Winter Workout Motivation

The clocks have gone back, the first frost has been, and I’m finding it harder to get up in the mornings.  In fact, as I’m writing this, it’s proper pissing it down with rain.  It’s 11am and it’s so dull out I’ve got all the lamps on.  I need to get to the gym to train back, before I meet my friend to ride my horse – in the cold and rain.

When January rolls around, everyone starts making resolutions and working towards their ‘summer body’.  I don’t know about  you, but I like to look good at Christmas and New Year!  It’s probably the time we have the most parties and nights out, so why not feel your absolute best?

Even the smallest change to your routine can make all the difference.  Check out my ideas for finding your winter workout motivation!

 

Dress for the Weather

I live in Scotland, so in winter it’s just colder rain.  It feels like the longest wettest season EVER.  Making sure you’re dressed appropriately makes a difference.  You just can’t dress like you did in summer to work out.  Bummer.  Goodbye shorts and sports bra workouts.

There’s nothing like having some new bits of workout clothes, but make sure they are warm layers.  Investing in long sleeve tops or sweaters with good wicking abilities, will help you stay warm whether you are indoors or out.  A thin waterproof jacket is a must if you enjoy running.

Take it Outside

There’s not a single person I know, that doesn’t enjoy those cold, crisp, sunny mornings.  Wrap up warm and get out a walk, or a jog if that’s what you like.

You might be like me, and not be lucky enough to experience those light mornings.  If all your mornings start in the dark anyway, then why not get up a little earlier?  Getting up 30-60 minutes early to have a workout, will have you feeling amazing by the end of the week!

Use your days off to take a walk, or get a HIIT workout in outdoors!  The fresh air is good for the soul.

Try Out a New Gym

I’m a member of 2 different gyms, Pure Gym and Xercise4Less.  I love trying out new gyms, not only does it peak my interest, but it lets me see which is best value for money.  Also, at this time of year through to January, gyms tend to have special offers on to try and get in new customers.

I’ve been a huge fan of PayAsuGym for a while now.  It’s a great site where you can input your postcode, and it will show you gyms near you with discounted passes.  You can choose from day passes up to monthly.

In November, PayAsuGym are offering new customers 15% off any passes using code NOV15OFF.  Or 20% off any monthly+ passes with NOV20OFFMONTHLY.  These expire on 30/11/17.

Join a Christmas Challenge

As I mentioned above, gyms like to pull people in at this time of year.  I’ve had a look and there’s a few really good value ‘boot camps’.  For example; Xercise4Less are offering an 8 week transformation camp for £100.  They are also offering memberships for £11.99 using code SAVE20.

PureGym have several 6 week ‘Pure Loser’ weight loss courses for £34.99 for non-members and £20 for members.  Just enter your postcode and choose your closest gym and start date here.

It’s also worth checking out what your local gym is offering!

In winter, the lack of sunlight naturally effects our moods.  Getting in ANY kind of exercise will help you get through these long, dark months.  I’m looking at trying a sunrise bodyclock alarm next to see if that helps with waking up too.

How do you stay motivated in winter?

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Why You Need a 5 Year Plan

Have you ever thought about what the next 5 years holds?  Or what you would like to achieve?  It doesn’t matter what age you are, it’s sensible to have a 5 year plan.

Around 2009 I realised I needed to start planning for the future.  My temporary job with the council went permanent and I panicked and handed in my notice.  I decided that I didn’t still want to be working there in 5 years.  So I hatched my 5 year plan.

I knew I wanted to train as a nurse, but I was desperate to travel a bit first.  So after an amazing first summer in the USA, I applied for college.  Fun fact: I actually interviewed for college over the phone, while sat in my underwear on the floor of my cabin at camp.

From 2009 until now (2017) I’ve spent 4 summers working in America, 1 year at college, 3 years at university, and 2 years living in Bristol.  But I got to where I wanted to be in 5 years.  It was 2009 I made the decision to change, and I qualified as a nurse in 2014.

Throwing it back all the way to 1999, I remember my aunt telling me aged 11, that life would fly by now.  I thought she was mad.  How can you convince an 11 year old that the summer holidays actually don’t last forever?  She was right though.  High school was over in a flash, and the years just keep getting faster!  Plus, I never forgot what she said.

At the very end of 2013, I started hatching my next plan.  *Prepare to find me a little creepy*  I wanted a boyfriend.  So online I went, and found my now partner of almost 4 years.  He’s not just part of the plan though, he’s my absolute rock of another half.

Then we made plans (led by me) to embark on a journey living in another city.  Which was a fun 2 years!  Now – if I haven’t mentioned a million times already – we’re saving for a house.  That’ll be the end of 5 year plan number 2.

Planning My Future

Which leads to here.  I have laid out my next 5 year plan already.  Time’s marching on and the years go far too fast.  I could quote so many different people here; “In a years time, you’ll wish you’d started today”, “Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life” and so on.

The point I’m trying to make is, if you have a goal, it needs a time limit.  Don’t keep saying you want to or need to do something, make a change towards it happening.  Always wanted to quit your job and go travelling?  Start saving!  Would love to retrain in something else?  Look up courses!  Learn a skill?  Start practicing!  Even the small goals need a time limit.

Start making your plan today.  Where do you want to be in 5 years?  What do you want to be doing?  If it’s not here, then get out your notepad and start making a plan!

Best Summer Sale Shoes

It’s that time of year, all the summer sales are on, and everything we paid full price for is now reduced in the sale! I take FOREVER to choose shoes.  I am all about comfort, and I’d rather be comfortable than look good.  Luckily, this year I’ve found some shoes which do both!  I’ve put…

Start of the Autumn Shop

Well, that’s September here, and summer is feeling truly over here in Scotland.  Not that we get much of a summer anyway.  However, it’s time to start looking forward to that autumn/winter fashion.  Instead of being freezing with my legs out, pretending it isn’t 14c and raining outside in July.

Since next year we’ll be moving out for good, I swore I would start throwing away excess clothes, and replacing the old stuff.  So on Saturday we went shopping and I picked up a few items, I wouldn’t normally buy.  Sometimes you need to try things on to see if you like it!

Well, that's September here, and summer is feeling truly over here in Scotland. Not that we get much of a summer anyway. However, it's time to start looking forward to that autumn/winter fashion. Instead of being freezing with my legs out, pretending it isn't 14c and raining outside in July.
Posing at Luss, Loch Lomond

There was sales everywhere, and it was payday weekend, so Glasgow was mobbed.  New Look had 25% off everything in store and online, so it was really busy.  I was lucky enough to nab the last in my size of a beautiful red coat I really wanted.  It comes in 7 other colours too, but I’d always wanted a red coat so there was no contest for me!

Well, that's September here, and summer is feeling truly over here in Scotland. Not that we get much of a summer anyway. However, it's time to start looking forward to that autumn/winter fashion. Instead of being freezing with my legs out, pretending it isn't 14c and raining outside in July.
Red Coat – New Look

I’m a big fan of dresses and tights in winter (especially as the dark nights close in and my chocolate intakes rises 95% and my jeans don’t fit anymore) it’s been a while since I’ve bought a new dress.

Although I feel my wardrobe can be a bit ‘dark’, I can’t help but love floral dresses.  I bought this simple dress from H&M to wear over tights on a night out.

Well, that's September here, and summer is feeling truly over here in Scotland. Not that we get much of a summer anyway. However, it's time to start looking forward to that autumn/winter fashion. Instead of being freezing with my legs out, pretending it isn't 14c and raining outside in July.
Floral Dress – H&M

In the spirit of trying new things, I picked up a little pinafore style dress in Topshop I was pretty certain I wasn’t going to like.  Unfortunately, I loved it!  That was another £32 out the bank.  It’s perfect on it’s own with tights or bare legs, and likewise looks stylish with a t-shirt or knitwear.  Check how the model layers it here.  I opted for a long sleeve white top underneath.

Well, that's September here, and summer is feeling truly over here in Scotland. Not that we get much of a summer anyway. However, it's time to start looking forward to that autumn/winter fashion. Instead of being freezing with my legs out, pretending it isn't 14c and raining outside in July.
Pinafore Dress – Topshop

Ever the fan of a soft, cream colour jumper, I had to pick up this beauty too.  The sand coloured sweater in each of my photos is a pretty crew neck, it goes beautifully with jeans, or even a skirt.

Well, that's September here, and summer is feeling truly over here in Scotland. Not that we get much of a summer anyway. However, it's time to start looking forward to that autumn/winter fashion. Instead of being freezing with my legs out, pretending it isn't 14c and raining outside in July.
Sweater – Topshop

I’m always searching for versatile autumn/winter fashion.  I favour being warm and comfortable every time!  Looking forward to topping up my wardrobe over the next few months.

 

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Well, that's September here, and summer is feeling truly over here in Scotland.  Not that we get much of a summer anyway.  However, it's time to start looking forward to that autumn/winter fashion.  Instead of being freezing with my legs out, pretending it isn't 14c and raining outside in July.
Autumn Fashion