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 

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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

Health & Well Being Sunday #5

This is going to be a very quick and very short update due to the fact that since my last Health and Well Being Post, I have been ill. I have had a chest infection which has been really painful. Initially I thought I had pulled a muscle in my chest but as the pain did not go away. Due to amount of pain I was in I decided it might be a good idea to go to the doctors, who confirmed it was indeed a chest infection but as my chest was clear there was no need for antibiotics. I did get some pain killers that made me feel very ill, so didn’t take them for long.

Due to the pain in my chest I have not been sleeping very well. Now lack of sleep is one of my triggers for migraines and I suspect this is why I have been completely floored by a migraine over the past few days. On Thursday I woke with a throbbing head which quickly turned into a migraine. I did attempt to go into work as usually I take the tablets and it disappears. About 90 minutes after arriving at work I was back home, in bed. I did not move for 6 hours. It hurt to much. Thursday night the pain lessened and on Friday it came back with a vengeance. Saturday was better sort of and today (Sunday) has been okay.

So as you can imagine exercising has not happened very much at all. Healthy eating and water drinking have but that is it.

I am hoping that tomorrow all my aches and pain will be better if not gone and so next time I do one of these Health and Well Being posts it will be more positive. Look out for Post 6 in two weeks time xx

Health & Well Being Sunday #4

First I have to apologise for this post as I have not had chance to plan it. I am constantly surprised about how quickly the weeks seem to fly by.

Since my last Health and Well Being Sunday post I have flown to Italy and back again. I spent 7 nights in the Eternal City (Rome) and also spent a day in Naples and Pompeii. It was wonderful but very hot and also very busy. Due to it being so hot I did drink a lot of water. Meal times were full of carbs – pasta, pizza and bread.

HardRock Burger
My Burger at The Hard Rock Cafe, Rome… yummy! 

I also went to The Hard Rock Cafe in Rome and had a burger which was wonderful. As you probably gathered there was not a lot of dieting going on. So, the diet and fitness plan start tomorrow… (honestly)…

So below is a quick list of things I want to achieve over the next two weeks…

  1. Running twice a week
  2. Drink Water daily (5 glasses)
  3. Healthy Lunch to take to work
  4. No extra sauces on food
  5. Keep a log of anything that passes my lips
  6. No Coke a Cola (I am addicted)
  7. Strength and Core Workout x 3 Weekly
  8. Have at least 1 hour me time a day (this is important as it is people who drive me crazy)
  9. Take photos of Health and Well Being Journal/Fitness Inspiration Book for Post 5
  10. Think of a way to make these posts a bit more interesting….

I will hopefully have a better post in a couple of weeks, I am sorry this is so rushed. Back to normal blogging activity this week.

Hope you all have a good week

lu

Health & Well Being Sunday #3

My plans for this month have been thwarted once again by the UK weather.

If there is one thing I have learnt in this life, it is that things do not always go to plan. Life has a way of taking the best laid plans, turning them upside down and then rearranging them back to front. In the UK we have gone from a heatwave to a deluge.

As the proverb states…

“A Dripping June, Sets All in Tune.”

Just as the rain allows nature to restore an even balance. A little analytical thinking in our own abilities can stop the ugly head of over confidence rising.

The past two weeks have been interesting. I have gone from hardly moving due to the heat to moving loads because it is cooler and I can.  From feeling ill to well to ill again and back to being well at the moment. I strongly suspect my body is not a big fan of changeable weather.

I have been naughty this week, I have had two takeaways over the past couple of days. I don’t usually have takeaways as I am not a big fan but due to circumstances I didn’t really have much of an option.  They were nice though. Yum! Got salad today. 🙂

Bad Habits 

Trying to sort out my healthy eating habits has made me realise that I have got into some bad food habits.

Mayo/Dressings/Sauce – Full fat of course. Adding extra calories to meals. I have now stopped buying mayonnaise but that does not stop me from reaching for a pre-made sandwich loaded with the stuff. This is why I need to sort my lunches for work.

Coke Cola – Since coming back from America I have not been able to stop myself from drinking this stuff. I cannot drink diet due to the sweeteners so it is full fat, sugary coke all the way. I am not drinking it everyday but I am having at least 2 glasses a week which is not good.

Crisps – I am addicted to crisps. Any kind of crisps. Along with the coke not a good combination.

Below is the progress on my last goals…

1. Running twice a week – start building up stamina

Well just after my last post the UK had a heatwave. As much as I enjoy nice weather, I don’t like melting. So, that week I did not run or walk at all. This week I have done a lot of walking but no running, still building stamina!

2. Carry on with Health and Fitness Journal – add a “Well Being” section. (Might move it into a ring binder.

I have not got round to taking a photo of this yet but I will. It is not in a ring binder. I found a scrapbook which I have decided to house it in. It is looking good so far!

3. Healthy Eating – Organise my lunch better for work. Get ideas so can start when come back from holiday.

I have a whole section on healthy eating in my journal. Now I just have to decide what I am going to eat.

4. Increase my Water intake

Due to the heatwave this was a lot easier to accomplish than I initially thought.

5. Start a strength workout – need a stronger core.

Yep! Okay again due to the heat I only started this over the last 7 days but I am loving it. I love that feeling you get after exercising.

6. Begin Planking… again!

Errr.. well I am doing it. I am just rubbish at it… lol! I used to do about a minute but now it’s about 5 seconds.. oh dear!

7. Keep to a schedule

First I need to create one. I plan on doing this once I get back from my hols.

Over the next couple of  weeks I am off to Italy so a couple of my goals are going to go on the back burner. I cannot work out in a tiny hotel room but I will doing a lot of walking. I also suspect I will be doing a lot of eating. I was watching an interview where someone said the food in Italy was so good they cried. I am prepared to be amazed. I’m not really a foody but I will be making healthy choices where I can. Apart from when we go to the Hard Rock cafe then it will be a burger.

So, I am not listing my goals for the next two weeks. I will be doing as much as I can and I will let you know how I get on when I get back. Ciao!! x

Health & Well Being Sunday #2

Two weeks have flown by and there has been a bit of progress, with the help of Wonder Woman.

Last week I took my daughter to the cinema to see Wonder Woman. Since watching that movie my daughter has decided that she wants to be a fit as Wonder Woman or more precisely Gal Gadot. Due to this and to keep herself motivated she has decided that she is going to be my trainer. I am not complaining. I now have a poster of Wonder Woman on my wall to motivate me… lol!!! I remember watching Wonder Woman when I was child and Lynda Carter was in the lead role. I used to spin round for ages to see if my clothes would change, they never did, I would just end up falling over.

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We had been running a couple of times before watching the movie but our training routine has become more structured over the past 10 days or so. I hope we keep it up. I doubt whether I would actually end up being as fit as Wonder Woman but it is good to have a goal. lol!

WELL BEING 

About a month ago my general “well being” had become pretty low. I couldn’t stop crying, I was really emotional, over-reacting about everything. I felt as though I was in quick sand and the more I struggled against it, the quicker I was sinking.There were a lot of reasons why I was feeling that way, in fact it was because there were so many things that I couldn’t stop myself from sinking. I had to admit that I needed help.

So I toddled off to the Doctors who I swear is sick to death of seeing me this year and explained how I was feeling. She told me that my brain was struggling to process everything at the moment and that I needed to give it a rest. It was like trying to work a computer with a thousand different tabs up. I was prescribed an anti-depressant (happy pills.. yay) to help me to relax. It is working I am not as emotional and I am coping a lot better. I have not made this well known within my social circles not because I am ashamed but because I don’t want to keep explaining things.

I didn’t ever want to go on anti-depressants again. I had been on them before after I had my daughter as I had post-natal depression which would be 17 years ago now. It took me a long time to admit that I needed help this time. They are not a permanent solution for me just a temporary fix.

IN OTHER NEWS… 

I had to go to the dentist again. I mentioned in the last post at the beginning of the month that I was in pain again with my mouth. My filling/crown had become loose and it was causing some discomfort. I have had it fixed but there is still some pain there so we will see how it goes.

GOALS 

So, last time I set myself 4 things to do over the past two weeks. Here is my progress so far…

1. Is to create a list of all the things I want I to complete this year and set out a schedule.

Currently in progress – To do this I have printed off calendar pages from printablecalendars.com. I have scheduled several things I want to complete but I still have some way to go.

2. Not play on the games so much – limit it to maybe 30 minutes a day or less

Completed – I am not spending any longer than 30 minutes on games. Due to this a few times I have actually forgotten about them and have not been on at all.

3. Go Running… I have been a few times need to try for twice a week.

Completed – Though still in progress. I need to keep it up.

4. Revisit my Health and Fitness Journal.

In Progress – I have got loads of things now to add to this so I need to spend a little longer on it.

MORE GOALS 

Here are the goals for over the next two weeks and possibly beyond…

  1. Running twice a week – start building up stamina
  2. Carry on with Health and Fitness Journal – add a “Well Being” section. (Might move it into a ring binder.
  3. Healthy Eating – Organise my lunch better for work. Get ideas so can start when come back from holiday.
  4. Increase my Water intake
  5. Start a strength workout – need a stronger core.
  6. Begin Planking… again!
  7. Keep to a schedule

Seven things this time… I am hoping to add to this list at the end of every Health and Well Being post so I can update a managed progress rather than just random blog posts.

Next Health and Well Being Sunday – Sunday 2 July 2017

Health & Well Being Sunday #1

At the end of every month I used to complete a post call Slimming Sunday, which mainly chronicled my lack of weight loss progress. The last few months though I began to encompass other things, like how I was feeling, other issues etc… So Slimming Sunday has now evolved into Health & Wellbeing Sunday.  I will now post this twice a month instead of once and I am hoping it will motivate me a bit more into making better progress not just with weight loss but with life in general.

What’s New…. 

In all honesty not a lot. I have not had a lot of sleep due to the warm weather. Though my iron levels are slightly up.. which is good. Unfortunately today I am in pain with my mouth once again.  The filling/crown that I had fixed a few weeks ago is coming loose and the left side of my face really hurts right now.

I am currently watching the One Love Manchester Concert so I have been quite distracted while writing this post this is also the reason why it is late. Probably the reason why the post is not making a lot sense as well.

Time

The reason I don’t end up doing a lot of things I intend is due to lack of time. Is it lack of time or lack of time management? I am such a procrastinator when it comes to doing stuff for me. I also get addicted to silly games like Cookie Jam. I cannot remember exactly what level I’m on but it is somewhere in the 1900’s just to prove how much I play that one game.

So the goals for the next two weeks… till the next post

  1. Is to create a list of all the things I want I to complete this year and set out a schedule.
  2. Not play on the games so much – limit it to maybe 30 minutes a day or less
  3. Go Running… I have been a few times need to try for twice a week.
  4. Revisit my Health and Fitness Journal.

Quite an easy list to start with…. to be honest finding it hard to concentrate what with the concert and the pain in my face. I really need to get to the dentist tomorrow.

I hope the next post will be pain free…

lu

 

Slimming Sunday – Post 2

This week I had planned to post some before photos, however I am sat here typing this and realised that I had forgotten to take them. SO, I am going to have to plan to do this for next week. Just a quick post today…

How has this week gone so far? 

This week has not been great… I have not plucked up the courage and had a green tea, which has annoyed me. I used to drink green tea all the time, then I was ill, with a sickness bug and unfortunately I have a very vivid memory of throwing up the green tea and tasting it in reverse was not pleasant.  Since then I have not been able to face it.

On a positive note though I have provided my own lunch for work all week. I am going to say that it was healthy-ish as I did have crisps. I did include spinach to try and increase foods that contain iron. Food-wise I have been doing quite well.

Water consumption has also gone well.

Next week I am going to start calculating the calories. I would be hopeless at following a strict calorie control diet but I need to roughly work out what I am eating on average. I will let you know.

Exercise again has not been great. This has been mainly due to the weather, it has not been on my side this week. I have also been in agony with my shoulders and the base of my back.  I have walked home from work and also had a few little walks but not enough.

This week… 

Drink Green Tea – At least one a day!! I will do it! Positive thinking!!

Look up work outs – HIIT workouts if possible

Healthy Lunch – No crisps!!

Next Post… 

PHOTOS… of me January 2017 then hopefully January 2018 I well be a little slimmer 🙂

As well as working on my physical health and fitness I am also going to work on my mental health and well-being. Just as important and also needed. Even though on the whole I am happy with my life there are a few niggles and quite a big area that needs sorting out. I am going to see how this can be achieved.