With a tendency towards minimalism and a love of the great outdoors, it is perhaps unsurprising that one of my longer standing whims (if that's not too much of an oxymoron?) has been to stay in a treehouse. This desire was finally realised last week, when R and I headed to Wales for three nights [...]
I have been wearing my Jawbone Up for just over a month now, so I figured it was a good point to make an initial review. Anyone who has found themselves going from a to b with me over the past 6 weeks will know that walking has become my mode of transport of choice. [...]
Step to it!
Last year David Sedaris wrote an essay, published in The New Yorker, entitled 'Stepping Out', in which he reflected on his relationship with his Fitbit. In his inimitable style, Sedaris described how the acquisition of this little watch-like pedometer turned walking from a hobby into a competitive sport and then into an obsession. With his [...]
30? I’ll take that.
If you had asked me two weeks ago how I felt about turning 30 the response would have been less than positive. It's so easy to get hung up on the idea of a number; a target by which we believe that certain arbitrary goals should have been reached. In the dying days of my [...]
Luxurious long weekends
I've been feeling a bit end of term-ish and rather exhausted lately, despite the vast amount of things I still need to achieve before I finish work for Christmas. Therefore it was heavenly to be able to take some time out this week and to enjoy a long weekend away in Yorkshire. With the physical [...]
Guilty pleasures (that are actually good for you)
After Monday's rather sombre post I wanted to follow up with something a little cheerier. As is often the case when you are feeling a bit low it is nice to indulge in a few guilty pleasures. Since Sunday I have been enjoying a few of my favourite things and realised that while these are [...]
The pursuit of happiness
I wanted to write one last post before I leave the US so I'm writing this while sitting in my favourite spot, looking out onto the Hudson, sun on my back, iced coffee in hand. I thought I'd write a top ten of things to do in New York based on my last three, perfect [...]
New mountains to climb
With no x-ray results and a dogged determination to go on press to see my book printed, in the early hours of Wednesday morning, (3:30am early), I got up, took a good handful of painkillers and set out on my trip to Slovenia. With the early morning and with my sleepiness and blood sugar all [...]
Tired and wired: Tips to help you feel less frazzled in a 24/7 world
While I pride myself on being 'healthy', living in a city where everything is open long after we should all be in bed and where everyday is spent charging from meeting to meeting and firefighting emails, I realise that I have become programmed to think that being tired and wired is the norm.
Working off the weekend
I'm back from a blissfully long weekend in the countryside with my family. We enjoyed country strolls, country air and, of course, country pubs! Weekends away don't necessarily have to mean total blowout on your exercise regime and diet. Squeezing in a quick run and a leisurely country walk can keep you from veering too [...]