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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My own vitality wheel and wellness journal.

Image of my Vitality Wheel

My vitality wheel in the photo above, hangs on my light pegs, above where I sit in the living room.
I started creating this vitality wheel after reading an article on what it was about, when researching the book I came across, “The self-care revolution,” by Suzy Reading. I blogged about this book here, in this post.
When I started reading the book, I referred and, changed my vitality wheel accordingly, as I learnt more and gave more thought to mine.

Below, is my journal I’m using as my wellness journal.

The words on the front of my journal say:

BE HAPPY BE
BRIGHT
BE YOU

I think these words are appropriate for what I am using this journal for.

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The pages inside this journal are in pastel pink and blue. Pages are lined to start with, then there are plain pages.

Each of the pages has one of the three following quotes at the bottom of each page:

  • You are something magical
  • Every cloud has a silver lining
  • Your sparkle hasn’t gone unnoticed

 

This journal I started creating, before knowing and reading the book, “The self-care revolution.”

The book suggested to create a journal, as well as the vitality wheel. But you were not forced to, if you felt it was too much writing a journal. I chose not to create a journal, but the book has influenced slightly my journal, as I take something from it, with what I was doing already.

This is two of my pages from my journal, in the photo below. This is the same layout I use for each day.

One of my two pages from my journal

As you can see it is a nice simple layout, but I do have space should I wish to track anything else.

So at the moment, as my layout shows, I track my:

  • Food
  • Activity
  • What I did for me
  • Mood

At the front of my journal, I have a yearly mood chart.
It’s the same layout I used before, but with a very slight change in list of moods to before, as I wanted to put some of the moods to their own list, rather than combined.

My yearly mood chart for 2019

And that’s my journal for now until full and then the plan will be to have a ring binder journal in future with this in, as well as my planner. That way, it will be all in place. So I will look at buying an A5 leather filofax, that will combine this and my personal planner together.

 

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#WellnessWednesday – Some of my scents I find soothing and relaxing

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These are just some of my different scents in the photo above, that I find soothing, that helps me relax:

  • Yardley rose perfume
  • The Original Champneys Health Spa – Summer Dream Rewarding Body Lotion
  • Relaxing lavender and coconut oil hydrating spritz
  • Relaxing lavender temple balm

 

As well as the above, I also like my scented candles, or scented oil in my diffuser.

And I find the smell and taste of Earl Grey tea comforting too.

What scents do you like, that feel soothing and relaxing?

 

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Blog post re-share: Mental Health Keep Fit Group — Bipolar? It’s not all doom and gloom

Clive has started a fitness group called, ‘Mind your steps.’ He is determined to get fitter and he hopes you will join in too and get fit together. It doesn’t matter what fitness level you are at. You can be a complete beginner. The idea of this group is to support one another in being more active, which helps towards better mental health, as well as you being healthy.

Read more at his blog on this and join in.

Hi all. Carrying on from my previous post regarding keeping fit. I’m determined to get myself a bit fitter again, and would love it if some of you would to join me. Even if no one is interested I’ll have to do it alone. I thought I would name this mental health keep fit group […]

via Mental Health Keep Fit Group — Bipolar? It’s not all doom and gloom

Nature Heals

I have been at my mum’s the past two nights, as I have been painting her bedroom walls and ceiling. I go home tonight and I shall do my own thing tomorrow, which will be a day at Southwell. So while at Southwell, I will no doubt look in Southwell Minster while there too.

This morning, while needing to do a couple of things, I also needed to be in nature, to refresh. So I went to Sutton Lawn. After calling in The Rumbles cafe and a wander around this park, I had a sit back on a bench I once sat on before and just take it all in for half an hour. This photo below, I taken from this very bench I sat at, a couple of years back, which I shared in a post.

Photo taken while still sat on bench

The photos below, I took today from the same spot and very near by, when I started making my way back in town.

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Nature heals and I needed it this morning.

 

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