It’s currently October 29th and I’m writing this now in hopes to look back in a few months time to notice a big change in my body. 2 days ago (27th October) I began running and eating a little healthier, mainly smaller portions of food and not snacking. Before this I was gymming, twice a week at the most and sometimes never at all. I just couldn’t get in to the swing of going to the gym from work and on my days off, driving 11 miles to the gym just wasn’t working for me. I decided to quit the gym and use my surroundings as an alternative. Fresh air and £35 more in my bank per month! My main focus is to tone my legs, stomach and arms and also to lift my bum and I thought that I could achieve these goals at home. Part 1 of my diary will be a month worth of documenting my exercises to kick start me for the new year. I hope to see some slight changes in my physique and I really hope it encourages anyone wanting to get fit and healthy because we can all make time to make small changes and include a regular fitness regime into our every day lives.
Wednesday 2nd November
After a couple of days off from running, mainly due to the cold and the dark nights I finally got my brother out with me and around the country lanes for a 2 mile run. I literally can’t express how amazing it makes me feel. To be honest, I really couldn’t be bothered when I got home from work but the best thing for me to do is quickly throw on my running gear as soon as I walk out the door and go. No sitting about on the sofa or making a brew because I never leave the house if I do that. I’m planning on waking early tomorrow morning for a frosty autumnal run.
Thursday 3rd November
Quick update on whether I went running or not this morning… Well, I didn’t. Alex (my brother) let me down and it is pouring down. So instead of not doing anything, I did a quick YouTube search for Ab and Butt workouts and did a 15 minute work out on my bedroom floor, which by the way absolutely killed! If you’re wondering what I usually eat for breakfast.. Today I had 2 scrambled eggs on two pieces of brown toast but most days I have toast with apricot jam and bovril and then porridge on my morning break at work. Tomorrow I finish work at 12, so I’m hoping the weather clears up by then so I can get out in the fresh air for a swift jog. Note to self – invest in some sensible running gear…
Friday 4th November
Today I finished work at 12:45 and managed to get out in the sunshine for a 2mile run with Alex. We beat our time from Wednesday by almost 3 minutes, which isn’t a lot but it shows progress and I also managed to sprint a lot further than Wednesday too! After returning home, I borrowed Alex’s weights and did some exercises to tighten my triceps. I then continued with a 10-15 minute work out on my bedroom floor, again watching more YT videos, working mainly on my bum and legs this time and it burrrrnnnnns!
Saturday 5th November
Day off of exercise for me! I think it is only fair after a 7-5 shift! Plus, I wanted to watch the fireworks.
Sunday 6th November
We had planned on doing a fairly big walk today, however after a few too many gin’s last night, we ended up only doing a 4 mile walk to the fairy steps in Milnthorpe with a few friends and Vinny the french bulldog. We ended up coming home and eating Pizza and chips for tea, which isn’t fab but I definitely needed it to help my stinking hangover.
Monday 7th November
I have a week off, which means this is the perfect chance to get in to shape and set some time aside for working on my abs. This morning I spent about half an hour prancing around on my bedroom floor. Starting off the morning with a bowl of Quaker oats porridge instead of toast, I then took to my shabby rug and started with my weights, followed by ab exercises and lastly, squats. Patiently waiting for Alex to wake up and get out of bed, we took to the country lanes again for a 2.2 mile run, with a quick stop off at Spar. I must admit, today I really struggled. My legs are aching from the past couple of days so I’m going to get a hot bath later today.
Tuesday 8th November
It’s a frosty morning here in Sedbergh and we are predicted snow tomorrow! I had another lie in and after 2 scrambled eggs on 1 piece of toast I did another half hour workout following YouTube videos. I’ll post a link to some of my favourite workouts at the bottom of this post. I also received a bikini I ordered from Missguided, which is the most gorgeous cobalt blue and I’m definitely going to order the red! I’m hoping it encourages me to keep up exercising daily and toning up my body throughout the winter period, ready for a summer holiday next year that we still need to get sorted and plan! This afternoon, Me and Alex went on the same run again. I’m still feeling stiff so today’s run wasn’t fab. I am noticing slight changes and I do feel slimmer, however I’m not noticing any toning yet. I know it’s not been very long but at least I’m losing a little bit. I’m currently making myself a tasty quiche with bacon, roast peppers, onion, tomato, mushrooms and a slight sprinkling of cathedral city cheese! Not sure if i’ll be exercising tomorrow as it’s my birthday but we’ll see!!
Wednesday 9th November
It’s my birthday! It’s snowing and I’m having the day off from exercise! I spent the afternoon with my Gran and we enjoyed a pub lunch. I thought I was going to come home and run it off but that never happened.
Thursday 10th November
I ran some errands today and waited until it got dark to do a 2.1 mile run with Alex. This time, I barely stopped. I think I stopped once but still managed to keep a fast walk going. Definitely feeling a bit fitter than when I first started and I think a day off from any exercise really helped as my muscles had been in agony. Progress is slow but it’s something I am willing to work on.
Friday 11th November
Good morning! It’s a beautiful sunny day here in Sedbergh! It almost feels like a summers day, besides from the fresh cool breeze. I’ve just done another half hour work out, again following some YouTube videos but also moving on to some exercises I used to do at the gym, for example crunches, side crunches, leg raises, lunges etc. Not sure if they’re the correct terms but I know what I mean! I’m hoping to invest in some proper equipment to help me, like a mat and perhaps a gym ball although I’ve never used one before. Alex and I took a different route today and ended up running through some muddy fields and uneven ground which made it a lot more difficult, my legs are in bits! I should probably buy a separate pair of trainers as I’ve had these ones since school for netball matches! I’m feeling good about running, still feeling very motivated. I keep looking at @balibody on Instagram to help keep me inspired and not to give up when I’d rather just slump around. I’m definitely going to take it easy for the rest of the day. Strava is a great app to download if you’re running. It shows you your route, distance, calories burnt, pace etc. It’s a good way to see your progress and to motivate you that little bit more.
Saturday 12th November
It’s 11:45 and I’ve pretty much just left my warm cosy bed. I didn’t get much sleep last night and the weather isn’t great this morning so I’m calling running off for today. I am however going to work a bit more on my abs and do some crunches etc. Louise Thompson from Made in Chelsea posted a mini workout video over on her Instagram @louise.thompson with her boyfriend, so I’m going to follow some of their exercises just to change things up a bit. I’ve also got to pack for my night away which Josh has arranged as a surprise for my birthday.
Sunday 13th November
Well, nothing much was done here today. Does walking around the Christmas markets scoffing my face full of food count? I didn’t get home until 8:45pm and I was ready to just relax, watch I’m a celebrity and get myself to bed after an awful drive back from Manchester in the rain and mist. My poor head was dead.
Monday 14th November
Well, my week off from work went surprisingly fast although I didn’t even get up to much that much. The last couple of days have been so full on I think it’s only fair on myself and my body that I stay away from any exercise today. Back to it tomorrow though!
Tuesday 15th November
After a rather unhealthy weekend, consuming copious amounts of alcohol and food I really needed to kick myself back in to gear, ready to grab this week by the reigns. I got home and I really just wanted to go to bed. I cancelled running with my brother, mainly cause he pissed me off and said he would rather go on his own because I am far too slow… and because I really just could not be arsed. The bikini body in my head wasn’t even convincing me to brave the cold and get out there and the only thing that got me up and off the sofa was Josh walking in and saying ‘come on fatty we’re going for a run’ – we took the same route me and my brother usually take and I ran the route in my best time yet! I’m feeling so good for getting out but now I’m ready for some food and an early night, ready for my 5:40 alarm tomorrow morning…
Wednesday 16th November
Urgh, let’s not talk about today! I’ve had a super long day and I really could not be bothered heading out in the rain and cold for a run on my own. This is why I need a running partner! Anyone willing to run alongside me, give me some encouragement? Pull me along? I’ve got the day off tomorrow so I’m planning on making up for it in the morning! God, I’m slacking and it pains me to write such disheartening posts! Sorry guys.
Thursday 17th November
Managed to get myself up and do a 30-45 minute work out with breaks in between. Still feeling super tired after my week off and getting back in to routine. I am trying to motivate myself but it’s so hard in this weather!
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday..
Absolute right off, lets just swiftly pass by this little paragraph! The weather here has been awful, I can’t possibly bring myself to get out. Although, I’ve been really good with what I’ve eaten this past week so I am feeling healthier and my skin is looking a lot better, not sure why? I’ve been trying to drink more water which has maybe made a difference and I’ve been using Aveeno cream every evening on my face as well as trying Bio Oil every couple of days.
Tuesday 22nd November
Another miserable gloomy day here in Sedbergh. The beautiful autumn leaves are quickly dropping off the trees and everything is slowly becoming greyer and duller. All the snow that fell last week has disappeared off the fells! Today I’ve managed to squeeze in a quick 5 minute ab workout followed by a 20 minute intense leg work out which I followed using a YouTube video which you can find here. I found this workout pretty tough but definitely feels as though I’ve done something! I will definitely use this channel more as I her exercises are simple but feel really effective at the moment so I guess in a few months time we will see if I’ve benefited or not. I’m leaving it there for legs today, I did a few weights on my arms afterwards just to try and tone my triceps a little. I’m not in work tomorrow until 10am so I’m hoping I have time to fit in a quick workout as I won’t have time after work!
Wednesday 23rd November
My legs are so stiff from yesterdays thigh work out! I slept in this morning and didn’t have time to work on my abs and when I returned home from work it was fairly late so I had tea, showered and jumped into bed and watch a film on Netflix, as well as planned some blog posts for the up coming months. I am really slacking! Shame on me! However, Josh came home with a light weight running high vis running jacket each so maybe that will get me out of the house at some point, now that the weather is getting a little nicer?
Thursday 24th November
Ah man! It is so hard to get myself out after and for a run after an 11 hour shift! No doubt it’s only going to become a lot harder during the run up to christmas because of extra hours and a lot more hard work! Promising myself that the new year I’m going to start doing this properly. For now, I’ll still continue to eat well and squeeze in exercise on my days off!
Saturday 26th November
Days like this are unbeatable and with a slight hangover I made it up the fell for a bit of a jog/walk. I could’ve stayed out there all day long so I savoured it for longer by taking it slow! I am hoping tomorrow is going to be just like this so I can do the run around the lanes I started off doing with my brother.
Sunday 27th November
I’m feeling a lot more inspired and motivated today which I think has been down to the weather. Anyway, I did my thigh work out again, following my favourite leg workout from YouTube which I mentioned previously. I then continued on to my arms, using my weights and doing a set of 30 tricep lifts, which is where you lift your weights and your elbows stick out behind you. I then went on to do 3 x 20 crunches following a technique I found on @louise.thompson instagram. 3 x 15 leg raises with 30 seconds break in between and finally back on to 30 tricep lifts (not sure what they’re called but my brother told me they were good for losing bingo wing fat).
A few motivational pics from @balibody to keep me inspired and to carry on adapting from now until forever!
Wednesday 30th November
Well, the last couple of days have been full on. I haven’t had my own car to get me to and from work so I’ve had to rely on my family and Josh, which means I haven’t got home very early and having to leave the house earlier means setting my alarm clock 20 minutes earlier! Anyway, I managed to get my car back tonight and I got home and did around a 45 minute work out which involved the thigh work out from YT that I have mentioned around 3 times already but I love this video so do check it out and then I found another one of her videos ‘no more muffin top’ which you can watch here.
Helpful Tips & Advice
- Prepare lunch the night before work. I struggle when it comes to eating healthy at work because unless I prepare something at home, I will always spend a fortune on buying odd bits from the shop and they usually aren’t the healthiest. During winter it is so easy to make home made soup and freeze it in portions. It’s filling, warm and healthy.
- I’ve found that exercising with someone is far easier than doing it alone. Me and my brother are running together which makes going out in the cold a lot more bearable. I’m so glad we’ve both had a motivational kick at the same time, I just hope it lasts!
- Set yourself goals and targets. One thing we try to do is towards the end of the run, along the same road, we see how many lampposts we can sprint past before stopping. This really makes me push myself as I want to achieve more than I did the last time.
- Be equipped. Don’t go out in the dark without the right gear. I got myself a Petzl head torch to make sure I can see where I am going but more importantly so driver’s on the road can see me too. This counts for lightweight thermals during winter and any other suitable clothing to suit the weather.
- Don’t exercise to get to a certain size/weight, I’ve tried so many times and just end up just going back to how I was weeks later. This time, I’m going to try exercising regularly and making it a part of my every day routine so it will become something I do without thinking about it. However, it’s always good to have something to work towards. I’m currently aiming to have my dream beach body by Easter 2017 but I’ve given myself plenty of time to achieve this so I’m not dieting or over doing it, just adapting my lifestyle.
- If you are feeling hungry in between meals, drink water. I can’t tell you how much this has helped me. Sometimes your body is just dehydrated! It also helps to drink a pint of water before a meal, it fills you up and you a lot eat less.
- Don’t be so strict on yourself. If you fancy a piece of cake then don’t punish yourself! I don’t often fancy sweet things so when I do I know my body must be needing sugar. Having a balanced lifestyle is key for me. I can’t go without carbs or cheese in particular so I wouldn’t want you to deprive yourself of treats either!
In no means am I a health expert, I am just trying to kick my arse in to gear. I am doing what works for me by experimenting and not over doing it too much and thought some of you may be interested in watching my progress. I will still continue to document my fitness journey from now until I begin to see a real physical change but won’t be recording it every single day as it will become rather tedious and I am sure you don’t want to read that I have ran the same 2 miles I did yesterday. If anyone has any suggestions, particularly on diet and what to eat before/after working out please do leave me a comment below or tweet me, snapchat me, whatever! Let me know what you think about this post!