Day 8: 2nd week wooooh lost weight already

5 07 2011

Hey everyone!

It’s the beginning of week 2 and I have a few things to share with you today.

First of all I still have not quite recovered from glange but feel so much better than I have been over the weekend. I’ll probably be back at the gym tomorrow if all things go well. So today you will find out how much weight I lost this week. Im really excited to tell you guys but will leave it until the end of the blog so that you read the in between bits aswell!

I know I said that I would be making something from my jenny craig cook book but I’ve been a little preoccupied with health tests etc today. So instead I will give you some tips that I have been reading up about…

 1. everyday ways to  help you lose weight 

a) Drink enough water  –

There are so many reasons why water is, among other things, good for your waistline. Drinking cold water can help you metabolism, since your body will work harder to warm up the liquid, meaning more calories burned for you. Drinking water regularly and hydrating before you exercise will help release muscle-building hormones in your body — which spells good news for not only your strength goals but also your metabolism.

                                       Drink Enough Water for Weight Loss

b) Get enough sleep –

Celebs and doctors alike can’t stop talking about their go-to weight-loss secret: one of the keys to losing or preventing weight gain is getting enough sleep. Why? Turns out we end up eating more when we’re sleep-deprived. A recent study, for example, showed that participants who got only four hours of sleep ended up consuming 300 more calories than when they were well rested.

                                       Get Enough Sleep for Weigh Loss

c) Practise portion control –

Even if you’re not on a diet, being mindful of how much you’re eating is good practice. It can take a few minutes for your brain to recognize that you’re full, so get in the habit of knowing how much an actual serving size is (and how much it takes until you’re full), and you’ll be less apt to pack on the pounds due to overeating.

                                        Practice Portion Control for Weight Loss

d) Drink Green Tea –

Water’s not the only metabolism booster in town. Studies have shown that drinking green tea can give your metabolism a tiny increase — which can add up to over 400 extra calories burned a week ! Not only that, the beverage has got some major antioxidant power, so drink up.

                                         Drink Green Tea to Lose Weight, Too

e) Use your friends to lose weight –

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be much easier with the support and motivation of like-minded friends. Having a healthy support group can lead to better choices for yourself; you may find yourself moving more, skipping more calorie-laden happy hours, and making other lifestyle choices that can contribute to weight loss.

Sounds kinda dumb right, but last week I did all of the above. Must have worked…

 2. common mistakes people make at the gym

a) It’s not always about speed –

A lot of people “go through repetitions way too quickly.” Blazing through your reps means you’re not working through the full range of motion of your muscles and joints. You’re often sacrificing form for speed. The simple fix is slow it down, focus on the quality of your movement, and check your form in the mirror.

                                       It’s not always about speed

b) One set is never enough –

Gym goers are short-changing themselves and only doing one set of an exercise. Research has shown that doing 2 or 3 sets of an exercise will make you over 40 percent stronger than just doing one.The suggestion is “shoot for at least two to four sets of any exercise.” The fix just might be to push yourself a little bit harder. You’re tougher than you think!

                                  One set is never enough

c) Don’t do the same old –

Maybe it’s because we are creatures of habit, but a fair lot of gym folks always do the same routine. This is a no-no, because it “leads to plateau, loss of interest, lack of results — we’re talking weight training as well as steady state cardio . . . mix it up people!” If your routine is stale, take a group class to try something new. Spinning is great if you’re a treadmill addict — intervals are staple in indoor cycling classes so goodbye steady state cardio. Sculpting classes will work muscles you never knew you had.

                                   You do the same old, same old

d) You’re not posture perfect –

Hunched over posture while exercising is also really common. And all this hunching can lead to injury and pain. To correct the problem, work on strengthening your upper backs with rowing exercises and stretching your chests, too.Do core work to help strengthen the lower back. Planks are a great way to work the abs and the supporting back muscles simultaneously. So while you’re refreshing your stale routine, be sure to throw some back strengthening moves into your workout.

                              You’re not posture perfect

 

3. my favourite before and after photo from the BIGGEST LOSER season 11,  just for inspiration!

            The Biggest Loser Winner: Olivia Ward

Now for my result… This week I lost a total of 2.1kgs ! Yay im stoked with this result, although my being sick would have def contributed to the amount. Oh well a loss is a loss right???….told you glandular fever would not get the better of me.

Here’s to a good start to my challenge and a positive outlook for the week ahead.

Wooooooh Love J.L

xx

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