Health & Wellbeing

Small steps, some progress

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.

(Photo by Jad Limcaco on Unsplash)

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