January came and despite working out at least three times a week since July 2017 I was at my heaviest! My lifestyle in 2016 – 2017 was very chaotic and left me with dreaded extra pounds, super tight-fitting clothes and feeling sluggish. This year, I want to feel fit, healthy and really get to grips with balancing fitness and other aspects of my life!!
I discovered the gym about four years ago and since then fitness means a lot me, I really enjoy working out, I get high on endorphins and I love feeling good about myself 🙂
The past few months I have been focusing in finding a balance that fits well with my life as a mum, career, family, hormones and socially. I want to make sure that I am realistic with my goals and time I can dedicate to fitness.
If you follow my Instagram account you will see that this year I’ve integrated manageable workouts to my daily routine for example during the week I work-out during my lunch hour (taking 45 mins gym sessions) and twice a week longer work-outs. I have also focused on changing the eating habits that are not great, for example forgetting to eat lunch, then eating everything I can get my hands on when I get home.
Below is how I looked when I first started, back in July 2017.
I am not saying there is anything wrong but I wasn’t fully comfortable with myself, my clothes were getting small and I love my wardrobe…. Besides I can’t afford to replace it, I prefer to add to it! It is important to point out that I am still not that comfortable but I am noticing improvements and it really makes a huge impact on the way I feel physically and mentally.
The 1st of Jan was a bit of a tough day, I woke up with a hungover and the jeans that I wanted to wear did not fit me… butt issues and not in a good way… if you know what I mean!
So, by the 6th of January I stopped feeling sorry for myself and took a few steps. Here they are:
- Weighted myself for the first time in a very long time! I was petrified!
- I took my measurements. This was SO painful!!
- I created a six-week schedule.
- I focused on 2 fitness goals.
|7th Jan 2018||19th Feb 2018|
|Weight: 63.9 kg||Weight: 60.3 kg|
|Waist: 74.7 cm||Waist: 72.1 cm|
|Hips: 97.8 cm||Hips: 96.5 cm|
|Arms: (r) 29.7 cm (l) 29.9 cm wtf!||Arms: (r) 29.2 cm (l) 29.2 cm|
|Legs: (r) 59.5 cm (l) 59.6 cm wtf!||Legs: (r) 57 cm (l) 57cm|
Overview of my workout schedule:
Monday: 45 mins bootcamp
Tuesday: 45 min spin or PT session
Wednesday: HIIT (30 mins) and evening Leg session.
Thursday: 45 Bootcamp
Friday: 45 mins Conditioning class
Saturday: rest day
Sunday: circuit training and weights
Overview of my diet:
My diet isn’t too bad, I love veggies and healthy food! You’ll rarely see me eating junk or fast food, I don’t enjoy it. However, I snack, I love snacking or perhaps it is a bad habit! I didn’t think my snacks were that bad until I started writing down everything I eat (snacks include: cheese, biscuits, nuts, avocados, pastries), the worst is my love for desserts!
Since the start of the year I have been consciously cutting down on unhealthy snacks and ensured that I only have dessert once a week! Let me tell you- the first three weeks were so tough! The cravings were almost empowering but I battled through with carrots, cucumber, celery and water!!! Now- I feel so much better and my naughty snacking has almost diminished even on my cheat day I can stop when I’m full!
Benefits of the change to my diet:
- Feel less heavy
- More energy
- Higher quality in my workouts
- Less cravings
My main goal is to really increase my fitness levels, become more agile and stronger. I have started to count how many repetitions I am able to do during bootcamp and HITT classes and I am aiming for a minimum of 10 reps during the classes.
I know that subsequently the above will result in my fat levels decreasing, as well as my confidence!!
Until next time- stay positive, kind and beautiful