Body image concerns as an athlete

I’ve always been pretty body consicious, but when you are attempting to reach elite level at a sport, you prioritise performance over body shape. Most sports people are extremely fit and healthy, but it is definitely not right to assume every athlete has a positive body image.

Last year I dedicated the off season to gaining strength.This training invloved a limited range of excercises five days a week for almost three months. I was constantly comparing myself to my friends. I couldn’t understand why a similar weights program was making us look so different. Continue reading “Body image concerns as an athlete”

When did you last leave your comfort zone?

I recently discovered and fell in love with the Youtube Channel Yes TheoryThey are four guys committed to saying yes and pushing themselves outside their comfort zone.

Their enthusiasm is inspiring and I 100% agree with their philosophy. I think everyone can benefit from setting themselves more challenges and being more spontaneous. Continue reading “When did you last leave your comfort zone?”

It’s not all about the gym, even in bad weather

It’s not all about the gym. I think often we can get caught up in this idea of exercise requiring a gym. I know certain people who complain about being unhealthy, but never exercise because: ‘gym membership is too expensive’.

What are your reasons?

Unless your training for a specific sport, then in all likelihood your desire to train stems from wanting to:

  • improve health
  • feel more confident
  • look a certain way

Now. With improved health comes improved confidence. These things can take time but can be helped along the way with an active lifestyle and sustainable approach to healthy eating. Neither requires a gym. Continue reading “It’s not all about the gym, even in bad weather”

Happy Fathers Day frosted brownies

I feel like I haven’t baked anything for a while, which is a shame because I love baking! We had two birthdays in the family this week plus Father’s Day so what great motivation to get in the kitchen. Obviously I went to my favourite foodie blog Minimalist Baker. These frosted brownies are uh-mazing. Continue reading “Happy Fathers Day frosted brownies”

Feeling happy at a cafe drinking coffee

Today I am feeling happy. I wrote this post at my local cafe and I felt like I was floating. My insides felt light and I was relaxed and at peace with where I am right now. This is not always the case, so I’ll enjoy this feeling while it’s there.

my thought process feeling happy earlier today

I am sitting outside my favourite local cafe with my coffee and I am feeling happy. The sun is even sort of shining, a miracle given the unreal amount of rain recently. I am sitting beneath a tree, and I love the dappled effect of the sun through the leaves on my notebook.

I had today off work for a four hour driving correction course (whoops), which was actually not boring in the slightest. Plus, everyone in the room actually got on, although there was a collective hatred towards cyclists I didn’t really appreciate.

I’ve enjoyed the rest of my day off. I finally have my bike at home so I cycled to the gym and into town. I’ve been killing my workouts recently and getting into a really good routine with gym, eating and work. As well as being social with my housemates in the evening.

It’s been so good living separately but close by my parents. I enjoy spending my evenings with people my own age, but I love my family. I want to make the most of living nearby before I set off on my travels later this year.

Woah. A crow just landed next to me and scared the actual bejeezus out of me. Traffic is really building now, coming up to 5 o clock. Also the rain clouds seem to be gathering again. It could be an interesting cycle home. Still somewhat sunny at the moment though.

These words mean a lot to me

This is all I wrote. Not exactly Shakespeare, but I can see the lightness and happiness in the words I write. I know this because:

  • I was able to rationalise and not feel bad about the driving course
  • I’m at peace with teaching and living near home, despite not being long term goals
  • I could sit and relax at the cafe without panicking about wasting time
  • Now I have energy in the middle of the day once more!

I hope whoever and wherever you are you enjoyed this slightly random post. You may not be feeling happy right now, but keep going. I promise, you will again.

Travelling to see friends leaves me feeling happy
Making time to see my uni friends in Exeter last weekend. Maybe why I am feeling so happy this week?

Be proud of the process, despite not reaching the dream

When I was in the middle of kayaking and at the peak of training and racing, I didn’t really consider myself to be very good. When you’re surrounded by people that get selected for international races on a regular basis, it’s hard to get perspective on your own achievements. This post is to remind myself and you to be proud.

Sometimes we can get consumed by our ultimate goal. Our small achievements along the way don’t mean much to us any more. If in the end we don’t end up fulfilling this dream, we consider ourselves a failure. This post is about celebrating the baby steps we make towards our goal, regardless of the outcome. Continue reading “Be proud of the process, despite not reaching the dream”

My biggest insecurity: stay confident when you look young

Everyone dislikes things about ourselves. Often these are surface level: our hair, noses, ears etc. We may try to hide these parts of ourselves with makeup or clothes that cover particular parts of our bodies. My biggest insecurity at ‘surface level’: I look younger than I am.

This insecurity has fed into a lot of my low confidence since Sixth Form, and even before. No-one has ever said anything purposefully mean; but I get comments on my age every. single. week. I laugh it off, but honestly even the most well meaning jokes stopped being funny years ago.

Within the past few months I have been asked for ID at a library to check I was 16. Last week the petrol station cashier questioned whether I was the driver. I was asked at work if I was on placement from secondary school. Continue reading “My biggest insecurity: stay confident when you look young”

Benefits of teaching: improved mental strength

This may seem a random topic. However I am writing this post because the benefits of teaching are something I feel passionately about. I fell into supply teaching after graduating for selfish reasons: good hours that fit around my kayak training and no extra qualifications necessary.

However I have learnt so much more than I expected. Teaching has been an eye opening experience for me. Although I don’t think it will be my long term career here are some of the reasons I think everyone could benefit from givng teaching a go:

personal benefits of teaching

  • No gym necessary: it’s a workout

If you hate the 9-5 life and sitting in an office for 8 hours a day, try supply teaching. Most supply teachers end up as support staff for SEN (special education needs) kids. This means frequent breaks out the classroom. I’ve spent hours and hours of dancing/football/basketball/tag, and i’m paid for it! Continue reading “Benefits of teaching: improved mental strength”