so I’ve just discovered soundrown, it’s sort of like rainymood except there’s 10 different sounds that you can listen to and combine to create whatever sort of environment you want (i.e. campfire and night, which is quite lovely)
are you telling me i could listen to the sound of a coffee shop on fire
What really sucks is when you are lower than low and you really just need a friend and you realise you have no one. There is no one you can run to anymore. There’s no one left. That’s the true definition of alone.
So the first meetup of our Tough Mudder 2014 team is on Saturday and (surprise, surprise!) I couldn’t be more excited. So far we’re 13 people ranging in ages from 22 to 46 and with experience levels between “Hmm, Tough Mudder seems like a good way to get fit” to ex US Army Ranger. I feel more organised, more prepared already and we have 6 months still before the event.
I have a startup training program at the gym, which I’ll be swapping in a few weeks for my Tough Mudder training program, as soon as the snow is gone I’ll be starting running again, and I’m doing a pushup training plan and some yoga as well. Intense, maybe but I’m loving it so far.
So I’ve been away for awhile now. It’s been a busy time over Christmas and New Years, I had a lot going on at work with the kids and it was my first Christmas ever away from my family so it was hard at times too, but it was also refreshing not to spend so much time online, specifically mindlessly scrolling through Tumblr. It’s probably time to sort through all the blogs I follow and get rid of some at some stage.
I don’t really know how many people are actually reading this at the moment, and how many are interested, but I sort of feel it’s necessary to give a little update of what’s going on with me.
I’m really excited about 2014 - I’ve never been one for making New Years Resolutions, but I do believe in making the most of every new start and going at things with a positive attitude. Last year in April I made a “resolution” to do Tough Mudder - along the way changing my attitude to healthy eating and living, and increasing my fitness. For me that was a huge positive step and although I slid back afterwards - not exercising as much and not eating as healthy I’m still miles ahead of where I was and my overall attitude towards these things has definitely changed for the better.
This year, Max has decided he needs to lose some weight and so, to support him, I’ve committed to a year long healthy lifestyle plan, based on the points system that Lizzie and I used last year in the leadup to Tough Mudder. We’ve expanded this a little, to include things like getting enough sleep and taking time out for ourselves, and at the end of the year the winner will get an iPhone. To be honest, as much as I’d like the iPhone, I’d like more for Max to get his health on track so I’ll probably end up “forgetting” to write up my points later in the year so he can win. We’ve started a blog for this (so far he hasn’t written anything, but I have) which you can find here.
I’m also super excited to get back into training this year, (thanks to the aforementioned points system) especially because the first 2014 Tough Mudder dates have been released! Yay! I’m super excited for this, and am currently planning on doing the Berlin event in July. I’d love to go back to Nordrhein Westfalen again but that’s sadly in September, when I’ll be (FINALLY) going home to see my family. I was also planning on running in Hamburg this year, but the dates are yet to be released so I’ll have to wait and see about that.
I joined a gym last week, which is a new thing for me, but I’m very excited, especially for my personal training session tomorrow, where we’ll be working on my training plan.
Anyways, that’s about it from me now, I hope you’ve all had a fabulous holiday season and are as excited about this new year as I am!