Standing on the brink of autumn, waiting for the weather to return to more Tub-friendly conditions (i.e. cooler nights), I’ve started to reflect a little on the summer and what I need to put in place for the autumn. It hasn’t escaped my notice that I have been more “Tub”, and again, less “on the run” lately.
Summer hasn’t really seen a massive amount of progress, aside from my Whole 30 experience. I’ve done virtually no exercise, and I feel a bit sad that I haven’t been to a parkrun and made the most of the outdoors. I also feel a bit sad that I can vividly remember saying in my Slimming World group at my birthday weigh in last year, that I was not going to be as heavy for my 2014 weigh in as I was for my 2013 weigh in. Instead, I’m about 2 stone heavier than this time last year. However, not to be all doom and gloom about it (let’s face it – that doesn’t get you anywhere!), one big thing that I took away from Whole 30 was that if I want to do it (whatever task “it” is), I can do it. There have been so many times that I have started off with the best of intentions, sticking rigidly to whatever plan it is, only to stop half way through, but I didn’t do that with Whole 30 at all, and I am actually relieved that I can complete something. I now need to apply that elsewhere, to my autumn plans.
Also, my Garmin is a year old. Out of interest, I looked to see how many miles I managed to clock up since I got it, and I have clocked a rather pathetic 59.5 miles, with my best month being January (ah Janathon, you did me proud!).
So this leads me on to consider what I need to change to really live up to my promise to myself that this is my last fat summer.
Christmas Cracker 10k
I am all signed up for the Weston Athletics Club’s Christmas Cracker 10k which takes place on 7th December 2014. I loved this last year, and I knew that I was going to sign up again this year. This year though, I now have a time to beat. In order for me to beat this time, I actually need to do some work, which includes getting right back on to Couch to 5k. Enduring the music, but keeping my eye on the prize of actually getting back to running and beating my PB.
While I may not have actually been doing much in the way of exercise, I have been reading quite a bit about it. I also follow a lot of inspirational people on Instagram and Twitter, and one theme that is beginning to stand out, and make a lot of sense to me, is that cardio is no longer king. It seems that one of the most effective ways to shift weight by exercise is actually to include weight training. I would love to try my hand at Cross Fit, and while there is a box close to me, I don’t have the money for it at the moment (it is incredibly expensive, and more than double my previous gym membership). Casting my mind back to when I used to belong to the gym, I used to enjoy my kettlebell classes, and I snagged a bargain some time ago in getting a set.
As work is usually my number one excuse for not exercising, I need to make a commitment to something that helps me to cope. Yoga is that thing for me.
In terms of frequency, I plan to run three times a week, and do a kettlebell workout twice a week. I will tag yoga on to the end of other workouts, but take a bit more of a relaxed approach.
I had planned to do another Whole 30 in September, but I don’t have a clear diary to facilitate that. I am away for work in early September, plus a couple of social events that include eating. Instead, Matt and I have decided to stick to a paleo approach about 90% of the time, which will allow us the flexibility to a) get rid of non-paleo food in the house (I’m not throwing it out!), and b) maintain a semblance of a social life. That doesn’t mean that every week we can have 10% off plan regardless, it means that we can take a view and get a balance. I would definitely like to do a full Whole 30 again in the future, it’s just a case of finding the right time that will lend itself to the best success.
How was your summer? Do you have any plans for the autumn?