It’s a journey not a race…end of the challenge update

Here’s some 8 week progress photos, taken 27th May:

And my Mind and body challenge actually ended on June 3rd, and I forgot to take photos! So I have a couple from this morning:

I’ve noticed a slight improvement in my glutes too! I seem to be struggling to get into size 10 jeans now more than I did before, so think I’m getting thicker rather than thinner!

My bloating still gets me down – this morning I was a bit bloated still – I was flexing in the pic on the left! And by lunchtime there’s no hope in my body looking like that again for the rest of the day.

What I’ve been trying to remind myself of recently is that amazing changes don’t happen overnight. I always cringe when I see the words ‘fitness journey’, but in reality, it’s a journey. There’s no way around it. To build something really strong, emotionally and physically, takes years! So although I feel down sometimes I have to remember that this isn’t a race, and my mental health is just as important as – if not more important than – my physical health. Too often recently I’ve been caught up in the negative self talk towards myself, and have to catch myself. Right now i’m at the stage where I stop saying anything negative, but struggle to convincingly say anything positive. So I’m working on it!

Slow and steady. I’ll keep you updated!

Adventures

The past couple of days have been great – Simon and I went rock climbing and then to a nearby forest for a walk. I love getting into nature and really just taking a step back from things. It’s been beautiful weather too, I love love love summer!

It was Simon’s first time bouldering. I love doing things like that with him, we always end up laughing so much, usually at each other…

I was a little more confident this time too so I feel like I enjoyed it more. My hands did not thank me afterwards though!

Here’s some snaps of the forest. That picture of Simon and me makes me cringe – we look like such an old couple, what even is that pose!?! Hahaha!

Also I just thought I’d like to report that I discovered a weird rash-like bruising after working out:

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Which freaked me out at first as it didn’t disappear under pressure so I was low-key panicking like HOLY CRAP I’VE GOT MENINGITIS but the placing was too particular and almost the same on either side my chest/arm area. So after doing some trusty googling I discovered it’s called Petechiae. It’s actually fairly common and is basically bleeding under the skin, which can be caused by a variety of things such as sepsis, injuries or sunburns, and also by prolonged straining such as childbirth, or in my case, weight lifting. These, along with the seat belt mark on my neck, did make me look a bit bruised and broken for a couple of days but it didn’t hurt at all apart from just the normal muscle aches I’d have felt anyway.

I brought myself a new diary yesterday to track my food and bloating and hopefully figure out what it is that bloats me. I was even thinking of going vegan for a week or two to give my body a break from whatever it is that’s making me swell up. Don’t get me wrong I don’t feel bloated all the time, but it’s enough to make me feel self conscious or worried about how unpredictable it is! Some days I wake up feeling super lean and by the time I go to bed my stomach has expanded a good 3 or 4 inches! It’s ridiculous!

ANYWHO. Does anyone have any usual intolerances that I might be unaware of? Or bloating home-remedies?

 

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Update – I’m still a tub tub, but a firmer tub tub

31 days to go! Or essentially 4 weeks. Here’s my progress so far:

Definitely some difference, and I’m not talking about the tan! Although I did feel bloated for those 2nd progress photos. I feel leaner today (4 days after taken). My weight fluctuates almost daily (not that I weigh myself every day, I just go by how I feel – bloated/water retention etc) and I seem to feel leaner during the week when I’m drinking regularly at work  and eating at regular times (x4/5 times a day). My weight went down pretty quickly for the first couple of weeks, then for the last two weeks or so it’s stayed relatively the same.

I’m not 100% sure whether abs are totally worth the total lack of any ‘soul food’ (as I like to call it) in my diet, but I definitely want to tone as much as possible! Get some murves going on!

It was horrible how bloated and tired I felt before. I actually almost feel ashamed to look at the old photos and post them. Since starting this I’ve determined that I’m definitely at least mildly intolerant to lactose, and also (randomly), onions. I’m pretty sure I’m mildly intolerant to almost everything but there you go!

I’m feeling really motivated recently too. I’m seeing progress with my arms and shoulders which I missed! And also my legs.

BUT my yoga practicing has really suffered – since starting weight training x4 times a week again, I’ve only done yoga maybe 2/3 times in the past month! So I’m going to start incorporating yoga into my week again, no matter what! 3-4 times a week! I’ve also really been neglecting cardio. Ugh, cardio! So I’ll be making sure I don’t skip that anymore.

I’m going climbing next week with one of my friends, it’ll be the first time I’ve tried it. I’m SO excited! I’m feeling inspired to try different things and ways of staying fit outside of the gym. I’ve been watching climbing videos and they’re all super fit – such good upper body strength! I really struggle with body weight exercises, my goal for this year is to be able to do pull ups and dips.

Any tips for a newbie climber?

In terms of my mind/soul – I’m feeling less anxious and tired, and more confident and motivated than I have for months. It’s a great feeling. The food I’ve been eating has been just as good for my mind and soul as it has been for my body.