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Training on holiday

Do you guys work out on holiday? Training whilst on holiday was something I only two years ago wouldn’t even dream of doing. I was disciplined in my everyday life but as soon as I was on holiday I would lie there on my sun bed and barely move for a week. There is nothing wrong with that if that’s what you to do but my last trips I’ve really been missing moving and exercising, which was when holiday training came into the picture. I need exercise in my life to feel good just as I need to eat and sleep. My mood is really affected by whether I exercise or not, it’s like my daily cup of coffee.

This holiday I was wondering how my training would go. I was really looking forward to going away but at the same time I felt so happy with where my training was going and a bit sad to be missing out on the G5 classes plus loosing the strength I had built up. I was looking at gyms in Nice but they are all in central Nice and quite expensive, plus that money I honestly would rather spend on other things. So when I landed I wasn’t sure what I was going to do.

Then I started thinking, I’m on this path of challenging myself to things I don’t really like doing and not really good at to improve my general fitness. This involves running and Nice has got an incredible promenade I’ve run along before. You all know my thoughts on running, it’s not my favourite thing to do when it comes to exercise and I wasn’t thrilled at the thought of having to run for the next couple of weeks. But, instead of being frustrated I’m missing out on my classes and not having access to a gym I started to think of this as an opportunity. An opportunity to improve my running and other exercises I struggle with. I can take the time I normally take to lift to improve other aspects of my fitness. I had no excuses now when I was stripped of my access to gym equipment.

I think the issue I have is that I put a lot of pressure on myself with what speed I should run at and that I should run in a certain time. Whilst a bit of pressure can be good it can also be discouraging. Instead I decided to think me just going out running is an incredible win and a massive change in my attitude towards it. Before I would rather do nothing than run. Now I’d rather run than do nothing. I don’t care if I run fast or not, just pushing myself to do it is an incredible accomplishment for me. Some days I’ve pushed myself to run faster, other days I’ve just been happy to run at whatever pace I feel comfortable. At the end of the day I’m on holiday and I’m only going to do it if I feel like it. I know as soon I get back to Glasgow I’ll be back in the gym training so anything I do now is just to still maintain some exercise in my life. Having that attitude towards it has helped me loads. It’s crazy how your mindset can change everything.

Other than running I’ve done lots of bodyweight exercises. I see this holiday as a fantastic chance to work more on my push ups but also jumping lunges (god they can be so tough and they burn so bad) and jump squats combined with loads of other exercises.

What I want to say is training whilst on holiday is something you do or don’t do, it’s up to you but if you do there are so many things you can still do without having to pay for access to a gym. It’s all in your head and for me finding a challenge in what I do gets me motivated. I’ve challenged myself to do those exercises I usually avoid when training on my own and because I’m doing them I know I can only get better at them. You’ve got nothing to loose when you know you’re not very good at something haha. That’s quite a good feeling! You’ve got everything to gain from trying and this will benefit you in other aspects of your training too.

This can also be applied to when you’re starting out on your fitness journey, don’t look at everyone else is doing. If you’re starting from nothing you just doing some form of exercise on a regular basis is an amazing start. Then you start increasing the intensity and start going more if you want but going all in and putting that pressure on that you should go five times a week and have a sweat fest every time probably won’t be sustainable in the long run but if you start small and gradually increase the the amount of times you go and the intensity gradually you’ll find what works for you.

Going back to what I was saying about training on holiday, through focusing on what I can do to improve my fitness when I’m away with what I have I have made myself go running even though it’s not my favourite thing in the world. I know I’ll benefit from doing it and I need my exercise. It’s all about mindset and being your own cheerleader and coach. It’s tough taking on those roles when it comes to yourself because it’s tough to be disciplined but it’s something I’ve worked on for years. I’ve gotten to a stage now when I’m quite good at cheering myself on and pushing through but it’s not always easy!

Something I try to do when running is to race a little bit with the people who are also running along the promenade hehe. Just to give myself that little extra push. It really does help, especially for someone who has got that touch of competitiveness in them (*cough* me).

What are your thoughts on holiday training? Do you struggle to keep to stay motivated? I’d love to hear!

Have a beautiful day! Love, M xxx


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Cagnes Sur Mer


The morning workout duo

Exercise makes me so happy

Workout done!

Cuddling baby sis before she left for Sweden

To Cagnes Sur Mer we go

A delicious lunch at a place I think was called New York something.

Beach time

Back in Nice, another beautiful sunset

Out for a stroll

Hi everyone! I woke up to an empty flat today. It’s very odd being alone in our flat here in Nice. It has never happened before. I can’t wait for Jamie to arrive this evening but before then I’m just going to spend the day on the beach with my book. I can’t wait.

On Monday it was Anki’s and Sarah’s time to leave. Ellie and I did another workout, a slightly shorter run and then some circuit training. It’s so nice to have company while you train. Sometimes I struggle with staying disciplined when I don’t have a gym but it’s going well so far. I’m feeling very determined to try and stay slightly on track with my training so I don’t die when I go back to G5 😛 I also love to get a sweat session on before lying down on the beach all day.

We then had a last family breakfast before Anki and Sarah left for the airport. The rest of the family who were still Nice rented some Velo Bleu bikes and cycled over to Cagnes Sur Mer. I really love that little town. It’s a little beach town and has an even more chilled vibe than Nice. My parents were actually looking here loads when they were flat hunting but ended up falling in love with the one we have now in Nice.

We had a delicious lunch when we arrived before spending a couple of hours on the beach. My dad gets very restless so we didn’t stay for super long haha but it was lovely to spend some time with him and Ellie. The three of us don’t get to spend that much time together and it’s nice to have some quality time with dad who’s so busy. When dad couldn’t sit still for any longer we cycled back and had dinner before heading out for a last stroll together before him and Ellie left the next day.

We ended up sitting down for a drink. Dad and Ellie ordered some mojitos and I went for a sparkling water. We sat there for ages chatting until it was time to head home.

Now I’m going to have a quick shower because I just got back in from a workout and then it’s time for the beach. Wohoo!


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First workout in Nice


First a 7.5km run, then circuits to finish off

Workout done

We had barbecued fish for dinner!

Then watched the beautiful sunset

Hi lovelies! On Sunday it was time to get some movement into my holiday so Ellie and I went for a run. She thought it would be great to run all the way into the town centre bit of the promenade and I thought let’s give it a try. I knew it would be tough because I’m not a runner. Ellie on the other hand loves to run. She runs fast too!

It surprisingly went a lot better than I thought it would and when my phone showed we’d just run 7.5 km I was extremely happy. I almost wanted to stop towards the end, my legs felt like jelly but I did it. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be able to run a distance like that.

It also shows how great the training is Stella puts us through at G5 and how much my strength training is helping to improve other aspects of my fitness as well considering I don’t run long distances. It’s amazing!

After our run I thought it was only fair for me to put Ellie through a circuit workout, the kind of training I like to do. I love strength training, I don’t think anyone has missed that hehe. I also helped her with her push up and burpee technique, which was fun. I’ve only just managed to start being able to bang out some proper push ups. It takes a lot of time and patience to build up the strength and technique to do them but if you are consistent with your training you’ll get there.

After we finished our workout we headed to our local bakery to pick up some baguette and went up to the flat to have breakfast. Breakfast always tastes so amazing after you’ve trained. We then managed to even get Anki down to the beach for the afternoon despite her injury. It was lovely to have the entire family together as Anki and Sarah were leaving the next day.

For dinner we had a fish called daurade in French. It’s a really lovely fish and my dad barbecued it for us. I then chopped up loads of veg to roast in the oven and cooked quinoa to have with it for those who wanted some. Ellie also made a tomato, basil and mozzarella salad. Sarah who’s not a fan of fish got chicken with chips.

A lovely Sunday with my beloved family xxx


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Le Séjour Café // 11 Rue Grimaldi // Nice


The stunning view from the flat. 

Dinner with the family

Lobster risotto

Dessert

Evening walk home

Hi lovelies! Sanna is now here and it’s amazing to spend some quality time with her. I’m so happy to get these two and a half days to properly get caught up with each others lives, when you only see each other a coupe of hours here and there when I Sweden or she visits Scotland it’s not quite the same. When we worked together we used to spend almost all day every day together so it’s almost like the good old times. Anyway, I’ll speak more about that soon when I get there.

On the Saturday I just slept, I was exhausted. Ellie and I had been talking about going for a run in the morning but it didn’t happen and I was okay with that. I was in full relaxation mode. Instead after I got up I sat and chatted to dad until the entire family was awake and then my dad went down to the bakery and got freshly baked croissants and baguette for breakfast.

You guys all probably know about my food philosophy of eating, it’s all about balance. When I’m on holiday I think part of the experience is food so therefore I eat differently from when I’m at home. I used to go all in and eat everything bad you could think of but now I’m naturally a bit more conscious about it because I know how a healthy diet makes me feel and therefore I crave it. Anyway, so usually I eat a smaller portion of porridge for breakfast because I love porridge and it also makes me stay full for longer. Then I have a piece of baguette and even a croissant if I’m feeling it. It’s not something I would eat at all at home because I know it will never be as good as the bread here fresh from the bakery!

After a lovely breakfast we hit the beach. Or four of us did, poor Anki (my step mum) is on crutches after falling down some stairs. Luckily nothing is broken but she’s in a lot of pain and can’t bend her knee properly so she stayed up on the balcony whilst we were down on the beach. I love the first beach session on holiday. You feel so revived with the sun on you.

We stayed there for a couple of hours until it was time for lunch and we headed back up. We then chilled on the balcony until dinner time when my parents wanted to try a different restaurant from the usual ones we go to, Le Séjour Café. It’s centrally located in Nice but a little bit off the beaten track. I thought I would write about it because I love food recommendations when I’m going on holiday somewhere (maybe I’m the only one who Googles these things and makes lists? hehe).

The restaurant was super cosy, staff were so lovely and the food was incredible. Their menu is on a black board so I guess it changes quite regularly. All of us had the lobster risotto (it must’ve been years since I last had a risotto) a part from Sarah who’s not a fan of seafood. It was insane! Then we had to finish off with a dessert. Sarah and I had the chocolate fondant because I love chocolate fondant. The rest of the family had café gourmand surprise, it’s a mix of small desserts served with an espresso. It looked very cute.

After a meal like that Ellie andI walked home, we felt we needed it before bed to digest our meal a bit. Anki needed to catch the bus poor thing with her crutches so dad and Sarah kept her company. It was such a lovely first proper evening with the family.

Now it’s time for a morning walk or run with Sanna. It’s undecided! I woke up an hour before we said we would get up haha. Just as well so I can write to you guys. It’s really quiet just being two in the flat now but it gives me a bit of time to write here which is a plus! There’s always a silver lining.

Speak soon my lovelies,

M xxx