Louise Chatters: May

How are we almost half way through the year? Slow down, pls.

I said I was going to have a sober May but that has not happened at all. OH WELL. I would usually beat myself up over this but do ya know what, I have had fun and that’s okay! I had SO many good nights with friends and found myself a new favourite drink. Emma introduced me to a Berry Bramble and my oh my, LIFE = CHANGED.

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It also explains why despite working hard in the gym, I haven’t lost any weight. Yes, my body is changing. But at a lot slower rate than I want. And yes, I am aware that is my own fault.

I feel like not much has been happening this month to be honest. The weather has completely changed and for the best part of the month, it has been beautiful. There’s so many more things to do when it’s sunny and everyone just seems to be in a better mood. With the summer starting to show itself, I have been on plenty of walks and the BBQ’s have begun!

Michael and I went to see Grease Lightning at the theatre and it was honestly insane. The whole show was so incredible and it was definitely a night to remember! Is it just me or when you are at a show do you just wish so badly that you could sing and dance and be on stage? I do, all the time.

 

I really don’t know how my weekly therapy is going to be honest. See when you just don’t know if there’s a difference or not? That’s how I’m feeling. I’ve built a good relationship with my psychiatrist though which is a good feeling. It is good seeing how things in my life have all linked together to make me feel like I do and I understand how they are linked but I just don’t know if it changes anything.

I don’t feel like I have much to report on to be honest. I just feel completely exhausted. Work has been so busy and so have weekends so I feel like I need a good break. Things are good. But I’m tired and I feel like I haven’t had a moment to myself, although I definitely have. I feel like I have hardly written which sucks. I have so many half written posts in my drafts but never get round to finishing them. I also feel like all I have written bout recently is mental health and as much as I love raising awareness and hoping that sharing will help others, I feel like I just keep repeating myself.

 

Oh my gooodness, it is June and this is the month I’ve been looking forward to the most! It is gonna be good. With me, it’s always the little things in life. In June, I won’t be needing any nights out now that Love Island is on! Absolutely buzzzing! It’s so sad how excited I am for appalling reality TV but I cannot wait!

Butttt… this month I also go to ITALY! I AM SO EXCITED. I cannot wait to visit the beautiful country and eat lots of ice cream and pizza and do lots of exploring.

I have promised myself I am going to eat and drink clean when I get home.

So that’s it for this month. Also, if you have any post ideas for me, pls leave a comment.

Big shout out to one of my favourites, Tyler! She’s going through a tough time but she’s a lil fighter.

Much love,

louise-x

I can run! Couch to 5k update

To motivate myself and keep going through the Couch to 5k program, I decided to blog my progress so that I can reflect on how far I’ve come. I am now two thirds of my way through the program and only have 3 weeks left. AHHH CRAZY. It feels like it was only last week I posted on beginning Couch to 5K.

Here’s a little update on how I’ve been getting on the past few weeks. Also, I always take photos when I’m on my warm up walk or cool down because the scenery is always so amazing.

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Week 4

As always,the program began with a 5 minute brisk walk. 3 minutes of running, 90 seconds of walking, 5 minutes running, 2 mins 30 secs walking, 3 mins running, 90 secs walking, 5 mins running then a 5 minute cool down walk.

I really struggled with the first run this week. Running for the 3 minutes was absolutely fine, it was when I had to run my first 5 minutes one that I thought it was never going to end. The second run was a little easier, I mean, my legs felt like they were going to fall off but I could see the end. The third run seemed much easier and I finished that week with a feeling of achievement!

OH god, I’m now really starting to struggle. My calves ache so bad still. I think I might need shoes that support my feet better although I have about 7 pairs of running shoes.

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Week 5

This week was different to the past 4. There was 3 completely different runs to change things up and really build on my fitness levels. The first run included running for 5 minutes followed by a 3 minute walk, and this was repeated 3 times. I found this run ok, I mean, my poor wee legs ached but I’m actually finding it easier to run for longer distances now. It’s easier when my mind wanders and decides to think about things I need to do because it makes the run go faster.

The second run of the week involved an 8 minute run followed by a 5 minute walk which was repeated. I thought there would be absolutely no chance in hell that I could run 8 minutes at a time but I did it! I’m becoming so proud of myself! And I’m actually enjoying running!

Third run -This is the run I had been absolutely dreading but I knew it was coming up. It began by the usual 5 minute walk then 20 minutes of running with no walking in between. TWENTY MINUTES.  OH MY GOD I DID IT. I almost cried when I finished this run because I was so so proud of myself. Never in a million years would I believe you if you said I could run for 20 minutes without stopping in just five weeks. I felt absolutely incredible after this. Like, honestly, so good.

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Week 6

Run 1 – 5 minute warm up, 5 minute run, 3 minute walk followed by an 8 minute run. Okay, I thought this would be a much easier run because my last run I had managed 20 minutes with no break. Oh how I was wrong, a 4 day rest does not equip you well. But I did it! Was surprised with how much I struggled though.

Run 2 – 5 minute warm up walk followed by a 10 minute run. Then a 3 minute walk followed by another 10 minute run. By my second run I was so tired and struggled a bit. I managed to push through though. It’s these smaller runs that really prepare you for the longer ones.

Run 3- Okay, I have been really busy so I needed up having a 5 day break between run 2 and 3 which probably isn’t recommended. But in no way was I giving up at this point. I think my first blip being 6 weeks into the program is pretty impressive for me! So the third run of week 6 was to have a brisk 5 minute warm up walk followed by 25 minutes of running without stopping. I DID IT. I’ve never ran that far ever in my life. oh man, my legs absolutely ache. I finished this run about 3 hours ago and I am still in agony. No pain no gain, right?

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Progress

Aw I’m so happy that I’m actually still managing to keep going! I always give up with exercise programs as soon as I start them. When it comes to my progress, I’m not quite sure what to think. I’ve not lost any weight at all and I’ve been eating pretty well too. I know these things take time but come on belly, go away!! So while that gets me down, I can see such an improvement in my fitness level which makes me over the moon! Although, I’m still convinced I’m not running properly. I feel so much healthier! I have energy which I didn’t seem to have before. I also enjoy running now, it completely clears my head and after a busy day at work, it’s exactly what I need!

So in 3 weeks I will be able to run 5km (and these KG boots will be mine!) I still can’t quite believe how far I’ve got already!

Does anyone have any advice on how I can shift the weight whilst doing this program?

 

Much love,

Louise