Workout Clothing for January

It’s the beginning of January, the New Years Resolutions have barely just started or maybe they need a bit of poking and prodding. One of the popular resolutions is getting fit or losing a few extra pounds, and when the winter weather is still whistling at our windows, it’s very hard to not snuggle up and call it a cosy night till February.

But…it’s the New Year! And either you swore to yourself it’s ‘The New Year, New Me’ or you’ve been doing great on your exercise regime but the lazy motion of winter has gotten to you.

Well, here’s a few of my favourite winter workout gear and some tips to beat the cold and to get out into the windy and icy streets.

Gloves
First things to get cold before you get your rhythm is the little digits on your hands or feet. The best combat for your hands is thermal gloves. Thermal is king. And automatically you might think of the thick won’t-let-you-do-anything mittens, and these are brilliant when the only thing you have to do with your hands is click over a song. But here’s my top picks:

Black Diamond Lightweight Screentap Liner Glove by Backcountry

It doesn’t matter if you end up buying men’s [women-sizes are harder to come by], you slip those babies on with their too long fingers and puffy edges you’ll little number will be snug-as-a-bug!

It’s always fingers and toes that get the coldest. So, forget about the cute and fashionable ankle socks, get those cotton sole-padded feet warmers! Your toes will thank you when the win hits -2 and should be screaming in agony but instead you’re still able to pound the pavement with your cosy little numbers all snuggle and warm.

Thermal Liner Socks by Sealskinz

Leggings
The icy wind can leave you with itchy and bumpy skin. So keeping warm can stop the itchiness when coming in from the cold. The answer, thermal leggings. The North Face is top dog for these!

Women Warm Tights

And, of course, you cannot go wrong with Nike

Jacket
Most workout jackets are light an airy and are atrocious when it comes to trying to keep warm. Nike is the perfect sweat reducing and cooling jackets that are perfect for keeping body heat and holding off the coldness.

Layers
If you’re tight on money and need to use what you have in the wardbrobe then…Layer, Layer, layer. Slip on two shirts instead of one, you’ll be surprise at how much heat is you keep! Also, tights under workout leggings is another cheap and perfect solution to keeping body heat in.

Last thing last…
Throw a hat and scarf on if you want. But I tend to find that my hands get warm coming to the end of my workout so a hat is just going to make me warmer and I also like the crispiness of the cold on my cheeks and nose that keeps me going for longer.



Don’t Call it a Diet

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Diet

“Oh you’re on a diet?”

“How’s the diet going?

“Are you still dieting?

Yes, I made the mistake of letting slip that I’ve changed my eating habits. See? It’s not a diet. To me diets are something you do till you get to your ideal weight and then it’s back to your usually eating once you do. And the cycle repeats.

Is it just me who comes across this, but once people know you’re on a diet that they have a say in what you do with your body?

I got this comment the other day:

You don’t need to diet. 

Why do people think that they have a say on what someone else does with their life? With their body? Maybe it’s just me, but I always thought when people changed their lifestyle and eating habits, it’s not for the opinions of other people.  They’re doing it for themselves, they’re doing it to be healthier, to be able to do everything that they couldn’t, to feel confident and to look good. It’s not about what people think.

My weight loss journey so far…

Early last year I got to my heaviest of 13.5stone and I had a bridesmaid dress to fit into and that’s when I got shook out of my little bad-eating stupor that I’d been in. I didn’t take a photo at this stage as I physically hated what I saw and it’s burned into my brain for eternity.

I’m now down to 11.9stone. The problem now is I don’t have much of a stomach, but it’s all my hips in stubborn love-handles which I’m going to start hitting over the next week.

It’s the simple things now that make me feel great- instead of going to the ‘goodie’ press I have a glass of water and if I’m still hungry I reach for an apple or a handful of grapes. I no longer crave chocolate or sweets, I can finally [for the first time ever!] go weeks without touching them.

The one thing that got me hooked onto this new diet? Keeping track of what goes in vs what comes out. It makes sense and all about mathematical equations than silly little notions…it makes you accountable. It forces you to remember back to sweating it out earlier in the day when you crave for a takeaway and you count up the calories:

I did not nearly pass out for nothing. 

Don’t get me wrong, if I have calories left in my day and I’ve done one or two workouts then I’m allowing myself my takeaway…dry option…no sauces, and I may still have calories left over.

Oh, and about the two workouts. It’s not hitting my gym twice a day- it’s walking the dog. It’s near-to-impossible to say no to a husky when he wants to go out. There’s just no excuse- he needs a walk and it’s not about me anymore. Even if my legs are sore and I’m still exhausted there’s over an hour of walking to do. Once you get outside, you’ll understand that it’s more of a mental battle than a physical one. You’re muscles stop hurting after the first few steps and you feel lighter, agile and more faster because of your previous workout already loosening you up.

 

Dress shopping? Just kill me.

I went dress shopping yesterday for the day after my sister’s wedding. There’s a BBQ, and I wanted to get a dress because I don’t wear dresses and it’s an excuse to wear one.

Oh… I know now why I don’t wear them.

I tried on at least 20 in 3 hours over nearly 10 shops. They ranged in price from €20 – €200. Some designer, some not.

Not a single one suited me. I felt horrible afterwards, I thought I was okay with my weight, but now I want to lose more weight. I’m a size 10 [US 8] in a dress, and I’m not exactly lumpy, but I do have hips and a larger-than-average chest [34FF]. As I drove home from, I honestly hated being a woman.

I want to be girly, and wear bright clothes, show off my stomach and get pretty dresses the fit me, but this is why I avoid shopping as much as possible and wear baggy and dark clothes. I hate my body, and I hate my body more than ever now.

I’m not doing this for you.

You don’t need to lose weight

These are the exact words that came from my aunt a few months back. They really bothered me. Here’s my reply.

I’m not losing weight for you to begin with so all outside opinions I don’t care about. Either from guys or just people in general, I don’t give a crap.

I wear clothes that flatter my figure and I have expensive jeans that happen to shape my hips and butt to make me look smaller.

The minute I take all my clothes off and I’m staring at my naked self in the mirror, I hate it all. I hate the stomach, I hate the ‘love handles’, I hate the chunky legs.

The chunky legs that never see the light of day because I never wear anything short outside the house, no skirts, dresses or shorts. NOTHING. It’s really upsetting because I want to be able to wear cute dresses and heels. The reason? I have this massive vein on my right leg that goes across my calf, does a little zig-zaggy dance at my knee, all of it sticking out. I hate it.

This is the reason I’m losing weight. [I’m calling it a lifestyle change.]

I’m doing it so I can be the best version of myself I can possible be.

I’m doing it so my little award to myself is to lose that horrible vein with an operation when I reach my target goal and stay there for a month.

I’m doing it because I want to look in the mirror and see the person I am- Stubborn and determined and not taking second-best.

I’m doing it to prove to everyone not to second guess me and not to get in my way.

I want to look good in a bikini. That going to the swimming pool is no longer a race to get into the water so less people will see me.

These are the reasons I’m changing my lifestyle.

I’ve been on it for a week now. Walking twice a day, taking a protein shake for breakfast, porridge for lunch and a meal with protein for dinner, and cutting out all sugar. I feel great. I have so much energy now that I was awake at 3am thinking last night, and I don’t even feel the side-effects. Still managed to get up for my morning walk at 7am.

Fitness Update. 

So, I fell off the wagon yesterday due to it being Easter and all, but the chocolate is already gone and I’ve already been on a walk today and I haven’t had a single bad thing today. My dad decided to jump on the health buzz as well. We’re having a competition with one another. Whoever loses the biggest amount of body weight from their starting weight [tonight] by the end of the month gets a new pair of Tommy Hilfiger jeans [but he’ll be buying them]. So, even if I don’t win, I only lose out on a pair of jeans.

Writing Update.

The book I was focusing on for April is just not working out. So, I’m going to change my focus back onto my series and write 30k on book two, and if I complete my daily word goal I’ll allow myself to go back onto the book that I’m stuck on.

Week – by – week goals

I know this may seem crazy, but because I have the wedding as an end date I think it’s really going to push me to get out the door and hit the streets a lot more. Each Sunday, I’m going to go to my dad’s and weight myself [he’s got a better scales].

Any fitness fanatics want to give me some tips?

Starting Weight : 29/3 = 165lbs / 74.7kg / 11.7st
5/4 = 159lbs / 72.393kg / 11.4st
12/4 = 154lbs / 69.853kg / 11st
19/4 = 151lbs / 68.583 / 10.8st
26/4 = 145lbs / 66.430  / 10.4st
3/5 =  140lbs / 63.5kg / 10st