End of Week 4 – it’s been a tough one

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This week has been difficult for various reasons but I’ve been on a bit of an emotional rollercoaster which has really impacted my motivation.

My energy levels have been so low and so I’ve only managed 2 runs this week (one on Sunday and one on Tuesday) and no Beginners 2.0 exercises. I’ve also had 3 desserts this week which is more than I have had over the last few months! I was feeling pretty low about this and the old feelings of powerlessness started to creep back in.

I was feeling a lot like that poor butterfly above but I realised that I’m getting new trainers tomorrow and some nice wintery joggers so I’ll be all ready to do another run tomorrow afternoon and even some pilates! I can still make up for the time lost before the end of the week on Sunday.

This realisation (after my tea had kicked in) made me feel a lot better about the situation – I haven’t fallen of the track yet but I do need to do something to feel in control again. My goal for tomorrow’s run is to run the whole route without stopping. My OH predicted that this should be possible by the end of January so with my new gear I’m going to give it a damn good go!

My thought for the next week is:

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Discipline is something that doesn’t come very easily to me because in the moment I often lose my focus on my goals and give into temptation. I will be saving this image as my phone background to keep reminding myself! I will also tell Elven Princess (my little sister) when I’m feeling tempted by something or too lazy so that she can give me extra inspiration (she’s very good at this!)

I’ve been thinking about how to reward my efforts so far to keep my motivation and discipline levels high but I haven’t started yet because I’ve always used a reward-style system in the past which nearly always ended in sugar. It would be great to hear any suggestions you have for alternative rewards 🙂

My next post will be a foodie one with 3 tried and tested recipes and photos. Need to get Unicorn Princess (my littlest sister) over to take some proper pics and give me some tips 😉

Keep Climbing! (even if you do slip down a bit)

 

 

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Check in – Week 3 starts!

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The act of ticking things off a list is so satisfying. It’s like an instant sense of accomplishment and a pat on the back all rolled into one. That’s why I like Blogilates.com monthly workout planners so much 🙂

Since last posting I have also completed another run around the block and I’m trying to work out how I can insert the data into posts (I’m not sure how interesting that would be though!)

I’ve also tested out the following Blogilates videos:

POP Pilates for Beginners: Ab Time – this video was really helpful because it went through the moves slowly and so I could check that I was doing them properly. It was an effective workout and followed by the 10 min Ab Sculpting I felt well and truly snapped in 2!

The Bubble Butt Workout was well-timed to break up all the abs exercises. With the WT challenge and jogging around the block my abs are feeling fairly used most of the time and it felt good to work other muscles for a change! I’m not sure if a “bubble butt” is really what I’m seeking but it can’t hurt to be a bit perkier in the behind.

I finished up last week with Total Body Pilates with Ana Caban it was really cute to see Cassey fangirling in the intro to this video. Ana and Cassey go through what I now consider to be “classic” pilates moves. There’s lots of things in “tabletop” position and with the pilates “neck” (head raised slightly off the floor). It was nice to have more chat in the videos as I felt a bit more like I was in a class rather than at home on the sitting room floor.

On Friday I did a Pilates class at work and kicked my butt! I was still aching yesterday but today the aches and pains have gone so tonight will be another run around the block followed by some more Beginners 2.0 videos and I will pick up the WT challenge again.

I have continued eating low-sugar foods and no dessert. This weekend food highlights included: leeks in a mustard/red wine vinegar vinaigrette with a slice of ham, a beef goulash and a teeny bit of home made apple compote.

Not sure what videos await me after running this evening but I’ll update on them very soon.

Keep climbing !

 

POP Pilates Beginners!

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To increase the amount of physical activity I’m doing I’ve decided to start the Beginners 2.0 challenge and the 30 day Waist Trainer Challenge from Blogilates.

I kicked off on Saturday (2nd January) with day one of the WT Challenge and managed to do the 3 exercises. They look fairly straightforward in the illustrations (and gifs) but that reverse crunch is a killer! It’s hard enough to keep my legs up in the air let alone to lift them higher. We’ll see if I get any better at it?

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On Sunday we had pre-agreed to go for a run and we did our usual ‘around the block’ route. I only stopped a few times on this occasion and I hope to get to the stage where I can jog the whole route at a steady rhythm. I think if we keep running 3 times a week on this same route I may be able to manage this by end of January maybe mid-February.

After running I did day 2 of the WT Challenge this time increasing the reps to 6 of each exercise – that reverse crunch is still a killer! I followed this up with the POP Pilates for Beginners – Total Body Workout video on YouTube. It’s a 28 minute video which runs through breathing, pilates positions which work your core, legs and arms as well as a lovely big mermaid stretch at the end.

Beginners Day 1

Again it was tricky because I was using muscles that I haven’t spoken to in a long old time and they weren’t so happy to be woken up. It’s now Monday and I’m feeling a bit sore especially in my abs and legs but its a satisfying ache because I feel like I earned it 🙂

Tonight I have more WT challenge exercises to do as well as 2 videos and tomorrow will be another run around the block with more total body pilates and a bum-focused workout.

I’ll check back in on Wednesday with after some more exercise!

Keep Climbing 🙂

Sloth to Sleek – the launch

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Sloth to Sleek is a project I’m launching for myself to overhaul my current way of life to create a healthier body and clearer mind.

Starting stats: Weight = 96kg

Concentration span = not very long 😉

Weekly physical activity:

27th December 2015 – 20 minute run

29th December 2015 – 20 minute run

 

Having completed a run around the block on Sunday I was feeling pretty sore on Monday morning so I hardly leapt at the chance to go for another run when invited on Tuesday evening. I had put my PJs on immediately when I got home so I really didn’t want to get changed and go out again. However, some light encouragement from my OH was enough to grab my trainers for another go.

Strangely it was harder than the first time both physically and mentally. I think this was because I was still feeling sore and tired from Sunday and I had “switched off” for the evening so it was hard to get my brain going again.

I felt so good afterwards though which really helped keep my motivation levels high all week!

Back in September I started an 8 week sugar detox with my friend and this led to adopting some really good habits. It was really challenging to let go of a certain way of doing things and learn new ways.

I no longer eat dessert after meals and I don’t snack anymore. Also, I rarely eat chocolate (a square of dark chocolate every other week perhaps) and never eat sweets anymore. I don’t drink any soda or other soft drinks which was the hardest thing to quit. I had a really sweet tooth before cutting down and now I can taste things better. It was a really good experience and good preparation for this lifestyle overhaul as I’m not sure I would have been capable of changing all this at the same time!

I will be starting the Beginners 2.0 programme by blogilates.com on Sunday and also following Cassey’s 30 Day Waist Trainer Challenge.

Will update on progress of these 2 programmes!

Keep climbing!