7 workout excuses to banish from your life

30 November 2015

It's dark before I leave the office now and the first thing I want to do when I get home is make a cup of Caramelized Apple tea and snuggle on the sofa with the dog. Going for a run along the sea front and battling against the elements? Not my number one choice. But once it's done, you feel good and strong and 100% better for doing it. A couple of years ago when I was a teacher, I honestly didn't have much time to fit exercise into my life. It got me down more than I realised and changed the way I felt about myself. I vowed that I would never let that happen again and now, I'm the girl who trains whilst on holiday and factors in training sessions when friends come to visit me (this is a true story.)

It is so, so easy to make excuses when it comes to exercise, but we're in charge of our lives and what we do with our time. With that in mind, here are 7 workout excuses to banish from your life forever!

001. I don't have the time. Yes you do. It's about making time and evaluating your priorities. Think about the times that you sit down in front of the tv to watch those 3 episodes of Friends that you've watched about 40 times over. That's an hour and a half that you could have been working out or going for a quick run. It's so easy to pretend that you don't have the time, and I could easily do that. However, exercise isn't an addition to my life..it's just a way of life and I will always make the time for it.

002. I'm too tired. We've all said this, including me. Sometimes it's important to listen to your body if you're physically tired, but most of the time, it's just a feeling. You never regret a workout and even when I'm not feeling my strongest, it feels good to have done a little bit of exercise, even if it's just 30 minutes.

003. It's too expensive. Some gyms are indeed expensive, but I am a firm believer that it's about finding the right gym for you, no-matter what the price is. I have trained in gyms that are £90 a month, and ones that are £9.99 a month. Think about the extra coffees you buy on the way to work, or the lipstick you pick up during your lunch hour. They all equal to what could be a gym membership. If a gym membership still seems too much, exercise is free. Get outdoors, go for a run, do push ups on the wall at the beachfront, do sit ups in your living room. There are so many options and exercise never, ever has to be expensive.

004. Exercise is boring. If you do the same workouts over and over again, then it can get boring. It's about finding that inspiration and what works for you. Training with a friend can be a great motivator, and giving yourself weekly targets means that you're always in competition with yourself. I love to switch up my workouts so that every day is different. I always make sure I have a good music playlist too to give me the extra boost - you'll often see me dancing and singing in between rounds, and that means I'm never bored!

005. I'll start to exercise in the New Year. Why the New Year? Why not now? There's no need to postpone. There's a month until New Year and imagine what you can do in those 4 weeks, and how your body might feel, not to mention your morale. When you do get to New Year, you'll already be in the mindset of exercising and it won't seem like such a challenge.

006. It's my time of the month. Come on girls. We're not in Year 7 and trying to get out of swimming any more. Change up the workout to suit how you feel. Maybe use lighter weights, or go for some shorter rounds. Exercise massively helps your hormones and you'll feel good for it after.

007. I'm pregnant. Now I can't speak from experience with this one, but as long as you've exercised before pregnancy, you're fine to train during pregnancy. This doesn't mean you have to go hammer for tong, but research has shown that exercising whilst pregnant has tons of benefits. Increased blood flow, endorphins and general fitness are all key for a good pregnancy and just by going for a brisk walk a few times a week can be of massive benefit. If I'm ever lucky enough to become pregnant, I will be carrying on my usual fitness routine unless otherwise told not to. Baby bump body pump is 100% a thing!

Hopefully this post will have given you a little inspiration when it comes to doing some exercise. Will your Monday involve some form of activity?

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A Little Q&A

16 November 2015

Where has the time gone this month? My life has been so busy and full on that I just haven't had a chance to sit down. Sometimes, I wish I had one of Hermione's time turners so that I could make sure that I got everything on my 'to do' list, done. But, alas, life is not like that. It's been a busy month so far, filled with visits to places all over the country, various OCR challenges and getting myself organised for a trip away. Bonfire night was spent with good friends, lots of sparklers and even more wine, leading to me feeling very sorry to myself the following day. 

Sara and I did manage to get a rather lovely shot of our sparklers though!

Now for a little Q&A. Let me know if you decide to do this!

At the movies, I'm ... so engrossed with what's going on, I start shouting along with the film. My friend had to deal with me willing Daniel Craig on during SPECTRE recently and thought it was one of the funniest things!

On the beach, I ... am usually sunbathing (if on holiday), and then running into the sea and feeling generally happy with my life. Alternatively, if I'm at home in Bournemouth, I'm usually running around with Max or taking photos of beautiful beach sunsets.

At the dentist, I ... am absolutely fine. I've never been scared of the dentist and even did work experience there growing up of my own free will because I found it so interesting. Total geek!

On a first date, I ... am usually nervous at first, which is quite surprising seeing as I'm a confident person. If the conversation flows, then the nerves go away very quickly. My favourite types of dates are cosy ones at home, or long dog walks along the beach.

Right now, I'm ... feeling cold. Winter is definitely here and I should probably be wearing more layers to counteract this!

On Snapchat, I am ... always moaning about the traffic or singing along to music. You can find me at @titchtamsin

In the month of December, I am ... honestly one of the happiest girls. Christmastime for me just radiates many of the things I love about life and people. I am one of the keeno's that everyone loves to hate, already wrapping presents early and singing Christmas songs as loud as I possibly can. I just love festivity!

In the kitchen, I ... love to cook and try out new recipes. I'm the Mary Berry of our household and my housemates are often asking me to help them bake cakes. Obviously, I oblige happily. Who doesn't love baking cakes?!

Behind the wheel, I am ... a confident driver and a rather loud singer. It's not rare for other drivers to laugh at me when they see me singing my head off. I just tell them to join in with me - singing is good for the soul!

In the wardrobe, I have ... too many clothes that I just do not wear. I've planned a bit of an eBay sale for the end of November so that I can make some room for something new.  

At the gym, I am ... usually throwing some weights around (not literally) and having way too much fun. The gym is my getaway and I'm usually there 5-6 times a week. It's my way of de-stressing, processing the day and of course, working on my fitness.

In a taxi, I am ... the chatty one who always has to ask the driver about their day, family life, how their evening has been.

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Halloween Pumpkins

2 November 2015

Pumpkin carving has got to be one of the best bits of Halloween. Picking out the pumpkin, scooping out the seeds and strings, picking a design and carving away - it's always such good fun. This year, my housemate and I decided to put on the Halloween music album and carve away together. I had two pumpkins to carve this year, so decided to go for a Jack Skellington face, and after looking on Pinterest, went for a cat looking into the pumpkin. Nicky decided on a bat with some star and moon decoration.

I had been practising my makeup for Halloween so already had half a skeleton face on - very fitting for the occasion! We danced around the room, sung along to the music (badly in Nicky's case!) and after we'd finished the carving, we settled down on the sofa with the dogs to watch Hocus Pocus. For me, Hocus Pocus is Halloween personified. It reminds me of being young, and every year I would cry when the cat 'dies', even though it's already dead. Far too emotional!

On Halloween itself, I went out for drinks with one of my girls. We both got dressed up (me as a half-faced skeleton and Issy as a zombie French Maid) and to say we had a good night is an understatement. Many drinks were drunk, lots of songs were danced to and a bit of piri-piri chicken was eaten at the end of the night.

After a Sunday of chilling on the sofa, it's now back to the Monday grindstone.

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Things that made me smile this week

30 October 2015

Friday is here and another working week is nearly over. Wonderful! I'm finding that the days are flying by at the moment, and I just don't seem to have enough time to do all the things that I want to do. I know that I'm guilty of trying to pack in too much into my life, but I guess it's just the way I am. I have things to do, people I want to see, activities to try and places to visit. Not to mention throwing in the daily workout too.

Halloween is nearly here and I'm looking forward to a night out with some of my favourite girls tomorrow. The plan is that there's no real plan. All we've decided is that people are coming to mine to get ready and don some fake blood and costumes, drink some Haribo vodka (which I've brewed myself because I'm that organised), play some games, head into town, see where the night takes us and probably laugh and dance ourselves silly. Those are the best sort of nights I think.

It's been a busy week and it's good to reflect on the things that make us smile so that we can feel grateful and appreciate what we have. Even though it's raining, I'm feeling good. I donned the hood this morning and got on my way to work with a spring in my step. So as the rain hammers down outside, here's a list of the things that have made me smile.

1. I came home from work on Wednesday and my housemates had bought me a present - a balloon version of Max. There had been someone selling them in town, and this balloon honestly was identical to my boy. They bought it just because they knew I'd love it. Max obviously hated it (of course). You may have even spotted the balloon on the episode of The Apprentice that was on the same night!

2. One of my colleagues works in France and we Skype for most of the day when we're working. She's got the same sense of humour as I do and we just laugh and laugh and laugh. My latest thing to do is to recite the rudest rap songs to her in a dramatic effect. It's ridiculous but makes the day that little bit sweeter.

3. On Monday, I went to see the new Bond film, Spectre with my housemate. Anyone who knows me will know that I love James Bond, and I particularly love Daniel Craig. I'd booked us into the first showing that you could get to in Bournemouth or Poole, grabbed the biggest load of popcorn I could find and settled down to watch the show. I don't think you can compare Spectre with the success of Skyfall as they're two different films, but I absolutely loved it. And seeing Daniel Craig is always going to make me smile.

4. I put up a new cover (finally!). I've been singing a lot of jazz recently in preparation for a concert I'm singing in in December, so decided to sing a bit of Fever by Peggy Lee. It's always lovely to hear people's lovely feedback on my singing so thank you. You can listen to it below:

Have a fabulous Friday!

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Training Log

26 October 2015

It feels like a while since I've put up a training log, but having a broken wrist for a month eliminated the majority of my training, apart from running and training for the marathon. 'A broken wrist doesn't stop you running' so my Dad says. But the cast is off and I'm back training now, and wow did I miss it! I've been monitoring how my wrist feels because naturally, it's going to be a little weaker. But so far, so good. Something that I really enjoyed was the visit back to my local Crossfit by my parents, Crossfit 13. I'm not often back at my parents for long enough to get to a session, but I made sure I was free and was there bright and early, ready to beast it. It felt nice to have my name back up on the board.

Monday 19th October
Off training

Tuesday 20th October
3 mile run

Wednesday 21st October
6 x 12 lat pulls @ 40kg
6 x 12 leg curl @ 65kg
6 x 12 leg press @ 110kg
6 x 10 deadlift @ 70kg
6 x 10 push press @ 40kg
6 x 10 front squats @ 50kg

Thursday 22nd October
Off training

Friday 23rd October
Off training

Saturday 24th October
3 mile run

Sunday 25th October
As many reps as possible in 2 mins:
burpee broad jumps
double unders
WOD x 4
15 x deadlifts @ 70kg
25 x pushups
120 double unders

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