What makes me, me

Published January 24, 2012 by npony

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I had a huge lifestyle change at the end of my summer holidays of 2011. I had always been the chubby one out of my sisters ( I have 5 sisters!). It just got to the point where I wasn’t happy with myself and who I was becoming. So after many failed attempts to diet and exercise I came across some things that have completely changed my life.

The first is the Keto diet. I know it might seem like just another of those diets but after reading so much about it and all the success stories, I just decided to try it and see how it went. I have never felt so energetic in my entire life. It basically increase healthy fats and cuts your carbohydrates intake down by a LOT! I didn’t ever think I could do this because I love sweets and cakes so much but I have found so many different alternatives. The good thing is, is that I love cheese, meats, olives, peanuts (the list  can go on) and I could still have all of these things.

I think the main thing with the keto diet is that it really helps you cut calories down by a lot and not even feeling hungry. I have started to incorporate a lot more protein into my diet now to help with my lifting but I lost about 6kg with the keto diet. One thing I loved is that I gave myself a cheat meal once a week where I could eat anything I had not been able to. I think this was the key to me sticking to it.

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The second thing is Boxing. There is this class at my gym that runs Boxing style  classes that incorporate HIIT training into it. This is my form of cardio because I just don’t enjoy cross trainers or running machines ect. I just find them super boring! Anyway I go once or twice a week and basically get my butt kicked. It is a hard hard workout. I still leave it now with a tomato red face. But I love every minute of it. I have learnt all about different boxing techniques and gotten a lot better at crunches and pushups! My favourite move is the crunch and punch!

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Thirdly Pilates has been a bit part of my whole change. I really wanted to get flexible and have more control over my body so after a lot of research I knew pilates was the answer. It is similar to yoga but involves a lot of core movements. It is very challenging at times and I was awful at it when I first started. I really had no control! I now go once a week to a class at my gym but I also do some in my room sometimes. Its quite nice to get a free ten minutes and just squeeze in some pilates. My boyfriend is so supportive he bought me a nice new yoga matt when I started!

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Last but not least, of course, is LIFTING HEAVY. I guess I can’t really call it that when I started. We all start somewhere. I started with and I am currently still using the Strong lifts 5×5 programme. It is great for beginners. I must admit I felt like an absolute fool when I first starting going by only lifting the bar and probably doing the technique all wrong. But my boyfriend and I started it at the same time so we go together and mentor each other. I know have the current stats;

Squat – 57.5kg @ 5×5

Bench Press – 32.5kg @ 5×5

Overhead Press – 22.5kg @ 5×5

Pendlay Row – 35kg @ 5×5

Deadlift – 60kg @ 5×5

I am also training myself to do a chin up. But I can still only do  a max of 5 negative chin ups after my workout.

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I look back at the beginning of my huge change and I am starting to feel so proud of myself and happy in my own skin. I know that I have a long way to go. I am not really 100% sure of what goals I want to reach, which may seem really silly, but I am just pushing myself to see how far I can take this.

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