Setting fitness goals

Getting fit can often be the last thing on our minds and something we start at the beginning of the year, but by February stop and then started again at the beginning of the next year.

When it comes to fitness you can begin at any time there are no real rules when getting fit, appart from learning the technique so we don’t pull a muscle or twist our ankles.

I now have begun to do walking again measuring my steps even if it is a little bit, I still record it because at the end of the day to me it is still exercise, and what I don’t do in the week I make up for when I have more time at the weekends.

Setting fitness goals are an essential part of getting fit, because then you have more chance of continuing especially when you start to see the results by doing so.

Check out my fitness goals below I have set for myself this year:

my fitness goals

Then I have created a training log using excel, where I will put the exercise I have done each day, adding a goal each time I train for the next session, so I make slow progression and don’t do too much in one go.

As you see I have not done a huge list, but the main areas I wish to work on.

I also put how many steps I have done and then add them up at the end of each week, so I can see how much I have done and what I can increase as I go, and I try to beat each week doing more steps per week to hopefully build up my fitness again.

I  also train with my weights and training mat to help me tone my body and to help with balance so I can soon begin to do some running again.

So lets work together in getting fit and remember it is about being healthy as much as it is to help maintain our body weight and size.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

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Walking fit/first walk in central london since lockdown

To say I am knackered now is an understatement. The things we do to look good, and the punishment we give ourselves when we haven’t done any kind of exercise at all, can be quite brutal.

If someone actually said to me what I say in my head they would get a massive thump, but yet we can be our own worse critic. 

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Today I did another long walk, like I did last week up London, through Battersea Park up to the Power station, and back through Battersea Park towards Chelsea, and to Fulham Broadway.

Don’t get me wrong I know it is my choice and I don’t have to go for a walk, but when I don’t I will then criticise myself for not being the weight I want to be and then get frustrated because the image in the mirror is not what I want it to be.

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Anyway I did complete my goal for the week, which is to complete up to 20,000 steps or more each week, and I am achieving it no matter how hard it is.

Please don’t think this is gloating I am just proving that if you set your mind to do such a goal then if I can do it, so can you.

As I have weekends free now as my sons dad looks after him on these days, I have time to myself to do some. However if you aren’t so lucky then get your kids to join you.

If they are anything like my son, they will be happy to be outdoors and I see a lot of kids running, walking or even cycling with their parents.

To help keep the momentum going I have started to do a Training log, to see what I have done and my progression, and I set myself a goal after each day I train.

Make it interesting by planning different routes as walking the same route each time can be boring, but however if you are like me have no sense of direction and can easily get lost then do plan your route so you know where you are heading.

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Luckily I know my way around Fulham, Chelsea and Hammersmith, its a shame I no longer live there, any how comes in handy when I want to do my walking in these areas.

When I first lived in Epsom and Wimbledon I was forever getting lost that I had to call my mum who is really the worse person, as she has worse sense of direction then me, but I did and did manage to find my way back in the end.

Any how I am glad I have completed my walking for this week and now gonna chill for the rest of the day and make the most of my free time until tomorrow when it is start of another week.

Please let me know of where you walk if you live in London or surrey, I love recommendations, so please let me know. You can leave a comment below.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie x

 

 

 

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Getting my fitness Mojo back

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It was so good to do some walking today even though it did rain on my first walk I did this morning, to the fact that I couldn’t wait to get back out there again.

I was going to do some running but I just can’t get into the mindset to do any yet, and feel that I am not ready to do any running again, so I have decided to make do with walking.

I needed to walk off the cobwebs from the day before, as it had been a very bad day, apart from when I got 5 minutes to myself and sat in the park whilst I drank my cold iced latte that was disgusting.

Twice yesterday my computer decided to crash and close itself down yesterday and just now whilst watching Not Going Out on Dave, the signal went.

I so wish that there was such things like magic rather than modern technology, because I just want to click my fingers and I wouldn’t have a pile of washing on the floor but was already washed and cleaned just by a click of the finger.

No point giving it the finger because that’s not going to clean the clothes to be washed is it so I have to make do with how things stand now and I just hope the washing machines washes the clothes with no disasters.

Swearing at modern technology however mad it sends you has no benefits as the only person to get wound up about it is you.

I am so glad I am not the woman who’s on everyone’s satnav otherwise I would be arch enemy number one, and getting sworn at on a daily basis.

I used to get such abuse when working in a call centre so god forbid what it be like to be that woman getting non stop abuse by people when all she is doing is giving directions.

Plus with my no sense of direction, I would send everyone around the bend so it is for safety reasons that I am not.

Anyway I am just glad that I don’t have my lovely 6 year old to contain with today and have some time to myself however much I love him. Parenting takes its toll too, and so today was a much better day, to the fact that I am looking forward to doing some more walking and fitness training tomorrow aswell.

It is good that I have got my energy back to do some training and I hope by doing so will help me lower my weight gain, as I am not happy with the way I look at the moment, so it is in great need to be taken care of once again.

I have battled with my weight for most of my life and I try not to let it get me down, but it does, so I hope by walking again and measuring my steps again will help make me feel good about myself again.

If you don’t want to know about how many steps I did today then look away now, but if you do want to know it was 11,382. Please don’t tell me to f’ off, and feel bad, it is just to prove that it can be done, just doing a bit a day can make all the difference.

Anyway I am going to work some more and then rest for the evening.

Please stay safe and many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

 

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Back at it and footballs back

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Hello and welcome to another blog on my Sports and Fitness coaching blog. 

So I have since last Tuesday got back into my fitness training, and trying to do a bit each day, even if it is some walking outdoors.

I am doing a mixture of weights, leg workouts and obliques and it is good to be back at it again. Sometimes taking a break can help your body recuperate and when you do get back into it again, can make you be pleased to be back exercising again, as you see the benefits of it more.

I was going to do a run on Sunday but I left it to late, but in the end I just did some walking as I hadn’t slept well the night before, as was up most of the night, and you should never do any training if your body is not physically up to it.

Sometimes you have to listen to your body rather than forcing yourself to do some.

This weekend the football returned after being off for so long due to the Covid19 outbreak, and even though there are no crowds like before it is still good to see it back on our screens.

I bought myself some new gear for my training, which always gives me the energy to do some training, and bought a couple of tops from TK Maxx and were only £7.99 each, so a bargain if I may say so myself.

Here they are in the picture below.

I don’t like to spend over a tenner for fitness tops and often will buy second hand, but as the charity shops aren’t open at the moment, had a look in TKMaxx who often have some great low priced items along with Sports Direct or Amazon.

So lets see how I progress and I will keep you posted as I continue on getting back into my fitness during this Pandemic we are going through still.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

 

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Not working out

Hi and welcome to another sports and fitness coaching blog post.

So since I wrote my last fitness blog I haven’t really done any working out at all. I know it is so lazy but having such a short space of time it has not been possible, but once Henry does full days at school again it will be.

Is it good to take time off?

Sometimes I feel it is, because you do have to allow your body to recharge and be in the right mindset to do any, which I haven’t and I have only had short spells of time which I use to write my books and blogs.

I like to spend the afternoons with my son so we have that 1 to 1 interaction.

What I am going to begin to do is use my weekends to workout even if it for 10 minutes  or so least it will be something.

Finding the time when you are working parent can be tricky but you find a way.

I say use what time you have and work exercise around your lifestyle not  the other way around.

If you have stairs in your house use these as part of your exercise just make sure all is clear as you don’t want to be tripping over a toy left on the stairs.

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Do this for all places you wish to workout, especially if you working out barefooted.

Invest in a workout mat. I love mine in fact I will be at some point grabbing this to workout at my home in Wimbledon.

When training at home I would invest in a set of dumbbells as these are great to keep on you and leave them in a room that I use a lot. In sight in mind.

Working out at home doesn’t need to be hard graft in fact some workouts when I do, I take my time. It’s not about racing your workouts but benefiting from them.

So take care and stay safe.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

 

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Watching old football matches

Hello and happy Wednesday, we are halfway through the week and the other day I was flicking through the TV guide and came across an old football match Man United against Arsenal, and I watched the whole of the first half, well practically.

I knew it was a old one because they had Andy Gray who is one of my favourite Pundits commentating and Phil Neville was playing, so it was quite an old one, but I thoroughly enjoyed watching it.

Ronaldo who I did think was a bit of show off then, dominated the right hand side of the pitch and reminded me of what a great footballer he really is, because he literally played most of that game with the ball to his feet, it just the other plays couldn’t keep up with him.

What I love about old football is the lack of diving as this is one of my pet hates, I do not like this being in the game, especially in the British game, and even I moaned when many Chelsea Players would do that, as it wastes so much time.

Of course there was no VAR so it all was judged by the referee, and I got to say Roy Keane took no prisoners when he played and would take you out if you had the ball, and many of the free kicks and bookings were harsh because he did go for the ball at the same time, and could you imagine if the old Leeds players got booked, they were known to be rough team same as the old Wimbledon FC team, there’d be no one left on the pitch.

Football is a different game today, and many of it very commercialized, hence why I started to follow lower league football, because that old passion is still there. I am dying to go back to Craven Cottage again where Fulham FC play. I was a steward there during season 1996-97, and absolutely loved it.

Me and one of my friends would also even after I stopped stewarding went to watch Fulham FC, when Chelsea FC played away.

Fulham FC is a brilliant ground to go to and is a much better layout compared to Chelsea as they have built underneath and around the ground, that there is no chance of overcrowding or anything.

What I also loved about the old football is the songs. I do love a football song and this is my favourite. The World In Motion where glorious John Barnes did his famous rap.

So if you too like watching old football matches then get in touch I’d love to know which matches you liked by commenting below.

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Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

 

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MY TEN FITNESS TIPS

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Hello and welcome to another Sports and fitness coaching blog.

In this post I am giving My Ten Fitness Tips.

  1. Use fitness as long life time change not a short term or just for the new year
  2. Change your diet and do a food swap each day or week
  3. Workout to music. I find this instantly gets me moving, even if is dancing around the living room
  4. Plan your workouts and work them around your lifestyle, don’t work around exercise
  5. Have a variety of workout programmes to keep your energy to a workout on high
  6. Set yourself targets and goals every time you plan a workout
  7. Lay your fitness gear beside your bed so you can put it straight on as soon as you get up in the morning
  8. Have purpose. So this could be setting up a 5KM Walk or run, or work towards a dress you have been meaning to get into
  9. Increase your workout gradually not all at once, as this can destroy your energy and enthusiasm if not
  10. Set a time and put it into your schedule

If you have any further tips then please share, by commenting below.

You can follow this blog to keep up to date with my posts and I will post again next week.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

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Keeping fit during Lockdown

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I have to admit the Lockdown is taking its toll and to be honest getting pretty fed up with it. I know we have to follow precautions but Boris Johnson the Prime Minster of the UK, seems to have confused a lot of people.

Trying to keep myself busy has been tough, but I have done it. Once the lockdown has been removed I will be doing some more long distance walking, which I have missed.

Walking is my exercise at the moment, I haven’t done any the last couple of days, because of self isolation, but did some today and did feel very good.

The other excising I have missed is doing weights, but I am going to begin tomorrow by doing a 7 minute workout a day.

I am going to get up and train every morning, as from tomorrow. It is important to look after your health and fitness, to help with stamina, metabolism and flexibility.

Good Home workouts:

  • 12 repetitions of arm circles forward and back x 3 sets
  • 12 Press ups x3 sets
  • 12 Obliques x3 sets
  • 12 squats x3
  • 12 side legs raises, left and right leg x3
  • 12 forward leg raises, left and right leg x3
  • 12 back leg raises, left and right x3
  • 12 stomach crunches x3
  • 12 reverse crunches x3

This is really good whole body workout.

If you have been getting fit please let me know and what exercises you have been doing during the Lockdown. All comments can be left below.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

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Ten Things a Soccer coach should have

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Hey all! It is 4:04am and yes I am up blogging.

You could call it utter madness but my body clock just says “You know you are awake so time to be up”.

In this blog post I am sharing my Ten Things a Soccer Coach Should have:

  1. Excellent organisation skills, as often you will be responsible for collecting subs, looking after the team and keep tabs on the games that the team are going to play and look after your equipment
  2. Have enough footballs. Don’t over do it because the team needs to learn to share, but do pack extras in your car just in case. You’ll be surprised at how quickly they can go missing
  3. They possess a register of all the players which should be used on match days.
  4. A tactic board, as is easier go over what training we are going to do, and what we will be doing next
  5. A whistle to grab their attention
  6. Who is friendly, authoritative and approachable
  7. Who has team spirit
  8. Brilliant and effective communication
  9. At least level 1 qualified
  10. First aid trained

I have made the above list into a Cheat Sheet which you can download and use below:

Ten Things a Soccer Coach should have

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

 

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Supporting Lower Division Soccer

Coach And Player ClipartSince moving back to London, which was 12 years ago, as I had moved down to the South coast the one thing I missed was following football and rugby.

Before moving to the South Coast of England I would go and watch the London Broncos play and I was a season ticket holder for Chelsea.

I even became a steward once I left school for Fulham Football club, and did some work experience with the groundsman.

When that stopped as I was working full time in London, I would go and watch Chelsea FC and even went to a FA Cup Final or I would go to watch Fulham FC play.

I love supporting Lower Division Soccer and I have been to see AFC Wimbledon, Fulham and Leatherhead FC since then.

They are brilliant to go to and at Leatherhead all children under 8 years of age, get in for free.

They also do a club raffle, has a small bar and a food kiosk there too.

It is a small little ground but so totally worth it, and I will continue to watch lower league football as it is a great platform for youngsters to get into, to play aswell.

When I was coaching at Stoneleigh Athletic FC I would often arrange friendlies with Leatherhead Football club, because like at Stoneleigh Athletic FC they had a good set up.

With England FC I think that players from lower division should be considered aswell, because I do notice that with lower league football they appear to have more drive and determination.

I think lower league football is getting noticed because of the exciting matches and also great clubs to coach.

The set up we had at Stoneleigh Athletic was that we had professional coaches helping with getting the teams ready for the weekend. This was done at a school football pitch and at goals in Talworth; and the team would be coached by professional coaches every 3-4 weeks.

If you want to build a club of your own then remember they have to have a committee and be affiliated, and the coaches should be at least Level 1 qualified.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fitness Goals for 2020

Hello and welcome to a new blog.

I am sharing My Fitness Goals for 2020.

Goal 1# Build up the strength in my legs and upper body

Goal 2# Do short sprinted runs every day

Goal 3# Continue with mixing running and walking once a week

Goal 4# Do Pilates once a week

Goal 5# Aim to run 5km once a week then build up to twice a week

I would encourage goal setting for your fitness and remember even 5 to 10 minutes of high intensity workouts are just as good, and then once you get into your training you can then build up to doing longer stretches of exercise.

 

Main focus

The aim for me is to build up my strength and be toned, increase my fitness and to set an example to my followers, to help them too succeed in fitness training.

I want to be super fit to help coach others and be a role model to those that are younger than me.

 

Objective

To be toned and to have a high level of fitness and to keep my blood sugar level down to help my health and wellbeing.

 

Conclusion 

For me fitness has been part of my life because of my health and being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes was scary because I knew and know I have to look after myself correctly and training every day for 30 to 1 hour will benefit me in the long run.

I have Congenital heart disease which means that if I am not careful called end up with heart strain and so looking after my heart is also highly important.

 

 

 

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Football coaching

Since the age of 11 all I wanted to do was coach football, yes I enjoyed playing but my dream was to coach.

Football for me is a great sport because you can learn so much, such as team building, communication, decision making and you have to be physically fit.

With Football Coaching it is the most rewarding experience you can do. Seeing those kids faces light up when they play and score is out of this world.

When coaching give encouragement and rather than criticize and ask questions, this will help make them think and learn what they need to do, and learn as they play.

You do want kids to enjoy the game, but at the same time remember it is sport and if they do want to play professional football when they get older then they do have to learn different ways to play the game, and learn which style suits them.

Teach them about the 4 corner flag which is a new style of coaching introduced to help adapt to different types of players, check out #FALearning.

When doing a session always have two sessions A and B, and make sure they keep warmed up at all times and have them be prepared for all weathers.

Never allow players to dictate but reward each player equally and never over promise.

Speak to parents and players directly and introduce yourself to them, and be approachable at all times, making sure their safety and security comes first.

If another person who has been DBS checked including a parent wants to help and get involved take them up on  it. Coaching on your own can be hard work and it helps the players as you can focus on them rather than collecting subs for example or looking after the substituted players on the side lines when playing a game.

Be precise and keep each session simple at first then progress, by adding a defender for example, having small sided games and then do some shooting practice by having a mini penalty shoot out.

So if you would like to football coach then do get involved and remember to enjoy it too and learn as you coach.

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Carrie X

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Just have to keep going and use what motivates you. BLOGMAS DAY 19!

Hello and welcome to blogmas day 18.

It can be a great time of year to over indulge, however you still can lower your portions sizes and still be able to stick to a diet regime.

As I have type 2 diabetes I have to control my weight. I still go for the biscuits but I have gradually cut down on crisps because we don’t buy them anymore. This is the key and has been the best thing my husband and I decided to do. I do like to use my slower cooker and I want to have more controlled diet.

There is always those impulses to buy sugary snacks, but many things like bottled drinks or yogurts that appear to be healthy aren’t.

Its not easy I’m not going lie because there are times I don’t want to do any training or eat unhealthy food but I have to, if I want to feel better about myself.

I am still walking a lot and running but I have had a few health problems this week. It happens and I am still going to keep going and so can you.

I found when I started running in September tough, where I did not want to continue. You just have to keep going.

That’s life but I have found that consistency and if I keep being motivated, and keep trying to run each week and workout indoors. Getting up at 5:30am has been hit and miss but I know in myself that I will do it.

So I hope if you like to or are also trying to get back to fitness and you also are doing it or lose weight or for other reasons, then how have you found it and what helps you keep going and motivates you?

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Carrie x

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Training out of your normal routine at Christmas/ Blogmas day 5!

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HELLO AND WELCOME TO BLOGMAS DAY 5! Boy is it going fast, but so far I have really enjoyed it. If you haven’t yet seen or read my other blogmas posts then please visit my main site which will have all of them there linked on the HOME Page:

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So in this blog I am sharing some tips on Training Out of your Normal routine at Christmas, because like a lot of holidays throughout the year especially if you have children it can change and you no longer have the mornings to yourself like you would when they are at school, and the same for Christmas holidays.
So how do you still do any training?

  • Take a break if it helps whilst you get your Christmas bits and pieces together:

Well I used to have a break from exercise and running at one time around November through to December and would start again on Christmas day and it became a new tradition of mine to do a Christmas morning run and the same on Boxing Day. Then from there I would start my training each week once again until the following year and then do the same.

The one thing you can do and you may not believe this but it is true, that you can still burn off calories by running around getting all your Christmas things together and not realise. Doing household chores can help you sweat like you would when doing star jumps or lunges, so don’t if you need to take a break from doing running or aerobics, over Christmas to start again in the New Year when things return to normal then do it.

Do extra errands that will help you get ahead of yourself for Christmas instead.

I AM ALL FOR THAT!

  • Create a Christmas Routine:

Planning ahead really can help and do like you would when kids are at school do a Christmas block schedule. If you are not familiar with the block schedule system then please check out this video below by this wonderful woman Jordan Paige. She is well and truly inspiring.

This will help make you see if there are gaps in your Christmas schedule and create a routine around this, that will let you have some free time to yourself to do a bit of exercise even if it is doing some Yoga. There are some great 10 minute workouts on Youtube that are great, here is one below that I tried and added some of these exercises to my own workout too. This is also why they are great,they can help you to create your own quick heart pumping workout as I often get stuck as to what to do next as it can get boring doing the same exercises all the time,

It is good to mix it up a notch

  • Get your kids in involved:

So if you can’t have some free time to do any exercising by yourself then don’t be feared because my son for example will often exercise with me. When my husband and I would go out, I would put on my running gear and my husband would push Henry in his pushchair whilst I ran on ahead.

When I would run along the river I often saw parents running whilst their kids were on their bikes and scooters.

Do a Christmas leisurely stroll. We will often on Christmas Day rather than being stuck indoors all day go for a walk and take Henry to the park which is open all year round.

As a kid we all including my aunties and uncles and cousins would often go up into Central London to walk through Hyde Park or Kensington Gardens,

Walking is still exercise and whilst you are waiting for the kettle to boil in the morning and cooking breakfast use this time. I often whilst I am doing dinner do some leg raises and some stretching, doing squats whilst you are dusting and dance whilst you are pushing the mop on the floor.

Some may think this is funny and daft but,

Trust me give it a try and you’ll be surprised of how many exercises you can do around the house and you find your kids like my son does, copy so they are getting their exercise in too.

  • Use TV time during the day to do some exercise

When the kids are happily playing with their toys, your guests are watching TV in the living room, before dinner and why not pop upstairs or in a bedroom even if you have a little amount of space and do some exercises like jogging on the spot, doing arm circles and press ups. Again it may sound daft but honestly you can be surprised once you get into it how much workout you can do once you have a quiet moment. If you are worried about being hot and sweaty after this, then hide your workout clothes under your normal clothes. Example: put your workout top underneath your jumper and a pair of leggings which I live in most days and strip off to change into another pair and then go to the bathroom to freshen up and then change into your Christmas clothes again. Have your workout clothes already laid out on your bed ready if you don’t want to wear them underneath other clothes. This is where having a routine for Christmas too and planning ahead can really help.

  • Delegate Christmas chores and jobs

I would always help lay the table at Christmas and prepare the dinner table and so you can get people to help you look to whilst you do some training

I will always encourage Henry like I do now to make his own bed and learn to cook and Henry be looked after by my husband for a bit whilst I do some training and then I do the same for him.

Guests will usually ask if they can help, so instead of refusing take them up on it and give them a glass of wine and something to nibble on as an extra offering and then whisk yourself away.

SO THERE IT IS! I REALLY HOPE THESE TIPS HELP! NEVER BEAT YOURSELF UP OVER EXERCISE. DO WHAT YOU GOT TO DO AND IF YOU NEED TO HIDE AWAY TO DO A BIT OF EXERCISE JUST FOR 5 MINS ITS STILL EXERCISE.

So that is it for this blog and I hope this has helped should you get stuck about doing some training over Christmas and just enjoy the season as much as you can. It’s about everyone enjoying the day and that includes you too.

If you would like to keep up to date with my posts for Blogmas then please make sure you are following me on WordPress.com, and should you have any further tips about training over Christmas then please leave a comment below.

Here are the links to my other blogging sites:

https://everyonecanbuildacastle.com/

https://everydaylivingandlifestyle.wordpress.com/

https://theparentingadventurestipsandtricks.wordpress.com/

https://theparentingadventuresthebirthofmyson.wordpress.com

Many thanks for reading,

Carrie X

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Blogmas is here! So more fitness and sports blogs to come

Blogmas is here 2019

Hi all! Yes I am doing Blogmas this year, posting everyday from tomorrow the 1st December to 25th December (Christmas Day) either on this site or my others below:

https://www.carriesrealworld.com/

https://everyonecanbuildacastle.com/

https://everydaylivingandlifestyle.wordpress.com/

https://theparentingadventurestipsandtricks.wordpress.com/

https://theparentingadventuresthebirthofmyson.wordpress.com

So I will be posting more about my fitness, in fact I did do a home workout this morning very early so feel good for doing that, there are days like the week just gone where I have been completely wiped out and tired, but still managed to do my steps most days. However I will be posting blogs on how to still workout, out of your normal routine and getting fit over Christmas.

Anyway got to be getting on as my husband wants to pop into town and my son wants a chocolate muffin.

So better get on with my day!

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Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

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When training in the cold/what I would like to invest in/Stay safe

Its been a few weeks since my last post on this site, its been hectic with half term, birthdays and this weekend we have family staying for the weekend. However I have kept it up with my exercise and training and managing to train more frequently each week.

I now have been running 1 to 2 times a week, including doing a early Sunday Run. I love that my Sunday runs are back. I didn’t do one last Sunday as I was working, but I am going to do a run tomorrow and on Sunday this weekend.

I have been setting my alarm half an hour earlier in the week, about 5:30 to get up to do some training on some days and yesterday I managed to fit in two workouts indoors yesterday.

When training in the cold, I find getting a room warmed up really helps motivate me rather than a cold room, but obviously when running outside that isn’t always possible so I tend to run as much as I can to warm myself up and to help to strengthen and build the fitness in my legs as much as I can, and I have managed now going on my last runs I have done to run for a longer stretch than before, before needing to walk again.

What I usually wear my baseball cap, my purple and pink vest, my yellow bra, but would like a sports bra, as these are better, one of my pink running/workout jackets, with sometimes a fleece underneath, a scarf, a pair of good comfortable socks, and my running trainers.

One of my running jackets bought from House of Fraser 

I would always recommend in, investing in a good pair of running shoes, because I find I do run better with these and I do wear these for walking too, but you can get actual walking (long distance) footwear too.

I like to have a running/workout jacket because they don’t make you too warm, which is what you want, because as you do warm up and your body begins to sweat you can often want to strip off if you are too warm, but these keep I find insulated better, but enough for it to stay on and has zips so you can easily take your house keys for example, phone and anything else like an Oyster card if you are travelling to the start of your running route first.

Bum bags are great and I love mine. I always wear mine when travelling up to London, but when running local I don’t need it, so its good to have a jacket and you can even get running bottoms with zips too.

What I take with my when running up London in my bumbag. This was bought from Boots. 

The one thing that is important when training this time of year is to stay safe. I try if I can to run when it is light outside and in the mornings I start running from the moment it becomes light outside or later in the morning if I can.

I haven’t done a run up London these last few weeks but around my local area in Surrey, through the Common, our local park and recreation ground, but doing different routes instead of the same helps keep me stay focused and motivated.

I have begun because I do find I run better begun to since doing a run through Wimbledon Park is listening to music via my headphones and mobile whilst running, but again I only do this when it is light outside and there are other people around. I would never do this when running in the dark, because you do need to be more aware of your surroundings. The item I will be investing in again is a running vest for the cold weather because these are brilliant and worth the money.

I want a good woolly hat and gloves and a sports scarf rather than a normal fancy scarf which I am using in the mean time, but don’t want to keep doing this because sweat can often after certain amount of uses cause clothing to become worn quickly and smell.

The other thing I do to stay safe is to wear bright coloured clothing because even if it is daylight but foggy or misty it can effect people’s site and so to help fellow runners, walkers and vehicles when running across roads, I can still be easily seen.

In my opinion, as much as it is good to exercise, you have to be sensible and think about other people when training outdoors. I have often seen cyclists for example, jumping lights, wearing dark clothing, no helmet or bright coloured clothing at all, and not even using the cycle lanes provided, and I think that this is so ignorant and selfish, aswell as dangerous.

You have to respect other people as you would expect like to be respected yourself, and it helps everyone who uses the pavements and roads life a lot easier when we take care of ourselves and think about them too.

The other item I would like is a better pouch to put my phone in whilst running, because I find a lot that when putting it in my pocket it accidentally gets turned off or I have put the music on pause, so want a better storage option to prevent this from happening, and a thick pair of running bottoms. I had a pair before which I did throw away because I did have it in my head for a bit that I wouldn’t run again, but when I did run I had worn them a lot, because they do last a long time and do keep you warm.

I saw a report through a Whatsapp group yesterday that I have with other mums who’s children are in the same class as Henry (my son), really great and would recommend if you are a mum and have school children too, to create a group or join, as it is a great way to be kept up to date with school events and holidays, was that there is a man apparently in the local area attacking women and has made me be more vigilant about my running routes and that is not to run down any alleyways especially when it is dark or through commons or parks, as like in our area there is often no lights in these places and always run especially when it is dark on well lite areas and busy high street roads.

At the same time I am not going to allow such imbecile to stop me from running, because I feel why should I? Nevertheless I want to create less temptation or potential risk from increasing and stay as safe as possible.

If this means going the long way round then so be it, least you’ll get more of a workout this way.

So I am going to keep going as much as possible and will try and post more frequently again on this site from this point forward, and so see you then.

Stay safe and if an area looks dodgy or you feel uncomfortable going that way then don’t. Be aware and if someone does look suspicious or you do feel threatened by someone whilst running outside or training outdoors then do report it. 

If you have other tips on training in the cold and staying safe or would like to share what items you would like to have for your running or any training you do, then please leave a comment below.

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Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

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One Step At A Time/Taking small steps towards achieving my #fitnessgoals

If there was a pill

#goalsetting

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We would all like, if truth were told be super duper fit without the hard work of getting up early to do our exercise and stay in bed instead.. If there was a pill we could take that would make us healthier, give us the bodies we desire we would take it.

I have realised since I have been into fitness even before I took a bit of a back step and a break from it, is that there is no quick fix or a pill that can suddenly change your body or your health. It does come down to putting in the time and energy to do it.

With fitness making small steps towards your goals, which I do believe in setting as the point of wanting to exercise is to get a result that will lead to you feeling better about yourself and to be your ideal weight.

I don’t believe in heading for perfection, because no one in this world is perfect! You can trust me on that one! Small steps are just as important as making bigger steps. It is all about at first for me is getting myself fitter and my legs working again, whether it be strengthening exercises at home, running or walking, so they will eventually be able to work harder without aching, losing balance and move faster.

Setting a focus point on each area you wish to exercise and tone or strengthen more is setting a goal.

I find breaking down your exercise as you move into the weeks, so one day walking, another running and walking, the next strengthening and the next abs, etc, to be more effective rather than to do the whole lot in one go.

 

Goals and Targets 

Continuing on about goals theme, focus points and targets, I find them really important because;

  • It creates a focus and an aim for each area you wish to work on, and you can break each goal bit by bit

-One example, which is one of my goals as I continue to do my runs each week 1:

I want to work on finding my comfortable stride again by slowing down, be in control of my breathing and working through the pain.

Be precise about it.

 

The other could be: 

I want to run this route and reach up to that corner of the park.

It can be anything. They are your goals so set how you want to, but keep in mind that less is often more, and creating smaller goals will help yo towards bigger ones. 

  • Helps towards better habits and creates rituals.

I talk a lot about habits, rituals, goal setting and being more productive on my other WordPress site: https://everyonecanbuildacastle.com/

As it really helps with your mindset, which then leads to a better wellbeing. This is the same when setting fitness goals. We all want to feel that we can accomplish things in our lives whether it is work related, fitness or being a parent, we all want to see a good positive result.

Setting goals allows us to do that, and have the result we want at the end of it.

Having a focus point keeps us from stirring off the wrong road, it gets us up in the morning and get dressed, brush our teeth and get on with our day.

There is nothing more I like when having a workout is having a glass of water, then a cup of tea or coffee (decaf), a bit of mindfulness time and take a shower. That for me is a good habit, because it is my ritual. I need to keep hydrated for energy, I need to be in the moment to recover from working out my body and get clean. Who wants to be hot and sweaty for the rest of the day?

  • The more goals you achieve the more endorphin’s you get. 

As we tick off our goals the more we feel good as at last we are getting what we have set out to do, which is to feel healthier, look slimmer (if that is one of your aims) and to be ready to achieve the next goal.

Goals last forever, and I set goals for myself in all areas of my life on a regular basis and daily. A “To do list” is for me, more or less a goals list, why? because the task for example is to, dust the living room, goal: to have a cleaner and nice smelling living space. That is a goal.

If you see “To do lists” as goals, the more chance you are at getting them done. It works honestly. Well does for me, so worth giving it a try. This is the same with fitness, every time you set yourself a plan to workout in the week and you do, that is a goal.

Everything we do, even when we aren’t aware of it is a goal that we are setting for ourselves. This can be in our heads or on paper. When you say I really want to buy that magazine because you like the articles and stories, and there is a celebrity in there who you wish to be like, that is setting yourself a goal, because that magazine has a purpose to you, because of something or someone, which you wish to be like and you can use that to build yourself and your fitness.

I often buy magazines about fitness because they help inspire me to keep me focused on getting fitter, and that is a goal. I wanted to buy that magazine to feel good and inspired and to feed my hunger to make me feel good. That is a goal.

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What to put on a to do list:

Create goals that you know in your heart that you can truly achieve, for today, tomorrow, in a week, in a month, in 6 months or up to 12 months.

Go as far as you wish.

You can even as said above set them as you go through your day and a “To do list” as stated is more or less a goals list, because we all want a result at the end of it, that is the point of it all.

What I find and helps me to be more productive, is to brain dump all your to do’s on your list first in any order, such as your fitness goals for the day or week, then break them up.

If you feel you need a bit of help with your fitness, so have a personal trainer or join a gym, then go for it. Put that on your to do’s, and yes that is a goal. There are gyms such as The Gym Group and Pure Gym, where you don’t have to take out a full years contract, but you can pay month to month, or with Pure Gym you can buy a day or weekly pass. Or there are some local parks where there are free gyms aswell. See link below:

https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/deals/deals-hunter/2017/06/free-outdoor-gyms-save-100s-year-gym-membership/

Do consider if you are like me walking or running outdoors the weather and so if you don’t have different clothes for the weathers, then I would add this to your to do’s list. The reason being I don’t like working out when cold, so I do make sure I have a thermal running vest and thinker bottoms,a good running jacket ideally with zipped up pockets, a good hat for the winter and a pair of gloves. Plus I always wear my bumbag.

Add in different workouts as you go and one of my to do’s is to keep checking out videos on Youtube and on other social media sites, of people working out, to help give me ideas and inspiration, to grow and to build on my workouts.

It’s about taking One Step At a Time and taking small steps to achieving my fitness goals.

 

Dealing with your inner voice 

Dealing with your inner voice in my head telling me “Don’t bother running today, just do some walking instead” is something I have to deal with every time I am on my way to do my run and during.

This inner voice can take control and stop you from doing your planned workout, if you let it. It can prevent you from achieving your goals and divert you to take an extra day off of rest, when really you know that you will feel better afterwards.

As soon as that voice starts to speak I literally shut it down immediately with “No I am going to do this no matter how tough it may be, I want to do it and I will do” and I in my mind I clap my hands and it stops.

Who do you want to be in charge? You or that inner voice?

Think about the after feelings rather than the ones you feel right now, with that inner voice that’s trying to talk you out of it and how you are going to feel. Let those thoughts come through, because the more we avoid the inner voice the louder it will speak.

However once you learn to listen and take control of this, the more you won’t allow it to affect you from achieving your daily and weekly fitness goals.

Keep a journal and you don’t have to post this every day. I like writing these posts because it helps me and you, keep tabs on my training. Keeping a record is a great way to look back and see how far you have come.

 

Feeling disheartened

On my 5th run/walk I did last week through Hyde Park in London, I started to feel a little disheartened because once again I found it really tough again. More than last week. I tried working through the pain and really tried to push through but my legs had other ideas and I had to stop.

Again the inner voice started telling me that perhaps I should give up and just do walking, but I was like “No I don’t want to” so I carried on, and whenever I felt like running again I did, and as I continued it did become easier.

I felt really disheartened to the fact I still couldn’t run for very long, not like I used to before I stopped and even put a post up on Instagram, about it too, where I basically said:

cazzasrealworld

In #hydepark again doing another #run is it getting better? No idea I feel that there is a bit of progression quite small but taking small steps are just as good as taking big steps. At least I’m doing something so I tell myself but wish I had an engine in my legs to run longer sometimes. Still good to get out and be moving. Staying indoors all the time just makes the days feel less clear. HAPPY DAYS!

In thinking about this and I hope this doesn’t detour you from wanting to keep fit, but want to be honest, is that often you have to get through the tough runs and workouts, for it to eventually get better, and in thinking more about this,

isn’t that what life is all about?

I have to admit to myself that it not going to all be plain sailing and it is going to be tough, its been a year and a half since I did any and it does take time, but I do feel there is progress, because now when I walk I don’t get the pains at the back of my legs a lot now and is beginning to wear off, so that is one thing, plus I am getting nearer to finding my comfortable stride again.

When you feel disheartened, stop, take a break and reflect, then go again. Doing this really helps me keep going, and I kept doing my run over my cut of point, if you read my previous blog On The Road To Recovery #Walkingfit #Runningfit 

Of when I stop my running to go and meet my mum, who I usually meet for lunch afterwards. My cut off point is usually 11am.

 

Achievement:

Total steps:24,905

KM: 17.78

Kcal: 541

 

I still did it and that is the main thing out of all of this 

When it comes down to it all for me at the moment and is my main goal, is getting it done and completed, as I see it is another step forward to achieving my other goals.

I know if I don’t do it, it will make me feel worse and then I go through the mode of thinking “I’ve go to catch up” which in turn can destroy my  momentum to carry on. So even if it is a short workout, walk or run, or I wasn’t able to run as much as planned, the main thing is I still got up and did it.

As I continue it will if I keep adding and building my fitness, come at some point where I can run further on without tiring so quickly again.

It is all about perseverance and taking each training session as they come, helping you achieve your #fitnessgoals.

Please let me know about your fitness and how its going? I love to share and read other peoples stories as sharing is inspiring. You can leave a comment below.

To keep up to date on my blog posts on this site, you can follow me on WordPress.com by clicking below, and I also write blogs on these sites too:

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Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

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On The Road To Recovery #Walkingfit #Runningfit

On Monday I had my diabetic review, and I will admit I was a little nervous, because you hope and pray it will be okay, but you never know what they might find.

Having #type2diabetes is not fun and can really have some serious health implications if you aren’t careful, so it is important to get it under control, by eating more healthy and being more active. I know it not an easy thing and I still go for the biscuits especially when I’m peed off or I feel myself getting agitated, but knowing the triggers now which I discovered yesterday as my son didn’t have the best day at school, I will learn to get this under control, and only eat when I am hungry, not eat for the sake of it.

I do find that having fuller but healthier meals that I am not snacking so much and will make the effort to have more fruit and vegetables into my diet. Plus eating too much bread can effect me too, as I can feel bloated and often get indigestion, so I have cut down on this too.

Learning about what our bodies like and doesn’t is a good way to start making changes, our bodies are clever machines and will often let us know if we are deficient in something or if something didn’t digest very well or make use feel good. I don’t mean deprive

yourself, but if you feel unwell, bloated, have chronic indigestion, suffer with migraines or any other type of medical issue, then sometimes it can be caused by the things we eat.

Keeping a diary of the food you eat is a good way to help see how much you have had, as cutting down on portion sizes can help, what you ate if you have any health effects as listed above, how many calories you consumed, if you need to add anything to your diet that would make you feel better, I mean healthy, and if you are having too much of something. Perhaps you do need to cut something out and swap it for an alternative option.

Now the good news! I am on the road to recovery, my diabetes has gone down, so has my cholesterol levels and my liver is in good shape again and when they do the review at the doctors they also check your feet, and these were tested to be fine aswell. It must be from #walkingfit and #runningfit,plus cutting down on portions and eating a better diet.

My image from yesterday’s run of Southwark Bridge in London 

I still have some way to go before I reach my fitness and healthy peak again, but I am making good progress, and yesterday I completed my fourth run/walk, as I alternate between the two (trying to run more walk less) and I got to say I am starting to feel a little more comfortable now. My legs still are hurting but stretching and working out indoors,doing some strength training on my arms and legs, is really helping me get back to where I was.

 

I almost found my comfortable stride again and was able to push on a bit further than my first 3 runs. What I am learning is when running and walking or any fitness training for that matter is not to think too much about it, but allow your legs and body do the talking. Your body will tell you when it is time to stop and lower the intensity and when it is time to up the tempo again, and when it is tired.

I didn’t beat myself up this time if I couldn’t go any further with my running, and this really helped me feel more comfortable as I just allowed my legs and took in my surroundings. I decided this week to run along the #southbanklondon. #runninginlondon.

I love this view of St Paul’s Cathedral and couldn’t resist taking this image yesterday whilst on my run

This time round I only stopped the once during my walk/run, this was after I had completed to sessions of running during this weeks training and on my way back. I decided to go as far as #southwarkbridge and I always give myself to 11am to complete my run because I like to meet my mum for lunch afterwards and this gives me enough time to go and meet her, plus I have to get back in time to do the school run.

Doing the school run each day during the week has had its benefits aswell, and I was very anxious when I first did the school run, but now I really enjoy it, as I have found it really gives me and my son a bit of more bonding time, watching the planes and the buses go by and it encourages me to keep walking, as often I will carrying on and walk through the park and into town, and back home again.

I do enjoy running along the #riverthames and I picked a really good day again, been lucky so far with the weather on my runs, I hope that this can continue. It was a little breezy but this just stirred me on to keep going, to keep me warm.

I feel I wrapped up too much. Will make note to oneself, not to wear scarf until it gets really cold as this did bother me a little due to itching. From knowledge the less distractions you can have when working out the better. Not always easy especially when you have 5 year old hanging around your ankles, but my running and walking time has become my weekly and daily ritual, as its my time out from parenting and really helps get in touch with the world and myself.

The one problem about running that way in London at the moment is the chaos that the climate protesters are causing. It was like walking around an assort course yesterday, and there were a lot of people, so do bear this in mind when you run around London at the moment. Especially around the southbank and Westminster area, pretty chaotic. Thanks guys you climate nuisances.

I would run the southbank in the morning during the week as during the weekend it can get very busy, and avoid this area when running if you are like me like a long straight run without having to weave in and out of people, is during the Halloween period, summer holidays, half terms and Christmas time.

It was also #mentalhealthday too yesterday, and thinking about this having had a mental illness, such as anxiety and depression, fitness has helped me with balancing my mind and thoughts aswell, to kick my mental health into shape.

So with eating better and working out regularly I can only recommend it highly because it has really made a difference to my #healthandwellbeing

Lets see how the weeks continue and I really hope my fitness continues to improve. I really am enjoying my working outs, running once a week, and doing my indoor training on a Friday morning and Sunday morning with stretching each day too.

Please get in contact with me about your training too as I really like to hear other people’s stories about getting fit and working out. It really helps inspire me and also what are your favourite running routes in London?

You can leave a comment below.

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https://everydaylivingandlifestyle.wordpress.com/

https://theparentingadventurestipsandtricks.wordpress.com/

https://theparentingadventures.wordpress.com/

The steps I covered yesterday were 23,091 which includes running, 16.49km.

Lets continue to get fit and see you next time

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

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Working through the pain

This Monday, the one just gone 30th September 2019, I started the week with another run, this time through Battersea Park, then continued with some walking up to Westminster to meet my mum for lunch. This was my third one since I got back into fitness, (please see my first two previous blogs, Getting back to fitness and Completed another run).

With my third run I had ran, working through the pain, which I keep getting at the back of my legs, it hurts more on at the back of my left leg at the bottom, and I did, and as I kept running the pain did start to ease off. I definitely saw progression in my run this time. I didn’t feel like I had hit a full stop like I did in my second run last week.

Picture of one the entrances to Battersea Park where I did my third run

It was my first bit of good running especially the last bit of my run since I had returned to running and felt like I was moving forward, instead of taking a few steps back. Stretching my legs and joints in the week leading up to my third run definitely helped, with some strength training aswell.

So far this week I haven’t done any stretching, so I am going to focus on that in the next 3 to 4 days leading up to next week, where I hopefully get to do 4th run.

Running once a week is definitely enough for me at the moment,and feel that I need to allow my body to adjust gradually instead of throwing myself into it, to the point I run myself out of steam.

Inside Battersea Park and my even though my legs were aching and hurting I was able to work through it and power on through

Planning my run as we approach each week is helping my motivation even though I do hear the voice in my head talking me out of it, as I get closer to doing my runs, but I say no, and power on through. It does take a lot of discipline, but once you get yourself into a routine it does really help.

I did include walking too, as I still not able to run without running in between, but that will come in time.  The total number of steps completed with running was 21,580, this included doing the school run there and back, walking from school to Epsom station and back once returned and from meeting my mum to Victoria station too. This completed 15.41km burning 491 calories.

I am really enjoying my Sunday morning indoor training sessions aswell. The first Sunday I did this, I only did 10 minutes of just weights (using dumbbells) and stretching, my arms, obliques and legs.

This Sunday, the one just gone, I did weights, stretching the arms, obliques, legs, some   leg raises and squats. Again going to add more as I continue on, but gradually. I also did some training at home last Friday too, and gonna do the same this week aswell. I am going to try stretching 3-4 times a week, doing just stretching on 2 of those days, and do a full body workout, with stretching twice a week aswell.

Walking along the River through Battersea Park heading towards Chelsea Bridge. I love running and walking along the River it gives me a sense of peace.

Mixing up my workouts and changing it to adapt to how I feel at the time as I continue to workout is for me the greatest way to keep my fitness regime going.

Working out isn’t always easy because as human beings we do get tired and we have busy schedules and sitting on the sofa all day is very tempting at times, however having Type 2 Diabetes I know for my health I need to step up and take action, and only I can do it, no one else can do it for me.

“So yes it does mean working through the pain, but at the end of the day is it worth it?”

Yes, because I know it will benefit me not just for my health but for my wellbeing aswell.

“As they say no pain no gain”.

I will post again next week to let you know how I am getting on further and if I have seen any more progression.

This is not to gloat or make anyone feel bad but to inspire to show that if I can get fit so can you.

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Carrie X

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Completed Another Run

Yes I am very pleased with myself that I completed another run, even though a little disappointed in myself for not doing as much as I wanted, but still did as much as my legs could take.

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I kept getting pains in the back of my legs, my left leg mainly and was excruciating at one point. If anyone has any advice they can give me, of how I can overcome this please feel free to share.

I was also disappointed because before I gave up running for a while I was at the point where I could run very comfortably for a long time without needing to stop, and feel that I have let myself down because of that, and would have been doing even longer distances now if I had kept it up.

Promised to one self

Never let myself down like that again, and keep it going as much as possible, because now it is more or less, starting the build up to get the strength back in my legs to do longer distances all over again, and it is a real struggle.

The one area I am pleased about is that I wasn’t out of breath, which is good and glad that still remains. It helps me see that I do still have some level of fitness back in me and I just got to keep it going.

What I didn’t run I made up with walking. I completed another load of steps including running. To be exact it was 24,416 steps. That brings me to the other thing I will try not to do, walk less run more. I ran through Hyde Park again, as I needed to go to Primark near Marble Arch and then meet my mum at 12 for lunch before heading back to Epsom, to pick my son up from school, but walking from home to school, then from school to the train station and from Victoria Station to Hyde Park is a lot of walking beforehand, before I have even started running.

So next I am going to run through Battersea Park, so it is less of a walk from the bus stop to the park at least, and see if this makes a difference and see if I can run for a lot longer, and in the mean time find exercises that will help build the strength in my legs again, and get rid of the pain I keep getting at the back of my legs.

I, going on the weather today I am glad I chose yesterday to do my run, as no way would I have gotten a good run in this treacherous weather.

So I hope your training is going well and please share how your running is getting on I would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below.

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Carrie X

 

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Getting back to fitness

Getting back to fitness has been a struggle, and so after a huge break, because for while I felt that my energy levels had been sucked out of me, I decided to step up my walking as soon as Henry began his second year at school and get back to fitness.

walking

To stop myself from doing too much too soon I have decided to take gradual steps this time.

I did try after watching the London Marathon this year to try and get myself back into fitness, but the momentum soon went and I realise now that I wasn’t ready and had to overcome some hurdles.

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I had been on medication for my anxiety, which wasn’t helping with my energy levels, and I was having problems during my Menstrual Cycle.

Now after realizing I no longer needed the medication decided to come off it, and I have finally got my energy levels back, so was ready to face fitness head on again.

My first stop during my run, in Hyde Park London

I know like with everything it takes time, but with good discipline I know I can get my fitness back to how it was.

Yesterday after a year and a half I did my first walk/run, in Hyde Park and part of Kensington Gardens, in London. I had been working up to it, by stepping up my walking two or so weeks beforehand, but included my first bit of running.

I didn’t run all the way, but ran as much as my body allowed me to, and achieved a PB (Personal Best), as I have been measuring my steps using the Health APP on my phone and completed over 25,000 steps, which includes my running. To be precise it was 25,654 steps.

My Second stop. In all I stopped twice, which is not bad for first run. This is Kensington Gardens.

I know I have a long way to go, but I however have taken that step forward and I will do my best to continue.

It wasn’t a conscious decision, I just decided out of the blue at the weekend before that I was going to do it, and stick to it, and I am glad I did.

Hyde Park, Looking over the Serpentine, and was making a good Pace to head back to Victoria to meet my mum for lunch

At first walking from Victoria station to Hyde Park I found the temperature quite chilly, but as I ran with walking in between I soon began to warm up and soon the temperature outside did too.

My walking and running didn’t end there, I had already walked from home to my son’s school which is about 15-20 minutes, and then from his school to the train station, to catch the train to Victoria. I walked/ran back from Kensington Gardens back through Hyde Park to meet my mum in Victoria Street, then back to the station after I stopped for lunch. Walked around Victoria Shopping Mall upstairs in the station, then once I got the train back to home, in Epsom, walked from Epsom station to my son’s school to pick him up, and from son’s school to home again.

The Serpentine in Hyde Park. I picked a good day as the weather was lovely and it is good to pick places to run and walk that make your feel good.

All in all I am so glad I am getting back to fitness, because it helps make me feel good, also having been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes it is important, and so I do need to continue to lose weight, and it gets me out of the house rather than stuck indoors.

At the end of the day what I have learned through fitness is that you should not try to compare yourself to others, but go at your own pace and when you are ready.

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Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

 

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Fitness Diary 2019

So far it has been a whirlwind, as not always been doing my weights but I started getting more disciplined last week and going to try and keep it up this week.

I have been doing my workouts on the treadmill, but I did miss a day last week, but I not going to beat myself up about it and make sure I do a workout on the treadmill this week.

I am still doing lots of walking outside, check out my instagram, where I have been posting my regular walks on my Health APP, which measures the amount of steps I have taken.

I still got a long way to go and still need to lose some weight, but I am struggle with food and finding things I can eat and then craving the bad stuff too much that I go for the chocolate and biscuits.

I have had a nasty cold and that has contributed to my energy levels being low, but I am still walking lots and going to start doing some more weights as of today.

So how is your fitness getting on for 2019?

I would love to hear from you.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

 

 

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