The 5: 2 diet has never been my thing. As a chronic fatigue bod, the very idea of not eating for a whole day and thus feeling even worse has never lit my candle, so to speak.
I am intrigued, however, as to how the whole process of fasting and giving the body a break from digestion can benefit wellness as a whole. I love the idea of juice fasts/feasts although for the same concerns as the 5:2 have never yet tried it out.
This weekend we had a couple of days out on the weekend which involved BBQ’s and picnics during the day, which filled me up and meant I didn’t need dinner as such. I was aware I could have eaten, but was not really hungry; in the evenings after being out all day I tend to desperately need some sofa time to rest up, so the calories would not be used anyway. At the same time, fortuitously, a blog post came in from one of my favourite fitness bloggers, Nia Shanks, about intermittent fasting featuring the Eat, Stop Eat guru Brad Pilon with lots of advice about different ways of doing IF (Intermittent Fasting). The sensible advice really hit home, all about how to work food and nutrition to reduce stress on the body, not increase it as we can so often do. Read More >
I love books. Love, love LOVE them and pretty much devour them at any given opportunity. I have, over the years, amassed and then either lost/sold or given away so many from my design library, fiction favourites or academic books that it’s a good job I don’t still lug them all around with me as moving house used to prove a right old pain in the arse as my Dad will attest.
I do enjoy ebooks and reading on a Kindle app, but nothing beats for me the feeling of pages, enjoying the artwork of a book cover, and the physical act of passing a book on is very special, in my opinion.
I started a Book Club locally, and where possible we meet once a month. We are mainly working mums so every month many of us have trouble getting together between either being too tired to get off the sofa, juggling poorly kids or general mishaps, but even if we can’t get together we discuss the book online via our Facebook group.
Reading as part of a group has widened my choices. We have read books recently that usually I wouldn’t pick up or think of, and they have ended up being the ones you can’t put down and go to bed even earlier to find out what happens.
I have started making my own little library cards of sorts; when I pass a book on I invite the person I lend it to to make their own comments, share freely and then the book makes it’s way back to me.
I love the idea of this sense of communal reading, of sparking a conversation through literature in another way.
The month the book club are meeting down the pub for mulled wine to discuss The Thirteenth Tale ( a BRILLIANT book) and I am insisting we at least make an effort to discuss the book before the mulled wine kicks in. What a taskmaster.
Do you read a lot? Would you share books in this way?
I don’t know about you, but I LOVE Autumn. I am in the UK, and the golden hues and bright sunny days with that certain Autumn chill just make me smile. I find it hard to resist toast and loads of jam this time of year (not helpful for endo at all), so I have been making lots of seasonal soups to get that hearty Autumn food feeling.
As the nights draw in, it can be so easy to miss out on the daylight; in Summer, if we are sofa bound in the daytime we know we still have an evening ahead to make the most of and get some fresh air. When Autumn and Winter kick in, I often find I need to re-jig my day to get those all important times of fresh air and some daylight.
Getting outside has so many benefits for body and soul. If your pain is not letting you go out and exercise, just take a mooch in the outside air for half an hour or so – if you move as much as you can whenever you can it benefits our bodies.
Getting outside earths us, connects us to the outside world and nature, and nourishes the soul as well as body. On Saturday I managed a 10 mile bike ride and revelled in the mud splashing around me and being in the woods. On Sunday I was in more pain so made do with an equally soul heartening pootle on the plot at Farm Club.
Set yourself a challenge to go play outside every day, and post me your Autumn pics!
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Today I have tickets for the Paralympics. It’s a beautiful Autumn day and I have been excited for ages about going.
I am on the sofa, I haven’t gone anywhere yet.
As is so often the case in an endo warrior world, the fact I buy a ticket means I spend money and never know if I can go, yet somehow I don’t give up doing it. I miss out on so many things, (and the irony of missing out on the Paralympics due to chronic illness isn’t lost on me). I refuse to give up planning things and hoping, however many times my hopes are crushed.
I have been doing SO much better recently with my health due to bringing lots of raw food into my regime and slugging green smoothies between yoga sessions like a demon, but I have been living in an ill body for a LONG time and this stuff takes a while.
So, I have been here, trying to get my pain under control with rest, painkillers and a cuppa. Then I decided to take some time and do my make up, try a new lipstick and just make myself feel nicer.
You know what? It has cheered me up a little.
Lipstick and tea may be tiny things, but I now have a smile on my face.
Pinterest is a mine of amazing infographics and aesthetically designed statements, and this one by the folks over at mindbodygreen.comreally caught my eye.
I am a keen napper, and regularly pop to have a snooze if my sleep needs a top-up ( highly common as a mum of young twins!), and I love my afternoon 40 winks. The knowledge that companies encourage naps is just brilliant, and I think Cherry Sorbet should make sure we have a red sofa with soem chillout music for all our team!
Do you like a nap, or does the thought of taking time out fill you with dread?
Well, it has been one helluva week lovely readers and I feel like I need to give you a fly-past update to keep it all logged, blogged and tidy.
So. Last Saturday I felt so ill. So, very ill, and I wrote this post; I honestly felt I had reached the stage where I was not living any more, just existing, after months, YEARS or feeling so so ill, tired, sore, fatigued, dizzy, anxious, everything.
I simply cannot explain to you how my life has shrunk, how being so unwell such a lot of the time makes your world go from being a dynamic and fun filled place to surviving from one sofa and painkiller fuelled nap to the next. Unless your health has ever been so poor it is really hard to describe the sensation of living in such a chronically pained, exhausted body.
So, I reached rock bottom and decided to try. But try harder. This time LISTEN to the universe when it gives me everything lined up in order to get myself sorted. I have been high raw this last week, something I spoke about here on the blog over a year ago ( have a look through some of the post on the Project Endo category to see my journey).
Here is what the universe has lined up for me this time to succeed… Read More >
Scarily, the party season is nearly upon us, and much as it goes against my usual routine of sofa/tv/blogging, it seems that tis the season to GO OUT. Leave the house, and everything.
Despite my reluctance to leave the confines of my Winter hibernation, I could be tempted out to dress up with my little Christmas Party wish list I have lovingly selected and emailed/posted/faxed/tweeted to Santa in humble anticipation. Read More >
Last week after the Team Bangs graduation at Run to the Beat, there was an interesting debate going on in Twitterland about the dumbing down of sport for women.
Do we really need runs like the Boutique Run and Grazia Bootcamp to lure us into getting sweaty, or is it an insult to our femininity and intelligence to powder puff exercise and give it a spray tan presentation?
One of the strangest outcomes of my endo is that it has really brought out the geek in me.
Not in the sense that I have a range of gadgets to help me cope, but that when I am incapacitated and having to veg out, I turn to my trusty Mac. Blogging takes my mind off things, and the fact that I am, without fail, having to spend a lot of time on my own dealing with pain and fatigue I have a new found love for social media and all it entails. Twitter, Facebook, blogs and RSS feeds rock my world in those long hours. Read More >
One of the strangest outcomes of my endo is that it has really brought out the geek in me.
Not in the sense that I have a range of gadgets to help me cope, but that when I am incapacitated and having to veg out, I turn to my trusty Mac. Blogging takes my mind off things, and the fact that I am, without fail, having to spend a lot of time on my own dealing with pain and fatigue I have a new found love for social media and all it entails. Twitter, Facebook, blogs and RSS feeds rock my world in those long hours.
Pain has meant that a whole new part of my career has opened up. I am often at my most creative when forced to sit still and write, and I harness these hours on the sofa and put them to good use.
If I was well I could no doubt be filling my time with things I “should” do, whereas pain allows me to indulge my inner geek.
This is one way in which I deal with my nemesis, and a truly positive and empowering outcome it is too.
The drill involves – fluffy dressing gown, ibuprofen gel, codeine, cup of redbush or hot chocolate, fluffy socks, pillows, Mac, and as much brain numbing TV as I can muster, or often Classic FM for soothing strings.