Archive | December 2015

It is tht time of year again…2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

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A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,200 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

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Same thing different year…

So approximately this time last year I signed up for a thing…

that thing was Janathon (look here)

what I am going to say may be apparent to those of you who have read this blog for a while…

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Janathon is a real thing!!

I have signed up again!!

Janathon 2016 here I come…

well once xmas is out of the way at least!!

So 2016 will begin with another month of daily exercise (which is really not that new to me any more 😀 ) daily blogging, which may well be mostly pictorial, and general awesomeness 😀

In fact, having just read last years post, I did Insanity Max 30 during janathon, I may well be doing the same in 2016. I am after all going to be attending the Insanity Instructors Workshop  during January so it seems like a good way to prepare and attempt to ensure that I don’t die on the course!

I am looking forward to it after the enforced rest due to the cold a couple of weeks ago and the (no doubt) sadly reduced workout potential over the next week due to being other places for xmas!

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Who’s with me?? come on people you know you want to…get your 2016 off to a flying start 😀 #Nancy? #Claire? you know you want to!

Throwback Thursday: Extra – Biggest Challenge yet!

Wow…2 years ago today I signed up for my PT course!! 😀

Midsummer 365 Projects

imagesThis one is a biggy!

No, I am not running a marathon, I have not  signed up to walk 100kms (although I am still thinking about that shh) I have not even signed up for a 10k…

This on is not an event based challenge, it is a huge step towards making my lifestyle change a permanent one challenge (please don’t analyse the grammar in that sentence!). It is a huge incentive to carry on working on my own health and fitness.

Ok…I’ll tell you what it is…

I have signed up for a Personal Training course 😀

logo-futurefitThis one in fact: Specialist Diploma in Advanced Personal Training (Training Techniques Specialist I will become first a qualified Level 2 gym instructor and the qualified Level 3 personal trainer.  It is both really really exciting, and really really terrifying! I signed up yesterday, and it was this that made me slightly…

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Another New Paddington Day!!

I totally wasn’t expecting to write another one of these so soon… but…

woohoo another deadlift PB!!!

That’s right, this morning’s personal training session I lifted 100kg…twice!!

yes 100kg

that is 220lbs or 15stone 10lbs which is more than most of the people I know! 😀

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here it is…proof 😀 100kg

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here is the paddington it even says PB on his case!!

I danced in the gym again 😀 different gym this time, different people who take themselves too seriously pretending not to give me odd looks for dancing in the gym! I don’t care…I was excited 😀

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and here is the happy dance 😀

New Paddington day!!

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woohoo New PB 😀

Ok…I was totally going to be subtle and tell you about Sunday in order and leave the exciting PB news until the end…

But I am excited so I am not waiting!

I increased my deadlift PB yesterday 🙂 it now stands at 95 kg (or 209 lbs for the non metric among you! )  😀 😀

I was shocked… so shocked that I did it two more times just to make sure!

I was shocked, not only that I lifted it, but that it felt easy!! I had been stuck, trying and failing to get 95 kg for months now and suddenly it felt so easy I could do it 3 times! This shocked me so much that I had to add up the weights on the bar 4 times because I believed we had got it wrong! I have literally just added it up again on my work desk pad to make sure and yes…it really was 95kg! Woohoo! I did not dance in the gym for nothing!!

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Look 95kg…being held by me…:-D 😀 I lifted that 😀

I have no idea what made sunday different, I am surprised that after 1.5weeks of illness and no exercise I was suddenly better! Especially considering that this was towards the end of the training session and I had done a pilates class first…

Maybe the rest did me good.

Whatever the reason I was very over excited!

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Second challenge of 2016 sorted…

I have decided I need to challenge my self more in the coming year. I faffed around a lot this year, after the big half marathon crazy challenge I mostly bimbled along maintaining my fitness but not really improving.

I did other things, like getting Real Fitness off the ground, but for my own fitness I was mainly static.

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Apparently…

So In 2016 I am aiming to set myself more challenges. I am not committing right now to anything concrete like a challenge every month, but I will let you know when I have decided 🙂

For now, I will tell you about the second thing I have signed up for in 2016…

It involves running and obstacles and getting messy…

No…It is most definitely not Tough Mudder!!!

Nor is it a Wolf Run or any muddy obstacle extravaganza…

colour obsA friend and I have signed up for the Color Obstacle Rush 😀

It is 5km with 20 obstacles, which seem to involve foam, giant inflatables and wet sponges…

This seems like much more fun than ice water, electrocution and fire 😉

I am not very good at a) races and b) getting messy so this is a challenge, albeit a fun and not that serious one 😀

Fun is good though…we should all have more of it!!

Enforced Rest

part of the programI have had a cough, one of those horrible, non stop, lung regurgitating type of coughs that stop you doing anything and make breathing hurt. I also came with a bonus free gift of a cold.

Consequently I have had to rest O_O

I have now been a whole week without setting foot in a gym. I have only been for a lunchtime walk once and that was a bit of an amble.

I danced at the weekend but it nearly killed me. I only went because we were short on dancers and I was the dragon in the story (I was so not with it I forgot to get any dragon-y pictures for you all 😦 )

I danced on Wednesday evening because I thought I was getting better, I was getting better, but not as much better as I thought so Thursday was another day resting.

Now it is Friday and this is the longest rest period I have had (enforced or otherwise) since I started this blog!

I have to say, I have hated it, but I really really needed it! If there is one thing I have learned this past .5 years, it is that sometimes you just need to rest. And a really good example of those time is when you can’t get through a whole sentence without coughing!

The good news is…I am almost better now and normal service will be resumed!

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The ongoing problem with me and running…or why not to compare yourself to others.

(disclaimer this is not a whinge post I promise, although it may seem like is in the first couple of paragraphs)

Everyone I know who has taken up running is better at it than me. From this I can infer that I am amongst the worst runners in the world.

Well my world which is to say my immediate sphere of reference…which is all I really have to compare it to.

I know people who haven’t run in 15 year then go and run 5km straight off. I know people who can go from not being able to run for a minute to being able to run 10km in less than a year (by which I mean their transition took less than a year, not that they take less than a year to run 10km, they do take less than a year to run 10km but even I can do it in less than a year!). I know people who can run marathons, or 3 marathons in 3 days, or ultramaratons. I know people who claim to be slow/not very good who out pace and out run me every time.

I know people who love running, I know people for whom running is catharsis and not running is as incomprehensible as not breathing!

I am not one of those people.

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me, pretending to be a runner and pretending to believe the quote…

I have tried to be, and there are times when I have even enjoyed running. However there are other times when I hate it. Genuine hate, hate of the pain and the way it makes me feel inadequate. Hate of the boredom that comes with longer distances. Hate of the fact that I just can’t seem to make myself improve beyond a certain point!

The problem I have with running is the comparisons i draw between me and everyone else. Despite all I say and all I have written in the past, despite what I know when I engage logical thought, I can’t break free from the “I should be better at this” and the “I want to be as good as them” mentality.

Deep down on a subconcious level, not being very good at running make me feel like a failure.

There is an unspoken (and sometimes spoken) belief held by a lot of people that getting fit is synonymous with running. Following that to its logical conclusion, there is a belief that to be fit means you can run.

I am writing this to remind myself and to reassure anyone out there who is in the same boat as me, that running is not a prerequisite to fitness. Running is great for fitness, if you enjoy running!

I need to remind myself that there are a multitude of other ways to be fit. I have done Insanity and Insanity max 30…I lift and lift and am getting stronger all the time! I can dance my boots off every day if I need too. It is as pointless to compare myself to runners as it is for a person who runs marathons to compare themselves to Arnie!

I am learning not to compare myself to other people, we all have different strengths and weaknesses. My runner friends are not my competition, the other people I see zooming (or not zooming) are not my competition. My only competition is me!

Now if I could only remember that I’d be set!

Running has grown in my mind into an unscaleable  mountain, I need to find a way back to the mindset I had before the half marathon. The one where I was happy being not a runner. I was content to run sometimes when I felt like it.

So from here on out, I am not going to use phrases like “that run was good for me but I know it was crap really” or ” I know I am slow but I am just getting back into it” or even “It is good for me but I am not a runner”

These things just serve to reinforce the negative mindset I have about being bad at running. If there is one thing I know it is that going into anything with a negative mindset you are never going to do it well!

I may run more, I may not, but if I do, I am going into it for the fun of it and to get a little bit better than I used to be.

If nothing else…running makes me a better dancer 🙂

 

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