I've been asked a few times recently, 'what does my day look like?', 'what do you do?', so today, I'm going to answer!
My days tend to be quite varied - there is no real typical day - but there is a common thread running through them all, some things that are non-negotiable for me.
During the week, I get up anytime between 6 & 8, depending on what I've got on. I take my dog, Shoes, for a walk and sort out my pet rabbits, Belle and Betty. I'll do a full body stretch and sometimes I'll meditate - I go through phases of meditating and not, depending on whether it feels beneficial for me at that time.
Afterwards, is breakfast - for me, this looks like porridge with hemp seeds, coconut milk & peanut butter or coconut yoghurt with homemade granola & applesauce. Often, I'll then get down to some blog-writing or social media-ing.
11ish, I'm hungry again (I get hungry a lot!) so it'll often be a protein shake or a homemade protein bar with some fruit. Shortly after, I'll be heading into town for my first client of the day. Four days out of five, I cycle into town - my bike is my baby and I genuinely love it. When it's cold, dark & wet in the winter, it's sometimes not so great, but it's an easy, thought-proof way to guarantee I'm moving all the year round.
I'll take a pause for lunch, which regularly looks like quinoa, chickpeas, tahini, kale & spinach, sometimes quorn & tinned tomatoes too - nice and simple, getting all of the nutrients needed in there, ready for an afternoon of clients and meetings.
At some point during the day, I'll take an hour in the gym for myself. Sometimes I have a plan, sometimes I don't - this week, I'm working on my single leg squats - a crucial move for stability and ensuring all the muscle groups are engaging and doing so in the right order. I love it and it's why I do this as a job, so it's a non-negotiable in my diary! Sometimes, it looks like a really tough workout, sometimes it's a recovery session - stretching and foam rolling - flexibility and being pain-free is just as important as being strong.
Around 7-8, I'll finish up with clients - thanks for a great afternoon guys - and head home on my bike. I tend to cook pretty soon after I get home - wholemeal pasta with veg & quorn, butternut squash & coconut curry with wild rice - I'm big on home cooking with whole food, but keeping it simple.
I'll end the day with some foam rolling, 9 times out of 10, to iron out any kinks that have developed during the day! If you do a lot (and even if you don't) maintenance is key - it doesn't just stay good! A few times a week, I'll have a bath with salts & essential oils - also part of my recovery, but a crucial part of my mental sanity - that's pretty important too!
We can't get it right all of the time, but I try to follow an 80/20 - I won't say to you I never have a takeaway, I go to the gym 3 hours a day, because I don't! Instead, I follow a lifestyle that is healthy, easy, fun & sustainable. When I wake up, I think to myself (even if I'm feeling a bit negative) let's get up and do some cool shit!
Every day, even a work day, is a day of our lives - it's about time we all lived the lives we want, even if that means reading five pages of a favourite book or taking out an hour to exercise! That's it! You really aren't too busy. I used to say that, until I read this:
'Every time you tell yourself you don't have time, rephrase it and say it's not a priority'
That'll really change how you think about the things you don't have time for! What can you do today to live the life you want?