2017 – New Year’s Resolutions?

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As I sit, with a very large glass of rose wine approaching the end of 2016, it seems a very good time to be thinking about new year’s resolutions. Only it isn’t. Because they’re naff.

I’d like to think that I know myself pretty well by now. I’m 30 years old and I think I’m a bit beyond setting myself the annual goal of ‘stop biting my nails’ or the vague annual pledge to ‘be healthier’. I’ve learnt to recognise that they don’t mean anything and, although I do pretty well in January, by mid February I’ve given up. This year I’m deciding to give myself a break and am pledging that I’m not going to pledge to change my entire life in 2017. Also, from previous experience I’ve found that setting myself new year’s resolutions gives me an excuse to be pretty crappy until January. ‘Eat that cupcake,’ I say to myself, ‘then you can fulfil your resolution to eat more healthily.’ Rubbish!

That’s not to say I’m going to stop trying to do things better. I read a really good book recently which has helped me to see things a bit clearer when it comes to trying to better myself. I’ve never been one to read a self-help book, but after a recommendation from the website ‘A Bowl Full of Lemons‘ (which contains all of my life house goals) I decided to give it a go. The book in question is ‘Living Well Spending Less‘ by Ruth Soukup. This appealed to me for two reasons: I always feel a little bit broke and in need of ways to save money and I wasn’t very happy at the time and needed something to sort me out a bit.

Despite the overly Christian approach Ruth takes to her book (the pages are littered with Bible verses which would be lovely for some people but just aren’t for me) I’ve found that this book has really helped me decide what I want to do in 2017 and break those long term goals down into shorter, more achievable chunks. This book’s guidance, combined with starting to bullet journal again, has really helped me make the most of the little time I have to do things for me. So this year I’m not making new year’s resolutions but I am making monthly resolutions, planning time to fit them in, and starting right away rather than waiting until January 1st.

My December goals were:

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So far one is crossed off the list, and hopefully by February our hall, landing and stairs area will be as new.

Waiting to be crossed off the list are the other three:

  • I’ve made a conscious effort to text my two bestest buddies every day because I miss them like crazy now that they’ve moved away.
  • I’ve booked in the ‘Moon Walk‘ with one of the aforementioned bestest buddies just to be able to say that I’ve completed a marathon. Another activity I really wanted to do next year was the Urban Triathlon at Balance Festival, but as bloody terrible luck would have it, they’re on the same weekend! There’s still one event to book. I’m going to see what’s on at the theatre and whether any book tours are coming near York.
  • The running club will be up and running come the 9th January – wahoo!

By the end of December, all the things on the list will be crossed off and I’ll be on to January ones. I’ve not decided what these will be yet, but I’ll post them up when I have.

If you’re sitting there thinking about new year, don’t wait to be amazing or do something different. Start right now. Don’t have a sugar in your tea. Walk to work instead of taking the car. Call your old friend. Why wait?

Lots of love and a happy new year to you all.

Around the Corner Fitness.

 

 

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The No Sugar Cookie

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Unfortunately baby Rose has inherited his sweet tooth from his mother. There’s nothing he loves more than something he shouldn’t be having; the cry of ‘mallow’ can often be heard at 7am. Of course we don’t give him marshmallows for breakfast, but I have been a tad concerned recently that we’re giving him a little too much sugar. In a bid to combat the constant cry for chocolate buttons, I stumbled across these ‘no sugar’ cookies. Technically they do have sugar in them, it’s just that this sugar is honey – which although doesn’t make them completely healthy, is one step towards being better for him.

The recipe is a Thermomix one, but it’s easily adapted for those without the most wizards amazing gadget ever! The original recipe can be found here. Teeny teddies are apparently all the rage in Australia. I can see why: they’re gorgeous!

 

Ingredients

60g of butter cut into cubes
140g honey
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste
170g plain flour
65g self raising flour
1/2 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda

Method

  1. Put the butter, honey and vanilla bean paste into a saucepan over a medium heat. Stir until melted.
  2. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add all the other ingredients. It is quite a wet and sticky dough.
  3. Place dough on a silicone mat to cool slightly.
  4. Once dough is cooled slightly but still warm and pliable, roll out into a rectangle about 2mm in thickness.
  5. Using a small teddy cutter cut the shapes out of the dough (do not underestimate how much time this takes. My arms were killing me by the end!)
  6. Place on a tray and bake for 4 minutes (or until golden brown) in a 180°c oven.

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The original recipe says that they can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. So far mine have lasted 4 days and they have already lost their snap. I’m going to put the rest in the freezer and bring them out as and when. Considering I made 270 of them it’ll take even the sweetest of tooth a long time to munch through them. Baby Rose is having a good go though!

If you try it, let me know.

Happy healthy baking

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My new baby

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So this is happening in the new year! If anyone is from the York area, feel free to come along.

The NHS Couch to 5K programme is an excellent place to get started with running. It tells you when to run and when to walk, as well as providing some really good tunes to pound the pavement to. I’m hoping to get a bit of a community going with this group as well as introducing a few new people to the terrifying yet elating world of running.

 

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The Running Thought Process

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Let’s face it, I have a love-hate relationship with running. I love it one month, I hate it the next; I love it one day, I hate it the next; I love it one minute, I hate it the next! I can go out on a run all pumped up and ready to go, and then want to give in and turn around before I’ve even reached the end of the road. Surely I’m not the only one who feels like this? My thought process when on a run goes pretty much like this:

Start: I really need to go for a run. I’ve eaten all that *insert bad food here* today and really need to burn it off.

2 minutes in: I’m pretty much a porkier version of Paula Radcliffe. I really enjoyed the last run I went on. I’m going to get a PB today.

5 minutes in: I feel like I can run for miles. I never want to stop. I love this song. I love running. The world is such a beautiful place. Ooh, look at those pretty flowers.

7 minutes in: I’m bored now.

10 minutes in: I really want to stop. I didn’t really eat that much *insert bad food here* today. Surely 10 minutes of running has burned off at least 600 calories.

15 minutes in: Wow, I’m getting into my groove now. This rhythm feels really good. I’m still on for that PB. I wonder what 5K time you need for the Olympics. These new trainers/leggings/expensive top that I didn’t need were totally worth it.

20 minutes in: Surely it’s nearly ended now. Looks at watch and groans.

25 minutes in: I’m super fit and healthy now. I’ve run for so long I’m practically a size 8 (dreams of all the dresses I’ll look fabulous in and all the people that I’ll bump into). They’ll think ‘wow, she looks beautiful’.

30 minutes in: I’m dying. This was such a bad idea. Is it nearly over? I’m never doing this again.

End: That was totally worth it. When can I go again?
Even though there’s always at least one point on every run when I want to give up and throw my trainers away, I always go out for the next one. There’s just something about getting out and feeling a sense of accomplishment at the end. The aftermath is always worth the pain!
Happy healthy running,

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