Monday, 30 March 2015

8 week Programme With Paul Keating - Week 1 & 2

I recently posted on my facebook page that I had started an 8 week program in a gym. Today marks the end of my 2nd week of 8 weeks. The first week I had 3 personal training sessions with Paul from Paul's Gym. We had a chat about what I wanted and all that a few days before, so when day 1 came around Paul had done out a personalised training programme and Meal Plan for me to follow.

In my training plan, I have 35 minutes of cardio followed by weights. For the first 2 weeks, I have only been doing the 3 days because of work, so I am going to push myself to do an extra day of cardio in the next 2 weeks.
To date, from when I started (2 weeks ago) I am currently down 4lbs. Now that might not seem like a lot to some people but it is to me, and I am also not too worried about the scales as I want to achieve a more toned body and better fitness levels at the end of the 8 weeks.

I will post before and after photos at the end of the 8 weeks and also I will be keeping track of my body fat % and muscle %.

I love the gym. I'm definitely not the fittest person, running/jogging is a weakness of mine but I love the feeling you get when you come out of the gym. For me, Going to the gym in the morning/afternoon works best as I always come out with heaps of energy. Not a good idea at night when it's time for bed shortly after.

Everyone's training plan is going to be different. Paul designed mine bearing in mind what I wanted to get out of it. So by me posting my plan is not going to benefit you. My recommendation is to get in contact with a gym or personal trainer and tell them what you want and they will design one tailor made to you.

The eating was a big thing for me. On my lunch at work I would head to the shop and get a bottle of juice and a hot chicken wrap. On my days off, I could go from morning to evening with nothing to eat, or else quite unhealthy options.

Here's an example of one of my day's meal plan.
Morning - Bran Flakes with Low Fat Milk
Mid Morning - Half wholemeal Wrap with tuna, lettuce, cucumber and tomato, with a tiny drizzle of sweet chilli sauce.
Lunch - Other half of wrap, with handful of cashew nuts and an Orange
Dinner - Roast chicken breast (cooked in coconut oil, chilli powder and garlic), brown Rice and Roasted carrot and parsnip.
Evening snack - Natural Yoghurt and 1 piece of fruit.
This was tailor made for me to coincide with my training so again, this might not be suitable for you as an individual.
On this plan, I am not allowed bread or potatoes. These, for me, were things I knew I had to cut out as they were causing bloatiness and making me feel awful. I do eat wholemeal bread but only 1/2 slices a day, but not everyday. Cutting out potatoes is not a big deal for me as I wouldn't eat them on a regular basis.
Sugar was also on my list to cut out. The first week was the hardest, as I am used to sugary tea, sugary coffee, a few biscuits here and there, a chocolate bar with my cup of tea at work and so on and so forth.
I have since cut down to 1/2 to 1 spoon of sugar in my tea, candrel in my coffee as I need that sweet!
I have completely cut out biscuits and chocolate, it was the only way for me.
Besides having swollen glands, sore throat and a head cold this weekend, I have been feeling great.
My metabolism is slowly rising due to the fact I am eating little but often, so obviously that's why I am feeling good. 

This post was just a quick introduction to the beginning of my Programme, so I will be doing more posts on particular things. I will also be doing recipes of some of the meals I've cooked so stay tuned :)

Happy Tuesday :)

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