Tuesday, 23 May 2017

My get fit (fat-loss) journey | Update 1

Last week I told you guys that I was starting my get fit journey and that I would share it with you, so here is my first update.

I first started this journey by actively trying to work out more and eating more healthy. I found this hard because when you have a baby they're your priority so you often forget to eat or "have no time" to eat. Due to this I decided to loosely count my macros and to start meal planning.

What does counting macros mean?
Well macros basically refer to the protein, fats and carbs that are in your food. You first calculate what your macros and calorie intake should be based on your body weight, daily activities and end goal and then you set out to reach those daily values.

Ever since doing this I have realised 2 things:
1. I've actually been eating less calories than I should, which is not good for weight-loss
2. It's actually quite hard to eat the amount of protein that I should be eating. I didn't realise how little protein a lot of the foods I eat have.

What is meal planning?
It's planning your meals for the day, more commonly weekly, in advance and then just taking them out and eating them as needed.
It's good because it means that, if counting macros, you can just enjoy your meals without having to worry about whether you're getting the right nutrition and it saves time (and sometimes money).

I plan on counting macros for at least 1-2 weeks, just so that I can see what nutrition I'm getting from certain foods so I know which to go for.
Since eating healthier, which for me just meant eating more fruit and veg and drinking more water, and exercising I've realised that I get hungry more quickly than before and so have to eat more often. This shows that my metabolism has already started being more efficient which is good but eating every 2-3 hours is a bit of an inconvenience, with having a baby, but I'm trying to find ways to help me do it.

As I mentioned above, I've been exercising more regularly, nothing major, even just 15-20 minutes of intense exercise 2-3 times a day. I've been going as hard as I can which my body gets used to so after a few days, I increase the intensity again. After not having exercised for over a year it's very important, in my opinion, to slowly build up your fitness and to go at a good pace for you.
I've not noticed many changes in my body so far but it's only early days so I'm not too worried about it.

This update is for my first week of actively trying to loose fat. I will be updating you all every week. So far I've enjoyed learning more about how the body works and what it needs in order to loose fat. I've enjoyed finding out about different types of food and their macros. I've become a lot more aware of what goes into my body and how I can help it to help me in my fat loss/get fit journey. It's only been a week though, so we've still a long way to go.

I hope you enjoyed reading this and if you have any questions, do not hesitate to either contact me on social media or by commenting on this post. Remember to follow this blog by email and to follow me on social media so that you know when I've a new post up and so you can see us in our day to day through the week :)

So, until next time...

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