The Fitness Challenge | Week 1 Success!

Mr Kitty and I have started the Ab Challenge, and I’ve decided to co-run it with other changes in my lifestyle to improve fitness.

I’m always coming up with these grand ideas to lose weight and tone up, but never end up sticking to my plans.

This time, though, I feel different.
I feel ready.

I’ll set the scene by sharing my goals.

Ideally I’d like to drop 2 dress sizes by September 1st.
I’m not sure how ambitious that is.
I’m not worried about a specific figure in terms of weight loss, because I don’t weigh myself, because I’m not airline baggage.
However, I’d like for clothes that fit me 2 summers ago to go near me again.
I know its possible simply because those clothes used to fit me.

So, here are my starting stats from 1st June:

Waist: 35.6″

My stats from this morning:

Waist: 35.1″

So, I’ve lost 1/2 an inch in a week – I haven’t been massively strict but I have done some detoxing (sharply followed by a ton of drinking and eating like a maniac).

I’m not expecting to see such a Β dramatic difference in the next month, but Its nice to be moving in the right direction.
I’ll check in once a week with my stats!

So this week has seen me go from minimal exercise to 30 minutes of cardio every other day and each night doing:
20 situps
20 crunches
20 leg raises
30 seconds of the Plank

In the name of starting small, I’ve cut out cows milk altogether, with the exception of a small splash in my morning coffee.
I’m having breakfast before I leave the house (instead of at my desk) and taking nuts and dried fruit for snacking.
I’ve cut out the 2 lattes a day at work in favour of nettle teas.
I’ve ditched the mid-afternoon chocolate break.
No bread shall pass my lips.

Exercise-wise I started this running planΒ being able to run for about 2-3 minutes at a time, then walk for 5 minutes.
After just 1 week I’ve found I’m running for around 5 minutes and walking for around 5 minutes.
I have a knee injury from years ago which slows me down, too, but I’ve found the running plan to be helpful in easing running into my life without triggering pain.

I’ll be making a couple more changes for the coming week & sharing the successful ones!

So… do you have any tips for a fitness challenge?

Final KITTY suggestive digestive-01

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2 responses to “The Fitness Challenge | Week 1 Success!

  1. thanks πŸ™‚ I have a few friends who contstantly watch the scales and even though they’re visibly slimmer and more toned, they get so down on themselves because the scales don’t move – i think sometimes you just weigh what you’re going to weigh.

    lol thanks for the advice on stretching, i thought I could go without doing it last week and by thursday I felt like I was made from lead. Lesson Learned! xx

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  2. What a great attitude! Scales are rubbish- I’m 65kg and a dress size down from Xmas but the scales haven’t changed at all.
    I too have also cut out bread πŸ™‚
    You seem to be taking a sensible approach- my tip, just make sure you’re stretching lots to recover πŸ™‚
    Good luck x

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