Five ways I’ll keep moving forward when the clocks go back

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been struggling on the exercise front lately.

Last week I had a long weekend and totally bossed (am I cool enough to use that word? Should anyone use that word?!) my fitness plan: 10k(ish!) run on Saturday, swimtervals on Sunday and a 10k+ coastal walk on Monday (update coming soon).

But after that? Well, the temperature dropped dramatically and my usual weekday evening exercise regime (gym, kettlebells/abs, hot yoga) flew straight out of the window.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying sheer laziness hasn’t played a part in my inactivity, but I reckon the turn of the season has also been taking its toll.

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Running without GPS

I’ve been in a bit of a running rut lately. 

Every Sunday, I start my fitness week by completing a 5k circular route from my flat, round a park and back, and despite me still finding 5k to be a challenge it’s starting to get really boring. I’ve even been skipping runs in favour of an extra rest day… I know, I’m ashamed!

So you’ll no doubt share the surprise I felt when yesterday, completely by accident, on my first run in more than two weeks, I pretty much ran 10k. I say “pretty much”, because I did stop to walk up a few steep hills and twice to ask for directions… I should explain!

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Have I always been a worrier?

Have I always been a worrier?

It’s a question I’ve been asking myself a fair bit recently. After my first few blog posts about recovering from anxiety, two of my oldest friends told me they always remembered me saying I felt worried when we were growing up. And then, last week, I stumbled across some old stuff from my high school/college years.

For some reason, the school I went to stocked an array of random blank postcards in the library. And, judging by the amount of notes I found written to me from friends on said postcards last week, we clearly never used the library to do much actual work! In the middle of some happy reminiscing, one postcard stopped me in my tracks.

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Green tea smoothie

I had to pop the kettle on for this weekend’s green smoothie – a green tea smoothie with mint, lime and kale.

Green tea smoothie next to tea bags, mug and kettleIf you’re not convinced that green tea would work in a smoothie, let me reassure you now that you can barely taste it in this one but you still get all of its awesome health benefits. (more…)