Sport wise, my first love is running. I went from couch to 5k to 10k to running club, to 1/2 marathons to marathon (only only 1, but I ticked it off and went back to 1/2’s).
I had a regular running buddy in work, but last year she left, and gradually I dropped away from running. At the weekend I realised I really missed it, and on Monday, put my running shoes on and went for a wee 4k run. It hurt. My breathing was rubbish and my legs were killing me. When I finished I was done in and felt great that I’d actually taken that first painful step.
Yesterday I did the same route and it was a lot easier. I knew now how unfit I was and allowed for that in my pace. As a result my breathing was ok, and when I finished, I felt better than I had on Monday.
It’s going to be a slow road back to anywhere near where I was at, but I’ve done that first run and that’s the hardest thing to do.
So, on the recommendation of my yoga teacher, I’ve booked onto a workshop that’s being held at Merchant City Yoga in Glasgow.
It’s Yoga asanas and Hindu Mythology with Coral Brown. Susan who takes the class I go to says Coral is a wonderful teacher, and I’d get a lot out of the workshops.
The first is “Jai Hanuman – the Faithful One” and is about Hanuman, and Hanumanasana (split pose). I opted NOT to go to this one, as I got the fear about the idea of the splits! Turns out it would be ok, as you’re not expected to actually do the splits, but will come out able to get lower than you could previously.
The workshop I signed up for is Vira Rasa – the Essence of the Warrior, and the description is “The archetype of the Warrior embodies the energy of devotion, focus and commitment. This energy is grounded in grace, confidence and respect. The yogic texts personify these attributes through the story of Shiva’s side kick and best friend, Virabhadra.
In this dynamic story telling flow we will highlight the many attributes and expressions of Virabhadrasana (Warrior Pose). We will observe, explore and connect with the different qualities and manifestations of our own warrior essence.”
It’s not till September, but I’m already looking forward to it. Susan reckons I’ll get a lot out of it and really enjoy it.
I’ll keep you posted.
That I find out if I can get my kilt altered enough to fit me again.
I’m heading to the kiltmakers to see if they can alter the buckles so that it fits again!
With losing 2 stone (that frankly needed losing), my kilt is now too big. I know they can alter it up to a point, so hopefully it’s going to be do-able, otherwise, I’ll have to invest in another.
This is the downside to being healthier (JOKE!!)
(UPDATE:- looks like it’s good to go. Will still be about 1/4″ too big round the waist, but the belt will take care of that, and at least it won’t end up round my ankles!)
So, since the New Year, the good news is that my gut is well and truly getting kicked into touch. I’m looking more the shape I should look, and my stomach no longer resembles what someone referred to it as, “a knot in a bit of string”.
This is good. I feel better, I’ve more energy, and I’m generally happier.
There is however an unexpected downside.
Downside (a) – who knew you could lose weight from your fingers? It never crossed my mind that would happen. I now need to get my wedding ring re-sized, as I’m currently using sticking plaster to “fatten” my finger and stop it falling off.
Downside (b) – the increased intake of salad, has resulted in fartage. I know it’s jsut my body re-adjusing to the change in diet, and it’ll calm down. I’ve also noticed some veg causes it more than others. You don’t get this problem with meat/bread/cakes/chocolate…
Downside (c) – my made to measure kilt was made to measure when I measured a fair bit lardier than I currently am. Even tightening it as much as I can, I have to stick what’s left of my gut out, and over-tighten the belt so it doesn’t end up round my ankles and scare the horses! This could mean investing in another at some point. (If I’m doing this I’ll go for a different tartan, as two identical kilts is a bit daft.
Since the New Year, I’ve been (sort of) on the Atkins diet. I’ve not cut out carbs, but I have limited their intake. The result to date is, about 6 inches off my gut, that I was more than able to lose. I’ve (almost) got a flat stomach now. I’ve been going to the gym again and doing some core sessions – I really need to do some upper body as well, as I’ve never been great in the upper body strength stakes.
I’m also doing a yoga class – vinyasa flow – once a week, and I’m doing more yoga on my own most days (I’m doing the men’s 30 day yoga challenge on Do You Yoga)
I’m probably in better shape at 50 than I was at 25!
Now I said above that I’m “sort of” doing Atkins. Once a month we have a games night (boardgames like Pandemic, Zombies, Robo Rally, Cards Against Humanity) and I drop the diet for that day. So it’s pizza, beer, etc for me 🙂 The downside to this is what I can only describe as a “food hangover” the following day. It’s almost as if my body reaslises that I’ve been eating “clean” food for ages, and suddenly isn’t all that impressed when sugary rubbish suddenly gets introduced to the mix.
I have to admit that weirdly for someone who had a sweet tooth, I don’t really miss the sweet stuff now.
Anyway, I’ve done my yoga for the day. Did it first thing this morning, and lunchtime, I’m off to the gym to give my abs a hard time of it.
Been slacking lately gym-wise. I’ve not been in the last week. No excuse other than my torturer/gym buddy hasn’t been able to go due to meetings.
I’ve still been going to karate, skating and yoga though, so it’s not like I’ve reverted to total slothdom.
That’s now two months since I started cutting out the carbs, and restricting myself to about 30g a day – there’s been the odd blip eg when we went to Gartmore House for the night – and in that time, I’ve lost 62 off my belly, so that’s a result.
I really don’t miss sweet things, which has really surprised me. Nan bread with my curry though, and the pita bread a kebab comes in…..those I do miss. Ah well, it’ll all be worth it in the long run.
After yesterday’s little rant, it’s back to the usual programming.
On Monday I did an early morning gym session with a work colleague, concentrating on upper body – which I’m guilty of neglecting – using kettle bells. The workout went like this :-
10 kettlebell lifts
10 kettlebell lifts
10 kettlebell lifts
Repeat the lifts and pushups, increasing the number of pushups by one until you do 10 of each. If that hasn’t completely burned you out, or your a glutton for punishment, keep going, but reduce the number of pushups each time till you get back to one.
It’s a tough one, but I did really feel like I’d done some good.
This morning we concentrated on core strength, which again was tough, but really good. Tonight after work, I’m going straight to my yoga class (Vinyasa flow). (Think I’ll deserve that G&T when I finally get to the pub quiz tonight.)
I’m actually feeling really motivated at the moment, as I’m also on the Atkins diet, and I’ve lost 2 1/2″ off my belly, which is great.
A couple of weeks ago I spoke to one of the fitness instructors at the gym, so come up with a training routine for me to follow. It was ready last week, but due to other commitments, I wrote off last week for the gym, cycling and running, so today’s the day.
Yesterday I was in the gym playing badminton, and nipped up to have a look at the plan he’s come up with for me. It’s split into three separate workouts which is great as I’m planning on three days a week. He’s come up with a muscle routine (upper and lower body), a cardio routine, and a core strengthening routine (which I really need to do.) So today (if I read it correctly) is the muscle workout.
That’s my lunchbreak sorted out then…..
Tags: fitness, workout
So with the winter kicking in, I’ve re-joined the gym. Fortunately it’s located in my work, so I get a decent discount.
To be honest, I probably shouldn’t have stopped it a couple of years back, because, all I do is cycle/run/karate. There’s zip, nada, zilch in the way of upper body. It’s all lower/cardio, so I really needed to get back and do some upper body stuff.
Today I’ve got to go over and see about getting a programme worked out for me. Better than trying to flail about randomly on my own.
I should probably try and check out a yoga class as well. I used to do a class when they had one early morning. To be honest I found yoga a bit of a bore, but I loved how I felt after a class, so stuck with it until the class was cancelled after the instructor got pregnant.
I’ve realised that all the exercise I do focusses on the legs – running, cycling, karate, and I really need to do something that involves the upper body. I’ve also accepted that with the imminent approach of worsening weather, running and cycling may not the as attractive an option as they currently are. (Yes, there is winter clothing, but it’s not the rain and cold that puts me off, it’s the wind. There’s not much pleasure to be had on a bike when you’re peddling to stay still).
With the above in mind, I’ve upped my gym membership from “locker and shower” to “gold”. Gold gives me full access at all times (there’s a cheaper off-peak times option), and includes any of the classes they run at no extra cost – spin, yoga etc.
So when the weather isn’t conducive to cycling or running, there’s spin or the treadmill. I’m also thinking about seeing if there’s a yoga class I can fit in. They used to do an early bird class at 7.00am once a week, that I went to, but the girl that took it left when she got pregnant, and no-one else picked it up. While I can’t say I enjoyed yoga, I DID feel the benefit, so hopefully that will be an option.
So all in all, I’m feeling pretty positive about keeping my fitness levels up over winter, and maybe even improving or where they are at the moment.