Thursday, February 14, 2013

BLOG: Project Good Health 2013


As I have indicated on here a few times recently 2012 was a rock bottom year for me health-wise. Some of my health low lights of 2012 include Whooping Cough, a broken arm and Shingles. One of the commitments I made to myself was to concentrate on restoring my health in 2013 and I thought it was time for an update. I thought it might also be good to do an update here every few weeks or months to share what's been working for me.

Supplements
I have been taking 3 supplements daily and I definitely think they have been making a huge difference. Pictured above they are
  1. Bioglan's Cal C Powder
  2. Morningstar Minerals Immune Boost 77 mineral supplement
  3. Source Naturals Wellness formula.
Bioglan is readily available in Australia (I got mine at Chemist Warehouse) while I ordered the other 2 online from iherb. I have hyperlinked the locations above.

Diet
To be honest my diet has been a bit up and down. Some days are better than others but I am trying to eat more fresh food to avoid binges/lack of energy. While I haven't lost any weight (I have PCOS so weight loss is difficult at the best of times) I am feeling better for eating better.

Energy levels
If I am completely honest my energy levels have also been a bit up and down. Some days I feel great and other days I feel like something the cat dragged in. What I am noticing though on days when I do feel good is how great it is to feel good again. I am sure it took a while to completely deplete my immune system so I have no doubt it will take a while to build it back up again.

Other strategies
Taking leave when I need it. I decided to take an additional 11 days of Long Service Leave in Jan this year to rest and recover from the Shingles (my rash came up the week before Christmas - which I renamed Shinglesmas as a result). Part of me wants to push to do more but I am really trying to pace myself - I am in this for the marathon not for the sprint.

Being kind to myself is another thing I am trying. Instead of telling myself what a loser I am for being sick and lacking energy, I am instead listening to the fact I need rest and taking it. I think so many people waste energy on their negative inner dialogue - I don't have any energy to waste yet so that can piss off.

Drinking water is another thing I notice that pretty much instantly makes me feel better. Unfortunately this is something I struggle with so I have an app on my phone called Water Tracker which will literally prompt me to drink several times a day. I also try to break my day up into thirds trying to get through at least 600ml in each session. I am pretty sure that if natural selection had been allowed to run its course I would have died out years ago. How can a human being struggle to drink water??? Sheesh.

Anyways this is just a quick update to share what has been working for me so far. I hope this post finds you all happy and healthy

Jacx


2 comments:

  1. Great post Jac. I really enjoy reading non beauty related posts at the moment! I would love to see updates, different strategies you may find improve your wellbeing and any tips or ideas for the rest of us.
    You had a very hard year in 2012 and it sounds like you are back to better health. I am glad you took some time off to recover. I think sometimes we forget about our own needs and taking time off work is what is needed to push through it.
    I know what you mean about water. I can feel slow, drained, headachey and tired- then having water makes me feel better within about 15 minutes.
    I have been taking Blackmores Womens Vitality for about a month now and I have actually noticed a difference like yourself.

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  2. Thanks T. Glad to see I am not the only one struggling with the water drinking. :D

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