My Fitness Journey: Progress Update #2

It’s now October and has been two months since I started my fitness journey in August. You can check out my one month progress update here – my body fat percentage has improved a lot which I am very happy about. 🙂 My body composition now looks like this:

Starting weight: 56.2kg, Current weight: 54.1kg
Starting BMI: 24.3, Current BMI:23.4
Starting body fat: 30.7%, Current body fat: 26.2%
(August 1st & October 9th values)

Here’s a photo of how my body looks so far:The Greenwich Mummy Blog: My Fitness Journey

Not much has changed from profile view but I can see a little ab definition coming through at the top. The side view shows off more progress – you can really see that the size of the waist has decreased. Woop woop! 🙂 I will upload some full length shots soon.

I am very happy with my results so far. I’ve currently lost just over 2kg and aim to lose just a little more whilst trying to keep as much muscle mass as possible. My goal weight would be my pre-baby weight which was 49kg but I don’t think I will be able to get there without losing muscle mass so if I get down to 52kg and lose more body fat, I would be happy with that. I don’t like to focus much on weight loss as I think fat loss is more important. Muscle weighs more than fat so the more muscle I gain, the more weight I’ll gain too.

What I’ve been up to

I’ve been on a fabulous workout event I came across on Eventbrite called TotalBody Brunch. It was brilliant! The event was hosted by Chiara Pellegrino who is a PT and fitness lifestyle blogger. She’s amazing and her workout really worked up a sweat! Post-workout we were treated to some yummy food made by Fresh Fitness Food and one of the nutritionists from FFF gave us a nutritional talk which was very useful. I also went to an amazing meditation & sound healing class last week. It was a taster session and all I can say was that it was brilliant! I’ve never meditated properly (only touched on it in yoga and through my Be Calm mindfulness app) so it was lovely to do something like that. We were given a sound bath for 20mins and it involved the lovely Kalie playing a series of sound instruments to create vibrations which resonates through our bodies to ‘heal’ our mind and body. The instruments included a gong, Tibetan singing bowls, crystal singing bowls, a Native American drum and some other instruments I’d forgotten the name of.

I was fully relaxed and even drifted off somewhere that was in-between being awake and being asleep. It’s very hard to describe but a lovely experience. I felt so relaxed afterwards and actually felt calm and relaxed for the rest of the day. No shouting at the kids for once! Kalie hosts two sessions a week (Wednesdays 10-11am and Thursdays 7-8pm) so if you want to try a meditation/sound healing therapy class in Greenwich I can highly recommend her.

I’ve got a couple more events that I want to go to including The Om Yoga Show and the Glasshouse Yoga which is a popup hot yoga event in… get this, a greenhouse! 🙂

What my week looks like

I’ve been going to the free weights area a little less these past weeks and the reason is because I want to lose a bit more body fat so need to up the cardio. My current workout routine has changed from last month and now looks like this:

  • Monday: Boxfit (and strength training if I have energy)
  • Tuesday: Yoga and Zumba
  • Wednesday: Strength training or rest day
  • Thursday: Total body conditioning
  • Friday: Pilates (and Yoga if I can wake up early enough)
  • Saturday & Sunday – rest day

I do stray from my routine when I have my nephew around or have other things planned. I would usually then skip the classes or strength training for that day. Also if my body is really sore from the day before, I always listen to my body and give it a rest and resume my routine when I’m better. I’ve also been using epsom bath salts on the days I have intense workouts to try and help my muscles relax and repair quicker.

What I’ve been eating

I’ve been good and have stuck to my healthy eating most of the time. I do occasionally treat myself to chocolate and the odd pizza; after all it’s all about balance and finding a sustainable way of eating healthy. 🙂 Last week, for the first time since being pregnant, I had white potatoes (my sister made sausages and mash) and it was absolutely delicious! Oh my! I’d forgotten how much I love white potatoes but they’re not great when it comes to blood glucose levels (they’re high-GI) so I won’t be eating them often but will occasionally introduce them into my meals.

I will continue to eat a low-carb, high-fat diet as it’s working really well for me and it’ll also help me in reducing my risk of getting diabetes later in life. Carbs are very important so I would never, ever cut them out but will cut down and obviously choose more complex carbs over the simple ones – sorry if that sounded all science-y. 🙂

Turkey breast steaks are my staple purchase (I haven’t had red meat in a while) though I just had salmon recently and forgotten how yummy it is and wonder why I don’t buy it more regularly! I love fish and LO seems to enjoy it too so I will be adding it to our weekly shopping list from now. I still take a protein supplement which I take on workout days (pre and post workout) and between meals on non-workout days. I am currently using PhD Diet Whey Salted Caramel and it’s so delicious. I can’t get enough of it.

I still have a little while to go but I’m losing weight and body fat and most importantly feeling healthier and stronger every day. I can’t wait to see where I’m at in six months time. I have a goal weight and goal body fat percentage but won’t be too upset if I don’t reach it as I’m in this for the long haul so any progress is the best progress. #progressnotperfection

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