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My Slimming World Journey - Week One.

A couple of weeks ago, I was sorting out my clothes ready for the warmer weather and was sad to see that I was throwing more than half of them to one side because they didn't fit me anymore, at least not comfortably anyway. I looked at the sad pile of clothes that did still fit me, then looked at the gigantic pile that didn't, and I admit - I got upset, leading me to shed tears.

It's no secret that I'm a comfort eater, resorting to food when I'm stressed, and my gosh I've had a lot going on over these last 12 months, I've had health issues that have left me extremely anxious, tired, stressed, miserable and they also stole every ounce of confidence I had left. I've had problems within my relationship with Gareth, I've had worries about Spud, I've been stressed because my house still isn't a home and I don't know when it will become one. 

Fantasy Mask Creations Review.

Just before I got ill and was admitted to hospital, discussion and plans were underway for Spud's 11th birthday party, originally the plan was to book a party at the local soft play centre, however with my admittance to hospital, come changes we couldn't help, including having to come up with new party ideas. Luckily, to my surprise Spud wasn't too upset about the changes when I proposed to him that we have a party at home for him, with a bouncy castle and theme of his choice, along with his idea of a face painter.

I live in a very large town, so large we may as well be a city, we're 25 minutes away from central London via a fast train, not far away at all on the motorway, and our prices of living are soon starting to resemble London living cost, so finding a face painter wasn't the hardest part, it was finding a face painter who come recommended - something I always look for with my line of work.

Opening Up To New Experiences With My Older Age.

In a little over a week's time, I turn 27 years old, three years off of the big 30 and whilst I'm proud of the life I've led so far, I feel a tiny bit disappointed that due to fears I've not done as much as I'd maybe of liked too. Whilst I hate letting my fears take over my life, I know that I'll never be able to face them, or get rid of them, but it shouldn't stop me living life to the full should it?

Two of my biggest fears are heights and spiders, spiders without a doubt comes first, and I know it may sound stupid to many as they're tiny compared to me, but I'm terrified of them, and everything and I mean EVERYTHING I do in life, even day to day duties leaves me thinking about them! I mean even using a public toilet is cause for a panic attack if a spider is lurching around, I'd quite happily have an accident if the only other choice was going in a cubicle where a spider was living!

Living With HS - My Journey.

Recently, I've spoke about my journey with HS - full name Hidradenitis Suppurativa on the blog, and told you all how I ended up in hospital with the condition. Since then things haven't been great, I've been back to hospital twice since, in unbearable pain that left me wanting to cut my own arms off - well my arm pits at least.

Me at happier times, pre HS.
The thing is, HS isn't just painful, it's ugly, it's smelly and it's a damn right bully. It takes over your life like you'll never know, and if living with another chronic skin disease (Psoriasis) wasn't enough, Hidradenitis Suppurativa decided to visit me, and it's it's spread like a wildfire in the outback, only it's my skin.

5 Stress-Busting Foods

Too often, when we’re buried under a ton of work and personal commitments, we find ourselves binging on comfort food to feel better or de-stress. This is why the term “stress eating” was coined. We’re not literally eating stress, but more like we eat to shoo the stress away or replace stress with yummy treats. Unfortunately, we tend to choose the greasiest, most unhealthy food we can find - fast food, carbs, or junk food packed with preservatives. As a result, the euphoria is fleeting followed by a sugar crash or worse, emotional instability.

To help ease the stress without taking a hit on health, here are 5 stress-busting foods you can binge on without adverse health effects.