Weigh in After-Wednesday

I weighed myself again this morning, to gauge where I’m heading for next week.

Weigh in: 229 pounds
Woo so that’s 2 pounds down from two days ago, which means I was still uber bloated on Tuesday.

Goal for next weds: 227 pounds
Ideally I actually need to lose 3 pounds to be on track for the BFF challenge, if I can get that then awesome, if not, as long as I’m under 16 stone (224) I think I’ll be happy. Maybe. I won’t be whilst doing the tricep dips!!

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30 Day Challenge: Day 10 Update

30 day challenge As you may know, I am currently partaking in two challenges. This one is the 30 day challenge, which I started on the 1st August.

It is now day 10, and definitely time for an update.

Progress so far:

Squats

I’m not having too much trouble with these at the moment. I have pretty good strength in my legs, and I’ve done a 30 day squat challenge before. I’m quite certain that later in the challenge I will begin to find this more difficult.

Push Ups

I suck at push ups. Initially  I was doing the full push up, but I kep feeling pain in my lower stomach when doing this, and I wasn’t able to get all the way down and back up again. I have since switched to doing push ups from my knees, which has improved my form and eradicated the pain I was feeling. starting to really struggle with these, 15 was almost too much!

Plank

Oh god the plank.  Another which I am really not very good at. Back in my school days we did Aerobics classes for PE, and we were doing planks every time. I thought I wouldn’t struggle with this as much as I have been; clearly the little strength I developed back then has long departed. These have been difficult. I haven’t been able to hold it for the full amount of time on all of them, so have had to split it up, and do the full time overall. Having said that I’m awful at these, I am definitely seeing improvement – I could barely do 20 seconds to start, and today I managed the full minite in one go. Yay!

Crunches

I’m pretty good with these. I used to do quite a lot through school and college so I tend not to struggle with these very much. Now I’m heading towards a higher amount of reps I am feeling the burn more and more however. This will only get harder from here on out!

Overall, I feel that I’m doing pretty good with this. I haven’t missed a day, and am keeping up with it. Woooooo

Lets hope I keep it up for the remaining 20 days…

 

BFF Challenge Update

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UPDATE

The official End date for our challenge is 1st September. Just over three weeks from now.

Quite worried on my part, I really don’t want to do those tricep dips…the only way I can pull this back is to deny EVERYTHING bad. Stay well with my calorie limit per day, and stick with my workout schedule.

I need for this to work, I’ve tried lots of things to motivate myself, this has to be the thing that works. Healthy competition with pre-established goals. We all know how awful I am at self-motivating for more than an hour…

Okay so, the plan is to eat right. Stick within the calories, avoid trigger foods – biscuits in particular – and exercise. No matter how tired I am after work.

Gym at least twice per week

Run at least twice per week

Stop eating CRAP

I’m pretty sure Pip will complete her challenge. She’s much better at this than I am! I feel confident she will achieve it because she is so good at focusing herself and pushing for her goals.

My goal is still 220 pounds, originally this was a loss of 7 pounds, but as usual I put weight back on again. So now it is more a loss of 14 pounds. Well, maybe less, I am heavily bloated at the moment so it may be along the lines of 10 pounds or so. I will have to see where I stand next week. It’ll be down to Pip’s decision as to whether if I lose 7 pounds and am still over 220 still counts as completing the challenge. Personally, I don’t think it should.

 Feeling extremely negative at the moment. Reading this is probably not particularly fun buut, there we go. It’s how I’m feeling. Enjoy.

Weigh in Wednesday

Morning morning!

Last week: 229 pounds
Today: 230 pounds
Next week: 228 pounds

Sooo annoying! Mon and tues I was staying steady at 229, then this morning I jump up a pound! Urg. Too much bread yesterday perhaps.

Food:
Had loads going on over the weekend and ended up going to 2 bbqs, and eating out fri/mon. Probably why I haven’t lost anything. Self control is vital this week if I want to see some loss for next week.

Exercise:
I finally got around to making an exercise schedule. It started on Monday but due to hovercraft driving I’ve been slightly incapacitated…I’m hoping that by tomorrow my aches will have eased enough to get some exercise in.

Coming up:
Info on the BFF September Challenge

Weigh in Wednesday

Good morning, it’s that time of the week again!

Here we go:

Last week: 227 pounds
This week: 229 pounds
2 pound gain
Total loss: 5 pounds
Next week: 227 pounds

Damn water retention. I’m really bloated today, so it’s likely that those 2 pounds will drop off again providing I drink looaads of water.

Food
Ate quite a lot at the weekend, but it was mostly healthy stuff that we pre-packed for a day out. I think I did quite well considering. More wholesome foods please!

Exercise
I haven’t been for a run yet, but I will! I’m gyming this evening, and want to make a schedule for me to stick to.

Life
This section should really be called sleep, I mention my lack of it every week!

Pip and I have decided to challenge each other. My challenge is to loose 7 pounds by our September meet-up. I challenged her to hit a body fat percentage goal.
My target: 220 pounds
Pips target: 21% bf

Terms of the challenge are undecided as of yet, but I’m sure we’ll hammer out the details soon!

Race For Life: Pretty Muddy 2014

I completed Pretty Muddy today! woooooooo 

It was fun! The three of us were all really nervous before it started, we got running and that just fell away. There were nine obstacles in total, I dont have pics for all of them unfortunately, but I can sure as hell tell you about them! (if Ican remember them all!)

Obstacle 1: Hurdles

Not traditional hurdles, huge inflated pink rolls which we had to clamber over!

Obstacle 2: Pink Tyre run

This was exactly what it sounds like, some tyres laid on the floor, which you have to run through. like you would imagine for army training. except the tyres had been painted pink.

Obstacle 3: Tunnels

Some large tubes laid down which we had to crawl through! decidedly less muddy than we thought…

Obstacle 4: Army Crawl nets

blue tarp on the floor, red net above, crawl under in an army crawl. Not going to lie, I didnt army crawl. I crawled on my forearms! Still not muddy…

Obstacle 5: Mud Pools

Finally, some mud! We had to climb over a hurdle, (not inflated this time – just some scaffolding covered in fabric signs!) and land in a paddling pool full of muddy water!

Obstacle 6: Over and Under (spider web)

Rope strung across at different heights and angles, so that you have to work your way through it by going under and over. Felt kind of like a spy avoiding laserbeams. Except I could touch them and move them out of the way.

Obstacle 7: The A Frame

This old classic. Cargo net up one side, go over the top, and corgo net down the other side. These things always mess with my head a bit, and I end up feeling very unsteady on the top. we were stuck queing for this one for a bit as a poor lady was quite distressed with trying to get over it. she did it eventually, and we all cheered and clapped.

Obstacle 8: Mud. Just Mud.

We had to climb into a big inflated pool with rope strung across the top, and go under the rope while being splashed with muddy water. At this point our supporters were all around, and had mentioned to the stewards that we loved mud. As a result, we were splashed quite a lot…

Obstacle 9: Slip and Slide

The last obstacle. An inflated slide. We climbed up the cargo net on one side, swung our legs over and slid down holding hands into some mud. wooooo

Then we had a short sprint to the finish!

Total Time: 66 Minutes

Approx. Time (with stops at obstacles taken out): 56 Minutes

We did SO well. I definitely help the other two up a bit, buuut, I think they were OK with it…

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Hurdles! I'm second in on the right...

Hurdles! I’m second in on the right…

We all got DRENCHED in the mud pools

We all got DRENCHED in the mud pools

Weeeee

Weeeee

 

Me After

 

There are some more pics floating around on other devices – I’ll post any good ones!

Post Christmas Damage

And I don’t mean flooding and storm damage.

Well, 2014 is fast approaching and I am bigger than ever.

But that’s OK. It’s a new start, a new year, new opportunities for change.

2014 is going to be the year I change my habits and eat better. I will go to the gym, eat well, and be happy. That’s the plan. No diet fads and schemes, just eating whole foods and exercising. I’m going to be keeping it simple.

Of course, I will want to challenge myself, but I’d rather get into a routine of eating well and regular exercise before doing so. Also, exercise is a challenge regardless.

Lets kick this weight out the front door for 2014!