Why you should take part in a Parkrun

Parkruns are entered by thousands every week and they may seem a little daunting because you might not be able to run 5k but neither can I. I started my local Parkrun at Conkers back in March to train for Derby 10k and it is something I would like to do every Saturday (when I’m around anyway).

As I have written before I am asthmatic and this year I have been extremely poorly with my asthma, steroids three times in fact. This hasn’t stopped me from taking part in something I really enjoy doing. By taking part in local Parkruns I am trying to strengthen my lungs for the outdoors and improve my asthma. Today I did struggle and completed my Parkrun in 38:17 which I was a little disappointed with but oh well, there’s the next one to smash.

If you want to know what to expect you will not be disappointed when you sign up and go for the first time. Everyone is so friendly, there’s a fantastic atmosphere and the volunteers deserve a round of applause too. The course at Conkers isn’t too tough, it has a ‘Cheeky Hill’ which I haven’t managed to jog up yet but it is fairly flat.

One thing you must take into consideration is to pace yourself. Yes you earn a Personal Best time but that can be accomplished when you are ready. I have previously over done it and I am learning to do what I can, my body knows when to stop.

If you want to join me on a Parkrun please do!!

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How losing weight is proving tough

For the last 6-7 weeks I have been going to the gym and taking up new classes like boxing and abs blast. These have been absolutely terrifying but I’m starting to get used to what the classes have to offer. My stamina has increased, I am using my inhaler less during exercise and I’m geared up to go to the gym more.

The only downside to me working out so much is I’m not seeing any physical results. In 6 weeks I have only lost 3lbs despite changing what I eat and how many calories I am consuming. This is getting me down as you can imagine. I have been told to take measurements so I’ve done that and none of those have changed either, very surprised.

I made the decision to book an appointment with my doctor to see what advice they can give me. Around two years ago I was sent for a blood test to rule out an underactive thyroid as I do suffer with many of the symptoms – it came back fine. So I have once again booked to see if they can test me again because it would make a lot of sense as to why I am struggling.

I would love some pointers? I have been using My Fitness Pal as well but I haven’t given it a real chance yet so I’ll go back to that soon.

My resolutions for 2018

2017 was a pretty crazy year for me with ups and downs every week. I can’t say I did anything outstanding (I actually bought my own car) but I took a few trips here and there and slept in a tent through Storm Brian! It was a fun year, I got to attend my first blogging event which was brilliant as I have met so many wonderful people from it. The list could go on about what I did last year but it’s time to focus on what is happening now.

For this year I want big things to happen for me and when I say big things, I mean adult things! So what are they?

  • It’s time to move out so renting will 100% be the answer to this
  • Renew my National Trust membership and make the most of it
  • Giving up alcohol until January 1st 2019
  • Lose weight (every year)
  • Camp a few weekends over the summer (two trips booked so far)
  • Meet more friends using the Bumble app
  • Socialise a lot more
  • Taking trips to cities as I don’t explore them enough
  • Learn to play my ukulele
  • Improve my French
  • Read and review lots of books (Goodreads target is 25)

There are probably more to think of but I guess these are maybe seen as goals rather than resolutions. I am quite excited for what this year has to offer and I will be becoming more organised to achieve it all. No more sitting around staring at a blank TV, let’s get my act together and do this!

What are your plans for this year? 

It is time to start taking things seriously

I have always struggled to lose weight for many reasons. One I’m on the contraceptive pill and I think that plays a big part in it, two I just don’t enjoy cooking and experimenting with food and three my joints. It is difficult when you live at home with your family and they don’t want to eat what you’re eating which means you’re cooking two separate meals – I haven’t got time or money for that.

We recently booked a holiday to Bulgaria in September and I definitely want to shift some timber for this. I also came across a challenge with Cancer Research in September as well and I want to do it. Whilst I am writing this I’m watching the London Marathon and these people taking part are inspirational, it has really put a perspective that I can also take on a challenge.

Losing 3lbs this week has made me realise I can actually do this and I will lose weight this time. I say it all of the time but this time I am 100% serious.

Watch this space 😀

Flabs or abs?

This morning I went to an Abs Blast Class and it was intense, so intense. Some of the movements were quite difficult, planking is not for me so maybe I will keep my flabs instead haha. This class is definitely something I want to keep going to and hopefully I will see some improvements, especially with my back.

I need to keep trying different thing to help with my Joint Hypermobility and to build up strength but I am remaining positive no matter what.

I love trying new things, yes it may hurt me but I also like to see the benefits 🙂

Slimming World

Well I finally bit the bullet and joined Slimming World online which is something I’ve put off for months. I decided to join on Tuesday although I have lost 6.5 inches in the last four weeks which is brilliant…that’s down to exercise.

My eating habits have gotten better however they could be improved so starting Slimming World may change my life, for the good that is. I have three stone to loose and this is how I’ll do it. If it takes a year, it takes a year but I will do this at my own pace and continue to exercise.

It’ll be an exciting change for me and I’ll learn how to cook which is one thing I certainly cannot do!

Let the Slimming World journey begin 🙂

Bootcamp has finished

For the past four weeks I have attended a fitness bootcamp which I thought would be a good idea. It was, however my joints have really suffered whilst taking part. The next morning is never fun either, the walking around limping, the groans and the tiredness is something I can’t deal with. Yay for Joint Hypermobility Syndrome.

I am pleased I finished it but right now, I feel really tired and exhausted but bring on Zumba on Friday evening! I am determined to keep it all up at the gym and I am also going to help a friend get fitter as well.