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Exams first…


We’ve all experienced that dread that comes with going back to work after New Year.  I’m really lucky in that I work in the construction industy and get to enjoy the two week shut down over the holidays.  A lovely long break!

This year it was less, ‘going back to work’ dread, and more, ‘I’ve got exams coming up’ dread.  My whole holiday was spent studying.  My evil exam (electrical engineering principles) I got through yesterday, with a slightly less evil exam (thermofluid science) coming next week.

Having abandonned the festive junk food and gone back to eating healthy foods I feel so much better.  I’ve got more energy, I can concentrate for longer and I feel less sluggish.  But anything more than that, it’s waiting until after next Wednesday’s exam.

We moved house last month, I work a crazy busy full time job, loads of overtime hours, I’m studying an engineering degree, have two children, two dogs, and a partridge in a pear tree! I don’t mind admitting I’m a bit overwhelmed at the moment.  But I’m not turning to food to destress which is a HUGE win in my books.

So I shall be back with you shortly.  Exams out the way.  Time to eat super clean and super healthy, and half kill myself doing the Insanity workout.

Keeping an eye out for some good new blogs to follow, any recommendations?


Too Much On Your Plate

For once I’m not talking about food.

Today was my dreaded fatigue related doctors appointment. I had a bad turn this afternoon at work and was really struggling with my breathing, but we had a project that had to go out today so I stuck it out and left work with just enough time to get to my appointment.

By the time I sat on the train listening to music and strolled into the surgery with time to spare I was still really struggling to breathe. It felt like I was breathing but not getting any oxygen, sounds mad yes. It makes a change from miraculously recovering hours before seeing a doctor making you look like a total hypochondriac.

I saw the new Dr, a young girl, very pleasant. She took my blood pressure, listened to my chest, all the usual checks and I’ve to go back in to get a full blood check done, looking at iron, thyroid function and a million things I didn’t quite understand.

But she said it’s very possible I’ve just got “too much on my plate”.

So if the tests come back clear for the common causes they can run others to check for less common things. No idea what they may be. But in the meantime I’ve to take it easier.

The things on my plate are my two young daughters and my full time job. I’ve given up all my hobbies, I’ve got no time. I don’t know how to cut back on that. I can’t not work and the overtime is mandatory although even that isn’t running anymore. I’ve only worked there since August so I can’t move jobs and as any parent will tell you, no child understands the term “take it easy”.

For once I’m actually just hoping I’m anaemic or something far less complicated.

Ah vent over. This was definitely more of a Dear Diary post tonight I’m afraid.


Ted, my feel–better–hugs dog

Adore Yourself Slim

Like most people I know why I’m overweight. For some of us it’s more convenient to get take away food or eat out, some of us crave sweets or crisps or fizzy drinks. Most of us know what causes us to be overweight.

For me… I comfort eat.

A stressful day at work I turn to ice cream, a fight getting the kids to go to bed and I “need” a biscuit. So I need to learn new ways to cope with stress.

There’s a book I’ve had on my Amazon wish list for months that my husband just bought me. It’s called Adore Yourself Slim (Adore Yourself Slim on Amazon). It seems to focus on learning to love who you are before you begin, dealing with stress eating, creating exercise habits and a whole host of other things.

So far I’ve made it to page 9. On this page I’ve to write down ten things I adore about myself. Personality not looks.

I got to that page around two and a half days ago and I’ve managed to find one thing to put on my list.

I think I see where my problem is!

This book was meant to be my pre diet prep. I think I had underestimated how dented my self esteem really is. But first impressions, this book may be just what I need. I’ll write a full review if I ever manage to get past page 9!

All the best for 2014 x

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