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.
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?
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!!
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.
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!
As promised here are the figures for my first week. A step in the right direction after not exercising as much as I would have wanted to this week but certainly cutting down on carbs and portions! And this is post dinner.