Welcome to the fitness diaries: the March update. It’s been two months now since I started my New Year’s mission of getting fitter and stronger and I have very mixed opinions and feelings on how it’s going. As I mentioned in my 2018 Fitness Goals blog post I’ve ditched the pressure on myself to be back in my size 8’s fast, but that doesn’t mean I’m not a little disheartened when things don’t go exactly to plan.
From my starting point of January 1st to the first hurdle of February 1st I’d had an improvement of exactly 0. According to the scales (which I hate listening to anyway), I’d lost a massive 2lb in the entire month and in terms of my measurements I’d also lost nothing. It was so underwhelming to see the reality of it when in actual fact I felt a whole lot better than I did 31 days before. If you were to ask me how much I’d thought I’d lost around my waist or around my thighs I would’ve said at least an inch from both; I felt pretty damn good and genuinely thought I’d made some progress. But alas, that was not the case!
It definitely made me think about the kind of effort I was putting in though. It’s now March 1st (as Im writing this) and I’m about to take my measurements again and I’m nervous. This last week I’ve been exhausted and haven’t exercised much at all (I’ve had 3 days off, eaten like crap and feel soooo bad about it) and it’s really given me a bit of a reality check with where I want my body to be. I don’t feel like I’ve made any more progress and feel like I’m getting nowhere with my weightloss.
If I want to even eventually get back into my size 8s then I need to get working and harder than I have been. My exercises have been great and really tough but my diet has been all over the place and I really need to start stepping things up now. I’ve always known exercise vs diet is a balanced thing but man, it’s bloody hard when pasta is life! I hate that the perception I have of my own body is that it’s not good enough unless I have washboard abs and a perky bum but that’s the reality of my mind but that’s what it’s become since having Maddy. I’m determined to get back to where I was and my diet is definitely going to become a bigger part of the picture now I’ve fully realised it’s the thing holding me back. I’ve already given up chocolate for Lent (it’s been incredibly hard these past 15 days) and I’m determined to eat healthier again and watch my portion sizes – I’m cooking healthier for Madison so definitely need to just start cooking like it for the rest of us too! I’ve been using a lot of recipes from Results with Lucy recently – their Lamb & Spinach Curry is an all time fave!
Measurements as of March 1st.
Waist: 32 Inches / Hips: 41 inches / Boobs: 36 Inches / Arm: 12 Inches / Thighs: 24 Inches / Bum: 42 Inches
In total I’ve lost 5 inches since February first and I’m so bloody proud of myself! It’s nowhere near where I want to be but it’s a much better start than January was for me! I’m even more determined than ever now to shed the lbs! The photos above show what my body is looking like now and although it doesn’t look much from the January fitness diaries I’m pretty damn happy with how its going!
You can check out my ‘5 Favourite Ab Exercises‘ blog post along with checking out Results with Lucy, which is mostly what I use for recipes and my workouts! Keep following the blog for my next fitness diaries post soon!
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