Weekly Update: Free time and lots of running!

Well hello there! It’s time for my weekly update – definitely trying to be more consistent with these, especially now that I’m back running a lot more regularly!

What’s been going on 

Well, a lot has happened since I last wrote an update!

It’s been a long while coming, but at the start of October I handed my notice in at my job. To cut a long story short, I hadn’t been happy for a while, but had always tried to see the positives – and there were plenty. But ultimately, it got to the point where work stress was seeping out into the rest of my life, and I didn’t have any balance at all. Eventually, the bad outweighed the good, and I had to call it quits.

I finished up my last day at the end of October, before taking a bit of time out to figure out my next move. I ended up taking two weeks out, before starting a new freelance role which will hopefully be a better fit for me. It’s been a hectic time, trying to figure out work and plans, and what the hell I want in life. Nothing like asking the big questions, eh?

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Feels.

Running and Fitness

I found it quite difficult not being at work and having a routine – so I found myself getting quite anxious. Thankfully, running always helps me burn off that excess nervous energy, and so I found myself running pretty much every day – which is a huge deal, considering how much difficulty I’ve had with my running over the past few years.

did fuck up a little bit, however, as I pretty much tripled my mileage in two weeks, and ended up with sore calves and a niggling pain in my shins. So for the moment, I’m sticking to cycling, weightlifting and pilates, with the occasional run thrown in whenever I really need it.

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Just look at that sunset!

Food & Eating

Since coming back from Mexico, I’ve been trying really hard to eat intuitively, as opposed to tracking every calorie with MyFitnessPal. Without going into too much detail, obsessing over my eating habits has been something I’ve struggled with over the past few years, and so it’s a huge challenge to just eat intuitively and listen to my body. 

At the moment, my main focus is to eat a whole foods plant based diet as much as possible, although I have to admit I’ve been eating way too many of my homemade vegan sugar cookies – but it’s Christmas after all!

 

Everything else 

To be completely honest, I’ve had a lot on my plate the past month. I’ve come back from an amazing holiday, finished up my last few weeks at my job, taken two weeks out, and started a new freelance role. It’s been tough. Whilst everyone told me to luxuriate in my time off, I really struggled, and found myself getting increasingly anxious as the days went on.

The main antidote for me was running, and I found myself remembering exactly why I love the sport so much – I’m so glad that it’s available to me as an option for when everything’s feeling too much, and I just need to get out of my head for half an hour. I’m not saying it’s a perfect solution, but it’s definitely helped me keep on top of things.  Now that I’ve started a new job, I’m settling into a routine, which is definitely helping me mentally. It’s early days, but fingers crossed it’s a good role!

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What’s new with you? 

Lots of love,

 

Pippa

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Trying out Esquared PLUS Promo Code!

The lovely folks at Esquared approached me to try out the newest London-based fitness app – an opportunity that I snatched up right away! This is an honest review, and all opinions are my own – promise! 

As most of my lovely readers will know, I’m a keen runner and all-round fitness enthusiast. I’m always on the lookout  for new and exciting ways to enjoy fitness in the city, but like most Londoners, I hate the idea of being tied down by a contract. That’s why Esquared, a new London-based fitness app, seemed right up my alley! So let’s jump in:

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What is Esquared? 

Esquared describes itself as “the only place to book on demand exercise classes and gym sessions in real-time. No membership. No commitments. No catches.” It’s a bit like ClassPass, but without having to pay up-front for credits- you just pay as you go.

Some of the studios on offer through the app include:

  • Best’s Bootcamp
  • Fierce Grace Yoga
  • Good Vibes
  • More Yoga

How it works

It’s really simple to get started on the app- just download through the Apple App Store or Google Play Store  and sign up in a few steps. Then, you’re good to go! You can easily top up your account, or use my promo code (further down) for your first class free – exciting stuff!

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Personally, I’m concentrating on my running at the moment, so was looking for classes to complement my training. Straight away, I found two of my favourite London studios, Good Vibes and More Yoga, and signed up for classes straight away. (Side note – I always forget how difficult pilates and yoga are… and regret signing up about 10 minutes in!)

 

You can sync the app with the calendar on your phone, meaning that you can keep track of classes, and get reminders, and make changes to your booking if you need to. I found this really handy, as some evenings after work I’d find myself in the mood for something other than a regular gym session – and I could make bookings right away!

Once you’re finished with your class, the app asks you to provide a quick review to help other users make their decision. It’s as simple as that!

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Don’t mind me, on the way to Sunday yoga

The Pros 

  • Really easy to use; syncing to your calendar is a really nice bonus and helps you manage your classes on the move
  • Easy cancellation – you can cancel up to an hour before your class without losing your credit
  • No limits on the number of classes you can do at any given studio (unlike ClassPass)
  • In-app payment is really simple, and there seem to be quite regular promo codes

The Cons

  • Still relatively limited in terms of studios – would love to see the likes of Another Space and Psycle on there!
  • You have to review every class straight away, before you can book any more. This is a bit frustrating as you might want to leave a longer review, and that could get in the way of your next class!

Is it worth it? 

Overall, I do think it’s worth it. I would absolutely love to see more variety in the classes on offer – think hot yoga, Crossfit and ballet barre – but for someone who wants flexibility, and likes to book classes at the last minute, it’s perfect!

Promo Code! 

And now to the good part – a promo code for followers of Pip in Motion! It’s super simple:

  • Download the app through the App Store or Google Play Store
  • Enter the promo code PCALVIN20564 
  • Voilá! £20 credit to try your first class with Esquared!

 

What’s your favourite way to keep fit in the city? Have you tried Esquared? 

Lots of love,

Pippa

Help needed – In search of a new goal!

Well folks, it’s come to that time of year. The clocks have gone back, there’s a discernible nip in the air, and London seems to be host to more cloudy days than not. This can only mean that we’re fast heading into Winter, which means one thing, and one thing only:

I need a new running goal. 

I’ve always found that having a goal, and specifically, a goal race, helps me get through the winter. I don’t know what aspect it is that helps most -whether it’s just forward planning, instead of bunking down and waiting for the cold months to be over; or whether it’s as simple as having to be out training most days, come rain, shine or snow – but a goal always gets me through!

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So here’s what I’m after:

  • A half marathon
  • January or February time,
  • Preferably in or around London

Any suggestions?

Lots of love,

Pippa

Life Update: The Mexico Edition

Well well well, quite a lot has happened since I last wrote an update! I’ve just come back from a gorgeous two week break in Mexico, so there’s quite a lot to fill you in on!

What’s been going on

About mid-Summer, I was in a rut with my life, and decided, on a whim, to book a two week holiday to Mexico. I booked a flight, one night in a hostel, and decided to take it from there. Hands down, this was one of the best decisions I’ve made all year. I had a grand total of 5kg luggage allowance (thanks to my airline) and I took off into the sunset, without a plan in the world.

I have to say it was simultaneously the hardest and most rewarding two weeks of my life. I crammed so much into two weeks; the highs and the lows, and ultimately came back with fresh perspective on life.

My itinereary looked like this:

  • Fly into Cancun, spend first night there
  • Ferry to Isla Mujeres
  • Three days beaching, snorkelling and dancing the night away
  • Bus to Tulum
  • Three days exploring ancient ruins, diving in cenotes and a few basic beach days
  • Bus to Playa del Carmen
  • One day entirely rained off by Tropical Storm Michael, followed by one day at a gorgeous beach
  • Half a day travelling, via bus and ferry, to Isla Holbox
  • Two days in Isla Holbox, seeing flamingos, chilling in hammocks, and doing sunset yoga by the beach
  • A ferry back to the mainland, followed by one final night in Cancun
  • A day’s shopping for presents in Cancun, followed by a night flight home!

Needless to say, I fit an awful lot into two weeks, and can thoroughly say I squeezed the pips out of this vacation!

 

Health, Fitness & Food

During my vacation, I completely let go of tracking food or keeping an eye on what I was eating. To be honest, being vegan means that I tend to stick on the healthier side of things – think smoothie bowls, sorbet, veggie tacos, and copious amounts of guacamole – but it was liberating to not even have to think about calories, protein or any of the rest of it. I definitely drank way too many mojitos, daquiris, tequila shots… you name it- but at the end of the day, isn’t that what a holiday’s for?

 

Exercise

When it came to exercise, I was pretty laissez-faire. I was on my feet a lot, exploring throughout the day (and dancing throughout the night), plus I rented bikes wherever possible to see the sights on my own terms. I snorkelled, which was actually a lot more work than I’d anticipated; plus I did yoga whenever I felt like my body needed it.

All things considered, I definitely came back ready to move my body and get back to working out – I’d allowed myself space to miss it.

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NBD just swimming with turtles

Everything Else

One thing I will say, is that travelling can really be quite tough on your mental health. Of course, it’s a wonderful experience, and you get to see incredible beauty; but on the flipside, it can be overwhelming to constantly be surrounded by new sights, sensations and even people, and that can take its toll.

At the outset of my holiday I had sworn to take in as much as I could, and never have a ‘day off’. But pretty soon I realised that this was a holiday, and that it was important to me not to feel burnt out by the whole experience. I’d say I probably had 2 days ‘on’ followed by a day ‘off’, just lounging on the beach or by a swimming pool somewhere – and that felt like the right balance.

I also found myself reading extensively, and journalling more – travel always seems to do that to me. Part of it is wanting to remember all the experiences you’ve had;  but more often than not that leads to self-reflection and deep digging. It was definitely a cathartic time for me, and made me think a lot more about what I want from life. (That doesn’t mean that I’ve figured it out, by any stretch of the imagination – just that I’m gradually inching closer)!

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On a boat, eating watermelon in the sun 🙂

All things said, this holiday was a great way to recharge, and really do something selfish, solely for me, after a demanding few years without much respite. I’ve come back feeling inspired to do something exciting for my next big step in life – and my next holiday!

 

When was the last time you felt truly inspired?

Lots of love,

Pippa

 

Monthly Favourites: Autumn

Well hello there! It’s been a hot minute since I did a favourites post, but there has been so much I’ve been loving recently, that I just couldn’t resist sharing with you all! So without further ado:

H&M Activewear

Recently I’ve fallen in love with H&M’s cotton singlets. The cut is really flattering, and they come in gorgeous pastel colours that make my post-workout face look a little less red! I was lucky enough to get H&M vouchers for my birthday and I’ve spent them entirely on activewear so far- it’s definitely helped with my motivation!

Kombucha

I’ve been learning all about gut health recently, and have learned a lot about the benefits of kombucha. Now, this stuff isn’t cheap, but whenever I find it on offer in Whole Foods (or get a free dinner because I’m working late) I snap it up! I do find it helps my stomach, and I like knowing that I’m doing something good for my body.

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Pup-approved!

Growing succulents

This is a bit of a rogue addition, but I’ve become obsessed with growing my own succulents by propagation. I’ve done a ton of research, and now have a veritable collection growing in my flat. I’m especially lucky because my room gets lots of natural light, and so is essentially like a greenhouse in Summer. Growing plants has definitely become a favourite habit of mine, as it gives me the chance to switch off, and connect with nature, even in my little London flat.

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Home baking

I’ve been doing my best to make my own snacks for work, as part of my efforts to cut the crap out of my diet. Though, even when I do make them, they seemed to get snapped up pretty quickly by my colleagues! My favourite recipes are banana bread bites, walnut tahini cookies, and chickpea protein bars.

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Instagram workouts

I’m obsessed at the moment with finding workouts on Instagram. My favourite people to follow at the moment are Sarah’s Day, Carly Rowena and Status Flow Fitness – though I’m constantly finding new people to obsess over!

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Sadly, not me!

Pulsin Protein Bites

This is my biggest indulgence at the moment – and I absolutely love them! They’re high in protein and they taste like cookie dough. Admittedly, they’re not quite the same as the real thing, but given how good the macros are, I’m not complaining.

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So tell me, what have been your favourites this month? 

Lots of love,

Pippa


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