So it has been a while since I have done one of these posts, but I thought it was about time that I bit the bullet and basically started again with updates on my diet and fitness 🙂
It’s no secret that when I was on holiday I didn’t think too much about what to eat and what not to eat and then following my wisdom tooth removal a week after being back I was out of sorts at the gym and with healthy eating. But with 5 weeks left to go before I next need to be in a bikini, I figured it was time to stop messing around and get back on with living a clean lifestyle.
This time I have a clear nutrition plan from my gym and I would strongly recommend you get one personalised for you and your goals if you haven’t already! I’m eating more than I ever have before in a day, but I have to say even after such a short time following the plan I am noticing huge differences!
It’s been a really big change though, so it isn’t worth taking on if your heart isn’t in it. I would like to think I am a fairly organised person, but being healthy and clean eating all the time requires a lot of forward planning and effort, but then they do say that 70% of a change is made in the kitchen!
My Saturday evenings are now dedicated to a much different looking food shop and my Sundays are spent prepping and boxing food for the week, which is actually quite satisfying to see when it all comes together. I’m keeping daily food diaries, increasing my protein intake and decreasing intake of salt, sugar, carbs and processed fat. I’ve been recording my workouts at the gym to make myself do better each time I go and I have to say even though it sounds like a lot of effort, I weirdly like it. Don’t get me wrong it has been a hard adjustment getting used to eating different and more food, but it quickly becomes normal and the results should come quicker too.
I’ve come to terms with the fact I will never be modelesque – that is just not what I was made to be, however I have set clearer goals now, looking to inspiration from Khloe Kardashian and her amazing transformation through clean eating and exercise, as well as naturally curvier women who still look incredible! Like I said in a post I did recently, we are bombarded with images of women who look nothing like us, and that we will never be able to emulate as that is just not in our makeup (or it’s been photoshopped beyond real life recognition!) so finding suitable role models and being able to clearly define what I want to achieve and having it be confirmed as realistic is actually really helpful! Do you really think you are going to keep slogging away at the gym running miles at a time if your end goal is to look like Kendall Jenner, but you are actually a Kim Kardashian? I doubt it! Even someone with the patience of a saint would be disheartened to not see the results they so desperately hope for, so definitely keep your goals realistic, but ever present 🙂
In regards to training, I’ve really changed that up too! I’ve started to train with someone which I’m finding is really pushing my boundaries, but I am also introducing different exercises into my routine to keep myself interested and to make sure I am working different muscles! I’m beginning to rock climb once a month and now spilt my weekly routine into 3 sessions at the gym, a run and a Polenastics class along with my lunchtime yoga and pilates sessions! Doing such a variant makes me train many different areas and use loads of different areas of my brain too so it definitely helps me feel more on the ball and alert as well as helping me relax.
And that is something else I said I’d add in! How am I feeling about it all? Add in how I am feeling – still not confident as definitely not where I want to be, but happy with all the positive changes I have made!
Lots of love, Leanne xx
Ooh and ps. I’ll upload some beginning pics and measurements soon but I don’t have time today as I’m about to go to an exercise class!