Reasons v Excuses – Update
A few weeks ago (before Jenny did the hard work for me and planned an 8 week training programme) I had a bit of a word with myself about making excuses when it comes to exercise. I challenged myself to try to fit some form of activity in every single day (even if it’s just a walk).
You’d think as with most new plans I would have nailed it in the first week, wouldn’t you?
Well the good news is – I definitely upped my game. I managed a score of 4 out of 7 days, which is an improvement on the previous month where I’d let too many excuses get in the way.
My week went like this:
- Monday – 4k Run followed by 2k cool down walk
- Tuesday – Got totally sidetracked with work and didn’t do anything – oh dear!
- Wednesday – Nice weather, managed another 4k Run followed by 2k walk.
- Thursday – Had a doctor’s appointment then a dentist appointment, then had to get back to my desk and get some work done. Totally copped out (see how I just made a load of excuses there)!
- Friday – Got dressed in my PE Kit, did school drop off, came home and got sidetracked with cleaning my 3 year old’s room. Told myself I’d do something after lunch, then got busy with work, totally failed to do anything. I was one of those ridiculous people who wander around in active wear for no good reason.
- Saturday – Tuffit Time! Yay! Managed Sleek Silhouette 3 whilst watching an episode of The Originals on Netflix.
- Sunday – Was feeling a little fragile after a girls’ night on Saturday. But, searched for a ‘rather be on the sofa’ Tuffit programme and actually did a lot better than I expected with Hip Swish.
Felt a bit sore (in a good way!) today after my weekend of Tuffiting so probably going to head out for a power walk later, mix it up a bit.
I have three main goals when it comes to exercise (I’ve ordered them in priority):
- Keeping myself healthy – mentally & physically. I know that physical activity keeps the black dog from following me around.
- Set a good example for my kids. I feel really pleased when I hear them say they want to ‘go running like Mummy’ or do exercise to ‘get strong’!
- Sort out my post baby tummy. I have the last stubborn bit of weight to get off and it all seems to be around my tummy. I know that I’m only going to shift this with regular commitment and by combining cardio and strength training to increase metabolism. Cardio on its own isn’t going to do it.
The main thing I’ve learnt is if I exercise first thing and get it out of the way, it definitely gets done. Leaving it until the afternoon / evening doesn’t really work for me.
I’m now following Jenny’s 8 week ‘Shape up for Summer’ plan and so far so good!
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