That Body (August)…

You are kidding me right? August already?!!!

Time has seriously flown since we arrived in Abu Dhabi – we’re almost 8 weeks in already! Things take some time over here, so we are now almost at the stage where we can actually move into our apartment – our shipment of all of our furniture and the rest of our belongings is due next week, and fingers crossed we’ll be all unpacked and stuff before my mum and sister visit at the end of the month lol.

Food and Exercise wise – I think this month has gone pretty well. To be honest, the exercise has been really good. 6 days a week and going strong – but as always, it’s the food and nutrition that I’m letting myself down with. I’ve managed to reign it in the last week or so because I’ve worked out what’s going wrong for me. If we go out and Matt orders some food, then I feel obliged to do the same (and generally order the same thing too). So I stopped doing that for the past week or so and I have felt a lot better for it. NO DESSERT FOR TIFF!!

Before writing this, I was totally not confident that any changes have been made this month, but lets have a look…

Weights and Measurements

When we ride around the F1 track on a Tuesday, we are also able to measure our body composition using a machine over there. That’s how I know what’s going on with my body at the moment. This is what it looks like:

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I know right….snazzy!

This means that I am able to get some new information for my table of weights/measurements – yay!

Here are the weights/measurements details from beginning to end:

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I’ve shown you some measurements from two weeks ago just so you can see the changes since I started on the body comp machine….

Well – there’s not too much to report really…apart from the fact that I’ve managed to get below 20% body fat!!!! It’s funny how below 20% was my original goal once I started measuring, and now it just doesn’t seem enough. From the numbers given to me on the body composition machine, I’ve got a touch more muscle, but holding more water too. My fat in kg has actually stayed exactly the same. I love looking at all of these numbers week by week to see how my body is changing.

My physical measurements haven’t gone down at all though, and I know that I can be leaner – so I really need to look into how I can really work to drop the fat and size, and keep hold of the muscle. Any ideas, pleaaaaaase comment below!!

Check out my full exercise diary’s from July:

Week 1     /     Week 2    /    Week 3    /    Week 4


So, all in all, from day dot, this is what has changed: 

Weight – Say bye bye to 9 pounds

Belly Measurement (biggest part) – 3.5 inches smaller

Belly Button Measurement – 3.5 inches smaller

Waist Measurement (smallest part) – 2.5 inches smaller

Thigh (biggest part) – 2 inches smaller

That’s a total of 11.5 inches lost!


And here goes with the progress photos…

July-Aug

I find it totally hilarious that these photos are exactly the same. I suppose thats better than me thinking that I look slightly fluffier though!

Then of course you’ve got the regular progress photo’s from the very beginning until now:

Nov-Aug

Infinitely better, I’m really happy with certain parts of my body (ahem, shoulders & back) but not so happy with others. I am trying – it just seems to be taking a little longer than with other people. But there’s that random Instagram quote that says…

Don’t compare your chapter 1 to someone else’s chapter 20…

Now, I wouldn’t say that I am still on chapter one, like 10 months down the line, but I definitely am NOT at chapter 20. I have too many ups and downs month by month to say that I am anywhere near where I want to be, but I can recognise that I have made plenty of good changes to my lifestyle that have helped me along the way to 19.6% body fat!! (can you tell I’m proud?!!)


The Plan Going Forward…

The plan this month is to hopefully get down to 18% body fat. Now – there are a million ways that people seem to do this, but I am going to go with the following plan:

2 HIIT sessions a week

2-3 LISS sessions a week

5 Strength Training sessions a week

Yes, this means that my workouts are going to be longer and probably harder too – but after getting below 20% and still not being happy – I know that I want to work hard to get my body fat percentage lower!

Let’s see shall we…?!!

xxxx

4 thoughts

  1. Amen sister! I’m so glad you mentioned how important it is to measure more than weight. Scales provide a number that you can be consumed by but looking at progress photos and actually seeing changes is so rewarding!! Keep it up- you’ll be below 18% in no time x

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