Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

So, tell me: how has your week been? You may remember that last week I mentioned that I was doing a 10 day accountability/clean eating challenge, and it finished last Thursday. I really enjoyed the challenge and did well, losing a few centimetres and 2lbs along the way. I also re-established some food prep routines and focussed more on portion control and eating well. What’s not to love? 

After a few more lenient days over the weekend, I’m back on track until the end of the week when I’m having a few days away. 

I stayed in track with both my eating and my exercise last week, with one exception. I made it to my classes (Monday- WAR, Tuesday- Stability and then Stretch and Flow, Thursday- PiYo) but I wasn’t home in time for JogScotland last Wednesday. I’m hoping to get Running this week, however 👍🏻 

Here’s a lesson that really helped me during the 10 day challenge, which I really think is an absolute truth:


Have an ace 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 

Monday Motivation 

Sorry, another Monday has hurtled by and is drawing to a close. I’ve only just sat down, and realised very quickly that I hadn’t blogged yet. Oops! 

Quick summary of last week:

Monday- 12,500 steps, no class as WAR was cancelled (Jacqui was celebrating her anniversary!)

Tuesday- stability ball class followed by PiYo Stretch and Flow. The stability class is building, and we are now adding weights and medicine balls to help with core strength and balance. I’m really enjoying it!

Wednesday- Jog Scotland, 4 miles in total. Ace!

And that’s it, I’m afraid: work and a very busy weekend meant I didn’t do much else. But I did what I could, and I’m happy with that. I’m running the Great Scottish Run half marathon in two weeks, and I’m very light on training, but I’ll walk if I have to- I’m not going to be too precious.

I have lots of news to share with you about our national campaign that is underway- more of that later on though. For now, here’s your motivation to kick start this week: Have a good one!

Wednesday Wisdom 

Wednesday Wisdom 

Wednesday Wisdom

Wednesday Wisdom

Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Sorry for my short post last week, but I just HAD to see the finale of Game of Thrones Season 7 😉, and boy- was it worth it!

But I didn’t settle down to watch until after WAR. I had a good week, fitness-wise: I started last Sunday with an 8.25 mile run which I found harder than I thought I would…. so I didn’t exactly start the week in a high note. But things took a turn on Monday with a solid WAR class, burning 460 calories. I worked hard!

On Tuesday I did two classes: first up was a new class, using a stability ball. I had one at home, which I dug out and blew up, not having used it for a very long time! It was lots of fun, and very different; I think Jacqui went easy on us to help build confidence, so I’m looking forward to developing more as my confidence- and my abs- grows! We followed that up with PiYo Stretch and Flow which was very welcome after the hard work on Sunday and Monday. 

Wednesday was an informal Jog Scotland session, out to the West Loch and back, while Thursday was back to PiYo for the signature round, this time including the higher intensity tracks which we don’t do on a Tuesday. 

I didn’t do much from Friday through to Sunday, as we were at a Clarsach residential weekend. It was lots of fun, with some brilliant people- I had planned to do some walking, but the weekend was so packed that it just didn’t happen! 

I was then back at WAR again tonight, and I found it very tough, probably after the full weekend we had. I’ve been trying to pay closer attention to my body, and a full week of classes has helped me to do that: I’m feeling some stiffness in my shoulder and lower back, so I’m going to keep paying close attention to those areas, dialling back the running intensity to help with recovery. 

Now that I’m back in a routine and have been for a couple of weeks, this quote here certainly resonated with me:  Have a good week! 

Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Hello, sorry for the lack of posts: I’ve had a short break, with visitors and other things going on. Also, we’ve had a break from classes so I haven’t had too much to report on. 

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been running sporadically and walking a lot, recovering from my adventures during the summer. Last Saturday was the Tarbert TT10K, and we took part in The Dooker’s Doubler by running both the 5k and 10k. It was warm and humid which was very unusual. As ever, it was a brilliant event, but since then I’ve been a little floored by a cold which has- unusually- wiped me out a bit. I’m on the mend now, though. This year’s TT10K shirt is my favourite ever- black and yellow with long sleeves, I’m looking forward to trying it out in the autumn and winter:  Tonight, it felt fab to be back at WAR, it was tough as we’ve had a few weeks off, but it felt so good to get working out again. It’s the only class I’ll make this week, but I’m planning on a few runs to keep my training for the Great Scottish Run on track. 

Here’s some positivity for you tonight:  Time for me to get consistent again. Have a good week 🙂

Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Hello, welcome to another week! How was the past seven days for you? After the Spartan Run last Sunday, I took this past week off for rest and recovery. It was the perfect week for it as Jacqui is on holiday meaning I had no classes planned. 

Now that I’ve had a week to reflect on last Sunday’s achievement I can say that it was the toughest physical challenge I’ve done. I think that the terrain and the weather conditions combined with the tough course all taken together made it a real challenge and I needed some time to recover and to let some pretty major bruising begin to heal. 

We had visitors all week, which was also good timing as I didn’t have time to feel guilty for skipping training sessions or to be tempted to get back into running too soon. I also ate. A LOT. All week. Oops! 

I didn’t just relax and do nothing, though: I did five chunky walks of 1+ hours throughout the week to keep my legs ticking over, focussing on active recovery. 

Now that a new week has arrived, I’m back to it: the Tarbert Dookers Doubler is looming in less than two weeks, and I haven’t run more than four miles in a while, but I know my cross training will be keeping my fitness levels high. I ran 5k tonight quite comfortably: I could have run more but I want to focus on quality running this week. I’m planning on doing a run with JogScotland on Wednesday and then fitting in a longer run later in the week. 

Meanwhile, I came across this on Pinterest and thought I’d share it 😉  I love it! Have a great week 🙂

Monday Motivation: I am SpartanJogger!

Monday Motivation: I am SpartanJogger!

Well, we did it: we completed the Spartan Sprint yesterday.

 I’ll give you a race report later in this post, but before I do, here’s a quick round up from last week.

Training was great:

Monday: WAR was excellent, and I pushed had to keep myself on track for race day

Tuesday: PiYo stretch and flow was ideal for easing off the muscles after working hard the night before

Wednesday: our Jog Scoland run was in torrential rain: we did 10 minutes slow, 10 minutes with 1 minute tempo and 1 minute recovery x5, 10 minutes slow. All in we did just short of 3.5 miles, which was great. It turns out that this wet run stood me in very good stead for Sunday!

Thursday: we took a walk around the harbour to keep loose, but I didn’t want to do too much else prior to race day

Friday: rest

We arrived in Edinburgh on Saturday evening and after leaving glorious sunshine in Argyll, and the weather that met us was grey and dreich. We had some dinner, and a dip in the hotel swimming pool before doing a kit check and getting some shut eye before the race. 

We were up early on Sunday for breakfast before packing up the car and taking our time to drive to the venue. We arrived with around an hour and a half to go before our start time, which meant we could watch the elite runners finish up. They were very, very impressive! Checking in, and receiving our wrsit bands and chips was slick and easy, and we were able to spend time watching the racers, checking out the merchandise and browsing the stalls before it was time for us to drop off our bags and head to the warm up, immediately prior to the start line. The first surprise for me was finding that we had an obstacle to cross BEFORE we could get to the start line: a sneaky 4′ wall for us to cross, ooft! The race groups were small, and everyone was able to have a chat before we set off, and headed for our first obstacle. The Wookie and I had deliberately stayed towards the back of our pack, letting faster and more confident runners get on ahead of us.

I’ll warn you now – the order of some of the obstacles is a bit of a blur, so if I get some of them muddled, please forgive me!

We immediately faced our first lot of mud: which meant we started as we meant to go on. there was a LOT of mud. Everywhere. And, as we set off, the rain arrived, and it remained with us for most of our run, and was often accompained by midges. Eek!

We started off with the hay bales, which were easier to climb over than I thought they’d be, then we had three 4′ walls to cross: I had definitley underestimated these – which was my own fault. However, we got over them, and headed onwards to the cargo net. This was fine – I kept my mind on what I was doing – as we got there, one competitor was struggling, and was being assisted over the top by a volunteer – she did a great job, and managed to complete the obstacle, yay! I was fine on this one – I took my time, and just made sure that my footing was ok.

Next was the rolling mud: three big, watery, muddy pools that we had to traverse, each with a small mud hill between them. We were covered in mud, and soaking, but it was great fun! So far, so good!

And then we had the dunk walls. Well, it wasn’t a wall – it was a series of three barriers, each around two feet wide that we had to dunk under: we had been practicing in the pool the night before more of a quick, straight down and under a narrow wall, but this was different. And my first real challenge of the day. The girl in front of me was really struggling, and a few people had to be supported and guided under by the volunteers. At this stage, I let my self belief take control – and I just went for it. The water was icy cold, and definitely took your breath away as soon as your head went under the water – but I got the first one done, no problem. And the second. And the third. Woop! Woop! I can’t believe I am going to write this, but this may well have been my favourite obstacle!

Next we had a lot of climbing uphill: I won’t keep saying it, but there were a LOT of very steep, grassy, muddy hills, making for very difficult condtions both on the obstacles themselves and between them – it meant that the run was as much a challenge as it was a recovery break.

We had another obstacle, and then we faced a few carrying events: the farmer’s walk (which also had an over, under, through set of three walls within it), followed immediately by the sandbag carry which was really hilly. I surprised myself on these: I did absolutely fine, with no breaks, and I really enjoyed them! Who knew I’d love carrying stuff so much? It was around this point that we heard others say that the Edinburgh run is considered one of the toughest because of the conditions and the terrain – and some see it as a Premier Event because of that. Wow – and here we were, doing it as our first ever one!

We then had a downhill section and we came to the barbed wire: it was much lower than I had expected, and much lower than some of the youtube videos show. It was also much, much longer than I expected too! I started by doing a weird crawl, using my feet to power me through, then I changed to a roll. And, boy, was I dizzy when I got to the end! Still, it was good fun.

Next was more mud, more water and a long uphill section to reach the Spearman, which I failed miserably 😦 and so I faced my first set of burpees, knocking out 30 bad boys with reasonable form. I was very enthusiastic at this point!

A short downhill section then took us to the balance wall, which was higher than I expected, and I made my way across it, too. At this point, the faster runners from the wave after us were beginning to overtake us, so we continued to take our time and to pause, letting the faster runners pass us by. It gave us an excuse to enjoy the scenery – and definitely added to our finish time, which we weren’t worried about in the slightest!

Next was another water obstacle, and then we faced the stairway. Eek! I underestimated the height of the first wall – it was much higher than it looked online! With some help from the fab soldiers who were supporting this obstacle I made it to the top of the first section, and I was able to climb over and drop down the other side, no problem. I really liked that one, too.

We then found ourselves back near the start area, and ready to take on the atlas stone. We had to carry it along a short track, drop it, do 5 burpees, pick it back up and walk back. No bother. I secretly liked this one too – like carrying a solid, heavy medicine ball, which I’d been practicing.

I then faced my nemesis: the rope climb. I failed miserably, which was no surprise, so I had to do the obligatory 30 burpees once again. Sheesh!  I was beginning to ache by now, and the energy levels were beginning to diminish just as the rain began to lash a little harder. The second rope obstacle was next: the slip wall, but before it was a long, muddy water section: I slipped, lost my footing and almost face planted in the water, but managed to recover – just! I then made it onto the wall, and hoisted myself to the very top. Just as I lifted one foot to cross to the cargo net at the other side, my mud-soaked foot slipped, and I was at the bottom of the obstacle again, in the blink of an eye. Oh dear! The soldiers on this obstacle were a really good support, too – and they checked I was OK before continuing. Thanks, guys!

We made our way back out of the event area and uphill once more, to the Z-walls, which were very slippery, and much harder than they looked! Next was another uphill climb which took us under the cargo net and to another carrying event: a log carry. I managed to get my log onto my shoulder and I was determined that it was staying there for the whole section: there was no way it was coming off. So, up and down and uphill we went – I kept that log in place. It felt great to finally drop it on the pile when I got back to the start – another surprisingly successful carrying event for me.

We then headed across the fields again, and out from nowhere popped two 6′ walls, which were a real challenge. With help from the great volunteer here, we made it over, though. We then headed back downhill, and to the final event area where we had watched the elites finish earlier. First up was a sled drag, first using a rope and then using the handle of the metal tray they were on: this was good, too. We then had a try at a new obstacle, using wooden pegs to haul ourselves up to the top of the obstacle, and back down. That was OK, too. Next was the Hercules Hoist: my arms were drained, but again, it was fine: it’d been watching this one on line, so knew that technique would certainly help!

The new ‘multi rig’ replacement, with moving handles, was a dismal failure: my hands slipped right away, and so it was time for more burpees. Sigh. And next up were the two 8′ walls. I could have cried when I looked up at them, but the volunteers here were brilliant, acting as human stepping stones to make sure we could get up and over them. You guys rocked!

FINALLY, it was time for the Fire Jump – yay – and we crossed the finish line happy, tired, battered, bruised but as Spartans!

We collected our medals, our free beer, and our t-shirts with what little energy we had left, in absolutely torrential rain. That just makes us even more bad ass, I reckon 😉

We had an amazing day: I’m paying the price today, as I’m aching all over, both with DOMS and with various cuts, scrapes and many many bruises:

But no one can take this one away. I overcame lots of fears and lots of self doubt to do this, and I can proudly say that I AM A SPARTAN WARRIOR!

The race organisation was slick, and very professional. The volunteers were simply amazing: without them we would not have gotten around, I have no doubt. Great job, guys!

So, if that hasn’t gotten you fired up for the week ahead, perhaps this will sum it up for you: