My Progress So Far – Jo

my new life

 

Hi All,

When we created this blog, we wanted to help, inspire and motivate girls and guys as far as we could reach that changing your lifestyle is affordable and easier that you think, with a little will power and encouragement, anyone can do this.

Both Tilly and I have been in the “slump” position, where going to the gym or doing any kind of exercise isn’t appealing and we would procrastinate to the moon and back.

I do not want to go back to what i was and i think i speak for Tilly as well following her “summer struggle” blog.

When i decided to change the lifestyle i lead and get fitter and most definitely lose some weight, about this time last year,  i was extremely naive about what was labelled as “healthy” so when i was busting my ass at the gym and then tucking into a “healthy” chicken caesar salad drenched in the dressing, i was wondering why my body wasn’t changing and why i wasn’t feeling any better in myself.

Once i ditched the “fad” diets and started focussing more on a healthier lifestyle change, the penny dropped. I hadn’t been eating anything nutritious and i had been dedicated to the gym for what seemed like nothing.

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Eat. Nourish. Glow by Amelia Freer saved me from this black hole of fad and unrealistic “diets” I would recommend this book to anyone. It’s a fantastic read. I learnt so much about food from Amelia.

eat nourish glow

Both Tilly and I walked the 5K colour run last year in October and we both decided that the following year we wanted to be able to run 5k if not more and come back next year and smash it out of the park

Tilly, Jo, Kerrie
BEFORE: Tilly, Jo, Kerrie
After
AFTER: Tilly, Kerrie, Lynn, Jo, Guy

I started running in January as well as going to the gym, i started with interval training to help build my stamina up, it was a 12/14 week long process to get me up to 5k – which was a massive achievement when i first started.

My advice to anyone who has started running or looking to start, do interval training, you can download apps for free on android and app store.

I ran my first 5k run in March this year. Blacklight Portsmouth. 7pm start – pretty much a colour run but in the dark! Whats not to love?!

Pre – run we were getting pretty cold waiting for the race to start, so we thought selfies would pass the time and keep us warm!

PRE RUN: Travis, Jo, Tilly
PRE RUN: Travis, Jo, Tilly

We ran 5k in 30 minutes, what an achievement for all of us, our first 5K!

POST RUN: Amelia, Jo, Tilly, Travis
POST RUN: Amelia, Jo, Tilly, Travis

Without interval training, i don’t think i would have kept up with running, i looked forward to every run to push myself each time, to run a little longer every time.

So once i knew i could run 5k, without collapsing! I decided to then set myself the next challenge, 10k double what i had just ran that night. That meant a new interval training app to motivate me and keep me going. I was so excited and proud that i hadn’t given up and kept pushing myself.

On 22nd May, i did it. I ran my first 10k. In two months i had achieved another goal i had set myself! So i think you can guess what next challenge i was setting myself…

My first 10k completed
My first 10k completed

 

Do NOT give up with interval training, you will feel like you are hitting a wall, but this is a temporary wall that you can smash through, think of the finish line.

This was then around the time that both Tilly and I decided to set up Clean and Green Girls, we were both setting ourselves goals for the short and long term and i can’t believe that we have both hit so many of them before our own “ideal target time”

Aswell as running and the gym, i still wanted a challenge and started “insanity” – which totally lives up to its name! I wasn’t strictly following insanity like the guide tells you, i was fitting this workout around me as an additional extra.

I have recently completed a 22k run, funny story really.

I had a hair appointment with Harry’s mum at her salon in Fernhurst. I wanted a fresh barnet for my cousins wedding (25th July) – this has been my deadline for weight loss.

It was a Saturday appointment so naturally Harry had a cricket game and needed the cargo get himself there, now for people that don’t know where Fernhurst or Petersfield are, i have mapped them on google maps below:

petersfield - fernhurst

So about a week before my appointment, i had an ideal to run home from Fernhurst after getting my hair done. When i get an idea in my head, I’m pretty much set on it. I mapped out my route carefully with Harry and was ready to push my mind and body to double the running capacity i am used to.

Saturday is here, Harry’s mum greets me and then says “Oh been to the gym this morning Jo?!” Jo: ” Not exactly” Glynis:”What do you mean?” Jo:”I’m going for a run later” (Harry has to leave and says his goodbyes) Glynis: ” How are you getting home after this then if Harry has just taken the c…”

Needless to say her face was a picture when she realised my plan and told me to make sure i condition my hair when i got home!

Pre 20/22k Run Selfie.
Pre 20/22k Run Selfie.

 

So where am i now…

The wedding was last weekend and what a blast it was to see family after such a long time! Too Long.

Jo, Harry, Tom, Sophie, Chloe
Jo, Harry, Tom, Sophie, Chloe

No one appreciated our selfie stick except these guys… 

A couple of weeks Harry and i booked a week away to Marrakech in October

Not long before a well deserved week away
Not long before a well deserved week away

and today i have signed myself up to a 10 Mile run at the end of October. So i definitely still have some motivation to push myself to maintain this amazing lifestyle.

I feel great about myself now, more energy, motivation and I’m much happier as a person.

When i started this process i was 12st 5lbs, overweight and over indulging. Now.. 10st on the dot. Healthier, happier and certainly still indulging, but on the right things!

If you have read this all the way through, Thank you and please do not give up if you are following a similar journey.

Jo x

 

Written By Jo

Fitness and foodie, I love trying new workouts and lots of amazing new foods. When i am not working, I'm working out (or eating) I am a keen runner and insanity survivor!

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