So it has been a while since I’ve posted something for you lovely readers, but I have been busy working on getting into shape, and sticking to my New Year’s resolution. As part of today’s post, it’s time to check in on my fitness progress, and tell you a little more about what I’ve been doing.

When I set my goals back in November, I ended up moving further away from them at first. The Christmas season was full of food and lacking exercise, so I decided to welcome the new year with a resolution (yes, just one resolution): creating a healthier lifestyle for myself.

My progress since November

The one thing that I need to say upfront is that I actually gained 5 extra kilos between November and the end of December, so my progress is actually greater than what you can see below. All-in-all I’ve lost 6.2Kgs since January 1st, and I’ve lost 1% body fat in the past two weeks, giving me the below statistics:

Boditrax Fitness Progress February 2017fitness progress key

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve really learned that weight is just a number, and that focusing on body fat mass and percentage is another key metric to getting the right body shape. Not only have I been losing the pounds, but I’ve also been losing the inches off the waistline, so seeing the all-round body result is a great motivator to keep going!

The milestone goals I’ve set

Part of my new years resolution is to set myself milestone goals. I think it’s really important to set smaller milestones to get to your ultimate goal, as these keep you motivated. Some of my goals look like this:

  1. Come down to 85Kgs by January 31st (tick).
  2. Come down to 80Kgs by March 31st (in progress).
  3. Begin a level 2 fitness qualification by June.
  4. Begin a Les Mills qualification once my level 2 qualification has been completed.

What I’ve been doing

I’ve been taking a few classes a week at the gym, and I absolutely love them! Doing exercises that you love is something that a lot of people advise, but I never knew how truly important that is to really sticking with consistent exercise.

My weekly schedule looks like this:

  • Monday: Rest Day
  • Tuesday: Barre
  • Wednesday: Body Combat
  • Thursday: Strength Vinyasa Yoga or Zumba
  • Friday: Barre and Restorative Yin Yoga
  • Saturday: Pilates
  • Sunday: Body Balance

You can see that there is only one real rest day in the above list, but as there is a lot of Yoga and Pilates in my workout schedule at the moment, it isn’t too strenuous. I tend to also take a second rest day when I really need it, as I think giving your body rest when it needs some is very important. As and when my fitness progress begins to plateau, I will start to shake up my schedule and fit in more cardio-based classes.

As always, thanks for reading Coffee Guaranteed. x

Last week I stepped onto the scales for the first time in over a month, and I was shocked by the digits staring back at me: 86.9 KGs! This has got to be the heaviest I have weighed, ever! Normally, I’d be absolutely ashamed of sharing this figure with all my readers, but I figure that it’s time for me to admit that my weight has gotten out of hand. I have to admit this, not just to me, but to others. I’m not ashamed of my weight. I myself am responsible for it, but it is not a healthy weight for my age and height.

So after weeks of random, non-consistent gym visits, I have decided that it is time to revive the initial concept of my blog:

To keep a record of my fitness journey, and get on track with a healthier lifestyle.

In keeping with this concept revival, I am sharing some statistics, stemming of my most recent boditrax scan (taken on Tuesday this week). This will be a way of keeping a record of my progress. I will post updates once a month to remain accountable.

Progress Tracking

To track progress, I will be looking at three main metrics, weight, body fat percentage, and my metabolic age:

boditrax fitness goal progress

fitness progress key

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see from the above, my current statistics are not great. My weight and body fat percentage have gone up since I last checked, and my metabolic age (whilst not correctly displayed here) has gone up as well. These stastics are the starting measurements of the long journey that lays ahead of me. But I can do it, and I will do it.

My Workout Program

  1. Kayla Itsines’s BBG guides: 3 times a week
  2. LISS or HIIT: 2 times a week
  3. Rest day: 2 times a week

I’ve started with Kayla Itsines’s BBG guide (abs & arms) on Tuesday this week, and went for a short, did a LISS session on Wednesday, and a 20 minute HIIT session yesterday (Thursday). This leaves me with 2 more BBG guide workouts and 2 rest days.

As always, thank you for reading Coffee Guaranteed. x

I’m not one for being religious so I don’t normally do things such as giving something up for lent, however this year I thought it would be a really good time to take on a challenge of giving up (most) sugars for 40 days, and see how I get on. As mentioned in a previous post, I gave up all sugars aside from:

  • Protein Bars
  • Dark Chocolate

So for the past 40 days I have not indulged in sweets and candies, milk chocolate, ice cream, cakes or cookies. The result? Well I went for this super gorgeous Banana French Toast with a side of jam and chocolate and almond butter spread at Bill’s:

French Toast after Lent Challenge

I had this exact french toast a few weeks ago (just before undertaking the challenge), which is where the above picture actually stemmed from to begin with. I absolutely loved it at the time, it was a perfect combination of sweet bliss. Going back to have it today as a celebratory breakfast for withstanding my challenge, however, everything looked entirely different. The first bite was heavenly, but as I kept chowing down I began to realise just how sickly and sweet it all was. By the time I got to the end I didn’t feel as good and happy about what I’d just put in my body as I had when I had the dish a few weeks ago.

It did not end there either. I decided to treat myself a few days ago by buying an easter egg from Hotel Chocolat (Dark Chocolate with Pralines), to further celebrate my success. I had a few of the pralines today as a post-nap treat, but it wasn’t much of a treat. Again, I just felt like it was all a bit sickly and not something I wanted to really subject my body to. The me from 40 days ago would have eaten the whole chocolate egg and pralines in one sitting (okay so I’m not proud of that, but this is all about honesty after all), but the me from today is rather put off by the amount of sugar I’ve put in my body today.

I think I can safely say, that the Lent challenge I undertook was so successful, as it re-set my body and put me off eating so much sugar, which is a great step in the right direction of becoming a healthier, happier me.

Happy Easter, and as always, thank you for reading Coffee Guaranteed. x

Often I ask myself, what can I do to increase my motivation to exercise? What can I do to make myself go to the gym more often, or what can I do to motivate myself to continue eating healthily?

So I did it! I bought the Polar A300 Fitness & Activity Tracker and have been religiously wearing it for the past couple of weeks. Okay so I’ve told you this bit of information before, but see my full review of the product below:

Design

Overall, this is a clunkier version of a fitness monitor, much more obvious than a FitBit. There are pros and cons to this design, pros being that it’s comfortable to wear, and has a nice big screen for you to read. Cons, however, are that it’s quite heavy and can get irritating at times, particularly when you’re trying to sleep, so it will take some getting used to.

I’ve got a white Polar A300, however they do come in a myriad of different colours, so if you want to go for something a little bolder, there’s plenty for you to choose from!

Functionality

Generally, the functionality of this Fitness tracker is quite good. The product tracks activity levels throughout the day, as well as your sleep pattern at night, and there is the great option to sync it up to the Polar Flow app on your mobile, so you can have a report on you all day every day (all you need to do is sync the devices via Bluetooth):

Whenever you complete a specific exercise, you can record your progress and specifically track the number of calories you burned during this exercise. This is great for knowing exactly what you did at the gym (for example), and how effective you did it:

Polar A300 Fitness & Activity Tracker

As you can see my session was not overly effective on Sunday, however you’ll see in the cons section, why that is!

The Cons

Whilst the fitness tracker is excellent for whole-body exercises and arm movements, it will not perfectly track movements which only include your legs, as the watch only tracks wrist movements. This means that when you’re on the stepper (for instance), and you are holding onto the hand rails, the watch will not fully track your movements. Ways around this? Let go of the rails! The extra need to balance, as well as the added arm movements, will increase the number of calories you have burned.

Another con is the rubber band that comes with the watch. Particularly when you sleep, this can be uncomfortable and cause pins and needles in your arm in the morning. In my opinion this is all part of the process of getting used to the watch, so this is a minor issue.

Overall Impressions

Whilst it is a little on the heavy (and sometimes uncomfortable) side, I still believe the Polar A300 Fitness & Activity Tracker is the perfect accessory for motivating you to do more and to do better. With such an easy sync option, you can monitor your progress day in and day out with the Polar Flow app, and easily discover ways to up your game with the Polar Beat app, an app which is designed to help you reach your goals!

As always, thank you for reading Coffee Guaranteed. x

I recently decided to finally give the whole Kayla Itsines BBG craze a go, and went ahead and bought both the nutrition and first workout guide (I have an android phone so no access to the app).

So far on my health and fitness journey, I’ve had issues sticking to my exercise routine as I’ve always been really bad at planning my exercise before going to the gym, meaning I’d do the same or very similar routines over and over which, we all know, is not the best idea.

I had been toying with buying the BBG guides for a while, and I kept reading reviews, looking at Kayla’s Social Media communities, and seeing what other people thought. The best push towards buying the guides, however, was when one of my friends told me she had bought the BBG guide (without the nutrition guide) and had done a couple of days worth of the resistance training so far. She said it was amazing and gave her a fast yet really effective workout. I decided then and there that I needed to try this. So far I’ve done two resistance training sessions, one HIIT session and one LISS session.

After both resistance sessions and the HIIT session I could feel my muscles ache and (because I’m recovering from a cough) my lungs burn. It may sound crazy but I thrive off of muscle pain sometimes, it makes me feel like I’ve had a really good workout. Saying that, I am fully aware that I will not always have said muscle pains, but it is great to get it once in a while and feel reassured that what I am doing is working.

I have not yet started on my way through the nutrition guide, however my eating habits have remained quite bad over the past week, so I will begin following it soon to see how I can boost improvements on my body through both Kayla’s exercise AND healthy eating guides.

In addition to Kayla’s BBG guides, I am giving myself one day where I will take a gym class (be it Body Pump, Yoga or something completely different), to make sure I keep up the variety. These kinds of classes fit in well with Kayla’s guides as they are either HIIT, resistance training or LISS based and do not defer too far from the BBG guides.

To track my progress, I’ve taken my starting weight, and progress pictures (front and side view), and will be logging my weight every 2 weeks whilst taking progress picture updates every 4 weeks. I know I’m still trying to get into my routine and stick to it, but staying accountable is very much part of this process.  In fact, I have a friend whom I’ve discussed the BBG guides with as well, and who has also decided to buy them. This is perfect for me in terms of tracking progress and keeping at it as I have a friend I can make comparisons with (and struggle with).

Additionally, I’ve bought a really cute (and small) workout diary, wherein I plan what sort of session (resistance, HIIT, or LISS) I will be doing. I try to plan this 2-3 weeks in advance so I don’t have to worry about it later on. I’d advise anyone to do this as sometimes, after a long day at work (or first thing in the morning), the last thing you want to think about is what sort of training you need to be doing.

Have you tried Kayla Itsines’s BBG guides? Any thoughts, feedback or even advice would be greatly appreciated so please make use of the comment section below!