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Insanity Day 1 – Maxed Out 7:52

Today my husband and I started Insanity Max 30.

It involves a healthy eating regime and a 30 minute high intensity workout. There is a 30 second water break every five minutes but apart from that it’s all go go go!!

The idea is that you go until you can’t go anymore and need a break. The point where you stop you note the time. That’s your max out time. Then after a brief rest you keep going till the end of the 30 minutes.

Today I maxed out at 7 minutes 52 seconds.

I’m not very fit so I was only expecting to get to maybe three or four minutes so I’m delighted with my start.

Although, I had really wanted to Beaty husband. He managed eight minutes 25 seconds.

I think this is going to be a really hard one to keep up. I need to stay motivated. I can feel already why this works so well. I just need to keep at it!

I did tag an extra little workout on at the end of today. Doing the workout highlighted a rather embarrassing problem, my pelvic floor really isn’t as strong as it was pre-children!

So pelvic toning exerciser was out tonight as well! Need to get back into using that on a daily basis too.

After a lovely long, hot shower I even managed to cram in a couple hours exam revision.

Feeling very on top of things today. It’s a good feeling.

I really need to figure out food though. That can be a separate post!

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Does exercise really effect weight loss?

To reach my target I need to lose 3-4lbs a week.

Diet alone I’m only expecting to lose 1-2lbs a week.  Any more and I can’t hope to keep in off right?

So what difference will it make if I exercise, will it do much to increase my weight loss?

What would be the best type of exercise to do?

A Google search has come up with lots of websites suggesting the same things, so here’s my top five list of weight loss boosting exercise.

  1. High Intensity – I found an interesting article here claiming two 20 second bursts a week can be better than a full gym session. Don’t think I believe that, but I did used to see a personal trainer once a week for a 30 minute High Intensity training session and I saw fantastic results.
  2. Compound Exercise – To me this one seems more like common sense, but a loss of weight loss is just common sense.  Try to do exercises that work as many muscle groups at once as possible.  Why work one at a time when you can work three at a time?  I wonder if this could be combined with high intensity training? Muscles burn calories too so weight training can help to aid weight loss in the long run.
  3. Swimming – Swimming for an hour can burn 800 calories.  It’s low intensity and gives a great all over body workout.  I have a couple reservations about swimming though.  If the pool is quiet, great.  But if you end up swimming while there’s a group of kids practising cannon balls it’s incredibly annoying and stressful.  Plus there’s all the time either end getting the chlorine off your hair and skin.
  4. Cycling – This can burn 800-1000 calories an hour.  An exercise bike in the house would be a good option for me.  I’ve got two young daughters and going to the gym or the pool is time I’m not spending with them.  Say an hour long class, plus time either side to get changed and traveling time there and back, it’s turning into two hours away from home.  I only get a few hours with them at night after work. If I have an exercise bike in the lounge I can use it while I’m watching tv.  Keep an good pace during the show, pedal like a maniac every advert break, plus the girls could still be in the room with me so I’m not missing time with them. I could also jump on when I sweet craving hits.
  5. Skipping – A lot of exercise can mean a big initial outlay, a lot of time, specialist equipment or needing a trainer.  But skipping, just you and a skipping rope.  Head into your garden, or use the local park, or the living room if you’re lucky enough to have high ceilings! Ten minutes can burn up to 200 calories and it’s an ideal one to use when you get a sweet craving.  Just invest in a good sports bra first! I used to love skipping as a child and won the skipping race at sports day every year. (I was rubbish at every other sport, skipping was my saviour!) I’m not sure I could do as many tricks as I used to but it might be a fun way of exercising.

If nothing else I think that exercise works as good motivation during weight loss.  If you’ve just half killed yourself exercising it might make you think twice about sneaking that chocolate bar.  How long would it take to burn it off? Is it really worth it?

What do you do?

Week 6 Results…. need help

Another week where I just can’t get my head in gear.

But I did lose another 1/2 lb.62bb369976ffe57dd4d8901f01be8b34

If I keep it up all year that’s 26lbs so I’m still happy to be losing.

But I need to get myself out of this miserable “I can’t do this” mentality or it’s going to take me forever.

I’m down 13lbs now which is fantastic. One more pound and I get my 1st award at Slimming World and I’m going to redo my photos and measurements.

Any tips for getting back on track. I could use the advice.

Motivating Image for a Friday

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Just a little motivation for what is traditionally ‘take away night’. I managed to stay strong and talk my husband down. 2014 will be the year I get slim and stay slim.

Motivational Jars

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These are my little motivational jars. I’ve got them on top of the fridge.

A bead for every half pound to lose. Too often we look at how far we’ve got to go and forget how far we’ve come.

After I move all the pink beads that’ll be me halfway!

These are really easy to make. Just glass jars and glass beads from the pet store. You can decorate with glass paint and ribbons if you like too.

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