I usually go to the gym in the evenings after work, but it seems such a shame to miss out on the precious sunshine (and vitamin D) by sweating away indoors when the weather is gorgeous, so I took my workout to the local park.
I live in Yorkshire which is very hilly, tailor made for a good cardio & leg routine. Just jogging up and down the hill carrying a bottle of water was a full bodytone workout, and it's totally free :-) I classed up and down the hill as 1 set and completed 11 sets, it took me about 25 minutes.
Luckily the filming was done during the first couple of sets.....by the end I was gasping like a fish and sweating buckets, especially as I wore long workout bottoms. My legs are so winter white at the moment I didn't want to get them out in public, I've now slapped some St Tropez on so next time I won't scare the local wildlife. Always fake it, never bake it!
I'm hoping to do some more video's and photos for The Wag Doll Protocol, it's nice to mix it up with some of the more detailed wordy posts I've been doing. So let me know if this is something you'd like to see. Now I think I'd better go shopping for some shorts.....
Let's start with what I've struggled with....myself, to put it bluntly!
One of the main things I've learnt since starting The Wag Doll Protocol is that a fitness regime is mind over body. My body is a complete wimp and will do whatever it's told, my brain has a mind of it's own....obviously, and sometimes doesn't want to play, and that's when I struggle.
So I've stopped giving my brain a choice, I don't decide to work out, I don't even think "I've got to do it"...I just don't think at all.
I immediately get changed into my gym gear as soon as I get home from work, before any distractions kick in, and I make a start. I've been doing this for almost 3 weeks now and it's starting to become an ingrained routine. I'm calling it the Brainless Motivation Technique!
I'd love to hear how you motivate yourself to work out, when you have a million and one other things calling your name?
So down to workout routines, those of you who follow me on Twitter will know I tweet a basic summary of my workout most days. But 140 characters isn't much space to explain what I'm doing so here's a bit more detail.
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Normally when I'm eating clean I have porridge for breakfast, oats cooked with half semi-skimmed milk and half water. It's warming for winter mornings and keeps you full until lunchtime.
But as the weather gets warmer and for those mornings I don't have time to cook porridge, I wanted to find an alternative. Lets not beat about the bush here, most store bought breakfast cereals are the devils food! They are extremely high in quick release carbs, most have added sugar, salt and additives and the ridiculously small 30g serving they recommend would have me fainting from hunger before I'd even got my coat off at work.
There are some healthier choices in the muesli and granola supermarket aisle, but it seems the healthier the cereal...the higher the price. So I looked into making my own version "Wag Doll's Toasted Oat and Nut Muesli with Dried Fruit."
Read on for the recipe;
The idea for this project came from my niece, when I asked if she'd like a dress for her doll, she replied she'd like one for herself, thank you very much....nobody's fool this girl!
So I came up with this idea, which uses very simple pattern pieces and some nifty techniques to jazz it up. Shirring and gathering look great on light-weight cottons and are surprisingly easy to do.
Read on for a (photo heavy) tutorial...
I covered my version of clean eating in this post "Eating Clean, Looking Lean.. what does that mean?" so now let's look at the fitness side of the equation, and my weight, vital statistics and fit test results...the Starting Point!