Saturday, 28 March 2015

Fitness {March}









This month has been a bit of a breakthrough month. My weight has finally gone down after plateauing for a few weeks. I am also on on the last week of the Kayla Itsine's bbg workout guide. I have been adding in different workouts and mixing things up a bit. I don't really feel any different in my body even though i have lost weight. I think because i do a lot of weight and resistant work that i have more muscle which makes me feel bigger even though my weight has dropped.

Exercise

I am a the end of week 12 of the Kayla Itsine's bbg workout guide. Tomorrow will be my last workout for this guide but i am going to start guide 2 on monday so i will have another 12 weeks, I will be doing my final measurements and progress pictures on Sunday. I have been adding a lot more HIIT (high intensity interval training) into my plan and not doing as many 5k runs. I have been doing a lot of reading and doing a 20 min HIIT workout burns more calories than a 30 min run. It is all about spiking your heart rate with a fast sprint or high intensity move and then lowering it and then spiking it again. You get an after effect where you will continuing to burn calories even after your exercise whilst your heart rate tries to return to normal. I have found this more enjoyable than a longer run and it is a fast fat burning workout which i prefer. I have two alternate programmes that i use and wanted to share

1. I do a treadmill workout which is 22 mins long and alternates between walking, jogging and fast sprint bursts. I do this at the gym and love it. I always feel like i have had a good workout when i have finished and anything that makes me nearly want to throw up is good enough for me!

2. I do a skipping workout where i do 30 sec reps. I start with a slow skip for 30 seconds and then a fast, feet together skip for 30 seconds. I use an ap called Seconds where i set the intervals for 30 secs over 20 mins and i do it in my front room whilst watching a tv show.

If you want to do a HIIT workout, make sure that you high intensity sections are as fast or hard as you can do as you will get the most out of it and spike that heart rate as much as you can.

Another thing i have been doing is doing a few workouts on my non BBG workout days from this youtube channel. It is a lady called Christine Salus and she does longer HIIT videos which you can choose from to burn 500,600,700 or 1000 calories etc. I don't think those calories are a true exact amount but they are tough. I have done her 1000 calorie one hour workout and then i did her 700 sweat-fest hiit video as well. They are tough and get your stamina up fast! So if you are looking for a challenge, these videos are great to start with.

Weight/measurements

I haven't done my measurements recently but i weighed at the gym last week on the machine there at it came up at 8 stone 5. That is a 15lbs loss since January. I mentioned in my February update how frustrating it was to not really see any weight loss but this month i have gone down quite a bit. As i mentioned though, i don't really see where the weight has gone. I thought losing a stone would be a huge noticeable change but i don't really feel it is. My waist is a lot smaller and my bottom is but my legs feel the same and that is the area i want to slim down! I won't get hung up on that though and there is a quite that Kayla posted about "Trusting the process" and i need to remember that. If i have my goals set and working out as i should and eating as i should then, eventually, i will see the results i have set myself. This is a lifestyle change and i am three months in. I cannot expect miracles straight away. In another three months, i am sure i will be happier with how i look!

Food

I am still eating as healthy as i can. I am opting for healthier options where ever i am. We have been out a few times for pub meals and instead of going for burgers, i always opt for jacket potato and water. I haven't touched any fizzy pop like coke for the whole three months. I keep all my food entered into my fitness pal so i know what i have had, how it has added up and what workouts i need to do to counter any bad decisions. I have hardly made any though and i am proud that i haven't been tempted to have chips, crisps, burgers or sweets. I snack on fruit and my meals consist mainly of a bowl of chicken and veg in a low cal stock. I am really obsessed with these meals right now and crave them as soon as i wake up!! I think 5 days out of 7 i have the chicken and veg and the other two are normally jacket potatoes. ( I have just read through my february update and it seems my meals haven't changed over the last two months and i just stick to these meals!!) I really don't mind having the same things. I know i am getting all the nutrients i need and not filling my body with sugar and processed food.  I actually cannot believe that i have been as strict as i have!


I am looking forward to my next update already. I cannot wait to see what the BBG 2 has to offer! I know it is going to be tough and i am up for the challenge. Hopefully i will notice a difference in my body and start to feel a little happier with my progress.

                                                               (January, Febraury)
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  1. You look ace and well done for sticking to all the hard work. I wish I could join a gym x

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    1. Thank you sweetie and thank you for all of your support. You know what I mean xxxx

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  2. Keri-Anne - I cannot tell you how pleased I am to find your workout updates. I don't know how I missed them? I'm a regular exerciser and healthier eater but I need to fine tune it and you have given me the perfect motivation. I love HIIT, Body Pump and try to do lots of weights. I also do a couple of 4 mile runs a week. I try not to focus on weight but it is hard not to and I get disheartened when I don't see any movement. I just want to be the ideal version of myself. I just have a few questions though:
    - could you let me know the 22 minute workout you do on the treadmill please? I've heard it's amazing but I don't really know where to go with it.
    - do you eat any carbs like bread?
    I've accepted that I won't ever really love running. I don't mind it but over 5 or 6 miles I really don't enjoy myself. I feel much more at home in the gym.
    You look really, really amazing and so healthy. Well done!
    Thanks for you sharing xx

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    1. Thanks darling. I have sent you a message on Twitter with the workout. In regards to carbs, I will have a wrap at lunch and I add tagliatelle sometimes in with my chicken and veg as I want to keep my diet as balanced as possible. I find that if I cut things out, I then start to crave them x

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  3. Awesome post! Admittedly, I did scroll through your pictures and thought 'Wow, she loves chicken!' but, like you I am a creature of habit and will stick to the same meals, especially if they are working for me!
    HIIT is the best way and exactly what my PT at the gym tried to get me to do, I have an awesome bike at home so find bike work at the gym boring, as with the rower - everything else I use in my routine anyway but am liking running - am a bugger for continually increasing the speed... my towel fell off last week... it will be me next! ;)
    Thank you so much for linking up with #WeightLossWednesday, keep us updated on the next 12 weeks. You have done so well since January and am sure you legs will play ball... like you say you will have built up muscle too! Sim x

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    1. Thank you very much! Yes i do love chicken but it is one of the healthies meat options. I seem to have stopped eating red meat as much and get my iron elsewhere. x

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  4. I think you have done very well, and you look fabulous. But it's always how we feel about ourselves than what others say. I have just joined a gym, and will try to do HIIT as you've mentioned. #weightlosswednesday

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    1. Thank you for your comment. Yes, HIIT is the best and you get the "after effect" where you are burning more calories whilst your body is returning to it's normal state :) x

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  5. wow you look great & strong! I also like those purple sneakers ;) chicken + veggies is a healthy option that I need to make for myself more often. I learned a lot from your post, thanks for sharing!

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  6. Well done on your weight loss, and you look fab! Have come from the new Tots100 fitness linky ;-) @Fitness4Mamas

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