My Fitness Journey: Check In #1

It’s April already, and I thought I’d follow up on my new year resolution on getting stronger and healthier. After having Ashton in November last year, I rested for 2 months before slowly starting on yoga. I did Yoga With Adrienne’s 30 days of yoga, and it was awesome! The videos were initially short and then went to as long as half an hour. It was a good kick start to get in touch with my body again. After the 30 days, I did some of her yoga for weight loss videos and some of her technique videos. If you haven’t checked her out yet, you really should. I love her quirky sense of humour, and she makes yoga fun.

 

My fitness journey chloeash

 

 

I still do my yoga about twice a week for flexibility and balance, but I’ve been lifting for about 5 weeks now and I’m enjoying it. Basically, it’s 4 days of lifting and 2 days of high intensity interval training, with 1 rest day. This article here sums up what I’m doing relatively well. If you’re interested in my schedule, the breakdown is such:

Monday: Lower body workout targeting big muscle groups to burn more calories

Tuesday: Heavy lifting, upper body workout (more on chest and back)

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: HIIT

Friday: Heavy lifting, lower body workout

Saturday: Upper body workout, lower weights, higher repetitions

Sunday: HIIT

 

The key is moderation when it comes to food intake. I take more protein and less carbs, but I don’t cut it off completely. I love my rice and noodles. In the past 5 weeks, I have lost about 3kgs (about 6.6 pounds) and it’s especially noticeable around my belly. My butt is less jiggly and my pre pregnancy clothes are now loose. That’s just a number though. My ultimate goal is fat loss and muscle gain, NOT weight loss. I also want to fit into my clothes before I got married. Why muscle gain? So many benefits as we get older, people. This article says exactly what I think.

Phase 1 complete – pre 3rd pregnancy clothes now fit and a little loose. Phase 2 is a working progress, that is to fit into clothes pre 2nd pregnancy. Phase 3 is to fit into clothes before I got pregnant at all. How long will it take? Well, as long as it takes. This is a lifestyle change!

 

I’ll update again in a couple of months’ time. Workouts are tough and there isn’t a day I don’t get sore muscles but it feels satisfying. Food is erm, yeah but seeing the numbers drop motivates me. I still can’t do a chin up yet, but I’m aiming to do that. Oh, and I want to do a headstand one day, like Larie did on her Instagram. So bad ass.

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

 

 

  • Great job, Lily! Sounds like you’re making progress and having fun in the process! Do you actually keep all of your old clothes? Would be great if you could wear them again 🙂

    • Lily

      Thank you Sunny. There’s progress, that’s for sure! That’s a motivation to push harder. I do keep some of my old clothes, those I really like. I’m aiming to fit into them! I have a few pairs of Levi’s. I’m now wearing a 29 inch waist a little loose, aiming to fit into my 27. When I can fit into my 27 inches, I have to try to fit into my smallest pair, from 9 years ago – 25 inches!!

  • Wahoo go Lily go!

    • Lily

      Heh thanks for the support Tracy 🙂

  • Good for you Lily! So happy to know you’re building up to a really kick ass you 🙂 My mum does a ton of yoga, I don’t and the few times I’ve tried it I’m way to chicken to try the headstand thing….

    • Lily

      Thank you Sofia. Your mom kicks ass! I can’t do a headstand yet. I’m scared. I tried, with help, but all those blood rushing to my head… woozy!

  • Congrads Lily on doing so well!!! Gosh, I’m still a long way from my pre-preggo weight. I feel dismayed when I look at the scale though I’ve been told I look like I lost weight and my clothes fit better – still can’t get into my pre-preggo jeans though! – so how your clothes feel is way more important than a number on a machine 😉 I feel so motivated by you after reading your post. I’m recovering from a cough and cold right now but once I’m better, I’ll start working out again!

    • Lily

      I’m so glad this post motivated you, YuMing! The number on the scale definitely doesn’t tell the truth. Water is heavy, muscle is heavy, fat is light. Ah, I’m only back to my pre-3rd pregnancy size. I’m aiming for my pre-2nd pregnancy size now. HAHAHA! I got bigger after each kid!!

  • Hahaha, thanks, Lily 😉 It sounds like you’re doing awesome! Your workout schedule is intense! I agree, it’s all about balance and moderating quantities and getting a sufficient workout – and definitely about building up muscle tone vs. just losing “weight.” Go go go! You kick ass!

    • Lily

      Thanks for the motivation, Larie. Yes, the workout schedule and the workout itself are pretty intense, but I’m trying to push myself before hitting a plateau. Then we’ll have to switch things around again. I’ve been getting muscle pain every single day since I started but it reminds me that it does pay off.

  • I love doing yoga at home with Tara Stiles and Sarah Beth videos. So thank you for sharing Yoga with Adrienne! I just downloaded her video right away. New video always excites me. Can’t wait!

    Good luck with your fitness journey!

    • Lily

      Thanks Yunie and I hope you like her. You have to try her 30 days of yoga and modify it to your own flow. It’s a beautiful series of practice.