Turning 26 And Improving My Health…

P1170476Yesterday was my 26th birthday and if you follow me on Snapchat (add me: GemmaO_TBF) then you’ll know that I was working but didn’t mind too much. I mean, who minds when you’ve got little children singing you happy birthday and making you birthday cards? It’s all good. Plus, at the weekend Jordan surprised me with an overnight trip to Leeds to celebrate my birthday and a new Olympus Pen PL-7 camera, win win! Last week I found out I have Coeliac Disease (post here) which means I’ll have to be switch to a gluten free diet for the rest of my life, it’s been a bit of a blow but I’m opting to see it in a positive light and set myself some life goals so I thought my birthday is an ideal time to do that and I thought I’d share them with you…

Switch to a completely gluten free diet: An obvious one, but one that I can’t start until October (read why here) and is definitely going to be a difficult change in my life, albeit a healthier one. I’ll be cutting out bread, pasta, biscuits, cakes etc etc and whilst there’s gluten free alternatives out there, I’m going to use this as an opportunity to eat more fruit and veggies as well as branching out and trying new foods entirely.

Cook more: This coincides with the gluten free diet, but inevitably I’ll be cooking more. I’m not a bad cook and generally I do like cooking, but it’s lost it’s spark in recent months and I want to revive my passion for it. I’m hoping this whole gluten free thing will do that as well as the fact that I also got a food processor for my birthday (hooray!).

Get fitter: I want to have an entire lifestyle change, I don’t have a bad lifestyle. I’m not the unhealthiest person in the world but I haven’t worked out in years and the thought of going to the gym really intimidates me (despite the fact I do have a gym membership, whoops!). So as well as the collection of unworn gym wear I’ve already got, I’ve ordered a few new pieces to pop on, help motivate me and give myself a firm kick up the bum.

Get out more: Over the last year (at least!) I’ve been a little bit of an antisocial recluse, although it may not look like it to you. But I’ve really been unintentionally avoiding too many social situations or stepping too much out of my comfort zone. I guess it’s because especially during this time I’ve been feeling exhausted 24/7, aching, having stomach aches and generally not feeling great, but we all know why now and it all makes sense! It was because of the Coeliac Disease. Although my antisocial tendencies were clearly justified, I want to change that and I’m hoping as I start to feel better by primarily changing my diet, it’ll be easier for me to do so.

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Do you set yourself life goals? 

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