A roundup of 2013 & what to expect in 2014!

So 2014 is here… honestly 2013 I blinked and practically missed it! What a hectic but incredible year!

Firstly I completed my CAM Diploma in Marketing Communications – whilst thinking I may go slightly mad! We had a wonderful family holiday in Egypt, I got to travel to some amazing places for work (Chicago and Bangkok) and topped it off by creating an amazing new extension on the house that included a brand new kitchen (can you believe my husband almost made me keep the old one)! There’s a few pictures at the bottom of the post so you can have a nosey!

The downside to the latter half of 2013 is that my healthy eating and regular exercise took a massive hit – we had no kitchen for the best part of two months and my husband was also doing a lot of work himself on the house which meant I couldn’t get to my regular gym classes or do exercise at home as I had the kids to take care of and when we had free time it was to plan for the renovations or sleep. This was topped off with my husband getting made redundant at the beginning of December and us just thinking sod it let’s enjoy Christmas before we embark on the chaos of 2014!

We certainly enjoyed it – although my waistline certainly hasn’t and the last quarter of 2013 really ripped apart all my hard work that I had done with my diet (healthy eating) and ‘regular’ exercise.

As of now I weigh 64.8kg – at my lightest in 2013 (back in June) I was 60kg! I honestly cannot believe I have put almost 5kg (11lbs) on in that time!

Getting back into the swing of things has already started – I’ve already been to the gym 4 times this year and I start personal training tomorrow! Be sure to follow my blog to get some hints and tips if you are planning on beginning a fitness regime! The diet since the 2nd January is already much better (check MyFitnessPal), the amount of protein being consumed has increased whilst the fat and carbs has decreased (along with the alcohol)! So I am sure in no time at all things will be back to the way they were and more! I’m actually struggling with eating enough right now and trying to keep my macros and micros in check – if anyone has any input they can give on this it would be much appreciated!

Generally with a New Year come resolutions – I don’t tend to make them, I guess mine is the same each year… ‘try and be a better me’ that way I can focus on what I have achieved rather than what I haven’t. I feel that it is a much more positive way to think as it keeps you away from focusing on the negatives. If you have to set goals set smaller, more realistic ones that can be achieved slowly over time and gradually increase them.

My overall goal will be achieved through getting back into the swing of it eating and exercise wise and additionally I have signed up to complete a further CAM diploma – this time in Digital Marketing with a focus on Metrics and Analysis. I just love putting myself under pressure! BUT I’ve done it before and I can do it again and interestingly I came across a book called Spark that highlights the benefits of exercising whilst studying in order to retain information – it might explain why I got an A on my last and final assignment of my previous diploma!

The husband will also have a new job (yet to be confirmed where) but it is likely that he will need to undertake commuting which will be a big change for all of us – I expect we’ll get cranky with each other whilst we adjust, but we’ve been through much worse so this will be nothing in comparison!

2014 is also a significant year for us as it marks our son’s 10th birthday. I honestly can’t believe 10 years have passed since we lost him part way through my pregnancy so this year I want to do all I can to raise awareness as to babyloss along with raising funds for my chosen charity, Tommy’s! My husband will also be taking part in a ‘ScumRun‘ in May across Europe of which the beneficiary for the whole event is Tommy’s! So if you are a brand aimed at men who fancy providing some products to pop in some goodie bags or are interested in sponsoring the car please get in touch. Otherwise, if you are a reader of my blog and fancy sponsoring my husbands team it would be very much appreciated!! You can find the link here!

So here’s to 2014, I’m looking forward to taking you on!

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Katrina Beams

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I’ve got the POWER…

Power Hoop that is!

My gym, Pure Fitness, recently added this class to their packed class timetable and I am so glad they did!

Power Hoop is an aerobic hula hoop class using a weighted / wider hoop compared to normal hula hoops. The hoop also has a wavy interior which although hurts when you first start hooping is apparently over time meant to improve your core muscle.

The class lasts for approximately an hour in which you do various exercises that focus on various parts of your body using the hoop. So although the main focus is hooping to improve your core muscles and profile you also undertake exerciseS that involve lifting the hoop, squatting along with various others in order to get an all over body workout.

At first I was a little conscious, I mean I can’t even hula my kids hula hoop for more than 5 seconds, how on Earth was I gonna cope with a weighted one? But I have to say I think I pretty much rocked it! I loved every minute of hooping even though there was an element of pain whilst using the hoop. But as they say no pain no gain!!

For more information about Power Hoop and to see a class in action you can view on You Tube.

Using my Polar FT7 I calculated that I burnt 433 calories doing 52 minutes of Power Hoop, which surprised me a lot! Also half the class was spent fat burning and half cardio which is just the type of class I want at the moment! (Remember this figure depends on your personal weight, height and current weight and of course heart rate calculations, so this will be different for everyone, but gives you a good idea as to what you can look to burn)

Not content with Power Hooping I decided that I would also take a spinning class straight after! I have never done spinning before or even sat on a bike in almost a year of being a member at the gym, but as my fitness levels have improved I am keen to try out new things.

This has to be one of the hardest classes I have ever done! I don’t think I have ever put my legs under so much stress before, but overall I think I did a pretty good job at keeping up. I wasn’t as fast as the regulars but I think it is something that I would do again in the future even if I did come off the bike looking like a beetroot! But another 482 calories burnt in 40 minutes so I’m not gonna complain!

So, the morning after…

Well I was expecting a ton of bruising around my waist as it does hurt a fair bit whilst you’re doing it, but I was assured that over time this would subside. Although there is evidence of bruising on my sides, I don’t think I have come off too badly so this will definitely be a class I do again!

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Powerhoop Class image courtesy of www.powerhoop.co.uk