I have tried new things this week and I'm pretty proud of myself. I had sweet potato, which I had a few times when I was younger but didn't really enjoy it. I mashed some up with garlic and spices and I loved it, and it has encouraged me to be brave and actually try new things more often. My brain is so confused about food at the moment, things I swore I didn't like, I'm suddenly starting to enjoy. Lettuce, tomato, sweet potato... I've been converted. I draw the line at sweet corn though, no amount of encouragement is ever getting me eating that stuff!
I haven't exercised as much as I would have liked this week. I didn't get to go to the gym again, and I'm annoyed at myself for not just making time. I have been working out at home but not pushing myself as much as last week. I have been enjoying doing little YouTube workouts in the evenings, and I shared my favourite this week here.
I have found I have felt quite bloated and sluggish this week, I'm not sure if it's to do with the new diet or what, but it's putting me off exercising a bit. For that reason, I haven't really filmed much or taken any interesting photos, but I promise next week I will be back in the game!
I did my weigh in on Tuesday morning this week because I had gone to work and forgot all about it on Monday!
Weight - 10st 10
Loss this week - 1.2 lb Overall loss 2.6lb
I'm really pleased with my progress so far, I'm losing about a pound a week which is a good steady loss, and will get me well on my way to fitting in to my Weird Fish dress in time for summer.
See how I got on in week one here - Slip in to Summer Week 1
The kettle is never off in my house. The noisy slurps that indicate an empty cup are often a signal for another to be brewed. English people are known around the world for drinking a lot of tea, but let me tell you, people of Northern Ireland drink more. Lots more. Tea is such a normality in our house, so to make things a bit more special we keep fancy teapots just for these sorts of occasion.
The Only difficult thing about having a tea party was trying to decide which cake to eat first. A Cherry Bakewell, or a French Fancy? A yellow one or a pink? Tough decision for a lazy Sunday afternoon!
There is a certain level of concentration required to make sure not a single crumb is dropped, and so for a few minutes there was silence as we all make sure we got every last bit in to our mouthes. It was, quite possibly, the only moment of quiet during the whole holidays...
It's Friday morning and I have well and truly got the Friday feeling. I'm bursting with energy and ready to go. I really think this new diet and exercise plan is starting to have a proper effect on me!
Part of my exercise routine has to take place in a gym using various bits of gym equipment, but a lot of the hard work has to happen at home too. I have always been a fan of home workouts. I can remember being really young and trying to copy a kickboxing video at my aunties house. I don't think we were taking it very seriously, there was a lot of laughing going on, but that's the first memory I have of home workouts and I have enjoyed them ever since. When I was a student, I used to do dance workouts in my living room with my flat mate... We looked a right state but it was such good fun.
These days, I tend to go to YouTube for my home workout routines. Because YouTube is free, you can try any kind of workout and not worry if it's not for you. Previously I would have had no interest in something like yoga, I certainly would never have paid for a dvd or a class, but after following a yoga routine on YouTube I actually loved it, so it's great for trying out new things.
My favourite routine this week is a kickboxing workout from a youtuber called Joanna Soh. Joanna's channel is one of my go to places for home workout routines, but this is the one I have been enjoying the most recently.
It's a great 20 minute routine, with the option to use weights if you wish. I tired it last week without weights, and then again this morning with a pair of 1kg dumbells. Holding weights during the routine really increase the intensity. 1kg doesn't feel too heavy but after 20 minutes of punches, squats and kicks with them in my hand they felt like they weighed a ton! I was a big sweaty mess when I had finished and collapsed in to a heap on my sofa!
If you are trying to get fit I would urge you to give this one a go, and check out a few more of Joanna's videos if you can.
Do you have a favourite home workout routine you could share with me?
Last week I started a 12 week fitness challenge with DW Fitness and Weird Fish. I have finished the first week, and boy was it tough!
I think, or at least I hope, that the first week is the toughest and that it will only get easier. Well, not easier because I need to push myself to my limit every week, but I started the challenge with a barrier in front of me and now that I've broken through that barrier, I should be ok.
Starting the challenge, I wasn't a big veggie eater, I didn't like salad, I preferred a big bar of galaxy over an apple any day of the week. I had become a bit lazy and had barely done a workout all year. For the first week, it's been all about changing my mindset and my behaviours. Adding vegetables to my meals, cutting down on sugary snacks, getting my ass off the sofa when all I want to do is relax.
I've eased myself in to working out this week. I couldn't make it to the gym as I just didn't have the time with the kids being off school.
I started the week with a run on Tuesday. I say run, it was more of a crawl. I was dying, I only managed about ten minutes of jogging and had to walk home because I couldn't breath! It just shows how unfit I have become in the six months since I last went out running. Midweek I did some weight training at home using my 1.5kg weights. 1.5kg doesn't sound like much but the next day I ached, so they obviously had an effect! I ended the week with a Zumba type workout at home, which I was a sweaty mess by the end of!
I have mostly been working out in the evening, but for week two the kids will be back at school so I am going to try and workout in the morning before work because I always feel so full of energy after exercising.
I have a diet plan to follow, and I have been challenging myself to eat things I wouldn't have eat before. Surprisingly, I have enjoyed everything I have made. I've been having salads at lunch time and veggies with my dinner and it's been much tastier than I was expecting. My favourite meals this week were a homemade cauliflower curry with brown rice, and quinoa, red onion and peppers with falafels.
Quinoa is something I had never even really heard of before. I wasn't really sure what to expect but it is so good, and it counts towards one of your 5 a day which is fantastic!
I have struggled quite a bit this week with sweet treats. There isn't usually a day that goes by where I don't treat myself to some chocolate, and so trying not to eat chocolate has been my biggest barrier. Have I managed? Not 100%, but I've done better than I thought I would. My diet plan allows for an extra 500 calories a week to use for a little treat if you wish to, which I love because I think if I couldn't treat myself at all over the next 12 weeks I would fail miserably. I may have had a bit more than I should have, but there were a lot of eggs left over and I could feel them looking at me so I did have some sneaky chocolate eggs at the weekend, and a chocolate eclair, but otherwise I've done ok.
On Monday morning, I did my weigh in to see how I had done on week one, and I am now 10st 11.4 so I have lost a pound. I'm pleased with that, if I lose a pound every week I will achieve my target by the end of the challenge.
I filmed a little vlog over the week, and I would love it if you had a little watch..
I hope you can come back next week and follow my journey!
At the beginning of the year I made a promise that 2015 was going to be the year I got fit. Well you know what? We are a quarter of a way in to the year and if anything, I'm actually more unhealthy than I was when I made the promise.
I haven't been out for a run at all this year, I have only had a few pretty poor attempts on the treadmill which all ended with me eating chocolate on the sofa straight after. I haven't really exercised at all in fact... I've just been really, really lazy!
My eating habits have been pretty terrible too, I've had a kfc almost every weekend of this year, countless dinners of cheesy chips or pizza, and way too many bowls of cereal at 11pm. And then there is chocolate, I actually think I am addicted to chocolate. I can't even remember the last day that I didn't have chocolate. Things have gotten pretty bad, and I have gained a good few pounds since Christmas. I'm struggling to button the majority of my jeans, and when the button popped on my favourite pair last week I knew something had to change.
I am beginning a 12 week slip in to summer challenge with DW fitness, which started on Easter Monday (I'm not sure if that is a blessing or a bit evil, my kids still have loads of Easter eggs around the house and it's sooo hard for me to resist!).
Over the next 12 weeks I will be sticking to a healthy diet and workout plan. The diet isn't any kind of fad, get thin quick sort of jobbies, it's just eating healthy foods, plenty of fruit and veg and cutting out the crap like chocolate, crisps and alcohol.
I will be working out 3 times a week, both in the gym and at home. As well as 3 proper workouts, I will be trying to be more active in general.... Walking the long way to work, getting out and about with the kids, and just not being a lazy cow like I have been over the last few months!
I have decided to share a picture of myself here of my body shape now. My husband thinks it's a brave move, but it's a bit of a motivator for me to look at so I can remember why I'm doing this. I haven't been happy with my body since I had the kids, and I would love to fit in to a size ten again, or at least have my size 12s fit without popping buttons!
So that's me, in all my glory. Please excuse the shorts, I don't have any fitness shorts at the moment, and I wanted something that would show different areas of my body so I can see improvement in them as the weeks go on. I bought those shorts last year, they are a size 12 and very unflattering on me... Hopefully in 12 weeks times they might look a little bit better!
Here are my stats at the start of the challenge:
- Weight - 10st 12
- Dress size - 12/ 14 ish
- Bust - 34.5 inches
- Upper arm - L 11.2in R 10.6in
- Waist - 30in
- Tummy/ love handle area - 39.5in
- Hips - 40.5in
- Thighs - L 23in R 23.5in
I'm hoping to get back down to the 10st point by the end of the 12 weeks, which I think seems do-able. I am getting a lovely size 10 dress from Weird Fish that I hope I can fit in to at the end of the challenge which is an added incentive to work hard at it.
I will be updating you with my progress on a weekly basis, with a weekly weigh in taking place on a Monday morning and a post about my week going live on Monday evening. I will be vlogging my journey too, so check out my YouTube channel to see how I'm getting on. I will be sharing all of my highs and lows along the way, I know it's not going to be easy for me, I'm only two days in and I'm desperate for some chocolate, but I know I can do it!
I'm really looking forward to getting stuck in and starting my fitness revolution!
How are you getting on with your fitness goals in 2015? Do you have any tips you can share with me?