Hello! It’s March! I seem to have missed February…
It’s been a long time since I’ve missed an entire month of blogging. I’m not entirely sure how that happened, but I do know this: I didn’t worry about it. First time ever that I’ve not had my ‘should‘ anxiety about blogging. So, that’s either progress or an indicator that I’ve been too busy to worry about it.
Anyway, you’ve guessed it, this is one of those slightly awkward, ‘life’ posts where I bring you up to date with what’s been going on and then we carry on as usual. Let’s get started, shall we?
Firstly – the exercise thing. As I mentioned last time, I’ve started running again in an attempt to be ok with the whole ‘naked in Iceland‘ adventure (writing that is going to get a whole heap of weird Google traffic…) and after a month, there’s been progress. Since I last blogged, I’ve started doing parkrun. It’s brilliant. Can’t believe that it took me so long to pluck up the courage to go. If you’re considering running, do think about getting involved with your local one. It’s really inclusive and encouraging and you’ll never be last because they have volunteers to run at the back, behind all the runners, for support. Ace.
And then, if that’s not enough, I gave into the little nagging voice inside me (oh dear…) that kept asking how I’d know if I could run the Women’s Running 10k that I’ve signed up to, unless I tried to run 10k.
And so I did.
And then the next day, I ran 11k.
And the day after that I tried to beat my 5k time and failed miserably. Lesson learnt? Don’t be an idiot. Rest days are important. And don’t double your run distance in a week and then try and do it again and again. After that, I’ve tried to sort myself out a better exercise schedule, including hills, intervals (cue fartlek induced snigger) and cross-training. I’m swimming once a week, and next week I start a weights and yoga class. Not at the same time, you understand…
I’ve been improving my diet, eating less and better and using MyFitnessPal to track everything, and as a consequence of all of this I’ve lost about 13 pounds. But the best bit is that I can see physical changes already; muscles are getting more defined, my waist is getting trimmer. If I can keep this up, I can convince myself that a two day volcano trek will be a breeze!
Next on the ‘what I’ve been doing’ list is Lark – my little skincare project. I’m working hard on that, in between all the other stuff. Trying to make vegan versions of balms that I originally made with beeswax is what I’m playing at. And debating whether to get EU approvals for products before the referendum…
I’ve had exciting meetings with some wonderfully kind and generous people about this project, and some opportunities coming up that are related to Lark, which are all a bit secret at the moment. But, definite progress there. I’ve set up an Instagram account for Lark so you can see what I’m up to, until launch day.
One of the things that I’m most excited about with this project is that I’m still really excited about Lark. I realise that sounds a bit mad. But I’ve had SO many projects and ideas over the years. And I’ve learnt a lot about myself along the way. About what I really like to do, rather that what I think I should like to do. This is the first one (apart from a life long interest in horses and outdoorsy stuff) that I’ve carried on with to a point where it’s actually going to happen. And that is exciting in itself. It’s helping me to maintain the energy to keep going with it, even though it’s taking a long time to get to actual launch day. Setting up a business with very little cash in between parenting, work and life takes quite a while. But I’m in for the long haul.
Lastly, I there’s my allotment. I’ve really only just got started working on it again after my usual dormant winter period. And, as usual, Spring is nearly upon us and I’m already behind. Same old, same old. Yet I’m not going to panic. It always works out well enough in the end. And I’ve bought all the seed potatoes, as usual ignoring the fact that I don’t own an actual farm. So if the worst happens, my entire plot will be potatoes and that’s fine.
There’s been more stuff; working, parenting, dating, reading, cooking, embroidery, de-cluttering, re-cluttering (!), National Trust wandering, Iceland adventures planning and spending far too long obsessing about finding the perfect pair of trainers…
And I think I’m done.
So, how’ve you been?
PS: I’m around on Instagram a lot more often than I am here, and often find myself doing mini-blog post style commentary on my photos, so if you’re on IG, come over and let’s chat on there.