Podcast 1 Mental health

Could I Study Nutrition and Fitness?

A thought came to me today whilst I was working out in the gym (I soooo had to gloat because it’s Saturday!), and it may sound so crazy but I really would love to study nutrition and fitness and then use my knowledge to work with those who suffer depression. For me, the gym, family bike rides, eating well and running plays a huge part in my mental state. It really helps. I would love to know more. I would love to study it and read about it and write about it. I am a people person so I would love to do public speaking on the issue and help people.

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Could this actually happen?

Oh wow I feel emotional just thinking about this. I’m excited. I’m actually experiencing butterflies in my tummy!

I set up a running group on Facebook thinking only a few friends would join but i have over 2.5k members – there’s clearly a market for me.

I remember when i was so low that I didn’t want to exist and my health visitor asked if i wanted counselling – no way! She asked if I wanted gym membership – I don’t need to work out! She asked if I wanted pills – say whaaaat? However, if there were more people like me talking honestly about feeling so low that you think your kids would be happier without you around then I would say YES TO THE HELP. Gym for sure. C25K for sure. Build a community around you. Build each other up. High five. Fist pump. Try something new. Challenge yourself.

It can be the little things – and honest to god i know.

I’m actually excited about this idea. I would love to get out to schools and tell them how amazing it is to exercise – even if it means getting out with Pokemon Go. That fresh air, the smiles, the giggles, the bonding with those who go out with you. National Trust, the local heath, the local park. get a dog, get a bike, get outside!

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Podcast 1 Mental health

Week 1 Calorie Counting Diary – Test Week

Day 1 of the diet DONE so today we are onto day 2. I felt so proud of myself yesterday turning down wine and chocolate and cheese 😬 For January I’m aiming to shift half a stone which means I need to have willpower. Something I don’t have much of these days! For me, it’s important I lose the weight that I don’t want to carry because it plays on my mind and makes my mood very low. Today I plan on being active and going on a good long walk with my kids, hubby and pup. Packing fruit as snacks.


Day two of my New Year diet and I’m enjoying calorie counting. I don’t feel like I’m depriving myself and I was still allowed to have a small glass of red wine whilst cooking dinner. We walked for 2.5hrs in the forest today and it was brilliant. I LOVE stomps in nature. Free, educational and so refreshing. 💕 My first run of the new year is happening tomorrow which I’m excited about. It will be an early one but it sets you up for the day.


Day three and I have felt sick on and off today. I ran at 6am and picked on food a lot today but still within my calorie allowance and all healthy. My heart has been racing lots – like mini panic attacks. I think it’s because I haven’t been able to work for three weeks and I’m eager to get on with it. Kids are gradually going back to school this week so next week will be a normal week. I feel overwhelmed and I want to eat crap to help my anxiety and I can’t. I want wine. I can’t. No idea how to help the anxiety without chocolate and wine. That’s all I know. I’m trying to breathe and write a list but that’s not helping either.

Day 4 and today was a work day, mummy day, take the dog to the vet day, treat Matilda to a swim day and school run day! Woah. I used my calories on Warburtons thins and spinach/rocket. oh! And skinny popcorn! It was hard not snacking on chocolate and biscuits because that’s all I wanted as I’m super tired with kids not sleeping and felt a little anxious with juggling everything today. I did it though because that crap isn’t in the house anymore. I also met a client deadline today. My treat will be a glass of red wine whilst I carry on working tonight. I also consumed heaps of lemon water today and all I have done is visit the toilet every half an hour!

Day 5 and I’m 3lbs lighter. Yay!!! My mind is clearer and I’m feeling happier. I’m focused😎 and UNDER my calorie allowance today. Always good

Day 6 and I’m tired. Stupidly tired. Lost 3.5lbs in 6 days so I’m pleased but I’m craving crap so bad!! My kids haven’t been eating badly either this week so I gave them these sweet pots as a Friday treat. Their behavior has been so much better this week. I just want to drink a bottle of wine now in my pj’s … but I won’t! I’m heading out to see friends and I’m not drinking anything but sparkling water.


Day 7 and I decided to have a fringe cut and buy new makeup in order to feel better about myself. I had chocolate today 🙈but doing a 10-mile run tomorrow so i forgive myself. That bottle of prosecco has really blown it for me this week.


Day 8 and a 10 mile run, 1.5ltr of water and a Sunday roast for me! 💕 However I had a bottle of prosecco last night – awful I know! I think I will lower my calorie intake this week by a 50 and also up my 5k runs to three times this week as I didn’t run much last week. Aim for week two is to up my fruit intake.

Running mileage week 1 = 24k

Total Calories Consumed = 11,728 (allowance was 10,400)

Total Calories Burned = 2,007

So I’m trying to see week 1 as a test run – stupid prosecco! Stupid breakdown yesterday! So for the week ahead I’m allowing myself a total of (Monday to Sunday) 8,400 calories for the 7 days. In this time I’m hoping to burn 2000 calories from running.

Food this week should include;

Turkey breasts, chicken breasts, pasta, gammon, 5% mince, homemade bolognese and lots of fruit and veg.