Adventures in raw milk: day 1

Today I finally made my way up to the local dairy to collect some fresh-from-the-cow milk (also known as ‘raw’ milk). It has not been pasteurised, homogenised or otherwise messed with, other than being pumped through a handful of meters of piping from udder to tank.

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Still here!

Forgive me bloggers for I have sinned; it has been 11-weeks since my last confession….

But, oh! what an 11-weeks it has been!

My last post on here was 21st March; in which I was suffering a mild setback from “doing a lot”.  To say that my last bout of “doing a lot” will knock my previous record out the water will be an understatement… Continue reading

Turning the frowns upside down

I have mentioned before that a HUGE tool in the kit of dealing with CFS is positivity.  On days like today it is difficult to remain positive in the face of disappointments.  This is how I try to turn my disappointments into positive reinforcements Continue reading

Fast is the new…. Fast!

Forgive me friends it has been 66 days since my last blog.

Going back to my last blog, on 7th Jan, I was 7-days into the Fast Diet (or 5:2 Diet) and was feeling superb.  Fast forward to today and I am only just finding time to sit down and update you all on my progress. Continue reading

Good and Tired

Hello old friend, how’ve you been.  I’ve missed you whilst you’ve been gone.

I’m talking about that good kind of tired you get from when you’ve done an awful lot of exercise, camping, staying up late, cooking, organising, partying and playing and your body just wants to get horizontal for a good long stretch (on a decent bed) and recover its reserves. Continue reading

Phlebotomy

I’ve been feeling decidedly off-kilter since returning from my fantastic holiday in Cornwall (more of that later when I have energy to post something) and I haven’t been able to shake it with a careful balance of rest and activity in the week and a half since I’ve been back Continue reading

G.E.T. Average

A slightly longer than anticipated gap between this and my last post – G.E.T. Started – as work and ‘life’ have intervened during that time to keep me incredibly busy.  However, this experience has brought into focus one of my next topics: ‘Wants and Needs’.  I will get to these in more detail in my next post but first we need to revisit our activity log and talk about next steps.

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G.E.T. Started

Graded Exercise Therapy.

For some sufferers of CFS/ME this brings to mind painful experiences where they have been’encouraged’, by healthcare professionals with limited understanding of the technique, to push through their limits and do more, ending up with crashes, flair-ups, setbacks and pain.

Although the end-goal of Graded Exercise Therapy (GET) is to increase your energy levels and stamina; initially it is about doing less.  I will go into more detail about this in a later post. Continue reading

G.E.T. M.E.

My planned series on my experience, hints and tips on Graded Exercise Therapy (GET, also known as GAT, Graded Activity Therapy) has been somewhat delayed: I have been meaning to post for days but life has been getting in the way.

In the meantime, check out this page at Action for ME which has some resources, research and articles on GET to start with.

I hope to get my first post in this series, together with an update of what has been keeping me away, up at the weekend.