The Sunday Snapshot... Fitness Update...

Sunday, 7 April 2013

A few months ago I posted about how I was going to get back into exercise, healthy eating and a bikini again. A couple of months in and I think it is time for an update. Whilst I am here I will say I am nowhere near what I want to be and feel like I am so far behind what I thought I would be, but I am still proud that I am making steps to where I want to be. 

The first aspect I'll talk you through is the gym. I used to work in a gym, an amazing one at that, and had free membership so it was easy to go after work etc and very easy to ask my colleagues for advice/training help. Fast forward to now and my new job means I have to pay for a membership. With work I can get corporate membership with the local council pool/leisure center which isn't as bad as I thought it would be. I pick my times to go to the gym as carefully as I can to avoid the "rush" and always book early onto classes to secure a place. Whilst in the gym I have started doing the couch to 5k app. I have never EVER been good at running but this has sparked a real interest in me and because it is interval training  I am not getting bored. Hopefully I will be able to run 5k soon! Other than that I use pretty much every cardio machine - favouring the bike and rowing machine. I also lift weights and alternate between free weights (my fave) and the machines (including cables). I may do some posts about my gym routines?

I've also discovered a new love for classes. Zumba fitness being my favourite. My instructor is crazy and it's all current music which I prefer. The classes are insanely fast (no namby pamby dancing here) and you build up a sweat like no other, especially when I wear my Zaggoras. Boxercise and Legs, Bums and Tums have also been ones that I now happily attend, boxercise being packed full of cardio and LBT being toning. I want to try kettlebells soon, anyone tried that? The final one I have developed a LOVE for in the last month is Spin. Whoooohooo now this class is tough. Spin is a high intensity cycle class basically. You cycle like a biatch for 45mins with the instructor changing the resistance on the bike and whether you stand or sit down. Plus today we also did abs exercises whilst cycling - eek!

At home I don't stick to any particular DVD plan, I have a range that I alternate and when I fancy doing them, well I just pop it on! These include the 30 day shred, insanity, Josie Gibson, Davina McCall etc. Do you have a favourite?

Eating wise I have cut down the rubbish, less carbs and more veg. I've found a new love for Melba Toast as a low calorie snack, around 100 cals for 10 of them and decided that I cannot follow a diet. They make me miserable. Lifestyle change is the way forward.

I have also been using some Maxitone products*. The protein shakes have been brilliant at aiding recovery from working out and I do notice less aches when I am drinking it. Unfortunalty I haven't been trialing them properly because I was not sent a shaker so had to whisk it up in a pint glass and even though I was promised one would be out soon I never heard anything back. Which meant that I was dragging out the powders so I would have some left to drink when the shaker arrived. I'm still waiting. So even though I can see a benefit from the powders I haven't tried them to their full potential.

In terms of the bikini I still have the "before" pictures and I haven't been brave enough to take more snaps. I have lost half a stone, but then my weight can fluctuate by half a stone on a daily basis anyway so I'm trying not to look at the scales. In terms of appearance I am wearing jeans that were previously too small for me - yey!! And a pair of size 10 trousers I had at a Next event fits me perfect (actually they are kinda too big) which is amazing. This may be too much info but today after my Sunday pamper session I stood infront of the mirror naked and actually saw that I am smaller. I almost cried with happiness, my efforts are starting to pay off. I noticed there are less lumps and bumps, I am smoother if that makes sense?

Wow, monster post, but writing it down keeps me motivated I guess!

Hope you have all had a lovely week!

Charli...

x




3 comments:

  1. Congratulations , hope it continues to go well for you ! That spin class sounds tough !!!!!!

    Beautiful Dreams

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  2. Yay! I'm so happy for you! I'm glad you're doing these posts, they keep me motivated as well! Have you tried spaghetti squash? I've been using it as a pasta substitute - it's fantastic!

    xx GirlMeetsGlamourWorld xx

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  3. AHH congrats! I really want to do more free weights at the gym but I'm SCARED D: xx

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