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:

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

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Thanks for looking 😀 😀

A new thing!!

I tried a new thing the other day!! It is an awesome new thing and I am going to do more of it 😀

Yeay! New thing!!!

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yeay!!

Ok…I’ll tell you what it is. Although I was super tempted just to leave the post at that and press publish 😀 )

This new thing is Geocaching!

I know…not a new thing as such…more a really well established thing that I had only vaguely heard of and never tried…until now 😀 so new thing to me 😀

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Look…it is such a well established thing that it has made it into the OED…and my copy of that is 6 years old!!

This begs the question why haven’t I tried it before! It is such fun 😀 It also begs the question, why did I suddenly decide to try it now. We…first of all there is no limit to when you are allowed to try new things, but that is not the point. What actually happened was I was reading a blog written by a lovely lady in Wales who not only finds geocaches, but has some of her own which she maintains… and by some I mean lots!! You can read about it on her blog 😀

Go here and look!!

She mentioned it a few times and I was intrigued…so I on her advice downloaded the official free geocaching app and had a look around to see what was near me! It turns out there are a few near my work 😀 some are fancy ones that need you to solve puzzles or some such thing but you need the premium app for those, I am going to wait until I have got the hang of it on traditional ones first…

So one lunchtime last week, armed with my tracking app (just like a tricorder on star trek…honest…) I headed out to see what I could find…

Which turned out to be nothing… I found the locations of two but not the actual cache… I was slightly disappointed…but undeterred and I got a nice walk in the sunshine 😀

Look there I am looking pretty conspicuous searching for things in the sunshine…I really tried to look nonchalant but it is hard. It didn’t matter anyway, Horsham’s dog walkers are too British to ask what I was up to and probably just classified me as too odd to remember!

Anyway…as I said…undeterred I tried again the next day!! It was less sunny but more successful…partly because I read the instructions more carefully and discovered there was a hint as to location…that helped…

Look I found a thing!! It had small things inside and a little tiny notebook which I was apparently supposed to sign…however the instructions for that cache didn’t say I needed a pen…so I didn’t have one. It turns out, after some further investigation that it is quite common for little caches to not have a pen so you need to take one with you….well I know now 😀

The app gives yo a little smiley face when you tell it you have found it which is cool! I am definitely going to do more of this 😀 It feels a little bit like I have been let into a secret world…

Oh and it turns out that the little square colourful thing was a calling card from another geocacher…I might make some up at some point 😀

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Ad-van-ture number two: Van with fairy lights…

Good morning 😀
I promise some exercise related content will appear here shortly…
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Red Van Travels

In case the fairy lights reference didn’t give it away…this is a xmas based post…

It is a relatively short ad-van-ture but bears a mention because it forms in important part of van history. Important because it was our xmas present.  Our outlandishly extravagant xmas  present…well…not outlandishly extravagant really…it will be awesome as we will be able to use it for adventures for years!! and we will go away far more often than we ever would without it 😀

I have a suspicion that with the amount of coffee I drink, just taking the facility to make our own coffee with us on day trips will save us a fortune 😉

Anyway…back to the adventure…as the van was our xmas present we thoght it only right that we took it out on xmas day when we went to spend the day with family 🙂

and because it was xmas…we thought it only…

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Ad-van-ture number one: Boxgrove Priory…

Go and have a look ad the first adventure of the little red van…
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Ad-van- ture one is also the first time I drove the van… which is more of a challenge than it sounds…

I may have forgotten to tell you that is is a left hand drive beastie! which presents a whole lot of challenges in a country where you drive on the left hand side of the road…

Things like the steering wheel being on the wrong side of the car, like changing gear with your right hand not your left hand, like the gears being in a completely different position on the stick to your other car, like your perception of road position being constantly challenged…

This steering wheel is not where I feel it should be! My advice to you, is, if you are going to try to overcome all of these difficulties, don’t do it 5 mins before attempting to drive up the biggest hill in your area…

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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

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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…

2017 Janathon: 31 days of yoga…

OK…it is the start of a brand new year…

Traditionally I am supposed to do a round up of 2016 and a goals and whatnot post for 2017…well I am not going to yet..or possibly not at all…I will tell you goals as I set them…but new year is not the only time you can set them…it is just the time people seem to.

I had just got through telling myself that I didn’t need to sign up to do 30 days of this and a month of that because my lifestyle incorporates a lot of exercise and suchlike when I saw a FB post about Janathon so I thought ooooh maybe I will do that again just because I can…

Then I went and looked at the Yoga with Adriene YouTube channel, and noticed that she is doing a new 31 day yoga program which started on 1st Jan called Yoga revolution. It is 31 days of yoga (obviously) but also something about mind body connection and getting them working together and suchlike…

so I thought what the hell…I’ll do that…it might just do me some good…

so…I have done Day 1: Ease and day 2: Intention so far 😀 I have so far remembered that I like yoga…and that it is hard, even when you think it will be easy!!

If you want to join me it isn’t too late you could catch up I am sure!! just click here:

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A complexity of complexes

I don’t think there actually is a collective noun for complexes, I feel sure that if there were it wouldn’t be a complexity… maybe a difficulty of complexes or a confusion of complexes…

Complexity would likely be the collective noun for puzzles or some such thing…

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Anyway…

Back to complexes…

A complex, in this context, is a series of lifts or exercises that is done back to back without putting the bar / dumbbell down. For example, 8 reps each of: deadlifts, cleans, OH presses and back squats then rest and repeat

This has the advantage of being super efficient, a combination of lifting and cardio, not super boring and does all that good stuff like boost muscular endurance and metabolism and suchlike!

It has the disadvantage of being super hard and making you want to fall down!

In case you hadn’t guessed where this was going…I have been adding these into my workouts recently…

I was looking for options as I had got into a very samey pattern with lifting, which I still love, I just thought it is good to mix in some more heart-rate-raise-y whole body fun stuff!

I have been doing a mixture of barbell and dumbbell complexes, and a couple of times I have worked them as a superset as I was training with another person so we did one complex each then swapped… this, when it gets right down to it, is pure madness!

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I had to play with the number of reps because I can lift a lot more on a deadlift than I can on a military press… so I upped the reps of the deadlift so I could use the same weight for all of them…switching weights sort of defeats the purpose!

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Morning bear?

Well…quite frankly no…I am not a morning bear…I am pretty much still this panda..

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yes…probably this sort of morning bear!

.only actually if I were a bear I wouldn’t be a panda I would be a moon bear…

I know this is true, because I have a handy bear identification chart, on which the moon bear is quite small with a fuzzy head…and if there is one thing I do have it is a fuzzy head!!

I will prove it shortly…

However… the point of this is…despite my not being a morning bear…I seem to have found my way to the gym in the morning, before work 3-4 times a week for the last few months!

I know…how awesome..and totally out of character…

No, I haven’t developed superhuman will power that allows me to leave my snugly warm bed.

No, I haven’t developed the art of going to bed early so I am actually rested in the morning…

I have developed the art of forcing people to come with me which then guilt trips me into getting out of bed in the morning… If I am meeting someone I have no option! Even better, I only actually have to pay one of them!!

It is a perfect plan…

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look here we are all  awake looking… not sure how that happened

I train with my friend Sarah on Wednesdays and Fridays, which is excellent as neither of us are morning people, and we are both trained fitness people…thus we can make it up while half a sleep and still come out with a reasonable workout 😀 We both want to do almost exclusively lifting and gain strength so it works! The other excellent thing is we seem to have developed the art of decideing on which exercises to do using mainly arm motions and seeming ly vague words 😀

You may remember Sarah from the olden days of the blog when she was my body pump teacher and my pilates teacher 😀 now she is my friend… and I am attempting to be in her body pump and pilates classes again but time is not my friend!

On a Thursday I train with my friend graham…which is harder on my brain because I have to think of things ahead of time…we do more fat loss / functional based workouts which is good because variety is apparently important. 😀   It is quite hard on graham mind you as I am always super tired on a Thursday after dancing on a Wednesday which make me super grumpy…especially when I have to think of things!! I blame early morning caffeine deficiency!

On Tuesday, I have PT with New Matt…which is excellent because it make Tuesdays into bearable days, and I am not required to think that hard first thing!

So… what have I learned… Gym buddies are the key to morning workouts…especially if you can find ones that understand vagueness and can put up with grumping!

I am super pleased I have finally managed this, it seems to be the key to actually getting into the gym as often as I want to 😀

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yes…that is still pretty much as good as it gets!! Only don’t catch a squirrel…just leave them be!

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