This week I hit the gym five times, Monday-Friday. A golden week if you will! I completed the three weight-training days of my new programme on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On Tuesday and Thursday, I did cardio. Saturday and Sunday were rest days.
I’ve been pleased to have increased my strength on most lifts this week. I’m really enjoying my new programme. In terms of cardio, I tried a thirty minute “Fat Burn” class at the gym on Tuesday but unfortunately didn’t find it to be nearly as tough as the HIIT session I did in week one. I had hoped that doing a class would push me harder than I push myself but alas that particular one wasn’t for me. On Thursday I did my own HIIT session which I was happier with. My HIIT sessions are handy in that they are short (but by no means sweet!). They only take about 20 minutes. If you’d like me to share some of them as part of my weekly fitness diary let me know!
I’ve also been trying to get out and about doing things that don’t revolve around alcohol or eating rubbish. I visited Crumlin Road Gaol and went for a walk around Belfast Castle over the weekend. It was so nice to get out and about in the fresh air and to be hangover free at the weekend!
I’ve been fairly good with my food this week, staying around my calories and macros for six days out of seven. I have definitely started to notice an increase in appetite from Thursday onwards, but I’ve been able to manage well on the calories I’ve set myself so far. I wouldn’t like to be in any more than a 15% deficit though!
On Saturday I went for a delicious cheat meal which you may have seen on Snapchat! Of course this would have certainly brought my calories up for the day, likely into a surplus. I want this to be an enjoyable and balanced process though so I’m happy to include a cheat meal once a week as long as its not hampering my progress too much.
This week I also posted the recipe for the above chicken curry on the blog. It was one of my meals this week. Macros are included in the recipe!
As I said in week one, I don’t intend to use the scales as a sole marker of progress. I am however weighing in once a week. This week I weighed in on Tuesday morning again. I was 63.6kg. Basically my weight on the scales hasn’t changed at all yet in these first two weeks. It will be interesting to see at the end of my programme whether my progress pictures look any different! I’m not going to adjust my calories or training until I’ve completed a few more weeks of training and eating well.
I intend to do a comprehensive blog post when my initial strength programme is complete. In the meantime, I’ll be back next week with my update for week 3!
The Clean Coconut x