PREDICTABLE SUMMER CHANGES
Blehhh. Hands Up. My fitness routine went out the window post summer 2016. I was really into the gym and eating a balanced diet, and then life got in the way. Buying a house and renovating it, combined with working long hours = bye bye health & fitness. Everyone falls off the wagon, but I’ve been ready to get back to normality since getting more settled. I’d got to that point where you’re fed up of being a pudding.
The lifestyle changes were finallyyyy made, and in the last couple of months I’ve been feeling way better about it. Domino’s is still in my contacts list, but I’m trying to balance the naughty bits out with good…
Right now, I’m heading to the gym 3/4 times a week. What I would say is that I don’t go crazy. I do around 45 minutes in the morning, starting with 20 minutes-ish speedy walking on the treadmill at a steep incline. I’m building up to running, but it makes me want to die. The rest of the time is spent on weights – I didn’t really have a clue what I was doing, but I’ve found copying the gym bunnies helps! My routine is 100% copied from the girls there that I look at like ‘let me be you’. I mostly focus on legs, with arms and abs on occasion to break things up. Nothing revolutionary, but I’m trying to mix things up with routines by my faaave Carly Rowena.
For meals I’m trying to cook way more, and go for lots of protein and veg. I’m also trying to avoid eating late in the evening… I used to be sitting down to tea after the 9-5 followed by blog work at 8.30/9pm ish. Now it’s usually 6pm, with treats in the form of dark chocolate and a good brew (my herbal tea collection rivals Sainos’).
WHAT ACTUALLY WORKS?
Although I’m not a fitness buff, there are a few things that I think have helped me loads. They’re the usual ones I always go on about, but if you’re new to my blog then they may be useful…
Hoola Hooping – I always use this as a recommendation for a slimmer waist. I used to spend forever hoola hooping, and definitely felt like it made a difference to working on that area. Weighted ones are the best, plus it’s something you can do stood in front of the TV if you’ve got the space.
Pole Dancing Classes – definitely get yourself signed up to a local class! I’m beyond rubbish at trying to look semi-attractive swinging round the thing, but it’s amazing for toning up. It’s also fun, challenging, and doesn’t feel like exercise at all… But I still end up feeling the burn bigger than any gym trip!
Cutting The Carbs (sob) – I always know my issue is carbs. I wish I had some miracle answer to share how I maintain things, but the truth is – if I eat bread all the freaking time I get chunky. Unfortunately for me, I could live on crusty rolls. Gutted, ’cause now I’m trying to give up my carb craving. Not completely and not forever – I’ll have blips where I eat a whopping sandwich on a weekend, but I try to avoid carbs as much as I can, especially in the evenings.
Changing My Mindset – For me, thinking about ‘cheat’ meals is a slippery slope. One cheat meal leads into a cheat day, a cheat weekend, a cheat 6 months. It’s not that I don’t have treats too, but when I have the mindset that I’m going for an unhealthy option, it’s like I’ve given myself an excuse to go on a massive binge! If I’m off for a nice meal, I’ll happily order what I want, but that doesn’t mean I need to then fit in a McDonald’s, doughnut and Frapuccino. I want to enjoy the treat, then get back to it.