Tuesday, 16 June 2015

CARDIO!! Month 1 ~ Fitness Diary

Hands up, who loves cardio? Nope my hand did not go up!

I've been putting off adding cardio into my routine for a long time, I've done the occasional workout here and there but it has not stayed in my weekly routines. I've mentioned in a previous post that I plateaued again. I was sorting out my 'diet' meaning I'm getting my calorie intake in. But deep down I knew I needed to add Cardio into my routine.

Its funny the last benefit says about anxiety! This might sound silly to some, but the reason I stopped doing Cardio / HIIT was because the feeling I got when I finish those workouts, is the same feeling as an Anxiety/Panic Attack and I had, had enough of them (in case you are unaware Shortness of breath, feel like jelly, dizziness to name a few). So I stopped doing cardio :( (Mental Health post)

What got me back into doing cardio was this reply I got from Terry

Terry had tweeted, he lost a certain amount fat in a small amount of time. I pretty much asked for help. I knew he would mention Cardio, But, I didn't realise that much!!. Don't know what happened, but it gave me the kick to do cardio. Thank you Terry :).

The first few weeks, I started with The Lateral thigh trainer for 15 mins (nearly) everyday and I got the Football out and started with playing Keepy Uppy with my Mr. once/twice a week. Just to ease myself back into cardio.

Then I increased by going on the exercise bike for 45mins or 1 hour every day. Along with my normal routine.

Its been a month since I've added Cardio back and my results.

I'm definitely in the right head space, I love the feeling after a cardio workout :)

My fitness has improved so much, I'm running up the stairs and I don't feel out of breath, even did a little jog and I felt great.

My clothes are feeling a little loose. ( I forgot to take measurements :( )

But.. my weight has increased!

I'm not to bothered about the weight, mainly because my clothes are feeling loose. I'm honestly hoping my body is just adjusting to everything then the last bit of Fat will go.

Oh, and one more thing

I now LOVE cardio :) ( weird I know ;) hehe )

We will see if I'm saying the same thing next month

Till next time

Donna x

Monday, 8 June 2015

May I Begin Yoga ~ Yoga Challenge ~ Fitness Diary

A bit late posting this months. Anybody else think May went by so quickly!?!
Here are my attempts at this months challenge:

For more details on each pose check out my Instagram @donnaukx
May was a month of catch up posts :/ I was so busy last month I hardly ever got the chance to take a picture daily. But, I still did practice the poses daily :). I'm loving that I'm noticing progress in a lot of the poses. Giving my Hamstrings a good stretch daily is helping so much. Also I didn't attempt Day 14, which was the Crow pose. I've lost confidence seen I fell attempting this pose :(.
Side plank variation
A big change happened in my Fitness Journey this month and that's I've FINALLY added Cardio into my routine!!! I've been adding small amounts of cardio here and there (okay, more like once a month I will do one cardio workout, bad I know). I've been pushing myself to do at least 15 mins of cardio a day!  and  I've been doing it for 2/3 weeks and I'm already seeing a difference :). I will be doing a blog post on cardio with more details soon :).
Also something exciting....I got a hand blender!!!! (you know your getting older, when you get excited about kitchen appliances!! ;) )
I've been really enjoying making my own soups and using the Magic Bullet (which is the best thing I have ever purchased) to mix/blend my soups is really difficult, I always had to make sure my Mr. was about to help me pour the soup into the mixing cup and I could never unscrew the blade attachment :/ .
I'm looking forward to making more soups :) Which I will post on my Instagram.
Already on the 2nd week of Junes Yoga Challenge:
How's your Fitness Journey going?
Till next time
Donna x