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    Wow, so I just checked back to my old fitness blog here, and haven't touched it since 2010!

    Happy to say that I achieved what I wanted from the last one and did improve my fitness a lot, and lost weight for my year travelling which is good.

    Very much improved my lifting, sorted out my techniques etc but lately have been in no real routine so i've decided to get back into it.

    I don't have any specific aims, except that I'd like to be fitter again and in good shape for ski trips (one in feb, one in april). But just decided to start up this blog again to keep track of my exercise, lifting and eating habits to whip myself back into shape asap.

    Have a new job starting monday, so can get myself into a good routine and am feeling very motivated!

    I'll start posting my daily intakes and exercise etc asap.
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    What is your new job?!
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    (Original post by Becca)
    In to stalk :teeth:

    What is your new job?!
    It's not a 'proper' job :sad: Just a permanent job where I was working over Christmas...haha. But my shifts are 1-9 which means instead of trying to fit in post-work gym sessions when i'm feeling exhausted, I can now slot them in in the mornings so I feel fresh and motivated for the day ahead
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    This is the old routine I was going by which was working very well but I've neglected it a bit ( a lot):


    day 1
    squat 3x8
    strict press 3x8
    bb bent over row 3x8
    asst. chinups 3x8
    pressups 3x8
    powerplate
    swim

    day 2
    cardio
    core work
    powerplate
    swim

    day 3
    deadlift 3x5
    dumbell bench press 3x8
    calf raises 3x10
    powerplate
    swim

    day 4
    rest

    day 5
    frontsquat/oh squat 3x8
    cleans 3x5
    asst. dips 3x8
    asst. pullups 3x8
    powerplate
    swim


    day 6
    hiit
    core work
    powerplate
    swim


    day 7
    rest

    On my 'rest' days I was doing things like a zumba class for an hour, just cos it's enjoyable!

    Lately though I've been doing things like a zumba class as my 'cardio' though and totally neglecting any proper exercise, which is why i've made this thread again and am just so keen to get back into this and sort myself out.
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    (Original post by kinkajou)
    It's not a 'proper' job :sad: Just a permanent job where I was working over Christmas...haha. But my shifts are 1-9 which means instead of trying to fit in post-work gym sessions when i'm feeling exhausted, I can now slot them in in the mornings so I feel fresh and motivated for the day ahead
    Oh that's good though to have a permanent job with fixed hours! You can definitely make good progress there :yep:
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    (Original post by Becca)
    Oh that's good though to have a permanent job with fixed hours! You can definitely make good progress there :yep:
    Yup! I def need a proper plan. Just going when I'm 'free' has not worked at all so I'm excited to have some structure back! Will probs be coming to you for advice as I get back into it
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    Argh, I just want to get back in to this NOW. Not tomorrow, not next week. Sick of waking up feeling dreadful - I have a horrible chest infection/flu at the moment, am completely dehydrated and just lacking any energy whatsoever. Am on a week's holiday and this was supposed to be my kickstart week! Damn it, I know I can motivate myself to work even harder when I finally can start, but it's just frustrating me now. Half of me wants to try my luck at the gym and see how I get on regardless, but my inability to eat properly and weakness make me know it'll be utterly fruitless. Ah Losing weight at a rapid pace over the last few days too, which usually would be awesome, if I was being healthy :rolleyes: Embarrassed to have started this thread and still not be doing it properly!
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    Yeaaah finally starting to be able to taste food again Just a shame we have nothing very healthy in.

    Today so far i've had:

    Breakfast - small bowl of special k red berries with alpro soya light, glass of berocca (effervescing orange vitamin tablet)
    Mid-morning - cup of tea with one sweetener and skimmed milk
    Lunch - 2 small slices of brown bread toasted with a slice of mature cheddar grilled on each, some vine cherry tomatoes, 200ml of fresh orange juice
    Snack - Approx 6 haribos, cup of tea
    Dinner - duck a l'orange, crushed carrots

    And lots of water.

    I WILL eat well and exercise soon...sigh
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    Pics? For science...
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    ^^ Ha, no pics...although i've taken my own pics so that i can take new ones every 4 weeks to compare...for science

    Okay so i'm still coughing my lungs out but I was feeling so agitated I just had to get out and do *something*. Got too sick of waiting for 'tomorrow' in the hope I felt spritely again!

    Had a bit of an energy surge anyway so went off to my zumba class for an hour, where I did work hard and put everything into it. Not ideal but it's a start. Following zumba i did a powerplate session (calves, tricep dips, squats, plank, press up etc then my stetches).

    So yeah, pretty rubbish exercise-wise but better than nothing

    Food:

    1 alpro soya plain yoghurt, fresh blueberries & blackberries, spoonful of low fat muesli
    organic nettle, peppermint and fennel tea
    banana
    minestrone slim-a-soup
    coffee (sweetener and a tiny bit of ss milk)
    steamed broccoli, smoked salmon, pumpkin & sunflower seeds, splash of soy sauce and lemon juice
    lots of water

    if i'm hungry later will have an apple or some mango


    back to the gym tomorrow morning to start a proper routine, as for my lifting i'll be on it like a car bonnet again as of tomorrow! can't wait to tone up again.
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    Quick pre-work update!

    Exercise:

    1 hour zumba class

    assisted chin ups 3 x 8
    assisted pull ups 3 x 8
    assisted dips 5 x 8

    squats
    1 x 8 0kg
    2 x 8 20kg
    2 x 8 30 kg
    2 x 4 40kg

    bb bent over row
    1 x 8 17.5kg
    3 x 8 25kg


    pretty pathetic attempt at everything, but first time back and i ran out of time. damn it. will try a lot harder tomorrow. and do a lot more! NEED to start following my proper routine.

    as for food so far:

    (updated below)

    will update later tonight. now for an 8 hour shift at work...
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    Food today:

    small bowl of bran flakes with alpro soya light, mini banana, green tea
    2 x pumpkin seed ryvita, 1 mini tub of light philadelphia, 2 small slices of smoked salmon, lemon juice
    green tea
    apple & another mini banana, tea with sweetener & tiny bit of ss milk, berocca boost tablet
    small bowl of goan spiced tomato & lentil soup, mini babybel light
    nettle, peppermint & fennel tea

    + lots of water
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    Unfortunately couldn't get to the gym this morning as we had guests last night and I didn't have enough time before work! Took the opportunity to use available time to stock up on fresh, healthy food though Hitting the gym tomorrow morning too. Must have burned a fair few cals during my 8 hour shift on my feet all day though so all is not lost.

    Food:

    bran flakes with alpro soya light, coffee (skimmed milk, 2 sweeteners)
    salad of fresh white crab meat, 3/4 of a small avocado crushed with 1/2 a fresh red chilli, fresh lime juice & black pepper
    john west 246cal mediterranean tuna light lunch, clementine
    cup of tea (1 sweetener, ss milk), apple, low fat blueberry mousse
    lots of water
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    Not so great gym sesh (story of my life)

    10min sprint to warm up

    shoulder press
    1 x 10 10kg
    2 x 8 20kg
    2 x 6 25kg

    chest press
    1 x 10 15kg
    2 x 8 20kg
    2 x 8 25kg
    1 x 5 30kg

    bicep curls
    1 x 10 10kg
    2 x 8 20kg
    2 x 6 25kg
    1 x 6 30kg

    tricep curls
    1 x 10 10kg
    2 x 8 20kg
    2 x 6 25kg
    1 x 6 30kg

    felt so weak, i was absolutely pathetic today. had a crap breakfast of special k and a tiny banana which didn't help!

    some core work and 50 sit ups

    HIIT cycling

    making sure i have some decent protein for lunch before i head off to work.
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    Food today:

    Small bowl of special k red berries, alpro soya light, green tea, mini banana
    299 cal weight watchers meal of Spanish chicken and potatas bravas, lettuce
    2 clementines, mini fruit salad
    Espresso, cup of tea

    Will have half a cup of Goan tomato and lentil soup after I finish work at 9pm.
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    Jen I think you need more protein!
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    (Original post by kinkajou)
    Not so great gym sesh (story of my life)

    10min sprint to warm up

    shoulder press
    1 x 10 10kg
    2 x 8 20kg
    2 x 6 25kg

    chest press
    1 x 10 15kg
    2 x 8 20kg
    2 x 8 25kg
    1 x 5 30kg

    bicep curls
    1 x 10 10kg
    2 x 8 20kg
    2 x 6 25kg
    1 x 6 30kg

    tricep curls
    1 x 10 10kg
    2 x 8 20kg
    2 x 6 25kg
    1 x 6 30kg

    felt so weak, i was absolutely pathetic today. had a crap breakfast of special k and a tiny banana which didn't help!

    some core work and 50 sit ups

    HIIT cycling

    making sure i have some decent protein for lunch before i head off to work.

    you can bicep curl 30kg but only bench 30kg? and OHP 25kg? something doesnt add up there, you cheating the curls out or something?

    and tricep extension (tricep curl lol) 30kg? lol just lol
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    (Original post by tinktinktinkerbell)
    you can bicep curl 30kg but only bench 30kg? and OHP 25kg? something doesnt add up there, you cheating the curls out or something?

    and tricep extension (tricep curl lol) 30kg? lol just lol
    Nonsense. I didn't mention that I'd benched anything, not that I really need to explain myself on my own blog where I'm recording my weights for personal future reference, but today happened to be a one off resistance machine sesh as opposed to free weights anyway.

    As an addition, ability was irrelevant today, I said myself I wasn't putting everything into what I was doing so what I can do on one thing and on another will not equate because I just wasn't feeling it.
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    (Original post by Becca)
    Jen I think you need more protein!
    Yeah that's what my bf told me! Will def introduce more into my diet
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    exercise today:

    12min jog
    13min sprint

    lat pull downs
    1 x 10 10kg
    2 x 8 20kg
    1 x 8 25kg
    1 x 6 30kg
    2 x 6 35kg

    assisted dips
    5 x 8

    assisted chin ups
    5 x 8

    strict press
    1 x 10 12.5kg
    2 x 8 17.5kg
    3 x 6 20kg

    50 sit ups
    core work

    HIIT cycling

    powerplate stretches


    Obviously still just doing random things and not yet following my actual routine, but trying to rebuild my strength again slowly as i get back into it. I stupidly thought i'd jump straight back into a routine and it's just not happening yet! Think this week is just a sort of 'test' for myself to see what i need to improve again most and work hardest on.

    Should have done my strict press first cos my arms were like jelly by the time it got round to it, so pretty poor weight attempt.

    Food:

    bran flakes, alpro soya light, nettle fennel & peppermint tea
    1 pumpkin seed ryvita, half a mini pot of light philadelphia, tiny bit of smoked salmon
    mini banana, clementine
    lean beef fried in 1 cal per spray oil, red chillies, onion, garlic, paprika & coriander. iceberg lettuce, yellow pepper, cucumber, 4 cherry tomatoes
    hot no sugar vimto, melon


    lots of water as standard!

    Tomorrow i think i will focus on legs at the gym

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