Balance is everything, from walking to weight and hormones

I don’t like hospitals. I don’t think I know anyone who likes hospitals, but I don’t like them at all. Something I have in common with my dad. Hospitals are crammed with ill people, who need to be made better. That’s the main reason I don’t like them, illness.

Unfortunately, I have to routinely attend a hospital every few months for a consultant visit. A few years ago I was diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism due to a condition known as Graves Disease. If you know what Hyperthyroidism is, you’re probably wondering why I have a problem losing weight, it’s because I’ve had it under control. That was until recently anyway.

What is Hyperthyroidism?

Hyperthyroidism is essentially a condition where the thyroid gland in your body is producing too many hormones. The thyroid gland is found at the front of your neck and it is responsible for producing hormones that control a whole variety of things like your heart rate and body temperature.

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Making Sense Of It Being Difficult

Why is it so hard? This is something I ask myself every single day. Loosing weight is not easy. It’s largely mind over matter. At the moment, my mind is not helping me. But why is it so hard actually?

Why is it so hard? This is something I ask myself every single day. Losing weight is not easy. It’s largely a case of mind over matter. At the moment, my mind is not winning. But why is it so hard actually?

For most people, gaining weight is a whole lot easier than losing weight. It certainly is for me, I only need to sniff at a takeaway and I’m being asked just how much do I want adding to me. But is there something basic to this? I think so.

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A New Chapter

The uncertainty, the feeling of not knowing what the expect. Change can sometimes be a good thing, sometimes not. Hopefully, the changes I am going through at the moment are going to be good.

Last week was very emotional for both me and the wife. Around 11 and a half years ago, I started at a company that had just been bought by BT (British Telecom). Back in March 2008, I started out as a First Line Support Engineer in what was my second IT job since leaving full-time education. Over the years I went from First Line Support to Second Line and then Third Line. I also chucked in a stint at management during that time which I really did not like.

But I didn’t only just progress my career there. A lot changed for me personally too. When I started there I had a girlfriend who I had been with since the end of school. We were growing apart and we broke up. When that happened I had my best of friends around me (they know who they are if they read this) and I also had the woman who is now my wife.

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It’s Not All Routine

Where do I begin? It’s been a few weeks. I got to admit the last few weeks have not been easy, not in the slightest. But when life throws some decisions and challenges at us, it is how we react and come out the other side that define us

That said, am I in a good place following said few weeks? I don’t know if I’m honest. I’m excited about what the future will bring, but I’m also scared so much because I am miles out of my comfort zone.

Now, this is a weight loss blog. People don’t come here to read about how to keep it together in your head. I’m not here for that. What I am here for is to explain there can easily be a direct correlation between one’s state of mind and achieving a steadfast weight loss each week.

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Recipe: Chilli & Paprika Chicken Kebab with Pesto Pasta

It’s that time of year now, where we have the odd couple of days of sunshine between the days of wind and rain. The typical British Summer of will it rain or will it shine?

This recipe is something light, but feels so much like comfort food. Can be eaten and craved for when the weather is horrid, but is also versatile so it can be cooked on a BBQ when the weather is at it’s best.

I cooked this particular meal for me and wifey last night. By far one of the better meals I’ve ever made. It was so simple too. Not only can you whack these skewers under the grill in the kitchen, but I bet they’d be awesome on a BBQ as well.

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Damn you HbA1c

Do you know what HbA1c levels are? I imagine some people who read my ramblings do. For those who don’t, here’s a quick explanation for you;

HbA1c is what’s known as glycated haemoglobin. This is something that’s made when the glucose (sugar) in your body sticks to your red blood cells. Your body can’t use the sugar properly, so more of it sticks to your blood cells and builds up in your blood. Red blood cells are active for around 2-3 months, which is why the reading is taken quarterly. 

What is HbA1c – diabetes.org.uk

Now, if you’re still not following, it’s a measurement taken from your blood to diagnose if you are Type 2 Diabetic – I think that’s right.

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It’s Been A While…

Hi. Hello. It’s me, I’m still here. I know it’s been a while since I last posted – 25th March if I remember correctly, which is almost three weeks ago! Time certainly does fly past without you realising sometimes.

I’ve missed posting here. A lot has happened in the last couple of weeks too. Good stuff and not so good stuff.

First off, we’ll get the not so good stuff out the way; I became another year older. It was my birthday last week, which wasn’t brilliant for the weight-loss. I gained 8lbs last week through the birthday week, some meals out and just generally not sticking to plan led to this.

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