Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

Hello, I hope you’re well on this dark, misty, damp night. It seems that winter is here, and we’ve started the working week with very little daylight.

Did you have a good week last week? I did, I was back on track and stick to my healthy eating up until the end of the week, but that was all part of my plan 👍🏻

Last Monday saw the return of Glo fitness, which Jacqui has added into the mix in place of WAR during this wintry weather. It felt fantastic to get the heart rate up, with disco lights and glow sticks to boot. Wilma has the most amazing trainers with multi coloured light up soles- I love them! I burned over 450 calories so it was a solid start to the week.

Tuesday night was a double header: Fitball Stability is a real favourite and we’re ramping up the intensity with heavier weights and increased intervals. That class was then followed by PiYo Stretch and Flow which always feels good afterwards.

I made it along to JogScotland on Wednesday- hurrah! And even though I hadn’t run in weeks, I managed a steady 35 minutes with no walk breaks. I really want to keep this up during the winter so I’ll be planning to run again this week, if I’m back in time.

I missed PiYo and VeraFlow on Thursday as I was at the Steps concert! 😀🎉 They were supported by the Vengaboys and I did plenty of dancing, managing over 27,000 steps for the day.

I also managed around 15k steps on Friday and on Saturday too, so I was pretty pleased with how the week went. I enjoyed a bit of a rest day yesterday as I was busy driving home, but I’m back to my usual routine today. Here’s your motivation for today:

Have a brilliant week!

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Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Hello! How has your week and weekend been? 

I’ve been really focussed, on my health, my food and my fitness 👍🏻 Jacqui has been running a 10 day accountability/clean eating challenge which was just what I needed. Thanks Jacqui! It started last Monday, so we are already in day eight and I have loved it. 

I’ve focussed on eating well- and cleanly- with no junk, no alcohol, no empty calories, and on staying active. To that end, I went to every class last week, which was great. Here was how my week looked:

Monday- no WAR, but as I reported last week, we did a lovely hill walk during the day instead

Tuesday- Stability ball class and PiYo Stretch and Flow. Doing the Doubler is great!

Wednesday- a wet Jog Scotland run, which I thoroughly enjoyed 

Thursday- PiYo signature round, for the first time in ages

Friday- Wii Fit

I didn’t do anything in particular over weekend as we had a quiet weekend planned, and it felt great! On Sunday evening a cold started to appear, but I’m pushing through as best as I can, it explains why I needed some extra R and R this weekend!

When the challenge comes to an end on Wednesday night I’m planning on keeping it on track, but loosening the rules only ever so slightly. I’m excited to check out my measurements on Wednesday night!

Here’s some positivity to help kickstart your week if you need it:  Have a great week!

Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

Happy Bank Holiday Monday! 

We’ve had a lovely weekend, with lots of RnR. Last week was great, though a busy week at work meant that my training wasn’t quite a planned I’m afraid. We had no WAR on Monday, but I did a double class on Tuesday: stability class is getting tougher using weights, medicine ball and increased reps with every week. This was followed by PiYo stretch and flow, which I really love. I missed Jog Scotland on Wednesday and I also missed Thursday night PiYo. Here’s hoping for a calmer week this week, with more of my regular routine.

We had no WAR tonight as its a holiday, insteaywe had a lovely long walk past Tarbert Castle, and it was as beautiful – if foggy- easy for it.

Here’s your motivation for the coming week: 

Have a good week, all!

Monday Motivation: 6 days until Spartan Day

Monday Motivation: 6 days until Spartan Day

I cannot believe it, less than a week to go. Oh my! This training period had flown by in a flash, and I’m only now feeling fully recovered from my injury. 

 I feel like I did last week: part excited, part filled with trepidation, but what will be will be. Last week’s training went a little awry: lack of numbers meant that Jacqui had to cancel Monday and Tuesday night’s classes, which was a really difficult call for her- but I agree that she can’t run them for very small numbers of attendees. It’s just a shame when it happens to her (and is) at short notice. It put a little more focus on what I had to do for myself, so on both nights I did some strength training and ran, managing 5k on Monday and 4 miles on Tuesday. I know it’s always more difficult to train by myself than to put in the effort at class, but I pushed myself with some challenging moves including box jumps (eek) and sandbag lifts. I then ran 5k again on Wednesday to test my tired legs and I struggled, but I’m very glad I pushed through as I’ll have to keep going with tired legs on Sunday. 

I was then in London from Thursday through to Sunday night, so I didn’t get any training in – unless you count an average of 15,000 steps per day and lugging a suitcase about with me!

Tonight, we were back at WAR and I pushed it: it was really hot, really sweaty, but I felt much more capable than I have in weeks and weeks, with the strength returning in my legs for the balance moves and the jumping lunges. Progress indeed! I’m sure I’ll have DOMS tomorrow, but that’s fine with me 😆 I also worked my shoulders, chest and core hard with some full press ups and I tried to focus on my form when doing planks and side planks. 💪🏻

I have my bag packed for tomorrow, I’m hoping to squeeze in a run before PiYo tomorrow night, again just to really push myself. Bring it on! 

This is my focus for the week: I hope it resonates with you, too. Have a strong week! 😎

Week One 5×50 Challenge around Up

Week One 5×50 Challenge around Up

Some photos from my week one activities while taking part in the 2016 5×50 Challenge:    
    
    
   

 

   
 

   

Wednesday Wisdom

Wednesday Wisdom

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Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

Well, it’s all over, the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow have drawn to a close.

Hopefully, I’ll post very soon to fill you in on all of our antics: we had a real blast!

But, it’s back to work, and time to get cracking:

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Are you planning on rolling up your sleeves this week and getting stuck in? What do you want to achieve?

A Break from the Games, Back to the Village

A Break from the Games, Back to the Village

I thought you might appreciate a little break from my posts about the Commonwealth Games. While I’m watching the gymnastics, including another gold for Team Scotland, I thought I’d share a local Tarbert festival, which I missed this year.

While @TheWelshWookie and I were sunning ourselves in Tenerife, my family were at our house, enjoying Tarbert Seafood Festival! I enjoyed last year’s festival so much that I split my review into two posts, which you can read here and also here.

They had fabulous weather, and they told me that there were even more stalls than there were last year. They enjoyed sampling the seafood delights:

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Enjoyed a little beer:
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and basked in glorious sunshine.
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Stacey was a winner this year: she won a fishcake! No, not a fishcake, but a Fish Cake! Nom nom nom.
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And on the Sunday, they enjoyed the music at Beer on the Pier. They took the boys over to the outdoor gym, and were able to enjoy the music from the other side of the harbour. Smart thinking, guys!
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There is no way we’ll be missing the festival in 2015 😀

Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

Oh, my goodness. What a weekend!

Glasgow is absolutely buzzing with activity, fun, entertainment, visitors, Clydesiders, athletes and all sorts! Have you managed to catch any of the Commonwealth Games this weekend?

We were at the concert on Friday, judo on Saturday morning, the 2014 Festival at Glasgow Green in the afternoon, dinner at Brown’s in the evening followed by the marathon on the Sunday, where we met Allison, The Running Princess and her hubby Steve.

I’ll share my pics from the weekend later in the week.

For now, here’s some inspiration courtesy of Team Scotland:

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And, here’s Usain Bolt meeting Clyde!

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Here’s to another fabulous week of sport!

Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

Welcome to another week: I hope the sun has been shining brightly on you today.

I’ve had a wonderful weekend: we’ve had visitors and it’s been wonderful spending time with my bestie Pauline, her other better half Gavin, Olivia and Christopher. We took a trip to Portavadie, visited the abandoned village Polphail, and did lots of talking, eating and walking. And a little drinking of vino and champagne, of course! 😉

As always, talk turned to books, and we ended up discussing the books of Jon Ronson: they recommended reading Them and The Psychopath Test. I downloaded both, and read Them last night, finishing it at lunchtime today. I’m now almost half way through The Psychopath Test and I’m really enjoying it too. They’re fascinating!

So, here’s a little something to think about: not so much Monday Motivation, more like a Monday Mental Check, I suppose!

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I reckon mine is showing quite clearly….. is yours? 😛