It’s been awhile since I posted last, so I thought I’d check in!
I’ve been doing pretty well here in London, aside from practically melting from the heat! Seriously, it has been around 40 degrees with the humidity for the past few days. Fortunately, I think that tomorrow it’ll cool down, a bit.
I have digestive issues which have plagued me for nearly 5 yrs. These are in addition to being lactose intolerant. When I decided to move to London, I made a promise to myself to try and take care of myself as much as possible so that I could determine if maybe there was something I could be doing so I wouldn’t get stomach aches anymore. The good news is, my stomach aches are definitely getting better! When I was in Edmonton, every morning and night I would have a stomach ache (with very few exceptions). Now, I rarely have stomach aches at all, maybe only three times/ week! I think there a number of factors that have contributed to this, (such as food and fitness) but probiotics have really helped too. It can be difficult to find results of studies done on probiotics to determine exactly how beneficial they are for humans, so I’m not extremely knowledgeable about them. However, I thought I’d give them a try and I definitely notice a difference, specifically in the degree to which my stomach aches. YEAH PROBIOTICS!
I have been sticking to a primarily gluten free and dairy free diet and I think this has had the most profound effect on my health. However, cooking for myself is much more difficult than I expected. I’m often so tired after a day of class that I have something simple rather than something new and exciting! I’ll admit that I’m getting a bit sick of pita pizzas, but I have been eating mainly a whole food diet. I feel like I have way more energy and am totally taking advantage of the summer produce!
I restarted the couch to 5k program a few weeks ago, so I have been doing quite a bit of jogging. However, the crazy heat wave has kinda thrown a wrench into my routine. I need to get better at fitting in the fitness early in the morning while it’s still cool (9 am is too late here for jogging when it’s hot out!). I’ve been trying to do 4 days of jogging and 2 days of other (yoga, bodyrock). I’m not exactly in the habit yet, but I can see myself getting more use to it!
Oh library school. I’m half way done my classes now for the semester and so I’ve gotten quite a taste of life as a library student. The program isn’t exactly what I’m use to; as it’s a professional degree, the focus is more on work-related tasks than intellectually-stimulating topics. The program is also a bit different than what I expected; there is SO MUCH WORK involved, which I don’t mind so much, it’s just that I’m not sure I’m learning as much as I expected. Anyways, I’ve heard the future semesters are much better because we get to choose our classes, so I’ll have to see.
Overall, I will say that I’m pretty happy in London. It really is such a beautiful city. It’s filled with so many different varieties of flowers and trees, and the weather is blissfully warm! Of course there are some things that I wish were different (Bartek being here, my family being nearer, having a car), but I often catch myself being quite happy. I’ve met some great friends who are making things so much easier on me. My apartment is also starting to grow on me as home. I’m really learning a lot about myself (ie. I’m not so hot on the meal planning front), and it can be a bit scary sometimes, but I’m definitely managing. Can I do this til August 15? For sure. Until April 2013? That’s much trickier to say…
Anyways, homework calls! I’m off to catalogue some books! Have a great evening!