Recovering from whiplash

It’s now pretty much 5 months since my whiplash injury and what joy it has been… not!

Although the impact of the car was relatively low I have been amazed at just how much of an impact it has had on my life.

When it happened the first thing that crossed my mind was “please don’t give me whiplash, I have another 2 months of personal training to do” along with the fact that I have already done 10 weeks of it!

Needless to say it hit me, and hard.

I started physio a week after the incident having sessions twice a week, no amount of painkillers, heat or ice packs could take away the pain and as an active person with two young children I certainly wasn’t prepared to wait to get a physio referral from my doctor – although I now need to wait for approximately £400 worth of costs to be recovered.

The pain affected me from my neck all the way down to my lower back and did move to cause issues in my right leg at one point. With some manipulation we managed to remove that pain.

One of the biggest issues was the lack of sleep in the early days, getting comfortable was almost impossible so needless to say I was like a zombie for a good few weeks. which left me feeling rather fed up and reaching out for the comfort foods and I admit even a few more glasses of wine!

During this time of limited mobility and generally feeling crap I have put on approximately TWO STONE! Needless to say this makes me even more unhappy when I look back at my PT progress pictures. I invested a lot of time, effort and sheer determination in those sessions – all of which I will only get back from a double dose of time, effort and sheer determination.

I have now been moved on to open access by my physio and I am hoping to get back on the fitness wagon ASAP – I need to, I’m doing the Great Yorkshire Run in September so training for that will be fun.

Once again, I shall be sharing my journey and hints and tips but please let this post be a reminder that sometimes we fail, it’s what we do about getting back on track that matters.

I’m just hoping my compensation will cover the cost of having PT sessions again – although it will never compensate for the time I’ve lost or where I should be right now (good job I don’t have a beach holiday this year eh!)

To Paul, my physio at The Edgerton Clinic thank you very much, even when I did think you were going to twist my neck off.

To Barry, my PT at PF Gym, please don’t feel your effort was wasted, I’ll be back.

To everyone else that has been amazing during the last 5 months thank you.

John, my husband, thanks for just being pretty awesome full stop x

A roundup of 2013 & what to expect in 2014!

So 2014 is here… honestly 2013 I blinked and practically missed it! What a hectic but incredible year!

Firstly I completed my CAM Diploma in Marketing Communications – whilst thinking I may go slightly mad! We had a wonderful family holiday in Egypt, I got to travel to some amazing places for work (Chicago and Bangkok) and topped it off by creating an amazing new extension on the house that included a brand new kitchen (can you believe my husband almost made me keep the old one)! There’s a few pictures at the bottom of the post so you can have a nosey!

The downside to the latter half of 2013 is that my healthy eating and regular exercise took a massive hit – we had no kitchen for the best part of two months and my husband was also doing a lot of work himself on the house which meant I couldn’t get to my regular gym classes or do exercise at home as I had the kids to take care of and when we had free time it was to plan for the renovations or sleep. This was topped off with my husband getting made redundant at the beginning of December and us just thinking sod it let’s enjoy Christmas before we embark on the chaos of 2014!

We certainly enjoyed it – although my waistline certainly hasn’t and the last quarter of 2013 really ripped apart all my hard work that I had done with my diet (healthy eating) and ‘regular’ exercise.

As of now I weigh 64.8kg – at my lightest in 2013 (back in June) I was 60kg! I honestly cannot believe I have put almost 5kg (11lbs) on in that time!

Getting back into the swing of things has already started – I’ve already been to the gym 4 times this year and I start personal training tomorrow! Be sure to follow my blog to get some hints and tips if you are planning on beginning a fitness regime! The diet since the 2nd January is already much better (check MyFitnessPal), the amount of protein being consumed has increased whilst the fat and carbs has decreased (along with the alcohol)! So I am sure in no time at all things will be back to the way they were and more! I’m actually struggling with eating enough right now and trying to keep my macros and micros in check – if anyone has any input they can give on this it would be much appreciated!

Generally with a New Year come resolutions – I don’t tend to make them, I guess mine is the same each year… ‘try and be a better me’ that way I can focus on what I have achieved rather than what I haven’t. I feel that it is a much more positive way to think as it keeps you away from focusing on the negatives. If you have to set goals set smaller, more realistic ones that can be achieved slowly over time and gradually increase them.

My overall goal will be achieved through getting back into the swing of it eating and exercise wise and additionally I have signed up to complete a further CAM diploma – this time in Digital Marketing with a focus on Metrics and Analysis. I just love putting myself under pressure! BUT I’ve done it before and I can do it again and interestingly I came across a book called Spark that highlights the benefits of exercising whilst studying in order to retain information – it might explain why I got an A on my last and final assignment of my previous diploma!

The husband will also have a new job (yet to be confirmed where) but it is likely that he will need to undertake commuting which will be a big change for all of us – I expect we’ll get cranky with each other whilst we adjust, but we’ve been through much worse so this will be nothing in comparison!

2014 is also a significant year for us as it marks our son’s 10th birthday. I honestly can’t believe 10 years have passed since we lost him part way through my pregnancy so this year I want to do all I can to raise awareness as to babyloss along with raising funds for my chosen charity, Tommy’s! My husband will also be taking part in a ‘ScumRun‘ in May across Europe of which the beneficiary for the whole event is Tommy’s! So if you are a brand aimed at men who fancy providing some products to pop in some goodie bags or are interested in sponsoring the car please get in touch. Otherwise, if you are a reader of my blog and fancy sponsoring my husbands team it would be very much appreciated!! You can find the link here!

So here’s to 2014, I’m looking forward to taking you on!

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