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Planning for Success

 

 

In my job working in projects we talk a lot about setting things up for success and that got me thinking about how I can help myself work towards my goals in successful ways.

2015 is going to be a big year for me. I turn thirty and have set myself my biggest challenge to date of completing a half ironman distance triathlon.

So I need to set myself up for success and in order to do that I need to plan.

I currently use a Moleskine journal to record my bullet journal and that is working really well for me. I have decided to add to this by using the Moleskine Wellness journal template you can get online to stick into your own notebooks. I like the goals pages and how they are set up into both monthly and weekly.

The monthly templates I have used to insert all the events I am taking part in and will add specific weight, fitness, and personal goals at the beginning of each month.

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The weekly ones I will use to be very specific about what I want to achieve that week. This will be update to date with any commitments so I can be realistic and flexible in my approach. There is no point in saying I will always do my ideal week of swimming club, running club, and cycling, if I have to go away for work!

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I really like being able to tick things of my list and I think this is why the bullet journal idea has worked so well for me as it allows me to be organised and tick things off a list. So going back to weekly goals will help me take small steps to reaching my bigger goals. I won’t be sharing all the details of my goals, but I wanted to share how I organizing my goals and therefore setting myself up for success.

I’m So Excited!

January is going to be a fantastic month!

  • I turn 30!
  • I am going skiing to Italy!
  • I am going to see Jillian Michaels in Cardiff – FRONT ROW VIP!

I am actually looking forward to turning 30 and leaving my twenties behind. The last decade hasn’t been a great one for me. I have learnt a lot and will be taking a lot of things forward in to the next decade to make it a good one. I feel as though I will be entering the next phase of my life and there are lots of possibilities for where my life might go.

I haven’t been on a proper holiday since before I bought my house, so I have always planned to go away for my 30th. I chose skiing as it is something I enjoy, but don’t get to do too often. Plus it makes a perfect January holiday destination. My sister and I chose Italy as we love that country, but have never been skiing there. I go on my actual birthday and will be spending the first week of my thirties enjoying myself in the mountains.

Then last night I received the email to say Jillian Michaels is coming to the UK for her Maximise Your Life tour and I had to get myself a ticket. I went on and had a look at costs and then found I could get a third row ticket and then got really excited. I then realised there was a different link in the email and got a middle front row ticket with VIP meet and greet and couldn’t turn it down. It’s on the pricey side, but I have been a big fan of Jillian Michaels for a long time and have followed her tour through her podcasts wishing she would come over to the UK.

All of this has given me determination and motivation to get myself focused on my nutrition and to build my fitness base back up so I can enter my thirties with the results I wanted from Project Lifestyle in the first place. I am feeling really positive and in a good place. I still have low moments, but I have the tools in place to make sure I come through them and learn from them. I am being more social then I have been in a few years and although I choose which events I go to, I am excited about finding new friends and enjoying my fitness clubs. Volunteering for events and swim coaching has been a fantastic thing for me. Getting my kittens has my house feel like a proper home. I really feel like the last year of my twenties I have stepped up my game and focused on the things that really matter to me, and stopped fretting about the things that don’t.

So as you can probably tell I am really looking forward to January!

I am also looking forward to December as I love Christmas too!

Planning 2015 Already

Event entries for next year are already opening and lots are opening over the next couple months – especially triathlons! So I thought I better get planning to make sure all the ones I want to do are in my diary and budgeted for (it all adds up!).

So what am I thinking right now?

January – Skiing for 30th

February – Round One Wiltshire Masters Gala

April – Good Fri Tri (pool based) and Brighton Marathon 10k

May – Royal Wootton Bassett Triathlon and Cotswold Sprint Triathlon

June – Cotswold Women’s Only Sprint Triathlon and Round Two Wiltshire Masters Gala

July – Big Cotswold Swim (2 mile lake) and Pier to Pier Swim (1.4 mile sea)

August – Cotswold Classic 70.3 Triathlon and maybe an Events Logic distance swim (3km or 5km)

September – Cotswold Sprint Triathlon

October – Round 3 Wiltshire Masters Gala

November – Swimming Club Championship Galas

WOW lots going on already!

I would like to do an event each month of 2015. Not all crazy challenges, but something to keep me focused and motivated. So I will probably look out for 5k or 10k runs and cycle events for those missing months (March and December). There is also the possibility of an aqua-bike event, but I don’t have the date for that yet. Also my running club are thinking the London Dualathlon, but I would only do that as part of a relay team.

I also want to get back into doing Parkruns once a month. I haven’t done one yet in 2014 and I miss having that way to monitor my progress.

I also plan on volunteering at triathlons again next year, but need to plan it around my training to make sure it doesn’t impact.

It sure does add up when you start looking at a whole year. I will need to pay entry for all of these and also make sure my kit is right through the year. I’ve currently planned in two trainer purchases and bike services. Clothing will have to be budgeted in as required, but I have become a fan of the range Aldi bring out for cycling. I would also like to purchase tri-bars for next season to ease the pressure on my back on longer rides. I am planning on also getting a proper swimming wetsuit and have a wish list of a dryrobe and new trisuit! This is on top of the normal swimming attire I have to get fairly regularly. It is all adding up!

So much to do! I suppose it is good that I’m only planning on a skiing holiday next year and that is in January! This will take up a lot of my time, energy, and money. Therefore aspects of my life I don’t prioritise as highly will be impacted – sorry that means social events that aren’t fitness related! If you want to see me you’ll have to give me plenty of notice next year!

I’m really looking forward to 2015 and am planning on ending 2014 on a high and set up for an active year :)

All About Cats

I am learning all the time what cats need and how I can make sure they have a happy and healthy life with me.  So I thought I would share some things I’ve been learning recently (yes my blog might become cat focused for the foreseeable future, but it is all part of my adventures in life).

Diet

I have decided to use the food recommended by the vets I take Merry and Pippin to and that is Hill’s Vets Essentials Kitten Food. Both of them seem to enjoy it and I gradually moved them over from Whiskas (what they were being fed by the family I got them from) and on to this dry food only on the advice of the vet.

Treats

This is where I give myself some flexibility with what I give them. I like to make sure they are good for cats, but I also want them to enjoy them and know they are different from the everyday food. I use a mix of Dreamies, M&S chewy treats, and any other chewy/soft sticks or shapes I can find and are reputable. I keep them in a jar and the kittens know where it is and what it sounds like. I use it to call them to me a lot (and reward them for it). I also give them tuna and fish I cook every so often – always on their own plate, never from mine – as a very special treat.

Toys

I am just starting to rotate their toys as I am aware that they will become bored of the same ones around after a few weeks. I also buy some new toys every month as Merry has a tendency to chew the feathers off the toys and I know that is the part they enjoy the most. I have also found that simple things such as boxes and the inside cardboard of toilet rolls can be just as much fun as anything I buy specifically for them as they are lights and can be chewed and thrown around. I keep a couple of stick toys out of sight as they tend to go a bit crazy for these and only bring them out for special treats or when guests are around and want to play without the risk of getting scratched.

Water

One of the first things I bought after I got them was a water fountain as it was very hot and I didn’t think they were drinking enough. I have also positioned it so they can watch the room while they drink. Pippin has taken to dipping a paw in and then cleaning his face (he also likes the bath tub for some reason).  I want to keep them off the kitchen counters so do not encourage drinking from the taps.

Outside

I’ve been taking them outside every so often as they enjoy eating grass and catching spiders. I’m keeping them as indoor cats, but I need to be more consistent with taking them into the garden on the leads so they know it is a regular thing. I am going to up my training and start taking them through the garage, rather than the front door, so if I ever decide get cat flaps installed they would already know the route to the garden. I need to get another litter tray as now they are getting bigger, so is their business, and find occasionally if I have been out longer than normal one of them will have dirty and smelly paw. So as they are extremely clean creatures I need to make sure I provide them the space so they do not get put off using the trays.

Sleeping

They like to sleep a lot. I have bought them beds that are on either side of my bed as they like to be up high or under the bed out of sight. I also keep the carriers in the front room, without the doors on, for them to hide in. I don’t think my house has that many hiding places, so I am trying to provide these for them. However they will also fall asleep in the middle of the room on the carpet or on the sofa arm, so I think they are okay.

I’m a bit paranoid at the moment about learning everything I can about how to make Merry and Pippin have happy, healthy lives. I worry that keeping them indoors or restricting the outside time is not a good thing to door, but everyone I talk to seems to have a different opinion. I’m happy if I know I can make the time to take them outside every day for 15 minutes. It would cause me a lot of stress and worry to let them roam freely.

Mynwood Cat Walking Jackets

I bought a lilac jacket for Merry and a purple jacket for Pippin and although they were not too sure to begin with they now know that putting on the jackets means they can go outside and catch spiders and eat grass.

Maria was super helpful when I contacted her about choosing the right size for the kittens. They have kitten jackets at the moment, which will last while they grow. The Velcro is currently all used, but there is enough to be able to extend the length of the neck and under body pieces for the future. I will very likely purchase bigger ones once they have reaches their full size.

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The jackets feel very secure and I don’t think limit the kittens manoeuvrability in any way. They have started to jump, pouch, and run in the garden. They are easy to put on and take off once I hold them firmly facing away from me as instructed in the video on the website. They are well made in terms of stitching and fabric and give me confidence when taking both Merry and Pippin outside.

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I have only taken them out in the evening so far. Always around dusk as it tends to be quieter on my street. As we head into winter I will have to go out in the dark, but I can wrap up or take them out in the morning before work. I am only taking them out as a treat at the moment as I can’t get into a routine due to my commitments, but would love to get to the point of taking them out every day.

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Lead training is taking time, but they are responding to stopping and not being able to go any further than allowed. Walking alongside them is different matter. I can get them to make their way from the front door to the garden, but would not be able to walk them along the road just yet. Maybe in time I will be able to walk them to the field just down the road.

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I would definitely recommend these to anyone with indoor cats or any cat that you want to keep safe while outside. If I ever move or have to take them on a long car journey these will be great as I would be able to stop somewhere quiet and let them out along the way.

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