I thought it might be fun to share my weekly workouts. You can get a proper look at me actually working out in the video at the end. The main reason for all this? To take the pressure off my joints and ease my pain as much as I can, added bonus – my clothes fit me well again, so I don’t have to buy a new wardrobe!
I tend to work out Monday to Friday and rarely on the weekends – although I am moving about cleaning, gardening and lots of other things, just not a traditional workout. So let’s just dive in!
I like to ease into my week with some gentle yoga – I’m a fan of functional movement when it comes to my yoga, I generally flow from one thing to the next and just loosen up my limbs. Now I’m going through my yoga teacher training, I’ve become even more aware of how the body works and how best to help myself. So mornings – chilled yoga.
Every Monday evening I go to a climbing class with Simon. It’s great fun, there’s basically a group of us learning how to route read, how to move to make each route as simple as possible and all sorts of other fun climbing things. We have an hour class and we tend to climb for about an hour or an hour and a half. We go to the Colchester Climbing Project, it is awesome.
I sometimes go for a run on Tuesday mornings, although running is pretty hard on my body, so I listen to my body and do what suits. In the evening, I have Pilates class! It’s an hour class, it’s a wonderfully small class, which means lots of teacher attention and it’s generally a pretty hard class.
Wednesday mornings are a more intense yoga session, something to get my body moving and my heart rate up. I’ll often practice certain poses I’m working on too. Wednesday evenings we go back for our second climbing session of the week! Yes, we are fans. It’s just a great way to get your body moving and using body weight to strengthen yourself. Plus, it’s good for the head, I can’t focus on anything other than the route I’m climbing.
Morning run! I tend to do this one more often than the Tuesday one for some reason. I’m getting closer to 5km. I’ve been using the Couch to 5K app and highly recommend it, it’s got me moving. I tend to go out twice a week rather than 3 times a week, so my progress has been slow, it’s still been progress! I tend to come back and do dips on a chair – good to get my arms involved.
Thursday evenings are often double yoga evenings. A sun salutation class followed by a mega chill-out class. So I get my heart rate up and get my body moving, then I wind down and sleep so very well. Win!
More morning yoga…can you tell I’m a bit addicted. Then a climbing session in the evening. At climbing, I’ll do warm up squats and press ups along with some other strengthening exercises before I then climb for a few hours. I’ve noticed I’m getting stronger and more mobile by the week.
So that’s my week in workouts! OK so what about my weight? Have I lost loads? What have I been doing food wise. You can see my first weight update in this video – yes I know, I didn’t do a matching blog post at the time, life was busy!
So to the point – I joined Weight Watchers at the end of January. Please note, this isn’t sponsored or advertising for them. I’m doing the freestyle option on the app only, so I eat what I like but record everything. I’ve swapped out some of the foods and tried lots of their recipes – which are delicious. I’ve gone from 11st 3lbs in January to 10st 6lbs. I did try losing weight on my own using MyFitnessPal but struggled to find new recipes. Hence joining WW.
So that’s it – I’ll do a food diary, or what I ate in a week style post if you’d like? Let me know.