100 Day Fitness Challenge has Begun!

Three friends & I started a 100 Day Challenge yesterday which is taking us up to Christmas (pretty good timing if I do say so myself!). I’ve done something similar before but it was a standard challenge where everyone was doing the same reps/cardio and also had a separate challenge to complete on a daily basis. We have each tailored this one to our starting points and what we want to achieve by the end of it. My goals are as follows:

100 Days of Exercise
Press ups
Lunges
Squats
Tricep dips
AB’s (mixture of AB exercises)
Cardio

This means one day I will have to complete one of each rep & 1 min of cardio and another day complete 100 of each rep & 100mins of cardio – get the idea? 🙂

I have also set the following extra goals:
Share two gratitude’s daily
Sugar free (as in the refined nasty stuff) 5 days each week
Be under 70kg at the end of the challenge

Yesterday morning I weighed in and did some measurements, I will be taking more at the end and hopefully have some great comparison stats to share with you all!

Thanks to Emily we have these cute wee posters to keep track of which day we have ticked off, as well as having our goals in writing to look at daily. I also bought myself a little whiteboard for exercise plans, including the number of reps/cardio I am hoping to get done 🙂

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Food wise I’ve been experimenting a bit in the last week or so. I attempted to make some peanut butter last night, it tastes like the real thing but I couldn’t get it ridiculously smooth but I like crunchy anyway though! Excuse the ‘Jam’ label haha

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Also made a raw brownie for when I’m really feeling like a sweet treat. Essentially it’s the same ingredients that go into cacao balls and they are always good!

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Tried my first green smoothie yesterday morning. I’ll admit it wasn’t my favourite but I need to try out some more ingredients, this one only had kale (which I’ve only had a couple of times), pear, banana, coconut water & a few ice cubes. First ideas are more ice and maybe freeze some of the fruit as it was quite watery in texture. I could feel the kale texture more than my go to smoothie that contains spinach, another thing I’d have to use to (or just wiz it longer).

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I should really rename this post FOOD by the number of pictures above… Can’t help that the beginning of the week is prep time!

Tonight I had a PT session with Ben, he had a new program for me so I got to try two new exercises – overhead press & rack deadlifts. We have been focusing on form and movement so this was the first time I’ve really got into some gritty stuff and I really enjoyed it (well most of it, last couple reps are always a love/hate relationship).

Tomorrow will be my first run of the week, looking forward to it 🙂

What do you put in a green smoothie?

Have you every participated in some sort of fitness challenge?

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New Blog, New Focus

For me the past few months have been a bit of a mare on the fitness front, I was really struggling with motivation after completing my first half marathon in May this year and I’ve come to the realisation that it was mainly to do with the lack of vision and goals after the half. For many years running was a far off dream and I never even contemplated that I would be able to complete a 10km let alone twice that distance. All my fitness goals thus far have been based around those goals and I was really struggling to see past that, almost making myself believe that a half would just never happen.

Crossing the finish line had its emotions but at the time it didn’t seem like a big achievement which put me in a bit of a rut for a while.

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Over the past couple of months I’ve started to change my focus, I still want to run (and enjoy it) but strength work has come to the forefront a bit more. This began the thought process of changing my blog name to reflect better on where I am heading and a lengthy process that was! I’ve actually created a whole new blog so if you’re interested in looking at the old blog the link is here.

Finally Sweat Eat Run Repeat was created.

SWEAT: Strength work (generally done in the morning)
EAT: Won’t deny it – this girl loves her food. I enjoy creating and trying new dishes and have found that there are many wonderful things you can do with good clean food (even better!). Sure, I have the odd treat now and again but it has its place.
RUN: As mentioned above my goal of becoming a runner was huge in my life, I enjoy running and still will be doing it a few times a week but I’m adding in extra focus as well ☺
REPEAT: For me this denotes creating daily habits, a healthy and happy lifestyle that improves myself and hopefully gives inspiration to others around me.