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Balancing life in all its various shapes and forms


Day 34 Core Values

If I asked you to define your core what would you say? Apart from fruit related meanings, the dictionary has it as “the part of something that is central to its existence or character.” Or as a friend once put it, “it is the bit on the middle of you that defines who you are”. Many firms and organisations use their core values as a means to promote who they are and what they do so I guess it is a pretty central message. I have been lucky in the past to have worked with firms

Day 30 Chilling ❤❤❤

I have to admit that this morning I am shattered. A very busy and challenging week caught up with me and I had to cancel a few things today. I deliberately had a slow morning with a little bit longer in my meditation time. My walk took me round the Botanic Gardens minus my FitBit. The crocus and snowdrops are peeping up everywhere, it is so nice to see that wee bit of colour. Determination to get the job done! Sunday is going to be a challenging day as I have a lot to do plus

Day 26 Tempests ❤❤❤

Well Day 26 was windy, cold and wet! It was one of those days where you just want to stay in bed and do nothing but watch crap TV. Unfortunately I had a list as long as my aching legs so no lazing around!!!! I didn’t even have time for a gym session so instead I walked it from the West End into Glasgow City Centre, in the rain. Check my short video here, although I do get the name of the movie wrong Facebook Tuesday night is movie night and tonight was the RSC latest product

Day 24 Inspired ❤❤❤

Sunday, the day of rest! I wish! For some foolish reason I decided to get up early and instead of my usual long lie with many mugs of coffee and a good book, I found myself in my gym clothes and out walking. It was not the warmest of mornings but AC/DC in my headphones were working a treat. Now this would not be too bad if my brain had not then decided that I felt good enough to head to the Gym! Optimism on the part of my psyche, methinks???? Well, 2 lots of ten minutes on th

Day 18 Back on the treadmill ❤❤❤

After two tough days, despite the start of a cold, I had to get back to the Gym. I could really feel myself starting to stiffen up and the old legs definitely needed a stretch. Facebook video So after watching the thrilling Australian Open final, I wrapped up, hit the treadmill and then the bike. It was a real mind over matter workout, with my body telling me it wanted a lie down but my brain disagreeing. Lots of water, good tunes and sheer will hit me through 20 mins on the

Day 14 : Spinning Time ❤❤❤

Finally today I went for an introduction to Spinning with Michael at Boiler Room Fitness, This dedicated spin studio is based at the Western Health and Racquets Club and caters for all levels and stages of Spinning abilities. I had had a bit of a frantic morning before I even got on the bike so as you can imagine calm, I was not! (Mobile died, three PPI calls within 20 minutes, the lace broke on my trainers and my alarm didn’t go off) So off we went and if I ever thought that

The Return!

Tomorrow is back to work day! After an amazing break, it is time to shift focus and balance out life. 2016 looks to be one that will be filled with passion, opportunity, personal growth and one almighty challenge in getting this poor old  neglected body back into shape. The spark has been lit and the revolution continues! G x #Fitness #Ginorgym #growth #Gin #opportunity #Gym #Scotland #change #focus

Promises, Promises … Sunday

I made the mistake of reading back over some of my Blogs yesterday. Big mistake, mainly because I picked the wrong ones to read. I chose to read those full of promises and pacts with myself, 75% of which I didn’t keep or found some excuse to justify the break! We go out of our way to keep promises to others, cancelling nights out to go see family, leaving the pub because we promised we would be home early, why then is it much easier to break that promise to ourselves than it

Back in the Saddle Again: The Return to the Western Gym!

I watched an old cowboy film the other day because it was one of those “I need to switch off and just chill” time. In the middle of the film there was the classic gunfight, the villain at one end of the street, and the sheriff at the other. As they walked towards each other the music started to build then suddenly they both reached for their guns and silence as a shot rang out and the villain fell. The sheriff had only wounded him and as he helped him up, he did that classic

Self Acceptance: Still Trying To Be Brave

Still trying to be brave. I own my story but trying to hold onto to the love part is tough to cope with. We think we are failing to achieve our goal when we are actually still working hard to get there. Hard to believe but not impossible #Fitness #goals #MentalHealth #slefacceptance

Self Acceptance: Being Brave

Self Acceptance: being brave enough to present that authentic self and not hide behind a mask of sarcasm, humour or a pile of chips. Finding and embracing the parts that need a helping hand to move forward #Fitness #goaks #BreneBrown #Gym #memtalhealth #life #selfacceptance

Self Acceptance: Let the process begin

Talking about self acceptance this week, part of the process to get my head back into the right “exercise” space. To learn to see my perceived imperfections not as a fault but as a glorious work in progress is the goal, one weight at a time! #Fitness #Gym #Health #change #selfacceptance #goals

Working it out : The Pebble Dropping

During my therapy session tonight a tiny wee pebble dropped into the pool of my thoughts. It could disturb the calm that I have been feeling but I think it is more likely to have a good ripple effect! I just need to get myself to the place where I can accept, understand and cope with what that brings! #depression #Fitness #therapy #Anxiety #llife #MentalHealth

Belief, The Gym and Elvis ?

I was walking back home tonight after dinner at the Rio Cafe and as I headed up Hyndland Road a car stopped at the lights blaring out that eternal favourite of  karaoke singers everywhere, I Believe sung by Mr E Presley. Go on you know you want to …. I believe for every drop of rain falls A flower grows I believe that somewhere in the darkest night A candle glows Ahhh a classic! I could just see Elvis in his white suit belting out this old showstopper. The two young guys s

The Recovering Gymophobe Boldly Goes

So tomorrow I am off to my first ever fitness expo at the SECC in Glasgow. As many of you will know I am a total sceptic when it comes to certain parts of the fitness industry. There are so many products and “experts” who all claim to know best, the conflicting messages that appear on social media and websites are so confusing especially when the ” you don’t know what you are talking about” chat starts. It will be interesting to see what this kind of Expo is all about and to

Ready, steady, what next ?

On the train home tonight, I sat opposite a guy who was reading Running & Being: The Total Experience by George Sheehan. I had never heard of this book before and being a bit of a nosy type, I asked him if it was any good. He said that it had been recommended to him as he had had a serious operation on his right leg and was struggling with his confidence to get back into running again. I asked him if it’s principles could be applied to any other fitness related activities, he

Motivation versus Compassion, Boxing in Pink Gloves!

I woke up in the middle of the night after the strangest dream. I was in a boxing ring fighting myself but my opponent was about three stone lighter, had no wobbly bits and looked like she had never had to use extra strength anti wrinkle cream. We never actually landed any punches but just danced around a lot and ducked and dived. We both had on black outfits,she in the tight vest and lycra leggings and me in my baggy black sweats on.  We both had on a pair of bright pink box

Bridget Gym’s Diary Thursday 5th June 2014 Day 11

Day 11 Thursday … Awake: 5.00am after a terrible nights sleep. Too much on my mind COFFEE … Black !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Breakfast: 8 am Total 0% Greek Yoghurt with chopped nuts and teaspoon fried fruits. Snack : Earl Grey Tea no milk, cucumber sticks Lunch:  Banana and carton of skimmed milk on the go, was going to a funeral and then had the gym with GymGuyMark Snack : Coffee and handful of nuts(watch how many almonds you eat) Evening: 8pm Grilled salmon and green

Bridget Gym’s Diary Saturday 31rst May 2014 Day 6

Day 6 Awake: 6am, I know! Forgot to shut the curtains Exercise: Quick walk down Hyndland Road, Byres Road then back up Great Western Road to blow away the cobwebs. Off shopping to Country Baskets with wee sis for bits and pieces for other wee sis’s birthday Breakfast: Well more of a brunch, Granola, Fruit Compote and Natural Yoghurt at AvenueG on Great Western Road, a real treat. Snack : Almonds, black  coffee Lunch: About 2pm, peanut butter on brown toast Exercise : Major se

Bridget Gym’s Diary Wednesday 28th May 2014 Day 3

Day 3 Awake: 5am, another night of minimal sleep. Exercise: walked part of the way to work but jumped on bus when rain shower came on, only to realise that I had my trainers on the wrong feet … sleepy numpty! Breakfast: 0% fat Greek yoghurt with tbsp nuts, a handful blueberries and a teaspoon of honey at my desk with full caff coffee Lunch: Baked tattie with tuna and tomatoes mixed with one tsp of pesto, glass of skimmed milk Snack: Almonds Exercise : Gym time at Western Heat


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