THE DUMBE-BELLE CHRONICLES - 10 WEEKS TO FITNESS - WEEK 3

Hello and welcome back to week 3 of my 10 weeks to fitness challenge! I have just completed my hour long session and weigh in with Calum and the results are in! For those of you who are new to the challenge, I am on a bid to lose half my body fat in 10 weeks with the help of Personal Trainer Calum Taylor as I discovered 4 weeks ago that my body fat percentage (34%) was not healthy for someone of my size, I weighed 10 stone 7 pounds. So I have been working tirelessly to bring those numbers down and get healthier and I've just got my third update. But first thins first, let's look back at what I have got up to over the last week. 

So I missed out on the weigh in last week as I was on a romantic weekend away celebrating my fourth anniversary with my boyfriend. Rather than training we ate WAY too much food and lay in bed a lot and I knew I would have a lot of work to do to make this right. 

Monday: I started this week with a session that I didn't want at my local gym in an RPM class. Maybe because I had had a few days off or maybe it was just because it was a Monday and I was in a real grump but I found this to be really hard work! It was my first time in an RPM class (indoor cycling to you and me) and I didn't hate it. Nor did I love it though and haven't got immediate plans to go back. 

Food wise I was good, when I got home I had two boiled eggs with oatcakes, for lunch I tried something new and TOASTED sweet potato (works surprisingly well!) which I had with tuna and cucumber and then for supper I had some roast chicken with courgetti. (No evening carbs, as instructed and I was hungry but smug).

Tuesday: Today I had a spinning class in the evening, this I really enjoyed - I don't know why today's was better than Monday's but it was. It was only 45 minutes and because it's more like a disco than a gym I find it super fun. It's called Group Cycle for any Virgin Active members and I LOVE IT.

Food wise I added to my breakfast, where I normally have just boiled eggs I added coconut yoghurt, raspberries, blueberries and agave nectar. Lunch was tuna pasta salad and dinner was bolognaise sauce with lots of veggies. (Again no carbs but I did snack on a mango, an apple and an orange which is apparently too much fruit... CAN I WIN?!)

Wednesday: As promised today I went back to the Body Attack class that I had loved to hate last Wednesday. This class is SO FRIGGIN INTENSE but I flipping love it. Everything hurts and I normally feel like I am going to choke up a lung but my Polar Heart Rate Monitor shows me that I have worked hard and burnt lots and lots of calories so that's good.

Lunch wise I had the same breakfast as I had had the day before with lots of fruity snacks, for lunch I had cold chicken with sweet potatoes, broccoli, peas and cucumber and for dinner I went to Byron and had a burger with no bun (gluten) and chips. Am I proud? No. Was it delicious? Yes.

Thursday: It was back to Body Pump today as I had done last Thursday. I actually felt myself getting stronger as the week had gone on and I was able to push myself harder and it was AWESOME. To be able to add an extra push up or use a slightly heavier weight or whatever is so cool and I was really proud of myself for this.

Food today. Hm. Breakfast was the same as Wednesday (2 breakfasts have become normal), lunch was the same as Tuesday, pasta salad because I'm lazy. And dinner? Well dinner was gin and tequila. I'm not proud of this, not least of all because my health issues mean that I shouldn't be drinking more than one drink, if I have any at all. I skipped dinner because I was out and instead feasted on crisps. I'm already SO nervous about telling Calum.

Friday: I was hungover so I didn't go to the gym. But I still ate like I had, I had my two breakfasts, snacked on ALL the fruit, had (GF) bread, carrots, cucumber and humous for lunch and then sweet potato with salad and chicken for dinner. Oh the shame of it all.

Saturday: A bit better. I got into the gym for the DIY programme that Calum had given me last week. I burnt 400 calories and it was AMAZING. (You can do it in the comfort of your own living room) and if you want to have a go you can find it HERE. (Look how sweaty I was!!!)

Food wise I added to my breakfast, still I had the eggs but then I put muesli in with my coconut yoghurt and berries, it might not be what Calum wants me to be having but IT WAS SO YUMMY and for anyone not currently torturing themselves I would recommend it as it is delish. I snacked on rice cakes and nut butter (urgh) and for dinner I had lamb with some home made Turkish style salads that were very yum, I said no to rice cause I knew I was seeing Calum the next day.

And that brings us to where we are today. I am currently sitting at my laptop feeling very crispy as the sweat that was on my head has now dried (sorry not sorry). I had a VERY intense session with Calum and if you want to give it a go, take a look at it here:

We started with a five minute warmup run and then stretch. Then it was back onto the treadmill for THE MOST RIDICULOUS EXERCISES EVER!!!

I started by doing 1 minute of lunging on the treadmill at 2 miles an hour:

Then it was time for 1 minute sprint.

Then I had a minute of doing STARJUMPS on the treadmill, with it going 2 miles an hour.

Then I sprinted for another minute.

Then I had to hand walk on the treadmill for a mile (I DIE)

Then I sprinted for another minute.

Then I had to BEAR CRAWL ON THE TREADMILL WITH MY ARMS AND LEGS!! (At 1mph) lololol.

Then I sprinted for another minute.

This damn nearly killed me I swear to god!! So I didn't appreciate what came next:

50 SQUATS!!!!! 

40 SIDE STEPS

30 MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS

20 STEP UPS

10 Clean & Jerks

AND THEN WE HAD TO REPEAT IT ALL AGAIN 😖😖😖 but this time *only* half the amount. (25, 20, 15, 10, 5 - still so damn hard!). I burnt 500 calories in the 50 minutes which was pretty flipping impressive.

And then it was time for the weigh in. After so much training I was so sure that I would get good results, I had exercised SO much and honestly felt like a new person. But, I realise after writing it all down that I had eaten quite a lot too. I lack a lot of knowledge where this kind of thing is concerned and had assumed that everything I was eating was good for me, that fruit in excess was good for me... I was wrong. Fruit as it turns out is too sugary and I DON'T NEED TO BREAKFASTS. Sad face. So what did the scales say?

Well disappointingly after all my hard work and two weeks since my last weigh in, I only lost another 1% body fat, bringing me to 31.6%. It's not bad and at least I am moving in the right direction but I see that I still have a lot of room for improvement. I have also stayed the same as the week before at 10st5 but Calum has pointed out that more of that is muscle than it was when we started.

Initially I was disappointed by this, I had honestly hoped that the results would say something totally different, but I realise that I shouldn't be, because I am still learning. I don't know anything about this stuff really and I can't be expected to just land on the ground running, ready to give up everything and get it totally right! No, if that was the case Calum wouldn't have a job and I wouldn't be documenting my journey for you! 

What this has given me is more determination than ever to get this right! I really want to see if it's possible to get my body fat down as much as I can and get as fit as I can in ten weeks and in order to do that I am going to need to learn some lessons!

I don't know if this has been as inspirational as posts from previous weeks BUT, I suppose it is good to show that it's not all plain sailing eh?! To anyone trying to do this at home, or anything similar, I hope you are getting on OK and that the work out that we did today might be useful to you going forwards!

Lessons I learnt this week:

Fruit has lots of sugar in it.
My polar heart rate monitor is amazing and the reason I exercise.
You can toast sweet potato and it tastes great.
When you get into a routine exercise becomes *almost* fun.
I shouldn't drink tequila whilst doing a challenge like this.
I must do better next week.

Big love guys and thanks for checking in with me! Please get in touch with any questions. 

Go find Calum on Instagram here cause he's great!! xxx