#5x50Chal – Day 2

Well today’s #5x50chal wasn’t too bad today, but the weather was not the best. When I logged on this morning, my timelines were lit up with the S word (I mean “Snow”) – which, yet again, I somehow missed.

I Changed My Mind…

So this morning, I decided to change my mind. I emailed the #5x50Chal support team to switch to Option B (there are a variety of options to choose from).

While in all previous years, I managed the 5k (in fact I managed to average 5 miles a day!) this time I opted to do the 30 minutes a day – hence the Option B. It’s still better than what I’ve been doing the past few months…

Today’s 5×50 Challenges

I started off day 2, first thing, with my 8-min ABs workout. Then, I stalled and stalled, all morning, hoping for better weather, and eventually gave up and just went out at 2pm.

It was a run today, and when I say “run” I actually mean very slow jog. Frankly I reckon I did OK with my two 15-minute miles…Not as good as many of you out there but better than nothing…The fact I did more than 30 minutes, non-stop, was impressive to me. It was the first run I’ve done in weeks (or more).

#5x50chal - Day2 - Thea Newcomb Glasgow

By the time I was crossing the River Clyde, I was being pelted by hailstones the size of jawbreakers – led by strong winds. It was not at all pleasant. In fact, it was painful,…but I did it. #noexcuses. The picture in the hate was taken just after the hail, so the smile was indicating my relief the hail had passed!

Note: There was a slight discrepancy between my iPod stopwatch and my Pebble Smart Watch, because I forgot to hit stop on the Pebble until I got back into my house. That is all.

#5x50chal

#5x50Chal – Day 1

Today was the launch of this year’s 5×50 Challenge. I’ve done it the three, previous years and welcome its return…Like many people out there, I do have some winter weight to shift! Over the last few challenges, it was a case of walking, running or biking (or whatever) it for 5k minimum a day.

This year, for some reason, they changed it. In a way, I am glad, because it’s perhaps a wee bit easier. I mean anyone can manage 30 mins exercise in a day, pretty much. Heck, you can stand in front of your TV, and walk in place, if you absolutely have to! Right?

Day 1 - #5x50Chal - Walk Victoria Park (pebble smart watch)

I Walk the #5x50Chal

Usually, I just walk the 5×50 Challenge. The first year I did it, I shifted a stone in the process. So don’t underestimate the value of simply walking. This year, I will continue to do that, and perhaps some biking, and the odd 30 min jog too…

Might pull out my roller skates and head to Bellahouston’s track and whiz around that for half an hour. Who knows?

It’s good to mix it up. For the past month or more I’ve been doing an 8-minute ABs challenge and am starting to see them, so I will continue on with them in addition to my 30 mins of exercise.

I Take Photos of my #5x50Challenge

When I do my workouts, I like to take pictures of where I am…usually from my phone or from iPod. This year, perhaps I’ll be more inclined to use my GOPRO to take some action shots? We’ll see.  I’ve started a brand new photo album here – if you want to follow along with my action.

And here’s a collage I made of today’s launch walk at Victoria Park – just west of Glasgow.

Pictures at Victoria Park - #5x50chal - Day 1

While I will endeavour to blog throughout the challenge, I do know that sometimes life gets in the way…So I’ll just do my best to keep the pictures flowing – and added to my photo album – as and when I can.

There’s still time to Join the 5x50Challenge. You can even join after it’s started (e.g. this week) – so no excuses, ya hear?

Meanwhile, I’m off to have another cuppa and half a cinnamon roll! Well, I’ve earned it 😉

Fitness, Tunes, Social Media Training & Younique

New Year passed and the even the January blues are gone. ValenRelax nothing is under control...tine’s Day came and went. (Mine was surprisingly excellent – in case you’re wondering).

Work was very slow to kick off in January, but finally things are ramping up here in February.

My energy, too, is ramping up to. Have even started to jog (lightly) again this week. My motivation? My high school reunion is fast approaching which I intend to attend (will be the first one I make!) With that in mind, I’m determined to shed a pound or even a stone. Good thing the 5×50 is on the horizon. That always gets me going – in every sense of the word.

Also to add to this fitness spurt, I just uncovered a Pilates DVD yesterday which had been lost in my lounge for the last few years! Look forward to starting that again. The last time I did it religiously, I lost inches in the waist.

Live Music in Glasgow

Bear's Den Glasgow Oran MorNot only is working picking, fiber lash mascara sales increasing, exercise ramping up, but I am also getting out to more gigs once more! Last week I had the pleasure of seeing Bear’s Den at Oran Mor one night, and then Sophie Rogers at the Opry the next.

Both gigs were positively fantastic. It felt so good to be hearing some live music! Nothing beats a good night out at a gig – don’t you agree? I believe the next one may be Royal Blood at the fabulous Barrowlands.

February Training Offer

1-2-1webThis month I’m offering 2-4-1 training on a bespoke 1-2-1 basis. Some fabulous ladies taking advantage of the special offer.

I go into people’s homes or visit them at their office to provide training on WordPress, Social Media, SEO or help with tablets, phones and apps.

Two hours for the price of one hour for February – if you’re interested – or if you know anyone who needs a little one to one tuition or hand holding. Reach out to me, my many details are on the top of this site or simply call 0141 416 1492 now!

My Younique Business

For those interested in makeup, I’ve been documenting my journey with Younique over on my other Glatitude site. Each week I’ve been writing a series called My Week with Younique and a few blogs about our 3D Fiber Lashes (in particular the Real vs Fake mascara blog is doing very well indeed). If you like makeup – especially trying, buying and talking about it, and fancy a 2nd pay check each month then reach out for more info on that too. FYI If you do want to join #theAteam, I do provide bespoke training to my teamies!

Finally, speaking of Younique, I’m very excited to be meeting my sponsor for the very first time! You see, Joanna lives in the Scottish Highlands, and will be down visiting Glasgow this week. Will be so nice to put the name to the face…

What is the 5×50 Challenge?

Interested in Learning More About the 5×50 Challenge? Read on…

Thea Newcomb - 5x50 Challenge 201430 March 2014 marks the 3rd year running (pun intended) of the 5×50 Challenge. The 5×50 Challenge is the brain child of Kelly Mason who is based here in Glasgow Scotland. Kelly, along with a “core team” of fantastic people, created this life-changing challenge. The main aim is to encourage “people to run, walk, jog or cycle 5K (or 30 minute exercise equivalent) every day for 50 days”…hoping that, in turn, will create ongoing lifetime habits.
For some, it’s an easy feat, for others it seems an impossibility. This is my third year taking part in the challenge (and yes, I did manage to complete it successfully both previous times!) Essentially it is a GLOBAL fitness challenge for both fitness and charity!

HOW DID I DO IT?

I mostly walked it in both the previous years, but on some days, when energy levels were up, I would run. On other days, when it was low, I would bike it.

Breaking it down – all a 5k is is 3.1 miles. That’s really not so bad.

One up the “upshots” that I experienced in doing it, was shrinking more than a stone! (After being a total-winter-sloth, it’s my aim to slim down by at least that – and hopefully more this time!)

My 5 Tips for Surviving the 5×50:

Thea Newcomb - Fitbit Flex - Dashboard Feb 191) Vary your workout in terms of the route you take and exercise you do. Bike. Swim. Run. Walk. Roller skate. Play football. Whatever.

2) Get a Fitbit (or similar wearable device) to keep exact track of your daily fitness. I never leave home without my Fitbit Flex (see it here on Amazon UK or here on Amazon US).

3) Team up with family and friends on the challenge to keep motivated. There will be times when you just “can’t be arsed” – so you’ll need people to keep you motivated to stick with it!

4) Reward yourself from time to time. For me, that reward might be to psyche myself up for 5-mile walk (did I mention I tried to average five miles a day not K? I did), and then come home to a big scone with jam and clotted cream!

5) Use workout time productively, sometimes! I mixed it up. Some days my walks were head-clearing walks, so silent. Others were working walks so I’d listen to podcasts about Social Media and the like. On some days, perhaps when I needed it most, I listened to inspirational or motivational speakers. Super rainy nights I’d often go to use the treadmill at the gym and read Ebooks (work or pleasure – depending on my mood). Finally on days like today, I’d do the entire walk writing a blog! This very blog was written as I’ve weaved through Glasgow’s south side (taking care to keep eyes peeled for pedestrians, puddles, poo and of course cars too!)

So yeah, that final tip is a big one really….Simply find a way to weave the 5×50 fitness into your routine so it becomes a part of your daily life, and hopefully a habit that will be set to continue.
As I say, it’s not starting until the end of March, but I am already trying to get back into the swing now, so it’s less of a shock to the system when the launch day kicks off.
Plus I really need to tackle that aforementioned winter sloth poundage I put on!

One last thing – another way I document my #5×50 journey is through pictures. I tried to take a picture (or many photos depending on where I was) on almost every workout. (Not the treadmill workouts, but when I was out and about).

Now that I am new to the Instagram party – I’ll aim to do so there – join me on Instagram if you’re on it. I could use a few more people to interact with over there!

Why not join me in the challenge? Follow along on social media #5x50Challenge. Check out this video by Tim Berridge at Dividia – below or on the 5×50  Youtube channel!

Incidentally – a lot of the places you see the team running in that video is where I tend to do my 5ks! Love my city!

Wherever you are in the world, I do hope you’ll consider doing this challenge for charity – either Sport Relief or perhaps another one that’s special to your heart…?