Here we go, entry #1 of my fitness posts!

Health and Fitness post #1 01/07/2016

Here we go, entry #1 of my fitness posts!

Here we go, entry #1 of my fitness posts!

As this is the first official entry of my new fitness posts (for the reasons behind them see this post here) I won’t be bothering with any previous stats. I do have data as I’ve been using a Fitbit for the past 10 months but there’s not much point. This is a fresh start and a new level of motivation hopefully so I will put down my goals below and my current stats and move on from there.

Weight loss goals

Obviously I do have a goal in mind but this is not really my primary goal. I’m perfectly aware that a number on a scale is not what it should all be about and  what I really want is to be fit and healthy regardless of what the scales may say. Of course in order to help with that however an ideal number is good to keep in mind. I’d like to be down near the 9 stone mark; I don’t need to be bang on 9 stone every day but within a few pounds would be nice. To go along with this I’ll be keeping an eye on my inches around my waist as that’s where I seem to show my weight and there is also the advisory of not having a waistline greater than 32 inches to minimise your risk of developing diabetes. Something I’m very aware of as my dad has developed diabetes and I know my waist is bigger than it should be. Mixed in with this is my body fat percentage which my scales can measure; not sure how accurately but it’s fine by me if it’s an estimate.

  • Goal Weight: 126 pounds
  • Current Weight: 149 pounds
  • Goal Body Fat Percentage: 25%
  • Current Body Fat Percentage: 33.9%
  • Goal Waist: <32 inches
  • Current Waist: 34.5 inches
These are my daily goals on Fitbit. Top is steps, middle left is calories burned, middle right is distance moved, bottom left is active minutes and bottom right is stairs climbed

These are my daily goals on Fitbit. Top is steps, middle left is calories burned, middle right is distance moved, bottom left is active minutes and bottom right is stairs climbed

Exercise Goals

My exercise goals are very much to keep up with what I’m doing as I’m generally pretty good with my exercise these days. I do want to increase it slightly. Currently I do an hour of yoga at the gym, an hour of pilates at the gym, 45 minutes of clubbercise in a class and then walk to/from work each day plus walk on my lunches. At the weekends I do nothing in particular.

I’ve just cancelled my gym subscription as I know enough yoga and pilates moves to do it at home and as much as I love my instructors I’d rather save the money. So I now intend to do these at home twice a week each. I will continue my clubbercise classes as you can’t really do those at home and will of course continue my walking.

  • Daily Steps: 15000
  • Calories Burned: 2398
  • Distance Travelled: 5 miles
  • Active Minutes: 60
This weeks steps. I haven't done much as I wasn't at work Wed/Thurs/Fri and was taking advantage of knowing I had my fresh start today! Today however is a new leaf, on with the stepping!

This weeks steps. I haven’t done much as I wasn’t at work Wed/Thurs/Fri and was taking advantage of knowing I had my fresh start today! Today however is a new leaf, on with the stepping!

Accountability

So how am I going to do this? Hopefully by knowing you guys are out there watching my progress and judging me if I fail! I’ve written out an exercise plan on my calendar in the kitchen and hung up a highlighter by it; if I have done that days exercise I will highlight it. If it’s not highlighted my boyfriend is to tell me off. He’s also not to let me buy bad food like chocolate (though usually it’s him who brings it into the house!) or encourage me to snack during the week. I am going to allow myself to snack on a weekend; everyone has to have treats, but it will be much more in moderation than it has been. Luckily it’s just reached pea in the pod season and I will choose these over anything else to eat so my snacks will be relatively healthy for a while anyway.

I’m also pretty good at cooking the majority of our meals from scratch so no extra processed junk goes into our food. You can check out what I usually do for our spaghetti bolognese as an example. Don’t get me wrong, I have the odd day I can’t be bothered or don’t feel I have time and then we will eat out or get takeaway but again I feel that is ok. I don’t see any benefit to people constantly eating only the ‘right’ thing. As long as you’re not going overboard with your treats then it’s fine. I just have to make sure they don’t become too frequent.

Please do leave comments, I need to know people are out there watching my progress! I’d also love to know if you’ve got any recommended Youtube workout videos (nothing too bouncy please, I live in a flat and don’t want to annoy downstairs with my elephant feet) or any recommended blogs. I am quite sceptical when it comes to a lot of the health and fitness recommendations but I always love to read a new take on things and incorporate any points that make sense scientifically to me. With that said I’m going to do some yoga and kick start this thing!

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