A week of TWO much water!

As part of my effort to try and change my lifestyle a little, I’ve made myself try something new for a whole week, every week in the year of 2016. Week 1’s goal was to drink at least 2 litres of water every day. Now I know most people can meet and smash this target easily, but I really struggle. I could honestly say some days I would drink no more than 500ml, the only days I actually drunk a tad more was when I work out – not good Tay Tay!

So this has been quite a challenge for me but with very mixed results! Aside from the obvious frequent wee stops, which I’ve quite enjoyed as an excuse to leave my desk (and not in some cases when I’ve had longer commutes than normal *crosses legs*), I’ve had some interesting findings.

My body has bloated to the M-A-X. I kinda knew this might happen, it doesn’t help it has been my *ahem* lady week, but I’ve not looked so bloated for years. My skin, contrary to what I thought it would do, has broken out in big red spots. I’m presuming this is part of the detox right?

However, I have noticed a huge increase in my energy levels, to the point where I feel I can work out for longer, I’m no longer tired after my long drives and don’t want to go to bed at 8pm every weekday night. Now, this could be the fact I had nearly two weeks off over the festive period but I’m going to give the old H20 the benefit of the doubt and say that it is helping!

All in all, I think upping my water intake has been a good idea and I’m going to continue with it in the hope my skin clears up and my body decides to deflate. If I find in a month I’m still looking like a swollen balloon, I may have to reconsider. Does anyone else not hold water very well?

So this week is going to be a difficult one, no chocolate and sweets for the whole week. At the beginning of 2014 I gave up chocolate for a whole month. I had much better self-control and discipline with food back then so it wasn’t actually too difficult, but I remember how good I felt about resisting the temptations and how lovely my skin became. I know a week isn’t going to have such a profound effect but it’s a good start, right? I’ve finally eaten all of the chocolate I got given for Christmas and my period has kindly left the building so I think I got this!

In other updates, I have now signed up to the following events for this year:
London Winter 10k
Brighton Half Marathon
Cardiff Half Marathon
Leg of London Triathlon
70.3 Ironman – Weymouth
London Duathlon
Tough Mudder

It was part of my New Year’s ‘goals’ I set myself, I cashed the money I received for Christmas and Ben and I went on a rampage and decided these were all a great idea! I am really excited though, I really want a medal rack, is that sad? This year was going to be the year I physically push myself so I thought why not go all out. I’m currently praying to the injury God’s to gift me with the best health I’ve had!

Hope you’re all enjoying the New Year and finally getting back to your routines 🙂

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100 Happy Days Update III

  Sooo I have been continuing with my 100 Happy Days with a huge glitches here and there but December and Christmas got away with me and I vowed I wouldn’t put pressure on myself to have to do things, especially blogging so I have a whole ton of photos to stick up.

Through the copious amounts of alcohol and general busyness, I did forget a couple times to upload but hey ho! So here is a load of pictures so you guys can see what I was up to in the last month!

  

  

  
  
  
  

  
  
 
  
  
  
   

  
 
  

  
  
 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  

 
  
  
  
  
  
  

Bucket List: Update (kind of)

So guys, I think it’s finally time I got round to doing this post, a post that it’s really what my blog is all about – ticking off things from my Bucket List.

On reflection of 2015, on New Year’s Eve infact, someone said to me, ‘surely you had a great year, you got married!?’ I’m sorry pal but just because I got married doesn’t mean it’s been the greatest year of all, what about the year I got engaged or the year I met Ben? In general I don’t really like New Year’s so I was a bit grumpy and replied with, ‘it wasn’t the greatest’, but when I actually looked back at my memories (by that I mean my Facebook and Instagram photos) I have actually had a pretty damn good year.

However, as I look over that list now, which I haven’t updated since maybe July, I haven’t ticked off one item (except number 79 which I’d totally forgotten – 79) Marry the love of my life – opps, sorry Ben!)

79) Marry the love of my life  

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Towards the end of the year, I was really down and I just couldn’t put my finger on it. Was it because of the family arguments erupting every 5 minutes? Maybe. Was it because my parents weren’t going to be around for Christmas? Maybe. Was it because I was trying to do 50 million things all at once to better myself, to prove to myself (and maybe others) I wasn’t just coasting through life? Yes. And I learnt the hard way.

Tay, you cannot burn the candle at both ends.

So it got me thinking about the things I’d like to achieve in 2016, goals which are both realistic and unrealistic and the latter of the two, how can I break these down? So I had a thought. Instead of setting myself big goals, I will give myself a goal a week to try and get myself in a place that I want to be by the end of 2016 without putting any pressure on myself.

Last year I was compiling lists of books I needed to read, lists of blog posts I needed to write but never actually getting the time to do either. I was stressing myself out at wanting to get things done then the pressure of all of this getting on top of me. I fell out with a friend and became bitter about sharing my friendship and love with others. This year, I want to break that mould. I will be leaving people who make little or no effort or bring bad negativity into my sensitive mind back in 2015!

I haven’t quite thought up my whole 52 weeks of what I want to change, I have a couple of course but again, I don’t want to commit to anything that will put pressure on me. Last year I realised I am not someone who copes well with pressure and having to tick boxes; sure, I love a to-do list but in reality my little Gemini mind likes to float and go with how I’m feeling in the moment. If I don’t want to sit and write for half an hour but instead go for a walk on my own, I’ll do it. If I don’t want to go to a see a half-hearted friend because they’re back and need to kill some time, I won’t. I want to make real effort with those who care and push away the people who cause me drama. I HATE DRAMA.

With that in mind, Week 1 of 2016 – drink at least 2 litres of water a day and try to increase this after exercising. A little goal for me as I look at my reflection in the mirror day after day and I’m not so sure what my skin needs; after hours of wasting my life googling it, water seems to be the first step! It will improve my concentration, my mood and hopefully my energy levels! I downloaded an app called My Water to help me do this which I’ve been using over Christmas and shock horror have been failing miserably to meet my 2L target. This week is about actively hydrating myself to see if I notice any difference with the physical and mental state of my body.

Bottoms up!

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Being someone who is also into sport and unfortunately suffers from body dysmorphia, I of course have set myself some other physical challenges. Instead of ‘oh I want to loose X amount of weight’, I’ve signed up to The London Duathlon, 2 half marathons, the London Tri and……a Half Ironman! I know, what am I playing at? My thought process was that not only would I love to achieve completing many of these ‘races’ but on the way I will be losing belly fat, discipling myself with alcohol and food and also enjoying the sports that really give me a buzz. If I have a goal, I can’t deter as I will need to keep training. So, watch this space 😉

What are your New Year’s goals/ resolutions / plans?

Tell me about them below 🙂

Day 12 – Day 18 of Tay’s 100 Happy Days

Not missing a day this weekend following too many wines has felt good! I managed to stay relatively sober but only after falling ill on Sunday and having a whole day in bed/on the toilet!

I’m not sure why Wednesday seems to be my blog update day, I think it’s because I hit a wall with my work on a Wednesday and I have a spare few moments to gather my thoughts and reflect on my last 7 days.

Alas, here is what I have done in my last week…..

Wednesday 2nd December 2015

  Trying to hit it hard, I decided to go to a new circuits class with my bestie on Wednesday night after having my hour of boxing during my lunch hour, was I mad? Probably. Was I high on adrenaline when I got home? Definitely. I don’t know about you, but I love the feeling after working out, it sure beats the guilt after munching half a bag of doritos and drinking a bottle of wine, I can tell you that! I hate what I look like after and during exercise so there was now way I was taking any form of selfie after either class so I opted for a snap in my festive Primark leggings instead.

Thursday 3rd December 2015

  I spent a few hours after work studying on this day and you know when you have a lull in your studying and suddenly you start for 15 or so minutes and you get the learning bug back? I totally got this! So feeling very chuffed with myself after the journey back, I decided to treat myself to some Applewood cheese and a glass of Merlot. Just the perfect treat to ease myself into the weekend.

Friday 4th December 2015

  A chilled affair for a Friday, following way too much drama and stress at work, all I had to offer was a pic of my London Triathlon entry, however, if you check out my main reason for starting this blog you will see that participating in The London Triathlon actually features on there, so a nice new blog post next summer and another to tick off! I do love a list in everyday life, so having a bucket list which isn’t so easy to tick things off of,makes it ever the more satisfying when you can! Infact, I need to do a Bucketlist update looking at that page!

Saturday 5th December 2015

  Thank the Lord for my stupid body clock not allowing me a lie-in! Look at this beautiful view I woke up to. I don’t think there is any need for me to elaborate on this one.

Sunday 6th December 2015

  Sick day. Period day. All I wanted was a cuddle and some crisps – wah! So when my gorgeous husband bought me home my favourite soft drink, I felt like this was my only happy for the day to share with you guys.

Monday 7th December 2015

  So every year Ben and I have a ‘Christmas Day’ pre-Christmas to pick our tree, go for a nice lunch and to decorate the house. This is the day we had scheduled to do this, so luckily I’d woken up in a slightly better mood which soon turned to pure excitement when we arrived at our garden centre of tradition choice. Here are a few snippets of the ‘finished look’ within our home.

Tuesday 8th December 2015

  In an effort to cheer my up after my first day back of the week after having a dreadful finish on Friday, I came home to my house illuminated with these beautiful icicle lights! I’ve always wanted outside decorations, we didn’t really have much money to purchase any in previous years so I’m so happy we’ve finally invested in some which we both love. I came in and the fire was roaring and our dinner was in the oven. Perfect.

So that was my last week! Weirdly, I actually don’t have many social plans between now and the end of the year so I can’t imagine how exciting my upcoming snaps will be, unfortunately for the fitness-phobics of you, a lot may be of runs and exercise. However, I’m sure a few snaps of wine, cheese and Christmas goodies will make an entrance ;-).

How have all of your weeks’ been? Are you enjoying your festivities?

Do any of you have any fitness goals you’re going for next year?

Tay xx

 

 

 

100 Happy Days – Part II

 

Day 5 – Wednesday 25th November 2015

  Another tough day in my van *beep beep* and I came home to a beautiful wedding invitation and a save the date, both for next year! I’ve always loved weddings, but now mine is over, I think I’ll enjoy them even more. I don’t think people realise the stress and man hours that go into organising a wedding and I think especially for women, we will notice all of the little cute touches and finer details at forthcoming weddings.

Day 6 – Thursday 26th November 2015

  I didn’t want to particularly do much on this day as I knew what I was about to face in the next few days, when I say I would face, I really mean my poor liver – sorry pal. When I received this chat from an old friend, it really made me chuckle. Myself and Alice are the sorts of friends who can go months without speaking but when we see one another again, it’s like no time has passed.

Day 7 – Friday 27th November 2015

  I technically cheated on this day, I posted this in the early hours of Saturday as the evening, and the wine, got a bit too much for me! Laughter, food and drinkies with two of my favourite ladies on the whole entire earth is just what I needed after my week! My plan was to get a snap of all three of us, but for starters we have one camera shy little lady and two, we were too busy gossiping and boozing!

Day 8 – Saturday 28th November 2015

  Again, another late post, this actually got put up on Sunday as I spent the night entertaining; to be honest I am actually proud I even remembered to take a picture in my state, it’s probably why it’s so poor! I had the in-law’s over for dinner and lots and lots of wine, 5 bottles to be exact! Safe to say I did not want to move much the next day…

Day 9 – Sunday 29th November 2015

  …so we decided to go and watch The Hunger Games. I’m surprised it has taken us both so long to watch it as we normally go to the opening viewing at midnight but as it worked out Ben was working a night shift and I didn’t fancy trekking into Ipswich alone at 12am! I came out thinking what a great film it was but I am sure they changed quite a few scenes to that in the book, however it was a good few years ago that I read the series so I can’t remember all too well; good in some aspects though as I didn’t know what was coming next, except the ending of course! I think even the non-readers could’ve predicted that!

Day 10 – Monday 30th November 2015

  Due to our very inactive day previously, Ben and I decided to drive to one of the forests near us, it’s about 15 minutes away in the car, and we hit the ground running – literally! I wanted to try out my new cross country spikes and venture on a trail run, something of which I’ve always wanted to do, but again, without company I wasn’t sure it’d be all that fun. Let me tell you this….IT WAS GREAT FUN! We came back muddy, soaked and both buzzing from the adrenaline. I cannot wait to go again! During the late afternoon, I cooked my third roast of all time for my in-law’s again (they were obviously so impressed with my cooking on Saturday then just wanted more ;-)) and I smashed out a great pork roast, if I don’t say so myself 🙂

Day 11 – Tuesday 1st Decemeber 2015

  The countdown to Christmas begins…and what better way to celebrate a countdown than with chocolate, lots of it in my case! I know you might be thinking, wow two is a little steep Tay don’t you think? I actually have 5 *covers face*. I can try and explain myself, but is there any need? A girl need chocolate!!!! Anyway, I hope you’re all as excited for the festive season as I am – I’ve got my Christmas CD’s in my van, decorations around the office, all that’s left is to decorate The Crescent! I’ve tried to be proactive this year too, so I actually only have a few gifts left to purchase this year, so I’m feeling smug!

I know this is only the start but I am really enjoying taking snaps of my favourite parts of the day. Not only will they be memories to look back on but it’s a way to keep me focused. Don’t get me wrong, I have already had the thought pop into my mind of, ‘can I not just use a photo from the other day?’ I had two absolutely shocking finishes last week, both of which meant I didn’t get home any time before 7:30pm, which I know is normal for most of you, but when I leave my house at 6:20am, the office at 4:30pm and my commute should only be an hour or so….you can probably sympathise with my stress levels! All I wanted was some chocolate, but I battled through and went out of my way to find two reasons to be happy on each of those days.

I guess that’s what this challenge is all about, finding a little bit of happiness even on the darkest of days. I’m slowly learning that my life isn’t as bad as my mind sometimes makes it feel.

‘I can’t do it.’

These have been the words that have haunted me for 24 whole years. These four powerful, self-doubting words that I have muttered internally on countless occasions when trying to jump into a new project, new lifestyle, difficult exam or new start; I’m finally done with telling myself that I can’t do it. I’ve always been a negative person, I get plenty of ideas and plans that I’d love to do, I’m a Gemini after all, but I either tell myself I can’t do it or something along the lines of ,‘you’re always going to be a jack of all trades and a master of none, so why not just give up now?’

For someone who has been fortunate enough to be born into a good family, able to attend a great school and fortunately still has good health and youth on my side, there is no reason that if I put my all into something that I can’t do it.

This realisation happened a few days ago, when after speaking to my buddy Char about re-doing her 100 Happy Days along with her friend Maria, I thought perhaps if I were to be a little more positive I could slowly but surely change my life and my attitude towards the world, people and myself.

It’s no secret I have a few personal issues (later to be spoken about in either a longer blog or what I presume will be an emotional video) and I think a small step, like committing to taking 100 snaps over the next 100 days, could be the kick start I need to a positive mind.

So here it goes… here are four of my memories from the last four days.

(My Instagram: @taytay275)

Day 1 – Saturday 21st November 2015

  
A while back, a friend mentioned she was trying to get tickets to go and see Elf the musical, shocked that I hadn’t heard that it was even being made into a theatre production let alone coming to London, o jumped straight on the Internet the next morning and got Ben and I some of the last reasonably priced tickets. If I’m honest, I’m not the best person to ask how it went as I don’t really enjoy musicals in general, I fell asleep during Les Mis *don’t shoot me *! However, I did love the performance, how Christmasey I now feel and the excitement it bought me. But unfortunately it didn’t change my opinion on musicals. 

Day 2 – Sunday 22nd November 2015

  
After getting in at 1am, Ben and I were up again at 7 and on our way to Norwich where he was off to complete his first half marathon. What we weren’t aware of was the snow we were going to be greeted with on arrival! Perfect running conditions for me but poor Ben looked nervous! Nevertheless, I am a very proud wifey and he completed it in a time that smashed both of mine out of the park! 

Day 3 – Monday 23rd November 2015

  
After a beautiful lie-in in our hotel, we headed out into Norwich to do a bit of shopping. Other than a small meltdown on H and M it was actually very successful. We made our way back home and where we had to sort out our empty bookshelves, giving me great pleasure in doing so! We had a new carpet fitted on Friday so everything looked like a bomb site! And I got to make my new little corner where I can cosy up with a glass of wine and pick from my mini library while staring at our fire.. I think I’m a little bit in love! 

Day 4 – Tuesday 24th November 2015

  
Unfortunately this one is a little bit of a cop out, my first working day of the week got away with me and I forgot to take my phone in the gym with me to snap up my new 5km treadmill time! So after a vile 2 hour and 45 minute journey, coming home to a bath with these bad boys is what I needed!
So here goes, here’s to the first challenge I actually complete and to changing my life for the better.

Please check out these beautiful girls also joining me on the journey, Char and Maria !

 

Metal Ear Solid

As good a day as any to write this blog post entry I’ve been planning for a while….as I’ve just added to my collection.

So as some of you may know, I have a few tattoos and piercings. No I’m not by any means covered but I do love the one’s I have and have made sure (except one) to have a good, long think about them all.

So here goes….

This is my ear…I now have 3 piercings plus my normal first studs I had when I was 7. Today I got my conch pierced which for the first time I actually had it numbed which was the strangest feeling ever and I’m pretty sure it has more chance of infection but I am SO glad.

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Excuse the every so slightly hairy face and spots, my skin is a disgrace at the moment and I have very fair hairs  but my blackberry camera is awful without flash!

So I had my first piercings done at the age of around 7, they’re actually wonky and my mum took me back the same day to have them re-done but alas, still wonky!

I got my helix done at the age of 17 as I wanted to be a bit more ‘different’. HA. My tragus I got done on a wimb when I was 20 I think, maybe 19. It was when I wasn’t really eating so had skipped breakfast, went for this piercing alone and, well, fainted. It was so embarrassing, I went all giddy and was crawling around the tattoo/piercing shop like gollum! They then rushed to buy me a coke and then I was fine.

Since then I’d be so put off by going back but I’d forever wanted my conch done and today two of my best friends coaxed me into it. And da daaaaa! It’s done, just so so bloody.

So on the subject of needles and the sorts, I’m pretty sure I may have shown you these but I’ll add them for good measure.

My tattoos I’ve got are the following:

1st – I have my star sign with ivy wrapped around it on my left wrist, I got this done when I was 18. I love it, it just needs a touch up now.

2nd – This is the one I didn’t really think about, I kinda wanted a tattoo and was getting impatient, so I decided I wanted roman numerals on me and on my ribs and I came out with the below. It’s my birthday and I love it now but I wish I’d waited for a more meaningful date to use. Perhaps my wedding day or something…oh well! It looks so sick in a bikini.

3rd and final…. – I put so much effort and thought into this tattoo for two reasons. One, it’s done my spine and quite large compared to my other two and two, it’s in thai! I had to make sure the translation was correct or I could have ‘chicken chow mein’ down my back! I adore this tattoo so so much, it’s like an accessory. One which I may regret but the meaning ‘only regret the things you didn’t do’ will kind of reflect how I know I won’t, you know? I can hide this in almost everything except bikinis so again I personally think it’s amazing, I can get it out when and if I want!

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Excuse the blurry photos, again, some of us are still stuck in the dark age with our Blackberries (secretly I love mine and would never get rid of my querty keyboard 🙂 )

So do any of you have tattoos/piercings? Any that you regret?

My opinion: if you loved it at one stage, you should never regret it….unless of course they’re an ex’s initials….AWKWARD!

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Driving Me Mad

Right, before any of you read on, please bear in mind that I am actually a polite road user, rarely use my horn, nor do I end up looking like this after every car journey. Also, please stop reading now if you take offence to foul language (apologies).

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However, as previously stated in my last blog post, I am not a fan of awful road users. So to vent my frustration over these irritating, rude and obnoxious people, I have decided to categorise them, cause what’s more fun than making lists right?

The ‘I heart 45mph’ Driver
Due to the insane amount of frustration these people cause me, I’ve had to mention them first. You know them people driving Nissan’s or some other bubble-like car, who, when you find yourself following them in the 60mph zone decide that driving at 45mph is acceptable….and to take a corner….woah, wait there, they drop down to 30mph. However, these people think that it’s okay once hitting a 30mph speed limit zone that to continue driving at their irritating speed of 45pmh is acceptable. Let me tell you this Mr. I heart 45mph, it is NOT. Have you not seen those adverts ‘if you hit me at 30mph I have an ’X’ % chance of survival?’ No you probably haven’t because you’re too busy slowing down every poor fucker who wants to get home and denying them of these heart breaking adverts!

The ’15 mile radius’ Driver
There is nothing more I hate than people who whinge about driving further than a 10 minute trip to their local Tesco’s. You should not be out on the roads if you are not confident driving for longer than a certain period of time.  PERIOD. You passed your driving test, which was probably around about a 45 minute exam, of which you had to probably do plenty 2 hour lessons in a hit to be able to pass, why oh why is it so hard for you to have to drive 30 minutes, in the same county, to a different town. If you don’t feel safe driving in 60/70 zones, you shouldn’t be driving.

The ‘DiurnalDriver
For those of you who don’t know (because I had to google it too) diurnal is the opposite of nocturnal, people who are active during the day but sleep during the night. The people that only like driving during the day as driving at night is a little scary. Okay, I get that, it might be a little more difficult for you to see or you may feel more sleepy, so why do you decide to go driving in the winter at around half 3/4pm when you know that you’re going to get caught out by the monster that is the darkness. Why is it so hard for people to drive in the dark anyhoo? If anything, it’s actually easier cause every other road user has got 2 great big bright lights shining in your face to let you know, ‘OH HEY I’M HERE’.

The ‘I’ll wait 5 seconds to make my move’ Driver
Corrrrr, these people! I may as well categorise these as the older generation however I feel this is unfair as a lot of nobs who think it’s okay to use their mobiles while driving fall under this category. The people that are pulling out onto your road, have got to the end of their junction, have obviously seen you but still decide to wait a further 5 seconds before they think it’s safe to pull out by which point you’re so close to them that you’re basically having to do an emergency stop to let the rude pig out! Most of these end up turning into the ‘I Heart 45mph’ drivers I find, or even worse just stay at a ridiculously slow speed as I’m pretty sure they know I’m real mad by their slow reactions.

The ‘65mph limit’ Driver
Sometimes I don’t really have a problem with these drivers, I mean no they’re not driving to the limit but they’re not going slow enough for me to start getting all aggy and sit up their arse until they get the hint and move over. However, when there is a huge space in the left hand lane, which means they wouldn’t need to slow down to pull over and there’s a queue of traffic behind them, why are they still sitting in the fast lane?! Someone please tell me! There is no need for them to and no it’s not acceptable unless there’s heavy traffic to do this! This brings me onto my next type of driver….

The’ Right-hand lane’ Driver
To some of you the right hand lane is your slow lane, but here in England, it’s the lane you’re taught to use to overtake drivers who are travelling at a slow speed. Almost similar to that of the above, these people think it’s their god given right to sit in the right hand lane regardless of what speed they’re doing. Do they realise how many people are trying to get past them right now? These people are the reason undertakers exist. Once they get undertaken, you’d think they’d move over. Oh hell no! In fact they get all uppity about why someone has done such a dangerous act of undertaking and take it upon themselves to carry on driving at a slower speed than that of the speed limit to make sure everyone is driving in their opinion at the ‘correct’ speed. I have one thing to say to you Sir….

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The ‘Lorry’ Driver
(Not sure why these deserve quotation marks too but we’ll go with it!) Okay, so I think we all have some form of respect for lorry drivers, their vehicles are bigger and more difficult to drive than our own, they’re stuck in said vehicle for hours on end and most of them are kitted out with crazy cool neon lights which cheer me up on my commutes. However, this lot can take the bloody piss when they want to. If a lorry they’re following is doing 63mph and their own lorry can do a maximum of 65mph I am sure they take it upon themselves to pull out into a long line of cars who are all stuck behind the ‘65mph limit’ twat and spend five minutes trying to overtake their slower rival lorry and subsequently leading several road users to miss an exit due to huge line of lorries hiding the road exit signs! Since driving a van to and from work, you gain a bit more respect from a lorry driver, they’re more inclined to let you pass/let you out and give you the occasional flash to say thanks but because every other road user is some insignificant minion to them, they feel they can bully people into letting them out and throw their weight around and us mugs just let them in! This must be stopped, tighten your gaps all!

The ‘Over-Active Breaker’
I’ve only ever come across a few of these people, but when I do there is nothing I’d like to do more than throw a massive rock through their back windscreen. And do you know why? Because they don’t bloody ever use it to see who they’re constantly flashing their break lights at, only.staring at the possible accident that any car could cause at any given second in the 3 mile gap between them and the car in front. These are the over-cautious and right annoying lot in my opinion. When you come across one of these drivers, they will break around every slight bend in the road, when a car pulls out 500 yards ahead of them, when they see another car in the opposite lane breaking! ANYTHING! They love a break! And to us, the other road users, we must in turn then break as we can’t see past their family wagon, a.k.a ‘beast’ of a car to see what’s making them break, oh no, we have to be subject to an over cautious twit who isn’t aware of how well their own breaks work.

So there you have it. If you fit under any of these categories, please do not continue to drive because you are a pain in my back-side! I have just re-read all of these and it looks like I pretty much just hate anyone that drives haaha! Don’t get me wrong, there are loads of people out there who are wicked drivers but I’m going to say 50% of the road users I’ve come across can fit under one or more of the above.

I’ve decided if I were to become a minister of transport (god help us if I ever did) I would 100% implement the following laws:

  • Anyone over the age of 65 should re-take their test – every 10 years. They get friggin’ free bus passes, why are they clogging up the roads with their dangerous reaction times and inability to find their accelerator!?
  • Lorries should be banned from over-taking during the hours of 6am-9am and 4pm-7pm. This would seriously sort out traffic and allow 65pmh limit driver to sit in their slow wake without p*ssing me off.
  • Again, all heavy, slow-moving vehicles should be banned from motorways during the above times.
  • Anyone over the age of 75 shouldn’t be driving in the dark…or driving at all for that matter. GET OFF THE ROAD!

I know, I know, half of these won’t work in principle, but hey, I’ve got loads of time before I’m elected as transport minister 😉

So that’s my rant over. Do any of you know of any other sorts of drivers that grind your gears? Do you know anyone personally that fits under these categories? Or do you now all think I’m some hot-headed cray cray girl? (Hehe I promise I’m not 🙂 )

Will of Iron

Oh hey guys!

Once again I’ve left it a long long time to blog! But as I mentioned in my previous post – I’ve been a very busy bee 🙂 forgive me!

So I discovered a new challenge I wanted to take part in – The Will of Iron [http://willofiron.org/]

Okay, so I know it says a challenge to take on in May but it was my birthday in that month and I only discovered it on WordPress actually on the 29th, so I’d missed the catchment. As I personal challenge I thought this would be great for me, something I can fit in before I go back to uni (yup, I’m definitely still doing Spanish and haven’t finished my assignments for the school year but they can wait).

If you don’t want to read the website, the challenge is to complete the Iron Man distances over the space of a week. I know some of those of you who follow me would find this a piece of cake, but I thought mentally and physically this was my next step up.

My Updates

Day 1: 15k Cycle and 5.9k Run
My thought process here was to get a long run out of the way, it didn’t work. I struggled, I was tired and didn’t listen to my body. I’d been to a festival (V festival – for those British amongst my readers) so I was shattered.

Day 2: 0.5k Swim and 30k Cycle
After my horrific effort at getting some k’s in, I thought I’d better up the game today, I felt the ‘good’ tired post exercise rather than ‘I think I’m going to have a heart-attack, look at my red face’ tired. I also didn’t fall asleep at 9pm like I did on Monday.

Day 3 (today): 0.75k Swim, 5.2k Run and 25k Cycle
Again, I thought I’d better up the mileage and I’ve scheduled in a long run tomorrow which I won’t be doing much around (as I’m actually working 8-5 every day too by the way guys – feel slightly sorry for me). I have come back feeling really fresh actually, I got my swim in before work, my run in during my lunch hour and my cycle straight after work.

Aside from feeling constantly hungry, I actually feel really great. I’m waiting for my crash in about an hour but I’m currently buzzing. I’ve been watching my YouTubers while putting up my festival pictures on Facebook and still feel very alive!

So yeh, I think anyone who needs to spruce up their workouts or wants a challenge should give this a go. It’s giving me a real sense of personal achievement and, well, I’ve decided that if I actually complete it, I will treat myself to this bad boy dress. 

http://www.missguided.co.uk/catalog/product/view/id/111417/s/desaree-black-cross-back-lace-detail-puffball-mini-dress/category/478/

Here are a few of my photos, excuse the blurriness – I hate using my phone in the gym. It’s real embarrassing, you look like a right keano!

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Aside from my Will of Iron, we’ve got our moving date 🙂 3rd October – I’m a big girl nooooow!

I’ve also contemplated changing my blog to a vlog…has anyone done this? Are there any restrictions/advice you guys have? Do you have to plug it everywhere? 

Love you all XX

I’m Back!

So after nearly/over 2 months, I have returned fellow bloggers!

Apologies for my disappearance, I have a lot to fill you in with.

So firstly, yeh, we got engaged.

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Instead of boring you with every detail of the event I’ll give you a quick run down.

So we organised a cheeky holiday to South West Ireland (by the way it’s beautiful), where we rented a cottage and explored pretty much every day. On the second day, we had planned a 55 mile bike ride around the Ring of Beara after exploring the roads and areas the day before by car. The Friday, the 55 mile day, was proposal day. We’d cycled in all of nature’s beauts, bright sunshine, rain, hail and wind. It was very Ireland and we loved it! He proposed on the top of Healy Pass after we’d got back to the cottage after the ride, showered, had a celebratory wine and we decided to drive up to Healy Pass and tada – engaged 🙂 and it’s safe to say the rest of the holiday was spent in a loved up bubbly blur.

I managed to tick a few off of my bucket list this holiday:

– Rent a cute cottage in Ireland with a log fire
– Have a pint of Guinness in Ireland
– Go on a Road Trip

So I’m definitely counting our trip as a ‘road trip’. We drove from Essex, for those of you who don’t know, this is South East England, all the way to the West Coast of Wales, followed by a ferry trip and 4/5 hour drive to our holiday destination!

Here are a few photos for mu bucket list:

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And yes, me on top of the rock at Healy Pass with champagne was 2 minutes after the propsal!

So apart from the engagement and being completely on cloud 9 – we have booked our wedding date!

20th June next year I will be marrying the love of my life, although I can safely say, trying on wedding dresses at the age of 23 is a little bit sickening. However, I do feel like a complete princess when I have them on eeeee.

I have discovered inthefrow. She is amazing. I love watching her tutorials. If anyone knows of volggers similar to her, please please pleeeease let me know. Especially if they’re British (only so I can actually go buy the products!)

I’ve managed to compete in 4 athletics events this year for my club – I got 2 PB’s on Saturday which I’m really chuffed about.

Weight and Bikini bod – not going good. This is the only thing in my life at the moment that is going to need a little graft. We go to Barbados (yes, another update I didn’t post) in just over 6 weeks and I am nowhere near ready on the body or the wardrobe front. If anyone wants to donate some pennies to my wardrobe fund – please feel free.

So yeah, a quicker than usual update especially with everything that has happened.

Please let me know what you guys have been up to – I haven’t even been on WordPress because I’ve been so outrageously busy!

Hope you’re all well 🙂