Saturday, 9 May 2015

Week of Happiness 5 - Fitness Update.

Eeek, I always get so nervous about posting these types of posts but equally excited! A few weeks ago I posted about my fitness journey and was overwhelmed to see such amazing, incredible responses from so many lovely bloggers. I even had someone e-mail me to say thank you for motivating them and it honestly made my day. It was so touching to see that people were coming along with me on my fitness journey and I felt so happy that I was able to motivate and positively influence people. So, after much deliberation, I'm back with another fitness post and a mini update on my journey!



In the last five weeks I've noticed a big change in my body, primarily that my stomach has started to look, and feel, less bloated and I am so happy about this. My stomach is the one thing that I battle with as it easily bloats but I have made a few simple changes in my fitness and healthy eating regime and am finally starting to see the benefits. 

1. Choosing the healthy option at breakfast. 
If I could only live on one type of food for the rest of my life it would be cereal. I love the stuff. I could eat it for breakfast, lunch, tea and even snack on it throughout the day. Before I would have masses of cereal for breakfast and in the evening, if I couldn't be bothered to cook, cereal would be my go-to meal. I would also snack on it throughout the day - a handful here and there - and it was starting to take its toll. I often felt quite bloated and would sometimes get sharp pains in my stomach and couldn't seem to pinpoint what it was. 

The cereal-eating was getting ridiculous so one day I decided I was going to stop eating it altogether. I opted for porridge and fruit in the mornings and didn't touch any for three days. Admittedly I have given in here and there, but mostly I have avoided it and I feel so much better. My stomach is a lot flatter and I haven't been getting those nasty, stabbing pains. Starting my day off with a healthy meal makes me want to keep eating well for the rest of the day too. It's a win-win!

2. No alcohol. 
As a university student and a twenty-one year old who loves to party, clubbing is one of my favourite things. Well, I guess you could say it was. Lately I've preferred staying in over a night out and because of university deadlines I've only had a cocktail and a glass of champagne in six weeks. This has probably been the biggest change in my diet and the one that has been most effective. I used to go out once or twice a week and would consume so many calories on nights out. Then, the next day I would be tired and sluggish, I wouldn't be able to push myself in the gym (even though I did drag myself there) and I would eat everything in sight. 

Not drinking alcohol has been a game changer in my journey to a healthier body. I am energised, I feel great and to be honest I have realised that I can still go out with friends, get glammed up and enjoy myself without getting completely wasted and I can still have a good time! Then the next day I am up completely hangover-free and ready to face the day ahead. Of course, I'll go out and have drinks every now and again but as it's made such a huge difference to both my body and mind I think a cosy night in in front of the telly will be my go-to from now on... I'm getting old. 

3. Running.
Running - ugh, I used to shudder at the word! But it's something I have actually grown to love in the last month or so. The circuits class that I attend about three times a week does lots of varied exercises, but in the sunnier weather we were out on the track and would pretty much be running as well as doing some weights and body exercises for the whole hour. At first, I hated it. I was so puffed out and really found it difficult. My legs ached so badly the next day but after a few weeks I actually really started to enjoy it. I felt my fitness going from strength to strength and with every session the laps became easier. Since then I've even started going jogging which is great because it means sunny evenings can be spent outdoors and not in the gym. I feel like this added blast of cardio as well as my usual weighted exercises has really helped me to tone up and just improve my general fitness.

I know running is not everyone's cup of tea but doing some form of cardio that you enjoy - whether it's power walking, cycling or even swimming - a few times a week will really help to enlighten you and improve your fitness. It's even better to be outdoors doing it!

So there we have it, the three little changes I've made to my lifestyle lately and the results have proven they are starting to pay off. By choosing a healthier option for breakfast, avoiding alcohol and changing up my fitness regime I've managed to get a little bit closer to my goal and it's so easy to do! Anyone can do it : )

What is your current fitness regime?
What changes have you made for a healthier lifestyle?
Lots of love, 
Jessie. xoxo

53 comments:

  1. Jessie you look amazing! Well done on your progress, you are doing really well :) xx

    Jesstastics.com

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    1. Ahh thanks so much Jess! Finally starting to pay off :D xx

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  2. The difference in the last five weeks is amazing! You look great!
    Leah xx

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  3. You look amazing! You were super-slim in your before picture but you can see a big difference in the second pic! Your waist is tiny! xx

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    1. Aw thanks so much :D it's been a long journey to get to this shape xx

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  4. You look amazing! Good job! I definitely find when I cut out drinking for awhile, the weight and waistline decreases! xx

    Jasmin Charlotte

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    1. Thank you Jasmin : ) it makes such a huge difference.. You work hard all week to eat healthily and ruin it with drinks on the weekend - not worth it haha! xx

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  5. You look amazing Jessie!!! I am aiming for this!! :)

    Emily x // EmGrace

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    1. Aww Emily! Thanks so much : ) made my day! xx

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  6. You look so good! After exams I need to stop eating so much junk food and hopefully my belly will shrink a bit and I won't be so bloated :') xx

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    1. Thanks so much! It's always hard to eat healthily when revising but I find that because I have no social life there's nothing to tempt me haha! xx

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  7. Jessie you're looking amazing!! I've recently swapped my breakfast from cereal to porridge too and I feel so much better too plus it fills me up for longer! xxx

    hellotashaa.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Ah thank you so much Tasha! Does it fill you up? I feel so hungry just eating porridge :( It may be because of the amount of cereal I used to eat though haha! xx

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  8. RIGHT, I'm going to quit alcohol in June for a month and be all about the healthy breakfasts this month forward. This post has really inspired me!!! Go girl, you look amazing!

    kimiandme.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Ahh thanks so much hun! Seriously it makes such a difference. After I drink I eat SO MUCH the next day so that is definitely a contributing factor too - not good haha! Thanks lovely : ) xx

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  9. Can't believe the difference in 5 weeks! You look amazing!

    Jenny | That Northern Gal

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  10. Congrats! You can really see that all the hard work you're doing is paying off :)

    Charlie x

    daintybride1.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Charlie! It's taken a while but I am getting there now! xx

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  11. Looking good Jess! xxx

    Eve - haiaeve.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. Gorgeous body. You look beautiful. I love your tips.

    Golden chapter

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  13. Girl, this is so so inspiring. You look amazing in both but oh my, what a difference... and in a short space of time too! I don't want to lose weight but I definitely need to get healthier, cutting down on the red wine for one actually doing some exercise. All the motivation from you lady :)

    Elle
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    1. Aw thank you so much lovely lady! I'm quite shocked with the change too. Aww thanks so much :) xx

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  14. Wow you look incredible, well done Jessie. This is such a good motivational boost to see how little changes to your lifestyle can change your body so quickly x

    Amanda / Amanda's Escape

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    1. Aw thanks so so much lovely lady! : ) it really makes a huge difference making just tiny changes xx

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  15. Wow you look absolutely amazing! You should be so so proud of yourself!!!! xxx

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    1. Thank you so much Gemma : ) that comment really made me smile!!! xxx

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  16. You look incredible Jessie! This will be my motivation to get my arse to the gym this week and to put down the G&Ts! I've noticed a difference since I've cut back on drinking but I'm still not happy. Your fitness posts will hopefully inspire me to persevere with my own crack at getting fit! xx

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    1. Thank you so much Vicky :) made my day! Drinking makes such a difference.. I literally avoid it now haha. Aw thanks so much, keep going girl! xx

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  17. I love reading your fitness updates, my sister and started our journey on Wednesday and so far I've managed to drop 4 inches (gobsmacked!) x

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    1. Thanks so much Rebecca :) OMG wow! That's such an incredible result, and in such a short space of time. Just think where you will be in a few weeks ;) amazing!! And good luck on your journey! xx

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  18. Jessie you look incredible! I've been so bad with the healthy lifestyle lately and I miss that achey feeling after the gym. This has inspired me to get back to the gym, and I'm so guilty of having a starbucks for breakfast haha! ....might have to change that one too!

    Soph x | www.avenuedesophie.co.uk

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    1. Thanks so much Sophie! : ) I must admit I love the achey gym feeling too haha! Eek breakfast is my guilty pleasure haha.. xx

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  19. Looking great before and after. I'm on my own fitness and health journey,, so it's really motivating reading posts like this. X

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    1. Thanks so much Karis : ) hope your fitness journey is going well! xx

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  20. Alcohol really messes with me. Not just on the night, but the next day and I find it messes up my blood sugar levels as well. But, you're look hot hot hot lady!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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    1. Yes it's so bad! I went a little overboard celebrating my diss hand in last night but I'm surprisingly fine today.. Maybe I was more careful than I thought haha. Thanks so much hun xxx

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  21. Wow congratulations lovely! You look amazing, I love posts like this they are so motivating :)

    X Emma | www.missemmacharlotte.com

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  22. you should be proud of yourself, you look amazing :)

    Charlotte Harvs Style Blog

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    1. What a lovely thing to say - thank you Rachel! xx

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  24. Are those two pictures only taken 5 weeks apart? :O

    You should definitely be proud of yourself, I wish I was getting those results! I'm desperately trying to run twice a week, but I'm getting lazier and lazier, it's so bad! And also, I really like chocolate haha.

    Sofie x
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    1. Haha yes! One was the end of March and the other at the start of May haha. Thanks so much! Haha i love chocolate too.. it's hard to resist but once you start you do get used to it! xx

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  25. A great post and you're looking incredible. Healthy choices definitely pay off, keep going girl! xxx

    Laura | lauraslittleloves

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    1. Aw thanks so much Laura! : ) I loved your recent healthy eating post too! xxx

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  26. You look AMAZING girl!! I'm just getting into getting myself into shape and loving it! X

    agingerblondie.blogspot.co.uk

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