I can't believe the last time I got on here was 5th January. Sorry everyone just had lots going on recently.
I'm writing today as I believe I have finally turned a corner. A few weeks ago we got some terrible news (luckily it didn't turn out to be as bad as first thought) and I went on a bit of a self destruct mission again. Luckily (and it really was lucky) I only put on 2.5lbs in 2 weeks (I guess my self destruct isn't quite as bad as it used to be). But that led me to where I am now. I had hit that low again, after kind of drifting along for 4 months, and it gave me the kick in the bum I needed.
For the first time in about 4 months I have been 100% focused on my new goal. I have put in to place a plan and I am sticking to it (I even turned down a bacon, sausage and black pudding butty yesterday).
My new goal is now to lose 5 stones by 1st September!
Unfortunately I won't be running the Great North Run this year but I will still find 2 half marathons to complete, as that was another of my goals for this year, and I'm still going to do them in under 2 hours. After the last few weeks my goals have changed slightly but my will to complete them hasn't.
You never know what life is going to throw at you, and occasionally you're going to fail (we're only human after all) but it's about dealing with that failure and moving on. As Rocky says "life isn't about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward." I know that's a quote from a fictional character but it still rings very true to me.
I'll keep you updated with how I'm getting on.
Hi All, time to blog again!
I've had a pretty rough time so far in 2013 only because I just couldn't focus and I was eating all the wrong things. I'm guessing it was the hangover from Christmas. But after putting some weight back on I felt terrible.
But eventually I've got my head out of the clouds and I'm back in healthy eating land!
I guess I'm writing this entry to prove that its not always easy, you do have good days and bad days, maybe even good weeks and bad weeks but the difference is that I know how to get back on track now. I feel so much better - again - and it makes a huge difference to my everyday life, even just getting out of bed in the morning is easy again!
So if any of you have signed up for the fit factor 2013 and your lucky enough to be selected then congratulations and I might get to meet you soon!
For those of you that don't make it, don't give up, you are still more than capable of doing it on your own - with a little help from the fit factor bloggers if you need it :-)
Oh boy how how hard am I finding January. Dont get me wrong I'm still at the gym at least twice a week and bootcamp every weekend I can but its the FOOD!!
I feel really guilty about what I've had to eat over the past few weeks and I can physically feel it. Urgh!!! So slowly but surely I'm getting my diet back on track and slowly but surely feeling better for it but its hard! I think everyone deserves a blow out every once in a while but don't make it a nasty habit!!
And for those of you out there that are yet to start the healthy eating habit - get to it!! You have no idea how much better you're going to feel until you do it. Getitng up n the morning is a joy and not a chore, getting through a full day at work and then heading to the gym, followed by family time is now something i look forward to due to the amount of energy I have.
If I could give you one of my many tips in this entry I would say start with 2litres of water a day, its the most wonderful natural source of loveliness!
I'll give you another tip next time but if you feel like you need more than just a few tips from a blog then do as my good friend Steve has suggested and get ready for the next Fit Factor!!!!
Lets kick those January blues!
Well 2012 was a strange year. It started with frequent trips to hospitals with Eve (my wife) for her chemotherapy, seeing her being pumped full of poison! That and all the CT scans and other appointments meant I was eating rubbish when not sat in a hospital waiting room! I tipped the scales at 23st3lbs! That was about a 4 - 4 1/2 stone gain in just 12 months since she was diagnosed. I was fat and unfit, walking up the stairs left me out of breath and walking around town shopping meant needing a change of clothes from the sweat! I was in a right mess.
Then I heard an advert on Real Radio about a competition they were running with The Journal and Dave Fairlamb Fitness. I filled out the online form and hoped for the best! After getting an interview I was desperate to get onto the process, luckily I was picked as one of the Active8.
The first training session showed how bad I had got, I couldn't run the length of a five-a-side pitch. Plenty of hard work, and 12 weeks later, and the unbelievable had happened. I had dropped nearly 4 stones and my fitness was better than I could ever have imagined! But much better than any of that, I had made some friends for life. Some of the most genuinely lovely people were involved in the Fit Factor and the help and support we all gave each other made the whole thing such a great experience.
Since the end of June I have completed 2 10km races, 2 half marathons and 6 park runs (5km races) and they're just the officially timed runs. On top of that I have continued to go to the gym every week, play squash and badminton, go swimming and I try to run at least 10 miles a week around the streets! I have gone from an out of shape, unfit and unhealthy person to someone who loves exercising (especially running) and feels bad if I can't get out and hit the streets for a run and all that in a year!
So what does 2013 have in store for me?
I intend to complete at least 3 10km races, another 2 half marathons (I want to break the 2 hour mark this year) and lose about another 5 stones at least! And of course I'm going to continue going to the gym!
If you're reading this and you're unhappy with your fitness or body, I urge you to sign up for this year's Fit Factor. With hard work and determination you will be given the best opportunity to change your life.
Well that's Christmas over with! I have to say I've been a tad on the naughty side when it comes to food (but then again who hasn't). However, I haven't been anywhere near as naughty as I normally would. Christmas would normally mean for me; eating a LOT of chocolate, biscuits, cheese, potatoes roasted in goose fat, turkey skin, pork crackling and the list goes on (does any of this sound familiar?)
This year was slightly different. Yes I still had chocolate, cheese, biscuits and some turkey skin and crackling (I'm only human and seeing it and smelling it was too much of a temptation for me at this stage of my health "recovery") but the amount I had was greatly reduced. My Christmas dinner was loaded with veg (I love sprouts anyway so they made up the majority) and the potatoes where done in the actifryer (only 1 tablespoon of oil for everyone's, I seriously suggest anyone who loves spuds gets one). I didn't raid the chocolate tin at every opportunity instead I picked at the left over turkey! Small changes, I know, but I feel like I've made real progress this year.
The other thing being my presents. Normally I would ask for computer games or sweets etc. This year I got exercise equipment i.e. new running gear, weights bench and weights! I also got vouchers for clothes shops so I can replace the clothes that are now too big for me so I can throw them out (no clothes to fit back into should I put weight on again!). I'm not being a pessimist by saying that as I truly believe I have changed for good this time which is why I'm getting rid of my "fat" clothes this time.
Anyway, hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year and here's to a wonderful, healthy 2013
I dont know about you guys out there but I'm starting to struggle with food and the cold weather, It was never an issue before as I guess I had a little more insulation and a lot more 'stodge' but now the temptation to binge is high!
However it will not happen and at the weekend I armed myself with numerous vegetables and made some homemade soup. Nothing warms your inside more - or fills you up as much!
My soup contained:
Sometimes if I don't have enough veg to hand I add brocolli and cauliflower from the freezer.
So put the stock in with the water, let it boil while your chopping up your veg, throw it all in and let it cook for about 30 minutes. You cant go wrong!
I used to eat mine as is, but this time I liquidized it and it tasted even better - and for some reason it felt more substantial!!
I also struggled first thing in the morning due to being cold and sleepy and I've swapped my fruit for porridge(sometimes the fuit goes in the porridge! for work, I buy those handy pots that you just add hot water too and they keep me going until lunchtime.
So even though it cold outside and we feel like we need to insulate - don't eat the fat stuff - just head for the good heartwarming healthy stuff - and wear a jumper! :-)
If I don't get on here before I hope you have a Fantastic Christmas and a Healthy New Year. Do over indulge but enjoy it!
I haven't posted on her since the Great North Run. Where does time go! So much is happening at the minute with working full time, running a business and keeping fit. Christmas is fast approaching and I would normally be dreading the Christmas party. This year is so different as I got the pick of most shops not just the select few. So I've got my outfit chosen and I'm really looking forward to our work's Christmas night out.
Well its done, its over and I did it. I was the Maid of Honour for my wonderful friend and I didn't look half as big as I had expected to!!
The dress was taken in to a size 12ish and I thought I looked lovely even if I do say so myself! It cant be bad when you get a mention in the Grooms speech :-)
All that hard work really paid off and it was so worth it. However, I'm a little bit like Steve at the moment and I'm slipping, but because I feel bad about slipping I know I'll be OK. I'm not eating really bad food I'm just not as focused as I should be. I've maintained my weight for a while but after working so hard in the gym I feel like I should be a little lighter. But then I have been to a wedding and an awards ceremony and ate whatever was put in front of me. So at least I haven't put any weight back on.
Its quite hard to stay focused when you don't have a goal, irrelevant of the goal, big or small, I think it really helps. So now I have a few:
1. I'd like to lose a little more before Christmas as I'm probably going to put a pound or two over the festive period!
2. I've signed up for the Rat Race - 20miles and 200 obstacles!
3. I'm going to do a very hilly 78 mile bike ride
Now if those goals don't keep me focused then nothing will!!
I'm not perfect, so therefore I do have the odd 'bad' meal or 'bad' day, but in comparison the girl who would normally just give up on the diet after having a chocolate biscuit is now the girl who is determined to at least maintain this weight lose but if planning to lose a little more!!
And I have a new quick snack, which wont be everyone's idea of a lovely snack but I love it - mushrooms, just mushrooms, Take a packet of them, clean them off, stick them in the microwave and hey presto. Lovely. Even better with garlic!
I can honestly say the last couple of months have been a major struggle! I've struggled to keep focused on my goals.
I fell into the trap of having one little treat, which became another and another!
Even though I continued to lose small amounts of weight at the weigh ins I wasn't feeling good.
Then a few weeks ago we had a tough training session with Dave and it felt like I was starting all over again. This is what happens when you put lots of processed foods in your body! After the session we had a good chat about the situation and it was enough of a shock to re-focus me!
Since then I have been fully focused on my goals and feel fantastic. I take part in the Redcar Park Run every Saturday morning (it is a 5k run around Locke Park) and have knocked over a minute off my personal best time in the last 2 weeks.
I read a good analogy regarding food which is so true. If you think of your body like a car engine, the food you put in your body is equivalent to the petrol you put in your car. Put poor quality petrol in and the car will not perform well. Eat poor quality (processed) food and your body will not perform well!!! There is no substitution for good, natural, lean foods.
I will be on more often now so please feel free to post any questions you might have.
Last week i sat the Active8 down before their Monday workout and asked them to think back to the way they trained, ate and felt when they were nearing the end of the Fit Factor 12 weeks. At that time they all felt like they were living in a bubble with 100% total focus and determination to their weight loss - i asked for that to return.
The next 60 minutes was phenomenal they worked and worked, very little was said but the determination on Ian, Steve, Jacqui, Claire and Dawnn's faces was brilliant. What a workout with personal bests being hit throughout the session. This was by far the best workout collectively for months. The smiles on all of their faces was great to see at the end.
They left tired but very pleased with themselves.
Over the months of training they have learnt how to push their bodies and they know as time goes on they will continue to become fitter and stronger!