I had no idea how these posts would go down as after all this is predominantly a food blog and until 6 months ago I didn’t even do any exercise. (No joke, I was pretty lazy in that respect but also didn’t enjoy it at all). So I had started the monthly fitness post as a bit of personal accountability to spur me on to keep going and track my progress as it was all completely new to me. It’s turning out that these posts are some of the most popular with lots of people getting in touch, sending me tips and also enquiring about how I started.
This last month I feel like I’ve turned a bit of a corner on the fitness front. It’s been 6/7 months since I started, still early days but even with an indulgent Christmas I’ve noticed an improvement in my general fitness and body shape. I’m actually pretty surprised how well my body is reacting to just a bit of exercise. I’m eating more than before (how is that possible you might be thinking if you’ve seen my Instagram feed) but I’m now officially 2 dress sizes smaller than I was last summer, (and a bra size and 2 ring sizes) but hey I guess you can’t pick and choose where you loose the fat. I’ve also noticed some muscle forming and I keep randomly prodding myself as it just feels weird! Haha!
I always hid my arms because they were a bit bumpy on top and wobbly underneath, I’d heard that the dreaded bingo wings were notoriously hard to shift and just accepted that there was always going to be a bit of wobble there. Fast forward 6 months and the wobble has pretty much gone and I’ve got a bit of definition when I tense my arms. I’m not struggling with the big heavy security gate and I got a high five from Mr P after carrying a weeks worth of shopping home on my own. I also surprised myself the other day when I discovered I can actually do proper press ups, only just to double figures, but that’s 10 more than I could manage a few months ago without going into my knees or just collapsing generally. Don’t get me wrong it’s been hard work but the weighted exercises have really worked and pretty quickly!
One of the biggest changes for me has been my belly though which has been safely concealed and hasn’t made a public appearance since I was about 9. It didn’t look horrendous when I was stood up but I had just accepted the multiple rolls when I sat down. Over the last month or so it all just seems to have flattened out a bit and oddly my belly button has changed shape. Has anyone else had that happen or is that just me?!! I’m pretty sure this is down to the deadlifts, pullups, burpees and general weighted insanity that the coaches pack into a one hour class. Above is my ‘I still feel sick’ face after a particularly brutal ‘Suicide Saturday’ session. My neighbours must think I’m a nutter lying sprawled out on the balcony rain, shine or snow in an attempt to recover.
My tips if you’re interested in trying something new like this would be:
1. get some expert advice. A one off gym induction at a commercial gym doesn’t cut it. I’ve learned there is so much more to just plodding on a treadmill or stepper and when you’re new to weights you need regular supervision and encouragement,
2. get yourself on a trial or some PT sessions,
3. step away from your comfort zone – that’s when the change starts to happen!
4. keep a food diary – could be very basic or full blown Instagram photofest like me.
So what’s new?
I signed myself up to Born Survivor – a military obstacle course over 10km designed by the Royal Marines. Some of my family think I’m mad (to the point of trying to talk me out of it)but I’ve never done anything like it and wanted a challenge. I’m blooming terrified but there’s a great team of us to support each other and I’m also feeling fitter than I’ve ever been so bring it on!
I met The Body Coach at his #Leanin15 book tour. This is one of the few times that I’ve been star struck and stuck for words. Embarrassing! If you haven’t come across him check out his Facebook page. It’s an endless sources of entertainment and dinner inspiration. He’s also really down to earth and a bit of a personal hero as I’ve been following him from when he started.
I bought new gym kit. I thought it was about time to upgrade my faded bobbled leggings. Although now I’m a bit matchy matchy and pink themed and will no doubt will get the p*ss taken by the gym guys!
I managed to move up 2 levels on box jumps to one that’s almost half my height. (Where you jump with both feet onto a large wooden box). With these I think it’s more about psyching yourself up for it. I always think I’ve got short legs so can’t jump that high and I’m scared I’ll either smash my shins crashing into it or my face falling off it. Last week I just went for it and thought that bruises and scuffs will heal and I did it! After I’d done it once it was much easier as I knew I could do it. I’m still a way off matching the guys but I have a new goal for next time. What’s everyone else’s experience with box jumps?
I turned another year older on Sunday and keeping up with RMF tradition had to do the birthday burpees. They unfortunately wouldn’t believe that I was 21 again so had to do 30+ burpees in one go at the end of the gym session. Thought I might collapse at the end, although a few months a go I’d have struggled with 5.
I also got a Fitbit for my birthday, I’ve not figured what to do with it properly yet but I’m looking forward to tracking my movement throughout the day and I’m curious to monitor my sleep patterns too.
I love hearing from you all about your fitness journeys so let me know how you’re getting on!