Check-In: Jax

Good morning (or afternoon, depending on where you are in the world)!

I have just come back from a magical weekend away with family to celebrate my Grandmother’s birthday. Let’s just say it was a very significant one, but in order to stay in her good books I won’t actually write the number on screen.

We went to a place called Tierhoek which is a farm set in the apex of a valley outside Robertson.  There are various cottages nestled in the folds of the mountains and the most spectacular views from all angles as you either gaze up at the majesty of the mountains or down at the magnificence of the valley. Sunrise and sunset are spectacular as the light falls and glows along a million crags and contours. If my kids were writing this blog, they’d focus mainly on time with their cousins,  the donkeys they fed and the walks they went on which made every waking moment a dream for them.  The accommodation was top-notch and the company unbeatable.

Happy birthday once again to you Oums!


I took on the task of making the tiered birthday cake and had a lot of fun doing the two simultaneously. At the bottom was a white chocolate cake with white choc and coconut icing and in the middle was a dark chocolate and orange cake. The top was covered with Lindt dark choc and orange pieces as well as white choc and coconut Rafaellos.

Yes, it was amazing.

Let me admit straight out that I snacked on the choc and batter as I made the cakes and proceeded to eat some of everything on the weekend. My cake, braai, bread, Charley’s Bakery cake, potato bake et al. This was a conscious decision on my part so know that I didn’t loose my marbles in the face of all those delicious carbs.  From the start of Twin Noakes 2 I’ve said that this leg of the project would see me taking on the LCHF eating plan organically as a ‘normal’ person out there.  It was a significant birthday and mother’s day – need I say more :-)

We’ve seen what happens when you do it 100% in Twin Noakes 1 with Jeanne and the results speak for themselves. If you’re carb intolerant as we are, then a LCHF lifestyle is certainly the way to go, and if you do it ‘properly’ then you’ll thrive on the outside (body fat and weight) and the inside (general health) within a short space of time.


But what if you add in an occasional GnT, a few glasses of champagne and a slice of birthday cake once in a while? That’s the question I asked and I’m getting the answers.  Since the start of Twin Noakes 2 I’ve allowed myself some leeway here and there and my blood tests have shown a slower progress than Jeanne had, but in the right direction none-the-less. Last month (April) however was my husband’s 40th and I made and ate a slice of his dark chocolate Lindt cake.  It was also my best friend’s birthday so my champagne intake went up a bit too.  The results? My risk factors have started climbing a bit again. Here’s one of the graphs I’ll be posting tomorrow that gives you an idea of my progress. In the beginning of this year I was pretty good at just a one or two GnT’s/Champagne a week, but as the months have gotten more festive, that amount has increased.

Insulin April

I’m not going to draw any conclusions now, but I expect the end of this month to look pretty much the same. Interesting…

This week is pretty busy: kiddies, gym, book club, forum, friends. etc. We go to Knysna this weekend to visit cousins while Pete checks in on the Seattle store up there – bonus.

Look out for tomorrow’s graph post.


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