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1 April 2016

Fitness Journey Update 2!

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This post I feel might be a lengthy one but in a weird way, this is a post more for me than my readers, as I really want to share and discuss my journey over the past month.

Another slow month for me with my weight staying pretty much exactly the same. 
BUT, I'm not letting that discourage me as I know I could have made more effort with my exercise. My food however has been a bit of a rollercoaster, with me eating predominantly healthy with the odd couple of days of binging going on. 

I am stuck at around 220-223lbs at the moment. I've been around this weight for a couple of weeks now, I try not to get annoyed but I know I haven't put in the effort to make it any less.


But, I also haven't done enough damage for weight to be gained. So there is that. I told myself I'd take a selfie just as proof of what my weight was around this time. So, I'm glad I know how to manage my weight enough to stay stable so I'm quite proud of it- but the weight needs to start coming off!

Diet

I ended the month on a low note of sugar addiction which has annoyed me. I am annoyed I gave into myself and allowed myself to think I need overly sugary energy drinks to help me revise. I really hated seeing those bright orange and green bottles in my rubbish. So, April I'm going to make a conscious effort to stay away from too much sugar.

I'm going to do this 3 week challenge from the 11th April (student loan day) and i'll let you know how it goes!


I get my student loan mid-april which is good, meaning I can go back to budgeting a proper food budget for healthy meals rather than just eating whatever is left in my cupboards and eating the same things repeatedly. 

But this month has been good in terms of finding new things I like.  I am a huge fan of chicken, can't get enough of the stuff! But I have also been branching out to enjoy salmon too and eating more and more vegetables. 

I still have a long way to go with my diet. With exercise I can push myself through and get on with it once I'm there at the gym, but food is the main struggle for me.

I find it so difficult to stay away from sugary snacks especially fizzy drinks. But I think I have a way round this that I hope to implement this next term! I have decided to only have a cheat day whilst staying at Andrews which is usually only once or twice a week.

I'm also quite proud of my newfound confidence in cooking. I'm slowly starting to be less afraid of the kitchen. Sounds daft I know, but I always ruin any meal i try to cook. I don't have much confidence and i think it's just a vicious circle really. However, in the past month I've been looking for ways to cook the meals I normally buy. I actually enjoy making my own sweet potato mash and I'm enjoying the difference in price too!


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I also have a good thing to celebrate regarding food this month. I went from 50 days logging on MyFitnessPal to 70!



This is a new record for me and I can't wait to see how far I can get in April! I need to get better at logging my exercise too!


Exercise


This month has been a very relaxed approach to exercise. I've had the odd day with a long walk or a cycle but nothing too consistent. I've found that burning off my daily goal of 500 cals with just walking rarely happens. Only if I walk the dogs. And then I really feel it the next day.

So my main goal for next month? To have at least 3 training sessions a week on this calendar! Those are the ones that really make the difference! They are also the ones that I use my HR monitor for rather than just the pedometer. But all the days with low counts have been revision days where I didn't even leave the flat so I can't expect them to be high!


So, I've decided I'm going to take up cycling everywhere instead. I enjoy the feeling of it far more and I get everywhere much faster. I also need to get better practice and confidence at handling the roads with cars.

I'm also looking at getting a new bike. My Brooke bike is a hybrid and not great for long distance cycling and I really want to be able to be part of the cycling club come September. It's a hard decision to make as it is an expense but over the summer I will be spending a lot of time alone and I want others to see a huge change in me physically as well as a person. I really want a goal to work towards and to be able to be part of the club and be able to cycle with them would be such an awesome end to the summer.

I am really aiming to own the Avanti Giro 2. It just seems like a perfect fit for a beginner like me! 

This past month the majority of my exercise has come about from 3 wonderful doggies! For anyone who has got this far in the post and wants to have some company, practice looking after a dog or just a walk companion I highly recommend BorrowMyDoggy - I have been using it for almost a year now and love it!

I've been getting some long walks in with the labs who fortunately live just round the corner so adding that to my weekly schedule is going to give me a relaxing rest day!


And here's little Bear who I have been puppysitting! 




He may be small but he is fierce! And does NOT seem to tire on a walk until you get home, with his walk around Jesmond Dene nearly filling my watch. This is one reason why I really can't wait to own a dog as I know I'll be kept alot fitter!


General Changes

In general this month I have seen my confidence soar. I have been to blog events, been more active on my Youtube and I'm even starting to consider vlogging my weightloss/fitness journey. I'm still nervous and unsure of this but it would probably make my vlogs a little bit more exciting and interesting!

However, I have noticed myself becoming easily irritable. I find it quite hard to stick to routine so this next month I need to try to stick to one. I've found that if I have a lazy day I feel so down, and so I need to keep myself busy. Luckily it's the month of coursework and revision for exams, so I have plenty to work around. I really hope I can get some weightloss during this stressful time but it is going to require some hard work! 

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