20. 20 Facts About Me

Hello and welcome to my 20th post! Today I’d like to tell you twenty facts about myself, as I realise that I have revealed very little about my identity so far. I hope you enjoy getting to know me a bit better!

Facts

Facts:

  1. I’m a Scorpio and born in the year of the Dog
  2. According to the Myer-Briggs test, I’m an INFJ
  3. I avoid nuts and dairy due to allergies
  4. I’m a picky eater to say the least…
  5. I dislike eating berries
  6. I love eating bananas (hence the name of this blog!)
  7. I love nature, especially forests and the sea
  8. I have an understanding of seven languages: English, Patois, French, Chinese, Korean, Swedish & Spanish
  9. I like making things; currently that involves building Lego kits
  10. I have a habit of collecting things, especially if I’m really interested in it
  11. As a child I had around 1000 books in my room
  12. I love martial arts and do taekwondo
  13. I have five tattoos (soon to be six!)
  14. I’m an only child
  15. I love writing poetry as well as stories for young children
  16. (According to one of my best friends): I’m a hugger ūüôā
  17. I love cooking/baking and want to write a cookbook one day
  18. I don’t watch films!
  19. I can binge watch documentaries if I’m really interested in the subject
  20. I have Dyspraxia & ADHD, along with depression

That’s all I could think of for now; I hope that has informed you a tad more about me and why I write about certain focal topics! What are some facts about you that I would want to know?

16. Catch Up

It’s been a while since I last posted and I thought I’d just do a quick update on where I’ve been/ what I’ve been doing over the last two months!

University:

  • Been there less often because of my health
  • Been barely keeping up with the workload because of my health
  • Become president of a sports club at university
  • Competed in two competitions
  • Finally fully explained to lecturers the extent of my health problems

Health:

  • Had a relapse in depression for the second time in three months
  • Had a return of rather dangerous negative thoughts
  • Came off of my fibromyalgia medication
  • Began to really grasp how dyspraxia affects my academic life

Ah, university… the bane of my life. The awkward situation about being at¬†university is that I know the value of it as an institution; it’s a stage of academic growth in your chosen field of interest, but what happens when you’re falling out of love with it all? And what happens when you’re physically spread in so many avenues that often require you to be outside of the classroom?

I can only speak for myself but as a carer, I don’t always know the extent to which I’ll be needed on a daily basis, as health is forever changing. And no, I don’t ask for sympathy; gosh no! I guess I’m just trying to point out that the generic university life is very different from my own life, and campus-based learning doesn’t allow for anything external?

You’re supposed to enjoy this time of your life but instead, I spend it filled with dread about being there, and that’s before I even consider my personal commitments! It’s definitely taken a toll on my mental well-being, as I’ve somehow managed to relapse twice this semester, along with having suicidal thoughts. I’m thankful that I’m now in a place where I can recognise the changes in myself and the onset of negative/dangerous thoughts. Having said that, I do still wish that I wasn’t depressed in the first place and could be a tad more normal.

I’ve also recently managed to confess to my lecturers the true state of my mental health. In hindsight, it was a long overdue but necessary task, as I couldn’t keep up with the swan fa√ßade that it feels like everyone is doing. I’ve found that while reading anything I get easily distracted or can’t remember what I’ve just read, which is annoying when so much focus is put on reading. But I have to remember that it is a part of having both dyspraxia and ADHD, rather than beat myself up about it.

But onto the positives: I’m now a president! I decided to challenge myself and applied to be the president of the taekwondo club I attend, and I actually got it! I’m thankful for their faith in me and hope I can serve them well. It’s when I’m doing sports that I feel capable and most at ease. I can channel my nervous energy into a positive thing when I’m there.

Another positive (well I think it is) is that I’ve come off of my fibromyalgia medication! I didn’t really see the impact of it, so the doctor decided not to keep me on an addictive medication any longer. I might still have flare ups in the future, but I won’t know until it happens.

That’s all for now! For those that have been wondering where I’ve been, I’m back now and will try to start uploading more regularly again.

Thank you for your patience!

14.Health/ Fitness App Review

Hello!

Slight delay in writing up this post which I apologise for, as I’ve been busy with university. I’ve decided today to talk about a couple of health and fitness apps that I like, as health and fitness are topics of interest particularly at the start of the year.

Accupedo

The first app I want to talk about is Accupedo. It’s available on Android as well as iOS and is a step counting app. What I like about it is that it digitalises the traditional pedometer and conveniently puts into the user’s smartphone. Moreover, it doesn’t require a smartwatch/ fitness tracker! Hurrah!

  

It follows the bouncing motion of a phone in the pocket to record steps, which I can only hope is reasonably accurate. Above are two screenshots from the app showing:

  1. My daily steps and
  2. How it records data over a period of time.

I love how clean the app’s layout is and would absolutely recommend it to anyone that wants to track their daily movement!

Water Time Pro

First of all, how cute is the little water droplet?! This cute little app is only available on Android, but I’m sure there will be something similar for iOS users! When it comes to staying hydrated I’m terrible at remembering to drink enough during the day, so this app provides an excellent way of reminding me to do that. It comes with a variety of liquid options for you to click on to add to your daily water intake, with the droplet getting happier as they become more nourished.

As you can see from the screenshot I’m far from perfect when it comes to drinking enough water/liquids, but it’s so useful having the reminder so that I can try to improve.

What health and fitness apps do you like to use? Let me know in the comments!

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