well it has been nearly a month since I last blogged – time is literally flying and with the countdown to Christmas it seems to be on fast forward!
I thought I would just check in and say hello – unfortunately i had to restore my phone which had all my wonderful photographs from various adventures that were for the blogs, all vanished! i am sure there must be a way to retrieve all those captured moments, but for now I’m back to the drawing board.
I’m thankful for some happy coincidences/fate/whatever that has happened in the last few months. I feel like the stars have aligned themselves and now energy is really beginning to flow. As most of you will know I found out some wonderful news a few months ago I passed the final of my post graduate examinations – but that was not the last hoop to jump. The next biggie stress were the dreaded job interviews. Well, they happened in November and I was extremely fortunate to get my first choices in both applications I had made in London! Result!!
But enough about that – I notice that I talk about my career a bit too much on a health and fitness blog, ha!
I’m thankful that in recent months my fitness and weight loss efforts are taking shape, literally. I’m getting into a lovely rhythm of running, yoga and zumba – my holy trinity 😛 I have been doing this pretty much consistently over the last few months and i have just adored the practice of it and the energy I get from each activity is totally different. Zumba appeals to the “old” vivacious me that loves to shake it on the dancefloor 😉 running constantly challenges my self perception (I’m now on my final week of the 5k group – omg!) and yoga has just grounded me in a way I never thought possible. I am keen to encooperate strength training and kettle bells again into my work out routine which I will gradually build in after Christmas.
My food choices has also been better. I have been making a great effort to track and eat clean healthy unprocessed foods but it is still a challenge to get the balance right and to remain disciplined. I try to focus on the simple things (drink more water, eat more veg, control my portions) to make that mountain feel more like baby steps. I have lost 10pounds since my heaviest weight this year, which is a HUGE achievement for me. Sometimes my mind gets stuck in the negative thought that if only i started this journey at school/uni/before i got married… even last year – It is too easy to compare myself to this time last year when I was a whole 14 lb lighter, but i realise that self comparison only leads to disappointment, doubt and self pity – qualities that will NOT get me to my goal any quicker !!! I am learning to treat myself with unconditional love and respect, because hot Daymn! I deserve it!! The important thing is I’ve STARTED – I’m on this journey and I am not going anywhere !!
Now that my job is secure without dreaded night shifts and unsocial hours it is a great incentive to finally get used to some stability in my life. I have been so used to being constantly on the move and never setting a real weekly routine. As I look forward to 2014, the year I turn 30, I am to really perfect my organisation and routines. I want to spend more time exercising, more time meal prepping, and getting into a routine about looking after myself and my home.
things I’m loving right now…
finding a planet organic near my workplace // home made winter broths // my birthday coming up on Xmas Eve organising a lovely night out! // knitting projects on the go // spending quality time with my husband for his 30th this weekend // inspiring twitter+instagram finds // princes new song “breakfast can wait” – sexy! // my cadburys advent calender