In a bid to make more time to commit to my rigorous training schedule, I have started taking myself off to coffee shops to do all my writing / research / admin, so that I am not distracted by the various things that catch my eye when working from my home office (piles of laundry, dogs, cooking).  The coffee shop work regime worked wonders in Australia, and it seems to be paying off here in Blighty too.

But last week I caused a bit of a scene. There I was, laptop out, brain in gear, when I did something so outrageous, so terribly rude in fact, that I caused a fellow customer to yell and subsequently move seats.

So what on earth did I do?

And moreover, what has it got to do with your health?

I’m happy to share this with all of you, so cue drumroll…

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I sent a text message!

Can you believe it?  Right in the middle of Costa, I whipped out my iPhone and messaged a client. Unthinkable behaviour!

I admit I am ashamed and embarrassed just talking about it.  In public!  How could I?

OK, you can probably detect a hint of sarcasm here.  Truth is, I did literally just send a text message.  But the lady next to me accused me of taking photos of her.  *Weirdo alert!*

The exchange went something like this:

Minding my own business, I am mid text message when I hear “I don’t like cameras.”

I don’t think anything of it.

Moments later the voice pipes up again: “That is unthinkably rude. Put it away.”

I look up and the woman a couple of tables along from me is scowling at me and my phone.

Me:  Sorry?
Weirdo:  Can you stop taking photos of me? It’s so rude.
Me:  Erm, I’m sending a text message. Not taking photos.
Weirdo:  Those damned smartphones.  Everybody snapping everybody else all the time.  I don’t like it.
Me:  Well you’ve got nothing to worry about.

And then she got up and moved.  Truly bizarre.

What an odd thing to assume. She saw me using my phone and immediately jumped to the conclusion that I was photographing her.

I guess we live in a world where everyone has the internet at their fingertips, and many people’s lives are played out on social media with status updates and photographs capturing every passing moment.

Nothing is secret anymore.

So much information is available for free.

And therein lies the problem.  You see, everyone can get a free workout courtesy of YouTube. Everyone can find more recipes than they’ll ever need by looking online.  Everyone can source tips and remedies for most problems and ailments at the click of a button.

But how the heck are you supposed to know which resources to trust?  My advice is this:

Never assume anything. Especially when it comes to your health!

Don’t assume that you can teach yourself kettlebells by following an online tutorial.
=> You need a good basis in strength and sound control of the seven key movements.

Don’t assume that <insert any famous diet>  is right for you, just because it’s been on TV and everyone and their Mum is doing it.
=> There is no magic formula.  Everyone has slightly different requirements.  But steering clear of processed food is a great start.

Don’t assume that popping pills are the best way forward just because your GP told you to.
=> When it comes to less severe, chronic conditions, often medication is just a band-aid, rather than addressing the root cause.  Basic nutrition and hydration are often overlooked.

Don’t assume that somebody with low self-esteem is looking for attention or just needs a kick up the bum.
=> Take the time to listen to people.  Be supportive.  Their poor self esteem could be linked to any number of mental health issues.  (You can read more about how to manage mild depression and the winter blues HERE).

So there you have it!  Don’t jump to conclusions and assume things until you have the full story.

Oh, and don’t take photos of people drinking coffee.  Apparently it upsets them 🙂