Week 1 complete!

In my previous post I talked about 100 days of exercise and intermittent fasting. Well folks, the results of the first week are that I dropped almost 1lb and I’m back in the 12 stone bracket..Just!

Apologies for the upside down picture but my husband took it and I have no idea why it turned out this way! I am happy with this result because I had a weekend of birthday celebrations and I didn’t eat very well at all. I don’t think I was majorly out of my calorie allowance but I did have a bottle of red.

Here’s a picture I found on line which shows 1lb of fat… again as said, it may not seem a lot but looking at this picture makes me even more motivated for the week and months ahead.

Doesn’t this really put things into perspective? For me it certainly does and although the weekend was bad, I’ve put in a lot of effort with running and getting at least 30 mins of exercise a day. It is enough you know and all I need to do is strap on my heart rate monitor, put the dog on her lead and plug in my earphones. It’s as simple as a walk or a walk/run. Even introduce some lunges if you feel like you want to. It all adds up to the bigger picture!

100 Day Fitness challenge

I have been getting my mental and physical health in check due to some recent events back home, and through watching some YouTube videos, I came across a wonderful woman who lost over 50lbs since last January.

As you all know, I like to keep fit but sometimes it falls by the wayside and I never seem to fully get on top of it. So as of tomorrow, I’m setting myself a “100 days of fitness” challenge. I want to either walk, run,gym or swim myself to a better me in 100 days.

I joined “The Gym”, a few months ago and I really enjoy the atmosphere as well as the 24hr access and the fact that it is close by. I have gone late and also early in the morning and I like that I have that flexibility which can change daily due to family and work commitments.

So tonight I will get a good night sleep and be ready to take on my challenge from tomorrow. I will blog/vlog and maybe put some stuff up on Facebook but I’ll share the links when and if I do.

I’m lucky that my birthday is coming up as I’ll be buying some personal training sessions as well as working with a friend who is writing me a programme on line as well as checking in with me. I think with all of these things, I’ll nail it and get some good results by February.

How do you tackle your fitness commitments? Do you go to a gym or do it at home with weights or fitness dvds?

Exercise Take 2!

I don’t know what it is… well maybe I do.. I start exercise plans and then something comes up and I fall away from it all again. I feel like I’m constantly starting and stopping with the end result of piling on more weight. I self sabotage and then beat myself up about it again and again. No more.

Whats different this time? Well, for starters the youngest starts school in a few weeks which means from Monday to Friday I am pretty much a free agent and can hike til my hearts content. I don’t know if I want to spend money on a gym membership anymore or if I do, it will be on a low priced membership which costs under £20 because if I don’t manage it, I wont feel as bad.

Secondly, I have been on Instagram for a while and I follow some pretty amazing people who motivate me to the hilt and helped keep me going when I embarked on the West Highland Way and my next attempt to finish. I am taking pictures of before and after, sharing them on my feed with certain people only (sorry ), ad I will see some changes by Christmas.

I plan on getting some new gym clothing and most importantly a good supportive sports bra which means doing some research on line and has brought me to this Racerback bra from Knix . I like how comfortable it is, the material is soft and I don’t feel the need to remove it immediately after a work out like normal sports bras. It also washes really well and makes me feel good.

Its really important to me to look and feel good when I’m exercising because due to my own low body confidence right now, if anything is even slightly tight or if I feel uncomfortable in any way, I just feel rubbish.  This is why the old stuff is being thrown out and I’m making way for the new and better fitting stuff which will make me feel good.

On my quest, I am making sure that I start looking better again in terms of appearance.  One of the people that I follow has just recently got her hair cut and she looks great. I need something that is easily manageable and a color too because my greys are coming through really quickly. This will be dealt with tomorrow and I’m also going to get my brows done too by someone else rather than doing my own. A girl needs pampered!

So please join me as I embark on my new journey,which brings me much excitement and hope that this will be the time for my change.

Skin Care Review

As part of my self improvement, turning 40 and just really wanting to look after myself a bit more, I thought I would try out a new regime and in turn, teach the eldest about having a bit of a routine for when she starts (should she choose to), wearing make up.

I was lucky enough to be given two products to try out and I have to say that I really liked them a lot and will be using them in the future,especially after seeing the results and costing isn’t high at all compared to a lot of other high street brands.

I’ve been pretty lucky with my skin and apart from the occasional breakout once a month when due my period, water has been my saving grace. That’s it. I don’t buy into the heavy and expensive brands because to be honest, its a load of rubbish and a waste of money. In reality,  we are paying for the advertising costs and a life style that they want us to think we want. I got wise to that a long time ago and as a feminist it isn’t within my belief system.

One thing I do participate in though is a good face mask because I like to soak in the bath with the candles, have some relaxing music on, a book and have some time to myself. It’s one of the few things that I will indulge in because I like how it makes me feel. The coolness of the mask followed by the  softness on my skin thereafter, is a really nice feeling and my face does feel more firm as well. I think it might be something that I’ll be introducing to my clients when doing facial treatments because of how indulgent it is and the one that was sent to me was the Skin Republic Collagen Infusion, Mask which if you purchase in Superdrug, is £4.99

The other product that I was sent, was the really lovely Nouveau Lashes Enhance Mascara. It was so much better than getting fake lashes applied and as its completely natural you don’t look like you have spiders glued to your eyes! Although these come in at a cost of £18.99, it usually costs more than that to have lashes done in your local salon by someone who is very inexperienced and you end up removing them anyway! The great thing about the wand is that there are two sides where one separates for a much more dramatic look and the other side is used to apply the mascara.

These products are perfect for someone like me who doesn’t wear a lot of make up but does like to treat herself now and again, with minimal effort and likes the affordability, and the reliability of the products that I buy.

*disclaimer, these are my own opinions based on personal experience and I was not influenced, nor paid for my review. The only compensation received, were the products.

New Challenge #18for2018

After thinking further about what I wanted to achieve this year, I decided to incorporate two goals into 1 .. or is is maybe 3 goals +? I’m not entirely sure! Either way, this one has got to be one of my biggest in terms of exercise, mind and body, as well as craziest of all. I think. I mean, there has been so many that its hard to keep track of the things that I have done over the years!

What is it, I hear you ask? Well I’ve just decided to finally pursue a dream of walking a whole 96 effing miles,of the West Highland Way! I have set a date for the 9th of April as its pre midgie season, not too hot (does it ever get hot in Scotland?), it won’t be incredibly busy and I have a chance of maybe staying in a B&B should I choose to go down that route, the kids are still in school and nursery and I have 6 whole days to do it which will mean an average of 15 miles or so a day. Easy, right?

I’m actually super excited, yet scared as well. I haven’t started training but tomorrow will be the 1st day of a long schedule of walking and meeting nutritional goals. I will probably re start the BodyCoach in this time as well but being careful that I don’t overload this mind of mine which already has a lot going on in it! I have been reading a lot of blogs from people who have done it, getting ideas, inspiration and tips. From taping areas where I usually get blisters as a preventative, to making sure that I walk my boots in, to best places to stay or camp.

I want to make sure that I am meticulous in all detail and plan for all eventualities because as weather goes here, we have 4 seasons in one day. I need to make sure that I have good walking boots, trainers, plastic bags to keep clothes dry, sun cream, first aid kit, compass and map, emergency battery for phone, a schedule left with friends so that they know what I plan on achieving if anything happens, and lots of other things too.

I have decided to train by walkig 5 miles a day and then doing a long walk 1 a week of 15 miles. I heard that this is a really good way to prepare and I hope that I can achieve this. The 5 miles a day won’t be difficult and for the long walks, I hope t do that on the actual trail itself, in order to get a feel for what I am up against. I have heard about bogs, and the likes so best to experience it now, right?

Another decision that I need to think about is, will i stay in B&B’s along the way or will i sleep outside under the stars, cook on an open fire, swim in the Loch… it all sounds so romantic yet the reality will be me in tears 10 mins into my long walk, cursing myself for what I decided would be my year of fitness! hahah

I guess having 6 days to myself will give me the space that I need to think about life, the past 10 years, goals and the likes. Its been a tough 10 years at times and I hope to channel that into doing something positive which will be raising money for the Mother and Baby Unit and Perinatal Mental Health Services in Glasgow who helped me through PND. I wont hassle people for money, but if anyone wants to sponsor me please feel free to, or even make a donation to a mental health charity of your choice. Mental Health to those that know me, is a huge passion of mine and I have submitted my application form to do Mental Health Nursing this year (fingers crossed, still waiting).

So, what do you guys think of this new goal? Do you think I’ll achieve? Have any of you done the WHW? Does anyone have any tips?

 

 

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