I am currently starting my third week of the fitness programme I wrote about yesterday. Tomorrow I’ll be posting about what I’ve learned so far, but for now, below are my thoughts and results from Weeks 1 and 2. I’m going to share them here as a way to keep myself accountable, because putting it on the internet is scarier than keeping it in a private journal! Now I have to do it!
How it’s going…
I was excited to get going. I did my workouts, was strict with myself and went on long walks most days to keep to my 12,000 step goal.
I was very easy on myself and eased in as I’m all too aware of what I’m like. I still had unhealthy snacks, chocolate and wine, but kept track of all calories and didn’t let myself go over, so I had to make conscious decisions.
I made a meal plan and stuck to it really closely and felt like I’d eaten a great variety of old favourites and new recipes.
I really enjoyed trying some new food, sharing wins in the group chat and just generally putting my health first for once. Don’t get me wrong, still don’t love working out and still lazy, but making changes!
Considering how easy I was on myself, I’m pleased with the progress.
Biggest inch lost: 1.5in (measuring 4 body parts)
Steps managed: 12k most days!
Protein intake: Hit towards the end of the week when I figured out how.
Win of the week: Sticking to the schedule and hitting my steps!
This week was tough! I had no motivation, didn’t feel well for two days, then had a lot of stress throughout the week, that seemed to just continue to grow!
It snowed heavily throughout some of the week, so I went for shorter walks, but didn’t get 12,000 steps in because it took ages just to get a few thousand in. I think I managed about 4,000 most days so that was frustrating. However, better than a broken ankle from the ice!
I didn’t stick as closely to my meal plan as my situation through the week kept changing and the amount of time I had. I kept all meals healthy still though.
Friday night I really wanted a takeaway, and I had enough calories from the week left over to do so, but as I hadn’t exercised as much as I would have liked, I decided to create it instead. I had a healthy version of chicken chow mien and it was so nice! It took a lot of willpower though, I had Just Eat at the ready and made a split second decision to make it instead!
I wasn’t expecting great results this week. I didn’t stick to the exercise enough, but did okay with food so was surprised at the results and checked them a few times to make sure!
Lost: 3lbs (So far 4lbs)
Biggest inch lost: 3in (So far most is 4.5in in one area – measuring 4 body parts)
Steps managed: Around 4k most days, some less!
Protein intake: Only hit the goal twice.
Win of the week: Not falling back on old habits, and actually sticking to calorie intake despite the temptation to indulge too much.