HEALTHY LIVING: My 100-day workout challenge

I’m on Day 22 of my 100-Day Workout Challenge and it took a lot this morning to drag myself to my happy place for a spot of Les Mills Body Combat.

Family time at David Lloyd gym in Newcastle

That’s because I woke up in a great mood, the sun was shining and little C had gone off to nursery like butter wouldn’t melt … I was without a challenge to fuel my emotions!

You see I have found over the years that I get a better kick out of my work-out when I have the urge to punch something.

Body Combat has been my exercise class of choice for two decades (on and off) and it has helped me have fun, stay strong and retain a PMA.

When mum died at 65, the day before starting my new job, it was the hardest blow I’ve ever been dealt. First came the flowers, the cards, the well-wishers, the tears flowed, the tantrums, then numbness followed by a period of weakness.

As a word person, I started to over-think things. I stopped my blog, I threw myself into work and channeled all the strength I could muster into that. It quickly became my lifeline, but because I’d stepped away from #myhappyplanner it became a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs as emotions bubbled to the surface without warning.

There’s no easy way to say it, the past year has been bloody hard. I’ve just learned to roll with the punches. I have begun exercising for my mental health as much as my physical health and there’s nothing quite like pummelling an imaginary opponent.

Now I’m at a stage in my life where my brain is ONLY releasing happiness-making endorphins. My exercise regime has been a real cerebral get-away from ‘stuff’ even if my Achilles’ tendons are now going through hell.

While there are clearly more civilised ways of giving your heart a workout – nothing compares to my stress-busting obsession which has been pumped by Scooter, AC/DC and Alice Cooper over the past decade.

I can give a mean right hook and throw some wicked punches thanks to a bucket-load of pent up aggression – which sometimes scares me 😱 It has also helped me fend off a few assassins – which is very satisfactory.

If you’re going through a tough time, my advice is give it some welly! It has been my weapon of choice and a win-win for me.

Gail Allott, Danny McDougall, Nichola Burns, Caroline South and Jennie Burdett – this post is for you guys and David Lloyd Gyms.

Thank you for helping me on my fitness and mental health journey! #penmightierthanthesword



  1. July 31, 2019 / 1:44 pm

    Sounds like your dedicated to this and its making you tougher as well which is a double bonus

  2. Joanna
    July 31, 2019 / 7:51 pm

    I do Les Mills workouts regularly at my gym, usually body combat on Saturdays. I prefer body pump to challenge myself.

  3. August 1, 2019 / 3:04 am

    I love such posts a lot. Such workout challenges surely work great in favor of your body.

  4. Raja Zeeshan
    August 1, 2019 / 5:59 am

    Stick to the challenge at the end the result of this is in your own favor.

  5. Arun
    August 1, 2019 / 6:31 am

    Good going girl. Sometimes work outs are the best way to combat stress and give a mental clarity. And working on your body is awesome.

  6. August 1, 2019 / 8:40 am

    I’ll look into it. Though I try to work out when time allows it, I find it very boring. I have yet to find a work out that will keep me entertained while doing it, it might help me stay motivated for longer.

  7. August 1, 2019 / 9:44 am

    Well done! I would like to try this “brain is releasing only happiness making endorphins” workout 🙂

  8. Neil Alvin
    August 1, 2019 / 10:31 am

    I’m excited to see the out come. 🙂

  9. August 1, 2019 / 2:36 pm

    Keep it up! I can totally relate to this. When I was at a low point in my life I ended up signing up for a free Kickboxing trial. It felt so great to get some of that anger & frustration out! Exercise does wonders for us in so many ways.

  10. Kriti
    August 1, 2019 / 5:05 pm

    Starting a day with a workout gives to inner and outer strength. thanks for sharing !!

  11. Bindu Thomas
    August 2, 2019 / 1:47 pm

    Great going! Your dedication is awesome. Keep at it!

  12. Anagha
    August 2, 2019 / 1:53 pm

    It’s so difficult to keep up with the challenges. You are doing great 🙂

  13. August 2, 2019 / 8:17 pm

    I lost my dad early this year and I couldn’t keep up with anything or anyone. I shot myself out and stayed in for many months thinking about a million different ways I could have saved him or made his passing less painful. I tried getting into a workout routine which is usually my go-to activity to bring myself out of any slump, I couldn’t keep up with a 30-day challenge.

    But I am getting better and starting to come out now.

    I’m not sure how I would fare with a 100-day challenge as I’m rarely consistent with anything.

    • saffronandcyrus
      August 2, 2019 / 8:46 pm

      Grace, I’m so sorry to hear this. It’s very hard. Everyone is different and exercise helps but doesn’t heal. You just have to do what’s best for you. Take care x

  14. August 2, 2019 / 9:21 pm

    I’ve started my fitness journey recently, and have added some light workout – I feel inspired after reading your post.

  15. August 3, 2019 / 1:36 am

    Routine is so important and even better when adding exercise to reduce stress.

  16. amaya
    August 3, 2019 / 4:43 pm

    I shall change to this routine. This sounds like a great challenge tio be healthy and strong

  17. Elizabeth O
    August 7, 2019 / 1:30 am

    It’s really hard to lose a loved one. The emotions after all is done I think is the most hard to deal with. Glad that you found a great outlet for it all. Stay strong love.

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