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Day 30: Goals for next month

Well that 30 days whizzed by at high-speed – it’s the final day of the Fitness blogger 30 day writing challenge.

lt-back_ache_pain-410x290Today is all about my fitness goals for next month. This is a simple one; there is nothing fancy – no marathons to contend with, no faster paces, no super training plans – just get out running again! Get your yawns out-of-the-way now – but as some of you know I have been blighted by injuries the past couple of months. As my body appears to have given up the ghost I have had to admit defeat and take a step right back from my running. This is making me sad, as I really miss it and want to get back out there training for my upcoming year of events! I think (I hope) I am making progress on the aches and pains front, but am taking each day as it comes, giving my body a proper chance to heal. My running mojo is still burning away under the surface, so if I can get back out to a spot of plodding soon I will be a happy bunny! 🙂

Day 29: Healthy Recipe

Wow, it’s the penultimate day of the Fitness Blogger 30 Day Writing Challenge. I’m not sure where the last 29 days have gone, but here’s my contribution for today. 

I am sharing a healthy recipe I found when looking for a carbohydrate heavy dinner the night before a race. I stumbled upon this yummy recipe at the Running Bug. It takes minutes to make and is super filling and tastes amazing. I eat it all the time now – race or no race.

The original recipe had anchovies in it – but I can’t stand the things, so replace them with black olives instead.

Tagliatelle with Rocket, Parma Ham, Tomatoes, Anchovies and Buffalo Mozarella

Nutrition per serving (serves 4):

Energy (Kcal) – 734

Protein (g) – 734

Carbohydrates (g) 79 of which sugars (g) 6

Fat (g) 29 of which saturates (g) 11

Salt (g) 2

Fibre (g) 3.2

 

Prep time: 5 mins

Cook time: 10 mins

 

Ingredients:

400g tagliatelle (fresh if possible)

4 tinned anchovy fillets, finely chopped (*I replace these with black olives)

2 x 125g packs of buffalo mozarella

1 pack of parma ham (4 slices, 75g), torn into long slivers

8 sunblush tomatoes, roughly chopped, or 2 ripe fresh tomatoes chopped into small cubes

Pack of wild rocket (80-100g)

3 tbsps of extra virgin olive oil

Black pepper

Parmesan shavings to serve

 

Instructions:

1. Bring large saucepan of salted water to the boil and cook pasta according to packet instructions.

2. In large bowl, combine anchovies, mozarella, parma ham, tomatoes and rocket with 2 tablespoons of olive oil

3. When pasta is cooked, drain, reserve spoonful of cooking liquid

4. Add pasta, spoonful of cooking liquid and remaining tablespoon of olive oil to anchovy mixture, toss together and serve with plenty of black pepper and parmesan shavings sprinkled over.

Day 28: Home Fitness

Its Day 28 of the Fitness blogger 30 day writing challenge and today it’s all about fitness in the comfort of my own home. Home fitness DVD’s have always been something I’ve indulged in. I like to go to organised classes when it comes to aerobics, but sometimes doing a DVD in front of the TV in your own lounge can be a lot less hassle and fits better into a busy schedule. Now I’m juggling a toddler, part-time job, blogging and looking after the house – trying to fit it all in can be a challenge sometimes. I often stick something in the DVD Player and then contend with my 3-year-old trying to join in! Press ups and planks are a lot more challenging with a toddler trying to climb on your back.

I tend to go through phases as to what types of aerobics or fitness DVDs I like, but some of my all time favourites have to be:

  1. Billy Blanks Tae Bo
  2. Ministry of Sound Workout: Pump it Up (the first one)
  3. Insanity
 
I also recently found a great site for Pilates classes called Pilates Anytime, which has a brilliant selection of different length routines – so I pop along there sometimes too.

Day 27: Meal Replacement Shakes

It’s Day 27 of the Fitness Blogger 30 Day Challenge and today the question is all about whether I use meal replacement shakes.

No, I don’t use them. I would rather eat a healthy (or as close to it as I get!) than replace meals with shakes. Besides, this type of diet doesn’t really fit in well with my will-power and eating habits. If I try to replace food with shakes I will quickly become obsessed with food and what I can’t eat – so I tend to steer clear of this type of approach.

Day 26: Room for improvement

Its day 26 of the Fitness Blogger 30 Day Writing Challenge. Today’s question is:

What area of your fitness would you most like to improve?

Ultimately I would like to improve my running speed, as I am nothing short of a slow plodder and I would like to feel a bit more ‘competitive’. However, at the moment, this has been pushed to more of a medium term goal as the last couple of months I appear to have been plagued with injuries. I am desperate to get back out there running again and I dread to think how much of my fitness I have already lost. These recent hitches have resulted in a slightly different focus for short term improvements, with me needing to build up my core strength and stretching so I have a stronger base to work on to achieve my longer term goals of increased speed and endurance.

Day 25: What am I good at?

I can’t quite believe that it’s day 25 of the Fitness Blogger 30 Day Writing Challenge already. Today’s question is what am I good at?

I once went to see a psychic and she told me that I would succeed at anything I put my mind to, as I had someone watching over me and guiding me on my way and the OH commonly complains that I am far too lucky for my own good. I personally don’t agree with either of them, but think there is some merit behind their comments. I am not naturally amazing at everything I do (no-one generally is), but what I am is committed and dedicated to what I do choose to do. When I put my mind to something, then heaven forbid anyone who gets in my way – I have been described as somewhat obsessive at times. In terms of fitness I know I am never going to be a super speedy athlete, but endurance events are something I feel I have more potential for. This is probably due to my mental mindset, my determination to do well at things and not give up on a challenge. This psychology is hopefully what will get me through my first marathon and maybe ultra one day (I just need my body to play catch up!!!!).

Day 24: Fitness Gimmicks

Day 24 of the Fitness Blogger 30 Day Writing Challenge and the question today is:

Have I ever fallen for a fitness gimmick?

I am verging on a marketers dream – an easy sell if you catch me in a weak mood. So, the answer is – oh yes, I most certainly have fallen for the odd fitness gimmick here and there. I actually find myself talking myself ‘out of’ buying fitness gimmicks, repeating the mantra ‘those fitness models did not get abs like that without a whole lot of hard work.’ But every so often I find myself swayed by the false promises of getting a body like ‘that’. I know I should know better, but sometimes I just can’t help myself. The most recent gimmick I found myself falling for was the Ab Circle Pro. Reeled in by the repetitive ads on the fitness channel I found myself wooed. Looking online and seeing the price of a new one, I safely managed to exercise some self-control and talked myself out of a silly purchase. That was until I saw a second hand one at half the price – a bargain too good to turn down. Pleased with my new purchase and determined to get abs to die for, knees in the straddles and ready for some hard core ab action – I pushed and I puffed and I didn’t move! Maybe the machine is made for lightweights or something, but I couldn’t budge it. If anyone has seen one of these, the idea is that your bottom half rocks from side to side in a semi-circular action, working deep into your core. Sod that, I was well and truly stationary and not going anywhere in a hurry. Needless to say I wrote that purchase off and resigned myself to another gimmick biting the dust!

Day 23: Sleeping Beauty

Day 23 of the Fitness Blogger 30 Day Writing Challenge is all about how many hours sleep I get every night.

Firstly it is worth pointing out that I need my beauty sleep or I quickly turn into a grizzly, bad tempered beast. I’m not a late to bed, early to rise sort of person, as this type of routine will quickly send me into a non-functioning mess of overtiredness. I love my sleep and I love my bed, but anyone with a toddler in the house knows that sleeping patterns are largely determined by those of my 3-year-old. On average I would say that I am in bed for about 8-9 hours per night (the ideal) – however, it’s a rare occurence to be undisturbed all night, having to attend to the demands of drink, wet wipes and cuddles (and that’s just the OH!) 🙂

Day 22: Fitness Survival Kit

Its day 22 of the Fitness Blogger 30 Day Writing Challenge and todays post is all about what I would pack in my fitness survival kit.

Now this is an interesting one and the best thing is that there appears to be no limit to the number of items I can include – I might need a fitness survival support truck if I had my way – but I will try to minimise it to a list of 5 items, to give myself some parameters to work to.

1. Fuel to keep me going – isotonic gels are small and lightweight and don’t need to be taken with water, so are great for short survival stints. But if I need to keep going for longer then I would also need to look at some water and high energy food to fit in the kit somewhere.

2. A decent pair of sports shoes – a runner by heart (and one suffering from a few aches and pains at the moment) I appreciate the need of a good pair of well fitted running shoes to keep me injury free and comfortable for longer.

3. A headband – to keep annoying hair out of my face, or this just becomes an annoying distraction.

4. My Samsung Galaxy S4 – come on a girl can’t survive without her technology! And I would be lost without my Runkeeper app to record my progress, as well as my tunes to keep me motivated and entertained.

5. Good quality, comfortable running clothes – the other day my running trousers split up the seam of my inside leg and very quickly my inner thigh was rubbing and became quite sore. This just brought home the need for comfortable kit when exercising, as it can make all the difference to your endurance abilities.

Day 21: Caffeine ahoy

I must apologise, I am setting a dreadful example for my own initiated challenge, as I am horribly behind with my posting. We might have hopped off for a sneaky weekend away (sans kids) and my blog has been sorely neglected as a result. Get ready for a barrage of catch up posts to make up for lost time! 🙂

So it’s Day 21 of the Fitness Blogger 30 day Writing Challenge and the question today is whether I am a coffee drinker. Until recently, this would have been a big fat NO. I was never a coffee fan, finding the taste too strong and bitter for my liking and a bit harsh on my stomach. Something quite strange has happened though since starting the 5:2 Fasting Diet – I have acquired a taste for black coffee. However, this liking has only taken hold on fasting days – perhaps I am so desperate for food that I am attracted to the strong flavour of coffee to fill the void? Or maybe I would just consume anything I am allowed to on these days to save gnawing my own arm off! I’m not sure what the answer is, but this non-coffee drinker is moving into new and unknown territory. I don’t think I will ever be the world’s greatest fan, but I am starting to acquire a new taste sensation.