Health & Fitness

12 Week Slip in to Summer Challenge – Week 1

Last week I started a 12 week fitness challenge with DW Fitness and Weird Fish. I have finished the first week, and boy was it tough!

I think, or at least I hope, that the first week is the toughest and that it will only get easier. Well, not easier because I need to push myself to my limit every week, but I started the challenge with a barrier in front of me and now that I’ve broken through that barrier, I should be ok.

Starting the challenge, I wasn’t a big veggie eater, I didn’t like salad, I preferred a big bar of galaxy over an apple any day of the week. I had become a bit lazy and had barely done a workout all year. For the first week, it’s been all about changing my mindset and my behaviours. Adding vegetables to my meals, cutting down on sugary snacks, getting my ass off the sofa when all I want to do is relax.

I’ve eased myself in to working out this week. I couldn’t make it to the gym as I just didn’t have the time with the kids being off school.

I started the week with a run on Tuesday. I say run, it was more of a crawl. I was dying, I only managed about ten minutes of jogging and had to walk home because I couldn’t breath! It just shows how unfit I have become in the six months since I last went out running. Midweek I did some weight training at home using my 1.5kg weights. 1.5kg doesn’t sound like much but the next day I ached, so they obviously had an effect! I ended the week with a Zumba type workout at home, which I was a sweaty mess by the end of!

I have mostly been working out in the evening, but for week two the kids will be back at school so I am going to try and workout in the morning before work because I always feel so full of energy after exercising.

I have a diet plan to follow, and I have been challenging myself to eat things I wouldn’t have eat before. Surprisingly, I have enjoyed everything I have made. I’ve been having salads at lunch time and veggies with my dinner and it’s been much tastier than I was expecting. My favourite meals this week were a homemade cauliflower curry with brown rice, and quinoa, red onion and peppers with falafels.

Quinoa is something I had never even really heard of before. I wasn’t really sure what to expect but it is so good, and it counts towards one of your 5 a day which is fantastic!

I have struggled quite a bit this week with sweet treats. There isn’t usually a day that goes by where I don’t treat myself to some chocolate, and so trying not to eat chocolate has been my biggest barrier. Have I managed? Not 100%, but I’ve done better than I thought I would. My diet plan allows for an extra 500 calories a week to use for a little treat if you wish to, which I love because I think if I couldn’t treat myself at all over the next 12 weeks I would fail miserably. I may have had a bit more than I should have, but there were a lot of eggs left over and I could feel them looking at me so I did have some sneaky chocolate eggs at the weekend, and a chocolate eclair, but otherwise I’ve done ok.

On Monday morning, I did my weigh in to see how I had done on week one, and I am now 10st 11.4 so I have lost a pound. I’m pleased with that, if I lose a pound every week I will achieve my target by the end of the challenge.

I filmed a little vlog over the week, and I would love it if you had a little watch..

I hope you can come back next week and follow my journey!

 

DW Fitness

 

#BloggingToJogging

Zenas Suitcase

 

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9 Comments

  • Reply Catriona Stephen April 14, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Well done for starting this, and well done for loosing a pound. I can relate to choosing a big bar of galaxy, yum! I may try this, I really need to do something about loosing a bit of weight. #MyFavouritePost

    • Reply Lauren April 14, 2015 at 9:48 pm

      Oooh all this talk of Galaxy is making me hungry for chocolate! You should give a weight loss journey a go!x

  • Reply Jean the Creative Pixie April 14, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Good for you. There's something about the good weather that motivates me to get out and try and get fitter. I'm starting a new gym regime tomorrow as I've got a work gym buddy now 🙂

    • Reply Lauren April 14, 2015 at 9:50 pm

      Yes the good weather is a great motivator, i didn't quite fancy going running in the cold dark at all but now it's lighter and warmer… Ooh enjoy the gym, I really need to get to the gym this week!

  • Reply Zena's Suitcase April 15, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Well done! This sounds like a really positive challenge and I'll look forward to keeping up with your journey and feeling inspired to get active myself. Thanks for sharing with #MyFavouritePlace

  • Reply Weird Fish April 15, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Well done that is a great start, we agree that a little treat every now and again is ok, and the less sugar you eat the less you will crave it too.

  • Reply Sim @ SimsLife.co.uk April 15, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Well done on your weight loss and also tucking the first week of your challenge under your belt. The first week is always the hardest as you have to mentally and physically prepare yourself, as you say it's now a case of pushing yourself further.
    I have noticed I prefer my morning gym time as opposed to late afternoon, I come out feeling pumped whereas a late gym session takes its toll for sure.
    Hope you are having a good week! Sim #WeightLossWednesday x

  • Reply Hannah Budding Smiles April 20, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Well done, what a great start and I'm looking forward to seeing this week's update!Thanks for linking up with #BloggingToJogging xx

  • Reply Ickle Pickle April 20, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    Well done you and keep up the good work! Mummy is finding walking our pup Bella is helping her exercise and improve her health. Thank you for linking up to #MyFavouritePost x

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