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This is the first stanza of a children's spring song we sing here in South Africa, with English translation in brackets. I tried finding a YT video but alas...

 

Dis heerlike lente, die winter is verby, (It's wonderful spring time, winter is past)

weer vrolik die velde vir jou en vir my! (joyful are the fields again, for you and for me)

 

Ryde the Spring Wave

 

Blooms are opening up in an array of colours; grass shoots are pushing their little heads through the dark, nutritious soil; the warm sun is shining bright, and every now and again the soft swish of rain comes down to quench the thirsty soil.

 

I'm just trying to keep my balance between stress, life, and continuing with a 'normal' routine. Not aspiring to reach any level of fitness, not training for anything, just keep moving. Oh, but I am trying to reach 100 (maybe aim at 150?) push ups at some point in time. I am going to try and learn line dancing with my youngest son, and I am going to try and loose a bit of weight. Again, nothing serious, just... cut down a bit on food, think seriously before I eat, weigh myself every Saturday and see how I do.

 

The extra stress-causing-things going on in my life at the moment are... nr. 1 probably the current situation of our country (South Africa). nr. 2 our plans to try and emigrate (and all the preparations it entails). nr. 3 my mom, and the usual little foxes that happen in life to throw you a curve ball.

 

NOTE: My birthday is going to be end of week 3/beginning of week 4 and I am going to have cake/chocolate or something in that line.

 

Goals to focus on this challenge: (only going to check over week days - will continue over weekends, and try to stay in control over weekends, but only check weekdays for the challenge)

  1. Bible/Quiet time doing bible study with/without my boys and/or quiet time sometime during the day to gather my thoughts, praying, or just unwinding and relaxing (catching my breath).
  2. Water/Herbal tea, fruit/veg water drinks +-2 bottles (just under 2Lt) per day.
  3. Go to bed at the latest 21h30 (give or take 5min.).
  4. Food: keep gluten to one day a week only (Fishy Fridays), and try to cut down on how much I'm eating. Check weight every Saturday (report on Monday). Let's see if I can loose 1kg (2Lb) this challenge. I'm the heaviest that I've EVER been in my life.
  5. Finances: monthlies and dailies. Monthlies are up to date, but will need to be done by end of September again. Dailies are done +-3x/week, or as necessary.
  6. Clean house: I have a schedule for the month. Certain chores that I need to check on every day. My vacuum cleaner just burnt (basically brand new) and I'm back to using a broom. Will know whether they'll fix it within the next two weeks.
  7. Burpees at least 3x/week, which will include a pushup, which will count to my pushup challenge if they are full pushups.
  8. Pushup count: currently 39
  9. Other exercises: Walking (Wednesdays for a long walk, and short, steep uphill on a Thursday) and Dancing (going to try and learn line dancing with my youngest son) on a Friday.

 

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Week 0 - Monday:

  1. Bible/Quiet time - quiet time lying in bed thinking, relaxing.
  2. Water/Herbal tea, fruit/veg water drinks -  about 3/4 of bottle.
  3. Go to bed - very late.
  4. Food - gluten, Belgica cream doughnut.
  5. Finances - monthlies updated.
  6. Clean house - vacuumed (before the motor burnt out), and washed floors throughout the house. No dusting. Kitchen, and bathrooms cleaned.
  7. Burpees - done 3x5 focusing on form, so it's going slowly.
  8. Pushup count - 39+9 (Monday) = 48
  9. Walking/Dancing - Not yet.

Will edit just now. Edited.

 

Week 0 - Tuesday:

  1. Bible/Quiet time - bible study by myself, later quiet time lying in bed.
  2. Water/Herbal tea, fruit/veg water drinks -  1 and 3/4 bottles.
  3. Go to bed - just just on time. Asleep before 22h00.
  4. Food - no gluten, and ate a bit less than normal.
  5. Finances - monthlies and dailies up to date.
  6. Clean house - swept part of the stoep, cleaned the kitchen appliances, laundry, put out the rubbish for collection.
  7. Burpees - done 3x5 focusing on form.
  8. Pushup count - 39+9 (Monday) = 48 + 9 (Tuesday) = 57 (maybe I should aim at 150 in total?)
  9. Walking/Dancing - Not yet.
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2 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

Following. I've been praying for your country and that you get a new one soon.

Thank you, we really appreciate it. *hugs*

Our country seems to be following Brazil and Venezuela down the drain, however. Saw a teaser video for an upcoming episode of Carte Blanche. It is an investigative tv channel here in SA, which is also on the web. They do relatively good investigative work on current issues. Sometimes it just takes a couple episodes to get the full truth out. Anyway... they are going to investigate the latest "assassin-style hits", of criminals creeping out of the shadows, into the suburbs.

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All the burpees! Sadly won't be joining you, I've found I'm needing to go a different path. Excited what you and your son find fun.

And sorry a bit late for sympanthy on the dumb vacuum. 

 

I know you've been losing inches, but glad to see that I'm not the only one going for a small weightloss goal. Might join you in the weighing days...

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11 hours ago, LovelyBouncer said:

All the burpees! Sadly won't be joining you, I've found I'm needing to go a different path. Excited what you and your son find fun.

And sorry a bit late for sympanthy on the dumb vacuum.

We can still keep each other accountable, we don't have to do a pvp/accountabilibuddies, or do the same thing. Just continue to support each other with what that person does. ;)

I'm going to try and squeeze in the dancing this afternoon (Thursday), as I have to take Rocco to a fencing 'show and tell' kind of thing on Friday afternoon. Their fencing coach is trying to get more kids interested and will have a stall at a local Arts Festival that is on this weekend (Friday to Sunday). We said we'll support her Friday afternoon, where the kids have to dress in fencing clothes and walk around the stall, maybe have a fencing duel, to try and get other kids/adults interested in taking lessons. The kids will take turns being at the stall throughout the weekend.

11 hours ago, LovelyBouncer said:

I know you've been losing inches, but glad to see that I'm not the only one going for a small weightloss goal. Might join you in the weighing days...

Yah! Something else we can encourage each other on. I think some of my weight is/was water retention. After yesterday's long walk, I seem to have lost 2kg! Because I'm down from 100kg to 98kg this morning! But I've been sort of stagnating on 98 and I really need to come down some. I'm super happy about the inches lost, because it means something is working exercise wise, but I need to see some shift on the weight as well. When I wrote up the challenge I was hoping to come down from 100 to 99 by the end of the challenge. So now I'll see whether I can shift off this platform I'm on, to reach 97kg. I think I'll measure properly as well, to make sure of what is really happening. I'll do those on a Saturday morning.

 

Brandt (my husband) keeps telling me that a lot of the weight is probably due to muscle gains from the strength training I've done, but I know from June last year I didn't work out half as much as I used to for the two years leading up to then. And I know I've picked up some flab as well. And I still had some flab. And on the other hand, I'm not sure whether the normal BMI calculators take strength training into consideration, or whether it even plays a role (muscle weighs more than fat - argument), so I would like to find some info on that too.

 

I just realised when I filled in the emigration evaluation form that both Brandt's and my BMI's were above the 'normal' level, which might count against us in the 'health' department. But then, if we do get to emigrate, we have to have health checks from approved physicians before applying for visas, so... it won't be just numbers, it will actually be a GP's personal opinion taken into consideration too.

 

Sorry that was kind of a ramble on our current situation, and why the BMI and weight is bothering me. :(

 

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Brandt is getting antsy about shooting. Now that we've found this shooting range in town, he wants to try and get there every other Saturday at least. But we'll have to do it during the day, as it is busy at night. There is also no place for the boys, then they'll have to sit in the car in the street, and I'm not having that. Neither will they stay alone at home at night. So we'll try to shoot during the day, then the boys can stay at home, all locked up, but it will still be light outside.

 

Week 0 - Wednesday:

  1. Bible/Quiet time - a video and quiet time later.
  2. Water/Herbal tea, fruit/veg water drinks -  2 bottles and a big glass of milk later on.
  3. Go to bed - I was out before 20h00.
  4. Food - no gluten, and ate a bit less than normal.
  5. Finances - new dailies, up to date.
  6. Clean house - bathrooms are clean enough. Did daily chores.
  7. Burpees - done 3x5 focusing on form. Down to 10min. for the routine.
  8. Pushup count - CORRECTION no burpees Monday, but did on Tuesday and Wednesday. 9 full pushups each day, so... 39 (carry over total) + 9 + 9 = 57 total (total was correct just the days I'd done them wasn't).
  9. Walking/Dancing - Long walk on Wednesday: 6.7km in 1 hr. Didn't feel too bad, just a good tired, after the walk, however, I was exhausted last night.

 

EDIT - Added: Brandt received the assessment back this morning. He hasn't gone through it yet, but asked me to go through it and then we'll discuss tonight. The little bit I have read so far says the same as all the other preliminary assessments have said - we can go over IF he gets a job offer.

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Way to go with all those pushups!!

 

I really like my tape measurer. It  is made for measuring your body. Not sure if you can get one, but it is helpful. I just measure my belly, waist, and hips. 

https://www.amazon.com/Vivian-Measuring-Fitness-Retractable-Measurer/dp/B01N5G3LI4/ref=sr_1_4?crid=2T0C8AZKZRJ0D&keywords=waist+tape+measurer&qid=1568305223&s=gateway&sprefix=waist+tape+%2Caps%2C397&sr=8-4

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13 hours ago, Elastigirl said:

Way to go with all those pushups!!

 

I really like my tape measurer. It  is made for measuring your body. Not sure if you can get one, but it is helpful. I just measure my belly, waist, and hips. 

https://www.amazon.com/Vivian-Measuring-Fitness-Retractable-Measurer/dp/B01N5G3LI4/ref=sr_1_4?crid=2T0C8AZKZRJ0D&keywords=waist+tape+measurer&qid=1568305223&s=gateway&sprefix=waist+tape+%2Caps%2C397&sr=8-4

I remember you mentioning it before! Alas, I looked it up and there is only this one available here in SA. The one you linked can be sent to South Africa. Amazon unfortunately doesn't send parcels via post  to South Africa anymore (due to so many parcels 'getting lost' as soon as it reaches our country), and the cost of courier for one item would be a bit too much. I think I'll just continue to use my soft sewing measuring tape. When I'm close to the sports shop selling the BMI measuring tape, I'll pop in and have a look.

 

I think I also only need to measure my belly, waist, and hips, as those are the only areas that I really need to focus on. I have a spreadsheet, so I'll just update it and continue on.

 

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On 9/12/2019 at 8:20 AM, ElizeElvinFoxRyder said:

EDIT - Added: Brandt received the assessment back this morning. He hasn't gone through it yet, but asked me to go through it and then we'll discuss tonight. The little bit I have read so far says the same as all the other preliminary assessments have said - we can go over IF he gets a job offer.

I read last night, pointed out some things to Brandt, and we slept on it. This morning Brandt was much more amendable to discussion and we sent an email with some health related questions back to the agency.

Their assessment basically said what both the other assessments said (you always have to fill in an agency's assessment, no matter what), but they gave more detail w.r.t. possible visa 'paths' to residency, and medical/health issues. They think that Brandt's hip resurfacing 13 yrs ago will be an issue to get residency, except maybe if we apply for a medical waiver (NZ$5000 which is R50 000! US$3333) and he gets a very good job offer. If the medical waiver is not accepted, we won't be able to emigrate, no matter what. We first need to find out this information anyway, as signing the contract with the agency means a further NZ$6000-NZ$7000 (R60k to R70k or US$4000-US$5000!) paid incrementally. And that is just the tip of the ice berg which concerns payments to emigrate. Hopefully we'll hear back from them by Monday morning (our time).

 

We also asked them about the possibility of Brandt continuing with South African clients' contracts when living and working in New Zealand. How it would affect the job he has to apply for, and taxes. They did mention that he has to find a full time job where he works min.30hrs/week at a specific hourly rate (within two ranges), or work for an accredited employer at a specific rate, or he can do contract work in NZ which he needs to prove is sustainable (lasts at least 2yrs) to be able to look after his family, and he can prove that he has experience doing contract work (19yrs of contract work, so proven already).

 

We are not outright negative, but aren't positive any more that we can actually do this, either :(. Brandt is wondering whether it is really worth while continuing, but is willing to do the medical exams anyway, as we need it for our own information and peace of mind. But paying R50 000 for a medical waiver alone, and you're still not sure that you will be allowed to emigrate?

Emigrating is really not an easy, or cheap thing to do.

 

Week 0 - Thursday:

  1. Bible/Quiet time - Quiet time / praying.
  2. Water/Herbal tea, fruit/veg water drinks -  Nearly 2 bottles.
  3. Go to bed - Tried going on time, but then "mom...!" Finally in bed and light off by 22h00.
  4. Food - No gluten, but we had the last of the coconut ice cream (thank goodness!) with some chocolate sauce (it goes all hard and crackly).
  5. Finances - Not done.
  6. Clean house - Did daily chores only.
  7. Burpees - Standard 3x5 done. 4 full pushups, the others were reverse (or what @Xena calls them).
  8. Pushup count - Total incl. Thursday: 61
  9. Walking/Dancing - Didn't walk, but did dance. Rocco and I practiced the basic steps in the video below, trying to remember their names. I practiced it a couple times first, then did it with Rocco. We'll learn the Electric Slide next week.

 

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23 hours ago, Elastigirl said:

Not sure if you can get one, but it is helpful. I just measure my belly, waist, and hips

Thank you! I personally can't stand measuring myself.... Doesn't help I lack large mirrors, but might have to purchase one of these!

 

 

 

Sorry Elize for the unhelpfulness of the paperwork.... It all makes sense but just is tough when you can't find a helpful clear answer.

 

Also whoot for losing kg! Will be interering if you move down.

 

Though agree on the difficulty of BMI game, I personally have always been broader in my life and put under overweight even when I looked healthy. In the end its where a person feels comfertable with their body. *endtangent*

 

as always sending prayers

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I hope you gain some insight on the emigration situation! I'm sorry for the dates it must cause you...

Following along for your adventures anyways!

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On 9/13/2019 at 6:29 PM, LovelyBouncer said:

Sorry Elize for the unhelpfulness of the paperwork.... It all makes sense but just is tough when you can't find a helpful clear answer.

There is such a lot of paperwork, that it feels both overwhelming and like a waste of time, at times. I'll try to get Brandt in at the specialist to see about his hip and x-rays. I actually wanted Brandt to do it a couple months ago, but he didn't want to. He wanted to wait... so now we've waited, and now he (again) says it's ok, we must do it. Then I need to get some blood work done for him and me both, to get updated numbers on cholesterol, sugar levels, and all of those. If our cholesterol is lower than 3-4yrs ago, we can actually pay a little less on life insurance premiums, so at least it will help with other things too.

On 9/13/2019 at 6:29 PM, LovelyBouncer said:

Though agree on the difficulty of BMI game, I personally have always been broader in my life and put under overweight even when I looked healthy. In the end its where a person feels comfertable with their body. *endtangent*

I've also always (even through high school) fallen in the heavier category, but it is hidden well due to how tall I am (for a woman). Although in recent years I've met plenty of women who are way taller than me. I'm actually really not comfortable in my body at the moment. Little things like bending my knee up to cut my toe nails (sorry for tmi), and some heart burn, and my shirts/tops not fitting around my arms are all things that are grating on me. I've picked up 12kg over the last 3yrs because of stress, stress-eating, and the like. Now I must just get myself together and focus on eating a bit better. I've done it before, so I can do it again. But it took me a whole year to loose 10kg before. I just need to start and keep it going.

I guess it is just bothering me more at the moment because the health questionnaire part asked for BMI, and the report back was that if your BMI are 35 and above, it will count against you. You're not healthy enough -- leading to -- medical waiver or such tests.

On 9/13/2019 at 6:29 PM, LovelyBouncer said:

as always sending prayers

Thank you, it is very much appreciated.

On 9/13/2019 at 9:57 PM, Fonzico said:

I hope you gain some insight on the emigration situation! I'm sorry for the dates it must cause you...

Following along for your adventures anyways!

Glad to have you here. I hope there will be fun adventures!

 

Week 0 - Friday:

  1. Bible/Quiet time - Quiet time. Too much thinking time isn't good.
  2. Water/Herbal tea, fruit/veg water drinks -  Just 1 bottle.
  3. Go to bed - Very, very early to bed.
  4. Food - No gluten on Friday, but had a bacon filled, cheese topped croissant Saturday morning.
  5. Finances - All up to date.
  6. Clean house - Did daily chores only.
  7. Burpees - Standard 3x5 done. 4 full pushups again.
  8. Pushup count - Total incl. Friday: 65
  9. Walking/Dancing - Danced on Thursday as I had to take Rocco to the local Arts Festival to support his fencing club.

It was cold, misty, and rainy for most of Friday and Saturday. I took Rocco for the fencing at the festival, which is held every year on the grounds of one of the elite, exclusive, private colleges, in this area. The fencing coach had a couple learners from this college sign up for possible lessons, which might mean that their arch rival (another exclusive, private college) might also sign up for classes. I hope for her sake it works out.

 

We helped the coach pack up, then Rocco and I looked around at some of the stalls on our way back to the car. I really, really like metal animal sculptures. Rocco likes paintings. We both loved the violin music that a boy were playing (home schooler whom we know, so we supported him with a donation). I bought Rocco and Adam each a sweet treat, and Brandt and myself a bacon filled, cheese covered croissant for breakfast Saturday morning.

 

Saturday I slept in and just loafed through most of the day. This morning (Sunday) I slept in again, but eventually got up to start doing whatever has to be done around the house. Put the dogs' food together; make brunch; laundry, a bit of cleaning, help Brandt with servicing the cars where needed, normal daily chores... Otherwise basically also just loafing around and taking my time.

 

Oh, I also finished proof reading the UK author's new book (almost 600 pages). Took me some part of Friday evening, and most of Saturday afternoon and evening.

I also spent some time Friday trying to read up about emigrating to USA. We will need to have either family (we have no one in USA) or an employer to sponsor us. Meaning Brandt needs to find a job first (as usual), and this prospective employer needs to be willing to pay hefty fees to get us to USA. There are also health tests, etc. that need to be done later on, but I couldn't get any info on them. I'm just wondering whether they'll be easier to get through than NZ's, otherwise it wouldn't really be of any use.

 

And a part of me started wondering whether we weren't put in South Africa so that we could fight for the country. For whatever good it might do.

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Nothing like some good sleep, praying and hard work to get the negative cobwebs (mostly) out of the head!

 

I swept, washed, and polished almost all the wooden floors in the house. Only the boys' room and the back room wasn't done, because they were really clean enough. I swept the door areas and saw very little dust. No machine yet, so my lower back is a bit sore from all the bending. Washed the bathroom floors over the weekend, but did the kitchen, and stoep floors this morning too. The boys were kind enough to polish the wooden furniture, clean the computer tables/desks, and the bedrooms' wooden furniture. Two hours later and I'm having oats for breakfast (9h30). We're starting with school work just now. A little late, I know, but it goes quickly.

 

Read some more from "Kick your fat in the nuts".

Spoiler

 

It really isn't as much of a fat-loss book as, get your body back into working properly, book. Some of the first chapters are about digestion: if there isn't enough bile/acid/enzymes to digest the food properly, then you'll have all kinds of problems, from gas, heart burn, flatulence, burps (yeah all kinds of gas problems), cramps, constipation, diarrhea, etc. Not to mention if your food isn't being digested properly, then you aren't getting all your minerals and nutritional value from your food as you should. No matter how healthy you eat. All of it so far, made me realise that this may be the reason for Rocco's gluten problems, and my reactions to gluten and fish. One of the other big culprits that cause problems are a mineral (calcium, magnesium, potassium, etc.) deficiency. I think this might also be part of our problems.

 

Of course he tells you about the products that he and his people have developed to help with this process, BUT he also says if you can't afford supplements, then you can do it the slower, old fashioned way by cutting out food, seeing the reaction it has on your ailments, and then check your body's progress. Give it enough time, eat the right foods to start to produce more bile (liver), acid (stomach), enzymes (intestines), etc. A four to eight week cut it out start, check, then make the next move. I'm at chapter 10 now, the self tests, to see what reactions your body has, and what he suggests you do about it.

 

With regards to food, to clean the body out (not a flush, or diet cleanse thing, but to start cutting out the food that causes your problems), he suggests that you cut gluten, dairy, soya, etc. He gives exceptions, and reasons, but for us we'll only cut gluten. Not everybody has to cut everything, it all depends on your symptoms. Basically JERF - Just Eat Real Food - and it basically comes down to a paleo diet to start off with. There are also a lot of information on cravings, how your body is thinking, and thus why you are craving sweet and/or salty (minerals!). Autoimmune deficiencies, bile flow support, introducing foods back into your diet, cellulite (the how and why), cholesterol (how it works, and why you need to have enough), skin texture and repair, etc. I am now at chapter 10 which is the self-testing chapter: urine and saliva pH, blood pressure, heart rate, etc.

 

I think I'll have to reread some of the chapters. I can't remember everything or details that well.

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On 9/15/2019 at 6:56 AM, ElizeElvinFoxRyder said:

I just need to start and keep it going.

I guess it is just bothering me more at the moment because the health questionnaire part asked for BMI, and the report back was that if your BMI are 35 and above, it will count against you. You're not healthy enough -- leading to -- medical waiver or such tests

I feel you on this!

And feel you on height, I' m just under 6 ft. Most of my growing up had me the tallest. Soon as I left my hometown it is only noted at my jobs where everyone is just breaking 5ft... 

I personally had an issue in my first years of NF of associtaing myself with fairies or elves because I am talk and broad. It wasn't till this last year I started meeting women who are taller than me that could carry both delicacy and Amazonian qualities....

 

Also feel you on the not happy with ho2 one's body isn't working well. That book sounds interesting of approaching it in different ways over just the flush method.  

 

Glad your week is starting good with your cleaning and glad to hear some places were good.

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I'm with you on the height too (5'10"). Sometimes I feel like a giant!

 

I'm sorry to hear that Brandt's hip will cause complication on the emigration. Is that specific to New Zealand, or is it possible that you could consider other countries? Not saying you should do that (and I know you have put a lot of work into investigating New Zealand). I was just curious.

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15 hours ago, LovelyBouncer said:

Also feel you on the not happy with ho2 one's body isn't working well. That book sounds interesting of approaching it in different ways over just the flush method. 

I think I'll restart the book because there is a tremendous amount of info that he gives under each section. Then when I've finished a chapter I'll sum it up here, as it will help me remember the info. From what I already got out of the book explains Rocco's reaction to gluten: too much causes him to break out with eczema, but I've noticed when he had the sweet treat Friday afternoon (bubble waffle with ice cream, marshmallows and chocolate sauce), it also gave him gas! And lots of "don't kill the friendlies" gas, please rather go over to the enemy camp now, as my husband would say. But he didn't get a rash/eczema from that instance, as I think (just my observation) the gluten count (build up in the body) in total was maybe too low? So there is something in what he's eaten, or the combination of what he ate that his stomach/intestines can't digest?

15 hours ago, LovelyBouncer said:

Glad your week is starting good with your cleaning and glad to hear some places were good.

Even more good news late yesterday afternoon was Verimark phoning to say my vacuum cleaner has been returned, fully fixed, motor replaced under guarantee! I don't have to pay for anything. BUT the guy also said that the rubber that is on the seal cannot be replaced on its own, I have to buy a new cover. The company won't replace the cover as I admitted that I had to put some pressure on it to get it to close (because the rubber was bent), but basically I damaged the rubber. The cover plate really isn't expensive, so I'm willing to replace it, although the rubber came out damaged. Brandt was grumbling about it, but I'll talk to the shop clerk this afternoon.

5 hours ago, Xena said:

I'm with you on the height too (5'10"). Sometimes I feel like a giant!

 

I'm sorry to hear that Brandt's hip will cause complication on the emigration. Is that specific to New Zealand, or is it possible that you could consider other countries? Not saying you should do that (and I know you have put a lot of work into investigating New Zealand). I was just curious.

Oh wow! you didn't look that tall in your photo! Now I don't feel so alone anymore with you and @LovelyBouncer in the tall category :D  .

 

I'm trying to look up emigration information on USA (that's our second choice), but it is difficult to get. They are very protective (?) of the information. About the only info I could find (w.r.t. health) so far is that when you've had your health check through an appointed health practitioner at a USA embassy near you, you are not allowed to open the sealed envelope with your health results at all! Doing so will void your application and you will have to start the process from scratch! But I really haven't done in depth search on it yet. But most of the countries would have similar requirements: health checks, money checks, relationship checks, and you first have to find a job there. Often it has to be an approved employer, otherwise the employer has to be willing to pay for your application to emigrate. Which I can't find the amount specified, but it is hinted at being costly.

 

Taking pets over to the USA is by far the easiest, and least expensive (according to our vet and the list of treatments they were given). There are numerous 3rd world countries that are a lot easier to get into (Panama, Uruguay, other South American countries), some Caribbean Sea islands - St. Kitts, Antigua, Dominica, St. Lucia - but then they often come with a money investment that has to be made. The money investment is by far cheaper than for a 1st world country, but still pretty hefty for us. The danger with 3rd world countries are that they could very easily decide in a couple years' time that immigrants are now persona non grata (which is the case with other African countries), and at some point just don't renew your visas, or give you residency or citizenship. And they are just as dangerous now for some South Africans to go to, due to politics.

 

There are requests for people to go to Russia as well.  Russia specifically are asking and helping white farmers, especially those who have come under attack, or have lost their farms. They also want them to live in very specific areas of Russia, and of course they have to farm. Alaska is apparently willing to pay people $2000/month (or per year?) to live there? But those are very harsh conditions to have to cope with, and I'm not sure Brandt (or I) will be able to get a job there.

 

I looked at Madagascar and at Mauritius, but Brandt wasn't happy with them; their basically like other African countries. The same with Lesotho (a country within our country) and Swaziland (now called eSwatini). They also don't want trouble with our government, so the future is unsure within those borders.

 

There is a YouTube channel by an ex-pat South African who are investigating all the possible countries and opportunities available for South Africans to emigrate to. So I listen what he says, then discuss it with Brandt. If he's interested I try to find out a bit more information if possible. NZ is just our first choice, and seemingly the least affected of all countries open, at the moment. Probably because they are the furthest away from other continents.

 

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Week 1 - Monday:

  1. Bible/Quiet time - Not really. Some deep breaths. Long prayer and thinking time Sunday.
  2. Water/Herbal tea, fruit/veg water drinks -  2 bottles+.
  3. Go to bed - Around 22h00.
  4. Food - Rest of weekend was good. Monday was good. Starting with an oats+fruit+biltong breakfast, then eggs and sausage+ carrots, cucumber or something in that line around 12h00/13h00 ish, then only eat again around dinner time (18h00-19h00).
  5. Finances - All up to date.
  6. Clean house - Up to date.
  7. Burpees - Nothing for Monday.
  8. Pushup count - Total 65.
  9. Walking/Dancing - Not yet.

It was a nice warm day, but the swimming teacher was so hot in the pool, she got out to cool off in the shade before Adam and Rocco's lesson. I fetched Brandt at work to come and look at the boys practicing. Took him back to work afterwards, we stopped to buy some groceries, then went home. Today I need to fetch my vacuum cleaner after school, but before taking Rocco to fencing classes.

 

 We haven't heard anything back from the NZ agency yet, but another of our friends/colleagues in NZ (the one who was my boss, but also studied and worked with Brandt) gave us his contact information and said that we were more than welcome to add him to our references.

 

Another hot, hot spring day!

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That monthly income to Alaska residents isn't to entice them to live there. The state has so much oil money it simply gives money to all it's residents because it has it to give away. A large part of Alaska is also in the Arctic circle, and even what isn't still gets incredibly cold in the winter and nights are very, very long. If I had the money the four of you would already be set up in Texas and Brandt could just look for a job till he found one.

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You are doing a great job at keeping up with the housework!  So, according to that book, after you corrected your digestion were you able to go back to  the foods that were bothering you (like gluten) or do you have to eliminate them from your diet?

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On 9/12/2019 at 2:20 AM, ElizeElvinFoxRyder said:

Brandt (my husband) keeps telling me that a lot of the weight is probably due to muscle gains from the strength training I've done, but I know from June last year I didn't work out half as much as I used to for the two years leading up to then. And I know I've picked up some flab as well. And I still had some flab. And on the other hand, I'm not sure whether the normal BMI calculators take strength training into consideration, or whether it even plays a role (muscle weighs more than fat - argument), so I would like to find some info on that too.

They don't, unfortunately. BMI is strictly weight & height, and nothing else. So you can actually be quite lean and still be in an unhealthy BMI range due to the amount of muscle you're carrying. If you want a better idea of body fat, there's some different calculators out there where you put in measurements of all sorts of different body parts and it works out what your body fat % is.

 

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I just realised when I filled in the emigration evaluation form that both Brandt's and my BMI's were above the 'normal' level, which might count against us in the 'health' department. But then, if we do get to emigrate, we have to have health checks from approved physicians before applying for visas, so... it won't be just numbers, it will actually be a GP's personal opinion taken into consideration too.

 

Sorry that was kind of a ramble on our current situation, and why the BMI and weight is bothering me. :(

FWIW, my doctor uses BMI + waist measurement to get a better idea of your body composition. She also asks you about exercise and such - when I told her I was running and weightlifting and playing rugby, she said that I would have enough muscle to throw my BMI off and that I was fine despite my BMI being "too high". If there's factors like that involved, I would think (hope?) that the doctor would note that in their assessment.

 

I hope you can get some answers on NZ soon! I had the pleasure of spending 2 weeks there years ago and it was lovely, especially driving through the mountains on the South Island (Christchurch - Franz Josef Glacier - Queenstown)

 

 

 

ETA I totally forgot you were going into spring and was so confused, I though this was your thread from months ago at first!

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23 hours ago, maegs said:

They don't, unfortunately. BMI is strictly weight & height, and nothing else.

 

Right. The one thing I've heard that makes sense to me is that BMI is a useful measure when trying to assess health of a population. It is much less meaningful when assessing individuals.

 

Elise...thanks for explaining to me about the different immigration possibilities. That all makes sense. I really hope it works out with NZ.

 

Way to go with the pushups!

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Sorry, I'll answer your posts a.s.a.p. I've just suddenly been inundated with extra financial emails, proof reading, appointments and other phone calls I've had to make for Brandt. It's also that time of the month and there's more cramps and tiredness than usual.

I'll try to catch up this afternoon. Everything is fine, just sore, tired, and moody.

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On 9/17/2019 at 5:04 PM, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

That monthly income to Alaska residents isn't to entice them to live there. The state has so much oil money it simply gives money to all it's residents because it has it to give away. A large part of Alaska is also in the Arctic circle, and even what isn't still gets incredibly cold in the winter and nights are very, very long. If I had the money the four of you would already be set up in Texas and Brandt could just look for a job till he found one.

That's interesting w.r.t. Alaska. Because of the cold, and long, long dark times/nights, that we aren't sure we'll cope there. Brandt did say though that he'd probably eat a lot more fish (he loves fish) if we were ever in a place such as Alaska. And I'll loose a lot of weight if the staple is fish! :D

Thanks Tank! *hugs* We really appreciate the thoughts. Every now and again I look at job opportunities for him in that area, but alas, they also have strict rules that they have to prove they couldn't find someone with equal credentials in USA first, before hiring from outside the country. Which is totally understandable, but unfortunate for us.

On 9/17/2019 at 6:40 PM, Elastigirl said:

You are doing a great job at keeping up with the housework!  So, according to that book, after you corrected your digestion were you able to go back to  the foods that were bothering you (like gluten) or do you have to eliminate them from your diet?

Thanks, EG. At least the dailies are getting done, and I'm doing the bathrooms on odd days, not necessarily on the day on the calendar. I just have to make time now and clean those open kitchen shelves. They need some work, but the rest is going on.

 

What the author (Hale) says, is that in most cases, if your health/body condition wasn't too severe, you can come back afterwards and eat the food that you weren't able to, but you need to keep an eye on it, as those foods obviously caused the imbalance in the first instance, or made the situation worse. Like Rocco's situation: if it builds up in the body, and becomes too much, he'll start getting reactions again.
In severe cases you have to use meds (either natural or chemical) to try and sort out the imbalance and get your body pH, bile, acids, etc. to a much more normal level, and oftentimes you can eat all foods again, but again, you have to be careful. He was apparently in a severe health condition, having ended up in hospital nearly dying from all the medications GPs, and other health practitioners had given him, when he'd decided to take things into his own hands. He has cut down on most starches (gluten or gluten free), and eats basically Paleo with a high fat content, as it keeps his body 'normal', or as close to as he can.

On 9/18/2019 at 3:18 AM, maegs said:

They don't, unfortunately. BMI is strictly weight & height, and nothing else. So you can actually be quite lean and still be in an unhealthy BMI range due to the amount of muscle you're carrying. If you want a better idea of body fat, there's some different calculators out there where you put in measurements of all sorts of different body parts and it works out what your body fat % is.

That's what I figured w.r.t. BMI, because if you look at the calculations, you have to loose a hefty amount of weight for your BMI to come down. I'm not really interested in knowing my fat%, as I'll just measure it with my eyes and clothes. If it wasn't for the immigration health checks I would probably not be so worried about BMI at all, depending more on cholesterol, blood pressure and sugar levels as indicator of health.

On 9/18/2019 at 3:18 AM, maegs said:

FWIW, my doctor uses BMI + waist measurement to get a better idea of your body composition. She also asks you about exercise and such - when I told her I was running and weightlifting and playing rugby, she said that I would have enough muscle to throw my BMI off and that I was fine despite my BMI being "too high". If there's factors like that involved, I would think (hope?) that the doctor would note that in their assessment.

I'm not sure, but I would hope that they think and go further than just BMI calculations.

We have very specific approved doctors we have to go to for the health assessments. Some people mentioned in the immigration group that they were asked to do some fitness and strength 'tests' in the dr's. rooms (running/walking on a treadmill, and picking up some kb's), but they were in a different province, and went to other approved drs. there. The ones we have to go to, are the same ones who does the health and fitness assessments for people wanting to work on boats. Which doesn't really tell me anything.

 

I know that they have to do blood tests for cholesterol, sugar, and cancer numbers? There is also a chest x-ray to check for TB, a urine test, and then a 'general health' test/questionnaire. Rocco (10yrs) will only have the general test, and urine test. Adam (12-13yrs) will have everything except the blood tests, and Brandt and I as adults have to do everything. And of course everything is paid out of our own pockets.

On 9/18/2019 at 3:18 AM, maegs said:

I hope you can get some answers on NZ soon! I had the pleasure of spending 2 weeks there years ago and it was lovely, especially driving through the mountains on the South Island (Christchurch - Franz Josef Glacier - Queenstown)

It is a beautiful country. We've looked at photos from all over, but the glacier is awe inspiring! Just shocking how much it has receded in 10-15yrs time.

On 9/18/2019 at 3:18 AM, maegs said:

ETA I totally forgot you were going into spring and was so confused, I though this was your thread from months ago at first!

:D we are always otherwise down here. It is so beautiful at the moment with the bright, light green leaves and flowers coming out all over. The tree in front of our garden is golden yellow with blooms, you can almost not see the branches! I've seen a lot of people slow down in the street looking at the tree, even though there are lots of them around town.

On 9/19/2019 at 3:08 AM, Xena said:

Elise...thanks for explaining to me about the different immigration possibilities. That all makes sense. I really hope it works out with NZ. 

I realised that I don't always give all the information and if you don't have to deal with these things, it isn't always known just what everything entails, or what goes on around the world. We definitely didn't know what it would take to emigrate! You just hear, "oh they've gone over", or "we are going to go ahead". Then you read about all the people being granted asylum in countries, and we thought, it won't be so difficult, but... getting asylum are in some ways, much, much easier than just emigrating, but then you loose a lot of options/choices. Sorry for the information dump.

 

Knowing that even though we've had some quiet times in the neighbourhood (w.r.t. crime), the country's statistics (even just our town's statistics) are climbing, that things are progressively getting worse...? Everything coming out, nothing being done about corrupt ex-presidents, about politicians openly enticing their followers to attack people different to them, how the government want to use pensions to pay for the theft of millions of rands from our electricity provider (them and their friends - proven, but nothing is done about it), how our education system is being broken up even further, the health system they want to change! We are two steps away from being a socialist/communist country :( Literally 8.7% of the country pay income tax, which is keeping millions of people alive, and trying to keep the country afloat, trying to keep the country going. I don't know how much longer this 'gravy train ride' for government top brass can continue. There just isn't any more gravy to skim!

 

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Brandt's just had to apply for his fire arm renewal license. Although the courts told the police department and government over the last couple of years that they are not allowed to take civilians' fire arms away due to the high crime rates, and people having the (natural and constitutional) right to defend themselves, they are still trying their best not to approve licenses or renewals. But it has been proven that more fire arms and ammunition are stolen/lost from police property every year, than from civilians. Brandt's handed in his paperwork, so now we have to see whether he'll get his license renewed. It takes anything from 3-6months. His current license expires Feb.2020.

 

I've managed to get Brandt appointments at the hip specialist, and an urologist, but they can only see him mid October. They also don't accept medical aid with the looming possible health system changes the government is trying to force through, as they aren't sure they'll be getting paid, so we have to pay everything cash. I'll probably have to go for a mammogram, as it is required (for emigration) for all woman over 45yrs. I'm only turning 45 in a couple weeks' time, so maybe... ah well... maybe I should just get it done. Then I'm in the clear for the next 5-7yrs.

 

We still haven't heard back on those questions we asked the NZ agency last week Friday. An amazing job advert came through yesterday, with the company being on the approved list, they are specifically looking for people wanting to emigrate, willing to pay some of the moving costs, and the cut off date for applying is 8 Oct. My heart and emotions see-sawed a lot through out the day, but Brandt and I haven't talked about it yet. He just really doesn't want to discuss anything in the evenings after work.

 

The oldest son of the lady who used to work for me, finally phoned yesterday. We've been trying to contact them for the last two weeks to settle things. She unfortunately died Wednesday evening. They (the children) now want her money. We're making arrangements to see them together with our neighbours, whom she also worked for.

 

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Week 1 - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday:

  1. Bible/Quiet time - Tuesday and Thursday.
  2. Water/Herbal tea, fruit/veg water drinks -  1.5; 2; 1 bottles respectively. I need to drink more today as I feel thirsty.
  3. Go to bed - Around 22h00 except Tuesday was a little earlier I think.
  4. Food - No gluten! Also didn't have oats every day, sometimes just coffee with cream in the mornings, then brunch.
  5. Finances - Dailies on Tuesday. Have to do some again this afternoon, when I come back from town (and buying stuff).
  6. Clean house - Still need to clean those open kitchen shelves, and then vacuum again. Maybe this weekend.
  7. Burpees - Tuesday only.
  8. Pushup count - Total 65+10 (Tuesday only) = 75.
  9. Walking/Dancing - Walked slowly on Wednesday. Cramps became too much, so I stopped after +-5.7km.

Government and private school are closing for a week break, from today. The only way that affects us, is that I don't have to drive the boys to extra-murals/sport next week! Yeah!

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17 hours ago, Elastigirl said:

Scary statistic about more guns being stole from police than civililains! Looks like a good start to week one.

The scarier part is that organised crime, in most instances, are better armed than the police.

Thanks, week 1 had good parts and not so good. Week 2 should go better. :)

 

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Week 1 - Friday (and summary):

  1. Bible/Quiet time - Friday yes (3/5 days some form of bible study and/or quiet time).
  2. Water/Herbal tea, fruit/veg water drinks -  Friday 2 bottles (This has been a good week, with at least 1 bottle, but most days 2! - Ok it was HOT too).
  3. Go to bed - Friday early, early because of heat. I was exhausted. (Not so good for the rest of the week, only got to bed around 22h00 most nights).
  4. Food - Friday - had savoury bun topped with sweet peppers, onion, and lots of melted cheese (Great the rest of the week).
  5. Finances - Mostly kept up, but did not update spreadsheet. Did check that I knew what was going on though (on par).
  6. Clean house - Dailies done, but those extras got "lost in my mind".(Dailies are going well, the rest mostly, one or two things not so well).
  7. Burpees - Nothing Friday (only Tuesday, due to That Time and cramps. Should go better next week).
  8. Pushup count - Total 65+10 (Tuesday only) = 75.
  9. Walking/Dancing - No dancing Friday - HEAT! (Did a long, slow-ish walk).
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Kick your fat in the nuts (by T.C. Hale)

 

Summary of chapters as I read through them. Very short with basic info. If you think that something pertains to you - buy the book! I think it is well worth reading.

 

QUESTIONNAIRE

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HOW MEDICATIONS WORK IN YOUR BODY
 

Spoiler

 

The book starts off explaining how medication works in your body. Most meds are synthetic, man-made substances, otherwise it can't be patented, as natural substances can't legally be patented. Your liver will however filter out and remove most synthetic substances therefore the drug (medication) has to have such a high dosage that the liver is overwhelmed and can't filter everything out of your system - therefore you see a reaction. Depending on the meds, this can eventually lead to liver damage.

 

So the liver can't do its job properly, it gets backed up, and the body stores this excess as fat in cells, or deposits it into joints and tissues. Fast forward this kind of reaction and you "swell... as we accumulate stored water, fat or toxicity in places where it should not be. So, when we gain weight, it is actually our body's way of saving our life." This is only one possible cause to gain weight.

 

TOOLS YOU MAY NEED TO SELF TEST AS YOU CONTINUE WITH THE BOOK

He does warn that it isn't for everyone, and if you have severe problems, consult your doctor, or work with him/her to improve your health.

* pH testing strips, blood pressure cuff, stopwatch, glucometer.

 

 

CH.2: WHAT'S WITH THE FAT?

In summary: (author's words)

  • An individual may be storing fat for a combination of reasons, and these reasons can vary from person to person.
  • Excess fat can be more than just "too much of the wrong foods." body fat is a way the body can store toxins, like medications, chemicals from our food or environment, or even food that did not get properly digested.
  • Fixing common digestive issues is a major priority when it comes to weight loss.
  • You can count your calories or you can smash yourself in the face with a brick. Both options are not very fun and rarely bring a long-term positive result.

 

CH.3: DIGESTION
 

Spoiler

 

In summary: (author's words - I am not as sarcastic or ... direct)

"Diet is what a person eats but nutrition is what the cells see. Nutrition not making it to the cells is where we find the big disconnect. People think that if they focus on foods that are higher in specific nutrients, calcium for example, they're improving their calcium levels with these food choices. Little do they realise, if the body can't properly break down the food they are eating, they're just treating their toilets to calcium-rich poop."

 

"In order for digestion to function properly, there are processes that must be in place for all the nutrients to be pulled from the food you eat. With digestive issues, not only are you missing out on nutrients, but undigested food now becomes a problem that your body has to deal with. If food is not digested, it rots and ferments, which creates gases and toxins. This explains how it doesn't really matter if you're eating organis, extra-virgin, all-natural, grass-fed, hormone-free lima beans washed by the prince of New Guinea. If you can't digest it, it will rot and ferment, creating garbage in your body."

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"Bile + stomach acid ==>> SIZZLE! This is what makes everything that was in the food, break apart, and become available for your body to use."

 

"If there isn't enough stomach acid, there won't be that sizzle. If there isn't enough bile to drop down onto the food that was mixed with the stomach acid, there won't be that sizzle." Then only a small portion of your food intake will be broken down, and the rest will go through the process of rotting and fermenting. This last process creates chemical reactions and gases that can cause bloating, burping, nausea, bad breath, upset stomach, etc.

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Then he has a section stating some issues that can come from a need for improved bile flow:

 

  • Passing gas.
  • Weight gain.
  • Chronic diarrhea or issues like colitis, Crohn's, IBS, etc.
  • Duodenal ulcer.
  • Chronic acne.
  • Stool color that is sometimes lighter than corrugated cardboard.
  • Frequent nausea.

 

He talks about the Beet Flow product. He talks about digestive enzymes. He mentions where to get supplements, and alternatives to supplements. (Coffee!)

 

 

CH.4: ELIMINATION & DIGESTION GONE WILD

  • Diarrhea and loos stool Issues,
  • Constipation,
  • Burping, bloating and passing gas,
  • Helping your liver,
  • Acid reflux, GERD, & heartburn,
  • Chronic diarrhea type issues are often caused by a lack of bile flow. Since the acid product from the stomach was not neutralized by enough alkaline bile, the body marches the acid out the back door in a big hurry so you don't burn your intestines.
  • Increasing bile flow can help your liver clean out more junk, so the junk doesn't get stored in fat cells.

 

CH.5: KEEPING INSULIN LEVELS LOW

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Interesting. Thanks for sharing. I know that just   eliminating most dairy really helped my digestion. I've also seen  research saying that eating too quickly, and not chewing your food enough. leads to poor digestion. Another bit to throw out there, is there is some data suggesting that  the fat women gain during perimenopause  can actually be protective and help with hormones. That bit of info blew my mind. 

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