Banished to the naughty step

It would seem I have been a bit naughty today….not the dessert but the run!

I got a bit carried away chatting to the Boyf and missed our turn around point by about 3 minutes! So my long run was a bit longer than planned.

Result: the magic plan from @TrainAsONE has put me on the naughty step and downgraded my 1 hour 7 minute run planned for tomorrow to a 51 minute recovery run at reduced pace!

I love that my running plan adapts to the effort I put in and makes sure I don’t get carried away and over train. It you’re a runner looking to train sensibly for any distance then it is well worth checking out!

Finding the right mindset, let Lucy Locket Loves guide you

Image - Lucy Locket Loves Mindset WorkbookLife is hard, but I am a strong believer that with the right mindset you can achieve pretty much anything you set your mind to (insert traditional caveats here, that you are unlikely to grow wings and fly under your own power, or become a unicorn).  Often it becomes about how you frame your vision, and how flexible you are about how to reach that end goal.  Sometimes that could mean compromising your values (or someone else’s)…why else would Olympic athletes constantly be found taking performance enhancing drugs?

Ultimately it’s because their end goal of winning means more to them than not winning, they will literally do anything it takes to be number 1.  To them the benefit outweighs the risk of being found out, breaking the rules, or the law.

Now I am not saying you should completely do away with your morals and start beating up strangers in Starbucks just because you want the seat that they have.  You could however look at what you achieve and then assess whether you are doing all you can to achieve what you want….and you….eating that giant cookie….you’re only going to lose weight if you look at your cookies in to exercise out ratio!  Maybe start by buying less cookies, that’ll help you eat less of them (stealing cookies from children is not a workaround here either) and perhaps you’ll lose weight.

Or perhaps you should look at why you lose weight.  You might think it will make you happier, but then again it might not.  How do you know if you want to achieve something for your own reasons, and not someone else’s?  How can you tell if actually it is the right destination and journey for you?  It’s tough isn’t it?

To find the right mindset, you might find you need a little help and guidance, and Lucy, from Lucy Locket Loves has put together a great Mindset Activity Book to help you get there.  Here’s what she says about it:

Do you struggle to get clear on what you want to achieve and how to stay focused?

Do you need help getting into your own thoughts and feelings? Whether it’s fitness, health, job, worklife balance related sometimes we all need abit of help with our goals and what drives us!

This is EXACTLY what my NEW mindset workbook is for, included are:

-Setting goals exercises

-Mindset habits exercises

-Consistency exercises

-Affirmations exercises

Sounds pretty cool huh?  It’s a nicely put together PDF that you can either print off and scribble on as you work through all of the exercises, OR, if you’re a digital lover like me, simply import it into your favourite PDF annotation app and away you go.  Mine’s ready to go in OneNote alongside my digital Bullet Journal.

As a launch offer, Lucy’s offering readers of Tailfish the chance to get her Mindset Activity Book for just £4.99 instead of the usual £8.99!  All you need to do is visit her site, go to “Make Payment Online” and when you enter the details of the Mindset Activity Book in the purchase box, make sure that you quote TAILFISH as a discount code in the notes section.

Nice and simple, and you can be chilling with a coffee and your workbook in no time!

I look forward to hearing what you all achieve with her guidance!

Janathon Day 5

Janathon Day 5 – back on the 30 day challenges, squats and press-ups done, and a tasty turkey egg muffin from r breakfast. Today has been full of win. Even more important my snot level is reducing too, so running and yoga could be back on the cards soon!

Janathon Day 4

A relatively lazy day as still full of cold and my 30 day challenges were both on rest days.  I did manage a walk though, so still in the game!

The health resolutions you need to keep in 2017

As the year draws to a close, it’s tempting to think about New Year resolutions, and about the changes we fully intend to make in our lives. I’ve collaborated with HCA to bring you some insight into how you can make some of your New year resolutions “stick”.
Your resolutions could be as simple (and important!) as “leave the office earlier”, or the more complex (and equally important) “lose weight and keep fit”.

However, the reason most of us fail to reach our goals is that we expect too much of ourselves. Resolutions are only of any practical use if we know where we’re going, and how we’re going to get there. Here are some health resolutions you should consider for 2017, and some tips for achieving them:

I am going to get fit

If you don’t already exercise regularly, it’s a good idea to get a steady routine in place. You could change “I am going to get fit” to “I am going to get fit by taking a half hour walk at least three times a week”. Studies show that you only need to exercise for half an hour a day to have a beneficial effect on your overall health.

I am going to go on a diet

Ask yourself what you’re going on a diet for; if the answer is anything other than to be healthier than you are, then it might be for the wrong reasons. Additionally, “diets” as such don’t work; a very restrictive eating plan isn’t sustainable as a life-long choice, whereas making sensible substitutions a little at a time is. Instead of “I am going on a diet”, consider using a smaller plate for your largest meal of the day, so that your portion sizes shrink automatically.

I am going to join a gym

This is a good one, and lots of us fall over here. Joining a gym is easy; making the effort to go on a regular basis is rather harder! As any regular gym-goer will tell you, they are jam-packed with enthusiastic exercisers in January, many of whom fall by the wayside by early March. Try “I am going to join a local exercise class with a friend” instead. Your natural competitive streak will help both of you stay on track.

I am going to look after myself

This needs no modification. If you don’t look after your health and listen to any of those niggling aches and pains that you never speak to the doctor about, no amount of good resolve will get you back to your best. Make this your year to have a full health check. Whilst it can be scary to delve into the unknown, it is better to identify issues sooner rather than later so that you can undergo any relevant treatment.

If your GP finds anything that concerns them and needs further investigation, The Christie Clinic deal with all stages of diagnosis and treatment of a variety of cancers, including a comprehensive counselling and support service to help you come to terms with your diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. If 2017 means a cancer diagnosis for you (and let’s hope it doesn’t), let them give you the best possible care.