Posted in Fitness, Weight Loss

Getting fitter aka Working On My Fitness.

my favourite place to walk, two minutes from my front door. When I take up running, chances are I’ll run along here too. (photo taken earlier last year, when for once, it wasn’t raining.)

I know January is typically the time of year where everyone joins gyms, and goes all out in an effort to get fitter. For me, being unemployed and not having tons of money to spare, joining a gym is somewhat out of the question for me right now, (when I get a job and some money, that will probably change, but right now, not so much.) So I’ve come up with a few ideas for me to work on my fitness and get healthier.

I want to get fitter and to stop puffing when I’m walking up hill, or walking fast in general. This is in combination with weight loss so that I can work on my health and fitness goals at the same time.

I have definitely improved my fitness over the past few months, and I know that losing weight has helped with that, but I also know I still have a long way to go. I want to be healthier and fitter by the end of the year. I’m not aiming for anything crazy, just feeling better about myself and slowly but surely bringing my weight down.

The first thing I did was download the couch to 5K app. Now, I want to take this up, I’ve always been interested in running. There’s a few problems here though.

  1. I live in the north of Scotland and right now the weather is horrendous. I’m taking pouring rain and high winds. Not exactly weather conducive to taking up running.
  2. I am overweight. And have a sincere hatred of being either stared at or laughed at. So the idea of taking up running, no matter what the weather is doing, where people can see me is horrifying.
  3. Fear of injury. I am a clutz. I can trip over air. Hurting myself doing this is pretty much a foregone conclusion at this point.

But now, on the flipside, there are a few things I love about the couch to 5K app.

  1. You can take it completely at your own speed. It says it should take you nine weeks but if you need to repeat weeks until you feel ready to go onto the next stage, you can.
  2. All it takes is trainers and a pair of headphones, and your ready. It’s completely free.
  3. There is no pressure whatsoever. Everything is set up to help you, with no expectations, no expensive membership. Just either download the app or download the blogs, and away you go.

I am definitely intending to take up the couch to 5k, but I’m not starting it this week. I don’t think bucketing rain and wind when I’m first getting started will convince me to get going. So I’m going to wait until the weather gets even slightly better, I can take wind, I just, at first, don’t fancy running in the rain.

In the mean time, I’ve decided to do a few things that I can do at home, in the privacy of my own bedroom, without much hassle.

Most of my plans are based around YouTube actually. If you look there are tons of videos for various kinds of fitness building videos. One of the things I’m looking into is yoga for beginners, to hopefully increase my flexibility and stop me creaking in the mornings.

Another is some kind of dance set up, again for beginners. I’m not the worlds best dancer, but if I’m building up a sweat and having some fun, what does that matter? After all, I’m doing this in my bedroom, so no-one will see me. And even if they did, so what? Everyone has to start somewhere.

I’m also going to start going on walks again. When it stops raining. If it ever stops raining. Seriously, its been three days and I don’t think its stopped raining for longer than an hour. I’ve got an idea, lets send it to Australia. They need it, I’m sick of it. win/win. If only I could, in an ideal world. The weather here is ridiculous 99% of the time, so you do get used to it.

Having said that, right now, as I’m writing this, I am sat on my bed in my pj’s and wrapped in my heated blanket. As I listen to the wind howl, I’ll be honest with myself and say it would take a dire emergency to get me out of my front door. Like, the house is on fire kind of emergency.

So right now, I’m going to go make a start on these fitness goals by doing some housework, turning up the music and dancing while I work.

Posted in life update, Weight Loss

Back on Track, Finally.

So, its been about three months since I last updated here and its fair to say that all the predictions I made and plans I put forth in my last post, didn’t happen. I stuck to the plan and kept losing weight for a few weeks, then in may, I kept putting on and losing the same three pounds. So, my desire to keep going was at a low, then at the end of June, the wheels fell off. I had put on eight and a half pounds in three weeks and then at that point, I gave up completely. I didn’t weigh myself or stick to plan or do anything really for four or five weeks.

So, I decided on Monday it was more than time for me to get back on track and stop eating so much crap that was making me feel like crap, but worse than that, was constantly triggering both my gallbladder and my eczema. So, I bit the bullet and got back on the scales and much to my shock and delight, found out that I’d stayed the same.

Which currently leaves me two pounds lighter than I was when I started with WW at the start of April. Now, having said that, I am still twenty pounds lighter than I was at my heaviest and that, I am proud about.

So, in the air of turning over a new leaf, as we are no longer gym members (as we were paying for it and not using it) I have made exercise a priority this week. I’m not going crazy with it. I realise at the minute my fitness level is low, so I’ve been walking. Tuesday I went for a walk after dinner because it was a beautiful night, and we walked about three miles. Yesterday, I went for a walk mid-morning, and it was a beautiful walk but by the time I got home, I was drenched with sweat as it was a hot day. A cool shower and a change of clothes and that was me sorted.

I’m back to eating three meals a day, and after three days, I can definitely feel the difference in my energy levels. Another thing that’s helping me is that the scales are out of sight in the bathroom. I know where they are but if I don’t see them, I don’t think about them. My aim is to only weigh myself once a week, on a monday. Nothing more, before I was weighing myself everyday which isn’t helpful, as everyone’s weight naturally fluctuates during the week. So, I’ll do my best this week and see what the result brings on Monday. Got plans to go for a walk tonight before dinner and tomorrow during the day, weather permitting.

I’m feeling happier than I have for a while, now that I’m actively trying to get a handle on my health again. No big plans, this is a slow and steady marathon. I have a long, LONG, way to go before I get to my goal, whatever that’s going to be. At the minute I have no idea what that’s going to be, i’m going to let how I feel in my body be the guide, not the weight on the scale. I’ve given myself until my 40th birthday to lose as much of this weight as I can, which as of today is 2 years and 2 and a half months away. So plenty of time to lose weight and get fit.

Posted in life update, Weight Loss

Steps in the right direction

Went for a lovely walk this afternoon with my mum. We walked along the canal near our house, to the local floral hall/botanic gardens (I never know what to call it, tbh.)

Our beautiful Canal, just a short walk from my house.
One of the flowers on view at the botanical gardens/floral hall

While we were out, we also went and rejoined the gym. It’s run by the local council and is really affordable. It’s £31 a month, and that’s a family pass, which is two adults and two kids, and since we don’t have any kids in our family, its just me and mum going.

I’m excited about rejoining the gym, and we have our induction tomorrow night at 6pm. I also weigh in tomorrow morning, which is going to be a bit of a weird one this week. I have no idea how my weight loss is going to go because its my TOTM right now, so I could stay the same, lose a pound… I have no idea.

My induction and going to the gym is exciting and this time, I’m going to be aware of 4 things.

  1. I am spectacularly unfit right now.
  2. I am at the beginning of my fitness journey.
  3. I am going to look like a tomato. That’s fine.
  4. Prepare to suck for the first couple of months.

Having done this in the past, I know that when I go to the gym combined with weight watchers I can lose weight, and do it well. This time I am super determined to lose my weight. I want to be the healthiest, happiest, fittest version of myself I can be. I’d love to say once I lose weight, I’m going to look like Helena Christiansan’s twin, but lets be realistic here. I just want to be the best version of me I can be. And anything else, well, that’ll just be an added bonus.

so. much. THIS. I believe this with all my heart.