27/05/2019

Gratitude Diaries 27.05.19

Good afternoon my beautiful readers!
What better way to start a gratitude blog post than thanking all of you for making this blog such a great place for me to visit after 4 years! I can hardly believe I’ve been on this journey for 4 whole years now! Crazy how quickly time flies and yet so many things have changed. I have changed and grown so much as a woman in the last year, yet alone the last 4! 
I’ve loved and lost, loved and found! 
Learnt and tried. Learnt and failed. Learnt and succeeded! 
I keep 2 journals, one is a law of attraction journal - bullet journaling, recording my daily activities and plans, recording goals, monitoring them through out the month and then summarising at the end of the month. 
The second journal records 3 things I am grateful for, 3 amazing things that are going to happen that day, 3 positive affirmations, 3 amazing things that happened that day (goals acheived etc) and then 3 things I can improve on for the following day/s. 
I have been doing these journals for 5 months now consistently, what I have found is the more gratitude I express, the days I go into my day with good intentions and positive affirmations are the days I succeed the most. It’s mindset control, it’s me, taking control of my own mind, and in turn determining what is going to become of my day! 
So I thought I would start sharing on here, not daily but often, the things I am grateful for in my current state of life. I hope this can somewhat resonate with you and trigger you to see things you are grateful for. 
Sometimes we spend so much of our energy thinking forward, or looking back that we don’t take the time to be grateful for what is now. 
Here are 3 things I am grateful for right this moment; 
  • The Amy Landino YouTube video I watched this morning about the benefits of reading more regularly. Did you know that reading 25-30 minutes a day can extend your lifespan by upto 2 years? No me either. This YouTube video led me to picking up the book “the secret” a book I’ve been reading on and off for a couple of weeks now. I ended up on the chapter about gratitude, which then inspired me to write this post. 
  • My second thing I am grateful for today is the freedom of my own time to be able to do these things. Quite often I live my life at 100 miles an hour - I actually love living life this way, but on occasion I do cherish the odd downtime day. Today I went to the gym to do my morning cardio, popped to Morrison’s to buy ingredients for breakfast, then nipped over to Costa coffee to pick up my favourite brew; a coconut latte with sugar free caramel syrup! Literally, it soothes my soul. I was back home, making a delicious breakfast and showered by 11am. Led down to watch some YouTube/read with a cup of tea and now I’m led, hair still wet - typing this up. 
  • The third thing I’m extremely grateful currently, is my new adapted mindset to life. I struggled deeply a lot last year, and the very beginning of this year with depression and extreme anxiety. I would lock myself away for hours and just sob, or do nothing just laying there waiting for the hours to pass me by. Eventually, I got sick of my own shit, and I started taking action to feel better. Therapy, journaling, audio books, podcasts. Whatever it took. The more time i invested in myself, the more these things started becoming habits. Healthy habits, replacing the negative habits that were shitting all over my shine. The more I acheieved these positive habits, the prouder I became of who I was becoming. The better I felt about myself, the brighter my vibe became. The brighter my vibe became the more good, happy, positive things I attracted into my life. The best bit of coming up from the darkest place and seeing my life change before me, is that I really appreciated those positive changes. I was/am grateful for them. 
What are you grateful for today? 
Blonde xox 


03/05/2019

My Biggest Flaw


I've never proclaimed to be perfect... Okay maybe I have but who would have believed me anyway? 
I have many flaws and bad habits just like everyone else. But my biggest the flaw, the one that gets me into the most trouble in every area of my life... relationships, friendships, work... TIMEKEEPING!!
I am that girl who is still sat in the bath tub while my friends are waiting at the dinner table, I reserved. 
Least I used to be, this post is all about the things I am doing to improve this shituation! 
  • 5,4,3,2,1 - I'm up. I've been using Mel Robbins 5 second rule to get myself out of bed as soon as that alarm goes off. 
  • Morning routine - Water, vitamins, coffee - GET IN THE SHOWER
  • Do not touch my phone... seriously the minute I start checking the gram, replying to DM's, replying to Whatsapp, it's game over. I now have a rule that unless it's an emergency which it never is at 6am - it can wait until after I am dressed and ready for work. 
  • Prepping my work clothes the night before, making sure my gym attire is ready to slip into when I finish work. 
  • Making sure all of my food is prepped and packed and ready to transfer from the fridge to my lunch bag, again I do this the night before. 
  • Getting to work early, to build up flexi time. I'm very fortunate that I have flexi hours at work, I can build myself up to 5 extra days holiday by working overtime during the week. Because I only get 45 minutes lunch break (30 of which I legally have to take) and I want to get to the gym straight after work - arriving at the office 15-30 minutes early is my best option for building up flexi hours. So far, I've build myself an extra 1.5 days annual leave!!
What are your little quirks that you could do with putting a little focus on correcting? 




01/05/2019

Summer Shredding 2019

You will have noticed alot of my most recent posts have been revolving mainly around food. This isn't much new... 80% of my life revolves around food in one way or another. Within 10 minutes of finishing one meal, I've usually planned out another.
I am a massive foodie... and I have one hell of a appetite for a small person. 
So any way the main reason I've been trying to get a little creative with my foods is that I wanted to drop a little bit of body fat for the summer months. I've been really really inconsistent for like 2 years now. I've been distracted with life which happens to all of us, but with me I've let myself get so out of balance. So today as a way of 'keeping myself accountable' I am going to write down my Goals for the remaining of spring/summer 2019. 

- Intermittent fasting, I've actually started this, proabably around 3 weeks in - intermittent fasting is just time slotting when you eat. I aim to eat all my meals between 12pm and 8pm. The thing I have found with intermittent fasting and the main reason it works for me is discipline. If I have just fasted for 16 hours - at this point I don't see the point in ruining that with a big greasy food choice. 
- Training, I want to be training 4-5 days a week minimum - weight lifting, with a goal of 10k steps every day. This may mean I go to the gym 7 days a week because it's raining out and I need to get my steps in or it may mean 2-3 days of the week I go for a long outdoors walk. I'm going to be flexible with myself in how I do it, but prioritise getting it done! 
- Ample sleep.... I've gotten to an age now where I simple don't function very well on less than 6 hours sleep. Between 6 & 8 hours sleep is the goal at the moment I seem to feel my best around 6.5 hours sleep. Seem's to be my sweet spot. 
- Cutting down caffeine and guzzling the h2o! Water is one of my biggest obstacles. I friggen hate drinking water, it's so easy to forget or replace with coffee.. I've started mixing BCAA into my water bottle, not because I particurly need the extra aminos all the time but just because it tastes great...and something that tastes great encourages me to keep drinking it! 

And then the biggest challenge - mind over matter. I need to commit, here and now to remaining focused on my physical goals over the next 3 months, NO MATTER WHAT personal challenges, dramas or confusing situations come up. No matter how settled or unsettled I am in my personal life. I have gotten into some really bad habits of just not showing up for myself when my mind is elsewhere and that just has to stop. 
I need to see this journey as an act of self love. Something I am doing for me.
Self sabotaging my self love, is simply not an option. 



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