Goal kicking 4 years on!

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It occurred to me that I’ve just hit my ME/CFS anniversary and I think it’s safe to say that I’ve kicked it to the curb! This past year has been filled with a bit of goal kicking and it’s not stopping anytime soon! Yeooow!!!

Four years ago, I can still vividly remember how my health went downhill fast.  The first year was the hardest, I barely had wins and as much as I tried to keep positive it was hard.  I held onto goals and put up pictures of things that symbolised my goals. I convinced myself that I would achieve these goals one day…….even though at the time, it seemed hard to believe. I held onto the idea and kept it for when I needed it the most.

Finally, I have achieved a number of these goals. I am extremely proud, to say four years on I am celebrating and smashing my goals! The hard work has paid off and most of all, the illness is no longer ruling my world.

A huge victory is that I am heading to South America in a few days, yep you heard right!!! It’s literally days away. South America became a long-term goal of mine when I become unwell. Most of my close family and friends know this and probably got sick of me saying one day I’m going to go when I get better! Haha well that day has finally arrived and I am pinching myself! I really can’t believe it has arrived.

It is very random how it all came about, it happened to be in my very early days of my illness. At the time, the doctors still didn’t know what was wrong with me.  I was trying to keep positive throughout the whole ordeal and I decided to make an inspiration board of what I was going to do or work towards when I got well enough. The picture of Machu Picchu came to me, I had no desire to visit it before. But that image of Machu Picchu stuck with me and I thought to myself ” I’m going, when I’m well enough.”

And it’s been with me ever since.

City2surf is another big thing that I have been working towards, which I’m excitedly fit enough for. City2surf is happening in August which I am excited to be competing in the event and I have also been fundraising for it. The charity I have chosen to fundraise for is emerge, they are an Australian based charity that dedicates themselves to raising awareness and funds to research for ME/CFS.

Returning to work and working like a normal person would, was another big goal. DONE! This also includes other living “like a normal person” life goals again. DONE!

My next ass kicking goal will be a tough one and means heading back to school! Bring it on!

It’s not until you lose something, that really puts things and life into prospective for you.

Any way my friends it’s time for me to love and leave you, I need to go pack!

Can’t wait to tell you all about my South American adventure.

Much love

Lennae xxx

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Wrapping up 2016 and Bringing on 2017!

Photo credit @a.m_banks- Instagram
Photo credit @a.m_banks- Instagram

Welcome to 2017….. Where on earth did 2016 go!!!

I know I’m a little late to the party, but I can’t help myself I love wrapping up a year that’s passed and looking forward to the beginnings of a year ahead! I don’t know about you guys, but a new year just brings a whole lot of exciting and endless possibilities!!!

Although I can’t say I have completely recovered from ME/CFS (Myalgic encephalomyelitis/ chronic fatigue syndrome) I am more functional and active than what I have been in a long time. 2016 was a good year for me, my health turned it up a notch and showed me that my days with ME/CFS are becoming more like it was all just a bad dream.

Throughout 2016 I did have a few issues with my health, but they ended up not being ME/CFS related. How good is that!
2016 showed me a normal and active life, that I am more than welcoming back. I was able to work my way up to working 15 hours a week and maintain that. I will increase the hours more at some stage, but right now I am happily enjoying this work life balance. I also enjoyed a bit of travelling, going interstate, as well as heading over to Singapore off on a cruise. I remember feeling on the cruise like I wasn’t a sick person (how amazing is that). I was also studying some of last year, however I did have to place my studies on hold. I hope to continue them at some stage, possibly in a years time. Putting my studies on hold allowed me time to complete my main goal of returning to work and also allowed me to focus more on my fitness. Which Snowy and I have been loving!

Anyway enough about 2016, we are now in 2017!!!

Whoohoo, bring it on!!!

This year one of my main goals that I will achieve, is dedicated to when I first became unwell. When I first became unwell in 2013, I could barely move. At the time all I could do was lay in bed or on the couch. I did a lot of soul searching and googling online about ME/CFS and came across mostly negative stories. This did not help my frame of mind, I needed something positive. I had no idea when I would get better or how long it would take. However I needed something to look forward to. I decided to make a vision board, it was something I hung on my wall, where I looked every day and helped when I wasn’t feeling the best (which at that stage was everyday). My vision board consisted of destinations that I wanted to visit and stuff that I wanted to be doing once I finally started to get better. The one thing that stuck out to me however was Machu Picchu. I have no idea why, it just did. I decided when I was finally well enough and able too I would go there someday. Thankfully my beautiful friends I am well enough to get my butt over to that amazing place and show ME/CFS who the boss is now!!!

To some it may not seem like a big deal, but to someone that has been suffering with a chronic illness it means having your life back. Suffering from a chronic illness is hard work, but recovering from one is even harder. Achieving your goals is rewarding, here’s to a year full of achieving your goals and setting new ones.

Have a happy 2017 my friends! I hope you all have a fantastic year ahead, sending lots of love, hugs, spoons and positive vibes your way.

Lennae xxx

Photo credit @a.m_banks- instagram
Photo credit @a.m_banks- instagram
Photo credit @a.m_banks- instagram
Photo credit @a.m_banks- instagram

New day, new year, new GOALS!

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Credit @abanksy1 Instagram


New day, new year, new beginnings.

At the end of every year we look back and reflect on what we have and haven’t achieved and what we have and haven’t done. We then go ahead and set more or less the same goals, plus a few more and bigger ones.

I’m allowed to dream, but sometimes I find I set myself up to fail with all this goal setting!

Since I’ve been living with my Chronic fatigue, I’ve learned to do things differently with my hopes and dreams. I’ve always had high expectations of myself and it can be extremely frustrating when I want something so bad, but can’t get there due to circumstances out of my control. That’s why I feel that it’s important to re-assess where you’re at regularly. Your circumstances are always changing, it’s important to factor them all in.

I want to share with you all a few of my tips that I have found to be quite useful;

Write your goals down.
All of them…… Big goals, small goals, short- term, mid- term and long- term goals. Write them all down, tell the world and get them out there. Writing your goals down gives a sense of organisation, we want to make this happen! These goals are going to be my b****!!!

Regularly review your goals.
To track your progress you need to regularly review your goals. Do you need to re-assess any of them at all? You may need to re-evaluate your goals, are you being realistic? Or are you exceeding your exceptions. Its ok you will get there, it may take more time. Only time can tell.

Try new ways to achieve your goals. Some goals need a time-frame while others do not. Try different tactics and try looking at your goals a little differently. Think outside the square. Be realistic and don’t be too hard on yourself.

Focus on one goal at a time. It can get a little overwhelming if you try and attempt all you goals at once. Focus and prioritise your energy on one thing at a time. It will all fall into place with patience and persistence.

Create a vision board of your goals. If you’re a visual person cutting out pictures and making a board can help you visualise your goals. Keep your board somewhere where you can see it daily. Or put pictures up around your home, preferably rooms you use regularly. The pictures become small daily reminders of your goals.

Enjoy the journey. The Journey is where you put in all your energy and hard work, enjoy it. Achieving your goal will bring you a sense fulfillment and achievement, however the journey you have traveled always brings a sense of pride and relief when reflecting on what has been achieved.

Remember, tomorrow brings a new day to try and start again. It’s not easy, but you can always start again. “Try and fail, but don’t fail to try”.

Happy new year my beautiful readers, I thank you all for all your love and support! I wish you all an amazing 2016!

Much love

Lennae xxx

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Credit @abanksy1 Instagram

Stay Lean Tea: Review

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When the lovely people at Stay Lean Tea contacted me to try out their 14 day detox program, I was a tad bit excited!

Free herbal tea, yes please!

Detoxes aren’t really my thing, I thought I better check the product out online and see what it was all about. From what I could tell it looked good, it definitely wasn’t one of those detoxes which you were drinking tea and tea only for 14 days straight. All that it involved was drinking tea and then going about my usual diet. Sounded straight forward to me. The ingredients in the herbal tea were natural and most of the ingredients look familiar to me. After a bit more of googling I was good to go!

Here’s what you need to know….

Ingredients in the teas

Lean Burner Blend: Longjing green leaf, Pu’erh Tea Leaf,Oolong leaf, Lotus leaf, Lemon Grass, Dandelion Leaf, Goji Berry.

Lean Cleanse Blend:Chamomile, Chrysanthemum, Rose flower, Lavender, Roselle, Lemon Grass, Longjing green leaf.

How to use

Drink one cup of lean burner tea every morning and one cup of lean cleanse tea every second day in the afternoon.

Results

I have to say I really enjoyed the taste of teas and could happily drink them daily. I believe that they did help my digestive system and I noticed my stomach was a lot flatter than what it usually is. Saying this I should mention that I came off a medication around the same time that I started the teas. The medication could of possibly caused a bloated stomach, however I don’t know for sure. It wouldn’t be fair to say otherwise, until I have tried the teas again, which I would happily do. Overall I personally believe they did help and are worth trying out.

With Christmas upon us and if your anything like me and like to over indulge, Stay Lean Tea is kindly giving my wonderful followers a sweet 10% discount! Enter lenae88  at the check out.

To get your hands on these delicious teas click here.

Let me know if you try them out, I would love to hear what you think.

Much love,

Lennae xxx
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Taking time for self- care!

Photo credit Adam Banks
Photo credit Adam Banks

A few weeks ago I hit a little bump in the road, immediately I hit the brakes and thought crap…..bodies throwing a tantrum! Reality was I was just having a down week, like everyone has once in a while.

I started feeling overwhelmed with my daily routine. I decided it was a good idea to re-shuffle my priorities and make self-care my number one goal. That meant finishing up my studies early for the end of year, chilling out on the exercise routine, pacing my working hours and not running around as much trying to keep up with my ongoing list of errands.

I wanted to prioritise and work on doing things that I love and enjoy. Things that I have put off in order to be busy, rather than for enjoyment. I wanted to take a little time out and enjoy catching up with friends over coffee, having skype dates with overseas friends, attending yoga classes, getting pampered, hitting the kitchen to make some delicious raw treats and just a bit of all round self-care.

It’s important to give ourselves a bit of self-love and care and make it a priority. Often we put ourselves last, instead of first. It becomes easy to do with the busy lifestyles that we live, crazy routines we keep and the hype that is set by society.

If you need a little help in the self-care area, here are a few of my top tips that I try to practice for a bit of self-care;

Turning off technology! And yes that means NO SOCIAL MEDIA! The noise, the distractions and chaos, it all overloads onto our screens and gets thrown into our faces. It can get a bit too much at times, sometimes it’s good to switch it all off and enjoy the peace and quiet.

Sit outside and enjoy the serenity, lay down and take some long and deep breaths. Breathe in…… Breathe out….. You will be surprised at how refreshing it feels. The mind goes clear and the sky is actually quite beautiful when you stop and look at it for a while.

Stretch that body out, even if it’s only for a few minutes. Stretching is so good for the body and it’s good to stretch all those kinks out. I personally love yoga, I find it eases the mind and teaches you to breathe and focus your energy on the present moment.

Go and get pampered; hair, nails, body, whatever you want! Massage is my favourite, all those knots and trigger points need a good work out from time to time. Getting pampered is always nice and makes you feel good and refreshed.

Focus on one thing at a time. I like to think I’m talented and can multi-task, sometimes taking on too many tasks can get a little overwhelming. If you have a lot going on, try focusing one thing at a time. It can end up being a lot quicker than doing all your activities all at once.

Catch up with a friend over coffee, ditching your to do list to meet up with a friend can make you feel a lot happier. The list of things won’t get done, but the time spent in company with a good friend is priceless.

Nourish yourself with healthy food, you will feel the goodness straight away! Get creative and make your own healthy treats, the bonus is you know what’s in them! 😉

Go for a walk, enjoy the fresh air and inhale that sweet goodness.

Treat yourself, it doesn’t have to be on an expensive pair of shoes. It could be on a nice new body wash or hand cream. Whatever it may be it’s always nice to have a little treat for yourself.

Boost your confidence and push yourself. Why don’t you try something that you have been wanting to do for a while. It doesn’t have to be something big, it can be something small. It just has to be something new and different, I can tell you right now it will be worth it!

Self mantras. If you keep telling yourself something over and over you will start to believe it. Make sure it’s positive!!!

Most importantly put your self-first!

I hope you have enjoyed my tips and find them of some use. What activities do you like to practice when you’re taking time to yourself for self-care? I would love to hear your ideas, you can never have too many self- care practices.

Much love,

Lennae xxx

Some of my self-care essentials.
Some of my self-care essentials.

Juicing with Schkinny Maninny

Fruit & Veg Schkinny Maninny Juices
Fruit & Veg Schkinny Maninny Juices

Who loves a delicious cold pressed juice? I know I do!!!

I was lucky enough to try out Schkinny Maninny’s “Fruit and Veg” juice cleanse. Although I’m not a huge juicer nor do I get into juice detoxes and cleanses, I am a huge fan of getting my daily dose of fruit and veg! Plus I can never say no to a cold press juice, especially because you know its straight up nutritious goodness!

It can be hard to fit in your daily dose of fruit and vegetables, sometimes opting for a easier option like juices or smoothies would help you get your daily intake of nutritious foods. Juicing allows you to source a good variety of fruits and vegetables into your diet. Other benefits of juicing is that it helps the digestive process and boosts energy levels.

Now lets get down to the important stuff. My juices were delivered to my door step. I sampled the juices as I pleased, usually I would enjoy them after lunch or after I got home from work. Perfect for the humid weather that we have been experiencing.

The juices tasted good and were refreshing and energising. I think just knowing your drinking goodness makes you feel amazing as well!

For those of you that get a bit weary when it comes to drinking your vegetables, no need to be put off. You will see vegetables in a new light if you decide to give juicing a go, I promise you will not regret it!

The flavours I got to sample were;

Leap Frog – Apple, Cucumber, Kiwi, Parsley, Spinach

Pine Grapple – Pineapple, Apple, Celery, Carrot, Ginger

Beet Froot Tingle – Beetroot, Carrot, Apple, Ginger

Pink Sherbert – Watermelon, Lemon, Cucumber, Apple

They are a healthy option and convenient for the warmer months ahead or if your always on the go and don’t have time to food prep. If your interested in trying out Schkinny Maninnys juices or would like more information, click here for their website.

Much love,

Lennae xxx

Schkinny Maninny Fruit & Veg juices.
Schkinny Maninny Fruit & Veg juices.

Taking a Holistic Approach

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I want to share my approach to recovery, I like to think I have had more of a holistic approach to help with my recovery with ME/CFS. With so much mystery surrounding ME/CFS it’s hard to know what the best way to recovery is. Everybody that has suffered from this illness is different and recovery times vary. Often what works for some does not always work for others.

I decided to try a holistic approach because it can benefit anybody, you don’t have to be suffering from a chronic illness to want to improve your health. If you’re not happy with your health, take action, only you can do something about it!

I am a completely open minded person and for some reason I knew that my next step to recovery was to see a naturopath. If you’re not up to speed on what a naturopath does they use alternative treatments to medicine, such as herbs, mineral and vitamin supplements. They also offer lifestyle and diet advice.

I started seeing one a month after my health went downhill. She was amazing, I honestly felt like she had suffered from my illness herself. She completely understood and could relate to everything I was going through. During my visits I would get herbs, vitamins and mineral supplements that I still take to this day. The herbs help with energy, anxiety, sleeping, nausea and other symptoms. From time to time my herb mixture has changed to suit what my body needs at the time. My naturopath also gives me nutritional advice and helps with my diet. She is a qualified yoga instructor and has often given me new stretches to try and has encouraged me to attended classes when I can.

Food and diet have also had a gradual change, but all for the better. I do not stick to any particular diet, my body is always changing and it is always needing different foods. I have done a food intolerance test and have learnt that there are even good foods that can cause harm. With the help from my naturopath I have learnt a lot about food and healing, it’s amazing what food can do if you learn to use it as medicine.

Chiropractor and massage have also played a role. Being a migraine sufferer I have visited a chiropractor for years. My neck and migraine pain seem to have a link. I have kept my visits up whilst suffering from this illness. Not moving your body much can result in pain and muscle tightness. This is where my chiropractor would come in. A chiropractor would basically click in all parts of the body that have moved out of place. It takes the tension away and gives instant pain relief. I would also get a massage for my muscles, this however would just be a relaxing massage from a local beautician. I found my body was able to handle that type of massage better than other massage.

My last holistic approach is stretching and yoga. I’m no yogi master but from the beginning of my illness I was introduced to a light exercise plan with stretches. I have always been hot and cold with my exercises but the stretching has been a daily ritual since day one. The stretching helps stretch out my tight and knotted muscles, which have ceased up from needing to rest so much. Gradually my stretching routine has increased to include yoga poses. All I can say is that every-time I have my daily stretching session I always feel refreshed. Some days I am unable to stretch for as long as others, but I think that any little bit of movement that gets the blood flow moving helps.

These tools have played a huge part in my recovery. Have you tried any holistic health treatments or any alternative health practices? I would love to hear about your thoughts!

Lennae xxx

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