Fitness + life

26 year old London girl attempting to get fitter and feel amazing.
Used to be a chubby kid, recovered from eating disorder and now aiming for PRs and mileage.
Running, yoga, pilates, weights + tea, funny animals, crap TV, languages & nature.

Does anyone reading this have Runkeeper/want to friend me on there? I have one friend on it and she’s used it all of 5 times. It would be nice to see some activity on there!

So, any takers?

Starting the week and September well!

I was feeling a bit down on myself for not managing 3, but then again, last month I skipped the 2.5 milestone altogether, and I really need to not overdo it and get injured.

The 10mins after the first 5 (aka. mins 6-15) usually feel tough. Today they were actually feeling a bit more enjoyable. My breathing was easier, it didn’t feel like such a struggle, I even took a bit of an uphill detour in my stride.

After today I’m feeling confident I’ll be able to beat my previous best of 4.1 miles (November 2012!) by the end of the month easily. I don’t think aiming for 5 miles by the end of September would be pushing it and that makes me ecstatic!

Dist: 2.52mi
Time: 25mins 52secs

I went out at my favourite run time - post dinner, vaguely dark, a bit cooler - 9pm. I wore my Nike capris which I never wear cos I feel too self conscious of my hefty thighs in them, but hey, it was dark.

After my last run of 10 minutes of hell, this was amazing. It wasn’t easy and I stopped a couple of times (I can still feel the hint of a stitch). I had to keep pulling up my trousers until I got sweaty enough that they stayed in place - thanks Nike! But it was fun!

I’m so glad things are picking up again. The most I’ve ever run was 4.11 miles. I’m one mile off and it’s now my goal to beat that in September.

Dist: 3.12mi
Time: 32mins 38secs

This was a shitty run. It rained all day Monday so I couldn’t do my scheduled run, so I went today in the daytime. 

I prefer running when it’s dark. Winter should be great for my running in theory.

I ran a bit too fast, too near the 10min/mi mark (aka. fairly fast for me), there were lots of people out and I always find that makes me even hotter and more flustered.

Anyway, my lungs crapped out, I was sweating buckets and it wasn’t fun. AT ALL. I go through these spates of crap runs. Not long ago I could run 20mins nonstop. Now 10mins is challenging. WTF body?

GAH. I’ll just keep persevering until I my body sorts itself out again. I shall not be defeated!

Dist: 1mi
Time: 10mins 5secs

I was aiming to run at least 2.5 miles today, preferably 3. 

That didn’t work. I ran a bit too fast which I always seem to do in the daytime (I think it’s because I’m more self conscious of people seeing me), my legs were heavy and I could just about breathe. 

I’ve had some lung/breathing trouble over my last couple of runs. Maybe it’s the seasonal change? Either way, this was NOT a fun run. Hopefully Monday’s will be better!

Dist: 1.5mi
Time: 14mins 44secs

I went for a run with the bf. Did 10mins, short break and the other 10mins.

Faster pace than usual, but glad I got out and did it.

Dist: 2miles
Time: 20mins 29secs

I went to the park around 2.30. Forgetting it’s summer holiday time. Children everywhere. GAH. I like running when there’s hardly anyone around, or when I don’t feel self-conscious, which is normally night time.

But it’s still light until gone 8pm, and I’m trying to overcome it. So I ran. For some reason my lungs were crap today. Not sure if it’s to do with the trees, time of day, what I’d eaten or general change of season sniffles.

2 miles was tough. I did 1.66 in the park, walked home and did the extra little bit. Just in time before a downpour - it really perked up my final minute pace!

Dist: 2.07mi
Time: 20mins 41secs

I’m aiming to be tired enough to go to bed early and get up early and go for a morning run or at least start work early enough to fit in a lunchtime run.

Kind of hoping that if I get into some sort of schedule with running I’ll be able to keep at it more consistently!

I’ve been working out quite consistently for a while now.

I’ve been lifting heavy 2-3 times a week, doing 20min cardio after those sessions, walking around more, swimming on occasion (1hr each time) and generally trying to be better with my diet.

I have seen zero results.

And it’s stuff like this that makes it hard for me to not fall back to eating disordered habits. Cos let’s face it - at least I saw external results, however unhealthy those were.

When I started up running again earlier this year I didn’t always enjoy it, I had to shove myself out the door, but I felt better in myself.

I think it doesn’t help that I’ve got 2 months of work on at the moment, so I’m a bit more sedentary than usual.

Tonight I’m going to go for a run. My holiday is now only 3 weeks off, and I doubt I can make any great changes to myself, but as long as I’m feeling a bit better about my fitness levels I’m hoping I’ll be able to enjoy myself more than I would in my current state.


The 1000 SQUAT CHALLENGE. Do 100 reps of each. Time how long it took you. Took me 40 minutes. Legs and butt were DYING!

Do the full length video with me here:

Reblog if you plan on doing this!

Remember to be careful. This workout is NOT EASY. So take breaks when you need it and only push yourself to a level of slight discomfort but not to the point where you’re going to hurt yourself. 

Have fun!


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Stomach feeling a bit flatter. Need to really step it up a gear to make sure I feel confident and healthy in a month’s time AKA HOLIDAY!

In other news, this latest work project is pretty boring, technical aaaand is going to take me like 2 months to get through. Guh.

Walk time for me though. I think I’ll head towards Parliament and see the London Eye today :D

It’s down as high intensity full body training on the plan. 

It included: butt lifts, kettlebell push press, dumbbell deadlift, bent over barbell row, wide grip lat pulldown, stiff leg barbell good morning and dumbbell rear lunge.

I really enjoy lat pulldowns. No idea why! 

Today I took on yet more work so am glad I made the time to go to the gym, even if it means I’ll be working until later than usual this evening. 

Today’s lunch: a whopping plate of veggie stir fry with some garlic and dark soy sauce. 


6 Exercises for Leaner Inner Thighs…VIDEO

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I haven’t run properly in ONE MONTH.

I’ve done short, 10min jogs with my boyfriend, but not a proper run. So I thought I was going to see a massive drop off in my stamina.

Was pleasantly surprised with how easy it felt! I managed 2.31 miles before I got bored of my usual neighbourhood routes, but felt like I could  have managed a bit more.

Dist: 2.31mi
Time: 24mins 17secs

I’ve decided to try to run at least two miles twice a week, just to keep my running stamina ticking over.