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Health Update

Oy vey. Still have ringing ears, occasional dizziness, and now have developed some sort of blockage in my right ear – I get dizzy when it pops or when I blow my nose. But it’s manageable – I figured out some triggers and have been trying my best to prevent any serious vertigo episodes.. only had one and two halves (I did not throw up those two times so that counts as half each) since then!

Back when my allergies were worse than ever in the spring of 2018, I got referred to an allergist to see if I developed any new ones. The ones here are quite busy and my appointment was set for mid-November 2018. Fast forward to September, I saw the doctor again due to vertigo issues and he suspected it’s to do with my allergies; a possibility it’s due to chronic sinusitis DUE to allergies. Joy. He prescribed me dizziness medication (it’s helping a bit) and decided to also refer me to an ENT as well to get all bases covered. There’s only one ENT doctor here in Victoria and I was booked for March 2019.  I was really hoping the allergist could help somewhat with all this crap I’m going through so I don’t have to tolerate it until March. Finally in November, I saw the allergist and no new allergies. Still allergic to grass. (Grass season is only through June and July. So why do I have allergy symptoms throughout most of the year? ) She prescribed me nasal spray until the ENT appointment. It has been very helpful so far but quite expensive so hopefully it’s not something I have to live on!


My attempt at becoming vegan was a fail. I somehow developed a sensitivity to beans, I do not like most nuts, and I’m very picky with vegetables & fruits so it was a struggle to keep myself healthy and full. I’m right now mostly vegetarian, I can have eggs which has been helpful. I rarely have dairy (some cheese here and there) but have already been like that for three years now. I eat meat maybe two times a week. I will be taking some time to really learn what I can enjoy eating as a vegan before I actually become one.

On a positive note, I finally started BodyBoss this week… had to put it off due to getting dizziness several times then got sick over the holidays. So far, my body is tolerating it so hopefully I can actually complete the program this time! 

35 Before 35


Hello 34!

Yup, it’s my birthday today. Holy crap… 34.

And here is 35 things I hope to achieve before I turn 35 next year.

  01. Get another tattoo… or two
  02. Be able to do a handstand
  03. Do a photo a day on IG for a year
  04. Get my driver’s license
  05. Knit an infinity scarf
  06. Do the Body Boss program and complete it (including pre-training)
  07. Really learn how to read tarot cards
  08. Go camping
  09. Grow my hair past current record
  10. Adopt another cat
  11. Have 6+ house plants
  12. Be in four states at once
  13. Be an “interior decorator” for a friend
  14. Visit filming locations of The Goonies in and around Astoria, Washington
  15. Host a craft night
  16. Be a hair model
  17. Do an ASL music video
  18. Host a fondue dinner
  19. Create a non-profit website
  20. Have a vacation with an old friend or two
  21. Participate in the Zombie Walk
  22. Have $—- in my savings account for emergencies
  23. Lose 50 pounds
  24. Create two capsule wardrobes (spring/summer and cold rainy season)
  25. Build a snowman
  26. Find a boyfriend (Cheesy, I know but I want to have kid(s) eventually and there isn’t much time left!)
  27. Crochet a blanket
  28. Re-read the entire Harry Potter book series
  29. Go sky-diving
  30. Take a float plane to Vancouver
  31. Photograph a sunrise and a sunset in the same day
  32. Go in a sensory deprivation tank
  33. Go on a road trip
  34. Do 5 new 1000-piece puzzles
  35. Plan something for my 35th birthday

(I will come back to this post and update it whenever I achieve one.)


The first wealth is health.

All I can say about the past two months… ugh. Venting, begin.

– I ended up deciding to move back to Victoria after my summer job in Vancouver. I realized that it was just impossible to settle there on my own… it’s CRAZY expensive living there and the jobs I could find wouldn’t pay enough. Hopefully someday I’ll get a good opportunity. In the meantime, I’m okay living in Victoria, it’s much preferred anyway. Vancouver is too “city” for me. I sure will miss my Vancouver friends though!!

– I had an interview with Starbucks here in the spring in case my summer job didn’t hire me. Both ended up hiring me after all so the manager at Starbucks said I have a place if I end up returning to Victoria afterwards. Well, I returned so I emailed her twice, no reply.  Since I returned, I’ve applied to at least 10-15 places. No luck. Good thing I have occasional respite work and graphic design work to keep me afloat.

– I went off birth control, it was making me gain more than I should have. My hormones were CRAZY for a while too.


It’s getting much better though. I also went through a really bad vertigo episode in August then I experienced dizziness with ringing ears at least every other day for quite a while. It is now down to once a week. This episode heightened my anxiety, I was almost always afraid it’d happen again and didn’t go out much. That has improved over time as well.

Venting, end.


Clearly, I needed to find something to do to keep myself sane until I have a job and a stable routine. So I’m going to completely focus on improving myself and get myself healthy as I can be. I also hope to lose 50 pounds.

I’ve decided to start transitioning to a vegan diet. I already don’t eat dairy except for the occasional sprinkle of cheese (rare!) which is making this change easy. So far I’ve only ate meat (only chicken or turkey) once a week in three weeks. I cut out eggs completely for three weeks now too. Hoping for zero animal products in my diet by December.

I bought the Body Boss Fitness guide as a birthday gift to myself almost a year ago. It’s a 12-week step-by-step exercise program. I LOVE it even though I have yet been able to do the full 12 weeks. I’ve attempted it many times and things keep coming up which made me have to stop for a week or so each time! I am now going to attempt it once again, and hopefully this time nothing comes up to hinder it.

I also will be walking for an hour daily.

To document my process, I will be posting regularly on Instagram – @chipsandsmoothies – and posting a Youtube video every two months.

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