I started out the year with high hopes for my fitness journey. At the end of 2014 I was going to the gym regularly plus several spin classes. I even got a personal trainer at one point-get me! Working out with a trainer 4 times a week is unfortunately not sustainable (plus it’s really expensive) so I implemented some changes to my day-to-day life that I thought I’d share with you.
I have had to take a long hard look at what I’m fuelling my body with and I have made some changes that have made a dramatic difference. The biggest change being giving up refined sugar and those naughty white carbs. I’m not a saint and I do of course have ‘cheat days’ however, I like to be prepared and once a week have a baking day. I prepare sweet treats in advance such as my Raw Berry Cheesecake which feels like a wonderful indulgence. I also make sure I have healthy snacks on hand to help with my energy levels and that dreaded 3pm slump. My absolute favourite snack is pictured below; a delecatble mouthful in the form of a medjool date sliced open and spread with a spoonful of almond butter. If you haven’t tried this, you really must. You can thank me later!
I love the gym and taking a spin class is my favourite activity but when you have small children it can be hard to whisk yourself away for an hour. I am very lucky that Mr T is a fitness fanatic and also a builder by trade, so we have our very own gym in the garage. We take it in turns to go and do a quick work out and if I’m honest it’s nice to have some peace and quiet away from the house. There’s loads of fitness equipment available for the home (or garage!) from retailers like Tesco I tend to favour our cross trainer for a good cardio workout combined with free-weights. Weight lifting is amazing for toning up and building core strength. Don’t be afraid to lift weights, I promise you, you will not bulk up like a guy! I have noticed a massive difference in my overall shape since I’ve been doing weights and it’s especially nice to see some definition on my arms and shoulders. I would really recommend free weights combined with cardiovascular training for a balanced overall work out.
Drink more water
I know it’s been said a thousand times before but it is so important for your fitness journey and your health. If you are working out you will lose more water naturally and you really need to replace this after a fitness session. It will also help you to lose weight, your skin will be better and water is free. What’s not to love?! Something that has really helped me stay on track of the amount of water I need to be drinking every day is my fantastic water bottle that has marks down the side reminding you to drink throughout the day. It’s called a motivation bottle and says ‘Beast Mode’ on it. Enough said!
Ok, I am my own worst enemy when it comes to getting enough Zzzz but when I am in a regular sleep pattern and getting 7 plus hours a night (without an errant toddler in my bed) I feel so much better in myself and able to work out with a spring in my step. Getting enough good quality sleep definitely has a positive impact on your metabolism and a good regular sleep pattern can help prevent weight gain.
Have I reached my ultimate fitness level? Not quite but I am getting there. Sometimes life does get in the way but I am enjoying exercising regularly and being mindful of what I put into my body which is a good start, so watch this space!
*This is a collaborative post
Featured image photo credit-Mean themes ‘peggy’