A bit of a difficult week with feeling physically poorly but part of me wants to focus on positive things for the future, both fairly soon but really thinking about life balance in the longer term. Let’s check out this week’s news first:
What’s happened this week?
- I booked myself some things for the diary to look forward to with a helicopter flying lesson in September and a Ferrari driving experience around the Silverstone circuit in October
- I’ve started to think about hobbies (more about that in a moment)
- I’ve continued to stay off the scales for the past week
- I won’t go into details but the effect of trying to eat more has had quite a profound physical impact on me for the past 6 days resulting in very little sleep and being in constant pain every day. It’s only today that I’m starting to see the signs of potentially getting better so hopefully I’ll finally sleep well tonight!
What could Erika improve on / next targets?
- I’m really trying to get above 900 calories but I’ll no doubt feel more focused once I feel better
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We can have times when we take stock of our lives, perhaps initiated by a significant event or change like losing weight or recovering from an illness. There may be things in our lives we have to do. There may be things we enjoy having in our week. But we may also think about further things to build into our lives to address an unmet need. As a wife, mum, businesswoman, student and carer to my son, life is busy and I’ve been recognising that I need to have some time for me, especially with Covid restricting my usual coping strategy of travelling. When I did the recent 4 hours eating disorder breakthrough session, the therapist used the word balance several times and that word rings true for me…. whether it’s about balancing my calorie intake so it’s healthy, whether it’s about balancing my weight so that I’m not obsessed but I can give myself see leeway. I also need to apply the word balance to my week which means finding hobbies which introduce some fun. I’m about to finish a course where I’ve met up with the same people for 3 hours a week since September and I’ve come to realise that seeing familiar faces on a regular basis has been good for me. So, here are some thing I’m considering at the moment to start after the summer:
- horse riding
- martial art lessons
- joining a gym
- finding an adult education course, perhaps something like photography or furniture restoration
- becoming a first aider for public events – though Covid would make me feel very nervous
- finding an outdoors community project, perhaps something around gardening. Now, that would be ironic as we actually have gardeners who come here every fortnight to make our gardens really lovely but getting involved in a practical community project does appeal
- or (and this might come as a surprise)…. something food-related like baking!
I’d really love to hear what hobbies you have. Yes, there are things I could do at home and I’m a real sucker for jigsaws but the ‘people person’ within me knows that connecting with others does me the power of good. And having done voluntary work for most of my adult life, I guess I’m not feeling compelled to look for another voluntary job unless it really ticks the box for me. So, I’d love to know what you like doing or perhaps would consider in the future if you wanted to meet people too.
Once I feel better, I’ll share some photos with you about my journey but I’ll be back later on in the week as I’m starting to research how to handle significant excess skin. Yes, there are supposed treatments out there but it’d be great to find something evidence-based …. without going under the knife!
Love Erika xx
|Recordable weight loss including 21 lbs lost before blogging||Still to lose:||Current weight:||BMI:|
|164 lbs (last recordable weight)||7 lbs||165 lbs||24.9|