Friday, 9 December 2016

Fitness over winter

Brita fill & go bottle review
Oh dear. The old winter fitness lapse rut. It hasn't always been this way; I wrote a rather preachy post about maintaining fitness in winter back in 2013, though
 frankly I can no longer identify with that stance. Upon entry into 2016 I weighed in at the heaviest ever with a rather sad feeling about how thing were going but still feeling like things were on the turn. I don't really know what to say.

I haven't tried hard, I haven't pushed myself and I haven't stuck to any of the bright ideas that cropped up.
But I know that I would have suffered in other ways if I had put exercise to the top of the priority list so on this occasion there are no real regrets.

What's the plan for 2017? To be honest I don't know yet. It's something I've been considering for weeks. There is so much on my mind... looking back at pictures of myself a few years ago and reading how I felt makes me sad that I've flumped out a bit and surrendered the relentless routine. In my heart I don't feel like I can get back to that place again, that version of me is lost for good.

Looking at the positives though and there really are positives, I have kept up with one tough workout each week. My fitness hasn't ebbed away to nothing, in fact I'm probably stronger than ever. My efforts haven't been in vain, the last few years of training have been banked and I'm ticking over.

Recently, I was sent a Brita Fill & Go bottle to try out. I know what you're thinking; yeah, yeah.
I'm a Brita fan. We already have a Brita water filter jug in the kitchen which is streaks ahead of the generic one we used for years before that. In Norfolk our water is so hard that it's practically solid water round here. Everything gets scaled up stupidly fast which is a total nightmare. The Brita filter makes an incredible difference. We loved it so much that when our kitchen tap went wrong we bought a Brita tap too which has hot, cold and a filtered water 'lever' too. It's a revolution. So it's safe to say I'm already a fan of the brand.
So what's the deal with the fill & go bottle? Well it has a filter disc in the cap so you can top up your water bottle from any drinking water source and be able to drink lovely filtered water which is great for sports or out and about. I'm really sensitive to the horrible taste of tap water; apparently some people can't taste it but I can taste and smell it. Nasty. So filtering it makes such a difference. Plus having a proper sturdy bottle saves buying bottled or re-using disposable plastic bottles (Which I'm sure I've heard is cancerous?!) Anyway, the Brita bottle is sturdy, dishwasher safe and is so much cheaper than buying bottled water. It comes in four cap colours too.
It's a great idea!
Brita fill & go bottle review
Tell me about you; how is your fitness motivation going today? And tell me about your water drinking preferences too - do you like water, are you a tap water hater too?
Sophie
Thanks to Brita for sending me their new bottle to try out. All opinions and content my own, as always.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Once upon a frosty morning

Frosty autumn morning in Norfolk countryside
Once upon a frosty morning the sun rose over the horizon, flooding the land with rich orange light and turning the glazed landscape into a glittering spectacle.
Frosty autumn morning in Norfolk countryside

Frosty autumn morning in Norfolk countryside

Frosty autumn morning in Norfolk countryside
Much as I adore the spring and summer warmth, it has to be said that the stark monochrome beauty of winter mornings has a certain allure.

Frosty autumn morning in Norfolk countryside

Frosty autumn morning in Norfolk countryside

Frosty autumn morning in Norfolk countryside

Frosty autumn morning in Norfolk countryside
It's daft isn't it, how heading out into the frozen air can make you want to sing (a little like hills are alive - except flat old Norfolk isn't the best fit) and the warmth from the sun visibly makes you break into a smile.
Frosty autumn morning in Norfolk countryside

Frosty autumn morning in Norfolk countryside

Frosty autumn morning in Norfolk countryside

Frosty autumn morning in Norfolk countryside
I have a little favour to ask.... Someone allegedly nominated this blog for a UK Blog Award and I would love your vote in the photography category. If you are feeling like humouring me then cast your vote here and let me know so I can say thank you. I know the competition is stiff but nevertheless I'm grateful to be a part of things.
You lot are amazing and I'm ridiculously happy that anyone cares to drop by!
Sophie 

Monday, 5 December 2016

A murder of crows

A murder of crows
If you want something done, ask someone busy; they are the ones that somehow manage to get everything sorted while juggling about twelve different things all in one go.
Or do it yourself.
I feel like I am the busy one and frankly it's better to make myself more busy than to hope that anyone else can arrange any further things. Especially near Christmas. Some people actually have to be reminded that it's Christmas and 'have you got presents for so-and-so sorted?' to which the answer is that it hadn't crossed their mind. Quite incredible.
So it's been a more manic than usual few weeks recently but my hope it that it alleviates the last minute rush near Christmas. In the mean time, I've not got any posts ready for the week as my eyes stubbornly refused to stay open during the online shop last night; lids drooping in between additions to the basket. A victory in itself the order has been completed.

This picture is one from a few weeks ago when the rich blue skies sat as a stunning backdrop to the copper tones of the trees. A murder of crows swooped ominously over the treetops, caawing as they circled. Quite atmospheric.
Sophie

Friday, 2 December 2016

Time flies

They say time flies when you're having fun. When it comes to December people comment with great frequency they can't believe how fast the year has flown by. I'm guilty of it. But this year I feel like things have been different. I'm not going to say it again.
Instead, my version of the year can be summarised as busy. It's been all go; here there and everywhere. I can quantify where the time went. Some of it is recorded in pictures, some of it blossomed in a vase and much of it resulted in being able to sit here and tell you all about it having completed the regular chores.
They say that life is what happens while you're making plans.
It's all too easy to put off things in favour of an easy time; maybe slobbing on the sofa all evening and telling yourself that you'll have a better day tomorrow. Sometimes I do that.
To be fair though, it feels like I've crammed in as much as is realistically possible while allowing myself plenty of sleep. There has been plenty to look back on this year and I can say for certain that I've given it my best. Boxes have been ticked. Over the next few weeks the list of plans for next year will be collated and it will be interesting to see what direction 2017 will lead. One thing I can say for sure is that it's going to be made up of doing things and not just letting time fly by while I'm slow out of the blocks.
Sophie