All posts tagged: motivation

More things that make me happy

So, you know, just when you don’t feel at your best, that’s when you need to make an effort to get back on track, because that’s when it counts. I’m not feeling that happy at the moment, so I thought I’d compile another list of the things that cheer me up, see if it works… I’ll let you know at the bottom of the post! Many of these things aren’t life-changing, they aren’t the things that stop you in your tracks in awe. Many of these things are everyday stuff, supposed to make you smile. To be honest, I’m probably even going to repeat myself when listing some of those, but that’s how life works sometimes. Just a tiny bit of background here… I’m not having the best of times. I seem to be running after my own self, trying to catch up. My health isn’t as good as it could be (nothing life threatening, don’t worry), and whenever I get back up to work out, something else happens that forces me to stop (like …

Finally March!

Happy Monday and good morning! A new week again, and the first one of March, which makes me very happy indeed. The weather has improved quite a bit these days in London, with the sun shining and the temperatures rising little by little. I’ve had trouble finding my sunglasses (but I found them yesterday), so I’ve walked around pretty much blinded for the past few days. No more! Last week was hectic. My workouts were on paused because the week before I woke up with pain on my neck, and for a couple of days I wasn’t able to turn my head to any side. Finally, I’m feeling my whole range of movements back and I feel like I can hit the gym again (which I’ll be doing tonight). I wish I could have a whole full month with no injuries or pains of any sort, because this is already getting old! I’ve been very busy at work, getting ready for a trade show. We left the office at 2pm on Tuesday and went to …

New workout plan ahead

Tomorrow, I’m starting the new Nike Training Club (N+TC) programme, which will run for another month, as the one I was doing up until now is over. This time around, I decided to up the stakes a bit more. I chose an intermediate level, and hope for the best. My goal is to get strong, and I also added some runs to it, to mix it up even more. This is what the app came with for the first week: At first glance, all workouts seem easy enough, or at least short, but when we check them individually, they are actually quite hardcore. On the first day, they ask to use 4-6kg dumbbells, which is heavier than I’ve ever used. I did use one 4kg dumbbell at some point, instead of a kettle ball, and it was exhausting, so we’ll see how it all works out. I’ve been watching Arrow lately. I’m on season two at the moment, and it always amazes me the way the guy trains. Exhibit #1 below. Now, a few points. …

Over 600 muscles in the human body

Today it was a rest day from my training programme, and I couldn’t be happier about it. When the alarm went off this morning (the first alarm, that is), my first instinct, as usual, was to turn over and slide the app button to stop it. I don’t snooze my alarms, I set a few at different times. This morning, as any other morning, I turned around and when I swung my arm to pick the phone from the floor, a piercing pain shot through my chest and arm. I was sore from Monday’s workout. Very sore. Struggling, I managed to stop the alarm and carefully rolled back on my back again, facing the ceiling, what I could only muster what sounded like uuuuuuuuurrrrrrrrrrhhhhhh or something like that. Mentally, I went over every single muscle in my body to check the damage and let me tell you, it was brutal. As I mentioned earlier this week, I’m following a Nike Training Club program (NTC), and on Monday the workout was called body flexor. It had …