Health & Well Being Sunday #6

Unfortunately my chest is no better. I am still in a lot of pain especially of night when I am lying in bed. Last night the pain shifted and is now travelling down my left lung. I am going to phone the Doctors in the morning to see if their is anything they can do apart from give me painkillers. Due to not sleeping well I am also getting regular migraines so I am feeling a little bit sorry for myself.

I have however kept up with the water drinking and have been good most days healthy eating wise. My cheat day is Friday and last Friday I had the biggest burger ever. I couldn’t eat it all, I ate just over half. Most Fridays we have a movie night and on so we have some wine and some crisps which is a nice treat.

A lot of water I have been drinking has been in my infusion bottle. I have been infusing the water mainly with citrus fruits and my favourite at the moment is lemon and lime. If you haven’t got a water infusion bottle I recommend them. I brought my mother and daughter one each too so they have been joining me.  The picture is very similar to the bottle I have, I forget to take a photo of mine.

waterinfuser

My bottle was not expensive it was under £5. I wasn’t going to get an expensive one til I knew whether I liked it or not. Apples, strawberry, mango, pineapple and oranges all work really well in the infuser as well.

 

 

 

Walking has been going well but due to this stupid chest thing I have done no running with the exception of running for the bus in the morning. Two mornings in a row I had to run up the hill to get the bus. It nearly killed me. I have become so unfit so quickly and I wasn’t that fit to begin with.  I am aiming to walk as much as I can and I am trying to monitor this on an app on my phone, but I am thinking of investing in a Fitbit or something similar.

Organisation

I have not been as organised as I want to be over the past couple of weeks. I have been trying to and failing miserably due to being tired. However I am going to make more of a concerted effort. I have tried to work out how to use the reminders app on my phone to its full capacity so I can utilise better.

Mental Health

#Gratitude – One of my favourite blogs is Milly’s Guide  and every Friday so lists 5 things she is grateful for during the week.  Her list , even though I never physically do one of my own always makes me more appreciative. It always makes me think of things I am grateful for. So, here are my 5 for the fortnight –

  1. I am grateful for my parents especially my mother. Though she has had a lot to deal with over the past few years there is nothing both she nor my father would not do for either myself or my daughter. That includes listening to us both moaning and crying at times.
  2. Even though I am not a 100% happy in my job I am grateful I have one. I remember what it is like not to have one and I would rather have one than not.
  3. My faith – It may not be as strong as I would like it to be and there is still room for improvement, but I am glad I have it.
  4. Dogs – Now I do not have a dog of my own but I have had fun with some lovely dogs this week. They always cheer you up.
  5. Angus Donald – I have read the last book of the Outlaw Chronicles and I have really enjoyed his take on Robin Hood.

Inner Beauty 

lizziev

I cannot remember what day it was but one morning we were watching Good Morning Britain and they interviewed a women called Lizzie Velasquez. When Lizzie was 17 years someone titled her the Ugliest Woman in the World. This would be a cruel thing to do to any 17 year old girl but Lizzie has a rare congenital disease called Marfaniod-progeroid-lypodystrophy. She is only the third person in the world to be born with this condition.

Lizzie was titled the Ugliest Woman in the World on a YouTube video in 2006 however she did not let this experience destroy her. Due to the bullying suffered during her childhood it catapulted into a career as a motivational speaker.

Before this week I had never heard of Lizzie Velasquez however her 5 minute interview on GMB was probably one of the most inspiring moments I have ever seen. Lizzie’s determination shone through, she has not and will not allow other people to dictate her life for her.

I have no idea why their are so many people out there who take enjoyment and delight in inflicting misery on others. The common thought is that they do this because they are hurting so they want others to hurt too. This does not in anyway justify their bullying.

Stupid people do not realise that beauty is something more than being just physical. Many people spend a fortune on products, surgery and accessories to try and enhance or make themselves “beautiful”. They conform to the beauty of this world but who should be allowed to decided who is beautiful and who is not? Lizzie had something you cannot buy, inner beauty. Lizzie is not resentful of those bully’s in fact she has tried to understand why they wanted to cause her pain. Lizzie is rare example of humanity and a truly motivational person.  I think we should all be more Lizzie.

Goals for the next two weeks

  • Discover more about Lizzie Velasquez
  • Go to the Doctors
  • Look up water infusion recipes
  • Walk at least 5 miles a day (10,000)
  • Become better “blog” organised
  • Remember to take photo’s for health and well being post #7
  • Think of 5 more things to be grateful for
  • Look for a new job
  • Look at courses to improve job prospects
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