Sunday, 26 June 2011

At Midnight, We Walk...

Did it! I completed the 10k Midnight walk last night in just over 2 hours (not that the time matters, it wasn't a race) all in aid to raise money to keep the wonderful East Cheshire Hospice open to help thousands of people in desperate need of support.

It was an amazingly well ran event and we were all looked after (even getting a welcomed bacon butty and cup of tea at the end of the walk!) The volunteers were fab - all cheerleading us on and shouting helpful things like "nearly there!" : )

At the beginning of the night you had to decide which group to join to walk in - fast, medium or slow paced. I was more than happy to go in the medium pace but my sister had other ideas and coerced me into the fast group. We set off at a really good pace and managed to maintain it for most of the walk, although the last half an hour was a bit of a struggle - I think if I saw one more hill I would have thrown my flashing bunny ears to the ground and had a hissy fit!

I got back home about 3am and couldn't sleep at all. My legs now feel like concrete and no amount of stretching is helping to loosen them up! Oh well, at least I know I pushed myself and managed to get a good workout, bonus!

Brilliant night/morning and I hope to do it all again next year.

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Exercise: The Reality

After doing my daily scout for interesting articles/blogs on Sparkpeople I came across this post which really piqued my interest.

Written by a fitness trainer, she states 8 "cold, hard truths" about exercise, these being:

  1. Working out will always feel hard.
  2. Not every movement or activity counts as exercise.
  3. One workout may not undo a sedentary lifestyle.
  4. You're not burning as many calories as you think.
  5. It won't allow you to eat whatever you want.
  6. Exercise alone won't change your body.
  7. You have to do it forever.
  8. Routine is the exercise enemy.
Now if you are anything like me and have read similar articles like this for years and years there will be  nothing revelatory about those 8 points but the fact is, knowing this and living this are two different things. If I was truly taking everything into account I wouldn't be at this 15st plateau.

The most important 'truths' for me is firstly, point number 1: "Working out will always feel hard". When I'm at the gym sailing through that half an hour bike session that used to make me sweat half my body weight, I know it's time to step it up to the next level - exercise should always feel like you are exercising!

Secondly, point number 7 "You have to do it forever" is another thing that sticks out for me. Last night I spent ages looking up the new-ish home exercise DVD set - p90x. I managed to talk myself out of shelling out £100 for it as I am prone to look for the next big fad that is going to help me lose weight - I have more than enough exercise DVDs to help me shift the pounds, I just need to do them! My point is that p90x, or the similar Insanity 60-day workout, are all short-term solutions, nothing is for life. I'm still yet to find that balance of having activities that I can work into my weekly routine and can see myself doing for the long, long term. I have been thinking about getting swimming lessons (as I never really learnt to swim properly) and see if that could become part of my routine...

Finally, the last truth of "Routine is the exercise enemy" is always something I have in mind when choosing what exercise to do that day. For example, this week I started off doing half an hour of pilates every evening (whilst watching Wimbledon in the background). By the middle of the week I knew I needed to add some cardio in there so opted to do my Zumba Live DVD. As I said, I have loads of exercise DVDs - dance ones, aerobics, toning with resistance bands, pilates, zumba... so there is no excuse for me not being able to change it up. I am thinking about cancelling my gym membership but I just need that other cardio thing to replace it first - hence me thinking about swimming.

All good points to think about and more importantly - act on!

In the meantime, I am going to go an do Davina's boxercise DVD (the 30 min workout one) and then chill out in preparation for the charity Midnight walk tonight - wish me luck! :)

Friday, 24 June 2011

East Cheshire Hospice Midnight Walk

Tomorrow I will be partaking in a 10k Midnight walk for East Cheshire Hospice. Apart from this being a great bit of cardio for me to log in my exercise journal, it is to raise money for a brilliant organisation that is an essential support network for so many people.

If you have any spare pennies that you could kindly donate it would be much appreciated, and you have my word that I will reciprocate a donation to any charity events you will be partaking in (a kind of sponsorship IOU). You can donate through my Just Giving page - which is quick, easy and completely safe and best of all, the funds go directly to the charity!

I'll remember to take lots of pictures (of me looking a berk...and looking at the weather forecasts, a drenched berk at that!) and post them on here for your entertainment :)


Tuesday, 21 June 2011

All Good in the Hood Checklist

Protein filled brekfast - devoured!
Fruit snacks - snacked on!
Lunchtime walk - actioned!
Evening pilates - 25 mins of my my muscles being stretched!
Blueberry smoothie for tomorrow's brekfast - blended!
Tuna salad for tomorrow's lunch - in the fridge and ready!

I love it when a plan comes together :)

Tuesday, 14 June 2011


Still trucking on.
Still having good days and bad days (aka life!)
Still trying new things
Still doing old things.
Still have that goal in sight.
Still have the belief I can make it.
Still love Take That! (Have total post-tour depression at the moment after seeing them in Manchester. Anybody else catch the Progress tour?)