Beating the January blues 👍🏼

Christmas Overindulgence

I was so happy to be at home for Christmas this year, and most importantly well enough to be able to enjoy it. I was able to take part, to help out my Mum and Dad, to be able to visit and spend time with my friends and my family, and to just be able to take it all in and enjoy the simple things about Christmas.

As the darker colder weather begins to creep in from September onwards it’s somehow easier to endure and put aside that change in weather because of the whole exciting lead up to Christmas, however, it’s after Christmas when I tend to begin to struggle. January and February are so dark, cold, wet, and just so dreary, the January blues definitely start to kick in, once Christmas is over I feel I really need something to keep me going until March when Spring is upon us and it starts to get brighter, warmer and cheerier.

I have to say I really over indulged with junk food during Christmas, I absolutely fell in to the “Ah sure it’s Christmas” mentality and it really backfired on me. As soon as December arrived any resilience I had just disappeared, my sugar cravings worsened due to a bad spell of fatigue. By the time Christmas came around it was actually beginning to really get me down, I was eating so much junk food, it was time to make a plan! I didn’t want to be stuck in a rut with January looming. People often say how Christmas is all about over indulging and I do agree with that, but if it’s a case it starts affecting your mental health then it’s definitely food for thought.

Exercise & Healthy Eating

It’s quite simple, after the overindulgence of Christmas my plan was to use healthy eating and exercise as a way to give myself that boost I needed. My aim for January in terms of exercise was for 3 runs a week for the month of January. As for the healthy eating, no crisps, sweets, chocolate or alcohol for the month of January, I guess alcohol doesn’t really count because I very rarely drink anyway, but still, the challenge was set, and I did it!

The challenge went great! To be honest I found it relatively easy, the exercise part was never a doubt unless I was feeling unwell. I managed to get my 3 runs a week in for the month of January so I’m absolutely delighted with that. I feel like my body is finally starting to get stronger, and importantly I feel that I can trust it a lot more now. Needless to say I’ll still have bumps along the way but if it is a case that I come down with a cold or flu, I have more confidence that my body will fight it that bit better than it would have last year! My specialist told me that it would be 2 years after the transplant before I would have any sort of an immune system, so I just need to clear this winter and I’m there.

As for the healthy eating, I found it quite easy, I had no treats whatsoever during the month of January, just healthy eating, healthy snacking, and any sugar was down to natural sugars from fruit. I might just keep it going for another few weeks too until I have that day where I feel it’s time to treat myself!

I can’t tell you how much better I feel after such a positive month, the healthy eating and exercise has really given me the boost I was looking for! I’m delighted with my consistency with my running, and feel happier now that I have returned to healthy eating. I was really not looking forward to January as I thought it would just be a disastrous month but it’s actually turned out to be such a positive one. Roll on February now, I hope to pretty much do the same, and just hope that I can maintain that consistency with the running.

February

February is a very significant month for my girlfriend and I. The 23rd of February will mark 2 years since I was admitted to St James’s Hospital for 5 weeks to have my bone marrow transplant, the last resort to getting me cancer free again!

The 28th of February will mark my 4 year anniversary with Niamh, to think we were together just 6 months when I was first diagnosed, here we are now after my 2 battles with cancer, having had to fight an extremely difficult time in our lives and our relationship and we’re still going strong, we really didn’t have it easy but we’ve managed to come out the other side and we are now starting to enjoy our lives again and really trying to live it up, as they say, we’re not here for a long time, we’re here for a good time.

I often say that getting out running outside puts me in such good form, it’s what keeps me going most days and something I really look forward to. At the end of every single run I do I always make sure to stop, and do my cool down stretching in the fresh air looking back over the park and just enjoying being here and being able. As you can see from the picture below, I’m a happy runner right now, I achieved my January goals, now roll on February.

I hope to run the Lusk 4 Mile road race at the end of this month as my first race of 2019, so that’s my next target. I have a number of small targets set each month leading up to my Never Give Up 5k, so time will tell how it all pans out, but it’s definitely been the start to 2019 I had hoped for 🙂

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Merry Christmas 2018

Merry Christmas

I just wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thank you all for following me and my progress. I get quite a few messages from a wide range of people, people in similar circumstances, people who are struggling with their mental health, or struggling with injuries, and to think that they can take a little bit of motivation or inspiration from my story goes a very long way with me, it makes it all worthwhile.

Needless to say, I haven’t exactly had an enjoyable Christmas over the last few years, but to be actually still here, and home with my family and friends to enjoy it this year just means so much to me. To be able to help my Mum and Dad this year and to help out those around me means so much to me, that I am here to help, and that I am able to help. This Christmas I am absolutely making the most of it, to think that I was at a point where I thought I wouldn’t make the next Christmas, but now I am still here and I definitely do appreciate it that much more.

Niamh and I have been watching lots of Christmas movies having our cosy nights in 🙂

 

Last winter I wasn’t well enough to run, this winter I managed to get my 17th Parkrun in which I thoroughly enjoyed,  especially because I get to catch up with friends  🙂

 

Now I’ve made my way home to Co.Wexford (with Bear) to spend Christmas with my family and friends 🙂

I even offered to make a dessert for Christmas day to help out Mum and Dad which I was delighted to do this morning, delighted to be able to do, especially seeing as I never ever make desserts.

Progress

As for my progress, I’m up to 3 days a week in work now which I am coping well with, and something even more important is that I did get a cold recently while in work and I only had to take 2 sick days which is a huge sign for me. A cold last winter would have absolutely shattered me for 2 or 3 weeks, so to lose just 2 days of work is a huge sign of my body getting stronger compared to last winter which makes me really happy!

Speaking of work, when I joined the company in 2015 I was 7 months in the job and waiting for my probationary period to be signed off when I took ill. I never got to sign the forms, I was out of work for 3 years, 3 long years, but my seat on the team was kept for me which was a hugely positive thing, and well just a few days ago before I left for my Christmas holidays my probation was signed off and I was made permanent. What a great way to start Christmas.

As for my running, considering I was barely able to run at all last winter I am delighted to have kept up some form of consistency over the last few months running about 3 times a week, but making sure to take it while I adjust to being back at work, I have to be more careful with my energy levels but it’s all progress and improvement and I’ll take it, roll on 2019!

I hope to see you for my charity event taking place in July 2019 in aid of the Irish Cancer Society, details and link below.

Let it out

I’m certainly making the most of this Christmas, I’m just so thankful to be here, and to be able to enjoy it with my family and friends, and to be able to do what I can to help out. My mental health has really been a roller coaster lately, when it’s good it’s good, but when I go downhill I really go downhill but I just try to keep going knowing, hoping, that it will get better but that it might just take some time. Cancer absolutely tore my mental and physical health down to the absolute bone and due to that I really find that the little things upset me more, they hurt me more, deeper, but I’m hopeful that with time I will heal and become stronger as the days pass by.

People tell me how well I look now, I get so many people mentioning it to me lately and they are right, and it’s so nice to hear, but the mental health battle is still raging on deep inside, those difficult things that I am dealing with every single day, but not just me, we all have our battles going on, all of us, one way or another.

I find that talking to those around me really helps, just to get it out, to get it off the chest, people have no idea what struggles we may be dealing with inside if we don’t let them out and talk about them, so I guess what I’m trying to say is that if you are having those difficult days and it’s building up inside you, remember that one of the things family and friends are there for is when you need help, go and let it out and get it off the chest and you’ll feel a whole lot better, you may be struggling on the inside but no matter hard you are finding things on the inside, those looking at the outside may never know.

Enjoy your Christmas and the New Year, enjoy being with family and friends, make the most of it, enjoy the small things, enjoy every single moment 🙂

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The LoveGorey Article

Love Gorey

LoveGorey.ie recently and kindly interviewed me for an article and posted it up online, click on the link below for a read. Going through my story from start to finish with someone who hasn’t heard it before gives me a fairly all too vivid reminder of what happened, but also gives me a strong reminder of just how far I’ve come.

https://lovegorey.ie/chris-proby/

As Niamh and I get our apartment decorated for Christmas I think back to the previous few Christmas times I’ve had, in 2015 I was home but between chemotherapy sessions after being diagnosed with cancer the first time, in 2016 I was in hospital after relapsing, and I have to say that I found being in hospital during Christmas was really really difficult, all you can think about is how you should be at home with your family. In 2017 I was home with my family in the all clear but I was really badly ill for the whole winter and was either in bed or on the couch sleeping, it was a miserable winter. So far so good in 2018, I’m just that bit more recovered so I’m hoping that this one will be a good one, I think I’m finally letting my Christmas excitement emerge after a relatively apprehensive lead up to this month.

As for my running, I’m being cautious and taking it fairly easy seeing as I’m back to work now, and I certainly have to manage my energy levels a lot more. I’ve averaged approximately 17kms a week for the last 6 weeks which I’m quite happy about all things considering! I barely got to run at all last winter so I’ll take what I can this winter and just make sure I look after the body, if I could keep ticking over with running regularly through the winter then I’ll be one happy runner.

Three days of work a week for the next 3 weeks which is great followed by the Christmas holidays and then I have 2 weeks off work. I’m enjoying a nice end to this year and hope for a stronger, healthier year next year.

The Never Give Up 5k/10k

In aid of the Irish Cancer Society

I need all the help I can get to try and raise as much money as I can for the Irish Cancer Society and to make this event a successful one, so please spread the word and share it for me if you get the chance, thank you in advance.

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The Never Give Up 5k/10k Medal & Flyer Reveal

The Event

***3 DAYS TO GO***

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Help me hit 50 by Friday

A reminder that the “really early bird” entry is currently available for both distances for only another 3 days up until this Friday night. It’s the cheapest price you will be able to enter my event at, so why not sign up and make use of the discount. 

I have 45 entries so far, if you’re thinking about registering click on the link below and help me hit 50 by Friday.  

The event is for a great charity, taking place around a beautiful country scenic route, it is chip timed, AAI course measured, there is a medal for all finishers, a trophy for 1st, 2nd, 3rd for male and female in both distances, and there are light refreshments after 🙂

The Medal

I’m absolutely delighted with the medal design, it took a while for myself and the medal designer to get it just right and I’m absolutely delighted with the end product, and I love that we managed to incorporate the purple and gold of the Wexford colours to make it that bit more unique.

The Flyer 

As for the flyer, I’m absolutely delighted with it, I pretty much only provided the details of the event to the designer and that was the end result. I was lucky enough to be able to call in a favour from someone close who designed it for me. I liked it so much I didn’t even need to ask for any changes to be made, now I’m able to use the design for the physical flyers I plan to distribute, but also to use it for online sharing.

So that’s the medal and the flyer up and running, it’s a huge start and I’m delighted to have both completed before Christmas, lots more to do, I’m certainly being kept very busy with the event but I’m really enjoying it. I have been planning it in my head since I was in hospital battling my illness, so I’m just grateful to still be here to actually finally get it up and running.

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