Strawberry OatsYesterday I put out a post explaining why I was done with blogging. You can read it here. As I hit publish last night, I wasn’t sure what people would think of the piece. Did I just look like I was moaning? Or giving in because I’d failed?

The comments that came in shortly afterwards were amazing. I had no idea that so many people felt the same, feeling the pressure to upload their version of perfect to multiple platforms and follow the trends. It was comforting to know that I wasn’t alone. 

I did mention in the post that I wanted to carry on writing. Instead of blogging, I’d be documenting real-life events, however mundane or exciting they might be. So here we are, the first of many waffles! 

I took today to work from home, something I do every now and again because I find I get more done. No distractions, nobody swivelling over in their chair to ask me something, no rush to get out of the door in the morning. Occasionally it’s nice to be able to wake up, have time to make breakfast and then leisurely sit in bed with my coffee until I need to open my laptop. I can even fit in a workout at the gym on my lunch break. Yep, sometimes that actually happens.

Speaking of the gym, I’ve been going a lot more recently. I feel like I’ve tried every diet under the sun – the 5:2, the 16:8, cutting out carbs, eating clean – until I had an epiphany. What if I just ate well and did regular exercise?

Groundbreaking.

So I’ve ditched the diets, I’ve been eating three meals a day (most of them healthy) and I’ve been hitting the gym between two and four times a week.

Okay, the first week I went four times, now it has dwindled a bit.

But still, I am moving and feeling better for it. I’m trying to do a mix of cardio and weights to keep things interesting. Before it was exhausting, I denied myself of the foods I love and beat myself up about eating too much bread. Now if I want a glass of wine, I’ll have one – but equally, I know when to stop shovelling Rolos into my mouth on a Friday night. It’s all about balance right?

The flat has been pretty quiet the last two weeks, as Liam is in the US on tour with Canadian musician, Steven Page. This is a lifelong dream of his, so I’ve loved watching it come true. He’s in a different city every day, seeing some fascinating places – I do miss him a lot! I’ve been trying to keep myself busy, and when I say busy, I mean binge-watching Orange Is the New Black and keeping my flat spotless, Mrs Hinch style. When it comes to a rock and roll lifestyle, I’m giving Liam a run for his money. 

Tonight I plan on taking a bath, treating myself to a hair mask and snuggling up with a cup of tea and the Great British Bake Off. I’m ridiculously invested in it this year – shouting in despair at the TV when something goes wrong and sobbing when contestants leave (still missing Terry). I might even treat myself to a Danish, it is pastry week after all.