Sweaty Betty blog: Yolanda
Empowering Women Through Fitness
I feel like somehow i have become an adopted cockney. Maybe its because of the boxing, maybe its my love of markets, maybe its the fact that i can happily refer to things as "cushty", either way I love East London. However new shores beckoned and my heart led me back to West London for the first time in few years. We are now the pround inhabitants of a mews house and Hyde Park is going to replace Viccy Park as my training ground. The funny thing is that the last time i lived in West London i was training for the moonwalk with SB. I remember countless laps of Hyde Park early in the morning, and one lovely practice "run" with Emma and two lovely Hampstead customers. I also have fond memories of rehab following the end of my boxing career and the moments that i ran my first, second and third marathons. So West London I am back and ready to discover the best training hot spots. The yoga is still going well and my bridges are improving...warrior 3 is still a little shakey though so perhaps a near by yoga studio should be on the cards? There are 2 tracks near by thank goodness and I have for the first time ever began to include a swimming pool in my search. If these lungs are to get stronger then the water wings are going to have to be dusted off and put to use...watch out Simon ill be at that tri start lineup very very soon!read more
Fresh air probably isnt in Londons top selling points but right now it is a bit of a focus for me. This week all my sport has concentrated on helping to improve the strength of my lungs. As a boxer I had the finest coach in the country, Jimmy Tibbs, and he knew a thing or two about lung power. We would often retreat to the top floor of the gym after an early morning session. We would escape the dark and sweaty confines of the rings and the noise of the weights and bags. Upstairs in the dojo, with light streaming through the windows Jimmy would install in me the importance of lung exercises. He would explain to me that lungs need training, just like every other part of my body, and that if i neglected this practice i would suffer the consequences. We would stand together, Jim towering above me and begin to take deep breathes inwards, holding for a second and then releasing the air as slowly as possible. We would stand like this, sometimes circling our arms, sometimes with our arms outstretched, until I would feel faint and have to stop. Jimmy would then always remind me that "whoever has the strongest lungs will win the fight". This understated and currently poingnant message was with me this morning as i began a slow and steady run around the park. Spring had sprung and i was warm in my vest as i made my way round the 5miles. I focused on my breath, making each inhale and exhale last as long as possible. This morning I didnt run with Gaga or JayZ determining the pace. Instead i chose to listen to the soundtrack of a runner- my feet hitting the earth and the sound of my lungs getting stronger.read more
Hello all and happy new year to you. So sorry I havent been updating my blog. Unforgiveable really. Bit of a case of writer’s block I think…what can I say that is interesting/inspiring at this grey time of the year? Well, the easiest is to talk about New Year’s resolutions I suppose and what incredibly exciting things I have proposed for the year… And the fitness regime…
On that last point, Yolanda (our inhouse military-style fitness fanatic) has set me a triathlon training programme. Yes I have talked about doing a triathlon for the last couple of years and have not done it. What is spurring me on though at the moment, is that my husband has decided to do one this summer. So, my competitive streak has kicked in and I’m gradually upping my normal training programme (but I havent committed yet…I havent properly competed since falling over in the university ski race… so I feel I should start with a 10k and then move onto the big thing). The other thing I’ve done is give up alcohol for January and it feels so great not having hangovers (especially if you are trying to do more exercise). I do miss the drinking part though. Chocolate is delegated to weekends as my special treat.
So, to future holidays and hot places to go. Jumping straight to the summer: We have been invited to a friends’ 10th wedding anniversary party in Ibiza in the summer. Cant wait. We are also going to the Isle of Wight festival at the beginning of June.
I need to go to LA to check out what is happening in the world of active/beachwear and mad keen Americans going about their daily active lifestyles in the next month or so. Doesn’t sound too bad hey?!
Going skiing with the kids over Easter and I’ve started to think about which gorgeous outfit I should take and have had a bit of a scare cos the lovely high-waisted snug pants have flown out and there’s no more in a size small. AARGH. I’m going to get the Inuit parka (luckily some still in stock) as I love the idea of having a longer jacket for those inevitable wet chairlift rides. The helmet has been bought and now I just need the layer pieces. The children may be in hand-me-down rodeo all-in-ones, but I will be flying the SB flag of glamour.
On a bit of a different note, had the most fantastic shopping spree at Graham and Green warehouse sale at the weekend. Bit of a birthday present to myself, but have now updated my house with rather beautifully designed bits of chrome, pony skin, mock croc leather and faux snakeskin. Sounds a bit animalistic, but trust me it is beautiful tactile timeless product and I just love their eclectic mix of world traveller/Moroccan hippie/old 50’s Hollywood glamour.
New year’s resolution #1: update blog more regularly.
A few people have written to me this week through this blog asking for sports and nutrition advice. This is a huge benefit of having a blog and i am more than happy to help. What worries me slightly is that whilst i know what the best training diets are and which rules apply when, i am the first to break them. I run or train early in the morning- normally by 6am. I have to run and train on empty. What i mean is that i cant have any food at all in my stomach and in fact i tend to perform slightly better when a little hungry. This means that i stop eating at 6pm the night before. This is wrong...for most people, yet trial and error have shown me that for me it is right in every way. I also train longer and harder if the balance in my diet is protein rather than carb heavy - also not advisable if you play by the rules. And yet again it works for me. I have (thankfully) adapted my training diet over the years. In January i was diagnosed with a lactose and soya allergy following a immune virus. This forced me to take care and look at my diet even closer. What works for one may not work for another and yet i believe that if you are given all the right information you can experiment with your training and diet until you find your perfect match. It is all about having the right tools to make the correct choices. My non-diet related kooky training savior is that i always aways shower in freezing water first straight after a big session and so far ive never had badly strained or aching muscles....just some food for thoughtread more
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