6 November 2014

Progress

I laid out some Autumn Goals, in late September, so lets have quick check-in:


  1. Lose weight. My goal is to lose a stone over the next 4 months or so (goal 22)
  2. Engage fully with my job for my 3 month probation, and beyond (related to goal 57)
  3. Now I will no longer be using the university gym - settle into new exercise regime inc. cross fit, yoga, running and Bath YMCA classes
1 - I joined a weight loss club with Nourish, and its involved a lot of slip ups and breaking the rules! but as of todays weigh in I have lost 4 lbs, this is going to be a slow steady process and I have a lot to learn (mainly about control!) 

2 - I am on week 3 of my new job, I am finding it infinitely more challenging than I imagined but am slowly but surely compiling new knowledge on the world of web and tech. Next week I am attending my second web conference so will hopefully absorb a little more knowledge with each day. Funnily both 1&2 involve a lot of the same traits - perseverance and patience.

3 -I am settling into a new regime:
Monday -  Crossfit
Tuesday - Yoga @ YMCA
Wednesday - Yoga with Bath School of Yoga
Thursday - Crossfit or Run
Friday - Crossfit or Run
Sunday - Yoga and/or Climbing

And of course my daily 7 minutes of Yoga which has proved a really useful tool for encouraging me to practice every day

Have you planned any goals for Autumn/Winter? How are they going?

I wish you every success!

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4 November 2014

Mind/Body

I refer to MindBodyGreen.com quite often for their advice on such things as healthy eating and dealing with depression. 

Most recently "6 ways to find motivation when you are depressed"
This article is on a similar vein, but seems to be more winter themed! 

5 ways to outshine depression

As before I will summarize the main points in bitesize points here (full article linked above): 

1. Get moving, even if it's just for 5 minutes. 
It only takes 5 minutes of physical activity to activate the ‘good mood’ chemicals in your brain. Those endorphins are our natural anti-depressant,
Often when you feel depressed, you don’t have the energy or desire to exercise, so be gentle with yourself and try to push yourself a little past your comfort zone with this. You will see that exercise will actually increase your energy and improve your mood.

2. Surround yourself with people, preferably positive people. 
Developing a support system is essential in promoting mental health for everyone.

3. Eat healthy foods. 
When you regularly eat unhealthy foods, it affects your mood and can also lead to guilt and shame for making poor choices. The guilt and shame can trigger feelings of depression, and when you are depressed, your brain craves foods high in fat, sugar, and carbs. 

4. Choose positive thoughts. 
Our thoughts are our experiences. So when you think positively, you have a better chance of experiencing positive things around you, negative thoughts can bring down our spirits, so it is important to avoid them as much as possible and to focus on the positive things around us that are happening.

5. Avoid booze. 

Alcohol is sometimes used as a coping mechanism, but is a poor choice for those who are drinking just as an escape or to numb the pain. 




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30 October 2014

7 Minute Goal

I have a new goal, one I am initially intending to do every day until christmas in the first instance, and then beyond in 2015 if I can!

7 Minutes seems to be an optimum amount of time, or at least a 'trendy' amount of time to do something, and certainly, one can argue: we can all spare 7 minutes of every day. You can see it suggested here for Workouts, Meditation, and making a good impression

So my goal:
58. 7 Minutes of Yoga. Every. Day

I'm terrible at practicing at home, as I am so easily distracted once I start. Or find myself reluctant to start at all. Not ideal for a Yoga Teacher!

So, thats my new goal, and new 'leaf' I'm turning over. I started this morning with 7 minutes of yoga in my empty office.




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29 October 2014

Travel To Do list

Here is the shortlist for the most stylish & unique hotels of the world. A perfect ready-made to do list of places to visit!




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23 September 2014

Other New Favourite words


First there was Hygge
Now I would also like to add Ikigai;

"It is what you are trying to achieve from this life that you were given"



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Fresh Fall

Autumn is about fresh starts; new term, back to school, and I'll be starting my new job in a few weeks, and today is my last day at my current job :D

Tomorrow I'll be jetting off for 10 days in paradise before starting a new job in October, so it will be a fresh start for me and I am really keen to make the most of this chance to start afresh


My Autumn Goals

  • Lose weight. My goal is to lose a stone over the next 4 months or so (goal 22)
  • Engage fully with my job for my 3 month probation, and beyond (related to goal 57)
  • Now I will no longer be using the university gym - settle into new exercise regime inc. cross fit, yoga, running and Bath YMCA classes



"LIFE STARTS ALL OVER AGAIN WHEN IT GETS CRISP IN THE FALL.” —F. SCOTT FITZGERALD, THE GREAT GATSBY

“AUTUMN, THE YEAR’S LAST, LOVELIEST SMILE.” —WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT

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19 September 2014

The weather outside is frightful....



The weather is turning that's for sure, check our these pics from Bath, Corsham + Chippenham last night




Its cold and damp on campus today, and my mind is turning to hot drinks, scarfs and autumn walks

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