Loving my walking training

Hi I am loving my training. I write this as I have finished my walk from Wimbledon to Putney, and now having a coffee stop with toilet break (sorry if this is TMI).

Picture below is of Wimbledon Park. Great place to walk when weather is good, and to have a picnic.

Then gonna head on soon for next part of my walk not sure which direction but will post this blog as I go with pictures. Still a long way to go.

I headed towards New Kings road, wanted to walk along the river but this is now blocked by a Members only Club. I was a bit miffed at this, as you used to be able to walk all the way along, but not now. Area has changed so much.

Picture below is taken from Putney Bridge 

Below is of New Kings road.

Oh no handbag broke damn.

I walked onto the Kings road then down Fulham road, and stopped for lunch in Starbucks, having a well earned roll and cuppa whilst doing a bit of writing.

Walking always inspires my creativity.

I made it! My final destination, South Kensington. Very enjoyable walk it was even though I have one handbag that needs fixing.

Many thanks for reading, 
Carrie x 

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Signed up to a new challenge 

I am taking on the London Marathon Walk on the 23rd September 2017, raising money for Anxiety UK a charity that helps with those who like myself suffer with real bad anxiety.

It can paralyse you and take control. I want to raise awareness, of anxiety and I have even talked about it and written about it on my website http://everyonecanbuildacastle.wordpress.com

I will let you know once I have set my fundraising page up. 

I decided to begin training ASAP so Friday I walked from Wimbledon to Putney and from South Kensington to Oxford Street. 

I am so looking forward to the challenge. Since watching the Virgin London Marathon it has really made me more determind to take it on.

So decided to do the walk instead. I am gonna train as much as possible using my days as a way of preparing myself for the 26.2 mile walk.

I will keep you informed through my fitness diary of how my training is going. 

So here we go.

Let me know if you too are taking on such a challenge it will be great to hear from you.

Many thanks for reading,
Carrie x 

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Fitness Diary 2017 19th April 2017

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Hello and welcome to a new blog. It feels like it has been ages since I wrote a post on this site. I have been limited as technology decides to fail me, and have the choice of using the computers at the library or my mums.

Damn laptops and modern technoloy! It can be a really pain the bum at times.

Any how, since my last post my fitness has picked up a notch. I decided that I was gonna use my Wednesdays as from last week going to the gym, or join a fitness class. I have now booked sessions at a Gym group called PureGym, which you can do for £6.99 per week, so I have decided to do that option, as I didn’t realise if you pay £13.99 for 3 sessions, you have to use these 3 slots consectively, so I turned up put in my pin realising I couldn’t get in, GREAT, and so have now opted to pay £6.99 per session per week, then I am not tied to any real contract. Ahh bless…

Yes I have my own gym indoors, but I felt it was time to get back to working out in the gym surrounding myself with other people who are doing the same. It can be a lonely world being a housewife and a parent, so feels good to have somewhere to go; in some funny way it feels more motivating when seeing other people workout, and also my summer house which has ourfitness equipment can feel like a sauna or can be freezing cold.

I know I have to workout, not having to worry or call my hubby because I have a spider near me. I now workout indoors on a Sunday morning as I have this day off and work Friday’s instead. Good times.

The treadmills they have at the gym I am using, have a programme to do a 5KM, mixing walking, jogging, running and almost sprinting pace. To begin with today I did 5 minutes on the rowing machine, then treadmill doing a 5KM so over an hour, then weights such as chest press, lap downs and pull downs, then finishing of with the bike doing Interval training for 30 minutes.

It does feel so good to be back at the gym, the PureGyms are what they say they are a gym, low cost memberships and it is all workout equipment, with classes, but no swimming pool or any extra perks. After my workout I then go on to have an early lunch then do some work in my local library. Working on my blogs and my book.

How do you like to work out. Let me know and what tips and advice would you give to someone starting out with fitness. I would love to hear from you.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie x

 

 

 

 

 

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Meeting someone through Sport

All my blogs I will be writing this week will be dedicated to Valentine’s Day.

I thought I would talk about sport, as it is a great way for meeting new people and building relationships. It is great environment, as you will find people being relaxed, because this is their own time, their own space and something they have been looking forward to all week.

Well this is from a supporters point of view.

Taking part in a sport though, can also be a great way to meet someone, from someone whom has taken part in sports, joining a sports team, because people will be more focused on the sport rather than the thought of meeting someone. It can be more of a natural environment, than building up the courage to speak to someone in a pub or club.

If you seen on my Sports page  you will read about what it has done for me, it helped build up my confidence and is a massive part of my life. When I was a kid, my dad used to play football for a local pub team, in Chelsea, London. We would often all go away with the other families whose dad or brother played for the side.

We would often go to Rye and have a weekend away.

They were great times, and people tend to let their guard down more when it comes to taking part or supporting a family member playing sport. So if you are looking out for a special someone in your life, consider playing, volunteering, like I did at Fulham Football Club and became a Steward, people always spoke to you, or follow a sports team.

Check out this article about Developing First Friendships through a shared love of sport

Forming a friendship first can be a good way to build up a relationship for it to then turn into a romantic one.

However be aware, as I have learned you can find that you can become too good a friends, and then it can feel weird. It can feel like you’re dating a family member.

It all depends on the connection you have.

With sport though comes team support and teaches about effective communication. That is why I do think Sport should be taught differently to children, to show them what attributes they can pick up, that will help them when they are older, and have to go to work.

It is also a great lesson to learn in terms of relationships. A team never wins on romance, and wouldn’t alone, but on true commitment, support and having the right attitude.

Learning to be on the same page and providing support to someone else.

My husband and I, one of our first connections and how we got to know each other was through the football teams we supported. We would even before we started going out with each other, have a regular bet when our teams played football against each other.

Him supporting Southampton FC and myself Chelsea FC. We would often go down to his local pub and watch the football together when we first began dating. A great way to take your mind off from the relationship, because we can often if you lack low self esteem put pressure on it, you become more focused on the teams playing on the screen rather than each other. A great way to bond.

One of my first ever guys I had a crush on was through following a rugby team. No it didn’t end happily but it gave me my first experience of having a boyfriend or a potential relationship, it taught me what not to do.

Which is a good lesson aswell. You are never going to meet someone or form new relationships if you don’t get out of the house, and sport whether taking part, working with in it or following a sports team or an event, is a often a great place to start.

Many thanks for reading,

 

 

Carrie X

 

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Fitness Diary 2017- 3 weeks in

It has almost been 3 weeks since I started my fitness again for the new year and I feel proud of myself that I have kept it going. Weekends are still a bit tricky, but once I get my Sunday’s back, which will be happening as of March, as I will be working Fridays and Saturdays, instead of Saturdays and Sundays, I will have that day back to do more training at the weekend.

I will be able to do my Sunday run, which I have missed.

It has been good to get back out there pacing the streets, or park I should say again, and just taking my time, going as far as my legs will take me.

I am not rushing my training now, and enjoying each workout I do.

What I am learning this time, or have learned, but have too often had to remind myself is that it isn’t about rushing it, but enjoying each movement.

Today I did my first DVD workout today of 2017. Fit in 15, by Davina McCall. I love her workouts and so convenient. No this is not to publicise, I am not sponsored by her at all, but I truly love her workouts.

I have still been enjoying my own indoor workout and still do this as a daily ritual, even doing some today aswell as the workout DVD. I am determined even before my weekend shifts change, to still do these after or before I finish work at the weekend.

I love them that much that I know it will benefit me if I do.

Seeing exercise as a ritual is a great way to keep motivated. We often can see it as a chore. I feel I have often written this, but who cares, repetition is good, it keeps it in our minds.

I need to just tell myself, if you do your ritual today this and this will happen, you’ll feel amazing, as you know you will, always. 

I have even cut down on my food. I am going for the banana and pear, rather than the chocolate and the crisps. If I fancy some chocolate I will still have some, but not everyday as I was doing, and eating more meals, filling myself up more when I am hungry and listening to my body.

That is important. You will soon, once you listen to your body, learn what it needs to stay healthy to reach the goals you have set for yourself.

Goal setting is crucial it is what will help me reach my final hurdle, and I know in order to maintain the mind set I have now and I am growing, I have to continue to on setting goals and creating ones each day, to reach the big goal I have planned.

I want to be my ideal weight, 9 stone. There I have said it. I want to have a more toned stomach and arms, but I know I have to give up some stuff, and eat what I know my body needs and to exercise well, to reach those goals.

Like I said when I started this fitness diary, see Fitness Diary 2017-New Years training, is that I don’t know where this will lead, but I know what my goals are and what I want to achieve.

So see you in the next post.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

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Fitness Diary-First week of 2017

My first week into the new year and no matter what, I have worked out each day, this week, whether it be a little walk or a run, a bit of training indoors and ignored the voice telling me “No”; I have completed my first training schedule I have written in my fitness planner and I am very pleased with myself.

WELL BULLY FOR YOU

You may say “Aren’t you good” in a sarcastic tone, if you have like I have in previous new years, given up within 3 days.

However let me get this straight, IT’S ONLY BEEN A WEEK, since I began my fitness for the year! It isn’t as though I am new to fitness, but like so many I have put it off until tomorrow and made the excuse of “I have run out of time now, too late to do any training” but yet I have had plenty of time to catch up on social media and emails through the day.

This year I made a pact with myself, because I started to feel ugly again, not liking what I was seeing in the mirror, self loathing and I needed to wake up to myself and say,

I need to put the time and effort it, and commit properly, not casually!

I have had to keep telling myself that fitness doesn’t have to be hard work. I did a brilliant workout on Wednesday, which was doing some floor exercises, taking my time and stretching. Overall allowing my body to expand not rushing any movement, but just working through each exercise to listen to my body and still push it to the limit but then slowly work it back to relaxation again.

It felt so good, and yesterday same thing, I slowly did some reverse crunches, alternate crunches, scissor legs, bicycle legs and leg raises, then normal crunches and got up jogged on the spot alternating with kicks, and my son joined in with me too, and we had a little jog, making sure we did this safely, to the gate to the other kitchen door and back into the living room, and it was really good.

What I have come to realise this week, is that sometimes it is so easy to get caught up in thinking that fitness is a chore. Now I love doing the exercises where I just take my time and work through each part and how good it makes me feel, and it gives me instant energy, that it is more of a ritual, and I am going to do this daily, even if it is for 5 minutes.

 

I even completed my first run on the treadmill yesterday of this year. I was getting that inner voice telling me “No chill, watch TV and do it tomorrow”, I am glad I didn’t listen. I knew I would feel better once I went into our summer house, where my treadmill is and did my workout. It wasn’t for very long, I did intervals of running for 2 minutes, making sure I warmed up and cooled down and then walked in between running.

Fitness is about building, not doing too much too soon, listening to your body and doing what you are ready to do, stretching the body to the limit and gradually increasing the intensity. At the moment, the amount of time, isn’t my main focus, it is getting up and doing the workout that is important to me right now.

I will do more and for longer when I know I am ready. My ultimate goal is to eventually get back to the length of time I was working out for on the treadmill, but my strategy I realised had to change to continue my motivation, as my motivation to get back on the treadmill was faltering.

There isn’t nothing wrong with starting again; it can be the best thing, as what I was finding before was that I would do too much too soon, after being so good and building gradually. I would burn myself out, and don’t what that happening again.

Plus I had an injury from mucking about on the stairs, see my blog where I share this (see link) below:

https://sportsandfitnesspassion.wordpress.com/2016/12/01/training-delay-due-to-an-accident-at-home-and-sickness/

It is also about timing, I know it wouldn’t be a good time to do longer on the treadmill now due to my mindset. My mind is getting back to encouraging me and pushing me, but not too far. My thought process has to help me, as if I am not psychologically ready then neither will my body be.

Our minds can play the biggest part in what we do and how we feel. This in turn helps to build relationships with the things we want to be part of, in our life and so it is important to get in tune with the mind, and reprogram the mind to love exercise and have a good relationship with ourselves.

I want to see an image in the mirror I am proud of, not fed up of and be comfortable within my own skin. I know from when I first began to keep fit, this helped play a huge part in how I felt, and so I am going to commit to fitness like never before, and get back the girl I love.

See you next time and many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

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Fitness Diary 2017- New Year’s Training

I have no idea what is about to come my way, but the one thing I know is that this year things have to change. If I want to be serious about being fitter, more toned and overall, feel better about myself then I have to get my head into gear and just do it.

When I decided to get fitter and build my confidence, no more looking at myself in the mirror not liking what I see, I made a lifetime change and this year will be no different.

I haven’t been so serious about it, but now I am gonna be.

Those self doubts and self loath’s are slowly and surely weaning themselves back in, and I don’t want that. I want to make a change, a change for good.

I want to be the image in my head, not fiction; I want to smile and be happy with what I see, and I want to commit myself than I have ever done so before.

It is time to get down and get real, to make it happen.

Life is about challenges, taking on slippery slopes and taking everything head on.

Today I did my second run of the new year, 2017 and it felt so good to be back out there, pounding those pavements and enjoying the cold fresh air, and letting my legs do the talking, but keeping my eye on the path ahead.

It took some motivation to boost my confidence, but the important thing was, I got out there and as I was starting and coming to the end of my final run, I saw other people doing so too.

I have no idea why my confidence hits a low when thinking about running, because once I am out there doing so, I feel good and I am reminded of why I started in the first place, to build my strength within myself, to prove myself I can do anything I wish to do, but I have to believe it and feel it and want it.

I can’t be asking what if, and what else could I be doing, but be out there, making a difference to myself and others.

To me running is about building myself from within to the outside. I want to be feeling good about myself, for me, my son and my husband. I know my husband loves me for me, and wants me to be happy, not sad about myself. That’s not who he married, and I don’t want my son to feel the insecurities I feel and I want to show him how to look after yourself and love yourself.

When I was a child, it seemed to be seen as a bad thing to love yourself, but it isn’t, it is good and it is what helps bring you to the next stages of your life.

This is my fitness Diary and I am going to take you on my journey of my fitness for 2017, through blogging and creating videos.

I am not preaching about you having to get fit and exercise, I will leave that decision to you, but to show you that if you want to make a lifestyle change and be fitter, feel better about yourself than if I can do it, so can you.

Fitness isn’t about the new year, but about creating a lifestyle change that you carry on doing for the rest of your life

Many thanks for reading,

 

 

Carrie X

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