Day 2 – not so smug…

​So… day 2, food – well behaved, general ‘being up and moving aroundness’ – good, intention – dazzlingly impressive… Yet,  despite all of my efforts and determination Mother Nature appears to have other ideas, the weather is filthy – the kind of weather that makes your hair stick to your face, turns your toes into soggy, cold, miserable appendages and your will to mush… I am not yet hardened enough to take on such perilous conditions  (not unless someone volunteers to run alongside me with some sort of portable pagoda? !)

While sitting here typing this blog with my hot cupmof tea I resolve not to be completely beaten, and so – the adjusted plan is this,  today becomes my rest day (yes – 1 day in and I’m having a rest!) Saturday will be the host of today’s jog and balance is restored 🙂


Day 1 – Get off my bum and run

Except I didn’t run – but the schedule (which is dizzingly coloured purple and lime green) says that I don’t have to run on day one and we all know that the schedule must be obeyed! 

Day 1 does say that I should complete 30 minutes Pilates which I have (smug face) 

This is day 1 of a 16 week plan to get ready for a 10k run on May the 21st – with any luck ‘the schedule’ (which we know I have no choice but to follow) will also help me to excavate my bikini body and recover a little bit of strength.

I’ll report back soon xx

Ran then I came back and smashed the bloat (or I tried)

So… In the door from work and I changed (superhero in a phonebox stylie) into my running gear and then hotfooted it out and onto the pavements… I listened to Ellie Gouldings Delirium album, very good… The run was awesome, I went further and faster than Monday and I felt good for it when I get home, that’s the reward of exercise, it thanks you with endorphins and the occasional smug grin… When I got back I went straight to Cassey and did some Pilates ‘Bloat be gone’ this time – a real favourite of mine… (I did a very watered down version with my niece on New Years Day – lots of fun 🙂  ) overall – a good day, I feel proud of myself today and thankful that my motivation is still present! X

Body slimming workout after a run

So, this was today’s workout following a 2 mile run… I always find that I am more supple after a run, which makes sense I suppose 🙂  Cassey revisits all of the basics and makes you refocus on the areas that you take for granted with time.  I like that she gets you to focus on breathing and discusses when out breathes should be taken.  As with all of her workouts, a sterling session.


January is here and i’ve slowly stretched into it…


Here it is – the wonderful Cassey has brought us not just another calendar but a new challenge – if you’ve not come across Blogilates yet, do yourself a favour and google it now – better yet… follow this link – Cassey literally transformed my whole outlook on fitness – I look forward to the Waist challenge!

Me… 02.01.16

On a holiday to wonderful Goa many years ago I happened upon some certainties… I decided that my favourite colour is definitely blue… any shade really but I am fond of cornflower, my favourite flavour of squash is blackcurrant (I am v fussy about blackcurrant – a story for another time) my favourite number is 4 and I also came to realise that in life I would always prefer to ‘do’ rather than ‘have’…

Some time passed and I really didn’t settle on anything else that I felt ‘sure’ about…  This doesn’t mean that I was unhappy – far from it, I just hadn’t ‘made up my mind’ on anymore of life’s trivialities…

Recently – I have decided that, while I don’t think i’ll ever quite make it as a ‘pro’ Pilates is something that I really couldn’t imagine my life without – I am constantly trying to lengthen my restrictive ham strings and aspire to be increasingly more flexible, have excellent core strength and generally be ‘life fit’ – I am happy to chat about Pilates at any time and always make the most of an opportunity to further my knowledge and ability.  That then brings us to Tea!  All types of tea black, green, herbal, fragrant, medicinal, mate, blooming, oolong… the health benefits, the flavours, the brewing methods (I am the proud owner of a cast iron Japanese teapot and right at the other end of the spectrum a swanky tea specific kettle), spreading the knowledge that I accrue and soaking up any that I can along the way.

I wouldn’t say that i’m a avid advocate of holistic methods but I do like to look at what we do to our bodies and why we do it… if i’ve a headache I will first try to see to it with a good old brew but if it persists – I will reach for the painkillers!

My blog will meander through the things that I enjoy – the things that fall into the ‘i’m certain about this’ box and things that may just be a passing phase.  I will try to share with you the things that I think might be helpful and useful in your day to day or maybe just things that will distract you from the busy world for 5 precious minutes of you time.

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Thank you for reading… Em x