I’m excited to be doing these monthly fitness update posts. A roundup of my fitness journey. This is where I will be totally accountable for any laziness and where I can be proud of my successes!! I’m not one for worrying about what the scales […]
Month: March 2016
I was shown this infographic with 12 fun ways to burn 100 calories by the people from Chobani and I thought it would be a great thing to share with fit mamas club!
*Ill throw it out there straight away I’ve not been paid or anything to share this I just thought it was cool!*
What at I really liked about this is that there’s a really good mix of achievable activities, along with some more unusual ones like skiing!
It just shows that there’s no excuse not to be getting in that fitness time throughout your day! It also shows that lots of stuff we do already burns more calories than we might have ever thought!
Obviously, with many of these things being activities already built into our day (hello cooking and cleaning) to improve our fitness we have to do more on top of that but I will try and use this as motivation to be less grumpy about doing the cleaning!!
I think this can also be useful for those who are calorie counting to see exactly what 100 calories looks like in different activities!
While I am not calorie counting, or trying to lose weight, I am focused on improving my fitness and I will definitely be keeping these activities in mind! With me working towards my own personal goals each month, this is another little thing to help keep me motivated! I was definitely pleasantly surprised to see that 100 calories get burned in only 9 minutes of jogging and 20 minutes of Yoga, with these being my fitness activities of choice it’s really motivating to know that I can burn 100 calories really quickly doing these!
Is there anything you’d add to this list? Anything on there that surprised you?
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Expat life can be AMAZING, but there are times, when expat life can be tough. I think adding children into that mix can make the highs and lows even more extreme.
Without doubt we are really happy with our choice to have and live with our boys abroad; if you’re a regular reader of my blog I think that’s pretty obvious to see. We love the life that we have here.
We are lucky that we don’t really get external guilt put on to us by our families, its just the guilt we put on ourselves! I know that some people’s families don’t hide their displeasure or disapproval at the expat life!
But the days when it is hard, it really is hard. Well often it’s not even days, but moments, when the expat family guilt kicks in.
Moments where the difference in timezones mean I can’t just pick up the call for a chat.
Moments where our restricted internet means I can’t just video call if the boys are doing something fun!
Times where I’d love to send the boys off for an afternoon to spend time with their grandparents (and give me an afternoon off!!)
Times when I feel truly awful for how much our family is missing out on with the boys growing up so fast.
This month I’ve been feeling some serious expat guilt. I think it comes from Arthur getting older and being able to communicate more. I’m pretty sure that our upcoming trip to the UK this summer is having an impact on it too.
It hit me really badly the other day when after a Skype chat with my Mum. Arthur got really upset and said “see nana please mama.” I can’t express how awful I felt. I would have loved more than anything at that moment to be able to pop round to visit her so Arthur could see his Nana.
Arthur really likes planes and so I tell him whenever we send something to the UK or someone has sent something to us how it has been put on a plane.
I think he’s starting to comprehend that our family doesn’t live close by. That we can’t just go and see them whenever we want. When he asked to “see nana” the other day, it made me realise that his understanding is more than I had given him credit for.
The moments may be fleeting, often they are just thoughts that are coming to the forefront of my mind. But it’s undeniable. Expat family guilt is real. The best way I have found to deal with it is to take advantage of something that you couldn’t do at ‘home’. For us that can be something as simple as getting out in the garden and enjoying some sun for instant gratification, or take a walk to the beach or the pool. Even just looking at some pictures of the boys and appreciating what opportunities they get here that they wouldn’t get elsewhere.
How do you do deal with your expat family guilt?