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Healthy Life Balance

Well hello there. It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I had about an hour to do some blogging a few weeks ago, but then I couldn’t remember my password. Such is the current state of my brain! Teaching can be a really demanding job (Don’t worry, this isn’t a ‘woe is me, teaching is the hardest profession ever’ post!) but it’s a job that I love. Right now, it’s taking a lot of my time, and it doesn’t leave a lot of time for anything else at the moment.

We have been walking, doing a few stretches of the Thames path, but work has been the main focus of my life. This won’t last forever. As exam season approaches, I will have less classes to plan for and mark, so I will start to have more free time to blog, relax and generally live my life again!

As result, I’m starting to think of how to make my life have a healthier balance. Back at the beginning of the year, I decided to make my diet healthier and eat a more wholefood, plant based diet. When we started eating this way, I had loads of energy, lost some weight and had a good understanding about what was going into my body. But it is a lot of work! While we still eat a generally plant based diet, we aren’t eating as well as we should be. So, over the next few weeks, I’m going to try and make a concerted effort over the next few weeks to get a few more recipes and get back on track. I know I’ll feel brighter when I do, and I’m hoping that it’ll help for when I’m walking.

The ThamesRecently, I’ve being having pain in my knees and back, which means that, funnily, walking Poppy isn’t enough exercise to keep my hypermobility in check. Full disclosure, I’m not even doing my back stretches. So I’ve decided to join a Pilates class, get some strength going in these old bones and maybe, just maybe, it’s time to start going back to the gym. As Poppy goes to daycare a few days a week, she doesn’t need walking when I pick her up. I need to move more. At the moment, I’m getting out breath, walking Poppy while drinking a coffee in my Keep Cup! It’s definitely time to kick things up a notch.

I’ve decided to revamp my work out gear, including getting a new sports bra, and am toying with the idea of getting a FitBit watch, as opposed to the one I wear on my bra, so I can keep track of my fitness and hope that it motivates me to hit the gym. I’m not looking to be an athlete or anything, I just want to make sure that my life has a bit more balance to it. If I can plough half as much energy into being fit and healthy as I have into writing courses for school, then I should be running marathons in no time!

Tuesday Treat – Earthmiles

Wouldn’t it be great if you got a reward for exercising? Other than, you know, a healthier life and increased fitness? Phil told me about an app that does just that. It’s called Earthmiles and for all the activity you do, you collect Earthmiles that you can use for discounts in some lovely, healthy shops. You simply sync it with your fitness app of choice, mine being the Fitbit, and over time, you accumulate earth miles that translates into discounts on nutrition, fitness and gear and wellness.

Earthmiles

I’ve already used some of my Earthmiles points on products that I already use, as well as treating myself to a few new things. I got a discount at nakd and bought some of their bars, which are always handy to have at school. I also bought some new exfoliator from Organic Surge, using 175 em. And I signed up to a one off vegan box from Good Health and it’s full of lovely, healthy treats! I’ve also got my eye on the 10% discount from Planet Organic, when I’ve topped up my Earthmiles after the half term holiday. Lots of walking = lots of treats, thanks to Earthmiles!

Tuesday Treat – Getting Fit

I’ve been back on the exercise wagon for a little while now and I’m finally past the ‘I’m in complete agony’ stage, which always seems to accompany any new type of moving. In fact, I’m so far past it, that when I saw the quote* below doing the rounds on Twitter, I had to agree. Exercise is making me feel good and I can’t wait to do my next workout.

results

I’m finally doing exercise that I love and I’m certainly feeling, and seeing, the benefit. My wobbly bits are a little less wobbly and I can complete a workout without wanting to die halfway through. That’s not to say I’m in peak physical shape – I’m still working on it and my knee/back pain flares up a bit from time to time too. And sometimes getting myself into my kit and moving about is the last thing I want to do, but because I’m working out regularly, I can remember how good it feels once the workout is done. So I pull on my kit and my trainers and get to it. This is what I’m doing at the moment:

  • Monday: Back/knee stretches & 10 minute abs Pilates workout in the morning, Davina Fit in 15 cardio & arms workout in the evening.
  • Tuesday: Back/knee stretches & 10 minute buns and thighs Pilates workout in the morning, Davina Fit in 15 cardio & legs workout in the evening.
  • Wednesday: Back/knee stretches & 10 minute sculpting arms Pilates workout in the morning, Davina Fit in 15 cardio & core workout in the evening.
  • Thursday: Back/knee stretches & 10 minute Pilates burn workout in the morning, Body Combat workout at the gym.
  • Friday: Back/knee stretches & 10 minute Pilates for Flexibility workout in the morning, 20 minutes on the bike using the turbo trainer.

Weekends are generally my rest days, where we’ll go for a nice long walk with Poppy and have a treat or two, unless I need to catch up on a workout from during the week. What workout sessions are you doing at the moment? Anything working well for you?

*I found this version via Pinterest. The original version can be found here.

Roast Veg Pasta

Roast Veg Pasta

Continuing on with the healthy eating posts, last nights dinner was a firm favourite. I discovered the recipe on the Cook Veg website after seeing a tweet from them. It takes a little while to make as you have to roast the veg but it’s worth the wait as it is simply delicious.

Roast Veg Pasta

Roast Veg Pasta

The recipe is easy to adapt for more or less people. We add mushrooms and a sprinkle of italian herbs. We also only use wholemeal pasta. This is an easy & healthy recipe which is low in fat. Most of all it’s very, very tasty! Enjoy x