The realisation hit me this week that spring is almost here. They are forecasting double-digit temperatures for the next two weeks; you cannot imagine how happy that makes me. And if spring is near, then summer will be on its way too. And since I have been feeling pretty down recently, I need to get my training game back on. Yes, I have signed up for two runs this year, but that doesn’t mean anything unless I actually start training for them.
So, it begins here. Because I know that training makes me happier and fitter and stronger. And that is what I want – especially the “happier” part, which could fill a whole other post. As Radiohead said: “Fitter, Happier, More Productive.”
At some point last year (albeit only for a month or so), I was training five times a week. And it felt so good. I think that five times a week might not be sustainable. I suspect that was the reason it did not last when I tried before.
I have already managed to train three times this week: my regular Monday session with my trainer, a second go at Patty’s 10-minute sweat-and-shred workout, and running yesterday. If I just do one more workout this weekend, that is four times this week. And that sounds manageable.
And I even managed to improve on my first attempt at Patty’s sweat-and-shred. The first time round I did two rounds, plus the first ten squats and five push-ups of round 3.
This week I managed all that plus the first five burpees of round 3. A small step, but a step forwards regardless.
- Train more – four times a week is the goal
- Eat better – there will be days that slip up (hello, today’s tapas lunch) but healthier eating overall is never a bad thing
- Walk more, cycle more, take the bus less
- Restart mindfulness sessions – aiming for three times a week to start with
- Drink more water
- And, most importantly, focus on the positives
As the sign on the door frame at the CrossFit gym says: “A little better every time”
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