{onr. fitness} A little progress update

Hello all,

It's been a while since I shared any of my fitness journey with you guys on here! Mainly because I guess, there wasn't much new to say. I've been plodding away sticking to my 3 gym classes a week for a long time now, and in the last few months I've added a weekly 5K run to the mix with our local Parkrun and I've started PT again, this time as a joint session with my good pal Megan. I guess since last summer I've been maintaining my fitness rather than really going to any great lengths to improve it per say.

However, with my PT/instructor currently away for 3 weeks visiting his family in The Gambia - I've been left to my own devices! So I've decided to up my game a little!

Since switching over to a largely plant based diet 3 months ago - I've been finding it a challenge to fuel my body with enough protein to help my muscles repair - whilst eating a fairly low amount of carbs. Having done some extensive research, it transpires that a high protein, low carb vegan diet is actually quite difficult.

Whilst I've been eating some incredible new meals - thanks to Serious Eats extensive vegan recipe archive - I've found I'm not relying on, but certainly eating a lot of, things like brown rice, lentils, oats, soba noodles. All of which are of course mega healthy, and do contain lots of lovely protein - however, they are pretty carb heavy. Where I used to eat lean meat/fish/eggs with veg post workout - I'm now having to find alternative sources of protein.

Cue my new best friend - raw powdered hemp! It's super high in protein, low in carbs, high in fibre and contains all 12 amino acids the body needs! It's super delish in porridge/smoothies - and raw hemp hearts I've found are ace sprinkled on top of salads, pasta, veg, all sorts! With 30g of protein per 2 powder scoops - and 10g per 3tbsp of the hearts, its been a great way for me to shoehorn in a little extra without resorting to chowing down on 2.5 blocks of tofu!!

Anyway - if plant based protein ideas are something you're interested in, I can totally do some recipe posts as I found it really hard to find anything good online!

Back to the progress though - the idea of upping my protein and limiting {in no way excluding} carbs within my diet, means that my body will hopefully start to drop a little more body fat. I'm within a nice healthy range, so I'm not too worried, but trimming the last bits of stubborn excess fat from my thighs/middle would be nice.

So combined with a little diet shake up, I've started back on Kayla Itsines' 'Bikini Body Guide' which I was working my way through last year with the lovely Dessy {kale is the new black}. I got to week 9 and fell off the wagon {as I went on my little yoga/pilates holiday}. I did however see incredible results - so cue round 2 of her 12 week guide! 

It's definitely harder to motivate myself without someone like Dessy who was 100% committed to getting every workout done without fail and who would routinely drag me to the gym BUT I'm determined to motivate myself!

Working out has been such a positive feature within my life since taking the plunge and going full-time self employed. It's given me a nice routine to structure my week around. It gets me out of the studio, gives me a nice bit of free air, time to pause, reset and clear my head - and has allowed me to make some super lovely new friends. Each class is like a little social event - and the regular girls that I go with are super rad - it's nice to see us all changing and getting fitter together!

// left: December 2013 // right: March 2016 //

// left: December 2013 // right: March 2016 //

I hope you guys don't mind me continuing to share this aspect of my life with you {past fitness posts here}. I know it's not to everybody's taste - but I think of this blog a little bit like an online diary, a way for me to track my milestones - both business, and personal - and a way for me to see how far I've come too!

If you would like to see more of this sort of thing though - you can always pop over to IG & follow @onrfitness where I post much more regularly  :)