleb will be as strong as Samson one day, as he hasn't had his hair cut the last 5yrs (he is 9yrs old), and it already hangs way past his shoulder blades. I told him no, that depends on whether it is what God wants to do for/with Caleb, but long hair isn't any assurance of super strength.

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20 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

I hope you both feel better soon.

Thanks. Brandt still has constant gout pain in his foot. I've had aches every now and again today, just enough to know there is something, not enough to take medication for.

 

I gave Brandt the Mazda for the day, as he still doesn't have his bicycle back. They said most probably this morning. It would have been too many trips in to town to drop him off at work, fetch him to fetch his bicycle, and/or go walking with him, and then go back to fetch him tonight. It means we didn't get to walk with him today, and both the boys and Brandt said they were disappointed.

The boys and I decided to walk to Spar grocery shop (small suburb shop) close by, around 13h00-ish. We had to walk to the petrol station first (past the shop) for Rocco to use the loo, then on the way back we stopped for 2x bottles of red wine and 4x bottles of cream for our coffee. I'd taken the smallish blood donation backpack along specifically for this. I was also carrying concealed, so altogether that was an extra 6-7kg (13+pounds). While waiting at the garage (petrol station) I received a group w.app about a 14yr old girl who had walked to that same shop yesterday afternoon (17h00-ish) and never returned home! Her mother and other community members where arranging to meet at the shop just then, to ask and show her photo around :sorrow: The police had no clues to follow, and they were hoping that someone might have seen her around. I bought what I needed then decided it was best that I got the boys home, rather than stay around. We couldn't help anyway, so I prayed and walked home. If you are willing to pray for her safe return, please.

 

Otherwise, nothing new.

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So sorry to hear about the missing girl. I've learned a lot from reading about how much you have to think about security every day.

 

It was really great to read about all the progress you and B made talking through various decisions. Wasn't just talking (as you know). It took some time for him to come around on some of the ideas, and it took a lot of thought and hard work on your part (both your parts) in thinking about the various options and alternatives.

 

The dizziness...a first guess would be blood sugar. A second guess would be electrolytes. If it doesn't happen often, I wouldn't worry, but rather just make a note and tell your doctor next time you see him/her. It would be good to take notes about things like whether you have eaten or not, whether the temperature was extreme, whether anything else was going on (e.g. witnessing a medical emergency can trigger dizziness/fainting)

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13 hours ago, Elastigirl said:

Woot for real life rucking. Praying they find they girl's safe return

It was nice to walk again. The boys are not as optimistic as I am about carrying a sleeping bag and mattress for our end of the month hike, but they are willing to try, and eager for the cave sleep over. Brandt and I both are longing to hike again. We've never actually hiked together. Day walks yes, no proper hikes (rucking). Which reminds me that I have to go through the old sleeping bags and mattresses in the caravan. Wash and air them, see whether they are still in a good enough condition to use, otherwise we'll have to buy the boys and myself some cheap sleeping bags.

6 hours ago, Xena said:

So sorry to hear about the missing girl. I've learned a lot from reading about how much you have to think about security every day.

The mom has now placed more notices on social media. It came to light that the girl might have taken R200 from a friend's parents' house, and then ran away. Or went to the shop to buy food/sweets, and still never came back.

The only good news is that the police did a raid on a house in a neighbouring suburb and found a huge cache of drugs as well as one of the stolen motorbikes. They have a lead on that gang/syndicate members now.

6 hours ago, Xena said:

It was really great to read about all the progress you and B made talking through various decisions. Wasn't just talking (as you know). It took some time for him to come around on some of the ideas, and it took a lot of thought and hard work on your part (both your parts) in thinking about the various options and alternatives.

He really has been trying, and admitting to anything for him is a huge thing. Me as well, especially because of him being the breadwinner. I know I do my share in work around here, but I do feel guilty about the money at times, therefore feel anxious if there are too many expenses, etc. It's always been a sore point. At least the boys are looking very much forward to going to the beach this coming Sunday. Brandt was a bit surprised when Rocco told him again last night how much he is looking forward to it, and told B to make sure that he takes his costume with to go into the sea with him.

6 hours ago, Xena said:

The dizziness...a first guess would be blood sugar. A second guess would be electrolytes. If it doesn't happen often, I wouldn't worry, but rather just make a note and tell your doctor next time you see him/her. It would be good to take notes about things like whether you have eaten or not, whether the temperature was extreme, whether anything else was going on (e.g. witnessing a medical emergency can trigger dizziness/fainting)

I'll make some notes, but it doesn't happen often. I think it happened mostly on those days where I had brunch late, and not early breakfast, but I'm not sure. It might actually have been air pressure, because Saturday felt like huge pressure on my head when I got out of the car, whooshing sounds in my ears and of course the sudden black or blinking spots. Yesterday was fine though. But I think from now and for the next challenge I should keep notes every day on what and how much I eat. I'm not eating too little, but I've cut carbs drastically from my diet these last two weeks. Except for the occasional helping.

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I decided that I'm going to stick to 2x strength training a week, and try for 3x cardio (walk/jog/rucking) a week, from now on.

 

Was up at 5h00 but did only bible study, as I planned to walk during the afternoon. I did walk during Lego time, and got in about 3.6km (2.2m). It was 31C+ (13h00-14h00) and the wind was blowing in gusts. One gust actually pushed me two steps backwards. The wind played around gently , enough to cool me down while walking, but then every now and again a serious gust would come barreling down the farm road. The last one nearly lifted my t-shirt over my f.a. at my middle. Coupled with the heat and not enough shade, I'd had enough. Even the cattle and sheep were hiding in the shade.

 

I spent the next 45min. in the car waiting for the boys, with the windows rolled down. When I got out at the end of Lego I felt that pressure on my head again and started to see black and spots again. I've had enough water to drink, had some of the (very much) diluted juice at Lego too, and wasn't hungry. So this pressure nonsense just has to go as it came, on it's own. I'll just barrel through. Got home and I lay down on the bed for about 30min.; I was out like a light! Luckily I'd set my alarm for 16h00, so I got up, fed the animals, then made food for us for dinner. I haven't had any problems since I got up. Of course due to the wind and dust I now have blocked sinuses again as well.

 

Nothing much else. Hope you guys have a good rest of the week.

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Week 4 Summary:

Bible study:  Yes 4x

Exercise: Strength 1x (Thurs). Walked 2x (Tue. and Wed.) It rained since Thursday afternoon, through the night and sporadically throughout Friday. Every time I thought, "ok it looks clear enough to go for a quick walk", it would spurt some rain, so by 15h00 Friday afternoon I decided to just let it be. It's been raining on and off still today, with a couple seriously hard bouts with thunder in between. Had to fight against feeling worthless and why bother to do anything at all feelings Friday and part of this morning. Felt that whatever effort I'm putting in isn't good enough and won't help/work, so why try. Got part of my head in the right place when I admitted to myself that my efforts are at least ensuring that I am healthy and strong.

Finances:  Had admin issues w.r.t. withdrawal of the tax money we save throughout the year. With the bank changes we've made, we've had to fill in so many new forms to say that Brandt's "tax savings money" can be paid into my bank account, that he authorises me and I'm not stealing it, etc. etc. Guess they've had a lot of situations where the spouse made off with money, but a part of me rankles about the comments.

Sleep:  Not as good as last week, with two nights before 21h30, 2x nights before 22h00, and the rest after that.

Food: Went mostly well. I had two slices of wholewheat toast with butter on Friday, and again today. Otherwise gluten free, and very low on carbohydrates the other days. I didn't feel anything about eating the bread when I really felt like having it, except that of course now afterwards I sit with stomach problems, and told myself "well if you want to be stupid by eating bread, then you have to sit with the consequences." My weight isn't really moving. My measurements aren't moving. Nothing is changing. So just go on, going on.

Other: No dry fire practice.

 

Hendrik e-mailed me w.r.t. our end of September hike. It seems the Pillar Cave walk they wanted to do won't be possible as there will be a trail run race held there that weekend. He and Mandy, his wife, will look for other day hikes with something a bit adventurous for the boys to look forward to, like swimming in a river/lake, or at least walking to caves, even if we can't sleep in one. We'll have to see what accommodation we'll be able to arrange, and where, and then try and find day hikes in that area.

 

We had the beach outing planned for tomorrow morning (Sunday), but that is off because of the weather. No use going to the beach when it is cold and raining.

 

The Uno is fixed and home. Brandt is happy. We suspect there is a dead gecko or mouse in the Mazda's air system somewhere.

 

We donated blood again this morning. It was Brandt's 4th time for the year and he got a picnic backpack for two as gift. It was my 3rd time for the year, and the lady said she'll keep one for me for later, but I told her thank you, but maybe rather hold it for another family. The thing is, we got this one now, and we already have a picnic backpack for 4 people at home, so someone else can receive and appreciate that gift. It will make a difference to them. We got something similar to this photo today, and the other one is the same, just 4 of everything:

 

 

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Sorry the beach outing was cancelled. Maybe you can call it game board day instead , and all play games together. Yay for Bible study 4 days this week! Good for you for fighting the perfectionist dragon's lies saying that if you can't do it all you may as well quit. Very sneaky that dragon is, always upping the standard, and saying you are never doing enough, so good job reminding yourself that your efforts do matter.

 

Don't be too hard on yourself about the wheat, it was a decision you made, and  sometimes you have to try those things to experiment and see how you feel.

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2 hours ago, Elastigirl said:

Sorry the beach outing was cancelled. Maybe you can call it game board day instead , and all play games together. Yay for Bible study 4 days this week! Good for you for fighting the perfectionist dragon's lies saying that if you can't do it all you may as well quit. Very sneaky that dragon is, always upping the standard, and saying you are never doing enough, so good job reminding yourself that your efforts do matter.

 

Don't be too hard on yourself about the wheat, it was a decision you made, and  sometimes you have to try those things to experiment and see how you feel.

It is so cold, and has been raining throughout the night. Typical spring weather. The boys have been up since early (6-ish), playing inside and later outside on the trampoline, when it stopped raining. Brandt and I slept in, till after 8h00! I got up earlier (6h30) to make coffee and feed the animals, then got back in bed. The boys are luckily very self-sufficient and got their own cereal out, which they only have over weekends. Lol, I got out of bed again just after 8h00, took coffee to our room, and Brandt and I sat there chatting for a while longer. That was very nice.

 

It's been really hard to stay positive about exercise and eating. Sneaky, naughty, perfectionist dragon. I'll just go on, going on. Well, I know that my tummy is still not happy about gluten, so I should rather stay away. Have other things available to eat, like drumsticks, biltong, dry wors, or something, but I also realised that I'm way past the stage where I'm going to start buying different kinds of gluten free flours to see if I can bake bread, or other gluten free stuff. I'm not going to replace bread, for instance, with more effort bread. Been there, done that for more than four years and it just wasn't worth it. I'd rather just see what is available that is ready, natural and affordable, with minimum effort.

 

I need to paint the porcupine today. The boys are enjoying playing together at the moment, so I'm leaving them be. They have had enough moments these last two weeks, where they fought like cats and dogs. When the good humour runs out, I'll grab the board games. That was a great idea EG.

 

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