Monday, April 14, 2014

Weight-loss update

Now that I'm really getting back to my more regular posting schedule, I feel I should do a bit of an update on my weight so far. After all, it's one of the last big things I mentioned. 

So the goal had been that I be at a healthy goal weight by the end of March. And... well... that didn't happen. See in the time I wasn't posting, I put some thought into what I want from my life and my body. 

And the point is this: I want to be healthy. 

I'm not going to be healthy by starving myself of something and exercising myself to death. 

So instead, I decided to try another, more intuitive approach. 

I'm listening to my body. When I'm hungry, I eat something. When I'm not, I don't. So yes, it means I skip meals, or that I eat later or whatever. But it also means that I'm eating less in general. I've also cut back on refined carbs by a lot, the exception being when I eat "mieliepap" (almost like polenta but drier and more crumb-like) for breakfast. But the lovely thing is that it's gluten free and it keeps me full until lunch. 

Bread, sugar etc I'm eating a lot less of, and I'm eating more and more veggies (which is something I never really did). 

Exercise wise, I'm moving around a bit more, but I want to get fit rather than skinny, so I'm going to start doing more intense cardio like rope skipping once I've shifted a bit more weight. For now, I'm playing tennis with my mom. I look stupid doing it, but hey, the court's in our back yard, so it's not like there's anyone to watch. And the nice thing is that I can be a bit more social (as supposed to being locked up in my mind all day). 

So... what has this achieved? Well. 

I lost almost 14 lb from the beginning of the year. Which really is huge for me. It's slower than I wanted, but healthier, and I think more sustainable than stuff I'd done before. 

Anyone else working on shifting some weight? How's it going for you?

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hello!

Hey all!

So sorry for my absence lately. I've been going through a difficult time at the moment, involving my two fantasy books.

To be honest, it's dragged me down so badly that I couldn't really sit down and write anything.

I'm slowly getting back to it though, even if my problems are continuing. So I'll definitely going to get back into more regular posts.

In the meantime, I'm still crocheting like a fiend, so I'm hoping that I'll soon have a beautiful blanket to show you.

In the lieu of that, I thought I should let you know that I joined Pinterest lately. It's fun at the moment, so I might gradually add more of my personal content. At the moment, though, I'm mainly pinning stuff like templates, recipes and crochet patterns.

Still, if you're interested in seeing what's interesting me at the moment, feel free to follow me.

And now, time for me to get back to crocheting. After all, the guest house is getting closer and closer to completion, and the blanket's supposed to decorate it.

How are you doing?

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Still alive!

Oh my word. I can't believe a whole month has passed since I last posted! Time really does fly.

But since I hate neglecting my blogs, I thought I'd at least share an update on what's going on in my life. And since I'm a bit blue today, I'm going to focus on the good stuff.

1) I've started to play tennis with my mom. The farm came with its own court and net, so we bought balls and rackets, and started to play. We've been doing this for a month, and already, I'm noticing the difference to my body.

2) The men on the farm took over the painting at the guest house. That's almost done now. Next, they'll be making the furniture.

3) But if you think that freed up my time, think again. Right now, I'm spending most of my time either writing, or working on some or the other craft required for the guest house. It's going to look gorgeous. I can't wait to show you all what it looks like!

4) My mom and I started a blog on Monday. It's all about living on the farm, so if you're interested in that aspect of my life at all (for whatever reason) go check it out. Also, do check read my mom's funny story about how dyeing her hair almost ended up in a disaster.

Yeah that's pretty much what I'm up to at the moment. What's news with you?

Monday, January 27, 2014

On anger.

I was recently invited to submit a short story for an anthology. I didn't think I'd submit anything, since I don't usually write short stories. Still, the people who'd invited me were friends, so I didn't want to let them down.

I ended up writing this story about a ghost. I didn't have even a tiny idea where the story was going, but as I went on, I realized what the truth in the story was.

The ghost was trapped outside of existence by her anger. She couldn't live, and she couldn't move on.

Sounds a lot like real life, doesn't it?

I mean, so many of us cling to anger. Like my ghost character, we do it without realizing it. And that anger keeps us trapped in a vicious circle of resentment and bitterness.

We can't just live our lives if we have anger in our hearts, so if you are carrying some anger around, I pray that you can find a way to forgive the person who angered you.

It's a difficult thing, I know. People hurt us all the time. They damage us, and forgiving them means we have to just let go of all that.

Which is the point.

I'm not saying you shouldn't get angry. That's impossible. But as it says in Ephesians 4:26 (New American Standard Bible):

BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger.

See when we're angry, the temptation to sin is always there, because any way you can think of to hurt the person back is sin. 

The thing is that sin doesn't only damage the person you hurt. It gets you too. It's the same thing with the person who hurt you. They're not getting away as scot free as you'd think. 

As for the second part of the verse, not letting the sun go down on our anger, that's so important. Anger festers when it's kept buried in our hearts, and it poisons us every day we keep it there. So long after the initial act/situation hurt us, we keep hurting ourselves by holding on to our anger. 

Don't do it! It's much easier to lay your anger at our Father's feet and let Him handle it. His judgement is always fair, and handing over our anger frees us. 

I pray that if you are hurt, or if you've been carrying anger and resentment around for some time, that God will give you the strength you need to escape the vicious circle. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Busy busy busy

I have to say that I find it strange that people buy farms for more relaxed lifestyles. Well... maybe it's more a reference to the stress levels on the farm than anything else. Because sitting pretty and relaxing isn't an option.

My brothers are all tending to animals. My mom and I are handling the guest house renovation and now, picking and packing figs.

Perhaps the fact that we're so busy is because the farm was uninhabited for seven years. Very little infrastructure survived, so we're having to put everything back together. Which means that although we now have pick-ups and quads, working on the farm isn't unlike what the first settlers here must have experienced.

We do, however, have tv and internet to keep us warm at night.

But yeah... it's almost 2 pm right now, and my butt is dragging. It's hard work to pick and orchard clean.

Still, I'm not really going to rest too much right now. I have a ton of writing, editing and needlepointing to do.

What are you up to today?