Sunday, April 22, 2018


I made another Soup Bowl Cosy yesterday afternoon, using some fabric I'd had for probably 20 years!
All was going well... till I tried to iron it!
It fucking melted!!!
So, I patched the melted bit, finished it off and threw it to Bex and said:

"Here ya go, you get the 2nds!"

ABOVE:  It's such a pretty bowl, she's going to use it to hold her skein of wool. 
The rest of that lilac fabric got thrown in the bin... it must be some sort of acrylic or nylon mix.  Ikkkky.

ABOVE:   A little video of the kids playing with the dogs yesterday.

Bex, Brylee and the kids will be leaving for Auckland around lunchtime.  After they leave, Stew and I will be doing the grocery shopping.
I also need to pop into Spotlight for more batting.

So the day is pretty much mapped out till mid afternoon.



If 'normal' blood sugar levels during the day are say 4-7.... mine used to always be around 6-8, with the odd high around 11-12.

I took my reading after lunch yesterday, having eaten a banana and SMALL handful of grapes for breakfast, a scotch egg and coleslaw for lunch and another small handful of grapes around 1pm. 

The reading was 16.6,  I freaked out!  Considering I'd not eaten any processed carbs or sugar AT ALL in three days, I expected it to be low.

So, I took another test late afternoon and to my extreme relief it was down to 7.8... and I took it again after dinner and it was down to 6.8.

PHEW!  Perhaps the lack of carbs/sugars AND the increase in metformin will work?

And perhaps I shouldn't be eating bananas and grapes either?   

I think I will be testing myself for a while to see what I react to.  The pricking of the finger is horrible, I cringe every time Stew goes to stab me, but I know it has to be done to make sure I'm on the right track.


I took my 'fasting' test this morning.  Well Stew did the pricky thing!
And it was 11.5.  So not that good.
Then I had some No Sugar Greek Yougurt with some frozen berries for breakfast and had my Metformin.

I'm going to have lunch then test again.

I must have lost some weight already... my rings are spinning around on my fingers!

Well the family have left for home, and Stew and I are going to do the grocery shopping.  Griffin is staying home ... grocery shopping is not his thing.  NOT mine either, but some bugger has to do it.

I will be getting more steak, something I usually don't like at all.  But, we had rump steak last night and it was just so delicious!  Stew only cooked it for 2 minutes each side in a very hot pan... PERFECT!

Saturday, April 21, 2018


Totally looking forward to today!

Bex is coming down with the little kids.

Just for the day though, she's picking Brylee up and taking her back to their's for the week.

A day full of cuddles will be wonderful... I really miss those kids.

Before they arrive, I have got to do some perfectly boring housework.  And tidy the 'spare' bedroom... it's a disgrace!
Seriously, it's become the dumping ground ... even worse than my sewing room.   If I remember, I will take a photo and show you how bad it is.


I was just talking to Stew about how I'm feeling.  Cos I feel weird.
Like there is adrenalin running around my veins... all tingly?  I just feel WEIRD.
Like there is something 'wrong' inside me.

Would that be because of the extra metformin, the anti nausea medication, or my blood sugar levels dropping?

I hope it's not a bad thing.

Although I have NO ENERGY what so ever, I have managed to get the spare bedroom tidied up:


We now have room for the airbed when we have visitors, or two single mattresses for kids.
It's a good job done.

I might not get anything else done today, cos that was draining.

Cutting carbs and sugars sure depletes your energy!

There was a lady on one of the FBG walks last year who was doing the 'Ketogenic Switch' diet... similar thing... VLCarbs.   She nearly fainted on our walk from lack of energy and dizziness.

I can see that happening to me somehow.

Another lovely parcel arrived in the post today:

ABOVE:  Cookbooks from Marlene, another lovely friend up in Auckland.  Stew has already had a quick look, and I'm about to just sit back and have a good read.  I'm sure there will be lots of ideas in there for us.

So Bex just asked me if I'd heard from my other kids, bearing in mind I'm not well at all right now.

And I had to say 'NO'.  Not a word from any of them.  

Just as well I have plenty of friends eh?

Ha... made a mistake with the visitors only coming for the day.  They are staying the night, so Stew's gone out to get a bit more for dinner.  

Our dinner tonight is:

ABOVE:  Rump steak and veges.  There will be a cheese sauce over the broccoli and cauliflower too.  I'm drooling just thinking about it!  

Well... I tried another little pattern just now.  Had to do a bit of unpicking cos I buggered it up a few times... even though it was the most SIMPLE pattern ever!

Let's call it 'diabetic brain' shall we?  lol

ABOVE:  It's a 'Soup Bowl Cosy'... or in other words, it stops you burning your hands with a hot soup bowl!

I love it, and will be making more for my stall.

PAULA:  They will be $10 each.  I will have a selection to choose from in about 5 days.

I finally started feeling much better mid-afternoon!  Well... not so nauseous anyway.  I've still got that funny, tingly feeling in my body, but it's not bothering me too much.

Looking forward to a quiet evening... once the three small people are in bed that is.

Signing off... been a fairly good day today.

Friday, April 20, 2018


Today will be difficult.
Saying 'Goodbye' to my friend J.
She lost her battle with liver cancer on Monday, after a valiant fight.

There will be a large contingent of us Fat Bottomed Girls going.  I am taking at least 3 with me that I know of... we are all car pooling.

We are all going to (hopefully), be wearing something small in purple, our FBG colour.

So, apart from that dominating this morning/lunchtime, I have no other plans for the day.

I expect I will get home feeling drained.   No one like funerals, they are so very sad.  I usually avoid them like the plague. 

Nothing else to add right now.


2.35 pm:  Been home for about an hour.  As far as funerals go, it was a lovely one.
Gut wrenching though.  There was a young girl in front of me who sobbed virtually the entire time, made it very hard to keep it together for me, and many others.
So very sad seeing a wee 9 year old boy help carry his Mummy's coffin into the chapel.

There was an amazing amount of us Fat Bottomed Girls there! So we all had plenty of support for each other.

God I hope I don't have to attend another funeral for years.  

By the time I got home, I desperately needed food, so I had some more of the muffins (1 only) and coleslaw.  I think I'm over coleslaw now!  God my brain just can't think straight right now on what else to eat!  

I'm so used to having bread/pasta/rice/potatoes.   Grrrrrr.

I arrived home to a parcel!
From darling Tracy up in Auckland:

ABOVE:  Tracy's daughter was using this sort of 'drink bottle' last time they were down here and I remember saying how awesome it would be to have one, as it would fit in my bag so much better than my round one.

And would ya look at that!  I now have one.

THANK YOU SO MUCH TRACY!   I will use it every day.  I love it.

ABOVE:  Almost forgot... she sent this adorable card too.  So happy and bright, needed that today.

OK.... everyone is saying it.  I AM waiting for an appointment at the Weight Management Clinic at Waikato Hospital.  They will be able to give me all the advice I need, and information on what I can eat.  

But in saying that, I am most appreciative of all the messages, emails and texts that you have sent me, giving me advice and recipes.  I have already make those amazing muffins suggested by Tania!

And I am expecting some Diabetes cookbooks in the post soon from Marlene too, which will be most helpful I am sure.

As I said the other day, I literally have 'Diet Fatigue'.... which means my mind simply closes down when I think of food/diets/limitations.  I am struggling to think straight.  I'm just so TIRED all the time.  (no doubt due to the HIGH blood sugar levels?)

It's horrible having to take so much more Metformin too... I have the SHITS all day and all night.  Thank god the anti nausea medication is working though!

Tonight we are having sausages, baked beans, spaghetti and eggs. The kids will have toast under their spaghetti.   It's Friday night.  Silly bugger dinner.

edit:  Stew and I did not have spaghetti!

It's been a long day... made worse by still feeling TERRIBLE.  Tonight even though I took anti nausea medication, I've felt sick all night.

Signing off for the day.  Hoping for a better day tomorrow.

Thursday, April 19, 2018



BUT ...

I am so thankful for all the concern and support I was given yesterday.  I really appreciated it.
If you left me a Comment, Personal Message, Email, Text or rang.... THANK YOU!

I did not expect such a response!

There is going to be so much changing.  No little steps here!

If I'm going to get my numbers down in three months, I literally have to pull out all of the stops.

I'm NOT going on a diet.
I'm NOT adopting a 'Lifestyle Change'.

I'm going to live my life as a bloody DIABETIC, a diabetic who does NOT want to end up having insulin injections every day!...or any of the horrible consequences of having out of control diabetes.

That means all of the things I listed yesterday will be happening.


Thankfully, I love Meat.  Bacon.  Cheese. And most Veges.  And I will learn to like coffee too!  Cos coffee will help with the caffeine withdrawals from not drinking MUCH Diet Coke!

AND.... I am making a VOW right now.  I will NOT be getting on the damn scales for the entire 3 months I am working on getting my blood sugars down.
I will not let a number derail me, as it so often does!
So, no weight numbers.
At the end of 3 months, I will go to the Doctor, have my blood test and see what I've accomplished. 

It's NEVER going to be about numbers on a scale again.

I am MORE than a number on the scale.

AND... just remembered:  I'm NOT counting calories or 'points' either.  I'm just going to relax and eat when I need to, but keep an eye on my portions.  

Keeping it simple.


Today I am making a fabric flower.  A Purple Flower to wear to J's funeral tomorrow.
Purple to represent our Fat Bottomed Girls 'bond'.  It was suggested we wear our FBG t-shirts, but I feel that would be too much.
I'm gunna wear a flower on my dress.

I will show you how it turns out... later.

Woke up this morning feeling exactly like I usually do.  Sick as a dog.  Nauseous and with no energy.  But, I'm hoping once my blood sugar levels drop that will change?

I stayed up far too late last night, as per usual.
A kind girl had given me the idea to make 'breakfast' muffins... so I made some.  At midnight.

ABOVE:  They came out perfect.  They are made with egg, milk, bacon, onion, tomato, cheese and fresh herbs.
I was outside at 12.30 am (it was freezing on me bare feet!), picking parsley and chives!  lol

I plan on freezing them individually, and just pulling one out a day.  They were going to be for breakfast, but I tried eating one this morning and I only managed one bite before literally vomiting!

Too rich for my stomach first thing in the morning.  They will be OK for lunch though.

So I need to re-think breakfast ideas.  Maybe just a poached egg? Or half a piece of wholemeal toast?  I know I should have something to take with the friggin Metformin!
It just needs to be something bland, so it doesn't make me throw up.

I had a visit from one of my FBG friends this morning.  Sarah has two daughters who have diabetes, so she came around to have a yak with me about it all.  And one of her daughters, who is joining the FBG's this year, is possibly coming around on Sunday to talk with me too.  

She's been heavily involved with Diabetes Waikato and is a nurse, so is full of information and tips.  She's happy to sit and talk me through different ideas to get my numbers under control, and food ideas too.

Sarah told me that walking around the Avantidome spectator gallery is a good walk... particularly when it's too hot outside.
So after she left I went out there, turned on my 'Map My Walk' app and did three laps.

According to Sarah, three time around the track equals 1 km.  Well... I did three laps, and this is what I got:

 ABOVE:  Now, bearing in mind the track is perfectly oval... and I started and stopped at the same point, Map My Walk stuffed up somehow!
And it recorded a distance of 0.28 km!
Wrong obviously.  
I will do it again tomorrow and see what happens.
edit:  I actually ended up doing 6 laps, but didn't bother to record after the first three as it was obviously not working properly.

 ABOVE:  It's an amazing facility!  So big.  It will be perfect for walking over winter if I don't want to get wet, or join a FBG walk on a particular day.

I found it quite hot inside there today though, it was airless.  Sarah thought they had air conditioning... but if they do, it wasn't on today.

ABOVE:  Bex sent me these photos of the little boy's haircuts.  I nearly cried.  Archer no longer looks like a baby, he's a BOY.  So sad.

  ABOVE:  Bex had a go at trimming Keera's fringe (bangs)... I think she did a damn good job of it!

I made some purple felt 'fabric' last night, I'm waiting for it to dry so I can make it into a flower to wear tomorrow.  I might have to start ironing it to speed up the process!

ABOVE:  Start to finish on making felt.  It takes a bit of time, and arm exercise!  Lots of rubbing.  Tiring, but hopefully worth it.  I can't wait for it to dry so I can get creating.

OH and I am ALREADY RENEGING on coffee drinking!  I can't stand it, weak or strong... I've had 3 cups full now... and feel like puking. So, I will have to stay on Diet Coke.  It will have to be my one and only vice in life.

I don't know why I 'HAD' to give it up anyway?  Sure, it probably increases one's desire for sweet things, but I can resist, I WILL RESIST!

No comments on the issue of Diet Coke please, I've heard them all before.  If it hasn't killed me in 25 years, it's probably not going to.

ABOVE:  This is the flower.  I know you can't see the three dimensional aspect, so it doesn't show up as well as it could.  I went for a 'rustic' look, as opposed to 'perfect'.  The aqua heart is a nod to J's love of that colour.

Dinner tonight was one of those bacon 'n' egg muffins chopped up into some coleslaw.  Much more palatable that way I must say.

Stew had the same, and the  kids too, only they added potato to their dinner.

Signing off... catch ya tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018


I've got the Dr at 10.30 this morning.
I'm hoping like hell he/she can give me something to settle my stomach, maybe I do need to change my medication from Metformin to something else?

I know taking any more than what I'm used to is making me sick as.  All. Day. Long.

Thinking about it... I have felt sick EVERY SINGLE MORNING for years.  Now I'm starting to think it is the metformin!

So, I have high hopes for an amazing turn around after today!  Wishes can come true eh?

Now... on to something else... sorta.
CRANKY:  I will see if I can find that book here, no need to send me one, but thanks.  *smiles*

DIET FATIGUE.  After being on one diet after another for the past 35+ years, I do believe I am 100% OVER IT.
I think I have been on almost every diet known to man.  None have worked long term.

My ADDICTION is food.

It is very hard to give up an addiction that actually keeps you ALIVE!

I had this debate with a blogger many years ago in fact.  She was addicted to alcohol, and bemoaned how hard it was to give up.
I told her at least she could give her addiction up and still live... where as mine was IMPOSSIBLE to give up, as stopping eating would kill me!

She totally disagreed with me, said her's was the much harder addiction to give up.  After that, we stopped being blogger friends.  Funny that.

I still stand by my opinion.  I can't just stop eating and expect to live!

So... back to dieting.  I think I have totally lost the plot.  I can't even remember what it's like to eat 'properly' anymore.

I've dicked around with my diet for so long my brain just goes to mush even thinking about what to eat.  I just EAT whatever is around.

It doesn't matter if it's healthy or not... if I'm hungry I will eat.  If I'm bored I will eat.  If I'm crabby I will eat.  If I'm happy I will eat.

Food is it for me.  I wish it wasn't.  I wish it didn't rule every single day of my life.  I wish it didn't MATTER to me.

I wish my size didn't matter to me... or anyone else either!

I have this line that runs through my head all the time... 

"Shit Your'e Fat, Jesus You're Fat", said to me by a very close family member many, many years ago.  It never leaves my head.

When you have that in your head, it's very hard to break free from self loathing, feeling like the only thing that matters is how much you weigh.

I'm so fucking over it all.  How long can you hate yourself?


So... I'm sitting here... thinking.  Makeup on?  Or don't bother?
Biggest decision of the day... so far.


 ABOVE:  Yep... just like that.
Feel terrible.

I got a right talking to.  And was made to realise that if I don't start eating and exercising PROPERLY for someone with diabetes, I am going to pay for it BIG TIME in the near future.

PLEASE, no one tell me "I told you so".  

That does not, will not help me.

I HAVE to start taking this seriously.  Cos to be honest, I haven't been really.

It's not called 'The Silent Killer' for nothing.  You can't see what it's doing to you... I CAN'T SEE WHAT IT IS DOING TO ME.

NOW... I am truly scared.

The doctor wants me to go on insulin injections daily.

I'm like.... I'd rather jump off a cliff.


So.  What to do?

1.  Take more Metformin (there is no other alternative here in New Zealand).

2. Take anti nausea medication to alleviate the side effects of the Metformin.

3. Stop virtually all carb and sugar intake.

4. Get more exercise.

5. Attend the Weight Management Clinic at Waikato Hospital.

6. Get support from friends/family, LEARN TO ASK FOR SUPPORT.


If I don't turn it around myself, no one is going to do it for me.

Weight loss surgery is an option PERHAPS... but with waiting lists/my bleeding issues, it's probably never going to happen.  I can't afford to do it privately, even if I could do it safely.

So.  There it is.  Cold hard facts.


Just talked to Stew.  We are going to sit down and work out just what we can eat, how to come up with tasty meals that do not incorporate carbs or sugar.

Any ideas happily accepted.

 ABOVE:  I am so proud to be picking our own fruit today!  I've never had any success growing citrus before, and we have just grown our own  mandarins!  And I can eat the bloody things too.  *smiles*

ABOVE:  Lunch... I had two boiled eggs too, but they were still cooking when I took the photo.

I'm going to be drinking a couple of mild coffee's during the day too... to cut down on the Diet Coke.  Cos, I have to cut it out eventually, except for a glass (or two) a day, not a litre or two.

As I said, I have to turn things around.  NOW.

You got any really good, tasty, LOW CARB, NO SUGAR recipes to share... my email is :
All will be appreciated.  Some will even be used.  *lol*

I cannot reply to everyone's comments, texts, messages!  But thank you!

Right, it's been a long day here!  I'm exhausted and ready to sign off for the day.
Catch you tomorrow, where the saga continues!  lol

Tuesday, April 17, 2018


Warning to self:  'DON'T SEW WHEN YOU ARE TIRED'.

This happens:

ABOVE:  I put the box corners on the wrong way... and the zip is running the wrong way!
It's still a pretty bag, but rather impractical.  Derrr.
I can't be arsed unpicking it all and starting again.  So, it is what it is.

AND.... this is what I made at 1 am last night:

ABOVE:  How stinkin' cute is that!  It's a fabric box again, but a different pattern.  I am really enjoying trying a few new things.

Sad news.  My friend J died yesterday morning.   I'm glad her suffering is over now and her family can start the grieving process.

Now... today?  More of the same... perhaps some sewing, certainly some housework.
I might try and drag the kids out of their bedrooms so we can play cards too.

I've got a friend's birthday to attend tonight, so I have to sort out a plate, and a gift.  The gift should be easy!  I've got a shit load of stuff sewn! lol

OK... time to go.  Catch ya later.


12.25 pm: And today has not gone to plan at all.
I got outta bed around 8 am, but felt sick as a dog... splitting headache and feeling like I was going to throw up constantly.

I got bad blood test results for my diabetes, so in my wisdom I decided to up my Metformin.  NOT over what was prescribed, in fact, I've never taken all I was supposed to.

And it's not agreeing with me AT ALL.  I have just felt sick for days.  So, I've made a Doctor's appointment for tomorrow.  I need to get this sorted out asap.  I just feel like vomiting all day long. 

So anyway, I took some panadol and went back to bed.  And woke up at.....

11.45 am  !!!!!!

I'm pretty sure that's the latest I've stayed in bed in forever!  Brylee and Griffin even beat me out of bed today!  OMG.

So, today I am now going to sit and keep my legs up, cos my feet are all swollen from sitting down at the sewing machine for too long.  I might unpick that disaster of a bag, change it to something else.  It's too pretty to waste.

6.00 pm:  I got the bag unpicked, then watched some youtube videos, then.... fell asleep again!
Just don't feel well at all.

Woke up when Stew got home from work!  Left overs from the fridge for dinner tonight.

Not going out to friend's birthday dinner... just not up to it.  I'm glad I'm going to the Dr's tomorrow.  Maybe a change of medication is needed.

Signing off cos I'm not doing anything!

Monday, April 16, 2018


Today I want to take on a personal challenge.

ZIPS.  I really don't 'do' zips.  But I want to try making a bag with a zip.

The only zips I could find in my 'stash' of stuff were rather long.

ABOVE:  Two at 14 cm and 2 at 16 cm.
I will use one of the 14 cm ones, and make a large boxy type of bag I suppose.

The 14 cm zips are the two black ones, so I will need to find some fabric with black in them.  Hmmm...not even sure I have any?

I could go to Cambridge Patchwork this morning, but they are doing a demo on making sanitary pads for 3rd world countries.  The 'group' are going to be making some and donating them as far as I know.

I have hardly been at all this year.  All my dental appointments were on a Monday ... so I missed a few.  And then I found out I had been 'fired' as the email person!

Something tells me that was down to me being critical of the group last year... catching up with me.  I MIGHT be wrong of course, but well... that's the feeling I got.

I'm not sure if I will be going back at all now.  I just don't feel a part of the group at all.

So, until I can make up my mind on that score, I will stay home.

And that's all I have for now... catch ya later.



ABOVE:  A 'Box Bag'.... I found the zip easy as... but everything else was shit.  Making the box corners was hideous with this pattern.  Fiddly.  I broke 2 needles in the process too.  *sigh*   I would have to think long and hard before making another one, that's for sure.

BUT... it is a gorgeous bag and I think I will be keeping it for myself.  

I'm now going to try making another zip bag, but using a different pattern.

Or not... I can't make up my mind.  *sigh*
I am working on another bag though, just not sure what direction it's going in...yet.

ABOVE:  Sneak Peek.  Probably finish it tomorrow the rate I'm going.  It's slow people's... slow as. 

I need to put a 'pull thingee' on the end of the zip too.  Probably make something with fabric?

Tonight's dinner is...

ABOVE:  Savoury Sausages (god knows what's in them!), mashed spuds and coleslaw.  We are loving coleslaw right now... like, even the kids are eating it!

LYNDA:  Yes we do. Our coleslaw consists of:

-THINLY sliced up green and red cabbage
-THINLY sliced onion, usually red onion (to taste)
-Grated carrot
-Grated cheese
- Red/Green/Yellow/Orange (whatever you have) Capsicum, diced up
- Finely chopped up parsley, chives and mint (to taste)

Quantities vary, but keep the cheese to a minimum compared to the other stuff.

'To taste' means how much you prefer.

Right, so dinner was lovely. 
LYNDA:  we all have different dressings. Some bought, some homemade.

Time to sign off... tired and a bit grumpy.  Sore back from sewing lots today/yesterday.