Week 1 complete!

In my previous post I talked about 100 days of exercise and intermittent fasting. Well folks, the results of the first week are that I dropped almost 1lb and I’m back in the 12 stone bracket..Just!

Apologies for the upside down picture but my husband took it and I have no idea why it turned out this way! I am happy with this result because I had a weekend of birthday celebrations and I didn’t eat very well at all. I don’t think I was majorly out of my calorie allowance but I did have a bottle of red.

Here’s a picture I found on line which shows 1lb of fat… again as said, it may not seem a lot but looking at this picture makes me even more motivated for the week and months ahead.

Doesn’t this really put things into perspective? For me it certainly does and although the weekend was bad, I’ve put in a lot of effort with running and getting at least 30 mins of exercise a day. It is enough you know and all I need to do is strap on my heart rate monitor, put the dog on her lead and plug in my earphones. It’s as simple as a walk or a walk/run. Even introduce some lunges if you feel like you want to. It all adds up to the bigger picture!

The Camp; My Results

I’m sorry that I haven’t had a chance to post these results before now but Ive been busy with work , family and the gym! I talked about how attending the camp made me change even more about my life and approach to health and fitness, its still continuing and I haven’t had a break apart from when I needed to after contracting a virus. Apart from that, I go to my classes which involve metafit, bodypump (my fav), and I am training for a halth marathon! Can I do it? Yes ofcourse I can. Anyone can,though took for me to attend the camp and to work hard and push myself , to finally realise it.

Side tracked, to the results…. On our last day of camp and after walking up the Merrick we went back to get ready for the final meal that we would share together. It was in one of the most beautiful rooms and we were very excited because we had gotten through the week, and that the next day our results would show just how much we accomplished. I was absolutely shattered and did go to bed earlier but I wish I had stayed up a bit longer… I don’t like “good byes” though and I tend to shy away, so off I went to bed in anticipation of what my results were going to be the following day.

We all woke and headed to the main house at approx 06:00am, weigh in was 06:30 and the order was those who were flying / taking trains, would go first as taxi’s had been ordered. Hearing what some of the others had already lost was so amazing, and I was very pleased to see each of them come through with their faces lit up.  When it was my time, I felt like I couldn’t look.. I thought i’d possibly lost 3/4lbs at most… I lost 7.5lbs!!! I lost 3 inches from my waist and 2.5 from my thighs. I nearly cried! I had convinced myself that I wasn’t going to lose because I hadn’t been able to for quite some time.photo

However,as you can see…the results speak for themselves and I couldn’t be more happier with what I achieved. I worked real hard to lose the amount that I did but I had so much help and encouragement from the team and the other ladies on the course and I am still in regular contact with them. Two of the women have returned to the camp and I know that 3 others have booked up for further camps. This is more than just fitness that keeps folk coming back,obviously its the main aim but its knowing that you will be well looked after,and your individual goals are met with enthusiasm and care. They make you believe in yourself because they believe in you,there’s no judgement and I can assure you that it does change your life.

 

The Camp: Pushing My Limits

I talked a lot about my emotional journey at the camp, and how it affected me whilst I was there which you can read about here, , but I need to tell you about what we faced physically and what we put our bodies through daily which brought tears of frustration but also tears of accomplishment – the mosy satisfying cry that a person will ever have in life which is mixed with relief and disbelief!

I’m talking about the times when you didn’t care about the exercises done in the pouring rain, when it was cold and when you thought the day wasn’t going to end. That didn’t matter because you achieved further results in each class that you did and with that achievementr brought more empowerment. It’s phenomenal what those emotions can do for someones determination,and well being and how an extra lunge or sprint can toughen you up so no matter what life throws at you, you’ll be ready for it.

There were times when we all wanted to give up but it was with the encouragement of the staff to take things session by session, to go harder and stronger than we have done in our own physical activities done pre camp,and to just try! Trying and doing is what gets you results in the end. We heard on many ocassion that the physical body can do so much more than one would think. I learned this very early on… I mean, the intructors have been on survival courses,have survived army tours and survived on a lot less than we were given in one meal. I think the camp was a lot less demanding than anything that they have experienced!

However, in saying that,it’s all relative to ones own life,right? So flipping lorrie tires,doing squats each time you put your hands on your hips and mountain climbers(groan), was what got us in shape and by the end of the week we sure were! The results were phenomenal with the weight and inch loss.I never thought that I could lose as much as I did in a week,but I did.. WE did.

I now know proper technique,thanks to our classes and I have gained a much better understanding about nutrition which I had hoped to do when signing up. What you eat and what you do really determine how you will look and feel. It isn’t rocket science and no “fad” diet can replace that. We had afantastic talk from qualified nutritionalist Amy, and she wasn’t telling us to do silly restrictive stuff but she explaiuned how to get the most out of our food. I was always someone who cooked our meals which I take great delight in but I have learned how to decrease sugars found in things that you wouldn’t normally and instead use things such as honey or pure maple syrup. I have also learned about why I often “crash” in the afternoon, and I switch my food groups around to avoid that. Its about working with what you have and cutting out any processed or foods containing too much sugar.

Amy also told us about differen’t books to consider purchasing, I did and I am now making “sweet potato”brownies for my kids! They have also started eating more brown rice too as well as opther really healthy snacks. Its great that its all had a knock on effect for the whole family and not just for me.

In my next post, I will reveal my weightloss….

Diet Chef: Week 1

I was kindly allowed to become one of Diet Chef’s bloggers , and am happy to report that my hamper came last Monday evening which I opened immediately and started planning for the week ahead. I couldn’t believe the variety of food that was on offer and how delicious it looked, and the amount that was there!

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I decided to familiarise myself with their on line guide which unlike other brands, they actually ENCOURAGE you to add other foods such as rice, fruit, vegetables, salads,dairy, cheese etc. They gave examples of sample menus and also for those days when you want to be a bit naughty and get a take away, ones to choose from which are lower in fats and calories. I liked that this guide was realistic and used common sense because the rule that I have always followed is “in moderation”. We have to have some foods and treat ourselves now and again otherwise eating becomes necessity rather than fun  and/or social.

People who know me, are aware that I love to exercise and have always loved to live an active lifestyle but with two children and having experienced Post Natal Depression twice, I turned to food and wine as my escape. Luckily though, I worked hard to get through this and I am ready to lose the weight and I know that in doing so with Diet Chef, my personal trainer Mark, that I will achieve. I just fell off the wagon a bit and needed some extra encouragement and help because lets face it, life with two children is hectic and stressful at times!

With diet Chef, they ask that you fill in your details of your current weight and calculate your BMI. They then tailor a plan around you and give you a daily calorie allowance which when the food is already prepared for you really isn’t difficult to follow at all. Of course, you need to add your things like rice, salad should you wish to.

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So far, I have stopped eating so much bread and instead I’m enjoying the breakfasts which include muesli and porridge. Mid morning I may snack on popcorn or one of their vanilla or peanut protein bars, for lunch I have soup and for dinner, it may consist of a curry with some rice and a salad. That’s only a small taster of what they have on offer and I also snack on fruit and drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.

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I am inclined to call this an education on portion sizes rather than a “Diet”… I always think restrictions when I hear that word but in actual fact, I don’t feel hungry because there is no reason to. If you choose healthy options, you have more to eat and you feel and look better. Rocket Science? I don’t think so. I am using the “My fitness Pal” app and have ordered a “fitbit”, to help me along because as you can see in previous posts, its about getting as healthy as I can this year and to lose weight gained after having the children.

Now, for the weight loss reading… I started at 12 stone 10 and today I am 12 stone 6!!! Its a total loss of 4lbs. I am being realistic though and not thinking that I will achieve that weight loss each week but I will lose because I’m doing it right. Combining eating healthy and exercise really is the way forward! Stay tuned for next weeks update where I am aiming for at least a 2lb loss 🙂

Have you tried diet Chef? what was your weight loss?

 

 

 

 

Winning the Weight loss War

I’m two days post work out from Gymguymark and I still feel pain. I did work out yesterday as well and attempted “Insanity” I did not finish it but when you have a 15 month old sleeping in the next room, trying to be light on ones feet, is virtually impossible especially when you have an extra 2 stone of weight on you. So I abandoned it and went back to old faithfyl, “Jillian Michaels, 20 day shred”.

I weighed myself today and I have lost another 2 lbs which takes me to a total of 10lbs in weight loss… I sent out a tweet and thanked Mark for his encouragement and he said it was me doing all of the hard work through exercise and a proper diet. Yes, this is true but when you have the backing of a clued up , educated and motivating personal trainer… it kind of makes it a little bit easier to maintain your goal!

I am really excited to be 4 lbs away from a full stone weight loss. I have a pair of jeans that I have been trying on each week and I can notice that they are becoming easier and easier to get fastened. I remember when they wouldn’t even go past my thighs! Even more crazy is that I am contemplating buying a bikini for my holiday in July as I reckon I can lose the 4lbs before we go away. It would bring me down to a more comfortable size 14 and that would really make me one happy lady. Even if I don’t see the scales move, I k now that the inches are going and I cant wait until next week to see what I have lost as Mark is measuring me every two weeks.

Just seeing the muscles beginning to form, some definition, really motivates me so much and I can imagine what can be achieved if I keep up the hard work. I am planning on doing two 5k run/walks this weekend and I have my shred, the gym and personal training session to look forward to. The other thing that I hold as a success is the fact that I haven’t over eaten on my night shifts and instead I have snacked on salad and fruit with water. I am really wanting to make an effort to “eat clean”, I do second guess what I am buying from the supermarket and look at the ingredients as well as the nutritional content.

This week I have done a bit of meal planning for our Dinners and here is what is on the menu for us.

Monday: Pork meatballs with “free from” spaghetti and salad on the side

Tuesday: Mussles for me with salad and Smoked haddock and home made chips for the family

Wednesday: Chicken Jalfreizi courtesy of the “Hairy Dieters”

Thursday: Lentil and Vegetable curry

Friday: Baked potatoes with tuna

Saturday: Another “Fake away”- Beef and veg chow mein

Sunday: Unknown

I can’t wait to update on more weight and inch loss! WHat have you got planned in terms of exercise and diet?

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