If you read my ‘HELLO 2018, I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU…’ post you’ll know that I didn’t go mental on new years resolutions this year, but I did want to make a proper effort to be fitter and healthier. I would also like to lose weight, but I’m hoping that will come as an off shoot from focusing on my health and fitness, rather than it being the main goal.
I have to admit that I didn’t really start my goals until mid January, but the plus side of this is that I didn’t give up on blue Monday and I am still going strong.
Health – Diet
I talked before about having some tummy issues and in the first week of Jan I was signed off by my consultant as all the testing I had last year came back clear for any serious illness but I do have a condition. I was then referred to a Registered Dietitian, which has been completely life changing. We talked all about my issues and she was so much more understanding than the GPs who just tell me I am stressed. Great help, thanks. The best part of the dietitian appointment was to be told that stress can exacerbate symptoms, but only by about 10%, it certainly doesn’t cause the condition. Great relief. So, I have been put on a special FODMAP diet which is fairly complex – I would highly recommend having a look at the page linked if you have issues too, this is the Kings College page which has genuine info- be wary of sites online as they don’t all hold correct FODMAP info. I have been on the diet for about 3 weeks and I would say I am 80% better than I was. Which has been life changing.
Essentially it’s an elimination and reintroduction diet to narrow down the foods that don’t suit you. I am still in the elimination stage and will be until my next appointment at the beginning of March. I have to admit that being on a diet like this is hard work. Well, actually it’s not if you don’t leave your house or eat anywhere but your own home. I now have to bring lunch to work which I was always too lazy to do and need to be prepared if I eat out to see whether there is anything I can eat or speak to a venue before hand to explain my dietary needs. Essentially I have become one of those super annoying people…
Some things that have made this so much easier are some bits I’ve picked up from Joseph Joseph (photographed), not sponsored at all, bought and paid for with my own money, but SO useful. The Soup and bread one – epic. Plus the click bottle water getting me up to 2.6 litres a day- excellent. When you purchase from their site you get a 15% off code to share, so click here if you’d like to mine.
Also- to help me on this journey and to just get some healthy recipes I have purchased and been loving two cook books this year, the first is Re-Nourish* by Harley Street Nutritionist, Rhiannon Lambert who I am also addicted to on Instagram and my latest cook book purchase is The FODMAP Friendly Kitchen Cookbook by Emma Hatcher* which is also ace!
Health – Fitness
So, big news – I am now on week 4 of Couch to 5K. This is a seriously big deal for me as I have never been sporty, never been fit and haven’t run properly since Year 10 at school (I’m now 3, cough). I used to go to the gym about 3 years ago now and I really enjoyed it but where I work and where we live now there isn’t a gym in a good location that I know I would go to regularly. I am also a lazy person who hates to run outside. So I’ve bought a treadmill… Bit of a big purchase but I have to say, I’m loving it. It’s so easy just to go on in the evening as soon as I get home from work, no gym bag, no extra driving and time wasting. It’s perfect for me. The treadmill I bought was pricey but equivalent to about 4 months at the closest gym to me which is how I have mentally justified the investment.
How are you getting on with your new year goals?
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