Year of Happiness

So this year’s theme is the year of happiness.

For those who know me, know that I don’t set new year goals or resolutions because I feel like they set you up for failure.

Have you ever made a list super long list of things you want to achieve in the New Year? Every year, maybe you manage to tick a few things off the list, which feels incredible, but the things you don’t complete make me feel like you failed.

Following on from CGP Grey from the Cortex podcast I set a them. I know some people call them an intention, like my 2018 intentions are…. But I just prefer a theme because and intentions are great but you could intend to climb a mountain but instead stay in bed. While a theme for me feels like a roughly guide to steer choices.

So instead of making goals like I will go to the gym 6 days a week, which we all know I won’t do. I just have in the back of my mind to be more active if my theme was the year of Health. That was my theme last year.

The benefits of themes are they allow you to think and focus on your values. Themes have no limits, they are expansive, and they get you out of your our head and don’t feel like you failed because you didn’t hit the gym.

So back to my theme.

HAPPINESS.

 This year I will focus on doing things that make me happy like exercising more, eating better, doing fun activities with friends and study… maybe even blogging more

 

Fitness & Yoga & bad habits

So I’ve been doing yoga for about a month now at the very awesome Move yoga studio in Melbourne. Any Melbournians thinking of doing yoga come join us on the mat.


I’ll have to take a photo of me and my current state when I get home. I’m not trying to brag or anything like FYI. So let’s start from the start.


I would personally  describe myself as slim, I’m not a tinny tiny skinny girl nor am I athletically built, without any professional training or advice I would categorize myself as an ectomorph.

As a child I was very athletic, I used to train for cross country almost every day. I ran the 3km or 1.5km races and I did high-jump, played volleyball and netball because I was tall. 179cm tall to be exact (now). In high school this carried on with school sport but everything changed during Uni.

I was no longer walking everywhere or playing sport, this is when I decided to start playing indoor volleyball with friends we play weekly until we didn’t.

My weight yo-yo here, I was never that unhappy with myself that I would suddenly diet or anything like that but I remember my ex (boyfriend at the time) told me that I had lost a lot of muscle mass and I was not just thin because I was. I was no longer toned.  This never really occurred to me until this point, yes while I was younger I once did have the core/abs of a rock star but I thought I was fine out it. Fine enough that well I didn’t get an hit the gym the next day, but not, so I would walk my dog.

Forward a few months maybe a year I met Nathan and we joined the gym together. We would go but then not go, as soon as his contract ended he cancelled his membership. I on the other hand tried to get at it but let’s be honest here barely got my monies worth of gym.

All I ever did at them gym was cardio and stretching. So after a while I canceled my membership too.

And then 1 month ago I came across the fairly new yoga studio move. I have signed up for there membership and I’ve been to at least 4/5 weekdays and when I first started I was even doing double yoga, sometimes even triple.

What I really learnt about myself and fitness is I have to make it as easy as possible. I go to yoga almost every night because it is convenient I walk out of work and yoga is pretty much a part of my way home.  It’s hard to commit if you have to make the effort to get there.

These are the small things that I have changed in my life and I’m really happy with the relationship I have with my body now.

Things that I do to keep myself going.

1. Make it as convenient as possible to exercise, yes the gym that is further away might be cheaper but you cannot be trusted to go.
2. Carry water every where you go, you’ll end up drinking it.
3.Before you buy a whole new “workout” wardrobe set yourself a mini goal like, if I go to the gym conservatively for a week then I’ll get new pants.
4. Eat right. Carry around healthy snacks and be okay that some days you are just going to eat that whole block of milk chocolate.
5. Follow Fitness bloggers or Instagramers for inspiration.
6. Get a good night sleep.
7. Reward yourself

Starting over 

Finally my exams are over! Yay!

I’m on study break until then, hopefully I can blog abit during and get back into a routine.  Speaking of routines I’m trying to get into a yoga routine. I love yoga, I love this fact it doesn’t kill me afterwards but I still feel it. I’m not always in the best health so I can just go to the gym and overexert myself. But yoga in 37 degrees works perfectly for me.  I’m gonna try and take some photos of my current abilities like the face I can’t touch my toes. My goal is to touch my toes and my ultimate goal in to do a headstand spilt. A girls gotta dream!
But for now I’m gonna got back to sleep because I’m dying in bed.


I leave you with my exam day Instagram photo of me rocking it.  Or do I think