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Sending a Message of Apology.

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Someone close to me has removed me from Facebook now. It’s not from my post the other day about leaving groups. It’s because I pushed them too far with my constant questions around diet and nutrition. This person I felt very highly about and I still do and it’s really sad to see the friendship has come to an end.

I have been on a journey for some time. Sometimes I may come across as being a bit selfish. I don’t mean to be. I don’t know if it’s because of the abuse I endured as a child or what. I spend each day trying to better myself and to fix all the wrongs my parents taught me. I have been exploring myself, developing myself and been trying to grow into being the kind of person I want to be and others would like me to be.

Someone who is loving, caring, compassionate, generous, giving. Someone who is generally happy, joyful and peaceful. Someone who can pass on the positive energies of these qualities to others.

This post is my apology to the people involved. I can not contact them now but I can send out a message telepathically. Getting it written down also helps me put it into perspective. I also apologise to anyone else who may believe I am rather selfish. I do not mean to be and I am trying to be better.

I’ve 3 books on spiritual transformation to read while I’m on holiday. One a week… I was going to start them before I left but wanted to hold them for the holiday. I’m sure they will help even just a few % in personal development. 🙂 Cus of course also me being a better person gives you a better friend… and we both deserve that. Thanks for your patience 😉

To my dear friend who I have lost I wish him all the happiness in the world. For this life and all the many lives ahead of him.

All I truly want is to love myself and be happy and to be able to pass that on to others.
-ScottyRunner

On and up.

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1 Year With no Shampoo. What’s next?

I think it’s silly how we are apparently supposed to use things like shower gel, shampoo, conditioners etc. Humans were more than happy to not use them at all until someone spread the seed of doubt and came up with a product to fix that doubt.

I believe today marks a year since I gave up using shampoo, conditioner or hair styling products in my hair.

All I have used to wash my hair is water and the results were so great after the first few weeks, that I just kept not putting chemicals on my head.

I am thinking about starting a new challenge now though not sure how it’ll work on holiday. It depends how greasy the sun lotion is. I am going to try not using any shower gel or soaps on my body.

I’ll see how it goes over a few days first then I’ll try a week. I’ll have Philip keep me in check and tell me if I stink or not 😉


Meditation and Shrinking “The Cloud”.

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I have been meditating for about 4 months now, though I have only recently taken to guided meditation through HeadSpace. This can be found as an app or online.

During my earlier sessions I was told to imagine the sky, and see the clouds clearing if it was overcast. I could then either imagine a bright clear blue sky or see a small white bubbly cloud.

I have been thinking about this over the last few days and instead of the clear blue sky during meditation today I decided to accept that there are some negative things in the world. The thing is though we have the choice whether we wish to feed that cloud and make it larger or if we want to keep the skies almost clear.

So today during my meditation I decided the small cloud will stay there. Inside of that cloud is where I put all those little demons that I have already dealt with or don’t want to deal with right now.

So one day I may be walking down the street, I’m whistling and smiling and just generally darn right happy as usual! Then someone or something steps into my space and tries to pull that energy down. I begin to notice my emotions slightly change and this small cloud is directly over my head, it roars and strikes and then starts to rain.

Then within just a few seconds I look up, I laugh. That cloud is so small. I take 2 steps forward in the direction of sunlight and all of a sudden all my problems have once again gone away.

I thought if the sky was completely clear then if a storm did brew up all of a sudden I wouldn’t have made a connection with the small cloud to easily be able to step away from it. The danger then would be the feeling of being pulled under a storm that you can’t get out of.

and all it took was just the simple choice to take a few steps forward and choose to step out from under the cloud.


My Option to Leave Birmingham Vegan Area Support Groups.

I became vegan 10 months ago and only started to socialise over the last few months. There is a huge divide within the vegan community in the Birmingham area, and it’s really making me quite drained.

I am not here to take any sides with anyone, or any group. I am a vegan who loves not only animals but every person, regardless of what their beliefs, their actions, their behaviour or who they do or do not like etc. I love all life and I can not keep having my energy pulled down when I see so many other vegans fighting.

So with regret I have decided to pull myself from all Birmingham area Vegan groups.

I live in a world of love, care, compassion, forgiveness, understanding, peace, joy and happiness. That’s what I believe should be spread across the board and this includes to non vegans.

Over the last few months it has been suggested, who I should and shouldn’t speak to and support. I am good at switching off from these, but it’s taken it’s toll now, where I feel that I am in a corner. I am in a corner that I can’t get out of. I’m being asked to choose, and in doing so another party will condemn and judge me. Therefore I choose to step out.

I have met some wonderful people. Many of those people are directly involved with the things that are going on right now in this area. I have met people from both sides and they are absolutely wonderful people. I wish everyone the absolute best ever possible for their future. I hope one day a balance can be found and people can be reunited. We are so much better together rather than being separated, we can be so much stronger together. Sometimes bad things happen, sometimes terrible things happen… but should the whole community go to war over it?

I shall continue to support any vegan business I know of based upon what I know of that company. It’s especially important to think about all the other small vegan business that some of the larger companies help out. Without that help they’d be without a job and no way to feed their families. Also in not supporting vegan business I can’t see how new vegans can come to us so easily. That’s one the key important things to get as many people to become vegan as possible and help save animals from getting hurt. (of course people are animals too). There are some named companies I will no longer use but overall I’ll support most business.

Know that I love you all and I’m sorry my choice has come to this. Though I couldn’t see any other way.

Peace and love
ScottyRunner


Letting Companies Know Why you no Longer Use Their Products

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Since going vegan I have learnt that’s it’s important for us to let companies know why we no longer use their products. If we don’t let them know, then they can never change. If there is enough push for change then companies may well make those changes. Even if it only happens very slowly.

From time to time I see myself getting in touch with companies to let them know why I no longer use their products. This can be by email, Facebook or by letter.  I have got in touch with companies that have changed ingredients that were accidentally vegan and now aren’t. I have also contacted running footwear companies to say that I hope when they make new batches of trainers they will switch to plant based glues instead of animal based. I have also contacted zoos, aquariums and other such places to tell them that I think their place is cruel and I will never use them.

Thinking that one letter or email wont make a difference is probably right… but many concerned customers getting in touch with them will. That’s why it’s so important we all do this, as we are really all in it together.

Anyway I found this list online of companies which still test on animals. I went through it today and pulled out all the ones I used to buy from. Then I went to their Facebook pages and posted why I was no longer using these products. For many of these, it has been a long time since using them, but it’s still good for awareness to post them regardless of how long it’s been.vaseline

If you have a few minutes perhaps you could do something similar and get in touch with them via Facebook, email or letter too.

http://www.thevegetariansite.com/ethics_test.htm

Thanks Vegans for all your continuing support for our beloved animal friends.

Peace and Love
ScottyRunner


Eating Healthy is Just Like Trying to Quit Smoking!

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So I have decided that eating healthy is just as hard as quitting smoking.

I smoked regularly from age 13 until age 24 (I’m 27.5 now). Up until about the age of 22 I enjoyed it all the time and never thought twice about quitting…. well, I say I enjoyed it; I was in denial about it! I guess I refused to accept that I didn’t want to quit because I knew it would be tough. Plus back then didn’t really care about my health.

When I was 22 I wanted to quit every single day. I remember waking up and telling myself “this is the day, no more, I’m never going to smoke again”. At best I would last about 5 days, at worst a few hours and on average it would have been about a day or two each time. I found the longer I stopped for the more I smoked again when I took it back up.

I am finding a similar challenge with food. It’s so easy to keep tucking into whatever you want rather than what you know you should be eating. I find it particularly easy because of my almost constant athletic frame. I may look healthy but behind closed doors I do shift some absolute crap through my body. Most crap apart from animal based crap, alcohol and drugs (these things are long gone from my body now).

All in all I find myself being very sensible about the whole thing…. most the time. I do make most meals from scratch even unhealthy ones. Compared with most of what I see in other peoples shopping trolly’s we buy very good foods. This doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of room for improvement though. I read labels and avoid heavily poison processed foods. Then other times I gorge myself on unhealthy meals, for everything I eat that day. After I have done this I know I wont put on weight but I feel rotten. I can feel it clinging onto my body, and mentally I feel even worse. I start to think about all the great athletes of the world and perhaps what their diet is like. I think of my role models. I feel ashamed.

Sometimes when I am told “it’s ok in moderation, it’s just a treat”. How is this even possible? Since I quit smoking completely I would never just have the odd one or two and say “it’s fine it’s just a treat”. I know how bad it is for my body. Yet when it comes to food, cakes and sweets we have this idea that it’s fine just once or twice? This doesn’t seem to sit right with me.

Me and my husband recently tried going 80:10:10 (fruitarian, raw, Vegan) which is 80% of your calories in carbs, 10% in protein and 10% in fat. We had planned to do this for a month and managed 7 days as a detox. After this we slipped into old ways again. It’s now been about a week since we finished this detox. We keep talking about how we miss it.

We are in Turkey on holiday for 3 weeks soon and we are most likely going to eat a lot of fruit in the day and maybe one cooked meal in the evening. Once we return we have been discussing gradually making the change to 80:10:10 on a more permanent basis. There may be some slight modifications throughout the colder months though with an emphasis on hot soups and stews packed with veges.

Who knows where things will go but I need to make better choices RE my diet, and I must work out a way to sustain it properly. I am now starting to find myself in a situation where I was when trying to quit smoking. Every day trying to quit bad foods and diet habits and it’s driving me bonkers 😉

I’m hoping much like quitting smoking, and quitting drinking that with continuous persistence eventually the bad foods will just slip away and the desire to eat them will too. I think a fruitarian diet is perfect and with this upcoming holiday I can’t think of any easier way to eat. Almost everywhere can provide fruit 😉

Anyway rant over
Lots of peace and love
-ScottyRunner


Tendonitis at the Insertion of the Peroneus Tendon (outer foot pain).

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Tendonitis at the Insertion of the Peroneus Tendon is an injury that is usually associated with pain of the outside of the feet.

I have been trying to work out for a while why I have been getting so many injuries. The latest being pain on the outside of my feet. Initially I thought it was plantar fasciitis which is a breakdown of the fascia along the bottom of the foot. This injury is slow to heal too. I treated it as such up until now.

Tendonitis by the Peroneus Tendon tends to be from people who over supinate. This means they land on the outside of their feet when running or walking. Most people over pronate which is landing on the inside of the their feet.

As you can see here very clearly by my sneaks, I have been landing on the outside. It’s more noticeable on these as these are the first pair of trail sneaks I have had. It is said those who over supinate tend to use their trainers twice as fast as other runners and need to replace them much more often. This definitely has seemed the case for me. These sneaks I have only had for about 200 miles.

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When I think about how I land it’s been obvious all along really. Not only do I run and walk on the sides of my feet but I also stand with my feet apart and almost balance my weight on the outside of my feet. I have been doing this ever since I began walking as a baby. These injuries only came about though over the last few years on and off.

The first advice as a runner I have found is to stop running fast. Luckily training doesn’t need to stop with this injury. So no speedy hills, no speed at all. At least not until the pain has completely gone. So I shall keep running at a slow pace and also focus on trying to stop over supinating and landing on my heels. I shall also focus on walking correctly and standing correctly.

To strengthen this area I shall do calf rises off the edge of a step so my heels can sink off of it. This shall be done daily even for some time after the pain has completely gone. I shall also place toes on the ground on tip toe (one foot at a time) and do 20 seconds on each foot of large circles. This shall be done 20 seconds every hour. These 2 strength training exercises will help strengthen and give flexibility to the affected area.

The foam roller may help by rolling out the calves, remembering that no pain no gain when it comes to rollin’.

To reduce inflammation I will ice my feet several times a day for about 10 minutes each time.

Hopefully I can deal with these problems and my injuries will go for good. It’s not been stopping me running lately but I still know it’s there. I’ll update with progress.
-ScottyRunner