Ahhh Sunday. I love a slow start on a Sunday but recently, I have been changing things up. I’ve noticed lately I have been a little sluggish in the mornings come the weekend and I know it’s because I have been busy at work and adulting all week. I’m not sure 6 year-old me really understood that adulting is not always that much fun – despite being told repeatedly by my mother.
So, I’ve decided on a step change to give me a boost at the end of the week.
Sundays for me usually start slow, with coffee and a book in hand, however, I’m turning it on its head to be a little more productive. I’ve started going to the gym first thing in the morning. 8am actually. Now, before you fall off your chair, I am not a gym bunny. I have a love hate relationship with the gym. I walk in hating it then come out feeling like Venus incarnate and telling myself I should do this more often. I do not, however, live at the gym. I have a life outside of its walls and weights. I’m not taking anything away from anyone who does like to be at the gym 7 days a week, but that’s just not what floats my boat. Anyway, gym bashing aside, I actually went and enjoyed myself. Obviously. I mix up my sessions and sometimes will do half hour or over an hour depending on timing, and what I am doing for the rest of that day. I’m still trying to find what works best for me and my body but I think, as long as you’re moving and enjoying yourself then that’s all that really matters.
Once the gym is over and done with, I head home, grab a snack and take the ‘Muttley Crew’ out. Yes, they are named after the infamous band but thankfully, they are not as badly behaved. During the summer, this is much easier in the early mornings as the sun isn’t too hot and means that everyone gets a good amount of time outside. Walking the dogs for me has always been the best escape (aside from books of course). It really allows me some headspace to either set myself up for the day or to decompress if I have had a busy one. I honestly cannot recommend walking enough. Even 15 minutes a day can make a huge difference. Put on a good audiobook, podcast or playlist and you’re good to go.
After all of this is activity, I sit down for lunch. I get hangry pretty quickly, so I have to find something sharpish. Homemade sourdough, cheese, no olives (because yuck), fresh tomatoes with olive oil and balsamic vinegar dip usually does the trick. I quite often keep it simple but on other occasions will make something a little more substantial. Lunch is usually followed by preparing dinner. As I write this, Autumn is well on its way, so my much loved slow cooker is about to make its first appearance. Slow cooking is really one of my favourite ways to cook. Working full-time and then having to come home and cook isn’t something I enjoy but having it all ready and waiting? Yes, I’m all for that. One of my go-to autumn/winter recipes is one by BBC Good Food – Vegetable Stew with Cheddar Dumplings. This recipe has converted a once dumpling-hating Jason, into a cheesy doughy convert.
I usually wrap up my afternoon by spending a few hours of content creation for Book + Border. From writing posts, replying to comments and taking photos.
Yet as the evenings roll-in, there is nothing better than curling up on the sofa with Marnie and my current read. Right now, Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber is my current read. I am loving this story so far.
So this is how I am spending my Sundays. What do you do on yours?
‘Til next time…