Over the last few days there has been really lovely weather. Today being the best day but as yesterday evening was so bright Pete and I decided to go for a walk. We walked to the next village and by the time we returned we had worked up quite a sweat! 40 minutes of good exercise. To be fair I’m not sure I needed it as my back has been aching from trying our pilates and doing Jillian Michaels DVD’s. Anyone that has done her 30 day shred knows how hard core she can be. I thought it might be nice to mix it up a bit. Do different kinds of exercise to keep the body guessing. Well my body is asking, what are you doing to me woman?!’ Nothing a good night’s sleep wouldn’t sort out to soothe the muscles. Shame last night wasn’t one of them! For some unknown reason I woke in the early hours and my mind was saying, ‘Hello!’ I thought about everything. Stupid things I needed to remind myself of as well as trying to focus on my body and see if it was telling me anything, any gut feelings about the forthcoming scan that I have, which incidentally is next week…
One thing that has been bothering me lately is my body. I know it is the last of my worries and I have nothing to worry about but it’s weird how the mind plays tricks with you. I have always wanted a better body. Who hasn’t? My thighs are substantially bigger than my waist in fact there is a ten inch difference between them. I think the yoga is actually making my waist smaller therefore my thighs appear to be getting bigger! In my head I am bigger than I am then I see pictures and I am really small. I know my figure has changed since the beginning of the year and I have increased in weight. (I have to check my weight to ensure that I am not losing it- au contraire, I am actually increasing in weight.) I am still slight at only 8 stone 10lbs but the fear of putting on weight is preoccupying my mind! I don’t want to feel like it and I want to love myself and stop striving for perfection. It’s time wasting and actually achieves nothing as I am the only person that notices. I guess I put my flaws down to my efforts in my diet and exercise. It’s kind of a barometer as to how controlled I have been with my eating and drinking of the foods I should be avoiding such as sugar. This has not been great lately. I simply cannot help myself when I see a lovely muffin. I am not saying I eat sugar every day but Masterchef has so much to answer for at the moment!
Today’s weather has been so glorious, not hugely hot, but beautiful blue skies and lots of sunshine. I decided after my acupuncture appointment that I would be a bit cheeky and sit in the garden for a few hours reading my new book and finish my Zest magazine.
Reading Zest there was a really interesting article on a fasting diet that is popular at the moment. Don’t worry I don’t intend on trying it but the health implications of doing it are astounding if they are true. Apparently by limiting your daily calorific allowance to 500 calories for two days a week tests indicate that it can reduce levels of blood sugar and harmful fats which are known to be triggers of diseases such as cancer. What’s particularly interesting is the reduction of the growth hormone IGF-1 which can send the body‘s cells into rapid growth mode. Fine if you want to build muscle but not so good for damaged or precancerous cells. High levels of IGF-1 are linked to breast canSer.
Reading the article the journalist, having tried the diet, had blood tests done by a company called Medicheck. This got me thinking and I looked up their website. They do all kinds of tests for men women, vitamin and mineral ones and one for IGF-1 levels. I am intrigued and would love to know what mine are like and if they are in a safe range plus also to know what my vitamin and mineral levels are like. I think I may check this out. The website is www.medicheck.com to see where your nearest test centre is and for more information.
I moved onto my new book called ‘You can conquer cancer’ by Ian Gawler. Not a romantic novel or anything! I have been waiting for this to arrive since I ordered it in January. It has been revised and is the new edition since it was written in 1984 and updated last year. On reading only the first few pages I couldn’t believe how this book was written for me. It is basically the ten point plan in many respects! I am hooked. One of the things that have really stood out is who is responsible for my decisions? Do you go to the doctors and say you fix my diseased body. You decide what treatment I have. The responsibility is yours. Or do you go to them and say, what can we do to get it better again?’ This alarmed me. As for the first two years of my diagnosis of having breast cancer that is exactly what I did. I let the doctors make my decision. I wasn’t active in helping myself. Crazy! I am now the second one and want to know how I can combine conventional treatment with my own healing processes along the way.
The next big thing that stands out is that no matter what the prognosis and the statistics say that is all they are. ‘Everyone is statistically unique; therefore everyone deserves to be treated uniquely. No one person has the same situation as you. No one else has exactly the same body. Your emotions are different, the state of mind is bound to vary and your spirituality differs. You are unique.’ ‘The key thing is individuals do not behave statistically. Individuals behave individually. We are all individuals. If you want an average outcome, do what the average does. If you want an unique outcome, an extraordinary outcome, be logical, regard yourself as you are, unique and do something extraordinary!’
Wow this is so true. This is exactly what we have been saying with the ten point plan. Get up and help yourself because it doesn’t matter what the doctors say. They don’t have a crystal ball. You are in charge of your own destiny. I love it! I am chomping at the bit to get through the rest of the book.
On the flip side, whilst sitting in the garden I decided a lovely ice lolly would go down a treat and had an epiphany. I should buy lolly moulds to make my own healthy lollies without sugars. I have decided that coconut water lollies would be very tasty! (Oh and maybe a Pimms and lemonade one and gin and tonic one?!)