SAD depression – My Journey
I have written about my battle with Seasonal affective disorder many times on my blog. It is a debilitating illness that affects me and I know so many of you readers during the winter months. It has got to me this winter. November and December were bad. The days were closing in and I felt the grip of winter on my mind. I started to eat badly, exercise was the last thing on my mind and I was spiralling down into depression. Christmas came and went, I didn’t enjoy it and was glad when New Year’s Eve was out of the way and it was over.
January has brought a new lease of life and I have made some major changes to my physical being that have had a big positive impact on my mental state of mind. I have thrown myself into an exercise regime since the beginning of January and have stuck to it strictly. And I have been ever so good with my food and have been tracking everything I eat on My Fitness Pal.
January has felt extremely positive. My physical and mental well being has flowed through into my business as well with it being the best month ever, lots of new projects being agreed. I even launched my first product, where I offer coaching to fellow bloggers who need help with pricing, pitching and commercials.
My fitness journey
I set at creating a manageable fitness plan where I could see improvements to my fitness and changes to my body. I struggle with routine, so I have created a plan with three different types of exercise each day. Exercise days are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
On a Friday I go to No-bull fitness and have a personal training session with Kane Allardyce. We have been filming some videos each week so if you hop over to my Instagram account you can see some of the circuits and training I have been doing. The training is very different each week including some cardio and weight training. Last week for example my workout included rowing (as many meters as possible in 5 minutes), a skipping and prowler pushing (with 50kg on top) combo, then a circuit of running, chin ups, chest flies and chest pulls.
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I love that its different every week. At some point of the session I have to lie down in exhaustion and its hard, but you’re not going to get anywhere without hard work!
Road Running and You Tube Yoga
On a Monday I will go for a run of 4 miles or 4.5 miles depending on the route. I have been working hard to get my average mile pace down. My target is to get it below a 10-minute mile pace. On 8th Jan I did a run and recorded a time of 11 min 11 seconds as my mile pace. Today I have done my latest run and recorded a 10 min 6 second pace. I am loving that improvement in average mile pace a huge 65 seconds in just 30 days. I am a very competitive person, even against myself!
Then on a Wednesday I will do a Mutu class at home, I do an intensive class plus a core class. Then I will add on a YouTube power yoga session onto the end of this work out. These can be done easily at home using the internet on our television. The Mutu class works on my core strength and the power yoga promotes all over body and mind well-being.
I have been sticking, mostly strictly, to the allowances set within Myfitness pal and recording everything that I have eaten each day. I have a daily allowance of 1200 calories per day which only increases on the days that I do some exercise. Today for example I could eat up 1,850 calories after the 4 miles run and 650 calories burnt this morning. Although if I still stick to my lower limit I will lose more weight!
Along with sticking to a calorie limit, which is coincidentally stopping me in the evenings from eating more if I have already reached my limit for the day, I am also trying to hit nutritional goals. I am finding this one a challenge. I am trying to eat 40% of my food as protein, 40% as carbs and 20% as fat. This is hard, and I am constantly finding myself eating too many carbs or too much fat.
I am creating recipes and dinners higher in protein and have made things like these energy balls to snack on.
To Weigh or Not to Weigh
At the beginning of January I did weigh myself to find out I was weighing in at 11 stone 10 lbs. My weight should be below 11 stone to healthy for my height according the NICE NHS guidelines. but haven’t weighed myself since. I know that my fitness has improved hugely with the running times and I know that my clothes are now fitting or loose when in December they were tight and uncomfortable. So, if my body is reducing in size why weigh myself. I really want to weigh myself but keep having this discussion with my personal trainer about the effect it could have on my mental well being if I haven’t lost as much weight as I had expected. For the moment I am steering clear.
Let’s keep this going into February and March and by the time the clocks change I’ll be raring to go in a brilliant place body and mind, maybe I’ll even share another picture of how my body is looking in crop top and leggings.
If you are feeling down and struggling I can’t recommend it enough, exercise will make you feel so much better. Get out for a walk, go for a swim, go for a run, do to clubbercise whatever takes your fancy, but getting active will make a huge difference to your state of mind.