Monday, 20 October 2014

Autumn sun trap

Sitting by a tree

The transition to autumn has been the dream kind for me; plenty of warm days and some sunny time too. As a girl who lives for summer it's hard to wave goodbye to the easy days of the hottest season; the best I can hope for is that we don't plummet head first into the arctic weather too soon. This weekend has been phenomenal for mid- October with temperatures akin to those back in July! As one stranger noted whilst we were out “this global warming business is all well and good but it's bad for the planet”. Pretty sure that the self destruction of the planet is not outweighed by a few hot days in October but what do I know.

I've been pleased to be able to stick with just adding a jumper or cardigan to keep me comfortable as opposed to donning the heavy wool coats just yet. Finding a little sun trap is an autumn delight and just being able to bask in the last of the sun's warmth has to be something to smile about.

Sophie

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Windswept at Blakeney

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Blakeney is a place which I've been taken to so many times over the years; I can remember my grandparents taking me out there with a proper picnic in a wicker basket. We'd park up in the car park by the boats – the one that sometimes floods – and we would sit in the car watching not very much happen while eating our lunch. There is a definite tranquillity to the place, things happen slowly and if you like a bit of peace and quiet then take a wander up the salt marsh bit beyond the car park. It can look a little boggy but has a path to keep to.

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When we visited Blakeney back in September it was a particularly dull day with something of an arctic gale blowing; I regretted not opting for both my jumper and coat once we left the more sheltered village hall car park.

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We took a stroll up the diverted Norfolk Coast Path heading east. Following the flooding dating back to late last year and earlier this year the path had been washed away. There had obviously been a great effort to make a usable new path with surfacing laid out and temporary fencing but it was so bleak and miserable that we turned back after a while and just went home.

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Better luck next time, eh?

Sophie

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Why I’m ‘bothering’ to eat clean and train hard

This post was conceived in my head about four weeks ago when I was caught off balance by a conversation with someone about my lunch. I usually eat a big salad for lunch with a good portion of protein in the form of chicken, mackerel, bacon, mixed beans, corned beef or something else a bit random. This is followed by a half a cup of low fat yogurt with honey and a piece of fruit. No cake, no biscuits, although that doesn't stop people offering them which is really annoying.

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picture from July

The question was put to me: “you're never going to be an [Olympic] athlete, so why are you bothering?” which knocked me for six that a) someone would be so blunt in asking, plus b) that I didn't have a concise answer ready.

After a bit of consideration I have an answer.

I'm scared. I'm scared that I turn the big 3-0 next year and I'm neither ready for a milestone, nor ready to start acting my age. In my head I'm pretty much just 18; young and silly. There is no way in hell I'm going to sit back and wait for my waistline to fill out and take up soap operas as a pastime. If I can con my way into staying looking younger for longer (without surgery and drugs OBVS) then you can bet your ass I'm going for it. Eating clean and exercise to get my body the way I damn well want it – that's strong not skinny FYI – is absolutely worth it. That loathsome quote about 'nothing tastes as good as skinny feels' is something I've never referenced before and I don't want to directly mention ever. My take on my body is this: there is precious little satisfaction tucking into something that tastes good yet leaves me feeling grumpy afterwards that I ate. I'd much rather fuel myself with good nutritious fuel and be able to look in the mirror in the morning without grimacing. It's a personal preference.

A (fairly) healthy diet along with a few workouts and runs a week keeps me ticking over but I'm currently trying to make a teensy bit of headway in just getting to the summit of where I want to be. I was nearly there; so close but then as per usual I fell off the wagon and to date can't get back on with both feet. It's not the end of the world and I'm not tearing my hair out about it, but I would like to get my head and my schedule sorted out so that I can at least make sure I know how things are going as opposed to being in the dark (which I do feel like things are at present).

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I wrote a while ago about women who's bodies inspire me (post long gone now) and they were all strong and healthy women, Jess Ennis-Hill, Jillian Michaels, Jodie Marsh and Victoria Pendleton; they all inspire me with the dedication they have put into creating their physiques. Here's the revelation I've noticed: I don't want to workout to get their bodies, I want to create my own! I'm just going to work hard at what I enjoy and see where it takes me. Naturally, my legs are far more toned than any other part of me, my matchstick arms have been a supremely slow process to strengthen, my core although getting stronger is where any excess weight will sit (why wont it go to my boobs?!!!). The washboard rippling abs are not all that likely, but you know what? I don't mind. I'm enjoying being myself and where my hard work is taking me.

As for why people ask such blunt questions; they're either trying to show they care and are worried about you OR they're just arses. You decide. All I want to say is that a little support wouldn't go amiss.

Sophie

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Rockabilly

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I'm not one hundred percent sure what rockabilly is by definition but to me it has to be a country (& western) style with a whole lot of rock thrown in for good measure. When I saw this dress languishing on a rail in Cancer Research it was always coming home with me; the colour, pattern, fit, frills.... it was a no brainer, except it was completely see through, needing a slip to go underneath (is it called a slip? A lining really). Fortunately, I've got one already which works just fine.

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Yes, it is unlike me to wear over-fussy clothes, I'm more of a no-frills girl at heart but ringing the changes is something that floats my boat. This blue dress is way more flattering than I rightfully deserve; the fitted waistband creates a silhouette which I love and the neckline with the little sleeves is both conservative yet a little more revealing than I usually tend to go for. The skirt has just the right amount of swoosh without being impractical plus is an entirely respectable length.

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Can I just take a second to say, yeah, my make up is a little heavier than normal which perhaps is something only I would notice but HELLO big hair! The bigger the better I say.

Trusty leather bomber jacket, newish boots – both eBay, old necklace, bangle – gift, bracelets – who on earth remembers.

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This dress is one I can just imagine reaching for as one of those items to reach for for when in a “help! I have nothing to wear/ nothing suits me/ I hate my wardrobe” state of panic and then having my concerns quelled.

Is Autumn prompting you to try anything different?

Sophie