I’ve now gotten used to my gym routine and am finding that as I get stronger and fitter, it’s getting easier.. so I thought it the perfect time to switch things up and try something new! It’s also important for my training and continued fat-loss to keep my body guessing by mixing it up. This morning, rather than a long run I performed interval sprints on the treadmill for 20 minutes, burning 260 calories. I then had time for a session on my legs and my core before going to work. In my mission for abs, I did a lot of sit-ups and crunches. I then moved on to what I see as my ‘problem area’ – my legs. I did my usual squats with a medicine ball, upping the weight from 6kg to 8kg; and I felt that burn. I then decided to incorporate another exercise into my workout, which I knew to be effective in building and shaping muscle in the legs and glutes. Deadlifts. I used a small box to increase the tension on the muscle and used a 10kg kettle-bell for the exercise. I really love deadlifts as you feel them working as you do them and they always leaves me feeling like I’ve truly worked the muscle. I’m excited to see what results I get in the coming weeks by incorporating this.
My intake for today was:
- Pineapple Chunks
- Banana Soreen Lunchbox Loaf (these are high in calories for volume but a great filling carbohydrate)
- Nutrigrain Granola Bar
- Chicken and Couscous
- Pork Sausages w/ Golden Vegetable Rice
I was meant to have salmon with green vegetables for dinner but when I got home I was feeling like I needed something that would fill me up more (a good hearty meal), after working hard at the gym and a long day at work. I am an advocate for pre-planning meals and sticking to a shopping list but it’s also okay to be flexible in this. I’ll have the salmon another night and I haven’t fallen off track with cravings!
I have a day off work tomorrow and I’m unsure at the moment if I’m going to take a rest day or perhaps go for a run outdoors.