Being honest – Life’s not a highlight reel

Frozen-turkey-dinnerI want honesty from the blogs I read. I also want to be honest myself.

Some blogs can seem like they’re all about product launch parties, free gear and trips abroad. But what I want to really know is – are they in the trenches grinding it out and that the perfect Instagram posts are….well, not all that perfect and really they‘re just like me. Continue reading “Being honest – Life’s not a highlight reel”

Better Sore Than Sorry – Christmas Gift Ideas

No intro required. A list of stuff I liked across this year and you might too. They could make good Christmas gifts.

Below the belt

Below the Belt
Credit – Below the Belt

Products £6, Lubricant £10 (Bundles £12)

I will start off with my favourite product of the year. I have not used this, but the name and the marketing are genius. Your balls are safe in our hands. Class. Continue reading “Better Sore Than Sorry – Christmas Gift Ideas”

15 ways to manage the Christmas excess

family christmas

Maybe you are already looking forward to Christmas. A week off with family and friends to kick back and indulge a little. There’s no problem with this, but do you want your hard gotten gains to fall away and to be struggling at the start of January?

Here are some ideas to use over the Christmas period to try and mitigate this.

First things first. Either make it a holiday or don’t. Continue reading “15 ways to manage the Christmas excess”

The Compound Effect – Consistency is the key


When I’m thinking about what to write at the moment, the same 3 things come into my head – consistency, motivation and the compound effect.

You may not know what the compound effect is exactly, but you’ll be very aware of it generally.

  • Lots of small changes that add up to a big change.
  • Breaking a task down into lots of little steps and taking those smaller “easier” steps instead of one big jump.
  • Starting simple and adding difficulty
  • Small, incremental gains over a long period of time

Continue reading “The Compound Effect – Consistency is the key”

The Four Tendencies – Upholder, Questioner, Obliger or Rebel?

Four TendenciesI’ve just read The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin.

I’ve listened to her podcast before and she’s recently been on Rich Roll’s podcast to promote this book. Luckily my library had the book, and even though it has recently been published, I got it reserved and gave it a read.

The tagline of the book is –

The Indispensable Personality Profiles that reveals how to make your life better (and other people’s lives better, too) Continue reading “The Four Tendencies – Upholder, Questioner, Obliger or Rebel?”

Does Giving Blood affect athletic performance?

Blood ad

I’ve been giving blood for several years now and I’m nearing my 25th donation. I take a massive amount of pride in giving blood and it’s something I’m very happy to do.

There is always a little niggle in the back of my mind about how I’ll feel after the donation and whether my fitness will be compromised. There’s also thought of all my hard earned red blood cells (the oxygen-carrying ones) disappearing. Continue reading “Does Giving Blood affect athletic performance?”

Running from your discomfort – try reflecting on it

iphone notification discomfort

Do you ever have times when you should be “doing something”, but you find yourself scrolling through Facebook or Instagram?

The scrolling and the “likes” give you a dopamine hit. Dopamine controls the brain’s reward and pleasure centres. It also gets blamed for addiction. Continue reading “Running from your discomfort – try reflecting on it”

I need just one more thing! Take the right step.

London 10 Run Step

You think to yourself

I’m not really progressing with my running. What do I need? I need some new running shoes!

The shoes arrive. They look all funky and super and you can’t wait to try them out. After a few runs, the glow of the shoes wears off.

It’s getting cold and dark now. I need a fancy running jacket so there’s no excuse not to go out running. Continue reading “I need just one more thing! Take the right step.”

Travelling – healthy, comfortably and thoughtfully

Berlin Stadium Outside

I recently went for a weekend away in Berlin, carried on (a small 22 litres backpack) and took as little as possible. I still ended up not wearing my smart shirt (just in case of possible nice restaurant outing) or my long sleeved t-shirt (just in case of cold weather). The Kindle was not touched once.

Whilst travelling, I‘m always intrigued by how some seem to make it a real effort and jealous of how some have it sorted and stay so calm. Continue reading “Travelling – healthy, comfortably and thoughtfully”

adidas city runs – Shoreditch 10km – 8/10/17

Shoreditch 10km start

The Shoreditch 10km was the inaugural adidas City Run.

The blurb says –

The first in a brand new series of 10k runs across your capital. The Shoreditch 10k takes in some of east London’s trendiest haunts and favourite neighbourhood hotspots. Explore the city with thousands of runners.

I’m not quite sure what the concept is. Is it about making running trendy and urban? Is it about adidas marketing and controlling their own events? Maybe its about participation? Continue reading “adidas city runs – Shoreditch 10km – 8/10/17”