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Balancing life in all its various shapes and forms


Lessons in life and distance

Funny that this photo should pop up today in my “memories” on a few of my social media platforms. It was my privilege to work with Emma Doyle for a couple of years. I learned so much from her but one lesson always comes to mind, especially in these challenging times, how to switch your thoughts and work with tough life lessons. For example when you are trying to change your language or re word a thought, it’s not moving out day, it is moving on day! Or trying to understand wh

Four go to Fife!

It doesn’t matter how many times I visit Fife / St Andrews, I never get bored with it. There is just so much to see and do especially if you are a foodie or in my case a huge Scottish Gin fan. Our day started off at Balgove Steak Barn for lunch. It is an amazing atmospheric barn with the fantastic smell of their wood burning stoves. My friends had steak, I had the burger and our veggie pal had the deep-fried Halloumi, all tasted so fresh and delicious. It is very rustic and y

Day 52 : Yawn! ❤❤❤ 05/03/2017

5 am???? Seriously 5 am! My body clock has to be kidding me! It wasn’t even a turn over and go back to sleep awakening. No, it was a get up and get stuff done alarm and the worst part was my brain agreed with my body. They were. for once, in sync at 5 am. 5 am on a Sunday!!!!! Nothing for it but to get up, have a shower and find something to do quietly. I pulled out my to do list and by 7 am, I had started to build a new blog site, answered 13 emails, sorted and composed 10 T

Day 40 The Joy Of The Moment 21/02/2016 ❤❤❤

Today was about learning and finding the joy of the moment. When you are making any kind of change in your life, I think it is important to understand the whys and wherefores. For me, this helps me to plan the way forward knowing that I have the knowledge and back up to cope. This can be anything from a technical skill to having people in my life who can give me solid advice. But it also means finding inspiration whether from literature, places or people. The key messsge fo

Day 39 Things I Cannot Live Without 20/02/2016 ❤❤❤

Isn’t it funny how we have the weirdest things in our lives that we cannot exist without? For me it is coffee, me without my morning mug/bucket/gallon of caffeine does not bear thinking about. The world is not safe believe me! Yet there are other things that at certain points in your life you find become necessities. I don’t mean essentials like water, air, food etc but the everyday bits and pieces you take for granted. Part of this next phase of my 150 Day Challenge is to cl

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

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

How to cope with a big night out when you are over 50!!!!

So for some evil reason fate decides it is time to pour with rain and instead of the fit, healthy walk home, you need to jump on a bus. Fate, my friends, is an evil cow! She sits up there in her ivory fate tower and thinks that she has given out far too many lottery winners so it is time to have some fun with G. On this occasion sitting on the bus was someone I had not seen in years, we exchanged those awkward is it/isn’t looks and then after the traditional obligatory OMG it

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

Clearing Things Up

Good morning all I have had a few messages recently about my Blog and would just like to clarify a couple of things. Before I go on, this is not a criticism of any other Blogs, it is merely a response to several queries I have had. I started this Blog for myself, to try to keep on track working out that elusive balance in life. It began as my fight to get this body into some kind of half decent shape so that I could still enjoy a gin or two. But like any good piece of work, a

Bridget Gym’s Diary Thursday 29th May 2014 Day 4

Day 4 Gin and Soup Day Awake: 5am, not a good night, world decided to be really noisy Exercise: Got off bus early and walked for about half a mile, legs and shoulders in agony after my self-induced tough cardio session last night Breakfast: 0% fat Greek yoghurt with muesli, a handful blueberries and a teaspoon of honey at my desk with full caff coffee Lunch: Carrot and coriander soup, banana Snack: Almonds and skimmed latte Exercise : walking from our office to Central Statio

Bridget Gym’s Diary Tuesday 27th May 2014 Day 2

Day 2 Thought I might struggle a bit today as I was really quiet tired from a sleepless night Awake: 5.30am Coffee (Black) Exercise: walked it to work, West End of Glasgow to the City Centre, nice morning. Met two nutters who sang me a song Breakfast: 0% fat Greek yoghurt with tbsp nutty muesli, a handful blueberries and a teaspoon of honey at my desk with a decaff coffee Snack: Nut mix Lunch: Chicken, tomatoes, lettuce, spring onions with a light dressing Snack: Blueberries

Fifteen, time to stop counting!

To adapt a quote from one of my “heroines” Sophia Petrillo, picture it, Cumbernauld, 1999, Friday morning,  but the problem is I can’t because I don’t remember it. The 15th May 1999 was  day that changed my life! The whys and wherefores do not matter but all you need to know is someone somewhere decided to switch me off in the most dramatic way.  At the time it felt a bit like an uphill struggle to get everything under control but what I now realise is that I was re learning,

The Balancing Act!

I think it was business guy Jack Welch who once said that … “there’s no such thing as work-life balance. There are work-life choices, and you make them, and they have consequences”. Balance in life is something that we all work so hard for, the precarious level between concentrating on our professional lives and ignoring the personal, or the opposite and finding that we can’t operate properly at our desk because of one hard night out too many. The tipping point can be very pr

The drunk who loved me, cheap veggies and other stuff

You know that Friday feeling, the one where you have managed to survive a week full of challenges and you find yourself standing at the bus stop dreaming of a large G and T and a huge slice of cheesecake? Yeh, with me? You stand there wondering if you need to fish your brolly out of the bottom of your bag so you don’t have to squeeze under the bus shelter. You try not to make eye contact with the drunk who thinks he loves you, you listen attentively to the wee wummin whose ma

One day and counting … Fifty

So what do you do the day before you turn 50? Do you spend the day being pampered? Shopping? Eating out Me? I had a blissful long lie in then I hit the gym at The Western Health and Racquets Club, Hyndland Road. Due to a very busy week at work last week, I didn’t make the Gym at all, so had to make do with walking an average of 5 miles a day instead. So I was part dreading, part looking forward to today’s session. I started off with a 45 minute power walk on the treadmill and

December Days … a well earned drink!

Yes, Friday at last! Many of us will be off out partying tonight trying not to misbehave in front of the Boss or embarrass yourself by dancing like a two-year old! But what of those of staying home on Friday night, how about becoming a cocktail expert and mixing up a few lethal combinations? A Sparkly Gin Cocktail 2 fl ozs of gin Champers 1 sugar cube ( I like brown sugar for this) half a lemon squeezed for the juice Ice Shake together the gin, sugar cube, lemon juice and ice

9 months later … time to take stock!

I was sitting at my desk today when it suddenly dawned on me that it has been almost 9 months since I started this Gym thing at The Western Health and Racquets Club, Hyndland Road, Glasgow.  So I thought it was time to take stock, look at where I am and what the next 9 months holds. I think the writing was on the wall the first time I went to meet GymGuyMark at The Western. When I came out I called Michelle just to prove that I had actually gone and I seem to remember saying,

Warpaint on for the Monday battle !

Good morning world and welcome to another Monday. The day when the alarm seems to arrive early, someone forgot to buy coffee and we can never find change for our bus fare! Why is it that everything seems to go wrong on a Monday?  It is the first day of the week, a new start, and time to hit the week running and go go go!  So why does it always feel like it has gone gone gone? Is it the fear of what lies ahead? Or is it this is Monday and this is the way we always think? Yeste


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