Love Jenuine

So I promised I would update on my fitness progress after my June update. So here I am!

We went on holiday at the beginning of July (see my post Our French Adventure) ,  and my first highlight came a few days before we went away and I did a last minute shop for some holiday clothes, and bought a SIZE 10 (!!!) H&M playsuit, I couldn’t believe it!
 
Since I returned from holiday, I decided to change my fitness plan on FitStar from ‘Get Lean’ to ‘Get Strong’. As I had lost most of my baby weight, and was pretty much down to my pre-baby size, I decided it was time to tone-up and this meant changing my routine. Now I only had to workout with Fitstar twice a week. This meant more time to do housework (or sleep!). So I decided to look in to a new running app. I picked up a Redrock app again, this time I chose a program that will help me build up to running 10K. This might then encourage me to actually enter in to some charity running events.
 
Exercise motivation
Thanks to Louise for her regular motivational pictures! 
 
I would definitely say my attitude towards my body has changed a lot through the whole process of being pregnant, giving birth, and trying to get back to a healthy size (i think i feel a blog post coming about this…).  I have stuck to running at least once a week, and doing my FitStar twice a week, so I still feel like I am training, but it isn’t taking over my life. Which works quite well as I am now back at work, so don’t have as much extra time.FitStar are brining out Yoga sessions soon, I am so excited a I have wanted to try Yoga for a while, so i might take up doing that once a week too.   
 
By doing regular training, I have allowed myself to have the little treats here and there, more so in the form of alcohol than sweets and chocolate. For example, I went out with my sister (allabouttink.com) a few weeks ago, and did a run the morning before, so when we went out I could drink whatever I wanted, and not feel too guilty.
 
Exercise motivation 2
Another of Louise’s fabulous motivational pieces!
 
I have still kept to a healthy diet. I have a green juice/smoothie for breakfast each morning, and either a salad or omelette for lunch, and then a main meal with rich when he is home, which we try to include a protein so fish, chicken etc. I have also cut-back on wheat.  My friend Jo recommended a book called Wheat-belly, it is quite a heavy read, but worthwhile. Its all about how wheat production has changed so much over the past 60 years, it has been crossbred, and tampered with during mass production, that it is actually really bad for your body, including whole-wheat. I haven’t gone drastic, and started cutting out everything containing wheat, just the worst types of wheat, such as bread, pasta and dare I say…..cake. I can say I have noticed a difference in my stomach, it is definitely flatter, and I generally feel better.
 
Now to the important bit, back in June I had got myself down to 10st 11lbs, the juice detox took me to 10st 7lbs, but this went back up to 10st 10lbs after overindulging in Paris and Newcastle. I am now down to 10st 6lbs, and seem to stay at this. Pre-baby I was 10st, but I was nowhere near as healthy or fit, so I do believe some of my fat has turned to muscle. The reason I suggest this, is some of my pre-baby clothes fit me much better now than previously, plus I feel a lot healthier and have lots more energy.
 
Now for my highlight, in my previous post I showed a photo, and promised I would compare a photo in August, this has certainly kept me motivated, at times I didn’t want to do my run, but thought about how I had to post a second photo. I am not convinced the photo looks too different, but if you read the measurements below, you will see combined I have lost myself 3.5 inches!!!
 
 before and after
 
                             Waist 30″/ Hips 36.5″                                                                    Waist 28″ / Hips 35″        
 

So my next target is to tone-up, and hopefully if i post in October, you may actually see the difference! I aim to carry on with my exercise and healthy eating best i can. My biggest challenge now, is going to be juggling a job, baby, and with winter coming, all i will want to eat it stodgy meals.
wish me good luck!
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