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…
This week was the run up to my birthday. I knew that the weekend would be full of birthday food, so I tried to ensure I was eating well in the run up to it.
Weigh-in went well, I lost 2.5 pounds. In 12 weeks I’ve lost 11 pounds – it doesn’t sound all too impressive, but to me it’s great news. I’m showing myself that I can stick to plan and not sabotage myself like I usually do.
Back on plan today, though there is a lot of birthday cake left to get through…
This week I’m aiming for a 1 pound loss, more if I can manage it!
Week 11 continued my streak of eating well and staying on plan, I was on track to lose another couple of pounds. Until we got to Friday.
I was going away for the weekend to see my family, and we had some food that needed to be eaten. Mainly bread, so my dinner consisted of a half baton with bacon and egg. And a cheese roll.
As you can guess, weigh in the next morning showed the bread-bloat and I ended up maintaining.
Next weigh-in I’m hoping to see the bread-bloat weight come off, and more. I’m aiming to get my 1 stone award this month, 5.5 pounds to go! I would like 3.5 off this week, then only 2 pounds to lose the week after, following my birthday…
I’ve not been to slimming world for the past couple of weeks. The first week I booked off because I was away, the second I wasn’t well so couldn’t make it in. Of course I ended up not sticking to plan and eating some off-plan things. some days were fine, but I’m not expecting a loss when I go to weigh in on Saturday. All I can do is get back on plan, and stick to it – something I’ve always found difficult, especially when I have a lot on!
Food planning is going to be crucial this week – it’s the run up to Christmas and everyone will be feeling festive, which will mean food & indulging. It’s a hard time of year to be dieting!
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).