It was one year ago today that my family (Jake, Wyatt and I) packed our house up, threw it into a storage unit, and moved to the UK! Lately we have been reminiscing about our arrival there and our adventure.
Here is a clip of our first night after we landed and found our flat!
I remember wanting to take on this adventure, but unknowingly being anxious and nervous. I say unknowingly because I didn’t feel stressed in preps for the move, but every night at about 2:00 a.m. I would wake up and not be able to get back to sleep. I would go downstairs and watch Netflix, and then fall back asleep around 5:00 a.m. until I had to get up. Looking back I had no reason to be nervous. I learned in my time over seas that it is so much easier to live and get around in foreign countries than I thought. Generally people are friendly and willing to help you when you need it, and in most places people speak some English. With or without kids I would 100% take on another assignment to a new land. It was eye-opening, enriching, fun, and I made some amazing relationships with some wonderful people! The world is a much bigger place than I ever knew!
(A couple of tips here: Know your body and how it signals you that it is stressed. Acute stress is something we all deal with all of the time. Fight or flight sounds familiar? However, it is the chronic stress that can cause inflammation, and many other health issues. Cue into your body and respond to it with love! Next, be willing to consider risk. From new jobs, moving, a new workout, or a different hairstyle…be open minded to change and what it may bring!)
Here is a tour of our temporary flat the relocation company found for us. We lived here for about 2 months!
I decided NOT to join a gym during my time in the UK. I thought to myself, I am a trainer, I know how to do this! Plus I really wanted to focus on become a better runner. I worked up to 10 miles on my long run days, did one 5K per week-trying to improve my time, and then a day of whatever running, which usually ended up being intervals or hills. I also did lots of free weights, HIIT, and P90 X3. I did find a great yoga studio, The Yoga Haven, that I often dropped in on for some hot yoga!
(Tip: Don’t always play to your strengths. Be willing to try something that may be hard for you, and commit to sticking with it!)
Running was out of the question with this calf injury, but a few weeks later I found a local pool, and weirdly enough England had a warm summer, so I was able to swim a couple of times a week while I finished healing up! I even did a swimming workout post with the workouts I was doing. Check it out here!
(Tip: When you become injured, be obedient! A couple of weeks off and tending to the injury will not ruin your progress. Plus, if you work out, “pushing through the pain”, you could end up damaging yourself even worse. Rest, heal, seek medical attention if needed, and enjoy the time off and change of pace!)
My favorite fitness habitude while I was living in England was meeting and personal training my two neighbors. One was training to get back into shape, and the other wanted to workout all summer for her October wedding in South Africa! We never missed a day on our schedule, training outside on our public green. Not only was it fun for me and kept me doing what I love, but we became GREAT friends and neighbors!
I also found a great running partner. We met first when Jake and I visit a church in the area, and then she introduced me to my AWOL group-American Women of London. She was a great resource for me, and her and her husband became great friends of ours. We would often meet up and run for miles. Nothing fast, but for pure enjoyment and taking in the sights. It was great!
(Tip: Put yourself out there. Don’t be shy, don’t be a loner. Be willing to walk up to someone new, spend time with new faces, and get to know someone who is different from you! Community is key in having a full life filled with joy!)
While I was in the UK, many things went well for me and my health. I balanced my training out feeling fit and healthy and avoided over-training. My gut issues/inflammation healed with different food options/processing and rest. I am now back to being able to tolerate gluten and dairy! (Please read this post if you missed it, interviewing my good friend Nancy and her food allergy experience while living as expat from Florida to London.) My hormones were re-balanced from rest, proper training, healing, and healthy choices-the proof is that I became pregnant (surprise!) and have been feeling more like myself than I have in years! I continue with my headaches, but we still have some options in looking to treat them, so all is going really well.
(Tip: Taking a risk and trying something new could be just what the doctor ordered. You will never get better if you keep doing the same thing!)
I feel so incredibly blessed to have had that time in London. England is a beautiful country and we miss it everyday. I had so much fun, met so many amazing people, traveled to places I never thought I would ever see, and simply enjoyed a new culture and way of living!
(Big Tip: If you ever have an opportunity to say yes to something uncomfortable, scary, unknown…I say DO IT! With the right attitude and open mind, you could grow more than you ever knew was possible. Take this habitude with you in your wellness, fitness, and throughout the rest of your life! After our experience we realize that we never want to become too comfortable in our lives, always looking for opportunity, growth, and challenge. I can’t wait for the next challenge and change!)
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