Getting Active Again

So I am now “one of those people”I have started Couch to 5K ( a 9 week running programme) This won’t sound that remarkable to most people. A lot of people have exercise integrated into their lives, but it has taken me a long time to get back into it.

Spoiler: this post does not contain any before and after pictures, neither does it contain any inspirational quotes.

Why have I bothered?

I used to run when I was at School – always long distance. People thought I was mad for liking cross country but it was something I could do relatively well; running for my district and my county sometimes. But I didn’t keep the exercise up while I was at uni which was an error. I forgot the positive feeling of running and when I discovered my body wasn’t as healthy as I thought it was  in my early twenties I had kind of resigned myself, rather sadly, to never putting my trainers on again. I did yoga and the like but I didn’t really see myself as the regular gym going type.

I envied my friends who seemed to always be out on their bikes, or doing marathons and other amazing things, tracking their exercise and living by their fitbits but was never compelled to try and follow suit – seeing this level of activity as unattainable now my body decided it wanted to act as though I was an old lady. To this day, whenever I find my body struggling to do basic things I refer to it as being my old lady body or OLB for short.

giphy

Healthy body, healthy mind?

In addition to my physical health, the prospect of going to the gym, running in public and the associated little/no make up look that often goes with it was also daunting for my mental health as well! I did try the gym for a while pre-instagram boom and anxiety had me in a state where I was convinced as soon as I left the gym people were laughing at me for even trying. I told myself that if I couldn’t do a ‘reasonable’ stint at the gym (what does that even mean?) It wasn’t worth going at all.

But here I am, almost on week 3 of ‘couch to 5K’. Going to the gym every other day, I have even having managed going running in public more than once. Week 1 I felt constantly shattered,  asking myself when I would feel like #thisgirlcan  and “I don’t sweat, I glow”. I wondered where the boundless energy associated with being healthy, could be located. But I have pushed through and I now think that doing something is better than doing nothing.

We live amidst an instagram frenzy with almost everyone on there and tons of lifestyle and fitness posts. I already notice a difference in gym goers. The guys are more muscly and the girls are leaner-more power to them but that is kind of intimidating as I kill myself on a treadmill.

giphy1

I get the impression that there is increasing pressure on young people to look good or to be living life in a certain way. I used to think the pressure was mainly on women but now I can see guys are expected to look a certain way as well. I can’t imagine what it must be like for someone who aspires to look like the instagram posts we see and is battling inner demons like the ones I have described above. I’m surprised at myself and am apprehensive that I will hit a wall sometime soon, but I’m no longer making excuses.

This post isn’t meant as a brag, I’m just happy my body is currently letting me get out of bed and more. I’m feeling a tad more positive and as though I now earn any time I choose to sit on the couch and do very little.

My next step is to make sure I couple this exercise with some decent, healthy food before/after the gym. Any tips on that would be gratefully received; @eemaalou 

giphy2

 

Advertisements

Obligatory New Year’s Resolution post (a 2015 without bacon?!)

Apologies for being Cliché here but this year I actually have a proper New Years resolution.

I am going to be giving up red meat, for health reasons. This isn’t guaranteed to make a huge difference however when I went to an info day earlier this year people said they cut out meat, gluten, wheat, caffeine and alcohol… some women said it made a huge difference and they have never felt better. However, there were also women there who said that it is best to cut one thing at a time and see what, if anything, makes a difference.

So I am starting with red meat. I have already cut down on caffeine, alcohol is going to be a tricky one to stick to if I am honest…especially seeing as I was given some lovely gin for Christmas. Gluten and Wheat are both sneaky ingredients however it is getting easier to shop smart with those things now. Red meat alone (if it works) may not be enough so it may mean I  try going veggie for a while too…

I was very lucky to get a signed Mary Berry ‘Cooks the perfect’ step by step recipe book for Christmas so I am hoping some of those creative recipes will help me find fun and interesting things to cook. I should also add that I’m not expecting my boyfriend, who I live with to stick to the same diet as me…which I may pay for later

So what’s the catch?

I naively thought that this would just mean cutting out beef and lamb and substituting with some other iron-rich foods (more research needs to go into this) HOWEVER I now also find out that it includes pork.

Bacon is pork.

Pork is bacon.

My followers on Twitter and friends on Facebook will see if I crack. I am going to try to make pancakes either tomorrow or on new years eve… I know there are people who sacrifice much more in their diets for health reasons but the bacon epiphany only came to me today. Have you struggled to stick to a new years resolution? Or something diet related? What are your tips? Leave me some comments