Some of you might have noticed I’ve been a bit quiet over the past week. Others may have enjoyed the peace and quiet! 🙂 Well I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve been sorely neglecting my blogging ramblings of late. I may have got a bit distracted – after all I’ve been off enjoying some quality time with ma famille in the Yorkshire Moors.
It was lovely to get away and forget all the hum drum of everyday life for a few days and it’s safe to say our little boy had a whale of a time. But like every holiday, no matter how fab they are, it’s always nice to get back to home sweet home.
After the last week of excessive scoffing and guzzling of anything and everything that crossed my path (come on, I was on holiday), my jeans are verging on almost not fitting and the cake variety of muffins is not the only type in sight. So, holiday over, fear of having no clothes to fit and an impending Wolf run in about 6 weeks time, it’s time to bite the bullet and get back on course….
… so today (after a wee bit of prompting from the OH this morning!) I have successfully completed my first fast day (back on the 5:2) and I am resolute that tomorrow will be my first run in a little over 2 months.
Somewhere along the lines I got a bit waylaid. The beginning of this year started in a tidal wave of motivation, but the fates have been against me of late.
A friend recently asked me how I fit it all in. My response, ‘I have no idea.’ But what I do know, is it is all held together by a fine string, which holds the balancing act precariously on the edge of a ledge. One wrong move, one extra burden thrown into the equation, the string snaps and the whole lot comes tumbling down. It’s a bit like an episode of Road Runner, and I land first with all the other shit falling on top of me. So I am now covered in crap and no longer balanced!
In this case, the great fall was set in place by a rather inconvenient running injury. It was enough to stop my running for a couple of months, which means less endorphines to keep me perky, less calories burned off to help with the weight loss and a slippery slide to self-destruction on the whole health and fitness front. I well and truly fell off the band wagon in the process and every attempt to clamber back on has been faced by a convenient bout of illness – a cold here, a chest infection there …. the list goes on, as do the excuses.
This morning I had to remind myself what this blog is all about. A constant reminder to stay on track to reach my goals. I haven’t completely lost the plot as far as all my challenges go – I’m currently ‘learning a new word every day for a month’ and we recently got a new addition to the family – our Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Choccie. But a large part of the challenges are related to fitness – and those ones have been sorely neglected of late. Not without good reason, but the longer I wallow in my self-neglect the harder it will be to regain my motivation. So the time has come to get back on track …. and I have an action plan ….
The rest of this week …. spend 10 minutes stretching every day (my muscles are still very tight)
Next week …. start some light yoga to aid stretching out my muscles AND START MY 5:2 DIET AGAIN
The week after … add some light pilates exercises into the mix
The following week …. go on holiday (and try not to fall off the wagon again!)
First week of May …. ease myself back into running again
… after all I only have 2 months until Summer Wolf Run (eeek!).
I’ve had another great week on the diet. I weighed myself this morning and I have lost another 2 lbs. That’s a total of 10 lb all together, and the best thing – I am now out of the 15 stone club!!!!! Just another 4 stone 11 lbs to go to target weight. Bring it on!!!! 🙂
Apparently I am EXTREMELY adorable as well! Unfortunately it wasn’t actually a compliment I received! 😦 Just my horoscope for 2014! Which, with comments like that, is of course scarily accurate!!!! 😉 I am going to hold my hands up and admit to stealing this idea from someone else’s blog – thank you FiftyFourandAHalf! But I couldn’t resist when I followed the link and checked out my ‘VERY ACCURATE HOROSCOPE FOR 2014’. Oh and it does say that I will have 4 years of bad luck if I don’t share it … I don’t want to tempt fate after all!
So, apparently this is me …..
SCORPIO – The Addict (October 23 to November 21)
EXTREMELY adorable. Loves to joke. Very good sense of humour. Will try almost anything once. Loves to be pampered. Energetic. Predictable. GREAT kisser. Always get what they want. Attractive. Loves being in long relationships. Talkative. Loves to party but at times to the extreme. Loves the smell and feel of money and is good at making it but just as good at spending it! Very protective over loved ones. HARD workers. Can be a good friend but if is disrespected by a friend, the friendship will end. Romantic. Caring. 4 years of bad Luck if you do not share this post.
…. and it is scarily quite accurate.
EXTREMELY adorable … well naturally (I wish!)! 🙂 Good sense of humour – well I think I’m funny! I do tend to use humour a lot though – after all life is too short to be deadly serious all the time! I will try almost anything once ….. once upon a time maybe, but I am a bit more conservative in my old age. I am still game for a lot of things though and don’t shy away from most challenges! Love to pampered – a chance would be a fine thing (you listening up Rob?!). Energetic – that’s debatable – I could do with a bit more at times. Predictable – yes, I am a creature of habit! 😉 GREAT kisser and attractive – I’m taking votes on that one?! 🙂 Always get what I want – well I haven’t won the lottery yet! But I do tend to be a bit of a ‘dog with a bone’ when I want something, so people probably give in a lot of the time and let me have my own way for a bit of peace! Loves to be in long relationships – well Rob and I are coming up to nearly 14 years together now! This is fairly accurate to be honest, as my shortest ever relationship was 2 years! A comment in my year book when I finished sixth form was; ‘check out all those rings’ – alluding to various rings I accumulated from ‘serious’ boyfriends throughout my school years! I love to party and can take it to extremes at times – to be honest I am much more of a home bod. I’d rather be watching the telly with my family than out partying the night away. However, on the rare occasions that I do get out these days, I do like to push the boat out a bit (the last cocktail party is proof of that!). 😉 Talkative – it has been known (especially after a glass of wine)! I am caring and romantic at heart – but I don’t bother with the romance nowadays as the OH doesn’t appreciate it!), and I am fiercely protective of the ones I love. I have a few close friends and I am very loyal to them. But I do have a tendency to hold a bit of a grudge, which has ended more than one friendship in the past! 😦 I do work hard – in fact I can get a bit too absorbed in things at times! And as for money; I love having it, I love spending it and quite frankly I am always skint because it flows through my hands like water!!! An old boyfriend’s father once said to me that ‘saving is deferred spending’ – perhaps not the wisest thing to say to a 20-year-old me, as it has formed the basis of my life mantra ever since!!!!! I would love to be better with money, but I am a bit of a lost cause – lets see how long it takes me to tick off challenge number 10 (save £1,000)! 🙂
Would love to know what you think of your own horoscopes! 🙂
Oh, look what came in the post this morning – my racing number for the Mizuno Reading Half Marathon – there’s no turning back now!!!! 🙂
I have actually been a bit achy this week to be honest, which has held me back a little bit with the frequency of my running. I think I am still partly paying the price for last weekend’s run. So, yesterday I decided maybe I should do a nice bit of stretching instead. I heard that Yoga can be good for runners, as we often suffer with tight leg muscles (which my calves can contest to!!!). I found this great yoga work-out on Runnersworld and it felt really lovely to stretch everything out a bit. I would highly recommend it – but probably not with a toddler trying to climb on your back throughout!!!! 😉
Time for some goal setting ….. can I do all 101 challenges in 1001 days?