Monday, 26 November 2012

Welcome to Adventures in Gym Land!

Hi all,

I'm starting this blog as a way to keep motivated, track what I'm doing and have the odd rant now and then when I feel sore/unmotivated.
I've just started taking my fitness and nutrition a lot more seriously and have been seeing some progress already.

To start with I'll give you my goals, my current stats and what I've been doing so far. Over the coming months, I'll be updating you with my progress (with pictures), what I've been doing at the gym (and at home) and generic chatter.

So, here goes!

Current stats
Waist: 26.9"/68.5cm
Hips: 34.3", 87cm
Weight: 112.6 lb
Body Fat: 18.5%

Waist: 24"/61cm
Hips: 34"/86.4 (so I'm basically there already)
Weight: I don't really care about this so much and I'm planning on strength training so it'll probably go up
Body Fat: 14%


I've been to the gym a couple of times in the last week. I keep track of what I'm doing at the gym on a website called Fitocracy (that's a clickable link if you want to check it out). I'm a bit of a nerd, so the fact that I can do quests, unlock achievements, gain points and level up appeals to me greatly. Here's what I did yesterday:

  • Running (treadmill):
    • 0:15:01 || 2.1 km || 8.5 km/hr (+92 pts)
  • Elliptical Trainer:
    • 0:05:00 || Moderate (+37 pts)
  • Crunch:
    • 25 reps (+16 pts)
    • 20 reps (+13 pts)
    • 25 reps (+16 pts)
  • Oblique Crunch:
    • 20 reps (+13 pts)
    • 30 reps (+19 pts)

If you're lucky (!) I'll copy every workout I do into this blog, so if you don't want to join Fitocracy, you can still see what I'm doing.


I'm a bit of a newbie when it comes to any kind of nutrition knowledge. Sure I know that lettuce = good, deep fried Mars bars = bad, but as for which foods contain which vitamins and which food groups I'm supposed to eat lots of/not so much of, I'm a bit rubbish. I've done a ton of research online into which foods contain which vitamins and I've complied a list of the vitamins, why they're good for me and which foods are good sources of them. I now use it as my staple shopping list each week and make a point of eating it all before it goes off (a lot are fresh veg/fruit).
I may or may not blog what I eat each day, as I know I'm quite lazy and will probably forget anyway. I'll blog when I have a particularly 'good' day and when I have an utterly terrible one (like Friday - I had a 12oz steak with blue cheese sauce followed with double chocolate cake along with wine...then we went to a pub...oops!).

I guess that's pretty much it. My main goal is to end up looking like this:

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Right, I'm off to do half an hour of yoga to stretch out before hitting the gym again tomorrow (planning on running another 15 minutes, but at a faster speed and doing 10 minutes on the cross trainer rather than 5. Might throw in a bit of rowing machine too, then on to the crunches).

Wish me luck!

45 minutes of Yoga later...

General Yoga:
  • 0:45:00 (+175 pts)
  • Barbara Currie's Power Packed Yoga DVD. Sections: 'Shape and Balance' and 'Shape and Flexibility".

Just 31 points to Level 10! Good thing I'm off to the gym tomorrow :)


  1. Re: nutrition- buy this book! Totally changed my attitude towards food and has cleared my skin and maintained my weight at a good low (it used to fluctuate wildly)!

    The Glowing Green Smoothie and Light to Heavy Principle work wonders!


  2. Thanks very much! Have added it to my Christmas Wish List :)