Project Lifestyle July Fitness Workstream

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This month is about continuing my routine. I love the weather and the social side of all my activities.  I’m also loving the swim coaching I’m doing – it probably helps I’m learning the names of the kids I’m teaching! I’m finding the balance between being busy and active and being rested. This week I feel I need a bit more rest as I just got my kittens and they like to wake me up at 4am each morning at the moment. I’m also worried about them. Not that anything is wrong, but I am responsible for them and that makes me concerned about their welfare and wellbeing.

So his month it really about taking stock of where I am and where I want to go. I am taking some time out to enjoy the kittens as kittens and stay at home some evenings. It’s been nice to enjoy some down time. I’m also distracted by them and crawling around on the floor playing with them so might count that as a workout!

I want to add strength training back into my routine. I debating either taking a Body Pump class or getting myself back to the gym. I am better getting to things that are structured at the moment, rather than organising myself, so it will probably be pump over the gym.

Sometimes I feel like there is not enough time in the day for me to do everything I want to do and I the thing that has given over the last few months is my strength training. I love how it makes me feel though so I want to get back in the habit and make it an essential part of my routine. I just need to figure out how to get the right balance for me and accept that I might need a summer and a winter routine instead.

Project Lifestyle July Nutrition Workstream

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If I’m honest I’m not sure what I’m doing this month. It’s all about the cat’s nutrition really. Why do they have it so easy? The vet has said as long as they have good quality dry food that is all they need. My neighbour uses the same food as I am moving my cats to and said she give hers some tuna as a treat, so I thought I would do that. But having an all in one food is striking a cord with me. Not that I want to drink shakes or have baby food type meals, but it seems so easy. However I know I would hate it.

I’ve had further conversations with my doctor about this again this month and I feel he is being relaly supportive and helping me. It is not like I am sitting at home doing nothing. In the last two months I’ve done 2 triathlons and my longest every open water swim. Plus all the training that goes with those things! I just also eat too much.

So this month I am going to concentrate on slowing down.  I’m going to start using the 20 minute guide to help me eat my meals over a longer period, not just wolf them down. I want to notice how my body reacts to being fed and relearn those feelings I don’t notice anymore.

So a simple thing, but one I neglect fully.

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Adventures in Books… A Clockwork Prince

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“Love and lies can corrupt even the purest heart… In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, while her desire for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will – the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do? As their dangerous search for the truth leads the three friends into peril, Tessa’s heart is ever more torn, especially when one of their own betrays them…”

My library is great! I managed to get the second book in the series right after I finished the first book! I’m really enjoying being pulled into a series and being able to read each book straight after the other, rather than have to wait for the next one to be published. There is an excitement to that waiting, but sometimes I just want to get stuck in and fully absorbed into the world I’m reading about. This series has also gotten me back into reading daily and I love it.

This book continues the story on from the first one. I don’t want to give any spoilers but basically it’s forming a love triangle and we learn more about the characters and why they are the way they are. I enjoyed reading about the world they live in and it being based in London. I feel more connected to this series than I do the other series set in modern times. Maybe it feels more fantasy than the others. I don’t know, but I am enjoying it.

The book ends on a cliffhanger and I was so glad the library got in the third book for me right away as that is what I am currently coming to the end of now!

 

Big Cotswold Swim

It’s been almost 2 weeks since I took part in the 2 mile Big Cotswold Swim and I haven’t put my report up!

It was a grey Saturday morning, but the rain stayed away (at least until the start of the race) and I was up at 6am to make sure I could have a proper breakfast before doing a 2 mile swim at 8:45am. I usually don’t eat before my morning swims, but knew this would be harder and further than those so made sure I got up extra early to get my porridge in. Also to drink enough as there is nothing worse than swimming and being dehydrated and surrounded by water you can’t drink.

The one mile swimmers went off first and then it was the 2 milers. We had a warm up and acclimatisation 10 minutes then a briefing of the course before being set off from the beach. I was at the front as really just wanted to get going and knew it would easier to be overtaken than have to overtake during the start of the race. I managed to graze the tops of my feet during my dive into the water, but luckily the water kept them cool and although it was irritating to begin with they eased off very quickly.

I swam in a wetsuit even though the water was 20 degrees Celsius. I have done some short swims with a wetsuit at that temperature, but nothing beyond a kilometre. So went for the added buoyancy and warmth. I was glad I did as the lake had patches of very cold areas and where it had rained the top of the lake was quite cool all over. I think it was warmer in the water than it was in the air that morning.

I had a good swim and kept strong the whole way. I like the course layout of two laps right round my local swimming lake. It worked well I caught up to a few of the one mile swimmers just over half way round my first lap. I ended up swimming the whole way with one lady. We just couldn’t get past each other. I was sighting better than her, which slower me down, but she kept having to correct her course, which slowed her down. I then took to speed a bit too early before the last bouy and she got me there.

I came out of the water in 31st place out of 113 swimming the 2 mile event and in 56.37 minutes. My goal was to try and come out in under an hour as the last open water swims I had done were 3km and took about 59 minutes so I knew it would be a challenge to get 3.2km in that time, but I also knew I had been working hard and getting stronger and I smashed it by 3 minutes!

Overall it was a very enjoyable swim that I pushed myself on. I got a free place at the running club Christmas do last year for helping out with the triathlon swimming sessions and for being the best swimmer in the running club!

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Meet Merry & Pippin

I’ve been MIA because I’ve welcomed theses two furballs to my home. They are absolutely fantastic and I love them so much!

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