I cannot believe how fast the month's are whizzing by, July has been and gone and it is now time for another one of my fitness updates. I was really overwhelmed with how kind everyone was after I braved putting my wobbly bits on the internet last month, so thank you for whoever took the time to comment on that post.
It's been a relatively slow month when it comes to fitness, but here is how I got on...
We have been so busy over the Summer that I am really finding it hard to fit exercise in on a regular basis. I always said that you can always find time, but I find that looking after two children, being self employed, going away so much on day trips and weekends over the Summer, working plus blogging too, means that I have been struggling to find the time recently. That said I have still been running at least once or twice a week, but I really want to be doing more. I went back to my local Park Run one Saturday, which I really enjoy, but haven't been able to go back since as we literally have been busy every Saturday. I am hoping that come October when we aren't so busy, I will be able to go on a more regular basis. I also did something pretty brave for me and went along to one of my local running clubs weekly runs, it was good but also I found that they stopped a lot and chatted when I kind of just want to get on with it. I want to go back but again I just haven't had time and now I feel a little bad and nervous about going again after not going for few weeks.
I haven't beaten any of my personal best times for ages, which I am a little disapointed about as I like to set myself challenges, but I did run my furthest so far in July. I ran ten miles one Sunday afternoon, which was a killer but I was so pleased I did it and I did it again a week or so later. By the end my knee's were really sore though and I felt really weak so I need to read up on fuelling a bit more and learning what's best to take with me on my longer runs. This month sees me tackle my first half marathon and to say I am nervous would be an understatement- I am absolutely terrified. I haven't trained anywhere near as much as I should have done and therefore feel really unprepared.
I have also been doing mini kettle bell sessions a couple of nights a week. When I say mini, I mean mini- usually around ten minutes. I watch kettlebell workouts on You Tube and myself and Mr E have a good collection of weights now. I am definitely starting to see definition in my tummy now, while the bottom still sticks out and I have a small amount of excess skin, (hello 9lb babies) I can actually feel muscle at the top which hasn't happened before ever! I enjoy using kettlebells as I can work out in the comfort of my own home, although you definitely need a reasonable sized space as you do have to swing them around a fair bit!
My diet hasn't been great this month, but compared to what it was like in January, anything is an improvement. We have eaten out a lot this month due to days out, weekends away and other bits and bobs. I am still finding that I am ok with food unless we have lots of treats in the house, then I just don't have the willpower to stop. For example I got a tub of Ben and Jerry's the other day (the new Greek Yoghurt one- try it!) and ate the whole thing in one sitting. If there is chocolate or anything sweet in the house I just can't resist it, and of course I can't resist yummy food when we are eating out. However we are still making a conscious effort when we are at home and eating to think a little more about what we are eating, having smaller portions etc. I have a huge obsession for greek yoghurt and strawberries at the moment, which still is pretty full of sugar but a lot better than having chocolate every evening like we used too.
My diet coke obsession is still getting worse, I am finding I crave the sweetness more than ever, especially if I am having a 'good' day and not treating myself to anything else. At the moment, I probably don't even drink a glass of water a day, I was so good at the start of the year, but I find it boring and just forget. I really need to get back to drinking two litres if I can as I can really notice the difference in my skin and also my headaches if I dont.
Overall I am still so pleased with how I am getting on with my twelve month fitness mission I set myself in January. I am now 2lb shy of having lost two stone since January, and while I have put on a couple of pounds since last month, I am pleased that I am actually starting to see some muscle poking through my wobbly bits! I am so pleased I have stuck to it for this long, after not having done regular exercise for years, it has completely transformed the way I feel about myself, and has helped me regain some confidence when it comes to buying clothes and just generally the way I look. But above all, I genuinely do enjoy the feeling that exercise gives me and that is something I never thought I would say. I love starting to feel stronger, and the fact that I no longer get out of breath walking up the stairs. I feel that this is just the start of my addiction to fitness and I love that even though I have bad days, I still want to learn and do more.
Running in exotic locations in July- first up in Rhodes.
And with some new mates in Wales.
My new obsession. Beats chocolate buttons. Although I still eat those too. ;)