This week marks two years since I started The Body Coach Plan and blogged about my journey to getting leaner, fitter, healthier. My biggest achievement was going skiing and keeping up, not getting out of breath and just generally feeling better - read more about this here.
But where I am now?
It's not always easy. It has to be a lifestyle change but it also has to be sensible, balanced and flexible. I do eat the cake! But as long as I am being mindful of my eating habits then I can relax sometimes and join in with social occasions and rituals, like birthday cake.
I have managed to maintain a healthy weight and size 8-10 clothes and although I am not my smallest I have found a good balance that works for me.
I struggle more with keeping up with the work outs than I do with eating well. I've always been honest on my blog and admitted I don't really like exercise - well I don't like the time it takes which is silly really as once I get started it is only 45 minutes, I enjoy it at the time then it is done and I feel really pleased. But then add in shower and changing etc and I get frustrated as my to list is getting longer and I want to do other stuff (like work on my blog)!
When I was doing The Body Coach I was happy to get up early and get the workouts done but after suffering with a bout of insomnia and menopause problems last year I got out of the habit and have struggled to get back into it. So this is a work in progress to find a better plan - and I do have my 'home gym' all set up in the log cabin so it is pretty poor really.
Mind Body Principles with Floresco Fitness and Fat Loss Coaching
On Sunday I went up to Milton Keynes to attend this seminar that my friend Bev Thorogood was running. The focus was very much on the connection the mind has with our body and fat loss goals. And that fat loss does not have to be complicated, we don't need endless diets or plans that we start and finish, then revert back to old habits and start again .... and so the cycle goes on. We just need the 5 Principles of Fat Loss which Bev took us through - I wrote a bit about my views on this simple approach in a post a few weeks ago - take a look here.
I was a bit frustrated to be 'inside' on the last of day of the sunny weather - the seminar was held at Xscape (the indoor ski run) and I didn't see the sky all day. Incidentally why do people put their ski gear on and wrap up warm and ski inside when the sun is shining outside? Didn't make much sense to me!
As I knew I would be inside all day I wore jeans and a navy and white breton top from Baujken (Zoe Top £69 look out for discount codes though), I have one of these in pink too and I love it's loose fit and lightweight fabric. And of course my current favourite scarf from Sweet Bea.
Anyway, I digress! I really enjoyed the seminar and found it to be a good reminder of the basic principles as well as picking up some new tips and ideas especially how we self-sabotage our efforts with limiting beliefs. Find out more about Bev and the coaching she offers on her website at www.forescofitness.co.uk.
I will be working on my mindset with Bev's support to find a way forward to enable me to fit in a more structured exercise plan. I will update you every month in my regular Being Fifty & Fab post #beingfiftyandfab.
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