My mini hiatus is over…and it’s Friday!

“Some people see the glass half full. Others see it half empty.

I see a glass that’s twice as big as it needs to be.”

― George Carlin

Life is what you make it, and recently, I’ve been making it a bit rubbish! I’ve mentioned before how I haven’t been all that happy with my work, but I’ve been letting that dissatisfaction creep into other aspects of mu life. My energy levels have been low, my motivation non-existent and my usually positive outlook has been somewhat dampened. And of course, that has all affected my health and well being, as I’ve let bad habits creep back in; sitting at my desk during lunch instead of going to the gym, choosing processed foods where something whole would have been just as convenient.

And whilst it’s actually only been that way for a couple of weeks, it’s amazing how easy we get back into old habits, and hard to break them.

So, taking George’s advice above, I’ve decided that for now, I’m OK with a low level of career satisfaction if it means that the rest of my live can thrive. I’m doing more with friends and family, be that walks around our gorgeous country side, entering a race to challenge myself, booking some me-time, and planning trips! We don’t always have to have it all, so if we accept that the cup is smaller, it will get fuller more quickly! That’s my logic anyway!

So, what have I been up to during my blogging break?

We took a short trip to the Norfolk/Suffolk seaside where we had great weather, played on the beach, swam in the sea and visited SeaLife centre in Great Yarmouth!

Ice creams at the seaside Shark at SeaLife Turtle selfie

We’ve been teaching my little girl how to ride a bike, and Grandad trying to hitch a ride!

learnign to ride a bike

Enjoying the great outdoors near our home. This is Kilnsey Cragg and climbers love tackling the overhang.

Kilnsey Cragg

And, this month I overcame my biggest body hangup (my arms) and wore a sleeveless dress to a friends wedding, excuse the selfie, it was taken after several glasses of wine! And I felt confident, and even a bit sexy!

Arms out!

Next I’ll post an Eats of the Week as I’ve managed to take some pictures too!

Here’s my question for you this week…do you feel like to you have to sacrifice some parts of your life to enjoy it more overall??

Have a great weekend xoxo

Running Inspiration and a quick training update

 If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon. – Kathrine Switzer

Whilst looking for motivational running quotes I came across the story of Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to enter the Boston Marathon in 1967 who then campaigned to get the Women’s marathon into the Olympic Games.

If you don’t know about her story, there’s a short video on YouTube (embedded below).

I’ve never thought about the struggle for women to officially enter running races before, and having entered several races int he past few years, have never encountered any animosity from men, women or race officials. In the Western World at least, the running community is one of kinmanship, hey, we all must be as crazy as each other if we actually LIKE running!

Kathrine’s story reminds me that it’s important to remember the history and struggle encountered by generations of women to take part in everyday activities that we now consider a right, and don’t think twice about. It’s also encouraged me to research more about how other parts of the world treat female athletes, and barriers women are facing to partake in activities we take for granted.

On a quick training update…

As you know, I’m taking part in the City of Salford 10km in early September and I’m hoping to beat my previous time. I’ve been sticking with my lunchtime runs at the Gym, and last night ran 7km in 40 mins.

Garmin 7km run

Friday Round-Up – Taking Responsibility

Don’t blame anyone or anything for your situation or problems. When you do that, you are saying that you are powerless over your own life—which is utter crap. An empowering step to reclaiming your life is taking responsibility – Jillian Michaels

Jillian Michaels
Throughout life, it’s much harder to buy into and then work towards a goal if they have been set by someone else, or just don’t resonate with you.

Having a health goal in mind whether that’s to improve your diet, lose weight or get fitter has to be a decision that you’ve made, after all, you’re the one who has eaten rubbish and not exercised up until this point., so you have to be the one to put in the hours training or making smarter food choices.

Once you take responsibility, it gives you such freedom and peace of mind. Eaten a piece of delicious cake? Don’t punish yourself! Decide that you want the cake, take responsibility for that decision, and then enjoy it! Don’t feel guilty about having the cake and then binge or restrict. Continue on your healthy eating journey.

Missed the gym? That’s OK too. So long as you made the decision not to go, then don’t blame yourself. Maybe you wanted to enjoy your time with friends, maybe you had loads of work to do, maybe you just couldn’t be bothered. So long as you own that decision, it’s OK.

And actually, you’ll find that once you start to take responsibility for your decisions, if your health goal really is important to you, the decision you make will just help you towards that journey as you’ll consciously decide to start eating better and working out more.
xoxo

Recommit

Yesterday you said tomorrow

For the past few weeks in the Friday round up, I’ve spoken about how I’ve let my habits slip back into unhealthy territory, and the pressure I’ve been feeling from a busy life that has lead to the lack of focus.

Well today I’m recommitting to being healthy, they’ll be no more excuses and 100% accountability. That doesn’t mean that I’ll talk badly to myself if I make a mistake, or let negative thoughts outweigh the positive, but I will be honest and recognise when I’m not trying hard enough or am falling back into bad habits.

Some one has said

It’s the start that stops most people

And sometimes it’s starting again can be scariest of all, when you know how good it feels to be active regularly and nourish your body with whole foods, but you’ve let yourself go for the easy option of sitting on the sofa each night and eating an entire bar of chocolate when you should have settled for a couple of pieces.

So, as of today, I weight 161lb – that’s right, I’ve gained back 6lb that I fought hard to lose late last year.

Weight Loss Goals
My aim is to lose those 6lb and an extra 1lb, to take me to 154lb by the end of August. That’s 7 lb in 8 weeks and should be achievable.
Non-scale goals
More importantly than the number on the scale though, I have a friends’ wedding on August 21st and would like to feel confident in whatever I wear.
I’d like to go through the rest of the summer confident in wearing sleeveless tops (the one area of my body I’m really uncomfortable with)I’d like to get some energy back by exercising more, and consequentially sleep better each night

This is my re-committment to myself and I’m exited to share the part of the journey with you!
xoxo

Friday Round Up: Bring on July

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
Helen Keller, The Open Door

Wise words Helen! Recently it seems that life is not much (I won’t say nothing at all as I do have a lovely little girl and husband) but I feel a bit stuck at the moment, and it’s killed all motivation I had for healthy eating and exercise. I’m not enjoying my job, there’s no adventure to be had and no holidays booked, and everything feels very stagnant. So I’ve decided that I need to kick July’s arse and make it a good month!
I’ll be back in the gym on Monday and I’ve bought a Jillian Michaels’ DVD to do at home, and there’s so much fresh delicious food at the moment so there’s no excuse not to eat healthily!
I’m also going to look for a weekend away somewhere for the family, where we can relax and play and chill out!
Bring on July and bring back my motivation!
xoxo

Friday Round Up – Procrastination

Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.

This week has been all about putting off things that should have been done months ago, heck, writing this post is just another form of delaying the fact that I should be finishing my final diploma unit TODAY!
Some of the things I haven’t done in good time which I’m now regretting:
  •  Finishing the diploma more than a week before deadline (or starting it a week before deadline for that matter)
  • Looking for a new car before my finance deal is about to lapse
  • Potty training my child who now thinks it’s acceptable to wee on the floor (even when there’s a potty right next to her!)
  • Thinking that putting on a few pounds and staying at that weight is OK, because I’m maintaining, even though I’m maintaining a weight I’m not happy with:-(

So what are we going to do about it???
I’m going to TRY to stop procrastinating!
How am I going to stop procrastinating? EXERCISE and CLEAN EATING.

I haven’t been exercising as much as I was due to a hefty workload, no motivation and lack of sleep. But when I was working out on my lunch hour or in the evening, I could concentrate much better during the day and had more energy. I’ve also been eating too much sugar which has put me on a crazy roller-coaster of utter concentration for about 15 minutes followed by laziness and mind wandering for the next hour! Boredom at work isn’t helping, and I feel that it may be time to start looking for a new job that I’m more passionate about.

I feel like every Friday I commit myself to something that’s going to make me healthier and give me more energy, and each week I have less and less energy, with the added pressure of not having done any of the things I committed to in these posts.

So, for anyone else feeling pressure, stress or just general overwhelmed-ness (it should be a word), take a breather, write a list of tasks that are manageable, tackle them one at a time and once you’re done, take a breather, go for a run, do some stretching, take a fuc***ing nap!

And most of all, enjoy your weekend!
xoxo

Friday Round Up – One Week To Go

We’re nearly at the finish line, just 7 days to go and I will have successfully managed to go through lent without eating chocolate.

That’s right, there’s only  a week left of lent and I still haven’t eaten chocolate, not that I haven’t been bombarded from every angle – at home, at work and at the shops! And whereas in previous weeks I have eaten really cleanly for 80% of the time, this past week I have slipped back into poor eating habits.

A lack of motivation has well and truly hit, and I have now started to feel bloated and sluggish, and clothes that had started to fit me better now look a little tight and unflattering again.

I think this has a lot to do with not eating mindfully, not drinking enough water and not waiting long enough after I have eaten to register fullness, before reaching for something to snack on.

This has been accompanied by a sprained ankle, so I haven’t been able to do any intense workouts for a while either. I have given my ankle a week off, so hopefully on Sunday I will be able to fit a longer run in.

So today. we’re back on it, and I plan to…

MAKE APRIL YOUR BITCH

I have a 1 litre reusable bottle on my desk that I will be working my way through today, I have brought my lunch and snacks so that I won’t be tempted to choose something with limited nutritional value from the supermarket, and I plan on doing some gentle toning work at the gym on my lunch hour.

Next week I will be revealing how I plan to take what I have established over the past 40 days and turn it into a long lasting approach to food.

Has anyone else managed to maintain their Lent-promise, or still succeeding with their New Year resolutions?
xoxo