Category Archives: Healthy Living

August Goals

I have realised lately that I have been wandering and I have been lost.

This goes against what I wanted to set out to do with my blog. I wanted to show any readers and myself that I can wander and live without having to plan every singe detail out before hand. However I’ve been slacking and I have been paying for it, mainly through gaining weight 😦

There fore I am going into August with a fresh outlook and a plan. I am setting myself some goals and I am going to try very hard to stick to them all month.

In the past I have found setting my self weekly goals and to lists put too much pressure on me and so I am taking a fresh approach and laying them out for the month. I am not going to post my weight as I do not want this to become a weight loss blog. I want it to be about my life and right now this is what I am thinking about and is therefore my current adventure.

August Goals:

  • Track all my food and exercise on WLR
  • Stay as close to my calorie limit as possible
  • Try to exercise 5 times a week
  • Attend a course on improving self esteem
  • Read the August book club book
  • Clean my car
  • Blog
  • Book courses – photography, cupcake and possible one other
  • Book flights to Canada
  • Continue with ‘Me Time’ and counselling
  • Attend an Apple One to One workshop
  • Use my bike at least once a week
I have not set these as SMART Goals like I talked about in a previous post as I am currently putting too much pressure on myself and do not react well to failing (even when I set the goal to achieve) so I am keeping these simple.
The overall aim of all the goals is to help me develop a healthy lifestyle and reach a weight I am comfortable at, but also to have a fantastic time doing it! There in lies the challenge 🙂

Suffering with Hay Fever

I struggle with hay fever throughout the summer. Mainly a stuffy nose and sneezing and it gets very annoying. Also embarrassing when you have a sneezing fit in work. I’m not sure what exactly causes my hay fever, but I have looked at the pollen calendar and now have a better idea. I’m also going to look out for the start next year so I can narrow it down even more.

So what is hay fever?
From the NHS website it says “Hay fever is a type of allergic rhinitis caused by pollen or spores. Allergic rhinitis is a condition where an allergen (something that causes an allergic reaction) makes the inside of your nose inflamed (swollen). Hay fever is a type of allergic rhinitis caused by pollen or spores. Allergic rhinitis is a condition where an allergen (something that causes an allergic reaction) makes the inside of your nose inflamed (swollen). People with hay fever can experience their symptoms at different times of the year, depending on which pollens or spores they are allergic to.”

The BBC health website says “The pollens most likely to cause problems in early spring are those from trees such as the silver birch, ash, oak and London plane. Grasses pollinate during mid-summer from May to August. The most profusely pollinating grasses are timothy, rye, cocksfoot, meadow and fescue. Occasionally, in late summer and autumn, weeds such as nettles and dock as well as mugwort and plantain can trigger hay fever.

A UK pollen calendar can e found here.

From this I’m thinking I’m a grass hay fever person. I’m suffering quite badly a the moment and have been slightly for a good month.

Through Twitter I found @KleenexHayfever who very kindly sent me one of their hay fever survival kits, which came through the post today 🙂

It includes tissues, a cooling eye mask, a nose and lip balm, a scented oil (I think), a nasal spray, a hand-held fan and a frisbee!

Everything is great and it has opened me up to some remedies I had not thought of trying. I usually stick to antihistamines and tissues.

The tissues have already come in handy as well as the nose balm. I also just tried the nasal spray and I can breathe through my nose again 🙂

I am going to use this pack and then get out at the weekend and play with the frisbee 🙂