Making fat CRY!

Yesterday I did a super one hour and 45 minutes workout – and boy was it hardcore! I started with the toning circuit – 14 stations and intervals of running up and down steps. Once I was done with that, I went down to the Spinning studio and did an intense spinning class for 50 minutes!

I used to always say I wasn’t someone who could sweat when I worked out, and that that just wasn’t me… But what I have found out since I started my getfithappyhealthy journey is that I actually have never worked out hard enough to sweat! So from now on I am making my sweat CRY!

See a proof pic after my work out (ok so it doesnt look like much but I was drenched!):

Today and tomorrow I need to prep for a race I am doing on Saturday, so I will be just running on the treadmill. I am trying to improve my overall time per KM. Although it wont be a true reflection of my time this weekend, as I am only doing a 5km (its a charity run) – I still want to do a good time.

I hope you find these posts interesting and inspiring, if there is anything else you would like to read about or see – please do share with me, I am always happy to research and learn about new fitness and healthy eating trends!

Most importantly remember small baby steps are still movements towards reaching your goals! Keep at it and you will see the results you want!

P.S I just love this quote:

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Abs and Arms

For those of you interested, the workout I did yesterday was as follows:

Abs:
1. Bicycle crunches; 20 reps, 3 sets
2. Standard crunches; 20 reps, 3 sets
3. Side crunches; 20 reps, 3 sets
4. Reverse crunches; 20 reps, 3 sets
5. Plank; 20 secs, 3 sets

For explanations, refer back to my old post: Working it out – Ab crunching time!

Arms/Shoulders/Chest: Yes, these weights show that I am a weakling but this is as hard as I can go right now!
1. Bicep curl (5kg); 12 reps, 3 sets

 2. Chest Incline (5kg); 12 reps, 3 sets

 3. Seated Shoulder press (15kg); 12 reps, 3 sets

 4. Chest Press (10kg); 12 reps, 3 sets

 5. Lateral High Row (20kg); 12 reps, 3 sets

And then I ended off with the following free weight arm exercises; using 3kg weights in both hands:
1. Bicep Curls; 20 reps, 3 sets

 2. Alternating shoulder press; 20 reps, 3 sets

 3. Front arm raises; 20 reps, 3 sets

Go on! Get out there and work out! What are you going to do today?

How did I do it?

I have had a few people commenting that they can see I have lost weight (yay, keep those comments coming!) and that they want to get involved in working out with me or they want to know how I have done it. “But seriously, were you a runner before?” is what alot of people have said.

The truth is No, I was not a runner before this year. In fact I didn’t like working out at all, I use to tell people it was just not my thing.

I started this journey in April this year (2013). I finally hit breaking point when I realised I was heavier than my boyfriend. I also just felt incredibly uncomfortable in my own skin. I have always had a negative perception about my body, largely because of what other people have told me. I used to consume their words and let it fester inside of me, but I never did anything about which made it all worse for my self perceptions and my confidence. Doing something like working out or dieting was admitting that they were right and I was stubborn. So this year, after reaching breaking point for myself, I decided to do this for me, and for once in my life not to think about what other people thought about my body. The moment I made that decision and committed myself to changing, things started improving.

My confidence rose, I feel stronger emotionally and physically, I felt empowered and now I truly believe I am on a better path. One where I am in control and I decide what my life holds in the future by the actions I take now. I don’t care what people think or say about me and my body and what I choose to do with it  – it is not for others to have an opinion about me and my life. The minute I took control and let go of the negative thinking, losing the weight became easier. I am far from over in my journey and not nearly near ready to wear a bikini (that’s my goal for December) but I am working towards it and I am proud of how far I have come and what I have achieved so far.

I stopped weighing myself every week, in fact I have stopped weighing myself entirely. I don’t care what the scale says. Personally looking at the scale and seeing a number made me self-hate myself and stalled my progress.

I haven’t changed my eating habits drastically so that I’m starving myself. I look for healthier options, but if I feel like pizza I don’t beat myself up with guilt afterwards. I own my decisions, as they are after – all mine.

I work out, and when I do, I give it my all, I give 110%. I enjoy running, so I have signed up for running races. I book them in advance so that I pay the money and commit to doing them before I have time to back out of it. Once I know I have spent the money I am not about to waste it. But I don’t just run – although running has really helped me personally. I do weights, arm workouts, leg workouts, ab routines, I workout at home, I workout at gym, I do the toning circuit, or other cardio equipment like cycling, stepping machine, cross trainer. I mix my workouts up.

I don’t stick to one type of exercise, because then I get bored. And if I don’t feel like working out, I either push myself to go, get my boyfriend to push me to go, and if I still don’t feel like going I don’t beat myself up about it. I forgive myself and start again the next day.

So that’s how I have gotten to where I am now. If the only bit of advice you take from this post, and my blog as a whole its that you are in control, you make the decisions in your life. Once you commit to a goal, work towards it, and if you fall behind, pick yourself up and start again. Most importantly believe in yourself.

Exercising when you are sick – a good or a bad idea?

Sorry I have been super quiet – a month since I last wrote a confession/post! I went on holiday – it was blissful! I went overseas to where there was sunshine and sweet summer vibes…

Although I didn’t do much in the way of exercise, I tried to watch what I ate, and walked everywhere! On some days we walked over 5km to amazing places! Which doesn’t sound like a lot, but when you are walking from place to place, then walking up stairs of old, historic, beautiful towers etc, it gets pretty tiring. One day we walked up 5 towers in one day with each having over 200 odd steps and I felt like I was working out!

Regardless, after a nice relaxing holiday my body is telling me its ready to get back into a routine of working out, getting back on track and reaching my goals. And then I got sick. Freaking unreal right?! I am so irritated. The big plan was, I arrived back on Tuesday arvie, and to go for a run this weekend, so give myself a few days break to get back into work and being at home etc, and my body goes and says no actually we are gonna get sick!?

So I did a bit of research – how bad is it to workout when you are feeling sick. The good news is that  I am starting to feel a lot better, I have a cold and runny nose but the sinus pain is going away slowly.. so I am improving. But can you workout when you are sick?

Most research comes back saying that you know your body better than anyone else, and it depends what illness you have. If you have bronchitis and cant breathe, then naturally, you aren’t going to want to run about. but if you just have a bit of sniffly nose and you don’t feel so sick, then working out is OK. Like the saying goes: “everything in moderation”, you might not be able to manage very strenuous activities or your usual pace but a little bit of a workout is perfectly fine.

Another thing to consider is if your sickness is contagious, then going to the gym and infecting others might not be the best idea.. Be careful to wipe down equipment after use. I personally think I will stay clear of a gym, and run outside and work out at home until I feel completely better.

With 4 races planned over the next month or so, starting next weekend, I need to get back into a running routine, so that I am ready for my races! Can’t believe those words just came out of my mouth, to think a year ago the flu meant I could stay on the couch guilt-free. Now its the last thing I  feel like doing, I am keen to get my running shoes on and hit the road!