Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

Hello, here we are at the start of a brand new week, and I can’t quite believe that we are in August already, with schools going back next week. How on earth did that happen?

I had a pretty good week last week, keeping my eating on track and my activity levels up. Now I need to be consistent and keep that going throughout this week.

Most of my activity was walking, but I also did a TPP class on Tuesday and squeezed in a very wet run on Wednesday.

This weekend we’ve been busy cleaning and organising which definitely torched a stack load of calories!

Here’s a little motivation for us all today, if we need it:

Have a great week!

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Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

This has been a very quick summer, and August is now almost upon us. How has that happened? I’ve had such a great summer so far and the weather continues to be better than usual so I’ll be making the most of it with a walk along the harbour later.

We’ve had another busy weekend with excellent company, fantastic meals out, family parties and gin, of course!

But what it means is my waistline is paying the price! And with more events planned, I have some dresses that I now need to shrink into! So, it back to the routine as much as possible over the next few weeks.

I’ve had a cheeky day off today, and I have spent it cleaning, washing and weeding – so it hasn’t been spent in the sofa for once!

Here’s to a new week:

Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

Oops- almost forgot to post today. Here you are! Have a great week!

Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

I’ve not blogged for a couple of weeks, as we’ve been on holiday. It was good to step back and change up my routine with no pressure to keep anything up. We had a bit of a staycation: we visited places in North Wales before going to the Midlands and the coming back up via York. We had a great time!

During the first week, we kept our eating more or less on track, but we’re much more relaxed during the second week. And though we didn’t have any formal fitness plans, we did an awful lot of walking almost every day, often getting around 15,000 – 20,000 steps in. So all in all, not bad!

We are getting back into a routine this week. No circuits tonight, but we got a lovely long walk in after work instead.

Have a good week, whether you are in holiday, working or getting back, and don’t forget:

Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

How was your weekend? Mine was great- and it has been fab to see the sunshine and warm weather make a welcome return. Love it!

I had a full on week again last week, and I stayed pretty close to my goals for health and fitness. Hear is how my activity measured up:

Monday- body blitz circuits. Jacqui mixed in some new challenges and we used the short resistance loop bands which are my new favourite- I had DOMs for most of the week afterwards. We have bought some bands for ourselves so they’ll be coming in holiday with us!

Tuesday- I wasn’t back from Glasgow in time for Trigger Point Pilates, but I did squeeze in a walk

Wednesday- JogScotland. We ran out and back along the Glen Road which is uphill on the way out and joyously downhill on the way back. It was great, even if my new hair cut was destroyed by the rain!

Thursday- it was the final week of round 56. We ran through the whole thing non-stop. It was tough, but I really enjoyed this round!

Friday- a sunny walk around the harbour

Saturday- another sunny walk around the harbour

Sunday- gardening. Lots of squats when weeding!

Jacqui is away on holiday for a week, then @TheWelshWookie and I are on holiday for two weeks so there will be no classes for a while. We have picked our resistance loop bands and running gear, so I plan to get some activity in. But, more than anything, I’m looking forward to some down time. It’s been six months since my last break so I’m definitely going to have some R and R.

In the meantime, here’s something to keep me focused this week:

Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

Hello! Yesterday I did something I hadn’t done so far in 2018. I ran in an organised race! I can’t believe it is half way through the year and it’s my first of the year so far.

I ran in the Great Women’s Run, a 10k in Glasgow. I’ve done it a few times before but not for several years, and not since the route changed. The changes were for the better- and it was amazing! I ran with my sis-in-law Janice who achieved a fabulous time of 53 minutes 👏🏻 and her friend Claire who also ran in a great time of under an hour!

Here’s the medal: and the T shirt and goody bag: I’m feeling it tonight though, but I did go to circuits which was tough on my tired body!

Last week’s round up:

Monday- circuits

Tuesday- Trigger Point Pilates

Wednesday- Jog Scotland Corranbuie route

Thursday- PiYo

Friday- walk

Saturday- walk

Sunday- 10k race

It’s three weeks until I have a holiday. We haven’t had time off since Christmas so my body- and my mind- are ready for it!

Here’s your motivation for this week-

Have a great week!

Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

What a stonking week weather wise! It has been absolutely a-ma-zing! And to match the weather my motivation was much improved last week, certainly in terms of keeping my food healthier. And while I didn’t get in all of the runs I had intended, I walked a lot instead 👍🏻

Here’s my weekly summary:

Monday: Body Blitz Circuits. I pushed hard and could barely lift my arms by the end of class, resulting in DOMS for days afterwards!

Tuesday: a much needed Trigger Point Pilates class, which felt great after circuits

Wednesday: JogScotland run out the Glen Road which passed very quickly. Loved it!

Thursday: walk

Friday: walk

Saturday: walk

Sunday: we went to Campbeltown to support those taking part in the MOK (Mull of Kintyre) 10k and half marathon. It was great- though very hot and with a pretty severe headwind at parts. I was glad to be spectating and not running!

The Great Women’s Run is now less than two weeks away ( and, yes, I do still call it the Glasgow Women’s 10k which it was called for years!) and I definitely haven’t done as much training as I should, but I’ll definitely get round, no question. My TimeHop this week reminded me that five years ago I was comfortably running 10ks in sun one hour. Although I was able to do that this time last year, I’ve not done enough running to get near that. And I may never get back to those times again, but I reckon I’m fitter now than I was then with a much better balance of activities and recovery. It’s taken me a long time to get to this point where I’m pretty happy with my activities- though I would like to squeeze an extra run in each week.

Here’s something that has helped me with getting my mindset right at the moment-

Have a great week!

Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

After a tough week the week before last, I finally managed to have a more structured week with my health and fitness last week. My cold was still there, and it has lasted into this week, which is really unusual- I normally find a cold shifting after a few days, and long gone within a week. Alas, not this time. Anyway, last week was better than the previous one, and my activity diary looked like this:

Monday- body blitz circuits

Tuesday- Trigger Point Pilates

Wednesday- Jog Scotland, hill repeats

Thursday- PiYo

Friday- Walk

Saturday- Walk

Sunday- rest

Monday’s circuit class was a tough one. I really love starting my week with this class, but having the cold really curtailed my performance. On Tuesday I was on Islay but I just made it back in time for TPP which I was very grateful for after a long day. Wednesday meanwhile I made it back to Jog Scotland and although I was feeling better, I struggled on the hills and didn’t perform as well as I would have liked but I ground it out and got it done. I had another busy day on Thursday but was back in time for PiYo. We had a couple of beginners join us so the pace was slower than usual which my weary body was grateful for! On Friday I had another early start and another ferry journey, this time to Rothesay on the Isle of Bute. It was a gorgeous day, and in the evening we went for a walk to get the heart rate up a bit! I had planned a run on Saturday after Clarsach class, but with the sun out again we spent some time in the garden doing more tidying up including weeding and mowing before heading out for a lovely relaxing walk to make the most of the weather. It was just what I needed after a busy week.

Today I’ve been in Helensburgh but made it back- just in time for Circuits and my performance was much improved from last week. That pesky cold is still hanging around but it’s slowly shifting. Yay!

My eating has been pretty inconsistent this week with some days better than others. We’ve been better this weekend, and my evening meals have been jam packed with good food and veggies. It’s been the eating-on-the-go that has been the issue! Oh well, back to it.

Here’s today’s motivation:

Have a great week!

Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

After the coughing, sneezing and runny noses of last week, I still managed to do it: another 5×50 Challenge is in the bag! I really enjoyed it this year, and found myself looking forward to doing and then logging my activities every day, staying accountable. Here’s a summary of my past 50 days:

It’s been filled with classes, runs, walks and a few curveball activities but it’s been ace. Roll on October to the next round. Is anyone joining me?

One thing that has been at the forefront of my mind this week as my physical activities have been much lower impact that usual due to this cold is that we do need to think of our health, fitness and wellbeing holistically. When one element is out of balance it can have a huge impact on another so I’m the coming few days as I’m recovering I’ll be giving that much more attention than usual.

Have a wonderful week!