Trish Transforms is my project for 2015. I want to get fitter, I want to get leaner and I want to enjoy the journey. Dieting doesn’t have to be hell and this isn’t a diet anyway, I want to make changes for good. So I’m going to document my random thoughts along the way in an effort to inspire and motivate myself.
Exercise first is the title of this post and it means a lot to me. I know losing weight is diet and exercise but for me once I exercise, the diet part seems to follow automatically. I love the buzz that I get after an exercise session but I still have to push myself to actually go ahead and do it. The best way for me to exercise is to make a plan. I know what I’m doing every night and I don’t give myself a chance to think about it. It’s in my diary and I have to just do it. Otherwise I know well I’d procrastinate.
I have been walk/running 4 times a week and I have been walking with Tom other evenings or cycling on the exercise bike. And I mostly do sit ups after my walk/runs. Not always, sometimes I’m too tired to go upstairs to where the floor exercise area is in the gym! Which sounds like I’m pushing myself too much but I’m not really, I’m listening to my body and when it’s too hard I slow right down to a crawl.
I’ll be working on extending the running parts of my walk/runs and decreasing the walking. Slowly. I’m in no rush with this, I might look slow and yep I am slow but I’m pushing myself. You only have to look at my beetroot face and neck at the end of a session for proof of that. It doesn’t matter how long it takes me to be able to run for all of my session, every time I get out there is a success story for me.
And every walk/run is an effort, I won’t lie! But what is motivating is that every walk/run is a little bit faster than the one before. I track them all on my nike running app and seeing the proof that I’m getting fitter and stronger is really motivating. And often at the end of my session, Paula Radcliffe pops into tell me (via my app) I ran my fastest mile yet (it’s a walk/run but no one told Paula that!). Thanks Paula, I love when you congratulate me, it brings a smile to my face and is a great way to end an exercise session. Often that alone is enough to make me power up those stairs and do those damn stomach exercises!
Talk to Trish! : Do you love the feeling that exercise gives you? What do you use to motivate yourself on days when you’re not feeling it?