The “Wedding Diet”

Hello everyone, happy Sunday! It’s officially 2 weeks until mine and George’s and we are beyond excited πŸ™‚

Everything is virtually sorted so now we can just relax and enjoy the time leading up to it..

Now.. I know what you might be thinking of regarding the title… “Oh no, please don’t do a crash diet Hannah” and I’m here to reassure you that I’m not.

I’m basically just eating better quality foods, reducing the junk and processed foods, reducing my carb intake and intermittent fasting. This is what I’m going to talk about in today’s blog post.

Eating better quality food and reducing the junk.

I had gotten myself into a routine of eating a lot of junk and processed foods and my body nor my skin were thanking me for it. I was feeling bloated, tired, irritable and I was breaking out.

I decided that I wanted to change this especially with the wedding being 4 weeks away (I started this 2 weeks ago)

I went back to eating more fresh sea foods, salads, quinoa, brown rice, fruit and veg and I have really noticed the difference… I would just like to point out that I still enjoy my food, for example I do have chocolate and take aways still, just not in the quantity that I was having them and if I’m craving chocolate then I will opt for dark chocolate instead.

The food that I’m eating now has also increased my energy levels and eating less food funnily enough has given me more energy… that’s where intermittent fasting and reducing the carbohydrates comes in.

Intermittent fasting and reducing carbohydrates

Now I know carbohydrates are important for maintaining energy levels, however I was consuming carbohydrates at every meal and it got to a point where it wasn’t making me feel good. Bloating particularly in the evening after my dinner.

So I made the decision to not eat carbohydrates at dinner time. It was a struggle at first thinking about what to eat, but with the wonders of google I found some good recipes — I’ve also been living off omelettes and absolutely love them.

The best thing about this was that I wasn’t bloating in the evenings and I was remaining full. I did go through a trial stage of having fish and vegetables but that wasn’t fulfilling my hunger so I incorporated eggs into it and that worked a treat.

I also did research on foods that would promote naturally glowing skin and have been consuming them. My break outs are clearing up and my skin does have a nice natural glow, so leading up to the wedding I shall be continuing to eat these foods — fresh/frozen salmon and oily fish, eggs, dark leafy greens, salads, melons, other fruit and drinking lots of water.

That’s when I started my research on intermittent fasting and began to read and watch the benefits of it so decided to try it myself. I have a few friends who do it and say that it works wonders for them — it might not work for everyone and I would definitely recommend to research it before trying it.

How I do mine is that I stop eating my 7pm and start eating at 7am during the week and at weekends the times alter slightly. At the weekends I try to fast as long as possible but I still make sure I eat breakfast.

I mainly make sure I have at least a 12 hour fast every day. My breakfast and lunch contain carbohydrates (healthier ones) to maintain my energy levels and my evening meal doesn’t contain carbohydrates.

I’m finding that my energy levels are increased slightly, which is fantastic. I still get tired with my chronic illness but you know that I make sure I rest when I am tired and have a pretty good balance of it now.

Since starting this “Wedding Diet” I’ve decided that it’s something I’d like to continue. I’ll still have treats on occasion and enjoy foods. That’s the most important thing.

So far since doing this, I have reduced the bloat and lost 2.5lbs. It’s not all about weight loss it’s about maintaining balance πŸ™‚ but the weight loss for me is an added bonus πŸ™‚

I hope you’ve enjoyed this weeks blog post about what I’m eating leading up to the wedding. I’d love to read your comments below and shall be connecting with you all.

Much Love Always

Hannah xx

 

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The Final Month… πŸ‘°

Good Morning everyone! Happy Sunday, I hope you have all had a lovely weekend? Whether it’s been a weekend full of galavanting or relaxing at home with loved ones (ice had a mixture of both ☺️

So! It’s the final month before mine and George’s wedding! We can’t believe how quickly it’s come around and I can’t believe that a week today I will be on my second and final hen party (my lovely blogger friend Caz says bachelorette party sounds better so maybe I will call it that πŸ˜…) I like bridal party too.

Everything is coming together nicely, George and I have this week off to do some finishing touches and making things for the day as well as spend time together as we haven’t really done much of that recently with him working night shifts at work.

What’s left to do?

Throughout wedding planning Ive always maintained a relatively calm and collective head (I pray to God that I haven’t been a bridezilla πŸ˜…)

Getting all the big things out of the way and booked first was essential for me to remain stress free.. I’ll never forget the day when my Aunt and I were sat in a coffee shop discussing mine and George’s ideas when a lady came over, said how excited she was for us but also went onto saying “wedding planning is so stressful”

Why does it have to be stressful? Only if you make it so.

I’ve just gone with the flow throughout the whole of this because at the end of the day… This is a marriage… Not a show. That’s my personal opinion anyway.

I like excitement and fun but I don’t like too much fuss and neither does George, which is why our wedding is going to be intimate and lovely ☺️

Most of the things like table signs, seating board, invitations were all handmade by George and I.. he’s very good with logistics and I’m very creative and we’ve both enjoyed that πŸ˜€

The main thing for me about “What’s left to do” is looking after me.. early nights, good and healthy food (I’m reducing my carb and sugar intake — don’t worry I’m not going crazy.. just reducing refined sugars, processed food and no carbs in the evenings.

Having as many self-care days as possible whether that be a full on pamper night or just enjoying my walks to and from work.

The final month in my eyes shouldn’t be stressful and manic because the main things are sorted.. I’m really enjoying all the experiences and excitement of planning and organising our wedding.. enjoy the ride and the build up to your very special day β˜ΊοΈπŸ‘°

Next week’s post will be about my second and last hen party/bachelorette party/bridal party so stay tuned for what I get up to… I have no idea by the way! πŸ˜…

Enjoying my Hen Party with MS.

Good Morning everyone ☺️

Happy Sunday! I hope you’ve all had a nice weekend? Let me know what you’ve been up to.

So… Last weekend I had my first Hen Party with my amazing work friends. If you don’t know what a hen party is.. it can also be called a bachelorette party. A celebration for the bride before the bit day!

Yes… It was my “first” hen party because I’m having two πŸ˜‚ I couldn’t invite all of my work colleagues to the wedding because we didn’t have space, which is fine and why we had this party ☺️

All my work colleagues know about MS and know how it affects me. They are the most amazing and caring bunch of humans and made sure I was okay for my Hen.

One of my best friends who I worked with organised the party. Planning things in the afternoon/evening so that I could rest and prepare in the morning.

What did we do?

Because my friends know that I can’t do too many energetic activities they planned for me to go Punting πŸ˜€ we went to Cambridge, which is a city near us where they have a river going through it. There are these long boats called punts that you can hire to use yourself or have tours around the city.

The weather was beautiful and we had a touring punt. Just sat back and relaxed as we had our tour around the city, drinking prosecco and eating strawberries. I even had a little go a steering the punt! πŸ˜†

Everyone made sure I was okay and chose punting because it was restful for me.

After punting we started the exciting part of the night… Cocktail making!

That was such fun! And definitely where all my energy was used, having fun, laughing and just partying with my friends until quite late πŸ˜†πŸ˜€

So how I Enjoyed my Hen Party with MS?

Firstly the night before…

The night before my hen party I relaxed completely. I had an early night and just got as much sleep as possible (I know for some MSers or doesn’t feel like it helps but it does for me)

The morning of the hen party again I rested a lot. Making sure to just take it easy and get ready in good time.

I know this sounds hilarious but I allowed 2 hours to get ready for my hen.. outfit, makeup and hair.. I allowed 2 hours so that I could just take my time and relax whilst getting ready… Stressing out makes my Ms so much worse so I always try and reduce stress as much as possible.

Then during the hen party, if I needed to rest, I would sit down. My friends totally understood. Also I didn’t get completely drunk!

I don’t like alcohol much anyway and can party without it, but also it makes my MS worse when I do. So I had a couple of drinks but then I moved onto diet coke until 9pm and then for the rest of the night I was drinking tap water.

Water kept me hydrated and enabled me to continue to have a good time πŸ˜€

The final thing I will say and how I enjoyed my hen party with MS… For once I didn’t think about MS. I had a great time and knew that I would just deal with the consequences like most of us do.

Enjoy everything about your wedding if you’re planning one ☺️

A lovely couple of Days with Family & Les Miserables πŸ˜†πŸ˜±πŸ˜

Hi Everyone! How are we all?!

I’ve had such a lovely few days this week and I can’t wait to tell you all about my adventures!

Monday evening my dad came to see my sister and I for dinner (a long story but I did have a Neurologist appointment on Tuesday but they cancelled it so instead dad came down and we just had a lovely time with him 😊)

We went out to this lovely little pub near where we love and had such delicious food, mint tea (me and megs) and just a fantastic evening ☺️😍

Then on Tuesday dad and I spent the whole day together ☺️ pottering around town, looking round the shops, seeing my sister and finishing off with a little around our Christmas garden centre (it’s beautiful!)

It was such a lovely time and I love spending time with my family πŸ˜πŸ˜ƒ

Wednesday… Well if you follow me on my Instagram account, you will know what I’ve been up to..

Wednesday I took my Aunty to London to see Les Miserables for her birthday & Christmas present!! πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜† We have both been dying to see it and I also treated us to lunch at Mildred’s vegan restaurant.

Omg wow! The show… The show was just spectacular! It was just breathtaking and I’m already looking at tickets to go back again! Haha! The seats we had were pretty good too, you could see the stage very clearly.. we were in the dress circle towards the front.

After the show we hopped into a taxi to one of our favourite places, Liberty’s. It’s just beautiful inside and so big filled with everything from haberdashery to stationary. They also had a Christmas land where my Aunty and I purchased a Christmas bauble.

We then proceeded back to Kings Cross, At Pancras where we had a lovely cup of tea and some food at Fortnum & Masons before riding the train home! It truly was a magical day!

Thursday was a complete day of rest — to be honest I was absolutely exhausted, I love every minute of London but it can be a tad too much at times.

So Thursday was spent watching films, YouTube and totally relaxing so that was lovely ☺️

Friday I went to a friend’s house to help decorate his Christmas tree (he gets stressed when he does it, so myself and another friend volunteered for the job)

We had mulled wine, mince pies (they were vegan) and listened to Christmas music whilst decorating! We had SUCH a great day! These people are work friends and I’d probably go far enough to say that they are my best friends… Nadine has just always been there for me since I started working where I do.. we bonded straight away and always been so close! And Pat has just been the most supportive man friend I think I’ve ever had! We all get on famously and I just am so grateful for them!

Whenever I’ve had a bad day at work or feel a bit rubbish work related, they are always there to make me feel better and cheer me up ☺️ — see.. great work friends!

And finally Saturday night! Saturday night was so incredibly special ☺️ my amazing G cooked me a delicious vegan dinner… AND desert! And we spent such a lovely evening together watching one of my Favourite Christmas films “Jingle All The Way”

With him going to the gym and working shift it’s been a little difficult & we haven’t spent much time together — which I missed dearly so last night meant so much to me.

We also played a few computer games together which I loved too!

I was beyond riddled with fatigue yesterday to the point when I did get home I just fell into George arms and cried (yep… Like a toddler) I get super emotional when I’m tired and do you know what.. George just gives me the biggest hugs, tells me to go and relax and brings me a cup of tea.

I’m just so grateful, blessed, thankful beyond belief to just have amazing people in my life and this week has just been… Amazing!

I hope you’re all as okay as you can be, today I’m relaxing but also popping over to mums for tea ☺️ so that will be nice (she’s got her tree up now too ☺️)

Also if you’d like to see this weeks YouTube video then it will be live at 5:30pm UK time — I’d love it if you could take a look and maybe subscribe — my goal is to reach 100 by the end of the year ☺️

An Ordinary Girl With MS – YouTube

Sending you Much Love always

Hannah xx

New Store, Nana’s Birthday & Works Christmas Party! #weeklyblog

Hello gang! How are you all? I hope you’ve all had a wonderful week!

Today I am putting up the Christmas tree 😊 (well it’s officially December so it’s okay πŸ˜‚) if you celebrate Christmas when do you put yours up?

So this week has been quite busy for me, our new store opened with work so that’s definitely been keeping me busy and learning the new system, however I’m really enjoying and writing lots of notes so that I can refer back to them if I need to (you must all know by now how organised I like my life to be lol!)

We are a great team and we always work well together, helping each other along.. I always say we are like a family!

By Wednesday (my day off) I was feeling rather tired and a little drained — I had been on the go the last couple of days so I made sure that I had a restful day and relaxed as much as possible.

Thursday was super lovely and exciting! It was my amazing Nana’s birthday and I went up to visit her for the day! My Aunt, Uncle, nana and I went out for afternoon tea at this gorgeous country house called Stapleford Park which is near Melton Mowbray and we had VEGAN Afternoon tea, which was so delicious! It was such a lovely day!

Friday I was back at work learning the new systems.. it’s honestly been going so quickly the days have just flown by! I’m really enjoying learning new things and getting stuck in there and then my lovely George met me after work and we went out for dinner together 😍

There was this new Vegan restaurant in town and we wanted to try it out… Unfortunately it was not to our liking.. I had Mac and Cheese (not as nice as Madeleine Olivia’s recipe) and the rest just wasn’t cooked well enough unfortunately.. we are glad that we went but sadly won’t be going back!

(I had Mac and Cheese, Southern fried seitan and vegan slaw) I think it was just too much also.)

Saturday was our works Christmas Party ☺️ we all went out for dinner and just had such a fabulous evening! They all mean the world to me because of how supportive they’ve been with MS. They are life long friends and I wouldn’t want to be without them in my life!

And today.. Sunday. George is working today so me and Arthur 🐈 are relaxing but also…. Putting up the Christmas tree!! Now that it’s officially December I’m going to put it up, whilst having a Christmas film on in the background.. haven’t decided which one I’ll watch yet!

I hope you’ve all had an amazing week! I can’t wait to tell you all about this coming week!! So much is happening!! Stay tuned for next Sunday’s weekly blog post!

Love and hugs always

Hannah xx

Life with MS – Trip out, Moving Stores & time with my boys!

Hey Everyone! How are you all? How has your week been this week? And I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend too!

This week for me has been good but rather hectic too. My current job was taken over by a new company and we are moving into a shiny new store on MONDAY!

Its all very exciting, although feels ever so slightly rushed and a little disorganised (we have a lot of “stuff” in our old place and our new place isn’t as big… So trying to get things in is proving a little challenging, however I think it will be much better for business and once we all know how the systems work properly and feel a bit more settled I think we will be just fine!

I think I just feel stressed because it’s all a little disorganised and out of my control really and for me since being diagnosed with MS I like to have control and I like everything to be organised (maybe it’s a little OCD) yesterday I spent majority of the day sorting and organising the best I could and I was completely exhausted afterwards.. but also happy that I managed to help as much as I could ☺️

Our old store has had many memories and has been a lovely place to work and I’m so grateful that we are all sticking together with the move as it’s the people that make it!

I also went to visit a friend on Thursday, which was nice. Had tea and cake and played chess (I’m better at draughts personally as my Nana taught me when I was little) but it was fun none the less.

We also had a trip out with work for some training, which again was a lovely day but quite tiring come the end of it.

And my George 😍 my George got a little promotion where he works and he’s now employed as a permanent professional and I couldn’t be prouder of him! 😍 Last night we had a cheeky Chinese take away and watched a film (well half of it cause it was quite long) and just had a lovely evening ☺️ of course Arthur was with us having all the cuddles too.

So, how has this week been on my MS?

Well it’s been okay so far, yes it’s been semi stressful and tiring, however I’m so grateful and thankful that I finish at 3:30pm and not 5:30pm.. I’ve been exhausted come 2:30-3pm the last couple of days and fatigue has been playing me up in the evenings but I come home, I get changed into something super cosy.. I make a nice cup of tea and relax with my boys so I’m managing things.. I know my triggers, I know I need to relax and remember my quote “NOT MY PROBLEM” because at the end of the day… It isn’t my problem.. I’m not management.. I’m not the boss.. I’m an employee and I will do as much as I can do with this move but will NOT stress myself out! ☺️

Also one final thing, this week’s YouTube video is all about my Bullet Journal it will be live on my channel at 5:30pm UK time — if you haven’t checked out my YouTube then click on the link below and have a look at my videos πŸ™‚ chatting about MS & hopefully helping people — I’d love to reach 100 subscribers by the New Year πŸ™‚

An Ordinary Girl With MSYouTube link

Let me know in the comments how your week has been and we can chat πŸ™‚

Sending lots of love always

Hannah xx

A More Relaxing Week & MS Appointments

Hello Everyone! Happy Sunday, how are you all this morning?

I am feeling really quite good at the moment, I’ll link to a previous blog post about being 1 year with NO relapses! 1 Year NO Relapses I don’t know whether its the Copaxone injections that are making me feel good (when talking to others about it they’ve mentioned that it hasn’t made them feel better, just reduces their relapses) but of course EVERYONE with MS is different so I don’t solely go by other peoples main experiences.

I feel like its a combination of things that are helping me to feel well…great! Reducing stress where possible (I’m really quite relaxed most of the time), Reducing my hours at work, Changing my diet and generally looking after myself.

I feel so grateful, happy and positive and again I think that’s another reason why MS is keeping a low profile at the moment — don’t get me wrong I still struggle with fatigue and nerve pain on a daily basis (In fact I have annoying nerve pain right now) but I’ve learnt to manage it.

Anyway back to this week! (I do ramble!) well, this week has been a lot calmer than the previous week. Work was quite busy on Monday and Tuesday and then on Wednesday I popped over to mum’s and saw her and my sister (my sister and I walked her beautiful dog Tilly and the scenery was just beautiful!) They then came over for dinner and we had a lovely evening.

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Thursday again was a lovely day. A friend from work (used to be my manager but we are very close friends too) came over to see me and we had a lovely catch up that I just loved and then the weekend has involved, working Friday & Saturday and then Saturday night I made myself a lovely Mexican dinner for one and watched this Youtuber that I’m currently obsessed with called Brogan Tate XO – again I’ll link one her videos if you’d like to check her out, she’s amazing and so relatable! Brogan’s YouTube channel

I also have a new YouTube video available today at 5:30pm UK time talking all about my experience with Working & MS and I’d be ever so grateful if you could check that out and maybe share my channel to people and that’s something I really work hard on and would love it if it would just help others maybe newly diagnosed or just going through a hard time — I’d like to think I’m relatable.

My YouTube Channel – An Ordinary Girl With MS

So that everyone has been this week! Today (Sunday) I’m totally relaxing, it’s a gorgeous crisp sunny morning here so I’m going to have a little walk to our local shop and just really rest my body and mind today ready for another busy few weekends! Next week we are training at work as we are moving into a shiny new store so I shall talk about that next week!

I hope you’ve all have a super weekend and a great week!

Lots of Love always

Hannah