I ran 10K!

A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by Sure asking whether I wanted to take part in the Run to the Beat 10K run. I have never done a run before, the only distance I have ever been comfortable with in the past has been 100m and my stamina is absolutely rubbish. So what I do? I say yes of course, why not?! I had about 5 days to practise and get myself fit and before I knew it I was on my way to Wembley Park on the day of the race. I genuinely was not sure if I was going to be able to make it but I thought why not try, this could be a fun story to tell people one day.

i ran 10k

I ran 10K!

I was planning on training for a few days, but the most I managed was a 4 mile walk. When I told my colleagues this at work, they said if you can walk 4 miles then you can do 6.2 miles (which is 10K) so that put an end to my determination to walk 6.2 as I got the ‘ah I can do it’ mentality. Notice my use of the word: walk? That’s because I knew there was no point in me thinking I could run, my plan was to brisk walk the whole length and as long as I made it to the finish line I was a champion.

I ran 10K!

I ran 10K!

The atmosphere at the race was electric, it was buzzing, lots of activity and people warming up everywhere. The music was pumping as it was music run (hence Run to the Beat), and there were a gorgeous set of twins called the Townsend Twins warming everybody up with their energetic warm up routines. I think being surrounded my so many runners made me realise actually I should try running some of it. And run I did…

I ran 10K!

I ran 10K!

…for about 5 minutes. I set off amazingly, I smiled for my sister as I ran past her and I kept up with the crowd. That was until my body decided to remind me that I was actually very unfit, I hadn’t done any training and it wasn’t going to keep going along with my head and pretend I could run. I had to accept walking very fast combined with jogging and spurts of running was going to be my go to method.

It was hard, it was really hard at times but every time I started slowing down and walking, there was always a runner who would encourage me and say ‘you can do this’. There was a point where there was a really pretty gorgeous girl who actually held my hand and ran along with me when she saw me slow down. Everyone was so encouraging, there were people out on the streets that clapped as we ran/jogged/walked past and there were music stations set up along the run to keep us motivated.

I ran 10K!

I ran 10K!

I ran 10K!

God knows how I did it, but I did it! I ran across the finish line, albeit slowly, and I finished with a time for 1 hour 24 minutes. Now that might sound so slow to some, but to me that was amazing. I thought I would take at least two hours if not more. I actually managed to cross the finish line, I was elated that I, me Tanzina, whose fitness level is null, actually completed a 10K run!

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I have paid for the lack of preparation however, for three days straight I was waddling at work like I was pregnant. I felt the need to tell people why I was waddling, really it was an excuse to boast I ran 10K. Honestly it was such a great experience and I can’t thank Sure enough for letting me be a part of it. Talking about Sure, the Sure Shower Fresh containing Motionsense technology kept me so dry! I will admit and say I went a little overboard with the spraying prior to the race, I was spraying my antiperspirant all over my body to make sure I could stay as dry as possible. This might sound a little gross, but I got tired of holding my phone so I put it inside the side of my sports bra as I didn’t have pockets and it remained completely dry. I was baffled by this, because if I was going to sweat profusely anywhere it was going to be there right under my arms right? Either way I was not complaining, my phone was fully functioning and I didn’t feel like a hot mess. I also love how dinky the Shower Fresh can is, I didn’t want to take too much stuff with me to the race as my sister was lugging my bags around and this fitted in my bag perfectly.

This is what Sure have to say about the product: Sure has created the world’s first antiperspirant that is activated directly by movement using Motionsense™ technology so the more you move, the more it protects. With innovative technology, Sure Compressed contains clever microcapsules that respond to your body, bursting with friction to release freshness all day.

If you wanted to take part in a run, my best advice is just do it. Maybe train a little bit more than me but do it. It’s definitely something to add to the bucket list. I am now going to attempt to train for 5K, where I will actually run and only walk a tiny amount. If I do end up managing that I will be sure to let you all know. I hope you liked this post, I realise I am starting to post a lot more about my life and also fitness so let me know if you would like to carry on seeing posts like these. Speak soon, Tanzina x

Eating Healthier + Aquatiser Review

Hi loves, some of you might already know from my fitness post that I am really trying to get into shape and do something about the weight I have put on this year. I started the year off really badly, and my fitness and health levels really suck at the moment. As my fitness post proved to be popular so I thought I would share a few more ideas and also document the things I am doing to make a difference to my body. I have recently started drinking more water at home, something I previously struggled with, so I thought I would also do an Aquatiser review as well as that has really helped me.

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Let’s start off with food, I am really good at cooking healthy food, I pretty much know what I am doing and can find ways to trim the fat and carbs off my meals. However sticking to a healthy eating plan is a battle for me, as I normally eat healthy one day and gorge on KFC the next to ‘make up for it’. I am realising that mentality isn’t working for me as all it is resulting is me maintaining the weight I have gained, I am not gaining any more but I am not losing anything either. Seeing the scales and tape measure stay the same is really demotivating especially when are making the effort to get healthier, so to combat that I am attempting to only eat bad once a week rather than every other day. Baby steps will get me to my perfect body!

Aquatiser Review

Aquatiser Review

I am now eating breakfast pretty much every single day, whereas up until two weeks ago I was having it maybe once a week. Breakfast is such a key meal, as it provides you the fuel for the rest of the day and helps in stopping snacking. Like many people I know this fact and have heard it over and over again but I have always failed to stick at it. However after eating breakfast regularly over the past two weeks I do think I have more energy at work and less snacking tendencies. I don’t even have the urge for a huge lunch which is a plus! I have recently been enjoying Jordan Tropical Fruits Crunchy Oats Granola with fruits and fat free Greek yoghurt. However this has got quite a lot of sugar in it, so if I am having this in the morning I try to make sure I don’t have much sugar during the day. I’d rather go heavy with calories early on in the day than later, as I have more time to burn off the calories. I also always have a cup of green/white tea every morning just to aid my digestion.

Aquatiser Review

Aquatiser Review

For lunch and especially dinner I am really trying not to eat as much carbs as I don’t have much time left to burn them off. I still incorporate carbs into my meal but I am wary about the amount. Bear in mind I am not perfect and I slip up very regularly but I am trying to get in control of that. Recently I have really been enjoying fish such as tuna and salmon however my favourite dish is actually a vegetarian one. I am loving black beans simmered with spices, with rice and guacamole. I got this recipe idea off Leanne from DoNotRefreeze and have tweaked and replicated it so many times. The beans are rich in fibre so it really does help aid digestion and the food is so yummy it doesn’t even feel healthy! I might do a recipe post when I get time to take snaps of my cooking. I’ve also really been enjoying a combination of salmon, asparagus and rice – although I could make that dinner healthier by substituting the rice for quinoa or sweet potato.

Aquatiser Review

Aquatiser Review

Aquatiser Review

Now onto the water, I am so good at drinking water at the office, I fill up my BKR bottle in the morning and I take sips regularly throughout the day. However once I come home, I seem to forget and filling up glasses of water gets really boring. I really liked the thought of fruit/citrus infused water, but I never really tried it as I don’t fancy swallowing a soggy strawberry every time I go for a sip. I’ve been seeing the Aquatiser pop up over social media recently and it really caught my attention as the water travels through the fruit/citrus but bits of the fruit never reach your mouth. So it seemed like you get the flavour but you don’t get those unwanted bits. I also have a thing for glass bottles, they look better, feel more luxurious and are better for the environment. I’ve been loving putting strawberries and peaches into my water, it actually makes such a difference which I wasn’t expecting. I expected only slight change of taste but with the Aquatiser I can definitely taste the fruits, I think that might be something to do with the Aquatiser juicer in the bottom section of that bottle.

Aquatiser Review

There is also a sports version of the Aquatiser with a plastic bottle, but I personally love the glass aspect of the design. There are so many fruit infusers out there on the market nowadays but I definitely think this is the most luxe and sophisticated design. I love that there is a juicer incorporated into the design, and from what I have seen there is nothing like that on the market. You can pick it up here for £19.99. My next recipe will be mint leaves and lemon as I think that would make a really good combination.

I hope you enjoyed having a little peak into my food diary and things I have been enjoying eating, getting fit is such a personal journey and if I am honest I am a little frustrated that I can’t see an immediate change in my body but I think patience and perseverance will pay off eventually. Please let me know if you have any good tips, recipes and fitness techniques that are helping you as I would love to know! Tanzina x

My Get Fit Journey + Tips

My get fit journey is going so slowly, if it was a vehicle it would be a rickshaw going up a very steep hill powered by a leprechaun. It really is that bad. In the beginning of March this year I went to Portugal on holiday, and I think over a two week period I put on almost a stone in weight. I am still around 7-8 pounds away from my ideal weight, and that is not taking into consideration the toning up process. I thought I would today talk about a few things I have been doing and things I would like to do to help me reach my goal by the end of this year.

My Get Fit Journey

Working out clothes

 Would you believe me if I told you I never owned a sports bra up until a few weeks ago? Well you should, because it is true. I always assumed that a sports bra wasn’t necessary for me and it was more for women who are a little more gifted in the chest area compared to me. However it is so comfortable compared to a normal bra, and I like layering vests with sports bras and feeling like one of those fit girls from Instagram (the ones I would love to look like!) If you are like me and are satisfied visually, I would highly suggest treating yourself to one nice set of exercise clothes with the promise of more if you keep it up. Shopping is always a good incentive!

My Get Fit Journey
Fun Exercise Classes

I have done the whole Legs, Bums and Tums classes and I even attempted 15 minutes of a spin class before I thought I was dying. My stamina is really pathetic and one of those classes leaves me in so much pain that it completely puts me off going again. I clearly need to work on my stamina before I can get the best out of exercise classes as I think I am in the category before a beginner. So I have been going along to classes I know I will enjoy, such as trampolining. It is so much fun, although I am terrible at it. I get so scared of being up in the air, and my balance is all over the place but I enjoy it which makes me want to go back again and again. I would suggest finding something you enjoy and build up your stamina that way. I also enjoy going swimming but that is so much maintenance as I have to straighten my hair afterwards as my hair is a frizzy mess after it gets wet (now do you understand why it is taking me so long to get fit?)

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Work Out DVD

After reading reviews online, I bought the Charlotte Crosby 3 Min Belly Blitz workout DVD. Honestly this is so good, and if you are one of those people who doesn’t like leaving the house then this is the one for you. I don’t break a sweat easily, well I never used to, but this has my clothes soaked in no time. I feel really bad as I haven’t been sticking to it, but I will get back into it. Talking about sweating, since we are on such a lovely topic, the Sure Shower Fresh/Cotton Dry Motionsense Antiperspirant has been a bit of a lifesaver for me. It really does keep my underarms dry, I wish they would come out with a whole body one so I could keep dry all over. The technology behind it is that it bursts special capsules of antiperspirant when you move, so you get bursts of freshness as you exercise. My brother who plays football very regularly loves the Men’s version. He says he doesn’t need to reapply it like he did with his previous antiperspirant, so it feels like it lasts longer and a little goes a long way.

Yoga and Yoga Mat

Now this is something I would like to start doing. I would like to get into yoga and get a lot more flexible. There are lots of YouTube videos that can help you, however I have been eyeing up Yoga with Adriene as I find her voice so soothing. I wouldn’t say yoga mats are a necessity but I have been using one with the Belly Blitz DVD and it is much more comfortable than my carpet. I think it will be even more useful once I start doing yoga, and they are very cheap and affordable. If you wanted to focus more on the at home DVD I would say pick up a mat to go with it.

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Phone Apps

Another thing I would like to do: walk. It sounds so simple doesn’t it but ever since I started driving a couple of years ago, the amount I walk has become very pitiful. I downloaded the Map My Run app a while back and after a year of not attempting a single run I have deleted it to free up space on my phone. I have now downloaded the Map My Walk app and hopefully that will get used this time round. There are lots of useful free apps you can use, I have also downloaded the 30 Day Squat challenge to get me a little firmer in the bum area. Google best fitness apps for your phone and see what catches your attention.

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Beauty Necessity

When it comes to fitness, beauty comes second. It is not about the perfect contour nor the seamless blended shadow, instead it is about comfort. When it comes to swimming Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream is everything. I apply it around my nose, and all over my lip and it genuinely helps in stopping those areas drying out. The product is like a moisturising barrier that doesn’t disappear after 5 minutes. I can imagine this being a life saver against harsh winds later on in the year when* I start doing my walks/runs (*when not IF)

Water

Finally last but not least, water. A few months ago I was drinking 2 litres of water a day but now I am unfortunately down to around 300ml a day which is really bad. Water is so important in maintaining your health and I am ashamed to admit that I sometimes forget that. I am definitely going to try and up my ante with drinking water, if you wanted a pretty bottle to drink out of I would suggest the BKR bottles which I spoke about here.

Woah, almost 1000 words later I am done! If you got to this bit well done, give yourself a pat on the back. I really hope this was useful/interesting to some of you and I really hope I manage to stick to getting better at getting fit. It is less of a weight loss thing for me and more of a lifestyle change, but it isn’t going to happen overnight. I will try to stick to it and do an update post in a couple of months. Let me know if you have any helpful tips and tricks, Tanzina x