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!

100 Day Fitness challenge

I have been getting my mental and physical health in check due to some recent events back home, and through watching some YouTube videos, I came across a wonderful woman who lost over 50lbs since last January.

As you all know, I like to keep fit but sometimes it falls by the wayside and I never seem to fully get on top of it. So as of tomorrow, I’m setting myself a “100 days of fitness” challenge. I want to either walk, run,gym or swim myself to a better me in 100 days.

I joined “The Gym”, a few months ago and I really enjoy the atmosphere as well as the 24hr access and the fact that it is close by. I have gone late and also early in the morning and I like that I have that flexibility which can change daily due to family and work commitments.

So tonight I will get a good night sleep and be ready to take on my challenge from tomorrow. I will blog/vlog and maybe put some stuff up on Facebook but I’ll share the links when and if I do.

I’m lucky that my birthday is coming up as I’ll be buying some personal training sessions as well as working with a friend who is writing me a programme on line as well as checking in with me. I think with all of these things, I’ll nail it and get some good results by February.

How do you tackle your fitness commitments? Do you go to a gym or do it at home with weights or fitness dvds?

Body Transformation

Last week saw the return of the “Punnisher”, aka @gymguymark. I hadn’t been in the gym with him since before Christmas because of the trip home to Canada , Christmas and lack of motivation. It felt great to be there and to be put through my paces again knowing that technique would be spot on. I sent a few texts to Mark prior to out session and explained that I really wanted to make weights a huge part of my routine and after reading up and researching topics that would help me do that, he brought together a routine which used a lot of my body weight.
I have to say that last week was an amazing week for me in progress and I was in the gym a lot! I did a body pump class for the first time in years, I did walking and hill sprints when I was out with the dog and I worked out on the treadmill after reading an article about HIIT and using the treadmill to your full advantage. Now usually I get really bored at times if on my own and running but this really mixed it up. From using the incline to running at speeds of 10, slowing down, walking etc, I was sweating heavily and really could feel the burn!
Since my return to the gym, I would say that I was addicted (in a good way) and that there really is nothing stopping me from achieving. Even more so due to something else happening in my life. I will reveal all later this week and its like all of my Christmas’s have come at once! I need to concentrate on meal planning, less on the scale and more on the inch loss.  The scale really is not your friend and if you’re concentrating on toning up , you” never get a true reflection on what you have achieved.
I look forward to seeing how things go this week, and it kicks off tonight with a body pump class at the Emirates Arena here in Glasgow and might be followed by some running. Tomorrow morning I’m doing a class with a friend and will get in a few walks with the dog too. I am considering yoga but I do like more intense work outs but maybe it will compliment the harder workouts? What do you do for fitness?  Are there any recommendations that you have for classes?

Fitness Fanatic Friday:Week 7

I’ve just returned from my session with my personal trainer… Again I am sore but feeling alive , cause that’s the way exercise makes me feel.

Today was hard, as much as I hate to admit it to myself, and my trainer I realise just how little upper body strength I have just now. However I’m sure that will change in time.

Last week I didn’t exercise on Monday but I did Tuesday, Thursday and today. I walked a bit on Wednesday but no real fat burning as I was really shattered from the session the day before.

This weekend I will run and try to get past the 5k mark and i will be cycling to school with Thunderpants and walking back in the afternoon. My right leg seems to be giving me some trouble and I think that it’s my shoes which I’ve only had for a few months. I had my gait looked at, and it seems as though my right foot turns in so I should have been given shoes that fit accordingly.

Also this weekend, I have the school football tournament which I signed up for and it’s on Sunday afternoon. Me and my good ideas… Least it’s more exercise!

Food wise, I’ve noticed that I’m eating a tonne more fish and less meat. I just don’t fancy it and I’ve kind of gone off chicken too. I was given some protein rich dinners from my trainer which involve quorn and tofu, may give them a go.

So that’s my week! How has yours been?


Fitness Fanatic Friday:Week 6

I’ve just returned from a session with my personal trainer, the second one of the week!

I also did Metafit for the first time which was fantastic and I did some walking as well. I haven’t done any running but I hope to get back in to it this week, starting tonight and tomorrow morning. I miss it , I was really busy this week and just felt like I couldn’t fit it in.

I had a bit of a wobble over last weekend and when it came to doing my session with Mark on Tuesday, I nearly burst into tears a few times due to the build up of emotion. I worked through it though and I’m feeling like me again, and I’m also considering speaking to my doctor about coming off of or reducing the dosage of my anti depressants. That’s how good exercise makes me feel. However it’s a conversation that I need to have with the husband as well, not something to be taken lightly.

So that’s been my week, pretty good exercise and eating wise! How did your week go?

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