2017 – New Year’s Resolutions?

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:

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.

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My initial fitness goal is up tomorrow; I will have squeezed myself into a dress for my brother’s wedding, no spanx required. Admittedly there was a choice of two dresses and I went for the slightly more forgiving and less slutty one, but even still – mission accomplished. The photos are still coming in, but when I find a more suitable one I’ll put one in.

Now thoughts turn to what is next. I’ve done the York 10k this year and have been consistently going to Treadfast classes, which incidentally I now completely LOVE (I’m going to really struggle to give up my gym membership in September). Surprisingly my favourite part of the PT course so far has been the nutrition side of things so I think something along this line is going to be my next goal along with the triathlon that I’m interested in.

Seeing as writing things down seems to be the best way to make me actually do things, here’s the list:

  • Start swimming consistently at least once a week. I’ve already made head-road into this insofar as I’ve bought a pair of goggles. I’ve had one ‘proper’ swim since my big purchase and alternated 2 lengths of breaststroke with 2 lengths of freestyle (or front-crawl as my mum calls it). I got to about 21 lengths and then I lost count. One of my next swimming purchases will be a length counter. I’m also finding I’m getting a big bored. I think I’m going to add an underwater MP3 player to my Christmas list.
  • Run twice a week. I’ve managed to go consistently once a week in the summer and I know that that isn’t enough to keep where I want to be. Now that my running buddy is back from her exotic travels I’m sure it’ll be easier.
  • Track my eating again. It’s been too easy to let it go in the summer without having a strict timescale to stick to. We’ve also been on holiday and baby Rose and I have consumed our body weight in ice-cream on the hot days. I’m trying to not beat myself up about this, but just focus on the next step. Seeing as I’ve enjoyed the nutrition side of the PT course I’m going to track what I’m eating and start tracking macros. I’ve not done this before so it’ll be an adventure into the unknown.
  • Try a wider variety of recipes. I’ve got stuck in the same 8 or so again. I need to have a flick through the recipe books to add in some extra ones.

I don’t want to split my attention between too many things, so that might have to do for now. Nevertheless, these four are achievable. We’ll see where we are with them in a month or two.


Happy healthy thinking.

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Motivation Pt.2

As we were going to bed the other night Mr Rose said to me, “Why did you want to lose weight?”. To me this was a bit of a daft question. I was fat; I didn’t want to be fat anymore.

Mr Rose then probed deeper, “But why didn’t you want to be fat?” Again, this was a bit of a daft question to me. I wanted to feel less self-conscious in my clothes, I wanted to feel comfortable with people taking photographs of me and not like I wanted to run away (or be the one taking the photo as I so often was before) and I didn’t want to be the biggest one in my friendship group. Also, clothes in high-street shops are designed for skinny-minnies. That was the point when I realised that all of my answers were appearance related. Am I that shallow?

Mr Rose wasn’t impressed with this. These things aren’t as important to him. I wonder whether losing weight for appearance related reasons is mostly a female thing (or whether that’s horrendously sexist).

I’m not totally shallow. Yes I wanted to lose weight to look better, but I also wanted to lose weight to feel better too. I have more energy when I’m consuming less sugar and I love the buzz I get post-run. This was more appealing to Mr Rose, who is going to track energy as a way of motivating himself to eat well.

Thinking about my reasons for wanting to lose weight has also given me a bit of a kick up the backside as well. Just keep swimming…
Happy healthy thinking.

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July Update

This month things have been much more back on track. I’ve passed all of my level 2 qualifications and can now say (with a tinge of pride) that I am a qualified Fitness Instructor and Circuit Trainer. I managed to do my level 2 practical only a couple of weeks after my operation and doing it with my mother-in-law was amusing to say the least. She hasn’t been near a gym in about a decade and I couldn’t move my arm very much – the blind leading the blind. Nevertheless we made it through and, despite thinking it was going to be scary, it actually worked out really well. I’ve now started the Personal Training Level 3 course and am two weekends down. We have a break over August to plan the sessions for our ‘body’ and to presumably learn the three-billion muscles we need to learn to pass the A&P exam! I need to get my head in the books a bit more. I don’t know why whoever named all the muscles did so in Latin and made them all sound the same *she says with only a twinge of sarcasm*.

Running has been going much better this month too. I’m well into the training for the 10k which is on August the 7th. I think I’ll make it round in about 1hr 10mins, which I know isn’t a very fast time but it’s a good chunk off my first time and considering the training I’ve been doing has been a little bit interrupted, I’ll be happy with it. I’m also considering doing the Castle Howard triathlon next summer. My Facebook feed has been rammed full of all my friends that have completed it last weekend and I found myself being a little bit jealous. After having been for a couple of swims I’ve now got my sights set on it. It needs a little more research (and I’d need to get hold of a bike) but it’s eminently do-able.

It’s the summer holidays now and I’ve bitten the bullet and bought myself a gym membership for the summer. It was eye-watering when I saw the price, but I’m thinking of it as a ‘cost per wear’ basis. I’m planning to go to Treadfast classes on Tuesdays and swimming (and sauna) at least once a week on the evening. If I go swimming with baby Rose on one day too then I’ve definitely made my money back. There was an interesting sign on the door of the women’s changing rooms about a Barre class that I want to check out too and I always say about doing some pilates related in the summer holidays. I’m going to force myself to go at least every other day to make it worth while (see myself trying to justify it here). I’m also thinking it’s going to be a good habit to get into if the triathlon thing really does take off.

I’ve not heard back about the funding, but hey-ho. The running club will get set up eventually and I want to get something in the pipeline for launching ‘Around the Corner Fitness’ personal training hampers for Christmas time.
We’ve moved up to toddler steps 🙂

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How Private Should Your Private Life Be?

Every September we sit down as a whole staff and have the annual ‘teachers on social media’ talk. We’re told not to accept friend requests from students on Facebook (as if we would) and not to befriend students and talk to them/e-mail them out of hours. I have my Facebook and private Twitter account set to the highest privacy settings possible and I don’t think I’m even searchable on Facebook; no current student has thought to add me or private message me – although that might have more to do with the fact that our English department is full of stunners and I’m towards the bottom of the pile!

However, since starting ‘Around the Corner Fitness’ my perspective has changed slightly. I don’t want to be completely invisible with my personal training business; I want people to be able to search for me and find me easily because I want to put myself out there to gain a reputation and hopefully earn a bit of money.

This has caused an unexpected conflict with teaching.

Last week one of my current Year 7 students (around 12 years old) has found my ‘Around the Corner Fitness’ twitter account. I have never mentioned ACF to any students at school and there’s only a handful of staff that know about it. I’ve no idea how this student found me. If you type ‘Kate Rose’ into the search bar on Twitter I am there, but why this student would even think of doing this and how he knows my first name is beyond me. Surely he has better things to do with his time?! Incidentally as I wrote that last sentence I wondered if he was following me on my other Twitter account. Blow me, he was! He’s now blocked on both accounts.

For every post that I put up, a Tweet goes out telling people who follow me on Twitter that a new blog post has gone live. The student obviously saw this Tweet and followed the link to the blog post which unfortunately just so happened to be the ‘What I Eat in a Day’ video. He then put it on Instagram and lots of other students in the class watched my video. This I didn’t mind; I had no way of knowing that this was what they were doing. Ignorance is bliss!  I did mind the following day when, during my lesson, every time I paused for breath there were sarcastic comments from the students: “Look, here’s how you make a lasagne”, “Around the Corner Fitness”, “Ooh I can run”. I just wasn’t prepared for it. At all.

I don’t know if I did the right thing by ignoring it and reporting their comments to the Head of Year afterwards. They clearly wanted a rise out of me. Considering it was their last lesson with me of the year and I aren’t teaching any of them last year I just let it go after a few glares in the ringleader’s direction. What bothers me the most is that they thought they could rib me about something I do in my spare time. About something that’s got nothing to do with them. At all. I wouldn’t ever have dreamed about taking the piss out of one of my teachers like that, especially to their face in such a challenging way. I’m glad I wasn’t at school in the Internet/social media generation. I think it blurs the boundaries so much that some students have lost a sense of what’s appropriate.

Incidentally, I saw this post on Twitter today and it really saddened me.

This area of blogging really scares me. I’m quite a sensitive soul and I’m not sure that I can cope with aggressive negative feedback. I know that what I’ve experience is nowhere near as bad, but the incident at school has really put me off creating any more YouTube content and I’ve taken down the video that I worked really hard to create.

I have new (hopefully nicer) classes next year and I don’t think my principles have really changed. I still want to be visible in the community because I want to make personal training a viable option as a way out of teaching for me. I’m not going to let it put me off.

And as for the student, if you’re somehow still stalking me on the Internet despite being blocked and being reprimanded by the HoY, I hope you consider your actions before doing the same again. Although I’m your teacher I still have a life and I intend to make the most of it!
Happy healthy work-life balancing.

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