Well hello there…!

Well hello there , it’s been a hot minute, hasn’t it?!

It’s been almost 4 months since I last wrote and, to be completely honest, it’s really been playing on my mind. I love writing, and I love connecting with other people through my blog, so it’s been a real shame that I haven’t! Whilst we’re being honest, the reason for the total radio silence my part is that I’ve been really struggling with depression and anxiety over the past year, and so whenever I sit down at my laptop, ready to write, I just feel a complete sense of overwhelm and can’t bear trying to get something creative out of myself.

Nonetheless, writing is really important to me, and so I’m resolving to do better. I thought I’d check in with an update on how things are going with me, my life, my running…and everything else!

What’s been going on

Things have been hectic, to say the least. Work has been non-stop, and it’s been tricky to balance everything out. I quite often get to the end of the work day or work week and feel exhausted! Where I used to have energy to go running, blog, run my own side hustles; now I just flop on the sofa with the TV and the dog. (Did I mention the dog yet…?!)

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Fitness

Since the end of 2017, I’ve been experimenting with HiiT workouts at my gym, and I really love them. In December/January, I started way too fast out the gate, doing hardcore HiiT workouts 5 nights a week, and then wondering why I was constantly sick, injured, hungry and  tired! I’ve since reeled it in, and I find a wide variety of ways to keep fit.

Be it yoga, weight training, gym cardio, HiiT, ballet or running, i’m always trying to keep active and moving. Some days I’m in it for my #abgoals, and other days I just really need to sweat out a bad day. There have been weekends recently when it takes a whole day to summon up the effort to get to the gym, but a half hour sweat session makes the world of difference. It sounds vapid and cliché, but it really is a good day if you worked out.

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Running

News alert – I’m finally seeing a physio! I got my private healthcare sorted, and got my butt down to see a really lovely physiotherapist, who’s confident he can get me back on track. Right now there’s not a lot of news, but I’m doing my exercises, running a lot less than normal, and just trying to get it sorted once and for all!

Food and Diet

Things are still going well with food, diet and general eating habits. I’m feeling a  whole lot less restricted than this time a few years ago, although I still have a way to go. I’m eating a lot more “real” food and proper meals, as opposed to constantly snacking on diet foods. I’ve even found space in my diet for pizza every once in a while -something I could never have imagined back in the days of heavy restriction.

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Everything Else

To be honest I’m still not in a great place mentally, but I’m getting there. Work is taking a lot out of me, and I’m doing my best to decompress at the end of each day. My family situation is still tricky, as it has been since my dad left at the start of last year. My therapist is even on leave at the moment, so I’m going to have to find some other way to keep myself ticking over until she’s back!

At the moment, weekends are just lazy, self-care time. I’m not about making huge plans or being super productive – like I said, some days the only “thing” I do is go to the gym, and I’m okay with that. And did I mention there’s a puppy around now?!

So that’s pretty much it for now. I’m using this blog as a way to keep me accountable – I do love writing, and even when it feels like a chore, I feel so much better at the end of it. Much like a run…huh?

So, time to catch up!  What’s been going on with you for the past few months?

Lots of love,

Pippa

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6 thoughts on “Well hello there…!

  1. Welcome back 🙂 I’m sorry to hear about your mental struggle. I’ve found expressing myself here helps me enormously, but that’s not true for everyone so it sounds like taking a break was a good call 🙂

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  2. Great post Pip and nice to see you back posting again 🙂 I’m sorry to hear about your struggles and perhaps this is the start of things getting better for you? It’s ok to not be ok and it’s ok to not manage to do everything you want to do. There’s a great saying about doing one thing each day that makes you happy and if you’re able to do that then you’re on the right track. Keep going 🙂

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