Biggest Loser

I have started to plan next years adventures. Fiji is where we will be for Christmas and New Years Eve.  Hopefully if work okay it I will be off for 4 weeks with a trek to Base Camp Everest and then two weeks in India where I will hopefully meet up with a friend from home.

Big plans and lots of adventure on the cards…but there is only one thing holding me back. That is my fitness. Safe to say my metabolism disappeared when I had my first sip of beer. I got away with it for a while at University with working in a restaurant and playing netball but in my adult life its caught up with me.

Traveling does not make you fit or skinny …well for me it didn’t. Your diet is out of whack and you are constantly socializing so your beer intake goes up. Yes you lug around a big back pack but it doesn’t quite balance out. Now I need to get my butt in gear so I am not held back from what I love…adventure.

I have spent the past few weeks finding out what exercise I suit and find works for me. I found that swimming seems to be for me. On top of swimming I quite like Yoga and I am trying to that twice a week to work my stress and build inner core as I have 0. After all of this MK and I are still planning on doing hikes to get our legs and walking boots warmed up!

At home we eat well and have a healthy dinner and for lunch it is salad so its okay. Its more the temptations at work and the biscuit tin which is my weakness. I have also cut down to one English Breakfast tea a day and the rest Green Tea. Alcohol is a big part of my weekend socializing with friends I have to start trying to make better choices. Choosing the Gin and tonic instead of a glass of wine.

 I am planning to reflect on how I have done every Thursday and hopefully and have a photo update every month to hold myself accountable. It can be done just need to get on with it and look after myself. 

Reach out if your on the same path or have any tips!

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Mindfulness…

I have been reading my little book on living the mindfulness life.

I have enforced a few changes into our home life to try and make it a little more calm.

A big one for me is social media and our phones we are always on them. Now when we get home we make a effort to have tea at the table and when we sit down to watch a show on the TV no phones. I personally love it cos when I do speak to MK then I get a focused response and not a grunt. 

 

Also made a effort to pick a show and watch it together and I had to work on not watching mindless shows that don’t have any content. This mainly involves not watching reality TV. Even at work I have stopped listening to podcast while I work as I am focusing on being present at the task on hand. It does work I feel a lot more focused at work and I feel at home I’m more productive and really enjoy the TV show we choose to watch. The conversations with MK are no longer ones while looking at their mobile.

It is incredibly hard to break the habit of a life time and this is what its about. Your first thought in a morning is more then likely a negative thought… so trying to change that to a positive thought sounds easy but its not. I am enjoying the book and what I am learning.

I believe this is the right way for me to live. I am training myself to change the way I think to have a more positive and calmer approach to life. I am also finding a routine which does not cause me stress. Yes I do still get stressed but I will learn to manage it in a better / productive and not destructive way.