A quick catch up…

I’ve been meat-free all March and have decided to keep going…

 

…I’ve been enjoying the fact that spring is very definitely here…

…and I’ve picked up a few bargains from my favourite charity shops…

 

What have you been getting up to lately?

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Water, water everywhere and what a lot to drink!

I’ve been consciously trying to improve my eating habits over the past few weeks.  I am not on a strict diet, I am simply being more mindful of the what I choose to fuel my body with.  I think for a lot of people the word ‘diet’ has quite negative connotations as it implies denial.  I am not denying myself the foods I enjoy because I know if I take that stance, I’ll just crave them even more.  If I want some chocolate or a piece of cake, I have it – I just don’t eat the entire bar or the entire cake!

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I’m aiming to drink 2 x this bottle full every day…


I have really upped my water intake recently and have noticed a lot of differences.  My skin is a lot clearer, my hair is shinier and I’m not as peckish for snacks in the afternoon as I used to be.  I drink tea in the morning but after lunch, I try to stick to plain water.  I aim to drink two 750ml bottles a day.  If I feel a bit hungry in the afternoon, I’ll drink a glass of water and then reassess.  If I’m still hungry, I’ll have an apple or some oatcakes.  Often though, I discover I wasn’t actually hungry, I was just thirsty!

Being happy

With the clocks going back and the darker nights setting in, I find it increasingly hard to stay motivated.  In the past, I’ve often felt like hibernating in the late autumn/winter; I dig my thickest jumpers out, wrap up and hide with a good book or film.  This year however, I am determined to stay positive and to try and enjoy the changing weather!

I’m on a bit of a health kick at the moment and have decided to cut out alcohol for the entire month of November.  Whether this will be easy or not remains to be seen!  I’m also endeavouring to eat as healthily as possible and making fresh smoothies/protein shakes for breakfast.  I already eat a lot of vegetables and fruit so I’ve just got to stop going for those mid-afternoon pick-me-up chocolate bars now…

As strange as it may sound I really do love to exercise – particularly running – so I’m going to make sure I keep going for a run.  I’ll never be Paula Radcliffe but I can plod along at a consistent pace for quite a while.  I enjoy entering races (5k & 10k) and I’d love to do a half marathon next year.  Obviously, I’ll need to train…a lot!  Last year I did a 5 mile race in December dressed as Santa.  It was great fun even though I had a stinking cold and felt dreadful all the way round.  At least I was warm in my red fleece though!

I have an awful lot of reading to get through over the next month so I will still be treating myself to the odd hot chocolate (and marshmallows – rude not to) and I most probably will be wearing some kind of arctic fleece whilst doing so, but hey, a girl’s gotta pamper herself occasionally!

I’ve included this photo of fallen leaves I took last night – isn’t nature glorious?!

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