Loving my life!

start my new full time studies this week, and am beyond excited to be going back to it. I know from previous University study that in about 4-6 weeks this excitment will have waned somewhat and I’ll be feeling the usual stresses of balancing work, study, fitness, housework, my relationship and having some sort of down time to myself, but I feel like my coping tools have improved a lot since the last time I studied.Being organised is the key, and for me procrastinating is a huge problem which I have to overcome. I now now that I have to just force myself tyo start things, rather then putting them off with a whole load of good resons to do so! Even if i can’t be bothered cleaning on a Saturday morning, or don’t have all my research to start an assignment, or am feeling tired to go work out, i have to ‘Just F***kin Do It’! There are so many  reasons not to start something, but once you’re into it, it is so much better then you thought and just keep going! Then there is none of the stress that comes with putting things off, that niggling anxiety in your chest.

I have timetabled my weeks, putting study, work and fitness in as my main priorities, and the primary things that I need to timetable, everything else can be timetabled around these top priorities. Makes a huge change from last time I studied where fitness wouldn’t have made it anywhere near the top of my list, rather socialising etc.

Fitness wise I am almost onto the second part of Insanity, so excited to start the next phase. I think my results are good, especially noticing a change in my legs, which for me is the main part I wanted to focus on. Body weight exercises are undervalued I think. This week is the core balance or whatever (can’t be bothered getting up to check it), so it’ll be nice to take it easier. I’m really looking forward to the next fit test, I didn’t record the results the first time, which I really regret, but at least I have the second one to compare to.

I’ll do a review of a few different protein powders I’ve been using soon, just getting through them still. Love my post-workout protein smooties, one of the highs of my day, haha! What do you put in a protein smoothie? Lately I’ve been loving keeping it simple, choc banana! Yummmm! I freeze my bananas, add my choc protein, greek yoghurt, full cream milk, water, ice and blend!

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M.I.A blogger…again

I haven’t been a very good blogger lately. There are a few reasons, the most boring of which is that I need to get a new laptop, the most exciting being I have a new job, and have returned to study!

I have still been doing the Insanity program, am almost done with the first part of it. I have to say, I am definitely seeing results, great program for toning the legs I think. I already run and walk most days, but all the jumping involved has given me results, and my legs are what I most want to work on. I have recommended this program to a number of friends, warning them that jumping is murder – but after you’re done you’ll feel great. At the beginning I was taking more rest breaks, and water breaks, but I can tell that my cardio fitness has improved, and I think it’s also had a positive impact on my running, with me getting faster and stronger. When I say running, I really mean jogging, with bursts of running in it, but nowadays people all seem to say running, even if they just jog. Can’t wait to start on the second part of Insanity, I’ve read some blog posts on it, and a lot of people don’t seem to to it all, but the results I’ve seen from those who do stick to it are wild. Very motivating to see.

Another thing I’ll be scouring blogs for is good healthy lunch ideas, to take with me. The facilities are not great, fridge and microwave, but thousands of students there so not sure how that’ll work, so I need ideas that I can take with. I bought little containers where you freeze the lids and they’re meant to stay frozen and keep your food cold, which If it works will be great for little salads (very little, they’re small little pots), yoghurts, fruits, oats etc, but looking for some more lunch inspiration. If anyone can direct me to some good ideas it’s be much appreciated.

 

I also was having a look at tribesports recently, being one of the bloggers, and there was a workout with a friend challenge, but apart from running at night with the bf, I workout solo so it wasn’t the challenge for me. I find I have to get movement in where and when I can, so it’s not really condusive to having a workout buddy, and motivation is not a problem for me. It was in the early days of my fitness journey, but now it’s something I just do, a must do, not a should do. Anyways, I signed up to the 100 crunches for two weeks challenge which you can find by clicking the link. This website and the challenges they do are terrific for those who do struggle with motivation. By publicising something like this challenge it encourages you to complete it, and two weeks is such a  manageable and achievable goal to set, it’s a great one to kick off with. I love how encouraging it is, and it fit well with my current workouts, as well as boosted results as I was concentrating on this one area. Do it!