Archive | July 2017

Reboot day 34: Secret Nuclear Bunker…

Secret nuclear bunkers don't really count as exercise…but the do have walking around and they are very interesting…so I am telling you about it 🙂

secret nuclear bunker

In Essex, quite near the outskirts of London, there is a "Secret Nuclear Bunker" I put it in quotes because it is demonstrably not secret…after all we drove straight to it and there are a number of famous roadsigns pointing the way to the secret nuclear bunker… They could have been an elaborate hoax designed to send the enemy straight into a trap…but it turns out they aren't. They take you directly to the bunker…well directly to the road just outside the bunker 😀

These bunkers were designed and built in the 50s just after the Russians had a successful nuclear weapons trial. The whole thing from land requisition to fully operational underground nuclear bunker  took 7 months. This makes you wonder why hoses take so long to build and why the government takes so long to do anything…but that's a different matter!

So this bunker, built in the 50s to be a rotor station then converted to be a regional governmental headquarters for times of nuclear threat, is well worth a visit. It is quite in insight into how the country would work in the event of nuclear war if you want more info on this place have a look at the website 🙂 It is not a flashy commercialised place, and some aspects of it could do with a little bit of an overhaul, but it is fascinating, and a little chilling! I did quite a bit of walking about and I took some pictures…

So, as interesting as that was, it didn't really count as the days exercise. As I (again) left it late, I did a bedtime yoga sequence. Funnily enough, I am really startign to enjoy this yoga!! I am not sure if I am improving in any real sense but I am getting more comfortable doing it 😀

Yoga is beginning to be a thing that I do because I like it and I feel the benefits rather than because it is a stop gap or a thing I do in place of other things…

This is true, even though I always seem to do it late at night…

So in a secret underground way, day 34 is done



Reboot day 33: Yoga free Friday…

Well so far anyway… there is actually a very good chance I will be doing some yoga in the next half hour…
(I didn't…I fell asleep)

But I promised you a non yoga post, and I promised myself a more vigorous exercise-y day. So that is exactly what we have…

I am back from my Birmingham adventure and have reinstated my normal routine, which means I got myself up at stupid o'clock in the morning and went to the gym 😀

Look there it is…my gym 🙂

It was morning and decision making is tricky… but we managed to do two supersets
The first was squats (1×6@50kg 2×6@60kg) / sled pushes and pulls (50kg)
The second was bench press (1×5@30kg 2×5@35kg) / Kettlebell clean and presses (3×8@10kg per arm)

So despite a bit of indecision, we managed a pretty well balanced bit of superhero training :-D…it did all feel heavy mind you…there is a chance someone turned up the gravity!!

The rest of the day was rainy very rainy and I was very tempted to use that as an excuse to stay indoors…
But as luck would have it the rain stopped and I convinced myrtle go out and run…
The rain only stopped for 5 mins as it happened but I had set off by then so I ran anyway…
and I got very soggy!!

But I still went and ran and remembered that your split times are buggered up a bit if you stop and take photos in the middle…
Oh well it is not all about the time 😁

Some how I don't look as soggy as I was…

So with dual superhero training completed, day 33 done 🙂

Reboot day 32: still Yoga…and Yoga is still hard!!

Day 32 was yesterday (Thursday) and I know I promised you a non Yoga post soon…one is coming…I promise… just not quite yet…

Thursday was tricky…they tend to be to be honest…so due to Thursday and general disorganisation I managed to leave exercise until 10:30pm…
This is why I did yoga again… and why I skipped to day 3 of yoga camp… day 2 is quite long… not the day I mean… the video for day 2….

Anyway I did more yoga… and it was hard!! Partly because I was tired but mainly because yoga is hard!! I might be getting slightly better though… I can sit cross legged now without too much complaining…

Today's edition was about embracing…embracing where I am and the journey I am going on 🙂 I embrace the fact that I can't change the past and all I can do is move forward with this whole superpower quest…
After all you don't see superheroes moping about wishing they hadn't eaten so much pizza and had done a bit more cardio…

I am also embracing my cartoon leggings and my Grrrl Clothing Namaste Bitchesssss t shirt 😁

And with that repeat shameless selfie… day 32 is done 🙂

Reboot day 31: yet more yoga and an appropriate t-shirt

Or it could be an inappropriate t-shirt…depending on  your point of view… but I like it anyway 😀

I know I am doing a lot of yoga at the moment…I promise I will do something else soon…It was mostly brought on by the fact that I have been away but also I am enjoying it! SO much so that I am considering doing the 30 days of yoga thing again!

Not instead of other the things, as well as them…after all yoga compliments running and lifting and provides a bit of balance…

Sometimes literally!

SO, with that in mind, yesterday, after a longer than expected journey back from Birmingham, I decided to do the first day of Yoga Camp. Yoga Camp is one of the 30 day yoga programs that Adriene runs on the Yoga with Adriene website. It is from a couple of years ago but it is all on you tube so it is easy to get hold of.

The first day was called Acceptance. it is about accepting yourself where you are at the moment. This is an excellent concept for me right now. You know I have been struggling this year with a bit of lack of focus which has lead to me eating more than I should and a pretty variable attitude towards myself. Well a huge part of moving forward is accepting where I am right now. No amount of going over what I should and shouldn't have done over the last few months is going to change anything. The only way to change is to move forwards. I started this process with my reboot of the 365, but I haven't really forgiven myself for letting things slide a bit. I need to accept and acknowledge that I am still capable and strong and I haven't lost anything I can't get back. I have not even really lost anything, just taken my eyes of it for a second.


So with a lot of yoga and an awesome t shirt…

Day 31 done 🙂

Reboot day 29-30: tales of yoga and waking…

Day 29 and day 30 were both spent in Birmingham… I was not very organised and my course took up more time and energy than I expected but I did manage to do some yoga and go for a walk on both days…

Day 29 (Monday)
I decided it would be a good idea to do yoga as soon as I got up…apparently it is supposed to wake you up… it might have done a little…I did feel better after I had done it…but I wouldn't say I was very awake. But then I am not really a morning bear…
I chose a 5min shirt wake up yoga thing from the lovely Adriene from Yoga with Adriene and well…it was just 5 mind and it made a diff so I'd say it was worth doing 😁

Yes I was in my pyjamas!

Later that day…well evening… I went for a walk. I was determined to find canals while I was in Birmingham, I had an advantage because I knew where to look 🙂 so I walked until I found them then I walked along them feeling all nostalgic and thinking of all the time I have spent on these canals over the years! It was pretty awesome actually and I ended up waking for two hours!!

Day 30 (Tuesday)

I Tuesday I snuck in an extra walk when I followed a sign on the road on the way back from my course…
I found quite an interesting section of canal which I also remember from childhood trips 😀

Much later before I went to bed… I did some more yoga… in case you hadn't guessed… this time I chose yoga for loneliness… which was almost certainly a by product of being in a hotel on my own for 3 days…with no one to talk to…

It was quite a nice yoga practice (I thought m that's the right terminology) as it was good for the hips and the core which are always good things to work on if you ask me 😀

Day 29 and 30 done 😁😁

Day 28: late night hotel yoga…

I am in Birmingham, in a hotel. It is for work so not as exciting as it could be… but it is for a training course so also better than some other options…

Travelling on a Sunday really threw out my routine… but I managed to figure it out and did some yoga at about 11:30 pm 😱

Bedtime yoga in fact… it seemed appropriate 🙂

And just in case you are interested here is my hotel 🙂

So despite weird travel arrangements, day 28 done 😊

Reboot day 27: Pink and purple hair day…

Have you ever had one of those days (weeks…well months actually) where you have so much to do that you don't know where to start. One of those times where you spend so much time worrying about the stud you have to do that you forget to start anything and make everything even more rushed and busy?

Well my life has been a bit like that for the last few months…

Don't get me wrong I have been doing loads of stuff that I enjoy and I love being busy but there is a point where you go argh! And wonder if you might enjoy stuff a little bit more if everything wasn't so rushed!

Well yesterday was a bit like that! I was going to my friends wedding at which I was the photographer and had made the cake… and before I set off I wanted to dye my hair and run or gym and sort my camera stuff out…

So when I found myself still in my pyjamas at 11 because I couldn't decide what to wear because it depended on what I did first, I decided that maybe some yoga would be in order…

So I investigated and found Yoga with Adriene's "Yoga for Stress and Anxiety"
It seemed appropriate so I did it…

I liked it and all of the concentration on not falling over and breathing definitely calmed me down and allowed me to realise I had plenty of time 🙂

Oh and once I had done it I decided to do some work with a foam roller because it is good for me… apparently 😁

Oh and I had time to dye my hair and do all the things I needed to so all the worry was for nothing…

Day 27 done 😀

Reboot day 26: deadlifts and squats…

Deadlifts and squats were the story of this mornings gym session!

Sarah and I decided to do a superset consisting of heavy squats and heavy deadlifts… well why not do two massive compound exercises in one set???

We did five rounds of deadlifts 1×10@40kg, 2×6 @ 70kg and 2×5 @ 80kg, followed by squats 1×10 @ 40kg, 1 x 8 @ 50kg and 3x 6 @ 55kg.
We followed this up with some 50kg sled pushes and pulls 😀

Day 26 done 😁

Reboot days 25: Susie made me do it!!

Run that is…
My friend Susie made me run! Mostly because I asked her to…
and I asked her to because she is a blooming awesome (if crazy) runner!

I know she is she is awesome and crazy because she has just taken part in stage 1 of Tribe's Run For Love, which means she has just run 210 miles in 6 days through Bosnia and Croatia…

As crazy as this is it does mean she knows a thing or two about running… so I asked her if she would help me train and she agreed.

Look at me doing a sensible thing and actually doing proper training where someone pushes me out of my comfort zone! I decided if I am going to do this, I had better do it the best I can!! Which means running, and not stopping just because it is a bit hard!

So we met up and Susie told me when to run and wen to walk and ran with me… and sort of around me herding me on like a sheep… and generally not letting me stop before the allotted run interval had passed. And it was hard because I am still starting over but actually the intervals were short and I managed all of them! It has made me realise just how much cardio fitness I have lost mind you…but I will get it back just wait and see 😁

I know something else…I went further and faster (even with short intervals) than I have yet in this iteration of running training😁😁

This was my run 🙂

And this is Susie 😁

So with a little help from my friend day 25 done 🙂

Reboot day 24: A mini Paddington and a goal achieved!!

Do you remember the Viking press?

I am pretty sure you do I told you about it just last week 🙂

Do you remember how I told you it was super heavy without any weight plates on it and I always use it with nothing on?
(Nothing on the machine…I have stuff on…awesome legging most of the time and some for of top)

Well… today in a fit of craziness I decided to add weights!!! Little ones 1.25 kg per side, but still… I added weights!! I am finally improving my shoulders!!! 😁😁😁 this has been my goal for a year!! So the heaviest ever on the viking press is definitely a new Paddington 😁

We trained shoulders today at the gym…in case all the Viking press talk hadn't given that away 🙂 it was a good shoulder session…but it wasn't the *most* dedicated gym session ever!! Still we went and we did stuff and it was early in the morning!!!

Oh and there were awesome leggings!!

So that was morning…

At lunchtime I decided to go for a run… I am building running up as a habit 🙂 so despite the fact that it was all drizzling and humid I went anyway 🙂 and it got me out and away from my desk…and back into my awesome leggings…

No…of course I am not done yet…
It is Wednesday and Wednesday is dancing day!!!
Today, instead of practice we were guests of another local Morris sides at a pub in Angmering not too far from here. So we donned kit and bells and danced away the evening… and due to a quirk of planning and who knew what dance in which place…I ended up in every dance!! As such I forgot to take any photos until afterwards!!
It was fun though and I enjoyed it…despite being a little on the tired side by that time!!

And with that…day 24 is most definitely done!

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