Virtual Challenge

A while ago I mentioned I was going to do a virtual challenge, run through ‘Race at your pace’… well, it’s now July and I am still signing myself up to the challenges!

I have only been doing the walking challenges so far, but I hope to work my way up to the running and swimming. Maybe in the future I will do cycling too… when I have the money to get a pushbike. But so far I am happy with walking, as it encourages myself to get out and not be lazy staying in doors all day.

They’re relatively easy too, the website is pretty straight forward, you can submit your evidence through the website, you get email reminders but not too many (a half-way point and a submit your evidence email) and you can submit different types of evidence. Send in a screenshot of your fitbit app or other health app on your phone, or you can just simply keep tabs in a document and send that in. I had an old Windows Phone for a while where apps just didn’t work on it, so I would keep track using my (cheap) fitbit, taking photos of it after each night and then add it to my excel spreadsheet. Luckily now I have an old Samsung which is a little friendlier with apps and connected an app to my (cheap) fitbit.

There is a Swimming pool not far from me, and I’m starting to wonder if I should do a swimming challenge one… maybe I’ll do a running one first. Just to get out of the walking medals.

But I’d definately recommend the company. There are others too, which I am curious about, especially ‘The conqueror’, but right now I’m happy with Race at your pace.

Here’s the link for Race at your Pace: www.raceatyourpace.co.uk

Here are a few others (not reviewed, so don’t know what they’re like!):

Virtual Racing

Virtual Runner UK

The Conqueror

(the last one sounds interesting, as you can run/walk a certain distance that matches a length of a particular area, such as Hadrian’s Wall, Aples to Ocean, English Channel, etc. and the medals match these).

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P.s. Check out my website, it’s had a small update, and more updates will soon follow! Some big changes are going to happen soon!

thegirlwhowhispered.wixsite.com/pennyhooper

Also, check out my 34km walk I did for charity here!

Dealing with low days

With only 4 days left until I pick up my hire car and drive down south to start my Master’s Degree, I had to help my parents put boxing in the loft today.

My parents wanted their spare room back so all my stuff, that I’m not taking with me, had to go into boxes and up into the loft out of the way.

However, one of these boxes, the heavest one, which we had to take a few things out in order to get up the ladder, fell out of my mother’s grasp and hit me in the side/back (right into my rib) and knocked me over.

As a result, and the stress around getting these boxes up into the loft, my mood suddenly plummeted.

I’ve been fine for a while, with my mental health. But for me, it’s vital I DON’T get low, because if I do, it take a lot to get me back on my feet again. I don’t have a huge support network and as such this makes me feel worse. On good days, it doesn’t bother me, I feel independent and don’t care, but it’s not good on low days.

This is also difficult for me as a writer too. How can you pick yourself up to continue on? When you feel like everything is shit, you feel like there’s no point. It’s days like this that you could really do with someone to give you compliments, praise, well wishes, etc.

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As well as the low days, having this mental health issue (I suffer with depression and anxiety), it can affect even every day things. I worry about saying something wrong and upsetting someone, I don’t do well in social situations and putting myself out there can be difficult (not just with my writing, but interacting with people) and as a result of the support network (or lack of), this also affects how I interact with people.

And low days… makes it so much worse!

So, I’m writing this post for awareness, so people out there not only know a little more about me and my stuggles at becoming an author, but anyone who reads this will know… you’re not alone! Please do connect with me if you, like me, need that little bit of encouragement because you suffer with mental health issues or would generally like to know more!

Have a lovely Sunday everyone!

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Health gone downhill again…

So, last week I went downhill in health, feeling weak, tired, exhausted, headaches, heart fluttering, to name a few. It was scary how weak I was! So I went to the doctors, he took bloods, took my blood pressure (it was a little low), suggested I have an ECG (I already had one at the end of last year) and then suggested I start taking beta-blockers for my high heart rate.

I noticed this happened not long after I got extremely cold after taking my dad to the train station last Monday, he decided to have the window open to have a fag and the wind blew right onto me and was freezing!

Today, my health has gone downhill again… I originally put it down to just having low iron, being a vegetarian, so I started to take iron tablets again, and ate more leafy greens and had more vitamin C to help absorbtion. But today, there are no excuses, I just went downhill after getting cold.

Where I live we don’t have gas to the house, so we have oil instead, but our oil tanker ran out of oil (someone forgot to check it!) and the heating stopped working… I got so cold I was sat at my computer in a jumper AND dressing gown.

I started off with just weakness, my heart was fluttering a lot in the morning, so I decided to go back on the beta-blockers (I wasn’t sure I liked the idea being on them so didn’t take them) but now I’m exhausted and achey! Shoulder aches, abdomen aches, back aches, neck aches, jaw aches and I get a few twinges in my arms, hands and legs too.

I really do think I have Fibromyalgia or something similar! May be booking an earlier appointment at the doctors, I have one on the 21st but that is ages away to me!

Plus, I seem to think I might have something wrong elsewhere, these pains in my abdomen I’ve had before, and they’re worse now than they were when I first started getting them. I have other symptoms too, which don’t match up to Fibro, but I think it might be polycystic ovary syndrome. Doctor mentioned it last time I was there too when I mentioned my symptoms.

Anyway, going to have a bath… hopefully this will warm up and sooth my aches!