My Morning Routine

My Morning Routine

A few days ago in the office the topic of morning routines came up. I’m not sure how we got onto the conversation but it was a pretty funny one. A few of the people in the office said they like to get up get out the house as quickly as possible and then one of the said that they like to take the time to have a least an hour and a half before they get out the house.

So if you are coming station as though it would be pretty cool to write a blog about what my mid-morning routine is!

6:40

My alarm will go off, I’ll get up so Jasper and Gary out. The next thing I’ll do is put my yoga mat on the floor and find the flow that I’d like to do. Typically these will be kept messing as I have a slight obsession with her.

7:00

Want to finish yoga I’ll head to the shower and depending on whether my hair needs it I will wash it or not.

7:15

When some dried and dressed the final thing to sort is my bag for work. I will always have my food ready for the day so my breakfast and lunch is already packed up. I hate my actual breakfast at work to at this point I will have either apple or a banana to keep me going until I get there. The only thing left to do is make my hot drinks for the journey and pack some snacks.

7:30

This is in a jump in the car and get ready to make my journey to work. First thing I’ll do is plug in my tom-tom much to charge. This is the perfect opportunity to do it as I’m not going to move too much in the car therefore won’t miss any steps. Depending on my mood depends on what I’ll do in the car sometimes I just wanna listen to the radio at the time to listen to a podcast and the other times I will listen to an audiobook.

8:45

Depending on traffic it normally takes me an hour and 10 to an hour and 15 minutes to get to work. Once I get there I will set my laptop up go grab a spoon and took into my overnight oats. I’ve been trying hard to cut down on caffeine so will probably go make myself a hot peppermint tea. 

And there we have it that is my morning routine. Not very exciting I don’t really do them in the morning I like to get everything prepared in the evening to make it as easy as possible to get up and go to work. I love to hear what you do in the morning are you get yourself ready for your day.

Fitting life in

I really do try my hardest to live a healthy and active lifestyle. I tried to be well all day every day I tried exercise as much as I can during the week and the weekends.

But I’m not daft I do understand that life sometimes does have to get in.

I live away from my family, so often go home to see everybody on a Saturday and Sunday – which more than likely will end up with a meal out and a few drinks. As much as I tried to pick the healthy choices that doesn’t always happen, I am a sucker for Chinese food! 

I work in Lincoln but live in Hessle at the moment which takes me over an hour to drive in an hour to drive home. At the start of the day I have every intention of getting home completing a workout, but the reality is that the time I’m back it’s almost 6:30 and I really want to do is have some food and sit down.

I try not to feel too bad when I have little lapses in diet or lifestyle, I have to have a life as well and don’t feel like I should be punished for being human. 

I find it best to work with the time that I have, for example, I have a pretty flexible lunchtime so I’ve decided to start taking my gym kit to work with me and go for a jog. I am fortunate to have an office that has a shower so don’t have to spend the rest of the afternoon stinking!

I have also found that if I do most of my food prep the night before, it works much better for me. With a long day I find a much more tired in the mornings now, so I’m trying to have as much time in bed as possible without missing too much of my days.

I believe that you shouldn’t force yourself to do exercise, you should do what feels right when it feels right. There are too many other pressures and stresses in this world – Why add exercise to that too? I also feel that this is the same rules when it comes to food although it’s great to stick to healthy eating for as long as you can, but some days Chinese takeaway is all that you want! Well that is the case for me! πŸ™‚ 

My advice would be to find something you enjoy doing, and do it as often as you are happy to do. I have found that about 10 minutes of yoga a day makes me feel amazing, and getting in a few 15-20 minute runs a week works really well for me. So that is what I will stick with. Its really cool to mix things up every now and then so a will try out a few swim sessions or a few racket ball matches! 

I would love to hear how you let your life in with little tips and tricks that you have.

Protein World – 30 day challenge

Im pretty sure everyone has heard of Chloe Kardashian and everyone has seen her transform herself. She has teamed up with Protein World to create a 30 day challenge to help women do the same! 

The 30 day challenge is simply a healthy eating and fitness plan for 30 days which gets you moving more, eating less food and increasing your intake of protein. it couldn’t be simpler! You can buy the plan a month at a time or subscribe to get a discount – The 30 days is currently Β£72. 

The pack includes:

  • Slender Blend Protein powder – I chose strawberry flavour
  • Slender Porridge oats with flax seeds and chia seeds
  • Hunger buster tablets
  • Fat metaboliser capsules 
  • Protein shaker
  • Full workout and meal plan

The plan sets out a different HITT session each day, with one days rest and a few really tasty meal ideas for you to try out. 

I will be taking part in the 30 day challenge as best as I can and will be recording the results and letting you know how I find it all.

**These products were gifted to me by Protein World, but the options and comments are my own.

Sock it to them

When I am excising I have a ton of leggings and loads of tops to wear, but the one thing I really struggle to get right it the socks! If they are a little too small or a little too big they kill my feet! 

So finding the right pair is really important to me! I know how much I am sounding like Goldie locks right now, but it is very true. No one enjoys getting blisters or having to stop during a run every few minutes to adjust your socks. I prefer sports socks that come just above my trainers for running and slightly higher for netball. 

When Bridgedale got in touch to see if I would be interested in testing out some of the new socks I was really excited, and of course I wanted to test them out! 

I received three different pairs and I think I fell in love with all of them! The first pair I tried out was the Na-kd Gym SocksThese are designed for gymgoers, they are ultra-light running socks and feature a SlingShot heel fit which means they don’t move around and don’t rub. I would probably say these are my favourites! 

The second pair I tried out were the Speed Diva Running and Cycling Socksthese ones are again really lightweight and highly breathable, my favourite thing about these socks is the cushioning on pressure points (ball of the foot, lace up area and Achilles) they are soooo comfy and really cushiony! (not sure if that is a word but I’m going with it!)

The third and final pair are the Bridgedale Trekker – These ones are Bridgedale’s bestselling mid-weight sock. It brings together Enduro Wool and technical fibres giving fast wicking moisture control and durability. They are a lot higher up the ankle than the other two, so I have worn these when walking. 

I think all three of these pairs of socks are amazing and would honestly wear these for all of my workouts! Now I just need to go and order them! Do you only wear one brand of socks?

**These socks were gifted to me by Bridgedale, but the options and comments are my own.

How do you plan to be more Rooster?

Right, well I know I am massively late posting this one, but I really enjoyed the idea of it so I thought I would write it and put it live anyway! 

So everyone knows about the tradition new year that happens on the 1st January, its that one occasion where people get together and probably over indulge a little too much (or in most cases a lot too much!) But the majority of people will go on to the new year with hope and aims and even some resolutions that they hope to stick to making the year their best one yet. 

However, this is not the only new year of the year! The Chinese new year fell on the 28th Jan and 2017 is the year of the Rooster! But did you know that a roosters best qualities include:

  • Honesty
  • Punctuality
  • Ambitious
  • Hardworking
  • Observant

So when the people at `Leesa got in touch and asked me how I was going to be more Rooster this year and what I can do to be a better, stronger badass than I already am (their words, not mine! 😍) I thought it was such a good idea, I had to write about it! 

I continued my tradition of setting goals for the year and then setting smaller ones that I will focus on one month at a time – I feel this is the best way for me to stay motivated to my goal and keeps me on track! 

This blog is obviously about a healthy lifestyle and I think for the first time in my head that doesn’t just mean food and fitness, it is also about learning and mindfulness. I want to become more educated about subjects I love and want to know everything I possibly can about. 

Along with educating myself I want to challenge myself, so I have decided to do something new each month, be that visit a new city or county or try some new food/ new workout or even try a new skill. I have started listening to lots of different podcasts on my commute which is helping in this! 

I have also decided to start writing a to do list for the week – and this is for both work and home! I tend to forget a lot of important things and then get annoyed at myself! So this should hopefully stop this. 

I am really excited for 2017 and I am going to be more badass than I already am! I am going to focus on what I want and I am going to achieve it. 

How are you going to be more Rooster?