I know, I know, my last blog post was in June, and I should be ashamed. I’ve been busy, though. Life has been crazy, and not all of it good. Hard lessons have been learnt, but out of darkness comes light, or that’s what I like to think, anyway.

This being a fitness blog, I’m going to focus on that and not regale you all with life’s woes, but I will say that working out has been my saviour these last few months. It’s not always easy to find the time, I get that, and it’s very easy to hit snooze and grab a few more minutes in bed. But here’s the maths (math, Americans, math):

On average, my waking day is 17 hours. I’d guess that’s pretty much the same for most adults. So one half hour workout actually equates to less than 3% of your day. How crazy is that? (1020 minutes in 17 hours = 10.2 minutes is 1%, ergo, 30.6 minutes = 3%).

I figure that if I can’t find 3% of my day for myself, then something in life is off-balance. 3% of my day where I get to make myself fitter, stronger, healthier, a better wife, mother, friend… It’s a well-known fact that exercising releases endorphins, and I’ve really needed those endorphins these last few months.

I spent most of the summer following Beachbody’s latest program, Shift Shop, which was great fun. I liked the agility-style training, and the mix of cardio, resistance and core. I do get bored, though, which is why I love Beachbody on demand so much, because I can pick and choose from a wide variety of workouts. From there, I moved onto Shaun T week, which I actually followed for 2 weeks, and then onto Insanity Max 30. Right now, I’m using 21 Day Fix Extreme. I find this is a great mix of workouts that challenge me but also fit in well with my running schedule. Yeah, about that….

I’m back to running again, training for the Christmas Cracker 10K. If I don’t come in under the hour this year, my rage will know no bounds. That 1:01 time from 2016 still hurts. So currently I’m running 5K on Monday and Wednesday mornings before work, and longer on the weekend. I’m also working out every day. I know I could drop the home workout on the days I run, but frankly, I enjoy the challenge.

And one other thing… In October, I head to London to become not only a Beachbody coach, but also to complete my Insanity Live Instructor training. Insanity is a HIIT workout that gets great results and is a really fun class. I hope to be teaching classes before the end of the year, so watch this space!

Beachbody coaching is something I’ve wanted to do ever since Jo (my coach) introduced me to 21 Day Fix. I love the idea of helping and motivating others on their health and fitness journeys, and I love the thought of building a community based on support, understanding, and focus. Accountability really is key if you want to make a lifestyle change. I absolutely, 100% know that I would not be so focused if I didn’t know there was a network of online support. Fantastic people, all encouraging each other, all aiming for different- yet similar- goals, all willing to listen.

The single best part about all of this? Beachbody offers its coaching services for FREE. That’s right; you sign up to all-access Beachbody on Demand, or buy a DVD, and I can coach you for absolutely nothing. The coaching is all online, and I am VERY good at being online. All. The. Time. Always. I’ll be looking to launch challenge groups from the start of November. If you’re interested, feel free to contact me, even if it’s just a tentative enquiry.