Fitness in 15

If you follow me on Twitter or if you know me personally, you'll know that this year is going to be a big year for me with fitness and health which was sparked off by taking on a year long 3000 mile challenge for charity (see the link at bottom of page for more info)! So from January 1st it was a case of hitting the fruit and veg isles in Tesco and setting up my camp bed in the gym.

I've had a bit of writers block over the last couple of weeks so thought I'd do a bit of a fitness update and start a record of what I've been doing and how I'm getting on etc so I apologise this is a bit of a random post - also it'll help me keep track of everything and I can look back at the end of the year and be proud (hopefully) of what I've done and set myself targets each month.

So yeah, over the last year I've put on over a stone and the last few months it's really been getting to me as I couldn't get my jeans on and I've really struggled to find dresses and outfits over my Birthday and then the run up to Christmas and after losing weight using my Tiny Tea, I really had to stop myself buying more as I was desperately trying to save some pennies! I was losing motivation through the last few months of 2014 and I was only going to the gym once a week if that and after having a couple of emotional and stressful months, I was scoffing my face at every opportunity. So come January 1st, I knew it was going to be a hard year with our challenge and I'd have to sort myself out and kick my arse into gear and get into the gym.

I read that it takes 21 days for something to become a routine and for it to become natural to 'want' to do it and I have to admit, last week when I got to the gym to find out I'd forgotten to pack my joggers in my gym bag, I was genuinely gutted that I couldn't go to the gym (to the point I nearly went to the Sports Direct down the road to buy a whole new pair). So yes, the saying is so true - it takes 21 days for you to learn to 'enjoy' something and for it to be part of your natural routine.

I've been going to the gym 5 or 6 times a week, both weekend days every weekend throughout January without fail - even this weekend I was away and I did an hours worth of swimming in the hotel both days! Acutally I must admit, I'm starting to enjoy it - I'm trying new things and different machines including more weight machines to try and tone up a bit more. I can see that I'm losing weight physically but that's leaving me needing to tone up more - the last few days I've been trying on dresses as I've got a few nights out and the sight of my flabby top half arms and bingo wings literally makes me want to cry so that's definitely something I've been looking into to learn the best ways to do it! I've found Pintrest a help as I'm definitely a visual learner and I like seeing photos of what to do to make sure I'm doing it right so I've got a list of things I need to try in the gym.

I've already noticed a change though in how long I can stick in the gym without walking out after 20 minutes due to getting bored and generally I've noticed that I can do things for longer or do miles quicker on certain machines. When I first moved (7/8 months ago) I could only just make it 2 minutes on the treadmill running without stopping (even for just 30 seconds or so) but now I can do about 7 minutes without having to stop so I know I'm definitely heading the right way (I'm just impatient and wish I could go from that to being able to do a marathon over night!)

So the gym and newly found Body Combat classes are becoming a success, but over the last couple of weeks my energy levels have dropped and when I'm doing up to 30 miles a week it's the last thing that I need so I've found inspiration on Instagram, Pintrest and other blogs with food and meal ideas that are perfect for those spending a lot of time exercising or in the gym. Food shopping the last couple of weeks has been trolly-fulls of bananas, spinach and other healthy (and normally expensive!) food and I keep taking photos of everything so one of these days I'll do a #FoodFriday blogpost with some healthy recipe ideas.

I do go in and out of phases where I can almost train myself so to speak not to want to eat as much so I've gone from eating crisps and snacks inbetween meals, to eat an apple or some fruit or realise when I'm not actually hungry to stop myself eating just because I'm bored. My biggest drawback is not knowing any healthy desert ideas and it's a habit that after a meal I always want something sweet to finish with - I've avoided cake as much as possible and instead just had a yoghurt but I definitely need to look into more desert ideas for my sweet tooth!

Finally, I've also caved this week and ordered some more Tiny Tea from Your Tea which I've blogged about and raved on about previously plenty of times so hoping that this gives me an extra boost - I've also got the anti-cellulite tea from Your Tea so I've got a schedule to attempt to try and stick to daily so they will work together - hoping this sticks around and I don't end up giving up on one or losing track!

I've got a few targets to do through February so I'm going to attempt to try and work hard and work through them to help fitness, weightloss and my confidence in a dress!

My targets for February:
Tone up the Bingo Wings
Learn of more healthy desert options
Drink Tiny/Anti C Tea regularly
Drink less alcohol - if I do drink, avoid wine/fizzy drinks
Keep at the interval training and try to get to 8 or 9 minutes running without stopping

Sorry this is a bit of a random post - but thought that it was a)better than no post and b) a good way for me to keep track of what I've been doing! If you're targets are to keep fit this year, send me links to your posts as would love to get more tips and tricks and see how you're getting on! xox


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