You may or may not know that I am going to Australia for 4 weeks in 35 days! (Writing 35 days actually gave me a mini heart attack – oh em gee, so soon)
So, I started a little mission to transform myself from beached whale to beach babe – after all, I don’t want to be swooning over Australian hotties whilst resembling a giant marshmallow (both in colour and shape)!
It’s been around 5 weeks since I posted that initial post (I know I promised fortnightly updates, I’m awful – sorrrrrry!) and this week was the first time I compared pictures from then to now.
To say I was a little deflated with the changes is an understatement; I’ve been eating healthy (although I admit I have been treating myself on weekends), and I’ve been going to the gym 4/5 times a week. I guess I was just expecting more – you know, serious booty gains, abs of steel, deliciously toned arms. Basically, I thought I’d be Niykee Heaton already.
My Diet Wins
I have to take some positives from the last five weeks, and gain some perspective on things otherwise I’ll dive headfirst into a pool of Ben & Jerrys and ‘fat Beth’ will have won. So here are some of my diet wins so far:
- I feel so much fitter; performing PBs at the gym every week
- I feel stronger; my weights are increasing and I have more control and range of movement (granted, I’m still on iddy biddy weights)
- I am enjoying going to the gym; never before would I have chosen to get out of my cosy warm bed at 5.30am to get to the gym and working out by 6am. What have I become?
- My relationship with food has improved; I think we’re all guilty of eating when we’re bored, or feeling down – I most certainly was. I used to binge eat regularly because I was stressed, didn’t have any plans, or just for the thrill of no one else knowing :’) But now, I enjoy preparing my meal plans, I enjoy making my food and I enjoy eating it! I still treat myself to chocolate on weekends, because I think it’s all about balance – but now it’s a small bar instead of a family size bar of Cadburys with a tub of ice cream and 4 jam donuts! *uhm, no… that never happened before*
- I’m happier; this is going to be one of my most stressful years, and already I’m feeling the pressure. But going to the gym is like an outlet and a quick escape from my work and it’s great – it puts me in a better frame of mind and helps de-stress me. Also, because my body is full of crap I have more energy and wake up feeling good rather than lethargic, bloated and bitchy!
So yes, I may not have lost several inches from my thighs, or grown a booty so big it hurts, but I feel better in myself and that’s amazing!
A lot of my time at the moment is spent reading expert opinions on weight loss, fitness, nutrition and healthy lifestyles; all of which claim at some point that HIIT workouts are amazing if you’re trying to lose weight. Because of this, the majority of my gym sessions begin or end with 20 minutes HIIT training, and I’m really blammmming enjoying it! Basically, it boosts your body’s ability to burn fat during and post the HIIT training session, so you are likely to see results sooner than you would if just focusing on cardio or strength training.
I’ve been playing around with a few different workouts, because I am terrible when it comes to boredom. If I’ve done it once, never expect me to do it again! I usually try and stick to the rowing machine, treadmill and floor exercises because those are the machines/areas that make me work the hardest.
This is my favourite so far:
20 minutes, 30 seconds on 30 seconds off.
1st 10 minutes:
- Exercise 1: rowing machine, 130 drag, r32+, split 1.48 and below
- Exercise 2: lunge jumps
(repeat 5 times – smash your previous score/amount of reps each repeat)
2nd 10 minutes:
- Exercise 1: treadmill, no incline, speed 16 and above
- Exercise 2: treadmill, incline 1.0, speed 16 and above
- Exercise 3: high knees with punches / squat jumps / burpees
Favourite Healthy Recipe
Ooooh this is soooo tricky! I’ve been posting all of my food pictures and more on my @eatingwithbeth Instagram page – which is handy because now I can scroll through and find that one, wow, lip licking, delicious recipe I
want need to share with you.
I would have to say, my favourite recipe (it would be these proats, but that’s not really a recipe) is for a gorgeous Thai Green Curry!
257 calories, 29g carbs, 15g protein, 9g fat per serving (not including rice)
Packed full of green vegetables, including peas, mangetout and broccoli, smuggling baby corn, mushrooms and prawns too, and bursting with fragrant thai spices. This has to be one of my favourite dishes, and once I make it once I end up making it several times in a row because it is addictive!
I jump between homemade Thai green curry paste and shop bought, but both work wonderfully and it hardly impacts nutritional value! I do however use light coconut milk.
Yummy, I must make this again soon!
I would love to hear your about your fitness or weight loss journeys – please let me know in the comments below!