The Tween Encourages!

I have been so bad at getting myself motivated the past few weeks to do any sort of exercise and last night my husband asked was I going out on the treadmill and I said no I’m not bothered, it was late. My husband was like thats not the attitude to have. And my eldest daughter (12.5yrs old!) said think about that smaller dress you want to get in to for the Communion in 4 weeks time. I said it’s only one week and a few days away, I won’t be getting into the smaller dress at this stage.  Then she said, well think about still being here and alive in ten years.

And thats the truth of it. That is the reason I am doing this – not to fit into smaller clothes, which of course is a part of it. But the main thing is for my health and my future. I either do something about it and lose the weight and get fitter, or I keep getting bigger and unhealthier and start having health issues.

So I went out on the treadmill. Thank you very much Q!

This Months Goal Not Going So Well!

So this month is supposed to be about healthy habits and setting them up in sustainable ways in my life.

But I am not doing too well on that front. I have kind of fallen off the wagon in most ways – I have not been tracking my food or choosing the best food choices either, I have not been getting out on the treadmill much, I have not been drinking anywhere near enough water, I have not been getting early nights (now this week I am getting lie ins in the morning though so I am getting enough sleep, just the wrong way around!) and so on.

However, for some reason I seem to actually have lost some weight over the past three weeks even though I barely lost a pound in the two months before that when I was being really good at all the healthy habits! I’m going to say it was all my hard work paying off!

There have been a few changes and events that have happened recently, and they have taken all my time and concentration (hence also not getting on here to post much either!) and now the kids are off on Easter holidays! It is busy, so I need to get myself more organised and climb back on the wagon and pick up some motivation and get going again!

Hopefully my next post will be full of how back on track I have been!! 🙂

Day 26 of My Month of Gratitude

Can I choose coffee again?! I love coffee.

  1. My Husband
  2. My Children
  3. My Step-Children
  4. My Step-Grandchildren
  5. My Family
  6. My Friends
  7. My Home
  8. Our Utilities
  9. Our Health
  10. Education
  11. Coffee
  12. Technology
  13. Being Alive
  14. Baby Smiles and Laughs
  15. Special Occasions
  16. Healthcare
  17. Being Irish
  18. Being a SAHM
  19. Chocolate
  20. Books
  21. Online Recipes
  22. Sunshine
  23. Online Shopping
  24. Grandparents
  25. Sleep
  26. Podcasts
  27. .
  28. .

I have become borderline obsessed with podcasts in the last few weeks. I downloaded a podcast player because one of the inspirational people I was following on Instagram (karlhenrypt) had a podcast and kept posting about new episodes. So I downloaded it. And listened to basically a full year of his weekly podcasts, one after the other. I loved them, and the health advice and topics he was discussing and his guests.

When I finished his years worth of podcasts, I then had to go to find other people to listen to. I started with inspirational guests that I had enjoyed on the Karl Henry podcasts, and I am loving the common-sense health advice, nutritional information and scientific research into health that I am hearing about.

My treadmill routine now is I put my ipod in to play the music on through the treadmill and then the earphones to play the podcasts directly to me. Only problem with this is that there are times I would like to write down some of the points they make, but I can work around that. I am loving the fact that I get my quiet time out on the treadmill with no one bothering me, I am getting my exercise in and I am learning things too.

I am loving podcasts at the moment, and I am grateful for finding them! 🙂

Joined Instagram

I have been on Facebook for years, but I kind of put my foot down and said no that’s too addictive as it is, I’m not joining other social medias. So no Twitter, no Instagram.

Then a few months ago, my sister-in-law was telling me how great this cleaning woman was on Instagram, so I joined. Followed a few cleaning sites. Didn’t really like anything they were doing, so never looked again.

Then a few weeks ago, the same sister-in-law told me about this really inspiring woman losing weight and was amazing to watch. So I started Instagram up again, unfollowed any of the people I wasn’t interested in. And followed the inspirational woman (Trisha’s Transformation in case you’re interested) – and yes she is amazing. Every single time I opened Instagram and saw her posts, she motivated me to exercise, or just stay on plan. She has lost so much weight and still has loads to go, but she is working so hard and is so bloody positive and motivated. She is inspiring.

So I decided that that was what my Instagram would be about, people or pages that I’m interested in and make me feel good and inspire me. I followed a few positive law of attraction type pages, and some planner hashtags, and a few other recommended weight loss journeys that people found great or had recipes.

Then I assessed how I felt about each of the pages that I had followed, and when they were in my feed. And so I unfollowed quite a few. For weight inspiration/motivation/ideas I’m left with Trisha’s Transformation, Joe Wicks Bodycoach and Karl Henry PT. I love the law of attraction quotes (although I did unfollow a few who seemed to take a negative slant towards other people). I still have two housecleaning type pages, that I’ve actually followed for years, through their blogs originally and using their print outs. Then last night I found some motivating money management pages, so I’m working out which ones I like enough to keep. Its not that the pages aren’t great, it’s more that it is not relevant to me, or motivating for me.

I am loving the fact that when I open Instagram I am given a boost of love, motivation and inspiration.

Back on Track, Day 1

Yesterday was my kick-up-the-ass day when I checked my weight and was up 4lbs since last Wednesday, 5 days.

I had had a terrible week food and exercise wise, and that weight gain gave me the kick. Yesterday I was getting back on track. So my food was great, I made better choices. I did eat a mini dark chocolate bar while making dinner (always a bad time for picking for me) but seeing as I hadn’t had my usual after school tea and biscuit bar treat, it was ok. I just replaced that for that instead.

I had decided to try to go on the treadmill for some energy after the school pick up instead of the usual tea and biscuit bar, and while it worked and I enjoyed it, I obviously still wanted something nice. The dark chocolate bar wasn’t what I wanted, because after I finished it, I still wanted the biscuit bar – but I decided that I would plan to have it with a cup of tea that night watching tv, and that I’d wait until then.

I walked up for the preschool pickup and took a short walk on the treadmill after school pickup so I did a decent amount of steps, but my shin was starting to get sore. I have to be careful not to get shin splints, because once they get bad I have to stop walking. My knees are also niggling at me this week, which I’m a little bit worried about, but hoping that seeing as I’m not doing anything too stenuous that they will be ok.

So today is day 2, and going to make sure today is another good day!

The difference exercise makes!

I was having a particularly sluggish day yesterday. I couldn’t find the energy, or the motivation, to do anything. And I didn’t even want to.

But in early evening, after having done very little steps compared to most days, my husband said that I had better go out on to the treadmill and get some steps in – for my leg. So out I went.

I stuck on my headphones and listened to my music, and walked. And the first ten minutes was ok, but by the next ten minutes I was full of energy and increased the speed a bit. I did an extra long walk (as in 40mins instead of 20mins!) as I wasn’t planning on doing any other walking.

And when I came in, I was full of energy and motivation and was able to get loads of bits and pieces done.

Now this morning I’ve no energy or motivation again, so I should be taking my own advice here and get some exercise in but I’ll wait until it’s time to go do the playschool pickup and walk up with the buggy. But I really was amazed at the difference the exercise makes to my energy levels!

Finding time for my health

Every time I try to get fit and healthy, I break myself. Sounds a bit mad, but it happens every time. I have learned over the years that I need to go slowly and build myself up, and that I need to make sure I wear proper footwear. Somehow though every time I start to try to get fit, I fall apart. My shins, my knees, my sciatica and my hips and lower back. At different stages, different parts of me seem to fall apart!

Last year I got a fitbit and increased my steps, and made sure to wear my good running shoes on the treadmill – but because I was doing most of my steps off the treadmill, I got shin splints.

Another time I made sure not to increase my exercise amounts too fast (think you should only increase steps/distance by 10% a week or something like that), and I was being very careful about it – but was trying to build up to jogging and went to the local hilly woods and got shin splints. Seemingly the additional bending on the ankles/shins on inclines and hills aggrevates the shin splints.

I tried to use the exercise bike, and my knees stopped working. I started getting shooting pain through my knees when walking.

Thought maybe the cross-trainer would be a good option because there was no pounding the shin down like on the treadmill. I ended up damaging my Achilles tendon and my plantar fascis (the muscle running under your foot). I could barely walk for weeks, that was severely painful.

So I’m very conscious starting off exercising, because I want to be able to exercise consistently and make it a habit. So during the summer, I started on the treadmill. Before I started, I made sure that I got proper runners, and also got proper insoles fitted and molded for me. I was stretching a bit before and afterwards. I started very slowly, not pushing myself, and barely even going the speed of a fast walk. More a leisurely paced walk. I was enjoying the time out in the shed, with my music on, on my own. I built it up slowly, taking rest days even though I didn’t feel I needed them at the pace I was going. I was at the stage where I was going out for about a 30 minute walk on the treadmill, at least four or five times a week. I was loving it and really happy that I was actually making a habit of it, and that it was really good for my head as well. If I went out there in a bad mood, by the time I was coming in, I was happier again.

And then I went to the Electric Picnic festival with my eldest daughter. I wore wellies. I did put my proper insoles into the wellies, but they’re still flat rubber boots. I walked over 25,000 steps on the Saturday and over 18,000 steps on the Sunday. On the Tuesday I walked up to the playschool to collect Biz, and I wasn’t 5 minutes into the walk when I couldn’t actually put weight on my legs. Luckily I was able to use the buggy to put my weight on to help me, but it was so painful. So I knew I was going to have to take a break from walking. Annoying but I didn’t want them to get worse, and rest is the most important thing for them to heal.

I was back with the physio about my stomach and core muscle exercises that she’s working on with me, and asked about the shin splints. She gave me exercises for them and told me to stay off them for the two weeks until she saw me next. I did that, but wasn’t great at actually doing the physio exercises. I was back with her last week and she’s given me more, and again told me no treadmill.

But it’s almost a week since I was with her and I have probably done the exercises on two days. That’s not ok. This is important, and this is for me. I can’t start to walk for exercise again until I sort them out. The exercises aren’t particularly difficult, but it is just the fact of trying to find the time to do them. But I need to. I need to find time to prioritise my health, and sort my body out once and for all so that I can be fit and healthy.

So I have just done the full set of exercises tonight, and will make it a priority every day now going forward. Hopefully next week I’ll be able to say that she has noticed a difference and that I really have done them every day. (Fingers crossed!!)