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My August Fitness Report

August has signalled the real start of a complete change in fitness and lifestyle. This is the first time I’ve really started to focus on getting fit, eating better and looking after myself. Every month I’m going to put together this report to keep a track on how I’m doing and what I need to improve on.

Food

I’ve really tried to make an effort with eating better, I don’t hide the fact that I have a sweet tooth but I’ve tried to curb that a little. I’m not going to start counting calories as for me it’s not a good approach. I’ve tried to cut down on snacking and if I am I tend to try and make that fruit and moving forward I want to eat fruit and nuts as a chocolate bar replacement.

My diet has never been bad but a few small changes have helped. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be swapping the sugar in my tea to a natural sugar replacement.

One thing I do need to add is more protein, ideally not in the form of a shake.

Exercise

The main change this month has been the amount of exercise I’ve been doing. I’ve changed the route I walk to the office every morning so get extra steps in and enjoy the fresh air more.

My steps this month have gone up and hopefully that continues, there have been days still sat in front of the computer but I’m making the effort to go for a walk during the day. I have also started going for runs, not long ones just 5K but I’m trying to do that a few times a week. They have hurt but I do feel so much better after I’ve completed one.

On top of this, I’ve tried to make a small gym in the garage, nothing special just a space to do some training. I’ve been using it 4/5 times a week and either rowing, doing a HIIT video or a little weight training. These small things are starting to make more of an impact.

Moving towards September I want to start considering goals to try and achieve, things like taking part in a Parkrun, working more with kettlebells and just increasing everything to keep the momentum moving.

As a first start, I’m happy with the way things are going, I feel fitter and healthier than I have done for a long time.

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