Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

Thanks to the 5×50 Challenge, I’ve had a great week in terms of fitness and exercise. As for healthy eating? Um…. not so much! I’ve really enjoyed sticking to my challenge and I can’t believe how quickly it is flying by. The only downside is that my appetite is off the scale- and I’m not making the best choices. Well, I’ll be rectifying that starting now.

Last Monday I mentioned that we had started a circuits class. It was brilliant- high intensity and I really felt great afterwards, with DOMS for days. Tuesday was Trigger Point Pilates, ideal after working hard on Monday and on Wednesday I did a 5k run along Helensburgh seafront. I had a watch malfunction and it didn’t record all of my run- but I know I still got it done!

Thursday was the beginning of a new PiYo round and it’s shaping up to be a good one- it was great that some new people joined us for it. On Friday TheWelshWookie and I had a day in Glasgow and it was brilliant. I also easily clocked up 40 exercise minutes and 10k! Saturday was also busy with Fèis but again, a walk later in the day meant I managed 54 exercise minutes and over 10k too. Sunday I stayed on track with 30 minutes of exercise in front of the TV being inspired by everyone running the London Marathon.

Tonight, I was back at circuits and- wow- progress already! In the past I have never managed moving from low to high planks. Never! Tonight, I managed two sets of 30 seconds with a 10 second recovery. It was tough, but I can’t believe I managed it! I also upped the intensity with some of the stations, including doing my mountain climbers using the bosu ball 👍🏻

Here’s my thoughts to kick start this week: It might not be strictly true if you have a great fitness guru in your life like I do with Jacqui who knows when we can push more! Go on… that’s where the magic happens! Have a great week!

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Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

Spring has sprung, at long last and I find myself looking out at glorious sunshine for a rare change. It really does lift the mood and make me feel more eager to stay on my health and well-being path.

I managed to do that for most of last week. I went for a lovely 4 Mile Run on Monday, and then treated my muscles to Trigger Point Pilates on Tuesday. I then ran another 5k on Wednesday before going to PiYo on Thursday where we went back to the ’80s and did round 40. Boy, was that tough on the lower body! I had planned a run on Friday but went for a walk instead as my legs were tired. Saturday and Sunday we’re both walks, so I haven’t managed to squeeze in that extra run just yet but I have managed to keep my 5×50 Challenge on track. We are almost half way!

Tonight we’re having a circuits class for a change, and I’m really looking forward to it…. I think! Summer body, here I come! 🙈

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Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

Hello, have you had time off over Easter, or have you been busy working and keeping on track? We had a couple of days off work, and after being off chocolate for Lent I’m afraid I went a bit daft last week and I’ve probably eaten my weight in chocolate since!

But one thing that I have been consistent with is my exercise. As I’m committed to doing the 5×50 Challenge I was able to keep doing a minimum of 30 minutes each day. Last week looked something like this:

Sunday: A walk around Glasgow’s West End, clocking up 53 exercise minutes and 7k.

Monday: more walking, this time around the city centre and then the west end. I managed 70 exercise minutes and 11.5k

Tuesday: we headed home and I throughly enjoyed Trigger Point Pilates in the evening.

Wednesday: I had a great 5k run with Tarbert JogScotland and felt fantastic afterwards. We mixed in some file running which was tough but much needed.

Thursday: after missing it the previous two weeks it felt brilliant to be back at PiYo. We went back in time and did the first ever round from two or three years ago- and my legs felt it on Friday! The DOMS were immense!

Friday: I had planned to run but my legs needed a bit of recovery after Wednesday and Thursday so I did a 10k walk instead.

Saturday: was a busy day, but @TheWelshWookie and I headed out late afternoon for a walk around the harbour. We kept a good pace, and managed to get another 10k in the bag

Sunday: again, I had planned to run but I felt a little run down so instead we headed to Skipness for a walk. We tackled a path we’d never taken before, and did 49 exercise minutes, just shy of 7k.

We did do a lot of walking, and I did no strength or conditioning training except for PiYo but for a holiday week, I’m delighted that we managed something every day.

Tonight, I’ve started the week with a wonderful four mile run in the sunshine- what better way is there to round off a Monday?

This definitely reflected my workouts last week: I’m sure there are times you feel the same!

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Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

Yesterday was an important day for me: it was the launch of this year’s spring 5×50 Challenge!

This will be my sixth year taking part and I know that it always helps me to stay motivated and committed to my health and fitness goals.

For those who don’t know what it is, it’s a challenge to run 5k or do 30 minutes of exercise a day for 50 days. There are lots of variants including team challenges and challenges that start smaller and build up to 30 minutes by the end of the 50 days so it is inclusive and can suit all fitness levels.

I’ve signed up to do 30 minutes per day- some days will be more, some days will be a run or even a walk, but I am committed to doing some activity every day.

I started this year’s challenge with a 5k run around the harbour in glorious sunshine which was good. My pace was a little better than I had expected and I managed it in 33.13. I have a long way to go to get back under 30 mins but I need to start somewhere, right?

Last week I was a bit up-and-down. I started off strong with Glo on Monday and then with Sculpt and Trigger Point Pilates on Tuesday but I missed JogScotland on Wednesday and I wasn’t back in time for PiYo on Thursday. Being committed to the 5×50 should mean that even if I do miss a class I will make up for it with a run or another form of activity. I’ll keep you posted with my progress!

There is still time to join me, you can sign up or find out more at 5×50.org

Good luck!

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Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

Another Monday, another successful week in the bag 💪🏻. Despite being away for work midweek, I still managed to get a solid week of activity and another good week of eating on track and firmly under my belt. I’m beginning to build up some momentum on this healthy living journey!

We had another ace Glo class on Monday, and on Tuesday I managed a walk as I was driving for a large part of the day. I knew I wouldn’t manage to get back in time for Jog Scotland on Wednesday but I was up and out early, running in Dunfermline. It was good to get my run in, but it was a reminder that early morning runs are not my favourite! On Thursday I had PiYo and we managed to do Flow- both sections, both sides as well as the tough lower body track, and we also had our first go at the new Power section. Wow! I torched those calories that night!

Friday was another walk, before a lovely day on Saturday when we had another Fèis day. I helped out with the children’s sessions in the morning before trying the bodhran in the afternoon. I can tell you- it’s harder than it looks!

Here we are- another Monday, and another chance to refocus on my goals and another opportunity to remember why I am doing it.

Have a wonderful week!

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