Year 3 Week 20

14th – 20th May 2018

It really isn’t long now until I go to Kenya. It’s hard to believe that a month from now it will all be over and I will be looking for something else to focus on.

For months now my main focus has been training for this half marathon. I know it will be the second time of doing it but the training is still important.

I think the fact that I know I have done it before makes me believe that I can do it again. Last year that was one of my biggest fears – not knowing if I could do it or not.

I have been training now for over 6 months and some months I have been training almost everyday. Since January I have set myself goals that have been going very well. Infact they have been going so much better than I expected.

That is until this month. For May I have set the goal to up my mileage every week and by the end of the month hopefully I would have reached 10 or 11 miles.

Last week I managed to reach 9 miles which I was extremely happy about. However afterwards I was ill. My neck was burning and swelling up I got incredibly tired and I put on 5lbs over night. I generally felt really rotten and my emotions were all over the place. So I booked an appointment with my doctor. He suspects that I might have a thyroid disease which he can only prove with further blood tests. He also said it’s brought on by stress.

Fortunately, this week I went to see Jenny and a month ago I had a DNA health test with her and this week my results had arrived. I told her my issues and she said the way I was feeling made sense. This stress the doctors said though is not mental stress – it’s physical stress.

She said that the Thyroid contains something called T3 and T4. One keeps you going helping you do the things you need to do and the other helps to heal repair and level out things afterwards. She said the one to repair is not working which is why I instantly put on weight and why my emotions are going haywire and why I am generally tired all the time.

She also said that what I have been doing is basically sticking a plaster on a stab wound.

I have had a thyroid issue for years and I have always kept up on test checking that all is ok. My main focus throughout my training though has all been about strengthening my legs and sorting out any little ailments I may have, which I feel I have done.

What Jenny said has totally made me think and I realised that has been exactly what I have been doing – I have been putting that plaster over a stab wound. I have been too busy trying to make sure my legs can get me across that finish line that I forgot to look deeper to see what the real problem was.

It isn’t all bad news though as there is something that can be done about it apparently. I have done another 9 miles since and I was a little better than before. So it means that I can still go to Kenya. But I am actually starting to doubt whether I can complete the challenge. Whatever happens, I will keep trying.

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Day 50

Friday 19th February 2016

Kept myself busy, I did some more drawings to keep me occupied.

  

Each day seems to be blurring into the next, there is nothing I can say that is really exciting about my days at the moment. I am getting really bored.

19st 10lbs.    0.2lbs⬆️.      23lbs ⬇️total 😴💤

Day 40

Tuesday 9th February 2016

Day 13 of detox

Today is day 40. It is said that if you do something for 40 days it becomes a habit. Hope that is true, time will tell I suppose.

It is also Shrove Tuesday which means tomorrow 40 days of lent starts, I don’t have anything left to give up for lent.

Jenny the nutritionist told me that she wanted me to carry on this phase for a bit longer. I felt the light at the end of the tunnel had gone out.

I got so upset, the end in sight was what was keeping me going. Don’t think I can do this any more.

As it was pancake day, the kids had pancakes for tea and because I was so emotional it got to me a little more than usual.

19st  13.8lbs.     0.2lbs⬇️.      19.2lbs⬇️total😣

Day 36

Friday 5th February 2016

Day 9 of detox

I don’t mind so much what I am eating any more. I kind of have this attitude that it doesn’t matter what it tastes like going in, it’s what it does on the inside that counts. I don’t seem to crave sweet things any more either.

I did go to M&S food and it bothered me a little.

Still feeling shaky, I am amazed how I can survive for so long on so few calories it must be the quality and not the quantity that counts.

20st 1.1lbs.   0.7lbs⬇️.     17.9lbs⬇️total

Day 35

Thursday 4th February 2016

Day 8 of detox

The detox is going well, I haven’t wavered once I am coping OK. Still slightly shaky though.

I seem to be having an emotional battle with myself, people were saying I was looking thinner, I am not sure I could see it myself though. I couldn’t believe all my hard work was working.

I think time will tell.

20st 1.8lbs.    1.1lbs⬇️.     17.2lbs⬇️total 😑

Day 31

Sunday 31st January 2016

Day 4 of detox

I am still eating food I don’t like, but I am going to persevere with it in the hope that I do get to like it.

By late morning I got very giddy and shaky and I couldn’t shake it off, not even after lunch. I was so bad at lunch time that I cried my way through it. I just couldn’t cope any more.


Had to go to bed in the afternoon but I was really struggling. I got to the stage where I wanted to quit I thought I would tell Jenny the nutritionist so I called her.

She said that I am doing really well and to keep going and that what I am feeling is natural because at the minute all the glucose is coming out of my liver and the shakes are like me going through cold turkey. She said tomorrow would be better.

So I didn’t quit.

After dinner a was a little better.

20st 3.7lbs.    1lb⬇️.     15.3lbs⬇️total😫😂😭

Day 29

Friday 29th January 2016

Day 2 of detox, I had a choice today I could eat veg all day, fruit all day or potatoes all day. I stupidly picked potatoes. I love them and I thought that they would fill me up more than the other choices.

How wrong was I. Potatoes with no oil on are really disgusting.

I went out for the day packed lunch in hand. By the time I ate my lunch they were cold. Cold potatoes were even worse.

When evening came around I couldn’t cope any more I had a major meltdown.

I was ready to quit it all. I just thought that I didn’t want to be thin and miserable, but fat and happy.

All I knew is that I couldn’t eat another potato. So I cheated and ate eggs instead. I will be allowed eggs tomorrow anyway. Even though I cheated I didn’t feel it was bad, it’s not like I ate a big chocolate cake.

20st  5.9lbs.   2.2lbs⬇️.   13.1lbs ⬇️total😫

Day 28

Thursday 28th January 2016

Today was the first day of the detox that the nutritionist gave me. I had a bad stomach until tea time so it didn’t really bother me at all.

I ate fruit at meal times and I had to eat nothing in between for 5 hours.

Breakfast x 3 bananas

Lunch x 3 apples

Dinner x 1 whole melon

By the evening  I couldn’t really concentrate. I ended up going to bed early because I was so hungry.

20st 8.1lbs.    0.2lbs⬆️.   7..9lbs⬇️total 😟🍌🍌🍌🍏🍎🍏🍉🍉🍉🍉🍉🍉

Day 26

Tuesday 26th January 2016

I think I must have overdone it yesterday as I don’t feel as good today.

I am feeling deflated because it’s getting really hard. Even though I don’t feel hungry, I really want a good pig out just so my stomach feels full.

Went for a swim instead.

20st 8.8lbs.   1.1lbs⬆️.   10.2lbs⬇️total.  😔

Day 24

Sunday 24th January 2016

I am really happy that the weight is going down every day, however I am starting to find it really hard.

I am still eating within my calorie allowance given from My Fitness Pal but the longer it goes on the hungrier I am getting. It’s better than yesterday though.

Went swimming today.

20st 7.5lbs.   1.5lbs ⬇️      11.5lbs ⬇️total😋🎂🍰