This isn’t the first time I’ve blogged about my various missions to get fit /loose weight/tone up – I’m the queen of the roller coasters of motivation. Sometimes I’m all over it and love every moment (e.g. Barry’s Bootcamp last year) other times I struggle to even be bothered to walk to the shops… yes. Lame, I know. I wish wholeheartedly I could put my finger on what it was that causes the ups and downs of motivation – but if I knew that, I’d be a bit more consistent I think!
But, with a wedding looming less than six months away, having done next to nothing for the last three months or so (last solid exercise I did was the Barry’s Academy in November, which I didn’t end up doing every session of) I now know I need to give my own butt a kick and get it in gear. So, part one of this being sharing my goals on here – and hopefully being a little more accountable knowing that a few other people may have read this too.
First things first, I got the running kit in gear, with my Nike Free trainers (love these), jazzy leggings from the Sweaty Betty pop up at Selfridges that was there for LFW, plus Sweaty Betty Running top (and sports bra FYI – they’re the best I’ve tried). The leggings from Sweaty Betty are ace, they have a little pocked at the back that’s big enough (just) for my iPhone and a set of keys, they’re thick enough to be warm and not show off my pants to the world – but also not dull as they have a cool purple and pink ladder pattern running down the leg. Oh, and yes – I tend to wear sunglasses when it’s sunny for a run. Partly feel like a poser, but without them my eyes start to run and I squint…not a good look.
I’ve got my playlist ready to go – and my little 5k canal jog route is pretty much all set. But it’s not as easy as that is it? If it was, I wouldn’t be feeling like I have a few lbs to shed and favouriting baggy everything over skinny anything. So, I’m going to try and do the following things, and I will be reporting back:
1. Track what I eat: I’m not great at this. Whilst I don’t eat too much genenerally, I don’t eat the most nutritious stuff – choosing what I like over what is good for me. So I’m going to start tracking what I eat using My Fitness Pal app so not just looking at calories, but also nutritional content. Aiming to be within my guidelines for each day.
2. Move more: I need to do more exercise and I’m aiming to do a mix of cardio (jogging or swimming mostly) plus resistance exercise such as yoga or weights. I am going to aim for three times per week cardio, one time per week resistance to start with. Hoping to build up over time so that I do something consistently 4-5 times per week. I’ve tried loads of things in the past that I’ve loved (power plates, spinning, Barry’s Bootcamp) but for some reason my attention/motivation seems to wain and I move on to something else. So I want to revisit these types of exercise I’ve loved and try some new ones (recently tried Bootcamp Pilates and loved it)
3. Drink more water: I was good at this when I was working at my old job, but now I don’t have a cool and lovely water cooler to rely on I have to remind myself. So I have a big pint glass sitting on my desk and aiming to keep hydrated through the day. Partly because I know it’s good for me, but also because my skin really suffers when I don’t drink enough. This is another one I’ve turned to the wonders of technology to help push me in the right direction, having recently downloaded iDrated to try and keep me on track (it alterts you when you’re due a drink).
4. Cut out sugar: Ok, probably wont be totally, but now my Diet Pepsi supply has been cut off (we had them in the office at my old work) I don’t really have a reason to justify that daily caffeine fix full of bad things. Sure, it’s calorie free – but I know it’s bad for me and just makes me crave sugar in other ways instead. So to try and get around this I’m going to give up sugar for lent – allowing myself only the natural sweet stuff (fruit, honey, yogurt etc) but no cake/chocolate/coke. I’m also not going to drink for lent. Yes really. Well, at least going to try… the odd glass of prosecco doesn’t count though does it?!
I’m going to start all of this with the Lent period, and will do another post at Easter to see how I got on. Which of the four above have I stuck to and what are the results like? To let you know in terms of weight loss. My ideal is to drop around 8-9kgs to get me back to a better weight for my height (I’m a bit of a midget at 5ft3) but the ultimate goal is get healthier and feel better in my own skin. So will be judging on more than just the number on the scales – but I’ll come back at Easter with an update on how it’s gone. Oh, and I did have one other little app/gadget type thing that I’m going to be using on this mission – new in 90 – it’s one of those daily altert/challenge ones that sets you different things to do/try each day to lead a healthier lifestyle. I’m only on day three, but in the next up date will let you know what I think!
If you’re on a similar mission let me know, perhaps we can get a little motivation crew together and keep each other going on our get fit challenges?! Whatever your goal or whatever your reason, good luck!