Happy Monday! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. It was one of my good friends engagement parties on Saturday night which was lots of fun but I really paid for it yesterday and spent most of the day recovering on the couch. I had meant to do lots of cleaning and food prep but with how I was feeling that just wasn’t going to happen!
Thank you for all the warm welcome back messages on my last post. I’ve got updates on everything for you so I will give a quick update on each topic and go into more detail on future blog posts. Sound good?
I’m still exercising on average 6 days a week and I’ve started going to a personal trainer once a week. He’s written me a weights program that I follow and I’m now on my second round of one of his programes, they last about 5 weeks.
So far I am loving it. He’s super fussy on technique and on a lot of key exercises like Deadlifts and Squats it turns out I wasn’t doing them correctly. So now I can’t recommend highly enough going to a personal trainer, for me it is not about motivating me to go to the gym but making sure I’m doing the exercises correctly and what to do on the days I don’t see him. So far I’ve already seen results particularly in my arms.
I’ve given up the 5:2 diet. Over winter Nick and I both said that we felt SO much hungrier on fast days than ever before and so both of us decided to give it up and just eat well on all days.
When I met with my personal trainer I had NO intention of getting a food plan, I just wanted to do my own thing but he said for me to get the results I wanted to I really needed to have a food plan too…..so I decided to give it a try and for the most part I’m glad I have. Again I’ve been following it for about 8 weeks now. It is broken up into 6 meals a day and for me I find the hardest part of it is not following it but just needing to make sure I’m organised with all the food prep. If I’ve done proper food prep then I find it fairly ok to follow.
My sleep has been possibly not great lately, as in during the week I’ve not been getting enough. I find that I try and get too much stuff done and before I know it, it is late and then I’ve not given myself enough time to unwind and then I get up at 6am to go to the gym. It’s an area I definitely need to improve on.
Travelling to work
I’ve started trying to walk to and from work most days, weather dependent and I am really enjoying it. More on that in another post this week.
Nick and I are planning a one month trip to Europe next year in July and I can’t wait! He is a huge Tour de France fan and we plan to see the race off in The Netherlands where it starts, we also want to travel to Switzerland, Italy, France and Spain while we are there. It can’t come soon enough, I think both of us are in serious need of a holiday.
I got promoted at work in July and since then work has gone from busy to insane in a quick second. I’ve been across multiple projects as well as been more involved with coaching/managing other staff which has been both rewarding and challenging.
I’ve been reading a lot of books lately and always get great recommendations from my friend Jess. We share our recommendations to each other on Good Reads, my list is ever growing. I’m currently reading Secrets she left behind by Diane Chamberlain. It is a follow on book from her first book in the series Before the Storm and I can’t recommend both of them enough, they are page turners and I will definitely be reading more from the author.
I’ve also been watching some very trashy tv shows to help me unwind from work. In particular Australia Bachelor and Big Brother.
To help keep stress at bay I’ve been doing daily meditations from the Headspace app. It is guided meditation which I find much easier to follow than just sitting in silence. They start you with a foundation of general meditation and then you can do ‘packs’ of topics that last for 30 days, I’m currently doing a pack on stress and it is really helping me to keep calm and things in perspective if I find work catching up with me too much.
Since Nick and I have both been so busy at work we have started up our date nights again where once a fortnight we each take turns planning a date out. So far Nick has been winning on the date night front with better dates than mine, I’ve thought mine were good ideas but some of his have just worked better. We’ve been to a photography exhibit displayed in shop windows, to a cat cafe (like in Japan), to many new food places, on a historical train ride and to a new rooftop bar. It is fun planning them and it motivates us to try new things together.
On my blogging break I did a basic photography course to help me learn more about the fancy camera I got for my birthday a year ago. It was a great course and I hope to start using my camera now a lot more. I want to possibly do another course on something different like drawing, calligraphy or cooking just not sure what yet. I also want to get back into doing more craft as it has been a while, but I never seem to know what to make.
There is probably much more to update you on but that feels like a lot for nowGive me an update on one or any of these topics… Exercise..? Food..? Sleep..? Travelling to work..? Travel..? Work..? Leisure..? Wellbeing..? Relationship..? Hobbies..?
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