I went to sleep last night with my mind set on running in the morning. When I woke I could hear the wind howling outside which is slightly traumatising when you are planning on running in the countryside! But then with the wind was sunshine and let’s face it, it could have been pouring down; up I got running gear on (which took some time ensuring that all lumps, bumps and the wobbly bum are well hidden!) dug into the shoe pile to find my trainers and I was ready! I have downloaded endemondo which tracks my route and tells me how fast I am going, calories burned etc. I have also used Nike app in the past which is also good. Music on and off I went. Now I am not going to lie! I am no runner and I never have been. I have completed a 5k in the past which I felt was a massive achievement but I am back at square one this time so I wasn’t going to run myself to collapsing. What I did was use the NHS couch to 5k idea and I walked for 5 then run for 2, walk for 2 and so on for 20 minutes and then I walked for the final 5 minutes! I have to say I actually surprised myself. The first run left me pretty puffed out but it did get a bit easier until the last one when I was actually probably running slower than a casual dog walker ha but still to me I was jogging! I also nearly managed to get round the full course without seeing anybody I know until the final stretch! Poops! But still I am out and I am exercising, I am making positive changes so really even though I looked like a purple tomato in tight trousers and my is hair blown in all directions, does it really matter? I even stopped and chatted for a moment, well between gasps for breath and then continued on my way! It felt good and I felt proud of myself! I cannot go for two days now due to my working pattern but in Thursday I will be back out there again. I intend to follow the same routine for my next two runs and the up my targets a little next week to push myself a bit harder! Eeep!
I also have to add, that a couple of boiled eggs, beans and a slice of ham was mega yummy for my brunch too! The healthy eating is going well and I feel well in myself and already feel a wee bit thinner too! Brilliant!
Kiddies back at school tomorrow and like I just mentioned I am back at work too (day job, oswell&rose is already open and I have been creating away!) It’s been a lovely Christmas break and a motivating first week of 2014 so I guess this might just be a good year!
Out of the window goes my sensible and safe playing exercise regime! I have tonight signed up for Jantastic which is purely running, setting targets, working in little teams, beating targets and ultimately using the wonderful art of jogging/running or in my case heavy plodding as a way to help me lose weight, be healthy and improve my lifestyle! My target is set to run three times a week, which I think is fair as I do not want to traumatise myself in week one. The targets can be changed at any time so I can always increase it in future weeks! I have a few friends on board with me in my little team so we can offer encouragement and support to each other. I have also registered darling husbands so he will need to dust off the old trainers too! To be fair he can run pretty well so I shall use him for a pace maker ha! I am still going to take walks with my camera and have a go with Davina DVD!
I actually feel really excited about this! It is part of something new, big and really I have nothing to lose so come on Jantastic; let’s get running!!!
Soooooo I have done it again! My second run! I did the same amount of time as I am using the podcast BUT I did it faster…my average mile was faster than last time and I figure that as I am combining running and walking and my Nike app thinks I am running its a pretty good speed! I must have a right march on!! I do have to admit though that I was sooooo hot as the weather has suddenly improved! I was a bright colour purple for quite a while after and until after my shower when I was just looking a bit sun kissed! The purple was not a good look! I do have to admire the honesty of my darling daughter as she clearly stated when I walked into the living room ‘ooo you smell Mummy!’ Charming! I suppose I can use that as a sign of a good workout!
In the past when I have started diets I have always reduced food before exercising but I have to say that this time I am on it! Starting the exercise at the same time as reducing my calorie intake has made the world of difference and I feel really good. I already feel like I have lost weight but for some reason that is not my main priority; it is more about how I feel inside. I still believe that a huge part of this is the exclusion of wheat and gluten.
Oh I must also mention as well that I have found my skin is a lot clearer. This I am putting down to the fact that since reducing my calories I have obviously cut out many sweeties! One obvious one is my beloved and most dearest ‘chocolate digestives’ waaaah! That is one thing I miss…a nice coffee with a couple of my fave biscuits! But I think the sacrifice is worth it when my skin feels clearer and smoother!
With that in mind I would encourage anyone to focus more on how they feel inside rather than the weekly weigh in and I am sure that the positive feeling you get from changing your lifestyle to a much healthier way your life will improve inside and out!
‘Cleanse from the inside out; watch life be beautiful”
WOOHOO!!!! So my first outing consisted of: 5 minutes walk followed by 8x 60second jogs with 90seconds rest in between and finishing with 5 minutes walk. It took me half an hour which is averaging of 13.48 minute mile which considering there is a lot of walking in there I am happy with that. I must do this 2 more times before moving onto week 2. Scheduled in for Thursday after work and Sunday morning.
I FEEL GREAT!!!
I do not feel like I have overdone it at all. If I had gone out there and jogged until I physically couldn’t any longer then walked a bit then jogged and so on I think I would be on my knees by now feeling unfit, deflated and a bit sorry for myself but by doing this programme I am feeling refreshed, energised and motivated ready for next time!
Oh my days I am just preparing for my first run! This time last year I had very recently completed the Race for Life which is 5k and this year I am almost 2 stone heavier and unfit so this will be a challenge! I do not know where it all went so wrong but this seems to be a trend of mine, lose weight, get fit for 6 months and then spend the next year slowly going the opposite way! A trend I think really needs breaking! This is why I have decided to use calorie controlled diet and exercise.
There are so many new styles and trends of diets that can be easy to stick to for a while but long term they are just not practical. Now ‘calories’ are old school. My Mum used calorie counting back in the sixties…this is a diet that has not gone out of fashion for one main reason! It works! So with my 1200 calories my food is sorted!
Now, for my exercise I have chosen the programme by the NHS UK which is a pod cast using interval jogging to slowly build you up from couch potato to a 5k runner! I did do a bit of this last year but I could kind of run the full 5k already so I did not really benefit from it. However this year I think will be the perfect time to try it.
My darling husband is just doing the dreaded school run and then we will be setting off together! My DH can already run pretty well so I can use him as a bit of a pace maker for when I do my spells of jogging.
So to sum up! I am on day 3 or my new life and first day of fitness! Bring it on I say! All I have to do is believe I can do it and it will happen! Have a happy day everyone!