The last week has been pretty rubbish and made me consider, no, decide on a complete lifestyle change.
I have felt like utter crap, suffering from constant ‘oh my feckin’ god’ stomach ache, heartburn and stomach acid that feels like it’s burning a hole through my windpipe.
All in all, I’ve felt pretty wiped out.
If I’m honest I’ve been experiencing these symptoms for around two years, just not as frequent or severe, and I could usually pinpoint it back to pizza dough.
But, unfortunately for a bread loving mother-toaster, it’s looking like it’s a gluten thing.
A bowl of pasta almost finished me off following Tuesday night’s dinner, the last time I experienced stomach pain like that was when my appendix burst.
Things have got to change, and change quickly.
The first steps towards my lifestyle change
Changing my diet
I’ve been doing Slimming World for about a year now and I’ve lost quite a bit of weight, but as they’ll tell you in group, it’s not a diet and neither is what I’m about to embark on to be fair, but it is a completely different lifestyle so I’ll be taking some time away for now.
After doing the Dukan Diet a few times over the years I know there’s no doubt about it, I’ll definitely lose weight.
However, giving birth to a rugby ball after being unable to ‘go’ for two weeks isn’t something I’m looking to jump into again – I mean like seriously!
Obviously, gluten was the first thing to go, and for once the thought of going without bread didn’t bring me out in hives and hot sweats.
Funny how a little thing like it rendering you crippled in agony can do for your willpower isn’t it?
I’m currently eating a high protein, low carb type diet.
I actually did two days just pure protein when the stomach cramps were particularly bad, but as mentioned above, no good comes from that in the long term.
The stomach aches have become less and less since I cut out gluten, so I think it’s safe to say we have the culprit.
Needless to say, alcohol consumption has been reduced to once a week, having a few too many during the week is becoming a habit that needs shaking, and let’s face it, it’s no good when you’re having issues with your stomach.
I need to exercise more
Apart from power walking everywhere, which is just something I naturally do and has had nothing to do with health reasons, I don’t indulge in any sort of exercise.
I’m on my feet all day running my cafe, but that’s where it ends.
Inspired by my friend and fellow blogger Lynn of Mrs Mummy Penny, I’m going to get off my arse and start doing some regular exercise.
I’m not a personal trainer sort of guy myself, I’m not particularly keen on getting told what to do, I’m a lone wolf when it comes to training, I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again!
My OCD habits have been insane since the cafe came along, it’s another thing to worry about and there is no doubt that exercise helps with mental health issues.
I’m starting with some jogging and I’ll work my way up from there.
If you see a wheezing, panting, purple bloke shuffle past you it could be me so give me a nod.
I’ve undertook some hardcore dietary regimes over the years with my only thought being about how good I looked, this time it’s all about how good I feel.
It’s time I took my health a little bit more seriously, this week was an eye opener of what life will be like if I don’t, and believe me there is no bigger motivation.
As always, I’ll be attempting this lifestyle change spending as close to sweet FA as possible!