So number 1, I’ve got to start off with mentioning the launch of the amazing new Activewear range from Missguided, it is giving me all kinds of life. Launched today online, I am one of the lucky ones who have had the chance to take a early sneak peak and try on, I must say I am really impressed. The quality, fit, and overall coolness of the collection is just so Missguided, ticking all the boxes, it also sticks to one of the great attractions of the brand, it’s affordability. Activewear is so massive, and to be honest it is great to be able to look fashionable and feel comfortable at the same time.
Number 2, today is the start of a health and fitness journey for myself, it has been a long time coming and I’ll be honest, I have been a stop/start kind of girl for the longest. Having been blessed enough that I could eat anything that passed my way, I took for granted the impact it would have on my once skinny frame, let alone my arteries. Having come back from a beach and seeing a range of bodies as well as being really sick, I took a moment to really think about the state of mine. It seemed to be heading more and more south, and realised I look great if I stretch up and suck in, but not so much if I am at my relaxed stated. So I’ve decided, I don’t want fake sucked in abs that look great on Instagram, I want to feel fit and better from the inside out, hence the start of this journey.
STAGE 1| GOALS
Funnily enough I don’t really have any specific weight goals but instead I have target areas in my body and overall well-being that I really want to start to see a visible change in. Those being my Bum, Stomach, Stamina, and Alertness. I have taken some (private) “before” photo’s which I will be more comfortable in sharing when transformation has occurred! Goal setting is really important, it gives you something to work toward but also give you a chance to see how far you have come.
STAGE 2| HEATHY EATING
We all know by now, abs are made in the kitchen, and to really see a difference, my relationship with food really needs to change. Sad sad times. Being the full blooded Nigerian woman I am, it’s hard to cut back in my Jellof, Eba, and fried assorted meats. However one thing that I have learnt is that it is all about the right things in moderation. Okra stew and Gari, are actually really healthy, it really is just the volume that makes some food’s bad for the waistline.
For the next 5 days I am currently on a Juice Cleanse – Not in the really cool way of buying a 5 day juice kit for £199 (What the heck!) I have opted to blend fruit and and veg using my trusty Nutribullet . My main mix consists of 1/2 Cucumber, 1 Handful of Spinach, 1 Carrot, 1/2 Mango, Handful of Blueberries, and 1 Lime. I am having 2 of these a day, and some days a light evening meal.
Again this is just for 5 days, really to get my body used to consuming less and detoxing (Slightly). After, I will be moving to a lower calorie, full mix eating regime that I’m hoping will be sustainable for the long term, more on that soon.
STAGE 3 | EXERCISE
Usually I see exercise as an ‘argg, do I have to do this! Stomp, stomp, stomp!!!’, this, has got to change, I want to make exercise part of my everyday life I am choosing to do 30 minutes of exercise each morning and 15 minutes at night, and walk/run 2 times a week. My schedule is often quite hectic and often changes a lot so sticking to a gym class is hard to do but working out at home or on location, so such a small period should not be a issue. I am picking a few specific exercises from from the ‘Skinny Bitch’ workouts, which are great for target areas as well as overall cardio. The 3 I am doing in my video below, are the ‘Plyo Jump Twist,’ the ‘Side Plank Hold’ and ‘Push Up To Mountain Climbers’. These are just for a start and there a lots more that I will be doing over the next few weeks. I try to do these for intervals of 1 minute, and aim to keep going for 10, (Harder then it sounds). I then switch these up, and add a few other actions.
So that is it for now, sorry for the long post but I wanted to add as much detail as I could ( It could get a lot more detailed than this) , especially for those who want to join me on the journey. I will update bi- weekly, and will be taking each day as it comes. Wish me luck! #Getfitwithpatty.
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