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Fitness Friday

Exercise – Running

I thought I’d give you a bit of an update with my fitness challenge. As you know, I’ve decided to try and take up running. I’ve bought the shoes!! Fila running shoes – cheap at half the price!

Fila running shoes for £20 bought! #running #newyearnewme #resolutions

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I’ve also downloaded the Couch to 5k app. I haven’t done much of it yet. We started it on Saturday but it was an EPIC FAIL!! We tried to do it with the girls and the dogs. It is not possible to do it with two dogs and a double pram! When I was running with the dogs, Megs decided to run under my feet and Gemma decided to run the other way, I nearly went tit over arse into some steel railings!!

Needless to say I will not be trying that again anytime soon! I mean, running with the dogs. I will try the running again definitely. Wasn’t too bad! We got back and was a bit drenched. I really wanted to go back out to give it another go but unfortunately couldn’t.

On Sunday morning I got up early and went out to try again. After the first 60s run I want panting and couldn’t catch my breath. When the app told me to do the second run I was still panting so I didn’t do it. Instead I did every other run.

Oh wow this Couch to 5K has taught me one thing so far / I am SO UNFIT!! I couldn’t even do the first run! I’m not…

Posted by on Sunday, 10 January 2016

I’ve realised that I’m not going to be able to do the app as expected and it’s going to take me twice as long but I’m not defeated! Even if I do take twice as long then it’s still better than nothing! This meme came to mind!

Still Lapping Everyone Still on the Couch

Healthy Eating

What I have managed to do though is change what I eat at lunch. For the last week I’ve had salad boxes for lunch everyday (other than on the birthday party on Sunday). I used to have a sandwich or a chicken tikka and cheese panini for lunch. I’ve swapped them for ham salad boxes. So last week I had a takeaway ham salad box on Monday and Tuesday but then realised I was paying £4.50 each time! So I started making my own…
Ham Salad

I’ve actually really enjoyed the salad boxes – much to my surprise! I’ve been quite surprised that I’ve been able to eat it without any sort of salad cream! So I’ve been cutting up lettuce, red onion, sliced egg and some ham for my box. Delicious!

I’ve also been trying to keep track of what I eat but writing it down in a daily diary – well actually I’ve been writing it on post it notes during the day and transferring it over to my diary later on.


One thing I haven’t done is weigh & measure myself at the start. In all honesty, I’m not doing this to change the scales I’m doing it to try and instil new healthier things into my life before I end up a fat middle aged woman!!

What do you think to my progress so far?


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  1. 15th January 2016 / 9:31 am

    You are doing great! Your plan sounds perfect, making your own salads it’s great and you can so many more things like peppers, avocado, rocket, grilled courgettes, roasted seeds. It’s great you didn’t give up running, it will be great for you. xx

    • 16th January 2016 / 9:16 am

      Thanks! Well the making my own salads is also to save money! Wow it got expensive to buy them! Grilled courgettes now there’s an idea! 🙂 x

  2. 15th January 2016 / 12:24 pm

    You’ve made massive progress by taking the first step, well done! I imagine running with 2 dogs and a pushchair hard! I dont think I could do it.
    Perhaps try running a little slower, when I first started I used to run fast and therefore be knackered really quickly. Even if you are literlly shuffling along that’s okay if you find you have breath ready for the second 60secs. I learnt that the duration is more important than the speed and distance.
    Keep it up and good luck for your next run!

    • 16th January 2016 / 9:11 am

      It was hard! And it’s something I won’t do again for a while! Not until I can train my dogs to run nicely by my side! Although I think that’ll be pretty impossible with a Beagle! The JRT could manage it I think.

      I’m giving the running a miss until I’ve been to the asthma clinic. I think possibly I’ve not fully recovered from my chest infection and it’s too cold. But the healthy eating I’m continuing with! x

  3. Trista Souza
    16th January 2016 / 8:41 pm

    Sounds like you are on the right track! And I love the meme as it is so true! How can you eat a salad without any salad cream? Man I have cut out alcohol, sugar, junk food, so I use salad cream…I just make sure to check the label and calories and keep to a couple tablespoons. I am visiting you from #justanotherlinky. If you would like to read about my workout progress since the new year you can go to 💌Trista, Domesticated Momster

  4. stylishmemories
    16th January 2016 / 9:10 pm

    Well done you and good luck! Seems like you’re doing all the right things, and I like how you’re not bothering to weigh yourself to count every quarter of a pound you lose!


  5. 17th January 2016 / 6:30 am

    It’s so nice that you’re doing all of this in 2016. Fitness Fridays sound great to encourage yourself and get healthy! Good luck and I can’t wait for more Fitness Fridays <3

    xx Bash | H E Y   B A S H | bloglovin’

  6. 17th January 2016 / 7:44 am

    Ooh, good luck! Sounds like you’ve got it all planned out. The salad boxes look great too! xx

  7. Bex Smith
    17th January 2016 / 5:12 pm

    You’re doing incredibly well! Reading this has got me motivated to do even more next week. x

  8. 19th January 2016 / 6:54 am

    Hi Becster, I love that quote, it’s one I remember when I’m battling on a run/plod. Stick with it and you will get there. Making your own salads is a wise move, £4.50 a pop soon adds up.

    Take your running time as a bit of you time, no dogs, no children and remember there is no such thing as a bad run. You’re out, you’re doing it, nothing remotely bad about that.


  9. Something Crunchy Mummy
    19th January 2016 / 8:34 pm

    You sound like your doing amazing! Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx

  10. Beth
    21st January 2016 / 4:59 pm

    Sounds like you are doing fab so far! Those shoes were on a great deal and look so comfortable.
    Thanks for linking up with #justanotherlinky

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