I don’t like to give too much away. I’m honest yes, but there are some details, especially relating to my private life and particularly my relationship, that are best kept to myself and a very close inner circle of Catski’s confidantes! You wouldn’t believe me if I told you. 2017 has been like a series of scenes from a bad soap opera.
Needless to say you will all have picked up on the fact that 2017 was challenging which is an unusual understatement coming from me. Always one to add legs to situation!
I was running on sheer adrenalin (and red wine and caffeine) the whole of the year until November when the pressure cooker finally exploded, steam shot out at a zillion miles per hour and I collapsed with nervous exhaustion and severe inflammation in a heap. Rendered totally incapable of exercising or even dressing myself at one point.
We’re now talking 8 weeks on and a bit of seasonal snot and dry cracked lips aside, I’ve picked myself back up and am literally RARING to go and ready to embrace 2018, determined that it will be a total beauty of a year. My best ever no less.
I have learnt a lot in 2017.
Turns out I’m not a machine. Who would have thought it?
I do need rest, relaxation and recovery time.
There I was thinking that if I stopped for just a minute that would make me, well, a bit inadequate, but actually by not stopping regularly enough, I pretty much burnt myself out.
You already know the story about the excruciating trapped nerves; seriously never known pain like it. But the meds I unfortunately had to take to get it under control so that I could get a momentary and manageable life back were even worse and rendered me a gibbering, slavering, dry mouthed, sloooooooow (like painfully slow) wreck.
I almost forgot to tell you - I had X-rays too. I was so convinced there was something more serious going on. Turns out I do have a chipped bone in my lower back from a fracture. Don't worry though - apparently its years old. Not a scoobies when that might have happened but that does show you that I have a high threshold for pain. Although, now I think of it, I did once complain on a snow-boarding trip of a broken bottom so I might actually have been right!
Anyway, I digress!
So then I decided to not take the meds at all, rather than wean myself off as the Doctor had prescribed and I was like a casualty from Trainspotter. Shivering, shaking, aching, throbbing head, upset tummy, vomiting and dizzy.
So I have made a solemn vow to myself to do everything holistically and nutritionally that I possibly can to ensure that my body is rid of the inflammation.
Which brings me to the fabfitforty educational side of today’s blog. Apologies, I was unable to type or write so sorry that I didn’t fill up your December in-box. I lost the use of my right arm for almost a month. Anyone who actually received a hand written Christmas card from me this year will have noted it looked like either a 5-year-old or a spider had written it. Sorry! That was me trying to hold a pen.
I made some changes to my diet. Changes that I will definitely be taking with me into 2018. Changes that I firmly believe have helped me (almost) fully recover.
Still can’t do a press-up and don’t think I will ever again attempt a pull up but at least I’m back doing a downward dog and have started with “modified” metafit sessions. Next week I go back to my beloved Pilates. HORRAH!!!! Boy I have missed that reformer, more than I ever thought imaginable. I do hope my favourite reformer machine is still waiting for me!
But back to the nutrition as it will stand you all in good stead for 2018 too and you know that we're all on this fabfit journey together.
The Medics did the usual weigh in. Big boned! Also my height. Always expecting to have grown but no, you’re all right, I’m still not 5ft2. I am 5ft1 and proud. However, today, I am also 5lbs lighter than I was 8 weeks ago and that is even with Christmas and no exercise in between.
So what have I been eating and drinking that’s different?
Well – since you ask…..here goes!
Let’s start with what I have been avoiding as they are known to increase inflammation within your body. Its a crying shame I know as that below represents beauty to my sister and I!
Now that might sound like common sense to most of you and I was never a big fry up girl but my favourite meal for sure would have been a big juicy rare steak, with a gorgonzola sauce and triple cooked chips, accompanied by an even bigger and bolder exceptionally large glass of Malbec.
What I have been actively trying to eat instead is:
Fatty fish – especially salmon and mackerel
Fruits – specifically blueberries and cherries
Greens – mainly kale and broccoli
Tea – Turmeric and Ginger
I’ve also been taking a B12 supplement and extra cod liver oil.
I wouldn’t say that I am quite feeling fit as a fiddle but I’m 100% no longer in pain and the inflammation is definitely under control. I can feel my hands again and they’re not as cold as ice.
Other great anti-inflammatory foods you could also throw in include:
Nuts like almonds and walnuts
Most of us are pretty good with the fruit and veggies during the spring and summer and reach for what we think are more “comfort” foods in the winter but believe me, chronic inflammation, like the kind I had this year, is so debilitating that my shopping list has had to change, I like to think forever.
Here’s hoping that 2018 will have me back firing on all cylinders, happy, healthy, fit and free of inflammation.
If I have time, I will try and do a quick roll call of all the things I discovered that I loved in 2017. It most certainly wasn’t all doom and gloom for this was the year that I discovered The Ordinary face products and despite feeling crap for 8 weeks, my skin has luckily still been in great shape, even if my back hasn’t!