November Fitness Challenge

I have decided that I need a fitness challenge. Namely because I slack way too much when it comes to exercise. So before I can justify buying anymore fitness dvd’s I will be using ones I own and of course Youtube. To begin my challenge I will be embarking on the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. It claims to help you lose up to 20lbs in 30 days. One of my friends has completed this workout and currently re-doing it.

Amazon tells me I have had this DVD in my possession since 2011. Yep procrastination is real. My first aim is to make it past day 2. This routine involves back exercises which can be uncomfortable for me. I am praying I can find my exercise matt otherwise that will be yet another item to buy back the someone has binned.

My fitness challenge starts 2 November 2013, Not sure if I should do a daily blog or weekly as yet. If for any reason I am not able to complete the challenge I still must have achieved at least 25 days of exercise using the many other dvd’s I have. So pray for me the fitness challenge starts tomorrow with the 30 Day Shred.

FYI: Food is not the focus, exercise is. Once exercise is back in my life as a standard routine like brushing your teeth in the morning than will concentrate more on food. I am keen to give clean eating a serious go. But first let me move some more,


Walking in the sunshine

Oh how I have neglected this blog for sometime. Though I promise you. You may not see the immediate success that others have with their journeys but progress comes at a steady pace. The weather in the UK has been so beautiful. Full of glorious sunshine and hot hot hot. As I live a little further from the kids school it now takes 25 minutes or so to walk there.

I usually drive them. My oldest asked if they could take their scooters and walk. I obliged. the first time I was feeling the heat on my back and sweating galore. The next few times it was not so bad. So it get better with time. Now that the school holidays are in full swing we have done walks to the park and to the shop. Now I just need to find a way to get them riding their bikes proficiently so that I can buy my own.

Please British Summer stop with the thunder and lightening. I need more sunshine in my life.

Love this workout

So it is quite late in the day and I feel there was so much that could have been achieved. There is no time like the present as the saying goes. So I went ahead and did a 10 minute workout called Get Your Sexy Back by Tiffany Rothe. Her youtube channel is TiffanyRotheWorkouts. There are some fun workouts on her channel. Though oh my days I would so love to one day be as flexible as her. I added one of her stretching workouts to my youtube fitness playlist but I am so far from able right now. Anyway check out the sexy back workout it is only 10 minutes and for someone like me it was the right amount of high energy burst to get me going.

Erm Yeah

So I have not blogged in a while. I have been so busy doing no fitness focus that I stayed away. This year is almost a quarter of the way done. Which means I need to get back on track fast. My friends are not convinced that I should buy any more fitness videos but I am. However the cost is delaying me even though you can pay in instalments. A while back I wanted to get insanity but after looking at many videos I decided I was not insane enough to justify buying it. Beachbody do have two other dvd’s I would love to purchase. The 1st being Turbo Fire. I am inspired to buy this one after watching Youtuber DivaSlimsDown amazing weight loss journey. She has lost just under 200 lbs of weight through improved diet and exercise. I recommend you check out her before and after videos. The other Beachbody workout I am considering is Slim in 6, though I think I would get on better with Turbo Fire.

I joined MyFitnessPal but for last few months have not made any entries. I plan to start again by next week. You can follow me on there username is SoFitandLush. If you use MyFitnessPal let me know your username so I can be inspired or suggest to me some people to follow.


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.