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You may (or may not) have noticed that I’ve not posted on here in a very long time. This wasn’t strictly a conscious decision on my part; it just kind of happened.

2014 was a tough year in many respects. I won’t go into all of the ups and downs but if you read my last post you’ll see it was clear that there was something wrong, something very wrong, and I’m still trying to sort that out. This is a long path but I’m trying my best to get to the end goal in one piece.

I made the choice at the beginning of last year to drop the exercising, something I managed to do extremely well. After all of the running, challenges, fund raising etc. of the previous few years I needed a rest.

In hindsight, that probably wasn’t the best idea I’ve ever had as I’m convinced it had a number of knock-on effects, all of which weren’t exactly good for me. I lost focus. I gained weight (no surprise there). I lost my self confidence to some degree. I lost all of the pride I’d built up in myself. Realising that now I guess it’s no wonder I hit such a low?!

I now find myself in 2015 and it’s time to step up to the plate and get back in the game!

No new year resolutions, just a plan to get myself fitter (physically and mentally), and to start enjoying life to the full again.

New Start: New Site

I started to look at this site again in the last quarter of last year, and while figuring out what I wanted to do with it I pretty much shut it down. Well, it’s back up and running, and it’s had a bit of an overhaul in the process!

It’s still very visual, much like the old design, but I’ve moved away from the black of the old design which definitely makes it look a lot brighter.

Even the new logo has a more positive twist to it, with the sun coming out from behind the cloud.

It’s not completely there yet – lots of photos to re-do and sort out – but I’m pretty pleased with the new look and feel. I hope you like it too?

I’ve used a load of free stock images for pretty much all featured images of the old posts on the site, just so that they had an image. These are randomly set so don’t worry if the older post images change if you reload the archive pages or the front page; they’re supposed to do that. It was considerably quicker to do it that way than to try and retrofit images to all of the posts.

All new posts from now on though will have a proper featured images; some I will have taken, some I will have found on t’interwebs (again, free stock images I happen like), but they’ll all be different and stay as they’ve been set from here on out.

Oh, and unlike the old site, it should (he says with his fingers well and truly crossed) work on all devices: mobiles, tablets, desktops, laptops 🙂 If you do find something not quite working right then please let me know so that I can look into it…thanks.

I’m hoping that the change in design will make it a fresh place for me to come to and write down my musings. Only time will tell on that one I guess?

New Start: Time To Get Those Trainers On!

Exercise-wise, Shelli and I have a plan in place to kick-start our return to fitness over the next month. No marathons. No mad challenges. Just simple circuit training type exercises paired with bike or treadmill HIIT routines.

I found a great 30 days of HIIT routine online that’ll [hopefully] fit into our busy lives, especially when the girls are here. Hopefully it’ll be enough for us to feel the difference and to help us lose some of the extra pounds we’ve put on. The proof of that will be (1) if we manage to stick to it, and (2) if we lose some of the extra weight over the next 30 days! I’ll keep you posted on how we’re doing.

Onwards And Upwards

I’m still fighting my demons but I have to start taking a more positive approach to life. I’ve been down for too long now and it’s affected a lot of aspects of my life.

I know it’s not all going to get sorted out instantly – I’m not that stupid – but taking that first step forwards is important and I’ve just taken it. Let’s hope that this time I manage to slay all of my demons and get back to being me again, the me I liked so much after completing my LEJOG walk!