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Starting over…

Ok hands up… I lost my way a little. In a summer of weddings, celebrations, travel, new babies and new friends, my food choices got richer while I got poorer. I drank Raspberitas (and ate my entire body weight twice) by the pool in LA, piled my plate high with cheese and meat in Tuscany and ate far too many baguettes in Lyon… and it was fantastic.

However I didn’t feel fantastic come the 1st September, I felt tired and bloated. So I’ve signed myself up for a 6 Week Body Transformation… the nutritional plan is strict (there’s no room for Gin), and the workouts leave you wobbling all the way home, but 1 week & 9lbs down and I’m almost back to my pre-summer weight. I feel more energetic, my jeans are looser and most of all I’m enjoying it…

To Be Continued.

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Great Birmingham Run 2016

Wow sorry guys, sometimes life just gets on top.

Let me bring you up to speed. Since losing weight I’ve been naturally feeling a bit healthier, but looks can be deceiving, some of my friends are slim and slender and can’t walk up the stairs without breaking a sweat. I want to be fit. Not in ‘damn girl’ kind of way (though compliments are always appreciated) but in a ‘damn  I feel good’ sense.

I’ve been therefore working on building my fitness, cutting my body fat percentage and generally getting stronger and leaner. I’ve been spending a lot less time on cardio and more time in the weights section. It might look scary, it might be full of pumped up guys, maybe the mirrors freak you out a little but my gosh is it worth it. I’ve decided not to look at the scales for a while… so I can’t really tell give you an update on that. I’ve been concentrating on how I feel and how I look, rather than those little numbers followed by the kg/llb sign. If you want some ideas for workouts try these guys…

Emily Skye – https://www.emilyskye.com/ (her workouts can be found on her facebook/twitter/insta streams)

Clean Eating Alice – https://www.instagram.com/clean_eating_alice (super easy to follow workouts)

Rob & Ben @ TEG – https://traineatgain.com/ (look at the free stuff and then put together your own workout)

I signed up to the Great Birmingham Run back in January – as I needed a challenge. It came round really quickly… before the race (10k in total) – the furthest I’d ran was 6k. I’d been using an app on my phone from Zen Labs – Couch to 10k (http://www.zenlabsfitness.com/) but being the busy person I am, I’d been forgetting to track everything. Still it was a good marker.

Mostly I spent my time doing interval training – 1 min run 1 min walk, 90 seconds run, 1 min walk, 90 seconds run, 30 seconds walk etc. Some days I’d get carried away – I mostly blame Kano for that (I mean you can’t slow down when New Banger drops), and run further and harder, but never really beyond 5/6k.

Sunday just gone was race day, I was nervous, I felt a bit sick, could I do it? Could I run that far? What if I needed to stop? The first 5 minutes were the hardest by far, there’s a lot of people running at the same time, it’s tricky to pace yourself into your own race. However soon I was at 3k and it was going just fine. I managed 5k in 43 mins – fairly happy with that. 6k came and went, then oh my life, the hills, 2k of uphill running. The biggest incline I’d previously run at was 2.5% on the treadmill… I was unprepared, but I couldn’t stop now. Luckily I had a solid playlist, also huge thanks to the nice runners who patted me on the back and told me to keep going. The thing is with races/runs/events like this, part of your effort is adrenaline, the combined effort of the entire participant pack as a whole really does drive you further. Oh and when people have signs like ‘Pain now, Prosecco later’, yeah that helps.

I finished the race in 1hr 43 mins officially (I stopped at 4k for a toilet break – though I kept jogging on the spot in the queue out of fear my legs would seize up haha) so my iPod reckons I did it in 1hr 34mins. Is that good? It’s flipping fantastic for me. I’ve never run that far before in my life. I didn’t stop. I won my own race. So yes my personal best is pretty high in comparison to others, but I’m already looking forward to the next one, and shaving some time off.

Unfortunately my gym is shut for refurbishment today… guess I’ll have a little break till tomorrow, when the journey to fitness continues. Until next time…

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Kerry – x

 

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Happy New Year…

Ok so I’m borderline (definitely) a little too late for a Happy New Year post but let’s roll with it.

I went to the gym on December 28th… I’d put on a 1lb over Christmas. Wonderful. Surprising but wonderful. I went to the gym on January 5th… 6 more lbs. Not so great. But as I mentioned before Christmas, life would be very boring if you didn’t let yourself indulge every now and again (plus cheese taste far too good to avoid).

I had a few occasions in January (I’m not one of those Dry January/let’s stay in and snuggle kind of gals)… we drank, we ate, but we danced too… I didn’t gain or lose any more lbs. The gym warned them off. But I was a little nervous about my upcoming trip to Dubai. I want to look glamourous… not bloaty. So I decided to do the Clean 9 again. Not only is it a great cleanse, with the added bonus of weight loss, but it really gives you a glow.

I’ll do another post when I have a little more time about my second experience of the Clean 9. But in summary I started 61 pounds down and finished 73 pounds down. I have more energy, my skin is glowing and having previewed a new shirt dress to the office yesterday my confidence has been boosted.

Did you know 73 pounds is the same as 44 bottles of wine? Well now you do… (I use ilostwhat.com for all comparisons – fabulous little site).

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Kerry xox

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5lbs.

It’s Christmas… there’s a party to go to every night, a glass of wine to share with friends every lunchtime and there’s boards and boards of cheese just waiting to be devoured. Trying to shift these last 5lbs towards my 70lbs by Christmas goal is pretty damn  hard. I’ve mostly resisted the temptations so far; I’ve let my Niece open my advent calendar, I’ve offered to drive to avoid the booze, and I’m definitely counting battling through the bullring in the pursuit of those elusive final gifts as extra exercise.

The good news is even though the scales don’t seem to be budging at the moment, I’m noticing some changes in my body itself. It’s shapelier (is that a word?) than before, my waist is more defined, and my legs are less tree trunky than before. I’m still going to the gym, making the most of my PT sessions, and it seems to be paying off. Almost time for another new pair of jeans I think.

Most pleasing is the fact I can finally do my jacket up, rather than having it open.

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Enjoy yourself this Christmas… a life where you’re 100% good all of the time, would be awfully boring after all. See you all in January xox

 

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Jeans.

Last week I indulged in something well out of my comfort zone… I went shopping for (and bought) a pair of jeans. No big deal right? Wrong I can’t really remember the last time I owned a pair, I’m a legging kind of girl (not the see-through-shouldn’t-be-trousers style), I like big baggy jumpers, and blouses which skim my knees, in the summer it’s tunics and long vest style ‘dresses’. However since losing weight (nearly 60 pounds now) my leggings haven’t been fitting too well, they gape at the back and my knees are kinda droopy, I’m short so they usually reach past my boobs anyway, but recently I’ve been keeping them up by tucking them in my bra… sexy right?

I didn’t want to spend lots as well hopefully they won’t be lasting too long, so I went to Dorothy Perkins, they were having a 20% off everything day, and I wanted a new coat (still not found the one).  I bought the ‘Petite Darcy Authentic Skinny‘ (who knew jeans had such long names) – usually £24.00 but £19.20 with the discount. They say ‘super skinny’ but they’re nice and stretchy, I can sit down without having my circulation cut off, and the colour goes well with everything really.

Maybe not a big deal to many people but it’s so nice to wearing jeans again and more importantly feeling comfortable in them. I rang my Dad to share my ‘big news’ and he basically screamed down the phone so yeah it’s a big deal to me. The next step is finding ‘jean tops’ aka not over-sized blouses/shirts so I can show off my new demin coated legs.. aha.

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Kerry — x

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60 Pounds Down.

I have a jaw people…. this is not a false alarm, who knew under those cushioned layers of flab I had an actual jaw. Ok so when I laugh… like proper belly laugh (which I do a lot because I’m hilarious) my jaw goes into hiding once more, but I know it’s there now at least…

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I’m feeling good, like real good. People say nice things to me and I feel warm inside, I think it’s known as pride? 60 pounds off… that’s like over 4st. Crazy.

So tonight I have a PT session and we’re going to do this thing whereby I pick up an extra 27kg of weight, and remind myself just how draining it was carrying that around daily. That’s when it really hits home for me. I always think when you lose weight that you don’t notice it in yourself as much, well not until you start putting old photos together and see the difference, so it’s nice in a way to be able to feel the difference.

The only way is down….

Kerry — x

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Quick Circuit Workout At Home

So I realise not everyone might be able to afford a PT or want to join a gym – that’s cool. Here’s a super quick routine you can complete at home (or in the park is fun – just make sure there’s steps). I adapted it myself, from some of my preferred exercises*. It’s not too intense, just a good 30 minutes of exercise to get your heart rate up a little, make it sweat baby. Where possible I’ve added a YouTube link for you to see the exercise in action – YouTube is wonderful by the way – personally a big fan of Emily Skye (thanks to my cousin).

Warm-up 5 minutes.

Run up the stairs as quick as you can and walk down at a steady pace x 30 seconds.

Burpees (go for whichever style you feel most comfortable with – I do intermediate) – use the bottom step to support yourself if you need x 30 seconds.

30 seconds rest.

Repeat 3 times.

Rest for a minute.

Phase 1 Circuit 10 minutes:

Step-ups 1st step (step up onto the first step with your leading foot, then the other so both feet are on the step, then step down with one foot then the other so both feet are on the bottom of the stairs) x 30 seconds

Press-ups – (if you can’t do full leg extension, then cross your legs, and press from your knees, suck your stomach in so it’s tight) x 30 seconds

Step-ups 2nd step (same as above but reach your leg up to the second step – steady yourself into a pace which is manageable) x 30 seconds

Plank – Rest on your forearms, in a planking position. Hold it for 30 seconds. Keep your bum down, don’t bend your knees.

30 seconds rest

Repeat 4 times

Rest for minute.

Phase 2 Circuit 10 minutes

Russian Twists
x 30 seconds

Grab a 2lt bottle of pop or a dumbbell if you have one, sit down on the floor – middle of the lounge is fine, make sure your feet are on the ground to begin, slightly spread legs – the V position, lean back, raise your feet off the ground, until you feel the pull in your stomach, suck it in. Holding your chosen prop to you chest twist your torso side to side, touch the floor space with your bottle of dumbbell. Don’t let your feet touch the ground.

Lower Leg Raises
x 10 full raises

Lie on your back, extend your arms above your head (this is personal preference you can have them alongside your body) and stretch your legs out – raise your legs to the ceiling, try not bend your knees during, keep your legs together, slowly lower them back towards the floor – much harder than it sounds, you’ll definitely feel it in your core.

Mountain Climbers
x 30 seconds

Flip over onto your front, get into a press up position, raise your knee towards your chest – one leg at a time.

Squats 
x 20 full squats

Get into squat position (watch the video – you want to make sure you’re doing it right) – go as low as you can – squeeze yourself into your heels – it’ll make more sense once you give it a try. No rush on this one, concentrate on getting the squat right.

30 Seconds Rest.

Repeat 4 times.

Rest for 1 minute.

Stretch – 3-5 minutes

I do something very similar to this – ‘How to stretch’

Enjoy.

*I am not a personal trainer, I do not have a degree in sports science, I just want to look better and feel good – I cannot promise lbs in weight loss or muscle mass increases nor would I want to. But feel free to give it a go, in my opinion it works.

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Recipe: Courgette Pizza

So while I was doing the Clean 9 I thought I’d try out some new recipes. I used to love cooking from scratch, but guess I got lazy and convenience took over, I’d find myself eating similar things every week, and tricking myself into thinking they were ‘healthy’ – I mean if you have brown pasta then it doesn’t matter how much cheese you stick on it right? Erm. Wrong. I’ve always loved courgettes, so when I came across a ‘Zucchini Pizza’ recipe on Pinterest, I had to give it a try. Tastes really yum and it’s incredibly easy and quick too – bonus! Here’s the recipe:

1x large courgette
60g of Reduced fat cheddar (I’ve since discovered if you use Parmesan the pizza base is actually even better)
1x egg

Grate the courgette. Leave it in a sieve in 10 mins to drain. Then you need to remove all the excess water. I kinda half mashed it bare hands, realised I was getting nowhere, scooped it into a clean tea towel and squeezed and squeezed till the towel went green…

Pop your dry courgette into a bowl.

Add the egg and cheese. Mix it up.

Spread onto a baking paper lined baking tray (I omitted the paper first time, it got a bit stuck…)

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Bake for 8 mins at 200.

I then mashed some salad tomatoes and simmered them into a sauce to use as the topping.

The base and sauce is 280 cals.

Then add your toppings.

I went for peppers, onions and 4x slimming world meatballs – cut up. Oh and a sprinkle of cheese (did I mention I love cheese?)

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570cals in total for the whole thing. That’s 30 cals for left for a squirt of ketchup and there you go 600 calories of deliciousness.

Hope you enjoy.

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Sober October – Half Way.

I like to drink. I mean I’m not an alcoholic or anything, but I love cocktails on a Thursday Evening, a G&T on a Sunday Afternoon and a JagerBomb or two at the match most Saturdays. So when I told everyone I was going to do Sober October, they laughed in my face, literally. But I wanted to challenge myself, and I was intrigued to whether it would aid my weight loss, give me clearer skin and help me sleep better…

Well it’s been 2 weeks and I haven’t even been tempted to have a drink… not even whilst watching England crash out of the Rugby World Cup, or seeing Villa get trampled on by Stoke at home – which not only makes me a saint but pretty damn strong willed too.

Do I feel better? Well sort of.

My skin is definitely not better – in fact it’s worse. A few people have suggested I had so many toxins in me, the outbreak is just those coming out – cheeky. So maybe over the next two weeks once that’s done it might clear up?

I’ve only had one hangover in the last 5 years or so (I often think Leeds LawSoc made me immune) and that was following a 5am Tequila binge on a beanbag in a mansion in West London – not as seedy as it sounds. Honest. So yes waking up after a night out is still pleasant, if not more so when I look in my purse and I’ve spent about a fiver on Lime & Soda.

However this is the big one, I’m sleeping so much better. I’ve never been a fan of snooze, I used to go for days on just a few hours. Not healthy and I’m not proud, but I just found lying down and closing my eyes so… boring. But I’m currently getting a solid 6 hours a night, which is just wonderful.

So let’s raise a glass (of green tea) to the next two weeks.

TBC….

Kerry —x

P.S I don’t have a fundraising account for Sober October – it’s a personal objection – I have an issue with asking people to donate for me not drinking.

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50 Pounds Down

Another small but exciting victory. 50 Pounds down now.

I use www.ilostwhat.com as a fun way to track my weight loss. Apparently 50 pounds is the same as small bail of hay – who knew?

I’m keeping to a steady rate of around 2.5lbs a week at the moment. I’m still using the Forever Lite Ultra shake – I mix it up and have 2 shakes and 1 600 cal meal on my rest days, and 1 shake, 1 600 cal meal and 1 450 cal meal on my activity days. I take the Aloe Gel every morning, when I don’t I feel sluggish so it definitely packs a boost.

A colleague said to me the other day ‘You just look better…’ I was like oh thanks, erm what does that mean? She said my face looked a lot slimmer. So I went back to look at some past photos and she has a very good point.

So erm here’s my face for the last 6 months or so…

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The last one is a bit dark – I apologise. I guess she’s right though.

Kerry — x

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