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Last weekday run

When the sun doesn’t rise until 07.34am & you have to get your regime in before starting work 🙄

One of the things I hate about Autumn/Winter, the dark mornings which means no more 5am runs in the bright sunshine, instead it’s dark runs in a bright jacket & an attached light just so you can been seen whilst running in pitch black which just aint happening so……this is my last weekday run 😑 (which ironically was an amazing one) it’s now back to weekend runs only & using my weekdays for home workouts for the next few months whilst tying to stay as motivated as possible during the upcoming winter months, I GOT THIS!!! No amount of Christmas advertising & festive food is going to stop me which I say every year but the difference this year is that I’ve actually kept it going for nearly a year, I am proud to say that I have dropped two dress sizes and lost around 2 stone, normally I am up and down and I stop and start and even though I have had cheat days and indulged I have still managed to get up and exercise without quitting like I have always been known to do.

So this winter is the test, I always use winter and Christmas as an excuse and then come the new year I gain all that weight again and make yet another new years resolution to lose weight and get in shape, not this time as I’ll be one step again, I’ll already been in shape, be fit and healthy as I am today.

Motivated as ever, stronger, fitter and healthier as ever and winter is not going to stop me and people that let it are making excuses, food is life and for some people so is Christmas but don’t let one day of the year and the build up to it ruin all your hard efforts over the past few months, carry on slaying and reward yourself on that big day, that’s my mission 😁

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Monday motivation

Lil warm up before my “80 day obsession workout” total time this morning, 60 minutes.

With it being darker in the mornings it means I can’t go running at my normal 5am time as it’s pitch black so I’m doing alot more home workouts especially with winter only around the corner but theres still no excuse not to exercise, where’s there’s a will there’s a way, I may even take up evening running 🤔

I always loved morning runs because it’s quite, no one around, whole street and park to yourself, no traffic, no crazy drivers driving through pedestrian crossings as I always encounter, with the evenings I find the total opposite but my problem every winter has been stopping running and putting on weight, especially with the georgous mince pies going on sale however this year it will be different.

Why? Because I’m not going to stop exercising, yes I will indulge and enjoy but I will still train insane and make sure I continue to run, even if it’s later in the morning on weekends, running by far is my fav thing to do and my home workouts have been an example that you dont need to pay for the gym to lose weight, its okay if you enjoy going but for me I never did. So far I have lose 2 stone and dropped nearly 3 dress sizes all from home workouts, running, eating good (no fad diets) and it wasn’t fast results either, it has taken the duration of this year, the right way, not the way that these celebrities advertise dropping a dress size in a week, there’s no rush, enjoy every moment, indulge and celebrate coming this far.

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Staying motivated

We all have moments in our fitness journey of feeling tired, drained and even sometimes a little bored of exercising even being a fitness freak which I have become. You have bad days where you can be stressed with money, work, relationships, family or just in general having too much going on in life that you just haven’t had a break in so long that life gets too much for you.

This has been the case for me, since leaving my last role where I was for 5 years it was almost like a wake up call go sort my life out, being 30 and not where I want to be I finally realised that in life I can’t wait for things to happen I have to make them happen which is why I initially got back into fitness and then I thought why not do this for a living and inspiring others which is what I am now doing as a coach, it’s very motivating because I’m helping people daily through sharing my journey on social media, through signging people up to my fitness programme and helping them lose weight and most importantly it means that I myself have to keep a healthy and lifestyle if I am the one that’s helping others to do the same.

But with doing that whilst juggling work through good and bad days how does one stay motivated, because let’s face it we have all had those days where we don’t exercise more at least 2 days and it’s a slippery slope to your old ways. It’s been 3 days since I have worked out due to be tired, stressed and super busy but again excuses are not going to get results, rest days are good an all but just like it’s easy to get into fitness it’s easier to get back out of it so here are some tips to stay as motivated as possible:

1. Music – music is life, it gets you through very bad days and definitely motivates you through exercising whether you’re in the gym or going for a run. I have a few playlists I have in Spotify and I have created my own as shown below:

2. Old pictures – look at old pictures and see how far you’ve come. Just started your journey? Look at pics of you now and ask yourself what your not happy with, use that to get you started.

3. Inspo – Obviously social media is so powerful for getting motivated, the hashtags on Instagram from #fitness #running #exercise #weightlossjourney can all provide you with so many people on the same journey as you, #weightlossresults is my fav before you can see so many posts of people that have had a drastic weightloss result which is so motivating and inspiring. If they can do if what’s stopping you?

4. Don’t be too hard on yourself, so okay it’s not your cheat day and you cheat, enjoy what you’ve had and carry on, my biggest mistakes back in the day was eating something I shouldn’t of an I’d thought I’ve cheated so I may as well binge on crap all day and start again next week, no that’s not the answer. Carry on eating healthy straight away, not tomorrow and not next week, one cheat is not going to kill you.

5. Have a journal, I bought two this week, one for my business and one for my fitness and weightloss journey do not includes daily calories, weight each week, all measurements and thoughts of the day, cheats and feelings almost like a diary. Most people use apps like my fitness pal but I think having a pen and pad is better because when your craving something naughty you can get your pad and write down how you feel, it’s therapeutic and it’s something better to do then being on your phone all the time, plus by the time you’ve added anything in your pad your cravings will be gone.

5. Healthy breakfast – this starts your day off nicley, it means your most likely to eat well all day.

6. Exercise first thing in the morning. I get that some people are just not morning people, I wasn’t either, everything is about routine, do something so often if becomes like second nature, just like a healthy breakfast it kick starts your day in a positive way and at least it’s out the way so when you finish work you can put your feet up. Also if your a runner like me or want to start out or join a gym you have the pleasure of knowing it’s quiet in the morning so you can pretty much have the gym or park to yourself and whislt it’s summer you can enjoy those bright mornings before those dark winter nights come around.

7. Buy some clothes in the size you want to go down to. I have loads that I never threw away and I will be wearing them soon. They are hanging in my wardrobe ready to be worn, I try them on every few weeks and there is no feeling then seeing that they are slowly starting to fit.

8. Set yourself competitions, with me as a runner I try and beat my time with every run, with routines such as the wall sit again I try and beat my time, knowing your getting better and stronger is fab motivation.

9. Sign up for something. I did the Birmingham marathon a few years ago and I’m thinking of doing something like that again. It’s something amazing to look forward to and it’s a reason to keep healthy and train and also a holiday, I really want to go away this year and a holiday is the perfect motivation.

10. Finally reward yourself every week, fortnight or month with a treat for all your hard work, new jeans, bag, trainers, whatever you fancy, again it’s something to look forward to and it motivation to keep going.

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Reasons to run

Running is by far my favourite exercise in the world 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️
Here are 10 reasons to take it up if you don’t already do it although there are literally over a hundred benefits of running that are not listed here.

I think the scary part for most people with taking up running is the fear of looking stupid or not being able to run that far.

Firstly for me I realised that no one pays attention to runners, if anything it’s an achievement in itself to even step outside & attempt it & secondly just like a baby, you have to take baby steps first & just with anything new, you learn, improve & get better with time.