Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

Just a short post from me today on this bank holiday Monday:

Have a brilliant week!

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Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

Welcome to a wet, windy Monday here on the west coast of Scotland. After a lovely, sunny and warm weekend, I’m looking out of the window to a deluge of water and some decidedly autumnal winds. Urgh! Looks like summer may be over!

How was your weekend?

I had a lovely time – Tony’s parents were visiting, and we spent the day on Saturday at Portavadie, using the fabulous spa facilities (yes, again). It’s very relaxing, with stunning landscapes across Loch Fyne. Even the sauna has a stunning view. Needless to say, I’m planning my next trip already….

My last run was back on Tuesday, but I’ve managed to walk a fair bit, and I also had PiYo and Veraflow classes, back to back, on Thursday. You all know that I love PiYo, but Veraflow was new to me. It was our instructor, Jacqui’s first time teaching it, and it was good fun!

The warm up involved latin-style dance steps, combined with some gentle stretching. Actually, that sums up the class well, too – lots of lovely stretches with fun dance-style routines that I’m hoping I might get to grips with after a few weeks 😉 I’m not the most co-ordinated person, as many of you will know.

Tonight, I’m off to Body Conditioning again – I worked hard at last week’s class, so much so that my DOMS lasted though until Saturday! 😮 I’m looking forward to feelin’ the burn again tonight – though I might have to make sure I don’t take it too far. I’ll then pull on my trainers again tomorrow night, Wednesday night and again on Saturday – we’re less than two weeks away from the Disneyland Paris half marathon – eek!

Here’s a little something to get you started this week, if you are struggling:

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Have an ace week 🙂

Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Well, I don’t know about you, but today’s full moon on this longest day has wreaked mayhem for me! I was very grateful for PiYo tonight, where I stretched and sweated my troubles away;)

 How was your weekend? Mine was amazing. We had visitors: my BFF Pauline,her hubby Gavin, my goddaughter Olivia and the suddenly-very-tall Christopher. We had a great day out to Gigha where we walked and chatted and relaxed, and in the evening, Pauline and I sat in the hot tub for aaaaages! We then rounded off their trip with a delicious lunch at The George in Inveraray. Yum. 

If you need a motivational push to get you off the couch or away from the desk, I hope this helps: 

Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Hello, just a quick stop from me today- we had a wonderful weekend celebrating my nephew Liam’s First Communion on Saturday:

 Check out these crazy wee guys! On a less upbeat note, I’ve managed to irritate my sciatic nerve, so I’m off to the Docs tomorrow morning, just to check it out. Jacqui, my wonderful fitness guru has given me some stretches which have definitely hit the tender spot, so I’ll no doubt be doing those a few times a day for the next while. I’m hoping to keep up the fitness classes thought they may have to be adapted for now. 

Hope the sun is shining as brightly for you as it is for me today😀

Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

First, let me start today’s post by congratulating all of those fabulous runners who achieved over the weekend. I know a few people who had big runs and races, and I want to say well done to you all! 

I didn’t run over the weekend. This cold keeps flaring up, and it definitely seems to be coming in waves, so I’ve been getting plenty of cross training done instead. This weekend I had some brilliant fun wine tasting with the girls, it was such a fabulous night 🙂

Here’s something to get is all started this week: 


Not sure if say obsession but this has given me pause. 

 

Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you haven’t gorged yourself on too much chocolate 😉 I’ve had a lovely weekend. I was fortunate enough to see Adele live in Glasgow on Saturday night and she was even more amazing than I had imagined she’d be. On Sunday we had a great family day at Oran Mor in Glasgow where we had dinner. The food was fab!

I mentioned recently how this year is flying in, and to emphasise that further the 5×50 Challenge is upon us once again! @TheWelshWookie and I have signed up for a fourth year in a row. For those who don’t know about it, the 5×50 challenges you to be fit and active for 50 days in a row: originally the challenge was to walk or run 5k each day for 50 days. Now, there are a few challenges to choose from including the one I’m doing this year- to do a minimum of 30 minutes exercise (the equivalent of a 5k) each day for 50 days. 

This year I’m planning on posting a picture each day on both Instagram and on Snapchat which captures the activity I’m doing that day. Here are the images from days one and two:

    

I’m looking forward to this year’s challenge. I feel ready for it, especially as I don’t have many runs booked. Also, as I’ve really been focussing on cross training to support my running, this version of the challenge is spot on as it really accommodates that.

Here’s something I found on Pinterest during last week, and I’ve saved it to share today with you: 

 So, if you’ve overindulged on the choccies, don’t worry about it. Just enjoy it then get back on track.

 

Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Well, after weeks of fighting off the bugs, colds and other lurgies doing the rounds, I’ve succumbed 😦 Seems like a cold has finally caught up with me, bleugh.

Just as I find my running mojo again, which is typical. @TheWelshWookie and I signed up for the Dookers Doubler at this year’s Tarbert 10k; we’re officially running both the 5k and 10k in preparation for the inaugural DLP half marathon. Yay! So, we laced up our trainers and got out for a fab run on Saturday. I really felt good- my legs were strong and my stride/gait felt solid. I’m sure that’s the benefits of PiYo showing themselves, which I’m very happy about.

Yesterday, we were in Glasgow with Stacey and Joe, Pamela and Simon to see Adam Hills at the King’s Theatre. He did not disappoint- he was fantastic! I could feel the lurgy creeping up as the evening went on, but no way did I let that stop the enjoyment, it was so funny. If you get the chance to see him, do it!

Today, I’m struggling more, but I’m going to Clubbercise to dance it away- if I need to keep my session more low intensity than normal, so be it- but I’m definitely not giving in to feeling rubbish if I can avoid it 😉 And this is partly why my mind is winning at the moment:  

Happy exercising this week, all!

Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Welcome to another week! How are you doing? Have you started your week off with a fitness fix?

I’m just back from Clubbercise, where I tripped over one of the disco lights and I broke one of my glowsticks. Not at the same time, though. Oopsy! 

We’ve had visitors this weekend- the Donnellys were through visiting, so we had a weekend of football, walks, fun and games. And wine. Of course. It was a lot of fun. I didn’t squeeze a run in this weekend, but we made up for it in walks, I think.

Here’s a positive thought for the forthcoming week:

  
Be awesome, I love this! 

Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Hello! A happy St. Andrew’s day to you!

Have you had a good week? Mine has been great. We had Joe, Stacey and Ryan here, celebrating Tarbert Book Festival with us. It was such brilliant fun! On Saturday morning, Ryan and @TheWelshWookie had a comic masterclass with Kev F, who draws for the Beano, the Dandy and Marvel comics, amongst others. As ever, Ryan ended up inadvertently volunteering to help: 

  And he was also responsible for the interesting title of the comic:  

 Yes, it really was called Space Aliens that Invaded the Earth Only So they Could Eat All the Bacon 😮

In the afternoon, Joe, Stacey and I had a reading and discussion session with Linda Cracknell and her book Doubling Back: Ten Paths Trodden in Memory. It was very interesting.

We had a lovely meal at The Anchor Hotel, and rounded off the evening with wine, movies and games 🙂

We then put the Christmas deccies up on Sunday, and so I’m feeling very festive!

Tonight was a fab Clubbercise class, after it was cancelled last week. I thoroughly enjoyed it. So did our newest class member- a giant helium balloon shaped like a Bride- stuck in the ceiling of the village hall 🙂 

 Here’s something positive to start a fresh, new week, especially when life seems so busy at this time of year:

 

Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Hello, how are you?

I’m grand: it’s a public holiday here, so I’m at the end of a long weekend. It’s back to work tomorrow, but only for three days until I head off on holiday…. To Toronto! I’m so excited!

This past week has been good, and I enjoyed my classes: Clubbercise, PiYo and Pound. I still haven’t squeezed in a run yet, but I’m not feeling guilty about that. I’ve still been active.

This weekend, we had a brilliant family weekend away in Aberfeldy to celebrate my uncle Jim’s 60th Birthday. What a laugh! We had lots of fun, excellent company, a few drinks and masses of fantastic food. Wow. I have eaten well! What was unusual was being away for a whole weekend with no mobile signal and no WiFi, so we all had to be social with no online time at all- it was great!

A group of us (18 of us, I think) went White Water Rafting on the River Tummel. When we arrived, we found out that we would be ‘closing’ the river, as we’d be the last group down the river in 2015. Ace! While we were waiting to get sorted, @TheWelshWookie spotted a familiar figure: it was none other than Frank, the coach driver who took us to the Great North Run! What a small world, eh? We had a wee chat with him, and he definitely remembered us too 🙂

We had a couple of photos taken:  

   
Then, it was time to head off, down the river. We were divided into four rafts, and on ours there was me, @TheWelshWookie, my sis Angie and my cousins Jane, Lewis and Ciara. We realised pretty quickly that it wasn’t as easy as it looked (or as easy as I had remembered- I last did it 10 years ago)! We had such a laugh, and found ourselves trapped or in trouble at just about every turn! We christened ourselves #TeamBounce, since we had to bounce the boat out of trouble a few times! 😉

Our instructor was loads of fun, and he even threw Ciara in at one point (nothing to do with her non stop talking!), but that was nothing compared to our spectacular tipping out at the final big drop! 

 I ended up under the boat, and it took me a few seconds to even realise what had happened! It was such brilliant, brilliant fun though. If you get the chance, do it.

Tonight was our final Clubbercise session before the October half term, which works out nicely with my forthcoming holiday.  

 Today, we’ve spent the day doing housework and packing: we are now good to go!

I saw this and thought I’d share it. I love it: 

 Have a brilliant week, all!