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How I lost 7lbs and 21cms in 14 days

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So here’s an update, since I last posted 2 weeks ago I’ve lost quite a bit of weight and I’m physically smaller then I was. This is no doubt due to my change in diet. Here’s what I’ve been up to exercise wise..

Every day I do:

Eva Fraser Facial Exercises

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Yoga, at the moment I’m doing Rodney Yee’s Power Yoga Flexibility

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One full length workout eg Tracy Anderson’s Video Streaming but skip any leg work

AND ON THE DAYS THAT I’M NOT IN PAIN (I have a chronic pain condition)

I’ll do some workouts that includes leg work. Right now I’m doing Tracy Anderson Cosmo Slim Your Waist Tracee Ellis Ross’s Workout 3/3 and I’ll add another minute of workouts every day that I can do it.

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Cardio. Recently I’ve been doing TAVA and Teen Meta Freestyle Cardio, I add a minute on every day that I do it, right now I’m up to 20 minutes, yaaaay!

I also add on some walking to supplement the cardio, 2 minutes walking for every 1 minute of cardio I can’t do with the goal of 30 minutes,  so if I do 19 minutes cardio I’ll do 22 minutes of walking.

Measurements

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I’m definitely not as consistent with the exercise as I’d like to be, probably because I’m feeling run down and tired a lot with the new diet, but I am going to make an effort to exercise more. So since two weeks ago I have….

GAINED

2cm on my right bikini pocket

5cm on my left bikini pocket (which just goes to show I have no idea how to measure this area!)

1cm on my right thigh (which is confusing as I’ve lost on the other thigh!)

LOST

5cm off my upper abs

5cm off my cheek width

3 cm off my shoulders (something tells me I’m not measuring them right!)

2cm off my waist

2cm off my abdomen

2cm off my left thigh

2cm off my vertical butt length

1cm off my lower stomach

1cm off my hips

21cms in total

Total weight loss 3KG (7lbs). This is a big weight loss for me as I don’t ever dip below 50KG- I’m now 48KG. It’s nice having a flat stomach and thinner waist, but I really miss my backside and having curvier hips, losing weight isn’t all good! If I was able to do more lower body work maybe I would have better glutes. Hopefully next time I post I’ll be more consistent with the exercise and I might know when I can come off this diet!

Measurements and Latest Exercise June 2016

 

 

 

Measurements and Latest Workout June 2016

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Since I last posted I’ve added in more exercise on the days I’m in pain (I have a chronic pain condition that gets exasperated by most exercises that involve moving my legs) and I’m increasing my cardio and strength training on the days that I’m pain free. I’ve also drastically changed my diet.

This is what my current exercise routine looks like

Every day I do:

Eva Fraser Facial Exercises

AND

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Yoga, at the moment I’m doing Sooth and Stretch from Rodney Yee’s Yoga for Energy and Stress Relief

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One full length workout eg Tracy Anderson’s Video Streaming but skip any leg work

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Any purely arms workouts, right now I’m doing Tracy Anderson Powerwomen TV workout

AND ON THE DAYS THAT I’M NOT IN PAIN

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I’ll do some workouts that includes leg work. Right now I’m doing Tracy Anderson Elle Canada 5 Ways to Sculpt your Abs , Tracy Anderson CBS Streaming and Sweating , Tracy Anderson Blood Sweat Profit and another 2 minute workout. I’ll add an extra minute on each time I do this workout, right now I’m up to 8 minutes.

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Cardio. Recently I’ve been doing TAVA and Teen Meta Freestyle Cardio, I add a minute on every day that I do it, right now I’m up to 18 minutes, I can’t wait until I get to 30! 😀

I also add on some walking to supplement the cardio, 2 minutes walking for every 1 minute of cardio I can’t do with the goal of 30 minutes,  so if I do 18 minutes cardio I’ll do 24 minutes of walking.

Measurements

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As I’m embarking on a new diet, set by my dietician (for health reasons), I wanted to keep track of my weight and measurements to make sure that I’m not gaining any weight or losing too much.

Since I last measured myself I have had less pain free days so I’ve done less exercise and I have gone off track with the diet a few times.

Since March I have….

GAINED

2cms on my shoulders (which makes me think I must be measuring them wrong)

1cm on my abdomen

1cm on my belly

2cm on my upper abs

1cm on my vertical butt length

LOST

3cm off my left thigh

2cm off my right thigh

1cm off my cheek width

1cm off my left bikini

2cm off my right bikini

 

Measurements and latest workout routine March 2016

How I lost 7lbs and 21cms in 14 days

Measurements and latest workout routine March 2016

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Hi Everyone!

My routine is slowly changing… because my doctor has finally said that I can start reintroducing cardio and leg exercises into my routine…. yippee!! For those that don’t know I have a chronic pain condition that gets exasperated by most exercises that involve moving my legs- although I am able to do slow yoga.

So I have been slowly introducing some legs and cardio, but really really slowly as the pain is honestly not worth it! Although it is so hard to hold back sometimes as I’m getting really excited at being able to do all the exercise I’ve missed for so long! Although I had mostly resigned myself to the fact that I was limited on what I can do exercise wise and thankfully my diet has stopped me from gaining weight, I have really missed being able to try out all the new Tracy workouts that come along; I own all of her DVDs (bar after year 1 of meta) and I’m subscribed to streaming so it’s been gutting not being able to join in with all of you.

I’ve also started doing some yin yoga classes, as part of my mindfulness attempts which play a part in controlling the pain.

So this is what my current routine looks like

Every day I do:

Eva Fraser Facial Exercises

AND

 

One full length workout but skip any leg work

AND ON THE DAYS THAT I’M NOT IN PAIN

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I’ll do a short workout which includes some leg work, right now I’m doing Tracy Anderson Christmas Workout which is only 1 minute long. Once I’ve done that 10 times, depending on how I’m progressing I’ll hopefully increase that to a workout that is 2 minutes long and so on until I’m able to do a full leg workout without pain.

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some cardio- yesterday I did 3 minutes (2 minutes weighted step touch dance cardio and 1 minute rebounding), everyday that I’m able to I’ll add another minute onto the routine until I reach 30 minutes. I’m starting with step touching and rebounding as it’s less intense then dance cardio, but I’ll progress onto dance cardio eventually. This is why I’m excited about the upcoming release of TAVA, if it hopefully doesn’t include any jumping.

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go for an hours walk

ONCE A WEEK

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I’ll go to my yin yoga class, which depending on how I’m feeling I’ll do as well as the above mentioned exercise.

Measurements

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Since I last wrote I have been doing quite a few non Tracy workouts eg Pilates, Britney Spears workouts and various ab workouts, so I’m sure these have had an effect on my body. I have noticed that they have given me more ab definition then Tracy but on the downside have built my waist out. My legs don’t really look that great since I’ve been working out my upper body but not my lower body, but there’s not much I can do about that so I’m not going to let that get to me and in the grand scheme of things they don’t really look that bad as I’m not overweight, they’re just lacking tone and muscle definition. I also haven’t been able to go for many walks recently as I’ve been having more pain filled days then not, but hopefully this is just a blip.

Since December I have..

GAINED

1 cm on my waist (which is interesting as I’ve lost off my abdomen and upper abs)

2cm on my right thigh

2cm on my right and left bikini

LOST

1 cm off my shoulders

1 cm off my abdomen

1cm off my upper abs

2cm off my chest

Taking all measurements into account I have gained 2 cms in total. Hopefully when I’ve been doing cardio and leg exercises for a while my results will start improving.

Measurements and latest workout routine

Measurements and latest workout June 2016

Measurements and Latest Workout Routine

TAAt last! I FINALLY finished my Rodney Yee Advanced Yoga Arm Balance DVD! And by finished I mean I did it 10 times with no longer then a week’s break in between sessions. This was my third attempt so I’m glad to have finally finished it.

So this is what my new routine looks like:

Every day I do:

Eva Fraser Facial Exercises

1 hour walk (when I’m not in pain)

AND

One Tracy Anderson workout that don’t involve leg work- normally one of her full length DVD or streaming workouts minus the leg work- so mostly arms, standing abs and abs on the floor if it doesn’t involve moving my legs and if there’s a short Tracy workout that I haven’t done before I’ll add that on as well. At the moment I’m doing the arms and abs section from either advanced or beginners streaming and adding on Tracee Ellis Ross’s arms.

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ONCE A WEEK

I’ll skip Tracy and do some sort of yoga workout, I’ve finished all my DVDs so I’m not really sure where to progress from here, I don’t particularly want to go to any yoga classes as I find yoga flow really boring and repetitive, I’d love to do SUP yoga but unfortunately there aren’t any of those classes running at the moment, I’d also like to do acro yoga but since my husband dropped me when we last did this I only really want to do this in a supervised class or at least one with soft mats, but annoyingly everywhere seem to want you to book in advance and since my health is quite on and off I don’t know if I’m going to be able to commit and I won’t be in pain the day of the class. So for the time being it looks like I’ll just be rotating my yoga DVDs at home. Although the dream would be (if I had enough money) to have one on one private lessons with a yoga teacher and learn how to do every single yoga move.

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Measurements

So since I last wrote I weighed myself and took my measurements a couple of times here is what they look like:

November This is how I differed since October:

I..

GAINED

2cm on my right bikini

1cm on my abdomen

1kg (2lbs)

LOST

1cm off my waist

2cm off my chest

Overall I gained 3cms in total

December. This is how I’ve differed since November

I have..

GAINED

1 cm on my banana rolls

1cm on my vertical butt length

3cm on my chest (yay!)

LOST

1 cm off my shoulders

1cm off my lower stomach

1cm off my right bikini

It seems like my body has just been shifting around because taking in all my measurements overall there isn’t much difference.

Over Christmas I definitely gained a bit of weight as I had a few Perricone unfriendly meals but thankfully the weight came back off quite easily. Annoyingly I’m having to have a lot of blood tests recently and after you have a blood taken you’re not supposed to lift anything heavy for the rest of the day and as I always feel pretty weak and light headed afterwards, no doubt thanks to having low iron anyway, so I have to skip my exercise for that day. I probably should be organised and get up early and do my exercise before I have my blood taken, I will try to do so in the future. I’ve found that going for a walk for an hour on days that I’m not in pain is making a difference. Health wise I’m definitely continuing to get better and I really can’t wait for the day that I can start doing more exercise 🙂

Measurements and Chronic Pain Update

Measurements and Latest Exercise Routine March 2016

Measurements and Chronic Pain Update

1280x720-EJMBackstory: I’ve been suffering with chronic pain for the past 5 months which is made worse when I exercise so I’ve had to severely scale back what I do, so I’m on the Perricone diet to compensate for my now sedentary lifestyle.

Since I last wrote I had 7 symptomless days in a row (for the first time since I got ill) so I tried adding a minute of leg exercises to my workout, but then I got ill again so I’m now reverting back to my previous routine which is as follows:

Every day I do:

Eva Fraser Facial Exercises

AND

Rodney Yee’s Advanced Yoga- Total Body Arm Balance Workout

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One Tracy Anderson workout that don’t involve leg work- normally one of her full length DVD or streaming workouts minus the leg work- so mostly arms, standing abs and abs on the floor if it doesn’t involve moving my legs and if there’s a short Tracy workout that I haven’t done before I’ll add that on as well. At the moment I’m working my way through metamorphosis and adding on Tracy Anderson Free at Dawn Arms.

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My health is getting better overall so I don’t mind too much that I can’t exercise (although I definitely miss it!).

I took my measurements and here is how I’ve differed since last month:

Bad news

I have gained 1cm on my waist, banana rolls and left thigh

Good news

I have gained 1 cm on my chest.

I have lost:

2cm from my vertical butt length,

1cm from my hips, upper abs, left bikini and right bikini

Taking everything into account I have lost 4cms in total.

Measurements and Latest Workout Routine

Coping with Chronic Pain Exercise Routine Version 4.0

 

Coping with Chronic Pain Exercise Routine Version 4.0

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So, it happened. I was having loads of fun doing acro yoga with my husband, feeling as light as a feather and indestructible but then he dropped me and I landed on my back and it really hurt!!!! So I’m now scared of doing acro yoga again on hardwood floors with no spotter so it’s a no go for the time being and I’m back to doing some Rodney Yee instead.

I’ve now moved onto Rodney Yee’s Advanced Yoga- Total Body Arm Balance Workout. A lot of the moves I’m unable to do- the headstands or the forearm stands but I’m enjoying the moves I can do and pushing myself and that it’s a longer yoga workout- 48 minutes.

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I’ve also slightly extended the amount of Tracy Anderson workout time I’m doing- previously I was only doing ONE Tracy Workout that didn’t involve leg work a day, but as some of her workouts are so short- like the moves she demonstrates on instagram I’ve decided to tack these onto the end of her full length workouts with the leg section removed. Most recently I’ve been doing Tracy Anderson Energy Arms along with the Pregnancy Project but tomorrow I’ll go back to doing Beginners Streaming.

I’ve found that when I do more exercise I’m able to sleep better and it calms me down, but I really need to be careful and not push myself too much; so far yoga and Tracy without leg work seems to be fine. I just can’t wait until I’m better and I can start doing longer workouts!! I wonder how weak my leg muscles must be without doing Tracy for so long or if yoga has kept them strong.

So this is what my new routine looks like:

Every day I do:

Eva Fraser Facial Exercises

AND

Rodney Yee’s Advanced Yoga- Total Body Arm Balance Workout

OR

One Tracy Anderson workout that don’t involve leg work- normally one of her full length DVD or streaming workouts minus the leg work- so mostly arms, standing abs and abs on the floor if it doesn’t involve moving my legs and if there’s a short Tracy workout that I haven’t done before I’ll add that on as well.

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My chronic pain symptoms have still definitely improved, I just hope they continue to get better- when I get completely better I’m going to be SOOOOOO grateful! Having said that I’m just so grateful for having success with following Perricone (which is a low GI diet) as it’s really compensated for my mostly sedentary lifestyle and I’m actually lighter and slimmer than when I was doing my full workouts.

My Chronic Pain Exercise Routine Update: Improvements and Latest Measurements

Measurements and Chronic Pain Update

My Chronic Pain Exercise Routine Update: Improvements and Latest Measurements

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Since I last wrote I’ve been to see my specialist again and she has put me on some new medication. As a result my symptoms have vastly improved- thank God!!!! I still have days when I’m in pain, but they’re less frequent and generally the pain has been less severe than it was previously. I still really miss being able to do lots of exercise, but after so many months of having this condition I’m aware that I really shouldn’t rush into anything and slowly build myself back up once my symptoms have subsided. I’m not going to start increasing my exercise until I’ve had 7 pain free days in a row, at the moment I’ve only had 2 completely symptomless days in a row- which is a huge improvement on before, so I know I’ll get there eventually. In the meantime this is what my routine looks like:

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Every day I do:

Eva Fraser Facial Exercises

AND

Acro yoga

OR

One Tracy Anderson workout that don’t involve leg work, right now I’m working my way through her full length DVD and streaming workouts, only doing the arms and stomach sections that don’t involve using my legs and changing to a different workout every day. Recently I’ve been doing the Pregnancy Project which I’m really enjoying as the pace is nice and slow and she talks you through everything and makes it clear what you’re doing- basically the opposite of streaming! It also has loads of stretching which I’m really appreciating and it helps to get rid of the built up stress and tension in my body caused by the pain.

I’ve taken my measurements again and here’s the difference:

Since four weeks ago I have…

gained

1 cm on my hips

3cms on my upper abs (something tells me I’m measuring this wrong)

3cms on my vertical butt length (I think I must’ve measured this wrong at some point as well)

lost

1cm off my right thigh

6cms off my left bikini pocket (I must’ve measured that wrong at some point as well)

3cms off my right bikini pocket (must be wrong somewhere as well)

In all I’ve lost 2cms off my body in total.

Everything else including my weight has stayed the same.

I think it makes sense that my body hasn’t changed that much as my body is probably used to being on the same diet and my activity levels have stayed about the same. However although I’m consuming less calories then I was before and I’ve lost weight, bits of my body that Tracy’s muscular structure work had previously shrunk and lifted are slowly starting to become undone. I’m really hoping that next time I update I’ll be even closer to being completely better.

Coping with Chronic Pain Exercise Routine Version 3.0