“Too busy!”

My all time favourite excuse.

Okay, so let’s be real, too busy is a pretty shit excuse. I’m not too busy, I just haven’t prioritised it, and sometimes that’s ok too.

So recently I feel I have put on a bit of weight and I’m not spending as much time on myself in terms of leading a healthy lifestyle. I got into a good routine a couple of months ago, where I was tracking my calories, increasing my non exercise active time and bullet journaling. That’s all gone out the window. Although I have been busier, I guess upon reflection, ‘too busy’ is definitely not the reason, as I’m averaging 4 hours a day of screen time – shocking!

If I’m being honest, it’s down to motivation, and where I’m at mentally with it. I know I want to get back on track, and I absolutely plan on doing so next week, but isn’t that always the case? In order to combat the slump, I am going to set some goals – and I guess if they’re written here, I have to do it right? I’m going to set goals that are measurable but also not based around my body image, no scales or measurements this next month.

Starting Monday, I aim to will achieve these 3 things weekly:

  1. Hit 70,000 steps a week.
  2. Limit calories to 16,000 a week (with a focus on protein intake)
  3. Reduce my average screen time to 2 hours a day.

To be reviewed: 16/05/21

Speak soon,

CH x

Merry Monday

5 things, I will do, to ensure a positive start to my week…

5 ways to make

Walk the dog

Before work, I head out with my partner and our dog, Costa. A half hour or so of fresh air first thing really makes the difference for my productivity and positivity for the day. Usually my alarm rings and I have a right battle with myself over whether to take the extra half hour in bed or not, if I do so, I always always regret it. Especially now the mornings are lighter and the weather is dry, I’ll pop my coat on and start the day with a short walk, without my phone.

Costa the Cavapoo

Coffee and a singsong

Firstly, does any day start without coffee? And if these days exist, they are unknown to me! So I usually have my protein porridge first thing and have a coffee in takeaway mug for the car journey and queue enough songs to get myself through my 22 minute journey to work. Quite often I go for something I can belt out, feel good tunes or often I search ‘happy hits’ on Apple Music and trust I’ll get the good stuff. Below is another of my go to playlists, nothing beats Miley for me.

Initiate 3 positive conversations

So, I can’t say this is a tried and tested method but something I am going to start now. I will try an initiate at least 3 feel good conversations, so whether I ask a pupil their favourite thing about the weekend, or a friend something they are looking forward to most, I am going to try and focus on the good stuff. This will be a mindset shift for me, as often I spend my mondays moaning about it being monday, or about being tired, or being in work. I think maybe, if I encourage more positive conversations, not only will it help my mood, but hopefully help others too!

Have a colourful lunch

Now I don’t mean I am going to go out of my way to make sure all 7 colours of the rainbow feature, but what I do mean is, it won’t be just beige. Maybe, I’ll just use a bit of side salad to make it look a bit posh if I’m rushed for time, but I’d like a plate of food that looks fresh and healthy. Even though 50% of my diet is currently chocolate (I blame Easter and a birthday), I do really enjoy a good salad, so I think I’ll try and do that, some meat, some eggs, and maybe some of my favourite Moroccan couscous for good measure.

Photo by Ella Olsson on Pexels.com

Keep a ‘ta-da’ list

So, I suppose I should explain what that means incase any of you aren’t totally obsessed with Mrs Hinch?! A ta-da list is like a to-do list but backwards! Keeping a list of all things you’ve achieved during the day. On days when I am not totally organised (most mondays) it’s a great way of having a list of accomplishments and to keep motivated throughout the day. Science tells us ticking off something on a to-do list releases small amounts of dopamine, which creates feelings of pleasure or reward. So do not let an unorganised monday take those dopamine bursts away from you, write a tada list – and even tick them off instead!

Let me know if you have any feel good song suggestions for next weeks Coffee and Sing Song sesh!

Speak soon, CH x

Let’s start from the very beginning…

HI.

So hopefully by now, you’ve read the intro, learnt a little more about me and now you want to know the real interesting stuff right?

I’m a female athlete who has recently lost her ‘way’. I don’t really know what I mean by that, but to put it in simple terms, I don’t feel like I have any answers lately. During the first lockdown I worked hard on myself, getting myself into shape, training hard and fell in love with the process. I guess since returning to team sport, there is less opportunity to do so, time is stretched (understatement) and I don’t feel like I have the time to commit to myself like I used to (or the energy to do so).

I wanted to start this blog so I can share a bit on how I feel, set some goals and give my something to feel accountable to. After all, you are 42% more likely to achieve a goal if it’s written down. It also gives me opportunity to reflect, engage with likeminded people and hopefully become part of a community that pushes each other. Don’t get me wrong, I have an exceptional support network, but given the opportunity, I make everything about me anyway, so maybe this will take some load off them!

Let’s start small, with a plan for the following week, I am still in competition phase for the next 3 weeks, this coming week we have our last international match of the current tournament, and then 1 club match to do, then I’ll press reset.

So for now, the aim for this week is:

  1. Aim to blog twice more after this one.
  2. Get some ‘extra’s’ in; including a mobility session on Wednesday.
  3. Play for ‘her’

“Somewhere behind the athlete you’ve become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back… play for her.”

Mia Hamm

Speak soon,

CH x