How I got to where I am today: you can do it too

crazySuper Fit Bit asked me the following questions the other day and I thought I’d answer them here:

When you started training, what sequence you introduced activities?

Did you start with just running and then move on to strength training or classes?

Did you notice any type of training that really made a noticeable difference or was it all very gradual??

I looked back at my first blog post here. It was October 2008 and I’d started exercising regularly 3 months before. My BMI had reached almost 25, and my Dad brought it to my attention by saying I looked ‘comfortable’. :-/

lorn weight 1Settling down with Fit Girl, and going out drinking and eating lots was taking its toll on my body. Although I was happy, I was 67kg and not feeling I’m the best of shapes. (See my weight loss journey for more info).

I was already sort of active. I went to the gym a few times a week and did an uneducated routine and I played basketball a bit. It was time to up my game. In 3 months I’d already lost 5kg, simply by doing more activity, and I was aiming for more.

how far youve comeI decided to enter some events: a couple of 5ks in the first 6 months, a 10k and a sprint triathlon. I also set about raising money for charity for the three events. All of that was plenty motivation to increase my activity up to between 6-9 hrs of exercise a week (with one rest day a week).

I started focussing on running. On the treadmill I got up to being able to run 20 mins non stop (with walk run intervals). Then I did 20 mins, walked for 5 then ran 20 again. I reduced the walk time until I was eventually running for 40 minutes non stop. Then I took my running outdoors, and ran with friends, and the rest is history: 10k, 10 miles, half marathons, marathons and ultras! (In 4-5 years).

Marathon training allowed the weight to drop off without me even planning or thinking about it, culminating in me getting to the weight I am now, and maintaining that weight for a few years now.

pain being overweightBIKE
At the same time I found out what my weakness in triathlon was (bike) and focused on that too. Bike sessions in the gym, and I bought a road bike and did early morning road sessions.

I got 10 x 3000m swim sessions to do and worked on my swimming twice a week. I included fun and hard interval type work in basketball and I did weights and

werid working outI had a day for each activity:
Mon Run day,
Tue Swim day,
Wed Bike day,
Thu basketball and fun day,
Fri Swim,
Sat Swim bike run,
Sun Rest.
And I did weights on Monday and Wednesday. I did this from about January to September 2008 and high levels of activity (with others usually) became HABIT and A WAY OF LIFE FOR ME.

godothemI created training plans for myself and the events and fundraising acted as motivation to keep going when it got tough. I slowly got fitter and lost more weight. in addition to the exercise I was doing, I was keen to be active in other ways, walking to and from work, always taking the stairs instead of the lift and doing other activities like hill walking and other things with friends.

I liked the variety of training for triathlon and its usually meant that I don’t over do things and I tend to not get injured much (touch wood).

strong1Things which have helped me, are probably activities where I do them with others: social runs, workouts with Fit Girl and Jackie, spinfit with Helen. Spinfit (interval training) has definitely helped my cardio and running. Intense circuits have been good too.

In 2008 I was lucky enough to get a good job close to home. A commute of an hour a day, turned into a 20 minute walk to and from work, plus lots more spare time for me. I can train at 630am and still have time to get into work for 9am. Or I can leave work and be home for 530pm to train right away. Get a good work life and family balance that works for you. If it ain’t working: change it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Training with others not only gets you out of your bed in the morning because you have people relying on you, but it also helps you get perspective and helps you to have fun too. Going to classes is a good way to meet people, and get a good workout at the same time. The social interaction, feedback and chat you get from others can sometimes be worth a hundred hours of working out on your own.

Imagine carrying this around with you runnning?

Imagine carrying this (or more) around with you runnning?

Probably the thing which has been most gradual, but has helped me the most has been losing all of the weight. 24lbs perhaps doesn’t sound a lot when you hear people saying they’ve pat 5 stone etc. But I have lost 16% of my bodyweight… almost 11kg or a small child. It’s got to make things easier for my body! Think of that the next time you lift up a 10kg weight.

In addition to increased activity, I’ve also changed what and how I eat and drink. I gave up drink in 2009, I couldn’t handle it anymore. And I’ve slowly been learning what foods are good and tasty. I quit diet coke and fizzy drunks when I realised they were crappy too. I try to eat in terms of what nutrition I can get from it and I try not to eat grains or wheat where I can. But I’m not restrictive and I eat what I want and I crap too: Chinese and mars bars.

I’ve now run over 5,000 miles since I started (2008), I’m pleased to say I’m very fit and healthy and I’ve lost all of the weight that I have and my body fat is down 10% (down to 20%). I could even go as far to say I have a ‘two pack’ (in a certain light ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

I’m still working hard, focusing on running and strength work, and I’m always keen to learn new things about how I can improve. I appear to be at my ‘set point’ weight now, or the weight I’m meant to be. ๐Ÿ™‚

Imagine not having 10 or 11kg to carry around? That’s how much lighter I am in 5 years…10.45kg! It’s been a long slow process or journey, but everything is a lot easier and better for me now. ๐Ÿ™‚

2008 me vs 2013 me

I’ve gained an immensely strong mental attitude to believe I can do anything I set my mind to. I believe everyone has Super Powers and my Super Powers are strong with me. ๐Ÿ˜‰ If you think I’m ‘Super Lorn’, I think you can be Super whoever you are. You just need to set a few goals, work hard, believe in yourself and achieve great things.

Think about your life and realise how lucky you are. Take my Super Human Test and see how Super you really are. ๐Ÿ™‚

I feel great that I can get up one day and just decide to go for an unplanned 16 mile run if I want. I don’t get DOMS all that much and although I work hard, I’m also keen to take it easy and have fun with friends and get to know others too.

obsessed dedicatedI have a good level of perspective, and life is great. Life appears to be slotting in to place in all areas of my life ๐Ÿ™‚ – like all of my hard work, optimism, good deeds, blood donations and smiles are being repaid to me. I’m grateful for everything I have, receive and am.

Gradual progress and variety – along with putting in the hard work and always learning, appears to be my secret along with a bit of fun and craziness along the way.

Here are my 10 tips to get to be the best you can be:

keep going1. Increase your activity, make exercise and activity part of your life.

2. Enter events if they help motivate you, but most of all, exercise with others (if you can) and have fun.

3. Eat for nutrition, don’t diet. Always look to improve one thing a week in what you eat or drink. Don’t make it too complicated, food should be simple.

4. Measure your progress. Weight, body fat, body measurements. Body fat and body measurements going down can be a great motivator. Don’t focus on the scales too much though, if you do all if the points here, your weight and body fat should decrease as a result (as mine did). I’ve lost inches as well as lbs and you can too. ๐Ÿ™‚

youonlydieonce5. Drink lots of water. About 50-60% of us is water. Ditch fizzy drinks (and alcohol if you want to) and give your body what it needs.

6. Strength train. Circuits, body pump, body attack, Mefafit, weights in the gym. All forms if strength training will help you to burn fat and calories daily. Do my crazy intense circuits or my Super 8s Strength.

7. Learn. Always keep learning about what will work for you very new things, read about what you’re interested in: my books are all: running, triathlon, nutrition, fasting, cycling, weight/ strength training, swimming, positive thinking. Continually improve the special and Super person that you are and can be.

IMG_39718. Set little goals, bit by bit you’ll get there. I never dreamed I would be 123lbs / 20% body fat. I aimed for 135lbs / 23% body fat, and training and other changes in my life made me lose another 12lbs / 3% body fat. Make this a lifestyle change not a fad or 4 or 12 week programme.

9. Be happy, and get your attitude right. Learn to look on the bright side and have fun. There’s no point in worrying it being upset about things, you’re better off being positive if you can and putting all if your energy into your goals and dreams. You can do what ever you set your mind to.

photo910. Don’t take life, training or anything too seriously. It doesn’t matter if you miss a workout here and there, or if you get a cold or an injury that puts you out for a bit. Take the time out and come back stronger. In the grand scheme if things it doesn’t matter, and you can and will still achieve your goals. Make time for friends and family in your life and have fun.

I’m now helping others to hopefully get fitter, healthier and happier. It’s been a long journey, but I’m glad I’ve done it and I’ll. contrite to exercise, be active, eat well and have fun. It doesn’t have to be running or triathlon, it can be walking if you hate running. Find something (or some things) you like…and do them! Or challenge yourself to get up and running, challenge yourself to do something you thought you’d never be able to do.photo5

Now will you join me on a journey to Super healthy fitness and happiness? It doesn’t need to cost lots of money, or take loads of time. Just get a plan together, set aside some time in your life (get up earlier, or do it straight after work), and get support from your friends and family.

sign this is itLike me, you might look back in years to come and realise that this was the best thing you ever decided to do. ๐Ÿ™‚ You, your body and your family might thank you one day.

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7 Responses to How I got to where I am today: you can do it too

  1. Lynn bain says:

    Well done lorn ๐Ÿ™‚ really interesting and inspiring reading. I’ve lost over 3 stone since increasing my exercise and watching what I eat. I began running over 4 years ago when i signed up to a 10k but the one mistake I made was that I didn’t change my eating habits :o. Although I lost a wee bit of weight I wasn’t getting the results I needed to see. I stopped running for a period of time because I think I wasn’t mixing up my routine enough and got a bit bored. However last year a comment was made to me and I too was “looking comfortable” I used this comment to push me into getting healthy. I now mix my routine up with circuits, boxercise, gym and running. I’ve also changed my eating habits (which I found the hardest) I rarely drink diet coke and think that drinking lots of water has helped me a great deal. I’ve found that going out a run before work sets you up for the day. I’m not at my goal weight yet but am getting there and have had lots of nice comments which helps motivate me to continue.
    Keep up the good work ๐Ÿ™‚

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