This week’s challenge

January 14, 2013

Last week it was st least 15 minutes of exercise a day. Did you all fit that in?

This week is different. I’ve felt increasingly stressed lately,  hence this week the challenge is to spend at least 15 minutes a day de-stressing. It may be taking a bath, reading a book or going for a walk. Whatever makes you relaxed. For me its definitely a book. I’ve been reading the first Game of Thrones for a very long time now and hoping to have it finished by the end of this week. I’m going to spend whatever free time I have to get lost in the world of ice and fire.


Stress and more stress

January 11, 2013

Sometimes all I want after a long week is to chill and think positively. I say hello to the weekend despite working tomorrow.



The things that matter…

January 10, 2013

At the moment work is taking up the majority of my day and it is also slowly destroying my sole from the inside (to be dramatic). It is just that time of the year. So to not let it get to me I try to focus on the things that matter and make thing easier.

So today’s…
nicest and happiest moment: Morning cuddle with the Mr.
most enjoyable moment: that 45 min intense NIKE killer workout
most peaceful moment: stretching and doing some yoga poses
Most random moment: seeing Nottingham’s youth running around in oncies or short shorts (so short they show half of the bum cheeks…). The whole town was full of them!
most needed moment: that coconut water after my workout
most satisfying moment:to have got all my references for Uni appliactions
Most exciting moment: to hopefully have got a yoga teaching slot at Pole Palais

See life isn’t that bad. Looking at those lovely things in my surrounding makes it possible to go through the tough bits.


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Weekend bliss

January 6, 2013

When I was at uni, weekends were never that special. Everyday seemed to be the same. In my first two years we normally went out in the middle of the week and weekends were time for house parties and studying. In my final year of uni I spent most of my weekends working at a gym. Since I started working at a 9-5 job, weekends have become sacred to me. They are used to relax, prepare for the week, cook for the week, catch up on my Yoga studies, chill with my boyfriend, long runs and relaxing baths. 

Yesterday was a day of training. expect for two half hour walks and 30 minutes of stretching, I left my body to recover. I enjoyed a lie in until 9am! Spent the morning studying and in the evening me and my boyfriend made a yummy fish pie with soy milk and sweet potato mash for a healthier version. we also made a batch of brownies. A colleague gave me a recipe on fat free black bean brownies. The only issue was they didn’t really cook very well and were really moist, a bit too moist… It might be because we used melted dark chocolate rather than cocoa as suggested in the original recipe. 

But if anyone is interested, replace the fat with bananas, use argarve suryp (and stevia if the mixture is too fluid) instead of sugar and mixed black beans instead of flour. You get a healthy treat that is high in protein and also has a portion of fruit in it. Winner!


November 15, 2012

This evening after work I just reached a complete ‘stop’. For the past 2 weeks its all been a lot and I’ve been really busy and stressed with a lack of sleep. My plans for this evening was to go to pole and then a quick gym session. My body, however, said no and I listened. I’ve had a hot shower with muscle relaxant, got a hot drink and a book next to me. Sometimes you need to take it easy and chill. A year ago I would have kept going and ignored any signs of fatigue. I would down an energy drink and get on with stuff, but had no time for a social life and came close to loosing friendships with some of the people who were close to me and I never found time for doing what I actually wanted to do as I let  my studies and a demanding part-time job take over in order to suppress all the chaos that was going inside due to personal reasons. It didn’t make me happier and I have learned from that. When my body tells me ‘stop’ I listen.





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