Do you blog?

I have been a blogger since 2008, which I first started writing a personal deaf blog. This blog I decided to end beginning of this year. I know there are readers here reading this blog, that continue to follow me from there. Thank you to you and my new followers.
This blog started this year, in February and in between these two blogs I have had two blogs written from a cat point of view. One that is currently still going as I write this.

People blog for different and the types of blogs vary. Todays post is asking you, my readers, do you blog? It doesn’t matter what style of blog you have, if you blog, then share the following about yourself in this post:

  • Name:
  • Blog:
  • Why:
  • Where:

 

Ok. I will start first.

 

Name: Liz

Blog: My Wellbeing and Learning Journey

Why: At times, this blog is a therapeutic for me, in which what I write helps me get my head around things. At the same time I hope it helps others, if they are going through something similar.

I also share about healthy eating that has worked for me, book reviews and positive quotes and inspirations.

This blog also is followed by friends, so they can see what it is going on in my life when it comes to the above and my learning journey.

Where: I blog from my desk, in the corner of my dining room.

 

Ok. So now it is your turn. Do you blog?

If so, then answer the above in a comment about you. I look forward to seeing and learning more about you.

Blog share: “Life Through My Eyes,” by Shelby

“Life Through My Eyes,” is a personal blog written by Shelby.
This blog I only discovered this morning and I have read every post she has written so far. I am also following the blog too. I wanted to share this blog with my blog readers who may be interested in visiting her blog, taking a read and following her journey.
As Shelby has written on her about me page of her blog; I‘m writing this blog to share my experiences with the world and to raise awareness around mental health illness. We are not here to be labelled and stigmatized. We are normal human beings trying to 
live normal lives and get better. I hope that my experiences can help others.


Overnight oats

Overnight oats, I have seen for some time now being mentioned around different websites. But it was only this year before I decided to try it, because I could not imagine eating it. When I did try my first bowl, (which tasted like muesli,) I absolutely loved it and I have been hooked ever since. I wish I tried it sooner.

Rather than me tell you more about what to put in your overnight oats, I will instead share this link:

http://blog.foodnetwork.com/healthyeats/2015/05/13/overnight-oats-for-breakfast/

All I will say is, that making your overnight oats is fun if you vary it. I never have the same overnight oats twice in a row and I still have other cereals in between, like my porridge or Weetabix, for example.
Overnight oats are filling and making your own is healthier, because you are not adding extra sugar like shop bought muesli’s can have.

What I am thankful for

What I am thankful for.
  • For my health and the health of family and friends.
  • For the technology out there, to help me keep my independence.
  • To enjoy life, the way I want to.
  • To have holidays on my own.
  • For the love Miley has given me. (My cat.)
  • For my learning journey and new experiences gained.
  • For new experiences and challenges to come.

What are you thankful for?

Falcons in Nottingham

If you like falcons, then you may wish to pop on over at link at the end of this post. Nottingham Trent University have a couple of cameras on the falcons nest.
Camera one moves now and again, following the birds along the top of the building and beyond and camera two, is fixed on the nest.

When there is action and there has been every year, when they lay their eggs there, it can be perfect viewing from the comfort of your own home.

You will find Nottingham Trent University Falcom Camera, here.

As well as learning about falcons in the above link, you can also learn more about them here, which will take you to the RSPB website.

Continuing forward in my wellbeing journey

(Content Warning: mental health, emotional abuse, dealing with my childhood trauma.)

This post continues on from my previous posts, which I have included at the end of this post for you, should you have missed them. For those that are new to my blog, you may find reading them first is the best, before reading this one.

I have taken a little while since my last post, to progress to this next step. It’s not because I have been avoiding it, instead it is because I needed to find the right time to sit down and do this, knowing I would not rush the process, or be disturbed.  There were two things I needed to do, to continue with my wellbeing journey:

  • re-read the letter I wrote to Dad
  • write a letter to my dog, Brin.

Letter to Dad

I chose to read the letter to Dad first, as I knew this would be the last time I needed to read this. The last time I read it, I was still at counselling and I found it wasn’t painful as before while reading it. It was like I was dis-connected, as though I was reading someone else’s letter. It was only when I got to the part about Brin, which brought up my guilt feelings I have, that it hurt. (Reading this letter was the same again for that part.) But because the letter was to do with the feelings I had about my Dad and now these don’t hurt as they did, I feel it is now time to dispose of this letter. At some point soon, I will burn that letter and when I do, it will be to signify of finally letting go of the hurt I have felt and be free.

Letter to Brin

The guilt that I need to let go of, regarding my dog, Brin, is where my next part starts. I have written a letter to Brin, as advised by my counsellor, because writing seems to help with the process, like the letter to Dad did.
      This letter reveals my love, my remembrance and releasing this guilt that I have, that I should not feel. This letter is also saying goodbye to Brin, something I never got the chance to do as a child.
      I am slowly letting go of the guilt, but it is not gone completely, so I will have to re-read this letter once or twice more, before I can finally let go of it and the feelings with it. When the time comes, I will burn the letter, which will signify the release of my pain I feel and letting go of the guilt that I need to accept is not mine to feel. My Dad is at fault for this, I know, but I still have to tell myself over and over again, that as a child and what happened, I had no control over and it was not my fault. Once I know I can accept this, then this will be when I burn the letter. After that, I will decorate a pebble with Brin’s name on and go back to where I used to take him for a walk. I will throw the pebble into a stream, followed by a flower. This will be me saying goodbye.

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Book review: ‘Goodbye sugar,’ by Elsa Jones.

This book is not to be rushed, if you want to gain some benefit from it. It is also a good idea to have a handy notebook, if you don’t want to write in the book itself, as you work through it.

Elsa Jones advises on reading this book in order as it is written, so you can build on knowledge and progress you have made in previous chapters. You also get the time to reflect on discoveries you may find about yourself and practise new skills you have. This all helps you to prepare for the 10-day sugar challenge.
I have gained benefit from this book and after doing the 10-day sugar challenge:

I lost weight and I am now at my target weight of 10.5 stone.
I have found my hair has shed less when washing, or brushing it.
Also my views of what my sweet allowance was going to be has changed, since doing it. I have now decided instead of 3 to 4 sugar treats a week, that it will now only be 2 to 3 a week.
I am also changing some other things I eat, to different food choices for the better, as well as having new foods I never had before.
I realise that having mid-morning and afternoon healthy snacks is good for me and helps to keep things stable. (I wasn’t a person who had snacks before, except for in the afternoon, which at one time wasn’t always good choices.)

The 10-day sugar challenge is where you cut out sugar, including sweeteners and some foods. It also advises leaving off caffeine during this time, even if you drink decaf. (The book will explain why.)
The 10-day sugar challenge helps bring your sugar cravings to a stable level, so you are not tempted to have a fix. I had no problem with this part, by the time I read the appropriate chapters before starting the challenge, because I already started reducing my sugar intake, (as well as salt,) back in February, last year.
The book also gives you a food list to help you with this challenge and there are also 30 sugar-free recipes.

I liked this book, because as well as the advice on how to quit, or reduce sugar, it gives advice on portion control and the mental skills to beat cravings and emotional eating. (Something I needed a little help with.)
Elsa Jones enhanced her nutritional skills, by completing a diploma in cognitive therapy. (CBT.) Elsa Jones found that using CBT as part of her dietary advice sessions, it helped her clients in changing their eating habits for good. The book; ‘Goodbye sugar,’ was born, so she could bring these tools to as many people as possible, to help take control over their eating habits.

You may like to visit her website and Facebook page:

http://www.elsajonesnutrition.ie/
https://www.facebook.com/elsajonesnutrition

Although I have reviewed another book to do with quitting sugar, which I found very useful and enjoyable reading, it did not stay on my book shelf. Not that I have changed my mind about it since then, as I still would recommend it. But this book: ‘Goodbye sugar,’ by Elsa Jones is a book I know I will refer back to and so I am keeping.