50 days… update (one week in)

January 9, 2015

So, we’ve completed 8 days of our “50 days to fit” challenge (read here to find out what it’s about https://thefitwriter.wordpress.com/2014/12/31/50-days-starting-tomorrow-join-us/) – how is everyone doing?

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Rae and I have been in touch via email and whatsapp daily – we both seem to have struggled/breezed through the same days! The rest of us keep in contact by posting our daily check-ins to instagram with the hashtag #50daystofit (makes it very easy to search each others posts and leave comments).

Is it just me, or is Winter particularly… dull this year? It seems as if the dark evenings have been here for a very long time. I’m not usually affected by SAD but have found it difficult to get going in the mornings, and have struggled some evenings too once the sun’s gone down.

F YOU, FOMO!

Did you know? Apparently Saturday (tomorrow) at 4:22pm (those clever PR people know everything!) is when our willpower will be at its lowest, and when the highest number of Brits will ditch their New Year’s Resolutions. Tomorrow and Sunday will see 33% of people give “FOMO” (fear of missing out) as the reason for backing out on their healthy living promises, with eating out the top reason (30%) for the wobble of willpower.

Here’s how I’m getting on with my personal goals:

1) Develop a productive daily routine (incorporating everything I want to get done, from training and cardio, to long dog walks, finance and admin stuff, business stuff, and obviously my work!) – again, something which I don’t have to overthink and which is very productive

Getting there! Back at work properly now after the on/off routine of that New Year week. But I think I’ll find it more easy to leap enthusiastically into my daily routine as daylight hours get longer (hurry up, Spring…) I’d say I’m at 70% with this one.

2) Get into an easy, sustainable off-season eating routine, which helps me meet my training and physique goals until I next diet for a comp

Yep, also getting there. Batch cooking with the slow cooker, trying to stick to good healthy meals (similar to prep diet – ie lots of meat, fish, eggs, veg, potatoes, rice) but just more of it, and a lot more flexibility! I won’t lie, I’m still struggling a little with post-comp “rebound” (physiological, hormonal, behavioural) but I know it happens, and I know it will calm down – if I just take it day by day and don’t make a big deal of it. I’d say I’m at 80% with this one.

3) Drop a little bit of the festive chub 😉

I’m not weighing myself much but have lost a little, and feel much better and look a bit better too. So that’s all good.

4) Go to bed by 10:30, no sitting up late procrastinating, wasting time online etc (a bad habit of mine!)

This is the one I’ve done worst at! I don’t get back from the gym until gone 9 most nights, and then need to eat, shower and like to sit up for a bit just… well… procrasting I suppose! I’d say I’m only at about 20% with this one. Will improve as the 50 days goes on!

5) Strength goals for GVT
– I may tweak these actually as perhaps they’re too low – 45kgs for GVT bench, 70kgs for GVT squat, 40kgs for GVT OHP

Haven’t done any GVT sessions since the 1st Jan so can’t update on these, but am training with the powerlifters at my gym quite frequently so expect I am getting stronger!

You can still join us if you’d like the accountability of the 50 days.. challenge. If you’re on instagram and would like to check in there every day, post one insta pic per day relating to that day’s goals, challenges or successes, using the hashtag #50daystofit (that way, we can find you and cheer you on!) I’m on instagram at thefitwriter instagram.

50 days… update (one week in) is a post from The Fit Writer blog.

Nicola Joyce – the Fit Writer – is a freelance copywriter and journalist who writes for the sport and fitness industry. Her main website is here.


50 days… starting tomorrow. Join us!

December 31, 2014

Sometimes, things are a little easier with the help of a friend.

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Quick story for you before I invite you to join me (and my pal Rae) on a 50 day challenge, starting tomorrow.

A few months ago, I was training at the gym in the town where my Mum lives. I saw a young woman doing deadlifts (yep, that got my attention for starters). She then asked me to check her form. My respect for her went up again. Anyway – long story short – Rae and I got chatting. She’s pretty new to the gym and fitness lifestyle but massively dedicated to learning as much as she can about eating and training for the body she wants. Since that happy chance meeting, Rae and I have trained together a couple of times, and stay in touch via Instagram (not sure why Instagram particularly… but that’s how it’s happened!)

So, when she and I both said we wanted to nail down a few solid weeks of training, nutrition, lifestyle change and general “getting our shit together”, we thought… why not do it together? Check in with each other, motivate each other, and use each other as accountability.

So, starting tomorrow, that’s exactly what we’re doing.

Join us?

We’ve set personal goals – mostly training and diet related but also some specific individual goals (for example, I want to stop sitting up too late every night and instead go to bed earlier and get more good quality sleep).

We’re both motivated by visual things, so have put together calendar check-lists (I do like a good “tick”!) and vision boards (love ’em or loathe ’em, I can’t say I’m bothered 😉 they work for me and that’s all I need to know).

If you’d like to join us, please do. Rae and I are using Instagram as our main source of public accountability.

We’ve each set five positive habit, lifestyle and routine changes to work on every day from 1st Jan to 19th Feb. They’re mostly training and diet related but are specific goals personal to each one of us (for example, I want to stop sitting up too late every night and instead go to bed earlier and get more good quality sleep)

Here are mine:

– Develop a productive daily routine (incorporating everything I want to get done, from training and cardio, to long dog walks, finance and admin stuff, business stuff, and obviously my work!) – again, something which I don’t have to overthink and which is very productive
– Get into an easy, sustainable off-season eating routine, which helps me meet my training and physique goals until I next diet for a comp
– Drop a little bit of the festive chub 😉
– Go to bed by 10:30, no sitting up late procrastinating, wasting time online etc (a bad habit of mine!)
– Strength goals for GVT – I may tweak these actually as perhaps they’re too low – 45kgs for GVT bench, 70kgs for GVT squat, 40kgs for GVT OHP

Who’s up for joining Rae and me on our 50 day challenge? If you’re on instagram and would like to check in there every day (as we will be), start tomorrow (1st Jan), and post one insta pic per day relating to that day’s goals, challenges or successes, using the hashtag #50daystofit (that way, Rae and I can find you and cheer you on!)

You can find Rae on instagram here and me on instagram here.

50 days… starting tomorrow. Join us! is a post from The Fit Writer blog.

Nicola Joyce – the Fit Writer – is a freelance copywriter and journalist who writes for the sport and fitness industry. Her main website is here.


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