| I’VE LOST 8LBS IN 3 WEEKS
In my last post I was talking all about joining the gym, and getting really exciting at starting this whole new lifestyle of getting leaner and stronger etc ete
I doubt I’ll become a hardcore fitness blogger anytime soon as I’ve still got loads to learn myself, but if you’re interested in following my new lifestyle then you can read my initial post here
So since then, I’ve lost 8lbs in 3 weeks.
I wouldn’t say I was particularly heavy before (probably about average for someone my height at 5ft 3), so I was actually surprised I’ve lost so much weight in quite a short space of time
My brother – (also my PT, and the one who got me to start this whole thing!) said to begin with, it’s most likely water weight, so it’ll start to level itself out once I put on more muscle
| THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS
I said to myself that if I was going to start this, I needed to do it properly and stay committed.
And by that it meant – going to they gym 4-5 days a week, and eating the right stuff, getting a good night’s sleep, and drinking a ton of water
Yknow, all the usual stuff
There are literally no shortcuts to this. I’m not taking any sort of protein powders, supplements, detox tea things etc
I’m just putting the hours in to train my body to get stronger, and investing in the right food choices.
Now I’m not saying I’m never going to have pizza, cake, or anything unhealthy ever again – because that’s not realistic. There will be times when you’re out celebrating, and you want to order that warm chocolate fudge brownie with vanilla ice cream, that’s fine.
I hate quoting this line, but it’s true – all in moderation.
| ALL MY EXERCISES ARE VERY ISOLATED
We’ve planned out set days to train specific areas of the body so I’m can let my muscles heal inbetween
So one day I’ll do legs, then I’ll do ab’s & core the next day, then shoulders, then arms etc – and I’ve found that routine really works for me.
Because all the exercises I’m doing are very isolated, I can really focus and work all my strength into that one particular area, so you can really feel that ‘burn’ the next day
I started off making very small changes to my diet to ease me into it, such as changing out all white pasta and rice to brown/wholegrain options.
We’ve also swapped out skimmed milk for almond and coconut milk instead, and I’ve cut back on alot of diary. And I now make smoothies every morning to drink for breakfast – which is a big thing for me as I never used to eat breakfast at all!
Those are just a few key areas within my diet I’ve changed quite quickly. I’m still learning so much more about superfoods and what type of foods has the most health benefits, such as kale, chia and flax seeds, that I’m slowly incorporating them in bit by bit
| WEIGHT IS RELATIVE
As I mentioned before, that number on the scale is all relative because once you start to build up muscle, you’re are going to get heavier.
So from the beginning we decided to measure performance based on body measurements – that way, you’ll get a better indication of how your body is changing in various places over time
For me, I’ve seen the most difference in my chest, hips, waist and legs. So I’m really really happy with how well it’s going so far! I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing, and like I said before, I doubt I’d become one of those amazing fitness bloggers who look so perfect and ripped! But at some point down the line I wouldn’t mind some more ab definition! x