Friday, 7 April 2017

Weekend is here

The weekend is almost upon us and I am feeling positive after a ropy start to the week.  Last night I had a good session at the gym which I am only just getting into. 

I will be running at lunch time if my legs let me!

My plans for the weekend so far are to work on my dissertation, sort out my cook books and make some lovely food.

I am going to check out this new cook book too

And do  a little reading

I randomly found this lovely picture that I had share of me and one of my sisters

What are your weekend plans?

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Spring is in the air

March has gone by in a flash as we have been super busy and I am think of my dissertation.  In this time, spring has sprung and the nights are lighter. 

We celebrated many birthdays including my beautiful nieces 16th birthday.

I went to London for work

I also have been working really hard on my dissertation and outstanding assignments.  The end is in sight and frankly I can’t wait!

April is here and I am looking forward to being off for Easter and hopefully having are garden sorted.  I am still running and swimming and I have joined the gym to help me get back in the swing. Come next year  I will be training nicely for a sprint triathlon or two – well that’s the plan anyway.


Tuesday, 14 February 2017


2016 saw a year that I really struggled with.  Nothing really bad happened, no one died or was seriously ill but still I really struggled with it.  Stress is a horrible thing and something that definitely affected my life last year.  It is silent and it crept up on me and what make it worse for me was that was because it was nothing tragic or major I couldn’t understand why  I felt so bad.   People are going through so much more so in my head I didn’t understand why I felt so bad, which made me feel bad!   I suffered the worst migraines I have ever experienced that at point it felt like they took over my life as I had to watch what I ate, drank, how much I slept and so on.   I missed social events and had to take days off work.  After having migraine where I couldn’t put one foot in front of the other and almost pasted out that I knew enough was enough.  I had blood tests and an MRI scan to check there was nothing else going on and when they all came back fine I knew it was stress.  With the help of my fantastic doctor, medication and looking after myself things are slowly getting better.  Keeping things simple and setting a routine has really helped my cope.  September 2016 saw me start my final year at a new institution that is so much better and the work load is so much  more manageable. 

My last migraine was in  beginning  of December and so far in 2017 I have not suffered with one.  I do have to really watch what I eat to keep my sugar levels steady and also how much I drink.  Too much alcohol really affects me so I have become a true light weight!   I have been close but so far so good. 

Socially Last year I struggled with meals out and nights out with friends as I just couldn’t cope.  I didn’t really want to see anyone or go anywhere.  Part of it was fear I would get a migraine but the other part was I just couldn’t cope with it.  So far 2017 has seen me celebrate my beautiful mum’s birthday and had meals with good friends.  I still have a way to go before I can really relax when I am out but things are so much better.

2017 sees me turn 40 which I really can’t believe.  I don’t have any amazing or challenging things I want to do before my birthday (doing a few triathlons and running the great North Run Half marathon saw to that) but my aims is to complete my degree and be healthy.  That’s it, no pressure for me this year.  I am feeling positive and I am keeping it simple, doing things I enjoy,  trying to manage and minimise my stress.  That said I have a dissertation to write but I have a plan so hopefully I will be fine.  Wish me luck!