Trish Transforms : Exercise First

January 23, 2015 Trish Transforms 30

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?




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30 Responses to “Trish Transforms : Exercise First”

  1. Michelle @ In Libris Veritas

    I use to adore working out, though that was like 7 years ago and I worked out 3 days a week in earnest. I loved running and doing anything arm related, but life happened and now the mere thought of working out winds me. I’m going to try and start back up this weekend. Me and the boyfriend are going to go for a light run, because we desperately need it.
    I’m actually doing the opposite of him, he wants to lose weight and tone up and I want to gain weight and tone up. I need to build up muscle mass in order for my weight gain to mean anything, otherwise I’m just putting on fat which will go away and I won’t hit my goal of 110 lb. So I’m not sure what I’ll use to motivate myself…probably food, which is sounds silly but the amount of calories I have to eat a day is a bit higher than most.

    I’m rooting for you!
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    • trish

      It makes perfect sense in your case that you would use food to motivate you. Hope your run goes well. I do find I do better running alone as otherwise I’m trying to tie my pace in with someone else and that’s too hard. If you are both at the same level though, that sounds like a lot of fun! So enjoy your run and your treat afterwards 🙂

    • trish

      I know what you mean Celine. I’m trying hard not to get discouraged by how far I have to go but instead just pay attention to things like getting faster each time so that I know I’m achieving something. I can’t wait to start feeling it in my clothes 🙂

  2. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    It sounds like you’re doing really well even though it isn’t easy. Thanks for reminding me how much I enjoy exercise. I definitely need to get it back in my daily routine. I’ve been following your lead and have been recording my eating. It’s definitely helped me see why I’m not losing those last 10 pounds!
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    • trish

      Delighted to hear that you’re tracking your eating. I know it makes me aware too and at least now you know where you can make little changes that might make a big difference. I know losing 10 pounds is hard but you can do it!

    • trish

      Well that’s how it is with running and me. I used to love it as a kid and I think that’s why it still makes me happy today. Hopefully cycling will do exactly the same for you. I have to confess to having a bike rusting away nicely in my garage! Maybe this summer, I’ll pull it out too 🙂

  3. Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    I absolutely love the rush/buzz exercise gives me! The problem is motivating myself to do it. It’s rough because I’m SO exhausted when I come home from school. Even though I know that would perk me up, I still don’t end up working out. Time is another factor. I was going to the gym after school, but I was unhappy with how much time I was losing to go and do that. Which is crazy because I felt so much better! Sigh. I really need to get over these two issues and just do it, not just to lose weight like you said, but to just feel better and be healthier. Good luck Trish! I know you can do this!
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    • trish

      Jess, I know! It’s so hard to make the time and most of the time if I could back out I would! But no matter how tired I am going, I feel full of energy once I’ve finished and showered. The only thing that works for me is that I have a ‘no excuses’ policy in force right now and I just have to go!

  4. RO

    Sadly, I’m with Anna and wish there was a magic button to let me exercise and sit back, watch and receive all the benefits (lol), but I’ve been getting on that dnag glider every morning for about 15 minutes and lifting weights for 10 minutes or so each day to get back on track for being cuter and cooler. Thanks for reminding me that it’s about being healthy. Great post! Hugs…
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    • trish

      Well you deserve even more credit then for doing it when you hate it! I think getting it over and done in the morning is great. It doesn’t suit my body or my schedule to do it that way but I think it would get your day off to a fantastic start. Carry on!

  5. Shaina

    I love how exercise makes me feel, both physically and mentally. Getting 20-25 minutes of cardio in the morning really helps with managing my stress throughout the day. Also, I adore food, so getting the workouts in makes me feel better about enjoying it.

    I’m so happy you’re taking the bull by the horns and have such a positive attitude about this! I can’t wait to see how you continue to progress. 🙂
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    • trish

      I know exercise really helps me with stress too. There is nothing like getting thoroughly out of breath to make all other problems disappear! I know lots of people love to exercise in the morning and I love the idea of it but it just doesn’t work for me. Sounds like it’s going great for you though 🙂

  6. Alma @ Journey Through Fiction

    Ooh, how I WISH I could love exercising! I loathe it 🙁 Going for a walk with my dog is the height of the exercise I get. I really don’t like “gym style” workouts, it tends to depress me doing the same thing repetitively, and I end up feeling very unmotivated. When I do exercise, I need it to be secondary to something else… like walking my dog, or rambling around taking photos (usually of the dog, LOL!) or things like that. Basically, I need to be distracted and then it doesn’t sink in that I’m actually exercising! LOL! I’m on a healthy eating kick this year, too, and best of luck, Trish! It’s an uphill battle, but it’s so worth it in the end 😀
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    • trish

      I know what you mean about the repetition and come the spring I’ll be outside more and inside less. The gym works best for me this time of year though and I keep myself distracted by listening to music or audiobooks and by tracking my times and having races with myself! I love going for walks with my parents dog though, he is so happy about it that I can’t help but be happy too! Good luck with your healthy eating kick Alma 🙂

  7. Berls

    I’m so much better at exercise than I am at diet. I suck at diet frankly, but that’s for another day LOL!

    I love the feeling if being active – my brain works better, I sleep better, I feel more accomplished – its just an all around feel good. The hard part is when I’ve had a bad week – like this past week. Because of situations outside my control, I had to skip all my walk/jogs this week. So going Monday is going to be hard. But my dog Buffy will get me out there and since I don’t have to rush back in to leave like I did last week, once I’m out there it’ll be all good. Its the getting out there that’s the hardest. Thank goodness for my dog! Good luck with your goals – sounds like you’re doing awesome!
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  8. trish

    Oh believe me I can suck at diet too but strangely enough once I exercise I’m always motivated to eat well. Which is great. But on the other hand when I’m not exercising, it means I’m eating all round me and moving very little which is awful for my weight and health! I’m really working on balance and hope I can figure it out this year and realise that I don’t have to be such an all or nothing person.
    And Buffy sounds like a fantastic motivator! I walk my parents dog a few times a week and I really enjoy our time together. Buddy gets so excited that it’s hard not to get hyped up too 🙂

  9. Red Iza

    Slow is the best way to take this, and regular too ! I used to jog a few years back and mixing walking and running became running for 30mn without breaking a sweat, it was very rewarding – I miss jogging. Regular is good, you end up doing things without even thinking of it, it’s the best way to adopt a habit. Enjoy 😉
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    • trish

      I’m all for slow. I don’t want to get injured and have to jack it all in for a while. So I’m just being very consistent and working away slowly but surely. I hope you can get back to jogging too. When you miss something, it’s a sign that you should start working towards it.

  10. Steph from

    I am totally committed to my Pilates practice. It gives me a better body than 20 years of weight lifting ever did. And, I often tell my husband it keeps me much more flexible than most chicks my age or younger. I am also committed to doing cardio even though I find it really boring. I liked it more when I went to a gym where everyone talked to each other.
    Now I just go to a cheap gym, jog outside in good weather and use the home elliptical. I don’t care how it makes me feel, but if I don;t do it I hate how guilty I feel. So I do it.
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    • trish

      I try to do some Pilates exercises as part of my stretches and toning exercises but I’d love to incorporate more into my routine. I think that focusing on the guilt is a good motivation too, it’s easier do it than beat yourself up over it!

  11. Grace MyBookSnack

    Congratulations for starting this journey! Starting is so hard. I used to not like exercise either. Now, it’s just part of my routine. What motivates me? I love the buzz, I love the overall healthy feeling. I tell myself that 30-1hour is not that long, so get your butt moving! My family is active in general, so we do things together on the weekends. So that I don’t get bored easily, I enjoy various activities and just pick one or two that I will do for 30-60 minutes. The most important thing is doing what you enjoy doing.
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    • trish

      I think that enjoying it is key! It makes it easier to just get out there and do it. And I love that your whole family gets active together, that way you are spending time together, having fun but burning those calories too. That makes it a lot more enjoyable!

  12. Topaz

    Ahhh, I’m so glad you’ve managed to incorporate more exercise into your life! 😀 It can be one of the hardest resolutions to keep, I think, especially since we’re all so busy with other things – exercise too often just gets pushed to the end of the list.

    I take a PE class every other day at school, and on the days when I don’t do that I run a mile in the morning. You’re right, it can be so difficult to force oneself out of the house… but the payoff is so wonderful, and I think that makes it all worth it. 🙂 Wishing you the best of luck with this – it sounds like you’re going slow and steady, which is absolutely the best way to take it! x
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    • trish

      I think running a mile in the morning is a great habit to get into. I found when I left school, I became a lot less active and a habit like that would have helped me stay a lot fitter. I’m a fan of slow and steady, after all the tortoise did win the race! And when I feel like I’m going too slow, I tell myself I’m going faster than everyone at home on the couch :O

  13. Wattle

    Go you! It sounds like you’re doing really well with this whole exercise thing 🙂

    I used to do spin classes and I’d love how I felt afterwards, but at the same time I really, really hate being sweaty and gross lol I am terrible. I also have bad knees which cause some issues (I’m like an old person, really).

    But I love yoga, love it! (Not sure if it’s ‘real’ exercise though?) I’m going to start getting back into it as soon as the room I use has a floor again (next week I think…) my only dilemma is get up early, or do it after work? Decisions, decisions. I am the opposite of a morning person, but I’m always exhausted after work :/
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    • trish

      Of course Yoga is real exercise! I count everything that makes me move my body! I’d love to try Yoga sometime but I think I’d like to take a class first to get make sure I’m doing it right. Did you take classes or teach yourself?
      For me morning workouts don’t work coz I just can’t make myself get up early enough to do one before work. And also I tend to want to snack more at night and if I exercise then, that puts a stop to that! So win, win!

      • Wattle

        I’ve been to some yoga classes to get the basics (I tried on my own before going to a class and hurt my shoulder – so I’d advise against starting on your own). But once I felt comfortable with the moves, I now just teach myself. I am actually quite terrible at it lol but if you continue to do it your flexibility will amaze you (and then if you stop you’ll go back to being so not flexible if you’re like me :P)

        I think if I wanted to try more advanced stuff I’d go back to a few classes and find a routine I liked. The dvd’s I have are pretty basic and of course some are better than others instruction wise (I like the move described to me as well as seeing it) but they’ll keep me busy. Jillian Michaels actually has a pretty good one, and the weights make it a more interesting.
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        • trish

          Thanks for confirming my suspicions that I really should do a class first. And I like the idea of doing DVD’s afterwards to keep me at it!

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