Category Lifestyle

Carrot Cake Energy Ball Cakes

Since my operation and subsequent healthier lifestyle I’ve avoided making cakes using refined sugar. To date I’ve managed to find a handful of recipes that help satisfy an urge for a sweeter treat. I’ve tried making energy balls a few times and last week opted to try carrot cake energy balls. There are just a… Read More

Attack Of The Crohn’s – Part 5

When I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease back at the end of December 2015 I was told during my first consultation in March 2016 that I’d undergo regular check-ups. The consultant suggested that these check-ups would take place every six months or so. As it happened my first “six month” check-up actually took place in… Read More

How The One Thing Saved Me

I’ve just returned from a three day stay on Skomer. If you’re not aware, Skomer is an island off the Pembrokeshire coast and it is the home of loads of Puffins. Access to the island is limited but you can stay overnight – perfect for getting extra time to photograph the Puffins. I was on… Read More

When Life Knocks You Down – Do A Burpee!

Just over a year ago I walked into my neighbour’s garage for my first ever personal training session. In the past, just the thought of exercise was more than enough for me plus with a lean frame – or skinny beanpole look – I never actually felt unfit or the need to be fitter. In… Read More

Control The Controllables

Everywhere you look these days there are motivational quotes being posted. These quotes are like a modern day horoscope but with Mystic Meg being kicked in to touch by various skill levels of so called life coaches and everyday Joes. You can’t go on Twitter without MondayMotivation, TuesdayThoughts or WednesdayWisdom. I actually don’t mind seeing… Read More

Attack Of The Crohn’s – Part 4

It’s now been over 12 months since I last saw a consultant regarding my Crohn’s diagnosis and bowel resection operation back in December 2015. At that particular appointment I was told I’d be seen every six months which hasn’t been the case. I suspect that this is not because of an oversight by The NHS… Read More

Going Coffee & Caffeine Free

The last cup of coffee I drank was on the 21st December 2015. I remember it well as it was my most craved after cup of coffee after enduring the hospital version of the beverage for the previous few days. Little did I know at the time that I was going to make it my… Read More

A Merry Christmas Balloon Story

One of the things I learnt quickly about being in hospital is that having a sense of humour gets you through a lot of the experience. They do say laughter is the best medicine, and granted it does help, but I can also tell you that it’s not as good as a morphine drip. Laughter… Read More

Goodbye To Mr Grumpy

I can’t remember the first person who referred to me as Mr Grumpy, but I think it started when I was affiliate blogging here on One Little Duck. Now being called a name by peers/friends/acquaintances can be taken in one of two ways – either it can be taken as an insult or it can… Read More

Attack Of The Crohn’s – Part 3

According to The NHS website, “Crohn’s Disease (CD) is a long-term condition that causes inflammation of the lining of the digestive system”. There’s no known cure but it can be managed. So after being diagnosed with something like this there’s naturally a lot of questions going through your head: What happens next? What can I… Read More