It’s the little things in life

I feel like we spend a lot of our time nagging and complaining about things. I am extremely guilty of this. We focus to much on the negative stuff that goes on and not enough on the positive. If somebody does something for us, we do our best to show them appreciation. But sometimes I think we need to remember the little things in life, the small things that may not change our lives, but do in fact make us happy. The things that make our lives a little brighter.

When someone else cooks for you

Sometimes after a long day at work, the last thing I want to do when I get home is make my dinner. I absolutely love when someone else cooks for you. I always enjoy the meal so much more.

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When it is sunny enough to hang your washing outside

Honestly, there is nothing better than the smell of freshly washed laundry that has been dried by the sun on the washing line. I absolutely love it.

The feeling of freshly shaven legs against clean bed sheets

I LOVE having a pamper night and shaving my legs, moisturising and getting into a freshly made bed. SO SOFT.

When the first day of a new month starts on a Monday

I told you it’s the little things…I love when this happens because it feels like I can start everything fresh. And it helps with actually knowing what date it is.

A perfect cup of tea or coffee

I absolutely love a good cuppa tea or coffee. Especially when you’re busy and sit down to relax and make a tea or coffee and just expect it to be average and then BAMMM. It’s a reallllly good one.

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When you find a really comfy position as soon as you get into bed

I often struggle to fall asleep for a while when I’ve gone to bed. But the past week I have been so comfy that I’ve managed to fall asleep straight away.

Instantly falling in love with a book

See when you are only like 15 pages into a book and you just know it’s gonna be a good one? There is no better feeling.

When you come across a REALLLY good meme

What is better than a good laugh? I love these Theresa May ones so much right now.

When it’s pouring with rain outside and you don’t need to leave the house

9 times out of 10, I have to leave the house when it’s absolutely pouring with rain but on the chance that I can stay indoors and be cosy in pj’s when it’s raining, I love it!

When someone shares good news

I absolutely love it when I see that someone has been successful or something good has happened to them. Even more so when it is a friend or family member.

So there’s 10 little things in life that make me happy. What makes you happy?

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