{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  :)


{FITNESS} Progress...

Hello all,

As may be aware, for 10 months now I've been working my way towards a fitter healthier me! On Saturday this week I'm running 5K & on Sunday I'm running {/walking!!} 10 miles - all in aid of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research {you can read why, and if you'd like - donate here}.

I've never been a runner, always preferring less high impact activities like swimming due to my dodgy knees but I figured it's good to really challenge yourself sometimes, especially when you have something solid to work towards!

Throughout my journey so far I've been taking little progress pictures on my phone every 6/8 weeks or so, as I've found having older pictures to look back on gives me a bit of a boost and reminds me how far I've come!

It's easy when you see yourself in the mirror everyday to forget just how much you've achieved, especially when you're maybe not feeling your best. We all have those days! Especially as this process is a long one, where visible progress is often slow {as much as we all want it to be speedy!}.

Yesterday I took a quick snap of my 'middle' as I'm feeling pretty pleased with the recent progress I've been making in that area. Here's a 'before' photo of me from Christmas time last year, compared to me now. 

It's amazing how fairly small changes to your lifestyle can make such a big difference! I've not 'dieted' at all during the year - I've just made exercise part of my routine and consciously made healthier eating choices.

I'm no expert when it comes to fitness or nutrition but if there's any questions you have for me, or anything you'd be keen for me to post about - holla, and I'll try & cover it in the next fitness post!

It's not about dress size, or being thin - for me what's important is that I'm fit and I'm healthy, that's what matters.

I'm doing something positive for myself, and right now I'm really enjoying feeling so alive!