Monday, September 3, 2012

Get Fit, Feel Epic - week 1


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Clanettes!!  Did you know that today is the first day of an 8 week challenge I am excited to be taking part in over at Weight Wars ?


For the first week Rebecca, our host, has asked for the following:-
1 Set yourself 5 measurable goals. Don't forget to get working on them!
2 To ease you in gently do something that makes you feel amazing, a million bucks. Photograph and report back either in next weeks post or a separate post. 

So, 5 measurable goals.. Goals I’m good with, I love a good goal, but measuring it along the way?! This needs thought! Given that I am already in love with cycling and running and swimming, and I have committed to a sprint triathlon on 29th Sept and then a 66 mile Sportive on the 06th Oct I think perhaps I can make my goals based on training.   

I am content with my cycling ability, I could do with running a little further or a little faster maybe, and my swimming stroke definitely needs work, but on the whole I am happy.
Ok – following Rebecca's advice, I have tried to set Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time Bound goals.. Aim high Sarah!


1) I am going to cycle 300 miles during the 8 weeks. This is 'only' 37 miles a week and I think I can achieve this, by structuring my workouts and cycling in the gym if I can’t get out on my bike.

2) I am going to run 60km (37 miles) in the next 8 weeks.  I would normally get one 5km run in a week on a good week, and this goal requires 7.5km a week.  To ensure I hit my goal I need to do at least one 5km and another half by running in the day with Niamh – or, shock horror, running a bit further.   Speed is not my goal here, just consistency, and I think I can achieve this.

3) I will swim at least 12 times during the challenge.  I will make the most of the pool opening times and ensure I get my practice in.  I would like to increase the amount of time I can sustain front crawl – currently I can swim 1 length front crawl and rest for 3 lengths of breast stroke.

4) Yoga. I will make sure I get out of bed early enough (i.e. when the alarm goes off!) to do 15 minutes of yoga BEFORE I do anything else that day, at least 5 mornings out of 7.  Yoga makes me feel good, strengthens my soul and I feel even better when I do it absolute first thing.

5) Eat right.  I have lost a lot of weight this year, nearly 3.5st, I am currently hovering just above my goal weight and I am happy with this for the moment.  I need to get out of the slimming mind set I have got myself into and start eating to maintain and support an active lifestyle..  This is going to be my biggest challenge I think.  I don't really have a clue where to start!! So, I am going to eat more protein, eat less 'fat free' and think more 'good fat' and have a go at sharing my weekly food overview via 'my fitness pal'.

As for something that makes me feel like a million bucks?  Pedicure.  Simples.

12 comments:

  1. 3.5 Stone! That's amazing, hope for me yet :-) Good luck with the challenge I'm looking forward to everyone's updates.

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  2. Thank you! It's been an amazing year. Good luck too - I'm looking forward to it as well x

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  3. Dropping by from GFFE! I'm loving your eating right goal. I've recently ditched low fat high sugar/artificial sweetener products and have introduced more healthy fats and have definitely felt better for it and seen a change in my body. Looking forward to doing this challenge with you.

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  4. Hi Nikki, thanks for taking the time to comment! Its good to hear that making a food change can make a difference. Good luck with your challenges x

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  5. Nice pedicure! It's been lovely to find your blog and your goals. Best of luck with the challenge:)

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  6. Welcome to the challenge :) If you are interested in increasing good fats etc check out http://www.marksdailyapple.com/definitive-guide-to-the-primal-eating-plan/#axzz25WtRI67f - I eat like this all the time (when not shovelling sugar in) and I feel great on plan.

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  7. Hi :) Stopping by from Get Fit, Feel Epic! Wow, dropping 3.5 stones is amazing! Good luck reaching your goals for the challenge. I look forward to reading about your progress :)

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  8. Just stopping by to say hello! I am doing the challenge too! Added your blog to my google reader, looking forward to getting to know you! Best of luck!

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  9. Hi plum petals! Thanks very much, good luck to you too x

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  10. Hello Chantelle, good to connect with you! Thanks for takingthe time to comment. I look forward to sharing it with you. Good luck!

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