Yep, you read that title right. My knees are creaking more than my Nan’s floorboards and it’s not pretty. Mind, I have been working on the ol’ pins a lot the last week & a bit, so I should probably expect to hear some occasional body groans, right?! I’ve been running, went pretty hard on the bike, and did alorra squats, including weighted & sumo, as well as lunges & fire hydrants – which, by the way, make me feel like a dog cocking his leg up for a wee (see Google if you’re confused). It’s safe to say I had to wait a fair while before attempting to go downstairs.
Anyway, it’s been a whole week & a bit since I started my fitness diary, so I thought it’d be a good time to update you on how I’ve been doing! As I said, my knees really are giving me what-for; I actually injured my left knee a few years ago & truth be told I don’t think it healed quite right. That said, both knees crack & creak a lot more than they should do, but I think if I go steady on the squats & keep checking in on my form, I should be ok. I figure I really ought to focus on other areas of my body too, just to give my legs a break!
With that in mind, I know I’ve got to start working on my tummy & core. I just keep putting it off! It’s just anything to do with working my abs bloody kills. I know, I know, it’s not easy, it’s gotta hurt to work, bla bla bla, but blimey O’Riley’s undercrackers, THE PAIN. I start to feel sick pretty quickly after say sit-ups or russian twists, and end up in a collapsed heap on the floor, with a red face to boot. I’m basically a big fat wimp and need to crack on & stop whining.. right?! Hides under a cushion mountain.
So yes, abs are my plan for this week. Yikes. Send good thoughts, a sick bucket, popcorn for when I’m feeling normal again, and a big dollop of reassurance that it’s all worth it.
Food-wise, I’m actually doing myself proud! I’m not sticking to any particular diet, but I’m eating a lot more fruit & veg and a lot less chocolate/cake/sugary foods. Would you believe I actually love breakfast now?! I’ve gotten myself into the habit of a hearty bowl of porridge every morning, changing up the toppings each day – a firm favourite at the mo is oats with hazelnut milk, topped with mixed seeds, sliced banana & blueberries. I’m full for a good portion of the day then, and I’m always sticking to three square meals a day which I think is helping! Though if I do fancy a snack, I’m reaching for Nakd bars (Banana Bread is so good!) or a handful of almonds. Who even am I?
I don’t seem to be losing so much weight, but I have noticed my legs toning up and feeling a little stronger; I’m incredibly impatient with it comes to wanting results, and wanting them now(!) so I’m trying to remember that it’ll take time, but I’ll get there as long as I keep giving it some welly. It also helps that I have some beaut gear to go sweat in (nicely put, Katie) – my boyfriend, rather than buy me flowers for St Val’s day, bought me a New Balance sports bra & running leggings, which made for a very happy me! I’m so grateful because not only do I love New Balance as a brand, but it’s nice to have a good few quality bits to workout in, I do think it makes a difference – especially when you’re out in the elements!
So yes; the week ahead is tummy focused, keeping up the good food intake, saving for trainers & doing more yoga (I still swear by yoga, it’s magic!)
I hope you’re having a cracking February so far (how is it nearly over already?!) and let me know if you’re on a fitness kick or working out – also any tips or words of wisdom will always be welcomed here, come at me!
Big kisses always,