Things I look forward to when I’ve moved to Devon

At the end of August I’ll be moving down to Devon as you all know. I’m really excited about it as it’ll be such a big change for me and here are the things I m most excited about:

- Becoming a trainee educational psychologist! This is the number one thing I m looking forward to, just learning so much and then becoming a fully qualified educational psychologist. Wow. I still can’t believe it!

- Get some running buddies! I’ve signed up to a ‘park run’ group in the area I’ll be living in. Can’t wait to be motivated to run more.

- Meeting new people! A course with 10 students in each year bodes for some new friendships! Looking forward to this!

- Having my own car! The course requires you to have some mode of transport to take you around to rural schools where my work will be based.

- Not having a whole flat to keep clean and tidy ;) Moving back to university accommodation will mean that I’ll only really have to take care of my bedroom!

- The king size bed in my student room. I’m going to sleep so well.

I just can’t wait to start telling you guys all about my everyday life. I feel so blessed to have this opportunity!

10 day carb detox; the evaluation!

As you saw from this post I went on a detox for 10 days where I did not eat any carbs in order to get me to eat less sugar overall. I also wanted to see what it would do to my health, especially in relation to my diabetes health.

Here were the numbers I had before I went on the detox:

Weight: 72kg

Average 7 day bG (blood glucose): 9.2mmol/L

BMI: 23.2

Percentage bG in target: 64%

Estimated HbA1c: 7.4% or 57.4mmol/mol

And here are the numbers after the detox:

Weight: 70kg

Average 7 day bG (blood glucose): 8.0mmol/L

BMI: 22.5

Percentage bG in target: 75%

Estimated HbA1c: 6.6% or 49.1mmol/mol

So there is quite a difference! I also noticed how much better I felt during the 10 days, I didn’t get bloated or get that slump in the afternoon.. Also as soon as I went back to eating ‘normal’ I felt a big difference in my mood. A couple of the girls in my team at work and I went to see a colleague who has had a baby and she ordered pizza for us, so I thought that I would treat myself and have some, as I’ve done so good during the detox. I regretted it so much afterwards. My tummy was so bloated, my sugars spiked like never before and I felt angry… So, I’m back to eating low(er) carb and I feel good again.

I am not a hard core follower of diets and know I will ‘cheat’ from time to time. I had a little chocolate today after work and I have added fruit and porridge/oatmeal to my diet, and my love for peanut butter toast will see me having it soon again. I am concentrating on eating good, complex carbs when I do have them and enjoy the treats I have from time to time. During my 10 days without any carbs I realised how much I rely on them and how much bread I eat. Don’t get me wrong I like bread and mostly eat wholemeal, seeded bread, but do I really have to have bread almost every day for lunch at work (with my soup or as sandwiches). That can’t be that healthy, surely? Also, the low carb diet made me think outside the box as I did not know what to eat without adding carbs and got bored of the food I ate all the time. Having to think about new things to eat and satisfy my curiosity made me think about how bland and boring my ‘normal’ diet was as well, so looking for inspiration and new, healthy recipes really has sparked a new found interest in food and what to have for lunch at work. I will be posting some yummy recipes soon!

June goals…

Seriously, it is June already?! I feel like I am surprised every month about the progression to a new one. To be honest, most of the time I feel like time is flying by and I don’t have the time to catch up with it. But this time I don’t feel like that at all, this last month has felt like everything has been about right. Things have happened in the pace I’d like it to. Maybe I am so happy with this month because it feels like my life has propelled forwards with things that should have slowly happened over a decade. Maybe that is what life really is like. No slow drip-feed here, it’s either on or off, and when it’s on it all happens in the speed of light and when it’s off it doesn’t happen at all. This brings me to think about May’s goals and how they went;

Goals for May:

  • Keep exercising and chuck in more strength exercises. I’ve been hard at it this month. Running 1-2 days/week (rather than 2 days/month) and have done lots of squats, side-steps, crunches and sit ups.
  • Bake my own bread! Long time since I baked bread, time to take it up again :) I baked some bread and also made almond flour buns! They are low carb, high protein and so yummy!
  • Blog about my exercise more. I don’t think I’ve done particularly well with this and I am finding it hard to think about what to write when it comes to my exercise… Feels like “Hi, I ran xK today and here’s a pic of my route” isn’t quite enough… What do you think?
  • Lose another kg or two :) Yes, the 10 day detox lost me 2kgs :)

In addition to these goals I also managed to finish the trainee scheme at work earlier than I expected (had to finish my portfolio, be observed running a session and give a presentation) and therefore got my pay rise earlier! Another thing I did and a long term goal I achieved was, like you saw in one of my post from earlier, to get that drivers license! What a relief! This year has been so amazing this far; doctorate, pay rise, drivers license… Life really is good at the moment!

Goals for June:

  • Save money! Our up and coming move out of London requires it…
  • Exercise outside and enjoy the weather at the same time!
  • Blog more often and come up with fun and interesting things to write about my exercise. Maybe it will make my own exercise more interesting?
  • Keep my carb intake lower than I have in the past.

Run, run, run.

Went for another run today and for the first time in almost two years I managed to run more than I had to walk. Walked 1.5K and then ran 2K. It felt so good as neighter my operated knee or right shin were painful, my legs were light and continued to take me forward and I felt like I could have ran much further… During runs like these, however, I need to remember to pace myself. My legs need to get used to the motions of running gradually otherwise I’ll be back to square one again with injured legs and shin splints… So, here’s a celebration to me pacing myself :)

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Almond flour buns!

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I found a recipe on instagram the other day for low carb buns. Just in time as I had been craving bread all day. This was the perfect bread substitute! Here’s the recipe;

- 3/4 cup almond flour
– 3 eggs
– 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
– Pinch of salt
– 5 tablespoons melted butter

Mix all ingredients, except butter, together. Add the butter and mix well. Either pour a little on a baking trap in small blobs or do as I did and pour into wide cake/muffin cases. Bake in the oven for 8-11min on 180 degrees C/350 degrees F.

I ate mine with low fat cheese and some lean pastrami :) also tried them with peanut butter and it was so yummy!

Quiting the white stuff.

I’m not really a diet or ‘detox’ person. I believe in eating everything in moderation and keeping a varied diet. Too many years suffering from Anorexia, Bulimia and Ortorexia taught me that no diet or ideal is worth suffering for. But (and there’s always a ‘but’ in these situations, isn’t there?) lately I have been stuffing my face with the sweet stuff and after numerous (failed) attempts to stop doing it (it affects my diabetes control badly as I am doing it in a sneaky manner and ‘forget’ to take insulin for the extra carbs) I decided to go on a sugar detox. Actually it is a complete carb detox for 10 days, just to get me back on track and then I’ll slowly introduce some healthy carbs again. So far it has been pretty good and I have been able to walk past ice cream-vans without the usual begging Rob to get one for me or compulsory buying an ice cream, haven’t had an any biscuits after dinner or craved sweets in the evenings (OK, this is the evening of day 3, maybe it’ll get worse day 4? or 5?), which is great. The only thing I really crave though is porridge in the morning and fruit. I am stacking up on the vegetables, but my usual fruit mid-morning and afternoon is something that I really miss. Peppers, carrots and cucumber really don’t have anything on a just ripe banana or a juicy apple… Mmm. Anyway, what I am curious about is how it will affect my health, especially in relation to my (type1) diabetes, so here are some numbers that I’d like to compare it to on day 10;

Before detox:

Weight: 72kg

Average 7 day bG (blood glucose): 9.2mmol/L

BMI: 23.2

Percentage bG in target: 64%

Estimated HbA1c: 7.4% or 57.4mmol/mol

 

It will be interesting to see what happens after the 10days, can it make a big difference? We’ll have to wait another 6-7 days to see :)

If you’re curious about what a HbA1c is, you can read about it here.