SS: Sunday Saves (#55)

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Happy Sunday everyone and welcome back to my Sunday Saves. As I’m sure you know by now, if you haven’t read last week’s post, you’ll find it right here or if you want to read my previous Sunday Saves over the past year, you’ll find them right here! This week’s theme is focusing on fitness: more specifically, preparing for a workout, tips on being a beginner runner and finding the motivation to work out in the morning.

1) Lifestyled by Jennie (Motivational Reasons For Exercising In The Morning)

I am such an advocate for exercising in the morning so I am, of course, going to celebrate Jennie’s post about it. She gives us four genuine reasons why working out in the morning is better than the evening, straight after work for example. I can’t wait to write about my own experiences on this!

2) Fit Cake (Preparing for a Workout)

So now that you’ve read Jennie’s post about getting the motivation to get up in the morning, why not read Emma’s post on how to prepare for a workout. This includes making sure you drink your water (especially when working out, I can’t stress how IMPORTANT this is!) and the art of stretching.

3) Harmony Blaze (Me, Myself and Running)

Emma’s post (Yes, this is a different Emma!) has come at a great time for me as I begin my own running journey just before the Summer. Originally, I had begun last year; it was around this time last year I signed up for my first Park Run but unfortunately life happened and I never kept up with the running. Thankfully, that’s changed this year and I’m finally ready to give it a go again. Emma talks about why she took up running, what she loves about it and even a few tips to newbie runners like me.

That’s all from this week’s Sunday  Saves; if you have any other fitness posts you think I should read, please tweet me over at @RetroSnowflake on Twitter or leave a comment below. I crave more fitness posts! Thanks for reading, and have a lovely weekend, whatever you get up to!

SS: Sunday Saves (#3)

Happy Sunday! I’m back for another Sunday Saves, and this week I’ll be looking at sleep, journals and fitness (again!).

  1. Jemma’s Simple Life (How To | 15 Steps For A Better Night’s Sleep)

I still find it fascinating how the tables have turned. When we were all younger, we used to fight with our parents to stay up later and we never wanted to nap when we were babies. Now that’s all we want to do, or just me at least. Jemma’s post gives us some really easy and simple tips on how to get a better night’s sleep; some are common sense that we should all be doing, but don’t. We could all do with a better night’s sleep, including me, so I’ll definitely be trying these out.

     2. KTMY (A Look Through My Bullet Journal)

I’m pretty obsessed with lists to the point where it’s not healthy and it can tend to take over sometimes. I’d heard over the idea of a “bullet journal” but I never actually knew what it was. Katie explains it pretty well and I love the organisation of hers; she has a key, colour coded, little charts and graphs, and all these future plans as well as a contents page at the start.The pens she uses too are some of my favourites, especially since they’re so colourful! Hers is so wonderfully organised, and so neat.  I don’t think I could start a bullet journal because I get so annoyed and frustrated at myself if I don’t keep going with something, but I love the idea of it and if I ever get “okay” with the fact of not doing lists every day and can control my need to have a constant list going, then maybe one day I’ll do a bullet journal.

    3. The Tattooed Princess (11 Things I’ve Learnt On My Fitness Journey)

A lot of us have been on fitness journeys by the time we get to our mid-twenties, it just seems to be the natural thing. I started mine when I was 20 (a few months away from 21) and I’ve never looked back. I lost about three and a half stone and I promised myself I would never go back there (unless I was pregnant) because I really wasn’t happy. In Sian’s post she talks about the things she’s learned throughout her fitness journey and they’re all so similar to mine.

The points that stuck with me most importantly were not every day will be great. I’ve had so many rubbish days, I’ve had so many great days too, but the rubbish days sucked. They really sucked. I felt like I had come all this way and it wasn’t getting better. These days happen, I just had to teach myself that it wasn’t a big deal. Another one that stuck with me is that you’re the only person that can change yourself; no-one can force you to eat the right foods, no-one can force you to go to the gym. There might be people who can make you feel bad about not doing those things (or even make you feel bad for DOING them) but no-one can make you do them apart from yourself. The last point would be the scale. I used to obsessed over the scales so much that it got to the point if there was eight Maltesers in a portion and I had lift out nine, I would have put one back, just so I didn’t go over my calorie limit on My Fitness Pal. It’s hard to not let the scales rule you. It’s a number and if you see the number get bigger, you’re terrified. You want that number to go down and down until you’re happy with it, but I think that just sets you up with bigger mind games and actually slows down not only your weight loss but your entire fitness journey too.