Currently – October 2016

Hi all,

Almost every week day, I come and work in the library for a few hours. It gets me out of the house, some fresh air and a chance to just be around people – a major bonus for those who work from home.

I am an observer. I am always aware of my surroundings, taking everything in. I look at the people and what they are doing. Some are obviously students, immersed in reading and frantically typing away/ have become complete zombies staring at the screen, doing nothing. Others just come to read the paper each day or sit and chill out during their lunch hour.

I also find myself glancing to read the spines of books. What must go through some peoples minds when they decide to pick a title for their book is beyond me. But hey, I guess you have to be unique right? The funny title for today that jumped out at me is ‘Warm and Sunny etc.etc’. Certainly more appealing than it’s neighbour ‘Bad Teeth’…

If I ever get the opportunity to write a book I just hope the subject is fairly obvious so that I can make the title fairly obvious!currently - chase the red grape

Anyhoo, you came for ‘Currently‘ and that is what you are going to get! Linking up with @RunningWithSpoons hostess with the mostess, Amanda for ‘Thinking Out Loud’!


Book – Yes Please… and othersbooks - chase the red grape

So I requested a few books from the library and got them all at once! The latest Harry Potter (and the cursed child) was my first read and I very much enjoyed it. I actually loved that they kept it screenplay style and found it very easy to read. I am now on to Yes Please by Amy Poehler – not my usual type of read but her personality intrigues me. Then I will be on to Essentialism (which I have heard amazing things about) and Mindy Kaling’s – Is everyone hanging out without me.

Obsession – Strawberriesstrawberries - chase the red grape

Yup we are officially in berry season here and that makes me so happy! The strawberries are just incredible right now and we can pick them up each week from our farmers market. Hopefully we will get out to the fields to go strawberry picking soon though!

Craving – Sourdough Breadbread - chase the red grape

Did you guys hear about the bakery we found on holiday, in the middle of nowhere, serving freshly baked sourdough each day? I cannot stop thinking about it and how good it was! So glad we are going back in a couple of months. Definitely need to pick up some to pop in the freezer for Christmas!

Food – The Chocolate Yogi – Hunny Bumblyraw choc - chase the red grape

We saw this in the store the other week and picked it up – it sounded good! Sometimes a raw chocolate bar can be hit or miss but this one is fantastic! It has so much flavour to it and I can’t wait to try the white and dark versions of it too. Definitely a good alternative to chocolate, or, like me, just for something different!

Drink – Appleachia Apple Cider Vinegar DrinkACV - chase the red grape

I mentioned this drink in last weeks ‘Friday Favourites’ but it definitely deserves a mention again. I have bought one every week since and my favourite is the ginger, tumeric and yuzu.

Procrastination – Counting Macros…MACRO COUNTING - chase the red grape

Did you see my post on Tuesday? If so you will be in the know of my diet over the past 8 months. But seriously, it takes so much time out of your day to do this – and I work out David’s for him too. So even though I need to do it anyway, I am counting this as my procrastination – because it takes so much time out of doing other things!

Blessing – Spring is here, and it’s starting to feel like summersummer - chase the red grape

Ah I have missed the feeling on sunshine on my face! Ok so a Australian winter is mild, I will admit that, but it doesn’t make the beginnings of summer any less impactive.

Excitement – A new project…

Guys I have been working over the past few weeks on a new project and I cannot wait to announce it to you all next week. It is way out of my comfort zone but that’s what makes it so rewarding! Stay posted, I think you are going to love it!

Bane of my existence – Spring cleaning

The new season has brought with it the ever present message that we need to deep clean our apartment. I don’t have a cluttered or untidy house but am I a ‘cleaner’? No. There is a little too much dust around for our liking and urgh, it just needs a good scrub and clean. There is literally no part of me that wants to do it though!

TV show – 4 new shows!

So since I last did a ‘Currently’ post we have made our way though 3 shows and on to a 4th! We adored Parks and Recreation and I think I will be quoting that series for the rest of my life! I am waiting anxiously for the new series of The Mindy Project to make its way over here and I really was surprised how much I enjoyed that show. Veep was incredibly funny and again, I look forward to the next series. And now, we are on to Scandal season 2. It’s good, real good!

Mood – Happy but ready for the weekend

I am a happy girl right now, but still looking forward to this weekend. This week has been a funny one head and productivity wise so I will be glad to switch off for a few days!

What is the strangest book title you have ever come across?

Do you like a good spring clean?

What are you craving right now?

Macro Counting – the good, the bad and the ugly – part one #5TTT

Hi all,

Do you vaguely remember back in February when I mentioned that I was going to change the way I ate?

Don’t worry if you don’t! It was well over 8 months ago now and I don’t think I have mentioned it since!

David and I love CrossFit and love feeling like athletes. We train hard and love the positive benefits it brings into our lives. We also realise that training goes beyond what you do in the gym, and a big part of that is nutrition.

We were assessed (as we are regularly) for our own personal macro requirements. Macros, in case you aren’t aware, stand for macronutrients which consist of protein, carbohydrates and fat.

8 months on, we are still going strong. I haven’t mentioned it on the blog very much because I wanted to fully commit to this and give it a significant amount of time before I reported back on my findings. I want to make a few things clear first though…

  1. This was a focus on nutrition. It was not a ‘diet plan’.

  2. Our aim was to seek gains in performance. Not weight loss.

  3. There will not be a ‘before and after’ because life does not have a ‘before and after’

  4. This was an experiment on ourselves that suited both David and I and our lifestyle.

  5. What works for me might not work for you.

So keep those factors in mind as I move on to giving you my thoughts. I am going to break them down into two posts over the next ‘5 Top Tips on a Tuesday’ blogs. This week I focus on ‘the good’. Next week ‘the bad and the ugly’.MACRO COUNTING - chase the red grape

Let’s get to it! What have been the 5 major ‘good’/ positive outcomes from counting macros?

I got my period back

Throughout my ED, I was on the pill. Without this I know my period would have gone. During recovery I knew that my health would only return when my period did naturally. So I came off it. Apart from occasional spotting, it never made an appearance – 26 months of nothing. That was until I started my macro journey and eating more. Over the past 8 months I have become pretty regular and could not be happier. My body is giving me a sign that it too is happy.

I understand that I need to eat more

You could have told me before I began that I should eat more – even though I was 100% convinced that I did eat enough. And you know what, I did eat enough… just not for me or my lifestyle. The same went for David. Through gradually increasing my macros in the beginning I learned to truly understand what my body needs from food, what makes me have energy, what building blocks it needs to create new muscle as well as repair and restore. Studying nutrition is one thing, but experimenting with your own personal nutrition opens so many more doors and ‘ah ha’ moments.

I realised I don’t ‘need’ alcohol as much

Before I counted macros I would have a drink on a Friday and Saturday night each week. Then I soon realised how many macros were in alcohol! So we dropped those drinks from our weekends. I missed it at first and then… it didn’t even phase me anymore. Weekends do not mean it’s time to drink anymore. But if I want it I can. I will drink now about once or twice a month and I really enjoy it so much more when I do. It’s a treat rather than a routine. It does come with a downside though – now I am a complete lightweight! Ha!

Better digestion

I introduced more GF grains into my diet throughout this. More rice, GF bread, sourdough bread, rice pasta, oats etc. They replaced the endless supply of salad I was eating! As a result my digestion became pretty much on point. My body needed those things to do what it needed to do!

I became stronger in CrossFit and in life

And now for the big one. It was, after all, the main focus of doing this. My performance in the gym went up. I became stronger. I was PR’ing, increasing my weights, having more energy during a WOD and generally feeling so much stronger. I also recover so much faster and very rarely get muscle aches and pains. It truly is incredible how much nutrition can play a role.

It also made me feel stronger in life. It made me feel in control of my achievements and my progress. And I love seeing my muscles grow!

All amazing right? But it was certainly not all sunshine and roses. Check back next week for ‘the bad and the ugly’ when it comes to counting macros.

Have you ever counted macros?

Do you have a specific focus on your nutrition?

Have you ever done an experiment on yourself?5 top tips on a tuesday - chase the red grape

Friday Favourites – Oct 21

Hi all,

It’s the first full week back to normal after being away on holiday and you know what, I feel great!

It shows me that the holiday was exactly what I needed, a chance to explore, let my mind wonder and above all a rest from my daily life and routine.

You bet I’m tired after this week, but I’m also energised and enthused by all my potential work projects, my training, upcoming social activities and of course some good old summer fun!

It also helps that a few days ago we booked another holiday down south in December! Same place and I cannot wait to explore more. We aren’t one for being spontaneous with booking holidays but David still had some leave left to take and the pull to go back was just too great!Friday - chase the red grape

But back to this week – here come my weekly ‘Friday Favourites’!

Favourite… Moment – Recapping the holidaybeach - chase the red grape

I know this is a bit of a cheat but it truly was one of my favourite moments of the week. Recapping everything and sharing it with you all, whether it be in a ‘Week in Review’ or a ‘What I ate Wednesday’ post, just brought so much happiness.

Favourite… Feeling – Excited!

Tomorrow David and I are heading to the BeauVine Food and Wine Festival here in Perth (as if we haven’t had our share of those already! Ha!). Wine, beer, cider, spirit and food producers from all over Western Australia will be ascending upon the festival to share tastings of their delicious creations with those lucky to attend. Weather is looking stunning, we get our ‘tasting’ glass as we enter… fill us up! (Oh and I will be snapchatting – chaseredgrape)

Favourite… Purchase – Greenday Tickets

When David and I first met, we bonded over our love of Greenday. We were at a friends birthday party, ‘Basket Case’ came on and the rest is history! So when I saw they were doing a world tour… and then found out they were coming to Perth, I freaked out! 10am Tuesday morning I bought tickets as soon as they were released. Cannot wait for April!

Favourite… Food/Drink – Appleachia Sparkling Apple Cider VinegarACV - chase the red grape

I picked this up as a road trip snack and have already tried another flavour. This stuff is amazing! Water, ACV and some fruit pulp is all it consists of and I am already addicted.

Favourite… Link – Allow yourself to be humanhuman - chase the red grape

I LOVED all your feedback from this post – it really seemed to resonate with so many of you and it was fantastic to read all your comments and thoughts on the matter. Check it out if you haven’t already and let me know what you think!

Favourite… Workout – Fight Gone Bad

Usually 3 rounds of the following, our box decided to do 5 rounds…

Every Minute on the Minute

Max reps wall balls (14 lbs)

Max reps sumo deadlift highpulls (25kg)

Max reps box jumps

Max reps push press (25kg)

Max reps row for calories

Rest 1 minute

Repeat x 5

Oh I do love a bit of Fight Gone Bad! I tend to do best with these kind of endurance WOD’s and loved being able to do this RX for the first time. Gaining strength every day!

Weekend Plans – Saturday – Farmers market and then the festival! Sunday – Pancakes and papers, beach coffee and maybe a little work… you will find out soon enough 😉

Hope you have a fab weekend folks!

Do you have a holiday coming up?

ACV, love or hate?

What kind of festival do you like to attend?

Linking up with Heather @LifeInLeggings

What I Ate Wednesday – Oct 19

Hi all,

Well as you may have read from my post on Monday, last week I was in paradise.

Along with crystal clear skies, sandy beaches with indigo waters and an abundance of wineries, my definition of ‘paradise’ has to include a selection of foodie delights. South West Australia is on point when it comes to wine, beer, ciders and spirits but it is also high up there when it comes to food. Real food, produced right there. Food that people are proud to produce and serve – and I totally believe that food made by happy people tastes better. Am I right?

So of course I had to do a ‘What I ate Wednesday’ post highlighting my eats from one of my days ‘down south’! I chose Tuesday, which was the day that David and I went on a ‘Bushtucker Margaret River Tour’. It was the best way to see a selection of highlights the region had to offer, after all we had never been before and there are over 100 wineries in the area!WIAW- chase the red grape

So sit back, relax, and enjoy my recap of eats!

Pre breakfast coffeecoffee - chase the red grape

Every morning David headed into town when I was in the shower to pick up coffees from a wonderful cafe called Albert and Nikola. I went for a long black each day and it was stunning, one of the best coffees I have ever had. (For those local, I preferred the Nikola blend)

Breakfast – eggs, sourdough toast with jam and fruit toast with butterbreakfast - chase the red grape

One of the first things we did when we arrived was to hunt down the Yallingup Woodfire Bakery. In the middle of nowhere, this small bakery opens for 2 hours each day to sell freshly baked sourdough, rye and fruit loaf. I have never tasted anything like it – it may actually be the best thing I have ever ate. Both the fruit loaf and sourdough, straight from the oven… heaven.

We were picked up from our airbnb by the wonderful Greg and met two other couples who would be joining us on the tour. We visited 3 wineries before lunch and a deli. The deli was outstanding and had an enormous selection of various vinegars, oils, tapenades, dressings, sauces and salts.tour - chase the red grape

deli - chase the red grapeLunch – selection of local meats, cheeses, chutneys and picked vegetableslunch - chase the red grape

My kind of lunch! Lunch was provided by the tour company and I could not have asked for a better spread. The local meats consisted of beef, kanagroo (which I love), chicken and crocodile (which tastes like rubbery chicken) and the chutneys etc were all made with local, traditional ingredients, many enjoyed by the indigenous people.

We then headed off to a winery which also made liqueurs and spirits. They were delicious! And I was very surprised with the quality of the local whisky – well, as a Scot I had to try it. I was blown away!wine - chase the red grapewhisky - chase the red grape

A trip to the Margaret River Dairy and Chocolate Factory was enjoyed. Purchases, of course, were made in both!dairy - chase the red grapechocolate - chase the red grape

Our final stop was at The Cheeky Monkey Brewery where David enjoyed some sample ciders and I enjoyed a large cappuccino! capp - chase the red grape

After we returned home we had a nice walk along the beach and came home via Peace Pizza. It was a delicious handmade GF crust topped with sauce, local mozzarella, smoked mushrooms, Italian sausage, roasted peppers and kalamata olives. Cooked in a woodfire oven, it was tasty – could have done with one each though! Ha!pizza - chase the red grape

And to end the night, the chocolate we bought from the factory. We got one cashew cluster and one macadamia cluster. Simply chocolate melted and mixed with the nuts. And they were huge! So good!choc - chase the red grape

What a day!

Are you a wine, beer, cider or spirit drinker?

What food is your region most famous for?

When you go on holiday do you like to hunt out the local produce?

Linking up with @PeasandCrayons

Allow yourself to be human #5TTT

Hi all,

Do you allow yourself to be human?

I know we are all individuals and should be treated as such. We have our own thoughts, ambitions, lifestyles and dreams. But deep down we are all the same. We are all human beings.

Our bodies have similar traits. Our minds have the same tendencies. Our programming, if you will, is so in line. There are many things we could connect ourselves together about.

For today’s ‘5 Top Tips on a Tuesday’ I want to break away from the details and get down to some of the deep set connections that we all have. Factors that connect us all as human beings. Sometimes seeing the bigger picture of humanity can help us hone in on what really matters and how we deal with various situations in our lives.human - chase the red grape

Humans make mistakes

We have all be there, as a transition into adulthood, learning the fundamental lesson that we will all make mistakes. Big or small, sometimes we will take the wrong path. But how we deal with the acknowledgement of the mistake is key. ‘To err is human, to forgive divine’… so why don’t we forgive ourselves for the mistakes we make? Why do we find it easier to forgive others than we do ourselves? Next time you make a mistake, own it, learn from it and move on.

Humans like to play

Like every other species out there, we have a desire within us to play. What you define as ‘play’ is up to you – it could be experimenting in the kitchen, playing with your puppy or kids, joining a club, frolicking on the beach (or in the bedroom…), or even, like I did a few weeks back, going to your local play park and having a shot on the swings and slide! Switch off your mind, release and enjoy time with others smiling and having fun.

Humans want to be liked

We all inherently want to be liked, admired, trusted, looked up to. And that is perfectly ok. It is natural to wanted to be liked by the others around you, and you will adapt to others when spending a lot of time together. Just don’t let another’s opinion of you reflect how you feel about yourself. You are going to be a lot of folks cup of tea, but some, you wont be. It doesn’t make you a bad person – believe in you and keep your chin up.

Humans make noises, sounds, actions…

Breaking news! Every single one of us farts, burps, belches, makes weird funny noises, have phlegm and bogeys. Phew, now we have gotten over that we can move on! Take away etiquette from the matter, we all have these things that we find ‘gross’. Life is sometimes too short to pretend that you never ever have to do a number 2 at work.

Humans need to rest

We work, we play, we rest. No matter if you have a high flying corporate career or if you are Mr ‘stone age’ Caveman, it’s the same principal. The difference is Mr Caveman actually allowed himself to rest. Make time for ‘you’. Don’t feel bad about chilling out on the sofa instead of being a social butterfly. Use your annual leave entitlements (I know for folks in Europe and Australia this seems like craziness but I cannot believe the stories I hear of folks in the US feeling bad about taking their leave). Remember that we are not programmed to be in ‘fight or flight’ stress mode 100% of the time.

What makes you feel ‘human’?

Do you forgive yourself when you make a mistake?

Do you have trouble allowing yourself to take your annual leave?5 top tips on a tuesday - chase the red grape

Week in Review – Paradise!

Hi all,

Well what can I say apart from ‘wow’!

Last week David and I headed 3 hours south of Perth and found what I can only describe as paradise.

Crystal clear beaches, bright blue skies, wineries upon wineries, local produce in abundance, friendly people – a distinct sense of calm. We saw lots of whales, dolphins, seals and native birds including huge parrots! We were surrounded by dozens of varieties of wild flowers all in full bloom. Is there any more I can add to define it as paradise?

Well why don’t we let the pictures talk for themselves, along with a few brief words. One thing is for certain, this ‘Week In Review’ (linking up with Meghan @CleanEatsFastFeets) might just be my favourite of all time!

I went on an adventure.beach - chase the red grape

david - chase the red grapeI explored, climbed, crawled and ducked.caves - chase the red grape

me - chase the red grapeI drank, tasted and - chase the red grape

whisky - chase the red grapeI breathed, pondered, reflectedpools - chase the red grape

I sometimes had no words.beach - chase the red grape

beach - chase the red grapeI felt like one very lucky girl!love - chase the red grape

And we are already planning on going back soon!

Would you have hiked the cliffs of the beach or sat in the sun?

Have you ever been to a winery?

What are some of your local wildlife?

Does knowing your data make you healthier? #5TTT

Hi all,

Fitbits, Garmins, jawbones, pedometers, anything and everything apps for your phone, it’s amazing how much data we can now correlate on ourselves.

Whether or not these mobile devices you can wear actually result in a healthier lifestyle is certainly to be debated – and a recent study highlighted last week in the media has shown them to have little effect overall. Regardless, they are only becoming more and more popular as people seek out data on themselves and their lifestyle.

But what do you do with the data once you have it? Does it lead to change? Does it make you healthier? Happier? More stressed? More aware?

For this weeks 5 top tips on a Tuesday I am going to show you how you can take the data you have from various aspects of your lifestyle and turn it into a positive action step. If you want to seek this kind of information out you have to be prepared for whatever it may show!Data - chase the red grape

Your weight

Do you weigh yourself regularly? A little too often perhaps?

Knowing where you stand roughly is a good starting point, but daily weigh ins can lead to stress and anxiety. You will naturally fluctuate in weight – based on a variety of factors and the sooner you accept that fact the sooner you will have a better relationship with your scale. Try weighing yourself once a week at the same time, say first thing on a Sunday morning. Your weight may change throughout the week but you will have a ball park to work with.

Just remember, the number does not define you, instead let it guide you. And if you don’t want to weigh yourself then don’t! I find the best way to feel if you are gaining or losing weight is how you feel in your clothes.

Your steps

The most popular form of data folk are collecting on themselves! If your step counter is making you move more throughout the day then great. Movement is key to a healthy lifestyle and even apps like Pokemon Go are tracking how much you are walking, encouraging you to do more.

Just remember, the golden ‘10,000 steps’ was a number created by the device companies… it is not the definition of a ‘healthy active lifestyle’. Meaning, don’t sweat it if you don’t hit that number! Just try to get a bit more movement in. If you only walk 3,000 steps, try getting in 4/5,000. There is no pressure, just enjoy moving.

Your calorie intake

First off, ask yourself why you need to track your calories? Do you know you eat too much? Are you not eating enough? Does tracking calories give you all the information you need?

A low calorie diet is not the answer to any issues you may have. A calorie is a calorie… but not when you put that calorie within a human body – that is when it reacts differently. You need nutrients – protein, carbs and fat along with those much needed micronutrients. Eat real food, listen to your body and the hunger/ full signals it gives you and try to get as much veggie goodness in there. If you must track then look into tracking your macro nutrients to make sure you get the combination your body needs.

Just remember, what everyone needs in terms of calories or even macros is very very different. As a 6ft, crossfitting female in her 30’s, I need a much different diet to you. Look into what you are basing your numbers on.

Your training

Keeping a track of your training is a fantastic data set to have. How will you know if you have improved or gotten stronger if you don’t? Of course for me, keeping track of my lifting weights or WOD times seems like an obvious winner, but it can be great even if you don’t train as often or in the same way. A runner can track their times, a tennis player their wins. A walker can even make note of lengths and times taken, especially if they hit the same routes. Gym bunny? Then try keeping a note of your weights and see if you can slowly increase them over time. Keep track of how each form of exercise makes you feel.

Just remember, this relates to your training and the competition you have within yourself to be a stronger and healthier version of you. Don’t use it to fall into the comparison trap.

Your sleep

Tracking sleep is a new concept but is the data set that most folk find the results to be quite revealing. Do you feel like you get enough sleep at night? Tracking helps you identify the hours of restful sleep you have had, any breaks of that during the night, keeps a note of your bedtimes as well as your rise time each morning. With this data you can see if you are developing a good routine, getting enough sleep and where changes can be made. Are you sticking to a set bed and rise time? Do you need to make sleep more of a priority? How is your environment affecting your sleep – temperature, natural light etc.

Just remember, the hours a person needs to sleep vary. 8 hours is a good starting point but can go from 7- 10 depending on the person. Try going to bed at the weekend and seeing what time your body naturally wakes up at. Trust that it knows what it needs.

Do you have a tracking device? How do you use the data?

Ever tracked calories? How did it serve you?

To weigh or not to weigh?5 top tips on a tuesday - chase the red grape

Friday Favourites – Oct 07

Hi all,

I’m going on holiday!! Woohoo!

Can you tell I am just a little bit excited?!

On Monday David and I head down south for a few days. Wineries, beach time, wildlife spotting, long walks and hopefully some sunshine in the mix too. All of the pictures I have seen of south west Australia look incredible and I cannot wait to show them with you all when I get home (although if you follow me on snapchat (chaseredgrape) you will definitely see everything as it comes!).

Most of all I am simply looking forward to switching my brain and body off and letting adventure mode set in. No training. No work. No macros. Just go with the flow beach life…

But never fear, I have a cracker of a 5 top tips on a Tuesday post all set for you next week so you will still have something to read, get you thinking and hopefully provoke some personal discussion!Friday - chase the red grape

For now though, lets get on to today’s post – Friday Favourites!

Favourite…Moment – Hair cuthair - chase the red grape

Time for a trip to the hairdresser! I am still growing out my hair but it had lost all sense of shape and the ends needed a good trim so I booked an appointment. Always makes me feel great to have a bit of a pamper and I have even learnt to relax and enjoy the head massage – incredible!

Favourite…Feeling – Nap Time

On Sunday I finally lay down during the afternoon, closed my eyes and rested. 2 hours later I woke up – and feeling great! Normally if I nap for that long I turn into the grog monster but I guess I must have needed it!

Favourite…Purchase – Baker boy capcap - chase the red grape

I am always on the lookout for caps that sit above my ears. I don’t know why but it’s always a struggle and it makes my hair stick out the sides, not a good look. But I found this one last week and it’s perfect. A colour that will go with everything and only $5 (AUS) from Kmart!

Favourite…Food/Drink – Lindt 70% Smooth Blendlindt - chase the red grape

Sometimes you want a bitter dark chocolate and sometimes you want something a little smoother. For the latter this is definitely your thing. I can only explain it by saying it’s a combo of everything you love about super dark blended with everything you love about milk chocolate.

Favourite…Link – Meg @CleanEatsFastFeets Soup Round-up

Have you checked out yet? If not what are you waiting for! Her recipes are insanely good and always allow veggies to shine their heart out. From the northern hemisphere then her soups are for you. Joining me in the south? Then check out Meg’s array of salads, they are amazing!

Favourite…Workout – 1000m Row

Please don’t tell my coaches I said this was my favourite…

At the end of one of our WOD’s this week we had a cheeky little 1000m row. How we had the energy I do not know but I ended up PR’ing by 25 seconds, coming in at 4:11. Maybe it wouldn’t have been my favourite if I hadn’t PR’d… but nonetheless, wahoo!

Weekend Plans – Saturday – Farmers market, mobility/strength class, weekly shop and cleaning out the car for our road trip! Sunday – Pancakes, newspapers, beach coffee and packing!

Have a great weekend folks and don’t forget to check back in on Tuesday!

Do you like getting your hair cut?

A naps a winner or loser for you?

When is your next holiday? Where are you going?

Linking up with Heather @LifeInLeggings

Life is too short to be a ‘grumbler’! #5TTT

Hi all,

Are you a secret, or not so secret grumbler?

Do you mutter under your breath? Do you look around and see things that you don’t like? Do you let small things become big things in your head?

I am a grumbler. Maybe it has something to do with being a Brit, we are notorious for that… Or maybe it’s because I am a pretty perceptive person, I always know what is going on around me.

The other day I found myself at training and grumbling away. I was in the middle of a WOD and noticed that someone was skipping out on reps. I hate that, hate it with a passion. So for about ten minutes I was working away and grumbling at the same time. I ended the WOD unhappy – with me, with them, with my score. And I went home still grumbling, Not exactly a great way to start my day.

So I decided enough was enough. Life is far to short to be a ‘grumbler’!

For this weeks 5 Top Tips on a Tuesday I am going to help you work through those ‘grumblings’ when they appear in our lives. Thus having the overall aim of making us all happier people in the process!grumbler - chase the red grape

Why does this annoy you?

The main crux of the matter really is ‘why does this action annoy you’? You have to ask yourself this question. Does it really affect you and your day? Maybe if it’s an issue at work then it does, but do you really need to stew over the fact that one guy didn’t keep open the train door for you this morning? Assess your priorities. Is it really worth the effort and time?

A grumble vs complaining

There is a difference between a grumble and a complaint. Grumbles tend to be minor and a complaint tends to be a bigger issue. Figure out which one you fall into right now with the issue you are currently dealing with. If you are finding you are grumbling a lot about a variety of issues maybe it is time to look at the bigger picture. Are you grumbling about your job often because you have a bigger issue you aren’t dealing with? Do you find you are grumbling about your partner never doing the washing up when the bigger issue is that you wish he would do more chores around the house? Does it deserve/ should it be a ‘complaint’?

Speak up

If it really is an issue then you have to speak up! You can grumble to yourself or even others all you want to but unless you speak up then nothing is going to be done about it. I’m not talking about getting into an argument every time someone does something you don’t like but if it goes to that next level then you have to say something or it will inevitably eat you up.

Wait, so this is really MY issue?

You remember my example above of people cheating reps? Well guess what, I am the one who is letting this affect me. Whether those folk are missing reps by accident or doing it deliberately, my grumbles are my issue and I and I alone are raising my stress levels. Unless I want to say something, which I don’t think is my place to, then I am the only one who is letting this get to me. And if I talk to someone external about it then it becomes a moan… and who wants to be a moany minnie!?

Let it go

So what do we do if we don’t want to speak up? In order to be happier people we have to let it go. Life today is full of stressors and it is so easy to be caught up in a myriad of issues and thoughts. When something becomes a grumble, put it through your own personal filter. Does this really affect me? Is it worth my effort and stress? No? Then let it go.

Are you a grumbler?

Do you find yourself moaning about the little things?

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