I’ve been pretty bad at blogging recently. Things have been quite hectic, after being made redundant things were a whirlwind of meetings and interviews, until accepting a job offer. Then I spent time learning and settling into my new job – which is still ongoing. The office also has communal snacks and birthday food when it’s someone’s birthday. There have been a few birthdays since I started, and my self control wasn’t up to the challenge of junk food on top of everything else going on. However, I haven’t gone too far overboard.
I’m currently sitting at 5.5 pounds lost since I rejoined slimming world, I’d like to get my stone award in the next 6 weeks.
Exercise-wise, I’ve signed up to do an exercise course called Dawn Breakers. It’s a workout class every weekday at 6am for 6 weeks. I’ve done 2 so far, and it is hard. I’m so unfit…I ache all over just from 2 workouts, and I’ve 28 more classes to go to. The class consists of 20 exercise that you do for 45 seconds, with a 25 second break in between, like tabata training. Each day focuses on a different muscle group. Monday was abs, and today was endurance – so lots of cardio moves.
We did photos on the first day, so once we do after photos I might post them here. We’ll see how I feel about it further down the line…
Recently I was at the gym, following the weight lifting programme I’ve mentioned before. One of the exercises is a straight leg deadlift. I’ve been careful the past few weeks not to push myself too hard or lift too heavy, so I could make sure my form was correct & avoid any injuries. This time I decided to push myself.
I picked up a 20kg barbell, and found that too easy and could easily finish my reps. So I picked up another one, which turned out to be 35kg. This was a perfect weight – heavy and challenging. It’s been a long time since I lifted anything that heavy! I really enjoyed it. I felt like an absolute boss after finishing my sets! The next couple of days, however, I was very stiff and achy! I may have overdone it a little bit…
I’ve also started to do Zombies, Run! again – it’s a running app that simulates zombie chases and has a story to listen to as you run. It’s a lot of fun, and I recommend giving it a go!
Speaking of running, I’ve been looking into barefoot running recently. I’ve been thinking about this for a while, and decided to invest in a pair of Vibram Fivefingers. For those who aren’t familiar with these trainers, they’re running shoes that simulate a barefoot feeling, while protecting your soles! Picture on the left!
Once they arrive, I’ll start out slowly and build up some foot strength – and post some updates.
As mentioned in my last post, I’ve been following a programme from bodybuilding.com. I’m on week 3 of this now, and it’s going well. It’s not too repetitive as each day I’m doing something different, and I enjoy weight lifting. Though I have to admit I don’t always complete the HIIT cardio after each workout…my knees have been bothering me a lot, so I’m trying to take it easy on the high impact cardio front! I will be doing some intense spin classes this weekend, so I’m sure that’ll catch me up on the cardio sessions I’ve missed.
I’ve also been following slimming world again, this week – so far – it has been going really well. Because I did it before I don’t have to think too much about it, and have been able to make better (free) food choices – leaving me feeling full and proud of myself for eating well. Happy. I do need to be careful with measuring my healthy A choices – my measured daily dairy intake for those who don’t know slimming world.
I feel like I’ve lost a little bit, and I’m feeling much better about myself at the moment – the endorphins from exercising are doing their job!
I have not been keeping up with posting at all this year have I? Ah well. These things happen.
I’ve been thinking a lot about weightlifting recently, alongside swimming & Pilates. I still enjoy Spin, however my knees and ankles are getting stiff and painful from doing it so I think I need to decrease the frequency I do that, and replace it with swimming which is much easier on the joints!
I have my wedding to think about now, so I really need to get serious with my eating habits and stop prancing around with junk food. The exercise part I can do, I just really struggle with food!!
I did eat loads of melon today though, which is an improvement on cookies. I’ll get there. I need to practice resisting urges & I have some techniques I can do to help with that, just need to keep practising resistance.
Went to the gym yesterday, and did day 2 of a programme I got from bodybuilding.com. They have printable logs to fill out as you go, which are extremely handy! I’m going to crack on with this and hopefully see a pleasing result by the end of the month (it’s a 12 week plan but will be tracking and measuring monthly).
I have not been successful this week. Lack of planning, too many syns, too much of everything.
Last Week: 17st 2.5lb (240.5 pounds)
This Week: 17st 6lb (244 pounds)
Sooo this sucks. I’ve been giving myself a kick up the butt, and this week I’ve done some meal planning, I’ve prepped lunch for a couple of days, and I’m making more of an effort to stick to my syns. I need to make a loss this week, no matter what!
Week 24 Goal: 17st 2lb (240 pounds)
Hoping I’ll crack this and get on track with my food. I have also signed up to some classes at my gym to increase how active I am – Pilates and Barre Fusion here I come!
I joined the local gym this week, and decided to go the full whack and have all of the classes and swimming within my membership too.
This week I tried out Pilates – I’ve never done pilates before, so I had no idea what to expect. I knew that it was very focused on core strength, so I think in my mind it was small focused workouts on particular muscle groups. I wasn’t too far off in my guess, to be honest.
The internet says this is Pilates:
“Pilates (;German:[piˈlaːtəs]) is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates…In his book Return to Life through Contrology, Joseph Pilates presents his method as the art of controlled movements, which should look and feel like a workout (not a therapy) when properly manifested. If practiced with consistency, pilates improves flexibility, builds strength and develops control and endurance in the whole human body. It puts emphasis on alignment, breathing, developing a strong core, and improving coordination and balance.”
It was certainly small, controlled movements. I was using muscles that haven’t been engaged in a very long time! Between trying to remember to keep my core tight, balance, breathe and actually do the movements correctly, it turned out to be quite the workout. But without all of the sweating, strain and panting that comes with cardio or weightlifting. I have to say I did enjoy it – it was relaxing and hard work rolled into one. Weird sensation!
I’ve signed up to do it again next week. I decided I want to keep this going for a few weeks and see how I get on with it, despite being the largest person in the class…I suppose at least I’ll have a rock solid core underneath all of my blubber.
Today is the day. I’m going to be doing Race for Life this evening after work, I wont be running as originally planned, but I will be walking it. Possibly getting some power walking in there once I’m warmed up! (Providing my insides don’t burst out of me…)
I’m aiming to complete the 5k route in 60 minutes – this is 15 minutes longer than it took me to run it last year, but I know that my fast walk is a similar pace to my jogging pace soo…it makes sense.
My plan for is to start off gently, then once I warm up a bit – maybe after 10 minutes or so (after the crowd thins out at the start of the race), increase my walking speed and get into a comfortable faster pace. I will be listening to my Harry Potter audio book along the way, which I am sure will make the time fly by! (I LOVE HP)
You can still donate to Cancer Research through my sponsor link, every little helps!
See you on the other side…