30 Day Challenge!

I am always stumbling across these 30 day challenges on Pinterest, instagram etc and have always wanted to take part in one but I never seem to find one that is quite how I would like it to be.

I like the idea of having a whole month to make small baby steps towards what will hopefully become a life changing outcome.

There are things I’ve always wanted to do and know I should do but I never be able to find the time (excuses!)

I’m hoping that by setting myself this challenge and posting daily about it on social media throughout September that it will be harder to ‘let myself down’ as it were.

Most of these thing will only take 20-30 minutes, some will take less time and others will take more…

I’m also going to give myself room to swap days around. For example the 13th might have to be a pjs and boxset day if I’m off work so I could swap it with the 10th and do the quick workout that day instead.

As long as I have everything on this list completed by the end of the month I’ll be a very happy girl. And hopefully will have gained some new (good) habits that will stay with me long after the challenge has finished!

So here it it! My personalised 30 day challenge which I will be starting on September 1st!
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Let me know what you think! Feel free to repost and take part in this challenge yourself! Or make your own, if you were to set yourself a 30 day challenge what would be on your list?

Get involved 🙂

xo

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#EATCLEAN

Carrying on from my ‘fitness for the unfit’ post which you can find here, I’m upping the ante on project ‘happy-healthier-fitter-version-of-self’ as I like to call it.

Aswell as taking full advantage of the physical job I’ve managed to secure here in Australia I’ve also started watching what I eat. It’s not a diet as such though, no counting calories or reading labels, I’m simply ‘eating clean’.

I’ve seen a lot of different blogs and instagram feeds and magazine articles on clean eating and all their rules and levels of strictness seem to vary!

The way I see it, and the way I’m choosing to do it, is basically not using any foods that have ingredients you can’t understand or pronounce! It’s about choosing fresh produce. Loading up on fruits and vegetables, nuts, wholegrains and pulses. If I wasn’t vegetarian it would also be about chicken and salmon and lean steak, but I am vegetarian, so for me that is not what it’s about.

It’s really hard sometimes; after a full day of working I just want to eat carbs and chocolate.

I think the number one trick that I’ve learnt is I can’t go grocery shopping on an empty stomach. It leads to really, really bad choices and I end up regretting it the day after when I’m surrounded by the temptation of cakes, biscuits, crisps and chocolate.
If I go shopping after lunch and with a list I am more than happy to fill the trolley with fresh fruit and veggies! Not having the temptation of junk in easy reach is a BIG help.

Here are some pictures of my recent meals and snacks! I love sharing these with the instagram community and have found so much inspiration from other peoples feeds.

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I would love to be able to start trying out more advanced ‘clean eating’ recipes and juicing etc but that’s pretty hard when you’re spending most of the year living in a van, so will have to wait until the Australian adventure is over to up my game even more!

Any hints, tips or inspirational stories welcome!

xo

Fitness For The Unfit

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Don’t get me wrong, I know I’m not ‘obese’, but neither am I ‘fit’.
We can be big or small, size doesn’t matter, you can still be unhealthy.
I get out of breath just walking up the stairs, and although I could blame that on years of living in bungalows and ground floor flats, I think that deep down I’ve always known the real reason.

It’s not that I don’t like sports or working out, but I have this thing where I get all flustered and embarrassed when doing anything out of my comfort zone.
I would love to be able to just go to the gym like some of my friends do, but the thought of getting all red in the face and sweaty in front of strangers (or even worse, someone I know) makes me want to vomit. Like actually vomit. Or pass out. I’m undecided…

My mum has pictures of me participating in sports days at primary school and I look like I’m having fun; it’s a shame I don’t remember it!
What I do remember is doing anything I could to get out of PE once it came to secondary school, I would fake notes from my mum, get actual notes from my mum, and on the odd occasion I couldn’t get out of it I’d stand at the back and chat so much the teacher would make me ‘sit out’ anyway (like that was a punishment!?)
The hilarious thing is when it came to sixth form I actually ended up doing a BTEC in Sport aaaand I got a Distinction!
My friends told me it was an easier option after I dropped French and History and alot of it was theory work and coaching. I somehow managed to miss the dreaded ‘bleep test’ day too, thank god!

Anyway, I promised myself that when I came to Australia I would take the opportunity to get fit. I wanted to be able to take gorgeous photos at the beach without wanting to cry at the sight of my thighs, stomach and bum. I’ve now been in the country for over 3 months and nothing has changed.

But now things are going to be different, for two reasons.

Firstly, this job. Since the kids are back at school and I’m not needed so much as a nanny/housekeeper, I’ve started doing shifts at the depot.
Handling those pressure washing hoses and shovelling mud for 7-8 hours a day is a major workout! I know this because I’ve only done 3 days and I hurt everywhere! My back aches and I can barely lift my arms because of how sore my shoulders are.
I cried at first, told Bailey I couldn’t do it and we’d have to leave and find new jobs, but now I’m taking it as a positive. Now the hurt feels kinda good, I’ve basically done a kick-ass workout and I got paid for it! SCORE! I’m going to treat the next couple of months here as my own personal bootcamp!

Secondly, I’ve started this blog. I’ve always enjoyed writing and I have so many interests and opinions that I just need to get out there! But being out there, on the World Wide Web, makes you accountable. I don’t know who’s reading this (if anyone is reading this,) but the thought that someone might be reading this, is enough to spur me on not to give up! And I’m telling myself, and the world, that I intend to get fit!
Neon Wanderlust is an anagram of my name, Lauren Townsend, so it’s kinda like if I let the blog down, I let myself down!

Tomorrow I’m going to take the first photos of myself in nothing but underwear since, well, ever! (Sports underwear, or maybe a bikini… Definitely nothing raunchy. I would rather die.)
Then everyday after I’m going to take the same photos.
I’m hoping that putting the photos together in some kind of time lapse video (there must be a way to do that?) will show me just how big of a difference the smallest of changes make.

This is just a tiny step right now, I’m lucky to have landed myself a physically demanding job, but I intend to keep stepping it up each week.

I’m going to do this, and I’m going to do it for me! Because I deserve to be a fit and healthy version of myself and hopefully, maybe, someday, be a role model to other people who want to do the same!

Wish me luck!

xo