Can I have it all or has something got to give?

It’s February 2016 and I’ve been back at work after Maternity Leave for about three weeks. One of the female managers who I don’t really know asks me how I’m getting on. I’m honest and say it’s good to be back but it’s a bit of a shock to the system and I’m still finding my way. She nods empathetically and then says to me “Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t have it all. You can. I’ve never

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My Top 10 Online Reads #1

I read a lot of blog posts and articles online and whilst I share a lot of them through tweets, it’s easy to miss them and hard to come back to them at another time. So another monthly feature I’m introducing (along with my ‘Five Favourite Finds‘) is a list of my top ten reads for the month. They will be a mixture of formal news articles and blog posts. Enjoy!

That was the year that was 2015 – a summary


2015 has been another challenging year, but more for happy reasons that sad, especially when compared against last year. Whilst the losses of 2014 are still very much felt, the arrival of H at the start of the year brought a bit of sunshine back in to life again. It’s pushed me to many extremes but it’s ultimately been a wonderful year so here is the summary!

A fitness failure and time to fix it!

Back at the end of March I was keen to start getting fit again. For a couple of months I managed to exercise routinely and my fitness started to improve. However, as the summer wore on and we started trying to sell the house I just lost my motivation and broke my, already fairly loose, routine. Now we’ve moved and the new house feels like home, I’m really feeling the physical and emotional effects of not exercising (and by that

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How was skipping so easy as a kid?

There are two trends (or kid ‘fads’!) that I particularly remember from primary school. The first is lo lo balls (mine was yellow with a black circle) and the second is luminous skipping ropes with black handles. My friends and I all had them. We spent so much time skipping during break times and after school. We could skip normally, super fast, backwards, doing that cross-your-hands-in-front-of you thing. We also used to skip with two people turning the rope for

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Re-finding my fitness – 4 weeks in

So it’s 4 weeks since I posted about my plans to try and get my fitness back. It has been an interesting month trying to build a new routine; Trying to schedule exercise in around H has proved quite challenging, predominantly because she decides to do something ‘disruptive’ at the point I try and do something. This morning for example she really tested my resolve by deciding it really wasn’t necessary to go back to sleep after her 5:15am feed.

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Time to re-find my fitness. But how?!

In the past my fitness levels were really quite high, especially compared to Jo Average. Even when I stepped back from rowing and started training less, I was still doing an above average amount. During my pregnancy I remained as active as I could; I was able to do quite a bit of cardio in the early days and as it progressed I made sure to walk as much as I was able. It was quite common when rowing that

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One year on…

A year ago today, I had my bike accident. For some reason, I thought of this a few days ago and contemplated walking to the station today. But, I didn’t want it to become one of those annual superstitions. Plus, Sod’s Law said I would have tripped over my own shoe if I’d done that and head-butted a lamp post; Or something equally as embarrassing and painful. Last year really shocked me. It shocked me in a few ways. Firstly,

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Cycling – tougher than I remember…

…but as tough as I expected. Sam invited me to go along cycling with him today. He had a 17 mile route planned which around some nice back roads of the local countryside. I was keen to go. However, I haven’t done in excess of 10 miles for over 9 months since my bike accident. We did the reverse of a route Sam did a few weeks ago – up to Knebworth via the outskirts of Welwyn. Then through to

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A long overdue running update

I am almost two weeks in to my running ‘regime’ so felt it was time to update the world on progress. I am semi-ashamed to admit that I have not diligently stuck to the plan. However, for the most part, there has been good reason. So back at the Jubilee weekend, I did a 45 minuter. That particular run stayed with me for about 3 days – a combination of not regularly running that distance and still being battered around

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Hello, I'm Angela. I'm Mum to two small people (4 & 1). I'm a Techie, Gardener, cake lover and tea addict. I'm trying to get our family to live a more sustainable life. I also have far too many opinions...hence the blog. You can read more about me here. You can also follow me on Twitter so you never miss a post. Hope you enjoy reading!

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