I don’t want to get my hopes up, but I think I’ve got back into the habit of doing regular exercise. Well, when I say habit I mean I’m ravaged by a crippling guilt if I go more than one day without doing any exercise. On the days where I haven’t felt like doing anything more than lie on the sofa feeling depressed, I’ve taken my own advice from last week and just put my damn gym clothes on. Unsurpisingly,squeezing myself into unspeakable amounts of lycra and seeing the result in mirror is enough to get me in the mood for exercise.
I also for the first time ever, went for a run in hot weather. I’d been using the heat wave as an excuse not to bother but decided enough was enough and got out there. I hate feeling hot and bothered but doing the 30 Day Shred has gotten me used to being literally dripping with sweat. So, I had a run round Wimbledon Common after work one evening and it was actually ok. There were times when I thought I was going to pass out from heat exhaustion but I didn’t and now I know I can run in any weather conditions without dying.
The 30 Day Shred DVD has been getting a good amount of use. It does get a bit repetitive but I’m a little bit in love with Jillian Michaels so it’s all good. On saturday morning I took the plunge and attended my first class at my new gym. I had no idea what to expect from Body Conditioning but it was similar to what I’ve been doing with young Jillian. Lots of squatting, lunging and push-ups.
Meals this week have been easy to keep healthy but it’s the snack attacks that get me. If I need something, I’ll have a bit of full fat Greek style yoghurt with a few berries or a sprinkling of granola. My scales have been crucial, it’s amazing how easy it is to underestimate a portion – I’d totally recommend getting some if you haven’t already. You don’t have to go all Nadine Coyle and take them out in your handbag to weigh out your 50g of sashimi but they’re definitely handy to have when you’re prepping meals and snacks at home.
Weight loss this week: 2.2lbs / 1kg
Total weight loss: 2.2lbs / 1kg
It’s Monday again and time for another motivational boost. I was at my good friend’s wedding over the weekend which turned out to be three days of celebratory eating and drinking (although I’m sure I burnt off the weight of a small child on the dancefloor). So perhaps stepping on the scales this morning for the first time in three months wasn’t the best idea. The numbers weren’t great but at least I have a reference point and it’s given me a suitable shock to kick my ass into gear.
It’s funny, it’s only been a week since my first Motivational Monday post but I can already feel the benefits of documenting my progress publicly. Apart from Thursday, Friday and Saturday’s dietary shenanigans and exercise drought, I feel like I’m back in the health zone.
There have been a few things helping me along the way, including the My Fitness Pal app. I tend to plan my day’s food in advance alongside the app to make sure I’m fitting in the right foods. Sounds anal but by having a checklist of things to eat spaced out throughout the day means I’m less likely to be tempted by the constant supply of biscuits and Haribo at the office. Ice, lemon and sparkling water have also been extremely handy at staving off the snack attacks. When it comes to working out, having a clean set of gym gear laid out the night before means I can get straight into them either first thing in the morning or when I come home from work, rather than frantically turning my wardrobe upside down trying to find a bloody sports bra. They say (or, could be just me) that if you put on your workout clothes, you are 70% more likely to actually do some exercise.
I’m not usually one for inspirational quotes but the one above has really hit home and it’s kept me going when I haven’t felt like going to the gym. So, once again:
“It’s easier to wake up early and work out than it is to look in the mirror each day and not like what you see.”
Anyway, here’s a quick run-down of what I’ve been doing.
- I finally cracked open my 30 Day Shred DVD and did the first session which absolutely annihilated me
- I joined the gym and have been twice this week, doing a 20 minute run and 20 minutes of weights
- Filled the fridge with good food and planned each meal, tracking calories and keeping a close eye on carbs (I aim for around 50-70 grams per day)
- I’ll do 3 sessions of 30 Day Shred
- Check out a class or two at the gym
- Continue planning and prepping meals
I’m feeling optimistic this week. My social calendar is looking pretty scanty for the first time in weeks so I shouldn’t be riddled with crippling hangovers for once.