Thankful

Today after my morning Yoga, I went for a beautiful walk along a beach. The sun was shining, the sea was a deep blue, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and I could feel the suns heat on my arms and legs. 

I love walking, especially in stunning places; which Australia is filled with. I find it helps me to think through any problems I maybe facing or just to reminisce about life and although reminiscing makes me miss people, places, jobs or even just that time in my life. It makes me realise how much I loved what I was doing at that moment because if didn’t miss it, it means I wasn’t happy or enjoying myself. 

A lot of people say ‘never look back, the past is the past, you only need to look forward’ but I don’t think that’s true. I believe looking back is an amazing tool, it reminds you of mistakes you’ve made before… yes, they maybe embarrassing or sad but to look back and remember them means you hopefully won’t make the same mistake again. Looking back helps you to see how far you have come, how much you have grown and all you have achieved. Reminiscing on happy memories is one of the most wonderful gifts you can give yourself, not only does it keep your mind working, memories are something no one can take away from you. They are yours forever, unique to you and looking back on them just means you are keeping them fresh in your mind. When you remember certain parts of an event it’s because of how you were feeling in that moment, so looking back on happy memories will only make you feel that same emotion again. Sometimes we need a pick me up and you never know you might just find it in the past; maybe a memory where you and your best friend couldn’t stop laughing, you could barely breathe? I’m sure that would bring a smile, maybe even a chuckle. 

It’s not just remembering events, it’s remembering the people too. Whether you are still in contact or not, remembering them allows you to understand what impact they had on your life; was it good or bad? What did you learn from them? I believe everyone comes into your life for a reason, no matter how long they are there. There is always something to be taken from meeting them and the situations you face together. 

Today I walked for over 2 hours, just looking back on school days, university days, my time over the last few years in different jobs and I had a huge smile on my face because I’ve been one lucky girl with the life I have lead so far. And no, I haven’t any regrets because I remember being told a little saying (by a lovely lady I met at university (Naomi Huggins)) which was ‘You should never regret anything because at the time it’s what you wanted’ and that has always stuck with me since she said it to me. 

Today I am just feeling so thankful for the life I have been lucky enough to live and I am so thankful to everyone past and present who has been able to share in it so far, even the people who I may not see eye to eye with because they’ve taught me something just by being there. 

As I was walking along today, reminsing, I decided to stop and look up, out across the water to the horizon. I closed my eyes and took a moment to feel the sun against my skin, listening to the waves and feeling my feet heavy on the sand. I just wanted to take this time to be thankful for my life, to be thankful for my wonderful family and my amazing friends, past and present because without them I wouldn’t of had the amazing memories I have today; which I will cherish for forever. So thank you to you all, you are all amazing. 

Life isn’t about material things, like how many shoes you have or having the best car. It’s about making memories, spreading some joy and love to those around you. No matter how long they will be in your life. It’s about enjoying the here and now and being thankful for all you have. 

Live for the moment but never forget your past…

Lauren 💛

It’s all about the workout

So today I went to my gym class that I regularly attend, aptly named ‘Work out of the Week’ and today was even more inspiring than normal. 

We usually work pretty hard, whether it’s HITT, TABATA, Body Pump etc it’s always full on. However when we walked into the studio this evening, there was a different kind of workout up on the board. One I haven’t seeen before and its structure is rather different from the other types of workouts I’ve done (and thats quite a few)!

So I have absolutely no idea what this workout is called; my instructor just said he had read about it in a book and decided to give it a go. He couldn’t remember the name either. But have no fear I will just explain how it works…(If you do know what it’s called, please comment below! I’d love to know!) 

This is what was up on the board when we came in:

As you can see there are 3 rounds, all with 7/8 exercises. Each round is focused on an area; R1 – Legs R2 – Arms R3- Core and all are working on cardio as well. 

For the first circuit you have 4 minutes for each round and must complete 5 reps of each exercise (or side) to move onto the next one. You continue to do the same round as many times as you can until the 4 minutes is up. 

You then have a 1-1.5 minute rest, then continuing to do the same reps and length of time on the next two round, resting between each. 

For the second circuit the same structure applies however, you now only have to do 3 minutes each round, but completing 6 reps not 5. 

And finally for the third circuit, you have 2 minutes but must complete 7 reps of each. 

Got It? 

As confusing as it may sound, it’s actually really easy to follow and my gosh does it make you sweat! The class was less that 4 hours ago and I’m already aching! 

This was such a great workout. It was really energising having a change of pace and structure. Making your body work harder in a different way, pushing yourself to get as many rounds completed of a certain area. 

I know we were all on the floor by the end, but once I had recovered I felt AMAZING! 

I was energised, worked, hot, sticky and felt like I’d done myself proud. 

I thought I would share this new, quirky workout with you all and I urge you to give it ago! If you do, please comment below what you thought of it! 

Lauren 💛