Hurrah for the weekend!
I’m so excited it is finally here. We have Parkrun plans, my Mum is coming to visit and there will be cake involved – what could be better?
We also have so many mince pies to eat, James came home with FOUR boxes over the course of this week!
His excuse was that we taste tested every Christmas line of cake in every supermarket we could find (we totally did – from stollen to iced fruit slices to mince pies) and we need enough time to plough through them this year. Of course, there are no complaints from me, I’ll be claiming the title of ‘Mincemeat Queen’ by December!
Where to start with this week?
It has been a testing one professionally. I had a big story coming to a close – one I’ve been working on for 2.5 years and every day and night for the past couple of months. Well, instead of ending in a blaze of glory making headlines across the world, it collapsed.
The result is I’ll be working on it for another year at least before anything can (hopefully) be published.
I think people tend to view journalists as cold, uncaring and with a ‘slash and burn’ approach but for most of us, it simply isn’t the case. We live for our stories, become completely involved in them and they take over our lives.
I’ve been tied to this story for so long so seeing it stall at a stage when it was so ready to be told left me feeling broken and empty.
This weekend will provide me with a much needed chance to recharge, reset and get ready for the next set of challenges coming my way.
Let’s look back through this week apart from work!
So as well as mince pies, James and I stocked up on Haribo treat bags “in case of trick or treaters”. We both know we will get none – we live on the 5th floor! – so have been tucking in. I may have gone through three mini packs while writing this post
This meal was amazing! I sliced up a pepper and roasted it in coconut oil to enjoy with my burger like chips!
I received this drink as a freebie when I stocked up on vitamins the other day. It didn’t taste awful but I won’t go out of my way to buy it.
We had a really exciting meal and I photographed it so you can’t really see it, not my finest hour! This was stir fried veggies with Thai fishcakes and a sticky sauce.
I had a fun lunch of veggie burger, salad, tomatoes and cucumber the other day. Fast, great textures and a lovely break in my working day.
So I need a drum roll please……
I’m eating peanut butter again!! I stopped after reading some trash talk about peanuts and cashews. I’m sure it is true and maybe I’m better off without them in my life but stuff it, PB tastes way too good! If I start experiencing adverse effects I’ll switch back to almond butter but for now I’m loving my favourite snack again.
Mon: Cross trainer 60 mins
Thurs: Walk 4 miles
I can’t get enough of blogilates. The workouts are challenging, make me sore but can be fitted in around a busy day – each one is about 13 minutes – and make me feel great. I was actually planning to run on Thursday morning but James wanted to go on Wednesday evening. I grabbed the opportunity to go with him despite being sore from Pilates.
The run was mixed. Wednesday was the day I found out everything was over and didn’t get round to eating lunch/snacks/many macaroons until 5.30. James was raring to go and we ended up leaving at 6.30. Well, happily my asthma was amazingly well behaved but having no food then suddenly eating lots, then going for a run = agony. My poor tummy was so swollen and painful by the end. Mentally I wasn’t there either.
Tonight I want to go on a run by myself, for me. Recently I’ve been pushing myself at other people’s pace at parkrun and not doing much else, I haven’t gone back to the basics of what I adore about running – the time for me to relax, think and take each step at a time – for so long now.
* How do you deal with disappointments at work?
* Do you prefer working out on your own or with others?