A few days ago I wrote a guest post for the lovely Karen over on her blog Yankee Doodle Paddy. Karen is someone I ‘met’ online via Snapchat and she honestly is one of the kindest, sweetest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. Positivity and happiness literally radiates out of her and I have no idea how she manages it!
Anyway, after writing my guest post for her, which focussed on love as it’s subject and specifically the type of love we as humans receive from animals, it got me thinking about love as a whole and the different ways it manifests itself in life.
I always try to look for the silver lining in life. No matter how bad or sad the situation, I believe that if you take a step back and look at the situation objectively, removing any emotion, there is always at least a sliver of good to be found. (I wrote about this previously in A Tribute To My Sister – Finding Positives In Loss).
After being told of my Cancer diagnosis, I could feel myself shut down (my defence mechanism whenever anything hurts me; I have no control over it, I feel the stone walls go up and my capability to connect or feel anything of any note leaves me) and I knew my brain was closing down to allow itself time and space to process what it had been told.
Thankfully, 6-days after the diagnosis my brother got married. The timing for this was perfect for me, as I was so incredibly excited about the big day and so brimming with happiness, that the sheer level of emotion I felt for that stopped the grey cloud of misery from coming down completely.
Write a sentence. Delete it. Write a sentence. Delete it. That’s all I’ve done since I sat down with my laptop.
I’ve made numerous coffees, I’ve thrown the dogs toy for her, I’ve stared at the TV, but I’ve not managed to write a single sentence that seemed like an apt start to this post. So I guess the best thing I can do is to stop trying and just go with the flow. I guess the best thing I can do is just say it.
Cancer. I had Cancer. I’m ok now, I’ve had surgery, but there it is, the fact of the matter, I had Cancer.
To cut a long story short, here’s how it went…
It’s no secret that I’ve put on weight in the past year or so. I turned 30, I settled down and, most of all, the daily dosage of medication I take was increased by the doctors as my body had adjusted to the old levels I took.
Within the space of 6-months, I’d piled on 1.5 stone and I can honestly say I hate what I see in the mirror. I move more than ever before, I eat healthily (although I allow myself treats at the weekend) and yet I was getting bigger, and with every centimetre my size increased, my self esteem and confidence dropped even lower.
Then I received an email from La Belle Forme in Brentwood (previously known as The Skin Clinic). I’d heard of this previously, so when I was offered a complementary treatment, I just knew I was going to try something for weight loss, and it had to be non-intrusive as I didn’t want to commit to full surgery in my quest to lose some timber; I’m not quite that brave.
It’s that time of year again – the countdown to Christmas has begun; meaning plans for your annual office party will undoubtedly be set in motion. Whether you’ll be dining at a fine restaurant or going out for drinks, Christmas parties allow colleagues to bond and relax away from their desks, creating memories (and some regrets) that’ll be the talk of next year.
However, amongst all the festivities, did you know you could actually be burning quite a few calories? Check out these Christmas party classics that can surprisingly shed your seasonal calories: