Activation not Motivation

Lifestyle

The start of the year I was all geared up and set on my weight watchers journey, typical start to the new year ! by April I’d managed to lose a stone and then promptly proceeded to give up on weight watchers as many others starting out on diet in January would have also done by this time of the year, now I find myself having regained that weight saying sod the diets, fads and gimmicks I quit all of them !! I’ve done them all and as described above they never last.

Good health is what I aim to strive for now, meal planning weekly and cooking homemade meals and obviously treats in moderation, with regular consistent exercise. I sit down once a week with my favourite cookbooks and sort my meals for the week my top tip whilst doing this is plan easy quick meals on the days your really busy or when have to rush back out to kids clubs etc then you are more likely to stick to it.

Planning for me is totally key I find that once I plan things down on paper I’m much more likely to achieve them this goes for all activities including visiting friends, chores, self-care, activities with the kids or hobbies. Once its all plotted down sticking to it becomes fairly easy and I get a sense of achievement once I’ve completed things. There will always be times you don’t feel up to doing the job/activity/hobby try using the 5 minute rule attempt to do the thing you’re dreading for 5 minutes, 95% of the time the 5 minutes flies by before you know it you’ve completed what you started,  this rule is particularly helpful with household chores ! but after 5 minutes you feel that you can’t manage stop sit down schedule the activity this doesn’t mean that you are a failure.

Here’s a picture of the pad I use, and my homemade granola which is my breakfast organized for the week I’ll probably have this with yoghurt and fruit.

Running

I ran Manchester half marathon again this year I’ll really didn’t train regularly but I really enjoyed the day it was fabulous and great atmosphere and I somehow manged to complete it quicker than the previous year I think the rain helped there !! Here’s a picture enjoying a well earned pint afterwards.

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Crochet

I have few projects on the go at the moment typical crocheter to many wip’s to count, I’m almost done with a fab  cosy cardigan, and a star blanket I’ll post when those are done. I did make these really cute christmas coaster’s with a pom pom I’m going to make a good pile of sets and hand them out as presents to people hopefully they’ll enjoy them.

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Christmas Coasters

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10 Months Running

Current Plans

 

I last did a blog at the beginning of 2017 full of ambitions about learning to sew, they haven’t fully gone to plan but I think I was very overly ambitious for a beginner and sewing is also an expensive hobby !!! I have managed to complete a few sets of bunting and I have some Christmas fat quarters so I’d like to make some presents with those. I did make an attempt to do the Sew simple t-shirt but it was a disaster !!! I will try again though.

I have made a start on my Attic 24 harmony blanket but I really need to get a move on if it’s going to be ready for a Christmas present ! I’m loving the colours just gorgeous check out the pattern Harmony Attic 24

I did manage to complete a little pram sized ripple blanket for my friend who’s expecting in November I really enjoy crocheting the ripple blanket as it just works up gorgeous.

To my list of hobbies I’ve added running, back in January I cancelled my gym membership as I wasn’t making use of it and needed to save some money but to keep up some exercise so I decided to try running using the couch to 5k plan it was really tough but I managed to complete the weeks and began feeling easier to run for longer and before I knew it March came around and I signed up to run a Half Marathon for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital on the 15th October !!!!

Training was going great but 2 weeks before the event I hurt my leg and it was really sore to run on, so I signed back up to the gym and did some non-impact training for the final 2 weeks and as the day of the Half Marathon arrived I was ready and excited to get going massively pleased once I began running I couldn’t feel the pain in my leg result 🙂 the atmosphere of the run was amazing I am definitely hooked now the support was amazing. I completed the Half in 2hrs 56min and 48secs.

IMG-20171015-WA0011 Photo of me enjoying myself at mile 6 🙂

I’ve lost 1 Stone since January which is massively way off what I need to lose as the saying goes ‘You can’t out run a bad diet’ which I’ve learned is completely accurate, tomorrow I am going to start the NHS 12 week weight loss plan I’ve downloaded the app and have a journal to record my food and hoping I can be successful at it.

I’ve found the running community on-line so inspiring and massively supportive no matter your ability beginner advanced are all just so positive and it’s really infectious.  If anyone would like to have ago at the couch to 5k programme Click here You Can Do it  

 

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