Kickstarting healthy again

Firstly, some good news.
We always seem to get good news on my Mum’s birthday.  In the past we’ve had job offers, sales and driving tests have been passed.  This year we had two batches of news to celebrate.  Firstly, our mortgage was approved so soon we will be able to pick up keys for our new house!  And then the real work begins…  Secondly, my Mum’s trip to the hospital to see the Cancer Consultant resulted in her being told that she did not need to head back to hospital for another visit until June!  Three months away, which is excellent news!  There is still a lot of cancer in her body but for the past few months it has not changed in shape or size so the Consultant currently has no need to see her.

My Dad bought my Mum some beautiful flowers to celebrate.  I don’t think he has ever bought her flowers before!

Mum's birthday flowersMy brother took my Mum to see War Horse (the theatre version and behind the scenes interviews shown in the cinema) and I’m going to see Mum next weekend and treat her to a day out.

Over the past few months I’ve often resorted to easy ‘quick-fix’ meals, time spent on general fitness has taken a back seat and even though I’ve had several weeks where I have run close to the 50 mile mark now I’ve been gradually gaining weight.  I partly blame working at a desk job, a little on my injury and also the fact that it’s Winter and we eat a lot of ‘comfort food’ in our house.  However, when it boils down to it, it’s down to me to improve my lifestyle and to be happy with the way that I live.  I’ve also been suffering from some severe migraines in recent weeks which leave me feeling nauseous and in need of bed.  I’m not sure if food has affected these at all, but without a log I am unable to see if there is any correlation.  I suffered a particularly bad one last night at parent’s evening where I ended up turning the lights off in my classroom just to survive through to 8pm.  (I don’t know quite what the parents made of that!)

Generally I believe I make pretty healthy choices when available to me.  I love big salads and soup, but planning ahead in a busy week is a weakness of mine and if Dan has a treat, I end up wanting one too!  I have started using my slow cooker the past fortnight though and we had another successful meal last night all ready when I got home from work.
Four sausages in the remaining tomato pasta sauce with some potatoes and peas which I cooked in the microwave whilst plating up the meal.  It wasn’t as good as my first slow-cooker attempt last week.  The sausages were OK, but the potatoes were a little firmer than I would normally like and there was probably too much sauce.  All still edible though, and I really appreciated not having to turn around and come up with an idea for tea at 8:40pm last night!

I know I need to refocus on keeping healthy and therefore, when I saw Laura advertising her Uniquely Healthy e-course last week for £29.99, on an impulse decided to sign up and give it a go!
Laura’s resources are beautifully produced and the course has already made me feel enthusiastic and inspired to get right back into healthy living with a vengeance!

The five goals I’ve set myself for the coming twelve weeks are:

1) Plan ahead and take food into work with me each day.  (Eating lunch every single day!)
2) Snack on fruit more frequently.
3) Eat smaller portion sizes.
4) Try several new healthier recipes which I can add to my dinner rotation list.
5) Have lost some weight.
To be honest, losing weight isn’t a main goal, although it would be a nice side effect!  I’d more like to focus on the living healthily and getting the right nutrition into my body each day.  If I get it right and that results in me returning to my initial weight, then bonus!

When I first began this blog (a year ago now!) one of my main aims was to focus on eating healthier to accompany my running and I used to take a lot more pictures of my food than I do now.  I tried lots of new foods and experimented much more and I would like to go back to that again.  I’m certain that Laura’s program will help me to be able to do that. Parkdale dental recommends to be careful with very cold or hot dishes and drinks if you want to preserve your healthy smile. Expect to see lots more food pictures on AHM in the near future!

21 thoughts on “Kickstarting healthy again

  1. That’s fantastic news about your Mum – and those are lovely flowers. I’m so happy you’ve had a series of happy events recently!

    I have to say I am so surprised that you would ever gain weight. Honestly, I’ve never seen you post anything that looks remotely excessive at ALL…if anything you don’t seem to eat very much and go for very long gaps between meals. This isn’t a criticism, just an observation. I wonder if stress might play a role in gaining weight…have you had your hormones and thyroid checked recently? Sorry if this seems prying – it’s not meant to be! I just absolutely do not think you deserve to put on any weight whatsoever. Interesting that you mention snacking on fruit, because I just end up hungrier than before I had a snack if I eat fruit alone! I was also told to limit fruit (well, actually the advice was to completely cut it out, but life is not worth living without an apple a day and the occasional bowl of banana ‘ice cream’) due to the sugars and their negative effect on my body. Cutting down on fruit has actually helped improve my hormonal profile (I’m dealing with PCOS). Obviously some people can eat a lot of fruit and thrive though…lucky them!

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    1. Oops, I didn’t mean to use the word ‘happy’ twice on one sentence…it was supposed to read ‘I’m so happy you’ve had a series of positive events recently!’
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        1. This made me laugh! I had a day like this the other day – I made all of my comments from my tablet where I use swipe-type. Nothing made sense when I read it back and I hate it when I misspell words!!!

    2. Thank-you! Thankfully things do seem to be doing an about turn for us again (touch wood!)
      My worst habit is long gaps between meals – it’s mainly down to poor organisation and not wanting to eat too late if I know I’m going to be running later on. I think you have a very good point that stress may currently be playing a part in my weight gain. I’ve not been sleeping as well just lately and with so much on this year my mind is constantly in overdrive. I don’t think you’re prying at all! I’ve never had anything checked out. To be honest a lot of my meals end up quite ‘pub-lunchy’ as I try to cook to Dan’s tastes and then do my best to tweak more healthy sides in for me. Pub-lunchy meals tend to be quite heavy and with coursework deadlines due for my students in the near future, despite running a lot of miles lately my evenings often involve sitting down after dinner and marking. I would love a job that didn’t see me sitting down all day!
      To be honest I don’t tend to eat as much fruit as I feel I should even though it’s such an easy snack to have. I know the sugars can add up to become much higher than you would think and maybe it’s better to get more veg in there?

    1. Good! You should definitely feel proud of them – they are beautifully created and a lot of hard work has clearly gone into them. Looking forward to getting the complete set! :)

  2. What brilliant news about your mum. Those flowers are so beautiful too. :-) congrats on the mortgage approval- exciting times ahead!

  3. Great news about your mum :)
    Those are beautiful flowers too.
    I know that if I miss lunch then I get so hungry later on that I will eat sugary foods to give me a boost and then an evening meal that is too big, and feel worse after (often with a bad headache from the sugar), so hopefully eating lunch will help you to have more even energy levels and maybe limit the migraines too.
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    1. Thanks! :)
      I’m pretty sure the missing meals, or having them too late is contributing to the headaches so fingers crossed, like you say hopefully my energy levels will improve and migraines disappear!

  4. That’s really good news! Have to say whenever I’m running a lot, i.e marathon training, I always gain a bit of weight, I think it’s stress related and also glycogen stores increasing, hence why it’s probably best to avoid the scale during training! Although I’ve gained about half a stone since being injured for the last 4 weeks, still having marathon training hunger for the first 2 weeks + not even being able to walk anywhere is not a good combo!
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    1. Yeah, I’d heard about the correlation between weight gain and marathon training before but wasn’t really sure how it went together. It makes sense with the glycogen stores increasing though.
      When you return to running your body will quickly return to it’s normal size again. That’s what I always find after a period of injury. It’s frustrating though – like someone’s hitting you when you’re already down!

  5. I’m so pleased for your mum and your family. That’s fantastic news.
    It’s so cool to see you doing Laura’s healthy living programme :) I hope it goes well for you. It sounds brilliant. I always think having tangible goals really helps otherwise it’s all a bit vague…. “I’ll start eating healthier today” can be difficult to pin down. Now that the weather is getting warmer it should be easier I guess to avoid the comfort foods as much. I know for me all I crave are salads in the summer. And more food related stuff is always good to read. I love getting inspired by other people’s dinners 😀
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    1. Thank you! Yes it was fantastic news to hear. An excellent extra birthday present! I’m all about the salads in the Summer as well. I love when they have lots of different items in them.
      Reading other blogs is what has inspired me to try some new meals! There’s so much else out there for me to try other than the six or seven meals I have going round on rotation!

    1. I shall be talking about it the plan often on here – at least for the next twelve weeks! Laura has been great so far – lots of support on the Facebook group and her resources are spot on. :)

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