Halfway Point of Beachbody’s Transform:20

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I’m now at the halfway point of the Transform:20 program on Beachbody on Demand so I thought I’d do a little update of how I’m finding it.

Finding 20 minutes a day has been pretty easy. I’ve been getting up at 5am, doing my workout and then getting ready for work. This way my workout is complete before the working day and I’m not having to come home after an 11 hour day at work to do it.

I’ve also enjoyed adding in some of the extra workouts that come with the program. There is a list of the standard workouts and then there are bonus workouts that I try to add in when I have more time e.g. Fridays when I don’t work and Sundays.

I feel like I’m getting stronger. I can now perform a pushup, whereas before I could barely even complete one. I still do them from my knees though as I’m not strong in a plank position to start. I think my wrist and shoulder strength has improved a little but it’s still difficult holding the plank position.

The workouts are getting progressively harder but I feel like my cardio level is good. I get out of breath but I feel as the workouts get harder, my cardio fitness is improving at the same time.

All in all I’m enjoying it and I’m definitely pleased I signed up to Beachbody.

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A 4 mile parkrun

On the Wednesday before parkrun, they sent out an email with a section from Vitality asking people to do an extra 20% at parkrun and use the hashtag #move20more. Rachel asked me if I was game and I told her I definitely was.

On Saturday morning I met up with both Maria and Rachel and we all ran together. To start with I was a bit grumpy because the temperature was so warm and it’s meant to be cooling off because we’re halfway through September! But as we ran along I soon got over it…although I did moan about being hot haha.

I managed to run the whole 5km again which really pleased me. There was very little breeze so I definitely felt like I struggled the more we progressed. Mile 3 was my slowest at 13:06 but I averaged a pace of 12:51 throughout.

Running Friends

As we passed through the finish funnel we took a token and then Rachel and I quickly said goodbye to Maria and ran on. We were going to do an extra 1km but as we ran I actually felt a bit stronger than I was expecting so we topped it up to 4 miles. I was really pleased, as it’s been a good while since I ran 4 miles. In fact, it was June that I last ran 4 miles! Wow! At the end, I actually didn’t feel like I’d run 4 miles. I expected to be fatigued, but seemed to have got a 2nd wind of energy after we passed through the finish funnel. Again, I wonder how much of this new found strength is down to the workouts I’ve been doing.

Rachel and I then walked back to the barcode scanners and had a chat with various friends. We then went and had a coffee at Leon’s on the seafront. Thankfully it was bug free today! We sat outside and the views over to the Isle of Wight were incredible. We’re so lucky to live here.

Did you take part in the #move20more?

 

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International Coffee Day

Today is International Coffee Day! So, I thought I’d dedicate a blog post to my favourite drink.

I love a good cup of coffee and going for a coffee with a friend is one of my favourite things to do.

Latte

Usually when I go out for a coffee I’ll order a latte. However, that’s not to say I don’t like other types! When I’m trying to be really good with eating well I’ll order an Americano, or if I fancy a bit more of a caffeine hit than a latte provides I’ll order a Flat White.

Flat White

I love to go for a coffee to see how places do coffee. Some simply use a machine but I love it when they use beans from a local company e.g. The Pump House in Gosport uses coffee from a Winchester company.

Post meal Latte

I never tire of coffee, it’s my go to drink, and as you can see I like to take pictures of it too.

Costa Coffee

My favourite High Street coffee chain is Costa coffee. I prefer their coffee and the general feel of them. However, in September, I do switch allegiance to Starbucks due to the mighty Pumpkin Spiced Latte.

Starbucks Caramel Frappucino

Lets not forget that coffee doesn’t just come served hot! I love an iced coffee and don’t just reserve these for the Summer. Starbucks definitely serve the best choice of iced coffees.

Starbucks Toffee Nut Latte

Do you like coffee?

What’s your favourite type of coffee?

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A Jolly Lovely Friday

Most of my blog posts are about my workouts or runs. My blog is almost a diary of them, however, I wanted to document a lovely day I had, just for the memories really.

I don’t work Fridays so I got up early and completed two of the Transform:20 workouts from the Beachbody subscription I have. If you’ve not heard of Beachbody, I did a post about it HERE

Afterwards I went and got ready because I was going out for breakfast with Nicky, a friend from work and her partner Kieran. It was Nicky’s Birthday the following day so I took along her present with me. She’s a big Panda bear fan so I bought her a soft and cosy blanket covered in Pandas!

We went for breakfast at The Tenth Hole, which is a tea room in Southsea. Despite weighing up the options for breakfast, we all decided to order the Billy’s Breakfast Burger.

Breakfast

Afterwards I had a slice of the Mint Aero cheesecake…but actually forgot to take a picture! Oops! I also took home a slice of Red Velvet Rocky Road for the Husband and I to have that evening. It was lovely just being in good company and having a natter about anything and everything.

After the dropped me off home I met up with Maria and we went and grabbed a coffee at Leon’s on the seafront. However, there was a plague of Cabbage Flea Beetles. They were everywhere jumping all over the table and us so we decided to move on and go for a walk. The bugs weren’t as bad walking along at least but they were definitely still a pain. We actually ended up walking about 4 miles as we chatted and caught up on life.

I got back home around 5pm, still full from breakfast and worn out! It was a really lovely day though with incredible company.

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BigMugOfTea Reads – Little Duck Pond Cafe Series

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Since reading The Cornish Cream Tea Bus I’ve now moved on to a new series of books called The Little Duck Pond Café. There are currently 7 books in the series with another due out in December. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the series.

The Little Duck Pond Cafe

The series starts with Spring at the Little Duck Pond Café where Ellie discovers and eventually becomes the owner of The Little Duck Pond Cafe. The series is based around the café in the village of Sunnybrook. Ellie meets new friends when she arrives in Sunnybrook and in turn, as the series progresses, her friends are the focus of each book. They’ve been a really light and easy read and I’ve whizzed through them. I didn’t even care that I was reading the Winter and Christmas books in Summer. The characters in the books are all really relatable and likeable, of course they all come with their turmoil which is always solved by the end of the book.

The series is definitely worth a read if you enjoy your books light and easy to follow. If you’re a member of Kindle Unlimited like I am, then these books are free.

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Completing Chapter 1 of Transform:20

I’m now 2 weeks into the Transform:20 workout program on Beachbody. If you’ve never heard of Beachbody, its kind of like a Netflix of workouts!

The Transform:20 program is 6 days a week for 6 weeks. It’s split in to 3 chapters: Commit, Climb, Conquer. I’ve just completed the first chapter Commit. It’s only 20 minutes a day and so far I’ve found this to be really manageable. Everyone has 20 minutes in their day to spare. The website says:

“After five minutes, you’ll be breathing hard. At 10 minutes, you’ll be sweating and your muscles will be burning. At 15 minutes, you’ll be watching the clock. And by minute 20, you’ll be done, exhausted, and proud of yourself”

This is very true. I’ve been amazed how knackered I am and how much sweat is pouring from me after just 20 minutes!

The program is step based. I have a Reebok step and I used it for the first couple of workouts but I’ve now come off of it as it was too hard with the step and I was worried about losing form and injuring myself. The steps they use on the workouts are ones designed for the workout and they’re much lower than mine is even on its lowest setting. However, even without the step I am still working hard and burning calories!

I’m burning around 200-250 calories in the 20 minute workouts. With the step it was around 300 calories but I just felt it was too risky so I’m happy with the decision I’ve made. I’m not willing to risk another injury.

Thankfully on the workouts you can have a split screen with someone doing modified versions of the exercises to make them a little easier. I have the split screen on during all my workouts and use the modifier if I need it. I’m surprised by how little I have been needing it though.

The workout is very leg based and my legs ached every day at first but I seem to be past that now. There are lots of burpee and plank style exercises too and these are the ones I struggle with the most. My shoulders, wrists and core are so weak, so as you can imagine, this makes these exercises difficult. However, after the two weeks I have seen a very slight improvement so hopefully this will continue as I progress through the rest of the program.

I’m pleased I’ve accomplished working out every day for 2 weeks and more importantly, I’m pleased that I’m still enjoying it. With each workout being a completely different workout it keeps it fresh.

So far, so good!

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Finally a parkRUN!

On Saturday 7th September I’d arranged to run at parkrun with Rachel. After meeting with Rachel the other day (In this post) We both signed up to Beachbody and agreed to do 100 days of Happiness with each other, documenting our progress on Instagram. Saturday was our first day to get together to have a bit of a chat about how it’s been.

We started off chatting to various people. Rachel and I know so many people at parkrun now. Once we set off we were chatting about the programmes we are following. I’m following the Transform: 20 program and Rachel is doing one called Liift 4.

Because we were chatting the time passed by really easily. I was finally able to run the whole thing again after my injury. It really helped having someone to talk to the whole way, my mind being focussed on something else and luckily the weather was cooler too.

I felt so accomplished by the end and wondered if my daily workouts that I’m following had anything to do with it too? I don’t know if a week is enough to make a difference but hopefully it will over time.

Do you cross train to compliment your running?

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Beachbody’s Transform:20 Day 1

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Don’t worry, I’m not going to do these updates daily! I’ll probably just update every now and then. But on 1st September, I completed day 1.

Guys, I’m not being dramatic here, but honest to god I felt like I was going to die! It was so hard and fast and intense!

It’s all step based but isn’t like the old step aerobics classes you used to see. I have a step at home but it’s higher than the one they use on the video, that’s possibly one of the reasons it felt so hard. Honestly, usually I think I’m a pretty fit person but this made me feel really unfit! I hope I get used to the pace over time. After 15 minutes I’d had enough but figured since there was only another 5 minutes left I’d keep going.

I felt amazing after I’d completed it and caught my breath but lord it was hard work! I’m looking forward to making progress with this though, if I can handle it haha.

Have you ever done a beachbody workout?

Have you ever done a step workout?

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More Running Than Walking

The last day of August was a Saturday, which can only mean one thing, parkrun day!

I’d seen on the Facebook page of my running club that they were encouraging everyone to wear their club tops to run in on Saturday. Not for any particular reason, but just because, naturally I obliged.

I’m a bit all over with my running. I’ve done a continuous 2 mile run and a variety of run/walks but I wasn’t sure what to do on the day so decided to wing it. I’d run as much as I could and walk when I needed to.

I set off and run a little bit with Gavin from my running club. He’d got penned in with his buggy at the back so was waiting for the crowd to thin out a little before making a break for it. After he left me Pete caught up with me and we ran for a short while together. He was sandwiching his parkrun in the middle of a long run. He’s training for Ironman Wales so his tapering run that he was doing was still a whopping 10 miles!

After he too had left me I took my first walk break. I was just over a mile in. I only walked for a minute and then continued. As I continued I only took a couple more walk breaks which I was pleased about. After we hit the turnaround point, there’s over a mile to the next turnaround point, and there was a glorious cool breeze that allowed me to run quite comfortably without overheating which pleased me enormously.

For the duration of the run I could see the 40 minute pacer ahead of me. At some points he was closer to me and at other points he seemed much further away. I try not to look at my watch whilst I’m running but gauged my finish time to be around 43-45 minutes given the distance between us at the end. As I was on the final section the pacer was cheering people in to the funnel and I figured he must have finished and come back round to cheer others on so as I entered the funnel and stopped my watch I was surprised to see a 39 at the beginning. Turns out the pacer had gone too fast and then walked through the funnel when he hit the 40 minute mark!

My official time came through and I finished in 39:20. I looked at my watch at the start and saw it had taken me 22 seconds to cross the start line so actually it should have had 38 at the beginning.

Does it take you long to get over the start line at your local parkrun?

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I’ve Signed Up To Beachbody

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I’ve been thinking for a while now that I need more structure to my workouts. At the minute I pick a random one from YouTube or do a random DVD with no real continuity or structure.

Someone I follow on Instagram is a Beachbody ambassador and the other day she posted a Transformation Tuesday picture and it was amazing. She has really toned up between the two pictures.

I started looking in to it and some of the workouts. I’d actually heard of a couple of them and not realised they were part of Beachbody. When I was looking I couldn’t help but wonder “Yeah this looks great but how much does it set you back?” I was pleasantly surprised to see it was £99 for the year and there are over 1100 workouts. It works out at £8.25 which is less than most gym memberships!

I’ve signed up and decided the first program I want to complete is Transform: 20. All of the workouts are 20 minutes long and you do them 6 days a week for 6 weeks. The website says:

“After five minutes, you’ll be breathing hard. At 10 minutes, you’ll be sweating and your muscles will be burning. At 15 minutes, you’ll be watching the clock. And by minute 20, you’ll be done, exhausted, and proud of yourself”

Let’s see if it turns out to be true!

 

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