Running 10k For Gran

Running 10k For Gran

Hey guys!

This post is a little bit different because it’s not really in keeping with my love for topics such as tea and baking lovely sweet treats but I hope you’ll stick with me!

10734090_10154833875515232_2191040069193755604_n

After my Gran passed away, I have been dabbling with the idea of raising money for The Stroke Association. My Gran had four strokes during the later years of her life, these massively affected her way of living, and for the last 13 years she was living in a residential home. After her first massive stroke she lost the ability to walk, talk and write as well as losing her independence. She went from living in her own bungalow to living in a home requiring constant care and support. She needed somebody to write her letters and cards for her, which was a huge blow as she loved to write to all of her friends and family. Over the years she recovered somewhat, unfortunately suffering from some additional smaller strokes. This resulted in her living with an underlying fear of ‘when will the next one come?’ And her anxiety meant she didn’t want to leave the home, she only felt safe there. Thankfully, my Gran was always happy, full of joy and smiles, she loved her life and the staff at the residential home adored her just as much as we did. She is a true hero in my eyes.

My memories are so full of wonderful times spent with my Gran, baking, walking in the fields, picking blackberries, eating fish and chips, spending every Friday night of my childhood with her and my sister watching Corrie and Strange But True, making all kinds of yucky mixtures and potions with anything we could find in her cupboards, and pretending we were grownups playing fancy dress in her clothes.

CJQVwUQWsAA8Nse

I want her to be proud of me, and I also want to challenge myself to do something I’ve never done before. So I’ve signed up to run The Bupa London 10k on 30th May 2016, for The Stroke Association.

I’ll be blogging my training, from day one all the way to race day, it’s going to be a long journey but one I am so ready for! So this is my pledge, and for those who know me, you know how hard this will be for me, so please feel free to donate and support this amazing charity, and the thousands of people who are living after a stroke.

I will be posting meal ideas, training plans, gadgets, ideas for running gear you name it, so if there is anything you would be interested to read about let me know J It will be fun to see my progress down the line!

Check out my justgiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/Sophie-Deacon

And my twitter @sophie_d247 for updates!

For now,

Sophie xx

 11535808_10155764615770232_542108056406182542_n

Ways to Manage Stress

Ways to Manage Stress

Hello everybody!

Firstly I must apologise for my loooong absence. I am so close to the end of my Postgrad and will soon be an Early Years Teacher! Juggling that and a full time job as well as a bloody long commute has absolutely fried me, and any spare time I have is used to sleep. Amongst the chaos and stress of this time in my life I was hugley privileged to watch one of my best friends marry the love of her life. So congrats to you two Beth and Kev, it was a truly amazing day and night 🙂 Here are a few lovely photos:

10906249_10153282511604861_5213400816420131927_n11037181_10155580228900232_7846613508329126438_n  11061247_10153266447595692_6895003836801609558_n

So aside from a few wonderful moments in the last few months I have probably been the most stressed out I have ever been in my life. At times I have felt very overwhelmed and felt like I have been almost at breaking point over the amount of things I am juggling. And then it happened. The panic attack. Now there are people who may read this who have had panic attacks and know what I mean, or they may experience something different, but I’ll explain a little about my experience.

Driving to work I had managed to do the entire hour long journey, and when I was around the corner from work I started to feel dizzy, fuzzy headed. I have been known to faint in the past and it felt a little like that so I tried not to focus on it and sang very loudly to the radio. I managed to pull into the work carpark and run inside the building where I sat in the office. Suddenly my chest felt tight and I could’t get my breath. Panicking, I started to struggle to breathe, and in my head I kept thinking ‘I’m going to die.’ From talking to other people who have suffered from panic attacks, this seems quite common. I ran to get a colleague and shouted for help, all while sobbing uncontrollably. She said afterwards my face went blue, then red, then white as the blood drained from my face. I sat down and started to get my breath back as she talked to me and calmed me down. Then it was over.

I hope I never suffer from a panic attack ever again, but to me it was a much needed reality check that I was putting way too much pressure on myself, and I needed to do something to try and manage the stress I was under.

Rather than talk about my work load, I’ll tell you about some strategies I’ve been working on to help me manage the stressed out, overwhelmed feeling.

1. Get enough sleep.
I try to get between 7-9 hours sleep per night, exhaustion never works for anybody.

2. Exercise.
In my small amounts of spare time I go for walks with my sister in the countryside, as a way to clear my head. I force myself to switch off from work and enjoy the smells, sounds and sights of the beautiful landscape around me.
I also try to do yoga. Don’t take me for a yoga expert, I watch youtube videos, which are amazing. If you’re curious, try Yoga with Adrienne, she is so calming and really knows her stuff.

keep-calm-and-do-yoga-65

3. Drink lots of water
Water detoxes the system, and when you’re stressed, you need a clear mind and body, free of toxins. Make sure you have a bottle of water with you at all times, I like to put a bit of squash in mine, then I drink more!

4. Cut down on caffeine
I am a HUGE tea fan as you all know, and so now I switch to decaf tea when I’m at home. In our house the kettle is always boiled or boiling so I was drinking a lot of caffeine which sends the heart crazy and can cause palpitations!

5. Have a healthy diet
Eat lots of greens, and try to cut out high sugary fatty foods, as well as alcohol. I feel so much better when I’ve had lots of fruit and veg.

6. Do what makes you happy
I like to sing, it doesn’t mean I’m good at it, but a 75 mile commute means I have lots of time to belt out my favourite tunes. Just call me Beyonce 🙂

Glastonbury Festival 2011 - Day 4

7. Meditate
I downloaded an app called Calm, it’s a meditation app and has lots of natural sounds while a lovely lady helps you to relax and find your centre. Give it a go if you’re into that kind of thing!

icon175x175

If you have any other strategies or ideas to manage stress and keep calm, I would love to hear from you! Just comment below or email me on sophie_deacon@hotmail.co.uk and I will make a compilation post with all of your contributions.

Stay happy,

Love Sophie xxx

11139767_10153266478680692_2192045132026133194_n

20 Facts About Me

20 Facts About Me

Hello again ❤

As I sit here on my lonesome on a Friday Night I was dabbling with the idea of writing a blog post, and I realise that while I happily write here and assume people know all about me, I haven’t shared much about myself! So here’s 20 facts about me.

1. I am 25 years old.

2. I have never broken a bone.

3. I feel like I can honestly say if you are part of my small friendship group, I am fiercely loyal.

4. I get anxious about ridiculous things, and worry way too much about what people think of me.

5. I am very close to my family, they are my favourite people, including all our animals 😛

421101_10151415560705232_1216383744_n284009_233762719990780_3448642_n522428_10152746452335232_580255907_n

6. My favourite film is Hercules, the Disney one.

7. I will drink tea over any other beverage. Ever.

8. In 2012 I spent six months in Sydney, Australia working as an Au Pair. The friends I made there are friends for life. They got me through so much and I will look back at our time together with a warm heart.

524583_10153533817940232_614276285_n 554094_10152277767910232_1132509821_n

9. My car is called Claude.

10. I would rather spend a night eating amazing food either in or at a restaurant than have a night out.

11. I absolutely love to bake.

12. I am training to be an Early Years Teacher.

13. I  love to knit.

10547493_10154505132665232_1839251150504266757_n

14. I love to read – mostly romantic stories. or cookbooks.

15. When I was little I did a handstand at school, my arm caved in underneath me and I landed on my face. I looked like two face. Thank goodness it didn’t scar!

16. Rhubarb makes me projectile vom.

17. I adore Beyonce.

18. I paint, and if I love you, I’ve probably painted something for you.

19. I was called Phoebe when I was born, then it changed to Sophie. My mum calls me a combination of the two: Spheeb.

20. I am addicted to beauty and lifestyle blogs and love the community, and I would love to make some life long friends here 🙂

All the people who read this I challenge you to write 20 facts about yourself!

10688475_10154666368995232_193996340953348853_o

Sophie xxx