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First Week Ups & Downs

So Far |

Intermittent fasting in the last week has been good but admittedly it can be better. Starting intermittent fasting is fairly easy, you can start straight away really. It’s the being strict all the time that takes some getting used to. There have been days that I have stayed to plan and other days I have eaten in a binge fashion. I seem to find it hard to cut down the carbs and eating from 12pm can sometimes be a challenge, depending on what the last thing was that I ate the night before.

The Good |

The good news is…. that I have had some loss. Not just in weight, down from 81.9kg down to 79kg, but I’ve lost between 2-3cm (go me!)overall. I assume some of it is water weight and after seeing the weight loss on the scales, I am really focused on being stricter with my eating and staying inside the window and inside my macros.

The Bad |

Aaaargh! This is harder than I thought it would be! I mean, it’s easy to start but it does take some time to adjust to especially if you train hard, like I have been in the last week. I have over eaten carbs quite a bit this week and I feel like I am bigger. My clothes fit weird.

The Rest |

  1. My legs are bigger. I can see it and they feel more muscular but they are under a layer of squishy fat.
  2. When I squeeze my glutes, they look like square cheeks. A bit like SpongeBob Squarepants.
  3. I keep wanting to eat carbs. Not just a few. All of them.
  4. Switching to cardio dominant exercise this week. I’ll be working on bodyweight and HIIT which will feel strange since I enjoy weight training so much.

Side note: I may not have told you this before but I had a hysterectomy 11 weeks ago, which means I need to take it easy. The hard part is that my mind doesn’t want to wait to get better but at the same time I understand how important it is to heal well so this week I am backing off my heavy lifting training and focusing on fat loss with cardio and bodyweight. I have been cleared to do some HIIT and use the treadmill. I still have 13 weeks left to heal. The other hard part about the hysterectomy is that I am putting on weight around the area where my uterus used to be. Seriously though, that’s better than the pain and constant bleeding.

The Week 2 Plan

  • Cardio training
  • Body weight exercise
  • Low weights (probably free weights training) high reps
  • Stick to the plan
  • Photos – get my squishy body on record
  • Weigh in day
  • Increase water intake – 3.5L
  • Low carb, low fat, moderate protein
  • Gorge during my feeding window, keeping within my macros, so my body doesn’t think it’s starving

Let’s see how we go this week.

Shareena xo

 

 

Week 1 Results

Week one, done and dusted! It was good but also quite challenging! There were good days that went well if I was prepared but if I didn’t prepare and plan, I over ate carbs. I have noticed how carbs are the thing I crave the most. I did notice a few things:

  1. I have a higher mental focus and can get most of the important things done in the morning.
  2. I get hungry around 11am, however, if I am busy I can get past this.
  3. I used the gym in North Sydney near my workplace and it was great.

My starting measurements were:

  • Waist 87cm
  • Hip 114cm
  • Chest 97cm
  • Thigh 70cm
  • Weight 80.9kg

After week one (on 21/05/2017), my measurements are:

  • Waist 84cm
  • Hip 112cm
  • Chest 95cm
  • Thigh 67cm
  • Weight 81.6kg

My training in the last week was not as frequent as usual but I made sure that each session was intense.

Tuesday

  • Weight training 60 mins – intense
  • Treadmill – 20 mins, walk (6.0) and run (7.5) alternate

Friday

  • Weight training 60 mins – intense

Saturday

  • Weight training 60 mins – intense
  • Cardio – 10 mins treadmill (6.0)
  • Body weight – 20 mins intense

RESULTS! 

So, this week has been really good! An overall fat loss of 2-3cm! I’m actually really buzzed about it!

Baby-Girl: My Ride

So! Let me introduce you to my ride. My beautiful 2011 Ducati Monster 659.

My Baby-Girl

As you can see I’m still on my learner licence and yes, this is a Learner Approved bike. I love riding. Growing up around bikes and watching bike racing with my grandfather must have seeped into my blood and the adrenaline I feel when I’m on my bike is, at times, intoxicating. 

I can’t explain how much I love my bike except to show you a picture to describe how it feels to ride:

Let’s Do Dis!!


Lol…. but seriously. It’s an amazing feeling. I’ll be posting my about my riding adventures and some pics too. Just thought I’d give Baby-Girl her intro. 

More later,

Shareena 😘