Working out working out

Learning what works for me in terms of exercise and what fails miserably is an ongoing, and probably never ending challenge.

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What I have learnt lately is:

  • I cannot bring myself to go to the gym every day. 4 to 5 days in my maximum.
  • I need to stretch more.
  • Delayed Onset Muscular Soreness is a real thing, not a fictional thing I used to believe when Jack would talk about it. I wasn’t working out very hard then.
  • I enjoy weightlifting. Small small weights, but it’s a start.
  • I need to plan my workouts and what I need for them in advance. Forgetting your water bottle is death!
  • Not feeling good can turn into feeling great after a workout is finished.

Now if I can just refer back to this, I’ll probably do ok!

What do you find helps get you to the gym, or out for your run?

Gym Gym Gym

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Gym is a place I never imagined I would be so often. I have a bit of a tumultuous relationship with it if I’m being frank, which apparently is my constant state. Sorry all! I love the feeling after a really energetic session, where I have miraculously found motivation from a Spotify playlist at 6:45am. But I’d be lying if I didn’t also admit to sometimes going for 20 mins and leaving again. Those days happen too.

What gets me through is :

  • Having had a good nights sleep the night before.
  • Having my gym kit ready to throw on in the morning.
  • A coffee for my walk to the gym with Rosie (checkout her blog) in my trusty Keep Cup (I had one of these critters sent from Australia for J before they were stocked in the UK: shoulda waited!)
  • An awesome playlist – Rosie shared her personal gym one with me and that is always my fall back at the moment.
  • Having an idea of what I want to do. I have a Pinterest board of working out things, so I try to take a snoop at that to get me motivated before leaving home in the morning.
  • Occasionally treating myself to new gym kit.

What works for you?

 

Losing weight: What’s worked for me

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So it’s no secret that I was heavier a few years ago, I hit eating hard at Uni and carried on long after graduation. These things happen.

But I wasn’t happy, I was two going on three dress sizes bigger than I had ever been, I felt big, my skin was suffering from over indulgence. Basically things needed to change.

What I did that worked for me:

1. Tried a class

I joined a gym class with a friend, just once a week for a few months. Zumba was awesome, I loved the sense of achievement after a class.

2. The Gym

I joined a gym with friends, and tried all the free classes going.

Not all of these were awesome: Yoga is not for me, I can’t keep a straight face. People don’t always appreciate an inappropriate giggle. I know that now.

3. MyFitnessPal

This thing is a godsend. The truth now: I lie to myself about how much and what I eat. A fact: when I use this religiously my weight loss stays on track and when I don’t it doesn’t. There are graphs, actually proof.

4. Eating

This is a hard one. I love chocolate. In all forms. But once I started using the Myfitnesspal App I could see how far over my regular calorie allowance I was going each day, nevermind if I wanted to loose weight. So I said goodbye to multiple biscuits, and daily chocolate fixes. I started having healthier choices for breakfast and lighter lunches.

I’ve found ultimately it’s all about choices and making good ones for a healthier future. But it is hard.

I do LOVE chocolate.