My journey

Move more, more or less

September 5, 2017

I haven’t done a fitness update in while, mostly because there is not much to update. I’ve been going to gym on and off. This is dependent on my school and work schedule. There was a point where I went every morning to gym for a week. Then I fell ill and struggled to get back into my routine after 3 weeks. And basically, since then I’ve been going to the gym whenever the wind blows in the right direction.

I also tried out the new Pound class at Virgin Active, and oh my word, it is so much fun. I went on Women’s day and unfortunately the only times that the class takes place is when I’m working, which makes me so sad. I’d really love to attend it regularly.

Run? Where?

And then there’s the running. Or shall I say lack there of? Since I’ve tried completing the 2017 Two Oceans Half Marathon, I probably went on one jog. How on earth am I ever going to complete a half marathon if I keep this up? I realised that the reason I’m not making any progress is that firstly I lack willpower, but mostly because I don’t have a routine. My gym routine consists of doing a few spin classes, a functional fitness class or two, or some cardio and strength training. I realised I wasn’t working towards anything. How am I supposed to reach my goals without having a plan? It’s like going on a road trip to Cape Town without following a map. Chances are you’ll end up spending 4 hours on a gravel road before you reach your destination, that’s if you reach it at all.

Ideally, I would love to go back to my personal trainer, I saw so much progress when I was with him. Unfortunately, my bank balance doesn’t allow for them at the moment. Apparently, I’m brilliant at making poor financial decisions.

The way forward

I’ve decided that the best plan for me would be to start from the bottom again. That means starting with a 5km plan. The Runners World 5 Weeks To Your First (Or Best) 5-K, plan is one that I’ve completed before.  I  feel that this plan would be a good place to start again. Once I’ve completed it, I’ll move up to a 10 km plan and from there to a 21km plan.  There are 6 months till the 2018 Two Oceans Half Marathon, and I feel that is sufficient. I reckon if I dedicate 5 weeks to 5kms, 3 months to 10km and the rest to 21km training I can make it.It would have been better if I had started immediately after the last Two Oceans, but time cannot move backwards. I can only prepare and plan from here and now.

I’ve been posting a lot of my workouts and meals (even if they’re not so good) on my Instagram stories, so be sure to give me a follow to keep up to date. I’m at @osoinspired.

Featured image via Pixabay.

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  • Reply Elsie September 5, 2017 at 10:04 AM

    Looks like you have a way foward ! All the best and hoping real soon you will be extra fit. I probably need to get my life together too interms of fitness

  • Reply Michelle Leslie September 5, 2017 at 10:52 AM

    Oh dear, I’m sorry to hear that Odette. I still admire you so much for actually attempting the Two Oceans. That’s not an easy race. Hope you get back into that running groove soon

  • Reply Star Harford September 5, 2017 at 11:31 AM

    Good luck getting back into running! I think your plan will work and you will be fine!

  • Reply Tanvi Rastogi September 5, 2017 at 1:52 PM

    We all go through phases … Good luck with your new plan! I am in the same boat 🙂


  • Reply Calleigh Keibler - TheForkBite September 5, 2017 at 2:57 PM

    That’s a great motivation, keep them up, and you’ll be back on track before you know it. I used to keep up some fitness routine and felt stronger and healthier but sometimes life got crazy and my routines screeched to a halt and working my way back up seems impossible.

  • Reply Brigette Collins September 5, 2017 at 4:10 PM

    We all have those times where we fall off the wagon, but getting back up to do it again takes guts. Good luck on the half marathon next year! I look forward to seeing your progress 🙂

  • Reply jin September 5, 2017 at 4:53 PM

    Good luck on the fitness endeavours! I know it’s hard to just start and sticking with a plan, but I think you’re on the right path. It’s really all about finding what works for you and what you enjoy doing.

  • Reply Megan | Ginger Mom & the Kindle Quest September 5, 2017 at 5:28 PM

    That sounds like a great plan 🙂 I wish I had it in me to run…but I don’t. I do more body weight exercises at home (when kids allow it lol)

  • Reply Josselyn Radillo September 5, 2017 at 5:42 PM

    i been on and off my dance classes too and now I feel so floated. And I understand you because I work full time and I also study so is hard but def you have a great plan. I’m starting to do more cardio to loose more weight

  • Reply Stephanie Jeannot September 5, 2017 at 5:53 PM

    You can do it. Every 5k runner was once a beginner and had to meet challenges before they were able to get to the finish line. Hope that you accomplish your goal. Perhaps I will see you running at the NYC Marathon and will root you on from the sidelines. I usually sing at the event every year.

  • Reply Natalie September 5, 2017 at 6:43 PM

    Moving forward is thw way to go. I have had huge imact lately when comes to excerise so needed a blog like this to kick me back into touch. I might even sign up for a race for life

  • Reply Courtney Blacher September 5, 2017 at 7:28 PM

    I will make the same plan, to start from the bottom. It seems to be the easiest! Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply Neha kulshrestha September 5, 2017 at 8:52 PM

    Great!! All the best with your plans.. Now that you are determined you’ll achieve it…
    I also lack routine…am on and off for exercise/ walk. Guess i also need to make a plan..

  • Reply Joline September 5, 2017 at 10:26 PM

    Getting started is always the hardest. I’m sure you can do it! All the best for your new plan. Looking forward to your updates.

  • Reply Alicia Trautwein September 5, 2017 at 11:45 PM

    Without failure, we would never know success 🙂 Everyone falls off the wagon every now and then, but the important part is getting back up and pushing forward. You’ve got this! Good luck on the half marathon next year!

  • Reply five little doves September 6, 2017 at 12:23 AM

    Ahh you can do this! I think we all find ourselves struggling at times, with all aspects of life, and getting started again can be tough!

  • Reply Ana September 6, 2017 at 12:51 AM

    It takes time to maintain a routine. The most important thing is that we try and move forward which obviously you are doing here which I think is great! GOOD LUCK X

  • Reply Yukti September 6, 2017 at 6:13 AM

    Move more and more though sometimes less is really worth. Keep moving should be our attitude for keeping us healthy and keeping us working more.

  • Reply Samantha September 6, 2017 at 7:55 AM

    I fell out of my routine a couple months ago & even though I’ve worked our semi-regularly, it hasn’t been as much as it had been, I’m having a hard time making myself do it (I’d rather just sleep in). I got tired of doing the treadmill & have been switching between 2 workout DVDs. I’m not a gym person & since I work from home, it’s easier (and more budget friendly) for me to exercise & shower before work. I think it’s a good idea to start over & work your way back up. Don’t best yourself up if you fall behind or miss some workouts. The important thing is that you keep at it.

  • Reply Oyinkan Ogunleye September 6, 2017 at 8:02 AM

    When I don’t run for a while, I start from a small amount of miles again because I know that I may not be able to run as much miles as I used to.

  • Reply zina September 6, 2017 at 8:31 AM

    I have also decided to work out from now on, so I will follow your plan! 5km is a good start!

  • Reply Joanna September 6, 2017 at 12:53 PM

    My gym is starting a couch to 5K program very soon and I was debating if I should join it or not. I am not a good jogger, I can’t even run for the bus but I am willing to give it a try.

  • Reply Aditi September 6, 2017 at 5:03 PM

    I’m so glad that you decided to go the only way – forward. I’m always lacking the willpower to stick to my plan, even if I get regular something will happen (I’ll fall sick or some other routine change) and then it will be impossible to get back.

  • Reply CATALINA NINI September 7, 2017 at 12:37 AM

    I stopped running and going to the gym for 3 months and I can see a change. A bad one, I am so nervous all the time. Starting with a 5K is a great idea ! For me too. Good luck.

  • Reply Luci September 7, 2017 at 8:15 AM

    There are times when it hard for me to get up and try to get in steps for the day then there are days when I can’t even stay sitting. Good luck.

  • Reply Thena September 7, 2017 at 2:08 PM

    I wish I was a runner..I’ve always wanted to run, I’m just not that coordinated! Good luck!

  • Reply Ellie September 7, 2017 at 4:14 PM

    I terrible at running, I get so out of breath everyone assumes I have asthma when i don’t. I try to do yoga and Pilates to keep my flexibility and fitness levels up. Moving at all on a daily basis is the best thing you can do.

  • Reply Elena September 7, 2017 at 10:20 PM

    It looks like you are motivated, so your plan will work to get into running. I lack the motivation to run or do any kind of exercise and I know that it is really bad for my health.

  • Reply Jennifer L September 8, 2017 at 12:53 AM

    I completely feel you on the willpower dilemma. I seriously need to start a workout schedule and really get down to it, making sure to switch different types of workout so I dont get bored and stick to it.

  • Reply Ali Rost September 8, 2017 at 3:25 AM

    I’m really excited to follow along with your story! The hardest part, for me, has always been getting into a routine and making exercise non-negotiable in my day. Once I’m able to do that, the rest is a piece of cake (so to speak!) x

  • Reply Anup Das September 8, 2017 at 4:10 AM

    That sounds like a great plan I wish I had it in me to run…but I don’t. I do more free hand exercises at home.

  • Reply Tara September 8, 2017 at 8:41 AM

    sometimes starting again from the basics is so refreshing. it’s inspiring that you’re going forward again!

  • Reply Anna September 8, 2017 at 3:05 PM

    I can totally relate to your post as i am going through that myself. But also, I admire you know what to do next to get to where you want to go. Keep doing that girl, I know you will smash that 21 KM. x

  • Reply Claire Santiago September 9, 2017 at 4:48 AM

    This is inspiring. I also started joining fun run to keep the body fit and healthy. It is also my way of breathing some fresh air.

  • Reply Shawna September 9, 2017 at 5:56 AM

    Definitely don’t beat yourself over this. No is perfect and we all have times that we fall off. The important thing is that you find your willpower and motivation to get back to where you want to be. I wish you luck!

  • Reply Elizabeth O September 12, 2017 at 7:48 AM

    This is so inspiring and motivated. I am glad that you are looking forward to that.

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