Monday Meditation

by Zoe Badger Self Improvement
Hello everyone, How has your Monday been? I did my physio exercises this morning and a little bit of Yoga. I did a sleep meditation again last night and it worked a treat to get me to relax and go out like a light rather than it taking half an hour or so. I have also just done a Monday meditation before writing this post as I was in quite a state of stress and needed some help so I did a guided meditation ...
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My Bookcase is up

by Zoe Badger Self Improvement
Hello everyone, Well I have not stopped since I got up this morning. I finally did the cleaning, hoovered everywhere and got really angry at the hoover, the hose thing is broken as it came unglued and kept flapping about. Does anyone else get really angry at inanimate objects? I have done loads of washing, changed the duvet cover etc. But the best thing is that I finally have my new bookcase up and built with the help of my dear Dad.  I am ...
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Happy

by Zoe Badger Self Improvement
Hello everyone, I hope your Saturday is going well. I have had a fabulous day.  I won £3 on the euromillions last night 😊 I did my usual early morning shop at Aldi, then came home to bake my cake (recipe coming on Wednesday). Me and my folks took my niece out this afternoon for lunch and to buy her a birthday present that she could choose herself which was great.  I love seeing her little face light up, especially when I told her ...
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Physio

by Zoe Badger Self Improvement
Hello everyone, I am relieved it’s the weekend. Well I have a whole series of physio exercises to add to the original ones and it’s like a mini workout. So far I have: ·         Massage my feet and wiggle them about a bit with my hands to free them up ·         Ballerina stretches to stretch out the front of my foot ·         Foam roll my calves ·         Walk onto one foot and reach down with a straight leg so the weight is on the front of ...
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Making Progress

by Zoe Badger Self Improvement
Hello everyone, What a grey day it has been today. I have dutifully done my physio exercises this morning and I also did a new kettlebell core workout which was a core one and really quite hard! I could however tell how improved I am strength wise in that area as 74 days ago I would have really struggled so that’s a bonus. I had a super green smoothie for breakfast to power me up and I am still not snacking in the ...
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Recipe Wednesday – Breakfast Chocolate Smoothie

by Zoe Badger Food and Drink
Hello everyone, I did my physio exercises this morning and 3 rounds of: ·         15 Squats ·         20 Russian Twists ·         15 Sumo squats ·         20 Leg raises I am going to do some kettlebell tomorrow morning as it has been a while.  I wanted to focus more on my physio to get myself mending as fast as I can.  I can definitely feel an improvement in my feet and ankles.  I have a review tomorrow night so we will see what phase 2 has to ...
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Changing your Environment

by Zoe Badger Self Improvement
Hello everyone, Well I was up again at the butt crack of dawn otherwise known as 6am.  I just did my physio exercises and some yoga this morning as I wanted to stretch out a bit and also to be honest time was tight this morning due to my faffing about on my phone! Over the last few days I have been thinking about work and all the time I have spent there and about all the changes that have taken place over ...
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Back to Reality

by Zoe Badger Self Improvement
Hello everyone, I really don’t know how I managed to get up at 6am when my alarm went off this morning, talk about back to reality with a bump! I am soooo tired I don’t know how I have functioned today.  I had to have a little nap to get some energy to write this.  Although I had a fabulous weekend I did not sleep that well in the hotel, somehow, I am always a little bit aware so I don’t think ...
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Fun Seeker Part 2

by Zoe Badger Self Improvement
Hello everyone, It’s fun seeker part 2 today. I was up early at 6.30 am today for the second day of my fun trip to London. Yesterday I did the London Eye, hop on hop off bus and a river cruise along the Thames plus a long walk along the Southbank.                            Today was a walking tour and it ended up being a personal tour as it was just me and ...
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Fun Seeker

by Zoe Badger Self Improvement
Hello everyone, I am in London and up early for FUN, yes today is all about fun for me. I am with a brilliant friend of mine and we have been travelling around London doing all sorts of fun things.  We have hopped on and hopped off the hop on hop off bus and been on the London eye and wow what a view that was.  It got me thinking about the best things in life and how we often deny ourselves time to ...
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What a Week!

by Zoe Badger Self Improvement
Hello everyone, Back up at 6 am and started with my physio exercises, I am noticing how I am getting stronger through my toes and the ball of my foot which is a good thing I hope.  I followed this with some stretches and a few yoga moves today as I wanted to stretch myself out a bit. I am still just having my green smoothies for breakfast and I have added a bit more fruit to them which I am enjoying.  ...
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It’s Okay to Take it Easy

by Zoe Badger Self Improvement
Hello everyone, Up again at 6 am, it’s normal now and I am good at sitting bolt upright when the alarm goes off like I have had a big shock. I did my physio exercises this morning first then is did the exercises below for 3 sets with 60 seconds’ rest in between. ·         15 Squats ·         20 Russian twists with my 6kg kettlebell ·         15 Sumo squats ·         20 Leg raises Today I had to do the leg raises with bent knees as I just could ...
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Recipe Wednesday - Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie

by Zoe Badger Food and Drink
Hello everyone, It’s recipe Wednesday again :-) Up at the usual 6am time to the obnoxious alarm.  It’s getting to the point now where a lie in at the weekend only lasts until 7.30, maybe that will change as the days get a bit darker, I hope so. I did my physio exercises and 20 mins of kettlebells this morning.  I am also going to Pilates class in a bit too. Still being mindful and I also mediated a bit this morning and set ...
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Finally, The Answer!

by Zoe Badger Self Improvement
Hello everyone, I hope your week is going well so far. Up again at 6am and I just did some physio exercises this morning to start getting used to them without rushing myself. I had a physio appointment last night and what a revelation, my lumpy achillies is not actually the problem and I don’t have plantar fasciitis either (shock face emoji), I had to do a few tests which confirmed this and finally I have the answer. Needless to say I was ...
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Mind Control!

by Zoe Badger Self Improvement
Hello everyone, Day 64 is here and up again 6am to the obnoxious alarm.  I did a bit of a different workout today as I have not done it for a while. I did this for 3 rounds with 60 seconds’ rest in between. ·         15 squats ·         20 Russian twists with a 4-kg kettlebell ·         15 Sumo squats ·         20 Leg raises I don’t know what it is about the leg raises but they really get the heart pumping. I wanted to follow on from yesterday ...
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The Thoughts we Think

by Zoe Badger Self Improvement
Hello everyone, Well, I have had a thoroughly lazy Sunday so far but it’s about to get busier as I plan some articles for upcoming blogs ;-) I have been thinking about how my blog will progress after the 90 days are up on this challenge, and I have decided to continue with a lifestyle theme as that gives me a wide scope and freedom to write about all sorts of things. And one of the main criteria of this challenge was ...
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Relax

by Zoe Badger Self Improvement
Hello everyone, Day 62 is here and wow, can’t believe how consistent I have been with this challenge to myself.  I was so worried that I had lost that part of me that could commit to something and stay the course and in doing this I have found it was not lost at all just buried under fear, worry and self-doubt. Today I have mostly been relaxing, well, trying to relax as it seems a lot easier to say than do at ...
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Green Smoothie Week – Fruity Friday

by Zoe Badger Self Improvement, Food and Drink
Hello everyone, Yay it’s Friday :-) I know you should not live for the weekends but…  I was up at 6 am again (still can’t believe I am managing this) I think it is starting to become a more natural habit though. I did my kettlebell workout with the 6kg, wowsers did I work up a sweat with that.  It’s amazing what a difference it can make. I will carry on with this weight now and see how it goes. I might rifle ...
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Green Smoothie Week – Tropical Thursday

by Zoe Badger Self Improvement, Food and Drink
Hello everyone, I can’t believe it’s day 60 already of this challenge!  I am still managing to get out of bed at 6 am on a weekday which is almost an hour earlier than when I used to.  I have not missed a workout either and I have been able to be flexible and still enjoy myself.  Talking of being flexible, this morning I did a foam roller workout on my legs and boy did it huuurrrrrtttt, but I was so tight ...
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Green Smoothie Week – Wowzers Wednesday

by Zoe Badger Self Improvement, Food and Drink
Hello everyone, Obnoxious alarm did its job at 6am and I was up and getting a much needed cuppa. I did an arm workout this morning and it surprised me just what a weakling I am in that department.  A few years ago I was using 5-6 kg dumbells, today……. 1.5kg – 2kg !!!!!!!!!!   Shocking, this must be changed pronto.  So now I am going to add in some serious arm work to build those muscles.  I will use my gym ball as ...
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