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My Fitness Journey & Transformation

I’ve been really excited to write this for a few weeks now as fitness and nutrition have been a huge part of my life since the end of February this year.

I’ve never been fat-fat, but always chubby which has annoyed me, specifically my ‘boobs’ and face. I’d say I’ve always been fairly confident, but never body confident; ever!

I’m lucky that I can build muscle relatively quickly but this comes as a curse in disguise as I can put on fat twice as quickly as the muscle. I also love snacking; often out of boredom, stress and/or frustration which is an endless pit of empty calories. Also last October I ended a relationship with my boyfriend of 4 years which was amicable but still stressful. At that time I was the heaviest I’d ever been and over Christmas I found myself stress eating more and more. It was finally time to act!

Through the help and advice of a female professional champion body builder, a gym manager, a gym crazy friend of mine and countless others, I’ve been able to get great information and build my own fitness and nutritional regime that has not only changed my body and skin, but also my mental wellbeing – I have more energy, I’m slightly less crabby and I can think much more clearly.

then and now2The two photos on the left are from last summer (2013) and the photos on the right from the last couple of weeks. It’s only now, putting the photos side by side, that I’ve really noticed the difference.

My diet has completely changed, cutting out complex carbs where possible and replacing with simple carbs such as potatoes and wholemeal pasta / brown rice; lots of protein rich meat and pulses cooked well; salads, fruit and plenty vegetables (still aiming for 5 portions a day); treats – it’s important not to starve yourself as well as not making your food choices seem like a diet; if you feel like you’re dieting, then you won’t keep it up.

My workout and weight-lifting regime has been 1-2 hours, 4 times per week: back and biceps / chest and triceps / shoulders and abs / legs. I started by running a mix of all exercises over 1-2 hours to build my core up, doing this same session each time; but over the last 3 months, I’ve split it up into the perfect combinations above. Also, after each session apart from legs, I work in 15-20 minutes cross-training cardio, geared to burning fat.

My biggest praise has to be to some of the amazing fitness supplements I’ve been taking, particularly pre-workout boosters as well as excellent protein supplements to make sure I’m getting my optimum amount (if you didn’t already know, protein is key in building muscle and repairing the body after a workout).

Poised.co.uk

This is less a recommendation on a particular product, but more of an absolutely outstanding online-store. I stress that I have not been paid/sponsored to recommend Poised; this is genuinely because I think they offer an outstanding service.

fitface2Poised offer everything from skincare to sports supplements and I have to say that I’ve been blown away by the pricing. They’re coming up cheaper on almost everything and not only that but their delivery is just £1.99 and express delivery, just £3.49; all regardless of order size and if you spend over £50, delivery is free.

I’ve been using Optimum Nutrition Pre-Workout from Poised which is about £10 less than anywhere else online! They stock absolutely everything you could want including everything you see in my photo above; all at cheaper than RRP prices.

You can check out Poised here by visiting their online store.

Go Nutrition Volt Advanced Pre-Workout Formula

Volt by name, electrifying by nature. This was the first recommendation from a friend of mine who told me about the advantages of using a pre-workout. I’ve mentioned that I also use Optimum Nutrition’s Pre, as I’ve also been made aware the importance of mixing them up so you don’t get ‘used’ to one product. This is definitely one of the best I’ve used so far.

fitface5Go Nutrition, established by the same guy who started the famous My Protein, is an amazing nutrition manufacturer who pride themselves on transparency and efficacy with solid formulations that almost always taste incredible!

If you’re doing solid weightlifting or a heavy circuit session, Go Nutrition Volt will allow you to push that extra bit harder, gain that pump and break through that wall.

It tastes pretty nice, available in both Berry Burst and Lemon & Lime. You can make it as intense as you want but I’d suggest you start of with a low dose of just 3/4 scoops (8 scoops is the advanced dose). Blend with 100-200ml of plain water, shake, and down around 20-40 minutes before your workout.

You’ll feel high as a kite when you start your workout and I haven’t found there being much of a crash, it seems to wear out your system slowly rather than dropping you off a cliff.

Go Nutrition Volt Advanced Pre-Workout Formula is available from £13.99 here at Go Nutrition. Use code OGHJYF to grab yourself a free bag of protein with your order (rhubarb and custard is delicious!). Delivery is just £1.99 for orders under £50.

Active Sports Nutrition Lean Protein

Active Sports Nutrition have been an amazing find; they have a fantastic online shop with free deliveries over £19.99, but also have a shop right here in my home town of Huddersfield. Muscle King is their exclusive brand and has to be one of the best protein supplements I’ve taken.

fitface4Not only is it a protein suppliment with a really low fat and carbohydrate content but also includes two fat burning agents as well as the ultra powerful antioxidants: green tea and acai berry.

Take 1 scoop before workout and 1 scoop after; mixing with 300ml of water and shaking well.

I’ve been using chocolate flavour which tastes absolutely amazing; it’s actually a pleasure to drink whereas with many protein shakes, you almost have to hold your nose to get them down.

Active Sports Nutrition Muscle King Lean Whey is available here from Active Sports Nutrition at just £35.99 for 2KG with free delivery.

The Giveaway

I promised you a giveaway right? OK, how about this, one winner will receive absolutely every supplement you see below, including the shakers! This clocks in at over £190.

fitface3This super-sized supplement giveaway includes:

  • Go Nutrition Shaker
  • Go Nutrition Volt Advanced Pre-Workout Supplement 0.25KG
  • 3 x Poised.co.uk Shakers
  • PhD Diet Whey 1KG
  • Reflex Nutrition BCAA Muscle Strength 500 Tablets
  • Hyperstrength Strawberry Banana Protein 2.27KG
  • Hyperstrength Creatine HCL 30G
  • Optimum Nutrition Platinum Pre-Workout Fruit Punch 0.3KG
  • Muscle King Lean Protein Chocolate 2KG

To enter, all you have to do is use the RaffleCopter box below. The giveaway closes at midnight on the 30th September (unless otherwise stated) and the winner will be contacted by email. This giveaway is open to UK entrants only.

*GIVEAWAY ENDED. Thanks to everyone who entered*

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Harvey Specter
Posted at 08:47 September 1, 2014
Rahul Titus
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This is some really good advice. Exactly what I needed to get back on my fitness journey.Thanks Thom!

Rahul
http://www.champagneandchutney.com

Harvey Specter
Posted at 08:47 September 1, 2014
Rahul Titus
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This is some really good advice. Exactly what I needed to get back on my fitness journey.Thanks Thom!

Rahul
Champagne and Chutney

Harvey Specter
Posted at 09:22 August 30, 2014
Matthew Pike
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Nice one! You’ve made great progress. We sound like we come from a similar face in terms of what we used to look like and now, though you seem to be ahead of me – I don’t find it as easy to build muscle. Entered!

Buckets & Spades

Harvey Specter
Posted at 09:22 August 30, 2014
Matthew Pike
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Nice one! You’ve made great progress. We sound like we come from a similar face in terms of what we used to look like and now, though you seem to be ahead of me – I don’t find it as easy to build muscle. Entered!

Buckets & Spades

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