I hope that everyone is enjoying their week, for me I feel it is going by so slowly – but I think that is because I am just back from a great long weekend in Scotland! Anyways, I have decided that I want to do monthly posts to talk about my fitness, weight-loss and all things healthy that I have enjoyed during the month. This will also be an incentive for me to try something new and to stay on the right track knowing I am writing about my journey for everyone to read haha!
Let me give you a bit of background to my fitness/ weight loss journey so far:
Since as far back as I can remember, I have always hated how I looked. I am a comfort eater, and find it hard to say no to food even when I am full. I am just below 5’2″ and at my heaviest I was nearly 10 stone. I know for most 10 stone is not exactly heavy – but for my height and build, I was definitely over weight. Over the last 4-5 years or so I have tried to get on track and at some points I did manage to loose a good bit of weight and eat healthier, but I have in the last year or so reverted straight back to my unhealthy ways and I can now safely say that about half of my wardrobe is very tight on me!!
Over the past year there has been a lot of things that have changed including jobs, relationships and other personal things that I can’t exactly mention on the internet!- But everything took it’s toll on me, so I started to comfort eat and about a month or two ago I got to the stage where I could not even look at myself in the mirror. Whenever I gained weight, I stopped going out as much as I hated any photo that was taken of me, I was constantly fearing that people were judging me and I stopped even wanting to see my friends because I felt like I wasn’t me. I knew I had to change something because my self esteem was definitely suffering and I was almost living in a shell.
In June, I entered a competition on Facebook for 2 months unlimited classes at Lorna Flood Fitness based in Dunshaughlin, Co.Meath. I had gone to Lorna’s classes before I moved to England (another major factor in my weight gain), and I really enjoyed them so I was over the moon when I found out that I won!
After my first month at LF Fitness, I can definitely notice a difference in my strength as well as muscle gain and tone. Lorna has a wide range of classes to pick from, both morning and evenings. I tend to prefer the morning classes at 6am as I then feel wide awake for the day, and I get my workout done so that after work I can go home and relax. The evening classes suit well on the days when I would prefer to have a lie in and then go to a class straight from work. I try to do at least 4-5 classes a week – but this can vary depending on the week!
Classes I have done so far: TRX combo & TRX abs, Circuit training, weights, bootcamp, 20/20/20. I am looking forward to seeing the changes in my body at the end of August!
Visit Lorna’s Facebook Page to see her current offers and timetable!
Trying to stay on track food wise is probably one of the toughest challenges anyone can face. I am a huge fan of chocolate and could easily finish a share galaxy bar by myself in 20 mins. I have tried to stop my bad habits by ensuring that the meals I have during the day are sustainable and will keep me full until the next meal. Normally what I try to eat in a day is:
Breakfast: 2 poached eggs on homemade brown bread or Porridge with sunflower seeds, dried banana and honey.
Lunch: Salad with roast chicken or tuna or ham
Dinner: Stir-fry or meat with vegetables or homemade dinner (I try to stay away from carbs as much as possible)
Snacks: fruit or nuts or protein balls.
I haven’t been able to cut out all snacks completely, and I wouldn’t want to as I enjoy chocolate way too much, but I am definitely going to try stick to being clean 5 out of 7 days so that I can still look forward to a good cheat/treat day during the week!
Here are some of my favourite snacks/meals that I show on snapchat: @samanthaanne93