How losing weight is proving tough

For the last 6-7 weeks I have been going to the gym and taking up new classes like boxing and abs blast. These have been absolutely terrifying but I’m starting to get used to what the classes have to offer. My stamina has increased, I am using my inhaler less during exercise and I’m geared up to go to the gym more.

The only downside to me working out so much is I’m not seeing any physical results. In 6 weeks I have only lost 3lbs despite changing what I eat and how many calories I am consuming. This is getting me down as you can imagine. I have been told to take measurements so I’ve done that and none of those have changed either, very surprised.

I made the decision to book an appointment with my doctor to see what advice they can give me. Around two years ago I was sent for a blood test to rule out an underactive thyroid as I do suffer with many of the symptoms – it came back fine. So I have once again booked to see if they can test me again because it would make a lot of sense as to why I am struggling.

I would love some pointers? I have been using My Fitness Pal as well but I haven’t given it a real chance yet so I’ll go back to that soon.

Why should I cycle to work?

For the last two weeks I have been inspired by my brother as he has taken up cycling again. I have enjoyed cycling in the past but it’s never been something I want to splash out on until last week. For some strange reason I popped onto the Halfords website and started looking at bikes and ended up falling in love with a white Victoria Pendleton bike next thing you know, its paid and on its way to me.

I wasn’t able to build it until Saturday and decided to go out for a short bike ride around Swadlincote. This bike is unbelievably comfortable as the seat is fairly padded and the handle bars are also padded. It is about time bikes are more up to date with comfort as my last one used to bruise my hands and hurt my bum. As some of you know I am asthmatic and occasionally struggle whilst doing exercise so it was a relief to know I only needed to take two puffs. Pretty impressive for an unfit bird. Using Map My Ride it said I’d completed 4.5 miles which I applauded myself for, a small triumph but a great one at that.

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This is my new bestie

One of the embarrassing things that I do not admit is I live approximately 1.9 miles away from work and I drive. Why do I drive? We all know it is because it’s inconvenient but not anymore, I’m killing the environment, I need to get my steps up and get fit and it’s just ridiculously lazy.

I am quite looking forward to this change and I will be cycling to work at least three days a week. By doing this I am hoping to improve my asthma tolerance and to lose inches off my body – I think it’ll get my thighs which is a bonus. Let’s see if the change will be a positive one both for me and for the environment.

It is time to start taking things seriously

I have always struggled to lose weight for many reasons. One I’m on the contraceptive pill and I think that plays a big part in it, two I just don’t enjoy cooking and experimenting with food and three my joints. It is difficult when you live at home with your family and they don’t want to eat what you’re eating which means you’re cooking two separate meals – I haven’t got time or money for that.

We recently booked a holiday to Bulgaria in September and I definitely want to shift some timber for this. I also came across a challenge with Cancer Research in September as well and I want to do it. Whilst I am writing this I’m watching the London Marathon and these people taking part are inspirational, it has really put a perspective that I can also take on a challenge.

Losing 3lbs this week has made me realise I can actually do this and I will lose weight this time. I say it all of the time but this time I am 100% serious.

Watch this space 😀

Flabs or abs?

This morning I went to an Abs Blast Class and it was intense, so intense. Some of the movements were quite difficult, planking is not for me so maybe I will keep my flabs instead haha. This class is definitely something I want to keep going to and hopefully I will see some improvements, especially with my back.

I need to keep trying different thing to help with my Joint Hypermobility and to build up strength but I am remaining positive no matter what.

I love trying new things, yes it may hurt me but I also like to see the benefits 🙂

Slimming World

Well I finally bit the bullet and joined Slimming World online which is something I’ve put off for months. I decided to join on Tuesday although I have lost 6.5 inches in the last four weeks which is brilliant…that’s down to exercise.

My eating habits have gotten better however they could be improved so starting Slimming World may change my life, for the good that is. I have three stone to loose and this is how I’ll do it. If it takes a year, it takes a year but I will do this at my own pace and continue to exercise.

It’ll be an exciting change for me and I’ll learn how to cook which is one thing I certainly cannot do!

Let the Slimming World journey begin 🙂

Bootcamp has finished

For the past four weeks I have attended a fitness bootcamp which I thought would be a good idea. It was, however my joints have really suffered whilst taking part. The next morning is never fun either, the walking around limping, the groans and the tiredness is something I can’t deal with. Yay for Joint Hypermobility Syndrome.

I am pleased I finished it but right now, I feel really tired and exhausted but bring on Zumba on Friday evening! I am determined to keep it all up at the gym and I am also going to help a friend get fitter as well.

I’m back

I have been away in Portugal for a week and decided to take some time out from using my Mac unless it was absolutely necessary. The holiday was brilliant, I even tried blue shark for the first time. It was a little odd to eat as I knew what it was but it did taste good! Albuferia is one lively place, we were approached by many people, the music was great, the atmosphere was constant, especially at night.

The only downside to my holiday was it being Half Board which meant I got a little greedy with food. As some of you will know I have been a bit of a health freak as I am desperate to lose 3 stone. I lost 8/9lbs before I went and put on 4lbs after my holiday so this week I’m back on track. I have been using Charlotte Crosby’s 3 Minute Belly Blitz, yes it is a killer but you do get great results. My fitness has improved so much however now I am not so sure as I have had two weeks off but we shall see!

I really need to keep My Fitness Pal up to date as well but today is the beginning and I am excited to see the results. I might post a few bits on here as it is something I really want to do.