Monday, 8 August 2016

July in the Gym - My 4 week update

I was nervous about starting personal training, I had done it in 2010 and the results had been fantastic,
but I remembered the constant body ache and finding the food very tough and restricted.
This memory wasn’t enough to put me off trying it again, but it was in the back of my mind

My assessment took less than 15 minutes, I was weighed, measured & photographed, then I was talked though the food plan (it was 1 x A4 page) I asked a couple of questions and was told to message them if I had anything else to ask (I made a list and emailed them all my thought and worries..)
So I figured out a food routine that would work for me, made my shopping list on Sunday and started the food plan on the Monday morning (as you do with anything new & also started my new food diary notebook)
The training…..
My first PT session was Tuesday evening, I arrived early and spent 20 minutes on the cross-trainer to “warm up” I then met Brian and was told we would be starting with a leg session…. After 2 mins of switching between squats and lunges my legs were burning and aching and I knew that I was going to feel this for the week, but I also felt a familiar feel good aspect come through, I was proud that I’d decided to not give up on myself, proud that ache meant that I was alive and working. It was a very tough session for me I must admit and I was very relieved when the 30 minutes was over… I felt like I walked to my car on jelly legs.
Sure enough the following morning I was shuffling along rather than walking and going down the stairs at home almost had me in tears! I just kept telling myself it would be worth it…. Day 2 I was almost walking normal but still very sore, that evening I had another session, this time Upper Body, (I was glad to be giving my legs a break) I thought upper body would be “easy enough”  I was wrong, who knew that holding an empty belle bar straight out and pulsing, could be so difficult!
Saturday morning was my 3rd session of the week, which was a class – Spinning, I go to this spinning class regularly and always enjoy it… that morning was no different and it definitely helped to lossen out everything.
By Sunday  I was feeling back to normal and was ready to start another week

I stuck to the same nights for training, Tues, Thurs & Spin on Sat
My food diary was checked and a couple of adjustments made (more protein with breakfast & snacks)
I’m missing carbs with my dinner and strangely enough cheese! I did have some chocolate biscuits on Weds (I was having a moment of weakness/star week)
The training…..
Tues – legs session,  I was dreading it after last weeks 3 day recovery period BUT it was good and I managed pretty well I thought
Thurs _ Upper Body – this was tough, lifting my full body weight using the TRX straps was an eye opener, the reps got tougher the more we did, and my arms felt like they were gonna fall off ( I was assured that this is normal **haha**puke)
Sat – Spinning @10am

Week 3 SICK
So after spinning I was in  hurry to get out and get ready for a hen party, we went to Dingle.. We had a great time. Got home Sunday evening and decided to leave the food shop to Monday after work. I was an hour in work on Mon and they were talking about burgers on the radio and I had to run to the bathroom!! I had to leave work and go home to bed! I only started coming around that Thursday! So I had the longest hangover in history OR caught a bug over the weekend…
So all 3 of my classes  were cancelled and I was booked in for the following week to try again!

“WEEK 3 – do over”
Back on the healthy eating food wagon on Monday, unfortunately we had a death in the family, so Tuesday was an off plan day & had to cancel my PT and attend the funeral!
Thurs - I got back to the gym 12 days after my last spin class!! My trainer caught the bug so was unable to train me that evening, so I went to a spinning class instead (I was secretly relieved)
Fri – Upper Body work out was on the cards as the filling in my 3 days in a row sandwich
Sat – Spinning @10am – really enjoy this class and it was a great way to start the long weekend

Weekends are always my down fall.. long weekends in particular! And I struggled Sun & Mon to eat well!
So because my PT last Thursday go cancelled, I have 3 x PT’s in a row this week and spinning
Tues – legs session – I started off giving it great gusto and burnt myself out after about 10 mins, it was a good session, dare I say “enjoyable”
Weds –  upper body – don’t think lifting weight over my head will ever not be a challenge for me
Thurs – Arms – this was a tough session and I knew after 5 mins that I’d be feeling it for a few days (I was right)
Sat – Spinning @10am - I always enjoy my Sat morning spin – found it tough this morning with the heat & body ache

THE RESULTS.. Thankfully even with a week off being ill and a long weekend that derailed me I did loose 7.5lbs
I also lost 1 inch from my hips, 1 inch from my stomach and half an inch from my Neck

I have signed on to do another 4 weeks of training, I have no plans for the month of Aug and with sickness now behind me the only thing stopping me from losing 14lbs before 1st Sep is myself

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Friday, 8 July 2016

A change is as good as a rest.....

So some of ye might be aware from my posts on facebook, snapchat & Instagram, I’ve decided to change things up for the summer

I was disappointed with my June results from Slimming World, I felt like I gave it my all and the results didn’t show for me! (not the goals I’d set myself anyway)
(and not I’m not blaming SW, I have friends that have lost a fortune of weight on the plan, so I know IT WORKS, its just not for me at the moment)


A change is what is needed, Slimming World is like an old friend at this stage and I think it’s time for me to kick my bum out of neutral and get going again.

I go spinning twice a week as you may know already and I was chatting to a few of the girls that take the class but also train at the gym.. (you'd know they do, they look good)

So I booked a consult about joining the gym, getting a programme and seeing about changing up my exercise regime.
They recommended that I start with some personal training sessions (PTs)  before I join, so that when I join I will be familiar with all the equipment and will feel more confident about working out and also actually working/ sweating while I’m there and not just waste the hour changing my music as I stroll on a treadmill(*we’re all guilty of this at some stage*)

So I went home, had a think about it and a chat with some friends and have decided to go for it… 
a change can be good thing and maybe it’s just what my body needs.. a total shake-up..

I have signed up for a 4 week programme…  what does that mean I hear you ask (even if you didn’t you know I’m gonna tell ye anyways…..)

·         2 x 30 minute personal training sessions
·         1 spin class per week
·         Follow their food plan 100%
·         Forget about Slimming world for the time being

I’m not sure if I will be weighed weekly or at the start and end but I will definitely let ye know how I get on…

Wish me luck  & watch this space over the next few weeks

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Friday, 1 July 2016

Slimming World Update June 2016

Sorry I’ve been MIA, I took 2 weeks off in May, skipped Slimming World and the whole world in general, it was just what I needed..
I spent time at home and we got our garden sorted, just as the sun made a brief appearance :-)

I’m a huge sun lover but when it did appear it showed up how unprepared I was for it, in that I was a hot sweaty mess, wearing the wrong clothes because the few light summer bits I own don’t fit…. And so the rotating cycle continues…. So I had a chat with myself, went to weigh in and took my 2lb gain after my 2 week break (up 5lbs for May in total) and decided to put myself first and get on with things….

I decided not to blog about it as it would have been moany and whingey  (I did keep my food diary going)
I was still snapping and posting daily on snap chat, Instagram & Facebook, everything that I was eating…

June went well for me, I was in the right frame of mind for it….. the scales wasn’t as good to me as I thought they would be tho, but I feel good in myself if that makes sense! 

So at the end of May I set myself the mini goal of losing 1 / 2 lbs per week and being down 7lbs for the month of June, I thought that sounded very reasonable and sensible, I wasn’t setting myself up to fail

Results are in:

WEEK 1  -0.5
I was upset with this, I had hoped for 2lbs

WEEK 2    -3
I was delighted, felt like my hard work was starting to show & I was back on target

WEEK 3  -0.5
I was very disappointed and almost cried in group, I was so sure I’d be down 2 or 3 on the scales.. but  star week hit midweek and I felt like the marshmallow man.. 
I had 100% followed the plan for 7 full days and was truly gutted! ( you see 20 pink ticks above)

I took the weekend “off”  after my disappointment last week and it showed on the scales!!

I was hoping that my good days & exercise would override the 3 days I went over my syns… no dice

So I’ve made the decision to give Slimming World a break, I have friends that have lost a fortune of weight on it and have witnessed other member lose incredible amounts of weight, (so it really does work) but for me it’s been a life buoy, helping me loose and gain the same 10lbs time and time again for over 2 years… It has stopped me from gaining what probably would have been a couple of stone!!

Don’t worry I have a plan going forward and have enlisted the help of professionals.. with 15 months to do to my Wedding, it’s time to start losing the weight, not just playing in with it and when I say Lose, I don’t plan to find it again

Watch this space over the next few weeks J

Weight lost to date:   -4lbs

Bit of Motivation for the coming weeks..

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