Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Fitness Journey Update (2015/16) Progress

Its that time again, to put on my outfit I use to see how much I've progressed :)

The weight difference is 18.6 kg or 2.9 stone :) I still remember when I finally squeezed back into this outfit and remember how happy I felt. But, I can't remember being that big anymore.. and I NEVER want to :).

In 2015 I joined My Fitness Pal. And, It was one of the best things I've done on my Fitness Journey.
I use it all the time to keep track of what I'm eating. Because I don't eat enough! In the 'FitFam' you see people constantly saying they are Hungry, and they eat all the time and say 'How can you forget to eat?!' . Well... Yep I'm one of those people that doesn't eat a lot and forgets to eat. Apart from when I do Cardio I get really hungry, but I still don't reach my calorie in take.
This put a huge Full stop on my FatLoss!!! The middle of last year I plateaued again. My weight just wasn't moving. So I started to do MFP seriously and planned out my meals and made sure I'm eating enough. There are still some days MFP tells me off,

but I'm only just under. Plus I mainly only take notice of the carbs and fat. And, since I started tracking my meals correctly I've lost 11 lbs :).

Another great thing about joining MFP. I've been cooking more meals from scratch. Free from foods are not only really expensive (compared to non free from) BUT like most, if not all processed foods they are Full of Salt and Sugar!!! I really dislike adding processed foods on MFP, because I always go over on my Sodium and Sugar intake !!! They're not the groups I want to reach or go over my limit on.
I'm really enjoying making my own meals they are so much more tasty and soooo much more cheaper :).

My 2015 highlight was finally attempting a Headstand and achieving it! My Headstand Post if you want a nosey :) I also included a little video of my headstand practice in that post....It's more of a blooper / yoga fail video :) lol.

I'm still aiming for a Handstand, but I think I should work on my forearm stands first.  

So don't be surprised if you see me upside down A LOT this year :)

My Fitness Goals for this Year:

  • Keep up with my Yoga practice ~ I'm looking forward to seeing how much more I progress
  • Work on my upper body strength ~ It is seriously SHOCKING!

Since I've started this journey I've learnt so much and I'm so grateful for it.

Thank you for following me on my Fitness Journey, I'm really looking forward to seeing what 2016 brings. I hope I've inspired you to start your Journey.

Wearing USA Pro

Remember its all about the Journey and Not all progress is physical :) #ProgressNotPerfection

How's your Fitness Journey going? What are your goals for this year?

Till next time

Donna x

Like this post? You might like to read: Fitness Journey Update (2014/5 Progress Pic)  and/or  Health and Fitness

Monday, 4 January 2016

December, The month of Yoga Challenges.

I said in last months Fitness Diary (November Post) I will be doing 3 Yoga challenges...Well, I ended up doing

SIX!!! which means overall I've done over 70 Yoga poses! (some days I added another variation to a pose, they are not included in the first picture :)) I'm not going to share all of these pictures individually, like I normally do every month. If you would like to see them all, please check out my Instagram page @donnaukx . Sharing them all on here, is too much. 

A few days, in a few of the challenges, I didn't attempt the pose. Because I was feeling unwell, and I didn't feel it was a good idea to be upside down. And with The Littlest Ballerina challenge I only did the Yoga Poses not the Ballet moves. But doing over 70 poses, I think missing a few is okay :).

I decided I wanted to do more than one challenge, because I wanted to keep myself busy. I don't like not being busy this time of year. Its not good for my mental health :/ But, also I really want to improve my yoga practice. I really enjoy doing these Challenges.

I had Progress with the Eight Angle Pose. I'm still shocked I can do this. I just need to work on the part where I need to bend my arms. I think I lose concentration more than anything else. I swear my brain goes "OMGEEEE Your doing it!" completely taking my focus away...then I just drop :). Need to work on that, I think :).

Doing all these extra challenges was great. Quite a few poses got repeated. So I got a lot of practice in. And I got to try out a few poses I haven't come across before. Like the Chinstand...Not one of my faves at the moment. I'm really not getting it. Not even sure how to do it, but I'm guessing in time I will.

Also a Toestand. This is really difficult!! After 20mins of trying to find my balance. I managed to do it. But, I could only hold for a few seconds :). The next day, my legs felt like I had done a full leg day workout! So I will definitely be adding a Toestand pose into my weekly practice.

Will I be doing more than one Challenge in the future? Yes. If it helps improve my Yoga Practice, Yes I will. 

So far I'm planning on joining in with 4 in January :). 
One of the first challenges I'm going to join in with is:

I've never done a challenge like this before. So we will all see how it goes :) .

If you would like to follow my Yoga Journey, I will be posting all my pictures on my Instagram @donnaukx . I managed to post everyday again this month :). Lets see how long that lasts this year, esp. if I'm going to be participating in more than one challenge. I'm going to need to stay on top of posting daily :). 

How's your Fitness Journey going? Do you join in with any Fitness/Yoga Challenges?

Donna x

Friday, 1 January 2016

Hello 2016!!!

2015, Where on earth did go?!?!?! It must have been a lot of fun, because you flew bye.

I've learnt so much and I am happy with what I've achieved, but I know I can do a lot more.

The main lesson I've learnt is:

No matter what you say or do. People will stick to their view of you, they only see and hear what they choose. And You can't change that.
It says a lot more about them, then what it says about you. As long as you are true to yourself, that is all that matters.

My goals for you, 2016. Is to be more in the Present, Complain less and be less wasteful.

2016....lets go!

Donna x

Cut-out Complaining Challenge Post

Giving Back at Christmas Post (a few tips on how to be less wasteful)