Tuesday, October 30, 2012

It's always a Tuesday

Something I've noticed from writing in my diary every meal is that I always struggle with my nutrition on Tuesdays!

Every week without fail, it's always a Tuesday night that I am wandering around the kitchen looking for 'second dinner'. The good part is that I am now recognising that it's a Tuesday thing and making sure that I am super-busy on Tuesday nights!!

And on that note - it's workout time!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Woo! They fit me again!

It's been a while since I've posted, I apologise. I'm now writing daily in a paper diary (so old school!) before every meal instead of writing much on my blog. I find that it really helps me with my mindset and working out whether I am actually hungry or whether I am reaching for food out of boredom or stress.

On the weight-loss front, I can tell you that if you purely looked at my weight, you'd probably think that I had gone backwards! I've posted about this before - where the numbers just don't show the whole picture.

I currently weigh 84.2kg but I'm the same size as I was when I was under 80kg. I fit into my size 12 pants (woohooo!!!) and I feel great! I still have a long way to go, but I am trying not to base things around weight - more on body fat percentage and measurements. I still want to lose about 6-8% body fat, so I have a little way to go yet.

My lean body mass is now at 58.7kg (up from ~56kg)! I have really put on the muscle in the last month - I have been doing BodyPump daily or second daily and the results have been fantastic! I increased my squat weight by 5kg yesterday and coped fine! Any heavier and I'm going to have trouble getting the weight onto my shoulders by myself!!! My chest/triceps/biceps have all gone up by 2.5kg. And my core is SO much stronger than it has been! It's all paying off. The definition in my arms particularly, are really coming back! I love it!

I still have the odd slip-up with my nutrition, but with my diary I am finding that I am making better choices and really analysing things. I do allow myself to eat a 'taste' of something if I want something sugary, but I don't go overboard and I'm finding this helps me feel less 'restricted'.

Meanwhile, I am looking forward to summer and Christmas! The holiday season (without much of a holiday - thanks work!)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

On knowing when to stop...

Only once have I ever stopped a gym session without finishing. I was sick and was dizzy and just couldn't keep going. Today was my second.

I was apprehensive when I got out of bed this morning to go to the gym. I felt tired, despite a good night's sleep and I was doubting whether I should go to the gym. Thinking that I would regret it if I didn't go, I got in my car and headed off to spin class.

I should've listened to my body. 

I was burnt out. My legs had exploded after just a warm-up and I just had NOTHING left in the tank to give. I attempted the hill climb track - but again - I felt like I was riding up a vertical hill even though I had very little resistance on my dial. I thought I'd give myself a break and just took it easy the next two tracks but soon realised it was futile. I needed a break. So, for the first time ever, I got up from my spin bike and left mid-class.

At first I was embarrassed and felt that I might offend the instructor, but I knew that I had to do the right thing for me. I've been pushing really hard and I don't think my nutrition has been good enough to sustain it. I have been counting my calories in retrospect and some days I was only getting 700-odd calories in! Woops!

So today I'm resting. Tomorrow I will do BodyPump (going easy on the leg tracks) and BodyBalance and then I'm taking Friday AND Saturday off. I need a break.


Monday, October 8, 2012

Progress!

I returned to BodyPump last week, after many months off and after the initial DOMS, I am now recovering really well after each session. I'm going twice per week to BodyPump, with cardio sessions the rest of the 4-5 days in the week.

Today, I felt I really achieved something though - I upped my chest, triceps and biceps weights! Amazingly I did really well with the weights. Of course, it was painful, but I still managed to finish the tracks. It makes me wonder how long I've been selling myself short for! Better now than never, I guess!

Meanwhile, I've been on holidays and obviously became distracted and not updated the blog. I have increased my training and my intake has been faaaaaairly good, with a few issues here and there. In the last week or so I've really become determined to get my body and my life back in order and the weight is falling off! Best of all, I feel fantastic.

I hope everyone else is travelling well. Remember - two steps forward, one step back still gets you to your destination.