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…well here’s a post I never thought I’d write. Having previously flirted with fitness kicks that didn’t last longer than a couple of weeks, I never thought I’d be sitting down to write a health related update on my routine that I’ve managed to hold down for two months and probably the biggest surprise of all – enjoy. I’ve bleated on a lot about this before (here, here and here), so I’ll try to make this short and snappy. For eight whole weeks – bar the week I was on holiday – I’ve hauled myself out of bed and got in a good 30 minutes of good ol’ heart pumping, sweat and panting-inducing exercise. Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays I go for a run and Tuesdays and Thursdays I pop on a Fitness Blender video and jump around my living room at 6am much to my downstairs neighbour’s amusement. From barely being able to jog around the block, I can now go for three miles and I reckon stretching it out to four is on the cards for this week. Here are a few things I’ve learnt, aside from the fact that working out will always make you feel like you have a waterfall trickling down your cleavage…

Buddy up. Having someone who’s pretty into their fitness on hand to coach you on your ‘meh’ days and give you a pat on the back every now and again is easily the most motivating cog in this whole wheel. For me, it’s my Dad. Two times marathon runner, countless times half marathon finisher and with so many medals in his office hanging off a pinboard it’s a daily occurrence that at least one falls off. He’s the whole reason I got into this running thing and he is all kinds of awesome. Also tweets from you lot who have recently picked it up are majorly motivating and just add to the feel-goodness of the whole thing. Keep ‘em coming and well done! 

Take note. For me a fitness kick was never about numbers weight-wise, it was more about my general health and with having a pretty sedentary lifestyle, I needed to get moving. But one way that I have enjoyed tracking my ‘progress’ if you will is with the Nike Running App. Providing ‘on the run’ feedback on your speed, distance and average pace and post-run briefs summarising it all, it’s helped me to visually see that I’m getting better. My runs are still hard and feel a plodding pace at best but I can now run 3 miles at a 30 seconds faster mile average than my first ever one mile run that I did. It’s still many minutes slower than Mr Marathon Man, a.k.a) my Dad, but hey – I’m working on it.

Make time. This is my tried and tested excuse that has always been the reason that I’ve evaded exercise for so long. Ain’t nobody got time for that. But you see I have, I just needed to make time. I now set my alarm 45 minutes earlier than I used to. That gives me 15 minutes to wake up, aimlessly scroll through Instagram until my eyeballs no longer feel like they’re burning, get into my gear and do my thang. By the time I’m back I’ve lost no time and am in a similar, slightly more sweaty state, than if I’d just woken up.

Break time. If you miss a day, week, whatever, it’s cool. When you feel like you have to do something that is the pinnacle moment when it becomes dry, dull and you don’t want to do it anymore. I left my running shoes to gather dust while I went away and when I came back I ran the fastest three miles I ever have. What’s all that about? Time out is good and applicable to life in general. Ohhh look at me getting deep.

Enjoy it! I actually look forward to my running days. WTF?! As someone who used to ponder if it was socially acceptable to ask a stranger for a swig of their water after running for the bus, that is not something I ever thought would come out of my mouth. But bizarrely I actually prefer it to my strength training days. There is something about getting up, running and being showered, preened and ready to go by 7.30am that just makes you feel pretty kick-ass. I find that listening to music when I run makes the whole thing waayyy more enjoyable and if you catch me when Blu Cantrell ‘Breathe’ comes on then be prepared because I know the whole Sean Paul rap part word by word. I huff and puff my way through it out loud every time.

  • http://izzipenelope.blogspot.com.au/ Melissa F

    You are definitely one of the reasons I started running! I slacked off a little bit during exams, and I’ve been finding it SO hard to get back into my routine, so this post is just what I needed. Thanks so much Anna :) xx

    Mel // izzipenelope

  • http://godsaveourdressing.blogspot.fr victoria

    you rock girl ! You are so inspiring ! Thanks ! :) x from France

    http://godsaveourdressing.blogspot.fr

  • Bella

    Very inspirational post! Keep it up! I work out in the gym with a tariner 3 times a week, but maybe I’ll take up running on inbetween days too for the summer anyway. I did it last year, until I pulled a calf muscle in a really stupid way.

  • DH

    I’ve started jogging because of you, thank you! At the moment 15 mins feels like a marathon, but you’ve convinced me it will get better quickly. (Am also in danger of becoming medically addicted to your blog…) xxx

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Anna

      Haha – thank you love! 15 minutes is amazing, you will seriously be amazed how stronger you feel in just a few weeks x

  • Emily Golding

    I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!!! As I am training for a half marathon myself as well as a complete marathon I find it amazing to read on your progress too!

    Emily xx
    http://www.beautybyemily.co.uk

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Anna

      Whoop – let’s do this Emily. Good luck! x

  • Clementine Buttercup

    Running is addictive! At the moment, however, after a very bad, very silly injury I’ve been unable to run for a few months and I crave it every day. My physio is nursing my body back to health and I absolutely can’t wait for my first run. Was training for first half-marathon too but will have to shelve those aspirations till next year. Boo hoo! So jealous when I see runners…
    http://www.clementinebuttercup.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://littlecrocodile.blogspot.com Steph

    Can I just say that now I feel a post sharing your running playlist may be in order.. You can’t just name drop Blu Cantrell and leave us hanging… Inquiring minds must know! Or just nosy minds like me.

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Anna

      Haha, noted ;)

  • http://www.fashionmumblr.com Josie

    Love the sound of the Fitness Blender video – sometimes actually GOING to the gym is the worst bit!

    Josie xoxo Fashion Mumblr

  • http://www.anonymousbeautyblogger.com/ Anon Beauty

    I follow the fitness blender videos too; it’s better than working out in the gym.

    Anonymous Beauty Blogger

  • Farida

    You have the best way to write. It’s just awesome. You’re funny, motivating and you just make me want to have you as a friend. You are just such a lovely person – I just felt the need to tell you this now.

    Love this post by the way ;)

    xo Farida

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Anna

      What a lovely, lovely comment! Thank you Farida! x

  • Beki Blank

    Wish I had the motivation like you!!! Would love to run even half a mile without worry!

    June favourites posted today on my blog!!

    http://blondeandblank.blogspot.com/2014/06/june-favourites.html

  • Sarah

    Wahoo! Glad you are enjoying it so much Anna! Running is the best therapy ever :) xx

  • http://www.beautybabbles.com/ Kate

    I must get back into running, very inspiring post :)

    Kate xo // http://www.beautybabbles.com

  • Ulricha

    WAY TO GO ANNA ^_^ Love all your posts, and the health and fitness ones are no exception! xxx

  • Rosie

    You’ve just motivated me to get my fitness regime into gear! xx

  • http://www.strawberryblondebeauty.com/ Strawbry_Blonde

    What a great post Anna & well done you! I’ve been debating whether or not to pack my trainers for hols (purely to justify excess Italian ice cream & pasta) and am going upstairs to put them in the case right now!

    Nic x StrawberryBlondeBeauty

  • Emily Cullen

    Thanks for sharing Anna, so motivating! I love how real you are about it and your writing is so funny! You is really easy to relate to and that makes it actually seem attainable for your average person, which is super encouraging – thank you! xx

  • Manouk

    I wouldn’t mind going for a run in London. Over here everything’s flat and boring.. I don’t like running here.

    WOMANOUK (beauty and portrait
    drawings)

  • Miss N

    Great post!
    and goood job!!

    xx
    http://missn.spotlife.se

  • http://mividabonitaa.blogspot.nl/ Savannah Giersthove

    That’s it. From today on I’ll try and workout as well! Keep up the good work Anna! Hopefully I can do the same x
    http://mividabonitaa.blogspot.nl/

  • http://thecornflowerblues.blogspot.com Mai-anne

    Well done Anna! That is some inspiring stuff :) I started picking up running after your posts gave me the final push and hearing how you’re going is really motivating for this couch potato :)

  • http://mutedmornings.blogspot.se Mimmi

    I haven’t exercised properly (apart from brisk walking) in about a year, but this makes me really inspired. Good job!

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

  • Marie

    Great post!

    And you know what…in the last video i saw of you (the multi tasking bits one) I thought the whole time, that your arms did look so great and toned ;)

    So keep up the good work girl! :)

  • Katy

    I’ve started running recently and LOVE it! I’ve never in my life enjoyed any type of exercise but running I seem to enjoy, I can only go for 3 minutes currently but its slowly getting better!

    gigglesandmakeup.blogspot.com

  • Sara

    Could you do a post on how you eased yourself into running? apologies if you have already do so :) I struggle to run any longer than 10mins lol

    http://www.simplysara.co.uk

    x

  • http://www.blushandfairydust.blogspot.com/ Cassie

    For me, I think running while listening to music helps a lot!

    blushandfairydust.blogspot.com

  • Daniella

    awesome!

    xx

    daniella

    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

  • Sal

    haha i also listen to music when I run and I have a super ridiculous playlist. Mainly because if I’m Too Sexy comes on it makes me chuckle and think about something else other than my lungs being on fire for 4 seconds!

  • emiller1233

    My mom and I have been getting up fairly early and walking 5 miles. It’s a really nice time to catch up with her, makes my day feel longer, and hey 5 miles is a lot!

    ErinElizabethBlog

  • http://www.inallofhersplendor.com johnna

    All good advice. As a Pilates instructor here is some tips to keep you motivated that I swear by. Click on the link below

    http://www.inallofhersplendor.com/2014/05/29/my-workout-schedule-tips-for-success/

  • http://www.thevelvetblack.co.uk/ Alice Young

    Love these tips! So helpful, thank you!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style, Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  • http://www.lifewithkendal.blogspot.com Kendal

    I love running! I haven’t ran in quite a while but I want to try to start up again! I personally love making a playlist or finding one online to listen to while I run.

    Kendal // http://www.lifewithkendal.blogspot.com

  • http://emmabebeauty.blogspot.ie/ Emma Be Beauty

    Congrats. I’d love to get motivated to do something like this.

    Emma Be Beauty</A

  • http://my--socalledlife.blogspot.com.es/ Kate Wilson

    I saw that you ran five miles today! Keep it up x

    http://my–socalledlife.blogspot.com.es/

  • http://flowersandspikes.blogspot.com/ Gisell Firpo

    Amazing! This was the perfect pick me up being that I just went through those dreadful, dry days of not getting my butt up to work out. Definitely will keep these in mind when I’m starting it back up!

    xx

    http://flowersandspikes.blogspot.com/

  • nueyork

    I love reading fitness posts, I find them mentally motivating when it comes to fitness – but putting those positive thoughts into actions is the hard part!

    nueyork.blogspot.com

  • http://www.laurelloves.com/ Laurel Loves

    Definitely agree with the ‘Buddy Up’ tip. I can talk myself out of things waaay to easily otherwise!

    http://www.laurelloves.com

  • http://emmasbeginning.blogspot.ca Emma W

    Once I start running I find it hard to stop. Great energetic music definitely helps though! haha. Congratulations on keeping up with your fitness routine :)
    emmasbeginning.blogspot.com

  • Fizza N.

    Keeping up a regular fitness routine is so hard. I always start and stop pretty soon afterward haha! You’ve definitely inspired me to give it another shot x

    lipstickandsandwiches.blogspot.com

  • Pamela

    I think running is one of that things that people tend to love. All the people I know and started running, can’t stop!! Here in Spain has become very popular because is one the most cheapest sports!

  • Random Indi

    Wow that’s amazing progress. I’ve been running for about six months, running once or more a week. I haven’t made much progress and still find that I have to stop and walk a lot. Do have any advice on improving my times and not having to walk???

    Love your blog btw :)

    http://www.randomindistilling.blogspot.com

  • http://everydayingrace.blogspot.ca/ Grace

    Congrats on the two months! What an amazing accomplishment! I use youtube videos for my workouts too, and from what you’ve written, I really want to try running too! Summer’s the perfect time to start~

    http://everydayingrace.blogspot.ca/

  • thebeautymist

    This is so encouraging, just started running and its taking quite a bit of getting used to!:) x

    http://www.thebeautymist.com

  • http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk Lauren S

    i really need to get into running, i think it’ll be so beneficial. I had a week off recently by accident and i have felt like i lost the mojo a bit but i’m trying to get back into the swing of it now – i want to be stronger and leaner

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography – http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

  • lisa robb

    Go you!! Well done
    L x
    http://workingmumy.blogspot.com

  • xXMaNdAXx87

    You’ve actually motivated me alot to start getting more into fitness. I’ve also started using the fitness blender and befit on youtube for my workouts. I’ve never felt better & i’ve actually realised how unfit i was. I couldn’t even lift my legs up without them bending before but now i can actually lift them up straight..thanks xoxo

  • http://llyloves.blogspot.co.uk Lily

    Well done! Lovely post. I’ve been trying to get fitter for summer, but I don’t want to stop the hard work when it comes to the winter x

    llyloves.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://www.youtube.com/users/whatlyddid LydiaGrace

    Hands up all those who would like Anna’s dad to barge into their room, medal clad, bearing a megaphone to get them out of bed and into their workout clothes?!

  • Emily Knott

    I have out of no where found some kind of fitness motivation and I have been eating better foods and found the time to exercise! In fact I don’t really think its about finding the time, because when you want to do something you’ll make time for it!

    http://www.britishbeautyaddict.com

  • Ronja

    YAY!!!!! This makes me just super happy and inspired! Thank you so much for writing this update!!! :D

  • http://currentlywell.wordpress.com/ Currently Well

    You are such a good motivator Anna :)
    -Naomi from Currently Well
    currentlywell.wordpress.com

  • http://www.kayleighworldofblogging.blogspot.co.uk Kayleigh

    i know how you feel about getting motivated i used yo hate running/ jogging but now i lost 4 stone i need something else to help me lose some more tone and always its helps with me doing race for life this year as well xx

    http://www.kayleighworldofblogging.blogspot.co.uk xx

  • http://stellaryder.blogspot.co.uk/ Ella

    I love running too, it’s just the getting out of bed for it that I find tough!

    Ella xx

    http://truthfullyella.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Michelle

    You’re so motivational! :)

    http://mrmichell.tumblr.com

  • http://www.wiredboutique.etsy.com Pam Millershaski

    Your tips are spot-on! I don’t exercise to lose weight (although that’s pretty cool, too). I get up every morning to run, yoga, weights, whatever so that I can ride my bike (like a girl) all day long if that’s what I want. That’s my motivation! Thanks for your awesome inspiration!

  • http://www.whatrachaelwrote.blogspot.co.uk Rachael

    It’s so good to hear that you’ve stuck at it and are actually enjoying it, I need to work on actually sticking to a fitness routine as I tend to wander in and out of phases of either eating whatever the hell I want and not exercising at all or eating well and exercising x

    What Rachael Wrote

  • http://chrissy-doll.blogspot.com/ Christine

    You are so motivating to me. It’s hard to get advice from people who have always been active but seeing you do it from where I am is really pushing me to try harder!

  • http://www.hellocreativeblog.com Rebecca @ Hello Creative Blog

    I love this post! I’m in a rut since…oh…May-ish. I’ve had such a hard time getting out of it. But I can tell I just feel so much worse, my self confidence is down, and I just need a good work out! Thanks for the pick-me-up!

  • http://gyudynotesofbeauty.blogspot.it/ Gyudy

    Working out is so good for my mood… And is so rewarding! It takes time and effort to see any kind of result, but is so worth it… I’m a lot happier when I don’t skip the gym!
    I’m not too much of a runner though, but finding something you truly enjoy is the best thing! And it seems you’ve found it ;-)
    gyudynotesofbeauty.blogspot.com

  • Shailja@BeABrideEveryday

    I love work outs.. everytime I hit the exercise floor the day goes along so refreshing and active. Above all, there is my inner satisfaction and urge to remain fit that motivate me to keep going with strict ftiness regimen.. and that’s why I have named my blog ‘Be A Bride Everyday’ :P

    Be A Bride Everyday!

  • http://alittlelilly.blogspot.nl/ A Little Lilly

    Sounds like its going really well! I need to get my butt into gear this summer! Lilly xx http://alittlelilly.blogspot.nl/

  • http://qworterlifecrisis.com/ Maddie

    Oh god cleavage sweat. It’s unavoidable but I despise it so.

  • http://www.kirstenlearns.com Kirsten Benham

    Good for you Anna! I’m the opposite – I haaatttte cardio but I almost enjoy strength training. I went for a 17km bike ride three days ago and I am still worn out from it. Cardio needs a little bit more work I think. Anyway! Well done on finding a fitness routine that works for you, it sounds like you have come so far in two months!

    Kirsten | kirstenlearns.com

  • http://withinmylocket.blogspot.co.uk/ Mo Ray

    Aw this is so inspiring! Congratulations on all your progress. I picked up running for a bit then subsequently dropped it after a couple weeks due to the attention seeking sleep monster demanding most of my early morning time. Will definitely try to start plodding along my streets again :)

    Hope you reach your fitness goals soon! Mo x

  • Hettiehearts

    Hello girlies I am a massive fan of the new body makeover and have lost 3 stones since January due to this I have started an instagram to help record my life changes and would love it so much if you lovely ladies would follow my page to help inspire me to carry on with my journey. I know you guys probably get a lot of spam but i am just a welsh girlie sharing the love Follow me on instagram (Hettiehearts) xxx

  • healthjen

    Congratulations on your progress so far! I love your tips – having a routine helps so much doesn’t it? xx

    http://healthjen.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://atigerslife.wordpress.com/ Lisa

    You go girl!! I need to get back into my workout routine ASAP!
    I have always been kind of scared of running, but maybe I should give it a try…

    xx

    A Tiger’s Life

  • Angeldust

    I would love to start running, but I feel so hyper conscience to run in public…any tips?

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Anna

      Run in the morning if you can! I felt the same way (and still do, hence why I try and get out before 7am), but there’s barely anyone around and the people that are are basically still asleep anyway ;)

  • Jo Fisher

    I don;t even exercise that much but when I take a week off I feel so damn guilty! I wish I could do more but I physically and emotionally don’t feel like I can. Such a porr excuse. Well done for being so motivated, you should be proud :)

    Jo xx

    She Wears Burgundy

  • Knotty Frenchie

    Please share your running play list with us…I need good tunes to keep me moving!