BAD BLOGGER ADMISSION

I feel like since I changed the name of my blog I really haven’t given it much effort, missing months at a time. Honestly it comes down to pure laziness and lack of motivation for things that relate to my blog: running, strength and healthy habits in general. Not focusing on these things in my everyday like has meant that I didn’t feel like I had anything to blog about.

*Insert the vicious cycle here*

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ALL THAT STOPS NOW

Sometimes it’s almost impossible to do things you know you should be doing until something clicks. Over the weekend I think that something did FINALLY click back into place and has helped me to focus on getting back on track. First goal is to get back running and to hold myself accountable I have entered the Half Marathon at Queenstown International Marathon being held in STUNNING Queenstown on the 21st November 2015.

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Last year was the inaugural race and a couple of crazy minded friends and I had agreed that it would be our first Marathon. With most of these ladies getting side tracked with injuries/surgeries and me just purely struggling to get my motivation back to run long story short it just didn’t happen.

I chose Queenstown because it is far enough away that I can begin to gradually build my running base back up and it’s not a ‘road race’ as 70% is hard packed trails, it’s ever so slightly downhill most of the way (can you even get an easier half marathon than that??) and I’ve got 32 weeks to train almost from scratch (first few weeks will include periods of walking). I also found on my running journey so far I’m just not that into road running. I love being out in nature, having to watch where I’m going, differing inclines – it just turns it into an adventure!

But seriously look at this picture – how does that NOT make you want to go IT’S JUST SO PRETTY!!

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WEEKLY GOALS (AKA keep it simple this week)

EARLY MORNINGS: To help me get back into my morning routine before the brunt of winter rears it’s cold & ugly head WHEN IT’S SO MUCH HARDER I’m making myself get up before 6am. For now that’s it but over the next couple of weeks I will start to add back in some short yoga/stretching sessions.

DAILY GRATITUDE: Each evening I will fill out a little card with one thing I’m grateful for and pop it into my gratitude jar.

RUNNING: I say running but the reality will be super slow turtle speed with some walking breaks. But I have to be realistic with it and considering it’s been about 10 months since I was running regularly I’ve accepted it’s going to be a tough month or so getting back into it all.

FIRST RUN!!

Last night I ticked off run one of three for the week (Yuss!). It was a horribly cold 7°C (44.6F) drizzly evening so I knew I was going struggle with my breathing, I need to practise breathing through my nose, it’s one thing I have never managed to master! My first 5mins (ran 5min/walk 2min x4) hurt to breathe because it was cold but thankfully got much better and by the second half of the run I felt like I was enjoying it and could keep going longer . Because we had a time restraint I ran out and back at Travis Wetlands which is somewhere I haven’t really explored yet running wise.

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I did get to try out my new polka dot running tights though, they just really need pockets! Why do running tights NEVER seem to have enough pockets?!

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Getting up before 6am Mon? TICK!! Tues? TICK!!

Are you a morning person?

How do you stay motivated?

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2015 Here I Come!

Firstly a BIG apology for the major gap in posts for what seems like forever, it’s been a busy and strange few months. On a positive note I’m pleased to say we are almost settled into our first house!!

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My sister has been staying with us for a few months but moved out last week so I now have my gym back to yoga up a storm (WOOHOO!!). We are looking at investing in some strength gear which will be kept out in the garage, but at this stage I’ll still do my circuits inside. We have a good sized back yard which will eventually have a decent vegetable garden (most of the current one is in planters from our last place) and hopefully in the near future I will also have a new running buddy (AKA a puppy YAY!!)

I have been spending a bit of time over this long weekend setting up the gym room and re-doing my motivation board (I’ll be honest, it was packed up for the move and hadn’t come out of a box yet).

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Goals/Resolutions:

I’m always hesitant to set “New Year’s Resolutions” purely for the fact that most people go into these with a big bang and by February they are just memories. However I have set some goals for 2015 and written out a commitment to myself which I have signed and put up on my motivational board to look at daily.

Goals for 2015

A lot of these are ones I have achieved in the last year or so but because I haven’t been very active lately I’m starting back from basics, as I get back into running properly in the next few weeks I will put some time frames against them 🙂

Run 5km
Run 10km
Run Harry Ell
Run Rapaki
New PB for Christchurch Marathon 10km
Run the Queenstown Half Marathon hopefully with a PB
Do weekly yoga sessions
Do weekly strength sessions
Be grateful
Spend more time with friends & family

To assist with my goal of being more grateful I have made up a gratitudes jar, the idea being that every day I’m writing down something I’m grateful for and popping it into the jar to look at later in the year or on days I’m feeling a bit blah.

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What about you?

What are your goals for 2015?
What is your opinion on New Years Resolutions?

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?

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.