10 in 10 series part 3: Eating achievements and fitness fails

Hey everyone, welcome back! It’s that time again for another exciting instalment of my 10 in 10 series which is my documentary of trying to lose 10% of my body fat in 10 weeks. Hopefully this will spur you on to reach your fitness goals, whatever they are and show you that if I can do it (and I have zero willpower) then you definitely can too!

It’s been nine days since I last updated you on my journey and since then I’ve been continuing to work really hard with amazingly few slip ups along the way this time!

Measurements

Here are my most recent measurements:

Bust: 35.5 inches (-0.5 from last update)

Waist: 29 inches (-1 from last update)

Hips: 35.5 inches (-0.5 from last update)

Arm: 12 inches

Thigh: 24 inches

Fat percentage: I still haven’t had this retaken 😦

Weight: 9 st 13lbs (139)! Last time I was 10st 1lbs (141lbs)

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)

Week 5 progress picture

Week 5 progress picture

I must say I’m feeling pretty pleased with myself with these losses in just 9 days, especially when 2 of those days were spent either drunk or eating rubbish hangover food with no exercise involved at all (thanks to my works annual awards event!) I’m now officially at the halfway stage of my mission with only five weeks left to go and I guess from here on out I’m going to have to work even harder that I already have been to make sure I get my goals 🙂

I actually think that setting myself a time frame has been really helpful! I don’t think I would have had half the determination I’ve got to achieve this if it was just an open ended plan. I think it does also really help that I’ve been sharing my story with all of you lovely people too though as it makes me not want to let you all down by not putting my everything into this!

Food

So eating better has become second nature to me now and not eating well really does make me feel a bit anxious! I keep meaning to take a picture of my shopping trolley for you so that you can see the kinds of foods I’m purchasing to give you all some ideas. Maybe I’ll do a food series on my Instagram to show you all my lunches and dinners and don’t forget to check out MyFitnessPal for all my daily food diaries!

Would you guys find a food series on Instagram useful? 

Anyway, last Sunday I met with my friend Lee who has been giving me some exercise and nutrition coaching and he set me the target to try to eat all of my allocated calories for the day (something which seemed completely alien to me as I didn’t understand why eating more would help me lose weight) as well as eating a filling and nutritious breakfast everyday, instead of the shakes and fruits that I had been eating. I must say he certainly knows what he is talking about (which is pretty good for me!) as I think those changes to my diet have been some of the most difficult but also some of the most rewarding and in those seven days I’ve seen the biggest progress yet! I’m now ensuring that I eat 1400 calories daily everyday and try to start my day with a big breakfast, which usually consists of eggs and bacon – yum! Although it is more time consuming to get up early to cook myself something before I leave for work, I definitely don’t get hungry around mid-morning anymore which is good for everyone involved (I suffer very badly with hanger!!)

However, saying that I’ve also been challenged to reduce the amount or carbs that I eat and try wherever possible to eat a low carb diet (carbs should only account for 40% of the daily intake) which has been super tough! Especially because I am a fruit fiend and didn’t realise that fruit had so many carbs in it! I was devastated on Wednesday when I went over my carb target thanks to one too many bananas and a very scrummy fruit salad 😦

However, I’ve learnt my lesson and now know all about where carbs come from (and are hidden damn bananas!) and so this week my aim will to be to be below my carb limit everyday (this is going to be a very tough very hungry week I think!)

Now please don’t think I am at all advocating a carb free diet! I’m absolutely not! That is my idea of hell on earth as I love carbs so please PLEASE don’t think you need to stop eating carby foods (or bananas!) as I still eat them, but now I’m more careful about when I eat them (morning is definitely better than the evening) and how many I eat 🙂

Also back to my point about how I didnt understand how eating more could help you lost weight… It turns out eating more often throughout the day and eating a good number of calories is much better for you than starving because it keeps your metabolism active constantly and also means that your body doesn’t enter starvation mode and store more than it needs like it does when you go on a strict calorie controlled diet! So girls, get eating (you certainly don’t have to tell me twice that I can eat more!!!)

Exercise

I am loving exercise at the moment 🙂 When I saw Lee last week, he also gave me some interesting workouts to try which I must say on the whole I have been enjoying. They include three high intensity circuits which include a core workout, a kettlebell workout and cardio (I’m definitely more of a “horizontal running” kind of person so the cardio plan terrified me!) Suprisingly, even though the cardio and kettlebell workout were super tough I really enjoyed them and can’t wait to do them again to keep getting better at them 🙂 The core workout has definitely been my favourite as I love core work! I’ll share some pics and vids of the exercise with you over the next few weeks!

Here is what my workout week has been like:

Sunday: 1.5 hours in Gym in morning consisting of weight training focussed on back

Long walk around town

High intensity core circuit

Monday: 50 minutes of Yoga at lunch time

High intensity core circuit

Mini insanity style session with some of my gymnasts

Tuesday: I didn’t go to the gym this evening as I wasn’t feeling well 😦

Wednesday: Lunchtime walk

50 minutes of Insanity (really tough but really enjoyable!)

Thursday: Day Off

Friday: No exercise as no time 😦

Saturday: Too hungover and sleepy for exercise!

Sunday: 60 minutes of cardio including all three HIIT circuits 🙂

My biggest slip ups this past week have definitely been with not doing enough exercise, but I have no plans over the next few days which should get in the way of working out, so bring it on! No more fitness fails for me! Hopefully this is reflected in the next instalment of my series with even better inch and fat loss 🙂

Comparison across the series. Can you see a difference yet?

               Can you see a difference yet?

And that’s all you need to know I guess! I really hope you are still finding this useful and if you have any questions then please let me know and I’ll try my best to answer them. Again, it’s important for me to say that I am by no means a fitness or nutrition expert so please don’t take any of this too seriously, because I am only writing this to share my story and not to tell you how to live your lives 🙂

Also, a quick thankyou to everyone who followed me on Bloglovin, WordPress, Instagram and Twitter over the past few weeks! I now have over 200 subscribers to my blog (which amazes me every day) and over 300 instagram followers, which might not sound like a lot to some people, but to me it’s so special so thankyou very much!

Lots of love, Leanne xx

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14 thoughts on “10 in 10 series part 3: Eating achievements and fitness fails

  1. You go girl!! ❤
    You're doing so well – and actually having read this I'm really motivated myself! I've started getting back into doing at least 20 minutes yoga every day (which I always did when I lived on my own) and I've been drinking loads more water which is a start. I also downloaded that seven minute workout app since being 'too busy' to do exercise is usually my problem (or excuse!), so I'm going to start that tomorrow.
    I'd love to see some sort of a food series because that's my biggest weakness! I'm a picky eater, a snacker, and a chocoholic, so I don't have much going for me there! 😛 Would love some inspo!
    Do you think setting mini goals for the week is the best way to go about it. I've always had severely low self esteem and had no motivation because I had convinced myself that nothing was going to change – so motivation and comfort eating is my biggest weakness! Would love some advice. xx

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    • Thanks Becca, I love your support!

      Definitely try to do more yoga, I love it for both body and mind (although I’m not going to my class today because I’m not feeling well!) however, don’t set yourself unrealistic expectations! Do you think you’ll definitely be able to do yoga every day for 20 mins or is 3 times a week actually more realistic? Being realistic definitely helps me as I won’t feel like I’ve failed when I don’t hit my stupidly ridiculous targets!

      I’m the same I’m hugely fussy when it comes to food and definitely have a sweet tooth (my biggest weakness is definitely chocolate and fizzy drinks) but actually I’m starting to not enjoy those foods now I’ve discovered new ones! I’ll do my food diary on Instagram for you so you can see the kind of things I eat and hopefully give you some inspiration (although it’s probably pretty boring as I eat loads of the same stuff!)

      You should not be so hard on yourself! You are super talented and absolutely gorgeous the way you are! The only reason I am making a change is to be happier in myself and that’s what you need to ask yourself – why do you want to change?

      xxx

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      • That makes sense, maybe even if I give myself a target of 3 or 4 days a week, if you surpass that it’s a bonus, if not then it’s not like you’ve failed!
        Thanks for the advice and kind words and I’ll definitely look forward to seeing your food diary. I went out and bought some fruit today so that at least if I fancy a snack its a bit of a healthier way to have something sweet!
        The main reason I know I want to change is just because I feel so sluggish and lazy all the time. I used to be so active in my teens, doing at least four dance classes a week. Now it’s like I can barely touch my toes, or run for 30 seconds. I just want to feel healthier and more active, and if that’s loosing a little weight and toning up in the process then thats great too.
        xxx

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      • Exactly dont do it just be realistic and exceed your expectations instead of setting yourself up for a fail 🙂

        Fruit is such a healthy snack and is really filling and versatile! You have such good reasons for getting back to being fit and healthy that I know you’ll succeed in achieving them! xx

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      • I think that’s what I’ll be doing then. Did one of those 7 minute workout challenges yesterday and my body is feeling it today! haha.
        Exactly! So yummy too! ❤
        Thanks so much. I was talking about it with my boyfriend and he says he's there to support me too which is awesome! It's nice feeling like you're not alone in it. xx

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      • WELL DONE! Sounds like you are definitely off on the right foot! I love the achey feeling of a good workoute, it reminds me that I’ve worked really hard, so embrace that and use it to motivate you to keep going 🙂

        Exactly, you have so much support not only from your boyfriend but also from the whole of the beauty blogger family! I’ve got my fingers crossed for you to succeed! Please let me know how you get on xxx

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