So the first week of my fat loss project is complete. I’ve done a full week of training and it feels fantastic to be back on it again. I’ve worked out 5 days out of 7 this week and taken a couple of active rest days as well, easing myself back in and being very careful to listen to my body, in particular my hip, while I’m exercising. I’ve done two sessions of High Intensity Interval Training, two bodyweight circuit sessions including pull ups and a Reformer Pilates class.
I’ve been logging my food intake and on the whole I’ve done well. Plenty of lean protein, vegetables and fruit and not too much of the not so clean stuff. Alcohol wise I’ve also stuck to my 5 days free out of 7 although my intake on the one of the two days I did have a drink was probably too high. Sunny Saturday afternoons and cold beer are just such a good combination.
But if I want to feel comfortable on the sunny beach in Barbados then I need to keep this in check. Keeping a food diary has also helped me to identify that I snack quite a lot between meals. It’s all healthy stuff – nuts, yoghurt, naked bars etc. but I have reflected on whether or not I actually need it all. My focus for this week will be to check in with myself before I reach for a snack and make sure that I’m really hungry. As per the quote I often see doing the rounds on the internet – if hunger is not the problem, then food is not the answer!
I was also really excited to find out that Julia is launching another round of her Extreme Inferno programme really soon. I piloted the programme last year, I absolutely loved it and got great results. While I still have access to most of the materials that make up that programme, being part of a group always makes it easier for me to stay on track. The 12 week programme starts on Monday 16th June so I’ll have four weeks of that before we fly out to Barbados and then more than half of the programme left to complete once we’re back from holiday. I’m looking forward to it already.
I haven’t weighed or measured yet to know whether there’s any difference to my stats, but the fact is I feel better for being back into an exercise routine and to have cleaned up my diet again. Those are the first steps and as long as I keep going then the results will inevitably follow.
So here’s to week two!