New Beginnings // End of an Era and Fresh Starts

Oh what a night! I should really say nights! Atm I’m loving having evenings to myself now I’ve started at my new job. It does feel a bit odd not having to crack out the work laptop after dinner while watching tv. I’m sure I’ll get used it – definitely an adjustment I’m on board for 😊

What am I doing with my new found evenings… getting my bum to the gym, cooking some tasty meals, blogging and catching up on TV! It’s so nice to actually relax in the evenings and not to stress about not working.

The past year has been all about figuring out whats important to me and what makes me happy. A big thing for me was finally admitting I wasn’t enjoying work and actually doing something about it. I’ve learnt a lot in the past 3 and a half years and I’ve managed to really push myself but ultimately its not where I wanted to end up. The partner life is not what I want… For me, at the moment, there is more to life than just work.

What’s important to me? Having some sort of work/ life balance, making times for myself, family friends and trying to keep up a healthy lifestyle (definitely a work in progress!)

The big thing is we’re all in charge of our own happiness. If somethings making us miserable then we can do something about it. I always like to think I’m a glass half full person but goodness I’m partial to a good moan! For me it was getting to a point where I was moaning more often than not and sounded like a broken record! For the first time in ages my moaning about work has now stopped – wooo!
I’ve also been trying to tone up since June and I got so annoyed with myself mid-September when I hadn’t really seen any differences to myself. I’ve been going to the gym/ working out about 3 times a week since July and had really wanted to have lost at least a dress size by end of October when we’re going away with friends to Malta. I can’t fit into about half my wardrobe and it is quite de-moralising. But a big part of me wanting to get back into exercise is for how it makes me feel. It really helps my stress levels and although I haven’t lost any weight I’m feeling much better in myself. So I’ll take that!
Do I need to loose weight? Honestly, no… I’m a size 10-12 and I know weight doesn’t define who you are. Back in Jan I was at the doctors for a check up and he said I needed to keep an eye on my weight as on the BMI scale I was classed as overweight – I joked about it but it was a bit upsetting. I know BMI is quite controversial and there’s more to you than weight and height. We all know muscle weighs more than fat…
Anyways! Here I am… making myself accountable… Do I enjoy exercise – not really! But I like the way it makes me feel afterwards. So I’m keeping it up!
Malta is in 2 weeks and I’m going to go, not feel embarrassed and try my best not to compare myself to everyone else. Will I be bikini body ready?! Yes! I have a body and it will have a bikini on 😋 I’m going to go to have a good time!
Finally, we’ve been trying to be better with the food we eat. We LOOOOVE our treats and after a long day at work it can be very easy to get a take away and have a pudding more often than not… We’ve gotten much better this year and do a lot of meal prep. But we could be better! I now work for a food company and there are always treats in our room so I need a litttttle more self-control.
It might not be the new year yet but I’m going to give myself a few resolutions for the rest of the year to keep myself accountable. I’ve a fresh start at my new job so I might as well keep the positive vibes up.

What do I want to accomplish?

– Drink more water at work (going to be hard because I loooove my tea!)
– Bring in lunch (save those £s!)
– No mindless snacking (especially after dinner!)
– Exercise 3-4 times a week (get myself to more classes, go swimming and keep up the couch 2 5k)
And most importantly… Don’t beat myself up if I slip up! At the end of the day I love my food and that’s not going to change. Just need a little self-control 😝 I’m putting this up here to give myself a little accountability. I’ll check back in with you in a few months to see how its all been going!
Been a while since I’ve done one of these kinda posts. It’s been on my mind and I want to make myself accountable. I’m the only one who can make change for myself and I’ve already shown that I can by making a change to my day job. So here’s to the last 2 and a half months of 2019 and the new decade!

Until next time,

Cathers xx