The Week That Was: February 28, 2016

Blimey the past week has been one hell of a rollercoaster! The week featured some very low times (following Hugo’s second birthday), but some brilliant times, too – and happily it is on the latter the week has ended.

So, what happened…?

Day out in Hitchin

Both Martin and I were in a real funk during the early part of last week, so we took a little trip to Hitchin. The pretty market town is about a 20 minute drive, and with a town centre full of quirky independent shops alongside the usual high street stores it is well worth a visit.

We enjoyed a lunch at The Snug: it included delicious sweet potato fries which is always a winner for me! It’s a bar as well, and looks like it serves wonderful cocktails. Fabulous service too, well recommended.

The day was full of glorious bright winter sunshine – the day lifted our spirits.


I had my gym induction with a personal trainer last week. I know the trainer because he managed the gym I used to attend – he knows about Hugo, he knows me, and he knows how hard I work.

Interestingly, he told me the amount of time I spend doing cardio is counter-productive to my weight loss efforts. That certainly supports the evidence from the scales! During the session, he got me doing circuits using the freestyle band things that hang from the ceiling; free weights; and the Swiss ball, so lots of resistance and using my own body weight.

These exercises involve using muscles I didn’t even know I had – which is the point in terms of burning fat! At one point I thought I was going to throw up but thankfully didn’t…

Despite that I thoroughly enjoyed the session because I got through it, did really well, and I was proud of my core strength and fitness. Psychological bonus as well as physical!

We completed the session with some boxing which I LOVED! A perfect way to expel some of that pent-up anger and stress from the preceding days.

My muscles ached horrendously for a couple of days – but I am going back for more!


White Stuff, my very favourite shop had a 20% sale on. What was I to do?

I treated myself to this pretty tunic: it’s pretty enough in the picture, but it doesn’t do it justice. In real life the colours are much brighter. It’s perfect for spring, and I’m looking forward to the weather being a bit warmer when I’ll be wearing it with jeggings or leggings.


And this lovely necklace also found its way in to my basket…

My pretty new necklace from @whitestuffuk – perfect for spring 😊

A photo posted by Leigh – Headspace Perspective (@leighakendall) on


I started reading Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You last week and have been thoroughly enjoying it. I know it’s been a popular book, but it had kind of passed me by until I happened to spot an ad for the film version which happens to feature The Mother of Dragons (Emilia Clarke) herself.

Some of the characters feel a bit caricature, but the story is captivating. Whenever I have a spare moment I’m finding myself reaching for my Kindle to read a bit more, which says it all!

Blognix Retreat

This afternoon I returned from the most wonderful, inspiring, and fun weekend at the Blognix Retreat. Spending time with some of my gorgeous friends was a treat in itself, I met lots of new friends, and I have come away utterly bursting with creative ideas for Hugo’s Legacy and to expand on many things I am good at.

(L to R): Julia (Rainbeaubelle); Lisa (Mummyscribbles); Katy (What Katy Said); Caro (Twinkle Diaries); Karen (Mini Travellers); Katie (Mami2Five); me; Karen (Stopping at Two). Thanks to Katy for the pic!

(L to R): Julia (Rainbeaubelle); Lisa (Mummyscribbles); Katy (What Katy Said); Caro (Twinkle Diaries); Karen (Mini Travellers); Katie (Mami2Five); me; Karen (Stopping at Two). Thanks to Katy for the pic!

The event certainly lived up to its promise to:

What #blognixretreat is all about – learn, connect, inspire.

A photo posted by Leigh – Headspace Perspective (@leighakendall) on

I’ll write more about it in a separate post – watch this space!


How was your week?

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4 Comments on The Week That Was: February 28, 2016

  1. Michelle Reeves (The Joy Chaser)
    March 1, 2016 at 2:12 pm (5 years ago)

    Wow that personal training session sounds intense! I love boxing too – such a great way to release anger – I always felt so calm and Serene afterwards ☺ Glad you had a better week this week and I so much join the blognix gang next time! Thanks for linking up at #sharethejoy my sweet x
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    • Leigh
      March 2, 2016 at 11:32 am (5 years ago)

      Boxing is fab! Oh yes would be fab if you come to the next Blognix too lovely! xxx

  2. Coombe Mill - Fiona
    February 29, 2016 at 10:40 am (5 years ago)

    Love the blog photo, some familiar faces there! Great new dress too, enjoy wearing that this spring. #SharetheJoy

    • Leigh
      March 2, 2016 at 11:35 am (5 years ago)

      Thanks Fiona, looking forward to wearing the dress when the weather warms up! xxx


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