A New Me For Christmas:Week Five

  
I had a break from my routine last week as number four started the week with fracturing his foot and number three, four and me all had a horrible sickness bug at the end.

I tried to stay on track but didn’t want to get disheartened so I didn’t recorded my weight and just got back to it this week!

As I’m sure you are all to aware the worst thing to do when you are trying to stick to a healthy eating plan is to open the cupboard and find nothing suitable to eat, or to be out and about and not have a healthy snack to hand and find yourself stopping for a quick fix.

For me I start the week with a shopping list and have meals planned for each day.  That way I know what I’m getting and it also saves money!  

My slow cooker is an absolute saviour and 50% of my evening meals are prepared in here so there is something healthy for the whole family to enjoy. I carry a bag with things for me and the little ones to graze on such as fruit, dried fruit and oatcakes so it puts of the temptation to pick up those naughty treats when your out.

I husband has a karate tournament next week and I want to feel more confident at the after party on my dress so it will be hanging up on my bedroom door as a reminder to me to keep up the good work.

Goals

Cut down on carbs for my evening meal

Add an extra cardio session into my training 
  

A New Me For Christmas:Week Three

  
Woohoo another 2lb down from last week.  Not really moving as fast as I would like but I know it is better to loss slowly as the weight is then more likely to stay off that way.

I have managed to stick to the healthy eating apart from a couple of little slip ups and have trained four times.

My biggest love is weight training which is a fantastic aid to weight loss.  Many women fear that using weights will leave then big and bulky.  This is not the case, in fact they a great addition to your weight loss program.

Here are some of the benefits:

  • After a weight training session your body continues to burn calories at a higher rate as building muscle increases your metabolism long term.
  • You will tone up without bulking up.  Women simply doing have the ability to gain size like men do.
  • You will create a stronger more functional body that will help you with everyday tasks such as carry the shopping and lifting the children. 
  • Increases your bone density which will help to ward offosteoporosis in years to come.
  • Prevents injuries such a back pain which I know is a big problem with women of childbearing age.
  • Lastly is makes you toned, leaner and fitter which ultimately makes for a healthier and happier you.

So next time you walk past the weight section thinking it is just for men stop and give it a try.

Week Three

Weight 10.2

BMI 23

Body Fat 25

Goals

Lose another 2lb

Try a yoga class to help with my posture

Find a LBD as my incentive to keep trying 
  

  

A New Me For Christmas:Week Two

Well I had lots of good intentions when I started my journey this week but didn’t make quite the progress I had planed for my goals this week.

Number four and I were both ill at the beginning of last week so that mixed with a change in crèche times at the gym left me with a limited time to train.

I still managed to fit in three sessions indoors.  One kettlebell session, and two tabata training sessions.


Tabata is a fantastic way to train if you are pushed for time.  You work hard for 20 secs and then rest for 10.  This process is repeated 8 times.  The exercises I chose to perform were jumping lunges, burpee jumps, mountain climbers and squat jumps.

My diet was a lot better than it has been and I only had a couple of small slip ups.  One with a Galaxy bar that was calling my name one evening, and I couldn’t resist a piece of sponge pudding with my Sunday lunch.

A typical day for me has been:

  • Porridge with raisins and a drizzle of honey
  • Bowl of raspberries
  • Chicken, rye bread and salad
  • Handful of grapes
  • Tomato based chicken curry with small portion of basmati rice

Week Two

Weight 10.4

BMI 23

Body Fat 26

Goals

Train four times this week.  Two weight training and two interval sessions.

Keep on track with healthy eating

Cut down on caffeine

Fill in food diary everyday

A New Me For Christmas:Week One

As a personal trainer by trade it has taken me a while to pluck up the courage and write this post.

Since baby number five I have had a really bad relationship with food and have not yet got back to anywhere near my pre pregnancy weight.  I’m still training as that will always be a passion of mine, but you can never out train a bad diet.

I had issues with food through my teenage years and still cant shake the feast or famine approach I have to eating sometimes.

I wrote a post about holiday weight gain a couple of weeks back and have finally this week got back to the normally of the school run and am going to get myself back into a healthy eating regime and exercise plan.

As I said this is a hard post to write as I’m really unhappy with my body image at the moment and it’s all due to my lack of self discipline that I’m eager to get back.   Hopefully by tracking my weight, body fat and measurements I will get myself back on track and inspire others to do the same.

Each week I will post my goals for the week ahead, a picture so that I can see physical changes and how I have done with my weights and measurements.

By putting it out their for you all to see I hope this will give me the motivation I need and let you see regardless of your occupation we are all human and sometimes we go off track but it’s possible for anyone to go and be the best that possibly can be!

Week One

Weight – 10.6 Stone

BMI – 23

Body Fat – 28.5

Goals

At least 4lbs weight loss

Interval train at least three times

Cut out all refined sugars and wheat.  Both of which have a negative affect on me.

Complete a food diary everyday

Cut down on caffeine
  

My Daddy My Hero

When your three life is fantastic.  Everyone and everything is super exciting and for my number four there is no one more spectacular than his Daddy.

When he walks into the room his eyes light up and his face is full of sheer excitement.  His Daddy truly is his hero.



As I’m sure is the same for many of you my husband works long hours and is away from the house for most of the day.  But luckily enough with the nature of his job we do manage to sneek an hour or two here and there to meet up and number four loves nothing more than going to meet him at work.

So after going to a friend this morning to celebrate her youngest’s first birthday we made our way to Daddy’s gym with party bag and bubble stick firmly in hand.



As a child I remember a handful of times going to work with my Dad and thinking it was the best thing ever.  I still think back to those days with fond memories and they clearly made more of an impact on me than my parents probably thought they would.

Have you taken your little ones to work with you , or had a trip to see Daddy at his?