New Year Update!!

Hey folks,

Huge, huge apologies for not blogging in so long!! It’s been a crazy couple of months to be honest and a lot has happened! So, I am here to update you all and hopefully get back on track with my blog and post more often again! I’ve missed it to be honest!!!!

Well, where to start….

As you all know, I quit smoking on 2nd November 2015. And I’m delighted to say it’s stuck this time, and I’m still smokefree 🙂 having some really great news on the same day as my first quit day really helped to motivate me though. Also on the 2nd of November, I found out I’m pregnant!!!! Dreams came true and year made! There was no doubt I’d stay smokefree from there onwards!

Because of morning sickness though, I’ve not visited the gym since 11th November!! Shocking I know…. I really do miss it. It used to be my second home haha. I had to stop training with my PT as well, as it was too much and I didn’t want to cause any harm to baby.

I’ve also put my Personal Trainer course on hold; as I was unable to do the practical exams now that I’m pregnant. It’s on hold for a year, so I won’t have to worry about it until end of this year, when baby will be here 🙂

I’m now 14 weeks pregnant, and the morning sickness is starting to ease slightly; it’s now more just the evenings, whereas to start with I felt sick all day every day! I can’t say I’ve really enjoyed being pregnant so far haha! But it’ll all be worth it.

We had the first scan this week too, to make sure everything was okay and to date the pregnancy officially. Baby was measuring 13 weeks and 5 days, so my due date is July 8th 🙂 6 months from today!! All is well though, and it was such an amazing experience to see our baby for the first time; and amusing when the sonographer wiggled the scanner on my tummy, and baby turned it’s back on us, showing us it’s bottom! We did buy some scan photo’s too, and I can’t stop looking at them! I’m so in love already! The next scan is on the 19th February, when I’ll be 20 weeks, halfway! It’s going so fast, it’s kind of frightening haha. We’re not going to find out the sex of the baby though, we’re keeping it as a surprise for when it’s born. As hubby pointed out, you don’t get many surprises in life, and this one will be rather epic!

I’m so excited, and rather terrified! Being a mummy is all I’ve ever wanted, and we’ve been trying for a baby for 5 years, so it’s been a long time coming. In the back of my mind I’m constantly worrying though, hoping and praying that nothing goes wrong, and seriously can’t wait to meet him or her and hold them in my arms.

Here is our beautiful baby:

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It has caused a few complications regarding my medication though for the bipolar. They had to change the anti-psychotic to a safer one asap, and I’ve got to go back and see the psychiatrist throughout my pregnancy, so they can keep an eye on my mental health. That side of it is a little frustrating, as I never really got on with the psychiatrist, always found her to be so patronising and she never really listened to me. Maybe things will be different this time around, fingers crossed. I’ve also got to be under a consultant at the hospital as well.

As far as my mental health goes at the moment, I’m feeling great. Over the moon at the thought of being a mummy, honestly couldn’t be happier right now. When I see the psychiatrist later on this month, I am going to say that I want to come off the anti-psychotics though; as I’ve read that it can cause problems when taken through the third trimester. So I want off. It’s completely my right to request that too, so she can’t really tell me no. As long as I stay on the anti-depressant I think I’ll be okay anyway. As depression was my main problem over the years.

I’ve just realised that really the only thing that’s happened since I last posted is the pregnancy haha. And that’s all I’ve seemed to talk about in this post…. ah well, it’s all good!

I hope you all forgive me for being so quiet; I do appreciate you all still and have missed talking to you. Hope you all had a lovely Christmas, and I wish you all the best for 2016. I hope it’s an awesome year for us all!!

I shall leave it there for tonight as I’m completely exhausted and bed is calling me! So, thank you for reading and I hope you’ll still all be there for me on this new and exciting adventure in my life 🙂

Take care, stay strong, and until next time….

x Sara Phoenix x

2nd November

Hey folks,

Will keep this short and sweet tonight, as am totally shattered!!

Overall it’s been a good day, not really done very much to be honest. Went for my run this morning, but it was fairly slow. I didn’t push myself too hard either. Just took it steady and got it done. Which is better than no run at all 🙂 came in at 17:33. So only 3 seconds slower than Friday, but my average mile pace was quicker at 12:18. So that’s not too bad.

After my run I just chilled out for a bit, watched tv and gave my cat lots of fuss! He’s really clingy to me at the moment!

I then went into town for a few things, then back home and headed to my mums. As haven’t seen her for a while, so thought I’d better show my face haha!

Ugh, think I’ve eaten too much today, feel a bit sick!

Today is day one of my quit smoking attempt, and all has gone well so far! Using patches this time around, and so far so good!

Anyway, that’s all from me for tonight, am thinking about going to bed soon haha. Thanks for reading as always lovely people, take care, stay strong and until next time….

x Sara Phoenix x

1st November

Hey folks,

So we’re not in November, wow! As I said yesterday, this year really has flown by. We’re into the last couple of months of the year. A new month begins, bringing new opportunities, new challenges, and new possibilities. Make the most of each and every day, live it as if it’s your last.

Today has been a really chilled out day again, which has been lush. We didn’t get up until pretty much 1pm! Which was really nice, as 10 hours sleep is good for me! Feeling really good to be honest. Really rested, relaxed and happy 🙂 went for a lovely walk with the hubby this afternoon, as the weather has been unseasonably warm for the 1st of November!

Tonight I plan to do yet more revision; learning the muscle groups worked by all the different equipment in my programme, as well as the rest of the equipment as well! This is because, on my assessment day, I’ll do 3 out of my 4 programmed exercises, and the assessor will pick a 4th at random. So I need to know what everything does, and what muscles they work! A hard task for sure. I’ve so far got 2 people to practice my programme on, so that’s a good start. Would love to train more though, as the more practice I get, the better! With only 1 week and 1 day to go, I’m getting really nervous!! Really really don’t want to fail it. Like I’ve said, there’s a £100 fee to pay to be re-assessed, and that’s beyond my means at the moment. So if I fail, my whole course will stop 😦 But I’m not going to fail, right?!! Haha. I do know my stuff, it’s just a case of remembering it all and doing it on the day. Which is easier said than done….

Tomorrow is run day and leg day at the gym, and maybe a run through of my programme, fingers crossed.

Anyway, that’s all from me today my lovelies, hope you’ve all had a good weekend! Thanks for reading 🙂 take care, stay strong and until next time….

x Sara Phoenix x

30th October

Hey folks,

Feeling pretty good today; went for my run this morning, in the rain! Was pretty slow at 17:30 with an average mile pace of 12:48, but I’m going to blame the rain haha! I then hit the gym hard and smashed my upper body! Chest, shoulders, biceps, triceps and lats. Felt really good, and by the end my arms were shaking like mad! Loved it 😀 I did – warm up on the rower for 5 minutes at level 6 resistance, then strict shoulder press, lateral raise, bench press, pec flys, seated row, lat pull, bicep curls and tricep pushdowns. Feeling it now to be honest, everything is starting ache haha. My legs were already aching from my PT sessions. It’s all good though.

This afternoon I went to drop off the keys to my now ex boss. I’m no longer working as her housekeeper. I won’t go into it on here though, too complicated!

So I’m on the hunt for a job, preferably in a gym! At the moment though, my priority has to be preparing for my assessment. I’m still looking for people to practice on as well, but no one seems keen for some free training! It’s frustrating me, because if I don’t practice, I’m going into my assessment under prepared. Which could lead to me failing, something I really want to avoid. As I can’t afford the £100 to be re-assessed at a later date. Fingers crossed someone will say yes!

Diet wise, it’s all gone a bit wrong today. Made my first ever apple crumble this afternoon, so had that for pudding after dinner. It was really nice, but the calories worked out really high because of all the sugar! Never mind, tomorrow is a new day to try again!! I’ve worked out hard today, so did kind of earn some of it any way.

Anyway, best get back to my revision now, need to learn it all back to front and inside out!
Thanks for reading as ever folks, hope you’ve all had a good week, and have a great weekend. We have no plans as yet, just chilling out mostly, and revising for me haha. Take care, stay strong and until next time….

x Sara Phoenix x

29th October

Hey folks,

Been a bit of an up and down kind of day today; this morning I had work (dog walk), then a job interview. Which incidentally I didn’t get, have already had an e-mail saying I’ve been unsuccessful. Which sucks. But that’s life. After my interview, I got ready and headed off to the gym for my second PT session. Strength training today, and it was ace! Smashed out some new personal bests!! Did 45kg squats for 3 reps, and 57.5kg Deadlift for 1 rep! Sooooooo proud of myself!!! Am much stronger than I thought, and I’m loving it. I’ve really enjoyed training twice a week as well, so am hoping I can afford to keep that up, as now my freebie sessions are over sadly.

I’m aching like mad now, but feeling really good. Love my training, and the progress I’m making is awesome.

Since I got home, I’ve been e-mailing gyms to see if anyone will take me on as a trainee. I’m really hoping to get into the fitness industry and start living my dream. It’s my passion, and I’ve got the drive and dedication, all I need now is the opportunity to prove myself.

Right, will leave it there for today, as want to get cracking on some more revision ready for my assessment.

Thanks for reading as always folks, means a lot to me. Take care, stay strong, and remember, it’s Friday tomorrow, yay!!
Until next time….

x Sara Phoenix x

28th October

Hey folks,

Had a cracking day today! Went for my PT session at 1pm, which was tough but awesome! Did rower sprints (100m, 200m, and 300m), slam balls and boxing. Looooooove boxing! Can really bash out some frustration, and I surprised myself and my PT with the power behind my punches today. All I can say is, don’t piss me off haha. After my session, did some stuff for my assessment, then headed home. Like the crazy girl that I am, I then headed out for my run. As had to abandon it this morning as it was absolutely smashing it down with rain! Normally I wouldn’t let it stop me, if it’s light rain/drizzle, but this was borderline torrential haha. So I decided against it. Am kinda glad in a way that I did, as I don’t think I’d have done so well at my PT if I’d exhausted myself this morning.

I’m feeling really exhausted now to be honest, but in a good kind of way. I feel accomplished too; having been really active today, and my diet is on point! I’ve got weigh in tomorrow, which should be interesting after my crazy week off last week….

I feel guilty too, as I was meant to go see a friend today, but being so busy it slipped my mind, then when I remembered it was far too late to make the hour journey 😦 so if you’re reading this buddy, I do apologise, and will make it up to you!

Tonight’s plan is to go through my paperwork for my assessment, making sure I’ve done everything, and revise set up and teaching points for all of the things I’m going to be doing in my assessment. I’m hopefully training a couple of people over the next week or so, for some practice, which will be awesome. Fingers crossed on that one!

I received the confirmation e-mail today about my exam, so had a little freak out in my head, as I was at the gym at the time haha. It’s all getting really real and scary now, and I’m just hoping and praying that I do enough to pass. I’m so scared though, I really don’t want to refer. Mostly because it’ll cost me £100 to be re-assessed!! But also because I want to get on and do level 3 as soon as possible; the sooner I do it, the sooner I can get qualified and have the job of my dreams. Someone asked me what my dream career was the other day, and of course I said Personal Trainer; but I expanded upon it, by saying that in an ideal world, I’d have my own little gym to train people in. Now, I just need to win the lottery haha!!

Right, that’s all from me for today, best get stuck into my paperwork; hubby will be home soon as well. Thanks for reading folks, hope you’re all having a good week. Take care, stay strong and until next time….

x Sara Phoenix x

27th October

Hey folks,

Just a quick check in tonight as I’m shattered, after a loooong day at work. Doing okay though mostly. Had a bit of a down day today, but I think it’s just because I’m so tired. Only got about 4 hours sleep last night, so I really struggled to get through the day. But, I did, and I’m feeling better now I’m home with hubby 🙂

Diet wise I’ve really screwed it up today; gone way over calories! Oh well, tomorrow is a new day to try again.

Tomorrow I have PT session 1 of 2; looking forward to it, even though it’s my nemesis: conditioning! I find that really hard going, but it’ll be worth it. It’s all about improving my fitness levels, in particular my recovery times. They increased when I had those 3 weeks off, but slowly but surely, I’m getting them down again and my fitness levels are coming back up.

Right, that’s all from me, sorry folks, going for a soak in the bath and an early night.
Thanks for reading as always, take care, stay strong and until next time….

x Sara Phoenix x