Annual Leave – Challenge Charlotte

Annual Leave – Challenge Charlotte

I have 15 days off flying. What do most people do when they have Annual Leave? Go on holiday right?! Well not me – I run!

So if you were following me on Instagram last summer then you will see that I set myself my first ever Challenge Charlotte whilst I was waiting to start my Cabin Crew training. The challenge was that I had 7 days to complete 5 runs of 5km or more! I managed to complete it by running four 5kms and one 10km.

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This year the time scale is a bit longer so I have decided to make the minimum distance a bit shorter and vary it a little bit. So here it is..

15 days of Annual Leave
Run 2 miles minimum for 10 day
At least five 3.1 mile (5km) runs
At least two 6.2 mile (10km) runs

Easy right?! For some yes, but my running has taken a bit of a back seat from where it was this time last year, so I am hoping that this will bring me back up to speed and by writing it here makes me accountable to actually get up and do it!

Have you ever challenged yourself to anything? Let me know in the comments.

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A Bird’s Eye View – But not from a Plane!

A Bird’s Eye View – But not from a Plane!

I have always been involved in charity work from a young age – from performing for charities to organising fundraising events, it’s something I have always enjoyed doing and knowing that it is helping those less fortunate than us is such a rewarding feeling!

It is because of this that I signed up to be a Flying Start Champion at BA as soon as I could! Flying Start Champion’s are the ambassadors for the charity, we spread the word and help to raise as much money for the charity as we can. From something simple such as reading out a special Flying Start PA and taking a charity donation bag round the plane, to taking part in various events and challenges, we can choose the ways that we want to get involved in fundraising.

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Flying Start is the global charity partnership between British Airways and Comic Relief. British Airways wants to help give children in the communities which we fly to the chance to have a brighter future. That is why 100% of money raised by Flying Start goes directly to Comic Relief.

So far, I have only taken part in one event – the BA Christmas Fair, where I sold my handmade button prints (see picture below) and gave a percentage of the sales to the charity. Now it’s time for my second event.

On Friday April 20th 2018, I will be abseiling down the side of the UK’s Tallest Sculpture – The ArcelorMittal Orbit at the Olympic Park in London. This will be a free-falling abseil – I won’t touch anything after I step off the platform at the top of the Orbit until I reach the bottom – a scary 262 feet later!

The Abseil – I will be attached to the safety lines secured above the abseil platform via safety equipment. Once past the abseil platform, I will dangle in the air, suspended by the abseil line, which is backed-up by a safety line. I will then make my way down the 80 metre descent – hopefully taking in the views across London if I dare to keep my eyes open!

My aim is to raise £100 minimum for Flying Start and I would love your help to do so, any amount of donations will be greatly appreciated! If you want to come and watch my attempt, please message me and I can tell you what time I will be descending! Please click here to donate!

Thank you for your support!

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February Roster

February Roster

So this week we got our rosters for February. We always get them 12 days before the end of the month at 10pm – although the system tends to crash at 10pm when thousands of Mixed Fleet crew try to log in at the same time, so it’s usually 11pm before you can really see any hint of a roster!

We also have a bidding system in which we can state our preferences of places we would like/not like to fly to, days we would prefer off and times of the day we would prefer to start/finish. We can then put these preferences in order to show which we would prefer to have the most. Not everything is granted and we are always told not to try and write our own rosters otherwise we would be disappointed.

This month I decided to bid for Doha – as I’ve never been to the Middle East and would love to check it out! My next bid was a 3 or 4 day Tel Aviv trip – again, I fancied something different and want to check out the city and the culture. I also nearly always bid for a nightstop in a European city, usually changing the destination each month – this month I chose Venice!

After doing 6 Johannesburg trips on the A380 since the beginning of December, I was praying for a break from them! Not because I don’t like the place – don’t get me wrong the hotel is stunning, the weather is gorgeous and the steak is to die for – but I just wanted a bit more variety and, like most people who want to/do become cabin crew, I want to see the world!

So, this is where I am heading in February…

Miami x2 – On the A380 again ha! Miami can be a difficult trip with the packed flights, time difference and only 24 hours in the city before leaving again, but I actually really like it there! I flew to Miami quite a lot when I first started so have made a couple of friends there that I am looking forward to seeing 🙂

For my first trip, I actually fly out on 31st Jan but I guess it counts for Feb! And I also have a team trip to Miami which I’m looking forward to as I haven’t met any of my team yet – apart from my manager!

A Eurotour – this is where we are technically away for 3 or 4 days but keep flying in and out of Heathrow to different European cities – in this case, I have 8 flights over 3 days and it can often be more exhausting than a long haul trip!

On this Eurotour I will fly to Manchester, Vienna, Belfast and Warsaw – with the nightstop being in Vienna and Belfast. I have visited Belfast before but was so tired I just went for a nap, swim and Nando’s! So this time I might actually venture out. I only have about 12 hours in Vienna but I’m determined to at least have a little walk around and find somewhere for dinner as it will be my first time there – hopefully my crew will want to do the same!

I also am back in the training centre for 2 days this month as I am Training to deliver the service in Club World (Business Class). I’m looking forward to this although I have to admit that I have already worked in business class a number of times already due to there being a lack of people trained in it on various trips! But this training will give me a bit more variety of where I work on the plane which will be nice.

My final trip of the month is the 3 day Tel Aviv that I bid for (yay!) – a lot of people don’t like this trip but I’m looking forward to exploring somewhere new!

I then start my second lot of Annual Leave this year – I know it’s only February ha! – I will have 2 weeks off in total, 1 and a bit in Feb and just under a week in March. I looked into going away but right now I can’t really afford it (I need to pay my credit cards/bank of Parents back!) so I’m just going to have some chill time, lots of gym time and running and hopefully see catch up with friends! It can be pretty hard to have a proper social life in this job but I’ve always worked all the hours and not ever had a conventional job/life/social life so not that much has changed haha!

Anyway I’ve rambled on – thanks for reading if you have managed to read this far without getting bored and feel free to ask any questions about rosters/flying etc in the comments. I’d also love to hear any tips or recommendations you have for any of these destinations!

On-The-Go Breakfast Muffins

On-The-Go Breakfast Muffins

Breakfast is on the menu for my first meal recipe!

It is the most important meal of the day and whopping 25% of people NEVER eat breakfast! As well as kick starting your metabolism, eating breakfast increases your productivity and concentration throughout the morning. If you eat a good breakfast you are less likely to snack throughout the morning or eat rubbish for lunch because you are so hungry.

The way I see it, is your body is like a car – you wouldn’t try and drive your car without fuel, so why would you work your body with no fuel?

So this is my absolute FAVOURITE breakfast to make! It is so easy and you can even take it on the go if you are in a rush! I make these when I have morning flight or short haul because the breakfast that we eat on the plane is full of unwanted salts, fats and extras that I don’t even want to think about! This is a low carb breakfast that will keep you going all morning and will hopefully curb the mid-morning snacking!

EGG MUFFINS 🍳

You will need –
Coconut Oil
2 small/medium eggs
A couple of finely chopped mushrooms
1 rasher of good quality bacon
A pinch of feta or cheddar cheese
A muffin/cupcake tray

  1. Pop your rasher of bacon under the grill until it is cooked to your liking (I personally like it crispy) and then chop it into small pieces
  2. Fry your mushrooms in Coconut Oil
  3. Coat the inside of 3 cups in the muffin tray with a small amount of Coconut Oil so the muffins don’t stick
  4. Whisk your eggs and then pour evenly into muffin tray to fill 3 cups about 3/4 full
  5. Add your chopped and cooked mushrooms and bacon and sprinkle a little cheese in each cup
  6. Bake in the oven for 12 minutes at 200 degrees
  7. Remove from oven and stand to cool for 2 minutes – you can then eat them straight away or leave them to cool and take them with you.

These are just my fillings of choice – of course you can choose different fillings if you wish – a few ideas could be peppers, spinach, chicken or even salmon!

Have a go at making these and let me know how you get on – feel free to post pictures of your attempts below and if you find a filling that you love – I would love to hear about it!

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5 Tips for Easing Yourself into the New Year

5 Tips for Easing Yourself into the New Year

So with Christmas and New Year celebrations out of the way, 2018 is well and truly underway! I was lucky enough to be granted Annual Leave over Christmas and had an entire week off! I was then back to work over New Year and celebrated at midnight on the upper deck of a huge A380 with a plane full of (surprisingly) sleeping passengers.

After indulging over Christmas – like 99% of us do – it’s time to set some new goals and get motivated! But where to start? And how do we set goals and resolutions that last longer than a week?!

Unfortunately I don’t hold the secret to that – but I can give you my top 5 tips for easing into the New Year with a sustainable yet ambitious routine/lifestyle.

1 – Try not to be over-ambitious
It’s great to aim high and write out our ideal goals of what we want to achieve this year – but actually putting them into practice can be tricky right? If I had never ran before and told you I was running a marathon next month you would think I was crazy right?! Same with exercise and eating habits! If you didn’t even make 1 gym session last year, don’t set a goal of going to the gym every single day in 2018 – your body and lifestyle will go into shock and there’s no way you will be able to keep it up for more than a month! Try and introduce new habits gradually – start with 1 or 2 workouts a week and then after a month or so, add in another/up the intensity/add extra weight and so on…

2 – Eat the Chocolate!
You’ve probably still got a load of chocolate and Christmas goodies still sitting in the cupboard after the festive season right? Eat them! Okay, not all in one go but if you promised yourself to cut out EVERYTHING bad for you after filling your face with sugary treats for a whole month (don’t worry, we all did it!) then your body will still crave a daily sugar hit, making your ‘Clean Eating’ super difficult and you’ll probably end up moody, angry and having the biggest ‘Cheat Day’ ever. Have a couple of pieces of that Chocolate Orange after dinner if you want! (And if you’ve still got some left to do so, you’ve made it last wayyy longer than I did!) It’s not going kill you if everything is in moderation – you can slowly reduce your sugar intake and naughty foods over time – cold turkey is not the way (well it’s definitely not for me!).

3 – Warm up and Cool Down
9 times out of 10, when I’m teaching classes in gyms, I will get at least 1 person leaving after the main workout is completed, before I start the cool down and stretches. Of course I don’t know what every single persons reason is, but I have seen/heard people not be bothered with warm ups, cool downs and most importantly, stretching. Be kind to your body and make sure you (at least) cool down and stretch after workout so you don’t risk being really achey or worse, getting an injury! Because there is nothing worse than planning a your workouts but not being able to complete them because you are too achey or injured – it just starts a downwards spiral of excuses!

4 – Be a Commitment-phobe
A lot of gyms and studios have New Year sales which is great! But a lot also have free trials and inductions. Your post Christmas bank balance will thank you if you make use of these free trials and it is also a great way of finding out what kind of exercise you like best before commiting to a membership or package. If you really want to save the pennies then a great way to spend your Saturday morning is to head to a local park near you and run at a Parkrun event! It is a completely free timed 5km route which you can run or walk your way round – with a great atmosphere and usually a chance for a coffee and cake after!

5 – Buddy Up
We all know it can be difficult to motivate ourselves to actually get out of the house for a workout – especially in January when the mornings are dark, the evenings are dark and there isn’t even the Christmas glow to get us through the miserable and cold days! Find a friend/boyfriend/girlfriend/pet to exercise with and I promise you it will ease the pain! (and make you feel guilty if you miss a workout and leave them on their own haha!) You can plan together and motivate each other to push a bit harder, run a bit further and generally just keep going when it gets tough!

January doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom, so get out there and smash your resolutions… sustainably of course!

 

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Come Fly With Me

Come Fly With Me

Hello!

Welcome to my blog as The Fitness Flyer! (For those of you that don’t know me, my real name is Charlotte)

I am in my Mid-Twenties and have recently started working in my first ever permanent, full-time role as Cabin Crew, flying out of London’s prestigious Heathrow Airport. Prior to this, if you asked me ‘What do you do?’, my typical answer would have been ‘The question you are looking for is what don’t I do?!’. I have a performing arts background and have supported myself with so many different jobs, ranging from waitressing to dressing up as Disney princesses and handing out leaflets in a tube station to working in a West End Theatre and from working at a well known fast food restaurant to waiting on VIP boxes at Premiership football clubs!

I guess you could say that my motto in life has always been ‘Just Wing It!’ – I knew that if I was given the tools, I could turn my hand to most jobs!

In the year and a half prior to becoming cabin crew, I worked predominantly as a Group Fitness Instructor and completely fell in love with working out. During my time in training and flying so far, my body has had a big shock, after going from having a routine, constantly working out and getting enough sleep at the right time of day to the complete opposite. As I am sure you are aware, the aviation world runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year so we are expected to start very early in the morning, work through the night and through several time zones in one flight and work days of 14 hours plus.

As well as using this blog as a way to keep various friends and family up to date with my travels, I want to show that it is possible to maintain a fitness routine when you have no routine. Be it because you are travelling, working shifts or on holiday and wanting to stay active around the world! I also think/hope writing regular updates will keep me motivated too – I love exercising when I do it but, as like most of us, I have all the excuses in the book to not exercise if I don’t feel like it – it’s only human right?!!

If you have any suggestions of workouts, classes, running routes etc that you think would be great to give a go and review, let me know by dropping me a message on my Instagram page – @thefitnessflyer_

Enjoy!

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