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Health and Fitness Update 03

This week has been a funny old week for health and fitness.  My weight has stayed mostly the same (I put on a lb but I'm back to last week's weight today) despite some mostly healthy eating.  Last week I had bags of motivation and was feeling excited about exercising and eating good food, but this week I feel tired and lacking any kind of 'get up and go'.

I guess in truth, I do search for motivation in the numbers on the scales, which is the wrong way to go about it.  Or even just in the way my clothes feel or what I see in the mirror.  This week I've noticed my clothes feeling a bit tighter - work trousers that fit me a couple of months ago are now too small and even my winter coat is a stretch to zip up.  I know I can't expect to see results within a couple of weeks but I can feel a little bit of a knockback to be doing what I perceive to be all the right things and yet increasing in size not decreasing.

I've found myself feeling really overtired and rundown lately so on Wednesday I took the day off to have some chill time and tick some things off my to-do list.  I decided to start the day with a run, as well as booking to do the Nike 'We Own The Night' 10k in May with my friend Nicole which I'm super excited about.  I was hoping to do a 10k that morning since I had the luxury of time and a hot bath waiting for me, but it was something of an eventful run!

It started off really well with me bouncing along, feeling really positive and enjoying being out running.  It felt like a 10k was possible; my legs felt okay and my breathing was better than it usually is (I struggle with being able to regulate my breathing when running and run with a blue inhaler).  About 15 minutes into my run I came across this cheeky little chappy who ran across the road to greet me and then jumped up to say hello.


After searching around for the owners (and pausing my GPS watch!) I concluded that he was lost and phoned the number on his collar.  The owner said he must have escaped from her back garden again, but she was several miles away and had to send a friend to pick him up.  We waited patiently on the bench on the green for a little while before he was collected.  He was such a lovely dog, I was secretly a bit disappointed I didn't get to take him home, I think Bodhi would have liked him!

I then tried to run on to the beach but the only road to our nearest beach was flooded, and having already run through a puddle and soaked my trainers I decided not to wade through flood-water.  It was lightly drizzling but with beautiful blue skies and blazing sunshine, creating this beautiful rainbow that I ran towards for some time.  I didn't find a pot of gold though sadly...


In the end I managed 7.5k before I decided it was probably time to call it a day.  I'm very conscious of the fact that my ankle is still tender from my sprain in October and I don't want to overdo it.  It was very slow (as you can see from the time) but still a really enjoyable run (though my legs did hurt for the rest of the day!)


My trainers are looking a little bit tired at the moment and I've had to put some gel heel inserts in to stop my heels and calves from hurting after longer runs.  Tomorrow I'm going to go to a local running shop (Up and Running) to try and get some advice on some different running shoes.

Trainers

Last Friday I started a new yoga class with Hannah via a Living Social voucher for 10 classes.  It was very different to the other class I've been going to with a lot more focus on the spiritual side of yoga and a long relaxation/meditation session at the end.  It was a very new experience - practising relaxation under a fluffy blanket in a church hall, with the wind and rain lashing against the window, candles and incense burning and a man gently snoring away next to Hannah!  I think I prefer the other class for the fact that the teacher spends a lot of time focussing on form and helping you get into poses whereas this is a much larger class which I think makes that difficult.  Still I am envisaging that this will be me and Hannah on Southbourne beach come the summer!


I've also been really enjoying discovering new health and fitness blogs this week which are helping in my battle for motivation.  Pumps and Iron's 450-rep workout has made me add a gym ball to my shopping list and I'm planning to try the routine next week.  I'm also getting major body and fitness inspiration from Lydia Elise Millen and I loved her fitness FAQ this week.

How are you getting on with your health and fitness goals this week? How do you find motivation (and can you give me some!)?

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17 comments

  1. I definitely lose motivation when I feel like I'm being healthy, but the scale doesn't reflect my hard work--it's almost impossible not to let it get to you. I got new running shoes for Christmas and they've been a great help in motivating me to get out there and exercise!

    xRachel

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  2. Keep at it Rosie. 7.5k is more than I could ever DREAM of running! I celebrated my 23rd this week... The naughtiness started on Friday night for Valentines - not that kind of naughtiness - the wine and pitta bread dipped in hummus kind! And it all went downhill from there; burgers, cake, chips, brownies, crisps, more wine! I weighed in at Slimming World last night and was not even half surprised to have put on 2.5lbs. I am still gutted but only have myself to blame. Determined to have an amazing week this week and get that 2.5lb off! Hope you have a fab week too, and a lovely weekend. Rosie x
    Every Word Handwritten

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  3. I've been suffering with this as well this week - the evil glass plate in the bathroom hasnt been kind this week even though I've eaten cleaner then clean!!
    We just need to keep going, we all have rough weeks but it will get better (hopefully)

    xx

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  4. Leave it to me to take a well written and motivating blog post and get distracted by the dog but what a little love bug! Anyways...motivation is really hard for me to come by at the moment. Between school and work it's really hard to find time to do anything exercise wise and it's even harder to cook something when I could just pop a frozen pizza in the oven and be done with it. I've just started scheduling workouts (like writing in my schedule that from 1-1:30 I will be running) and that has helped a bit because I love the satisfaction of checking them off. But like Rachel, I bought new running shoes and that does the trick too because they are so comfortable that it doesn't hurt to run anymore so I actually don't mind getting up to run. Hope you have an amazing weekend! I'm loving these updates so thank you for the motivation! :)

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  5. I've just joined my local leisure centre and also want instant results! I'm just trying to find the routine and classes that work for me then I'm sure i'll start to see more results. I should sign up for a race like you have done in the past to get some motivation! I would love to know what other fitness blogs you have found.

    capturingthewanderlust.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. I get bouts and droughts of enthusiasm for healthy eating and exercise for seemingly no reason. I guess it affects us all at some point unfortunately.
    Such a cute dog you found, glad he got his happy ending :) x

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  7. I know how you feel with being disappointed about not losing/feeling better despite doing the right things. I'm the same at the moment, been really good food wise and alright exercise wise, but have been either gaining or going back to my 'start' weight, it's very discouraging. Wish I had your motivation to go for a run in spite of it! I'll do a dvd work out then wallow in self pity usually haha. Not good considering I'm doing the 26 mile moon walk in June!

    Good luck finding your motivation! If you have any spare, feel free to send it my way.


    Jayde | iamjayde.co.uk

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  8. LOL I saw Devyn's post and thought 'girl after my own heart!' gets distracted by the dog! Rosie - great way to draw the reader in! As someone who's been at the other end of the spectrum and overly obsessive about food and exercise but have now managed to get a much better balance - what I can add to this discussion is to stay stick at it, expect to have good times and others when you fall off the wagon, but try to keep in mind how much better you'll feel mentally let alone physically when you do eat well and exercise x

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  9. I'd quite like a gym ball too, after using one at the gym yesterday. That routine looks great! Must try.
    I follow quite a lot of 'health and fitness types' on instagram which I find helps for inspiration and motivation. My motivation hasn't been great this week either - I've done well at the gym, but have made some bad choices food wise. But planning to get back into it this weekend! xx

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  10. Love the sound of the yoga classes, I've always wanted to give that a go! It's so hard to motivate yourself, I've always wished I was one of these people who were consistent in their health and fitness...! Keep going, you sound like you are doing well!
    Katie x
    http://www.missenchanting.co.uk/

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  11. I have always wanted to take up running because there are no real restrictions, I could do it whenever I liked, I'm just too lazy and have never actually tried it. Living in the city also means there aren't that many picturesque places for me to run through, which I know would motivate me so much more. Maybe I need to stop making excuses and get my butt into gear!x

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  12. I stay motivated thinking of going on holiday and wanting to feel confident in my summer clothes/a bikini etc. Eating comfort food and not exercising is fun at the time but I try to think of how it will make me feel in the long run. It's not easy but after a few weeks of doing it consistently it becomes part of a routine. x

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  13. Keep going Rosie! I think it would be a lie by all of us if we didn't judge our success by the numbers on the scale at some point, especially in the beginning. I'm literally just starting out on a fitness regime, I'm going to start going for a light jog of a morning soon in which I then hope to progress into a bit of a run. I have asthma and I'm not very fit to be honest so the two combined is worrying me a little bit, I'll see how I get on.

    I'll keep coming back to read your updates :)

    Amy x | A Little Boat Sailing

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  14. Still keeping on. Not feeling much different at the moment though.

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  15. That was me that just said that lol. Didn't realize I was logged in biz email.

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  16. Haven't been doing very well at all!! Feel like I've lost my way with my eating a bit this week, trying to get back on track today though! You always inspire me to want to start running, maybe one day I'll actually get out there and do it!! xx

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