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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?

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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.

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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?

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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!

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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.

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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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Posted on November 14, 2016

Fitness Update // Let’s look at the diet

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Another week of just two workouts! I had expected to do more, but I spent two unexpected days at my boyfriends, which was actually really productive as he was at work during the day, so I had 2 days of blogging without distraction and then we spent the evenings together.

Although I didn’t get to workout on those days, I did write about 11 blog posts! Woo for productivity.

On Tuesday, I went to the gym and managed to get into a spin class. I did a slightly longer workout than usual due to waiting around for the class, so after doing an upper body workout I had some time to do some leg work.

I did intend to get to the gym on Saturday after work but forgot my gym kit. Doh. But on Sunday I did a short weight workout.

Another busy few weeks coming up and I’m going to focus a bit more on my diet over the next few weeks. If I’m not going to be working out as much, I want to be more conscious about what I eat. I’ve been sent quite a few things to review, such as meal replacement shakes and things so I’m going to use them and get back into eating more fruit and veg!

Hows your week been?

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Posted on October 24, 2016

Fitness Update // Just the one

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That’s your lot guys. One workout. Doom.

I’m actually writing this post on Wednesday of last week. Because I know I’m going to be too busy to write it any other time.

Life is happening and I’m not going to stop it. So whatever.

After working loads last week, I slept from midnight until 10am on Monday morning which is rare. I usually wake up at 7 or 8 on my days off. I sat in front of my computer between 11am and 8pm and caught up on emails, wrote and scheduled 14 blog posts and scheduled some social media stuff because I have plans on all my days off for the next two weeks.  Then I cleaned my flat. I had planned on working out but when I wrote my to-do list out, I knew I wouldn’t have time.

Next week will be interesting because I’m working weird hours so I’m not sure how workouts will tie in with that. I think realistically I’ll only get one in on Tuesday before work. Then I’m doing half nights/half days.

The week after should be a bit more normal.

The workout I did do though was great quality. Got 30 mins of weights in then an intense 30-minute spin session.

Expect a similar post next Monday!

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Posted on October 3, 2016

Fitness Update // Nothing to update

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Oh man. I’ve gone a full week with no exercise!

The intention was there, but I had a water infection that started at the beginning of the week and I was in too much pain to exercise until the weekend, but I had plans at the weekend which left me with no time for anything else. I took my last antibiotic last night so hopefully, it’s cleared up now.

Work is going to be a bit doom at the start of the week, but I hope to get to the gym Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday. I’m off work Friday and I’m going to just have a day of blogging as having a social life is killing my planning and organising!

Doom.

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Posted on September 26, 2016

Fitness Update // A run finally!

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I’m writing this post on Thursday as last week because I’m going to London Friday – Sunday! Therefore they’ll be no fitness apart from any walking that happens!

On Tuesday, I went to the gym and did a weight workout. This was mainly focused around the squat rack, doing squats, overhead press, bent over rows, and deadlifts. I then did spinning.

On Wednesday I had to take my car in for it’s MOT so I ran back when I had dropped it off which was around 3-4 miles. I also cycled down to collect it burning 600 calories according to my heart rate monitor!

On Thursday I went to the gym again but really wasn’t feeling it. I felt a bit sick and light headed and just blah. So I decided to take it pretty easy, I benched, did some other weights and then a 10-minute walking incline before leaving. It was only 30 minutes and I didn’t feel very accomplished after the session at all. Doom.

That’s it for my week! I was planning on doing more this week but I only planned the London trip on Monday. Life, eh?

How was your week?

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Posted on September 19, 2016

Fitness Update // Bootcamp

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This week I worked out 3 times. One of those workouts was an outdoor workout I went to and it was wonderful.

Well, it was painful but also an amazing workout! There were loads of running, burpees, squats and loads of fun team work based activities. I had a right sweat on and burnt nearly 900 calories and can’t wait to go again!

The other two workouts were standard gym ones with spin bike as cardio again. I feel a bit in a rut with the weights as I feel like I’m not progressing so I’ve been pushing a little harder so hopefully I’ll see some results soon.

How has your week been?

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