Plastic Free July 2020

If you didn’t know its Plastic Free July… Will you be joining in and making more of an effort to cut down your plastic waste?  This is not new news, but even if you haven’t taken any steps so far, you can easily start NOW!

Here are a few quick and easy tips to help you out:

Reusable Water Bottle: These are EVERYWHERE, its so much better for the environment when you reuse a bottle rather than buying one every time you’re out, and might I add a hell of lot cheeper long term.

Reusable Travel Mug: Again, super easy to get hold of and you get money OFF your take away coffees when you buy in a store.  We invested in a coffee machine a few years ago.  Heres some quick math for our yearly coffee expenditure: x2 coffees five days a week at an average of £3.50 is £1820 per year!!  Break down the cost of our coffee machine and the coffee we buy for it, and it comes to £268 per year.  Thats a saving of £1552 per year… if that’s not an incentive to get a travel mug then I don’t know what is.  And knowing that you’re NOT contributing to the millions of takeaway cups being thrown away every day is a good feeling as well.

Flask: As a family we are outside as much as possible.  We take supplies with us for the day for a number of reasons.  A couple are that we can eat when we want, we don’t have to worry about finding somewhere to buy food from and we are not buying more food in plastic packaging.  One thing we always take out with us is a flask filled with hot chocolate for the kids, they absolutely LOVE sitting on a log in the ‘wild’ and sipping on a hot choccie.  I also fill it with coffee for long bike rides..

Cutlery: Invest in some portable cutlery so that you can eat your homemade lunch, or store bought lunch that needs a fork, so that you’re not using a plastic fork once and then binning it.

Reusable Bags: This should be second nature by now otherwise I presume you’ve mastered the balancing act of all your groceries.  I’ll admit, its a skill.

To help you on your Plastic Free July Journey, I’ve teamed up with MIZU and snagged you a 20% discount code for the entire month of July!  Just use the code MIZULEX on checkout to get your 20% off anything you wanted to help you along your Plastic Free Journey 🙂

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

Board Review: Hyperlite Soul Mate

I am riding the 2020 Hyperlite Soul Mate this year and so I thought I would fill you in on what I think of it!

I started off on the 2020 Hyperlite Pleasure in October last year, which rides like an absolute dream, and the Soul Mate is its sister board as its women focussed.  It is a little lighter and so its great for spins because you won’t get spin-lag. The board has a wood core and also comes with Hyperlites custom Satin Flex so we can get deeper into those presses in the park.  With sized-up technology, meaning the technology has advanced so much that the board can be made longer but with no extra weight, it comes in a 142cm which makes it super soft on landings. Its got a sintered base and urethane sidewalls, which means its extremely durable and will hold up for all those park sessions.

Similar to my riding on the Pleasure, its the most snowboardery feel I’ve ever had on a wakeboard. Its narrower profile means the Soul Mate carves through the water just like you would be throwing out big turns through the fresh pow.  This alone puts the biggest smile on my face.

The Soul Mate is the most fun I’ve had on a wakeboard in a long time and honestly rides like no other board I’ve ridden before.  If you have the chance to get on it… definitely give it a go, you’ll have a smile on your face in seconds.