I did a thing 🤗
This shrub was probably 7ft at the beginning of the summer and despite cutting it back it was just so vigorous that it was overshadowing the whole garden! Our neighbours house on that side is much, much higher than ours due to our street being on a hill so anything too dominating makes me feel a bit claustrophobic. Therefore it had to go! I spent a couple of hours Saturday digging a trench, helped ever so willingly by the boys whilst Summer slept then managed to wrench it out on Sunday morning. Somehow the soil I excavated doesn’t actually fit back in the hole 🤷🏻♀️ and also the wall started to break apart but I feel a sense of deep satisfaction anyway 😂
The plan is to replace it will some box hedge domes I think 🤔 and obviously do somethint to repair the wall!
✨Strive for progress not perfection✨
Feeling the #summer and #beach vibes this week for #transformationtuesday I know I’m not alone when I say I’ve been body conscious for as long as I can remember, it may have been going to ballet school as a teenager or being involved in the #dancing world from a young age but either way, it’s always been (and still is) something that plays on my mind. 🤔
The photo on the left is a holiday snap from a few years ago, and on the right from this weekend. There’s lots of similarities between the two, most importantly that I’m happy in both but in completely different places. I’ve always been pretty active but at the time in my life on the left, work had taken over, long hours, bad choices, lack of sleep, poor diabetes control and health generally, meant I wasn’t where I wanted to be. 😰
Fast forward to the photo on the right and I couldn’t be prouder of what I’ve achieved in the last 18mths. Sure it’s not always easy, I mean I don’t know how many times I’ve sat in the #gym changing room, eating jelly babies and asking myself what’s the point in working so hard if I then have to consume additional calories to feel normal again, but it’s times like those it’s important to look back and see how far I’ve come. Am I where I want to be? Not yet no, but those legs (that I sit and moan about constantly) have carried me round 3 #marathons , 1 #ultramarathon and an #olympictriathlon and I’m excited to see what’s next! #transformation#idoitfortheendorphins#t1dlookslikeme
SRUSA Elite client @ellie_mckenziex heads into her senior year at the University of West Alabama. The former junior college All American will be looking to finish her collegiate career with plenty of goals. Good luck Ellie and keep making us proud.
Inspiring to have so many mums bring their younger ones to training with them during half term. Even better watching them (occasionally) get involved and see how hard mum works!
I received a lot of pictures this morning - but I like this portrait in particular!
These little ones don’t know me too well, but they know me well enough to see that I’m happy, blonde and look a bit like a penis.
Totally cool with that. Accuracy 9/10
So the our summer break getaway is coming to an end tommorow.
It's been bliss. A real time to forget the stresses of home/work/school and enjoy our time together
Just me and my little miss and of course my dad... Health allowing.
I've enjoyed my daughter and her fun and just being able to spend the time.
But two days before the travel home I already know I need to start organising back to work schedules and school holiday clubs with still 3 weeks left of the holidays to cover.
This is the time when juggling, the kids the job and friends and family- who may be able to help & become your summer crutch.
It's not fun... It's not free... It's not a time that you feel at one with motherhood.
I saw a TV presenter talking about parental guilt and do you feel like your doing enough for your child.
I would say if you already feel guilty and it's already something that crosses your mind then your doing an awesome job.
It's a case of spinning plates for working parents and if I had a magic wand I would give all struggling parents a summer holiday voucher.... But alas there are no signs of me running for Prez yet!
Enjoy what you can when you can and I hope you get through summer holidays as stress free as possible.
IF you don't have any small ones that are out of school for summer but you are working... Make sure you do still get time for you.
I'm definitely going to be looking at more Yoga and feel good ideas... To continue the Zen.
Look after you. You are half way through these holidays. You got this!
I've got you
New protein porridge from @leydenssportsnutrition and @feelfreenutrition . I went with the chocolate one this morning ❤ 150ml of milk and then shake away!!It smells immensely chocolatey.
389kcal/34g protein/7g bcaas/47g carbs
Smiley runner running again yay ! A very steady 6k today. Slowly building up to 10k then I can start training again. Enjoying these shorter runs as don’t feel so exhausting. #run#runnerinrecovery#thisgirlcan
What happens next?
Caption competition... your options are:
1. Kate ducks under the ex-England legend’s karate kick and scores a worldy
2. Kelly missed the ball and kicks Kate straight in the tit
3. Mary poppins sweeps past and collects Kelly in mid air and they fly off into the sky
4. Kate or Kelly get the ball, play on and greens win the game (but it doesn’t matter though cos it’s for all for a worthy charity)
P.s. sorry to the photographer for posting, please don’t make me take this Kodak moment down
In a world which is crowded with images that can have a corrosive effect on our own well-being, using exercise to shake off the preoccupations of everyday life and the effect of social media can be a form of relief...
Read my blog on @femalefirst_uk.
Finding a gym that has monkey bars is a rare thing indeed. I have been doing some workouts at Nuffield,
Fountain Park and have had my eyes on these! Got over a few times today but not very smooth. Will practice this week and see if I can get something decent worth filming by the end of the week!🐒🤞
📷 #transformationtuesday 📷
When you look in the mirror every day, you often don’t notice the little changes you’re making all adding up. Looking back through some old pictures it seems unbelievable how far I’ve come. Yes I was a runner, but I found it tough and could never truly enjoy it - my weight meant it was a real struggle. Now I have the biggest smile at the end of a run!
When I walked in to that first @slimmingworld meeting in January I had no idea what to expect. With the support of @slimmingworldvic79 and her amazing group I’m now a happier, healthier, more confident Me. It’s been a slow and often frustrating process, but I’m now just a couple of pounds away from Target! Finding out I’m nominated for our group Woman of the Year is the icing on the cake! .
I’m not going to lie, this morning was a struggle. I was woken up in the middle of a dream and I feel like I’ve still not woken up properly.
The HIIT class felt brutal and I actually had to stop and just breathe at a couple of points as I felt dizzy and just had sweat pouring down my face. The stretching class afterwards was much needed and I’m already finding that holding the stretches for so long isn’t as painful. We did a good calf stretch which I really felt after my 13.1 miles over 2 days.
For those interested this was the HIIT class:
Prisoner get ups
X 8 for whole song
Plank: 20 seconds on 10 off
Bent over row with bar
Weights out to the front - 2.5kg each hand
Weights to the side - 2.5kg each hand
Bike crunches 20 seconds on 10 off for whole song
Round 5 - where I felt like dying
Squat presses with bar (above head)
X 8 for whole song
Starfish - 20 seconds on 10 off for whole song
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9. Happy birthday to this absolute horror. She was sent to me to test my patience, nerves and ability not to commit murder. And she does it to the best of her ability e’ry damn day. She pushes every button we got but makes me proud in ways she doesn’t even understand. Hope your 10th year is your very best yet Lola Lizzie Lee #9yearsold#birthdaygirl#bainofmylife#lightofmylife#girlpower#thisgirlcan#thisgirlwill#nikitagill#HerNameWillBeFearless
And in all the stories my daughters shall hear,
It shall not be princes that slay the dragons,
But little girls that believe in magic,
With big brave hearts and even bigger dreams
She will learn to rely on her own sword,
In every battle, in every struggle, in every war,
Because she will learn how to devour
Every single monster right from their very core