My 2017

  Hi my dears! This dry cough and itchy throat just won’t give up! Yesterday I felt a bit heavy and tired but today I’m feeling slightly better and I’m hoping I’ll feel okay for going to G5 tonight. I’ve booked in but will see how I feel. This is the longest I’ve gone without training in ages and I’m feeling restless. I miss it loads.

I thought I’d try and summarise my 2017! My 2017 has had a lot of ups and a lot of downs. I started off the year on a low with my big job hunt. I was unemployed for a quite a while and went on loads of interviews where for various reasons it never seemed to work out. I felt so low and whilst everyone said I’d find something eventually, I was really starting to loose faith in the fact this would actually happen. I’m so happy I had such a supportive boyfriend, friends and the gym to get me through. The gym made me feel sane and gave me purpose other than just being at home waiting on hearing back from job applications. It was my escape and allowed me to check out of my worries.

Eventually the job did come in the form of a blogging and content job at voomfit, who found me through my blog. What I learned from this is that you never stop doing what you love because you never know where it will take you. Whilst being unemployed was tough it did give me the chance to properly focus on the blog, if I hadn’t, my opportunity with voomfit most likely wouldn’t have happened. I had a great run with voomfit but in the end for various reasons I recently decided to move on. I learned loads during my time with the company and grew. So I’m once again starting the new year on the job hunt and trying to figure out my next move. I’m feeling optimistic at the moment.

The blog grew stronger in 2017 with lots of you guys reading my blog! Thank you so much for coming in to read my thoughts every day. I can’t thank you enough. I got invited to some exciting events such as Greaves Sports Reebok launch event at Crossfit Glasgow, Nike Women’s Event, Om Yoga Show (who I even had a competition with) and T2 Tea events. I’ve been so extremely grateful every time a someone has gotten in touch with me through my blog email. I’m hoping this is only the beginning for my little blog and hopefully the blog will continue to grow strong in 2018 so I can reach my goal of helping others. I feel like last year I finally got into the rhythm of blogging consistently pretty much everyday. My continuous goal with this space is to show how much fun and how fulfilling an active lifestyle is and to show that it is possible for anyone to make a change. You just have to dare to try.

Something that did go well in 2017 is my training. I competed for the first time ever together with Kirsty at Forth Valley Throwdown. I entered and got accepted for my second one, Rainhill in February this year! My first individual competition. Before I got ill at then end of the year I felt fitter and stronger than ever. Some of the things I accomplished in 2017 I never ever thought would happen such as doing a handstand push up, pull ups, kipping pull ups, toes to bar. I also managed a 100kg deadlift and squatted 70kg. I finished the year of with a 37kg snatch a couple of weeks ago. I guess I must’ve been doing something right as Stella gave me the “Most Improved Member Award” at the Christmas party (!!). I’ve felt slightly unstoppable in the gym and I’ve never enjoyed training as much as I have this year. I have a lot to thank my best training partner ever Faye for that, we really push and support each other to become better. Also Stella, without her coaching I never would be in the shape I am. Her workouts pushes you past any sort of limits you thought you had.

I continued my mainly plant-based diet in 2017 and did not eat meat at all and only fish and dairy occasionally. At home I only eat plant-based meals but when I’m out I’m a bit more lenient. I’ve come to the realisation, as with everything else, I can’t be perfect at everything and as long as try the best I can then I’m happy. I’d say I’m probably 90-95% plant based usually, when I’m on holiday this changes quite a lot and becomes less. I think I could write an entire post about my thoughts on my diet and I think I will so stay tuned!

Other than all of the above I’ve also had the chance to travel a bit this year. Sweden in January, Nice in February, Berlin in March for Jamie’s 21st, Bognor Regis and Chichester in May, Nice again in August as well as Cannes, Villefranche, Haut-de-Cagnes and Île Sainte-Marguerite, Manchester in November, I saw the Kelpies in Falkirk and Sweden again over Christmas and New Year. I did wish that I would’ve gone to more new countries and I’m hoping this is something I’ll do in 2018. Traveling is a great passion of mine and I need to make sure I do it more. Once I have a job that is!

I really truly feel I’ve made some incredible friendships in 2017 and really found my place here in Glasgow. It’s felt more like home this year as I in 2016 waved goodbye to my uni life I’ve felt less like a visitor and more like a local. I’ve found some incredible people who I’ve surrounded myself with who give me the best vibes ever. It just shows again it’s really important who you surround yourself with. The friends I have are some of the most supportive and kind people I’ve ever met. I also managed to stay in touch with my family back in Sweden better through our family Facebook chat. With us having such busy lives it’s easier to sometimes just be able to send everyone in the family a life update. Huge tip if you’re family is spread across the country or globe.

In 2017 Jamie and I celebrated our five year anniversary. FIVE years. I still can’t believe it. The past year we’ve been through so much together, loss of family members and lots of other personal things. It’s been really tough at times but we’re still standing and we’re hoping for a slightly easier and happier 2018. I’d love for Jamie and I to sit down sometime very soon and write down our 2018 dreams and goals for us together. I love having things to look forward to.

So that was a little summary of my 2017. Not the best year perhaps but I really think I’ve grown from the hardships I’ve gone through. I really want to make something amazing out of 2018. I feel like I need a greater purpose this year and more adventure.

2018, let’s make this a good one!

Published by madeleineskristensen

Madeleine Moves is a blog celebrating a love of exercise, food, travelling and life. I love being active, exercising and being out and about. With my blog I hope to spread this joy and inspire you to be your best. Who am I? I’m Madeleine (surprise). I’m a Swede who lives in the vibrant city of Glasgow in Scotland. I moved here for my university studies and in summer 2016 I graduated with a degree in Business and Management at University of Glasgow. My keyword has always been balance. I love eating healthy food but I also love to indulge once in a while. You need to enjoy life at the end of the day and limiting yourself is not the way to go. With this I would like to say welcome to Madeleine Moves. Love, Madeleine

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