Shape up Sunday #2

I wanted to start this post by apologiseing for the delay, I meant to do a weekly update but life sort of got in the way.

 

I’m now five weeks into my fitness journey and I’ve fallen off of the wagon a bit this week. I’ve put away an apple crumble, an Indian takeaway, an ice cream and a few cookies over the week, but I’ve also lost 3lbs in the same week. I think I tend to work that little bit harder at the gym when I’ve not eaten well, so that probably has something to do with it.

 

Since my last update, I’ve altered my workout regime slightly. Instead of going to the gym four times a week, I now only go twice a week. I have started a 45 minute HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) class and I now hula hoop with a weighted wave hoop for twenty minutes once a week. I also make sure I do a twenty minute yoga practice three times a week.

 

My gym workouts aren’t really that intense. I start with 10 minutes of light running on the cross-trainer and then do a circuit of weight training. I then take to the exercise mat and complete the following:

  • 3 x 10 squats
  • 3 x 10 crunchs
  • 3 x 10 leg lifts
  • 3 x 10 mountain climbers
  • 3 x 30 second plank

 

After some exercises on the mat, I walk on the treadmill for five minutes for a cool down before stretching everything out with some simple stretches and then head home.

 

A few people have asked about the HIIT exercise class I joined and so I thought I would cover it in this post. I do this class once a week and I absolutely adore it. I always leave feeling like I’ve really pushed myself to the limit and each week I notice that my fitness levels increase. That said, I’m really glad I waited a couple of weeks and increased my overall fitness in the gym on my own before joining because it is really intense.

 

I’ve also had a few people ask about how I fit yoga into a busy day. I’ve practised yoga for the past five or six years now, so I downloaded a DVD that starts with a beginner’s routine and develops as time goes on. Yoga isn’t something to rush, so I only move to the next level if I know I’m ready to do so. I actually practice yoga with Mr. C and it is one of the ways we stay connected as a couple and it relaxes us before bed, helping us get a better night’s sleep.

 

As for nutrition, all of our evening meals are from Joe Wicks #leanin15 cookbook (except the Indian takeaway, you won’t find that in there). I cannot recommend this book enough, it has made such a huge impact in terms of losing weight, but it has also meant we get a much healthier diet resulting in us feeling more energised day to day. I make sure to have low carbohydrate meals on the days I have off from exercise and take full advantage of the carbohydrates when I’m working out.

 

 

So onto my latest summery – Week 5:

 

Starting weight: 8st 8lbs

Current weight: 7st 13lbs

Weight loss: 11lbs

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*Note: This is not a workout plan. This is merely a summery of my weight loss and fitness journey. When undertaking any exercises please seek advice from a trained professional as a fitness plan should be uniquely tailored for each individual and exercises that are not performed correctly can cause damage. I hold no responsibility for any damage caused when undertaking exercise.

 

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