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Thru The Blue’s 30 Day Abs Challenge

30 Oct

Im doing this:

http://thrutheblue.me/2011/10/22/30-day-ab-challenge/

Why dont you too?

Square one init

28 Oct

So erm yeah… Hi….

Back to square -25, I failed. Miserably.

I have put back on every ounce I lost plus an extra 5lbs. Well done me.
Was in serious denial because my size 16 clothes still fit.. Dont ask me how but hey ho.

So lets start again.

😦

10 min yoga tone up from yahoo

28 Oct
Sometimes don’t you wish there was an exercise equivalent to ready meals? A way to get an endorphin-boosting high without actually having to exercise?
Our exclusive yoga workout isn’t completely effortless, of course, but you can do it without leaving the house, it only takes 10 minutes and the moves will have you brimming with energy – not sweat.

They’ll also leave you feeling flexible, focused and more toned. So, take a look at this plan, grab a mat – and go!

Zest tip: Do all the postures in order. Once you have mastered them, try flowing from one to the other more quickly, breathing deeply and purposefully through your nose throughout.

Wide-Leg Forward Bend

Wide-Leg Forward Bend

This stretches the muscles at the back of your legs, hips and spine. If you find it hard to bend from your hips at first, just go as low as you can.

  • Stand up straight with your feet wide apart (about 1.4 metres), feet flat on the floor, toes pointing forwards and your arms at your sides.
  • Inhale deeply and stretch up through your spine, lifting your chest and pulling in your bottom.
  • Exhale and gradually lower your upper body from the hips until you’re parallel to the floor, arms straight below your shoulders, palms on the ground.
  • Breathe in and walk your palms back inside your feet, then breathe out and bend your elbows back as you slowly push your head down to the floor. Feel your spine stretching out as you gradually lower your head and raise your bottom. Don’t rush this – go as far as you can and take your time.
  • Inhale and reverse out of the posture, a little at a time, until you’re back in the vertical start position.

Crescent Moon

Crescent Moon

Great for improving your balance, co-ordination and concentration, this move opens up your chest and hips, and strengthens your legs, back, arms and shoulders to increase energy flow.

  • Stand upright with your feet together, hands on your hips. Inhale and take a big step forwards on to your right leg, placing your right foot flat on the floor, toes pointing forwards. Your left knee should be resting on the floor with the toes of your left foot bent and the left heel facing upwards. Bend your right knee to 90 degrees.
  • Take a deep breath and bring your hands into the prayer position. Drop your head back, keeping your shoulders down and shoulder blades pulled in to open up your chest. Lift your arms over your head. Exhale and let your arms and head go back further. You should feel the stretch at the front of your body.
  • Breathe in and extend your leg back straight. Breathe deeply while you hold this pose for 10, 20 or 30 seconds. Repeat on the opposite side.

Tree

Tree

Beginners may find this pose quite challenging, but it’s also very calming and will help you develop good posture, co-ordination, balance and concentration.

  • Stand up straight, feet together, arms relaxed. If you need more stability, place your left hand on your left hip. Bend your right knee and lift your right foot up and inwards, so the sole is resting against your inner left thigh with your heel as high as it will go, toes pointing towards the floor.
  • Keep your supporting left leg firm and straight. Inhale and gently bring your palms together in a prayer stance.
  • Take another deep breath and lift your arms straight up above your head with your palms touching each other. Keep stretching up through your body and hold this position as long as you can. Focus on your breathing and relax into the posture.
  • Lower your arms and ease back down to the start position, then repeat on the other side.

Half Moon

Half Moon

This pose helps improve your balance as well as strengthening your legs and making your spine stronger and more flexible. If you find it hard to balance, use a block to support your lower hand.

  • Stand with your feet together and your arms at your sides. Place your right foot about a metre to the right and turn your foot out to a 90-degree angle, with your left foot turned in slightly. Stay facing forwards.
  • Inhale and raise your arms to shoulder height, then lower your right arm towards the floor, bending your right knee. Continue lowering it until your fingertips are resting on the floor with your head and body facing forwards.
  • Inhale and lift your leg up until it forms a straight line with your left hip. Be sure to keep your knee and toes facing forwards. Stretch out your left leg as far as it will go as you straighten your right supporting leg.
  • Place your left hand on the base of your spine, opening your chest and bringing your left shoulder over your right shoulder. Inhale and extend your left arm as far as you can. When balancing well, lift your eyes to the ceiling and turn your head to face up. Hold this position for 10, 20 or 30 seconds, breathing normally.
  • Slowly ease yourself out of the position, then repeat on the other side.

Warrior III

Warrior III

Great for improving your balance and strength – this targets your stomach, leg, shoulder and back muscles. If you’re a complete beginner, use a wall for support until you improve your balance.

  • Stand with your feet together, arms at your sides. Inhale and then bring your arms over your head, palms facing inwards. Pull in your stomach muscles to help support your back.
  • Exhale and step your right leg forwards. Fix your gaze on a point on the floor about one metre in front of your foot.
  • Stretch your arms forwards, as you lower your body until it’s parallel with the floor. Simultaneously raise your left heel backwards, toes downwards. Hold for 30 to 60 seconds, breathing gently through your nose.
  • Exhale and slowly step back out of the posture. Repeat on the opposite side.

Locust

Locust

The pose really strengthens your back, legs and arms, helping to improve your flexibility. It might feel a little challenging at first, but keep practising until you build up your strength and stamina.

  • Lie flat on the floor, face downwards, with your arms by your sides, legs together. Point the toes of your left foot and keep your right leg relaxed. Bring your chin forward so it’s resting on the floor and imagine that you’re stretching out and lengthening your whole body from head to toe.
  • Inhale and slowly lift your leg up behind you, keeping your hips down on the floor. Hold for 10 seconds, then gently lower it back down to the floor and repeat on the other leg.
  • Rest your chin on the floor, with your legs together, your hips pressing down and your toes pointed. Reach behind you and interlace your fingers behind your back. Inhale and pull your fingers towards your feet as you lift your head, chest, body and legs up off the floor. Hold for 10 seconds, breathing deeply, then exhale, release and repeat.
Zest tip: If a posture feels difficult at first, breathe more deeply though your nose. It can boost energy and help you move deeper into the pose and hold it for longer.

Reclining Twists

Reclining Twists

These twists are great for releasing tension, as they stretch out your spine, and are ideal at the end of a yoga session. They’ll also tone and slim your waist and hips.

  • Lie on your back with knees bent, feet flat on the floor. Stretch out your arms at shoulder height, palms up.
  • Keep your knees together and bring them up over your hips and flatten your lower back. Exhale and lower your knees to the left. Place your left hand on your right knee.
  • Keep both shoulders flat on the floor and turn your head to the right. Bend your right elbow and point your fingers upwards. Hold for 20, 30 or 60 seconds. With every out breath, try to deepen the twist and stretch.
  • Slowly bring your knees and head back to the centre and repeat on the other side

Witness the (lack of) Fitness

26 Apr
Exercise for the last two weeks has been what the cool kids call “a myth”.
 
Wednesday before last I had my first ever migraine and it lasted 4 days. Totally wiped me out, then once it was gone so had all my motivation. I was off work for Easter week and had intentions to go to the gym every day and really put in the hours, but alas, there was always something else to do.
 
My eating wasn’t too bad (minus the Haagan Daaz episodes (plural cos there was two of them)). I generally managed to still eat ok for the period I wasn’t exercising and I didn’t spend the whole time sat on my bottom, I was out and about. But of course that’s no excuse for the laziness.
 
I did go to register with a new doctor though and she noted my overweightness as well as praising what I had done and lost so far but also asked if I wanted to have an appointment with the weight loss clinic they offer to all patients. So I have an appointment on the 4th May. I’m hoping they can give me further useful advice and tips and it will be good to have a medical perspective on it all.
 
I tried my hand at some healthy baking last week too. Zest Magazine had a lovely recipe for some peanut butter flapjack type things. Made from Jumbo Oats, honey and peanut butter, They were lovely and delicious. Came out really well. My muffins on the other hand did not. For the first batch I must have had the oven on too high. They didn’t cook in the middle but got too brown (read burnt) on top. The second batch were still too soft in the middle despite removing what I thought was the dodgy ingredient. I will try again soon.
 
I finally got some new trousers! well two pairs actually. A Pair of size 16 Chinos and a pair of size 18 work trousers. Really pleased. The 16 work trousers were just a bit too tight so it wont be long before I’m in them I’m sure, but at least now I can stop looking like I have no bottom. Although on that subject, my boobs have shrunk quite a bit. less and less 4 boob.
 
So anyway, I went back to the gym this morning. It was a shock waking up at 6am but oh well. I stepped on the scales and I’ve dropped another 3lbs. my total weight loss is now 19lbs! and I’m 16stone on the button! I feel warm inside, especially since I had such a lazy week.
 
But, full steam ahead now. I have to major events to slim down for in August 2011 and I really want to be as fit as possible. 3.5 months and I want to be down to 14st 7lbs at least.1.5stone. I’m sure its do-able. It has to be.

Size 20 TOWIE Star does naked shoot

14 Apr

I was perusing the Daily Mail website for my daily laughs at the some of rubbish they call news and came across this article. 


Never watched this show if I’m honest but the hype hasn’t escaped me.
One of the stars on the show has posed naked for Heat Magazine. 
She is a 17 stone size 20 lady doesn’t say how tall she is but those were my stats a few weeks ago, so I don’t think she is 4ft nothing. 


It really annoys me when people saying things like this “‘I’m not perfect, but I am confident and I feel beautiful. I’m a size 18-20 and almost 17 stone, so I’m doing it for us bigger girls.'”


Are you love…? are you staying at an unhealthy weight and size ‘for us bigger girls’ or is that what you say to convince yourself that it’s ok to be that size?


Don’t speak on behalf of bigger girls, it makes those of us trying to lose weight look bad.


I can’t see why any one who recognises they are overweight would advocate being overweight instead of fixing it.


Then again who am I to judge?


Read the article here and let me know what you think.





x

First Look

14 Apr

Yeah, so below is a pic I took this morning for you to get an idea of the amount of room I have in my work trousers at the moment.

I did take a pic of the ridiculous belt I am using to hold them up as well (covered by a long jumper of course) but its not very flattering.

So yeah, you get what Im working with…

Shopping this weekend anyone?

Time for a new pair of trousers.

12 Apr
Hey all,
 
Been another busy week. Gym most mornings, so up at 6am to be in the gymbob before 7. I’m so glad I only live a short walk away.
 
My main mission this week has been to drink more water. You might not think this is a hard task, but I’m never thirsty and drinking about 4 litres of water a day is really hard for me. As a consequence of this hard work I seem to be spending half my day in the loo. Fun times.
 
The results from all this water drinking were disappointing. I was actually more dehydrated this morning when the PT tested how much water I was carrying. A bit of a let down but I guess I have to persevere ay.
 
Plus points this week, Winning a bet with the gym receptionist. He bet me I wouldn’t be able to do an hour on the Stairmaster. When will people learn, do not challenge me. I did it. Thought I would fall down in the end. Never seen so much sweat in my life mate.
 
I purchased another size 14 dress! and its POW POW POW! LOL
 
Today was weigh in day and my last session with my trainer. I’ve had six sessions in total but I cant afford any more at the moment. If any one wants to sponsor me for some sessions get in tough init. (I’m not even going to pretend I’m joking).
 
It went well.
Even though the scales he makes me use put me at heavier than the ones I was using, I have still lost 2kg this week!! That’s 4.4lbs those who need to know.
So using his scales I am now down to 103kg, thats 16st3lb’s. Officially lost my first stone and a little bit more! wahey. (Even though stepping on the other scales puts me at under 16st!! oh the confusion! lol)
 
I’ve lost a further 3cm on my waist and another 1cm from my hips.
 
The other downside here is that I had lost a bit of muscle weight, but I can live with that. 🙂
 
So the best bit of this week is that I can seriously no longer wear my work trousers. They actually don’t stay up, its embarrassing, so I might have to make a quick trip to get a new pair. (!’m going to post a pic later so you can see how bad it is!)
 
6am gym and green tea are doing me well. I’m still feeling stupidly motivated.
 
I have stopped with the food diary for the moment, because I’m happy with my eating and I know a lot people didn’t really wanna see it ha ha. But I think I’ll still post up the odd day or two.
 
Apologies for the lack of updates. The past couple of weeks have been manic, but I’m still loving all your support and it really does encourage me when I hear your feedback, so don’t give up on me please 🙂
 
Love
 
Specialee!

A Plug – New Slimming World Class

6 Apr

Hello lovelies, 


My friend has started her own slimming world group. 


If you live in or around Enfield, then why not pop along to her first session this Saturday Morning.


You can find all the details here.


Also read the story on her weight loss journey here on page 25.


So proud of her. Support new iniatives. 


Good Luck Tracey! You’ll be amazing

A question – Your views wanted

4 Apr

Lovelies,

Please let me know by way of comments and emails what not, which you would prefer.

To have a daily breakdown of my food intake, or a weekly snapshot featuring three/four random days from the week?

I want my blog to be readable by everyone so if you have feedback, please let me know.

I appreciate all the people who have been retweeting and posting the link.

I noticed from my stats I have some international readers, all views are loved, welcomed and appreciated.

Thanks

Specialee xx

p.s. If any one knows how to make blogs nice and jazzy and wants to make mine look nice and jazzy, get in touch. x

Yahoooooooooooooooo

4 Apr

Top 10 dieting blunders

Very often, when we make the decision to lose weight, we start off with the best intentions and a focused, unflappable mindset that, this is it — this time will be different. However, many of us frequently find that only after a few days into the plan we begin to slip back to old habits and then eventually back to square one.

But have you ever thought that you are simply making the same mistakes over and over again? If this scenario sounds familiar, then look no further — realbuzz.com has narrowed down the top 10 dieting blunders that may be holding you back …

Missing meals — a major problem for many people who commonly believe that by missing a meal they are actually reducing their calorific intake. This is often counterproductive; as you may become so hungry that at your next meal you overindulge.

Skipping carbohydrates at meal times — as you think that bread and potatoes are fattening is a big mistake. Starchy foods such as bread, rice, pasta and potatoes are filling foods and should not be avoided — the portion size is what you have to watch.

The belief that you have to eat less when you want to lose weight — a full plate is not possible when you’re on a diet — right? Wrong! Many of us believe that we should be cutting back on food to lose weight whereas we really should be eating more. The most important foods that we should be filling up on are vegetables — so fill your plate with them!

Not increasing your exercise levels — upping your exercise levels will maximise your loss of fat and minimise your loss of lean muscle. It will also help you maintain your weight long-term and prevent weight re-gain. Try to do around 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity at least four times a week.

‘All or nothing’ — this approach is the downfall of many — don’t make the mistake of thinking you should never have a treat. A pizza is okay, there is nothing wrong with having a pizza — just make sure that you don’t follow it with a large helping of chocolate fudge cake and ice cream!

Make realistic changes to your diet that you can stick to — Dieting severely is not advisable in the long term; it may seem boring, but making a few small changes that you can stick to is far more likely to result in a weight loss that can be maintained over the long term.

Buying foods such as chips and chocolate for the kids could be holding you back. Having these types of foods in the house can be a temptation; you are more likely to reach for the chocolate if it is to hand, whereas if you had to make the effort to go to the shops — you probably wouldn’t bother!

Being influenced by others; are there saboteurs in your house? Are you being held back by your friends or family? It may be uncomfortable to address these issues as family members or friends may not want you to change — think about talking through your plans with them.

Is your routine holding you back? Do you pass Starbucks every day and can’t resist their carrot or chocolate fudge cake? If you were to take another route to work would that help you curb your habit of nipping in to buy something for that mid-morning snack?

Planning — this is often where successfully slim people do well; they plan their meals and write their shopping list accordingly each week.