Health and fitness resolutions - an update5 March 2015
I haven't written much about my health and fitness routine on here for a few weeks so I thought it would be good to check in and talk about my current gym routine and how the 'bridal boot camp' (as my Personal Trainer calls it) routine is going. It's currently 43 days until the wedding (six weeks tomorrow - cue palpitations) and 47 days until we go off for our honeymoon. Weirdly I think the drive to feel confident in a bikini is more than that of the wedding dress - you're much more exposed in a bikini and I don't want to spend the whole month trying to cover up my belly!
The exercise element of my routine is going okay. My current week has looked like this:
Saturday - Boxing class and then gym session
Sunday - 10k run
Monday - Rest day
Tuesday - Personal training session
Wednesday - Interval run
Thursday - Rest day
Friday - Morning yoga class (maybe evening run also)
>> pre-gym selfie
This is the first week I'm probably going to hit my aim of five sessions of either weights or cardio however as most other weeks recently real life has taken over and work has meant I've not got to the gym in time for a class or I've been away and had to miss my weekend sessions. I feel more motivated with the exercise element though and am trying to find ways to fit in runs in the morning before work as I know mornings are my best time for exercise (though the 6am alarm is tough!)
The 10k run on Sunday was just lovely - I'd bought some new running leggings from Nike in Gunwharf and was keen to put them through their paces! New exercise gear is such a motivator for me.
We went to the forest and ran a route where we know each lap is just over 3k so it's easy to keep track of your route and distance. It was a beautiful sunny day and not too cold (but not too warm) - perfect running weather. I love running in the forest as there's so much to see and soak up, so it doesn't get boring. Plus, running with Tom is a nice way for us to chat and catch up, as between work, gym, blogging and social bits we haven't spent that much time together lately.
I must admit that the diet is going less well. My plan from my trainer is to eat lots of lean protein and rice and salad etc, but I had a bit of a naughty weekend including take-away pizza, lunch at Jamie's Italian, and other various indulgences. Plus I had to take in my nutrition diary to the gym on Tuesday, and my trainer raised an eyebrow at all the Mini Eggs and cake I'd been consuming - the office is a dangerous place at the moment! Yesterday we went for all you can eat Italian, and today my lunch consisted of three cakes. Someone tell me to step away from the pizza and cake!
I think if I really knuckle down and get my diet on track however, I could definitely meet my goals pre-wedding and pre-honeymoon. It would be amazing to be able to flounce around on the Bali beaches in a bikini and not be grabbing for the nearest kaftan (I do not own a kaftan, but you know what I mean).
Prioritising my health is really key for me at the moment, and I went to a really exciting talk with my friend Olivia last night about a potential opportunity for the future linked to health and wellbeing. During the event we learned all about cell health and all of the health complications that come from free radicals like pollution, stress, pesticides in food, smoking, alcohol and so on. It made me realise how much you have to prioritise your health, and how, for someone like me whose main 'intention' is to live a big, fulfilling, adventurous life - it's so crucial to ensure that you are looking after yourself in terms of your health, wellbeing, fitness and self-care, to allow you to do so. Personal penguin trainer will keep me on track!
How are you keeping to your 2015 health and fitness resolutions?
>> Legal and General Life Cover challenged me to write about my health and fitness resolutions as part of a collaboration.
>> Sorry for the phone pics - I don't take my camera out with me when I'm out running, obvs!