I Sort of Love Running Now!

I know. Anyone who knows me knows that this statement was mad! I haaaateeed running! I didn’t have the stamina, and to be honest I couldn’t run even 1km comfortably.  I did try to get into it, signing up to my first 5km race in July 2014. Wow that was hard! But as I got fitter, and my endurance got better, and I found that my drive to challenge myself became bigger and bigger. I took on so many different challenges, including the winter wolf run and even my first half marathon in 2016. Then I saw this challenge popping up when I was watching online. Run 5km a day.

At first I thought it was crazy. But when I was trying to think about what I wanted to do as my next challenge, this kept popping up in my head. Why couldn’t I do it? What’s holding me back? And the only thing I could think of was the fear of not being able to do it. And I don’t ever want to get comfy with myself ever again. And you know what? 365 days later and I couldn’t be more proud of myself. I DID IT! And I even raised over £500 for an incredible charity, which was a massive bonus.

So what’s next? Well… Crazy me agreed now to run a half marathon in 12 day time!!! Sure, I did one 2 years ago. But last time I was so nervous that it took me until the finish line to be happy and proud about it. Something about me is really excited this time, and actually ready and excited for the challenge ahead!

Break those walls down. Push those boundaries. It’s scary, but what’s on the other side is so rewarding, and I can assure you money really can’t buy that feeling.

L x

Advertisements

2018

2017 really was the most difficult year. I could write pages and pages about it, but this time I’m not. This year I’ve decided to give myself only one resolution.

Be positive! 

Life can throw curveballs. Not everyday will be the best. But I am personally done being on my own sad train. Worse, I would use that feeling as an excuse towards fueling a negative energy, and even go so far as to sabotage my happiness. ‘That chocolate will make me feel better.’. That was the worst one. But I really don’t want that to happen. And so far I’ve stuck to my resolution. Every night I will end the day thinking of one really positive point, and I will always take away from that a constructive mindset ready for the next day. Hopefully for the next 51 weeks I can keep this resolution and make this year my year. 

As well as my resolution, I also have many things to look forward to this year. I’ve got the Wolf run in April, hopefully a triathlon, I’ve got all my wedding planning to nail (Which so far so good!) and I’ve got my list of 25 things I want to do before I’m 25 to complete. I can’t wait!

We are 7 days into 2018. Don’t think if you have already slipped up this is it. Tomorrow is another day, and 2018 is only just beginning. Only you have the power to make your 2018 the best it can be. So let’s do it!!

L x

It’s not sabotage.

I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts on my lunchtime walks and when I’m driving to work. I find them super motivating and they leave me very reflective and driven to progress. One of my favourite ones is Phit-n-phat. Corrine is a very down to earth southern woman who has lost 100lbs and dedicates her life to help others. It’s a truly inspiring podcast, and I highly recommend it.

I was listening to one today, and something really hit home about what she said. She mentioned about sabotage when it comes to your friends and family. How many times have you convinced yourself because they are doing it means you have to? They are ordering puddings so I will? My partner wants takeaway so we have to have takeaway? You’re angry because you want healthy food and they don’t want it?

Your life and decisions does not revolve around what other people do, so why should your diet?

Only you can lose the weight. Only you can put the effort in. There will be plenty of times where you are with people and they want something different to what you want. You have to make a choice there and then of how much you want your goal. Think of it the other way. What happens if you wanted takeaway and they didn’t? Are you then sabotaging them? NO! They would make a choice and do what they want.

There is always another option with these things. Try meeting your friends at a restaurant where you know you can order good food. Make yourself seperate meals to your family. Just because you are on a diet, doesn’t mean you have to stop living. All it means is you have to adapt. Do that enough, and it will start to become a new and better habit.

L x

It’s ok to take a break.

Hey blog! Long time no see 🙂

I’ve recently taken a couple of weeks off. Running my 5k each day still, but no gym,  less restricted diet and really just focus on me. And you know what? It was nice.

Nobody can keep things up all the time. It’s very easy to scroll through instagram or facebook and feel like everyone is always on their game and giving it 100% every single day when it comes to diet and fitness. Trust me, they have bad days too. Social media isn’t always what it seems.

We all need a break from things when you start to loose track or feel stuck. I was just exhausting myself and being unrealistically restrictive with my diet. My body was hitting a platea and I wasn’t eating enough food to fuel myself properly. This was leading me to an unhealthy relationship with eating and food in general. Once I stopped and noticed all this, I decided to give myself a break. So I stopped tracking for a bit, made myself eat reasonably again, exercised moderately and really just used the break to reset and refocus my goals. I put on 1lb in those 2 weeks. And in week I’ve been back on it? I’ve lost 3lbs so far.

My advice for anyone who felt the same way I did? Don’t let yourself think you are stuck and you can’t change what you were doing before. Find a change that works for you, and things will soon get back on track. You don’t have to take 2 weeks off like me. You can lower you calories a little bit more. You can raise you calories a little bit more. You can even just increase how active you are. Just make sure you listen to your body and what it’s really asking for.

L x

 

World Mental Health Day

You are not alone. You shall see those words showered across all of social media today. Sure, some people will just read past it and not take it in. But a lot of people will read those simple words and feel the love and support around them like they have never felt before.

I have always suffered a little bit with my mental health. It’s mostly been with self confidence as a result of bullying. I never really dealt with it or took it seriously until May this year. Having two major events happen so close to each other really did knock me sideways. I really did and still do suffer with anxiety a lot over, and I’m still working on recovering. One thing I have really learned is tell the world your problems and the world will help you. I have never felt so much love and support surrounding me since those events, and I can’t believe I didn’t speak up sooner. I reached out and I sought counselling for the first time in my life, and I feel myself getting stronger and fighting back when I do have bad mental days.

Mental health is slowly becoming less of a taboo. More and more people are speaking up and seeking help for their issues. And about time! Our society is so focused on our external health that mental health seems to be forgotten sometimes. If there is one piece of advice I can give you reading this, is to find that person you can share every single detail with. It may seem easier and less of a burden to others when you keep all of the mental issues inside and quiet, but I promise you it’s not.

You will have bad days. We all do. But a problem shared is a problem halved. Take some weight off your shoulder. Someone will always be there to help you carry the load.

L x

A step in the right direction.

I did a lot of research before I dove into the work of fitness technology. There are so many options and different features, its hard to know how to narrow it down!

I knew I wanted mainly a step tracker. If I could at least do 10,000 steps a day, it would be a good start to my exercise routine. I also knew I wanted to be able to integrate my steps and calories burned with MyFitnessPal. That directed me to one brand. Fitbit.

I love my Fitbit. I have owned 2 of their trackers, with the Fitbit charge as my first fitness tracker and my second being the Fitbit Alta. Both had and have served me well in keeping up my exercise. Not only do I ace the 10,000 steps a day, but I exceed it every day. I also challenge my friends and family to the workweek challenge, meaning i’m always pushing myself to make sure I win! My new tracker also can identify when i’m doing a different type of exercise. I really do get

Fitbit have done a really good job of making a simple bit of tech for everyone. From someone who just wants to up their stepping to a marathon runner. And at an affordable price, you really don’t have to break the bank to invest in your health.

L x

The Beginners Guide to Weight Loss

It’s a scary world to get into weight loss. Google the term and you’ll get thousands of results back, one completely different from the next. I remember starting out and feeling overwhelmed with all the information I read. What’s the right way? How do I start? If I do what this person did, will I become that skinny? One thing to take into account when you read all of these articles and blogs is that one method won’t necessarily work as well for one person as it does another.

For me, I took 4 very simple steps to start my weight loss.

  1. I mentally convinced myself to take the leap. It’s not easy to take the first step. But, If I wanted this to work, I needed to put the work in.
  2. I tracked what I ate. I decided to do this via MyFitnessPal. I had heard a lot about the app, and decided to use its simple design to help me accurately log the calories based on what it recommended. To this day I still use this app to count my calories and macros.
  3. I joined a gym. Something I had put off for a long while. I knew that I needed to step up my exercise and the gym is a simple and affordable way to do that.
  4. I planned my week. I planned my meals. I planned my workouts. I planned everything! Planning ahead made it so much easier to stick to my healthy lifestyle.

And thats all I’ve done to get to where I am today. Like I said above, everyone is different. Some people will join a group to help then along. Some people will just eat a certain amount a day. Some may even just up their exercise. But start off with something simple and as long as you stick to it, it won’t be long until the pounds fall off.

L x

Planning!

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be really simple and easy.  I try to create a plan each week with both food and exercise and try and keep as close to the plan as possible. What you will see below is my plan for this week. I will alter things like calories, so that days I am not going to the gym or doing less exercise I am still in a calorie deficit.

Monday – Swim
Breakfast – Porridge, Almond milk + Chia seeds
Morning Snack – Apple + Banana
Lunch – Leek + Potato Soup, Roll.
Afternoon Snack – Grapes + Mini Cheddars
Dinner – Stir Fry

Tuesday – Gym 
Breakfast – Porridge, Almond milk + Chia seeds
Morning Snack – Apple + Banana
Lunch – Leek + Potato Soup, Roll.
Afternoon Snack – Grapes + Mini Cheddars
Dinner – Steak, Chips, Peas + Brocolli

Wednesday
Breakfast – Porridge, Almond milk + Chia seeds
Morning Snack – Apple + Banana
Lunch – Leek + Potato Soup, Roll.
Afternoon Snack – Grapes
Dinner – Baked potato, cheese, beans

Thursday – Swim
Breakfast – Porridge, Almond milk + Chia seeds
Morning Snack – Apple + Banana
Lunch – Leek + Potato Soup, Roll.
Afternoon Snack – Grapes + Mini Cheddars
Dinner – Gluten free sausages, Mash, asparagus and carrots

Friday – Gym
Breakfast – Porridge, Almond milk + Chia seeds
Morning Snack – Apple + Banana
Lunch – Leek + Potato Soup, Roll.
Afternoon Snack – Grapes
Dinner – Fakeaway Tikka masala + Basmati rice.

 

I really do enjoy doing all the planning. It really makes my week feel smoother, and gives me more time to focus on the gym and work. You don’t have to be that detailed or you can be more detailed. Either way,  By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. So plan to succeed.

Lx

 

Teamwork makes the dream work!

Though I don’t believe in thinking of healthy eating as dieting, I do believe you should have the same amount of discipline most of the time. And let’s face it, it’s not easy on your own! I have many friends and family that will direct me and call me out, and to be honest, it’s how I manage to stay on track on days where I want to falter or give up.

When I tried to lose weight on my own, I would make every excuse under the sun. ‘I don’t feel like it’ seem to be the easiest and most used. Saying that, I believe there is not a person in this world that doesn’t struggle sometimes with motivating themselves. But the thing that will get you over that hurdle? Making those days few and far between.

C’mon! How? I hear you ask. Simple.

DIET BUDDY!

Don’t ever think you have to do everything by yourself. It’s not only easier to have a friend or team behind you, but it makes your life so much more fun! Working out and eating healthy can be so much more that a task or chore when you have the right support behind you. Find that group or just message that friend that’s trying to be healthy as well. Whatever you choose, just stick with it, and you won’t feel like your struggling or stuck for too long.

So make that subway salad date, get a gym buddy, go for a cheeky Nandos, go for a long walk or even just text a friend about that awesome day of eating! Just never let yourself feel alone.

L x

Mind over Body.

I hope everyone has had a good bank holiday weekend! Me? I’ve been quite ill with what can only be described as a 24 hour flu of some sort. My whole body ached, my throat was (and still is) sore, my nose was streaming and my temperature was all over the place. I could have easily given up, stayed in bed and made every excuse. But no.

I signed up for a 5k a day challenge. I knew when I signed up, that 100% meant I had to run every day. No matter what. So when I slowly started to deteriorate on Sunday, I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. But what is easy in life?

Sure, it took me 30 minutes to pluck up the courage to get out of bed. Then took me another 30 minutes to get ready and to mentally talk myself into going. But I did it. It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t the fastest run I’ve done, but I did it. And that for me was a bigger victory in the whole challenge so far than any other day.

My body hated me that day for what I did. It hurt to run or even fast walk. But my mind was and still is in such a positive place, I really can’t complain. If you want to get anywhere in fitness, it’s mind over body. Everyone wants to be that person that can eat what they want and be slim. But let’s be real people, not many if any of us are. We have to work on it.

So the next time you find an excuse not to do something or you want to give up. Do it. Keep going. I know it hurts. I know it’s hard. But you can do this! It is so much more motivating to win a mental battle than physical battles. And once you beat one barrier, there is no stopping you from getting to your goals!

L x