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Dare to say yes

Honoured to be surrounded by incredible strong ladies like these every time I set foot in G5. What an inspiration to see them compete.

Hi my dears! This time yesterday I was the most nervous I think I’ve ever been in my life. I was in Stirling at Crossfit Forth Valley doing Forth Valley Throwdown with Kirsty from my gym. I’ve been keeping quiet about it on here because to be honest, I was absolutely terrified.

I can’t believe it’s now over and I woke up today still absolutely buzzing from the nerves and excitement from yesterday. It was one of the best days of my life. I’ve never felt more sore in my life as I do today, stiff as an old lady but I don’t even care! The pain was worth it all. I feel absolutely honoured and so grateful to have been given this chance to compete and to represent team G5. I’m still getting all emotional when I think about it all, I’m so proud of myself. That I dared to take that leap, dared to say yes.

Last week I got a phone call from Kirsty asking if I wanted to fill in for her partner as she no longer was able to do it. I felt bad for them because I knew how hard they had worked together. I was in shock when she asked. Old Maddie would probably leaned more towards a no but if it’s one thing I’ve learnt this past year is you will regret more the things you say no to than the things you say yes to. So after a little bit of thought I said yes. The second I said yes I felt a lump in my stomach, oh my god! What have I just said yes to? I’ve only ever seen one Crossfit competition in my life last year working for lululemon and now I’m going to do one myself. I must be crazy. I am crazy.

Another little detail was Kirsty was just on her way to the airport to go on holiday for a week meaning we would barely have anytime to practice any of the WODs together before the actual day. Just to make things a bit more interesting. The planner that I am did not like this at all, just going with the flow and living in the unknown of what to expect but it was great for me to do it. You need to get out of your comfort zone once in a while.

Faye was nice enough to go through a WOD last Sunday with me and after that I felt a bit better but oh god the nerves I’ve had to live with the past week have been ridiculous. I’ve had trouble getting to sleep. I tried to not think about it at all, just pretending it wasn’t happening because I felt slightly panicky as soon as I did. Denial isn’t good but in this instant I think it helped haha.

Finally on Wednesday we got to meet up at the gym to run through the workouts and have a chat about tactics. That’s why I couldn’t go to lululemon’s yoga even in George Square but we just really needed to get our heads together on what we were actually doing. After running it all through, we felt a lot better about WOD 1 and WOD 3, they were more about speed than how much you can lift.

WOD 2 on the other hand was getting your 3RM front squat from the ground in 8 minutes. Kirsty is very strong on her front squats but it’s the cleaning it from the ground which was stopping her from getting those heavy squats in. I’m stronger on the clean than the squatting so if we would have combined the two of us that would’ve been great! Unfortunately this is not physically possible so instead we just had to work with what we could. In our practice runs we were struggling with 50kg so we were convinced this would be all we would be able to lift and in that case we would just have stand there for the rest of the 8 minutes and stare. We were okay with this, we both knew we would have to work a lot harder in the other two WODs.

I thought I would break up my experience into smaller posts because otherwise this would be a very long post. I can’t believe I’m sitting and writing this now having my first competition under my belt. This time yesterday we had just come out of our first WOD. I’ll tell you more about how that went in another post.

I hope through me sharing my experience it might inspire you to do something you’ve been wanting to try but might not have dared to do before. Take that leap of faith. What is the worst thing that could happen? I truly feel on top of the world right now because of it and wish more than anything for more people to feel this way. Please promise you’ll do it, that thing you’re just a bit too scared to try. Doesn’t matter if it’s signing up for that new gym, that new class or entering a race or a competition. Do it! You won’t regret it.

Now it’s time to enjoy my Sunday off before work tomorrow. My Kajsa is FINALLY back from Sweden and today it’s her birthday so we’re all going out for a birthday lunch later on today. Can’t wait to see her and give her the biggest hug ever. I’ve missed her so much. She’s only here for a week until she’s away to Argentina for the summer to be an au pair so really have to make the most of her being her before she leaves.

I’ll speak to you later my lovelies,

M xxx

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Trying out Babs

Jamie went for chicken souvlaki, I went for the tofu bab and then we ordered hummus and babaganoush…

… and the big greek salad

He just refuses to behave when I take photos haha

Forever in gym clothes, Jamie and I couldn’t dress more different for our jobs haha. Opposites attract!

Jamie and I seriously hadn’t seen each other properly since Monday so yesterday we had decided to meet up for lunch. It’s handy that I work in town and can just pop out of the office. We have been seeing loads of stuff written about Babs, Bread Meats Bread’s latest venture where they do kebabs properly, according to their slogan.

Being the foodies we are, we wanted to go and try it out. Not quite Midsummer food but hopefully nice and tasty food haha. The place is really nice on the inside! Every single detail was thought out. I was first a bit hesitant to try Babs but after seeing their massive salad section as well as a veggie section plus all the dips (you all know hummus is my life) I was sold. It definitely looked like a menu I could like and something that was somewhat healthy too.

My tofu bab was tasty but I thought there would be more vegetables on the skewers. It was just potato and tofu on it which was a bit disappointing so for next time I’ll definitely ask for the more veggies if I order it again. It was still tasty though. It was also served on a wrap which I didn’t really feel I needed but nibbled on it a little bit. Jamie absolutely loved his dish and the greek salad was also really good. There is even a vegan greek salad on the menu with vegan feta but we went for the normal one. It would be cool to try it sometime though. The babaganoush was amazing the hummus was a bit too minty for our liking but still went down well.

We both really enjoyed our meal and would go back. City Centre is in desperate need of good restaurants so I’m really glad places like these are starting to open up. I loved that they had some options for vegans on the menu. It felt a bit unexpected when you first think of kebabs but considering it’s the same owners’ as Bread Meats Bread it shouldn’t really come much to surprise that the menu would be something special, which it is.

Go check it out guys!

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Mixed emotions

Two blog posts in one day?! I’m on a roll! I really felt like writing today so here it goes. Today is Midsummer’s Eve in Sweden, Midsommarafton as we call it back home. It’s a really fun day where friends and family get together to celebrate. The girls wear flower crowns (yes this tradition was there way before the Snapchat filter), there’s delicious food and then everyone go down to the pole where bands play and people dance around it. It sounds silly but is so much fun. It’s a great day surrounded by loved ones and it makes me a bit homesick.

Then this photo above popped up on my Facebook reminding me I graduated a year ago on this day. I couldn’t believe it. In one way it feels like it was just yesterday and in so many other ways it feels like it’s been much longer than just a year. So much has happened. I started working at lululemon just before I graduated. Then  shortly afterwards I left my part time marketing agency job to go full time at lululemon. I was living with the hopes my temporary contract would be become a permanent one once it had expired. It didn’t happen and I was devastated. I had met so many incredible people and I was heartbroken to leave. It was really tough.

Then came the job hunting where days turned into weeks and then months without any sign of a job in sight. I felt like I was being picky, holding out for a job when I wasn’t even sure what I was looking for. I went to job interviews where I got my hopes up but ended up disappointed. I started doubting myself and my abilities. Started thinking that I was being ridiculous for being so picky when I actually wasn’t even being picky in hindsight. Jamie, friends and family were all so supported and said something will come along. I tried to believe them but at the same time, how could something just appear out of nowhere? It sounded way too good to be true but then it happened. I got that email saying they’d read my blog and wanted to meet me, a meeting about writing some blogs led to an actual full time job only a couple of weeks later. That thing I was waiting for appeared and when it did I knew it was it.

Looking back now I’m glad it happened the way it did because I wouldn’t be where I am today. The girl in the picture above had no idea where she would be in a year’s time. She was so hopeful but she had no idea what she wanted to do with her life. A year later she knows and I wouldn’t know if it hadn’t been for this crooked road I’ve had. My mission in life is to help people get fitter and healthier to live happier lives. I want to show that it doesn’t have to be a nightmare to train or boring to eat healthy. I believe there is a type of fitness out there for everyone, you just need to find it. This is what I try to do through this blog and what I get to do through my role on the voomfit team. I’m so incredibly grateful everyday for it.

Without that journey I wouldn’t know this but now I do. Trust your journey, you will know your path when you find it.


M xxx

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Some days you just forget

Yesterday I wasn’t a very good blogger. I forgot to take photos pretty much! The only thing I did take photos of when looking back at my images was some of the food I ate. This is slightly ironic since I’ve seriously been uninspired when it comes to food lately. Something quite rare since I’m a big foodie and love to cook.

It’s tough sometimes cooking food because you end up in ruts where you just cook the same dishes over and over again because of convenience. At least I do. I haven’t really had time to sit and flip through the pages of recipe books to try out a new recipe either. I need to relight my will to cook tasty but healthy food. Yesterday’s lunch and dinner were so boring and unsatisfying… I had a very boring salad for lunch (and I didn’t bring enough food which didn’t help) then a veggie stirfry for dinner (it wasn’t very successful but it was food). I felt so unsatisfied after my dinner I had banana with peanut butter afterwards and some Almighty Foods raw vegan chocolate. Usually when I cook something I’m content with I won’t crave these things afterwards but that’s what happens when you cook something that doesn’t satisfy you haha.

With this I just wanted to say that we all end up in ruts whether if it’s with training or your diet and it’s nothing weird. It’s just part of life. Just don’t give up. I know I’ll get my cooking back on track soon but I think you need to feel uninspired sometimes to feel inspired again.

In other news, my old university Glasgow Uni regrammed my image I uploaded for Yoga Day the day before yesterday. It was pretty cool they wanted to share the image and over night I’ve had almost 40 new people start to follow me on Instagram. It’s absolutely crazy and I can’t believe that over 800 people are following my journey now. That’s absolutely crazy! So to those of you who have found their way here onto the blog as well, welcome. Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to read my ramblings on here! I really hope you’ll enjoy it enough to stay. I’m so grateful xxx