Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Fit in Six: The Challenge


I'll be honest, I'm not great at sticking to diets or exercise regimes. I always do really well for about a week and then after that it descends into a cake and prosecco party to celebrate the 2lb that I'd lost that week, it all goes downhill from there...

Over the next 6 weeks however I'll be trying my hardest to lose weight and get healthy. Thankfully Worsley Park Marriot Hotel and Country Club is on hand to help, they have challenged me to get fit in six weeks (scary!) with the help of their gym, pool and personal trainers.


I've not really had a personal trainer before (apart from for weight training which was intense!) but it's going to be a massive help for motivation and guidance. I've been paired up with David, who on our first meeting proceeded to measure all of my fat, what a treat of a first meeting! But it's good to now know my body fat percentage, which we're aiming to reduce quite substantially over the 6 weeks.

It's not an incredibly intense training programme or diet as it's about building a healthy, sustainable lifestyle but it's definitely going to be a challenge! There are a few different parts to my programme and I'll be posting regularly about my progress as well as tips for healthy eating at work, fitness with a busy lifestyle and those little extra ways to lose weight.


Reducing my Carb Intake

David's meal plan for me is very light on my favourite food group, carbs. No bread, no pizza, no pasta. Sigh. But it's been a couple of weeks and I'm actually doing ok, there's been a few carby mistakes over the weekend but all in all, I've been pretty well behaved. It's helped so much, not only with weight loss but with feeling bloated too.

I've been sticking to an omelette for breakfast, salad with chicken for lunch and a turkey stir fry (or similar) for dinner, they're all delicious! Resisting the urge to snack has been difficult too but I've been keeping a stash of bananas and cashews, sometimes just knowing they're there is enough to stave off hunger pangs.


Get Active

Making conscious decisions to get more active during the day is helping so much, not only with losing weight but also with my general well being, it's amazing how some fresh air at lunch time or a run after work can make you feel so much better.

We've been making an effort to play basketball (bit weird I know but fun!) at the weekend, walk 10,000 steps a day (whatever the day of the week) and aim to spend a good proportion of the weekend walking or exercising.

It's been great for brightening up evenings, giving us longer to spend together actually talking rather than watching TV and it helps us sleep better after tiring ourselves out shooting hoops after work.


Weight Up

Circuits are my new best friend. David has given me a plan of three sets of circuits to work through in an hour's session, upping the weights each time to challenge myself. I actually thought the first session was quite easy, until I tried to get up the next day and my legs didn't work...

Take a look at Worsley Park country club here and get in touch with them if you want to find out more about getting fit!

*My personal training sessions are free of charge in return for an honest review, but all opinions, as always, are my own.
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  1. Ahh I want to do this! I've been trying to get healthier as well. The worst part for me is usually the food I eat. I need to realize that I don't need 2 brownies for dessert and I don't need to eat every single bite of what I'm served. I walk a lot, so that's good. I've also eliminated all drinks except water (and sometimes coffee haha). So we'll see!

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  2. I'm trying to get a little bit fitter at the moment too - good luck! <3

    Gisforgingers xx

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