Step 7. Sweat baby, Sweat baby!

I have been eating LCHF and writing this blog since last October. That's 5 months of swapping coffee for green tea, and emotional eating for exercise! As well as removing all sugar and gluten from my diet, and increasing the fat, protein and vegetables I eat everyday.

But if I am brutally honest I haven't really seen the results I am after. Especially in relation to my waist line.

Yes I have quit smoking. Yes I have gone travelling. Yes I am the first to admit I have fallen off the wagon... more than a couple of times; and yes I have been concentrating more on my digestive health this month than my weight. But I am part of Generation Y which means I want results NOW! 

And for all of my trying... and believe me, this whole experience has been VERY trying! I am still so very far away from my goal. 

That was until I went back to the gym... 

That's me and my gym buddy Ash - MONTH 1. 

No rest for the wicked! 

No rest for the wicked! 

About 1 month ago now I started back at the gym, thanks to the encouragement of my beautiful friend Ash (pictured above).

Honestly that girl is my rock. My motivation. The reason I get out of bed at 5.30 in the morning - Because I know she will be there waiting for me at the gym and PISSED if I don't show.

We even came up with this awesome program (pictured left) so we can train together most days!

I cant stress enough how important training with a mate or even a group of mates is. They motivate you, encourage you and support you along a very hard journey. Without Ash I would have given up week 1! 

Now I know that everyone says 70% of weight loss is done in the kitchen. And I totally agree. However walking for me just doesn't cut it. I need to really SWEAT to release the kilograms. And while I hate getting up in the wee hours of the morning, I actually don't hate exercising.

Don't get me wrong, I am far off being one of those 'feel the burn' loving masochists who lives to train, but I do get a real high from my morning SPIN or TBW's. However it took a good few weeks to get me to that state.

So if you HATE to work out. Like I know use to! Then boy do I have a treat for you. Just watch the Vimeo clip below and be prepared to be amazed. 

Yep that's it! Just 3 minutes, a couple of times a week of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and you're well on your way to a slimmer trimmer figure and an increased fitness level. Sounds too good to be true doesn't it?

Well I have been training this way for the past month. Incorporating a combination of 15 minute HIIT sessions on the elliptical machine, rower, bike and treadmill, along with heavy weight sessions and two of my favourite Les Mills classes 3 times a week - RPM and TBW (Total body workout). 

In the first week alone I dropped nearly 4 kilos in water weight and shrunk my bloated belly! 

Pre Gym Body 

Weight - Just under 100 kgs 

Dress size - pushing a size 18 (biggest I have been in 6 years!)

Waist - 97cm

Hips - 130cm

Arms - 36cm

Thighs - 78cm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to the gun show 

Welcome to the gun show 

Just 1 month later 

Weight - 92 kgs 

Dress size - 14 in dresses, skirts and tops to a size 16 in pants 

Waist - 87cm

Hips - 120cm

Arms - 35cm

Thighs - 69cm

 

That is a difference of...

Weight - Nearly 8kgs!

Dress size  - Close to 2 whole dress sizes! 

Waist - minus 10 cm 

Hips - minus 10 cm

Arms - minus 2 cm

Thighs - minus 9 cm

As you can see from my picture, I still have quite a long way to go before I reach my goals. But a loss of over 30 cms across my body is a BIG win in my book! No wonder my jeans are just about to fall off me right now. Think it might be almost time for a new pair! haha #winning