2 Years of Yoga Everyday!

Two years ago on the 20th June 2018, I started doing yoga every morning.  If you didn’t catch it, you can read all about my 365 Days of Yoga and all the benefits I found from practicing my new morning routine.

I’m happy to say that after I completed my year of yoga, I continued on.  I have now completed my second year of yoga with only missing a few days.

Until Lockdown.

With the kids school closed, it meant that I had more time flexibility in the mornings because I wasn’t doing with the school run.

It started with getting up a little later for morning yoga and fitting in workouts during the afternoons.  After a week or so it shifted to working out in the mornings while using yoga as my cool down.  However, with the endorphins flying round my body, I was purely focussing on the stretches and not giving any thought to the mindfulness and breathing side of yoga.

A year into morning yoga, my plan was to fit in a 20mins hiit/cycle/run before hand, but I only managed this a few times.  Why?  Because I find it hard to get up early in the winter.  You would think that years of getting up at 6:30am for school and 5:30am for the London commute, would have programmed me into a early morning machine… but no.  I hugely dislike getting up in the dark.  This is also why I needed to implement morning yoga into my life in the summer months, and why I’ve now started the early morning workouts… I just can’t start something like this in the winter, I find it far too difficult.

The Lockdown and the lighter mornings have massively helped with getting up earlier and so I have managed to get myself into our home gym (the garage), early most days.  I have an espresso and a homemade flapjack before working out to get me going, and I’m really into it!  Now one of my children has returned to school, I have to get in the gym earlier to be finished and ready for the school run.

My goal is to carry on these morning workouts even when school has completely returned and the sunrise gets later and later.  I know some people have to throw everything into starting a new habit / lifestyle change, but I am not one of those people.  I have to take small steps to make them stick.  If my goal was to get up an hour earlier every morning to do yoga, it would have lasted days.  Instead, I made myself get up just 10-20mins earlier which was far more achievable for me and has become a daily habit.

I have put the yoga in place, which took me a few years to commit to.  I have put the morning workouts in place, which has taken me nearly a year to accomplish.  Now, how long will it take me to implement workouts followed by yoga, and not just using it to stretch?

In my 365 Day of Yoga blog post, I talk about how much morning yoga changes my mood and sets me up in a positive way for the day ahead.  I get different result from working out because I’ve been far more active, I’m fired up and motivated for the day ahead.  I don’t prefer either vibe, I’m just happy to not be grumpy first thing in the morning when parenting anymore, which has been a HUGE help when practicing patience when homeschooling my kids through a global pandemic!

Have you been more or less active during lockdown and why?  Have you taken up a new fitness routine or hobby and what is it?  Who has drank more wine than normal?  I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to!

Wearing Active Wear by Island Feather

Learn to Wakeboard UK 2020

Over winter I tend to hunker down and give myself a rest from wake work, which is due to a few of reasons… one: its cold, dark, gloomy and the lakes around me close down, two: I need a rest/break from the season and focus on other things, and three: I have a family who are in school, and leaving them for a few months to go to the souther hemisphere to wakeboard would be frowned upon I feel?

As you know I’m a Wakeboard Coach and I run Wake Daze, which are wakeboard camps for women, usually combined with some lakeside yoga, and you’re fed and watered too.

So I digress, but this is the time of year when the cogs start turning and I plan my season ahead.  So here we are.. I’ve got some of the dates confirmed for Wake Daze 2020 and they are: 16th May, 20th June, 25th July & 5th September.  These will be held at the lil wake haven that is Xtreme Wake.

Interested?  Want to learn how to wakeboard?  Want to improve your riding?  Then read on…

Beginner: Beginners are welcome with open arms as its a great way to give the sport a go for the first time.  You’ll be on a straight line cable and so you are the only person wakeboarding at that time, so all the attention from the coach (yours truly) is on you, and also the speed can be tailored for your ability, which means we can start off super slow.

Intermediate: Been riding a couple of seasons? Got your own kit? Stuck on what to do next or a certain trick? Then sign up as there is loads for you to learn from your first wedge/kicker or rail hit, to kicker grabs and 180s, to pressing on rails and of course, we can’t forget about the good old basics of some surface tricks to get those board skills up.

Advanced: You’re ready for air tricks and bigger kicker spins or flips?  Or you want to try that air trick that is just a little too daunting to try on the 5-tower cable?  Then come on down and lets work on them together so you can progress with your wakeboarding career.

So, if you’ve been thinking about trying wakeboarding, or you want to improve your riding, come and join me this summer!  Get in touch here for more infomation or to book on.

See you on the water xx

Resolutions 2020: Better late than never

I’m not sure where December and January went… anyone know?  Ah I remember, December we were wiped out with a horrible virus that just.would.not.leave, and January was spent on the back foot, catching up with everything missed in December.  But we’re here now and back up to speed.

So Resolutions!  2019 I listed a whole bunch which were mainly focussed on a family effort to cut down on our waste, you can check out what those points were here Resolutions 2019  I feel that we stuck to a lot of the goals when it came to cutting down waste, but there is so much more room for improvement.

Things we nailed were: water bottles, travel coffee cups, metal straws, carrier bags, soap bars, washing powder, rechargeable batteries, ground coffee, making packed lunches (instead of buying in wrappers), natural shower scrubbers, reusable make-up cloths, shampoo bars, loose fruit & veg, buying less stuff, saying no to receipts on non important purchase or getting them emailed, splitting items that are part recyclable and part non recyclable, washing out packaging before it goes in the recycle bin / glass bin, making our own pizza dough which is healthier and no packaging!

Room for improvement: 

I’ve gotten slack on taking my own containers to supermarkets, as you really seem to have to fight your case as to why you don’t want to buy in packaging.  This is a shame as somedays I’m up for the conversation, and some days I’m more like, meh..  I will try my best to take my own containers going forward.

I have yet to visit a new re-fill store that has opened up near to me which I should have done a few weeks ago..

I don’t like my hair conditioning bar, its not very good?  Help, please let me know if you’ve found one that leaves your hair feeling silky smooth.

So thats the waste section done.. on to diet, health and fitness.  Last year I continued on my ‘journey’, everything is a journey, so en trend, anyway, I still practice yoga every single day first thing in the morning (thats 18 months guys!!) and I still love it.  (You can read about my 365 days of yoga here.)  I started to dabble in doing a Hiit workout before my yoga, which I did manage to do a few times, but I would like to make more effort this year, when I do get up, I enjoy going into my day knowing that I’ve already got a sweat on, and feeling smug AF.  I also focussed on getting stronger last year.

Diet.  I get asked about my diet, a lot.  Like its a big secret, but its really not. I’m an active person, I cook at home and I don’t eat many processed foods, and I drink a lot of water.  My diet does change as I’m always learning about what food can do to your body and the science behind it, like I’ve been researching a more plant based diet over the past few months.  The biggest change I’ve made is switching from cows milk to a non dairy option, at the moment I’m loving oat milk.  But this might be another blog entirely, (let me know if you want a ‘what I eat in a day’ blog).

Time: now our kids are four and seven, we’re out of the trenches, we can, and do, take them anywhere (not that that stopped us before! but its easier now) as they can start to interact with the family activities now, like we ALL went rock climbing last week and it was so so fun!  And also more date nights.  We’re big on family dinners in our house and we all sit down for a home cooked meal in the evenings, which is a luxury now, because just a couple of years ago, my husband used to leave for work before we woke up, and get home after the kids were in bed.  So these meals are great, but they revolve around the kids, so we don’t actually get to have a good catch up, so 2020 is the year of the date night. Investing in my man.. and any chance to not have to cook an evening meal. Seriously, is there a competition where I can win a chef for a year?  Sign me up.

So there are my Resolutions for 2020:

1. Continue to cut down on waste and learn more about different ways to cut down

2. Get a workout in before yoga a few times a week

3. More date nights

4. More activities with the kids

5. Continue to learn about food and how they are linked to health

6. And work goals… I’m excited for this year.