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

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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!

Weigh in Wednesday

It’s here! The post you all wait for with bated breath. I’m joking!

Today I’m going to do a round up of my progress so far as well as my usual weigh in. It was pointed out to me recently that my posts make it seem as if I’m not making any progress…sooo I’m going to lay it all out as well as reestablish my goals.

Weigh in
Last week: 231 pounds (water weight! )
This week: 227 pounds
Next week: 226 pounds

Progress
Highest weight: 234 pounds – recorded just after Ben Nevis
Progress: – 7 pounds

This may not seem a lot for the amount of time, but it’s definitely an improvement on dancing around the same few pounds all the time.

Goals:
At the beginning of the year I set a new years resolution to lose 2 stone (28 pounds) by July. Obviously, that hasn’t happened. I’m now aiming to loose a minimum of 28 pounds by the end of the year. So far, I’ve lost 7 pounds of that, leaving 21 pounds to go. This is achievable!

End of year goal: 206 pounds
Summer 2015 goal: 178 pounds – a further 28 pounds

Ultimate Goal: 130 pounds
This may change when I get there, depending on what I feel healthiest at and whether I feel like I need to loose more.

This week’s updates
Food:
I’ve been pretty good this week. The only bad day was yesterday, when I was given a box of chocolates from my colleagues for passing my driving test. Oops. I regret nothing, and I shared! This week I need to keep up with the good foods, and throw some more fruit and veg into the mix.

Exercise:
After the success of Pretty Muddy at the weekend, I need to make sure I jump back into running this week-otherwise I’ll loose all momentum! I’ve also been considering taking part in a 6 week power lifting course at my gym. Not because I want to bulk up, but because lifting trims you down quicker than cardio alone. And who doesn’t want to be able to lift heavy things?

Life:
Positive. Feeling good. I passed my driving test yesterday which I think will up my mood for at least a week! I also managed to get a long sleep in at the weekend, though I’m still tired and behind on sleep at the moment. Work is busy, as always. I’m looking forward to the weekend, have a busy one planned!

Hope everyone has a good Wednesday!

Weigh in Wednesday (Thursday)

I’ve been monitoring my weight a lot more closely recently as I’ve been having some wacky weigh ins. If you remember, last week I had suddenly put on 6 pounds, but immediate dropped back down again over the weekend. This week, when I weighed in on Wednesday I had apparantly put it all back on again, and then lost it again this morning. It makes no sense! I’m going to go with the weigh in from today, as I think it is the more accurate of the two.

This week: 232 pounds
Currently: bloated and retaining water
Next week: 229 pounds would be very nice!

For those who didn’t see, I posted about the Race For Life last night, please check it out if you get a chance!

Food:
Biscuits have been more under control this week, which is always good. Though I desperately need to be eating more fruit and veg! Moooaaarrr!

Exercise:
I am going to keep up with the running (once I recover from this one!). My gym is doing a 5k at the end of the month, I would love to join up and see if I can beat my time for this one! I also have a gym plan to follow-compiled by Mr Scott-which I will be getting on board with next week.

Life:
Positive thinking works! I’m not so great at this, but I plan to keep it going. De-stressing during and after work is becoming really important at the moment. Luckily my coworkers and I are usually able to make each other laugh, which helps a lot!

Weigh in Wednesday (Thursday)

I’ve been monitoring my weight a lot more closely recently as I’ve been having some wacky weigh ins. If you remember, last week I had suddenly put on 6 pounds, but immediate dropped back down again over the weekend. This week, when I weighed in on Wednesday I had apparantly put it all back on again, and then lost it again this morning. It makes no sense! I’m going to go with the weigh in from today, as I think it is the more accurate of the two.

This week: 232 pounds
Currently: bloated and retaining water
Next week: 229 pounds would be very nice!

For those who didn’t see, I posted about the Race For Life last night, please check it out if you get a chance!

Food:
Biscuits have been more under control this week, which is always good. Though I desperately need to be eating more fruit and veg! Moooaaarrr!

Exercise:
I am going to keep up with the running (once I recover from this one!). My gym is doing a 5k at the end of the month, I would love to join up and see if I can beat my time for this one! I also have a gym plan to follow-compiled by Mr Scott-which I will be getting on board with next week.

Life:
Positive thinking works! I’m not so great at this, but I plan to keep it going. De-stressing during and after work is becoming really important at the moment. Luckily my coworkers and I are usually able to make each other laugh, which helps a lot!

Weigh In Wednesday

I think I’m going to write this weigh in off as an anomaly. Apparently I’ve put on 6 pounds in just as many days. I know for certain that I am bloated and retaining water, and yesterday was a big food eaten late day.  It was the parentals anniversary, we went out for a meal but everyone had to wait for me to get home! So all of that food is probably sitting in my tummy waiting to be digested.

This week

Food
Need to get ontop of this and stop eating so much crappy food. Filling, wholesome meals please!!

Exercise
I haven’t ran for a while, just over a week in fact. I need to get back on this, bearing in mind that the race is next week!!! I’ve also started weight lifting, which I would like to stick to, but would depend on whether I can fit gym into my schedule more!

Life
Trying to stay positive. Quite stressed at work at the moment which contributes to my eating badly…

Apologies for this post being a little late!

Bro’, Do You Even Lift?

I’ve never done weightlifting before. Ever. After hearing miss Pips go on about it (I kid, I love hearing about it really) I have been thinking about giving it a go for a while. Problem is, I have no idea what I’m doing, or how to start. Enter Mr Scott. I practically bugged him until he said yes to helping me out on this. Luckilly it didnt take much bugging at all… so we joined forces and headed to the gym.

Leg Day
Those dreaded words. Unfortunately for me, Scott remembered that I have quite strong legs. From our school days. There was a lot of walking up hills to get home. So he was quite happily pushing me further than perhaps others would have…

We started with warming up on the cross trainer, then moved over to the bench press. I’m aware this isn’t legs, Scott was showing me how to do it properly. So we did:

Bench press: bar only 1 x 5
10kg 3 x 5

Deadlifts were next. I’ve heard a lot about these from Pip, and have been wondering about doing them ever since. Scott taght me the movement with proper form, then we jumped in at 10 kg on the bar. This was okay, heavy but I could do it. Then we moved to 20kg. Really heavy. Kind of felt like my arms were going to dislocate…
This is what I did:

Deadlifts: bar only 1 x 5
10kg 1 x 5
20kg 2 x 5

This was followed by squats. You put the bar across the top of your back, and squat really low. Did I mention the bar on its own is quite heavy? We ran through correct form and hand placement, did a set, then added plates. Working from 20 kg up to 80kg. Scott lied and said the 80 was just for him, then made me do it. Without a pad because I need to ‘man up’. Yupp thats going to bruise across my back…
This is what we did:

Squats: bar only 1 x 5
20kg 2 x 5
40kg 1 x 5
80kg 1 x 3

Moving onto leg press, we were both well aware that this would be my forte. We warmed up, then added weight.
This is what we did:

Leg press: no weight 1 x 5
40kg 1 x 8
80kg 1 x 5
120kg 1 x 5
160kg 1 x 5
I felt like a boss after doing that. It was akin to pressing my own and another persons body weight. So chuffed.

The next horrible, gruelling task was leg extensions. Scott was adamant that they would make me cry, and that he would rival the pain I was in after Ben Nevis. Well, he wasnt far off. The set is to go from tge highest weight possible, to the lightest, doing as many as possible until you literally can’t do any more at each weight. 7kgs never felt so heavy in my life. These were brutal. My legs were burning with effort, and I really thought I might cry. I didn’t, but it was close.

Leg extension:
Start at highest weight possible, go until failure
Work way up to lighest weight, working until failure at each level.
After the last set, hold the leg extension out for as long as possible

I thought that was the end. Unfortunately it wasn’t. We did the same thing on the leg press resistance machine. Not going to lie, my legs were not fit for movement afterwards.

Leg press resistance:
Start at highest weight possible, go until failure
Work way up to lighest weight, working until failure at each level. (In this one we skipped one level each time, so worked up to lightest weight by going to every other weight)
After the last set, hold the leg press out for as long as possible.

We were finally done, and had to navigate the stairs down to the exit. That in itself felt like a workout! Scott really pushed me in this session, and I found I could do more than my brain was telling me I could. I felt the ache in my legs all weekend, despite copious amounts of deep heat and protein!