Hello my friends,

I know I know, I’ve left it way too long between the updates again but life (and then a super nasty cold) got the best of me and I’ve just been too tired or too ill to do any decent posts.

Quite a lot has happened since I last wrote here and it’s just funny how life throw you curve balls out of nowhere that forces you into one direction when you think you should be going the other.

To start with some slightly sad-ish news, I missed out on some interesting opportunities at the end of September that I was a bit disappointed by (keep telling myself that it just wasn’t meant to be).

But on the flip side of that, I’ve been invited to talk at two seminars at BCU in November which I’m super excited about! One will be with the MA students on the Enterprise module and one with the BA students in Music Industries, I can’t wait!

Oh and I haven’t written about it on the blog yet but I found out at the beginning of the month that I got a London Marathon ballot place!!!! Sadly I won’t be able to accept my place for the 2015 race due to a trip to Thailand BUT I will definitely run it in 2016 which will be extra special as I turn 30 that year and ever since I started running I’ve dreamt of running this marathon before my 30th birthday.

And if that wasn’t enough good news to make up for any slightly bad ones, I also found out that my best friend Cata has been offered a new job in Amsterdam (!!!) and will be moving there very soon!

I tell you, I couldn’t be happier and more proud of her :) Apparently it’s a fantastic career opportunity for her and even though I will miss her like crazy, I really hope I’ll be able to visit her quite a bit in 2015 to discover Amsterdam a bit more and to help her plan the wedding as well.

Plus there’s potentially some other good news to share as well, but they haven’t been confirmed yet so I don’t want to jinx anything before I know for sure ;)

I’ll keep you posted!

Orsii outside St Davids

I’m not sure how we ended up in the middle of September (feels like summer was just getting started!) but I can honestly say that the last 6 weeks have taken their toll on my health.

As some of you know, I gave up running after the marathon due to my knee issues and decided to focus more on strength training by going more frequently to the gym.

The first 6 weeks were great and after introducing “Junk Free July” at home, both me and my training partner Cata were progressing nicely and seeing instant results.

Then my birthday happened in the beginning of August, followed by a 10 day trip to Sweden, that was then followed by a visit from my mum, my graduation and various trips around the UK.

Despite being pretty good at keeping up my gym routine throughout it all (going about 3 times/week) I feel like I let the diet/food side of things slip by drinking more alcohol than I should, as well as consuming a bit more “treats” than I normally do.

I guess for a “normal” person this wouldn’t necessarily be an issue, but due to my stomach issues and not having done my “twice a year” detox in June/July (since Im not allowed to exercise when I do it and I didn’t want to give up going to the gym) I am now in a position where I feel incredibly shit.

After my stomach treatment that I underwent for over a year, if I eat healthy and balanced food (within my “tolerated diet”), exercise 3-4 times a week and only drink on the weekends, I don’t have much issues with my stomach these days.

However, indulging a little bit more than usual in the last 6 weeks (for being me – I wouldn’t say I have been massively unhealthy!) has had a profound impact on me and my health – much bigger than I thought it would!

I cheated on Wednesday morning this week by having a slice of tomato and a slice of ham (which Im allergic to but for some reason I couldn’t bloody resist it – overall I only slip up about 2-3 times a year!) and it is now Friday evening and Im still severely bloated and in incredible pain (and I have been more or less constantly!).

It is crazy to think that this constant pain and bloated stomach used to be my everyday life for so many many years… At least now I have proper tools to deal with it, which means I need to totally reboot my system!

To be able to do this I have

  • ordered my 7 day detox stuff (which is bloody expensive!)
  • set up a new training routine with Cata that we will stick to until I go on holiday end of October
  • ordered some hormone free protein powder so I can up my protein intake (which Im hoping will result in eating less carbs and gaining a bit more muscle!)
  • and this weekend I am going to try to put together some meal plans for the next 6 weeks by going through various fitness and paleo recipe blogs.

Fingers crossed that it will work because I don’t think I can go back living like this – just makes me feel depressed that I am so bloated and in so much pain all the time, not fun to be around at all!

Sometimes I go against all my musical principles and indulge in some stuff that I probably should keep to myself.

But let’s be honest, sometimes you need a bit of cheese and guilty pleasures to keep you going!

So here’s a solid playlist with up-tempo songs, suitable for the gym and various other fitness activities.