October recap

Monday, October 31, 2016

WHERE is the year going?! I can’t believe it’s the last day of October already! And that means…2 weeks today until my birthday. YAYYYY! emoticon My big 3-0. I’m so excited and really ready to enter a new decade.

October has been a good month for me. I feel like I’m in such a happy place in my life. I got promoted at work for the 3rd year running (yayyy me!), I’m properly settled into my new flat and absolutely love it and I’m feeling so good about my health and fitness. A lot more confident than I’ve felt in years and I really feel like I’ve got a good grasp of my life right now. So all that is very exciting.

This blog is just a quick recap on how I did with the goals I set at the beginning of the month. On a side note, having these goals written down has been a MASSIVE motivation for me. I wouldn’t have done half the things I did and achieved if it wasn’t for these goals so I’m going to keep doing them and writing them here so it keeps me focused and accountable.

Goal 1: “Weigh myself every week for accountability. Try not to weigh more than 3 times a week or you'll go mental.” Yeah…..not quite achieved! *hangs head* emoticon My name is Adz and I’m a scale addict! The first couple of weeks in October I did very well with this one. And then…see goal 2.

Goal 2: “Aim for a 6.8lb loss.” I weighed in on 1st October at 201.8lbs. My goal was to get to 195lbs (i.e. under 14 stone) for the month. Totally doable, given I lost 8lbs in September. First 2 weeks I only weighed twice a week and by the 12th I weighed in at 197lbs. Really pleased with that. And then…I went on holiday to Spain! Eeeeeek! The first few of days out there, I was ‘good’. I got my friends up and out for an outdoor workout 3 mornings in a row because we started our days, healthy low carb meals all day, no desserts, hardly any alcohol. But then we passed a bakery and the waffles called my name. And then ice-cream. And then a doughnut. And for the next 3 days we just ate and ate and ate! DOH! emoticon

Got back to London on the 22nd feeling like an elephant emoticon Weighed in on the morning of the 23rd at….206.4lbs! OUCH! So that day I fully re-committed, got right back on track, meal planning, all low carb meals. But that meant I’ve weighed myself every single day to ‘check’ to see if it’s been going down. Which means I didn't stick with Goal 2. But don’t ask me how or why or what but…this morning, 8 days after that crazy ‘gain’ I saw on when I got back from holiday, I weighed in at….drum roll please….194.4lbs!!! WTF?! ha! emoticon Yeah, I don’t know either, but I will flipping take it. And no, I haven’t been starving myself all week. I have tracked ALL my meals and stayed within my range every single day. I’ve made sure I drank at least 3 litres of water a day, plus green tea. I’ve kept up with my exercise. And somehow, I’ve managed to ‘lose’ 12lbs in 8 days LOL It’s mad. Just shows that a lot of that ‘gain’ was just water weight which my body happily let go when I got back on track. So unless something crazy happens for my official 1st November weigh in tomorrow, I achieved this goal. WHOOOOP!

This also reminded me that life happens, that I can enjoy a holiday (but maybe more in moderation that I did this time round!) and still get back on track and hit my goals. This is really a lifestyle…not a temporary ‘diet’. Holidays happen. It’s how you move on from it that matters. If I had seen that 9lb gain and thought ‘arrrghhh forget it, I’m going to eat everything in sight and restart in the New Year because my birthday and Christmas are coming up anyway so why bother’ (which is what I would have done at one point in time), where would I be now?? Back up to 225lbs and feeling really angry at myself and positively miserable! So lesson learned. Never ever give up. EVER.

Goal 3:” Stick with the StrongLifts 5x5 programme”. Achieved (except for the week in Spain when I had no access to a gym). I absolutely love this strength programme. It’s only 3 exercises in each session, doing 5 sets of 5 reps. I don’t like long drawn out workout programmes because I get bored easily. Knowing I only have 3 exercises to do is mentally what I need. Check it out on Google if you’re interested in a snappy, short workout that builds strength. And I think it’s really sculpting my body. I’m getting really strong. I’m up to 45kg squats, 45kg deadlifts, 25kg bench press, 25kg overhead press, and 20kg rows. I’m especially happy with the progress I’ve made on my upper body exercises, as I’ve always had really weak arms. Onwards and upwards.

Goal 4: “Start jogging outside again. Small goal: 10 road miles minimum this month”. ACHIEVED! Believe me, this was a close shave, given how cold it’s getting in London these days! But I’m SO glad I did it. If it wasn’t for writing down this goal and feeling accountable to the Spark world, I definitely wouldn’t have done it. I woke up yesterday and went for a 3 mile run so that I could come and write that I achieved this goal today. I’ve remembered how much I love running and this is a goal I’m going to keep going forward.

And that’s all for now folks. I’m currently bored at work thinking about my November goals. I have a birthday and a 5-day holiday to contend with this month, so I’m going to have to factor that in. Hope you’ve all had a great October and are looking forward to happy November emoticon emoticon emoticon
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