18 Feb 2016

Fitness Update: February

Fitness Update | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Since first posting about my fitness journey a little over a month ago, I was hoping that I could come back one month later with tales of how I'm a completely changed woman who exercises every single day, come rain or shine, but for the sake of honesty that's not really the case.

Whilst I wasn't the fittest pre-surgery, I was at a relatively decent level and had built up a reasonable amount of stamina compared to the past. One of the most frustrating things for me at the moment has been having to come to terms with the fact that I'm pretty much starting from scratch again. I do feel like my stamina is building up a bit quicker now, and I finally feel like I'm at a level close to where I was before, but the baby steps have been difficult to get used to.

Fitness Update | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

As you'll more than likely know for yourself, the weather has been pretty dismal lately. Wind, rain and snow have been punctuated with fleeting moments of freezing sunshine, and I've been totally unprepared. I like to run outside, but I really hate being cold and wet, so the weather has had a bigger impact than I would like on my routine. Since adding this lightweight running jacket from Tu Clothing to my growing collection of fitness gear I've been able to get outside a bit more, which has been making a difference to how I'm feeling.

A few weeks ago I decided to download My Fitness Pal once again and start back at the (somewhat tedious) task of logging my calorie intake. It worked for a few days, and I found myself settling in to a habit of sorts, but then after one slightly unhealthy day was followed by a more than unhealthy week I found myself having lost all desire to even think about calories. I'm still trying to make healthier choices, and I've started logging my food diary in the app again, but I've been trying to put a bit less emphasis on the calories and think more about the nutrients I'm getting.

One of the things that seemed to be throwing me off track was my work schedule, as I spent my weekends working till 10pm and didn't always have much time to grab anything resembling a decent meal on my breaks. I'd then get home, usually grumpy, and console myself with some sort of junk food. Now, I'm very happy to say that I've just started a new job with much more sociable hours and because of that I've even gone out and joined the gym. What?!

I think I'm slowly settling in to a better frame of mind when it comes to fitness, and I'm realising that it's going to take a bit more time than I had expected. After a bad week, I'm finally feeling a lot more energised and really looking forward to getting back in the gym. I decided to treat myself and went for the full shebang with swimming and fitness classes included, meaning I've got a lot more options to keep me interested which I think will help a lot!

I'm also considering going down the route of purchasing something like a Fitbit, but I'm a little bit unsure of how useful it would be for me. If you have one, or similar, then I'd be really interested to hear what you think of it and if it makes a difference to your activity levels!
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