Tuesday, 21 October 2014

another weekend... in the gym #30


FOOD

Finally had my weigh in - I've lost 2.6% body fat and gained 2.6lb of muscle... Pretty pleased with that, everything is going in the right direction! I actually feel bigger right now but I'm putting it down to muscle & hoping I'll start to notice the fat loss soon. My ultimate goal is really just to have a flat (or at least not pregnant looking) stomach so I think I'm just expecting too much too soon. I'm not going to have visible abs after a month!! It's progress though, I'm a step closer to my goals and feeling motivated to stick with the plan... Slow & steady wins the race!

EXERCISE

Monday - Boxercise & yoga
Tuesday - Kettlebells & metafit
Wednesday - Weights
Thursday - Personal training
Friday - Rest day
Saturday - Rest day
Sunday - Survived at Men's Health Survival of the Fittest in Edinburgh! More on that soon ;)

How was your week? Have you reached any goals lately?

Christy xx

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Benefits of Yoga

I've only recently taken up yoga and am still getting the hang of it. I'm no expert and I think it'll be a while before I feel comfortable enough practising it on my own but I'm really enjoying my Monday night classes. It's not for everyone but I find it helps me to relax and unwind, and I always leave class with a smile on my face. There's so many benefits to yoga that I thought I'd share a few that I've experienced...

  • Relieves Stress - Maybe it's down to focusing on your breath or maybe it's just switching off from your phone/TV/laptop/world for an hour? I don't know, but it works.
  • Stretches Sore Muscles - I love a good stretch to lengthen out my muscles when they're tight and sore from training.
  • Improves Flexibility - The more you practise, the more you'll be able to bend and flow easily. Your muscles will get used to the poses and you'll get deeper into them every time.
  • Aids Digestion (!) - When my belly feels sore and bloated, I make sure I don't skip yoga! Your abdominal organs are stimulated by loads of yoga poses, but twists especially give everything a good squeeze and massage your abdomen to get everything working. Less stress also means less tummy problems so I guess it all links together! 
  • Relieves Back Pain (!) - The biggest benefit for me! I noticed a difference from my very first class. Lower back pain is something I've struggled with for a while, particularly during core exercises and sometimes even just after a long day on my feet at work. I can be struggling with it all day, go to a yoga class, and leave pain free! 
  • Helps You Relax and Rest - I always sleep better after a class :)
Why do you love yoga?

Christy xx

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

another weekend... in the gym #29

FOOD

This week I stuck to my plan with just a couple of treats at the weekend! I'm back in my own house and in my normal routine so I had no excuse not to. They say it takes 4 weeks for you to see a difference in your body, 8 weeks for your friends & family to notice, and 12 weeks for the rest of the world... It's just over 10 weeks until Christmas so hopefully I'll start seeing it by then! I had a wedding dance at the weekend. I'd planned to wear the same dress I wore last month but I couldn't get my arms into it!! Ended up changing at the last minute but had issues getting my ass into the next dress! In the end I had to rip the lining to make it more comfortable... Really hoping it's all down to muscle gain but it's hard not to be negative and feel like a massive heffer after that!


EXERCISE

Monday - Rest day.
Tuesday - Kettlebells & metafit.
Wednesday - Weights.
Thursday - Insanity.
Friday - Rest day.
Saturday - Rest day.
Sunday - 5k run & weights.

Hoping to get back to yoga to chill out and get a good stretch this week. I have a PT sesh coming up too so will finally find out if there's been any change to my muscle/body fat - fingers crossed. I'm also taking part in Bodyism's #50daysoffitness Instagram challenge which started yesterday. There's still time to get involved & get yourself fit for Christmas! All you have to do is upload an image of something fitness/health related that you've done every day for 50 days. It's 72 days til Christmas! Don't forget to tag me (@xchristybx) in your posts so I don't miss them :)

5 days til Survival of the Fittest!

Christy xx

Monday, 13 October 2014

Peanut Butter Cup Protein Pudding #TryTotal


Another  Fage healthy recipe today! This one is so easy you could make it with your eyes closed. It's great for getting your fill of protein while staying on plan and satisfying your sweet tooth at the same time. Total 0% Greek yoghurt, as the name suggests, is completely fat free and packs in 10.3g protein per 100g. With the added whey protein and peanut butter that's a grand total of 49.3g of protein per portion! If you're somebody who craves something sweet after dinner then this is ideal!


(Serves 1)
200g Total 0% Greek Yoghurt
1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I use Multipower's Double Chocolate Whey & More Protein)
1 tbsp natural peanut butter
Granola of your choice (optional)

Simply mix the yoghurt, protein powder and peanut butter together, top with granola and there you go! Here I've used a dark Rocky Road granola topper that I stole from my Dad's Graze box (Shh)! When I'm not adding granola I like to use crunchy peanut butter for a bit of texture :)


Enjoy!

Christy xx
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