I grew up during a time when it was perfectly okay to smoke, drink and generally do nothing in the way of being HEALTHY
Healthy then was being given three meals a day which consisted quite often of cereals for breakfast, sandwich for lunch and meat and two veg for dinner…
This was quite okay until I hit secondary school and started cramming crisps into a crusty cob for lunch. Followed by a of chocolate, and a cigarette to push it all down.
We were all drinking fizzy pop and thinking nothing of it, I mean there was a pop man !
It wasn’t until I was approaching my 40th year that I decided I needed to do something about my own health and wellness.
At the age of 38 I gave up smoking.
Starting a fitness journey would be a task as I really didn’t like sport at school, apart from Gymnastics. So the thought of any endurance scared the life out of me !!
That was until I saw a notice about a new class called Zumba!
Although I knew I had two left feet. I embarked on my very first class, which I have to say gave me a strange buzz. I continued doing Zumba for maybe 8 years.
It just takes one thing that you love doing to ignite a new-found appreciation of your own health.
A couple of years after starting this I decided to start running… That failed before it began. I had no breathing techniques, and I couldn’t run to the end of the road before feeling like I was going to throw up.
Following a break to my collar-bone, I was then diagnosed with Psoriatic Spondalaprophy (same symptoms as rheumatoid arthritis) My inflammatory levels were sky-high. So much so that I struggled to dry my own hair, drive and cook.
I was given various painkillers and eventually steroid. I also had steroid injections. Following consultations with a specialist (who I am very grateful for) I was given methotrexate and Humira (which I inject). I was also diagnosed with an under-active thyroid, and Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERDS) which is a digestive disorder that affects the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), the ring of muscle between the esophagus and stomach.
Which I have managed to keep under control, I believe through diet and looking after myself.
All of this made me more determined to take care of my own body, and I refused to let any disease take over.
Eighteen month’s ago I decided that I needed to train properly, and although I was a member of a gym, which I used regular I didn’t really use it to its full potential.
I decided to have PT Sessions. I have to say this helped me enormously. For one I now knew what to do in the gym and for two I began to change both physically and mentally.
I also started doing other classes incorporating HIIT Training, and I have recently started doing yoga, mainly to help me stretch, and make sure my muscles don’t get to tight.
For someone who really didn’t like sport or any type of physical activity I sure have changed. In fact last year I ran Birmingham 10k, and I hope to run it next year too. I spend most mornings at the gym training, and some evenings I will do other activities. I now have some lovely friends that I didn’t have before, and I am a lot healthier than I have ever been.
So what have I learnt through this entire process ?
Well the main thing is do something you love, be thankful for your body and take care of it. Feed and nourish yourself with goodness, and most of all have fun doing it all. Nothing should be hard or a slog. If it is, drop it, and find something that you enjoy. If its dancing join a dance class. If its cooking learn to cook. Just do something.
All to often we forget that life is for living… so live it xx
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