Fit Friday: Update (week 9)

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“The hikers” – Dad’s Amazing Model Railway

Okay, so I’ve recently ramped things up…a lot. I was getting very frustrated with the minimal changes I was seeing. It seemed like no matter what I did, the number on the scale wouldn’t budge, well, that’s not true, it did…but not in the right direction.

This past Sunday I weighed in at 133 lbs, back to where I started from nine weeks ago. This was the last straw. I’ve now eliminated alcohol and sugar (including fruit) and have increased my protein intake. I’ve also changed my fitness routine, increasing my resistance training and adding fun things like skipping(!), squats and more intense Yoga sessions.

I’m feeling a lot better and I am starting to see good changes in my muscle tone in my arms and legs. I’ve always taken pride in my strength (I was the arm wrestling champion of my grade 8 math class – including the boys) and it’s great to start seeing it come back.

 I’m hiking from Wengen to Kleine Scheidegg this afternoon; a 2.5 hour uphill hike. I just can’t get enough of the Jungfrau!

Happy weekend!

xx BHF

 

{updates on my stats after the jump}

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Fit Friday: Update (week 7)

001I would love to be a consultant for retail clothing stores. The first thing I would advise them on is their changing rooms. It’s something that I think so many stores get badly wrong. It may cost some more money initially, but making sure their changing rooms have flattering lighting and mirrors would make a massive difference in terms of sales.

Case in point: I’ve been wanting to get some new items to update my work-out style. The first store I went to was Mango. I’d seen some cute work out pieces when I shopped there on previous occasions. I picked out some trousers and a few tops. When I got into the changing room, I knew it was not going to be a good experience. Firstly, the rooms had those super annoying curtains that no matter how you position them, people can always look in and see your naked butt. Secondly, the lighting was horrible and fluorescent and the moment I took off my jeans and looked at the back of my legs, I wanted to put my clothes back, pick up some Ben & Jerry’s and call it day. Needless to say, the only thing I purchased was a new sports bra, which I didn’t try on.

The 2nd and final store I went to was H&M. I wasn’t optimistic, but they did have an extensive amount of sportswear options to choose from. I picked out around 7 items and queued up for the changing rooms. As soon as I got into the room, and there was a proper door that shut behind me, I already felt better. The lighting was so much better and the mirrors were flattering as well. Every item I tried on I loved and I was super stoked that the medium I originally picked up in the black jogging trousers (pictured) were much too big so I ended up getting a small. I would have purchased everything, but I whittled the items down to a t-shirt and tank top, both in electric pink (hey girl hey), and the black jogging bottoms.

I’ve been to the gym three times so far this week and plan to go this afternoon. I’m not going to focus on my stats this week because they have not changed. I have noticed that my body is becoming more wiggle and less jiggle (Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle / Just a little bittlethanks Jason). If you’re interested, this post from two weeks ago has them listed.

I’ve been resisting making too many drastic changes to my diet as it was already pretty healthy and I wanted this lifestyle to be easily maintained long term. I’ve not seen the results I was hoping for, so I’ve decided to make some new changes. I’m going to limit my sugar intake to low sugar content fruit (mostly berries and just at breakfast with my porridge) as well as lower my dairy intake. I’ve also changed my gym routine and have reduced my cardio from 1 hour to 30 minutes so I can spend more time doing weight training (Jay @ Optimus Vitality has some good information on this issue).

xx BHF

Fit Friday: Update (week 6)

My thoughts this week on getting into shape are nicely summed up by this video:

I’ve worked really hard this week and I’ve seen ZERO improvements in my stats. I’m not even going to post them because nothing has changed from last week. NOTHING.

I am in pain. The lower half of my body is still achy and sore from my 3 hour hike on Wednesday. In addition to this, I’ve gone to the gym 4 times (Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday), where I burned a total of 2280 calories on the cross training machine and spent 1.5 hours doing weight training. On Tuesday, I took a “day off” and did a 60 minute yoga video. All this, for zero results. It’s super frustrating.

I realise that what is probably happening is that I am building more muscle and muscle weighs more than fat. Right? Dear Lord, let this be right! I do feel a little discouraged, but I have not lost my motivation. I’m going to continue going to the gym and hiking and doing yoga. But, damn girl, getting in shape was soooo much easier in my 20’s…

xx BHF

Fit Friday: Update (week 5)

It’s that time again! Time to step on the scale…yay?

This week actually went really well. My goal was to significantly increase my exercise and I believe I achieved this. I went to the gym three times, where I did 1 hour on the cross trainer (burning 630 kcals each session) and then followed this with 30 minutes of weight training. On the days off, I made sure to go walking and did a couple 60 minute yoga sessions during the week.

I had hoped to go on one or two hikes as well, but the weather turned cold and wet over the weekend and remained so for the entire week. According to the forecast, the rain will stop on Tuesday next week. Dear Lord,  I really hope this is true!

I wanted to touch on weight goals this week. I think it’s really important to set reasonable and achievable goals. I find it helpful to pick an ultimate end goal weight, but to also choose small goals to strive for in between.

For me, my first goal is to get into the 120’s again. I’ve still not reached this yet, but I’m soooo close. Ultimately, I’d like to be at 125 lbs (56.7kg). I’ve weighed in lighter than this a few times (around 120lbs / 55kg), but I was never able to maintain this long term. My body likes being at 125 and I’ve been able to maintain this weight for long periods of time, without restricting my diet drastically.

For a short girl, I also have fairly large bones. When I get below 125, my hip bones become very prominent as well as my collar bone and ribcage. When I reached 118 on the Dukan Diet last year, Martin really did not like the new skeletal look, and to be honest, I think I look better with a bit more meat on my bones…I just want that meat to be toned.

Me, in Thailand (6 years ago), after a steady diet of bananas and street food:

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Now, I realise that watching the scale is not for everyone. For me, though, it has always been a way to keep myself on track. The couple of times I’ve let the pounds pile on I did not have a scale and when I finally weighed myself I was shocked to see the number. Checking my weight every couple of weeks does help me maintain my weight. Before now, if the scale was up a couple of pounds I would make sure to eat extra healthy the following week and the extra weight would quickly go away. Unfortunately, the scale was the last thing we brought over from the UK (3 months after moving here). I knew I had gained some weight, but I didn’t realise it was over 5lbs.

This week has not shown much of a change in terms of my stats, but I do feel a lot better and more confident in my work-out clothes, which for me, feels like a big success.

I am going to continue with a similar fitness routine next week, which will hopefully also include a long mountain hike.

xx BHF

{updates on my stats after the jump}

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Fit Friday: Update (week 4)

Grindelwald 129Yesterday I took my hiking boots out of storage and made the journey up to Grindelwald. The forecast had yesterday as the only nice, sunny day for the rest of the week and I wanted to take advantage of the good weather. I’ve been to Grindelwald on four separate skiing holidays and it was amazing to see the familiar landscape transformed with the layers of snow melted away.

I will be featuring my hike through the Jungfrau Region next Thursday, so I won’t get into the details of it today. I took over 150 photographs!  It’s going to be a tough job whittling them down to 8 to 10 images.

Here’s a sneak peak of what to expect…

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When I first moved to Switzerland, this is what I imagined my days would be like; hiking up green mountains, going for long walks and taking many photographs. I imagined that I would be in great shape from all of this exercise. In reality, I quickly gained 5 lbs and let my body deteriorate.

I’m slowly starting to get my body back into shape. Slowly being the key word here. It has been a lot more difficult than I initially expected, but I’m starting to appreciate my body for what it is and what it allows me to do. Yesterday, it led me up a mountain and down again. It allowed me to see some of the most amazing views I’ve ever witnessed in my lifetime. For this, I am so thankful. I may still be carrying around more weight than I’m used to, but my body is getting stronger and it’s the only one I’ve got.

I’ve seen some small progress this week. The plan for next week is to dramatically increase my exercise. I am feeling a lot more energetic lately and want to take advantage of this new energy.

My first goal was to get back into the 120’s. I’m still not there, but I’m inching my closer. One step at a time…

xx BHF

{updates on my stats after the jump}

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