Monday, 29 January 2018

MY FITNESS JOURNEY



January comes around and every other TV advert is fitness related. Now, I am a total sucker for the whole “new year, new me” fitness thing and so I decided to restart my fitness journey on January 1ST and push myself to new limits.

The background
From a young age, I was sporty and obsessed with fitness. I did ballet up until I was in high school and was a part of various school teams from reception through to year 11. I was that kid who was a member of every sports club from Netball to Rounders, Football, Hockey, Cross Country, you name it and I was there. I loved the feeling of being part of a team, winning games and training each week. Once I left high school, the sixth form I decided to go to did not have any sports teams and so I decided to join the gym at 16. I had previously joined a gym for a short while when I was like 13 but I was not entirely sure what I was doing and so stuck to swimming instead.  I was going to a gym in the town where my sixth form is but during half terms and summer holidays, it was impossible to go to as it was a good 15+ miles from where I am located and my bus pass was only active during term time so I stopped going and took a year-long break. Despite taking a break, my body remained in good shape as I walked everywhere and had good eating habits.

The current
Over Christmas, I completely lost motivation. I made it my new year’s resolution to use my car less, join a new gym, eat clean and bulk. As I am writing this, it is Wednesday 24th January 2018 and I have been going to the gym 3 times a week since January 1st and I have never felt better. My aim is not to lose weight or tone but to bulk and improve my overall stamina. I go to the gym at 5:30am every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and on Tuesday’s I go to a class at 7pm. Monday’s are leg days, Tuesday’s I do a fitness class at my local trampoline park, Wednesday’s are upper body days (my least favourite days) and lastly, Friday’s are another leg day. I have also entered myself in to do a Tough Mudder run in July, I know I am crazy but I am very excited for the physical challenge. 

If you would like to know how my fitness journey is going each week, I post regular updates on my twitter account, @franciscarockey using the hashtag #FransFitnessJourney. I will also be posting monthly updates and other fitness related posts here on my blog.

Fran
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Monday, 15 January 2018

NIGHTS OUT IN LONDON
























To celebrate my 18th birthday, a few of my friends and I headed down to London on Boxing Day to take part in the London Party Pub Crawl.

The London Party Pub Crawl is the #1 Bar Crawl in London, you pay for a ticket online at, https://londonpartypubcrawl.com/book-now/ which you exchange for a wristband upon arrival. This wristband gives you free entry to 5 bars and clubs, free shots at each bar, deals on drinks and a photographer all night.

There are 3 different crawls, London, Shoreditch and Camden. The London Crawl, which is the one I took part in, runs every night including Christmas Day. The Shoreditch Crawl runs every Friday and Saturday and the Camden Crawl runs every Friday and Saturday.

On the Boxing Day crawl, we went to Be At One, Bar Soho, Rumba, Ruby Blue and the final venue was Zoo. Be At One is a chain of city centre cocktail bars with a chilled and relaxed atmosphere. The first venue is where you meet all the other early bird ticket holders at 19:00. You introduce yourself, take a few shots together and maybe have a drink or two. Be At One is known for their 2 for 1 cocktails which I made sure to take full advantage of.

Next stop, Bar Soho. Again, like the first venue, more introductions happened here and once the alcohol was flowing through our veins, we were all over the dance floor. If you are looking for me, I am usually the girl in the middle of the dance floor belting out the lyrics to every song.

Stop three, Rumba. Rumba was an underground, low ceiling bar as someone suffers from claustrophobia, I felt completely fine and it was kind of like a Tardis down there. After many rounds of J├Ąger Bombs, we were ready to get the night going.

The penultimate stop, Ruby Blue. The penultimate photo that I used in this post was taken here and I am pretty sure I was drunk by this point hence the droopy eyes, but I seem to have the most recollection of this venue. It seems Ruby Blue was one of my favourite venues as I left with many embarrassing pictures and videos on my camera roll.

Finally, to end the night we headed to Zoo. I cannot think of a better place to end a night out, the music was great, the atmosphere was even better and drinks were not too expensive either.

So, what are you waiting for? Head over to https://londonpartypubcrawl.com/ and grab your ticket for the next crawl!

This post is in collaboration with London Party Pub Crawl

Fran
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Monday, 1 January 2018

CHAPTER 17

Currently, it is half past 4 on New Year’s Day 2018 and I am sat at my laptop reflecting on the year that has gone by. I say this every year but today is a complete clean slate, a chance to redeem ourselves, a fresh start. Whatever baggage you were carrying in 2017, 2018 is the year to let it go. The past is the past and cannot be changed but the future is yet in your power.
2017 was yet another year of personal progress. Both halves of the year were extremely busy, I barely had a minute to breathe but what I achieved by the end, made the constant stress and tiredness completely worth it. I documented quite a lot of last year here on my blog so instead of rambling on, I will leave link to a few posts instead: Unedited Photo Diary: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo | My Driving Experience | Reading & Leeds 2017 | Life Lately | 48 Hours in Edinburgh | The Making of Harry Potter | Eighteen
My biggest achievements of 2017 were passing my theory test, getting promoted at work, buying my first car, passing my driving test and making it through my first year of sixth form.
It is time to start thinking of things I would like to achieve and do in 2018. At the top of my list is to get fit. Last year I was going to the gym for a short while, but I quickly lost motivation when life got busy and decided to try again in the new year. I have kitted myself out with a new gym kit and I am ready to see some abs and a jawline. I would also like to get a new job this year. I have been at my current job for two years in August, I am starting to feel like I am stuck in a rut and a change of scenery is in dire need. Lastly, I want to do well in my A-levels and get into my firm choice university. 

What are your achievements/goals for 2018?

Fran

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