9 years and two days ago I started this blog in order to have a space online where I could share my life with all my friends and family in an easy and accessible way.

9 years ago today I stepped off a plane with Cata and my mum, and moved into this shoebox of a room above in a place that very much resembled a prison/mental hospital just off Caledonian Road in North London.

During these 9 years I have…

Moved 10 times (11 if you count moving country)
Purchased 1 flat
Been awarded 2 degrees
Had 7 jobs
Been made redundant once
Had 9 boyfriends that lasted more than 3 months
3 of those I ended up living with
I have visited about 17 places in the UK (18 if you count Scotland)
And I have been to 17 countries around the world on 4 different continents
I have attended 2 weddings and 1 funeral
I have had 1 close friend getting engaged
And 1 good friend has had a baby
I have probably had around 5-6 breakdowns (give or take)
But most likely had double the triumphs
I have produced and hosted around 85 radio shows on 3 radio stations
Put together around 65 mixes for various purposes
I have completed 7 10Ks, 7 half marathons and 1 full marathon
Joined a gym 3 times but only really meant it once
Had my wallet stolen twice but only lost my keys once
I have blogged at 3-4 other places apart from my own blog
Changed the name of this blog once and the appearance 3 times
Thought about giving up blogging about twice but I could never do it

Overall it has been quite eventful and I should probably throw some sort of party next year when the blog and I celebrate 10 years in London!

 

Orsii outside St Davids

I’m not sure how we ended up in the middle of September (feels like summer was just getting started!) but I can honestly say that the last 6 weeks have taken their toll on my health.

As some of you know, I gave up running after the marathon due to my knee issues and decided to focus more on strength training by going more frequently to the gym.

The first 6 weeks were great and after introducing “Junk Free July” at home, both me and my training partner Cata were progressing nicely and seeing instant results.

Then my birthday happened in the beginning of August, followed by a 10 day trip to Sweden, that was then followed by a visit from my mum, my graduation and various trips around the UK.

Despite being pretty good at keeping up my gym routine throughout it all (going about 3 times/week) I feel like I let the diet/food side of things slip by drinking more alcohol than I should, as well as consuming a bit more “treats” than I normally do.

I guess for a “normal” person this wouldn’t necessarily be an issue, but due to my stomach issues and not having done my “twice a year” detox in June/July (since Im not allowed to exercise when I do it and I didn’t want to give up going to the gym) I am now in a position where I feel incredibly shit.

After my stomach treatment that I underwent for over a year, if I eat healthy and balanced food (within my “tolerated diet”), exercise 3-4 times a week and only drink on the weekends, I don’t have much issues with my stomach these days.

However, indulging a little bit more than usual in the last 6 weeks (for being me – I wouldn’t say I have been massively unhealthy!) has had a profound impact on me and my health – much bigger than I thought it would!

I cheated on Wednesday morning this week by having a slice of tomato and a slice of ham (which Im allergic to but for some reason I couldn’t bloody resist it – overall I only slip up about 2-3 times a year!) and it is now Friday evening and Im still severely bloated and in incredible pain (and I have been more or less constantly!).

It is crazy to think that this constant pain and bloated stomach used to be my everyday life for so many many years… At least now I have proper tools to deal with it, which means I need to totally reboot my system!

To be able to do this I have

  • ordered my 7 day detox stuff (which is bloody expensive!)
  • set up a new training routine with Cata that we will stick to until I go on holiday end of October
  • ordered some hormone free protein powder so I can up my protein intake (which Im hoping will result in eating less carbs and gaining a bit more muscle!)
  • and this weekend I am going to try to put together some meal plans for the next 6 weeks by going through various fitness and paleo recipe blogs.

Fingers crossed that it will work because I don’t think I can go back living like this – just makes me feel depressed that I am so bloated and in so much pain all the time, not fun to be around at all!