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I have to apologies to all my lovely readers for going a little MIA over the last few months and falling off the edge of the World. I had a little dry patch in my fitness and healthy lifestyle and in tern didn’t have the motivation to exercise or blog anymore.
Over the last few months I have blogged about gym, weight loss and healthy eating but yet I haven’t been following my own advice. I have only gone to gym once or twice a week, always having a sneaky sweet or packet of chips and then trying to appear to you all that sticking to this healthy lifestyle is easy.
I have felt so guilty about it that I’ve even stopped posting updates as often.
I think my first step to getting back on track is to admit my mistakes, come clean about my bad habits and then start taking steps back in the right direction.
Looking in to mirror this morning I could see how the past few months had changed my body already. I hadn’t got to my goal weight yet but I was still looking good and now I feel fat and frumpy. Tonight I went to my usual spinning class but pushed myself back into action.
It’s going to take one step at a time to get back on track but im not throwing all my hard work down the drain so I am going to make sure I get back to the motivated person I was a few months ago.
So as most of you all know I’m not some big hot shot company or event planner that can whip together a 10 000 man run through London in the next few months, but don’t worry I have found a way to make sure we do it.
We are going to raise money for research into Birdshot Chorioretinopathy, a rare, auto-immune, blinding disease that is treated with toxic medications to try and preserve sight, but leaves patients with severe side effects. We are planning to set up a biobank to hold samples from all Birdshotters so that research can be undertaken to prevent the next generation being blinded, or at least find medications that are less toxic and do not destroy their quality of life.
Rea Mattocks has set up a charity, BUS – the Birdshot Uveitis Society and they have partnered with Fight For Sight, the leading charity that funds research into eye diseases, and all money from this walk will go specifically to Birdshot and the biobank.
We need £140,000 and this is the start of their fund raising journey.
This should be great fun, a chance to make some new friends and finish with drinks/fun somewhere in the West End – and of course raise money for Charity at the same time.
To enter, we need to pay a £25 registration fee and then commit to raising a minimum of £150 through sponsorship.
Please let me know if you are interested and ill send you more details!
This should be loads of fun and a start to the many fun events I would like to be a part of!
This year has started off very bumpy, my personal trainer moved back to Brazil and since then I have found it hard to get back into the swing of things. I also went home for a few weeks in February and found myself eating out every lunch and dinner. Now trying to eat right again is proving to be very difficult.
I have tried everything to get back into it but nothing seems to work. I have gone from going to gym every day to maybe twice a week.
Does anyone have any suggestions that would help me get back on track?
I know I can’t speak for the English but I’m sure most South Africans can agree that one of the hard things about living in London is the lack of wide open spaces. Yes I know there are a lot of parks and commons to take a stroll in but sometimes it would be nice to see a horizon in the distance and not the next sky rise building.
I have recently learnt that there are thousands of miles of former railway lines open to the public, offering traffic-free, family-friendly routes.
The air is crisp and the only sound is birdsong or perhaps a stream running alongside the path. The pleasure of stretching your legs and enjoying the fresh air is even sweeter because there are no cars around, no large buildings blocking your view.
There are plenty of historical interests to. Look out for the signs along the way explaining the history of the line and the area.
The closest route in London is the Parkland Walk, London
A four-mile treelined route known as the Parkland Walk. The route is mostly flat but there are a couple of slopes due to tunnel closures. It can be muddy.
It is London’s longest Local Nature Reserve, with more than 2,000 wild flower species recorded, as well as hedgehogs, foxes and the occasional muntjac. It is also part of the Better Haringey Walking Trail, a 12-mile circular walk around the borough of Haringey.
You can access the walk at the following points:
- Finsbury Park, N4
- Oxford Road, N4
- Florence Road, N4
- Lancaster Road, N4
- Stapleton Hall Road, N4
- Blythwood Road, N4
- Crouch End Hill, N8
- Crescent Road, N8
- Holmesdale Road, N6
- Cranley Gardens, N10
- Muswell Hill Road underpass, N10
- St James’ Lane, N10
- Muswell Hill Road, N10
What do I need?
- You don’t need any special equipment– just comfortable shoes or boots.
- Most railway line walks are easy to navigate, so you won’t always need a map. But do consider taking an Ordnance Survey or Sustrans map if you think you may need help finding the start of the route, or to help you work out where the nearest café, or other destination, might be.
- Take a bottle of water with you. If you’re going on a longer walk, you may also want a snack such as a banana or some sandwiches.
- Choose a rucksack with padded straps, which is easier to carry than a carrier bag or handbag.
- Wear layers that you can take off if you get too warm, and take a hat and gloves and a waterproof jacket just in case.
After my last post I managed to get some weird virus and it put me out of gym for a few days. All is well now and I managed to do my first training session at the gym last night for my running challenge.
I have decided to approach the first two weeks in a more relaxed manor and instead of setting myself targets everyday on how far or long I should run on the treadmill I am going to set myself the “no look challenge”.
I’m sure I’ve got you all confused now, let me explain. I find every time I run on the treadmill I stare at the screen and either I keep thinking “oh no, its only been 2minutes I’m going to die” or “oh my word I’ve run for more then 2 minutes I must be tied by now” and ultimately a few seconds later I have reduced to a walk.
To avoid this I’m setting the “no look challenge”. I’m going to do my warm up and then set the treadmill to a
nice jogging pace, I’m not allowed to look at the screen from here on, just keep on jogging if I feel tied I’m going to see how far I can push through.
Let’s see how it goes.
I love birthdays, not only mine but everyone’s. They make people feel special, I day dedicated to them and only them.
As a present to myself I wanted to have lost 10kg, I’m not exactly there, I weighed myself last night and I’m 9kg lighter then when I started this challenge. But come on, that’s a huge achievement! Today is my day and I’m proud of myself.
Getting fit takes hard work and dedication. If your doing it right it also takes time. Learn to give yourself a pat on the back, a well done for all the hard work you put in. The only person motivating you is yourself and if you can’t be proud of yourself its going to be much harder to achieve your goals.
Ps: I’ed love to hear about your achievements!! Let’s help motivate each other
Last night I arrived at gym for my usual spinning class, but noticed that there was a new class that started at the same time that targeted legs, bums and tums (LBT). Since I started the gym I have only managed to do the spinning classes as the others don’t fall into the time I can get to the gym.
I decided to give it a go… Well, let’s say that Mila’s class is crazy. Its a real work out, you can feel all your muscles working to keep up with her. Even though I thought I might just die half way through the class, I also realised that a few months ago I would never have been able to keep up the way I did. Its amazing to see how much my fitness has improved.
I have decided to give up one spinning class a week and replace it with the LBT class.
I’m going to have a great beach body by summer!!!