5×50 Challenge: Week Five Round Up

5×50 Challenge: Week Five Round Up

5×50 Challenge: Week Four Round Up

5×50 Challenge: Week Four Round Up

5x50challenge Challenge Week Three Round Up

5x50challenge Challenge Week Three Round Up

Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Hello, did you miss me last week, when I was away gallivanting? @TheWelshWookie and I were off visiting the Harry Potter Studios Tour and it was awesome! Here are a couple of snaps: 

    
 If you get the chance to visit, you have to take it- to visit the actual set and to walk through the Great Hall, Diagon Alley and onto the Hogwarts Express was amazing! 

From a fitness point of view, we did lots and lots of walking in London and around about. We also visited Southend and walked the longest pier in the world, which is 1.3 miles long!  

 I’m glad to be back into a routine, though, and we were back at PiYo tonight, starting the next round, which is round 40. I think I’m going to love some of these routines and the 80s music is fantastic! I tried out my new mat tonight, but it isn’t sticky or grippy enough and I couldn’t grip properly, so I ended up swapping it for one of Jacqui’s. Any tips on how to make a mat more ‘sticky’ if you know what I mean? 

  it is pretty, though!

After a break, and with the summer looming, it’s easy to fall away from routine and to not stick to fitness goals. If that rings true for you, I hope this helps; it has helped me this week: 

 Have a great 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:    
    
    
   

 

   
 

   

Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Is it just me who is finding that this year is simply flying in? It feels like Christmas is only just over, and yet we find ourselves firmly in March already! Wow!

Last week, I had a huge exercise breakthrough. While running is still on the back burner for now, I’ve found that my body is really changing thanks to PiYo. I’m definitely getting stronger, and my flexibility is improving, too. My core has improved, which is helping my balance and my overall fitness. Last week, I improved my plank holds and press ups, which I’ve always found challenging. They’re still tough, but doing them in the hiit style routines of PiYo are definitely reaping results.

Happy, happy!

Here’s how I feel about it all at the moment:  

 
And while that effort isn’t in running at the moment, it is in building a strong foundation, improving my overall conditioning and making sure that I’m in good shape for when I pick my running up again soon. 

Have a great week!

Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Well the sun is shining gloriously in Argyll, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that Spring is on its way. I’m not getting my hopes up yet: late February weather can still be fickle, and you can be fooled by the sun into forgetting that there could very well be ice and frost in the morning.

Nevertheless, this sunshine is very welcome, and it does lift my spirits immensely. 

It’s mid term around here, with some schools off for a few days, others for a week, which makes for planning my work confusing- I can never remember which schools are in and which aren’t! At least I have an excuse for my confusion this week 😉

We had a good weekend- Friday night saw @TheWelshWookie going to see the Glasgow Warriors defeat Münster at rugby while I had a lovely swim at Cameron House with my mum and Angie. It was a fantastic start to the weekend. This week I don’t have Clubbercise tonight, which leaves me with an exercise conundrum: what to do? Run! Is my instant thought. I’m staving off the start of a cold: runny nose and glass-like throat is making me rethink that. I’m thinking that I might try out some at- home PiYo courtesy of YouTube, and given the lovely weather I may finish that with a dip in the hot tub, under the cold and star-filled sky and tonight’s full moon.

Now that does sound like the way to kick off a new week. 

 

Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Hello. Have you had a good week? Mine was good. I’m definitely back into my fitness and overall health improvement groove.

I’ve now had four PiYo classes this year, and I must say that this class is just what I’ve needed. It really fills a huge hole in my routine, giving me the opportunity to really stretch and build strength which can only help my running in the long term.

I’ve tried yoga in the past, but I’ve never found that it works for me- I’ve lacked the discipline and motivation to push myself through, mostly due to my lack of flexibility. With PiYo, the combination of the routines, it’s faster pace and its hiit-style suits me much better. I’m definitely a novice, and that’s both tough and strangely liberating. While I can master some of the more aerobic moves like burpees, I really struggle with some of the balance and tricep/press up moves. I’m finding this a challenge, both mentally and physically, but I’m ok with that. The DOMS are a kind-of reward for my hard work, although they make for a difficult Pound class the following day! 

The mental challenge of finding myself a beginner is something I’m working on- it’s good to admit I don’t know what I’m doing some of the time! 

Jacqui, our instructor, offers great modifications for the moves, and is great at making sure we balance pushing ourselves with being safe.

I’m feeling the benefits of PiYo, but I know that I need to work on it one week at a time, building on my learning each week. 

  
Don’t be afraid- sometimes it’s exactly where we need to be! 

Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Well, the runner in me has returned! Yes! 

It’s been hiding away, recovering from a niggly knee and enjoying classes during November and December- you might remember that I said I wasn’t going to beat myself up about it. I didn’t, and on Saturday I enjoyed my first short run in some time. It was only around the harbour, but it felt good to be back out there, stretching my legs. I’ll admit to feeling some DOMS yesterday, but that’s all good. 😉

This week, I’m back at all three classes: Clubbercise this evening, PiYo on Wednesday and Pound on Thursday. I’ll also be back to a couple more sort runs too, I reckon.

It feels good to be back on it! 😀  

Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Hello, everyone. How are you on this Blue Monday? It may traditionally be the day when most people feel down, but not here! I’m off to get some feel good endorphins at Clubbercise. Last week was great- it felt fantastic to be back at most of my classes and working hard at it again.

It was fab to get back to stretching at PiYo last Wednesday, and I’m looking forward to improving my fitness and complementing my running by building strength and flexibility- two definite gaps for me.

I’ve also cleaned up my eating a little; but I have a long way to go to get back to where I was earlier last year. I’ll get there. I’m not going to beat myself up about it 🙂

This reflects my current mindset:  

 Agreed? Good!