My 30 day challenge is over!
Technically, it was over about a week ago but with Christmas and all the festivities I didn’t get a chance to do a final post about it.
In case you don’t know what I’m on about, Boots No. 7 challenged me to make a change in my life over a 30 day period, as part of the launch of their new Advanced Protect and Perfect Serum. You can read my first post about it here.
Never one to turn down a challenge, I decided I would take up running and eventually be able to run 5k without stopping by the end of the 30 days. Now, not being the hugest fan of exercise (unless said exercise involves reaching for a glass of wine), I was a little bit concerned that I might not be able to do it, or worse – that I’d of a heart attack 🙂
Happily, I proved myself wrong on both points and managed to do it! I downloaded the Get Running app and honestly, it basically did all the work for me. You start off with one minute runs, following by one minute resting periods over a 25 minute time frame and slowly, over the weeks you build up to running longer periods and resting for shorter periods. The women in the app (you know what I mean) is very encouraging and motivating, and I think I only wanted to kill her once during the whole month 🙂
I also had really good (bright pink) trainers from Adidas which helped keep my feet and ankles in reasonable shape throughout.
As cheesy as it sounds, doing something like this makes you realise that you really can make a change, whether it be eating healthier or getting fit, as long as you put your mind to it. Saying that, my husband did have to literally kick me out of the house for the first five or six runs as I didn’t want to do it, haha! 🙂
I also used the No. 7 Protect and Perfect Advanced Serum throughout the 30 days as I was interested to see whether it lived up to the hype. Boots launched the serum here a few months back and Dr. Mike Bell, who is their Skincare Scientific Advisor, came to Dubai to explain the benefits and show us the results from trials they had run in the UK. I have to say, I didn’t expect much from it, even though people rave about the original version. It’s just too affordable to be any good, right?! Wrong. It’s actually a bloody good product. It’s literally weightless on the skin, which is a big plus for me as I hate that sticky feeling some serums leave behind. At the end of the 30 days I noticed a big improvement in the texture of my skin and it looked significantly brighter and more radiant. Luckily, I don’t have a huge amount of lines as of yet so I can’t really say whether it’s as hard-hitting as they say, but I’ll definitely be using it when I do! 🙂
Did any of you challenge yourself and get involved in the #powerofchange campaign? Let me know!