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Going Gluten Free

After yet another doctors appointments and more daft blood tests, I have now been advised to go gluten free for a minimum of 6 weeks. This is to rule out an intollerance before being sent to a specialist. I’ve also been given some anti-spasm medicine for my tummy to make it stop hurting and bloating… Painting an attractive picture here aren’t I!

One thing I noticed when researching gluten free foods – it’s in everything! Go and look at the back of the most random object, and there it’ll be… There are the obvious ones like bread and pasta, but things like pre-cooked chicken (you know, the flavoured ones you can buy) contain it.

Shopping for gluten free foods is easier thanks to some supermarkets having it in a designated area – but it’s not a massive selection! And also – Look at the bloody prices! £2 for half a loaf of bread! Don’t even get me started on the price of biscuits!!!

Here’s my local selection from the supermarket… Thank god for as they have a much wider variety of foods at better prices. For now…

So long fajitas, yorkshire puddings, cous cous, gravy and all my other gluten filled favourites. I’ll see you on the other side (I hope)

Blood Tests and A Gym Membership

Yesterday was a pretty full on day, what with mixing work with trying to get bits and bobs in order. First thing of the day was to head to the local quacks to have copious amounts of blood taken for testing. After talking to the peeps at York Test, after the test I did the other week, I found out that 65% of people who do the test come back with a positive result… I wasn’t therefore going to waste £250 to find out it was something daft that I never eat like peas! I went the doctor route and discussed the symptoms – he ordered blood tests after a fast to check everything out from Thyroid to Gluten intollerance to blood sugars and everything else you can think of. Fingers crossed they find out soon! The nurses taking blood were running late, so to keep myself occupied I gave up my seat to an elderly lady and even carried another elderly ladies bag down the stairs for her. She responded with “gosh I must be looking old” – humour in old age – brilliant!

So blood taken I headed to the brand spanking new gym that opened round the corner (The Arc) – it’s council run, so a bargain compared to named gyms. So operation marathon is in full swing. Next to get some decent trainers and have a gait analysis done, get some knee supports and actually start running! ha ha ha!

Watch this space!

Food Intolerances

Bit of a strange post this one.. for the past year or so I have been mostly feeling tired, bloated and stomach achey… Not pleasant, but I have put it down to setting up the business and moving and the such like. Last week I decided enough was enough and ordered myself a York Test. The kit came, i pricked my finger and sent them som blood. The initial test just looks to see if you have any food intollerances, and the full test looks at over 113 different food types to see what you need to reduce/cut out from your diet.

So, my results came back that I am indeed intollerant to some types of food. Although I am yet to take the plunge and pay the £250 to find out what! Instead I’m off to the docs, armed with my letter to see if they can help!

As I’m starting training for the marathon next year, I thought it about time I got my health in order!

York Test

I’m Running The London Marathon! (2013)

Yeah, that’s right – you read that correctly! Me, the one who laughs in the face of all those who exercise let alone run, has not only decided to get fit again… but set an almighty target of running the London Marathon next year! Yes, I know – I am nuts and also have crazy knees, but I am told that losing weight and getting fitter will help with that. I’ll be investing over the next year in serious running attire including trainers that are suitable for running and the such like. I have downloaded a training schedule and am ready to rock and roll!

I have had my place confirmed already as I am running for a charity very dear to my heart, Leukaemia CARE. Papa Swift suffered with Acute Myeloid Leukeamia which is a rare and agressive form of Leukeamia (around 2000 adults a year are diagnosed). So what a better charity to run for!

I’ll be keeping you all up to date with my progress and of course asking you to dip your hands in your pockets soon! 😉

About Leukaemia CARE
Leukaemia CARE
Leukaemia CARE exists to provide vital care and support to all those whose lives have been affected by Leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and the allied blood disorders. Our work extends to the welfare of families and carers, as well as that of patients them- selves. Quite simply, ‘supporting a quality of life for all’.
The incidence and prevalence of blood cancers has increased over the years, and it is
now the 5th most common type of cancer in the UK, with official figures suggesting that around 30,000 people are diagnosed each year with Leukaemia, lymphoma or an allied blood disorder. Leukaemia CARE has therefore developed and expanded an im-pressive range of services to help address the needs of our patients and their families to provide practical care and support in every way we can. Your help is crucial for us to continue this work.

It’s About Time

I often look at my blog and think, I really should get this updated – not that I have people begging to hear what I have been up to, but sometimes it’s quite a cathartic exercise to get down all your thoughts, whether others read them or not.
So what have I been up too? I think what haven’t I been up to is more of an apt statement.
Since launching the business back in September things have gone from strength to strength, I now have people working for me on a part time basis, solicitors, a business mentor and accountants and am currently in the process of renting office space to house my mini empire. Although I will miss not having to put proper clothes on every day! I do like a good pair of joggers!
Aside from the business I’m back diving – I try to get to the pool once a week with a monthly jaunt out into the cold waters of the UK and yes… they are cold!!! I’m having a great time diving again, it’s such a loveable sport. Great people and I get out of the house! I never thought me and sports would be happy in each others company, but seemingly scuba is the one for me!
Oh, I also had all my hair cut off in an attempt to be trendy – I’ll let you know how that works out for me!

I suppose really that’s all that can be said apart from a fairly unlikely promise to try and update this blog more often… *slaps wrists* MUST TRY HARDER!