We are well into April now and so it is time for me to reflect on my fitness mission for March. The past month has flown by crazily fast with lots of busy days and weekends, as well as some serious bouts of bugs for me. I can't believe I am only three months into this journey, I feel like I have been running for so much longer than that.
I turned 30 at the start of the month, something which in part I think is contributing towards me wanting to feel better about myself. I just want to get my confidence back and feel good about myself again, of course Spring and the thought of Summer makes me want to do this too.
Anyway to this month...
I am still addicted to running, I cannot believe how much I enjoy it. The hardest part for me is getting on my trainers and actually going, I really do often feel like backing out and not doing it, but once I am out there I feel so much better. Although of course occasionally I decide not to bother. I have got into a little pattern of doing one or two short runs in the week of just 5k as I have found a perfect little loop that takes me right back to my house, and then a longer run at the weekend. The most I have done is 8 miles and I felt amazing, but my knee hurt for a fair few days afterwards.
I have had two sickness bugs this past month which has really put a stop to my running as it has left me feeling really weak and not good at all. So this has hampered my overall progress. I find that I am really competitive with myself though and enjoy trying to break my records. When I started running in January I could hardly run a mile and was doing 5k in about 35 minutes. My fastest time to date is 26.35, so I am really pleased with how I am doing.
Mr E supports me so much with my fitness and running, like he does in everything and for my birthday he bought me a Nike Sports Watch. It's really brilliant and means I don't have to carry my phone about anymore. It also syncs to the Nike+ community on my phone too and I am loving it so far. He also brought me an iPod shuffle from the girls with a message engraved on the back from them meaning I have some great playlists to keep me motivated.
I have set myself the goal of running three races so far this year including two half marathons. They are still pretty far away so I am not too nervous about them just yet, but I know I will be nearer the time. If anyone fancies sponsoring me, my Just Giving page is here.
I decided to cancel my gym membership that I started in January because I just wasn't going regularly enough, I much prefer getting outdoors instead. However because I am wanting to tone as well as shed fat, Mr E brought me a kettlebell and at least once a week I do a kettle bell workout off You Tube. They are great and I really feel like my muscles are working when I do them.
Food wise I have not been so good this month. I have eaten out a fair bit, for my birthday, for random nights and days and for a recent hen weekend and as such I have no willpower when it comes to tasty treats. Plus I cannot resist cinema pick n mix and the odd Dominoes pizza! Also because I have had the two tummy bugs I have not really eaten properly at all for a few days and then been starving so eaten rubbish as a result. However because I am exercising I find that I can treat myself every now and again.
I find that I am really good and won't need or crave chocolate or sweet things, until Mr E has some in the house and then I literally don't have any willpower at all. I cannot sit next to him on the sofa while he is eating mini eggs and not eat them and then once I have one it's almost like I have unleashed my inner chocolate monster and then I eat far too many.
We are still really boring with our evening meals and I do need to try and be more adventurous. I struggle with lunch times especially as I need something quick, so I usually eat two Warburtons Sandwich Thins with chicken and rocket and then some Vegetable crackers. But I do find wheat bloats me so if anyone has any yummy lunch ideas do let me know!
I have been quite bad with my water intake, I started off so well at the start of the year but I have gone back down to hardly even drinking half a litre a day. I am also drinking way too much diet coke again, as it satisfies my sweet tooth.
Overall March has been a funny old month. I feel like I have taken a step back with my running a little due to the fact that I have been poorly, so in April I am going to concentrate on trying to run farther for my long weekend runs. However I am really pleased with my times, I just need to try and up my distance.
I haven't lost any more weight as I have hit my one stone target of what I wanted to achieve but I have lost another inch around my waist, meaning that I have lost 4 inches overall. That is quite amazing really, but I still do have a rounded tummy- it seems the more I lose everywhere else the worse my tummy looks. I know that I have had two children, but I do want to try and tone it a little more if I can.
I feel so much more confident in myself and it's having such a great effect on my wellbeing. I got some birthday money and went shopping, and for the first time in about three years I actually felt ok looking at myself in the changing room mirror. I am loving having new outfits and not hiding in old, frumpy clothes. I also have a lot more energy and just generally am having a lot more of a positive outlook, and that is what I wanted to achieve the most.
This is the longest I have ever stuck at regular exercise and I definitely have running to thank for that. My lovely husband is also training to compete in a dualathon in May, and we are both really enjoying this new found shared interest we have. It's honestly great, and if you are wanting to start exercising but are nervous or unmotivated, I couldn't recommend it enough.
(Check out my January and February fitness posts)