My miracle handcream

O'Keefs Working Hands hand cream

Those that follow my blog for some time now, will know I can get problem hands. I have had contact dermatitis before, which I experienced more in my old job, than I do now. But as for hands still getting sore and cracked come winter, they can flare back up.

In the past, I have had a couple of hand creams I have liked and recommended, but now, the above cream pictured, is my go to. This hand cream has become my miracle cream.

O’Keeffes Working Hands hand cream, I have been using 2 weeks today. I started using this cream when I could not stop my hands from getting sorer and sorer with my usual hand cream. My left hand was worser than my right. My left hand being the sore hand.

From just a few days in, I could see the difference and before the week was out, my right hand was better and all clear. My left hand was getting better but not fully right at this point, with it being my worst hand, but after a week it had.

Now my hands are back to being healed and healthy, I still plan to use this cream, in between my other I have left. But I won’t be buying anymore of my previous hand cream for regular use. This will be my hand cream now.

The only hand cream I will use in between will be when I use my hand cream at home that I find a relaxing smell, which was the Boots Live + Be. When I need that relaxing smell. Youcan find that in this post, Some relaxing products I have been trying.

I have known about O’Keeffe’s Working Hands hand cream for some time and I have read really good reviews about it. But it was the price that put me off and I did wonder if the cream was good as it claimed. But now I have used it and seen for myself how good it is, I totally recommend it.

You only need a small amount as the package says, because your hands apparently will feel sticky if you put too much on. Although to start with, you may need a little more, which I did. But I only needed a little more than the recommended for 3 days. After that, I put on just a small amount. The cream is not greasy and my hands feel great.

The amount I use is less than what I would use with my previous cream, so this cream is going to last me and I can see it not being expensive for me in the long run as I previously thought.

 

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This is all I have to say on the topic.

Paying attention to hand hygiene is for life.
Not just for a virus.

 

Don’t slack off when all this dies down, because there are many that do. I have seen it all before when past bugs and viruses have been highlighted.

Lots of bugs, viruses, the common cold can be avoided, if people pay attention to their own hand hygiene.

 

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Setting myself a challenge

As I was reading this week in ‘Healthy’ magazine, you don’t need to be religious to give something up for lent. So for 40 days before Easter, I have decided I am going to set myself a challenge. I need a kick up the backside in the area I am focusing on and I think doing it around this time, is just what I need to get myself started.

My issue is that I have been eating a lot of sweet stuff, since from around last October I think, when I started doing it.

I have eaten sweets I normally would not touch, which is the sugar coated kind, regardless I find it too sweet and sickly.

Biscuits, I am eating more of than usual and the packs are not lasting like they normally would.
When it has come to eating the biscuits, I have ate more than I normally would in a sitting and I have ate them just for the sake of it.
I say to myself I won’t buy another pack so soon. But I do and they are gone before the week is out as well.

It’s obvious to me and my counsellor why I am doing this and I know I don’t need to explain it here, as most of you will know. (For new readers, just read some of last years posts of events that affected me.)

I need to sort this and only I can do it. I thought I had it under control. But I haven’t, because I am having a lot of moments eating sweet stuff unnecessarily. So I think doing the above I mention will be a good kick start for me.
Cutting back and eating like I used to before, rather than how it currently will benefit me obviously health-wise. But also the certain things my body experiences after excess sugar will help to reduce that too, which will not help anxiety.
Writing it here, I am sharing it with you and verbally putting it to show that this is what I am going to do for the 40 days before Easter.

So here is what I am not having for the 40 days before Easter:

  • No cake
  • No biscuits
  • No sugar-coated sweets, or any other sweets with exception of Jakemans sweets. But I will only have some of these if I come down with a cold, or sore throat.
  • No dairy-free chocolate (even though I hardly have it)
  • No apple pie, or equivalent.
  • No dairy-free ice-cream

So there it is. It’s not going to be easy, but I am aiming to do this.

 

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Let’s all take the steps for cleaner air

I came across an advertisement in the Metro paper yesterday. This advertisement was by the British Heart Foundation for cleaner air. As the advertisement mentioned, I searched on the web “BHF toxic air” and I came to different stories mentioning the same thing that BHF have researched.

The link at the end of this post will take you to the British Heart website for this particular article regarding polluted air and, from there, we can contact our local MP to encourage them raise it and get our law updated and protect our heart and circulatory health.

When it comes to air quality and protecting our trees, these are two areas that the Government need to show more care on.

https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/risk-factors/air-pollution/take-action-on-toxic-air-pollution

Have you completely cut out refined sugar?

I can’t see me ever cutting out refined sugar completely, because I like my cake and sometimes some chocolate. But I need to reduce it, like I have done before.
With the difficulties I have had this year and especially how I felt these last few months, I have been eating a lot of the wrong thing. No surprise is it as I am sure you reading this now, will acknowledge how easy it can be to have something of the wrong thing that we find comforting.
Last month, at times I ate really high sugar content. This was surprising I managed that, without feeling sick, because when I changed the way I ate a few years ago for the better, meant my tastebuds changed and I could no longer tolerate sweet food. Yet, just last month I ate two bags of sugar-coated sweets, without grimacing. I did not eat these two bags in one go, but I did eat them the same day. Not like me at all. But thankfully, I have not gone out to buy another bag of those sweets and I have no intention.

Refined sugar we all know is not essential for our health. We also know it’s not good for our health:

  • Obesity
  • Cavities in teeth
  • Type 2 diabetes

These are just a few. But I have also been reading how it can affect out mental health. It apparently does not help us if we have depresdion and anxiety. Some things I have read for this, a lot of them I have experienced.

I admire those that can really cut out the refined sugar, because sugar appears in food you would not think of, like white bread for example. But there are other foods too, which I won’t list, because it is too many to list and if you want to read up on it further, you only have to Google it.

As I have said, I can’t see me cutting it out completely. But, I can reduce it.

Out of curiosity, have any of my readers cut out refined sugar completely from their diet?

If so, maybe you have suggestions, or tips for me and other readers, should we decide to cut it out.
But even if not cutting out, reducing is better than nothing.

 

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Over 5 years since not drinking

17th August was 5 years not drinking alcohol.

I have mentioned nothing more about this topic since in a post at my 3 year mark. I only kind of realised the time gone by since I chose to stop drinking, when I seen behind the scenes of my post for two years since I last drank, pop up in posts viewed.

Reasons the same for choosing not to drink alcohol

I gave it up as I found it to not suit me. I would feel low, or depressed an hour after having a glass or two of wine.

Prior to that, I had a time where I did not treat alcohol sensibly at one point, because of a relationship break up of 6 years. With that and how I felt at the time in other areas of my life, the aim was to just get drunk, not drink for pleasure. This last for a few months before I banned it from the house because I could not trust myself. Then later when I could, I drank sensibly until I realised that it wasn’t suiting me no more and I gave it up.

I have not missed it since I chose to stop, but during that time I have had the odd times I have fancied a drink. Most for the right reason and a couple for the wrong reasons. But I never gave in to my cravings for a drink and I still choose not to drink, as I feel better for doing this in many ways.

I am happy knowing I have still decided not to drink, as I come to this 5 year mark. Even when at times when it was tempting for the wrong reasons.

 

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Just another walking post

I have had a strong urges to walk these past few months and irritability, when I do not get my walks in. The walking bug has come on in unexpectedly strong urges. Just wanting to get out there and walk.

The most I have ever walked so far, was on 7th July. I walked 4.5 miles, in my local area, not pictured. This walk was exploring my area, seeing where it would take me. It’s possibly I could have walked more than this, when I got lost once when walking around another park, I blogged about here in 2018. But I never recorded the miles, or had a clue where I was to find out.
My walk could have easily been spoilt by my asthma, but thankfully I did better than expected. This walk was longer than I expected, but I enjoyed exploring.

Here are just a few photos, from other walks.

Quarry Lane Nature Reserve

One of a few photos I taken a bit back, when walking round my local nature reserve in Mansfield. This is only just one part of it. There is more to see than just this.

Lake
Quarry Lane Nature Reserve, Mansfield

To know more about this nature reserve and others near by, visit Maun Conservation Group.

Sherwood Forest

I went to Sherwood Forest when I took these two photos. My first time seeing the new visitor centre, since it was built.

It wasn’t just to see the new visitor centre I wanted to see, I wanted my walk too and you have to go to look at the oak tree when there, no matter how many times you have been before. It’s a tree with a lot of history, due to how old it is.

Oak tree
Oak tree at Sherwood Forest.
Two statues in a fighting pose on a small wooden bridge
Statues outside visitor centre

For more about Sherwood Forest, visit https://www.visitsherwood.co.uk/

And I bought this cute little thing.

Small hedgehog toy
Small hedgehog toy

 

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Investing in my walking

As I have mentioned in a few of my blog posts and via other people’s blog’s, that when it comes to walking, I’ve never failed on this.
Yes, on some days when I’m very tired, getting the up and go in me to walk can be a little difficult at times, but some how, I still manage to get myself out there and walk.

I had the urge to run one time, which lasted some good months, as you know, but I’ve never got round to the running part, regardless of me buying the gear to run in. I don’t think it will happen now, but I will never say never, because you never know. But I know the walking will always happen.
The running gear has not been wasted though.
My trainers I have walked in plenty and due to foot pain I had at one point in my left foot, these trainers were essential around that time. I also had to ease off the walking a little, to give my foot a chance to settle. But I am now back to my usual walking.
My jogging bottoms I wear in, or out the house. To wear out as casuals feels strange though, as I have not worn jogging bottoms all day before to walk out in since my 20’s. Only time I wore jogging bottoms were when I went to Pilates class, but soon as I was back home, I’d change into something else.
The only bottoms I have worn in the home, were a pair to lounge in, for when I really wanted to relax in, which were a Christmas present from a friend. They are really soft and comfy.
My cap I have not worn yet, but when the sun’s out blazin hot, then it will come in handy to protect my head while out walking. But this will be strange, as I have not worn a cap for a while.
The one t-shirt I bought for running in, I wear as any of my other tops of mine. So again, not wasted.
My running belt will probably come in handy one day, so not getting rid just yet.
And not forgetting my Garmin Forerunner 30 watch. I still use it to track my walks. But I probably would not buy another tracker type watch, if anything went wrong with this one down the line and just use Google instead for whenever I am interested in distance walked.

So my investment in walking, is a pair of lace up walking boots, which I bought during the short time I was in a second cleaning job.

Ecco Lace up walking boots in black and grey
Ecco walking boots

These boots are from Ecco. (My second pair of Ecco shoes.)
These lace-up walking boots will give me stability for my ankles and ideal on most terrains, where I don’t need to worry about whether they get muddy, or scuffed, compared to my other boots.
These boots will also come in handy for future volunteer work with my local conservation group I joined, this year. They will also come in handy for when I am around that nature reserve on my own, as well as new walks I may take myself on, elsewhere.

These walking boots are light and comfy on first impressions while at first trialing them inside my home for over a week. But time will tell when I am out there.
I hope I find down the line, that I am happy with these, as I was with my first pair of shoes. My first time walking out in them, at Sherwood Forest, I forgot I had them on at one point, so all seems well with them.

Black Ecco boots
My Ecco boots for walking in town (My first pair.)

 

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