Even though I’m still feeling somewhat burnt out, I’m also feeling slightly more positive about my situation. I’ve taken things in hand and made some changes – all of which seem to be having the desired effect.
For a start, I got back out for a run. On Sunday, there was absolutely no excuse, so I did a speedy 5km run to Wapping and back. I was pleased with the time, but shocked at just how much it took out of me.
Six weeks of no running has definitely had an impact on my general fitness. I thought my lungs were going to shoot out of my mouth once I finished running! I had to take some time leaning against the railings by Canary Wharf Pier to get my breath back.
I’ve also been more mindful about what I put into my body. On reflection, I got into some terrible habits so far in 2019, eating and drinking far too much, on a very regular basis. What can I say, I’m a sucker for a bottomless brunch!
So I’ve kicked beer into touch and, as I type this in Dublin, I’m sipping on a bottle of Huel for my lunch. I’ve also been to the gym in my hotel and plan to go again this evening. I know it’s only been just over a week, but I can feel the difference the drop in calories (i.e. beers) is making to my waistline.
I want to return to regular running and have worked out I can easily fit a speedy 5km run in almost every day of the week. I’ve also rejoined my old gym, though that will mostly be a weekend ting.
I have an appointment with a doctor this Friday to discuss next steps and to see what else I can do to turn the ship around. This is on top of rest, reflection, meditation and being a lot more realistic about my workload.
I’m hoping I can continue to make positive progress and start to feel even better sooner. There’s definitely some light at the end of the tunnel.
It’s less than a month until our trip to Japan and I’d like to feel a lot better than I do now, so I can enjoy the break. Let’s see how I get on.