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2 Week Clean Eating Challange

I tried out this 2 week Clean Eating Challange on Buzzfeed and loved it. The meals were yummy, I was never hungry and my energy and motivation picked up. Shedding a few pounds, that snuck on with long days at work, was an added bonus. Definitly a good one to get you back on track.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/christinebyrne/clean-eating-challenge

Clean Eating

The meal plan was disigned for spring/summer, so there’s a lot of salads in there. I’ll be creating my own plan this week for more heartier, comfy recipes to warm the cockles.

I was’t the most strict on myself but I’ve learned a little more about portion control and I’m off the coffee again – yaaay!

Yes prep and effort is involved but it’s all there in the plan, it couldn’t be easier. Give it a go, you’ll feel awesome especially in the run up to the biggest eating event of the year. Christmas that is.

Now to keep it up.

All images taken from: http://www.buzzfeed.com/christinebyrne/clean-eating-challenge

It’s Bootcamp time – And it’s Free!!

Ok it’s time to get serious. Lets get that hot bod that I’ve been dreaming of. But lets be realistic – I’m not going to give up sweets! Not a hope of that happening!

So here’s my challange: to be super fit, super toned and unbelievable happy by the end of the summer. (Happy meaning I’m still getting my chocolate fix) And ofcourse keep it up for ever more.

Bootcamp kicked off 2 weeks ago. The first week was pretty disgusting. Amazing how quickly you can get out of shape. Lets just say I didnt enjoy it. My mind wanted to push on and my body just couldn’t keep up. Felt like a bit of a fail but I kept at it.
Week 2 and I’m feeling pumped.

Bootcamp checklist:

  • Secret motivators *
  • Partner in crime (she keeps me going, puts the pressure on)
  • Homemade programme – Motivator #1 and I made it¬† ūüôā
  • Gym mat
  • A lot of loud music.

Bootcamp

 

We decided on a schedule that suits us. I work long hours at the weekend and can’t move by Monday so guess what – Monday’s my day off. We do 4/5 days on and two off. We usually have set days but if we’re exhausted we move them around. The joy of making it yourself.

InsanityMaking a programme is easy, grab a calander and plot away. Our programme is a mixture of Insanity -” Boom” (love this one), P90x (not so sure about yet) and circuit training from either excercises we already know like skipping with my pink skipping rope – yes I finally got one,¬† or picking a few excercises from each section from this site¬†http://www.healthyworkforce.ie/exercise-video-demontrations/¬† and repeat. I’ll throw in some yoga and running into the mix.
Piece of cake – who said cake. Yes I will be eating cake!

8 weeks to kick start a healthy life of great eating and sweating your balls off.

How will I get my hot bod and eat my cake too I hear you ask?

Matilda Chocolate CakeWell . . . . maybe I just don’t have the whole cake every morning for breakfast. I’ll¬† be trying to eat just enough to curb the cravings but not doing a Matilda on it. Sometimes some berries can do the trick and other healthy alternatives. But my motto is
“Eat what you want and not what you don’t want”.¬†I don’t know how many times I have pollished off a pack of biscuits and still not felt satisfied. And all I wanted was a small yummy bar of Cadbury’s. I spend too much time feeling guilty about eating sweet treats – I’m putting an end to the maddness and enjoying every bite!

I’m hearing that abs are made in the kitchen. I’m putting it to the test.

I’ll keep you updated on killer wins and the most epic fails. I’m two weeks into getting that bouncing bottom back and I’m seeing results already.

So who wants to join me? Did I mention it’s free?

To be totally honest it’s not a bootcamp at all. It’s just working out to a schedule but this is what all the cool kids are calling it I’m told. So lets jump on that band wagon!

Eat Sleep Squat

 

Strong is the New Skinny!!!

Hot Girl

 

*https://letyourheartplay.wordpress.com/2014/02/20/my-big-fat-excuse/
Feel free to comment here or on FB if you’d like to join me!

Skip Like No One Is Watching

The milestones of Skipping in my life:

The early years:¬†My Dad and I would skip everywhere. He must have looked like a fool or the cutest Dad in the world. We’d skip to the shops, to the swimming pool and laugh as we go.

Still a child years: it got competitive. Who could skip higher, faster. I didn’t always win. We know where my competitive side comes from.

Early teens: I was way too embarrassed to skip with my Dad. I thought I was way too cool for that. (I was not a cool child.) My Father knew this and would egg me on. He loved to embarrass me.

Later teen years: Oh the roles reversed. We were walking to lunch one day and I grabbed my Dad’s hand and started skipping. He was mortified. People were watching. What used to be a Father skipping with his 4 year old little girl then turned into these two adult weirdos skipping into a restaurant. This gave me the best laugh.

Nowadays: At random times I’ll have a wee skip. Instantly my heart will lift. I’ll have that childish lightness about me and I’ll feel good for the rest of the day. I’ll probably have a little chuckle to myself while I’m at it, it feels so good. Yes I realize that people must think I’m strange but they’re not the ones feeling awesome.

This is probably how I’ll break a hip when I’m older.

https://www.google.ca/search?q=david+beckham+skipping&rlz=1C1NNVC_enCA498CA499&espv=210&es_sm=93&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=YaYYU7TAH5LboASKlIKgDQ&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAQ&biw=1093&bih=480#q=muhammad+ali+skipping&tbm=isch&facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=8HfwRjxi68vWmM%253A%3BhF5v84H5c9MYhM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.cardiohaters.com%252Fwp-content%252Fuploads%252F2011%252F01%252FAli_with_Jump_Rope_red.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.cardiohaters.com%252Fget-ripped-without-cardio%252F%3B400%3B598

Now I’m looking at skipping for fitness. The main man Mr. D was telling me about it. During his strength workouts he’ll skip inbetween exercises for one minute.

Every set of exercises I look at these days has skipping incorporated.It has really taken off. I’ve heard about how great skipping ¬†is for you for years. Great for cardio, really tones up the legs and bum but I didn’t pay attention. Now that it’s ¬†the in thing I’m all over it.

Here’s a pic for some stand alone skipping exercises. Or try out doing a minute of skipping in between exercises. I did it this morning and by the 5th set I was feeling it.

Skip To It

To be completely honest with you I don’t even have a skipping rope. It’s on my to do list. But that hasn’t stopped me. I know the actions. I think like Peter Pan and just pretend I have one. Probably isn’t the best but it’s better then not doing it at all. Or saying I’ll do it when I get one which could be next Christmas.

I would like to thank my Dad for introducing skipping into my life.

Next time your out, give it a go, have a little skip. You’ll feel so good.

 

Photo Link: ¬†http://www.visualphotos.com/image/2×3800747/father_and_daughter_6-8_skipping_on_beach_near

Iron – Get it into you.

I’ve had an issue or two with Iron. I’m not going to give you some facts or statistics because I would probably get them wrong. All I know is that it’s good to have a bit of Iron in the body. If you have that then your grand.

My biggest drop in Iron was when I was training for my first marathon. I was losing iron daily for a long period of time¬† and I didn’t even realise. Here’s a few reasons why:

  • Pounding the pavements and trails damaged red blood cells in the feet.
  • Loss of Iron in sweat.
  • Not eating red meat or meat in general.
  • Being a woman.

It wasn’t until I became very ill that I reaised my iron levels were very low. I was tired all of the time. Felt nauseaus and couldn’t eat. Was very dizzy and weak.

Trying to be healthy could be the death of me.¬† Lesson Learned. It took weeks to feel a little more normal and a few months to be right again.I didn’t do a great job of the marathon but I finished.

I couldn’t figure out why I felt so wonderful after a big beef burger and a couple of pints of the black stuff. (Guiness) I now take supplements as I still don’t eat a lot of meat. Meat is one of the best ways to get iron into you but here’s some more great tips for non meat eaters:

Iron

This is a link to some facts and figures.

http://breakingmuscle.com/nutrition/what-athletes-need-to-know-about-iron-deficiency

My Big Fat Excuse

I have an excuse for everything, mostly fitness related excuses.
I’m sure I’m not alone in this but sometimes I feel like I’m the worst.
I constantly see updates of how successful people are, what they’ve accomplished and just how wonderful they’re life is.
Of course – Who’s going to boast about they’re failures? What would that look like? Instead of a picture from the top of a mountain over-looking an amazing view you’ve got a picture of a frustrated and ¬†depressed red face captioned ‘I didn’t make it’.
How many of these have you seen?

I have my great weeks and not so great weeks. To try and avoid the not so great weeks turning into months I’ve got these secret motivators. They’re so secret they don’t even know they exist.

I am very competitive, I don’t always have to win but I have to give it my all or else what am I doing¬†with my life. I had a race to crack eggs the quickest the other day, I think the other person thought I was¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† joking. I won. Jokes on her – loser.¬†

Don't look backSo my secret motivators, these are usually people with similar interests/goals to me. If I hear they’ve just gone for a run I’ll get up off my butt and do something. When I’m not feeling so motivated I’ll give them a text and see how they’re doing. If they’ve fallen off the wagon – they’re dumped – temporarily and I find a new motivator. I don’t need to beat them but just the thought of them being out there sweating their fear away while I’m sitting on the forbidden couch feeling . . .¬† tired =¬†excuse, it gets me going.

Turns out I was a secret motivator the other day. A friend said I had inspired her to get out and run in the snow. Little did she know that I hadn’t ran in a week. I felt so guilty, like I was living a lie. And the circle began again. I got my shoes on and got out there.

we_are_what_we-115964I find it’s all about good habits. Once I get into a routine I’m laughing. Excuses are like my kryptonite. It’s hard to figure out what is a genuine feeling and what’s just and excuse.¬†I’ve become so good at creating excuses that I convince myself that they are true. I think I have a negative alien living in my brain, it says: “check yourself”, “ooh that’s too tough”, “ah your tired now have a little sit down and eat a mountain of chocolate.” Unfortunately ¬†I usually listen to it.

Stepping out of my comfort zone is . . . well . . . uncomfortable. It’s a constant mental game I will continue to play. I know I will never beat it but I will come close.

I need to get rid of the excuses – they’re wasting my time.

This gets me going:

Why So Serious?

Lets think about this one.  Really, there are very few things in life that we need to take seriously. Or should I say that I need to take seriously.

Here’s a few examples for myself that if I ever find myself in this situation I will allow myself to take it seriously:

  1. I’m in a biker gang and I’ve gotten myself in a spot of bother and they are threatening to cut off my fingers. ¬†Yep serious.
  2. I wake up and discover there is no food in the house at all, like nothing and I’m starving for my breaky. Pretty serious.
  3.  .  .  .  .  .

Ok being a little more on the serious side a terminal illness can be a little scary, or a fire/robbery. But this is the big stuff. I’ll allow myself to take the big stuff seriously.

Otherwise there’s nothing. If I get stranded on a desert island what’s stressing about it going to do. I’ll tell you what it’ll do, it’ll make me feel depressed which will make me want to eat – Chocolate specifically and I won’t have any of that so all of a sudden I’m stuck on a beautiful sandy, blue skies island with this absolute babe of a man (obviously it’s my bf – close one ) and I am having a terrible time. All because I decided I should be a little serious.

I come across these situations all the time. It could take an hour or a few days to realize that I need to shut it down. Shut my mind down, let it go and move on.

A day without laughter

Have you ever seen a really serious person laugh? It’s because they don’t.

I decided that my new years resolution was to play and laugh more. And you know what? It feels really good.

So enough of the  million lines going across my forehead and a slight twitch in my left eye.
I’ll take a powerful deep breath and let my heart smile.

My advice to you. If you haven’t had a real belly aching, hearty laugh in the last week where you nearly wet your pants, well then what’s the point in life?
Check yourself!

Bouncing bottoms

BumsThe best part to a 10k run or similar events is the ladies bottoms. Hands down no argument.  I need my ipod to keep me motivated but the entertainment is all in bootys.

Yes I realize I am sounding very perverted right now and am probably going on a few watch lists as we speak but we all love them right? mmmm apparently not all as much as me but you have a sneaky look!

Despite so many different shapes and sizes, they all have that little bounce as they run.  Men Рnahhhh flat, muscly no bounce to it- Boring. Bring on the girls!

I have what is called a Dillon Arse. In my family we have our own breed of bum. ¬†If you are related to the Dillons and didn’t know this about yourself, you are welcome, you now know the name for it! Bootilicious ; some would say.

So to keep our lovely tushes so lovely here’s a quick exercise I’m loving these days. It’s part of my 10 minute workout¬†routine. ¬†

This is for girls and guys. It works your legs and bum. With the ball it will work on your core too.

Ski JumpsNike Training Club

Now that you know what I’m really thinking you might want to run behind me next time. ūüôā