Week 10 started with trying to balance looking after a sick child and squeezing in 16 miles. I have to say that since Youngest started pre-school I have never known for us all to be so poorly. It has felt relentless at times. We have gone back to taking the vitamins and so far Mr C and I seemed to have escaped the latest bout of tonsillitis that hit Oldest. Sunday saw Oldest barely eating. She was complaining of a sore throat and just spent the day looking pale and interesting on the sofa. However, Monday she picked up but she was still not really eating and by the time Wednesday had rolled around we had to admit defeat. Oldest’s throat by now was looking red raw and she resembled Casper the Ghost in appearance. 2 days of bed rest and lots of honey and lemon and she was able to return to school on the Friday – whoop!
This Sunday I completed the 16 miles no problem and the next day I felt completely fine. I also ate better this week. I spent the previous week meal planning and then did one big weekly shop. However, eating healthy is expensive. I don’t care what anyone says, it is! I nearly cried at how expensive our food bill was. Although, the cost of living on Jersey is higher anyway. I have decided that this week I need to go back to the drawing board and I need to try shopping on a daily basis again to see if this cuts our food bill. I am going to still plan what to eat each day but I am hoping that this will mean that there is less food wastage and therefore some money-saving!
Is sharing our exercise regime narcissistic?
My brother sent me an article from a newspaper this week where it claimed that people who share their trips to the gym etc on Facebook are more likely to be narcissistic. Now I hope that he wasn’t trying to tell me something but it did get me thinking. I very rarely share when I have exercised on Facebook. Sometimes I might share how many miles I’ve got to do. The reason for this is that it gives me a kick up the bum. If I am putting it out there that I have 16 miles to do, then it means that I have to get out there and do it. I certainly don’t post any glam shots of me looking buff. Firstly, because I don’t really like sharing myself in photos. (I say this yet I will happily film vlogs. However, again I am not entirely comfortable doing that but I am a big believer that you should push yourself out of your comfort zone!) Secondly, the only photos I share are ones of me looking dishevelled and a mess because I really want to show what exercise really looks like. I am proud of myself. I am raising money for a good cause and in the process I am getting fit. My body shape is changing and I am getting stronger and fitter. I never thought that I would refer to a 7 mile walk/run as a short run but I do. There have been times when I have felt like giving up, and it would have been easy to give up but I am determined to do this. Therefore, I like to show that it takes real grit. There is nothing glamorous about me when I am exercising.
I am also a big believer that exercising is good for you mentally. I notice a real difference when I am exercising. I am less anxious and I feel more in control of my life. I also have very painful periods and exercising helps with the mood swings and the awful stomach cramps. Exercising is good for me, yet it isn’t something that comes naturally to me and it is something that I have to push myself to do, so yes sometimes I want to shout it from the roof-tops because I am really proud of myself. However, the main reason for sharing my Moonwalk marathon training on my blog is to raise money. I am sharing my journey in the hope that people will donate. However, in day-to-day life I am someone who is deeply private, yet here I am sharing my life on the Internet. What can I say? I am full of contradictions. Sharing my life is something that doesn’t sit entirely comfortably with me but this blog has allowed me to write. I don’t do it for validation, I do it because I love writing. I do it because I love reading other blogs. I am honest, I don’t sugar coat my blog, I say it as it is.
Writing this blog has meant that I have been able to raise money for charity, support important causes, I’ve had some lovely experiences, I can make a little money and I have been sent some rather lovely things to review. Not bad for someone who started this blog because she had always wanted to write. I really hope that doesn’t make me narcissistic but instead someone who decided to chase her dreams.
The Body Revenge Plan
Really enjoying the Body Revenge plan. This week I increased it to two circuits of each. I could feel the burn afterwards. I am going to continue it this week and then I might look for a different exercise plan to do.
5 jumping jacks x 2
12 deadlifts x 2
26 split jacks x 2
20 bent-over raises x 2
60 seconds jogging in place x 2
12 step lateral walk in each direction x 2
10 close-grip push ups x 2
10 regular grip push ups x 2
8 Bulgarian split squats x 2
10 superman’s x 2
15 bicep curls x 2
Moonwalk Marathon Training Week 10
Sunday – 16 miles
Monday – Rest
Tuesday – 7 miles
Wednesday – The Body Revenge plan
Thursday – 7 miles
Friday – The Body Revenge Plan
Saturday – Rest
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