Monday, 24 February 2014

This week's workouts

Gym 1 hour programme

Gym 1 hour programme (at 7am!)

Gym 1 hour programme

My new gym workout

Hi there, hope you have had a good start to the week. In my last post I talked about my session with one of the sports centre staff and completely forgot to share with you my brand new workout! (Doh!) anyhoo, without further ado - here it is!

10 minutes treadmill using one of the programmes at Level 2/3
10 minutes cross trainer using one of the programmes at Level 8-12 (level 8 nearly killed me!)

3 x 15 reps Chest press
3x 15 reps Shoulder Press
3 x 15 Tricep Pushdown
3x 15 Bicep Curls
3 x 20 Leg Extensions
3 x 20 Leg Curl
3 x 10 Leg Raises (laid down)
3 x 45 seconds Plank (Please note this is something to aim for, I am unable to plank for 15 seconds at the moment!)
3 x 10 sit-ups on a half ball (slithering off optional hahaha)
3 x 10 knees to chest

What does make me giggle is that I do the triceps and biceps on this structure where all the big boys work out! They are lifting enormous weights and because I have the arm strength of a T-Rex, I am lifting the tiny weights tee-hee!

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Weighed in, weighed in... Week 1

New weight 18 st 9lb
Weight lost 2lb
Total weight lost 2lb
BMI 38.5 (obese)
% weight lost 0.76%


This was a tough week this week and to be perfectly honest my head is totally in a tailspin as I think I am trying to focus too much on my eating which is leading me to get quite worked up about things....and breathe. So for next week, I am trying to take a chill pill and relax about food, shifting the focus to my exercise. I love how I feel after exercise (definitely the endorphins kicking in!), so am looking forward to getting reacquainted to my old faithful....Billy Blanks here we come! 

The post in which I fall off a Bosu Ball

Since, ooh well before Christmas, I have seriously not being feeling the exercise thang and have been 'playing' at it somewhat. I decided that it was time to take this by the scruff of the neck and give it a good shake. I can be quite lazy, when it comes to exercise and if I'm honest, depending what what mood I'm in, I will not push myself as much as I can. So I decided to take myself off to the gym and speak to one of the instructors about setting me up with a programme designed to challenge me. He certainly delivered!

So I am now doing programmes on the treadmill and cross trainer.... How did I not know about these before! Holy smoke they are fab! So you choose how you would like the workout profile (e.g. Short burst of energy/a steady build up/more work at the end etc.) then how long you want to do it for, and then finally at what level. The machines up gradients, resistance according to the programme and if you feel it's too easy or too hard you can up or down your speed accordingly.

My instructor then gave me lots of exercises on the weight machines, doing high amounts of reps. The idea my arms or legs should be burning by the end of the exercise and boy were they ever! I made the classic rookie mistake of saying 'oh this feels quite easy' after 3 reps, my instructor smiled knowingly and after 40 reps I had sweat in my eyes and was nearly crying with the pain. Hahaha!

My instructor asked how my core was, I said I didn't think I had one, he laughed again and in a James Bond villainesque use way said 'oh we'll soon find it'. (I swear if he had a moustache he would have been twirling it!)

So, after some debate about what constitutes a sit up. (Apparently my 'lady sit-ups ' just weren't cutting the mustard - I knew this when he looked me dead in the eye and asked 'can you do a man sit up' hahaha) I was made to sit on a Bosu ball and asked to do a sit up. Bosu balls are like a Swiss ball cut in half. I leaned back to start my sit up and promptly slithered off the back!! It was so funny we both ended up laughing! Just for that alone, I got given a few more core exercises.

My new programme is really challenging and I was really pleased I went to see the staff there. They really know their stuff and it will definitely push me. If, like me you are really feeling a bit meh about the gym, go and see the staff. They will find out what you like, what you do 'to like and more importantly what you are capable of.

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Weighed in, weighed in....

Hahaha, my sister and I used to say that to each other whenever we had been to a Slimming World class!

So today I am starting anew, trying to make small changes to my diet, and increasing my fitness levels. I have a weight goal in mind, but am still playing around with it. As soon as I have finalised it, I'll let you know. So when I weighed in this morning, I weighed

18 stone 10 lb

Phew! Little bit embarrassed about that one, if I'm honest. It's not my heaviest weight I have ever been, but it is up there. I'm going to weigh in each Saturday and share how I have done with you.

Wish me luck!

And I'm back in the room.....

Hi there,

I've had a bit if a tweak of the blog. I hope you like it. I'm taking my inspiration from the Winter Olympics. For the first time, I've managed to watch it and it's been brilliant. All that snow is making me wish that we had, had some good winter weather. (At the moment the British weather has been wind,rain,wind,rain with a bit of wind and rain added in!)

I'm going to be posting a bit more for the coming month! yay! I have missed the blogging! Also coming up will be my personal weight loss relaunch. If I am honest, I have not had a lot of motivation for a number months now and you know when you feel like you are merely toying with something, well I am in that place. My weight has been steadily creeping back up and my fitness levels have dropped soooooo much. I'm really excited to be getting back to it as I've really missed it. I hope you'll come along for the ride as well!