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|BRAND NEW ME|living with an illness

I've been pondering over this post for a while and honestly haven't even been sure if I should bother.  The fact is, things are going to change and so I thought I should at least explain why.

For a while I've known I need more balance in my life, I simply could not carry on as I was, I need to introduce more relaxation, healthy eating and exercise and need to reduce stress by being more organised and ordered.

As a busy working Mum, I'm not ashamed to say that I'm struggling to find this balance in my life.  Last year 2 things happened which brought all this into perspective and after some down time at Christmas I decided things really need to change in order for me to be able to take hold of the situation.

Last April I got ill, really ill, I'm still feeling the impact and we still haven't got right to the bottom of it with the doctor.  I already knew I had severe hyperthyroidism which affects my metabolism, energy levels and immune system, it also leads to anxiety and headaches to name a few other symptoms.  I also suffer from anemia and have to take a lot of iron tables, which in themselves lead to health issues.  What I found out last year was that my body is over producing white blood cells which are basically taking over the red ones, causing chronic fatigue.  We are still to get to the bottom of this, but all life threatening illnesses have been ruled out which is amazing! 

Whilst it's still being investigated, it's been suggested by the doctor that I should dramatically change my lifestyle, sleep when I need to (and yes this does sometimes mean at 11am!) cut out processed and refined foods, cut out dairy, alcohol and caffeine and increase exercise (not an easy one when all you want to do is sleep!)

I have half-heartedly made some changes but haven't really thrown myself into making the full lifestyle change, until now. The truth is, I know that I could probably make a huge difference by making these changes but you know what? It's bloody hard changing!

If I make the necessary changes my body should be better equipt to naturally fight these illnesses and the medication needed to manage these diseases will be less, I should also have more energy and actually be able to live like a 42 year old, not a 70 year old.

The second life changing thing that happened last year was that T started school, this has had a greater impact on us than we thought it would, there's just so much 'extra' to do and learn.  I've changed my hours so that I finish in time to collect him from school, so I no longer have a Friday off.  When T doesn't have after school activities (which I have to take him to), we have the usual reading and homework and play dates and anything else he wants to do.  Being a tiny, rural school, we have no wrap-around care, which is very difficult, I have no family who can just nip and collect T if I need to continue working, so many meetings are conducted on conference calls in the car on the school run.  Trying to hold down a pretty responsible job as well just adds more stress to the mix!  I KNOW lots of people deal with far more, including more responsibilities and kids, but I'm just trying to explain that illness and stress do not make for a balanced life ;)

It's got to the stage where we need to sort our shit out basically!!

It's going to take time, I know that, it will take time adjusting to a new way of living and becoming more organised so that stress levels are minimised, but I will get there, I know I will because I've done it before, when I was pregnant with T I was super fit and healthy to give him the best start, now I just need to do that for myself.

So, why am I telling you all this?  Well it will mean a few changes here on the blog, there will absolutely without doubt be more healthy lifestyle posts, I don't just mean diet and fitness although there will be some healthy food thrown in! I'm talking life balance, metal and physical health, wellbeing and self care along with organisation and home management, anything which helps to give balance in life and improves health naturally.

I honestly don't know where the blog will go in the future or if there even will be a future for it but for now, you will see new posts categorised 'Brand New Me' these are my healthy lifestyle posts, maybe over time it will all evolve into just being my 'lifestyle' but for now it will be separated.

I've also set up new Instagram facebook and YouTube accounts if you'd like to follow, I'd love it if you would as I really need the support ๐Ÿ˜˜.  I hope you'll come on this journey with me, wherever it takes me.  I will still be around for family meals, days out and kids activities and my mantra will still be 'Living for the weekend!' although now that will mean more 'Healthly living for the weekend and beyond' ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you're still with me, thanks so much for reading this, I'm sure it's not been the most interesting or entertaining post you'll read I just wanted to explain why you are going to see changes round here and set the scene for anyone new. 

Much love, Leandra x


  1. When I got married I lost stacks of weight and was a size 0. Scary thin. When we got back from honeymoon I was always run down and fell urrgghhh. I was back and forth to the GP and was (finally) told i had Graves disease caused by over active thyroid. Long story short things corrected themselves. 3 pregnancues on and my thyroid is shot. I'm now borderline underactive and I'm trying to manage through better diet. I know when I eat badly it makes me flare up with symptoms. I really don't want to medicate.

    Do what's right for you with the blog; it's only natural that it evolves as you change etc x

  2. Lots of love Leandra, take care of yourself xx

  3. You are on the right path by starting to put your health first. I don't do the majority of the home leaning that G brings back from school as it's too much. I also can't fit in extra school runs for after school clubs so she just has to miss out.

    It's ok to say no to things ��

    Look forward to reading posts on healthy eating...I'm still unable to cut out dairy it's sooooo hard!!

  4. Looking forward to reading your healthy lifestyle posts! You always have lots of support. Xx


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