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Finding my exercise

My previous post Getting motivated to exercise I was chatting about finding my exercise, an exercise I would stick to and do on a regular basis. Something that not only I would stick to, but something I would enjoy too.

And I think I've finally found my exercise. Swimming!

After writing my last post - which I can't believe was way back in March - Mark and I have finally started doing regular exercise, we've been watching what we eat and having quite a bit of a lifestyle overhaul.

It's something we've done slowly and haven't made huge drastic changes overnight, but we have been gradually making subtle changes including finding an exercise we enjoy and things have started to change.

I mentioned in my previous post about keeping track of the number of steps we do in a day. Our phone tracks them and are set at 6K. Now I know that may not seem many to some, but it is quite surprising how some days the steps tick by in a flash and others you look at the counter late afternoon and only 2.5K have ticked by! 

We always make sure we hit the 6K. Even if it means walking around the house like a couple of loons before bed to make sure we do our 'steps' we do it. 

Along with maintaining our daily step count we're also swimming everyday and making sure we do a minimum of 40 lengths a day.

Once the weather started warming up this became quite the obvious choice of exercise. Around mid-May the pool water was warm enough to really start regular swimming and building our lengths up.

Our pool isn't huge, don't think we have a semi Olympic pool in our garden or anything. We have an 8mx4m pool which has turned out to be a really good size for doing our lengths.

It took us about a week to build ourselves up. Again I know this probably doesn't sound like anything too strenuous or groundbreaking, but for us it really has started to feel good. It still does. Now it's become a habit, but fun and we make sure before we get our lilos out we do our lengths and then we can chill and float haha.

infinity swimming pool

That's the thing about exercise, which I've said many times before, it really has to be something you enjoy. Exercise needs to be fun and enjoyable otherwise it feels like a chore, becomes boring and not fun anymore, that's when the exercise routines start to slide. 

Finding my exercise has taken me a while I'll be honest. I'm so pleased I've found something that fit's and works with me. It's something that I know I will keep going with too.

So with keeping our steps and swimming going everyday and for about a month back in May, we rapidly cut down on our sugar intake, opted for lighter meals and by doing this I have managed to lose 10lbs in weight.

The last few weeks the treats and meals out have crept in, but by keeping up the exercise and not having too many treats whilst still trying to be mindful, I've managed to maintain my new weight.

I've even started to fit into some of my clothes that became super snug and I feel so much better. 

We've come quite far from our sedentary lifestyle last year and it can only go forward and keep building those steps and lengths up. Now to tackle the next 10lbs!

Heather x

P.S Let me know your go-to exercise that you enjoy and just doesn't feel like exercise anymore!

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