During the past two weeks I’ve got a bit complacent in life in general. Work has been crazy, so in true Ali form, everything else has been forgotten. Other than looking after Noah, life has taken a break. With today marking the end of teaching for the summer, I am setting myself a few challenges, to try and sharpen my body and mind, over the upcoming weeks. I feel that documenting these on my blog will help me to stick to them.
Swim and Gym Summer Challenge
The first challenge is to help me to improve my fitness further. Being busy with work has exhausted me, so I’ve only managed to exercise three times a week for the past two. For me, it’s just not enough. I like the feeling I get when I exercise almost every day. I don’t care that I’m not skinny, that’s an ideal I’ve never been striving for, as you know. I want to be strong and healthy. If I stay a size 16 for the rest of my life, but I’m healthy with it, then that is my success. Now, for this challenge I’m going to up the ante. I haven’t raised money for a charity all year, so I’m going to combine the two. For every day of the summer holidays, I pledge to go to the gym or to go swimming for a minimum of 45 minutes. Using my Fitbit, I can prove how many active minutes I’ve had each day, and I will achieve 60 active minutes at least. This means for the 48 days I’m off work (starting on Saturday 18th July and ending on Friday 4th September when we return to work) I will get my arse moving and go to the gym or swimming. Every. Single. Day. No rest days. No excuses. Being hungover isn’t a get out of jail free card. Being too busy will not cut it. I must make room in my day to complete my 60 active minutes. This will be a challenge as I’m removing the flexibility to workout at home, or to have a day off, or to do something alternative. My life for the summer will have to revolve around this challenge to make it work. I will have to plan family trips in accordance to this challenge. I’m proposing that exercise classes at the gym count, I don’t think that this is cheating. It’s not going to be a case of me doing exercise when I want, and skipping it if I want. The option has gone.
Now, I’m going on holiday next week, and arsing around in the pool does not count. I will have to do an hour of “proper” swimming each day, or hit the gym. This is something I’ve never done on holiday! When it’s Andy and I’s anniversary, I’ll have to hit the gym first. On my 30th birthday (and the day after!) I will have to do this. Yes, it will benefit me, but it will be a challenge and I will have to work hard. I would like to raise some money for the West Cumberland Special Care Baby Unit, and even if I get £50, I’ll be happy! I would like to raise £150, but every little will help. I need to get in touch with them before I set up the online donation page, so watch this space!
I’ve totally neglected my reading hobby of late, and I must make more time to pick up a book rather than my TV remote. I’m currently reading a wonderful book, but it’s taking me ages! I’m determined to finish it this week, and will then be open for suggestions. I have a few books on my pile to read, but need some to download onto my Kindle for my holiday. Reading does keep my mind focussed, and the fact that I’ve stopped reading lately must have something to do with my scatterbrain personality! I also bloody love reading and the escapism it provides; I can’t even say why I’ve deprived myself of this hobby. No more excuses!
Last year during the summer holidays, I fell into the trap of drinking most days. It may have only been one G&T, or it may have been a full on binge, but either way it did me no good whatsoever. I piled on loads of weight, and just felt rotten. Other than when I am on holiday (let’s face it, all inclusive holidays are meant for enjoying a few drinks aren’t they?), I will only have alcohol two days a week. I must select my days and occasions carefully. Having a beer because it is sunny is not a good enough reason this year!
I love the summer holidays for getting so much time with Noah and Andy, but we usually spend a fortune. This year, I’m determined to have more “money free days” than “spend a fortune days”. Living in Cumbria gives us plenty of options for free things- walks are varied and there is a vast selection of parks to go to. I think we should have beach days, go on nature trails, cook meals with what we have in the cupboards, camp in the garden. Can you guys help me to get creative with this? I want to have a summer to remember with my family, but not end up bankrupt by September! Let’s be inventive!
Okay, so I didn’t think I’d have this, but over the past couple of weeks I think it’s creeping up on me. Leaving Southfield is a huge change, and I feel this and turning 30 is a huge sign that I need to say goodbye to a lot of my past. I am embracing the idea of the new academy, so I just need to make sure I embrace turning 30. I can’t pinpoint what is starting to bother me about it, and I’m surprised at the odd wobbly thought I’ve had. Maybe it is just that a lot is changing for me, personally and professionally, or maybe it’s just my need for dramatics getting the better of me. Who knows? I just know that I need to get a grip and avoid a pre-30 bitch fit/meltdown!
Please help me with these challenges. Comment, inspire and motivate. And if you see or hear me moaning, kick my arse!