November

November

So I missed October. It was Roran birthday and we were so busy I actually forgot, not a great start. However it has given me some time to think a few thing through.

Target Weight Loss: 9.6lb (5%)

Target Weight: 182.6lb

Actually Weight Loss: 2.6lb (1.4%)

Actually Weight: 190.8lb

New Goal: 4.7lb (2.5%)

New Target Weight: 186.1lb

I have decided to reduce y goals for 2 reasons:

  1. I feel that losing weight too fast whist still having a young baby is not beneficial. It would be best to lose it it slowly and steady, this way I can hope to keep it off
  2. IT’s Christmas and I’m not stupid it will be harder this month to watch what I eat so I don’t plan to resist, just be good.

See you in December🙂

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Running Week Four

I’m half way through my personal running challenge, and this week I have seen a real difference.

I have stopped taking music with me on my runs so that  can be more mindful of me and my surrounds, and have actually found this more inspiring. I have enjoyed the peace and quiet of just running and listening to the general everyday sounds around me. Early hours means there’s not much really going on.

Monday – 8 minutes run, 1 minute walk for 30 minutes

This morning I was up and ready to go, I headed out first thing and did my usual route. I ran for the first 8 minutes and was really pleased with myself. After my 1 minute walk I then started to run again but found it a struggle, so I used a technique a friend suggested. She told me me to set markers, so the next tree or lamppost. I found this really helpful to keep going but there was a lot of stop starts and less running than I should have donw.

Tuesday – 30 minute walk

Today I did my walk several times. A flat tyre meant I had to power walk to school, in 20 minutes instead of the usual 30. Then walk home with all 4 of them very slowly. I then went out to Beavers which again was a bit of a power walk as we were running late. I eventually did my 30 minute walk in the evening when picking Roran up from beavers, we walked home together and talked.

Wednesday – 9 minute run, 1 minute walk for 30 minutes

I got up this morning and headed out, I got to the bottom of my street and turned back. I felt unwell and it was so windy! I went out that evening but only did a lap around my block but did run for 9 minute so was pleased. I need to look at some colder weather clothes for running.

Thursday – 30 minute walk

This afternoon I did the walk to and from school, it took me over an hour and I walked faster one way than the other but it’s a good walk. I plan to start walking to school more once Willem has started properly. That evening I was feeling stressed so when rob came home I went out for a 10 minute run around the block. It made me feel so much better, it is such a great way for me to clear my head.

Friday – 9 minute run, 1 minute walk for 30 minutes

This morning I was a legend! I got up and headed out, as always I was determined to do my first interval. After a while something clicked in my head and I realised I wasn’t struggling, in fact I was doing ok. I can do this! When my second interval came I managed to run the 9 minutes again, it was harder but I knew I could do it and was so pleased I did. I was only out for 22 minutes but ran for 20 minutes of that.

Saturday – 30 minute walk

This evening I headed down to the shop for my walk. It ‘s a good walk as goes up and down hills a lot so not just a simple back and forth.

Week 5 is ahead and I’m feeling confident. It is also weigh day next week which I am a little anxious about. Although this is about getting fit I would like to lose some weight for my effort

 

 

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Running Week Three

I’ve made it through another week and I learnt some lessons

Routine, with the return of school this week I have been much more aware of getting my run in early so that I can get back and sorted for the start of the manic morning school run. It has been easier than I thought it would be

Monday – 5 minute run, 1 minute walk for 30 minutes

I did it, oh yes I ran for 5 minutes without stopping!  I am so pleased that I managed 5 minutes straight and it was not easy. I did struggle for the next interval, but I ran as much of it as I could and only stopped a little bit. After that I did a lot of stop starts but kept running when I was meant to and only walked when I should. I took 26 minutes this morning so not bad.

Tuesday – 30 minute walk

Roran started Beavers tonight so I decided to use his walk home as my exercise. It was nice to walk and talk with him not just about his evening but things in general. I think having time to chat with him was quite therapeutic for us both.

Wednesday – 6 minute run, 1 minute walk for 30 minutes

So today school started and I knew it was going to be a complete chaotic mess so I had to get my head straight. I did manage my first 6 minutes of running, although it almost killed me but the rest of the run wasn’t as good. I did just under 22 minutes and I walked a lot more than I should have. I think I was over thinking my day too much to get myself in gear. So I need to start being more mindful of my running and me.

Thursday – 30 minute walk

This evening I took Rufus and Beatrix out for a walk/stroll. It was a nice evening and I enjoyed the fresh air after being at home most of the day with the two middle ones, plus Roran is tired from school so grumpy. It also gave me time to think ahead about tomorrow and Willem first day at school. I took the opportunity to walk some local cut throughs to see if any of them make good routes.

Friday – 7 minute run, 1 minute walk for 30 minutes

Epic Fail! I woke up with little motivation this morning and then I saw it was raining so I crawled back into bed. When I got up half an hour later it was dry and I really could have gone for a run. I felt rubbish all day for not going and for knowing I should go later. Come teatime I got a phone call asking if I wanted take away, but I knew if I said yes I wouldn’t go out so I said no. I had originally planned to go out with the buggy so Beatrix was with me as it would be too crazy for Rob to have her at bedtime. However Roran had been asking all week to come with me so I decided to just do laps of our two closes. I was only out for 15 minutes in the end, however I ran for the whole lap which took me just over 9 minutes. So I ran for 9 minutes straight, no stops. So pleased with that.

Saturday – 30 minute walk

Today we went to my in laws for dinner so I said I would walk there with Roran and Beatrix. However it’s September and we missed Summer so we ended up getting caught in a serious downpour! The walk was nice and I did feel pleased that I had opted for it rather than just getting in the car.

I am running for longer and doing so much better than  thought I could. Next week I need to be more enthusiastic about getting up and mindful of my running

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Running Week Two

I’ve made it through my second week but it hasn’t been easy.

Motivation has been a subject that has come up, with lots of people saying well done for keeping going. So here is my reason why, you guys. If it wasn’t for the fact that after each run and walk I post it on my Instagram account and at the end of each day I post up my step counts I think I could easily just stay in bed. However, annoying as it may be for some, being public about what I am doing gives my more desire and motivation to do it. I hope that once I start seeing more results like weight loss this will spur me on even more

Monday – 2 minute run, 1 minute walk for 30 minutes

This morning I headed out feeling confident. I had decided to make my route longer to make sure I was out for 30 minutes, however this didn’t happen and I was only out for just over 24 minutes. I had Rufus with me and found the continued stop, sniff and start that he did hard work. I found the actual running for 2 minutes at a time easier than I thought I would, although I do have to alter my route

Tuesday – 30 minute walk

Today I made a mistake, I was tired and wanted to enjoy a relaxing evening at home and have a nice bath, but I have children so this was never going to go to plan. I had been out in the afternoon and done a walk with the children so decided this would count. However it meant I didn’t get that time for me and also walking with young children involves a lot of stopping to look around

Wednesday – 3 minute run, 1 minute walk for 30 minutes

Today I didn’t want to get out of bed, even more annoying was that for a change at 6am no one else was a wake in the house, but I got up and headed out. My knee was feeling stiff and I really did consider turning around and coming home, I was only at the bottom of the street. I carried on and didn’t have a problem with my knee. I had choosen a longer route and to not take Rufus this morning. However it only took me 20 minutes, so taking him obviously slows me up. I am glad I got up and out as the rest of the day was wet and horrid, plus I was stuck inside at soft play

Thursday – 30 minute walk

This morning Beatrix had had her first set of immunisations, so after a very difficult afternoon. My walk in the evening was very much needed, although it was a walk up to the shop for some calpol and wine, not both for me 🙂 I have found a walk in the summer evening very helpful after a hectic day at hoe

Friday – 4 minute run, 1 minute walk for 30 minutes

Today I change my route again, in hope that it would be longer in time, 4 minutes I knew would be hard but I knew I could do it it if I tried. The first interval was good, I kept good pace and found that I didn’t really struggle. My feet were a little achy and I had a thought in my mind that they would get worse but they actually felt better as the run went on. However as the run went on I found the pace harder to keep up and I had to really push myself. I did towards the end have to stop my running for walking to help me recover but I did keep trying to go back to my running and felt like I put a good effort in. The training is defiantly getting harder.

Saturday – 30 minute walk

I did this as our weekend family walk at our local forestry commission site. It was a little longer than it needed to be, but it is nice for all the family to get out in the fresh air and enjoy ourselves. I must admit I often find this route a challenge as it it is up hill a lot but today I found it much easier, I feel that I am getting fitter.

Week two is over and I have to say it was harder than I thought it would be, but I did better than I thought I would. I am much more confident about my ability for next week, I just have to find some longer routes to reach my 30 minute target.

 

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Running Week One

As I start my new challenge I also wanted to keep a weekly diary on how well it’s going.

Monday – 1 minute Run, 2 minute Walk for 30 minutes

It started easier than I thought it would and I headed out in the earlier hours to get myself going for the day. I had planned a route the night before but thought I was be clever by going down hill first, this meant I was going up hill towards the end, mistake. I also got home 3 minutes early so need to re plan that route. Towards the end I did feel the struggle of keeping up the pace I started with, but hope this will improve.

Tuesday – 30 minute walk

Today started off bad and I had a very low day, by the evening I had a headache and felt ill. I was considering going to bed at there same time as the children but this meant I wouldn’t have done my walk and I didn’t want to fail on my second day. We needed bread and milk for the morning so I decided to do my walk up to the shop. It was a simple back and forth route, uphill on the way and the downhill on the way back. I came back feeling refreshed and so much better, my headache had gone and I felt much better in myself

Wednesday – 1 minute Run, 2 minute Walk for 30 minutes

After a bad night sleep I considered staying in bed, but knew if I got up early I could get my run in before everyone was up. I felt much better than on Monday and tried a different route with uphill first. I didn’t feel as though I struggled as much but then I may not have been putting as much pressure on myself. I did end up doing a shorter route and only did 22 minutes, so will have to extend this route next time. My feet were very achy but my legs didn’t and don’t feel as tight as Monday

Thursday – 30 minute walk

This evening I headed out for a walk with the dog. I decided to take a route that I could run the next day and too the opportunity to check out some alley ways and cut throughs I could use. I ended up doing a lot of turning around. When I got back Rob was cooking dinner. I must admit it’ quite nice getting into a a home cooked meal after refreshing walk.

Friday – 1 minute Run, 2 minute Walk for 30 minutes

I it up and ready to go with the thought in my mind this was my last run of the week and that would be a great achievements. Unfortunately once again my run was too short, I also ended up finishing on an up hill stretch. As we live half way up a hill I think this is something I can’t really avoid. The run itself was easier today, I didn’t feel as out of breath or unfit. Also my legs didn’t seem to ache as much throughout the day, which must be a good thing, my body is adapting and hopefully getting ready to run more and walk less.

Saturday – 30 minute walk

I decided to do this with the family after our evening meal. I nice walk to relax and get everyone calm and ready for bed I forgot that only happens on TV, by the time we had got back home we were all frazzled and rather stressed. Although the walk was longer than planned which was good.

My first week complete. I have found the motivation to succeed has kept me going and got me up early in the morning, I hope this continues. The actually activity has been hard but then it was never going to start of easy was it. Next week involves more running and I look forward to it…

 

Losing Weight

AUGUST

I had planned to start this at the beginning of September but felt that as I am starting my running journey today I should also start me weight loss one today as well. These posts will let you know how I am doing with my journey,,,

Current Weight: 197lb

Target Weight Loss: 9.9lb

Target Weight: 187.1lb

See you in September 🙂

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This Girl Can Run…

Ok that is actually a lie!

I can’t run and actually haven’t done any running since school, and that was only ever in PE or to catch the bus home. However tomorrow this will all change and I’m going to start running daily, for so many reasons.

Fitness:

Running is a great form of exercise as it works on all parts of the body and therefore a great way to improve your fitness levels. Since becoming a mum I have done less and less exercise, meaning my fitness levels have drastically dropped. As the children get older they use up more and more of my energy levels. I need to improve my fitness levels in order to keep up with.

Lose Weight:

I need to lose some weight, simple. I have been pregnant four times in the last six years and as a result have put on a few extra pounds. To be honest I don’t actually weigh a great deal more than I did when I first fell pregnant but I have used pregnancy and new babies as an excuse to not worry about my weight. Now it’s time for a change. Each month I will be setting myself goals and running will be a great way of helping me meet those goals.

Mind:

Running is a great way to clear your mind and reduce stress. Although I try to be mindful of things getting on top of me, after a busy day it is hard for me to wind down. If I have been at home all day with the children and/or working it can be difficult to switch off.  So running will give me some thinking time and some pace for me to clear any worries I have in mind and relax a bit.

Me:

I spend a large amount of my week dealing with everyone else around me – my husband, my children, my friends and family. This will give me some time for myself. It will be for me, my fitness, my weight and my sanity. I do plan on taking Roran with me at some point but not until I have got my running ability up to a similar level as him.

Cost:

It’s FREE. OK so yes I have had to pay for some new trainers but apart from that I don’t need anything else. Before I had responsibilities I use to enjoy going to the gym but now I don’t have either the time or money. with running I can go out when Rob is home and don’t have to concern myself with spending any money we don’t have.

I know this is going to be hard but I know I can do it, if I do it properly. I will start myself off with an 8 weeks plan I have got from Running World and take it form there step by step. First of all I need to get my stamina and fitness levels up, then I will start to look at distances or a weight loss program, I haven’t yet decided.

Wish me luck 🙂

 

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Gruffalo Spotting

Yesterday we went Gruffalo spotting at our local Forestry Commission forest. This is an exciting new activity that has been introduced along one of the popular family trials. Before we left I downloaded the special app which is free, and made sure my phone was charged. The idea is simple you go for a nice walk and along the way there are signs, peep holes and clues to which animal is coming up. When you find the footprints you point your phone, with the app open, at the sign and the animal appears. You then have an opportunity to take a photo of the children with them. When we arrival the children were so excited to get out and run around; we visit this site a lot so they know where they are going.

We headed off to the beginning of the route and sagruffalo spottersw a big sign letting us know we were going the right way. The boys loved running ahead and Roran had the chance to practice his reading skills. Persephonie had decided that she was also going to walk the route today, which made us a little slower than normal. Each animal had a set of signs to encourage the children to guess who was coming up. These included an interactive turning circle with images of the animals eyes, tail, feet, etc. Then a peep hole for them to look through, which was facing another sign with part of the animal on it, giving them a good idea. When it was then obvious who we had found there was a congratulations sign just before the ‘footprints’.

The final sign would be the ‘footprints’, where we aimed our phone to bring up the video. The videos themselves were great. The animals would appear and move around so that they looked real to the children. When they were in position the camera button would come up and you could take a picture. This idea is great but not as easy as it sounds unfortunately. Getting the children in the right position was hard. They couldn’t see the animals from the other side of the camera and would either stand in front of them, blocking the signal and making the video to vanish, or standing behind it where they would then get blocked out by the image. Also, mine were unsure where to look as they were distracted which meant that they often weren’t looking at the camera or video
that they couldn’t see. Maybe some sort of markers on the ground would have helped.

Overall the children enjoyed themselves, which was the main point. They also got some fresh air and a good run around. So did Rufus who remembered it’s that lovely time of year for fox poo! The route is only a short one so, as always, we popped to see the statue of the gruffalo who lives at our local forest, before heading home. There is an opportunity to buy activity bags from the site centre which I am sure would make the trip longer but, as we arrived early, the centre isn’t open at that point. However, it is something we will probably do during the school holidays. We are pleased to have another one of this trails at our local forest as have enjoyed all the others. It is a great way to get the children out and about and enjoying the local area, even if it’s only for a few hours.

gruffalo

For more information about your local Forestry Commission site and Gruffalo Spotter trial please visit their website

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The Day… Five and Six of Body Beautiful

 

 

I had a hard day yesterday which resulted in me being a bit naughty and going to bed before dinner. It had been another bad night with the children and I had been feeling unwell. After returning from my evening class all I could do was head to bed and sleep.

The day started with breakfast on the go, berries with yogurt and homemade granola. Friday morning are always manic as I need everyone out of the house by 8am so we can all get to nursery, school and work on time. A sit down breakfast for me isn’t always an option

For lunch I had a favourite of mine, chicken salad, but by this point I was starting to feel unwell and eating wasn’t that fun. I tried to eat a few healthy snacks during the afternoon to help me feel better but I soon realised it was more sickness than huger that was making me feel ill.

Saturday was a new day and a better night sleep put me in high hopes.After missing dinner the night before I woke very hungry but didn’t want breakfast this early,Saturdays start at 5.30am, so had a banana to help settle me. I still felt unwell.

Breakfast was red pepper and spinach omelette, I really enjoy this meal and it made me feel a bit better. Willem is also an omelette fan so he joined me for breakfast, although his had cheese in. As the day went on I still felt unwell, I tried to snack again to see if it helped but it didn’t go away.

At Lunchtime I had the rest of my soup from earlier in the week. It took me ages to eat it as I was not in the mood for food or enjoying it

By dinnertime I felt rough and was not looking forward to eating, but Saturday and Sunday are the only day we all get to eat together so I made the effort. We had sweet potato chill and I was unsure how I felt about this. I actually really enjoyed it, we made it to our own heat  and found it a meal we would make again.

However after feeling unwell for the last few days I have decided I am going to end the program a day early as I feel I need to rest up. I have enjoyed parts of the program and plan to do it again when I am feeling better. I will post more on this tomorrow…

Recipes and further information on how you can make a change can be found here:

http://www.body-beautiful.co.uk/

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The Day… Four of Body Beautiful

bb-day-4We’re half way, mid week and the end is in sight. Last night was a bad night with all three children waking at some point, Persephonie woke three times alone. My usual breakfast after a night like this would be coffee and biscuits, followed by a day f snacks and caffeine. Not today.

This mornings breakfast was meant to be smoothie, however when making my soup on Tuesday I discovered my blender/smoothie maker was no longer working. So I decided to redo yesterdays breakfast of berries with yogurt and homemade granola, because I had enjoyed it most. Thursday’s are a quiet day which meant I spent a lot of time at home which made not snacking hard, but I made.

I left lunch until after I had picked Willem up from nursery, so I wouldn’t have to wait as long in between lunch and dinner. I had my homemade soup again today. I was meant to have this for dinner but new Rob wouldn’t eat it, which would mean him cooking something else and me getting food envy.

Dinner was omelette, spinach and red pepper. It was yum, I really should have it more often. Such an easy meal and can be so versatile, I added mushrooms to mine for  bit of extra protein. I didn’t ask Rob what he added to his.  I am defiantly going to start have it more often, especially as I know the children eat it as well so it makes a perfect lunchtime meal.

Today I did feel tired but I blame this more o a bad nights sleep, than the change in my diet. I’m starting to notice a real change in my habits, I don’t feel the urge to snack as much as I did. The change in my mindset is happening…

Recipes and further information on how you can make a change can be found here:

http://www.body-beautiful.co.uk/