Okay, I was really debating whether or not to put a post up about my fitness goals but I have decided that sharing them with you all will probably motivate me to stick to them! I am by no means a fitness guru and I am approaching fitness in a very “real” way; we do not all have the time to get to the gym everyday and some of us (me) can be quite unmotivated and tired at the thought of exercise. Despite this, is it a necessary evil and one which can make you feel hella good and do wonders for your body.
Since leaving university a year ago, I have put on quite a lot of weight; near enough a stone. I am not happy about it and I am finally going to give my large bum a kick and try to shift the additional weight, and more, off. I have no expectations to get rid of the weight quickly. I want to do it slowly and healthily where it will eventually not even be a diet any more and will just be my healthy lifestyle. So let’s get down to my goals shall we?
Skinny Coffee Club
My first goal is to replace my usual morning coffee with the Skinny Coffee Club coffee. Their fat-burning formula claims to aid weight loss as it boosts antioxidants and detoxifies your body. Now let me just put here that this is not like those teatoxes (see my review of Bootea) you see floating around the internet; this has no laxative effect (hallelujah) which I think is a great thing. When they approached me to collaborate, this was the first question I asked as I hated the laxative side effects of teatoxing. Skinny Coffee Club uses high quality, vegan, organic ingredients so it makes me feel a lot better about my cup of coffee in the morning. I usually add a teaspoon of Stevia as sweetener and some milk and then I am good to go. They do recommend not having it with milk but I love my milk in my coffee so I refuse to budge on this; alternatives to milk could be almond milk or coconut milk if you wanted to go the full mile. As for preparing the Skinny Coffee Club coffee, I had to purchase myself a French Press to brew the coffee. I add a teaspoon of the coffee and then let it infuse for a few minutes before I pour it out. Now, this is a lot less stronger tasting (coffee wise) than my usual coffee and it does have a unique taste to it. It is almost like a green tea coffee but I do not mind the taste and I am beginning to get used to it. After having had it for the past three days, I already have noticed that I have energy and my stomach is less bloated which are my main goals for switching my coffee. Coffee can sometimes not sit well with me and can make my stomach bloat but Skinny Coffee Club coffee definitely does not do this. If you fancy giving it a try, the 28 day weight loss program costs £24.95 and you can get 20% off with my discount code: emsalice20. It is definitely something I have loved switching to in my goal to be healthy.
Fitness & Diet
As well as switching my coffee to Skinny Coffee Club, I also am aiming to tweak my approach to fitness and diet. Firstly, planning will be key to me. I have a food planner on the fridge and each week I will sit down and plan out my meals for the week. This means that when I go food shopping, I will have a list of food items to get and I will not end up straying towards unhealthy options or not knowing at all what to get for the week. I also find that having the planner stuck on the fridge is a good reminder of what I should be eating every time I open the fridge. So replacing my coffee is not the only thing I need to replace. My second goal is to replace crisps with popcorn/nuts. I am an absolute crisp fiend which is probably why I am as big as I am. I am hoping that by replacing them in my diet, I might see a few inches start to drop off and soon crisps will be a thing of the past. I also am hoping to cut down on my meat consumption. I want to stay pescatarian in the week and then eat a small amount of meat on the weekend for when I either go out to eat or have a Roast. I know I am not willing to cut meat out completely so I think it is good to still reduce it in the week.
As well as changing my diet, my fitness plan will be required to change. I recently got a job (as a Social Media and Communication assistant – wahoo!!) so I will need to adapt my usual fitness routine. Whilst being unemployed, I headed to the gym as many times as I wanted a week in the afternoon. Now that I am finally entering employment, I will have to make sure I get myself to the gym three times a week after work. As well as doing my weight training and cardio, I also want to make an effort with my running. I usually run 5kms which are a challenge but I will be signing up to a 10km in September to give me a goal to train towards and something to motivate me to get out and run when I do not feel like trekking to the gym. Running, for me, has always been difficult but I am determined to try and keep training and running so that I can run a 10km. Alongside these cardio and gym routines, I also do Blogilates videos every evening for some spot toning. As well as this, I use the Slendertone ab belt in an attempt to tone my abs as I watch TV.
Whilst these may seem trivial goals and changes, to me they are the start of a healthy lifestyle. So, Emily, in a month’s time you will:
- Have beaten my PB 5km time of 33mins (yes, I know I am slow but everyone starts somewhere!)
- Lost a few inches and lbs. I am not going to set an exact amount as I do not want to become obsessed with numbers and want to just focus on feeling good and being healthy.
- Have cut down my meat intake.
- Have switched to Skinny Coffee Club as my alternative, healthy coffee choice and have replaced crisps with either nuts or popcorn.
I would say that these are pretty reasonable and achievable goals which is the most important for me. I just want to feel healthier and better about myself and as soon as I do that, I am sure the weight will fall off. I mainly want to lose some flab on my top half and off of my bottom but we shall see how it goes. I think most of my weight gain has been on my arms and face as, even when I was smaller at university, I still have a pretty large behind and chunky legs. So, these were my goals and aims for being a healthier person and I hope it was not too much reading for you or too boring. I just feel that putting this on my blog has meant it is something that I want to achieve and share with you all as I know I like reading about people’s fitness journeys. Maybe some of you might come along with me and get healthy.