Saturday, 18 July 2015

2015 goals: 6 month update

Just over six months ago, I shared some goals for this year that I wanted to achieve. This post is a slightly late update on how I am getting on. Straight up, it has been difficult to keep up over the past three months as the breakdown below will show. There are, however, good and important reasons for why as a course and work have been taking up a huge amount of time. 

From the end of May to the beginning of July, I attended a mindfulness course run by Mind. I wanted to explore this as a way to develop resilience as well as trying to manage the periods when I sink into murky waters. The course was wonderful and I may share my experiences in a future post. I attended the sessions every Wednesday evening and then needed to find time for formal practices during the day. This, with a temporary dramatic increase in my workload, threw out my routine and my ability to keep everything on track. 

Running

I finally hit 50% of my target a few days ago, a couple of weeks overdue, but it felt really good to get there. This means I have covered 376km this year! May was my best month where I set personal records for calories burned on one run, longest duration (just over an hour) and the furthest distance (10.49km).

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A few observations:

  • I'm still enjoying going out but it's been harder to find the time. I have worked late for more evenings than ever before which sucks up the time I rely on during the week to put on my trainers. 
  • I am finding it easier to run up hills. Ok, they aren't very big ones but I do include at least one in each run. 
  • I love running to podcasts. Recently I have been listening to Modern Sewciety. They are guaranteed to last the length of the run and I find many of them inspiring.

Eating well

This is one area that I have been keeping up with successfully, although not necessarily using my cook books. The BBC Good Food website stepped in for two months while Jamie's 30 Minute Meals provided inspiration for the other month. I didn't keep track of the meals but the one that stands out is the Asian Style Salmon from Jamie's 30 Minute Meals. I remember this very well as it is about the only homemade meal that I took a photo of! 

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Reading

Wow, have I struggled with this one. I've even fallen behind on blog reading - my blog roll is currently at 300 or more! Obviously this means I haven't finished the books that I mentioned in my last post. However, I am slowly working my way through two different books. 

The first is the book that accompanies the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibit that I saw in May. I'm also lucky enough to be seeing it again later this afternoon as I'm currently in London with Vaire Gwir and Hannah. But I digress. I am enjoying this book and as it is a series of essays, it makes it easier to pick up and put down. It is fascinating to learn more McQueen, his collections and his process. 

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The second book is The State We're In by Adele Parks. I'm not sure when I got this book, I think it might have been one of those free books Amazon gives you on certain purchases. I'm a third of the way through and it is readable. It is a chick lit (I generally don't read these) and tells the story of Jo and Dean - they meet on a flight to Chicago and each other's opposite. That's as far as I have got. Some of the characters are intriguing but some seem to be rather irritating and I can't work out if Jo will remain as ridiculous as she has been so far. 

In a few weeks, Adam and I will be going on holiday to Tuscany and I'm looking forward to the chance to read. We will be travelling around a little by train and I often pick up a book while I'm travelling. I'm starting to think about which books to take me. Is there a good read that you would recommend? 

5 comments:

  1. Well done! I think this is incredible given the challenges you have had. I am still at the "thinking about doing it" stage with exercise, which is not great, but I have had to factor in returning to work recently (that's my excuse and I'm sticking with it!).

    I recently read The Accidental by Ali Smith. I hardly read any more either, but my dad gave me this book for Christmas so I made the effort and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's probably a bit of an odd story, but I if you like something a bit different, it's worth looking at. Enjoy your holiday! X

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  2. I bought that Alexander McQueen book too, although I've done little more than drool over the photographs so far (not all of them though, some are quite disturbing!).

    I read all the time, I'm currently reading The Girls by Lisa Jewell. I love her books, particularly the more recent ones, and would highly recommend them. If you like fantasy/witches etc the All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness was very good.

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  3. Have just re-read To Kill a Mockingbird as a precursor to reading Go Set a Watchman ( the "new" Harper Lee) and thoroughly enjoyed it. Why not go for a re-read of an old favourite on your holiday and enjoy a bit of nostalgia?

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  4. I'm still drooling over the exhibition, and it was even better to be able to enjoy it with friends =)

    Well done on achieving your half-year running goal. I haven't been to gym in over a week... it's been tricky to find the time with family visiting last week and packing this week, but will try to get back to my routine asap.

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  5. Well done on your goals. I can't remember the last book I read - isn't that terrible? I do listen to podcasts all the time though, so that's where I get most of my information these days!

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