Tag: HEALTH

THE OVERWHELMING SENSE OF GUILT

THE OVERWHELMING SENSE OF GUILT

Last week, I was at the hospital. It was supposed to be a very easy appointment, one where I should of left with a slight spring in my step knowing that my scars of previous operations were healing well. Because of this, I was in […]

WHAT SKIN CANCER LOOKS LIKE | MY MELANOMA JOURNEY

WHAT SKIN CANCER LOOKS LIKE | MY MELANOMA JOURNEY

I read an article the other day and it made my blood boil. It made me so cross I threw my phone out of my hand and took a few deep breaths. That article was about how British people were parading around on social media, […]

WALKING MY WAY TO A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE

WALKING MY WAY TO A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE

Last year I made a promise to myself that I would start running. I managed 4 runs and promptly gave up. It’s not the first time I have tried. It became very clear that running was not something I enjoyed. In fact I hated it. I struggled with my breath and I also didn’t like the achy after effects. I managed to run a mile non stop and I only did that because I had a bit of OCD to get to that point.

After Christmas it became clear that I had given up on that promise of running. I wanted to do something that made me feel good, not something that I dreaded. It’s taken me till now to decided that walking is the way to go, for now anyway. I may in time build it up to a run but for now I’m enjoying the slower paced walks.

This week I started my first official week of school drop offs and my new walking regime. I loved my first walk, it took me all around my surrounding area of where I live and on that first day I managed 3.5 miles. The fresh air did me the world of good and it was lovely to clear my head and just breathe.

I managed another 2.5 miles on Wednesday. I’d planned to go for another short walk with my sister in law on Friday but due to a poorly H we had to put that one on hold. I’ve decided to walk every other day, resting in between and on weekends.

Walking boosts your mood. Studies show that a brisk walk is just as effective as antidepressants, releasing feel-good endorphins while reducing stress and anxiety. So for positive mental health, walking’s an absolute must.

My aim is to keep a record of what I have achieve. On the first Sunday of every month I will have an update post of where I am in my walking mission. I have a watch that records all my workouts, routes, heart rate, calories burnt and pace so I will share snippets of those too!

THE WAIT BEGINS | MY MELANOMA JOURNEY

THE WAIT BEGINS | MY MELANOMA JOURNEY

So here I am again. Waiting, waiting for those all important words of “all clear.” This is the worst bit about my journey. I can just about cope with them telling me I need more surgery. Its a shock when they do but I come to terms […]

JUST WHEN I THINK EVERYTHING IS OK, THEY COME UP TRUMPS AND KNOCK ME BACK AGAIN

JUST WHEN I THINK EVERYTHING IS OK, THEY COME UP TRUMPS AND KNOCK ME BACK AGAIN

Its that time again where I made that fateful journey to the hospital. Friday was mole check day, and these are the appointments I hate. These are the appointments I stress over for weeks in advance. These are the appointments I wish I never had […]

BACK ON THE RUNNING GAME

BACK ON THE RUNNING GAME

Two years ago I started running. I was really consistent with it and bloody loved it. One evening I went for a walk,  it was more of a power walk and unfortunately my knees couldn’t handle it. After 2 months of running I had to give it up. I was gutted as I used running as a stress outlet and it worked wonders.

Last year I said that I would start back up again when H started school. Every month I said I would dig out my trainers and I would get out there. It never happened. I never did dig out those trainers and dust them off. Shameful!

Last week something happened that surprised me. I finally dug out the trainers and went for my first run in two years. I have to admit it wasn’t great, but I went and I felt fantastic after. I ran/walked 1.5 miles and although it took me 40 minutes I couldn’t believe that I went out. I did choose a really bad route as there were quite a few hills, hence the 40 minutes!

Two days later I went again and instead of being out for 40 minutes, I was out for 20, same route less walking and more running. I felt awesome and thought this could actually be quite fun. I didn’t ache as much as my first run and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I went out for a third run over the weekend and it was actually no-where near as good as my second run. I was poorly anyway and maybe shouldn’t of gone. I managed to run a fair bit but then I got a stitch and after that I lost the pace and couldn’t pick up momentum. Its ok though as I still went out and gave it a bloody good shot. I am looking at changing my running route as where I live is quite hilly and I find the hills hard!

I look up to so many people that run, bloggers and school mum friends. It was actually a school mum friend that gave me the push I needed to get back out and give it another go. When I get better we will go out together but I have said I need to be more confident and run at least a good mile before that! She is pretty hardcore running 5 miles at a time so I don’t want to hold her back!

Now I have time in the day with both G and H at school its prefect opportunity for me to get out there and clock up my miles. Its so great to finally be back on the running game..

 

 

A QUICK UPDATE | MY MELANOMA JOURNEY

A QUICK UPDATE | MY MELANOMA JOURNEY

I have been quite vocal about my Melanoma journey on the blog. I was diagnosed with Skin Cancer last year and although everything is going well its still an ongoing battle. Last month I was back in hospital having another mole removed {3 in total} […]