Trying to get back into fitness after having false stop

Hello and welcome!

So it is coming up to the end of another year, and I did keep up with my fitness for part of this year, but it did hit a false stop. I am still walking, but not doing as much as I know I can do. A little bit still goes a long way. I do want to get back to training regularly but it is difficult to get back into it, once you have taken a break.

I would love to run again as it is good for the body, and helps with your stamina. I really would like to do a boxing workout, however, I have lost my confidence a lot.

It has taken a huge knock and that can happen, when there are those that want to demolish you, for everything you do.

I will be hitting back soon, so watch this space and is a warning.

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So when I have these moments, I will pull myself in, take some time out and then slowly get back into it, making gradual steps to continue on. When I feel stressed though I will walk for miles and it really helps with controlling my stress and anger that I have felt a lot this year, with many things that has happened.

To say this is has been the longest one so far of this decade is a understatement, and I had to go on an anti-depressive, Quetiapine. This like other medications does have side effects, such as a Dry mouth, stomach upsets and constipation.

These medications should not be taken lightly, and hope I can come off them at some point.

However, fitness can really be a way of helping the body destress and it can help the mind, and cardio is the best form of exercise as it really ups the heartrate.

My dad always did a lot of walking, and I am so like him that I can walk anywhere and a long way. I really want to do another fundraising event, as I love them. they are great to meet like minded people, and I love using fitness to make a difference.

So do what you can and never feel pressure to do any fitness but if it does make you feel good then yeah, you know it will benefit you, and does help you to wake up. Chilling is okay but it can make you more tired when sitting down all day.

Many thanks for reading,

Carrie X

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Why Women Won’t Make It Into English Football And There Are Still Loads Who Still See It as A Mans Game

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When I became a football fan, I knew exactly what I wanted to do, and that was to be a Football Coach not a player, but I did play football at school to gain experience and to help me towards that ambition.

I did later in my life, at Adult age, do my first coaching badge and started to do level 2, but because of my self doubt pulled out, as I felt like I had jumped too far forward, and was out of my depth.

Even my mum said “You’ll never make it as a football coaching, because there is too much competition, and would be overshadowed by men who are coaches”.

Did I want to prove her wrong?

Yes! and I did. No I never made it to professional level, but ran a kids football team, first of all girls and then boys and all the boys I have coached are now all in First Team Football. I know I will once again not be believed by some people, but yes it is true.

I am so proud of that, because that is exactly what I wanted to get out of the game, and I have and am so proud of those little lads I call them, and have set an example to other youngsters who want to get in the game too.

Talking about Sexism

To be honest the jabs that I have received as a female coach, isn’t anything that I hadn’t heard before, and would just take it, not taking it seriously and I bet those women who are in the game still, would say the same.

Never allow it to stop you, and the Women’s World Cup Last year was brilliant and has put it on the map, like never before, because in all the years I have followed Chelsea, they held a few of the Chelsea Ladies matches at Stamford Bridge (Chelsea Football Club).

I was given the opportunity to train with the Fulham Ladies, as my brother at the time was going out with a girl named Karen, who’s sister played for England, and was seeing the head coach and asked if I could go along.

I did, but because of my lack of confidence I didn’t continue. However when I left school back in 1996, after staying on to 6th form, at my Secondary school, I still wanted to be involved in the game, and wrote to all the clubs in London, and there was no internet then, so got the addresses via the telephone book (Yellow pages) and got a job as a Steward at Fulham Football club, and I loved it.

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Did I experience Sexism then?

No! None at all.

However, from when I was a coach, I soon realised that it is still there, and often one of the parents including some mums, would make a sexist comment towards me.

So it is most definitely is still there and there is still a stigma attached to women in football, and I think the men’s game will struggle too, because of the Lockdown, and will effect Women still getting involved in the game, and I fear that it will always be the same.

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Has it changed in some way?

Yes! However, it will never kick it completely out, Sexism, and lots of the men in men’s football is still dominated by men, and I don’t see any change in that.

I did dream of running a team at professional level, but to honest, going on the change in the sport, I don’t see it happening, but I do love Youth Football and once fans can go back in to the grounds I will definitely get a ticket to see some of my little lads, and cheer them on.

Many thanks for reading,

Carrie X

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Building Confidence Through Fitness

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When I was going to the gym 3 to 4 times a week, I was buzzing with endorphins and for once began to feel confidence that I had never felt before.

I was going to David Lloyd’s gym in Kingston and would workout on the treadmill, the step machine and then do weights, to finish off doing floor work.

I would often walk from my work in Kingston to Epsom, and that is no lie.

I did the same when I lived in Wimbledon, walk from work in Kingston to Wimbledon, especially during the summer.

Since then though, my confidence now in 2020 , has taken a knock, but I am back walking again and is one of the best forms of exercise and I know I keep saying this, but it is true, and I want to get back to the girl that was full of adrenaline when working out regularly as written above and be disciplined about it too. To have my self confidence back.

Building Confidence through fitness is anything that makes you, jump out of bed each morning, and be something you look forward to, and not feel like a chore.

It can help you to look at yourself in the mirror, which I can find hard to do at times, and does help you not feel guilty, like I used to do a lot, when eating food.

I never want t be the girl who had an eaten disorder at one time, ever again. I just want to be healthy and full of life again.

I have set myself a goal for next year, and that is to keep getting fit by walking and using my weights indoors.

I don’t make resolutions anymore, but life changes instead and by seeing it that way, has helped me carry on, even if some time through the year I take a break to then begin again.

I find doing it gradually keeping a log and a journal helps you, as often we may not see a progress at first, until we can look back to see, how far you have come.

So lets get together and help each other on the way, for never ending confidence coming our way.

Many thanks for reading,

Carrie X

P.S: I am raising money for the charity Tommy’s who support and raise awareness of Stillbirths and Premature births, and have created this on my JustGiving page and so if you would like to make a contribution, then please follow this link below:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/theparentingadventuresprematurebirths

Here is a video showing what other topics I blog about on my other sites, so check out my Youtube video, below and all posts can be found at Carries Blog Network:

The other thing I am doing this year, I have teamed up with Amazon, showing their Christmas Goods for 2020, and so, here is one showing some of their Top of the range, Advent Calendars:

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Why Getting Fit Should be at the top of your list

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So to make it easy for myself, as soon as I see getting fit as a chore I instantly change my mindset on the one item that keeps me in shape that I don’t see as a chore.

One of my goals this year was to keep walking so I could do running again, but because my metabolism has been up and down, it has not always been possible, but just doing a little bit each day is still something and when I have a full amount of energy again, I will then continue and do more.

The reason why getting fit should be at the top of your list, is because there are so many benefits, but find what you enjoy first and how you can work it around your lifestyle and make it fun.

Even dancing in your living room is still exercise whilst doing chores and errands, like hoovering, mopping, wiping down surfaces and putting out the rubbish. It still adds up and now I have health app that measures my steps I do each week, has really made a difference to my wellbeing and gives me momentum to keep doing exercise.

Will I be setting myself Fitness goals in 2021?

Yes, it is going to be in my goals under the heading Play, as when you see fitness as a positive habit or a ritual, the likelier you will do it, and keep tabs on your progress, which adds to your adrenaline to keep going.

Getting fit was a Life change and that is how I set goals. I ask myself, What life change can I add this year, that will benefit me and allow me to, to continue to grow?

A resolution is something you wish to change just for the new year, but a life change helps you keep with it forever.

Don’t add too much, as quality is better than quantity and you can add other workouts as you gradually progress.

Fitness isn’t always a competition, but a challenge that you can continue to grow as you begin to get fitter and can spear on others around you, to do the same.

When I was taking part in fundraising events, many people at my work wanted to join me, and it was great.

So adding fitness to your lifestyle is easier than it often appears to be. It doesn’t have to be hard work, but makes you look forward to getting up each day, and once you begin it can become addictive.

So lets get fit and ready for another year, so we can continue to set our yearly fitness goals and ready for action.

Whilst I just finished writing this blog I have set my new goals for 2021 ready and I love them, and yes do the same honestly, it just gives you a buzz that continues to grow as you carry on setting goals.

Many thanks for reading,

Carrie X

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Continuing My Fitness Regime for 2020 to take me into 2021

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The Best Source of medicine is allowing the fresh air go through you and not having a care, whilst doing so.

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So today I was very angry, it started of as a good day, as I did a bit of work, writing my Newsletter blog (see link below):

https://newsletterthoughtsandadvicefortheweek.blogspot.com/2020/11/total-lockdown-confusion.html

But then I tried to buy some items in Marks and Spencers and what happened I checked to see if I had enough on my bank card and was trying to pay for items purchased by the change I had and then the rest by card. It wouldn’t work for me.

So I gave up got my money back that I had already paid in and went into Tescos, but I was fuming as my bank accounts keep getting hacked into and yes, there comes a point in which you want to hit someone or yell.

When I am angry I walk it off, and it does me wonders and that is exactly what I did today. I walked up Wimbledon Hill, which is steep but because I was so revved up that I just needed to walk and without realising I was near the top, but then as luck would have it, I began to bleed. Yes my menstrual cycle so I stopped, sat down to help stop this and then wrote in my personal journal, which I also like to do when out and something is bothering me and then continued on to walk passed Wimbledon Tennis Court, through Wimbledon park.

I did just that. Walking has always been a form of exercise I have loved as it just good to walk the pavements and park ways, letting the fresh air go through my lungs, and afterwards, as I completed 14,000 steps felt so much better.

So if you aren’t into running but want a form of cardio then get walking and before you know it, as it can become addictive you would have already walked about 5km or miles, without thinking about it.

Continuing on my fitness regime for 2020 to carry onto 2021 was to do more walking again and long distances aswell as short walks each week, and I have been losing weight, as I have continued on and I don’t have lunch which has helped me, and have a full hearty breakfast, which today was Porridge with Golden Syrup, a snack when sitting in South Park Gardens, of some Toblerone and my dinner. So I will post again next week. Please tell me what form of exercise do you like doing that helps clear anger out of system, I would love to hear from you, and please no violent ways, but what fitness exercise helps you. You can leave a comment below.

Many thanks for reading,

Carrie X

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Getting fit and looking after yourself in the winter

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I love writing these types of blogs and as I write that sentence I realised I have just wrote the same for my other two posts I did today. If you wanna check these out then follow the links below:

https://organize4thebetter.blogspot.com/2020/11/organising-my-life-to-end-this-year-in.html

https://carrieseverydayliving.wordpress.com/2020/11/10/meal-idea-using-leftovers/

However it is true. I love keeping active even if it is a walk around the shops, which many people don’t see it as exercise, but it is and still a form of cardio.

As a child who has had a hole in my heart since I was born, the doctor who I saw at Brompton hospital, said that is up to me now to look after my heart, and having been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes two years ago, really was my worse news that I could have received. It was bought on by a psychosis medication, as I was in a very bad way, and so was taken off that medication and was suicidal at the time too, which I don’t mind talking about as I know I am not on my own in feeling this way.

I was put on a different medication, and in my opinion these medications do not work, because when I was moved onto aripiprazole, it made me more anxious then I already was, had terrible anxiety and felt lethargic just like I did on Olanzapine which was my psychosis medication I was moved off from.

Keeping fit during the winter, do wear layers and a good investment is a running vest, which can be worn for walking aswell as running, and then you don’t have to put on too many layers, as once you begin walking or running you’ll be surprised of how much you still sweat.

You can also get specialised bottoms too, and underwear.

Winter Running bottoms from Amazon, and there are many in different styles, colours and sizes.

If you go out when it is dark, make sure you put on visual clothing so you are seen when running across roads and to cyclists too. The amount of times I have seen someone cycling wearing all black clothes when it is dark, and this is so dangerous, when cycling in parks, where also pedestrians will be walking and on roads.

I know some don’t because they think it makes them look silly, but honestly they are made to keep your safe and if you get knocked off, then who’s silly?

I recently purchased some new walking footwear, which are these and I am going to do a Amazon haul soon to feature these, and will be on my blog site Carries Everyday Living.

You want footwear that is well fitted, and if you are willing to have running trainers or walking shoes made to measure and personalised to you, then you can, but you can often tell instantly when you put on a trainer or shoe if they are going to hurt, and do the thumb method to check if they are going to let your feet breath, by putting a thumb between your foot in the trainer at the top where the tongue of the shoes is Then do the same at the back of your foot with your foot in the trainer, and if your thumb fits in both areas, then it is a well fitted walking and running shoe for you.

I always like to wear a fleece but check at the back on the colour as some can rub at the back of your neck. I also like to invest in a good bright coloured jacket too, and woolly that.

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When buying a running jacket the one thing I like it to have is zipped up pockets, to keep my mobile phone in, a small bit of change and house keys. I do like to have a bumbag, but only when I travel into London to do a walk or run.

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So lets get fit, stay safe by making ourselves seen when training out doors and enjoy.

Many thanks for reading,

Carrie X

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Why sports will be effected by another lockdown.

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This year has been very different to our usual years. No Olympics, no Wimbledon tennis, no crowds at football and I see the lockdown is gonna hit sports team in a way that it hasn’t before.

WHY?

There are no spectators and that is money that sports clubs rely on a lot, because they don’t just buy a ticket, they will buy food aswell along with merchandise. Plus yes what I like to do is purchase a programme as to me that is memorabilia and alcohol.

Will it Get better?

I am not sure but I do see rugby, football, hockey, tennis, athletics and more, going under as there is no advertising of sponsors either and that will have a massive impact.

Okay on their shirts but if football for example stops again, then what? Who is gonna bale clubs out?

I am worried being a sports fan and hope things do get better but I have also discovered that there are other things going on in sports too. Yes bullying, sexual harrasement and child abuse.

IT NEEDS TO STOP!

A kid looks up at professional sportsmen and women so why destroy that ?

You should be proud of the role you play within sport. Not just those that take part, but the whole thing.

I do see sports clubs needing extra money from somewhere, and be doing catch up trying get back the money they have lost.

This also means youth teams being effected and being stopped altogether sadly because of money and yes other issues. Supporters live and die for their clubs they support and I was one of those too.

So let’s see what happens and what changes will occur. I do pray that it will go back to normal but who knows. Life is unpredictable at times including the sporting world too.

Have a great day.

Many thanks for reading,

Carrie X

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How to deal with setbacks in your exercise routine

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So this week I have had a set back, because of my Menstrual cycle, as it does effect me a lot when keeping up with my exercise, check a post I did in relation to this:

Training through your Menstrual Cycle

So how to deal with setbacks in your in your exercise routine?

  1. Take a break if you need to for that week, and then make a plan to get back into it again the week after once you have more energy.
  2. Do short spurts of exercise rather than long periods of time, and just up the intensity so you still break out into a sweat.
  3. Try pilates or yoga, that involves training laying down on an exercise mat. You will be surprised of how these two forms of exercise can still help to tone your body.
  4. Be flexible with your exercise. So don’t set your routine in stone, as there will be events that can throw the plan out of the window, but schedule your training as the weeks again arrives, as like myself who has a son, things can crop up that effect my training, so being flexible so you plan your exercise on other days, where initially you hadn’t planned to do any training.
  5. Create a playlist that can give you a boost of energy to do some exercise. I always create playlists using Youtube and it is great as you can add to them as you wish to, without spending a dime in doing so.
  6. Try meditation, as this can really help get in touch with your body and your breathing, if you don’t feel like exercising.
  7. Always reward yourself when you have completed an exercise session, as this can really build up your energy to continue.
  8. Try setting yourself a 30 day challenge, check out this video which has details of how to do that.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwGpLXmAls4
  9. Check out Pinterest on workout ideas that you can do quickly rather than a long training session: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/3448137203951754/?nic_v2=1a204riDs
  10. Remember exercise is about enjoyment and can be done at a slow path rather than quick one, so just do what your body feels like doing and pick it up once you have more energy.

So if you have any tips on what to do when you have setbacks when exercising, then please leave a comment below.

Many thanks for reading,

Carrie X

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Looking after your health

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Since the Pandemic struck I think we have all been thinking about our health a lot more and kept ourselves safe from the Coronovirus and done self isolation.

Getting fit in these times can be tricky as there still aren’t many gyms open and you may feel a little self conscious about training outdoors or at home if you have flatmates.

This is why I like walking because it is effortless and can do as much as you like, when you like and has really helped me build my fitness once again. Looking after your health is the key. Nevermind losing weight, think about your health.

Never try to do too much too soon and build your fitness gradually. This honestly is the best way to go, and keep note of what exercise you are doing, as it helps monitor your progress and helps give you energy to keep going.

This week I have struggled because of my menstrual cycle and I wrote a blog about Training during your Menstrual Cycle and so I have had to do short amount of walking this week because as soon as I do any movement, sorry if this is TMI, but I know I am not the only one, I bleed quite heavily.

Yesterday I did a quick 10 minute workout on Youtube that I have often used, check it out:

10:21 / 10:30

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I really love these sorts of workouts.

Every bit counts so just do your best and write your fitness goals, including how you wish you health would improve. My enemy at the moment is sugar and so I don’t take sugar in hot drinks anymore, I have been drinking more water and have tried foods which are gluten and dairy free, to see if this helps.

Anyway, lets just keep going and trying to do our best to stay fit and look after our health.

Many thanks for reading,

Carrie X

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Walking or running in different weathers

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Walking has become my favourite thing again and really helps me keep fit. As far as I am concerned walking is the easiest thing to do, but if you want to crack it up a notch then start adding some running.

I don’t want to think about my running days to be over, because I still would like to get back to that level of fitness. There was a time where I would run endlessly for ages without needing to stop and up until last year I was starting to get back to that, but then I hit a knock in the road, so to speak and stopped again.

Walking or running in different weathers can have an effect on your training, because when training when it is super hot, you can fatigue a lot quicker and dehydrate. When running in cold weathers it can be a lot harder to get going, because when it super cold you can feel like staying in bed and indoors, rather than pounding the pavements.

So to overcome the different weathers I would when it super hot, train when it is cooler, so in the mornings or the evenings. and when it super cold, get yourself warmed indoors first before going outdoors, and try training in the day time where it will tend to be warmer.

I remember a couple of summers a go when I was really getting into my running going out of the house to do a run at about 4am in the morning, and I loved it, because it was nice a cool and no one was around, and I felt I had the pavements and park to myself, of course this was when it would be light early.

I do see runners running when it is super hot and that is ok if your body is used to it, but if it isn’t then my advice is to work towards doing this slowly if you are new to running, when walking it can still be hard work too when it is super hot, but not over bearing and I like walking when the sun it shining. I just make sure that I walk some of the time if I can in the shade so it doesn’t get to hard.

In the winter the best time to run or walk is during the day as it is often the warmest time and you do have to be careful when the pavements and parks get frosty, because of slipping. Take extra care when running in snow and get grips put on your trainers, that can help, and don’t over do it with the layering as you can still warm up very quickly and make sure you are wearing running and walking thermal vests to help keep you warm enough.

In the winter take a jacket or even tin foil with you, because when your body starts to cool down you can start to feel the cold, and make sure you stretch and cool down properly afterwards, because from experience your body can stiffen.

The temperature yesterday when walking through one of my favourite parks Battersea Park, it was just the right temperature, as it was still warm but not too much so I could walk with light clothing on and still be warm, but cooler.

Anyway, I wish you all a good Sunday and I will be back with another blog as of Thursday.

Many thanks for reading,

Carrie X

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Training during your Menstrual cycle

Free Images Of Exercise, Download Free Clip Art, Free Clip Art on ...Sometimes being on my period, and I don’t mind talking about this because let’s face it, as women we all get it at some point, so why not talk about it because if you are like me, I can on some days be heavy (I mean losing a lot of blood) it can really have an effect on my weekly exercise.

To work around your period always mark it down so you can sort your exercise in your schedule around your most heavier days. If you find your bleeding a lot when running or walking, then perhaps do some light weight training, such as floor work. This is because from experience when I am laying down it controls the bleeding a lot more rather than standing, so I will do some leg raises, crunches that really help take your mind off the stomach cramps you can get during your period, and weight training, so you are toning the upper body.

Once you go back to have a lighter days then you can continue to do more cardio work, such as running or walking.

When doing a half or a full marathon, take some tampons, menstrual cup or sanitary towels with you, because in the passed when I have done these  types of events I have bled afterwards. I know by reading about this, there are some people who say that exercise can’t effect your period, and some say it does, well in my case it did.

I have never used Tampons or a menstrual cup, and have always used towels, but do what works for you and make sure you have them on you should you start to bleed, as you can get spotting.

Spotting is basically little specs of blood, but not a full period.

I have also found that when I am on my period my energy levels can be effected so when I feel like this, I will do some light or short walking, or rest until my energy levels increase again.

The other symptom I get when I am on my period is, even though I have showered, I can get really bad B.O armpits, and there is nothing worse, so what I will do is get some freshening wipes, take some travel size body spray and a roll on, so I can use these through out the day too prevent this.

Always listen to your body and never over do it, and do the best you can.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

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What I take with me on walks

Example of what I carry in my bumbag when walking. You can’t see my phone as I am using it to take the picture but I hope this gives you some idea of what I take with me. 

It is really up to you what you take, it all depends on where you are walking (so if there are toilet facilities on the route and place to get refreshments) and how long for.

The things I would recommend you invest in are,

  • An over the shoulder bag or bumbag
  • A Rucksack, and I have recently bought a new one which has little pockets each side so I can put drinks either side of it.
  • Ice packs if you are carrying cold food that needs to be kept chilled and other drinks like cans and cartons of juice. Also if you get the bagged like ones you can use these for any sprains caused, and to help your feet to recover on a long distance walk
  • Suncream. Honestly even when it appears to be breezy, I would wear it, because you can still burn and can be deceiving. You don’t want to end up being sore and uncomfortable, and you do have to protect your skin for health reasons
  • Fully charged mobile just in case you are lost or have had an accident and need medical help
  • Debit/credit card and loose change, in case there are stores or a kiosk along the way, should you need to restock on drinks and snacks
  • An empty carrier bag or a foldable bag that can be folded down into a purse and then pulled out if you want to change your shoes, as you may decide to change in a pair of flip flops rather than trainers, but just make sure that they are just as comfortable. If it is uneven ground though I would advise to stick with your trainers

Before you plan to do a walk and what you will need, always check the weather beforehand. If there is risk of rain then you will need to pack a umbrella and waterproofs.

If you are on your period then take some Tampons, a menstrual cup or Sanitary Towels.

Should you be quite heavy on your period and you are worried about needing the toilet check before your walk where there are some in case you need to use them.

So lets get up and get going and have a great rest of Sunday until tomorrow when it is Monday once again.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

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Getting fit whilst the gyms are still closed

With the lockdown I think many of us have put on some weight, I know I have and so started a few weeks back now into getting back into shape and burning off the pounds.

Getting fit whilst the gyms are still closed is a easier than you think, and I have seen many people take advantage of being outdoors again and getting fit by cycling, running or walking and even skipping in the park or in their gardens.

You do not need from my experience a fancy pair of trainers, and you can pick up some good ones from stores such as Sainsbury’s, Amazon, Primark and Sports Direct.

I would invest in a bumbag or a good lightweight rucksack, especially if you do long distance running or walking, and you can safely take your personal belongings with you, making sure there are places along the way where you can grab a drink if you don’t want to carry one with you.

Take your Pilates mat in the garden and using exercises from a fitness magazine can be good or follow one on Youtube. There are loads of workouts on Youtube and I often will use them to help me keep fit.

Check out this one I always go back to and I enjoy:

If you have Sky then checkout the Fitness channel. I often used this channel to follow workouts when I had sky and the good thing about this is you can record them and save them in your Sky planner.

There are some great workout DVD’s from amazon, and see link below:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=10+minute+exercise+dvd&ref=nb_sb_noss

Check out Davina McCall’s workout DVD’s as they are brilliant and I always buy them when she brings out a new workout DVD each year, as they are really good and easy to follow.

Even if you don’t want to follow a workout on Youtube, the fitness channel or a DVD they are great way to get ideas and then develop your own workout, as I do a mixture of resistance, strength, pilates and yoga, and try to workout my whole body.

I of course if you haven’t seen my Instagram account (see below) do a lot of walking and try to do 20,000 or more a steps a week and so far have been reaching my target:

https://www.instagram.com/carriesblognetwork/

It is all about doing what you enjoy and moving around, but remember in the heat to wear sunscreen, have a hat so your head doesn’t get hot and drink plenty of liquids so you don’t get dehydrated.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Having Rest days or when you just don’t have the energy

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Hello and welcome to a new Sports and Fitness coaching blog.

So this weekend because I felt somewhat whacked out, decided to have a rest day, because I did a lot of walking through the week and so feel a bit wiped out.

I am planning to do a bit of walking and training indoors today but I am also tempted to go back to bed and listen to some music.

Having rest days are important because you do have to allow your body to recover, but minimise them as with myself if I take more than two days off, I am likely to take the rest of the week off, so I discipline myself and allow myself a day where I can rest and recuperate, watch a bit of Youtube, do a wordsearch, play on my phone or  watch a film.

When you just don’t have the energy, then you can lack enthusiasm and if you really don’t want to do any exercise then don’t, but create a schedule to fit it into your life when you do have the energy again.

Create yourself a vision board to help gain motivation and listen to some motivational videos on Youtube, as there are some brilliant ones that really help boost your adrenaline to exercise, you just need to get into that mindset again, that makes you get up and do a workout.

As the one of the supermarket adverts say, “Every little helps” and it sure does.

So have that well earned rest and then when your ready get out there and get fit.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

 

 

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Fitness Hacks that will save you time and money

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Hello and welcome to my blog site Sports and Fitness coaching.

Here are some fitness hacks that will save you time and money:

  1. If you don’t have a fitness mat, then use a bath towel instead. Just make sure you lay it flat and the floor you are going to use it on is clean and free of clutter
  2. Train barefoot. I often will indoors train barefoot, rather than training with socks or trainers on, as I find with wooden flooring particular there isn’t much of a grip but there is when training barefoot, and if you are going to a sandy beach and running then it is great to do a run barefoot, just be careful of rocks and clutter on the floor. Keep area clean to prevent any injuries from occurring
  3. Have mat, weights and exercise clothes already laid out, if your bedroom is big enough beside your bed or in living room, and get up and put your fitness clothes on straight away before you feel like not doing any and before you change your mind
  4. When going swimming already have your swimming costume on underneath your non swimming clothes so all you need to do is strip off, lock items in a locker and be ready to have a swim
  5. Buy a phone cover with a card holder inside. I love having this in my phone so when I do my walking outside I am not carrying too much and have all my cards with me, and sometimes have the odd bit of cash just in case the store I may go into afterwards doesn’t take card
  6. If you don’t have a pedometer then download a health APP on your phone, which is completely free and will measure your daily step count. You can also share it on your social media accounts to help keep track of the number of steps you do. I love mine and use it daily
  7. Download the 7 minute workout APP, I do like these APPs and have used it on all my phones I have had to help me exercise even if it is for 7 minutes it still counts
  8. Use google calendar to schedule your daily fitness training. I use google calendar all the time and its great because you can take it and check it wherever you go and again is completely free to use
  9. Take a skipping rope with you and skip in the garden, indoors or in the park. I often used to do this when I first began to keep fit, and I often see a bloke do this in my local park in Wimbledon and is a great way to stay fit and exercise your arms and legs
  10. Buy fitness clothes with zipped pockets as they are great for holding your phone and keys especially if you are a runner, and you can also take a little bit of money if you want to pick up a bottle of water on the way. I always look for zipped pockets on fitness clothes as they are a lifesaver

If you have any further tips then please do share below, and if you would like to read more of my blogs on this site then please follow me via WordPress.com, for updates.

When training outdoors remember suncream especially if training during the day when the weather can be extremely hot and stay hydrated at all times.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

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Alternative Ways to Keep fit

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Hello and welcome to my new sports and fitness coaching blog post. So at the moment I am struggling due to my son being off now for the school holidays time to train indoors, where I will use my dumbbells to tone my arms, squats, leg raises to tone the bottom half of my body and obliques, so I have been using alternative ways to keep fit instead.

I have been doing this by carrying heavy bags of shopping, carrying my rucksack on my back making sure the weight is level and the straps are even on both sides, pushing a shopping trolley when taking my son to the shops, and you will be surprised how by just doing these little everyday things can help tone your body.

If you are not able to get hold of a set of dumbbells then use equally filled water bottles as weights, when you are in the kitchen waiting for the kettle to boil and I used to do this a lot, do multiple exercises with my arms, legs and abs, or whilst you are cooking a meal for your family.

Or whilst doing housework put on some tunes and use the opportunity to dance around your house whilst going round your home tidying up.

When walking around outdoors I have seen a lot of people doing weight training in the parks I have visited, and if you want to do an outdoor class then try out the military fitness classes or buggy fit. I have done both and totally recommend, as the classes aren’t long but boy do they make you sweat.

I have tried working out in the evenings, but because my son takes ages to get to sleep some evenings I have found it tricky to keep this going so instead I will try to do a long workout indoors tomorrow whilst my son is with his dad and make up for the time lost then.

However the one thing that has kept my fitness up is walking, and this I have found to be easier because having a child to look after can keep you on your toes and stay fit.

Anyway I will keep you up to date with my fitness regime for this year and give some tips and tricks on the way, but until then please enjoy the holidays the best you can and remember to stay safe as much as possible.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

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Stay safe whilst training in the summer

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Hello and welcome to another blog. So the weather has been lovely over the last couple of weeks and days, and so you may be pacing those pavements whether it be walking or running, but sometimes we can over do it, causing us to be fatigued early or doing too much too soon.

This is how to stay safe whilst training in the summer,

  1. Always where breathable clothing because when it is hot outdoors we can tend to sweat a lot more, and if you aren’t wearing clothes appropriate for the heat you can experience blisters, rubbing of clothes and get cramps in your legs, toes and in your sides
  2. Warm up, stretch, main exercise, stretch and cool down
  3. Stay hydrated at all times, so drink some water or energy type drinks but not too many as they tend to have a lot of sugar in them
  4. Wear a baseball cap or a viser, that can protect you from the sun and not get too hot
  5. Train during the cooler hours, so in the mornings or evenings
  6. If walking far, never wear new trainers as they need to be broken into first and wear socks, suitable especially for running to avoid blisters, because they bloody hurt.
  7. Where sun cream, honestly it is amazing how quickly your skin can burn if not careful and is very sore
  8. Never train soon after having a heavy meal as this can cause you to feel sick or have stomach cramps
  9. Use well lit areas if training in the evenings and where clear bright colours so if you are crossing many roads you can be easily seen and definitely if you do cycling
  10. If cycling wear a helmet and protective gear, because however you may be careful on the roads there are still idiots out there that can knock you off, and I have seen it happen with my own eyes.

So enjoy your training and the sunshine and I will be posting again as of Sunday.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

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Discovering new routes

Yesterday I walked along the River Wandle near Wimbledon, in London and I was amazed that I haven’t known about this route before yesterday because it was so peaceful and relaxed even though I was walking at a fast pace.

I love  discovering new routes, and will definitely be one I do again.

We then came across a place where there were a few outdoor bars and could sit in the sunshine and have a drink, which we (my mum and I) did take advantage and had a lovely glass of Pimms and Lemonade, and then on the way back,  I went on bit further to complete my 10,000 towards South Park Gardens.

It is amazing how you can come across new routes as you keep walking. When I first lived in Wimbledon, I never knew that there was an actual park in Wimbledon. It was only by walking that I discovered it and is one of my favourite, and my son’s too.

I have often, not this year yet, but walked and run from Putney to Hammersmith Bridge and onwards, and is a lovely walk, and I do feel somewhat nostalgic when I do as it brings back memories from when I used to live in Hammersmith.

If you would like to know about my life being brought up in Hammersmith then check out my book called The Peabody Years, available via Amazon.com.  

My weekly goal if you haven’t read my blogs this year is to do 20,000 plus steps a week, and so far I have done that.

I use a Health APP that was already on my phone to use and I love it.

Walking from Surbiton to Kingston and visa versa is a good route  and if you carry on from Kingston to Hampton Wick, or the other way from Kingston to Richmond it is lovely and I am very much looking forward to doing that route at some point this year.

A great and popular route for many cyclists and runners, and they even do a Parkrun at the weekend if you like running and would like to do a Parkrun once a week.

The Southbank in London, is one of my ultimate favourite routes to walk and I have run along the Southbank aswell, and if you do go that route from Vauxhall, Westminster or from Waterloo up towards Tower Bridge you will come across the Borough Market. I love taking a trip up to there, especially in the summer and winter around Christmas time, because there are many stalls where you can have a glass of beer or cider, and there are stalls where you can have a hot winter cider or mulled wine. during the colder months of the year.

Then if you carry on then you will pass the HMS Belfast, which is great to check out, but you do have to pay to visit the HMS Belfast, and then from there you will reach of course Tower Bridge, where you can visit the Tower of London.

If you go up to the Southbank and get off at Waterloo Station, you will see the London Eye, Shrek Adventure, The London Aquarium and London Dungeons.

Of course in visiting these places make sure you check their websites for information, because of Social Distancing rules.

You can also do many boat trips up the thames which are great and can go all the way to Canary Wharf and back.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

 

 

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Measuring my steps

Picture taken whilst out walking in London along the river thames

I am so glad to be back out walking outdoors exploring different places. Today I walked from Surbiton to Kingston, and then in my local area to pick up my son from School.

It is amazing how just doing the school run can build up my steps each day and running errands too. I have felt a little pain at the back of my legs but it does wear off after a bit and then I can walk in my comfortable stride, some more.

Walking can be done mostly everywhere and I love walking along the thames I find it so peaceful and calming. I plan to do a lot during the summer holidays as having a 6 year old to look after can burn off calories too.

The only area I have been struggling with doing, is training indoors, so going to spend some time before next week fitting in some good long training sessions at home to make up from the days I have missed.

When training indoors I do a mixture of strength training, to toning, cardio and some stretching.

It doesn’t have to be quick exercises, I like to take my time with each exercise to feel the fall force of it, rather than rushing.

Having some good music to listen to or a video is a good way of fitting in exercise, or even watching some TV whilst you do some.

Being someone who likes to walk a lot, working on my balance and stamina is a must and so I do tend to focus on these key things when I do my indoor training.

If you would like more details of my training then please leave a comment below.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

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The difference between walking and running

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Hi everyone and it is another Sports and Fitness coaching blogpost and in today’s post I am writing about the difference between walking and running.

Now I have done both and what I love about walking is that you don’t have to where special gear to do it, and as long as the clothes are a comfortable fit, breathable and don’t rub when sweating, if you like me do a lot of walking, then it can be worn.

With running it is best to buy running bottoms and tops, because they are made especially for this activity and certain clothes like just a pair of leggins, in my experience can rub the more you sweat.

It is important when running you allow your body to breath and that means spending money on running shoes and clothes, where with walking as long as the shoes are comfy then again, they can be worn when walking with no problems.

I’m still not ready to run yet and today the back of my legs, which I have experience more when I have done some running, began to hurt whilst walking so this tells me that the walking I am doing is still benefiting me and I am still working those muscles without too much strain. When running it can cause a lot of strain, especially when running on concrete outdoors.

I am hoping that eventually with walking a lot again will end in me running again soon, but for the time being, if my body is not ready to run, then I will listen to it and keep on walking until I am physically able and ready to.

I will let you know how my fitness progresses as I get back into it, and what exercise I do.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

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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?

All comments can be left below. You can follow me on WordPress.com to be kept up to date.

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Many thanks,

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:

https://www.carriesrealworld.com

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.

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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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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.

Image result for people writing to do lists free images

 

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:

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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.

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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?

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

Lets continue to get fit and see you next time

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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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I would love to hear your story and how you have gotten back into fitness? If you have started running again or new to running, please tell me, I would love to hear, and how you keep yourself going? Please leave a comment below.

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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.

Image result for Free images people running

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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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.

Image result for free images overcoming hurdles

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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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.

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Carrie X

 

 

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