Week Twenty Three: The Week of the Three Peaks Challenge

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Following on from my week of, what felt like, progress. I hurled into this week knowing it was a short week work wise as I was headed up to Scotland on Thursday to get ready for the Three Peaks Challenge.

It was planned over a year ago. Before I had my Hashimoto’s diagnosis and before my dark days at the start of the year. And now here it was ominously close and whilst I wasn’t concerned, I did wonder quite where the last year had gone.

Before I get to the challenge I had another big progress this week.

If you’ve been reading for a while you’ll know that one of the exercises that I have to do for my neck alignment is use a wedge each day. It’s not been a pleasant experience and I’ve been slowly building up the time spent on it each day (I need to get to 10 minutes).

Whilst setting myself up to lie on it on Tuesday morning I found myself getting agitated that I wasn’t in the right place. When I was first shown what to do, chiro-Kelly told me that my head wouldn’t touch the floor and would be suspended. That had been fine until now, but on this day I couldn’t get it right. I eventually realised that my neck had shifted position so significantly that even when I was lying on the wedge properly my head now touched the floor. This was quite amazing to me! It had been so painful and uncomfortable in the weeks previously that to suddenly, overnight make this adjustment between being suspended and being grounded was huge! I felt really pleased that my neck function, and therefore my nerve function was going to be much improved by this progress. The ongoing impact of this can have a favourable effect on my thyroid gland too.

My mood and focus on work has been good this week. Sleep not so but quite frankly this could be now due to the looming challenge 🙂

My account of the Three Peaks is here. However one of my concerns going into it was how I was going to fuel myself. Even though Janie had said that I would be best to go into it without any restrictions, I did feel that I wanted to stick to as much as I could given how much better I’ve felt recently.

I managed the challenge on:

  • Tinned mackerel
  • Avocados
  • Rice cakes
  • Coconut oil (on the rice cakes)
  • Bananas
  • Coconut chunks ( I am addicted to these)
  • A couple of Nakd bars
  • A Kind bar
  • A bag of mixed salad leaves
  • Almond butter
  • Apples
  • Figs
  • Cashews
  • Boiled eggs
  • 70% chocolate, 1 x mini bar

So in terms of sticking to plan it was 85% there. I didn’t have any qualms about it and I expect I lost quite a lot of body fat whilst I was walking as the first thing Mr Strickers said to me when he picked me up from the station was “you’ve lost weight”. So there you have it. Want to lose weight? Stay awake for 36 hours, walk 3 mountains and eat the above!

Before heading off to Scafell Pike