Hello Weekend

Well, I think I’ve smashed this Saturday morning.

Remember yesterday’s no motivation post?

Well I’ve completed a Nike morning workout for just under half an hour and also the Couch to 5 k first run for half an hour too. But you’re on week two I hear you say… I’m starting again for my partner who has decided they want to do it too.

Have a great weekend all!

S x

Motivation or Lack of

I don’t know whether it’s the intense humid heat that’s made me lethargic and lacking energy this week or just pure laziness. I’ve done absolutely no extra exercise. I’ve had zero motivation whatsoever.

After a days work in full PPE in the hospital, sweating and aching legs make getting up and going out to exercise once getting home even harder.

What does not help is that I am way overdue on my period. My hormones are still all over the shop.

Just need that bit of mentality back to get out of the rut that this week has been.

What do you all use for motivation when you get like this?

S x

Weekly Weigh In – Wk 8

It’s officially 2 months in to these weigh-ins and I must say I’m not impressed. In all I’ve solidly lost 3ibs give or take. IN 2 MONTHS! Most people would have lost half a stone/a stone or even more by now. I am being more active, I’ve made dietary changes and lifestyle changes and still I’ve only gone down this much. Evidently another notch needs cranking up. Even with all of the changes being made my hormones are still not behaving and I’ve skipped another period which won’t help the small matter of dropping a few pounds.

Anyhow, this evening drew to a close with a 12 mile bike ride to one of my workplaces for me to test out timings as I am wanting to cycle to work when I’m placed at that one specific site (and it’s not raining). It’s defo doable and I’m looking forward to using my bike more. Potentially not cycling tomorrow though to give my bottom a rest!!

Week 2 Run 1 – C25K

Today, I could not be bothered. Hormonal and knackered from work, I got home, showered and set up for an evening watching TV adamant that I wasn’t going to move. My thoughts then turned to potential dinner options, I hadn’t nipped you the shop like I had intended to so I had very limited options – all of which pasta based. Having bought a work canteen meal, a voice in the back of my head started niggling “you have to get off of your fat arse Sophia”. And so, reluctantly, I got up, got dressed and went out on my first run of week 2 of the couch to 5k.

I knew that this run wasn’t going to be nice as 1) I wasn’t in the mood and 2) as I was away last week, it had been 2 weeks since my last run. Rather than 60second runs followed by 90sec walks, week 2 consists of 90sec runs and 120sec walks with the 5 minute warm up and cool down walks obviously. And don’t you feel it! Those extra 30 seconds really do make all the difference. The entire workout is only a few seconds to a minute more than last week but you do get substantially further. It will be great to see if the next two are equally as hard.

S x

Friday Hike

Friday was a decent day for our temperamental British weather. We decided to make the most of it and go for a hike up Kinder Scout from Edale and back around again.

The whole walk was just over 10 miles. It was beautiful the entire way even when I was sweating my head off puffing away trying to climb up Jacob’s Ladder.

Our route down took a slight death defying turn when I took us down the wrong path that abruptly ended at a steep rocky waterfall that we had to clamber down. Made it all the more fun though!

Here are just a few snippets I took along the way. They don’t quite do the actual sights any justice though.

Weekly Weigh in Wk 6/7

I must start this post by making two apologies. The first for the state of my scales. The second for the fact I missed last weeks weigh in , I’ve been on ‘holiday’.

This is back in the right direction again, even though it’s only a small loss. Now I am back home I can get back on to my C25K and also cycling as I’ve just bought a bike!! Exciting times.

Keep safe all.

S x

Couch Potato to 5K

Within 20 minutes of writing my ‘weekly weigh in week 5’ post and saying I needed to do more… I had downloaded the Couch to 5K app and headed out on my first run.

If you have been following from THE beginning you will know that when I first started running ever I literally just ran and only walked when I absolutely had to. Due to my level of absolute zero fitness and weight, I decided to take a different approach this time and see what all the fuss was about with the couch to 5k app. (Available to download at: https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/one-you-couch-to-5k/id1082307672)

It felt horrible but great to be out running once more and although overall I only ran for 8 solid minutes… that was enough for me. The 90 second walks between the 60 second runs were welcome breaks. They even felt a tad too long at points. The only downside was that I had planned my route so my last cycle of running was in the middle of a HUGE hill. Still, it will be a good way of seeing improvement. Only 29mins approx overall but that was better than 29minutes extra sat on my gluteus maximus.

Again, I shall post ‘evidence’ of run completion as I go along as an added spur.

Let me know if you have used/are using this app and if so how you found/are finding it!

Weekly Weigh In Wk 5

Week 5 and although it’s still a couple of pounds – after this long this is not good enough. It is clear that more work is required to help my health and keep losing but at a quicker rate.

First of all – more of a calorie deficit. I have cut down with my food but obviously more is needed.

Secondly – more exercise. I have been going on walks but, again, more is needed. I am still not fit enough to start running (I feel I am too heavy for my already bad knees to take it) however I feel that I must just risk this to try and change things. Also – I have just bought a bike which I shall show you all later. Very excited to go on bike rides soon!

Let’s see how next weeks weigh in fairs!