Getting back on the fitness bandwagon: Update

So it’s been a few weeks now since my post about getting back on the fitness bandwagon and how I was undertaking a challenge set to me by the folks over at Sure to out their new compressed cans through their paces!  I decided that it would be a good time to do a bit of an update on how it’s all been going! Firstly a small confession to make, I had all the best intentions with the classes at Pineapple – but due to a couple of trips abroad for work and the blog, I haven’t fit in as many as I wanted to. In my head I was all set to do at least two or three a week – but in real life I’ve actually only managed three classes. This is one of my major challenges with fitness and exercise, firstly that I need to make time to fit it in as it’s always the first thing to fall off of my priority list. Secondly that I need exercise to be really convenient or else I am totally rubbish and make excuses not to go. For me the Covent Garden location of Pineapple was convenient-ish – I can walk there from work, so that’s not too bad but at weekends it felt like a bit of a trek so I tried to time classes around other things (like brunch…slight fail on the old diet front there)… but I have made it to three classes, two ‘Beginner  Commercial Street’ and one ‘Movement and Body Conditioning’ Ballet classes.

But how did I find the classes and how did the Sure hold up against what is to be honest, about as far out of my comfort zone as is possible – without holding the dance class in the middle of a snake-filled jungle…

getting back on the fitness bandwagon


To be honest, I was pretty nervous about the whole thing – in my head (or after a cocktail or two at least) I am convinced I have dance skills to rival Beyonce. In real life however, I have dance skills that mean that actually having two left feet would make me look more elegant and coordinated than I do currently. Dancing really isn’t my forte – at a cousin’s wedding with a kayleigh, I spent more time being forcefully dragged around the dance floor than I did putting my feet in the right steps. They say forwards? My feet take me backwards… spin, I jump…etc. You can see how this sort of lack of coordination makes me look a little special and also feel quite nervous about facing an entire class of people who I would put money on having more coordination than me. Personally, I think I am generally quite confident – but it’s amazing how putting myself into a nerve-wracking situation like a dance class in a style that I’ve never done before, in a room of total strangers can really make you feel shy and nervous.

But of course I went armed with my trusty Sure Compressed (Cotton Fresh Scent) to keep the nerves from showing in the form of damp patches up my arms…my favourite thing about the new compressed size is how much more portable is is. I’ve long had one of those little mini cans in my handbag, for those just in case moments where you want to make sure you’re feeling as fresh as possible but find they hardly last at all. But the new compressed cans are only slightly bigger than a mini one, but last much longer (the same as a large size can apparently as they contain the same amount of product, it’s just compressed to take up less space), The compressed can actually claims to offer even more sweat protection as the larger cans – 17% better dryness protection with every spray! I’ll take that – I don’t think there’s much worse than that feeling when you know you’re a bit hot, or a bit nervous and you’re just wishing your deodorant did that bit better a job…

I really like the ‘Cotton’ scent of the Sure Compressed too – it’s fresh and powdery, with a definite scent that manages to stay neutral and not interfere with any perfume or similar at the same time. It fits perfectly in my little gym bag I’ve been toting around with me (one of my bug bears of exercise is the amount of kit you need to lug around to make sure you leave looking like your normal self, rather than a pink-faced, post-exercise you) but for this I’ve tried to keep it to the bare minimum…starting with the Sure Compressed, then my other essentials are: Origin Smarty Pants CC Cream*, Origins Starting Over Moisturiser, Heal Gel Eye Cream*, Bobbi Brown Long Wear Mascara*, Bourjois Cream Blusher*, By Terry Brow Mascara*, Dior Concealer and a little rollerball of Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh. Nice and simple basics to keep the gym bag easy enough to take with me if I’ve had to take to work and then on to a class, or equally when I did a class at the weekend I wanted one that I could carry around for the rest of the day without looking like a gym bag!

So there we have the update – it’s been going ok, but I haven’t fit in as many classes as I would have liked to have done. The classes I’ve done have been fun, but I think that I don’t feel quite comfortable enough there to really ‘let go’ and get the workout I need! But I am considering signing back up to the fabulous torture that is Barry’s Bootcamp Academy again… but this challenge has been a great way for me to try another type of fitness routine out – each time I try something and even when it maybe isn’t quite the ‘right’ thing for me, it still helps mix things up a bit and keep fitness interesting! Whatever I do, I’ll never be the one found jogging away endlessly on a treadmill!

Will of course keep the updates coming – anyone have any tips or suggestions on how to get back into a regular workout routine when you feel the motivation has left you!?

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  1. Liz
    November 1, 2013 / 4:19 pm

    Hi Jen! I have been taking part in the Sure beauty challenge too! I put Sure to the test at an Ashtanga Yoga class!!! Congrats on your engagement 🙂 Liz (aka LizFish1) xxx

    • Jen
      November 1, 2013 / 8:54 pm

      Ah fab! How have you found the yoga?! X

    • Jen
      November 1, 2013 / 8:54 pm

      Ps thank you for the congratulations! X

  2. Amelia
    November 2, 2013 / 10:33 pm

    First of all: I love your pictures.

    This is a truly good post though 🙂 I loved it.

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