So today is my last day of my 21 day challenge – but I will be keeping it up! I’ve got into a great routine over the last three weeks and really enjoying my workouts too. They say it takes 21 days to form a new habit, and I think that is correct!
Today I started the day off with a Kettlebell Tabata workout whilst Lacie was in bed, then I had a juice made up of 3 carrots, a whole cucumber, 2 apples and half a lemon before taking her swimming at Virgin Active. I love how many vegetables you can cram into a juice – think of all those nutrients feeding your cells!!
Lacie had a good sleep after her swim so I had a protein bar before answering a few emails and starting a feature for Fertility Road Magazine.
For lunch, Lacie had sweet potato, butternut squash, spinach & pear with Cod, while I had a spinach falafel and hummus salad. I then had some chocolate CO YO mid arvo followed by a spinach, apple, celery, cucumber and avocado smoothie for dinner.
I will weigh myself tomorrow – but I know that all my clothes feel really comfortable and I’m feeling slimmer than before so I’m happy. This challenge has been great for keeping me focus, so if anyone wants to join me on another one, drop me an email and I’ll write a 21 day challenge for you too.
I can honestly say that this 21 day challenge has been brilliant for keeping me on track.
I’ve kept to my calorie allowance nine days out of ten (well 16 out of 19), worked out or walked every day and am really noticing a difference with my physique.
My husband has also been away for three days and usually I would see it as an opportunity to eat whatever I wanted but I’ve been extremely focused and had a small piece of Lindor chocolate when wrapping some Xmas presents on Friday night (day 17).But that’s allowed right?!
Today, I’ve been out for a short and sharp run (4 miles in 30ish minutes) followed by a walk into town with Lacie. That’s my fasted cardio done!
I then had a three egg omelette with cheese and bacon as a late breakfast, followed by some Sukrin low carb bread for lunch with goats cheese and a pot of Morello Cherry CO YO.
For dinner I had a carrot, apple & lemon juice with a handful of spinach. I really fancied a juice, after Watching Jason Vale’s ‘Super Juice Me‘ documentary last night – I’ve been truly inspired by it. I’ve been on one of his retreats and have forgotten just how amazing you feel after having a juice!
I’m definitely going to have one every day and may even do a week long juice detox. We’ll see! I just hate making them and washing the juicer up!
Tomorrow I have a gym workout planned first thing and then I’ll probably take Lacie out for a walk in the afternoon. USA Pro sent me some of their amazing new workout clothes and I actually can’t wait to put them on in the morning and work out. It’s amazing how new gym clothing can be so motivating!
After a good weekend, today has also been great.
Last night I spent an hour preparing all my food for the next few days and made an amazing chicken mix; chicken with pesto, spinach, apple and avocado. I had it for lunch with salad and in a wrap. It was lovely!
Besides from that I had a fab without this morning before Lacie woke, then had two poached eggs and bacon for breakfast, a homemade CO YO cheesecake made with a flaxseed and almond base, then Bassa and sweet potato and veg for dinner.
I’ve also had a good walk with the pram and drinking lots of peppermint tea and water to keep me hydrated.
Day 10 started with a 55-minute workout consisting of 400 sprints and high rep resistance exercises. I had a good day yesterday and managed a run in the morning and a gym session at Virgin Active in the evening, so to say I slept well last night is an understatement.
I’m really in to my CO YO at the moment so for breakfast I had a frozen banana blended with chocolate CO YO, cinnamon, chai seeds and vanilla SPIRU-TEIN. It tasted like a thick and silky chocolate milkshake! It’s the first time I’ve had this type of protein powder and I was pleasantly surprised.
The protein powder features 14g of protein derived from soy, rice and pea and contains Bee Pollen, Chlorophyll and added fibre to help fill you up. The only thing I don’t like is that it contains Fructose and I would rather it be sugar free but I suppose you can’t have it all!
After breakfast I took a walk to Virgin Active to sign Lacie up for her next lot of swimming lessons, she really does love the water, then came home and had a chicken salad followed by some vegetable crisps.
For dinner I had salmon and vegetables and for my mid-afternoon snack had two satsumas.
Today worked out around 1600 calories, so a bit more than the last few days but it’s all from good foods so I’m really not worried that it’s worked out more. I’ve also had a ton more water, which as you know is vital for weight loss and regulating appetite.
Sorry for lack of post yesterday. I had a mummy’s day out for some work stuff, had lunch with some friends and then had my nails done – so the rest of my evening was playing with Lacie and spending some quality time with her. I still feel guilty leaving her for a few hours, even though I know she’s having fun with Nanny. That said, my day wasn’t great yesterday. I tend to have a cheat meal every 7 days and yesterday was that day. It’s ok though, I enjoyed it and got straight back on the wagon today. It’s easy to beat yourself up if you’ve had a few treats, but I say enjoy them and move on. It really is all about balance.
So how did day 8 go? Well. I went to the gym yesterday morning and did Tababa circuits, so today was my rest day. No gym. I did however walk into town and get a few bits from the shops before breakfast, so I did a good hour of fasted cardio.
I then came home and had my low carb bread toasted with mashed avocado and melted goats cheese with some scrambled eggs for breakfast. Good fats and protein, always help balance my blood sugar levels after a cheat meal. I then had a client, followed by some homemade tomato soup and a handful of almonds for lunch, followed by another client at 3pm. Me and Lacie then shared a pear and some CO YO before having a homemade chilli made with organic mince beef and some quinoa and spinach.
It was then off with another client – who I took out for a 5k run. It was freezing outside but so nice to get some fresh air and move my legs after feeling so sleepy after my 3pm client.
Today I’ve stuck to 1400 calories. I’ve had quite a bit of fat (all good fats though) so need to keep an eye on that tomorrow. Fat is still fat at the end of the day, good or not. I did also measure myself and after four weeks of keeping an eye on my nutrition and changing my training I’ve lost 5 and a half inches all over. It just shows that the scale lies. I’ve lost hardly nothing on the scales but I’m blatantly smaller all over – meaning my clothes feel nice again. I even wore some old size 8 trousers yesterday that I struggled to get into even before I was pregnant!
I started the day off with an hour’s without. I won’t lie, I very nearly stayed in bed, but I didn’t. I lied to myself and said I’d do 20 minutes, but once I got stuck in it ended up being 65 minutes! I’m glad I did it. Today’s session consisted of tube walking, planks & squats to warm up, then some overhead squats to help improve my strength followed by a 15 minute circuit at the end of goblet squats, burpees, squat jumps & more burpees.
I then had scrambled eggs, avocado & almonds for breakfast, homemade tomato soup for lunch, some homemade CO YO and banana ice-cream mid arvo (yes it was amazing!) and then a chicken breast & salad for dinner.
With my soup I also had this amazing Sukrin low carb bread. It was delish. I really crave the stodginess of bread now it’s cold (and I’m tired!) and that Lacie has toast every day. I have to throw her left overs away as soon as she’s finished just so I’m not tempted. Wheat doesn’t agree with me, and I haven’t eaten toast for years…why start now?! Thanks Lacie!! :)
So for now I’m going to have the Sukrin bread instead. It was so easy to make!
I literally added 250ml of water to the mixture then baked in the oven for 1 hour and 20 mins. They even provide the tray for you to bake it in!
The bread is low carb, gluten free, dairy free and made from seeds. I’ll definitely be buying this again and perhaps add some raisins or sultanas into the mixture to make it more of a sweet treat.
Today I’ve stuck to around 1400 calories again and weighed myself just to see how I was getting on. There was a slight shift…61.4kg rather than 61.5kg. It’s not alot but at least it’s going in the right direction!
I’m going to have to keep this post quick as it’s been a long day socialising with friends – and I have bottles and food to make for the next few days.
My day started today with a 7 mile run, which took me exactly an hour – I’m super happy with that as I haven’t run that distance since falling pregnant and it’s the first time that I haven’t been out and been counting down the miles!
I then came home and had a protein bar, followed by some some almonds, before taking Lacie swimming with my husband and his parents. We then had lunch out – I had a chicken kebab with salad and a wholemeal pitta bread.
It was then off to my sisters for a birthday party and some fireworks. There I had some chill (no rice – or cheese!) followed by a slice of birthday cake. Not great – but it fitted into my calorie count and who can resist a slice of chocolate cake eh?!
We got Lacie home for 7:30 so she could get to bed and I had a snack of almond butter – eaten off a spoon. Yum!
Have hit around 1400 calories again today, with not too much damage considering I was at a birthday party. It feels like I haven’t stopped, so I’m sure it hasn’t even had a chance to hit my thighs….yet!
Want to know how to get a flat tum quick? Then wear a Fit Britches Skinny top. It’s a nightmare to get on (they are very snug!) but jeez when you do…it pulls everything in and makes you really remember your core when training. It feels nice to be pulled in so I’ll be wearing this top as much as I can, especially as its made from a special yarn and knit that has been created to emit heat when it comes into contact with the skin, which according to Farnaz Khan, the founder of Fit Britches can help boost your metabolism, blood flow, while also stimulating lymphatic drainage. Layering here I come!
I wore the top in the gym today with my Nike red leggings – I haven’t worn these for ages as I tend to store fat around my legs & bum and since being pregnant & having Lacie have felt too yuk in them, but today I rocked them. It’s amazing how your confidence levels can rise when you are eating well and exercising regularly. I suppose you know that you’re doing everything you can to work towards your goals so feel positive & proactive about stuff.
Food wise, I’ve eaten really well again. Gym this morning consisted of a 5k bike ride to warm up, then barbell complexes which always get my heart racing, whilst building muscle, then some yoga type ab exercises to make up the hour.
I then had a protein bar whilst giving Lacie her porridge, then after my shower three scrambled eggs with 1/2 avocado, grated goats cheese and spinach.
We then walked into town to start our xmas shopping (I know!) which is a good 20 minute walk each way.
For lunch I had a prawn salad, followed by a pear and some nuts & seeds, then an afternoon snack of sourdough bread with almond butter.
For dinner I had a chicken salad with butternut squash and pomegranate seeds followed by a new find…USN Protein Dessert (£34.99;usn.co.uk).
I have such a sweet tooth so this really is amazing. It’s chocolate brownie flavour and mixes like a mousse or if you pop it in the freezer for half hour or so like an ice cream. It’s high in protein and also contains high levels of calcium, which is known to contribute to normal muscle function, energy-yielding metabolism and the normal function of digestive enzymes. I added half a blended banana on top just to get my calories up to 1400 today – you don’t want to go too low as your body will store weight and go into starvation mode.
Hello day three…it looks like it may be hungry one as I woke up hungry today!
Determined not to venture of track though, I popped Lacie in her running buggy (read my review on the Out ‘n’ About Nipper Sport V4 here) and went out for an hour run before breakfast. There’s a park about 10 minutes from our house, so I walked there as part of my warm up and the set my timer to three minutes running & 30 seconds rest. I did this 10 times before walking back home again. It took about an hour and according to my heart rate monitor I burnt 500 calories.
When I got home I had a Protein shake with 1/2 a banana followed by some sourdough bread with almond butter. That certainly knocked the hunger pangs on the head and the combination of protein, carbs & good fats helped my recovery too.
For lunch I had Tomato soup followed by a chicken breast with courgette noodles marinated in homemade pesto made from spinach, avocado, basil & pine nuts and then a apple mid afternoon and a sugar free lolly….it was either that or something extra naughty. I always struggle in the afternoons with cravings!
I always go to the gym on Thursday nights too, so as soon as Lacie was in bed I ventured to my local Virgin Active.
I always run there. It takes 8 minutes, which is perfect for my warm up.
I then did 20 glute raises and 20 deadbugs to switch on my core, followed by 20 Kettlebell lunges holding a 12kg Kettlebell to work my lower body. I did this five times, and not only were my legs burning but my heart rate was nice and high too. This is the strength phase of my workout.
To finish off, I did a nasty met-con finisher, where I did 150 Russian Kettlebell swings using a 12kg Kettlebell. I didn’t however just do 150 straight off. I did as many as I could in a minute, then did 10 jumping lunges and did another load of swings until my buzzer went off. Basically on the minute every minute I did my jumping lunges, then carried on doing my Kettlebell swings inbetween.
The whole thing took me 6 1/2 minutes – it was horrible. The first time I did this though it took me 11 minutes so I’m definitely getting fitter!
I then finished off with some tricep dips and side planks and walked home. I usually run but my legs refused!
When I got home I had a nice hot bath with my favourite Liquid Yoga bath soak followed by a pot of CO YO mixed with some lemon juice and lemon zest. It reminds me of lemon meringue pie…and is a perfect post without treat.
So, I’ve had another great day. I’ve eaten around 1500 calories again but burnt 500 during my run and 400 at the gym – leaving me well under my calorie allowance. I think I may be hungry again tomorrow so will plan a nice big breakfast. I’m thinking protein pancakes! Yum!
So today is my rest day. I usually have clients but as its half term I had the day off so I’ve been chasing after Lacie all day and spending quality time with her.
After a high protein breakfast (I usually grab a protein bar or some eggs) I took her swimming at Virgin Active and then had coffee (sparking water) in their gorgeous community cafe with my swimming buddies and babies. They slept, we chatted. Perfect!
It was then home around midday and I had homemade tomato soup with chicken pieces on the side followed by a handful of almonds…I always buy pre-cooked sandwich chicken from Waitrose, as its easy to pick at, while I prepare Lacie’s food.
We then went to soft play with my nephews for a few hours then I munched an apple in the car to my hair appointment.
I then rushed back to bathe the babe and have salmon with veggies for dinner before seeing a regular client. She had a fab session. We did three exercises back to back followed by three minutes of cardio. We did three rounds of this then finished with abs and boxing. She was totally exhausted – in a good way of course!
I was hungry when I’m came back from PT so had a frozen banana with almond butter and some lemon in warm water to take the edge off.
Again I stuck to around 1400 calories today, had lots of water, stayed active and I’m hoping to get an early night. Before I hit that hay though I must watch The Apprentice! You’ve got to love a bit of Lord Sugar after a crazy day!