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I’m So Excited!

January is going to be a fantastic month!

  • I turn 30!
  • I am going skiing to Italy!
  • I am going to see Jillian Michaels in Cardiff – FRONT ROW VIP!

I am actually looking forward to turning 30 and leaving my twenties behind. The last decade hasn’t been a great one for me. I have learnt a lot and will be taking a lot of things forward in to the next decade to make it a good one. I feel as though I will be entering the next phase of my life and there are lots of possibilities for where my life might go.

I haven’t been on a proper holiday since before I bought my house, so I have always planned to go away for my 30th. I chose skiing as it is something I enjoy, but don’t get to do too often. Plus it makes a perfect January holiday destination. My sister and I chose Italy as we love that country, but have never been skiing there. I go on my actual birthday and will be spending the first week of my thirties enjoying myself in the mountains.

Then last night I received the email to say Jillian Michaels is coming to the UK for her Maximise Your Life tour and I had to get myself a ticket. I went on and had a look at costs and then found I could get a third row ticket and then got really excited. I then realised there was a different link in the email and got a middle front row ticket with VIP meet and greet and couldn’t turn it down. It’s on the pricey side, but I have been a big fan of Jillian Michaels for a long time and have followed her tour through her podcasts wishing she would come over to the UK.

All of this has given me determination and motivation to get myself focused on my nutrition and to build my fitness base back up so I can enter my thirties with the results I wanted from Project Lifestyle in the first place. I am feeling really positive and in a good place. I still have low moments, but I have the tools in place to make sure I come through them and learn from them. I am being more social then I have been in a few years and although I choose which events I go to, I am excited about finding new friends and enjoying my fitness clubs. Volunteering for events and swim coaching has been a fantastic thing for me. Getting my kittens has my house feel like a proper home. I really feel like the last year of my twenties I have stepped up my game and focused on the things that really matter to me, and stopped fretting about the things that don’t.

So as you can probably tell I am really looking forward to January!

I am also looking forward to December as I love Christmas too!

Honest With Myself

I hate what I am doing to my body at the moment. I am trying not to hate my body, but rather what the behaviours that are creating the body I currently feel so uncomfortable in.

My body has done nothing but good for me in the last few months. It has seen me through two triathlons and allowed my mind to gain strength.

However my behaviours and decisions have led to me putting on weight and being back to where I was at the start of the year. Six months into Project Lifestyle and I am making no progress on this area of my life.

That does not rule out the other areas where I have made fantastic progress and overall I feel happy with where my life is right now and I’m also content to see where it goes over the next year.

But I am truly uncomfortable in my body. This photo from the weekend made me realise I look as uncomfortable as I feel. This takes me back to a time when I was very unhappy in my life and I don’t want to go back there.

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With the temperature of the UK being lovely and warm I should be outside making the most of it and I am, but I am also hot and bothered most of the time. I am sweating and overheating doing the most basic of things. My clothes feel tight and uncomfortable and my hair feels too long and thick, so I am always wearing it up at the moment.  I waste money on food I don’t need and stress about the things I need when the month end comes round.  I eat to stifle my emotions and it hurts my body as well as my mind.

I feel like I am constantly repeating myself and not making progress or keeping my word. I feel I am letting myself down.  For me it is all about creating consistency. I am not making any radical changes to my diet. I am not cutting anything out or really adding anything in, unless I want to. I am just trying to not overeat and do that consistently.

I have 6 months until my 30th birthday and the end of Project Lifestyle. I know I can make fantastic changes in that amount of time, because I have done in the first 6 months of the project. I need to make sure I keep up those changes I’ve made and work on my behaviours to make other good changes that will help my body. I’ve bought the app Streaks to help me form the habits I want to in terms of consistency.

Random Things

It’s going to be a busy weekend so I wanted share some random things from the last week.

I picked up my road bike on Tuesday and it’s sat in my living room against the sofa so I can practice with the shoes and pedals.

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I’ve spent the week commuting to paper diaries and journals. So I use the Fitbook for my food, a hobbit Moleskine for my blog, a notebook for my positives journal, and have added back in my Filofax for my diary. I’ve also gig a set of molrskines to crest a health journal and to use after my Fitbook is finished to log my meals. I would live something that does it all, but yet to find something like that.

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I’ve also been thinking a lot about binge eating this week. I wish there was a way to just stop. I need to spend some serious thinking time understanding why I do it and what I can do to support my move away from its dependency.

That’s it for now. I’ve got my triathlon coaching assessment on sunday so I’ll be revising tomorrow then stressing until it’s over!

100 Reasons

I have been looking at why I sabotage myself. Looking at why in times of overwhelming emotions I turn to food. But more importantly why I want to change that. I’ve been inspired by Sarah McGee and created a list of 100 Reasons to remind myself why I want to make the changes I do. These are to help me with Project lifestyle.

So here are my 100 Reasons:

  1. To live for as long as I can

  2. To not waste time worrying about how my weight stops me doing things

  3. To have fun

  4. To be full of confidence

  5. To be happy

  6. To love myself no matter what

  7. To be able to sign up for any event knowing I could do it

  8. To enjoy competing

  9. To be faster at swimming

  10. To be faster at running

  11. To enjoy cycling

  12. To not waste money on rubbish food

  13. Because it feels good

  14. For the post workout high

  15. To be fit for life

  16. To buy clothes in any shop I want

  17. To feel comfortable in all my clothes

  18. To be know as active

  19. To wear pretty things

  20. To not worry about taking up too much space

  21. To be able to climb mountains

  22. To have more energy

  23. To sleep better

  24. To not sweat as much

  25. To fit the normal blood pressure monitor sleeve

  26. To stop my legs rubbing together (hence always wearing trousers)

  27. To never have to worry about a ‘maximum’ weight limit

  28. To be able to go horse riding

  29. To feel strong (physically and mentally)

  30. To set new goals and achieve them

  31. To push my limits and find new ones

  32. To be taken more seriously professionally

  33. To not always be thinking about the next meal

  34. To inspire others

  35. To inspire myself

  36. To be considered healthy

  37. To show others what I am capable of

  38. To prove myself wrong

  39. To feel sexy occasionally

  40. Because I love how treating my body well feels

  41. Because I only have one body

  42. Because I deserve love

  43. To keep setting PB’s

  44. To beat depression

  45. To be able to buy knee high boots that fit

  46. To be able to wear those knee high boots over skinny jeans

  47. Because each workout is a therapy session

  48. Because I don’t want to waste time being lazy

  49. To stop beating myself up

  50. To be a better person

  51. To smile more and more

  52. To be able to hold a conversation while running with my club

  53. To run with the main group of runners at club

  54. To keep up with the top swimming lane and take the lead

  55. I want to live everyday

  56. To be able to says ‘I’ve done that’ when someone asks

  57. To go hiking and enjoy every step, rather than count every step

  58. To develop a helpful relationship with food that supports my life

  59. To not worry if I’ll fit a high viz jacket while at work

  60. To take part in events and not worry about being lifted up by others

  61. To not have trousers cut me in half when I sit at my desk

  62. To fit shirts and other tops with sleeves that aren’t stretchy

  63. To wear dresses to work

  64. To wear dresses on nights out

  65. To last longer in high heels

  66. To not worry about injury

  67. To learn as I go and be like a sponge of knowledge

  68. To feel like I belong anywhere I want to be

  69. To appreciate my down time

  70. To be able to do Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred level 3

  71. To be considered healthy by my doctor

  72. To not worry about my blood pressure (although my doctor said was excellent in Jan 14)

  73. To be able to hold yoga positions for longer and lower

  74. To be able to bend forward when I’m sat with my legs straight out in front

  75. To not hurt my knees when helping out at swimming

  76. To do unassisted versions of exercises I currently do

  77. To live the life I want to live

  78. To not let my weight limit me

  79. To be like the people I admire

  80. To learn new things about myself

  81. To continue being adventurous and willing to try things

  82. To cultivate and maintain relationships

  83. To not be afraid to ask for help

  84. To big myself up among my peers

  85. To love every type of weather

  86. To not be self conscious about my body (especially in a wetsuit)

  87. To have clearer skin and be able to not wear makeup

  88. To create a self disciplined and focus self

  89. To be myself

  90. To make changes to myself because I already love myself

  91. To seek out new opportunities, rather than wait for them to happen

  92. To smash my 4000m meter swim session goal

  93. To feel good in running tights rather than a fat blob

  94. To be able to race, rather than know I’ll be beaten

  95. To be a triathlete

  96. To cycle to work regularly

  97. To dance more

  98. To laugh at myself

  99. To go paddle boarding more often

  100. To kick arse in anything I do (including my own arse!)

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2014 Triathlons and Planning

A month of 2014 has already passed and I am only just thinking about my training plan. I have been researching bikes and hope to order my new one next week once I’ve navigated the cycling lingo and make sure I get a good deal. I am going to be sharing a lot about my journey to triathlete as I am learning as I go. I’m going to be brutally honest all the way through.

My first honest confession is to do with cycling – I have no idea what I am doing!

I have no idea

Honestly no clue at all! I know I can cycle, but ask me to name something on a bike and I’m a complete girl. This is something I plan on changing this year!

So the training plan is going to build on everything I already do, but with extra effort going into the cycling aspect of my training. I’m going to come up with more of plan, once I have my bike. For the time being I am going to carry on with my running and swimming and add some strength and cross training in the mix as well.

I’ve signed up for two triathlons in May! Which is only 14/15 weeks away, so I need to get my act together.

I am taking part in my town’s first triathlon the Royal Wootton Bassett Triathlon. It is a 400m pool swim, 12 mile bike and a 5k run.

The other one I am going to do is the super sprint version of my first Triathlon last year – the Cotswold Super Sprint Triathlon. It is a 400m lake swim, a 20km bike, and a 5km run.

I am planning on doing another one in June and then in September, to bring my total to four. I’ve thought about more, but I like that these are all local. I also want to do some swimming and running events, and I don’t have an unlimited funds to enter events, so I am focusing on these and if I can do more it will be a bonus!

I’m working on my plan and will post more on that soon!

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