March Goals

Happy March…

I have been so inactive on here, my apologies!

January was hard – I had to leave Slimming World due to financial difficulties, so it took me a little while to adjust to that. Then February came and flew by; it was a busy one for me, my birthday month so you can imagine what my eating habits were like! On the more positive side, I’ve been doing pilates and spin classes every week, and I’ve been dipping my toes back into running. So on the exercise front, I’ve been doing really well and I’m proud of myself for sticking with my classes.

Alongside this, I’ve had a couple of health checks – one in January, and one on 1st March. In these they measured my body fat, which I am interested in keeping track of…here’s how I’m doing this year…

Body Fat…

January BF: 45.5%

March BF: 43.79%

Difference: -1.71%

Weight…

January: 250.5 pounds

March: 252 pounds

So I have put on weight since the beginning of the year (not much, I might add!) BUT, I have lost body fat sooo…that’s a win for me! I’m trying to eat well through March, and keep up with exercising regularly – which I have been doing with pilates and spin.

Fingers crossed for more loss at the end of March!

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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.