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?

 

 

Body Coach Update

Hi everyone! Still here and still soldiering on albeit with a few hiccups now and again. The week of my period for instances… I don’t know what it is but fuck me, I turn into a chocolate monster! The other thing was that I changed from the veg plan to the meat plan because I just needed meat! I love chicken although I hate handling it! So I may re start or carry on for another week before stage 2 starts. I’m really looking forward to that!

I have been training weekly with the amazing trainer that is @gymguymark at the Western Tennis Club in Hyndland, and he’s helping me stay accountable. We are doing more than the plan says we should be doing but I can help it, I love exercising and our sessions are hard but fun. Is that possible?

I’ve also given up my membership for the gym because it’s easier for me to do things at the house because both gyms are further afield. I do HIIT in the house or in my summerhouse, or I run in the field.. it’s really that simple. I also have weights at home so really, I don’t need much more although I am thinking of joining a new local gym which is 5 mins from the house.

So this is a quick update as my kids are currently in their yoga class and I’ve had a few minutes spare! I must confess that last weekend I had booze but I blame that on a new system that was implemented at work which was scaring the shit out of us all.

A few updates, more personally … I’ve applied for a new job which would be working as a complementary therapist in a hospice providing therapies to families and patients who are palliative care.. the other is that I’ve started my application process to begin mental health nursing! Eek!

So here are a few pics of meals and the contents of my fridge!

My Plan Has Arrived

Yaay!!! I was so excited to hear the “ping” of my emails yesterday and the arrival of my BodyCoach Plan… It’s here, it’s here!!!

I couldn’t really get a good look at it when it first came through because I was doing my training for Oncology Massage, in the West End, so I emailed it to my husband and asked him to download and print it out. He actually hole punched it and added it to a folder which made it even easier to look through.

So, I had decided to go for the vegetarian option. I’m not completely veggie but I wanted to keep costs low and get as much nutrients into me as possible and I think that this is a really good way to do it. I will miss chicken most and there’s different types of fish that I wouldn’t normally eat but I knew this before I signed up, so it’s not at all a shock or disappointment. I did have my friend Jo send hers over and some of her meat recipes look great, but I know I made the right decision.

I like that there are a lot of amazing recipes to choose from, and I mean a lot in cycle 1. I was nervous that there wouldn’t be but safe to say that there is no chance that I’ll be lost for ideas. The only thing that I have to say is that there isn’t a lot of snack ideas but as it’s only cycle 1, I’m not going to complain and moan about it!

Now, the whole idea is 3 main meals with two snacks in between and at least 3 litres of water.. on rest days, all meals are low carb and in training days, I have a refuel meal at least 60-90 mins after my HIIT session. This is more than I am used to eating in a day but I think this is also one of the reasons why I have gained weight.

We decided last night that I could have a last take away and a bottle of fizz! Here’s what we had… chicken fried rice, chick balls, chips and egg rolls! Oh, and a bottle of prosecco.

Tonight I will go shopping and pick up the things that I will need for the next 4 days recipes. I’ll do my first HIIT in the morning and I’ll probably head on over to Instagram and YouTube for my very first impressions.

I have done a lot of HIIT in the past with @Gymguymark so it won’t be a shocker for me although I’m really not all that fit at the moment! I’m also used to having 1 hr sessions so 30 mins is going to seem really odd and almost incomplete for me. I do love exercise, but I just got so busy studying and caught up with starting my own business as well as having two young kids, that I lost myself.

I’ll post my “before” pics, and measurements, tomorrow… well maybe not the pics but my weight reading. I hope to achieve a lot in the next 4 weeks… it’s almost 4 weeks to the day that I turn 40!

Yikes!

Have you tried The Body Coach?

Count Down To BodyCoach

I’m planning and plotting… hoping and wishing… that things will be different this time…

What am I talking about? Fitness and weight loss! I know that they will be because I am ready to take on the challenge with the help of my friend Jo over at Mummy’sKnee (who will already be a week ahead by the time I receive my plan). We have discussed and supported one another a lot this week, positivity seeping from our pores and building a camaraderie that even Spider-Man could not penetrate!

In the picture above, you’ll see my “Fit Book”, which my husband bought for me last year and I have yet to use. I plan on using this to plan my weekly meals and chart my exercise that I will do over and above the HIT given by my BodyCoach Plan.

I did a practice run of meal prepping last wk, using some vegan recipes from one of my favourite cook books, made by “The Happy Pear“. I LOVE this cook book and I love how they started their business and healthier lifestyle. I would highly recommend it and watching their YouTube videos because some recipes are so quick and easy, not to mention nutritious!

Here are some of the meals that I made;

They helped me to balance my macros and make sure that I was getting everything that I needed nutrition wise. I didn’t find myself dipping in sugar levels and therefore I no longer needed to have the cup of coffee or chocolate biscuit in the afternoon which has been my norm for longer than I care to admit.

I am also finding that food prep makes me less inclined to crave other foods, like take aways as a treat and I don’t feel the need to say “ach, I’ll just have 1 treat night “. I don’t need to because no take away is going to measure up to homemade “fakeaways”. I don’t have that bloated feeling and I know exactly what’s going into my body, plus saving money at the same time.

So I go to bed now and eagerly await my emails coming through tomorrow… I shall dream of weights, vegetables and all things healthy! Actually, no.. I’m not that bad… yet! I just can’t wait to get the plan through!

BodyCoach

Well… the time has come and I have researched and looked into it for a few months now. I’ve decided to go with Joe Wicks and do his 90 day 90 day sss plan

I turn 40 on the 16th of November and since qualifying and studying to become a Complimentary Therapist and losing my Dad, I’ve let my body go. I’ve turned into a tired hot mess with very little motivation and I’ve packed on the pounds.

I signed up after a fellow blogger did the same and we are going to motivate one another! I’ve added a YouTube channel but not sure if I’ll publish that on the blog just now… maybe when I start seeing results?

I plan on utilising the superb personal trainer known by most on twitter, as @gymguymark who will keep me on my toes with the HIIT stuff. This is possibly the best trainer in Glasgow, and he works from @WesternTennisClub in Hyndland. He trains some pretty high profile folks and with his agreement he may even allow me to film one of our sessions!

So why The Body Coach? Well…. he’s motivational, knows his shit and let’s people eat and not restrict themselves. We all know what restriction does to our bodies and I’m living proof of that! I think some of my difficulties might be bread and wine. I generally have toast every morning so I think I might need to get myself into the habit of trying oats because it’s quick, easy and nutritious.

Also, the thing I like about Joe is that he really does encourage people. You have a bad day? That’s ok and normal! Just start again. He understands that people have real life to deal with and he allows for that. I have a lot of time for someone who “gets it”.

Could I do this on my own without the help from BodyCoach and their supporters? At this point in my life, not very well. We can all do these things but I’m of the mindset just now of needing more encouragement and support. I’ve already had that the minute I signed up. I received emails and a tweet from Joe himself, congratulating me on being in board and seeing my progress.

I’m going to do this, I’m going to achieve and I’m going to encourage others who feel similar about themselves, to grab their fitness and eating by the balls!

I’ve started prep….

I will get into his hall of fame and maybe even meet the fella!

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