Wine and Cheese is Fruit and Calcium, Right?

I’m a couple of weeks in to my promise to myself (NOT a ‘new year’s resolution’) that I’d move more, and I have to admit that I’ve got a little derailed.

I mean, it’s not been awful, but if I were grading myself I reckon I’d give myself a C+. It’s a pass, but could do better.

This week I left my job at Latin Routes and so there was the inevitable leaving party. As it’s the busiest time of the year in the travel industry, and most of my colleagues were travelling all across the country at the end of the week, we decided to hold the drinks on a Tuesday.

You know, just a couple of drinks and a quiet send off…

So when I rolled in at 1.30am after who knows how many glasses of wine, I knew there was no way I could stick to my gym session on Wednesday morning.

Never mind. A mild setback.

Thursday was my friend’s birthday and so we went out for a quiet Thai meal and a couple of low-key drinks. Except we didn’t, and at 3.30am I was dancing around to Ed Sheeran in my living room. I know this because my FitBit told me so, and prompted a flashback.

Does that count as moving more? I’m going to count that one.

Friday, I was feeling beyond awful. Having napped for 3 hours, I had to get up for work. A friend of mine tagged me in a Facebook post about it being National Cheese Day, and so all day I could think of nothing else but hot, melty cheese.

In a cheese frenzy, I nipped to Kingston market and bought myself a proper American style grilled cheese sandwich. I told myself it was because Trump’s inauguration made me think of American stuff but it was definitely that Facebook post. I am so impressionable.

Worth every sinful bite

On the plus side, I did walk a lot this week. About 40kms according to the FitBit, as I decided to skip taking the bus for journeys of under 2 miles, which meant I picked up a few more thousand steps. Not enough to cancel out the fifty bottles of wine and the cheese sandwich (that was actually more cheese than bread).

I also did actually go to the gym early in the week to try out my sweet new gear from Debenhams. It really does make such a difference to my confidence to have some gear that is comfortable and actually fits. The leggings I was wearing before were from a market in Vietnam and although they were stretchy, they were hideously small, making me look like an overstuffed sausage. Now I actually feel good about exercising in front of other people – what a revelation!

Also, my constant banging on to Alex about how nice my skechers are obviously wore him down and we had a little outing to Debenhams for him to pick up a pair. He’s also wanted a smart watch for ages and after seeing my FitBit he bought one of his own. Isn’t he sweet? Haha.

Also, another big step towards moving more… today I bought myself a bike! A lovely Pendleton Brooke, which was on sale in Halfords for £170. I ordered it last week but finally picked it up today and went for a little ride along the river to break it in.

Hi Vis and Bag courtesy of Debenhams

My plan is to ride it to work two to three times a week as my new workplace is only about 3 miles from my house. The perfect way to save money and get fit too!

As a side note, I’m pumped about the new job. I’m going back to TrekAmerica, where I worked before I went travelling, and very excited to go back there. This may mean a little more North America travel is on the cards for this year, but we’ll have to wait and see!

I’ll keep you posted, and if you’re feeling inspired or you just want to cheer me on a little then I’d really appreciate a quick comment below of support!

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Hayley is the author behind A Life of More, a travel and lifestyle blog with the goal of helping you to live a happier and more fulfilled life, whether you're currently travelling or happily settled.

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Comments 3

  1. alex jervis

    Hilariously written and inspirational at the same time! You clever thing you! 😜

    Congrats on going back to TrekAmerica! What a wonderful way to experience the world!

    Alex (Jervis) xx

  2. Arianwen

    Good luck with the new job! I don’t think you should feel bad about the wine and cheese. I never do dry January. It’s like the worst possible time of year to not be drinking! I just had a cup of tea and some chocolate for breakfast, and I feel GREAT! x

  3. VickyFlipFlop

    Good on you Puff. I think at first it’s hard to work out what fitness and healthy choices will work in your life, girls still gotta have some fun right? I think wine and cheese is ok if you’re going to burn it off with cycling and The Sheeran. How good are his new songs? He loves the shape of you. Xx

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