Monday, 27 October 2014

another weekend... in the gym #31

Another Weekend Without Make-up is no more! For a while I've felt the name was a bit of a tongue twister and didn't really give any clues as to what I actually blog about, After much deliberation we are now "Dinner Stories"! It had to be something food related really, didn't it? It's all official with our very own domain name and everything, please spread the word! Welcome to dinnerstories.co.uk...

FOOD


Well, other than that exciting news, not much has changed! Still sticking to plan... I'm finding it easier every week as I'm getting more familiar with the routine - I don't have to refer to the recipes so often now. I had a few treats at the weekend again as I was off but hey that's life. Still having some issues with my clothes. I guess I'm only just coming to terms with the fact that an extra stone of muscle will change my shape and the way things fit! Keeping the faith though - if I stay on plan then I will cut fat! And then I could always just buy a whole new wardrobe! Any excuse ;)

EXERCISE


Monday - Recovery day!
Tuesday - Kettlebells & metafit.
Wednesday - Weights.
Thursday - Weights.
Friday - Rest day.
Saturday - Weights.
Sunday - Weights & 1/2 mile swim.

My PT advised me to train in the gym more often so this week I skipped my usual Insanity class & hit the weights instead. I've been absolutely knackered all week - I'm blaming doing Survival last Sunday, not getting to bed early enough all week and the change in the weather! S.A.D anyone? After forcing myself to train all week I took Friday as my rest day for a night out in Aberdeen. We made use of the hotel's gym in the morning but it didn't have all the equipment I normally use so was a bit of a pathetic sesh. This Saturday I have a hen night so I'll be training hard & eating well all week so I can enjoy myself at the weekend! Fingers crossed the clock changing helps with my sleep pattern too.

Hope you had a good week?

Christy xx

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Men's Health Survival of the Fittest

Men's Health Survival of the Fittest, Edinburgh... in a word? Epic! 


My second ever obstacle race was a tough one but I loved it. The 10k course was actually 12.5k and felt like it went on forever. We ran up and down so many hills and stairs that I lost count - including the Royal Mile, Jacob's Ladder, Calton Hill & even Arthur's Seat which was an absolute killer! We were treated to some amazing sights of Edinburgh along the course though. At one point we were climbing Arthur's Seat, the rain had stopped and the sun was shining, we had a view right across the city with a rainbow above it, which made it more than worth the pain!


Maybe we'd of ran even faster if this guy had been behind us...


The obstacles were well spaced out and pretty intense. As hard as they are, it's kind of nice to break up the running! There was hay bales, monkey bars, cargo nets, a slide, a maze, a tyre squeeze, cones & sand bags that we had to carry on our backs, freezing cold water up to our waists, lots and lots of ridiculously high walls... There was no soft landing on the other side either, just an 8ft drop! My poor knees were knackered by the end of it.


We climbed, jumped and crawled our way around the course. Although we signed up as a big team, I hadn't planned to run the race with anyone in particular. Some of my team mates caught up with me early on and I stayed with them for the rest of the race... it was the best thing that could of happened! The support and encouragement you get from a team is invaluable and I couldn't of done it without these guys! My mind would of given up half way through the never ending tunnel if it wasn't for them. The obstacles themselves were much harder than I'd expected - at the Beast Race I found them more uncomfortable than actually difficult! - but the Survival course is seriously challenging. Luckily my team mates were always on hand to push and pull each other over the obstacles - totally deserving of the Team Epic name, thanks guys!


I was so relieved to see the finish line! We completed it in 1 hour 44 minutes 58 seconds. I'd predicted 1 hour 30 minutes so seeing as there was an extra 2.5k and some really tough hills I'm pretty chuffed with that time. If you get the chance to compete in Survival of the Fittest, take it! Each entrant receives a medal, an event t-shirt and a goody bag full of healthy treats, copies of Men's/Women's Health and, erm, lube... maybe it's good for chaffing? It was so much fun (the race, not the lube!) and you get a seriously smug feeling of accomplishment when you cross that line. 


Even smugger when you get that well deserved drink afterwards...


Have you ever competed in Survival of the Fittest? Would you?

Christy xx

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

another weekend... in the gym #30


FOOD

Finally had my weigh in - I've lost 2.6% body fat and gained 2.6lb of muscle... Pretty pleased with that, everything is going in the right direction! I actually feel bigger right now but I'm putting it down to muscle & hoping I'll start to notice the fat loss soon. My ultimate goal is really just to have a flat (or at least not pregnant looking) stomach so I think I'm just expecting too much too soon. I'm not going to have visible abs after a month!! It's progress though, I'm a step closer to my goals and feeling motivated to stick with the plan... Slow & steady wins the race!

EXERCISE

Monday - Boxercise & yoga
Tuesday - Kettlebells & metafit
Wednesday - Weights
Thursday - Personal training
Friday - Rest day
Saturday - Rest day
Sunday - Survived at Men's Health Survival of the Fittest in Edinburgh! More on that soon ;)

How was your week? Have you reached any goals lately?

Christy xx

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Benefits of Yoga

I've only recently taken up yoga and am still getting the hang of it. I'm no expert and I think it'll be a while before I feel comfortable enough practising it on my own but I'm really enjoying my Monday night classes. It's not for everyone but I find it helps me to relax and unwind, and I always leave class with a smile on my face. There's so many benefits to yoga that I thought I'd share a few that I've experienced...

  • Relieves Stress - Maybe it's down to focusing on your breath or maybe it's just switching off from your phone/TV/laptop/world for an hour? I don't know, but it works.
  • Stretches Sore Muscles - I love a good stretch to lengthen out my muscles when they're tight and sore from training.
  • Improves Flexibility - The more you practise, the more you'll be able to bend and flow easily. Your muscles will get used to the poses and you'll get deeper into them every time.
  • Aids Digestion (!) - When my belly feels sore and bloated, I make sure I don't skip yoga! Your abdominal organs are stimulated by loads of yoga poses, but twists especially give everything a good squeeze and massage your abdomen to get everything working. Less stress also means less tummy problems so I guess it all links together! 
  • Relieves Back Pain (!) - The biggest benefit for me! I noticed a difference from my very first class. Lower back pain is something I've struggled with for a while, particularly during core exercises and sometimes even just after a long day on my feet at work. I can be struggling with it all day, go to a yoga class, and leave pain free! 
  • Helps You Relax and Rest - I always sleep better after a class :)
Why do you love yoga?

Christy xx
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