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Posted on March 20, 2017

Fitness Update // 7 miles

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Had a decent week this week running wise.

On Tuesday morning I went for a 3 mile run before work. I’ve been using these 3 mile runs as a chance to work on my speed and I managed to run 3 miles under 30 mins! It’s the first time I’ve ran that fast in around 18 months. Getting an average speed of less than 10 mins a mile isn’t easy or me, but I did it. I did the first mile in 9 minutes 20 seconds!

I went to the gym on Wednesday, but to be honest it was very half arsed. I was there for about 40 mins and did a bit of spinning and some weights. I just wanted to go home if I’m honest and wasn’t in the mood at all.

On Friday I ran 7 miles. It was hard, windy and kept raining a bit. I averaged 11 min 55 seconds a mile which isn’t great but I’m not focusing on speed, just getting the distance in. IT WAS HARD.

Next week I have to run 8 miles.

Send help.

How was your week?


Posted on March 6, 2017

Fitness Update // Half Marathon Training

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Yay! I went on two runs last week. One on Tuesday and one on Friday.

My plan is going well so far. Although my splits are slow, that’s okay. I’ll be focusing on distance and doing some speed work on the treadmill.

I plan to go 5 miles on Monday and on Tuesday before work do 4 miles – as long as it’s not raining.

I’m finding it easier than I was a few weeks ago to run, but it’s still hard. Running is hard.

How’s your week been?


Posted on February 13, 2017

Fitness Update // Another Four

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Hurrah, last week I got 4 decent workouts in. I went to the gym Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Then on Thursday evening I went to my boyfriends and spent the weekend at Whitby with his family, so no more gym.

Eating has been good until the weekend. All these social activities are killing my diet but rather than be worried about food I’ve just decided to go with it and have fun, doing the best I can.

I went for a meal on Thursday night with my boyfriend and had a burger from the pub. I didn’t feel too bad considering we had to walk around 30 minutes either way to get there!

I think I’m slowly losing weight and I’m definitely getting fitter, so that’s a good thing. I just need to be patient!

How’s your week been?


Posted on February 6, 2017

Fitness Update // Doing Better

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Last week has been better! I went to the gym Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and did really good workouts. You know the type when you leave feeling really accomplished?

Because of the times I’ve been working, I’ve been able to use the studio room as no classes were on which meant I could do some circuits.

I did want to go on Saturday, too, but my 15-minute journey home turned into an hour and 45-minute one because of an accident on a ring road. I didn’t have time as I had to get ready to go get my boyfriend then head to Bridlington for my brothers 40’th.

I’ve lost 2lbs over the last week. Although I’m sure my brother’s party will sort that out for me. Doom. Life, eh?

How was your week?


Posted on January 23, 2017

Fitness Update // I did a run!

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I’ve had a much better week this week, I also got my new Fitbit that acts as a heart rate monitor and tracks my runs and I love it.

I’ve been tracking what I eat and getting back into fitness after being ill. I’ve done well with food and love that my new Fitbit lets me track what’s going in and what I’m using so I can stay in a calorie deficit. I need to lose at least a stone in weight.

On Wednesday I went to the gym and did 30 mins cardio. I did 10 minutes on the treadmill, 15 minutes on the bike and 5 minutes one the elliptical.

On Thursday I did 10 minutes on the stairclimber, 15 minutes on the treadmill and then 20 minutes on the bike.

Friday I went on my first run in ages. I ran 3 miles. The first mile and half were fine but then I had a big hill that wiped me out for the rest of the run and I was walking for a bit and then running for a bit. It was very disheartening to say I’ve always been able to just get up and run 10k with no problem. I’ve lost a lot of fitness that I need to get back if I’m going to survive this half-marathon in May. The extra weight I’m carrying isn’t helping, either.

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I went to the gym on Saturday, too. Despite the aches and pains from the run. I did some weights, then 20 minutes cardio. It wasn’t my best workout but I just needed to do something as I knew I was going out for a meal on Saturday AND Sunday!

4 workouts in one week though. Happy with that to say a month ago I couldn’t get off the sofa!

I’ve lost 2lbs. Which doesn’t seem like enough. More please.

How’s your week been?


Posted on January 16, 2017

Fitness Update // Finally back to the gym #FitYear

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I did it, I finally went back to the gym for the first time since the start of December. I’m still not 100% cured of the vertigo so I just took it steady.

I went on Wednesday after work and did 15 minutes run/walk intervals on the treadmill and then 15 minutes on the bike. On Friday, I did some weights for about 15 minutes and then 20 minutes of run/walk intervals then 10 minutes on the bike. I had planned on going Thursday after work but felt too ill.

I’m finding the vertigo worse after the treadmill. It’s when I slow down or stop it’s almost as if I get disorientated it and feel dizzy. Doom.

I also signed up to a half marathon in May. I’m hoping I’ll be better by then so I can run it properly, I have an appointment with the specialist on the 25th so hopefully he can help me manage the vertigo a bit better.

I’m on a health kick now and I want to lose a stone to get back to where I was before I spent a month sat on my arse being dizzy. I’ve started using the hashtag #fityear to talk about my progress on Twitter and invite other people to do the same. You can read more about #fityear here. I’m thinking of doing some weekly challenges and things if people want to get involved!

How’s your week been?


Posted on January 12, 2017

Join us and Improve Yourself in #fityear

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Earlier today, I expressed to my friends I wanted a fitness buddy. Then I decided to take it to Twitter.

The idea is simple – we use the hashtag #fityear to talk about our fitness, health and weight goals.

Whether you’re celebrating losing a few lbs, posting a salad on Instagram or training for a marathon, use the #fityear tag so we can all encourage each other to our goals.

Your goal can be anything. If you don’t want to lose weight, it can be to eat your 5-a-day, to go to the gym 3 times a week or to run a 10k.

I’ll be doing roundups of how I’m getting on this blog and promoting the post via the #fityear tag. Make sure you do too if you do post. Feel free to post any links in the comments and I’ll add them into my posts so we can all keep up with each other.


My starting point.

Last night, I stood on the scale and saw the highest number I’ve seen, ever. I went into complete meltdown mode.

Luckily, the number was 6lbs less this morning when I weighed so I feel slightly better. But it’s still a high weight for me.

As I had a bad case of vertigo back in December, I couldn’t go to the gym. I also had 2 weeks off work and after that, I was still barely moving at work or at home because my head was in a constant spin. I was drinking and eating a lot over Christmas and all of this had lead to gaining weight.

I eat what I want most of the time as I exercise a lot, but taking this out of the equation and not being active at work (I can easily hit 10k steps in a shift) meant weight gain.

I’ve started to clean up my diet. Stop drinking and stop eating as much. Pick healthy options. I’m using myfitnesspal again to track my food intake as I find that really helps me stay accountable. It’s scary how many calories you can eat without realising.

I also signed-up to a half marathon and yesterday I went back the gym for the first time. I was going to go again today, but didn’t feel right at work and don’t want to be bad with vertigo again.

I plan to do something tomorrow, a run, gym or a workout at home.

On Saturday at 6pm, I’ll be dedicating the #socialbloggers Twitter chat to #fityear – so make sure you join in!

So – to summarise:

My Goals:

  • Lose 1 stone
  • Run a half-marathon in may

How I’m going to do this:

  • Use myfitnesspal to track meals
  • Dig out my FitBit and start wearing it again
  • Work out at least 3 times a week
  • Plan meals
  • Stop opting for full breakfasts at work!

Who is in?

Now, here are some photos of me for a bit of personal inspiration.

The first one is from when I ran my last half marathon, the second one is some progress I made last year, just a month apart:

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What are your goals?


Posted on January 11, 2017

Getting Back To The Gym

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It’s been over a month since I went to the gym. Doom. I feel horrific. I’ve been really ill with vertigo and I’m only just feeling normal again.

I feel flabby, big, heavy, unfit, clumsy and sluggish. I feel like I’ve gained weight but I don’t know for sure because I’ve not weighed myself since July.

It’s time to get myself back to the gym and healthy again. For me, going to the gym does wonders for my body image and self-esteem.

I walked 4 miles last Friday which is the longest I’ve walked since I gotten ill. I’m going try going to the gym twice a week to see how I feel.

If all goes well, I’m going to do some at home workouts, too. I have some P90x DVD’s I want to tackle, as well as some online workouts via a collaboration I am doing this month. I want to get back into running and cycling, too. I’m also going to be eating healthier this week.

I’ll buy a scale and weigh myself next week as I do need to track my progress somehow. I need to shift at least half a stone to feel comfortable again and so my work uniform fits me properly!

This means my fitness update posts will be back next week.

Watch this space!


Posted on December 5, 2016

Fitness update // Vertigo Doom

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I went to the gym on Wednesday and Thursday evening last week. The only evenings I had free. It was hard.

Not the workouts themselves, but I’ve been struggling with vertigo again. It’s been a year since I was diagnosed with it and I go through good periods and bad periods, the last week has been awful. It started on Wednesday. After I got off the treadmill. I had only done 30 minutes of cardio and it hit me. I had to stop walking in the middle of the gym and pretend I was looking at my phone because I was sure I was going to pass out. I made it to the changing rooms and then sat down for a bit before leaving.

It happened again on Thursday. I did some weights and then went on the spin bike. After 2o minutes I felt terrible slowed down to bring my heart beat down, then had to cut my workout short.

Saturday at work was horrible. I was so embarrassed by it. In the end I had to swallow my pride and basically get someone to carry me to my car so I could get my medication. I’m surprised I made it through my whole shift.

I’m really hoping it will pass soon because I don’t want to sacrifice my workouts even more because of this. It’s disheartening when all I want to do is get back into a routine but exercise is setting it off.

I’m feel a bit pants.

Send help, wine and cheese.


Posted on November 21, 2016

Fitness Update // All the spinning

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Hello again.

Last week I made it to the gym twice. I also did one short at home weight session.

I did mean to go on Friday, too, but left my gym kit at home. Again. Rubbish.

My diet was better last week and I’ve been eating less crap, so winning on that front.

I don’t think I’ll workout this week. My work schedule is pretty full and the only time I have to workout would be Wednesday evening, but I don’t finish work until 6pm, so I wouldn’t get home until 8pm if I did that and I have to pack and sort my flat out as I’m going away from Thursday – Monday. So I declare this a week off, rather than trying to fit the gym in and failing.

I’m pretty much still just coasting through until I have a bit more free time!

I’ll carry on eating less crap and report back in two weeks.

How’s your week going?


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