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Grand Scottish Ad-Van-Ture part 1

Originally posted on Red Van Travels :
Have you heard of the NC500? Well…NC stands for North Coast, and it refers to a 500 mile road route that goes around (most of) the North Coast of Scotland. It has had a lot of advertising recently and has become a “thing”. Although to quote some of the…

Is “Strong the New Skinny”

Strong, skinny, whatever you are you are awesome!!

this is perfectly said, and I promise you a body positivity post of my very own later in the week 😀

Staying healthy isnt a crime-Fitness is a lifestyle choice

So the newest saying from around the block is “strong is the new skinny” and I realize this has been going on since CrossFit became a hit and everyone figured “fuck being thin”, let’s get huge and muscular – both men and women. I just have some two cents I would like to share about this particular saying.. and maybe some of you will agree and maybe some of you will disagree and look at it differently, doesn’t matter, this is my opinion and you can either take it or walk away with your own opinion. 

 

For one, I will admit, that people have called me both, “skinny”, “lean”, “strong”, “muscular”, so I have been on both sides of this spectrum and to be honest, I don’t consider myself “skinny” by any means (sure growing up, I was), but muscular, sure.. I mean, for a female one may agree…

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Dancing shenanigans!

As the 2017 dance season is nearly upon us, and it is a lovely sunny day, I thought I would remind you all of the fun and frolics that were last year’s Mythago away adventures 😀

Midsummer 365 Projects

I believe that when I wrote yesterdays post, I promised you dancing…

I don’t think i promised shenanigans, but generally speaking, when there is dancing there is also a degree of shenaniganinity.

(yes, it can be a word if I like!!)

Dancing-wise the may was somewhat quieter than normal, we had the customary Horsham day of dance, a favourite as it is on our own turf as it were (actually not turf…dancing on turf is hard…but we’ll come to that later). IT was an odd day, it was a good day, we had fun, we pretty much always do, but instead of moving around the town as normal, by some quirk of organisation we ended up staying in the same place for three out of four stands…

Here is a look:

Broadwood day of dance, horsham

After a relatively, and unusually quiet May,  June was a veritable explosion of dancing…

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Non-exercise things that I have been up to…

Yes…it is true…believe it or not, I do, sometimes, do things that are not related to fitness or exercise…

This post is about those things…

well actually it is a little bit of a cheat post because I am really encouraging you to go and look at my other two blogs where I write about these non-exercise-y things…

For things related to our new (to us) little red van and its adventures go and have a look here:

https://redvantravels.wordpress.com

and for things relating to arty creative-y pursuits go and have a look here:

https://samsartjournal.wordpress.com

Thanks for looking 😀 😀

I think I might have to restart January…

Well, the January challenges anyway…as I don’t think the universe will let me have a redo for the whole month…

Anyway…my Janathon and my 31 days of yoga fell by the wayside a little… and by a little, I mean a lot… there have been some extenuating circumstances involving some crazy stuff, which I am not going to go into, and I got hit by The Cold!

you know The Cold…the one that is going around that comes with such a bad sore throat that you think you have regrown your tonsils just so you can have tonsillitis…

Yes I know…it sounds like a bucket of excuses…but it isn’t…and I haven’t been idle, I have still gymmed and danced and walked, I just haven’t followed a rigorous  every day plan…

look…here are some things I have done…

Hehe sorry about all the selfies…only I am not really sorry because they are actually good for self esteem and suchlike!

Ok, time for the positive… 3 years ago, even last year probably, not completing this every day challenge would have me worrying about failing, it would have me apologising on here and worrying about losing all the fitness I have built up. However I am not doing any of that.

I have realised that I have come so far in this lifestyle change that a “failure” to do yoga every day or to post on FB in the Janathon group is not going to derail me. I am not going to lose what I have gained just by taking two rest days in a row…especially if they are rest days due to illness!

I am still going to go to the gym and walk and dance and generally be active because it is part of me…it is not what I do it is who I am. I genuinely love it too much to just stop!

I don’t need 30 day challenges to keep me on track, that doesn’t mean I won’t do any ever again because I genuinely think some of them are beneficial… I just don’t rely on them any more 😀

That being said, I am going to restart the Yoga challenge because I really believe yoga will do me good!

Look at me…I developed a grown up attitude O_O when did that happen!!

Oh and in other news…I started a new blog… one full of the adventures of our little red VW van…so apparently i am a travel blogger now too…

Go look and follow me!! (shameless plug…sorry)

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Presenting Our Little Red Volkswagen California

Originally posted on Red Van Travels :
On the 10th December 2016 we became the proud custodians of a VW T25 California Westfalia Campervan… By which I mean we conducted a transaction with a man in Essex in which he got a chunk of our money and we got a little red van to have adventures…

Back on track…

And by track…I mean gym…no track for me sounds far too much like running!

Not that running is a bad thing…I may have even actually done some…but I’ll tell you about that later…

Not yet, however. Yet I want to tell you about all the lovely lifting I have been doing recently and my amazing new shoes… and leggings…

first the shoes…

After my foot explosion (no that is not over dramatic…that is what happened…honest) I have been left slightly (very) wary of barefoot shoes, which were my staple gym/lifting shoes. Honestly I have been toying with some specific lifting shoes for a while, and this provided me with the best excuse reason to by some! So I invested in a pair of Adidas power lift shoes 😀 and i love love them!!

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Lovely lifting shoes!!

the have superflat soles on the outside, but have support and suchlike on the inside, they also have sole like little wedges so they raise your heels up a bit…

this is handy, for ankle flexibility-ly challenged people like me as it helps you get more depth on squats…

They are also super stable because if the flatness and this makes them awesome for deadlifts…and not falling over…both of which i like 😀

So…armed with my awesome new shoes…and lots of pairs of awesome new leggings (I’ll show you later) I have been managig to go to the gym 4 times a week…that is in the gym lifting up heavy stuff 4 times a week… how awesome is that 😀

and of course I have been dancing…and walking and even doing a little bit of running…

Yes…that’s right running… a little…I have started right back at the beginning of the 10k trainer which is the same as the c25k, so I have literally gone right back to basics but I don’t want to put myself off…or hurt my foot again!!

I have to say…I am loving it all too!! 

First the leggings…


And the tops 


Then a brief apology for all the selfies…

Then the gym…

 

Who Shot Tony Blair? – Watch Now!

Read this!!

Watch the Video!!

Lucy is awesome so read her blog too!!

I am the minister for Good Ideas and Gin!! I have finally found my forte!!

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Featuring the visual expertise of the legendary Tony Coleby

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In a post-Brexit, pre-dystopian Britain, the traditional political system has collapsed and Tony Blair is back in Number 10. Only this time, he is tied to a chair in the kitchen under the watchful eye of the accidental Prime Minister’s mother.

Following several years of instability, Britain is more divided than ever. The country has devolved into a ragtag assembly of self-governing provinces, each with their own unique and particular arrangements. Elected to the position of Prime Minister of East Anglia by lottery (considered the only true method of democracy by some drunk Cambridge scholars), Lucy Wastell comes to power with the intention of reuniting her beloved country, establishing Cambridge as the new capital city and giving her chums…

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First new Paddington for ages!!!

Woohoo I am back in the game people! 

So excited! I deadlifted this morning for the first time since 15th August!! 

It was awesome!! I am not at as heavy a weight as I was…but I had 5 weeks off!! 

But I did it and I am really happy about it!! We designated it back day and threw in some rows… 

and I got a new PB!! 45kg rows for 3 twice 😀 woohoo!!! All this upper body work is paying off!! 

Bringing the positivity back :-)

The first (slightly irrelevant) question is why does wordpress think I have misspelled positivity? It doesn’t even give me any alternative spellings, just “positive, positivism and positivist” as alternatives… I have checked it in the OED so it must be right…

Oh well…that is not the point of this post…

The point of my post is that after the over dramatic (possible over reaction) that was Tuesday, I am now feeling a lot more positive about this whole thing! I am not going to say I am happy about not dancing, and not gymming, but my foot is very definitely on the mend and I am not feeling quite so hopeless!

Not hopeless at all actually

So here are the positives 🙂

  • I can still go to dance outs and be part of Mythago, I am currently learning the recorder and have a drum so can be a pretend musician / drummer for the injury duration. This is not quite as fun as dancing but I still get to play out with my friends and noone forgets that I exist.
  • I can still work out upper body stuff…which needs to catch up with my lower body anyway so yeay!
  • The realisation that this whole exercise / lifestyle thing is really that.  In realising how sad it made me not to be able to do it, I have reiterated to myself that I have genuinely made the transition from exercising because I have to into an active lifestyle that involves exercising because I love it!

These are huge positives for me 😀

and because I am not into “inspirational” photo quotes I am going to leave you with a photo of Mythago that I took 4.5 years ago, before I started dancing out!

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