Day 9 started as is customary for a Tuesday, with an early morning PT session 🙂 it was pretty awesome…I got to do squats which is always good!!
Janathon day 9 finished with day 8 Of Yoga True from Yoga with Adriene 😊which was lovely and stretchy and completed before midnight!!
Mia cat wasn’t involved…she just looked very sweet!!
Here are some more cats, I don’t want the other two to feel left out after all!
Yoga True day 6 done before midnight!! Woohoo! I also walked around a it more than I did yesterday so that is good too!! It has been a relatively restful weekend…which is good once in a while 😊
Yoga is hard…even short seemingly simple things are hard… I wasn’t as calm as I should have been today and may have sworn a little… but I enjoyed it (the yoga… not the swearing…)
Apparently I got ahead of myself yesterday and labelled day 4 as day 5… oh well it is rectified now 😂
The real day 5 started early in the gym with a deficit deadlift/squat superset and 3 sets on the leg press, short workout again but effective!
The day ended with yoga at midnight… again! I really need to get organised and do this earlier in the evening!!
Anyway… day 4 of Yoga True (the days don’t sync as there was a day 0 in the yoga series…I am finding this more confusing than I should!! Today’s yoga was floor yoga which was nice… and, as usual, not as easy as you think it is going to be!!
I particularly felt the hip bridges (the one Adriene is doing in that picture… these hurt much more if you have done squats and deadlifts earlier in the day!!
Still all done now and time to sleep before I drop off while typing!!
Yoga True, day 3 done 🙂
Other than that today was a rest day, Thursdays are hard work and work work was super annoying so yoga and nothing super jumpy-around-y was exactly what I needed!
In the process I learned the following:
Do not take a giant full of water in the middle of yoga… downward dog is weird when you are all sloshy!!
Woohoo first plaits of Janathon 😊
I went to the gym!! In the morning!! On my own!!!
Ok I know I go to the gym in the morning a lot but normally I am meeting someone and if they can’t go I end up sleeping… today I got up and went on my own woohoo!
Admittedly I was later than normal…but I went! 😁 and. I did stuff… deadlifts and heavy sled pushes as a super set… it was short but hard!
Then…as it is Wednesday I did dancing… of course I did it is mythago practice night 😊😊 I danced all sorts of things including Spank the Monkey (which I am mentioning to amuse my friend Nancy)
I didn’t take any pictures…I was dancing…
And to top off the day I just finished day 2 of Yoga True. Today’s practice was called trust…it was hard… the yoga not the trusting. I can’t do a one legged pigeon! But I will get there 😊
Well that was a shock to the system all round!!
First day back at work, made even more shocking by an early morning PT session!! It was worth it though, the PT was awesome despite it being push day and me having to do Viking presses which are less exciting than they sound!!
I also had to bench press and do rowing sprints and kettlebells… that is one way to wake up in the morning!!
Later that day…
(As they say in movies and such when they can’t think of how to fill in time)
It was time for day 1 or Yoga True from Yoga with Adrien it was awesome and quite simple if not actually easy when you haven’t done yoga for months!!
Willow cat helped too 😊
Well…time and otters have stolen some days from me and I am two weeks from my last post…again 😱 but last week I promised a new schedule of Mondays and Fridays for posts on here 🙂 Mondays will be a round up of the last week and Fridays will be about something exciting exercise related 😊
So without further ado… here is the last two weeks in pictures…
some of them are awesome because I spent time in the beautiful Derbyshire dales which should make up for the lack of posts a little bit
I loved Derbyshire! So much beautiful countryside and so many hills! It was am amazing place to walk and (attempt to) run!
I promise more words in Fridays instalment 😊
Wow, a whole week happened without me posting!!
I my defence I was on holiday in a campervan and my nephews who are 4 and 8 were camping next door (with their parents…they weren’t just loose…). This didn’t leave a lot of time for blogging… it did give me a lot of exercise however…
Day 42: Sunday
Sunday I tried to run…I got changed and went out and looked at the time and realised that I had procrastinated for too long and we had a 4 yr old’s birthday part to get to…
So I did that, then did yoga 😀
Day 43 (Monday) Dorset Advanture day 1
Day 43 saw is pack up or stuff and set off in the little red van to a campsite near Poole in Dorset. Once there we met up with Marks brother and his wife and children, our nephews… I may have mentioned above that these guys are pretty boisterous and quite keen that Aunty Sam chase them and lift them in the air (weightlifting finally pays off!!) and play cricket and ball games…
so Aunty Sam did all of these things… for about 2 hours… then we went in a walk up a great big hill to find food… it was about 20 minutes of walking there and the same back… I decided this counted as quite a lot of exercise 😀 and certainly a good lot of activity!!
Day 44 (Tuesday): The one in which I strayed into a horror movie…
Well…not an actual horror movie, but there were several similarities. However, before that there were tanks! Lots and lots of tanks.
No, we are not at war… contrary to what it might feel like when you watch the news.
We went to the tank museum. There were a considerable amount of tanks there!! There was also, completely unexpectedly, my friend Karen who I haven’t seen in ages, so that was nice 🙂 I would defintiely recommend the place if you like tanks. It is very interesting!
After walking amongst tanks, and more of the obligatory aerobie/cricket/etc playing I decided it was time to go for a run.
As it turned out it was about 1 hour past time to go for a run but I went anyway. I happily set off in the gathering gloom, up the hill through the woods and along the path that took us to the road the day before, I turned along the road and went along there for a while hoping to loop back to the campsite…no such luck, the road to get to the campsite was super busy (even at 9pm) and had no pavement so I doubled back along the road and the path to the woods. It was all going pretty well up until this point, I was pleased with my ability not to die running up hills and beginning to wonder if I was possibly starting to improve…then the pitch dark woods happened.
I took two paths, both of which seemed to lead directly into boggy mud which I definitely hadn’t seen before…
Once I had decided that I definitely didn’t know where I was, the glitch in my phone made scary shadows, that is when the crows started!! They were cawing and cawing there must have been 100 of them!! This was when I called for a friendly neighbourhood husband with a torch and a sense of direction!!
That much slower lap was when I was wondering about being lost and worrying if I was going to be attacked by crows…
Still at least I went!
Day 45 (Wednesday): Poole in the rain
That is Poole, not a pool, I didn’t go swimming, although it was wet enough that I could have done…
However, the main activity for the day was walking, along the seafront, around the harbour, around the town and that sort of thing. It wasn’t a very full on hardcore exercisey day, but there was definitely activity some rest because it felt like I was coming down with some sort of lurgy.
I wasn’t…but it did feel like that! So for that day walking was enough, after all there is this thing called common sense…also there is this thing called lots and lots of rain, which is an excuse unless you are in a tiny campervan with no indoor room to do anything…
Day 46 (Thursday): Sunshiny bikes and trains…
On thursday there was sunshine, we could be outside and do energetic things 😀 we had already sourced a local place to go ant take bikes, with trails and such to ride around on…we had just been unable to use it until the rain stopped.
So we strapped the bikes on the van and went…
We did two bike rounds around this forest area which were about 8km each followed by a walk to find a gruffalo…these are intriguing creatures…
This here is a gruffalo, people who are not me read books about him as a child… he seems like a nice enough fellow and I presume that there wouldn’t be so many children going on trails to find him if he was horrible…
After this we went on a little train…because there was one and why wouldn’t you go on a little train if there was one!?
Day 47 (Friday): A day of castles and attempted yoga.
Friday was the last day of our Dorset advanture and we decided to make our way home via Corfe Castle and the Corfe and Swanage railway 😀
I have never been to Corfe castle before, it is well worth a visit, it is ruined but really awesome! It was apparently pulled down after the war of the roses. There is a reasonable 20 or so minute walk up a large hill to get to the castle, but to offset that there is an excellent tea rooms at the top with scones! We walked around the castle and back to the bottom of he hill then went on another walk up a similar hill to get to a railway station and went to sea age on a steam train (or we tried but it broke and we ended up with a diesel train but still quite cool)
This walking up and down hills alone constituted about 15000 steps so could probably be considered a decent day’s activity its self, but when I got home, I decided I was going to try and fix my unexplained aches which I had developed during the week…aches which contributed to me thinking I was getting a lurgy. I wasn’t, I was just achy.
So I did some yoga when we got home, it was very hard! It was a yoga video I had done before…but it was extremely difficult this time…
I tried a different one first… Yoga for when You’re Sore… but I was too sore and I couldn’t do the balancey bits so I switched to Yoga for Tired legs…because I had those! It was hard but I managed it!!
Day 42 – 47 Done 😀
Day 38 was Wednesday…
Wednesday started extremely early!
Wednesday normally starts early because I have for the last year or so been going to the gym at 7am with my friend Sarah.
This Wednesday due to Sarah having to teach an earlier class, we had to adapt this to start at the gym at 6:30 😱
Remember I am not a morning bear!! This change was hard work!! This change definitely needed coffee to make it happen!
Considering all that, we actually ended up with a pretty decent workout 🙂 we did supersets with rows / shoulder presses and bench press / reverse fly. Then after Sarah left to teach people energetic things I did heavy squats interspersed with bodyweight full depth squat practice to attempt to improve my mobility. To top it all off I did some 160kg leg presses 😃
And that was Wednesday morning…
Wednesday was, of course, dancing practice… which was awesome and a lot of dancing happened… we are learning a brand new dance which is always challenging but fun! (I totally forgot to take pictures)
Day 38 done!
Day 39 was Thursday…
and Thursday involved walking…quite a lot of walking and some running training…
The walking was because I dropped my car off for service at a place that is 35mins walk from work then walked to work…and of course walked back at the other end of the day to pick it up 🙂 this is a pretty awesome way to get steps and extra exercise in 🙂
After picking my car up, I went straight out for a run with my awesome friend Susie and the lovely Graham who longtime readers will possibly remember from circuit training classes way back when I started all of this 🙂
Running was actually pretty awesome! Hard work, but I believe the only way to improve at these things is to work hard and push yourself.
Or…in this case persuade a lovely friend to push you…
we somehow managed to double the length of the running intervals and half the walk intervals since last week… this happened mainly because Susie said I had no choice and I promised to be positive!
All in all pretty good…especially for a Thursday!!
Day 40 was Friday…
Friday involved an early morning gym session… but not as early as Wednesday!
We somehow managed to be a little more awake and decided for some reason that doing two different supersets that both involved sled pushes and pulls would be a good idea!
Actually it was awesome!
We did this interspersed with deficit deadlifts and with bench press…
to be quite honest I am never going to complain too hard about a workout that involves deadlifts 😀
I love these leggings 😀 😀
Day 40 done!
Day 41, Saturday (today…yeay)
You may have noticed that this week there has been a suspicious lack of yoga…
well this morning I decided that I missed it and needed to do some.
I chose Yoga for Tired Legs…because I definitely had tired kegs!
It is excellent and something I need to do more often!
I did let's something today too…
Yoga is extremely hard to do when a cat comes and sits on your tummy!!
Hehe silly Mia puss!!!
Day 41 done 😀
Well…it wasn’t that blue really…but we haven’t had a song reference for a while… so there it is…
It guess it wasn’t blue…but it was closer to blue than wanting to shoooooooot the whole day down…
Anyway… Monday was not so much blue, as tired… I ventured away form my office during my lunchbreak and went on a walk around the local area. It was a lovely sunny day and you know me, I love to get away form my desk as often as possible…which is not all that often really…there is a lot of sitting involved in technical authoring…
It wasn’t a long walk or a fast one but I went out and walked around for about 35 mins 😀
There I am all walking about and suchlike…
When it came to the evening, I decided to go for a run after training my PT person. I got changed all ready to run, I went to the place I was going to run…I got out of the car and switched on my music…I did not run! I was, for some reason super tired so I decided to go home and rest and yes…you guessed it…do yoga. As I said before I am actually starting to really enjoy this yoga business…
(not an actual business…I don’t have a yoga business…)
I chose yoga for mood swings because we all have mood swings sometimes, and I was in a strange mood, not least because I was cross with myself for not running!!
I was ok again by the end of the video though 🙂
Day 36 Done