Monday, 17 November 2014

Motivation Monday

Include Weights or Body Weight Training into your routine. Tone your muscles because muscle burns more calories than fat!!

Blog Post: Balance Basics

Donna x

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

My Fitness Journey - The mental side

Whatever 'Journey' you are going though we all need something that reminds us to stay positive, to keep us focused and motivated. You may have noticed I use the quote/# ProgressNotPerfection quite a lot. This quote is my motivation that keeps me going and keeps me positive. I'm really glad I found this quote and I will tell you why.

Sharing my Fitness / Weight loss Journey online (esp. on Instagram) can be a great thing and also a bad thing, don't get me wrong I think Instagram can be a great place for inspiration and motivation. Seeing other people share their stories / journeys, getting tips etc to help you is great.
But, for me esp. after about 6 months into my Journey (back than, I was mainly focusing on Weight loss, bad, I know) I started to compare myself to others and kept wondering why my 'weightloss' was a lot less than theirs. I also started to feel disappointed with my 'Progress Pics'. Other peoples always seemed to look so much better.
I could see I was going down a negative path and I ended up un following quite a few fitness accounts.

I find that quite weird that the accounts that helped me at the beginning were now doing the exact opposite. But, I know it was what was in my head that needed sorting out. These accounts did nothing wrong, I don't think I was jealous of their progress I was more frustrated I wasn't getting the results after all the hard work I was putting in. Completely forgetting my body at that time was going through crap because of the Gluten intolerance and the reason why I gained the weight in the first place! My body was still healing.

It was only when an account I follow posted this picture

I had a look through my own IG account and noticed all the progress I had made and to be honest I was pretty proud of myself. (Progress blog post)

(repost pic)

Since then I have been focusing on my own journey, But, recently since I've started my 'Yoga Journey', old habits have crept back and I found myself comparing myself to others again (I mentioned this in this Post). Before I reached the negative stage, I noticed the # ProgressNotPerfection on quite a lot of Yoga pictures. And for some known reason it stuck with me. It could be because the lovely ladies I follow for the Yoga Challenges always talk about how far they have come on their journey and showing us their progress and also how they struggle or had struggled with some poses and they always make sure there are options for all levels.
Its not about focusing on perfecting the pose its what you learn on your journey (Yes I know I'm getting very hippie ;) ). but, so far I'm going to have to agree, focusing on my progress (not perfection) is helping me stay motivated. What I'm learning on my journey is changing me for the better and Perfecting the Pose is going to be a bonus :).

Progress not perfection can be used for any thing. It reminds me to stay focused on the positive, you will always find progress whether its mental or physical.

I still follow quiet a few fitness accounts on Instagram. I love following other peoples journeys and seeing there progress. I still think its the best place for inspiration and motivation esp. if you find the right accounts.

And the one other thing I like to remind myself is, this is YOUR journey

Till next time
Eat Clean, Train Mean and remember Progress not Perfection :)

Donna x    

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Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Lets Get Flexy ~ Yoga Challenge

October was all about flexibility, as you may know from previous posts/challenges my flexibility is not very good, It is something I really need to work on.

Here are my attempts at this months challenge: (For more details please see my Instagram page for each day) 

You may have noticed 4 days are missing (days 26,28,29 and 30), they are poses with a handstand. I didn't attempt them because I'm still not confident with doing handstands and headstands.

This months challenge, I've noticed little differences in my body, just by doing these poses. Its only little improvements, like, going a (little) bit further in a pose or noticing my muscles don't feel has tight. My hamstrings are still a big problem for me. But I know in time they will improve :)

And the best thing about this challenge, I have not one but two! Yoga Progress Pictures!!!!

I know the pose is not perfect but I can remember when I first attempted this pose, and I struggled to get one hand on to my heal and the pain! in my quads!!. I was in shock when I could touch my heals with both hands, I could still feel the stretch in my quads, but wow, I never thought I would get my first progress picture with this pose! :) Yay for me!

The second pic, again I know the pose isn't perfect but my finger tips are touching, so it counts ;) I couldn't twist my body on the first attempt so I had to do an option of the pose, and now I can :).

Progress Not Perfection :)

All I can say is that it feels awesome! It really is an awesome feeling witnessing what your body can do! 

Who wants to join me with this months challenge? You can join in whenever you want, just follow @beachyogagirl and @kinoyoga and the sponsors @shaktiactivewear on Instagram they post how to do each pose for the day (for all levels) and obviously you don't need to post pictures if you don't want to. Just practice each day and watch your progress :).

This month I'm going to challenge myself and give this challenge a go as well

 with this challenge I will be doing the single poses so every other day I will practice the pose.

Let me know in the comments below if you are joining in or do any other yoga challenge.

Till next time

Donna x

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Monday, 3 November 2014

Motivation Monday


Sit and watch TV for 30 minutes feeling Tired and/or Down


Workout for 30 minutes and feel GREAT!!

(you can still even watch TV while you workout! no excuses!).

You Decide :)

Donna x