Life Update

I took a back seat from blogging for longer than I had intended to because of various different reasons. I was studying and doing my Complementary Therapy Diploma, the kids were younger, my shifts were impacting my life as I was working every weekend and I was also building a business via treatments.

So nearly 2 years later, here I am back and raring to go. I do realise that there have been a lot of things left unsettled such as my update on the West Highland Way, my 18 for 2018 etc and etc. Life just got in the way and that’s fine. It often happens when you have a young family and are juggling many different things at one time and on a daily basis.

I also struggled to find where exactly my blog “fit”. I did the whole “parenting blog” thing but felt that there was a lot that I had to do which wasn’t me. I couldn’t trawl through blogs and leave comments in hope that others did the same. I have to be interested in a subject and it felt wrong to concentrate so much on getting likes and followers in order for stats to improve. It’s not me and it felt so superficial.

I know that some people use blogging as a full time job and that’s great but my head would explode if I had to devote so much time to being on a computer every single day, reading things that just didn’t interest me. I like to get out of the house, interact with folk and experience life without being chained to a desk!

Don’t get me wrong, I admire so many who have been able to turn their passion into a job. They work very hard to get to where they are and devote a lot of time and energy but it’s not something I want this blog to be about. There’s no rules in blogging world. Sometimes I’ll participate in things that pique my interest and sometimes I’ll fall away from it and that’s fine because this is my little space in the world where I can be a scatter brain if I want and have no judgement.

It is this place which helps me figure out my life a little bit, to maybe inspire others to work through things that crop up now and again within their own world and to process it and then move on. It’s a therapy within itself which is why I started blogging in the first place.

Sometimes I’ll do reviews for products I believe in or want to try and sometimes I’ll make some money off of the blog because I can and I may need a bit of extra cash to buy things for the kids, house, or cause extras are nice to have.

So on that note, I may increase my blogging in the next few months and I might disappear too.. who knows?! At least this is one space in life where there is no pressure or time limit set and I can be as free as I want to be.oh and spelling and grammar doesn’t matter either 😂

Day 1 – Complete!

I woke up after a 9hr sleep and my first solo injection of B12. I purchased a years supply of B12 when I went home and the lovely chemist also threw in a few needles for self injection.

I haven’t self injected but know the sites that I can and I know the muscles so I wasn’t scared about doing it. I’ve been fighting with the GP practice to have my 3 monthly injections moved to every month or two months but they said it’s not possible. I then asked if they would teach me to self inject so that I had a source for needles but they wouldn’t allow that either.

I don’t understand why it differs from one practice to another, it would also free up time if people wanted to do it. There are some practices which do allow but unfortunately mine isn’t one of them.

Anyway, I feel that by taking more b12, my energy levels will be much higher and therefore I can complete this 100 days of fitness! That’s the point I was trying to make with all of the above but waffling as usual!

Today when I went to the gym I did 2 miles on treadmill with an incline , walking, 5 mins on the step machine and got up to level 6 for a short time and I was on the bike for 5 miles. I thought I did very well and tomorrow I want to do more weights.

So this is where I am for day 1!

100 Day Fitness challenge

I have been getting my mental and physical health in check due to some recent events back home, and through watching some YouTube videos, I came across a wonderful woman who lost over 50lbs since last January.

As you all know, I like to keep fit but sometimes it falls by the wayside and I never seem to fully get on top of it. So as of tomorrow, I’m setting myself a “100 days of fitness” challenge. I want to either walk, run,gym or swim myself to a better me in 100 days.

I joined “The Gym”, a few months ago and I really enjoy the atmosphere as well as the 24hr access and the fact that it is close by. I have gone late and also early in the morning and I like that I have that flexibility which can change daily due to family and work commitments.

So tonight I will get a good night sleep and be ready to take on my challenge from tomorrow. I will blog/vlog and maybe put some stuff up on Facebook but I’ll share the links when and if I do.

I’m lucky that my birthday is coming up as I’ll be buying some personal training sessions as well as working with a friend who is writing me a programme on line as well as checking in with me. I think with all of these things, I’ll nail it and get some good results by February.

How do you tackle your fitness commitments? Do you go to a gym or do it at home with weights or fitness dvds?

Drastic on Plastic: Reducing Your Plastic Usage as a Family

If you are on social media then no doubt you have seen videos for reusable straws, animal welfare videos from turtles or whales being damaged by plastic bags, or updates from restaurant chains talking about their plastic usage and how they will cut it down and stop using straws or disposable coffee cups. The thing is, these things are only used for a couple of minutes, but they can take years and years to disappear. In fact, a lot of single use plastic doesn’t disappear, filling up landfill and the ocean.

So what can we do about it? Here are just a few small ways that you as a family can reduce how much waste you have, particular plastic waste. It is great to get kids on board with it too, so empowering them to make changes can be a really great thing to do.


Stop the Straws

Straws are things that kids love and are likely to be given them anytime that you eat out. But if you are offered plastic ones, say no. You could look for some paper straws to use, or even get your own washable and reusable straws that you can take with you. With fun prints and designs, there will be some that your children love.

Cloth Nappies

Back in the day all that there was for babies was cloth nappies. Then disposables were created and so many people made the switch. But with more and more of us being more environmentally conscious, the rise in people using reusable nappies is growing and growing. It can mean some forward planning and some trial and error to get the hang of it, but it can mean that you are reducing what you send to landfill.

Bamboo Toothbrushes

Toothbrushes are pretty small. But if you are using around two toothbrushes a year, for each family member, the plastic that can’t be reused or recycled is just being sent to landfill. Add that up over a lifetime and that is a whole lot of plastic toothbrushes just sat there. Bamboo are a more environmentally friendly option, as they are a completely natural product, making them biodegradable and recyclable. So why not look for those next time you need to replace toothbrushes?

Recycle Right

Naturally, one of the things that you are likely to be doing is to recycle. But you need to check with your local council what they do actually recycle. If you put a type of plastic in the recycle bin that they don’t actually recycle, then it will contaminate that load of it and none of it will get recycled. So take time to sort the waste you throw out, and make sure that you are putting it in the correct recycling bin.

Shop Savvy

At supermarkets and green grocers, there are usually options to buy a bag of carrots in plastic, or to get some loose carrots. Go for the latter, and take your own paper bags or multi-use shopping bags, to carry them in. Small things like this will reduce the number of plastic wraps and packaging that is in your home.

Ongoing Training

I haven’t updated for a while because I’ve been super busy training and preparing for my walk and reading about other people’s journeys. I’m also incorporating HIIT By using the BodyCoach DVD that I purchased in November.

All of this will prepare my body to tackle my biggest and most adventurous goal to date and as I read more and more, I get incredibly excited! The only thing is that I’m noticing the shin splints an awful lot but @gymguymark has advised me to use a really simple kitchen mechanism, the rolling pin! What a fantastic idea and one I’ll report back on over the next few days! If I get them whilst on the hike, I can use a branch to help ease them out and cold water soak will also do the world of good too.

I’m still having an internal conflict in relation to shoes. The more I read, I see how many people have stated that their normal trail shoes did them well and were more than adequate for completion of the WHW. However, if it rains which I am banking on it happening , it won’t be a good idea to only have 1 pair of shoes.

So far, my waterproof ruck sack coverings have come, my gaiters and my map/guide. I’m deciding on which jacket to pack and also what kind of tent because everything needs to be as light as possible since I’m carrying my own stuff and not using any kind of baggage transfer system despite a lot of people telling me to do so.  I have had one person tell me that I won’t enjoy it if I carry my own stuff and I’m not thinking its going to be an easy feat but its something that I want to do to try and push myself.

That’s where I am just now and I have o say that as I approach the date  i’m getting more and more excited!

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