Acupuncture for Anxiety

So I haven’t blogged in an age, call it what you will, but I think I suffer from regular writer’s block. That, or I just do not do enough outside work and a Master’s to create interesting content. Like who really wants hear about the long hours I spend in front of my TV? Seriously though, if you do want a blog on that I can oblige…..

As some of you may know I suffer really badly from anxiety and when it flares up it’s crippling.

I could be out doing something completely regular or normal and a wave of paranoia will take over and suddenly this thick lump is in my throat and it’s choking me and tears prick my eyes and I need to leave, get out, and run as far away from my brain as possible until it subsides.

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And I was dealing really fantastically with everything until I went through a break up, a really bad, sudden one, the second one in a year, and I was embarrassed and heartbroken. Unfortunately this all culminated into a tragic mess that spiked my anxiety out of control to a point where I was suffering from daily panic attacks and insomnia. Add that to a diet of comfort eating and I was a hot mess!

Luckily I have the greatest friends and one of them suggested acupuncture, this was how I met Sinead Casey of Nea Acupuncture, a city centre based acupuncturist.

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My treatments with Sinead began in late August with a consultation surrounding food, lifestyle and treatment goals. At the time I could hardly speak to her without tearing up. I could hardly breathe.

But Sinead was fantastic, originally focusing on points to help with my anxiety as well as recommending supplements to help detox me and aid my erratic sleeping patterns. She used to check in after treatments to see how I was coping during the week. It was incredibly helpful to have someone else in your corner going through a difficult time.

Throughout the course of treatments she suggested removing dairy from my diet, removing any badness or toxins that would decrease my mood in any way. She sent on diet plans, recipes and app suggestions to help with meditation. Now I am the proud owner of HeadSpace Meditation App and my head feels clearer than it has ever been…

In the last few months, as hectic as my life has been, juggling work, a Masters and a blog, I can now zone out. Things that would have originally affected me personally or caused anxiety do not have as much of an effect. And as for diet I no longer crave sticky things like cheese and removing this has seemed to coincidentally regulated my hormones, clearing up my acne.

I’m braver now, because I feel in control of my anxiety and I can do more things, see my friends more and just LIVE more. It’s win win!

I would highly recommend anyone to give Sinead a visit for any lifestyle advice or treatments, as it has been such a natural yet effective way of helping me cope with my anxiety.

You can contact her at neaacupuncture@gmail.com, your mind and body will thank you for it!

 

 

Hanging Out At the Fitness Centre- Week 5

Total Starter Program Weightloss: -11lbs

Total pounds lost in week 5: -?-

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Soooo I finished the 4 week starter program and I lost a total of 11lbs! Which is amazing right?! I am the lightest I’ve been in about three years and I am totally hooked on this exercise lark so I signed myself straight up for another 6 weeks, which is really going to be more like indefinitely until I can safely squeeze my fat arse into a pair of denim shorts!

Yes this really is my end goal in terms of weight loss, no it isn’t inner peace or health, it’s being able to wear a pair of nice denim shorts in the summer without the fear of losing them between my thunder thighs.

So at my new-found, lighter weight I began week 5 and I attended my PT sessions with Chris with motivation and determination. I even began monitoring the heart app on my iPhone, making a conscious effort to walk 5k each day while at work, the carpets in my office are becoming threadbare with all the pacing!

But for some reason my willpower & appetite hasn’t caught up with my new lease on life and I swear in the last week I could have eaten every morsel in my path including the kitchen sink and possibly a small goat. And….I’ll be honest I did!

I even ate a takeaway in the middle of the week! I never eat takeaways mid-week, they are a weekend thing as a treat not as a replacement for a home cooked meal. My mom is still laid up on her crutches and I was up the walls organizing a big event at college so I was working every hour under the sun! So I got my family and my boyfriend a curry on the way home, fully convinced I’d make myself something healthy, which I normally do!

But it was nearing 8 o clock, and there was dishes in the sink and the event was the following day, so I caved, next thing I know I’m splitting the curry with my mom and inhaling it in an unladylike fashion. The next day I had wine in celebration of my event, I had hardly eaten anything all day but my brain thought “hey let’s have some wine”…..but let me tell you a secret; wine is my downfall, wine results in cheese and bread and crisps, and believe me it did….

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So there it was, Friday, also known as weigh-day and so I arrived At The Fitness Centre and trained and I trained really hard, because I was annoyed at myself, annoyed at my subconscious attempted to sabotage myself as I wasn’t prepared foodwise and life got to me this week!

And when the training session was over I accidentally on purpose forgot to remind anyone to weigh me, instead of biting the bullet, weighing and letting the cards fall where they may, I quickly re-booked my sessions for next week and sprinted out the door as fast as the afore-mentioned thunder thighs could carry me.

So here I am, week 6 feeling rather sheepish, but being totally honest with everyone, last week everything got on top of me and my healthy eating took the back seat, which doesn’t really affect anyone except me. I’m only letting myself down, but I’m human and this week is a new week, so I am back on the wagon and I’ll be back At the Fitness Centre later this week.

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Hanging out At The Fitness Centre- Week 1

Total Loss: 6lbs

Total Gains: Energy, Confidence, a new lease of life and there’s probably some muscle somewhere too!

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It has been exactly one week since I officially began my starter program in At The Fitness Centre, and while I can safely say I am hooked on the endorphin fueled mood enhancement, this week has been an intense rollercoaster, but I genuinely feel for the first time in a long time, like since my original weight loss journey, that I have a realistic routine in place and I am well on the way to my bikini body!

My fitness test last week was a wake-up call, I wasn’t as strong as I used to be, let alone fit and this needed to be sorted- but I love exercise when I do it regularly so that part is fine, for me it’s the food side, but Chris and Anne were incredibly reassuring!

The weigh in was the scary part- Admitting you have a problem is terrifying and entering a gym or fitness program for the first time is something that should be admired, Well Done to anyone who is making a change this January, it’s not easy and you’re doing great!

I have been to so many places that make you feel worse after stepping on the scales, despite you obviously wanting to change, but Anne’s approach was TOTALLY different, I am incredibly body conscious, but Anne instead calmed me down by simply telling me- God you don’t look that weight at all, you’re very narrow, such a simple thing to say but this has had such a lasting effect on me and this encouraging work ethic boosted my confidence before I even lost weight.

Last Thursday I completely overhauled my eating and began a new food diary, re-introducing Naturespharm Green Tea and writing down everything I ate and I was FAB for about three days. I eat normal enough, I try to eat porridge and fruit regularly and avoid eating too much bread. I don’t believe in cutting out treats so I did still have some dark chocolate or a bag of low fat crisps- Everything in moderation, but I cut out the wine!

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I was very strict with my eating and I enjoyed it for about three days until the hunger pangs set in, but I ignored it and instead of making good choices, like having some potatoes with my dinner instead of just veg, it result in me ending up in the crisp aisle in Lidl which led to a crisp and cracker filled evening of regret.

When I arrived home, I felt disgusted, here I was with this fabulous opportunity to get in shape and I was sabotaging myself, I began researching supplements and vitamins that help in staving off naughty cravings, when my friend simply suggested a little bit of will power and a little bit of mouthwash LOL!

This involved brushing my teeth, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash after I was finished my evening meal, that way I wouldn’t reach for a biscuit and 8 o clock at night!

And so I drew a line under Sunday and prepped my meals for the week, consisting of healthy chicken curry and wholegrain rice and a chicken dinner with a small bit of potatoes, as well as this I introduced 6 almonds for my afternoon snack and started eating avocados as recommended from the guys At The Fitness Centre!

So I actually began eating more! Making small changes here and there and documenting it! I also used the mouthwash technique, but I don’t feel as hungry in the evening so I hardly need the will power!

The workouts consist of weight training, and trust me I feel the burn, I started with a legs session last Friday and my thighs still hurt until the following Tuesday, despite having an arms session in between on the Saturday! But it was a good sore!

The second session was chest and back with a little bit of arms thrown in and I will find out what the third session of the week is this Saturday- post night out! Each session begins with a quick warm up on the cross trainer, which I like as it eases you in nicely before the pain!

The legs sessions surround squats and lunges, each exercise focusing on different parts of the legs for a total workout- You can definitely feel it, I’m like a waddling penguin at the end of each session!

The chest and back sessions mix up free weights and machine use, (I’m no expert- you will have to contact them to find out more).

Yesterday I trained arms, shoulders and back, and I’m not joking it actually hurts to type and I struggled to dress myself this morning but I’m feeling great, I have bundles of energy and I’m in a better mood- long may that continue LOL!

In terms of weight-loss, I had to weigh in yesterday and I get incredibly nervous for weigh-ins, I feel the pressure to perform each week, and while in the majority I had an extremely good week, thoughts of Sundays spiral was still playing on my mind and my own weighing scales broke, so I had no idea what was facing me!

But the guys At The Fitness Centre were so reassuring, they aren’t solely driven by results on the scales, but more so about you and changing your body, it has to be fun!

Thankfully, for my own goals I lost 6lbs this week and half an inch under my bust, a whole inch from my waist and even half an inch off my hips, but I don’t think I’ll ever lose my hips, I was completely ecstatic as my actual goal is to lose 10lbs on the program, so fingers crossed!

But more so, I am driven to take on the next week and the week after that until it’s a habit and then a lifestyle!

Contact them here, you’ll thank yourself later!

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