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Should I sleep or go to the gym?

The pressure is slowly creeping up at work and I’m feeling it. Sleep sounds like a better option than the gym but I force myself to go and always end up glad I did. I can see my fitness improving although the weight loss has stalled.
It’s hard to keep on top of it all when there is always something more pressing. My job has a lot of deadlines and I find myself missing meals which means I am suddenly starving and in need of the vending machine. There have been days when I’ve forgotten my trusty bottle of Aquaforce and gone most of the day without drinking (I don’t drink tea or coffee). But I’ve learnt I feel better when I drink more so now I sit the bottle on the kitchen bench the night before so I don’t forget it! Sad to say I just can’t keep on top of the diet so I’m focusing on working out. I know it won’t translate to weight loss but exercising makes me feel strong and for the first time in a long while I’m not bothered by aching knees.

Prioritising my time is hard. By the time I get to me its bedtime! I’m very lucky to have a trainer who keeps tabs on me. If it wasn’t for Kelly I would probably have given up on the gym. I’m managing to get there at least 3 times a week and get outside in the weekend. My field is now home to the local football team so I’ve been alternating walking and running between lamp posts with the dogs. My dogs get so excited when they see me put my running shoes on and I feel so mean if I’m headed out the door to the gym!

It’s because I can!

Some days everything just falls into place and others, well, it feels like the world is collapsing round your feet. It’s the times when the daily grind is threatening to overwhelm that reconnecting with what feels good becomes even more important. Think Happy Gilmore not drunken rampage. Think happy place.

I found my long lost happy place when I took a couple of days off work and concentrated on me for a bit. I didn’t sit around, I walked the dogs, gardened and I put myself through a mini boot camp that involved getting outside and wait for it – running (jogging is more accurate).

That might not sound like much, but for me it’s a big deal. My knees have copped plenty of abuse and running was on the list of no-can-dos. I had discovered the local footy field was level and forgiving – just right for me to shuffle around. My trainer Kelly and I jogged around the field early in the morning. It sounds silly but it was exhilarating. I wasn’t breaking any records but I was jogging and not suffering any consequences. Being outside and feeling the sun on your skin is a great feeling. That first jog I did 20 minutes and I think I was less tired when I finished than when I started!

I realised that for a long time I’d been internally focusing on what I couldn’t do instead of what I could.  It’s easy to get sucked into thinking things are impossible but until you try you won’t know for sure. So now I’ve added running to the weekly workout. It might only be 20 minutes but it’s a start. Not every day is problem free but if I had to say why I run – it’s because I can.

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I’m becoming a runner!

So I think I am slowly being able to call myself a runner after putting in a fair bit of sweat and pain into my running training lately. I am really enjoying it though! At the beginning, I was finding myself fairly lethargic throughout the day as my body was trying to get used to the change in activity. But in the past couple of weeks I have had more energy than ever and am really loving my training. I am doing about 5 running sessions per week, at the moment doing about 5km average but have sneaked in some 10km runs. I have to be able to run 10km for 2 weeks straight as I am participating in ‘The Run to Better Days’, a charity run from Hervey’s Bay to Townsville to raise awareness and money for Caritas aid organisation. It is really motivating to have something to work towards, a deadline in which I have to have my body in peak shape. I am aiming to increase my distance to 6km in the next week, and work up from there.

I think my housemates are getting slightly annoyed with the quantity of food that I am consuming to meet my energy demands though! We have a system going where we all put in an equal amount into a communal food supply and I think I am very much utilising it the most! Trying to eat really healthy though, with massive amounts fruit and veg and plenty of whole grains. At the moment I have a big craze for nuts! They are an excellent source of fibre and protein and super tasty as well.

Apart from my running, I am still on the bike every day, mainly using it to commute to uni and back, a lovely 15km ride return. I am also doing a couple of morning training rides a week and have yet to enter a cycling race but hopefully will do one in next few weeks.  Also, very exciting news came out last week about kite surfing being in the 2016 London games. This is very exciting and means that a lot more people will get involved in the sport and also provides a great avenue for those who want to progress in the sport. I haven’t been out as much as I would have liked in the past few months due to time (and a lack of wind) but definitely good incentive to make time now!

I am also nearly finished my first container of AquaForce! Finding it really good with warding off the cold as well; whenever I feel a bit down, having a few glasses of AquaForce over the day makes me feel a lot better and provides good immune support. AquaForce is definitely benefiting my training. I have also been enjoying promoting and getting my friends to taste it, so far all my friends studying medicine are impressed!

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Bec’s Run For Better Days

Hi all!  This is one of my first of hopefully many blogs to come so hope you enjoy it. Anyway, a short intro is probably useful…

My name is Bec and I am really excited to be newly supported by AquaForce in my sporting endeavours. I am passionate about cycling, kite surfing, running, tennis and pretty much every sport under the sun, you check out my previous post for full info!

Today I am flying up to Townsville after visiting my family in Melbourne with significantly heavier bags due to the generous supply of AquaForce product for my training for the next few months. I am really looking forward to the next few weeks as I will be really ramping up the intensity of my training, plus I have started a few new fun activities- including rock climbing and a social soccer team at uni. I have also a new fairly major challenge that is on the horizon- ‘The Run to Better Days’. This will involve running 10km for 13 days straight with a team of 15 other athletes from the happiest place in Australia- Hervey’s Bay to Townsville to raise money and advocate for Caritas. At the moment, 10km is achievable, but only with the ramifications of extremely sore muscles and fatigue for the proceeding few days. So I have incorporated 3 running sessions into my training plan, in which I will slowly be building up the intensity and distance up until the run commences in mid-year holidays in July.

In order to fit these new running sessions in, along with 3 longer rides weekly on top of my 8km commute to uni each day, I am being forced to become an early bird (which I am finding slightly difficult!). Unfortunately by body clock is conditioned for sleep no earlier than 11pm at the moment, which when having to waking up at 4.30am in the morning for training rides, does not leave room for much sleep. I am fortunate that I have a full bag of AquaForce to keep me energised however. And as far as my body-clock is concerned, hopefully it will be kicked into place soon and I will be sweet!

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