Hi – been busy so not updated on anything for last couple of days. Am about to go away for the weekend so will keep this short for now. I have been exercising everyday (20 min DVD in morning followed by 30 minute walk with dog and little bit of rebounding a couple of evenings) but didn’t do anything this morning cos my left ankle is acting a bit weird – and thought best to give it a rest this morning. I broke it almost 3 years ago and sometime after it had healed I did start running – and was getting good if I say so myslef – but then a few weeks into training, my ankle was really puffy and swelling up bad, so I had to stop. I found out that I have osteoporosis in that ankle. I was therefore wondering if the impact from some of the exercise I have been doing this week is affecting my ankle. I will see how it goes but I had some other foot problems recently and couldn’t walk properly for a good few months, so I need to be careful with it and be sensible.
I will think about some low impact stuff I can do – will think about this over the weekend while I am away.
OH ….almost forgot that I do around 40 minutes walking a day broken up into 10 minute slots as I walk to work then home for lunch, back to work then home again – so am feeling the benefits of those short bursts.
So – really I have been sticking to eating good food, doing exercise and am feeling better than I was this time last week thats for sure
This is the title of a song by Jennifer Lopez and it brings a smile to my face cos I love it! For me this is a fantastic song to listen to while exercising, walking or even just doing the housework – or putting on if you feel down – cos it is SO lively you can’t help feel lively as well (well it works for me). I love the video to – so have a watch and enjoy – and I hope it makes you feel alive and smiley
Turn the volume UP when you play it
If for any reason the video doesn’t show, click on the image to see if it will play or go to this link here – Let’s Get Loud
Yep – my trainer is Jillian Michaels who some of you may know of if you have ever watched the Biggest Loser. Well she’s my trainer via my DVD – 30 Day Shred!. I am on day 2 of this now – so early days yet. I like this DVD cos it’s only 20 minutes long and there are 3 circuits in that 20 minutes.
There are 3 circuits of:
3 minutes strengh
2 minutes of cardio
1 minute of abs
The exercises are not all the same either so no chance to get bored. By the way – for those of you who have worked out that the above does not come to 20 minutes – the rest of it is warm up and cool down
There are also 3 levels so I can go from hardly being able to do level 1 – and improve up to level 3. I think I will do level 1 for 30 days, then level 2 for next 30 days and then get to level 3. Well thats the plan anyway.
I can feel it working my legs today – I can tell I have worked out! I think thats a combination of some of the lunges but also doing jumping jacks! I am SOOOOO out of condition it’s unreal – but I know I need to keep going and things will improve.
Besides doing this each morning – getting up at 6am for this - I am also going for a 30 minute walk with the dog and am doing some short rebounding sessions in the evening (starting at 5 minutes and will add 5 minutes each week). I like rebounding (mini trampoline) cos there is no impact on joints like with running. I have a problem if I run (well I can barely run so there’s the first problem lol) but I have osteoarthritis in one ankle so it flared up and was painful when I did so some running training – that was ages ago now.
SO…..I should start feeling the benefits of eating good and exercising. Will let you know how I get on.
Before I go I thought I would share a photo of my dog Beau who I go walking with
If you have ever done the 30 Day Shred workout, I would love to hear how you got on.
In 2006, I challenged myself to do the Inca Trail and raised money for Macmillan Cancer Support (was called Macmillan Cancer Relief then). I managed that challenge – and it really was a challenge!!! I trained hard for it and did struggle for some of it – but made it all the same, as you can see from the photo.
I am on another challenge now – to lose this excess weight I have just about had enough of and to get fit – and stay fit!!! I can’t believe where 7 years have gone to since I did the Inca Trail trek. It’s scary really – and not sure why I didn’t keep up the exercising I was doing. Crazy but there you go. I can’t go back – can only move forward.
So – am on day 2 now of setting new habits into place and so far so good. (Yes I know its only 2 days – but its 2 days more than I have done in a LONG time lol)
I will tell you a bit more about my exercising routine in another post so look out for that – but am on my way and feeling good.
Here are a couple more pics from my trip to Peru. I LOVE that poncho and hat – and still have them too. The other pic is me and Jan who was also on the trek – god knows what we are eating but am sure we deserved it
“If only I started a month ago, 6 months ago, a year ago”……..is something I often say to myself with regards to exercise and weight loss. I start…then am not consistent enough so results don’t last and I end up back at square one all the time. I am just about fed up with myself now, so am going to be consistent from now on and measure week by week how I am improving healthwise. Therefore a year from TODAY ( which will be 23rd April 2014) WILL show the results of starting today and keeping on going
I have set myself an overall target for my weight loss and have also set this weeks goals. I will only write out a week’s worth of goals at a time so it does’nt look too overwhelming, plus I can adjust my goals to how I am improving. I was up early this morning (6am) to do an exercise DVD (will talk more about that in another post) and then went for a walk with the dog for around half hour or so. It wasn’t exactly a power walk but it was a walk – I can build into powerwalking over the next few weeks.
So, I can tick off 2 of my goals for today so thats a good start. Will be updating more so keep an eye out if you want to see how I am getting on.
Have you got something you want to start and see an improvement in? It doesn’t have to be health and fitness (although it’s a good place to start if you are not in the best of health/fitness). It could be taking up a new hobby and seeing how you get from the beginners stage to intermediate then advanced – dancing, photography, learning a language or maybe some sort of craft such as knitting, crochet or sewing? Why not start today and see how your year produces results.
A year goes FAST as we know.
Good luck if you are going to start something new today – let me know what that is.
OK – so I decided that I would start a blog just about general “stuff” that I am up to – with one main thing being the fact I have got to lose weight and get fitter than I am, and having this blog should make me accountable. Well that’s what I am hoping for so lets see how that works out!
That’s why I chose the picture to go with this blog – I can’t go back but am starting TODAY.…so watch this space for updates on my weight loss journey and other things I am getting up to. (It probably won’t be very exciting though haha)