Friday, 1 February 2013

Blog diversion - trip anxiety and 102 days

71kg, 5kg over goal weight

Today is the first of February.  That means (hopefully) in 102 days I'll be leaving Auckland.  I've got a hell of a lot of things to do before I leave, and I'm suffering from the stress and anxiety about the trip. As a result, yesterday I did exactly zero hours of work on "stuff", the things I need to do before I leave.

I wondered what to do about this potential crisis (and yes, it could turn out to be a crisis) so in the middle of the night I decided to post on the blog about it.  For the next 3 1/2 months you'll be reading about what I'm doing, totally unrelated to weight loss.

Sorry about that.

Today I want to achieve 4 hours of doing things.  Most of that is tidying (a tidy place is welcoming to doing things, an untidy place is not in my experience).  I also want to start working on:

  1. Getting a tow bar for my car (essential because I need to put all of my stuff in storage, and remove a dead couch out the back collecting leaves)
  2. Make an appointment for essential medical tests
  3. Start working on getting a passport (today, just a phone call is all I need to do)
  4. Print out the form for travel insurance when I go to the doctor next week
The last one is what I'm dreading.  I keep hearing of awful tales related to travel insurance (probably because I read a lot, should cut back on that, right?) and potential life and death situations.  I know I'll probably be alright, but the anxious person in me is starting to worry.  About all sorts of things.  Half of them are related to travel insurance.

Living in New Zealand is like living in a cocoon.  State funded medical care and ACC.  ACC is a compulsory accident insurance system we have here.  It's been around for about 50 years.  What that means is that if you have an accident, ACC will (supposedly) take care of you and pay you money and your expenses etc.  Yes, there are issues and complaints but I'll take that over the alternative any day.  The downside is that you cannot sue.  I'm fine with that.

I just worry about what could happen if....  You get the idea.

So the goal today is to do 4 hours of work.  It could be anything.  From now on, until I've finished all of my tasks, this blog will turn into a motivation blog.

Sorry about that.


  1. Good luck! Looks like you've stopped the gain and are steady and/or loosing. That's good, right there.

    Sometimes the more I let go, when I get stressed, the more work I can get done. Sounds funny, but the things I think I really need, I can let go- to bring on things I really do need.

    I work with a lot of people who speak Tagalog every day. Interesting culture. Good luck with your transition.

    Keep eating healthy- it's something you can control and it may lessen the stress. Karen P

  2. i am a total list person myself. today we had an unexpected snow day and I made a list of things to do today instead of just wondering from one thing to the next. I get so much more done that way.

    btw. don't worry about what you write on YOUR blog. It is for you; the rest of us are just here to encourage you. That said.... good luck getting your list done today and loosing those pesky pounds that sneak back when you don't want them. :)