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! 🙂

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! 🙂 

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.

February Goals

Erm, how is it February already?!?! 

Anywho, here are my goals for the month ahead…

Actually finish my book 

This was a goal for January but I have just been so busy with the new job and the commute I just didn’t get around to finishing it. I don’t have too much more to read so will make sure I  get this finished this month. 

Book a race

I have been toying with the idea of entering the Humber Bridge Half Marathon, so this month I am going to make a decision and book it. And if I decided not to do that one, I will pick a different event to enter – then I will actually have a target to train for. 

Step at work

I have been at my new job for just over a month now and I have massively lost my steps, as I am now driving to work and not walking! So I am going to make sure I get out at lunch and get some steps in. I might even bring my kit in and go for a quick run! 

Blog more

I really want to get into a good routine with my blog and start posting at least twice a week. The ideal plan would be to post on a Sunday and a Wednesday each week. So I am going to try my best to stick to this for the rest of the month. 

Drink more

In all honesty I think this goal is going to be on my monthly goals every week. There is never any harm to increasing water intake! 🙂 

What are your goals for this month? Let me know by either commenting on this post or tweeting me @RunningLife01

 

January Goals

As I mentioned in my 2017 Goals posts, I am going to set a few smaller targets each month so this is my first set of target this year!!

Finish Inferno

I got Dan Brown Inferno book for my birthday in October, it took me a little while to get into it. After a few attempts I got really into it. On the flight back from Italy I couldn’t put it down. Unfortunately I haven’t had that many more chances where I have been able to sit down and really get more than a page read. So my first target for January is to finish the book.

Run at Least Three Times a Week

A few weeks back I went over on my ankle and it has been causing me a bit of pain, so this target is about quantity, not distance or speed. I have been resting my ankle since I went over and am feeling much better with it now, but I don’t want to over do it too soon. I will keep my distance between 1-4 km to start with and slowly build myself up to consistent 5kms. 

Practise Yoga Everyday

Fortunately January is a great month for us fitness fans, there are so many 30 day challenges that are out there for us to take part in. I follow a lovely lady call Cat Meffan on Instagram and noticed that she has created #Yoganuary in which you follow a video a day every day for the whole of January. The challenge includes flows, breathing exercises, meditation practices and all sorts of helpful yoga tips and tricks. 

Drink More

Over the Christmas holidays I got a bit lazy with keeping hydrated, so I would like to get back on track with that. I will continue to use my Joseph Joseph Dot bottle and will try to drink two or three bottles a day to start with, working my way up to four bottles. 

What are your goals for January?