fitness goals

[image: Sweaty Betty]

After months of not doing any exercise (pushing a pram and carrying a baby around surely counts for something though?) the time has come to get back on the fitness wagon, and get moving. I stayed relatively active during my pregnancy, and could be found in the gym until 6 months when it became just too hot to be doing anything too strenuous (damn you summer heatwave!) I’ve been putting off doing anything much blaming the fact my gym is at work, and I didn’t want to be coming here while on maternity leave. So my return to the office has coincided with my return to the gym.

For me it’s not about size, or what I look like, but more about what I feel like. I feel SO much better when I manage to do some exercise. I’ve set myself a few goals, and writing them down makes me accountable for them, right? I’ll give you an update in a few months as to how I’m getting on!

Do more yoga

I did pregnancy yoga, and postnatal yoga and absolutely loved it. I’ve never got into yoga in the past, but I really enjoyed this, and want to do more. I love Yoga with Adrienne on YouTube, but am determined to start a weekly class to commit myself to taking part.

Sign up to Pilates

Having a baby means your whole pelvis and abs get pretty tortured! So I want to sign up to do some regular Pilates to try and strengthen the area, and make sure I don’t suffer in the future!

Step up the HIIT

My fitness is really suffering from taking time out of exercise, and HIIT can really help with that. High Intensity Impact Training sees you exercise at max capacity for 30 secs (or 45 or 60 secs if your super fit!), followed by a period of rest…and repeat. Your workout is also over in 30 minutes, which is a huge bonus for me.

Take a rest

Probably my favourite fitness goal, but take some time out if I need it, and not feel guilty. Missing a workout means you can beat yourself up, but I need to learn that It’s not the end of the world, and to just start again the next session.

link love 05.06.15

It's time for a round up of lovely things from across the internet that I've been loving this week! Happy weekend folks!

Why being liked really doesn’t matter

This refreshingly honest interview with Kat from Rock n Roll Bride
 is awesome

Instagram is becoming shopable. Which is cool…yet terribly, terribly dangerous!

I really want to get into listening to podcasts. This list is where I’m going to start

I really do adore this shop...I want to buy EVERYTHING!

As the mum of a late August baby, this is especially interesting

hahahaha or hehehehe?  (totally hahaha)

fash flash: whistles x frame

I was super excited to have this land in my inbox this of my favourite brands Whistles has teamed up with London-based fitness studio Frame, to create a 13 peice collection of workout wear which is simply divine.

I know its a cliche, but you really DO feel better working out if you feel good. I absolutely adore this range...simple Whistles styling, with clean lines, and considered colourways mean it has the ability to take you from studio to coffee shop.

Check out the full collection online at the Whistles website.


Around this time of year, as others start jetting off to sunnier climes, and providing countdowns to their holidays on Twitter, I start to get an increasing amount of wanderlust.

I'll admit to not being particularly well traveled. I've never been to Paris (I know, right!!), to most European cities, preferring to spend holidays lazing on a beach and getting some proper R&R, or flinging myself down a mountain on skis. I've explored a whole lot of America, and am proud to regularly explore the best of what our own lovely country has to offer, but I am consumed by a desire to see more. To explore more.

I've been starting a wishlist of places to see ASAP. Paris has to top the list, so planning for a weekend break has started in earnest. Anywhere else you think I should be prioritising? Please let me know so I can add it to the (long) list!

in the blink of an eye

And just like that, maternity leave is over, and tomorrow I am heading back to work.

I've been so incredibly lucky to have had 10 blissful months off, 9 of those with my little love. It feels like it has flown by, but when I think of what has happened to me during that time, well it's pretty astounding really. I'm definitely not returning to work as the same person, growing a little human, and being responsible for them changes your outlook on life somewhat...I'm less scared of things now (hell I birthed a watermelon, not much is scarier!), my priorities have changed, and you know what I'm pretty sure I'm going to be better at my job because of it.

After some extended leave from my blog (I've been busy over at I'm going to be getting back on track. They say if you want something done ask a busy person, and I wholeheartedly agree with that!

So wish me luck as I venture into this new adventure...I'll give you an update as to how we both get on.

Photo: Sarah-Leigh Bunting

and then we were three...

37 hours of blood, sweat and tears (giving birth really is like nothing you could imagine...but I'd do it all again in a heartbeat!) and there she was. My perfect baby girl. I've never really been the broody type, never really imagined what it would feel like to be a mum, even though I knew I wanted to be one. And the honest truth? It had affected me to the core, something I never knew was even missing has now made me complete. I still feel like me, almost just a better version of me, with this littlest person hanging off of my arm. And it's perfect all of a sudden.

Photo by Sarah-Leigh Bunting

five things to do this weekend #28

[Source - Michal Kibicek]

On Friday evening, one of my favourite Hampshire shops, TheConsortium, is throwing a house warming party at their Winchester store. Head on over between 6pm-10pm, and shop until you drop, wonder at the amazing building, meet some unique makers, and take part in some craft workshops. AND everyone through the door will be entered into a prize draw to win some great prizes.

On Saturday, Southampton Common is the place to be, at the Let’s Rock concert. Relive some 80s nostalgia, with acts such as Bananarama, Billy Ocean, Heaven 17 and many, many more taking to the stage. Tickets are still available. 

If you fancy a more low key Saturday evening, Sir Harold Hiller Gardens is hosting The Great Revue. You’ll be served a picnic on the lawn at Jermyn’s House, while listening to the music of Gilbert and Sullivan. Sounds like a very refined summers evening! 

Hill Farm is hosting an open day as part of the Hampshire Food Festival on Sunday. Pop along from 10am-4pm for this great family day out…take a look around the farm, grab a cup of tea and cake, browse some local craft stalls, and take a picnic in the orchards. It looks like a great family day out, and entry is free! 

The White Horse in Otterbourne is hosting their annualSummer Fete on Sunday. With children’s activities, a hog roast, Pimms bar, and live music it’s a great place to while away a Sunday afternoon! They’re also hosting Ottebourne’s Great British Bake Off – so expect to see some masterpieces!!