Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Training day 2!

It's been a while since I last blogged... I have missed it!

When I first started my blog last year, I wrote about Tough Mudder; an assault course created by the forces to test your stamina, strength and camaraderie! You can read the post here and visit the Tough Mudder website here.
Well now the date is set and the training has most definitely begun! (for real this time...)

Truthfully, I am a big girl. At a UK size 18, I most certainly am no where near ready to take on a course like that, and survive! However with my goals set and a little will power, I know I can finish it.

shameless, changing room selfie.

As well as completing TM, I am looking at this as a way of getting myself into a healthier state. I consider myself a confident person however for a few months now I have seen myself and my body in a negative light; instead of doing something about it I have pushed it from my mind and pretended that I was fine, when I'm not.
I know it seems shallow, but I want to look as good as my friends, wear what I like instead of covering up or accommodating for my lumps and bumps, and I want to be able to look in the mirror and say "I look good!".

With my Tough Mudder training and some better dietary choices, I can get the body I desire!
Don't go thinking I'm going to be silly about it, I'm a sensible girl (mostly). I will most definitely not be starving myself or over working myself; slow and steady wins the race! Mostly I just want to increase my stamina and fitness for the TM course, and in turn the inches will drop off!

So! Training schedule!
TM has a training schedule you can follow on their site (click here). I am definitely a 'Muddlering', of which the definition is 'works out 1-3 days a week'.
Lets be honest, that doesn't happen.
However its the lowest training schedule they offer, so I'll go with that! It's a 40 minute circuit-like plan, including a warm up and cool down, consisting of both strength and stamina exercises.
I've realised I actually have a reasonable amount of stamina, I could jog for miles!
Strength however? pahahaha! I died doing one push-up...!

Today is day 2 of my training, and I can see the effects already.
Please don't judge the following:
Yesterday, training day 1 (21/1) I only managed to get 11 minutes through the plan before I just couldn't do anymore; the strength parts are a complete fail for me! However today, I made it 5 minutes longer!
I know you're probably sitting there thinking to yourself, "Wow this girl is unfit." and you'd be hitting the nail on the head there, but these little wins are what will get me through it.

I am eating much better. I've been using the 'Change4life' app on my phone, it has all sorts of simple and tasty recipes on there for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You're also able to plan meals and create a shopping list on the app, which is really useful!

Change 4 Life

Apart from getting healthier, the  main reason I'm doing TM is to raise money for a charity called 'Brain injury group is BIG' (learn more about the charity). A team of us will be attempting the course on the 17th August this year. We are paying for our place from our own pockets and all the money we raise will be going straight to the charity; who support families who are dealing with a loved one that has brain damage.
We are doing it in my cousin, Helen's, name. You can read our reasons here, a post I wrote September '13. Then visit my aunt Annette's blog, Helen's Hope, for regular updates and more information about Helen.

Helen and I.

Please be kind and sponsor us on our fundraising page.
We aim to raise more than £1000 but only with the help of others!

Thankyou for taking the time to read, and please wish us luck!
Regular updates will be available, so add my blog to your reading lists, follow me via email and on Bloglovin!

'just did some training, got tired so now I'm blogging' selfie.

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