Thursday, 29 May 2014

Mandatory Summer Health Kick

Every single year, as soon as the weather gets warmer I get a health kick on and decide to get fit. Last year I began running with the couch to 5k program, which was awesome, but then I moved in the middle of summer and life got turned upside down. As I began having over an hour commute to work each way, fitness got put by the wayside and it is only in the last couple of weeks that the weather has gotten warmer and I have begun to think about how to get fit and trim for this summer.

The diet has well and begun, I am following the same principles as I did when I was on WeightWatchers last year, as that caused me to lose 2 stone, but I'm being cheap and not subscribing again, choosing to do it myself. My basic diet consists of:

Porridge with 2 teaspoons of golden syrup (I know golden syrup isn't the healthiest but it isn't that bad and it makes me very happy)

Morning Snacks
Banana, snack a jack (one of the big ones, usually caramel) and a small bag of popcorn (Sainsburys do them in a multipack and they're around 50 calories a bag). I eat a lot at work, and having eaten breakfast at 6.15am, it is a long time to wait until 1pm for lunch!

Ham salad with lots of pickles, dressed with balsamic vinegar. The pickles and balsamic vinegar were free on WeightWatchers, so the lunch would only ever cost me the ham, which wasn't much. I always have a yoghurt for afters, usually a WeightWatchers one.

Afternoon Snack
2 Jaffa cakes, or some sugar free jelly, or a small portion of chocolate raisins.

Chilli, Curry or Stir Fry, with no pasta or rice, occasionally a small pitta bread if I'm feeling desperate for some carbs.

It's working well for me so far, and I'm down 5lb in 2 weeks by doing this.

Exercise wise, I have become addicted to doing Fitness Blender workouts. They're completely free and available on their website or YouTube channel. All I've bought is a fitness mat, this one from Argos is amazing and only £9.99!

Fitness Blender is run by Kelli and Daniel, a couple who met in a gym and who have amazing bodies, as you can see above. Their videos range in length from 15 minutes to their mental 90 minute 1000 calorie sessions, and they range in difficulty level too, so if you are a very unfit beginner you can start with their low impact videos and work your way up.

I really like their videos as they look professional, include a warm up and cool down, show a progress bar on the side so you know how far through the torture session workout you are and most importantly, no cheesy music or annoying audio. Either Kelli or Daniel talk you through the session and explain ways to make the workouts harder or easier to suit you, as well as fully explaining how to do each exercise. The exercises they use are simple and can be attempted even if you have no fitness level to begin with like I did. After 2 weeks of working out almost every day to these videos I am a convert, I feel as though I am getting a proper workout and sweating buckets, but I can do them whenever I want. Doing them at home also means that I can do them in my bra and pants if I so wish and I won't offend anybody.

Working out with the windows open when the neighbors children are playing outside is interesting, especially when you are grunting and moaning and shouting at yourself to complete a set of exercises. Hope I haven't scarred them too much!

So this is what I'm up to in my attempt to have a body to rival Rich's when we go on holiday soon. He has been hitting the gym almost every day out in Afghanistan and he has the ghost of a six pack appearing. Very yummy but I don't want to look like a whale next to him on the beach!

Are there any other amazing YouTube workout gurus I need to know about? Please let me know in the comments or on Twitter.

Rachel x


1 comment

  1. I'm on a diet. I'm a fan of Harry Potter. I love Orange is The New Black. I run.

    I can't believe I didn't know you or your blog before today.

    Corinne x


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