After dropping off the face of the blogging planet for nearly a year, I am back with a vengeance. I lost a whopping 12kgs over the course of my 3 month programme with SQUATS and I’ve managed to somehow maintain it (yes, even with my love of whiskey and sambuca making a swift resurgence). I have managed to maintain it whilst indulging in the odd burger or fried chicken so I haven’t been miserable and eating just kale, salad and everything green under the sun.
But then, my friend Aoife (see her lovely book blog here) sent me a Snapchat of her first day doing the 100 Days of Fitness challenge! Now, I’m not entirely sure what her challenge will consist of and it will probably be wildly different to mine but she inspired me and now, I am back on the bloggersphere and on a mission to better myself even more!
My #100DaysofFitness will see me undertaking at least ONE fitness-related activity everyday. That could be anything from a mad gym session, to achieving 10k steps on my pedometer or as I have started doing today, taking part in the 30 day Squat challenge! The goal here is not to shed crazy amounts of weight as I have done but to undertake a slow and steady lifestyle transformation which will make me fitter, healthier and just generally happier (obviously, if I reach my goal weight through all of this, I’m not exactly going to be complaining!).
So, join me on my journey to a smaller size and a healthier lifestyle. Let’s go!
I’m so proud of myself for getting this far because I’ve never lasted this long on a diet and workout regime before. In the first 3 weeks, I’ve managed to lose a whopping 5.6kgs (12.35lbs) and it’s really starting to show on my body.
I have, however, started to plateau and I’ve barely lost any weight over the last 3 days it’s time to change some things around!
Starting from Sunday – which is Day 25 – I will be moving from a Low Carb Diet (LCD) to a Keto Diet for 28 days straight with absolutely no cheat days. This also means that I will be saying goodbye to my great friend, Carbohydrates. I’ll be exploring the differences the existence of carbs in a diet makes over the next four weeks to see what works and what really doesn’t work.
I’m so excited for this change because I’m part of a keto and LCD diet group which posts these delicious recipes and stuff all the time but they’re mainly keto recipes and I’ve been on LCD. My body and I are totally ready to introduce chicken and almonds into the diet.
So, until next time (when I will most definitely be complaining about my yearning for rice), keep grinding, fit fam!
I’ve decided to update the blog the morning after each day so I can include my new weight each day!
Day 1 yielded a loss of 700gm which I was amazed by but day 2 shocked me more as I dropped a further 900gm which has brought my total weight down to 95kg already! That’s a 1.6kg loss in two days. This weight loss is giving me hope that I might just be able to reach my goal in the three month period after all and that hope is just giving me more motivation to keep on going.
Let’s talk about day 2 a little bit.
Having spoken to my trainer, I’ve started Intermittent Fasting which requires me to wake up and not consume any food for the first 4 hours of my waking day. Sounds difficult? Surprisingly, it’s not at all. With my current schedule, I wake up and chill out for about 30-45 minutes before getting ready to go to the gym. I spend approximately 2 hours working out – this includes the 10 minute walk it takes to get there and to come back. I spend the 4th hour at home – showering, making sure all vitamins have been taken and just revelling in the weight I’ve already managed to shed (due to the pre-gym daily weigh-in). That’s 4 hours done and I can indulge in my diet prescribed breakfast. So, this fasting business isn’t hard at all and by the time it comes round to breakfast, I’m so pumped from working out and revelling that the meagre amount of food prescribed seems like way too much!
Let’s talk a bit about these meals though – I’ve been blogging, snapchatting and instagramming all the foods and you can see that quantity-wise, they aren’t much – however, I don’t know if it’s the repetition of the same ingredients or the drastic change in diet but my body is comprehending these amounts as too much. I get bloated after every meal which gives me the uneasy feeling that I’ve overeaten and last night, I was only able to eat half of the egg fried rice I made for dinner.
My trainer says that, due to the diet being put together based on macros, I need to consume the entire specified amount – it looks like this is something that might be a struggle but I’m going to work through it the best I can! As I said, I am more motivated now after the results of the last two days than I have ever been in my life.
In terms of the weight training exercises I’m undertaking, I’m following the High Intensity Volume Training (HIVT) programme put together by SQUATS on the BodySpace app. You can follow me on the app which is available on iPhones and on the Google Play store. It’s a social fitness app which means we can see each other’s tracked workouts and changes in weight. It also gives you fun stats like how many weights you have lifted whilst using the app.
It’s a bit hard to figure out how it works at first – especially with finding the workouts and stuff, but if you do get it – add me and I’ll be happy to help!
So, my work out on day 2 was gym time doing the “20-39 Female Fat Loss – Day 1- Upper” on Bodyspace which included 20 minutes of cardio followed by 55 minutes of weight training. The training included push ups, side lateral rises, dumbbell bench presses, tricep dumbbells, bent over two-dumbbell, alternate hammer curls, hyperextensions and air biking. In total, I did 22 sets of 9 different exercises using the app but because of the level of motivation I had, I decided to add a few extra bits – seated rowing, lat pulls and a good ol’ chest press. I like to top off each gym session with a few minutes on the vibra plate to really relax the muscles I have definitely just overworked.
In the evening, I went swimming for 1.5 hours with my sister. We usually start the session with a few laps of freestyle and breast stroke but spend the majority of the time in the pool playing games. It doesn’t seem like much to the outsider but when you’re trying to beat a competitive swimmer in speed during a game, your entire body gets a fabulous stretch and your muscles love the work out.
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My muscles have been destroyed and I can no longer walk like an abled human.
Well, I can – it just hurts so much when I do. I have completed the second day of my new weight-based workout programme and the first day of the new diet.
Let me be real here for a moment – when I started this, I knew both the diet and fitness would be hard but I genuinely thought the diet would be much much much harder. Turns out, the diet isn’t that bad but the workout regime is bloody brutal.
I’m not going to post my full diet chart up here because my trainer, Vishnu, draws up diet charts according to a person’s specific circumstances – this includes an evaluation of their body composition analysis, the goal in mind, previous medical history and conditions, fitness levels and dietary requirements. So unless we’re complete twinsies, my chart isn’t going to work for you – but I am going to be delightful and tell you what I ate everyday because the diet chart tells me what ingredients I can use but it’s up to me (and my mother) to get creative and whip up a masterpiece.
On today’s menu:
I’m allowed a specified amount of butter with each meal! Isn’t that fabulous?
For those wondering, paneer is an Indian cheese rich in protein. It’s actually really easy to make so I’m going to try making it at some point over the next few weeks 😊
Before we skip on over the dinner, I had 150gm of fresh plain yoghurt after swimming with the little sis for 1.5 hours at the club. So refreshing in this heat!
I’ll be adding the Green Eggs recipe to the blog shortly so stay tuned for that!
That’s first day of the Transformation Challenge done ✅ Stay tuned for the other 362789 days to go
So, over the last week, I have signed up to Squats Academy‘s Transformation Challenge and I am super super excited to start their programme with my mentor, Vishnu!
The programme itself involves a low carb diet and weight training with the help of multivitamin, fish oil and whey protein supplements. It’s a three month programme and I’m hoping that it’ll help me shed at least 15-20kgs over the time period.
I’ve already told all my local Calcutta friends that I will be MIA for at least the next month to ensure that I get into the flow properly without any temptations to cheat with alcohol and eating out.
Aaaaaand because I’m terrible at updating this on the regular (this will probably change drastically when the programme starts and I’m bored at home with no social life), I have set up a snapchat for the blog too! You can catch my regularly (potentially hourly) updates on there everyday! Add it using the username @TheHeavyBlog
I will try and post all the recipes and work out routines I’m using too and while everyone’s warning me of all the side effects of a drastic change in routine (migraines, nausea, etc.) – I’m just too excited about really getting this journey on the road to think about the bad bits. I’m sure there will be plenty complaining in the posts to come though.
So while I wait for this diet chart and workout programme to enter my Inbox, go follow me on snapchat already!