26 to 12 – another weight loss blog

One woman's journey to lose half her body weight


February 2016

Day 27 & 28: Gym-Free Weekend

But I did still work out!  On Saturday I did the optimistically named Bodyweight Extravaganza, which involves a lot of 20 second stints of bouncing about cardio.  I did the whole circuit twice (I couldn’t face a third one, it was surprisingly hard work) and in between I did some lunges which I think I have been doing wrong for a looong time!   I previously wasn’t bending my back leg enough, or keeping my feet in a proper line (should be in line with your hips, not with each other!)  After the two circuits I picked a core exercise at random to do, and came out with hundreds.  For those unfamiliar with it, it involves lying on your back with your legs and shoulders raised and pulsing your arms 10 times for each breath ie 5 on the in breath and 5 on the out breath.  Do this for 10 breaths et voila!  Hundreds.  Simple right?  Wrong!  Turns out that my core doesn’t like this much as yet, so I had to take a couple of brief breaks in the middle.  But one day, this will lead to a six pack… or maybe not!

On Sunday, I tried and failed to find a doable yoga programme on Youtube, I’ve tried a few times and struggled to find anything “fat-friendly”.  So I gave up and went back to my favourite Beginners Yoga For Dummies DVD, which I’ve had for ages.  I did struggle with it and did a lot of the modified versions, but I made it through with minimal pain, hurray!


Day 26: Intervals of Intervals

So on Friday I embarked on the workouts that my new trainer sent me.  I hadn’t had a lot of time to read through it, so I went with what I could remember.  First I did interval training on the elliptical – short sprints mixed with regular pace.  Interval training is great for me, as I am pretty limited in my gym time – I have a strict half hour during the week.  Interval training allows me to maximise the time I have there, as it burns more calories than continuous training, and continues to burn fat after the workout has finished.  It helps to build endurance and combat boredom, and speaking personally it means that I focus much more on my workout than I do with continuous training, because I concentrate throughout instead of zoning out once I get going.  You can read more about the benefits of interval training here.

After the elliptical I used some free weights, and did three sets each of bench presses and bent over rows using 5kg dumbbells, but I think they might be too light so I’m going to try and use heavier ones next time.  I followed that with more intervals on the rower, and finished off with some leg presses.  I have really built the weight up on those recently – I am a distinct advantage I guess because my legs are used to carrying a lot of weight, but I still feel really good when I step the weight up – I’m up to 220lb leg presses now.

My next post will catch you up with my weekend, and I’m hoping to get one written soon with my favourite Slimming World friendly, healthy meals in the next few days.



Days 6-25: Cobbling Together

I’ve had a crazy couple of weeks, which have included blitzing my house so it’s spotless and decluttered, a root filling (still to be crowned) and a car crash – not my fault but my car is damaged beyond repair.  So with all this going on, how has my exercising been?  Well it’s happened every day, no excuses.  Even on Thursday (the day after the crash, when my gym kit was still in the boot of my car, and my car had been towed) I took myself out for a lunchtime walk.  I’ve avoided anything upper body-y for a few days as I was pretty sore (my torso slammed into the door when my car got T-boned), but I’ve been back on it this week.  So what have I done?  A lot of walking, a few weights and some swimming.

I’ve also got myself a lovely virtual personal trainer who has sorted out a training program for me – we have worked together to come up with some realistic short and long term goals and she has given me cardio and strength workouts to follow.  She also contacts me if I don’t fill in my workout log to make sure I’m still motivated!

My next post will have more detail in it, I just wanted to write this so you guys know I’m still here and still trying!




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