Happy Bank Holiday Monday everyone, apologies I’m a day late posting this week’s healthy lifestyle update but y’know, beer, pizza, pub, snogging … it really takes it out of you.
As you may have seen me mention, last week was the Lakeside/Jo Frost event that I was really stressing about and, of course, it all ran smoothly. I’ll blog about it separately, along with another blog post about how to overcome your fear of public speaking and stop being a twat. I was an absolute wreck beforehand, not that anyone would have noticed, for I am the Queen of Blag, but in future, there are some steps I can follow to make the whole thing a lot more stress-free.
So, onto exercise. I had a great week and one thing I did differently this week, because, as I’ve said before, it is crucial not to stagnate – in any part of your life, but particularly exercise – was go on not one, but TWO organised bike rides. The first one was run by the council and was led by a lovely bloke called Pete, there was one other man … and then me. Umm, OK. It was a cold and rainy Thursday night but in for a penny, and I figured, what’s the worse that could happen? They wouldn’t leave me behind, I’d just have to cycle harder and faster to keep up, which is what I did. We cycled a lovely 5-mile route along the riverside, and it was a very different dynamic to my more leisurely, chatty, women-only rides, but just as enjoyable. I’ve always thought I was a bit of a fair-weather cyclist, preferring to only cycle when it’s dry, but it wasn’t so bad. And the hot bath I had afterwards felt twice as good!
And then on Saturday morning, I did the Breeze Network monthly bike ride, with a lovely group of women and although we cycled at a slower pace, it was still challenging as there was one steep hill halfway through the course and then I had a 20-minute cycle up a really (felt like forever) hill to get home at the end. I ended up cycling 12.5 miles that morning, the furthest I’ve ever cycled.
(I have never looked more attractive. Fact.)
I haven’t been to Pilates for a few weeks now because of work mainly and I’m just out of the habit of going, but I have increased the amount of stretching I do when I go to the gym – making myself do it beforehand as well as afterwards, and I am making sure I stretch my hips, quads and hamstrings out more too. Gym has been good, I’ve done my own spin sessions, as well as lots of weight training.
All good – go me and all that.
Food. Hmm … as per, a tale of two halves. For the most part, meals have been pretty good. Chicken, rice, veg, salmon, halloumi, steak, rocket, Warburton Thin Bagels (no butter), all the eggs, bananas, occasional Star Bars … usual. Average calories per day for Monday – Saturday = 1663.
Bearing in mind how much exercise I did, I should have probably eaten more, but some days (exercise days) were higher in calories than other, more sedentary days.
I didn’t weigh myself over Easter but I did weigh-in last week, I just don’t think I mentioned it in last week’s blog post. But I’ve lost 3lbs this week! Meaning … *cue dramatic music* … not only did I lose the 1.5lbs I put on last week, but I now weigh the least since I started, bringing the total to 4 stones and 3lbs. I really did put the hard work in this week, but I am delighted.
Over and out for now – please do follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and I’ll see you next week, and if you’re interested in learning more about the Thinking Slimmer download I listen to every night, you can find more information HERE.