I decided to ditch the shirt component of these updates. While I love showcasing my many shirts I’ve found it hard to write a monthly post and include them organically. Maybe I can have a separate post on my shirts by genre or something. I also didn’t want to separate the post into weeks anymore and I also bought workout specific clothes because I decided I wanted to do less sweating in my favourite shirts.
In July I was able to lose about 2kg for the month which is still not what I was hoping but better than nothing and equals out to be about 500gm a week which is good. I also felt like I was getting stronger which should probably be a bigger focus than losing weight.
For the first three weeks of the month I did the Blogilates Beginners Calendar again which is 6 workout days a week and roughly 30mins per day. By the end of it I was really dreading having to workout to those videos so often and started losing motivation to do it – That being said, if you are a beginner it is a good place to start because it tells you what to do and when to do it. It has been useful for me to get into a routine – After the calendar was up I made the decision to exercise 4 to 5 days a week and have break days on Wednesday and Sunday. I also started scouring YouTube for 30min long videos that I might be interested in doing. I have found that it is much easier to do 1 ‘long’ video rather than 3 short videos because you don’t have to start a new video and start with the warm up each time you’re just ‘in the zone’ for the full 30mins.
For the last week of June I found some great videos that I’ll probably go back to many times as they’re well instructed, easy to follow along and feel like they’re actually helping me. For anyone interested, the videos are below:
These were all very good for working out different body parts or increasing heart rate. I did both the Tiffany Rothe one’s on the same day and I felt so sore for 3 days afterwards. They don’t feel hard while you’re doing them and they’re actually pretty fun (I like that they’re all standing as well) but she does mention how they’re sneaky exercises you’ll feel the next day and that is definitely true. I’m looking forward to trying them again and seeing if there is any improvement for me.
I think I’m finally at the point where exercise is feeling less like a burden. It’s something I need to do and I am happy (mostly) to do it. Some days I feel like I can’t be bothered and I usually don’t exercise those days but get my momentum back the next day. It’s good to see that part is getting easier however, food and snacking is another thing altogether. I still really love snacking on high calorie, sugar and fatty foods. If someone brings something to work I feel like I HAVE to have it because otherwise I’m missing out. If I see something new in stores I want to try it or if I see a new cafe I want to go there. I’ve been doing better during the week though with restricting after dinner snacks to the weekend only whereas I used to have icecream or something nearly every day.
For August I’m going to keep working on exercising for 30 mins a day, 4 days a week (at least) and also trying to decrease my snack like cravings. I can say, up until today it has failed dismally and my birthday is next week so it might not be a success either but I will try to only snack healthily on the other days and see how it goes.