Routine, routine

“For something to become a routine, you need to stick at it – for a while. When it becomes a routine, you’ll see results. Then smile”

– Me, Today.

It’s the second day of the second week of my new routine. So far, so good. The best thing about it is that it incorporates everything that I have been dabbling with over the past few months, and contains classes and activities that I ENJOY. Yes, that’s right, I enjoy exercising!

  1. Mon: Swim and a spa session
  2. Tues: Body Attack and weights at the gym
  3. Weds: Body Attack/Combat combo
  4. Thurs: Run and Yoga/Tai Chi Pilates class
  5. Friday: Rest
  6. Saturday/Sunday: Metafit or workout DVD.

I was feeling a bit rough from the weekend yesterday so I only swam 10 lengths. I know-  nothing to write home about. I stopped going swimming regularly a few  months ago so I was worried about my form. Last night I found that pulling the elements of my swimming lessons together was easy; almost natural. Rather than focus on the lack of lengths, I’ll focus on the positive here: I CAN SWIM.

I sweated all of the weekend party gunk out of my system in the spa, setting myself up nicely for the rest of the week.

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Create an Inspiration Board – it works!

I know this is my second post in 3 days, which may seem odd after 3 1/2 weeks of no contact. The truth is… I can’t wait till next week!

I decided to create an Inspiration Board, something to look at to inspire me, and remind me of why I’ve chosen to work hard and make changes.

Inspiration Board

Originally I had envisaged a hand-made board with lots of trinkets and pictures stuck on it, a far cry from the end result! I used the computer to create it as I don’t have access to a printer, and most of the pictures I wanted to use were in digital format.

I have printed out a smaller version of my Inspiration Board and stapled it to the inside of my diary, so it folds out when I want to look at it.

I love it. Inspiration and motivation come from the strangest of places. This source is personal to me, and I know that if I look at it once a day it will definitely help me keep on track.

How do you keep yourself motivated?

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2013…Its gonna be MY year (but you can have your share of the goodness too!)

Happy New Year everybody!

I trust you had a merry time over the holidays? I had 3 1/2 weeks off from my work, so for that fact alone I had an amazing time!

2013 has started with a bang, I’ve completed some form of exercise most days (not overdoing it though) and it looks as though I’ve found a good routine for the next few months that entails all of the activities I want to do. That’s my plan for 2013… have more direction with my endeavours. I know where I want to be and I’ve been dilly dallying along with my gym membership for over a year, half getting stuck in, half not bothering at all. That trend ends here. Now.

I’m not a complete gym ‘resolutioner’ – a term coined by the author of the Strong-Fit-Beautiful blog – I’ll still be riding this gravy train in a couple of months.

I did, however, start my new plan this week, I’m excited about all of the elements in it.

Its heartening to read the activities of fellow bloggers, very happy and inspiring to hear how everyone is still on it. Thank you for providing a guiding light.


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Working out at home

Every day I receive an email from Buzzfeed and Fitness Magazine, with a handy slide show of easy to do at home workouts. I read them dutifully, and agree, yes, that’s do-able. Yet I prefer group exercise classes at my local gym.

I like the motivation from the instructors and the good vibes. Particularly the Les Mills classes (body pump, body attack and body combat). I like the cheesy work out dance music that I wouldn’t normally listen to. The reason why I like it is because: it works! It keeps me engaged and interested throughout the whole class, and when I hear a workout track on the radio out-with a class it triggers off a sweaty memory and I FEEL GOOD. The choreography helps too, how amazing to be working out in time to the music breaks!

I’ve done something a bit wooo, a bit waaaayyy. I’ve purchased the Davina McCall workout DVD. I have tried it at a friend’s house and it was ok. I bought it as I’m off work until the 9th January. (THE 9th OF JANUARY!!!) And I know me. I know that I probably won’t venture out to the gym much more than the two times I’ve set as my winter target, so a do at home DVD is better than me free styling with the millions of exercise tips and routines that I read daily. I don’t really like Davina, but her personal trainer seems ok. She’s no Gillian Michaels though!

My winter holiday indoor survival kit consists of:

  •  Gillian Michaels 30 Day Shred DVD
  •  Davina McCall work out DVD
  •  Other DVD’s
  •  Crochet paraphernalia
  • My cats
  • Soup

I sound as though I’ll be camping out for the whole month! Trust me, I wont be. Not ALL of the time. I’ll be visiting, partying, feasting, sledging (bought a new ‘spoon’ just need the snow!) snuggling and generally enjoying life’s merriments.

Holiday season starts in one and a half hours – and I’m counting!

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Why so negative? Its not all doom and gloom.

I didn’t make the Jingle Bells fun run.

(What a negative start to a post! Don’t worry, it’s not all doom and gloom!)

I was informed that the local park run was cancelled the day before due to it being Icy out – (it was a bit treacherous in the shade) unfortunately I didn’t know how to check the status of the run I was hoping to take part in; I emailed the organising company and left a post on Facebook, but I had no reply.

On the race day, it was still icy outside. And cold. In hindsight I SHOULD have went there anyway to see for myself, rather than relying on personal and friends opinion. It turns out it WAS on (In the ice, seriously?) and I missed it. Slightly disappointing, but that’s what I get.

On a plus  note, I spent the rest of my day as planned helping my sister and nephew out. I have to say that while my ‘attempt at goal’ was scuppered, I did a kick ass job at Auntie Duties! I know this for a fact, as during our trip to Ikea my nephew told me he loved me. We always say ‘I love you’ when we say bye, but a 15-year-old boy telling you that they love you from his own accord is sure-fire way to make your heart beam with love and happiness!

My main plan for December is to spend time with my nearest and dearest, and make sure I work out 2 – 3 times a week. I’m not going to beat myself up by setting ‘unattainable’ goals (like getting up early and going to Body Pump in the morning for instance) and then failing. (The truth on this one is; I LOVE morning snuggles!) If I had better resolve then I guess it wouldn’t be unattainable, but I don’t and therefore at the moment it is! Still, exercising 2 – 3 times a week is better than not exercising at all. It’s a very realistic goal to keeping my healthy living endeavours alive and well for the festive season. Anything extra is a bonus and will make me feel GOOD.

I’m going for a Rasul Mud Bath in the spa this evening. It’s a treatment where you bake yourself in purified ‘mud’. Apparently it rejuvenates and refreshes you by drawing out all of the impurities in your body. We’ll see. I think getting sloppy, then baking yourself in a steam while hanging out with friends is a good way to unwind after a Body Attack/Combat combo. I’ll let you know.

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Motivation and Inspiration in the form of likes

A wee medal thing popped up on my dashboard today.. notifying me of 50 likes on here.


That makes me feel all warm, gooey and happy inside. Thank you.

50 LikesRemember my last post about baby steps? I guess its relevant here too.

It’s a small milestone, but one none the less.

Happy Friday everyone, hope you have a joyful, active weekend full of lovely things that make you smile.

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Baby steps and treadmills

Today is a GOOD day, I’m feeling quite pleased with myself. There are a number of different reasons for this, and I’ll be honest the first one has nothing to do with exercise – it’s because I feel OK – all effects from the weekend have subsided. I drank wayyyy too much rum on Saturday/Sunday and was good for nothing on Monday. I spent all day lazing about reflecting on life and the things I could do be more wholesome, and generally feeling a bit guilty about my party antics. The party itself was good though; peaks and troughs?

All is not lost, as I went to the gym on Friday night, something that I havent done on a Friday for ages. I tried out a treadmill, and fair enjoyed it. Afterwards I rewarded myself with a mammoth spa session in the new spa… it has 2 lightly heated aroma rooms, a chinese salt bath steam room and a sauna. Swoooon.

I joined the spa reluctantly as in principle I don’t agree with the fact that our local council run fitness facility should outsource this element, make it a “5 Star experience” and then expect gym members to pay extra every month for it. Especially as they are slowly closing the facilities in neighbouring localities that have a sauna with the pool. Grrrr. The thing with me is – I panicked! I am incredibly fickle, and my morals were swept aside as I heard it was half price for the first 300 gym members who join. This made me join quick smart as I’d hate to regret it later. I DO love a good sauna, and the added frills make it worth it. (Worth it at half price though, definitely not for the monthly charge they are requesting from non members). Another advantage is that it is 5 minutes from my house, and in the same venue as a lot of the classes that I go to. Including the gym, with the treadmill.

Last night I plucked up the courage to go to the gym by myself and ran 3k in 22 minutes. I wasnt aiming for a PB time, I was looking to see if I could run 3k without stopping as the Jingle Bells Fun Run is this Sunday! Turns out that it is only 3k and not 5, but hey ho…. I still think its exciting, and I’m looking forward to taking part. Complete with santa hat!

My running legsI had quick use of the spa facilities after the run and then took part in the yoga/tai/chi pilates class.

Tonight I’m going for the Attack/Combat combo, and tomorrow morning I WILL get up early and go to Body Combat at 7.

I’m going to finish the week with a run on Friday, and then rest before the ‘Big Day’ He he. I know that a 3k isn’t a big deal to seasoned runners, but to me it is quite a big deal. There will be other runners! I think there will be a really good vibe, and while a baby run, baby steps are still steps!

I hope you are all having a good humping day.

LT 🙂

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