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 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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The Day…One of Body Beautiful

So today was tbb-day-1he day it started, my new lifestyle (see blog).  Today was easy looking from the meal plan, and I felt pretty confident in myself.

The day started with fruit and yogurt,  something that I often have for breakfast. However there was a twist, this lifestyle change includes not sugars or sweeteners and I have a sweet tooth. I had to forgo my usual spoonful of honey or vanilla flavoured yogurt. It didn’t go down that well and I found myself not enjoying this breakfast as much as usual. To make thing worse he toast I had made for the children had been abandoned at the table and did look yummy, but I was good and resisted. I was also good at playgroup and instead of my usual coffee and toast, I just had a hot water.

The rest of the morning was taken up with water and fennel tea, and then came lunchtime. Chicken salad, my favourite. There is something about a nice piece of oven baked chicken breast that taste so good, and mine was still warm. I really enjoyed ,y lunch. However I did have the urge to eat something after and had to use all my will power not to help Persephonie with her Hula Hoops.

Between lunch and dinner is a long time for me, especially as we eat after the children have gone to bed. Even worse is that I have to cook them dinner in the meantime. I am usually naughty and do a few extra bits so that I can pick at them but today I was good and pleased to see they cleared their plates.For Dinner it was Mexican Chicken and if I am honest I was a little unsure. I made the salsa and thought it all looked a bit unsubstantial. Once plated it looked a whole lot better, and when I tried it tasted amazing. Rob added rice to his, but I stuck to the plan.

I won’t lie I have spent a lot of the day thinking I am hungry, but I have found that a drink or some kind of distraction takes that away. The mindset still is completely thee either, I am planning all the bad stuff I can eat next week and a lovely large pumpkin spiced latte. I will get there though.

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… I choose to do something for ME

Since becoming a mum my priorities have changed. I won’t lie it’s not like I was a gym regular or spent time treating myself to relaxing beauty treatments, but I did pay for a regular haircut and colour. However, any sign of that went when I gave up all my time, spare or not, to my three children. Now Roran is at school, Willem is funded and I can afford to put Persephonie in nursery a bit more. This gives me more time to concentrate on my work, but what about me?

Well a few months back my baby sister announced that she bridesmaid.jpgwas getting married, yay, and asked me to be a bridesmaid, double yay. Technically I am Maid of Honor, due to being married, but anyway. So this was my inspiration I am going to make a change, so that I can feel amazing in my dress. I don’t believe in faddy diets, whats the point of eating nothing to lose weight just to put it back on when you start eating again. I don’t have the time to commit to an intense exercise regime, what I need is a lifestyle change.

So when I saw a opportunity from Body Beautiful come on Facebook I knew I had to go for it. The program was created by a friend Joanna Ginns, who is a local personal fitness trainer. The idea is that through a nutritious diet and regular exercise she can help me to fitter, stronger, healthy and leaner. With all this I will hopefully feel better about body and increase my confidence.

Nutritious Diet

Joanna has given me a 7 day meal plan, that I MUST stick to. It contains a lot of vegetables which worries me. She has also given me a list of thing I must avoid, apparently caffeine is bad so no Pumpkin Spiced Lattes. Each day I will be sharing pictures of my meals and my thoughts on the recipes. I am also upping my water intake, whi
ch I did recently so I know I can do it again.

Regular Exercise

As well as my diet I also have an exercise quota to reach. This is very relaxed in that I can choose what to do and when. The daily activities are simple and can be done around my family life. An added bonus is that I already reach the walking minimum with my daily drop off and school pick ups.

Tracking

To track how I do Joanna has also given me tips on how to measure certain parts of my body, i.e. tummy, legs, arms. I will do this at the beginning and the end to see the difference. I will also weigh myself at the beginning and the end and take a before and after photo. I will be sharing these in a blog at the end.

That is all, so wish me luck 🙂