My New Smoothie Maker

 

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So, I am moving forward with this healthier lifestyle. After being dismayed by my weight gain I have not given up. I decided to follow the smoothie trend. I bought myself the Ninja Master Prep for £24.99 from B&M. They had another model that was £10 more but I decided that as they both say they do the same thing why spend more. I am new to this after all.

I have asked friends and family for recipes and my cousin shared with me a website called http://simplegreensmoothies.com they have a selection of recipes and some are kid friendly too. I will be trying my own version of their beginners luck smoothie. I say my own version as I do not have all the ingredients but will make do with what I have.

So if you make smoothies or can suggest a smoothie or juicing recipe let me know. I am hoping this becomes the norm for me.

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Sad times

Sometimes I wonder why do I bother do a fitness blog when I have failed to get my weight under control. I just weighed myself and discover I am at the heaviest I have ever been. That feeling when clothes get a bit snug. Sitting down doing nothing will not help. I am praying I can move house asap and get a bike or two because I need changes in my life. I got rid of my cross trainer. I could not manage. I think I want  a stationary bike and a push bike. 1st things 1st I need to use the resources I have, 

It is such a shame I can’t even report anything good or any sound progress. 

November Challenged

Ok, so could not think of a better title. The November fitness challenge went okay. Towards the end I ended up skipping a few days. With the 30 Day shred unless you move up a level as you go along it becomes a very static routine. I now need a new routine to try out. I have my weights which I can actually appreciate their use now. I used to think by lifting weights my fat would turn to muscle but they actually help tone and burn fat. 

Not sure if I want to do New `Years fitness challenge. I definitely want to implement clean eating to 50% of my nutrition. As a mother I still want food to be fun and enjoyable for my family. If you have a blog that you share fitness food etc on there let me know. I need some new reading and inspiration. The battle continues

Stalemate

I really have fallen of my get fit initiative. I was on a roll. During summer I could see that my legs looked more solid and I was making progress. I registered onto a course which has taken up some time and my get up and go to the gym has gone. To make it worst my favourite gym instructors for classes have been replaced. New is always nice but if I have been doing Zumba and sweating loads to hardly bussing a sweat something is out of sync. The new instructor she is nice as can be expected but I want Zumba not classic aerobics.

I have now cancelled my gym membership. I have a 3 month notice period. If my situation changes and I can guarantee that I can get there 2 times a week for a minimum 1 hour than I will cancel or re-join. A cheaper option for me is using the council gyms. I can purchase a discount card and simply pay as I go which is what I used to do. However an even more affordable solution is working out at home. I have so much resources available to me. I have even discovered many classes are on youtube.

It feels like my gym leaving is a defeat but it does not have to be. I saw some pictures of me recently and I do not like what I see. I feel like I have gone beyond what I would want. Plus I plan to do more sports with my sons. I have a plan for them to gain skills I learned on the streets in LA when I was little. It is unfortunate this day and age that children are forced to be sheltered but as a mother I must not let that hold me back.

I want to get Insanity as the results seem amazing. However my 1st challenge is to complete Gillian Michaels 30 Day Shred dvd. I might go to the gym during notice period to try boost myself where possible. Though I know both gym and home workouts work I just have to persevere.

When opinions and comments ruin your flow

I recently took one whole week off the gym. Only because it is the school holidays and had plans. I spent the time at the park and going places with my children. I actually missed my time there. I also began last week with a sore throat that depleted some of my energy so technically I was resting.

I am a bit disappointed BodyPump has not been on for a few weeks. I am going to book myself into that class and see if it materialises. My gym has a system that requires people to book into classes but can do so on the day. Something needs sorting out.

Sometimes I wish I did not let so many people know I am a gym member. People cannot help say something negative even though their intention is good. Just very ill measured if that is a term. I went from a week of compliments on how strong my legs and thighs was looking in my leggings (I have never had a wobble situation thereabouts only bingo wings) to being asked what exactly do I do at the gym. I also got talking to about foods and the usual stereotypical things people say to you when you are plus pounds.

I have not been going to the gym that long and right now my focus is not all about weight loss, but about fitness levels. I feel the need to move more and be active. When I am at home I have not got oodles and boodles of snacks running through my mouth down my oesophagus to my stomach at all. I feel my weight gain is down to many factors including lack of physical activity and my diet not being the most balanced. Having said that I just need to add more variety to my diet and ensure breakfast is not skipped, which these days it rarely is.

Magazines write articles everyday about what is good and bad for you. My friend showed me an article about carbohydrates and its sugar conversion for rice bananas and more. The thing is unless rice is proven to cause me harm I refuse to let it go. It is staple product in my house. No one is going to tell the Chinese to stop eating Chinese traditional foods are they? I just know when it comes to me I know what I eat what I do not eat and how much more I need to move.

I am proud of the fact that my 1st day back at the gym I worked up a sweat. I also proceeded to walk around ikea and a town centre for hours. I was mash down for a minute. However I was active which is the key reason behind my gym attendance. My cousin has lost 8 stones over the last 3years most of which I believe is recent. She always gives me words of encouragement. She like me does not want to forgo all treats so workouts are done to get rid of extra calories.

I just do not want my friends to hint towards or imply in what they say that the gym is not working or giving me food advice which will not work for me. One of the personal instructors at the gym advised me to simply keep diet balanced, do not give up treats but also vary exercise so your body does not get used it. So I best learn to swim soon so that I can swim and not waddle in the water.

Any of my friends reading this, do not feel that I am dissing you I am just simply saying please be careful how you approach my weight issues. I see myself everyday and put my clothes on everyday. Most importantly I know how my body feels. I could easily take the bad things you say no matter how nice you put it means I am wasting my money and to cancel my gym membership. Though as I joined the gym for me I will not do that I just have to grin and smile and change the conversation.

Same old routine

Over the past few weeks my routine has been Mondays Body Pump and Wednesdays Zumba. After some workouts I go to waddle in the pool and relax in the jacuzzi.  Due to my responsibilities I have missed 2 weeks worth of Zumba. So I just do a normal gym workouts. The other days is just regular gym workouts.

Yesterday I decided to push myself a little bit and added a mini run into my treadmill workout. However I can do 30 second bursts and  then go back to walking and repeat few minutes later. I endeavour to build up to 1 minute and longer. My only concern is the sports bra. I am just not convinced by them. So I am going to look to see if I can find an underwired one. Alternatively I will have to wear a normal bra with the sports bra over it for added support. My cousin tells me she wears 3 sports bra at once just to get the support she needs.

I will be hopefully be doing some other gym classes but as it is now the school summer holidays my time is going to be restricted. I am praying it will not be a set back. Next I do intend to look at doing a food diary. Though I have always found this task very tedious.

Zumba and Jacuzzi

Yesterday I did a very energetic session of Zumba. There was a different instructor this time. She had us jumping none stop. At times I had to just use my hands only as I was breathless. Even worst there was only me an my friend in this Zumba class. I hope while I am able to take the morning class they do not cancel it. Please wait till my schedule change. It almost did as well.

Afterwards I sat in the jacuzzi for a good while. As I was sat there I observed a swimming lesson taking place for babies. I wish I was given lessons at such a young age. One baby was crying but soon stopped. Another seemed like duck to water. I spoke to the instructor to get an idea for prices and you know what. It may sound like a lot of money but I so want to learn to swim. I do not want to be forever getting in the pool and thinking what will I do if I slip etc.

The instructor gave me a floating tip which works well using a long floatation thing. This is now a focused goal. To save up and get swimming. Once I am semi confident swimmer. My children will get lessons. This swimming school teaches from babies to adults. My other option would be the local council swimming pools and their lessons but apparently the situation over there is not as pretty. At my ripe age I do wonder if I could teach myself a little bit.