Sunday, 10 June 2012

Serious fall off the wagon

Well I took a serious fall off the wagon. I have gained weight, from 205 to 212 - not happy. I am back on track from tomorrow. I have shopped and prepared and am ready to go again, both in preparation and in mind. The fear, even after all my success, is that I will go back, I know 7 stone isn't going to jump back on but I am so frightened of it. Stress has been a big factor - work was bedlam and I wasn't preparing food, I didn't have time. However I never stopped training and that was a huge help with the stress. I don't know what I would do without it now. I am still loving tabata, really gives me the burn :) and am pleased that I was keeping up with Paul (the crazy ex-navy guy) on burpees and alt squats etc. Had new trainers this week, and those are making a difference.
So here we are  - 

This is January and June

I may be heavier but I see changes :) thank god :)
Check in with how I feel each day - should time allow

Saturday, 21 April 2012


Been real quiet and busy of late, still been training, been trying to up my intensity and clean up my food so that the scale might move. However trying not to worry about the scale, trying to focus on working hard, eating well and concentrating on how I feel - Healthier, stronger, better.
I have such an amazing group of online friends, who through Beachbody have made so many wonderful changes to my life. I can't wait for Beachbody to hit the UK.
My latest goal is chin ups - doing negatives with Paul a lad who trains at the gym, not there yet but he thinks i will be by summer! So here is my current moto! See you soon, promise to update more often.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Awesome sesh

A really great session today :) Sprints and a strength circuit - which is getting a bit monotonous but was good and then a cracking abs session to finish - we were in pair and your partner had to it your feet away and you had to stop them hitting the ground with your abs only. Cath has abs of steel so I found it hard to move her feet, but mine were like a spinning top - really felt I worked and have that lovely ache tonight.
Hoping to try out cross fit on saturday :) really excited.

Saturday, 4 February 2012

TRX trial

I let my baby (8) go to swimming class on her own today and she walked over to the gym (across the car park) to meet me from TRX class, bless her. TRX was not good today - it wasn't set up and ran 20 min late and lazy trainer was too busy enjoying the sound of his own voice to get us working well. Ah well thems the brakes. I will be going to boot camp tomorrow and hope to break a better sweat, only p90x2 is cutting it as a quality work out lately. Anyway here's me doing a pike! you will see my arse still has a ways to go!!!

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Tabata first class not so first class

I enjoyed tabata but was expecting more, can't wait for the other trainer so I can properly get my sweat on next week. Tabata is a high impact interval training method. You do sets of 20 secs on and 10 off - we did 8 sets. We did a variety of exercises, jacks, press ups, burpees, alt squats, lunges, oblique twists. Should be a good fat burner but the trainer ( yes him) left far too large a rest between each set and this made u loose impituss! Well it is 6 am boot camp tomorrow so off for some zzzzzzzzz catch u soon
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Tuesday, 31 January 2012


Yey TRX with Emma and I loved it! Was a blast of speed and power! What a difference! Jelly legs tonight. I really enjoyed and feel like I worked. Catch u tomorrow- new class- tabata!

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Monday, 30 January 2012

Same circuit

Lazy trainer - same circuit as yesterday! God it annoys me - good job it was a good one! worked hard - pushed hard and ran fast! pleased all in all. I started my 10 day booster food plan today and so I am hoping my weight will start to shift. Good day :) and nice trainer takes TRX tomorrow so I know I am going to get a pasting! See you tomorrow

Sunday, 29 January 2012

well a new day - a better day

Today was a better day, after posting how much a trainer can affect me - the one who has been having a negative effect on me did a really outstanding class today and I feel like I have worked my butt off. My obliques and abs ache as does my bottom :) don't you love that ache? the ache of your body changing. I so do not have any abs to see at the moment but they are there just waiting!
So today was boot camp and we did a circuit and between each station a sprint (well run for me!) This was good because there was little recovery time. The circuit included tricep dips, squat thrusts, leg raises, shoulder presses, oblique twists, squat with a core bag, high 12kg kettle swings, v-sits, press ups and pull and burpee with press up. Was fab, and after this we did a round of tabata circuit and sprints 5 min solid on each. Was a great sesh other than I thought the time per station was a bit short - 35 secs is not long enough for me to really feel it.
I have been eating a bit higher cal over the weekend and I felt great today, like I could really go for it, unlike Thurs when I felt I was constantly giving up. Maybe I need a bit higher cals, 1300 is too low for the amount of work I do perhaps? This weekend I did 1600. Hmm, learning and listening to my body! and one day it will look like this I hope :) chat soon .....

Saturday, 28 January 2012


Thoughts on the importance of a good trainer! My trainers have always been a huge support- to the point where I have used my Weightloss to literally be the poster girl for the gym. But just lately I have one that is making me feel like total crap. Why am I paying my money to not feel comfortable to work to my best? It is affecting my performance, my progress and my self esteem! But I have been going there from the start of my journey- am I afraid to let go or should I not let this one person affect me?? All questions for me to think about ! I need to assess my place in things over the next few weeks and think about what I need!

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Well I decided to keep a training blog - to maybe know how I feel about training and my body and what the hell is going on with it. I called this blog the training butterfly because it is training that has helped me change who I was an emerge from my shell. I was 21st8lb (305lb) at the start of June 2009. This is me then and now(209lb)

So my reason for training, my daughter, she came home from school and said that I was the fattest Mammy in her class. So I decided to do something about it, I started walking and jogging and riding my exercise bike. I then got an Achilles injury and without this I never would have lost my 7 stone. I started swimming because I couldn't do anything else. I was going so much and getting stronger one of the staff told me to take out a membership because I would save loads of money. I did and by then I was feeling so much better, and having phys
io and so I booked an induction to the gym, within a month I was in a class - boxercise, then
gradually doing circuits! I went from training 3 times a week to now 5/6 days a w
I now take 2 bootcamp classes, TRX, Tabata, and 2 circuits a week :) and feel like a different person. I handle life in a different way now, I was fearful of everything before, often having that feling of dread that something was about to go wrong and rarely did it! I still get it occasionally but not too much now.
So lately I found Beachbody and Team beachbody web page, and after wangling my way on (I live in the UK) I have had the best support from my Beach body coach - Karla :) She is just amazing and let's me see there are others out there who get it - when you do y
our first full press up the glee you have, the first time you lift a weight you thought impossible! I love her to
bits - how ever far away she is.
So today was Yoga X2 - I have practised yoga for the 2 years I have been training
, finally swapping it out for TRX which I felt was more demanding. So 2 things came up I have never tried, first was Crane position

I really didn't think I could do this... and I couldn't but I was close! I got right up on my tips of my toes and was able to let my toes go for about a second! Much more than I thought I could. The second thing was a shoulder stand....

Now I am sure I did not look this elegant but I did it! and held it for the full time. This is something P90X2 has given me - because I was encouraged by my yoga teacher to try but didn't because I was afraid to fail in front of others, in my lounge on my own I was straight up there!!!!!!! I finished my session with the ab ripper and now know how week my abs still are - but there is time, there is always more to do!

Well there you go this is me, I was inspired to start this blog by this post...

and here I am turning from a rather fat caterpillar into a training butterfly :) be back soon