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31 days and 150 miles later

Jun

03

Trying to squeeze this last blog in before the end of today...

So 31 days and 150 miles later and I am pretty chuffed with what I achieved towards my personal goals.

I lost 6lb towards my goal weight- leaving a stubborn 5 more to shift! This now seems very achievable and after Terry’s nutrition talk I am starting to cut down on my carb intake- especially the amount of wheat in my diet. All I need now is the sunshine to stay so I can show off my hard work!  ; )

I tried spinning- didn’t die! have been back twice more since my inaugural class and noticed an improvement in the miles I covered in each session. Up hills are still hard though!

Had my gym programme made up by John who really put me through my paces. Now that classes are finishing at the sports centre I will be able to get stuck into the programme- certainly some tricky ones (like the Russian twist, T-star super set!). I was also introduced to using the foam rollers for stretching. Wow. I had no idea what my IT bands (iliotibial bands) were but I now know that I hadn’t been stretching them and they were tight!



The rollers have really helped and it now feels quite nice rather than something a kin to torture. I have also found the rollers have been great for my quads and hamstrings which don’t always feel like they have had the stretch they need. Sometimes it feels like I am walking on air after using the rollers.

 

 

 

I didn’t make it to a running class (there were too many other classes to go to!) but I did give yoga another shot and this time it really clicked. I’m not sure why yoga never felt enjoyable before but I was practically flying after my first yin yoga session a few weeks ago. I have been back to two more yoga sessions since (my first class with Karen today- which was great) and felt simply lovely after each one.  Yoga now feels like a good balance between the faster paced classes I do and I can’t wait until my next session on Friday.

One of the best things about the CTGF month has been meeting new people and seeing familiar at classes. I am now starting to see the appeal of exercise from a social perspective and this has carried over into my home life where I will now suggest going to the gym with my boyfriend rather than just going to the pub (we now go to the gym- then the pub!…) 


I didn’t get a chance to much blogging but I am really pleased that I managed to write my post about exercise helping with my depression. It was really to take time to think about how I have changed and what has helped make that change possible.

Going forward I think I will carry on with logging my exercise mileage. I love the sense of achievement it has given me at the end of each week, and now that the weather seems to be getting better I am looking forward to trying some new outdoor activities- first up paddle boarding and sea kayaking. See you at the beach!