If you’re read my blog for a while or stumbled across my Instagram, you will have probably ready about my dream to run a sub 40 minute 10km. It’s been my goal pretty much since I started running. To join the exclusive sub 40minute 10km club and edge closer to achieving British Athletics standards. I decided a few months back that this year would be the year. I’ve got the race booked in my diary and started a 12 week training plan but can my legs actually take me there?
I think I speak on the behalf of most Newlyweds when I say that marriage makes you put on weight. I don’t know whether it’s because you’re no longer worrying about looking like the perfect version of yourself on the big day. Or if it’s just because you’re happy and want to indulge. But, this week we are reigning it in because we want to get our pre wedding bods back! I hate the word diet and this is anything but that. We’re just making smarter food choices and moving more.
There’s only a couple of pounds between then and now, but for me it was never about the scales anyway. It was about how I looked and felt. I felt much stronger and had a lot more muscle definition back then. So I have decided to work towards getting my pre wedding body back!
If you feel like you’re no longer moving forward with your training, have started to put on weight or can’t run anywhere near your PB, have a look at what your diet and exercise routine was like when you were performing at your best, and compare it to what it is now. That’s exactly what I have done and here is what I am going to change.
Last week was the Launch of the Reebok Girl Squad and we joined Be:Fit, along with 200 or so girls at Ministry does Fitness for a day of Yoga and HIIT classes. After the evening class, we had a Q&A and one of the questions asked was about the kind of music we listen to and where we find our gym music.
For me, having a good music playlist can be the difference between having a really bad session and acing your workout. Not only does it help power my runs, it helps me to stay motivated and pass times during the boring parts of a half marathon (trust me, they can be so boring)!
I’ve always wanted to visit Santorini. The beautiful cobalt capped white buildings and seas have always been something that I have wanted to see. And when I finally got to visit Santorini and have my “bucket list” moment, I felt disappointed. Really disappointed. Sure, it was beautiful. But there wasn’t much to do other than drink cosmopolitans. Or take pictures of yourself and then watch people taking pictures of themselves. Which is fine, I guess I just expected more from Santorini because so many people rave about it. If you go on Instagram you’ll see thousands of beautiful pictures taken in what looks like the most magical Island. But when I got there I felt like something was missing and I found that something in Mykonos.
Last week I ran the London 10 Mile. I think it’s safe to say that most runners have hit the dreaded wall in one race or another. Sometimes you can see it slowly building in front of you as the pace on your watch gets slower. Other times, things will be going fine and then suddenly BAM! You find yourself smashing into it. I have lightly bumped the wall a few times before but during the London 10 mile I dived into it head first. It really hurt. It’s funny how one week i’m the first lady home and the next week I’m struggling to make it to the finish line. My body can handle 10 miles easily but I wasn’t prepared for the toll that the hilly course would take on my mind.
I was unhappy in my job
We live in a world where at one point or another, most of us have had a job that we hated. Like really hated. But for one reason or another we continued to stay in this job. Usually it’s because we’ve got bills to pay, but we all have our breaking point. And that’s when the dreaded job search begins. I too have been in this situation but instead of looking for a new job, I decided that I wanted to move from being a permanent employee to being a permanently self employed one.
Taking the leap from being a permanent employee to a self employed or freelance one is scary but in this post I hope that I can offer you some advice to help you along your way. I also hope this that post gives you the courage to pursue your dream job, no matter how out of the world it may seem. And this blog isn’t just for people who want to become self employed either, there are a few tips in here that can be applied to helping you secure your next permanent job role too.
You’ve decided you want to leave your job, what do you do next?