The End……of week 2

Hey there,

I can’t believe this is my third blog already! When I started this I was setting down a marker for the beginning of my new ‘journey’ and I’ve already come to the end of my second full week.

Thanks to some awesome feedback from my friend Anne, I’m going to tell you about what exercise I’ve been doing as well as what kinda stuff I’ve been eating…the good, the bad and the ugly!.

So, here’s how my week went……

Exercise

I only managed to get in 3 workouts this week:

Tuesday night – I went to ‘HIIT The Beach’, the first time I’ve ever done anything like that. Literally working out, on the beach! It was a bit daunting going to meet up with a group of people I didn’t know, working out in public and being open to the elements! But I Gotta say, once I got over my initial panic it was actually quite cool and good fun. Everyone was really friendly and welcoming, it was a small group so a nice number and not too scary lol….  There was definitely something about dragging a tyre up the pebbly beach, smashing a sledge-hammer into another tyre and doing squat pushes with a .. yep, you’ve guessed it .. another tyre, that unleashed my inner trainee soldier mentality. We did 5 sets of 5 different high intensity exercises (actually not all involving tyres, ropes and press ups featured), mainly working the arms, with short rest breaks in between. I definitely felt it the next day and I went home feeling better for having met some nice people and doing a different workout outdoors. HIIT The Beach/Park is on Instagram and Facebook if you’re interested in the sessions.

Thursday Morning – was a cheeky little day off so I managed to get to the gym and do an upper body workout which my PT gave me to work through. It uses a nice mixture of some of the machines and some free weights. I realise now though (stupidly) that the reason I found some of the weights a bit tougher (particularly the bench press’ .. I have weedy arms lol.) was because my workout out on Tuesday was mainly upper body!!… shoulda done my lower body workout instead, doh!… it was still a good workout though and the way I figure .. I was still burning fat and calories 💪🏻

Sunday Morning – was a session with Ben, my PT at the gym, he’s leaving at the end of the month so I realise that I need to cram in as much knowledge from him as I can within the next 4 sessions! This week was hilarious, not because he’s a funny guy, although he actually is, but because we’ve been client and trainer for about 4 months now and he knows how to push me, when I’m just being feeble and actually when my body is much more capable than I tell myself.  We’re working to get me to not only a leaner version of myself but to be able to do a ‘clean and jerk’ weightlift (I think that’s the phrase!). So, this week was lots of straight back dead lifts into trying to get the bar up to my chest in one movement… really need to start remembering the proper terms.  

This video perfectly shows what I’m aiming for and what I was doing this week 😊 Weightlifting VideoThese sessions are my favourite because it makes me see that I’m capable of so much more than I realise, but in 4 sessions time (well, now 3) I’ll need to have that confidence and strength in myself. 

Food – The Good

This week has been really good food wise, on Wednesday I managed to carve out some decent time to work out what food I was going to have for the rest of this week and I even found a cool little menu planner online at ‘Life with Munchers’ blog I just scribbled out the ‘recipe reference’ and changed it for ‘snacks’ and TaDa… here’s what I made:

FullSizeRender 9I find this really handy because it’s so much easier to see the arrows in this layout of what will be used for 2 meals or more and also it’s a nice way to quickly see what you’re having for the week.

I love my two trusty recipe books that I’ve got – one is called Feed your Fitness and the other is the The Lean Machines. Both of them have the nutritional information for each of the recipes in the books too; it still surprises me just how many of these so-called ‘healthy’ cook books don’t publish this important info.

These two books have become my food bibles! So far I have loved everything that I’ve prepared from them and my favourite from this week was the beef stir fry, something which I don’t usually like. Check out my little food collage … I feel like a child again making these pics 😜

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I also managed to make some breakfast bars which are pretty damn awesome too… although I had set myself the goal of finding two healthy snacks for this week, I only managed to find time to do one – being the breakfast bars.

Food – The Bad 

What’s that saying “with the good must follow the bad”?! …. well, I’d like to think that my ‘bad times’ this week weren’t as bad as they previously would have been. Wednesday it was “Him Indoors'” birthday so we went to a little pub for lunch, instead of having the naughtiest thing on the menu I went for the healthier and still tasty option of spiced chicken, it came with salad and skinny fries so I had a couple of the fries, but not all of them (safe in the alleged knowledge that I’d already banked some burnt calories the night before at my HIIT class). Unfortunately, I couldn’t quite get rid of my desire to have something sweet and amazingly a slice of cheesecake found its way onto my table …. well, it’d be rude not to, right?

… you’d have thought that should have been enough cake but, it was a birthday after all….. enter the Marks and Spencer Hedgehog chocolate birthday cake, complete with chocolate finger spikes!! …… well, it’d be rude not to rig ….. ok, I know, I should be able to control myself, so I did.. and I only had a small piece……

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The Ugly 

So that was the summary of the good and the bad, the ugly actually isn’t ‘that’ bad, but I know that it added to my overall result this week. Whilst cake is my downfall, so too is prosecco…. I know, I know, you shouldn’t drink your calories but when you’ve been invited over to a friend’s house and it’s been a really good friday, the bubbles are nicely chilled and the company is great, well, I couldn’t help myself and I might have had 1 or 2…… To be fair, I don’t actually drink that often but it really was a great evening and lets just say that I’m glad I’d moved my PT session from the Saturday morning.

Results 

Despite all of the above I managed to maintain my weight and even lost half an inch off of my waist. Granted there’s work to do and now I need to focus but I realised this week that you can have a little bit of what you fancy every now and again as long as it’s in moderation and you’re prepared to put the graft in to earn it or burn it… (wait, I totally just made that phrase up … ooooh I need to check no-one else has thought of that before….

damn you Mr Motivator!!!)……

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Goals for this Week

Food – My goal this week is to make my second healthy alternative snack of sweet potato brownies and to stick to my healthy food regime, there are no birthdays this week so, no excuses!

Exercise – My goal is to exercise a minimum of 4 times this week and if I can’t get to the gym, to work out at home and video it so I can not only check my technique but also put it on my blog too.

Whilst I can laugh at myself and appreciate that everything in moderation is ok, I know that I want to start seeing the results in inches being lost and getting toned up so now it’s down to the hard work!

The End

Thank you for reading my blog, if you’ve got any comments, suggestions, tips or tricks them please feel free to leave me a comment below.

Thank you so much

IckleMax xx

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