10 in 10 series – Part 2: Losing love handles and finding fitness

10 in 10 series: Part 2

Hey everyone! So it’s been a while since I updated you on how my fight against the fat was going (you can read part 1 here if you haven’t already) because everything has been so mental with other aspects of my blogging recently!

The craziness began when I was fortunate enough to take part in the Bloggers Love Hub Online Party which was an absolutely amazing evening! It gave me my first opportunity to meet loads of new bloggers (hello to all my new subscribers who I met on Monday) as well as linking up with loads of cool brands, so keep your eyes peeled for potential brand collaborations coming soon 🙂 As well as that, hopefully you’ve all seen my #TakeBackWhatsYours post and my post all about my first home which were both really liberating to be invited to take part in – but unfortunately that all meant delaying this update.

Anyway, since I last posted the hard work has really begun! This past two weeks, I’ve been training really hard and eating as healthy as is possible given the hectic nature of my schedule. I’ve really been getting back into the swing of my healthier lifestyle. When I have a break from structured eating, I really forget how much I enjoy all this clean living stuff but now I am back on it, my body certainly thanks me 🙂 (It’s probably worth noting at this point I am not a health or fitness expert I am just sharing my experiences which seem to be working for me!)

Now I could lie and say that since the last post I’ve been to the gym every day, eaten perfectly and that I’m well on my way, but let’s be honest! You can read all about those faddy, unhealthy and unrealistic diets and life changes in any magazine, but here, just like with every other aspect of my blog, I want to give you all the nitty gritty in it’s purest form!

Measurements

When I started the 10 in 10 plan, I completely forgot to take my measurements, so I took theme a few days ago instead and they aren’t too bad I guess. Currently my measurements are:

Bust: 36 inches

Waist: 30 inches

Hips: 36 inches

Arm: 12 inches

Thigh: 24 inches

Fat percentage: I’m going to round this up to 25% because I cannot remember the exact amount

Weight: 10st 1lbs (141lbs) Heaviest I’ve been is 10st 7lbs

And just in case you weren’t sure here are my goals:

Bust: 34-36 inches

Waist: 26-28 inches

Hips: 34 inches

Arm: 10-11 inches

Thigh: 22 inches

Fat percentage: 15% (and with some semblance of a 6 pack please!)

Weight: Between 9 stone and 9 stone 7 (126-133lbs)

starting point

See any difference yet?

                           See any difference yet?

Before starting my blog and understanding more about living healthier, I definitely would have been ashamed of those stats and pictures, but to be honest, now I don’t care! I just want to feel fit, healthy and confident and that is much more important to me than a number and even more important than what anyone thinks of those numbers!

I haven’t really weighed myself too much because the scales when weight training can be really misleading but either way I definitely feel better about how I am looking and living already, so even if I get no better, I’m happy 🙂

For some more background, I think the lowest weight I was at in 2014 was 9 stone 4lbs after being really poorly for a few weeks, but my weight for most of last year fluctuated between 9 stone 7lbs – 9stone 10lbs. Since giving up Slimming World, I have definitely gained a few of the pounds I originally lost back, but I know I’m definitely healthier than I was, and I am sure that the fat and inch loss is working, because I still fit in all the clothes I was wearing even though I was lighter then, (Which just goes to show that I am not letting the scales rule me because they lie!)

Food

I’ve been trying to eat better and making more of my meals from scratch, make more effort to try new dishes and foods and generally enjoying good foods more (which I won’t go into too much detail about here because you can view my diaries over at MyFitnessPal) but naturally I have had a few slip ups (maybe a few cheaty and carby dinners) but I would say 80% of my diary is vastly improved! Every Friday my family and I have a takeaway evening which is one of my favourite parts of the week. I love treating myself and spending time with the people I love most in the world and I don’t plan on stopping this. However, I notice that I can eat far less than I used to be able to and my body absolutely hates this kind of food now. I’m sure I can taste every bit of fat and artificiality (is that a word?!) and it usually gives me a bit of a tummy ache, which has really put me off over indulging on the take outs, when before they were such an easy option, especially after a late night at work. And even if I have had a slip up or naughty meal, I don’t let that influence the rest of my day! Before I would have written the whole day off, but now I get straight back on track whenever I can. As well as the better eating, I’ve also been drinking just water (see the #JustWater campaign WaterAid are running it’s amazing!) which although at first completely broke me out in spots, is definitely starting to show benefits and leaves me with more calories for yummy foods 🙂

Exercise

I think I must have always enjoyed exercise! I wasn’t super sporty at school or anything, but I did do gymnastics three times a week for 12 years, walk a lot and go to the gym when I could when I was younger, so I guess it’s not been too difficult for me to get back into the habit of getting active. Currently I’ve been working out in some form or another 5 times a week with a few rest days in between. This is what my exercise plan has been looking like recently:

Monday: 50 minutes of Yoga at lunch time

Tuesday: Gym session in the evening for  at least 1 hour (it’s usually more like 2) compromising of a weight training exercise focussed on a specific body part and finished with short bursts of cardio and a long boxing session.

Wednesday: Usually try to get out for a walk on lunchtime as and then a gym session in the evening (same as Tuesday) or a 50 minute Insanity class after work

Thursday: Day Off

Friday: Gym session (same as above)

Saturday: Walking for several hours plus a small trip to the gym (this may or may not be a rest day depending on what I have planned during the day)

Sunday: Gym session (same as above) but finishing off with a 40-60 minute cardio session including cycling, rowing, boxing and running.

(I sometimes go to the gym both days of the weekend, but sometimes it will only be once depending on how achey I am and what plans I have for the daytime!)

This plan isn’t set in stone as I don’t want it to feel like a chore. For example, I worked late this evening and really wanted to get this post done, so have decided that today I would do some workouts at home using Xbox Fitness on the Xbox One which are so much fun and reallllllly tough (I love the free Mossa workout because it’s like a Body Combat class in my living room) I’ve have also been (weirdly) enjoying Insanity which although is super tough, burns loads of calories in a relatively short space of time and definitely improves my stamina and fitness quickly. So far I’ve done two classes and was able to do many more of the higher intensity exercises in week two than I did in week one with much less achiness, so if you can sign yourself up to try one of these classes! I’m definitely going to be looking to make this a regular fitness occurrence 🙂

Anyway, like I said my goal is to exercise five times a week and am aiming for all that activity to be enjoyable and is varied! I’ve definitely become a lot more restless if I don’t do enough strenuous activity and struggle to sleep if I haven’t worked myself hard enough. I’m really excited as well because this week I am being taken through a plan which should help me burn fat even quicker than I am already which I can’t wait for and of course I’ll share how this goes with you all.

What exercises or fitness classes do you guys enjoy? I’d love to know so that I can give them a try 🙂

I hope you are finding this blog series useful, enjoyable and maybe even a little bit motivational! Please don’t be put off by the amount of exercise I do or the intensity of my plan, increasing your activity levels just a little bit and making the plan fit you is better than nothing, for example walking in your lunch breaks or choosing to eat carrots instead of crisps. Either way I hope you like this and if you do please share the love by liking, commenting, subscribing and sharing on all your social channels 🙂

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Lots of love, Leanne xx

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