2 Weeks to Go!

In just 2 weeks I’ll be taking on my first charity run – the Race For Life 10km in aid of Cancer Research. I’ve already raised £260 and my training is going really well so I’m feeling pretty positive about it. I’m excited for the adrenaline of race day and looking forward to running alongside thousands of other women who believe in the same cause I do.

It’s been gorgeous weather all week and I took advantage of that last Sunday, dragging Brandon outside for a run with me. Most of my friends were out having drinks as it was a bank holiday, however I didn’t even feel like I was missing out as I could not have had a better day out in the sunshine on a scenic run. I had planned to run a full 10km but the heat and hunger got the better of me (it was pretty close to dinner time) and we ended up running around 5km. Brandon had also just trained legs the day before, so I kind of felt like I was torturing him by forcing him to run through that pain.

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I’ve been keeping up with my Body Pump class as well. Even though it was really sunny outside and I would have much rather been relaxing in the evening after work, I forced myself to go on Tuesday and I was glad of it. I love the class and I always leave feeling like I’ve worked all my muscles properly. My legs in particular (it burns!) are starting to take shape so I’m pleased with the results this class is giving me. I only attend once a week but I would highly recommend this to anyone looking to get in shape. It’s the perfect strength training if you’re not as confident doing it yourself in the gym.

My day off on Thursday was spent in the garden reading my book for the majority of the morning and early afternoon. I didn’t quite appreciate how strong the sun in Scotland is and I ended up getting pretty burnt. This unexpectedly altered my training in the gym on Friday. I set off with the intention of training my legs as I would be able to rest them over the weekend, but as my shoulders were so burnt I knew it would hurt a lot to hold the bar across my back to squat. This meant I had to re-evaluate. I was geared up for a big sweaty leg session but I ended up getting on the treadmill instead. I’ve been feeling a little bit held back by the treadmill recently as I’ve been setting times or distances and finding myself struggling a lot. I realised this was a mental game I had to beat so I got on the treadmill and decided not to set anything, I would just run. I found a good rhythm and I was able just to keep going. I ended up running my first 10km in 1 hour and 5 seconds. I now have 14 days to drop this time under the hour! Even if it’s 59:59 I’ll be elated!

I hope you’ve all also had a great week in and out of the gym!

L x

Reflecting On My 100 Day Journey

I went into this challenge as a pretty weak individual – I don’t mean physically, but rather I had lost my way in life. All I cared about was losing weight and logging hours of cardio meaning I completely lost sight of all the things that really matter – like my friends, my family, my boyfriend, my job and just generally life outside of exercise and calorie counting. Ironically, I now pretty much live in the gym but things are completely different for me.

So what did I expect from this challenge?

Firstly, I thought I’d eat completely clean for the entire 100 days. I thought I’d have 0 cheat meals and eliminate all sweet treats/crisps etc from my diet.

I didn’t anticipate that I would skip any workouts. I went into this with a plan that I’d work out 5 days a week, every single week and I’d achieve my dream body.

I also thought I’d completely change as a person. I saw myself leaping out of bed, excited to take on the day and eating acai-bowls for breakfast.

What did I actually achieve/get out of completing this journey?

I found a healthy balance in my diet. I eat well 90% of the time but I do allow myself a little treat when I want it, knowing that if I’m working hard, I deserve it. A cheat meal keeps me on track – it satisfies cravings and reiterates to me that I much prefer eating well and my body feels a lot better for it.

I have come to love exercise and no longer use it as a form of punishment. In particular, I have found a passion for both running and lifting weights. I discovered a class at my gym that I love and now attend regularly. At just a mere 22 years of age, I’m in the best shape of my life and I’m  finally happy and confident with my body. I work out 4 or 5 times a week because I WANT to, not because I feel I HAVE to and that has been one of the biggest changes I have made.

I have completely changed as a person. My previous expectations were unrealistic and were formed in a very unhealthy mind. I have come to realise that noone is perfect and life does not always play out the way you want it to, no matter how meticulously you plan things. Life is not how you see on Instagram. No-one posts when they are ill, tired or just having an off day and we all have those days. I am now living my life, rather than just existing in a world of restricting myself. I listen to my body and I am learning every day what works for me in terms of my health.

Going forward, I am 100% committed to continue on this journey to improve my health and happiness. I am learning from my own mistakes, creating and overcoming new challenges all the time and I’m really growing up.

I know what I want from my life and I am determined enough to get there. I have realised that the things we want/dream of don’t just all fall into place but rather I am putting them in place. I can’t stress enough the impact that getting my health in order has had on the rest of my life. I am much happier in my job, I have a better relationship with my boyfriend and I enjoy time spent with my friends a lot more now. I put it down to the fact that I am more focused and I’m in a good head space.

I won’t be posting every day as before purely because I’m a lot busier now, both in work and my social life but I will be continuing to update this blog with my progress. I hope to post more about my workouts, nutrition tips and recipes!

Happy Reading!

L x

 

Day Ninety Three – Trek Tuesday

I have a new love in life – the Peanut Protein Trek Bar. If you haven’t tried it already, drop what you’re doing and do so immediately. They are absolutely delicious and perfect to fill me up post-workout at the office. I’ve just ordered a box of 16 from Amazon to save me some money as I was buying them individually.

I hopped on the treadmill in the gym for 45 minutes this morning and managed to run just over 7km in that time. It was a great workout and I felt really strong afterwards, especially as I’ve had a few days off running. I had been desperately needing to get a good run in. As much as I’m loving my strength training, I do need to keep training for my 10k in June as it’s creeping up on me faster than I realised. I’m excited to get some good outdoor runs in before the race as well!

My intake for the day was:

  • Nutrigrain Granola Bar
  • Trek Peanut Protein Bar
  • M&S Sweet Chilli Lentil Curls
  • Chicken w/ Salad
  • Baked Potato w/ Low Fat Cheddar and Coleslaw

After work I went to my Body Pump class again this week. I love my double sessions on a Tuesday and even after only going twice, I’m obsessed with this class! It was a different instructor this week and I loved it as he pushed us to the limit (he reminded me a little bit of Mr Motivator in his persona). My legs were on fire, I couldn’t feel my arms, my abs hurt so bad but I enjoyed the entire hour of pain and I left feeling on top of the world. (In reality, I could hardly walk to the bus stop to get home).

What a great day and I’m aiming for another productive session tomorrow! This week is getting off to a good start.

L x

Day Seventy Nine – Transformation Tuesday

Usually these sort of posts contain a picture of someone who has lost a lot of weight or gained a lot of muscle and I have done both of those but I am more excited to document something I did today which is a total transformation from my old lazy self who hated exercise. I did TWO sessions in the gym! I trained my legs this morning and then went to a Les Mills Body Pump class after work. The class was really hard after already training this morning but it was an amazing full body workout. I’m completely knackered now but I feel on top of the world! I’m completely overwhelmed by the massive changes I have made to my lifestyle and truly hope that I can inspire others to do the same.

My go-to workout when I train legs provides a great burn and it’s really simple too. It’s easy to up the intensity by adding weight or increasing reps. I tend to repeat this 3 or 4 times. Here it is:

  • Medicine Ball Squats (I’m using 7/8kg at the moment)
  • Deadlifts (Bent Knee)
  • Lunges with Dumbbells (8kg)
  • Squat and Press using a Medicine Ball

I also like to experiment with my leg positioning whilst squatting. I’m trying to lose fat around my inner thigh (a classic problem area for many women) so a Sumo Squat (wide legged stance) is great for that! As always I worked out my core as well. I’ve found that through strengthening my core, my form in other exercises has also improved. You wouldn’t build a long-standing house on weak foundations and it’s the same with your body. Strengthen the base and you’ll have a better chance at working the other muscles effectively and correctly when performing other exercises.

My intake for today was:

  • Apple
  • Nutrigrain Granola Bar
  • Trek Cacao Energy Bar
  • Graze Veggie Protein Pack
  • Salad w/ Chicken
  • Leftover Turkey Bolognese w/ Wholemeal Fusili

I definitely needed the carbs after burning lots of calories today! Now I’m off to bed to get some much needed rest and I can only pray I’ll be able to walk tomorrow. I can’t promise I’ll be up at 6am to go the gym but let’s wait and see.

L x