Stand Up To Bullying

Bullying is defined as 'the use of force, threat or coercion to abuse, intimidate or aggressively dominate others, the behaviour often being repeated and habitual'. It can involve emotional, verbal, physical or cyber forms against differences such as social class, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, appearance, behaviour, body language, personality, reputation, lineage, strength, size or ability.

Why am I telling you this? I think it is important for people to understand that bullying is not just something that happens just in schools by some big 'jock' like kid constantly and stereotypically terrorising a 'nerd', but something that can happen absolutely everywhere to absolutely anyone, especially including online environments and even adults in the workplace. 

I had the unfortunate experience of being bullied at school, in fact it was by the person that was supposed to be my best friend. I was always that kid in school who was good at sports, getting the top grades in class and I was involved in a pretty good social circle, so not like the stereotypical image of someone who would be bullied. I know what it is like to constantly tormented every single day by this guy who emotionally, verbally and physically bullied me and the worst thing is that everyone could see it happening right in front of them but nobody stood up for me, in fact they ended up joining in due to 'group mentality'. I thought that I had nobody to go to, my best friend was the bully and I was far too embarrassed to tell my parents or the teachers. Eventually I started to think that it was all my fault and that something was wrong with me. I would avoid being the centre of attention, fail tests on purpose to become more accepted and became paranoid, upset and depressed all because I let this one guy make me doubt my self worth.

I am really passionate about wanting to help people understand that it's okay to stand up to bullying and not make the same mistakes that I did, plus I want to contribute by educating people on the different aspects of it to put an end to bullying in any way possible. Remember that you are always a much better person than a bully, especially considering that a big factor which usually leads to bullies picking on an individual are envy and resentment of a certain feature and they tend to use it as a cowardly tool to conceal some sort off shame or problem of their own or to boost self-esteem. There is never an excuse to take away somebody else's happiness to boost your own pride and image, and never let anyone else make you doubt your self worth.

Studies always seem to say that a 'typical' victim is likely to lack social skills, be noticeably rejected and isolated by peers and have certain characteristics such as being physically weak and unstable emotionally. Although this may be true, it is not always the case. Anyone can be subject to bullying, especially in our generation with how big cyber bullying has become. In my opinion you should never take anything someone else online says seriously, they dont truly know you and trust me, anybody that sits there behind a keyboard trying to make another person's life a misery is a complete coward with nothing better to do with their life. Its a easier said than done but life gets a whole lot easier when you stop worrying about what other people think about you, use negative comments as motivation to make yourself into a better, stronger person.

You may have come across the term 'bystander' before, which is where bullying takes place in front of a large group of uninvolved people and the bully creates this illusion of having the support of the majority watching, creating this fear to 'speak out' in protest of the bullying happening, even when everybody knows it's wrong. This leads to bullying becoming accepted or even supported. Being a bystander is just as bad as the bullying itself so it is extremely important to speak out against any form of bullying that you see happening, you're not being a snitch, you are potentially saving someone from a whole lot of physical and emotional pain. Similarly if you are the one being bullied, DO NOT suffer in silence like I did, the best thing that you can do is tell somebody you trust about it, 9 times out of 10 people will have the sense to see that you're suffering and help advise you on how to do something about it and I guarantee you things will get better. If you feel like you have nobody to talk to there is the National Bullying Helpline 08452255787 who will help and advise you through your situation, and of course I am always happy to help in anyway possible if you need a friendly confidential chat to somebody for advice.

'Stay true to yourself, it is most often the people that mock you now who tend to copy you later'

It is important to remember that bullying is NEVER okay and NEVER the victim's fault. I wish that I could go back and tell my younger self to stand up to this bully or tell somebody about what was happening and to be myself no matter what anybody else thinks. Be nice to people, help somebody that is going through a tough time and speak out in protest against any form of bullying. Don't let someone change who you are as a person or bring you down just to make themselves feel better because of an underlying sense of jealousy. No matter what anybody else thinks you are special, you are unique and you are perfect. Believe in yourself. Together we can make a difference and put an end to bullying.

Warning: May Contain Sunset Porn

A warm summer evening, the smell of tasty, smokey barbecue burgers in the air, loud music, lots of laughter and friends well into the night. A sandy late afternoon stroll along the magnificent coastline, breathing in the fresh sea air with seagulls squawking overhead as the sun starts to sink in the sky. Brisk Autumnal/Winter walks through the open countryside, wrapped up like a little parcel in thick layers to keep warm. These are all the best times to experience the stunning phenomena that are sunsets.

There is something about Humans that just draws us to watching these beautiful, memorising golden skies appear as the sun drops below the horizon, they can make even the most boring and desolate landscape, on a cold and miserable day, look completely amazing. As you can probably tell, I absolutely love sunsets, they just have this way of making you feel all warm and happy inside just by looking at them. Sometimes, When I am having a bit of a stressful or demotivated day, I love to find a nice landscape to put on my headphones and just sit down to watch the sky change from the usual distinct blue to an orangey yellow, turning everything in sight, the tips of the trees, the grass, every single little building, into a stunning shade of gold, I find it really helps me to forget about the stresses of life for a little while. I even changed my running time to late in the evening so that I had the gorgeous sky as a backdrop to motivate and inspire me to exercise (it works) and there is a really steep hill near where I live, and at the top you can pretty much see the whole Lincoln for miles around, needless to say this makes a beautiful landscape to watch the sunset. 

Another great thing about sunsets is that they make amazing photos, most of the time you can literally take a picture of anything and a sunset backdrop will make it look stunning! Recently we have been having sooo many gorgeous wintry sunsets, and if you follow me on Instagram you will know that it is pretty much a tribute to sunsets, so I though I would share with you some of my favourite pictures from over the past few months for you to hopefully enjoy having a look at!

Where is your favourite place to watch the sun set?

How Not To Revise


It seems like there is a lot of emphasis to do well at college or university these days, with young people being pressurised into deciding what they want to do with their lives at such an early age. I once had a science teacher who told me that I should be mature enough at 16 to know what career path I want to follow and how to achieve it, which I totally don't agree with. Everyone will know what it's like to be a teenager, you want to be enjoying your youth while it lasts, hanging out with friends, playing sports and having fun, making the most of enjoying the moment rather than having to constantly worry about the future.

Obviously exams can be important and you should try your best to put in the maximum effort to be successful and achieve the best outcome possible, like everything else in life, but try not to let a piece of paper with a few letters on it define who you are as a person or consume you to the point of unhappiness and stress. In my opinion exams are mostly just a measure of how much information you can retain and regurgitate rather than defining your ability, intelligence or self worth as a person. The wonderful thing about humans is that there are so many different ways of showing your uniqueness, if you're not very good at one thing then you're bound to be good at something else, you just have to find your 'thing'. For example, some people can be incredibly talented and creative in the form of art, amazing communicators in the form of speech or writing or intelligent in school.

Everybody uses different methods to revise and considering that there are sooo many options and you are probably bored to death of being told how to revise by now, I thought it might be a lot easier and much more fun to read if we change it up a bit and do a few tips on 'How not to revise' instead, which was actually inspired by Rebekah's 'How not to sleep' post which I laughed all the way through reading and you should totally check out!

1. Leave everything until the night before
Who doesn't love leaving everything until the last minute and getting completely stressed out trying to pack six months worth of work into the space of one evening. This option is perfect for those people that like to throw things across the room, hopelessly groan a lot and bang their heads against a desk. Why wake up feeling refreshed, prepared and focused in the morning when you can just pull an 'all nighter' and turn up to the exam looking and feeling like you're some kind of zombie. Who needs sleep when you have coffee anyway?

2. Magic
Actually reading the textbook and making revision notes tends to be a bit overrated these days, so when everything else fails, why not turn to magic to help you out? 'How can magic possibly help me to pass my exams?' I hear you say. Just pop your favourite textbook under your pillow the night before an exam and hope that all of the information magically gets absorbed into your brain. A bit poor on the comfort side of things but guaranteed to work. Promise.

3. Worry. Panic. Ahhhh.
Worrying always seems to make everything so much better and less stressful. You're probably going to fail anyway so what's the point of even making an effort to pass, plus if you fail your life is pretty much over. Obviously the hardest possible questions are going to come up on the paper, none of which you are going to know the answer to. All 9 of your emergency back-up pens are going to mysteriously stop working and you are going to end up with the dreaded wonky desk. Good luck!

4. Organisation? Nope.
How are you supposed to concentrate on all that revision without finding a noisy, dark and uncomfortable place packed full of distractions to study. Be sure to strategically sprawl clutter and revision notes everywhere, this makes revision a lot more fun and time consuming, especially when you have to hunt for notes that you actually need. Plus that revision guide that you spent loads of money one makes a great coaster for your mug!

5. Netflix
Netflix will probably be your best friend during the revision period, helping you to spend many productive hours catching up on your favourite TV shows and movies, making the lead up to your exams the perfect time to install it. If that doesn't float your boat, you could always turn to watching funny or cute animal videos on YouTube, because nothing says revision like a tiny hamster eating a tiny pizza. Also, you can't revise on an empty stomach so don't forget to take regular tea and snack breaks. Fill the fridge to the brim with the most unhealthy and fatty foods possible to fuel your addiction and for maximum effect I would recommend taking one every 10-15 minutes to drown your sorrows in delicious food. Healthy brain food is for losers. Netflix + Pizza = life.

(Note: If you would actually like to pass your exams, just pretty much do the opposite of everything above)

I am a quote person, I use them a lot for motivation and hopefully to inspire others, so I'll leave you with another one of my favourites:

'To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. Believing in yourself can be hard, especially when no one else believes in you, just be proud of who you are and believe that anything is possible when you put your mind to it.'

Mens Fashion: Smart Casual Outfit Inspiration

Being 100 miles away at university often means that I don't get a lot of chance to spend time with my family, so it was good to visit back home again for a few days to celebrate mum's birthday. On one evening we all got dressed up and went out to dinner at a fancy little country pub restaurant. I thought it might be a good idea to show the smart casual outfit that I ended up wearing for anyone looking for a bit of fashion inspiration and to give you a sense of my style.

I love denim shirts at the moment and this washed blue one is pretty much my go to option when I need to dress up smart for a night out or special occasion while still maintaining  a casual feel too. In my opinion you can never go wrong with black skinny jeans, they literally seem to go with everything, I usually buy mine from Primark because I have had a really bad history of always managing to split jeans, and plus I think most jeans kinda look the same, regardless of the brand..Also I am currently going through a phase of wearing boots/high tops religiously as they look great with a smart/casual outfit and suit the winter weather.

Of course you can't take any photos without my nosey dog trying to get involved and wanting to steal all the attention by pulling cute little derpy faces.

Blue denim shirt - River Island
Black skinny jeans - Primark
Brown boots - Topman

Stop The World, I Want To Get Off

Do you ever get that feeling that life is flying by far too quickly? Like you need time to just stop and take a moment to catch up with your thoughts and responsibilities instead of always feeling like you are getting left behind.

Normally I manage to keep quite self-motivated and look at the positive aspects of life to get the most out of each and every day but recently it feels like I have been constantly busy completing daily tasks, revising for exams or trying to plan my future and career and all the other things that come with being an independent university student and I know that none of these are really wasting time, that revision and working hard will benefit me in the long run, but it just feels like these things are keeping me from being happy and actually enjoying life. I can't remember the last time I woke up actually looking forward to the day rather than dreading how stressful and busy its going to be instead.

I kinda wish that time would slow down a little, it feels like everybody else is growing up and changing, getting offered amazing opportunities and jobs, gaining their degrees, finding happy relationships and generally moving on in life. Although I know how far I have come too, I just still feel the same as I did a few years ago with nothing to show for it except a whole lot of debt. Sure, I have started the weird and wonderful world of university and everyone always says that 'you will appreciate it when you're older and in a stable job with lots of money' but its hard to appreciate it at the moment when you're not really seeing any short term effects, and will a job where you earn a lot of money really buy you happiness? I have always been a  big believer of the fact that happiness in life is all about the amazing experiences that you have and the people that you share them with rather than the money or material items.

The sad reality of life is that everyone grows up, gains tonnes of responsibilities and in so many cases people become a lot more stressed and unhappy as they get older which really makes me scared that one day I will wake up and suddenly realise that my best years are behind me. In an ideal world, I want to stay young, happy and responsibility free forever, travel the world and experience different cultures, meet new people, do more things that make me happy and actually make something of my life. In 50 years time I would like to be sitting in my little futuristic armchair with a warm mug of coffee and a pack of good ol' ginger nut biscuits and be able to look back with happiness at everything I have managed to achieve over my life and say 'I've made it'.

I am determined not to let negative things hold me back and make me unhappy all the time and no matter what happens I think that I will always be young at heart, getting a thrill out of the little things, enjoying adventures, laughter (there's no better feeling than uncontrollable laughter right?!) and having fun! I read a quote the other day which said:

'The key to happiness is accepting where you are in life and making the most out of each and every day'

Thinking about it there is no right or wrong pathway to follow in life, I need to stop worrying and comparing myself to other people in order to start living life in my own way, at my own pace. In my opinion you can get so much more out of life by planning things to look forward to, starting to do what you want rather than trying to make other people happy all the time and most importantly taking some time to make the most of the moment rather than worrying about the future. As long as you treat each day as a gift, grab it with open arms, cherish it, enjoy it to the fullest and do what matters now, happiness is bound to follow!

Apologies for the rambley post, this is what happens when I write freely and spontaneously without planning! It is something that has been playing on my mind for a while now so as always I'd love to know your thoughts :)

Graze - Healthy Alternative Breakfast Ideas

Good Evening Internet,

If you have read my Goals for 2015 blog post, you will know that one of my aims for this year is to start leaving my comfort zone and to convince myself that change can actually be good in order to get the best out of life! I find myself to be one of those people who tends to get far too comfortable and trapped in the same old routine, which can lead to me becoming afraid and reluctant to actually try new things. Recently I have been searching high and low for new healthy alternatives for breakfast which still taste delicious, rather than the same cereal and toast every day!

Believe it or not I had never actually heard of graze until stumbling upon an instagram picture of some tasty looking food a few weeks ago and it looked pretty unique and interesting so I thought that I would give it a try for myself. Graze have a nice selection of creative breakfast ideas to choose from, all packed full of fibre, vitamins and energy, and they all come beautifully packaged in a little rustic box, straight to your door (even if the postman did dent my box a little!).

Pomegranate & Blackcurrant Granola

'Pomegranate and Blackcurrant pieces, multi-grain honey granola, blackcurrant barley, crispy rice flakes & puffed brown rice'

After opening, this was the first thing that stood out to me and was definitely my favourite little thing tucked away inside the graze box. The Pomegranate & Blackcurrant granola was definitely a combination that I would never think to experiment with, so I was really excited to give it a try. I always find myself more likely to be tempted into eating something if it is aesthetically pleasing and this came out of the package looking so colourful and absolutely delicious. It also tastes as wonderful as it looks and the blackcurrant pieces add a real fruitiness. Granola goes really well with milk or yoghurt for a bit of added flavour!

Scandinavian Forest Fruits Muesli

'Oat and Barley granola, apple, apple-infused barley, blueberries, lingonberries, puffed brown rice & crispy millet flakes'

This light and fruity option looks a little more plain than the previous one but there is a great combination of fruits which all work well together and I love the idea of dried apple. A combination of blueberries and lingonberries (yeah, I had no idea what they were either..) provides a great source of vitamins and nutrients. Muesli is not baked or toasted like Granola and tends to be healthier since it contains no sugar or fat, you can eat it as it is for an ideal light breakfast on the go or there are several ways to add a bit of variety such as topping with yoghurt, milk or juice and adding a few of your favourite additional fruit chunks.

Mango and Passion fruit Granola with Yoghurt and Coconut

'Mango and Passion fruit granola, coconut flakes, passion fruit yoghurt, mango, honey-baked oats, pumpkin seeds and crispy multi-grain flakes'

Mango is one of my absolute favourite fruits so I may be a little biased in saying that I enjoyed this tasty treat. Once again it looked incredibly appetising and there was a nice contrast between the chewy mango pieces and the crunchy granola. Normally I am not the biggest fan of coconut but it actually worked quite well when combined with the mango to give a rather exotic feel and the sunflower seeds give an extra crunch,

Strawberry & Blackcurrant Porridge

'Mini Strawberries, Blackcurrants, spelt flakes & rolled oats'

If you're not really a fan of the dried muesli or granola options then porridge may be a little more to your taste. It is a quick and perfect breakfast choice to warm you up on those wet and windy winter mornings and plus it is full of energy to fuel a busy day. The Strawberry and Blackcurrant porridge smelt amazing when it came out of the microwave and was definitely the most filling choice of the four. The good thing about porridge is that you can add pretty much any fruits and I highly recommend a spoonful of honey as a healthier option than sugar to please anybody with a sweet tooth!

The only down side to graze breakfast boxes is that they only really cover four days of the week and are a little expensive to buy weekly, especially if you're a student on a budget, but they have definitely inspired me (and hopefully you too) to try out some different and more creative healthy breakfast ideas. If you would like to give the graze breakfast box a try, use the code XQLRJGPZ to get a free breakfast box and if you don't like it then there is no obligation to continue!

 Let me know in the comments what you would consider to be your favourite breakfasts and I will definitely have to try a few of them out!

*diclaimer This product was brought with my own money, all views are my own and in no way influenced by the company mentioned.

What on Earth is an Introvert?

A couple of days ago, during a personal chat with a close friend there was a point where they described me as a bit of an Introvert. I gave a little smile and shrugged it off but didn't really think about it properly until later that night, when I ended up asking myself 'What on Earth is an introvert anyway?'. Several cups of coffee and a little research later I realised that this word actually perfectly applied to me. The word introvert is kinda perceived to be a negative term reserved for a shy, reticent person but there is so much more to it than that. I spent so long thinking that something was wrong with me or that I was some kind of weird child as I tended to shy away from some social situations and sometimes actually rather enjoyed spending time in my own company, but in fact a study shows that 60% of the 'gifted population' are considered to be introverts and there are plenty of positives which I didn't even think about until looking into it. There are apparently several different signs of telling that you are an introvert, some of which you may not even realise you do, so I was really excited to share my findings and interested to find out if there are any fellow introverts out there;

You need time to yourself
Do you ever get that overwhelming and stressful feeling after completing a lot of social activities? One of the biggest attributes of an introvert, which came up again and again, is that we need time alone to 'recharge our batteries' and collect our thoughts. Also when you have a hectic day socialising in a busy environment you tend to start feeling tired and zoning out into your own little world. This is because introverts get this need to go to their quiet place and recharge their minds. I really enjoy socialising and meeting friends but when I have some free time, I usually prefer to spend it relaxing and reading a book, blogging or listening to music rather than going out.

You love to write
Introverts tend to be better at communicating in the form of writing than in person, which is why I think that I enjoy blogging so much. Also you would rather come up with creative ideas and work out problems by yourself rather than as part of a group, this allows you to give your mind some time to reflect on a problem using your original thoughts. You may be surprised to learn that JK Rowling, one of the most successful authors ever, is apparently a self confessed introvert!

You often wear headphones in public
Whether you are making your way through a crowded shopping centre or walking down the street, this is the typical way to avoid conversation in a social situation with strangers and also acts as a protective barrier to hide behind making you feel a lot less overwhelmed and claustrophobic when out and about and surrounded by people... I find that music fills me with a lot more confidence in public too, so I no longer walk along the street with my head down trying to make myself feel as small and unnoticed as possible, but instead keep my head held high, making eye contact without feeling nervous and most importantly it helps me to keep a smile on my face.

You sometimes feel alone in a crowd
This one is a little hard to explain, but do you ever find yourself feeling isolated alone even though you are surrounded by people in the middle of a crowd? Don't get me wrong, I love to socialise and hang around with my friends but sometimes you tend to feel like you don't really belong at a group gathering or social activity, especially with a group of strangers but occasionally even when that is not the case and involves people that you are good friends with. Also, although I love meeting new people, there are times where I just feel a lot more comfortable spending time at a small get together with people that I am already friends with.

You are easily distracted
Introverts tend to become easily overwhelmed and distracted by busy environments, the opposite to an extrovert who would thrive on high levels of stimulation. This makes revision such a pain considering any little disturbance will completely put me off. I think this is the reason why I generally much prefer to be in quieter and more peaceful environment, such as the countryside or by the sea where I can get lost in my own thoughts than in busy, stressful environments such as the middle of a crowded city.

You find yourself attracted to extroverts
Opposites really do attract, which is why you will often find yourself befriending or even being more attracted to outgoing people who encourage you to actually like to have some fun take life a bit less seriously which, in my opinion, is the best sort of people to hang around with.

You think. A LOT.
The downside to having an absolutely over-active mind is that late at night seems to be the ideal time for my brain to suddenly come to life and want to re-evaluate my entire life and worry about absolutely everything, which really doesn't help when you're trying to catch some z's! On the up side, Introverts tend to be more creative thinkers and come up with amazing and original ideas, leading to forward thinking, planning ahead so that everything runs smoothly and generally asking more questions about life.

 Introverts tend to absolutely love thought provoking books and movies, which most definitely applies to me. I am a complete movie addict and love nothing more than getting lost in a good book which transports you to this whole other world. The thing I love most about books and movies is that they can make you feel like you are part of the story, whether you are a superhero out saving the world or just a little refugee caught in the middle of world war II, it helps to forget about the stresses and worries of your own life for a while.

So, next time you end up catching yourself doing any of these things just think that being an Introvert can sometimes be a positive characteristic trait and remember that you are most definitely not alone! 

A Beginners Guide to Running

So its finally a brand new year and for many people a chance for a fresh start. One of the most common new years resolutions that you see floating around the place is the one to improve fitness, be more healthy or to take up running, but this can leave some people scratching their heads and asking, 'where the heck do I start?'. One of the main reasons many new runners end up quitting is that they have a high motivation and determination to accomplish big goals but lack the fitness and perseverance to achieve them, making the mistake of giving up before they have even begun.
I am one of those weird people who absolutely loves running, I find it such a good hobby to have in order to keep fit as well as an effective stress relief after a hectic day. Personally I am no expert but I run at least 3-4 times a week so thought it may be helpful to share some tips based on my personal experience for some newbie runners out there to get the most out of running.

Get out there and make a start
One of the biggest hurdles to overcome when running is motivating yourself to lace up those trainers and hit the road in the first place.. The harsh truth is that you are almost definitely going to suck at running to begin with if you have never tried it before, such is the case when you try anything new. My best advice to you would be to stick at it, when I first started running I struggled to get to the end of the road without being absolutely exhausted and collapsing in a heap on the floor. You have to train to condition your body, starting off with a distance and speed that you are comfortable with and build it up gradually in order to build up your fitness and feel an improvement. Even the best marathon runners started off as a beginner, so remember practice makes perfect and never give up!

Get suited and booted
You definitely don't have to invest heavily in gear and accessories to start running, but I highly recommend finding a decent pair of running shoes to improve your running experience by huge amounts. Running shoes are a lot more comfortable and help your feet to strike the ground properly which reduces the likelihood of getting shin splints and blisters, something I used to be all too familiar with. From past experience you really do get what you pay for in terms of quality so you are probably better off to invest in a slightly more expensive running shoe if you are serious about taking it up regularly, trust me you won't regret it! In my opinion Nike are always a go to option for a quality shoe at a reasonable price suitable for all weather conditions.

Avoiding the dreaded stitch
A stitch is every runners worst nightmare, usually caused because your abdomen is not used to all the knocking around that running causes, but don't worry, stitches tend to stop being as common the fitter you get. One way to prevent stitches is making sure to control your breathing as you go along, I find breathing all the way in for 2 seconds and out for 2 seconds usually works best. Another thing to avoid is eating for about 30-45 minutes before you run which will also undoubtedly cause a heavy stomach leading to a stitch. If you get a stitch you can usually run through it by simply breathing deeply in and out, it'll be tough but you can push through it!

Pick a scenic route
Using a treadmill in a gym is fine but can become a little boring after a while just staring at a screen or a brick wall. In my opinion there is nothing better than a great landscape or view when running to make it a bit more of an enjoyable experience. I am lucky in that there are a lot of beautiful landscapes such as rivers and countryside to run nearby where I live but you should pick a place that appeals to you. One thing I love about running is that you can explore new routes and I always end up discovering so many hidden places that I never knew existed making it like a little adventure each time.

Create a playlist
Music is a huge motivator for me when it comes to running and it can give you that little bit more of an adrenaline boost to run faster and go further as well as taking your mind off of the fact your running and helping to time your breathing and keeping at a steady pace, so be sure to create a playlist of your favourite songs. One of the best stress relieves about running is being able to put in a pair of headphones, get lost in the music and forget about the world.

Push yourself
The best way to improve at running is to constantly push yourself to be better. If you're serious about running, set yourself an end goal in mind to keep you focused and motivated, whether it's a way that you want your body to look, a distance that you want to achieve or a time that you want to beat, whatever works best for you! Investing in a cheap little fitness watch and keeping a training log will help you to beat your  times and get fitter in no time! Plan scheduled times to go out running based around your life to avoid that 'I have no time to exercise' excuse.

Most importantly remember that you CAN achieve your goals no matter what your body, mind or anyone else tells you, so believe in yourself, persevere and I guarantee you'll be up and running in no time.

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