Unleashing my Inner Warrior!

At the beginning of this year I challenged myself to spend one year trying new things. I got off to a flying start earlier in the year and threw myself into my new project. I tried gymnastics, which was hard but amazing, and I signed myself up for adult ballet. I got a road bike and began dabbling in cycling and I entered the Great South Run, which unfortunately is now out of reach due to an injury. Since then I lost my mojo a bit, disappointed I wasn’t going to achieve a major goal I had set out to smash.

Well, I’m pleased to say that when it comes to trying new things, I’m back!

Untitled designThis summer I’ve challenged myself to give rugby a go! Yes, you heard right 🙂 Girls can play too, ya know! I grew up playing a variety of sports, but I think as adults it’s really easy to forget the value of playing team sports. A lot can be said for the team spirit and camaraderie that comes with being a member of a sports team, not to mention better mental health and overall fitness and wellness that comes as a result of being physically active. I have several friends who play football, AFL (in Australia) and rugby who say when they joined they didn’t just get a new sport, they found a sisterhood. I don’t know about you, but that’s something I could definitely use more of in my life.

The great news is, that I’ve picked a fabulous time to try rugby, because England Rugby is running a series of Warrior Camp events to give women the opportunity to try rugby in a fun environment without the pressure of being thrown straight into the deep end with other experienced players.

So who’s with me? On August 30 I’ll be going to the Ellingham and Ringwood Warrior Camp at 7pm in Ringwood, Hampshire. It would be fantastic if some of you can join me! You can sign up to this Warrior Camp or find one closer to you at www.englandrugby.com/innerwarrior

I’m going to post all about my experience, so make sure you check back here and follow me on Instagram to if you’d like to see what Warrior Camp is all about.

Are you a woman that plays rugby? I know there is at least one female PKU rugby player – Emma Harbage has represented Britain and is currently over in the US and Canada playing Rugby. If you’re a female rugby player, do you have any tips for me? Help a sister out here!

I seriously can’t wait, but in the meantime I think I’d better keep working on my cardio… 😉

Going Strong

Hey guys! How are you all doing?

Things have been pretty busy over here in PKUFit land, so I haven’t done a lot of blogging lately. Some of the busy stuff is fitness related and some isn’t.

My training has been going well. Honestly, I haven’t seen much physical change, but then I have been finding nutrition SUPER challenging lately. In the last couple of weeks this has improved dramatically as I’ve gotten off my arse and actually put the work in doing my meal planning and food prep. I’m still far from perfect, but its getting there.

One thing I can say with absolute certainty is that I’ve achieved a lot more consistency in my workouts and it’s paying off.  I’ve been training at Spartans in Southampton, at home or at my new studio (more on that in a second). I LOVE Spartans. I was intimidated at first, but that changed quickly.

I’m seeing some good shape change, particularly in my legs and shoulders.

I’ve also moved studios, so I’m now training out of MGB Fitness in Swaythling, and my clients and I all love it so far. I’m enjoying having a shorter drive into work!

Business has been going well and I’ve got some really exciting things coming up that I will hopefully be able to share with you all soon.

Non Fitness
Earlier this year we put an offer in on a new build house which was accepted and we’ve been not so patiently waiting for the build to be finished so we can complete on the sale and move in. That day is fast approaching and will hopefully be in the next few weeks. My parents are also arriving from Australia next week, so between packing, cleaning, training, work, having the girls home for the summer holidays and getting ready for my parents to be here I’m pretty busy.

Okay, so I think that’s everything! Look out for more content soon 🙂

Fitness challenges

Hi all,

After the first week this journey got challenging. I’m a little perturbed that the honeymoon period was over so quickly! I haven’t had time to write – I’ve taken on a bunch of new PT clients and I’ve been crazy busy as a result.

I have realised I can’t throw myself into this all or nothing, because with my mental lifestyle it simply won’t be sustainable. I’ve come up with a list of bad habits I need to kill, and good habits I want to work on that will ultimately help me reach my goal.

Habits I need to kick:
1. Buying food and drinks on the go. I have an awful habit of buying something to eat or drink (sometimes both) whenever I’m out. I’m out of the house a lot. I’m pretty sure that I’m consuming way more calories (not to mention protein) than necessary. If I kick this habit I’ll be saving money and I think it will make a significant difference to reaching my goals.

2. Not going to bed at a decent time. I don’t know if it’s a mum thing, but I am terrible at going to bed! When I get home and the girls have gone to bed, it doesn’t matter how tired I am (like now – I feel like my eyeballs are practically hanging out of my head!), I seem to force myself to stay up. Sleep is super important for stress management, recovery and a whole host of other things. My lack of sleep is not going to be helping my fat loss efforts!

Habits I am going to work on:
1. Drinking more water. I have never been a water drinker. Plain and simple, I don’t like it. Of course, I still need to drink it! When I got my best results I was drinking 3L of water per day. I’m nowhere near that these days, partly because if there’s a choice I’ll always reach for a coffee instead.

2. Preparing my meals. If you fail to plan you plan to fail. I need to remember this, and the take it a step further and pre-prepare as many meals as possible for the week. I am dreadful at sticking to a food plan, so this week I’m trying to simplify it as much as possible. I have frozen veg in the freezer and I’m going to pre-cook some other veg and rice so there’s no excuse.

3. Consistency. This has always been a downfall for me since I gave up equestrian. When I was competitive in dressage I was so consistent that anyone who knew me could say where I would be, when I would be there and what I’d be doing. That was my passion, it was easy to be consistent, but I lost that passion a long time ago (it’s still in there, but I can’t afford to ride, let alone own a horse, train seriously and compete). I need to find it. This month I’m going to work on consistency. Consistent eating habits, consistent protein intake and consistency in my training.

Next month I will pick some new things to work on, but one step at a time. Little changes add up to big results!

Up and down

Hi all,

I’ve had a bumpy couple of days and I haven’t had time to make a post on how I’m doing. Lots is going on at the moment (not all bad, don’t worry!) and it has made for an interesting learning curve for me. I had planned to do a video blog last night, but I got distracted! Twice a week I run a bootcamp at the Ageas Bowl, and last night driving into the venue I got stopped by guards and questioned about my intentions and reasons for wanting to enter. Of course, they let me through, but I was somewhere between rattled and pleased that they’ve stepped it up so much in the wake of the terror attack in Manchester.

Anyway, I’ve learned the hard way on Tuesday and Wednesday that preparation is going to be my best friend. A lack of preparation opens the door for slip ups. And if I slip up, it opens the door for a slippery downward spiral that I already know I’m very prone to! On Tuesday my poor time management and lack of preparedness got the better of me. Unfortunately, it carried on into Wednesday! It all started out with a rough morning with two tired girls and trying to get them sorted and out the door. I made my breakfast but I didn’t get to eat it. As soon as I got back from the school run I had to drive my husband to work (he has a torn ligament in his foot and currently can’t drive). By the time I was in the city I was *starving*. Cue the demolishing of a couple of McDonald’s hash browns and the consumption of a very not PKU friendly coffee. It all just kept going from there. Eating crap for breakfast (though I did have all my formula!) meant I was HUNGRY. And not even hungry, HANGRY! It stayed all day. And I ate one crap thing after another…. for two days! I have just wanted to curl up in bed and sleep continuously.

Then last night I got super upset with myself, and wondering why I’m struggling so much mentally, and I realised that I just stopped taking my antidepressants without slowing them down first. I didn’t mean to, I’ve just been super busy and I kept forgetting. So that probably hasn’t helped the cycle of guilt that has followed.

However, today is a new day! I’ve started it off with porridge, Glytactin RTD and a fast paced walk with the dog. Now heading in for five hours of PT (I’m going to be shattered!).

Day 3 – killer cardio!

Day 3 and still going strong. Did a blood test this morning for my phe levels, not expecting it to be great as I’ve been a little inconsistent, sick, stressed and hormonal. Currently sat in my car trying not to puke after blasting myself with stair sprints after bootcamp. Cardio sucks! 

I’m a bit dorky in this video… I make no apologies 😂