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Re: LauraF 2012 Journal

Posted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 6:17 pm
by lauraf
Todays workout:

Cross trainer: 60 mins (level 3 30 mins, 15 forwards,15 backwards and level 4 30 mins) 597 Calories 3.44kms
Abdominal crunch: 1 lot of 15 @25, 2 lots of 2 @25
Leg extension: 3 lots of 9 @35
Chest Press: 3 lots of 10 @35 , 1 lot of 4 @30
Stationary rowing: 10 minutes, 1670m 84 calories

Food today:

Breakfast: 4 rice cakes
Lunch: 2 meat free burgers with tomato and spinach, garlic bread, potato wedges
Dinner: Hot chocolate

Myfitnesspal calories: 2239

Water consumption: 2 litres

Re: LauraF 2012 Journal

Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 12:08 pm
by lauraf
Late back from work yesterday.

My calorie intake yesterday was 1682.I had eaten:

Breakfast: 7 Medjool dates
Lunch: Slice of pizza (no cheese), 2 cereal bowls of salad and a handful of potato wedges
Dinner: beans on toast

Water: 1 and a half litres

Todays calorie intake so far is 976 (its only 5pm). I have eaten:

Breakfast: Houmous with carrot sticks
Lunch: Spagetti bolognese

Water consumption so far 1 litre.

Third workout of the week today, I did:

Cross Trainer: 60 minutes (half level 4 and half level 5) 640 Calories burned, 3.66kms
Abdominal Crunch: 3 lots of 14 @25 (i really struggled with this today!)
Pectoral: 3 lots of 5 @30
Chest Press: 3 lots of 8 @30
No leg extensions today as machine was always being used.
Rowing: 15 minutes. 2453m 128 calories

I'm really pleased I started a journal on here. It has meant I have been to the gym 3 times a week for the last 4 weeks which was my aim :)

Re: LauraF 2012 Journal

Posted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 7:02 pm
by lauraf
Rest day today but I was at work assisting with a major service on a car. Here is what I ate:

Breakfast: Snack pack of rice cakes
Lunch: Celery and carrot sticks with houmous
Dinner: Sausage Casserole with pearl barley
Snack: small carton of Chocolate Rice milk

Myfitnesspal calories: 1785 . Water consumed: 2 litres

Hopefully I will be able to get to the gym tomorrow after work :)

Re: LauraF 2012 Journal

Posted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 3:19 pm
by lauraf
No gym today as work ran over as per usual, very annoyed but nothing I can do about it. Off work tomorrow so will definitely go in the morning. I love working out in the morning!

Today I have eaten:

Breakfast: Small bag of light crisps
Lunch: Pea, spinach, and potato wrap and a handful of crisps
No dinner yet. Going to have something in a little while.

Calories so far: 1153 calories Water consumption so far: 1 litre

Re: LauraF 2012 Journal

Posted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 4:54 pm
by jmichael614
Laura, so inspired! You are working your butt off. I am working my way up to the longer cardio sessions :)
I noticed you have a blender? Try this amazing smoothie that I love (and it gives you tons of greens and fruits!)

1 cup of Kale
1/2 cup spinach
1 banana
1/2 an apple

or same as above and instead of 1/2 an apple- add in pure apple juice vs. the water. Love it!

Re: LauraF 2012 Journal

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 2:03 pm
by lauraf
Yesterday I finished up with 1628 on myfitnesspal, I had pasta with a tomato sauce for dinner. I also drank a further 500mls.

Thanks jmichael614 I will definitely try out the smoothie you mentioned. I went shopping today and bought a heap of fruits :)

I got to the gym today- I'm very happy! My workout looked like this:

- Cross trainer: 60 minutes on level 5, 638 Calories and 3.65kms
- Abdominal crunches: 3 sets of 15 @25 ( can seem to manage to do even 1 at 30)
- Leg Extensions: 3 sets of 8@35 and again after a nice bloke came up and showed me how i should adjust the machine to suit my short legs another lot of 3 of 8@35. It felt so much better the second time!!
- Pectoral 3 sets of 7 @30

Thats all I had time for today - Theres a limit on the car park I use of 2 hours, not sure why I didn't manage to fit in my usual workout.

Food today:

Breakfast: Bean spread on a rye crispbread, 4 portobello mushrooms grilled
Lunch: 2 Soya burgers in 2 buns with cucumber salad, raw spinach and tomatoes
Dinner: Pack of rice snacks--- I'm so hungry though so there will be more to add to that.

Calories so far: 1317 calories Water so far: One and a half litres

Weight today:199lbs :)

I'm so glad this challenge was set! It gave me the extra bit of motivation I needed after Christmas to get my butt back to the gym and back to eating better. I've managed to go to the gym 3 times a week like I aimed for and I have also kept another one of my new years not bite my nails.

This month I had tried to drink as much water as I could each day although I do find it difficult...I've not always hit the 2 litres per day like I had that is Februarys challenge for myself- Along with purchasing (and using) some protein powder because I've not been hitting my protein targets with food alone the past month.

Re: LauraF 2012 Journal

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 2:20 pm
by C.O.
Saw you were talking about getting a protein powder. Did you see Vega was having a sale on and on 40% off, that's a big sale for that brand. Its really good stuff.
Besides that outstanding work on your fitness journal this month and keep up the good work. You already have goals set for February, that's awesome. Thanks I think I'll set some Feb goals of my own now too.


Re: LauraF 2012 Journal

Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2012 2:24 pm
by lauraf
The last 2 days (Wednesday and Thursday) have been rest days for me. I've decided I'm not going to keep as much of a track on my calorie consumption as I have in the last month. I lost about the same amount of weight as when I wasn't calorie counting in Oct-Dec and it was a bit too time consuming for my liking.

I hit my 2 litre target for water consumption yesterday and I am on track to hit it today (Thursday). I also found some Vega samples so going to try them out and hopefully find one I like to purchase in the sale, thats tomorrows job.

Re: LauraF 2012 Journal

Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 2:55 pm
by lauraf
It's been a tough couple of weeks, had family problems and turned to food for comfort *kicks my butt* and because of the bad snow/ice here in the UK I've not wanted to risk driving the 20 miles to the gym....until today. Today was my first day at the gym in a long time, and god it felt good!

My workout wasn't my usual one as the gym was sooooo busy but I did:

Cross Trainer 60 minutes- 30 mins level 5, 10 mins level 7, 20 mins level 5 661 calories 3.73kms
Seated cycling 20 minutes- level 3 9.74kms 146 calories

Food has been better today too. I had a snack pack of rice cakes, a vega shake (yum!!!) and I'm about to have stew.

I will definitely sleep tonight when my head hits the pillow!

Re: LauraF 2012 Journal

Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2012 2:14 am
by kareno
Hey Laura! Great job with your journaling during the month of January! We're getting ready to ship out prize packages within a week, so be on the lookout for yours to arrive later this month (or early next month, since you're in UK)! Hope you'll stick around the forum and continue to post and be a valuable member of the community!

Sorry to hear you've had a rough couple of weeks. Hopefully, things will be back to good soon?

All the best,

Re: LauraF 2012 Journal

Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2012 5:26 pm
by lauraf
Thanks Karen, i will definitely keep my eyes out for it!! Things are looking up already (finger crossed they continue that way), I think getting to the gym and getting the blood flowing really helped me too.

Today has been a rest day, although somehow I have managed to down 5 litres of water when I usually struggle with 2 - Odd! I'm going to try and stick to my February resolution of at least 2 per day now! And also back to the gym 3x per week.....hopefully I should be able to get there tomorrow. I'm also gonna try and get some pics of me now, because now 4 and a half months in I'm really bummed I didn't take pics of me before! I don't wanna leave it any longer!