I’ve decided to approach my progress reports slightly differently for the time being for a couple of reasons:
- I was finding writing weekly reports a bit tricky to keep on top of
- It’s probably not that interesting for you to read each week whether or not I’ve lost weight
So I’ve decided to try monthly updates instead. I think it’s important for my obliger nature to have the external accountability of letting you know how I’m doing, but hopefully it’ll be more manageable for me and less boring for you!
So, how’s my month been?
Weight – altogether in October, I’ve lost 5.5lb bringing me to a total of 1st 4.5lbs lost so far.
Inch loss – 12 inches lost in total and I’m delighted to see that my collarbone is beginning to reappear. I haven’t seen that for years!
Exercise – I’ve continued to maintain my exercise schedule, even when I went to visit my mum for the weekend, and I’m definitely seeing my endurance and strength improving:
|Exercise||Starting Point||Current Performance|
|Plank||3x 1 min||3x 1min 15sec|
|Side Plank||–||3x 1min each side|
|Deadlift||3x 20 reps 16kg||5x 20 reps 24kg|
|Lunges||3x 10 reps 10kg||5x 12 reps 10kg|
|Chest Press||3x 20 reps 12.5kg||5x 18 reps 20kg|
|Bicep Rows||3x 20 reps 15kg||5x 18 reps 20kg|
|Upright Row||3x 20 reps 10kg 60sec recovery||5x 20 reps 10kg 30sec recovery|
|Lateral Raise||3x 20 reps 3kg||3x 20 reps 4kg|
|Lateral Pulldown||3x 20 reps 20kg||5x 18 reps 25kg|
I’m really not a fan of having my photograph taken but I was pleasantly surprised to see the difference in a photo taken this time last year to one taken now.
My biggest challenge this month was having a 2 week holiday from work with the temptation to sit around eating biscuits and chocolate all day that that brings. Although I did indulge in a couple of treats, I generally made healthy food choices and rigorously stuck to my training plan and even added in a couple of walks.
Speaking of food choices, although I have generally been making healthy choices, I haven’t been tracking what I eat so that’s something I want to focus on in November as it’s very true that we often eat mindlessly and forget what we have actually consumed.
November is sure to bring with it some challenges as the nights get darker, we get closer to Christmas and it’s also my birthday month, but I’m just going to keep on trying to make healthier choices for the benefit of my future self and with the shorter term aim of looking as good as I can by the time my Christmas holiday comes arounds.
Thanks for reading,