A bit of a different favourites this month. I have just realized that i have been running now for 2 years and i still love it.
2 years ago i was very heavy and getting heavier. I was starting to gain more and more health problems related to my weight and something had to give. My knees, literally!
I was quite depressed and hated looking in the mirror. One day, i decided life was far too short for feeling sorry for myself and it was time to change.
Changing required a whole new thought pattern as well as introducing an exercise routine into my life.
How I Started My Weight Loss
Although i am absolutely no fan of any diet and i don’t follow them in any way, i did start to think a bit more about what i was eating. It wasn’t like i ate unhealthy; however, i did pack it away.
The only significant change i did make was cutting cheese out almost completely. I was eating cheese and crackers at 12 am of a night, at my biggest. I do love cheese and i just eat small amounts every now and again and i will have the odd bit of cheese on toast at lunch time rather than at midnight. This helped significantly in my weight loss.
I would still like to lose another dress size, but i am in a good place within myself, so if i don’t, not a problem!
Another wonderful move i made was starting this blog. I love it so much. It’s my baby. I am trying to move forward with it a bit more each year.
I now have the confidence to show my face on my blog, which i think makes it that bit more personal. Baby steps!
I wasn’t going to show the before pictures; however, if it inspires others do get out and do something about their weight, then it’s worth me feeling embarrassed about putting them up for the world to see.
Now onto my favourites:
L’Oreal Active Anti- Wrinkle Matte Fluid Protection SPF 50+
I use moisturizers and SPF’s when i’m running. It’s amazing when you build up a sweat, the blood rushes to the face and this makes it catch the sun far quicker than normal. A 25 minute run can result in a sun burned face on a mild day. Not good at all.
I use this SPF moisturizing cream when i’m running only. It’s a bit chalky otherwise, It’s great at protecting my face.
These trainers are fantastic. Comfortable, they fit like a glove to my feet. Very bouncy on the feet too. This has helped with my injury problems; in fact, i haven’t had any Tendinitis, (a runners worst nightmare) since owning these and yes! I will buy them again. They are expensive but if they keep you injury free, believe me, they are worth every single penny.
The best out there. I wear Climaheat in the winter and Climacool in the summer. It really helps. I get stiff knees in cold weather and i find it difficult to run when it gets really warm during summer.
3kg Hand Weights
I do hand weights two – three times a week for ten minutes at a time. When i was a Pastry Chef, i had very toned arms due to lifting heavy trays in and out of ovens most of the day. Now; i have squidgy arms. I find the weights keep them a bit more toned.
Sorbothane heel pads (Pictured above inside my trainers)
When i developed Tendinitis last year, twice, i was out of action running for nearly 3 months. This is a long time and i put half a stone back on as a result. I was told by a fellow runner to buy these and i would never have it again. Well i never have, touch wood! I did also buy a much better pair of running shoes too. I think both factors have helped save me from injury.
I love this bra for running in. It keeps me in place. If i ran marathons, i would probably buy a shock absorpber bra but at the moment, this one is doing just fine. http://www.marksandspencer.com/l/lingerie/bras/dd-bras/sports-bras
Lastly, it’s all about finding the confidence to change your circumstances when things don’t work for you anymore, (and you can). This was one of the big reasons why i was overweight, because i didn’t want to change what i knew had to. It all fall’s into place when you listen to your intuition.
Now, time for that 5K and then a cuppa. :-)
Take care and i will see you all soon. ;-)