Check in – Week 3 starts!

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The act of ticking things off a list is so satisfying. It’s like an instant sense of accomplishment and a pat on the back all rolled into one. That’s why I like Blogilates.com monthly workout planners so much 🙂

Since last posting I have also completed another run around the block and I’m trying to work out how I can insert the data into posts (I’m not sure how interesting that would be though!)

I’ve also tested out the following Blogilates videos:

POP Pilates for Beginners: Ab Time – this video was really helpful because it went through the moves slowly and so I could check that I was doing them properly. It was an effective workout and followed by the 10 min Ab Sculpting I felt well and truly snapped in 2!

The Bubble Butt Workout was well-timed to break up all the abs exercises. With the WT challenge and jogging around the block my abs are feeling fairly used most of the time and it felt good to work other muscles for a change! I’m not sure if a “bubble butt” is really what I’m seeking but it can’t hurt to be a bit perkier in the behind.

I finished up last week with Total Body Pilates with Ana Caban it was really cute to see Cassey fangirling in the intro to this video. Ana and Cassey go through what I now consider to be “classic” pilates moves. There’s lots of things in “tabletop” position and with the pilates “neck” (head raised slightly off the floor). It was nice to have more chat in the videos as I felt a bit more like I was in a class rather than at home on the sitting room floor.

On Friday I did a Pilates class at work and kicked my butt! I was still aching yesterday but today the aches and pains have gone so tonight will be another run around the block followed by some more Beginners 2.0 videos and I will pick up the WT challenge again.

I have continued eating low-sugar foods and no dessert. This weekend food highlights included: leeks in a mustard/red wine vinegar vinaigrette with a slice of ham, a beef goulash and a teeny bit of home made apple compote.

Not sure what videos await me after running this evening but I’ll update on them very soon.

Keep climbing !

 

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POP Pilates Beginners!

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To increase the amount of physical activity I’m doing I’ve decided to start the Beginners 2.0 challenge and the 30 day Waist Trainer Challenge from Blogilates.

I kicked off on Saturday (2nd January) with day one of the WT Challenge and managed to do the 3 exercises. They look fairly straightforward in the illustrations (and gifs) but that reverse crunch is a killer! It’s hard enough to keep my legs up in the air let alone to lift them higher. We’ll see if I get any better at it?

30 day waist trainer day 2

On Sunday we had pre-agreed to go for a run and we did our usual ‘around the block’ route. I only stopped a few times on this occasion and I hope to get to the stage where I can jog the whole route at a steady rhythm. I think if we keep running 3 times a week on this same route I may be able to manage this by end of January maybe mid-February.

After running I did day 2 of the WT Challenge this time increasing the reps to 6 of each exercise – that reverse crunch is still a killer! I followed this up with the POP Pilates for Beginners – Total Body Workout video on YouTube. It’s a 28 minute video which runs through breathing, pilates positions which work your core, legs and arms as well as a lovely big mermaid stretch at the end.

Beginners Day 1

Again it was tricky because I was using muscles that I haven’t spoken to in a long old time and they weren’t so happy to be woken up. It’s now Monday and I’m feeling a bit sore especially in my abs and legs but its a satisfying ache because I feel like I earned it 🙂

Tonight I have more WT challenge exercises to do as well as 2 videos and tomorrow will be another run around the block with more total body pilates and a bum-focused workout.

I’ll check back in on Wednesday with after some more exercise!

Keep Climbing 🙂

Sloth to Sleek – the project

nature-green-grass-high-definition-90I have been overweight for a really long time and have finally found the courage inside to make some changes on the outside.

Growing up in a family where large portions of hearty home cooking were the norm I was always plump but since my last year of university (5 years ago) I have gained a lot of extra weight that I just don’t need to carry any more. I am currently weighing in at 96kg = 211 pounds = 15 stone which is far too much for my 157cm frame!

I have been through some embarrassing moments where people have asked if I’m pregnant or how long I’ve had “weight problems” and it wasn’t enough to spur me into changing something. I’m an emotional eater so when I feel sad or down I turn to food for a burst of happiness. These incidents have each led to a binge of poor food choices and then the sadness comes back.

Yesterday my other half asked me to join him for a run. I hesitated and thought of many reasons why I shouldn’t but realised that I had none for why I couldn’t. I have a body, sports clothes and trainers – that is all you need for running.

This realisation probably seems quite daft to a lot of people but each of us have our own “eureka” moment and this was mine.

I will be using this blog to track my changes from Sloth to Sleek and as a way of keeping myself in check. I will be using fitness resources from blogilates.com as well as YouTube and recipes from various sources to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

I hope to improve not only my health and physical fitness but also my mental clarity and focus.

Here goes nothing…