I’m Attempting a Baby Steps to 5k Running Challenge

I’ve started running. I know, I can’t believe it either.

If you’ve ever met me you know I hate running. It started in secondary school with the dreaded cross country – no one likes being forced to run. And yes, it’s healthy and we totally should be doing it but when you’ve just spent all day in class you don’t want to be out running in the freezing cold because you have to. Not a fan.

But since last year, we’ve all been at home and let’s be real, probably put on weight. Me included. So I thought I would try out running to see if it would help – and also I really needed to work on my cardio because it is non-existent lol.

So yes, I’ve started running. The first time I went running I just went full force at it, I ran for a good minute before my lungs were on fire and I felt like I couldn’t breathe. I think it’s important to note – I have asthma and I didn’t take my inhaler beforehand so that was definitely my bad. So I ended up walking home trying to catch my breath and also trying not to throw up because I felt so awful.

After that, I decided to ease myself into it because running is not easy. I don’t know how we all used to run about all the time as children because it seems impossible to do now.

I decided I needed some kind of guide because otherwise I was not going to keep at it and so I signed up for the Samsung Health Baby Steps to 5k program. Not sponsored, but Samsung hit a girl up if you feeling generous. 😉

So this is a program that anyone can sign up for if they use Samsung Health, you pick 3 days a week to run and the program runs for 10 weeks. Each running exercise consists of a warm-up walk, a brisk walking period, and then a cool down walk; each week the distance of these increases.

Something that confused me about the program is that the “brisk walking period” never turns to running – I suppose you need to walk before you can run but I decided to switch up “brisk walking” for alternating between jogging and walking. Otherwise, I was never going to start running.

So I first started this program in July, though I didn’t get very far before I stopped.

I decided to stop after a couple of weeks because my shins were very sore. Shin splints are not fun. And I knew if I kept running it wasn’t going to get any better. It would probably get worse and I didn’t want to injure myself further so I rested.

Fast forward a few weeks and my shins feel fine and I am ready to give it another go.

I have restarted the Baby Steps to 5k program and I have completed 4 runs so far.

I have also made a point to stretch my legs before and after running to prevent the shin splints from coming back and that’s been helping a lot. So stretching is important!

I have also been remembering to take my inhaler before running and when I come back, that way I don’t struggle as much to breathe when I’m running. Again important lol.

So far it’s been going okay, it’s definitely tough because I never did any running before this but I think I am making progress, slowly but surely. I am determined to finish the program, even if I don’t end up running the full 5k, if I can keep alternating between running and walking (hopefully more running than walking) then I’ll be proud of myself.

I have been keeping a Twitter thread of each run to keep track of progress, but I might check in here from time to time on it. Not sure how often though but there are still nine weeks left of the program so we see how it goes.

I’m not looking forward to running in the bad weather as we head into autumn though, so that will definitely be a challenge. But I am determined to power through and finish the program! Wish me luck.

I Finished a Notebook!

I think this is the first time in my life I have completed a notebook front to back. Minus maybe some school workbooks but no one cares about those when they leave school do they?

This is the notebook where I started my journal a couple months ago, it only took me just under two months to finish the whole thing. I started 1st June and ended 26th July.

I’m really surprised how fast the notebook filled up, but when writing everyday, with an average of two pages per day, you can see how it adds up.

It has definitely been an adjustment to add journalling to my daily routine, but I think it’s been good for me. Sometimes it helps to write and let out all the frustrations. Though I have to say my life is a lot less dramatic than it was when I was 16. And also being in a pandemic and not leaving the house very often doesn’t leave much to write about haha.

Also with this journal I have been using washi tape to decorate the pages, I think it helps to break up the days and also makes it a little bit more fun. I don’t do anything super fancy with the washi, it’s usually a strip along the top and the bottom of the pages but it makes it pretty to flip through.

Along with my regular entries, I have also been adding a few decorative pages throughout, again inspired by the girl on YouTube I found that does journalling/scrapbooking type videos. I like the idea of having a day-to-day kind of scrapbook on top of a bigger scrapbook for bigger occasions. It kind of helps you celebrate the every day things.

A page I decorated for my birthday

Every so often, I’ve also been trying to do a collage-style of decorating to break up the pages instead of the washi tape, I can’t say I’ve been super successful with this but I have enjoyed doing something new.

And so I have already started in on my second journal for the year, this next notebook is a dotted journal so it can be used as a bullet journal, but I have just been using it as a regular journal. The dots mean there is so much more space to write in it so I imagine I will be keeping this one for a while, still I imagine if I keep this up I could be through a couple more notebooks by the end of the year.

I haven’t exactly decided on how to store all my journals once they are complete, my boyfriend and I moved into our house before Christmas and it is still very much a mess, so for now everything just sits on the floor in piles around my desk haha. I will need to think of a better way to store things as we decorate and start to have some order to our house. But I guess that’s a problem for another time.

For now, I am going to keep writing. I don’t know for sure if I would ever go back and read what I’ve written, mainly because there isn’t much going on in my life at the minute. But I’m sure someday in maybe ten years I’ll take a look, I do enjoy reading my old school journal entries from time to time so we’ll see.

Maybe one day I’ll publish them as an epic life story lol. (I’m kidding I could never do that and my life is not that interesting. No one would read that, people rarely read my blog haha)

My Favourite Sticker Shops!

This year, I have really thrown myself into my sticker planning. It started as a hobby a few years ago but over the last few months I have really gone OTT with my sticker buying. It’s like once I started, I couldn’t stop and so I thought I would share some of my favourite shops!

Papershire

Papershire caught my attention immediately with their cute bunny character ‘Bunilla’. I think bunnies are adorable and hope to one day adopt my own rabbit so this was a no-brainer. This shop is super cute and I feel like I need a Bunilla for all occasions!

I have also recently bought a couple of journals from Papershire, and I can’t wait to try them out because they seem like amazing quality.

Plus, they are the only UK store on the list right now which is a bonus as I can order directly from them and don’t have to wait ages for things to arrive!

This shop also has a very active Facebook group which I don’t know is always a good thing lol I feel like people post so much just to win shop credit which is fine but also I don’t know how they do it. It seems very tiring. But everyone in the group is really nice and so it’s good to have a community where I can post about my planning addiction lol.

Once More With Love

Just like with Papershire’s Bunillas, I feel like I need a OMWL munchkin for every occasion. These stickers are of very simple design, but they are just so adorable I find myself buying them all the time.

These stickers are also quite small which I like as they tend to fit really well in any sized box I put in my planner.

This shop is Canadian, but I tend to have them delivered directly to my house when possible as it means I don’t have to wait as long as I would if it went through Stackry. So far everything has arrived safe and sound from them so I’m glad it’s all worked out.

Also Marg has recently been taking a lot of request munchkins so I am looking forward to all those new releases!

Wonton in a Million

This shop is super cute and fun and I have always wanted to buy stickers from them. So when I finally decided to use a shipping forward service from the US, Wonton in a Million is immediately where I went to.

The dimsum characters are super fun and the sticker quality is really good. I don’t know what they use but it’s kind of almost like a vinyl? It just makes the stickers feel high quality. But when you place them down, they don’t budge so you gotta be sure of your placement before you put them down.

I immediately gravitated towards the ‘Dimsum Crossing’ stickers though. Those are probably my favourites, because I love anything to do with Animal Crossing but they are so adorable and I have stocked up on a bunch of them. I just hope they never stop stocking them lol.

Not going to lie, I love ordering from them because the stickers arrive really quickly to my Stackry box because they are based in NY and the Stackry warehouse is in New Hampshire. Yes I still have to wait for all my other stickers to arrive before I ship my box over, but I just like that these guys always arrive first.

ScribblePrintsCo

ScribblePrintsCo has become my go-to place for FOIL. I used one of their foil bundles on a weekly spread and I am OBSESSED. So now I have bought a lot of foil bundles from them to use in the future, probably more than I’ll ever need but that’s besides the point.

I also really love the weekly kits from ScribblePrintsCo. Mainly because they come with so many boxes. I have recently become a very ‘no whitespace’ planner so I need a box to write in for everything I do. And there is no shortage of those with an SPC kit.

Also recently, SPC did a HUGE destash event where they were giving away these grab bags/boxes of loads of foil, old stickers and everything and it was amazing. You got so many items and it was basically like an early Christmas present to myself lol. So SPC is definitely up there as one my favourite shops.

Plus I am obsessed with watching Andrea’s Plan With Me videos on YouTube. I just find her voice is calming and her planning style is the style I have adopted as my own. So I highly recommend her videos and her shop.

Glam Planner

Elle, the owner of Glam Planner is who got me into sticker planning in the first place! 100% one of the first places I started to look into shopping at when I started using Stackry.

I have become obsessed with her glitch sales because I am able to pick up so much foil for cheap and it really helped me build up my collection.

I also think that Elle’s weekly kits are always so pretty so I have stocked up on a few to use later in the year. I have yet to use any of them but I am excited to get using them!

Elle also likes to do foil that overlays her full box scenes to highlight parts of the images which I think is cool. I have become a big fan of full box overlays so ones that are specific to a full box is interesting compared to a regular frame overlay.

Another fave of mine from Elle’s shop is the script samplers. I’ve gotten a lot of those during the glitch sales and I like that you get a variety of fonts so you can use more than one type of script in a spread and it doesn’t look as repetitive because it’s in a different font each time.

I also really love Elle’s YouTube videos! I’ve been watching her since probably 2011 when she made beauty and lifestyle videos. She hasn’t been doing a lot of planner videos recently, but I do still enjoy her current lifestyle videos too. Again, I find her voice really calming and I could listen to her do videos for forever. So definitely check her out!

Simply Gilded

Simply Gilded is washi tape heaven.

Honestly at first I just bought some to try it out. I don’t really have a need for it in my planning style, but I have started to use it to decorate my daily journal entries to make them more interesting.

Now I’m obsessed and can’t stop buying pretty washi. I am definitely buying it faster than I am using it so I need to slow it down before I become a serious hoarder. But it’s just so easy to buy lol.

I would love to find other ways to use the washi tape aside from my journal, so I might try to incorporate it into my scrapbooking or something too, just so I can really get the use out of it (and justify buying so much of it lol).

And so these are some of my favourite shops at the minute! I definitely have a couple of other UK shops I shop at from time to time but since I haven’t really purchased from them in a while I decided to leave them out. Though who knows maybe I’ll make another post in the future to let you know about them.

But for right now, I’ve put myself on a bit of a no-spend because I’ve been buying way too much lol. At least I can encourage other people to shop though. So if you are in the market for some journalling/planning stickers then check out the shops I mentioned, or even suggest some I can check out for when it’s time to break my no-spend – I’m counting the days haha.

Grey’s Anatomy Season 17 Thoughts

So they went with the COVID storyline. Yikes.

I mean it makes sense for them to cover something like this, but right now? While it’s happening? Very real, dark and depressing. Especially when Meredith is sick, I mean our girl’s been through a lot and now COVID? It’s wild.

So here are my thoughts on season 17 of Grey’s:

  • So Teddy and Owen are on the outs, not even surprised. I mean we all know what happened.
  • DeLuca is back on the mend, that’s nice to see. I was worried he was never going to get back to himself
  • Trust Meredith to be right in the middle of the action, I expect nothing less
  • Kind of sad that Link and Amelia are stuck at home with all the kids, but I guess someone has to be, and Amelia had that baby
  • Oh my God, Jo and Jackson? Weird af, I was feeling the second hand awkwardness and I hated it
  • Bailey is being her natural high alert, social distancing self and I get it. She might be overkill but at least she taking all the right measures.
  • Oh God. Meredith. No.
  • BUT DEREK. I CRIED. I mean I totally had this spoiled on Facebook for me but I still always cry for McDreamy.
  • So Nico and Levi be hooking up on the sly. What’s going to come of this? I feel like it’s not going to be just a hook up for Levi
  • Wow so Jo and Jackson really done the deed, I don’t know how to feel about them together. I mean sure neither of them are ready for a relationship, but like if that’s what it is going to be in the end…I don’t know
  • Maggie is having a cute time with her boyfriend with the Facetiming and all, I guess it just sucks they can’t be together. But it is a reality that is very true for a lot of people.
  • My heart is breaking for Tom, I mean he is also suffering from COVID, but everyone is focused on Meredith. I know his symptoms didn’t show right away but still…someone care for him
  • GEORGE – again spoiled on Facebook. But honestly…how DARE THEY. They can’t toy with my emotions like this honestly, if they bring back Lexie, McSteamy and all…ugh I’ll actually not cope
  • Also how come Meredith was able to reach George and not Derek? Also sneaky how they threw in why Meredith can see George as older, ya’ll could’ve just acted like he was the same or not addressed it.
  • But seriously if Meredith dies this season then the show ends and not only will the virus have claimed so many lives in real life, but it will also have claimed a fictional character that I am just not ready to lose to something real. Like MEREDITH GREY cannot survive 17 seasons of crap just to die now, I won’t accept it.
  • I just hope there’s hope for her clinical trial but honestly, my hope is very low.
  • Bailey’s mum </3 my heart broke for her. I think I’m going to cry at every episode this season and I hate that
  • On the bright side, Tom is okay! Hooray! Also are he and Teddy friends or what is going on because I think it would be nice for them to be more than that but who’s to say…maybe Owen will magically come around again
  • RIP DeLuca – I am only upset on behalf of Meredith because honestly she does not deserve this. I also think it’s rude of the show to kill him off after he worked so hard to get his mental health in check and was trying to stop that child trafficker. He does not deserve this
  • If Meredith reaches Derek, she’s going to die right? That’s why she can’t? Oh God I can’t handle that
  • Seeing Derek again is enough to melt my heart honestly he’s a babe, I miss him
  • I didn’t think I was going to cry at DeLuca’s funeral but then they showed that clip of him and my heart broke
  • I’ve been crying every damn episode but like this time for happy reasons, Maggie saving the day, everyone happy dancing, Meredith off the vent and MAGGIE GETTING ENGAGED yassss we love to see it
  • Grey’s is definitely getting so real this season with this Black Lives Matter episode…damn
  • We love Schmitt thriving under Meredith’s voice haha what a king
  • So Jackson is leaving…he’s having some awakening and I’m not a huge fan of it. It seems so random. Like I 100% agree with his cause but it just seems so strange for him of all people…is it just me?
  • People have been saying Greys is very “preachy” this season and I agree. I just feel like the issues are being thrust into my face rather than handling it in a less direct way.
  • Oh and Tom is leaving too? This is sad. Honestly I felt like he was a better fit for Teddy. Sad that isn’t working out
  • And yes I did cry when Meredith came home. I was totally fine and then tears – this season is wrecking me lol
  • I am so sad that Jo didn’t get to adopt that baby I would have loved to see her have single mom vibes
  • Also Bailey’s husband has cancer? What is Station19 doing…
  • Nico’s change of character all of a sudden is so sus – like first he’s not about commitment at all and then next thing he’s just like “I wanna make you tea and watch Lord of the Rings”…sure Jan there was literally no development at all he just became totally different over night?
  • But for real how could they not explore Levi getting with that vaccine trial guy. Also love that they just kind of skipped ahead and were like “oh yeah vaccine worked Levi is fine”. I mean that could have been a good storyline.
  • This season wrapped up too nicely…like okay yes we love happy endings but like…we are still in a pandemic lol
  • So yes Maggie and her guy get married – we love that, but girl the ANXIETY I felt watching that wedding scene. Too real. We still can’t dance at weddings or any venues in the UK so that’s not it for me.
  • Meredith is fine – obviously, the queen of surviving everything
  • Jo gets her baby! I am so excited to see her as a parent. And I love that Jackson left her his apartment.
  • Also Jo sold her hospital shares to Tom?! Does that mean he isn’t gone? I mean they probably won’t talk about him ever again except in passing…but okay.
  • Amelia and Link are over? Very sad. Honestly I was rooting for them but I know that this life was not what Amelia wanted…still. I like Link as an actor – biased from his Nashville days – so I hope he sticks around. I can’t have more people leaving.
  • There’s probably loads I’m missing but let’s leave it here.

So this season was…a rollercoaster. I feel like my bullet points are not as good as they normally are lol this season was so disjointed for me because I was watching it on and off for ages. Like I remember in the early parts of the season, it was the height of COVID and the show made me even more depressed about the state of the world because it was affecting my shows too. So I had to give it a break.

I hope that in the next season they move on from the COVID storyline, but at the same time I don’t know how they move away from it like everything is normal again because the world still isn’t back to normal. That’s why I think it was going to be hard for them to do a pandemic season, because the show is officially confirmed to be in real time and so they can’t just be like “oh COVID is over” because it ain’t lol. So yeah I don’t know what they’ll do in terms of that.

It’s funny that I said I would stop doing these after season 15 because I was binge-ing it yet as soon as I started season 17 I instinctively made started this post. But how can you not? Especially with this season. So I guess I’m just going to keep doing them until the end.

As always I really don’t know how long the show is going to continue, I just hope they end it well. Like I NEED the old characters who haven’t died to come back. I need the Christina – Meredith reunion, I need Arizona and Callie, I need Alex and even Izzie. I just need like the old Grey’s for a minute and we’d be fine. Hell, this season we got MCDREAMY and GEORGE back. You can’t tell me we can’t get the others.

And so that is where we leave Grey’s for now…in the mean time I am trying desperately to find out where and when I can watch the Gossip Girl reboot because I need that in my life. Otherwise I’m just back rewatching the same old shows because I can’t bring myself to watch anything new lol.