Lifestyle changes...

In the 2 and 1/2 months PianoMan and I have been dating, I've managed to get seriously ill twice. I'm still struggling to kick this flu, although I think I'm almost there. They say that kissing boosts immunity but we're yet to see the benefits of that. Obviously something has to give, we (and especially I) need to start making some lifestyle changes to make sure that we're living full and healthy lives.

Don't worry, this isn't one of those posts where the author declares a huge change in their lives - we aren't going to go live on an ashram, we're not turning vegan or singing the praises of colonic irrigation. It's the small things that you often don't notice disappearing - you don't notice the nut wearing down until the wheel flies off the car as you're driving down the motorway.

Sleep - Both PianoMan and I have a habit of getting to 10:30 at night and then thinking - wow, I should really go to bed. Which would be fine apart from the fact that we both compulsively get things ready the night before. And the fact that when alone, I like to read before sleep. And when we're together, we like to talk before we sleep. On a weekend, that's fine. On a week night, not so much. We've made a committment to try and get to sleep by ten on a weeknight. So far this seems to be working for me. I don't always hit the hay as early as I had planned - and I will admit to sometimes having a sneaky read until half past ten - but I'm definitely feeling more energetic. If there's things that I feel like I should be staying up later and working on, I set the alarm an hour earlier - the reality is that I'm doing a much better job of things coming back to them when I am refreshed than if I kept on slogging on indefinitely.

Vitamins- I'm looking into taking some supplementary vitamins. Being lactose intolerant, there are some vital nutrients that I'm missing out of my food. The next time I visit my doctors I will ask for a Vitamin D blood work. I've had issues with it before and I worry that this is part of the reason for my general malaise. PianoMan might want to look into a general multivitamin too - while he's not allergic or intolerant to any foods, a general multivitamin could fill in the gaps.

Water- PianoMan is soooooo good at keeping his fluids up. I, on the other hand, am really shocking at it and it affects my ability to flush my germs out of my system. I'm making it my mission to drink at least 1.5 l of water a day. Hopefully I'll see an improvement in my skin also!

See? Nothing mind-boggling, just a few small tweaks to avoid major breakdowns in future. Are there any lifestyle changes you're attempting at the moment?


  1. love the image used!! very classy!

    my flu is still kicking my ass too! i woke up at 3am this morning with a dry, yet flemmy (eww sorry!), sore throat. not cool. i had to get up and make a lemsip which made my stomach churn before i could get back to sleep.

    i'm just happy i've got it now, rather than during exams!

    those little changes should help, especially the sleep and vitamins - i need more of both of those!!

  2. I do the water thing. I try to drink 2-3 litres a day (during the week - can't do it on the weekend). It helps flush out the system but it also helps to keep you full between meals.


  3. I hear you with the sleep thing.
    When I go to sleep i remember all the things I forgot to do etc.
    I always go at 10 but in the end I ain't really sleeping before 12