I love the Groovy Mum blog hop by Kate on Thin Ice. It is forcing (well, forcing is a strong word) but motivating me to continue with my blog. I absolutely love writing but I’ve become too self critical about it and have stopped posting. It’s silly really. I always have a lot to say! So today I’m just writing and going for it. No leaving this post in drafts, no checking over it 20 times, just write and go. After all, it’s my musings and mumblings so it doesn’t need to feel like I’m writing a novel.
This week has been an up and down week. I’ve previously been doing so well with my new healthy lifestyle but it does require strict routine. Take that routine out the equation with illness, a sleepover at my sister’s and a whole weekend in Edinburgh and I feel all befuddled. I have felt out of sorts. I only managed to exercise properly two days in the past week and not having control of the kitchen meant blind and bad choices with food over the weekend that’s left me feeling bloated and ill for the past two days. But, these are mere excuses and i’m glad to report that upon returning home yesterday after a knackering 5 hour drive home, I put the key in the door, dumped my bags, got my running gear on and went out in the cold for just over an hour and ran 12km!!! This is the longest run i’ve done for a few years and my fastest ever pace so I spent yesterday evening in a euphoric endorphin-high haze.
Even though the scales are not necessarily going down as quick as I’d like, i definitely getting leaner, stronger and fitter so this is worth more than any number staring back at me from the weighing scales first thing on a Monday morning! (I did lost 8 inches last week all over too which is brilliant!)
So, back to Kate on Thin Ice and her Groovy Mum Blog Hop. Here are this week’s challenges but they are totally optional. In other words, you don’t have to do them unless you really want to.
1. Body – This week, there is a campaign about eating a healthy breakfast for 5 days. http://shakeupyourwakeup.com/challenge Give it a go and tell us how it goes.
Since I started my new healthy lifestyle I 99.9% of the time eat breakfast (there have been a couple of hungover days where I just couldn’t face food first thing!). My favourite breakfast is Ready Brek with Kara dairy free coconut milk. You’d think coconut milk would be fattening but this stuff isn’t its awesome, lower cals and fat than skimmed milk, full of calcium and it’s tasty.
2. Mind – It is Chinese New Year and I have just opened my fortune cookie. What I want you to think and/or blog about is if you had a guarantee that the fortune in your cookie would come true in the next 12 months, what would you want it to say? You can do something down to earth, humorous or something obscure and Confuscious like. It is entirely up to you.
“you will have a much smaller arse”
3. Spirit – Sticking with the Chinese New Year, what animal are you? If you don’t know, look it up for fun. Does the description of the animal you are ring true? Which animal would you like to be and why? You can find all the information you need here http://www.life123.com/holidays/new-years/chinese-zodiac/chinese-zodiac-signs.shtml
This is what mine says:
Roosters are very loyal individuals. They do not like dishonesty or mockery of any sort. They are blunt, up front and honest people and expect those around them to be the same. Roosters are happiest when they are surrounded by others, at a party or just a social gathering. They even enjoy the spotlight and will exhibit their charisma and wit in a minute. This star quality can be overbearing, for a Rooster expects you to listen to him while he speaks and can become agitated if you don’t. Roosters do have a tendency to brag about themselves and their achievements and demand an attentive audience when doing so.
The last line is most definitely true in this scenario. After all you’re reading my blog and me bragging about my achievements! I wouldn’t say I’m happiest surrounded by others though. Even though I am a social butterfly and I love good company, since becoming a Mum I really crave my alone time, it’s why I love running so much. Oh and I love mockery. I love good banter and like it when people poke fun at me. My boss is the best at this and I do enjoy our little insults at one another.
4. Blogging – Have you heard the wonderful and rather exciting news? What do you mean “Yes, I have as Kate just won’t stop going on about it!” I am now a member of the Britmums team with a great initiative that will make a real difference too. Read all about it by clicking here http://kateonthinice.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/have-you-heard-the-news-i-have-a-new-and-exciting-role/
Your blogging challenge this week is to join Britmums if you have not yet done so and then join the Charity Connections – Blogging It Forward group on there. Don’t just join but get involved in some of the already fascinating discussions taking place on there. Have your say at http://britmums.com
Done! Now I just need to figure out whether I can afford to go to Britmums Live.
5. Special Days – As I have already mentioned special days in this post, my challenge to you is to make one day this week really special. How you do that is up to you. Will it be a day out? Some one-on-one time with your partner? You decide.
Saturday just gone was my husband’s 30th Birthday. I wanted to make it really special for him so I booked the three of us into a hotel in Edinburgh for two nights and sent him off to dive with Sharks at the Deep Sea Aquarium. He absolutely loved it, he’s obsessed with sharks so this was a great present. Here he is with Tinkerbell (yeah stupid name for a Shark I know) the 3.5 metre Sand Tiger Shark.
6. The Big Question – This challenge is the one that is aimed at making you think deeply. Of course, the big questions come to me in all sorts of ways. This one came whilst watching Dancing On Ice on the telly because I am a very deep philosopher lol. Take it in whatever way you see fit. Let it mean what it means to you as an individual. So the question is, have you lost that loving feeling? Whether that is for yourself, your partner, your child, your job or whatever. Reflect on it in a way that is meaningful to you.
Yes, most definitely. In becoming a parent for the first time our partnership has changed and had to adapt to now being a family unit. The stress and strain that being a parent brings, the art of balancing everything in our lives, has meant we have lost our way a little when it comes to that loving feeling. We know it, we’ve identified it and we’re working hard to change it at the moment. For me, it’s the little things that remind me the loving feeling is still there; a kiss goodbye, a cuddle last thing at night, appreciate words, an impromptu hug, holding my hand. It all makes me feel loved. Our blokes just need reminding of these little gestures and the impact they can have on us sensitive female souls.
Are you a Mum wanting to get her Groove back? Then join in!