A little while ago, I blogged about the fitness resolutions that I was making & hoping to stick to. As it’s the end of the month, I wanted to report back!
I have successfully exercised everyday throughout January! How? By completing Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred. Well I say complete, I haven’t finished it yet! You’re supposed to spend 10 days on each of the three levels. But I wasn’t ready to move on after the first 10 days, as my Twitter followers will know – there were tears! So I decided that I needed to double the amount of time I spent on each level, so that I spent 20 days on each level. I realise this means I’ll end up completing the 60 Day Shred, but if this means I’m fitter & stronger by the end of it, then I don’t mind that at all. While it’s not the easiest fitness DVD, it doesn’t take long before you can see physical results. So all the pain, the sweat and the tears are definitely worth it! I’m already looking at the rest of her range to see what I should move on to next, so if you’ve got any recommendations, I’d love to hear them!
Sadly, I haven’t been running. Initially, the snow & ice stopped me going out. But I’ve realised that running isn’t for me, well, my joints have let me know this. While not running, but doing the shred, I haven’t been in any pain at all, whereas I am when I run. So I’m going to stick with shredding for the moment, and then turn my attention to cycling when the weather is better. I hope that one day I can return to running, when my body is stronger & lighter, but for now I’ll be taking to the tarmac on little Rusty!
One thing I love about the New Year is the possibility of the things that are to come. It’s like starting from scratch. It doesn’t matter what happened last year, what you failed to achieve, you’ve got another go at it. This is why resolutions are so important, whether you keep them beyond or January or not. They help reset your frame of mind & hopefully some will stick enough to improve your day-to-day life. This year, I’m hoping for a healthier balance. To that end, I’m following a new running programme, Zombies, Run!
I needed to get back in the habit of running regularly & am in the middle of week 3 of the 5k training. I’m also doing Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred everyday throughout January, no matter how much my calves hurt or lazy I feel.
The reason? Exercise makes me feel better, even more so when I don’t want to do it. I get a real sense of achievement, my body feels stronger, I feel more in control of things (which, for a control freak, is quite important), I have more energy and I know I’m doing myself a ton of good.
Why is this important? Because if I had my way, I’d sit on the sofa all day, eating chocolate and cake and drinking full fat chai. But that’s not good for anyone. And because I done too much sitting and not enough moving over the last 18 months, my body & general wellbeing has had enough. So my Tuesday Treat, and even my daily treat throughout January, is to run, shred and generally push myself further and move!
Check back in February to see how I get on! Will I have completed the 30 Day Shred? Will I have been chased by zombies?! Hope so!
A little while ago, I wrote about my aim to get running & do the Race for Life, using Couch to 5K. I am half way through the training programme. It is getting tough. My next run requires me to run for 20 minutes, without stopping. I am not looking forward to it! Despite this, the programme is really good. It was only a few months ago that I couldn’t run at all, now I can run for at least 8 minutes. I’m not built for speed, so Ussain Bolt doesn’t have to worry about me catching him anytime soon, but I just try to remind myself to go slow & steady.
My other aim is to raise money for Cancer Research. So far I’ve raised £83, which isn’t bad, but I would like to raise a bit more. So if you can help, that would be great!
I am not a natural athlete. If sitting on the sofa, drinking chai was an Olypmic sport, I’d be World number 1 & the favourite to win gold in this summer’s games. When it comes to the 5k, my aim is to get around the course. I don’t mind how long it takes, as long as I can get round. I am looking forward to completing the couch to 5k training & feeling like I can just go out and run. Once I’ve done the 5k, I’ll need another challenge so if anyone has any ideas, that would be great!
One of the major drawbacks about giving up my job & living a thrifty life is that I can no longer support the handful of charities that are close to my heart.
Every month I gave money to Oxfam (love their work), Dogs Trust (will rectify this by adopting one of their pooches one day) and Cancer Research. My grandfather died from Prostate cancer nearly 12 years ago and I’ve supported them ever since, until recently. In a bid to raise money for Cancer Research, I’ve decided to do the Race for Life…again.
I ran/jogged the race for life back in 2009. I was at the peak of my physical fitness, running three times a week. I ran the 5k in 38 minutes. As this was the first time I’d ever run 5k, I was pretty impressed with that.
Since then, my running has become non-existent. Through work stress & injury I had to stop. But now I’m ready to make my comeback & what better way than to run the race for life. So just as I’m about to start training, with the use of Couch to 5k that I found via Domesticali, the weather turns & it’s -1 outside. I know from experience that running in the cold is fine as long as you were running before it got cold. Oh dear. I was supposed to start this week, but that hasn’t happened. But I will have to start next week. I am worried about old injuries reappearing for example, my knee cap isn’t in the right place (it’s kind of on its side!) & causes my muscles to work at the wrong levels. This is ouchy. So I need to help my legs get stronger as my fitness improves.
I know this isn’t very crafty, but it will be something that I reflect on every now and then, as well as making shameless plugs for sponsorship! You can sponsor me here. I think it will be the sponsorship money that gets me out the door when the weather is miserable & all I’ll want to be doing is knitting by the fire under my blanket.
The picture below is of me before the race in 2009. I hope that I’ll be smiling again in July! x