A Positive Week Needed

Had a bit of a crappy week last week! Had a really upset tummy, and very little energy or motivation!

Worked from home all week and pretty much avoided as many people as possible.

Had some tests at the doctors, and just waiting for the results to see if I have an infection or not! Because of some of the tablets I’m on, if it is an infection, it will floor me! Such fun!

Anyway – my eating wasn’t completely on plan, didn’t eat anywhere near enough fruit and veg, and had two takeaways. I did pick the “healthy” option though, so a small victory there.

I was dreading Saturday but I actually lost a 1lb! More than happy! Definitely felt like I’d been let off with that one.

So off I went to get my hair cut, happy as a happy thing, and my hairdresser worked his usual magic on me. I always without fail feel gorgeous when I leave him, even if that feeling only lasts a while, it is such a good feeling! I’ve gone blonde as well, which is a bit of a shock, but hey, I’ve never been known to stay the same colour for too long!

This week – I’m going to make a really big effort! Food will be good, I will go into the office, and get some extra steps in, and I will stay as happy as possible!

I’ve had a bit of a tidy up too! Cleared some more books away, cried a bit when I put my running books away, but I will get them out again one day, I have to, I can’t think that I will never run again.

Looks like we are about to go into autumn very quickly, weather is horrible, but that just means snugly nights, and warming casseroles, all good!

And fingers crossed, my bug doesn’t last much longer!

Have a good week everyone

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Welcome to September!

First things first! Two weeks in to Slimming World and I’ve lost 8lb! Got my first half stone award! And I couldn’t be happier about it!

It has been relatively easy! During the week we are keeping it very simple, ready meals and jacket potatoes! Weekend I’m cooking meals! They have been so simple, and tasty! And hubby is happy with it too!

The rest of the group, are really nice too, can see me making some good friends there!

I’ve also started a “September Self Care” month with a Lupus site I follow! There’s a new “challenge” every day designed to look after and love yourself. I like this! Could be a bit rough some days though, but I’m really going to try hard.

http://www.spoonietalk.com/self-care-september/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=email_this&utm_source=email

Struggling with my health just now though – that sounds a stupid statement as I struggle every day with the Lupus – but this is more. I’ve got such an upset tummy, have had for a week now, and this weekend has been awful! Going to work from home tomorrow and get an appointment at the Docs! Sure it’s nothing to be concerned about, but just a little niggle in the back of my mind is thinking it’s the Lupus attacking another part of my body! So I just need to check it out for reassurance if nothing else!

Anyway – hope you all have a good week!

Much love

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Taking Some Control Back!

It’s been a messy few weeks! Β Getting back to work after our holiday, putting more and more weight on, being incredibly busy and unbelievably tired.

I’ve struggled!

But I’ve decided I’m not going to let it get the better of me!

Time to get back to being as healthy as I can.

I’m always happier when I eat well, and I’m hoping as I lose weight I will be able to exercise more, and I’m definitely happier then.

I’ve Β done a bit of research into eating for Lupus, and your bog standard diets out there. Β I know I’m not strong enough emotionally to do this on my own, so had to find a group that was as close to what I needed as possible and Slimming World seems to tick most of the boxes.

I’m “lucky” as I’m over weight, my Doctor referred me, which means I get 12 weeks free membership, and I’m hoping in that time, I get my head round it properly and get into a routine, and most importantly fall in love with it, and the benefits it offers me.

Thats the plan anyway.

I went to my first class yesterday, had my new members meeting, got all my information, and got weighed. Β Set my ultimate target, and my 10% target, and went on my way. Β Nice group, everyone seems friendly, and of course, all there for the same reason.

This week is a bit of a convenience week – lots of SW ready meals, just to give me the time to prepare, and read up about it, and prepare my menu for the week.

I’ve done that this morning, spent about an hour going through my books, and looking online and I now have a full week menu, ready for my online shop on Wednesday.

First impression – I can eat an awful lot!

Been out out for a walk too, for about an hour, I need to be more active! Β  But small steps!

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Putting my Goals Out There!Β 

I’m struggling with sticking to a proper & regular exercise plan, so I’m declaring my goals publically in the hope that being accountable will make me shift myself.
So my goals for this week

  1. To do 30 minutes of exercise ever day – except Saturday
  2. To stick with in my calorie allowance

I’m just doing this week by week, one week at a time for now, till I get back into a routine

Benefits

  1. I will be happier
  2. I will sleep better
  3. I will like my legs again
  4. I won’t be in so much pain
  5. I will lose weight 
  6. I will tone up
  7. I will be happier – this one needs mentioning twice as it’s the most important one, and exercise does make me so much happier.

I will let you know next week how I got on.

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Disaster of a Tea! Β 

I have a new toy!  A pressure cooker/slow cooker thing!  And I’m practising with it at the moment!  We’ve had two really nice meals so far, a beef casserole & chicken and chorizo risotto!  Both really easy to do, and both very tasty.

This weeks recipe selection was pulled pork!  And I have been so very excited about it!  All week!  This is how sad I am!  

So, in it went! Cooker set up as per instructions, and left to cook for the stated hour!  

To go with this, we had coleslaw, flat breads, and homemade paprika wedges.

Everything was ready – just had to shred the pork, mix it with the BBQ sauce, and dish up!

Opened the cooker and there was this uncooked, fatty, slimy, piece of muck!  Competely inedible! 

Takeaway ordered!  

Might give that one a miss in future!  
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Today’s MotivationΒ 

Yesterday I had an appointment with a neurologist to see about the problems I’ve been having with my leg!  

After sticking a few pins in my thigh and not being able to feel it – I could on the other thigh – he diagnosed Meralgia Paresthetica, which is compression of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve – apparently! 

 He thinks it should fix quite easily, he has a few things he can do – the first one was a nerve block injection, which I had yesterday, then it will be medication, and finally a small op to remove the nerve.

Pretty much as soon as he gave me the injection, it started to feel better, not perfect, but certainly an improvement so I will take that.

When I got home – being a geek – I looked it up! Other suggestions included wearing looser clothing, losing weight, and certain strengthening exercises.

So that’s my motivation! If losing weight and exercising will help reduce the pain in my leg, I will do it. I actually enjoy exercising, just got myself in to a really bad rut at the moment, and hoping this is the kick start I need to get me back into a routine.
I got up this morning, did my workout, had breakfast, and then went for a walk. All a good start. And I’m determined to keep it up! I had also said to hubby that I’d noticed my leg had got worse since I’ve been back to work and not exercising – so I know it will help.  

And I had my first weigh-in after starting my 21 day of not eating rubbish – and I’d lost 4lb. YaY me!   

This is the frame of mind I need to keep! Positive, active, healthy! It’s all going to help!
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In a Proper Strop!

I’m in a proper strop with myself this weekend.  I’m not used to not being able to do everything and I’m struggling just now.
Before I went back to work, I’d got in to a nice routine – getting up early, doing some exercise, either strength training or power walking, doing a bit of housework, watching some quizzes on TV, and cooking healthy meals, and I felt good, and was getting stronger by the day, sleeping properly and generally happy.
But being back at work has completely floored me.  I’m shattered, especially now I’ve finished the phased return and am back full time.  I’m not doing any exercise, and I’m eating crap, and feel crap.  
Now I do know it’s going to get better, but it is so frustrating, and I’m feeling really fed up about it all.
But time to think positively!  I know I’m not ready to run yet, but the strength training was really helping – I’ve noticed my leg is a lot more painful since I’ve stopped, so I need to get back to doing that regularly.  

And I need to get back to eating healthily – so I’m going for a kick start!  This is my next three weeks.

  • No sweets
  • No cake
  • No chips
  • No white bread
  • No fast food
  • No chocolate
  • No ice cream
  • No crisps

I’ve made a nice big salad for lunch tomorrow, I have brown bread ready for my breakfast, and I have enough quick, healthy meals I can fall back on to get me through the next week.   They need to be quick so that I can do my exercises when I get in from work, and still eat before it gets too late.  
This is the plan anyway………
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A Bit About Me!

26th March 2017

Up until last October, I was quite normal!  I am married, we have one son, almost 2o years old.  I have a full time job which I love.  I try and eat healthy most of the time & I loved to – that was my thing!  I’d tried lots of other different things, but soon became bored – running is the only thing I’ve stuck with for so long (about 11 years now) .

Then bang!  My whole life was turned upside down!  I was admitted to hospital with water retention- I’d put on 20lb of fluid over the weekend, and figured I should get it checked out!   I was kept in to have a kidney biopsy to find out what was going wrong!  This all went to plan, but afterwards it wouldn’t stop bleeding! Three ops, and four days later, I had one kidney less, and the other one wasn’t working anymore & I was put on dialysis.    Had a couple of blood transfusions as I lost so much blood, and hubby was told a couple of times I wasn’t going to make it.

9 weeks later,  I’d had numerous infections, an allergic reaction to antibiotics which resulted in me getting Steven Johnsons syndrome (a life threatening skin condition which resulted in me shedding my skin), pneumonia, c-dif, I’d been in ICT, HDU, and several other wards in between.  I’d lost 2 stone in weight (as well as the 20lb fluid) , and lots of muscle wastage, could barely walk with out sticks, and I got to go home the day before Christmas Eve!

The last few months have been spent building my strength back up, and try to get back to normal.  I have now been diagnosed with Lupus, and am constantly at the hospital seeing one consultant or the other – they are treating me with kid gloves as I went through so much while in hospital.

And now I’m starting back to work, and trying to run again.

This blog  will be my ramblings – happy and sad,  my feelings and thoughts.

I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I’m going to enjoy writing them.

 

PS I’m not a writer, I’m not particularly witty or entertaining- and this could end up very boring – I’m just me 😊
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