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Under the weather

This last week was completely lost to me. It started out great and I even had a job interview on Tuesday followed by pancake day pancakes in the evening. Once I got home though sickness fell in and it has yet to leave. I first thought it was a touch of bronchitis but after a very tiring trip to the doctors on Friday morning it turns out it was a full blown chest infection that needed antibiotics. I try to avoid taking antibiotics where possible, but 3 days in bed is really quite enough.

On the plus side I have dropped about 5lbs (yey!) however on the other side my plan of no carbs over lent went fully out the window by Friday as all I could stomach eating was marmite on toast and fruit. What a strange combo of cravings but the sick body wants what it wants. I fully intend to continue the no carb plan once I am fully recovered from this hell!! For now I’ll continue with lots of rest and fluids to build up my strength.

Have a great week, hope it is full of health!!

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Weight Loss Surgery

Last year I decided to seek help. It was a really big step for me to admit to myself that I didn’t think I could walk this journey alone, so I made an appointment with my GP.

On appointment day I didn’t think I would be so nervous and part of me thought I might back out of talking about why I was really there. I was worried about what the Doctor would say, would she poo poo me and dismiss my feelings? I wasn’t even sure what I wanted the outcome to be let alone what I thought they would suggest. Would they send me to a Dietitian? a Nutritionist? would they even take me seriously?

The Doctor was really nice, and although I did have to push through the obvious suggestions of cut down carbs, eat more vegetables and exercise more (I mean doh! people, do you not think I have tried that over the last 10years!!) we did make progress when she started to listen to me properly.

She suggested having some blood tests to see how things were on the inside, we checked sugar levels (as i had showed up as pre-diabetic in the past) cholesterol and a few other bits and bobs. As a throw away comment towards the end of the session she happened to mention weight loss surgery, and although I didn’t think I was ‘in that place’ I asked more about the criteria. (My mother happened to be on the weight loss surgery journey so was interested to find out more anyway) She brought up the NHS website and we went through all the criteria’s to be able to be put forward to it. I met every single criteria, it was a real low for me. How could I meet all the criteria? How could I have let myself get to that point? We finished up the appointment making a new one to give me a chance to think about it and to come back in to review the blood test results.

Two weeks later I headed back to the GP’s. Results were in and it was official I was no longer pre-diabetic, I was full on diabetic (type 2) and was prescribed with Metformin. My cholesterol was also high so was prescribed Atorvastatin. I knew then that I needed to take proper action to put my health first and if surgery could help me achieve the best results then I would certainly investigate further. I asked for the referral.

It has been almost 12 months since that GP appointment and so far I have attended the initial group session to provide much of the information regarding options for surgery  as well as pre and pose lifestyle changes required. I have met with the Surgeon and anaesthetist to further discuss my suitability and best options for me personally should I choose to go ahead with it. I also met with the psychologist (which was another group session) it was really useful and I’ll write a separate blog about it. During this time my mother had her gastric bypass (Dec 2017) so it has been interesting to journey with her  and experience it first hand while considering it myself.

My next appointment is May 2018 and I’ll be meeting with the Surgeon again too give him my decision on which type of surgery I am electing to have.

The road ahead is long, they say it can take up to 2 years before you have your surgery and it is certainly a life long commitment. Weight loss surgery is not a quick fix, it is not a lazy option, it is a TOOL to help weight loss. As with any surgery there are many risks involved including infection, heart attack, hair loss and even death. When mum had her surgery she bled internally during the op and was coughing up blood for 24hours. Added to the risks is the fact that there is no guarantee that you will keep weight off once you’ve lost it or even that you will lose it in the first place. If you don’t ‘follow the rules’ and make life long lifestyle changes it will be all for nothing!

I’ve not 100% decided to have the surgery but I am certainly leaning towards it at the moment. If you are post op or considering having surgery I’d love to hear from you so do get in touch. I am absolutely NOT a medical professional so can’t give medical advise but I can have a listening ear!

 

All the best x

 

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Book Review: the clever guts diet

I’ve just posted my first ever book review. Visit my site to read the full version.

As someone who has constantly battled with tummy troubles for the last 10 years I was certainly intrigued when I came across this book.

In a nutshell the book delves into the depth of your gut, not the most glamorous of organs as the author himself describes it, to reveal the world of microbiomes. 

The cover of the book boasts that following the guidelines could cut sugar cravings, boost your immune system and help you lose weight naturally. How could I not have a little read?

 

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the clever guts diet2The clever guts diet

Dr Michael Mosley
Published by Short Books
Copyright © Parenting Matters Ltd 2017

 

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The Ugly Truth

2017 has been a health nightmare for me and there is no one to blame but myself. January saw me starting a new job and what I intended to be ‘new start, new me’ quickly disappeared into the horizon. Getting to grips with an extremely busy new role left me with little time and energy to take care of myself. 3 months in and I was feeling generally rubbish, lethargic and unhappy so I scheduled a doctors appointment. Results were in and my lack of taking care of myself had added a stone to my weight (the heaviest I have ever been.. EVER!!!) as well as early onset of DIABETES!!! I knew it was in the family but hadn’t paid attention to the warning signs. I felt terrible, I was mad at myself for letting this happen… an intelligent fully functioning woman could not take care of herself.. unacceptable!! The doctor asked me if I wanted to be put forward for weight loss surgery and I said yes. Who am a becoming? I am not this person, this person who needs medical intervention because she can’t say no to cake and carbs!!

A further 3 months in to the year and I found myself drowning in self pity, absolutely no energy, wanting to go to bed from the moment I got home from work, sleeping terribly, avoiding going out with friends as that means having to dress up. This isn’t me!!

Finally a few weeks ago I worked up enough bravery to decide enough is enough. It came about it a very round about way; the day my mother was admitted to hospital for a weight loss procedure (runs in the family much?!) I was passing time while she was having the procedure and ended up purchasing a swimming suit as it was a pretty hot day and we were near the beach. Post op my mother advised me to do all within my power to avoid having to go through what she had. Once I was back to normal life I looked in to my local area and found there was a pool between my house and work. So Monday morning I took myself off at 7am and had my first swim… I found that I loved it and that getting ready at work post swim was not really as much hassle as I thought it would be. After a few weeks I found that I was being consistent in attending and so it was more financially viable to sign up for a full gym membership and get all access to gym equipment too. I am totally out of my element at the gym, I find them very intimidating, however this gym has a female only room until my confidence is in a better place to branch out. One day I might even attend one of the classes on offer.

Swimming has helped me to get back on track and ensure I am looking after all areas of health. I dug out my fitbit (see My Fitness section) to make sure I am making progress. I also came across a very interesting documentary about sugar and the effects it has on your body etc. If you are someone who wants to improve your health on the inside as well as the outside i advise you give it a watch. It is called That sugar film.

I am also going to get back on my instagram account so be sure to follow me there to see regular updates. @slimmers_world.

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It finally happened

So, I finally did it. Today I went jogging for the first time in over 3 years… hurrah for me. The Couch to 5K app had been loitering around on my phone for at least a couple of weeks taunting me, making me feel guilty and mocking my inactivity. So finally, fully over my cold, I cautiously set my alarm for 6am and hit the sack for an early night. Surprisingly I woke up feeling not as tired as I thought I would and with a quick brush of the teeth off I set.

I am using a free app called C25K to help me along the way. Not having jogged for over 3 years means I am completely out of shape and I knew if I had just tried to run a whole 30 minutes it would have been way too much for me. The app eases you in to being active and builds you up slowly from your seat of the couch to hopefully being able to jog 5K comfortably. The work out today was 5 minutes of brisk walking to warm up followed by intervals of jogging for 60 seconds and walking for 90 seconds.

So what’s the verdict? It wasn’t too bad at all. Was a fab shade of pink at the end of it?…certainly! but the work out was totally manageable. Go me!

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When will I learn?

Our bodies are amazing things. When you sit back and really think about all the amazing stuff it does while you go about your business it can really bow your mind. Why then do we insist on taking it for granted?

Think of the day you get a new shiny phone. You are careful with it, you buy it a cover, put a plastic film on the front to scratch protect it, you have a little pocket for it in your bag, or carefully place it in your pocket. You know at all times where it is and reach for it without even thinking. Time passes and you stop being so precious with it. You know in a few months time it will be time to upgrade … and then the day comes .. out comes a shiny new phone and your last phone … is destined for that drawer in the kitchen where things go to die.

Sometimes I think we treat our bodies a similar way. We think we can do whatever we want with it because eventually we can get upgraded, but the truth is we can’t. We get one body, we get one life.

Where has this come from? Well… Today the Doctor told me my cholesterol was slightly high.. fun! (not!). Our bodies are amazing but they are also fragile. You get out what you put in and if you are putting in all the wrong things (like I am) then there are bound to be consequences and today those consequences have hit me square between the eyes.

Stoke, heart attack and heart disease are all risks of high cholesterol. These are not words that I am going to let define my life.

The good thing is it is relatively easy to lower your cholesterol with the main recommendation being a healthy diet and exercise .. all the things I am conscious of and working on already. Hopefully this will give me the kick up the backside I need to stick to it.

 

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False start

So the other night I was so good… I downloaded a couch to 5k app, dusted off my body magic clothes, set the alarm to get up early and then… when I woke up in the night to pee I remembered I was going to the theatre that night so wouldn’t be home till super late and then had an early start for work the next day so I opted for a little extra sleep… I am so bad.

I’ve not given up though… I am going to look at the week ahead and schedule in some jogs to get me started.