My Health & Fitness Journey

 

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I have had weight issues for as long as I remember.  I blame my skinny friends…all my friends have always been smaller than me so I was always wanted to lose weight and fit in.  After I had my daughter I became curvier and that simply put me under more pressure to lose weight.  It has been a yoyo experience, sometimes I lose the weight, other times it just piles on when I stop working out.

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 I have decided to start taking notes on my workout regime and hopefully find out where I am going wrong.  However, my mission now is to lose 10 kgs in 3 months and then maintain my weight from there and make sure working out and eating healthy is a part of my life.  I want to incorporate the following activities in the bid to losing weight:

  • Zumba
  • Aerobics
  • Yoga
  • Jogging
  • Power walking
  • Dancing
  • Healthy eating habits

Instead of bombarding you with my everyday routine I have decided to only document the first few days of each months’ workout programme that way you can enjoy reading and following my journey.

Let the journey begin….Weigh in 85kgs

Day 1 Wednesday 13 August 2014

Morning workout – 20 push ups, 15 squats, 50 jumping jacks, 30 crunches. (repeat 3 times) = burn 100 calories I got this workout from @healthyliveways

Evening workout – 50 crunches, 20 squats, 50 jumping jacks

Day 2 Thursday 14 August 2014

Morning workout – 5km powerwalk

Evening workout – 50 crunches, 20 squats, 50 jumping jacks

Day 3 Friday 15 August 2014

Morning workout – laundry, YES I consider that a workout because the amount of energy I use when I wash a whole basket of laundry is insane!  I could actually feel my arms strengthening and toning…  After laundry I did 50 crunches, 50 squats and 50 jumping jacks

Evening workout – 50 crunches, 20 squats, 50 jumping jacks

Day 4 Monday 18 August 2014

Morning workout – 30 minutes of Zumba

10 situps, 5 push ups (the real ones not the lady push ups) , 10 second planks

Evening workout – 10 situps, 5 push ups (the real ones not the lady push ups) , 10 second planks

Day 5 Tuesday 19 August 2014

Morning workout – 2.6 km ((see stats below)) jog and 10 situps, 5 push ups, 15 second planks

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Evening workout – 10 situps, 5 push ups, 15 second planks and took a walk to the store to do a bit of shopping that was a good 2km powerwalk!

Day 6 Wednesday 20 August 2014

Morning workout – 30 minute aerobics (strength workout) and 15 situps, 7 pushups, 20 second planks

Evening workout – 15 situps, 7 pushups, 20 second planks

Day 7 Thursday 21 August 2014

Rest Day

Who does laundry on their rest day though? The energiser bunny in me simply couldn’t help herself.

Day 8 Friday 22 August 2014

Morning workout – 15 situps, 10 pushups, 25 second planks, 10 bicycle crunches, 20 squats, 50 jumping jacks

Evening workout – Zumba 30 minutes

Day 9 Saturday 23 August 2014

Morning workout – 20 situps, 10 pushups, 30 second planks I spent the weekend at my parent’s place so it was a case of #DeathByHousework I probably burnt 1000 calories from house chores!

There was no evening workout, ARE YOU CRAZY?

Day 10 Sunday 24 August 2014

Though this was supposed to be my “rest day” there was still more housework to be done!

This week I am going to try and avoid starch, have starch once a day only and take it from there.

 September to November 2014

At first it was about oh my word I have to lose so many kgs or my life is going to end right here and now.  However, I have learnt that with all this working out I am strong and fit with each passing day.  If I get to lose the 10kgs after a couple of months then that will be a bonus. I love my body and I want to be good to it and exercise as often as I can, watch what I eat and continue this lifetime journey of health and fitness. 🙂

December 2014

This month my strength and endurance levels have sky rocketed!  I now run 5km in 30 minutes.  Impressive, if I do say so myself!  When I started jogging I would probably stop so many times along the way but now I only stop once and that will be to powerwalk for less than 60 seconds and complete the rest of my jog.  I feel completely miserable if I don’t work out.

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I was incorporating the “Ab Challenge” workout with my other workout routines and trust me it has done wonders to my tummy.  I will post a picture sometime next month so that you get to see the progress.  I had a lovely Christmas because I weighed in and I am now 78.5 kgs!!!  To think I started this journey off at 83kgs.  It has been slow but steady progress but I am happy with the changes all the same.

January 2015

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It’s a brand new year and I feel nothing short of fabulous!  My skin has cleared, I have no pimple or breakout on my face.  I drink 2 or 2.5 litres a day.  I now run 6km three times a week.  I have trimmed down and can even wear white and not worry about any dimples showing on my bum!! I now weigh 78kgs… The journey continues.  This month I have been working out using dance workout videos.  I do Zumba like I was made for it.  I have a 30 minute one and a 50 minute dvd I recently got.  Trust me, after doing them I am out of breath but feel great for completing the workout.  I have a goal to run 10 km by my birthday in April so each week I am pushing myself a little further to make this possible.

 February 2015

I plan on travelling this month so it is not going to easy sticking to this particular list of “NO’s”.   However, I don’t already eat most things on the list but my greatest challenge will be ice cream.

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This month I also incorporated a Leg Challenge I got from @tcmawerera (Twitter) and I can’t help but feel it helped with my endurance during my runs.

I read this on a Twitter account for HealthTips and I am definitely taking part.

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February Challenge

no sweets,

no cakes,

no white bread,

no chips,

no fast food,

no ice cream.

Do it for 21 days = Results.

March 2015

It’s a brand new start to yet another beautiful month.  I did my weigh in this morning and I am a nice 77.5kgs.  One of the group members of #TeamFitness also recommended that one should also measure themselves because sometimes the scale won’t move and yet there are changes happening on your body.  I filled in my first body stat sheet in January and completely forgot to do so in February but this morning I got some measuring done and I am happy to say there are indeed some significant changes.

Date Weight Mid-Bicep Chest Waist Hip Top Leg Total cm
5 Jan 78.4kgs 32.5cm 87.5cm 79.5cm 106.5cm 49.5cm 355.5cm
Feb no recordings
2 Mar 77.5kgs 32cm 87cm 79cm 100cm 49.5cm 347.5cm
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slow and steady progress 🙂

As you can see there is every reason for me to be jumping for joy.  I am making steady progress and all the early mornings I wake up to make sure I get some form exercise done are completely worth it.  BUT there is just one problem.  I have always wanted big thick hips but it seems I am shedding the little that I have…  However, the hips I can deal with it’s the ass I will be utterly devastated if anything ever happened to it.  It’s my prized possession!!  Goodness, if I lose it I might as well stop this whole journey because I am not compromising it for anything in the world.  Maybe I should do more squats this month??  So what’s lined up for the month of March exercise wise?  Well, for one there definitely going to be a lot of squats being done!  I plan on running more; my aim is to run 10km at least once a week so let the challenge begin.   I will also be doing cardio at least three times a week.  I realise that when I do my cardio come the next day my average pace when I run is brilliant!

April 2015

Weighed in at 76.6 kgs.  I have 25 days to reach my goal weight.

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My tummy is getting tighter!

It rained last night and that made this mornings run all the more fun.  Air was nice and fresh and everything was calm and perfect to let off some steam.  It’s April already and it’s my birthday month.  The month I told myself once I get to it I should be weighing 75kgs.  One thing I am definitely proud of is the dedication and commitment I have given exercising and eating healthy.  I have had days I have given up but a day later I have picked up myself and continued with the journey.  Something to celebrate this month is that “love handles don’t live here anymore.”

The plan for this month is to increase my running distance from 6km to 6.5km minimum distance I go each time I go out to run.  I will be running 10km once every week.  I am going to download a couple of workout dvds because my current ones are getting boring now I need to spice things up.  I will eat healthy as always and keep a positive mindset.  I don’t think I will up the number of crunches I do, will stick to the 200 I am currently doing each morning.  Just watch this space for my birthday I have faith I will reach my goal weight.

May 2015

Current weight : 75.9 kgs

Sadly I failed to reach my 75 kg goal and I have mixed feelings about it.  I am sad because I didn’t get to the intended goal on time and I am happy because I managed to stay focused and keep pushing to where I am today.  It has not been an easy journey.  Running is not for the faint hearted but I have managed to soldier on.

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Jillian Michaels I want those abs!

I now feel miserable on days I don’t run and so I have decided that since I don’t plan on losing too much weight I will stop running 5 times a week and bring it down to 3 and at most 4 times.  On the days I will run I will go hard and work on my average pace and worry less about the distance I have covered.  I have downloaded a workout DVD by Jillian Michaels which I tried out on Saturday and I have one word for it. DAMN!!  My abs still hurt from Saturday and today is Monday!  So this month I will do that her workout, run and buy a skipping rope and add that to the mix.  I want to keep it as interesting as possible so that I can keep going and never stop.

I will also do 15-20 km power walks on weekends.

I will record my average pace each Monday for the month of May.

Date 1st km Pace Total Distance Covered Calories Burnt
4-May 6:26 4.7 km 368
11-May 6:03 4.58km 358
25-May               5:53  3.21km 249
27-May 5:42 5km 389

I am happy to say that the month ended on a beautiful note.  My pace has drastically improved and it was worth every second of it.  Hopefully a year from today I will be going faster than the speed of lightning.  Practice does make perfect. 🙂

June 2015

Current weight : 74.9 kgs

I am just wondering how some women manage to lose 5 kgs in a week or in a month because it seems I am not losing weight as fast as other women.  Then again, they say that our bodies are different so we won’t respond the same to exercise… Anyways, the agenda for June is:

  • to workout twice a day three or four times a day depending on how intense my morning runs will be.
  • to cut down my bread intake from two slices down to one slice.
  • to cut out syrup drinks and have my meals with coffee, tea or a glass of water.
  • to prepare home made meals as often as I can.

I am still to buy a skipping rope.  Procrastination is getting the best of me!  Here’s to a month of serious dedication and changes that will leave me healthy and strong.

July 2015

Current weight : 74kgs

July squat challenge

Last month was the toughest month of my health and fitness journey.  It was so cold getting out of bed was the greatest challenge of all but I managed to pull through the month.

For the month of July I am going to try and do the #ToiletSquatChallenge anyone else joining me?  I also want to run 4 days a week and then have one long distance run once every week throughout the month.  I am impressed with my average pace and as you can see from the statistics there have been major improvements.

I started using the #NikePlus application in February 2015, find numbers below:

 February 8:34
March 8:00
April 7:48
May 7:35
June 7:02

I am hoping that by the time I get to Februay 2015 my pace will be down to 5 minutes per kilometre.  I will be the happiest woman alive!

August 2015

There is no weigh in as the month starts because I have to wait till the day I started my fitness journey to see just how much weight I have lost over the past year…

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Left picture 83 kgs August 2014 Right picture 73 kgs August 2015

It has been a whole year of a complete change of lifestyle.  I started working out in August 2014 and I weighed in at 83kgs.  That is the weight I was when I was when I was at my full term pregnancy in September 2011.  Now you can only imagine the horror I went through after realising how overweight I was.  It took me by surprise BUT I decided to do something about it with immediate effect.  I started with a variety of act ivies such as Zumba, aerobics, yoga, jogging, power walking, dancing and above all else changing my eating habits.  (This was the hardest part for me)  I made it through and one year later I am exactly 73kgs.  I lost 10 kgs in one year.  Have you seen what 10kgs looks like???  It has been one interesting journey which I plan on continuing with for the rest of my life.  However, after a few months into my programme I dropped some of the workout activities because I realised that I enjoy running more than anything and the feel good hormones that come with it are priceless.

Let me share my fitness and nutrition essentials before, during, and after my workout

 

I am a morning workout person so I actually don’t eat anything before my workout; I simply up and go.

  • What music do you listen to during your workout?

I like to keep it hyped.  I currently have Jah Prayzah‘s complete album titled Jerusalem; The Pink Print album by Nicki Minaj and a couple of single songs by Sean Paul.

  • How do you switch up certain routines daily/weekly to stay motivated?

I started working out exactly one year ago.  I started with basic indoor sit ups, a workout DVD here and there but generally light routines.  I decided to up the tempo because I wasn’t getting any results.  I started with power walking and light jogging which over time turned into running.  I change my running routes every other day so that it doesn’t become too predictable and boring.  I also do dance workout videos that I get from YouTube as well as home workout DVDs I get when I buy Women’s Health Magazines.

  • What do you eat or do after your workout to make sure you got the most out of your work out?

After my workout I hydrate.  I usually have 500ml or 1 litre of water depending on the distance I would have ran or the indoor workout routine I would have done.  I also make sure that I have fruits just before I leave the house; either bananas or apples but bananas seem to keep me fuller for longer.  I don’t have time to make a full healthy breakfast before I leave home but two hours later I have my healthy breakfast from work and a cup of black coffee to keep me alert throughout the day.
What we do before our workout can make or break our potential success!

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March 2017 Nearly 3 years into my fitness journey at 72kgs

This is where I end my fitness journey update. I hope I managed to inspire one, two or more people.  I know that most of my friends are now on the fitness journey and have changed a thing or two about their eating habits as well.  Remember “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step;” and here I am so many thousand steps later feeling like a brand new woman who is confident, happy and fit beyond words.  If I can do it, what’s stopping you??

MaKupsy

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56 thoughts on “My Health & Fitness Journey

    • I’m glad you are inspired. It hasn’t been an easy road though, had some personal issues that stopped the journey for a bit but daily updates will be back to normal from the 4th of August 🙂

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  1. Hi Hottie!! I enjoyed browsing through you blog, btw purple is my favorite color!! I look forward to reading you journey updates! I will be starting a health and fitness journey on my blog soon, as well. I want to document my progress to use for wellness ebook I will be writing. Many blessings to you on your journey!

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed the page. It isn’t an easy journey, you will face a few setbacks but you will make it in the end. Most people do not take their health seriously and wait till it’s too late to do anything about it. I hope you start your journey soon and enjoy the fruits of your labour. Looking forward to reading your blog as soon as it is out. Have a lovely day 🙂

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    • The curves are a secret unfortunately I can’t share it…Thank you dear, it has not been easy but now even when I decide to eat something I think thrice because I know the workout that comes after is not a joke.

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    • Yes it can Paida 🙂 Just look for things that you enjoy that way it won’t feel like a workout. I’m still continuing with my fitness journey and my next weigh in is next week. Will tell you if there are any changes.

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  2. You definitely have a great workout regimen. I found that for me to lose the most, was having to cross 43 minutes of workout each night. I lost 63 lbs in 6 months that year. It’s crept back and I’m now 25lbs over and back on the wagon!

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    • Really!! I am seriously going to consider upping my evening workout time because I usually just do 30 minutes of it. You were doing a great job though, you have to get back on track…

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      • Thanks, I really want to get back into a routine. The reason that I went past 43 minutes was I had read at the time that the body will still burn calories if your workout exceeded 43 minutes. So that’s what I did. I was also doing low carb at the time, and I find that those two together work best for me. Now it’s just getting my lazy butt back to the gym….

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    • Sadly it isn’t possible. You have to work out your whole body in order to lose weight around your tummy or any other area on your body..

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  9. I love this blog, very honest and real. I have been on the same journey and no one month is the same as another. I realise its all about changing your routine and finding things that work for you. I am addicted, obsessed with teh scale and Im learning to ditch it. It is a journey….a long one, but in my mind, if I exercise today i should lose wight TODAY. The journey continues, strength to you. Thank you for sharing.

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    • Thank you for taking time to read through my journey 🙂
      I keep my blog as honest as possible, it’s going to be a gift to my daughter when she is older so I want her to read everything and know what I really went through.
      You are so right! This health and fitness thing can easily become an addiction (a good one for that) and in order to keep at it you have to keep things interesting otherwise you will fall of the wagon and get back to old habits. Let me get to your blog and read a post or more and see what I have been missing out on.

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  11. I’ve lost 75 pounds since Halloween, and I’ve done it strictly through portion control and exercise. I eat according to the FDA recommended portions, and even when I occasionally eat a cookie or piece of pie, I stick to one cookie or 1/8 of a 9″ pie (the recommended serving), then account for it in my daily intake. My husband and I joined the program that i reviewed it on my Website, and we try to work out for an hour three times a week (he’s lost 35 pounds since June). Since I’m eating from all the food groups and not skipping meals, I don’t get hungry.

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    • Well done Jeane! This health and fitness journey is for the strong willed. I am glad both you and your husband have made progress and you are not starving yourself to get your required goal.
      I am actually on your page right now I want to read all about the E – Factor Diet Review 🙂
      Thank you for stopping by and all the best on your journey.

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  12. this is so inspiring i want to lose weight too , i’m usually not motivated enough coz the first 2 weeks of the month i’ll be serious with working out and watching my diet but then i give up, but this, i’m going to read this as many times as possible so i can be motivated thank you

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    • Thank you for reading Tanya. You have to find ways to stay committed. I would suggest you find an exercise that you enjoy doing and before you know it 2 months will pass and you will still be motivated.
      All the best on your fitness journey 🙂

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  16. You really worked hard hey,well done I can really relate to your journey because I’m currently on a quest to lose weight myself. I was always the skinny friend until I just started ballooning because I developed the poorest eating habits imaginable,I started buying bigger clothes till after a long time of not weighing I came across a scale and hopped on to see that I weighed 85kg,that’s when it dawned on me that I had messed up. This was around October 2015 and now I’m currently at 60kg. Sorry for the long comment but it’s nice to know that there are other people who understand how hard losing weight and getting fit is.keep up the good weight,you will reach your goal as youv come this far really.

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    • It’s so easy to gain the weight right? It sneaks up on you and you wonder how you even got to weight that much in a space of months! I am proud of you for getting back to your healthy eating habits. Buying new clothes isn’t always the answer, the real answer is getting up and doing something about losing weight and maintaining it.
      I am curious to know what you did to lose the weight?
      Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts and no need to apologise about the length of your comment, the longer the better…more reason for us to interact 🙂

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  17. Hey,it seems I’m not getting email notifications of new comments for some reason il try and figure it out. It is ridiculously easy to gain the weight and when people tell you that you are gaining weight you dismiss them and carry on eating haha well at least that’s what I did.Well I started off by cutting out all junk food and fizzy drinks,I only drink water because I really do not like the taste of those healthy green teas.I tried jogging but that was too difficult so I resorted to walking long distances,every weekend,my brother and I would walk at first 10km and then we gradually increased to a route of 24km both on Saturdays and Sundays.The most important thing though was what i ate,i was on a 600 calorie diet a day and that was extremely difficult so instead of having tiny little meals I’d have one decent meal a day and I allowed myself one snack a day,I found that easier than eating really small meals that couldn’t fill me up.I stuck to that eating plan but I fell off the wagon and binged on junk food a couple of times but I always owned up to my errors and got back on track. Iv been writing exams for the last month so I had increased my calorie intake and managed to maintain the same weight for a month but now that exams are over I continue with my journey.

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    • WOW, WOW AND WOW SOME MORE! Audrey, I am thoroughly impressed. 24K you said? I think I should do that on weekends as well because thanks to winter I am running less.
      I still find it very frustrating that you can easily gain weight but getting it off is a real mission!
      Thank you for sharing your journey. When I walk over the weekend I will definitely have you in mind.
      Do you have a specific walking application you use or you just “guesstimate”?

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  18. Having my brother there helped because we got to talk about losing weight because he’s also trying to shed some kilos…I haven’t walked in a while but next weekend I’m getting back on track because I want to try and take part in a 21km half marathon at the end August,even if I just walk for most of it..I use the Nike app,lol i find it encouraging knowing just how many km I’m getting through. I definitely encourage that you walk and please do keep us posted.. Btw your entire blog is great I’m enjoying browsing through.

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    • I am glad you are enjoying my blog Audrey, I hope you bump into more material to share with those around you.
      I use NikePlus as well, the best thing that every happened to me 🙂

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  19. Wow! This is so inspiring. Started my journey in January but im so terrified to go on a scale cause im terrified of being disappointed whn i Find out i havent lost as much wieght as I expected.

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    • I say put your fears aside and jump onto the scale. When I started out I would weigh myself monthly just to make sure I was on the right track. Then again sometimes the scale can really let you down but the fitting in your clothes never does. If you realise that your clothes are getting loose, it means you are definitely doing something right. 🙂

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