Motivation: So glad I got it back

With less than 4 weeks to go till I touch down in St Maarten I thought I'd do a wee update on my health/fitness. You'll remember my last post about how I was lacking in motivation. Well I think its safe to say I've found it again for the most part. The thing I find hardest is sticking to a routine.

From one week to another my routine can change quite a bit with work but I've been managing to fit in my 2 swims, at least 1 gym session and a little yoga/stretching when I can. Last week was a bit of a write off though, I was visiting friends for five days and all I seemed to do was eat!

After all its about balance right?

Anyway the most important thing is that I'm back in the pool/gym and I'm working on my fitness. No its not just to get that 'bikini body', pretty sure that ship has sailed, but to try live a healthier lifestyle. The holiday is just bit of motivation in the short term.

I enjoy exercise and healthy food; I love the way it makes me feel. I have more energy and motivation, also it keeps my skin clear and healthy. I guess I'll just have to keep at it in hope that the routine sticks!

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Meltmongers & Castle Views

Isn't grilled cheese just one of the best things ever? Well I think so anyway; if you agree you need to check out Meltmongers in Bruntsfield!

I'm a little dissappointed in myself for not leaving this trip til I was absolutely famished so I could've gone all out on the menu, but hey now I know for next time. Frances and I fancied a spot of lunch before making the most of the afternoon sunshine so we grabbed a stool by the window for some people watching with a side of grilled cheese, sweet potato fries and some funky looking soft drinks.

As you can probably imagine the sandwiches didn't last long, but thats what photos are for right? I don't really spend any time in Bruntsfield but I may have to find an excuse to head back there sooner rather than later.

Once we had re-fueled we decided to walk it off through the meadows and head towards one of our favourite spots in the city; the roof top terrace at the Museum. It just has some of the best view of Edinburgh, every time I go I fall in love with this city all over again.

Loving the views of the Castle we stuck with that for the rest of the afternoon, wandering around town looking up at it in all its glory.

We made a pit stop at Mary's Milk bar in the Grassmarket, after all on a sunny day in Scotland you really must make the most of it.

Edinburgh is such a beautiful city on any day but there is something extra special about it when the sun shines.

 How can anyone get bored of this place? I can't wait till the sun comes back again so I can do even more exploring.


Dean Village

My favourite exploring buddy has been in town recently so of course there was nothing else to do but slip on some comfy shoes and walk/eat our way around Edinburgh. We took the train to Haymarket and made the short walk up to one of the most beautiful areas of the town; Dean Village. We started with a bit of a wander around the mews trying to pick out which one we liked best...its too hard.

We headed down towards the river which was just beautiful in the sunshine; i just had to share these photos with you.

It's sometimes hard to believe that there are places like this in Edinburgh; It felt more like being somewhere in Europe.

Frances and I just couldn't stop snapping - in fact you should check out her photos cause they're awesome!

We headed up from the village and over Dean bridge which gives you this cracking view!

Just down the road there is a street with some of the most beautiful houses you will find possibly anywhere.

By the time we were ready to move on it was late morning, also known as snack time. A short walk to Stockbridge, past this very cute vintage car, took us to our cafe of choice.

Cuckoo's Bakery, which although we'd both heard about before neither of us had visited... what more of an excuse do you need?

You have to go! the salted caramel cupcakes are amazing, and I just love how they have the cuckoo clocks on the sugar bowls; its so cute!

This is the problem with exploring Edinburgh; there is so much to see and so much food to eat and I just want to quit my job so I can do this every day...but I got to work.

Where is your favourite cafe in Edinburgh? I'm always looking for new places to try.

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