Slimming World – Week 23

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!

What even is Pilates anyway?

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 (/pɪˈlɑːtz/;[1]German:[piˈlaːtəs]) is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates…In his book Return to Life through Contrology,[3] 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.[4] It puts emphasis on alignment, breathing, developing a strong core, and improving coordination and balance.”

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pilates 

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.

Friday = Leg Day

O U C H

Leg day happened, courtesy of Scott dragging my sorry ass to the gym. Which is good…But also painful. So. Many. Lunges.

Here’s what I did:

Squats

Warm up – 8 x bar only (20kgs – all weights below will include this 20kg)

6 x 40kg

8 x 50 kg

8 x 60kg – 3 sets

Walking Lunge

5kg each hand x 20 – 3 sets

Treadmill Walking Lunge

50 x 2 sets

Leg Extension

20 x 35kg – 3 sets

 

Those lunges just about killed me. Stairs are not my friend at the moment…

I also did day 1 of my 30 Day Challenge when I got home – the squats were so difficult!

Personal Training Session

My gym membership came with an unexpected bonus – a free personal training session. Yay

I had this today, after work. felt a bit awkward about it, but she did a lot of good stuff with me, and we looked at how much I could lift on the different free weights and resistance machines. We did some cardio as well, and improving stamina. (She got me to jog on the treadmill, and I was already pretty wiped from all of the other things we had done!). The session was more to look at what I want to improve and what exercises/machines would achieve that.

OK, so I cant remember everything we did…but I’ve listed what I can remember!

  • Warm up: 5 mins on the cross-trainer, on level 5 (this can be whatever resistance you are comfortable with, something that isn’t too strenuous, but you can feel)
  • Stretches! VERY important of course. stretch everything from head to toe, and why not throw in some yoga poses!
  • Cable Pull downs, 6.5kg, 8-10 x 3 (I don’t know the correct terms for these, so forgive me if I am wrong!)
  • Cable row, 9kg, 8-10 x 3.
  • Free weights: Leg Press, 10kg each side, 8-10 x 3
  • Free weights: Chest Press, 5kg each side, 8-10 x3
  • Swiss ball squats: 4kg, squat and hold for 10 seconds x 3
  • Walking lunges: 3kg, lunge across studio and back 3-4 times
  • Resistance machines: Abs, 10kg 8-10 x 3
  • Resistance machines: Triceps (pushing away action. Elbows rest on pad, arms push away) approx. 5-7.5kg
  • Resistance machines: Leg lift (sat down, ankles hooked under roll cushion, lift legs) approx 10kg
  • Resistance machine: Backwards leg lift (laid down on front, ankles hooked under roll cushion, lift legs) approx 10kg
  • The Plank… 3 x 10 second intervals. Increase this as you get better!
  • Treadmill: 8.5% incline, 4.5mph; a brisk walk up an incline. After 5 mins or so, switch to 0% incline, and a jogging speed. I was on 6.5mph. This was a very light jog, and I was knackered! ran for about 3-4mins before stopping. (I got a stitch and needed water. No water bottle! Have been instructed to bring bottle next time)

After this, we had a chat about nutrition and she gave me some info on this with meal plan suggestions. We didn’t do the whole workout today, I did minimum 1 set of each, but the whole shebang on the squats, lunges and plank. The idea of this plan is to increase the reps to 15-20, and increase the weights being lifted. This will up both endurance and strength. It’s a flexible plan, for example I don’t have to do all of my sets at once, I could machine jump and do the next set after a different set. I like it. It’s encouraged me to use more of the machines and to get more involved in pushing myself to improve the weight I’m lifting.

I have a feeling I may end up a lifting loony like my bestest bud, RoanRider . Maybe. Maybe not. 

I have another session booked with my PT in the beginning of February. This one is not free, however I am going to give it a go to see if I feel it’s worth sticking with a PT, or going it alone (with some help from the internet…)

Happy Wednesday!

2014! Exciting!

The new year has rolled around again, and true to form, I haven’t lost a single pound! Oh well. This year is the year I will lose it.

My number 1 2014 resolution is to lose a minimum of 2 stone by July. This is a realistic, and achievable goal that I should be able to exceed.

I am going to try harder than ever before to eat well. I want to eat whole, healthy foods, and fill up on fruits and vegetables. I want to go the the gym often and make myself fitter!

The basis of my plan is basically clean eating, and exercise. I’m going to eat as much as I want – providing it’s fruit and veg. and get to the gym 2-3 times a week. This depends on working out how to fit it around work and everything else that will be going on! Once I’ve got a routine going, I expect to see progress, and will push myself to keep the momentum going. I then want to increase the amount I am going to the gym to 3-4 times a week.

On top of eating healthily, I am also going to give up a favorite food each month. January is chips. No fries/wedges/chips for me!

Oh, and before I forget-2014 weigh in: 230 Pounds.

Hope you all had a good new years!

 

GymGym!

Woo gym day! did lots of cardio. Felt pretty epic…

Did some ruuuninggg. ran for longer than I thought I could, which felt epic. I think it was approx 4-5 mins in one go, then again a bit after for 2-3mins. I also did incline walking in between. All while watching Big Bang Theory 😀

I also did 20mins on the cross trainer, while watching HARRY POTTER. It made me happy.

Next Gym day: Thursday!

Goal: run more! – perhaps think about the couch to 5k programme again? but inside this time? As K9 would say, ‘Affirmative’

Monday Blues

Well, it’s that time again – Weigh day.

As usual, I have not lost anything. Still stuck hovering around the same weight.

Food is like an addiction, it’s just too nice to not eat it. To be fair, I did have a Christmas Feast with my friends over the weekend. Next week will be better.

On a different note, I had my gym induction on Saturday (with a school friend-small world!) and did a small workout. The gym equipment is pretty cool, on the cardio equipment there are screens that you can access TV, apps, connect your phone and follow different running/cycling courses through Germany and Paris and other locations. Pretty snazzy, right? Am looking forward to using it more. This week I’m going to the gym Tuesday, Thursday and maybe Saturday (depending on when my cousins are coming over). This alongside not eating so much crap, should help my weight to be lower next week.

Goal: 222 Pounds

Weigh day, hoo ha ha.

As of this morning, I weighed in at 221 pounds.

3 pounds to get to my first weight reward goal. I’m skeptical about hitting it by graduation, but there we go. I’ll get there soon regardless.

Next month I can gym and get there quickerrrr. Hopefullyyyyy. If I don’t go I will kick myself in the butt and get myself up there. no excuses! It’s only up the road!!

My eating habits still aren’t great, I’m a total sucker for anything sweet and pastry-like. And biscuits. And crackers. And so the list goes on. I have cut down on the foods that are on my rewards list though! Which is always a good thing.

It’s been a weird week, I dropped 4 pounds, then bumped up two, then down one again. Strangeeee. Bloatyness I think!

Haven’t kept up with running, it’s a bit too dark and wet out by the time I get home from work at 8PM. EVERYDAY. Excluding weekends.

Bored of being muchikus fatikus.

The Misery That is Weigh Day

I haven’t done a weight post in a while.  Blindingly obvious why!

Ive been up to about 224, but headed back down again and am currently sitting around 222. Not awesome, but there we go.

I’ve implemented a new strategy of weight goal rewards. When I hit a goal weight, I am allowed a reward treat. This will only work if I don’t eat anything resembling the rewards for the duration of this!

Goal/reward:

218/Pasty   213/Chips   209/Christmas food   207/biscuits   203/Chocolate bar   199/Pizza   191/cheesecake   187/Harvester   183/Milkshake

179/BBQ   175/New Outfit

I am well aware that all bar one are food-related rewards! I was thinking that it would give me more reason to avoid all of those foods until I am allowed them as a reward, otherwise I am totally shooting myself in the foot here. There are events/dates associated with these too, however I think some months it may take me longer to reach the goal than others, so they’re more of a flexible calendar. One of the biggest ones, is to be 209 pounds to be allowed to have christmas food. That is THE one I HAVE to stick to. If I don’t hit that, I’m in for a miserable holiday season!

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about how to fit exercise around my job. My sister and I went jogging on sunday, and I want to continue to do this. It will be a huge commitment, and will involve running late in the evening because of the time I get home from work. However, as long as we plan our route and go as soon as I get back and change to running gear, this should be do-able 2-3 times a week-including the weekend.

Another way to get some exercise in is to join up with my local gym. It offers a ‘commuter’ membership. This means I will be able to use the gym 7-9am (not that I would have time to as I would be travelling by then) 6-10PM, and weekends all day. this seems like a good solution, gym-ing straight after work and at the weekend. There are also a couple of fitness classes I may be able to take if I take up this membership. Definitely something worth thinking about there!

The third way is of course, the old chestnut ‘take the stairs’. My office is on the 4th floor, usually I take the lift up, and the stairs down. I could begin to take the stairs up too to increase my daily exercise…Only problem with this is if I’m going up with someone, who wants to take the lift. It’s a little rude to break off a conversation because you want to take the stairs…But we’ll see. This is something that I can implement straight away-definitely worth doing I think.

Next weigh day I hope to bring better news!

Just Keep Swimming…

Finally went swimming today! Kept intending to go but then other things happened or needed to be done…you know how it goes.

I’d like to go swimming everyday, but I think that could get expensive! The gym has recently started doing swim-only memberships, which might be worth looking into, but as I get student swim rates anyway I would have to compare them to see which is cheaper!

did 20 lengths, a little over 1/4 mile. I’m really not a very good swimmer, very slow and not great at swimming in general.

definitely think looking into doing it more often would be a good idea, especially for when I don’t want to run or cant run because of footpaths being icy.