Family Life, Food & Entertainment

Eat, Lift, Sleep, Repeat – Part One

July 19, 2015

If your ‘better half’ came to you and told you that they have signed you up for a gym membership AND you will have your ass kicked by a personal trainer you might be a bit insulted? Well I was pretty livid. How dare he!

My initial reaction was to call my husband every swear word I could muster whilst crying about how fat I was and how he obviously doesn’t love me anymore. I probably burnt a few calories just jumping to all these conclusions but If I had listened to the rest of his speech I would have understood his motives better. He explained again that he wanted to help as I had been spending so much money on a gym membership that didn’t motivate me. Being a practical man he found me a new gym and trainer that would give me the best chance of getting the results I wanted so I would be a happier wife. He is a clever man really but a voucher for liposuction would have been nice also…

I wouldn’t describe myself as unfit or hugely overweight by any means, I eat good food and I lead an active life but I just didn’t have the knowledge or the push on my own to ever achieve what I dreamed of especially in a dull, uninspiring gym. Joining Elite gym has been the first step to something life changing for me. After just 10 days of a proper, clean diet and training hard my body shape was already starting to change for the better.

The first offenders to be kicked out of my crappy diet were croissants and sugary coffee, an addiction from too many Mum & Baby coffee mornings. I still REALLY miss my weekend pizza delivery but I much prefer that the roll of fat over my jeans is slowly reducing and that tastes better than any Dominos!

001 Clean Eating collage

Many of you have asked me to share details of work outs and how I keep myself fit, so here is the secret – Eat, Lift, Sleep, Repeat. It’s bloody hard work, meal planning, a lot of weights and an inhumane amount of sweat but this is what is working for my body. I will use this blog to show my progress along the way to the end result, partly because if I share with the world then I can’t quit because you will all know that I failed.

But I’ll warn you now, The pictures might not be pleasant – I will be sweaty, no make-up and with lifting weights I probably will look like I am giving birth but this is going to be a hard, honest journey.

These are some pictures of today’s workout where we focused on the chest, bicep and abs.

001 Bicep curl

001 Chest push

Bodies come in all shapes and sizes but if you are not happy in the shape you are in then do something to change it. If your excuse is “I just don’t have the time” Then think of it this way – Working out 4 times a week for 1 hour at a time leaves you another 164 hours left in the week to do what you want. That doesn’t sound so bad, right?

001 Abs push

001 Fly Wires

Part of the journey is taking the dreaded “before” pictures and admitting to all your flaws and wobbly bits but I’m determined that in a few months time I will have some great “after” pictures of a fitter, stronger body to show as a comparison. Until then the before pictures are far too embarrassing to share.

If you want to know more about Coach Yoka and Elite gym you can find them on Facebook and Instagram. And no, he didn’t pay me to write this 🙂

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