Hello me darlings. Happy Sunday. Oh where oh where has the weekend gone?
Still, only two weeks until half term (shout out to school workers everywhere), so that's not too bad.
My week has been full of croaky voiced-ness. I was amused, when randomly clicking on old blog posts (does anyone else do this?) to see that I had the same sore throat and cold this time last year. See here, where I complain all about it. Everyone at school (kids and grown ups) were poorly, so I soldiered on. I had a proper Marge Simpson voice, which was bloody annoying, although I secretly like having a bit of a rasp sometimes.Without the annoying pain, obviously.
This is my excuse for my fitness taking a back seat this week, and why there is no Fitness Friday yet again. Hopefully, this week the weather and my health will hold out, and I will be able to get running again.
I spent this weekend taking it easy. Even though I wanted to go and see my Mum in Oxford I forced myself to stay home. I just popped out for a lovely lunch with two lovely friends, it was so nice to catch up. Today I feel a lot better so I hit up Zumba and loved it. I popped to town (must stop doing this) and got some bargain £10 worker style boots in Primark that I have had my eye on for ages. I like to implement a bit of Primark stalking now and then, as 9 times out of 10 things get reduced.
To compliment this catch-up style post, here are some things I have spotted in internet land or the actual world of living things that I like.
I always linked David & Goliath with those pink t-shirts with the 'throw rocks at boys'-esque image, which didn't particularly appeal. Then I stumbled onto their website and found out that I love this brand! I want and need this hoodie, because it is totally true. And it glows in the dark. And it's £19.99-reeeduced baby.
Sugar & Vice
I have such a love for quirky jewellery, and think so many of the items from this online story are wicked.
They all clock in at around a tenner, which aint half bad.
My Zumba instructor bought a Powerhoop along to class, and I had a go.It was so much fun! I really want one now. I suffer from a stiff and generally sore back, so I hope this will help build up muscle strength and loosen it up. She is starting a class soon, which I want to have a go at. A colleague at work has a hoop, and says she uses it in front of the telly.It's basically a weighted hula hoop.The fact that it's heavier makes it much easier to maintain the rhythm. I don't know the ins and outs, or how a class works, but am excited to find out more.
Nooo, I have run out. I am sitting the bottle upside down and banging it to get out a few drops. I have been trawling the net for a replacement, but it's just so much money. I decided to try Macadamia oil, a sample-style bottle is about £4, so I figured this would be good to see if I liked it before committing. I find it funny how I wasn't smitten when I first tried it, but actually it's the best hair oil I've tried once I compared it to my other budget purchases.
In general, I have been doing so much internet hair product browsing recently. Kerastase, Kevin Murphy, Jason Organics... what should I choose?I am still searching for a good, moisturising everyday conditioner.
My hair in general is a bit in between styles and colours. The highlights I had done about a year ago are seriously brassy with three inch roots, so I bit the bullet and dyed it all a medium brown. I am not over the moon with it, but I have a good blank canvass to ombre it all up! I purchased the L'Oreal kit, and will use it in a few weeks once I have conditioned the crap out of my head. It needs a trim too. Damn it.
Like I mentioned above, my fitness has been hit and miss since Christmas, what with the snow and then poorliness and all. But I have been planning for the warmer months, and have decided (drumroll) to do a half marathon. I said over New Year that I wanted to do one this year, and I don't see why not. I think I am going to go for this one in Windsor, that goes along the river (meaning no hills, winner). It's at the end of May, which means I am going to start proper training (i.e. find/create a training plan and stick to it) at the end of March. I am also going to do a 5 miler at the beginning of March, and try and do a 10k or two in the middle. My aim for February is to get going again, up the ante on my weekly fitness and commit to my long Saturday run.
I am also trying to improve my strength training. I am not in love with strength and all that it involves, I'd much rather walk, run or Zumba. But every day I am fitting in fifteen minute blasts, mainly using moves and ideas from the 30 Day Shred. Now I am so familiar with the Shred I get pretty bored doing it, and find it hard to get motivated to do it in the first place. So most evenings, usually while I am cooking dinner, I get down and do planks, abs moves, squats, lunges and use the hand weights to do random arm moves as well. I hope that this more freestyle approach will trick me into doing it, and I will improve without noticing.
Have a lovely Sunday all.