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Top 4 commonly Ignored health problems

Top 4 Commonly Ignored Health Problems

Top 4 commonly Ignored health problems

Most of us are guilty of ignoring health problems because it’s difficult to try to fit a doctor’s appointment into an already busy lifestyle. Getting little aches and pains is a normal part of getting older so we often tend to just ignore them and hope they’ll go away. Most of the time they do so you don’t need to rush off to the doctor every time you get a slight twinge. But occasionally, those aches and pains turn into something more serious. Lots of illnesses start off with tiny symptoms that gradually get worse so ignoring the everyday pains you get can be dangerous. These are the top health problems that most of us are ignoring.

Back Pain

Top 4 Commonly Ignored Health Problems

Most ageing people complain about back pain, it’s almost a rite of passage for the older generation these days. It’s just a natural part of getting older, isn’t it? That’s partly true and you aren’t going to avoid it completely but if it starts happening earlier, or gets very severe, you might need to do something about it. Most of the time, back pain is caused or at least made far worse by environmental factors. The most likely is a bad mattress. If you aren’t getting enough support from your mattress then you’ll wake up with a stiff back every day and the pain will only get worse. Luckily, there are plenty of mattresses designed specifically for a bad back. Visit Choose Mattress for some great information on the best ones. They offer much more spinal support which is the key to fighting back pain. You might also be getting worse back pains if you’re working in a job that involves a lot of heavy lifting. Health and safety isn’t exciting but you should listen to advice on proper lifting techniques if you don’t want to have a bad back for the rest of your life.

Grinding Teeth

Top 4 Commonly Ignored Health Problems

Grinding your teeth isn’t something that people really consider a problem. It’s just something that some people do. What they don’t realize is that it can do you a lot of damage. Waking up with a stiff jaw and sore teeth is the last of your worries, the long-term damage that you’re doing to your teeth is a more pressing concern. You risk chipping and cracking them as well as wearing them down in general. You’ll start to find that your teeth are more sensitive to hot and cold and you’ll get more problems with decay if you’ve got small holes in your teeth.

Insomnia

Top 4 Commonly Ignored Health Problems

A recent study found that 27% of people in Britain are experiencing bad sleeping patterns on a regular basis so it’s no wonder that we are starting to accept it as a normal part of modern life. But that’s risky because it’s already doing us a lot of damage and it’s more difficult to notice if you’re slipping slowly towards full-blown insomnia. Not sleeping enough contributes to all sorts of health problems including heart disease, diabetes and obesity. On top of that, it increases stress levels and makes your general brain function a lot slower. Missing out on even a few hours of sleep a night is something that you should be concerned about. See a doctor and ask if there is any medical reason you’re not sleeping, but it’s more likely to be environmental factors that are causing it. Drinking too much caffeine late in the day might be making it harder to sleep at night, and so could using your phone or laptop in bed. The light from the screen tricks your brain into thinking it’s still daytime and stops it from releasing hormones that encourage you to go to sleep. Why not consider reading a book instead? It’ll make it far easier to nod off later on.

Headaches

Top 4 Commonly Ignored Health Problems

Chances are, when you get a headache you reach straight for the paracetamol and get on with your day. They’re so common and most of the time they’re probably just caused by stress, but if you keep getting them regularly, it could be more serious. It could be caused by any other medication that you’re taking if it doesn’t agree with you, or it could be a symptom of a larger health problem. Lots of small things like your posture or the amount of red meat that you eat can even bring on headaches. Even if they are stress headaches, you shouldn’t be getting them all of the time so instead of just putting it off with painkillers, do something about it.

It’s always a pain to take time out of your already busy day to get to the doctors but it could be dangerous not to.

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health, Smoking

How much nicotine is in a cigarette?

How much nicotine is in a cigarette?

How much nicotine is in a cigarette?

Aside from being well-established harbingers of death and disease, there remains an abundance of misconceptions when it comes to cigarettes. The most prominent of which, of course, is people’s perceptions about nicotine. Synonymous with the cigarette, nicotine is the substance that gives them their addictive quality. But what actually is nicotine? Is it bad for you? And how much of it does a cigarette contain, and how about e-cigarettes for that matter?

Nicotine itself constitutes anywhere from 0.6% to 3% of the dry weight of tobacco. Generally speaking, a single cigarette contains around 9.5 milligrams of nicotine, around 2 milligrams of which are actually absorbed into the body. Of course, the levels of nicotine vary from brand-to-brand and which size of cigarette you opt for.

Without going into too much detail, nicotine is a naturally occurring, addictive component of tobacco. It acts as both a stimulant and a relaxant, causing the heart to beat faster and stronger, as well as increasing blood pressure temporarily. As you may have guessed, it is also responsible for all of the psychological draws and drawbacks of smoking. It reels you back in for the reward that comes with another cigarette, and then punishes you with withdrawal when you give up – anxiety, irritably, craving and even mild tremors are all to be expected.

In spite of these effects and its inextricable association with the heart and respiratory maladies of smoking, there are relatively few health effects associated with nicotine use. Its infliction of suffering is largely limited to withdrawal symptoms. The administration of nicotine via nicotine replacement therapy has been studied in great detail and numerous studies have declared it a safe undertaking. That is not to say that nicotine is without its problems though. It definitively has dangerous effects on foetal development. It has also been posited that nicotine may play a role in promoting tumours and aggravating cardiovascular conditions – but research on this is far from conclusive.

The extent to which you will struggle with quitting cigarettes, is directly related to the amount of nicotine your body is used to consuming. Methods range from going cold turkey to undergoing nicotine replacement therapy (which is nowhere near as scary as it sounds by the way) but one of the most effective routes is to adopt vaping as an alternative.

The real advantage of using an e-cigarette is that, regardless of your previous nicotine intake, you can tailor the nicotine content to appease your own needs. When kicking a heavy smoking habit, it is best to start on a higher or equivalent dose of nicotine. This will prevent the overcompensation that commonly occurs when vapors elect for too low of a dose, which invariably leads them to decide that vaping doesn’t work for them, when, in fact, it was the nicotine content that didn’t work for them.

By starting at a satisfactory dose, the nicotine content can be gradually reduced over time, which leads many ex-smokers to eventually adopt a zero-nicotine e-cigarette – how’s that for progress?! With an extensive range of e-liquids, Vapourmate is the perfect place to get started – you are sure to find a flavour you’ll love.

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health, Lifestyle, Safety, Safety tips, Top tips

Making your home safer and healthier

Making your home safer and healthier

Making your home safer and healthier

Your family home should be a safe space. It should be a place where you can bring up your kids to be healthy happy adults. Unfortunately, for too many of us, our homes are far from being the safe havens we would imagine. They’re filled with potential dangers like boiling water, toxic substances and dodgy wiring that could potentially make us sick or cause an accident. So, even if you think your home is a pretty safe, healthy place to be, it’s worth doing what you can to make it even healthier. Here are some tips to help you do just that:

Check Your Hot Water Heater

We all know that leaving young children alone in the bath is a bad idea because they could drown, but few of us think too much about the possibility of scalding, Unfortunately, many kids are burned by too hot bath water each year, and although most of them are not too badly affected, some will experience significant injuries. That’s why, if you have a baby or toddler in the house, it’s a good idea to check the temperature of your water heater. 120 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal because temperatures above that could scald a child in as little as 5 seconds!

Secure Your Windows

It’s shocking, but thousands of children each year are injured falling out of windows. That’s why it’s never a bad idea to install window guards on any windows that could be accessed by small children. Of course, you want to be able to open your windows quickly in the case of fire, so you should look for guards that are quick-release, just in case.

Remove Asbestos

It’s unbelievable how many homes and sheds in this country still contain asbestos. Once a popular building material due to its fire-resistant properties, asbestos is known to cause a range of devastating illnesses, including lung cancer and asbestosis. If you suspect you may have asbestos on your property, it’s important that you call in the professionals to remove it safely from your home.

Look Out for Faulty Wiring

Making your home safer and healthier

Faulty wiring is a disaster waiting to happen. It can cause fires and electric shocks if left unattended to. Tell-tale signs of faulty wiring include flickering lights, circuit breakers, and fuses that go out on a regular basis, switches that give off shocks and burning smells. If you notice any of these things, call in a local electrician to take a look. Better safe than sorry when it comes to your family’s safety, after all.

Decorate with Chemical Free Paint

There’s nothing more satisfying that freshly painted walls that are all clean and new. Of course, the average can of paint contains all manner of toxins, which h won’t exactly do you or your family much good when breathed in. If you want your home to be as toxin free as possible, it is, therefore, a good idea to use eco-friendly chemical-free paint. Sure, they’re a little more expensive, but they’re so worth it, if only because you don’t have to put up with that horrible paint smell for days after decorating.

Install and Test Smoke Alarms

If you don’t already have smoke alarms installed in your home, please, please go out and buy some right now. A functioning smoke alarm really could save yours and your family’s lives at some point. You might think that a fire could never break out at your home, but most people who’ve had house fires think that too. It can and does happen to anyone so take precautions by installing and regularly testing an alarm today.

Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector

Making your home safer and healthier

While you’re buying that smoke alarm, pick up a carbon monoxide detector too. Carbon monoxide is so dangerous because it’s odourless and it can creep up on you without noticing. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include a headache, dizziness, and nausea and if you are exposed to it for long enough, you could die. Protect your family by installing a detector as soon as possible.

Keep the Place Clean

I know most of us hate doing household chores, but keeping your home clean and tidy is one of the best ways to prevent sickness bugs, food poisoning, allergies and the worsening of conditions like asthma. You don’t need to keep your house spotlessly clean, but don’t neglect it either or it could become a breeding ground for all kinds of nasties.

It might seem like a lot of work, but periodically checking up on your property and making any relevant changes will help you to maintain a safe, comfortable and very healthy home.

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Epilepsy – Taking Charge

Epilepsy - taking charge

Epilepsy – Taking charge

Life as a teenage boy can be hard, your noticing hormone changes and your also making important choices. You’ve life choices to make at school and you’re preparing and taking charge of your life with GCSE also taking place.

Lee was busy with all of this going on, he was happy and taking each day as it came, getting up and going to school meeting with friends along the way – after school doing any homework he had and then going out to play football with friends just like many other teenage boy’s.

This was soon to change….

One Sunday morning I had noticed Lee to be having a seizure, luckily with my job I’d had training in epilepsy awareness and noticed the signs. I took Lee straight to the hospital where they run some tests and it was confirmed Lee has had his first witnessed seizure.

Lee was referred to the epilepsy specialist where more test was run over a course of time, MRI, ECG, EEG, sleep deprived test and light tests. Lee was so brave especially with the MRI test as this really scared him, he hated the loud sounds and small space but with us in the room with him 2nd time round (we wasn’t allowed in first time) he was brave and braved it out, we couldn’t have been more prouder.

We awaited Lee’s results which was given at a follow-up consultants appointment where it was confirmed and Lee was diagnosed with Tonic-Clonic and Absence seizures.

Our poor boy…

When Lee was diagnosed he went withdrawn, we noticed a loss in his appetite and he hardly went out with friends anymore. He was put on medication (Lamotrigine) but he’d refuse to take them, he didn’t want anybody knowing about his diagnosis, he would close any conversation down quickly if we was to try and talk to him about his diagnosis, and we also noticed a change in his behavior at home and at school.

It was so upsetting to see our poor boy change before our eyes, we knew this was not Lee.

We set out to get him the help needed..

Lee found it really hard to open up so with specialist help from his epilepsy nurse we sat down with Lee and explained that he IS NOT the only teenager to be diagnosed with epilepsy and he IS NOT this alien he had pictured himself to be in his head.

Lee felt different, he felt embarrassed, he just wanted to hide away but at the same time not be on his own because he was scared. He wanted to talk about it but at the same time didn’t because he was scared and didn’t want to hear or accept the answers. He would look so drained and tired, it was so upsetting.

Lee finds it hard to accept…

Lee’s Tonic-Clonic Seizures would mainly happen at night while he was sleeping so in his eye’s he’s not seeing or witnessing anything because he’s not aware that they have happened, he just notices the side effects the next day – side effects being, loss of appetite, headache, feeling sick, aches and pains along with extreme tiredness and on some occasions unexplained bruising.

When Lee has had a seizure we would keep a close eye on him for a good few hours after, meaning we keep him home from school if it’s a school day (school being fully aware) as he needs to rest and sleep it off as it wears him out – plus for his own safety.

Putting a care plan in place…

We have had a care plan in place at his school informing his teacher’s of what to do if he was to have a seizure whilst at school. When Lee was at school it was noticed he was having absences on many occasions, this is where he blanks out for anything from a few seconds to a few minutes – side effects, headache, sudden tiredness, confusion, confusion to loss of time and to why people are asking him why is he not listening to them.

Lee has just finished his GCSES but whilst he was taking them his seizures got more frequent resulting in a visit to the hospital where we was informed stress can bring the seizures on more frequently. This put us in a very tricky situation as you can imagine. Lee was needing to take his exams but at the same time he was suffering, he did take his GCSES but we kept a very close eye on him and he would rest and unwind that bit more.

During his exams he was given extra time, this was to help with the pressure a bit, this really helped him, we worked very closely with the school and I must say the school have been fantastic with helping support Lee during his time with them.

Lee is still coming to terms with his diagnosis, he still finds some things hard to accept as changes have had to be made but he is more open and willing to talk about it now which is a huge help. He now takes his medication 150 mg twice daily with reminding but he does take them. It has been a very tough time for us all and still is but we are working through it together as a family. Lee is on the right path now to taking charge and not letting it beat him, we couldn’t be any more prouder of him.

epilepsy - taking charge

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Exams, health

Preparing For Exams

Preparing for exams

Preparing For Exams

We remember only to well our school days and the dreaded exams we had to face along with the horrid pressure that came with them. Do you remember being told as a child “preparing for exams should be your top priority” ? We do and we also find ourselves saying it to our children now.

I guess it is said because it is true.

Exam pressure is awful and if not careful can cause:

Worry

Sleepless nights

Stress

Loss of appetite

Frustration

Anger

And many more symptoms.

preparing for exams

All of which can be avoided by:

Being prepared

Staying focused

Taking the time to forward plan

Being organised

And always asking for help if needed

Taking notes

Checking exam times and being prepared

Preparing for exams

Our top tips to anyone preparing for exams would be:

To eat well

Get plenty of sleep – lack of sleep means lack of concentration

Drink plenty of water

Revise

Test yourself or get someone to test you

Take breaks – clear your head and then re-approach with a clearer head

Get plenty of exercise – it’s a great stress buster

Switch off all distractions – tv, phone etc

Making sure you take plenty of time out of revising is just as important because:

preparing for exams

 Exams can seem pointless and boring at the time but:

preparing for exams

For anyone preparing for their GCSE and would like to seek further help and advice there is a free downloadable revision guide to help with healthy study techniques. The guide has expert tips on how to enhance your brain power through exam periods and also advice on sleep patterns and a healthy diet whilst studying.

You can download the Healthy Revision Guide here – Click to download for FREE!

For anyone who is home schooling you can find great support online with Oxford Home Schooling

Wishing anyone taking exams the best of luck, hope you get the results you wish for.

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St John Ambulance And The Chokeables

St John Ambulance And The Chokeables

St John Ambulance And The Chokeables

There is currently a campaign #thechokeables which is aimed at raising awareness with St John Ambulance and The Chokeables, around the risks of children choking and how to help a choking child. St John Ambulance believe that everyone should have the skill and also the confidence to know what to do in an emergency.

I am sure that all of us parents share the same fear of our child choking – St John Ambulance have found that over 40% have witnessed their child choke and when quizzed on their first aid it was found that almost four-fifths didn’t know what to do in this situation which is pretty scary.

To help raise awareness St John Ambulance have made a short animation movie The Chokeables, this animated film features the voices of:

David Walliams

David Mitchell

Johnny Vegas

Sir John Hurt

St. John’s ambulance are asking for us all to share the film online to all help each other to possibly learn how to save a life. In The Chokeables the celebrities take on the characters of animated objects that could potentially choke a child: a small princess toy, a pen lid, a jelly baby and a peanut. They’ve joined together because they’ve had enough and want to show how easy it is to save a choking child.

Do you have 40 seconds to learn how to save a choking child, this video could make a big difference.

As a small gift you now have the chance to win a first aid kit with St John Ambulance And The Chokeables.

To enter the competition all you have to do is fill out the rafflecopter below, the competition is open to UK residents only, you must be over 18 to enter. All entries will be checked and they must be valid at the end of the competition. Good luck to all that enter. Ends 14/10/2015

The first aid kit contains:

  • First aid emergency booklet
  • Washproof plasters pk10
  • Number 16 eye pad first aid dressing – Sterile
  • Disposable triangular bandage 90 x 90 x 130cm – Non sterile
  • Medium first aid dressing 12 x 12 – Sterile
  • HSE SJA Branded 18 x 18cm – Sterile
  • Sterile cleansing wipe – Single
  • Nitrile powder free gloves – Pair
  • Eye wash phials 20ml – Single
  • Face shield – Single
  • Microporous tape 1.25cm x 10m – Single
  • Burnshield burn blot sachet, 3.5ml – Single
  • Green plastic splinter remover

St John Ambulance And The Chokeables

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General post, health

Coping with peer pressure

coping with peer pressure

Coping with peer pressure

Kid’s unfortunately don’t come with an instruction manual, we are all learning the best we can along the way. Peer pressure is a horrible thing that has probably effected us all when we was growing up, it can have a positive effect on our life’s and it can also have a negative effect, it all comes down to choice and whether we let it have that negative effect. How can we best help and guide our children when coping with peer pressure at school?

Peer pressure can lead our kid’s to act out of character and do things that us parents know is not how our kid’s would not normally act. Coping with peer pressure can be a major worry for us parents.

I remember my days as a teenager and that feeling of wanting to be accepted and to feel like I belonged, I also remember being dared to do things and then doing them even though I knew in my head that it was wrong but still doing it just to be noticed and feel like I belonged…Stupid I know but that’s how it was!

When the boy’s started school I noticed a change of character, this soon settled down and then progressed again once they started secondary school, I then asked myself “is this just their character coming out or is it due to peer pressure”? it was hard to tell.

Signs of peer pressure:

  • Behaviour changes, suddenly becoming more rude, aggressive or even becoming more withdrawn or secretive.
  • Sudden changes in school grades or skipping classes.
  • Changes in different friends.
  • Changes of habits and going out at different times or suddenly returning home late.
  • Spending time doing things you know are odd for your child such as things that you know do not interest your child.
  • Change of style, such as hair and clothes.

As parents it’s our job to protect them and we are the most important influence in our children’s lives, all we can do is guide our children and hope they take our advice and the right path in life.

How would you guide and protect your children from peer pressure? would you intervene or would you wait for them to open up to you?

We have been guiding our boy’s by:

  • We have let our boys have their chosen friends round for dinner so we can get to know them better and so we can see who they are spending time with.
  • We talk to our boy’s about their day and explain to them that they can ALWAYS talk to us about anything.
  • We also get to know their friends parents and keep in touch regularly, we look out for each others kid’s where we can.
  • We have regular contact with the school to keep an eye on the boy’s behaviour within the school…..We have even asked for our boy’s to be seated somewhere different, before now they have been seated next to a child who is known to the school to be disruptive and this had a bad effect on our child and his grades was dropping so action had to be taken, having our child seated somewhere else seemed to be the best option. With working together with the school on this problem made things easier and more effective.
  • We make sure that the boy’s are aware that we have noticed good behaviour, good decision-making, good grades at school, good time-keeping etc and then reward them in some way.
  • We have always told our boy’s that it is ok to say NO to anything that they don’t feel comfortable with.
  • We’ve also told our boy’s and made it very clear “there is always someone who they can talk to about anything if they don’t feel comfortable talking to us, there is always a family member, friend, teacher or anyone else that they feel comfortable talking to”.
  • We have told our boy’s to “think about the consequences of what it is they are about to do before they do it” THINK will this get me into trouble? if the answer is yes or I’m not sure then don’t do it!

The effects of peer pressure are horrible, it can get our children in some awful states and situations, sometimes in a lot of trouble.

It can:

  • Cause depression
  • Effect grades
  • Loss of good friends
  • Add pressure on relationships with family
  • Cause our children to lie to us
  • Risky behaviours such as drug and/or alcohol abuse
  • Truancy from school
  • Smoking
  • Under age sex
  • Become aggressive
  • Vandalism
  • Stealing
  • Criminal record
  • Effect eating habits

These are just some of the effects of peer pressure and I am sure there are many more.

Way’s to help our kid’s through this:

  • Help build their self-esteem back up, this will help them feel more confident in themselves again.
  • Help them with way’s of saying no to bad situations.
  • Perhaps see if they would like to join a self-defence class, it may help them feel safer.
  • Tell them they can always ring or text if they feel they are in a tricky situation.
  • Let your child have friends home after school if they wish, that way you are nearby for tricky situations.
  • Book an appointment to see the teacher with your child to discuss the situation so your child is aware the school are also keeping an eye out too. The more eye’s keeping a look out the better.
  • Try and get them involved in out of school activities that way they can mix with other children away from school and form other friendships.

We have recently helped one of our boy’s through coping with peer pressure, it was an awful time for us all, it was hard, the hardest part was seeing our child doing things we knew he was not comfortable with doing, he was in tears and felt controlled by these children. We saw the signs and alerted the school, we worked together with the school, with the support in place and our child knowing the support was there to help he then felt safe enough to break away from them. We knew it was not something that was going to happen overnight, we knew we had to sit back and wait for him to do it in his own time in his way but we got him through.

Have you ever had to deal with peer pressure?

health

Coping with the heat

coping with the heat

Coping with the heat

Don’t get me wrong I love the nice hot sunny days and glad they are here, well we all love and enjoy the sunshine don’t we? But how well are you coping with the heat side of the weather? I for one hate the heat side of it for many reasons the main being it get’s too uncomfortable.

Coping with the heat is the one thing I hate about summer, I love and welcome the summer but HATE the heat. the lovely weather never lasts long so we have to make the most of it whilst it’s here, let’s face it hot sunny weather in Britain is a rarity and never lasts long does it.

So the question is “are you coping with the heat ?”  Here are some ideas that may help you during the heatwave.

  • Always make sure you are drinking plenty of water so you stay well hydrated and always have a drink to hand.
  • Stay in shady areas to keep out of direct sun.
  • Wear a sun hat and sunglasses to protect your eyes.
  • No one likes cooking in the heat but always make sure you have eaten even if it’s something light. Salads and fruit is a good choice, light and refreshing.
  • Try and keep your rooms nice and cool, you can simply do this by closing your curtains/blinds, use a fan as well if you have one, ours are a godsend.
  • Always remember to check on the vulnerable, whether it be a neighbour, relative or friend, they also need keeping cool. Check that they have access to enough fluids and food.
  • So my kid’s water stays cold for longer when at school they put bottled water in the freezer at home over night so it defrosts throughout the day and stays cooler for longer, they then top the bottle back up at school with more water if needed.
  • Wearing lightweight clothing also helps. I find cotton clothing helps to keep me cool on a hot day.
  • Ouch! How painful can a sunburn be, never forget your sun protection. I always remind my kid’s but ALWAYS forget my own.
  • Have fans to hand for when your feeling hot. The shops have some handy little hand-held ones, I love mine and always have in my bag for when I’m feeling a little hot.
  • One thing I always enjoy doing is putting my feet in a bucket of cold water and a nice damp towel round my neck, have you ever tried it ? Oh my if you haven’t then next time your feeling hot give it a try.
  • I also leave any unnecessary jobs until it’s cooler and save any energy for keeping myself cool.
  • This may sound stupid but it’s a true story, have you checked your heating is switched off? I went into a vulnerable person to check on them and their heating was still set to come on and it was roasting in their house. It’s so easily done, we all forget things. (check your timer).

 

Do you know the signs of heat exhaustion and heatstroke?

health, Weight loss

New me is now in sight

3 stone loss

New me is now in sight

Yikes! guess what? I only went and weighed-in at my 3st loss. Yes there was tears, silly I know but this means so much to me. A new me is now in sight!

This now means I need to lose another 2st and then I will be at my target, I am so excited. My weight-loss journey so far has been fun with lost of ups and downs along the way. I don’t feel as if I am on a diet, with Slimming World we still get to have our treats (limited of course).

To be honest all I have done is make a few food changes (healthy swaps), watch my food intake (Doing a food diary) and exercise (Body magic)…..Oh yes and not consume the amount of alcohol I once used to have. Before attending Slimming World I could have quite easily had a good few glasses of wine once opened, now I can happily have just the one or two glasses.

Admittedly my weight-loss journey has not been a loss every week, I have been to weigh-in before and put on 3.5lb….Whoops! when this happens I just give myself a good talking to rather than let it get me down, this helps and makes me more determined to get that loss the following week. I just reminded myself why I joined Slimming World in the first place.

new me is now in sight

I am loving that the new me is now in sight, I have now started to notice body changes, I now fit in clothes two sizes smaller than I once used to wear, I am now feeling much healthier, I have more energy, I don’t get half as breathless as I once use to, confidence in myself is starting to come back, but the one thing that is making me smile most out of it all is having the energy to do things more with my boy’s.

I do hope to reach my target for my birthday in August but to be honest I am not fussed when it happens as long as it comes off that is all I wish for. I did set out to do it for my birthday as a birthday gift to myself, but being close to it will be good enough for me!

 

Me last June

New me is now in sight

  Me today. A new me is now in sight.

A new me is now in sight

Here is to the next 2st!

One thing I will admit to not doing before I started my weight-loss journey was keep an eye on my weight and BMI. I never actually checked to see what my healthy weight should be. Is this something you keep an eye on? I keep a very close eye on mine now….Admitedly I am not happy with mine but it is something I am working on using this hight/weight chart from the NHS.

new me is now in sight
Chart credit to NHS
***Disclaimer: I have not been compensated in any way to write this post***
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A few words

A few words

I have recently been having a few words with myself since my last weigh-in, you may or may not know that I have been attending Slimming world since October 2014, since then there have been good weeks and there have been bad weeks. Last week saw a gain and I felt awful, I guess it was to be expected but I still felt bad and have since had a few words with myself.

I am thinking this gain came from a few naughty treats or possibly the past few weekends catching up with me…..Whoops! well it was needed and I really enjoyed letting my hair down for a while.

After having a few words with myself I have made a promise to myself to get back on track and get focused again. I would love to get to target for my birthday in August, this would be awesome and the best gift to myself ever, this would mean that I would need to lose 2 lb a week between now and my birthday (if no gains get in the way). This may sound easy for some and harder for others but all I can and WILL do is try my best, after all this girl loves a challenge.

My losses have been lowest 1/2 lb and my highest  5 lb in a week.  There have also been gains in-between these losses on the odd week here and there.

I have now been using my syn box a lot more as this slipped a bit. This is a box that I have been using to put all my daily allowance treats in (measured), when the box is empty I would then know that I was at my daily allowance of syns, I find this really helps me to keep track of what I have had that day.

So far I have lost 2 st 8 lbs and I really don’t want to ruin my weight loss by putting it back on. Since I have lost my weight that I have lost so far I already feel more healthier, happy and confident in myself and this is with only loosing half of what I want to lose.

So since I have had a few words with myself I made a promise to myself to get back on track, I went back to treating my weight loss like it was a first week again, used my syn box a lot more, I even put pictures on the fridge of before my journey and a more recent one, now I see these pictures everyday and see how far I have come so far, I also remembered my reasons for wanting to join Slimming World and that feeling of my first loss and how amazing I felt.

Moving forward a week and my weigh-in night, guess what it has all paid off I have gone and lost 4 lb this week and I feel amazing, yes I beat myself up a little over last weeks gain but I needed that kick up the bum to get me fully focused again.

The challenge is now on, I am going to try my best to get a minimum of 2 lb loss every week between now and August so I can be at my target weight for my birthday…..Fingers crossed!

This was me last June.

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This was me this week. I’ve still a long way to go but I’m feeling much more healthier, confident and happy in myself, this is after 25 weeks.

A few words

 
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From old habits to new

From old habits to new

 

We have recently been making some healthier changes, going from old habits to new, we have been doing this to help improve our health and to give us a better healthier life. One thing Ian would like to try and do is give up smoking, he has been a smoker from a young age so giving up is something he is going to find rather difficult, he is currently looking at ways to make it easier and give up successfully from old habits to new.

How to form good habits

Habits are something we become used to over time and we convince ourselves they are vital, when in reality, many are far from it. Smoking, for example, is a habit that one in ten women worldwide have. The majority of smokers want to break this habit, but how can they do it successfully?

Timing

Timing is highly important when it comes to breaking a bad habit. With smoking, it’s best to make your last cigarette coincide with the end of your period. The idea that pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) aggravates the many withdrawal symptoms, such as depression and irritability, is perfectly logical and is why it’s important that your start date for quitting coincides with our calmer time of the month!

New, healthy habits

When quitting smoking, weight gain can be a risk. When your hands are so used to being occupied by a cigarette, they crave stimulation (which is why e-cigarettes are so effective). Often, the urge for our newly-bored hands to hold a cigarette contributes greatly to snacking. A great tip is to stock up on low-calorie munchies, such as carrot and celery sticks, which mimic the action of smoking, or opt for healthy snacks that keep your hands busy, such as peeled fruits and shelled nuts. Snacking on healthier foods instead of naughty treats means you shouldn’t put on any weight after giving up smoking.

Quit smoking

With a healthier diet, stemming from healthy snacks, our mind and body want to continue this lifestyle change and so the time comes for serious cigarette alternatives, and none are as effective as the e-cigarette. There are a wide range of models (from basic to advanced) and e-liquids (such as coconut, apple, peach and mint) to choose from. Plus, you can choose the amount of nicotine you want, making them a highly effective aid in stopping smoking – best of all, the vapour they produce smells great!

Other changes

Once you’re on the road to a new you, you should start to look at what other changes you could make and how they could fit into your life. With exercising, for example, you don’t need to be hitting the gym five nights a week to form a new habit. Instead, simply make small changes, such as taking the stairs instead of the lift, or walking or cycling to work rather than driving. After you’ve changed just a few things, you’ll be able to meet the new and improved you!

 

Do you think you could go from old habits to new?

 

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Two stone weight loss

Two stone weight loss

 

Well this is something I never thought I’d see, I never thought I would ever get this far on my weight loss journey but I have made it, I am here, I am now at my two stone weight loss and it feels bloody awesome. It took me longer than planned but hey I am here and that is all I should worry about, it is not a race and they say “slow and steady wins the race”

I wont lie not every week has been a good week, there has been the odd week where I have had a gain, nothing big but I did put on or even maintained and stayed the same, not every week can be a perfect week now can it, what can I say this girl loves chocolates and the odd biscuit now and then.

My weight loss journey started back on the 8th of October last year when I was not feeling happy with my appearance and I knew I was over weight so I decided it was time to do something about it before it caused any health problems. My goal is to loose minimum of five stone and I am nearly half way there now, so close but still yet so far but I will get there eventually.

I have recently made some changes to help me with my weight loss journey, I have recently joined a gym, I really did not want to add to our monthly out goings but I knew I would need help with exercising as I don’t have any exercise equipment at home so I took out a gym membership.

I have been attending keep fit classes such as:

Zumba

20/20/20

Hi/Lo

Leg’s Bum’s and Tums

Synrgy

I have also been using the swimming pool and taken advantage of the fab exercise equipment on offer in the gym. Going to the gym with friends is rather fun, we have been challenging each other and we also push each other to do that bit more. What I have been finding difficult is time to go to the gym, I work and some nights I don’t finish until late, but when I am able to get there to use the equipment I love it and really feel great after a good work out….Even if I am knackered!

What we are looking into getting is some exercise equipment at home so I can then look into not needing the out lay of the gym membership, I can then exercise at home with out the rushing about after work to get to the gym, this would be a better and a more relaxed approach to exercise for me after a day at work.

All in all I am enjoying loosing weight and noticing my body/health changes.

Two stone weight loss

 

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Donate a baby blanket

Donate a baby blanket

 

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There is still time to donate to Dettol’s baby blanket campaign fronted by celebrity mum of two Rachel Stevens. The donation appeal aims to raise awareness of the dangers of bacteria on baby blankets, particularly during the horrid cold and flu season whilst highlighting the shortage of baby blankets available to infants born to families in need.

Dettol are calling for all parents to recycle their old baby blankets by sending them in. Once collected the blankets will be hygienically washed using Dettol’s anti-bacterial laundry cleanser, this is an additive that kills 99.9% of bacteria even in temperatures as low as 15 degrees.

Laboratory tests commissioned by Dettol – on washed blankets donated by volunteer mum’s – show that baby blankets carry a variety of bacteria even after a 40 degree wash, with a third of the washed blankets harbouring coliforms – a group of bacteria linked to faeces.

Dettol have pledged to donate £1 for every blanket collected to children’s medical research charity, sparks to raise much-needed funds for UK families with children who are affected by serious illness or disabilities.

Rachel commented: “The Dettol baby blanket donation is really resonated with me as a mum. I remember bringing my girl’s home for the first time in theirs and what a special time that was. Many babies across the world will never get the chance to experience the comfort of a warm, clean blanket. Thats why im supporting the campaign, asking mums to donate blankets to those in need so that those babies don’t miss out.”

The Dettol baby blanket donation is encouraging parents across the UK to share precious baby blanket memories on Twitter with @DettolBlanket and Dettol’s mission for health facebook page. You can also join in by following the #sharethememories hash tag.

 

You can find out how to donate a baby blanket here

 

If you would like to donate a baby blanket you can by sending them to:

FREEPOST RTKJ-YSGS-SSHR

Dettol Baby Blanket Donation

c/o Spink

Balcombe Place Stables

Haywards Heath

RH17 6AZ

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Confidence building

Confidence building

Confidence buildingI don’t know if you are aware but I was in a horrible car accident back in June this year, I was in hospital for ten days following my accident, I had suffered nerve damage and lost the use of my left arm and leg for a while, I was in a wheelchair for 3 months, I have had intense physio every week since the accident and with a lot of determination and support from my family I am now getting ready to go back to work.

I can’t begin to explain how excited I am about going back to work, I am not one for sitting around at home and I absolutely love my job as a support worker. I have one HUGE hurdle left to confront before I am free to return to work and that is to get back behind the wheel of the my car, I feel sick to my stomach at the thought of even just sitting in the driver’s seat again. My car accident happened on the motorway, my back tyre had a blowout causing my car to spin across two lanes of the motorway and then send me skidding facing the wrong way up the motorway and all I remember seeing was a lorry coming towards me, I ended up crashing into the barrier and needed to be cut free from the car by the firemen.

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Since my accident back in June I have worked so hard along with my physio therapist Ann to get me back up and walking un-aided again (this has only just happened this week) that I have not even had time to think about my feelings of driving again as I have been concentrating on not getting my self down about my current situation, I was suffering nightmares at the time and flashbacks, my health was my main priority at the time.

I was at the hospital yesterday chatting with my neurologist along with Ian about me returning to work and she asked me how would I feel about driving home from the hospital and at that moment in time it hit me, everything came flooding back about the accident, I couldn’t breath, I started sweating and I just broke down, it hit me, the accident has made me absolutely petrified of getting back behind the wheel.

I am determined to not let the accident beat me, I am going to try so hard to get back behind that wheel but it is going to take a lot of determination, I am aware that it is going to bring back all the horrid memories of my accident but if I don’t face this fear then I will not be able to return to the job I love and it will put strain on us as a family. I am now confidence building and will hopefully be back behind the wheel very soon.

Have you had any horrid fears that you have had to face? do you have any hints or tips that will help me?

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Revitive IX circulation booster

Revitive IX circulation booster

Following my recent car accident that I was in back in June here I was left with nerve damage and loss of the use of my left arm and leg, this has left me having to have carers come in to me, I have been having physio therapy at the hospital and private reflexology at home every week without fail since and I am under a specialist at the hospital.

I am very determined to not let this beat me, the doctors have told me I am looking at a six month time scale to recover, before my accident I was a very independent person working as a support worker out in the community full time and looking into setting up my own massage business, now I am the one needing the help and I am finding it very hard to adjust, my business plans are now on hold for a year, I count my blessings everyday that I survived my car accident as things could have been alot worse than they are.

Ian came across a revitive IX machine for me to use at home, he had been told that they are really good so he brought me one when I came home from a very long 11 days in hospital to help with my recovery, the revitive IX machine is excellent, it comes with a remote control for easy use or it can be used manually, it comes with two pairs of electrode body pads and these can be used to target other areas of the body, the revitive also has a Isorocker, this rocks the revitive back and fourth when the electrical impulses cause the calf muscles to gently tense up, the revitive IX has 15 variable waveforms, each with a different pattern to ensure the muscles contract more effectively throughout each session, the revitive IX is suitable for everyone even those with poorer circulation and the 99 intensity levels really help.

                                 

The revitive IX really helps with increasing blood circulation, swollen feet, ankles and it alleviates aches and discomfort.

                                 

The revitive IX is very easy to use, you put both feet on the foot pads, either use the remote or manually increase the intensity levels of the electrical impulses that trigger the muscles actions, these levels can be set from 1-99, when you first turn it on you will get a funny tingling sensation, you set the levels that you are comfortable with, you should see your calf muscles tensing and relaxing the isorocker will allow your feet to rock back and forth, you can use the revitive without the isorocker and it can be used in a comfortable angled position if you wish, the revitive IX circulation booster is mains powered.

                                 

Due to myself being a lot less mobile at the moment the revitive IX has really helped me with my circulation, swollen feet, and pain, I have been using the revitive IX everyday for 20-30 minutes at a time.

                                   

I am really pleased we had this recommended to us.

 
        X Anita X

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