It is day 42, of my Tough Mudder training. Read my last training post here.
Over the past few weeks I have struggled to get into a fitness routine that will not result in my death mid-august. I've had a couple of weeks where I haven't tried as hard as I should, and a couple of weeks where I've tried too hard. I think I'm finally getting to a point where I know my limits and I like to push myself just that little bit further each time.
So, what do I actually do?
To start with I do 40 minutes, or more, of cardio, this could be just one or a mixture of running, cross training, rowing or cycling. The Tough Mudder course is 12 miles long, so I'm hoping to get to a point before the event where I'm able to run comfortably for 12 miles. This may be a long shot, but I have 6 months to make it happen! Currently I'm able to run (on a treadmill) for 2 miles in 20 minutes, and not feel like I'm going to pass out! Treadmill running is, in my opinion, a lot easier than road running and cross country running, but its a start.
After that I have a toning/strengthening routine set out by my fiend NG, who is a fitness nut! This girl is bonkers about exercise and I love it because she motivates me to do better!
The routine starts with various stomach crunches, follows with a variety of squats and ends with a gym ball... I have to do it twice, but I haven't quite got there yet! once I'm used to those I'll edge some arm strengthening stuff in there too! I've said before that strength is my down fall, but after just 2/3 weeks of doing it about 3/4 times a week I'm already finding them much easier to do; soon i'll be doing it 2 or 3 times over!!
BUT, just exercising isn't enough!!
So, what do I eat?
To start with I ate whatever I wanted, so long as I kept to the calorie intake, set in place by the 'My Fitness Pal' app on my iPhone; this meant I would starve myself all day and then binge and eat all my calories in one meal. Not the healthiest way to eat.
Then I started being so strict with myself, I would refuse to eat things because they weren't healthy enough!
I've now reached an equilibrium where I don't even really use the app, I know when I've had enough and I automatically reach for the healthier foods.
I'm already a stone lighter than I was at Christmas! I can't notice it just yet, but you're always your own worst critic.
I feel fitter, people have noticed it, and I like being healthier!
Also I tried a size smaller in some jeans the other day and I'm only an inch from them fitting perfectly!!
However lets not forget why I'm changing my life!
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Thank you so much for reading, I appreciate your support!
|my "I'm making progress, Russell Brand is on my boobs, procrastinating writing my dissertation" selfie!|