My May Goals

Gosh I actually can’t believe that we are in May already! This year seems to be flying by – we are practically half way through now which is quite scary actually…

I love the start of a new month; it feels like a fresh beginning, especially when the weather is finally starting to warm up a little (emphasis on the word little as despite the blue skies it’s freezing here today!) I thought I’d embrace that feeling of a new start and take a few moments out of my day to set myself some little goals for the month ahead 🙂

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Fitbit Charge 2 Review: And how I’m using it to get fit!

I mentioned the other day in my #TheGoldenBurpee post that I recently got the Fitbit Charge 2 as a present from Scott (my husband) and that I am planning to walk the West Highland Way for Macmillan Cancer Support this summer (it’s a 96 mile walk eek!). I am determined to get fitter this year and I really think that using the Fitbit will help me achieve my goals 🙂

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Now that my fractured foot is healed I am starting to do lots of long walks in preparation for the WHW, and whilst waiting for it to heal up over the last few weeks I set myself a minimum step count of 10k per day to increase my general fitness and motivate me to set myself better habits! Having my Fitbit with me every step of the way definitely keeps me on track and helps to motivate me to keep going when I’m struggling – even with my sore foot I found it really useful.

I love the fact that it monitors my heart rate with its PurePulse technology and lets me know when I am pushing myself enough to meet my targets, at the moment I am walking purely for distance but once my fitness level is better I will go back to jogging and so will be able to use the Fitbit’s monitoring tools to increase my speed and cardio health. Continue reading

A Simpler Life… Drink More Water & Brita Fill and Go Review

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My skin for the past six or so months has been going completely nuts – I don’t know if its simply stress, or not having the healthiest of diets, all the alcohol consumed over the last few months of 2016, the pill – or perhaps a combination of all of the above! I’ve also been getting really bad headaches and when I visited my opticians I mentioned them to him – my prescription hadn’t changed since my last appointment so he suggested that they could be due to dehydration which is something I’d never considered!

I used to spend a fortune on various products that claimed to ‘cure’ any skin issue you can imagine but as I’m cutting back on spending in order to save money and live more intentionally I have decided to forego a trip to the beauty counters of House of Fraser and instead try what could be called ‘the oldest beauty trick in the book’ – drinking more water.

I’m a big fan of water…. when it’s in the sea, or the swimming pool, or a bubble bath or refreshing shower… but to drink? Not so much! I’ve never ever really enjoyed drinking water – the taste of tap water and the fact that its unfiltered has always put me off, particularly as we live in a hard water area so drinking the water always leaves a funny taste in my mouth.  Also I read up on all of the different chemicals and pesticides such as Chlorine, Fluoric acid, Aluminium Sulphate, and even hormones that can be found in unfiltered tap water – not to mention the fact that it travels through pipes that are lord knows how old and dirty.

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To help with that I bought myself a Brita Fill and Go and it honestly makes such a difference to the taste of the water – the best thing is that I don’t need to wait for a traditional fridge filter jug to filter the water and these bottles don’t take up a lot of room in the fridge either. I’ve been filling mine every morning and somehow managing to drink that my lunchtime at which point I refill it again and I do the same before dinner too! I’ve been doing that for about a week now and already feel a lot more hydrated (and so does my body if the amount i’m needing to go to the toilet is anything to go by! *TMI*!) Now my challenge to myself is to drink 4 of these bottles a day – each holds 600ml so that’s 2.4 litres in total!

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#TheGoldenBurpee – Week 2

Gosh this week has completely flown by and has been immensely stressful for me thanks to work related issues BUT I’m really pleased to say that whereas usually I would have used that as an excuse to slack off I’ve actually used it to my advantage…homework

I work from home and have done for about 8 months and I found that whilst it increased my work productivity it has also increased my stress levels and my working hours – whereas before I would do my hour commute (a mix of walking and bus) and arrive at the office at 9am, leaving at five to get home for 6pm, now I’m on my laptop by 8:15 and often still typing away atgone 6:30 without having taken a lunch break. Even on days where I finish late I’ll find myself ‘just checking’ emails after my little one has gone to bed and that invariably leads to more working hours. It’s something I find I’m becoming quite resentful of – and I have realised that this needs to change as its having a damaging affect on my health. Continue reading

When you had to google burpee… #TheGoldenBurpee

Matty at Buggies and Barbells has created a new weekly blog linkup called #TheGoldenBurpee to help people smash their 2017 fitness goals. Now my fitness goal seemed pretty straightforward when I wrote it out ‘Get Fit’. But then I had to google to find out what a ‘burpee’ was and suddenly I was sinking before I’d even learnt to doggy paddle let alone swim!

There’s something about the World of fitness that, in all honesty, terrifies me. It wasn’t always that way – I was a gymnast, dancer, horse-rider and swimmer until a couple of years into secondary school when I *stupidly?!* decided drinking lambrini at the Southbank and sitting in a mates room listening to Greenday for hours on end was a much better way to spend my free time. Of course I put on weight, and then being the anxious person that I was I decided to live off of apples and swim miles every evening for the best part of a year when I was 16; leading to dangerously high weight loss and issues with eating that it took me many years to recover from.

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The (not Big, not Fat) Quiz of The Year 2016 – reflections on the year & goals for 2017 tag!

Gosh that title is a bit of a mouthful isn’t it? Thank heavens i’m not writing this hungover (or still drunk!) – I actually love this feeling of waking up on New Years Day sober and fresh after a decent night’s sleep!

2016 was a strange year – in a way it flew by but there were also times where it seemed to drag on forever (especially that night where I stayed up to watch the US election results and cried into my cereal!!!)

I have done some amazing things this year, met some incredible people and had some fantastically fun times. Yet of course there has been darkness in this year too – and i’m not just talking on a global scale a la Trump and Brexit; for me my battles with anxiety and depression have really come to the fore, I ended my relationship with my mother after my parent’s horrendous divorce *although on reflection that’s only been a positive experience for me*, I have lost friends and family and I have had a very stressful work year. But I look at those things and whilst they were definitely negative parts of 2016 I can honestly say I am in a happier place now than I would have been if I hadn’t gone through them – I am so much stronger than I ever realised that I was; and that’s a really amazing thing for me to have realised.

Enough of the rambling; Rebecca at Mummy Est.2014, Jen at Just Average Jen and Lorna at Mums Wine HQ tagged me to join in with ‘The (not Big, not Fat) Quiz of the Year 2016 and so here goes:

What was your highlight of 2016?

Ooooh….. this is so hard because I really did get to do some amazing things in 2016… I’m going to have to pick three:

  • Seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland (I’ve still not got round to blogging this but I will do!)
  • Our family holiday to Prague
  • GLASGOW!!!

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