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.
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!)?