Age, Exercise, Fitness, Gardening, Health, Holiday, Lifestyle, Perimenopause, Running

I need a swift kick up the arse!

Since I got back from my holiday to Provence in the south France over two months ago I have been unable to get back into the healthy lifestyle I was in before I went. I used to have a green smoothie every day, I rarely ate bread or processed foods, filled up on vegetables and if I wanted something sweet I ate some fruit. I drank water and green tea and took a concoction of supplements, I went to the gym, A LOT, I enjoyed my classes and I looked forward to going to them.

At first I blamed France and the two weeks of wine, bread, cheese, cake and all the foodie loveliness I had eaten while there. Here are some examples…

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I have also blamed the perimenopause of which I am in full swing but any symptoms are eased when I excercise and eat healthy and are worse when I’m being unhealthy! I also blame working late and being tired for not cooking and eating crap.

They are just excuses to ease my mind and take the blame away from me but I know that I only have myself to blame.

I have tried to be good, I really have, and I have been going to the gym as much as I can and I got an allotment two months ago and so have been doing a lot of digging. Alas I have just used this as an excuse to eat more, not more of the healthy stuff but more of the crap! I’m also not enjoying my gym classes as much at the moment and I don’t know why but is probably why I don’t feel the slightest bit guilty if I miss a session. Plus I still haven’t started the ‘couch to 5k’ I wrote about a month ago and I am very frustrated with myself. I tell myself on a regular basis that tomorrow will be the day that I start being healthy again but tomorrow comes and goes and any effort I do make is soon gone. The mad thing is I much prefer healthy food to the crap, I love salad and all veggies (hence the allotment) but I have eaten fewer salads this summer than I did last winter.

And so I am here to say ‘tomorrow I am going to start again’. I intend to get up early and start my day with lemon water and a quick yoga session to wake me up, then I will go to the gym and do a Bodypump class when I get home I will make a green smoothie. As I don’t have work tomorrow I will prepare some meals for the week ahead so I’m not tempted by the crap when I get in late on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. I will also prepare lunch to take with me on the days I’m working. I am going to Zumba and Pilates on Tuesday night but will miss yoga on Wednesday and Zumba on Thursday as I’m working late both nights but instead of coming in and flopping in front of the telly I’m going to do a yoga session of my own and maybe Thursday will be the night I start the ‘couch to 5k’. On Friday I will go to Bodybalnce in the morning then my mum is coming to stay for a couple of days as I am graduating on Saturday and on Sunday I will take her home and visit my dad and nan while I’m there so the weekend will have to be non-exercise days.

Hopefully in a week or two and I’ll be back in the swing of it all.

So there you go…

Bob’s your uncle, Fanny’s your aunt, a whole week of being healthy!

Wish me luck 🙂

Age, Fitness, Health, Lifestyle, Perimenopause, Running

Total couch to 5k in 9 weeks – I’m actually going to give running a serious go!

I hate running! I really hate running! It’s not like I’ve never run. I’ve done ‘Race for Life‘ 5k’s a few times but all except the last one was a mix of running and walking. The last run I did was the inaugural ‘City of London Mile‘ in 2014 of which my eldest son was race director. But like I say I hate it, every minute of it, I cannot emphasise just how much I detest running!  But, and it’s a big but(t), ha ha, I have realised that running is the only thing I’ve not seriously tried in my quest to lose the bugbear that is middle-age spread!

So I am going to give ‘Total Couch to 5k in 9 weeks’ a go, the app of which I installed on my phone over 3 months ago, I mean how hard can it be to fit in 30 mins 3 days a week?! It turns out it’s harder than it should be, I keep going through my diary trying to pencil in 3 days a week with a day off in between and it has been nigh on impossible so far! I don’t work normal hours, no Monday to Friday 9-5 for me, in fact there is no pattern to my working week. No two weeks or two days are ever the same, I often work long days and finish late plus it’s very sedentary, mostly driving and sitting.  I’m self-employed so things can change with very little notice and I cannot turn down work because I was going to go for a run! When I do have time off I more often than not have other commitments, in addition to my ‘day job’ I also have an Etsy shop and I am looking to extend the stock with hand-knitted items.

I have also just become the proud owner of an allotment which is going to take up much of my spare time but at least that is physical and I won’t be sitting on my arse like I do for most of the other things I do, including writing this blog!  And it’s not like I don’t do any other exercise, exercise that I actually enjoy and look forward to doing, which I am loath to give up in order to fit running in.

Blah, blah, blah…. excuses, excuses, excuses! So watch this space I am going to start running and when I do I will hopefully learn to enjoy it, afterall millions of people can’t be wrong can they?  I have pencilled it in my diary to go for my first 30 minutes on August 31st and fingers crossed it will happen but don’t hold your breath! :-s

 

Age, Fitness, Health, Lifestyle, Perimenopause, Uncategorized

The big five-O!

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I am 50! That’s fifty! As in half a century! The big five-0!

And I’ve no idea how I got to be middle-aged, it just kinda crept up on me!

I don’t feel it, most of the time, then I wake up with a dodgy shoulder, knee or hip for no apparent reason, plus I knick my hubby’s glasses to read some really teeny tiny writing that I swear I could have read unaided only last week but I’ve been doing it more frequently over the last few months! Getting old sucks, and yes I agree 50 ISN’T OLD, I shout it at the telly every time one of those 50+ life plan adverts comes on, okay if you’re under 30 then you probably think 50 is old, but let me tell you it’s not, only you don’t realise it until you’re here!

So about a year ago, 6 months before I hit the big five-0 and the menopause took over my life I decided that I should change my lifestyle to counteract all the crap that was starting to happen to my body that I seemed to have no control over.  I started going to the gym more and trying different exercise classes like Bodypump and Bodybalance, then I read an article on Sarah Wilson and her ‘I Quit Sugar‘ lifestyle and it really made me think about what I was eating and this year I discovered Hemsley & Hemsley and Deliciously Ella. 

Wow, what a difference it’s made to my life. Now I’m not on a diet, I have a healthy eating lifestyle. Oh hark at me, ha ha! But it’s a big deal for me because I’ve spent the last 20 years going from one diet to another and now while I allow myself to have crap occasionally, it is only occasionally and I just don’t crave crap like I used to! And boy do I feel better for it, I don’t feel 100% yet but I’m so much closer than I thought possible.

I also spent the last 20 years joining the gym only to un-join when I got bored with whatever class that was ‘in fashion’ at the time. I’ve also swum a bit and run a bit, but I generally hated it (I still hate running), got bored and usually gave up before I saw any benefits. I then hated myself, ate a packet of biscuits/crisps/chocolate/ice-cream in fact any old crap I happened to have to hand to make myself feel better, alas the feeling was short lived!

One constant over the past 10 years was Pilates which I did on and off because someone recommended it to me following a severe bout of sciatica but I would sometimes go weeks or even months between going. Then about five years ago I arrived early at the gym to do Pilates and a Zumba class was taking place, it looked like fun. It was very popular, it took me about four weeks to actually get a place but, guess what, I’m still going! It was a miracle, hallelujah, I had found an exercise class that I actually enjoyed, nay loved. It nearly killed me to start with, I’d never sweat so much or looked so red as I did after an hour of Zumba but I picked the routines up quickly and it wasn’t long before I’d made friends and had moved from hiding at the back to the front of the class and at one point I was doing up to three classes a week! Three years ago I bought a bike and signed up to do Nightrider London, a 100k cycle round London at night, to raise money for a friend’s charity PACT which I have just signed up to do again this year. More recently I’ve discovered the joy of yoga which I have dabbled in occasionally over the years but never enjoyed before.

I try to do at least 5 different classes a week which alongside eating healthier means I’m seeing real changes in my body and fitness levels and finally feel like I’m in control.

I will be sharing my journey to a healthier fitter me here but it won’t all be health and fitness and I will be writing about a wide variety of subjects that will hopefully inform and inspire you including some of the things I did during my very eventful 50th year.

Namaste,

Debra