#30B430

#30B430 is a hashtag which I have created in order to document  my quest to achieve 30 different things before I am 30 in February 2018.

I will use this category to house any blog posts which I write in relation to any of the things which I hope to achieve this year so that it is easy for you to find and follow my journey!

Week 16 Update | What have I learnt this week

Once again week 16 has been a strange one, I lost all knowledge of what day it was with having football on a Sunday and then the Bank Holiday. No time off for me though and it has been a super busy week with clients! I have felt like I have been trying to catch my tail all week and get caught up but to no avail. Next week looks like it will be similar as I am taking a couple of days off to go to Bodypower in Birmingham, but I have promised myself that the week after I will try and sort my time management out a little better.

Football last Sunday was amazing to see us crowned champions at Bramall Lane, plus witnessing all the celebrations afterwards. It may not seem like much to some people, but after witnessing all the lows over the past few seasons (in fact the whole time i have been a supporter!) it was finally nice to have something to cheer and celebrate. I thought my weekends would now become a bit more free but doesn’t look like it for the foreseeable future!

My sister came home for the game, which meant we went out to lunch in Malton as a family. Afterwards did mean a trip to Groovy Moos ice cream, and my willpower was in full force as I managed to only order a single scoop in a tub whilst everyone else got whopping 3 scoop cones! I tried Black Forest which was another new flavour for me to add to my list.

Considering it is now week 16, i probably need to revisit my #30B430 list and see how I am getting on. Feel like time is slipping by really quickly so much get some more plans in place!

Diet has been going really well, no late night binges or feeling hungry. I am putting this down to simply being so busy. Clients all seemed to have stepped up their game this week as well and my Facebook group has seen plenty of meal sharing ideas and photos, some of which look amazing!

Training has been enjoyable and I have been able to fit in all of my sessions this week which I am chuffed about. Next week may not be quite the same, but we will be training at a gym in Birmingham which I am looking forward to!

Right what have I learnt in week 16?

30th: Only 10 teams have achieved 100 points in an English football season

May.

1st: May Day was introduced as a bank holiday by then employment secretary Michael Foot in 1978. In other parts of Europe it is also celebrated as the start of spring.

2nd: The busiest lifeboat station in the UK is Waterloo Bridge in London.

3rd: Asparagus contains a sulphurous compound called mercaptan (which is also found in rotten eggs, onions and garlic). When your digestive system breaks down mercaptan, by-products are released that cause the strange smell when you wee.

4th: Investment in UK ‘fintech’ companies has fallen by a third since the announcement of Brexit.

5th: L’Oreal was founded in 1907 by a scientist named Eugene Schueller.

6th: Chris Brown owns 14 Burger King franchises in the US.

Week 16 down, week 17 looks like another busy one….

Love Abi xxxx

 

WEEK 15 UPDATE AND QUEST TO LEARN SOMETHING NEW EVERYDAY

This week I feel like I have just been chasing my tail as I try to recover after a weekend away in Dublin! Late nights are not something I make a habit of, so 3 in a row has left me trying to catch up on sleep all week!

I have had a really busy week of clients, including a couple of new ones which has been great! I am always so nervous on these first meetings, however need to remember that the chances are the new clients are much more nervous than myself. I am getting better and think it is probably only natural as I want to do my best and give a good impression from the off!

Dublin was amazing. I really loved the city. We had a great time, seeing new things, eating and drinking. I was able to tick off one of my #30B430 tasks as we dined at a celebrity restaurant whilst there, Fade Street Social is Dylan McGrath’s restaurant who is a presenter on Irish Masterchef as well as frequenting many cooking programmes her in the UK. It was amazing food, really lived up to expectations! If you want to check out my full trip vlog then click this link! 

In terms of progress, I feel like I have really had my head back in the game this week. After a few weeks of overindulging and sneaking extra bites here and there, this week my food and macros have been pretty much 95% on point! I feel TONS better for it, both mentally and physically.

Gym has also been great as I have been able to fit in 5 full sessions this week. I scaled the cardio back and this doesn’t seem to have affected progress. I can get into the mindset that I need to do more and more cardio, when in fact, if I just get my food under control I am able to track and see progress.

I tried to tick another thing off my #30B430 list midweek when I attempted to give blood….note the word ‘attempted.’ It turns out that my veins are actually too small for the needles so I won’t be able to do it 🙁 Instead I decided to join the organ donor register which literally took less than a minute to do and I highly encourage you to do so. https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk

Right, week 15 catch up done, so what have I learnt?

23rd: Annual sales of washing powders are over $3billion in the USA alone.

24th: Ireland is the only country in the world with a musical instrument as its national emblem.

25th: 10% of American companies go bankrupt every year

26th: The bank used by the Queen, Coutts, receives the most number of banking complaints every year. 1 in every 100 account holders files a complaint against the company.

27th: In Jan 2001, Calcutta was changed to Kolkatta. It is believed that the name Kolkata fairly sounded like Kalikata, one of three villages in this area where today kolkata is present, before the arrival of British.

28th: Sales of cauliflower have declined by 10% in the past decade!

29th: One in every seven people in the UK is now a member of a gym, which is now at an all time high of 14.3% of the population! The fitness industry continues to grow year on year as people are releasing the importance and benefits of being active.

Next blog post will be my April favourites so stay tuned for that one!

Week 15 done, let’s hope week 16 is a successful one!

Love Abi xxxx

Everyday I try and learn something new which I think is interesting and improves my knowledge! This is what I have been learning and reading about this week!

2nd: An estimated 3000 euros are thrown into the Trevi Fountain in Rome every day. It is illegal to try and steal the coins from the fountain.

3rd: There are over 8.7million different species in the world. Who says that humans are the most important?

4th: There is 5 times more Vitamin C in a Kiwi than an orange. (Kiwi is my current favourite fruit!)

5th: Emus and Kangeroos cannot walk backwards

6th: In air travel, there is a rate of one accident per 2.4million flights. (Taken from the book ‘Black Box Thinking’ by Matthew Syed)

 7th: The first Grand National Horse race was held in 1839 and it is now the most valuable jump race in Europe. An estimated 500-600million people watch the race in over 140 countries. It is estimated that 25% of British adults will bet on the race!

8th: Easter is one of the festivals which tries to harmonise the solar and lunar calendars. As a general rule, Easter falls on the first Sunday, following the first full moon after 21 March. The latest it can be is 25th April but that hasn’t happened since 1943 and won’t again until 2038. The most common date is 19 April.

Have you been joining in on this quest to find out more about the world we live in? Would love to know your fact of the day!

Love Abi xxx

Learn Something new everyday – week ending 1st April 2017

A two week catch up on what I have learnt recently….

19th: We use 150litres on water on average per person per day.

20th: Amazon Prime subscribers spend over double the amount per year on the website than non prime purchasers.

21st: When Facebook bought WhatsApp in 2014 for $19 billion, it was the largest acquisition of an Internet start up in history.

22nd: A new billionaire is created every 6 days in the US.

23rd: Sheep on average give birth to 2 lambs per year.

24th: Don’t attempt to turn your laptop on after spilling water on it.

25th: My Dad has visited over 40 away football grounds!

26th: It takes 8 weeks from planting courgette seeds to harvesting.

27th: The average millionaire has seven different sources of income!

28th: Article 50 is a plan for any country that wishes to exit the EU. It was created as part of the Treaty of Lisbon – an agreement signed up to by all EU states which became law in 2009.

29th: Olives must be cured in order to reduce their bitterness. There is 115 calories per 100g. They are also a high antioxidant food.

30th: Every star you see in the sky is bigger and brighter than our sun.

31st: FSCS stands for Financial Services Compensation Scheme. It is he UK’s statutory compensation scheme for customers of authorised financial services firms. Ie it will pay out your money if a firm cannot.

1st April: The top 10 fastest growing cities are all in Africa. India, China and Nigeria – together are expected to account for 37 per cent of the projected growth of the world’s urban population by 2050

Sorry for the delay but laptop issues were to blame! I am back on track now!

Love Abi xxxx

Learn something new everyday | week ending 18/3/17

You can certainly tell what types of books I have been reading and listening to this past week! I have been learning all about how our mind works from the book ‘The Chimp Paradox’ by Dr Steve Peters. This is a fascinating book which I would highly recommend you check out. When I uploaded a photo of it to Instagram, I was shocked at the high amount of feedback from people who have read it and said it had a huge impact on them! I have been aiming to read this and learn something each day for around 30  minutes at a time.

the chimp paradox

The other book which I have been listening to is ‘Unshakeable’ by Tony Robbins. Tony Robbins is a hugely successful business man from the US. I only downloaded this book to my audible account after getting one of those recommendation emails, I didn’t even read what it was about! It is about investing in stocks and shares and how to make the biggest return on your investment. To some this may sound super boring, however I have found it so interesting. I tend to listen to audio books when I am driving but I have been putting this on at home as well when I have been cooking just to get my fix everyday. It is something which I don’t know very much about so it is all pretty new to me. It is on my #30B430 list to invest in something so who knows, this could be what I have a go at!

unshakeable - tony robbins

12th: 1 in 150 have psychopath tendencies wired into their brains

13th: If your mind gets the wrong first impression upon meeting somebody, research shows it will take seven more meetings with that person before it changes your view!

14th: If we don’t like someone that we meet, our pupils tend to get smaller.

15th: A human’s attention span is now shorter than a goldfish

16th: Bear and Bull markets refer to the state of the current stock market. Bear market = conditions fall and there is a pessimistic outlook. Bull market = stocks on the rise and there is much more optimism.

17th: We go through our days roughly 80% in automatic mode.

18th: The Tax Free ISA savings limit for 2016/2017 is £15,240.

I am always looking for new book recommendations, so if you have any then send them my way!

Love Abi xxxx