August Intentions

August Intentions

I know I’m a little bit late in posting this but anyway here are my intentions for August! As always I have a mix of lifestyle, food, fitness and education goals in here.

Meditate more

I downloaded the headspace app awhile ago I got really into the first cycle of it doing the 10 minute every day. I was doing it in the morning found that I kept falling asleep! So instead of being a sensible person and moving my meditation later in the day I just stopped. My whole morning routine has changed quite a lot recently so I’m going to try and give it another chance in the morning if that doesn’t work and then move it to later in the day.

Yoga flows

As I mentioned my morning routine has changed and it has allowed me the time to do quick flow every morning which I have been doing and I have been loving. When I do these flows I typically follow Cat Meffan on YouTube, but this intention is to start doing my own flow. Really finding what feels good for me and what my body is needing.

Lunchtime reading

Since starting my new job I haven’t really had a proper lunch break, I tend to eat my lunch sat at my desk and continue working, so this intention is to step away from my desk at lunchtime and to start reading, I have a massive list of books I’d like to read I’m not getting through them and I have no time to read.

Lifting

I’ve started back at the gym and have started to include weights into my training plan and I’m loving it –  although the pain in my legs are telling me otherwise!! This intention is to keep lifting and to keep progressing with the weights. It’s really easy to get stuck doing the same thing and lifting the same weights – but I’m determined not to do that.

What have you set out to do this month?
 

Planned it!

So my holidays and busy weeks and weekends I have really let my fitness go to pot! I feel very uncomfortable in my body and although I know I don’t need to go on a diet and exercise to loose weight, but I would like to get back feeling happy in my body again.

There is a local gym where I live which has a gym and a swimming pool, there are also a few courts that you can hire out for racket sports. So I have decided to join it! It will cost me £30 a month so I have set a plan out to make sure I get the most of my time at the gym. 

I have always loved swimming so will be getting back into it as often as I can, I will also do a mix of cardio and weights. My commute is just over an hour each way, so when I am working in the office I don’t get home until  after 6 and I work at home a few days a week. I think saying I will do a minimum of 3 sessions a week is a reasonable target.  This is my plan:

Session 1: Arms & Abs

Session 2: Legs & Abs

Session 3: Cardio & Abs

I am also going to try to swim and do yoga as often as I can and also would like to do a game of badminton or squash at least twice a week! 

 

I would love to hear what you have on your plan to keep you on target…

Roll On: Triple Dry Nourish Deodorant review

As gross as this post is going to be, but I am going to be honest….I am a sweaty person! If I get warm or exercise a lot I sweat, I don’t think I smell with it, but I do get a bit conscious about it! 

So for those of you who don’t know I work at a sports events company, we specialise in triathlons and half marathons. We have between 10 and 15 events in the year, and for some of those we need to be away all weekend getting the site set up. Now although I don’t do a lot of heavy lifting it can get pretty physical at times. 

We’ve just got back from our second Half Outlaw event this year. This time the event was in Holkham which is in Norfolk – we left the office last Thursday and got back on Monday afternoon. Each day that we were there we get up pretty early and have a full days work and then go to bed roughly around 10 o’clock with a few nights ending gone past midnight. So as you can imagine it’s pretty full on.

So when I received the Triple Dry Nourishing roll on deodorant, I already had in my head that this would be the perfect event to test it out. With the hard and the long days and with fingers crossed the good weather it can become a pretty sweaty time. 

I have to admit I was pretty dubious about the deodorant when it arrived. How can something that you apply once in an evening stop you from sweating for the full next day? In fact, the packaging say “Clinically proven 72 hour wetness protection” I did think that there be a bit of a funky smell with it, and that it would potentially hurt my underarms.

So when I tried it, I was nicely surprised. There was no horrible chemical smell, it dried nice and quick, and if I got any of my clothes it didn’t leave a horrible stain.

Instructions on the bottle tell you to roll on each arm pit in the evening before you go to bed, allow it to dry and then wash like normal in the morning. The only difference is it your normal routine would be not to re-apply deodorant in the morning. Others to take me a few days to get used to as it fell completely wrong nothing modelling on in the morning. 

The first day was really conscious that not work and I smell a bit sweaty. I don’t think I did in reality I was just panicking about it. Over the course of the week it started to get used to only apply and usually at night time and not again in the morning and it was really working for me true test will be the event weekend.

With over 20,000 steps a day, a bit heavy lifting, and a whole lot of sunshine this past weekend it could’ve been a really smelly one. I was so happy that deodorant had worked perfectly and not left me a sweaty smelly mess.

If you are a person who sweats and is worried about the smell that you’re letting off I would thoroughly recommend this deodorant. It doesn’t smell funky is nice on your skin and is pretty cheap for how good it is. This 50ml bottle is £6.45 from any boots store or online.

** This products was gifted to me by Triple Dry but the opinions are my own. 

Honour Your Own Pace

I have started to listen to a load of different podcasts on my way to work, I will write a post about these soon! And one of them is by Kimberly Snider, in one of the first episodes they said something that really stuck with me and I really liked. 

They said; “Honour Your Own Pace” they followed this with something along the line of a seed takes its time to grow into a plant or a flower or a fruit, and it will not be rushed and neither should you. I loved this, and think it is so true.

We all need to understand that the changes we want our bodies, minds and lifestyles to go through will not always happen over night and we need to allow things to happen in their nature time frames and to enjoy the process and not give up. I know lots of people and will admit that I am one also, who has found something difficult and not seen the results we wanted as soon as we would have like so gave up. 

So I just wanted to share this with you all and let you know that you can do whatever you set your mind to, you just need things to go at their own pace and enjoy the changes and challenges!

Busy Bee

Wow, it has been a long time since I last posted on here! 

I wrote a post about letting life in, and I guess I really did do that. I have been busy with work and buying a house!!! I got the keys the other week so have been spending a lot of time packing up the flat and decorating the house! 

I promise I haven’t fallen off the planet, just been trying to get lots done! I am still practicing yoga daily, trying to run at least twice a week and as always eating clean and healthy. 

I am going away for a week at the end of May, beginning of June so will be putting a fitness and food plan together to get me bikini body ready! I have signed up to the Tone It Up Bikini Series to get some inspiration (I really wish I looked like them!!!) I will be sharing my plans and my progress on here! 🙂