30 Day Challenge – Week 1

Week one started really well, I had planned food for the week and planned out the hits sessions for each day. Even though the meals look pretty small and the workouts look really hard, I was really looking forward to getting stuck into it.

The main aim behind the protein well challenge was to decrease intake of food and increase calorie expenditure by working out – This I can understand however I’m not a big fan of cutting down on food.

With my long work day I’m used to planning out food to the last ingredient. So planning my food for this week was quite exciting. The protein world website and a great range of different recipes for me to try. 

The one thing I really wasn’t too sure about with this challenge, was the tablets I was supposed to take. The first tablet was a fat metaboliser tablet and the second one was a hunger buster. I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to taking tablets so was a little upset at the size of these ones and not 100% confident in taking tablets to make me less hungry or to help me lose fat. I am supposed to take the tablets three times a day just before food.

So, Monday come around and the food was great feeling pretty happy I decided to take on the first hit session. I didn’t anticipate just how hard this would be. I hate to admit it but only managed to complete half of the reps. In my head half was better than I right?

Tuesday, I woke up feeling a little sore from the workout but really determined to face the day and snatch the challenge. Again there is a planned out to that part was easy the only difficulty I had was taking the tablets. Again I up for the work out and managed complete the full set.

The rest of the week follow in a pretty similar fashion, really enjoying the food and really give it a good shot at the workouts. The weekends are where I really find it difficult to stick to a plan. I’m always pretty busy at weekends either working events, going home to see the family, or generally just meeting up with people that I haven’t seen in awhile.

Again throughout the whole week I was pretty rubbish at taking the tablets, I would always forget that I needed to take them before I’d eaten and then I remember after and then thought there was no point taking them!

All in all week one done really well, the food was lovely the workouts are hard but fun and I feel pretty happy.

 

** These products were gifted to me by Protein World, but the opinions and pictures are my own. 

My Morning Routine

My Morning Routine

A few days ago in the office the topic of morning routines came up. I’m not sure how we got onto the conversation but it was a pretty funny one. A few of the people in the office said they like to get up get out the house as quickly as possible and then one of the said that they like to take the time to have a least an hour and a half before they get out the house.

So if you are coming station as though it would be pretty cool to write a blog about what my mid-morning routine is!

6:40

My alarm will go off, I’ll get up so Jasper and Gary out. The next thing I’ll do is put my yoga mat on the floor and find the flow that I’d like to do. Typically these will be kept messing as I have a slight obsession with her.

7:00

Want to finish yoga I’ll head to the shower and depending on whether my hair needs it I will wash it or not.

7:15

When some dried and dressed the final thing to sort is my bag for work. I will always have my food ready for the day so my breakfast and lunch is already packed up. I hate my actual breakfast at work to at this point I will have either apple or a banana to keep me going until I get there. The only thing left to do is make my hot drinks for the journey and pack some snacks.

7:30

This is in a jump in the car and get ready to make my journey to work. First thing I’ll do is plug in my tom-tom much to charge. This is the perfect opportunity to do it as I’m not going to move too much in the car therefore won’t miss any steps. Depending on my mood depends on what I’ll do in the car sometimes I just wanna listen to the radio at the time to listen to a podcast and the other times I will listen to an audiobook.

8:45

Depending on traffic it normally takes me an hour and 10 to an hour and 15 minutes to get to work. Once I get there I will set my laptop up go grab a spoon and took into my overnight oats. I’ve been trying hard to cut down on caffeine so will probably go make myself a hot peppermint tea. 

And there we have it that is my morning routine. Not very exciting I don’t really do them in the morning I like to get everything prepared in the evening to make it as easy as possible to get up and go to work. I love to hear what you do in the morning are you get yourself ready for your day.

TomTom Spark Review

A few years ago I was given a Garmin watch and I absolutely loved it. Unfortunately I had a few issues with it and I found it really hard to upload my activities and it very rarely update itself. All of this lead to it dying, so for Christmas this year I asked for a new GPS watch. 

So now was the difficult part…choosing which one to go for. I wanted one that would track multiple sports, track daily steps and not cost the earth. After a little research I came across the TomTom Spark, and as far as I could tell, it ticked all the boxes. 

When I first opened the spark on Christmas day, I was a little worried – it seemed huge!! I have been wearing a skagen watch which is really skinny!! But after a little while I got used to it, it is definitely not a dainty thing but it is fine for everyday use. 

I haven’t fully been able to test the watch, but I have recorded my runs and walks, which one they are uploaded to the TomTom app show the route on a map and all the metrics that you would want to see with them. 

The next thing I want to test is setting targets for my run, either time, distance or heart rate zone. I will let you know how it goes…

Yoganuary

Last January I did the 30 days of yoga challenge with Adrianne, and I absolutely loved it. To be honest asI think about it now, Im not sure why I don’t do yoga everyday all the time?!

Anywho, I don’t manage to do yoga everyday, but when I do do it – I love it. It makes me feel calm, relaxed and happy.

So when I came across the 31 yoga challenge from Cat Meffan I was really excited. I follow Cat on Instagram, she is crazy bendy and wears the most amazing leggings!

I am on day 11 now and I have found this a lot more challenging than I was expecting – So much so that on Friday I felt like I had done a weights workout the night before! At the end of this challenge I am hoping that I will continue to do either yoga or meditation every day. My aim someday is to be as as bendy as she is, but Im not sure that is actually possible! 😬

The challenge is all on YouTube and is a mixture of yoga flows, meditation guides and tips on working into the poses and positions better and really making it work for your body. 

Have you taken up any challenges for January?

January Goals

As I mentioned in my 2017 Goals posts, I am going to set a few smaller targets each month so this is my first set of target this year!!

Finish Inferno

I got Dan Brown Inferno book for my birthday in October, it took me a little while to get into it. After a few attempts I got really into it. On the flight back from Italy I couldn’t put it down. Unfortunately I haven’t had that many more chances where I have been able to sit down and really get more than a page read. So my first target for January is to finish the book.

Run at Least Three Times a Week

A few weeks back I went over on my ankle and it has been causing me a bit of pain, so this target is about quantity, not distance or speed. I have been resting my ankle since I went over and am feeling much better with it now, but I don’t want to over do it too soon. I will keep my distance between 1-4 km to start with and slowly build myself up to consistent 5kms. 

Practise Yoga Everyday

Fortunately January is a great month for us fitness fans, there are so many 30 day challenges that are out there for us to take part in. I follow a lovely lady call Cat Meffan on Instagram and noticed that she has created #Yoganuary in which you follow a video a day every day for the whole of January. The challenge includes flows, breathing exercises, meditation practices and all sorts of helpful yoga tips and tricks. 

Drink More

Over the Christmas holidays I got a bit lazy with keeping hydrated, so I would like to get back on track with that. I will continue to use my Joseph Joseph Dot bottle and will try to drink two or three bottles a day to start with, working my way up to four bottles. 

What are your goals for January?