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 🙂

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Health, Lifestyle, Uncategorized

Nightrider training

So yes, Hallalujah, I have actually been out on my bike 3 times in 11 days and there are 9 days until Nightrider and I am now even less worried than I was in my previous post when I had yet to hit the saddle! I started of gently just to test the water with a 10.56km in 35 minutes in the morning Sunday before last before I went to my Bodybalance class, which I did again last Sunday but cycling 14.78km in 53 minutes and today I did 23.73km in 1 hour 27 minutes. I’m pretty chuffed with that considering the last time I went out on it was July last year! I felt good today and could have gone on much longer but I was starving so I didn’t 🙂 I have the opportunity to go out a few more times over the next week and I will definitely go twice if not 3 times when I’ll try to do at least 40 km in 2 and a half hours which should see me ok to do the 60km at Nightrider on the 6th of June. I am definitely fitter this year and my breathing is much easier, I normally puff and wheeze like someone who has been smoking 40-a-day all their life, even the first 20 minutes out which I usually find is the hardest bit is ok, so I think all my gym visits are paying off, yay!!!

Today I cycled through the lovely Lee Valley Country Park, which is just a 10 minute cycle from my house, for the first time since last summer and came across these fabulous wood carvings…

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Aren’t they great? 🙂

It’s half term here and I saw a few families out walking or cycling but it was much quieter than it is at the weekend when, if you go lunch time or later it’s very busy and not good for cycling which is why I go early on a Sunday morning before everyone except the occasional dog-walker comes out! I cycled home along the canal to Enfield Island and through Gunpowder Park which is literally 2 minutes from my house and where I do most of my cycling.

I’m so lucky to have such lovely countryside, parks and waterways so near to me, next time I will try to take some more photo’s, I just hope I can capture the beauty of the place on my Nokia Lumia phone.

Cars, Lifestyle, Uncategorized

Today I sold my car and became an old lady!!!

So I have been wanting to change my car for about 3 years, I’d had my Toyota MR2 for 7 years and while I loved it it was totally impractical being a two seat convertible with no boot at all!!! It had served me well having 135,000 miles on the clock, a little over 40,000 of which I had done over the 7 years, but when it only just passed its MOT last December and I was told it wouldn’t pass the next one without quite a lot of work (it’s burning oil like a bitch!!!) I knew it was time to let it go. WP_20150512_11_53_30_Pro The road tax was due to run out at the end of this month and so a couple of months ago I started looking for a new car, I pass a used car lot regularly on my way to work and one day spotted a car I liked the look of that I thought I could afford, so I went to look at it and put down a deposit but unfortunately they didn’t want the MR2 in part-exchange so I borrowed what I thought I would get by selling it from my lovely mum and bought my lovely little Kia Picanto. WP_20150510_17_08_57_Pro I put the MR2 on eBay and after the original winning bidder deciding he didn’t want it, today I sold it and it’s gone! Even though I’ve been driving the Picanto for a couple of weeks now and the MR2 has just been sitting outside, I was sad to see it go and it will be weird not seeing it out there. The reactions to the Picanto have been mixed, my youngest daughter who lives at home and needs occasional lifts thinks it cute as do most women who in general love it! Hubby thinks it practical as do most of the men (mostly my client’s husbands) and my youndest son’s only comment was that I’m officially old now I’ve got an old lady car! Cheeky sod, although a tiny bit of me agrees with him and should I win the lottery the first thing I’ll buy myself is a brand spanking new Jaguar F-type convertible, even if I am a very old lady should it ever happen!!! Well a girl (even an old one) can dream can’t she?! jaguar_f-type_2012_convertible_front_quarter_main

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